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SERVPRO® Complies with Water Restoration Standards

11/19/2022 (Permalink)

You might wonder why you should call SERVPRO® if you have water damage in your home or business? The answer:  SERVPRO® complies with the water restoration standards established by the IICRC. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, (IICRC) has established specific criteria for the water restoration industry to follow for proper water extraction and drying processes, which help to minimize the overall damage to your home or business.  If left standing, water can cause hardwood floors to warp, vinyl flooring to peel away and carpets to mold.  If water is left to evaporate on its own, it may absorb into other parts of the structure, such as the subfloor, between walls or into ceiling material, causing secondary damage and increasing cleanup costs in the long run.   

It is always best to hire IICRC trained professionals to clean up water damage the correct way and according to industry standards.  Call SERVPRO® for water restoration services in your home or business.

Check Water Sources Before Leaving Home

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

If you are going to be away from home for several days, going to work or even shopping for a few hours, take a few minutes just before you leave to make sure all water sources inside your home are shut off. If you’re walking out the door, it’s probably not a good idea to leave the washing machine or dishwasher running. Check for toilets that are still running or faucets that weren’t completely turned off. It’s a good idea to periodically inspect the water supply lines to the refrigerator and washing machine, as well as the water supply lines to all toilets. Also, periodically check the water heater for any leaks or dripping water. 

If you will be away from home for several days, you might also consider turning off the main water supply to your house. As long as the house is empty and no one will need water inside or outside the house (e.g. for a sprinkler system) for the time you’ll be gone, this should be fine. It only takes a few seconds to do and could possibly save you from returning home to a nightmare. Just be sure to turn the water back on once you return home. 

No one can predict when a disaster might strike, but taking these preventive steps will help reduce the chance of water damage happening in your home while you are away.

Prepare Now for Winter Storms!

10/26/2022 (Permalink)

Although we don’t get much snow, ice or below-freezing temperatures in North Texas, it does happen, so it’s best to be prepared. An accumulation of 2-5 inches of ice and snow can cause damage to your home, such as excess weight on your roof, gutters that have been damaged or blocked by ice, or falling tree limbs. If we experience below-freezing temperatures, especially if the below-freezing temperatures last for several days, there is an increased chance of damage to your home, specifically frozen water pipes. 

Prepare now by taking the following steps: 

  • Make sure that you have adequate insulation in the attic. 
  • Clean the gutters so they are free of leaves and other debris. 
  • Put faucet covers or freeze caps over all exterior water spouts. 

If the temperature is below freezing:

  • Open all cabinet doors that are below any sink that is on an exterior wall; or let the water run at a slow drip.

During the days that temperatures are below freezing, you might not notice anything. But when the temperatures begin to rise, you might begin to see evidence of damage. If you see water stains on the ceilings or walls, this could be an indication that a water line in the attic has developed a leak. If this should happen in your home or office, call SERVPRO® for storm restoration.

Is Your Business Ready for an Emergency?

10/10/2022 (Permalink)

In many businesses, the employees rely on the business owner, the supervisor or the maintenance man to take care of a problem in the building if something goes wrong. But what happens if they are in a meeting somewhere else, or on vacation, or even at lunch, and there’s a sudden water leak that needs to be stopped to prevent further damage? Do your employees know what to do? Does everyone know where the water shutoff valve is located?

SERVPRO® can help any size business take steps in advance to plan for what needs to be done in case of water, fire or storm damage. How, you ask? We will put together an Emergency Ready Profile created especially for your business.  

By having a plan of action and including it into the regular training at your business, you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a broken sprinkler head, an overflowing toilet, smoke or fire damage, storm damage, etc. You and your employees will know exactly what to do if a disaster strikes your business.

This is a FREE service that SERVPRO® provides to commercial properties. 

Water Restoration in Your Home

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

Any time you experience water damage in your home it can be distressing. Upon finding the water damage, try to locate the source of the water and get it stopped if you can, or call a plumber to get the source of the water fixed. Then call SERVPRO® to start the water restoration process. You might also want to consider calling your insurance company.   

The water restoration process includes extracting visible water from your home by using industrial-sized water extraction equipment. (Moving furniture out of the way is often part of this process.) Once the extraction process is completed, the drying process starts. SERVPRO® technicians will also place air movers (very powerful fans) and dehumidifiers in your home to expedite the drying process. This equipment is necessary to dry out the remaining moisture in your home, which can be absorbed into various structural materials such as baseboards, cabinets, drywall and all types of flooring. Depending on the type of water, the amount of water and the length of time the water sat in these structural materials, some of these materials might have to be torn out to help ensure proper drying of your home. To enhance the drying process, our technicians might also place plastic barriers over some openings.     

