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Keeping the Kitchen Fire Free

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

Photo of a pan on fire on the stove. Kitchen fires are the leading cause of residential damage. Practice safety when cooking with your oven and microwave.

According to the US Fire Administration, kitchen incidents caused most residential fires in 2019. We can’t stress enough how important it is that you practice fire safety in the kitchen — especially when it comes to your stovetop and microwave.

Unfortunately, we have seen it many times before; a fire started because someone became careless in the kitchen. In the end, they needed our SERVPRO of Richardson's help to make their kitchens look brand new again. The best way to avoid this is to prevent kitchen fires. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your kitchen fire free. 

Stovetop Fire Safety Tips

Always Be Attentive

The most important thing you should do when handling your stovetop is to make sure you never step away from it when it’s in use. Walking away from a pot or pan while it's cooking increases fire risk.

Always stay in the kitchen whenever you’re cooking and always be attentive.

Be Careful with Cooking Oils

When you’re cooking your next meal with oil, make sure the temperature isn’t too high so the oil doesn’t spatter everywhere. And if you require high temperatures to cook your food, use high smoke point oils (e.g. grapeseed oil).

Microwave Fire Safety Tips

Don’t Cook Items for Too Long

One common mistake a lot of people make is cooking their food in the microwave for too long. When you microwave food items for extended periods of time, the overcooked foods can quickly become a fire hazard.

When microwaving, always read the instructions on the packaged foods you plan on heating up. If you’re microwaving other food items that don’t have instructions, look online for recommended cook times.

No Metals!

Make sure there are no metals whatsoever in your microwave before you cook food. Microwaving metals can cause them to burst and can severely injure people nearby.

Sometimes, people forget that they accidentally left their fork or spoon in the bowl before cooking. So, make sure your plate or bowl is free of metals before being placed in the microwave.

What if a Fire Started?

If a fire has started, try to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher or the fire has gone out of control, quickly exit the premises along with other occupants and call for firefighters. 

Once the fire is out, call for Richardson fire damage restoration services as soon as possible.

Let SERVPRO Help with the Aftermath

After the fire is out, look no further than SERVPRO Richardson for our fire damage restoration services.

For any inquiries, you can call us at (972) 690-1414 or visit our contact page.

When Work Stinks!

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

a women holding her nose We've been helping Richardson businesses with odor removal for over 35 years. Call the experts when fire stinks.

Bad smells can deter your employees and your clients from wanting to enter your business. 

Whether you need Richardson mold remediation services or just general odor removal, you need that stench gone. And believe us when we say that there’s no better business to call than SERVPRO.

With our expertise and professionalism, you can trust your building’s bad smell will be gone in no time. We will use the right methods and solutions to ensure total removal is accomplished.

Oftentimes, that bad smell in your building is the result of mold growth and development. Because most commercial properties have many water pipes that are constantly used, a leak is likely to occur due to overuse. And wherever there is water, mold will probably grow. 

SERVPRO’s Richardson mold remediation services will make sure that such an issue is a thing of the past. When we’re done cleaning and restoring, you’ll be able to occupy a fresh-smelling building once again.

Mold is usually the #1 culprit when it comes to commercial property odors. Water can easily enter a building without you noticing, causing spores to develop and infect the air. But there are other possibilities as well.

Clogs from lunch food or grease from leftovers disposed of in the sink can cause sewage backups to take place. Before you notice the backup, you might smell the odor first, which can linger around for quite some time.

SERVPRO Can Remove That Odor for You. Call Us for Assistance ASAP.

If your commercial building is tainted with a horrid smell that you can’t get rid of, call the professionals at SERVPRO right away. 

SERVPRO has been providing its expert services for 35+ years, making us one of the most experienced restoration and remediation businesses around. When you’re ready, you can call us at (972) 690-1414. Or fill out our online form.

Commercial Fire Hazards

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

A person pulling the fire alarm. Many things can cause commercial fires. Know the risks and who to call.

This article outlines the safety precautions you must take to ensure a safe working environment at your Richardson office. Below are the 5 most common risks to be aware of.

