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Understanding Water Types

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are 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. Sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster typically causes black water. Trained professionals should always handle black water. When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek! 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 contaminted 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 at (972) 524-3894. We are here 24/7 to attend to your emergency services. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." 

When Your Washing Machine Hose Fails

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common claims for home insurers. With time, even a properly installed washing machine hose will fail and lead to leaks and floods. This failure can be due to any number of reasons including age, faulty materials, faulty design, or errors during installation.

Water can flood out of a burst washing machine hose at a rate of 650 gallons per hour causing catastrophic flooding to a home. This flooding will continue until someone turns off the main water supply line due to the fact that supply lines to washing machines are always “on.”

Most hoses are made of reinforced rubber or polymer and these materials lose their resiliency with age. Failure rates for these hoses increase dramatically when they are over 5 years of age. In fact, the average age of a failed washing machine hose is 8 years.

The most common installation error is leaving insufficient room between the machine and the wall causing a crack or kink in the hose.

If you experience leaking or flooding due to a burst washing machine hose, first turn off the water and then call us at 972-524-3894. SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek and our professionally trained staff are always here to help 24/7. We can remediate the water damage to your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/ Cedar Creek Knows Deodorization

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. 

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals provide specialized services that rid in your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just stubborn odor that refuses to go away, We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Understanding The Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisining

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends another 15,200 people to the hospital emergency rooms around the country for treatment. These accidents tend to peak during the winter months, but there are several everyday items that can put you and your family at risk, too. Read on for some simple steps you can take to help protect yourself or your customers from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

An odorless, colorless and toxic gas, carbon monoxide cannot be seen, tasted or smelled. Since it is often impossible to detect, CO can cause harm or become fatal before you realize it is in your home. When exposed to lower levels of CO, the gas causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu, including headaches, dizziness, disorientation,nausea and fatigue.

It's also important to note the effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending in age, health, and the concentration and length of exposure.

Where does it come from?

  • Gas-fired appliances
  • Charcoal grills
  • Wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces
  • automobiles

Preventative Measures

Consider installing at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal. The ideal placement for these alarms is near the sleeping areas of your home. Since CO alarms measure CO levels over time, the alarm will sound before an average, healthy adult would be experiencing symptoms. If you are not experiencing symptoms when the alarm sounds, please consider ventilating the home and contacting a service professional to check the CO level. If you are experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning, experts say to evacuate immediately and contact emergency personnel.

If you drive a vehicle with a tailgate or rear hatch and are travelling with he hatch open, make certain to open vents or windows to create adequate airflow. And, of course, never run your vehicle inside your garage with the door closed. Even with doors open, refrain from running your vehicle for extended periods of time, as garages with a door on only one side often do not provide adequate air flow.

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Tips For Fireplace Safety

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

A poorly maintained or improperly used fireplace can be dangerous. Here’s how to enjoy your fire safely.

4 tips for fireplace safety

1. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected regularly

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 28 percent of heating fires are caused by failing to clean equipment, especially chimneys. Over time, creosote (a sticky, flammable substance that’s released when wood’s burned) can build up in the chimney. If the creosote isn’t removed, a chimney fire can result. This is not only dangerous in itself, but it can also cause damage to the chimney, increasing the risk that flames will reach the frame of the house.

Debris such as fallen leaves and animal nests should also be removed, since they can restrict airflow and cause carbon monoxide to back up into the house. (Besides, if your chimney’s blocked, how’ll Santa get in?)

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you should have the chimney professionally inspected at least once a year (before you use it). Ask for a Level 1 inspection, which involves a visual examination of readily accessible parts of the chimney. The inspector will ensure the chimney is sturdy and perform any necessary cleaning.

Have a gas fireplace instead of a wood-burning one? You should still get a regular inspection, as corrosive deposits can build up and prevent your fireplace from venting efficiently. Debris can block this type of chimney as well.

2. Burn only dry, seasoned wood

Properly seasoned firewood contains around 20 percent water. Freshly cut wood can contain up to 45 percent water, so it takes a lot of heat to get it to catch fire (which means less heat inside your house). Burning wet wood also creates large amounts of smoke and causes creosote to build up more rapidly.

To be properly seasoned, firewood must be cut to length and allowed to dry for at least 6 months (up to a year in damp climates) before being burned. If you’ve gathered a stockpile of wood, be sure to protect it from rain and snow. If you’re buying wood to burn, look for dark edges with visible cracks. Well-seasoned firewood’s fairly lightweight and makes a clear, sharp sound when clapped together.

