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Kitchen Fire

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

looking from one room into another through the frame of the house after fire damage If you experience a fire damage loss, we can help.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak was called out to respond to the aftermath this house fire. As you can see, the damage was extensive.

When our team arrived, we removed all of the fire damaged materials that couldn't be salvaged, demoed the parts of the home that needed to be replaced, thoroughly cleaned the residue and remnants left over from the fire, and made the space ready for reconstruction.

It's hard to see this kind of destruction and imagine it repaired, but it's more than doable for SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak. Our highly trained crew are trained especially to deal with these types of situations, and to help make fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold damage "Like it never even happened." 

We were happy to be able to do that for this customer.

Textile Cleaning

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning a rug with equipment When your soft contents are damaged, we are equipped to restore them too!

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is equipped with an Esporta machine. Think of it as a super advanced washing machine that restores its contents instead of just cleaning them. It is particularly meant to restore soft items like clothes, stuffed animals, linens, small rugs, and the like.

Whether we're responding to a fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold damage, we have all the necessary equipment to not only restore your actual property, but the items that were inside of it and impacted by the loss as well.

At SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak, we have state of the art equipment (like the Esporta) to use in remediating the damage to your home or business, and we also have highly trained staff to ensure that your property and belongings are itemized, monitored, and treated with care and respect.

Pipes Burst

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

busted copper pipe No matter the cause, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is available to help remediate water damage.

Though the incoming cold front isn't bringing arctic temperatures, and Texas doesn't often experience weather cold enough to freeze pipes, it has been known to happen.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak had a customer call us after a storm system came through, causing the temperature to drop so severely that the pipes in their kitchen burst, leaving their home with water damage. 

When experiencing a water loss, it is crucial that the water be extracted quickly. A fast response assists in keeping the affected area isolated, and ensuring that the damage to the impacted area does not become more severe due to prolonged exposure to water. SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has teams ready to be dispatched 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our skilled technicians will be on site quickly, helping to prevent additional secondary damages from occurring. 

Storm Response

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

drywall cut high to remove flood damaged materials with drying equipment in place Our professional staff knows exactly what steps to take to ensure your property is restored properly.

It's almost starting to feel like fall, FINALLY, well, for the weekend, at least. But, just because it feels like the weather is changing doesn't mean we're done with hurricane season yet. Are you aware that hurricane season lasts from May 15th to November 30th?

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is one franchise in a nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises. We live in, work in, and serve our community; but, when disaster strikes elsewhere, or a destructive storm hits close to home, we are able to partner with our brothers and sisters in green to mitigate storm damage on even a large scale.

No matter where or when mother nature strikes, no matter how big or small the damage, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is here to help.

Prevention of Secondary Damage

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

roof of home damaged by fire Beware of secondary damage

This photo shows the roof of a home that was blackened, puckered, and generally damaged by a fire, leaving the home below and its contents exposed to the outside elements. SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak was able to respond  to the customer's call and tarp off the damaged area to prevent moisture from getting through the open space and causing further damage. 

When a customer calls SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak with a fire loss, we arrive on scene as quickly as possible, assess the damaged area, and determine what can be done to ensure that any additional damage is prevented or limited. In this specific instance, that included the tarping of the roof. Once the property was secure and protected, remediation of the damage and restoration of the home was able to begin.

Burst Attic Water Heater

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

debris from the ceiling on living room furniture An attic water heater broke, and caused a leak that damaged the room in the house below it.

When the water heater located in this home's attic burst, water rushed out of the unit and pooled. It wasn't long before the ceiling could no longer hold the weight of the water, and it crashed down onto the living room below. Drywall, dust, insulation, and water rained down onto the home owner's furniture, belongings, and carpet. 

Thankfully, they called SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak, and we were able to get to their home quickly, remove the debris, extract the water, dry out the property and their belongings, and get it to "Like it never even happened."

Should you or someone you know experience water damage at your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak, and let us get your property back to pre-damage condition quickly!

Reduce Potential for Storm Damage: Get Your Home Ready

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Historically, peak storm season typically occurs in the eight weeks surrounding September 10. This is due to the summer warming of oceanic waters and the weakening of wind sheer. The higher air and water temperatures cause storms to drop more precipitation and to last longer, and the lower wind sheer prevents storms being dispersed by the wind. Over the last 70 years storms over land in the North Atlantic and Western North Pacific have slowed by 20 to 30 percent. These slower, wetter storms mean more potential water damage. (www.weather.com)

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak technicians are highly trained and ready to rush to your aid in the event that you have water damage due to flooding. But you can reduce the potential for your home to sustain water damage from a storm by doing the following things to get your home ready for the storm and for the possibility of a prolonged power outage after a storm.

