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All the Reasons You Need to Make SERVPRO Your First Choice

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew posing in front of a van. We're better than the competition, all the time.

When your business is harmed by a natural disaster, a serious plumbing problem, a fire, or a flood, you must move quickly to minimize commercial water damage, minimize financial loss, and keep your doors open. Commercial restoration companies provide a variety of services to help you restore your property to its original state, which you probably won't be able to achieve on your own if you've had extensive damage. Why is SERVPRO better than the competition?SERVPRO's trained experts are among the best in the industry. No task is too huge for their Commercial Large Loss Division, which can manage any magnitude disaster anywhere in the United States. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our Disaster Recovery Team will respond quickly to water damage caused by floods, tornadoes, blizzards, and other natural disasters. Every day we help customers who have suffered damage to their home or business, get back up and running.  SERVPRO provides a wide range of restoration services to help you get your home back on track after a disaster, including: 
  • Cleaning up the water
  • Commercial cleaning services are available.
  • Restoration after a fire or smoke
  • Storm damage rehabilitation for businesses
  • After a disaster, excessive mold and growth development is a common concern owing to water damage and wet conditions. Mold cleanup firms like SERVPRO can take care of the infestation and restore the property to its preloss state.
SERVPRO professionals understand that the longer a commercial property owner is forced to deal with a disaster, the more money they will lose. For years, this organization has been Mesquite, and the surrounding communities' go-to option for top-tier restoration services.

STORM Team - Activate!

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO Mesquite van parked in front of a home. We're not in Kansas anymore, team.

If you’ve been following the weather -- and we get it, not everyone is into national weather forecasts -- you’d know that the Bloomington-Normal Illinois area got uncharacteristically drenched in rain on Friday, June 25th, 2021. Severe storms dropped as much as 6.5 inches of rain in some parts of the county, causing vehicles to stand where they were waterlogged, sump pumps to fail, and electricity to become unreliable at best. 

Rain water from the street poured in through basement windows, leaving thousands of people with more water on their hands than they knew what to do with. And if our readers have paid attention to any of the blogs before this one, they know that unchecked water -- whether it’s a little, or a lot-- can wreak havoc on a home, creating immediate and long lasting damage, and cost homeowners thousands. 

That’s where SERVPRO Mesquite comes in. 

The wonderful thing about SERVPRO is that we’re not only here to help our local neighbors, but in instances like this one, where there’s too much water damage for a single SERVPRO location to handle, no matter where it is, we suit up to help get the job done. 

Our teams have been toiling away in Illinois, working long hours to help neighbors we don’t see all too often, and help get them back to, "Like it never even happened."

Smoke Detectors: Protect Your Home or Business from Fire

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Man changing the batteries in his smoke detector. Changing your smoke detectors batteries is easy, and guarantees smoke and fires don't go unnoticed.

Checking smoke alarms on a regular basis is an important element of home and building maintenance that will keep your house or company safe. Smoke detector checks are a simple and effective way to safeguard your building and its occupants from smoke and fire emergencies, and keeping yours in good working order doesn't take much effort. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly by following the guidelines below.

Why check smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are one of the few products in your house or business that can genuinely save lives in the event of a fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, house fires are more than twice as likely to turn deadly in homes without functional smoke detectors. Whether it's a large commercial facility that takes additional time to evacuate or family home full of individuals who are sleeping, providing as much time as possible to flee the premises is critical during a fire. Working smoke alarms provide important early notice which can directly affect the survival of valued family and employees.

Tips for checking smoke detectors

While smoke detector technology has improved and become more dependable than ever before, it is still necessary to inspect and test yours on a regular basis. To conduct a complete smoke detector check in your home or office, follow these suggestions from the experts at SERVPRO Mesquite. Enjoy daily peace of mind knowing that you'll have life-saving assistance when you need it most.

