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Fire Safety Tips Part 1

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips Part 1 This Fire was caused by a cigarette that did not make it into the ashtray properly. SERVPRO of Greater Waco was called out to clean up the aftermath.

With the holidays behind us hopefully everyone has put up their Christmas decorations. As homeowners it is essential to be mindful of the presence of fire hazards and to minimize the possibility of them causing a structure fire. A good example is keeping around a severely dehydrated, and highly flammable Christmas tree too long. SERVPRO of Greater Waco has compiled the following prevention tips for some areas in your home to help keep you and your loved ones safe from possible fire hazards throughout the new year.

In the kitchen:

• Avoid leaving cooking food unattended. If a grease fire occurs, use baking soda to extinguish it. NEVER use water on a grease fire. You can smother the fire in the pan by starving it of oxygen by placing a lid over it. Always supervise children that are cooking and educate on the dangers of fire and cooking appliances.

• Be aware of where you leave pot holders, dish towels, aprons and any cooking utensils.

• Ensure that electrical appliances are far from sinks, flames or hot plates

• Invest in carbon monoxide detector if your home does not already have one if you use natural gas for heating and cooking.

In living areas & bedrooms:

• Make your home a smoke free environment if possible, or at least ensure that cigars, cigarettes, and pipes are properly extinguished prior to disposal as they may continue to burn and may reignite.

• Recycle and replace appliances with damaged electrical cords

• Avoid running electrical wires or cords under the weight of heavy furniture and rugs

• If you feel that you often have to unplug an appliance to plug in another because your outlet is overloaded, reconsider spacing out appliances to other outlets

• Be aware that clothing or draperies do not rest atop lighting such as desk lamps.

Take a moment from your day to check the areas in your home and see if there are any possible fire hazards.

Check out our next blog for fire safety prevention tips for your bathrooms and garage from SERVPRO of Greater Waco.

Fire Safety Tips Part 2

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips Part 2 This home window was melted from the heat of a fire, it suffered no direct contact with the flames, but melted due to its proximity of the flame.

In our previous blog SERVPRO of Greater Waco covered some fire safety tips for the kitchen, living areas, and bedrooms. Here you’ll find more suggestions on locating possible fire hazards that exist in your home and reminders of how to keep you and your loved ones safe from structure fires.

In the bathroom:

• Ensure that proper care is taken when using candles in a restroom for deodorizing and that they are snuffed out before you leave

• Use appropriate incense plates or burners; do not leave cones or sticks lying on counters, shelving or windowsills

• Turn off hairstyling irons before you walk away from it and invest in fire resistant holders

• Do not use, or charge, electronic devices near you while you are showering or bathing

• Before leaving home turn off any wax or oil potpourri pots

In the garage/storage:

• Chemicals such as fuels, solvents, cleaning agents, thinners, adhesives, and paints could ignite or explode due to improper storage. Make sure you take time to organize chemicals and to properly store them, preferably away from the house if possible. Dispose of anything that is damaged or leaking.

• Do not use stoves or barbecue grills inside the garage; you could not only start a fire, but also die from carbon monoxide inhalation

• If fire extinguishers are present in the home, ensure that everyone knows its location and how to use it. We also recommend having a fire plan in place.

Now, this is not a comprehensive list by any means, but these tips should be covered with family and/or roommates so that everyone understands where fire hazards exist for everyone’s safety and well-being. SERVPRO of Greater Waco hopes you never have to experience the effects of a fire loss where you live, but we are here to help if you ever need our services. Call us 24 hours a day at (254) 224-5999.

Water Categorization

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Categorization This home in Waco suffered a water loss that was classified as Category 3. This home had roughly 3 inches of sewage water flow through it.

In the event that you require SERVPRO of Greater Waco to provide you with fire and water cleanup and restoration, you may hear the terms CAT 1-3 and water category and wonder what our franchise technicians may be referring to. During our initial phone call with a client, a question we will ask is “What is the source and condition of the water?” Understanding as much as possible about the water that is present in the water damage will make it easier for us to plan on the quickest, most cost-effective way of cleaning and restoring your home so that the end result is "Like it never even happened." Knowing the source, the condition of the water and being aware of how long water has been allowed to remain standing in the building helps us categorize the water loss as either CAT 1, 2, or 3 based on IICRC screening requirements. Category 1 (CAT 1): “clean water” Water from a clean source with no substantial risk of causing sickness or discomfort. Has no odor. Examples: broken water supply lines, tub/sink overflows with no contaminants and appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines. Category 2 (CAT 2): “gray water” Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination. Can potentially cause sickness or discomfort. Examples: aquarium leaks, waterbed leaks, toilet bowl overflows (containing urine), dishwasher or clothes washer discharges and water that enters the structure from hydrostatic pressure (from below grade). Category 3 (CAT 3): “black water” Water intrusion resulting from a grossly unsanitary source or carries pathogenic (disease causing) agents. Examples: discharge from toilets that originate from beyond the toilet trap (from the sewer or septic system) and intrusions from the surface of ground water into the structure (flood waters). At SERVPRO of Greater Waco we prioritize the health and safety of our workers and occupants regardless of the level of contamination. Call us 24/7 at 254-224-5999 and let us help you get your home or business restored "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Greater Waco is your Mold Specialists

