Mother Nature Isn't Fooling Anyone!
Can you feel that chill in the air? If not, just you wait — winter will be here before you know it, and now is the time to get your house ready for the cold.
Trust us. You don't want to discover your furnace is dead on arrival of the first frost. And dealing with those cold air drafts now is a lot more pleasant than waiting until the inside of your house feels like a freezer.
To help, Home Advisor has created the ultimate guide to getting your home ready for winter. Here's a list of what to do and who to hire now, so you're not left shivering through the season.
Gutter Check: Ideally, you'll have your gutters and downspouts cleaned in mid-fall so that you only need to double check them before winter. If you do encounter clogs or leaking in difficult to reach places, now is a good time to call in the professionals.
Water Works: Your sprinkler system should have been winterized in the fall. If you missed this step, get a professional in as soon as possible, so you can avoid frozen pipes or cracks that can ruin the entire system. You should also make sure to disconnect all outside hoses from their spouts and turn off the water.
Seal The Deck: If you have a deck, give it a fresh coat of sealer before the cold hits to protect it from the harsh winter elements.
Roof Inspection: Have a contractor look for damaged roof shingles. A professional can also assess the integrity of your roof by doing something called an infrared roof inspection. This process uses infrared rays to locate the parts of a roof that are at higher or lower temperatures than the rest of it. These "hot spots" can show the roof inspector exactly where heat is escaping.
Weatherproof Windows: If heat is escaping through your windows and the space around them, keeping the rest of your house warm is going to be more difficult and more expensive. You might find installing energy-efficient, double-paned windows will make a noticeable difference in your energy costs and how comfortable your living areas feel. You may not need to install new windows if heat is escaping, though. In some cases, all you need is some caulk or weather stripping to weatherproof the existing windows.
HVAC Tuning: Now is the time to replace the filter in your furnace and close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather. Go ahead and test that your heating system is working properly, too — it's better to find out now if something needs to be fixed before the real cold weather hits.
Chimney Cleaning: Chimneys and wood stoves should be cleaned early in the season. If you own a fireplace, this is not optional — it's a matter of safety. When you have your chimney cleaned, have the furnace flue cleaned at the same time. Make sure to test the flue for a tight seal when closed.
Outlet Inspection: Check electrical outlets and switch plates to see if you feel a draft. Add insulation to prevent warm air from escaping these spaces.
Stock Up: Make sure you have shovels on hand before the first big snow hits. Plus, it's a good idea to get prepared with a supply of extra water, canned food, flashlights and replacement batteries.
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An ERP Can Keep Your Business Running!
Are You Ready?
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”
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SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
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Winter Is Coming…maybe!
Don’t expect blockbuster snowfall this winter, says David Epstein for Boston.com!Welcome to November. It’s generally a cloudy, stormy time of year, and it’s also when New Englanders start to think about what the upcoming winter may have in store.
Early predictions for the entire winter are notoriously difficult to compile. These forecasts are also not very reliable, and it’s not prudent to use a single forecast to predict the weather for the next five months.
However, here are some early predictions to get you thinking:
1. We’ll be impacted by La Niña.
Perhaps most notably this year, we are looking at a weak or moderate La Niña, which is when the ocean waters off the coast of Peru turn colder than average.
In this pattern, New England often sees average snowfall totals, but, of course, there are always exceptions. During some La Niña years, New England has received higher-than-average snowfall — but just not as frequently as when snowfall is closer to average.
It’s also worth noting that the National Weather Service predicts a warmer-than-average winter across the eastern United States, largely because of La Niña.
2. We’ve had a warmer-than-average autumn so far.
Another data point to consider is autumn’s weather. A warm or cold fall is an indication of the atmosphere’s state. What happens from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 can guide the thinking of what type of winter we’ll experience.
September and October 2017 were very warm — in fact, October in Boston came within one-tenth of a degree of tying the warmest on record — so it’s useful to review snowfall after some of the warmest September-October couplings.
3. November could also be warm.
The weather during November is also a good predictor for what will happen from December through March. If a warm November follows a warm October, the odds are high that the winter will be mild.
But if November turns cold after a warm October, then the rest of the winter is often quite snowy and cold.
If you’re rooting for a winter without a lot of snow, you’ll like the European model. It’s forecasting a warmer-than-average November, which would increase the odds of less snow in southern New England.
In addition to the above, forecasters and climatologists are monitoring a slew of other factors, including the snow cover across the Arctic and Canada, the phase of the Arctic Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation, the Pacific/North American pattern, and more. These measurements are based on different pressure setups and, once again, they help to predict the mean storm track as well as how much cold air impacts the weather.
In New England, our winter weather appears to be highly variable with periods of deep cold followed by periods of mild weather. The snow cover may appear and then disappear in a matter of a week or two.
For all of these reasons, I don’t think this winter will be a blockbuster one. Yes, we will get snow and cold — ’tis the season, after all. Stay tuned for additional details and forecasts, which will be more specific and accurate than a long-range forecast is capable of doing.
