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Eight Fire Risks That Carrollton, TX, Property Owners Should Pay Attention To

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton warns local homeowners about possible sources of fire damage that they should watch out for.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton are prepared to handle Carrollton, TX, fire damage disasters using the latest equipment, cleaning techniques, and effective cleaning and deodorizing solutions that are safe for humans and pets.

A house fire occurs every 87 seconds in America. Annually, 358,500 households experience the stress, disruption, and inconvenience of a fire. Carrollton homeowners can improve home fire safety by recognizing potential sources of fire damage in the home.

Most homeowners are familiar with common sources of fire damage such as overloaded electrical circuits, overturned candles, and malfunctioning appliances. Other items in the home not usually associated with fire hazards pose potential fire risks. The danger lies in overlooking these potential fire hazards. Here is an explanation of these frequently overlooked fire hazards.

Hazard: Microwaves

The microwave, invented in 1955, is a staple in most kitchens. The potential for fire with this appliance is significant, yet most homeowners are not aware of the microwave’s many fire risks.  Metals and microwaves do not mix. Metal on takeout containers, in dinnerware, and in recycled paper products can cause arcing, sparks, and fire. When overcooked, popcorn can easily catch fire.

Keep the microwave clean. Only cook items that are designed to be heated in the appliance. Microwaves are high voltage, and they pose a serious fire risk when they malfunction. The best course of action when dealing with a malfunctioning microwave is to replace it. Never attempt to repair a microwave since a new unit can be purchased at a very reasonable price.

In case of a fire in the microwave, immediately shut off the power. Open the door only when the fire is out.

Hazard: Batteries

Most homeowners would not think a battery could cause massive fire damage or even burn down a home. Yet, all batteries pose a fire risk. Nine-volt batteries are the most dangerous. The close proximity of the terminals increases the risk of a short. The use of a plastic battery storage case is advised. Avoid leaving batteries lying around loose, and store batteries standing up. Place electrical tape over the terminals of each battery. All types of batteries should receive this treatment to prevent shorts and potential fires. Batteries and metal containers are a hazardous combination. Keep steel wool, aluminum foil, and keys away from batteries. Nine-volt batteries are risky enough to warrant being stored separately from other batteries.

Hazard: Light bulbs

Using a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a given outlet – a mistake known as overlamping – can cause a home fire. Limit light bulb wattage to sixty watts. While LED bulbs are generally a cool, highly efficient solution, higher wattage LED bulbs can generate higher heat. Homeowners should be careful when handling these bulbs.

Hazard: Dryer lint

A buildup of dryer lint in the dryer vent or ductwork can ignite and become a fast-moving fire. Remove the lint from the lint screen after every load. Vent the dryer with aluminum tubing to comply with current fire codes. The lint trap captures only 25% of the lint. Clean the vent, exhaust ductwork, and area around the dryer regularly.

Hazard: Laptops

Laptops generate heat during normal operation. Make sure the cooling vents are unobstructed. Placing the laptop on the bed, couch, or chair can prevent the cooling mechanism from functioning adequately, damaging the device or causing a fire. The safest resting place for a laptop is a desk or stand.

Hazard: Stacks of newspaper and magazines

Print materials such as newspapers, magazines, and books can ignite very quickly and should never be stored close to a heat source. Store old newspapers or magazines in a cool, dry place in short stacks. If the items have little or no sentimental value, discard them immediately.

Hazard: Heating blankets and pads

Heating blankets and heating pads are excellent devices for easing pain or relieving the chill of a cold winter night. However, these devices can cause fires if they malfunction due to age, damage, or misuse.

Here are some safety tips for using a heating blanket or heating pad:

  • Carefully follow all manufacturer’s operating instructions.
  • When using a heating blanket in bed, do not leave the cord between the mattress and box spring where it may be pinched or folded.
  • Keep the blanket or pad flat when in use.
  • Operate these items on the lowest setting. Do not exceed the recommended operation time.
  • Wash the items carefully. Do not dry heating devices in the clothes dryer, and do not iron or dry clean them. These activities can melt heating wire insulation and increase the potential for fire.

Hazard: Barbeque charcoal

Practice caution when storing charcoal. The ordinary backyard grill master may not be aware that damp charcoal can ignite and start a raging fire. Store charcoal in a cool, dry place; a metal pail or garbage can with a tight lid is recommended.

