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2019 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Highlights

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Green football field with players scattered across, Blue sky and sun shining SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 2019

2019 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Recap

SERVPRO of Tyler was honored to be able to participate at the 2019 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl on December 30th!

The day started with an early morning practice for presentation of the Flag. It was a very cold morning ladies and gentleman! But with all of the volunteers gathering around and carrying their portion of the beautiful United States flag our excitement was enough to keep us warm. 

We had a blast visiting with fans at the tailgate from all over the country that came to watch Western Kentucky University and Western Michigan university battle it out for the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl Title. It was a beautiful day for a football game with a slight breeze and sunshine filled blue skies! It was a close game but in the end the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Western Michigan Broncos 23-20.

We were in awe as we heard the stories of the First Responders that were honored during the game. We know we can't possibly begin to repay first responders for their service and sacrifice but we are so grateful to you for what you do for us every day. It's true what they say, not all heroes wear capes.  

Understanding Ice dams and the potential dangers

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

frozen water forming a thick heavy layer on top of brown shingled roof Ice Dam Forming on Residential Home Roof.

When winter weather hits, you must take additional steps to keep your home in good condition. Unfortunately, if an ice dam forms, your roof could leak. Here are a few things you need to know about ice dams.

Understanding Ice Dams

Ice dams are blocks of ice that form near the edges of your roof. When temperatures are low, these dams don’t cause much trouble. When roof temperatures rise, however, melted water pools behind the dam. As you may suspect, this water can seep under your shingles and into your attic. If you have problem with ice dams, your home could sustain significant water damage to the following:

  • Shingles
  • Rafters
  • Decking
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Ceilings

Keeping Your Roof Cold

If your roofing system isn’t cold enough to keep the water on top of it frozen, you could notice a roof leak from an ice dam. To keep your roof cold, you must control the temperature of your attic. Perhaps the most successful way to keep heat out of your attic is to seal off the space. This prevents warm air from the living areas of your home from entering the attic and warming the roof. You may also want to check your insulation. If it isn’t in good shape, insulation may not keep your exterior roof cool. Finally, consider adding soffit vents in your attic to adequately vent the space.

Starting Cleanup Immediately

If ice dams cause water damage in your New Hope, TX , home, you must act quickly to mitigate damage. As you likely know, standing water can damage walls, floors, foundations and furnishings. Even worse, mold can begin to grow in as few as 24 hours. By working with a reputable water cleanup service, you take advantage of professional equipment and expertise to restore your home to its pre-leak condition.

Having an ice dam is a recipe for disaster. By understanding these dams and knowing how to prevent them, you can protect the comfort, value and appearance of your home.

For more information on potential hazards to your home this winter visit our website at www.SERVPROtyler.com 

Tips you need to know about before putting your Christmas Lights up this year

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

house with an arch way over porch decorated in multi color lights with snowmen and other characters lit up in the front yard. Light up the night Safely!

The holiday season is here and many people in Tyler, Texas, are getting ready to put up their Christmas lights. While this is a fun winter tradition for many homes, it can be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t taken. SERVPRO of Tyler understands that safety is always a top priority, so we’ve listed out some electrical safety tips to follow when putting up your Christmas lights this year:

  1. Inspect Your Lights

Whether your Christmas lights are brand new or have been with you for a few seasons, it is important to inspect them before putting them up. Look for signs of damage such as cracked or broken sockets, loose connections, or frayed or bare wires. If your lights show any of these signs, you may want to consider returning them or purchasing a new set.

  1. Choose the Right Lights

If you’re shopping for a new set of Christmas lights, make sure to purchase lights that have been tested and deemed safe. Look on the packaging for a note that says the lights have been listed as safe from a reputable test lab, such as UL or ETL.

  1. Aim for LED Lights

LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights are ideal for Christmas lights. These lights use much less energy and maintain a relatively low temperature, unlike traditional Christmas lights. The larger bulbs in traditional Christmas lights burn much hotter and can start fires. The lower temperature of LED lights makes them a much safer option for decorating your home.

  1. Hang Your Lights Properly

When hanging your Christmas lights, it is important to never use tacks or nails. These can pierce or wear away the protective insulation of the lights, which can expose the wires and lead to a potential electrical hazard. Instead, use insulated holders or plastic clips specifically made for hanging lights.

  1. Use Extension Cords Properly

Extension cords are often a necessary part of hanging Christmas lights, but make sure to use the proper ones. While outdoor extension cords can be used anywhere, it is important to keep in mind that indoor extension cords should not be used outside. Indoor extension cords often only have a single layer of insulation, which makes them much more prone to damage from the winter weather. Check the packaging to see whether an extension cord is suitable for outdoor use.

