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Stay Safe This Summer

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stay Safe This Summer Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July. In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. Your local SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Firework Facts

  • In 2011*, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.
  • These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported fire deaths.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

*Most recent statistics available-provided by the NFPA

Can Flooding Cause Mold Growth?

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Flooding Cause Mold Growth? Mold can cause health effects and significant damage to your property.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak, storm flooding or leaking waterline, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle you mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 

1. Call SERVPRO of Tyler at 903-561-0168

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment

3. Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration 

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

6. Restoration 

SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Mold Damage Tips: What you can do until help arrives.

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Tips: What you can do until help arrives. Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (903) 561-0168

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (903) 561-0168

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tyler for mold remediation services.

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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals understand mold and mold growth.

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Tyler. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

East Texas Schools Closing Due to Flu Outbreak

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial East Texas Schools Closing Due to Flu Outbreak Many schools across East Texas are closing for days due to flu outbreaks.

It's the time of year when we may experience localized influenza outbreaks at homes, businesses and schools. Luckily,SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the best cleaning solutions available to remedy toxic and germ saturated situations.

SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the Benefect suite of products, an all-natural, safe, bacteria killing cleaning solution. This 100% natural disinfectant is safe to use on just about anything.  

 
Some commercial applications would be in food preparation areas, day cares and nurseries, hotels and restaurants, schools and fitness gyms and kennels and barns.

Many schools across East Texas are closing for days due to flu outbreaks.  

If your home, business or school experiences an influenza outbreak this season, call SERVPRO® of Tyler to safely disinfect the area and help fight the flu!  

Call SERVPRO® of Tyler at 903-561-0168.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another catchy tag line for SERVPRO®. It is a commitment from each SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to be there when you need them most. Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO® System has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is always poised and ready to go where they are needed. Learn more about this elite team and a few of the events they’ve responded to inside this issue of the Restoration Newsline. If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Backed by a system of Franchises more than 1,700 strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.”

March is Red Cross month

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission.  Whether it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certification in CPR, lifeguarding, first aid and more, the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries, according to redcross.org.  

Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering. 

SERVPRO began a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016.  The Disaster Responder provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when disaster, such as a house fire, happens to them.  Disaster Responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign.  

To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org.  

 

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Tips to prevent pipes from freezing at your home or business:

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Insulate pipes that pass through unheated spaces (crawlspaces, basements, garages).
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • When away from the house for an extended period, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.

Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Fire Damage Tips When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

DO:



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.

  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

  • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.


DON’T:



  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)

  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.


When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: Life Savers Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Tyler at 903-561-0168.