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Choosing the Right Company for Your Fire Loss.

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fire hazard professionals attempting to sate a large fire. We consider no job "too big."

Fire is a devastating element. If your home or business has fallen victim to fire, the result can be devastating and the clean up process daunting. It’s estimated that fires are responsible for more than $25.5 billion of property damage, every year, not to mention indirect costs such as loss of business revenue.

If you’re affected by fire what comes after the flames are extinguished is a time of trial, and selecting a restoration team to work on your property can be one more overwhelming decision. When the blaze is gone the restoration industry steps in to return affected residences and businesses to their former states. By making smart choices on your restoration professionals, you can ensure this experience is as painless as possible, and you receive the high quality, high value work and excellent customer experience that you deserve. 

Choosing your team is not a decision to be taken lightly. Fire restoration is a complex and ever-changing industry. Fire does not discriminate and will destroy all parts of your building from the plumbing to the electricity. When looking for your team, you need a company that is experienced with complex projects. In addition to damage mitigation, you also need expert knowledge of all affected systems, state of the art equipment, insurance support and great communication.

A great starting point is a company with the following qualifications:

  • Fully licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Experienced with managing complex projects 
  • Experienced in staged restorations where parallel demolitions and installations take place
  • Experienced in damage mitigation, water, fire and mold, as well as high standard restoration
  • Experienced in working with damage claims and insurance companies 

By selecting your contractor carefully, you can afford yourself peace of mind knowing you’re receiving the highest quality work and the best service.

SERVPRO Mesquite offers all this and more. We are proud to serve our neighbors in Mesquite. Our expert team is ready to assist. Big or small, we’ll work hard for your business. Our company motto is to restore your home or business “Like it never even happened,” and this is a promise we make good on, every time.

Here to Help with your Winter Storm Repairs

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked on a throng of white snow. What's all that white stuff? - Every Texan, February 2021.

At SERVPRO we pride ourselves on maintaining our status as industry leaders. This means we have extensive coverage, with over 1,700 franchises, and are faster and better trained to deliver the best customer experience, every time. It also means in times of trouble, we are there, ready to provide a helping hand for our neighbors and our community.

Mid-February 2021 Texas experienced a deadly cold snap. With record low temperatures and more than four million homes without power, according to poweroutage.us., snow and ice brought most of Central Texas to a halt and left many vulnerable. 

In addition to having no power, many of our neighbors had to suffer extensive water losses due to frozen pipes thawing, subsequently bursting, and flooding their homes or businesses. During this tough time, our SERVPRO team mobilized crews, and worked through the night and around the clock to assist our community. 

At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of restoration, and we pride ourselves on being available, and working against weather conditions and challenges brought by this record cold, to not only reach our customers, but get them on the path to "Like it never even happened," as quickly and painlessly as possible. Many of our crew members suffered their own challenges, including power disruptions and barriers to travel, yet we have banded together as a team to continue to serve our area even now that the Texas weather has taken its token turn for the better. 

Rain or shine, sleet or snow, SERVPRO Mesquite and Kaufman County/Cedar Creek will be there, ready to get your restoration on track, and show you exactly why our company motto is "Like it never even happened." If your home is still suffering damages from a water loss, or you find yourself in need of reconstruction services or a total remodel, we can help.

Preventing Commercial Water Loss

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment lined up on a vinyl faux wood floor. Our specialized equipment can get the job done, and get your home back to, "Like it never even happened."

Water damage is always stressful to deal with, and even more so when it's your business that's affected. Damage to your business spells a direct impact on profits, and whatever service or products you provide, all business owners want to avoid this. 

Damaging equipment and documents, property, and keeping you closed down, are all ways water damage hinders your operation. 

At SERVPRO Mesquite, we understand that time is of the essence, and that every moment you are battling water damage, is a moment you are not working. We are eager to see our neighbors and fellow businesses in Mesquite thriving. We hope you never need our help to deal with water damage, but if you do, we've got your back. 

Our experts also took some time to compile this list of their very best tips for preventing water damage to your commercial building. 

Broken pipes are a leading cause of commercial water leaks. Don't turn a blind eye to damp, water spots, mold, musty smells, cracking floors, and other indicators that moisture is getting where it should not. If your water bill suddenly spikes, investigate immediately, as a broken pipe could be leaking water into your precious business without your knowledge. 

Roof leaks are another common cause of commercial water damage. Keep your roof regularly inspected by a professional, and commit to maintaining your gutters. All twigs, leaves, and other debris should be cleared from them regularly. If they become clogged water cannot flow away from the roof, which can lead to it creating an alternative pathway down through your building. It's also important to keep trees and shrubs trimmed back away from your roof to avoid them creating roof damage, which could allow water inside.

Similarly, windows can permit water to enter. Check them often as any unsealed windows can allow rain, snow and other moistures inside. Resealing windows is fairly straightforward, and can save time and money down the road. 

Check your HVAC system and schedule routine maintenance. As your system ages cracks and leaks are not uncommon, but all of these can allow moisture to escape into the structure of your commercial building. 

Invest in a flood detector. If the worst happens and water is entering your business, a detection system could help you get it stopped before it has time to do extensive damage. For many commercial properties, these systems are well worth the investment. 

By being proactive and staying up to date on maintenance, it is possible to greatly lower the risk of water damaging your business. 

In the event the worst happens, we're ready at SERVPRO Mesquite to show you why our company motto is "Like it never even happened." When you give us a call, our experts are dispatched quickly to assess your individual site and damage, and create a plan to act fast and efficiently, to restore your business to full working order.

Celebrating Diversity!

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Martin Luther King Jr. standing at a podium mid-speech, his finger pointing straight ahead with bold declaration. A powerful speaker, dealing powerful truths!

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, celebrating the life and works of its namesake. Martin Luther King Jr. worked tirelessly to promote equality and celebrate diversity in our great Nation. At SERVPRO Mesquite, we also advocate for equality and enjoy the benefits of a diverse staff, proudly serving every facet of our diverse customer base, to an industry leading standard.

Martin Luther King Day is seen as a day to promote racial equality and equal opportunity for all. At SERVPRO Mesquite, we live this motif every day. 

By embracing diversity, we understand each of our customers is unique in their situation, their culture, their goals and their needs. We tailor our service to help our neighbors affected by fire, water, mold, and other damage, and we know each project is as unique as its owner. No matter where your home or business was before your damage occurred, SERVPRO Mesquite is committed to putting it back "Like it never even happened."

Our staff hails from many different backgrounds, and together, we are stronger. Our team of experts are ready to help our customers, and show that through our unique and diverse approach, we are the premier choice for all of Kaufman County, and surrounding areas, restoration needs.

Water Damage: Don't Miss This Crucial Step

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals drying out rugs and mats. Our team can get your contents dried faster than anyone else!

Dealing with water damage is a complex issue with many facets that add to the success of clean up, restoration and long term damage, or lack of, for your property. After the damage is done, the most crucial step of recovering quickly and without issue, is dry out.

Drying an area out thoroughly, often poses the difference between a complete restoration, and long term structural issues caused by liquid damage. Water seeps into porous materials, allowing it to penetrate well beyond what you would expect. This means, in a flood situation, water can easily infiltrate substructures such as base boards and drywalls, and even support beams.

SERVPRO Mesquite's certified water mitigation specialists have the necessary equipment and experience to test surfaces to determine the true depth of water penetration, then create a comprehensive dry out plan that ensures each area is all dry, all the way through.

Simply opening windows or adding a fan or dehumidifier is often not enough, and will not ensure total dry out. If you are affected by water damage, calling SERVPRO Mesquite will ensure the job is done as quickly as possible, and done right.

When we receive your call, one of specialists will meet you onsite quickly to perform a thorough inspection of your property and assist in correct documentation for insurance purposes. From there, they will formulate a plan tailored to your specific property and the amount and type of damage that has occurred, to restore your home or business to it's pre-incident condition.

Our team has the high-powered tech needed to complete all levels of dry out, fast, and we understand the sooner the water is dry, the less chance of ongoing issues, such as mold and structural unsoundness, you stand to face. Most dry outs require industrial strength dehumidifiers and fans, as well as knowledge of what items need to be removed, for the optimum dry out. Our process is monitored from beginning to end, with regular check ins to ensure your space is drying quickly and correctly.

Once your dry out is complete, SERVPRO Mesquite is your one stop shop, ready to take you from disaster to "Like it never even happened." Our team doesn't stop at removing the water, we also have options to handle your project from start to finish, and help you rebuild.

If you are a victim of water damage, don't forget the most important step - a quick and complete dry out. Your friends at SERVPRO Mesquite have the expertise and equipment to help, though we hope you never need us.

Limit Winter Mold Growth

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on a wall in a crawl space. Mold can be damaging to you and your family's health - so be watchful!

It may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but the cold and damp of winter can be the perfect time for a mold infestation to take hold of your property. Mold is a type of fungus that can invade your home and cause issues ranging from being unsightly, to causing health effects to your family.

When it's cold, wet, and miserable outside, moisture from snow and rain can easily be tracked into the house on shoes, soggy umbrellas, coats, and pets. While they may seem innocuous, these small amounts of moisture, paired with the warm and comparatively humid conditions inside your home, give rise to the perfect mold breeding ground. 

Luckily, following a few simple tips can help to reduce the opportunity for mold to grow in your home, and halt the invasion before it can begin. 

