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Hurricane Dorian

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Dorian continues to strengthen and is predicted to possibly be a category 4 storm when it makes landfall. The storm could have maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. Here are some helpful hurricane preparedness tips ;

Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)

  • Water (enough to last at least 3 days) Fill up bathtubs
  • First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
  • Battery or Crank Type operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener -Lighter or matches
  • Books, magazines, games for recreation
  • Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
  • Coolers and ice packs
  • A plan for evacuation (When to leave-How to leave-Where to go)

Securing Your Home

  •    Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.
  • Reinforce your garage doors? (See if you have a Wind Load sticker on your Garage Doors)
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.
  • If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.

Power Outages

  • Gas: Make sure your tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm.
  • ATMS: Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMS in your area are accessible or working.
  • Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out.
  • Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage.

Storm damage and flooding? SERVPRO of Paris is there !

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paris specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Paris

903-784-2700

Clean air ducts for your home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Are the air ducts in your home dirty? Dirty air ducts can result in the spread of dirty air in all of the home's living spaces. Indoor air can get polluted with  dust, allergens, and other small particles which means you could exposed to a number of health problems including, allergies, asthma and sinus problems.  If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Science of Drying!

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your Paris SERVPRO is trained to the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers water damage, we have the professionals that will:

- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

- Measure how much moisture is in wet material and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.

- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material – but only if the air is indeed drier. The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason SERVPRO of Paris is trained to use top of the line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more.

SERVPRO also uses state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. The bottom line? SERVPRO of Paris has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We are available to help 24 hours / 7 days a week! Give us at a call at 903-784-2700.

Preventing Water Damage During Business Closures

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

There are plenty of reasons you might need to close your business. When you're away, your site might be at risk for catastrophic flood damage. Water pipe repair is costly, so consider doing some preventative work if:

  • You operate seasonally
  •  You were recently the victim of a fire or other premises damage 
  • Your location was shut down by legal authorities 
  • You're moving to a different location and selling your former property 
  • You temporarily suspended operations for an update or remodel

Regardless of the reason you decide to shutter your shop, the last thing you want is to come back to a disaster area. Here are a few steps that could prevent water damage while you and your staff are elsewhere.

Keep Your Equipment Working:

One of the easiest ways you can safeguard your location against water damage is by maintaining your flood control equipment. Sump pumps are by far the most common water management tools, so check your pump batteries and ensure proper mechanical operation before you leave for any amount of time.

Close the Valves:

You could also shut off your main water control. It's always a good idea to be familiar with these control valves: Quick reactions to a broken pipe can save hundreds of dollars in water pipe repair costs down the road.

Insulate:

Insulation is usually considered as prevention against freezing. However, you might be able to get something out of insulating your pipes even if you aren't afraid of them bursting. A little bit of insulation could control minor leaks, protecting sensitive equipment or interior finishes.

It's relatively easy to make sure you have a clean and dry site to come back to, not a flooded one. These are not steps you want to perform every time you leave. However, if you are planning on being gone for more than a few days, these simple processes could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on cleanup and water pipe repair. If you do have trouble give us a call at 903-784-2700

Water Damage In Your Home

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home is a frustrating and time-consuming problem. No one anticipates the issue; therefore, it’s always a major inconvenience and added expense. Particularly with broken pipes, there are several steps you need to take to start the water cleanup process.

  1. Stop the Water Flow and Clear the Area

When a pipe breaks or bursts, you first need to stop the water flow. Always know how to shut off the water in your house, and turn it off immediately when you notice water leaking. If there is a large amount of water, it’s a good idea to turn off electricity in the room as well. Also clear the area of any decor items, furniture and especially electronics. If there are removable rugs or floor pads, take them out of the room.

  1. Call the Professionals

As tempting as it may be to handle this problem alone, it’s always a good idea to call water damage specialists. They will remove the water and assess the damage to your home. It will give you peace of mind to have professionals dry out the area, as well as items within it. One of the frustrations of having broken pipes is not just the initial water, but also the threat of mold. Professionals will check unseen places, like below flooring and within walls for moisture in order to dry them and prevent mold.

