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Carrollton Property Damage Restoration Company Promotes Fireworks Safety

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton shares fireworks safety tips from the Texas Department of Insurance.

People love to celebrate with fireworks, especially on the Fourth of July. SERVPRO of Carrollton, a Texas damage restoration company, urges residents of Carrollton, TX and the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area to celebrate this Independence Day safely. The first use of fireworks in a Fourth of July celebration was in Boston, MA, in 1777. Founding father, John Adams said he hoped the anniversary of independence would be remembered for years to come by “guns” and “bonfires” and “illuminations.” Since the first July 4 fireworks display took place during the Revolutionary War, some historians think the fireworks were intended as a “morale booster.” The celebrations at the time would have also included the firing of guns and cannons, adding to the explosive nature of the festivities.

Texans love to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks too! Fireworks are legal in Texas, but counties and cities are allowed to set guidelines. Fireworks are generally not permitted within city limits. Some cities extend the ban as much as 5,000 feet beyond the city limits. Special permits are required for fireworks displays for over 50 people.

The National Fire Protection Association offers these fireworks fire & injury facts. “Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.  In 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks-related injuries; half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries.”

How to Stay Safe When Using Fireworks

While fireworks are a fixture of many holiday celebrations, these explosives have an inherent element of danger. The Texas Department of Insurance offers the following fireworks safety tips to help people have fun with fireworks and stay safe.

  1. Follow local mandates.

Some towns allow only certain types of fireworks, and most areas do not allow fireworks within city limits or during burn bans. Follow the local law and contact the local fire officials if there are any questions.

  1. Find out if a permit is required.

Organizers will need a permit from the local fire department if they are holding a fireworks show for a group of 50 people or larger.

  1. Hire licensed professionals.

If someone is hired to put on a display for a group, the group organizers need to confirm that the individual has a Texas pyrotechnic operator’s license. To find out if someone is licensed to shoot off fireworks, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-578-4677 or Fire.Marshal@tdi.texas.gov.

  1. Check to see if fireworks are legal in the area.

Fireworks can be sold only at certain times of the year, typically during a week or so leading up to a major holiday. Besides the Fourth of July and New Year’s, Texas counties have the option to include Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21), Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and Memorial Day.

Anyone can use fireworks any day of the year as long as they are not banned in the area where they are being used.

  1. Stay safe!
  • Children should not use fireworks, and an adult should always be present when children are near a fireworks display.
  • Alcohol and fireworks are a recipe for an emergency room trip.
  • Always follow the firework instructions exactly.
  • Never shoot fireworks around dry grass, brush, or other flammable materials.
  • Never aim fireworks at a home, animal, or person.
  • Keep a bucket of water, garden hose, or another water source nearby for emergencies.

Fire and Water Damage Specialists

When a home or business is dealing with the aftermath of a fire, the damage that it can cause to the property structure and valuable possessions can be extremely devastating. At SERVPRO of Carrollton, the team understands the stress, confusion, and emotions that are present when dealing with this kind of ordeal. The SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled and certified, as well as equipped with fire damage restoration equipment to take special care of the client’s property and possessions. The team will be there with the customer every step along the way to explain the process to help get them through this stressful time.

SERVPRO of Carrollton 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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate the process for the typical fire damage restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Conclusion

Texans have much to celebrate, and fireworks are often a part of these celebrations. Following safety tips make for safer celebrations. When a homeowner or business experiences fire and water damage, the repair and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton are available 24/7 with the knowledge, expertise, training, and equipment to restore the structure to its condition before the fire and water damage.

To learn more about the full line of fire and water damage restoration services, visit the SERVPRO of Carrollton website at https://www.SERVPROcarrolltontx.com. Contact a representative from SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383.

Important information to know if you have a fire at your home or office.

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

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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 Carrollton 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 – 972-446-0383

Minimize your risk of Covid-19.

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk

Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

    • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

    • Stop shaking hands – use other non contact methods of greeting
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

Stay Home if...

    • You are feeling sick
    • You have a sick family member in their home

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What you should know about lightning strikes-

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

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A lightning strike is a discharge of atmospheric electricity which is generated by an accumulation of differing charges within a cloud. It is one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the U.S.  

Each year lightning  strikes cause billions of dollars in property damage and complete devastation. Lightning can start a direct fire because the core temperature of a lightning strike is approximately 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The harm to structures, electronics, building systems and vehicles can be extensive, causing loss of product and major downtime. 

Major hazards caused by lightning:

Fire damage: The biggest threat lightning poses to a structure is fire . Wood and other flammable construction materials can easily explode when exposed to the high temperature of a lightning strike. Lightning current traveling through wires and pipelines instantly burns them up causing complete damage to property.

Power surge damage: If lightning chooses electrical wiring as its primary or secondary path, the explosive surge can damage all the appliances it is connected to.

