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Why You Should Hire Restoration Specialists: Part 2

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Part 2:

In part one, we covered several benefits of hiring restoration specialists to handle your water loss. These include the health and safety risks, efficiency, and potential for mold growth after a water loss. There are three more reasons why it’s in every owner’s best interest to use professionals when your property is damaged in a water loss:

  1. SERVPRO® of Denton is a leader in water cleanup and restoration. As a premier restoration company, we help to ensure your damage is mitigated according to industry standards. Our IICRC certified professionals will survey, inspect and assess the full scope of damage to not only mitigate but expose potential future damage as well. This wholistic approach ensures that your home is safe and sound so it’s “Like it never even happened.”
  2. Our technicians have access to professional equipment and the knowledge to use it. From special heaters to dehumidifiers to moisture meters, we will help to ensure that the job is done to industry specific standards. SERVPRO® of Denton is made up of a proven system of professionals and professional grade equipment that enables us to return your property to preloss condition in most cases.
  3. Finally, when we set up a containment area, we have already removed damaged materials and assessed which materials are salvageable. At SERVPRO® we work to restore rather than replace, whenever possible. This is not only better for the environment, but we know your property is both valuable and sentimental. And when your property is functional, you can get back to your daily routines and important business. Our teams are efficient, professional, and committed to quality.

Our knowledge, experience, tools, and techniques are why we are a leader in both residential and commercial water restoration. In times of chaos, SERVPRO® of Denton will expertly and quickly restore order and function to your property.

Why You Should Hire Restoration Specialists

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

So, you had a water leak, and you’re not sure if you can handle the job yourself or if your situation requires a team of professionals. There are many reasons why you should always have your property inspected by professionals after a water loss.

SERVPRO® of Denton utilizes the correct equipment and our professional knowledge and expertise to get the restoration process completed as quickly as possible, returning your home to pre loss condition in most cases.

Here are additional reasons why you should always hire professionals to mitigate water damage.

Part 1:

  1. Health and Safety: A professional company will assess if there is any contamination from gray or black water. They will also assess whether or not there is any microbial growth or mold, and remediate if detected.
  2. Efficiency: Our experts work quickly so you can get your schedule and routine back on track. Extending the time for remediation by hiring the wrong company or attempting to do it yourself will only further complicate an already uneasy situation.
  3. Mold: Mold is present after moisture has occurred. Whether it’s rain, burst pipes, ice dams that have leaked into a roof or even excessive humidity, the main culprit of mold growth is time. Mold growth can begin to occur within 48 hours of moisture's appearance.

Affordable Payment Options Today

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

A hand holds a phone and reads affordable payment options If you need financing, we've got options.

At SERVPRO® of Denton, we know we show up after a major unexpected event in your life. We also know that insurance doesn’t always cover a high deductible and sometimes may not cover a loss at all. However, the process of mitigation, repair, and restoration must continue. That’s why it’s important to have financing options available to you in your time of need. The financing process is straightforward, easy, and most of all quick! Here are some quick facts to help you make the right decision for your home:

  • Check rates in less than 2 minutes
  • Fixed monthly payments
  • Loans typically funded in 1-5 days
  • No prepayment penalties
  • Zero equity required
  • Fixed rates and terms

We have affordable payment options for any home improvement project!

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SERVPRO of Denton Emergency Ready Plan

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial building with tear out Our commercial property specialists know how to professionally mitigate your water and fire loss.

While we only hope to see good things come about in a new year, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for the not-so good things—like fire or water damage—that are always an unexpected and unwelcome disaster. This year, take the time to be "Ready for whatever happens." Preparation and review will help get you through anything in 2022! The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Plan (ERP) will help you ensure you and your facility are prepared. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shutoff valve locations and priority areas. In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. Whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood, having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY.

How To Stay Safe During Frigid Winters

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

While your home can be damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk. Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold in 2015. It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.

Source: ready.gov/winter-weather

Protecting Your Business From Carbon Monoxide

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

The wall and ceiling of a burned storage unit Portable generators can be the source of CO exposure and fires.

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used/vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment (such as portable generators). However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes. Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your building by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the structure. Consider having all fuel burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov. 