An awareness of these potential fire hazards can lead to efforts to make the home safe from potential fire risks. Homeowners need not live in fear. By taking actions to make the home safe and by pre-qualifying a fire damage restoration company, the homeowner can have peace of mind. If a property damage disaster should occur, a competent, reputable company will respond 24/7, 365 days a year with highly trained technicians, advanced equipment, and EPA-approved cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing solutions.

For more information about fire damage restoration in Carrollton, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383. Staff can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com

How a Leak or Water Damage Disaster Can Draw Pest into the Home

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: A hidden water leak can attract vermin and pests, and SERVPRO of Carrollton is informing property owners of this unusual sign of water damage.

The team of professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to respond immediately to water damage in Dallas, TX. Minutes count when a home or business faces a water intrusion. The scope of the disaster expands every minute that water pours through the roof or spreads through the house from a ruptured appliance supply line. In some instances, the slow leaks that go unnoticed or unresolved cause advanced secondary water damage that can lead to thousands of dollars in property damage and restoration costs. SERVPRO of Carrollton explains how water damage from household leaks can attract pests and vermin. These intruders introduce disease and other contaminants into the water-damaged area.

What Pests Are Attracted to Water Leaks?

Rodents love water leaks. Rats, mice, squirrels, and chipmunks are common types of rodents found in Dallas, TX. More than one kind of skunk also calls this area home. Raccoons and possums will sometimes join the crowd of critters looking for an endless supply of water.

A favorite hideout for these nuisance animals is the crawl space where these pests will enjoy a cool drink from a leaking pipe. Do not be surprised to see a skunk or squirrel lapping up water from a dripping spigot. On a hot Texas afternoon, a clogged gutter or downspout with standing water provides an oasis for vermin.

A water leak will also attract a legion of insects and spiders. The more common six- and eight-legged pests include termites, cockroaches, ants of every sort, mosquitoes, scorpions, spiders, and silverfish. These tiny creatures can go unnoticed, building their colonies and gaining a secure foothold in the home. The proliferation of insects and spiders may be sending the homeowner an indirect message that there is a serious water leak somewhere in the house.

What Types of Damages Can Water Leaks Do to a Home?

Water leaks under the sink and around the bathtub or shower can damage walls, ceilings, subflooring, and baseboards. If left unresolved, water leaks can cause wood rot, mold, and mildew to develop over time. Eventually, the soft, spongy floor can give way under the toilet, tub, or shower.

Pests can also cause damage, but the type of damage depends on the type of pest. Rodents and other small mammals will collect insulation and other materials to build nests, mate, and give birth. These animals have sharp teeth and love to gnaw on electrical wiring, wood, concrete, PVC conduit, and plastic plumbing. A minor leak can become a gushing torrent of water, causing thousands of dollars in water damage.

These cute, fuzzy creatures carry a myriad of diseases, mites, fleas, and ticks. Skunks and raccoons may carry rabies. A scratch or bite from an uninvited, infected house guest could cause serious health issues.

Wood-Destroying Pests

Rotting, moist wood is a favorite of carpenter ants, termites, and powderpost beetles. They love the safe, dark environment under sinks and appliances, in the crawl space, and in the attic.

Evidence of a termite infestation include:

  • paint bubbling on walls and ceilings
  • small mud-like tubes on the sides of the house
  • tiny pin-sized holes in cabinets or drywall
  • soft spots on laminate or hardwood flooring
  • fine sawdust along the baseboards

The homeowner should seek an inspection and treatment from a reputable pest control company. Any property damage or water damage should be repaired. Hire a qualified plumber to inspect the plumbing and repair any leaks.

An explosion in the population of mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, and silverfish may be sending a message to the homeowner that there is a water leak in the home. If water damage is discovered, contact the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton. They will respond rapidly within the hour to begin the cleanup, repair, and restoration process. Secondary advanced water damage will be halted, and mold issues will be diagnosed and remediated. Cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing will make the home clean, safe, and fresh. The pest control company can remove the pests. SERVPRO of Carrollton can clean up the mess and restore the damaged areas.

