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Best of Denton County - THANK YOU

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Community Best of Denton County - THANK YOU SERVPRO of Denton is Best Emergency Restoration and Fire & Water Clean-Up in Denton County!

We are proud to announce that SERVPRO of Denton was awarded Best of Denton County in Emergency Restoration and Fire and Water Clean Up for both the Residents and Student categories!

Thank You, Denton County!

The community of Denton has been so amazing to SERVPRO and we love being able to help our neighbors and friends. If you need any home restoration or clean up from fire, water, storms, or more, please give us a call (940) 566-2277 or visit our website at www.SERVPROdenton.com.

We love wearing our #meangreen for University of North Texas.

We love eating on the Square.

And we are proud to be apart of the Best Businesses in Denton County.

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) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

October 16th is National Bosses Day!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO October 16th is National Bosses Day! Kristi and Jeff Stokes, owners of SERVPRO of Denton and North Richland Hills!

October 16th is National Bosses Day and we want to recognize our hardworking owners at SERVPRO North Richland Hills and SERVPRO Denton.

Meet Our Owners!

Jeff and Kristi Stokes are #relationshipgoals when it comes to cleanup and restoration. Through flood and fire, thick and thin, Jeff and Kristi are the dream team you want to trust in times crisis. They have seen it all and are ready to tackle the toughest projects to help you, your family and your home or business.

Bragging Rights Below!

Need more proof that you can rely on SERVPRO of North Richland Hills in times of trouble? Check out their list of accomplishments… (not to brag or anything!)

  • Director’s Bronze
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Director’s Gold
  • Million Dollar Club
  • Million Dollar Club
  • Millionaire’s Bronze – Outstanding 2014 Sales Performance
  • Million Dollar Club
  • Million Dollar Month
  • Millionaire’s Bronze – Outstanding 2015 Sales Performance
  • SERVPRO Large Loss Response Team
  • Chairman's Silver
  • Small Business of the Year Award Nominee
  • Best of Denton County

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) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Update: Hurricane Michael

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Update: Hurricane Michael Hurricane Michael's trail through the U.S., making its way through Florida to South Carolina.

It has been a year of devastating hurricanes. From the crushing impact of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 in the Gulf Coast to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, and now Hurricane Michael in Florida, you may never think that you will be affected…until it happens to you.

Facts about Hurricanes

  • On average, the U.S. Eastern Coast experiences 10 tropical storms a year.
  • They form from warm waters over the Atlantic Ocean, and under right circumstances, develop into massive hurricanes, circulating at 180 MPH.
  • They can last for 2 to 3 weeks before they even making landfall.
  • Hurricanes can cover miles in circumference, increasing the mass area for destruction.

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida on the afternoon of October 10, 2018. Hurricane Michael’s winds were at 155 MPH, the category 4 hurricane close to being a category 5 and the most powerful hurricane since 1992. The Florida panhandle was left in ruins and devastation.

What Can SERVPRO do for you?

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) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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How to Prevent Fireplace Fires

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

As cooler weather brings in cozier, warmer homes, it is essential to take care of your chimney system if you plan to use it in the fall and winter seasons. Ensuring a clean chimney will prolong the fireplace life and usage for years to come.

How do Fireplaces cause Fires?

Material inside the chimney after several fires is called Creosote. It is the smoke that attaches to the inner chimney lining, creating a dark, sticky and flaky material is often the root cause of chimney fires. When creosote catches on fire, that is when inner liners, usually made out of clay or metal, can crack and become distorted from high temperatures.

When finding fuel to burn in your fireplace, stick with dry, large pieces of wood. Use newspaper or kindling to start the fire instead of gas or lighter fluid (unless your fireplace already has a fuel source.)

What do I do if My Fireplace Catches on Fire?

In the case where a fire may occur due to a dirty chimney, follow these steps on what to do:

  1. If you see that your fire is getting out of control, extinguish it immediately. You can’t see if your chimney is on fire on the inside, but you can reduce the amount of heat being produced by extinguishing the fire.
  2. If the fire is already out of control, be sure to get everyone out of the house.
  3. Call 911 if the fire is coming out the top of the chimney or the out the fireplace.
  4. Once the house is safe to re-enter, contact your insurance company and inform them of what had happened.
  5. Call SERVPRO of Denton to take care of the rest! From handling the fire and water damage to removing the odor, SERVPRO of Denton will restore your home “Like It Never Even Happened!”

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 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) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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What to do When Flood Water Damages Your Home

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do When Flood Water Damages Your Home Flood waters rise up to a door on a building.

