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Ten Reasons Why To Clean The Carpets In Your Commercial Business

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Ten Reasons Why To Clean The Carpets In Your Commercial Business Carpets cleaned in a Downtown Fort Worth Commercial Building

If you are a commercial building owner who has carpets in your building SERVPRO of Denton recommends that you should clean the carpets in your building year-round. Our SERVPRO team specializes in assisting commercial building owners in cleaning and water and fire restoration

SERVPRO of Denton has put together 10 reasons why it is important for commercial business owners to properly clean and maintain carpets:
 
1. Prolongs the life of carpeting. Regular carpet cleaning using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly, protecting your floor-covering investment.

2. Protects indoor air quality. Carpets trap airborne pollutants; however, eventually those pollutants must be removed to protect the carpet and maintain indoor air quality.

3. Makes carpets easier to maintain. Most carpet soiling is made up of dry soils; when carpets are kept thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, most dry soils can be removed with regular vacuuming.

4. Removes spots and stains. As with other soils, spots and stains can attract more soiling. Removing them promptly protects carpeting from damage.

5. Prevents buildup of allergens and bacteria. Moist soiling of carpets can result in the buildup of several unhealthy contaminants.

6. Enhances the appearance of any room. Clean, well-maintained carpets speak volumes about the overall cleanliness of a home or facility.

7. Improves worker morale. Workers feel better about their work environment when it is clean. This includes the carpeting.

8. Makes carpeting look and feel clean and fresh.

9. Removes dust mites and bedbugs that may have found a home in carpets.

10. Maintains the carpet’s warranty. Most carpet warranties require that carpets be cleaned using the extraction method within a specific amount of time, usually every 12 to 18 months.

For more information call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277 or click on link www.SERVPROdenton.com

When a Fire Strikes

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When a Fire Strikes Fire Restoration in Denton, Texas

Our SERVPRO OF Denton team understands how emotional you may be and stressful you may feel after a fire disaster. After a fire affects your home you may be feeling confused, stressed, and even more than a little vulnerable. Our certified technicians have been highly trained and will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care.

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in fire and water damage restoration. Our professional SERVPRO team have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Our SERVPRO of Denton team is ready to assist you with your fire emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

When disaster strikes call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277.

When a Biohazard Cleanup is Needed

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard When a Biohazard Cleanup is Needed Our SERVPRO of Denton team is professionally trained and ready to help clean any type of Biohazard!

When an accident or traumatic death occurs in a home, many times families will look to their homeowner’s policy to help defray the expense of cleanup. If their coverage includes biohazard cleaning, an insurance adjuster will normally require an assessment before reimbursement is offered. This can be a challenge for even a seasoned insurance professional to judge the full extent of the damage. Not only are biohazard situations unique, but they are often difficult to remediate which can make the adjuster’s job is also more challenging. Our SERVPRO of Denton team knows how important it is to make a difficult situation easier for the insurance adjuster and the home or business owner.

SERVPRO of Denton also knows that although there are many reasons to hire a professional biohazard cleaning company. Some of the most important reasons, however, are the ones you cannot see. For example:

Safety should never be overlooked.

Companies like SERVPRO of Denton train technicians on proper protocol surrounding the handling and disposal of biohazardous waste. Studies state that 1 one out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time. Our SERVPRO of Denton crew follow stringent local and federal safety regulations when performing a biohazard clean up.

Professional cleaners utilize meticulous decontamination procedures that your customer cannot replicate easily on their own.

By researching the best practices of other industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and restoration, we created an innovative and professional cleaning process to deliver hospital-grade sanitation which helps protect your family from dangerous bacteria and blood borne viruses. Our process includes cleaning, sanitation, and deodorizing.

If you need assistance call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277.

Tips for Preventing a Grill and Firepit Fires This Summe

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Preventing a Grill and Firepit Fires This Summe SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help with any fire emergency, 24 hour a day, 365 days a year!

Summers in Texas are known for being hot but they are also known for bringing people out of their homes. Gas grills and fire pits become the norm for summer gatherings but both things must be handled with caution to help reduce the risk of a house fire. House fires caused by barbecues and fire pits can cause extensive fire and smoke damage to your home if not properly handles correctly but by following these preventative actions, you can help reduce the risk of a house fire this summer.