For more information about water damage restoration in Dallas, TX, and the surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com

The Importance of Fast Action in the Commercial Damage Remediation Process

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When a Carrollton, TX, business suffers a water, fire, smoke, or storm damage disaster, the business owner can rely on SERVPRO of Carrollton to respond quickly, even in situations that necessitate the client being placed on a waitlist.

Commercial damage restoration in Bent Tree, TX, is an essential service for businesses that have experienced water damage, fire and smoke damage, storm damage, or other property damage disaster. For commercial restoration to be most effective, the project must be started and completed promptly to avoid costly secondary damage, loss of inventory, disruption of business processes, and customer dissatisfaction.

A rapid response is always important in property damage remediation, but a commercial facility has different reasons for needing quick restoration than a residential property. For instance, homeowners want to be able to shorten their hotel stay so that they can return to their home and normal life; in contrast, business owners want to minimize the time that they are not able to conduct business. For a business, costs include not only the actual costs of the restoration project but also the loss of profit that could have been made during the time that business operations were disrupted.

An IICRC Certified Firm, SERVPRO of Carrollton is available to provide commercial restoration services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year, including on holidays. Technicians rely on their years of training and industry experience to provide a property damage restoration solution that suits the unique situation of the commercial client. Advanced equipment is utilized to thoroughly remediate the damage and enable the business to reopen.

Customer service is foundational at SERVPRO of Carrollton, whether the client needs water damage restoration at a small single-family home or fire damage restoration at a large commercial facility. When business owners or property managers work with SERVPRO of Carrollton, they are consistently pleased by the level of care and competence that the team exhibits. One commercial client wrote of SERVPRO of Carrollton’s services, “They did amazing work and worked and communicated with us successfully throughout the whole process. Thank you SERVPRO!”

How Does SERVPRO of Carrollton Manage Multiple Clients That Need Services?

In some situations, a commercial client has to be placed on a waitlist due to demand for restoration services. The increased demand can result from various factors, such as a storm that has affected businesses across the county. However, SERVPRO still delivers a rapid response that rivals the service of its competitors.

A client posted the following review of SERVPRO of Carrollton’s response to a water damage disaster that had occurred at an office building: “Our office building had a pipe break during the snowstorm.  It was a multi-floor flood. SERVPRO put us on a waitlist but responded within 36 hours, as soon as there was an opening.  There were other companies that waitlisted us but never responded afterwards. SERVPRO was very professional, thorough, and prompt. Their technicians were polite, informative, and honest. I highly recommend SERVPRO of Carrollton!!”

Can SERVPRO Provide Large Loss Restoration Services?

For large loss situations, SERVPRO of Carrollton can draw on the structure and resources of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division, which is composed of prequalified restoration specialists. Each large loss project is equipped with a commercial operations manager who supervises the process and ensures that communication and remediation are implemented rapidly and seamlessly. Having the ability to deploy highly-trained industry veterans and strategically cut expenses is part of the SERVPRO difference. SERVPRO’s large loss program has served a diverse assortment of clients from industries including property management, hospitality, the military, universities, and municipalities.

Listed below are some recent natural disasters that SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to:

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

  • 2021 Hurricane Ida
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Floods

  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods

Fires

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2007 California wildfires

The combination of serving the local community and drawing on national resources creates a damage restoration experience that is reassuring for business owners. A SERVPRO of Carrollton representative states, “We’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency. Being locally owned, we make every effort to stay involved in the community, providing our time and services when needed.  We remain vigilant about giving back to our community at every opportunity, and we love being a part of the Carrollton community!”

To contact SERVPRO of Carrollton about commercial damage restoration in Bent Tree, TX, email the office at office@SERVPRO10952.com. Staff can also be reached by phone at (972) 446-0383

What should you avoid after a fire damages your home.

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Once a home fire has been extinguished, it’s a natural impulse to try and clean up as quickly as possible but doing so may cause more damage than good. Below is a list of actions to avoid following a house fire to help you recover quickly and safely.

Avoid using electronics

After a fire, it’s best to wait until a professional arrives on the scene to ensure electronics are safe to use. This includes TVs, computers, and DVD players. Even the A/C needs to stay off until you get the all-clear. Turning on electronics can create greater damage.

