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How To Know Whether Carpet Must be Replaced Following Water Damage

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Know Whether Carpet Must be Replaced Following Water Damage Call a water damage remediation service following a pipe break to help you take care of the necessary water removal.

How To Know Whether Carpet Must Be Replaced Following Water Damage

Dealing with the water removal, drying and disinfecting, and dehumidification following the devastating effects of water damage from a pipe break in your home in Tyler, TX can be very upsetting. In addition you need to see that the cause of the water damage is remedied, and undergo repair or replacement of many elements of your home.

How do you decide your carpet can be dried out and re-stretched to live out its normal lifespan? It may possibly be saved, but that depends on the type of water that has saturated it. There are three different categories of water that may affect the decision.

1. Clean Water

If the water comes from a pipe break or leaking water supply line, then likely the carpet could be dried out and saved for re-use. If the carpet itself is heavily soiled or it is left wet for an extended period of time, it can deteriorate further. If resolved early on, the carpet can usually be saved.

2. Gray Water

Gray water comes from an overflowing toilet, or from a malfunctioning dishwasher or washing machine. It may contain urine and other bacterial or virus components but no feces, and can also deteriorate. The decision to keep carpet exposed to Gray Water is a tricky one and may depend on the speed of removal and whether an effective disinfection process can be undergone.

3. Black Water

The worst of the three categories is Black Water. It may come as a result of a sewer backup or other situation where feces, microbes or harsh chemicals may be present. It involves careful handling to extract, and careful attention to subsequent disinfection and disposal of contaminated items. It requires replacing your carpets.

Call a water damage remediation service in Tyler, TX following a pipe break to help you take care of the necessary water removal, cleanup and restoration of your home and belongings. They can help you make the hard decisions about whether replacing your carpet is necessary and help restore a safe and comfortable home for your family.

Franchise With a Nationwide Leader in Disaster Restoration

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Franchise With a Nationwide Leader in Disaster Restoration SERVPRO is a nationwide leader in Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration.

Franchise With A Nationwide Leader in Disaster Restoration 

If you have dreams of owning and operating your own business but lack the business experience, are hesitant to take the risk or just want to jump into operations without having to put forth too much effort into creating a successful business model, franchising may be for you. While you have plenty of franchises from which to choose, it may be worth your while to look into owning a SERVPRO Franchise.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is a nationwide leader in Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration and has been recognized by Entrepreneur as the #1 Franchise in Restoration Services since 2004. However, it didn't take that title overnight. SERVPRO has been around since 1967. During the past 40 plus years, it has focused on building and perfecting a business model that allows individuals to realize their dreams of owning a business that is molded around both their personal goals and lifestyle. When you own a SERVPRO Franchise, you get access to a proven business model but get the luxury of being in business for yourself.

What Are the Benefits of Franchising?

Obviously, the number one benefit of franchising is the independence that comes along with business ownership. However, franchisees report several benefits that typical business owners don't recognize. Some of those benefits are as follows:

  • Fast Start. When you choose to franchise a SERVPRO, you get the advantage of starting your own business based on an established and proven business formula.
  • Training. SERVPRO offers new franchisees and their employees the opportunity to attend a 15-day training course, at the end of which each attendee becomes a certified restoration expert.
  • Expansion. Thanks to ongoing training opportunities and access to an extensive support system, SERVPRO franchisees can expand their businesses much easier than typical business owners.

If you want to own a locally-owned business in Tyler, TX without the hassle or risk that comes with standard business ownerships, invest in a SERVPRO Franchise. Learn more at SERVPRO's website. 

Why You Must Consider Mold Problems

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Must Consider Mold Problems Black mold is a serious problem that all homeowners should consider.

Why You Must Consider Mold Problems

Your home may be completely new or perfectly cleaned, and you might still discover mold tucked into an out-of-the-way corner. This is because molds have the ability to survive in all types of environments. To survive, mold needs a source of food, basically anything organic, and a bit of moisture. This means that a towel you used for drying off the mirror and left in the corner could become moldy within a week. Black mold develops when the right conditions exist and Stachybotrys spores are in the area.

Controlling Mold

You may already be doing the necessary steps to control mold:

  • Cleaning up spills
  • Repairing leaks
  • Conducting home maintenance
  • Reducing levels of humidity in the home

However, there are many things that could lead to mold buildup that are out of your control. When any of the following happens, contact a mold cleanup and remediation professional.

High Humidity

During wet weather and in humid climates, you may struggle to reduce the levels of moisture in your home. When humid air meets a cold window or wall, condensation occurs, and water builds up. When this happens on porous surfaces, mold can form. It may happen inside the walls, behind tils, or under flooring where you can't see it.

Broken Pipes

One of the most common causes of broken pipes is freezing weather. When water freezes and expands, pipes may break and cause extensive water damage. When this happens mold cleanup is an essential part of repairs.

Broken Supply Lines

Broken supply lines cause a lot of flooding in homes. These thin hoses carry water to appliances, such as the refrigerator and washing machine. Although the lines are small, if they become disconnected or damaged, the amount of water that escapes could be the cause of a significant moisture problem.

Black mold is a serious problem that all homeowners should consider. No matter where you live or the condition of your home, mold could become a serious issue. Take immediate action when your Tyler, TX home is threatened by water damage.

The Challenges and Advantages of Owning a SERVPRO Enterprise

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Challenges and Advantages of Owning a SERVPRO Enterprise SERVPRO of Tyler ready to respond

Buying a franchise is a unique way to start your own business in Whitehouse, TX . Whether you've owned businesses in the past or this is your first entrepreneurial venture, operating a SERVPRO franchise can be a fulfilling opportunity. With corporate support, you have access to guidance, an established system that works, and assistance along the way. Overcoming challenges and building a business to be proud of is an incomparable experience.

Challenges in the Franchise Business

There's no guarantee of success in any type of business venture but facing challenges head-on with assistance from corporate teams improves the odds.

  • There may be restrictions on where you can establish the business and who you can choose as business partners.
  • You'll share part of your profits with corporate partners.
  • Corporate franchisors aren't obligated to renew the franchise agreement at the end of the term.
  • Trouble with other franchises could reflect on your own business.
  • You may be bound by restrictions you didn't expect.

Hopeful business owners often consider franchises to provide an easy route of getting started, but training and good management principles are still necessary for success.

Benefits of Buying a Franchise

Once you understand the obstacles you'll face, the decision to own and operate a certified SERVPRO franchise opens up many benefits. Of course, one of the primary advantages is the wealth of experience and training that comes from partners.

  • You and your employees get regular training from professionals in the same industry as you.
  • Historically, franchises experience a higher rate of success than other fledgling companies.
  • It's often easier to get loans and other financing for a franchise venture. These business opportunities are often less expensive than other start-ups.
  • Established SERVPRO businesses have already built a solid reputation and boosted brand familiarity for you.

Prepare to Succeed

After spending some time researching market principles, time management, customer service, and other basic skills for entrepreneurship, consider purchasing and operating a locally owned SERVPRO franchise in Whitehouse, TX . A healthy investment in this established company could provide you with the returns and income you expect.

Managing Mold - Part 1

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold - Part 1 Mold damage

When there’s a water intrusion such as a roof leak or broken water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Although each mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

Call SERVPRO® of Tyler

The mold cleanup and restoration begins with a call to your local Mold Certified SERVPRO. The office staff will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Check out our next blog post that will continue the steps of mold remediation!

Shocking Facts About Lightning

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Shocking Facts About Lightning Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities

Here Are a Few Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk of being struck. 


Be Aware
Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.


Go Indoors
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.


Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches and Concrete
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.


Avoid Water
Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.


Avoid Electronic Equipment
Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, and radio and television reception systems. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready Put together an emergency kit.

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year, and nearly $15 billion in damages.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Station, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be An Example

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

*Facts provided by 

https://www.noaa.gov/

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.

Meet the SERVPRO of Tyler Crew

Company Profile

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)

Why SERVPRO 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.

Learn more about fire damage

Stay Safe This Summer

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stay Safe This Summer Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July. In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. Your local SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Firework Facts

  • In 2011*, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.
  • These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported fire deaths.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

*Most recent statistics available-provided by the NFPA

Light the Night Safely

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Light the Night Safely SERVPRO® of Tyler wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Tips to Reduce Fire Risk This Holiday Season

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

SERVPRO® of Tyler wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

What Is Mold?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Mold? Molds are microscopic organisms commonly found both indoors and outdoors

Mold

Molds are microscopic organisms commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Molds, along with mushrooms and yeast, are known scientifically as fungi. Their purpose in nature is to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need a food source - any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt - and moisture. Since molds grow by "eating" the organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they are feeding on.

Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen as a colored spot, frequently green, gray, brown, black or white. It commonly appears as a powdery, fuzzy, or hair-like material. Actively growing molds typically produce odors, sometimes described as earthy or moldy, or like mildew, old dirty socks, or ammonia. Molds release thousands of microscopic spores, which are lightweight, easily airborne and carried by air currents to surrounding areas. The spores must have both food and moisture to actually start growing, similar to plant seeds.

If you think you may have a mold issue in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Tyler today!

What You Need to Know About Storm Damage Restoration

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Need to Know About Storm Damage Restoration Flooded lake house due to heavy rains in Tyler,TX

With rising global temperatures, different areas across the world have experienced devastating storms that leave vast tracts of land under water, millions of people displaced, and property worth billions destroyed. Recently, Puerto Rico experienced an apocalyptic storm, dubbed Hurricane Irma in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which dumped over 50 inches of rain in the eastern part of Texas USA.

However, it is not always that you will experience devastating storms with the magnitude of a hurricane Irma or Harvey, but you might experience smaller storms with minimal damage to your building. Storm damage rarely affects one building in a neighborhood, and so it is necessary to have a storm damage expert on speed dial for immediate repairs following a storm. A storm damage expert can help in the restoration of your residential as well as commercial buildings affected by the resulting losses.

Wind Damage

Storms are accompanied by strong winds that can cause severe wind damage including, roof damage and felling trees. Ensure that your storm damage expert can handle wind damage situations. They should be in a position to offer roof damage solutions and reinforce your buildings against the effects of wind damage in the future. Home restoration for wind damage is easier with a resourceful storm restoration expert.

River Flooding

In the wake of a storm, flooding is inevitable. If you live near a large mass of water, be sure that you will experience river flooding that can weaken the foundation of buildings. Flooding causes unimaginable havoc including disruption of transport routes and means of communications. River flooding also deposits garbage swept from up-river, and it is detrimental. Water restoration is the first step in the river flooding scenario. It is necessary to ensure you get a storm remediation. expert as a neighborhood to clean up the mess after the river recedes.

Ground Water

In the wake of a storm, the soil loses its ability to drain water, and you should have a storm remediation. expert to check the extent of ground water damage. It makes it hard for floods to flow, leaving it stagnant. This can be a breeding ground for disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes. For faster drainage of the ground water, invest in a flood pump to remove flood water from the basement and other rooms in your building. Consider a company that specializes in clean water restoration and follow it up with home restoration experts.

Hail Damage

One of the worst accompaniments of a storm is hail. News items are showing severe hail damage leading to a roof leak that gets worse over time. Following severe hail damage, most of the affected items will need replacement. It is necessary that you go through the insurance coverage on your property to ensure it includes hail damage, roof damage; otherwise, you will have a hefty repair bill for frozen pipes, roof damage, ice damage, ice damming, and flood pump hire.

