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Prevent water damage by paying attention to washing machine load capacity

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides water damage restoration services when an overloaded washing machine causes a water damage disaster.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak is the customer’s choice for tackling fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage restoration. The hustle and bustle of life place heavy time demands on the typical household. One way to return precious time to the schedule is by overloading the washing machine. From start to finish, a load of clothes may take about an hour to wash. Is overloading the washer actually worth it in the long run? The answer is a resounding “No!”

The negative consequences of overloading the washing machine

Exceeding the manufacturer’s recommended load capacity for the washing machine is to be avoided for the sake of the clothes, the appliance, and the plumbing system. Here are several reasons to keep the washer load within the safe limits recommended by the manufacturer.

#1. The appliance will be unable to get the clothes clean

An excessive amount of clothing in the appliance reduces the effectiveness of the agitation action to work the dirt, stains, and grime out of dirty clothing. The washing action is dynamic, not passive. Clothing must be able to move back and forth to help dissolve stains and dislodge grime. The water and detergent need to mix together and then be able to seep into every crevice of clothing. An overloaded drum wastes energy, water, and time.

The downside of an overload is wet, dirty clothes, some of which are caked with undissolved detergent. Running the load through another wash and rinse cycle will not solve the problem.

#2. The washer wears out sooner than specified by the owner’s manual

Agitation generates the friction needed to get clothes clean. An overloaded drum is often unbalanced, causing the washing machine to “walk” during the spin cycle. The stress on the gears, bearings, mounts, and motor wears the unit out very quickly. The impact of the strong forces damages clothing, and the fabric loses its texture. Zippers become tiny saws that grind and pick the material of other garments. Clothing becomes intertwined and tangled. Excessive stretching from the jamming and jarring can ruin sweaters, t-shirts, and yoga pants.

A front-loading washing machine should not be overloaded, either. The clothing will rub against the door and the rubber door seal and become damaged in the process.

#3. The added weight and bulk stress the appliance to its limits

All washing machines have weight and volume capacity. Only so many thick, heavy towels can be effectively cleaned in a single load. Heavy loads put undue stress on the components of the appliance. The suspension will wear out and break down after constant exposure to the burden of an overloaded drum.

Bonus tip: Avoid underloading the appliance. The appliance functions best when load sizes are within the specifications set by the manufacturer. The lighter load causes the machine to be imbalanced. Underloading the washer wastes energy, water, and time.

#4. An overloaded machine can result in serious drainage issues

Appliance experts at Angi.com explain how overloading the washing machine can lead to the infamous missing sock problem, writing, “Over the years, you’ve probably lost a sock or two in the wash. While you’re sure they went in as pairs, one or two left the wash cycle without their partner. No, you’re not crazy; socks, underwear, and other small items can disappear in the wash if you overload it. More specifically, these items can get sucked into the machine’s drain hose and prevent the washer from draining properly.”

What to do if a water damage disaster occurs

The washing machine is a “wet” appliance, meaning a malfunction can often result in a water damage disaster. A typical washing machine can use as much as 19 gallons of water. That much soapy, dirty water on the floor is a nightmare to clean up. If not removed immediately, the water can damage baseboards, flooring, substrate, and carpeting. The soapy water on the slippery floor elevates the risk hazard of a slip-and-fall accident.

The best and safest response is to call the water damage cleanup specialists from SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. A crew of IICRC-certified technicians can be on the scene in about an hour. The team cleans up the disaster by utilizing heavy-duty equipment, state-of-the-art moisture-detecting technology, and advanced cleaning techniques, returning life to normal.

For more information about water damage restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

In 2023, avoid five bad habits that can lead to a fire damage disaster

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains how bad habits in the use, cleaning, and storage of appliances can cause an electrical fire that requires fire and water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak provides fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage restoration 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. Crews can be on the scene in about an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Some property damage disasters are completely avoidable with a few changes in how appliances are used, cleaned, and stored. Other property damage disasters are unavoidable, such as storm damage and flooding.

Nearly 1,000 housefires a day are reported in the United States. Many of these fires could have been prevented by following fire prevention practices. Many of these fires are related to electrical issues and the use and care of electrical appliances. By establishing and practicing these fire prevention strategies, lives can be saved, and property damage can be prevented.

Avoid the following five common bad habits to make the home a safe, fire-free environment for family and friends:

#1. Leaving an electrical appliance on or operating while unattended

Although most home appliances can safely operate without being constantly monitored or adjusted by the operator, people should still be present in the home when appliances are in use. Leaving the house while the dishwasher is running can be very risky. The homeowner who runs the dishwasher or the washing machine while asleep may wake up the next morning to find a flooded kitchen or laundry room.

A dryer left running while everyone is out shopping, playing golf, or at the movies could cause a fire damage disaster. If time does not allow for the completion of a drying cycle, the safest solution is to not start drying in the first place. Interrupting a load of clothes during a heat cycle while the dryer is hot can result in a fire. One safe option is to run a short cycle and partially dry the clothes. Hang up the clothes until later when time allows for the clothes to be completely dried. An article or two of clothing needed for the next day can be dried in a short cycle for light loads. How hot does a residential clothes dryer get? The average residential dryer reaches temperatures between 125 degrees and 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safety is the best policy when washing clothes. Operate the washing machine only when someone is home and can turn off the appliance should a supply line burst or a leak erupts inside the machine.

#2. Neglecting to defrost the freezer

Freezers that are not frost-free should be defrosted at least once a year. A freezer free of frost will run more efficiently, use less energy, and save the homeowner money. The appliance will also have a longer lifespan. An overworked freezer can be a fire risk.

Before defrosting, make sure the appliance is turned off and unplugged. Place several bowls of hot tap water inside the appliance to loosen the ice. Lay towels on the floor around the freezer to catch any spillage or leakage from the defrosting process. Avoid using a hair dryer to defrost the freezer, as this may cause electrical shock or cause the hair dryer to overheat.

#3. Allowing grease and grime to accumulate on an oven or grill

The buildup of fat and grease around the stove eyes, on the hood, and inside the exhaust fan and vent pipe creates a fire hazard. After cooking an item in the oven, place an oven-safe bowl of water inside the hot oven for at least 18 to 20 minutes. Steam from the bowl of water will soften and loosen grime and grease. When the unit cools, wipe away the residue. Make sure the stove and oven are completely off before wiping.

#4. Not allowing an appliance to cool before wrapping the power cord around it

A hotplate, griddle, waffle iron, or electric grill gets hot enough to melt or damage the outer insulation of the electrical cord for the device. Allow fifteen minutes for the appliance to cool before storing it on a shelf or in a cabinet. Safely wrap the cord around the device only after the appliance has completely cooled.

#5. Placing items on top of the microwave

The habit of storing items on top of the microwave can have serious consequences. If exhaust vents are blocked or the airflow is impeded, the unit can overheat and possibly catch fire. Re-arrange the counter or cabinets to accommodate the items previously stored on top of the microwave. The increased safety is worth the extra effort.

By putting off a few bad habits, the home can be much safer and less likely to suffer a fire, smoke, and water damage disaster. If the worst scenario happens, contact the property damage professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak.

To learn more about water damage restoration services in Emhouse, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. The damage restoration company can also be contacted by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

In 2023, avoid five bad habits that can lead to a fire damage disaster

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains how bad habits in the use, cleaning, and storage of appliances can cause an electrical fire that requires fire and water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak provides fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage restoration 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. Crews can be on the scene in about an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Some property damage disasters are completely avoidable with a few changes in how appliances are used, cleaned, and stored. Other property damage disasters are unavoidable, such as storm damage and flooding.

Nearly 1,000 housefires a day are reported in the United States. Many of these fires could have been prevented by following fire prevention practices. Many of these fires are related to electrical issues and the use and care of electrical appliances. By establishing and practicing these fire prevention strategies, lives can be saved, and property damage can be prevented.

Avoid the following five common bad habits to make the home a safe, fire-free environment for family and friends:

#1. Leaving an electrical appliance on or operating while unattended

Although most home appliances can safely operate without being constantly monitored or adjusted by the operator, people should still be present in the home when appliances are in use. Leaving the house while the dishwasher is running can be very risky. The homeowner who runs the dishwasher or the washing machine while asleep may wake up the next morning to find a flooded kitchen or laundry room.

A dryer left running while everyone is out shopping, playing golf, or at the movies could cause a fire damage disaster. If time does not allow for the completion of a drying cycle, the safest solution is to not start drying in the first place. Interrupting a load of clothes during a heat cycle while the dryer is hot can result in a fire. One safe option is to run a short cycle and partially dry the clothes. Hang up the clothes until later when time allows for the clothes to be completely dried. An article or two of clothing needed for the next day can be dried in a short cycle for light loads. How hot does a residential clothes dryer get? The average residential dryer reaches temperatures between 125 degrees and 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safety is the best policy when washing clothes. Operate the washing machine only when someone is home and can turn off the appliance should a supply line burst or a leak erupts inside the machine.

#2. Neglecting to defrost the freezer

Freezers that are not frost-free should be defrosted at least once a year. A freezer free of frost will run more efficiently, use less energy, and save the homeowner money. The appliance will also have a longer lifespan. An overworked freezer can be a fire risk.

Before defrosting, make sure the appliance is turned off and unplugged. Place several bowls of hot tap water inside the appliance to loosen the ice. Lay towels on the floor around the freezer to catch any spillage or leakage from the defrosting process. Avoid using a hair dryer to defrost the freezer, as this may cause electrical shock or cause the hair dryer to overheat.

#3. Allowing grease and grime to accumulate on an oven or grill

The buildup of fat and grease around the stove eyes, on the hood, and inside the exhaust fan and vent pipe creates a fire hazard. After cooking an item in the oven, place an oven-safe bowl of water inside the hot oven for at least 18 to 20 minutes. Steam from the bowl of water will soften and loosen grime and grease. When the unit cools, wipe away the residue. Make sure the stove and oven are completely off before wiping.

#4. Not allowing an appliance to cool before wrapping the power cord around it

A hotplate, griddle, waffle iron, or electric grill gets hot enough to melt or damage the outer insulation of the electrical cord for the device. Allow fifteen minutes for the appliance to cool before storing it on a shelf or in a cabinet. Safely wrap the cord around the device only after the appliance has completely cooled.

#5. Placing items on top of the microwave

The habit of storing items on top of the microwave can have serious consequences. If exhaust vents are blocked or the airflow is impeded, the unit can overheat and possibly catch fire. Re-arrange the counter or cabinets to accommodate the items previously stored on top of the microwave. The increased safety is worth the extra effort.

By putting off a few bad habits, the home can be much safer and less likely to suffer a fire, smoke, and water damage disaster. If the worst scenario happens, contact the property damage professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak.

To learn more about water damage restoration services in Emhouse, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. The damage restoration company can also be contacted by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

What homeowners should expect when a roof leak causes water damage to the home

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak highlights six ways a homeowner can expect a roof leak to damage a home.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the team of professionals to call for water damage restoration and other property damage cleanup and restoration services. What might seem like a small amount of damage can actually create more significant problems that require knowledge, experience, the right equipment, and advanced cleaning techniques and products to clean up and restore.

Water damage from a roof leak

A roof leak not only creates a mess but also compromises the structural integrity of the home or business. Any property damage disaster, even a minor roof leak, is complex, often requiring a multi-faceted approach to cleanup and restoration.

If left unresolved, a roof leak can create a cascade of damaging effects from the ridge vent at the top of the roof to the foundation of the structure. An understanding of what the severe impact a roof leak can have is strong motivation to identify and repair the problem in its earliest stages. Procrastination can be catastrophic in its consequences when a leaky roof is involved. Below are some of the effects to expect when the roof leaks.

Causes of a roof leak

A roof leak can occur for many reasons, including the following:

  • The ridge vent may let out hot air from the attic but fail to keep out water due to age, storm damage, or inferior installation.
  • The boots around the vents will crack and leak over time.
  • Skylights are notorious for leaking.
  • High winds and hail may have damaged the flashing around the chimney.
  • An aging chimney can wick water into the home through the mortar in the bricks.
  • The foundation may shift and cause leaks around the chimney.
  • A branch may fall on the roof, puncturing the shingles and sheathing.
  • Clogged gutters can back up, flooding the attic with water.

1. Expect damage in the attic and to the ceiling

When the roof leaks, the first point of damage is the roof itself. Sheathing, the plywood or OSB board that covers the rafters and to which the shingles are attached, will warp and rot if the leak is not resolved. Roof leaks are hard to source because the water may travel long distances along rafters. The support beams can warp and rot. Once in the attic, the water can damage boxes, clothes, furniture, and other contents. The roof may leak only when there is moisture or precipitation. Inspect the attic when it is raining or during snowmelt. Listen for the sound of dripping water. Look for stains, and watermarks on the rafters and any flooring in the attic. A moldy, musty, mildewy smell indicates the presence of water or excessively high moisture levels in the attic and the possible presence of mold.

Any insulation in the roof and attic can sustain serious damage upon becoming wet or water-logged. Wet insulation will clump and compress. In this state, the product loses much of its insulating property. The result is higher energy costs during the hot Texas summers and cold winters. Inspect the roof, attic, and insulation on a seasonal basis and after any major weather events. Identify any leaks and resolve the issues before the leaks increase and the damage escalates. Delays in repairing known water leaks and water damage can influence an insurance claims settlement.

2. Expect mold and mildew problems

A water intrusion through the roof provides the moisture that mold and mildew need to thrive. The attic is already warm, dark, and full of organic material (wood, paper, fabric). A roof leak introduces water into the equation, making a perfect environment for a mold infestation. Mold spores can infiltrate the entire structure through the HVAC system, causing further damage. A mold infestation can be avoided with quick action to stop the leak, remove any excess water, and dry out the insulation. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can take care of the water damage cleanup process, including mold mitigation.

3. Expect drywall to warp and sag

Drywall is a common building product used in many homes. When exposed to water and moisture, drywall will warp, sag, and eventually fall apart. The water intrusion must be stopped before the drywall has to be repaired.

4. Expect potential fire hazards

The attic and walls contain electrical wiring and outlets. The introduction of water into the electrical system of a home elevates the risk of fire. Have a licensed roofing contractor resolve any roof leaks. If the source of the water is a leaking pipe or sewage backup, have a reputable plumber address the problem. Hire an electrician to inspect any wiring and electrical outlets affected by the water intrusion.

5. Expect surfaces to be slippery

Water and moisture in the home make the floor slippery, creating a slip-and-fall hazard. Mop up the water and dry the surface with a fan. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels in the home. Identify the source of the water and stop the leak at its source.

6. Expect the overall structural integrity of the home to be compromised

Wood rot, warping timbers, and compromised flooring substrate weaken a home. Moisture around the foundation from overflowing gutters, disconnected downspouts, and poor grading can be catastrophic. The homeowner or property manager who fails to immediately resolve a roof leak should expect the leak to impact the overall structural integrity of the home or business.

When a water damage disaster occurs, secure the services of a reputable, locally owned and operated property damage cleanup and restoration company to remove the excess water, dry out the structure with heavy-duty dehumidifiers, and clean, disinfect, and sanitize affected areas. 

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. A crew of IICRC-certified can be on-scene in about an hour. The rapid response and quick cleanup reduce the likelihood of advanced secondary damage such as mold, mildew, and wood rot. The SERVPRO staff can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.

To learn more about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

What homeowners should expect when a roof leak causes water damage to the home

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak highlights six ways a homeowner can expect a roof leak to damage a home.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the team of professionals to call for water damage restoration and other property damage cleanup and restoration services. What might seem like a small amount of damage can actually create more significant problems that require knowledge, experience, the right equipment, and advanced cleaning techniques and products to clean up and restore.

Water damage from a roof leak

A roof leak not only creates a mess but also compromises the structural integrity of the home or business. Any property damage disaster, even a minor roof leak, is complex, often requiring a multi-faceted approach to cleanup and restoration.

If left unresolved, a roof leak can create a cascade of damaging effects from the ridge vent at the top of the roof to the foundation of the structure. An understanding of what the severe impact a roof leak can have is strong motivation to identify and repair the problem in its earliest stages. Procrastination can be catastrophic in its consequences when a leaky roof is involved. Below are some of the effects to expect when the roof leaks.

Causes of a roof leak

A roof leak can occur for many reasons, including the following:

  • The ridge vent may let out hot air from the attic but fail to keep out water due to age, storm damage, or inferior installation.
  • The boots around the vents will crack and leak over time.
  • Skylights are notorious for leaking.
  • High winds and hail may have damaged the flashing around the chimney.
  • An aging chimney can wick water into the home through the mortar in the bricks.
  • The foundation may shift and cause leaks around the chimney.
  • A branch may fall on the roof, puncturing the shingles and sheathing.
  • Clogged gutters can back up, flooding the attic with water.

1. Expect damage in the attic and to the ceiling

When the roof leaks, the first point of damage is the roof itself. Sheathing, the plywood or OSB board that covers the rafters and to which the shingles are attached, will warp and rot if the leak is not resolved. Roof leaks are hard to source because the water may travel long distances along rafters. The support beams can warp and rot. Once in the attic, the water can damage boxes, clothes, furniture, and other contents. The roof may leak only when there is moisture or precipitation. Inspect the attic when it is raining or during snowmelt. Listen for the sound of dripping water. Look for stains, and watermarks on the rafters and any flooring in the attic. A moldy, musty, mildewy smell indicates the presence of water or excessively high moisture levels in the attic and the possible presence of mold.

Any insulation in the roof and attic can sustain serious damage upon becoming wet or water-logged. Wet insulation will clump and compress. In this state, the product loses much of its insulating property. The result is higher energy costs during the hot Texas summers and cold winters. Inspect the roof, attic, and insulation on a seasonal basis and after any major weather events. Identify any leaks and resolve the issues before the leaks increase and the damage escalates. Delays in repairing known water leaks and water damage can influence an insurance claims settlement.

2. Expect mold and mildew problems

A water intrusion through the roof provides the moisture that mold and mildew need to thrive. The attic is already warm, dark, and full of organic material (wood, paper, fabric). A roof leak introduces water into the equation, making a perfect environment for a mold infestation. Mold spores can infiltrate the entire structure through the HVAC system, causing further damage. A mold infestation can be avoided with quick action to stop the leak, remove any excess water, and dry out the insulation. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can take care of the water damage cleanup process, including mold mitigation.

3. Expect drywall to warp and sag

Drywall is a common building product used in many homes. When exposed to water and moisture, drywall will warp, sag, and eventually fall apart. The water intrusion must be stopped before the drywall has to be repaired.

4. Expect potential fire hazards

The attic and walls contain electrical wiring and outlets. The introduction of water into the electrical system of a home elevates the risk of fire. Have a licensed roofing contractor resolve any roof leaks. If the source of the water is a leaking pipe or sewage backup, have a reputable plumber address the problem. Hire an electrician to inspect any wiring and electrical outlets affected by the water intrusion.

5. Expect surfaces to be slippery

Water and moisture in the home make the floor slippery, creating a slip-and-fall hazard. Mop up the water and dry the surface with a fan. Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels in the home. Identify the source of the water and stop the leak at its source.

6. Expect the overall structural integrity of the home to be compromised

Wood rot, warping timbers, and compromised flooring substrate weaken a home. Moisture around the foundation from overflowing gutters, disconnected downspouts, and poor grading can be catastrophic. The homeowner or property manager who fails to immediately resolve a roof leak should expect the leak to impact the overall structural integrity of the home or business.

When a water damage disaster occurs, secure the services of a reputable, locally owned and operated property damage cleanup and restoration company to remove the excess water, dry out the structure with heavy-duty dehumidifiers, and clean, disinfect, and sanitize affected areas. 

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. A crew of IICRC-certified can be on-scene in about an hour. The rapid response and quick cleanup reduce the likelihood of advanced secondary damage such as mold, mildew, and wood rot. The SERVPRO staff can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.

To learn more about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Four common ways that floodwaters cause damage to homes

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When flooding damages homes in Corsicana, TX, homeowners can turn to SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak to clean up the water intrusion, remediate the damage, and restore the structure.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the customer’s choice for flood restoration services. A flood is a powerful event that can cause extensive damage to a home or business. Many homes are at risk of flooding. A local river or stream could overflow its banks, or a stalled thunderstorm could cause localized flooding involving only a few houses. The remnants of a hurricane may dump nearly a foot or more of rain in a region that rarely experiences more than an inch or two of rain at a time. The flooding may affect only the garage. A home in a low-lying area may be slowly engulfed by rising waters that fill the structure with only an inch or two of water. In a worst-case scenario, the house could be inundated by several feet of water, causing extensive water damage.

Floodwater differs from water from a burst supply line to the washing machine. Water from the supply line is clean, but floodwater is contaminated with sediment, soil, chemicals, pathogens, and raw sewage. Damage caused by floodwaters creates a complex disaster scene. The cleanup and restoration process is more complicated than removing the water with powerful wet-dry vacuums, eliminating the remaining moisture with industrial-strength dehumidifiers, and replacing unsalvageable flooring. The homeowner must understand the home damage a flood can inflict so that they can be prepared by taking the appropriate steps to protect their property.

How can a flood damage a home?

A flood is a very powerful force that can wreck a home. When flooding occurs, take the following precautions before ever entering a flood-damaged structure:

  • Conduct a visual inspection of the exterior of the home for structural damage.
  • Watch out for downed power lines, broken tree limbs that might have damaged the roof, or hanging limbs that might fall to the ground in a gust of wind.
  • Do a sniff test for gas leaks.
  • If the home had to be evacuated due to the flooding, enter the structure only if it is absolutely safe to do so.

Common examples of flood damage

Flood damage impacts the entire home. The list below addresses some of the most common examples of flood damage:

  • Mold and mildew infestation
  • Appliance damage
  • Electrical and structural damage
  • Septic and well water systems

Mold and mildew

Warmth, moisture, and organic matter such as wood, drywall, clothing, paper, and insulation are abundant during and after a flood. Within 24 to 48 hours, mold and mildew can gain a foothold. By the time the homeowner spots blotches of mold, the infestation is in process. The growth of mold and mildew can be slowed or prevented by removing excess water from the home and running dehumidifiers to dry out the structure. The safest and quickest way to deal with mold and mildew is to hire a team of IICRC-certified flood damage and water damage professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. They have the powerful equipment needed to remove the water and moisture from the flooded structure. Flood water is filled with pathogens, chemicals, and raw sewage. Delays can lead to advanced secondary damage, including a structure-wide mold and mildew infestation. Due to flooding, the power grid may be down for days or weeks, but the SERVPRO team is prepared with generators to power the cleanup and restoration project.

Appliance damage

Floodwaters can compromise the HVAC system, water heater, refrigerator, and other household appliances. Protect appliances from further damage by shutting off the power at the main breaker. Use the device only after a certified electrician has approved the structure. Do not operate any appliances, including the HVAC system, until the appliances have been properly cleaned, restored, and inspected by reputable professionals.

Structural and electrical damage

Buckled or loose roof sheathing and cracks in the foundation are signs of structural flood damage. Electrical wiring may be frayed. Avoid contact with electrical wiring, outlets, switches, and appliances while standing in water or wearing wet clothes.

Damage to septic and well water systems

During a flood, the septic tank filter may clog with debris from the intake of contaminated floodwater. Schedule an inspection as soon as possible after a flood. Materials carried by the floodwaters can flow into wells, contaminating the well water with sediments, organic debris, and raw sewage. Ensure that the well water is tested and treated before drinking.

For more information about commercial and residential flood restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Four common ways that floodwaters cause damage to homes

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When flooding damages homes in Corsicana, TX, homeowners can turn to SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak to clean up the water intrusion, remediate the damage, and restore the structure.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the customer’s choice for flood restoration services. A flood is a powerful event that can cause extensive damage to a home or business. Many homes are at risk of flooding. A local river or stream could overflow its banks, or a stalled thunderstorm could cause localized flooding involving only a few houses. The remnants of a hurricane may dump nearly a foot or more of rain in a region that rarely experiences more than an inch or two of rain at a time. The flooding may affect only the garage. A home in a low-lying area may be slowly engulfed by rising waters that fill the structure with only an inch or two of water. In a worst-case scenario, the house could be inundated by several feet of water, causing extensive water damage.

Floodwater differs from water from a burst supply line to the washing machine. Water from the supply line is clean, but floodwater is contaminated with sediment, soil, chemicals, pathogens, and raw sewage. Damage caused by floodwaters creates a complex disaster scene. The cleanup and restoration process is more complicated than removing the water with powerful wet-dry vacuums, eliminating the remaining moisture with industrial-strength dehumidifiers, and replacing unsalvageable flooring. The homeowner must understand the home damage a flood can inflict so that they can be prepared by taking the appropriate steps to protect their property.

How can a flood damage a home?

A flood is a very powerful force that can wreck a home. When flooding occurs, take the following precautions before ever entering a flood-damaged structure:

  • Conduct a visual inspection of the exterior of the home for structural damage.
  • Watch out for downed power lines, broken tree limbs that might have damaged the roof, or hanging limbs that might fall to the ground in a gust of wind.
  • Do a sniff test for gas leaks.
  • If the home had to be evacuated due to the flooding, enter the structure only if it is absolutely safe to do so.

Common examples of flood damage

Flood damage impacts the entire home. The list below addresses some of the most common examples of flood damage:

  • Mold and mildew infestation
  • Appliance damage
  • Electrical and structural damage
  • Septic and well water systems

Mold and mildew

Warmth, moisture, and organic matter such as wood, drywall, clothing, paper, and insulation are abundant during and after a flood. Within 24 to 48 hours, mold and mildew can gain a foothold. By the time the homeowner spots blotches of mold, the infestation is in process. The growth of mold and mildew can be slowed or prevented by removing excess water from the home and running dehumidifiers to dry out the structure. The safest and quickest way to deal with mold and mildew is to hire a team of IICRC-certified flood damage and water damage professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. They have the powerful equipment needed to remove the water and moisture from the flooded structure. Flood water is filled with pathogens, chemicals, and raw sewage. Delays can lead to advanced secondary damage, including a structure-wide mold and mildew infestation. Due to flooding, the power grid may be down for days or weeks, but the SERVPRO team is prepared with generators to power the cleanup and restoration project.

Appliance damage

Floodwaters can compromise the HVAC system, water heater, refrigerator, and other household appliances. Protect appliances from further damage by shutting off the power at the main breaker. Use the device only after a certified electrician has approved the structure. Do not operate any appliances, including the HVAC system, until the appliances have been properly cleaned, restored, and inspected by reputable professionals.

Structural and electrical damage

Buckled or loose roof sheathing and cracks in the foundation are signs of structural flood damage. Electrical wiring may be frayed. Avoid contact with electrical wiring, outlets, switches, and appliances while standing in water or wearing wet clothes.

Damage to septic and well water systems

During a flood, the septic tank filter may clog with debris from the intake of contaminated floodwater. Schedule an inspection as soon as possible after a flood. Materials carried by the floodwaters can flow into wells, contaminating the well water with sediments, organic debris, and raw sewage. Ensure that the well water is tested and treated before drinking.

For more information about commercial and residential flood restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Workplace fire prevention strategies to avoid a fire damage disaster at Corsicana, TX, businesses

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak helps office complexes, businesses, and commercial facilities recover from a fire damage disaster.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak is a trusted, reliable choice when it comes to fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, and water removal and restoration in the workplace. Fire prevention in the workplace should be a top-of-mind priority for the business owner or manager. A workplace fire is not an everyday occurrence, but the exercise of fire prevention strategies in the workplace is and should be a part of the regular daily routine. Fire prevention strategies designated training sessions, and scheduled and unscheduled practice and drilling can dramatically reduce the risk of a workplace fire and the potential for employee injury or death. A small workplace fire can cause a large disruption in normal business operations, putting the future of the business in peril. The business owner and manager should view a workplace fire prevention plan as an investment in the future of the business.

A proactive fire prevention strategy benefits a business in the following ways:

  • It limits liability and the likelihood of litigation.
  • It ensures employee health and safety in the workplace.
  • It minimizes potential property damage that would result from a fire.

Best practices for fire prevention in the workplace

Fire prevention is the best strategy to protect a business from a fire damage disaster. Follow these strategies that aim to prevent the first spark from ever igniting. Some areas in the workplace have a higher risk hazard of fire. These areas deserve special attention.

Fire prevention in the break room and kitchen area

Fire-related incidents in the workplace are often associated with the kitchen area or breakroom. The kitchen has a high concentration of appliances, such as a microwave, a standard oven, a coffee maker, a toaster oven, a waffle iron, and a hot plate. Distractions in the kitchen area of the workplace are similar to distractions in the kitchen area of the home. An urgent phone call, an intense business meeting around the breakroom table, or a flurry of texts from a vendor or customer can lead to more than burnt toast or a charred sandwich.

The following fire-prevention strategies can keep the kitchen area safe from fire:

  • When not in use, appliances should be unplugged. This powerful fire prevention strategy should be both a habit and a policy.
  • Keep combustibles away from heat-producing appliances such as toasters, countertop ovens, and electric kettles.
  • A fire extinguisher should be mounted in a location that is easily accessible.

Fire prevention in and around the office

The office area has its share of electrical appliances, machines, and electronics, each with its own fire risk. Closely inspect the office for common fire hazards. Follow these tips for a safer work environment around the office.

  • Modernize the fleet of copiers, fax machines, computers, monitors, projectors, and paper shredders. Wear and age can compromise the safety of these workhorse machines. Old or damaged wiring needs immediate replacement. An arc or spark can smolder for hours, only to flame up in the evening or on the weekend.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Never plug space heaters or other energy-heavy devices into a power strip. Instead, plug the appliances into a grounded outlet.

How to prepare for fire emergencies in the workplace

Once a fire starts in the workplace, the clock starts ticking, shrinking the amount of time available to extinguish the fire or to escape safely. The response should be automatic and reactive. A workspace can fill with smoke and be depleted of oxygen in less time than it takes to safely make it to the door. There is no time for even the slightest delay. A business needs to have a solid, well-constructed emergency fire preparedness plan. Every employee, including onsite vendors and contractors, should know the plan and be able to execute it without error. The key to success is practice and drill. Familiarity with prevention and escape protocols reduces stress and anxiety and increases performance when seconds make the difference between life and death.

Sound the alarm with smoke alarms

The first line of defense against a fire damage disaster is a battery of functioning smoke alarms. Smoke is usually the first sign of a fire. By the time flames are visible, the situation could be out of hand, and a safe escape may be very risky, if not impossible. Smoke alarms should be well-placed and well-maintained.

  • Smoke alarms should have a power supply and a battery backup.
  • Test all smoke alarms monthly.
  • Regularly inspect and test all sprinklers and other suppression systems.
  • Carefully document inspections, tests, and maintenance.

When a fire breaks out, know how to get out!

Create an evacuation plan with multiple escape routes. Post routes around the facility. Exits should be clearly marked and kept free of debris, equipment, and product. Frequent drills are the key to success. Familiarity with the evacuation plan will foster a calm, safe, yet swift evacuation.

A fire in the workplace often involves three components: fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage. This complex disaster scene requires the right equipment, PPG, high-level training and expertise, and advanced cleaning techniques. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides businesses with a rapid response and a quick cleanup and restoration process, so business operations can return to normal sooner rather than later.

Contact SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak to learn more about commercial water removal services in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Workplace fire prevention strategies to avoid a fire damage disaster at Corsicana, TX, businesses

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak helps office complexes, businesses, and commercial facilities recover from a fire damage disaster.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak is a trusted, reliable choice when it comes to fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, and water removal and restoration in the workplace. Fire prevention in the workplace should be a top-of-mind priority for the business owner or manager. A workplace fire is not an everyday occurrence, but the exercise of fire prevention strategies in the workplace is and should be a part of the regular daily routine. Fire prevention strategies designated training sessions, and scheduled and unscheduled practice and drilling can dramatically reduce the risk of a workplace fire and the potential for employee injury or death. A small workplace fire can cause a large disruption in normal business operations, putting the future of the business in peril. The business owner and manager should view a workplace fire prevention plan as an investment in the future of the business.

A proactive fire prevention strategy benefits a business in the following ways:

  • It limits liability and the likelihood of litigation.
  • It ensures employee health and safety in the workplace.
  • It minimizes potential property damage that would result from a fire.

Best practices for fire prevention in the workplace

Fire prevention is the best strategy to protect a business from a fire damage disaster. Follow these strategies that aim to prevent the first spark from ever igniting. Some areas in the workplace have a higher risk hazard of fire. These areas deserve special attention.

Fire prevention in the break room and kitchen area

Fire-related incidents in the workplace are often associated with the kitchen area or breakroom. The kitchen has a high concentration of appliances, such as a microwave, a standard oven, a coffee maker, a toaster oven, a waffle iron, and a hot plate. Distractions in the kitchen area of the workplace are similar to distractions in the kitchen area of the home. An urgent phone call, an intense business meeting around the breakroom table, or a flurry of texts from a vendor or customer can lead to more than burnt toast or a charred sandwich.

