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Reasons Why Your Business Should Use IICRC Firms When Disaster Strikes!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Reasons Why Your Business Should Use IICRC Firms When Disaster Strikes! Our SERVPRO of North Richland Hills team is ready to handle any size commercial loss.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is a IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 817-589-1499

24-Hour Emergency Service

  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

Commercial Water Restoration

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Restoration A water damage at a church youth center caused by recent flooding is in the drying process so the restoration can begin.

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Richland Hills

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

Tips on Preventing Fires

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips on Preventing Fires Make sure this fire damage does not happen to your home or business by always taking fire precautions.

Did you know that house fires account for the majority of disasters that the Red Cross responds to annually? According to the Red Cross the reason is because risk for home fires exist all year long. Statistics given by the Red Cross also show that seven people die in home fires each day in the U.S which is why one of the goals for the Red Cross is to reduce these deaths by 25% by the end of 2019.  

SERVPRO is helping in the effort to help educate home owners and commercial building owners on how to prevent fires

Fire Prevention Tips

  1. Install working smoke alarms and have fire extinguishers on hand
  2. Change out overloaded circuit breakers, panel boxes and fuses
  3. Repair any loose or defective wiring
  4. Dont overload extension cords
  5. Inspect wiring in expoused areas that could have been chewed by pet or insects.
  6. Have your furnace and HVAC checked annually
  7. Have your fireplace cleaned and checked
  8. Do not leave kitchen cooking unattended
  9. Douse grills when done barbequing
  10. Don't have barbeque grills too close to sides of home 
  11. Store flammables in safe area
  12. Plan you escape routes and know where the exits are
  13. Check Natural Gas / LP Gas systems for leaks, faulty pilot lights, gas valves and gas regulators.

If a fire disaster does happen our SERVPRO of North Richland Hills team is ready to help!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. 

Beware of Mold!

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Beware of Mold! If you see MOLD in your home or business call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

Did you know that microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors? This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you suspect Mold in your commercial or residential building call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills. Our professional Mold team can inspect and access your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

When A Water Damage Occurs

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When A Water Damage Occurs Be Prepared When a Water Damage Occurs!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Tarrant County

Our highly trained SERVPRO of North Richland Hills team is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 817-589-1499

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions to help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

 About SERVPRO of North Richland Hills

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. 

Do You Have an Emergency Ready Plan? If not let SERVPRO of North Richland Hills prepare one for you at no charge.

Is your Business Ready For A Disaster?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your Business Ready For A Disaster? SERVPRO Disaster Trailer

When we think of disasters the first thing that comes to mind is earth quakes, storms, fire, floods or a Polar Vortex but if you are a business owner you should know that there is also a new age of disaster such as computer have terms like hacks, computer viruses, or false posts on social media. This is why it is very important to have a Business Continuity Plan

Businesses large or small and Government agencies are under a constant threat that something could happen on any given day that could affect them financially or shut them down permanently. 

As a business owner or facility manager you should be asking yourself am I prepared to stay in business and how quick can I open my facility after a disaster hits? According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 40% of businesses that face a major catastrophic event will not recover will that be your business? A business continuity plan could be your answer.

A business continuity plan is different than a disaster plan in such that a disaster plan is how to survive at that moment and the safety of your employees. The continuity plan is how will the business or facility resume operations, service customers, fulfill contracts and stay in business after the disaster.

To develop a business continuity plan it takes leadership and a team of professionals. The game of what ifs has to be played with your team so that your plan will have maximum effectiveness. Having a Business Continuity plan is one of the most important things you can create for your business or facility. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills can help you with the first piece of the plan by doing our part in creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business or facility.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 817-589-1499

For more information click on ready.gov for more information on how to protect your business.

Tips on Preventing a Water Damage

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips on Preventing a Water Damage Commercial Water Damage

Water damage to your home or business can happen at any time, day or night. There are numerous sources that can cause a water damage such as leaky bathrooms, broken pipes, rainwater, faulty washing machine hoses, refrigerator ice lines and frozen pipes. We have put together a few tips that may help you prevent a water damage from happening. Knowledge is the best policy to help you prevent loss.