Ice Damming and Ice Damage

The worst storms are those that come in winter. They leave residential and commercial buildings with severe ice damage and flooding from ice dam. A more severe scenario is having frozen pipes, which could mean that you will not have water. You could also get an ice dam forming on your roof, and it will prevent water from draining from your roof. The water that stagnates behind the dam can lead to a roof leak at first but get worse with time if you do not get the ice dam thawed. Only a storm remediation. expert can carry out roof repair to get rid of the ice dam. Frozen pipes because of ice damage can block all your pipes, leading to flooding because of a roof leak.

You can prevent ice damming before winter comes. Make sure to include plenty of ceiling insulation evenly to create a temperature exchanges between the underside of your roof and the inside of your rooms. This will ensure even melting of the ice preventing frozen pipes, a roof leak, which manifest as water stains on your ceilings. A storm remediation. expert can undertake the roof repair if ice damming catches you unawares. The roof repair needs to be handled immediately to avoid structural damage.

Hurricane Damage

In the recent past, there have been devastating hurricanes, most recently, Hurricane Irma and Harvey. Hurricane damage is more widespread; causing river flooding, stagnation of ground water and flood water, hail damage. The task of rectifying hurricane damage rests on the community, and this makes the process of home restoration an easier one. Due to the heavy rainfall, a flood pump is a necessary equipment to get rid of the flood water.

Home and storm Restoration

After the ground water recedes, home restoration should be the first step of storm restoration. Water restoration is the most important aspect of the home restoration process. This will prevent the spread of water borne diseases by providing clean water for essential use. A flood pump will ensure that all the flood water is drained away. Ensure to get an experienced roof repair expert for proper restoration work.

In conclusion, ensure that you have the sufficient building insurance, to cater for ice damming, storm damage, hurricane damage, storm restoration, as well as water restoration. Ensure that you have the number of a storm remediation. company with an excellent reputation.
Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on storm damage.

3 Ways Your Landscaping Can Prevent Flooding

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Ways Your Landscaping Can Prevent Flooding No matter how much rain you get, you can curb outside flooding a little bit by changing up your landscape design.

When it's storm season in Tyler, TX, you may feel like you're fighting a losing battle against outside flooding. After all, if there is too much water for the surrounding area to hold it, flooding and the cost of mitigation services seem inevitable. There are specific landscape elements, however, that can reduce flooding around your home after a rain storm. Incorporating these elements into your design plan can keep water outside and away from your home.

Proper Drainage

The best way to prevent flooding is to redirect excess water to a place where it can be stored or useful. There are several ways to do this:

  • Rain spouts directed to a garden bed and away from the house
  • Swales that capture rain drainage and channel it into an area that thrives on large volumes of water
  • Drainage ditches on either side of the driveway
  • Rain garden that has a water reservoir for watering during drier times

Porous Surfaces

A lot of outside flooding occurs because water hits impervious pavements and has nowhere to go. A non-porous surface pushes rain water away. This may be good for the state of the surface, but it can wreak havoc on your yard if you get a lot of rain. Porous surfaces allow rain to sink into them so that it doesn't run off into the street or municipal gutters.

Heavy Mulch

A difficult problem for most cities to solve is what to do with all the debris that washes into the drainage system after a rainstorm. You can do your part by replacing your light mulch that washes away easily with a heavier mulch. Light wood mulches, such as pine, may be less expensive, but they create more work for everyone in the long run. A heavier hardwood mulch is more likely to stay put.

No matter how much rain you get, you can curb outside flooding a little bit by changing up your landscape design. Better drainage, porous surfaces and heavy mulch slow down how much flooding occurs. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Company Building

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO  How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Company Building Mold damage due to water leak in Bullard,TX

Preventing Mold Growth on Company Property

For many companies in Bullard, 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.

Being Prepared for a Fire in Your Commercial Building

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Being Prepared for a Fire in Your Commercial Building Have a fire extinguisher ready in your Troup,TX office

Fire Preparation Tips

A fire disaster in Troup, TX, can cause a lot of damage for a business, but there are many ways companies can prepare their workers and building for a potential catastrophe. Accidents can be prevented by informing employees and creating a safe workspace. By doing this, you can avoid repairing charred structures and replacing ruined equipment. Here are a few fire preparation tips that can help you minimize damage.

1. Have Fire Extinguishers Ready

Whether it’s an accident in the breakroom or a malfunctioning machine in the office, it’s important to have fire extinguishers that are readily available. Using an extinguisher can stop a fire from growing and can prevent serious fire damage. Find locations where fire extinguishers can easily be accessed and inform your employees.

2. Create and Enforce a Safety Plan

Not every disaster can be prevented, which is why it is very important to train your employees in fire preparation procedures. Create a safety plan that addresses all workers and identifies safe escape routes throughout the building. Once you have made the evacuation plan, talk to your employees and keep them updated.

3. Be Proactive

One of the best ways to prevent a fire from disrupting business is to actively prevent hazards or accidents from happening. Keeping an eye out for potential dangers and eliminating them can make all the difference. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Inspect fire sprinklers periodically
  • Teach your employees about fire safety
  • Keep the building clean
  • Avoid using old or hazardous equipment

These disaster preparation suggestions can be beneficial to any company. By being aware of problems that may arise, you can avoid severe fire damage and restoration.

A fire can affect any business, which is why fire preparation is important. Provide the resources needed to put out a small fire and have backup plans ready. These precautions can keep your workers safe and reduce damage to your building.

The 4 Worst Types of Winter Storm Damage

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The 4 Worst Types of Winter Storm Damage Frozen pipes can cause water damage in your Troup,TX home

Types Of Damage A Winter Storm Can Cause

Adverse winter weather can cause severe damage to your home in Troup, TX. Low temperatures, heavy snow, and high winds can all lead to problems that require repairs or restoration. Find out more about the four worst types of damage a winter storm can cause.

1. Roof Collapse

A layer of dry snow three inches deep can add up to 10 pounds per square foot of additional weight to a roof. Three inches of wet snow can weigh as much as 60 pounds per square foot. A blizzard can build up far more weight. A roof collapse threatens the safety of all inhabitants and can lead to extensive water damage. A cave-in calls for evacuation and extensive roof repairs or a rebuild.

2. Ice Damming

Ice dams form when snow melts due to an unevenly warm roof and refreezes near the eaves. This may cause water to seep under shingles and lead to roof damage, water damage, and mold in the attic or insulation. Keep your attic cool, well-insulated, and ventilated and the drainage system clear to prevent damming after a winter storm.

3. Pipe Bursts

Frozen pipes can burst and cause major water damage. Allow faucets to trickle and heat your home to a safe temperature – no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit – even when you are out of town.

4. Undermined Doors and Windows

Winter weather can wear down doors, windows, and weather stripping. This causes cold drafts to enter and allows heated air to escape. A door may even blow open when you are away and lead to water damage and an increased risk of intrusion. Maintain the condition of exterior doors and windows.

All of these events can cause thousands of dollars in damage. If any part of your home succumbs to a blizzard or adverse weather, rely on winter storm damage restoration specialists in Troup, TX.

Signs Your Furnace Needs Immediate Attention

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Signs Your Furnace Needs Immediate Attention Keep your furnace maintained for best results and lower costs

Most homeowners know to maintain their windows, garage doors, stoves and other appliances that they regularly use, but not many give much thought to the hidden appliances and machines, such as water heaters and furnaces. Yet, water heaters and furnaces are the source of many home fires and the reason for many calls to Whitehouse, TX, fire cleaning teams. This is because they go unmaintained for so long that when they do malfunction, the problem is a relatively large one. Fortunately, preventing a furnace fire is fairly easy and requires little time investment on your part. Typically, furnace maintenance revolves around one of three main components:

  • The distribution system
  • The heat/cold source
  • The thermostat

By accurately troubleshooting the issue, you can keep your furnace operating at maximum capacity and prevent the need for smoke cleaning experts.

The Safe Way to Furnace Maintenance

Before you start work on your furnace, there are some preliminary steps you can take beforehand to make sure the issue isn't something as minor as a blown fuse. This may save you a world of trouble and eliminate the need for a fire cleaning team entirely. Some things you can do include the following:

  • Check to make sure that the unit is receiving power. Sometimes, something as simple as resetting the power may be all it takes to get your furnace back to operating as normal.
  • If the unit has a power switch, make sure that is switched to on.
  • If the power switch is on, try hitting the unit's reset button. However, only do so after allowing the unit to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make sure the thermostat is set properly. It is not uncommon for thermostats to be off by five to 10 degrees.
  • If the unit uses gas, make sure the pilot is lit.

Sometimes, the measures above are all it takes to restore a furnace to maximum operating capacity. Unfortunately, however, the fix isn't always so simple. If your furnace needs further trouble shooting or maintenance, contact your local fire cleaning team today for assistance.

5 Steps To Remove Flood Odors From Your Business

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Steps To Remove Flood Odors From Your Business Flooded carpet in a Bullard,TX building

If a flood hits your business in Bullard,TX, 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.

What To Do When Light Fixtures Drip Water

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Light Fixtures Drip Water Ceiling damaged by broken pipe in a Tyler,TX home

A burst pipe in your ceiling or roof leak may not be apparent until water starts to pool or drip from light fixtures. Follow these three steps as soon as you notice water in light fixtures in your home in Tyler, TX.

1. Know the Risks

Charged particles in water conduct electricity. You may receive a shock if you attempt to handle a fixture or even turn off the switch. Shut off the power at the breaker box or service panel for your home and use a non-contact voltage tester on dry electrical sources elsewhere in the residence to confirm that the electricity is off. If you don't have a meter on hand, shut off the power and call an electrician.

2. Fix the Source of the Problem

If the leak in your ceiling and water in light fixtures is due to a broken pipe, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. This can mitigate damage until a plumber and electrician arrive. If a roof leak is the culprit, contact a roofer. You may also want to hire a residential water damage restoration firm to provide cleanup and ensure that secondary damage, such as mold, does not develop.

3. Address the Damage

Even after resolving the cause of a leak, you should not attempt to repair or replace any light fixtures exposed to water. You may want to eliminate any water that has pooled in the ceiling, which can cause ceiling damage. Place a large bucket or trash can with wheels under a ceiling bulge and pierce the bulge with a sharp object to reduce weight and pressure.

An electrician can safely remove water in light fixtures and replace these fixtures. Electrical wires can develop corrosion that can lead to electrical shorts or fires, so it is best to replace any lighting that has been exposed to water.

How to Handle a Misfire of Fire Sprinklers

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Handle a Misfire of Fire Sprinklers A professional water damage restoration crew is preferred to handle water removal and repair.

Fire sprinklers are a boon to many businesses for their ability to stop fires in their early stages from consuming more property and becoming costlier. In some situations, these systems can unexpectedly trigger when there is no fire. This leads to flooding and its associated expenses. You can act to mitigate the water’s threat by understanding the causes of defects and how to stop the system during an incident.