1. Cooking Equipment

The combination of high temperatures, oils and grease, and possible open flames make cooking equipment the most common cause of business fires in the US. For example, figures show that 61 percent of fires in restaurants are caused by cooking equipment. In healthcare facilities, fires cause over $50 billion in property damage a year.

2. Heating Equipment

From November through to March, most Richardson businesses need some form of heating. Without proper maintenance, boilers, furnaces, and radiators could overheat and cause a fire. Unfortunately, 14 percent of fires caused by heating equipment are in industrial or manufacturing properties, with 11 percent being in office properties.

3. Electrical Equipment

Office properties experience the most fires caused by electrical and lighting equipment. If your commercial space is older, then so are your circuits and wiring. These along with faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loads could start a fire. 

4. Smoking Materials

Despite bans on smoking indoors, this is still one of the most common causes of fires in the workplace. Cigars and cigarettes that are not put out properly can light other materials nearby. Again, offices experience more fires caused by smoking materials than any other business property type.

5. Intentional Fires

There is little a business owner can do about intentional fires such as arson, one of the top five fire hazards for businesses. Office properties, healthcare facilities, and restaurants make up 20 percent of intentional fires. But this still isn’t close to the 36 percent of intentional fires set in educational facilities.

Be sure to have your fire equipment regularly checked and keep compliant with Dallas safety codes.

If your commercial property in Richardson has been damaged in a fire, SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Services can restore your property so that it seems as though it never happened. Call us at (972) 690-1414 24/7. 

Here to Help in Richardson

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

graphic with question marks We restore your home or office after fire, water, storm or mold damage.

SERVPRO offers a variety of services to help property owners cope with the aftermath of natural disasters. With a dedicated team of damage restoration experts, our priority is to fix and restore instead of replacing everything and leaving you with a hefty bill.  

Our comprehensive restoration services include: 

Mold remediation

Mold can be stubborn and, if ignored for too long, it has the potential to harm the very foundations of a home. With unique and state-of-the-art microbial remediation methods, SERVPRO restoration teams can remove mold from anywhere. 

But mold remediation alone is not enough. Therefore, we combine our mold remediation services with crucial structural drying.

In addition, we also deploy advanced machinery and devices to detect the source of mold and isolate the area affected using negative air pressure. 

Water damage restoration 

Property damaged by floods and plumbing disasters pose unique challenges we're ready to tackle head-on. SERVPRO helps homeowners repair their houses and fix problems like overflowing toilets, leaking appliances, sinks, tubs, and other water-related damages with our water damage restoration services.

With sophisticated high-tech equipment, we can identify even the tiniest spot of unwanted water and moisture in the house. Then, we make sure it is completely dry before sanitizing and deodorizing the place for a clean and pleasant interior.

Storm damage restoration 

Storms can be devastating for residential and commercial property owners. We are on alert 24/7 - so whether it's hurricanes, heavy winds, snowstorms, wildfires, or heavy rain damaging your property, we'll be there for you

Fire damage restoration 

Fire damage restoration is a daunting task and requires expertise to fix and repair. We begin with an inspection to assess the extent of the fire damage. If needed, we will install a roof tarp and remove any unsalvageable items. We have the solvents and equipment to remove any soot or smoke odor from carpet and furniture. 

Contact us 24/7 for assistance

If you need any restoration services or believe your facility needs an inspection, visit our Richardson franchise or call (972) 690-1414. We'll be more than happy to help.

Call Us 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

man looking at a flooded living room SERVPRO of Richardson is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Richardson 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're Always Ready to Help
Call Today (972)690-1414

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 Richardson 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

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask questions such as these:

  • 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 Richardson

SERVPRO of Richardson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke 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.

Your Meter Can Detect a Leak

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

A water meter Your water meter can help uncover hidden leaks.

Did you know that your water meter can help identify hidden leaks at home?

While some plumbing leaks are obvious, others aren't and can cause extensive damage in your home. Most pipes are behind drywall, which is pleasing to the eye but not conducive to catching leaks.

