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Who You Gonna Call? CALL SERVPRO!

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO ofGreater Waco specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Let us take the worry out of emergency. You can be assured that our technicians will explain the process from start to finish so you know exactly what is going on in your home. Our crews are highly trained in applied structural drying, fire and smoke damage restoration, lead based paint activities and restoration and many more. We use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are local, 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. We’re available 24/7 so night or day, we are just a call away at 254-224-5999 for your emergency restoration needs.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Waco and the surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flood disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery https://www.SERVPROgreaterwaco.com/emergency-restoration. Teams https://www.SERVPROgreaterwaco.com/emergency-restoration , that are strategically located throughout the United States. We recently were able to collect additional air movers that required over 100 units and still support other emergency service requests in the area. When emergencies strike, we make solutions happen.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 254-224-5999

First Responders Bowl 2020

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

First Responders Bowl Logos The number 19, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns take on UTSA Roadrunners, Saturday Dec. 26, 2020, in the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl

First Responders Bowl 2020

We are excited for the upcoming SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl featuring the number 19, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, on Saturday, December 26th at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. You can tune in for kickoff at 2:30 pm (CT) on ABC

In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.

SERVPRO of Greater Waco has been an active supporter of first responders and has sent first responders to the First Responder Bowl in past years.  SERVPRO of Greater Waco has also been involved with pregame on field presentations and has actively recruited and hired military veterans to our staff.

This will be the second time the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl will be held at the SMU Mustangs home field.

The bowl was previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and Ticket City Bowl and had been held at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.

Check out the bowl's website for more information: 

www.firstresponderbowl.com

A Higher Standard of Clean- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Shield Logo Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Shield Logo

There’s never a convenient time for Covid-19 contamination to strike your commercial property.  Every hour spent cleaning and sanitizing is an hour of lost revenue, productivity and potential infection.  So, when the need arises for professional cleaning and sanitation, leave it to the professionals of SERVPRO Greater Waco for your biohazard cleanup needs with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned for next level professional cleaning service. Our goal is to leave your customers, employees and community members rest assured that a business cleaned by SERVPRO Greater Waco is a “Higher Standard of Clean”.

We have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business in a clean and safe environment with technicians on-call 24/7. Our cleaning follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s parameters to ensure you come back to a safe environment and goes above and beyond normal janitorial cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the SERVPRO shield window decal with the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned emblem along with date of sanitize and disinfection. This gives your customers proof that you’ve went above and beyond for your Covid-19 cleaning procedures to ensure their safety during these trying times.  We’re all in this together but let SERVPRO Greater Waco take some of the stress of next level sanitation off your list.

Don’t Let Injuries Skyrocket

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Gold fireworks explode over a military instillation Fireworks explode in the skies above a military instillation

“Hey! Watch this!”, famous last words before throwing the lighter instead of the firecracker leading to tears, a blistered hand and a paranoid father who thought small fireworks were harmless. According the Consumer Product Safety Commission 2019 Fireworks Annual Report, there were an estimated 800 emergency department-treated injuries associated with firecrackers. Of these, an estimated 24 percent were associated with small firecrackers, 16 percent with large firecrackers, 3 percent with illegal firecrackers, and the remaining 57 percent were associated with firecrackers of an unspecified size. The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 30 percent); legs (an estimated 23 percent); eyes (an estimated 15 percent); head, face, and ears (an estimated 15 percent); and arms (an estimated 10 percent) with burns being the most common injury.

Here are a few tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make your holiday fire season just a little safer:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick-up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Explore Waco with SERVPRO

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Male throws a hatchet at a wooden target Construction Manager Justin, throws an ax at Stumpy's Hatchet House during a team building event for SERVPRO Greater Waco

With a mild Texas winter upon us, now is the best time to explore the greatness the city of Waco has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite down time spots to explore when we aren’t responding to water mitigation and fire emergencies.

