Have you winterized your home or business?
Cold weather can have a huge impact on businesses and homes that aren't prepared. Heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures and damaging winds can al have a negative impact on your property. In order to avoid costly and time-consuming damages due to the weather, cold weather preparedness is an important focus each year during the winter months.
Roofs, water pipes, gutters and fire safety systems should all be inspected to help ensure they are operating properly. Gutter downspouts should direct drainage away from your building, which also helps protect your foundation. Also, be sure to have your gutters cleared of any debris that may have gathered throughout the fall months. Leaves and other obstructions accumulate and cause a damming effect in gutters, which can lead to roof problems and interior water damage.
Check your business or home property for downed tree limbs. Inclement weather such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause damage to property or personal injury.
Eliminate potential risks this holiday season
Use Only Non-Flammable Decorations
All decorations, including a metallic or artificial tree, should be flame retardant. Be sure you place all decorations away from heat vents and heating sources.
Maintain Holiday Lights
Prior to decorating, check holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive wire kinking. Only use lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Lights should be inspected yearly.
Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
Do not link more than three light strands together, unless directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the wall outlet. periodically, check the wires- they should not be warm to the touch.
Avoid Using Lit Candles
If you enjoy decorating with candles, consider choosing flame less candles. If you do use candles, make sure they are in low traffic areas, where they cannot easily be knocked down. Never leave the building with a candle burning.
Don't Block Exits
Ensure that trees and other decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of the fire, a blocked entry/exit puts you at risk.
As in every season, check all smoke and fire detectors to ensure they are in proper working order. Test the detectors monthly and keep them equipped with fresh batteries.
The truth about mold
Mold occurs naturally throughout the environment- both indoors and outdoors. In fact, mold spores could probably be found in nearly every structure in the United States, regardless of how new or clean the structure is. That's because mold is no more dangerous than dust or pollen.
Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
If there us an ongoing moisture problem in your office, your home, or in your customers home, it is important to be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold
- strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have cause mold growth
If you suspect your home or business is suffering from a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894
Facts about mold
Mold has existed since ancient times. The human species has always lived in the presence of mold. There are over 100,000+ species of mold identified. The unique flavor of bleu cheese is produced by mold.
We are constantly exposed to thousands of different types of fungi in our everyday lives. Certain types of fungi tend to exist naturally in soils, plants, fruits and textiles. Exposure to these fungi in naturally occurring doses is generally not harmful to health.
While the types and concentrations of fungi existing in the environment vary from one geographic region to another, the most common types are as follows: Aspergillus (most common), alternaria, bipolaris, chaetomium, fusarium, penicillin, and paecilomyes.
Mold Needs The Right Environment To Grow
Water, moisture or high humidity.
Food (any organic substance)
The right temperature (generally 68*F-86*F, but some can grow in 30*F or colder)
Lack of Ventilation
Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immunosuppressed people.
Some molds can produce toxins if the environment conditions are right.
If you suspect your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894
Protecting yourself and your property during severe weather
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 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/Cedar Creek 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, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek quick response time helps limit secondary damage. If your property sustains damage from wind, water or fire, call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek to help make it "Like it never even happened." (972)-524-3894
Be prepared when a storm hits your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek property
Sever Weather can happen at any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly is very important when it comes to staying safe during a weather event. Below are tips to help you be prepared for a storm.
Know Your Risk
- The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business an your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
- Take the Next step in sever weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example
- once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same
The Do's and Dont's for water damage
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.
Restoring your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek property after a water damage
Flooding and water damage events at Kaufman County and Cedar Creek commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek
SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Excess moisture a leading cause of mold growth
When excess moisture is present within a structure, chances are good that in a relatively short period of time mildew and mold growth can, and probably will, occur. Of course, other conditions do play a factor in the equation as well, including a food source like paint, wood and other organic materials.
Given an organic food source, mold can begin to visibly grow in as little as 24-48 hours. For this reason, it is very important to react to moisture problems and water damages quickly and properly to help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.
Offering 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can respond to a water damaged structure within four hours under normal circumstances. Prompt arrival enables SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals to gather the necessary information needed by the property owner or the insurer, and to begin emergency mitigation services. This helps limit secondary damage to the structure and contents.
A routine of measuring and recording moisture readings will be instituted, allowing SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals to monitor, adjust as needed, and maximize the efficiency of the dry down process. Utilizing specialized equipment, your SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals will help make sure that the moisture is not hiding behind walls or under floor coverings- two areas that commonly offer opportunities for mold growth as the moisture goes undetected by the property owner.
Once the structure is dry, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can provide complete mold remediation services if necessary, which may be the case especially when a water damage has gone unnoticed by the property owner for a lengthy period of time.
Upon project completion, the property owner and/or the insurer will be presented with a complete job file, including signed work authorization and satisfaction forms, digital photographs, monitoring reports, a written project scope, and job estimates.
Contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals to learn more about our 24-hour emergency services. (972)-524-3894
Managing mold in your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek property
When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.
Call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Professionals
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek technicians will 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. Anti fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Cleaning Contents and Belongings
SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Depending in the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be 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.
SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.