Recent Posts

3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Storm

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Flashlight, sleeping bag, bottled water, first aid, portable radio, matches, medicine, band aids, whistle, blanket. It’s a good idea to store essentials such as water, food, blankets, and flashlights

3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Storm

Most days at work are uneventful. If you live in a coastal state, however, then your establishment is at risk of getting hit with a severe storm during the summer season. Disaster preparedness is key for minimizing the financial, aesthetic and emotional effects of storm damage. These three tips are easy to implement and can be lifesavers in an emergency.

1.Plan in Advance

Continuity planning can come in handy in a pinch. A carefully-crafted game plan should include the following:

  • Emergency payroll and accounting procedures to track costs during an unexpected event
  • An alternative succession of management with at least one person who isn’t at your company’s headquarters
  • Emergency plan of action for all employees on what to do when a storm hits

It may be necessary to speak with a consultant who is knowledgeable about business preparedness. Planning in advance can bring you peace-of-mind when dark storm clouds start to gather.

2. Stock Up on Supplies

A storm in New Hope, TX, can cause extensive flood damage to your property. Physical damage can be repaired, but the cost to human lives is much more traumatizing. Therefore, it’s a good idea to store essentials such as water, food, blankets, and flashlights. Prudent disaster preparedness can also entail making portable kits for each employee that is customized to their needs.

3.Know Who To Call

The first few hours after a storm can be hectic. It’s helpful to have commercial property restoration experts on speed dial so that they can get to work as soon as possible. Research companies in your area that are Faster to any size disaster so that you don’t have to struggle through storm cleanup alone.
The few seconds that a hurricane sweeps through your location can change the course of your business if you let it. Disaster preparedness can help you understand what actions to take for flood cleanup and how to keep your staff safe.

A Few Things To Keep in Mind When Testing for Mold

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of person hand wearing gloves measuring wetness of a moldy wall Mold testing is for professionals

When you suspect your home in Bullard, TX, has damaging mold growth, it is important to obtain reliable mold testing. This should be done by a certified environmental hygienist who has the proper equipment and the training to correctly interpret the results. Mold that could be a problem in a home comes in several different types. It is good to know what kinds of mold are present and how prevalent they are. It is important to develop a plan to contain and control the mold growth. This will limit damage to the home and to its contents. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene plays a leading role in certifying qualified environmental hygienists and ensuring they meet standards. In addition to having knowledge about substances that can harm health and property, hygienists are required to act in an ethical way and to recommend solutions to a problem.

Mold Testing Is for Professionals

You can purchase a mold kit in many stores. They allow a homeowner to test for the presence of mold, but they may have the following limitations:

  • They almost always detect mold, since mold is present nearly everywhere
  • They do not come with the expertise that a technician brings to testing
  • A DIY mold testing kit is unlikely to identify the types of mold present
  • A kit will not help develop a plan of action

Mold can grow on food, paper, drywall, carpeting and other items in your home. If left unchecked it will spread and cause mold damage.

Mold Testing Is Just the Beginning

Once a mold problem is discovered, a mold mitigation team will begin to enact such measures as drying out humid areas in the home, removing standing water and setting up physical barriers for mold containment. The mold spores will be captured with the help of HEPA vacuums. The final stages include cleaning and sanitizing and restoring the property "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® of Tyler - Coronavirus Update

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic virus with words Here to Help SERVPRO® offers services including the removal of biohazard contaminants.

SERVPRO® of Tyler - Coronavirus Update

The recent news of coronavirus has made people nervous, since health and safety are a top priority. 

SERVPRO® of Tyler professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

SERVPRO® offers cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. 

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning  

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:

• Kitchen/Food Areas

• Bathrooms

• Schools/Classrooms

• Offices

• Retail Spaces

• Water Fountains

• Shelving and Racks

• Sales Counters

• Carpets and rugs

• Stair Handrails

• Elevator Cars

• Playground Equipment

• Fitness Equipment 

SERVPRO® of Tyler is "Here to Help" you and your business through this uncertain time. 

For more information call SERVPRO® at 903-561-0168.

Tools To Keep You Safe

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Black weather radio One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio.