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water intrusion can happen at anytime in an office building or home. Whether it be from a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem. Mold has many risks to human health and can cause potential damage to structure of your home or business. SERVPRO of Greater Waco has the understanding and training of how mold works, the protective gear, and the specialized equipment for your mold job. When you call our franchise, a trained representative will ask a series of questions designed to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed for the job.Your property will then be inspected for mold using our specialized equipment. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.A variety of containment procedures can take place if mold is identified, to prevent the spread of the mold and to isolate the contaminated area SERVPRO of Greater Waco will place physical containment barriers and negative air pressure. Powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums will be used to prevent the spread of mold spores during the mold remediation process.Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing dry-wall and flooring may be necessary if infested in severe cases. Our team of professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home. Give SERVPRO of Greater Waco at call at 254-224-5999.

Waiting Until You Experience a Loss From a Storm is Too Late!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Waiting Until You Experience a Loss From a Storm is Too Late! SERVPRO of Greater Waco is always Here to Help. Here is a small fleet of SERVPRO trucks working in the Marble Falls area the Llano river flood.

Although storms are an occurrence in almost every part of the world, being prepared for storms isn’t necessarily common. While one storm may not cause any damage to your home, the next one may not be so kind. Monitoring the weather and having a plan in place can save you in both time and money in the long run.Among the many things you can control to be better prepared for a storm is having a plan in place if a storm becomes dangerous. Have evacuation and shelter plans for your household, and practice them with every member if your family. Know how to shut off water, gas, or power to your home quickly if needed. Contact your insurance agent to check your insurance coverage and know what is and is not covered as far as storms are concerned. This is also a great time to review your coverages and adjust if necessary. You can literally start a ‘rainy day’ fund to be prepared financially for unexpected expenses due to storm damage. For some great advice on how to plan for an emergency look into Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help if a storm causes major or minor damage to your home. A few small steps to ensure you and your home are prepared ahead of time can help to keep any damage to a minimum and help the restoration process in both time and expense. If you have any questions regarding preparedness, or if you suffer from storm damage, give SERVPRO of Greater Waco a call 254-224-5999.

Why would you choose SERVPRO of Greater Waco

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why would you choose SERVPRO of Greater Waco Our owner, Teddy, at a Waco Commercial Water loss, pondering Why SERVPRO of Greater Waco one morning before the sunrise.

Sometimes stuff happens to your home or business and you are left with deciding who to call to help with getting it restored to a pre-damaged state. Should you ask someone who MIGHT have some restoration experience OR call a professional who knows how restore it "Like it never even happened." AND will provide an exceptional level of personalized customer service? SERVPRO of Greater Waco boasts 9 years of industry experience and is independently owned and operated. Every staff member is trained and knowledgeable in property damage restoration and the science and technology required to provide unmatched individualized service for each client. We are experts in the use of psychometry for the purpose of providing the best cleanup and restoration process possible while also being mindful of the properties of textiles, upholstery and surfaces to avoid any further damage to wet/soiled materials.Not sure if we can help? These are some of the areas and services of cleaning we are equipped with here at SERVPRO of Greater Waco:• Air ducts and HVAC• Biohazard• Carpet and upholstery• Ceilings, floors and walls• Drapes and blinds• Odor removal• Sewage• Trauma and crime scene• Vandalism and graffiti• Commercial cleaningIf you’re interested in learning even more about us, the services we provide, community involvement or certifications you can follow us on our website here at www.SERVPROGreaterWaco.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROGreaterWaco/ . Skip the search and call us at (254)-224-5999 for 24 hour emergency service for your mold, fire, or water damage events