The following fire-prevention strategies can keep the kitchen area safe from fire:

  • When not in use, appliances should be unplugged. This powerful fire prevention strategy should be both a habit and a policy.
  • Keep combustibles away from heat-producing appliances such as toasters, countertop ovens, and electric kettles.
  • A fire extinguisher should be mounted in a location that is easily accessible.

Fire prevention in and around the office

The office area has its share of electrical appliances, machines, and electronics, each with its own fire risk. Closely inspect the office for common fire hazards. Follow these tips for a safer work environment around the office.

  • Modernize the fleet of copiers, fax machines, computers, monitors, projectors, and paper shredders. Wear and age can compromise the safety of these workhorse machines. Old or damaged wiring needs immediate replacement. An arc or spark can smolder for hours, only to flame up in the evening or on the weekend.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Never plug space heaters or other energy-heavy devices into a power strip. Instead, plug the appliances into a grounded outlet.

How to prepare for fire emergencies in the workplace

Once a fire starts in the workplace, the clock starts ticking, shrinking the amount of time available to extinguish the fire or to escape safely. The response should be automatic and reactive. A workspace can fill with smoke and be depleted of oxygen in less time than it takes to safely make it to the door. There is no time for even the slightest delay. A business needs to have a solid, well-constructed emergency fire preparedness plan. Every employee, including onsite vendors and contractors, should know the plan and be able to execute it without error. The key to success is practice and drill. Familiarity with prevention and escape protocols reduces stress and anxiety and increases performance when seconds make the difference between life and death.

Sound the alarm with smoke alarms

The first line of defense against a fire damage disaster is a battery of functioning smoke alarms. Smoke is usually the first sign of a fire. By the time flames are visible, the situation could be out of hand, and a safe escape may be very risky, if not impossible. Smoke alarms should be well-placed and well-maintained.

  • Smoke alarms should have a power supply and a battery backup.
  • Test all smoke alarms monthly.
  • Regularly inspect and test all sprinklers and other suppression systems.
  • Carefully document inspections, tests, and maintenance.

When a fire breaks out, know how to get out!

Create an evacuation plan with multiple escape routes. Post routes around the facility. Exits should be clearly marked and kept free of debris, equipment, and product. Frequent drills are the key to success. Familiarity with the evacuation plan will foster a calm, safe, yet swift evacuation.

A fire in the workplace often involves three components: fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage. This complex disaster scene requires the right equipment, PPG, high-level training and expertise, and advanced cleaning techniques. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides businesses with a rapid response and a quick cleanup and restoration process, so business operations can return to normal sooner rather than later.

Contact SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak to learn more about commercial water removal services in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Flood Restoration Services for Homes That Have Suffered Water Damage and Structural Damage

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides a seven-point checklist to help homeowners determine if their house has suffered structural damage after a flood.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7 to provide flood restoration services when disaster strikes. Flooding can devastate a home. Too often, some aspects of the damage escape attention until much later. A thorough inspection of the structure to identify the extent of the damage needs to be conducted in the aftermath of the flooding. Damage usually occurs to either the foundation, the structure resting on the foundation, or both.

Homeowners and prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with the dynamic forces causing the damage. This information will ensure the scope of the inspection will identify flood damage. Flood water moving at a speed of 10 miles per hour can exert the same pressure as a gust of wind blowing at 270 miles per hour. The effects of this dynamic force can cause serious structural damage to a home or other structures.

A checklist to identify structural damage

#1. Inspect the home for damage to the framing structure.

When a house has encountered flood waters, support beams and framing timbers may be affected. The structural integrity may be compromised. The inspection begins by observing the structure from a distance of about 50 to 100 feet. Visually inspect all four sides of the home. The structure may be fully intact. However, the flood waters may have altered the soundness of the structure, thus weakening its overall strength. Consider the following important questions:

  • Does the house appear to be out of kilter? Is it leaning or tilting to the degree it is noticeable?
  • Have large sections of the structure been ripped away or broken?
  • Does the home appear to be squarely positioned on the foundation?
  • Has the house partially shifted off its foundation?

Large-scale misalignments signal trouble with the integrity and strength of the building affected by flood waters.

#2. Look for damage to the roof.

Visible signs of sagging or bowing on the roof are warning signs of a lack of structural integrity in the support beams in the attic or of warping of roof sheathing from exposure to moisture. If the roof has undulations or waves, all is not well under the shingles. Look for new lumps on the roof. Step far away enough from the home to be able to see if any portions of the roofing are missing or rolled up like a rug. Are shingles, pieces of plywood, or strips of underlayment strewn across the yard in hanging bushes and shrubs? When a home has been exposed to the dynamic forces of a flood, rafters and trusses in the attic can crack, splinter, or break. If flood waters were intense, venturing into the attic could be dangerous.

#3. Pay close attention to the fireplace and chimney.

  • If the fireplace or chimney leans or has a bow, structural damage may be the cause.
  • Look for gaps where the chimney has separated from the side of the house.
  • Pay special attention to any cracked bricks, broken stones, or loose material.
  • Inspect the base of the chimney for a concentration of displaced mortar, shards of brick, or unexplained rocks or stones.

#4. Examine exterior walls.

Exterior walls tell a story. Warping, bowing, cracks, and ripples in the walls indicate stress from a flood dynamic. Corners should be vertical and straight. Is the wall attached to the roof? Is the wall seated securely on the foundation?

#5. Give special consideration to ceilings and floors.

  • If the floors or ceilings sag or droop, it does not bode well for the home.
  • Soft, spongy floors underfoot indicate water damage.
  • Warping, sloping, or bowing that is new is a sign of flood damage.

#6. Include windows and doors in the inspection.

Look closely for gaps at the doors and windows. Windows and doors that stick or fail to open or close hint at structural damage from flooding or excess water. Test self-opening doors and windows for functionality. Scraping or dragging indicates a problem.

#7. The basement may hold many clues to the extent of water damage.

Be sure to use a flashlight when inspecting the basement. The lighting may be inadequate, resulting in shadows and glare, which makes spotting evidence of damage very difficult.

Look for:

  • Cracks, bows, or waves in the walls
  • Concave or convex shapes in the basement walls
  • Bowing, cracking, or twisting of any beam or posts that are providing support to the floor above

This checklist will help homeowners identify structural damage from floodwater. When disaster strikes, turn to the professionals at SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak for assistance. Certified technicians bring state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning techniques to every challenging situation.

For more information about flooding and water damage restoration services, residential and commercial property damage cleanup and restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Flood Restoration Services for Homes That Have Suffered Water Damage and Structural Damage

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides a seven-point checklist to help homeowners determine if their house has suffered structural damage after a flood.

SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7 to provide flood restoration services when disaster strikes. Flooding can devastate a home. Too often, some aspects of the damage escape attention until much later. A thorough inspection of the structure to identify the extent of the damage needs to be conducted in the aftermath of the flooding. Damage usually occurs to either the foundation, the structure resting on the foundation, or both.

Homeowners and prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with the dynamic forces causing the damage. This information will ensure the scope of the inspection will identify flood damage. Flood water moving at a speed of 10 miles per hour can exert the same pressure as a gust of wind blowing at 270 miles per hour. The effects of this dynamic force can cause serious structural damage to a home or other structures.

A checklist to identify structural damage

#1. Inspect the home for damage to the framing structure.

When a house has encountered flood waters, support beams and framing timbers may be affected. The structural integrity may be compromised. The inspection begins by observing the structure from a distance of about 50 to 100 feet. Visually inspect all four sides of the home. The structure may be fully intact. However, the flood waters may have altered the soundness of the structure, thus weakening its overall strength. Consider the following important questions:

  • Does the house appear to be out of kilter? Is it leaning or tilting to the degree it is noticeable?
  • Have large sections of the structure been ripped away or broken?
  • Does the home appear to be squarely positioned on the foundation?
  • Has the house partially shifted off its foundation?

Large-scale misalignments signal trouble with the integrity and strength of the building affected by flood waters.

#2. Look for damage to the roof.

Visible signs of sagging or bowing on the roof are warning signs of a lack of structural integrity in the support beams in the attic or of warping of roof sheathing from exposure to moisture. If the roof has undulations or waves, all is not well under the shingles. Look for new lumps on the roof. Step far away enough from the home to be able to see if any portions of the roofing are missing or rolled up like a rug. Are shingles, pieces of plywood, or strips of underlayment strewn across the yard in hanging bushes and shrubs? When a home has been exposed to the dynamic forces of a flood, rafters and trusses in the attic can crack, splinter, or break. If flood waters were intense, venturing into the attic could be dangerous.

#3. Pay close attention to the fireplace and chimney.

  • If the fireplace or chimney leans or has a bow, structural damage may be the cause.
  • Look for gaps where the chimney has separated from the side of the house.
  • Pay special attention to any cracked bricks, broken stones, or loose material.
  • Inspect the base of the chimney for a concentration of displaced mortar, shards of brick, or unexplained rocks or stones.

#4. Examine exterior walls.

Exterior walls tell a story. Warping, bowing, cracks, and ripples in the walls indicate stress from a flood dynamic. Corners should be vertical and straight. Is the wall attached to the roof? Is the wall seated securely on the foundation?

#5. Give special consideration to ceilings and floors.

  • If the floors or ceilings sag or droop, it does not bode well for the home.
  • Soft, spongy floors underfoot indicate water damage.
  • Warping, sloping, or bowing that is new is a sign of flood damage.

#6. Include windows and doors in the inspection.

Look closely for gaps at the doors and windows. Windows and doors that stick or fail to open or close hint at structural damage from flooding or excess water. Test self-opening doors and windows for functionality. Scraping or dragging indicates a problem.

#7. The basement may hold many clues to the extent of water damage.

Be sure to use a flashlight when inspecting the basement. The lighting may be inadequate, resulting in shadows and glare, which makes spotting evidence of damage very difficult.

Look for:

  • Cracks, bows, or waves in the walls
  • Concave or convex shapes in the basement walls
  • Bowing, cracking, or twisting of any beam or posts that are providing support to the floor above

This checklist will help homeowners identify structural damage from floodwater. When disaster strikes, turn to the professionals at SERVPRO® of Ennis/Red Oak for assistance. Certified technicians bring state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning techniques to every challenging situation.

For more information about flooding and water damage restoration services, residential and commercial property damage cleanup and restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How Stand-Alone Freezers Can Become a Source of Water Leaks and Water Damage

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains how stand-alone freezers can leak, causing water damage. The team also offers prevention strategies to avoid leakage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, a water damage restoration company serving Corsicana, TX, and the surrounding area, highlights water damage caused by stand-alone freezers and offers prevention strategies for homeowners. Often, mold damage also accompanies this type of water damage because stand-alone freezers are frequently located away from high-traffic areas where leaks go unnoticed until the damage is done.

Stand-alone freezers commonly found in homes come in three styles. The chest freezer opens from the top. A cabinet freezer, usually found in a gourmet kitchen, has pull-out drawers, making access quick and easy. An upright freezer, the most convenient storage option, looks like a conventional refrigerator. Often a stand-alone freezer is kept in a pantry, utility room, the garage, basement, or on the back porch. A freezer enables the homeowner to buy in bulk and preserve the items for as much as a year or more. Modern freezers are very energy efficient.

Why Do Freezers Leak?

Stand-alone freezer leaks can occur for a variety of reasons.

A Crack in the Drain Pan

One of the most common causes of leaks in a freezer is a crack in the drain pan. The drain pan captures excess water from the freezer and holds the water while it evaporates. A cracked drain pan will allow the water to leak onto the floor under the appliance. The hidden water release can ruin flooring, cause wood rot, stimulate mold growth, attract roaches and other household pests, and create an unsanitary condition in the kitchen.

Consult the owner’s manual to determine the exact location of the drain pan. Examine the pan for leaks. A hairline fracture will be difficult to spot. Puddled water under the drain pan is a good indication of a leak in the drain pan. The best long-term solution is to purchase a replacement drain pan. To prevent shock or electrocution, unplug the freezer before making any repairs.

Improper Food Storage

Not all causes of a water leak require mechanical expertise. One cause of water leakage involves the way the food is arranged in the freezer, and the solution may be as simple as rearranging the food placement.

Below are some examples of how food in the freezer can cause water leaks. A large number of items that contain a high concentration of moisture can potentially elevate the overall moisture level in the freezer. If too many frozen items are resting against the back interior wall of the freezer, condensation may collect on the back of the unit, flow down the side of the appliance, and collect on the floor. The solution to the problem is to rearrange the items more evenly inside the freezer.

The Defrosting Process

Ice buildup in the freezer can reduce the efficiency of the appliance. Defrosting is required from time to time to eliminate the buildup. It is all but impossible to defrost a freezer without getting water and ice on the floor. The key to preventing water damage is to cover the area around the freezer with towels or absorbent mats to collect the moisture and melting ice.

Damaged Door Seal

A defective, damaged, or worn-out door seal can result in a water leak that causes water damage. A tight door seal prevents the warmer outside air from entering the freezer. A breakdown in the door seal can allow some or all of the food to thaw and melt, causing a serious water damage disaster. The solutions are simple. A broken or defective seal must be replaced. If grime and mildew are impeding the work of the door seal, thoroughly clean the door seal and the surfaces it touches. A clean and even surface will receive the seal, hold in the cold air, and keep the warm air out. A stand-alone upright freezer should tilt backward about one-quarter to one-half inch. This backward tilt ensures the doors shut properly and seal tightly.

Broken Temperature Control

If the temperature control malfunctions, the food and ice in the freezer may be thawing and escaping through the door or overflowing the drain pan. The best solution is to secure the services of a reputable appliance service company to repair the freezer. Some of the frozen food may be stored in an alternate location. Unfortunately, in this situation, food may be lost.

When a water damage disaster occurs, delays in securing cleanup and restoration services can allow the damage to grow worse. Advanced secondary damage such as warped flooring, swollen baseboards, unsalvageable carpet, and a mold infestation can add unnecessary expense and time to the cleanup and restoration. The IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, available 24/7, 365 days a year, responds on the scene in about an hour to inspect and assess the damage and begin the water damage cleanup and restoration project.

For more information about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration services, email SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or call the office at (972) 937-1494.

How Stand-Alone Freezers Can Become a Source of Water Leaks and Water Damage

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains how stand-alone freezers can leak, causing water damage. The team also offers prevention strategies to avoid leakage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, a water damage restoration company serving Corsicana, TX, and the surrounding area, highlights water damage caused by stand-alone freezers and offers prevention strategies for homeowners. Often, mold damage also accompanies this type of water damage because stand-alone freezers are frequently located away from high-traffic areas where leaks go unnoticed until the damage is done.

Stand-alone freezers commonly found in homes come in three styles. The chest freezer opens from the top. A cabinet freezer, usually found in a gourmet kitchen, has pull-out drawers, making access quick and easy. An upright freezer, the most convenient storage option, looks like a conventional refrigerator. Often a stand-alone freezer is kept in a pantry, utility room, the garage, basement, or on the back porch. A freezer enables the homeowner to buy in bulk and preserve the items for as much as a year or more. Modern freezers are very energy efficient.

Why Do Freezers Leak?

Stand-alone freezer leaks can occur for a variety of reasons.

A Crack in the Drain Pan

One of the most common causes of leaks in a freezer is a crack in the drain pan. The drain pan captures excess water from the freezer and holds the water while it evaporates. A cracked drain pan will allow the water to leak onto the floor under the appliance. The hidden water release can ruin flooring, cause wood rot, stimulate mold growth, attract roaches and other household pests, and create an unsanitary condition in the kitchen.

Consult the owner’s manual to determine the exact location of the drain pan. Examine the pan for leaks. A hairline fracture will be difficult to spot. Puddled water under the drain pan is a good indication of a leak in the drain pan. The best long-term solution is to purchase a replacement drain pan. To prevent shock or electrocution, unplug the freezer before making any repairs.

Improper Food Storage

Not all causes of a water leak require mechanical expertise. One cause of water leakage involves the way the food is arranged in the freezer, and the solution may be as simple as rearranging the food placement.

Below are some examples of how food in the freezer can cause water leaks. A large number of items that contain a high concentration of moisture can potentially elevate the overall moisture level in the freezer. If too many frozen items are resting against the back interior wall of the freezer, condensation may collect on the back of the unit, flow down the side of the appliance, and collect on the floor. The solution to the problem is to rearrange the items more evenly inside the freezer.

The Defrosting Process

Ice buildup in the freezer can reduce the efficiency of the appliance. Defrosting is required from time to time to eliminate the buildup. It is all but impossible to defrost a freezer without getting water and ice on the floor. The key to preventing water damage is to cover the area around the freezer with towels or absorbent mats to collect the moisture and melting ice.

Damaged Door Seal

A defective, damaged, or worn-out door seal can result in a water leak that causes water damage. A tight door seal prevents the warmer outside air from entering the freezer. A breakdown in the door seal can allow some or all of the food to thaw and melt, causing a serious water damage disaster. The solutions are simple. A broken or defective seal must be replaced. If grime and mildew are impeding the work of the door seal, thoroughly clean the door seal and the surfaces it touches. A clean and even surface will receive the seal, hold in the cold air, and keep the warm air out. A stand-alone upright freezer should tilt backward about one-quarter to one-half inch. This backward tilt ensures the doors shut properly and seal tightly.

Broken Temperature Control

If the temperature control malfunctions, the food and ice in the freezer may be thawing and escaping through the door or overflowing the drain pan. The best solution is to secure the services of a reputable appliance service company to repair the freezer. Some of the frozen food may be stored in an alternate location. Unfortunately, in this situation, food may be lost.

When a water damage disaster occurs, delays in securing cleanup and restoration services can allow the damage to grow worse. Advanced secondary damage such as warped flooring, swollen baseboards, unsalvageable carpet, and a mold infestation can add unnecessary expense and time to the cleanup and restoration. The IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, available 24/7, 365 days a year, responds on the scene in about an hour to inspect and assess the damage and begin the water damage cleanup and restoration project.

For more information about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration services, email SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or call the office at (972) 937-1494.

Identifying Six Sources of Mold Growth in the Bathroom and Choosing a Company to Provide Mold Remediation

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights six factors that can cause mold growth in the bathrooms of Corsicana, TX, homes.

When water damage disasters occur in the Corsicana, TX, area, SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to respond with a crew of IICRC-certified technicians who provide water damage restoration and mold remediation services to local residents.

Important Mold Facts from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control offers the following description of mold and how it grows: “What is mold? Mold is a fungal growth that forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter. There are many different mold species that come in many different colors. Molds are sometimes referred to as mildew. They are found both indoors and outdoors in all climates, during all seasons of the year. Outdoors, molds survive by using plants and decaying organic matter such as fallen leaves as a source of nutrition. Indoors, molds need moisture and a carbon source from building materials or building contents to grow. Excess moisture is generally the cause of indoor mold growth. Molds reproduce by releasing tiny spores that float through the air until landing in other locations. When they settle on wet or moist surfaces, the spores can form new mold colonies.”

Causes of Mold Growth in the Bathroom

The bathroom is a prime breeding ground for mold growth since this room is wetter than any other room in the typical house. Running faucets, flushing toilets, and steaming showers and bathtubs send large amounts of moisture onto the floors, walls, and ceilings. The exhaust fan is unable to keep pace with the infusion of water, moisture, and steam. Rugs and mats trap some of this water, which evaporates into the room throughout the day. For many hours a day, the bathroom is shrouded in darkness, and if windows are present in the room, they are seldom opened. Also, wood, natural fibers, and other organic material are found in abundance in the bathroom. Moisture, warmth, darkness, and food make the bathroom a mold paradise.

Mold not only disfigures the beauty of the home, but it also can cause serious structural damage and promote wood rot if undetected or left untreated. Once mold is detected, the homeowner should take action to have the situation inspected by a professional to determine the sources and extent of the problem. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can also offer solutions to the mold problem, no matter how big or small.

Homeowners need to keep a vigilant watch for these six causes of mold growth in the bathroom. By the time mold is visible to the naked eye, the mold has already begun to grow. Upon recognizing the causes of mold growth, the problem can be treated in its earliest stages.

Warning Signs of Mold Growth in the Bathroom

1. Drippy or leaking faucets

A leaky faucet introduces a steady source of moisture into the bathroom. A wet sink, tub floor, or shower stall is a prime location for mold.

2. Clogged drains

A drain clog provides mold with both moisture and food. Hair, grease, soap scum, dirt, and whatever else may be clogging the drain are very nutritious for mold.

3. Wet shower surfaces

Over time, soap scum, grime, and body oils will coat the surfaces of the shower. This organic food source, along with the humidity and heat from the shower, spells trouble. The tile, grout, and glass surfaces invite a mold infestation. If the shower head begins to leak, make repair or a replacement a priority.

4. Inferior ventilation

Modern bathrooms have exhaust fans and at least one window. The fan, in tandem with a working window, can remove most of the moisture while allowing fresh air to enter the bathroom. If the fan breaks or the window sticks, take steps to have the problems resolved.

5. Leaks behind the wall

One of the most difficult warning signs to spot is moisture and water hidden behind a wall. A leaky pipe, cracked grout, or excessive tub or shower splash can introduce moisture behind walls and in the ceilings under the bathroom floor. The wall cavities are dark, moist, and lack ventilation, making the location a prime hideout for mold.

6. Water intrusion from loose plumbing connections

Loose plumbing connections at the toilet tank, around the base of the toilet, or at the wax ring can cause issues beyond a mold infestation. Raw sewage seeping out of a pipe and into a home creates a serious situation. Mold stains, musty smells, and the smell of raw sewage are key indicators of a bad plumbing connection.

If a mold problem is suspected, reach out to the water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. The IICRC-certified mold remediation technicians have the tools, training, skills, and EPA-approved cleaning products to resolve both the water damage and the mold issues.

For more information about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration services, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Identifying Six Sources of Mold Growth in the Bathroom and Choosing a Company to Provide Mold Remediation

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights six factors that can cause mold growth in the bathrooms of Corsicana, TX, homes.

When water damage disasters occur in the Corsicana, TX, area, SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to respond with a crew of IICRC-certified technicians who provide water damage restoration and mold remediation services to local residents.

Important Mold Facts from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control offers the following description of mold and how it grows: “What is mold? Mold is a fungal growth that forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter. There are many different mold species that come in many different colors. Molds are sometimes referred to as mildew. They are found both indoors and outdoors in all climates, during all seasons of the year. Outdoors, molds survive by using plants and decaying organic matter such as fallen leaves as a source of nutrition. Indoors, molds need moisture and a carbon source from building materials or building contents to grow. Excess moisture is generally the cause of indoor mold growth. Molds reproduce by releasing tiny spores that float through the air until landing in other locations. When they settle on wet or moist surfaces, the spores can form new mold colonies.”

Causes of Mold Growth in the Bathroom

The bathroom is a prime breeding ground for mold growth since this room is wetter than any other room in the typical house. Running faucets, flushing toilets, and steaming showers and bathtubs send large amounts of moisture onto the floors, walls, and ceilings. The exhaust fan is unable to keep pace with the infusion of water, moisture, and steam. Rugs and mats trap some of this water, which evaporates into the room throughout the day. For many hours a day, the bathroom is shrouded in darkness, and if windows are present in the room, they are seldom opened. Also, wood, natural fibers, and other organic material are found in abundance in the bathroom. Moisture, warmth, darkness, and food make the bathroom a mold paradise.

Mold not only disfigures the beauty of the home, but it also can cause serious structural damage and promote wood rot if undetected or left untreated. Once mold is detected, the homeowner should take action to have the situation inspected by a professional to determine the sources and extent of the problem. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can also offer solutions to the mold problem, no matter how big or small.

Homeowners need to keep a vigilant watch for these six causes of mold growth in the bathroom. By the time mold is visible to the naked eye, the mold has already begun to grow. Upon recognizing the causes of mold growth, the problem can be treated in its earliest stages.

Warning Signs of Mold Growth in the Bathroom

1. Drippy or leaking faucets

A leaky faucet introduces a steady source of moisture into the bathroom. A wet sink, tub floor, or shower stall is a prime location for mold.

2. Clogged drains

A drain clog provides mold with both moisture and food. Hair, grease, soap scum, dirt, and whatever else may be clogging the drain are very nutritious for mold.

3. Wet shower surfaces

Over time, soap scum, grime, and body oils will coat the surfaces of the shower. This organic food source, along with the humidity and heat from the shower, spells trouble. The tile, grout, and glass surfaces invite a mold infestation. If the shower head begins to leak, make repair or a replacement a priority.

4. Inferior ventilation

Modern bathrooms have exhaust fans and at least one window. The fan, in tandem with a working window, can remove most of the moisture while allowing fresh air to enter the bathroom. If the fan breaks or the window sticks, take steps to have the problems resolved.

5. Leaks behind the wall

One of the most difficult warning signs to spot is moisture and water hidden behind a wall. A leaky pipe, cracked grout, or excessive tub or shower splash can introduce moisture behind walls and in the ceilings under the bathroom floor. The wall cavities are dark, moist, and lack ventilation, making the location a prime hideout for mold.

6. Water intrusion from loose plumbing connections

Loose plumbing connections at the toilet tank, around the base of the toilet, or at the wax ring can cause issues beyond a mold infestation. Raw sewage seeping out of a pipe and into a home creates a serious situation. Mold stains, musty smells, and the smell of raw sewage are key indicators of a bad plumbing connection.

If a mold problem is suspected, reach out to the water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. The IICRC-certified mold remediation technicians have the tools, training, skills, and EPA-approved cleaning products to resolve both the water damage and the mold issues.

For more information about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration services, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Five Frequent Sources of Water Intrusion and Water Damage in Local Businesses

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights common causes of water damage in commercial facilities in the Corsicana, TX, area.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides commercial flood damage restoration for businesses in the Corsicana, TX, area. A rapid response after flooding enables a company to resume normal business operations, and quick action may mean the survival of the business.

A typical business is exposed to water damage on many fronts, and the damage may come from either a water release (internal) or a water intrusion (external). At times, the two vulnerabilities may overlap, but understanding the differences can facilitate a more effective prevention, repair, and recovery strategy.

To form a clearer picture of the areas at risk of water damage in Corsicana, TX, commercial facilities, here is an outline of the most common sources of commercial water damage disasters and practical prevention strategies to reduce the risk.

Common sources of commercial water damage 

1. The Roof

The most common source of water damage in a commercial setting is the roof. A water intrusion through the roof accounts for approximately 15% of commercial water damage claims. Potential leak points dot a typical commercial roof. Examples include ventilation fans, skylights, waste removal conduit, ingress/egress doors, and innumerable nuts and bolts to hold brackets and support beams for rooftop structures.  Roof perforations can easily number in the hundreds for an industrial facility. Roof leaks are the leading cause of ceiling water damage.

The key to reducing or eliminating roof leaks is a comprehensive plan of regular and occasional inspection and maintenance. Severe weather involving ice and snow, high winds, hail, or heavy rain should prompt a visual inspection of the roof for structural damage that could result in a water intrusion. Pooling water on a flat roof may indicate a clogged drainage system, and failure to unclog the system could lead to a catastrophic roof collapse. The inspection should include an examination of leaks and drip points inside the facility. An intermittent drip can short circuit an electrical panel or ruin expensive equipment in the company’s data center. Repairs should be immediately performed and duly noted since leak sites are often repeat offenders.

2. Toilets

Toilets can create a major mess, especially in multi-story complexes with stacked plumbing. Scheduled inspections, vigilance between inspections, pre-emptive replacements of supply lines every three to five years, and the immediate repair of any issues can stem the tide of water damage disasters resulting from plumbing issues (15% of loss claims).

3. Fire Sprinklers

A fire sprinkler system dispenses water to control or extinguish a fire. (A fire suppression system uses gaseous, chemical, or foam fire suppression agents to control or extinguish a fire.) Less expensive than a fire suppression system and very effective at putting out fires, sprinklers malfunction often enough to account for one in seven (14%) commercial water damage losses.

The tradeoff for economy and effectiveness is regular inspections, perpetual monitoring, and immediate maintenance. The deep freeze in February of 2021 exposed the vulnerability of Texas to frozen pipes. As many as 1.2 million people experienced frozen pipes, and businesses had to endure a similar fate.

Anti-freeze low-temperature alert systems, sprinkler heads, and pipes should be checked before, during, and after the coldest months of the year. A late winter or early spring cold blast can make a fire sprinkler system a foe rather than a friend. These core activities can keep the fire sprinkler system functional and safe.

  • Inspect the entire system, including sprinkler heads, on a regular basis.
  • Test system functionality as suggested by the company that installed the system.
  • Replace critical parts before they create a water damage disaster.
  • Repair leaks before they become a problem.

Take care of the fire sprinkler system, and it will take care of the building and save lives.

4. The Water Heater

With a lifespan estimated at only 7-10 years, a water heater is a water damage disaster waiting to happen. Avoid a disaster by replacing the appliance every seven to nine years. The installation of a drip pan can capture small leaks. An automatic shut-off valve installed near the heater can prevent a major water damage catastrophe.

5. The HVAC System

The HVAC system in a large office complex, professional building, or manufacturing facility is extensive. Frozen evaporator coils, clogged drains, cracked condensate pans, and installation errors make the HVAC system one of the leading causes of water damage in a commercial setting. The HVAC system requires regular inspections and maintenance to work effectively, efficiently, and safely. The maintenance supervisor or facility manager would do well to cultivate a close relationship with a reputable, licensed, insured, and bonded commercial HVAC installation and service company.

These top five causes of water damage in a commercial venue account for two-thirds of all water damage losses. Another relationship to establish is one with a qualified, reputable property damage cleanup and restoration company. Important criteria include:

  • Available 24/7, 356 days a year, including holidays
  • Rapid response time of about an hour
  • Able to scale to any size and type of disaster
  • Locally owned and operated
  • IICRC certifications
  • Bonded, licensed, and insured
  • Positive reviews and references

When a business faces the disruption of a water damage disaster, a quickly-implemented water damage restoration process is critical. Business operations need to return to normal as soon as possible to avoid loss of customers, employee displacement, and disruption of the revenue cycle.

Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to learn more about the company’s flood damage restoration and cleanup services. The office can be reached by emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or calling (972) 937-1494.

Five Frequent Sources of Water Intrusion and Water Damage in Local Businesses

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights common causes of water damage in commercial facilities in the Corsicana, TX, area.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak provides commercial flood damage restoration for businesses in the Corsicana, TX, area. A rapid response after flooding enables a company to resume normal business operations, and quick action may mean the survival of the business.

A typical business is exposed to water damage on many fronts, and the damage may come from either a water release (internal) or a water intrusion (external). At times, the two vulnerabilities may overlap, but understanding the differences can facilitate a more effective prevention, repair, and recovery strategy.

To form a clearer picture of the areas at risk of water damage in Corsicana, TX, commercial facilities, here is an outline of the most common sources of commercial water damage disasters and practical prevention strategies to reduce the risk.

Common sources of commercial water damage 

1. The Roof

The most common source of water damage in a commercial setting is the roof. A water intrusion through the roof accounts for approximately 15% of commercial water damage claims. Potential leak points dot a typical commercial roof. Examples include ventilation fans, skylights, waste removal conduit, ingress/egress doors, and innumerable nuts and bolts to hold brackets and support beams for rooftop structures.  Roof perforations can easily number in the hundreds for an industrial facility. Roof leaks are the leading cause of ceiling water damage.

The key to reducing or eliminating roof leaks is a comprehensive plan of regular and occasional inspection and maintenance. Severe weather involving ice and snow, high winds, hail, or heavy rain should prompt a visual inspection of the roof for structural damage that could result in a water intrusion. Pooling water on a flat roof may indicate a clogged drainage system, and failure to unclog the system could lead to a catastrophic roof collapse. The inspection should include an examination of leaks and drip points inside the facility. An intermittent drip can short circuit an electrical panel or ruin expensive equipment in the company’s data center. Repairs should be immediately performed and duly noted since leak sites are often repeat offenders.

2. Toilets

Toilets can create a major mess, especially in multi-story complexes with stacked plumbing. Scheduled inspections, vigilance between inspections, pre-emptive replacements of supply lines every three to five years, and the immediate repair of any issues can stem the tide of water damage disasters resulting from plumbing issues (15% of loss claims).

3. Fire Sprinklers

A fire sprinkler system dispenses water to control or extinguish a fire. (A fire suppression system uses gaseous, chemical, or foam fire suppression agents to control or extinguish a fire.) Less expensive than a fire suppression system and very effective at putting out fires, sprinklers malfunction often enough to account for one in seven (14%) commercial water damage losses.

