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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)

insurance policies binders and pens sitting on a table in sunny room SERVPRO of Allen is your go-to in case a disaster occurs. Get in touch with us to learn more.

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.

Come join our team at SERVPRO of Allen!

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Do you want to help people? Are you a service driven professional looking for a career where you can help those that have been impacted by a water or fire loss?

If this is you, SERVPRO of Allen is currently looking to fill positions in water and fire mitigation, content and structure cleaning and mold remediation.

We are also looking for construction professionals for our sister company Rocklett Construction LLC with both full-time and sub-contract opportunities.

The requirements for this position:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

    Please call 469-247-4429 for more information or email your resume to office@SERVPROallen.com

How to Avoid Furnace Fires | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

a person in a blue shirt reaching up to change a furnace filter If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Allen to learn more.

Wow! This summer has definitely been a warm one. But with fall upon us, we may be thinking about cranking up our furnaces again. Waking up with toasty toes rather than a freezing nose has its temptations.

About 62 million houses in the U.S. use natural gas furnaces for heat. Other houses use wood furnaces, and a proud few still burn coal. These suggestions focus on gas furnaces, but it’s important to perform preventive maintenance on any type of furnace.

Clean-Up Time

Clean around the furnace. Do a quick clean-up, making sure no insulation, paper, boxes or anything else is stored within three feet of the furnace.

Clean the furnace itself. Dirt can cause motor overheating, and it can prevent you from seeing problems with wiring or other issues.

Look at Your Air Filter

Is your air filter clean? Dirty air filters can reduce air flow and lead to overheating, increasing the chances of fire.

Check Chimney Flues and Outside Vents

Check for buildup inside the vents, as well as outside obstructions such as birds’ nests.

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working?

It’s a good time to check both your smoke and CO alarms. If you don’t have them—get them.

For Some Things, You Need a Professional

Every year, it’s a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional. They can check for items such as a cracked heat exchanger, incorrect pressure in the furnace and even flame color, which can indicate how well your furnace is functioning. If you haven’t had your furnace serviced lately, this is a good time to make an appointment.

If your home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Allen can help. Our agents are on call around the clock so we can start helping you get back to normal, fast. Contact us at any hour for assistance.

Why You Should Count on Us to Handle Your Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Having storm damage occur to your home or business is alarming and devastating. Structural damage, water damage and electrical damage are all extremely common after a storm, and choosing a restoration company that you can count on and one that is actually a legitimate resource can be an endeavor.

However difficult it is to start the recovery process after a storm damages your property, it is definitely worth it to find a restoration company you can count on. The price of storm damage repairs continues to rise with the frequency of severe weather events, and working with a company you trust can make a big difference.

When You Sustain Storm Damage, Depend on Us

Our local and national reputation matters to us. Many of the scams that pop up after a large storm or disaster involve companies that are not active in the area and not well-regarded in the restoration community, but with us, you never have to be concerned about that. We have been helping the community recover from disasters both large and small for many years, and we are proud of our reputation as an industry leader in restoration.

Our teams can scale up as needed. Regardless of how large the storm is or how much of the area it impacted, you can count on us to be able to help no matter what. With our national SERVPRO® partners by our side, we can call for reinforcements when needed to make sure we can scale up and provide excellent service after storms of any caliber.

Our response time does not depend on when you call. Finding out you have storm damage is never convenient, but regardless of what time you discover it, you can count on us to help out. With our 24-hour emergency service, you will not have to waste valuable time waiting on us to return your call or show up—you can call us at any hour and we will start assembling our team to get out to you ASAP and get started on your restoration.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Tips for Sheltering Anywhere During a Sudden Summer Storm

8/31/2020 (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.

Planning and Executing Workplace Fire Evacuation Drills | SERVPRO® of Allen

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Allen specializes in fire restoration.

Understanding your business’ risk levels from a market perspective is key, but it is important to also understand the risk levels you face from disasters and emergencies. Fires at businesses occur every year, and for those who do not focus on lessening their impact, they can be devastating.

While there are many elements to fire safety in the workplace, we highly encourage businesses to start with what will keep their staff as safe as possible by creating a system for evacuation drills. These drills will not take up much time and will help your staff know exactly what to do if the fire alarm sounds.

Create a System for Evacuation Drills at Your Business

Consult with your local fire officials. There are many online resources available for business owners to do their research regarding fire safety, but do not forget about community resources as well. The local fire squad will likely be able to schedule a visit and provide you with valuable counsel regarding the best evacuation routes to set up based on the specifics of your building.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have decided what evacuation routes suit your needs, be sure they are labeled clearly and your staff is aware of the upcoming drill. Keeping everyone looped in will create more transparency and be sure every one of your staff members are prepared when the drill begins.

Have fire drills frequently. While it is possible to have drills too frequently, we generally find that the problem is not scheduling them often enough to make an impact. You should have them with enough regularity that they are fresh in everyone’s mind, so that even if a fire does start unexpectedly, everyone remembers exactly what the protocol is.

