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Preparing your Family for a Tornado

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

photo of stormy sky Be Prepared When Heavy Storms are in your Area.

Preparing for a Tornado

There’s not a lot you can do to prevent tornado damage to your home, but you can take steps to prevent injury to the people inside it.

Tips for tornado safety-

Pick a safe space

This should be a spot everyone can get to quickly. Or, consider a safe room for maximum protection.

How to pick a tornado safe space

  • Home with basement – The basement is often your safest bet, if it’s not prone to flooding. Pick a space away from windows and under some kind of sturdy protection if possible, like a heavy table.
  • Apartment building or home without a basement – Find a space away from windows on the lowest floor possible, like a small centered room, an interior hallway or under a stairwell.
  • Mobile home – Find an underground shelter or sturdy permanent structure nearby.

Do a practice tornado drill at least once a year. Make sure your family also knows where to go during a tornado if they’re not at home, and pick a local place to meet if you’re separated during a tornado.

Create survival and first aid kits

Stow them in your safe space. Include things like non-perishable foods, bottled water, flashlight, batteries, phone chargers, first aid supplies, and medicines. Keep heavy blankets or an old mattress in your space too, for added protection.

Secure important documents

Use a fire box, safe, or safety deposit box to store things like contact information for family and friends, insurance information, passports, birth certificates, and marriage licenses.

Create a home inventory and schedule an insurance review.

A detailed home inventory can help make sure you have the right coverage for your belongings. And if you’re a homeowner, talk with your insurance agent to make sure your home is covered for its replacement cost value.

Watch or Warning

Educate your family on the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning, and know what to do during each. Make sure everyone knows how to spot a tornado too. Watch for a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud, an approaching cloud of debris or a loud roar that’s similar to a freight train.

Use this tornado preparedness checklist to keep your plan on track. And when severe weather is on the way, tune in to your NOAA radio station or your local news for the latest updates.

Cleaning an Undiscovered Death

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Technicians Biohazard Clean up

Discovering an unattended death usually happens between loved ones or friends/neighbors. When this happens, it's both shocking and overwhelming. You may feel like you need to move the body or cleanup the area. Coming into contact with decomposition is not a safe option if you're not properly trained to do so.

Don't ever feel like you need to be the one to clean a death of a loved one. This can be an emotionally taxing situation as well as dangerous if done incorrectly. Let SERVPRO of Carrollton come in and take care of this for you. We are discreet, thorough, and compassionate. All of our technicians are trained to make sure everything is both cleaned and sanitized so you don't have to think about it.

We are always available 24/7/365

You can reach us at 972-446-0383

Emergency Exit Strategy

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Exit Plan Does your Business have an Emergency Exit Plan?

If you are a building owner with tenants or a property manager, you should always have an exit plan in case of a serious fire or water damage in the building. Part of the plan should be multiple exits for all occupants of the building and a meeting spot for each group of people. There should never be a question when an emergency arises where people should go and what to do. It is very important to have your occupants, staff or visiting persons apprised of this information and is prepared.

The details of these plans should be both a visual drawing and written directions. If you are able to, the building should have arrows marked on all areas where the exit plan is activated. For example, take a look at the photo.

Never forget, SERVPRO of Carrollton is always here to help in case of an emergency in your commercial building.

Fire at your place of Business.

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Building on Fire Commercial Fire

Once a business has experienced a fire, the course of action is very different than it would be in your home or apartment. Businesses often have rooms and spaces of varied sizes throughout the facility. Different treatments are usually needed throughout these larger areas than what is then also needed in a kitchen or a bathroom area. Depending on the type of business there may be more challenges to restoring the property. The size, intensity, and cause of the fire will determine too how we go about restoring your business.

Fires spread quickly! In fact, a fire increases in size every 60 seconds. It therefore does not take much time for a fire to weaken or destroy the already relatively fragile structure of your business. With columns and supports being typically more spread out in a commercial setting, your buildings structure can be severely compromised if ravished by a fire. Fires create huge amounts of soot and ash, especially if it starts in an area where fabrics can be easily caught in the blaze. Ash will fly all over and land wherever. It will get into every nook and cranny of your business. It can clog water fixtures and drains. Often along with damage from ash is water from sprinkler systems. This water can mix with the ash and form a thick sludge. This sludge is hard to remove and causes heavy staining. Once it dries it may also create a hardened layer of caked-on ash. Where there’s fire there’s smoke. Smoke is a big problem in most fires. Microscopic smoke particles can become embedded in materials of all kinds, but especially wood, fabric, and other organic materials commonly existing in most businesses.

Depending on the size of the fire and the amount of damage, most businesses can reopen again for operation just days after a fire has happened. With smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general by SERVPRO of Carrollton your business can be up and running again almost in no time. Depending on the severity of the fire, it is often possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene allowing us to have things back up and running quickly. Recovery is possible, and at SERVPRO of Carrolton we can make it “Like it never happened."!

Just give SERVPRO of Carrollton a call at 972-446-0383.  We are available and on call 24/7 and 365 days a year.