  1. Check with Your Insurance Company

The next call should be to your insurance company. If you have flood insurance, that will be very useful. If not, ask for details of your homeowner’s insurance policy and what exactly it covers. Once you know this information, you can prepare your budget and work with the water removal company on payment.

Water damage from broken pipes is a problem you need to deal with immediately. You should make sure to turn off the water and electricity, call a company specializing in water removal and restoration and check your insurance policies. Following these steps will make a hectic process a little more manageable and have you on your way to a restored home. Call SERVPRO of Paris if you experience any water damage 903-784-2700. We are here to help!

Severe Weather Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk.

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Contact SERVPRO® of Paris for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

SERVPRO® of Paris can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”

*Facts and figures provided by noaa.gov

**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 3

Be Flood Smart

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert-there is always potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Paris. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any size disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Paris will help you take it back.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Call us anytime 903-784-2700

* Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 30, Iss 3

Storm Damage Inspections

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Even if you have no reason to suspect that damage occurred, check your home and its surroundings (once it’s safe to do so, of course). It’s important to identify problems, make emergency repairs and determine if an insurance claim is necessary.

SERVPRO of Paris provides this list of Storm Problems areas.

Roof

Your roof might be the area of your home most vulnerable to damage in a storm, because so many things can impact it. Whether you’ve had high winds and downed tree branches or just a simple hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Split seams

Building Exteriors

While siding, stucco and brick all are durable, they also are susceptible to storm damage. In some instances, homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late to file a claim, so check carefully for:

  • Cracking, chipping or dings and dents on siding. Even if there doesn’t appear to be damage at first, check again at a different time of day. You may see something you missed when the lighting is different.
  • Holes in stucco. This is a serious problem, even when small, so look closely. If you find holes, have a professional conduct a full property inspection.
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing. While brick typically holds up well, a check can identify any problem areas.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Paris home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Paris can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage? Call Us Today (903)784-2700

What you can do until help arrives

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • 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!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call 903-784-2700

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Paris, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Ways Your Landscaping Can Prevent Flooding

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

When it's storm season in Paris, TX, you may feel like you're fighting a losing battle against outside flooding. After all, if there is too much water for the surrounding area to hold it, flooding and the cost of mitigation services seem inevitable. There are specific landscape elements, however, that can reduce flooding around your home after a rain storm. Incorporating these elements into your design plan can keep water outside and away from your home.

Proper Drainage

The best way to prevent flooding is to redirect excess water to a place where it can be stored or useful. There are several ways to do this:

  • Rain spouts directed to a garden bed and away from the house
  • Swales that capture rain drainage and channel it into an area that thrives on large volumes of water
  • Drainage ditches on either side of the driveway
  • Rain garden that has a water reservoir for watering during drier times

Porous Surfaces A lot of outside flooding occurs because water hits impervious pavements and has nowhere to go. A non-porous surface pushes rain water away. This may be good for the state of the surface, but it can wreak havoc on your yard if you get a lot of rain. Porous surfaces allow rain to sink into them so that it doesn't run off into the street or municipal gutters. Heavy Mulch A difficult problem for most cities to solve is what to do with all the debris that washes into the drainage system after a rainstorm. You can do your part by replacing your light mulch that washes away easily with a heavier mulch. Light wood mulches, such as pine, may be less expensive, but they create more work for everyone in the long run. A heavier hardwood mulch is more likely to stay put. No matter how much rain you get, you can curb outside flooding a little bit by changing up your landscape design. Better drainage, porous surfaces and heavy mulch slow down how much flooding occurs. If you need any help with flood damage or suspect that you have damage please call us at 903-784-2700.

Residual Damage from Fire!

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

When dealing with fire damage, there is more to be cleaned up than just what is affected by the flames. Soot and smoke the fire leaves behind can continue damaging property long after the flames are extinguished, and this can give rise to other issues such as mold and rust as well.

If left untreated, this damage can compound over time, becoming more difficult and costly to remediate.

