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8 steps to stop an overflowing toilet

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 8 steps to stop an overflowing toilet overflowing toilet

Are you having a problem with toilet overflow in your Tyler, TX, commercial building? Watching water flood out of your toilet is never fun. It can cause a major mess, so it's no surprise you want to take care of the situation as quickly as possible. A commercial water remediation team may be able to help you address the damage caused by the overflow. If these steps don't work for your toilet, you can call in a plumber for more help.

1. Locate the screwdriver slot on your flushometer.

You may have to remove a cover, but some models may have the slot visible from the start.

2. Use a flat screwdriver to turn the screwdriver slot.

This should turn off the water that goes to the flushometer, which means your toilet will stop running.

3. Screw the top lid of the flushometer off using a wrench.

This exposes the flange cover and other inner workings you need to see to stop a toilet from flooding.

4. Remove the flange cover.

Water may come out when you remove the cover, so be prepared to get sprayed in addition to the already present toilet flood.

5. Clean the gasket.

The gasket exposed by removing the flange cover may have sediment buildup, which you need to remove.

6. Clean the weep hole.

On the gasket, you'll notice a small weep hole that could be causing your toilet overflow. Make sure to clean this hole using a small tool that won't make it any bigger.

7. Replace the gasket, flange cover and top lid.

Once the gasket as been cleaned, you need to reassemble your toilet.

8. Return the screwdriver slot to original position.

Turn the water back on to the flushometer to see if the problem has been resolved.

If you have to deal with a toilet overflow problem, you need to know what causes your toilet to run continuously. Some commercial toilets may have different mechanisms.

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Recognizing damaged bathroom supply lines and measures you can take

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Recognizing damaged bathroom supply lines and measures you can take leaky toilet valve


Experiencing a bathroom leak in Tyler, TX ? Supply line damage could be the culprit. But how can you be sure if damage isn’t immediately visible? When a ruptured line is causing the problem, what should you do next? If you suspect that a supply line leak is occurring in your home, it’s important to contact licensed professionals who can help repair the issue and provide restoration for water damages. Here are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind as you navigate the process.

Warranties Will Vary Depending on the Material Used.

Water supply lines can be fashioned from a variety of components including:

• Plastic
• Copper
• Braided stainless steel

Many come with a warranty at time of installation, but because certain types are more prone to supply line damage than others, the length of your coverage will vary. For example, plastic piping is generally guaranteed for 5-8 years while braided stainless steel lines frequently include lifetime warranties.

Take Short-Term Measures to Help Avoid Further Leakage.

As soon as a bathroom leak is recognized, it’s important to shut down the flow of water through the damaged line by turning the control valve off. If the damage is especially severe, you may need to apply a pipe repair clamp as a temporary measure. Water can cause structural damage that cannot necessarily be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, it’s crucial to contact a respected cleanup and restoration specialist as soon as possible regardless of how severe the situation may seem.

Having a bathroom that’s out of order due to a leak can cause some serious disruption in your home life. When supply line damage happens to you in Tyler, TX, there’s no reason to panic. Armed with a little knowledge and the help of a cleanup and restoration company you can trust, your residence will be back to the status quo in no time.

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3 ways flood cuts can help improve the restoration of your business

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 ways flood cuts can help improve the restoration of your business flood cuts in business bathroom

When flooding impacts your Tyler, TX, commercial building, you may not be sure where to begin when it comes to having repairs made. Water damage can cause a variety of problems, from mold growth to foul odors. Calling in a flood cleanup and restoration service to resolve these issues may help you reopen your business quickly after this type of disaster. Storm damage techs will likely explain the process to you before they begin, including some facts about flood cuts, which can be vital to your building’s restoration. 

1. Flood Cuts Can Expose Hidden Damage. 

When flood waters enter a building, its walls can absorb much of the moisture. This can cause damage to the wall’s interior, encourage mold growth and destroy any insulation behind the drywall. A flood cut exposes these problems so flood technicians can resolve them. During the process, a cut is made in the wall about a foot above the water line and the drywall is removed. Depending on the extent of the damage, techs will clean or replace it once the moisture issues behind the wall are resolved. 

2. These Cuts Can Eliminate Trapped Odors.

Flooding from overflowing streams, creeks and other bodies of water can carry toxins into your building, where drywall may absorb them. Over time, this contamination may cause foul odors to grow and spread. A flood cut can help resolve this issue, as restoration techs will likely tear out the affected drywall, dry and deodorize the wall behind it, and then repair it with new material. 

3. Flood Cuts Can Prevent Future Moisture Problems.


After flood waters recede, you may not be aware of any damage happening behind affected walls until you start to notice structural issues or staining. Replacing the walls can cost thousands of dollars, including insulation and wiring repair. Having restoration techs perform a flood cut shortly after the incident can prevent future issues and save you money. 

When flooding affects your Tyler, TX, commercial building, facing the repairs can be stressful. However, when you understand flood cuts and other processes flood cleanup techs use, you can be more confident about the restoration’s outcome.