What can I do to stay safe after storm damage to my home or place of business?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What can I do to stay safe after storm damage to my home or place of business? This home was affected by severe flooding from a river. If the Bosque river hits this historic flooding level SERVPRO of Greater Waco will be ready.
Often, we are unprepared for the aftermath caused by storms such as structural damage, flooding, even fire damage due to lightning strikes. Water becomes absorbed into the walls, floors, upholstery and belongings and within 48 hours, mold will begin to grow and spread if materials are not dried quickly and thoroughly. We at SERVPRO of Greater Waco are on call to provide you with emergency services 24/7, including holidays to ensure that the cleaning, drying and restoration process begins as soon as possible and avoid further damage to residence or commercial building. After you’ve made the call to us, its important that you keep yourself and others safe by following these tips regarding electricity. 1. Never attempt to reach your breaker if you must stand in water to do it. Call the electric company to shut it off at the meter.2. Never step into a flooded basement or room if water as come into contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.3. Do not use/touch any electrical appliances when you are wet or standing in water.4. Do not use electric tools if the ground is wet or raining.5. If an appliance has become wet or come in contact with water, have a professional check it out before it is used. Remember, safety is of the upmost importance, especially when dealing with electricity and storm damage. For more information on avoiding electric hazards, check out the following website: https://safeelectricity.org/flooding-provides-set-electrical-hazards/Feel free to call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for any of your storm damage needs.

Do you ever think of the plumbing in your business?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Do you ever think of the plumbing in your business? This commercial building water heater corroded inside until the tank began to leak. The Waco area business called SERVPRO of Greater Waco to help.

Cracked water mains or broken pipes can be a major plumbing issue for a business owner. Plumbing problems can add a great deal of stress and anxiety to an owner. Proper and effective management can aid in lowering the chance of a plumbing disaster.• Preventative maintenance: Preventative maintenance is essential to protecting your property, employees and customers. Have a routine in place to inspect your plumbing on a fairly regular basis. At the very least, do a yearly full inspection of all of your plumbing.• Fix small problems to prevent large ones: The reason preventative maintenance is important is addressing minor issues as you find them after inspection. A plumbing issue can possibly lead to lost business, so fixing problems when they are found is essential.• Have a reliable vendor: Find a trusted and reliable plumbing company in your area. There are many avenues you can take in order to find a reliable plumbing specialist. Find one that you are comfortable with and see yourself doing business with for years to come.Plumbing problems can be a major headache so taking the time to detect and fix problems is very important to keep your business up and running. SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help if a plumbing catastrophe does affect your business, but we also want businesses in our community to be safe and free of issues that can be prevented.If SERVPRO of Greater Waco can be of any service to your business, give us a call at 254-224-5999, we will be glad to help.

Mold in your Restaurant Kitchen?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in your Restaurant Kitchen? Here is an example of mold found behind a vinyl wall coating in a commercial kitchen. SERVPRO of Greater was able to asses and remediate this issue.

Running a successful restaurant in Waco, Texas can be a source of great pride for a restaurateur. Hard work and dedication can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career. However, discovering mold growth in your commercial kitchen can cause that happiness to come to an abrupt stop. But worry not, there are things you can do to avoid mold problems and keeping your restaurant clean.There are various ways mold growth can occur. In a commercial kitchen, the most common cause of mold is through the food you bring into your kitchen. Mold can grow quite easily on fruits, vegetables, breads and cheeses.Proper inspection of produce deliveries is essential before use in your kitchen. Look for abrasions, bruises, or already visible growth on your produce. Be mindful of expiration dates on food items and keep containers covered or sealed to prevent mold growth.Mold growth tends to occur in areas that are dark and damp and in a generally unused area. This may cause mold to go unnoticed until it has already grown significantly. A ventilation system that reduces the humidity in the kitchen can help prevent mold growth. Water is always present in a commercial kitchen, so be mindful of these damp areas that can be a breeding ground for mold.Keep your restaurant clean and mold free, so that you may enjoy the fruits of your labor. But if a mold problem does pop up, know that SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help in any way we can.If you suspect you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for a free commercial mold inspection.

Restoring Your Waco Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Waco Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event The attic of a Waco commercial property which suffered a water loss. SERVPRO of Greater Waco responded and was able to get the business back open.

Flooding and water damage events in Waco commercial properties are often challenging with countless issues that require a knowledgeable trained expertise and a timely response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-scale event, we work as fast as possible to deal with the situation and make it like never even happened. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.Restoring Commercial Properties Offer Many ChallengesWe are trained professionals and understand the legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budget. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We are trained to arrive with all the necessary equipment needed for the job and at a fast pace. Give us a call when your next emergency arises! About SERVPRO of Greater Waco:SERVPRO of Greater Waco specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to multiple IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property like it never even happened!