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What Can Professionals Do to Help Flooded Homes?

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Our Experienced Restorers Can Help with Mitigation and Cleaning After a Flood. 

Floods are common enough to the San Leandro area to warrant a preparation plan. Homeowners should know what to do in case of these emergencies, and often that means whom you can call to help when contending with the damage that these circumstances can cause. There are multiple strategies for restoring and cleaning up after a flood loss in your home, and our SERVPRO team can help.

How Does SERVPRO Address Standing Floodwater? 

One of the immediate obstacles to flood damage in Texarkana homes is standing water in the property's lower levels. Because traditional extraction devices might not be useful in these situations, namely, due to solids and debris, more powerful units must get used instead. Some of these options include:

  • Self-priming trash pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Wet vacuums

Despite how overwhelming flood losses can be for area homes, our SERVPRO of Texarkana team can help with a fast and reliable response. Give us a call today at (903) 832-4400.

Can Debris Removal Benefit Post-Fire Cleaning of Home?

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency Services Play a Part in Lessening Loss Effects to Make Restoration Efficient.

Fires can occur from multiple sources, making restoration and recovery of these situations a broad spectrum of action. Often, the initial steps taken to reduce loss and out of pocket expense for customers can be among the most important to maximizing restoration efficiency. Emergency services can encompass multiple actions but often involve debris removal.

How Can Debris Removal Help Your Fire-Damaged Home in Texarkana? 

By removing heaps of charred remnants of the structure and particles like ash and soot, we can help the property in multiple ways after a fire in your Texarkana home. Our technicians recognize the benefits of debris removal to reduce the severity of carcinogenic particles and harsh odors in the environment. Other emergency services available with our general contracting include:

  • Controlled demolition
  • Utility repair
  • Board-up/tarping
  • Water removal

The combination of our general contractors and experienced fire restoration professionals on our SERVPRO of Texarkana team can make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (903) 832-4400.

7 Industrial Safety Tips For TexarkanaBusinesses

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

  1. Have an emergency action plan. Do you have an evacuation route? Do all employees know where to exit and where to meet after? Ensure all employees are briefed on these critical details at the time of hire.
  2. Conduct regular workplace inspections. On a casual stroll from one side of your workplace to another, you probably won't notice many safety risks because you won't be actively looking for them. Make it a point to do a regular workplace inspection. That way, you'll search for things that could pose a danger and spot things you've never seen before. A safety expert can also inspect your facility to identify risks and provide solutions.
  3. Offer ongoing safety training. When employees are up to date on job safety, they're more likely to work safely. Regular safety training sessions benefit everyone and create safety habits.
  4. If you're an employer, invite and involve your employees in safety planning; obtain their insight, give and take suggestions, and ensure that everyone is on the same page.
  5. Wear a breathing mask at all times; mainly if you deal with dangerous or toxic chemicals or fumes, your workspace has debris, dust, and other flying particles.

  6. Take breaks In this hectic and fast-paced work environment, and there is a greater risk for ailments and injuries since the employees maybe are overworked, exhausted, and unable to concentrate. Breaks taken off and on will help you keep afresh and focus well.

  7. Be responsible for your safety. Your safety is your foremost responsibility. Life is precious: rather than be remorseful after an injury; it's imperative to maintain an attitude of caution begin implementing all safety measures beneficial to you while promoting safety at work. As per the requirement of your job, wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment. When in need of help, request for the same. Safety appliances are not to be avoided. Check tools before use. Be careful when undertaking a task under pressure or in a hurry, as hurrying could lead to carelessness, and carelessness could then culminate in an accident. A firm commitment on your part towards a safe work culture will enhance your productivity and provoke your co-workers to think likewise.

SERVPRO of Texarkana has what it takes to handle any safety-related problem, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (903) 832-4400.

The Process of a Sewer Cleanup Explained

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

A sewer cleanup is a different animal from an ordinary water cleanup. That's because the water could contain a variety of substances that are harmful to humans and therefore extra caution should be used. Contaminated water sometimes holds viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Examples of this type of discharge include the following:

  • Sewer backup
  • Flooding from rivers and streams
  • Toilet overflow
  • Standing water that supports microbial growth

This type of water problem can properly be called an emergency and it is important to get professional help right away. A SERVPRO company will arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster. An experienced water mitigation franchise has the training and certifications to adequately address the situation.