Gas Grills

Gas grills appear everywhere in the summer but homeowners need to use caution when grilling out.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there are over 8,000 house fires each year caused by grills so it is important to follow these tips to help avoid grill-related fires:

  • Make sure the grill is a safe distance from the house and other structures.  It is not safe to grill under any kind of overhang such as in a garage, porch, breezeway, or awning.
  • Inspect the gas line and hoses for cracks that could cause propane leaks by putting soapy water over the hose and fittings and looking for bubbles to form off the equipment.  All leaking issues should be addressed before attempting to grill again.
  • Always light a gas grill with the lid open and keep a spray water bottle or fire extinguisher handy in case the flames flare up.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are also a very common sight in the summer months but it is important for homeowners to always exercise caution when using fire pits especially when using them for social gatherings. 

  • Install the fire pit at least 10 feet away from structures and anything flammable.
  • Make sure to place the fire pit on a solid surface in an open area, never put it underneath trees or an overhanging roof.
  • Always pay attention to the fire pit and never leave it.  It is wise to keep a fire extinguisher nearby and you should make sure that the fire is completely out before going inside.

Following these few simple safety tips when it comes to using fire pits or gas grills can help reduce a chance for a home fire making for an enjoyable and worry-free summer. If your home does sustain damage from a fire this summer, SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help! Call us at 940-566-2277

Preventing AC Leaks While Attempting to Stay Cool

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing AC Leaks While Attempting to Stay Cool Water Damage caused by an air condition leak in Hurst, Texas.

Summer is officially here and that means 100-degree weather if you live in Texas and air conditions running all day and night in an attempt to stay cool. While running our air conditions no-stop most people tend to forget that air conditioners can sometimes cause a water damage if not properly maintained. An air conditioning system can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily when working at peak efficiency. Normally the water will drain off the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system but if the drain becomes clogged and the unit produces more water than it can handle, the water will overflow and can lead to damaged floors and carpeting. If not detected it can also cause mold growth.

Although a clogged drain line is often the major source of creating water damage there are other causes such as excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running round the clock in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view water damage can be occurring daily and accumulating into hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage.

  1. Make sure to change the air filter every month. By changing the air filter monthly, it gives you the opportunity to check whether there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Making sure that the AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking and causing freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage.
  2. It is important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.
  3. When installing an AC condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight an up and down direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit.
  4. Consider having a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch which will automatically shut down the power to an AC unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.

By following the four steps listed, you can help reduce the chances of water damage. If a water damage does occur SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help get your home or business dry. Call us at 940-566-2277.

Things Every Home or Business Owner Should Know

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Things Every Home or Business Owner Should Know Ceiling collapsed when a pipe busted in the attic of a Denton home.

Water damage is extremely stressful, and the more you know about it, the better off you will be when one occurs. Here are five things that SERVPRO of Denton feels that every home or business owner needs to know about water damage.

  1. There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage.

You might think that water is water, whether it’s from flooding or a burst pipe, but flood damage is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. If you live in an area likely to experience flooding, you will probably already have a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP). When you report the claim to the insurance company, make sure to specify whether the claim is for water damage or for flood damage.

  1. Not all water damage is covered by your insurance.

It is a good idea to look over your insurance policy and familiarize yourself with any exclusion to your water damage coverage. While most policies cover sudden damage, like water damage from a really bad storm or from an overflowing washing machine, any water damage that happens because you didn’t maintain the property may be excluded.

  1. Once water damage has happened, the clock is ticking before it gets worse.

When your property has been water damaged, time is of the essence. If not handled promptly secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment.

Mold spores are everywhere, but they need moisture and a nutrient source to grow. And that is exactly what your wet carpet or drywall offers.

There is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something gets wet until mold can begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you may need the services of a professional mold remediation service to safely treat and remove the mold.

  1. Your insurance company needs to know right away.

You should always contact your insurance company right away when you discover water damage. Your insurance agent can start the claims process immediately, as well as guide you through the first steps you will need to take to protect your property from more damage, like stopping the source of the water at the main water turnoff.

Your insurance company may also direct you to a water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Denton that they have worked with in the past. 

  1. The pollution level of the water is important.

Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.

Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it,

Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.

Our IICRC certified team is alway ready to help! Call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277

Water Damage Affecting Your Business

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Affecting Your Business Water damage at a luxurious Texas Hotel

Let SERVPRO® Help You When When it Counts Most!

Flooding and water damage events at 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.

