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What You Need To Know About Lead Paint

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

General What You Need To Know About Lead Paint This is what old lead paint looks like. It will chip and peel the older it gets.

It's The Law!




  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by the EPA. These firms also must use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work procedures.


    According to EPA requirements (40 CFR Part 745) contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:


    Contain the work area.


    Maintain dust.


    Clean up thoroughly.


    A few ways that you can protect your family from lead in your Pre-1978 are listed below:



  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipped paint

  • Clean up paint chip immediately.

  • Regularly clean floors, window-sills, and other surfaces. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.

  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.

  • Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often.

  • Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces

  • Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines, which helps protect children from the effects of lead.

  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.


Your local SERVPRO of Fort Worth Professionals have been trained and certified to follow lead-safe work practices while performing renovation and repair projects in your area. 


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

Pet and Animal Emergency Disaster Planning

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

General Pet and Animal Emergency Disaster Planning This is Helga which is owned by Al Prieur our Director of Business Development. Yes Helga has a disaster plan!

Pet and Animal Emergency Disaster Planning


We love our pets in the United States to the tune of over 70 million dogs and 80 million cats alone.  In addition people own all sorts of other pets such as birds, fish, horses and reptiles the numbers are enormous.  However when a disaster hits it can be staggering losses for animals.


When Hurricane Katrina Hit it is estimated that tens of thousands of animals died because lack of disaster planning for animals. No one likes to see pets on the nightly news reports who perished from a disaster when it can be prevented.  As a nation we spend billions of dollars on our pets to take care of them but the one thing we don’t do is spend the time to create a disaster plan for our pets.  


Most home owners are preparing their homes and families to face disasters against tornadoes, floods, and other catastrophic events that we never ask ourselves what will happen to our pets during these situations. Our pets are going through the same disaster as we are and will need help getting through it.


Here are the things you need to do for your pets before a disaster.


Have your dog or cat micro chipped or wearing an identification tag


Have a copy of your pet’s medical records and medications available


Know where your pet is going in case you are unable to take it with you to a shelter. You can arrange with relatives, animal shelters and if taking it to a hotel with you call hotels first to see who takes in pets. To find pet friendly lodging click on Dogfriendly.com


Have a safe room in your home that you can put emergency supplies in advance for your pets.


According to Ready.gov if you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!  Confine your pet to a safe area inside – Never leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in visible area advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and phone number of your vet.


Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes if they can’t go outside


If your water is shut off feed animals moist or canned food they will drink less water


If electricity goes out in the summer in sweltering heat your pet could over heat. Find out where there are cooling shelters ahead of time. If its winter don’t let fur coats fool you cats and dogs can freeze with no heat. Birds and reptiles are very acceptable to cold and heat as well.


If surveying damage at a site make sure your pet is leashed or secured. They could cut or hurt themselves on debris that is laying around.


Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routine as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation.


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! Call us at 817-589-1499

SERVPRO Named to Entrepreneur's Top 10 List

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 13th consecutive year and moves up to the number four spot overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine.* This is the seventh consecutive year SERVPRO has been included in the magazine’s Top 10 list, standing out in a group of more than 951 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list.


SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies “Like it never even happened.” For more information about SERVPRO® of North Richland Hills, contact us at (817) 589-1499 or sp10028@SERVPROnrh.com.

Ladder Safety

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

It is that time of the year again when we adorn our homes with the Christmas spirit. Hanging Christmas lights on our home and trees should be a fun time with the family.  I know our kids hound us every year until we make it happen!  


Every year in November and December thousands of people fill the emergency rooms as a result of poor ladder safety.  


Protect yourself and family this year by following these great tips:


http://onsafety.cpsc.gov/blog/2011/12/03/ladder-safety-101/

Crime Doesn't Pay

9/24/2015 (Permalink)

General Crime Doesn't Pay Before and After of Trailer

Do you have security cameras at your place of business and home? If so, do not rely on them alone.  Our trailer was recently stolen from our fenced and locked parking lot.  In addition, we had a lock on the tongue of our trailer.  All of these security devices still did not prevent theft.  Perhaps it slowed them down or even kept the "honest" thief away, but nonetheless it was still stolen and vandalized.  


Moral of the story.....keep your security devices in place (and add new ones!), but life goes on.  Do not let these small things affect your attitude.