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Faster To Any Size Disaster

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

24 Hour Emergency Service
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Central Austin provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 512-579-0189
Faster to Any Size Emergency
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of North Central Austin arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

While we only hope to see good things come about in a new year, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for the not-so-good things—like fire or water damage—that are always an unexpected and unwelcome disaster. This year, take the time to be "Ready for whatever happens." Preparation and Review will help get you through anything in 2022! The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan (ERP) will help you ensure you and your facility are prepared. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shutoff valve locations and priority areas. In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. Whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood, having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY.
Prepare & Review for 2022!
Call the SERVPRO of North Central Austin professionals to establish your Emergency READY Plan now!
Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®
• A no-cost assessment of your facility.
• A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
• A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
• Establishes your local SERVPRO franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
• Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
• Provides facility details such as shutoff valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

Dangers of Extreme Cold

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

While your home can be damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk. Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold in 2015. It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.

SERVPRO Easter Marshmallow Bark

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

◊ 1 bag of white chocolate chips (12 oz)
◊ 3 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
◊ 1 TBSP shortening (optional)
◊ Easter sprinkles
Line an 8x11 baking dish or half-sized cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Put chocolate chips and shortening in a medium glass bowl and melt in the microwave for one minute. Give it a stir, then return to the microwave in 30-second increments until the chocolate is completely melted.
Add marshmallows to melted chocolate and stir to coat. You'll want to do this step quickly! If you take too long, the marshmallows will begin to melt (which you don't want.)
Transfer the chocolatey marshmallows to your prepared baking dish or pan using a rubber scraper. Make sure the marshmallows extend to the edges. Press down slightly to make it all somewhat even. Top with as many sprinkles as you like!
Put the bark in the freezer for at least 20 minutes until it sets. (You'll want to use the freezer so that the mixture cools as quickly as possible.)
Remove from the freezer and let it sit out to return to room temperature. Cut the bark into pieces by either breaking it apart or using a cookie cutter. (Pro Tip: Use an Easter egg shape!) If you use a cookie cutter, use a metal one and spray the edges with cooking spray prior to cutting. Enjoy!

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Oftentimes, it is the result of faulty, improperly used/vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment (such as portable generators). However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes. Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your home by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms. Consider having all fuel burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

HOW TO MASTER Spring Cleaning Season

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers, and a chance to tackle some spring cleaning! Spring is a great time to sweep those winter blues away and freshen up your environment. Luckily, SERVPRO is a pro in home cleaning. We know how it is. Sometimes things just happen: spills on the carpet, pet accidents, and the general wear and tear of everyday life. These things take their toll on your carpets, upholstery, and other items. Sometimes you just need a deeper clean for your home than you can do yourself. You need a professional cleaning company that can provide heavy duty cleaning services. That's when you can call the certified professionals at SERVPRO. We can clean carpets, upholstery, drapes, blinds, window treatments, ceilings, floors, and walls. SERVPRO offers specialty cleaning services too, including HVAC/air duct cleaning, biohazard/crime scene cleanup, document restoration and odor removal. So many of our restoration services, such as mold remediation and fire damage, involve the quality of the air in your home. When you call SERVPRO for your home's HVAC and air duct maintenance, we bring that experience and professional training, just as we do to any other restoration or cleaning project. When you find your home has been invaded by a serious, persistent odor like smoke, pet, or sewage stench, it can be a challenging situation. Our team is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors, whether they come from an inside or outside source. We won't simply mask odors but will use professional odor removal techniques to tackle the cause of the
problem. If you need a little spring cleaning help, don't worry! SERVPRO of North Central Austin’s residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance
of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family.

We are Cleaning Experts

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas
Bathrooms
Schools/Classrooms
Offices
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Shelving/Racks
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment
Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Central Austin, 512-579-0189

3 Tips for Removing Cigarette Odor from Your Home

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Has your home in Austin, Texas suffered a cigarette fire? Besides the damages, getting the smell of smoke out is a nightmare. There are some tips that aid in this process.

1. Charcoal and White Vinegar
This method is by far the cheapest of many options as both charcoal and white vinegar are easy to come by from your local grocery or hardware store. By keeping open containers of either charcoal or white vinegar in your home, the cigarette smell is slowly absorbed out of the air. Keep in mind that this method only works for milder pockets of odor, so you might need something more heavy-duty if you've suffered a large ashtray fire.

