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MOLD REMEDIATION-Do You Know What it Really Costs

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO – Helping You Understand the Ultimate Costs of Mold Remediation

Discovering Mold in your home or business is serious and ignoring it will only make matters worse and increase costs.  The removal and remediation of mold requires professionals with many years of experience, an inspector, and a reliable team.  With SERVPRO Northeast Collin County/Greenville, you can be sure you are getting the most experienced team in the industry and exceptional customer service. 

$500 to $6,000 is what an owner, in North Texas, can possibly pay to properly handle mold damage; however, extensive remediation can be considerably more expensive.  By considerably different, we mean approximately tens of thousands of dollars.  When it comes to mold issues and saving money, sooner the better is the name of the game.

Start Your Mold Remediation Today!          (972)548-6044

Mold Inspector –              What to Look for

What is the job of a professional mold inspector?  This is the person you bring in to determine the extent of damage and make professional recommendations.  Professional recommendation by the inspector will be dictated by the level of damage and required mold removal.  A professional investigator will have the appropriate equipment necessary to take samples, but should have the right knowledge and meet certain criteria:

  • Be credentialed to offer inspection services and able to show documentation of industry-specific education
  • Have no official affiliation to a mold remediation provider for an objective recommendation
  • Produce an informative and detailed report based on samples taken
  • Provide objective findings about the degree of mold damage

A typical mold inspector charges from $200 to $600 for a job that lasts from two to six hours.

Full Scale Mold Remediation

A mold inspector may be required to cut your walls to accurately assess and determine if mold removal is necessary. Air samples can cost up to $150 per sample, which may or may not be included in the overall price. Be sure to ask this question at the outset.

The right provider will not recommend black mold removal if is not required.  The inspector sets the direction and action plan for the remediation.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is the trusted mold cleanup company that has the experience, tools, and know-how to restore your home or business to pre-damage conditions. Depending on the source of the mold growth, your property insurance may cover some or all of the costs for cleanup.

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

DANGERS OF HOARDING – A FIRE HAZARD

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Pathway of Hoarded Items Items stacked to high can cause many hazards

Hoarding Can Be Dangerous Especially When Fire is Involved

Did you know – Clutter can kill?  Surprisingly, excess clutter is a major fire hazard.

What is Hoarding?  The act of hoarding is defined as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Staggering amounts of items crowd a given space and prevents regular use and navigation.  Hoarding of this level can lead to a serious fire risk in the home.

Fire Risks and Hoarding

Hoarding increases home fire risk in multiple ways:

  • If there are combustible items in close proximity to the stove, fire potential skyrockets
  • Space heaters and baseboard heaters can ignite nearby materials
  • If the hoarder is also a smoker, items such as papers and fabric are easily lit
  • Most importantly, exits may be hard to get to, or completely cut off by accumulated items

Hoarding Effects on First Responders

The negative effects of hoarding reach past the hoarder, they touch first responders as well.

  • Firefighters cannot effectively fight the fire, or evacuate inhabitants or animals when hindered by clutter
  • First responders can become trapped, as well as hurt by piles of items that may topple over
  • When hoarded items become waterlogged by firefighting efforts, their weight is dramatically increased. This can lead to structural collapse if enough items are present.

Fire Risks and Fire Damage Mitigation

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SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville has experience with cleaning cluttered homes affected by hoarding.  If you or someone you know needs this level of professional cleaning, give us a call today.  We provide a judgment-free and thorough cleaning of any space!  Everyone deserves a home free of fire risks.

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

FIRE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Is Your Home and Family Prepared for a Fire Emergency?

The scariest fire is a house fire in the middle of the night.  The family is sleeping and the home lights up like a candle.  Does your family know what to do to get everyone to safety?

Children and Youth Emergency Preparedness

Our children are our treasure; therefore, we need to ensure they know what to do in the case of an emergency.  Every home fire emergency plan must include your kids, so they know what to do!

What you should know about Youth Preparedness

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations.
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, plan, build a kit, and get involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and childcare facility.
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children regularly.
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency.
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place.
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911

Communication Preparation for a Fire Emergency

Good Communication saves lives.

