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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/

Tips from the top, 5 ways to remove malodors after flood in your business

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Stained concrete floor covered in water in business office Local commercial business that had a rising water flood.

Rain, great for the grass. Not so much for your commercial business in Tyler, TX.

If fall rains have found their way in your commercial business, there may be a strange, unwelcome odor permeating the air and displeasing customers, employees or yourself. Depending on the source, there are multiple ways to treat the problem. Whether it’s mold growth or something else, you can act to remove the smell with these five steps.

1. Ventilate the Building and Evaluate the Situation
If there is a window or door that can be opened, it should be. This allows any lingering scents to disperse. You can then work to identify and locate any centralized, problematic scents still remaining in your business building.

Once the problem is located, you should decide how to proceed. If sewage loss is causing the odor, it’s best to stay away from the contaminated water and contact a professional.

2. Dry Wet Carpeting and Flooring

Carpet holds moisture rather well, and it may be the source of the scent that is overwhelming your business. A wet and dry vacuum, which can be rented if needed, can shampoo the carpet and then dry it afterwards. This sanitizes the area to potentially remove some of the bothersome smell.

3. Scrub Moldy Surfaces

Mold growth left alone will continue to reproduce and spread along with its musty odor. Any visible growth on a solid surface can be treated with thorough scrubbing using a solution such as vinegar.

4. Spray Furniture and Upholstery

If you have access to a spray bottle, furniture can be sprayed and scrubbed the same way as hard surfaces. However, porous materials are likely not able to be fully cleaned this way, since the fungus settles deep within.

5. Consult Professionals for Extensive Cleanup

Not everything can be done without commercial grade machines and proper procedures. An expert storm and mold damage treatment company can help remove problems caused by floodwater and other water damage.

When dealing with flood odors, most do-it-yourself remedies will fix only the symptom. With an expert team’s help, you can remove most of the unwanted smells alongside any mold growth or other nuisance.

For other tips from the top visit www.SERVPROtyler.com

October Fire Prevention Month-Tips to help you prepare

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon dog in firefighter uniform helping people safely leave a building Plan and Practice your Escape

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your business, home and family in Tyler, TX.

Here are some tips to help you be prepared for fire safety. 

1. Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of beach level of the property and show all the doors and windows. Consider escape for sleeping areas on second and third floors.

2. Keep fall decorations like dried flowers and cornstalks away fro open flames or heat sources. These items are usually highly flammable.

3. Keep emergency exits clear of debris and decorations so nothing blocks escapes.

4. Teach Children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

5. Use led candles or flashlights in Jack- o Lanterns this fall.

If your Tyler home or business does suffer a fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Tyler and our professional team will help make it like it never happened.

For more tips on how you can prepare for fires this season visit

www.SERVPROtyler.com

Remembering Hurricane Harvey and preparing for upcoming Storm Season

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Local Houston Residence After Demo, Extraction and Placing of Equipment Houston Home Affected by Hurricane Harvey

It was two years ago this week  Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane, it became the country’s first major — Category 3 or higher — hurricane since Wilma hit Florida in October 2005 and the first major hurricane to strike southern Texas since Celia in 1970. It kicked off a historically destructive 2017 storm season for the Caribbean and the southern U.S.

Harvey first made landfall over San Jose Island and then near Rockport, in south-central Texas, late Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, threatening millions of residents with 130-mph winds, heavy rains, and a massive storm surge that swamped coastal areas. It stalled around southern Texas for days as a weakening hurricane, producing catastrophic flash and river flooding.

By Aug. 29, two flood-control reservoirs had breached, increasing water levels throughout the Houston area.

Harvey made its third and final landfall Aug. 30 near Port Arthur, Texas, and Cameron, Louisiana, bringing widespread flooding. While authorities and first responders handled as many as 10,000 rescue missions around Houston, at least 30,000 people fled to temporary shelters.

SERVPRO of Tyler and SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine were among the many SERVPRO franchises that were priority responders to the disaster relief efforts in the Houston area. The level of devastation we witnessed is hard to put into words accurate enough to describe the immense damage that Hurricane Harvey had left in its wake. Entire neighborhoods were blocked off because residents’ homes were completely under water. In other areas where the water had receded enough to start gaining access again you would pass by home after home with the entire contents expelled into the front yard. So many pets were injured and displaced from there owners and every where you looked you found people taking moments to rally and find their strength to start to put their lives back together. Partnering with No Town Left Behind, SERVPRO worked side by side with First Responders and local Houstonians to repair the damage and start the process of giving victims of Hurricane Harvey their lives back.

As we head into another storm season for the year 2019 SERVPRO of Tyler and SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine wants you to know that we are committed to helping those that are victims of water and fire damage related to extreme storms. We are on the job 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week. We are here to help.

For more information regarding disaster relief and how to prepare for the upcoming storm season visit us at www.SERVPROtyler.com

Signs to look for indicating a shower leak in your bathroom at home

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Shower causing bathroom leak Persistent Leak affecting customers home from this design of shower.

When you walk into your bathroom in Tyler, TX, you expect to see a functioning tub, shower, toilet and sink. Sometimes, however, these fixtures spring a leak and cause unexpected water damage. You may be able to notice signs of a bathtub leak before the damage becomes detrimental to your home. Working with a residential water cleanup team can help you find flooding issues quickly.

1. Water Stains: Water stains can show up around the walls of your tub and shower, but they may also make their appearance below your bathroom. If the bathroom is on the second floor, you can check for signs of a shower pan leak by looking at the ceiling under the bathroom. If it's on the first floor, you may need to go into the crawlspace or basement to look for signs of water stains.
2. Grout Cracks: Tiled showers can show signs of a leak too. When the moisture gets trapped behind the tiles, it tries to come out wherever it can. This leads to cracked grout lines. Sometimes you may even notice cracks in your tiles.
3. Loose Flooring: A bathtub leak can also mess with the flooring in your bathroom. Whether you have tiles or vinyl floors, you may notice the building materials has become loose. If tiles wiggle when you step on them, it could be a sign there's a leak. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, may start to curl up when introduced to too much moisture.
4. Peeling Paint: Look at the walls around the tub and shower. Do you notice peeling paint or falling down wallpaper? This could be a sign that there's moisture being released into the walls.

A shower or bathtub leak is something you want to catch as soon as possible. If you leave this problem to fester, it can cause major damage to your walls, insulation and flooring. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.