The tradeoff for economy and effectiveness is regular inspections, perpetual monitoring, and immediate maintenance. The deep freeze in February of 2021 exposed the vulnerability of Texas to frozen pipes. As many as 1.2 million people experienced frozen pipes, and businesses had to endure a similar fate.

Anti-freeze low-temperature alert systems, sprinkler heads, and pipes should be checked before, during, and after the coldest months of the year. A late winter or early spring cold blast can make a fire sprinkler system a foe rather than a friend. These core activities can keep the fire sprinkler system functional and safe.

  • Inspect the entire system, including sprinkler heads, on a regular basis.
  • Test system functionality as suggested by the company that installed the system.
  • Replace critical parts before they create a water damage disaster.
  • Repair leaks before they become a problem.

Take care of the fire sprinkler system, and it will take care of the building and save lives.

4. The Water Heater

With a lifespan estimated at only 7-10 years, a water heater is a water damage disaster waiting to happen. Avoid a disaster by replacing the appliance every seven to nine years. The installation of a drip pan can capture small leaks. An automatic shut-off valve installed near the heater can prevent a major water damage catastrophe.

5. The HVAC System

The HVAC system in a large office complex, professional building, or manufacturing facility is extensive. Frozen evaporator coils, clogged drains, cracked condensate pans, and installation errors make the HVAC system one of the leading causes of water damage in a commercial setting. The HVAC system requires regular inspections and maintenance to work effectively, efficiently, and safely. The maintenance supervisor or facility manager would do well to cultivate a close relationship with a reputable, licensed, insured, and bonded commercial HVAC installation and service company.

These top five causes of water damage in a commercial venue account for two-thirds of all water damage losses. Another relationship to establish is one with a qualified, reputable property damage cleanup and restoration company. Important criteria include:

  • Available 24/7, 356 days a year, including holidays
  • Rapid response time of about an hour
  • Able to scale to any size and type of disaster
  • Locally owned and operated
  • IICRC certifications
  • Bonded, licensed, and insured
  • Positive reviews and references

When a business faces the disruption of a water damage disaster, a quickly-implemented water damage restoration process is critical. Business operations need to return to normal as soon as possible to avoid loss of customers, employee displacement, and disruption of the revenue cycle.

Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to learn more about the company’s flood damage restoration and cleanup services. The office can be reached by emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or calling (972) 937-1494.

Identifying Appliances That Could Cause a Water Intrusion and Water Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights appliances that have vulnerable connections that could cause water damage.

When an appliance supply line connection leaks or ruptures, causing a small flood, the technicians at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are the water damage repair professionals who can provide the rapid response and quick cleanup needed to avoid advanced secondary damage and return life to normal.

Water is essential for life. Seventy percent of the earth is covered with water, and the human body is 60 percent water. Humans can go for weeks without food but only a few days without adequate water. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that males consume about 125 ounces of water per day and females around 91 ounces of water per day. Survival, bathing, cooking, and cleaning require the use of water. Water is everywhere in the home. For this reason, the potential for water damage is great should there be an unintentional or accidental water release that gets out of control or goes unnoticed.

By monitoring the following list of home appliance connections that are susceptible to causing water leaks, the homeowner can avoid a water damage disaster or at least detect a water leak before it becomes catastrophic.

Home appliance connections that are susceptible to causing water leaks

1. The Water Heater

Water on demand is most appreciated when the water heater malfunctions. A hot bath or steamy shower is soothing after a long, hard day. A typical water heater contains forty to sixty gallons of water, which are always under pressure. If the tank springs a leak, large portions of the home could be flooded. If external pipes feeding water to the unit begin to show signs of corrosion, an internal problem could be the cause. White, blue, or green crystal-like deposits on the pipe are a telltale sign that the appliance needs attention. Since the water heater is often concealed in a closet behind a panel, maintenance is difficult and may go neglected. While today’s water heaters are better designed than older models, they still require regular maintenance to prolong their lives.

A gas water heater may last about 8-12 years with proper maintenance, including draining and flushing the unit. An electric water heater may function well for 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. Regular inspections may detect slight leaks before extensive and costly water damage in a home or business.

2. Washing Machine Supply Lines

The introduction of the first electric washing machine in 1908 transformed an arduous and time-consuming household chore, lightening the burdensome load of washing clothes by hand. The amazing technological advance in domestic engineering included water supply lines comprised of rubber or braided stainless steel. Over time, about five to seven years, these supply lines are susceptible to bursting. If a line ruptures, as many as seven or more gallons of water can flood into a home, causing severe flooding. Flooring, baseboards, and sheetrock can be damaged. If the water leaks into the HVAC duct system, mold becomes an issue if the moisture and water are not removed and dried within 24-48 hours. As a rule of thumb, never leave the washing machine running when no one is home. Before going on an extended vacation or trip, shut off the water, both hot and cold, to the appliance.

3. The Dishwasher

Dishwashers are another extraordinary invention that makes cooking and entertaining more manageable. When a supply line ruptures, the results can be devastating. Avoid using the dishwasher while no one is at home. Periodically check under and around the appliance for signs of a leak. Have a professional clean and inspect the unit to keep it up to par.

4. The HVAC Drain Pan

Summer temperatures in Ennis, TX, are hot and muggy, and temperatures consistently rise to the mid to high nineties. This extreme heat can degrade plastic HVAC drain pans, leading to cracks and leaks. Since the water leaks out of the pan, the overflow sensor never shuts off the HVAC system. A typical HVAC system running almost continuously on a hot summer day can produce as many as twenty gallons of water.

When the HVAC technician conducts the annual inspection of the system, verify that the drain pan is not leaking, the lines out of the drain pan are freely flowing, and the water level sensor is functioning properly.

5. Refrigerator Water Supply Line

A ruptured supply line to a refrigerator ice maker can release several gallons of water per minute onto the floor, causing extensive flooding and water damage. Signs of a pending disaster include kinks, crimps, cracks, and leaks around connections. Be very careful when moving the refrigerator for inspections and cleaning.

6. The Sump Pump

Most people do not consider the sump pump an “appliance,” but the device and its backup system are pivotal in preventing basement and crawl space flooding. Inspect and test the system at least twice a year. Clean out any trash or debris that may have collected in the sump area.

Entrust water damage restoration to the property damage experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, a crew can be on the scene in about an hour to begin the process. Experienced, well-equipped, highly trained, and certified technicians provide a rapid response and a quick cleanup and restoration that cuts costs and returns life to normal as soon as possible. Customer satisfaction is a core value in the SERVPRO franchise culture.

To learn about water damage cleanup and restoration services in Corsicana, TX, email the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or contact the team by phone at (972) 937-1494.

Identifying Appliances That Could Cause a Water Intrusion and Water Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights appliances that have vulnerable connections that could cause water damage.

When an appliance supply line connection leaks or ruptures, causing a small flood, the technicians at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are the water damage repair professionals who can provide the rapid response and quick cleanup needed to avoid advanced secondary damage and return life to normal.

Water is essential for life. Seventy percent of the earth is covered with water, and the human body is 60 percent water. Humans can go for weeks without food but only a few days without adequate water. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that males consume about 125 ounces of water per day and females around 91 ounces of water per day. Survival, bathing, cooking, and cleaning require the use of water. Water is everywhere in the home. For this reason, the potential for water damage is great should there be an unintentional or accidental water release that gets out of control or goes unnoticed.

By monitoring the following list of home appliance connections that are susceptible to causing water leaks, the homeowner can avoid a water damage disaster or at least detect a water leak before it becomes catastrophic.

Home appliance connections that are susceptible to causing water leaks

1. The Water Heater

Water on demand is most appreciated when the water heater malfunctions. A hot bath or steamy shower is soothing after a long, hard day. A typical water heater contains forty to sixty gallons of water, which are always under pressure. If the tank springs a leak, large portions of the home could be flooded. If external pipes feeding water to the unit begin to show signs of corrosion, an internal problem could be the cause. White, blue, or green crystal-like deposits on the pipe are a telltale sign that the appliance needs attention. Since the water heater is often concealed in a closet behind a panel, maintenance is difficult and may go neglected. While today’s water heaters are better designed than older models, they still require regular maintenance to prolong their lives.

A gas water heater may last about 8-12 years with proper maintenance, including draining and flushing the unit. An electric water heater may function well for 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. Regular inspections may detect slight leaks before extensive and costly water damage in a home or business.

2. Washing Machine Supply Lines

The introduction of the first electric washing machine in 1908 transformed an arduous and time-consuming household chore, lightening the burdensome load of washing clothes by hand. The amazing technological advance in domestic engineering included water supply lines comprised of rubber or braided stainless steel. Over time, about five to seven years, these supply lines are susceptible to bursting. If a line ruptures, as many as seven or more gallons of water can flood into a home, causing severe flooding. Flooring, baseboards, and sheetrock can be damaged. If the water leaks into the HVAC duct system, mold becomes an issue if the moisture and water are not removed and dried within 24-48 hours. As a rule of thumb, never leave the washing machine running when no one is home. Before going on an extended vacation or trip, shut off the water, both hot and cold, to the appliance.

3. The Dishwasher

Dishwashers are another extraordinary invention that makes cooking and entertaining more manageable. When a supply line ruptures, the results can be devastating. Avoid using the dishwasher while no one is at home. Periodically check under and around the appliance for signs of a leak. Have a professional clean and inspect the unit to keep it up to par.

4. The HVAC Drain Pan

Summer temperatures in Ennis, TX, are hot and muggy, and temperatures consistently rise to the mid to high nineties. This extreme heat can degrade plastic HVAC drain pans, leading to cracks and leaks. Since the water leaks out of the pan, the overflow sensor never shuts off the HVAC system. A typical HVAC system running almost continuously on a hot summer day can produce as many as twenty gallons of water.

When the HVAC technician conducts the annual inspection of the system, verify that the drain pan is not leaking, the lines out of the drain pan are freely flowing, and the water level sensor is functioning properly.

5. Refrigerator Water Supply Line

A ruptured supply line to a refrigerator ice maker can release several gallons of water per minute onto the floor, causing extensive flooding and water damage. Signs of a pending disaster include kinks, crimps, cracks, and leaks around connections. Be very careful when moving the refrigerator for inspections and cleaning.

6. The Sump Pump

Most people do not consider the sump pump an “appliance,” but the device and its backup system are pivotal in preventing basement and crawl space flooding. Inspect and test the system at least twice a year. Clean out any trash or debris that may have collected in the sump area.

Entrust water damage restoration to the property damage experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, a crew can be on the scene in about an hour to begin the process. Experienced, well-equipped, highly trained, and certified technicians provide a rapid response and a quick cleanup and restoration that cuts costs and returns life to normal as soon as possible. Customer satisfaction is a core value in the SERVPRO franchise culture.

To learn about water damage cleanup and restoration services in Corsicana, TX, email the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or contact the team by phone at (972) 937-1494.

Nine Tips for Maximizing Hurricane Damage Insurance Claims

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Hurricane damage can be devastating to homeowners. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is highlighting tips to help people make the most of insurance claims and recover from storm damage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak cautions homeowners that not all water damage disasters are equal in the eyes of the insurance company. If the water damage was caused by a flood, a homeowners policy probably does not cover the disaster. The homeowner needs to be aware of potential insurance issues. Below are nine important tips to help the homeowner maximize insurance claim payouts for hurricane damages and utilize other assistance to cover losses.

  1. The typical homeowner’s policy does not cover flooding.

The discovery of this coverage limitation surprises many homeowners, especially when the discovery comes after the home has been flooded. The consequences of this oversight can be financially devastating.

Property damage resulting from water, wind, and wind-driven precipitation entering the home through the roof, doors, windows, or openings in the walls most often falls under homeowners insurance coverage. Property damage caused by flooding from the bottom up is not covered. Some examples of damage that are not covered include:

  • Rising water overflowing the banks of a river or stream
  • Overflow from a body of water such as a lake, reservoir, or pond
  • Storm surge from a hurricane
  1. Auto insurance covers flooding.

Comprehensive coverage would include damages to a vehicle caused by flooding. The insurance company may declare the car a total loss, and the car owner would receive a claim payout less the deductible. Beware of buying a used vehicle just after a major hurricane since the market may be flooded with flood-damaged automobiles. Risk hazards can include electrical issues and faulty airbags.

  1. When flooding occurs, immediately inform the insurance company to begin the claim documentation process.
  • Emergency tarping and other minor temporary repairs to limit further damage are encouraged. It is not necessary to wait for an adjuster to arrive on the scene to assess the damage.
  • Record the damage with images and video before making any temporary alterations or repairs. Many digital resources are available to assist the homeowner in the documentation process.
  • Save any receipts for expenses incurred to carry out these temporary repairs. Reimbursements may be available.
  1. Hurricane damage may carry a higher deductible than water, fire, smoke, or sewage backup damages.

Most standard policies cover wind and wind-driven rain damage. Some insurance companies charge separate wind deductibles. The deductibles are usually 5% to 10% of the coverage amount rather than a flat dollar amount. This deductible can be rather painful for the homeowner.

  1. Explore qualifying for other recovery assistance.

A host of nonprofit and governmental agencies at the state level may offer hurricane disaster relief to homeowners. Check out DisasterAssistance.gov or schedule an in-person appointment at a FEMA disaster recovery center.

Hurricane disaster victims may also qualify for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. This low-interest loan helps renters and homeowners replace or repair damaged property.

  1. Understand limitations for tree damage.

If a tree falls and damages a neighbor’s property, the neighbor can recover some of the damages from their insurance company. If a fallen tree does not do any damage, insurance policies will pay a minimum of $500 to $1,000 for the cleanup and removal.

  1. Living expenses may be covered if the home must be vacated during the restoration and rebuild process.

Living expenses can add up quickly. The insurance company may pay out these expenses before other funds are disbursed, but limits may apply. Rent, food, and utilities may fall within this coverage spectrum.  As always, archive receipts digitally or physically for reimbursement purposes. The insurer may offer a debit card for these expenses.

  1. Inventory possessions to ensure adequate reimbursement.

The task of creating an inventory of the contents in the home may prove to be a chore. A current inventory of household possessions will prove beneficial in the event of a disaster. Include images and videos of rooms, closets, and other storage areas. Store the information on the cloud or offsite. The photos and video will serve to validate the inventory. If possible, include images or hard copies of the original receipts for valuable items. Before removing any debris, archive the scene with pictures and video.

  1. Hire a property damage cleanup and restoration company that takes care of the claims process from start to end.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak inspects and assesses the damage scene and creates a detailed estimate, including images and video. Experienced staff competently provide end-to-end claims management, relieving the customer of anxiety and stress. Attention can be focused on recovery from weathering severe weather or a hurricane.

In fact, by pre-qualifying a water damage restoration company before a disaster strikes, the homeowner needs to make only two calls, one to the insurance company notifying them of the incident and the other to the damage restoration company.

Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for more information about water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by calling (972) 937-1494 or by emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Nine Tips for Maximizing Hurricane Damage Insurance Claims

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Hurricane damage can be devastating to homeowners. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is highlighting tips to help people make the most of insurance claims and recover from storm damage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak cautions homeowners that not all water damage disasters are equal in the eyes of the insurance company. If the water damage was caused by a flood, a homeowners policy probably does not cover the disaster. The homeowner needs to be aware of potential insurance issues. Below are nine important tips to help the homeowner maximize insurance claim payouts for hurricane damages and utilize other assistance to cover losses.

  1. The typical homeowner’s policy does not cover flooding.

The discovery of this coverage limitation surprises many homeowners, especially when the discovery comes after the home has been flooded. The consequences of this oversight can be financially devastating.

Property damage resulting from water, wind, and wind-driven precipitation entering the home through the roof, doors, windows, or openings in the walls most often falls under homeowners insurance coverage. Property damage caused by flooding from the bottom up is not covered. Some examples of damage that are not covered include:

  • Rising water overflowing the banks of a river or stream
  • Overflow from a body of water such as a lake, reservoir, or pond
  • Storm surge from a hurricane
  1. Auto insurance covers flooding.

Comprehensive coverage would include damages to a vehicle caused by flooding. The insurance company may declare the car a total loss, and the car owner would receive a claim payout less the deductible. Beware of buying a used vehicle just after a major hurricane since the market may be flooded with flood-damaged automobiles. Risk hazards can include electrical issues and faulty airbags.

  1. When flooding occurs, immediately inform the insurance company to begin the claim documentation process.
  • Emergency tarping and other minor temporary repairs to limit further damage are encouraged. It is not necessary to wait for an adjuster to arrive on the scene to assess the damage.
  • Record the damage with images and video before making any temporary alterations or repairs. Many digital resources are available to assist the homeowner in the documentation process.
  • Save any receipts for expenses incurred to carry out these temporary repairs. Reimbursements may be available.
  1. Hurricane damage may carry a higher deductible than water, fire, smoke, or sewage backup damages.

Most standard policies cover wind and wind-driven rain damage. Some insurance companies charge separate wind deductibles. The deductibles are usually 5% to 10% of the coverage amount rather than a flat dollar amount. This deductible can be rather painful for the homeowner.

  1. Explore qualifying for other recovery assistance.

A host of nonprofit and governmental agencies at the state level may offer hurricane disaster relief to homeowners. Check out DisasterAssistance.gov or schedule an in-person appointment at a FEMA disaster recovery center.

Hurricane disaster victims may also qualify for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. This low-interest loan helps renters and homeowners replace or repair damaged property.

  1. Understand limitations for tree damage.

If a tree falls and damages a neighbor’s property, the neighbor can recover some of the damages from their insurance company. If a fallen tree does not do any damage, insurance policies will pay a minimum of $500 to $1,000 for the cleanup and removal.

  1. Living expenses may be covered if the home must be vacated during the restoration and rebuild process.

Living expenses can add up quickly. The insurance company may pay out these expenses before other funds are disbursed, but limits may apply. Rent, food, and utilities may fall within this coverage spectrum.  As always, archive receipts digitally or physically for reimbursement purposes. The insurer may offer a debit card for these expenses.

  1. Inventory possessions to ensure adequate reimbursement.

The task of creating an inventory of the contents in the home may prove to be a chore. A current inventory of household possessions will prove beneficial in the event of a disaster. Include images and videos of rooms, closets, and other storage areas. Store the information on the cloud or offsite. The photos and video will serve to validate the inventory. If possible, include images or hard copies of the original receipts for valuable items. Before removing any debris, archive the scene with pictures and video.

  1. Hire a property damage cleanup and restoration company that takes care of the claims process from start to end.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak inspects and assesses the damage scene and creates a detailed estimate, including images and video. Experienced staff competently provide end-to-end claims management, relieving the customer of anxiety and stress. Attention can be focused on recovery from weathering severe weather or a hurricane.

In fact, by pre-qualifying a water damage restoration company before a disaster strikes, the homeowner needs to make only two calls, one to the insurance company notifying them of the incident and the other to the damage restoration company.

Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for more information about water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by calling (972) 937-1494 or by emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Septic System Maintenance Strategies to Prevent Expensive Repairs

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak advises homeowners on ways to avoid expensive sewage damage that requires repair and restoration services.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the customer’s choice for sewage cleanup and water damage restoration services for property damaged by a sewage backup. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the team can respond in about an hour. The detailed and documented estimate is helpful for insurance claims. Knowledgeable, experienced, and certified professionals arrive on the scene prepared to tackle the challenges presented by a messy, unwanted sewage spill.

How to Avoid Expensive Sewage System Repairs

Proper septic system maintenance benefits the environment and saves Corsicana, TX, homeowners money. A well-performing septic system helps preserve the purity of the local and regional water supply. Repair or replacement costs for a septic system may range from several thousand dollars to $10,000 or more. On the other hand, recommended maintenance may cost several hundred dollars to $500 every three to four years.

How a Septic System Functions

An inground septic system consists of two components: a septic tank and a drain field. The main drainpipe deposits wastewater from the home into the septic tank, where the solids, greases, and oils separate out. Only the liquid wastewater is able to make its way into the drain field. In the drain field, the wastewater percolates into the soil, and viruses, bacteria, and nutrients are naturally removed from the wastewater.

How to Spot a Sick Septic System

When the septic drain field becomes supersaturated with liquids, sewage will seep to the surface or backup into the home through the toilets, shower, tub, and sinks. The following symptoms of a sick septic system should prompt a call to a licensed, bonded, and insured septic tank professional:

  • Raw sewage and wastewater backing up into the home through household drains
  • The smell of sewage in the vicinity of the drain field and septic tank
  • Thick, green grass thriving over the drain field

Tips to Maintain a Healthy, Safe Septic System

#1: Conserve water.

Reduce the workload on the septic system by cutting consumption. Avoid washing clothes, using the dishwasher, and showering on the same day to prevent overloading the septic system. However, conservation may not simply involve using less water. It may mean wasting less water by rapidly repairing leaks when they appear.

In addition, water-efficient fixtures provide adequate flow and pressure while reducing the amount of water usage. The efficiency of a low-flow showerhead is impressive. According to HGTV, “Simply stated, a new low-flow showerhead will pay for itself several times over in its first year of use alone. Applying the data above, let’s say as an individual you take 25 seven-minute showers each month for 175 total minutes. With a 2.5 gpm showerhead, you’ll soak up nearly 440 gallons of water in one month from shower use alone. With a low-flow showerhead, 175 minutes of showering uses just 262 gallons of water. This means you save about 60 percent every month. Translate that to yearly figures, and a 1.5 gpm showerhead uses just over 3,100 gallons of water versus over 5,200 with a 2.5 gpm model. One person and one low-flow showerhead save 2,000 gallons of water every single year.”

#2: Avoid flushing “flushables.”

Toilet paper and waste are the only items that should be flushed down the toilet. Only toilet paper is engineered to quickly decompose when flushed, and just because a product is described as “flushable” by the manufacturer does not mean the product is healthy for the septic system. Flushable wipes and flushable cat litter can constipate a septic system. Cigarette butts, medications, paper towels, and standard cat litter can make for a sick septic system.

#3: A toilet is not a toxic waste dump.

Toxins such as solvents, oil-based paints, household cleaners, medications, latex paint, and chemical drain openers can kill the beneficial bacteria that keep the septic system happy and healthy. Dispose of the garbage disposal. Putting food scraps, oils, fats, and greases down the drain can gum up the works.

#4: Protect the drain field.

Roots from shrubs and trees can block or severely damage a drain field, and vehicle traffic and heavy equipment can also cause damage. Divert water from sump pumps, roof drains, and other rainwater drainage systems away from the drain field area.

#5: Scheduled maintenance will keep the septic system healthy and flowing.

Every three years, schedule an inspection by a qualified septic system professional. Keep an eye on older systems. If the system is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced. If the weather has been unseasonably wet and if a large number of houseguests are expected, proactive sewage system pumping might prevent an embarrassing and inconvenient sewage backup. Seek professional advice before using septic tank cleaners and additives.

#6: Leave the mess to the professionals.

If a sewage backup does occur, call the team of professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for cleanup and restoration. The rapid response within an hour is crucial to prevent advanced secondary damage such as mold. Sewage cleanup requires protective gear, special cleaning techniques, and safe but powerful cleaning products. For great results, enlist the services of SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to clean up the mess and make the home safe again.

To learn more about the water damage restoration company, contact the team at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or by phone at (972) 937-1494.

Septic System Maintenance Strategies to Prevent Expensive Repairs

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak advises homeowners on ways to avoid expensive sewage damage that requires repair and restoration services.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the customer’s choice for sewage cleanup and water damage restoration services for property damaged by a sewage backup. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the team can respond in about an hour. The detailed and documented estimate is helpful for insurance claims. Knowledgeable, experienced, and certified professionals arrive on the scene prepared to tackle the challenges presented by a messy, unwanted sewage spill.

How to Avoid Expensive Sewage System Repairs

Proper septic system maintenance benefits the environment and saves Corsicana, TX, homeowners money. A well-performing septic system helps preserve the purity of the local and regional water supply. Repair or replacement costs for a septic system may range from several thousand dollars to $10,000 or more. On the other hand, recommended maintenance may cost several hundred dollars to $500 every three to four years.

How a Septic System Functions

An inground septic system consists of two components: a septic tank and a drain field. The main drainpipe deposits wastewater from the home into the septic tank, where the solids, greases, and oils separate out. Only the liquid wastewater is able to make its way into the drain field. In the drain field, the wastewater percolates into the soil, and viruses, bacteria, and nutrients are naturally removed from the wastewater.

How to Spot a Sick Septic System

When the septic drain field becomes supersaturated with liquids, sewage will seep to the surface or backup into the home through the toilets, shower, tub, and sinks. The following symptoms of a sick septic system should prompt a call to a licensed, bonded, and insured septic tank professional:

  • Raw sewage and wastewater backing up into the home through household drains
  • The smell of sewage in the vicinity of the drain field and septic tank
  • Thick, green grass thriving over the drain field

Tips to Maintain a Healthy, Safe Septic System

#1: Conserve water.

Reduce the workload on the septic system by cutting consumption. Avoid washing clothes, using the dishwasher, and showering on the same day to prevent overloading the septic system. However, conservation may not simply involve using less water. It may mean wasting less water by rapidly repairing leaks when they appear.

In addition, water-efficient fixtures provide adequate flow and pressure while reducing the amount of water usage. The efficiency of a low-flow showerhead is impressive. According to HGTV, “Simply stated, a new low-flow showerhead will pay for itself several times over in its first year of use alone. Applying the data above, let’s say as an individual you take 25 seven-minute showers each month for 175 total minutes. With a 2.5 gpm showerhead, you’ll soak up nearly 440 gallons of water in one month from shower use alone. With a low-flow showerhead, 175 minutes of showering uses just 262 gallons of water. This means you save about 60 percent every month. Translate that to yearly figures, and a 1.5 gpm showerhead uses just over 3,100 gallons of water versus over 5,200 with a 2.5 gpm model. One person and one low-flow showerhead save 2,000 gallons of water every single year.”

#2: Avoid flushing “flushables.”

Toilet paper and waste are the only items that should be flushed down the toilet. Only toilet paper is engineered to quickly decompose when flushed, and just because a product is described as “flushable” by the manufacturer does not mean the product is healthy for the septic system. Flushable wipes and flushable cat litter can constipate a septic system. Cigarette butts, medications, paper towels, and standard cat litter can make for a sick septic system.

#3: A toilet is not a toxic waste dump.

Toxins such as solvents, oil-based paints, household cleaners, medications, latex paint, and chemical drain openers can kill the beneficial bacteria that keep the septic system happy and healthy. Dispose of the garbage disposal. Putting food scraps, oils, fats, and greases down the drain can gum up the works.

#4: Protect the drain field.

Roots from shrubs and trees can block or severely damage a drain field, and vehicle traffic and heavy equipment can also cause damage. Divert water from sump pumps, roof drains, and other rainwater drainage systems away from the drain field area.

#5: Scheduled maintenance will keep the septic system healthy and flowing.

Every three years, schedule an inspection by a qualified septic system professional. Keep an eye on older systems. If the system is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced. If the weather has been unseasonably wet and if a large number of houseguests are expected, proactive sewage system pumping might prevent an embarrassing and inconvenient sewage backup. Seek professional advice before using septic tank cleaners and additives.

#6: Leave the mess to the professionals.

If a sewage backup does occur, call the team of professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for cleanup and restoration. The rapid response within an hour is crucial to prevent advanced secondary damage such as mold. Sewage cleanup requires protective gear, special cleaning techniques, and safe but powerful cleaning products. For great results, enlist the services of SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to clean up the mess and make the home safe again.

To learn more about the water damage restoration company, contact the team at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or by phone at (972) 937-1494.

Tips for Talking to Children About Severe Weather, Flooding, and Storm Damage

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak offers six tips for helping parents and guardians talk to young children about storms and flood damage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is dedicated to providing homeowners and businesses with the flood damage restoration services needed to quickly and efficiently return life to normal. The team understands how disruptive and stressful damage from a flood or severe weather can be. Water and flood damage also impacts children in the home. Some of a child’s most precious possessions may be lost, damaged, or destroyed. The restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak will clean and restore a child’s beloved toy with the same skill and attention to detail paid to any other valued item.

How to Help Children Understand and Process Storm Damage

News reports on the radio, television and social media bring the human impact of natural disasters up close and personal, even if the events occurred in places hundreds or thousands of miles away. The vivid images can cause children to become anxious and fearful about their own safety.

Jessika Boles, Ph.D., CCLS, a child life specialist for the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, offers a professional perspective, writing, “Much like adults, children find comfort in routines and regularity. When these are threatened by unpredictable and uncontrollable natural disasters, like hurricanes, a child’s first concern is often about his or her own safety – even when the actual disaster may be a world away. But, when given opportunities to talk about the event and process their feelings in familiar ways, even young children can manage and cope with the stress of a natural disaster.”

The practical tips listed below are intended to help parents and guardians have understandable, meaningful, and encouraging discussions with children about severe weather and storm damage.

Tip #1: Have a conversation on the child’s level using clear and descriptive language.

Violent thunderstorms, massive flooding, devastating tornadoes, and destructive hurricanes may be unfamiliar concepts to little children. They may also not realize the different scope of each event. For example, a thunderstorm may last for fifteen minutes, while a hurricane or tropical storm may linger for days. Parents can help children by defining each event and clarifying the differences in clear, age-appropriate language.

Tip #2: Talk about safety.

Although severe weather and storm damage are inevitable and unpreventable, children are less fearful when they know precautions are in place. Turn the formulation of a family safety and survival plan into a group activity that builds confidence and helps a child feel secure. The simple act of identifying what to do in a disaster can overcome fear. Creating a disaster survival kit with emergency food and water supply, a radio, flashlights, batteries, and a favorite stuffed animal or soft blanket can help a child cope with the unknown and the unpredictable.

Tip #3. Avoid overwhelming the child with information.

Err on the side of moderation. An information overload of explicit images, traumatic videos, disturbing audio, and emotional eye-witness accounts will most likely overwhelm a child’s delicate sensibilities. Information is empowering, but continuous exposure to traumatic news reports about the disaster and the human suffering it has caused can be detrimental to children. Overexposure can result in a child experiencing unhealthy levels of anxiety, stress, frustration, and fear, depending on the child’s psychological state. Interrupt the constant barrage of bad news with a variety of good and encouraging news and entertainment. By turning off the television, computer, or phone, a parent or guardian can give children a healthy sense of control over the flow of information about the natural disaster.

Tip #4: Encourage children to express their emotions.

Let children know it is acceptable to experience fear, anger, or confusion. Help them cope with these emotions through mediums such as structured play and art to stimulate conversation.

Tip #5: Provide opportunities to get involved.

Positive involvement in disaster relief efforts through donations of time, clothing, food, and money can give children a sense that they are helping overcome the challenges associated with a natural disaster. By being part of a large community effort, children can take confidence that the community will be there for them should a disaster disrupt their lives.

Tip #6: Pre-qualify a restoration company and involve the entire family in the process.

Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for storm damage restoration and flood restoration services. Let the children know a team of highly trained, well-equipped, and caring professionals are available 24/7 to provide emergency cleanup and restoration services in the event of storm damage. For older, mature children, consider adding SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to their cell phone contacts.

To learn more about storm damage cleanup in Corsicana, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. The office can also be reached by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Tips for Talking to Children About Severe Weather, Flooding, and Storm Damage

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak offers six tips for helping parents and guardians talk to young children about storms and flood damage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is dedicated to providing homeowners and businesses with the flood damage restoration services needed to quickly and efficiently return life to normal. The team understands how disruptive and stressful damage from a flood or severe weather can be. Water and flood damage also impacts children in the home. Some of a child’s most precious possessions may be lost, damaged, or destroyed. The restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak will clean and restore a child’s beloved toy with the same skill and attention to detail paid to any other valued item.

How to Help Children Understand and Process Storm Damage

News reports on the radio, television and social media bring the human impact of natural disasters up close and personal, even if the events occurred in places hundreds or thousands of miles away. The vivid images can cause children to become anxious and fearful about their own safety.

Jessika Boles, Ph.D., CCLS, a child life specialist for the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, offers a professional perspective, writing, “Much like adults, children find comfort in routines and regularity. When these are threatened by unpredictable and uncontrollable natural disasters, like hurricanes, a child’s first concern is often about his or her own safety – even when the actual disaster may be a world away. But, when given opportunities to talk about the event and process their feelings in familiar ways, even young children can manage and cope with the stress of a natural disaster.”

The practical tips listed below are intended to help parents and guardians have understandable, meaningful, and encouraging discussions with children about severe weather and storm damage.

Tip #1: Have a conversation on the child’s level using clear and descriptive language.

Violent thunderstorms, massive flooding, devastating tornadoes, and destructive hurricanes may be unfamiliar concepts to little children. They may also not realize the different scope of each event. For example, a thunderstorm may last for fifteen minutes, while a hurricane or tropical storm may linger for days. Parents can help children by defining each event and clarifying the differences in clear, age-appropriate language.

Tip #2: Talk about safety.

