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Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

8/23/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are one of the most basic fire safety devices that are available to us.  They have been installed in almost every home and business across the board.  What a lot of people don't know though, is that even smoke alarms require a minimum amount of maintenance.  There are just a few things that the U.S. Fire Administration recommends to ensure that your smoke alarm is up to par.

  1. Check your alarms monthly.

    • Although some smoke alarms are self-testing, it is still recommended to manually test them once a month.  This can generally be done by holding down the button in the center of the alarm until it begins to beep.
  2. Replace non-hardwired detectors batteries annually.
    • The last thing you want is to find out that your smoke alarm's batteries are dead.  Chances are that by then, it would be a little too late.
  3. Clean your detectors annually.
    • Your average dust bunnies can, in fact, impede on your alarms performance.  Make sure to take the device off of the wall and see that it is sparkling and not sparking.

It may seem tedious to perform these tasks but it's important to make sure that your smoke alarms aren't being sabotaged.  After all, you probably don't want to be without warning if your home happens to catch fire while you're asleep. A few minutes of your time to ensure that things are working properly is well worth it when your assets are on the line.

Source: Safewise.com

If you do find yourself in need of a fire mitigation crew, call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties! 817-596-8714

We Are Available 24/7/365

8/16/2023 (Permalink)

If you are frantically googling 'water repair near me', you are most likely in a dire situation that requires assistance ASAP.  Whether it's one o'clock in the morning or one o'clock in the afternoon, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is prepared to take on any disastrous situation!  Our team is available around the clock seven days a week.  What truly makes us stand out against similar businesses?  We are the ONLY call you'll need to make.  We will personally clean all salvageable items, remove wet flooring, dry wall, and insulation from the affected area, and use our equipment to dry out the same area and prevent the growth of mold.  We will also take the liberty to contact your insurance adjuster to handle the billing as well as hire a trusted construction company to cover the repairs.  We are adamant about leaving no loose ends.  

If you are experiencing the aftermath of a flood, fire, mold, biohazard, vandalism, or you're in need of a general deep cleaning, give SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties a call at 817-596-8714

SERVPRO is Ranked Top 10 in Entrepreneur Magazines Franchise 500

8/9/2023 (Permalink)

For the last seven consecutive years, SERVPRO has been ranked #10 franchise in their franchise 500 as well as being ranked #1 in the cleanup and restoration category.  SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is more than proud to be a contributing member to the success and prestige of this thriving company.  With over 1,700 franchises nationwide and offering multiple branches of service such as water mitigation, fire mitigation, mold remediation, and general cleaning for homes and commercial businesses, SERVPRO is hard to beat.

Choosing SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties means we'll arrive on site, ready to protect your home from further damage, within 4 hours of receiving a call.  Our team of IICRC certified technicians will use our state of the art equipment to remove debris and affected materials, salvage as many items as we can, and sanitize all affected areas of your home or business.  No matter what, we are always sure to do the job right, the first time.

A full list of our services include:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Storm damage restoration
  • Mold remediation
  • Cleaning services
    • Carpet
    • Drapes
    • Air ducts
    • Vents
    • Biohazard
    • Upholstery
    • Sewage
    • Trauma and crime scene
    • Vandalism and graffiti
    • Odor removal

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (yes, that includes holidays) to assist you with whatever cleaning or restoration needs you may have.  Disaster doesn't run on a schedule, which is why we are ready to help at any hour of the day or night.  As always, if you are in need of a cleaning and restoration team in your home or business, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is ready and willing to help!  Give us a call 817-596-8714!

Top 5 Causes of House Fires & How To Avoid Them

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

"Mmm," you moan as the smell of barbeque brushes your nostrils.  Your mouth begins to water, your stomach begins to growl, a warm shiver tickles your spine.  Your body begs for a slice of whatever is cooking in the kitchen, until, all of a sudden, you realize that that's not food at all.  It's your house.  Your house is on fire.

