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RECENT STORM WATER FLOODS LEAVING MOLD BEHIND

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

MOLD REMEDIATION FOR ANNA HOMES AND BUSINESSES 

Do not be deceived; mold can be extremely dangerous. Therefore, having mold removed quickly is of the utmost importance. If you detect or feel mold may be present in your Anna home or office, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville right away for a full inspection. (972)548-6044

WHAT MAKES MOLD DANGEROUS?

What are the dangers associated with mold? Mold can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, nervous system disorders, and psychological depression. These issues are the result of a toxic environment created by the mycotoxins emitted from the mold. These mycotoxins are extremely toxic and can threaten the health of you and your family. According to the National Library of Medicine, “Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by micro fungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals.”
Therefore, the mold must be removed as soon as possible from your Anna home or business.

ANNA MOLD REMEDIATION PROCESS

When the call is made to SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville for mold remediation, in Anna, a team will be dispatched, and the efficient mold remediation process begins.

What to expect:
Upon arrival, our team of mold experts will ask some questions to find the nature of the problem. Second, a property inspection will begin to locate any visible signs of mold. Mold is often not visible due to its propensity to feed on moisture and cellulose. Our state-of-the-art technologies can detect mold when hidden. Additionally, we will look for hidden water sources to stop the problem that started the mold problem.

STEPS IN THE ANNA HOME AND BUSINESS MOLD REMEDIATION PROCESS

Step 1: Mold Containment
After careful and deliberate analysis, mold containment begins. Several tools and procedures are available for this step, including negative air chambers for containment and isolation and negative air pressure to reduce the spreading of mold spores. All fans, including heating and cooling systems, must be turned off to keep spores from spreading.


Step 2: Mold Removal
Mold removal is predicated on the amount of mold and the surface it lives on. A series of predetermined anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments are used to remove the mold completely. Any drywall and carpeting that is mold-contaminated will be removed and properly disposed of.


Step 3: Cleanup
After the complete removal of the mold, we will clean and deodorize all mold-affected items, including furniture, curtains, etc.

Step 4: Restoration
Due to the above steps, the removal of drywall, carpet, flooring, and other building materials may have been removed. The replacement of the items and subsequent repainting will be completed.


SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville does not consider a job complete until your Anna home, office, or another building is returned to normal. Mold Remediation is a difficult task and often inconvenient; however, your and your family’s health is dependent upon the removal of all molds.

ANNA MOLD REMEDIATION

If you detect mold, in your Anna home or office, don’t procrastinate and risk your health. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville today! (972)548-6044

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WHAT ARE THE HIDDEN HEALTH HAZARDS OF SMOKE AND SOOT

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

What are The Hidden Health Hazards of Smoke and Soot?

Fires are horrible, however, the effects on your health can be present long after the flames have been extinguished due to the residual damaging soot in your home. After a fire, smoke and soot are left behind and are a reminder of the devastation. Let SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville evaluate your situation. (972)548-6044

Residual Smoke and Soot are Dangerous.

If you think the residual smoke and soot are just smelly and unsightly, think again. Health can be adversely affected by exposure. People with weakened immune systems are in more danger, especially the elderly and children. Did you know? The first occupation health act was by the British Parliament when they passed the Chimney Sweepers Act. The adverse health effects of smoke and soot are extensively documented.

During combustion, materials do not burn the same. Materials, within a home, are composed of an array of chemicals when burned produce harmful byproducts some of which may be toxic. Plastics, foams, fabrics, carpets, wood products, synthetic fabrics, wool, and asbestos-containing materials could be present and when burned could result in complicated health hazards making fire restoration a dangerous and challenging task.

Exposure Methods

Skin, eyes, inhalation, and ingestion are all ways you can be exposed to smoke and soot. Harmful airborne particulate can be invisible making it hard to figure out immediately whether you were exposed.  Soot in the bloodstream is a serious matter resulting in respiratory issues, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancer, and premature death.

Did you know the smoke from wood shares chemicals found in cigarette smoke?

