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Causes of Electrical Fires

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Electrical Outlet Faulty outlets can be a source for an electrical fire.

On average, 24000 electrical fires occur in the U.S. per year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

The top causes of electrical fires are the following:

  • Faulty outlets/appliances. Never use an appliance or a cord that is frayed or chewed. In addition, do not run cords under rugs.
  • Light Fixtures. Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs can all be sources of an electrical fire. These could occur by installing a bulb with too high of wattage or placing items on top of a lamp shade. 
  • Extension cords. Misuse of these cords can cause fires, as they should not be used all the time rather appliances should be plugged into outlets. 
  • Space heaters. Heaters often are left in front of/on combustible surfaces like curtains, rugs. Coil heaters are the most dangerous. 
  • Wiring. Outdated wiring can also be a source of fire. If a home is over 20 years old, the wiring may not have the ability to handle appliances in today's homes. 

Is Your Roof Leaking?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Roof Damage Have a roof leak? Call SERVPRO of Dentont today at (940)566-2277.

When you see a leak coming from your roof, your first reaction might be to panic. However, there’s no need to do that, as there are many ways to clean up and repair the issue. A roof leak can be hard to spot and handle, however, so you may want to reach out to roofing repair professionals who can help you even with the trickiest of leaks.

Here are steps you can take to address your roof leak:

1. Check for missing shingles. A missing shingle could be nothing, but if your roof is already leaking, it’s possible the felt paper that is installed under the shingles has been worn away. Unlike your roof shingles, the felt isn’t waterproof. However, this layer can ensure you have enough time to repair your damaged roof before the leak worsens.
2. Find the leak. When water drips on the floor of your building, it’s easy to think that it’s coming from straight above. Roofs, however, have several layers. Water has to go through all of these before landing on your office or warehouse floor, which means the drip is not likely to have originated right below the leak. If you want to find the source, go up to the top floor during the day and carefully check for moisture or water marks.
3. Call the professionals. Roofing work can be both difficult and dangerous. A roof leak can become a bigger deal than you expected it to be. Qualified professionals can help you tear wet materials out to ensure that there are no other leaks, and then they can dry and disinfect the affected area.

If you’re dealing with roof problems in Denton, TX, remember that your damaged roof can be fixed, repaired and restored. You don’t have to do it all yourself, but the most important thing to do is address the issue before it progresses into something more difficult — and costly — to repair.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

What To Do If You See Mold

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold near a window Though mold can be found everywhere, it can cause serious health issues. If you see signs of mold give us a call!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold spores throughout your home or business. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or business.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Denton for mold remediation services or a visual inspection

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 940-566-2277

Lifespan of a Generator

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Generator To avoid generator problems, which can be particularly vexing when you need it most, regular inspection and service are vital.

A prudent move for business owners in Corinth, TX, is to keep a commercial generator on standby in case of a power outage that results from a storm or an accident. Because its purchase is likely to be a significant investment, it is worth looking into questions about its probable lifespan.

Variables to Consider

Though it is impossible to pinpoint how long your machine is likely to last, statistics offer some useful information. The number of hours of use is a prime consideration in estimating how long it will remain operational.

  1. Typically, you can expect a gaseous or diesel-powered generator to operate between 10,000 to 30,000 hours; this translates to 20-30 years.
  2. Regular maintenance will keep the machine in good condition; the schedule is determined by how often and for how long it is used.
  3. The environmental conditions where it is kept will affect its lifespan. Extremes in temperature and humidity will determine how often it requires maintenance.

Extending its Life

To avoid generator problems, which can be particularly vexing when you need it most, regular inspection and service are vital. A suggested schedule breaks down as follows:

  • On a weekly basis, briefly run it and check fuel levels as well as auto start-up and circuit breaker statuses. Look for evidence of leaks.
  • On a monthly basis, check the condition of the battery charger and the levels of engine oil and coolant.
  • On a bi-annual basis, inspect the enclosure, wiring, drive belts, coolant heater, piping, connections and exhaust system. Check the battery, cables, coolant lines and air cleaner units. Look for oil, fuel or coolant leaks.
  • On an annual basis, change the fuel, air and oil filters and the spark plugs. Flush the coolant. Perform load testing, and for diesel units, test fuel and remove any water from the fuel tank.

With consistently performed maintenance, your generator should be ready when you need it. It is an investment that could pay for itself in doing its part to keep the doors to your business open when disaster strikes.

Staying Safe While Boating

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Boat on a body of water Water enthusiasts need to be aware of the electrical and carbon monoxide hazards that surround them.

Summer often is the time for boating and leisure activities on the water. But water enthusiasts need to be aware of the electrical and carbon monoxide hazards that surround them.

