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Hoarding

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

For over 20 years we’ve been in the business of assisting residents. We take questions and calls from people of all kinds of hoarder-related service requirements. Our business is not to judge people, instead, we’re in the business of assisting people with finding solutions. Getting a customer’s environment restored back to a living condition that is suitable so that they feel comfortable once again is our main goal.
SERVPRO of Plano will show up on the day that has been scheduled and that is a good time for you. We listen carefully to your requests and treat each cleaning job that we do as a completely unique customer experience. Over the years we have provided services to hundreds of customers and handled the requests of our clients for a thoughtful and discreet crew to handle all of their belongings. We ask you to participate in making the decisions for what stays and what goes from a site if you wish.

SERVPRO of Plano will not just go into a house affected by hoarding conditions and start throwing things out. Underneath the piles of clutter and confusion, there are actually items that are valuable and important that you will want to keep. Our understanding of this reality and our great attention to details is what puts SERVPRO of Plano in a category that is ABOVE and BEYOND our competitors. Our cleaners will package, transport as well as store items while removing unwanted items during the remediation process.

Give SERVPRO of Plano a call for our compassionate, discreet, respectful and certified hoarding cleanup services.
972-403-9004

Do you Think FIREWORKS Landing on your roof could cause a FIRE?

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

It has happened plenty of times... especially when there is debris in the gutters, like dried leaves and twigs. Just because it is an asphalt roof shingle, doesn't mean it won't catch fire... just think... what is asphalt? It is a petroleum based product, on a hot roof, and if it then comes in contact with sparks from a firework, you potentially have a problem.Fireworks were also banned in central Texas this year due to the extremely dry/drought conditions. 72% of Texas is in the highest drought category this year.... whew! Most of the area cities also cancelled their public firework displays due to the extreme fire danger.If a FIRE strikes your home call the professionals SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004.

Biohazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration Services

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO Of Plano professionals for 24-hour Emergency Service. (972)-403-9004

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO Of Plano professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO Of Plano professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO Of Plano professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. SERVPRO Of Plano professionals can help with

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions 
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO Of Plano professionals for 24-hour Emergency Service. (972)-403-9004

Celebrate Summer Safely

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

 Why take the risk? Call SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004Working to make it “Like it never even happened.” Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors,but it is also important to keep safety in mind.Consider the following tips, provided by theNational Fire Protection Association to keepyou and your family safe all summer long. When using a charcoal grill, only usestarter fluids designed for barbecue grills; donot add fluid after coals have been lit.n When using a gas grill, ensure the hoseconnection is tight; check hoses for leaks.Applying soapy water to the hoses will easilyand safely reveal any leaks. Always build a campfire downwind fromthe tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pitbefore building your fire. Extinguish the firebefore going to sleep or leaving the campsite. Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline)away from your tent and campfire and onlyuse dry kindling to freshen a campfire. SERVPRO of Planowishes you a safe and happy summer!

EXTREME HEAT

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect. According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.” Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outside, wear loosefitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is lifethreatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC). If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter. Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov. 

Summer Solstice

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

At exactly 6:07 a.m. EDT Thursday, the noonday sun’s daily march northward will suddenly halt and reverse direction, an astronomical phenomenon traceable to the tilt of Earth’s axis. We in the northern hemisphere hail that singular moment as the summer solstice – “solstice” coming from the Latin words for sun and stop – but few of us today understand its full significance.

Our ancient ancestors were far more connected than we are to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. This is evident from the innumerable solstice-related monuments and traditions of nearly every nation and culture on the planet – from the stone temples of the Mayas and Aztecs to the bonfire festivals of northern Europe, practiced even now.

CARBON MONOXIDE: A Silent Killer

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

CARBON MONOXIDE:A Silent Killer You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can killa person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO,is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas,created when fuels, like gasoline, wood,coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups—including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease,anemia, or respiratory problems—being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances,portable generators, water heaters,clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration. Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year. Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace.Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home. Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked. If you need to warm a vehicle,remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials. Make sure vents for the dryer,furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris. Only use barbecue grills outside,away from all doors, windows,vents, and other building openings.Some grills can produce CO gas.Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open. Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO of Plano arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Plano will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services. Structural Cleaning After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO of Plano will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure. Contents Cleaning All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Plano can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Plano can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured. Deodorization SERVPRO of Plano provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Plano does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.  Call SERVPRO of Plano today at 972-403-9004

To HOT to handle?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

 On June 21, we can all sit back, enjoy the longest day of sunlight in 2018, and officially welcome in summer! So what can we do to help our lawns survive in the 100+ degree weather that is sure to come our way and still stay WaterWise?  We are so glad you asked!

Plant Right. Some grasses do better than others in our heat. The best options for our area are Bermuda, Zoysia, and Buffalo. They also have the advantage of being able to develop a deep root structure which is important to developing a drought resistant lawn.

Go Blonde! Really. When it gets hot out, plants naturally slow their growth in order to conserve moisture. This means that your grass will “blonde” during the peak of heat. This is natural and does not harm your lawn.

Forget the Fertilizer. Putting fertilizer on a blond lawn in order to green it up will encourage your grass to grow. But doing so, will make it thirsty. This will put stress on your lawn’s root system and cause your water bill to soar with the high temperatures.

Mow Higher. Once your grass goes blonde, its growth has slowed and leaving it a little taller may even help it to stay greener a little longer during hot spells, as your grass can spend more energy on expanding its root system (making it more drought tolerant) instead of trying to recover from a short cut.

Most of all, remember to take care of any yard work early in the day to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Come up with a plan the night before, get organized, and stick to your plan, and finish quickly.

While no one looks forward to the days when temperatures soar above 100 degrees, with a little planning and a little understanding, we can all reach the other side with our lawns intact and a sense of accomplishment for staying WaterWise.

National Flag Day

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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Published by Lisa Parker · 3 mins · 

U.S. Flag Day
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, 110[4] is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the president's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.

Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in Fairfield, Washington. Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events. Appleton, Wisconsin, claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950.