SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville is Prepared for Storm Damage
How to Prepare your Home or Business for Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville keeps an eye on the weather and is always prepared for storm damage at any moment. In the event of a huge storm that affects many homes in the Dallas area, storm "Extreme Teams" are called in to help us so we can help out even more homes and businesses in the Flower Mound and Lewisville areas. Often times with storm damage comes water damage, and if not properly treated, comes mold damage. The first 48 hours of storm damage are critical in preventing further damage to your home or business. As always, SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville works with your insurance every step of the way. To learn more about storm damage restoration from SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville, click HERE.
NFPA Dryer Safety Tips
Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
If you have suffered a home fire due to a dryer or otherwise, please call SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville today!
The Importance of Proper Smoke Remediation after Smoke or Fire Damage to your Dallas area Home
After a fire in a home it's very possible that contaminating smoke has touched every item and area in your home. In smoke, there are residual amounts of chemicals and other bi-products due to burning plastics and other chemical-based items in your home that may have burned in the fire. Those residual chemicals have been transferred by the smoke and is now left on your walls, furniture, floors, personal items, and other contents in your home. Even things like your light bulbs in your lamps must be decontaminated or disposed of properly.
It's important to remove and remediate the items in the home that were exposed to the fire and smoke so that they do not further contaminate your home. The residual amounts of chemicals and other bi-products can irritate: eyes, lungs, skin, and other parts of the body.
SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville uses special equipment, techniques, and cleaning products to remove the smoke and soot from your home and salvageable contents. SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville will also remove the odors using our industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. In most cases, air ducts will need to be cleaned as well along with new HVAC filters installed.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville will help to make it "Like it never even happened."
Mold Growth in Commercial Ventilation Systems
Ventilation systems should be checked regularly, particularly for damp filters and overall cleanliness. A preventive maintenance plan should be put into place for each major component of the building’s ventilation system. Contact your equipment supplier or manufacturer for recommended maintenance schedules and operations and maintenance manuals. Components that are exposed to water (e.g., drainage pans, coils, cooling towers, and humidifiers) require scrupulous maintenance to prevent microbial 10 growth and the entry of undesired microorganisms or chemicals into the indoor air stream.
Air duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems. The components of these systems may become contaminated with mold if moisture is present within the system, resulting in the potential release of mold spores throughout the building. All components of the system must be cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system. Water damaged or contaminated porous materials in the ductwork or other air handling system components should be removed and replaced. Ventilation system filters should be checked regularly to ensure that they are seated properly. Filters should be replaced on a routine schedule.
Source: OSHA Online
Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane
Things to Do to Be Prepared in the Event Your Home is Affected by a Hurricane
Take inventory. “The last thing you want to be doing after you’ve been affected by a hurricane is to try to remember everything you had in the house. Having an inventory will make the process of getting through the claim and getting back to normal so much easier.” Keep the inventory list in a safe place away from your home like a safe deposit box.
Update your insurance. Make sure you have the right amount of insurance, and fill in a few key gaps in coverage. Call your Insurance Agent for more information.
SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville will work with your insurance and try to make things go as smoothly as we can for you. Faster to Any Disaster
Source: Kiplinger Online
Does Your Business Have a Disaster Ready Plan?
Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?
What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness plan that could save your business $1,000's.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.
The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more. Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville will Work Seamlessly with your Business’ Insurance
The owner of SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville has been a SERVPRO owner in the Dallas area for over 20 years now. There is not much we haven't seen and restored. We have worked with nearly all the area's business insurance companies over the years and have developed great working relationships with each. When you trust your business to the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville, you are in good hands before, during, and after the restoration. Whatever insurance company you have: State Farm, Champion, Progressive, Gallagher, Allstate, Hartford, Travelers, etc., SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville will make sure they have everything you need for your claim. Call Today for restoration, remediation, and clean up completed by the long-time certified professionals at SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville. Here to Help
How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher
Once you've made your fire extinguisher purchase, familiarize yourself with your fire extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:
- Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher in order to break the tamper seal.
- Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointed at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.
- If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.
If your home or business has suffered a fire, please give SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville a call today. We will work with you and your insurance company every step of the way. For more information about fire damage restoration, click HERE.
Smoke Alarm Tips
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
Here's what you need to know:
- 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 10 years.
Source: NFPA Online
Your Roof During a Hurricane
Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a Texas storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.
Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance company may cover the damages, but it may pay only a portion.
If your home is damaged during a Dallas area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Flower Mound and Lewisville. Faster to Any Disaster
Source: Kiplinger Online