What Untreated Fire Damage Can Cause

If you’ve been affected by a fire, it is important to call your restoration team right away to prevent giving rise to other issues such as:

Soot Damage. Soot is the most common form of carbon byproduct that materials produce when they burn. Most home and commercial fires consist of multiple burned materials, leading to soot that is highly acidic. This acid can cause damage to nearly any surface it comes into contact with, with porous or textured surfaces being the most at-risk. Any soot allowed to remain in the affected area can lead to damage of carpets, walls and unburnt portions of the house. The longer the soot is allowed to sit, the more unlikely the damage can be reversed.

Mold Damage. After a fire, affected areas are often left without any artificial or natural lighting. If the fire was doused with water or set off a sprinkler system, this creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive. Mold can quickly begin growth on almost any surface, leading to discoloration and damage to items and structures.

Corrosion and Rust Damage. Rust and corrosion might not be the first thing you think of when you consider fire damage, but water left untreated on small electronics can cause it to develop and greatly increase the risk for short-circuits or electrical shock.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO of Paris meets all the qualifications and more to make your home safe and back to normal. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Importance of Properly Working Smoke Detectors in Your Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

The Importance of Properly Working Smoke Detectors in Your Home

The importance of smoke detectors in preventing fire damage cannot be overemphasized. Unfortunately, too many people overlook their significance even amidst the rising cases of fire disasters in our homes. In fact, while an impressive 90 percent of all homeowners in the country have installed a smoke alarm in their houses, up to 30 percent of them do not function when needed.

At SERVPRO of Paris, we receive numerous fire damage reports that could have been avoided by using smoke detectors. Thankfully, we have a team of highly skilled and highly trained restoration experts certified by the IICRC that are quick to respond to any emergency. Our tools and equipment are up to par with industry standards, ensuring that the restoration process goes smoothly and efficiently.

If the house is structurally sound, the heat and flames usually self-extinguish after consuming all existing combustibles. However, if the wall and ceiling fire resistance is inadequate, the fire can spread into adjacent rooms and begin the process over again. If it is not controlled, the fire can lead to complete destruction of the building and its contents.

Proper installation and maintenance is the answer to reducing the impact of fire damage with smoke alarms. A licensed professional should install the device on every level of your house, as well as the interior and exterior of each sleeping area. Avoid placing smoke detectors within 3 feet of a heating/air conditioning vent or ceiling fan, which can block the smoke from flowing to the device during a fire emergency.

SERVPRO franchise is particularly thorough when it comes to safety precautions. To ensure that your smoke alarm works at preventing extensive fire damage, you should test the device on a monthly basis, changing the batteries as needed. Additionally, make a point of replacing the entire smoke detector every ten years or so to guarantee efficiency.

You can tell when a smoke alarm is not working properly if it beeps slowly and consistently, indicating that you need a new one or the batteries are running low. Apart from beeping, most devices come with a "low battery" button that blinks when necessary. This is a clear warning that the unit may not do much to prevent fire damage.

Successful fire damage suppression is relatively dependent on a functional smoke detector. If your home sustains severe fire damage nonetheless, SERVPRO of Paris can arrive on time to salvage your property. For any emergency, call us today at (903)784-2700.  

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® of Paris professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® of Paris professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.

Ask SERVPRO® of Paris to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of Paris. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing for a Flood

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—3+ day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

If flooding ever plagues your home or business, call SERVPRO of Paris at 903-784-2700 to make it "Like it never even happened."

*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 28, Issue 3

Quick guide to know whether your carpet must be replaced following a water damage

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with the water removal, drying and disinfecting, and dehumidification following the devastating effects of water damage from a pipe break in your home in Paris, TX can be very upsetting. In addition you need to see that the cause of the water damage is remedied, and undergo repair or replacement of many elements of your home. How do you decide your carpet can be dried out and re-stretched to live out its normal lifespan? It may possibly be saved, but that depends on the type of water that has saturated it. There are three different categories of water that may affect the decision.

1. Clean Water If the water comes from a pipe break or leaking water supply line, then likely the carpet could be dried out and saved for re-use. If the carpet itself is heavily soiled or it is left wet for an extended period of time, it can deteriorate further. If resolved early on, the carpet can usually be saved.