Don't you just hate when that happens! You think you're about to get a hot meal, but instead, you get an insurance claim.  Alright, alright, I'm kidding.  I'm hoping you can tell the difference between Risky's Bar-B-Q, and a risky BBQ (that’s a little pun for y'all around Parker County).

On a serious note, house fires can be seriously detrimental.  They endanger you, your family, your pets, and your assets.  Although there is no sure way to completely prevent sparks from flying, there are some things that should be kept in mind and paid attention to. Here are the five most common causes of house fires and how you can do your best to avoid them.

  • Cooking is the cause of a whopping forty-nine percent of residential fires.  Now that's not giving you permission to eat out every day, but it is encouragement to watch what you put on your stove.  More often than not, these fires are caused by grease that gets overheated.  Grease is an incredibly flammable substance once it reaches about six-hundred degrees Fahrenheit.  When it reaches this point, it can combust spontaneously, even without direct flame contact.
  • Toasters and ovens can also start fires if not cleaned properly.  Oils and crumbs that sit at the bottom of these machines can catch fire when exposed to extreme heat, like they are.
    • How do you prevent these things from causing a fire?  Leaving anything unattended on your stove is not a good place to start, especially if you're cooking something in oil or grease.  Also, make sure to clean your cooking equipment often to ensure that there are no crumbs or oils trapped at the bottom of them.
  • The second most common cause of house fires are heating appliances such as space heaters.  These kinds of fires are less common than ones caused by cooking, causing only twelve percent of residential fires, but can be equally as detrimental.  Heaters that are fueled by kerosine are especially dangerous, as the fuel is extremely flammable.  Electric heaters can also be dangerous if the electrical wires short out, causing sparks.
    • How to avoid fires caused by heating appliances: simply unplug or turn off your heater when nobody is around to supervise it.  Not allowing the heater to overheat will also contribute to the act of avoiding flames.
  • As stated above, electrical shortages can create sparks, causing fires.  Generally, shortages don't happen "just because", they are usually caused by faulty wiring or by having too many things plugged in at once.  Although only ten percent of residential fires are caused by electrical shortages, it is still important to take what preventative measures you can. 
    • Avoiding electrical shortages is slightly more difficult than avoiding the fire starters previously discussed.  Having an electrician inspect your home or business is one of the safest ways to ensure that you aren't at risk especially if you live in an older home.  
  • If you're a smoker, chances are you've heard the "why smoking is bad for you" speech a million times over.  I'm not here to shame or commend your life choices, but, when you put your cigarette in the ashtray, check to see if there are any red ashes left.  Cigarette ashes only cause about five percent of house fires, but are the cause of about twenty-three percent of fire deaths.  This is because this fire most often starts while the resident is asleep.
    • How to prevent fire caused by cigarettes: ensure that your cigarette is fully put out when placed in the ashtray.
  • The fifth most common fire starter in the home is the beloved candle.  Didn't think Bath and Body Works could cause so much trouble huh?  Truthfully, this is another one of those situations where the open flame is fine, as long as somebody is supervising it.  Most fires caused by candles happen when the resident has left the home or when a flammable object, such as paper, is left within reach of the flame.
    • The best way to prevent fire caused by candles is to remove flammable objects from the surrounding area, as well as blowing the candle out when planning to leave it unsupervised.

Overall, house fires aren't completely preventable, but they are avoidable.  By watching what you do, keeping things tidy, and not leaving open flames unattended, you can save yourself a lot of money and frustration.

If for some reason you do experience the rage caused by fire damage, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is more than willing to help!  We are open 24/7/365 and are always ready to answer your calls.  You can contact us at 817-596-8714

Keeping Your Pets Comfortable During A Storm

5/31/2023 (Permalink)

dog looking out window at lighting Keeping your dog relaxed will make them appreciate you that much more.

Pets don't understand storms like we do.  While we understand that it will pass, pets only hear the loud noises and instantly become anxious.  There are a few things that you, as an owner, can do to make your pet more comfortable.

