Safety Tips for Lightning
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few safety tips for when it is lightning.
Be aware. If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available. Be sure to check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities.
Avoid electronic equipment. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio, and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.
Stay indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Like homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.
Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls.
Fire at a local business, if not taken care of quickly can cause discoloration of many surfaces; ash residue, walls, wood, upholstery, carpet, etc. within minutes. Structural damage like collapsed ceilings, broken windows and doors, these things we can board up for you on the front end for safety.
SERVPRO of Texarkana is the Professional Company to fulfill your needs in case of a fire. Cleaning takes a lot knowledge, experience and manpower to do the job right. Our crews are properly trained and certified in all these areas and are ready 24/7.
Leave your cleaning needs like ash, soot, smoke and odors and the restoration process to the experts here at SERVPRO of Texarkana. We are here for you, we are locally owned and operated! Call 903-832-4400 today.
An effective drying chamber will completely contain a water loss affected area within minutes. The containment can be accomplished practically anywhere in the structure.
Once the poly sheeting used for containment is placed along with the drying equipment, the drying process begins. The Drying Chamber restricted any moisture to transfer into and out of the water loss affected area. This will also stop secondary damage at the beginning of the job, and later enhance the dry-down by preventing moist air from migrating into your drying chamber. We minimize the area that we need to dry. By staying focused on just the affected area. Each step in the drying process is important, and the first step – creating a drying chamber.
If you have a water loss call SERVPRO of Texarkana immediately to mitigate the loss and dry the materials. 903-832-4400.
Has your home recently suffered hurricane damage? Wind damage? Are you facing a roof repair? If you're facing storm restoration, you aren't alone. Many homeowners find they have to repair their homes following a difficult storm. Before you begin to deal with storm restoration, here's what you need to know.
Don't do it alone
Whether you're dealing with hurricane damage, wind damage, or hail damage, don't try to repair on your own. Flooding or ground water can seem like an easy thing to fix, but the reality is that you should always contact a home restoration professional to help. Wind damage, and hail damage can be devastating to a home, but home restoration is possible with storm remediation.
If you notice roof damage, a roof leak, flooding, hail damage, or frozen pipes, reach out to SERVPRO of Texarkana experts immediately. Never wait to see if the frozen pipes or roof leak will get worse. The sooner you seek home restoration, the better off your home will be.
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What To Do Before Help Arrives
Water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Texarkana provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days -including all holidays.
If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, burst pipes here are some things to do before SERVPRO of Texarkana arrives.
- Shut off the source of the water
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels
- Remove any and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a dry place.
- Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove any loose items from the floors
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
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SERVPRO of Texarkana provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Texarkana arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
- burst pipe
- heavy rains
These can cause water to seep into the cabinets in your home. Left un-remedied, this can lead to serious damage
- Water can cause wood to warp and twist.
- It can lead to particle board inside cabinets swelling and becoming distended.
- Over a period of days, standing water can lead to dangerous growths of mold and bacteria.
If you have water in your cabinets, you need to seek our trained technicians. Our thorough, step by step process removes all moisture from your cabinets to protect them from water damage.
We use sensitive equipment to help us locate where water has invaded your cabinets. Finding the incursion is the first step necessary in getting the water out and your house back to being good as new.
We remove moldings and baseboards to expose the area below and allow us to remove moisture that can damage your home. We drill in inconspicuous areas at floor level and inside cabinets so that the drill holes can be easily concealed after drying is completed.
Our top of the line equipment increases airflow behind and beneath cabinets and large appliances. This helps speed up evaporation, removing water quickly before it can cause serious, long-term damage.
The process can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. When you experience water damage, we should be the first people you call. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. SERVPRO of Texarkana is here here to help.
Mold in Crawlspaces
In the humid air, moisture is constantly present. Combining moisture with a dark and undisturbed area, such as a crawlspace, will often lead to mold growth.
Crawlspaces are rarely bothered by homeowners as they are usually small, dark, closed off, and house various bugs or other unwanted critters. When we avoid crawl spaces however, we prevent air circulation and sunlight in the area. The unbothered area is an ideal place for mold growth because moisture is not evaporated, and the temperature is kept relatively constant.
Mold thrives in areas that are moist and kept at a temperature ranging from 60 to 80 degrees. A crawl space ends up being an ideal place for mold growth due to its environmental conditions.
Considering you don’t regularly go into your crawl space, and it isn’t open to the rest of your home, you may think a little mold is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Mold spores are tiny and easily released into the air. Spores can slip through cracks, be pulled in from air conditioning systems, or even float through open doors or windows. The mold spores can cause health effects when breathed in on a regular basis.
Each year, there are 40,000 residential fires due to electrical wiring, claiming more than 350 lives, causing thousands of injuries from shocks and burns, creating 2 million and personal property damage. Electrical receptacles are responsible for 40 deaths and 5,300 fires.
Electricity is our most mysterious form of energy. You can’t see it, hear it or smell it, but you sure can feel it!
Electricity seeks the easiest path to the ground, trying to find a conductor, such as metal, wet wood, or water. Humans are conductors, since 70% of the body is water. So, if a person touches an energized bare wire or faulty equipment while grounded, electricity will instantly pass through the body to the ground, causing a harmful, potentially fatal shock.
Don’t Be Shocked:
- It is estimated that 70% electrocutions could be prevented.
- 32% of all deaths caused by residential electrical systems are as a result of faulty cords and plugs.
- Electrical burns to the mouth accounted for half of the injuries to young to your children.
- Electricity can kill in one second.
Treat electricity with the respect it deserves. Never assume anything! If you experience an electrical fire, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Texarkana. We have years of know-how dealing with homes and businesses that have had extensive fire, soot and smoke damage, and we know what it takes to restore your residential or commercial property, “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24 hours a day, no job is too small to big for our team. We are always here to help at 903-832-4400.
The Water You Don't See
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.
The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Texarkana Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Texarkana will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used.
- Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
- Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.
- Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
- Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
- Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Texarkana have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (903) 832-4400.
Expertise Beyond Fire and Water
We are well known for our expertise in cleaning up after some of the most extensive water, fire and mold damage. We have helped several owners through many emergencies. The technicians at SERVPRO of Texarkana are also trained in odor control, construction clean up and content cleaning.
Odor control: Tobacco, pets and years of buildup can be challenging odors to combat. The right cleaning solutions, equipment and expertise can bring a pleasant smell back to your home or business.
Construction clean up: when your remodeling project leaves dust everywhere, we can help. We specialize in fine particle cleaning. When your traditional cleaning methods are not working it may be time to call in the pros.
Content clean up: We all have items in our house we consider priceless. Your heirlooms or household items in need of specialized cleaning or items you thought could never be cleaned could be renewed with proper care.
Let us help. Give us a call here at SERVPRO of Texarkana. 903-832-4400