Limit humidity. Mold loves humidity. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recommends keeping indoor humidity below 45% in order to stave off mold. Keep a close eye on your levels, and employ a dehumidifier as needed, until you can contact SERVPRO Mesquite, for professional advice on mold prevention. 

Use exhaust fans in rooms prone to holding moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. By expelling this excess moisture and keeping air moving, you can avoid making your home an ideal environment for mold. 

Set ceiling fans to turn clockwise. This will draw cold air up and push warm air down, keeping rooms warmer, saving money on electricity, and increasing air circulation to decrease the risk of mold. 

Catch up on roof gutter maintenance. Gutters are crucial in ensuring water from your roof flows away from the foundation of your home (where it can add excess moisture and increase your mold risk). Checking gutters, completing all necessary repairs, and making sure they are free of leaves and debris, is good mold prevention, and good winter maintenance. 

If you find mold in your home, our experts at SERVPRO Mesquite are ready to help. A home restoration specialist will meet with you quickly to make a plan to treat and remove the mold, and restore your property quickly, to effectively avoid long term damage to your home or your family's health.

Fire Damage: What You Need to Know

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

A room totally damaged by a fire loss. Fire damage can be extensive and costly.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at home or your business can be overwhelming. Fire is a dangerous and complex issue, and much of the damage it leaves behind requires professional attention to ensure the safety and soundness of your home or business going forward.

Beginning clean up and restoration as soon as possible, in a smart and efficient manner, can help get your home or business up and running again quickly. Yet, if you've been the victim of fire damage, it can be difficult to know where to start or what to do, or not do. 

The Do's of Fire Damage:

Prioritize safety. A visual inspection is not enough to determine the structural soundness or safety of a building exposed to fire. Regardless of your own opinion, refrain from re-entering the building until it has been cleared by a professional. As well as structural damage, some fires can also appear to be extinguished and restart later, posing a massive safety risk. 

Once you are cleared to be inside the building, limit movement to prevent the spread of soot, cover dry furnishings with upholstery sheets to protect them, open windows (if weather permits) to allow ventilation, remove clothing to be cleaned by fire damage restoration cleaners, and throw away any perishables and consumables that were inside during the fire. 

Document wisely. Take photographs of all damage, as soon as it is safe to do so. Record conversations, keep correspondence, file receipts and stay organized. Devote a folder in your filing cabinet or cloud service to keeping meticulous records of all things fire related - this will help immensely when dealing with your insurance company to repair the damage. 

Call your insurance company as soon as you can, then call SERVPRO Mesquite, and let our trained experts handle the restoration, and show you why our company motto is "Like it never even happened."

The Don'ts of Fire Damage:

Don't enter before a profession declares the building safe - worth repeating as this can literally be a life-or-death decision. 

Don't start to clean up or wipe down. Everything needs to be assessed by the insurance company and you need to be given explicit go ahead before attempting any kind of clean up, even simply wiping soot from the walls.

Don't use items involved in the fire, unless appropriate. All food and drinks inside at the time of fire need to be discarded. Furniture and carpets, etc., should not be used until after they have been cleaned by a fire restoration professional. Electronic equipment also needs to be cleaned and cleared for use by professionals before being turned back on. 

Don't turn on the gas, electric or water, until cleared to do so.

Dealing with the aftermath of fire is serious business. The residues from smoke can pose health hazards for your family and customers, and you need to move forward with confidence that your home or business is clean, safe, and functional. Fire and smoke damage is best dealt with by professionals who understand the complex chemical reactions involved, and are trained to provide a high quality clean up. 

Call SERVPRO Mesquite as soon as possible. One of our fire specialists will arrive onsite to assess your property, quickly and professionally. Our team will provide you with a clean-up and restoration plan, as well as securing the building against further damage. By enlisting the experts, you have peace of mind that restoration will be handled to a high standard of safety, workmanship, and service, in a prompt and professional manner. 

What To Do After A Flood

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

A man standing in the remains of his home, totally damaged by flood waters. Water and flood damage can prove to have life-altering impacts on you and your home.

Figuring out what to do following a flood at your home or business, is overwhelming. By acting smart and fast, you can secure as many of your positions, and limit the damage, as much as possible. The experts at SERVPRO Mesquite put together this quick guide to support any members of our community affected by flooding. Following our key tips will help you save more of your belongings, and be ready to deal with the aftermath of a flood. 

Initial Action

After the immediate emergency situation of flooding is addressed and everyone is safe, your first call should be to your insurance company to report the flood. 

Do not re-enter the building until you are certain it is safe to do so. Water damage can destabilize a building and damage it's structural integrity. If the water level is still high, it is also unsafe to enter. If your electricity and gas can be turned off without entering the home, this is a good idea. If not, call your utility companies for assistance in cutting off your supply - a gas leak or standing water mixing with electricity could be deadly. Check for sewage or contaminated water in the flood, this may also make it unsafe to enter. Wait for the authorities to perform a safety inspection and clear you to go inside.  

Keeping thorough and concise records and inventory is vital to your insurance. Once you are cleared to enter the building, document everything you safely can, with pictures, videos and a detailed inventory, before any kind of clean up happens. 

Commencing Clean Up

Once the scene of the flood is well documented, clean up can begin. Removing any items you can, is a good starting point. Even items that aren't directly exposed to water can still be damaged by the humidity and mold that often results from flooding, so until the space is restored, it is best to remove them. Take care unplugging electronics, and make sure the electricity is turned off. Thoroughly dry all recovered items to prevent mold, before storing in a secure area.

Next, water must be extracted from the building while keeping the humidity as low as possible to prevent mold. Our experts at SERVPRO Mesquite are specially trained to complete water extraction and drying to prevent further damage and avoid molding. If you decide to attempt this step yourself, a submersible pump or wet vacuum is a good starting point. Opening windows and running fans and dehumidifiers can help keep humidity down while you dry your building. 

Clean and Restore

Once everything is successfully and thoroughly dried, a thorough sanitization must occur to prevent the growth of toxic mold, and future property and health damage. All upholstery and carpet must be cleaned and sanitized, as must anything touched by the flood waters. Some items may be unsalvageable and require replacement.

A flood can be a catastrophe for your family or business, and the aftermath is a series of daunting tasks that must be done quickly and correctly to set things right and prevent further damage, but you don't have to go it alone. SERVPRO Mesquite is ready to take on the job and show you just why our company motto is "Like it never even happened." 

After you call, a flood restoration specialist will meet with you quickly to create a plan that works with your timeline, to get you back up and running. Our expert team has years of experience and the correct tools to make sure every stage of flood restoration is done quickly and effectively. Facing the aftermath of a flood is never easy, but SERVPRO Mesquite is on hand to get you from crisis, to business as usual, as painlessly as possible.

Viruses, Bacteria, and Your Business

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professional fogging a room. We fog - and you can say goodbye to your air born contaminants.

Both viruses and bacteria are pathogens, more commonly known as ‘germs’. They can both cause
illness and infection, making them a serious health hazard for your business. While they are both germs, bacteria and viruses behave, reproduce and infect us differently - this means they require different preventative measures, modes of cleaning and treatments. Understanding the differences and working with experts is crucial in keeping your facility safe for employees and customers alike, whether you’re facing the aftermath of a sewage back up, or the COVID-19 pandemic.


Bacteria are living organisms made of a single cell. The human body has trillions of beneficial
bacteria, but many types of harmful bacteria also exist. Staphylococcus aureus, which causes staph
infections, Escherichia coli, aka E. coli, and Salmonella are examples of harmful bacteria.
Viruses are organic particles with some genetic material, meaning that unlike bacteria, they aren’t living cells and cannot reproduce without a host, or something to infect. Viruses are responsible for a wide array of diseases including COVID-19, Flu, Rabies, and more.


Both bacteria and viruses generally prefer warm, moist places, with bacteria favoring porous
surfaces like fabric and food, while viruses prefer hard surfaces like countertops. The time these
germs live on these transmission surfaces varies greatly from hours to days, though even a small
window is enough for high transmission. Door knobs, pens, touch screens and keyboards, as well as break room items like microwaves and fridges, bathrooms and vending machines, all play host to pathogens, and allow for fast transmission to clients and employees alike. This type of spreading is contact transmission, where touching or contacting something then infects a person with the pathogen.


Bacteria and viruses can also spread in other ways, such as air born transmission, sprays or
splashes from coughs or sneezes, and blood born transmission through cuts or abrasions. Since
pathogen transmission can happen in so many ways, thorough cleaning is the best defense for your business.

How To Protect Your Business From Bacteria and Viruses

Bacteria on surfaces can be fought with cleaning solutions like soap and water or multipurpose
cleaners, which can remove them from surfaces (though they don’t kill them). Antibacterial agents
that target bacteria to keep them from growing and reproducing, effectively ending their life cycle, can also be used.


While there are many broad antibiotic drugs, antiviral drugs are much less common. Outside of the body, it is possible to remove viruses with cleaning and disinfecting techniques, though it is more difficult. It’s important to use disinfectants that are registered with the EPA to kill viruses.
Protecting your business involves cleaning and disinfecting regularly and thoroughly. SERVPRO Mesquite's decontamination and disinfection specialists are equipped to help keep your workplace safe from infectious diseases such as COVID-19.


Regular cleaning is critical to stopping the spread of infectious illness, whether at home or at the
workplace. Contacting trained decontamination experts to thoroughly clean and disinfect your
business is the safest way to get the job done.

Next Steps for Your Business After Hurricane Damage

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a backdrop of stormy clouds. You can't avoid storms, but you can be prepared for them.