  • First check the outside. Make sure rain gutters are clear of debris so water will flow freely and away from the house. Check the roof for soft spots or damaged or missing shingles and make needed repairs. If there are tall trees near your house, make sure the whole tree is stable and if any branches overhang the house, trim them to reduce the chances they might fall and damage the roof, walls, or windows.
  • Secure any outside items, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, and grills, that could be blown by high winds. Move them to an inside location if possible. Anchor any outside fuel tanks.
  • Check that your emergency kit is stocked and readily accessible. It should include items such as non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights and batteries, blankets, extra sets of clothing, a first aid kit, and any medications needed by the family or pets. A more detailed list of items to include in an emergency kit can be found at www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
  • If you live in a multi-level home, move what you can to a higher level (especially if your home has a basement). Store important documents (such as, birth certificates and passports) in a safe, dry place. Unplug all electronics, as water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
  • Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting, or move its contents to the freezer section. This will protect food for a longer time in the event of a power outage.
  • Turn off the gas line to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or gas leaks.
  • Check your home insurance. Most home owners policies do not cover flood damage. However, with the changes in weather patterns bringing longer, wetter storms, it might be wise to add this type coverage to your policy no matter where you live. Prepare a household inventory, using photos or videos, as this will be critical in processing any insurance claims.

In the event that your property sustains water damage due to storms, flooding, or any other cause, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak at 972-937-1494. Our technicians are experts at cleaning and restoration of water damage.

This information and more regarding storm/flood preparation can be found at www.floodsmart.gov. 

Prevent Water Damage with Simple Toilet Maintenance

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

When one thinks of water damage, torrential rainstorms, flooded dams, and clogged drainage systems spring to mind. However, when water damage suddenly disrupts your daily routine, it is more likely to  come from a much more innocuous source — the lowly toilet. We at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are always ready and eager to hurry to your aid in the event that you find yourself with water damage due to an overflowing toilet that has flooded any area in your home, large or small. But we know that you are better off to avoid this kind of headache altogether, and following a few tips for proper toilet maintenance can help you to do so.

Do

Clean your toilet regularly. A mild cleaner, such as baking soda, vinegar, or a mild soap will do the job without the risks of harsher chemicals. Cleaning the toilet gives you a more hygienic, better smelling bathroom, while also providing the opportunity to notice any leaks around the toilet.

Check the toilet’s interior mechanisms at least once each six months. Make sure that all parts are in good shape and working properly, that the flapper is sealing completely, and that the fill valve stops at the appropriate water level.

Fix a small leak (or running toilet) immediately. You might not even notice this type of leak if you aren’t looking for it, as it is silent and leaves no puddle. (The leaking water flows into the bowl and down the drain.) This type of leak can run gallons of water through your tank in a day causing a substantial increase in your water bill. To test for this type of leak, place a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank (above the bowl). Wait half an hour, then check the water in the bowl. If any color shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking. You can get a flapper kit from the hardware store and replace it yourself, if you are a do-it-yourselfer.

Teach every family member how to properly care for the toilet. Teach them what can be flushed and what cannot, how to avoid clogs by using just the right amount of toilet tissue and no more, and how to keep the toilet clean. Teach these things beginning when a child first starts using the “potty.”

Buy the right kind of toilet paper. Commercials tout the benefits of thick, soft, fluffy paper, but a paper that is built to break down quickly is much easier on your toilet system. This is especially true if you are on a septic system where everything that is flushed must be broken down. But even if you are on a municipal sewer system, using too much of the hard to break down paper can cause clogs in the lines inside your home.

Have a flange plunger handy. For simple clogs, a bucket of hot water and a plunger is often all you need. Just turn off the water at the emergency shutoff valve behind the toilet and use the plunger to dislodge the clog. If the plunger doesn’t work, try an auger.

Don’t

Do not use “drop-in” tablets in your toilet tank for cleaning. These products can cause damage to the rubber flap and other mechanisms, resulting in a leak.