Resist the temptation to toss wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, or foam containers into the fireplace. Paper and cardboard can cause flames to burn too high, while foam releases toxic smoke and particles into the air.

3. Make sure your damper’s properly adjusted

The fireplace damper is a plate or valve that controls airflow in your chimney. When the fireplace isn’t in use, keep the damper closed completely to prevent heat from escaping. When lighting the fire, open the damper wide to help create a good blaze and get smoke flowing up the chimney. Once the fire’s burning well, partially close the damper to keep in warmth while still allowing smoke to escape.

4. Install and regularly check carbon monoxide detectors

Burning wood creates carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) — but this poses little danger if your chimney’s properly maintained and free from obstructions and if your damper’s letting smoke out. Nonetheless, it’s wise to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors close to your fireplace as well as in your bedrooms.

Now that you know how to use your fireplace safely, you can relax, toast some marshmallows, and find other way to winterize your home.

Tips to avoid freezing pipes and other winter plumbing tips

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather can cause pipes to freeze and possibly burst, causing flooding and costly water damage to your Kaufman County/ Cedar Creek home. If you do have the unfortunate situation of freezing or busted pipes, remain calm, there are a few protocols that you can follow. First, find the origin of the busted pipe then immediately call your local plumber to stop the leaking.  After doing so, call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek as soon as possible at (972) 329-4747 to clean up the damage areas, and restore them to preloss condition before any additional damage occurs. SERPVOR Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek offers water damage clean up, carpet cleanings, and if mold appears we are certificated to conduct a mold remediation. SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek is here for you 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year and service all of the surrounding cities/towns of the Kaufman County area. If you have any questions, call our offices listed below. 


SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek 972-524-3594

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Its the Water You Don't See

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

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/Cedar Creek 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 or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the told used by SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used o 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/Cedar Creek professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can calculate and create an environment most condusive 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/Cedar Creek has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be Ready With The Help of Technology

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be Ready With The Help of Technology Call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek today to get your ERP started! (972) 524-3894

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, from a word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow The News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself safe

The American Red Cross offers a safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in a situation where communication is difficult to establish.

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you're located in the affected area at that time.

Get In Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well.

Get an Emergency Ready Profile

SERVPRO is proud to offer Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an emergency.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your property 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 property or business.

Put help int he palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App. Get in touch with you local SERVPRO Franchise Professional today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business, and SERVPRO will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Excess Moisture a Leading Cause of Mold Growth

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Excess Moisture a Leading Cause of Mold Growth If you suspect your home or property suffers from MOLD damage call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek, We're always here to help! (972) 524-3894

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 Cuonty/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

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Mold Containment

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.

Air Filtration

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. Antifungal 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.

Restoration

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.

The Do's and Dont's for Water Damage

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Do's and Dont's for Water Damage If your home suffers water damage, call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek 24/7 at (972)-524-3894

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!  

DO

  • 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.

DON'T

  • 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.

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Protecting Yourself and Your Property During SEVERE WEATHER

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

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 wee, 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

Restoring Your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Property After a Water Damage

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Be Prepared When a Storm Hits Your Kaufman County/ Cedar Creek Property

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

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 Action

  • 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 

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The Truth About Mold

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

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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 

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fire places, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek to help make it "Like it Never Even Happened."

Avoid Holiday Fires This Season

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Eliminate potential risks this holiday season. Follow these helpful hints and you will enjoy a happy and fire-safe 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 flameless 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.

Dont 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.

Have You Winterized Your Home or Business?

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

From The Ordinary...

Fungi and Mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results. For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other foods. Blue Cheese's unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life-saving penicillin is a product of mold.

...To The Unhealthy

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 extended exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

Any water intrusion into your office or your home can result in mold growth. This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose to a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS!

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you have a mold problem, Call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894

Does Your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. 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 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. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • 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.

If your home or business has a mold problem, our SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek technicians can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Today– (972)-524-3894

Make Fire Prevention Your Business

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes your business, it is not only disruptive, but can also be detrimental to the business, employees and customers. If your business suffers a fire damage, would you be able to sustain the loss of business and income? Fire prevention is a concern for the employer, property owner, and employees as everyone involved has something at stake.

