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National Pet Day!

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

It's National Pet Day!

We know you love your pet everyday but who doesn't want an excuse to give your pet some extra love? If you don't have a pet today would be a great day to adopt one or spending some time volunteering at your local shelter. 

Here are some ways you can celebrate pets today. 

1 – Commit to Volunteer With a Local Pet Charity

Whether you choose to work for one day a week in a local shelter, or choose to donate food and supplies to a local charity, committing to helping out a pet charity is a fantastic and meaningful way to celebrate National Pet Day.

2 – Adopt a Pet

If you don’t currently have a pet, or if you feel like you have the room in your heart, budget, and home to care for another pet, consider adopting an animal from a local rescue facility or shelter for National Pet Day. 

3 – Take Your Pets for a Ride

If you have the kind of dog or cat that enjoys going for a leisurely car ride, fill up the gas tank, roll down the windows enough to let in a bit of the spring aroma—but no so much as to be dangerous to your pets—and take to the road.

4 – Go for a Pet Picnic in the Park

Take your dog, cat, or other pet for a picnic outdoors or to a local pet friendly restaurant(if feasible for your animal). Bring along a picnic lunch for yourself and your companion animal or hang out and order a snack for you and your pet if you opt to visit a pet friendly establishment.

5 – Procure More Pet Toys

Your pet had absolutely nothing to do with the writing of this post. But if they had, this idea likely would’ve topped the list.

6 – Schedule an Annual Visit to the Vet

All pets need to be looked after by a professional caregiver. What better day than National Pet Day to make sure that you’re fulfilling your responsibilities and getting them the medical attention that they need to thrive? Even if you’re not able to visit on National Pet Day, you can still make this the day you make the call and set the appointment.

7 – Take Your Pet to your local dog park or out for a walk/run

This is more doggie exclusive then anything but even if you don't have time for much else your dog probably cherishes the time you two spend out on your daily walk or jog. Try changing up your routine and taking a different route or trying out a new park to switch things up. 

8 – Provide Your Pet With a Home or Professional Spa Day

Give your pet or companion animal the grooming they need and deserve in honor of National Pet Day. To celebrate, you can go for that deep clean, get her nails done, and get them a cut and style, even.

9 – Dress Up

Some pets love them, some pets hate them, but nothing drives activity in your social media feeds quite as much as posting pictures of your puts dressed up in pet costumes. Make sure you’re using the ones that are actually designed for them, though, and always be safe about it.

10 – Throw a Pet Party

Chances are good that you have friends with pets too. Get all your pets together, provided they get along and throw a pet party (or fundraiser for your local pet charity or animal rescue) to celebrate National Pet Day.

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Protecting your car during a hail storm

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

A hail storm can do a lot of damage to the windows, metal, and paint of your car, but there are steps you can take to protect your car from damage, with the recent spring storms here in Texas scattering anything from pea sized to baseball sized hail it’s important to know what to do if and when a hail storm strikes. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to help keep you safe during extreme weather.

  • Get covered parking—Covered parking can save you a lot of hassle and money, especially in the middle of the country. Make sure to listen to hourly weather reports and move your car into the garage before a storm hits. Don't wait till the last minute to have a space cleared out to properly store you're car. If you don't have room in your garage or a carport, seek alternative parking.
  • Ride out the storm—If you don’t have access to covered parking, tryto find temporary shelter. Local malls, for example, usually have parking garages where you could park if you know a storm is brewing. If you don’t have a covered place to store your vehicle, find those options for the big storms. Use large buildings as hail shadows if you can’t find an area with covered parking. If a storm is coming from the east, for example, park on the west side of a large building. If the winds are strong enough, the building may be able to shield your car, causing hail to blow completely past it. If you do get stuck driving in hail, it's best to travel either toward or away from it. The reason is because windshields are better designed to withstand the impact of hail, whereas side windows may not be.
  • Use blankets or car covers—If you don’t have a shelter option, and you know a storm is coming, get something over your car. Some companies sell car covers specific to this purpose, but you can use your own blankets as well. Just make sure you duct tape them down—the winds can pick up pretty quickly during hail storms. The tape can leave a sticky residue on your car, but most likely won’t cause any damage to the paint. (Prepare in advance for this. Opt for personal safety and don’t do this if the storm is happening within a matter of minutes.) If you’re caught someplace where you don’t have the option to cover your car this way you can use your floor mats to place over your windshield to help prevent the hail from breaking it. It’s not the best option but at least it’s something
  • Always stay protected during a hail storm and do not leave your vehicle unless it’s necessary as hail can cause serious bodily damage. If you’re caught in a hail storm while driving and large sized hail is hitting your car, pull over, Make sure you pull completely off the highway, and cover up with a blanket, jacket pr whatever you have available in your car to use to shield yourself just in case the hail were to break any glass in your vehicle. get onto the floor face down, or lay down on the seat with your back to the windows if possible. Put very small children under you, and cover their eyes.

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Does your Fort Worth business need board up services?

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Board Up Services

If your home or business was affected by storm or fire damage that results in an opening in your building you may be in need of emergency board up services. Any opening in the structure needs to be properly boarded up to protect the building from weather and illegal entry. Your insurance policy also requires you to be proactive on protecting your home or business after any type of damage has occurred, otherwise the insurance company could account any further/secondary damage to the structure as negligence.

Not every situation requires the most extensive board up that the U.S Fire Administration has in their board up procedure manual, such as after a fire where the entire home is destroyed and is considered a complete loss. While each emergency board up is different, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is here to help.   

Let’s take a look at how to properly board up a structure after damage has caused an opening in the building.

Determining How Much Protection Is Needed

  1. Openings in the basement, first floor doors, windows and any point of entry accessible from a porch, fire escape or other potential climbing point require additional security measures. These openings should be barricaded with plywood, 2x4s, bolts and nails.
  2. Openings that are at least 10′ from ground level which are not accessible from a porch, fire escape, roof, or other climbing point can be secured with nails in each brace, and every 12″ around the perimeter. For these openings the plywood should be fitted so that it rests snugly against the exterior frame, butting up to the siding on wood frame buildings and up to the brickwork on brick buildings. It may be necessary to remove the staff bead so this fit can be flush and tight.

Boarding Up

  1. Cut plywood to fit over the window and door openings, flush with outside of the molding. Note: For buildings with metal door and window frames the alternative is to cut the plywood and 2x4s to fit the inside of the door frame buffed up against the band molding.
  2. Cut the 2x4s to fit the horizontal dimension of the plywood. You will need two 2×4 exterior and two interior braces for each window and three sets for each door. Note: For buildings with metal doors and window frames the 2x4s for the outside will be cut to the dimensions of the plywood, fitting inside the door frame, against the band molding. For the inside the 2x4s will be cut to the outside dimension of the door or window frame.
  3. Pre drill 3/8th inch holes in the plywood and the braces.
  4. The holes will be placed approximately 1/3 of the length of the brace from each outside edge of the door and window jam.
  5. The two window braces will be placed 1/3 of the distance from the top and the bottom of the window.
  6. The three door braces will be placed; one in the center of the doorway, and one half the distance from the center to the top and to the bottom of the doorway.
  7. Place the plywood over the exterior opening and nail to the frame. Note: For metal frames place the plywood and braces inside the frame against the band molding.
  8. Place the 2×4 braces over the interior and exterior of the door or window.
  9. Place the large washer over the carriage bolt and place the bolt through the holes.
  10. Place washer and nut inside and tighten securely. Torque the nut so that it slightly compresses the interior 2×4.

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Commercial cleaning services

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Despite having a standard cleaning staff, sometimes standard maintenance isn’t enough. When dirt builds up on flooring or odors develop past your janitorial staffs abilities, call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to provide prompt service and deep cleaning to get your office or business back to like new condition.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. From preventative cleaning to a deluxe deep conditioning and rinse. We have the skills and equipment to make your carpet look like new.

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. 

Hard flooring, like hardwood and tile, is often used in today’s homes and commercial properties. At first glance, hard flooring appears to be easy to clean, maintain, and restore. However, these materials tend to have soil accumulate over time, and eventually you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup.

We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Also, our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your floor’s original beauty.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

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When was the last time you had your Fort Worth businesses ducts cleaned?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Using a HEPA filter on your HVAC system can keep pollutants from building up within your home. #SERVPRO

Spring cleaning usually makes you think of cleaning your home, but what about your business? Your HVAC system needs routine maintenance to continue running without issue as the summer months approach and we begin turning on the a/c more. In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes and businesses with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are also more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

5 Benefits to Cleaning Your Air Ducts

  • Save Money. Removal of dust and debris from the coils of the air duct greatly reduces energy consumption rate. ...
  • Improve Health. The air quality of the business or home is usually important in terms of the internal air conditions. ...
  • Aid System Durability. ...
  • Reduced Allergens. ...
  • Eliminate odors.

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth's cleaning process

Our SERVPRO technicians will start the duct cleaning process by using a patented piece of equipment called a roto-scraper.  This device automatically adapts to the shape of your ducts and their diameter while traveling through, removing all the debris and filth in the duct before the vacuuming begins. 

The next step in the process is for a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system to transfer the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

The air is then filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles that were in the air stream.  HEPA filters capture the debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

There is an optional process of a sealant or coating product that may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns as well.

Lastly, all filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

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Lead Paint and how to remove it safely.

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:

  • Windows and window sills;
  • Doors and door frames; and
  • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.

Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently.

Disturbing lead-based paint or removing lead improperly can increase the hazard to your family by spreading even more lead dust around the house.  In addition to day-to-day cleaning and good nutrition, you can temporarily reduce lead-based paint hazards by taking actions, such as repairing damaged painted surfaces and planting grass to cover lead contaminated soil. These actions are not permanent solutions and will need ongoing attention.  You can minimize exposure to lead when renovating, repairing, or painting by learning how to use lead–safe work practices in your home.

This guide will remove all layers of paint, requiring you to repaint.

1

Remember that lead paint does not pose a hazard if it's not deteriorating. You will be removing the paint if;

  • You will be renovating your house soon
  • The paint is peeling
  • You want to do it as a preventative measure for the future

2

Buy all the 'Things You'll Need'. They can be found at your local hardware store.

3

Take down curtains, because they can hold dust.

4

Move all obstructions, including paintings and furniture, away from walls.

5

Cover the floor, furniture, and all horizontal surfaces with clear plastic coverings.Tape it along the corners to hold it down. Close the doors leading to rooms that you won't be working in, to protect them from getting dust. You may want to even seal under the doors with the plastic too.

6

Send everyone who won't be helping remove the paint out of the building.

7

Wear full cover work suits, covering hair, feet and hands along with a HEPA filtered mask. No Exceptions!

8

Spray the wall with water, starting at the very top of the wall and going till the bottom.

9

Strip the moistened paint with wet scrapes, also starting at the top.

10

Hold a bucket under you as you strip the paint. You want as much dust and flakes to land in it as possible.

11

Do this until you have removed the paint everywhere that you want.

12

Clean up. For all the plastic coverings, grab them by the corners and wrap it up. You need to keep all the chips and particulate dust that fell onto the covering inside of it. If you don't, then what was the point of doing it in the first place? Find out what your city, state, or country's laws are on lead disposal, and follow them.

13

Wash your hands and change your clothes or shower.

14

Get ready to repaint your house!

Shopping List

Here is a list of supplies and tools you will need to set up the work area safely. These items are available in hardware, paint or garden supply stores.

Bucket

 Barrier tape,

rope or fencing 

Cones 

Heavy duty plastic sheeting 

Tape (masking, duct or painter’s) 

Stapler 

 Utility knife or scissors 

Rigid framing material for vertical containment

Painter’s hat 

Disposable coveralls 

Disposable N-100 rated respirator 

Disposable shoe covers

If you have other cleaning needs, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth provides a variety of cleaning services. Give us a call at 817-293-5553.

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Tips for conserving water at home.

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we often deal with water damage and flooding, and while we know that no one plans on a water leak or other issues with their plumbing that could cause water damage and waste water we still care about our customers homes and making sure that there is clean fresh water for everyone. Incorporating some of the tips below will not only reduce your water footprint, it may also shrink your water bill.

Tips for daily water-saving practices

Here are 10 simple steps that can help reduce your daily water consumption and waste

Cut down the time on your shower by setting a timer for five minutes or less, and install a low-flow shower head or smart shower system. Every minute in the shower with a conventional shower head consumes around five gallons of water. Place a small bucket in the shower to collect water while it heats up, and use this water for your indoor plants.

Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, cleansing your face, soaping up your hands or shaving. This small act can save between 10 to 20 gallons of water per day. Investing in a touch-less faucet can help.

Run the dishwasher only when full. If there’s an eco-cycle, use it. If you wash dishes by hand, plug and fill the sink with warm, soapy water. Run the faucet only to rinse.

Fix leaky faucets. Each year in the U.S., household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water, the EPA notes, enough to supply the annual water needs of every home in Texas. Eliminating leaks can shave about 10 percent off your water bill.

Invest in water-efficient appliances, like dual-flush toilets, a smart sprinkler system and an eco-friendly washing machine. Look for products with the EPA’s WaterSense label.

Turn off lights when you leave a room and unplug chargers when they’re not in use. Water is used in the process of electricity generation, so unnecessary consumption of electricity also wastes water.

Use biodegradable cleaning products, including soap, shampoo, laundry detergent and household cleaners. When you wash your clothes or clean your tub, that waste water full of chemicals eventually flows into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. You can make your own household cleaners with non-toxic household ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar or lemon juice, borax and soap.

Recycle and reuse whenever possible. Products from t-shirts to laptops consume gallons of water during the manufacturing process. Extending the life of your laptop, reusing scrap paper or reducing how many new clothes you buy can save water.

Water your plants in the cooler air of the early morning or evening so the water soaks into the soil instead of evaporating. Keep buckets outside to capture rainwater you can later use to water plants. If you have a sprinkler system, shut it off during rainy periods, and check it regularly for leaks.

Replace your water-hungry grass lawn with axeriscaped garden. This water-efficient landscape design, already popular in some parts of the Southwest and Texas, utilizes drought-tolerant native plants, flowers and trees along with organic mulches and stones, like lava rocks, pebbles or gravel.

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What to do when lightning strikes

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

We are proud to serve our local communities: Fort Worth, Everman,Forrest Hill

It’s springtime in Texas, and while we’ve enjoyed a cooler start to the season than usual, storms are still popping up, with heavy rain, hail and lighting. While we’re used to high winds and hail causing damage around this time of year there’s one very typical part of storms we don’t always consider. Lightning.

Severe thunder and lightning storms are more than just frightening - they can also cause a lot of damage. There are approximately 20 million lightning strikes that reach the ground annually in America, each of which can reach temperatures of 50,000-degrees Fahrenheit, which is five times hotter than the sun’s surface, and can travel at speeds up to 90,000 miles per second. In fact, hundreds of thousands of insurance claims related to lightning damage are filed each year, reporting over $1 billion in losses.

Why does lightning cause so much damage? Rather than traveling straight down, a lightning strike typically spreads along the ground, affecting the surrounding areas (for miles, on occasion). The voltage of a lightning strike can travel through wiring and into buildings, which can easily short out computers, phones, TVs, appliances and other equipment in both personal and commercial properties.

Some power surges are even strong enough to ignite fires. But damages aren't limited to the effects of a direct lightning strike on your property; perhaps lightning strikes a neighbor's tree, which then splits and falls through your roof.

To protect your electronics from damages, plug them into point-of-device surge protectors. Even better, unplug them before a storm hits. Although electronic devices may keep your kids occupied and entertained during a storm, you should prohibit the use of plugged-in electronics when thunder and lightning are in the area.

Keep a battery-powered TV or radio handy so that you can use these devices instead and keep your kids safe. Consider playing a few fun card games or board games with your kids during storms while listening to weather updates on the TV or radio. . If you're worried about power surges, you can install lightning rods on your roof to direct the surge into the ground and away from your home's interior.

After a storm, avoid using landline phones if any electrical lines were downed. If you notice any live wires or other power surge damages, call an electrician to have your home inspected and repaired. Remember that water conducts electricity, so keep it away from any questionable electric issues.

Luckily, most standard homeowner’s insurance policies cover lightning damages. Businesses can purchase equipment breakdown insurance on top of property insurance for added protection.

If you or someone around you is struck by lightning, call 911 immediately. The main three things to check for in a lightning strike victim are breathing, heartbeat, and pulse.

Lightning strikes are incredibly serious and kill about 10% of victims. The other 90% of strike victims are often left with severe burns and disabilities. If the victim is not breathing or responsive, someone who is qualified to perform CPR should do so as soon as possible.

An automatic external defibrillator can also come in handy during these circumstances. Children, the disabled, and the elderly may require extra assistance after storms strike, so be mindful of others and help as much as you safely can.

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We're local and ready 24/7

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

if you have issues finding our office please feel free to give our office a call for additional directions.