Causes of a Fire Sprinkler Gone Awry

Sprinkler systems have safeguards to stop them from deploying except during a fire. There are several circumstances that can cause them to errantly deploy:

• Frozen pipes causing pressure to break pipes and leak
• Abnormal heat from abnormally hot weather or roof damage letting heat in
• Damage to the mechanism by service work done in or around the ceiling by yourself or others
• Vandalism for scrap parts or with the intention of committing insurance fraud using arson
• Metal corrosion from stagnant water in the pipes or sprinklers

Stopping the Water From Causing Property Damage

The most important step for stopping sprinklers from flooding your business it to identify where your business’ water shutoff valve is located. You should familiarize yourself with its operation, so you can stop the sprinklers if there is no fire. In case you are absent, other trusted employees should also be informed of it.

Water damage can ultimately be prevented with occasional professional inspection of your fire sprinklers. Proper maintenance ensures the system will deploy only when you need it. It’s good practice to make sure the sprinklers are clear of obstructions and not used to hang decorations. Misuse risks damaging the units.

Handling the Aftermath

Your insurance should be contacted and informed of the fire sprinkler malfunction to work out coverage. A professional water damage restoration crew is preferred to handle water removal and repair. Your actions impact the total cost of such services. With proper measures taken before and during a defective sprinkler incident, you can prevent extensive flooding to your business in Tyler, TX. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

How To Check for Mold Growth

9/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Check for Mold Growth If your home smells dank and you suspect you need mold cleaning, have it tested first.

A musty odor in your home may be a sign of mold growth. How do you know for sure, though? If you are considering purchasing a kit to test your home in Tyler, TX, save your money. The only way to know if you need mold cleaning for sure is to enlist the expertise of a certified industrial hygienist. A CIH can identify whether or not you need to seek out mold remediation services.

What Does a CIH Do?

A CIH is trained to test for a variety of hazards in your living environment. There are four main areas to his or her expertise:

• Anticipating problems by analyzing present factors
• Recognizing problems through testing
• Evaluating safety issues
• Controlling and eradicating hazards

If your home tests positive in an evaluation conducted by a CIH, you know for certain that you need mold cleaning services. When you hire specialists to remediate the mold damage in your home, the tests performed can tell them a lot about the extent of the problem.

Why Do I Need a CIH to Check for Mold?

Mold is everywhere. Spores live in the air outdoors, and they are carried into your home on clothing, pets, hair and shoes. It is impossible to have a home that is completely spore-free. When you use the home mold test kits, they will almost always report that you have mold in your home, even if there is no growth to be found. The store-bought kits do not distinguish from the mold spores that are inevitably in the air and a problematic growth causing potential damage to the home's structure. A CIH can discover if an actual problem exists.

If your home smells dank and you suspect you need mold cleaning, have it tested first. A test conducted by an expert is the best way to determine if you have a mold problem. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

The Fire Sprinkler Demystified

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Fire Sprinkler Demystified Public places where people congregate can pose a significant risk of injury or death in the event that a fire erupts.

For the majority of people in Tyler, TX, and elsewhere, seeing a fire sprinkler deploy is quite unlikely to happen. However, its presence in public and commercial buildings is a reassuring reminder that in a fire emergency, it is a built-in, first line of defense. In fact, building codes in many localities stipulate whether or not a system is required in commercial settings.

How It Works

The great thing about an automatic fire suppression system is that it stands ready to kick into action at any time of day or night in an occupied or unoccupied building. It typically consists of a piping grid that is filled with water stored under pressure. The operation of the system is generally quite simple.

1. When a fire occurs, the air temperature above it rises.
2. If the temperature gets high enough, the sprinkler activates.
3. A vigorous spray of water is released and begins to reduce or extinguish flames.

The fire sprinkler is designed so that the nearest source of flames will trigger it. Contrary to what some perhaps believe, the presence of smoke alone will not set it off; it is heat that will do so. The consequent spray of water can vary from 8 to 24 gallons per minute and can be very effective in knocking down flames and heat prior to the arrival of fire department personnel. The rapid response is what can create an opportunity for safe evacuation or property preservation.

In the event of an extinguished fire or a malfunction of the system, fire sprinkler cleanup can require the help of water damage experts. A business insurance policy can often help to mitigate the cost of restoring the space to its previous condition.

Public places where people congregate can pose a significant risk of injury or death in the event that a fire erupts. A fire sprinkler is often a highly effective piece of equipment to help preserve lives and property. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Cleaning Out Flood Water From Difficult Places With the Right Gear

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Your Tyler, TX, business could have storm lead to unwanted flood water. Knowing the types of hardware needed to remove water and debris allows you prepare your property or know what to expect for restoration. Here are four types of equipment used to relocate high volumes of water or debris.

1. Sump Pump

A sump pump is typically installed in the basement area of a building. A pit a couple of feet deep serves as a container for run-off water from outside. A sump pump automatically activates by using a float device that turns the pump on once it reaches a certain level. The pump moves water away from the basement and shoots it through a pipe away from the building’s foundation.

This device is electronically managed. It needs a circuit interrupter to safely operate around water, and it’s advised to have battery power for a backup since heavy storms often take out power.

2. Trash Pump

A trash pump is a portable piece of equipment designed to move more than water. It also is effective at moving mud, sand, twigs, sludge, and sand. It relocates everything at a rate often over a hundred gallons a minute through a hose. It is specially designed to not clog from decent-sized materials often contained within water.

3. Semi-Trash Pump

As a lighter version, a semi-trash pump can handle smaller rubble in the water but not large items like the full version. It is ideal for water with light debris.

4. Diaphragm (Truck) Pump

For the most abrasive or thick liquids, a heavy-duty diaphragm pump uses a motor to create a vacuum. It removes contaminants from water very easily and spits the water back out without them.

This equipment can be rented for personal use or expertly used by a professional storm damage restoration company when deployed to your business. Each one serves a vastly different purpose, so choosing the correct one is necessary to avoid damaging the tool while efficiently finishing the job. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

4 Signs You May Have a Shower Leak

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Signs You May Have a Shower Leak A shower or bathtub leak is something you want to catch as soon as possible.

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/.

Steps to Making a Claim for Flood Coverage

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance is one of those things you hope to never need to use, but you’re happy it’s available. If you have flood insurance, it can help you with costly repairs and restore your home. Making a flood claim doesn’t have to be complicated, but you want to make sure you take the right steps, so you get the right coverage after a flood in your Tyler, TX, home.


Contact and Clean.


As soon as you experience a flood at your home, you need to get in touch with your insurance provider without delay. As soon as you call your representative to make an insurance claim, you need to get ready for the adjuster to arrive and inspect your home.

• Thoroughly clean your home and try to salvage as many items as possible.
• Allow the adjuster to see the extent of the damage.
• Take photos of the damaged area to provide to the adjuster.


Take Inventory of What You Lost.


It’s important to make a list of items that were damaged in the flood, especially those items that you cannot salvage. If possible, gather receipts and documentation of each of the item’s cost and date of purchase. This will help when you make a flood claim, so you can replace the items.


Sign a Proof of Loss Statement.


When the insurance adjuster arrives at your home, he or she will inspect the affected area. The adjuster will note the damages and will then ask you to sign a proof of loss document. Here, you will certify items you have lost. If you discover additional damage after signing the document, you can add those notes later. You’ll also want to leave your contact information with the insurance company.

It’s important that you follow these steps when you make a flood claim. Properly doing so will ensure that you get all the help you need recovering from this disaster.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Lightning Strikes and How They Can Affect Your Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is beautiful to watch unless it’s striking close by. Not only does the thunder boom loudly around you, but there is potential that your house could be damaged if struck. Atmospheric electricity can significantly damage your home, and it is likely that the electrical surge can start a fire. To prevent a lightning fire in Tyler, TX, here is an informational blog that can equip you with the right knowledge to act.


What Happens When a Bolt Strikes a House?


Lightning wants to touch the ground, so the bolt will find the path of least resistance to get there. When a bolt contacts a house, it can go through electrical lines, water pipes, phone lines, metal window frames, and anything that can conduct electricity. There are three main dangers you should be aware of when a thunderbolt strikes:

• A house fire
• Shock wave damage
• Power surge damage

The explosive power of a bolt can cause a lot of damage, which is why it’s important to protect your home from this type of harm.


How Can You Prevent a House Fire?


One of the best ways to prevent a lightning fire is to invest in a professionally installed protection system. Electrical rods help direct the surge of power toward the ground and away from the building. However, to stay even safer during a thunderstorm, avoid using water when atmospheric surges are near. You can also unplug any electronics to help avoid any dangerous surges of power from destroying your gadgets and entertainment systems.

Thunderstorms can be dangerous if a bolt strikes your house. However, there are many precautions that can be taken. Keep in mind that the cost of lightning fire damage cleanup has increased because of the growing number of electronics in each household. Turn off your water, and unplug your TVs and computers to minimize harm and risk during a lightning storm.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

3 Standards for Mold Maintenance

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are a natural occurrence present just about everywhere — including your Tyler, TX, business. When exposed to moisture these microscopic neighbors can quickly grow into a burgeoning threat, leaving your business at risk for a myriad of issues. Federal organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration do not set any mold standards, but that doesn’t mean mold cleanup isn’t an aggressive process. Here are three steps to keep in mind when dealing with your sporous neighbor:


1. Be Aware of Water Damage.


Mold spores become an issue when exposed to moisture and allowed to grow into colonies. Regularly check for any threat of water damage in your business, including leaking pipes or drafty windows, which may allow moisture to sneak in. Furthermore, maintain appropriate levels of humidity within the building to limit moisture levels in the air. While there is variance dependent on personal preference and outdoor conditions, the EPA sets 60 percent as the benchmark for high indoor humidity. Generally, levels should be kept between 30 and 50 percent.


2. Check Building Materials.


To alleviate the uncertainty of mold standards, ensure building standards are up to code. Proper insulation installed around windows, piping and exterior walls minimizes a buildup of condensation, keeping mold at bay. Verify that your business is well-ventilated and regularly check porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles and wood for any signs of mold damage.


3. Contact Your Local Cleanup Company.


While there may be no federal mold standards, the nonprofit Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification sets forth standards of care for the remediation of mold. Time is of the essence when it comes to mold infestation; an IICRC certified company will have the training and professional equipment to safely and effectively mediate the mold damage in your business in a time-sensitive manner. Furthermore, if the insidious contaminant black mold has threatened your business, a professional company is the only option for a safe cleanup.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

What to Know When Damage Occurs to Bathroom Supply Lines

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

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
• PEX
• 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.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Follow These 8 Steps to Stop a Toilet

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Follow These 8 Steps to Stop a Toilet Flooding from a 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.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

3 Facts About Flood Cuts at Your Business

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Interruption of Service: What Your Insurance Policy Covers

5/19/2018 (Permalink)

Interruption of Service: What Your Insurance Policy Covers


No one expects a natural disaster or other catastrophic events in Tyler, TX, to shut down business, but sometimes it happens. When it does, it is helpful to have interruption insurance to ease the financial burden and keep your business running until it is back on its feet. While restoration specialists are rebuilding your property, the business interruption coverage that’s included in your property insurance or general business owner’s package allows you to continue to pay your employees, and maintain some level of service to your customers. Here are some expenses that such a policy may cover.


1. Temporary Relocation


Some insurance policies may pay the costs associated with temporarily moving your business operations to another place. If your building has been destroyed by fire, it doesn’t mean you have to give up hope, as you may be able to operate elsewhere.


2. Expected Profits


Your interruption insurance plan may cover the money you would have made if the disaster had not occurred. Comparing previous months’ income levels, your adjuster can determine how much revenue your business would have generated if it were fully functional.