  • Visit Magnolia Market in downtown Waco. A great spot to shop til’ you drop or stop by the food trucks and grab a bite to eat made famous by the HGTV series Fixer Upper featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. Job File Coordinator Jenifer recommends the Alabama Sweet Tea Co., southern sweet tea served in a mason style jar. “It’s perfect to sip and stroll through downtown Waco and the Silo District and take a ride on the trolley”.
  • A fun historical fact, Waco is host to the Dr. Pepper Museum which is known as the home of the famous soft drink and opened officially in 1991. Take a tour and enjoy a free Dr. Pepper with paid admission. They even offer a VIP experience for the biggest Pepper fans.
  • Nothing is more Texas than Friday night lights football. Visit one of the various local high school football fields on a Friday night with stadiums that are sure to impress with enthusiastic fans and some of the top prospective college athletes. You may even catch a glance of SERVPRO Greater Waco employee on the field.
  • For the outdoors lover in your home, visit Waco Mammoth National Monument and explore the Bosque River and see where the first of 7 mammoths were found in 1978 along with the dig shelter where species discovered since 1990 still remain for further scientific study and public viewing.
  • To learn about the beginnings of Waco, check out the Waco Historical Foundation which offers historical home tours and education on the early beginnings of Waco.
  • Throw an ax at Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Bring your own food, drinks and game face for an evening of ax throwing.  Don’t know how to throw an ax? No problem, let staff at Stumpy’s train you before you hit the pits. Production Technician Ryan is our resident Stumpy’s sharp shooter and holiday party champion.
  • Go wild at the Cameron Park Zoo. Start off with the white handed Gibbons, relax in the Brazos River Country then move it, move it at Lemur Island.  It’s great for a simple day outing or go all out and reserve for a special event.
  • Crazy about queso? Visit the cheese cave at Brazos Valley Cheese. Yes, you read that right, A CHEESE CAVE. 6,000 cubic feet and space to store up to 2,000 wheels of cheese. While the inside is not open to the public you can salivate in your mask and look through the observation window. You can also learn how to make your own cheese board and shop for gourmet Texas made treats.
  • A little unknown is that Waco has a budding brewery community. Stop by one of several for a cold pint and a warm bite to satisfy even the pickiest of pallets. Check out Southern Roots Brewing Co, Bare Arms Brewing , Waco Ale Company or Brotherwell Brewing.  Construction Manager Justin and Production Technician Jared recommend Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt Whiskey.
  • We can’t forget to recommend our franchise owner’s alma mater, Baylor University. Baylor offers one of the best undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation nestled on 1,000 acres with a student body of 16,000. They now offer a self-guided walking tour with the walking tour app. Sic em’ bears!

Beyond the Standard

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO production crew in front of a company SERVPRO green production vehicle Production crew members Jared, Freddie and Ryan stand in front of a SERVPRO production vehicle.

There are the local restoration companies and then there is SERVPRO of Greater Waco tackling the competition and shattering expectations.  Each of our production technicians obtains an IICRC water mitigation certified technician, even our office professionals are certified.  This means from the moment you call SERVPRO of Greater Waco; you are always speaking with a highly trained professional.

In 2019 we received the Best Review Rating from SERVPRO Corporate after just opening in 2018 with a perfect online rating across all websites.

Our Facebook reviews are perfect and our google reviews boast a locally leading 5-star rating after 78 reviews. 

Don’t just take our word for it, see what our customers have to say:

“Selling a home that had been vacant for a while. There was a stale odor, prompt and well done, the odor is gone. Great company!”- Lori Pound

“Felt like a mom and pop business! Teddy was the best with communication and calling with updates. Five Stars for sure!”- Gina Davis

“These were the most dependable people I have done business with in a very long time. My house flooded, all the way to the street. They were at my house within the hour and started the process of drying me out. I had to leave my house for part of it but did not hesitate giving them a key. I highly recommend this fine company and will definitely be referring them in the future.”- Monty German

“Teddy is the best of the best. Extremely knowledgeable, attentive to the details, fair, and honest.
If you have water, mold, or fire issues, NOBODY is better. CALL HIM!”- Randy and Jodi Oosterheert

With Teddy as our leader bringing in 10 years of industry experience there’s no surprise why the bar is set so high. We have a saying around here that resonates throughout, “there’s the standard, then there’s the Teddy standard”.

Ice, Ice Baby

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Snowflake graphic illustration Snowflake graphic illustration

While the sun is still shining at SERVPRO Greater Waco, the temperatures are due to drop on a dime.  Make sure you’re not caught in the cold with our winterizing tips from our national partner, Grange Insurance Group.