  • Be compliant: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) maintains fire prevention rules and requirements for all types of occupancies. To guarantee you have the most up-to-date information and are in compliance, look into the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and the Life Safety Code from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 
  • Adhere to manufacturer guidelines: The maker of your smoke detectors will provide model-specific maintenance and testing recommendations for your home or company. All documentation should be kept so that you can refer to it as needed.       
  • Check to see what types of smoke detectors are installed: Smoke detectors are divided into two types that are typically seen in homes and workplaces. A smoke alarm that runs on batteries is common in homes and may be fitted almost anyplace. An AC-powered (hard-wired) smoke detector is better suited for long-term use and is commonly found in commercial buildings.                   
  • Alert your family/employees and run tests. Smoke detectors emit a high-pitched sound that may offend or frighten some members of your family, staff, or customers. Everyone will be able to shield their ears or prepare for the sound if they are given advance notice prior to smoke alarm testing.
  • Assign someone to stand at the furthest location from the alarm: While the sound of a smoke alarm test may be audible close to the device, it may not be audible elsewhere on your property. Consider installing another smoke alarm in that area if the sound is low or muffled.
  • Monthly testing: Use the integrated test button to check every smoke alarm in the building at least once a month. To indicate that the device is receiving electricity, some newer models have flashing or steady LEDs that shine. Other models are linked, allowing you to test them all at the same time.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year if they have a replaceable battery. Do not wait until your alarms begin to chirp before replacing the batteries. Make a note of it and make sure you're always safe. When you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time, it's a good idea to replenish your batteries.            
  • Replace smoke detectors every ten years or 87,000 hours to guarantee you have the most up-to-date technology and the finest protection possible. Even "long-life" smoke alarms must be changed after 10 years since non-removable lithium batteries only have a 10-year guarantee. This is necessary owing to a buildup of impurities in the internal sensors.

Protect your home or business by maintaining your smoke detectors.

Any home or business can be destroyed by a fire. While SERVPRO's remediation experts are here to help you recover from smoke or fire damage to your home or company, you can make sure the right safety procedures and equipment are in place to keep your family and coworkers safe and minimize fire damage in an emergency.

Staying Safe During Storms

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a backdrop of stormy clouds. Storms don't scare us. We scare them, with our crazy-quick clean up skills.

As mitigation experts, storms mean property damage: Heavy rains lead to flooding, which can damage your HVAC system, walls, floors, and corrode your valuables; High winds can damage your homes and expose them to the elements; Lightning can strike exposed roofs and start fires. 

But lightning doesn't only pose a threat to your home and valuables. 

Between 2006 and 2018, 33 persons died on average each year in the United States as a result of lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service. In addition, over 75% of those killed by lightning strikes were doing anything outside during a rainstorm, such as working, hiking, camping, or enjoying watersports.

As a result, when a thunderstorm strikes, it's critical to seek cover as soon as possible and exercise caution. However, because shelter may not be instantly available to everyone stuck outside, we've put together some lightning safety recommendations. Stay safe indoors and out during a thunderstorm by following these lightning safety precautions.

Outdoor Safety tips

Follow these lightning safety tips if you're outside and can't find a safe, enclosed shelter:

  • Motorcycles, scooters, golf carts, and bicycles should all be avoided.
  • Stay away from power lines, wire fences, metal pipes, railways, and other metallic routes that can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from open fields and elevation regions such as mountain ridges or hills. Also, don't take cover under cliffs or rocky overhangs. Go to a low-lying area like a ravine or a valley but keep an eye out for flash floods.
  • If you're in the backcountry or in the woods, get off the mountain as soon as safely possible. Go to the other side of the mountain, away from where the clouds are forming.
  • If you're in the woods, find a low spot under a dense canopy of little trees. However, never seek refuge behind a single tree because they serve as natural lightning rods.
  • Staying in a tent is not a good idea. Because most modern tents feature carbon fiber or metal poles, they can act as a grounding channel for a cloud-to-ground lightning strike. Also, stay away from porches.
  • Water is an electrical conductor, so stay away from it and damp goods. Remove yourself from bodies of water such as pools, ponds, and lakes.
  • Before leaving your shelter, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.
  • If someone is struck by lightning, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Victims may exhibit a variety of symptoms, so be ready to seek assistance, provide CPR, or medical treatment.

Indoor safety Tips

  • Keep your distance from windows and doors, as well as porches.
  • Anything that consumes electricity, such as TVs, laptops, and cords, should be avoided. Use mobile or cordless phones instead of corded phones.
  • Don't use your home's plumbing - don't use the bathroom or kitchen sinks, and don't take a shower.
  • During thunderstorms, bring your dog and other animals inside. Lightning strikes are dangerous to dogs tethered to trees.
  • To avoid being struck by lightning, don't plug or disconnect electrical equipment during a thunderstorm.

Lightening poses a serious threat to personal safety, as well as the safety of your home or business. Get ahead by preparing yourself and your property with storm-preparation suggestions. If your home or business has been damaged by a storm, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO Mesquite, the damage mitigation experts. We can assist you to mitigate storm and flood damage and rapidly restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Water Loss, HVAC Repairs: One Leads to the Other.

