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Why You Should Choose a Professional for Your Fire Restoration

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Choose a Professional for Your Fire Restoration Small Fire Created Large Amounts of Soot

A small fire quickly extinguished still left significant amounts of smoke damage and heavy soot throughout the home. The soot affected most of the living space.

After fire damages, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of San Angelo.

After the firefighting teams and first responders have left the scene at your San Antonio residence, you might be curious of how to proceed with getting your home back to the way it used to be. As much as you might understand about professional restoration services, there are still many homeowners that do not fully understand the nature of the work that we do.

Better appreciating the full scope of the work that professional restoration technicians can do for the fire damage in your San Angelo home, the better prepared you are to know what to expect. You are also better informed then as to why you need to employ a company for this venture and not attempt the work on your own.

Equipment is a big part of the work that SERVPRO does in fire restoration projects. From the tools that we use to remove lingering water damage from extinguishing efforts, to the equipment that helps us to clear out harmful and noxious smoke damage from the affected areas, these are specialized units explicitly created for restoring homes and commercial properties.

IICRC certification is also at the heart of the work that we do when restoring fire damage to those in the community. Every one of our technicians has unique training and certifications in their particular restoration niche to offer the most experience and expedient work for your home, regardless of the severity of the damage we experience.

Give our emergency response team a call today at (325)942-0414.

How to Keep Floodwater Removal in San Angelo Manageable

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Keep Floodwater Removal in San Angelo Manageable When our area is affected by storm damage, the results can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO for help.

Floods happen when least expected, and the costs that pile up in the bid to restore the property to the preloss state can balloon to unmanageable levels. The costs emanate from the cleanup and replacement of damaged materials. Secondary damage can also happen in the bid to restore your San Angelo property if you make mistakes, driving the costs even higher. We are IICRC certified in ASD, applied structural drying and Applied Microbial Remediation enabling us to handle the removal process effectively.

Speed is necessary during floods to prevent the development of additional problems such as mold and deterioration of materials through rotting or rusting. Making the home habitable also eliminates costs such as external accommodation or eating out. Despite this, care is necessary to avoid exacerbating the problem. For example, before entering the property, you should turn off power at the mains to prevent the risk of electrocution. Using equipment affected by the floods is also not advisable to avoid damaging them further. Our SERVPRO technicians can handle the process speedily because of the experiences we have had. Our team members are also equipped with PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to protect them from hazards in the water.

Since the amount of water is usually high in most flooding incidents, having the right equipment helps fast-track the removal process. For water over two inches deep, a submersible pump is more effective. A truck-mounted water extractor is also faster than a portable one. Our SERVPRO technicians have different types of extraction equipment including portable extractors to handle all areas affected by the flood effectively.

Since water flows indiscriminately, it reaches concealed spaces such as wall cavities and the spaces below floorboards. Failure to extract such water can lead to recurring mold and bad odor problems. On the other hand, removing this water is not easy without tearing down the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians perform a flood cut two feet above the water line allowing easy access to the wall cavities. We also have specialized drying equipment such as the injecti-dry system and drying mats that help remove moisture from concealed spaces after cleanup.

Handling a flooding incident on your own can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of San Angelo at (325)942-0414 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flooding Damage Tips

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl

The Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium football game has been renamed the SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl for 2018!

SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium

SERVPRO of San Angelo is excited to announce that the Cotton Bowl Stadium football bowl game in our hometown of Dallas has been renamed the SERVPRO F1rst Responder Bowl!  

We’re proud to honor and support the service of all America’s First Responders.  These brave men and women keep our communities safe every day of the year. First Responders include firefighters, police, EMS workers, military members, and more.

Kickoff is set for December 26, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. Central.  ESPN will televise the game, and tickets go on sale in September.  

"We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country," says CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Sue Steen. "We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes."

The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is part of almost 90 years of history of games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas.

“This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” says Dallas Fire Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney.

“We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country. It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support,” says Dallas Police Chief, Ms. Renee Hall.

Visit www.firstresponderbowl.com for information as it becomes available.

SERVPRO of San Angelo is Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of San Angelo is a locally owned and operated restoration company.  We are a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company. We are also a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor for Texas and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (325)942-0414.  Call us any time!

