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The Importance of Supporting Insurance Adjusters and Their Clients Efficiently

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

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The Importance of Supporting Insurance Adjusters and Their Clients Efficiently

If you have experienced a disaster, chances are you are feeling overwhelmed, and may not know where to start. While you may understand that you need assistance during this time, you may not realize just how much the right help can make a difference. If you live in Spicewood, TX, and have experienced a disaster, here are some things to keep in mind. 

1. Quick Response Makes a Difference
Whether you are an insurance adjuster or a client of one, getting a quick response during a disaster can make a significant difference in how straightforward it will be to repair any damage that has been done to a property. SERVPRO can help ensure that there is a quick response to a variety of disaster situations, and better storm damage repair services overall.

2. A Supported Insurance Adjuster Can Work More Efficiently
There can be a lot of information to obtain when there has been a disaster, there can also be many processes to undertake. While these things are important to do for an insurance adjuster, they can also take time. When an adjuster is supported and has the help they need they will be better able to complete their tasks more quickly, which can mean more efficient repairs for a property owner. 

3. Clients Have Better Outcomes With Quick Service
During a disaster, damage can escalate quickly, whether it is fire or water, or storm damage. Being able to get an insurance claim sent in in a timely manner can mean quicker storm damage repair service, and less damage to fix overall. This can also mean that the property owner can get back on track in a shorter time frame, as well. 
If you have experienced a disaster, you are likely feeling a lot of stress. The good news is, though, that there are ways you can help ensure that you are taken care of in a more timely manner so that you can get your life back on track. 

Commercial Roof Upkeep

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial Roof Maintenance

If you are a Spicewood, TX, business owner, you probably take a lot of pride in maintaining your business. Protecting it against roof damage is one way that you can show others how much you care about your company. Here are some tips to remember to keep your proof in its best shape all year.

1. Consider waterproofing. There are several options for waterproofing materials that seal your roof and protect it from sunlight, rain and other causes of cracks. Many can be used without professional help and are fairly easy to apply.

2. Complete some landscape work. Trees and branches can lead to wind damage or damaging debris if they are hanging too far over the roof. You do not want to run the risk of a fallen tree damaging your business and causing safety hazards. Get professional landscaping help if needed to keep your plants safely trimmed.

3. Make inspections a regular routine. Your roof should be given a thorough inspection by whoever knows the most about it at least twice each year. Damaged drainage pipes, cracks and other roof damage red flags should be addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid a complete roof rebuild.

4. Know where to get help. If the worst case scenario occurs and you are left with damage in the aftermath of a Spicewood, TX, storm, local commercial storm damage restoration specialists should be able to help you figure out a cleanup and repair plan to get your business back in the shape it was before the bad weather hit. If you need immediate help, there are many teams that are available to arrive on a 24/7 basis for emergency cleaning.

No one wants to think about the bad things that could happen to their commercial building, but taking care of your property before something urgent occurs can help you prevent any excessive roof damage from occurring in the future.

Fire Prevention Tasks for Your Business

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler Having a fire sprinkler system will provide fire protection for your business.

Work to Prevent Fires in Your Business

A fire can cause severe damage to business equipment, materials, and structures. As a business owner, focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and staff education can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Here are three tips to help:

Assess the risk of fire hazards : The National Fire Protection Association offers handbooks and other publications on the fire safety code in place for businesses. Have a local fire marshal visit to assist you in creating a plan or give you an assessment. Some local governments offer this. Ask your building’s property manager to give you a workplace fire risk assessment, if a marshal isn’t available.

Have fire protection equipment : Having an automatic sprinkler system in place will provide primary fire protection for your business.

Standard fire safety practices require smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor. Multipurpose extinguishers are the best bet, dousing most small fires with ease, without shorting out your electronics.

