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Disaster Preparedness

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Are you ready for a Disaster?

Disaster can strike at any moment so being prepared is very important. Are you ready for a Disaster? Below are a few tips on how you can prepare for a disaster:

Checklist:

    • A gallon of water per person per day.
    • Supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener.
    • Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
    • Blanket or sleeping bags.
    • First aid kit and prescription medications.
    • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
    • Credit cards, cash and an extra set of car keys.
    • List of family physicians.
    • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members

In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of Dentonat 940-566-2277. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Restoring Your Denton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Denton commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Denton

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Reasons Why Your Business Should Use IICRC Firms When Disaster Strikes!

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Denton is a IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Denton 

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 940-566-2277

24-Hour Emergency Service

  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277

Commercial Water Restoration

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Denton

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277

When a Commercial Water Damage Happens

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time and without notice. The effects of commercial water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now faced with having to clean up the water damage and reopen their business as soon as possible.

Do you know how to handle water damage at your commercial property? Are you prepared to make the necessary decisions after a pipe breaks, your roof leaks, or the streets flood to protect your property? What is your plan?

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. A little preparation for a water damage emergency and a plan of action in the event it ever happens can significantly reduce property damage and will get you back to business as soon as possible.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention

Large-scale losses can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines.

    1. Know where your emergency water shut-off valves are located, and have a contingency plan in place in case you are not available.
    1. Create an Emergency Ready Plan with directions for what to do in an emergency as well as a list of phone numbers of who to call in an emergency. Make sure someone you can trust has the authorization to make decisions if you are unavailable.

It is a good idea to have a trusted commercial restoration company such as SERVPRO of Denton information on file before disaster strikes. How quickly cleanup begins will impact the size of the loss.

Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen at any time. Whether from natural disasters, leaking roofs, frozen pipes, sewage backups, or flooding, water damage is a serious concern and a major threat to your commercial property.

Understanding the source of the water damage is essential for proper cleanup, as clean water from a broken pipe or a leaking roof during a rainstorm will be treated differently than floodwaters and sewage backups. Always protect your health, and let the commercial water damage experts handle the cleanup and restoration of your property.

Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage

Proper removal and drying of the water is critical after a water damage emergency, and will prevent any long-term problems some experience after attempting water damage cleanup themselves, or by hiring someone who doesn’t have the proper equipment or experience. Mold growth can begin 24-48 hours after water damage, and starting extraction and drying as soon as possible after water damage is your best line of defense against mold.

Call SERVPRO of Denton to extract the water, dry your structure and to clean and remove any potentially dangerous contaminants. Contact SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277 Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Preventing Holiday Cooking Fires

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again when we start getting creative in the kitchen, cooking up mouthwatering dishes for all your friends and family. It’s also the time of year when kitchen fires happen the most.

Per Greene Publishing, INC. about 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only learned what to do if there is a fire. Thanksgiving is a time for family dinners and remembrance; don't let it become a reminder of a tragic fire or injury.

Below are a few tips on what you can do to prevent fires from happening or spreading.

    1. Never leave cooking food unattended. Unattended cooking fires occur when a person starts cooking food on the stove and then leaves the kitchen and does not pay attention to the food. A fire can occur quickly when food is left unattended. Watch what you heat: When frying, grilling or broiling and stay in the kitchen while the food is cooking. Turn off the stove if leaving the kitchen, even for a short time.
    1. Always keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove or appliances. When cooking try to wear clothing with sleeves that are short, close fitting or tightly rolled up. For clothing fires remember: STOP, DROP AND ROLL.
    1. Always know what to do if you have a cooking fire: When in doubt, get out of the residence and close the door to contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after leaving the house or apartment. Keep oven mitt and lid that fits the pan nearby. NEVER USE WATER ON A GREASE FIRE! Wear an oven mitt and smother the fire by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and do not move the pan.
    1. Always keep kids away from cooking area: Create a “kid-free zone” of three feet from the stove or appliance.
    1. Place objects so they cannot be pulled or knocked over. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face to avoid scald burns.
    1. Make sure that you have working fire alarms: Prevent nuisance alarms during cooking by not installing smoke alarms in the kitchen. Do not disable your smoke alarm or take out the batteries.

Following the tips listed above can help prevent a kitchen fire or trip to the emergency!

About SERVPRO of Denton

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277

Do You Have an Emergency Ready Plan? If not let SERVPRO of Denton prepare one for you at no charge.

Do You Suspect Mold in Your Home or Business?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

If you are a homeowner or a business owner and you suspect you might have mold in your home or business, it is very important that you act quickly because the longer you wait to investigate the worse it could get.  

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants.However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in Mold Remediation. 

If you see signs of mold, call us today 940-566-2277

What To Do If You Suspect Mold Growth In Your Commercial Building

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

As commercial buildings are become more energy efficient often these energy efficient buildings do not have proper ventilation or air exchanges. Poor air quality then becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold and other contaminants. Even as you’re HVAC systems become more energy efficient, costly, and with the addition air filters exposure to indoor mold has become a major hindrance. Fortunately, there are several different solutions to this issue. When mold growth does occur, it is very important to know the right steps for properly removing it from an indoor environment, and ensuring that it doesn't re-occur.

Any area that contains the right levels of water has lack of light, and no exposure to fresh air can cause mold to begin growing in as little as 48 hours. Since mold tends to grow in cramped, closed, and damp spaces, the reality is that for every visible colony of mold that you see, there could be several more square feet (millions of spores) of mold in areas that you do not. Simply put; an area that can hold moisture and no easy access is vulnerable, especially in commercial buildings where there are numerous places mold can grow, and are often difficult to locate.

If you suspect that your building has mold growth you should call a licensed professional

It’s a task which should be firmly limited to qualified professionals who have the proper knowledge and equipment to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems.

The Steps for Removing Mold:

 Plan and Prepare. Contact a licensed mold remediation company such as SERVPRO to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems.

Identify, and Protect. When remediation is performed, take special care in inspecting “unseen” areas where mold could potentially grow, and have them cleaned accordingly. Protect your building by having any water damage completely remediated by a water mitigation company such as SERVPRO of Denton and by having air inspections to detect spores that could cause resurgence in mold growth.

Act Quickly. Mold begins growing within 48 hours, but some can begin colonizing a surface even sooner, so don’t wait when it comes to contacting a mold remediation professional such as SERVPRO. If you have had an area flood with water, water removal and potential remediation needs to begin as soon as it is detected or mold is a real possibility.

Turn Off the HVAC. Mold is spread through airborne spores, and your HVAC can transport those spores throughout a building. It can also grow in any ventilation shaft where there's condensation to feed growth. Until the mold has been properly removed, don’t give the mold potential routes of access throughout your building, or you could be dealing with a much more extensive growth.

If you think you have mold, it’s time to call a trusted licensed mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Denton. SERVPRO has the skills, staff, certifications and equipment to handle your mold project. 

For more information call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277

What to Expect During Mold Remediation

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall's opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with many health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

For more information call the SERVPRO of Denton experts at 940-566-2277

When Storms Hit SERVPRO of Denton is Ready!

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit Fort Worth and surrounding areas SERVPRO of Denton is ready to respond! 

Storm Damage can occur anytime of the year!

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our IICRC certified crews are highly trained and ready to use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Denton County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams with state of the art equipment located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Denton at 970-566-2277

Do You Have an Emergency Ready Plan? If not let SERVPRO of North Richland Hills prepare one for you at no charge.