The Insurance Information Institute provides the following fire prevention tips for small-business owners:

Train employees in fire safety- particularly those responsible for storage areas, housekeeping, maintenance and operations where open flames or flammable substances are used.

Modernize the electrical system- Faulty wiring is responsible for a large percentage of non-residential fires.

Situate your business in a fire-resistant building- A structure made of non-combustible materials with firewalls creating barriers to help contain the spread of fires and in a building with a fire alarms system connected to the local fire department.

Take an inventory of all the damage to your business- Taking an inventory of your losses can help the insurance adjuster expedite the claim.

According to the U.S fire Administration, less than 50% of businesses in 2004 had working smoke alarmed present in their company. Smoke alarms can save lives and help reduce or minimize property damages by recognizing the fire quickly, forcing immediate reaction.Each floor of your business should be equipped with smoke alarms. Do not situate your detector near a vent and remember to check it frequently.

Storm Shoutout!

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek and SERVPRO of Mesquite had the honor to go to Chicago, IL during the flood that took place at the beginning of July, 2017 to help other SERVPRO franchises assist customers that had experienced flood damage in their home. When someone experiences a tragedy like a flood taking place in there home, it is our job as SERVPRO employees to take the stress off the customer and assure them that they are taken care of and are in good hands. Below is a letter we received from one of our customers in Chicago that states what an awesome job our SERVPRO team did.

"Dear SERVPRO,

I just wanted to write and express my very sincere appreciation for the fine work your team did at my house this week. They arrived on time everyday and their work was exceptional. Your motto "Like it never even happened" holds true for my experience.

In addition, I can honestly say that I have never met I nicer or more respectful group of young men than these four gentleman. Avery C, Robert S, Danny K, and Justin W were absolutely awesome. I would recommend them ti abyone looking for reliable and hard-working men. ALso, Avery was Very professional in his interactions with me regarding costs, schedule, arrival times each day, etc. He was an excellent team leader. I could not be happier witht he work that they have done.

And finally, I want to thank Jennifer personally for dispatching your team to my home in such a expedited fashion so as to preclude growth of mildew and mold. You had your eam at my house within tweo days of my su,p backup event. You are to be commended for your customer first attitude. 

Thank you."

SERVPRO heads to Chicago, IL for Storm

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Our qualified SERVPRO professionals were called out by the SERVPRO storm teams to go to Chicago, IL to help with the flooding that happened recently this month. SERVPRO of Mesquite and SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek sent 6 of our qualified technicians to Chicago, IL to assist anyone who had been affected by the storms. We took on a total of 8 jobs all in which the customers experienced major flooding in there homes. We were able to dry all 8 of the homes and restore them back to pre-condition. We are proud to be apart of a team that helps those who need it most during a devastating time. If your home or business suffers from storm or water damage, call SERVPRO, we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Kaufman Coutny/Cedar Creek is now accepting donations for Canton, Eustace, Emory, Caney City and surrounding areas

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Kaufman Coutny/Cedar Creek is now accepting donations for Canton, Eustace, Emory, Caney City and surrounding areas Items donated by SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek to those affected in the tornadoes on 4/29/17

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek and SERVPRO of Mesquite will be donating items throughout the next two weeks to those affected in the storms over the weekend. The major cities that were hit include Canton, Eustace, Emory, Caney City and other surrounding areas. If you or anyone you know would like to donate please reach out to us at (972)-329-4747 or visit our office at 11830 FM 2932 Forney, TX 75126. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved and a special thank you to all of our awesome first responders. 



SERVPRO specializes in storm damage cleanup and remediation and has the knowledge and equipment to restore your home or business to preconditions. If your home or business was affected in the recent tornadoes, call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

March is RED CROSS Month

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is charitable organization the relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Wether 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 year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Res 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.

SERVPRO began a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when a disaster, such as a house fire, happens tot hem. Disaster Responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org.

 By The Numbers

around 3.1 million people donate blood through the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross collects and processes about 40% of the nations blood supply to approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Volunteers constitute about 90% of the American Red Cross workforce, making it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.

7 Reasons To Choose SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

7 Reasons to choose SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek for your Home or Commercial Clean up / Restoration

1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of your SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek team will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

2. Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals are dedicated to effectively communication with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress towards project completion.

Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular proves reports. SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via secure email link 24-hours. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

3. Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants, and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

Your SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly mitigation damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

4. Lower Recovery Cost

Emergency Mitigation Services Help Minimize Secondary Damages.