The Risk can Linger from Smoke and Soot

As mentioned, safety does not automatically return once flames are extinguished. If not addressed quickly and properly, the danger can linger. Adequate safety equipment (respiratory, skin, and eye protection) are vital in the reduction of the exposure risk. Additional dangers lurk, due to firefighting efforts, such as water and mold.  Proper ventilation should be restored as soon as possible to restore indoor air quality. This is best with HEPA filtration and adsorption (activated carbon) to preserve air quality.

Professional tools, knowledge, and expertise are at the heart of thorough and safe fire restoration.

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville is available to help if you have experienced a fire-related incident. No matter the size, let us help in keeping your family safe. (972)548-6044

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THE HIDDEN FIRE SOURCES

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

The Hidden Fire Sources in Your Home

Do You Know What They Are?

Candles, overloaded electrical outlets, and malfunctioning appliances are the most common sources of home fires and ones most people think of. However, other items commonly found in your home can be a dangerous fire hazard and are often overlooked. SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville has put together a helpful list of potential home fire hazards often hidden from homeowners. (972)548-6044

Hidden Fire Sources

Are you aware that the following items in your home are potential fire hazards?

Batteries – The fire risk potential is possible with batteries, even weak charged batteries. The battery type with the highest fire risk potential is the 9-volt due to the proximity of its terminals. It is not recommended to store batteries in metal containers. Original packing is the best storage option.

Dryer Lint – If you do not have your dryer vent or ductwork cleaned regularly, then a fire could be just a matter of time. Dryer lint can result in heat buildup and eventually, a fast-moving fire.

Microwaves – Microwaves have many ways to start a fire. Popcorn that is cooked too long. Undetected metals on dinnerware, takeout containers can result in arcing, sparks, and fire. Immediately turn off the microwave if a fire starts. Do not open the door until the fire is suffocated. Regular cleaning will also reduce fire potential. Never use a malfunctioning microwave. Replacement is the best option.

Light Bulbs – The fire hazard with light bulbs is typically when using a light bulb with a wattage too high for a given outlet. When using CFLs (compact fluorescents), make sure they are being used properly. LED bulbs should be used when a bulb with a cooler option is needed.

Newspaper or Magazine Stacks – This is an obvious fire source if stored next to a heat source. Paper products should be stored in a cool, dry place in short stacks.

Laptops – Do not use a laptop on a bed or couch where the cooling vents are blocked. Laptops tend to run hot, and blocked vents exacerbate the situation.

Heating Blankets and Pads – Promptly replace defective or old heating blankets or pads. Improper usage can increase the risk of fire. Make sure and adhere to the manufacturer’s operating instructions. Recommended use is on the lowest setting for no longer than the recommended time. When washing, do not dry, iron, or dry clean.

Dust - Dust bunnies are fire hazards around electronics, sockets, and heaters, which can ignite and start a fire. Regularly vacuuming will reduce the fire potential — dust near outlets, wires, and appliances, including crevices and areas behind furniture.

Finally, check old appliances for worn insulation and decaying wiring. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

Know the Hidden Fire Sources

Don’t let your home be an accident waiting to happen. SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville can help in providing the information you need to make sure your home is safe.  Call today (972)548-6044

TEXAS STORMS CAN APPEAR WITHOUT WARNING AND CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared for The Damage From an Unexpected Storm?

Texas storms can and do pop up without warning,

Your best option is to be prepared. Keep the SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at the ready!  You can count on us to be there quickly when disasters occur.  24 Hour Emergency Service

(972)548-6044

24 Hour Emergency Service – Storm Damage

24 Hour Emergency Service flooding and water emergencies, from sudden and unforeseen storms, do not occur during the most opportune times.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville understands and is available 24/7/365 to help.  You can expect an immediate response from the highest quality cleaning and restoration business.

Water, Wind, Fire, and Flooding - Texas Storm Damage

Every storm carries several damage threats including fire damage from lightning, wind damage, and water damage from flooding.  Lightning can spark fires and the wind can damage roofs and the structure.  However, water is present in every instance.  Water spreads easily throughout your property and is absorbed into your walls, floors, and furniture.  In most water damage cases; immediate prompt action is needed to properly clean and restore your home or business.

