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Celebrate safety

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Celebrate safety Have fun but be safe!

The fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family. In order to celebrate safely, consider the following tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration:

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view public fireworks displays put on by professionals.

If you plan to use fireworks, ensure they are legal in your area. Only buy legal consumer fireworks from a licensed store, stand or tent. They typically have brightly colored labels with the manufacturer’s name, directions and warnings. Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, directions and a warning label, do not light it.

Always have an adult supervise children around fireworks activities at all times, especially with sparklers.

Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire, and to douse used fireworks before discarding in the trash.

Stay safe in the summer months.

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stay safe in the summer months. Stay safe

Every new summer, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety on top of the mind to help ensure you have fun in the sun while maintaining safety procedures.  

According to the United States Fire Administration, nearly 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by grill fires, annually. A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.

If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water.

Be prepared for the unexpected.

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call the CLEANUP TEAM that’s faster to any size disaster.

While the spring season is know for the potential for severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide tips and tools to help. Here are a few tips to consider when preparing for an approaching storm.

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible)
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless/cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Unplug appliances and electrical items, like computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Let us help you minimize and prevent further water damage.

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Let us help you minimize and prevent further water damage. Water damage is no fun for anyone!

There’s no such thing as a small disaster, especially when you have water damage in your home. Water damage can affect the value of your property and if not cleaned properly, may cause major problems over time. Don’t leave your property to chance, call SERVPRO of North Central Austin. Consider the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Remove as much excess water possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water; electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

Stay prepared for any disaster.

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Stay prepared for any disaster. Stay prepared!

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your family or your employees is by having a weather radio in your home or office. Did you know having a NOAA Weather Radio in your office is just as important as having a fire alarm.

A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts. It is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approaching tornado, allowing you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing time to seek shelter. In 2012, a new nationwide text emergency alert system was launched, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The WEA system is a huge step toward keeping our nation informed in crisis situations, however it does not alleviate the need to own weather radios. The new WEA system relies on cell towers to send alerts – if cell towers are knocked out during bad weather or are no longer sending a signal, you will not receive alerts. Television and radio broadcasts can also go down during a destructive event. Having a back-up such as a weather radio is critical to ensure you still receive information in the even media outlets can no longer broadcast or you are unable to receive the broadcast.

Property disaster? "We are always here to help."

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Property disaster?  "We are always here to help." Your problem, our solution!

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another catchy tag line for SERVPRO. It is a commitment from each SERVPRO Franchise professional to be there when you need them most. 

Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO system has the resources to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual. SERVPRO of North Central Austin is just the tip of the iceberg.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the time, call SERVPRO of North Central Austin. We will help make your property disaster "Like it never even happened." Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners in North America. You can trust the SERVPRO brand, too! 

Pre-Vacation Checklist

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Pre-Vacation Checklist SERVPRO of North Central Austin is always here to help!

Going on vacation is always exciting! Before you go look over this check list and make sure all is well with your home or business before taking off!

  • Suspend mail and newspaper services
  • Arrange for lawn care services while you're gone
  • Install Exterior lighting or motion detectors to deter burglars.
  • Wait to post vacation pictures on social media until you have returned
  • Check the batteries in home or business security devices, including motion detectors, cameras, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace them if necessary.
  • Shut off the main water supply. If you would like to leave the water on for an automated sprinkler system, then at least turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, washing machine, and to each toilet. 
  • Switch your water heater to vacation mode or turn it off completely.
  • Set your thermostat to either four degrees above or below your normal temperature. For summer months, set the thermostat in the upper 70's. For winter months, set the thermostat in the upper 50's.
  • Prevent a power surge by unplugging your electronics or make sure they are plugged into a surge protector.

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents We do Duct Cleanings too!

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO® can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest or other potential obstacles.

For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO® of North Central Austin Franchise Professionals. We are always here to help!

Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION Anything you need, were here to help!

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels 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 permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line

of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned

and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.

Ask SERVPRO® of North Central Austin Franchise Professional to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of North Central Austin Franchise Professionals. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Central Austin knows the Science of Drying.

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of North Central Austin’s professional team is trained in the science if drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of North Central Austin professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “Speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of North Central Austin has been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of North Central Austin also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of North Central Austin has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”