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Fall Brings Football & New Fire Dangers | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Allen is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

When fall hits, it’s football time in Texas. Along with football, comes tailgating, cooking…and additional fire dangers.

While it might not be cool yet here in the heart of Texas, cooler weather brings some unique fire risks. It’s worth taking the time now to learn how to protect yourself and your property.

Outdoor Fires

People like to spend more time outside in the fall after the oppressive heat of summer begins to fade. Favorite outdoor activities often involve hanging around a fire, whether it’s the grill or a fire pit.

Grilling and tailgating go together, so let’s discuss them both. The single largest cause of fire with grills involves excessive grease buildup. Regular cleaning of the grill will easily prevent fires from excessive grease.

Campfires and fire pits should also be a source of concern. Knowing where and how to build a campfire is as important as knowing how to put it out.

Use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

Fires should be far away from buildings and other flammable objects. Make sure to extinguish your firecompletely before leaving your campsite or fire pit. Slowly douse it with a bucket of water and make sure no embers remain—anything you leave behind can start up again with the right breeze.

Burning Leaves

After a long, hot Allen summer, many homeowners look forward to cleaning their yards in the fall. This includes raking, and some will burn their leaves and other yard debris.

Open burning is legal in Allen but don’t forget about the “open burning rules” in Texas. 

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter. While there may be no need for a heater yet here due to the outdoor temperatures, it’s worth mentioning in case ice-cold AC in the office has you reaching for a space heater.

Keep your heater away from anything flammable. Ensure it’s on a stable level surface and not near where any children may want to play. If possible, don’t use extension cords with heaters; plug them straight into the wall.

Halloween

We’ll talk more about this later, but costumes and decorations can be fire hazards, and all these things are ubiquitous during the Halloween season, so be attentive and responsible as you celebrate.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Copyright © 2021 SERVPRO of Allen

Where You Can Prevent Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/12/2021 (Permalink)

water draining down wall, a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak of any size can turn into a big problem. The team at SERVPRO of Allen is here 24/7 to help with any size water damage.

Water damage usually sneaks up on you. We rarely get advanced notice of leaks, drips or flows. Once they happen, it’s too late, since the damage is already done.

The good news is that a little proactive maintenance can help you spot leaks before they start. Here are a few of the most common places for leaks:

Sinks and faucets. These fixtures are used multiple times a day, and over time, they can become fragile and wear out. The supply lines are under pressure, so if there is a problem, it usually sprays a stream of water and is easy to find. Drain system problems will show up as more of a small leak or seepage.

Refrigerators. Today’s modern refrigerators often have automated ice machines, which require a water source. Also, most refrigerators have a defrost cycle that happens at least once a day. You may have even heard a sizzling noise coming from your refrigerator. That’s the sound of the defrosted water hitting the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil usually dissipates the water before it hits the drip pan, a safety area that accumulates defrosted water droplets. But an improperly working defrost system can cause a water leak.

Clogged gutters. Are your gutters properly maintained? Gutters full of debris are one of the leading causes of roof damage. Overflowing gutters can cause soffit damage, and water can seep into the interior of the house from walls or around the foundation. Gutters should be inspected and cleared of debris as necessary.

Roof damage. Falling limbs can cause serious roof damage. If a limb perforates the roof membrane, it will turn into a costly repair. Many times, damaged roofs allow water to seep in, causing mold and rot to take hold. That’s why it’s important to inspect attics and roofs for damage.

Old copper pipes. If your house was built between 1950 and 2000, there is a good chance you have copper piping. House remodels are the perfect time to inspect and replace plumbing if necessary. Today, older copper plumbing supply lines are being replaced with PEX. PEX is made of cross-linked polyethylene and has great durability and strength.

Clogged sink drains. Many items can clog a drain in a sink. These drains can become clogged with food, grease or hair. Be careful if you decide to plunge instead of calling a plumber, since plunging creates significant pressure on the drain system. While most of the time it can push a clog through, sometimes you could damage a pipe connection and spring a leak.

Make sure to take care of the systems in your home that create a comfortable living space for you. Occasionally inspect and repair any issues you find with gutters, roof systems, supply lines or drains. This can potentially save you a lot of time and money!