Living through a natural disaster is a difficult, life-altering experience. Most people who sustain damage to their business or commercial property are left to deal with the financial and physical aftermath, and it’s never pleasant. In this instance, the damage has been dealt by a hurricane-- and as always, SERVPRO has a thorough plan of action for you to take in just such a precarious situation. 

Let’s take just a moment to stress the matter of SAFETY. Even when the rain and flood water recede, there are other threats that loom close. Gas leaks, electrical hazards, and water contaminants aren’t always the most obvious of things, so please stand by and refrain from entering your business until an inspector has deemed it safe. 

WHAT TO DO AFTER A HURRICANE: Step-by-step. 

  1. Contact your insurance provider. The claim filing process is vital, and it guarantees that mitigation begins with no delays. Your insurance agent is an expert in the damage restoration process - and will help you kick-start your business recovery plan.
  2. Survey the damage. Pictures are important, and so are detailed notes that you can pass along to your insurance agent, to bolster your claim. It can be mentally taxing to see the damage dealt to your business by the storm, so take your time, and allow yourself to feel the effects of the devastation-- but stay sharp. Safety gear is highly recommended, as hidden dangers may lurk where your inspector may have missed them. 
  3. Salvage what you can. Your repairable items are best stored in a safe, dry place until restoration is complete. If you’re not comfortable moving your items, please wait for a team of SERVPRO professionals to become available to help. We always will! 
  4. Find the right Professional help. Flood damage restoration experts know how to tackle jobs of all sizes and get your business back in shape quickly. Find a company like SERVPRO, who can guide you through the entire restoration process and have proven experience helping businesses recover after hurricane flood damage.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Why Businesses are Raising the Bar in 2021.

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo, green banner. This decal tells your customers that you're taking a proactive stance against COVID-19.

When looking back at the devastation that 2020 wrought, it’s easy to see why businesses in 2021 are ringing in the new year with resolutions that adhere to a higher standard of clean. After all, at every turn there is another travesty written in the headlines, and they all sound a lot like, yet another loss due to COVID-19. The public has responded in large by receding to the safety of their homes, venturing out only for the strictly necessary. 

And when the ‘strictly necessary’ rears its head, community members enter the world again scrutinizing the places they enter for at least the bare minimum of sanitary measures. Masks, frequent surface-wiping, gloves, hand sanitizers and the like, are all necessary to slow the spread of deadly COVID-19 until vaccinations become widely available, but these measures are only just scratching the surface of the depth of response this pandemic needs. The savvy business owner recognizes this for what it is: A duty to their patrons. 

Cleanliness is a duty to the public, to business patrons and their families alike. And it is vital to keeping your business healthy in 2021. After all, studies reveal that 71% of people expect businesses to be cleaner than their homes-- and  64% of people are more likely to enter a business if it is sporting a decal which states it has been professionally cleaned. 

That’s where SERVPRO Mesquite can help. 

Responding during difficult times is what we do, it’s who we are and what we know. Right now, during this most unprecedented moment we share with you, we continue to answer the calls of our neighbors who need us most. What we offer is not just standard janitorial cleaning, it’s proactive virus pathogen cleaning. When you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you’re choosing peace of mind, and a higher standard of clean. You’re choosing safety and better business. 

You’re choosing your community.

Why Fix Hail Damage To Your Commercial Roof?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a backdrop of stormy clouds. Storm damage is our THING.

Hail as small as 1 inch, can cause big problems for your business. While usually, hail less than 1.25 inches doesn’t damage commercial roof coverings, if you have three tab asphalt shingles, hail as small as an inch can create issues. 

Even without visible signs, or internal water leaks, your roof may have suffered serious damage. Signs of hail damage usually become apparent after a few years. It begins when hail hits your roof and knocks the protective granular coating off shingles, exposing the sublayer and causing these areas to become brittle and susceptible to leaking water. These small leaks then create more extensive problems, and from these tiny issues come big repair costs. Inspection after every storm, and prompt repair, can save businesses big money, when it comes to hail damage.

As well as the financial challenges that come directly from a damaged roof, cosmetically, an unsightly roof could be costing you customers. In today’s consumer lead market, we all seek the best product, service, and experience. Your buildings represent your brand, and the appearance of both may influence customers in deciding where to bring their business. Fixing hail damage should be part of routine maintenance to make sure your presenting the best image to represent your company. 

Finally, fixing hail damage on your commercial building’s roof is vital, because failing to do so may provide issues with your insurance provider later. If your claim is not submitted in a timely manner, your roof repairs may not be covered. Worse still, if the insurance company deems that damage was caused or worsened because your roof was left unrepaired after a storm, you could find yourself in violation of your policy and liable for all repairs out of your own pocket. 

In the event of severe weather, use the Roof Coverings and Best Practices Guide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to best protect your roof. If your business does suffer weather damage, call our experts at SERVPRO Mesquite. Our team works fast and affordably to restore your building with minimal disruptions, "Like it never even happened."

Electrical Safety at the Office, and at Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a green backdrop. We're always here to help.

Electrical outlets can become dangerous when overloaded. Though it may be easy to simply plug in another power strip or extension cord when adding equipment, the wiring in some buildings often isn't capable of supporting too many high-powered electronic appliances. Older office buildings and homes, in particular, often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug in an extension cord from across the room. Even in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers, scanners and monitors.

So what's the big deal?

When an employee or resident overloads an electrical outlet, that means more current is running through the outlet than it can handle. This causes the outlet to overheat, which may lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008 National Fire Protection Association study, electrical distribution and lighting equipment are involved in more than 24,000 home structure fires per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.

If an electrical fire should occur in your office or home, get safely away from the fire and call your fire department immediately. If you chose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.

To help prevent this and other electrical hazards, refer to the list below (provided by Electrical Safety Foundation International).

  • If you must use a power strip, use a name brand product from a reputable retailer. Low-quality or counterfeit power strips may contain wiring that isn't adequate to carry the load.
  • Place power strips where the is plenty of air circulation to disperse the heat.
  • Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong) cords into an ungrounded (two prong) outlet.
  • Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.
  • Keep cords close to a wall to prevent the risk of tripping.

Protect Your Property from Winter Storms

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a backdrop of stormy clouds. Storm season is coming!

Winter storms are unpredictable, and bring with them an array of hazardous weather, from extreme cold and strong winds to snow and icy conditions. According to the Insurance Information Institute, winter storms are the third-largest cause of catastrophe losses, behind only hurricanes and tornadoes, making it critical that homeowners prepare in advance and protect their property. 

Before a winter storm hits, start by doing a quick inspection of the outside of your home. Any branches that are hanging above should be cut down. When the storm hits these limbs may get heavy with snow and break, or in strong winds, blow off, and cause damage to your house, vehicles, or family. Drain pipes should be cleared of leaves and debris, and gutters repaired. Try to do this maintenance in advance of the cold season - climbing ladders in icy weather can be a danger in itself. 

Winter in general, is a good time to take some preventative measures to stop your pipes from freezing. Unprotected water pipes can freeze solid, leaving you with no water, and can potentially burst and cause water damage. Cover outdoor faucets and allow heat to circulate in your home to help keep pipes at a constant temperature. On very cold nights, leaving faucets to drip to allow movement of water through the pipes, can help stop freezing. 

Inside your home, you may consider installing a generator for emergency outages, which are not uncommon in winter storms. You can also make alterations such as additional insulation, caulking gaps and weather-stripping to reduce heat loss and prevent water seeping inside due to ice dams. Making sure your HVAC system is in good working order can increase the likelihood of it continuing to support you through a storm, and reduce wasted energy and money from a poorly functioning system. 

After the storm passes, it is vital to remove snow and ice from pathways and parking lots, especially if you are a business owner. Removing snow and treating with rock salt or grit allows your family and/or customers safe access to your home. 

By following these basic precautions and preparedness methods, you can ensure your home is safe this winter and ready to weather storms. In the event of winter damage, be sure to seek professional advice and reach out to SERVPRO for your restoration needs.

Winterizing Your Spigots

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Burst and frozen water from a faucet. Burst and frozen water from a faucet.

Winter is upon us, and with it comes the added fire-hazards closely associated with the holidays. After all, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, warm space heaters and stove-top popcorn all come with an added risk—a very, very hot added risk. While most people begin to take extra precautions to prevent their homes against fire hazards, many forget to insulate themselves against water-damage in the cold, wintery months. SERVPRO Mesquite is here with some sage advice: Winterize your spigots!

It’s an easy fix that can prevent damage to your home or property. Water tends to expand and freeze in faucets, which can lead to splintering, leaking and cracking, and the resulting major leak or flood! Insulated faucet covers can be found at most major retailers that provide home goods. Below is a quick guide to installing your faucet covers, and preparing yourself for a wintery freeze.

  1. Disconnect Hoses. This is one of the first and most important steps. Disconnecting your hoses, splitters, and other fittings will prevent water from become trapped in a faucet, and will prevent the damaging freeze from damaging it.
  2. Inspect Spigots. The next step is to inspect your spigots for any damage or leaks. If you find a leak, a crack, or drips, repair the affected fixture before the freeze sets in and damages your spigot further.
  3. Drain spigots and pipes. Getting as much water out of the pipes as possible is the next step. This can be achieved by shutting off the line via the interior shut-off valve associated with that spigot, and leaving the spigot open for a few hours, assuring that the line drains and all water is clear from the line.
  4. Install Outdoor Faucet Covers. No faucet cover is exactly the same, but regardless of whatever brand you pick, they are usually a simple, insulated fixture that isn’t overly-complicated to install. Follow the protocol associated with your product. Ensuring your faucets and spigots are insulated against the cold is the best way to prevent water damage.

