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Fire Evacuation Routes

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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DID YOU KNOW? According to the CDC, nearly ten people die in a fire daily. An additional 46 people are injured each day, and the total cost of these injuries is believed to be an estimated $7.5 billion annually. A fire-specific emergency action plan is one of the simplest ways to save lives if a fire breaks out in your facility.

Where are some physical requirements for fire prevention?

  • Number of exits: OSHA states that a typical workplace must have a minimum of 2 exits. Every community-based organization is different in its size and design and therefore could be different needs, but overall, it will most likely need 2 viable exits
  • An exit route: this route must be a permanent part of the workplace. Each exit must lead directly outside and be big enough to accommodate the building's occupants. It’s important that all exits are unlocked from the inside at all times. (NOTE: Doors should swing out in the direction of the exit)
  • Provide proper lighting for exits
  • Post signs along the exit routes provide proper directions of travel. Ask yourself, “Would a lost and scared child be able to find an exit?” “Would a visit with bad eyesight be able to find the exit?”

Once everyone is safe and out of the building call 911 from the safe spot and once cleared by the fire department you may go back into the building. After the commotion, you may now call the ones to help with the rest of the damage. SERVPRO. SERVPRO will help with your insurance claim, clean-up, and restoration process. The whole works!

Types of Water: Gray Water, Black Water and White Water

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Gray water may sound like something worth reusing, but what's in it exactly? Why don’t we draw the line between gray and black, to break it down. 

The main difference between the two is that black water has come into contact with fecal matter. Fecal matter is a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens. This waste doesn't break down and decompose in water fast or effectively enough for use in domestic irrigation without the risk of contamination.

Gray water, on the other hand, has not come into contact with solid human waste. This greatly decreases the risk of disease and increases the speed at which it can be broken down and safely reabsorbed into an active garden or lawn.

The line between white and gray, however, comes down to a number of possible additions made in the acts of washing, bathing, cooking, and cleaning. Unlike white water, gray water may contain soap particles, fat, and oil from cooking, hair, and even flakes of human skin. The exact contents of gray water depend heavily on the household producing it, so if you want to start reusing your gray water, you have to start regulating exactly what you send down the drain.

If you suffer from water damage in which you have gray or black water in your home call the professionals immediately. We will set up an inspection asap to get a technician out to your home and determine what category is in your home so we can start working on the mitigation process next!

Don’t wait to call SERVPRO of East Mission and South Edinburg for more information on our available services when it comes to black & gray water extraction.

Apartment Fire's 101

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Nothing says that you’re in the valley like a fresh burger cooked on the grill. However, we all know how grills can pose a large fire risk, especially for apartment buildings. DID YOU KNOW? On average, 7900 fires occur every year due to gas grills. (July is a peak month for fires)

Many of these dangerous fires start when grills are used on balconies or patios on an upper level of a building allowing the fire to quickly spread throughout the building.

Apartment managers/ owners may follow these fire prevention tips:

-Include a section in the lease stating: “occupants shall not store grill or deep fry inside the dwelling unit, on a deck or patio of a dwelling unit or within 10 feet of any combustible material”

- During the summertime, post grill rules in the common spaces of the building to remind tenants

- Ensure that no grills are being stored on balconies, patios decks, or porches. Grills are often used where they are stored.

- If possible, provide a designated grilling area for tenants to use that’s far away from the building and any other combustibles.

If you DO experience a grilling fire in your apartment complex and the fire department has cleared your building for entrance you may call SERVPRO who can help you with the insurance claim, clean-up, and restoration process. We stand by your side through the hardest part of the comeback and we promise to provide you with a great job done.

Why you should choose SERVPRO

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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We cover your entire recovery. We don’t just restore the immediate damage left behind in the wake of a disaster, we take over your entire project.

That means we will talk with your insurance agent and help with claims, pack your belongings and even tarp your roof if you need it. We want to offer every bit of assistance you need and make your restoration as painless and easy as possible.

Regardless of the kind of disaster you experience, SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg has you covered. We have years of experience and training, along with industry-leading equipment, to get your property cleaned up faster. You will be back in your home and back to your life before you even know it.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Why SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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We cover your entire recovery. We don’t just restore the immediate damage left behind in the wake of a disaster, we take over your entire project.

That means we will talk with your insurance agent and help with claims, pack your belongings and even tarp your roof if you need it. We want to offer every bit of assistance you need and make your restoration as painless and easy as possible.

Regardless of the kind of disaster you experience, SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg has you covered. We have years of experience and training, along with industry-leading equipment, to get your property cleaned up faster. You will be back in your home and back to your life before you even know it.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Choose SERVPRO for Your Restoration | SERVPRO® of East Mission & South Edinburg

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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We are small business owners like so many of you, and we understand how difficult the day-to-day of running a company can be. Working on a never-ending to-do list while you try to make your business successful is stressful enough, so the last thing you want to handle is a disruptive natural disaster.

You may not be able to prevent a disaster, and sometimes they can’t even be predicted, but you can prepare yourself for one. And we know that disasters don’t just strike businesses, so that means being prepared at home as well.

In order to get yourself ready, you should start by creating an emergency plan.

The American Red Cross has a great website that can help you get a wide range of knowledge on a multitude of natural disasters that happen across the Nation.