Protect your people : Employees are your most important business asset. Follow these tips to prevent injuries:

  • Fire Plan : Make sure your employees know what to do, where to find the evacuation protocol, and to call 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. 
  • Evacuation Plan : In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Do not include elevators in the evacuation plan; use the stairs instead. 
  • First Aid : In case of fire injuries, keep a first aid kit where most hazards will occur, such as a kitchen, and ensure your employees are familiar with the locations of all first aid kits.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis /NW Austin. We’ll respond immediately to get you back to business, “Like it never even happened.”

What an IICRC Certification Means to You

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

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What an IICRC Certification Means to You

When your insurance client in Anderson Mill, TX, has damage to a home or business due to flooding or fire, you need a professional who is certified according to rigorous standards. SERVPRO is certified by IICRC, standing for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It's a certification you can trust.
The mission of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is to establish globally recognized standards for inspection and cleaning as well as restoration. Only the most highly trained and skilled experts can be certified by this group.

The Benefits of IICRC Certification
Certified technicians are rigorously prepared and take continuing education to ensure they provide the best services possible. They have the skills necessary to handle hazardous jobs safely and efficiently. Certified businesses work hard to earn and maintain the trust their clients have come to expect. SERVPRO restoration specialists are Here to Help.
SERVPRO provides the highest standards of restoration and cleaning by providing the following training programs for employees:

Employee certification training in the restoration of damages caused by fire and water.
Training in cleaning carpets and upholstery.
Continuing education for insurance agents and insurance adjusters as well as SERVPRO professionals and real estate agents in areas of emergency mitigation. Those who complete this course can earn a mitigation certificate.
Web-based continuing education that's self-paced for those who have taken any of SERVPRO's other courses.
Certification training in inspection and cleaning as well as restoration.

SERVPRO is certified by the IICRC to offer year-round classes on restoration and cleaning topics including fire and water restoration and applied structural drying.
When you need a professional restoration company to help your client recover from damages, trust those who have the education and experience and who are certified as the best in the industry. That way, your client's property will be good as new.

How To Fix a Sewage Backup in Your Bathtub

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Severe flood in the bathroom. Water on the bathroom floor A sewer backup can damage your home if left unattended.

How to Address a Bathtub Sewage Backup

It’s a problem you as a homeowner in Spicewood, TX, never want to face – sewer backup into your shower or bathtub. How does it happen? You may flush your toilet one day and notice the drain is slower than normal and then the next time you flush, the waste and water suddenly appear in your bathtub. Since the problem is hidden deep inside your plumbing pipes, you may not know how to handle the situation. Here are four helpful hints.

1. Assess the Situation
Turn the water valve to the toilet off to ensure it doesn’t get flushed again. Then, although it sounds unpleasant, look to see what type of bathtub backup has blown up through the pipes with the sewage. Check for dirt, rocks, or plant roots because it could mean a broken sewer line in addition to a clogged line.

2. Contact a Professional
You may be tempted to try and fix the sewer backup with the help of a plunger, but if the clog is serious enough to completely block the line, you probably need the advice of a water mitigation technician. He or she has access to tools such as cameras and line-snakes that can often open the blocked line quickly to prevent further flooding.

3. Clean the Area
Once the line is open, and the water is running free, the water specialist can begin cleaning the area to remove the residue that is still inside the bathtub after the liquid drained back out. Most experts use the help of a specially designed vacuum.

4. Disinfect the Tub
The last step in the sewage cleanup process is generally to disinfect the area to keep your family safe. The technician knows which cleaner and disinfectant to use in the cleanup to fight the bacteria and germs associated with sewage problems.
A sewer backup can damage your home if left unattended. However, with the help of a water technician, the situation can quickly be remedied.

How To Take Care of a Furnace Flood

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

furnace flood Safety risks in your commercial property can result from unattended water damage from a furnace flood.

How to Handle a Flood from a Furnace

You do everything right to keep your business facility in prime condition. Then a pipe breaks, flooding the basement, including the furnace. What can you do to keep further damage from occurring? Follow this simple guide to take care of a furnace flood in your Anderson Mill, TX, business.