Maintenance Tips for Commercial Buildings

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a commercial building Fire sprinklers malfunction and create situations that need to be remedied quickly.

Whether you own a commercial building or manage many commercial buildings, they present unique challenges when something goes wrong. Proper maintenance can prevent little problems from becoming large-scale problems. If they do, SERVPRO® of Denton is ready help make it “Like it never even happened.” And while we are available 24/7 for your repair and restoration needs, we’ve compiled three tips from professionals across the industry that can prevent your commercial building structure from incurring a major loss:

  1. Maintain your roofing structure. Fixing leaks as soon as they arise instead of putting them off to deal with later will significantly decrease your chances for a major loss. Whether the issue is minor or major may only be detectable by professionals. Either way, it’s imperative to address the problem sooner rather than later.
  2. Regularly check your fire control system. Whether it’s a communication line in your system that has gone down or fire suppression sprinklers aren’t working, your fire control system should be checked regularly to make sure it’s functioning properly. Responsible action and routine maintenance check can prevent significant damage to your building structure.
  3. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance. Commercial HVAC systems differ significantly from home HVAC systems. Which means they are significantly more complicated and usually require professional assistance. Proper planning and scheduling routine professional exams will allow parts to be replaced when needed, as well as checking for any major faults.

As you can see, the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ definitely applies to your commercial building structures. However, even with regularly scheduled maintenance and quick action on the part of the building manager, things can go awry. SERVPRO® of Denton has professionals that will answer your call immediately and begin taking actions to limit the damage. Our trustworthy and confident staff will develop a plan, move quickly, and execute flawlessly. We are a leader in the restoration industry, and our professionals are faster to any size disaster.

Holiday Fire-Safety Tips

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Decorate Safely

The holidays are upon us and decorating for Christmas is something we all love to do. Pretty lights, candles, and decorations enhance the holiday spirit - however, if they are not used carefully, your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season:

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
  • Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains - away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home or business to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave. SERVPRO of Denton professionals wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Properly Prepare for Seasonal Travel

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you will be traveling this holiday season, SERVPRO of Denton recommends to leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure a warm enough temperature inside to help prevent freezing pipes. But what about the trip itself? When you hear the phrase “emergency kit,” do you think of a first aid kit? A collection of supplies nestled in a closet somewhere, just in case they are needed? What about an emergency kit for your vehicle? Do you have one? Do you know what to put in one, should you decide to make one?

The NSC (National Safety Council) recommends including:

  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods
  • Drinking water
  • Reflective vest in case you need to walk to get help
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Duct tape
  • Rain poncho
  • Compass
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cold weather items: snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, warm clothing, cat litter for traction • A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack
  • A Tool kit and/or multipurpose utility tool
  • Reflective triangles and brightly colored cloth to make your vehicle more visible
  • First aid kit with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, non-latex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers, and instant cold compress

Do consider what you might need and assess what you should add or remove, depending on your destination, weather conditions, or the duration of your trip. You should check your emergency kit at least every six months, and restock items that you use or that have expired.

Deep Fried Turkey, Safety Tips Edition

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

A person with black gloves pulls a turkey out of a fryer Deep fried turkey is tasty, but always remember safety first.

It’s nearly a tradition of its own for many families in Texas. Deep Fried Turkey has become a widespread delicacy, and is usually on the menu somewhere for Thanksgiving. Everyone knows that deep frying a turkey is a quick method of cooking that provides a crispy and flavorful bird. However, deep frying a turkey is a more dangerous method of cooking. Having gallons of hot cooking oil over an open flame can be a recipe for disaster. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled deep fryers due to their risk of injury and damage to your property. If you still choose to use a deep fryer for your holiday feast, please follow the following safety measures provided by the National Fire Prevention Agency:

  • Set up your deep fryer on a flat surface, more than 10 feet away from any structures.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before slowly placing it in the hot oil.
  • Do not leave the fryer unattended. Continuously monitor the temperature of the oil.
  • Protect yourself. Lids and handles can become very hot and cause burns. Wear proper personal protective equipment.
  • Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times. A multipurpse, dry-powder unit is best. Be sure to keep children and pets away from the area while cooking.