Once you have a good overview of events that are possible, seek out more location-specific information for the most common natural disasters that happen here in Texas. The Texas division of emergency management is a great place to visit for statewide information, and Cameron County’s website will have localized information that will be helpful before, during, and after a disaster.

Whether damage strikes your home or your business, the faster you are able to respond, the less severe your losses will be. That is why you want SERVPRO as your choice of restoration professionals.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We have availability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The most important part of any damage restoration project is timing. The faster the response, the more of your property can be saved.

When water enters a home, the damage to soft furnishings, fabrics, and painted surfaces is immediate. When water is left to sit, mold and mildew will begin to form which could eventually affect the structure of your home. That is why you can call SERVPRO 24⁄7 to get things started quickly.

Develop a disaster recovery plan for your business

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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A business impact analysis should be developed to identify what an operation must do to protect itself in the face of a natural disaster. Large corporations often hire risk managers to handle this task and some companies hire consultants with expertise in disaster planning and recovery to assist them with their plans. But small businesses can do the analysis and planning on their own.

Your business disaster plan:

Set up an emergency response plan and train employees to carry it out. Make sure employees know who to notify about the disaster and what measures to take to preserve life and limit property losses.

Write out each step of the plan and assign responsibilities to employees in clear and simple language. Practice the procedures set out in the emergency response plan with regular, scheduled drills.

Compile a list of important phone numbers and addresses. Make sure you can get in touch with key people after the disaster. The list should include local and state emergency management agencies, major clients, contractors, suppliers, realtors, financial institutions, insurance agents, and insurance company claim representatives.

Decide on a communication strategy to prevent loss of customers. Post notices outside your premises; contact clients by phone, email, or regular mail; place a notice in the local newspapers.

Consider the things you may need initially during the emergency. Do you need a backup source of power? Do you have a backup communications system?

Human resources. Protect employees and customers from injury on the premises. Consider the possible impact a disaster will have on your employees' ability to return to work and how customers can return to the shop or receive goods or services.

Physical resources. Inspect your business' physical plant(s) and assess the impact a disaster would have on facilities. Make sure your plans conform to local building code requirements.

Business continuity. Even if your business escapes a disaster, there is still a risk that the business could suffer significant losses due to the inability of suppliers to deliver goods or services or a reduction in customers. Businesses should communicate with their suppliers and markets (especially if they are selling to a business as a supplier) about their disaster preparedness and recovery plans so that everyone is prepared.

Protect your building. If you own the structure that houses your business, integrates into your plan disaster protection for the building and the contents. Consider the financial impact if your business shuts down as a result of the disaster. What would be the impact for a day, a week, or an entire revenue period?

Keep duplicate records. Back up computerized data files regularly and store them off-premises. Keep copies of important records and documents in a safe deposit box and make sure they're up to date.

Identify critical business activities and the resources to support them. If you cannot afford to shut down your operations temporarily, determine what you need to run the business elsewhere.

Find alternative facilities, equipment, and supplies, and locate qualified contractors. Consider a reciprocity agreement with another business. Try to get an advance commitment from at least one contractor to respond to your needs.

Protect computer systems and data. Data storage firms offer offsite backups of computer data that can be updated regularly.

Back to School Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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When August starts, the first thing that pops into my head is BACK TO SCHOOL! Going back to school means the are kiddos leaving the comfort of their safe HOME bubble to go back into their daily routine. How can we make you feel comfortable as you prepare to send off the little ones back to school? By offering our 24/7 disinfection services to not just residential homes but commercial businesses as well, that includes INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS!

We’ve had the privilege of working with many local RGV schools ranging from elementary to high schools and from colleges to private schools as well! Not only does this service provide the workers a safe environment but allows parents and students to feel comfortable as our children begin to adjust to their back-to-school routine.

FEEL CONFIDENT as you walk into a business or school and see our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned emblem outside the front door or window! Should you want more information on our availability to schedule your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Service calls us 24/7 at 956-585-3433.

Why Cheaper Isn’t Better in Air Duct Cleaning

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Everyone likes and wants a “great deal” no matter what we’re buying! We will even go through lengths of research to try to find the best deal. I mean who doesn’t love to save a dollar or 2, am I right? There are some events though when we choose the cheaper route and we end up regretting the job done. But, HEY, you get what you paid for right?

In the HVAC duct cleaning business, that price difference can be a huge difference when performing services. Before making a hiring decision for your commercial air duct cleaning you want to ask the correct questions.

  • How does the cleaning process work?
  • What kind of equipment do they have?
  • Are the technicians certified or have proper training?
  • How long does the process take?

All of these questions will get you a better idea of what exactly the company has to offer and how educated they are in the field itself. Take into mind that a proper cleaning in an average house with one furnace unit should take between 4-6 hours nothing less.

Cheap air duct prices? Buyer BEWARE! Call your local SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg to get more information on our available 24/7 services to call us at 956-585-3433 to schedule your next inspection with us.

What You Can Do Until Water

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

WATER MITIGATION Call 956-585-3433 for more information on how to schedule your first inspection with SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg!

It’s crazy how 1 untreated pipe leak can lead to a more serious water damage problem within hours! SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg is just a call away, being locally owned and operated our fast onsite response will leave you speechless.

But what do you do in the meantime that we arrive? After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Remember to count on your local restoration company SERVPRO of East Mission & South Edinburg to restore your home/business, “Like it never even happened.” Call 24/7 at 956-585-3433 to speak to an admin and schedule your first inspection with us.