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help to ensure timely communication and response. Quick and accurate response can minimize loss expense from secondary damages.

Proper Restoration Versus Replacement of Contents is Less Expensive.

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation ad restoration cost while allowing treasure belongings to be salvaged when possible.

Faster Recovery Lessens Loss.

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals are nearby, ready to respond quickly. The faster restoration begins, the quicker our customers can return to business.

Pre-Approved Pricing and Procedures

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to help ensure the property is taken care of right the fir time.

5. Emergency Response Profile

Like most commercial properties, your facility probably has an emergency exit plan in place, with illuminated signs leading occupants to safety, and even facility maps strategically placed to identify alternate routes out of the building. But have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan? Is emphasis on the first 24-48 hours, to help you get back in your building as possible?

Your SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can provide your assistance in developing an Emergency Response Profile. As part of a well-thought-out Contingency Plan, Your Emergency Response Profile will contain information you will need in the event an emergency situation occurs.

An added advantage to utilizing your SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals in the development of your Emergency Response Profile is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship including pre-arranged pricing and procedures for handling emergency response for your facility before damages occurs.

6. Full line of Services

Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, a SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professional can handle all of your cleanup needs, such as fire, water and mold restoration services; SERVPRO of Mesquite provides cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.

7. A National Leader in Storm Response… Help When You Need It Most!

In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek. Call today to find out how.

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,500 nationwide franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction. What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in local facilities or a facility across the country, a SERVPRO professional will provide quality professional services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Help Protect Your Property With Prevention Tools

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Because undetected water can cause a great deal of damage to a building structure and its contents, many property owners are investigating in water detection systems. Water leak detection systems are available to help identify leaks, which can help prevent them from becoming floods. Water monitoring systems are typically activated at the first sign of seepage or moisture resulting from leakage. Help protect your commercial or residential property by utilizing a water monitoring system.

Water Alarms: Water alarms, also known as leak -sensors, are typically battery-operated stand-alone systems containing a moisture sensor that will activate and audible alarm when moisture is detected. Benefits of water alarms include accessibility and price. They can be places in basements or sum pumps, under sinks or near individual appliances such as washers, refrigerators, hot water heaters, etc. and are fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Some water alarms will actually shut off the water once a leak is detected, while others will simply sound an alarm to notify you of a leak. This particular water monitoring device is only beneficial if someone is inside the building to hear the alarm and take appropriate action to stop the leak.

Water Systems: While most water alarms simply notify you of a leak, water systems will actually shut off the water supply causing water damage. Individual appliances systems are installed in specific appliances and will automatically shut off the water supply in the event that the appliances has a leak. Whole house systems operate in a similar fashion except that the shut-off valve is installed on the main water supply line versus and individual appliance. This system is the most popular and beneficial to homeowners that travel often or reside in multiple properties seasonally throughout the year.

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek is "Always Here To Help" If You Experience Water Heater Overflow

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Heater Overflow Cleanup

One of the most prevalent causes of indoor flooding is water heater overflows. These water heaters are usually located in basements, attics, garages, or a utility room closet; places people don't go very often. So, if a burst or leak happens, the homeowner or tenant likely would not find the problem until after a significant water intrusion has already occurred. If this were to happen to you, you'll want to stay calm, shut off the heater and water, and contact the SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals for help.

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek has the professionals who are equipped to handle a water heater overflow. They have the knowledge, tools, and experience to deal with the situation safely and effectively whether it's your home or workplace that is in jeopardy.

How Do Water Heater Overflows Happen?

Water heater related floods usually occur due to a worn out seal or gasket, or from a leak in an older tank that rusted through. Sometimes a tank can actually explode or burst in a violent and dangerous manner. This could cause serious harm to anyone who is in the immediate vicinity of the water heater at the time of the explosion. Leaks are more common than bursts and have the potential to flood large portions of a home or basement if the leaking is undetected for days on end.

A malfunctioning thermostat is usually the cause of a water heater burst. These thermostats are used to measure the temperature inside the tank to turn the heating elements off and on so that a preset desired temperature range can be maintained. In the event of a broken thermostat, the heating system inside the tank could stay on indefinitely and cause the water to boil. This boiling water turns into steam and builds up internal pressure inside the tank. This internal pressure will build up and eventually reach a point where the tank cannot hold it, which will result in a burst or even explosion.