  • Make sure everyone, including children, knows how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Make sure they know their address so they can provide proper information over the phone.
  • Who is your emergency contact? Make sure the kids know who it is and practice with them.
  • Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go.

Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting

Emergency Kit Preparation

Emergency kits are especially important.  Do you know what to include?

  • Include your child's medication or supplies in your family’s emergency kit.
  • Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books, or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.
  • Get the kids involved in building their emergency kit.

Preparation for Parents

You have prepared the kids but are you ready?  What you need to do:

  • Store important family documents on your phone in a safe secure app. Keep hard copies in a secure location.
  • Emergencies can happen anytime. Ensure your child is prepared for the emergency.
  • Email, voice, or text. What will your child’s school use to communicate during an emergency? Plan before a disaster and discuss with your kids.
  • Many Americans are not familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you?

Fire Emergency Preparation is Critical

At SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville, we have seen our share of homes damaged by fire and the toll it takes on a family.  Planning is critically important.  By planning and letting everyone know how to react during an emergency you are helping your family be that much safer.

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

MINIMIZING DAMAGE IN THE FACE OF A NATURAL DISASTER

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

How to Minimize a Natural Disaster in the Workplace

Do not sit at your desk and wonder what to 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!

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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.

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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!

FLOOD REMEDIATION

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Remediation – Do You Know What to Do to Stay Safe?

Tips To Stay Safe During Flood Cleanup

Floods are devastating.  Do you, your family, or your employees know what to do when a flood occurs?

Yes, your insurance provider requires quick action to mitigate the damage.  However, you must keep everyone safe.  You will be tempted to start cleaning up your flooded home or office as soon as possible but fight the urge.  Seriously, flood situations can pose serious health hazards.

Follow These Tips To Stay Safe During Flood Cleanup

  1. Know the Risk – Contaminated floodwater appear clean. Looks can be deceiving.  Intruding water contains bacteria and other microorganisms and potentially polluted with chemical pollutants.  If the floodwater is the result of a broken pipe, there is a high probability it contains human waste or other organic matter.  
  2. Wear Protective Gear - Waterproof gloves, rubber boots and goggles are recommended by the CDC in prevention of bacterial infections. Additionally, as added precaution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a splash-proof face shield and liquid-repellent coveralls.  Before leaving the flood site, remove all protective gear and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  3. Call in the Pros – A prompt call to SERVPRO North Collin County / Greenville will set the remediation ball in motion towards returning things to normal. Our team has the necessary training, equipment, and experience to handle your flooding problem quickly and safely.
  4. Safe Hygiene, Practice it!
    • Wash your hands with soap and water after handling anything that has touched floodwater.
    • Never eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum during flood cleanup.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating, and before and after using the restroom.

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What is the best practice for flood cleanup and safety?  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 floodwaters. However, if you must enter your flooded company, be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.

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

MOLD REMEDIATION

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation – Do You Know What It Really Costs?

SERVPRO – Helping You Understand the Ultimate Costs of Mold Remediation

Discovering Mold in your home is serious and ignoring it will only make matters worse and increase costs.  The removal and remediation of mold requires professionals with many years of experience, an inspector, and a reliable team.  With SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville, you can be sure you are getting the most experienced team in the industry and exceptional customer service. 

$500 to $6,000 is what a homeowner, in North Texas, can possibly pay to properly handle mold damage; however, extensive remediation can be considerably more expensive.  By considerably different, we mean approximately tens of thousands of dollars.  When it comes to mold issues and saving money, sooner the better is the name of the game.

Start Your Mold Remediation Today!       (972)548-6044

https://www.SERVPROnortheastcollincountygreenville.com/water-damage-repair 

Mold Inspector –                What to Look for

What is the job of a professional mold inspector?  This is the person you bring in to determine the extent of damage and make professional recommendations.  Professional recommendation by the inspector will be dictated by the level of damage and required mold removal.  A professional investigator will have the appropriate equipment necessary to take samples, but should have the right knowledge and meet certain criteria:

  • Be credentialed to offer inspection services and able to show documentation of industry-specific education
  • Have no official affiliation to a mold remediation provider for an objective recommendation
  • Produce an informative and detailed report based on samples taken
  • Provide objective findings about the degree of mold damage

A typical mold inspector charges from $200 to $600 for a job that lasts from two to six hours.

