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Why Work for SERVPRO of Texarkana?

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of people around you each and every day. We are seeking individuals who are self-motivated, proactive, responsible, and service-oriented teammates. Please join us in our mission to help our customers in their greatest moments of need. Coupled with a family-oriented culture and a standard of excellence in all we do, not only do our team members feel right at home, but they also end the day knowing that the work they deliver is among the best in the industry. At SERVPRO, positions are always available for the right individuals who wish to join us in our vision of becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world. Not only is it our mission to develop a team of quality people who focus on fairness, excellence, and mutual respect, but we are also creating opportunities for our team members to grow within the organization. We desire to see you succeed!  So no matter which role you play in our organization, whether it is at the front desk taking calls or on the front lines extracting water, you can be certain that you are fulfilling duties that go beyond administrative tasks or heavy lifting, you are helping us restore hope and normalcy to the lives and daily routines of some of the most vulnerable and even traumatized members of our communities.  If you are highly dependable and excited about exceeding expectations, then you may be just the person we're looking for. To apply, please drop your resume by our office!

Commercial Business Fire Damage

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

The premiums for a bar, garage or a conventional office building may vary widely based on the difference in fire risk levels. Businesses that use hazardous or flammable equipment may have higher insurance premiums. These operations may involve

  • Alcohol
  • Chemicals
  • Cooking equipment
  • Smoking
  • Vehicles 

Structural Components - A building made of combustible materials such as wood may pose a greater fire risk than a structure that is built out of fire-resistant materials. Owners should consider the risk of fire in the primary structure in addition to any additions or modifications. The degree to which building materials may succumb to fire and the distance of a business from the nearest fire station may drive up the cost of a commercial insurance policy. Fire Safety Equipment - It is also crucial that a business be equipped with fire safety equipment. This may include

  • Alarms and detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Sprinklers

Some regional building codes require hardwired fire alarms. These systems should also have a battery backup in case of power failure. Battery-powered smoke detectors should also be regularly tested and the batteries should be changed. Have fire suppression systems and equipment such as extinguishers periodically inspected to ensure that critical components will function in the event of a fire. All of these factors may impact the costs of commercial insurance coverage for a business located in Birmingham, AL. A business owner may want to compare commercial policies to find the right level of coverage for fire damage.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Texarkana commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Texarkana

SERVPRO of Texarkana specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storm Damage Can be Extensive

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Fixing Your Home After a Storm is Easier With Professional Help

If your home has experienced a storm that was powerful enough to cause gusting winds, you should inspect your home's exterior for missing siding, corner pieces, and shingles. Shingles that are loose can pose hazards later, even in dry, sunny weather, if they fall to the ground. Shingles are very heavy and can cut someone. If a nail is still attached to the shingle, this can pose additional risks if someone steps on one that has fallen point-side upward.

While Texarkana homes are beautiful, this does not stop them from being subject to storm damage. Damage from storms can range from broken tree limbs scratching siding and breaking windows to entire trees falling on your home's or garage's roof. Carports are also damaged quite often and easily by strong winds, especially when heavy items are pushed into their support structures. Hail can also create damage to exterior furnishings such as lawn chairs and tables.

Restoration is not Easy, but it is Possible

If you have damage from a storm, it is imperative to begin restorative work and repairs immediately. Dented items such as metal table tops and outdoor grill covers can suffer from additional damage if left unrepaired. Painting such surface will keep rust and corrosion to a minimum.

We at SERVPRO can help you eliminate the damage from the storm, and recreate your personal paradise. Damage to your home's structure is also possible. Windows and doors that have been affected by the storm can be repaired and rehung. Appearance is as important as functionality, and we strive to make your disaster a distant memory as we work to make it "Like it never even happened." both inside and out.

Professional Crews are Available 24/7 to Begin and Complete the Work Needed

Call us at SERVPRO of Texarkana at (903) 832-4400 so we can inspect and assess the work needed to bring your home back to normal again. Our professionals are IICRC trained and certified in both large and small damaged areas, and collaborate to decrease the amount of time required to complete all needed repairs.