Run different fire scenarios. Fires can start and spread in a multitude of ways, especially in a commercial or office space. Keep your drills dynamic by taking this into account—have the drill begin in different spots around the office, so your staff can become accustomed to using different exits with little notice just as they would need to in a real fire.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

We are Cleaning Experts

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today at SERVPRO of Allen, 469-247-4429

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Ready for Storms

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Allen is your local franchise, available to meet your fire damage, water damage, mold damage, and biohazard needs. If you're familiar with us, you may have heard us say that we're faster to any size disaster. But, do you know why we can claim that?

Obviously, at our local office, we have experienced teams at the ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to be dispatched to your home or business, assess the situation you're experiencing, then get to work on remediating the damage to prevent further issues, and get your home or business back to normal as quickly as possible.

In addition to our local people, we also have a nationwide franchise network able to mobilize quickly. By utilizing our existing infrastructure, SERVPRO green can rain down and reinforce our efforts to rescue all of those impacted by storms.

Are You Ready?

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Are you ready in the event of a disaster impacting your business?

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

As many as half of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that do, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

By working with SERVPRO of Allen to create an Emergency READY Profile for your company, you reduce 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 ERP, as it is called, is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By utilizing this tool, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO of Allen is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call us today to schedule a consultation to set up your ERP! The best time for planning for such events is not when it happens, but well before it does.

469-247-4429

Destructive Storms Roll Through

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain, hail, lightning, and strong straight line winds can come when severe weather strikes. Let SERVPRO of Allen help you pick up the pieces.

While thunderstorm season is technically over, it never really is in Texas, is it? 

Storms have been rolling across our state, dropping large amounts of rain, hail, bringing high speed straight line winds, lightning strikes, and leaving destruction of varying sorts in their wake.

SERVPRO of Allen is committed to be HERO Ready in emergencies, coordinating efforts to keep our crews equipped with supplies and energy in order to push relentlessly through the wreckage caused by storms.

Roofs, siding, windows, and brick effacements are only some of the external components of a home or commercial building that can suffer damage during a severe thunderstorm. Secondary to that is the water damage caused by leaks and flooding, or even mold damage.

SERVPRO of Allen is able to immediately respond to your call for aid, to move pertinent contents, and begin cleaning up the interior damage. Within 24 hours, progress can be well on the way to bringing down humidity levels, and demo can begin in order to prevent growth and expedite drying. 

Two Types of Smoke

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Two Types of Smoke?

Did you know that there are two types of smoke? Well, there are!

The two types are wet and dry smoke:

Wet smoke comes from plastic and rubber, usually low heat, with a strong odor, and is sticky and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean than with dry smoke.

Dry smoke is usually fast burning, with high temperatures; the heat rises, which means the smoke does too!

These sorts of distinctions are only some of the reasons that you should choose SERVPRO of Allen to respond when you encounter fire or smoke damage in your home or business. Our history serving folks in the Allen area, regardless of the type of damage sustained, is a strong indication that you can trust us to care for you in your time of need. Give us a call, and let us help you with your fire or smoke damage!

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Go team!

At SERVPRO of Allen, we feel we have one of the best teams around. Our crew members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to and help take care of all your emergency service needs. Throughout their day, our crews wear many different "hats," and tackle the job at hand! We are proud that we have such an amazing team here at SERVPRO of Allen. 

Being a part of the restoration and emergency service industry, our crews get called out at all hours of the night. We are proud to have such a great group of people willing to take on this task. There are times when our crews have had to miss holidays with their families in order to serve our customers, but they always do it with a smile! We are very proud of our team!!  

Let us take care of all your Restoration needs!

Soot and Smoke Damage

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can permeate into unseen areas of your home. Let SERVPRO of Allen help.

Smoke and soot are very invasive, and can cover even non-visible surfaces within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Allen's smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action to remove it and restore your home.  

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Allen will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pre-testing. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We are equipped to restore your fire and smoke damage, will treat your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.

Have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage? Call us today at 469-247-4429

24 Hour Residential and Commercial Restoration

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Allen for your restoration needs!

SERVPRO of Allen provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the experience to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. With our highly trained restoration technicians, and advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, we are exceptional in our industry. 

We offer residential and commercial services. Whether your home needs emergency water damage restoration, or your upholstery cleaned, you can rely on SERVPRO of Allen. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.

When fire or water damage strikes your commercial property, every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

In the Event of an Emergency, Are You Ready?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage - What to do Until Help Arrives

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a fire loss, here are some things to do and things to avoid

Things to Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Things Not to Do:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Allen.
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Allen.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Call SERVPRO of Allen for all your fire and soot damage restoration needs! 469-247-4429

Storm Damage?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

With access to a nationwide network, SERVPRO of Allen is ready to respond to any size disaster

SERVPRO of Allen specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the overall restoration cost.

When storms hit Allen, SERVPRO of Allen can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Do you have storm or flood damage? Call us 24/7 at 469-247-4429