Do not use chemical drain cleaners on a clogged toilet. They can damage fixtures and pipes, kill off the good bacteria in septic systems causing problems in the functioning of the system, are harmful if they come into contact with skin or are inhaled, and are just not something you want to add to your water system.

Do not place a brick in the tank to save water. Newer toilet tanks use 1.6 gallons with each flush. This is the amount that is needed to move waste out of the toilet and through the system. If you have an older tank, consider replacing it. Many new models have two flushing handles, one for liquid waste only and one for solid waste. This type toilet uses the minimal amount of water needed, while still efficiently moving waste through.

Do not flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Nothing else is designed to break down and safely flow through the system — NOTHING.

Using these tips can help your toilet to serve you trouble-free for many years. But in the event that you do suffer water damage from a leaky toilet or any other source, remember that SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is nearby, ready to assist you with cleanup and restoration. Call us at  972-937-1494 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

Prevent Fire Damage: Don't Let Halloween be Scary for the Wrong Reasons

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

When autumn arrives our attention quickly turns to the upcoming holidays. Halloween is a favorite of many children, with its colorful decorations, creative costumes, and fun activities. However, holiday celebrations can turn tragic in an instant. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports that 900 reported fires each year involve holiday decorations. Two of five of these fires started with a candle. To ensure that Halloween is not spooky for the wrong reasons, follow a few safety tips from NFPA. And in the event that a fire does affect your property, remember that SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is nearby and ready to help with cleanup and restoration of damages due to any fire no matter how large or how small.

  • Don’t purchase or make costumes with long trailing fabric. If a mask is part of the costume, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out of.
  • Provide a flashlight or glow stick for your children to carry for light and to make them more visible.
  • Decorations are often made with dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper, which catch fire easily. Keep them away from open flames and other heat sources such as light bulbs and heaters.
  • A battery-operated candle or glow-stick is preferred for use in jack-o-lanterns. Use a real candle with extreme caution.
  • Monitor children at all times when lighted candles are in the area.
  • Light candles inside jack-o-lanterns, with long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
  • Place lighted pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Test home smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are working.
  • Warn children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  • Be sure your children know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • If your children are attending a Halloween party away from home, make sure they take note of where exits are and make a planned escape route in case of fire.

If your home or business experiences fire damage due to any kind of fire, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has highly trained technicians who are qualified to do a thorough job of cleanup and restoration of damage due to water, fire, smoke, or mold. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 972-937-1494.

This information and more about fire safety and prevention can be found at www.nfpa.org.

Ennis Red Oak Residents: Being Prepared Can Lessen Risk of Damage from Wildfire

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Texans can always count on late summer to bring extreme heat and drought. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, Texas is currently abnormally dry or under severe drought conditions, and there is a relationship between drought and wildfire episodes. The results of wildfire include not only fire and smoke damage to property or even total loss of property, but also the loss of human and animal life. As with any potential disaster, the best defense is to be informed, exercise precautionary measures, and be prepared in case the worst does happen.

There are several things you can do to prepare for and potentially diminish the risk of damage to your property and to protect your loved ones in the case of a wildfire in your community.

  • Sign up for emergency alerts. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio issue emergency alerts.
  • Be familiar with evacuation routes in your community. Know more than one route, and drive the routes so that you know how to find your way out and to shelter ahead of an emergency. Make a plan for any animals in your care.
  • Gather emergency supplies (a list of supplies that should be ready for any emergency can be found at www.ready.gov/build-a-kit). Be sure to include N95 respirator masks, which will filter out any particles from the air you breathe. Don’t forget any medications for your family and pets.
  • Store important documents in a fireproof safe, and keep a password protected digital copy.
  • Use fire-resistant materials when building, repairing, or renovating.
  • Have an outside water source with hoses that will reach any part of your property.
  • Create a fire-resistant zone around your house. Remove dried leaves, debris, and any flammable materials for at least 30 feet around your house.
  • Review your insurance coverage to ensure it is enough to replace your property in the case of loss.

In the event that you are affected by a fire of any kind, remember that we at SERVPRO of Ennis Red Oak are here to help in the aftermath. Our technicians are trained and equipped to handle cleanup and restoration of fire damage or smoke damage to your home or business so that you can get back to the business of life. Call us at 972-935-0827.

This information regarding how to prepare for a wildfire, as well as information about how to survive during a wildfire and how to be safe afterwards, can be found at www.fema.gov.