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Beverly,Wenham and Hamilton: Winter Snowstorm Tips

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Beverly,Wenham and Hamilton:  Winter Snowstorm Tips Winter Snowstorm and Extreme Cold

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A WINTER STORM THREATENS:

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

Associated Content

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Gloucester,Rockport and Mancheseter:How to Handle Extreme Cold

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Gloucester,Rockport and Mancheseter:How to Handle Extreme Cold What to Do in Extreme Cold Weather

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

Associated Content

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Essex: Learning from the Winter of 2018

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Essex:  Learning from the Winter of 2018 Storm Ready?

As John Wooden says, "Confidence Comes From Being Prepared". 

Preparing for Winter Weather around The North Shore can be a full time job.  One thing that would be a help would be an Emergency Kit to have on hand for storm situations.  In addition to the supplies often listed in any build a kit, you need to consider your family and your family's needs.  Do you have a senior that you need to include? Or maybe your pet?  Think about the special needs of your pet if you should be out of your home for any length of time...pet medications, supplements, blankets, food, and extra water...Maybe even their own plastic bag or duffel bag!

Ideas for Items to include in your Emergency Kit are as follows:

Water: (1gal/person/day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation.

Food: at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food)

A Radio-battery operated or hand crank and a NOAA Weather radio with tone alert

Flashlight(s): Consider headlights for hands free use.

First Aid Kit

Extra Batteries, Battery packs for phones

Whistle to signal for help

Dust Mask, Plastic Sheeting, Duct tape:for sheltering in place.  Or fort making!

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual Can Opener for food

Printed local maps

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Deck of Cards

Blankets or sleeping bag for each person

Prescription Medications

Non-prescription Medicines: pain relievers,anti-diarrhea medication,antacids or laxatives

Glasses and contact lens solution

Infant supplies:formula,diapers,wipes,diaper rash cream

Important family documents:copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof,portable container

Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate...sturdy shoes

Chlorine Bleach and eye dropper to disinfect water

Fire Extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container

Personal hygiene products

Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

Paper and pencil

Books,games,puzzles, puzzle books

Disposable Gloves

Where should these be kept?  Since you never know where you will be when an Emergency occurs...One at home, one at work and one in your car!

Gloucester and Rockport Residents, Are you Ready? 5 Common Reasons For Sump Pump Failure

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Gloucester and Rockport Residents, Are you Ready? 5 Common Reasons For Sump Pump Failure Sump pumps can fail for a number of reasons, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation.

Sump pumps can fail for a number of reasons, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation. There are simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your sump pump. When shopping for the best sump pump, look for pumps that are built to last. Having a quality sump pump and the backup system will take care of many of the top reasons for sump pump failure.

Here are some of the most common reasons why a sump pump may fail:

-Lack of Maintenance
-Age of the Pump
-Electrical Power Outage or Power Surges
-Improper Installation
-Incorrectly Sized Pump

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Beverly Businesses: How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Beverly Businesses:  How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage Advanced Preparations Are Key to Restoring your Business After a Flood! "We are here to help" if Preparations Were Not Enough!

A flooded building can wreak havoc on your business operations. If flood water is a real concern in the Beverly,Wenham,Essex,Manchester, Gloucester or Rockport areas, it is important to do what you can now so that your business property is better protected later. Here's how you can protect your property from water damage.

Preparing Your Building

Before a flood even occurs, you can take steps to seal your building from water. Start by applying a waterproof coating to the exterior walls. Several other steps are also important.

" Install waterproof shields over windows and doors where possible.
" Strengthen walls to stand against the pressure of flood water or flood debris.
" Seal all areas where utilities enter the building.
" Anchor the building if necessary.

Protecting the Lower Levels

Inspect your basement and first floor to ensure there are no areas where flood water can easily enter the premises. Regrade any land that slopes into your property, extend or redirect gutter spouts and repair any cracks in the walls. Move any valuable equipment or furniture to higher ground and create digital backups of any important paper documentation.

Taking Other Safety Measures

Water damage is not the only thing to worry about during flooding. It is also important to properly anchor any fuel tanks to prevent the water from sweeping them away, which can cause the lines to break and fires or explosions to happen. Sewer backflow valves are also important.

Preparing for Restoration

No matter how well you prepare your building for a flood, at least some damage is still likely to occur. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

978-927-8665

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning, a well-respected restoration company to help you remove moisture, dry materials and get your property ready to do business again.