These hidden issues within our pipes can be the result of many different problems, such as  sediment buildup or acidic water, but are more commonly the result of wear and tear due to old age. If leaks go unnoticed for an extended period of time they can lead to an unstable structure, or worse, mold.

But you can use your meter to help find hidden leaks and avoid potential damage.

Follow These Steps

  1. Don't use any water for at least 20 minutes, and then check the leak indicator on your meter. If the indicator is moving - you possibly have a leak.
  2. Write down the numbers from the meter and then go an additional hour without using any water in your home. Check the meter again and if the numbers have changed then it is highly likely you have a leak.
  3. You can narrow down the location or your leak by shutting the water completely off and then rechecking the meter. If the indicator stopped moving once the water is off - that means the leak is happening inside your home. If it continues to move then the leak is outside.
  4. Call a plumber to help uncover the exact location and fix the leak. 
  5. Then, call SERVPRO of Richardson to help clean up any damage - even if it's behind the walls.

Restore Damaged Textiles After a Fire

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

A home on fire. Don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Richardson today. We’re open 24/7 and offer free quotes for all your damage restoration needs. 

Your property, like any other, is valued by not only its structure and foundation but also by the items inside. Textiles in your home or business are designed to beautify your interiors - and it can be heartbreaking to see them damaged from soot, smoke and debris.  SERVPRO of Richardson has the training and expertise to help clean and save fire damaged items. These include many kinds of textiles - including curtains, bed linens, clothing and furniture.

Call SERVPRO of Richardson for Textile Restoration

After the fire is out, you’re going to need help with restoring your textiles. So, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Richardson. We’re open 24/7 and offer free quotes for all your damage restoration needs.  

Restoration is our number one priority and if it can be cleaned - we will clean it. We have the equipment and solvents to remove soot and smoke damage from many different textiles. In the event it is not salvageable, we can assist with insurance claims as well. We've got the experience and compassion needed to help our Richardson neighbors deal with the aftermath of fire damage - call us anytime.

Serving Richardson Since 1967

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with text We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Richardson has been serving the surrounding communities since 1967. Through experience and compassion, we have helped hundreds of home and business owners here in Richardson and throughout Dallas recover from disasters. We aim to deliver the highest possible standard of professionalism and safety and pride ourselves on honesty and hard work.

As part of the SERVPRO family – we are one of 1800 franchises that benefit from incredible experience, ongoing training and access to innovation and information. We have relationships with large and small insurance companies so that your policy claims are handled efficiently and worry free. And we were just named a Top 10 overall franchise system in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list.

We’re family owned and operated and strive to treat our teammates and customers as though they are part of this family too. We believe that working hard and working together to serve our Richardson neighbors has been an excellent way to spend the last 50 years and we look forward to 50 more.

How to Remove Smoke from Outdoor Bricks?

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

After a major house fire, it’s vital to call in professionals who have the necessary equipment and experience in fire damage restoration.

Getting rid of soot and smoke are some of the toughest stains and odors to tackle after a house fire. Having a fire in your home is stressful. However, after the dust has settled and your home was almost destroyed, you notice something – the rancid smell of smoke is everywhere. Even though the fire has been extinguished, the stench of smoke persists.

Of course, the need to remove smoke from outdoor bricks doesn’t have to be due to a catastrophic house fire. Maybe your outdoor grill went wild, or burning garden debris got out of control and blackened a brick wall. Regardless of the reason, removing smoke damage from blackened bricks is necessary to restore your property’s aesthetics. 

4 Ways to Remove Smoke Damage from Bricks

Several steps are necessary to clean the effects of smoke on bricks. You can often clean damaged brickwork on the ground floor if the fire was relatively small. However, for large jobs and cleaning bricks above head height, it’s best to call in professionals who specialize in Richardson fire damage restoration

Before tackling any cleaning job that involves soot removal and chemicals, it’s crucial to wear protective gear. Use a respirator, protective rubber gloves, goggles, and clothing to cover your skin. It’s also a good idea to cover any garden furniture and other surfaces from soot contamination.

