Teeing Off for the Cause(s)
Some of our favorite moments from this year's golf tournaments.
Summer has always been one of our busiest seasons here at SERVPRO. Between the increase of seasonal losses, like fire damage and community events we regularly volunteer with, there is never a dull day!
The most common of these community events are charity golf tournaments. This year alone we have sponsored and/or participated in over six tournaments. The Haverhill Firefighters Relief Association tournament kicked off the season at the Bradford Country Club, followed closely by the YMCA of the North Shore’s tournament at Turner Hill Golf Club in Ipswich.
Next up our Key Account Manager Nury Cardoza hit the green to play in the North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s annual tournament at the Ipswich Country Club. A little rain didn’t stop her and other fellow chamber members from having a great day on the course!
August brought us back to the Bradford Country Club for the Haverhill Police Relief Association tournament to support our brave men and women in blue. We then found ourselves at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, where the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center held their first annual tournament to raise funds to assist in their mission to give back and support the Veterans within our community.
Finally, we rounded out the year at the Rowley Country Club for the Ascension Memorial Church’s Remembrance Cup. The tournament also benefitted The Open Door in their mission to help fight food insecurity within our community.
It's always great to give back and support so many local organizations that help make our community a better place. We can’t wait to tee off again next year for more worthy causes!
Earth Day 2022
Top: Haverhill, MA Cleanup Volunteers
Bottom: Danvers, MA Cleanup Volunteers
When people think of SERVPRO, odds are they think of green. At SERVPRO of Stoneham/Wakefield, we like it that way. But many people don’t know how deep our loyalty to green truly goes. Look beyond our trucks and branding, and you’ll find a series of eco-friendly cleaning products and a deep commitment to the environment.
With our love of the environment, celebrating Earth Day is a no brainer! That’s why, on Saturday, April 23rd, our two sister franchises, SERVPRO of Haverhill/Newburyport and SERVPRO of Danvers/Ipswich, each held Earth Day cleanups in their service areas.
Our first cleanup took place at Riverside Park and Athletic Fields in Haverhill. Team Haverhill was made up of SERVPRO Haverhill employees and their families, members of the Haverhill High School Varsity Wrestling team, members of the Consentino Middle School National Junior Honor Society, as well as kind-hearted members of the community.
Meanwhile, our SERVPRO Danvers team was cleaning Tapley Park and Fields. This team consisted of more of our employees and their families and friends, Danvers Little League team members, and some pretty awesome members of the community who heard about the event and wanted to take part as well.
Overall, Earth Day 2022 was a massive success, and we cannot wait to do it all again next year! A big thank you once again to all of our amazing volunteers. If you missed it, make sure you like and follow us on Facebook! We post about any upcoming events we’re going to be a part of, and expert tips on what to do if you ever experience a loss, like water damage.
Can Your Business Trust the Farmer’s Almanac?
As a business owner, you know the importance of trust and authority when it comes to connecting with your customers and nurturing meaningful professional relationships.
So, with regards to timeless publications, like the Farmers’ Almanac or Old Farmer’s Almanac, should you pay any attention to either relative to decisions about your commercial property?
The short answer is yes, especially when it comes to sound seasonal advice and weather predictions.
But first, what’s the difference between the two?
Published in 1792, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is published out of Lewiston, Maine, while the Farmers’ Almanac began in 1818 in Dublin, NH, with a reported shared accuracy rating between 80-85 percent.
While our SERVPRO team appreciates timeless New England traditions like either version of these almanacs, we also are committed to providing our customers with the cutting-edge tools they need to stay ahead of storm events.
That’s why we’re so pleased to present our Emergency Readiness Profile, which is a free resource that allows access in a single space to all of your commercial property’s critical contact information and shut off locations.
By all means, keep a copy of the Farmers’ Almanac or Old Farmer’s Almanac handy, but supplement your version with SERVPRO’s solution in order to stay ahead of storm damage and avoid the need for storm remediation.
Contact us to learn more about how to put the Emergency Readiness Profile to work for your commercial property!
Pop Quiz: How Often Should You Replace Your Home’s Fire Extinguisher?
At SERVPRO we spend a lot of time teaching our customers about the importance of fire safety. Not only do we want you and your family to stay safe and steer clear of fire hazards, we also know you want to avoid the expense associated with professional fire restoration.
In addition to knowing your escape route in the event of a fire, and being able to identify and minimize the fire hazards on your property, can you answer basic but important questions like how often you should replace your fire extinguisher?
It’s not a trick question, though the answer might surprise you. Most household fire extinguishers should be replaced every 12 years, regardless of their condition; rechargeable varieties should be recharged in half that time, so every six years.
Can’t remember when you first purchased your fire extinguisher? No worries!
Simply check the expiration date on the body of the cylinder; sometimes it’s stamped closer to the extinguisher’s neck. If, for whatever reason, you cannot locate the date, it might be best to play it safe and purchase a new one that does have the date listed on it.
In the event that your fire extinguisher failed to put out a fire and you find yourself in need of professional fire restoration service, contact your team at SERVPRO of Stoneham / Wakefield.
April Marks National Big Wind Day
There’s really no shortage of “national” days designed to celebrate everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. While “Earth Day” is associated with April, and observed on April 22, did you know that this month, specifically April 12th, also marks “National Big Wind Day?
What exactly is National Big Wind Day?
According to nationaldaycalendar.com, “Observed each year in the United States on April 12th, National Big Wind Day commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.”