2. Air Filters
If the solution above isn't as fast or as effective as you require, you might try an air filter. Since you're dealing with a very complex pollutant composed of many particles and gases of varying sizes, your best option is a HEPA filter. There are different ratings of filters based on what size particle you want to filter. Each filter is rated on a scale of 1 to 20 called a MERV rating. This tells you what size particle a filter effectively removes from the air. The higher the rating, the smaller particles it is capable of filtering. With a cigarette fire or odor, you should use a filter with a MERV rating of 18 or higher.

3. Contact a Professional
If these DIY tips aren't solving your issue, it's time to contact a fire cleanup and odor removal specialist. These experts come with equipment that's designed exactly for this job, and they know how to use it with efficiency. One piece of tech many pros use is a hydroxyl generator. This device produces a harmless charged variant of water particles to break up odor molecules. This helps deal with the smell, and more advanced filters are used to deal with the pollutants.
Don't suffer from a lingering cigarette fire odor. Implement these tips and breathe easier.

How to Handle a Roof Leak

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Slight discoloration or a slow drip of water from the ceiling can quickly put a stop to everything else you had on your schedule. This is because the most likely cause of those unwelcome signs is a roof leak, and you know that leaks could lead to extensive and expensive repairs. What should you do when you see water stains running down the walls or a spot on the ceiling that doesn't seem quite right?


Common Damages

Perhaps one of the most important things to do at this point is to understand the risks. Even tiny leaks could eventually lead to really big problems, including

  • Soggy insulation
  • Rotted framing
  • Ruined drywall
  • Damaged ceilings
  • Pooled water inside walls
  • Mold and mildew growth

Exterior Repairs

How do you clean up a leaking roof once you've found it? Gather up all of the tools and supplies you'll need. These may include a cordless drill, a pry bar, hammer, caulk gun, putty knife, and tin snips, if you have them handy. Next, separate tasks into those you can handle on your own and those that require professional attention. Replacing missing shingles or damaged flashing could be dangerous because of slick conditions.

Interior Repairs

The roof leak work on the inside of your building will go a bit differently. You may need to release water from a bowed ceiling. To do this, poke several small holes in the area with buckets below for catching the released water. You'll probably need to pull out sections of wet materials before you begin the drying process. Ask water removal specialists for advice regarding disinfecting water-affected materials.

Turn to Professionals

When you've done as much of the work as you can complete on your own, it will be time to turn the restoration of the roof and ceilings over to a professional in Austin, TX. Remember to contact your insurance provider before you get started to be sure that your claim will be covered.

The 5 Best Storm Preparation Tips

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Preparing for a storm in advance can help you be ready when high winds, rain, or flood water arrive. These five storm preparation tips can help you stay safe and limit wind and water damage to your home in Austin, TX.

  1. Trim Trees To Clear Your Yard

Pruning trees and shrubs can keep heavy branches from falling and damaging your roof or becoming dangerous wind-blown debris. Bring in items kept outside to prevent them from sustaining or causing damage.

  1. Cover Windows With Secure Shutters

Cover the windows if high winds and flying debris are expected. Board up openings right before a major storm or have storm windows or shutters installed if you live in an area with frequent tempests.

  1. Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Make a plan that accounts for every member of your household. Gather non-perishable items of food, a first aid kit, flashlights, hand cranked or battery-powered radio, and extra batteries. You will need at least one gallon of water per person and enough food for at least three days; in addition, throw in some garbage bags and moist towelettes for sanitation.

  1. Anticipate Power Line Outages

Have flashlights and batteries on hand and make sure you know how to shut off the power to your home. Turn off the electricity if you see rising flood water, downed power lines, or need to evacuate.

  1. Prepare a Go-Bag for Evacuation

Fill your vehicle up with gas and prepare a go-bag car kit with more non-perishable food, jumper cables, flares, maps, tools, a first aid kit, sleeping bags, flashlights, and batteries. Collect important papers in a secure box that you can grab if you need to flee a flooded building.

Prepare for adverse weather in Austin, TX, by following these five steps. If your home sustains damage from wind or water damage from flood water, contact a residential damage restoration company.