But, as always, if you happen to run into fire or water damage during the holiday season, SERVPRO is here to help! Give us a call, no matter the hour, and we’ll get your home or property back to, “Like it never even happened.”

Have You Got All Your Ducts in a Row?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals gathered for photo in full suits. SERVPRO Professionals gathered for photo in full suits.

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Mesquite’s Professional services is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals today!

SERVPRO of Mesquite – (972) 329-4747

A Shark in Standing Water: The Dangers of Mold Growth

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing vertically up a white piece of drywall. Dangerous mold spores are already contaminating this location, presenting dangerous conditions for everyone inside.

In the scope of potential hazards that home-owners need be wary of, water damage is one of the most alarming. Busted pipes, leaky roofs, backed up sewage, and flooding are all things that can lead to your home falling into complete disarray, and then, lead to the plethora of other problems that go hand-in-hand with water damage. 

Mold growth, for example, is one of the results of standing water, or damp surfaces that are left to stagnate in your home, but it is by far one of the most dangerous. Your home is insulated, warm, and shielded from harsh elements -- and those things are the perfect combination for hazardous mold to grow. The presence of water inside a home converts dormant mold spores into active, growing mold. This process begins within hours of flooding or other water damage and continues unabated, even after the water is removed. Active mold releases millions of reproductive spores into your home or business, and those are a frequent source of allergic responses and a wide variety of symptoms in susceptible individuals. As soon as home water damage occurs, the clock is ticking on serious mold contamination. You need help immediately. 

Thankfully, our team is more than capable of removing dangerous and toxic molds. It’s what we do! We can clean and treat, or remove, contaminated surfaces, and get your home back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Because we know that the first thing your home or business needs to be, is safe.

8 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Mesquite: Revisited.

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

A hall filled with SERVPRO cleaning equipment. A SERVPRO clean is a clean like no other.

It’s that time of year again! In case you needed one, below is a list of EIGHT reasons you should choose SERVPRO of Mesquite to handle your fire/water restoration needs, or COVID cleanup job. 

  1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of your SERVPRO of Mesquite team will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

  1. Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress towards project completion.

Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular proof reports. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via secure email link 24-hours. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

  1. Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants, and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

Your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Mesquite will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

  1. Lower Recovery Cost

 Emergency Mitigation Services Help Minimize Secondary Damages.

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help to ensure timely communication and response. Quick and accurate response can minimize loss expense from secondary damages.

Proper Restoration Versus Replacement of Contents is Less Expensive.

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation and restoration cost while allowing treasure belongings to be salvaged when possible.

Faster Recovery Lessens Loss.

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals are nearby, ready to respond quickly. The faster restoration begins, the quicker our customers can return to business.

Pre-Approved Pricing and Procedures

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to help ensure the property is taken care of right the fir time.

  1. Emergency Response Profile

Like most commercial properties, your facility probably has an emergency exit plan in place, with illuminated signs leading occupants to safety, and even facility maps strategically placed to identify alternate routes out of the building. But have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan? Is emphasis on the first 24-48 hours, to help you get back in your building as possible?

Your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Response Profile. As part of a well-thought-out Contingency Plan, Your Emergency Response Profile will contain information you will need in the event an emergency situation occurs.

An added advantage to utilizing your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals in the development of your Emergency Response Profile is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship including pre-arranged pricing and procedures for handling emergency response for your facility before damages occur.

  1. Full line of Services

Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, a SERVPRO of Mesquite professional can handle all of your cleanup needs, such as fire, water and mold restoration services; SERVPRO of Mesquite provides cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.

  1. A National Leader in Storm Response… Help When You Need It Most!

In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team composed of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of Mesquite. Call today to find out how.

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,500 nationwide franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction. What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in local facilities or a facility across the country, a SERVPRO professional will provide quality professional services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  1. We are COVID-conscious. 

We understand the detriment COVID presents to your family, home, and business-- and we want to help. If you’re worried that your business, or a family member, may have come into contact with the renowned COVID-19 virus, give us a call. Our team can completely disinfect your establishment based on your needs or exposure risk.

After-Fire Hazards: What You Need to Know

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO professionals standing together, smiling above a caption that reads, "Here to help." SERVPRO logo above. SERVPRO is always here to help!

As the holidays draw ever-nearer, SERVPRO Mesquite & Kaufman County/Cedar Creek want to gently and courteously remind our readers that our Christmas staples – the open-fires and twinkling lights, the family s’mores and stove-top kettle corn – all present dangerous opportunities for fires to start. And as we all know, once a fire starts, it can spread rapidly, wreaking havoc throughout the beloved family home and making a mess of not only your holiday season, but your life.

What some might not realize is that a fire’s danger doesn’t stop and end with the fire itself. Smoke, and the resulting soot, is a dangerous respiratory hazard in its own right. Soot may include byproducts that at first seem unrelated to the original material. For example, hydrogen cyanide is a byproduct of burning wool. When wood burns it can produce manganese and benzene—and none of these are things that the average resident wants in their lungs, which is where, unfortunately, it will end up if you’re exposed.

The particle size of soot is approximately 2.5 microns, which is a size associated with deep lung penetration, since it’s then small enough to penetrate the lower-lung, where gas-exchange occurs in the alveoli. Anything bigger than approximately 10 microns will stick to the walls of your upper respiratory tract – which doesn’t include those dangerous sooty materials.

What does this mean for you?

This means that if you spend a prolonged amount of time in the areas of your home that have been affected by fire, you’re exposing yourself to harmful and hazardous materials. After all, when a fire consumes a home, it burns our modern-day fixtures and appliances, which usually include plastics, foams, fabrics, carpets, wood products, synthetic fabrics, wool, and asbestos-containing materials. It is important to recognize that these materials undergo pyrolysis during a fire and become the deposits that are identified as soot.

The effects of exposure depend heavily on the material burned—but in a typical, modern-day home, it’s possible that residents may be exposed to dangerous soot that can irritate the lungs in the best case scenario (if it can be called such,) and soot that acts as a vehicle for harmful chemicals to enter your lungs, at which point the risks increase and vary heavily.

What do you do now?

If you find yourself reeling from the effects of a house fire, contact SERVPRO to handle the fire restoration immediately.

Our SERVPRO team is composed of capable, experienced team members that are not only equipped to handle the job, but dedicated to getting your life after a fire back on track, "Like it never even happened." We can assess the damage in your home and clean it quickly and efficiently, and put you back in a place where you can bring in the New Year, worry-free.

SERVPRO will be at Christmas on the Bricks!

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Two Nigerian goats, one black, the other black-and-tan-pointed standing in front of a "Merry Christmas" sign. Reindeer in training. When did reindeer get so small?

SERVPRO Kaufman County/Cedar Creek will be at CHRISTMAS ON THE BRICKS in Downtown Wills Point, TX this Saturday – December 12th, 2020 – from 10AM – 4PM with our Reindeer in Training! They’ll be present to greet your kiddos for pictures, pets, and a novelty experience this holiday season. The Reindeer-in-Training are kindly trained petting-zoo goats, who will not only be dressed for the season, but will pose for pictures with kids and adults alike, while a SERVPRO professional stands by, ready to answer questions about our services, or your restoration needs. 

Our Reindeer-in-Training petting zoo attraction was kindly donated by Blackburn Training of Terrell TX, and is sure to bring a smile to each visitor that stops by! 

Pictures of your kiddos with the “Reindeer” will be uploaded to an exclusive album on our Facebook page, which can be found here.

All we ask is that, please, when you stop by, don’t tell them they’re not reindeer. We haven’t figured out how to break it to them yet.

SERVPRO Mesquite/Kaufman County Celebrates Veterans Day.

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals gathered for a commemorative photo at the Mesquite Veterans Memorial SERVPRO professionals gathered for a commemorative photo at the Mesquite Veterans Memorial

THANK YOU, Veterans.

SERVPRO Mesquite & Kaufman County/Cedar Creek is proud to have joined the community in commemorating our troops this Veterans Day at the Mesquite Veterans Memorial in City Lake Park.

This year, because of rising COVID concerns, the city abstained from holding an official Veterans Day celebration – but that didn’t stop the community from coming together to privately honor those that served. The SERVPRO Mesquite team was just one group in a throng of many that gathered to pay their respects in front of the Mesquite Veterans Memorial, which officially opened to the public on November 7th, 2020.

Visitors were very respectful of city-recommended social distancing guidelines, which SERVPRO Mesquite was happy to comply with, and fully endorses.

Celebrating Veterans Day is a juxtaposition. Veterans Day is meant to honor our troops – but it’s a holiday that comes with the morose reminder of all those we’ve lost, who made the ultimate sacrifice. As community members gathered with their families and friends in waves, the SERVPRO Mesquite & Kaufman County  team was humbled to introduce ourselves to veterans present at the memorial, and to pay our respects to the forty-seven names etched into the plaque entitled, A SACRIFICE NOT FORGOTTEN, which was a succinct list of Mesquite’s fallen soldiers.

Thank you, Mesquite, for reminding us how tight-knit this ever-growing community really is, and for allowing us to serve you as your Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration team.

Thank you, to our very own military team members, James “Skuter” Thomas Jr. and Mike Baulch, for your service.