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Four Important Tips to Improve the Safety of Your Building

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Four Important Tips to Improve the Safety of Your Building Local Businesses Affected by Storms

Important Tips From The ICC (International Code Council) 

The general public may  not be aware how codes and code officials "improve and protect the buildings we operate in" But these tips can help educate and improve the awareness and better prepare to deal with safety and mitigation. 

1. If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from wind-borne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16'' minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up. 

2. Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your building. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family. 

3. In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse fuels(dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks and walkways. Follow ICC"s International Wildland-Urban Interface Code for detailed requirements. 

4. Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. 


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Mitigating the powdery mildew that plagues our plants

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mitigating the powdery mildew that plagues our plants Mildew and Plants

Plant mildew is prone to develop in humid or wet climates. Mildew may develop if a plant remains warm, wet, shaded, and improperly ventilated. Powdery mildew is one of the most common types of plant fungus. This type of mildew does not require moisture, but it thrives in warm conditions.

Most mildew can slow down growth and even kill a plant over time. Here are four steps you can take to eliminate mildew on plants.

1. Carefully inspect the plant to determine the type of mildew and identify the conditions that have enabled mildew to thrive. In order to come up with the right treatment, you should determine the type of plant mildew you are dealing with and the conditions that have promoted mildew growth. 

2. Remove and destroy the affected portions of the plant. This can help to increase air circulation, which may make a plant less prone to develop mildew. Mildew is more likely to spread if you leave affected portions on a plant or compost these trimmings.

3. Change the way you water. Avoid over watering or pouring water down over leaves. Water from the side of the plant directly on the roots.

4. Use a fungicide. There are many fungicides, including treatments that contain beneficial bacterium and those that are absorbed into plant tissues where they continue working for weeks. Other treatments include a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water, neem oil, sulfur, or lime-sulfur. Or use a growing medium like coco coir, made from crushed coconut shell and fiber. Coconuts are naturally anti microbial and reduce the amount of mildew, mold and spores that can occur naturally. 

You may also reduce the chances of mildew growth by selecting fungus-resistant plants and spacing them out in suitable areas, in terms of light and moisture levels. If you are experiencing difficulties with mold or plant mildew, contact a company that offers mold and mildew testing, containment, and cleanup in Tyler, TX. Experts can identify the source of the issue and help you prevent mildew from spreading or intensifying.

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5 Summer Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Summer Fire Prevention and Safety Tips Summer Camp Fire

Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun as families across the country take advantage of the warm temperatures to get back in touch with nature.

It’s certainly relaxing to enjoy a beach bonfire with friends and loved ones, or roast marshmallows by the lake or in the backyard fire pit, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.

1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.

2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course). Sparklers and pinwheels might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.

3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.

4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no scrub or brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.

5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. Unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.

And always remember if you do experience a fire in or near your home or business the professional power of SERVPRO is ready to help assist you with any damage that might occur. 

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Why Are There Often Foul Odors Left Behind After Flood Damage?

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Are There Often Foul Odors Left Behind After Flood Damage? Tile Hallway Affected by Rising Waters From Flash Flood

Flooding in Tyler, TX, can quickly find its way inside of your commercial property or home. Rising water often leaves behind sediment, mud, belongings and contents affected by the water and water to the structure of your home or business. However, one remnant you might not have expected is the foul odor that mold growth and other factors can cause once the water has subsided. Fighting this odor can be a challenge, but knowing what causes it may help you take effective steps to eliminate it. 

  1. Sewage Runoff 

Severe flooding can cause a sewage loss in your neighborhood, sending sewer contents into flood water. Not only does this create contaminated water that poses a health hazard, but it can leave behind a pungent odor in your home even after the waters recede. Since ordinary household cleansers may not be strong enough to eliminate this smell, it is a good idea to call in a storm cleanup and deodorizing company to have your home treated. 

  1. Mold 

After a flood, moisture and humidity levels can create ideal conditions for mold growth. There are several different species of mold that may take hold in your home, but one factor they all have in common is the musty, dirty smell the mycotoxins release. As mold spreads, this smell may become stronger and seep into your home’s walls, where it can be difficult to eliminate. If you encounter mold during a flood cleanup, let your storm cleanup technicians know so they can clean, deodorize and apply antimicrobial to the area to remove unpleasant odors and prevent more microbial growth. 

  1. Chemicals 

As flood waters move through an area, they may pick up chemicals from outlying industrial areas, flooded garages and sewers. Your walls and flooring can absorb these chemicals during the flood and retain strange or foul odors for weeks afterward. Professional restoration and deodorization can be your best defense in removing these smells and ensuring they do not return. 

Mold growth and sewer smells can cause foul odors in your Tyler, TX, home after a flood. Knowing their source can help you choose the best course of action when it comes to clearing the air and getting your house back to normal.

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Top 4 Causes of Solar Panel Damage

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Top 4 Causes of Solar Panel Damage Roof damage is more likely with persistent rain and flooding post-hurricane.