Shock wave damage: Lightning produces shock waves that can be destructive. These shock waves can fracture concrete and brick and stone chimneys severely.

We are Cleaning Experts-

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is being called by numerous business owners and community leaders to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their facilities. All of our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC and local authorities. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

We are here and ready to aid you in your time of need, providing these services so your facility can be cleaned and ready for business to resume. We are in this with you.  We are available 24 hours a day.

Please continue to stay safe and maintain social distance as we all do our part to combat this and lessen the spread of this horrible virus. You are all in our prayers.

Call today for a free quote 972-446-0383.

7 Signs of a Slab Leak.

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Early detection is super important when it comes to a leak in your home’s slab foundation. If left undetected and not fixed, a slab leak can eventually lead to thousands of dollars in water and structural damage to your home.

What should you be on the lookout for? Well, 7 signs that you have a slab leak include:

  • A sudden, unexplained spike in water bills
  • Water pooling where it shouldn’t
  • Damp carpet or warped hard flooring
  • Mold or mildew (visible or just the smell)
  • A decrease in water pressure
  • A hot water heater that’s constantly running
  • Areas of the floor that are suddenly hot

If you suspect a leak, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton and we will come out to your home or business and give you a free evaluation.  Call today 972-446-0383.

Carrollton Water Damage Company Warns About Leaky HVAC Drain Pans

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton offers emergency service for water damage from HVAC condensate drip pan leakage.

Water and moisture from an HVAC system can cause extensive water damage in a home or business, and a leaky, corroded, and rusted drain pan is often the culprit. According to one source, HVAC drain pans can corrode, rust out, and begin to leak in as few as seven years. Several factors contribute to drain pan failure.

First, stagnant water pooling in a drain pan fosters microbial growth, causing odors, corrosion, and rust in the drain pan. Second, using corrosive chemicals of alkaline (non-acid) or acid coil cleaners causes corrosion of not only aluminum fin surfaces, but also of the galvanized drain pan. Third, the rusted surfaces of condensate drain pans have tiny pits and divots, making the pan harder to clean and more likely to hold bacteria. The pan will smell, corrode, and leak, eventually leading to significant property damage if allowed to persist.

Time to Take Action

Like so many parents with teens, Thomas was busy. He worked hard, but he was involved in his children’s lives. His commitments left little time for all but basic chores and home maintenance. School, music lessons, and athletic travel teams craved every second of his day, but it was worth it to support his kids.

Thomas knew there was a problem with his HVAC system. It had been years since a technician had serviced and cleaned the unit. The filter needed to be changed, the coils needed a thorough cleaning, and the drain pan was full of sludge. The dirty coils and filter caused the system to work overtime, which compounded the water issue. The floor was beginning to sag in places, the walls showed signs of water damage, and the smell was persistent. However, Thomas could never find time to address the issues.

Upon returning from a long weekend of travel team championships, Thomas and his kids were met with buckled flooring, water-logged carpet, moldy sheetrock, warped baseboards, and a rancid smell. The hot weather, dirty coils, and dust-filled filter caused the HVAC system to work overtime. Not only did the pan leak, but it also overflowed when the drain pipe clogged from the sludge build-up. Thomas knew it was time to take action.

Why Homeowners Choose SERVPRO of Carrollton

A search of water damage restoration specialists in Carrollton took Thomas straight to the SERVPRO of Carrollton website, where he learned about their services, training, and equipment. SERVPRO is dedicated to responding immediately to a water damage disaster of any size because a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. The highly trained water damage restoration technicians are specialists who have the experience, expertise, and advanced training to dry a property quickly and thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Carrollton uses scientific drying principles and provides validation and documentation that the property is dry and the job is complete. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and products to extract standing water and dry the property. The team finishes the job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products for the comfort and safety of the homeowner.

The First Step

Thomas called the SERVPRO emergency telephone number and spoke with a SERVPRO representative. The friendly customer care specialist explained the SERVPRO process and asked him a few questions to determine the nature of the emergency. A crew was promptly dispatched to Thomas’ home, and he was notified that that help was on the way.

When the technicians arrived, they inspected and tested to determine the extent of the damage. In addition, they also checked for safety concerns such as mold or contaminated water. After tracing the leak to the HVAC system, the technicians urged Thomas to put in an emergency call to a reputable HVAC company to service the unit and repair the leak.

The Plan of Action

Using specialized equipment, the team extracted the standing water and began drying the affected areas. They finished the job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products for the comfort and safety of Thomas’ family.

The inspection revealed extensive damage to the flooring, insulation, walls, and carpeting, as well as an extensive mold problem that needed immediate remediation. The flooring and insulation needed to be replaced, and the walls required stud and sheetrock repair.