And thank you,

John R. Newsom

Farris S. Anderson

Louis W. Casey

Willam E. Marshall Jr.

John E. Meredith

Howard Allumbaugh

Edward E. Cobb Jr.

Leslie W. Stinne Jr.

Guy Berry

Homer B. Browning

Preston C. Ragsdale

John A. Crain

John L. Hanby

Benjamin W. Badgett

William Gillespie

Winifred E. Hayden

Samuel T. Gillespie

Jasper R. Caldwell

Billy E. Smith

Jerry Smith

Charles A. Rublee

Thomas M. Johnson

Howard A. Wilson Jr.

Maurice McBride

William T. Harris

Robert M. Howell Jr.

Michael D. Withrow

Robert B. Cotten

James A. Swancy

Jimmie D. Rogers

John M. Weatherford

John W. Dunlap

Gary L. Labonte

Scott F. Moore Jr.

Billy J. Roberts

Michael N. Hughes

Ronald P. Johnson

John C. Johnson Jr.

Chad H. Drake

Simon T. Cox Jr.

Clay A. Craig

Jonathan D. Emard

Raymond J. Munden

Devon J. Harris

Dustin D. Vincent

Jeremie S. Border

Darron L. Wright

For sacrificing everything for the USA.

When a Storm or Flood Hits, SERVPRO of Mesquite is Ready!

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mesquite is your local specialist in storm and flood damage restoration. Since we are in and part of your community, we are able to respond quicker to your emergency, with the right resources. With highly trained staff, specialized equipment, and extensive experience, we are equipped to restore your Mesquite home or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

We’ve already faced a lot of storms this year, and the season is not over yet. Should large storms impact our area, we are able to activate additional resources to handle any sized disaster. The faster response, the less the damage, the less likely there will be additional damage, and the faster we can get you back to where you need to be.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Mesquite today (972)-329-4747

Celebrate Safely on 4th of July

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

As summer heats up, and Independence Day is around the corner, fireworks will be sold by the millions of pounds throughout the United States.

When celebrating the holiday with your friends, family, and neighbors, keep the following in mind to keep your home, your neighborhood, and the people you care about safe: 

  • Only use fireworks outdoors 
  • Be aware of and obey all local laws regarding use of fireworks
  • Children under 16 should only use fireworks under adult supervision
  • Always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby. If conditions are excessively dry, do not use fireworks
  • Alcohol and fireworks DO NOT mix
  • Parents should pay special attention to children using sparklers. Sparklers can reach temperature up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Children should not throw or play games with sparklers.

SERVPRO of Mesquite encourages you to keep these safety precautions in mind as you prepare for your celebration!

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

From The Ordinary...

Fungi and Mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results. For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other foods. Blue Cheese's unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life-saving penicillin is a product of mold.

...To The Unhealthy

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to molds may present health effects for some people.

Any water intrusion into your office or your home can result in mold growth. This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose to a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS!

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO Of Mesquite today at (972)-329-4747

http://www.SERVPROmesquite.com/mold-remediation

Understanding the Behavior of Smoke

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees cleaning smoke damage from ceiling If you experience fire or smoke damage to your commercial or residential property, give us a call for a free inspection and estimate (972) 329-4747

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO Of Mesquite to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types Of Smoke

Wet Smoke- Low heat, smoldering, pungent  odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (paper and wood)- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporating of materials rather than from a fire)- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)- While "puff backs" can create havoc from homeowners, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue)- Special loss situations require special care. 

SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers from fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened." (972) 329-4747

Hurricane Hazards

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has already begun and several named storms have developed in the Atlantic. Caribbean of Gulf of Mexico. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. On average, there are 12 tropical storms that develop, with an average of six becoming hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricanes can be life threatening as well as cause serious property damage. The National Weather Service lists the following as potential "hurricane hazards."

  • Storm Surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers and estuaries. 
  • Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from land falling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
  • Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
  • Tornadoes can accompany land falling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
  • Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property and take steps to protect your home or business.

Is Your Exit Plan in Place?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Exit Plan In Place?

Every second counts during a fire. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 6 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency plan for your family.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.

Escape Planning for Your Business

Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employers, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. you may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuation personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head county. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

COVID-19 Keeping Your Workplace Safe

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

CORONAVIRUS Call our office today for a free inspection to sanitize your home or business. (972) 329-4747.

Keeping your Workplace Safe

Encourage your employees to....

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Stop shaking hands- use other non contact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
  • Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly 
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be Careful with Meetings and Travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible 
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings 
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle Food Carefully

  • Limit sharing food with others
  • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay Home if....

  • They are feelings sick 
  • They have a sick family member in their home 

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as "coronavirus disease 2019" is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 SERVPRO of Mesquite is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation service to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services were here to help- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home. 

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mesquite 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 Mesquite 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 – SERVPRO of Mesquite, (972) 329-4747.

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

Its The Water You Don't See After a Water Damage

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a water moisture meter SERVPRO of Mesquite uses moisture meters to determine the actual moisture content of various materials when your property experiences water damage.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire damage or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO Of Mesquite will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solutions that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles.

The bottom line? SERVPRO Of Mesquite has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Excess Moisture a Leading Cause of Mold Growth

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

When excess moisture is present within a structure, chances are good that in a relatively short period of time mildew and mold growth can, and probably will, occur. Of course, other conditions do play a factor in the equation as well, including a food source like paint, wood and other organic materials.

Given an organic food source, mold can begin to visibly grow in as little as 24-48 hours. For this reason, it is very important to react to moisture problems and water damages quickly and properly to help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Offering 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can respond to a water damaged structure within four hours under normal circumstances. Prompt arrival enables SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to gather the necessary information needed by the property owner or the insurer, and to begin emergency mitigation services. This helps limit secondary damage to the structure and contents.

A routine of measuring and recording moisture readings will be instituted, allowing SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to monitor, adjust as needed, and maximize the efficiency of the dry down process. Utilizing specialized equipment, your SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals will help make sure that the moisture is not hiding behind walls or under floor coverings- two areas that commonly offer opportunities for mold growth as the moisture goes undetected by the property owner.

Once the structure is dry, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can provide complete mold remediation services if necessary, which may be the case especially when a water damage has gone unnoticed by the property owner for a lengthy period of time.

Upon project completion, the property owner and/or the insurer will be presented with a complete job file, including signed work authorization and satisfaction forms, digital photographs, monitoring reports, a written project scope, and job estimates.

Contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to learn more about our 24-hour emergency services if you experience water damage or mold damage. (972) 329-4747

The Truth About Mold

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold occurs naturally throughout the environment- both indoors and outdoors. In fact, mold spores could probably be found in nearly every structure in the United States, regardless of how new or clean the structure is. That's because mold is no more dangerous than dust or pollen.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms may be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health effects for some people.

If there us an ongoing moisture problem in your office, your home, or in your customers home, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have cause mold growth

If you suspect your home or business is suffering from a mold problem, call SERVPRO Of Mesquite at (972)-329-4747

Does Your Mesquite Property Have a Mold Problem?

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, our SERVPRO Of Mesquite technicians can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm with smoke surrounding it Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite or your local fire department for help installing new smoke alarms inside your home!

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detectors installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Be Prepared if a Storm Hits Your Mesquite Property

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Sever Weather can happen at any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly is very important when it comes to staying safe during a weather event. Below are tips to help you be prepared for a storm.

Know Your Risk

  • The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business an your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action

  • Take the Next step in sever weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example

  • once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same 

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Protect Your Mesquite Property During Sever Weather

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Storms brewing If your Mesquite property suffers from water damage, fire damage, or mold damage, give us a call at (972) 329-4747

When a storm is headed your way, what can you do to help protect yourself, your business and your home from severe weather? Knowing the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning will help you know when to seek shelter. By taking  few simple precautions as storm season approaches, you can help minimize the potential for storm-related property damage; however if your home or business does sustain damage, it is important to know where to turn for prompt, professional help.

Although violent storms can strike at anytime, the spring and summer months typically mark an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms that sometimes include wind, rain, lightning and even hail.

Authorities issue a storm 'watch' when the potential for severe weather exists. A storm 'warning' will be issued when danger from a severe storm in imminent. The following tips will help prepare you to better protect yourself and your property when a storm is on the horizon.

  • Put a communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio.
  • Postpone outdoor activities; secure outdoor objects that could become airborne.
  • Don't use corded phones or any appliances that are "plugged in". Use cell or cordless phone instead.
  • Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle- not the rubber tires - can help protect you from a lightning strike if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces.
  • Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete floors or lean  on concrete walls, and stay off of porches.
  • If you are outside when a storm hits, seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.

After The Storm

  • Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes. 

SERVPRO Of Mesquite can help you establish an Emergency Ready Profile to expedite help and recovery in an emergency situation. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, SERVPRO Of Mesquite quick response time helps limit secondary damage. If your property sustains damage from wind, water or fire, call SERVPRO Of Mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened." (972)-329-4747

2020 Resolution Plan Ahead

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Plan ahead calender Call SERVPRO of Mesquite to set up your free ERP profile today (972) 329-4747.

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or a water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO of Mesquite Emergency READY Program (ERP) will help ensure your business is "Ready for whatever happens," in 2020. 

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize the business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Mesquite's professional team as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to more than 50 years experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it required is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the SERVPRO READY mobile app, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help right at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in your building faster following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes- resolve to be READY by contacting SERVPRO of Mesquite today to establish your Emergency Ready Profile and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020.