The Use of PPE

The technicians involved in a sewer cleanup will use the necessary precautions to keep themselves and everyone else safe. This means blocking off access to the spill area as well as wearing gloves, eye protection and even hazard suits as conditions demand. Professional equipment and training are the keys to an effective and safe sewer cleanup. Sophisticated equipment will remove the contaminated water from the area and then powerful air dryers will eliminate excess moisture.

The Use of Approved Disinfectants

Whether the restoration team is dealing with a flooded toilet or some other source of contaminated water, the area will need to be cleaned beyond what a regular cleaning service provides. Technicians will use cleaning agents that have been recommended by leaders in the cleaning and restoration industry. This will help prevent odors and guard against mold growth. While each sewer cleanup is unique and demands specialized training and knowledge, a professional team should be able to handle any situation. This includes the restoration or replacement of damaged contents and the rebuilding of such structural items as drywall and insulation. A professional job ensures a commercial building is cleaned to the highest standards.

3 Categories of Mold Personal Protective Equipment

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Personal Protective Equipment for Mold Remediation

The mold cleanup process can disturb mold spores causing them to become airborne where they can be breathed in, get in the eyes or land on the skin. Face masks and other protective equipment can protect those doing cleaning from exposure. There are three categories of personal protective equipment for mold cleanup and removal. The appropriate category is based on the size of the area and the concentration of mold spores.

1. Minimum PPE
Minimum PPE includes gloves, goggles/eye protection, and an N-95 respirator. It is appropriate to use minimum PPE for small areas with mold damage. The N95 mask covers the mouth and nose, protecting the wearer from airborne particles, but does not provide eye protection.

2. Limited PPE
Limited PPE includes the use of half-face or full-face air-purifying respirators equipped with P100 filter cartridges. This level of PPE is recommended for areas between 10 and 100 square feet. The face masks used at this level provide a greater level of particle filtration than the N95 masks, though the half-masks still do not protect the eyes and neither option is capable of filtering out vapors or gases.

3. Full PPE
Full PPE includes a full-face, powered air-purifying respirator. This level of PPE is recommended for areas that exceed 100 square meters or for smaller spaces where high concentrations of mold spores are expected and jobs that will expose workers for extended periods. These respirators protect the entire face and head and have greater filtering capability than the masks in the other categories. These respirators require training to be used properly. Additionally, disposable clothing may be recommended for some medium and large jobs.
A professional mold remediation team in is equipped with and trained to use the proper face masks and other PPE for your job. The safest way to handle mold removal is to call a professional.

4 Tips for Making the Perfect Fire Escape Plan

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to your family, safety is paramount. Because you never know when a fire might occur, it is always best to have a solid fire escape plan at the ready. Depending on the size and ages of your family members, you may need to add in particular elements that will ensure everyone's safety. Here are five great tips for making your fire preparation plan the perfect one for your needs:

1. Find at Least Two Exit Routes
Work with each member of your family to help them understand that the most important thing they can do in the case of a fire is to get out. No matter where they are in the house, they should be able to identify two different ways to get outside. Windows are an option as well, so be sure to explain (and practice) the process of using them to escape.

2. Choose a Meeting Place Outside
Designate a safe place outside of the home as an area for family members to meet in the case of a home fire. This could be a curb side, a mailbox, or even a neighbor's house. Help your family know exactly where to go, even if they don't have anyone else with them during an emergency.

3. Practice "Stop, Drop and Roll"
An important piece of every fire escape plan is knowing what to do if the fire gets too close. If a family member's clothing catches on fire, their immediate reaction should be to "stop, drop and roll." Practice this with every family member to help them be prepared.

4. Keep Doors Closed
A closed door can actually help prevent smoke and fire spreading more quickly. Where possible, keep doors closed while people are sleeping.
Being prepared is the best thing you can do for your family. In addition to a great fire escape plan, it is also important to have the contact information of a trusted restoration company to make sure your home is taken care of after any emergency.

5 Things to Do After A Flood

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Floods can be caused by many things. Severe weather, a sudden downpour of rain, appliance malfunction, and broken pipes can all cause flooding in a home or business. The worse thing you can do when it comes to flood damage is not be prepared. Being prepared means knowing the right steps to talk after a flood has happened. If flooding has occurred, you definitely want to contact SERVPRO of Texarkana, who are certified & insured professionals that can successfully remove the water and restore your property – but there are steps you can take before they arrive.