A Positive Outcome

When Thomas heard the report about the extent of the damage, he was overwhelmed. How would he pay for the thousands of dollars of damage? The technician reassured Thomas by explaining that Thomas’ insurance should pay for all but the deductible and that SERVPRO of Carrollton would coordinate the water removal and damage restoration project with the insurance company.

Conclusion

SERVPRO of Carrollton provides emergency service 24/7. Faster to any size disaster with highly trained restoration technicians, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. The locally owned and operated company uses advanced restoration and cleaning equipment and can coordinate services with the client’s insurance company. SERVPRO of Carrollton is the water damage repair and restoration service professional in Carrollton, Texas.

For more information about water, fire, and storm damage restoration, visit the SERVPRO of Carrollton website at https://www.SERVPROcarrollton.com. To speak with a customer care specialist, call (770) 258-7557.

Fire Safety during COVID-19.

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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We hope that you are staying safe and healthy while we continue with social distancing. With most Texans at home during this time, we hope that you are also cautious of home fire safety.  According to the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA), the leading year-round causes of home fires are: 

  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Electrical equipment 

Because people are spending more time at home, they are engaging in activities that add to the home fire problem. It’s important to recognize what the potential hazards are and how to prevent them. Preventing fires during this uncertain time will help keep everyone safe and prevent thousands of dollars in fire damage.

Biggest Causes of Home Fires

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in Dallas/ Fort Worth area. It is responsible for nearly half of all reported home fires, with unattended cooking as the leading cause of home cooking fires. So, if you are not keeping a close eye on what you’re cooking, you are more likely to have a home fire. 

With COVID-19, there’s a high risk for distracted cooking since many households are now dealing with out-of-the-ordinary circumstances. For example, the kids are out of school and the parents are working from home.

The second highest cause of home fires is heating equipment, causing an average of 52,050 home fires each year. Heating systems are still in use in a large part of the country this time of year. Since most people are at home, these heating systems are being used for more hours than usual. 

Finally, electrical outlets are the third-highest cause for home fires. Now that many people working and schooling from home, there is the likelihood of many individuals using the same outlets to charge: 

  • Phones 
  • Laptops
  • Other digital equipment

Tips to Keep in Mind

The NFPA recommends that you use best fire practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:

Cooking and Grilling Outdoors 

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Turn off the stove or other cooking appliances if you leave the kitchen for any amount of time
  • Use a timer so you don’t forget that you have something on the stove or in the oven
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop
  • Be sure the smoke detector near the kitchen is working properly
  • Turn all handles inward so that someone can’t accidentally tip over a hot pan
  • Refrain from cooking if you are tired or not feeling well 
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three-feet around the stove or grill 
  • Grill outside and away from any structures. …
  • Make sure your grill is stable and clean
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing

Electrical

  • Charge phones and other digital devices with the appropriate cords
  • When charging digital devices, do not cover them with a pillow or charge on flammable surfaces such as the bed or couch.
  • Don't overload outlets, especially with appliances that produce heat, such as coffee-makers or toasters 
  • Plug major appliances directly into a dedicated wall outlet
  • Never string electrical cords across doorways or under carpets 
  • Use a light bulb with the correct number of watts. 
  • Smoke alarms should be located on every level of the home and near/in bedrooms
  • Test your smoke alarms every month to ensure they’re working
  • Develop and practice a home escape plan so everyone knows what to do in a fire.

SERVPRO of Carrollton remains committed to supporting you as we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19. We want to provide you with the resources you need to minimize your risk and help prevent losses and injuries. Please call us immediately for any questions and concerns you have about COVID-19 or if your property suffers from fire and water damage. 

972-446-0383

Roof tarping during and after a mjor storm event!

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Sometimes when a storm rolls into your neighborhood, you need to act fast in order to keep your family safe. 

Falling trees, fire, high wind and hail storms often cause roof damage. Safety should your primary concern. Initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as damage is not always visible. If you suspect damage to your shingles or structure, contact a professional immediately.

Vacate the premises in the event of major roof damage.

Tarping the roof will prevent secondary damage while the roof is inspected and repaired. SERVPRO of Carrollton can provide emergency roof tarp installation to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Carrollton is ready and available to tarp your property 7x24x365 days a year.  Please let us know how we can help!

972-446-0383

Roof tarping during and after a major storm event!

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Sometimes when a storm rolls into your neighborhood, you need to act fast in order to keep your family safe. 

Falling trees, fire, high wind and hail storms often cause roof damage. Safety should your primary concern. Initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as damage is not always visible. If you suspect damage to your shingles or structure, contact a professional immediately.

Vacate the premises in the event of major roof damage.

Tarping the roof will prevent secondary damage while the roof is inspected and repaired. SERVPRO of Carrollton can provide emergency roof tarp installation to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Carrollton is ready and available to tarp your property 7x24x365 days a year.  Please let us know how we can help!

972-446-0383