How to Recover Flooded Electronics

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

When your business in San Angelo TX floods, it’s not just the walls and the flooring that are affected. All the items in the area with the water damage probably need to be restored or replaced. Recovering flooded electronics is a delicate process that requires the expertise of water restoration specialists. Knowing the stages involved in the process, however, can improve your peace of mind.

Assessment

The first thing the experts are going to do is inspect the items. They remove them from the water and detach them from power sources in a safe manner. After they inspect the electronic damage, they can determine the steps to take next.

Protection

To protect the items from further damage, they must be removed from danger. Some of the flooded electronics may be too big to remove from the area. The fridge in the break room, for example, must be covered and set aside but will probably remain in the building. Technicians can remove smaller items:

• Computers
• Microwaves
• Screens
• Copiers

Dehumidification

To prevent further damage to electronics that remain in the building, specialists must extract the floodwaters and bring the humidity level down to about 25%. Industrial grade dehumidifiers and fans can assist with this process.

Cleaning

Before your damaged electronics can be restored, they probably need to be cleaned. Some of the items may need to be taken to an off-site facility to complete this process. The cleaning process arrests corrosion and ensures that any contamination left by the water is eliminated.

Drying

The last step of the process is drying the electronics. If they cannot be dried, or if it would be more expensive to dry them than replace them, the specialists can let you know. Do not attempt to use electronics that have not been thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Flooded electronics are part of the damage sustained when your business. Through quick and persistent work, however, professional restorers may be able to save your electronic equipment. Visit SERVPROOfSanAngelo.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

What's Involved in Mold Remediation

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

The air scrubber is one of the many equipment SERVPRO of San Angelo can respond to your home with for your restoration needs.

There are several phases in the mold remediation process. The following list does not include mold testing, which is the precursor to mold cleanup. If testing reveals the presence of any type of mold in your home, including black mold, you should retain the services of a certified remediation company in Oklahoma City, OK.

1. Containment: The first step to handling mold is to determine how much mold is present and containing the problem to avoid mold from spreading during cleanup. Mold should be removed by experts who adhere to industry best practices.

2. Personal Protection: The next step to handling a mold problem is determining whether the remediation process will pose a threat to any residents in the household with weak or compromised immune systems including very young children or elderly people.

3. Tear Out: Only experts trained in industry best practices are qualified to safely tear out mold infested building materials such as drywall or insulation. This is particularly the case when black mold is involved.

4. Cleaning and Disinfection: Once the worst of the mold has been removed, remediation experts will clean and disinfect the affected area of a home.

5. Drying and Restoration: The most critical phase in remediation is preventing a mold problem from returning. It is important to keep affected areas dry and even run a dehumidifier to prevent moisture from collecting. Once the moisture problem has been handled, the area is ready to be restored to pre-damage condition.

If you discover mold in your home or suspect that non-visible mold is present, you should contact remediation specialists based in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule mold testing. Once you determine whether you are dealing with black mold or another type of mold and the extent of the growth, you will be better prepared to make the best choices to eliminate the presence of mold in your home. Visit SERVPROOfSanAngelo.com for more information on mold. 

What to Salvage and What to Throw Away

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Caring for your home in San Angelo under normal circumstances can be stressful. When you bring flooding into the picture, it can become a downright disaster. Once your family is safe and you’ve checked with your insurance, it’s time to begin content cleaning. This is the first step to returning your home to its previous condition.

Is It Safe to Keep?

Your instinct might be to try to throw away everything that has been submerged in flood waters. This isn’t necessary, however; there are many items you may be able to safely save, clean and restore. Depending on what type of water they were exposed to, items such as drapes, clothing and other material goods might be able to be saved by washing them. This could be in your washing machine or dry cleaning, depending on the type of material. Other items that could be saved and restored include these:

• Rugs
• Furniture
• Toys
• Collectibles

Don’t Risk It; Throw It Away

Certain items should always be thrown away once exposed to flooding. These cannot be saved by content cleaning, especially if they were exposed to black water. Flood waters will make these unsafe for use or consumption:

• Food or beverages
• Medical supplies
• Clothing or canvas items
• Building supplies such as carpets, pads, drywall and wood floors

Getting Help Cleaning Up

It’s best to start cleanup as soon as it’s safe for you to enter the flooded area. You want to protect yourself with gloves, masks, long pants and sleeves and rubber-soled shoes. The less exposure to contaminated water and items, the better.