Being 100 percent prepared for a natural disaster is practically impossible, but preparing now for a later storm means getting back into the swing of things as quickly as possible after any damage happens

How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded building can wreak havoc on your business operations. If flood water is a real concern in the Beverly,Wenham,Essex,Manchester, Gloucester or Rockport areas, it is important to do what you can now so that your business property is better protected later. Here's how you can protect your property from water damage.

Preparing Your Building

Before a flood even occurs, you can take steps to seal your building from water. Start by applying a waterproof coating to the exterior walls. Several other steps are also important.

" Install waterproof shields over windows and doors where possible.
" Strengthen walls to stand against the pressure of flood water or flood debris.
" Seal all areas where utilities enter the building.
" Anchor the building if necessary.

Protecting the Lower Levels

Inspect your basement and first floor to ensure there are no areas where flood water can easily enter the premises. Regrade any land that slopes into your property, extend or redirect gutter spouts and repair any cracks in the walls. Move any valuable equipment or furniture to higher ground and create digital backups of any important paper documentation.

Taking Other Safety Measures

Water damage is not the only thing to worry about during flooding. It is also important to properly anchor any fuel tanks to prevent the water from sweeping them away, which can cause the lines to break and fires or explosions to happen. Sewer backflow valves are also important.

Preparing for Restoration

No matter how well you prepare your building for a flood, at least some damage is still likely to occur. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

978-927-8665

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning, a well-respected restoration company to help you remove moisture, dry materials and get your property ready to do business again.

Being 100 percent prepared for a natural disaster is practically impossible, but preparing now for a later storm means getting back into the swing of things as quickly as possible after any damage happens

Beverly/Cape Ann:We Offer Biohazard,Crime Sceen and Vandalism Clean ups!

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Beverly/Cape Ann:We Offer Biohazard,Crime Sceen and Vandalism Clean ups! SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Offers The North Shore Area Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services!

Did you know we offer biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties.

Along as being a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO® of  Beverly/Cape Ann also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of South Everett helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. We can help with a variety of biohazard, crime scene or vandalism issues.

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Our technicians remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. We thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann helps property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

No matter what type of damage you have, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann can help clean and restore your property.

When you run a business, you know that time is money. We offer 24/7 service; so don’t hesitate to call us day or night to start the restoration process. If your business experiences damage of any kind, call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665, and we’ll make sure your property is cleaned up and ready for business.

Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is ready to help with all of your Winter Storm Emergencies!

Winter storms are to be expected here on The North Shore but, like the old saying goes:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having

  • Snow
  • Sleet, or
  • Freezing rain

On the North Shore, we can see any of this type of precipitation for just about any day of the year. Those days matter! When the temperature is below the freezing point and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when office receives dozens of water damage calls per day.

Pipes Freezing

A water damage during a winter storm usually happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it turns into ice. As it turns into ice, the space that the water takes up in the pipe gets bigger.  The bigger the expansion, the more pressure that is created inside the pipe. Some pipes may just get bent out of shape, but others will eventually break.

The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed to the cold air.

Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

The best way to handle a water damage is to never let one happen.  Although we have seen some pipes still burst even after precautions were taken place, the damage that resulted was considerably less.  You can’t always prevent things from happening, but you can always be prepared.

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast.  Are below freezing temperatures coming your way?  It’s easy to keep up with the weather these days. We recommend you download any weather app at the Play store or App store.

Still Need Water Damage Services?

If your pipes still freeze and you have a water damage, give us a call immediately.  A water damage that is not taken care of within 48 hours has a high probability of causing mold damage.

  1. Don’t delay.  Call us as soon as you notice your water damage.  The longer water stands in a structure, the more it will soak into the floors and walls of your home.  As soon as you call, we will schedule a crew of technicians to travel to your home and begin remediation.  
  2. Cut off the water source, if possible.  There are usually water turn off valves for homes in garages.  They are also usually available somewhere on your lawn.
  3. Get contents off the floor.  Many homeowners rush to put down towels to stop the water flow, and that’s okay.  Towels can easily be cleaned at our cleaning facility if need be. What you want to look out for are small fragile textiles or objects on the floor that can be damaged by water.  Examples include rugs, shoes, and anything else that is light enough for you to carry.
  4. Begin documentation.  Take pictures where you see the water coming from.  Then, take pictures of all the affected areas. Make note of the time this is taking place.  While our technicians will also take the same documentation, it's important to start documenting as soon as possible to prove your loss to your insurance company.

Water Damage Remediation Process

24 Hour Emergency

As soon as you see the signs of a water damage, give us a call.  We have a 24 hour line for all emergency water damage services. Our technicians are ready for dispatch 24 hours a day every day of the year.  

