Smoke Alarm Upkeep
Having a working smoke alarm can be a huge boost to fire safety in the home or business!
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detectors installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Mesquite.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
The Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage
Knowing what/what not to do when you have water damage can be a big difference in keeping you and your home or business safe.
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Below are a list of things you should and shouldn't do until help arrives!
- Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- place Aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Use wooden clothespin to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs an leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause straining.
- Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
- Use your household vacuum to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
SERVPRO's Emergency Water Services
Getting to the damage quickly can help us to help you prevent water damage loss.
The first 24 hours following a water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage, especially with the amount of raining and storming we've been getting in Texas. Within four hours of receiving a loss notification, SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals will be on-site to help ensure a water loss is handled by completing the following steps.
SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.
SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you.
SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and contents. A final walk-through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to its preloss condition.
Emergency Water Damage Tips
- Shut off the water source, if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
- Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause electrical shock or damage to the device.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
For more information on recovering from water damage. fire damage, or mold damage, contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals at (972) 329-4747.
SERVPRO's Fire Restoration Plan
Fire damage like this is easily solved through SERVPRO's fire restoration services.
Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO of Kaufman County, Mesquite professional arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results - including lower claim costs. Within four hours of a loss notification, A SERVPRO of Kaufman County, Mesquite professional will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:
After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A SERVPRO of Kaufman, Mesquite professional 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 within the structure.
All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Kaufman County, Mesquite professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all of 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. Our SERVPRO employees can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for agents and their policy holders.
SERVPRO of Kaufman County, Mesquite professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.
Storms can be unpredictable, so having a plan in place can always help!
When a storm is headed your way, what can you do to help protect yourself, your business and your home from severe weather? Knowing the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning will help you know when to seek shelter. By taking a few simple precautions as storm season approaches, you can help minimize the potential for storm-related property damage; however if your home or business does sustain damage, it is important to know where to turn for prompt, professional help.
Although violent storms can strike at anytime, the spring and summer months typically mark an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms that sometimes include wind, rain, lightning and even hail.
Authorities issue a storm 'watch' when the potential for severe weather exists. A storm 'warning' will be issued when danger from a severe storm in imminent. The following tips will help prepare you to better protect yourself and your property when a storm is on the horizon.
- Put a communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio.
- Postpone outdoor activities; secure outdoor objects that could become airborne.
- Don't use corded phones or any appliances that are "plugged in". Use cell or cordless phone instead.
- Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle- not the rubber tires - can help protect you from a lightning strike if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces.
- Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete floors or lean on concrete walls, and stay off of porches.
- If you are outside when a storm hits, seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
After The Storm
- Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway.
- Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes.
SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite can help you establish an Emergency Ready Profile to expedite help and recovery in an emergency situation. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our quick response time helps limit secondary damage. If your property sustains damage from wind, water or fire, call SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened." (972) 329-4747
Be a Hero For Red Cross Month
The American Red Cross assists in many different areas such as blood donations and disaster relief.
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is charitable organization the relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Whether it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certification in CPR, lifeguarding, first aid and more, the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries, according to redcross.org.
Every March is Red Cross Month, as first declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org.
Tricks and Tools Of The (Water) Trade
We use tools like moisture meters to determine moisture levels when your property experiences water damage.
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire damage or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our professionals.
- Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
- Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals to monitor the drying process.
- Thermohydrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
- Ultra Low-Volume foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
- Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solutions that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Mesquite has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."
What Is The SERVPRO Ready Plan?
Setting up an Emergency READY Profile allows us to assist you in a more timely fashion!
SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Cedar Creek utilizes the latest technology in order to expedite the mitigation process further increasing our value to our customers. The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or 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 home or business.
Preparation is the key to making it through any sized disaster, whether it's a large fire or area flood, or just a minor water leak. Having an Emergency READY Plan may help minimize the time your business is inactive, and get you back in the building following a disaster.
SERVPRO of Kaufman / Cedar Creek has restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal.
Call your local SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Cedar Creek at (972) 329-4747 to help with your Emergency READY Profile and make sure your home or business is secure for 2022!
What We Do to Dry Your Home or Business
We use many different types of equipment to help speed up the drying process.
The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a structure to its preloss condition. Where the average Do-It-Yourself homeowner or business owner might be tempted to grab a few beach towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, the SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Cedar Creek professionals follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.
Just for starters, a trained restorer will:
- Inspect the building to detect ever component that is wet, preventing damage from happening because wet components were overlooked.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does "speed up Mother Nature" mean?
A wet building can often dry naturally because our environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material - but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature takes too long, and secondary damages occur while the building is drying out.
For this reason, SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Cedar Creek professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help "Mother Nature" along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces inside walls and much much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed up the drying process of your home or business.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Cedar Creek professionals have the training and equipment to help make any disaster "Like it never even happened."
Understanding Water Damage Types
Knowing the different types of water damage is crucial to coming up with a plan!
After another harrowing cold snap, it's crucial to ensure your pipes and water lines are undamaged. When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding the type of water you're dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing was, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated water.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility -of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contamination.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
If you have any further questions and need help with the restoration process, please contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County / Cedar Creek. We are here 24/7 to attend to your emergency services and make disaster "Like it never even happened."