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Socializing While Distancing

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Given the current situation regarding the coronavirus, the Federal and Local Government’s recommendations against large gatherings and the CDC advocating the practice of social distancing to us all, most of us find ourselves confined to our homes. We at SERVPRO of Foxborough understand practicing social distancing from friends and loved ones, while paramount during these uncertain times, is not necessarily easy. We have compiled a list of free applications that everyone can use to socialize while distancing.

FaceTime

FaceTime is Apple's proprietary video calling app. If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, it operates seamlessly, letting you start a video chat with any of your contacts. In 2018 Apple also added a Group FaceTime option, allowing you to chat with up to 32 people at once.

What'sApp

What'sApp is owned by Facebook and works on both Android and iOS devices. You can use it to send messages, or make video or audio calls. Its global popularity makes it a great option for keeping in touch with family and friends worldwide.

Skype

Skype is owned by Microsoft and is available for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. It offers video and audio calling, supporting up to 50 people on the same audio call (the number of video callers depends on what device you're using).

Zoom

Zoom offers video and audio conferencing, chat and webinar features across mobile devices, desktops, phones and room systems. It offers a free basic tier that allows you to host up to 100 participants and unlimited one-to-one meetings. Parents of school age children may already have downloaded this app as Zoom appears to be the top choice for most school districts to host online classrooms.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

How To Protect Others

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

These continue to be difficult times we find ourselves in. The impacts to our clients and communities are unprecedented! The best course of action for us all to take is to be as informed as we can at this time. We at SERVPRO of Framingham plan on doing our part to keep our clients and communities informed.

The CDC recommends the following steps to take to protect others;

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Foxborough understand the severity of our current situation and the impact it has had to our lives. Our daily reality has been turned upside down and sideways. Parents and school administrations have united to ensure that our children remain safe and continue to learn outside of the classroom. The need for social distancing has forced communities, governments and businesses to make difficult, but necessary decisions.  For businesses those decisions range from temporarily closing their doors to working virtually. However, there are essential businesses, like supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, where temporarily closing and working virtually are not options. It is paramount that employers in such businesses take the necessary steps to ensure both customer and employee safety. To help create safe environments OSHA has created guidelines for preparing workplaces for COVID-19. Along with information on COVID-19 itself and how an outbreak could affect the workplace OSHA has classified the levels of risk inherent to various jobs and the steps to take to protect your constituents. Click, here, to download a copy.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

If your residential or commercial property needs preventative deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough today – (508) 533 - 5305

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! 

Viral Cleaning

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! The easiest step we can all take at home and in the workplace is to properly sanitize the area. Did you know that while everything can be cleaned, the same does not hold true for disinfecting?

Cleaning/Sanitizing/Disinfecting

It is important to understand the different levels of cleaning that may or may not be possible for each surface. All surfaces can be cleaned, many surfaces can be sanitized, and some surfaces can be disinfected.

The three main levels of microbe control are:

  • General surface cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principle is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long. 
  • Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
  • Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs.v Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

Please be safe and vigilant in your cleaning efforts. Should you have any doubts regarding the safety of your residential or commercial property needs expert preventative deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough today – (508) 533 - 5305

Here To Help

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

These are difficult times we find ourselves in. The impacts to our clients and communities are unprecedented! The best course of action for us all to take is to be as informed as we can at this time. We at SERVPRO of Framingham plan on doing our part to keep our clients and communities informed. 

According to the CDC, at this time, "The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus." The CDC recommends the following steps to take to protect yourself;

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Foxborough is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our community that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your residential or business property, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your residential or commercial property needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough today – (508) 533-5305

Are You Covered For Mold Damage

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

When you think of emergencies that can destroy your commercial or residential property, you probably think of fires and major storms. However, fungus growth can also cause severe harm to your Foxborough, MA, house. Unfortunately, your homeowners' insurance policy likely does not provide mold coverage.

Covered Perils

In general, homeowners' insurance covers mold damage to your home that results from a covered peril. Covered perils are accidental and sudden disasters that the homeowner cannot prevent, such as:

  • Vandalism
  • Lightning
  • Fire
  • Heavy snow, ice and sleet
  • Accidental plumbing discharge
  • Falling objects
  • Theft

However, there are many instances where your insurance will not cover the cost of mold cleanup in your home. Specifically, if your insurance provider feels you could have taken steps to avoid the fungus growth, it will not pay for the cost of repairs. If the damage resulted from a burst pipe that you ignored for weeks, an unventilated bathroom, or decades-old shingles that you failed to replace, you will have to pay for mold remediation yourself.
Homeowners' policies also typically don’t include flood insurance. That means any mold that grows following a flood isn't covered, either.