With our team in the area, we can quickly begin the extraction, mediation, and restoration process.  The SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville process is designed to help you minimize the damage, cleaning, and restoration costs.

Storm Damage and Water Damage Timeline

Acting quickly is crucial, therefore we have put together the water damage timeline to demonstrate why.

Within Minutes:

  • Water spreads quickly and will saturate anything
  • Water absorbs into walls, floors, upholstery, and other belongings
  • Furniture finishes can bleed and cause permanent stains to carpet
  • Photographs, books, and various paper goods can swell and warp

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and Ink from clothing and paper goods start to spread and stain
  • Musty odor appears

48 Hours – 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew can grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture will warp and show signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

1 Week or More

  • The cost of cleaning & restoration increases significantly due to replacing numerous contaminated materials and structural rebuilding can be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth and biohazard contaminate can create serious risks to occupants

Be Prepared for when North Texas Storms Appear Quickly Without Warning and Causes Damage

Do not wait for the storm damage to occur to find someone you can trust.  Have SERVPRO at your fingertips and only a phone call away.  Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at (972)548-6044 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incident.

HEAVY RAINS CAN A CAUSE SEWER BACKUP

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy Rains Can a Cause Sewer Backup

Many times, a year, North Texas receives heavy rains that can lead to sewer backups. While many of us were fortunate enough to make it without experiencing a sewer backup, we might not always be so lucky. That’s why it’s important to understand how sewer backups happen and how to prevent them.

How Does Heavy Rain Cause a Sewer Backup?

When there are heavy rains, an abundance of water and debris end up in municipal sewers, overloading the sewer system. If it's more water than the sewer system can handle, excess water can flow backward into your home's sewer line and consequently overflow into your home. If your neighborhood is prone to sewage backups, there are effective options for preventing this problem.

Common Signs of Sewer Backups

Risks can be mitigated by being aware of the early warning signs of sewer backup. An effective sewer drainage system relies on these signs.

  • Awful Smells - Your drains might smell unpleasant if there is a sewer backup. An odor is caused by a lack of free movement of wastewater in your pipes. Rather, it gets stuck in one location for too long, releasing a foul odor that can be both bothersome and unhealthy to breathe. Just imagine how many bacteria are sitting in your pipes and being released into your home. The smell of sewage is unpleasant but allowing unknown bacteria into your home can be dangerous.
  • Gurgling Noises - The gurgling sound might be a sign of a slow drain, as you may be aware. If you hear a toilet gurgling or bubbling while using an appliance, such as the washing machine, you may have a backup in the main sewer line. Water backs up into the shower when you run the bathroom sink. It is important to know that something is amiss even if you hear a slight gurgling after flushing the toilet. If there's a clog, you might be able to clear it yourself. If there's a backup, however, you might have to call your plumber.
  • Water Drains Slowly - A blocked sewer line can lead to slow draining drains and toilets. Use another drain or toilet in the lowest level of the house to determine if the backup is a single drain line or the main line. It is most likely that the backup occurs in a single drain if that drain works properly. Your drain may be clogged in this case, and you can unclog it yourself. The main line most likely has problems if you see and hear slow draining. Using chemical drain cleaners can be dangerous and corrode your pipes, thereby increasing your chances of experiencing a backup in the future. To clear enough blockage, try plunging or snaking the drain first.

Keep you, your family, and your employees safe and let the experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville handle the job of working with potentially contaminated backed up sewage.

Call (972)548-6044 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

WHAT IS MOLD REMEDIATION?

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation -What it is and How it Works

Mold, microscopic mold spores, live almost anywhere. Indoors or outdoors, it doesn’t matter; they will survive.  For this reason, the removal of every spore is virtually impossible, whether residential or commercial. 100% removal of all molds is a falsehood. However, SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville can get remarkably close.

