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Ready, Set, Grill!

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Backyard with grill and picnic table When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Local SERVPRO fire remediation specialist advises Shrewsbury grill masters to prepare now for a safe, savory outdoor cooking season

Shrewsbury, MA (Grassroots Newswire) May 17, 2022— For many, the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.1

“Sixty-one percent of U.S. households own a gas grill,” says fire remediation specialist Donny McKendall  of SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough. “A total of sixty-four percent own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously.”

The time to take precautions is now, adds McKendall, before the outdoor cooking season is in full swing. The NFPA offers these basic tips for fire-safe grilling:2

For gas/propane grills:

  • Check the gas tank for leaks before using.
  • Open the lid on all gas grills before lighting the grill.

For charcoal grills:

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid to start the fire but never add it or any flammable liquids to a fire that is burning.
  • Cool coals completely before you dispose of them in a metal container.

For all grills:

  • Place grill well away from house and deck railings. Don’t place under eaves or branches.
  • Remove grease and fat buildup from grills and trays after each use.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Never leave the grill unattended when in use.

“Basic precautions set the stage for a safe and enjoyable outdoor cooking season,” says McKendall. “Life is unpredictable, but you can take steps to control the risk of house and property fires caused by outdoor cooking. Whether you are strictly a summer grilling warrior or you use your grill year-round, simple, common-sense actions can help ensure that the only smoke you smell this summer is the sweet aroma of steaks and vegetables grilling.”

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for both commercial and residential customers.





For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

New England SERVPRO® Owners Team Up with Red Sox

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO proud sponsors of the Boston Red Sox "Our SERVPRO New England team is excited to cheer the Boston Red Sox to victory alongside our community! Let's go, Red Sox!"

A group of local business owners become a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox

A group of SERVPRO franchise owners in northern New England is proud to announce their collective sponsorship of the Boston Red Sox for the 2022 season. The SERVPRO owner group, which is made up of more than 30 SERVPRO franchise owners, is excited to come together and partner with their beloved Red Sox, making this sponsorship one of the first of its kind for SERVPRO. 

"This new deal illustrates the SERVPRO family's love for their local communities, fellow New Englanders, and America's favorite pastime," said Jesse Mathewson, SERVPRO Marketing Team Member. 

The sponsorship is marked by two LED signs that will illuminate SERVPRO's distinctive green and orange on the first and third baselines at every home game in historic Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. The group will also sponsor National Clean Up Day on September 17, including the pregame ceremony and in-park promotions when the Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals.

This isn't the first interaction between the Red Sox and the brand, as SERVPRO's certified restoration specialists had the honor of cleaning and sanitizing Fenway Park at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

"Being selected to assist an institution like Fenway Park, prioritizing safety above all else, following all IICRC guidelines and CDC protocols, was a privilege," Mathewson said. "Ever since that initial interaction with such a first-class organization, we knew we wanted to take the next step to making the partnership bigger."

SERVPRO's full spectrum of restoration, mitigation, construction, cleaning, and decontamination services are offered year-round, but one thing SERVPRO and the Boston Red Sox have in common is how each gears up during the Spring season. 

"Spring is the perfect time to have your residential or commercial property cleaned and sanitized by our team of certified technicians from our New England SERVPRO locations," Mathewson said. "We are proud to support the Red Sox and our local communities, not only with this sponsorship, but with any emergency or upcoming services and projects this year."

"Our SERVPRO New England team is excited to cheer the Boston Red Sox to victory alongside our community! Let's go, Red Sox!" 

Building Safety Month 2022 | Safety for All: Building Codes in Action

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month 2022 | Safety for All: Building Codes in Action Building Safety Month 2022 | Safety for All: Building Codes in Action

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place annually in the month of May to raise awareness about building safety, according to the International Code Council (ICC) website. This increasingly popular campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly updated building codes, and help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

This initiative is presented by the International Code Council, a nonprofit association that is focused on building safety worldwide. The Code Council provides a wide range of building safety solutions and develops codes and standards used around the world to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events such as flooding, and structural collapse. Model building codes, adopted and enforced by well-trained professional code officials, are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues.

The theme for this year's campaign is Safety for All: Building Codes In Action. Regularly updated codes and a strong system of strict code enforcement ensures that individuals and communities are safe in the buildings where they live, work, and play. This campaign is supported by four core themes that will be highlighted throughout the month:

Week 1: Planning for a Safe & Sustainable Tomorrow

Week 2: Exploring Careers in Building Safety

Week 3: Understanding Disaster Mitigation

Week 4: Creating a Safe & Abundant Water Supply

To learn more about the weekly themes, check out You can help spread the word about Building Safety Month, the importance of building safety, and the role of code officials with your community! Use the hashtag #BuildingSafety365 to join the global conversation on social media.

As always, if your residential or commercial property suffers from structural damage, call SERVPRO® of Shrewsbury/Westborough 508-393-7898 to help make it "Like it never even happened.®"


4/29/2022 (Permalink)


National Hurricane Preparedness Week is a nationwide eff ort during the fi rst week in May to raise awareness about being prepared for a hurricane to strike. This year it will be observed May 1-7, 2022.