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is 1 of 1,700 Franchises nationwide, As a leader in the restoration industry our professional technicians are faster to any size disaster. Our crews are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore or clean your residential or commercial property.

Our office is located at 7435 Pebble Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76118, servicing Fort Worth, Forest Hill, and Everman for over 10 years helping home and business owners make things "Like it never even happened" after a fire or water disaster. 

Our office is located on Pebble Dr. off of Handley Ederville Rd near the Tarrant appraisal district. You can reach our office from highway 121 or 820, turning onto Handley Ederville, Pebble Drive will be on the left from 121 and the right if coming from 820, you'll turn at the small granite store on the corner onto Pebble Dr. and take the first left once in the business complex. 

We are located in the 2nd row of warehouses next to the Sherwin Williams which can be seen on the corner immediately after you turn. Look for the orange SERVPRO logo on our door. 

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Spring clean your office and business

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Springtime normally inspires us to clean out the clutter, homes, garage and shed are usually purged of those old unneeded items as we make room for new things like outdoor equipment and begin pulling out the things we haven't used most of the winter like the lawn mower. But what about your office? Often work is seen as something separate and can often become stagnant. Papers pile up on desks, inboxes get full, dust settles.

This spring SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth wants to remind you that having a clean and organized office space is just as important. Getting rid of those piles of old papers, creating a new system to stay organized and removing the clutter can help make your business and workload more efficient and easier to handle.

Here are some tips to help get you started

1. Gather and redistribute

Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

2. Clear off your desk

Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

3. Organize your desktop

Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

4. Organize your drawers

Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

5. Close proximity

Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

6. Sort mails

Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now and toss the junk before it begins to pile up. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off.

7. Assign discard dates

You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

8. Filter your emails too

Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

9. Consider going digital

How much of the paperwork that you have could be scanned and saved?You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past my scanning and uploading them to your computer. Make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

10. Straighten your desk

At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

Now that you've de-cluttered and organized your space you may notice the dirt and dust left behind where you've moved your desk from or the path you take to talk to and from your office might look a bit more dirty then others. Let SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth take it from here, cleaning the carpets and furniture in your office and business to make it all look fresh and new again.

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be also be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. If you're thinking about adding a fresh coat of paint to your office to help freshen it up after you've reorganized you should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth can help.

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Preventing electrical fires in your Ft. Worth home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.

Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

When choosing lighting for your home, it is important to understand that some light switches have more functions than simply turning on lights.  These added features such as timers and dimmers can make your home more convenient and efficient. If you are thinking of making a switch, contact a qualified electrician to make sure that the lighting you choose is compatible with your home.  And remember, all light switches should be installed by a professional.

Don't Take These Warning Signs Lightly:

  • The wall plate is hot to the touch.
  • There is discoloration of or around the switch plate.
  • Lights dim and/or flicker without cause.
  • You hear crackling, popping, or buzzing from your outlet.
  • Often Breakers trip or fuses blow when the switch is turned on.
  • You detect an odor when a switch is used.
  • The switch leans to one side or feels loose when operating.
  • You often experience a shock when operating the switch.
  • Lights get brighter or dimmer when other appliances turn on or off.
  • The home is over 40 years old and has aluminum wiring, but has not recently undergone a safety inspection by an electrician.  

If your lighting control points are characterized by any of the above, have your home's electrical system inspected by a qualified electrician as soon as possible.

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Hopefully these tips can help keep your home safe and protected from fires caused by electrical malfunction, though accidents do occur. Our crews here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth see a handful of electrical fires each year, especially during the summer when extra fans and a/c units are plugged in and in winter when plug in heaters are in use as well as holiday lights. 

If your home or business is effected by an electrical fire. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 365 to help deal with the smoke and fire damage that can occur and get your house back to pre-fire condition. 

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Crime scene clean-up

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with a traumatic event is difficult enough, dealing with the aftermath is generally the last thing on anyone's mind after an accident or event has occurred. SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is here to help provide some peace of mind and take care of the clean-up for you. 

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. We're "Here to Help" take care of everything so that you can move forward with a safe and clean property.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants
  • Illegal drug and chemical residue

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Commercial Water Damage

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

#Every hour spent cleaning #water #damage from your place of business is an hour lost of productivity. We offer fast, 24 hour #emergency services, 365

Your Fort Worth business has been effected by flooding, or water damage caused by a leak or sprinkler system going off, now what? SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is "Here to Help" 

 Our crews are highly trained and IICRC certified to help extract the water and help get your office back in working order. That doesn't mean just the carpet and walls though. Here at SERVPRO we know time is of serious importance, every day your office or business is closed and costs you more in the long run.

 We offer several services to help try and minimize as much damage as possible and help you get your businesses doors back open. 

Here are some of the services we provide to help get your business back to preloss condition.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

 Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

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Hailstorm Preparedness

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

How to Reduce Hail Damage

If you haven’t taken a look at your roof in a while, now’s the time. Spring often means storms here in Texas and occasional severe weather that can include high winds and hail. Roof repairs today can help you avoid extensive, time-consuming cleanup later.

  • Repair or replace worn, curled or missing shingles.
  • If your roof is aging, consider replacing it before hail season begins.

During a Hailstorm

Protect Yourself and Your Car
In severe storms, a hail stone can be as big as a softball and fall at 50 to 100 miles per hour.

  • Stay indoors.
  • Stay away from skylights and glass doors to avoid broken glass.
  • If it is safe, close drapes, blinds or shades to prevent debris from blowing inside.
  • If you can, park your car in the garage or other covered area.

After a Hailstorm

If you have experienced damage from a hailstorm, report it as soon as possible. We’re "Here to Help" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can work with your insurance to get your home back to new. Tarping your roof, and removing the water damage that can occur from holes made by hail in your roof. 

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Wind Damage and How to Prepare

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Home damaged after a storm? SERVPRO is "Here to Help!"

A lot of times when people hear about wind damage they assume tornado, but that's not always the case. Some wind storms never develop tornadoes but cause just as much damage as they blow through with enough force to damage fences, roofs, and occasionally vehicles. 

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth we're ready for any disaster, including wind damage. We can assist you with repairs after the storm and help if secondary damage occurs like water damage from rain that leaks through your damaged roof. We also want you to be informed and prepared before and after a wind storm occurs. 

Let's discuss what wind warnings and advisories mean and how you can prepare before a wind storm to decrease your chances of damage. 

Wind Warnings, Watches and Advisories. What do they mean?

  • High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheels and slow down. 
  • High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose outdoor items and adjust plans as necessary so you're not caught outside. 
  • Wind Advisory: Take Action! Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured and caution should be taken if driving. 
  • Dust Storm Warning: Take Action! A Dust Storm Warning is issued when visibility of 1/2 mile or less due to blowing dust or sand, and wind speeds of 30 miles an hour or more
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Winds 58 mph or higher and/or hail 1inch or larger are possible in a severe thunderstorm. Secure items outdoors that may blow around in high winds. Stay informed and be ready to take action.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when severe thunderstorms is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind 58 mph or higher and/or hail 1 inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building, away from windows.
  • Gale Warning: Take Action! Gale Warnings are issued for locations along the water when one or both of the following conditions is expected to begin within 36 hours and is not directly associated with a tropical cyclone: sustained winds of 34 to 47 knots (39 to 55 mph) or frequent gusts (duration of two or more hours) between 34 knots and 47 knots. Make sure your vessel is secure in port.
  • Hurricane Force Wind Warning: Hurricane Force Wind Warnings are issued for locations along the water when one or both of the following conditions is expected to begin within 36 hours and not directly associated with a tropical cyclone: sustained winds of 64 knots or greater or frequent gusts (duration of two or more hours) of 64 knots (74 mph) or greater. Make sure your vessel is secure in port.

What to do before a wind storm.

Here are some things you can do around your home to try and decrease any damage before a wind storm hits. Most are things you can probably include in your regular maintenance. Please only do these tasks if it is safe to do so and before a High wind warning or advisory is in effect. 

  • Trim tree branches away from your house and power lines.
  • Secure loose gutters and shutters.
  • Identify an interior room of your house, such as a basement or interior bathroom, that you can take shelter in during high wind warnings.
  • If you live in a mobile home, identify a sturdy building you can go to if a high wind or severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
  • Update your emergency kit and be sure to include enough food and water to last for 3 days for each person in your home.
  • Make a list of items outside your home you will need to tie down or put away so that they don't blow away or fly through a window. When a high wind or severe thunderstorm watch is issued, immediately secure these items to avoid damage or injury once the wind starts picking up.
  • If possible make sure your phone is fully charged or keep a power bank in your emergency kit, just in case you loose power.

The wind storm has begun, now what?

Hopefully any above precautions have been made and you're prepared for this. Time to sit it out and wait for the wind to die down. Take Shelter either in your home or a designated location and be sure to keep your emergency kit and weather radio close for updates. 

If Caught Outside or Driving

  • Take shelter in your car if you are not near a sturdy building. If possible, drive to a nearby sturdy building. Otherwise, move your car to a location where it is less likely to be hit by falling trees or power lines.
  • If no shelter is available avoid trees, power lines, and the side of the road. Keep in mind that power lines that are laying on the ground may be live. Do not go near them! Try to find a place that will block blowing or falling debris.
  • If you are driving and aren't near a sturdy building, hold the steering wheel with both hands and slow down.
  • Keep a distance from high profile vehicles such as trucks, buses and vehicles towing trailers. One strong gust of wind can be enough to flip one of these trailers onto its side.

During a Dust Storm 

  • Get indoors. Close all windows and turn off all AC units.
  • If driving, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated. If you can't pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on lights and sound horn occasionally. Use the painted center line to help guide you. Look for a safe place to pull off the roadway. Never stop on the traveled portion of the roadway.

After the storm is over. 

Make sure it's safe before going outside. Avoid any downed power lines and report any you find to the police. If you've lost power, use a generator if possible. Make sure the generator is outside more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows to avoid carbon monoxide gas collecting near or inside your home. Battery operated CO detectors inside the home will alert you if gas begins to enter the home since the gas is bother odorless and tasteless. 

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Happy First Day of Spring!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is officially here!

Spring is finally here and the weather couldn't be more perfect for our first day of spring with a high of 63 here in East Fort Worth. The sun is out and it is a gorgeous day to kick off springtime. 

I know most will be opening up windows, dusting off their patios and getting started on some spring cleaning.  Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we're always "Here to Help" with all your residential and commercial cleaning needs so you can spend more time outside enjoying this beautiful weather instead of being stuck inside cleaning up. 

Here are our top 10 things to do to celebrate spring besides cleaning. 

  1. Have a picnic
  2. plants seeds and bulbs in your garden
  3. go for a jog or walk
  4. visit your local farmers market
  5. make a bird feeder
  6. feed the ducks at a local park
  7. Grill in your backyard
  8. rent a bike and go for a ride
  9. visit a local zoo or museum

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Tips for keeping your pets calm during a storm.

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

The sun has come out and the storm is officially over, but last night here in Fort Worth Texas the wind and rain was pretty intense. I've seen lots of runaway trampolines, fallen limbs and debris along the roads. While all this is pretty typical for storm season here in Texas my dog was up all night fretting over all the noise.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we love our fur babies,our dogs, cats, and the occasional pig like to visit us in the office from time to time and we love sharing them with all of you. So this blog is for them, and all our customers beloved furry friends who might be a little anxious during this springs storm season.

10 Tips to Calm Your Dog During Thunderstorms

1: Exercise

If you know that there is a storm rolling in late that day, be sure to get in a walk while it's dry and exercise your fur baby to release that extra energy. Your pup will want to rest, instead of getting worked up over the storm.

2: Indoors

It’s a good idea to try and keep your dog inside during during storms. Storms can be unpredictable, and you don’t want to accidentally put your dog in harm’s way. If possible close your dog door, or crate your dog to give them a safe area to sit inside and take them out yourself for potty breaks to avoid muddy situations. Though if you end up with a muddy situation we can help with that too with our cleaning services.

3: Create Space

Create a space for your pet. Make up a comfy bed with blankets and some of their favorite toys or utilize their crate as stated above if you crate train. They will be drawn to their familiar smells of ‘their stuff’ and it will help them to relax and stay calm.

4: Water

Plenty of water. Always have a full water bowl. When dogs get worked (panting) up, they burn through their energy and can become dehydrated so it’s a good idea to have a fresh bowl of water nearby.

5: Distraction

Distraction is key. Your pet may need help in keeping distracted. Having a rawhide or a long lasting chew is great.

Your pup will forget all about the storm and just sit in their comfy spot and munch away on their treat.

6: Toys

Having their favorite toys around to keep them happy great if they aren't allowed a lot of treats or chews for some reason.

If your dog has a favorite toy it's like a security blanket if he/she knows it’s next to them is fine. Several of our dogs here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth grew up with a particular favorite toy they love and will tote around so this is great for high stress situations where they need something familiar to help keep calm.

7: Favorite Meal

Feed them their favorite meal at dinner time. Or add a little special something in your pups bowl and let them know they are magnificent.When your pet is fully satisfied with their meal, they will be content and will just want to chill out with you on the couch.

8: Stay Home

If you can, stay home. Your dog will be much calmer and relaxed knowing you are there with them. I know this isn't an option for everyone but if you have the choice to work from home what could sound better than to have your dog happy and curled up next to you while you work and listen to music and the sound of the rain outside? Am I right?

9: Play Date

Have a play date. Invite your family or friends over for a game; if it's still safe to drive, please don't use this option in overly severe weather. But if it's a mild storm and someone is close and willing to visit it’s better to be really happy and playing tag in the house than having a scared puppy in the corner right?

10: Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement. Happy high pitched voice and lots of pats and not making a big deal out of the storm is a good way to show your dog that nothing wrong is actually happening. They'll take reassurance in your positive attitude. Mom and Dad aren't scared so it's okay.

We hope these tips help make the next thunderstorm that rolls through less of a worrisome event for your furry friends.

Spring means storm season in Fort Worth Tx.

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you need water damage cleanup for your home or business call today for service at (817) 293-5553.

This week really kicked off storm season here in Texas. With winds up to 80 miles an our, rain and in some places hail we're all experiencing the aftermath. Tree limbs having fallen, trampolines flying away, even 18 wheelers were over turned thanks to the high winds. 

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth we want our customers to know that we're always "Here to Help" our  skilled water restoration technicians are ready to do 24/7 to help get your house back to normal after a storm. 

Often after a storm damage to the roof or windows due to hail, fallen trees, or wind allows water into the home. IF left untreated it can soak into your walls leading to further damage and mold. While each home is different our professional process stays much the same, getting your home back to like new condition. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Preparing your Fort Worth business for storm season

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

While we still have the occasional chilly day, it seems that spring has finally arrived on Texas and with it storm season. The rain and wind has been blowing in and homeowners are preparing for high winds, hail and possible water damage if either causes damage to their property. But what about your business? Doesn't it need preparing too? Well SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is hear to help with some tips and tricks to be storm (and possibly tornado) ready this spring.

Include shelter-in-place information in your EAP –Knowing when and where to take shelter during a tornado is a crucial part of emergency preparedness and is something that ALL of your employees should be familiar with. A basement is the best possible place to be during a tornado. However if your building does not have a basement, you should make sure all employees go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor with no windows.

Implement an emergency notification system – Despite most likely having sirens in your area tornadoes often occur with little to no warning, because of this, many people find themselves ill prepared for a tornado with little time to take shelter. By using an emergency notification system like Disaster Alert(IPhone) or Natural Disaster Monitor (android) employees can be made more aware of severe weather in their area and the app can alert them of the tornado so they can seek shelter immediately.

Have a work from home policy –Within minutes a tornado can destroy everything in its path. This includes not only property, homes and businesses, but it can also disrupt business operations for extended periods of time. In order to ensure not all operations come to a stand-still, it is in good practice to implement a work from home policy if it makes sense for your business. This allows employees to continue working, even if they are unable to make it to the office.

Include training in your plans –If employees are not familiar with how to use emergency plans, they become essentially useless. Make sure that all employees have been adequately trained on how to respond to a tornado to avoid confusion and future injury while looking for shelter.

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Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks!

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

When it's the first day of spring and you don't feel like cleaning call SERVPRO! #HereToHelp

It might not feel like it right now, but it's almost spring in Texas, and that means cleaning up and getting ready for warmer weather (eventually).

A good, deep spring clean-up is a tradition that not only promotes wellness by keeping your environment clean and organized; it also helps carry the fresh-start feeling brought on by a new year well into the summer.

Put on some headphones, crank up the tunes and Clear the dust bunnies out of the corners, give your bathroom a good scrub, and finally get around to donating the unloved clothes at the back of your closet.

Here are 10 Spring cleaning tips to get you started!


Remove water stains with lemon for a natural faucet fix


This spring, make faucets clean and sparkly by rubbing a lemon half on the water stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks. Then, use the other half of the lemon for our next tip.