Mold Endorsement

Those who want mold insurance coverage can ask their carrier about an endorsement. An endorsement is extra coverage attached to your policy for an additional fee. However, if your home has a history of mold problems, your insurer will likely refuse to provide an endorsement or charge more for it. Your insurance provider may also cap the amount of money it will reimburse or limit its coverage to certain mold-related services.
It can be hard to tell if your insurance provider covers damage caused by fungus growth. Read your policy to see if it mentions coverage for mold claims or the possibility of mold endorsements.
If you have any questions, talk to your adjuster. A representative from your local black. If you think that you may have a mold infestation call SERVPRO of Foxborough to help.

What You Do Not Know About Smoke Damage To Your Commercial Property

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

No property owner wants to experience a commercial building fire. The fire can be devastating, not only because of the damage the fire does but from the odor and discoloration the soot and smoke leaves behind. Furthermore, while the building is closed, revenue is lost! However, before you hire a professional service in Bellingham, MA, to begin smoke cleaning, it can be important to understand exactly how the smoke damage can impact your building, your clients, and you.

Invisible Assailants

Although smoke can often be seen during a fire, the damage causing the lingering smoke odor can often be a result of components that are not always visible. These can include:

• Invisible and toxic gasses can contaminate the air. These gases can include carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and phosgene. The gases can be a highly foul-smelling contribution to the smoke.


• Particles of carbon called soot can cover the floors and walls. The fragments can float long distances from the fire and be deposited in unusual areas such as the cracks of bricks or under the heads of nails.


• Vapors of poisonous smoke can look like mist. The gaseous droplets can be poisonous and can cover items in your building with contaminates.

Covert Particles

Signs of smoke are often evident after a fire. Black stains covering the walls and ceiling of some rooms, soot covered floors, and an unpalatable odor are often visible signs of pollution left behind by the fire. But the acrid smell that lingers for weeks after a fire is often caused by a cloud of invisible particles left over from the flames. That is why smoke cleaning can be a tedious and unpleasant job.

Timely Restoration

Sadly, the longer the odor lingers, the more difficult it can become to remove it completely., especially when dealing with the contents of your commercial property. When fire damage strikes your commercial property call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough!

Is Your Commercial Property Storm Damage Tax Deductable

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

If your commercial property in Foxborough, MA has been damaged by a storm, you may want to know whether the cost of the damage is tax deductible. Unrecoverable losses caused by storms or natural disasters are usually deductible, as long as these damages are proven and will not be reimbursed by insurance. Here are three steps you can take to find out whether you can deduct the cost of storm damage from your tax bill.

3 Steps to Find Out if Storm Damage is Tax Deductible. 

  1. Determine how much damage your insurance covers. If your business is insured, you can only deduct damage that exceeds your coverage or was not covered for other reasons. Owners of uninsured commercial property can deduct the total cost of storm damage. Consult IRS Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, to read the rules for claiming these deductions. 
  1. Check to see if a storm or disaster is a Presidential Declared Disaster. If you are dealing with storm damage in a region that has been federally recognized as a disaster area, special filing options may apply to your situation. Check the IRS's list of tax relief in disaster situations to see if your locality is listed and find out about any assistance that is available. 
  1. Distinguish between actual property loss and deductible property loss. Actual property loss is your total loss as the owner of a commercial property. Deductible property loss is based on the current value of your property and factors in all reductions. If you are unsure about reductions involved in a commercial property, you should contact an accountant. 

If you have unrecoverable storm damage at your commercial property in Boston, MA, you should see if you can deduct any damage from your tax bill. Tax deductions cannot overlap with covered losses, but these deductions can help to offset the cost of professional damage restoration if your property is uninsured or underinsured.

Steps To Take When Filing A Claim

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

5 Steps for Filing a Water Damage Claim

No matter the source, water in your Franklin, MA, home or commercial property can cause quite a bit of costly damage. Because of this, it is important to start filing your insurance claim as soon as possible. This will allow you to finish the process and receive the financial assistance as quickly as possible. Use the following steps to get through the situation smoothly.

1. Contact Your Insurance Agent

The first thing that you should do is to call your insurance company so that they can begin filing your claim right away. In some cases, waiting too long to contact the company can affect your insurance claim or cause it to be denied, so don’t hesitate to do this.

2. Document the Damage

While an insurance adjuster will come to look at your home and assess the damage, you don’t need to wait for them to arrive to take this step. Begin taking pictures of damaged areas of the structure as well as affected belongings. You may want to make a list of damaged contents as well. The adjuster can use these as proof of damage.

3. Start Cleanup and Mitigation

Even if it is from a clean source like a pipe burst, the longer water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. In order to reduce the cost and time of remediation and repairs, you can start removing water from the building so that it can begin to dry. Set aside damaged items as well.

4. Review Your Policy

All policies are not exactly the same, so it is important to know what is covered in yours. Some causes of damage, such as a flood, may not be included. Look over the details so that you know what to expect and what is expected of you during the claims process.

5. Prepare Necessary Forms

Once the insurance company has sent you the required forms, you should fill them out as soon as possible. This way, they will have everything they need to finish filing your claim.

If your home has been damaged by water, filing your insurance claim quickly can help you cover the costs and calling SERVPRO of Foxborough will insure that your property is return it to its previous condition!