Residential Water Damage

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remediate Damage Caused By Bad Weather 

Despite much of the nation suffering from record high temperatures and an extended period of little to no rain, Texarkana weather is rolling along with storm warnings out now for much of the state. In the summer months, microbursts are particularly damaging. At SERVPRO of Texarkana, we have seen the effects of water from a typical rain shower (several hours) fall in less than 30 minutes in a microburst. It rapidly overcomes sandbags and other protective measures with flash flooding damaging commercial and residential structures before anyone is aware water has gotten in.

To make the situation even worse are the extremely high winds that accompany microbursts. These sudden downdrafts are often more destructive than a tornado over a small location. Neighborhoods and commercial areas hit by one sees roofs ripped away in seconds and smaller structures sometimes completely pulled off of their foundations. When that happens, the wind-driven rain completely soaks the interior of a home and business; damaging the structure and usually destroying furniture and anything else that might be inside.

When a microburst arrives, there is nothing you can do to stop it. Any actions taken to reduce water damage must be preventive and occur well in advance of the storm. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Texarkana has the team, training, and equipment to take care of any need before or after the storm.

We offer inspections to determine the best prevention plan for your home or business. Our 24-hour emergency response team can quickly determine the extent of any storm damage and provide a thorough list of what tasks need to be accomplished in order to return to your home or reopen your doors for business.

If you want to take advantage of our inspections for homes and businesses, contact SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400 today to schedule an appointment.

 

Slow Roof Leaks Can Cause Major Damage to Your Commercial Building

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Some may argue that the most dangerous damage to a building is a slow roof leak. Roof leaks are not always gushing waterfalls. Sometimes they are slow trickles that can cause extensive damage when left undetected. Damages can range from saturated materials to compromising structural integrity to microbial growth. No amount of damage is a good thing, but some are worse than others. 

What Can Cause a Roof Leak? 

Fierce winds, thunderstorms, hail, and snow can produce roof leaks. Poorly or improperly installed roofs and aging of roofing materials can also be the culprit. Since a roof leak can occur at any point, it is best to have your roof inspected once or twice a year. Contact a roofing specialist after a severe storm or if you notice the following signs.

Potential Signs of a Roof Leak 

  • Discoloration of ceilings or walls 
  • Discoloring or falling ceiling paint 
  • Peeling paint or bubbling wallpaper 
  • Crumbling drywall 
  • Wood in attic decaying 
  • Shingles that are curling, cupping, or missing 
  • A persistent musty smell or foul odors 
  • Presence of mold on ceiling and attic 

How Do You Know If You Have Microbial Growth? 

Microbial growth forms when spores in the air make their way into high moisture areas such as the bathroom or kitchen. If your commercial building leaks, the microbial spores could feed off the moisture and begin to spread. Microbial growth can be hazardous to the health of everyone in your building if not treated promptly and correctly. Once it sets into materials, it can be difficult and costly to remove. Microbial growth can also travel through HVAC ducts. Unresolved, it can result in a shutdown of the facility for health risks. It only takes a couple of days in the right conditions for mold to grow. Therefore, it is crucial for mold prevention to repair any structural damage as soon as it occurs. 

Tackle the Problem Before it Worsens 

The most important thing to remember when experiencing damage is to act fast. Waiting to repair or contain a leak can cause long-term damage and become costly. A roof leak may not be located where the actual damage is visible. Water can travel quickly and may be tricky to pinpoint the actual source. Just because water is not actively pouring from the roof leak does not mean that it will not happen in the future. If you see signs of a roof leak, minimize the potential damage and act now.

If you suspect water damage has occurred, contact SERVPRO of Texarkana immediately. Our trained professionals are on standby to perform water restoration and get your company back up and running in no time!