Clean your microwave by heating lemon juice and rinds in water


Cut a lemon into halves, squeeze the juice into 1/2 cup of water and drop the rinds into the mixture. Microwave for three minutes and let it stand for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, so you can wipe the microwave clean with less elbow grease.

Use white vinegar to beat shower head buildup


Looking for more natural ways to clean your bathroom? Vinegar can dissolve the mineral deposits accumulate in showerheads over time, causing reduced pressure and water flow. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight to get rid of buildup. Just be sure to run the shower before you hop in, or you risk smelling like vinegar all day.

Clean stainless steel sinks with baking soda


Simply wet your sink and faucet, sprinkle baking soda, and scrub with a sponge. If you need more heavy-duty scrubbing power, add salt to the baking soda.

Use newspaper to clean dirty windows and mirrors


Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.

Organize your fridge and cabinets with rotating turntables


Don’t limit rotating turntables and Lazy Susans to your tabletops. After discarding old condiments and spices, organize your pantries and refrigerator with this useful storage hack.

Place a wet dryer sheet on your ceramic stovetop to remove burnt-on residue


Dryer sheets are non-abrasive and a great way to remove burnt-on food from your stove. Place the wet dryer sheet on your stovetop at least 15 minutes before rubbing the gunk away.

Let coffee filters do more than put a spring in your step


Does your TV screen or computer monitor show fingerprints, smudges and dust? The fiber in coffee filters is be gentle enough to rub them away, even on delicate TV screens. Just don’t press too hard!

Use cream of tartar to clean toasters and tea kettles


Combine 1 tsp of cream of tartar with just enough water to create a milky paste. Rub the solution onto your stainless steel appliances and wipe away to reveal their original shine.

Use a window squeegee to scrape pet hair from your carpet or rug


The rubber edge of the squeegee is a great tool for gripping and removing pet hair from your rug. Use a firm grip and make sure to clean up the excess hair as you go. Finish by running the vacuum to catch any hair still on the surface.

Feeling cleaner already right? It's amazing how nice your home feels once it's been cleaned and refreshed. As for the big stuff, don't sweat it. SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth offers both residential and commercial cleaning. So if you can't get that stain out of your carpet, or liven up the color to your grout give us a call!

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Creating a Home Inventory

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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If you lost all of your possessions today, would you be able to list each item and its value from just your memory.

That’s the value of a home inventory. Making a detailed list of what you own ensures nothing will be omitted if you have to recall your home contents after a loss by fire, flood or other circumstance.

“How do I do a home inventory?”
 

There are a few ways to keep track of your thorough home inventory.
 

Write it down: To do a written home inventory, you’ll need to walk through your home and make a long, detailed list of your property. For each item, be sure to record the date it was purchased, the serial or model number if applicable, and the item’s value. If you have a receipt, note it on your inventory and keep it on file.


Take pictures: To add dimension to your home inventory, take pictures of each item on your list.  Shoot photographs in daylight, and open blinds and turn on lights for the best lighting. Clear, well-lit photos help ensure no feature of an object is overlooked.

The picture should focus on the item itself, as well as any important details, such as a close-up of the setting on a piece of jewelry or the artist’s signature on a valuable painting.

 Use sticky notes to label each item with its name before taking its photo. For consistency throughout your documentation, refer to items by the name on the sticky note.

In the case of documents scan them and create digital copies of the document you can save on a flash drive or set up an online account, such as Google Drive, to store your home inventory data. Be sure to document your password and how to access your account. For electronics and appliances, include warranties, receipts, repair bills and serial numbers


Shoot video:  It’s easy to do on your own with a smartphone. As you walk through your home recording each item, you can describe details, zoom in on jewelry settings and serial numbers, take video of any appraisals you may have for certain items, and so on. Plus, if you upload it to the cloud, it will be automatically saved with a date and time, which can be important for record keeping.

Keeping your home inventory organized

Keep a hard copy and a digital copy of your inventory documents. This ensures you’ll have at least one copy available should something happen to the other. Create an organization system to efficiently keep track of items and their values.

  • Include a page explaining your organization and tagging system.
  • Create a sub folder for each room.
  • Organize all documentation by item. That means keeping photos, receipts, repair bills and other documents related to one item together.

Who should have a copy of my inventory?

It's best to keep both a digital and paper copy of your inventory so it can't get lost. Consider keeping a copy in a safety deposit box or with a trusted friend or with your lawyer to keep on file. In the event a flood or fire does happen in your home you don't want your inventory lost with everything else. 

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we work with your insurance to help make the process of recovering from a disaster as smooth as possible, and an inventory can be very helpful so that as we catalog your belongings for restoration; we and your insurance can be better prepared to list and catalog each item so that it can be replaced or restored with ease. 

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Pet Fire Safety - Preventative measures

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping our furry friends safe from harm and out of trouble could help prevent a fire in the future in your home. #firesafety #SERVPRO

House fires are disastrous and dangerous. Fires can grow and spread very quickly, causing serious damage to a house in a short period of time. The heat and smoke can be harmful and deadly to both humans and pets.

The best thing you can do for your home, your pets, and your own safety is to put conscious efforts into preventing fires in the first place. This places every household member out of harm’s way and is not only easier but also cheaper than dealing with the aftermath of a house fire. 

We'll be going over what you can do to keep your pets safe from fires in this 3 part series for fire safety. 

Part 1 - 

  • EXTINGUISH OPEN FLAMES

  • You should never leave open flames unsupervised, but this is especially important if you have a pet who can knock things over or pass their tail through the fire. Consider using flameless candles or other electronic alternatives.

  • NO CLIMBING IN THE KITCHEN

    Discourage your pets from playing around in the kitchen. There are many hazards here including sharp objects, open flames if you have a gas range, and dangerously hot surfaces.

  • PUT COVERS ON STOVE KNOBS

    Some pets (especially cats) tend to be curious about surfaces and knobs. Prevent possible fires started by stove knobs turned on by pets by placing an inexpensive stove knob cover whenever you are not using the kitchen

  • ELIMINATE LOOSE WIRES

    Go through your home and make sure that any electric wiring is tucked away and inaccessible by any pets or children.

  • SECURE CORDS NEATLY

    Any exposed cords that you are using to power your appliances should be neatly secured and placed out of pathways. Curious pets can get tangled in messy cords, and some animals (particularly rabbits and cats) may try to chew through them.

  • CERAMIC OVER GLASS

    If you leave food or water bowls outside on a wooden deck, don’t use glass. Glass bowls can create a magnifying effect, starting a fire from the sun’s rays. Ceramic bowls are safer and just as sturdy.

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Pet Fire Safety - Preparing for a fire

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to think about a fire effecting their home. Having an emergency plan can help avoid confusion and possible harm in the event one does occur, but have you included the furry members of your family?

A fire is just as scary for them as it is for you and being prepared and knowing a clear exit for you and your pets could be the difference between getting out and a tragedy.

Part 2 of our pet fire safety series goes over what you can do to prepare for the event that a fire does occur.

PREPARING FOR A FIRE

  • Include your pet into your family emergency plan and practice taking them with you. Talk with your family members to determine who is responsible for grabbing your pets and who should grab their emergency kit (food, medication, photo, leashes and carriers, medical records) during an emergency so you can reduce scrambling and redundancy when speed and efficiency are needed.
  • Put a decal in your home’s front window indicating the number and type of pets you have – Providing this information can cut down on the time responders spend searching your home in the case of a fire.
  • Make sure your pet’s updated contact information is reflected on their ID collar and in the microchip database – If your pet gets lost during a fire, this will help rescuers get him or her back to you.
  • Use monitored smoke detectors that are connected to emergency responders – Should a fire start while you are away from your home, you’ll rest assured that your pet has access to emergency response services even if no one is home to call them.
  • Know your pets’ hideaways and create ways for easy access to them in case of an emergency – It’s nice that your pet can get away if he or she wants to, but in an emergency, you need to be able to locate and extract your pet as quickly as possible.

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Pet Fire Safety - What to do when a fire occurs.

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Part 3 of our Pet fire safety series is what to do when a fire actually occurs. 

 Hopefully no one ever needs to deal with this particular set of advice but if one does occur, the preparation and readiness we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 have helped make you and your pets ready for the worst. 

DURING A FIRE

  • Attempt to grab your pet and exit the home as quickly as possible, use your home emergency plan, grab your emergency kits and head towards the exit. If it takes too long to locate or secure your pet, leave – You should never delay escape or endanger yourself or your family. Once responders get there, immediately inform them your pet is still inside, so they can go enter your home and continue looking for your pet.
  • Grab leashes and carriers on your way out if they are not already included in your pets emergency kit– Outside will be chaotic and that may cause your pet to try to escape to a calm, safe area.
  • Never go back inside a burning house. If you can’t find your pet, leave, open the door, and call to them repeatedly from a safe distance away. Let firefighters take over the task of locating your pet. 

Once you are all out safely, follow the steps of your readiness plan, use one of the listed kennels to house your pet and contact your insurance to arrange temporary housing while your house is being restored. 

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Can your documents be salvaged?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

During a flood, some of your most priceless possessions are the delicate pages of books and photos and are usually some of the easiest to effect. Replacing these treasured memories isn't often an option when discussing a loss with your insurance. 

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is here to help! Our highly trained technicians know that time is of the essence when it comes to saving and deodorizing your treasured documents. We an innovative and state of the art vacuum freeze-drying techniques and gamma irradiation to sterilize your effected items, as well as digital technology to scan and save your documents.  

Whether the loss occurs in your home or office, no job is to big or to small. We can collect, clean, and store your belonging at our facility. Ensuring they'll be dry and safe until they can be returned to you. 

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We're an IICRC certified team.

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry. 

 Now what exactly does that mean? It means here at SERVPRO of East Forth we're held to IICRCs  globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries. Which means we won't cut corners or just try and get the job done. We have set procedures and guidelines to ensure that you receive the best care possible while we clean and restore your property. 

Each of our crew members take courses each year with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and are always equipped with the most up to date information to best serve you and insure your property is cleaned to the highest standard. 

Our large range of restoration and cleaning services allows us to restore your property, no matter what is needed. If your property has cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call at 817-293-5553.

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Our Mission Statement

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mission statement:

"To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect" 

TEAMWORK-

We support each other by working together to accomplish goals and to produce great work. Despite what may be on our shoulders, we are flexible to make sure the highest priority items get attention today.

Integrity - 

We are honest people with strong character.

We stand behind our word.

We are accountable to ourselves and one another.

We are trustworthy and we trust others until they break that trust. 

Excellence - 

We are confident and competent to preform the activities which we are charged with. 

We are driven to the exceptional and focused on continual improvement; achieving technical mastery. 

We are customer focused; everything must revolve around a great customer experience. 

Respect- 

We respect the work that other teammates do and their role in the company. 

We respect other people's ideas, suggestions, and beliefs. 

We speak, act, and respond with professionalism; showing respect to those around us. 

"You don't build a business. You build people and they build the business."

-Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

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National Strawberry Day

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Happy National Strawberry Day!

February 27th is National Strawberry Day! 

Strawberry Day was created to celebrate those little red fruits bursting with sweet perfection! A gift from Chile in the 1700s, garden strawberry plants made their way to North America in the 1750s. 

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every year, so they are often called the “taste of spring.” The bright red juicy berries are both delicious and incredibly good for you. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

People have been enjoying strawberries and their health benefits for centuries. In fact, the Ancient Romans believed that strawberries could cure fevers, fainting, inflammation, and several other ailments. They also used the berries for teeth whitening!

Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we're celebrating Strawberry Day by sharing some of our favorite recipes with strawberries in them. 

Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust by PureWon

This Gorgeous Strawberry pie has a wonderfully pink crust that gets its color from freeze-dried strawberries and will add a touch of whimsy to any table. 

Strawberry Hand Pies by A Latte Food

These easy strawberry hand pies have a cream cheese crust and are filled with homemade strawberry pie filling! They're perfect for when you're on the go and want to wrap up a quick sweet snack for later. 

Strawberry Keto Fat Bombs by Hungry for inspiration

For those looking for a more healthy option these delightfully pink snacks might be for you. They're a delicious, easy & healthy keto snack with paleo + vegan option!

Last but not least we have a STRAWBERRY OATMEAL SMOOTHIEby She Wears Many Hatsfor those who'd rather sip their berries through a straw. These are perfect for a day when you just don't have time for a big breakfast or an after school/work snack. 

However you choose to make them, or simply toss them in some cream or dip and enjoy. We hope everyone enjoys this sweet day. 

National Green Juice Day

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

These drinks might be the color of #Mold but the taste is anything but. Give these tasty drinks a try for #NationalGreenJuiceDay

Honestly they had us at green.

January 26th is National green juice day and whether you're looking for something healthy to help you keep your new years resolutions or just a yummy drink to get you through your day these 10 recipes are definitely worth a try; and if you spill one don't worry SERVPRO has you covered with our carpet cleaning services.

1. Get up and Glow Juice

via The Blonde Chef

Packed with cucumber, mint, and grapefruit, this recipe was created to keep your skin glowing and hydrated all year long. You can make it the night before to have it ready for the morning.

2. Soothing Morning Green Juice

via The Organic Kitchen

This recipe is perfect for children, beginner juicers, and for those who don’t like bitter greens. It calls for raw honey but you can swap with agave if you prefer.

3. Allergy Fighting Green Juice

via Vibrant Bean

For the citrus in this recipe, remove the peel to ensure the bitter pith doesn’t get juiced into the drink.

4. Healthy Citrus Green Juice

via Daily Squeeze

Your morning OJ never tasted so good. Try adding grapefruit for extra citrus flavor. Instead of celery, you can also substitute half of a cucumber. If you like some serious bite in your beverages, try using half spinach, half arugula. The arugula provides a peppery flavor that will add a kick.

5. Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice

via Little Leopard Book

This recipe uses mint to add an herbal sweetness. If you don’t like a lot of pear flavor, use three pears and three green apples. While this recipe only makes one serving, double or triple it up and store the extra in the fridge.

6. Spinach Lemonade Recipe

via Nosh and Nourish

Bring a little summer to the cold weather with this healthy play on lemonade. The recipe suggests adding a splash of agave to the completed juice, which is needed to cut the tartness. Also, try juicing a mango into the blend for some natural sweetness.

7. Healthy Celery Green Juice 

via Honest Cooking

Pressed Juicery’s green juice recipe is tasty and healthy. By balancing romaine and celery with strong flavors like kale, watercress, and ginger, this drink goes down easy.

8. Lean Green Juice

via Cheese Please

This green smoothie has a little tropical kick with the addition of pineapple and mint. If pineapple isn’t your favorite, you can use mango, peaches, or even fresh apricots. Throw in a scoop of protein powder for a post-work out snack.

9. Basil. Apple cucumber and Lime Juice

via Shutterbean

This juice is reminiscent of a mojito with a savory twist. For a little summer twist, try using half basil and half mint to really appreciate the mojito flavor. Using naturally sweet apples like a pink lady or fuji will also help mellow the tartness of the apple flavor.

10. Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

via Show Me The Yummy

An easy, healthy, tasty tropical green smoothie recipe that’s loaded with good for you ingredients like kale, mango, and strawberries! It’s gluten free,  and can be vegan. This tropical green smoothie recipe really is delicious, will take you 10 minutes from start to finish.

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Preventing frozen pipes this winter

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

As it gets #colder its good to know that 17% of water damage comes from #frozen pipes. Be sure to check all of your pipes for possible #freezing

It's winter in Texas, and while that might not mean snow or serious cold weather here in east Texas it does mean temperatures can reach the freezing point. Freezing rain, sleet, icy roads are all problems we worry about in January and February but what about your pipes?

As water running through your pipes begins to freeze, the water will expand 10% in volume until the pressure rises enough to split your pipes open, potentially causing severe water damage to your home. There are a few things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing in the first place, and – if you act quickly – there are even ways to thaw frozen pipes in your house before they burst.

How can I prevent my pipes from freezing?

  • Add extra insulation.Adding insulation to water pipes in unheated areas throughout your home, including the garage, basement and any outdoor taps, can make water less likely to freeze.
  • Repair leaks.If your pipes have any cracks or leaks, make repairs before cold temperatures arrive. Otherwise, leaking water may freeze right at the cracks, expand, burst and leave you with significant (and expensive) damages.
  • Turn off appliances.
    • If your washing machine sits in an unheated garage, turn off water supply lines and disconnect the hoses, especially if you know that temperatures that day are expected to drop below freezing.
    • If you know you're going to be away from home for a few days or more, consider completely turning off your main water valve to avoid plumbing system damages.
    • Be sure to disconnect outside water hoses before cold weather hits so any sitting water in the hoses can't freeze, expand and destroy the hose or connecting pipes inside.
  • Open cabinet doors.Opening cabinet doors underneath sinks in kitchens and bathrooms allows heat to circulate around the un-insulated pipes, especially if the cabinets are near exterior walls.
  • Keep it moving.Gently turning on taps connected to pipes that are likely to freeze keeps the water moving and reduces the risk of freezing. Remember to let only a small amount of water flow through, and keep the cabinets around pipes open so warm air can circulate and increase water flow, as well.