About SERVPRO of Denton

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in every area of the water damage event starting at extraction, the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our SERVPRO team 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 and let us help you with your water damage emergency! 940-566-2277

Hurricane Readiness

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Readiness Let SERVPRO of Denton help with your disaster clean up!

According to Helen Lowman with FEMA unlike most natural disasters, hurricanes rarely take us by surprise. There’s a season (June 1 – November 30) when forecasters can see hurricanes developing off the coast, hundreds of miles away, and can track them as they move closer to land. However, when they hit, high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and even tornadoes are all part of the hurricane package that can really pack a punch. That’s why if you live in an area where hurricanes are a threat, now is the time to prepare. The following tips can help you get prepared:

  1. Be prepared if you lose power.  If you or anyone in your household depends on medical devices that are powered by electricity, this is a first priority. Talk to your medical equipment company to find out what will happen to your equipment during a power outage.
    Make sure you have extra compatible batteries for your flashlights, radios or any device that can run on battery power 
    FEMA recommends each person have at least a three day supply of food and water, and more if possible.
    Set your freezer and refrigerator to the highest temperature so that it can stay cooler longer if you lose power.
  2. Have an emergency supply bag. Food, water, medication and batteries are just some of the basic emergency supplies you’ll want to have ready in a “Go Bag” that you can grab quickly before evacuating. Take time now to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
  3. Know your community’s evacuation plans. Many communities have designated “evacuation routes” and some even have evacuation zones. You will want to be familiar with these so if your local authorities issue an evacuation order, you’ll know exactly where to go.
  4. Make provisions for your pets.  Arrange a place for them to stay if possible. If you are taking them with you locate hotels that are pet friendly and bring their food along.

It only takes a few minutes to prepare for a hurricane! To learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website at ready.gov/prepare.

SERVPRO of Denton is here to help after a hurricane passes to begin the clean-up of your home or commercial building in order to get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. For more information go to www.SERVPROdenton.com or call us at 940-566-2277

Lightning Strike Causes Fire

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lightning Strike Causes Fire Lightning Strike Causes Total Loss in Texas Residence!

Are You Ready To Be Lightning Safe?  

 Whether building a new home, remodeling an existing home or even repairing a home that has been damaged, a lightning protection system can be a worthwhile investment, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

Damage caused by lightning, such as fire, is covered by standard homeowners insurance policies; and some policies provide coverage for damage from power surges that are the direct result of a lightning strike.

“Lightning losses were $790 million in 2015 and the average cost per claim rose 64 percent from 2010 to 2015,” explained Loretta Worters, a vice president with the I.I.I. “The $3,000 or $4,000 it will cost to install a lightning protection system could prevent a deadly house fire and save on costly repairs,” she added.

The growing market for smart home technology makes installing a lightning protection system even more important, noted the I.I.I. It is also an opportunity for designers, builders and code officials to include lightning protection systems in their plans.

“Just as smart homes provide the ultimate in safety and comfort, lightning protection systems ensure that state-of-the-art home automation systems aren’t damaged by direct or nearby lightning strikes,” said Kimberly Loehr, director of Communications for the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). “Lightning’s harmful surges can damage these internal building systems, which can be quite expensive to restore.”

A lightning protection system does not attract lightning, a common misconception, noted the LPI. Lightning will strike a location whether there is lightning protection in place or not. A lightning protection system directs the harmful current from a lightning strike to the ground, leaving the structure and its contents undamaged.

“Keep in mind lightning protection system design and installation is complex and not a do-it-yourself project,” said Loehr. “Installation is not typically within the scope of expertise held by general contractors, roofers or even electricians--which is why the work is typically sub-contracted out to specialists.”

Always hire an LPI-certified expert who specializes in lightning protection and utilizes UL-listed components and equipment to install your system, and make sure the materials and methods comply with national safety standards. Use the LPI’s “Find An Installer” tool to locate an LPI-certified lightning protection system installer in your area.

“If you contract to install a lightning protection system, keep the receipt and let your insurance professional know about this improvement. That will ensure it is included in the cost of rebuilding your home should a disaster occur,” said Worters. “It may even help reduce your insurance costs.”

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. To learn more about SERVPRO at http://www.SERVPROdenton.com

Got Mold?

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? Proper containment is essential during the mold remediation process. Doing so prevents mold spores from contaminating unaffected areas

If you think you might have mold in your home, the longer you wait to investigate, the worse it could get.  

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

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

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