3. Operating Expenses


Any fixed costs that are a part of your regular business budget are likely to be included in your business interruption coverage. Your policy may also reimburse you for any extra business-related expenses that occur, particularly if they’re due to a fire.


4. Training Expenditures


With any major change in business operations, additional training is often needed. Your insurance policy helps keep you on track with your employees by funding any training or commission that is a direct result of the disaster.

If you are undergoing flood or fire restoration, your interruption insurance has you covered. From the day of the event to the day your business is once again functioning, this policy can ensure that your operations budget is one less thing to worry about.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Get Rid of Plant Mildew in 4 Steps

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

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 overwatering 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.

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.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

6 Space Heater Fire Prevention Safety Tips

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can help keep the cold at bay during those cold winter months in Tyler, TX, but they can also cause considerable damage if improperly used. Burns against tender skin can send people to the emergency room, and radiant heat from an overly-hot burned space heater can result in a home fire. To keep your family and possessions safe, here are six safety tips.

1. Maintain a safe distance of at least three feet from fabric covered combustible materials. This includes beds, curtains, couches, and blankets.

2. Space heaters are designed to sit on the floor, not a table or chest. The radiant heat from sitting upon a cluttered wooden area can not only result in a burned space heater; it can cause the surface it is sitting upon to smolder and catch fire.

3. Keep children and pets at least three feet from the heater. Serious injuries can occur when little ones or pets get too close to the space heater’s hot surface.

4. When going to bed or leaving the room for an extended period, shut the heater off. Some units cycle the heating elements on and off, but space heaters are not meant to run for extended periods of time in an unattended room.

5. If using a space heater in a garage, workshop, or storeroom, place it in the center of the room if possible. Keeping it away from flammable liquids, ignitable materials, and wooden surfaces can help prevent a fire.

6. Put the heating unit on a level surface. Although carpet may seem level and secure, a soft surface can result in a wobbly heater and a scorched carpet.

Fires started by a burned space heater can be common. If a fire does occur, smoke cleanup and fire damage repair can be very frustrating and time consuming. Consider contacting a professional fire restoration team. Space heaters can keep the cold away, but they can also cause serious damage to homes and property if not treated appropriately.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Property

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. While it’s necessary in nature, the presence of mold indoors can be downright unhealthful. It could render your real estate in Tyler, TX, unusable. That's why it can be important to know some mold prevention techniques, which you can use even while not using your building.


Know What Makes Mold Grow


There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores.

1. Moisture

2. A food source

3. Warmth

Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist.

While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances.

Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.


Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles


You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation.

These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning a flooded company property following water damage is a daunting task. Not only do you have to restore the property itself, but all the affected items such as office furniture and electronics as well.


Types of Water Damage


Understanding the different types of water damage can help expedite the process and ensure the appropriate cleanup measures are taken. The three main types of water damage are clean water, gray water, and black water, ranging from least to most dangerous respectively.

1. Clean water is the least harmful of the three and is usually caused by a broken pipe, outside leak, or water overflowing from an appliance.
2. Grey water is basically contaminated clean water and requires a few safety precautions to protect against any bacteria that may exist.
3. Black water is the most hazardous type of water damage and requires specific safety measures to protect clean-up crews. Water damage from black water is usually best handled by a professional cleaning service as the contaminants can range from bacterial disease, chemicals, and toxic materials.


Cleaning Office Items


After determining the cause and severity of the damage, you can better chart a course of action for replacing the items in the flooded company building. The majority of office items fall into three main categories: furniture, paperwork, and electronics.

1. Cleaning and replacing furniture. Any affected fabric furniture items may need dry cleaning following water damage. Wood items can usually be restored with sanding and refinishing, depending on the extent of the damage.
2. Restoring paper items. Paperwork can take a significant effort to dry and restore. Drying documents, binders, or books using dehumidifying or vacuum freeze-drying processes can help restore these items.
3. Handling electronics. Many electronic items also benefit from air drying and dehumidifying. It is typically important to handle these items carefully and quickly to help prevent corrosion or any further damage.

Getting your commercial property back in order doesn’t have to be a total loss. If you are affected by a flooded company property in Tyler, TX, make sure to consult a professional clean-up crew as soon as possible to help ensure proper and thorough cleanup.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

3 Reasons Why Flood Waters Have a Foul Odor

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Tyler, TX, can leave behind mud, soaked belongings and water damage inside your home. However, one remnant you might not have expected is the foul odor that mold growth and other factors can cause once the flooding is over. Fighting this smell 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.


2. 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 and deodorize the area.


3. 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.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

3 Common Types of Household Mold

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is one of the last topics most Tyler, TX, residents would prefer to discuss. Nevertheless, it has a way of thriving inconspicuously along bathroom walls, windowsills, and other areas of the house that you may otherwise forget about. The average homeowner is likely not aware of the many forms of mold growth or the characteristics of each type. Keep reading to learn about the three most common fungi in the household and the methods used to spot them.


1. Aspergillus


Mold comes in a plethora of shapes and forms, but aspergillus is among the most common. A mold just as unappealing as its name, Aspergillus branches into countless species and is typically abundant in soil and in the air. Like many molds, it can grow on a variety of surfaces, especially in places with high humidity.


2. Stachybotrys Atra


Also known as "black mold," stachybotrys atra is perhaps the most infamous of all household molds. Usually a greenish black in color, this pesky mold grows best in areas with past water damage, water leaks and other humid spots. While there have been countless studies on this popular household villain, it is clear that stachybotrys atra does not play around; sometimes, this mold can move in with no obvious signs of growth.


3. Cladosporium


Because cladosporium can be hard to pinpoint, hiring a mold professional is usually the ideal step in combating this fungal problem. If you observe mold growth in your home that looks like green, black or brown spots, there is a chance you could be dealing with cladosporium. Also a lover of dampness, this mold commonly grows on walls, wood, HVAC vents, wallpaper and other susceptible areas.

Although it may take the inspection of a professional to properly identify the type of mold plaguing your turf, learning the basics about the most notorious types can prepare you for the remediation process. Mold growth may be an inevitable part of our world, but it doesn't have to be part of your home.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

How To Handle a Toilet Overflow

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

You should act quickly after a toilet overflows to limit the secondary damage caused by a sewage leak. Depending on what category of water is involved, the risk of sewer damage goes up. If the leak is large and involves black water, you may need to call a sewage company that provides restoration services in Tyler, TX, as well as a plumber. Find out about the three different categories of water and simple steps you can take to fix a flooded toilet and clean up the mess.

There are three categories of water in a leak scenario:

1. Clean water: Clean water should simply be removed and the area of the leak should be thoroughly dried.
2. Gray water: Gray water includes the water from appliances such as washing machines and toilet water that only contains urine. Cleaning and disinfection are important steps.
3. Black water: Black water contains contaminants with microbes and may pose a threat of infection to individuals with compromised immune systems. Leaks involving black water should be dried and disinfected as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours.

As soon as you realize that a toilet is overflowing, you should try to see if you can handle the clog on your own with a plunger. If you cannot, minimize the extent of a leak by using towels to prevent water from spreading and contact a plumber. Once a plumber solves the underlying issue, it is up to you to limit the extent of secondary sewer damage or call on experts to completely restore the affected area.

Depending on the extent of the leak caused by a flooded toilet, you may want to contact a sewage company that specializes in restoration. Look for a cleaning and restoration service that specializes in sewer damage in Tyler, TX, if you are concerned about lingering unwanted smells or the risk of mold.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

What Kind of Damage Can You Expect From a Hailstorm?

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

There’s no doubt that hail storms in Tyler, TX, will lead to roof damage. Even the smallest hailstones can cause problems with enough force, especially on older commercial roofing. The extent of the damage can depend on the type of roof, the size of the hailstones, even wind speed. Learn about the three types of hail damage you can come to expect.


1. Exterior Damage


In a hailstorm, your business’s rooftops will always take the brunt of the damage. Shingles can end up cracked or missing, while other types of roofing can take major impact damage that leads to cracking, splitting, peeling and more. Some damage may be purely cosmetic, unsightly but not overly problematic. Other roof damage may cause functional issues that lead to the next type of damage – interior damage.


2. Interior Damage


Interior damage from hail storms occurs when the roof is cracked enough for water leaks to occur. When the roof is no longer watertight, you can end up with rain and melted hail or snow seeping into your building’s interior. Long before you notice dripping and dark spots on the floors, you could end up with water damage in your building’s attic, wet insulation, and rot in your structural framework.


3. Peripheral Damage


The last type of damage you can expect other than roof damage and interior damage is peripheral damage. While your roof may take the brunt of the storm, any equipment installed on your roof or around your building may also suffer impact damage. This can include satellite dishes, antennae, and exterior housings for HVAC or other building systems.


Prepare in Advance


The best offense is a good defense, and one of the best ways to avoid hail damage is to prepare in advance. Preparing can include repairing or upgrading roofing, or working with professionals to “toughen” your building’s resiliency to hail storms and impact. Don’t wait until the damage is already done; take precautions in advance.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

How to remove water from a home after flooding in Tyler, Texas?

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to remove water from a home after flooding in Tyler, Texas? Water loss in Tyler, Texas. SERVPRO of Tyler was quick to respond and begin the extraction and drying process.

If your home has water damage it is important to follow these simple tips until help arrives. If you have a situation where you believe you need help, contact SERVPRO of Tyler immediately at (903) 561-0168. They will get someone on site immediately to help assess the situation.

If it is significant water damage these steps will be necessary. 

1. Take plenty of photos of the water loss. These can be critical for your insurance company. 

2. It is critical to make sure all of the standing and visible water is extracted. If the water sits for an extended period of time, it can cause secondary damage like mold

3. Once all of the water is extracted, SERVPRO of Tyler will place drying equipment throughout the affected area. After a few days of drying and monitoring, the equipment can be removed. 

4. If any repairs need to be made it is critical to do so after the entire structure is dry. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to a team member at SERVPRO of Tyler at (903) 561-0168

The Air Ducts Have Mold. Now What?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

You can smell a pungent, musty odor every time you turn on the climate control system. You could have mold hiding somewhere in the ducts. In Tyler, TX, experts in mold remediation help you identify contamination and clear out the offending infestation with a thorough HVAC cleaning.

How Do Molds Get in the Vents?

Mold is a microscopic fungus. It reproduces by expelling spores into the air. These spores ride on currents until they find a new home.

Fungus-like mold needs the right conditions to survive:

• Plenty of moisture
• Organic material for food
• A stable resting place

Your HVAC system moves air by design. Its whole purpose is to circulate air, and it is a prime source for mold spore transmission.

Doesn’t the Air Move Constantly?

Yes, it does, but dust sticks in some places. Mold spores landing on the dust have everything they need to start a new colony. Air ducts covered in dust are also covered in mold spores. The organic compounds in the dust are enough for the fungus to grow.

Your evaporator in your air conditioning collects moisture in the form of condensation. In normal conditions, drains allow that moisture to exit the system without causing a problem. If an obstruction blocks the drain, the pooled water is enough to support mold growth.

How Do You Prevent Contamination?

HVAC cleaning and proper maintenance are key. Change the filters regularly to prevent dust contamination. When dust accumulates, it provides a foundation for mold in your system. Also, get in the habit of cleaning vents and evaporator coils.

Your indoor air quality also contributes to mold contamination in your vents. A HEPA filter and air purifier can help to reduce the number of spores in your home in the first place.