Solar panels are a popular energy alternative for many homeowners in Tyler, TX. Despite the upfront investment, these panels are cost-efficient over the long haul. If you're considering solar energy for your house, you may be concerned about panel damage in the face of a storm. Below are the weather events that are the most likely to cause damage.

1. Hurricanes

Generally, solar panel technology is designed to handle severe weather conditions, including hurricanes. In fact, panels remain intact when exposed to winds as high as 140 miles per hour. However, there are cases in which panels become dislodged.

2. Rain and Floods

In some cases, rain and floods can do more panel damage than hurricane winds. The metal casings covering the panel wires are most damage prone. Roof damage is more likely with persistent rain and flooding post-hurricane. Under these conditions, the panels can also become loose.

3. Hail Storms

Many solar panel systems can hold up well under pounding hail downpours. Manufacturers factor in volatile weather when they design these panels. In most instances, the panels can handle one-inch hail that comes down at 50 miles per hour. If damage does occur, it may only affect one or two panels. However, constant hail hitting the same panel can result in major damage.

4. Debris

Despite the intensity of hurricanes, floods, rain and hail, they don't always cause the most damage. Often, the greatest panel damage comes from falling debris during storms. For example, trees falling on the panels can cause more significant damage than weather events.

Surviving the Storm

Generally, solar panels are built to handle a variety of extreme weather conditions. Minor damage can occur as a result of hurricanes, floods, heavy rains and floods. Nevertheless, falling debris tends to cause the greatest damage. Panels can become loose or dislodged resulting in water damage in your home. If this occurs, consider hiring a cleaning and restoration company.

4 Steps To Take After Sprinklers Accidentally Activate

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Steps To Take After Sprinklers Accidentally Activate Any component of a sprinkler system may be defective or become damaged.

Fire sprinklers are designed to activate whenever high temperatures are detected. An accidental activation indicates that a fire suppression system is not functioning properly. False alarms can result in flooding at a building in Tyler, TX. A property owner or manager should take these four steps to determine the cause of malfunction, fix the system and dry damage.

1. Contact the Sprinkler Company

The company that installed a sprinkler system should be aware of common causes of malfunction. This information can be helpful for quickly resolving an issue. If the same company is not available, an owner or manager should contact a service that specializes in repairing and maintaining fire suppression systems.

2. Arrange for Damage Mitigation

Mitigation and restoration experts can handle the damage caused by an accidental activation. The severity may range from minor water damage to flooding. Mitigation can commence as soon as possible after damage occurs, but more water may be released until the issue is resolved.

3. Determine Why Sprinklers Activated

Equipment malfunctions and interior conditions are the most common reasons why a fire suppression system may accidentally activate. Any component of a sprinkler system may be defective or become damaged. Corrosion may develop if fire sprinklers have been malfunctioning for some time. Temperature extremes within a structure can also trigger sprinklers.

4. Restore Damage

As soon as the sprinkler system is fixed, damage mitigation should be the top priority of a building owner or manager. Standing water should be extracted and the affected area can then be allowed to dry.

It can take up to several days for water damage to dry, depending on the amount of water released by a broken supply line or sprinkler. A property owner or manager should address the cause of the malfunction to prevent more accidental activations of fire sprinklers and flooding at a building in Tyler, TX.

How To Find Hidden Mold

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Find Hidden Mold Water damage caused by plumbing or roof leak can cause mold to grow in places that are difficult to detect.

How To Find Hidden Mold

Water damage caused by plumbing or roof leak can cause mold to grow in places that are difficult to detect. If a mold smell is evident at a commercial property in Tyler, TX there is a good chance that fungus is growing. Building owners or managers should hire professionals to provide testing and remediation services.

Rely on Professionals

It is not a good idea for a non-professional to search for hidden mold on the basis of a fungus smell. Property owners and managers should rely on indoor environmental professionals for mold testing. It is necessary to determine several important factors:

  • Moisture sources
  • Type of mold
  • Extent of contamination

Different types of experts can identify the type of mold and severity of an infestation, locate and remediate growth. A few measures are necessary to eliminate mold in a building.

Identification and Location

The areas of a structure with a mold smell or mildew smell can give building owners and managers a general sense of where mold might be growing. An indoor environmental professional can perform precise mold testing and interpret results including the types of mold present and the concentration of spores, microbial volatile organic compounds and mycotoxins. Water damage specialists can use thermal cameras to detect the sources of moisture responsible for mold growth.

Cleanup and Remediation

Certified remediation professionals are trained in mold cleanup methods. A damage mitigation and restoration company that specializes in mold will also have access to personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies that are necessary to stop growth and prevent fungus from returning.

A mold smell may become evident as soon as mold starts to grow. This can occur within 24 to 72 hours after water damage at a building in Tyler, TX. The property owner or manager should arrange for mold testing and cleanup as soon as possible to limit the severity of contamination.