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Do You Have a Storm Safety Plan? | SERVPRO® of Allen

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Allen Heights right away.

The spring and summer seasons bring warm and sunny skies, but they also bring thunderstorms and severe weather! Seasonal thunderstorms can quickly turn severe when the unstable air produces heavy rain, damaging winds and tornadoes.

Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, these severe weather events happen often in northern Texas, especially when we have one of the highest rates of confirmed tornadoes in the country.

We are off to a quick start this season so far in north Texas in terms of severe weather. We have had 17 reported tornadoes so far this year when our average for a typical storm season is 23. With the way that this storm season has begun here in Allen, being prepared will only help keep your family safe.

While we know that we cannot dictate the weather, we can do our best to be prepared for it when it occurs. By doing small things like building an emergency kit, developing a communications strategy and having a plan for how to deal with post-storm damages, you can be prepared to conquer severe weather and reduce the impact it can have on your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

The first thing you need to do when bad weather is in the forecast is to come up with a communication plan with your household members. You also need to be able to receive communications and instructions from your local news and authorities.

It is important to know the difference between watches and warnings so you can understand when to stay vigilant and when to move inside and locate your safe area.

You must also have a reliable way to ** receive alerts** from officials, such as your cell phone or an NOAA weather radio.

Finally, having a storm strategy for your household is incredibly important in order to keep your family safe. Have a safe area in your home that everyone is aware of and is instructed to get to in the event of bad weather, and have a way to communicate with family members that are not home when the storm rolls through. That way everyone knows when and how to check in and mark themselves as safe, regardless of where they are.

Packing Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Your emergency kit should be packed with the basics that your family members need to comfortably live for at least 72 hours of sheltering in your safe area. That should include non-perishable food, water, flashlights and extra batteries, and a full first-aid kit. This kit should always be stocked and ready to use in your designated safe area location.

Your “After the Storm” Checklist

After the storm has passed, you should always do a recap of your safety plan and then check your property for storm damage. Once it is safe to do so, check your property for damage.

Make sure that your roof, doors and windows are your priority after any storm, as these areas are the ones that are susceptible to water damage most easily.

If you do find damage in your home, know that SERVPRO of Allen will be there to fix your problem. We provide quick responses from our trained technicians, and we have a passion for what we do.

When the storm is over and your household members have all been marked as safe, you should do one final audit of your safety plan. Gather feedback about what worked and what needed improvement, and make any necessary adjustments so that you are ready and more prepared for the next storm.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

The Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Allen

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO Allen has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Water Damage

Flash flooding happens in the blink of an eye. Whether it be an inch or a foot of water, any water damage at all can produce a serious impact. In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you own your own home or are a business owner, unexpected flooding problems can cause major headaches to your family and your business. Thankfully, SERVPRO has the tools you need to tackle the damages and help you get back on track. We will help you understand the extent of the damage so you are able to take the proper steps towards full restoration.

We have the skills and tools to detect moisture and dry up standing water quickly. We also can assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home stays clean, dry and is restored to its preloss condition.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

This process is a very thorough, step-by-step procedure to make sure we assess and understand the extent of the damage to help return your space back to its original condition.

Storm Damage

Storms can wreak havoc on our homes, especially when you aren’t expecting the severity or location of the damage. Our goal is to always be there for you and to help you bring your home back to its pre-storm condition as soon as possible.

With tornado season looming here in Texas, it is more important than ever to have a plan in place in case of a weather emergency. If a major storm hits Allen and overwhelms local resources, we have access to equipment and other materials from our other 1,950 locations to ensure a quick and reliable response to your needs.

Storm and water damage can damage the structure of your home, but storms can also damage personal belongings and possessions. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing. Your family heirlooms and fine furniture are important to us as well!

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are here when you need us and are waiting patiently for your call. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our experts in the big green trucks are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. We’re locally owned and operated, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States. You can count on us to have your home or business back to "Like it never even happened." status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

A Partner Your Business Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Allen

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

"a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage" SERVPRO of Allen are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Owning a business means that each day there will be new challenges, exciting opportunities and on occasion, there could be accidents or disasters. All these challenges fall on you, and you need to be prepared. As you know, any type of disaster or accident can become a devastating loss.

You can rest assured that with SERVPRO of Allen right here to help you, you will be better prepared for any of these events. We will work with you to restore your business or help you get it clean. We strive to see our community grow and thrive, so we have a vested interest in helping take care of your business.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and flooding are the top causes of financial loss for U.S. businesses. These things can cause much damage, especially if action isn’t taken quickly. You should know that when you call SERVPRO, we will handle the situation promptly and thoroughly.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery can start before a disaster strikes, as long as your business is prepared. We can work to help you establish an emergency plan, so that when the time comes, you can roll it out with ease. This plan should outline basics such as an emergency chain of command, alternative work sites and temporary vendors, along with so much more!

Cleaning of All Kinds. We can handle specialty cleaning needs such as trauma site cleanup and biohazard removal, along with more general cleaning needs such as carpet and upholstery cleaning. We have a solution for mess you may encounter

Restoration Services. There are things that happen in life that are beyond our control sometimes! Storms can flood your office, an electrical fire could break out in the kitchen or an appliance hose may leak. Regardless of the incident that happens, you will need to have your business restored and cleaned. You can trust SERVPRO of Allen to get it done.