 Christmas lights are a great way to get ready for the holidays, but it is important to take safety precautions when installing them. These tips will help keep you safe while you celebrate the holidays and prevent fire and other damages from affecting your home in Tyler, TX.  SERVPRO of Tyler is the leading name for fire and disaster restoration in East, TX. Give us a call at 903-561-0168 or visit our website at www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on how to safely enjoy your holiday season. 

Helpful ways to avoid fires due to Cigarettes in your residential home.

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty Glass Ashtray with multiple burning cigarettes in the tray with ashes Cigarettes are harmful to your house and home.

Smoking can be a pesky habit with fallout that reaches far beyond the health implications. Cigarettes can leave lingering smells and even create a physical threat: Thousands of residential fires are linked to smoking each year. If it sounds frightening it should! But you have options. Read on to learn how, with just a little extra care, you can avoid your, Tyler, TX home becoming a victim of a cigarette fire.

How Does Smoking Cause Fire?

Smoking may not be the best habit, but you may wonder, how can it cause fire? There are a variety of ways, obvious and not so obvious. Cigarette butts can ignite:

  • Trash
  • Dry underbrush outdoors
  • Improper ash cans

And much more. A cigarette fire can quickly rise from a small event to a full conflagration, so it’s best to take steps to avoid any flames.

  1. Smoke Outdoors
    Believe it or not, some folks still smoke indoors, especially at home. Asking members of your family to smoke outdoors removes the risk of an ashtray fire, or of butts or ashes igniting curtains, books, furniture or any other flammable items. It may also leave your house smelling better.
  2. Never Smoke Sleepy
    Smoking can be a relaxing pre-sleep ritual for some, but it can come at a high cost. Falling asleep on a couch or in a bed with a lit cigarette can lead to embers igniting fabric. The results can be fatal.
  3. Don’t Use Plants as Ashtrays
    It can be tempting, if you’re smoking in the backyard, to toss your butts into the grass. But dry leaves can easily catch fire from a smoldering cigarette butt. Instead, find an ashtray or stamp your butt out.

Smoking remains a common habit and one that can pose a significant fire risk. Learn what not to do. Use the tips above and, should your home be damaged by a cigarette fire, call remediation specialists quickly for fire cleanup you can trust.

For more information on how you can prevent fires in your home visit our website at www.SERVPROtyler.com 

Smoke alarms Save Lives

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen cabinets and appliances covered in soot and smoke damage Smoke and Soot Damage from local residential fire.

Smoke Alarms are literal life savers!

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. or visit our website at www.SERVPROtyler.com 

Helpful Tips For A Successful Fire Restoration

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Narrow stair well with black smudges on white painted walls Smoke and soot damage to a stairwell in local residential home that suffered from Fire Damage.

Tips for A Successful Fire Restoration

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your SERVPRO® of Tyler professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

Do:

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

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

Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

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

Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

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

Change HVAC filters; 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® of Tyler professional.

Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® of Tyler professional.

Do not 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.

Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.

If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. 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.

Learn more about fire damage by vistiing our website www.SERVPROtyler.com

How to prevent mold and microbial growth at your commercial property.

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Brown wooden boards with black spotty growth visible Mold mitigation at local East Texas Home

Preventing Mold Growth on Commercial Property

For many companies in Tyler, TX, mold prevention is an important step to a safe and healthy work environment. The ability to prevent potential mold before it starts growing may save both time and money in the long run. Here are a few tips for preventing mold growth on company property.

1. Regularly Inspect Susceptible Areas

There are some areas of your company's property that may be more susceptible to water damage than others. Because mold likes to grow in wet areas, inspecting these regularly allows you to take care of any issues as they arise. You may want to inspect ceiling tiles, terminal units, duct work, and pockets where water can collect in the building masonry. If you experience frequent wet weather or are located in a place with high humidity, you may choose to perform these inspections more often.

2. Use Proper Drainage

Proper drainage can be an important tool for mold prevention. Damp areas can create a hospitable environment for mold to grow, so by directing water away from the property via sloped landscaping and gutters, you can prevent it from pooling around the building. Installing a sump pump in basement areas can also help prevent a flooded space.

3. Take Care of Damage Caused by Water Quickly

One of the best ways to protect your place of work from mold is to take care of any damage caused by water as quickly as possible. A mold and water damage remediation professional may be able to help. By cleaning up the damaged areas, drying and sanitizing them, the growth of mold may be prevented.

Using mold prevention techniques can help stop a mold growth problem before it starts. Remember to use proper drainage to help direct water away from the company buildings. Regularly inspecting potential problem areas may also help you find and take care of any issues before mold appears. If you have flood damage, a professional can help with the remediation and restoration of the property.

For more tips on how to battle mold, mildew and microbial growth visit our website https://www.SERVPROtyler.com/

Tips to Safely Fry a Turkey This Thanksgiving season.

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

White Residential Porch with Metal Drum that has fire leaping out of it and spilling on to the floor. Tips to stay safe when frying a turkey this Thanksgiving holiday.

