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The Right Way To Unclog a Pipe With a Snake Tool

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

It’s hard to imagine anyone not dealing with a clogged drain at some point in his or her life. Whether it’s a kitchen sink, a toilet, a shower or a drain in the laundry room, you’ve probably fussed with this issue at your Carrollton, TX, home. You can always try cleaning the drain or trap, and plungers certainly can work. However, for your toughest jobs, a snake may be the way to go.

What It Does

A snake is a coiled, spiral tool you can use to unclog stopped drains. Normally, it’s about one-quarter of an inch thick and has a handle on the other end. It works differently than a plunger:

• You push the snake farther into the drain to meet the object causing the blockage.
• It breaks up the obstruction.
• It helps you pull out the obstruction.
• A snake is long and usually reaches far into the pipe.
• This device can help with a pipe break or a major clog.

Step One: Push It Into the Drain

Your first task is to take the snake by the handle and push the opposite end into the drain. At the same time, turn the handle. The auger will then start traveling deeper into the clogged drain.

Step Two: Keep Going

Some stopped drains have blockage far into the drain, so it’s important to continue pushing with high pressure and force. This will get your snake farther into the drain. If you continue to crank the handle, it should bend around the trap under the sink. You shouldn’t have much trouble at this point reaching the culprit.

Step Three: Rotate the Tool Until You Know You’ve Freed the Object

It may take some effort, but as you continue turning the snake, you should feel the object being released and moving freely in the pipe. You’ll either break up the object or pull it right out.

A clogged drain can be a pain to repair, but a snake could do the trick. You can also get in touch with a sewage cleanup specialist to give you a hand. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcarrolltontx.com/.

How To Choose a Smoke Detector For Your Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

With well-chosen devices and regular maintenance, The National Fire Protection Association claims the presence of a smoke detector can double your chances of surviving a house fire. Taking special care in selecting the devices that will protect your home is crucial for giving you the time you need should that smoke alarm go off.

Consider the Size of Your Home.


Unless your Carrollton, TX, home could be considered a hallmark of the tiny house movement, you’re probably going to need more than one smoke alarm. The NFPA recommends a smoke detector be installed in multiple locations:

• On every level, including basement and attic
• In every hallway that leads to a sleeping area
• Within every bedroom
• At either end of a stairway

With a minimum of three detectors necessary for a two-bedroom home, it is important to consider the variety of options available for fire safety.


Choose Your Preference.


What smoke alarm you choose largely depends on your personal preference, but it is important to know the pros and cons of each option:

• Ionization alarms create an electric current within the smoke detector by ionizing the air with minimal amounts of the radioactive element americium 241. If smoke particles enter the chamber, the current will be disrupted and trigger the alarm. They are highly susceptible to flaming fires, such as from paper or grease.
• Photoelectric alarms incorporate a small strobe light which when diffracted by smoke particles, will trigger a sensor that sounds the alarm. Smoldering fires, often started in bedding or clothing, are better detected by this device.
• Combination devices will have a dual-sensor to incorporate both ionization and photoelectric components. The NFPA recommends having a mix of both styles of smoke alarms within your home, making this a single choice for cohesive protection.

Other considerations to include: power source, a convenient way to regularly test, ease of maintenance and other personal needs such as visual assistance or carbon monoxide testing.

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

Maintaining Employee Safety during Mold Remediation

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are everywhere; when those spores find contact with humidity on your Carrollton, TX, property, it doesn't take much for mold growth to become a problem. As an employer, it is vital you take the right steps to keep your employees safe during mold removal. You should almost immediately contact an expert to assist you in providing a safe, healthy working environment. You'll work closely with those professionals as you complete the next steps. Of course, one of your first steps should be to control growth and prevent the occurrence of black mold. You can do this by:

• Identifying trouble spots, such as leaky windows and dripping HVAC systems.
• Controlling moisture, watching for signs of condensation, wet spots, broken pipes, and leaks.
• Regularly maintaining your HVAC equipment, including inspections and repairs.
• Providing enough drainage around the foundation of your building.


Mold Containment.


The next step to take is to understand the nature of mold. For example, mold spores are easily distributed throughout buildings through air conditioning or on people's clothing. It can hang in the air or be carried from one room to another on an insect. While mold removal professionals are handling remediation efforts, it is vital that the contamination area is contained properly.


Employee Safety.


OSHA has several recommendations regarding how to keep your employees safe. The remediation professionals will probably handle some of those steps, such as misting materials to contain dust, spores, and debris; sealing affected materials in plastic bags; and ensuring proper ventilation. According to OSHA, you should ensure the following:

• No one eats, drinks, or smokes in affected areas.
• Employees don't breathe the dust.
• A work area for remediation experts is established.
• The area is kept clean and dry.
• All employees are moved away from the work area and any space directly adjacent to the work area.

Mold removal experts can guide you through this process and help you ensure the safety of your Carrollton, TX, employees. Work closely with them before disturbing any areas of mold growth.

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

Coping in the Immediate Aftermath of a Storm

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

People who live in Carrollton, TX, are not strangers to the destructive power of storms, whether it is high wind, precipitation or flooding. However, a few storm tips about what to do while waiting for help to arrive can be helpful to even the most seasoned storm veteran.


Safety Is the First Priority.


• Summon help for any medical emergencies.
• Stay calm. Determine if anyone needs assistance and help if you can.
• Be sure the storm event has abated before checking surroundings for storm damage.
• Listen for official instructions on local radio, television, or internet news sources.
• Avoid driving so that roads remain clear for rescue personnel.
• Keep track of children; flooding, in particular, can remain treacherous for some time.
• Keep clear of moving water, downed power lines and compromised trees and structures; effective storm tips include perils of the aftermath.
• Follow official directions regarding evacuation or travel.
• Understand that a response for services will take time. Avoid repeated phone calls as others may also be seeking help.
• Contact your home insurance company to report damage and schedule an appointment for an adjuster’s inspection.