Although severe weather and storm damage are inevitable and unpreventable, children are less fearful when they know precautions are in place. Turn the formulation of a family safety and survival plan into a group activity that builds confidence and helps a child feel secure. The simple act of identifying what to do in a disaster can overcome fear. Creating a disaster survival kit with emergency food and water supply, a radio, flashlights, batteries, and a favorite stuffed animal or soft blanket can help a child cope with the unknown and the unpredictable.

Tip #3. Avoid overwhelming the child with information.

Err on the side of moderation. An information overload of explicit images, traumatic videos, disturbing audio, and emotional eye-witness accounts will most likely overwhelm a child’s delicate sensibilities. Information is empowering, but continuous exposure to traumatic news reports about the disaster and the human suffering it has caused can be detrimental to children. Overexposure can result in a child experiencing unhealthy levels of anxiety, stress, frustration, and fear, depending on the child’s psychological state. Interrupt the constant barrage of bad news with a variety of good and encouraging news and entertainment. By turning off the television, computer, or phone, a parent or guardian can give children a healthy sense of control over the flow of information about the natural disaster.

Tip #4: Encourage children to express their emotions.

Let children know it is acceptable to experience fear, anger, or confusion. Help them cope with these emotions through mediums such as structured play and art to stimulate conversation.

Tip #5: Provide opportunities to get involved.

Positive involvement in disaster relief efforts through donations of time, clothing, food, and money can give children a sense that they are helping overcome the challenges associated with a natural disaster. By being part of a large community effort, children can take confidence that the community will be there for them should a disaster disrupt their lives.

Tip #6: Pre-qualify a restoration company and involve the entire family in the process.

Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for storm damage restoration and flood restoration services. Let the children know a team of highly trained, well-equipped, and caring professionals are available 24/7 to provide emergency cleanup and restoration services in the event of storm damage. For older, mature children, consider adding SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to their cell phone contacts.

To learn more about storm damage cleanup in Corsicana, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. The office can also be reached by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Why Business Owners Should Prioritize the Creation of a Disaster Recovery Plan for Their Facility

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak warns businesses of the risks of not having a plan for disaster recovery.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is an excellent choice for business owners and property managers when commercial water damage repair is needed. When water is the culprit in a property damage disaster, a rapid response can avoid secondary damage, which can be more costly to repair than the original water damage disaster. Delays in normal business operations can be financially devastating for a business. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7, 365 days a year, and arrives at the facility in about an hour to begin assessing the situation and mitigating the water intrusion.

One of the most important strategies a business can have in place is a disaster readiness plan. A Ready Plan, as it is referred to by SERVPRO, is crucial for a safe, swift, and successful return to normal business operations in the wake of a property damage disaster.

A property damage disaster resulting from a fire, tornado, or hurricane can wreck a small business. Closures may last for months. Most small businesses are without a disaster recovery plan, and insurance coverage protecting against a financial catastrophe from a natural disaster is not in place.

Insureon, in partnership with Manta, an online small business directory, conducted a poll. The poll revealed that “31% of small business owners don’t know if their business would survive if it was forced to close for more than a month. An additional 13% say they are confident it wouldn’t. Despite that uncertainty of survival, 61% of small business owners say they don’t have a formal disaster recovery plan.”

How to plan for a disaster

The poll mentioned above found that one in ten surveyed business owners experienced a closure after a natural disaster. One in five of these closures were unable to reopen. A disaster recovery plan improves a business’ ability to successfully recover from a natural disaster. A disaster recovery plan should include the following components:

1. A list of critical employees

This list should include essential information about key employees and details about their functions during the disaster response and recovery process. Contact information for the landlord, utility companies, and key vendors should be an element of this part of the plan.

2. A pre-qualified property damage restoration company

In the event of property damage, a rapid response by a reputable damage restoration company that has a proven track record of dealing with commercial venues can expedite the recovery process while reducing unnecessary restoration costs from secondary damage such as mold and wood rot.

3. A risk hazard analysis

Identify and assess any risks. Each risk analysis should be accompanied by response strategies and recovery solutions.

4. Documentation of business continuity protocols

This component is an outline of critical business operations, including documents, procedures, programs, and resources. An example would be processing payroll, payables, and receivables. During the pandemic, many of these activities were outsourced to third parties or fulfilled by employees working remotely.

5. Data preservation strategies

Ensure that all information essential for operational continuity is backed up on a daily basis. The backup location should be off-site or in the cloud.

How to respond to a natural disaster

  1. Ensure all onsite employees, vendors, and contractors are safe and accounted for. If a natural disaster impacts physical operations, the top priority is to ensure everyone is safe.
  2. Make the facility safe and secure. Cordon off unsafe areas, and contain employee movement to safe areas. Shut off the power, water, and gas utilities where needed. Execute other safety measures as laid out in the disaster recovery plan.
  3. Activate the recovery and restoration action plan by notifying the pre-qualified damage restoration company. A crew from SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak will arrive on the scene typically within an hour. A specially trained technician will inspect and assess the situation. A detailed industry-standard estimate with documentation, including photos and video, will be provided. SERVPRO can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.

The crews will mitigate the water intrusion, including emergency tarping. They can also secure the facility with board-ups of windows and doors and the installation of emergency fencing. Water removal can begin immediately using high-powered commercial-grade equipment. Employees are freed up to address operational and administrative issues. Also, the risks and liabilities of enlisting untrained and ill-equipped employees to handle property damage restoration are very high. A slip-and-fall injury can be terminal for a business already struggling to survive a natural disaster or other property damage disaster.

To learn more about commercial water damage cleanup and restoration services in Ennis, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by calling (972) 937-1494 or emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Why Business Owners Should Prioritize the Creation of a Disaster Recovery Plan for Their Facility

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak warns businesses of the risks of not having a plan for disaster recovery.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is an excellent choice for business owners and property managers when commercial water damage repair is needed. When water is the culprit in a property damage disaster, a rapid response can avoid secondary damage, which can be more costly to repair than the original water damage disaster. Delays in normal business operations can be financially devastating for a business. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is available 24/7, 365 days a year, and arrives at the facility in about an hour to begin assessing the situation and mitigating the water intrusion.

One of the most important strategies a business can have in place is a disaster readiness plan. A Ready Plan, as it is referred to by SERVPRO, is crucial for a safe, swift, and successful return to normal business operations in the wake of a property damage disaster.

A property damage disaster resulting from a fire, tornado, or hurricane can wreck a small business. Closures may last for months. Most small businesses are without a disaster recovery plan, and insurance coverage protecting against a financial catastrophe from a natural disaster is not in place.

Insureon, in partnership with Manta, an online small business directory, conducted a poll. The poll revealed that “31% of small business owners don’t know if their business would survive if it was forced to close for more than a month. An additional 13% say they are confident it wouldn’t. Despite that uncertainty of survival, 61% of small business owners say they don’t have a formal disaster recovery plan.”

How to plan for a disaster

The poll mentioned above found that one in ten surveyed business owners experienced a closure after a natural disaster. One in five of these closures were unable to reopen. A disaster recovery plan improves a business’ ability to successfully recover from a natural disaster. A disaster recovery plan should include the following components:

1. A list of critical employees

This list should include essential information about key employees and details about their functions during the disaster response and recovery process. Contact information for the landlord, utility companies, and key vendors should be an element of this part of the plan.

2. A pre-qualified property damage restoration company

In the event of property damage, a rapid response by a reputable damage restoration company that has a proven track record of dealing with commercial venues can expedite the recovery process while reducing unnecessary restoration costs from secondary damage such as mold and wood rot.

3. A risk hazard analysis

Identify and assess any risks. Each risk analysis should be accompanied by response strategies and recovery solutions.

4. Documentation of business continuity protocols

This component is an outline of critical business operations, including documents, procedures, programs, and resources. An example would be processing payroll, payables, and receivables. During the pandemic, many of these activities were outsourced to third parties or fulfilled by employees working remotely.

5. Data preservation strategies

Ensure that all information essential for operational continuity is backed up on a daily basis. The backup location should be off-site or in the cloud.

How to respond to a natural disaster

  1. Ensure all onsite employees, vendors, and contractors are safe and accounted for. If a natural disaster impacts physical operations, the top priority is to ensure everyone is safe.
  2. Make the facility safe and secure. Cordon off unsafe areas, and contain employee movement to safe areas. Shut off the power, water, and gas utilities where needed. Execute other safety measures as laid out in the disaster recovery plan.
  3. Activate the recovery and restoration action plan by notifying the pre-qualified damage restoration company. A crew from SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak will arrive on the scene typically within an hour. A specially trained technician will inspect and assess the situation. A detailed industry-standard estimate with documentation, including photos and video, will be provided. SERVPRO can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.

The crews will mitigate the water intrusion, including emergency tarping. They can also secure the facility with board-ups of windows and doors and the installation of emergency fencing. Water removal can begin immediately using high-powered commercial-grade equipment. Employees are freed up to address operational and administrative issues. Also, the risks and liabilities of enlisting untrained and ill-equipped employees to handle property damage restoration are very high. A slip-and-fall injury can be terminal for a business already struggling to survive a natural disaster or other property damage disaster.

To learn more about commercial water damage cleanup and restoration services in Ennis, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by calling (972) 937-1494 or emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Why Corsicana, TX, Property Owners Should Be Aware of the Slip and Fall Risks of a Water Damage Disaster

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights statistics demonstrating the safety hazards that arise when water damage occurs.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak urges homeowners, businesses, and property managers to consider the link between water damage restoration and safety. A water intrusion or flooding disaster creates situations that can put families, guests, employees, clientele, and customers at risk of slipping, tripping, and falling. Prompt water damage mitigation, cleanup, and restoration are crucial to restoring a safe, healthy environment for the family, employees, and customers.

The National Floor Safety Institute has compiled statistics highlighting the risk of injury from slips, trips, and falls.

  • Falls account for over 8 million emergency visits to the hospital every year, and falling is the number one cause of trips to the ER.
  • Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall.
  • Flooring and flooring materials are contributing factors in over 2 million fall injuries every year.
  • Fall injuries are the leading cause of lost workdays and workers’ compensation claims.
  • Injuries from slips and falls are the leading occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
  • A fall-related occupational injury resulting in a temporary or permanent disability costs approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.

Wet floors are dangerous. A water intrusion on concrete, tile, wood or vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, or carpeting elevates the risk of a slip-and-fall for anyone walking on the surface. Leaving the restoration process to professionals greatly reduces the risk of a slip-and-fall injury.

How Property Owners Can Respond Quickly to a Water Damage Disaster

Step #1: Stop the water intrusion immediately.

Begin by identifying the source of the water intrusion. If the intrusion is due to a burst water supply line to an appliance, faucet, or toilet, stop the flow at the shutoff valve. Otherwise, turn off the water flow at the main valve into the home or business.

Step #2: Implement temporary safety precautions to protect occupants from slipping, tripping, and falling.

In the home, let everyone know of the situation and the dangers of slipping. It is important to avoid tracking the water throughout the house, especially if gray water and black water are involved. The cleanup and restoration project becomes more complicated when raw sewage has been spread throughout the home. Remove four-legged pets from the water-damaged area. Keep children away from the wet flooring.

In a business, the first step is to identify the source of the water intrusion and stop the flow. Safety precautions may include putting up signage, safety tape, and safety cones to warn employees and customers of the danger. The legal liabilities are great. Proactively implement all reasonable and required measures to identify the hazardous area and restrict unnecessary foot traffic. Demonstrate and document that due diligence was taken to determine the risk hazard, restrict traffic, and prevent injury.

Step #3: Take action to remove the water and moisture as soon as possible.

In the home, a minor spill can be managed with a mop, towels, and a bucket. Moisture in carpeting, under flooring, or in walls and ceilings needs professional expertise and equipment to prevent secondary damage, including structural damage and the potential for a mold infestation.

Minor water intrusion incidents in a commercial setting can be managed in-house with janitorial and maintenance staff who have been assigned such responsibilities and who possess the training and equipment to perform the required activities. When a property damage disaster occurs, everyone wants to pitch in to restore normal business operations as soon as possible. Tasking untrained and ill-equipped employees with performing duties outside the scope of their assigned job description exposes the employer to liabilities that could cost the company large legal fees and larger injury payouts.

More extensive water intrusion may require professional water damage restoration services from a company with the personnel, equipment, moisture-detecting technology, and cleaning techniques needed to accomplish the project safely and quickly. A reputable property damage restoration company will be bonded, licensed, and insured, which relieves the customer from any liability should an employee of the restoration company be injured while providing cleanup and restoration services at the location.

Both the homeowner and business owner should consult with their insurance provider to determine if water damage restoration is covered under the terms of the policy.

Professional Water Damage Restoration Solutions

When is the time to call in professionals to handle a water damage disaster?

  • When the water extraction cannot be easily and quickly managed
  • When circumstances in the home or business necessitate fast, efficient water damage cleanup and restoration
  • When applied structural drying is needed
  • When the cleanup and restoration project puts family members at risk of personal injury from a slip-and-fall injury or from exposure to water contaminated with sewage or other toxic substances
  • When the cleanup and restoration project puts employees at risk of personal injury from a slip-and-fall accident or from exposure to water contaminated with sewage or toxic substances

Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for more details about water damage restoration services in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Why Corsicana, TX, Property Owners Should Be Aware of the Slip and Fall Risks of a Water Damage Disaster

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights statistics demonstrating the safety hazards that arise when water damage occurs.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak urges homeowners, businesses, and property managers to consider the link between water damage restoration and safety. A water intrusion or flooding disaster creates situations that can put families, guests, employees, clientele, and customers at risk of slipping, tripping, and falling. Prompt water damage mitigation, cleanup, and restoration are crucial to restoring a safe, healthy environment for the family, employees, and customers.

The National Floor Safety Institute has compiled statistics highlighting the risk of injury from slips, trips, and falls.

  • Falls account for over 8 million emergency visits to the hospital every year, and falling is the number one cause of trips to the ER.
  • Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall.
  • Flooring and flooring materials are contributing factors in over 2 million fall injuries every year.
  • Fall injuries are the leading cause of lost workdays and workers’ compensation claims.
  • Injuries from slips and falls are the leading occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
  • A fall-related occupational injury resulting in a temporary or permanent disability costs approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.

Wet floors are dangerous. A water intrusion on concrete, tile, wood or vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, or carpeting elevates the risk of a slip-and-fall for anyone walking on the surface. Leaving the restoration process to professionals greatly reduces the risk of a slip-and-fall injury.

How Property Owners Can Respond Quickly to a Water Damage Disaster

Step #1: Stop the water intrusion immediately.

Begin by identifying the source of the water intrusion. If the intrusion is due to a burst water supply line to an appliance, faucet, or toilet, stop the flow at the shutoff valve. Otherwise, turn off the water flow at the main valve into the home or business.

Step #2: Implement temporary safety precautions to protect occupants from slipping, tripping, and falling.

In the home, let everyone know of the situation and the dangers of slipping. It is important to avoid tracking the water throughout the house, especially if gray water and black water are involved. The cleanup and restoration project becomes more complicated when raw sewage has been spread throughout the home. Remove four-legged pets from the water-damaged area. Keep children away from the wet flooring.

In a business, the first step is to identify the source of the water intrusion and stop the flow. Safety precautions may include putting up signage, safety tape, and safety cones to warn employees and customers of the danger. The legal liabilities are great. Proactively implement all reasonable and required measures to identify the hazardous area and restrict unnecessary foot traffic. Demonstrate and document that due diligence was taken to determine the risk hazard, restrict traffic, and prevent injury.

Step #3: Take action to remove the water and moisture as soon as possible.

In the home, a minor spill can be managed with a mop, towels, and a bucket. Moisture in carpeting, under flooring, or in walls and ceilings needs professional expertise and equipment to prevent secondary damage, including structural damage and the potential for a mold infestation.

Minor water intrusion incidents in a commercial setting can be managed in-house with janitorial and maintenance staff who have been assigned such responsibilities and who possess the training and equipment to perform the required activities. When a property damage disaster occurs, everyone wants to pitch in to restore normal business operations as soon as possible. Tasking untrained and ill-equipped employees with performing duties outside the scope of their assigned job description exposes the employer to liabilities that could cost the company large legal fees and larger injury payouts.

More extensive water intrusion may require professional water damage restoration services from a company with the personnel, equipment, moisture-detecting technology, and cleaning techniques needed to accomplish the project safely and quickly. A reputable property damage restoration company will be bonded, licensed, and insured, which relieves the customer from any liability should an employee of the restoration company be injured while providing cleanup and restoration services at the location.

Both the homeowner and business owner should consult with their insurance provider to determine if water damage restoration is covered under the terms of the policy.

Professional Water Damage Restoration Solutions

When is the time to call in professionals to handle a water damage disaster?

  • When the water extraction cannot be easily and quickly managed
  • When circumstances in the home or business necessitate fast, efficient water damage cleanup and restoration
  • When applied structural drying is needed
  • When the cleanup and restoration project puts family members at risk of personal injury from a slip-and-fall injury or from exposure to water contaminated with sewage or other toxic substances
  • When the cleanup and restoration project puts employees at risk of personal injury from a slip-and-fall accident or from exposure to water contaminated with sewage or toxic substances

Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for more details about water damage restoration services in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

How Damage Restoration Technicians with a Solid Work Ethic Benefit the Customer

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights the importance of an excellent work ethic in the context of the damage restoration industry.

At SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, water damage restoration crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. The latest equipment and state-of-the-art technology ensure the water removal and structural drying meet and exceed industry standards. Advanced cleaning techniques along with EPA-approved cleaning products enable technicians to thoroughly clean, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize disaster sites contaminated with smoke, soot, mold, mildew, and sewage.

Each restoration professional receives extensive training and certification in areas such as fire and smoke damage, water and flood damage, mold remediation, and commercial cleaning. Crews are skilled in operating the many pieces of equipment utilized in the property damage restoration process. Personal safety, the safety of the customer and their family (including pets), and the protection and preservation of personal belongings are top priorities for each crew member. Safety-conscious technicians wear PPG when needed. The SERVPRO team follows safety guidelines and protocols. All these factors and one more add up to make SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak an excellent choice for property damage cleanup and restoration. That last critical element involved in the making of an exceptional SERVPRO restoration professional is their work ethic.

What Qualities Make Up a Great Work Ethic?

Entrepreneur Magazine and other business experts have identified key elements of a strong work ethic. These elements are important for a client or customer to consider when hiring a damage restoration professional. These elements include professionalism, respect, dependability, dedication, determination, high standards for personal conduct and job performance, passion for the job and the people served, and a well-balanced life.

  1. Professional

This foundational quality encompasses everything from dress (appearance), decorum (how clients, fellow technicians, and other vendors are treated), and demeanor (attitude) to the skilled performance of the cleaning and restoration process.

  1. Respectful

A property damage disaster involves stress, anxiety, and frustration. SERVPRO professionals are known for displaying grace under pressure, and they will remain poised, focused, and diplomatic when deadlines are tight and emotions are tense. Clients who have experienced a tragic house fire or devastating flood receive courtesy, empathy, and patience from every member of the SERVPRO damage restoration team.

  1. Focused and persistent

Some aspects of the residential and commercial fire and smoke damage cleanup process are tedious and require focused attention to detail. Every square inch of the affected area must be wiped down and treated to ensure toxic soot and ash have been removed. The technician must demonstrate a disciplined and thorough persistence when cleaning the customer’s fire- and smoke-damaged structures, furniture, and personal belongings. The ability to focus eliminates errors and increases efficiency.

  1. Disciplined

A property damaged by fire, smoke, sewage, or water is a dangerous environment. Technicians must be diligent in following safety protocols, and they must not cut corners. The wearing of personal protective gear (PPG) such as a respirator, hard hat, gloves, goggles, boots, and a hazmat suit on a hot, muggy Texas summer afternoon is uncomfortable and requires personal sacrifice and discipline to get the job done.

  1. Dependable

Clients can depend on SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to be available 24/7, 365 days a year. Their reputation for reliability precedes them because they faithfully and consistently keep their commitments. The crew arrives on the scene in thirty minutes or less, fully prepared to inspect and assess the situation, present a detailed and documented estimate, and begin the cleanup and restoration process.

  1. Dedicated

SERVPRO professionals complete the job the right way. “Good enough” is not good enough for technicians who embrace the weighty responsibility that anything less than their best compromises safety and puts families, employees, or business clientele at risk. Accepting anything less than excellence is unacceptable for the SERVPRO team.

How SERVPRO’s Technicians Exhibit a Great Work Ethic

The following review highlights the work ethic the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak team exemplifies when providing water damage cleanup and restoration services. The satisfied customer wrote, “I would definitely recommend SERVPRO. Our place flooded just a few days ago, and Cody has been wonderful! Great work ethic, clean, kind, respectful and he goes the extra mile for sure! I’m very impressed. I feel completely comfortable with Addison, Cody, and Jeffrey in my home with my son and me. Cody has made this horrible and stressful event so much better and easier to deal with. Thanks again for all your hard work Cody!”

For more information about the Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494 or email the team at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

How Damage Restoration Technicians with a Solid Work Ethic Benefit the Customer

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak highlights the importance of an excellent work ethic in the context of the damage restoration industry.

At SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, water damage restoration crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. The latest equipment and state-of-the-art technology ensure the water removal and structural drying meet and exceed industry standards. Advanced cleaning techniques along with EPA-approved cleaning products enable technicians to thoroughly clean, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize disaster sites contaminated with smoke, soot, mold, mildew, and sewage.

Each restoration professional receives extensive training and certification in areas such as fire and smoke damage, water and flood damage, mold remediation, and commercial cleaning. Crews are skilled in operating the many pieces of equipment utilized in the property damage restoration process. Personal safety, the safety of the customer and their family (including pets), and the protection and preservation of personal belongings are top priorities for each crew member. Safety-conscious technicians wear PPG when needed. The SERVPRO team follows safety guidelines and protocols. All these factors and one more add up to make SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak an excellent choice for property damage cleanup and restoration. That last critical element involved in the making of an exceptional SERVPRO restoration professional is their work ethic.

What Qualities Make Up a Great Work Ethic?

Entrepreneur Magazine and other business experts have identified key elements of a strong work ethic. These elements are important for a client or customer to consider when hiring a damage restoration professional. These elements include professionalism, respect, dependability, dedication, determination, high standards for personal conduct and job performance, passion for the job and the people served, and a well-balanced life.

  1. Professional

This foundational quality encompasses everything from dress (appearance), decorum (how clients, fellow technicians, and other vendors are treated), and demeanor (attitude) to the skilled performance of the cleaning and restoration process.

  1. Respectful

A property damage disaster involves stress, anxiety, and frustration. SERVPRO professionals are known for displaying grace under pressure, and they will remain poised, focused, and diplomatic when deadlines are tight and emotions are tense. Clients who have experienced a tragic house fire or devastating flood receive courtesy, empathy, and patience from every member of the SERVPRO damage restoration team.

  1. Focused and persistent

Some aspects of the residential and commercial fire and smoke damage cleanup process are tedious and require focused attention to detail. Every square inch of the affected area must be wiped down and treated to ensure toxic soot and ash have been removed. The technician must demonstrate a disciplined and thorough persistence when cleaning the customer’s fire- and smoke-damaged structures, furniture, and personal belongings. The ability to focus eliminates errors and increases efficiency.

  1. Disciplined

A property damaged by fire, smoke, sewage, or water is a dangerous environment. Technicians must be diligent in following safety protocols, and they must not cut corners. The wearing of personal protective gear (PPG) such as a respirator, hard hat, gloves, goggles, boots, and a hazmat suit on a hot, muggy Texas summer afternoon is uncomfortable and requires personal sacrifice and discipline to get the job done.

  1. Dependable

Clients can depend on SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to be available 24/7, 365 days a year. Their reputation for reliability precedes them because they faithfully and consistently keep their commitments. The crew arrives on the scene in thirty minutes or less, fully prepared to inspect and assess the situation, present a detailed and documented estimate, and begin the cleanup and restoration process.

  1. Dedicated

SERVPRO professionals complete the job the right way. “Good enough” is not good enough for technicians who embrace the weighty responsibility that anything less than their best compromises safety and puts families, employees, or business clientele at risk. Accepting anything less than excellence is unacceptable for the SERVPRO team.

How SERVPRO’s Technicians Exhibit a Great Work Ethic

The following review highlights the work ethic the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak team exemplifies when providing water damage cleanup and restoration services. The satisfied customer wrote, “I would definitely recommend SERVPRO. Our place flooded just a few days ago, and Cody has been wonderful! Great work ethic, clean, kind, respectful and he goes the extra mile for sure! I’m very impressed. I feel completely comfortable with Addison, Cody, and Jeffrey in my home with my son and me. Cody has made this horrible and stressful event so much better and easier to deal with. Thanks again for all your hard work Cody!”

For more information about the Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494 or email the team at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

The Multi-Faceted Nature of Property Damage at a Place of Business

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains the importance of understanding damage intersection and the hazard matrix of commercial property damage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak understands the complexity of commercial property damage in Corsicana, TX. An awareness of the multi-faceted dimension of the disaster means the professionals at SERVPRO will address the totality of the situation in order to implement a restoration project that results in a safe, functional working environment for employees, vendors, and customers. The certified, experienced technicians identify the full scope of the damage and work to mitigate the effects of the disaster. Businesses, institutions, distribution centers, and manufacturing units can trust SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to restore the damaged area.

When a disaster strikes

OSHA highlights the complicated nature of a property damage disaster in an agency publication on natural disasters. “Natural disasters can cause widespread flooding and damage to property and infrastructure. Cleanup and recovery activities involve hazards that can cause serious injuries or death. OSHA urges employers and workers engaged in cleanup and recovery to be aware of these hazards and how to protect workers.”

The information circular continues with the following directives to employers and employees: “If you are an employer, worker, homeowner, or member of the public involved in cleanup and recovery activities, it is important that you assess the potential for hazardous conditions and/or exposures before you engage in these activities. Based on an initial assessment of hazards, employers need to provide workers with the appropriate personal protective equipment, training, and information to safely perform the work.”

OSHA stresses the importance that employees involved in the cleanup process carefully assess the potential for hazardous conditions and/or exposures prior to engaging in cleanup and restoration activities.

Employers are advised to pay special attention to the outline of the hazard matrix described below. It is unreasonable to expect employees untrained and inexperienced in dealing with a property damage disaster to accurately assess the scope of the disaster, as well as the obvious and hidden health dangers encompassed in the unique hazard matrix of the disaster. Workplace liabilities and likelihood of litigation can have a long-term effect on the profitability and viability of the company. These unforeseen future costs can be devastating.

The accurate assessment of the complex and multi-faceted hazard matrix of a commercial property damage disaster requires the expertise of a trained professional. In a commercial environment, even a simple sprinkler malfunction can spiral into a complex toxic waste cleanup. Certain types of dangerous chemicals can be activated by water, and cleanup will involve more than just water removal. Full personal protective gear (PPG), safe ventilation, and proper disposal of the toxic water may be required.

Damage intersection

A hazard matrix takes stock of damage intersections. A fire damage disaster involves the intersection of damage from the fire, smoke damage, water damage, and toxic substances. Damage cleanup and restoration requires commercial-grade equipment, highly trained technicians, and PPG that ensures personal safety. In some cases, deconstruction or demolition by fire personnel may create physical hazards for employees and cleanup crews.

Other components of damage intersection that complicate the hazard matrix and create potentially deadly cleanup and restoration situations include the following:

  • Dust and ash
  • Foam or other chemicals utilized in the extinguishing of the blaze
  • Sewage spills from damaged pipes
  • Toxic spills from containment vessels damaged by flooding, storms, or fire
  • Chemicals/toxins/gas/particulate debris from raw materials used in the manufacturing process
  • Asbestos release in older buildings that may be out of compliance
  • Mercury from lights
  • Lead in old paint
  • Dioxin
  • Outdated chemicals stored on-site
  • Combustibles, explosives, etc.

Even though OSHA lays out principles to guide employers and employees when engaging in a property damage cleanup and restoration project, extreme care should be exercised. Violation of a corporate policy addressing the involvement of untrained employees could result in litigation. Union employees may be limited to the scope of work in their labor contract. Breaches of protocol could also jeopardize commercial insurance coverage for the property damage.

Overcoming the challenges of a complicated hazard matrix

The best, safest, and most efficient property damage restoration solution is to outsource the project to a licensed, bonded, insured, and certified property damage restoration company. Damage restoration technicians have the experience, training, equipment, and skills to accurately assess the complexities of a multi-faceted property damage disaster. A commercial environment involves staff, employees, vendors, and customers, and the safety of these parties must not be compromised.

The goal is to achieve a return to normal business operations as quickly and as safely as possible. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can assess the damage, taking into consideration the hazard matrix and the intersection of the various aspects of property damage, whether fire, smoke, water, or flood damage. The business owner can trust SERVPRO to maintain the highest safety and health standards for the technicians.

The best time to choose a commercial damage restoration company is before a disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak offers commercial customers an industry-standard Ready Plan that facilitates a fast response, inspection and assessment, and staging activities. A pre-planned staging protocol can shave hours or days off the overall cleanup and restoration project.

For more information about commercial damage restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

The Multi-Faceted Nature of Property Damage at a Place of Business

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains the importance of understanding damage intersection and the hazard matrix of commercial property damage.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak understands the complexity of commercial property damage in Corsicana, TX. An awareness of the multi-faceted dimension of the disaster means the professionals at SERVPRO will address the totality of the situation in order to implement a restoration project that results in a safe, functional working environment for employees, vendors, and customers. The certified, experienced technicians identify the full scope of the damage and work to mitigate the effects of the disaster. Businesses, institutions, distribution centers, and manufacturing units can trust SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to restore the damaged area.

When a disaster strikes

OSHA highlights the complicated nature of a property damage disaster in an agency publication on natural disasters. “Natural disasters can cause widespread flooding and damage to property and infrastructure. Cleanup and recovery activities involve hazards that can cause serious injuries or death. OSHA urges employers and workers engaged in cleanup and recovery to be aware of these hazards and how to protect workers.”

The information circular continues with the following directives to employers and employees: “If you are an employer, worker, homeowner, or member of the public involved in cleanup and recovery activities, it is important that you assess the potential for hazardous conditions and/or exposures before you engage in these activities. Based on an initial assessment of hazards, employers need to provide workers with the appropriate personal protective equipment, training, and information to safely perform the work.”

OSHA stresses the importance that employees involved in the cleanup process carefully assess the potential for hazardous conditions and/or exposures prior to engaging in cleanup and restoration activities.

Employers are advised to pay special attention to the outline of the hazard matrix described below. It is unreasonable to expect employees untrained and inexperienced in dealing with a property damage disaster to accurately assess the scope of the disaster, as well as the obvious and hidden health dangers encompassed in the unique hazard matrix of the disaster. Workplace liabilities and likelihood of litigation can have a long-term effect on the profitability and viability of the company. These unforeseen future costs can be devastating.

The accurate assessment of the complex and multi-faceted hazard matrix of a commercial property damage disaster requires the expertise of a trained professional. In a commercial environment, even a simple sprinkler malfunction can spiral into a complex toxic waste cleanup. Certain types of dangerous chemicals can be activated by water, and cleanup will involve more than just water removal. Full personal protective gear (PPG), safe ventilation, and proper disposal of the toxic water may be required.

Damage intersection

A hazard matrix takes stock of damage intersections. A fire damage disaster involves the intersection of damage from the fire, smoke damage, water damage, and toxic substances. Damage cleanup and restoration requires commercial-grade equipment, highly trained technicians, and PPG that ensures personal safety. In some cases, deconstruction or demolition by fire personnel may create physical hazards for employees and cleanup crews.

Other components of damage intersection that complicate the hazard matrix and create potentially deadly cleanup and restoration situations include the following:

  • Dust and ash
  • Foam or other chemicals utilized in the extinguishing of the blaze
  • Sewage spills from damaged pipes
  • Toxic spills from containment vessels damaged by flooding, storms, or fire
  • Chemicals/toxins/gas/particulate debris from raw materials used in the manufacturing process
  • Asbestos release in older buildings that may be out of compliance
  • Mercury from lights
  • Lead in old paint
  • Dioxin
  • Outdated chemicals stored on-site
  • Combustibles, explosives, etc.

Even though OSHA lays out principles to guide employers and employees when engaging in a property damage cleanup and restoration project, extreme care should be exercised. Violation of a corporate policy addressing the involvement of untrained employees could result in litigation. Union employees may be limited to the scope of work in their labor contract. Breaches of protocol could also jeopardize commercial insurance coverage for the property damage.

Overcoming the challenges of a complicated hazard matrix

The best, safest, and most efficient property damage restoration solution is to outsource the project to a licensed, bonded, insured, and certified property damage restoration company. Damage restoration technicians have the experience, training, equipment, and skills to accurately assess the complexities of a multi-faceted property damage disaster. A commercial environment involves staff, employees, vendors, and customers, and the safety of these parties must not be compromised.