SERVPRO of Mesquite Knows Deodorization

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Even a small fire damage can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. 

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals provide specialized services that rid in your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just stubborn odor that refuses to go away, We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Mesquite Property After a Water Damage Event

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks on the way to a new water loss SERVPRO Of Mesquite has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property after it suffers from Water Damage. Call Today (972) 329-4747

Flooding and water damage events at Mesquite & Dallas county commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO Of Mesquite

SERVPRO Of Mesquite specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Click the link to see our Water Damage Restoration process! http://www.SERVPROmesquite.com/water-repair-process

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7 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Mesquite for Commercial Drying

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mesquite equipment displayed We are available 24/7 and ready to help your business get back on it feet, call today for a free estimate and inspection (972) 329-4747.

1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime, and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response and the training of your SERVPRO of Mesquite's team. We will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly.

2. Communication

When you choose SERVPRO of Mesquite, you’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, we are dedicated to effectively communicate with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress towards project completion.

3. Reduced Recovery Time

When fire, water, or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone: the owner, the management team, employees, tenants, and customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage, and to lessen business interruption. SERVPRO of Mesquite will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

4. Lower Recovery Cost

SERVPRO of Mesquite strives to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation and restoration cost while allowing possessions to be salvaged when possible.

5. Emergency Response Profile

Your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can provide assistance in developing an Emergency Response Profile. As part of a well-thought-out Contingency Plan, your Emergency Response Profile will contain information you will need in the event that an emergency situation occurs.

An added advantage to utilizing your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals in the development of your Emergency Response Profile is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship including pre-arranged pricing and procedures for handling emergency response for your facility before damages occurs.

6. Full line of Services

Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, SERVPRO of Mesquite can handle all of your cleanup needs, such as fire, water, mold restoration services; as well as provide cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.

7. A National Leader in Storm Response… Help When You Need It Most!

In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of Mesquite.

The Do's and Donts for Water Damage

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees performing water mitigation with SERVPRO equipment If you or someone you know suffered from a water damage, give the experts a call! SERVPRO offers free inspections & estimates 24 hours 7 days a week!

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Below are a list of things you should and shouldn't do until help arrives!  

DO

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • place Aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  •  Use wooden clothespin to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs an leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause straining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

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Managing Mold in Your Mesquite Property

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Photo advertising mold for SERVPO Do you or someone you know have a mold problem? Give SERVPRO of Mesquite a call for a free inspection & estimate! (972) 329-4747

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO Of Mesquite technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Biohazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration Services

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can help with

  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions 
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals for 24-hour Emergency Service. (972)-329-4747

SERVPRO of Mesquite Wants You to Understand the Dangers of Flooding and Helpful Facts

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  It doesn't matter if your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert- there is always potential for flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims pain by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States.  Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.  

According the American Red Cross (ARC), whom we are in sponsorship with, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters.  If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and water are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.  They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Mesquite Professionals at (972) 329-4747.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any sized disaster.  The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

When fire and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO of Mesquite Professionals will help you take it back.

SERVPRO Tips to a happy and fire-safety holiday season

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree and decorations in living room SERVPRO of Mesquite wishes you a happy holidays!

Use Only Non-Flammable Decorations

All decorations, including a metallic or artificial tree, should be flame retardant. Be sure you place all decorations away from heat vents and heating sources.

Maintain Holiday Lights

Prior to decorating, check holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive wire kinking. Only use lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Lights should be inspected yearly.

Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets

Do not link more than three light strands together, unless directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the wall outlet. periodically, check the wires- they should not be warm to the touch.

Avoid Using Lit Candles

If you enjoy decorating with candles, consider choosing flameless candles. If you do use candles, make sure they are in low traffic areas, where they cannot easily be knocked down. Never leave the building with a candle burning.

Dont Block Exits

Ensure that trees and other decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of the fire, a blocked entry/exit puts you at risk.

As in every season, check all smoke and fire detectors to ensure they are in proper working order. Test the detectors monthly and keep them equipped with fresh batteries.

When you call SERVPRO

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Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO of Mesquite professional arrives on-site to perform fire. smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results- including lower claim costs. Within four hours of a loss notification, A SERVPRO of Mesquite professional will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:

Structural Cleaning 

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A SERVPRO of Mesquite professional will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure. 

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all of the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Our SERVPRO employees can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for agents and their policy holders. 

Deodorization 

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them. 

When Storms or Floods hit Mesquite, SERVPRO is ready

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro employees loading equipment into a truck for a water loss SERVPRO of Mesquite is available 24/7 for your water mitigation needs.

SERVPRO Of Mesquite specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our Crews are highly trained and have the restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Mesquite home or business back to pre-damaged condition.

Faster Response

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 restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Mesquite area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROmesquite.com/disaster-recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO Of Mesquite today for a free inspection and estimate.  (972)-329-4747

Understanding Water Types

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing was, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated water.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility -of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contamination.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If you have any further questions and need help with the restoration process please contact SERVPRO of Mesquite at (972)329-4747. We are here 24/7 to attend to your emergency services. We make disaster "Like it never even happened."

Be Storm Ready

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. 

The first step to becoming weather-ready is top understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of hazards.

Take Action.

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be An Example.

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Using A Portable Fire Extinguisher

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Association suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. Refer to the back of this brochure to learn more about the different classes of extinguishers and the type of fire each are designed to extinguish. 

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire If you or anyone you know are in need of fire or water restoration please contact our office for a free estimate and inspection. (972) 329-4747

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday seasons have begun and you have found yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.

According to the NFPA, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with Christmas and New Year’s coming up it is important to be aware of the following cooking and safety tips so you and your family and friends can have a safe holiday. 

  • Never leave cooking food unattended- stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or boiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer ass a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free-zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven. 
  • Keep anything flammable like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat. 
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year-round. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of a fire extinguisher if you are unsure. 
  •  Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens and toasters and turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working properly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals wish you  a happy holiday season.

IICRC Certified Franchise

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC CERTIFIED SERVPRO of Mesquite is an IICRC certified firm

SERVPRO of Mesquite is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

SERVPRO of Mesquite specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm
  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician

Summer Safety - Lawn Maintenance

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Take Safety Precautions to Ensure Summer Fun

Summer is in full swing, and that means long days, BBQ, fireflies, days at the lake, popsicles, and running barefoot in the grass.

After a winter of laying dormant, your grass probably needs some attention. As you break out the lawn mower and other maintenance equipment, don't let safety fall to the back of your mind.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 60,000 injuries that require treatment by hospital emergency rooms every single year due to unsafe operation of power lawn mowers. These injuries occur not just to adults, but to children, too. Instead of becoming a statistic, here are some recommended ways you and your family can be safer while mowing the lawn:

- Maintain your lawn mower. Change the oil, replace the spark plugs, change the air filter, and have the blades sharpened. By keeping your lawn mower in good condition, you’ll help ensure safer operation, increased lifespan of your mower and, of course, a better looking lawn.

- Before you start your lawn mower, check your yard for tree branches and sticks, toys, rocks, dog feces, and more, as they can harm your lawn mower or you.

- Make sure the motor is completely turned off prior to refilling the gas tank of your mower. Fuel fumes in a garage or shed may cause you harm, so it’s important to get the lawn mower into open air before refilling the tank. Never refill near an open flame or burning cigarette.

- Wear protective glasses to prevent debris from entering your eyes. If the noise of the mower is loud, wear earplugs to protect against noise, but not so much so that you can't hear what's happening around you.

- Though mowing your lawn happens mainly during warmer weather, never wear open-toe shoes while mowing the lawn.

SERVPRO of Mesquite hopes you and your family have a wonderful and safe summer!

Destroys Odors With Deodorization

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor.
Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.

Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite so we can explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, give SERVPRO of Mesquite a call. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that won’t go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Of Mesquite is "Always Here To Help" If You Experience Water Heater Overflow

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Heater Overflow Cleanup

One of the most prevalent causes of indoor flooding is water heater overflows. These water heaters are usually located in basements, attics, garages, or a utility room closet; places people don't go very often. So, if a burst or leak happens, the homeowner or tenant likely would not find the problem until after a significant water intrusion has already occurred. If this were to happen to you, you'll want to stay calm, shut off the heater and water, and contact the SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals for help.

SERVPRO of Mesquite has the professionals who are equipped to handle a water heater overflow. They have the knowledge, tools, and experience to deal with the situation safely and effectively whether it's your home or workplace that is in jeopardy.

How Do Water Heater Overflows Happen?

Water heater related floods usually occur due to a worn out seal or gasket, or from a leak in an older tank that rusted through. Sometimes a tank can actually explode or burst in a violent and dangerous manner. This could cause serious harm to anyone who is in the immediate vicinity of the water heater at the time of the explosion. Leaks are more common than bursts and have the potential to flood large portions of a home or basement if the leaking is undetected for days on end.

A malfunctioning thermostat is usually the cause of a water heater burst. These thermostats are used to measure the temperature inside the tank to turn the heating elements off and on so that a preset desired temperature range can be maintained. In the event of a broken thermostat, the heating system inside the tank could stay on indefinitely and cause the water to boil. This boiling water turns into steam and builds up internal pressure inside the tank. This internal pressure will build up and eventually reach a point where the tank cannot hold it, which will result in a burst or even explosion.