When such a burst occurs, steam and boiling water rush out of the tank, while cold water from the intake line flows into the tank. Normally, the line will shut itself off, preventing water entry when the tank if full. However, in this situation, the burst tank is never full because of the continual leaking, and the water from the main line flows through indefinitely. Water is entering the tank only to leak back out and flood the area around and below the water heater. The only upside to this scenario is that someone will likely hear the loud burst  and investigate and discover the problem before too much damage has occurred and remediation can be started.

A leak, on the other hand, operates quietly and floods your home, basement, or workplace a little at a time. Usually, it will happen when one of your heating tank's fittings becomes damaged or corroded. This can provide a gap that allows water to escape. This flooding is not violent like a burst or explosion, but it can still be extremely destructive to property and sometimes dangerous to humans or pets. Regular maintenance and inspections of your water heater will increase awareness of possible problems. A professional can replace the anode, flush the corrosion from your tank, as well as check all valves and gaskets for problems or warning signs.

What are the Hazards of Water Heater Overflows?

With the added elements of high temperature and late detection, the number of threats with water heater flooding exceeds that of normal flooding. Here are some things to look out for in the event of a water heater overflow:

  • Hot water burns – The initial burst of water from a heater is scalding hot, so be sure not to rush in, especially if you see steam. Use protective clothing before attempting anything. Ideally, call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek to do the job for you. (972) 524-3894
  • Electrocution by water – A flooded basement carries the risk of having the water making contact with power outlets and exposed wiring. When this happens, the floodwater carries a strong electric current that’s enough to kill anyone. When you see your basement flooded, resist the impulse to dive into the water in an attempt to shut the leaking heater down. Contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek for help. Our professionals will be able to determine whether there’s an electrical threat or not. They’ll know the safest procedure for shutting down the water source and containing and extracting the water from your property.
  • Potential fire starter – Flooding doesn’t just create an electrical hazard, it can also short-circuit your electrical system and create sparks. Faulty electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of fire.
  • Water damage – When the water spills beyond the immediate surroundings of the heater and gets into your living and work spaces, the threat of water damage arises. Water can ruin carpets, damage wood, corrode metals and toast expensive appliances and machinery.
  • Mold growth – Mold spores can activate in places where there’s sufficient moisture and organic matter to sustain them. If your property was flooded by an overflowing heater, there’s a good chance that mold growth can follow suit. 

Contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek now at (972) 524-3894

A water heater overflow is an emergency that should be addressed rapidly and decisively. The longer you wait the worse it can get and attempting to repair the water heater and clean up the water yourself could be dangerous and risky. Contact an experienced professional through SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek today for a quick and easy resolution to your problem. "We're Always Here to Help" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.

Eletrical Safety in the Office and at Home.

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Eletrical Safety in the Office and at Home. If your home or business suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO Of Mesquite 24/7 at (972)-329-4747

Electrical outlets can become dangerous when overloaded. Though it may be easy to simply plug in another power strip or extension cord when adding equipment, the wiring in some buildings often isn't capable of supporting too many high-powered electronic appliances. Older office buildings and homes, in particular, often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug in an extension cord from across the room. Even in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers, scanners and monitors.

So what the big deal?

When an employee or resident overloads an electrical outlet, that means more current is running through the outlet than it can handle. This causes the outlet to overheat, which may lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008 National Fire Protection Association study, electrical distribution and lighting equipment are involved in more than 24,000 home structure fires per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.

If an electrical fire should occur in your office or home, get safely away from the fire and call your fire department immediately. If you chose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.

To help prevent this and other electrical hazards, refer to the list below (provided by Electrical Safety Foundation International).

  • If you must use a power strip, use a name brand product from a reputable retailer. Low-quality or counterfeit power strips may contain wiring that sin't adequate to carry the load.
  • Place power strips where the is plenty of air circulation to disperse the heat.
  • Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong) cords into an ungrounded (two prong) outlet.
  • Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.
  • Keep cords close to a wall to prevent the risk of tripping.

Biohazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration Services

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Biohazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration Services Contact SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals for 24-hour Emergency Service. (972)-524-3894

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can help with

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions 
  • Mold Mitigation and Remiditaion

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals for 24-hour Emergency Service. (972)-524-3894

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

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/Cedar Creek.