The goal is to achieve a return to normal business operations as quickly and as safely as possible. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can assess the damage, taking into consideration the hazard matrix and the intersection of the various aspects of property damage, whether fire, smoke, water, or flood damage. The business owner can trust SERVPRO to maintain the highest safety and health standards for the technicians.

The best time to choose a commercial damage restoration company is before a disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak offers commercial customers an industry-standard Ready Plan that facilitates a fast response, inspection and assessment, and staging activities. A pre-planned staging protocol can shave hours or days off the overall cleanup and restoration project.

For more information about commercial damage restoration services in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor and a Damage Restoration Company after Storm Damage

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak advises homeowners about what to do when a storm or severe weather damages the roof.

Storm damage in Corsicana, TX, can involve many different types of property damage, including damage to the roof and the accompanying water damage. Like its sister cities of Ennis and Red Oak, Corsicana sees its fair share of severe weather. The thunderstorms that roll through the area bring heavy rain, hail, high winds, and an occasional Texas twister. This severe weather often causes roof damage and water intrusion.

Signs of Storm Damage to the Roof

When severe weather rumbles through the region, homeowners should look for the following signs that may indicate roof damage:

  • dislodged and missing shingles
  • visible granule loss on the shingles
  • visible evidence of water intrusion in the attic or on the ceiling and floor under the attic
  • loose debris on the roof and in the yard, including broken limbs, fallen trees, yard furniture, and debris from the neighbor’s yard
  • clogged or broken gutters and downspouts

What to Do When Storms Cause Water Damage

When it becomes obvious that the severe weather has damaged the roof and caused a water intrusion, immediately contact a property damage restoration company and a roofing contractor. While waiting for these teams to arrive, take the following steps to protect the home and belongings.

  1. Move furniture, personal belongings, electrical devices, and other valuables to a safe location. If an item cannot be moved, it should be covered with a tarp or sheet of plastic.
  2. Put buckets under areas where water is leaking through the ceiling. Take a sharp pencil, ice pick, or nail and make a small hole in the ceiling to allow water to flow freely out of the ceiling into a container.
  3. Mop up any water on the floor to prevent slip-and-fall injuries.
  4. Carefully unplug any electronics or electrical devices that might be damaged or cause electrical shock to humans or pets.

Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor

When hiring a roofing contractor, consider the following recommendations from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA): “Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number and, where required, a business license. Request verification of professional liability insurance. Look for a company with a proven track record; ask for and check client references and request a list of completed projects. Verify whether the contractor is properly licensed or bonded. Insist on a written proposal. The proposal should include complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate start and completion dates and payment procedures. Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as NRCA. Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed. Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures. Carefully read and make sure you understand any roofing warranty offered; watch for provisions that would void the warranty. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.”

Tips for Choosing a Property Damage Restoration Company

When selecting a property damage restoration company for a water damage disaster, look for the following:

  • 24/7 availability and a rapid response time - Every minute of delay allows for the water damage to progress in severity. A delay in emergency tarping can allow hundreds of gallons of water to pour into a home, adding tens of thousands of dollars to the scope of restoration work.
  • Licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Solid reviews on social media and references
  • Locally owned and operated
  • Experienced, trained, and certified water damage restoration technicians
  • Advanced equipment, cutting-edge water-detection technology, the latest cleaning techniques, EPA-approved cleaning products
  • An initial inspection and assessment that results in an outline of the scope of work, a timeline, an estimate of costs, and full documentation, including photos
  • A member of a reputable franchise - As a franchisee, the owner must meet credentialing and qualifying standards in the areas of job performance, customer satisfaction, employee training, and adherence to other corporate policies.

Quality of installation is foundational when choosing a roofing contractor; quality of cleanup and restoration is foundational when choosing a property damage restoration company. Unlike roofing services, property damage restoration touches people at the point of crisis. SERVPRO professionals often encounter homeowners who need compassion and encouragement, as well as property damage restoration.

For more information about storm damage and water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor and a Damage Restoration Company after Storm Damage

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak advises homeowners about what to do when a storm or severe weather damages the roof.

Storm damage in Corsicana, TX, can involve many different types of property damage, including damage to the roof and the accompanying water damage. Like its sister cities of Ennis and Red Oak, Corsicana sees its fair share of severe weather. The thunderstorms that roll through the area bring heavy rain, hail, high winds, and an occasional Texas twister. This severe weather often causes roof damage and water intrusion.

Signs of Storm Damage to the Roof

When severe weather rumbles through the region, homeowners should look for the following signs that may indicate roof damage:

  • dislodged and missing shingles
  • visible granule loss on the shingles
  • visible evidence of water intrusion in the attic or on the ceiling and floor under the attic
  • loose debris on the roof and in the yard, including broken limbs, fallen trees, yard furniture, and debris from the neighbor’s yard
  • clogged or broken gutters and downspouts

What to Do When Storms Cause Water Damage

When it becomes obvious that the severe weather has damaged the roof and caused a water intrusion, immediately contact a property damage restoration company and a roofing contractor. While waiting for these teams to arrive, take the following steps to protect the home and belongings.

  1. Move furniture, personal belongings, electrical devices, and other valuables to a safe location. If an item cannot be moved, it should be covered with a tarp or sheet of plastic.
  2. Put buckets under areas where water is leaking through the ceiling. Take a sharp pencil, ice pick, or nail and make a small hole in the ceiling to allow water to flow freely out of the ceiling into a container.
  3. Mop up any water on the floor to prevent slip-and-fall injuries.
  4. Carefully unplug any electronics or electrical devices that might be damaged or cause electrical shock to humans or pets.

Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor

When hiring a roofing contractor, consider the following recommendations from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA): “Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number and, where required, a business license. Request verification of professional liability insurance. Look for a company with a proven track record; ask for and check client references and request a list of completed projects. Verify whether the contractor is properly licensed or bonded. Insist on a written proposal. The proposal should include complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate start and completion dates and payment procedures. Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as NRCA. Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed. Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures. Carefully read and make sure you understand any roofing warranty offered; watch for provisions that would void the warranty. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.”

Tips for Choosing a Property Damage Restoration Company

When selecting a property damage restoration company for a water damage disaster, look for the following:

  • 24/7 availability and a rapid response time - Every minute of delay allows for the water damage to progress in severity. A delay in emergency tarping can allow hundreds of gallons of water to pour into a home, adding tens of thousands of dollars to the scope of restoration work.
  • Licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Solid reviews on social media and references
  • Locally owned and operated
  • Experienced, trained, and certified water damage restoration technicians
  • Advanced equipment, cutting-edge water-detection technology, the latest cleaning techniques, EPA-approved cleaning products
  • An initial inspection and assessment that results in an outline of the scope of work, a timeline, an estimate of costs, and full documentation, including photos
  • A member of a reputable franchise - As a franchisee, the owner must meet credentialing and qualifying standards in the areas of job performance, customer satisfaction, employee training, and adherence to other corporate policies.

Quality of installation is foundational when choosing a roofing contractor; quality of cleanup and restoration is foundational when choosing a property damage restoration company. Unlike roofing services, property damage restoration touches people at the point of crisis. SERVPRO professionals often encounter homeowners who need compassion and encouragement, as well as property damage restoration.

For more information about storm damage and water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Why Do Garbage Disposal Units Leak and Cause Water Damage?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains how to identify and resolve a garbage disposal leak.

Any household appliance that involves water can leak and cause water damage, including garbage disposal units. The garbage disposal is a household invention that makes life in the kitchen more convenient and less time-consuming. The first models came into production in 1940; today, nearly half of all US households have a garbage disposal hidden away under the kitchen sink. Occasionally, the unit will leak, which can cause water damage to flooring, baseboards, and the cabinet. Unresolved water damage can lead to a mold infestation that could spread throughout the home.

How to Spot a Leaking Garbage Disposal

A leak under the kitchen sink can go undetected for weeks or months, especially if the leak is minimal. Detection is difficult for many reasons. The area under the kitchen sink is usually cluttered with cleaners, garbage bags, rags, brushes, sponges, and other kitchen items. The door to the cabinet is kept closed, and the area under the sink is rarely illuminated. The cleaners and other products under the sink often mask any unusual odors that might indicate a leak.

A plumbing expert offers the following tip on how to detect a leaking garbage disposal unit: “Prior to testing the garbage disposal for leaks, unplug it at the wall outlet and turn off the power from the breaker box to prevent electrical shock. Then insert a watertight sink stopper into your sink drain and wipe the unit dry with a clean cloth. In any handy container, mix a few drops of food coloring into a few cups of water, and pour the dyed water onto the sink stopper to help you locate the leak.”

Some signs there may be a leak under the sink from the garbage disposal, from the sink itself, or from connections to the dishwasher include:

  1. A musty, mildew smell is detected under or near the cabinet.
  2. Items under the sink are regularly wet or moist.
  3. The flooring in the sink area and in the bottom of the cabinet is wet, warped, soft, or covered in mold and mildew.
  4. A dripping noise can be heard when the sink is filled with water or when the garbage disposal has just been used and flushed.
  5. An inspection of the joints, connections, and fittings yields evidence of moisture being deposited under the sink.

Six Common Causes of Garbage Disposal Leaks

  1. Worn out or deteriorated gaskets

When a leak is discovered under the sink near the garbage disposal, check the gasket located between the rubber seal and the flange. Discharge indicates the gasket is defective.

  1. Leaky sink flange

The sink flange is found at the highest point of the garbage disposal, where the unit meets with the sink and drain. A leak at this juncture signals a defective flange. The cause may be weak or damaged putty.

  1. Loose drain lines

The garbage disposal can leak from the drain lines. Inspect the junction of the appliance with the drain lines.

  1. Loose seals or pipes

Activity under the sink and around the garbage disposal unit can result in seals and pipes being damaged. Constantly bumping the pipes or the unit can cause leaks.

  1. Dishwasher connection issues

A garbage disposal leak might be from the dishwasher connection to the drainpipe. A garbage disposal unit attaches to the dishwasher because the dishwasher disposes of food waste into the garbage disposal unit.

  1. Split or cracked unit

If a leak persists after repairs, the problem may be a catastrophic failure of the garbage disposal. The only solution for this leak is to replace the old unit with a new one.

What to Do If Water Damage Has Occurred Due to a Garbage Disposal Leak

A leak under the sink through the garbage disposal is considered gray water. An undetected leak can cause structural damage and create unsanitary conditions that may pose a health risk to the household. Also, the dark, warm, moist area under the sink is a prime location for mold growth.

When water damage has occurred due to a leaking garbage disposal unit or an appliance connected to the unit, the fastest and safest way to deal with the issue is to call in certified, experienced, and well-equipped water damage restoration technicians. They can determine the extent of the leak and any risks involved in drying and cleaning the affected area. In many cases, homeowner’s insurance covers this type of water damage. The staff and technicians at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can manage both the insurance claims process and the cleanup and restoration project from start to completion.

For more information about water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494. Email the office at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Why Do Garbage Disposal Units Leak and Cause Water Damage?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak explains how to identify and resolve a garbage disposal leak.

Any household appliance that involves water can leak and cause water damage, including garbage disposal units. The garbage disposal is a household invention that makes life in the kitchen more convenient and less time-consuming. The first models came into production in 1940; today, nearly half of all US households have a garbage disposal hidden away under the kitchen sink. Occasionally, the unit will leak, which can cause water damage to flooring, baseboards, and the cabinet. Unresolved water damage can lead to a mold infestation that could spread throughout the home.

How to Spot a Leaking Garbage Disposal

A leak under the kitchen sink can go undetected for weeks or months, especially if the leak is minimal. Detection is difficult for many reasons. The area under the kitchen sink is usually cluttered with cleaners, garbage bags, rags, brushes, sponges, and other kitchen items. The door to the cabinet is kept closed, and the area under the sink is rarely illuminated. The cleaners and other products under the sink often mask any unusual odors that might indicate a leak.

A plumbing expert offers the following tip on how to detect a leaking garbage disposal unit: “Prior to testing the garbage disposal for leaks, unplug it at the wall outlet and turn off the power from the breaker box to prevent electrical shock. Then insert a watertight sink stopper into your sink drain and wipe the unit dry with a clean cloth. In any handy container, mix a few drops of food coloring into a few cups of water, and pour the dyed water onto the sink stopper to help you locate the leak.”

Some signs there may be a leak under the sink from the garbage disposal, from the sink itself, or from connections to the dishwasher include:

  1. A musty, mildew smell is detected under or near the cabinet.
  2. Items under the sink are regularly wet or moist.
  3. The flooring in the sink area and in the bottom of the cabinet is wet, warped, soft, or covered in mold and mildew.
  4. A dripping noise can be heard when the sink is filled with water or when the garbage disposal has just been used and flushed.
  5. An inspection of the joints, connections, and fittings yields evidence of moisture being deposited under the sink.

Six Common Causes of Garbage Disposal Leaks

  1. Worn out or deteriorated gaskets

When a leak is discovered under the sink near the garbage disposal, check the gasket located between the rubber seal and the flange. Discharge indicates the gasket is defective.

  1. Leaky sink flange

The sink flange is found at the highest point of the garbage disposal, where the unit meets with the sink and drain. A leak at this juncture signals a defective flange. The cause may be weak or damaged putty.

  1. Loose drain lines

The garbage disposal can leak from the drain lines. Inspect the junction of the appliance with the drain lines.

  1. Loose seals or pipes

Activity under the sink and around the garbage disposal unit can result in seals and pipes being damaged. Constantly bumping the pipes or the unit can cause leaks.

  1. Dishwasher connection issues

A garbage disposal leak might be from the dishwasher connection to the drainpipe. A garbage disposal unit attaches to the dishwasher because the dishwasher disposes of food waste into the garbage disposal unit.

  1. Split or cracked unit

If a leak persists after repairs, the problem may be a catastrophic failure of the garbage disposal. The only solution for this leak is to replace the old unit with a new one.

What to Do If Water Damage Has Occurred Due to a Garbage Disposal Leak

A leak under the sink through the garbage disposal is considered gray water. An undetected leak can cause structural damage and create unsanitary conditions that may pose a health risk to the household. Also, the dark, warm, moist area under the sink is a prime location for mold growth.

When water damage has occurred due to a leaking garbage disposal unit or an appliance connected to the unit, the fastest and safest way to deal with the issue is to call in certified, experienced, and well-equipped water damage restoration technicians. They can determine the extent of the leak and any risks involved in drying and cleaning the affected area. In many cases, homeowner’s insurance covers this type of water damage. The staff and technicians at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can manage both the insurance claims process and the cleanup and restoration project from start to completion.

For more information about water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494. Email the office at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com

Five Factors to Consider When Looking for Property Damage Restoration Services

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak, a water damage restoration company serving Corsicana, TX, and the surrounding area, explains five factors to consider when choosing a damage restoration company.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are committed to pursuing excellence in every facet of their property damage and water damage restoration services. Listed below are five reasons to choose SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak when disaster strikes.

Reason #1: 24/7 availability

The property damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7, including holidays. They take care of property damage emergencies that seem to arise at the most inconvenient times. Customers receive an immediate response time, day or night.

Reason #2: Rapid response time and rapid restoration process

Centrally located in Corsicana, TX, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been serving the damage restoration needs of the local community since 2000. The damage restoration company’s crew can reach any location in the area in under thirty minutes.

What happens when someone needing property damage restoration services calls SERVPRO to get help? First, a highly trained and experienced phone technician immediately answers the phone and obtains basic personal information and a description of the damage. Many phone technicians are water and fire damage specialists certified through IICRC and have actually been on mitigation and restoration jobs, so they know what questions to ask. The phone technicians understand the stress, anxiety, and disruption that a water damage or fire damage disaster causes because they have hands-on experience and specialized training.

Second, within minutes, the local SERVPRO franchise professional is notified and reaches out to the customer needing property damage or water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX.

Third, soon after the notification and initial contact, crews are on their way to the property damage disaster site. The project manager conducts an inspection and assessment of the situation, and the customer receives an estimate that accurately identifies the scope of work and the projected cost of the restoration. The estimate includes thorough documentation and photos.

Fourth, crews mitigate any water intrusions and stage people, processes, and equipment to address the damage, whether it involves water, fire, smoke, storms, or flooding.

A fast response is critical, especially in a water damage disaster. Floors, walls, and furniture quickly absorb water. Almost immediately, certified water restoration specialists begin the water extraction and structural drying process. The fast response minimizes damage and reduces the expense to remove the water and repair the damage.

Reason #3: A local team backed by national resources

The local team is not alone or isolated. The SERVPRO organization of over 1,700 franchises can scale rapidly to meet any size disaster. SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of elite large-loss specialists that have been prequalified and strategically positioned across the nation to handle large disasters. A commercial operations manager supervises every large loss event to ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

Reason #4: Insurance claim

The SERVPRO staff manages the insurance claim process from the first notification of loss to the completion of the job. SERVPRO uses Xactimate, the industry-standard tool insurance companies utilize. The thorough inspection and assessment process produces an accurate, documented estimate with no surprises for the homeowner or business that has hired SERVPRO to complete the property damage restoration project.

Reason #5: Caring compassion

A devastating disaster in a home or business is often accompanied by stress, anxiety, and sometimes grief. The SERVPRO family is equipped to deal with the property restoration and the personal element in the situation. Caring compassion is a core value among the SERVPRO franchise family. The SERVPRO professionals are always available to answer questions and to encourage customers all along the way.

Do not wait until disaster strikes to find the right property damage restoration company for the job. Prequalify the proven professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak so that when fire, smoke, water, or storm damage hits, there is only one call to make to set the mitigation and restoration process into motion.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is committed to delivering industry-standard restoration services while providing exceptional customer service. A rigorous commitment to excellence and an attitude of caring compassion are core values of a company that sees itself as people serving people in need. The Ennis / Red Oak SERVPRO team passionately embraces the mission 24/7/365 days a year.

For more information about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or by phone at (972) 937-1494.

Five Factors to Consider When Looking for Property Damage Restoration Services

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak, a water damage restoration company serving Corsicana, TX, and the surrounding area, explains five factors to consider when choosing a damage restoration company.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are committed to pursuing excellence in every facet of their property damage and water damage restoration services. Listed below are five reasons to choose SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak when disaster strikes.

Reason #1: 24/7 availability

The property damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7, including holidays. They take care of property damage emergencies that seem to arise at the most inconvenient times. Customers receive an immediate response time, day or night.

Reason #2: Rapid response time and rapid restoration process

Centrally located in Corsicana, TX, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been serving the damage restoration needs of the local community since 2000. The damage restoration company’s crew can reach any location in the area in under thirty minutes.

What happens when someone needing property damage restoration services calls SERVPRO to get help? First, a highly trained and experienced phone technician immediately answers the phone and obtains basic personal information and a description of the damage. Many phone technicians are water and fire damage specialists certified through IICRC and have actually been on mitigation and restoration jobs, so they know what questions to ask. The phone technicians understand the stress, anxiety, and disruption that a water damage or fire damage disaster causes because they have hands-on experience and specialized training.

Second, within minutes, the local SERVPRO franchise professional is notified and reaches out to the customer needing property damage or water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX.

Third, soon after the notification and initial contact, crews are on their way to the property damage disaster site. The project manager conducts an inspection and assessment of the situation, and the customer receives an estimate that accurately identifies the scope of work and the projected cost of the restoration. The estimate includes thorough documentation and photos.

Fourth, crews mitigate any water intrusions and stage people, processes, and equipment to address the damage, whether it involves water, fire, smoke, storms, or flooding.

A fast response is critical, especially in a water damage disaster. Floors, walls, and furniture quickly absorb water. Almost immediately, certified water restoration specialists begin the water extraction and structural drying process. The fast response minimizes damage and reduces the expense to remove the water and repair the damage.

Reason #3: A local team backed by national resources

The local team is not alone or isolated. The SERVPRO organization of over 1,700 franchises can scale rapidly to meet any size disaster. SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of elite large-loss specialists that have been prequalified and strategically positioned across the nation to handle large disasters. A commercial operations manager supervises every large loss event to ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

Reason #4: Insurance claim

The SERVPRO staff manages the insurance claim process from the first notification of loss to the completion of the job. SERVPRO uses Xactimate, the industry-standard tool insurance companies utilize. The thorough inspection and assessment process produces an accurate, documented estimate with no surprises for the homeowner or business that has hired SERVPRO to complete the property damage restoration project.

Reason #5: Caring compassion

A devastating disaster in a home or business is often accompanied by stress, anxiety, and sometimes grief. The SERVPRO family is equipped to deal with the property restoration and the personal element in the situation. Caring compassion is a core value among the SERVPRO franchise family. The SERVPRO professionals are always available to answer questions and to encourage customers all along the way.

Do not wait until disaster strikes to find the right property damage restoration company for the job. Prequalify the proven professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak so that when fire, smoke, water, or storm damage hits, there is only one call to make to set the mitigation and restoration process into motion.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is committed to delivering industry-standard restoration services while providing exceptional customer service. A rigorous commitment to excellence and an attitude of caring compassion are core values of a company that sees itself as people serving people in need. The Ennis / Red Oak SERVPRO team passionately embraces the mission 24/7/365 days a year.

For more information about Corsicana, TX, water damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or by phone at (972) 937-1494.

Commercial Fire Damage Safety Tips for Residents of Apartment Complexes

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: If a fire breaks out in an apartment, it is essential that residents of the apartment building are familiar with fire safety practices.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is available 24/7 to provide fire, smoke, or water damage restoration services in an apartment complex. Property managers across the US rely on SERVPRO’s rapid response to fire damage. In a situation involving an entire apartment complex and many units, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak can swiftly scale its workforce, equipment, and other resources to meet any challenge. Whether the damage is to just one unit or involves the entire complex, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is the property damage restoration solution.

The importance of apartment fire safety

Life in an apartment complex comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges. Only the residents on the ground floor can walk out their front door to the lawn or parking lot if evacuation of the building is ever needed. Other residents must navigate steps or find their way to an elevator. Darkness, thick smoke, flames, and the loud, chaotic bustle of dozens of people scrambling to the exits make the evacuation process very challenging.

Apartment and condominium dwellers must proactively think through disaster scenarios such as a fire, tornado, violent thunderstorm, flash flood, or power outage. Preparedness in the event of a fire is crucial because of the large number of residents living so close together in an apartment complex. All occupants should be familiar with the fire safety features in the building.

Neighbors need to be vigilant and work together to ensure the building is as fire-safe as possible at all times. The top priority for every resident in an apartment complex is to know how to safely and quickly evacuate the facility in case of a fire or other emergency. Should a fire emergency arise, basic fire safety tips can save lives.

Facts about apartment fires

Fire protection and prevention experts reported the following statistics about apartment fires: “Between 2010-2014, there were 107,800 apartment fires, causing 410 deaths, 4,280 injuries and $1.2 million in property damage. January was the top month for apartment fires with 10,200. It was also the top month for deaths caused by these fires with 60. Apartment fires tend to happen in the evening hours between 3:00 -10:00 pm (45%).”

How to stay fire-safe in an apartment complex

The fire safety tips listed below are easy to follow and save lives.

  1. Do not prop open exit or stairway doors.

These doors are designed to stop the movement of smoke through the stairwells to other floors of the apartment complex. The thick, steel doors can hold back flames for hours. If people are trapped on upper floors, this effective fire delay gives emergency personnel time to extinguish the flames and rescue trapped residents.

  1. Report to the property manager damaged fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and sprinkler heads.

Residents are the eyes and ears of the property manager and maintenance supervisors who oversee the function and safety of the complex. Fire safety and detection equipment need to be operational at all times because a fire can erupt at any time, day or night.

  1. Alert service personnel to emergency lights that are broken or malfunctioning. 

These lights play a crucial role in helping residents make their way through hallways and down steps when the power is out or smoke is thick.

  1. Prepare and practice.
  • Count and recount the number of doors to the nearest fire exit.
  • Know the location of the exit doors and stairs on every floor.
  • Become familiar with the official building evacuation plan.
  • Prepare and practice an individualized escape plan for the specific apartment.
  1. What to do in case of a fire: Stay calm!

Check the temperature of the door. If the door is warm to the touch, do not open it. Call 9-1-1. The dispatcher will want the apartment number. Be sure to inform the dispatcher that the door is warm from the nearby fire and that it is unsafe to exit the apartment.

  • Seal the cracks around the door with wet towels, moist rags, or bedding. Put tape over cracks that cannot be sealed with the other materials.
  • Wait by a window. Get the attention of bystanders and emergency personnel by signaling for help with a flashlight. If a flashlight is not available, wave a white cloth, pillowcase, or piece of bright clothing.
  • If the door is cool to the touch, open it very cautiously. Staying low, check the hallway for smoke and fire. If a safe escape is possible, follow the building’s evacuation plan.
  • Using an elevator to escape a fire is very risky. Always use the stairs. Never rely on an elevator to escape a fire.
  1. Wait outside and away from the building for the fire department and other first responders.
  • Do not re-enter the burning building for any reason, even if flames and smoke are not evident.
  • If it is suspected that someone is still inside the complex, alert the firefighters of the potential victim and explain where the occupant might be located.
  • Do not go back into the apartment structure until firefighters indicate that it is safe to do so.

The SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to respond to a fire, smoke, or water damage disaster in an apartment complex in Ellis County and surrounding cities such as Corsicana, TX . To learn more about the fire and water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak at (972) 937-1494 or email the office at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Commercial Fire Damage Safety Tips for Residents of Apartment Complexes

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: If a fire breaks out in an apartment, it is essential that residents of the apartment building are familiar with fire safety practices.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is available 24/7 to provide fire, smoke, or water damage restoration services in an apartment complex. Property managers across the US rely on SERVPRO’s rapid response to fire damage. In a situation involving an entire apartment complex and many units, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak can swiftly scale its workforce, equipment, and other resources to meet any challenge. Whether the damage is to just one unit or involves the entire complex, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is the property damage restoration solution.

The importance of apartment fire safety

Life in an apartment complex comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges. Only the residents on the ground floor can walk out their front door to the lawn or parking lot if evacuation of the building is ever needed. Other residents must navigate steps or find their way to an elevator. Darkness, thick smoke, flames, and the loud, chaotic bustle of dozens of people scrambling to the exits make the evacuation process very challenging.

Apartment and condominium dwellers must proactively think through disaster scenarios such as a fire, tornado, violent thunderstorm, flash flood, or power outage. Preparedness in the event of a fire is crucial because of the large number of residents living so close together in an apartment complex. All occupants should be familiar with the fire safety features in the building.

Neighbors need to be vigilant and work together to ensure the building is as fire-safe as possible at all times. The top priority for every resident in an apartment complex is to know how to safely and quickly evacuate the facility in case of a fire or other emergency. Should a fire emergency arise, basic fire safety tips can save lives.

Facts about apartment fires

Fire protection and prevention experts reported the following statistics about apartment fires: “Between 2010-2014, there were 107,800 apartment fires, causing 410 deaths, 4,280 injuries and $1.2 million in property damage. January was the top month for apartment fires with 10,200. It was also the top month for deaths caused by these fires with 60. Apartment fires tend to happen in the evening hours between 3:00 -10:00 pm (45%).”

How to stay fire-safe in an apartment complex

The fire safety tips listed below are easy to follow and save lives.

  1. Do not prop open exit or stairway doors.

These doors are designed to stop the movement of smoke through the stairwells to other floors of the apartment complex. The thick, steel doors can hold back flames for hours. If people are trapped on upper floors, this effective fire delay gives emergency personnel time to extinguish the flames and rescue trapped residents.

  1. Report to the property manager damaged fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and sprinkler heads.

Residents are the eyes and ears of the property manager and maintenance supervisors who oversee the function and safety of the complex. Fire safety and detection equipment need to be operational at all times because a fire can erupt at any time, day or night.

  1. Alert service personnel to emergency lights that are broken or malfunctioning. 

These lights play a crucial role in helping residents make their way through hallways and down steps when the power is out or smoke is thick.

  1. Prepare and practice.
  • Count and recount the number of doors to the nearest fire exit.
  • Know the location of the exit doors and stairs on every floor.
  • Become familiar with the official building evacuation plan.
  • Prepare and practice an individualized escape plan for the specific apartment.
  1. What to do in case of a fire: Stay calm!

Check the temperature of the door. If the door is warm to the touch, do not open it. Call 9-1-1. The dispatcher will want the apartment number. Be sure to inform the dispatcher that the door is warm from the nearby fire and that it is unsafe to exit the apartment.

  • Seal the cracks around the door with wet towels, moist rags, or bedding. Put tape over cracks that cannot be sealed with the other materials.
  • Wait by a window. Get the attention of bystanders and emergency personnel by signaling for help with a flashlight. If a flashlight is not available, wave a white cloth, pillowcase, or piece of bright clothing.
  • If the door is cool to the touch, open it very cautiously. Staying low, check the hallway for smoke and fire. If a safe escape is possible, follow the building’s evacuation plan.
  • Using an elevator to escape a fire is very risky. Always use the stairs. Never rely on an elevator to escape a fire.
  1. Wait outside and away from the building for the fire department and other first responders.
  • Do not re-enter the burning building for any reason, even if flames and smoke are not evident.
  • If it is suspected that someone is still inside the complex, alert the firefighters of the potential victim and explain where the occupant might be located.
  • Do not go back into the apartment structure until firefighters indicate that it is safe to do so.

The SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to respond to a fire, smoke, or water damage disaster in an apartment complex in Ellis County and surrounding cities such as Corsicana, TX . To learn more about the fire and water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak at (972) 937-1494 or email the office at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How to Restore Hardwood Floors That Have Suffered Water Damage

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak explains how to deal with water-damaged hardwood floors.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been providing water damage restoration and other restoration services to local residents and businesses for over twenty years. Centrally located in Ellis County, the team of specialists can typically respond to a disaster in thirty minutes or less. This fast response is especially important when solid hardwood flooring has suffered water damage.

Hardwood Floors: Beautiful Flooring That Needs Special Attention

The benefits of hardwood flooring are recognized and appreciated throughout the world of interior design and construction. Real hardwood floors are an elegant addition to any home or business, and the options are endless to suit any taste or décor. The solid feel, unique textures, and wide variety of stains make the product useful for virtually any setting. Whether the goal is to achieve a touch of elegance or convey a rustic ambiance, hardwood floors are a great option. Solid hardwood flooring is not only beautiful and durable, but it also adds real value to a home or place of business.

Special attention is required to keep solid hardwood flooring functional and beautiful. Even with the advent of scratch-resistant urethane sealants, hardwood floors need to be kept clean of grit and sand. Throw rugs and runners in high traffic areas keep the floors in pristine condition.

The chief enemy of hardwood flooring is water. Excessive amounts of water left puddled on the floor can cause serious damage. By immediately wiping up spills and by staying vigilant for water leaks and water damage, homeowners can prevent their flooring from being permanently damaged.

Main Causes of Water Damage to Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring is very popular in kitchens and adjacent rooms such as a laundry room, den, or great room. To maintain design continuity, hardwood flooring is an option sometimes selected for bathroom flooring.

However, a burst water supply line to the refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine can spew seven to ten gallons of water per minute, dumping hundreds of gallons of water per hour onto the beautiful hardwood flooring. A slow leak from a water heater or leaky pipe may go unnoticed for days or even weeks, causing serious damage to the flooring.

The bathroom is the wettest room in a home. On a daily basis, water is sprinkled, splashed, and poured onto the flooring, and condensation from showers or baths collects on bathroom walls and floors. In addition, a toilet overflow on hardwood flooring can create a biohazard. In any case, watching out for water damage is vital to maintaining the beauty and usefulness of hardwood flooring.

Four Signs of Water-Damaged Hardwood Flooring

Since water is the number one enemy of hardwood flooring, homeowners need to be able to recognize the telltale signs of water damage to their floors.

#1. Discoloration and stains appear on the flooring.

Excessive and unchecked water and moisture will leave stains on the flooring. Over time, the moisture will damage the urethane coating and discolor the stain. Puddle-shaped stains on the floor indicate a high-spill zone or the presence of an intermittent leak.

#2. The flooring is soft and squishy underfoot.

Moisture can collect under the flooring and be absorbed by padding. If the padding is non-absorbent, the water can be absorbed by the flooring, causing the floor to swell. The water-logged material will feel soft underfoot and may even make noises when pressure is applied. If left unaddressed, the subflooring can warp and rot.

#3. A musty, moldy smell is detected.

A musty, moldy smell with no obvious source may indicate the presence of water or moisture under the hardwood flooring. The smell may indicate a mold infestation, dry rot, or stagnant water.

#4. Warping, bubbling, or peeling wood is a prominent sign of water damage.