SERVPRO Halloween Fire Safety Do’s & Don’ts

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Holiday Fire Threats

Creating a spooky and scary Halloween vibe often relies on lighting effects in your home and yard. Jack-o-lanterns, candelabras and fog machines are classic props during spooky season. Even though these props are super cool, they also pose huge safety risks. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that Halloween decorations cause 800 house fires every year, which totals about $11 million in property damage. And that’s not accounting for the damage that can come to you if your costume meets an open flame. That’s why SERVPRO of Texarkana has created a list of Halloween do’s and don’ts to ensure that you have safe fun- without giving up the spookiness.

Decorations

Most decorations are extremely flammable due to the materials that make them up. When purchasing items make sure they pass the safety check:

DON’T use a candle inside of your jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins can be easily tipped over by kids or pets and catch whatever it is surrounding on fire.

DO use an LED light, electric candles or glow sticks.

DON’T use hay bales, dried flowers or leaves or paper if they’re paired with a flammable decoration. Also don’t put flammable decorations in the path of any exits in case of emergency.

DO use flame-resistant and non-flammable materials if possible. Avoid having a wood burning fire inside if you believe it will be left unattended for any period of time.

Fact: More than a third of house fires are caused by misuse of candles during a holiday season as decoration.

Costumes

Most Halloween costumes pose a fire hazard. When choosing a costume for yourself or your children only choose fire retardant materials. Avoid costumes that are bulky, hard to navigate in or have an excess of fabric. Coach children to stay away from live flames when at a Halloween party or trick-or-treating. Glow sticks and flashlights are a safe and easy tool for your kids to light their way during the night of festivities. If your child has a mask, make sure it is properly fitted to easily see. Review fire safety drills with your kids- such as STOP, DROP and ROLL.

Final Tips

Get ahead of the holiday by ensuring that your fire and smoke alarms are working and have fresh batteries. Check up with your neighbors to make sure they’re prepared for spooky season as well- as fires do spread. Have an evacuation plan in place in case of emergency.

How To Protect Your Augusta Home Against Rainwater

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

Waterproof the Exterior Of Your House 

At SERVPRO of Texarkana we understand that the aftermath of water damage is one of the most stressful things that a homeowner can experience. It can be a very big and expensive problem if not treated properly and in a timely fashion. The best way to deal with water damage is to stop it before it starts. The exterior of your house is the first line of defense against water damage.  

Maintain Your Roof 

The roof’s primary purpose is to keep water out of your shelter. Not making sure your roof is taken care of can lead to a host of problems- the worst being extensive water damage that could permanently damage the structure of your home.  Most roofs have a 20-30 year lifespan, however climate, weather conditions and even trees could cause damage to your shingles and create a leak. It’s best to periodically inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Replacing compromised shingles is a quick and inexpensive fix that can extend the shelf life of your roof.  

Add Sealant to Your Windows And Doors  

Entryways to your house are common sites that promote water damage and leakage into the home. Water can seep through the cracks around your windows and doors if they aren’t properly secured. Instead of waiting on the leak to happen, go ahead and make sure these areas are weather-stripped and have fresh sealing. You can easily repair large cracks with insulating foam sealant or dd some caulking where the window meets the siding.  

Make Sure Your Home’s Exterior Is Protected  

If you’re spotting some signs of water damage on your interior walls but aren’t seeing a source of leakage, it’s highly likely that water is entering through holes in your exterior walls. If your siding or exterior paint aren’t well managed water could seep through inside your home. Common sidings such as stucco, aluminum siding or wood siding has to be painted in order to protect the home against water properly. Paint is more than a pretty feature, it seals your siding and protects your home from weather related issues.  

Making sure your gutters are properly functioning and aren’t clogged is also a huge part of protecting your home from water damage. If your gutters are full of leaves, sticks and pine needles or not angled correctly, water will be redirected down the side of your house and collect at the base of your home. Start by clearing out all the junk in your gutters and ensuring that they are not damaged.  