When such a burst occurs, steam and boiling water rush out of the tank, while cold water from the intake line flows into the tank. Normally, the line will shut itself off, preventing water entry when the tank if full. However, in this situation, the burst tank is never full because of the continual leaking, and the water from the main line flows through indefinitely. Water is entering the tank only to leak back out and flood the area around and below the water heater. The only upside to this scenario is that someone will likely hear the loud burst  and investigate and discover the problem before too much damage has occurred and remediation can be started.

A leak, on the other hand, operates quietly and floods your home, basement, or workplace a little at a time. Usually, it will happen when one of your heating tank's fittings becomes damaged or corroded. This can provide a gap that allows water to escape. This flooding is not violent like a burst or explosion, but it can still be extremely destructive to property and sometimes dangerous to humans or pets. Regular maintenance and inspections of your water heater will increase awareness of possible problems. A professional can replace the anode, flush the corrosion from your tank, as well as check all valves and gaskets for problems or warning signs.

What are the Hazards of Water Heater Overflows?

With the added elements of high temperature and late detection, the number of threats with water heater flooding exceeds that of normal flooding. Here are some things to look out for in the event of a water heater overflow:

    • Hot water burns – The initial burst of water from a heater is scalding hot, so be sure not to rush in, especially if you see steam. Use protective clothing before attempting anything. Ideally, call SERVPRO of Mesquite to do the job for you. (972) 329-4747
    • Electrocution by water – A flooded basement carries the risk of having the water making contact with power outlets and exposed wiring. When this happens, the floodwater carries a strong electric current that’s enough to kill anyone. When you see your basement flooded, resist the impulse to dive into the water in an attempt to shut the leaking heater down. Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite for help. Our professionals will be able to determine whether there’s an electrical threat or not. They’ll know the safest procedure for shutting down the water source and containing and extracting the water from your property.
    • Potential fire starter – Flooding doesn’t just create an electrical hazard, it can also short-circuit your electrical system and create sparks. Faulty electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of fire.
    • Water damage – When the water spills beyond the immediate surroundings of the heater and gets into your living and work spaces, the threat of water damage arises. Water can ruin carpets, damage wood, corrode metals and toast expensive appliances and machinery.
    • Mold growth – Mold spores can activate in places where there’s sufficient moisture and organic matter to sustain them. If your property was flooded by an overflowing heater, there’s a good chance that mold growth can follow suit. While seemingly harmless at first glance, mold can irritate our noses and skin when its spores are inhaled. Under certain conditions, mold colonies can turn black and toxic. The poison they produce has been linked to neurological disorders and even cancer.

Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite now at (972) 329-4747

A water heater overflow is an emergency that should be addressed rapidly and decisively. The longer you wait the worse it can get and attempting to repair the water heater and clean up the water yourself could be dangerous and risky. Contact an experienced professional through SERVPRO of Mesquite today for a quick and easy resolution to your problem. "We're Always Here to Help" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.

SERVPRO of Mesquite Spring Cleaning!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers, and also a good chance to get in some spring cleaning. 

Spring is a great time to sweep those winter blues away and freshen up your environment. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can help!

In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpets, as well as focused stain removal. Other services to help with your spring cleaning include upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and deodorization. 

A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don't worry! SERVPRO of Mesquite has all the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!

Electrical safety in office and at home

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical outlets can become dangerous when overloaded. Though it may be easy to simply plug in another power strip or extension cord when adding equipment, the wiring in some buildings often isn't capable of supporting too many high-powered electronic appliances. Older office buildings and homes, in particular, often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug in an extension cord from across the room. Even in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers, scanners and monitors.

So what the big deal?

When an employee or resident overloads an electrical outlet, that means more current is running through the outlet than it can handle. This causes the outlet to overheat, which may lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008 National Fire Protection Association study, electrical distribution and lighting equipment are involved in more than 24,000 home structure fires per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.

If an electrical fire should occur in your office or home, get safely away from the fire and call your fire department immediately. If you chose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.

To help prevent this and other electrical hazards, refer to the list below (provided by Electrical Safety Foundation International).

  • If you must use a power strip, use a name brand product from a reputable retailer. Low-quality or counterfeit power strips may contain wiring that sin't adequate to carry the load.
  • Place power strips where the is plenty of air circulation to disperse the heat.
  • Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong) cords into an ungrounded (two prong) outlet.
  • Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.
  • Keep cords close to a wall to prevent the risk of tripping.

May Is National Building Safety Month

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month is in its 38th year- is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 64,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in building construction and design and the safety community. Building safety Month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy-efficient homes and buildings," according to the ICC website.

The theme for 2018 is Building Codes save Lives with a focus on safer communities over the five weeks in May. 

One of the topics highlighted during the third week of the month is Protecting Communities from Disasters.

The general public may not be aware how codes and code officials "improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play," and this month can certain improve that awareness and educate communities on this topic!

Important Tips From The ICC

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane-prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from wind-borne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16' minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit www.flash.org for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up.
  • Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado- safe room in your home . Follow ICC/NSSA 500 standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family.
  • In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse (dead twigs, branches, etc.) fuels within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways. Follow ICC's International Wildland-Urban Interface Code for detailed requirements.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast-slowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. 

Improve Your Air Quality, Duct Cleaning Can Help!

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the duct work in your home or facility should be a high priority.  In most cases, the HVAC has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Mesquite professional service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help you save money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will inspect your HVAC system and duct work and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind of the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. in these cases, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven to be cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean. 
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt

 For more information on duct cleaning or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Mesquite for a free estimate! (972) 329-4747

The Science Of Drying

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a structure to its pre loss condition. Where the average Do-It-Yourself homeowner or business owner might be tempted to grab a few beach towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, the SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

Just for starters, a trained restorer will:

    • Inspect the building to detect ever component that is wet, preventing damage from happening because wet components were overlooked.
    • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does "speed up Mother Nature" mean?

A wet building can often dry naturally because our environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material - but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature takes too long, and secondary damages occur while the building is drying out.

For this reason, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help "Mother Nature" along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces inside walls and much much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed up the drying process of your home or business,

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals have the training and equipment to help make any disaster "Like it never even happened."

When Water Damage Strikes Your Mesquite Property

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Withing four hours of loss notification, A SERVPRO of Mesquite technician will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of Mesquite technicians will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards , a SERVPRO technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES 

SERVPRO of Mesquite professional technicians will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition 

7 Reasons To Choose SERVPRO Of Mesquite

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

7 Reasons to choose SERVPRO of Mesquite for your Home or Commercial Clean up / Restoration

1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of your SERVPRO of Mesquite team will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.

2. Communication

You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals are dedicated to effectively communication with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress towards project completion.

Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular proves reports. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via secure email link 24-hours. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.

3. Reduce Recovery Time

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants, and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

Your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly mitigation damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Mesquite will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

4. Lower Recovery Cost

 Emergency Mitigation Services Help Minimize Secondary Damages.

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help to ensure timely communication and response. Quick and accurate response can minimize loss expense from secondary damages.

Proper Restoration Versus Replacement of Contents is Less Expensive.

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation ad restoration cost while allowing treasure belongings to be salvaged when possible.

Faster Recovery Lessens Loss.

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals are nearby, ready to respond quickly. The faster restoration begins, the quicker our customers can return to business.

Pre-Approved Pricing and Procedures

SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to help ensure the property is taken care of right the fir time.

5. Emergency Response Profile

Like most commercial properties, your facility probably has an emergency exit plan in place, with illuminated signs leading occupants to safety, and even facility maps strategically placed to identify alternate routes out of the building. But have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan? Is emphasis on the first 24-48 hours, to help you get back in your building as possible?

Your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Response Profile. As part of a well-thought-out Contingency Plan, Your Emergency Response Profile will contain information you will need in the event an emergency situation occurs.

An added advantage to utilizing your SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals in the development of your Emergency Response Profile is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship including pre-arranged pricing and procedures for handling emergency response for your facility before damages occurs.

6. Full line of Services

Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, a SERVPRO of Mesquite professional can handle all of your cleanup needs, such as fire, water and mold restoration services; SERVPRO of Mesquite provides cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.

7. A National Leader in Storm Response… Help When You Need It Most!

In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of Mesquite. Call today to find out how.

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,500 nationwide franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction. What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in local facilities or a facility across the country, a SERVPRO professional will provide quality professional services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

March is RED CROSS Month

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is charitable organization the relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Wether it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certification in CPR, lifeguarding, first aid and more, the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries, according to redcross.org.

Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fire places, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property suffers from fire damage, contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened."

When Your Washing Machine Hose Fails

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common claims for home insurers. With time, even a properly installed washing machine hose will fail and lead to leaks and floods. This failure can be due to any number of reasons including age, faulty materials, faulty design, or errors during installation.

Water can flood out of a burst washing machine hose at a rate of 650 gallons per hour causing catastrophic flooding to a home. This flooding will continue until someone turns off the main water supply line due to the fact that supply lines to washing machines are always “on.”

Most hoses are made of reinforced rubber or polymer and these materials lose their resiliency with age. Failure rates for these hoses increase dramatically when they are over 5 years of age. In fact, the average age of a failed washing machine hose is 8 years.

The most common installation error is leaving insufficient room between the machine and the wall causing a crack or kink in the hose.

If you experience leaking or flooding due to a burst washing machine hose, first turn off the water and then call us at 972-329-4747. SERVPRO of Mesquite and our professionally trained staff are always here to help 24/7. We can re-mediate the water damage to your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

In a disaster, SERVPRO is "Ready for whatever happens."