One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio.

A weather radio is designed to alert you to a potentially dangerous weather situation, such as an approaching tornado, massive hailstorm, or hurricane. It allows you to be warned ahead of storms, providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.


Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very affordable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.


When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features:


• Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear)
• Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming- alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts from your county.
• Ease of programming


If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website.

How To Minimize Storm Damage

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flashlight, portable radio, batteries, water bottles and a first aid kit Prepare an emergency kit

A rainstorm or other severe weather can cause serious damage to your Whitehouse, TX, business. Fortunately, there are steps you can take before and after the storm to minimize damage.

Preparation

It is important to prepare for inclement weather well in advance of any storms. The following tasks can help keep your employees and property safe:

  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed
  • Maintain lightning rods
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Come up with a severe weather plan

The emergency kit should contain first-aid supplies, a battery-operated radio, drinking water, flashlights, and other important items. The severe weather plan should detail where employees and customers can find shelter, the location of the emergency kit, communication protocol, and other pertinent information. The designated safe space should be of sturdy construction and away from windows and skylights to protect occupants from high winds.

Recovery
After the thunderstorm has passed, there is still potential for danger. Make sure your employees and customers are safe. If you haven’t already done so, call for help if there are serious injuries. Take care of minor injuries with the first aid kit. If the rainstorm caused flooding, be sure not to drive through the water. It may be deeper than it appears. Additionally, stay tuned to the weather station to make sure no more severe weather is on the way. After the weather has cleared and everyone is safe, it is time to survey and document the damage to your property. You may want to immediately begin cleaning up, but you should first take a detailed photo or video evidence for the insurance company. Call your agent as soon as you can. He or she may have special instructions for documenting the damage. After the damage has been documented, you can begin the restoration process. It is important to begin quickly to minimize further damage, such as mold growth.
The restoration process is often very involved because even well-prepared businesses can suffer serious damage from a rainstorm. If you feel overwhelmed, you can call a certified restoration service to help you get your business back to normal.

How To Conduct an Emergency Drill at Work

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire drill When a true emergency occurs, you will all be prepared.

Creating a fire drill procedure is the best way to make sure your employees and visitors in get to a safe place quickly in case of an emergency, such as a fire or other disaster. When developing the plan, include the following steps for an effective evacuation.


Steps To Follow When Creating an Evacuation Plan

Alert your local fire department before you conduct a drill. The Fire Marshall will be happy to visit your facility and give you helpful suggestions so that you can identify the best evacuation routes to get people to safety quickly.


Develop a safety committee and make sure to meet regularly. It’s important to include a person from each department and shift who will account for employees at the designated meeting places outside the building. Once evacuation routes have been established, post the fire drill paths with maps in all areas of the facility.


Make sure you have a reliable alarm system that everyone in the building is able to hear. In areas where the noise level is high, or if you have an employee who is hearing impaired, you need to make sure there are flashing lights or another visual alarm that can’t be missed. Alarms should be checked periodically to ensure they are working properly.


Make sure all employees are trained to know where to meet and how to get there. Conduct a drill periodically to ensure that everyone is accounted for quickly and efficiently. Don’t forget to account for all the visitors in your building. Having a sign-in sheet at the reception area will help identify all visitors to your business.


Steps To Making the Plan a Success


When you are implementing a fire drill plan, it is important to repeat the exercise several times so that your employees become comfortable with the process. 

What Your Kids Need To Know About Escaping a House Fire

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Young mixed race woman in white dress crawls on ground by trees destroyed by wildfire while covered in ashes To prevent burns and smoke inhalation, children can crawl underneath the fire

What Your Kids Need To Know About Escaping a House Fire

A home fire can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Yet much of your property can be restored thanks to fire cleanup and restoration specialists. That is why protecting your family is more important.
Children, in particular, can get nervous or anxious when they see a blaze in their Troup, TX, house. You should thus teach them the below kids safety strategies.

1. Crawl Through the Home
To prevent burns and smoke inhalation, children can crawl underneath the fire. There are two common crawls you can teach them. The basic crawl involves getting on all fours and keeping the nose pointed at the floor.
If the heat from the fire is really powerful, however, the blaze could burn your child's behind while it is sticking up in the air. You should thus also teach your kids another crawl where they keep their legs parallel to the floor.