How to prevent water damage in your home.

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

pipe dripping water Look for the source of Leaks.

Water damage is one of the most common issues homeowners must face. Therefore it is good to know some basic steps to prevent it. To make sure water doesn’t wreak havoc on your property, you have to be on top of possible water leakage at all times. It’s easier than you think to monitor and protect your home from water damage. Here’s a few things you should remember to do often, to keep your home dry. 

Find the Drip

Drips are often hard to detect, especially since they can occur in places that are hard to see or hard to reach. Thing is, they are strong indicators of leakage or busted pipes, so it is important to deal with drips as early as possible. First observe and locate where the drip is coming from. You can turn the water valve on and off to help you map out the area. When you finally locate the source of the leak, cover the crack immediately and call in an expert like a plumber in order to ensure no further leaks. 

Sweating Pipes

Sweating pipes are not exactly leaking pipes. If you notice your pipe lines have some sort of condensation present, it is because the temperature inside is much colder than the air surrounding it. It does not have a direct effect on the pipe itself, but it can lead to drips, which may eventually lead to damages. Make sure the pipes are properly insulated to avoid such from happening.

Your Roofing 

As your first line of defense against the elements, your roof should be kept always in good condition. Make sure there are no cracks or crevices, especially in valleys and roof pockets, as water tends to collect there. Keep the gutters free of obstruction, too, so that there’s efficient water draining.

Appliances 

Keeping an eye on appliances such as your dishwasher, water heater, washing machine, etc. can often help you detect early on if there’s a problem before it becomes a serious issue. Looking for wet spots, or condensation, too much moisture on or around the appliance, or if it’s not working or draining properly are signs of what may become a larger problem. Be sure to always maintain your appliances and monitor how well they’re working often. 

If you experience any water damage to your home or office then call us at SERVPRO of Carrollton at 972-446-0383. We are here for you 24/7 and 365.

Tips for Preventing Mold

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Use your ventilation fans in bathrooms and other high humidity areas of your commercial building

Learn How to Prevent Mold Growth from Water Damage

Few things are worse than discovering mold in your commercial property. Whether you’re operating a restaurant, warehouse or office building, mold in a commercial space can be costly to remove and restore your building and air quality. Learn how to prevent mold growth from water damage and other causes today.

1. Search Likely Areas

Professional buildings in Carrollton, TX, have a few likely areas of mold growth. Here are the most common areas to discover mold in your building:

  • Basement
  • Roof line
  • Gutters
  • Second-floor windows
  • Bathroom fixtures

Depending on the type of building you own, including the age and services you provide, some areas will be more likely targets than others. Drop ceilings that have porous surfaces are more likely to grow mold than smooth surfaces, and bathrooms that include showers or have high traffic are more likely to grow mold than less used rooms.

2. Remove Excess Moisture

Mold requires moisture to grow. Standing water or excessing humidity can cause mold to grow as quickly as 24 hours. Carpets and drywall are particularly susceptible to holding moisture. Routinely inspect areas that are likely to trap moisture to prevent mold from water damage.

3. Ventilate Your Building

Another key to mold prevention is proper ventilation. Restaurants in particular create a lot of hot, humid air. Without ventilation, this air will collect and create warm, damp environments that encourage mold to grow. Be sure you have proper ventilation and use your ventilation fans in kitchens, bathrooms and other high humidity areas of your commercial building.

4. Remove Mold Promptly

Finally, don’t wait to contact a professional remediation service that is Here to Help. If you let water damage stay for even a day you could see rapid mold growth in your commercial building. Prompt restoration is key to keeping your property clean and safe for your customers and employees. You’ll not only provide a more comfortable commercial environment, you’ll also save money in routine maintenance.

Tips for Restoring a Furnace After a Flood

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

After your commercial property in Carrollton, TX, floods from a broken pipe follow these tips to ensure your furnace is ready to be used.

When your commercial property in Carrollton, TX, floods from a broken pipe, every inch of the property that is affected has to be remediated to avoid further damage. This includes the flooded furnace. A furnace flood, if ignored, can cause much more damage to both the furnace and your air duct system if it is used before it is restored by professionals. Here are some tips to ensure that your furnace has been fully restored and is ready to be used.

3 Tips to Ensure Your Furnace is Ready to Use.

  1. Dry all components completely.

If floodwaters have made their way into your property's furnace, water remediation specialists must remove all the water in order for it to function again. This includes not only the water in the furnace but also any moisture that has made its way into the air ducts or the vents. Drying components prevents problems like mold and mildew growth, saving your building from further damage as well as musty odors.

  1. Check surrounding areas.

If you have a furnace flood, it is probably not an isolated problem. Check the walls around the furnace for signs of water damage. Any damp insulation must be removed and replaced. Failure to do so can affect your furnace later on, as water does not tend to stay in one place. 

  1. Thoroughly clean your air ducts.

Getting your air ducts dry is only part of the process. Restoration specialists can perform air duct cleaning to make sure that any bacteria from floodwaters has been eradicated. This keeps you from spreading residual contamination from the flood throughout the building the next time the furnace is used. 