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment lined up on a shelf. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment to dry your home or business out as quickly as possible, minimizing your risk.

If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system isn't properly maintained, it can cause a lot of water damage very rapidly. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and improperly connected pipes are all common sources of HVAC water damage.

As a result, it's critical to maintain your HVAC system at least once a year. This will assist to extend the life of your unit and save you money on heating and cooling. The good news is that most HVAC maintenance activities are rather simple and do not necessitate hiring an expert.

Easy ways to help prevent HVAC Water Damage

Change the filter regularly

  • Changing the filter prevents the unit from overworking, which can result in the evaporator coils freezing and then defrosting, resulting in HVAC water damage.
  • High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters should be changed at least once a month. Depending on their type and how often you use the HVAC, it's best to change some air filters twice a year and others once a month.

Clean the condenser unit

  • The condenser is the part of your air conditioner or heat pump that is outside. To function properly, it must have adequate airflow.
  • Once a year, clean any dirt or other debris that has accumulated on the condenser (preferably at the beginning of spring).
  • Also, to ensure optimal ventilation, keep plants away from the condenser and remove anything that is covering it regularly.

Maintain the condensation drain line

  • Check the condensation line opening when your air conditioner is running to make sure water is flowing to the drain. The volume of water that flows is determined by the relative humidity in the home.
  • Clean the drainage holes in the air conditioner. Find the drainage hole in the cabinet's base (beneath the evaporator fins). To keep the AC drainage free, use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.
  • Flush your drain line with an algaecide once or twice a year to keep mildew and algae at bay. Alternatively, you can use normal bleach or a professional solution.

Have your HVAC system inspected professionally

  • Because HVAC inspection and maintenance can be challenging for homeowners, it's a smart idea to hire a professional.
  • They can evaluate and repair problems with HVAC components in addition to the activities already listed.
  • Ductwork, furnace flames, grills and registers, AC compressors, the thermostat, and other components are among the things that must be checked.

Knowing how to keep HVAC unit up to date, and reduce the risk of leaking isn't always enough to avoid water damage. Moisture from leaks encourages mold growth, which can taint the air in your home and compromise its structural integrity. If you suffer a HVAC leak, SERVPRO Mesquite can help with water damage restoration and mold eradication, quickly and efficiently, to minimize your loss and your stress.

The 4 Most Common Types of Residential Fires

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals combatting a fire. No job is too big.

Being prepared for a fire is nearly impossible. They start quickly— sometimes spontaneously— and spread even faster in our furnished businesses or homes, making it difficult to stave the flames back even if you’re present for the incident. Often, home or business owners aren’t actually at the scene of the disaster and the fire is left unchecked, consuming everything in its wake before first responders can arrive. 

Being prepared for a fire is nearly impossible, but being prepared for the aftermath isn’t. The key to getting your home or business back on its feet and functioning normally again is hiring the right group of professionals to mitigate the damage, reconstruct, and patch your home— and life— back together again. 

SERVPRO Mesquite is just such a group of professionals.  We understand the ins and outs of fire damage with more than 50 years of industry experience under our belts. And with that experience also comes a plethora of knowledge, such as, the most common types of house fires: 

  • Natural fire: Greenery, such as trees and shrubs, have burned and smoke and odor have now penetrated and damaged your walls from the outside.
  • Complex fire: Natural or synthetic items have burned inside your home, causing yellowish, greasy residue on contents. This usually comes paired with synthetic smoke odors. Emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces and materials. 
  • Protein fire: The oven or stove has burned contents, usually causing burnt-food and smoke odors to go unchecked inside your home, along with the smoke damage to surfaces. 
  • Heating malfunctions: Appliances have malfunctioned and caused smoke to be distributed throughout the home. 

SERVPRO professionals, with the help of first responders and your insurance company, can help you identify which fire your home has suffered and respond accordingly, faster than the competition. 

Another thing to consider when your home or business has suffered a fire loss, is the items that were left behind. Even if they weren’t all that close to the fire, certain materials can sustain damage: 

  • Smoke can lead to corrosion on certain materials that continues even once the fire is out. 
  • Odors linger well after the fire has come and gone, sometimes rendering a space completely unlivable. 
  • Within minutes, smoke can cause discoloration to walls and finishes; smoke can cause etching in glass, and will tarnish metal quickly. 