  • 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.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Property

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Property SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek is IICRC Certified

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

 

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

 

Certifications

  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm
  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician

High Humidity In Cinema

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial High Humidity In Cinema If your home or property suffers from water damage call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894

We received a call on August 26th from the owner of this Cinema. They were having issues with high humidity possibly caused by the HVAC system. The owner called out repair technicians for the HVAC and Called SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek to come and Dry out the theater. We arrived at the Cinema and we were able to get the humidity back down to a acceptable levels. After our equipment was removed, the humidity spiked again leading the customer to believe that additional work was required on the HVAC units in order to mitigate any secondary damages that might occur to the property and its contents. Once additional repairs have been performed, we will continue with the drying process and restoration. If your home or business suffers from water damage call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894

Summer Lawn Care Tips

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Community Summer Lawn Care Tips Servpro of Kaufman County/ Cedar Creek wants you to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the heat of the sun this summer!

There are so many reasons to love spring. The promise of warmer weather, much-needed rain, and the sudden growth spurt in nature. Of course, all of these happenings also come with a brand new to-do list around your house. Typically after indoor spring cleaning has taken place it’s time to focus on the yard. And for many that means mowing the lawn throughout the grass-growing season. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 60,000 injuries that require treatment by hospital emergency rooms every single year due to unsafe operation of power lawn mowers. These injuries occur not just to adults, but to children, too. Instead of becoming a statistic, here are some recommended ways you and your family can be safer while mowing the lawn.

1.            Lawn mower maintenance: Maintaining your lawn mower is a lot like maintaining a car. Mowers need a periodic oil change, fresh spark plugs, and even a regular change of air filter. Having the blades in for a sharpening prior to the start of mowing season is wise as well. By keeping your lawn mower in good condition, you’ll help ensure safer operation, increased lifespan of your mower and, of course, a better looking lawn.

2.            Survey the lawn before mowing: Do you like to just pull the lawn mower out of its spot in the shed or the garage and start mowing? Stop! This could be dangerous. Before you even start your lawn mower, survey your yard for signs of debris. Tree branches and sticks, toys, rocks, dog feces, and more can harm your lawn mower or you. Be sure to take a thorough look over the area before you begin mowing.

3.            Gasoline refills: Practice safety when it comes time to refill your lawn mower. Make sure the motor is completely turned off prior to refilling. Always refill the gas tank of your mower in an open space. Fuel fumes in a garage or shed may cause you harm, so it’s important to get the lawn mower into open air before refilling the tank. Never refill near an open flame or burning cigarette.

4.            Protect your eyes and ears: It may be relaxing to play loud music while you’re mowing the lawn, but this isn’t recommended; it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings. Wear protective glasses to prevent debris from entering your eyes. Additionally, if the noise of the mower is loud, wear earplugs to protect against noise. But proper ear protection shouldn’t prevent you from hearing everything happening around you in case of an emergency.

5.            Dress correctly: Mowing your lawn happens mainly during warmer weather, so it’s tempting to dress for the temperature. But never wear open-toe shoes while mowing the lawn, and even tennis shoes aren’t the safest option. Your best protection is to wear boots with a steel toe to provide your feet with the protection they really need.

Wylie Hail Storm

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wylie Hail Storm SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek was one of the first to arrive to help aid those affected in the most recent hail storm.

Wylie was one of the hardest hit areas in the April 11 storm, which sent softball-sized hail through windows and roofs. The storm also slammed Denton, Rockwall and Collin counties.

Residents were still recovering from another severe storm that rocked North Texas in late March when the hail hit.

Blue tarps now cover thousands of roofs and boards have replaced shattered glass as residents work to rebuild.

Several city-owned buildings, including the public safety center that housed 911 dispatch and police and fire administration, were also severely damaged.

To ease the process, the city is waiving its permitting fee but residents are still required to get a permit for work done on their homes.

It will take some time to clean up all the debris, and public works is making its way around the 39-square-mile city to pick up what residents leave at the curb. The three March hailstorms have totaled more than $1 billion in insured losses, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

North Texas averaged 157 severe hail reports from January through April each year from 2007 to 2015. So far this year, there have already been 188. Reports this year for hail larger than 2 inches in diameter is double the average, according to the National Weather Service,

Are Your Ducts in Order ?

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Are Your Ducts in Order ? Ductwork cleaning is more important than you think! Give SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek a call for all your restoration needs.

Are Your Ducts in Order?

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek’s Professional services is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals today!

SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek – (972) 524-3894

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