Don’t try to clean possessions on your own

While it’s tempting to grab a bucket of water and get to work, it's best if you do not clean walls, ceilings, and other similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice. In some cases, different types of approaches to cleaning are necessary for different items to avoid causing further damage, so it’s best to wait for a fire remediation professional to give you advice before trying to clean on your own.

Toss all food in your home

Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. Smoke, soot, and chemicals can get into everything and it’s better to be safe than sorry. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment when the fire was being extinguished. That includes canned goods. Heat damage may not be seen on the outside of canned goods, but the heat can re-cook the ingredients in the can causing harm.

Refrain from cleaning up after firefighters

Unfortunately, extinguishing a fire can cause a mess on its own as fire retardants and other foams or powders may have been used to stop the flames. Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. It is best to let professionals guide the cleanup of these areas as they have the equipment to handle different types of chemical cleanup on a variety of surfaces.

It’s always tempting to start the cleanup process immediately and do as much as possible. The best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized tools and knowledge that only a professional can provide. A trusted professional will offer an after-fire checklist that will help speed along the fire and smoke damage cleanup process. Consulting a professional will help you restore your property back to like-new condition as quickly as possible. If you experience a house fire, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton

24/7 at 972-446-0383 to get the help you need.

Fire Remediation Service Options-

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Here are some services that are available to you after you experience a fire in your home.

  • Mitigation services: The focus of mitigation services is to secure your property and prevent any further damage after the fire has occurred. These services include boarding up any openings to secure the property, providing an alternative source of electricity, and emergency drying to prevent secondary water damage. Handling these issues quickly can keep further damage to a minimum
  • Structural cleaning services: Structural cleaning services involve removing smoke and soot residue from your home and deodorizing the premises after a fire. Our experienced SERPVRO technicians step you through the entire process and strive to repair as much damage as possible. As the homeowner, you’ll be fully involved in the process from beginning to end.
  • Contents cleaning services: Smoke and soot can damage your personal belongings and furniture if not cleaned promptly and thoroughly. While it may seem that wiping down belongings will suffice, that’s not always the case. SERVPRO technicians have expertise in cleaning and restoring many personal items such as furniture, documents and photographs, and other valuables after smoke and soot damage. We use state-of-the-art equipment to get rid of the damaging smoke and soot as efficiently and as quickly as possible and restore your belongings to pre-fire condition whenever possible.
  • Specialty cleaning services: We also help you to subcontract the cleaning of precious or delicate items such as electronics, clothing, and expensive artwork.
  • Reconstruction services: In some instances, a fire can cause structural damage that cannot be restored by fire damage restoration services. If there is a need for reconstruction or structural repair, you may need the help of licensed general contractors. SERVPRO’s building services are available to help.

Fire damage restoration is a slow process that takes time and patience. With SERVPRO, you get a team of fire damage restoration professionals who can help you restore your home back to

preloss conditions in no time.

Cleaning up after Water Intrusion.

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

The intrusion of water into your place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. 

When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present an increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged business environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to the business having indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

To have SERVPRO evaluate your Dallas  restoration needs, give us a call at 972-446-0383.

Commercial Property Destruction

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO may be known as a fire and water restoration company, but did you know we also provide commercial cleaning services for trauma, crime scene, and vandalism?

As a business owner, these situations are not ideal for any company and you want to make sure they are taken care of immediately. That's why SERVPRO  is ready 24/7 with the specialized training and equipment to safely clean these messes and get you back to business. 

Some of the cleaning services we provide include, but are not limited to:

*Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

*Fire Extinguisher residue

*Tear gas and pepper spray residues

*Destruction of property

*Odor removal and deodorization

*Spray paint removal from exterior walls, walkways, glass, etc.

Such trauma, crime scene, and vandalism instances can range from bloody noses to complete destruction of property. Our technicians are highly trained to safely and effectively clean your commercial property as quickly as possible. The core steps taken to properly restore these situations include:

1.) Health and safety of personnel, occupants, workers, and technicians is of upmost importance. The appropriate personal protective equipment and engineering controls are used for proper protection first and foremost.

2.) Documentation is properly maintained prior to clean up (in an accident or crime scene scenario, police have finished processing the situation).

3.) Evaluation and assessment of the effected area and any other area that may be contaminated is conducted to determine the scope of work to be performed.