During the water restoration process, it is our goal to make sure that the process of getting your home back in order goes as smoothly as possible. However, when water damage occurs, having large, noisy equipment running 24/7 for several days, plus the potential for plastic barriers in your home and having some materials torn out can make it difficult to stay in your home. Although each situation is unique, our goal is to have the home dry and all equipment removed within 3 days. While many customers choose to remain in their home throughout the water restoration process, you can check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage for temporary living arrangements.  

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your water restoration needs.  We also offer reconstruction services!

Removing Smoke Smells After a Fire

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

After a fire, odors can linger in your home or business for weeks or months if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent odor problems.  

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

SERVPRO® professionals seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, but rather provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more. Ask our professionals to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.  

If you experience fire damage or some other incident that requires deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-7955.  

Restoration After Storm or Flood Damage

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Whether rain comes through your roof or flood water comes under your walls, SERVPRO® of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration in your home or your business. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO® of McKinney is locally owned and operated, so we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response helps to reduce the amount of damage, which helps to reduce further damage, and which helps to reduce the restoration cost.

When storms hit McKinney and the surrounding area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1600 SERVPRO® franchises across the country. SERVPRO®  also has elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

What Happens During Water Restoration?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Experiencing water damage in your home or business can be distressing. The first thing you should do is try to locate the source of the water and get it stopped if you can. If needed, call a plumber to get the source of the water fixed. Next, call SERVPRO® of McKinney to start the water restoration process. You might also want to consider calling your insurance company. 

The water restoration process usually begins with extracting visible water from your home or business by using industrial-sized water extraction equipment. Once the extraction process is completed, SERVPRO® of McKinney technicians will then place air movers (very powerful fans) and dehumidifiers in your home. This equipment is necessary to dry out the remaining moisture in your home, which can be absorbed into various structural materials such as baseboards, cabinets, drywall and all types of flooring. Depending on the type of water, the amount of water and the length of time the water has been present in these structural materials, some of the materials might need to be torn out to help ensure proper drying of your home or business. To enhance the drying process, our technicians might also place plastic barriers over some openings, to create a drying chamber.        

During the water restoration process, it is our goal to make sure that the process of getting your home or business back in order goes as smoothly as possible. However, when water damage occurs, having large, noisy equipment running 24/7 for several days, plus the potential for plastic barriers in your home or business and having some materials torn out can make it difficult to stay in your home or to continue working in your business. Although each situation is unique, our goal is to have your home or business dry and all equipment removed within 3 days.  

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your water restoration needs. We also offer reconstruction services!

After a Fire in a Commercial Building

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

A fire is a devastating incident, and you may feel overwhelmed if your business has been affected by fire or smoke damage. Once the Fire Department has left, here are some initial key steps you should take in the aftermath of a fire to ensure that your business is up and running again as quickly as possible. 

Call Your Insurance Company

Make sure to call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the fire damage. The faster you inform them of your loss, the faster you can focus on the restoration and the less likely you are to miss important deadlines. Taking care of the logistics after an incident can help you be well informed during a stressful situation.

Turn off Utilities

Until help arrives, it is crucial to do what you can to minimize further damage. The fire department might turn off some or all of the utilities; but if not, contact the utility companies to turn off the utilities. 

Stay Away from the Damage

While you may be tempted to start repairing objects that were damaged by the fire, it is best not to touch any damaged items in your business. Take the following precautions when surveying the effects of the fire:

  • Avoid washing walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not turn on light fixtures if the walls or ceiling are wet
  • Keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot particles
  • Refrain from cleaning damaged electronics

Whether you need smoke cleaning services, water removal or reconstruction from firefighting efforts, SERVPRO of McKinney can help conduct a fire damage assessment and help beginning to bring your business back to normal. Call our office at 469-714-4955 and we will be happy to help.

Storm Damage? You Need Help Fast!

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

If a storm hits your McKinney, Texas home or business, you need help immediately!  SERVPRO® of McKinney’s 24 hour emergency response will help reduce restoration costs and help prevent secondary damage.

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies.  On the other hand, SERVPRO® of McKinney can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters. 

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO® of McKinney has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition.  Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques and progress monitoring.  We will work with your insurance company to provide the needed information for your claim. 

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!