When Should You Call an Expert?

If you smell mold but cannot see it, you may need to hire an interior environmental technician to test your air quality. A professional mold remediation expert knows how to perform proper HVAC cleaning to remove mold.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Up After a Fire

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, the idea of cleaning up the legacy of soot damage, smoke damage, collapses, and fire damage can be daunting. With a step-by-step process, however, fire cleanup can be less of a chore. Follow this guide for a more efficient way to focus your cleanup and restoration efforts in the wake of a fire.

1. Make a plan. Rather than just tackling the nearest available problem, make a thorough assessment of the damage to your home and what needs to be done first. Prioritize the most important tasks, and identify which other tasks are dependent on completing certain areas of restoration first.

2. Wear proper protective gear. You may be dealing with potentially harmful substances, whether they’re harmful to your health or just harmful to the state of your clothing. Cover up with gloves, masks, and thick clothing that can protect you against soot, smoke, jagged edges, or corrosive substances.

3. Cordon off unsafe areas. Places with damaged floorboard or other safety hazards should be marked and roped off until they can be repaired.

4. Locate anything salvageable. Quickly identify and remove anything you may be able to keep, restore, or salvage.

5. Know where you can dump your debris. Debris removal is a major part of fire restoration and cleanup, but some dumps in Tyler, TX, won’t allow certain types of refuse. Make sure you know the proper place to dispose of your debris, and arrange for transportation and pickup. You may hire a service to haul it away for you, or can load your vehicle and do it yourself.

6. Board up any broken windows and doors. This is essential to preventing further damage from the elements.

7. Make a budget for restoration that includes any insurance compensation. You may need to hire contractors to repair your home as well, and your budget should include contract services.

By following this guide and other common-sense tips, before long you’ll have your home spotless and on the way to full recovery.

Protecting Your Home From Smoke Damage Caused by Puff Back

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When most people in Tyler, TX, think about smoke damage, they think of the aftermath of a fire. What they don’t know about is the puff back effect. This phenomenon is a small explosion inside the burn chamber or the boiler of your furnace that sends a blast of soot and smoke into your home. It can occur in both oil-fired and gas furnaces, but the risk is higher in oil-fired heating systems. The most common cause is lack of maintenance and repairs.

An Ounce of Prevention

Annual inspections are a key tool in preventing this type of smoke damage. Every year you should have your heating system inspected, cleaned and adjusted by a professional. These experts know how to check for the following problems:

• Clogged or cracked nozzles
• Improper nozzle angle
• Cracked electrodes
• Shorted ignition cables
• Defective spark transformers
• Incorrect air-fuel mixtures
• Low-grade or dirty fuel

If any of these problems go unchecked, there is a real danger of a puff back, which can result in potentially significant damage to your home.

A Pound of Cure

If you do experience smoke damage from a puff back, there are three things you absolutely need to know:

1. Typical homeowner’s insurance policies cover damages caused by smoke, soot and ash.
2. Thorough documentation of damages is necessary for making a claim, including police and fire reports if available.
3. Most insurance companies will only cover the cost of professional cleanup.

For the health and safety of everyone involved, you should not attempt to clean up the damage yourself. Professional cleaners are equipped with the proper protection and equipment to safely clean the premises. The two best things a homeowner in Tyler, TX, can do in the event of any type of smoke damage is to contact their insurance adjustor immediately and, most importantly, leave the cleanup to a crew of professionals.



How To Clean Your Home’s Items After a Flood

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Cleaning up after a flood affects your Tyler, TX home can be physically and emotionally difficult. Floors and walls may have water damage, and you may not be sure which pieces of furniture and other items can be saved. However, working with an expert home restoration company can help you with content cleaning in a way that is both safe and effective.

Start Small

Once you start to inspect your home’s items after flooding, the enormity of cleanup may seem overwhelming. However, taking small steps when you begin the cleanup can help you focus on the most important tasks. For example, you can check each room for black water and note where you will need your professional cleanup team to work and which rooms are safe to enter to retrieve items for content cleaning.

Gather Porous Items for Disposal

Porous items in your home that might have permanently absorbed dirty water should not be salvaged. These include:

• Carpets
• Stuffed toys
• Laminated or granite countertops or flooring

Nonporous items, such as canned goods, can be saved if the labels are removed and the cans are thoroughly washed and sanitized. You can label the contents and expiration date with a permanent marker before returning them to the kitchen.

Remove Furniture for Inspection and Cleaning

While you may not be able to salvage furniture made of cloth, leather or suede, pieces made of metal, plastic or wood may be saved. You generally want to completely discard soaked mattress, sheets and pillows. Remove the items you want to preserve to a clean, dry area and inspect them for damage. Once you decide which are salvageable, ask your home restoration experts to sanitize them properly.

Cleaning your Tyler, TX home can be a daunting task. However, knowing how to safely perform content cleaning and hiring a professional flood restoration company to help you salvage and sanitize items can be important first steps in getting your house back in order.
Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on storm damage.

3 Steps to Take After a Pipe Break

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Many homeowners in Tyler, TX worry about a flash flood when the weather outside gets a little too wet. However, one commonly overlooked source of flooding is bursting pipes. A homeowner should contact a professional to fix a broken pipe immediately. It is the only way to curtail the level of water damage from getting any worse.

1. Stop the Flow of Water

The first thing you as a homeowner can do is prevent the flooding from getting any worse. You will need to shut off the main water line. After you do so, you still need to drain the pipes of all water. This will require you to run every sink and flush each toilet in your house at least once. You will also need to turn off your home’s water heater. Once there is no running tap water left, the leak should stop entirely.

2. Inspect the Damage

Next, you will need to locate the burst pipes. If you are able to find the broken pipe, then you should take pictures of the damage for insurance purposes. If you cannot find the culprit, then you will need to bring in a professional crew as soon as possible.

3. Contact a Professional Drying and Remediation Crew

For homeowners in Tyler, TX who think they are fairly handy around the house, it is always a good idea to call a professional team to take care of any water damage just to be safe. There is a lot of remediation that needs to take place, such as drying any damaged structures and preventing mold growth. Professionals also know how to safely work around water to prevent electrocution or illness.

It only takes a matter of minutes for bursting pipes to wreak havoc on your home. The faster you can respond to such an emergency, the better off you and your family are sure to be. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on water damage.

What to do After Your Pipes Burst

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Bursting pipes are a fact of life in the winter, especially if you own older properties, because older properties are more difficult to properly insulate and protect. You can do everything possible to prevent pipe freezing, but between the construction and design of those buildings and the age of the plumbing, sometimes you will need to fix broken pipe issues even if they haven’t frozen, just because of the age of the pipe. Either way, a prompt response to the problem will prevent water damage in Tyler, TX from escalating.

Immediate Steps to Take

Your initial response to a water problem is going to make an enormous difference. React quickly, and you could minimize the harm and the cleanup effort.

1. Shut off the water. Before worrying about getting people to clean up the problem, stop it from getting worse by shutting down the water main so your bursting pipes can’t leak.
2. Contact your insurance. Get in touch with your carrier to make sure you understand what is covered and whether there are cleanup companies they can work with directly.
3. Contact a local restoration company. Make sure they are certified for the category of water problem you are experiencing.
4. Make arrangements for your needs. Water damage in Tyler, TX can take some time to clean up, so you will need to make the arrangements necessary to keep business running elsewhere, or on supplementary resources until your pipes are repaired.

Mold Risks From Water Damage

Proper dry cleaning after an incident with bursting pipes is important. Not only does it prevent immediate damage from water exposure, it also prevents the secondary damage that can be hard to spot. Water can lead to mold growth, but the right cleaning team doing a thorough job that follows best practices for total water damage restoration can prevent the onset of mold problems and fix broken pipe problems.
Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Managing mold- Part 2

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Mold Remediation Managing mold- Part 2 Call SERVPRO of Tyler to walk through the process of managing mold.

Here we continue on with the steps SERVPRO® of Tyler will take to remediate any mold issues you may have at your home or business:

Air Filtration 
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our technicians clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Our teams are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting or installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms in your home or business.

Managing Mold- Part 1

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Mold Remediation Managing Mold- Part 1 Call SERVPRO of Tyler to walk through the process of managing mold.

When there’s a water intrusion such as a roof leak or broken water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Although each mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

Call SERVPRO® of Tyler
The mold cleanup and restoration begins with a call to your local Mold Certified SERVPRO. The office staff will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.


Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Check out our next blog post that will continue the steps of mold remediation!

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

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Water Damage Are You Winter Weather Ready? Are you prepared for the coming cold weather?

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO® of Tyler about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO® of Tyler to strike back.

Shocking Facts about Lightning

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk of being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips:


Be Aware
Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.


Go Indoors
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.


Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches and Concrete
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.


Avoid Water
Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.


Avoid Electronic Equipment
Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, and radio and television reception systems. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Commercial Water Restoration

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Flooding and water damage events at East Texas commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Tyler

SERVPRO of Tyler specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Until Help Arrives

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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

What is Mold?

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Molds are microscopic organisms commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Molds, along with mushrooms and yeast, are known scientifically as fungi. Their purpose in nature is to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need a food source - any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt - and moisture. Since molds grow by "eating" the organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they are feeding on.

Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen as a colored spot, frequently green, gray, brown, black or white. It commonly appears as a powdery, fuzzy, or hair-like material. Actively growing molds typically produce odors, sometimes described as earthy or moldy, or like mildew, old dirty socks, or ammonia. Molds release thousands of microscopic spores, which are lightweight, easily airborne and carried by air currents to surrounding areas. The spores must have both food and moisture to actually start growing, similar to plant seeds.

If you think you may have a mold issue in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Tyler today!

Document Drying and Restoration

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Does your home or business have important documents that are important to your well-being? In the event of a water at your home or business, SERVPRO® of Tyler offers document drying services for those important files or personal papers.


Vacuum Freeze Drying
Items containing moisture are frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (direct conversion of a solid into gas without passage through a liquid stage – think dry ice).


Digitizing 
With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.


Gamma Irradiation 
Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a category 3 water loss situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only dealing with that water, but also are infected with all types of bacteria. If this is the case, decontamination is a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.


Certified Destruction
Unfortunately, many business and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.

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Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:


• 10,000 severe thunderstorms
• 5,000 floods or flash floods
• 1,000 tornadoes
• 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes


Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year, and nearly $15 billion in damages.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.


Know Your Risk
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Station, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.


Take Action
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.


Be An Example
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.


*Facts provided by http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

Tools To Be Storm Ready

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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 at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

What are WEA's?

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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA and the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without needing to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA shares extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.


A WEA comes like a text message would come to your phone, and will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no longer than 90 characters long.


Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine if your mobile device is WEA capable.

Frozen Pipes

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tips to prevent pipes from freezing at your home or business:

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Insulate pipes that pass through unheated spaces (crawlspaces, basements, garages).
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • When away from the house for an extended period, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.

Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Why It's Important To Hire Professionals For Storm Damage Restoration

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Why It's Important To Hire Professionals For Storm Damage Restoration

Dealing with flooding, storm damage or other forms of natural disaster can be a difficult and frustrating experience. The damage done to homes and other residential properties can devastating and costly.

If you have experienced this type of damage in your home it is imperative to get professional assistance right away. Hire a reliable restoration company to provide the necessary repairs and immediate storm remediation.

