Steps to Take After a Storm
If your home or business has been affected by a serious storm, it can cause a huge obstacle in your life that could be extremely overwhelming and traumatic. Here are some steps to take in the hours and days after a major storm to make sure your home or business are not only safe to occupy, but is also properly returned to its preloss condition.
- Safety first: Be mindful of any harmful situations such as downed power lines, flooding, or problems with your gas lines. These situations may be hazardous!
- Analyze your damage: Be sure to thoroughly inspect every room in your home or business to see if there is any damage, including closets and storage areas. Look behind and under any furniture, especially if it is against an exterior wall.
- Document the damage: Be sure to take photos of the interior and exterior of your home or office, as well as the contents, so you can have plenty of evidence when it is time to file an insurance claim.
- Contact your insurance company: You will have to file a claim and get assigned an adjuster who will come assess your damages.
At any point, contact SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for all of your storm, water, fire, clean-up and restoration needs. We also offer reconstruction services!
Small Things Can Lead to Big Disasters
Sometimes it's the little things that can cause the most damage, and these are often things you would least expect. For example, leaving a faucet not completely turned off or a running toilet. It might be mechanical in nature, such as a water heater or air conditioner drip pan leaking.
You might think "It’s just water" or "We can clean it up ourselves", not realizing how far water can travel within your home or office or the effects of water damage. If the drying process has not begun within 72 hours of a water loss, there's a chance of microbial growth developing, which can lead to mold. As time progresses, so does the category of the water, which can be much more expensive and tedious of a job to get done. Water can also absorb into flooring, drywall, paint, cabinets and even some belongings, which might result in the water damaged materials being completely removed from your home or office. Some belongings may be able to be salvaged but not all.
Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. No job is too big or too small - we do it ALL! We also offer reconstruction!
Removing Odors After Smoke or Fire Damage
Cleaning your home or business after smoke or fire damage should include removing the lingering odor. Each cleanup situation is unique, so we will inspect the property to determine the best method for removal. Three methods that we use for odor removal are (1) ozone generators, (2) hydroxyl generators, and (3) deodorants.
Ozone Generator - Ozone is a gas that is both a natural and a man-made product. An ozone generator produces man-made ozone by energizing oxygen molecules, which causes a chemical reaction to occur resulting in ozone. The ozone then exits the generator where it can oxidize smoke, odors and other harmful contaminants, which helps to remove the odor. It’s important to know that while an ozone generator is in operation inside of a building, NO occupancy is allowed.
Hydroxyl Generator - Through a chemical reaction, hydroxyl generators create hydroxyl molecules that safely convert contaminants into harmless carbon dioxide and water. Hydroxyl generators can safely be used while a building is occupied.
Deodorants- Deodorants are pairing agents that combine with the lingering odor to create new odorless compounds. Use of deodorants is through the forms of liquids, gels, and solids.
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Be Storm Ready!
Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Knowing your risk of severe weather and taking action by preparing in advance will help you to be better prepared to save your life and perhaps even assist in saving the lives of others.
Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming storm-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your family and your business. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your storm-ready plan should include consideration for all types of local storms.
Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business, putting together or purchasing an emergency kit, and keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place. Discuss the plan with your family and employees, and make sure everyone knows where they should go to shelter in place. If there are young children, older adults or any one with special needs, make sure there’s a designated person to assist them.
Deodorize After Fire or Smoke Damage
Whether it’s large or small, a fire in your home or office can cause odors to linger if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. As various materials burn, the smoke that is produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits might cause permanent damage to the structure and may result in resurfacing odors.
SERVPRO of McKinney professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Affected areas of the structure that were not replaced, such as ceilings, walls, flooring, and HVAC air ducts, should be professionally cleaned. Restorable contents items that were in affected areas, such as furniture, draperies, textiles, electronics and art, should also be professionally cleaned.
SERVPRO of McKinney professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance. Rather, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask our professionals to explain the various deodorization methods and which will work best for your situation.
If you suffer a fire or smoke damage and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!
We Are Faster to Any Size Disaster
When a storm hits your McKinney, Texas home or business, you need help immediately! SERVPRO of McKinney is available 24/7 for an emergency response. An immediate response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
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.
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.
Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!
Steps to Take for a Leaking Water Pipe
Water pipes can leak at any time. If this should happen in your home or business, follow these steps to help reduce the resulting water damage:
- Turn off the water supply at the main valve, which is typically located in an underground box at the front of your property near the street, although the valve might be in the garage or near the hot water heater.
TIP: Be prepared and locate the main water valve before an emergency arises!
- If the leaking pipe is a hot water line, make sure to also turn off the water valve at the top of your hot water heater.
- Once you have turned off the main water valve, call a plumber to get the necessary repairs done to the water pipe.
SERVPRO of McKinney is the one to call if you have any type of water damage in your home or business. Our professionals use top-of-the-line equipment to extract the water. Our dehumidifiers and air movers will then be placed to help speed up the drying process, with the ultimate goal of reducing the extent of the damage in your home or business.
Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!
Commercial Property Water Damage
Regardless of how it happened, water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether it’s a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale flooding, SERVPRO of McKinney works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
SERVPRO of McKinney specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your water restoration emergencies. We also offer reconstruction services!
SERVPRO of McKinney is an IICRC Certified Firm
IICRC Certified Firm Designation
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which is commonly referred to as IICRC, has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field, such as manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
As an IICRC Certified Firm, SERVPRO of McKinney is recognized for its expertise, professional excellence and commitment to the cleaning, inspection and restoration industries standard of car. To receive and maintain this certification, SERVPRO of McKinney:
- has pledged to maintain an awareness of and knowledge about the IICRC’s published standards that are relevant to our operations;
- will seek and promote educational training for our technicians to enhance proficiency;
- provide service that results in elevated levels of customer satisfaction;
- be prompt;
- conduct business with honesty, integrity and fairness;
- build consumer confidence in the industry; and,
- promote good relations with affiliate industries.
Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for all of your restoration needs.
Fire Prevention Tips
Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. A fire is something that nobody expects to happen to them; but if it does happen to you, everything will become extremely chaotic in a short amount of time. Here are some things you can do in advance to help reduce the chance of a fire in your home:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in all bedrooms.
- Test the smoke alarms every month.
- Replace the batteries in smoke alarms every 12 months.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Keep pot holders, towels and curtains away from flames.
- Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy or medicated.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
- Do not overload electrical outlets or extension cords.
- Do not run electrical cords under rugs.
- Replace old or frayed electrical cords.
- Have an escape plan, make sure your whole family knows the plan, and then practice it.
Keep your home and family safe!