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Preventing Mold Damage in your Basement

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Texarkana wants to help educate others about mold: 

Mold:

  • can grow almost anywhere 
  • to grow, needs:
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture
    • oxygen
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • thrives in basements

SERVPRO of Texarkana is licensed in mold remediation. We know that the best offense against mold is a good defense. Check frequently for leaky appliances that may drip into your basement causing mold to grow. Mold can also affect your health by producing allergens and irritants. You should never work with mold without having the proper equipment to protect yourself. SERVPRO of Texarkana has the training and equipment to remediate mold. 

SERVPRO of Texarkana suggests the following criteria for preventing mold damage in your basement:

  • Maintain humidity below 40%
  • Use water-resistant materials in building/repairing the basement
  • Use galvanized or stainless-steel hardware
  • Repair leaky pipes
  • Cover any dirt in crawl spaces. This will prevent water from seeping through the ground
  • Ventilate the basement
  • Elevate equipment and inventory above the floor

Mold in Rental Property

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Texarkana presents: Mold in Rental Property

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere 
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw it away. However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more.

SERVPRO of Texarkana is licensed in mold remediation.

Talk to your landlord if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals.

We are locally owned and operated. We are available 24/7 so give us a call for any of your mold questions. 903-832-4400.

Why SERVPRO of Texarkana?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

In a crisis, you usually only get one shot at doing things right. Things are moving fast and happening suddenly and the choices we make can’t be second-guessed while the catastrophe is in full swing. That being said, choosing your cleanup and restoration company is something that you only want to do once so feel free to ask SERVPRO of Texarkana a few questions before you hire us! Consider these:

  • First—Am I going to have to worry about a job half done? When you leave, will I have to hire someone else to finish the job? The answer is no because we want you to have enough confidence to tell your friends/ business associates about us.  We want you to be satisfied so we promise to be thorough. 
  • Second—If you run into difficulty, do you have the resources to push through and get it done? At SERVPRO of Texarkana, we absolutely do. Because we’re nationwide, we have access to the know-how, the materials, and the technology of over 1,700 franchises across the USA. 
  • Third—When you leave, will you have done the best job you know how to do? The answer to that is yes. The main reason? Because we care.

So if you’re wondering who to call in the heat of the moment, let us be your choice. We won’t let you down. By the time we are done, the damage will look "Like it never even happened."

Give our office a call for any question. 903-832-4400.

Wind-Damaged Home in Texarkana?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know that our SERVPRO team in Texarkana responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day? Last month, strong winds and severe weather pummeled the area.

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have 58 miles per hour wind gusts and/or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

 Call Us Today!

When your home or business needs storm damage restoration services, our local team in Texarkana will restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 903-832-4400.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Detector Safety Tips

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Our team in Texarkana responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Smoke alarms play a critical role in a home fire escape plan. Working fire alarms give residents early warning so they can get out of the house quickly. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Texarkana will restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 903-832-4400.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Pack Out and Move Out Services

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Sometimes it is necessary to move and store belongings offsite while the restoration process is underway. Our team in Texarkana can help by conducting an organized and efficient move-out of the area requiring restoration. Then, when the restoration process is complete, we will coordinate the return of your stored belongings. 

It is already stressful enough having the inconvenience of a water or fire loss. Let us make the process less stressful for you.  

Service: Water damage-related cleanup & repair

Call Us Today!

Property damage can happen at any time, and when the damage is extensive, you may need to relocate your household items until the repairs are complete. When your Allied Gardens home or commercial business needs move-out and pack-out services, our local team in Texarkana is Here to Help. Call us today at 903-832-4400.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flooded House Due to A Storm?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business has water damage from a storm and needs emergency restoration services, our local team in Texarkana is Here to Help. Call us today at 903-832-4400.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How You Can Prevent Water Damage from Plumbing, Storm, or Flood Issues

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Home Safety

When you suffer from water damage in a home, it's important to note the steps that could have led to its prevention. Plumbing, storm, or flood issues are extremely costly and typically require immediate action to remediate.

Leaking Supply Line

Washing machines tend to be fed by supply lines that face constant pressure. In the event that your water lines are composed of braided stainless steel, you often do not need to be concerned. The problem lies in whether or not the washing machine contains supply lines composed of PVC or rubber. These can easily rupture and wear out, which results in an entire laundry room flooding in the span of a handful of minutes if you fail to shut off the source of water in time. In short, use the right material for all lines.

Air Conditioning Condensation

AC units are designed to produce condensation in which moisture drips from the evaporator coil into a pan and is ejected from a property via a drain line. This system works until damage is taken by the pan or the drain line becomes clogged with dirt or dust. When water cannot escape, it will leak out from your AC straight into the house. All that unwanted water can damage the walls and floor, weakening the insulation.

Blocked Drains

Any drain, regardless of whether it is a kitchen sink, bathtub, or bathroom floor, can clog for a variety of reasons. Grease buildup, dirt, hair, toiletries, and other foreign objects have the potential to obstruct the pipe and prevent proper drainage. After a storm occurs drains can easily become filled with miscellaneous debris. When not taken care of on a routine basis, they can easily back up, resulting in water damage and flooding. 

Our team at SERVPRO of Texarkana have elite large-loss specialists that are pre-qualified and ready to help you. Give us a call at (903) 832-4400.

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.