Professional Storm Damage Restoration

Attempting to handle a storm or flooding on your own is not advisable. Even if you wrap your pipes, patch your roof, or board up your windows, you still will be left to deal with flood water or ground water, hurricane damage or localized river flooding and the damage inflicted on your home.

Home restoration projects require industrial flood pump to remove flood water, so it is always best that you leave this water restoration and storm restoration project to professionals who specialize in storm damage or river flooding remediation.

Professionals have the high-tech equipment and advanced techniques to address the situation appropriately. From local wind damage and river flooding to occasional issues like frozen pipes, pipe breaks, getting the best solutions for storm restoration is a crucial issue that should be handled carefully.

In certain situations, where there is roof leak or roof damage which may have resulted from hail damage, its extremely important to call home restoration technicians immediately in order to prevent further damage or the need for more extensive professional roof repair service.

Water Removal

Water restoration is an important step in a hurricane damage situation. This will help prevent flood water or ground water from entering the interior of the building. Flooding can be a serious issue and difficult to deal with and can often occur after a severe storm damage. Water can also enter a home from frozen pipes, a roof leak or nearby river flooding.

Professionals use a flood pump, powerful dehumidifier and other state-of-the-art equipment to provide successful storm remediation. Water restoration services that utilize a high-tech home restoration equipment like flood pump can often get the situation under control quickly.

Roof Repair

Hurricane damage, hail damage and even wind damage can result in a roof leak. If your home has suffered roof damage or if there is a roof leak, the situation should be addressed promptly. Storm restoration process that involves roof repair service is crucial for minimizing the extent of roof damage.

Ice damage, as well as hail damage or wind damage requires the expertise of a knowledgeable and experienced team of roof repair professionals. It is important to hire professionals who have great expertise in repairing roof damage and roof leak. These repairs should be done promptly, and professionals with a proven track record can provide effective and efficient storm remediation.

Hurricane Damage

Hurricanes can cause devastating damage to a structure. The resulting wind damage and flooding can disrupt normal daily activities, and will require immediate attention. Homeowners who have experienced hurricane and storm damage know it can cause severe roof damage, flood water and even ground water within the homes.

Use of a flood pump and other water removal equipment is usually needed after a major storm. Professional water restoration technicians have the resources and skills to remove ground water, clean up the affected areas, repair damaged roof and ensure a successful hurricane or storm remediation.

Storm Restoration

Professional home restoration services are available to address ice damage or hail damage and other issues, such as ice dam, ice damming and frozen pipes.

Snow and ice damage may be caused by ice damming or an ice dam and ignoring these issues is not a good idea. It is also advisable to address the issues caused by frozen pipes or burst pipes as in order to avoid more extensive damages.

Considerations

Professionals will conduct a thorough inspection of the property and assess the condition of the roof, the pipes and the entire plumbing system. Reputable and reliable professionals will take proper steps to ensure effective home restoration or storm remediation.

Visit www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information about our services.

Restoring commercial property after a water loss.

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Flooding and water damage events at East Texas commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Tyler

SERVPRO of Tyler specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Winter Water Land: Types of Damage to Commercial Properties From Freezing Storms

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Water Land: Types of Damage to Commercial Properties From Freezing Storms

Despite steps that commercial property owners in Tyler, Texas take to prepare for a winter storm, damage from frozen pipes can happen quickly. The extent of destruction of a pipe burst can range from minor to devastating. Roof damage is another danger property owners face during the cold months.
Here’s why you need to take these winter hazards seriously and prepare accordingly.

Frozen Pipes

Responsible business owners care for their commercial structures just as they do their homes, including insulating pipes against bitter cold temperatures. However, even wrapped pipes may sometimes freeze.
Some pipes can get caught in freezing drafts, especially in older buildings, or property owners may not turn on the heat in time or fail to leave it on long enough. Sometimes, early winter storms may catch property owners by surprise, meaning plumbing does not get winterized before cold weather hits.

When pipes freeze, the ice inside expands and the pressure causes the pipes to crack open. In addition to having no water, a burst pipe can cause water damage and even flooding. If not cleaned up right away, this damage can lead to mold growth.

Roof Damage

Winter storms can also wreak havoc on roofs. Fierce wintry winds are a major cause of roof damage.
Commercial structures may also suffer destruction to roofs from a phenomenon known as ice dams.
These blocks of ice form along gutters, with icicles being a tell-tale sign of their presence.
As a result, water can begin to pool on the roof and, if left standing, may eventually seep into the attic.
These damp conditions can lead to mold growth.

Restoration

Business property owners should keep an expert restoration specialist on speed dial. Then, should their buildings sustain roof damage or water damage from frozen pipes due to winter storms, they can quickly call a specialist out for assessment and repair. In fact, the right restoration company can make business
owners forget the damage ever happened. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on storm damage.

Understanding the Aftermath of an Electrical Fire

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding the Aftermath of an Electrical Fire

Many people have faulty wires that are not properly insulated in their homes, and most of them don't even know about the hazard. Faulty wires can cause a residential fire and inflict a lot of damage to the homeowner's property. Few things are as terrifying and stressful as watching flames consume your home and personal belongings.

If you have found yourself in the same situation, you are probably wondering what you can do to repair the fire damage and to remove the lingering smoke odor. Fortunately, a fire restoration team can fix your smoke damaged home and help you salvage your property.

They will begin the process by cleaning soot from walls of your smoke damaged home, and you will be happy with the outcome when you see it for the first time. To address the lingering smoke odor, the team will use filters to clean the air and paint to cover the fire damage on the walls. If you would like them to do so, they can even ship your items to an off-site location to be cleaned and restored.

In addition to cleaning soot from walls, your qualified team will also remove water damage so that you can enjoy breathtaking results. Even though dealing with the aftermath of an electrical fire can cause a lot of stress, you don't have to face the problem alone. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on fire damage.

Can a Fire-Damaged Home Ever Get Back to Normal?

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Can a Fire-Damaged Home Ever Get Back to Normal?

Few things are more heartbreaking than going through a home fire. If your home in Texas has gone
through a blaze, whether due to bad electrical wiring or an oil fire, it may be a literal shell of its former
self. You may wonder if your smoke-damaged home can ever get back to normal. Fortunately, by
working with a fire restoration company, you can increase your chances of returning your home to its
pre-burn state. Here are four steps most fire restorers use to fix fire damage.

1. Survey the Damage

As you may know, fire restoration firms play no part in extinguishing your home’s blaze. Instead,
firefighters work hard to check your house for inhabitants and stop the destructive fire. After firefighters leave, restorers survey damage. They also board up doors and broken windows to keep criminals from causing additional damage.

2. Clean Personal Belongings

Because your smoke-damaged home is likely not safe or inhabitable, restorers remove salvageable
belongings to clean them off-site. Then, using specialized cleaning products and techniques, restoration technicians remove smoke from your keepsakes.

3. Restore Walls and Floors

Homeowners are often surprised to realize that fire-suppression activities can cause more damage than the fire itself. Restorers work hard to remedy smoke and water damage. Often, they must paint walls and renovate flooring.

4. Tackle Lingering Smoke Odor

Even weeks after a fire, smoke odor can linger in your smoke-damaged home. To encourage a fresh,
clean scent, restorers use ozone and thermal fogging techniques. They also spend time deep cleaning
your home’s heating and air conditioning systems. Likewise, with the help of high-powered filters and
fans, fire restoration techniques remove small soot particles from your home’s air. After workers finish,
homes often smell like they never burned.
Returning your fire-damaged home to normal involves more than simply cleaning soot from walls. When
you work with a skilled restoration service, you take advantage of expertise and equipment to recover
from your devastating Tyler, Texas home fire. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information.

Commercial Fire Damage for the Office

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage for the Office

Whether in your home or office, you know how problematic it can be to deal with fire damage as well as commercial fire damage. After the firefighters have left, you need to know that there is something that is going to take care of the smoke damage that likely to linger behind as well as any type of soot damage. It is incredibly important that you make the decision to work with professionals who deal with fire restoration and specialize in commercial fire damage.

Commercial fire damage is no laughing matter and a lot of people try to handle the smoke damage after they have had an electrical fire or even some type of utility room fire themselves. If you do not have a fire sprinkler system put into place, you can be sure that there is going to be a lot of leftover smoke damage that you cannot handle on your own. This is why it is so important to hire the fire restoration professionals who can be there to help you every way that they possibly can. The fire restoration professionals who deal with fire damage can even put clean up the water damage left by the use of fire hoses to put out the fire.

Fire suppression is incredibly important, and it involves preventing the fire damage from happening in the first place. This is why a lot of professionals dealing with commercial fire damage will tell you that a fire sprinkler system that helps with good quality fire suppression is something that many firefighters will recommend. Despite the fact that firefighters can come to your home and put out the fire using fire hoses and even their fire trucks, you still need something in place to prevent the fire damage from getting out of hand and leading to significant smoke damage. This is especially true if your place of business has ever had an electrical fire in the past or even some type of utility room fire.

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Soot Damage in Commercial Property

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Damage in Commercial Property

Getting rid of soot damage is also part of fire restoration projects, and you will find that commercial fire damage experts can do this for you quickly and easily. Soot damage can be a lot more problematic than you think. It is important that you make the decision to work with experts who deal specifically with soot damage and any other problem that comes with fire restoration after you have had an electrical fire of some kind or even some type of utility room fire in the home or office. Fire suppression is incredibly recommended by firefighters Who come out to your home and put out the Flames using their fire hoses.

Despite the fact that you have used fire suppression systems in the past, you might have still had to call firefighters in in order for them to use their fire hoses as well as any of their high-quality fire trucks to put out the flames. Despite these professionals using fire trucks, you need to make sure that you do everything that you possibly can to ensure that you get the most from this option. There are a lot of different options available to meet your needs, ensuring that you feel confident in what you are able to achieve.

Now that you are aware of how important it is for you to hire fire restoration professionals, it is important that you contact a professional in your area and have them come out to your home to do an assessment of the damage. If you have some type of insurance on your property, it may also cover the costs of this for you. This is why it is so important for you to make the decision that you get the most from this clean up. It is something that you should never attempt to do on your own when there are experts out there who are more than willing to do it for you.

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Hire a Restoration Company

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Hire a Restoration Company to Address Property Damage Caused by a Fire

As a property owner, one of the things you will need to do is prevent your home or business from catching a fire. While this is quite simple to accomplish, there are times when a fire occurs beyond your control and therefore causes damage. The damage caused by a fire can be quite devastating as the property will get a number of hazardous particles on it along with a bad odor and a breakdown of the various structures. While experiencing a fire can be very overwhelming, you will be able to benefit by hiring a restoration company that specializes in dealing with the effects caused by fires.

There are a number of effects that occur when a property experiences a fire. These include fire damage, smoke damage, soot damage and a smoke smell. Each of these can cause a hazard as well as ruin the property. However, using the services of a restoration company will help you minimize the effects of each of these things.

With fire damage, parts of your property will get burned and therefore become weaker. Fire damage can not only weaken property structures but also ruin their appearance as well. The effects of fire damage can also cause other things such as smoke damage, soot damage and a smoke smell.

Along with damage caused by a fire, smoke damage is also quite frequent. When smoke damage occurs, the smoke will get on the property and then cause soot and as smoke smell to accumulate. With the accumulation of soot and a smoke smell, the property will begin experiencing more damage that worsens the condition of a property.