Yes, deep frying turkey is popular for the holidays, but it can be a dangerous alternative to a traditionally roasted bird. Unless you’re careful, you could end up causing a massive house fire instead of making Thanksgiving dinner. There are even some situations when deep frying turkey is never safe. If you learn how to safely cook your bird, you can enjoy the succulent, moist, flavorful meat that results. Below are some tips to help you and your family stay safe in for the holidays when frying a turkey in Tyler, TX

1.Always be ready in the event of a fire. Whenever you have large amounts of hot oil and heat in the same place, fire can happen. Have a fire extinguisher within easy reach (not inside the house) of your fryer. Never try to put out a grease or oil fire with water. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, buy one.

2.The site you select for deep frying turkey needs to be on a thick, heat-proof, non-flammable material. A large concrete driveway will work well. Sweep away any leaves or sticks from the area to keep stray sparks from catching those on fire. Double check that your surface is level because you’re more likely to spill the fryer if it sits at an angle.

3.Gather all your supplies before cooking. You’ll need an oil thermometer, a meat thermometer, a turkey fryer, five gallons of peanut oil, oven mitts, goggles, and an apron. Ideally, you’ll want to wear something with long, non-flammable sleeves to protect your arms from splashing oil. To reduce the amount of oil movement, ensure the turkey has completely thawed before frying it. Any ice still in the bird will explode when it hits the hot oil. Don’t use anything other than peanut oil. This traditional deep frying turkey oil has a high smoke point, so it’s safer to use at higher temperatures than olive oil or something else that has a lower smoke point. Always check that the pop-up thermometer in the turkey and anything in the cavity are removed before frying. Never deep fry a stuffed turkey. 

4.Though deep frying turkey takes much less time than roasting, it still requires care. Use your oil thermometer to maintain a temperature of 350?. You’ll have to wait for the oil to return to this temperature after inserting the turkey then begin timing the bird. Generally, the rule of thumb for timing a deep-fried turkey is 3.5 minutes per pound. When the time ends, carefully remove the turkey and check the meat temperature with a thermometer in the thickest part of the dark and white meat, not touching a bone. Dark meat should register between 175? and 180?, while white meat can be between 165? and 170?. Don’t under cook the turkey unless you want to risk illness.

For more tips on how to keep your property in Tyler, TX safe this holiday season visit us at

https://www.SERVPROtyler.com/

9 Ways to safely get through your Thanksgiving Holiday

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Wooden Table with a fall themed meal of apples, cranberry drinks and bread. Before You Feast-Safety First

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to the NFPA, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking related fire emergencies. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday. 

Here are 9 ways to take preventative measures for this holiday season. 

  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time they should turn off the stove. 
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a time as a reminder that the stove or oven is on. 
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven. 
  • Keep anything flammable like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat. 
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year round. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of fire extinguishers if you are unsure. 
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and toasters are turned off. 
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working properly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year. 

For more information on how you can protect your family against fire damage this holiday season please visit our website for SERVPRO of Tyler, TX. 

Where to start restoration after a fire in your commercial property.

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Side of stucco wall leading up to burnt and damaged roof Fire that damaged roof in local hotel building.

A fire affects your business in many ways, bringing your daily operations to a halt and causing financial losses due to damage and sometimes even theft or vandalism at your commercial property in Tyler, TX. The right information and preparation can help you take the correct steps to minimize those problems. Fire cleanup should start as soon as it's safe to re-enter your building.

What To Expect

There may be serious damages in your building that extend beyond the reach of the flames. You should watch for the following issues:

  • Water and chemicals may have deteriorated equipment and furnishings.
  • Firefighters may have cut holes in the walls and ceiling to find hidden flames.
  • Smoke damage could have stained paint and seeped into the walls, ceilings, and floors.

How Repairs Begin

In many instances of after a fire damage, roof repair is the first step in securing your business and preventing further damages as apart of the restoration procedure. This is because the roof has often been harmed by the blaze itself, the water used to put out the flames, and the holes made by firefighters. Why would professionals cut into the roof? As flares burn, they move quickly up, across and down. Firefighters create openings in the roof to provide ventilation, getting rid of the thick black smoke that makes it hard to see. This slows the progress of the fire and ultimately increases the respondents’ ability to save your property from complete ruin.

When fire remediation professionals arrive, they may begin with tarp services to protect the rest of your building and possessions from further damages. Putting a tarp on the roof to cover holes can keep rain, debris, and pests out of your building.

Who To Contact

Much of the work to repair and restore your Tyler, TX, property can be handled by fire remediation professionals. Fire cleanup services generally include restoration from flames, smoke, water, and chemicals. Roof repairs are often some of the first steps professionals take. Your prompt decision to involve these experts may reduce the extent of damages.

For more information on Fire Restoration for your Commercial business in Tyler Texas visit https://www.SERVPROtyler.com/