Heating Safety Tips
Heating Safety Tips Keep anything flammable at leastthree feet away from heatingequipment, like the furnace,fireplace, wood stove or a portablespace heater. Have a three foot“kid-free zone” around open firesand space heaters.Make sure the fireplace has a sturdyscreen to stop sparks from flyinginto the room. Ashes should becool before putting them in a metalcontainer. Keep the container a safedistance away from your home.Remember to turn portable heatersoff when leaving the room or goingto bed.Test smoke alarms monthly.Always use the right kind of fuel,specified by the manufacturer, forfuel.Have heating equipment andchimneys cleaned and inspectedevery year by a qualified professional.If your property does suffer fire damage,contact SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison 903-893-7166
Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season
Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season Pretty lights, candles anddecorations are just a few ofthe items bringing charmand cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefullyyour holidays may go from festive tofrightening.The American Red Cross offers thefollowing safety tips to help greatlyreduce the fire risk in your home orbusiness this holiday season.Place Christmas trees, candlesand other holiday decorations atleast three feet away from heatsources like fireplaces, portableheaters, radiators, heat ventsand candles.Make sure light strings andother holiday decorations arein good condition. Do not useanything with frayed electricalcords and always followthe manufacturer’sinstructions.Always unplug tree and holidaylights before leaving theproperty or going to bed.Never use lit candles to decoratea tree. Always extinguishcandles before leaving the roomor going to bed. Use only sturdy tree standsdesigned not to tip over. Keepcurious pets and children awayfrom Christmas trees.Keep anything that can catchfire—pot holders, oven mitts,wooden utensils, paper orplastic bags, food packaging andtowels or curtains—away fromyour stove top.Designate one person towalk around your propertyto ensure all candles andsmoking materials are properlyextinguished after guests leave.SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison and Staff wish you a safe andhappy holiday season!903-893-7166
National Influenza Vaccination Week
Why take the risk? Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison Working to make it “Like it never even happened.”Starting in 2005, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) established the National Influenza Vaccination week “to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season andbeyond.” In 2018, by the end of November only about 41% of the recommended US population had been vaccinated.If you’ve already gotten the flu, you can still get vaccinated to protect you against other strands of the flu, according to the CDC. People with high risk of complications from the flu include young children, pregnant women,people with certain chronic health conditions and people over the age of 65, and should get vaccinated.Although anyone is at risk of getting the flu, for high-risk people,hospitalization or death is more likely than for others.According to the CDC, “flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.” Get a flu shot today to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Understanding Mold and Our Remediation Process
Mold has the potential to cause health effects and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours. SERVPRO of Northeast Dallas understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.
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Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
- Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:
- Emergency Contact - (903)893-7166
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
- Mold Containment
Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
- Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.
Unseen Water Damage
SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison arrived onsite to a Water Damage due to an ongoing leak from the hot water heater. This home was not occupied damaged occurred over several weeks.Contact SERVPRO of Plano at 903-893-7166 for your Water Damage needs. #SERVPROofshermandenisonwaterdamage
Large Residential Water Damage
SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison had dispatched our Technicians to assist a homeowner with a very large WATER DAMAGE due to a pipe break in the upper level of the home.
After SERVPRO cut the wet walls out we placed drying equipment to expedite the drying process. The homeowner was very happy with our Crew that responded in the middle of the night.
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Water Damage to Commercial Property
SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison is onsite extracting water from a commercial property that suffered a flood from clogged rain gutters. Our Highly trained Technicians were onsite in an hour and started the extraction and two hours later they were setting equipment. Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison at 903-893-7166 today with any of your WATER, FIRE or SMOKE DAMAGE needs. #SERVPROtechsarethebest
WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES
ALL SERVPRO OF SHERMAN/DENISON TODAY AT: 903-893-7166 A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems.Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thoroughprofessional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is importantto take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage andincrease chances of a successful restoration.WHAT TO DO * Limit movement in the hometo prevent soot particles frombeing embedded into upholsteryand carpet.* Keep hands clean. Soot on handscan further soil upholstery, wallsand woodwork.* Place dry, colorfast towels or oldlinens on rugs, upholstery andcarpet traffic areas.* If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and propdoors open to help prevent odor.* Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim andappliances, then protect thesesurfaces with a light coating oflubricant.* If heat is off during winter, pourRV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls,holding tanks and tubs to avoidfreezing pipes and fixtures.* Tape double layers of cheeseclothover air registers to stop particles ofsoot from getting in or out of theHVAC system. WHAT NOT TO DO * Don’t attempt to wash any wallsor painted surfaces without firstcontacting SERVPRO of Sherman/DenisonThe Professionals.*Don’t attempt to shampoo carpetor upholstered furniture withoutfirst consulting SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison.*Do not attempt to clean anyelectrical appliances (TV sets,radios, etc.) that may have beenclose to fire, heat or waterwithout first consulting anauthorized repair service.* Do not consume any food orbeverages that may have been storedclose to fire, heat or water, as theymay be contaminated.*If ceiling is wet, do not turn onceiling fans. Wiring may be wet ordamaged and cause electrical shock,and air movement may createsecondary damage.* Don’t send garments to the drycleaner. Improper cleaning may setin smoke odor.
THE GREAT SHAKEOUT!!
The Great ShakeOut is October 18th!Did you know earthquakes canhappen anywhere? Whether you are at work, at home or on vacation, it’simportant to know what to do in theevent of an earthquake.On October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.,people across the world will participatein the “world’s largest earthquakedrill,” according to shakeout.org.Participants will “drop, cover [and]hold on,” which is the best way toreduce your chance of injury in anearthquake situation if you are inside.The day can also raise awareness forwhat to do in other scenarios such as ifyou are outdoors or in a vehicle.If you or your organization areinterested in participating in The GreatShakeOut, register and find moreinformation at shakeout.org.
Lightning Strikes to Homes
With upcoming storms this weekend Please be aware of Lightning strikes! SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison is here to help Make it Like it never Happened. Here you will see how much debris is left when lightning struck a roof. SERVPRO starts immediately cleaning up the sheetrock and insulation, pulling wet carpet and pad then we remove and secure all of your treasured contents. Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison today to help with your FIRE or WATER DAMAGE needs 903-893-7166 #SERVPROofshermandenison #SERVPROcleansfire