If a busted pipe results in a furnace flood on your commercial property, it is important to enlist remediation specialists to help with the cleanup. They can help by ensuring that your furnace is free of water and contamination before you use the furnace again.

What To Expect During the Fire Cleanup Process

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage in a Carrollton, TX home

Steps to Restore Your Home Back to Pre- fire Condition

If you’ve experienced a home fire in Carrollton, TX, one of the first things you should do once the flames have been completely extinguished is to get in contact with a fire damage restoration company. These professionals can respond in an emergency situation and help rebuild and restore your home in the most efficient manner possible. After inspecting your home for smoke damage and ensuring it is safe to work in, the restoration specialists will begin the fire cleanup process. Here is some information on the steps that are taken to restore your damaged home back to its pre-fire condition.

1. Water Removal

It is very common for homes to experience extensive water damage after a home fire has occurred if a fire hose was used to extinguish the flames or if other issues occurred such as a pipe burst. If flooding or water damage is present when the restoration specialist enters your home, they will first focus on removing as much water as possible and completely drying all surfaces and belongings.

2. Smoke or Soot Cleanup

An essential part of the fire cleanup process is to address any smoke or soot damage that has occurred. Soot and smoke can corrode metal surfaces, deteriorate wood, and cause discoloration to walls. Through the use of special equipment and expert techniques, the restoration specialist can remove all soot and smoke damage from your home.

Sanitizing

The restoration specialist will need to clean all your items and purify the air before you can move back into your home. Smoke cleaning and odor removal will help remove any lingering smells from the house and make the air safe for you to breathe.
When you contact a fire damage restoration company after a house fire, addressing any water, soot, or smoke damage and completely sanitizing your home is all part of the fire cleanup process. Before you know it, they will be able to start the rebuilding process and make your house feel like home again.

What Not To Do During a Flood Event

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Do not drive in flooded roads

If you find yourself stuck at home in Carrollton, TX, once flooding has started, there are a few things you should avoid to keep yourself safe. What lurks in the flooded streets is more than just plain water. Keep yourself high and dry to outlast the storm.

Do Not Drive

Flooded roads are masters of illusion. Even if it doesn't seem that bad, it is actually nearly impossible to determine how deep the water is. Visibility is practically guaranteed to be low, so you won't be able to see the debris or damage that may be present. Most likely, you will end up putting yourself in a situation that requires you to be rescued by others.

Do Not Touch the Water

You should not attempt to wade out into a flooded street or yard unless it is absolutely necessary, especially if you are not wearing personal protective equipment. Flood water can be contaminated and dangerous. To avoid injury and disease, do your best to stay away from the water. The destructive power of the flood is carrying along:

  • sewage
  • debris
  • garbage
  • wild animals

Do Not Use Power

If you notice flooding in the vicinity of your home, you should turn off your power as soon as possible. If the water interacts with live electricity, you could be electrocuted. It can also cause a lot of damage if it has seeped into your outlets and wiring, so if you are evacuating before a flood you should add this to your travel tips, as well. After the flood event has ended, you will probably need to call flood remediation services to restore your cabling.
The key to securing yourself and your family during a storm that causes flooding is to limit your interaction with the water. Stay out of flooded streets, whether in your car or on foot. Stay as high up in the building you are in as possible and wait for the professionals.

How Fire Sprinklers Work During a Fire

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire, a reliable fire sprinkler system can save lives

Here Are the Different Ways a Sprinkler Works to Extinguish a Fire

In the event of a fire, a reliable fire sprinkler system can save lives. Equipping your commercial building in Carrollton, TX, with sprinklers also significantly reduces property loss and damage. To protect all of your employees and keep your building safe, it’s crucial to have a fire suppression system installed and functioning properly. Here are the different ways a sprinkler works to extinguish a fire.

Detects Heat

While the presence of smoke sets off a smoke detector, sprinkler systems are mainly triggered by heat. As soon as a spark appears, the following takes place:

  • Air surrounding fire heats up
  • Heated air rises towards ceiling
  • Sprinkler head senses heat and activates

Detecting heat is an essential feature of a fire sprinkler because it enables it to drown out the fire as soon as possible. Making sure your system is in good shape is necessary in order to be prepared for a real fire.

Douses the Flames

Once the sprinkler has sensed heat around it, it releases pressurized water. The water comes from a pipe system that connects to a water source outside the building. After heat causes the sprinkler to activate, a valve in the sprinkler head opens and water flows out. Because the water is pressurized, it is able to douse the fire completely and ensure that it is safely extinguished.

Keeps Water Confined to Area of Fire

When heat rises towards the ceiling, only the sprinkler head closest to the heat source activates while the other sprinklers stay sealed. This can prevent excessive water damage from harming your building. However, the water that flows from the one or two active sprinklers can still cause harm to your building, which is why it is vital to contact a professional and schedule a fire sprinkler cleanup immediately.

If your building in Carrollton, TX, has water damage as a result of fire sprinkler activation, don’t wait to call for help. A water damage repair specialist can help restore your business in no time.