How do I thaw frozen pipes in my house?

If you've already identified frozen pipes in your home, there are a few ways you can thaw them out before they cause a bigger problem.

  • Turn off your water.Turning off your water supply will reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipe does end up bursting. Once your water is shut off, try the techniques below to thaw your pipes or call for professional help.
  • Warm it.Use a hairdryer to thaw the entire area so the water gently melts, reducing the risk of damage. You can also try using a heat lamp to warm the area.
  • Wrap it.Wrap and secure a heavy towel around the pipe to concentrate heat to one area. Then, place a bucket underneath the pipes and pour hot or boiling water over the towel.
  • Use a hose.If you have access to the pipe and it's large enough, you can try running a garden hose through it. When you can't push the hose through anymore, you've reached the frozen area. Try raising your end of the hose and running hot water through it until the ice is able to melt. Be careful during this process since overfilling could cause hot water to come back up on your end before the blockage has fully melted.
  • Look for any leaks in your exposed pipes, as well as damp patches on your walls, ceilings and floors. Once the pipes have thawed, there can still be a high amount of pressure that can put you at risk for leaks or bursts. Some pipes may need to be completely replaced in order to avoid future failure.

In the event that the worst does happen,call the expertsto help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained, caring and professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth are here 24/7 to help you through the entire restoration process so you can get your home and your life back to normal as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."

DRYER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

The removable lint filter in your dryer doesn't catch it all. Lint buildup can cause house fires, and regular cleaning reduces this risk.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year. These fires lead to a staggering national average of 35 million dollars in property damage, 100 injuries and 5 fatalities annually. With so much at risk, it's important that you understand what causes dryer fires and how you can prevent them from happening in your own home. To protect yourself, your family and your house.

DO: Clean the lint filter

A clogged lint filter is the leading contributing factor in residential dryer fires. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that failing to clean out the lint trap causes 34 percent of reported dryer fires every year.

Each time you unload the dryer, clean out the lint trap. Before putting the next load of clothes in, double check that the lint trap is completely clean to lower your risk of fire. A clean lint filter allows the dryer to run more efficiently, too, thus drying your clothes faster while also preventing your machine from overheating.

DON'T: Dry clothes without the lint filter

A dryer without its lint trap is an accident waiting to happen. The filter protects the dryer's inner workings from collecting lint. Without this defensive shield, a buildup of lint in the ducts can easily lead to a dryer vent fire.

To lower your risk, always use your dryer with the lint trap in place. In the event that your existing lint trap is worn or develops any holes, replace it immediately at your nearest home supplies store.

DO: Inspect the ducts regularly

Blocked ducts frequently cause dryer fires. To ensure your dryer is running properly, check your ducts about once a month to ensure there are no blockages. Some telltale signs that your ducts are clogged include the following indicators:

  • Your laundry is taking longer to dry
  • Exhaust air is failing to exit the vent
  • You suspect that your machine is overheating

Sometimes, a blockage occurs because the venting system itself is damaged. Other times, blockages may be occurring because of an accumulation of lint, animals building nests in the vents or snow building up over the outside vents.

If you notice any blockages, clean them out before using your dryer again. To clean your ducts, simply disconnect them, remove the blockages and reconnect it. If you notice any damage to the venting system, call in a professional to repair the issue.

DON'T: Overload the dryer

Stuffing too many wet clothes or bedding into a dryer can cause an excess of lint to accumulate. Since lint buildup reduces a dryer's ability to ventilate, the machine may quickly overheat and cause a fire to break out. Read your owner's manual to determine your machine's maximum hold to ensure you aren't over stuffing it.

DO: Replace outdated ducts

Older ducts made of plastic or foil are prone to sagging. These accordion-style ducts can easily trap lint in hard-to-reach spaces, increasing your risk of fire. To keep your home safe, replace your older models with new ducts designed with heavy-duty metal.

DON'T: Leave the dryer running unattended

Never go to sleep or leave the house while your dryer is running. If a fire breaks out, your ability to extinguish it or call emergency services right away can make all the difference between damage to your laundry room and entire loss of your home.

Despite our best efforts as homeowners, accidents still happen. If your home has been damaged by fire and smoke, call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth. Our team of highly trained technicians can help get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. With the proper training, innovative equipment and helpful guidance, our expert technicians will be with you every step of the way to get you back on your feet. From soot removal, water restoration after the fire department leaves to rebuilding your home SERVPRO has you covered. 

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HOW TO LIMIT MOLD GROWTH IN THE WINTER

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely & correctly

Cold and wet winter months can create the perfect atmosphere for mold to grow. When water from rain, sleet and snow during the winter months gets tracked inside, the increased moisture can create more humid conditions inside your home, allowing mold to grow more quickly. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to reduce and control mold growth in your home this season. 

Tips to Control Mold Growth in Winter

  • Keep indoor humidity below 45%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to control indoor mold growth is to carefully monitor and maintain your home's moisture level. If the humidity in your home rises, look for the sources of added moisture and address the problem as soon as possible. Place a dehumidifier in these rooms to lower the moisture level until a permanent solution is found.
  • Set ceiling fans in reverse. Your fans should turn counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. If you set your ceiling fans to turn clockwise during chilly winter months, you will pull cold air up and draw the warmer air downward, which can both save you money on energy bills and keep your home a bit warmer. Good air circulation will also keep condensation from building up on cold walls and windows, where it can be a potential source of mold growth.
  • Use exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen and other areas of the home that frequently accumulate excessive moisture. Good air circulation can help ensure that moisture doesn't have a chance to sit and promote mold growth.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly, especially if there is an abundance of dead leaves stuck in them. While you're at it, make sure that the area around the downspouts is graded, so that any water coming off your roof flows away from your foundation, rather than sitting close to your home where it can pool and contribute to mold growth.

Call a professional

If you can't readily see a moisture problem but you find traces of mold growing in your home, it may be time to seek professional help. Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth our technicians have the training, experience and equipment to re-mediate mold safely and effectively so your home can become your personal safe haven again. 

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Ice dams and water damage.

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

#ice dams cause #water to pool & under shingles. This can in turn wet building materials which can't dry quickly enough to keep #mold from growing.

With winter weather swiftly approaching, it's time to be sure your home is ready for the colder temperatures. Here in Texas the weather seems to have a mind of it's own. Even in winter we could be wearing short sleeves on Monday only to need to break out the heavy coats by Friday.

When we do get low enough temperatures for ice and dare we say it, snow. It often melts and refreezes as the temperatures fluctuate. This can cause temporary Ice dams, or water drainage to seep into any available space where it will settle and eventually turn to mold as the weather warms up.

Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.

What to Do if an Ice Dam Occurs:

  • Don’t get on your roof to solve this problem, it could be dangerous.
  • Avoid standing on the ground and “chipping away” at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice, debris, or tools.
  • Contacting a roofing contractor to fix your roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.
  • Seal air leaks (Home Sealing) and sealing duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage (the source of the problem).
  • After sealing leaks, add additional insulation in your attic.
  • Provide adequate attic ventilation so that the underside of the roof and outside air are at the same temperature. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation.
  • Clean leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. This will help prevent ice build-up in gutters.
  • Hire a contractor who is an energy specialist or specializes in air sealing to do an in-home evaluation. A good specialist will use diagnostic equipment to evaluate the performance of your home and generate a customized list of improvements.

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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas Holiday Safety Tips - Keep The Season Merry! #HolidaySafety

Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

BUT IF YOUR HOLIDAY IS JUST NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A LIVE TREE, FOLLOW THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP THREATS AT BAY:

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.

Real tree not for you? How about an artificial tree?

If you want to skip the real tree this year and go artificial, you want to look for a tree that you can enjoy for years to come. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect faux Christmas tree. 

  • First, think of an artificial Christmas tree as an investment. Because you may be keeping the tree for 20 years or more, you may consider purchasing a high-quality artificial tree that has foliage resembling a real Christmas tree. This is often determined by the quantity of the branch tips and design of the foliage. In most cases, having more branch “tips” is preferred because an abundance of branches and needles creates a full look for the tree.
  • Ensure the Christmas tree has the specific desired appearance. Look closely to see if you can see the center pole of the tree–if so, it may not be a high-quality tree (though trees with artificial trunks are often designed so that the trunk is visible).
  • Choose a tree with a strong stand to ensure that your Christmas tree will not topple or lean to one side, even if heavy ornaments are added to the tree. Some tree stands come with rubber feet to protect your carpet or your wooden floors
  • High end artificial Christmas trees have hinged branches, which simplify setup and allow for easy storage.
  • If your artificial tree has been in storage, be sure to shake it out and dust it get rid of any detritus that might cause respiratory irritation.

Setting up your Christmas tree

The way you set up and care for your tree has a big effect on how long it will last, how beautiful it will stay, and, ultimately, how safe it will be to have in your home.

  • Before putting your new Christmas tree into its stand, cut a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk to expose fresher (and far more absorbent) wood. Taking a few minutes to do this will improve your tree’s water intake, and make it harder for your tree to catch fire.
  • Your tree stand should have a capacity of at least one gallon, which is the amount of water that the average 6-foot Christmas tree can consume in a day’s time. As a general rule of thumb, live Christmas trees require one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
  • Water live Christmas trees daily.
  • Position tree a minimum of 3 feet away from candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents, and other heat sources.
  • Because nearly half of all Christmas tree fires involve electrical malfunctions, it’s extremely important to check that light strands and other electrical decorations are in good condition (free from insulation cracks, fraying wires or damaged bulbs and plugs) before decorating your tree with them.
  • Once you've settled on that perfect tree for you, brought it home and set it in the perfect spot it's time to decorate and that means lights. 

    Lights and Decorations

  • When shopping for lights, electric decorations and extension cords, purchase only the ones that are UL-listed
  • If you’re planning to decorate outdoors, make sure that you use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shock and fire hazards.
  • If you’re in doubt as to whether light strings are rated for indoor or outdoor use, just check the color-coded UL mark on the product’s package. A green holographic UL mark says, “indoors only, please,” while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Whether they’re brand-new out of the box or seasoned veterans from holidays past, before you put them up, inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cords for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs, and bulbs. If the damage can be repaired (i.e. broken bulbs replaced), do not use the item until the repair has been made. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decoration.
  • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses, or making any other repairs.
  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat, creating a fire risk.
    • When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by passing up metal ladders in favor of ladders made of non-conductive materials like wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
    • Only use lights and decorations in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
    • Before you begin decorating, verify how many strands of lights it is safe to connect end-to-end (as a general rule, it’s 3).
    • Be careful not to overload extension cords. Before you start plugging in, find out the wattage rating of your extension cord, as well as the power requirements of any lights or decorations you’re planning to plug into it. A wattage rating is the amount of electricity that an extension cord is built to carry, and if the combined power requirements (or “pull”) of your lights and decorations exceed that rating, overheating and fire can occur.
    • Every so often, check Christmas light wires to make sure that they’re not warm to the touch.
    • Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

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    Is Your Office Building Really Clean?

    10/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Did you know? We offer Carpets Upholstery Cleaning! Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us!

    Even with general maintenance carpet and tile floors begin to show wear and dirt over time, especially in high traffic areas.When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, give SERVPRO a call, our skilled professionals can make your office shine.

    Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises.

    Here at SERVPRO Of East Fort Worth we specialize in total commercial cleaning and maintenance. Below is a list of the service we offer.

    Carpet

    • Showcase
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Rotary Drying
    • Rotary Jet Extraction
    • Hot Water Extraction
    • Pre-conditioner & Rinse

    Other Services Available for Carpet:

    • Maintenance program
    • Deodorization
    • Installation & Relaying
    • Dyeing
    • Stain Removal
    • Water Extraction/Drying
    • Repair
    • Warranty Inspections

    Tropical Treatments for Carpets

    • Soil Protectants
    • Anti-Microbial
    • Anti-Static
    • Fire Retardants

    Upholstery

    • Hot Water Extraction
    • Foam/Shampoo
    • Hand Dry Clean
    • Showcase
    • Machine Dry Clean
    • Dry/Wet/Dry

    Floor Maintenance Systems

    • Stripping
    • Sealing
    • Finishing

    Surfaces Cleaned and Maintained

    • Concrete
    • Ceramic
    • Vinyl
    • Marble
    • Terrazzo
    • Brick
    • Asphalt
    • Stone
    • hardwood
    • Rubber
    • Cork
    • Adobe

    Other Services Available:

    • Maintenance Programs
    • High-speed Maintenance Programs
    • Disinfection
    • Deodorization
    • Pressure Washing
    • Degreasing

    Draperies (dry or wet clean)

    • On location cleaning (without removal)
    • Take down/rehang
    • Mildew Treatment
    • Fire Retardant

    Walls, Ceilings & Hard Surface Cleaning

    • Dry Cleaning
    • Wet Cleaning
    • Metal Polishing
    • Light Foam Cleaning
    • Preparation for Painting
    • Interior Window Cleaning

    Types of Surfaces Cleaned:

    • Wood Furniture
    • Washable Wallpaper
    • Grass/ Cork Wall covering
    • Fireplace Brick
    • Wood Paneling
    • Cabinets/ Countertops
    • Vent Hoods
    • Masonry (interior/exterior)
    • Painted Walls
    • Flocked Wallpaper
    • Acoustical Ceiling Tile
    • Ceramic Tile/Grout
    • Windows/ Glass
    • Kitchen/Bathroom Fixtures
    • Metal Fixtures

    Other Services Available for Walls, Ceilings, & Hard Surfaces

    • Semi-refinishing
    • Restore
    • Deodorize
    • Polish
    • Degrease
    • Fire Retardant

    Duct System Services

    • Cleaning
    • Sealing
    • Sanitization
    • Clean Rooms
    • Interior Windows

    Fire, Smoke and Vandalism Cleanup & Restoration

    • Structure
    • Complete Cleanup & Restoration
    • Subcontract Services
    • Contents

    Commercial Contents Cleaning

    • Clean
    • Disinfect
    • Appliances Cleaning
    • Deodorize
    • Ultra-sound

    Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration

    • 24-hour Extraction and Removal
    • Drying Services
    • Anti-Microbial Treatments
    • Dehumidification

    Deodorization Services

    • Thermal Fogging
    • U.L.V. Source Removal
    • Activated Oxygen

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    Mold vs. Mildew; What's the difference?

    10/2/2018 (Permalink)

    If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely

    Mildew and mold are both fungi, which are common in most homes. These types of fungi do well in environments that are moist and easily spread and thrive on numerous surfaces, thus making it difficult to get rid of them. However, if mildew and mold are left unattended, they can adversely affect large portions of a property. In fact, they might even result in structural damage and health problems.

    Both are keen on warm areas where they might sprout their homes, from food to your shower to a sheet of paper. And, of course, no homeowner likes to see them in his or her home.

    But mold and mildew also have striking differences when it comes to size, color and texture.

    Mildew is a surface fungi that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.

    Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost "fuzzy" — especially when it is found on food — or even slimy in nature.

    The following are the different effects that can be caused by mildew and mold if left unchecked:

    Mildew Effects

    Mildew affects crops and plants. However, it can result in health risks if it happens to develop indoors. The spores of mildew cause respiratory problems, sore throat, headache, and coughing.

    Mold Effects

    This has the potential of causing major structural damage over long periods. Different mold strains cause various health problems. Some common effects on health are extreme fatigue, depression, dizziness, pain and inflammation in joints, migraines, heart problems and respiratory problems. Respiratory problems may include nasal congestion, throat and eye irritation, skin irritations, sneezing etc.

    Understanding Mold

    Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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.

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    Candle Safety

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect.

    With the weather turning cooler and holidays approaching, many of us are lighting up festive scented candles to welcome the season. Whether they be for decor or pumpkins this fall. We were at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth want you to stay safe while enjoying these luminous additions to your decor. 

    Here are a few candle safety tips to review before you light your next candle:

    1. Burning candles should never be left unattended.

    2. Keep candles away from anything flammable.

    3. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.

    4. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.

    5. The National Candle Association recommends that candlewicks be trimmed to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.

    6. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings.

    7. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for candle use. Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.

    8. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter

    Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect. Lit candles are not recommended for use during power outages, so use battery powered flashlights, lanterns and even flameless candles instead.

    Finally, any talk of candle safety is incomplete without a reminder to check all smoke alarms in your home. Working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so check them every month to ensure they are working properly.

    Pets and Fire Safety

    8/6/2018 (Permalink)

    When disaster strikes it effects you & your pets. Be prepared, make sure they have clean correctly sized pet carriers ready in case of an evacuation.
     No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? including pet preparation in your fire safety plan is crucial to be able to get your furry friends out in time. Keep your furry companions safe by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets. 
    • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
    • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
    • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

    Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

    The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

    • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
    • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
    • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
    • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
     

    Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

    • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
    • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static  cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

    BE PREPARED. Have A PLAN.