We know it's a lot, and that it's easier to avoid the headache. SERVPRO Mesquite is equipped to handle your loss, and we’re happy and ready to SERV. Give us a call as soon as you think you’ve suffered at the hands of a house fire, and we’ll get it right back to, “Like it never even happened.” 

How to Transition into Summer, Fire Hazard Free.

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Professional assessing a live fire. Fire is serious business, and seriously stressful.

With Summer approaching, and the loosening of COVID restrictions, many of us are looking forward to joining with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Camping, bonfires and cookouts are some of the most beloved American summer pastimes - they’re also some of the biggest causes of fire damage in the Summer months.

The great news is that being mindful of a few fire safety tips can easily help you avoid any disasters while you enjoy the season.

GRILL SAFETY

Any party really takes off around the grill. We all love good food and great company, but in the midst of all this, it can be easy to lost focus on safety. Make sure the person responsible for the grill, and maybe a back up helper, familiarize themselves with these grill safety tips, to make sure your cookout doesn’t end in burn out.

  • Keep the grill in an open are that’s well ventilated and away from trees, shrubs, and other combustible structures like your home.
  • Avoid loose fitting clothes and tie back long hair that may hang down over the open flames.
  • Check all fuel connections between the gas tank and grill before starting it, if your grill runs on gas.
  • If you have a charcoal grill, don’t use too much lighter fluid to start the fire and never add fluid once it’s lit.
  • Ensure the grill is never unattended, and keep children and pets at a safe distance.
  • Thoroughly clean the grill and utensils before and after using them.
  • Never dispose of used charcoal until it has cooled completely.

BONFIRE SAFETY

Whether it’s a fire at your campsite or a bonfire under the summer stars, everyone is bound to have fun. Regardless of the type of fire, remember to practice a few safety tips to make sure your evening stays fun and safe.

  • If you’re having a fire in a public setting, follow the rules and guidelines of that park or campgrounds for fires.
  • Choose a safe location away from tents, trees, gazebos, and other structures that could catch fire, and be sure to build your fire in a pit to prevent unwanted spreading.
  • Avoid using lighter fluid to start the fire, and do not leave it unattended.
  • Plan how you will extinguish the fire before starting it. You can do this water or by shoveling dirt over the flames.

FIREWORK SAFETY

The Fourth of July is one of our favorite Summer holidays, and a great excuse to flex that firework game! Despite our love of the Holiday and the festivities, sadly thousands of Americans suffer from fire damage, both to their properties and themselves. Don’t become a statistic this summer, follow these simple firework safety tips to be the star of the show, and of safety.

  • Choose fireworks that are legal. Be sure to follow all directions and warning labels when lighting them.
  • Supervise all children around fireworks. The highest demographic for being injured by fireworks is boys, fourteen and under.
  • Choose a safe location outside, away from your home, garage, shed, family, or grass to light the fireworks.
  • If a firework fails after lighting it, dump water on it and dispose of it safely.

Your friends at SERVPRO Mesquite want you to enjoy your summer, and we hope you never need us for fire restoration. Our experts have provided this advice, and also recommend staying in compliance with your local codes, ordinances and burn bans, to protect yourself and your property from fire damage.

If the worst happens, our professionals are ready 24/7 to assist you quickly, and to the highest standard, when it matters most.

Fire and smoke damage is a serious business, and also seriously stressful. Our expert technicians are trained to deal with damage efficiently and correctly to prevent the spread, remove smoke odor, preserve structural integrity and restore your home or building to safety.

If you’re affected by Fire Damage this summer, SERVPRO Mesquite is ready to help.

Leaky Air Conditionings: Here's What to do.

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Silhouette of a person mopping a floor. Cleaning up water can be time consuming. Why waste your own? Call SERVPRO!

As the Southern United States heads steadily into April and things begin to warm up, most people will start dusting off their window units, kicking on the fans, or lowering their thermostats to accommodate for these sunny, Southern afternoons. With temperatures beginning to reach the 80s midday, most people are starting to see the definitive line in the sand, where once there was Winter, now there is definitely Spring, and soon, Summer will be upon us with new cooling demands. 

SERVPRO Mesquite wants to extend a friendly reminder to our readers to check and service your air conditioning units, whether they’re window mounts, or central heating and air. Air conditioning units use the combination of electricity and the mechanisms inside the unit to cool the air that is expelled by the fans. These mechanisms usually involve some kind of coolant, and, you guessed it, water. And where there’s water, there’s the looming threat of water damage if that water ever becomes uncontained. 