1. Stay Safe
Always put safety first by evacuating the premises if it's unsafe. Contact a licensed emergency plumber to identify and fix the broken pipe. Then call a water remediation company to help you remove water and dry out soaked structures and appliances. They can also examine appliances to determine the level of repairs they need.

2. Shut Off Water and Power
While you wait for the cavalry to arrive, shut off water to the facility. Prevent electric shock hazards by cutting off power to flooded areas if it's safe for you to do so. Stay away from any areas contaminated with sewage, which could contain hazardous waste.

3. Get the Flooded Furnace Inspected
Schedule a licensed professional to inspect the furnace before using it after the flood. The furnace may appear fine outwardly yet still contain damaged interior components. Additionally, water trapped inside the furnace could result in mold formation. If you try to use a damaged furnace, it may lead to the following problems:

  • Carbon monoxide emissions
  • Gas leaks
  • Fires
  • Mold spore circulation

4. Prevent Furnace Flood Hazards
An inspection will determine how much maintenance work your furnace needs. Minor maintenance could include cleaning air ducts and changing air filters. Complete replacement of the furnace could be necessary if it sustained too much damage. Some water remediation agencies offer furnace maintenance packages that include filter replacement and air duct cleaning.
Unresolved water damage from a furnace flood can cause safety hazards in your commercial facility. Use this guide to return your business to normal operations safely.

3 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires in Your Home

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

cigarette on ashtray Cigarette butts and ashes should be disposed of in a deep ashtray set on a sturdy surface.

Prevent Cigarette Fires in Your Home

One of the biggest causes of residential fires is cigarettes. Smokers and nonsmokers alike can be put at risk of a cigarette fire if proper precaution is not taken. Here are three ways you can prevent one of these fires from sparking in your Steiner Ranch, TX, home.

1. Smoke Outside
The easiest way to keep a cigarette fire from starting inside the home is to always smoke outdoors. Doing so not only keeps your home's contents safe from the ignited cigarette but also eliminates the buildup of smoke and its odor indoors, which often requires home odor removal professionals to strip the home of its stench.

2. Be Mindful of What Could Cause an Ashtray Fire
Ashtray fires are always a possibility if you smoke inside your home. Cigarette butts and ashes should be disposed of in a deep ashtray set on a sturdy surface. Keep ashtrays off of beds or couches, as they can catch on fire easily if the tray were to tip over with burning material in it. When it comes time to empty your ashtray, practice proper smoking and fire cleanup. Always make sure the materials are cooled, then wet with water before throwing the butts and ash in the trash.

3. Use ”Fire-safe” Cigarettes
Cigarettes that have been produced with two to three bands of less porous paper have been dubbed "fire-safe," as the bands act to slow down and then extinguish the burning of a cigarette. This option provides a better sense of safety if a lit cigarette were left unattended, though it should always be put out and placed in a proper receptacle to fully prevent a cigarette fire.

While cigarette fires are common, they are also easily preventable. Smoking outside, using a sturdy ashtray and knowing how to safely discard its contents as well as using "fire-safe" cigarettes can greatly reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home.

Storms: Prepare Your Home

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

Hand cleaning a gutter with leaves Keep your gutters and drains clean.

Storm Preparedness

Are you worried about the damage that flood water from an Anderson Mill, TX, storm could cause to your house? There are a few actions that you can take to defend your home against these powerful weather events:

1. Install a sump pump. A battery-operated model is ideal, as it can be used during power outages. A sump pump can be a very good defense against excess water that can lead to a flooded building.

2. Get flood insurance. Did you know that your homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover floods? If you do not already have flood insurance, now is the time to consider purchasing it. If you have forgotten to renew your policy, you will want to do so before a storm hits.

3. Use check valves. Installing check valves around your house can be a relatively simple way to prevent flood water from becoming an issue. They prevent reverse water flow and are automatic, so you do not have to operate them by hand in order to prevent flooding.

4. Clean gutters and drains. Many homeowners forget to clean their drains and gutters, which can lead to water backup outside and inside your home. Complete regular inspections and clean any buildup that you find. Scheduling periodic checks can help you keep your home in the best shape to prevent floods year-round.