Securing Your Home Comes Next.


Wait for an insurance adjuster to arrive to accurately record the extent of storm damage to your home and belongings. It may be necessary to secure your home from further loss or damage. Tarps or plywood can be put in place to prevent water damage, for instance. However, don’t begin repairs until your insurance company gets a full report from the adjuster.

There is a certain level of excitement and adrenaline rush attached to storm activity, and emotions can run high. However, a healthy amount of respect for the power and unpredictability of nature is in order. Heed storm tips and share them with your family, friends, and neighbors. Repairing the damage will happen soon enough, and help will be available.

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

Beginner's Guide to Unclogging a Drain

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beginner's Guide to Unclogging a Drain Water damaged walls being dried out by SERVPRO air movers.

You turn on the sink to wash your hands, then suddenly the water starts to rise. As a homeowner in Carrollton, TX, you know immediately what is happening: a clogged drain. But, do you know what to do next? Many homeowners call a plumber at the first sign of trouble, but that is unnecessary in this situation. Follow these four easy steps to successfully snake your own stopped drain:


1. Purchase a Drain Auger.


A drain auger is commonly referred to as a snake, because the tool resembles the slithery reptile. The slender, flexible, coiled device is typically ¼ inch in diameter with a handle. You can find it in hardware and plumbing supply stores.


2. Insert the Snake.


Place the non-handled end into the clogged drain. Turn the handle and push until the snake is stopped by the clog. You may feel some light resistance as the snake travels through the curve in the pipe.


3. Rotate the Snake.


Once you hit the obstruction, turn the handle on the snake until you feel the blockage give way. If this does not happen, pull the auger out of the drain to see if the clog comes with it.


4. Run the Water.


Whether the clog comes out with the snake or goes down the drain, flush the drain with tap water immediately afterwards. Run the water on the highest pressure setting to ensure the drain is cleared out.

By following the above steps, you can successfully fix your clogged drain at your home in Carrollton, TX. If you are unable to free the clog and the water continues to rise, you may have a pipe break. Broken pipes lead to water damage which impacts more than your sink. When water floods a room in your house, your floors, walls and personal property are impacted. As a homeowner, know your limits as a handyman. If water damage occurs, rely on a water restoration specialist to contain and repair the damage.

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

Using Air Movement for Drying

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Before we have completed the drying of a water damaged room, it will be disinfected. After spraying a disinfectant the area with flood damage will also be sprayed with a product that inhibits the growth of mold. The mitigation of this part of the job is important. This process needs to be done quickly and efficiently to avoid having mold and bacteria to continue to spread, ruining any chance at a water damage restoration.

Drying With Air Movement

Whether you have water in your home or water in your business after water cleanup, you need to begin the process of drying. Open the doors and windows to allow natural air movement if it's not humid out. SERVPRO of Carrollton have air movers capable of producing a large amount of air flow that  work faster and can be directed at the worst parts of the water damage.

Disposing of Waste after a Flood Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

There is no way around it; flood damage will likely ruin some of your belongings no matter how much drying you do. No amount of air movement will bring back items that have been contaminated by flood water.

Porous Materials are Contaminated

Dispose of all the porous materials responsibly and make room for your water damage restoration. Our technicians will do all the demo of contaminated materials. Walls will have some of the drywall removed and anything else that is wooden. Tack strip and baseboards will also be torn out of the home and replaced.

How to recover from flood damage?

After all the contaminated items are removed and disposed of your home will be disinfected and dried. The air movers will have the area dried in 3-5 days depending on the extent of the flooding.

Flooding in Carrollton Businesses

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water in your business can destroy your products and hurt sales temporarily. Don't let the damage also close your doors for an extended period of time. SERVPRO of Carrollton can keep your business open through quickly mitigating the damage.

Quick Mitigation is the Key

Put this water damage restoration project at the top of the list. Mitigation is the key. If you don't want to lose out on money or possibly have your home or business condemned, clean and dry the area quickly after any water damage occurs.

SERVPRO of Carrollton will have your business looking "Like it never even happened." Keep your business open and back to normal using our emergency mitigation services. We can even place containments and construction areas in your building to keep employees and clients out.

Mold Grows Where There is Moisture

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Grows Where There is Moisture Mold growing in a cabinet where there is a small leak.

Mold is a nasty substance that forms whenever there is an environment the is continually moist, is very dark, and has no moving air. It is a fungus that resembles mildew.

Mold Biology for Growth

Mold spores are always in the air and are so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye. They get everywhere and will only be visible once they put down roots and start a colony. Anywhere that is wet, such as basements, crawl spaces, closets, and attics are good candidates for the growth of the substance. One of the most common places to find mold is in the bathroom and kitchen where there may be a small leak. It grows silently and mostly unnoticed in most situations, and is usually undiscovered in places where no one goes into for extended periods of time.

How is mold removed without harming the rest of the home?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

The use of containments are the answer to keeping mold spores from migrating around your home during remediation. Mold spores use the air flow patterns in your home to travel throughout the house. Cutting into a wall with mold will only make it worse unless SERVPRO of Carrollton does all they can to keep the mold contained.

Mold Damage Contained

Setting up a containment is done by placing plastic sheeting around the contaminated areas. Inside the containment we add a an air filtration device that is constantly moving air from the clean areas into the contained areas. The positive pressure from outside the containment allows our technicians to work without worrying that the mold spores will find a way out. The contained area will have all the work done and tested for mold spores before coming down to begin restoration.