    • Know their hiding places! During a fire your pets will be terrified, and they’ll most likely run to in the places they feel most safe.  If you don’t know their common hiding places, you could run out of time to save your furry, scaly, or feathered friend.
    • Map it out!  Find their hidey-holes and niches. Map these out on a piece of paper, and include the map in your fire escape plan.
    • Always evacuate your pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. Pets will panic at the smell of smoke, and may bolt when outside, making them impossible to find.
    • Prepare an emergency kit for each of your animals. The kit should contain your pet’s food, veterinary paperwork, prescription medications, and an updated photo and description of each animal. You may have to board your pet at a kennel or other facility until you get settled after a fire, and they will require proof that your pet has current vaccinations.
    • Have an evacuation plan. If you have to evacuate your home, and you cannot return for a while, have a plan of action!
     

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    What to do when your DFW home has a water leak.

    8/3/2018 (Permalink)

    equipment placed in a bathroom after a water leak.

    What causes water damage? 

    Water damage can originate by different sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters and clogged toilets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks. On average that is approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year wasted by leaks for each US home. A tiny, 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.

    Left unfixed, these leaks can cause more sever problems in the future. Mold can grow, and structures can rot or become weak from the strain of the water soaking into them resulting in damage and possibly collapse. 

    Removing water once an incident occurs. 

    Once a Water leak occurs your first priority should be removing the water and drying out the area to prevent further damage. Calling in professionals should be your first task before trying to deal with the water yourself. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is on call 24/7 and ready to help deal with any disaster day or night. We can arrive quickly and begin removing water from your home with our expert equipment so that the drying process can begin as soon as possible.

    Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Due to the destructive nature of water, chosen restoration methods also depend heavily on the amount of water, and on the amount of time the water has remained stagnant. For example, as long as carpet has not been wet for longer than 48 hours, and the water involved was not sewage based, a carpet can usually be saved if it is relatively new; however, if the water has soaked for longer, then the carpet is probably irreparable and will have to be replaced. Water damage restoration can be performed by SERVPRO of East fort Worth as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

    You can learn more about classification of water and how it effects our cleaning methods here.

    Beginning the restoration process

    Water damage restoration is often prefaced by a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials by our trained and certified technicians. The damaged area is inspected with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage and possible extent of area affected. Restoration services would then be rendered to the residence in order to dry the structure, sanitize any affected or cross contaminated areas, and deodorize all affected areas and materials. After the labor is completed, water damage equipment including air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment is left in the residence with our technicians taking readings on the drying process as it progresses. 

    No matter the time of day or night, we offer you the services you need. Call us 24/7 at 817-293-5553 for professional, timely service.

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    Dealing with Smoke Damage After a Fire

    8/1/2018 (Permalink)

    We here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth specialize in #Fire and #Odor #remediation. Call us today if you've been hit by disaster, we're available 24/7

    If you’re dealing with fire damage, it’s time to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth. There are several, little-known facts that are crucial tosmoke damage restorationprocedures. Put your health and property first by learning more about the recovery period.

    Ventilation is the First Step

    Immediately following a fire, focus on ventilation for the home. The professionals may not be on-site yet, but you can improve the situation right now. Open the doors and windows. Use any fans within the home to move air out of the structure. Our Technicians will bring in industrial fans for this purpose, but get the process started yourself.

    Consider your health when it comes to ventilation too. Wear dust masks if you must be inside the home. Remove children, pets and older residents from the premises. The particles in the air can be irritating to some people.

    Odors Don’t Dissipate on Their Own

    There’s a misconception about fire damage cleanup and ventilation. You might believe that fire odors will simply dissipate with enough fans blowing in the house. Soot and other fire byproducts are chemically based substances. Unless they’re physically removed, they’ll continue to react with the drywall, wood and other materials.

    Our smoke damage restoration professionals will clean, remove and service the structure as necessary. They’ll deodorize rooms with careful attention to humidity and corrosion issues. There shouldn’t be any remaining odors after a professional cleanup job. Subtle odors equate to dirty conditions that will only grow stronger over time.

    Soot Moves into Every Crevice

    Cleaning off the walls and ceilings is only the beginning of the fire damage cleanup process. Most people don’t realize that soot is an extremely fine particle. It floats and lands on nearly every surface. If you have light fixtures near the damaged area, be sure to remove the bulbs and clean them. Soot finds its way into the threaded base. Hazards arise if you turn the fixture on without cleaning it first. Soot can be a fire hazard if it’s not cleaned away in its entirety.

    Smoke Damage Restoration Applies to Electronics and Antiques

    If soot can find its way into light fixtures, your electronics might fall prey to it too. Discuss fire damage cleanup in reference to your televisions, audio receivers, and other devices. It may take time to restore these items, but it’s worth the effort when it’s done right.

    Think about any antiques that you might have as well. SERVPROs restoration experts can bring these items back to life. When an antique has either sentimental or monetary value, restoring it should be part of your recovery process.

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    When to call a professional?

    7/13/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of East Ft.W uses advanced water damage inspection & extraction equipment to help them find the moisture & to remove it as quickly as possible

    It is Highly Recommended that you call in a Professional Water Restoration Company after a Water Damage Loss.  The Water Damage may not seem very severe to you, but that is what is only visible to you on the Surfaces! We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

    Depending on the Size of the Water Loss when you Try to Dry yourself you may be causing more Damage than you think.  Wiping Away and Towel Drying Surfaces Only clears the Water that is Visible.  There may be More Water Trapped in Materials that require more Drying.  Leaving the Affected Materials Wet will cause Secondary Damages.

    Professional Water Restoration Companies like SERVPRO of East fort Worth have special Tools and Equipment used specifically for Water Damage.  Tools that can detect Moisture in Materials and Equipment that can Dry Affected Materials.  Having Professionals called to Perform Services will make sure your Water Damage is Dried Completely and Correctly. 

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    Containing dust and allergens post construction

    7/6/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold containment in a hallway during reconstruction.

    Every construction project, no matter how large or small, will create debris and need cleaning.  Fortunately, there are many ways to keep post construction cleaning to a minimum, all of which SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can provide. 

    Our certified and trained professionals can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

    Pre-construction site protection certainly has its  financial benefits.  It will help reduce required labor, prevent incidental damage to unprotected areas, and shorten project lifetime. Containment also has some safety benefits – it creates a safety barrier to keep unauthorized people away from the work area and will help prevent the spread of airborne particles/construction dust, and mold, some of which may be toxic and difficult to clean completely.

     Overtime these particles settle over surfaces and belongings, traveling through HVAC systems  float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors,or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

    It is possible to suffer from post construction dust and mold for months or even years, especially if the HVAC system has not been properly sealed or cleaned. This can negatively affect the occupants, chiefly those with compromised immune systems or those sensitive to allergens.

    Our certified team here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth creates a site protection plan in accordance to each customer’s unique needs. Construction and site protection can at times be obstructive to those who choose to occupy the home throughout the project. However, our team strives to design contaminate shields that won’t compromise the occupants’ use of the home. By utilizing our vast range of materials to protect HVAC systems, carpeting, walls, ceilings, and everything in between, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can save you time, money and headaches.

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    Smoke Alarms, what you need to know.

    7/6/2018 (Permalink)

    Did you know working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home #fires in half?

    While SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is here to help in the event that you suffer from a fire. We still want each of our customers to be safe as possible. Here are some tips to make sure your house is prepared in the event of a fire. 

    There are different types of smoke detectors

    There are two main types of smoke detectors: - those that use photoelectric detection - those that use ionization detection

    Ionization detectors are more common because they are generally mass produced and typically inexpensive, but photoelectric detectors are fairly affordable as well.

    Ionization detectors are best at detecting flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are usually more sensitive to smoldering fires. The best idea is to either have a combination of the two types of alarms or find one alarm that utilizes both types of detection.

    How many smoke alarms do I need?

    For maximum protection one smoke alarm per room except the bathroom, kitchen and garage. Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarm activations.

    For minimum protection one smoke alarm for each level/floor of your home.

    You should test your smoke alarm often

    Test your smoke alarm at least once a month to ensure it is functioning properly. Most alarms have a test button. Simply hold the button for a few seconds and see if the alarm sounds. If you don’t hear it, or it is faint, it’s time to replace your batteries. Keep your family safe by remembering to check your alarm regularly.

    If you don’t change your alarm’s batteries, you’ll likely hear that annoying high-pitched periodic chirp until you do. While the sound is grating, it does an excellent job reminding you when the battery is low, and it is time for a fresh one. If you’re not sure whether or not the battery is dead, test it in a non-safety device.

    When in doubt, throw it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. It never hurts to give your fire alarm a fresh new battery even if you aren’t sure if the last one is dead. Consider writing the date on the new battery with a permanent marker so when it dies, you can see how long it lasted and know approximately how long each battery will work in your particular alarm.

    Experts recommend you change your smoke alarms about every 10 years. When it comes to your family’s safety, you’ll want to make sure your equipment is functioning well and that you are using the latest technology to warn of fire danger.

    Combination alarms are available

    Arguably even more dangerous than a fire is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and tasteless, yet extremely toxic, and therefore very dangerous. It is produced by vehicles and gas-powered furnaces and unsafe levels of it cause hundreds of deaths each year. If possible, look for a fire alarm that also includes a carbon monoxide sensor.

    Know your Evacuation Plan!

    The purpose of a Smoke Alarm is to give an early warning of an outbreak of fire! It is vital that you and your family know exactly what to do when the Smoke Alarm activates.

    Plan an escape route, then run fire drills. If possible, figure out two ways to exit every room, even if that means out a window. Make sure everyone in the household understands and can run through the escape route. The practice should include the post-exit meeting place outside.

    • Practice drills during less-than-desirable times: in the middle of the night, in very cold weather, etc., as well as under more ideal circumstances.
    • Tweak the plan as necessary. Who may be capable of actually sleeping through the alarm? This should be addressed. Make sure that an escape plan is in place for physically disabled occupants, babies and pets.
    • Purchase a folding ladder in case an escape through an upper window is necessary.

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    Dealing with Smoke and Soot after a fire

    7/6/2018 (Permalink)

    #SERVPRO has the experience to #repair #smoke #damage and deodorize your home or business after a #fire. #FireDamage #SmokeDamage

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth's smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • 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

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • 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 evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. Any questions or to schedule an inspection give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call (817) 293-5553

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    Keeping your home safe and preventing grass fires.

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Wildfires affect America’s farms and ranches, damaging and destroying homes, barns, agriculture production facilities, crops and livestock.

    It's summer in Texas and that means high temperatures and little rain. grass and brush is dry and could easily catch fire. Here's what you can do around the house to make sure that a fire doesn't break out close to home.

    • Keep flammable objects (lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles) at least 30 feet away from the home at all times. Move flammables, such as lawn furniture and toys, during wildfire activity.
    • Keep roofs, gutters, decks and patios clear of leaves, pine needles or other flammables at all times.
    • Remove flammable mulch and vegetation within 5 feet of the home and replace with nonflammable material.
    • Remove tree or shrub branches that overhang within 10 feet of your house, roof or chimney.
    • Keep lawns watered and mowed, or if water-conserving, make sure debris is removed within 30 feet of home.
    • Trim tree limbs 10 feet above the ground (these are called ladder fuels).
    • Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screens over vents and under decks to prevent ember intrusion.

    Even with preventive measures taken fires can still occur, but these tips can greatly reduce your risk.Always have smoke detectors and a fire safety plan for you, your family and your pets. Get out safely, and call for help. Once the fire has been put out SERVPRO of East Fort Worth would be happy to help with the water extraction and fire restoration of your property.

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    Post-Construction Cleaning Services

    5/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Along with our restoration and rebuild services, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth provides a variety of cleaning services. One of the cleaning services we provide is Post-Construction Cleanup.

    After restoring and rebuilding your property, there is still more work to be done. It is important to get your property clean and ready to use. Let SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth get your property clean and ready to go!

    Both interior and exterior cleaning is needed after rebuild and construction services. When cleaning, the following areas are usually dusted and cleaned:

    Interior Cleanup

    • Walls (removing dust, dirt, scuff marks, and smudges)
    • Ceilings and light fixtures/fans
    • All trim (including baseboards and door and window frames)
    • Door faces, sides, and tops
    • Floors
    • Ducts, vents, and baseboard heaters
    • Windows (including tracks and frames)
    • Cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, and countertops
    • All trash and plastic coverings removed

    Exterior Cleaning

    • Exterior windows and doors
    • Entry doorways
    • Driveway and paved surfaces swept and power washed
    • Exterior lights dusted
    • All trash on property (including lumber and debris) removed

    If your property is in need of Post-Construction Cleaning, give SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth a call at 817-293-5553. No matter the size, we are Here To Help.

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    Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Fort Worth Property

    4/23/2018 (Permalink)

    flooring in a Fort Worth home with covering to contain a mold infestation

    Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. While it’s necessary in nature, the presence of mold indoors can be downright unhealthful. It could render your real estate in Fort Worth, TX, unusable. That's why it can be important to know some mold prevention techniques, which you can use even while not using your building.


    Know What Makes Mold Grow


    There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores.

    1. Moisture

    2. A food source

    3. Warmth

    Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist.

    While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances.

    Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.


    Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles


    You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation. 

    These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

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    HOW TO DEHUMIDIFY YOUR HOME TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

    4/23/2018 (Permalink)

    We all know that a humidity level in your home that is too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions, establishing a significant colony within 24-48 hours. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases the situation can become toxic to those with respiratory problems. Children, older people, and pets can be especially susceptible to this danger.

    Using a dehumidifier in your home can help to prevent this situation. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. A dehumidifier will help to maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level, which saves you money and helps to stunt or prevent any mold growth. Small units are available at reasonable prices, so you can put one in every room of the house that is devoted to water: the bath, laundry, and the kitchen!

    Making sure your HVAC system is running at its most efficient will help to keep down your humidity levels, as well. Vents should be cleaned before the wetter months and replacing filters before every season is always a good idea.

    Running fans when it’s humid outside helps to keep the damp down and cool you off at the same time. Circulating air keeps everything drier. If it’s more humid inside than out, crack a window.

    Give your houseplants some outside time, as well; potting soil is wet, of course, since you must water your plants, so putting them out in the sunshine can be helpful. The leaves of a houseplant can also sustain mold growth, and you will want to keep an eye on that. There are natural solutions that can be applied to take care of this issue.

    Call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth at (817) 293 5553 for all your larger cleanup projects after a fire or flood. We are also experts in mold remediation!

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    Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property

    4/23/2018 (Permalink)

    Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.

    SAFETY FIRST

    If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of East Fort Worth; we’ll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.

    INSURANCE

    You will need to contact your homeowners’ insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to find out what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.

    RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING

    Document your neighbor’s damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them a way to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider, and don’t do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to handle any repairs.

     BE SCAM FREE

    Always check the adjuster’s identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount that will be deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair. 

    Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting properly will be an immense help and can prevent problems down the road.

    The SERVPRO Team of East Fort Worth is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (817) 293-5553

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    Keeping It Clean: An Overview of Our Cleaning Services

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    Have Questions? Call Us Today – (817) 293-5553

    At SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we offer a large variety of cleaning services. We can handle the simple cleaning that comes from general day-to-day wear and tear as well as major cleanups after sewage spills, bio hazard contamination and crime scene messes. This article showcases the range of cleaning services we provide.

    Standard Cleaning Services

    Life is busy, and you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your property. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.

    Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

    Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris or other contaminants. Keeping your HVAC system clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

    Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

    Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by cleaning and maintaining your carpet and upholstery. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth offers a range of specialized cleaning methods and products to treat a variety of carpet and upholstery types.

    Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floor Cleaning

    Ceiling, wall and floor cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. These surfaces are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your ceilings, walls and floors.

    Odor Removal and Deodorization

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources, both inside and outside a structure. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

    Contents Cleaning

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their preloss condition. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, depending on the extent of the damage. We also specialize in restoring your damaged electronics. We have the training and equipment to restore many of your electronic devices.

    Other Cleaning Services

    When cleaning goes beyond the normal everyday cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call. We offer a wide array of services to help you get back to business after your property experiences a crime, death or other disaster.

    Biohazard Removal and Cleaning

    Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is trained to safely remove bio hazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

    Sewage Cleaning

    Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized, making it “Like it never even happened.”

    Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

    After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other bio hazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

    Vandalism Cleanup

    Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from your home or commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

    Our large range of restoration and cleaning services allows us to restore your property, no matter what is needed. If your property has cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call at 817-293-5553.

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    Clean, Gray, and Black: Understanding Water Classifications

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    Do you know the differences between clean, gray and black water?