How To Keep Your Pets Comfortable During a Storm

  • Provide them with a safe space.  Dogs especially, tend to feel more comfortable when in a small, interior room with few windows.  This may be a bathroom, laundry room, or closet.  Try throwing a familiar blanket, pillow, or toy in there with them as a source of comfort.
  • Minimize the storm.  Closing your windows and blinds will muffle noise and reduce the appearance of lightning strikes.  Turning on the TV or a radio will also limit the noise from the storm, potentially making your pet more comfortable.
  • Distractions, distractions, distractions.  Did your sibling ever hit you and then immediately start trying to make you smile to distract you from the pain before your parents get involved?  Well this approach is a little different, but has a similar solution.  Distracting your pet by playing a game, working on training, or grooming has been shown to ease their nerves by occupying their mind with more exciting events.
  • Keep your pet company.  Sit with your pet and offer them company, but not if you're anxious too.  If the storm is bad enough to cause yourself anxiety as well, do your best to keep yourself calm before approaching your pet.  Animals are great at reading body language which means that if they sense the slightest amount of nerves from you, it will only make theirs worse.
  • Never leave them outside.  Desensitizing your pet by leaving them outside during a storm may sometimes seem like a good plan, however, a nervous animal may do everything in its power to escape to find shelter.  This could include jumping the fence, digging a hole, opening the gate, or if the storm knocks down the fence, your pet might just walk right out.  Being loose in a storm is the last thing that you want for your pets safety.  Make sure dogs and cats are in a safe shelter, horses and other large animals are stalled, and rabbits, birds, or other animals that are generally in a cage have been placed in an enclosed area in case the cage gets damaged.
  • Try different products.  There are things such as calming supplements that can help ease your pets nerves but there are also some other things that are made specifically for certain animals in certain situations.  For example, there is a coat that can be wrapped around your dog that almost acts as a swaddle to encourage relaxation.

Sources: barkmart.com

             petsittersireland.com

As you can see, there are multiple ways to keep your pet relaxed during a storm.  Next time you experience heavy rain, hail, or thunderstorms, test out a few of these methods.  You might be surprised.

What Is A Pack Out?

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes your home, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties offers a variety of services to help quicken the recovery process.  One of these services is called a pack out.  If your home were to flood due to a storm, for example, one of the first steps we would take is packing up and moving all of the content within the affected area in order to salvage what we can as well as empty the space to begin the remediation process.  We also offer to clean and disinfect the salvageable contents that we packed to ensure that they won't experience secondary damage in the future.  If you or someone you know has experienced a water loss, give us a call! 817-596-8714

Have You Spring Cleaned Your Business Yet?

5/17/2023 (Permalink)

As Lil Jon once said, "From the windows, to the walls, SERVPRO does it all.".  Well, maybe he didn't say it exactly like that but you get the gist.  

As we are nearing the end of spring, that means prime time for your annual spring cleaning is passing!  The pressure of an annual deep clean may especially follow entrepreneur's especially.  Small business owners work around the clock to keep their businesses thriving.  Whether it's managing online orders, scheduling meetings, or interacting with clients, there is little time to spare hassling with spring cleaning.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is ready and able to take that weight off of your shoulders!  When it comes to commercial cleaning, we offer a variety of services. This includes:

  • HVAC cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Hard flooring cleaning
  • Window cleaning
  • Wall/ceiling cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Drape/blinds cleaning
  • Odor removal

No need to be scrubbing your floors on your hands and knees at one A.M., wondering how you're going to make it through the next day at work.  We will ensure that your business is cleaned thoroughly, and within a reasonable timeframe.  If you are interested in having your small business professionally cleaned, give us a call! 817-596-8714

What Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Do For YOU.

5/10/2023 (Permalink)

Your Business Is Important to Us.  That's Why We Aim to Do Better.

