How to Clean Your Content After a Home Fire
A home fire can be devastating. The most important aspect is that you made it out of your home safely and are now able to return to it. You might ask yourself if some of your belongings can be saved. Fire restoration companies, experts in content cleaning, know that most smoke-damaged belongings can be cleaned. One of the things they recommend is dry cleaning. Here are some tips on how to clean your belongings.
Get Rid of the Water
The first thing you will have to do is get rid of the water and moisture. Not doing so will cause further damage and give mold a chance to grow. The way to do this is with a powerful water pump and press extractor. Dry wet carpets and furniture and hang clothes, draperies and pillows outside to dry. For non-damaged items, content storage is recommended so nothing can cause harm to them.
Dry Clean Clothes
For clothes, most restoration professionals recommend dry cleaning. Don’t attempt to clean clothes, draperies and any other textile items yourself as this can cause permanent damage to them. A restoration expert can remove the soot from your damaged items.
Remove the smoke smell.
After you get rid of the soot, you will want to get rid of the smoke smell in textiles and throughout the home. Thoroughly vent your house and get box fans and dehumidifiers to help expedite the process. The experts use specialized procedures such as ozone treatment and thermal fogging to effectively remove the smell.
Clean Non-porous Items
Non-porous items are generally easier to clean than porous items. Ultrasonic treatment and high-pressure water are some of the procedures restoration companies are utilizing. Their equipment can successfully remove contamination from your belongings and restore them to pre-fire condition.
These are a few of the helpful ways you can follow to clean your content after a home fire. Local restoration professionals have the proper expertise, tools and equipment to get the job done right and can help with dry cleaning, content cleaning and content storage.
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Water Damage? Leave it to the Professionals
Suffering with water damage? Leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm.
Most people don't actively plan on water damage in their homes or businesses, so deciding the proper way to restore a flood damaged property is important.
With so many aspects of life becoming increasingly more expensive by the day, it is no wonder that so many Americans choose to go the Do-It-Yourself route on an ever expanding wide array of tasks. While changing one's own oil or even doing one's own drywall job is commendable, there are still some jobs that are best left to the professionals. Water damage restoration and mitigation is one of them.
Each year, billions of dollars in property damage occur all over the United States due to flood damage. While some of these properties will inevitably be written off, the vast majority are completely salvageable. This means that, even though massive property damage was ultimately incurred, there absolutely never should have been any to begin with. All too often, this is the simple result of the property owner not recognizing the severity of the situation and taking the proper steps to remedy it.
One of those important steps is to mitigate damage after a flood.
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Saving Carpet from Mold
It doesn’t take much for a rug to get wet.In rare instances the culprit can be extreme weather or run-off after a storm, more often the cause is a broken pipe or appliance is enough to thoroughly soak a carpet through. Once this does happen there is a genuine concern that you might be facing mold growth in the near future. Mold is a fungus that thrives off of moisture and an organic food source for sustenance. Carpet fibers are an excellent food source for mold, once fungus gets into your carpet, it is difficult to get it out again.
The best way to save your beautiful carpet from mold damage after it gets wet is to call the professionals here at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm.The key to saving floor coverings from microbial growth is to dry them out quickly and thoroughly, not allowing the spores a chance to grow. Our technicians are IICRC certified and have the equipment and skills to dry your carpet fast.
On arrival, we begin by extracting as much water from your carpet as possible. We use specialized tools and make several passes over the affected area because we understand that thorough extraction is key to the success of the drying process.
Once extraction is complete, our next step is to dry your carpet. SERVPRO ofProsper/Little Elmwill use up to three different kinds of air movers strategically placed to move air over the area and wick out what moisture is left. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the moisture levels in the air and hasten the drying process.
We understand that thorough drying is the only protection against mold growth. To make sure we dry your carpet and structure up to its dry standard we use a range of equipment including moisture meters and moisture probes to measure the moisture content continuously through the drying process.
If your carpet gets wet, do not put your home or carpet at risk for microbial growth! Call SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm, we are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
SERVPRO is Storm Ready
Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere.
Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:
10,000 severe thunderstorms
5,000 floods or flash floods
2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98% of all nationally declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. * Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
Know Your Risk.
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type
of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together
or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example.
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Build An Emergency Supply Kit
• Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio • Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust masks or bandanas
• Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Hygiene items
• Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and
bank account information
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
Contact SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in
the event of a disaster.
Contact SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm anytime around the clock at
972-668-3117 if you find your home or business damaged by water, fire or even mold. Our restoration professionals will work to make it, “Like it never even happened.®”
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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage
50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering from a disaster.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm at 972-668-3117to get your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile today!