Here are some handy tips on removing smoke stains and soot damage from outdoor bricks. 

1. Loosen the soot 

First, remove as much black soot as possible from the outdoor brick surface with a stiff brush or vacuum cleaner. Soot tends to smudge easily and cling to brickwork, especially because bricks have a rough, slightly porous surface.

2. Use a chemical cleaning sponge to clean brick

The second step is to remove more of the soot residue before using liquid solutions. A dry chemical sponge is ideal for getting rid of nasty black stains on bricks. For best results, always use a wiping motion with the dry cleaning sponge rather than a scrubbing motion to avoid pushing soot deeper into the bricks.

3. Use a soap solution to clean smoke damage

After removing as much smoke residue as possible, you should use a degreasing agent or dish detergent solution. Many hardware stores have special degreasing chemicals for tough fire restoration jobs. These cleaning solutions will also remove the unpleasant smoke odors from bricks.  

Always remember to rinse cleaning cloths regularly to prevent smearing sooty residue further. It’s also advisable to avoid harsh chemicals as they could damage brick facades. 

4. Rinse brickwork to remove smoke damage

The last step in removing smoke exterior wall brickwork is to rinse the cleaned bricks. You can use clothes and clean water to do this. However, a power washer is easier to rinse the last residues of smoke from brickwork.

After a major house fire, it’s vital to call in professionals who have the necessary equipment and experience in fire damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Richardson at (972) 690-1414 to find out how we can help restore the exterior of your property to its former glory.

How to Sell a House After Fire Damage

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Even if the fire causes minor cosmetic damages, it may still deter your efforts when it comes to selling the house.

House fires can be a traumatic experience for homeowners, especially those planning to put the property on the market. The National Fire Protection Association reports 350,000 - 400,000 house fires annually, resulting in approximately 8 billion dollars in damages in the United States.

Fire-ravaged homes are no longer fit for accommodation. So, you can't move in, and the chances are that no one's willing to buy the property in a fire-damaged condition. But there are ways around this dilemma. 

Here are our top tips for how to sell a house after fire damage. 

Selling Fire-Damaged home: Reliable Approaches

Even if the fire causes minor cosmetic damages, it may still deter your efforts when it comes to selling the house.

If you want to make a quick sale, or if the time and cost of fixing the fire damage surpass your budget, it's good to sell as-is and not make any attempt to repair the damage — with one caveat. 

If you choose this route, the offers may be lower, contingent on the extent of the destruction caused. 

So why not get the home fixed first? This way, you can be sure to sell the property for top dollar. A home in good condition is desirable to a much larger pool of buyers. 

Take these steps to sell a fire-damaged property quickly.  

Connect with an experienced realtor

Based on the severity of the fire damage, an experienced realtor can alleviate a lot of your stress. They can help you with many aspects of marketing your fire-damaged property to the right pool of motivated buyers. 

Moreover, a realtor will manage the negotiations. It is vital to have backup reinforcements, especially for sellers who feel they’re unable to negotiate effectively compared to experienced home buyers.

Sell to cash buyers

Usually, all cash buyers visit the property and make an offer soon after viewing. Depending on how hot your local real estate market is, they may not even view the property at all. That way, you can close the deal in a few weeks and the fire damage won’t be as much of an issue preventing you from getting to the closing table. 

Ready to Sell Your Fire Damaged House The EASY Way?

The bottom line is that selling a property after fire damage can be troublesome and demand adequate effort and time. But it’s still possible to sell a fire-damaged home with the right steps and professionals at your side. 

If you’re trying to sell your home quickly after a fire, we can help. 

At SERVPRO of Richardson, we aim to help you restore your home or business property to its pre-fire condition. As a leading Richardson Fire Damage Restoration, our professionals have the experience, knowledge, and tools to clean up smoke and fire damage.

Give us a call at (972) 690-1414 to explore your options, and let us help you sell your fire-damaged house as fast as possible and for top dollar.