Here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we understand that your business is a reflection of you and the hard work that you put into it which is why you should never settle for less.  We offer our best service 100% of the time with a fair price to boot.  We are committed to helping you clean and restore your business after a disaster with our IICRC trained and certified crew members.  

We offer a variety of services to your home or business:

  • Fire mitigation
  • Water mitigation
  • Storm clean up
  • Commercial restoration
  • Mold remediation
  • HVAC cleaning
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Vandalism cleaning
  • Crime scene, biohazard, and trauma cleaning
  • Contents cleaning and inventory service

That's not all!  We strive to offer you the best service whether it's cleaning your home after a disaster or taking care of general upkeep.  No matter what, your home should feel like a home, not like a burden.  You can learn more about our services at our website here or call us today! 817-596-8714

Spring Has Sprung, Here Comes The Pollen

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

We are passing the middle of spring right now which means that it's officially prime time for pollen allergies.  In honor of this righteous timing, let's go over a few ways to rid your home of pollen.  But first, here's some fun facts about pollen that you may not have known.

Fun Facts About Pollen

  • Pollen is the snowflake of spring.  It comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.  Though we associate pollen with the color yellow, it can also be a vibrant red, green, purple, white, or brown.
  • Flowering plants aren't the main culprit when it comes to pollen allergies.  Flower pollen is transferred through insects that carry it from flower to flower.  This tends to keep the pollen more contained compared to plants that transfer pollen by releasing it into the air such as ragweed, oak, elms, and maple trees. 
  • We tend to think that bumble bees are the only carrier of pollen, However, insects such as butterflies, ants, beetles, and flies are also common pollen carriers.  Mammals, such as lemurs, are also pollen carriers.

Source:thoughtco.com

Now that we've covered a few fun facts about pollen, lets dig into allergy control.  Pollen spreads like wildfire and while there is no sure way to completely prevent pollen allergies, there are a few ways that you can keep them under control.

How To Reduce Pollen Allergies at Home

  • Dust smart.  As mentioned before, pollen spreads like wildfire.  The most effective way to control pollen through dusting is to use a microfiber towel or duster and dust from top to bottom.
  • Change your air filters.  Changing your air filters regularly, especially when you notice your allergies kicking in, is another effective way to control pollen allergies.  Air filters get packed with dust, hair, and other common allergens that may make your seasonal allergies worse.  Investing in a filter that is made to catch common allergens may also help in this situation.
  • Washing your pillow cases.  Pollen can get caught in your hair and your clothes as soon as you step inside.  If you lay down for a nap as soon as you come home from work, there may be pollen stuck to your bedding and pillow cases.  
  • Splurge on the right vacuum cleaner.   Vacuums are expensive, I know, but investing in a good one may be worth it.  A decent vacuum will automatically filter pollen and dust to ensure that it doesn't get spit back into the house.  Professionals recommend a bag-less vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Source:cedars-sinai.org

These are a few tips to help you keep your home comfortable even through allergy season.  If you need help cleaning your filters, air vents, drapes, carpets, or anything else that may house allergens, we are more than willing to help!  Our team is IICRC certified and experienced in general cleaning needs.  Give us a call at 817-596-8714

My Business What Vandalized, What Now?

4/26/2023 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, vandalism in commercial businesses is more common than we would like to think.  When a business has been attacked, the clean up and repair process can be stressful and costly.  Our professionals at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties are ready and willing to take some of that stress off of your shoulders.  

Our team understands that recovering your business after an act of vandalism can be long and exhausting.  Our goal is to get your business up and running ASAP, without breaking the bank, of course.  Our array of state-of-the-art equipment is available to clean up any mess, wet or dry, hot or cold.  Our services for vandalism include:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Pack out
  • Contents cleaning

If your business has been vandalized and you're not sure what to do next, you can contact SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to learn about the next steps.  We will walk you through the cleanup and restoration process and we'll even provide you with a free cost quote!  You can call us anytime, 24/7, at 817-594-8714.