Assessment

When our technicians arrive, they will assess your property and determine the source of the water damage.  When the water is cut off, they will begin water extraction.

Water Extraction

Please be aware that we may have to move some furniture and lift or remove carpet and pad to reach as much water as possible.  It’s important to perform water removal in all affected areas to prevent secondary damage to your home.

Sanitation

If we are dealing with a Category 2 Water or Category 3 Water Damage, then the water has a high likelihood of containing microbial contamination.  In these cases, we will remove carpet, pad, and also sanitize all wet areas. Our spray is a biocide and fungicide to kill microbes on contact. It also helps prevent mold damage.

Water Cleanup Equipment Placement

We will come prepared with professional drying equipment.  We will set air movers and dehumidifiers in strategic places around your home to start the drying process.  Our equipment must run 24 hours a day to be completely effective. The purpose of the equipment is to control your home’s humidity and help everything dry as quickly as possible.

Drying Monitoring

Our technicians will visit your home every day to check on the equipment’s efficiency and record data to monitor the drying process.  This data is sent to your insurance adjuster. We will move equipment or remove it completely as we reach drying goals.

Water Damage Repair

If any part of your home was permanently damaged due to the water damage, our reconstruction team will come in and rebuild it.  We will restore your home to the way it was before the damage.

Water Damage Certification

Trust a company with trained and experienced technicians.  Our employees begin their career with us by first passing the SERVPRO water mitigation training.  Then, they advance to earn their IICRC Water Damage Certification. The IICRC is an independent certification body for the restoration industry and a trusted leader inwater damage training.  

Our technicians are trained and ready to help you now.  We are the water damage restoration experts you can trust.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration in Beverly/Cape Ann Area

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Beverly,MA.  We have performed work in Beverly.Wenham,Essexhttps://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/storm-flooding-restoration.Manchester,Gloiucester,Rockport  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at 978-927-8665.  Call us any time!

Rockport and Gloucester Businesses: Have you Checked Your Mechanical Functions?

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rockport and Gloucester Businesses:  Have you Checked Your Mechanical Functions? Have you Checked Your Mechanicals?

Sump pumps can fail for a number of reasons, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation. There are simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your sump pump. When shopping for the best sump pump, look for pumps that are built to last. Having a quality sump pump and the backup system will take care of many of the top reasons for sump pump failure.

Here are some of the most common reasons why a sump pump may fail:

-Lack of Maintenance
-Age of the Pump
-Electrical Power Outage or Power Surges
-Improper Installation
-Incorrectly Sized Pump

Follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com or on our social media sites. We can always be reached at (978-927-8665), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Importance of Clean Air to Prevent Mold

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Clean Air to Prevent Mold Add green plants to help with air quality!

One of the largest factors in mold survival 101 is the amount of moisture that is located within the air. Mold will grow anywhere on any substance that dampness is present.  Most people do not realize as well as causing mold, excess moisture can also contaminate the air as well. Mold that is located within your home is a source of pollution all in itself.  Mold particles can release toxic particles that will emanate and infiltrait the air that you are breathing in. Also, not to mention the fact that dampness itself can cause water vapor, which eventually will turn into microbial growth leading to more mold and now we are caught in a cycle. Making sure the moisture levels are maintained can effect the cleanliness of the air.

But there are many other things you can do to reduce the growth of mold and keep the air around you clean. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Bevhttps://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/mold-remediationerly/Cape Ann, 978-927-8665.

Ventilation

Quick, easy and most importantly…  free! Making sure that you keep your windows open whenever it is possible will ensure a healthy dose of air circulation.

Extractor Fans

Gas stoves and cooking pollutants in the kitchen as well as aerosol sprays and fragranced products in the bathroom are responsible for these rooms being high-toxin areas, so use extractor fans to ensure the air is regularly cleared. If you do not have a fan ventilating in a bathroom where showers are located, SERVPhttps://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/RO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 would recommend installing one.  Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold, especially one without a vent.

Clean

Making sure all surfaces are regularly cleaned and dusted especially bathroom and kitchens are a must. Vacuuming and dusting are major when trying to prevent mold and particles from getting into your air.

Dehumidifiers

These are a must! Every indoor space should have one of these as it is the perfect weapon against excess moisture, which could lead to black ceilings, paint, and wallpaper peeling off.  Not to mention the fact that it will help protect your personal belongings and keep your food fresher for longer.

Plants

Plants one might ask? Other than just looking pretty, indoor plants, especially leafy greens, are key in helping to eliminate airborne pollutants. Thus in turn, purifying the air. So next time your out and about maybe think of purchasing a few leafy green plants to put throughout your home!