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Why is it important to leave fire restoration to SERVPRO?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After of fire and logs Before and After

We understand how traumatic it is to lose your home or business to a fire. We have helped numerous families and small businesses restore the homes and businesses that they have invested their whole lives building. In order to make this process easier for you and more efficient, we have a few tips for you to follow. First off, the faster you contact our team, the better the results will be. As we all know, fire leaves behind ash and soot that can cause permanent damage if left unaddressed. Over just a couple of hours, your building structure can be affected by corrosion, discoloration, and even diffusion of odor. By contacting us sooner, you can prevent the damage from becoming much more extensive. Our technicians are specifically trained in fire restoration, so leave your worries to us!

How to prevent stove fires?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Stove A lit stove.

Did you know that the leading cause of fire are cooking-related fires? The kinds of fires also cause the most injuries. They can be such a terrible and unexpected surprise when your intentions are only to cook something delicious for your family. There are a few things you can do to prevent them! Firstly, it may seem logical to put these fires out with water, but this will only spread the fire further. The water reaches the bottom of the pan and becomes steam, which then propels the flames into the air and can cause you to be burned. In order to prevent these fires from starting, you should be sure your cooking equipment is not defective. You should also ensure that there is nothing combustible near your cooking area. Also monitor the flame, especially if you are cooking with oil. These easy tips can be very helpful and keep your family or employees safe!

Commercial Water Detection Equipment

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants the best for your establishment. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned when it comes to evaluating your work space for damage.  That is why we use several methods to evaluate the scene so it can be properly repaired. Using the science of psychrometrics (the study of the air) our equipment can measure humidity, vapor pressure, and even temperature. Our equipment involves, but isn’t limited to moisture devices. These devices are called: Moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers. Moisture sensors can detect moisture in carpets and in walls. Moisture Meters are used to detect the moisture content within the room. Understanding the content is useful for when we decide on the drying technique. Thermohygrometers are used to measure temperature and humidity. These tools are necessary to ensure your work space is safe, and allows us to work efficiently. We’ll make the disaster "Like it never even happened."

Sewage/Toilet Overflow Clean Up

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Polluted Pipe water Polluted Pipe water

SERVPRO sees cases in which water backups occur very seriously. The water may contain bacteria, and even viruses that can cause a great deal of damage towards the human body. Before cleaning up our SERVPRO team will evaluate the water to see which category it belongs to. The three categories SERVPRO has are “Clean water”, “Gray water”,and “Black water”.  When the water is categorized as “clean” the damage is most likely caused by a leak, or broken water supply. This is the least serious to fix, but if untreated can become “Gray water”. “ Gray water” could be due to an overflow of your toilet, or of your washing machine. This water can cause illness, and should be cleaned as soon as possible before the water becomes “black” and extremely contaminated. “Black Water” is mainly seen in sewers and toilets. This water is extremely dangerous. Consequences of digestion could lead to death. We advise you to keep away from this water and call us immediately to keep you and your family safe.

Your Belongings

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Items Items

Your belongings can be a meaningful thing to part with. When you go through water damage you may wonder what can you keep? At SERVPRO we go through a contents restoration review. We understand that there's value in your belongings, and would rather you save money then having to replace what you've already purchased. Our team reviews the items and uses guidelines to determine if they are indeed restorable. Our methods for restoring items are: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Spray and Wipe, Foam Cleaning, Abrasive Cleaning, Immersion Cleaning.  Dry Cleaning goes before a wet cleaning in which we do a light cleaning before going on to remove heavy residues in wet cleaning. Spray and Wipe is used for items that can’t go through a wet cleaning. Foam cleaning is practiced on upholstery items that may shrink if gone through the wet cleaning. Abrasive is the surface cleaning, and immersion is when items are dipped in a bath of cleaning products. So you see we have methods for all your items, with careful consideration of what their conditions are.

Electronics

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Electronics Electronics

SERVPRO understands that the electronics you purchase were in no way cheap. Whether it be in dollars or in time, products such as video game consoles and televisions can be costly to replace. SERVPRO wants to make sure that the products you have really need to be discarded. When we go evaluate your contents for restoration we want to keep you safe. Electronics can be a serious hazard. It is important that you do not attempt to work these devices before they have been evaluated. Turning on such products after a water damage can cause further damage to the environment, and more importantly can be a medical hazard towards your and your family. SERVPRO begins by cleaning the surface of your devices to prevent corrosion and then these products are evaluated by an electronic technician. This lets us know if they are a danger and are qualified for being a restorable.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Work space Work space

SERVPRO aims for a higher standard of cleanliness. We want to help you establish a sanitary environment where you can work and create a successful business.  Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our duty to you to sanitize the area, during the year of 2020 we understood how serious it was to keep a work environment safe. SERVPRO will consult with you in order to better understand your business and it’s needs. Our team will use our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions. We assure you that we will do a deep cleaning that is correspondent to CDC standards. After the cleaning is completed the establishment will be issued a seal to show that your business is cleaned and safe. This seal is to be placed on the window of your establishment to show employees, and customers that not only is the environment safe, but as owners we went above and beyond for your health.

Non Restorable

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Photos Photos

After experiencing a fire damage the repair may seem unreachable. SERVPRO understands that a lot makes a home, the memories you hold there are irreplaceable. Not only that but the cost to restore belongings can be a heavy burden. That’s why here at SERVPRO our team wants to make sure that your belongings can be restored, and are safe to take home. SERVPRO undergoes these methods for restoring items: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Spray and Wipe, Foam Cleaning, Abrasive Cleaning, Immersion Cleaning.  When it comes to your photos or documents we can’t make them the exact condition as before the fire, but we can restore them so that no further damage can occur. Depending on the level of fire, soot, and smoke SERVPRO has multiple options to restore the documents:Air Drying, Dehumidification, Freezer Drying, Vacuum Freeze, Drying Vacuum, Thermal Drying.

Winter Freeze

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water Water

Rio Grande Valley home owners and renters did your pipes freeze earlier this month? Trust us, we know how difficult it must have been. Not only were many people without water and electricity, but not many realized that their pipes would freeze, too! For next time, what are we supposed to do when that happens? Here are some helpful tips!

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  1. If you know your pipes are prone to freezing, turn off your water supply to prevent them from bursting! 
  2. Be aware that pipes don’t always freeze in the same places. If you think you may have prevented the problem in one place, it may not be so for another.
  3. Open your faucet and run a bit of water through your pipes, to prevent them from freezing. 
  4. NEVER use heat, such as an open flame, to thaw your frozen pipes. This is a fire hazard.
  5. These are just a few simple tips to keep in mind. Remember to contact a professional plumber afterwards. 

Emergency resources Caution

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Candle Candle

Which resources do you rely on during a power outage? Do you use candles to light your home? While it may be your only alternative, it is important to aware that candles can also cause your home to catch on fire and endanger your loved ones. Here are some tips that can help when the time comes:

  1. If you are doing to use a candle, do not leave it unattended.
  2. Do not leave burning candles within reach of children. 
  3. Lighting a candle is not an option if you smell gas in your home. 
  4. Place candles on fire-resistant surfaces, such as concrete or fire-rated glass. 
  5. Remember that candles are a fire hazard and you should use battery operated flashlights and other similar light sources.