2. Gray Water Gray water comes from an overflowing toilet, or from a malfunctioning dishwasher or washing machine. It may contain urine and other bacterial or virus components but no feces, and can also deteriorate. The decision to keep carpet exposed to Gray Water is a tricky one and may depend on the speed of removal and whether an effective disinfection process can be undergone.

3. Black Water The worst of the three categories is Black Water. It may come as a result of a sewer backup or other situation where feces, microbes or harsh chemicals may be present. It involves careful handling to extract, and careful attention to subsequent disinfection and disposal of contaminated items. It requires replacing your carpets.

Call SERVPRO of Paris following a pipe break to help you take care of the necessary water removal, cleanup and restoration of your home and belongings. They can help you make the hard decisions about whether replacing your carpet is necessary and help restore a safe and comfortable home for your family.

Signs You May Have a Shower Leak

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

When you walk into your bathroom in Paris, TX, you expect to see a functioning tub, shower, toilet and sink. Sometimes, however, these fixtures spring a leak and cause unexpected water damage. You may be able to notice signs of a bathtub leak before the damage becomes detrimental to your home. Working with a residential water cleanup team can help you find flooding issues quickly.

1. Water Stains: Water stains can show up around the walls of your tub and shower, but they may also make their appearance below your bathroom. If the bathroom is on the second floor, you can check for signs of a shower pan leak by looking at the ceiling under the bathroom. If it's on the first floor, you may need to go into the crawlspace or basement to look for signs of water stains.

2. Grout Cracks: Tiled showers can show signs of a leak too. When the moisture gets trapped behind the tiles, it tries to come out wherever it can. This leads to cracked grout lines. Sometimes you may even notice cracks in your tiles.

3. Loose Flooring: A bathtub leak can also mess with the flooring in your bathroom. Whether you have tiles or vinyl floors, you may notice the building materials has become loose. If tiles wiggle when you step on them, it could be a sign there's a leak. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, may start to curl up when introduced to too much moisture.

4. Peeling Paint: Look at the walls around the tub and shower. Do you notice peeling paint or falling down wallpaper? This could be a sign that there's moisture being released into the walls.

A shower or bathtub leak is something you want to catch as soon as possible. If you leave this problem to fester, it can cause major damage to your walls, insulation and flooring. Call us at SERVPRO of Paris is you need any help with possible leaks and inspections. 903-784-2700

Steps to help minimize and prevent further water damage.

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster, especially when you have water damage in your home. Water damage can affect the value of your property and if not cleaned properly, may cause major problems over time. Don’t leave your property to chance, call SERVPRO of Paris. Consider the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Remove as much excess water possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water; electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

Unclean Airducts in Your Business?

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

After a cool Winter, many will be turning their air conditioners on more and more as the temperature rises. But, indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference? A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.

How often should I have my air ducts cleaned? Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.

Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself? Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive? The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

5 Steps to Remove Odors From Your Business

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If a flood hits your business, there may be a strange, unwelcome odor permeating the air and displeasing customers, employees or yourself. Depending on the source, there are multiple ways to treat the problem. Whether it’s mold growth or something else, you can act to remove the smell with these five steps.

1. Ventilate the Building and Evaluate the Situation. If there is a window or door that can be opened, it should be. This allows any lingering scents to disperse. You can then work to identify and locate any centralized, problematic scents still remaining in your business building. Once the problem is located, you should decide how to proceed. If sewage loss is causing the odor, it’s best to stay away from the contaminated water and contact a professional.

2. Dry Wet Carpeting and Flooring Carpet holds moisture rather well, and it may be the source of the scent that is overwhelming your business. A wet and dry vacuum, which can be rented if needed, can shampoo the carpet and then dry it afterwards. This sanitizes the area to potentially remove some of the bothersome smell.

3. Scrub Moldy Surfaces Mold growth left alone will continue to reproduce and spread along with its musty odor. Any visible growth on a solid surface can be treated with thorough scrubbing using a solution such as vinegar.

4. Spray Furniture and Upholstery If you have access to a spray bottle, furniture can be sprayed and scrubbed the same way as hard surfaces. However, porous materials are likely not able to be fully cleaned this way, since the fungus settles deep within.