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Soot Damage in Residential Home

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Damage in Residential Home

After a property experiences a fire, soot damage often occurs. Soot damage is when a collection of black particles get on parts of the property and begin to deteriorate both the structure and appearance of it. Due to the accumulation of toxins and particles, soot damage will often play a considerable role in damaging a property after a fire.

If you are a homeowner who experiences a fire in home, you will often have a considerable situation to resolve. Fortunately for homeowners, the use of a restoration company will be available to address any damage that occurs due to a fire in home. With the help of a company, homeowners will be in position to get a number of tasks done for them in order to restore their home. One of the services available to homeowners who experience a fire in home is fire cleanup.

Fire cleanup is one of the most effective ways to address a fire in home because it consists of a number of steps that efficiently restore the condition of it. First, fire cleanup will consist of removing all debris, smoke and soot from the property. Fire cleanup will then entail providing sanitization of parts of the property. The process of fire cleanup will help a number of property owners more effectively address the effects of a fire in home.

Whenever there is a fire in business and commercial fire damage, owners will often deal with a situation that is quite urgent. A fire in business will usually incur significant damage and therefore the assistance of a restoration company will be essential. With a fire in business, property owners will usually get the same services offered for those who have a fire in a residential property. The restoration company will usually address commercial fire damage by removing debris and sanitizing the property. The company will also address commercial fire damage by providing advice and instructions on how to maintain the property as well. Therefore, restoration companies are very helpful when you experience commercial fire damage that is caused by a fire in business.

Along with clearing out debris and providing sanitization, fire damage restoration also consists of a board up. During the process of fire damage restoration, a board up provides a way to conceal areas of the property that can be hazardous. A board up can also protect parts of a property such as windows and appliances during fire damage restoration. As a result, using a board up is one of the more important aspects of the fire damage restoration process.

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The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

Many people do not take the quick and rapid steps necessary when dealing with water in home or water in business problems. They think that simply drying the floors with a few towels and fixing the problem that caused the flood damage is all that they need to do. If you're one of these people, you'll find yourself dealing with a lot of future problems when you do not immediately deal with the water damage that you see and hire a restoration company.

Structural Damage

The first type of damage that a pipe break can do is structural damage. Structural damage refers to any type of damage that weakens the integrity of your home. A pipe break can lead to a build up of water in your walls that causes paint and wallpaper to peel away and the drywall in your home to soften. Something more serious like a supply line break can cause damage similar to that saw in a flooded home. Water cleanup, restoration and mitigation companies offer water cleanup services designed to reduce this damage.

Mildew

Though you probably notice mildew in your bathroom, you might not think twice about it because you know that you can use cleaning supplies to remove the mildew. When you have standing water in home or water in business that you do not clean up quickly, you risk that water becoming mildew. Mildew can grow through the whole room and leave you feeling slimy and unclean after taking a shower or changing clothes. Mitigation professionals know what drying methods to use and how to stop the growth of mildew.

Mold

A flooded home is susceptible to mold because the water damage creates the perfect habitat or environment for the mold. Mold looks for areas that are both warm and slightly wet, which is why you might see mold outside your home near your air conditioner. The longer that you leave standing water in home or standing water in business, the greater the risk is that mold will appear in the near future. If you do not begin drying the walls and floors right after you notice the flood damage, it can be much harder to stop the spread of that mold too.

Musty Smells

The restoration company that you turn to for help can tell you about some of the other dangers of taking too long to deal with drying and water cleanup like the musty smells that can take over your home or business. Whether you have a supply line break or a flooded home, the water can penetrate inside the walls and floors of your home and settle on any upholstery, stuffed animals and fabric in your home too. The only way to get rid of those smells is with repeated washing of those items, which isn't always easy to do. Calling a restoration company sooner after noticing a supply line break or flood damage lets you get the restoration and/or mitigation help that you need to combat those musty odors.

When Can You Call?

Though you might wonder when you can call after seeing flood damage, the simple answer is as soon as possible. Whether you experience a pipe break in the middle of the night, have a supply line break on a holiday or discover water in home or water in business after taking a few day off, you want to call as soon as you notice any water damage.

The restoration company can use drying methods that dry all areas of the structure as quickly as possible and use products designed specifically to treat mold and mildew. Restoration experts can inspect the building and bring along mitigation experts to help with the water cleanup and everything else a flooded home needs. When you have a pipe break or any other similar problem, get restoration professionals to your home or business quickly. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on water damage.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

9/11/2017 (Permalink)


Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial fire damage resulting from a utility room fire or electrical fire can lead to massive losses for business owners. Your commercial property is left in a complete mess due to smoke damage, soot damage, or water damage when there are no fire suppression and fire restoration systems. It takes a lot of time to complete the fire damage restoration process, and this affects business activities in a negative way. It is advisable o restore your business premises as soon as possible after a utility room fire or an electrical fire using the services of professional firefighters.

Commercial fire damage can be minimized by restoration professionals that use specialized equipment such as a fire truck, a fire hose, and the fire sprinkler system. The only way a firefighter can prevent further damage is by beginning the fire restoration process within the first few hours. The fire suppression process involves the use of specialized in fire damage restoration equipment like a fire hose and a fire truck. Professional firefighters should use the right process when restoring soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage. Commercial fire damage restoration involves the following steps.

Emergency Response

Professional contractors have hotlines that clients can call when faced with utility room fire or electrical fire. The fire suppression process involving the use of a fire hose and a fire truck should begin within the first 90 minutes. The entire restoration process after a utility room fire or an electrical fire should be carried out by certified firefighter using recommended equipment like a fire sprinkler system. The contractors arrive at the scene with all the fire suppression equipment such as firefighter engines, a fire hose, a fire truck, a fire sprinkler system, and a fully stocked fleet of vans.

Detailed Fire Damage Assessment

This stage involves assessing the commercial fire damage by finding out the structural integrity of the business premises and the condition of belongings. After assessing the entire building for soot damage, smoke damage, water damage, and general fire damage, the firefighter has to prepare a quote for the entire process. Inspection enables the contractor to identify the source of the fire, the type of fire, and the level of soot damage. The contractors present the cost estimates to the insurance agent or the property owner.

Ensuring Property Security

The restoration company has the responsibility of securing the property of their client during the restoration process. Some thieves may take advantage of the confusion during a fire incident to steal the owner’s property, and that is why contractors must put in place the necessary security measures to ensure that all the materials and items in the building are well secured. Apart from the commercial fire damage, it is important to ensure that there are no further losses through theft. The property is normally left vulnerable because the fire compromises the strength of doors, walls, roofs, and windows. The premises must be well secured during the entire process to prevent all incidences of theft.

Water Damage Remediation

Water damage can occur during the fire fighting process because the fire sprinkler system and other firefighting systems end up leaving a lot of water in the building. The sprinkler systems leave the building wet and flooded. The contractor has to remove the water from the building and ensure that it remains dry. This can be achieved using various drying and dehumidifying techniques.

Smoke and Soot Removal

Soot and smoke cleanup is a very important process during fire restoration. The process involves removing soot and smoke from surfaces of the property, furniture, and personal belongings. It is possible to mitigate soot damage and smoke damage using specialized equipment like the fire sprinkler system. There should be complete cleaning and sanitization to ensure that there are no traces of soot or smoke odor.

Property Restoration

There must be some repairs and reconstruction in a fire damage recovery process to guarantee complete restoration. Some of the reconstruction processes may include; painting of walls, repairing baseboards and ceilings, plumbing repairs, and wall reconstruction. Soot damage and smoke damage can be restored through painting. Fire restoration may also involve replacement of the flooring and the titles.
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Can Flooding Cause Mold Growth?

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Flooding Cause Mold Growth? Mold can cause health effects and significant damage to your property.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak, storm flooding or leaking waterline, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle you mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 

1. Call SERVPRO of Tyler at 903-561-0168

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment

3. Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration 

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

6. Restoration 

SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Mold Damage Tips: What you can do until help arrives.

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Tips: What you can do until help arrives. Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (903) 561-0168

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (903) 561-0168

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tyler for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals understand mold and mold growth.

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Tyler. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

East Texas Schools Closing Due to Flu Outbreak

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial East Texas Schools Closing Due to Flu Outbreak Many schools across East Texas are closing for days due to flu outbreaks.

It's the time of year when we may experience localized influenza outbreaks at homes, businesses and schools. Luckily,SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the best cleaning solutions available to remedy toxic and germ saturated situations.

SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the Benefect suite of products, an all-natural, safe, bacteria killing cleaning solution. This 100% natural disinfectant is safe to use on just about anything.  

 
Some commercial applications would be in food preparation areas, day cares and nurseries, hotels and restaurants, schools and fitness gyms and kennels and barns.

Many schools across East Texas are closing for days due to flu outbreaks.  

If your home, business or school experiences an influenza outbreak this season, call SERVPRO® of Tyler to safely disinfect the area and help fight the flu!  

Call SERVPRO® of Tyler at 903-561-0168.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another catchy tag line for SERVPRO®. It is a commitment from each SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to be there when you need them most. Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO® System has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise is just the tip of the iceberg. Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is always poised and ready to go where they are needed. Learn more about this elite team and a few of the events they’ve responded to inside this issue of the Restoration Newsline. If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Backed by a system of Franchises more than 1,700 strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.”

March is Red Cross month

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission.  Whether it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certification in CPR, lifeguarding, first aid and more, the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries, according to redcross.org.  

Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering. 

SERVPRO began a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016.  The Disaster Responder provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when disaster, such as a house fire, happens to them.  Disaster Responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign.  

To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org.  

 

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Tips to prevent pipes from freezing at your home or business:

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Insulate pipes that pass through unheated spaces (crawlspaces, basements, garages).
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • When away from the house for an extended period, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.

Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Fire Damage Tips When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

DO:



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

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

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

  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.

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

  • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

  • Change HVAC filter, but 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® Franchise Professional.

  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

  • Don’t 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.

  • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)

  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. 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.


When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: Life Savers Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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.

Resolve To Be Ready

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Resolve To Be Ready Call SERVPRO of Tyler to schedule your Emergency READY Profile today.

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profi le® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017.


In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO® Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips.


Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO® of Tyler to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017. 


Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®



  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.

  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.


Call SERVPRO of Tyler to schedule your Emergency READY Profile today. 

Is Your Property Winter Ready

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Property Winter Ready When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Tyler to strike back.

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO® Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Tyler to strike back.

Frozen Pipe Burst in East Texas

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipe Burst in East Texas Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Tips to prevent pipes from freezing at your home or business:

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Insulate pipes that pass through unheated spaces (crawlspaces, basements, garages).
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • When away from the house for an extended period, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.

Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Faster to your Tyler Water Damage Event

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Faster to your Tyler Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Tyler provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Tyler and surrounding areas.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tyler provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tyler arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 903-561-0168

 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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. 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.

 

Managing Mold -Part 2

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold -Part 2 Here we continue on with the steps SERVPRO® of Tyler will take to remediate any mold issues you may have at your home or business.

Here we continue on with the steps SERVPRO® of Tyler will take to remediate any mold issues you may have at your home or business:



Air Filtration
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores while the mold remediation is in progress.



Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.



Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our technicians clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Our teams are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.



Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting or installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms in your home or business.

Understanding WEA's

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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA and the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without needing to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA shares extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.