2. Roll Out of Bed
Fires often occur while your children are sleeping. If they sit up in bed while their room is ablaze, they could be exposed to intense temperatures. When practicing your kids safety plan, tell your children to roll out of bed and onto the floor.

3. Test the Doors
Make sure your kids understand that they should place the back of their hands against a door before opening it. If the door is hot, they should stay where they are or find another way out.

4. Get to Safety If Trapped
Your kids need to know what to do when a fire escape is not possible. Tell them that they should ideally get to a room with a door and a window. They should then close the door and open the window. They can then either climb out the window or yell for help.
You should regularly practice the above kids safety tips with your children. This way, they will know exactly what to do during an emergency.

Most Common Water Losses in a Commercial Building

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Pipes inside a building. Call a certified disaster cleanup team to assess the damage right away.

When you consider the devastating effects a flood can have on your building, you may think about a sudden rush of water or a torrential rainstorm. While these incidents could cause water damage, it is often something more subtle. Damaged pipes can be a major culprit when it comes to finding standing water in your office. Water losses can be heavy when plumbing and water systems have problems.


Keeping Your Pipes Leak Free


Over time, the pipes in your Tyler, TX building will start to wear out. If you ignore maintenance issues, the pipes could eventually burst, causing massive flooding. As a responsible business owner or property manager, follow these upkeep steps:

Inspect the plumbing system in your facility at least once a year.
Let a professional plumber replace or update any defective components.
Address leaks, cracks or other issues immediately.



Slow Leak, Big Problem


Leaking pipes are the biggest sources of water damage in commercial offices. Often, these leaks start in pipes under sinks, behind appliances, in ceilings or inside walls. The leaks could persist for months or even years before you realize there is a problem. By this time, flooring and drywall could be rotten or contain mold.


Leaky Roof


Damaged pipes aren't the only causes of water problems. Your building's roof should last for up to 30 years or longer, depending on its material. However, a weak roof can let rain inside, leading to potentially significant damage to the structure and interior of your office. Inspect the roof annually and make repairs promptly.


Sprinklers


If a fire starts in the workplace, water is your best friend. In the aftermath of this emergency, you'll discover that the sprinklers put down a lot of water. This could damage flooring, electronics, furniture and documents. You could suffer heavy damage to your building from these sources. Regular maintenance will help prevent these problems.

5 Noises Your Pipes May Make

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Repairing a sink Understanding the sounds of your plumbing may help you avoid a pipe break

Part of avoiding a pipe break at your, Tyler, TX, home may include knowing when your plumbing is making odd noises. Understanding these sounds can help you know what is normal for your home system, as well as which sounds can indicate the danger of a possible pipe burst.

Noises the Pipes May Make

Plumbing systems can make a variety of noises. These may include

1. Rattling

2. Humming

3. Gurgling

4. Hammering

5. Whistling

Each of these sounds is caused by a different aspect of your plumbing system or the water as it moves through the system, meaning that each sound will need to be analyzed and treated appropriately. It’s highly recommended that a professional be contacted if you have concerns about your plumbing.

What These Noises Mean

These noises may not always mean you are at risk for a pipe break. However, they may indicate possible problems that should be looked into. A rattling sound could indicate that a pipe has come loose from its wall fastenings. Gurgling often means that a drain is clogged and may need to be fixed before it causes a backup, while humming may mean that your water pressure is too high. Hammering occurs when the water flow is stopped suddenly forcing it back through the pipes. A whistling sound could be a valve that isn’t fully open.

When To Call a Professional

If you hear these sounds in your plumbing system you may want to contact a plumbing professional to find the exact cause. They should be able to fix broken pipe issues while a water damage restoration service can help with any flood cleanup and repairs to your home.

Understanding the sounds of your plumbing may help you avoid a pipe break. It's a good idea to remember that each sound may indicate a different problem and to contact a professional with any concerns you may have. If you do end up with a pipe burst it’s best to contact a restoration service for cleanup help.

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.