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Copyright © 2021 SERVPRO of Allen

Why SERVPRO Is the Solution | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/12/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Allen is your local restoration expert.

When you’re in charge of a business or household, it’s your responsibility to make sure everything runs smoothly, to manage your limited resources and keep morale high.

When a disaster strikes, everything changes. Priorities have now shifted from day to day operations to disaster recovery. You sense the pressure to step into a role that you weren’t prepared for.

Disaster recovery is why SERVPRO exists, so let us relieve you of that pressure.

Trusting SERVPRO is a good idea when life tosses you a lemon.

Ready at a Moment’s Notice

We’re on standby all the time waiting for your call. When you call, we can be there fast. After all, we know you don’t have time to wait when the disaster strikes.

Since we’re ready when you call, we’ll be out faster than anyone else.

We’re Quick to Respond to Any Disaster

When disaster strikes, we know how important it is to respond quickly. Every second counts.

As each minute passes, mold spores can grow and spread, more smoke smell can permeate the facility or more water damage can occur. That’s why response time is so important! With a local SERVPRO office right here in Allen, you can benefit from a local company with national resources.

Whether Residential or Commercial, We’re Prepared for Both

Disasters crash into businesses or homes in an indiscriminate way. Disaster damage makes you a victim whether it’s your home or business.

We’ll craft a solution for any occurrence. We can get your home or business back to normal in no time, which means you can get back to your normal routine.

Property Restoration "Like it never even happened."

Restoration and recovery takes time, and we’ll stay with you until it’s finished and your property is restored to its absolute best state.

When the World Changes, We Change with It

Today’s world is ever-changing, and when new cleaning techniques are needed we create them. Disease prevention is on everyone’s mind these days. With that in mind, we offer cleaning and sanitization that go above and beyond traditional janitorial services.

If you’re looking for a working or shopping environment that is safe and secure from today’s disease risks, we can provide you with a hyper-clean environment and instill trust and confidence that your facilities are sanitized.

From time to time, disasters happen, whether it’s a hurricane, wildfire or a burst pipe. When it does, your local SERVPRO is ready to help you get your life back to normal.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Allen.

Copyright © 2021 SERVPRO of Allen

Tips for Sheltering Anywhere During a Sudden Summer Storm | SERVPRO® of Allen

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Allen is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

When you are making the most of your fun in the sun during the summer, you may not even consider the possibility of a sudden storm when the skies are clear. Unfortunately, storms are something you should always be conscious of, especially when the heat and the humidity are high—these create perfect fuel for storms, so they can start in an instant and leave people unprepared.

Be sure you know what to do no matter where a storm catches you with these tips.

Know What to Do No Matter Where a Storm Catches You

Know your options for shelter. When you hear that a storm is a possibility and you are somewhere you can wait out the threat, this would be the ideal thing to do. That being said, when storms come up suddenly, this will not always be an option. You can set up shelter in your vehicle with the proper guidelines in mind, enabling you to wait out the storm anywhere you are.

Practice electrical safety. If there is a thunderstorm in the area, that means that lightning strikes are a possibility as well. Many times, lightning will strike from cloud to cloud instead of from cloud to ground, but it is important to practice electrical safety in any building just in case. Unplug everything around you if you can, and consider installing surge protectors at home and at the office for a solid solution that lasts.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Though concrete provides a sturdy structure in which to seek shelter, it is also vital that you understand the risk of shock it presents. As most concrete is poured around metal bracers, if lightning strikes the building, the metal can become charged and dissipate this electricity through the concrete. This can cause shock to anyone directly touching the concrete, so it is wise to be aware of.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When a storm interrupts your otherwise peaceful day spent outdoors, getting back to what you were doing quickly is likely top priority. It is important to wait enough time before heading back outside, however—lightning can travel more than 20 miles, so waiting at least half an hour after the last thunderclap is advised.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Your Fire Safety Checklist for Warmer Weather | SERVPRO® of Allen

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Allen to learn more.

As popular as New Year’s Day is, many people look forward to spring as the start of something truly new.

The weather feels nice again, the outdoors seems more inviting and new life is springing up everywhere. Something about it just feels right, doesn’t it?