Full Scale Mold Remediation

A mold inspector may be required to cut your walls to accurately assess and determine if mold removal is necessary. Air samples can cost up to $150 per sample, which may or may not be included in the overall price. Be sure to ask this question at the outset.

The right provider will not recommend black mold removal if is not required.  The inspector sets the direction and action plan for the remediation.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is the trusted mold cleanup company that has the experience, tools, and know-how to restore your home to pre-damage conditions. Depending on the source of the mold growth, your property insurance may cover some or all of the costs for cleanup.

https://www.SERVPROnortheastcollincountygreenville.com/water-restoration

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

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE HAIL STRIKES?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Hail Damage Mitigation & Things You Can Do

Do You Know What to Do Before Hail Strikes?  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville Can Help

Spring is hail season in North Texas.  That does not mean hail cannot happen any other time of the year, but the potential is greatly increased.  Do you know what to do to mitigate damage before a hailstorm?

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville is the company you can rely on when disaster strikes.  We are prepared to help you get back on your feet, but we also want to provide the information you need to be ready in case of hail damage.

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Steps to Hail Damage Mitigation

Here are some important steps to consider and remember before hail strikes.

It is not a question of when will hail strike your home, but when will it happen.  You cannot worry about it all the time, but there are things you can do in advance to minimize some of the potential damage.  It is important to not worry about the things you cannot control, like when and the size of the hailstones.  Appropriate preparation ahead of time can help reduce damage and save you money.

Trim Trees and Shrubs

Loose or dead branches, from trees and shrubs, can fall and damage the roof or windows of your home.  Reduce the risk by keeping trees and shrubs trimmed and away from your home.  Additionally, any limbs that have fallen should be removed so they do not become flying objects in a strong wind.

Cover Over Areas

Cover any objects or areas you deem worth protecting. If roof damage has already occurred, cover over the affected area.  A tarp or plywood is good for protection.  The extra material can provide a layer of protection against possible hail as well as help prevent additional moisture from getting in.

Close All Windows

If hail is predicted, close and ensure all windows in your home are closed and secure.  This can help prevent hail from bouncing inside and causing additional damage.

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Move Vehicles to a Sheltered Location or in Your Garage

If possible, or feasible, move your vehicles should into your garage or a sheltered location.

Be secure in knowing you took the actions necessary to make your home as ready as possible and mitigate damage.

When the Time Comes, We are Here!

Hailstorms can cause substantial damage.  Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at (972)548-6044 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

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5 THINGS TO PREPARE FOR TORNADO SEASON

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared for Tornado Season?

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville Can Help

Tornado season in North Texas is here.  Tornadoes can happen any time of the year in North Texas, but Spring is the prime time.  Are you and your family prepared if a tornado happens?

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville is the company you can rely on when disaster strikes.  We are prepared to help you get back on your feet, but do you know what to do before a potential tornado?

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Tornado Preparation for Northeast Collin County and Greenville

A tornado can strike at any time if the atmospheric conditions are right.  Proper preparedness strategies and actions can potentially save your life if executed in advance.

Know the Signs

Tornadoes can form with little warning.  It is important to be alert when storms are in your area especially if a tornado watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).  The following are danger signs that indicate a potential tornado and you and your family should seek shelter immediately:

  • Local Warning Sirens
  • A Funnel Cloud Sighting
  • Roaring Noise Like a Train or Airplane
  • Dark Skies, Potentially with a Green Tint
  • Debris
  • Hail

Tornado Preparation Tips

Preparation before a storm is one of the easiest ways to keep you and your family safe.  It will help you remain calm and know what to do when the unthinkable occurs.  Preparation and practice are key.