One thing is for certain, when doing content cleaning after water backup or residential flooding, don’t go at it alone. Get help from friends, family or professionals. They’ll be able to help you sort out which items are salvageable and which are better off sent to the dumpster and replaced with new ones. Visit SERVPROOfSanAngelo.com for more information on storm damage.

To Trash or Not To Trash

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

After a flood or pipe break in your San Angelo home your carpet may be wet, squishy, and maybe a little smelly. It can be difficult to dry it out, and even more difficult to determine if you need to replace it. Luckily, with these tips, your home can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Tip 1: Dry It Out

In order to inhibit mold and mildew growth that can cause a smell, it is important to dry the room out as soon as possible. There are several techniques you can use to jumpstart the restoration process:

• Use fans to circulate air through the room.
• Use towels to absorb excess moisture.
• If the rug can be removed, hang it up to dry.

Drying the water quickly can help to prevent unwelcome smells.

Tip 2: Find the Source

Determining where the water came from is crucial in deciding whether to replace your carpet. If the flood water came from the sewer system, like after a flash flood, it may not be possible to keep your rugs. However, if the soaking came from certain water sources, your possessions can be more easily restored:

• An indoor or outdoor pipe break
• Tap water
• Rain water

Figuring out the source of the water damage can save you money and help you to restore your home faster.

Tip 3: Ring a Restorer

Even after drying out the flooded room, you may find that there is an unwanted lingering odor. This may be due to mold, mildew, or bacteria growth in your home. Luckily, there are water damage restorers who are trained on cleaning and sanitizing homes after a burst pipe or flood. They can even help you figure out if your carpet needs to be replaced.

Recovering from a pipe break or other water damage can be stressful. However, these tips, along with professional help, can make your home your haven once more. Visit SERVPROOfSanAngelo.com for more information on water damage. 

Calling a Reputable Company for Mitigation

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

In order to get water cleanup done, you're going to need to hire a restoration company that can come in and handle the flood damage for you. They do all of the drying for you when it concerns water in your home. If you have water in your business, restoration can be done by the same type of company. You may want to hire the pros to handle a pipe break or supply line break if this has become an issue for you. A flooded home should be restored as soon as possible to prevent further issues from surfacing.

How to Hire a Restoration Company:


The best way to hire a professional company to handle water in your home is by finding one that has a lot of experience. These companies should ideally have a lot of experience cleaning up water in a business or any type of water in a home. They can also find and fix a supply line break or pipe break that you might currently have. In many cases, the reason for water in a business is because of a pipe break. If you have a supply line break, you might want to contact a professional plumber to handle the issue for you.

Visit SERVPROOfSanAngelo.com for more information on water damage.

10 Tips to Make Your Home Safer From Fires

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

It’s an unfortunate tragedy. Your home in San Angelo has been ravaged by a raging fire. A restoration company has come to the rescue to return your home back to its prior condition. Hopefully you will never experience such loss again, but it is wise to prepare your home in the event of future disasters. Even if your home has never been devastated by a fire the following fire preparation tips can prove beneficial in giving you greater peace of mind regarding fire safety in your home.

1. Smoke alarms: Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries annually.
2. Prepare children: Teach fire preparation to children, including the dangers of fire. Make sure they know the proper use of 911 for emergencies. Keep matches and lighters out of their reach.
3. Plan where to go: Create an escape plan and make sure everyone in the household is aware of it. Choose an outside meeting spot for all family members to gather upon escaping. Conduct practice drills at least twice a year.
4. Share contact information: Make sure all household members know who to contact in the event that they cannot find each other during a home fire.
5. Educate on proper techniques: Teach everyone in the household to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothes catch on fire.
6. Take action if you smoke: Smokers should take extra precautions, as many residential fire deaths are caused by smoking materials. Avoid smoking in bed, especially while sleepy or medicated. It is better to smoke outside.
7. Handle heaters: Portable heaters should be turned off when not in use.
8. Take care of candles: Candles should be extinguished when not in use, and never left unattended.
9. Store other sources of light: Speaking of candles, consider using flashlights during a power outage instead of candles.
10. Examine the home for other fire hazards: Check the electrical wiring and home heating sources to make sure they are safe.

A home fire is a most unwelcome event, but by taking fire preparation seriously, you and your household can hopefully avoid this happening or, at the very least, be better equipped to handle such an emergency when it occurs. Visit SERVPROOfSanAngelo.com for more information on fire damage.