Putting a stop on leaks, drips and clogs

  1. Make sure to turn off the water supply before you leave for an extended length of time.
  2. Check the seal and caulking in your shower and tub area a few times per year to make sure there is no cracking or discoloration. If cracking and discoloration is noticed, it’s time to replace your caulking.
  3. Washing Machine: Check your washing machine hose every 3 to 6 months. Look for cracks, leaks and check to see if it looks brittle or deteriorated. If any signs are found you should replace hose immediately.
  4. If you plan to be away from your home or business for an extended length of time, it is a good idea to shut off the water supply to your washing machine, toilets, sinks and refrigerator.
  5. Icemaker: Inspect your ice maker line for cracks or leaks. If there is inflexibility or discoloring, this can lead to a burst or broken line. You should have this replaced immediately
  6. It is a good idea to inspect and replace all worn fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water.

Protecting pipes in the winter: 

  1. Shut off and drain the water supply to outside faucets and detach and drain all gardening hoses.
  2. Wrap pipes located nearest exterior walls with pipe insulation or heating tape.
  3. Let faucets drip to prevent pipes from freezing. If a pipe bursts, turn off the main water supply and leave the faucet open until repairs are completed.
  4. When away from home in the lower temperatures, be careful how much you lower the heat. There could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes.

Everyone knows that if you are a home or business owner, chances are that you or someone you know will experience some type of water damage. So, the questions is not if this will happen to you or someone you know, but how you will handle the situation when a disaster strikes?

When your home or business is under water, every minute counts! Our highly trained SERVPRO of North Richland Hills team is ready to respond quickly, professionally and efficiently to your water loss 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com.

Tips for Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage Water Damage Caused By Air Conditioners

Summer is right around the corner and that means 100-degree weather if you live in Texas and air conditions running all day and night. While most people enjoy keeping their home or business cool and comfortable indoors throughout summer they don’t realize that air conditioners can sometimes cause a water damage if not properly maintained.

Did you know an air conditioning system can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily when working at peak efficiency? Normally the water will drain off the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system but if the drain becomes clogged and the unit produces more water than it can handle, the water will overflow and can lead to damaged floors and carpeting. If not noticed it can also cause mold growth.

Although a clogged drain line is often the major source of creating water damage there are other causes such as excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running round the clock in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view water damage can be occurring daily and accumulating into hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage.

 1.Make sure to change the air filter every month. By changing the air filter monthly, it gives you the opportunity to check whether there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Making sure that the AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking and causing freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage.

 2. It is important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.

 3. When installing an AC condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight an up and down direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit.

 4. Consider having a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch which will automatically shut down the power to an AC unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.

By following the four steps listed, you can help reduce the chances of water damage. If a water damage does occur SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to help get your home or business dry. Call us at 817-589-1499 or go to our website at www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com

Facts about Tornadoes

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Facts about Tornadoes The aftermath of a Texas tornado

Spring is here and with it comes the blooming flowers, nice weather and the threat of tornadoes. Although tornadoes can happen anytime throughout the year however there are 3 months when they more likely to occur: April, May and June, a transition time when unsettled weather is more likely to occur.  

Tornadoes often appear with little warning and possess strong winds that can cause serious damage and according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory you don't have to live in Tornado Alley to experience a tornado, around 1,200 tornadoes touch down across the United States each year so preparation and understanding your risk is key.

Here are four things you need to know about tornadoes and tornado season:

1.Tornadoes can happen anywhere, any time of year.

When people think of tornadoes they often associate them occurring in Central Texas, Oklahoma and other Great Plains states commonly known as Tornado Alley but tornadoes happen outside this area every year and, in fact, they can happen all over the world anytime the conditions are right.

2.The difference between tornado watches and warnings.