When water or moisture saturates hardwood floors, a form of warping called cupping occurs on the individual boards. Cupping occurs when the unfinished underside of the flooring absorbs more water than the top finished portion. The water-logged underside expands more than the top, resulting in a cup-shaped warp.

The good news is that the flooring is not ruined unless the boards separate from the subfloor and pull up the fasteners used to secure the boards to the subfloor. At that point, the only solution is to tear out and replace the wood.

Do not sand the hardwood flooring while it is warped and cupped. Once the flooring is entirely dried out, the cupping will all but disappear. Sanding a floor before it is fully dried may result in crowning, which is the opposite effect of cupping.

What to Do When Hardwood Flooring Suffers Water Damage

Act fast to prevent advanced secondary water damage when a hardwood floor suffers water damage. If the spill is small and manageable, immediately mop up the excess water to prevent further seepage under the flooring where the unfinished portion of the boards can absorb the moisture and become warped.

Call in professionals who have the training, expertise, and equipment to quickly and thoroughly remove water and moisture from the flooring. SERVPRO technicians extract water from under hardwood flooring using special equipment and strong vacuums designed to remove excess water from the flooring. Industrial-grade fans and dehumidifiers complete the drying process. Within a day or two, the floor is completely dry, and life can return to normal. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can handle the entire project from start to finish, even if the floor needs to be removed and replaced. The staff at SERVPRO is accustomed to working with the insurance company in order to eliminate stress for the homeowner.

For more information about the Ennis, TX, water damage restoration company, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How to Restore Hardwood Floors That Have Suffered Water Damage

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak explains how to deal with water-damaged hardwood floors.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been providing water damage restoration and other restoration services to local residents and businesses for over twenty years. Centrally located in Ellis County, the team of specialists can typically respond to a disaster in thirty minutes or less. This fast response is especially important when solid hardwood flooring has suffered water damage.

Hardwood Floors: Beautiful Flooring That Needs Special Attention

The benefits of hardwood flooring are recognized and appreciated throughout the world of interior design and construction. Real hardwood floors are an elegant addition to any home or business, and the options are endless to suit any taste or décor. The solid feel, unique textures, and wide variety of stains make the product useful for virtually any setting. Whether the goal is to achieve a touch of elegance or convey a rustic ambiance, hardwood floors are a great option. Solid hardwood flooring is not only beautiful and durable, but it also adds real value to a home or place of business.

Special attention is required to keep solid hardwood flooring functional and beautiful. Even with the advent of scratch-resistant urethane sealants, hardwood floors need to be kept clean of grit and sand. Throw rugs and runners in high traffic areas keep the floors in pristine condition.

The chief enemy of hardwood flooring is water. Excessive amounts of water left puddled on the floor can cause serious damage. By immediately wiping up spills and by staying vigilant for water leaks and water damage, homeowners can prevent their flooring from being permanently damaged.

Main Causes of Water Damage to Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring is very popular in kitchens and adjacent rooms such as a laundry room, den, or great room. To maintain design continuity, hardwood flooring is an option sometimes selected for bathroom flooring.

However, a burst water supply line to the refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine can spew seven to ten gallons of water per minute, dumping hundreds of gallons of water per hour onto the beautiful hardwood flooring. A slow leak from a water heater or leaky pipe may go unnoticed for days or even weeks, causing serious damage to the flooring.

The bathroom is the wettest room in a home. On a daily basis, water is sprinkled, splashed, and poured onto the flooring, and condensation from showers or baths collects on bathroom walls and floors. In addition, a toilet overflow on hardwood flooring can create a biohazard. In any case, watching out for water damage is vital to maintaining the beauty and usefulness of hardwood flooring.

Four Signs of Water-Damaged Hardwood Flooring

Since water is the number one enemy of hardwood flooring, homeowners need to be able to recognize the telltale signs of water damage to their floors.

#1. Discoloration and stains appear on the flooring.

Excessive and unchecked water and moisture will leave stains on the flooring. Over time, the moisture will damage the urethane coating and discolor the stain. Puddle-shaped stains on the floor indicate a high-spill zone or the presence of an intermittent leak.

#2. The flooring is soft and squishy underfoot.

Moisture can collect under the flooring and be absorbed by padding. If the padding is non-absorbent, the water can be absorbed by the flooring, causing the floor to swell. The water-logged material will feel soft underfoot and may even make noises when pressure is applied. If left unaddressed, the subflooring can warp and rot.

#3. A musty, moldy smell is detected.

A musty, moldy smell with no obvious source may indicate the presence of water or moisture under the hardwood flooring. The smell may indicate a mold infestation, dry rot, or stagnant water.

#4. Warping, bubbling, or peeling wood is a prominent sign of water damage.

When water or moisture saturates hardwood floors, a form of warping called cupping occurs on the individual boards. Cupping occurs when the unfinished underside of the flooring absorbs more water than the top finished portion. The water-logged underside expands more than the top, resulting in a cup-shaped warp.

The good news is that the flooring is not ruined unless the boards separate from the subfloor and pull up the fasteners used to secure the boards to the subfloor. At that point, the only solution is to tear out and replace the wood.

Do not sand the hardwood flooring while it is warped and cupped. Once the flooring is entirely dried out, the cupping will all but disappear. Sanding a floor before it is fully dried may result in crowning, which is the opposite effect of cupping.

What to Do When Hardwood Flooring Suffers Water Damage

Act fast to prevent advanced secondary water damage when a hardwood floor suffers water damage. If the spill is small and manageable, immediately mop up the excess water to prevent further seepage under the flooring where the unfinished portion of the boards can absorb the moisture and become warped.

Call in professionals who have the training, expertise, and equipment to quickly and thoroughly remove water and moisture from the flooring. SERVPRO technicians extract water from under hardwood flooring using special equipment and strong vacuums designed to remove excess water from the flooring. Industrial-grade fans and dehumidifiers complete the drying process. Within a day or two, the floor is completely dry, and life can return to normal. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can handle the entire project from start to finish, even if the floor needs to be removed and replaced. The staff at SERVPRO is accustomed to working with the insurance company in order to eliminate stress for the homeowner.

For more information about the Ennis, TX, water damage restoration company, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How Statistics About Tornadoes in Texas Can Help Red Oak Residents Prepare For Severe Weather

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak highlights important tornado statistics that can help Red Oak residents and businesses maintain awareness about severe weather and the property damage it causes.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is the premier water damage restoration company in the Red Oak community. Red Oak is in a region of Texas that experiences severe weather, including tornadoes that often cause water damage.

Texas Tornado Statistics Tell a Tragic Story

Each year, about 132 tornadoes strike somewhere in Texas, causing massive property damage that requires the services of property damage restoration companies. The high winds wreak havoc on roofs, resulting in water damage and mold infestation.

From year to year, the tornado totals see some variation. Certain regions are more prone to be visited by tornadic weather than other regions in the state. The Red River Valley owns the distinction of being the tornado alley of Texas. This North Texas area is pummeled more frequently by tornadoes than any other region in the state. Ennis and Red Oak lie within this region of heightened tornadic activity.

No month of the year is immune from the severe weather that generates tornadoes, including December and January, the coldest months of the year. Tornadoes can appear at any hour of the day or night. Nighttime tornadoes are particularly dangerous because most Texas residents are asleep and unaware of the approaching storm.

Meteorologists have determined that tornadic activity is concentrated during the late spring and early summer months, from April through June. Texas twisters typically occur during the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

In the sixty years from 1951 to 2011, nearly two-thirds of all Texas tornadoes struck in three months — April, May, and June. May is the most tornado-prone month of the year, and one in three tornadoes strike Texas in the month of May.

More twisters are recorded in Texas than in any other state in the USA, including Oklahoma. This title is probably due to the state’s massive size relative to other nearby states.

According to the Texas Almanac, “The greatest outbreak of tornadoes on record in Texas was associated with Hurricane Beulah in September 1967. Within a five-day period, Sept. 19–23, 115 known tornadoes, all in Texas, were spawned by this great hurricane. Sixty-seven occurred on Sept. 20, a Texas record for a single day. In addition to Hurricane Beulah’s 115 tornadoes, there were another 9 tornadoes in September for a total of 124, which is a Texas record for a single month. The greatest number of tornadoes in Texas in a single year is 232, also in 1967. The second-highest number in a single year is 1995 when 223 tornadoes occurred in Texas.”

As mentioned above, May is an active month for tornadoes. Texas saw its worst outbreak of spring tornadoes in its history in May of 1982, and meteorologists identified 123 tornadoes. On average, May experiences a little over thirty-nine tornadoes per month, making it the most potentially dangerous month of the year. January experiences the least number of tornadoes on average at 2.3 tornadic events per month.

On December 29, 2006, Texans faced a rare outbreak of winter twisters. Twenty-seven tornadoes rumbled through the Lone Star State, the largest monthly total for December on record. December averages about three tornadoes per month.

According to data compiled from the National Weather Service, the top ten deadliest tornadoes in the history of Texas have accounted for 563 fatalities and 3,447 injuries.

Tornado Statistics Teach Helpful Lessons

Understanding the timing and frequency of tornadic activity, as well as the capacity of tornadoes to cause storm damage to homes and businesses, can give some helpful insight on how to prepare for a tornado and how to respond when a tornado causes storm damage to a structure.

Here are some tips on how to be prepared for a tornado:

  1. Always stay alert, especially during the months of April, May, and June. Two-thirds of all tornadoes occur during these months, and one-third of all Texas tornadic events happen in May.
  2. Storm conditions are at their height between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. When there is a weather alert during these hours, know that the conditions are just right for a tornado to develop in association with severe weather.
  3. Sign up to receive NOAA weather alerts on all devices.
  4. Purchase a weather radio. Make sure that everyone in the home or business knows how to use it.
  5. Prepare a storm disaster survival plan with the entire family. Business owners should prepare a disaster response plan for their employees. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak often work with businesses to formulate a Ready Plan to deal with storm damage, water damage, and fire and smoke damage resulting from a property damage disaster.
  6. Prepare a severe weather survival kit and refresh it before peak tornado season arrives in late March and early April. The kit should include LED flashlights and plenty of batteries, first aid items, food, water, important documentation and contact information, rubber gloves, tarps, duct tape, rope, and a basic tool kit.
  7. Designate a safe room or sheltered area in the home. Practice tornado drills with the family at different times during the day and night.
  8. Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before disaster strikes. Searching for a storm damage or water damage restoration professional at 3:00 am in the middle of a chaotic situation only adds to the stress and anxiety of the ordeal.

The property damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are ready to help residents and businesses deal with water damage in Red Oak and Ennis. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the team can respond within an hour or less. Certified technicians utilize the latest equipment, advanced technology, and proven cleaning and restoration techniques to quickly restore a property to its original pre-damage condition.

For more information about water damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office at (972) 937-1494 or email acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How Statistics About Tornadoes in Texas Can Help Red Oak Residents Prepare For Severe Weather

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak highlights important tornado statistics that can help Red Oak residents and businesses maintain awareness about severe weather and the property damage it causes.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is the premier water damage restoration company in the Red Oak community. Red Oak is in a region of Texas that experiences severe weather, including tornadoes that often cause water damage.

Texas Tornado Statistics Tell a Tragic Story

Each year, about 132 tornadoes strike somewhere in Texas, causing massive property damage that requires the services of property damage restoration companies. The high winds wreak havoc on roofs, resulting in water damage and mold infestation.

From year to year, the tornado totals see some variation. Certain regions are more prone to be visited by tornadic weather than other regions in the state. The Red River Valley owns the distinction of being the tornado alley of Texas. This North Texas area is pummeled more frequently by tornadoes than any other region in the state. Ennis and Red Oak lie within this region of heightened tornadic activity.

No month of the year is immune from the severe weather that generates tornadoes, including December and January, the coldest months of the year. Tornadoes can appear at any hour of the day or night. Nighttime tornadoes are particularly dangerous because most Texas residents are asleep and unaware of the approaching storm.

Meteorologists have determined that tornadic activity is concentrated during the late spring and early summer months, from April through June. Texas twisters typically occur during the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

In the sixty years from 1951 to 2011, nearly two-thirds of all Texas tornadoes struck in three months — April, May, and June. May is the most tornado-prone month of the year, and one in three tornadoes strike Texas in the month of May.

More twisters are recorded in Texas than in any other state in the USA, including Oklahoma. This title is probably due to the state’s massive size relative to other nearby states.

According to the Texas Almanac, “The greatest outbreak of tornadoes on record in Texas was associated with Hurricane Beulah in September 1967. Within a five-day period, Sept. 19–23, 115 known tornadoes, all in Texas, were spawned by this great hurricane. Sixty-seven occurred on Sept. 20, a Texas record for a single day. In addition to Hurricane Beulah’s 115 tornadoes, there were another 9 tornadoes in September for a total of 124, which is a Texas record for a single month. The greatest number of tornadoes in Texas in a single year is 232, also in 1967. The second-highest number in a single year is 1995 when 223 tornadoes occurred in Texas.”

As mentioned above, May is an active month for tornadoes. Texas saw its worst outbreak of spring tornadoes in its history in May of 1982, and meteorologists identified 123 tornadoes. On average, May experiences a little over thirty-nine tornadoes per month, making it the most potentially dangerous month of the year. January experiences the least number of tornadoes on average at 2.3 tornadic events per month.

On December 29, 2006, Texans faced a rare outbreak of winter twisters. Twenty-seven tornadoes rumbled through the Lone Star State, the largest monthly total for December on record. December averages about three tornadoes per month.

According to data compiled from the National Weather Service, the top ten deadliest tornadoes in the history of Texas have accounted for 563 fatalities and 3,447 injuries.

Tornado Statistics Teach Helpful Lessons

Understanding the timing and frequency of tornadic activity, as well as the capacity of tornadoes to cause storm damage to homes and businesses, can give some helpful insight on how to prepare for a tornado and how to respond when a tornado causes storm damage to a structure.

Here are some tips on how to be prepared for a tornado:

  1. Always stay alert, especially during the months of April, May, and June. Two-thirds of all tornadoes occur during these months, and one-third of all Texas tornadic events happen in May.
  2. Storm conditions are at their height between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. When there is a weather alert during these hours, know that the conditions are just right for a tornado to develop in association with severe weather.
  3. Sign up to receive NOAA weather alerts on all devices.
  4. Purchase a weather radio. Make sure that everyone in the home or business knows how to use it.
  5. Prepare a storm disaster survival plan with the entire family. Business owners should prepare a disaster response plan for their employees. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak often work with businesses to formulate a Ready Plan to deal with storm damage, water damage, and fire and smoke damage resulting from a property damage disaster.
  6. Prepare a severe weather survival kit and refresh it before peak tornado season arrives in late March and early April. The kit should include LED flashlights and plenty of batteries, first aid items, food, water, important documentation and contact information, rubber gloves, tarps, duct tape, rope, and a basic tool kit.
  7. Designate a safe room or sheltered area in the home. Practice tornado drills with the family at different times during the day and night.
  8. Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before disaster strikes. Searching for a storm damage or water damage restoration professional at 3:00 am in the middle of a chaotic situation only adds to the stress and anxiety of the ordeal.

The property damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are ready to help residents and businesses deal with water damage in Red Oak and Ennis. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the team can respond within an hour or less. Certified technicians utilize the latest equipment, advanced technology, and proven cleaning and restoration techniques to quickly restore a property to its original pre-damage condition.

For more information about water damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office at (972) 937-1494 or email acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak Provides Reliable Services to Ennis and Red Oak Communities

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The local SERVPRO team takes pride in offering dependable property damage restoration services to the local community.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are ready and eager to serve when the expertise of a damage restoration company is needed. Seasoned and certified team members at SERVPRO walk with homeowners and businesses as they navigate the cleanup and restoration process step by step.

The SERVPRO team is proud to serve Ennis and Red Oak and strives to help those who are in need in the local community. Being locally owned and operated adds a personal dimension to the SERVPRO approach to providing property damage restoration and cleaning services. The owners come from the community and hire from the community. The entire team is invested in the people of the Ennis and Red Oak communities. Sharing life, play, work, and church means everyone is a neighbor. A strong sense of community creates a strong bond that holds people together during difficult times, including natural disasters such as crippling cold temperatures, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and severe weather. When a personal disaster such as a devastating fire strikes a household or a business, the community comes together and rallies around those in need.

A SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak representative expresses the importance of cultivating a spirit of community, stating, “We at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are honored to serve the beautiful Ennis Red Oak community and the entire Ellis County area, a place we are proud to be a part of. Our offices are located just north of Ennis, right in the center of Ellis County. From here, we can reach any location in the county in under 30 minutes, meaning we can be faster to your disaster.”

The representative continues, “As your neighbor, we want to see this historic community continue to grow and thrive as it has been doing since its founding in the mid-1800s. We strive to participate in making our community safe, helping those in need, and being ready to serve when disaster strikes. We want you to know that when your residence or business experiences damages due to water, fire, smoke, mold, or any size disaster, you can count on us to be quick to respond and dedicated to making it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak?

Highly trained in property damage restoration, the staff never stops improving, refining, and updating their knowledge base and skill set. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, technicians are well equipped with the knowledge to restore any property damage. The extensive training program includes:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO is recognized as a leader in the industry because its team members stay on the cutting edge of technology and techniques in property damage restoration, including:

  • Moisture detection and measurement equipment such as infrared cameras, moisture meters, and hygrometers
  • Water extraction equipment including submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water, as well as truck-mounted and portable extraction units
  • Drying equipment such as industrial-strength high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Sophisticated air scrubbers and deodorization machines
  • OSHA-approved sanitizing agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

A homeowner who received water damage restoration services from the SERVPRO team expressed their satisfaction in the following words: “I would definitely recommend SERVPRO, Our place flooded just a few days ago and Cody has been wonderful! Great work ethic, clean, kind, respectful and he goes the extra mile for sure! I'm very impressed, I feel completely comfortable with Addison, Cody and Jeffrey in my home with my son and I. Cody has made this horrible and stressful event so much better and easier to deal with. Thanks again for all your hard work Cody!”

Excellent customer service, fast response times, advanced equipment, and the latest techniques are all solid reasons to choose SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak for property damage restoration services when disaster strikes. The most compelling reason for choosing SERVPRO is the quality of the people who provide the restoration and cleaning services. They enjoy their careers, and they genuinely care about the people they serve — their neighbors in Ennis and Red Oak.

For more information about the damage restoration company in Ennis, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or by phone at (972) 937-1494.

How SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak Provides Reliable Services to Ennis and Red Oak Communities

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The local SERVPRO team takes pride in offering dependable property damage restoration services to the local community.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are ready and eager to serve when the expertise of a damage restoration company is needed. Seasoned and certified team members at SERVPRO walk with homeowners and businesses as they navigate the cleanup and restoration process step by step.

The SERVPRO team is proud to serve Ennis and Red Oak and strives to help those who are in need in the local community. Being locally owned and operated adds a personal dimension to the SERVPRO approach to providing property damage restoration and cleaning services. The owners come from the community and hire from the community. The entire team is invested in the people of the Ennis and Red Oak communities. Sharing life, play, work, and church means everyone is a neighbor. A strong sense of community creates a strong bond that holds people together during difficult times, including natural disasters such as crippling cold temperatures, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and severe weather. When a personal disaster such as a devastating fire strikes a household or a business, the community comes together and rallies around those in need.

A SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak representative expresses the importance of cultivating a spirit of community, stating, “We at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are honored to serve the beautiful Ennis Red Oak community and the entire Ellis County area, a place we are proud to be a part of. Our offices are located just north of Ennis, right in the center of Ellis County. From here, we can reach any location in the county in under 30 minutes, meaning we can be faster to your disaster.”

The representative continues, “As your neighbor, we want to see this historic community continue to grow and thrive as it has been doing since its founding in the mid-1800s. We strive to participate in making our community safe, helping those in need, and being ready to serve when disaster strikes. We want you to know that when your residence or business experiences damages due to water, fire, smoke, mold, or any size disaster, you can count on us to be quick to respond and dedicated to making it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak?

Highly trained in property damage restoration, the staff never stops improving, refining, and updating their knowledge base and skill set. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, technicians are well equipped with the knowledge to restore any property damage. The extensive training program includes:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO is recognized as a leader in the industry because its team members stay on the cutting edge of technology and techniques in property damage restoration, including:

  • Moisture detection and measurement equipment such as infrared cameras, moisture meters, and hygrometers
  • Water extraction equipment including submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water, as well as truck-mounted and portable extraction units
  • Drying equipment such as industrial-strength high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Sophisticated air scrubbers and deodorization machines
  • OSHA-approved sanitizing agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

A homeowner who received water damage restoration services from the SERVPRO team expressed their satisfaction in the following words: “I would definitely recommend SERVPRO, Our place flooded just a few days ago and Cody has been wonderful! Great work ethic, clean, kind, respectful and he goes the extra mile for sure! I'm very impressed, I feel completely comfortable with Addison, Cody and Jeffrey in my home with my son and I. Cody has made this horrible and stressful event so much better and easier to deal with. Thanks again for all your hard work Cody!”

Excellent customer service, fast response times, advanced equipment, and the latest techniques are all solid reasons to choose SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak for property damage restoration services when disaster strikes. The most compelling reason for choosing SERVPRO is the quality of the people who provide the restoration and cleaning services. They enjoy their careers, and they genuinely care about the people they serve — their neighbors in Ennis and Red Oak.

For more information about the damage restoration company in Ennis, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com or by phone at (972) 937-1494.

How Storm Power Outages Can Lead to Crawl Space and Basement Flooding and Water Damage

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak reminds homeowners that power outages during severe weather can cause a sump pump to fail, which can cause water damage in the crawl space or basement.

Since 2000, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been serving the local community with water, fire, and storm damage restoration. Centrally located in Ellis County, the damage restoration teams can reach any location in the area in less than thirty minutes. The local company is backed by a nationwide system of qualified franchises, specializing in residential, commercial, and large-scale disaster clean-up and restoration.

Everything in Texas is big, including the thunderstorms that rumble through the North Texas region during the spring, summer, and fall. Occasionally, turbulent weather will pay a visit to the area during a warm spell in the winter months, as experienced on December 26, 2015, when ten or more tornadoes pummeled North Texas. Typically, April and May are the most active months for severe weather.

A severe weather “watch” means to keep an eye out for potentially severe weather conditions. A “warning” means severe weather conditions are in the area. The “r” in the word “warning” is a cue to homeowners to run for cover or to retreat to shelter in a protected area or safe room in the home. Once a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, only minutes or seconds may separate tranquility from turmoil during periods of severe weather.

High winds, hail, heavy rain, and lightning can potentially cause a power outage. High winds may break off limbs or topple trees, which can break power lines. Flash flooding may bring down the power grid along a river or creek basin. Lightning strikes may take out telephone poles, transformers, or substations resulting in the loss of power for large portions of the local Ennis and Red Oak population. In any case, severe weather and power outages can be disastrous.

Some of the consequences related to severe weather and a power outage include:

  • slip-and-fall injuries in the dark or on wet pavement or decking
  • electrical shock from appliances, electronics, or power cords during a major water intrusion from a flood or from severe damage to the roof or other portion of the structure
  • heart issues resulting from stress and anxiety over the power outage
  • back issues, joint injuries, or muscle strains from moving heavy debris, furniture, or water-logged floorcoverings
  • medical complications arising from the loss of power to life-sustaining medical equipment

A serious consequence of a power outage is the loss of power to a sump pump in the basement or crawl space. Typically, sump pumps are installed in a sump pit where water collects from a foundation drainage system that directs intruding water to the pit. The sump pump evacuates unwanted water, keeping the basement or crawlspace dry. Most sump pumps operate on electricity, so a power outage can be disastrous. A crawl space or basement can flood very quickly when the sump pump is not operational. Sometimes a sump pump may lose power even though the home or business has power.

In any case, having multiple contingency plans in the event of a sump pump failure is worth the time, effort, and expense. Flooding in the basement and crawl space can lead to damage to or the loss of valuable property, structural damage to the foundation, mold infestation, health effects related to the mold, and expensive water removal and restoration costs.

According to insurance industry experts, “One way to prevent sump pump failure during a power outage is to have a battery backup for your sump pump, which will keep the pump running even if your power is out. In addition to battery sump pump backups, some pumps also have water-powered backup systems that use your home’s water supply to remove water from the sump pit.”

Some homeowners install an additional sump pump with its own backup power system to ensure any water intrusion can be managed. Not all insurance companies cover water damage resulting from a sump pump failure. Special coverage must be purchased at an additional cost. Homeowners should check with their insurance agent for options and expenses. Some insurance companies may require a backup plan that includes the installation of a reserve system with its own power source, such as a generator.

Homeowners need to regularly test the sump pump by pouring a bucket or two of water into the sump pit. The pump should immediately spring to life and drain the water from the sump pit. Before pouring water into the pit, clean out any debris or dirt that might clog the system.

If the worst-case scenario — a flooded basement or crawl space — becomes a reality, immediately contact a qualified water damage restoration expert to take care of the problem. Water damage grows worse with every passing minute. Advanced secondary water damage may add days and many dollars to the overall expense of the restoration work. Also, insurance companies may look unfavorably upon lengthy delays in securing property damage restoration services, especially for water damage. Pre-qualifying a water and storm damage restoration company when the days are sunny can save hours when it is dark, the rain is coming down in torrents, and the basement or crawl space is flooding.

The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are available 24/7, 365 days a year. IICRC-certified technicians have the equipment, training, and experience to tackle any size disaster.

For more information about water and storm damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How Storm Power Outages Can Lead to Crawl Space and Basement Flooding and Water Damage

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak reminds homeowners that power outages during severe weather can cause a sump pump to fail, which can cause water damage in the crawl space or basement.

Since 2000, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been serving the local community with water, fire, and storm damage restoration. Centrally located in Ellis County, the damage restoration teams can reach any location in the area in less than thirty minutes. The local company is backed by a nationwide system of qualified franchises, specializing in residential, commercial, and large-scale disaster clean-up and restoration.

Everything in Texas is big, including the thunderstorms that rumble through the North Texas region during the spring, summer, and fall. Occasionally, turbulent weather will pay a visit to the area during a warm spell in the winter months, as experienced on December 26, 2015, when ten or more tornadoes pummeled North Texas. Typically, April and May are the most active months for severe weather.

A severe weather “watch” means to keep an eye out for potentially severe weather conditions. A “warning” means severe weather conditions are in the area. The “r” in the word “warning” is a cue to homeowners to run for cover or to retreat to shelter in a protected area or safe room in the home. Once a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, only minutes or seconds may separate tranquility from turmoil during periods of severe weather.

High winds, hail, heavy rain, and lightning can potentially cause a power outage. High winds may break off limbs or topple trees, which can break power lines. Flash flooding may bring down the power grid along a river or creek basin. Lightning strikes may take out telephone poles, transformers, or substations resulting in the loss of power for large portions of the local Ennis and Red Oak population. In any case, severe weather and power outages can be disastrous.

Some of the consequences related to severe weather and a power outage include:

  • slip-and-fall injuries in the dark or on wet pavement or decking
  • electrical shock from appliances, electronics, or power cords during a major water intrusion from a flood or from severe damage to the roof or other portion of the structure
  • heart issues resulting from stress and anxiety over the power outage
  • back issues, joint injuries, or muscle strains from moving heavy debris, furniture, or water-logged floorcoverings
  • medical complications arising from the loss of power to life-sustaining medical equipment

A serious consequence of a power outage is the loss of power to a sump pump in the basement or crawl space. Typically, sump pumps are installed in a sump pit where water collects from a foundation drainage system that directs intruding water to the pit. The sump pump evacuates unwanted water, keeping the basement or crawlspace dry. Most sump pumps operate on electricity, so a power outage can be disastrous. A crawl space or basement can flood very quickly when the sump pump is not operational. Sometimes a sump pump may lose power even though the home or business has power.

In any case, having multiple contingency plans in the event of a sump pump failure is worth the time, effort, and expense. Flooding in the basement and crawl space can lead to damage to or the loss of valuable property, structural damage to the foundation, mold infestation, health effects related to the mold, and expensive water removal and restoration costs.

According to insurance industry experts, “One way to prevent sump pump failure during a power outage is to have a battery backup for your sump pump, which will keep the pump running even if your power is out. In addition to battery sump pump backups, some pumps also have water-powered backup systems that use your home’s water supply to remove water from the sump pit.”

Some homeowners install an additional sump pump with its own backup power system to ensure any water intrusion can be managed. Not all insurance companies cover water damage resulting from a sump pump failure. Special coverage must be purchased at an additional cost. Homeowners should check with their insurance agent for options and expenses. Some insurance companies may require a backup plan that includes the installation of a reserve system with its own power source, such as a generator.

Homeowners need to regularly test the sump pump by pouring a bucket or two of water into the sump pit. The pump should immediately spring to life and drain the water from the sump pit. Before pouring water into the pit, clean out any debris or dirt that might clog the system.

If the worst-case scenario — a flooded basement or crawl space — becomes a reality, immediately contact a qualified water damage restoration expert to take care of the problem. Water damage grows worse with every passing minute. Advanced secondary water damage may add days and many dollars to the overall expense of the restoration work. Also, insurance companies may look unfavorably upon lengthy delays in securing property damage restoration services, especially for water damage. Pre-qualifying a water and storm damage restoration company when the days are sunny can save hours when it is dark, the rain is coming down in torrents, and the basement or crawl space is flooding.

The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are available 24/7, 365 days a year. IICRC-certified technicians have the equipment, training, and experience to tackle any size disaster.

For more information about water and storm damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How Building and Reconstruction Services Complement Property Damage Restoration Services

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak explains how commercial building and reconstruction services benefit the business owner needing property damage restoration services.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak offers a wide array of commercial reconstruction services for businesses that have suffered a property damage disaster. Companies faced with disruptions to manufacturing, production, sales, distribution, or customer service need fast, efficient, and economical solutions. Extended business interruptions may have a significantly greater negative impact on the bottom line than the actual property damage disaster.

The Critical Need for Swift Site Restoration to Resume Normal Business Operations

A protracted recovery from a property damage disaster in a critical business or service facility can send shock waves cascading throughout the supply chain or distribution network that not only affect product manufacturing and delivery but also result in the loss of customers.

The customer acquisition expense for small businesses, light industry, and service providers constitutes a significant overhead expense. Resuming business operations as soon as possible reactivates the flow of products and services, protects the customer base, and restores the vital revenue cycle.

Benefits of Reconstruction Services for Local Businesses

Providing building and reconstruction services enhances the overall commercial damage restoration service menu offered by SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak. Here are some benefits businesses experience when they entrust their restoration needs to the SERVPRO team.

Benefit #1: Seamless transition from one phase of the restoration process to another

Initial restoration services for a fire, water, storm, or flood disaster flow smoothly from cleanup to repair to reconstruction. This movement and ease of transition through the project also involves SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak managing the insurance claims and payment process. Needless interruptions of progress due to payment disruptions are completely avoided. Efficiencies soar. Crews smash deadlines. Business returns to normal.

Benefit #2: Exceptional proficiencies

The technicians at SERVPRO undergo rigorous training and certification that enable them to attain exceptional proficiencies as property damage restoration experts. Even though each property damage disaster is unique, the principles and practices applied in a water damage disaster or a fire damage disaster are similar for every customer. Advanced training and constant practice make SERVPRO technicians the most proficient restoration professionals in the industry. Commercial customers receive the best quality service delivered in a timely and highly efficient manner.

Benefit #3: A thorough and complete restoration

SERVPRO technicians understand the complex challenges of uncovering hidden property damage, including advanced secondary water damage, which may involve mold and mildew infestation or concealed wood rot. Knowing how to spot hidden damage means the restoration process is thorough in its scope. Damaged areas needing repair or reconstruction are fully restored while the larger project is in process, thus avoiding future disruptions to repair or reconstruct overlooked damage.

Benefit #4: A stress-free and economical experience

The reconstruction expertise of the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak team allows the commercial property owner to secure a turnkey solution to a property damage disaster. This streamlined, cost-effective restoration and reconstruction package eliminates stress for the business owner.

The SERVPRO Building and Reconstruction Services

When fire, water, storms, or flooding damage a home or business, the immediate concern is to respond with temporary protective measures such as positioning emergency roof tarps to prevent additional damage, boarding up to secure the building, and removing water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak can begin the restoration process. If the damage to the home or business is severe, the building may require reconstruction work to restore the property to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO 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.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak can provide this continuity of service by supervising a full range of restoration services that will return a building to full functionality.

  • Board up of windows, doors, and roofing
  • Carpet repair and installation
  • Drywall installation
  • Drywall removal
  • Furniture restoration
  • Move out and secure storage
  • Portable power supply
  • Scalable resources from other SERVPRO franchise outlets
  • Temporary fencing
  • Temporary warehouse space

For more information about commercial reconstruction in Red Oak, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How Building and Reconstruction Services Complement Property Damage Restoration Services

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak explains how commercial building and reconstruction services benefit the business owner needing property damage restoration services.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak offers a wide array of commercial reconstruction services for businesses that have suffered a property damage disaster. Companies faced with disruptions to manufacturing, production, sales, distribution, or customer service need fast, efficient, and economical solutions. Extended business interruptions may have a significantly greater negative impact on the bottom line than the actual property damage disaster.

