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Three Tips for Maintaining Your Business’s Exterior

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Three Tips for Maintaining Your Business’s Exterior Proper exterior maintenance is important and should be done regularly.

Three Tips For Maintaining Your Business’s Exterior

If you are expecting bad weather in Tyler, TX it is a good idea to check your business’s building for anything that might create more damage during a storm. Even if there are not any bad storms in the forecast, proper exterior maintenance is important and should be done regularly. When you are inspecting the outside of your building, keep these things in mind.


1. Locate Vulnerable Areas


Some areas of your building are more likely to suffer damage than others. You should be sure to check these areas closely. Windows, in particular, should be examined carefully during a building inspection. The weather stripping and insulation might deteriorate more quickly than sturdier parts of the building, so you should make sure that all of the seals are functioning properly and will not let in cold air and water.


2. Check for Problems


You should perform exterior maintenance regularly to check for any problems in the walls of your building. Make sure that there are no gaps or cracks in the walls or cladding that could let in air or water as even a small amount of liquid could cause a lot of damage, particularly if mold were to start growing in the walls. Be sure to check the thickness of any paints and coatings as well.


3. Hire a Professional


In order to make sure that everything is as it should be, you should have exterior maintenance done regularly by a damage restoration specialist. It is good to examine the building on your own between inspections with a professional, but there might be issues that you don’t recognize. A professional will be able to find any problems that you might have overlooked.

Keeping your building maintained is an important part of storm preparation and should be done regularly to keep everything in top shape. It is a simple way to prevent damage during storms and bad weather.

Boarding Up After a Fire Protects You and Your Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Boarding Up After a Fire Protects You and Your Home Make sure to board up your home after a fire disaster

Board Up After A Fire

Firefighters often break windows and knock holes in roofs when putting out a fire. After the flames are out, homeowners in Troup, TX , need to board up these openings before heading off to stay with friends or family. Consider these three factors before you leave your home.

1. Trespassers, Theft and Injury

Most people will leave a home with fire damage alone because it is inherently unsafe, but kids can see a landscape that is perfect for exploring. If they get hurt, their injuries could be a liability for you. Teens might see it as a great place for a party or some new graffiti, while adults can target a vacant home for theft or other criminal activities.

2. Mother Nature

The weather won't stop just because your home has been damaged. Performing an emergency board up of windows, doors and other openings will help keep out wind, rain and storms until your home can be repaired. Closing the gaps also keeps out branches, leaves, and pollen from trees and bushes. Make sure to board up crawl space access to keep out critters and rodents.

3. Insurance Coverage

Some insurance policies require homeowners to mitigate further property damage after a disaster hits. If you neglect to secure your property or limit access by people who shouldn't be there, your insurance might not cover the new damage or injuries. If someone gets injured inside the property due to your negligence, the insurance company could deny coverage. Even if they are trespassing, you could still be held liable.

Make sure to protect your home in Troup, TX , after a fire disaster by getting a professional fire restoration company out to board up holes, broken windows, burned doors and roof damage as soon as possible. Doing so can save your property from more extensive damage while also protecting you, as property owner, from additional liability.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Tyler Home

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Tyler Home The IICRC Logo - The IICRC is a third party certification company for the disaster industry.

SERVPRO of Tyler is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Tyler

SERVPRO of Tyler specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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3 Facts About Mold Remediation Costs

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Facts About Mold Remediation Costs Mold remediation can be an expensive process.

Mold Remediation Costs

Mold remediation can be an expensive process. Determining which type of mold is present and the extent of an infestation may cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to $1,000 before remediation. Here are three facts to keep in mind regarding mold removal costs.

1. Costs Come in Several Stages

A visit from an environmental hygienist may take several hours and range from $200 to $600. This specialist will take air samples to analyze. Analysis of each sample may cost $30 to $150. Remediation is the most expensive phase of the process. If mold growth is limited to crawlspaces or a small portion of a home, cleanup may cost up to $5,000. If mold growth is more extensive, expenses may range up to $6,000 or more. If structural damage is widespread, cleanup can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or more.

2. Most Homeowners Insurance Excludes Mold Remediation

It may be difficult to get a claim to remove mold covered by standard homeowners insurance. An additional rider or endorsement may be available for this damage. It may also be possible to obtain coverage if mold results from a covered peril and you have proof that you have done everything you can to mitigate or prevent damage.

3. Black Mold Removal May Be More Expensive

If toxigenic mold is present in a residence, the cleanup process may end up being more expensive. Remediation professionals may recommend that homeowners arrange for a decontamination chamber or airlock around quarantined areas. Additional equipment may be necessary if the infestation is widespread.

These three facts should prepare a homeowner to spend at least several thousand dollars on mold removal, even for a minor infestation. It may be possible to simplify the remediation process and obtain a more accurate estimation of the total cost of these procedures by contacting a full-service mold damage restoration company in Tyler, TX.

What You Need To Know About Ice Dams

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Need To Know About Ice Dams Ice dams cause water to pool and seep under shingles

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 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.

Why Fire Damage Repairs Often Begin on the Roof

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Fire Damage Repairs Often Begin on the Roof Contact fire remediation professionals to repair and restore your Bullard, TX property

A fire affects your business in many ways, bringing your daily operations to a halt and causing financial losses due to damage and even theft. 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 burn damage, roof repair is the first step in fire cleanup procedures. 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  Bullard, 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.

What You Need To Know About Ice Dams

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Need To Know About Ice Dams Air movers on water damage in a Tyler, TX home

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 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 Tyler, 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.

3 Tips for Avoiding Cigarette Fires at Home

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Tips for Avoiding Cigarette Fires at Home Smoke outdoors in your Troup, TX area

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, Troup, 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 underbush 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.

3 Steps To Troubleshoot a Commercial Irrigation System

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Steps To Troubleshoot a Commercial Irrigation System A broken sprinkler head can cost you thousands

Irrigation Equipment

There are a number of ways in which a commercial irrigation system may malfunction. One of the most common indications of irrigation problems is a leak. Leaks may be noticeable above ground or occur underground. Here are three steps to ensure that irrigation equipment operates as intended.

1. Check Equipment Condition

Some of the most common irrigation equipment malfunctions involve sprinkler heads, valve boxes, or the main and lateral lines. Many issues can be resolved with an inspection that identifies any components that are blocked, broken, leaking, or misaligned. Contact the company that installed the system if you are not able to identify which equipment needs to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.

2. Look for Signs of Pooling or Run-Off

System components may need to be adjusted if water from an irrigation system is accumulating or running off rather than being absorbed into the ground. Pooling and run-off are both forms of water waste. Solutions for these common irrigation problems include installing or resetting a timer to prevent overwatering or adjusting the heads or nozzles of sprinklers to redirect spray. Owners might want to consider installing an efficient drip irrigation design.

3. Investigate the Pressure

A system misting at a very high pressure or operating at a lower pressure than usual may indicate a problem. High pressure can damage sprinkler heads and low pressure may be due to a leak in lines or other equipment. A pressure-reducing valve or heads with pressure-regulated stems can be helpful for moderating high pressure. If low pressure is not due to leaks, a system redesign may be necessary. You may also want to check with the water utility.

These are only some of the most common issues that may arise with a commercial irrigation system. If a malfunction results in water damage to a structure, contact a mitigation and restoration firm in Whitehouse, TX.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do Until Help Arrives Smoke damage clean up in Tyler,TX

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.

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