One way you can observe this week is create an emergency preparedness plan. Your plan should answer questions about safe shelter, best evacuation routes, effective communication methods, etc. You can tailor your plan to the specific needs of your household and have regular meetings to review the plan with your loved ones.

Next, focus on where you live. Your home might be sturdy, but will it be sturdy enough to handle strong hurricane winds? Research hurricane building code specifications and make sure your home meets them. Also check to see if your home insurance company covers flooding.

Now is a great time to gather emergency supplies. From radios to flashlights to solar-powered chargers, you need to ensure you have everything you and your family need to survive. You should also restock on non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last for at least 3 days.

Hurricane preparedness is more important than ever before. Hurricanes have been getting worse due to climate change. Contact your local SERVPRO franchise for more readiness tips, including SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your commercial facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

If your residential or commercial property suffers from storm damage, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough to help make it "Like it never even happened."- 508-393-7898

To learn more about SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough’s Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Click Here.

5 Interesting Facts About Hurricanes

4/29/2022 (Permalink)


  1. The term "hurricane" was derived from the Taino Native American word "hurucane," which means the "evil spirit wind."
  1. The planet Jupiter has a hurricane that is bigger than the Earth itself and has been spinning for 300 years.
  1. Every second, a hurricane releases the same amount of energy as ten atomic bombs.
  1. At least 40% of the hurricanes that happen in the United States occur in Florida.
  1. Hurricanes are only known as "hurricanes" in North America. They are called "typhoons" in Asia and "tropical cyclones" everywhere else in the world.

You Can be Ruined Or You Can be Ready With The Help of Technology

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Storm Services Icon We'll help you be "Ready for whatever happens."

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and to be in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a daily basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following tips will help you be ready in the event of an emergency.

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive or Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of fi les, like medical records and identification documents.

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed. The American Red Cross offers Safe & Well check-in sites to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that becomes activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook directly if you're located in the affected area at that time.

Make sure your contact information is updated in your phone and e-mail for communicating with family, friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster. Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Put help in the palm of your hand by adding your local SERVPRO franchise to your personal and work phones. Your local franchise professionals are "Ready for whatever happens."

What You Need to Know: Wireless Emergency Alerts

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities.

These alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety, such as extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, missing persons alerts in your area, or Presidential Alerts during a national event. A WEA can be sent to your phone when you may be in harm's way, without having to download an app or subscribe to a service. A WEA will look like a text message. It will typically show the type of alert including the time it was issued and from what agency + any action(s) you should take. For more information, visit

It Just Makes Sense to Plan Ahead for Severe Spring Weather

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

One thing we can say about spring weather, it is unpredictable. It can swing between warm and cold temperatures, clear skies and storms- often within the same day. These quick and drastic weather changes can often lead to severe thunderstorms. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, flooding, and even the occasional tornado. We may not always know what spring weather has in store, but a little storm preparation can help to protect your home and commercial property from severe damage. Planning ahead just makes sense.

Hera are some tried-and-trues tips for being prepared for severe spring weather:

Being Forewarned Is Forearmed -Sign Up For Weather Text Alerts

The more information you have, the easier it is to plan and prepare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends text messages to keep you updated emergency situations. There is a FEMA app you can download to your phone.

Get to Know Your Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage is a great way to prepare for the unexpected. Review your policy. Not all home owner’s insurance covers flood damage, familiarize yourself with your coverage. Know that if more is needed, it can take up to 30 days to take effect.

Examine the Exterior of Your Property

Be on the lookout for the following things:

  • Check the foundation of your basement and along exterior walls to see if there are signs of new or past leaks.
  • Consider having your roof inspected - make sure it hasn’t sustained winter damage and is ready for spring storms.
  • Check the siding to see if it’s firmly in place
  • Look for tree branches extending over your driveway or property that could fall in a storm.
  • Downspouts need to be in place, gutters should be firmly attached and free of debris- check for sagging or leaking.
  • Loose patio furniture should be secured or pulled inside when a storm comes.

Check Your Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, now is the time make sure it working properly and perform any needed maintenance. Clear all debris and ensure your back-up is in working order.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough knows being ready for severe spring weather means planning ahead, performing regular maintenance on your property and being watchful after weather events but should the unexpected occur we’re Here to Help® 24/7.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough 24 hours, seven days a week.  Faster to Any Size Disaster and just a phone call away (508) 393-7898

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Flooded Basement Problems in Shrewsbury? We Can Help!

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help (508) 393-7898

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Shrewsbury basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help (508) 393-7898

There Is Only One Team Green And That's SERVPRO.

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professional in green hard hat Don't be fooled by lookalikes! There is only one Team Green and that's SERVPRO.

Since its founding in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system has become a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, biohazard remediation, and construction.

What began as a small painting business more than 50 years ago has grown into SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises that responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to large loss storm events.

Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as residential homeowners.

If you experience an unfortunate water, fire, or storm damage to your home or commercial property, call a company that is Ready for whatever happens.® Call your local SERVPRO franchise professionals!

We have earned our reputation as a leading provider in the cleanup and restoration industry. In keeping with our commitment to excellent service, we've developed the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry.

SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to help with any emergency, any time. SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough will help to make it "Like it never even happened."

Faster to Any Size Disaster Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 (508) 393-7898