The Critical Need for Swift Site Restoration to Resume Normal Business Operations

A protracted recovery from a property damage disaster in a critical business or service facility can send shock waves cascading throughout the supply chain or distribution network that not only affect product manufacturing and delivery but also result in the loss of customers.

The customer acquisition expense for small businesses, light industry, and service providers constitutes a significant overhead expense. Resuming business operations as soon as possible reactivates the flow of products and services, protects the customer base, and restores the vital revenue cycle.

Benefits of Reconstruction Services for Local Businesses

Providing building and reconstruction services enhances the overall commercial damage restoration service menu offered by SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak. Here are some benefits businesses experience when they entrust their restoration needs to the SERVPRO team.

Benefit #1: Seamless transition from one phase of the restoration process to another

Initial restoration services for a fire, water, storm, or flood disaster flow smoothly from cleanup to repair to reconstruction. This movement and ease of transition through the project also involves SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak managing the insurance claims and payment process. Needless interruptions of progress due to payment disruptions are completely avoided. Efficiencies soar. Crews smash deadlines. Business returns to normal.

Benefit #2: Exceptional proficiencies

The technicians at SERVPRO undergo rigorous training and certification that enable them to attain exceptional proficiencies as property damage restoration experts. Even though each property damage disaster is unique, the principles and practices applied in a water damage disaster or a fire damage disaster are similar for every customer. Advanced training and constant practice make SERVPRO technicians the most proficient restoration professionals in the industry. Commercial customers receive the best quality service delivered in a timely and highly efficient manner.

Benefit #3: A thorough and complete restoration

SERVPRO technicians understand the complex challenges of uncovering hidden property damage, including advanced secondary water damage, which may involve mold and mildew infestation or concealed wood rot. Knowing how to spot hidden damage means the restoration process is thorough in its scope. Damaged areas needing repair or reconstruction are fully restored while the larger project is in process, thus avoiding future disruptions to repair or reconstruct overlooked damage.

Benefit #4: A stress-free and economical experience

The reconstruction expertise of the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak team allows the commercial property owner to secure a turnkey solution to a property damage disaster. This streamlined, cost-effective restoration and reconstruction package eliminates stress for the business owner.

The SERVPRO Building and Reconstruction Services

When fire, water, storms, or flooding damage a home or business, the immediate concern is to respond with temporary protective measures such as positioning emergency roof tarps to prevent additional damage, boarding up to secure the building, and removing water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak can begin the restoration process. If the damage to the home or business is severe, the building may require reconstruction work to restore the property to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO 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.

SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak can provide this continuity of service by supervising a full range of restoration services that will return a building to full functionality.

  • Board up of windows, doors, and roofing
  • Carpet repair and installation
  • Drywall installation
  • Drywall removal
  • Furniture restoration
  • Move out and secure storage
  • Portable power supply
  • Scalable resources from other SERVPRO franchise outlets
  • Temporary fencing
  • Temporary warehouse space

For more information about commercial reconstruction in Red Oak, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Fireplace Safety Tips to Keep the Fireplace a Safe Place and Avoid Fire Damage and Other Hazards

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, a damage restoration company, shares fireplace safety tips for local homeowners.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the best choice for fire damage restoration in the local area. When a fire disaster strikes, life is disrupted and filled with anxiety and stress. The team of property damage restoration specialists strives to serve the community by reducing the turmoil in the aftermath of a disaster. Ennis and Red Oak residents can count on the caring professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to quickly restore homes that have suffered fire damage, water damage, or smoke damage.

Fireplace Safety Tips

The luxurious warmth of glowing flames and a steaming cup of rich hot cocoa create a cozy winter ambiance that extends well beyond the holidays. Every winter, homeowners in Ennis, Red Oak, and the surrounding area rely upon their fireplaces, gas logs, and woodburning stoves for supplemental heating for their homes and other living and working spaces. Yet, there exists a risk of accidental fire from flaming embers, creosote residue, and temperatures that rise at times above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. To greatly reduce the risk of accidental fire, follow the fireplace safety tips listed below.

Tip #1: Have a certified, professional chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney annually.

If the fireplace or wood-burning stove has not been used in a while, a chimney inspection to determine creosote levels, assess structural integrity, and remove any blockages from debris ensures the safety and health of the home and family.

Creosote buildup can ignite under high temperatures and when exposed to burning embers. Damage to the chimney can prevent proper airflow and allow hot embers and dangerous smoke and soot to blow back into the home. Animal nests can not only restrict airflow but they can also ignite and potentially cause serious fire damage. Homeowners who rely heavily upon their fireplace or wood stove to heat their homes should consider having an additional inspection and chimney cleaning after burning three chords of wood.

Tip #2: Practice safe fire building techniques.

Before starting a fire, fully open the fireplace damper. Restricted airflow can cause smoke, toxic soot, and carbon monoxide to flow into the home and create serious health effects. Also, be careful when choosing the type of wood to burn in the fireplace or woodstove. Use seasoned hardwoods, which burn more efficiently and produce less smoke and creosote.

Tip #3: Keep the fireplace and nearby area clean and safe.

Debris and clutter, such as extra firewood, newspaper, and kindling, are combustible and should be stored far away from the fireplace. An unnoticed burning ember can light on cured wood, dry newspaper, or kindling and ignite the flammable material.

Keeping fireplace ash to a minimum will increase airflow through the chimney, which will cause the wood to burn more efficiently. Clean out the fireplace frequently. Make sure the fire is completely out and there are no lingering embers. Dispose of the ash properly. Never put the ash in a garbage can just in case there are some remaining hot embers. Avoid allowing ash to accumulate more than one inch in the fireplace.

Use a fireplace screen to prevent hot embers, sparks, and ash from popping out of the fireplace and onto the floor or carpeting and causing a fire. Aerosol cans, stain remover, nail polish, alcohol, and other flammable liquids should be safely stored away from the heat of the fireplace. The dangerous, flammable fumes from these products can ignite, causing a flash fire.

Tip #4: Reduce the risk of a roof fire.

Have a certified chimney solutions provider install a chimney cap with a spark arrestor. This application not only helps prevent roof fires but also reduces the risk of wildfires.

Tip #5: Childproof the fireplace.

To prevent fire-related injuries, children should always be supervised when the fireplace or wood stove is in use. The fireplace glass door should be kept closed. If young children are in the home, install a hearth gate around the fireplace. Teach children proper fireplace safety from the earliest age. Children should know that fires are very hot and can cause serious burns or death. Teaching children to maintain a safe distance from the wood stove or fireplace can prevent serious burns and save their lives.

Tip #6: Never leave a fireplace, wood stove, or gas logs unattended.

Fire safety experts warn that homeowners should never leave a burning fireplace unattended. If the fire is not properly supervised, a chimney fire can flare up and spread very quickly. Before going to bed or leaving the house, the homeowner should make sure that the fire has been completely extinguished. Keep the damper partially open until the fire is totally extinguished and absolutely safe.

Tip #7: Install a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home.

Test and replace batteries at least twice a year. New Year’s Day (January 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th) are great days to practice this home fire safety action. It can take less than two minutes for a small fire to get out of control. Keep a fire extinguisher in one or more accessible locations. In case of a fire, stay calm. Focus on getting everyone out of the home and a safe distance away. Call 9-1-1.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak has been serving the community since 2000. Centrally located in Ellis County, the property damage response team can reach any destination in the area in under thirty minutes. The staff receives continuous, rigorous training in property damage cleanup and restoration.

For more information about fire damage restoration in Ennis, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Fireplace Safety Tips to Keep the Fireplace a Safe Place and Avoid Fire Damage and Other Hazards

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak, a damage restoration company, shares fireplace safety tips for local homeowners.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the best choice for fire damage restoration in the local area. When a fire disaster strikes, life is disrupted and filled with anxiety and stress. The team of property damage restoration specialists strives to serve the community by reducing the turmoil in the aftermath of a disaster. Ennis and Red Oak residents can count on the caring professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to quickly restore homes that have suffered fire damage, water damage, or smoke damage.

Fireplace Safety Tips

The luxurious warmth of glowing flames and a steaming cup of rich hot cocoa create a cozy winter ambiance that extends well beyond the holidays. Every winter, homeowners in Ennis, Red Oak, and the surrounding area rely upon their fireplaces, gas logs, and woodburning stoves for supplemental heating for their homes and other living and working spaces. Yet, there exists a risk of accidental fire from flaming embers, creosote residue, and temperatures that rise at times above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. To greatly reduce the risk of accidental fire, follow the fireplace safety tips listed below.

Tip #1: Have a certified, professional chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney annually.

If the fireplace or wood-burning stove has not been used in a while, a chimney inspection to determine creosote levels, assess structural integrity, and remove any blockages from debris ensures the safety and health of the home and family.

Creosote buildup can ignite under high temperatures and when exposed to burning embers. Damage to the chimney can prevent proper airflow and allow hot embers and dangerous smoke and soot to blow back into the home. Animal nests can not only restrict airflow but they can also ignite and potentially cause serious fire damage. Homeowners who rely heavily upon their fireplace or wood stove to heat their homes should consider having an additional inspection and chimney cleaning after burning three chords of wood.

Tip #2: Practice safe fire building techniques.

Before starting a fire, fully open the fireplace damper. Restricted airflow can cause smoke, toxic soot, and carbon monoxide to flow into the home and create serious health effects. Also, be careful when choosing the type of wood to burn in the fireplace or woodstove. Use seasoned hardwoods, which burn more efficiently and produce less smoke and creosote.

Tip #3: Keep the fireplace and nearby area clean and safe.

Debris and clutter, such as extra firewood, newspaper, and kindling, are combustible and should be stored far away from the fireplace. An unnoticed burning ember can light on cured wood, dry newspaper, or kindling and ignite the flammable material.

Keeping fireplace ash to a minimum will increase airflow through the chimney, which will cause the wood to burn more efficiently. Clean out the fireplace frequently. Make sure the fire is completely out and there are no lingering embers. Dispose of the ash properly. Never put the ash in a garbage can just in case there are some remaining hot embers. Avoid allowing ash to accumulate more than one inch in the fireplace.

Use a fireplace screen to prevent hot embers, sparks, and ash from popping out of the fireplace and onto the floor or carpeting and causing a fire. Aerosol cans, stain remover, nail polish, alcohol, and other flammable liquids should be safely stored away from the heat of the fireplace. The dangerous, flammable fumes from these products can ignite, causing a flash fire.

Tip #4: Reduce the risk of a roof fire.

Have a certified chimney solutions provider install a chimney cap with a spark arrestor. This application not only helps prevent roof fires but also reduces the risk of wildfires.

Tip #5: Childproof the fireplace.

To prevent fire-related injuries, children should always be supervised when the fireplace or wood stove is in use. The fireplace glass door should be kept closed. If young children are in the home, install a hearth gate around the fireplace. Teach children proper fireplace safety from the earliest age. Children should know that fires are very hot and can cause serious burns or death. Teaching children to maintain a safe distance from the wood stove or fireplace can prevent serious burns and save their lives.

Tip #6: Never leave a fireplace, wood stove, or gas logs unattended.

Fire safety experts warn that homeowners should never leave a burning fireplace unattended. If the fire is not properly supervised, a chimney fire can flare up and spread very quickly. Before going to bed or leaving the house, the homeowner should make sure that the fire has been completely extinguished. Keep the damper partially open until the fire is totally extinguished and absolutely safe.

Tip #7: Install a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home.

Test and replace batteries at least twice a year. New Year’s Day (January 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th) are great days to practice this home fire safety action. It can take less than two minutes for a small fire to get out of control. Keep a fire extinguisher in one or more accessible locations. In case of a fire, stay calm. Focus on getting everyone out of the home and a safe distance away. Call 9-1-1.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak has been serving the community since 2000. Centrally located in Ellis County, the property damage response team can reach any destination in the area in under thirty minutes. The staff receives continuous, rigorous training in property damage cleanup and restoration.

For more information about fire damage restoration in Ennis, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak Provides Water Damage Restoration for Commercial Facilities

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the right choice for a facility that has suffered water damage. SERVPRO can leverage industrial-strength resources to restore an industrial-sized disaster.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the best choice for operations managers and corporate disaster recovery teams when water damage sidelines a manufacturing unit that provides critical supply chain parts, chemicals, services, or data. An industrial-sized disaster requires an industrial-strength response. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can leverage the needed response that can bring a production facility, distribution center, call center, or data management complex online and up and running in hours, not days. The production line, supply network, or information grid need not grind to a halt when a vital cog goes offline or dark.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration: Four Factors to Consider

When it comes to a commercial property damage situation, the SERVPRO team of professional technicians minimizes the disruption to a business while delivering superior results. In any business, industry, or service sector, results matter. Decision-makers need to consider four critical factors when determining who to call when a commercial property damage disaster occurs.

  1. The knowledge and expertise to handle any commercial property damage restoration

The restoration crew should be able to provide services for a variety of different facilities, whether the project involves a manufacturing unit, retail store, call center, apartment complex, restaurant, or daycare.

  1. 24/7 availability and a quick response

The SERVPRO facility in Ennis is within thirty minutes of most of its clients. In one hour or less, a service team can be onsite to inspect the site, assess the damage, and begin the cleanup and restoration process.

  1. The necessary equipment on hand to begin the restoration process

Time is money. Delays in the restoration and recovery process while waiting for a needed piece of equipment to arrive can dramatically increase secondary costs to the damaged business. Property managers, operations managers, and disaster response teams need to know that the property damage restoration company can step up to any challenge. Every hour of delay can cost a business thousands of dollars in labor costs and lost production profits. The restoration expense may be a fraction of overall losses from a commercial property damage disaster.

  1. The ability to leverage industrial-sized resources

Facility disaster response managers need to know that the restoration company they have chosen to address property damage restoration needs can scale quickly to meet any size incident. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is a restoration force multiplier that can scale to meet any size commercial disaster. The knowledgeable and experienced restoration specialists can be mobilized and on their way to the site in minutes.

No business is too small for SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to serve. The economic impact of the damage is not necessarily measured in square feet. A disaster at an IT management facility, a call center, or a logistics terminal can slow down or shut down dozens of businesses or ancillary supply chain units. A small fire that set off the sprinkler system at the corporate office can send international shock waves throughout the company.

Plan Ahead With an ERP: Emergency Ready Plan

An actionable readiness plan is a pivotal factor in successfully overcoming a commercial property damage disaster. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) sets the industry standard for commercial disaster preparedness. The COE and onsite operations managers who are tasked with having a crisis readiness plan in place and actionable can look to SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to formulate a proactive, responsive, and effective disaster response that will have the business up and running as soon as possible. Shaving minutes off of the response and recovery time converts to minimized losses and maximized ROI.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak has the training and expertise to address any size business or type of commercial venue, including:

  • Small office buildings
  • Large office/High-rise office buildings
  • Apartment buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small retail stores
  • Large retail/Big-box stores
  • High-rise residential
  • Manufacturing and industrial
  • Government/Military

The company’s services include:

  • Commercial water damage restoration
  • Commercial fire damage restoration
  • Commercial mold remediation
  • Commercial storm damage cleanup
  • Disaster recovery team

For more information about water damage restoration in Ennis, TX, contact the team of professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak by phone at (972) 937-1494. The company can also be reached by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

How SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak Provides Water Damage Restoration for Commercial Facilities

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the right choice for a facility that has suffered water damage. SERVPRO can leverage industrial-strength resources to restore an industrial-sized disaster.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is the best choice for operations managers and corporate disaster recovery teams when water damage sidelines a manufacturing unit that provides critical supply chain parts, chemicals, services, or data. An industrial-sized disaster requires an industrial-strength response. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak can leverage the needed response that can bring a production facility, distribution center, call center, or data management complex online and up and running in hours, not days. The production line, supply network, or information grid need not grind to a halt when a vital cog goes offline or dark.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration: Four Factors to Consider

When it comes to a commercial property damage situation, the SERVPRO team of professional technicians minimizes the disruption to a business while delivering superior results. In any business, industry, or service sector, results matter. Decision-makers need to consider four critical factors when determining who to call when a commercial property damage disaster occurs.

  1. The knowledge and expertise to handle any commercial property damage restoration

The restoration crew should be able to provide services for a variety of different facilities, whether the project involves a manufacturing unit, retail store, call center, apartment complex, restaurant, or daycare.

  1. 24/7 availability and a quick response

The SERVPRO facility in Ennis is within thirty minutes of most of its clients. In one hour or less, a service team can be onsite to inspect the site, assess the damage, and begin the cleanup and restoration process.

  1. The necessary equipment on hand to begin the restoration process

Time is money. Delays in the restoration and recovery process while waiting for a needed piece of equipment to arrive can dramatically increase secondary costs to the damaged business. Property managers, operations managers, and disaster response teams need to know that the property damage restoration company can step up to any challenge. Every hour of delay can cost a business thousands of dollars in labor costs and lost production profits. The restoration expense may be a fraction of overall losses from a commercial property damage disaster.

  1. The ability to leverage industrial-sized resources

Facility disaster response managers need to know that the restoration company they have chosen to address property damage restoration needs can scale quickly to meet any size incident. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is a restoration force multiplier that can scale to meet any size commercial disaster. The knowledgeable and experienced restoration specialists can be mobilized and on their way to the site in minutes.

No business is too small for SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to serve. The economic impact of the damage is not necessarily measured in square feet. A disaster at an IT management facility, a call center, or a logistics terminal can slow down or shut down dozens of businesses or ancillary supply chain units. A small fire that set off the sprinkler system at the corporate office can send international shock waves throughout the company.

Plan Ahead With an ERP: Emergency Ready Plan

An actionable readiness plan is a pivotal factor in successfully overcoming a commercial property damage disaster. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) sets the industry standard for commercial disaster preparedness. The COE and onsite operations managers who are tasked with having a crisis readiness plan in place and actionable can look to SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to formulate a proactive, responsive, and effective disaster response that will have the business up and running as soon as possible. Shaving minutes off of the response and recovery time converts to minimized losses and maximized ROI.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak has the training and expertise to address any size business or type of commercial venue, including:

  • Small office buildings
  • Large office/High-rise office buildings
  • Apartment buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small retail stores
  • Large retail/Big-box stores
  • High-rise residential
  • Manufacturing and industrial
  • Government/Military

The company’s services include:

  • Commercial water damage restoration
  • Commercial fire damage restoration
  • Commercial mold remediation
  • Commercial storm damage cleanup
  • Disaster recovery team

For more information about water damage restoration in Ennis, TX, contact the team of professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak by phone at (972) 937-1494. The company can also be reached by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.

Enjoy the Ideal Fall Weather on Hike & Bike Trail

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

Paved path through wooded park-like area SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak serves Ellis County restoration needs.

Feeling the Need to Get Out? Enjoy the Cool Fall Weather on Waxahachie’s Hike & Bike Trail

Ellis County residents looking for a fun, safe outdoor activity can find just that on the beautiful Waxahachie Hike and Bike Trail.

The trail stretches from Lion's Park to Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. For most of its length, the trail runs along or very near Waxahachie Creek. The trail passes Waxahachie Rodeo Arena and Fairgrounds, Rogers Street Bridge south of downtown Waxahachie, and the Old City Cemetery.

A small section of this trail (0.2 miles) is constructed on an abandoned railroad grade. The eastern half of the trail winds along Waxahachie Creek. You will pass an abandoned Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) rail line and an active Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) rail line.

The trail is about 3.5 miles long, and it is not a loop, Therefore, if you walk the length of the trail don’t forget to have a ride waiting at the other end. Or of course you can walk back for a great 7-mile workout. Along the way you can also find a short jog off the paved path that extends into a more natural area.

The trail is open year-round for friends and family to enjoy.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972) 937-1494 serves the local community with cleanup and restoration needs after water or fire damage.

Don’t forget to call the pros at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for service that makes it "Like it never even happened."

Enjoy the Ideal Fall Weather on Hike & Bike Trail

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak serves Ellis County restoration needs.

Feeling the Need to Get Out? Enjoy the Cool Fall Weather on Waxahachie’s Hike & Bike Trail

Ellis County residents looking for a fun, safe outdoor activity can find just that on the beautiful Waxahachie Hike and Bike Trail.

The trail stretches from Lion's Park to Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. For most of its length, the trail runs along or very near Waxahachie Creek. The trail passes Waxahachie Rodeo Arena and Fairgrounds, Rogers Street Bridge south of downtown Waxahachie, and the Old City Cemetery.

A small section of this trail (0.2 miles) is constructed on an abandoned railroad grade. The eastern half of the trail winds along Waxahachie Creek. You will pass an abandoned Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) rail line and an active Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) rail line.

The trail is about 3.5 miles long, and it is not a loop, Therefore, if you walk the length of the trail don’t forget to have a ride waiting at the other end. Or of course you can walk back for a great 7-mile workout. Along the way you can also find a short jog off the paved path that extends into a more natural area.

The trail is open year-round for friends and family to enjoy.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972) 937-1494 serves the local community with cleanup and restoration needs after water or fire damage.

Don’t forget to call the pros at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for service that makes it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Help Spot Mold in Your Home

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

White wall spotted with mold Mold can appear as spots on surfaces.

Worries about mold growth in your Ellis County home or about indoor exposure to mold are valid concerns because, not only can exposure to mold cause a variety of health effects, but molds can also do major damage to the structure of your home.

Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere - inside or outside. They are usually not a problem -- unless mold spores land on a damp spot and begin growing. All that is needed for mold spores to begin growing is a viable seed (spore), a nutrient source, moisture, and the right temperature. 

There are many kinds of mold in the Ennis/Red Oak area, each with its own unique growth pattern and biological structure. While you might automatically think of of a green, fuzzy patch that slowly expands outward when picturing mold, not all molds fit that pattern. Below are some tips our SERVPRO technicians have learned over the years that might help you identify a mold colony before it turns into a major headache.

When applying the tips below, remember that if you find an area that you suspect is mold growth, don’t touch it. Disturbing mold growth sends spores into the air where they can be inhaled or spread to other areas of the home.

Look For Discoloration

Not all mold damage in the Ennis/Red Oak area is green. Mold can be black, brown, white, yellow, or a variety of other colors. However, upon close inspection you should be able to spot color differences between the fungus and whatever it has started to grow on. No matter what the color of your wall, if a small section appears to be off-color, look closely or even use a magnifying glass to see if that patch has a different texture than the rest of the wall.

Spot the Dots

Because mold spores float through the air and spread out before landing across an area, they can start to grow in small patches that will appear as “polka dots” before they grow and expand into one large patch. You might find these dots on building structures, furniture, or even shoes, handbags, clothing or other items in your home.

Notice Odors

Most of us can probably relate to walking into a home and immediately recognizing that “old house” smell. Sometimes it is referred to as a “musty” smell. Well, that is very possibly coming from a hidden source of mold. Most molds won’t have a strong smell until they have developed into a substantial mold colony. However, some strains of mold can emit a moldy or foul smell even in their earliest stages.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak has technicians that are trained to provide fast and cost-effective mold remediation for homeowners across the Ellis County area. Call SERVPRO if you have identified or even suspect you have a mold problem at (972) 937-1494. We are always ready to rush to your assistance and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Help Spot Mold in Your Home

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can appear as spots on surfaces.

Worries about mold growth in your Ellis County home or about indoor exposure to mold are valid concerns because, not only can exposure to mold cause a variety of health effects, but molds can also do major damage to the structure of your home.

Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere - inside or outside. They are usually not a problem -- unless mold spores land on a damp spot and begin growing. All that is needed for mold spores to begin growing is a viable seed (spore), a nutrient source, moisture, and the right temperature. 

There are many kinds of mold in the Ennis/Red Oak area, each with its own unique growth pattern and biological structure. While you might automatically think of of a green, fuzzy patch that slowly expands outward when picturing mold, not all molds fit that pattern. Below are some tips our SERVPRO technicians have learned over the years that might help you identify a mold colony before it turns into a major headache.

When applying the tips below, remember that if you find an area that you suspect is mold growth, don’t touch it. Disturbing mold growth sends spores into the air where they can be inhaled or spread to other areas of the home.

Look For Discoloration

Not all mold damage in the Ennis/Red Oak area is green. Mold can be black, brown, white, yellow, or a variety of other colors. However, upon close inspection you should be able to spot color differences between the fungus and whatever it has started to grow on. No matter what the color of your wall, if a small section appears to be off-color, look closely or even use a magnifying glass to see if that patch has a different texture than the rest of the wall.

Spot the Dots

Because mold spores float through the air and spread out before landing across an area, they can start to grow in small patches that will appear as “polka dots” before they grow and expand into one large patch. You might find these dots on building structures, furniture, or even shoes, handbags, clothing or other items in your home.

Notice Odors

Most of us can probably relate to walking into a home and immediately recognizing that “old house” smell. Sometimes it is referred to as a “musty” smell. Well, that is very possibly coming from a hidden source of mold. Most molds won’t have a strong smell until they have developed into a substantial mold colony. However, some strains of mold can emit a moldy or foul smell even in their earliest stages.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak has technicians that are trained to provide fast and cost-effective mold remediation for homeowners across the Ellis County area. Call SERVPRO if you have identified or even suspect you have a mold problem at (972) 937-1494. We are always ready to rush to your assistance and make it "Like it never even happened."

Is This a Spill? Or is it Water Damage?

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

If you are a homeowner or a property owner, then you probably have had or will have a water damage event at some point. Accidents and circumstances that lead to water damage can be alarming, and most people don’t know where to start if they haven’t experienced a water event before. Knowing ahead of time what constitutes water damage and what the potential for costly damages can be in such an event can save you a lot of anguish, and possibly money, when the time comes.

There are times when you can just mop it up and go on, but there are other times when you need to call the professionals, such as SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972-937-1494).

What is Water Damage?

Water damage is a term used to describe harm to your floors, walls, ceiling, and belongings caused by an unintended intrusion of water. Such water intrusion can result from many sources, but your first concern is to determine whether this is truly water damage that needs to be mitigated by professionals. We use that term, mitigate, a great deal in the restoration business. But in case it is new to you, it means “to moderate or counter the effect of something" – usually something damaging.

You do NOT have damage if

  • Water splashes onto the floor in the bathroom when someone is showering.
  • A glass of water is spilled on the carpet in your living room.
  • Water sloshes onto the kitchen cabinets and floor during hand-washing dishes.

In the above examples, you can just wipe up the spilled water with a towel. In the case of the carpet, you would need to soak up as much of the water as possible to allow the carpet to dry quickly.

You DO have damage if

  • You left your bathtub water running and forgot about it until you noticed water running into the hallway or came back to find standing water in the bathroom.
  • A pipe under your sink broke allowing water to run into the surrounding area for an extended period before you found it.
  • A pipe under your sink dripped continuously for an extended period soaking the inside of your cabinets and perhaps the surrounding flooring and walls before you noticed it.
  • Your hot water heater leaked or burst, emptying its contents into your home.
  • Water is accumulating anywhere in your house, but you cannot identify the source.

The potential causes of water damage are too numerous to list, but the point is that you cannot simply use a towel to soak up the water in these cases and expect to have no further damage. By the time the water intrusion is discovered in each case, the water has had the opportunity to seep under and into flooring and floor coverings, behind baseboards and into drywall, and into other porous materials in the area. And in a case as acute as the water heater bursting, you will find the amount of water it holds will quickly spread into adjoining rooms soaking everything in its path.

This is when professional water extraction and drying equipment is necessary to mitigate the water damage. Simply soaking up the water and then leaving structural materials to dry on their own will almost certainly result in damaging and costly mold growth, besides the visible damage from swelling, paint peeling, and stains in porous materials.

A water disaster is alarming and upsetting to a property owner when it occurs. But our team of professionally trained and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak sees these cases and much worse daily, and we are ready to rush to your assistance.

If you are unsure as to whether your water emergency requires the assistance of professionals, is it is better to be safe than sorry.

Call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. We will check your walls, floors, ad all affected spaces for moisture to determine if you need professional water extraction and drying to mitigate damage.

Rest assured that we are ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Is This a Spill? Or is it Water Damage?

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

If you are a homeowner or a property owner, then you probably have had or will have a water damage event at some point. Accidents and circumstances that lead to water damage can be alarming, and most people don’t know where to start if they haven’t experienced a water event before. Knowing ahead of time what constitutes water damage and what the potential for costly damages can be in such an event can save you a lot of anguish, and possibly money, when the time comes.

There are times when you can just mop it up and go on, but there are other times when you need to call the professionals, such as SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972-937-1494).

What is Water Damage?

Water damage is a term used to describe harm to your floors, walls, ceiling, and belongings caused by an unintended intrusion of water. Such water intrusion can result from many sources, but your first concern is to determine whether this is truly water damage that needs to be mitigated by professionals. We use that term, mitigate, a great deal in the restoration business. But in case it is new to you, it means “to moderate or counter the effect of something" – usually something damaging.

You do NOT have damage if

  • Water splashes onto the floor in the bathroom when someone is showering.
  • A glass of water is spilled on the carpet in your living room.
  • Water sloshes onto the kitchen cabinets and floor during hand-washing dishes.

In the above examples, you can just wipe up the spilled water with a towel. In the case of the carpet, you would need to soak up as much of the water as possible to allow the carpet to dry quickly.

You DO have damage if

  • You left your bathtub water running and forgot about it until you noticed water running into the hallway or came back to find standing water in the bathroom.
  • A pipe under your sink broke allowing water to run into the surrounding area for an extended period before you found it.
  • A pipe under your sink dripped continuously for an extended period soaking the inside of your cabinets and perhaps the surrounding flooring and walls before you noticed it.
  • Your hot water heater leaked or burst, emptying its contents into your home.
  • Water is accumulating anywhere in your house, but you cannot identify the source.

The potential causes of water damage are too numerous to list, but the point is that you cannot simply use a towel to soak up the water in these cases and expect to have no further damage. By the time the water intrusion is discovered in each case, the water has had the opportunity to seep under and into flooring and floor coverings, behind baseboards and into drywall, and into other porous materials in the area. And in a case as acute as the water heater bursting, you will find the amount of water it holds will quickly spread into adjoining rooms soaking everything in its path.

This is when professional water extraction and drying equipment is necessary to mitigate the water damage. Simply soaking up the water and then leaving structural materials to dry on their own will almost certainly result in damaging and costly mold growth, besides the visible damage from swelling, paint peeling, and stains in porous materials.

A water disaster is alarming and upsetting to a property owner when it occurs. But our team of professionally trained and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak sees these cases and much worse daily, and we are ready to rush to your assistance.

If you are unsure as to whether your water emergency requires the assistance of professionals, is it is better to be safe than sorry.

Call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. We will check your walls, floors, ad all affected spaces for moisture to determine if you need professional water extraction and drying to mitigate damage.

Rest assured that we are ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak Can Help Recover Your Losses from Fire Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A catastrophic event, such as a home fire, can be an overwhelming experience. The process of making sure everyone is safe, finding temporary lodging, starting the clean-up activities, and ultimately rebuilding can take months. It can also take a huge toll on the family. That’s where the training and expertise of the clean-up and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972-937-1494) can provide assistance to get you through.

In this article we will explain one part of the recovery process that can be an almost insurmountable task for the homeowner to do alone. That is, determining what is salvageable and what is not among all the affected items in the home and communicating that information in detail to the insurer. This is a necessary step to recuperating your loses related to your fire damaged belongings.

We at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak do this task regularly for our customers who are recovering from a home fire. It is a lengthy process that must precede packing your belongings out of the damaged home and beginning cleanup. The process ensures that every item is accounted for and that you and your insurer are informed as to what is deemed salvageable and what is going to have to be replaced.

The Process

During the process of assessing your household and personal goods, every item will be photographed, assessed, and inventoried. Then two lists will be created, one of salvageable and one of non- salvageable items. Presumably, depending on your insurance coverage, the insurer will pay to clean or restore the salvageable items and to replace those deemed non-salvageable.

Non-salvageable Items

Several factors contribute to the decision as to pace an item in the non-salvageable category. Our technicians are trained to recognize damage that can be cleaned and restored versus irreparable damage.

Some items are easily identified as damaged beyond repair. Those are immediately placed on the non-salvageable list.

Items that sustained smoke or soot damage are carefully assessed and those that cannot be thoroughly cleaned without damaging the item further also go into the non-salvageable list, as well as those that sustained water stains or other water damage that cannot be restored.

In some cases, it might be possible to restore an item, however, the cost to do so is so high that the insurer would opt to replace it instead. Such an item goes on the non-salvageable list.