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Deep Fried Disaster!
Although a mighty delicious tradition, deep-frying a turkey on Thanksgiving can be risky.
Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
So you want to know which state has the most accidents?
For the last seven years, Texas has led the country in most grease- and cooking-related insurance claims on Thanksgiving Day, with 38 according to insurance company State Farm. Illinois follows, with 27 reports and Pennsylvania and Ohio are tied for third with 23. New York ranked fourth, with 22 claims and South Carolina and Georgia claimed fifth with 16 claims each.
Check out State Farm's safety video starring Si and Jase Robertson from "Duck Dynasty" fame. They give helpful and hilarious tips on how to avoid those nasty shooting flames.
SERVPRO Training Day!
Start of training for these SERVPRO employees!
SERVPRO of Haverhill/Newburyport is committed to continually delivering high-value services to our customers and believes that all starts with an informed staff. At this full day training, all employees were trained on current commercial & residential cleaning & drying procedures, proper measuring standards and equipment training.
After an amazing lunch catered by The American BBQ in Rowley, MA, employees were trained on proper driving techniques as well as equipment training. You can see our full album of images on our Facebook page.
We maintain a rigorous education standard to ensure our employees are bringing the very best knowledge into your home.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
Affiliate of the Year goes to SERVPRO of Danvers/Ipswich!
Rich proudly displaying his Affiliate of the Year Award.
Congratulations to our own Rich Ciarletta for winning the North Shore Association of Realtors, Affiliate of the Year Award!
Cheers to all the recipients! NSAR REALTOR® of the Year, Dan Bennett,Dan Bennett Real Estate, Rising Star Award, Cynthia Nina-Soto, Nina-Soto & Company, Good Neighbor Award, Bridget Kimball, CENTURY 21 Hughes-Riggs Realty, Inc., Home Ownership Advocate Award, Gardner Trask, Danvers Selectman and Affordable Housing Trust, Rookie of the Year, Linda Turcotte at The Turcotte Group, Keller Williams Realty.
As a member-based trade association, NSAR brings together diverse perspectives from the real estate community across the North Shore of Massachusetts and beyond including buyer and seller agents, appraisers, mortgage brokers, attorneys, home inspectors, property managers and other service professionals. You can visit their website at: http://www.northshorerealtors.com/
SERVPRO Supports Georgetown
A donation of apples –and wise advice– at Georgetown Fire Open House.
October is fire safety month. Most fire departments open their doors to the public, welcoming the community in to learn about fire safety, see the cool equipment they use, demonstrate best safety practices and even let the kids climb in and on the trucks. It's just a great family day, all around, to meet the men and women that dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe.
SERVPRO is always happy to support our local Fire Departments. At the most recent Open House for Georgetown Fire, we donated apples (and some wise advise)!
SERVPRO of Haverhill / Newburyport specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
SERVPRO Helps RPAC Surpass Goal
A happy group at NSAR's FUndraising event.
Our own Rich Ciarletta was in attendance at last night's NSAR's RPAC Fundraising Bowling Event. Even with the smiles and laughter, the lofty goal of 38K was surpassed with last night's efforts! We were happy to donate a basket to raffle and be part of the success! North Shore Association of Realtors.
Every Second Counts! Fire Prevention Month
A downloadable graphic to review with family and co-workers.
You can get a head start on fire prevention month by downloading this graphic. The theme this year is "Every Second Counts" and it couldn't be more true. This downloadable graphic is a great learning tool to use with your family or in the workplace.
Be Ready for Anything Mother Nature Throws at You!
With one of the busiest hurricane seasons in recent memory, it's wise to follow these safety tips from National grid minimize any damage to your home and possessions and keep your family safe.
- Remain calm and gather all supplies on our storm kit checklist, including adequate medical/prescription supplies.
- Establish a “safe room” in a windowless interior room. Keep your storm kit there.
- Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV, and avoid power lines.
- Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters, and wrap them in waterproof materials.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary or sensitive electrical equipment.
- Use surge protectors.
- Consider using a UPS (uninterruptible power supply).
- Charge the battery for your cell phone and laptop computers.
- Make sure that your home is secure, shuttered, and able to withstand a hurricane.
Storm Prep for Seniors
If you plan staying home during a storm, be sure to follow the steps above and ask a neighbor for help if necessary. If you plan to stay with family or friends during a hurricane, take these precautions:
- Remain calm. Call them in advance. Make sure they will be ready for you.
- Have a backup plan in case they are out of town.
- Have your emergency checklist completed outlining your needs.
- Bring your own food, water, medicine supply, and important papers with you.
- If you have a loved one with dementia, ask to have a room just for you and your loved one. Ask your hosts to take the same safety precautions you have in your home (e.g., hide sharp objects and poisons, limit access to exits, cover mirrors).
- Notify your friends/family/neighbors of your evacuation plans.