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Water Damage Restoration

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of McKinney has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of McKinney will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of McKinney.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® of McKinney to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of McKinney can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. 
  • Dehumidifiers and air movers strategically placed in the affected areas.

When facing a contaminated water loss, in addition to drying the structure, the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

  • The application of an antimicrobial agent directly on the affected materials will inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor- causing particles.

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

Advance Preparation for Storms

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Weather forecasting has become fairly reliable in recent years, so you might know several days in advance that a storm is coming. However, there is still some unpredictable weather, so it’s best to take some steps in advance to be prepared for a storm. 

Trim Trees

Tree limbs and branches that overhang or touch the roof of your home could cause damage to your home during a storm.  A diseased tree or weakened branches can break off and strike your home. Consider hiring a professional service to trim and prune trees that are too close to your home. 

Maintain Gutters

Your home’s gutters help keep flood water away from the siding and foundation of your house, but if they are clogged with leaves or other debris, rainwater can backup under the eaves and into your attic, causing damage to the interior of your home.  Remove leaves and other debris from the gutters regularly so water does not become impeded. 

Move Lawn Accessories Inside

With strong enough winds, lawn furniture and other outdoor yard décor can become projectiles. Move these inside during stormy weather, or secure them outside by using a bungee cord or cable.

Learn How to Shut Off the Electrical Power and Water Supply

If you do not currently know where your circuit breaker and water main are located, then you need to find them on your property. You may want to consider turning off the electrical power if your block experiences a power outage, to help prevent a power surge once the power is restored. In the event you have to evacuate, you should consider turning off all utilities.

If you do experience storm damage to your home, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We can restore your home to make it "Like it never even happened." We also offer reconstruction services!

Don’t Return Home to a Flood!

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

If you are planning 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.

If you do experience water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We can restore your home or business to make it "Like it never even happened." We also offer reconstruction services!

SERVPRO Can Restore Damaged Documents!

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

We are not yet a paperless society!  If you have a water or fire loss at your business, call SERVPRO of McKinney to help with the restoration of your documents.  In partnership with SERVPRO’s corporate office, we have access to scientifically proven methods to dry, clean, sterilize and deodorize your documents.  

The documents will be inventoried and then shipped to our Corporate office, where they will be kept secure with appropriate Chain of Custody tracking and HIPPA Certifications for all personnel in the Drying Chamber.  Our services include: 

  • Vacuum Freeze drying: The documents will be frozen and then dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (the direct conversion of a solid, such as ice, into a gas, such as water vapor, without going through a liquid stage).
  • Gamma Irradiation:  If the documents were damaged by sewage or flood water, they will likely contain bacteria. Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning, disinfecting and decontaminating documents.  
  • Digitizing: If you want your documents digitized, we have state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper documents into a digital file.  
  • Certified Destruction: If needed, we also offer onsite destruction of your documents.  

Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your document restoration needs!

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers conveniently located on each floor of your home or business, as well as in all areas in which a fire may break out, such as kitchens, laundry rooms and mechanical rooms. SERVPRO of McKinney would like to provide you with some valuable knowledge in the event of a small fire in your home or business. If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher successfully.  

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that prevents the handle from being pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.  
  • Sweep foam from side to side at the base of the fire.

Be sure to watch for re-ignition and repeat the steps if necessary. 

Always remember safety first! If a fire is too large or you are unsure what to do, it is best to leave the area and call 911 immediately.

If you do experience fire or smoke damage in your McKinney home of business, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

Steps to Take After a Storm

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. 

Be Storm Ready!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

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!