Leaky water from the attic can ruin ceilings and walls, and even floor-level mounts can leak and effect carpet and vinyl flooring below, leading to extensive and expensive work. But unfortunately, leaky air conditioning units happen to the best of us. Here’s what to do if you find yourself with a leaky unit: 

  1. Keep the air conditioning unit turned off until the leak can be fixed. Mop up and standing water, and look at the extent of the damage. Make sure it’s a task that you can handle. If it isn’t, there are service professionals who can help.
  2. Start the drying process! Pull up affected carpet and vinyl flooring, use a shop vac to lift moisture from affected areas. Apply fans to help create cross-currents of fresh, moving air. A dehumidifier also helps speed up the drying process, so add at your discretion.
  3. Patch. You may need to patch up any affected drywall, or remove affected baseboards. Be on the lookout for signs of mold growth. Again, mold can cause health effects and it spreads quickly. It’s an expensive predicament to find yourself in once your home is infected with fungal growth, so be keen.
  4. Know when to call. SERVPRO Mesquite is staffed by industry-leading professionals and full-time mitigation and restoration technicians, that can help you with whatever problem you have, big or small. We’re always here to help, and we’re eager to get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

International Fun at Work Day

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of the SERVPRO Mesquite team. Someone (front and center) didn't get the memo to wear black.

On April 1st, 2021, SERVPRO Mesquite got to enjoy International Fun at Work Day here at our home office. And while some people scoff at the thought of enjoying a day of work, the team here at SERVPRO Mesquite consider fun—but more importantly, a healthy, communicative, and enjoyable work place—no laughing matter!

SERVPRO Mesquite doesn’t simply pride ourselves on being industry-leading mitigation and restoration professionals. We also pride ourselves on being a company that our employees enjoy working for. After all, happy employees mean happier customers, and happy customers is kind of our thing.

When asked, our receptionist Haley said that her favorite part of the day is the morning Work-In-Progress meeting. The morning Work-In-Progress meeting is the time of day when the SERVPRO Mesquite team discusses the day ahead, but per Haley, that isn’t the fun part. “I like the morning WIP meeting because it’s the one time of the day where the entire team is together. We have a really good vibe when we’re all together and focused on being productive.”

The sentiment was shared by our Sales Representative, Rhonda. “But I think my favorite part of the day is when we leave a job site,” She added. “I always get phone calls from customers when we leave, who are so relieved to have their lives back on track. It’s a really great feeling.”  

The simple truth of it is that we love doing our jobs. Helping people is what makes us happy. It’s why we’re glad to do the work we do. So, when the inevitable happens and you find yourself in the position to call a professional mitigation company, rest assured that SERVPRO Mesquite is not only equipped to handle your job, but happy to handle it too.

Winter Storm Repairs: Let us help your business.

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

The double doors on the back of a SERVPRO marked van, sporting the logo, "Like it never even happened." "Like it never even happened."

Hundreds of businesses were impacted last month by what experts are describing as a “deadly” winter storm. Record low temperatures, dangerous snow and ice brought Central Texas screeching to a halt in an unprecedented mid-February freeze.

With hundred-car crashes and statewide infrastructure straining to handle the weather, it’s no surprise our neighboring businesses are still struggling with the aftermath. With an extensive network of over 1700 franchises, the SERVPRO team across the grid has mobilized to help keep our promise to be there for our community in times of need.

A check on usoutage.net showed over 400 million in Texas were without power, and this includes many businesses. Lack of heat has left many vulnerable, as well as their commercial buildings. Our SERVPRO Mesquite office has been working around the clock to mobilize teams to units that have lost power and subsequently heat, and experienced burst pipes and other plumbing issues leading to flooding and water damage.

We hope your business never needs us, but if you do, SERVPRO Mesquite is ready to help. We understand time is of the essence. If you experience damage at your business or commercial building due to the weather, your first move should be to safely limit damage (turn off water at the main - if you don’t know where this is for your building, find out today), call your insurance company, and then call your friends at SERVPRO Mesquite and we’ll take it from here.

We know how important it is to protect your assets to minimize loss, and get you up and running again. Our team will dispatch quickly and bring expert knowledge, the latest and best equipment and a positive attitude, to provide you with a comprehensive plan that is auctioned fast, to get you back to work. 

Whatever the weather, day or night, our teams are ready to help. Our company motto is “Like it never even happened,” and we’ll restore your business to that standard while providing you with the highest customer service and as much peace of mind as we can offer. If your business is in trouble, call SERVPRO Mesquite today.