Many people are not aware of the difference in a tornado watch and a tornado warning, but the difference between the two is simple:

A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather such as thunderstorms in an area could produce tornadoes but it does not mean that a tornado will occur, it simply means you should be alert and pay attention to weather updates.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your area or that the storm circulation seen on Doppler radar may produce a tornado. You should seek shelter now. Even though there is a chance that the tornado will miss you or that one won't form, it is always best to be safe.

Remember if there's a tornado watch, you should keep watching the weather. If a warning is issued, that’s your warning to take shelter.

3. Never open your windows and doors or take shelter under an overpass.

While there are many good safety tips on tornadoes there are some that can put you in danger instead of making you safer. Here are two safety tips you should know:

Do not open your windows or doors during a tornado. It will not help, it just makes it easier for debris to fly through the open windows into your house.

If you are on the road during a tornado try to get inside a building as soon as possible. Do not stop and take shelter under a bridge. Taking shelter under a bridge or overpass if you're on the road is very dangerous. The winds from a tornado could blow you out from underneath or the structure could collapse on top of you.

4. Tornado season can't be forecasted.

Unlike hurricane season, there is not a forecast for the whole of tornado season, though various large-scale atmospheric patterns, such as the El Niño-La Niña cycle, can affect how a tornado season plays out. Tornado season starts roughly in April and is at its most active from May to June, but there have been many tornado outbreaks through the year so there is not a clear pattern. While some tornado seasons start out busy, they can diminish gradually and stop while some seasons have been known to be the exact opposite.

The only effective thing a forecaster can say is when and where a given storm system is likely to produce tornadoes with the next few days or hours, then watch for signs of them on radar or for spotters to see one on the ground and send a warning that generally only amounts to a few minutes. Those few minutes can be crucial so if you're under a tornado warning, pay attention.

After a storm passes the damage done to your home or commercial building can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help. Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Summer Grilling Safety

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Safety Structure fire caused by grilling to close to the structure.

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. A time for family and friends to get together and BBQ but even for a seasoned griller it can be dangerous.

The NFPA explains, “Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average 83% of home fires in 2009-2013, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average 13% of home fires.”

  • These 8,900 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires.
  • The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean, having the grill too close

Knowing general summer grilling safety tips will help ensure you and your family understand the precautions to take.

10 safety grilling tips put together by SERVPRO of North Richland Hills:

  1. Whether you are an experienced griller or a beginner always read the owner’s manual. This will ensure a proper installation and usage.
  2. Grilling should always be for outside use only. Open flames and smoke need to be properly ventilated and should always be placed outside.
  3. Place grills away from homes and structures.  Wind can blow sparks that can quickly ignite structures causing damage.
  4. Make sure to place your grill on a stable surface.  Each leg of the grill should be on equal plane to ensure coals and flames stay within the grill.
  5. Use proper grilling accessories. Long handled utensils will make sure that your hands and arms are properly protected from open flames reducing the chances of being burned.
  6. When grilling try to tie back loose shirts or aprons so that they don’t get caught in the wind or catch sparks from the flame. If possible buy flame retardant mitts and aprons to ensure safety.
  7. It is very important to know how to control a fire. If a flare up does occur remove food if possible or use a fire extinguisher or a garden hose. Sand will help if you don’t have access to an extinguisher or garden hose.
  8. Always pay attention and be aware of your grill. Setting timers for each type of food and never leaving the grill unattended can prevent old grease and oil from flaring up if left unnoticed.
  9. Purchase a splash mat to place under your grill. This will prevent sparks or hot oil from falling onto areas such as your deck. Hot grease can easily start fires if not properly handled.
  10. Explain to young children grilling safety. Allowing them to play or sit around a hot grill can cause danger to them.

Following these easy grilling safety tips can help prevent fires and ensure your spring and summer grilling is safe and fun.

If a structure fire does occur SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to help 365 day a year, 24 hours a day. For more information call 817-589-1499 or go to our website at www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com