You think it will never happen to you...until it does. It is important to plan for the unforeseeable events so if the day comes, you have a plan on how to handle the situation. Floods can happen quickly and can be unpredictable. Here is what to do when flood water damages your home!

Safety First - Leave Your Home If Flood Water Are High

Safety is the number one priority when not only dealing with flooding but any natural disasters. If flood waters are high, leave the home, lock doors and turn off fuse box. Ensuring that the electricity is off is important for safety to reduce the chances of being electrocuted standing in mixed water.

Upon Return – Structural Damage on the Property

When returning to your home, or after flood water recedes, check the structural damage around the property. Pillars, walls, and flooring are just a few areas to be cautious around. Items in the house may have moved from high flood water levels, be alert when working in standing water and avoid stepping dangerous materials.

Protect Your Health - Avoiding Contaminated Flood Water & Mold

Depending on how low the water level is, wear protective shoes or waders to walk through the home. Contaminated flood water can affect your health negatively if proper precautions are initiated. It is advised to have children stay away from the property until the contaminated flood water can be controlled and removed.

Call Insurance & Receive Resources

Document the damage. Try to be thorough with the what has been damaged and the specifics of the water level. Call Insurance so they can help you with repairing the damages as soon as possible. Flood insurance is worth the value if you live in a high flood risk area. Also, utilize resources available from a few agencies that can assist financially or with extra resources like disasterassistance.gov and FEMA.

Removing Damaged Materials - What to Keep & What to Toss

Recoverable valuables can be dried by air-drying or using a blow dryer. Drying your items out as soon as possible gives you a higher rate of recovery. Anything beyond repair should be noted with the insurance.

Call SERVPRO of Denton - Cleanup & Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Denton to handle water damages, mold mitigation, deep cleaning, so that the aftermath of the flood will be “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Denton can restore carpets, walls, rugs, upholstery, with their various cleaning methods and all required equipment as including services such as odor removal, mold remediation, and antimicrobial sanitation treatments to ensure a safe, clean home. The sooner, the better to immediately treat water damaged items to prevent mold growth. SERVPRO of Denton, Texas is available 24/7 and they will have a team out to you ASAP. Professionals in the field are certified with IICRC training and quality continuing education classes about emergency mitigation, the expertise to ensure that your home is restored back to pre-flood conditions.

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 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) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Tips To Quiet Your Pipes

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips To Quiet Your Pipes A home in Denton, TX that had a pipe burst in her home. These floors were saved by our technicians.

You hear whistling and hammering at your home in Denton, TX. You peek in on your family and it is not any of them. Who could it be? Surprisingly, it could be your pipes. Ignoring these sounds could lead to a disastrous pipe break in the future. Read below to learn what these sounds mean and what to do next.

Noises Your Pipes May Make

Hammering

Hammering or banging sounds occur when water slams into the sides of the pipe when the flow is suddenly shut off. Before a pipe break occurs, solve this by taking the following measures:

  • Examine your pipes to see if any pipes are banging against something or missing pipe straps. If this is the case, fix the broken pipe by adding replacement pipe straps or inserting padding where the banging occurs.
  • Install an air chamber when the pipe does not contain water. The resulting pocket of air softens the blow of the water slamming abruptly and lessens the hammering noise. Depending on the location and severity of the noise, these chambers can be installed behind faucets or on the main water line to the house.

Whistling

Whistling noises happen when water quickly flows through a small opening, usually related to faucets or toilet tanks. To avoid a potential pipe burst, take the appropriate next steps:

  • First, isolate the problem by turning on and closely listening to each faucet and toilet individually until you locate the source.
  • For faucets, turn off the water supply and tighten or replace the interior washer and screw. For toilets, repair, adjust or replace the ballcock mechanism inside the tank.

Be vigilant about the sounds your pipes make in Denton, TX. If you do not take action to fix the problem, a pipe break may occur. Once a pipe burst happens in your home, the likelihood of water damage to your home and belongings is substantial. In this event, fix the broken pipe, call your insurance agent and contact a water restoration specialist as soon as possible.

How to Stop Fire Damage From Ruining Your Business Electronics

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Stop Fire Damage From Ruining Your Business Electronics Fire damage in Ponder, TX

Electronic equipment is often central to business operations. When a fire strikes your business in Ponder, TX, this equipment risks being damaged and potentially irreparable. With the expertise on dealing with electronics after an electrical fire, you can salvage them before the damage becomes too severe.