    When it comes to damage, all water is not created equal. From a burst pipe or a flood, it’s important to understand how each type of water must be treated differently.

    Classifications of Water

    Water is typically classified into three groups—clean, gray, and black.

    • Clean Water: Clean water includes rainwater and water from broken pipes. You may also hear clean water referred to as white water. This water is safe to touch. Clean water can become gray water after around 48 hours.
    • Gray Water: Gray water refers to slightly contaminated water that needs to be thoroughly treated before it is safe to consume. Sources of gray water include dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. It does not contain bacteria that are as harmful as those found in black water. Gray water usually progresses into black water after about 48 hours if it is not treated.
    • Black Water: Black water is highly contaminated and contains harmful chemicals and biological matter. Sewage waters are considered black water. When it comes to floods, it should be assumed that all water is black water since a flood picks up contaminants along its path. Contact with black water can lead to serious illness.

    Differences in Cleaning

    Each classification of water requires different steps, tools, and knowledge to properly clean and dry. At SERVPRO of East fort Worth, we can help locate the source of the water, determine what type of water you’re dealing with, fix the cause of the problem, and properly treat the damage.

    Clean Water

    If your house sustains damage from clean water, cleanup and damage control mostly consists of:

    • Turning off circuit breakers to minimize shock risks. (Never touch water that may be connected to an electrical outlet or other electronics.)
    • Clearing out as much water from the premises as possible and drying out the affected area.
    • Removing items that could be further damaged by exposure to water such as electronics, art, important papers, etc.

    Watch for signs of significant water damage, such as sagging ceilings, bubbling paint, and warping floors. If you see such signs, avoid those areas to avoid personal injury, and give us a call—we can help!

    Remember, even with clean water, you face a time crunch, as clean water can progress into gray water within 48 hours. Mold can also become an issue if your home isn’t promptly and properly dried.

    Gray Water

    While gray water doesn’t contain the same level of harmful material as black water, it is still considered contaminated, and it may require certain tools and knowledge to correctly remove the water, dry the property, and, if needed, treat the area.

    As a rule, don’t walk through or allow your skin to touch water you suspect is contaminated. Because of both the contamination and the timeliness of the problem (remember—gray water becomes black water in about 48 hours), you’ll likely need help from professionals to restore your home.

    Black Water

    Black water usually contains, or has encountered, fecal matter, urine, and/or other bodily fluids and wastes, all of which are considered biohazards. Because of these contaminants, black water is rife with bacteria and fungi—even the air around the water can be affected.

    Contact with black water, or even extended exposure to the air around it, can lead to infections and serious diseases. Proper treatment, cleaning, and drying of homes damaged by black water requires special knowledge and equipment.

    When dealing with such heavily contaminated water, it’s important to exercise caution.

    • If you don’t know how long water has been in the area, you must assume it is now black water.
    • Remember—all flood water is considered black water. As a flood progresses, it picks up all the contaminants that come across its path—including contaminants from sewers, chemicals, animal waste, etc. Do not touch or enter flood waters without proper protection.
    • Your HVAC system can spread contaminated air throughout the house. Do not turn on your HVAC system if your house contains contaminated water. Avoid turning on household fans as well, since they can also spread the contamination.
    • If you touch black water, thoroughly wash the exposed area of skin as soon as possible. Be careful to not touch and contaminate any objects before washing yourself.

    Simply clearing out water and drying the affected rooms will not be enough to make your home safe again after black water. Call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we have the knowledge, skills, and tools to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

    We have the experience necessary to determine the source and extent of the damage. We identify and fix the root of the problem as well as the resulting damage. We work hard to restore your home as efficiently as possible.

    No matter the time of day or night, we offer you the services you need. Call us 24/7 at 817-293-5553 for professional, timely service.

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    Deodorization – Getting Rid of Unpleasant Odors

    4/16/2018 (Permalink)

    After your home has gone through the worst, do you want it to smell the worst? Call SERVPRO today for deodorization of your home!

    Life is full of unpleasant smells. Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn’t necessarily get rid of these smells.

    With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of East Fort Worth provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by smoke, mold or other sources. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the 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.

    Along with our proprietary line of cleaning products we use various techniques and equipment to treat odors. These techniques are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. Some of the tools we use include:

    Ozone Generator: The Ozone Generator (shown above) is one of the quickest ways to eliminate odors from a home or office. We use the Ozone Generator to oxidize odor and eliminate odors from mold, mildew, pets, nicotine, smoke and more without the use of chemicals. Though the room being treated cannot be occupied while in use, the generator works quickly to clean, sanitize and remove offensive odors.

    Hydroxyl Generator: The Hydroxyl Generator has several benefits that the Ozone Generator does not. The main benefit is that the room being treated can be occupied during the deodorization process; though it does work slower. The Hydroxyl Generator can be used to treat fire and smoke, as well as biohazard jobs, water damage, crime scene situations and animal odors.

    Air Filtration Device: This piece of equipment, also known as an air scrubber, is used to remove airborne contaminants during water, fire, smoke, mold and sewage restoration work. These work by pulling air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles from the air. This helps clean the air and remove odors.

    Whether you are a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or homeowner who wants to get your home ready for sale, getting rid of offensive odors is a high priority.

    Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of East fort Worth is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 817-293-5553.

    Green means clean here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth

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    "Like it never even happened."

    As a SERVPRO® Franchise, we have access to SERVPRO Industries, Inc. resources and technology. Part of this includes the large range of cleaning products SERVPRO has developed. Over the years SERVPRO Industries has strived to develop green chemicals that are safe for your home and family as well as the environment. We have been members of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative for a longtime. This allows us access to resources that help in formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products, known as “Green” chemistry. Our most notable green cleaning products are highlighted below. 
     
    Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean #251: This product is designed for cleaning both carpet and upholstery. It is truly a “one product does all” in that it can be used as a spotter, pre-spray and in-line cleaner for use with a variety of equipment. 
     
    All Surface Green Clean #250: This is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional surface cleaners. The product is designed as a one product cleans all for surfaces that can be wiped or mopped. It can safely be used on walls, ceilings, countertops, floors, etc. The exclusive formulation contains both ionic and non-ionic surfactants that are naturally derived and provide excellent multi-functional cleaning.
     
    Window Green Clean #249: This cleaner is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional glass cleaners. The product is formulated with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.
     
    All three products listed are pH neutral and contain no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) compliant and biodegradable. Your home is our highest priority, which is why we strive to use green products, like these, when possible.
     
    Despite our goal to use green products, many of our products cannot be classified as such. Our goal is to still use the safest products we can. Two areas the EPA/DFE does not address that are common in our restoration tasks are disinfectants and deodorizers. 
     
    Disinfectants are “kill” agents and are not considered green per the EPA/DFE. The EPA does classify disinfectants by the overall toxicity. The lowest toxicity disinfectants get a rating of category 3. We use a product called Sporicidin® as a low toxicity disinfectant and it carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating of category 3. 
     
    Deodorizers can be a problem because the fragrances used in these products can cause reactions with certain individuals. The EPA/DFE does not currently have green fragrances listed. We use air scrubbers with activated charcoal to serve as a green method of deodorization. This method scrubs the odor particles from the air and traps them in the activated charcoal filter.
     
    If you have any cleaning needs for your home or business, call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth. We don't just specialize in fire and water restoration and cleanup; we also specialize in the cleaning and deodorization of carpets, upholstery, draperies, hard floors, walls, ceilings, air ducts, and more. Give us a call at 817-293-5553 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

    Breathe Easy This Spring: Why You Should Clean Your HVAC System

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    Remember to replace the filter on your HVAC unit at least every 90 days to prolong its life and increase its efficiency

    Spring is finally here, and it’s time to open up those windows and let in some fresh air. As you embark on cleaning your home this spring, don’t forget about your HVAC system.

    According to the EPA, pollutant levels inside can be two to five times higher than outdoors. The ventilation system is often the largest contributor to poor indoor air quality. Many systems go a long time before being inspected and cleaned. Your dirty vents might be circulating odors, mold and irritating dust throughout your home.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that contaminants or foreign objects such as rodents, insects, dust, dirt, debris, bacteria, mold and pollen can enter and collect in your air ducts. These may harm the indoor air quality of your home or cause other damages to your HVAC system.

    Cleaning your HVAC system is no easy task, and we can help. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth offers heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) inspections and cleaning. Especially after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning is essential to improve the air quality in your home.

    Why Pick SERVPRO of East Fort Worth?

    Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, we use a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and sweep clean years of dust and grime.

    This system allows us to:

    • Remediate Bacteria, Fungi and Mold
    • Reduce Potential for Mold Growth
    • Restore Peak Energy Efficiency
    • Eliminate Offensive Odors
    • Provide Free Written Inspections and Estimates

    Our Duct Cleaning Process works like this:

    • First, we use patented equipment, such as the 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 particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the 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.

    Keeping your HVAC system and ductwork clean is key in ensuring good air quality in your home. Protect your family from polluted air this spring and set up an inspection today.

    If you have other cleaning needs, SERVPRO of East fort Worth provides a variety of cleaning services. Click here to learn more about our cleaning services, or give us a call at 817-293-5553.

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    Improving Indoor Air Quality at Your Business

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    We can help you improve the indoor air quality of your office.

    Most people spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. Much of that time, for adults, is spent in an office, or warehouse, environment. Indoor air quality can contribute to the health and comfort of your employees, customers, and all who visit your place of business.

    Why Does Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Matter?

    Many studies suggest that the level of pollutants indoors often surpasses the pollutants outdoors. Poor IAQ can potentially impact the health and wellbeing of your employees.

    According to OSHA, the following symptoms have been linked to poor IAQ:

    • Nose, lung, throat, and eye irritation
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue
    • Concentration difficulty

    OSHA also claims that specific air contaminants have been linked with varying ailments. Irritants and damp indoor environments may worsen or lead to various conditions.

    After examining the potential symptoms of poor indoor air quality, it’s no surprise that good IAQ has been linked to higher productivity and fewer lost work days according to an EPA Report to Congress from 1989. Happy, healthy workers tend to take fewer days off and accomplish more in the workplace.

    What Affects Indoor Air Quality?

    Fixing indoor air quality is not as simple of a fix as changing a pipe or washing a window. Several independent factors, both indoors and out, can contribute to poor IAQ.

    Potential factors include, but are not limited to:

    • Outdoor pollutants such as smoke, smog, etc.
    • Poor ventilation and/or insulation
    • Inadequate moisture and humidity control
    • Untreated smoke damage
    • Spilt chemicals and leaking gases
    • Dust, dirt, and animal dander
    • Fungi, pollen, and other biological matter
    • Tobacco 

    What Can SERVPRO of East fort Worth do?

    As mentioned before, many factors can impact IAQ. Fortunately, we offer comprehensive services that tackle many of these factors. At SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, we offer inspections with recommendations for the best course of action to leave your office with cleaner air.

    HVAC Systems

    Without regular attention, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can spread contaminants around your office. We offer regular inspections and cleanings so your office enjoys cleaner air and longer-lasting HVAC systems.

    Mold Remediation

    Mold, especially if left untreated long term, may pose health risks to your employees according to the EPA. Mold spores can travel through the air, impacting the IAQ and spreading the mold throughout the building. We have the training, equipment, and experience necessary to contain the mold, restore your property, and make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Fire and Smoke Damage

    Walls, carpets, and even furniture can carry smoke and soot long after the fire is put out, which can impact your IAQ. If your property experiences a fire, we can handle the damage both big and small. We can also make sure your building, and its contents, are properly cleaned.

    Water Damage

    No matter whether the water damage was caused by a leaky roof, a broken pipe, or a flooded basement, moisture and humidity may lead to poor IAQ, along with other significant problems. We can help to identify the source of the problem and fix any damage that may have occurred.

    We also offer commercial cleaning services that go above and beyond typical janitorial or maid services. Regular cleaning can help combat potential air pollutants like dust, dirt, pollen, etc.

    Cleaner air can lead to a healthier and more productive workforce. It also can improve your clients’ and visitors’ experiences with your company. If your company could benefit from any of our services, please call SERVPRO of East fort Worth at 817-293-5553.

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    Water Damage Facts

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    standing water in a Fort Worth school building

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of East Fort Worth

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth 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. 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.

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    Commercial Water Damage

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    Local dental office suffers flooding after a pipe burst in their building.

    Restoring Your Fort Worth Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

    Flooding and water damage events at Fort Worth 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 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 at (817) 293-5553 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of East Fort Worth 

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth 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.

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    Are you prepared in the event of a tornado?

    4/13/2018 (Permalink)

    know the danger signs of a tornado.

    Tornado Safety 

    There is no such thing as guaranteed safety. 

    Freak accidents happen, and the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and it's occupants. Extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. 

    Most tornadoes are actually much weaker and can be survived using these safety ideas. 

    Signs of a tornado

    • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. 
    • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base-tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
    • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and cant be seen.  
    • Day or night- loud continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder. 
    • Night- small bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds) These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado. 
    • Night- persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted my lightning especially- if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath. 

    Prevention and practice before the storm. 

    Have a tornado plan in place. Know where to take shelter. Practice a family tornado drill. Name a place to meet after a disaster. Store protective coverings in or next to your shelter space for flying debris. When a tornado watch is issued,think about the drill and make sure safety supplies are handy. Turn on a local TV, radio, or NOAA weather radio and stay alert for warnings. 

    The storm hits: where are you? 

    In a house with a basement

    • Avoid windows, get in the basement and under some kind of protection. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you. 

    In a house with no basement

    • Avoid windows, go to the lowest floor, small center room. Under a stairwell or a small interior hallway with no windows. 
    • crouch as low as possible to the floor, face down, and cover your head with your hands. 

    In an office building 

    • Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building. Crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter. Stay off the elevator. 

    In a mobile home 

    • Get out! Even if your home is tied down.it is not as safe as an underground shelter or a permanent, sturdy building. 

    At school 

    • Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly as you were told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms. 

    In the open outdoors 

    • If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as possible. 

    In a mall or store 

    • Do not panic, watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room, or other small enclosed area. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. 

    In a car or truck 

    • Park the car safely, stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, cover your head. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway. Leave your car and lie in the area , covering your head with your hands, avoid seeking shelter under bridges. 

    Winter Storm Emergency Services

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    Roof tarping after tornado caused damage

    Storm Emergency Services

    Storms are not a common occurrence in Texas.  In Fort Worth, we see just a few days of freezing temperatures in a year.  Every few years, a strong hail storm can occur.  Otherwise, we have the luxury of enjoyable temperate or warm temperatures for the majority of the year.

    Yet, when there is a winter storm in Fort Worth, we see a sharp increase in properties that experience damage.  From flooded homes due to frozen pipes bursting, to fire damages caused by portable heaters, we are always ready to help.  

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is always active during storm situations.  We offer the following services:

    Water Damage (Flooding)

    Usually caused by frozen pipes that have burst, but other times by a damaged roof, we are available 24/7 for your water damage.  We will extract standing water and place drying equipment in your home.  We will monitor the drying process until your home has dried correctly.

    Fire Damage

    Regardless of the reason for the fire damage, we are available to provide the following:

    • Roof Tarping: we will tarp the damaged portion of your roof using thick, weatherproof plastic.  This will prevent further precipitation from entering your home until the roof can be permanently fixed.
    • Board Ups: we will board up any damaged portion of your property, such as doors and windows.  This will prevent precipitation from entering your home and deter possible break-ins.
    • Temporary Fencing: along with board ups, we can install a temporary fence around your property to deter the public from entering your property and provide an extra layer of security.
    • 24/7 Security Guard: when it is impossible to perform immediate board ups or install temporary fencing (for example, if we’re in the middle of an ice storm), we can assign a security guard to protect your property until our technicians can safely provide other emergency services.

    Move-Out / Pack-Out for Contents

    Sometimes, a move-out or pack-out is needed. This is especially the case when the majority or entire property has been affected by smoke or soot.  We will pack-outs your property’s contents and take them to our facility, where they can be cleaned and stored until they’re safe to be returned.  

    Temporary Warehouse Space

    When a move-out or pack-out is done, we will provide temporary storage space to keep your items safe until they can be returned.

    Textile Cleaning

    If you have textiles (clothing, plush animals, shoes, etc) that have been affected by Cat 2 or Cat 3 water or smoke and soot, they can be taken back to our facility for cleaning.  Priority clothing can be cleaned returned in as little as 72-hours. Learn more about how we clean and prove the cleanliness of water-affected textiles and smoke and soot-affected textiles.

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth 

    is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Fort Worth, TX residents and business owners with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies.

    We are proud to serve our local communities:

    • Fort Worth
    • Everman
    • Forrest Hill
    • Forrest Hill

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    Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

    3/23/2018 (Permalink)

    Creating a thorough emergency plan includes preparing for your pet's need as well. Remember, if if you must evacuate due to an emergency, then it is not safe for your pet to stay home either. Your evacuation plan should consider where your pets will be accepted. Make a list ahead of time of hotels that are pet friendly along your evacuation route and near your final destination. Some hotels and shelters do not accept animals. And lastly, build a travel emergency kit for your animals. This will help you save time when you must evacuate. 