4.) Isolate and contain the affected areas to prevent cross-contamination.

5.) Removal of contaminated materials or decontamination by cleaning and application of an antimicrobial when removal is not possible.

6.) Application of appropriate government-registered antimicrobial shall be applied to ensure structure, systems and contents are safe for use. 

7.) Post remediation evaluation and verification is performed to confirm cleanliness and safety of all areas.

Every trauma, crime scene, and vandalism situation is difficult. If you find your business in this tough situation, we will always treat your property and personnel with the empathy and respect during these trying circumstances.

SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is determined to ensure the safety and cleanliness of each situation and make it look "Like it never even happened." 

Should I have my air ducts cleaned in our office?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Most homeowners are aware of the importance of air duct cleaning. Unfortunately, not all office building owners are as diligent as they should be when it comes to cleaning air ducts. Learn why cleaning ducts on a regular basis is a good idea.

What is air duct cleaning?

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensation drip pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. If not properly maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, or other debris. 

Why air duct cleaning is important for office buildings

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Making it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business building is a good idea to prevent the accumulation of dust, pollen, and other debris in your ducts. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it may be time to inspect them to see if it’s time for a cleaning.

This is especially true if your system is running constantly during hot summer months, or if you recently did renovations that created a significant amount of dust. If you haven’t cleaned your system and its vents, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris

Cleaning your air ducts helps restore peak efficiency of your system, can prevent odors, and can help reduce the potential of mold growth. Not sure if you need a cleaning? If you see excessive dirt around your air returns, it’s a good idea to contact SERVPRO!

Contact SERVPRO for your air duct cleaning

SERVPRO of Carrollton can routinely inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) in your commercial building.  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

When its time to clean your office building’s air ducts contact SERVPRO of Carrollton's cleaning professionals at (972) 446-0383!

What steps should I take after a house fire?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire is not something that any family wants to deal with but it is helpful to know a little bit about the restoration process in case you ever do run into this type of issue. There are a few different steps that will facilitate the restoration process and each is critical to your family getting back up on their feet after a fire.

The first step is to talk to your insurance company. The vast majority of homeowner’s insurance companies have clauses that will help put you in contact with a restoration company and that will help you pay for the process. This will ensure that you can get the best company for the best price.

Secondly, a restoration company will first and foremost work to remove the water from the home. Leaving water in a home for a long period of time can end up in mold growing which can make the home even less livable. Removal of water can take a few hours to a few days depending on how much water was pumped into the home to stop the fire.

In cases where the home is a total loss, no steps will be taken and the insurance company will move to help have the home leveled. The second step is to clean up debris; cleaning debris allows the restoration company to get an even better look at what damage was done so that they can begin to assess an action plan to determine what can be saved and what must be trashed.

After debris is removed, restoration companies will use an ozone machine to remove the smoke smell and will start to clean the walls and floors to make sure the smoke smell is gone. The next step is construction; most restoration companies will work with the homeowner to create a reconstruction plan to get your home back on track.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Damage Restoration Company in Order to Avoid Liability Risks

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton advises that businesses hire a bonded, insured, and certified damage restoration company when a property damage disaster occurs.

SERVPRO of Carrollton, a damage restoration company serving the areas of Carrollton, Bent Tree, and Dallas, employs highly trained and certified professionals who use advanced equipment, the latest technology, and superior cleaning methods to handle all types and sizes of residential and commercial property damage disasters. As a member of a franchise family composed of over 1,700 partners, the SERVPRO of Carrollton team is an excellent choice when a swift response, quick action, and highly trained technicians are needed for a commercial cleanup and restoration project in Carrollton, TX.

An OSHA Fact Sheet entitled “Keeping Workers Safe During Disaster Cleanup and Recovery” informs employers and workers of the hazards associated with the cleanup and restoration of a property damage disaster. The document reads, “Natural disasters can cause widespread flooding and damage to property and infrastructure. Cleanup and recovery activities involve hazards that can cause serious injuries or death. OSHA urges employers and workers engaged in cleanup and recovery to be aware of these hazards and how to protect workers.”