Hurricane Harvey and How to Help
Photograph of Hurricane Harvey from the International Space Station.
Over this weekend, Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The category 4 hurricane collided into the Texas coast, overwhelming families and businesses in the Houston area. The amount of people injured and dead is still unknown, and estimates place the overall cost of property damage and lost business up in the billions.
If that isn't bad enough, Harvey is now a Tropical Storm and is lingering off the coast, dumping water onto coastal Texas. As the rain continues, many people are in danger due to flooding while others have lost homes and property. A lot of people are wanting to know how they can help the people who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and the easiest way is to make a donation to the American Red Cross.
SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm are proud partners of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the Gulf Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey. To make a quick donation, just go to: https://www.redcross.org and select the amount and you can even set up the frequency of multiple donations. Together, lets be #HoustonStrong and help the thousands of people affected by this massive tropical storm.
Choose SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset.
Because you have so much invested in your home, choose the professionals here at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm to protect your most valuable asset. Your home says a lot about you and makes an impression on all those who enter it. You invest your time, energy and hard-earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home. Expect the very best service, at a fair price. SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm is committed to providing expert fire and water cleanup and restoration services, as well as top quality professional cleaning services for your entire home.
Cleaning services include:
- Fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration
- Water removal and dehumidification
- Vandalism and crime scene cleanup
- Mold remediation
- Contents claim inventory service
- Air duct and HVAC cleaning
- Carpet and hard floor cleaning and care
- Upholstery and drapes: Wet and Dry cleaning methods
- Odor identification and deodorization
- Stain removal and stain resistance applications
When you decide to sell your home, call on your local SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm for professional cleaning and restoration services that will help you showcase your property to potential buyers.
Call us anytime around the clock at 972-668-3117, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm are the leading experts in cleanup and restoration services.
Educational institutions can depend on their local professionals here at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm provides professional cleanup, mitigation and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. Your local SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup.
SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm System Services
- Fire, smoke and soot
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Move Outs and Contents Restoration
- Electronics and Equipment
- Document Drying
- Contents Claim and Inventory Service
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Odor Identification
Here to Help
We atSERVPRO of Prosper / Little Elmhave been dedicated to helping out our community any way possible. From residential cleanup and restoration, to commercial services.
The professionals here at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm helped get teachers and their students back in class after a busted pipe caused major flooding at a local Frisco school when a busted pipe caused major flooding. We worked around the clock to restore the effected area and prevent any secondary damage from occurring. Here at SERVPRO of Prosper / Little Elm, nothing is too large or small. From a small bathroom leak, to a large commercial building fire, we are always “Here to help.”®
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Grill Safely Tips from SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm
June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires. So when you pull out your backyard grill to wipe the built up dust off of it to once again brush up on your grilling skills in hopes that you will finally perfect that perfect secret recipe. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken into account when preparing cook outdoors.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency(NFPA), fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 8,900 home fires that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year. These 8,900 fires caused an annual average of $120 million dollars in property damage, 160 injuries and 10 civilian deaths. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading cause of grill fires came from the inability to properly clean a grill before using it, as well as not keeping it a safe distance from outside structures or the home itself and leaving the grill unattended. 83%, which breaks down to about every 5 out of 6 grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas, while 13% used other sources of fuel.
Precautions to take while grilling
• Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
• Do Not leave your grill unattended.
• Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
• Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
• Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
• If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
• If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
• Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
Here to help
The professionals here at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm are no strangers to fire damage in both residential and commercial properties. We can be reached anytime around the clock at 972-668-3117 be out at the affected area within 4 hours.
We Mean Business
When it comes to retail property, we mean business. Your store’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, you need trained and trustworthy professionals. SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm has been helping retail and commercial businesses since 2009.
If a disastrous fire, flood or mold problem closes your doors, the price tag of lost revenue can add up quickly. Your local SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm understands the urgency of minimizing business interruptions while keeping recovery costs low. By providing 24-hour emergency response and cleanup and restoration services, as well as expert cleaning services that reach beyond the range of your janitorial staff, it is the job of your local SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm will get you back in business quickly and with minimal interruption to you or your customers.
• Small Office Buildings
• Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
• Apartment Buildings
• Small Retail Stores
• Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
• High-Rise Residential
• Manufacturing & Industrial
Within one hour from notice of loss , A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
Within four hours of loss notification, A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person by a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm is available 24 hours a day to restore your property so we can get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events.
Next time your business is in need of cleanup or restoration, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Prosper/Little Elm at 972-668-3117.
anytime around the clock and we will make it.
Like it never even happened.®