Spring also beckons us to barbecue. We’ll use any old reason to break out the smoker or grill—graduation parties, family cookouts or high school reunions. But this also leads to an increase in accidental fires.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But don’t worry; we’ve got the safety tips that will keep you on the path to a safe, enjoyable season around the house.

The grill. Grills are a common culprit for springtime fires, which is why they are often the first thing we think about for fire safety. The basics of safety: Make sure your grill is stable and in good working order, keep it cleaned between uses (almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning), use only recommended accelerants and fuels, and keep it at least three feet from the house (and 10 from any brush or leaves).

The fire pit. Picture yourself hanging out with good friends, and you may also envision a fire pit. Fire pits add a cozy glow to a cooling spring or summer night, but it’s important to operate them safely. Keep a bucket of water nearby—use it to slowly cool the fire to cold embers once the night is through, or as an emergency snuffer. Keep kids away from any fires unattended. And don’t use leaves or pine needles to stoke the fire, as they may create runaway embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Your chimney can get a backup or buildup of ash, and spring is at least a pleasant time to do the unpleasant job of cleaning it out so that next fall you’re not lighting fires in a clogged chimney. As for the dryer, use this season change to check all its connections, hoses and vent pipes for built-up lint.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Why SERVPRO®? Our Tech Is Tops. | SERVPRO® of Allen

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

storm debris stilling on curb outside of red brick home near me At SERVPRO of Allen, our cleaning and restoration services are powered by advanced technology. Contact us today to learn more.

When you picture after-storm clean-up, something like this might come to mind: a mop and a bucket. A big dumpster full of torn-out drywall. A bunch of fans pointing at a wet carpet.

Those may all be part of the picture, but they’re only a part. At SERVPRO, our cleaning and restoration services are powered by advanced technology.

Let’s Talk Water

When it comes to water removal, SERVPRO uses several technologies to detect and extract water, then dry the remaining structures and their contents.

Moisture Meters. At SERVPRO, we deploy moisture-detection devices to “see” moisture that may be hiding in the wall, under the floor or elsewhere. A hygrometer can detect humidity in a room, leading us to make a deeper investigation. Infrared devices point our technicians toward problem areas using the principle that wet materials tend to be cooler than dry ones.

Drying Out. For removing water, SERVPRO uses a variety of drying-out equipment, including industrial-grade fans and dehumidifiers. The speedy air movement handily removes moisture from the air and pulls it from substances, protecting them before they’re overly damaged.

Clean Chemistry

When it comes to removing odors—and the microbes and other substances that cause them—SERVPRO again invests in technology that’s proven effective.

First, machines remove airborne contaminants such as mold spores or particulate matter from smoke. Next, we apply OSHA-approved products to destroy germs and contaminants. Our products are EPA-certified against harmful bacteria, fungi, molds and—most recently—COVID-19.

New advances are constantly being made in restoration technology. At SERVPRO, we invest in keeping up with the trends. But even though we use the latest cleaning technology, we do stick with one old-fashioned principle: When we restore and clean your home or business, we keep your health and satisfaction front of mind.

From emergency cleaning and restoration to routine disinfection, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for assistance.

Stay Safe During Storms | SERVPRO® of Allen

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds forming in sky If your home is damaged due to a storm, SERVPRO of Allen is here to help. We will get the job done right, contact us today.

Here in Allen, we almost never have to shovel out from a winter storm. In fact, a snowy day comes as a rare pleasure most winters.

Still, weather this time of year poses challenges to people, pets and property. Let’s talk about keeping yourself, your loved ones and your home safe during storms—now and all year around.

Tornadoes

Yes, we can still have a tornado this time of year! To protect yourself and your loved ones during a tornado, look to this guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Long-Term Planning

Establish a way to get information if power and internet are down, such as a battery-operated radio. Identify safe places to shelter in your home, or places to stay if your home is unsafe. And always have water, medications and non-perishable food on hand if the storm limits travel for a while.

Make sure your plan includes people with special needs, as well as family animals.

During Stormy Weather

Avoid travel, except to get to safety. Check the weather forecast frequently for storm watches or warnings. Also, know the signs of tornado:

  • Clouds may appear low in the sky.
  • Hail may fall.
  • Sky may look black or green.
  • You may hear a roaring noise.