An important factor to note here is the fate of your unsalvageable items. When your insurer agrees that an item cannot be saved and agrees to issue payment to you for that item, we are required to dispose of the non-salvageable item. Insurance policies prohibit us returning the non-salvageable item to the insured.

Oftentimes customers will ask for one or more of their unsalvageable items to be returned. We fully understand that some items may have sentimental value to you and your family. If this is the case, as soon as possible after we provide you with the list of unsalvageable items you need to let us know of any items you want returned. We must remove that item or those items from the list so that your insurer can adjust payment.

Waiting until close to the end of your job to ask for the return of any unsalvageable items will result in an unhappy ending. After the insurer has paid for those items, we are obligated to dispose of them.

Salvageable Items

Your belongings that have sustained damage, but can be cleaned and restored to their previous condition go into the salvageable category. These items might be cleaned at your residence, especially if your inventory is being stored on site at your residence, for example, in rented pods. But more often the salvageable inventory will be transported to our warehouse where we have specialty equipment and products to facilitate their careful and thorough cleaning. It is helpful to keep in mind that many household items sustain a normal amount of wear and tear in their daily use. This type of damage is not likely to be repaired in the restoration process. Rather efforts involve removing smoke, soot, and water stains.

How You Can Help

The entire process of inventorying and assessing all your affected items can be a long, laborious task, one that most homeowners chose to leave to the professionals. However, there are some things you can do to help your insurer in completing this process.  When negotiating salvageability and pricing with your insurer having good documentation at hand can save the day.

One important task is to keep receipts for all significant purchases. Having proof of purchase and purchase price can be invaluable in recovering the full value of your belongings.

In addition to receipts that show the original price of your items, having pictures from before your fire damage can help to prove that the damage sustained was related to the fire. These two things help immensely when it comes to creating and validating your unsalvageable list with your insurer.

If you have not already compiled a home inventory, please consider making a list of all your items and their associated costs. Store these together with receipts and photos in a safe, fireproof place. It is a lengthy process that most homeowners never consider until it is too late. But in the unfortunate event of a home fire, it could prove invaluable in recuperating your loses.

We hope you  never experience the unfortunate circumstance of a home fire. But if you do, remember the professionals who can take the burden of inventorying salvageable and non-salvageable items off you – SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. We will rush to your assistance and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (972) 937-1494.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak Can Help Recover Your Losses from Fire Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A catastrophic event, such as a home fire, can be an overwhelming experience. The process of making sure everyone is safe, finding temporary lodging, starting the clean-up activities, and ultimately rebuilding can take months. It can also take a huge toll on the family. That’s where the training and expertise of the clean-up and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972-937-1494) can provide assistance to get you through.

In this article we will explain one part of the recovery process that can be an almost insurmountable task for the homeowner to do alone. That is, determining what is salvageable and what is not among all the affected items in the home and communicating that information in detail to the insurer. This is a necessary step to recuperating your loses related to your fire damaged belongings.

We at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak do this task regularly for our customers who are recovering from a home fire. It is a lengthy process that must precede packing your belongings out of the damaged home and beginning cleanup. The process ensures that every item is accounted for and that you and your insurer are informed as to what is deemed salvageable and what is going to have to be replaced.

The Process

During the process of assessing your household and personal goods, every item will be photographed, assessed, and inventoried. Then two lists will be created, one of salvageable and one of non- salvageable items. Presumably, depending on your insurance coverage, the insurer will pay to clean or restore the salvageable items and to replace those deemed non-salvageable.

Non-salvageable Items

Several factors contribute to the decision as to pace an item in the non-salvageable category. Our technicians are trained to recognize damage that can be cleaned and restored versus irreparable damage.

Some items are easily identified as damaged beyond repair. Those are immediately placed on the non-salvageable list.

Items that sustained smoke or soot damage are carefully assessed and those that cannot be thoroughly cleaned without damaging the item further also go into the non-salvageable list, as well as those that sustained water stains or other water damage that cannot be restored.

In some cases, it might be possible to restore an item, however, the cost to do so is so high that the insurer would opt to replace it instead. Such an item goes on the non-salvageable list.

An important factor to note here is the fate of your unsalvageable items. When your insurer agrees that an item cannot be saved and agrees to issue payment to you for that item, we are required to dispose of the non-salvageable item. Insurance policies prohibit us returning the non-salvageable item to the insured.

Oftentimes customers will ask for one or more of their unsalvageable items to be returned. We fully understand that some items may have sentimental value to you and your family. If this is the case, as soon as possible after we provide you with the list of unsalvageable items you need to let us know of any items you want returned. We must remove that item or those items from the list so that your insurer can adjust payment.

Waiting until close to the end of your job to ask for the return of any unsalvageable items will result in an unhappy ending. After the insurer has paid for those items, we are obligated to dispose of them.

Salvageable Items

Your belongings that have sustained damage, but can be cleaned and restored to their previous condition go into the salvageable category. These items might be cleaned at your residence, especially if your inventory is being stored on site at your residence, for example, in rented pods. But more often the salvageable inventory will be transported to our warehouse where we have specialty equipment and products to facilitate their careful and thorough cleaning. It is helpful to keep in mind that many household items sustain a normal amount of wear and tear in their daily use. This type of damage is not likely to be repaired in the restoration process. Rather efforts involve removing smoke, soot, and water stains.

How You Can Help

The entire process of inventorying and assessing all your affected items can be a long, laborious task, one that most homeowners chose to leave to the professionals. However, there are some things you can do to help your insurer in completing this process.  When negotiating salvageability and pricing with your insurer having good documentation at hand can save the day.

One important task is to keep receipts for all significant purchases. Having proof of purchase and purchase price can be invaluable in recovering the full value of your belongings.

In addition to receipts that show the original price of your items, having pictures from before your fire damage can help to prove that the damage sustained was related to the fire. These two things help immensely when it comes to creating and validating your unsalvageable list with your insurer.

If you have not already compiled a home inventory, please consider making a list of all your items and their associated costs. Store these together with receipts and photos in a safe, fireproof place. It is a lengthy process that most homeowners never consider until it is too late. But in the unfortunate event of a home fire, it could prove invaluable in recuperating your loses.

We hope you  never experience the unfortunate circumstance of a home fire. But if you do, remember the professionals who can take the burden of inventorying salvageable and non-salvageable items off you – SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. We will rush to your assistance and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (972) 937-1494.

What You Can Do To Help In The Event of a Damaging Water Event

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

When you find a water leak in your home or place of business, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972) 937-1494 is ready to rush to your assistance. Water Damage is our specialty! But while you are waiting for our technicians to arrive, there are several steps you can take immediately to prevent further damage.

  1. Stop the leak. Find where the water is coming from and turn the water off at that point. You may be able to isolate the leak by turning the water off at a specific pipe or fixture. If not, you will need to cut the water off at the main line.
  2. Soak up the water. If there is standing water and it is manageable, remove it to prevent it soaking into your floors and surrounding structures. Sometimes the amount of standing water is of such an extent that you will not be able to remove it yourself but will require SERVPRO’s special extraction equipment to remove it fast enough to prevent damage.
  3. Move small items out of the water. Small, valuable items, such as ornamental items, boxes of stored items, or small pieces of furniture will continue to soak up water if they are allowed to stand in it. Move them away from the water if possible.
  4. Try to identify the source of the water leak. It might be something obvious, like a broken connection behind the toilet or a supply line to the dishwasher or washing machine. If you suspect the damage is at the main waterline level, make sure to contact your water company right away.

When SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak technicians arrive at your property, they will extract any remaining standing water and assess the extent of moisture in the flooring, walls, cabinets, furniture, etc. They will then place air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly other specialized equipment to begin the critical process of drying the wet area to prevent damage to materials and the growth of dangerous mold. Most water damage jobs require that the equipment runs for several days to dry the property to be assured no mold growth will occur.

SERVPRO technicians will visit your home every day while the drying process is taking place to monitor equipment and check on the moisture content remaining in the floor, walls, etc. In between those visits are 24 hours during which the actual drying occurs. Again, there are steps you can take to ensure that your water damage dries as quickly and hassle-free as possible.

  1. Don't move the equipment. Our technicians place equipment in strategic locations to create a cylinder of airflow that leads back to the dehumidifier to maximize the effectiveness of the drying equipment. You should not move or reorient the machines, rather leave them where we place them if at all possible. We understand that at times the optimal placement creates an inconvenience. If you must move a machine, please place it as close to its original position as possible to maintain the airflow we were hoping to accomplish.
  2. Leave doors closed on affected rooms. If the water damage is in a single room, our technicians may close the door to that room to assist the drying process. It helps immensely if the room is contained and the air in that room is constantly cycling through the dehumidifier. For this reason, we ask that any rooms with equipment remain closed if possible.
  3. Leave thermostats up a bit. These rooms with equipment will probably be slightly warmer than the rest of the house, which is a good thing. Warmer temperatures allow for more condensation to transfer into the air, which makes it easier to remove the moisture via the dehumidifiers. While we do not expect you to live in persistent heat, allowing the temperature in your home to remain a few degrees higher will promote quicker drying.
  4. Most importantly, leave the machines on. We realize that, depending on the amount and location of our equipment, the machines can be loud and intrusive to one’s daily life. While we strive to be as minimally invasive as possible during water mitigation, with equipment sometimes needing to be placed in living rooms and kitchens, there is no way around it – the situation can be annoying. However, turning off the equipment only prolongs the drying time, and therefore, the cost of the drying job. The equipment must be allowed to run until the affected material is dry in order to meet our goal of preventing damage and mold growth.

With you, the customer, and our technicians working together, we will have your job dry and cleaned up as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your usual routine.

In the unfortunate event that you do experience a damaging water event, don’t hesitate to call the experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. Our technicians will make your property “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible. Call (972) 937-1494.

What You Can Do To Help In The Event of a Damaging Water Event

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

When you find a water leak in your home or place of business, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak (972) 937-1494 is ready to rush to your assistance. Water Damage is our specialty! But while you are waiting for our technicians to arrive, there are several steps you can take immediately to prevent further damage.

  1. Stop the leak. Find where the water is coming from and turn the water off at that point. You may be able to isolate the leak by turning the water off at a specific pipe or fixture. If not, you will need to cut the water off at the main line.
  2. Soak up the water. If there is standing water and it is manageable, remove it to prevent it soaking into your floors and surrounding structures. Sometimes the amount of standing water is of such an extent that you will not be able to remove it yourself but will require SERVPRO’s special extraction equipment to remove it fast enough to prevent damage.
  3. Move small items out of the water. Small, valuable items, such as ornamental items, boxes of stored items, or small pieces of furniture will continue to soak up water if they are allowed to stand in it. Move them away from the water if possible.
  4. Try to identify the source of the water leak. It might be something obvious, like a broken connection behind the toilet or a supply line to the dishwasher or washing machine. If you suspect the damage is at the main waterline level, make sure to contact your water company right away.

When SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak technicians arrive at your property, they will extract any remaining standing water and assess the extent of moisture in the flooring, walls, cabinets, furniture, etc. They will then place air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly other specialized equipment to begin the critical process of drying the wet area to prevent damage to materials and the growth of dangerous mold. Most water damage jobs require that the equipment runs for several days to dry the property to be assured no mold growth will occur.

SERVPRO technicians will visit your home every day while the drying process is taking place to monitor equipment and check on the moisture content remaining in the floor, walls, etc. In between those visits are 24 hours during which the actual drying occurs. Again, there are steps you can take to ensure that your water damage dries as quickly and hassle-free as possible.

  1. Don't move the equipment. Our technicians place equipment in strategic locations to create a cylinder of airflow that leads back to the dehumidifier to maximize the effectiveness of the drying equipment. You should not move or reorient the machines, rather leave them where we place them if at all possible. We understand that at times the optimal placement creates an inconvenience. If you must move a machine, please place it as close to its original position as possible to maintain the airflow we were hoping to accomplish.
  2. Leave doors closed on affected rooms. If the water damage is in a single room, our technicians may close the door to that room to assist the drying process. It helps immensely if the room is contained and the air in that room is constantly cycling through the dehumidifier. For this reason, we ask that any rooms with equipment remain closed if possible.
  3. Leave thermostats up a bit. These rooms with equipment will probably be slightly warmer than the rest of the house, which is a good thing. Warmer temperatures allow for more condensation to transfer into the air, which makes it easier to remove the moisture via the dehumidifiers. While we do not expect you to live in persistent heat, allowing the temperature in your home to remain a few degrees higher will promote quicker drying.
  4. Most importantly, leave the machines on. We realize that, depending on the amount and location of our equipment, the machines can be loud and intrusive to one’s daily life. While we strive to be as minimally invasive as possible during water mitigation, with equipment sometimes needing to be placed in living rooms and kitchens, there is no way around it – the situation can be annoying. However, turning off the equipment only prolongs the drying time, and therefore, the cost of the drying job. The equipment must be allowed to run until the affected material is dry in order to meet our goal of preventing damage and mold growth.

With you, the customer, and our technicians working together, we will have your job dry and cleaned up as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your usual routine.

In the unfortunate event that you do experience a damaging water event, don’t hesitate to call the experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak. Our technicians will make your property “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible. Call (972) 937-1494.

Keep Your Holidays Jolly - Prevent Christmas Tree Related Fires

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

As weather cools and days get shorter, our minds turn to the fun and festivity of the upcoming holiday season.  Family gatherings, lavish meals, and festive decorations create lasting memories and build family traditions. A decorated tree is often the center of a home’s Christmas decorations.

To ensure that your family’s holiday memories are not marred by a tragic accident involving your Christmas tree, follow the safety tips below from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In the event of a fire, no matter how large or small, remember that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is nearby and ready to respond. We will quickly clean up and restore your property.

Pick a Tree

  • Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Place the Tree

  • Before placing the tree, trim two inches off the bottom end of the trunk. This allows the tree to absorb water and remain fresh longer.
  • Place the tree at least three free from any heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, electric heater, candle, heat vent, or light.
  • Ensure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Fill the bowl of the tree stand with water and add water daily to keep the tree fresh.

Light the Tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Make sure the lights you use are approved for where they are placed (indoor or outdoor).
  • Discard any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose connections. Replace any missing bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions before connecting strands and do not exceed the recommendations for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always make sure the tree lights are turned off before leaving home or going to bed.

Dispose of Tree Properly

  • Dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it becomes dry. Hopefully, your tree will stay green and fresh throughout the season. Waiting to put it up closer to Christmas can help to ensure you won’t have a dry tree that poses a fire hazard before you are ready to dispose of it.
  • Don’t leave the tree in the house or garage or outside resting against the house. Dried out trees burn explosively when ignited and pose a dangerous risk left in or near your home.
  • Many communities provide recycling programs to help dispose of Christmas trees responsibly. Check with your local community.
  • Bring lights you used for outdoor decorations indoors after the season to preserve them for future use.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that

  • more than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems
  • one in every four is due to a heat source too close to the tree
  • a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can turn serious quickly

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 thorough cleanup and restoration of your property. For any kind of damage due to water, fire, smoke, or mold. We are ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 972-937-1494.

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

Keep Your Holidays Jolly - Prevent Christmas Tree Related Fires

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

As weather cools and days get shorter, our minds turn to the fun and festivity of the upcoming holiday season.  Family gatherings, lavish meals, and festive decorations create lasting memories and build family traditions. A decorated tree is often the center of a home’s Christmas decorations.

To ensure that your family’s holiday memories are not marred by a tragic accident involving your Christmas tree, follow the safety tips below from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In the event of a fire, no matter how large or small, remember that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is nearby and ready to respond. We will quickly clean up and restore your property.

Pick a Tree

  • Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Place the Tree

  • Before placing the tree, trim two inches off the bottom end of the trunk. This allows the tree to absorb water and remain fresh longer.
  • Place the tree at least three free from any heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, electric heater, candle, heat vent, or light.
  • Ensure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Fill the bowl of the tree stand with water and add water daily to keep the tree fresh.

Light the Tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Make sure the lights you use are approved for where they are placed (indoor or outdoor).
  • Discard any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose connections. Replace any missing bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions before connecting strands and do not exceed the recommendations for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always make sure the tree lights are turned off before leaving home or going to bed.

Dispose of Tree Properly

  • Dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it becomes dry. Hopefully, your tree will stay green and fresh throughout the season. Waiting to put it up closer to Christmas can help to ensure you won’t have a dry tree that poses a fire hazard before you are ready to dispose of it.
  • Don’t leave the tree in the house or garage or outside resting against the house. Dried out trees burn explosively when ignited and pose a dangerous risk left in or near your home.
  • Many communities provide recycling programs to help dispose of Christmas trees responsibly. Check with your local community.
  • Bring lights you used for outdoor decorations indoors after the season to preserve them for future use.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that

  • more than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems
  • one in every four is due to a heat source too close to the tree
  • a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can turn serious quickly

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 thorough cleanup and restoration of your property. For any kind of damage due to water, fire, smoke, or mold. We are ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 972-937-1494.

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

Prepare for Winter Weather to Avoid Costly Damage

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Property Ready for Old Man Winter?

The mild weather we’ve been blessed with these past few months may have us lulled into an unrealistic sense of security, believing that a mild or even balmy winter lies ahead. However, it doesn’t take a major ice storm to do damage to your house -- normal winter weather with long durations of moisture and ice can cause problems, too. When the worst happens and you need immediate service to rescue your property and prevent further damage, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond.

We all hope to be spared from accidents caused by severe winter storms or the damage that can result from wet, icy weather conditions. Read on for suggestions to help you be prepared for that icy onslaught.

  • Check regularly on weather reports and warnings for upcoming freezing weather and winter storms. Being informed ahead of severe weather gives you an advantage.
  • Early in the season, have your heating system checked by a professional HVAC company. At the very least, change your filters. Don’t wait until a frigid day to find out that your heating system doesn’t work.
  • To prevent damage to the outside of your home, paint, caulk, and seal wood structures. Replacing trim later, after moisture has caused rot, will be a lot more expensive than doing this preventative maintenance.
  • Even your masonry and concrete surfaces can be damaged by freezing moisture. Inspect your patio and other concrete structures and apply a winter sealant to keep out the moisture that causes damage.
  • Clean your rain gutters. The leaves falling in autumn, as well as other debris that falls from trees during summer can clog your gutters causing rain to back up and overflow. The overflow can cause moisture to build up under the shingles around the perimeter of your roof, causing wood rot. It also runs down the walls of your home, causing damage to your masonry and foundation.
  • Make sure all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home are in good working order and have fresh batteries. Winter is the time most home fires occur due to home heaters, fireplace fires, and holiday decorations. This is a good time to take stock of your fire extinguishers and have annual maintenance done on them.
  • Hire a reliable company to clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney before building that first cozy fire. Make sure you have brought in a fresh stock of firewood and store it at a safe distance from wood structures. Inspecting any old firewood for deterioration will give you the opportunity to spot signs of wood-damaging insects.
  • Prepare pools, sprinkler systems, and outside water faucets for freezing weather. Using professional services for the pool and sprinkler system is well worth the cost. Draining and blowing out lines to prevent pipes bursting during a freeze is far less expensive than having to replace them in the spring. Also drain outside faucets, as they are completely exposed to nasty freezes and can cause major damage if a faucet line bursts and floods the inside of your home.
  • Check any trees near your home. Branches that are too near the house can cause damage when they become ice-coated and brush against the siding and windows. Trees that are dead or dying can fall during snow and ice storms, causing major damage to your house or your neighbors. Dead trees should be removed.

Preparing in advance for winter’s worst can help to prevent damage to your property due to wear or accidents. But when a damaging event does occur despite your best efforts, be assured SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is prepared to rush to your assistance. We can quickly remediate damage caused by water, fire, or smoke, and help to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak 972-937-1494

Prepare for Winter Weather to Avoid Costly Damage

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Property Ready for Old Man Winter?

The mild weather we’ve been blessed with these past few months may have us lulled into an unrealistic sense of security, believing that a mild or even balmy winter lies ahead. However, it doesn’t take a major ice storm to do damage to your house -- normal winter weather with long durations of moisture and ice can cause problems, too. When the worst happens and you need immediate service to rescue your property and prevent further damage, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond.

We all hope to be spared from accidents caused by severe winter storms or the damage that can result from wet, icy weather conditions. Read on for suggestions to help you be prepared for that icy onslaught.

  • Check regularly on weather reports and warnings for upcoming freezing weather and winter storms. Being informed ahead of severe weather gives you an advantage.
  • Early in the season, have your heating system checked by a professional HVAC company. At the very least, change your filters. Don’t wait until a frigid day to find out that your heating system doesn’t work.
  • To prevent damage to the outside of your home, paint, caulk, and seal wood structures. Replacing trim later, after moisture has caused rot, will be a lot more expensive than doing this preventative maintenance.
  • Even your masonry and concrete surfaces can be damaged by freezing moisture. Inspect your patio and other concrete structures and apply a winter sealant to keep out the moisture that causes damage.
  • Clean your rain gutters. The leaves falling in autumn, as well as other debris that falls from trees during summer can clog your gutters causing rain to back up and overflow. The overflow can cause moisture to build up under the shingles around the perimeter of your roof, causing wood rot. It also runs down the walls of your home, causing damage to your masonry and foundation.
  • Make sure all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home are in good working order and have fresh batteries. Winter is the time most home fires occur due to home heaters, fireplace fires, and holiday decorations. This is a good time to take stock of your fire extinguishers and have annual maintenance done on them.
  • Hire a reliable company to clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney before building that first cozy fire. Make sure you have brought in a fresh stock of firewood and store it at a safe distance from wood structures. Inspecting any old firewood for deterioration will give you the opportunity to spot signs of wood-damaging insects.
  • Prepare pools, sprinkler systems, and outside water faucets for freezing weather. Using professional services for the pool and sprinkler system is well worth the cost. Draining and blowing out lines to prevent pipes bursting during a freeze is far less expensive than having to replace them in the spring. Also drain outside faucets, as they are completely exposed to nasty freezes and can cause major damage if a faucet line bursts and floods the inside of your home.
  • Check any trees near your home. Branches that are too near the house can cause damage when they become ice-coated and brush against the siding and windows. Trees that are dead or dying can fall during snow and ice storms, causing major damage to your house or your neighbors. Dead trees should be removed.

Preparing in advance for winter’s worst can help to prevent damage to your property due to wear or accidents. But when a damaging event does occur despite your best efforts, be assured SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is prepared to rush to your assistance. We can quickly remediate damage caused by water, fire, or smoke, and help to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak 972-937-1494

Is Your Attic Insulation Performing Its Job?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

When to address old insulation?

Insulation in your attic serves an important role in keeping your Ennis or Red Oak home comfortable and economical to heat and cool. Like all aspects of home ownership, there comes a time when one should assess the condition of a home’s insulation and perform any needed maintenance.

Insulation can last many decades in ideal conditions, but less than ideal conditions can shorten the life expectancy significantly. You might want to get a professional to inspect your attic insulation if you notice any of the following:

  • Your heating and cooling costs have gone up with no obvious reason
  • Your system is heating and cooling your house unevenly
  • Your system seems to run constantly to keep up with your heating or cooling needs, resulting in higher utility costs.
  • You can visibly see debris and contamination or smell odors in the attic.

Why replace or vamp-up attic insulation?

Your insulation may need attention due to various reasons. If you find any of the following conditions in your attic insulation, SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to assist you in assessing and restoring your attic to its best.

  • Existing insulation may have become degraded due to the length of time it has been there. Over time the insulation can shift or become disturbed causing drafts to develop that make your home temperature harder to regulate. This can cause a boost in your energy bill as your HVAC system tries to regulate all areas of the home.
  • Even insulation that has not exceeded its lifespan can become degraded due to water damage. If you have experienced leaks from the roof or water lines in the attic, any resulting moist insulation cannot be salvaged. Wet insulation becomes ineffective and mold grows quickly in the lingering moisture. Mold releases mycotoxins, which can affect the quality of the air in your home. Water damaged insulation must be removed and replaced.
  • Insulation can also become damaged due to critters, such as squirrels, rats, snakes, or bats getting into your attic and making a mess. They may cause damage to your insulation, as well as electrical wires and other materials in your attic and walls. They also leave behind waste which creates a hazardous environment.
  • Your insulation may be an older product consisting of vermiculite which can contain asbestos. Not all vermiculite contains asbestos, but if your insulation contains vermiculite do not attempt to remove it yourself until you have a professional verify that it is asbestos free.

Why call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak?

Our IICRC Certified technicians are highly trained in all types of home restoration. Whether your damage is from water, fire, storm, or another disaster, SERVPRO trained technicians have the training and experience to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

When you are ready to clean up and freshen your attic with new insulation, call the team that is ready to assist. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak serves all of Ellis County and surrounding areas. 972-937-1494

Is Your Attic Insulation Performing Its Job?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

When to address old insulation?

Insulation in your attic serves an important role in keeping your Ennis or Red Oak home comfortable and economical to heat and cool. Like all aspects of home ownership, there comes a time when one should assess the condition of a home’s insulation and perform any needed maintenance.

Insulation can last many decades in ideal conditions, but less than ideal conditions can shorten the life expectancy significantly. You might want to get a professional to inspect your attic insulation if you notice any of the following:

  • Your heating and cooling costs have gone up with no obvious reason
  • Your system is heating and cooling your house unevenly
  • Your system seems to run constantly to keep up with your heating or cooling needs, resulting in higher utility costs.
  • You can visibly see debris and contamination or smell odors in the attic.

Why replace or vamp-up attic insulation?

Your insulation may need attention due to various reasons. If you find any of the following conditions in your attic insulation, SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to assist you in assessing and restoring your attic to its best.

  • Existing insulation may have become degraded due to the length of time it has been there. Over time the insulation can shift or become disturbed causing drafts to develop that make your home temperature harder to regulate. This can cause a boost in your energy bill as your HVAC system tries to regulate all areas of the home.
  • Even insulation that has not exceeded its lifespan can become degraded due to water damage. If you have experienced leaks from the roof or water lines in the attic, any resulting moist insulation cannot be salvaged. Wet insulation becomes ineffective and mold grows quickly in the lingering moisture. Mold releases mycotoxins, which can affect the quality of the air in your home. Water damaged insulation must be removed and replaced.
  • Insulation can also become damaged due to critters, such as squirrels, rats, snakes, or bats getting into your attic and making a mess. They may cause damage to your insulation, as well as electrical wires and other materials in your attic and walls. They also leave behind waste which creates a hazardous environment.
  • Your insulation may be an older product consisting of vermiculite which can contain asbestos. Not all vermiculite contains asbestos, but if your insulation contains vermiculite do not attempt to remove it yourself until you have a professional verify that it is asbestos free.

Why call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak?

Our IICRC Certified technicians are highly trained in all types of home restoration. Whether your damage is from water, fire, storm, or another disaster, SERVPRO trained technicians have the training and experience to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

When you are ready to clean up and freshen your attic with new insulation, call the team that is ready to assist. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak serves all of Ellis County and surrounding areas. 972-937-1494

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak Offers Professional Cleaning Services

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Police Vehicle in front of SERVPRO van. We appreciate the opportunity to provide complimentary cleaning/disinfection services on official vehicles of our first responders.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond during this unprecedented time.

We are receiving calls daily from residents and business owners who are concerned about the safety of their environment. Whether it is someone wanting to make sure their home is safe after a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a business owner who is concerned about providing a safe environment for customers and workers after an employee has been diagnosed, or just someone wanting to proactively clean their environment to prevent infection, SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond quickly.

We are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and disinfection standards as specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Specialized Training

Our cleaning and disinfecting procedures go beyond the scope of work performed by regular janitorial services. We have specialized training, years of experience, specialized products, and we practice protocols developed by the CDC.

First, we clean and sanitize all areas to remove dirt and impurities. Soft surfaces, such as carpet and upholstered furniture are cleaned using a cleaning agent and water in the usual way, often with a carpet shampooing system. Hard surfaces are cleaned by hand with a cleaning agent and water.

The CDC advises to give special consideration to “high-touch” surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, handles, faucets, tables, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, sinks, and toilets.

After everything has been cleaned, we disinfect the entire area with a hospital-grade disinfectant. This product is left on the surface for the recommended amount of time, then wiped by hand to remove any residue.

SERVPRO’s product line includes multiple products that align with the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. Although there is currently no product tested against the COVID-19 virus, we adhere to all guidelines provided by the CDC.

Call Today to Protect Your Home or Business

If you would like the peace of mind that deep cleaning your home or business can bring, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak - the experts. 972-937-1494

References: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak Offers Professional Cleaning Services

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

We appreciate the opportunity to provide complimentary cleaning/disinfection services on official vehicles of our first responders.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond during this unprecedented time.

We are receiving calls daily from residents and business owners who are concerned about the safety of their environment. Whether it is someone wanting to make sure their home is safe after a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a business owner who is concerned about providing a safe environment for customers and workers after an employee has been diagnosed, or just someone wanting to proactively clean their environment to prevent infection, SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond quickly.

We are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and disinfection standards as specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Specialized Training

Our cleaning and disinfecting procedures go beyond the scope of work performed by regular janitorial services. We have specialized training, years of experience, specialized products, and we practice protocols developed by the CDC.

First, we clean and sanitize all areas to remove dirt and impurities. Soft surfaces, such as carpet and upholstered furniture are cleaned using a cleaning agent and water in the usual way, often with a carpet shampooing system. Hard surfaces are cleaned by hand with a cleaning agent and water.

The CDC advises to give special consideration to “high-touch” surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, handles, faucets, tables, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, sinks, and toilets.

After everything has been cleaned, we disinfect the entire area with a hospital-grade disinfectant. This product is left on the surface for the recommended amount of time, then wiped by hand to remove any residue.

SERVPRO’s product line includes multiple products that align with the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. Although there is currently no product tested against the COVID-19 virus, we adhere to all guidelines provided by the CDC.

Call Today to Protect Your Home or Business

If you would like the peace of mind that deep cleaning your home or business can bring, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak - the experts. 972-937-1494

References: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is IICRC Certified

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standards for the Restoration industry. They provide training and certification to employees of restoration companies. Obtaining IICRC Certification gives a Firm the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

To qualify for this IICRC Certification, companies must meet the following rigid standards.

  • Conduct business with consumers with honesty and integrity.
  • Require training and education for employees that prepares them to perform their duties proficiently and according to the IICRC published standards.
  • Require an IICRC certified technician on all jobs.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a complaint policy that includes an agreement to use Better Business Bureau or a similar dispute process with a neutral mediator to assist in resolving customer complaints.

IICRC Sets the Standards for the Restoration Industry.

The IICRC is the recognized leader in establishing industry standards for water damage restoration, mold remediation, and professional carpet cleaning. These standards provide the highest quality concepts, consistency in terminology, and best practice procedures for addressing the many conditions companies encounter in the restoration industry. If you are using a firm that is IICRC Certified, you can be sure you are getting the best-trained, most dedicated team of technicians available. 

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak serves the entire Ellis County and surrounding areas to meet your restoration needs after any residential or commercial water, fire, or smoke damage event. We place the highest priority on education and training for all of our employees. Beginning with initial training through the national SERVPRO training program, employees are required to maintain and grow their knowledge through regular SERVPRO training modules. In addition, all of our employees receive IICRC certification in various disciplines. You can rest assured that when SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak arrives at your job, our technicians have the knowledge and skills to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is IICRC Certified

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standards for the Restoration industry. They provide training and certification to employees of restoration companies. Obtaining IICRC Certification gives a Firm the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

To qualify for this IICRC Certification, companies must meet the following rigid standards.

  • Conduct business with consumers with honesty and integrity.
  • Require training and education for employees that prepares them to perform their duties proficiently and according to the IICRC published standards.
  • Require an IICRC certified technician on all jobs.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a complaint policy that includes an agreement to use Better Business Bureau or a similar dispute process with a neutral mediator to assist in resolving customer complaints.

IICRC Sets the Standards for the Restoration Industry.

The IICRC is the recognized leader in establishing industry standards for water damage restoration, mold remediation, and professional carpet cleaning. These standards provide the highest quality concepts, consistency in terminology, and best practice procedures for addressing the many conditions companies encounter in the restoration industry. If you are using a firm that is IICRC Certified, you can be sure you are getting the best-trained, most dedicated team of technicians available. 

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak serves the entire Ellis County and surrounding areas to meet your restoration needs after any residential or commercial water, fire, or smoke damage event. We place the highest priority on education and training for all of our employees. Beginning with initial training through the national SERVPRO training program, employees are required to maintain and grow their knowledge through regular SERVPRO training modules. In addition, all of our employees receive IICRC certification in various disciplines. You can rest assured that when SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak arrives at your job, our technicians have the knowledge and skills to restore your property.

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.

Kitchen Fire

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Pipes Burst

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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!

Prevention of Secondary Damage

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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