We don’t even want to imagine the kind of storm damage those wind gusts could bring.
So, how does one go about celebrating #NationalBigWindDay?
NationalDayCalendar.com offers some suggestions, like:
- Snap a windblown selfie
- Go fly a kite
- Keep hold of your hat while telling stories about windy days
In honor of National Big Wind Day, we suggest making sure you know how to contact SERVPRO of Stoneham / Wakefield in the event that we encounter out of control wind gusts this spring season!
What Types of Creatures Feature in Flood Water?
You’ve heard of the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and other fictional monsters that emerge from the deep. But what about the creatures that can feature in flood water?
Fortunately, for those of us in New England, it’s unlikely that a flood would wash dangerous animals onto our properties. However, less than desirable pests like various insects and rodents, specifically rats, can surface from our floodwaters.
Further south and west of our region, flooding can present the increased risk of encountering snakes, including some poisonous varieties, like water moccasins, as well as venomous insects like fire ants.
While these species might not be as scary as legendary villains like the Swamp Monster, it’s important to keep in mind that floods can carry more than water and debris with them.
Before venturing out into any flooded area, be sure to take proper safety precautions, like wearing rubber boots and gloves.
If you do encounter displaced wildlife, whether venomous or not, err on the side of caution and put in a call to your local humane or wildlife conservation society.
When it comes to water mitigation following flood water damage, put in a call to SERVPRO Stoneham / Wakefield.
Your new favorite home improvement gadget
The MM-2000 Goggles also feature 3 thermal imaging modes, and a 4k Ultra-HD camera.
Have you ever wondered if the walls of your home were hiding a world of water damage? We see cases of it regularly. But sometimes, calling in the pros to answer, “what if?” just isn’t worth it. Well, just in time for the start of Home Health Month, we’re here to announce our first ever direct to consumer at home moisture damage detection solution. Introducing the MM-2000 Goggles, a stylish solution to the question “is now the right time to call SERVPRO?”
Our MM-2000 Goggles are the first and only product like this on the market. A moisture meter, infrared thermometer, thermal imaging sensor, and camera, all wrapped into one unassuming pair of glasses. The glasses will even let you know when they detect levels that warrant calling in the experts. There is a micro-SD card slot on the left temple (or arm) for expandable and removable storage and can be charged via USB-C cable.
If you have the companion app installed on your phone, you can review the levels and live footage recorded form each scan, check mold growth in real time, call to schedule an estimate, and even share your scan results with our team for expert feedback.
No more costly tests, no more “honey, don’t worry, if there was a problem, I’d know about it.” Now you too can know if there is something lurking behind the walls of your home, all for $99.95.
To learn more or order your very own pair of SERVPRO MM-2000 Goggles, give us a call at 1-800-401-FOOLS
Does Your Business Need a Custom Weather Forecast?
As a commercial property owner, you’re probably constantly fielding calls and emails about the latest product or service your company “needs.” At SERVPRO, we’re not interested in selling you something you don’t need; however, we do suggest that you take advantage of our Emergency Readiness Profile. This free tool gives you access to all of your pertinent contact information and shut off locations -- in one handy spot!
If weather makes a big difference to your business day, you could also check out the Enterprise Resources from the National Weather Service, which includes solutions around General Weather, Marine and Tropical, Aviation, Winter, and Hydrology.
You can even opt to create a custom weather forecast for a specific event or location, if you don’t need daily updates. This option might be ideal if you have multiple locations across the country and need to keep up to speed on seasonal storm events, like tornadoes or hurricanes.
At SERVPRO, we believe in staying ahead of storms and other inclement weather events as much as possible in order to mitigate storm damage or any serious need for storm remediation.
That said, we are standing by with our professional storm clean up services, should you need them! Simply contact us to get started!
Marching Through New England’s Windiest Month
It’s no secret that strong winds can cause serious storm damage. Don’t forget that these winds can blow just as fast in the spring as they can during some of our epic winter storms. Our SERVPRO team has seen plenty of storm damage during the spring season.
In fact, according to Michael Cempa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, located in Gray, Maine, “Spring and fall tend to be breezier because there are more temperature contrasts in the atmosphere, which help to produce the wind.”
Speaking of wind, March is typically the windiest month in New England, with winds averaging 7 mph. The good news is these speeds are not fast enough to do any real damage.
Damaging winds are defined as those which blow in excess of 50-60 mph, often witnessed during some strong thunderstorms.
Since New England does get its fair share of strong thunderstorms, keep your local SERVPRO team’s number handy in the event of storm damage to your home or business.
Access professional storm remediation services you can trust by contacting SERVPRO of Stoneham / Wakefield.
Steer Clear of These Springtime Fire Hazards
Ah, we’ve made it through winter. It’s time to safely store our holiday lights and space heaters as we make way for the warmer months. As excited as we are for the arrival of longer, brighter days, our SERVPRO team also wants to alert you to a serious springtime fire hazard.
After a long winter indoors, it’s no wonder so many of us are geared up to get outside and grill. We are, too; however, safety should be stressed. Do you know the number of house fires attributed to grills each year? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 8,900 fires result from grilling, annually.
A contributing factor to these grill fires comes down to cleanliness. Before you fire up the grill this spring, ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned first -- almost 20% of grill fires result from grimy grills.
If, for whatever reason, your next cookout becomes too hot to handle and you find you need an expert fire restoration service, simply contact SERVPRO of Stoneham / Wakefield.