Remember that no matter how hard you try to protect your home, there is still always a possibility of storm-related destruction. Fortunately, water damage restoration specialists in the Anderson Mill, TX, area can usually arrive on the scene - often on a 24-hour emergency basis - and survey any damage from flood water that has occurred. They can also put together and typically initiate a cleanup plan that will give you the best chances of restoring your property and possibly even salvaging your water-logged belongings. Storms are scary, and damage from them is even scarier. Help ease your own mind by planning ahead and knowing where to turn for help if it should be needed.

Steps to Putting Out a Grease Fire

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Burned kitchen Kitchen fire in Steiner Ranch, TX.

How to Extinguish a Grease Fire in Steps

A fire in your Steiner Ranch, TX, home could result in terrible consequences. Fires can start in many ways. often, they start in the kitchen, where they can quickly spread from there. A grease fire is a common culprit. But putting out this type of fire requires a different approach than other fires. If you take the wrong steps, you could end up doing more harm than good. 

1. Cover the Flames and Turn Off the Heat
Unlike other fires, you don't want to throw water on a grease fire. Your first reaction should be to cover it up. Find a metal lid or a cookie sheet and cover the pan or burner on which the fire is burning. Doing this should smother the flames successfully. Also, remove the heat source, such as turning off the burner or gas. 

2. Use a non-Water Agent to Put Out the Fire
If covering the fire doesn't work, another option is to put salt or baking soda on it. The chemical makeup of these substances can effectively extinguish the fire. However, don't use other household products such as flour or baking powder. You will not get the same result; in fact, these may only spread the fire. 

3. Use a Fire Extinguisher
If you have one handy, use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Make sure you know how to use this device. Only use it if other methods have been unsuccessful. 

4. Call the Authorities for Fire Extinguishing and Fire Cleanup
In some cases with grease fires, you may not be able to put it out by covering or using a fire extinguisher or baking soda. If the fire spreads beyond your control, leave the room, shut the door, if applicable, and call 911. 
Following these steps should be able to eliminate a grease fire. You can also rely on fire restoration professionals to do any cleanup or rebuilding in your home. 

Top 3 Tips To Prevent Accidental Fire Sprinkler Discharge

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

red head of a fire sprinkler Sprinkler maintenance prevents unwanted discharges or leaks.

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

Sprinkler maintenance can benefit your Jester Estates, TX, business in various ways, including the prevention of accidental activation. While sprinklers can extinguish or control fires, they can also destroy any furniture and equipment. Although a water remediation company can handle the situation, you can avoid the problem entirely with the following maintenance tips. 

1. Avoid Extreme Temperatures
A common cause of the accidental discharge is the presence of heat near the sprinklers. Exposure to skylights, active appliances, and cooking equipment can unintentionally trigger the system. Possible solutions include increasing the distance between the two and upgrading the sprinklers to activate at higher temperatures. Cold temperatures can expand the water inside the pipes, increase the pressure and ultimately break them. You can prevent these leaks by installing insulation, using a heat trace system, and draining the pipes yearly.  

2. Prevent Damage to Fire Sprinklers
Another part of sprinkler maintenance that can prevent an unwanted release is the protection from physical damage. Although sprinkler heads are designed to be tough and resistant to most elements, they can still be vulnerable to physical damage. They can be struck by tools, equipment or other objects. Teach your employees about the consequences of water damage so they can avoid impacting these devices. Talk to your provider about installing cages or guards that can protect the sprinklers.

3. Get Professional Installation or Repair
Due to the complexities of the sprinkler system and its components, it should be handled by experienced technicians. Whether the pieces were damaged during transportation or after a flawed installation process, the errors can cause the water to release involuntarily. Repair attempts by anyone with no experience can also result in damage. Ensure that only the fire department or trained professionals handle the system. 
Sprinkler maintenance not only keeps the heads and pipes working as intended but also prevents unwanted discharges or leaks. These devices can suppress or put out fires properly instead of damaging your commercial property further.