TOP 5 THINGS

  • Stay out of the damage
  • Document with photographs
  • Take Necessary Safety Precautions
  • Are you in a Disaster Zone
  • Check for Mold Growth

Make sure to have your insurance information on hand and reach out to your local franchise here at SERVPRO of Texarkana 903-832-4400

How To Ensure a Fire Sprinkler System Is in Good Shape

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler system is a vital piece of fire prevention for your company. The goal of a sprinkler system is to save lives from fire and to reduce property loss. As with most modern technology, sprinklers are finely calibrated and engineered mechanisms. They activate when sensors detect heat or smoke. Water-based systems then spray water onto the incipient fire and, if all goes well, douse the flames. For the system to work properly, all of its many components need to be in good shape and operational. The NFPA 25 document provides the standards for the maintenance and inspection of fire sprinkler systems, fire pumps, and standpipe systems.

Quality Fire Suppression

Few devices offer better fire protection than a sprinkler system installed in your company in. They must be designed, installed, and maintained to a high standard. An inspection should be conducted at regular intervals by knowledgeable personnel and should include the following components:

  • Gauges
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Valves
  • Connections
  • Switches

Equipment should also be tested on a regular basis. If any irregularities are found, they should be fixed or the component should be replaced. Inspections and tests are also a good time to repair any errors from the installation process. A quality maintenance program ensures the integrity of the system and makes sure it will work as intended in an emergency.

Professional Fire Mitigation
Even a brief fire in your building can produce significant damage. A local fire remediation company can arrive on your property in less than four hours and begin the restoration process. If the sprinkler system went off, the technicians will begin a fire sprinkler cleanup. This involves removing the water from the building and drying out the property and the contents. If the fire sprinkler system worked as intended, the building is likely to have suffered very little fire damage. However, smoke and soot damage may still need to be cleaned up.

Can You Save Your Wet Carpet?

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

If you have suffered flooding in your home from a pipe break or another type of water damage, you may wonder if you should save or replace the wet flooring. It depends on a few conditions.

How Long Has the Flooring Been Wet?

If you discovered the flooding immediately after the water event, and the damage has been contained in a small area, you may be able to save the carpet. You must dry it completely within a few hours, however. Wet flooring that sits for a couple of days will begin to grow mold. If you suspect mold, call a water damage repair service right away.

What Type of Flood Water Damaged the Flooring?
Restoration can occur if the small water-damaged area is from a clean water source, such as a pipe break or leaky faucet. Water-damaged carpeting from any other water source should be removed and replaced by a professional as soon as possible.

Will the Padding Need to be Replaced?
If there is padding under the flooring, you will need to replace it. Padding soaks up water and is very difficult to dry. You may be able to salvage carpeting above the padding in some instances. It is important to stress that if you have never replaced flooring before, you should have a professional handle the job since it is easy to damage the carpeting. An experienced carpet layer will follow these steps:

  • Carefully lift up the carpeting. If it is just damp along the bottom, roll it up and move it to a dry area. Unroll it face down and completely dry out the bottom surface.
  • Make sure the subfloor is fully dry before you install new padding.
  • After the carpeting is dry, lay it back down and secure it.

While it may be tempting to try to salvage your wet flooring after a pipe break, it is smart to have a professional assess the situation.

Vandalism and Graffiti Damage?

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Keeping Your Texarkana Business Looking Great

Vandalism and graffiti never make a commercial business look favorable, and the damage can dissuade customers from walking through your doors. When vandalism and graffiti are left unmitigated, it sends a message to the vandals that it is okay to deface your business. Broken windows can cause significant water and mold damage when not repaired quickly.

Graffiti should be removed immediately so graffiti vandals will be deterred from striking there again.

SERVPRO of Texarkana responds to vandalism and graffiti damage emergencies 24-hours a day. We can clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Depending on the nature of the vandalism, our technicians will perform:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Call Us Today!

When your Texarkana commercial business or home needs vandalism and graffiti cleanup services, SERVPRO of Texarkana has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 903-832-4400. We’ll clean and restore your graffiti damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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