House fires now burn hotter and faster, so what do you do?
Like it never even happened
Fire is the visible process of combustion. Once fuel is heated to its ignition point the duration of the flame is dependent on three factors, oxygen, heat and fuel. In complete combustion fuel will not create smoke or other products, only water and carbon dioxide. This creates the blue flame that we typically see in homes from cooking. Complete combustion requires there be enough oxygen to completely combine with the fuel gas, when there is not enough oxygen you have incomplete combustion. This is going to typically be a yellow or orange flame that produces smoke.
An article by TODAY states that research shows 30 years ago you would have had about 17 minutes to get out of a house that was on fire. Today that time is down to 3 or 4 minutes. Since newer homes have more synthetic materials, the backing on carpets, the drapes and most pillows, house fires now burn hotter and faster.
So what do you do? Become informed, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! The top five common causes of house fires are cooking equipment, heating, smoking in bedrooms, electrical equipment and candles. Knowing what to be cautious of is step one, step two is having a plan to get out of the house and to contact emergency services in the event of a fire and step three is calling SERVPRO® of Flower Mound to get back into your home “like it never even happened”.
Are you sure you're ready for vacation?
ESPORTA saves the day
Summer is here with longer days and, hopefully, plenty of vacations! As many homeowners leave for their much deserved trips older unused water heaters can build up pressure causing them to leak or in worst case explode. The resulting damage affects not only the structure, but also the belongings that make that structure a home. A quick response by calling SERVPRO® of Flower Mound can save those items once thought to be unsalvageable. Teddy bears, blankets, shoes and more that have been damaged by fire, water or mold are perfect for our Esporta wash system, just look at the results!
Have contents you thought were unsalvageable or want to know more about our restoration process? Give us a call at (972) 420-4771 !
Certified to clean your electronics!
Up next ... electronic guitars
There’s nothing better than getting cozy on your couch to watch a movie, having your friends over for the big game or putting on your child’s favorite movie, but when there is a water or fire damage electronics, including the T.V are at risk of some serious damage. That’s why SERVPRO® of Flower Mound has made it a point to have a team of trained technicians that know how to restore your electronics.
From your favorite blanket to the big screen T.V. and even your floors, SERVPRO of Flower Mound® makes you a priority and take our “Like it never even happened.” slogan seriously.
For any questions or if you have a damage call us at (972) 420-4771 !
Fire in a family home
Cup of coffee anyone?
A young child plays with his toys as the dog lays in her bed. Mom is scanning a take-out menu as dad flips through the channels on the T.V. A loud screeching siren brakes the calm bringing with it the realization that a fire has swallowed the kitchen wall.
Fire fighters are there to put the fire out and SERVPRO® of Flower Mound is there to put your home back together.
In the event of a fire the American Red Cross advises individuals to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1.
To learn more about our fire restoration process or have us assist you with a fire damage call us at (972) 420-4771 or visit our website! http://www.SERVPROflowermound.com/
NCEI reports over $300 billion of loss in TX
A lot of damage requires a lot of equipment, and that we have.
Over the last year the National Centers for Environmental Information reported over three hundred billion dollars of loss caused by disasters in Texas. While the enormity of the number speaks volumes on its own, it is important to remember that it is not just a number. It is people. That number reflects your neighbors, your friends and your family. The number is pulling money out of the family vacation fund or sleeping in a hotel for however long it takes get a home back together.
SERVPRO® of Flower Mound knows this which is why we take each call personally. With a contact time averaging under 3 minutes our family here at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound wants you to know we are doing what it takes to make it “Like it never even happened.” as fast as we can.
IT'S BLACK MOLD.... I think.
The fear of black mold has been around for as long as I can remember, and while I’m only 23 that’s still a substantial amount of time! Since coming into the restoration business and dealing with the multicellular growth on a regular basis I’ve learned some things.
First, just because your mold is black does not mean you have BLACK mold. It sounds silly but it’s the truth, molds such as Nigrospora and Cladosporium are black in color but are not known to have toxic side effects. Second, Stachybotrys chartarum, more commonly referred to as black mold can actually also be dark green. The third, and arguably the most important, thing I’ve learned since joining the business is that unless you’re a trained professional there is no way to know for sure.
If you’ve seen any growth within your home or business give us a call at (972) 420-4771, we’d be happy to take a look for you!
Three businesses flood in
Water damage in commercial properties does not stop business
"There's water! There's an inch of water covering the entire building!"
While the idea of an inch of water throughout your building is a horrific thought to many homeowners, it's a familiar beginning to many of the calls we take here.
Who was on the unfortunate end of this particular phone call? A dentist office, restaurant and a nail salon all a part of one shared property.
The second call was shorter, less panicked; "our technicians will be at your location in 10-15 minutes.
Water damage does not discriminate between residential and commercial properties, and for that very reason neither does SERVPRO® of Flower Mound. 24hr emergency services and a team of trained professionals is what you will get every time. 1-4-8 is the standard, and we love to go above and beyond it.
Want to know more or need our assistance? Give us a call at (972)420-4771 or visit our website http://www.SERVPROflowermound.com/ .
Would you believe there is no such thing as mold removal, because you should.
"I wouldn't want my grandchildren in there"
Philip J. Hilts, in a 1997 New York Times pieces, writes
“EVEN the ancients had trouble coping with mold. In the worst case, the Book of Leviticus instructs, move out of the house. And a recent study published in Caduceus, a medical journal, theorizes that the last of the 10 plagues of Egypt was actually poisonous mold.”
The seriousness of having mold should never be minimized and your family here at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound have made sure to have not only the equipment, but also the qualifications to safely remove mold from your property.
Some companies may advertise “mold removal” or even guarantee to remove all mold, this is a fallacy. Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business.
To understand mold and break some common mold misconceptions click the link: http://www.SERVPROflowermound.com/mold-remediation
Cooking is the number one cause of house fires.
That loud alarm isn't a timer.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Cooking is the Number One Cause of House Fires
The number one source of house fires is cooking – usually leaving pots or pans unattended on the stove while you run away to do something for “just a minute.” The NFPA says that 40% of all house fires, or an average of 156,600 per year, start this way, causing approximately $853 million in property damage. Two-thirds of the fires started because the food or other materials caught fire.
Fires are more likely to start on a range (57%) as compared to the oven (16%), mainly due to frying. Most injuries occur when the cook tried to put out the fire.
- Be alert when cooking and don’t leave food unattended.
- Don’t throw water on a grease fire, put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.
- Keep clothing, pot holders, paper towels and other flammable items away from the stove.
- Have working smoke detectors in the house and keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
Title company floods due to adjacent unit
Affected office prior to extraction.
Our customer at a title company in Flower Mound walked into work Monday morning to find water completely covering his office. With the emergency ready plan in place they knew to call SERVPRO of Flower Mound right away!
One of our trained water crews was onsite fast extracting water from the structure. They found the source of the loss was from the adjacent nail salon and were able to help them as well. Because of the plan they had in place we were able to restore the structure back to it's pre loss condition within a couple days.
Give our office a call today to schedule a site inspection and further discuss how our emergency ready plan could help your business if you experience a loss.