  1. Designate a Safe Room – This is a room that puts the most distance between you and the exterior.
  2. Place Essentials in the Safe Room – Emergency Kit, First Aid Kit, Important Documents, etc.
  3. Remove Outdoor Items – Reduces the potential of flying debris
  4. Reinforce Your Home – Check for weak areas of your home and have them repaired
  5. Contact Your Insurance Provider – Make sure you have proper coverage before the storm.

Remember, tornadoes happen quickly.  Once one appears you want to be prepared.

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When the Time Comes, We are Here!

Tornadoes are devastating and unpredictable. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at (972)548-6044 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

MITIGATION AND RESTORATION: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Do You Know the Difference Between Mitigation and Restoration? -  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/ Greenville

With spring upon us, which brings intense storms and the potential of damage, it is important North Texans know the difference between mitigation and restoration.  Damage can happen other times of the year, but the potential is immensely increased during the spring. 

SERVPRO Northeast Collin County/Greenville is the company you can rely on when disaster strikes.  We are prepared to help you get back on your feet, but we also want to provide the information you need to be ready.

Water, Storm, and Fire Damage

If you live in North Texas particularly North Collin County or Greenville, you understand the effects a severe storm or fire can have on you, your family, and your home.  You have probably heard the terms "mitigation" and "restoration" used quite a bit, and you may be unclear about the difference.  Let us take a look at what each means.

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Mitigation

Mitigation is your home’s first line of defense after being damaged and includes measures used to stabilize the situation before more damage can occur.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville will respond swiftly and take the following steps:

  • Inspecting damage
  • Making sure the structure is stable
  • Boarding up windows
  • Setting up tarps
  • Removing furniture and other items
  • Storing property
  • Extracting water

Additionally, these are the first steps in dealing with the damage, but depending on the seriousness, further work may be required to prevent bigger problems and eliminate the possibility of health effects from mold or other pathogens.

Restoration

Restoration is the next step after mitigation has been successfully completed.  It is the process in which your property is brought back to the state it was in before the storm damage occurred. SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville will clean and sanitize any parts of the structure that have been exposed to mold, bacteria, or other pathogens, and will disinfect and restore any salvageable items that have been removed.  

Unfortunately, the restoration process can be lengthy.  It all depends on the severity of the storm damage.  After everything has been dried and disinfected, repairs range from replacing some drywall and painting to rebuilding entire sections of the structure.

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SERVPRO Offers Both

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville offers both mitigation and restoration. Understanding difference in the two will make the recovery process much easier.

When the Time Comes, We are Here!

Spring storms and unfortunate fires cause substantial damage.  Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at      (972)548-6044 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

WHY SERVPRO?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville?

During uncertain times, you need a company you can rely on.  A company that when disaster strikes, they are there with you every step of the way.  Our clients that have used our services and experienced the SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville way know they not only have a company they can rely on but can absolutely trust.  We are the damage restoration, remediation, and cleanup professionals who genuinely care about our customers like family.

Call Today and experience the SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County and Greenville difference! (972)548-6044

Why Should You Use SERVPRO

The reasons are many and if you need more check out our reviews.

Northeast Collin County and Greenville residents and commercial property owners know when unexpected emergencies occur, they can call and our team will be there quickly.  By contacting SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville, you could save thousands of dollars in potential secondary damages that could occur as a result of improper or home restoration services.

Our company has been a steadfast presence in North Texas for years.  Year round, our restoration team is ready to assist in overcoming an emergency with minimum inconvenience and expense. Contact us anytime to schedule restoration services for water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages.

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Emergency Response to Claims

Best in the industry emergency response to calls, claim filing, and customer service.  When you call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville, we will be there as swiftly as possible and begin the remediation process.  Remediation is vital to stopping the damage and is required by your insurance provider.  Your insurance provider requires you to do everything possible to safely mediate and stop further damage.

Types of Mediation and Restoration Services Available

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville has the damage service your residential or commercial property needs.

When the Time Comes, We are Here!

Home and office emergencies are unexpected and, at times, seem unfair.  Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at      (972)548-6044 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.