If the Tornado Hits

Now it’s time to find shelter. The best place to stay is underground (as in a basement) or in a central part of a dwelling. A cubby under a central staircase is a good bet.

Bolster up. For added protection, you can pull a mattress around your shelter area or also get under a sturdy table.

Avoid glass. Keep out of rooms with glass windows, if possible.

Never, never shelter in a trailer. If you live in a mobile home, have a plan to find alternative shelter in place and make use of that plan at the first sign of a storm—well before a tornado hits. For instance, you could have a standing plan to stay with a relative when the NOAA has issued tornado warnings.

If a storm damages your home, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for assistance.

Why SERVPRO® Offers the Performance You Need | SERVPRO® of Allen

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

front porch of residential property in need of repairs, restoration and deep cleaning SERVPRO of Allen is your local restoration expert. Whether you've had a fire, flood or other disaster we are here to restore and clean-up. Contact us

Ever heard of a triple threat? In the show-business world, that’s someone who can dance, act and sing…an all-around performer.

Well, in the cleaning and restoration world, we’re proud to be a triple threat. We perform in every aspect of the business: our expertise, our teamwork and our rapid, round-the-clock service. Let us tell you more.

The Science of Cleaning

If you’ve spent hours of your life toiling with a mop and bucket, you may think cleaning is anything but a science. However, there’s a lot to learn about cleaning.

Just in terms of chemistry alone, there’s a whole field of knowledge studying which products work against which germs, such as COVID-19. Industries such as the CDC set standards for cleaning—standards which we follow.

We don’t just throw soap and water at your business. We study the science, then obtain the necessary certifications, so you’ll know we’re cleaning effectively for your particular situation.

Our Team Includes You

In earlier blogs, we’ve told you about our dedicated crews. Now let us add one more person: YOU.

Whether we’re creating an ongoing plan for your business or meeting an emergency need, we consult with you before a project and then circle back to make sure we’re doing a great job.

24-Hour Service

Our workers are here for you around the clock. Whether you’ve had a fire, flood or other disaster, we show up when you need us to take care of the clean-up and restoration. Our highly trained technicians will take your call, assess your situation and provide advanced services to get you back in business again with minimal time lost.

Now that you’ve learned why we’re a triple threat, keep SERVPRO® of Allen in mind. Whether you want a regular Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned visit or have an emergency need, you can contact us at any hour for assistance.

In the Event of an Emergency, Are You Ready?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ready mobile app Get your Emergency Ready Profile so your business is prepared in the event of a disaster!

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your 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 business.

The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it occurs. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. It provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services, and is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Allen today to get started!

469-247-4429

Planning for Commercial Recovery | SERVPRO® of Allen

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know? Up to 75% of small businesses lack a disaster recovery plan, according to a survey by Nationwide Insurance. That means it will take those businesses longer to get back on their feet after a flood, fire, tornado or other disaster.

However, careful planning can help companies stay up and running through a disaster, or open their doors quickly after one. The Insurance Information Institute has a series of “must-dos” for small businesses. Let’s look at some of the highlights:

Make a Plan

To have a plan, you have to, well, make a plan. What do you, your managers and your employees need to do in time of disaster? Have a clear marching order in terms of who does what and who calls whom. Your plan should prioritize preservation of life, then preservation of business assets, such as facilities, inventory and intellectual property.

Who You Gonna Call?

Key to your plan is a list of resources to call on. You’ll need to alert a chain of command within your business. Plus, you’ll need to have contact information for outside resources, such as your insurer and commercial cleaning partner. You’ll also need to be able to contact your vendors and suppliers. And you’ll need to communicate with customers about changes or interruptions to your business process. All that contact information should be accessible from outside of your place of work, such as on a cloud server.

Consult With the Experts

SERVPRO® has more than 40 years of experience in disaster mitigation for business clients. We can work with you before disaster strikes to help you understand how damage from a storm, fire or other natural disaster can affect your business. That way, when disaster happens, you’ll have a list of what to do and who to call. At a time when time is of essence, you’ll be able to take decisive action to get back in business again.

Want to discuss a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business? Contact us at any hour for assistance.