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO's disaster Recovery Team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." With a network of more then 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located through the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Teams assist our you local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the after math of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

2017 Hurricane Harvey: Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 26 with winds of 130 mph. The hurricane made a second landfall just hours later and lingered over Southeast Texas for about two days, dropping more than 40 inches of rain.On August 29, Harvey made a third landfall in Louisiana . Following the storm, and estimated 550 storm screws were deployed, representing more than 240 SERVPRO Franchises. Those numbers, in addition to are Franchises, placed more than 1,000 crews in storm-affected areas. Crews traveled from as far as California, Washington, Wisconsin, and New York.

2016 Houston, TX, Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed over Houston, resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic flooding event for Harris County, which saw a total of nearly 18 inches of accumulated rainfall. The storm team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs, mitigating over $3 million in damages.

2015 Siberian Express: Record sub-zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine.  The Midwest also experienced record-breaking low temperatures, resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 franchises to assist local SERVPRO Franchises, completing nearly 2,000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour cause major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland, were also impacted, creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm Team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local franchises. 

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole's polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far as South Central Florida, affecting all or part oft he 39 states and 70 percent of the SERVPRO Franchise System.

Avoiding Holiday Hazards This Season

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Eliminate potential risks this holiday season. Follow these helpful hints and you will enjoy a happy and fire-safe holiday season. 

Use Only Non-Flammable Decorations

All decorations, including a metallic or artificial tree, should be flame retardant. Be sure you place all decorations away from heat vents and heating sources.

Maintain Holiday Lights

Prior to decorating, check holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive wire kinking. Only use lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Lights should be inspected yearly.

Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets

Do not link more than three light strands together, unless directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the wall outlet. periodically, check the wires- they should not be warm to the touch.

Avoid Using Lit Candles

If you enjoy decorating with candles, consider choosing flameless candles. If you do use candles, make sure they are in low traffic areas, where they cannot easily be knocked down. Never leave the building with a candle burning.

Dont Block Exits

Ensure that trees and other decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of the fire, a blocked entry/exit puts you at risk.

As in every season, check all smoke and fire detectors to ensure they are in proper working order. Test the detectors monthly and keep them equipped with fresh batteries.

Emergency Ready Program

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mesquite utilizes the latest technology in order to expedite the mitigation process further increasing our value to our customers. The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or 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 home or business.

Preparation is the key to making it through any sized disaster, whether it is a large fire or area flood, or just a minor water leak.  Having an Emergency READY Plan may help minimize the time your business is inactive, and get you back in the building following a disaster.

SERVPRO of Mesquite has restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running.  Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.  We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal.  

Call your local SERVPRO of Mesquite at (214) 329-4747 to help with your Emergency READY Profile, and be “Ready for Whatever Happens” in 2018!

Facts About Mold

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

12/9/2016

Mold has existed since ancient times. The human species has always lived in the presence of mold. There are over 100,000+ species of mold identified. The unique flavor of bleu cheese is produced by mold.

We are constantly exposed to thousands of different types of fungi in our everyday lives. Certain types of fungi tend to exist naturally in soils, plants, fruits and textiles. Exposure to these fungi in naturally occurring doses is generally not harmful to health.

While the types and concentrations of fungi existing in the environment vary from one geographic region to another, the most common types are as follows: Aspergillus (most common), alternaria, bipolaris, chaetomium, fusarium, penicillin, and paecilomyes. 

Mold Needs The Right Environment To Grow

  • Water, moisture or high humidity.
  • Food (any organic substance)
  • The right temperature (generally 68*F-86*F, but some can grow in 30*F or colder)
  • Lack of Ventilation
  • Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immunosuppressed people.
  • Some molds can produce toxins if the environment conditions are right.

If you suspect your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO Of Mesquite today (972)-329-4747 

Storm Shout Out!

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mesquite and SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek had the honor to go to Chicago, IL during the flood that took place at the beginning of July, 2017 to help other SERVPRO franchises assist customers that had experienced flood damage in their home. When someone experiences a tragedy like a flood taking place in there home, it is our job as SERVPRO employees to take the stress off the customer and assure them that they are taken care of and are in good hands. Below is a letter we received from one of our customers in Chicago that states what an awesome job our SERVPRO team did.

"Dear SERVPRO,

I just wanted to write and express my very sincere appreciation for the fine work your team did at my house this week. They arrived on time everyday and their work was exceptional. Your motto "Like it never even happened" holds true for my experience.

In addition, I can honestly say that I have never met I nicer or more respectful group of young men than these four gentleman. Avery C, Robert S, Danny K, and Justin W were absolutely awesome. I would recommend them ti abyone looking for reliable and hard-working men. ALso, Avery was Very professional in his interactions with me regarding costs, schedule, arrival times each day, etc. He was an excellent team leader. I could not be happier witht he work that they have done.

And finally, I want to thank Jennifer personally for dispatching your team to my home in such a expedited fashion so as to preclude growth of mildew and mold. You had your eam at my house within tweo days of my su,p backup event. You are to be commended for your customer first attitude. 

Thank you."

SERVPRO Heads to Chicago, IL During Storm

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Our qualified SERVPRO professionals were called out by the SERVPRO storm teams to go to Chicago, IL to help with the flooding that happened recently this month.  SERVPRO of Mesquite and SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek sent 6 of our qualified technicians to Chicago, IL to assist anyone who had been affected by the storms. We took on a total of 8 jobs all in which the customers experienced major flooding in there homes. We were able to dry all 8 of the homes and restore them back to pre-condition. We are proud to be apart of a team that helps those who need it most during a devastating time. If your home or business suffers from storm or water damage, call SERVPRO, we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Mesquite is now accepting donations for Canton, Esutace, Emory, Caney City and surrounding areas

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mesquite will be donating items to those affected during the tornadoes on 4/29/17

SERVPRO of Mesquite and SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek will be donating items throughout the next two weeks to those affected in the storms on 4/29/17. The major cities that were hit include Canton, Eustace, Fruitvale, Emory, Caney City and other surrounding areas. If you or anyone you know would like to donate please reach out to us at (972)-329-4747 or visit our office at 11830 FM 2932 Forney, TX 75126. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved and a special thank you to all of our awesome first responders. 


SERVPRO specializes in storm damage cleanup and remediation and has the knowledge and equipment to restore your home or business to preconditions. If your home or business was affected in the recent tornadoes, call SERVPRO of mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

It's Never To Late For Spring Cleaning

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Of Mesquite if your home or business needs a good deep cleaning this spring. (972)-329-4747

It's that time of year again. Mother Nature has sprung back to life, along with all the blessings and curses that come with the season.


The pollen count has spiked and allergies are in full swing. Sometimes your only escape from the runny nose and congested head is to head for the great indoors.


Of course, in many homes across the country, the air-conditioned refuge just doesn't provide the refuge you seek from the sniffles. What in the world id going on? It could be your home is in need of a thorough spring cleaning. Modern homes are often sow ell built that they are nearly air-tight. This helps keep warmth and air conditioning inside during the proper seasons, but it can also allow contaminants- such as dust and old mold particles- to build up to potentially irritating, or even unhealthy, levels.


Check out the following tips on spring cleaning, and consider giving your home a good scrub-down in the coming weeks.


Spring Cleaning Tips



  • Always start from the top.- AS you clean higher-up items, like ceiling fan blades and top shelves on bookcases, you'll knock dust down to a lower level. You don't want to resoil an area you already cleaned.

  • Stay focused on task at hand.- When cleaning out a closet or drawer, it's easy to get drawn in by old photo albums and keepsakes. Set aside time for the fond memories later- You're on a mission!

  • Don't be a pack rat.- You don't want to throw away precious keepsakes, but try to limit the junk laying around the house. If you haven't used it in a year or two, throw it out- or better yet- sell it in a garage sale!


Of course, if spring cleaning isn't your cup of tea, just give SERVPRO Of Mesquite a call. With professional told and a knack for nooks and crannies, we'll have your home sparkling in no time! 

When Wildfires Threaten

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

A Little Preparation May Go a Long Way to Protect Your Home.

Whether started by lightning strikes or by human negligence, wildfire can be one of the most powerful and destructive forces in nature.

The threat of wildfires, though generally thought to be a problem for rural areas in the western United States, can even spread to suburbs and often affect the central and eastern U.S., as well. The 2007 California wildfires destroyed at least 1,500 homes according to an Associated Press report.

Though we may never be ale to eliminate wildfires, we can take a few of the following steps to help lessen the danger and damage to our homes. As a National Preparedness Coalition member, SERVPRO of Mesquite encourages you to follow these safety tips, courtesy of FEMA. More information can be found online at www.fema.gov.

  • If you're in a high risk area, consider clearing out a 30 foot safety barrier around your home. Keep the vegetation in ths area to a minimum.
  • Clear vines from the walls on your home.
  • Prune branches and tree limbs within 15 feet of the ground and your home.
  • Clear all combustibles within 30 feet of your home.
  • Use fire-resistant siding.
  • Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.
  • Choose safety glass for windows and sliding glass doors.

If you have any more concerns, worries, or need restoration due to wildfires, please give SERVPRO of Mesquite a call at (972) 329-4747

Are Your Ducts in Order?

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Are Your Ducts in Order?

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Mesquite’s Professional services is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals today!

SERVPRO of Mesquite – (972) 329-4747

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