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CARBON MONOXIDE: A Silent Killer

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

CARBON MONOXIDE:A Silent Killer You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can killa person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO,is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas,created when fuels, like gasoline, wood,coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. Itis estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups—including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease,anemia, or respiratory problems—being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances,portable generators, water heaters,clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration. Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year. Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace.Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home. Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked. If you need to warm a vehicle,remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials. Make sure vents for the dryer,furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris. Only use barbecue grills outside,away from all doors, windows,vents, and other building openings.Some grills can produce CO gas.Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open. Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services. Structural Cleaning After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure. Contents Cleaning All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured. Deodorization SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.  Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison today at 903-893-7166

To HOT to handle

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

On June 21, we can all sit back, enjoy the longest day of sunlight in 2018, and officially welcome in summer! So what can we do to help our lawns survive in the 100+ degree weather that is sure to come our way and still stay WaterWise?  We are so glad you asked!

Plant Right. Some grasses do better than others in our heat. The best options for our area are Bermuda, Zoysia, and Buffalo. They also have the advantage of being able to develop a deep root structure which is important to developing a drought resistant lawn.

Go Blonde! Really. When it gets hot out, plants naturally slow their growth in order to conserve moisture. This means that your grass will “blonde” during the peak of heat. This is natural and does not harm your lawn.

Forget the Fertilizer. Putting fertilizer on a blond lawn in order to green it up will encourage your grass to grow. But doing so, will make it thirsty. This will put stress on your lawn’s root system and cause your water bill to soar with the high temperatures.

Mow Higher. Once your grass goes blonde, its growth has slowed and leaving it a little taller may even help it to stay greener a little longer during hot spells, as your grass can spend more energy on expanding its root system (making it more drought tolerant) instead of trying to recover from a short cut.

Most of all, remember to take care of any yard work early in the day to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Come up with a plan the night before, get organized, and stick to your plan, and finish quickly.

While no one looks forward to the days when temperatures soar above 100 degrees, with a little planning and a little understanding, we can all reach the other side with our lawns intact and a sense of accomplishment for staying WaterWise.

National Flag Day

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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Published by Lisa Parker · 3 mins · 

U.S. Flag Day
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, 110[4] is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the president's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.

Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in Fairfield, Washington. Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events. Appleton, Wisconsin, claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950.

Property Management

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

AT SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety.At SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations.Our experience with property management companies has given us the abilityto provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:*Multi-Level Commercial Buildings*Multi-Tenant Facilities*Shopping Malls*Apartment Complexes*Hotels*Industrial FacilitiesCall SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison 903-893-7166

BROKEN PIPE at Local High School

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison was called out to our local high school on Sunday due to a pipe break. The school is under construction causing and this pipe break saturated several class rooms. Thanks to our Certified technicians we were able to extract, pull cove base and set drying equipment so that this school could continue with their remolding project.

Fire Safety

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds. Simple stepscan be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:? Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of thehey are working properly and the batteries are good? Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows howto use them? Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping drybrush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home. Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach ofchildren and pets. Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles. SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison is here to help! Please call us at 903-893-7166

Water Damage to Commercial Property

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison was called out to a local business because a PIPE BROKE inside a wall causing the majority of the 3300 sq ft building to FLOOD. SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison extracted the water and pulled cove base then our Technicians set up Dehumidifiers to expedite the drying process.

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem early, but hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business. For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes. 

Apartment Fire

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Early morning apartment fire displaced several families and affected 4 apartment units.

Thank goodness Red Cross was there to offer some assistance to these families.

SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison was there assisting and will help these families any way we can.

Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison with any FIRE or WATER damage needs you might have. 903-893-7166