    Items to include in your pet's emergency kit:

    • leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport animals
    • food, drinking water, bowls, can opener
    • cat litter and pan
    • medications and copies of medial records
    • a first aid kit
    • current photos of you with your pet/s in case they get lost
    • information on feeding schedules, contact information for veterinarian, medical conditions, and behavior problems in case you have to board or foster your pets
    • pet beds and toys

    For disaster preparedness tips for traveling with exotic animals or livestock, please visit http://www.humanesociety.org/?referrer=http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness

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    How to Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Family

    3/23/2018 (Permalink)

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 1,342,000 fires in the United States in 2016, of which 475,500 were structure fires. One home structure fire was reported every ninety seconds. Most businesses have fire escape plans to help saves lives during an emergency. Creating a fire escape plan for the home should be just as common, especially for families with young children or with special needs family members. Being prepared saves lives during an emergency.  

    Thankfully, NFPA has created an easy how to guide for creating a home fire escape plan:

    • Draw a map of your home. Show all windows and doors.
    • Visit each room and recognize two ways out. 
    • All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside. 
    • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Test your alarms regularly. 
    • Pick a meeting place for when you must evacuate. The meeting place should be in front of the home. 
    • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
    • Talk about the plan with everyone in your home. 
    • Learn the emergency phone number for your local fire department. 

    Most importantly, practice the plan with everyone in your home. This can be a fun exercise for children. Have them draw a map of your home and color all the possible escape routes. Once or twice a year go over the plan with everyone in the home again. 

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    Smoke Damage is as Dangerous as Fire Damage

    3/23/2018 (Permalink)

    some damage to kitchen ceiling after a fire

    In a typical house fire, more damage is caused by smoke than by the actual flames.  During a fire, the materials that burn produce toxic smoke that is actually filled with microscopic particles known as soot.  These tiny particles become charged from the extreme heat and migrate to cooler air found in other parts of the house.  Because this smoke is often extremely hot, it can cause additional damage away from the actual source of the fire by melting plastics, scorching fabrics and textiles and spreading toxic gasses that will literally kill any living thing in its path.  That’s why smoke alarms throughout your home are critical to saving lives.

    The Department of Homeland Security says “In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.”

    At SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, our trained specialists know how to restore your belongings after a house fire.  We hope you never need our services but if you do, we will help you determine what can be restored and what needs to be replaced.  Restoring smoke and fire damaged items costs less than replacing them.  Having your belongings restored, especially items of sentimental value, helps most families recover from the trauma of a fire more quickly than otherwise possible.

    Again, we hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at (817) 293-5553 or visit us on the web at http://www.SERVPROeastftworth.com/    We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages

    Thunderstorm Preparedness

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Thunderstorm Preparedness

    All thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. On average lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the US each year. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include strong winds, flash flooding, hail, and even tornadoes.


    To prepare for a thunderstorm:

    • Trim or remove tree limbs near your home. Remove any dead or rotting trees.
    • Secure outdoor items.
    • Postpone or cancel outdoor activities.
    • Go inside - if you can't reach a building, get in a hard-top vehicle.
    • Secure doors and windows. Close blinds, curtains, or shutters.
    • Unplug electronics.

    When a thunderstorm occurs:

    • Remember this phrase: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors". Go inside during thunderstorms.
    • Listen to a battery-operated radio such as a NOAA Weather Radio for updates and information.
    • Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from lightning-caused power surges.
    • Water conducts electricity. Water-based activities and chores should be avoided during a thunderstorm.
    • Windows, porches, and doorways can be dangerous in storms - stay inside.
    • If you can't get inside, try to avoid natural lightning rods - like a large tree in an open field, and try not to be the tallest thing on a hill, open field, or beach.
    • Try not to touch metal - including your car - metal conducts electricity.
    • Stay in your car if you're driving. Pull over and turn on your hazard lights until heavy rain ends.

     After the storm passes:

    • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
    • Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
    • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
    • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
    • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
    • Keep a close eye on your pets to keep them safe.

    The professionals at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth are highly trained and certified, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge they need to help with any water or fire loss.

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    Commercial Property Water Loss and Extraction

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Commercial Property Water Loss and Extraction

    Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. It can dissolve or weaken building materials, damage floors and ceilings, and can also cause microbial growth if you don’t fix water damage quickly and professionally.

    The faster the water is extracted the less damage to the building structure and contents.

    The first thing to do if you are dealing with water damage at your place of business is to remove the water immediately. The faster the water is extracted the less damage to the building structure and contents. In situations, this is not enough. Standing water from carpet, flooring and walls can cause permanent damage if not taken care of in a timely manner

    Extracting water in commercial buildings or properties, is a very important part of any large water loss. Fire sprinklers, used to stop fire from spreading, can leave you with wet and soggy office spaces. 

    Water extraction is used to assist in the prevention of microbial growth from expanding and growing. Extraction of water is also needed to keep floors from buckling. The dehumidifiers and air movers will be placed by the technicians in the necessary areas of the building.

    A SERVPRO manager will walk the property with the owner/manager and adjuster explaining the process and to answer any questions they may have about removal of property, items and demo.

    At SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we are here for your water and fire needs 24 hours day seven days a week. Call us at 817-293-5553

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    Common Causes for House Fires

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Common Causes of House Fires

    There are several causes for house fires. Listed below you will see some of those causes.

     Cooking Equipment

    Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.

     Heating

    Keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.

     Smoking in bedrooms

    A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it meets any flammable materials such as furniture, it can burst into flames.

     Electrical Equipment

    An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from overuse of electricity.

     Candles

    Candles look and smell pretty but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.

     Faulty Wiring

    Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you have bad wiring are:

    1) Lights dim if you use another appliance.

    2) For an appliance to work, you must disconnect.

    3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.

    Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.

     Lighting

    Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light globes.

    Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, no matter the type of fire loss or residue left, our highly trained professionals understand the behavior of smoke and the cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services. We are ready for whatever happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 817-293-5553.

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    Mold Remediation

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth offers mold remediation and restoration; we have the training, equipment and expertise to better assist you. 

    I spoke with our Mold and Biohazard Manager to ask him some questions about how this process works.

    It is preferred that you have an Industrial Hygienist protocol done.

    What is that?

    This is a process where air sampling and affected areas are tested to provide a detailed remediation and restoration protocol for SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to follow. There is also a post-test that will take place once we are finished to confirm clearance. 

    Every time our team handles a mold job, we are required to wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes items such as coveralls and respirators. 

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will make sure to keep anything deemed salvageable; we go above and beyond to ensure restoration before removal.  Unfortunately, in most situations there is a some tear out involved to remove affected areas such as drywall, flooring, and/or furniture.

    During the mold remediation process a HEPA vacuum is used, HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores and to insure that they do not get reintroduced. Our mold experts use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning negative air machines to introduce clean air into the affected area and push contaminated air outside the home.

    You want to consider getting your HVAC cleaned as well, the mold spores can collect there and be dispersed throughout the home.

    Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have any questions, give us a call today; 817-293-5553

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    How fires can damage retail stock in your Fort Worth, Texas business

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Sprinklers help to save a business from many larger fires, but they also have the unfortunate consequence of adding additional damage to a situation.

    How Retail Stock Can Be Damaged By Fires

    When picturing a fire, most people think only of the flames themselves. However, in a real fire, open flames are often among the least of your concerns. Fires are multifaceted disasters that can cause damage in multiple ways, especially in retail merchandise. Between ash, smoke, burns, and water damage, fires can damage almost any type of merchandise. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can clean and restore many of these, but understanding what might happen to your stock during a fire is important for calculating financial loss and extra shipments. 
     
    Burned Goods 
     
    The most obvious damage for fires in retail locations is through direct burns. Flammable items may catch fire, in most cases becoming unsalvageable, and other goods may be exposed to flames that partially or fully destroy them. We're able to restore some of the damage caused by direct burns, such as some discoloration or warping in items, but many victims of this type of damage are irrecoverable. 

    Water Damage from Sprinklers 
     
    Sprinklers help to save a business from many larger fires, but they also have the unfortunate consequence of adding additional damage to a situation. Water can damage most unsealed goods, and whether or not they will need replacing depends entirely on how much water is sprayed and what types of items are affected. 
     
    Ash 
     
    Ash is a tricky substance, as it can work its way into deep recesses and mix with water to become a harmful sludge. Ash is particularly bad for electronics and food items, but thankfully, its effects can usually be mitigated by SERVPRO of East Fort Worth.


    Smoke 
     
    Smoke has the highest potential to damage fabrics and clothing, but can hurt other types of merchandise as well. We have many different methods of treating smoke damage, be it on an individual item or rooms at a time. Smoke is usually a more serious problem for the building itself than any merchandise. 
     

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is a locally-owned company with industrial-grade equipment and training capable of handling even the most serious retail fire restorations. Call us 24/7 at (817) 293-5553

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    Why You Need Professional Storm Damage Restoration

    3/19/2018 (Permalink)

    With Storm season quickly prepared, risk of damage to your home from strong winds, rain and possibly lightning are possible.

    Are you facing a flooding, river flooding or storm damage situation in your home?

    Dealing with flooding, storm damage, river flooding or other forms of natural disasters can be a frustrating and difficult experience and needs to be handled properly. If the storm is too severe, the hail damage and frozen pipes could result in huge repair costs.

    Not sure what to do about flood water, roof leak or wind damage?

    When a home sustains damage due to storm, ice damage, frozen pipes, flooding, ice dam, river flooding, ice damming, hail damage or wind damage, homeowners are advised to hire professionals to provide storm restoration or water restoration.

    Professionals are skilled in handing storm damage, storm damage and their devastating effects and can assess the rain damage, wind damage, flood damage and other storm damage related situations that occurred during the storm. They have the right equipment and are experienced in ice damage, frozen pipes, ice dam, ice damming and storm restoration.

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth has more services. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastftworth.com/ for more information.

    Water Heater Safety

    3/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Drying out a closet containing the hot water heater after a leak.

    Water heater failure causes fires and flooding all across the world. Water heater routine maintenance can help you avoid the catastrophe the occurs when a water heater fails. Nationwide insurance recently offered some tips about water heater safety that we would like to share with you.

    Pulling up on the handle to make sure water flows freely out, and stops when you let go of the handle. If it does nothing or runs or drips, then the valve should be replaced.

     Strapping your water heater is a good idea, even if you live outside an earthquake zone. If your water heater were to fall over for any reason, it could sever the gas line and cause an explosion.

    Flushing the hot water heater through the drain valve at least once a year to remove sediment buildup. You should have a drain line, usually to within about 6 inches of the floor, or plumbed outside. This is to prevent you from being scalded if the valve should open while you’re standing next to it.

    Remove paper, accumulated dust or other combustibles from the heater enclosure.

    Extinguish the pilot light before using flammable liquids or setting off aerosol bug bombs.

    If the device is in the garage, raise it so the pilot light is 18 inches above the floor. This helps prevent ignition of gasoline vapors that collect near the floor.

    Consider installing an automatic gas-shutoff valve which stops the flow of gas if the ground moves or if gas flow increases dramatically. The valve, which costs around $300, prevents fires when a gas line breaks due to flood, earthquake or other disaster.

    You may also want to insulate the first 6 feet of the hot water pipe and the first 3 feet of the cold water pipe that extends from your hot water tank. Insulating the hot water pipe reduces heat loss and insulating the cold water pipe reduces “sweating” in the summer. You can find pipe wrap insulation for this purpose in most hardware stores.

    Do not use pipe wrap or any other insulation within 6 inches of the draft hood or flue exhaust vent at the top of the natural gas water heater.

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    How to make your Emergency Survival Kit

    3/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Example of a survival bag by the Red Cross

    Have you ever wondered how to make your own 'Emergency Survival Kit"? Check out the following YouTube video from the American Red Cross featuring actress and volunteer Jaimie Lee Curtis:

    American Red Cross: Let's Make a Survival Kit with Jamie Lee Curtis

     Along with the above video, featured below is information on the basics you should have to be prepared. 

    For more information, please visit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

    BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

    A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Manual can opener for food
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

    Thank you for visiting and call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth at (817) 293-5553 for more tips or information on how to prepare you home or business with an Emergency Ready Plan.

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    Secondary Damage to Hardwood Flooring

    3/16/2018 (Permalink)

    There are many ways water damage in your home or business can occur. Some of the most common examples are broken or leaking pipes, appliances malfunctioning, or flooding. The key to keeping the extent of water damage to a minimum is a quick response to start drying. Otherwise secondary damage to the property will be inevitable. Secondary damage can be many things from, delaminated carpeting, discoloring of building materials, musty odors, mold, or warped flooring.

      In this case we are talking about hardwood flooring in particular and what happens. Wood is semi porous material that absorbs water slowly between the wood joints. If wood has been affected by water damage, and is caught in a short amount of time, there are drying mats that can extract the water out of the wood and bring it back to its original state. If a wood floor has absorbed a significant amount of water and has dwelled for an extended period of time, then the wood floor will begin to cup and stain. If the floors are left in this condition it will get worse to the point of no return and must be removed. If wood floors are treated as soon as you see cupping, there is still a chance of them being saved. Water will get extracted, and then once dry, the wood can be sanded and refinished to get a smooth surface again.

     If you or someone you know ever experiences water damage, the first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth and start the drying process to prevent unnecessary damage from occurring! If water damage occurs and has gone unnoticed, call us in and we will survey the damage. Our goal is to save as much as we can and assist in the replacement of materials if absolutely necessary.

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    Are You Ready For Severe Weather?

    3/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO of East Fort Worth wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

    Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitation during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during sever weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

    Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

    • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
    • Food – non-perishable
    • Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
    • Flashlight
    • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
    • Frist Aid kit
    • Whistle to signal help
    • Clothing, blankets
    • Dust mask or bandanas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
    • Wrench or other tools to shit off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in waterproof case
    • Cash

     Make family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established as to aid in finding each other amidst devastation.

    Does Your Fort Worth Business Have a Plan?

    3/14/2018 (Permalink)

    flooding at a local school

    How quickly your company can get back to business after a hurricane, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done beforehand. The regular occurrence of natural disaster demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.

    Develop a Business Continuity Plan

    Begin by identifying operations that are critical to survival and recovery. Then carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, material, procedures, and equipment are absolutely essential to keep the business operating.

    Review Insurance Coverage

    Understand what your policy does and does not cover. Check with your provider about things such as, physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Inadequate coverage can lead to major financial loss.

    Prepare Your Emergency Plan

    Communication with your employees is central before, during, and after a disaster. Be sure to share emergency information with your staff.

    Practice the Emergency Plan

    The ability to evacuate workers and customers effectively can save lives. Establish evacuation producers and ensure your staff knows the route.

    Secure Your Facility and Equipment

    Install exit signs, fire extinguishers, and smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate areas.

    Improve Cyber Security

    By using anti-virus software, firewalls, and secure passwords, this will better protect your business’s data and information

    Locally Owned, with National Resources

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Fort Worth community. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

    As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.  Please call (817) 293-5553

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    What To Do When Storm Damage Occurs in Fort Worth, TX

    3/12/2018 (Permalink)

    Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians

    Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, we know a thing or two about the phrase "spring weather" means to us. It means a whole lot of rain, thunderstorms, lightning, flooding issues and even tornadoes. We know at to do DURING a storm, but what do we do after a storm? Here are some helpful hints to get you back on track after a storm hits.

    1. You and your families safety is the number one goal. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass, and exposed nails. If dealing with flood waters, be sure to wear protective clothing including boots, gloves, eye protection and masks as flood waters can carry sewage, bacteria, and other dangers. Stay away from downed power lines. Be sure to use a flashlight instead of a candle when inspecting your home at night.

    2. When it's safe to do so, document your damage. This will help when filing your insurance claim. Be sure to take photos and videos of your entire property from multiple angles. Take photos of the interior and exterior.

    3. If you have flooding, water extraction is the most important step to restoring your home. By choosing SERVPRO of East Fort Worth you can be sure that the water extraction for your home will be handled quickly and professionally. Our technicians can evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.

    SERVPRO of East Fort Worth takes storm cleanup seriously we will make sure you are back on your feet in no time. Give us a call, 24/7 at (817) 293-5553

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    How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold

    3/9/2018 (Permalink)

    mold damage to stairwell entry

    When a homeowner or commercial property finds mold, one of the first questions we are often is how quickly we can get rid of the mold.

    Removal versus Remediation

    Mold cannot be truly removed from an environment.  It is a natural part of our environment and exists in microscopic spores.  Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This isn’t possible. We understand mold and mold growth.  We will re-mediate your property’s mold growth and help make its levels safe for you and other inhabitants.