Correctly functioning gutters should send water through the downspout, which shoots water away from your home. When checking gutters make sure that your downspout extends far enough at the bottom to redirect the water drainage to a safe distance away from the base of your home.  

Pro Tip: Downspouts should direct water at least three feet from the exterior walls of your home.  

Avoiding Storm Damages for Your Home

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Ten Easy Steps to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage 

  1. Replace missing or damaged shingles.

When a shingle is damaged it is much more cost efficient to replace it immediately. As waiting until the damages are so severe that you must replace an entire section of roof, or the whole roof.

  1. Repair or replace loose siding.

The same rule of thumb applies here with siding as it does roofs.

  1. Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows

If your home isn't properly weather-proof, seeping water can pose a huge threat.

  1. Ensure water flow is directed away from your home.

Make sure all water is flowing away from your home and towards a ditch, drain, or other proper retention area.

  1. Keep your gutters clear.

Clearing gutters for free flow of water and proper downspouts are helpful in extending the life of the foundation of your home. Water damage by flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home. Making sure the gutters are clear is the first line of defense in avoiding water damage.

  1. Check for loose or damaged fence posts.

Wind can be an unexpected danger. Posts that are not nailed down could be a liability. Checking your fence posts is typically easy, Tip: Walk to each post and give a firm shake to each one to check for any needed repairs.

  1. Regularly trim your trees.

Tree limbs can damage your home, and surrounding neighbor’s homes. Keeping trees trimmed and well managed is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.

  1. Keep your sump pump in working order.

Spring often brings a lot of excess rain, so before rain season starts, check that your sump pump is in proper working order. If you want to feel secure, having a backup sump pump is a guaranteed way to avoid flooding in your home.

  1. Walk around your property.

If you know a storm is coming, take some time to check through basic maintenance steps to protect your home. Identify any items around your property that could pose as projectiles. These items could include lawn furniture, tools, or yard debris. Avoid damage by moving potential threats to a garage or shed to be safely stored.

  1. Keep a generator on hand.

A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for hours or even days. Having a generator on standby could save you time and money ensuring you don’t have to throw away refrigerated foods or create water leaks from unpowered appliances.  

Storm season brings a lot of uncertainty, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. If a disaster does occur, feel safe knowing you can call SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400.

Prevention and Preparedness is Key

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency Plans Can Save You Time and Money

SERVPRO of Texarkana aims towards achieving prevention of property damage before and during emergency water or fire damage. SERVPRO can help towards protecting your business through forming an emergency response plan that is tailored to your business. Preparedness is key. The goal of the plan is to help in familiarizing you with your property before a loss occurs so you can react quickly and with confidence to stop would-be extensive damages. Preventing damages can often mean that during a water or fire loss, being able to recall where water shut offs and gas shut offs are located can help to stop the source of the loss from furthering damaging your property.

SERVPRO Isn’t Your Ordinary Restoration Company

The SERVPRO system has over 1,900 franchises sprinkled across the United States, allowing you to find a SERVPRO near you – Quickly. Each franchise is capable of servicing from smaller deodorization projects to multi-story commercial water and fire losses. No matter the size loss, our team can handle any restoration need you have. Our team is expertly trained through IICRC certifications and testing, as well as conducting continuous field training amongst internal teams. Producing expert-level restorative practices and sharing this skillset with team members helps in succeeding to achieve customer satisfaction and care.

Continued Training Means Client Satisfaction

Achieving 5-star / Level-10 client satisfaction from our practices is our goal. SERVPRO of Texarkana can quickly begin to restore your property including structural restoration, contents cleaning, textile cleaning, restoration practices and more. Our team achieves the highest level of client satisfaction through continued field training and offering all services needed to completely restore your property to preloss condition. Our teams are consistently continuing pathways to learning all they can about SERVPRO restorative processes and continuously learning how to best set expectations with customers on what to expect during our process.

Should you need SERVPRO services after an emergency water or fire loss, know that our team of experts aim to provide the best quality customer services, 24/7, 365 days a year.