When a business, office complex, or manufacturing facility suffers water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, sewage spill, or other types of property damage disaster, the cleanup and restoration must be accomplished swiftly, thoroughly, and safely. Long delays impact revenue and customer service. The consequences of failing to thoroughly clean up a property damage disaster can have a negative long-term impact on the health of the occupants and the equipment, machinery, supplies, raw materials, and inventory. Secondary water damage can lead to other issues, including catastrophic structure failure and mold infestation.

The OSHA Fact Sheet urges employers and employees to assess the situation and identify any safety hazards to which cleanup and restoration crews will be exposed. The fact sheet enumerates a wide array of hazards arising from the cleanup and recovery from different types of disasters. Here are some of the hazards identified by OSHA:

Disaster: Flood or Other Water Intrusion

Floodwaters, sewage spills, ruptured pipes, or other water intrusions create issues such as:

  • Bacteria and other organisms from contaminated water, soil, and sewage
  • Toxic substances from the industrial site
  • Mold and fungi growing on wet or moist surfaces
  • Burns and electrocution from water-soaked electrical panels, machinery, and damaged wiring
  • Slips and falls on slippery surfaces
  • Tripping over uneven surfaces or debris hidden under murky, muddy water

Cleanup Task: Tree Trimming and Debris Removal

Severe weather can topple trees, break limbs, and generate large amounts of debris that need to be removed from entrances, parking lots, loading areas, equipment, company trucks, employees’ vehicles, and the building itself. The temptation for key decision-makers, such as the operations manager or the property management supervisor, is to put employees to work cutting up fallen trees and hauling debris.

  • Injuries from falling tree limbs
  • Injuries from chain saws, chippers, and other equipment
  • Strains or sprains from lifting tree limbs and debris
  • Heat exhaustion from overexertion

Disaster: An Industrial Fire, Smoke, Water Damage Disaster

A commercial fire creates a complex and multifaceted challenge. Employees working in cleanup and restoration are exposed to a potentially fatal hazard matrix. Some of the serious hazards that employees tasked with cleanup and restoration may encounter include:

  • Respiratory injury from inhaling toxic soot, ash, and gases
  • Skin, eye, and nose irritation
  • Injury from falling or collapsing debris
  • Slip-and-fall incidents
  • Back strain from lifting water-soaked items

Miscellaneous Hazards

Employees may be exposed to dangers of varying degrees, such as:

  • Falls from ladders, roofs, scaffolding, and aerial lifts
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from working around gas- or diesel-powered generators in a confined environment
  • Heart attack, stroke, or heat exhaustion from working in an unventilated or under-ventilated area at extreme temperatures
  • Wound infection from exposure to water contaminated with sewage, soot, ash, and chemicals
  • Exposure to toxic substances, asbestos, lead-based paint, dioxins, or other harmful or deadly chemicals created, spilled, or released by the fire or efforts to extinguish the blaze
  • Being struck or run over by vehicles or equipment used in the cleanup and restoration process

Worker Rights

The OSHA Fact Sheet quoted above also addresses the rights of the employee to have a safe working environment, adequate training for the job, and necessary protective gear related to the task at hand. A grievance procedure is also mentioned for employees who wish to file a complaint.

Concerning worker’s rights, the document states, “You have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The law requires that employers provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. OSHA sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training, and assistance to workers and employers. Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards.”

Liabilities and Litigation

In the push to return to business as usual, management may enlist the services of employees to handle water removal, cleanup, and restoration. Without proper training, adequate PPG, commercial-grade equipment, advanced cleaning techniques, and industry-standard cleaning solutions, employees will not be able to safely, quickly, efficiently, and safely clean up and restore the property.

The liability of potential litigation from accidents and any health effects stemming from working in a dangerous and contaminated environment could be catastrophic for the company. The best course of action is to entrust the cleanup and restoration to trained, bonded, and insured professionals who have the equipment, training, and PPG to achieve the goal of resuming normal business operations as soon and as safely as possible.

Professional and medical offices, businesses, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, educational institutions, and retail outlets can trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for water, fire, storm, and commercial damage restoration. They offer twenty-four-hour emergency service, faster to any size disaster, highly trained restoration technicians, and advanced restoration and cleaning equipment.

For more information about Bent Tree, TX, commercial damage restoration services, contact the SERVPRO of Carrollton office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com