    The Speed of Remediation Depends on the Size of the Mold Growth

    Texas requires licensed mold contractors to re-mediate mold in residential and commercial properties, which SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is.  However, not every mold growth needs to be reported to the state.  It all depends on size.  Our mold specialist will visit your property and tell you if the mold can be re-mediated immediately or needs to be filed with the state.

    Less than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

    If the mold growth is less than 25 contiguous square feet, then the mold does not need to be filed with Texas.  Our mold technicians can begin remediation immediately.

    More than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

    If the mold growth is more than 25 contiguous square feet, then it falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which require:

    • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you; we can give you a list of assessor for you to choose and make an appointment.
    • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
    • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a clearance document.
    • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the cleanup for your insurance provider or future home buyer.

    Be assured that our team of mold specialists will be available and happy to walk you through every step of this process.  

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    Deodorizing Following Fire Damage In Fort Worth

    3/7/2018 (Permalink)

    Damage to a Fort Worth home after a fire.

    After a small fire in your Fort Worth home, you quickly start to assess the damages to the area. You visually inspect the furniture and walls. Even if there is no real lasting damage, there is one problematic element that tends to linger for weeks after a fire: the smell. Odor removal is an often overlooked, but significant aspect of fire restoration services.

    While our SERVPRO team is well educated in restoration techniques and cleaning processes to restore areas of your home that have been damaged aesthetically by an unexpected fire, the lingering odor that remains is often something that homeowners are less concerned with initially. It becomes more and more problematic as the home is being restored, but the smoke and charring scent of the fire’s destruction remains as powerful as ever.

    Fortunately, our team of technicians has state-of-the-art equipment for removing foul smells from a residence or business. Deodorizing happens through the use of dense fogging machines. The machines are capable of producing a heavy chemical fog that is sprayed throughout the entire affected area, ensuring that all of the affected structure and contents are also affected by the fog.

    Though this chemical has no scent, it reacts on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire gets extinguished. This new chemical compound is entirely neutral, leaving behind no smell at all. The process is a far cry from traditional deodorizing techniques, which merely overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent for the damaged areas. Fogging leaves the room smelling like nothing has ever happened, even if you are still in the process of restoration efforts for the damages.

    Since formidable smells (like those left behind after a fire) are challenging to live with, be sure to speak with our technicians assigned to your residence about deodorizing the area as soon as possible. Fogging can happen alongside our cleaning and restoration efforts, which makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.

    Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process. Contact us at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to walk you through the entire restoration process and help to bring these damages back to their preloss conditions. Call us anytime at (817) 293-5553

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    Breathe Life Back Into Fire-Damaged Belongings

    3/5/2018 (Permalink)

    We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is close by an

    Although fires can be catastrophic, often you can salvage a portion of your personal belongings from the ruins. However, even if your belongings are intact and functional, they may have absorbed stains and odors that can be difficult to get rid of. Many people can even grow ill from the smell of heavy smoke absorbed into belongings, and layers of dirt and ash can, if not cleaned properly, leave a mess everywhere. 

    That doesn’t mean your belongings are wholly lost. There are a number of options for cleaning and restoring fire-damaged possessions to restore their attractiveness and utility while eliminating that unpleasant burning or smoky stench.

    Sterilization and Odor Removal

    After a fire, many of your personal belongings may be coated in a patina of soot. While you may associate soot with wood ash, that soot can actually be particulates of plastic or any number of other substances that might pose a safety hazard upon contact. Even if touching the items is safe, the odor alone may be unpleasant enough to warrant getting rid of them. Content cleaning can be tricky in these instances and often involves specialized substances designed to cut through smoke residue, ash, and soot. You may consider hiring professional cleaners instead or using content storage services to set the task aside for later.

    Dry-Cleaning for Smoke-Damaged Clothing

    While not much can be done to restore fire-damaged clothing, it may be possible to restore clothing that simply suffered from smoke or ash. Smoke can infiltrate clothing fibers to leave behind an unpleasant and seemingly permanent smell, while both ash and smoke can leave stains that are difficult to remove, particularly from more delicate fabrics. Dry-cleaning can do a great deal to restore clothing and remove the effects of smoke and ash, particularly if you have your clothing cleaned by Fort Worth, TX professionals specializing in restoring smoke-damaged garments.

    Visit the SERVPRO of East Fort Worth blog for more information on commercial fire damage

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    How To Restore Your Belongings After Water Damage

    3/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (817) 293-5553

    Water in home settings can be devastating, whether it comes from leaking pipes or backed-up drains or toilets. While there may be nothing you can do to prevent your items from becoming waterlogged in the event of an unexpected water leak, there are some things you can do to restore your belongings after water damage occurs. Here are a few ways you can clean up various items in your Fort Worth, TX home.

    1. Separate Items

    Before you officially begin the cleanup process, separate your items into those that are porous and nonporous. Porous materials may include wood, paper, rugs and other types of fabric. Generally, these are more likely to harbor mold and bacteria from broken pipe water, so it’s important to clean them quickly. Nonporous items are usually much easier to clean, since they don’t absorb water and are less likely to harbor bacteria and mold.

    2. Dry-Clean Non-Porous Items

    Dry cleaning may be appropriate when removing light water residue from non-porous items in your home. Items can also be dry cleaned before floor restoration professionals come in and thoroughly clean your items. 

    3. Air-Dry When Appropriate

    If you’re not dealing with hazardous water, such as sewage, it may be appropriate to gently air-dry most of your belongings. If possible, do so indoors unless the weather outdoors is ideal. You can increase the air flow inside your home with the use of open windows, air conditioners and fans. 

    4. Toss Dangerous Items

    Depending on the nature of floodwater in home settings, it may be dangerous to keep saturated items. If there is a high likelihood of the floodwater containing harmful bacteria, it may be best to throw away contaminated objects. In other cases, professionals may be able to safely clean and salvage some of your valuables. 

    While you may be able to clean some of your belongings that water has damaged in your home, safety should always be your top priority whether you’re dealing with a broken pipe or a sewer backup. For help with dry-cleaning or salvaging contaminated items, it’s best to wait for professional help to arrive. Visit SERVPRO of East Fort Worth for more information on water damage.

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    Get Winter Ready!

    10/11/2017 (Permalink)

    Get Winter Ready!

    Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all have the potential of causing serious and costly property damage(s). While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

                To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits!

    • Examine your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries as well.
    • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your home or building. Clear gutters of all debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to an unwanted effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
    • Inspect property, walkways, and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
    • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
    • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains properly, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
    • Call & request the services of SERVPRO East Ft. Worth... We'll schedule & complete an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home or business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your property and provides you with a precise plan to get you back in business quickly following a disaster.

    When winter weather strikes...call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (24/7-365)... We've got your back!

    (817) 293-5553 

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    SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

    10/11/2017 (Permalink)

    Plan for the worst...with the best!

    “Ready for Whatever Happens”

    The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan for it NOW.

    As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens,” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

    By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

     The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® Advantage

    • A no cost assessment of your facility.

      -This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

    • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

      -It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But will save a lot of time if ever needed.

    • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

      -This can help minimize the amount of time your business in active by having an immediate plan of action.

    • Establish the professionals at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider!

      -You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.

    • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

      -This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

    • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

      -Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

      Call our office today to schedule your FREE 15 minute appointment!                                                                              SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth                (817) 293-5553       

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    Signs of MOLD in your Ft. Worth home?!

    10/11/2017 (Permalink)

    Easily detected signs of MOLD...

    A multitude of different types of mold spore varieties exist in today's world. Mold can be found in many homes & businesses as well, potentially causing or are the root cause of heightened allergies and other related ill health effects.

    Mold needs a special environment to grow & thrive. It needs a food source, such as drywall and it needs a water source, such as water leak of sorts. If you have concerns of potential mold in your Fort Worth home or place of business, you may want to ask yourself the following questions. 

    Do you notice water damage?

    Mold is created by moisture; without moisture mold couldn't survive. Mold spores float in the air and if they land on a wet surface it can grow & may spread rapidly. If you see a water spot on the ceiling, wall or floor...there lies the potential for mold growth. Water damage(s) can cause the paint to peel and also cause staining to the ceilings surface.   

     Is there a musky odor?

    Does your home smell like a basement or musky? Even if you don’t see any signs of mold if you smell it then it’s worth investigating further.

    Do you have any known leaks?

    Mold likes wet surfaces and needs the moisture to grow. It's very important to know if you have any existing leaks in pipes or faucets. In addition, it's a good practice & smart idea to check under your kitchen & bathroom sinks periodically for potential leaks.  

    Has Flooding occurred?

    If previous flooding has occurred, there's potential for mold spores to be present as well.     

    If the answer is "yes" to any of the above questions, further steps will need to be taken by a certified mold expert, or remediation company.  Allow SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth to assist you as we are a certified Mold Remediation company & we'd be honored to provide you with a precise & honest assessment of any potential mold issues.

    Contact us immediately, with any questions!

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth

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    Floods Are Never A Good Thing!

    8/22/2017 (Permalink)

    Floods Are Never A Good Thing!

    Whether you live on the coast, near a lake, or riverside, the flood will find you. And when it does, it can leave you with years worth of damage, not to mention credit card dept, and the possibility of bankruptcy!

    There's a long list of news stories regarding commercial and residential properties with substantial damage(s) due to murky waters and have remained unattended to and ultimately abandoned...reeking with remnants of saturated insulation, destroyed interiors, and mold growth beyond belief.

     For that reason, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a guide stating which materials are best used in certain situations.

     It’s interesting because even safe materials, when combined with unsafe products such as adhesives, become undesirable. For instance, vinyl tile is an acceptable surface but if it’s applied over plywood it becomes unacceptable because there’s no way for the plywood to dry after a flood. Even oil-based paint can inhibit drying of a wooden wall.

     That’s when you call the professionals at SERVPRO East Ft. Worth, to make sure the situation is handled so there are no surprises and no adverse effects on the occupants health or safety.

     SERVPRO Cleans Up the Mess after a Flood!

     FEMA says the following are not permitted in flood-prone areas:

    ·       Normal adhesives which are water soluble or not resistant to alkali or acid in water

    ·       Materials containing wood or paper products, or other materials that lose structural integrity when exposed to water

    ·       Sheet-type floor or wall coverings (linoleum, rubber tile, wallpaper) that inhibit drying of the materials they cover

    ·       Materials that are unstable-for instance, a door jamb that swells and does not return to its original size

    ·       Materials that retain excessive water after they’ve been submerged.

     We have so much more to lose…

     Homeowners tell us there is no greater devastation than seeing the house they’ve made a home destroyed by a quick-moving flood. The fact that the flood could have been caused by something as innocuous as a leaking pipe behind the washing machine makes the destruction seem even more senseless.

     FEMA’s classification was based on the fact that a home constructed with the vulnerable materials may harbor mold, other fungi or allergens; that materials may absorb chemicals and continue to exude them even after the house has been thoroughly dried. In addition, water renders some materials more susceptible to rot. These are just a few of the many aftereffects of a flood.

     SERVPRO East Ft. Worth is here to assist

     The SERVPRO East Ft. Worth team has been professionally trained and will respond quickly! There’s a reason why FEMA and the EPA recommends consulting with professionals in the wake of water damage.

    Let's face it... Our home is our castle. It reflects our lives, interests, loves, travels, hopes, memories and the most important people we share it with.

     Let’s hope you are not the victim of a home-destroying event. However, in the event that you are...don’t panic. Call us (SERVPRO East Ft. Worth) immediately (817) 293-5553 and allow us to help! We’re here 24/7 to answer the call and make your loss "Like it never even happened."

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    Texas Fire Damage Facts

    8/15/2017 (Permalink)

    Dealing with Texas fire damage can be one of the most difficult experiences a homeowner encounters.

    In 2014, fires caused 2745 deaths, 11,825 injuries, and $6.8 Billion in property damage.

    Three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or not working alarms.

    Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

    In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80 percent of the time.

    When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

    One quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that start in the bedroom. Another quarter result from fires in the living room, family room or den.

    One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often much less. Only 8% reported that their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out...

    Facts provided by National Fire Protection Association

     WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

    DO:

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

    DON’T:

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

    Please, contact us (SERVPRO East Ft. Worth) with additional questions or to schedule services.

    (817) 293-5553

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    Causes of Residential Fire Damage

    8/15/2017 (Permalink)

    When it comes to disasters, there is probably none worse than a property fire damage.

    What Causes Residential Fire Damage?

    When it comes to disasters, one could argue that none are worse than a residential fire. Not only do the flames cause inherent danger as they destroy your family’s home and or business but there is also the after effect concerning the removal of debris, soot, smell of smoke, compromised structure and additional damages that have been inflicted on your home, business or possessions. For most homeowners, a fire is an unimaginable event. However, they DO happen and for a variety of reasons. With this in mind, We've listed the top 10 causes of fire below:


    1. Home heat fires: Your furnace needs regular inspection(s) and make sure combustibles are not near any portable heaters.
    2. Cooking fires: Unattended kitchens, splattering grease, and combustibles near the source of heat are very common fire starters.
    3. Smoking: Always ensure that you properly and completely extinguish the cigarette if you smoke in your home.
    4. Electrical fires: Look out for frayed cords, overloaded plug outlets and the overuse of extension cords.
    5. Children: Keep lighters and matches away from children to stifle any curiosity they could have about what happens when various items catch fire.
    6. Candles: Candles may smell nice but if left unattended, they could cause a major issue.
    7. Flammable items: Do not keep adhesives, paint or cleaning agents close to sources of heat.
    8. Faulty wiring: A significant safety hazard is inadequate wiring ( MOSTLY prevalent in older apartments and homes).
    9. Grills: Never cook on the grill under an awning or on a covered porch. Give yourself ample space away from your home and automobiles.
    10. Holiday décor: Be mindful of how close your Christmas tree is to your fireplace and always make sure that you are hanging other décor safely.

    We hope this short list has informed on some of the causes of household fires and ask that you will adhere to the instructions... However, should you or someone you know, ever need our services... Call us (SERVPRO East Ft. Woth) immediately!We will arrive at your home quickly to mitigate the damages, secure your property and start the emergency cleaning process to items that are of priority. While we are on the site, your property will be inspected, assessments of damage(s) will be documented, and preliminary estimates made to give you a comprehensive restoration plan of action. 

    Call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth with any questions or to schedule services:

    (817) 293-5553

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    Vent Cleaning Is Wise Maintenance for Fire Damage Protection

    7/26/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, protects your Texas home from fire damage with dryer vent cleaning!

    SERVPRO Helps Prevent Fire in Your Texas Home with Dryer Vent Cleaning

    House fires affect millions of people every year at the cost of over $500 Million. Smoke detectors have proved their value every year, saving lives and homes from total loss. Most house fires start in the kitchen but a significant number still occur in a place most forget about once the item is installed, the dryer vent. 


    A dryer vent cleaning cost may seem like an avoidable charge, but it is needed to prevent fire in your Texas home. There are over 15,000 dryer fires each year and the accumulated property damage cost exceeds $70 million annually. We have the personnel and equipment needed to keep you from adding to those numbers in the coming year. This vent cleaning service may also reduce the workload of your clothes dryer while lowering energy usage!

    A dryer inside the house or apartment uses a metal exhaust pipe (galvanized iron or steel usually) to vent hot air to the outside of the home. The zinc-coated material is designed to handle the highest dryer settings and more but not open flames from burning built-up lint. Since this is an exhaust pipe and smoke seeks the easiest access, a vent fire goes undetected by the smoke detectors much longer than a fire anywhere else in the house. 

    If your dryer is in the garage or under a carport, the chance for a major fire is reduced but not eliminated. The flexible vent tube may not run under the house but it is still at risk. The build-up of lint can still ignite, destroying your dryer and the washer next to it. As the flexible, plastic pipe melts, the burning material quickly ignites drywall and other building materials. 

    Our technicians can eliminate this threat with an inspection. We can attach an air mover which introduces high-velocity air flow into your vent for just a few minutes. If the build-up has caked against the sides of the pipe, we'll then use a brush with a telescoping handle to scrape the sides and then blore-attach the air mover to w the lint outside your home. For a flexible conduit, we detach it from the dryer and clean it outside using either an air mover or garden hose to wash it out. 

    The cost for vent cleaning is minor compared to the possible cost(s) to restore your home fire damaged home... If you're in need our services or would like an inspection, contact SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth immediately!

    (817) 293-5553

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    Does Your East Ft. Worth (DFW) Home Have A Mold Problem?

    7/19/2017 (Permalink)

    In the East Ft. Worth (DFW) area, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours!

    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, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (817) 293-5553

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    Everman, Tarrant County, DFW- Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    7/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • 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

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • 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 evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (817) 293-5553

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    Faster to your Everman (DFW) Water Damage!

    7/19/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth provides emergency 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in DFW and surrounding areas!

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning duration and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth

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    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth specializes in the clean-up and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

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