A WEA comes like a text message would come to your phone, and will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no longer than 90 characters long.


Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine if your mobile device is WEA capable.

Tools To Keep You Safe

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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 at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

Document Drying & Restoration

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Does your home or business have important documents that are important to your well-being? In the event of a water at your home or business, SERVPRO® of Tyler offers document drying services for those important files or personal papers.


Vacuum Freeze Drying
Items containing moisture are frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (direct conversion of a solid into gas without passage through a liquid stage – think dry ice).


Digitizing
With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.


Gamma Irradiation
Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a category 3 water loss situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only dealing with that water, but also are infected with all types of bacteria. If this is the case, decontamination is a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.


Certified Destruction
Unfortunately, many business and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

Your Business and Indoor Air Quality

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Business and Indoor Air Quality Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors, contaminates such as mold, and irritating dust throughout the building.

In the 1970’s, a syndrome called sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Prudent judgement and immediate attention can save you money in the event of any type of litigation- healthy air saves you money.

By having your business cleaned on a weekly, or monthly basis, you are creating an impact on first impressions with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO® of Tyler can create a clean, fresh lasting impression! By cleaning dirty and stained ceilings, scrubbing floors, cleaning furniture and textiles, and establishing a maintenance plan for your business, your first impression will be a lasting one with your customers.

The other action item to ensure that your business has clean, healthy air is an annual duct cleaning. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors, contaminates such as mold, and irritating dust throughout the building.

It's the Water You Don't See

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's the Water You Don't See Your local SERVPRO® of Tyler has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Tyler has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Tyler will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of Tyler.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® of Tyler to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Tyler can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor- causing particles.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO® of Tyler has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Learn more about water damage.

10 Ways You Can Be Prepared

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 10 Ways You Can Be Prepared Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation. n

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.  
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
  • Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

Tips provided by ready.gov. 

Be Ready with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Ready with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO®

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes SERVPRO® of Tyler as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a system more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO® of Tyler to establish your Emergency READY Profile®.

Do you have a plan?

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Do you have a plan? Being ready will make a difference in how you handle an emergency.

As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® of Tyler is on a mission to help people be prepared.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

 Develop a Business Continuity Plan.

Your organization’s risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage.

Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare your Emergency Plan.

Your employees and co-workers are your business’ most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan.

Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment.

Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security.

Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.

Information provided by ready.gov.

For Immediate Service in Tyler, Call SERVPRO

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SERVPRO of Tyler provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Tyler.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Question? Call us 24 hours a day- 903-561-0168

Residential Services
Whether your Tyler home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Tyler commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

17th Annual Red, White & Blue Festival

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Community 17th Annual Red, White & Blue Festival Celebrate American Freedom, at the 17th annual Red, White and Blue Festival on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

Honor. Respect. Remember.
The City of Bullard will once again be painted with patriotism as community members and local businesses recognize and honor the sacrifices and service of veterans and active duty personnel, as well as celebrate American Freedom, at the 17th annual Red, White and Blue Festival on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.
Schedule of Events:
7:30 am - 9:00 am Military and Veteran Family Breakfast (Free)
10:00 am - 11:00 am Patriotic Parade
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Car Show
11:00 am - 11:05 am Military Plane Flyover
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Veteran Appreciation Ceremony
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Live Music - TUXEDO CATS
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Live Music - TEXAS REBELLION
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Flag Retirement Ceremony, Boy Scouts of America Troop 366
All Day Events: Carnival Rides and Amusements, Retail, Craft and Food Vendors
For information: call Tracy Barnes at 903-894-4238 or send email to her attention at bullardchamber@gmail.com.

Fighting Flu

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

It's the time of year when we may experience localized influenza outbreaks at homes, businesses and schools. Luckily,SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the best cleaning solutions available to remedy toxic and germ saturated situations.

SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the Benefect suite of products, an all-natural, safe, bacteria killing cleaning solution. This 100% natural disinfectant is safe to use on just about anything. Some commercial applications would be in food preparation areas, day cares and nurseries, hotels and restaurants, schools and fitness gyms and kennels and barns. If your home, business or school experiences an influenza outbreak this season, call SERVPRO® of Tyler to safely disinfect the area and help fight the flu! 903-561-0168

Make Fall Fire Free

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Make Fall Fire Free This fall season brings cooler temperatures, Beautiful colors and abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe an

This fall season brings cooler temperatures, Beautiful colors and abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
  • It is safest to use flashlights or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything than can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Facts and information provided by the National Fire Prevention Association, nfpa.org

Water Damage Doesn't Float Anybody's Boat

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Water Damage Doesn't Float Anybody's Boat Biohazard damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your home or building.

Any water damage in your facility is bad-especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of occupants and the value of your property. Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your home or building, as well as the moisture necessary to support their continued growth.

Your SERVPRO® of Tyler professionals understand how disruptive black water damages can be for your holiday gatherings, everyday life, or your business. For this reason SERVPRO® of Tyler offers 24-hour emergency response, and under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Tyler can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing, and protecting your home or facility and contents.

Are you Prepared?

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Are you Prepared? More Fire Prevention Tips at sparky.org

October is Fire Prevention Month-a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans, including your home fire escape plan. Do you have a plan? Have you changed or tested your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness. The 2016 theme is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” designed to educate the public about the basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Smoke alarms save lives. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

Visit Sparky.org for more fire prevention tips.

Make This Fall Fire Free

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe, and fire-free. By following these safety precautions, your fall festivities will be safe and fun!

  • Fall decorations such as dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric, and if you choose to make your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight, or a battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you are going to use a real candle, use extreme caution, and don’t forget to put it out if you are not going to be around. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

At SERVPRO® of Tyler, we wish you a happy and safe Halloween.

Facts and information provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org

Free Insurance Continuing Education

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Community Free Insurance Continuing Education   SERVPRO of Tyler offers multiple continuing education classes a year.

Insurance Professionals join SERVPRO of Tyler for a free insurance Continuing Education Class. 

When: September 14, 2016

Time: 8:00-12:00pm

Where: SERVPRO of Tyler 20966 FM 2493 Bullard, TX 75757 

Courses offered: 

Mitigation Awareness & Response-2 hours # 86896 

Deodorization of Malodors-2 hours #26205 

Four credit hours approved by the Texas Department of Insurance  

Please call or email RSVP to 903-561-0168 or kclarkston@gmail.com 

*Please visit tdi.texas.gov for information of insurance continuing education requirements. The number of hours for licensing has changed. Review your requirements and find other qualifying classes at tdi.texas.gov. 

East Texas Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage East Texas Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your East Texas Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Tyler will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 903-561-0168

Celebrate Summer Safely

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms—especially during July.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

- Keep children and pets away from grill area.

- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

- Never leave your grill unattended.

- When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

- Anyone using fi reworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.

- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Association

Managing Mold

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking waterline, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle you mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 

1. Call SERVPRO of Tyler 903-561-0168

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment

3. Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration 

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

6. Restoration 

SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Be Storm Smart

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

-10,000 severe thunderstorms 

- 5,000 floods or flash floods

- 1,000 tornados

- 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others. 

Be prepared with an ERP

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The REP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.  Call SEVPRO of Tyler at 903-561-0168 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile!  

Frozen Pipes

1/22/2016 (Permalink)

Tips to prevent pipes from freezing at your home or business:

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Insulate pipes that pass through unheated spaces (crawlspaces, basements, garages).
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • When away from the house for an extended period, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.
Weatherproofing your home against the cold will help protect your indoor plumbing against the threat of breaks.

Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

10/14/2015 (Permalink)

It is a 3-Peat of the 3 Day!

I am very excited to walk the 3 day this year. It is a personal achievement to complete the training and walk 60 miles in 3 days by joining the fight for a cure for 3 years in a row. This cause is personal. My mother died of breast cancer. Lee's mother died of breast cancer. I have wondered how the conversation must have gone when the spouses heard the words "I have a lump that needs to be checked." I never thought I would be on the receiving end of that conversation. It was the week of the 3 Day walk last year. Spoiler alert here!!! There is a happy ending to this story. Because of the advances in today's technology, research, breast cancer awareness in males and females, and donations from people like you, all is well. Many people go for a mammogram or breast sonogram and then face the race against cancer. My spouse does not face that race. I want there to be a cure for breast cancer in my lifetime. I will be walking for the Jo's and the Lou's and for the Linda's and the Linde's and this year for the Lee's.


What can you do to fight breast cancer? You can support me as I walk for Jo Lou, Susan Jo, Abbe Jo, Sadie Jo, Linde, Linda, Abbe Lee, Lee, Joy, Camille, Caroline, Melissa, Janice, Evelyn, Jennifer, Suzan, Taylor, Jamie Lee, Susan Anne, Kathy, Nelda, Marion's sisters, Kitty, and for you.


For those we have lost and those we love,
Cindy Lou Browning

Make This Fall Fire Free

10/14/2015 (Permalink)

This fall season brings cooler temperatures, Beautiful colors and abundance of outdoor activities.  Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable.  Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume.  Consider avoiding billowing fabric.  If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
  • It is safest to use flashlights or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern.  Use extreme caution if using a real candle.  Place lit pumpkins away from anything than can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards. 

Facts and information provided by the National Fire Prevention Association, nfpa.org

Storm Damage and Cleanup

4/21/2015 (Permalink)

With Recent tornados, flooding and storm damage in East Texas SERVPRO of Tyler and SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine are helping many commercial and residential customers cleanup. 

If you or your customers need assistance please remember SERVPRO is here to help. 

SERVPRO Can Help Fight the Flu

12/19/2013 (Permalink)

It's the time of year when we may experience localized influenza outbreaks at homes, businesses and schools. Luckily,SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the best cleaning solutions available to remedy toxic and germ saturated situations.


 
SERVPRO® of Tyler uses the Benefect suite of products, an all-natural, safe, bacteria killing cleaning solution. This 100% natural disinfectant is safe to use on just about anything. 
 
Some commercial applications would be in food preparation areas, day cares and nurseries, hotels and restaurants, schools and fitness gyms and kennels and barns.
 
If your home, business or school experiences an influenza outbreak this season, call SERVPRO® of Tyler to safely disinfect the area and help fight the flu! 
 
903-561-0168

Avoiding Holiday Hazards

12/6/2013 (Permalink)

General Avoiding Holiday Hazards December is the peak month for home candle fires.

Avoiding Holiday Hazards
Pretty lights and decorations add to the feel of the holiday season, but if they are not used properly your holidays can quickly go from festive to frightening. Fortunately, by following a few simple safety tips, you can greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

Candle Safety
Candles are widely used throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) statistics show, more than half of all candle fires start because the candles were too close to flammable objects. Consider using flame-less candles instead of real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches from anything flammable, and remember to extinguish them when leaving a room or going to bed. Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces.
 
Christmas Tree Safety
The NFPA also reports, local fire departments respond to an average of 250 Christmas tree related fires each year, with the majority of these fires caused by electrical problems. If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant. If you choose a live tree, pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. The tree should also be clear of all exits. Make sure the tree has plenty of water every day. After the holidays, properly dispose of your tree. Dried-out trees can be a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.
 
Decorative Lights
When purchasing decorative lights, make sure they are properly labeled and have been inspected by an independent testing laboratory. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of lights; some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than the number of light strings recommended by the manufacturer. Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed.

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