Industry Specialization. We have spent decades learning the ins and outs of commercial enterprises so that we can provide business owners with the best service. Whatever specific needs you might have for your company, we can tackle the cleaning and restoration. We will also do our best to enclose our work area so that you can continue business as normal.

Spring Showers and Other Weather Hazards | SERVPRO® of Allen

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

"an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky" Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Allen is a click away if you experience any damage.

We live in the one of the largest nations in the world. When you have such a large area, “seasonal weather” can mean a multitude of things. With everything so spread out, it means that certain areas of the country experience different weather patterns, as well as different weather threats.

With spring upon us, it’s safe to assume that warm and air will collide and can cause weather events all throughout the nation. That’s why you must stay prepared, and keep in mind the particular type of weather we experience here in Allen.

Take the Pacific Northwest, for example—it is prone to heavy rain over the spring months. This can cause flooding and water damage issues for area residents. The higher elevations will still be dealing with snow, which means that the snow melting and runoff can cause problems of its own.

When you think of the Upper Midwest and Northeast regions, you know it’s still quite cold there. People who live anywhere from Maine to North or South Dakota will expect cold weather to the point that they could still be dealing with snowstorms and blizzards! It’s as if their spring season doesn’t start until early summer.

Unlike the previously mentioned regions, the southern West Coast will already have to be on the lookout for excessive heat waves. These heat waves can be incredibly dangerous to the lives and safety of residents.

From where we are located, Texas, all the way to Iowa, residents will need to watch out for windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires. These can easily be spread by winds and dry season. This part of the country is also known as Tornado Alley, which is where tornadoes are particularly common.

Then you have the Southeast region, which will experience a wide range of severe weather. People in this area are likely to see everything from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms to dangerous rip currents or early-season hurricanes.

As you can tell, it doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in, hazardous weather is a real threat to every portion. While you may be experiencing a lovely spring afternoon, with the right amount of wind, your neighbor one state over could be experiencing the blizzard of a lifetime. That’s why you need to stay prepared and ready, because Mother Nature can’t be controlled.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

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

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Allen team if you are dealing with any 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.

Commercial Cleaning Solutions for Businesses

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Allen for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO offers solutions for homeowners that need restoration after an accident or disaster. Whether it’s storm, fire, water or mold damage, SERVPRO can handle it. Did you know we provide the same restoration services to businesses as well?

We absolutely do! While we grew up on helping homeowners, we also provide a wide variety of services to business owners. We’ll tackle storm, water, fire and smoke damage, and we also have other offerings that are specific to the commercial industry.

The condition of your facilities communicates to your customers that you care about cleanliness and their safety. SERVPRO can help keep your facilities in pristine condition.

Cleaning Services for Businesses

Your focus should be on creating the best customer experience that you can. Let our focus be on making your business sparkle for them.

We are professional and highly trained when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing commercial spaces.

Retail facilities, such as local specialty retailers, national franchise stores, strip malls and grocery stores. From locally owned grocers and delis to the large national brands, we provide services that keep your commercial space spotless.

Preschools, grammar schools, middle and high schools, and even colleges and universities. Studies demonstrate regular cleaning by students and faculty only removes half the bacteria from desks. And if not cleaned daily, the numbers are worse.

Dialysis centers, hospice homes and other healthcare facilities. In facilities where health is not only a priority, but a mandate, we can ensure facilities are cleaner than CDC standards.

Hotels, convention centers and other facilities in the hospitality industry. The hotel lobby is the “first impression” for guests. SERVPRO can make it shine!

Warehouses, distribution centers, restaurants and other food service facilities. We let you focus on running your business and leave the cleaning and sanitization to us.

Apartment complexes, property management facilities, and everything from small office buildings to multi-level high rises. Residents will acknowledge the energy you put in to provide top-shelf sanitation service and environmental care.

Organizations lose a staggering $260 billion per year due to lost productivity that comes from employee illnesses. Let SERVPRO provide a clean and sanitized environment for employees and customers.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Finding a Restoration Company You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Allen

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of Allen.

Disasters come in all shapes and size—there is no one size fits all! Whether you’ve experienced a tornado, severe thunderstorm, fire or a flood, odds are you’re going to need the services of a restoration company.

When the time comes, you’re going to need to act quickly to decide who is going to be your restoration partner.

There are some vital questions you need to ask when looking for a service and restoration company:

Are They Trustworthy?

Sadly, not everyone who shows up after a disaster is here to help. Disasters bring out scammers, and all they want is a quick buck without having to do the work. Local contractors with ties to the community are in it for the long haul.

We’ve been around the block, so to speak. We’re part of a national company that has been in business for over 50 years, and we’ve been helping people that entire time. We have millions of satisfied customers to prove it.

Moreover, national brands like the PGA Tour trust us to get their facilities and tour stops and restored should a disaster strike an event.

How Fast Can They Get to Me?

Speed is important during an emergency. You’ve got to reach someone right away, and they should have the resources to respond to your needs immediately. Especially if it’s a large local disaster.

When a storm rips through town and creates a mess, we’re on call 24 hours a day to respond to your restoration needs.

Is a Fleet Available If Local Resources Can’t Handle It?

SERVPRO of Allen is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in Allen ready to act. But if there is a surge of activity at hand, your local franchise is backed by the full, nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises.

We’re experts at sending disaster response teams from across the region to support a franchisee that is experiencing significant demand. This ensures every homeowner gets the attention they deserve.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

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