Electrical safety: 

  • Never swim near a boat, marina or launch ramp due to residual electrical current that could be flowing in the area. 
  • Make sure to maintain your boat. 
  • Only use electrical cords intended for marine usage. 
  • Know where the breakers are on the boat and on shore. 

Carbon Monoxide Safety:

  • Make sure to maintain your engine to prevent excess carbon monoxide. 
  • Proper ventilation for the engine and generator exhaust vents. They must not be blocked. 
  • If you suspect that you've come in contact with high levels of carbon monoxide get fresh air immediately. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, nausea, or seizures. 
  • Do not swim near the boats exhausts.
  • Make sure to install CO alarms on your boat. 

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/boatingsafetytips.pdf

Tips On Securing a Commercial Lease

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building Finding a commercial lease may be daunting, but these quick tips can help you.

Are you ready to start your own business? One of the first steps is knowing how to find the place to call “home” for your work. Finding a commercial lease may be daunting, but brush up on these quick tips to help you feel at ease about finding your new workplace.

Ask These Questions Before Leasing!

  1. Know how long the lease, or “term” is. Is it multi-year or many months? When do you need to pay rent? If you have questions about the lease, don’t be scared to ask.
  2. Know how much you are going to be paying in rent and if there is a security deposit.
  3. Will it be the landlord or tenant’s responsibility to pay for utilities? Knowing whether there is Triple Net on the property should help you know how much you would really be being paying for the property. Along with this, will landlord or tenant be responsible for lawn being maintained, damage repairs, etc. Having a clear guideline of restrictions helps understand how to care for your office space.
  4. Will the building be deep cleaned before your move in? If not, calling SERVPRO of Denton to help eliminate prior dirt and germs for the premise so you can start fresh and clean, a perfect foundation for a prosperous business.

About SERVPRO of Denton

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for 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) 514-8785 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Join Us For a Webinar

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Chris LoCurto Chris LoCurto is an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and leader of leaders.

SERVPRO of Denton is happy to be working with the Denton Chamber of Commerce to bring you a webinar from Chris LoCurto.

Chris is an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and leader of leaders helping businesses and individuals realize and maximize their personal and professional potential.

He pours his great passion for people, along with decades of experience and perspective, into his daily work with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals. It’s this passion and insight that has lead businesses to explode their revenue and help to realize their potential and live a strong life.

The webinar will cover:

  • Discovering what is holding you back from growth.
  • Knowing how to scale your business.
  • If you doubled your business today, what would happen?
  • How to have a strategy for business growth.

We hope you join us on June 30 at 11 a.m. Register here.

Preparing Your Commercial Business

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to an office Water damage can happen at anytime to a commercial business, make sure to have a plan in place just in case it happens to you.

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?

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. 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, on file before disaster strikes. How quickly cleanup begins will impact the size of the loss and how soon you call.

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.

Call SERVPRO of Denton to extract the water, dry your structure and to clean and remove any potentially dangerous contaminants at 940-566-2277. 

Prevent Water Damage in Summer Months

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler System Homeowners should try to avoid excessive watering of lawns in summer months to try and prevent water damage in their homes.

Just like in the winter months, pipes can burst in the summer, too. It can happen due to heat or sun. Here are some tips to protect them. 

  • Cover exposed pipes that see a lot of sun. Excessive sun can cause pipes to weaken or damage, you'll want to paint them or cover them with outdoor pipe insulation.
  • Watch out for tree roots and other landscaping debris. Growing trees and plants can break through pipes, possibly causing backed up sewer lines. You'll want to watch for this and know where your outdoor pipes are. 
  • Rest your outdoor water pipes. Overuse of sprinklers and hoses can cause pipes to weaken. Homeowner's want to try to prevent excessive usage of these systems so that you don't tax your pipes. 

SERVPRO of Denton Gives Back to Serve Denton

6/13/2020 (Permalink)

From Left to Right: Hank Dickenson, Kristi Stokes, Jeff Stokes, Carlie Kuban. Hank Dickenson, Kristi Stokes, Jeff Stokes, Carlie Kuban (left to right) stand in front of the new Health Services of North Texas.

Here at SERVPRO of Denton, we are committed to supporting Denton, Denton County and the surrounding communities, that's why we partnered with SERVE Denton to give $10000 to the community. 

Our commitment will go to the new health center on site for Health Services of North Texas. The center has 12 exam rooms, 2 onsite labs, a nurse’s station and waiting room. Since its opening in 2019, it has seen hundreds of patients. 

In addition, the part of the donation will go towards the remaining fundraising needs for finishing the final phases of the Serve Denton Center, which includes the new health center, a center for Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County and a custom-built food center for Denton Community Food Center.