According to USLegal.com, “The term mold remediation is defined as “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.”

Mold remediation is a science that should be completed by a highly qualified mold restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville. Our experts understand the intricate science behind mold and mold growth due to the intense training required of each technician. The ultimate goal of mold remediation is to return the structure to normal mold levels that are naturally occurring.

When should a mold inspection and mold testing be considered?

If mold is visible, then you can skip the inspection and go right to remediation. There are multiple other reasons:

  • If there is a musty smell of mold, but it is not visible.
  • Where there has been water damage from a flood, storm, or leak.
  • If someone in the home has a health issue where the cause cannot be immediately found and may be related. Mold symptoms include coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc.
  • Real Estate transactions for buyer and seller protection
  • Post Mold Removal Clearance Testing to ensure that the earlier mold issue has been resolved and mold counts have returned to levels found in healthy environments of the same type.

What is the process of mold remediation?

Every mold damage scenario is unique. Therefore, all solutions are not the same, yet the process is comprehensive and consistent from structure to structure.

  • Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville (972)548-6044
  • Inspection and Situation Assessment
  • Area Containment
  • Setup and Initiate Air Filtration
  • The Complete Removal of Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleanup
  • Restoration

Remember, mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours. Act quickly! Mold can do considerable damage to the property and the health of the occupants.

If you detect mold, in your Melissa home or office, don’t procrastinate and risk your health.  Call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville today! (972)548-6044

Learn More about our other Restoration Services:  Fire, Water, Smoke, and Storm.

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COMMERCIAL SERVICES – MINIMIZING DAMAGE IN THE FACE OF A NATURAL DISASTER

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

How to Minimize a Natural Disaster in the Workplace

Do not sit at your desk and wonder what to do next after your office has been destroyed by a natural disaster.  Be confident knowing you know exactly what to do and you have the team at your fingertips to start the rebuilding process.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville (972)548-6044!

Unpredictability of Mother Nature and the Effects on Commercial Property

We all know Mother Nature is fickle and unpredictable.  She can span many different natural disasters from tornadoes to flooding and hail damage.  Unfortunately, disasters can seriously impact your business.  Not only can they damage the property and equipment, but they can prevent employees from getting to work.

There are things you can do, as a business owner, to protect your company and be prepared for the inevitable and lower your risk.  Review these tips for preparation, precautions, and risk reduction:

  • Invest and review business insurance
  • Backup your company files and store them in a safe, off-site location.
  • Anchor and secure large heavy equipment and cabinets.
  • Use fire-resistant building materials.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor for ease of access during an emergency. In the event of a fire, a quickly assessed fire extinguisher can stop it from becoming more dangerous.
  • Reinforce doors and windows to protect against strong forces, such as wind and hail.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand. Complete with a first aid, non-perishable food, water, and flashlight. An emergency preparedness kit can make a huge difference in keeping the office staff safe.
  • Develop and implement an emergency plan and make sure employees know how to respond in the event of an emergency.

These tips will ensure you and your employees are ready to safely weather the storm and make rebounding easier and less stressful.  When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville!

(972)548-6044!

COMMERCIAL CLEANING AND DISINFECTING FOR GYMS

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Your Focus is Fitness, Let Us Handle the Cleaning and Disinfecting

When customers walk into your gym, they expect cleanliness.  It is undeniable that the best fitness facilities look clean and smell great, which creates an experience that is inviting for both new and existing members.

You and your guests should spend time focusing on health, rather than the concern of the condition of the gyms’ environment and its cleanliness.  Solutions: Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville and create the clean, fresh-smelling, healthy and welcoming environment your clients expect.

(972)548-6044!

Cleaning and Disinfecting Contaminated Surfaces

Treadmills and cardio machines are often cleaned with disinfectant wipes and sprays and seem to get the most attention, while other equipment is neglected.  Dumbbells, free weights, and balls are high-use items, which are often neglected. Contaminated surfaces can be spreaders of MRSA and many other infectious organisms simply by touch.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is experienced in the proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures required to protect clients and employees.  Other hotspots include floors, restrooms, and locker rooms.

The SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville method can do the following:

  • Removal of Smells from Locker Rooms
  • Wipe Down Equipment Removing Stickiness
  • Germ Spread Stoppage with the Latest Cleaning Methods 

ELIMINATING THE SPREAD OF GERMS

Most environments open to the public, including gyms, can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.  Amazingly, illness can spread quickly if hygiene and general maintenance are neglected.  The answer is systematic cleaning.  By thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting high contact areas and equipment, the spread of viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants can be eliminated.  80% of germs are transmitted through casual contact with an unsanitary surface such as a table, doorknob, or other easily accessible object.

Commercial Gym Cleaning and Disinfecting

Protect your clients and employees by contacting SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville today and get started with a cleaning and disinfecting program.

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FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PRINCETON

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Structural Fire - Do You Know What to Do? - Princeton

Has your home or office experienced a recent fire? Do you have damage that needs a lot of help? SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is focused on restoring homes and commercial properties recently damaged by fire. We have experienced the worst of the worst scenarios and we will do our best to restore your property back to its original state, frequently multiple times better! Our technicians will walk you through the process every step of the way.

As Princeton’s leading fire damage restoration company, we want to ensure best experience available during the worst time you have experienced. (972)548-6044

Fire Restoration Plan for Princeton Homes and Businesses

The Assessment

The initial call must be made to SERVPRO at (972)548-6044 for our team to be called out the assessment to begin. Before we begin our technicians are required to evaluate structural integrity of the building or home.  Safety is job one.  We need to determine whether or not the structure is safe for our team and ultimately if it is safe for the inhabitants. Whether that means your family or coworkers, safety is of the upmost importance.

After the Assessment

We begin by removing all damaged materials and salvaging the property we can. Meaning anything that is damaged by fires, smoke, or water. Unfortunately, the water used to extinguish the fire also causes damage and water damage is very intrusive.  The drying out process requires a little time and must be done right to reduce the risk of mold. 

Smoke and Smell Removal is a part of the process we have become the premier experts in.  Restoring the indoor air quality incredibly important and reduces associated health risks. Our team uses state of the art air scrubbers during the restoration procedure. The process of fire damage restoration is unique to every situation.

There is one constant you can bank on; your insurance company requires you to take every step possible to mitigate any possibility of further damage occurring.

Princeton Fire Damage Restoration

No matter size of the fire, the experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville have the ability to restore you Princeton residence or commercial building to normal. If you have any questions or in emergency need of Princeton fire damage restoration, please give us a call at: (972)548-6044.

WHY SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST COLLIN COUNTY / GREENVILLE?

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

10 Year Award We have over 10 years of longevity in the industry.

When Disaster Strike, SERVPRO is Only a Phone Call Away

A rapid and immediate response is required for any Residential and Commercial Property Damage situation.

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville recognizes, when we receive a call to our company, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, and stressed, and in need of a company that does not waste your time.  Your situation requires the help of a true damage and mitigation expert.  We have experience and specific training in fire, water, and smoke damage to assist in returning your property back to normal.  We specialize in fire, water, smoke and storm damage cleanup and restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville Today (972)548-6044!

What to Expect When You Call

When we receive your call, our welcoming representative will ask some questions regarding the type of damage that has happened.  These specific questions will assist us in determining the equipment and resources to deploy to your location and the number of trained SERVPRO restoration specialists required.  The following are some of the questions we may ask.

Potential Questions

  • Your name and contact information including your phone number and email address
  • Your insurance carrier (if applicable)
  • Has a claim been turned in?
  • Name of Adjuster (if assigned)
  • The street address of your home or business
  • When did the damage occur?
  • What caused the damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity and water available (on-site)?
  • Is there standing water (if applicable)?
  • What year was the home or business built?

About SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is strategically focused on the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property damage resulting from a fire, smoke, or water.  Moreover, we mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is well trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, and our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville Today (972)548-6044!