Types of Fire Damage for Electronics

Electronics are more delicate towards smoke than others assets around a typical office. The damage to these items can come from a variety of fire-related sources:

  • Smoke infiltrating the insides of electronics and leaving a black film that insulates the circuitry that leads to overheating
  • Acidic soot deteriorating both exterior and interior of the equipment and cause malfunctions
  • Magnetism of smoke shorting circuits and leading to overheating or fire risk

What to Do in the Immediate Aftermath of a Fire

After an electrical fire, everything should be evaluated for exposure or damage. If you notice a device that was in a smoky area or suspect one received residual smoke, you should disconnect it immediately. This prevent additional damage and stops a short circuit from becoming another fire while the area is unused and unmonitored.

Once unplugged, any damaged computer should be opened to disconnect and safely relocate the most important asset: its hard drive. Computer cleanup could end up impossible due to damage, but the hard drive can often be saved. It is where all important documents like spreadsheets are stored. A hard drive transfers between different computers, so you can easily resume operations.

Cleaning Up the Fire Damage

While attempts can be made to repair electronics yourself, it requires knowledge of circuitry and wiring of the specific product. You could end up doing more harm than good with improper tools and handling. If you have no warranty option, everything damaged by fire or smoke is best left with a professional fire damage restoration service for repairs.

By taking proactive measures following a fire, the chance of asset recovery is greater. An electrical fire does not have to claim every electronic in your business, and you can stop it from doing so.

The Lifespan of a Commercial Generator

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Lifespan of a Commercial Generator Wood floor damage in a Corinth, TX home

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.

How To Manage a Water Heater Leak

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Manage a Water Heater Leak Drying equipment at a commercial water damage in Denton, TX

One of the most problematic sources of water damage in Denton, TX, is a leaking water heater. Often, a failed water heater may show significant damage due to its age or environmental factors, which could present a few safety hazards to consider when checking it for leaks. After you've stopped the water, it's time to clean up.

Checking Your Water Heater

Before inspecting your water heater for damage or leaks, be sure that you protect yourself by taking the following safety precautions:

  • When approaching a gas water heater that you suspect has failed, make sure you do not smell any gas. Since water heaters are frequently located in unventilated and confined spaces, an accumulation of gas from a small leak could build up rapidly.
  • Turn off the water heater and its water supply.
  • Do not touch the tank itself and be mindful of the pilot light. Even a leaking water heater tank can be very hot.
  • Inspect the tank’s drain valve, which is usually located near the bottom of the tank. The drain valve should be closed and screwed on securely. If there is a leak coming from the drain valve, it might need to be replaced; this is one of the most common causes of leaks in water heaters.

Cleaning Up

Once you've stopped the flow of water, you can begin to clean up:

  • Make sure electronics and appliances in the wet area are unplugged.
  • Transfer rugs and any other movable furniture and items to a dry area.
  • Dry the floor with towels, a mop, or a shop-vac.
  • Set up fans and dehumidifiers to being circulating air and removing excess moisture.

Be sure that you consider all of the safety factors and protect yourself when beginning any cleanup procedure involving a broken water heater. Investigating, repairing and mitigating the damage caused by a leaking water heater should include basic safety precautions and thorough cleaning and drying that a qualified professional service would be well-equipped to manage.

Is Mold Lurking in Your Apartment?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Lurking in Your Apartment? It’s never fun to have to deal with water damage and the resulting problem of mold growth.

With the recent storms and prolonged flooding in Denton, TX, your apartment may have gotten water damage and developed a mold problem. As frustrating as this can be, there are steps you can take right away to contend with the mold clean up, including getting help from your property manager. The following steps will help you get started.

Step 1 – Notify the Property Manager

You don’t want to wait for mold contamination to take hold in your apartment. Immediately call your property manager and follow up with an email. Take photos of the places where you see mold spores growing. Most landlords and property managers will want to act quickly to avoid mold contamination and to repair water damage.

Step 2 – Dry Out the Apartment

Mold grows in warm, damp areas, so you want to dry out the apartment as soon as possible. Turn on all the fans, pull up any rugs, and run a dehumidifier to extract as much moisture from the air as possible. It may take days, or even weeks, for everything to dry out. In the meantime, keep working with your property manager to proceed with the mold clean up.

Step 3 – Remove Damaged Furniture and Other Items

Water can ruin furniture, kids’ toys and other belongings. Be sure to check for mold spores on these items, which may need to be professionally cleaned or removed from the apartment. Don’t forget to look in closets and underneath beds for stored items. Mold grows where conditions are dark and damp and where airflow is restricted.

It’s never fun to have to deal with water damage and the resulting problem of mold growth, but if you take the right steps and act quickly, you can prevent mold contamination. Contact your property manager so he or she can call a restoration specialist in Denton, TX, to manage the mold clean up. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/