  • Protect against frozen pipes by insulating those that could be susceptible to freezing. With severe temperature drops, keep a stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing and bursting.
  • Prevent ice dams by cleaning out your gutters, installing gutter guards (if feasible) and making sure the attic floor is properly insulated. The attic itself should be well-ventilated and about 10 degrees warmer than outside.
  • Caulk around holes and openings to help prevent cold air from seeping in. Install weather stripping and seals around openings such as windows, doors, air conditioners and mail chutes.
  • Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.
  • Consider installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can prevent them from bursting. It’s also a good idea to learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located.
  • Set your thermostat for at least 65 degrees and make sure your house or apartment is well-insulated.
  • Furnaces, boilers and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to clear any buildup and to keep them running efficiently.
  • Residential fires are more common in winter, so it is important that all of your smoke detectors work. Check them monthly and replace batteries as needed. You should also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to avoid inadvertently trapping this toxic gas in your home.
  • Keep the trees trimmed and remove dead branches and debris from your yard. Ice, snow and wind can weaken trees and cause branches to fall and potentially damage your home, car or even yourself and others.

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

a single lit candle A single lit candle in a cathedral.

The holidays are here but SERVPRO Greater Waco is still on alert for your mistletoe mischief, since according to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas lights cause an estimated 40% of Christmas tree fires.   To fend off the resting Grinch face, we’ve compiled a list of holiday saving tips to keep your holiday season merry and bright.

  • Make sure to only purchase UL-listed lights with UL being the industry standard in safety certifying products
  • Be careful not to overload extension cords. Before you start plugging in, find out the wattage rating of your extension cord, as well as the power requirements of any lights or decorations you’re planning to plug into it. A wattage rating is the amount of electricity that an extension cord is built to carry, and if the combined power requirements (or “pull”) of your lights and decorations exceed that rating.
  • Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • If you’re planning to decorate outdoors, make sure that you use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Indoor products exposed to the elements can cause a shocking surprise and fire hazard.
  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat, creating a fire risk.
  • Make sure to not run chords or lights behind furniture
  • Make sure to throw away damaged lights or chords with wires showing
  • If using a real tree, make sure to water it daily to prevent drying out and increasing a fire hazard
  • Blow out lit candles and turn off all light strings and decorations when leaving the room or going to bed.

A Covid-Free Holiday Season

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday lights and decorations illustrating the holiday season Christmas tree in Waco Texas with illuminating twinkle lights and ornaments

While this time of year everyone has done the gobble til’ they wobble, SERVPRO Greater Waco is on emergency standby for Aunt Greta’s famous, “it’s ready when the smoke alarm tells me”, pie. What people may not know is this year’s mission is even much more extensive with the spread Covid-19. We are here to make your home Covid free and clean with our biohazard professionals ready to clean and disinfect according to protocols set by the CDC. Here are some tips from www.cdc.gov to make your holiday, virus free.

  • Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If hosting an outdoor event is not possible, and you choose to host an indoor event, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated, or fully enclosed indoor spaces.
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to the extent that is safe and feasible based on the weather.
  • Provide or encourage attendees to bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy. For example, extra masks (do not share or swap with others), hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and tissues.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Host activities with only people from your local area as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible. Use EPA approved disinfectants.
  • Avoid large group settings

From our families, to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season.

Tropical Storm BETA

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

flood waters surround a metal park bench Governor Gregg Abbot has issued disaster declarations for 29 counties for BETA's projected landfall Monday night.

This morning’s update on the 2nd tropical system that will make landfall include warnings and watches for storm-surge flooding, heavy rainfall,  and tropical-storm force winds. This marks the third tropical system in 2 months to affect Texas. For Central Texas, this means showers with light winds but no flooding concerns. Coastal cities of Texas and Louisiana however are anticipating most of the effects which would include 40-60 mph winds, and up to 15 inches of rainfall. This means these areas are also expecting severe flooding that will remain for several days until it can subside and isolated tornadoes as winds move inland. 

Tropical Storm BETA is predicted to make landfall at Matagorda Bay, between Galveston and Corpus Christi Monday evening.

  • Local storm updates can be found HERE.