5. Consult Professionals for Extensive Cleanup Not everything can be done without commercial grade machines and proper procedures. An expert storm and mold damage treatment company can help remove problems caused by floodwater and other water damage. When dealing with flood odors, most do-it-yourself remedies will fix only the symptom. With an expert team’s help, you can remove most of the unwanted smells alongside any mold growth or other nuisance.

How to Handle a Misfire of Fire Sprinklers

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Fire sprinklers are great to many businesses for their ability to stop fires in their early stages from consuming more property and becoming costlier. In some situations, these systems can unexpectedly trigger when there is no fire. This leads to flooding and its associated expenses. You can act to mitigate the water’s threat by understanding the causes of defects and how to stop the system during an incident.

Causes of a Fire Sprinkler Gone Awry Sprinkler systems have safeguards to stop them from deploying except during a fire. There are several circumstances that can cause them to errantly deploy:

• Frozen pipes causing pressure to break pipes and leak

• Abnormal heat from abnormally hot weather or roof damage letting heat in

• Damage to the mechanism by service work done in or around the ceiling by yourself or others

• Vandalism for scrap parts or with the intention of committing insurance fraud using arson

• Metal corrosion from stagnant water in the pipes or sprinklers

Stopping the Water From Causing Property Damage.

The most important step for stopping sprinklers from flooding your business it to identify where your business’ water shutoff valve is located. You should familiarize yourself with its operation, so you can stop the sprinklers if there is no fire. In case you are absent, other trusted employees should also be informed of it.

Water damage can ultimately be prevented with occasional professional inspection of your fire sprinklers. Proper maintenance ensures the system will deploy only when you need it. It’s good practice to make sure the sprinklers are clear of obstructions and not used to hang decorations. Misuse risks damaging the units.

Handling the Aftermath- Your insurance should be contacted and informed of the fire sprinkler malfunction to work out coverage. A professional water damage restoration crew is preferred to handle water removal and repair. Your actions impact the total cost of such services. With proper measures taken before and during a defective sprinkler incident, you can prevent extensive flooding to your business in Paris, TX.

How SERVPRO Helps During a Disaster

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

How SERVPRO Helps During a Disaster

During a natural disaster in Paris, TX it can be expected that there will be a large amount of damage to the area. When this happens, it is important to call on a reliable service for disaster recovery. Here are just a few reasons why SERVPRO is a leading choice during emergencies.

  1. They Can Handle Any Size Disaster

When a large disaster occurs, it can cause a devastating amount of storm damage. It can take a lot of work to get the rebuilding process completed, starting with mitigation and ending with restoration. Whether it’s a flood, hurricane, tornado or blizzard, they can handle any kind of disaster. Their large-loss specialists are trained and qualified to take care of an emergency of any size.

  1. They Are Available Nationwide

SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchise locations across the nation, so they can arrive quickly wherever they are needed for disaster recovery. Corporate locations can provide any needed equipment to franchise locations so that they have the right tools to get the job done. When extra help is needed in a particular location, teams from other areas can be called in for help.

  1. They Are Always Ready

Because they are open 24 hours a day and are available any day of the year, SERVPRO is always ready to come to your aid. Their quick storm response time means they can start working as soon as possible to mitigate any property that has been affected by the disaster. Getting mitigation done in a timely manner means that there will be less overall damage and the restoration process will take less time and money to complete. When you are in need of a disaster recovery service, you should choose a company that can work well while completing mitigation and repairs as quickly as possible. With highly-trained professionals that are always available in many locations across the country, SERVPRO is an obvious choice.

Why SERVPRO?

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SERVPRO of Paris understands your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Our results create a measurable difference, giving you many competitive advantages.

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO Franchise Professional's first priority. Your customer will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO Franchise Professionals make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Electronic Claims Information

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File.
    • First Notice of Loss.
    • Detailed Estimate.
    • Digital Loss Photos.
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork.
    • All delivered by email or hard copy.
  • Online Access to All Files.
    • New Assignments.
    • Pending Jobs.
    • Completed Jobs.
  • Informative Reports to Improve Results
    • Job Cost Data.
  • Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice to Make

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All of our employees that enter your home are trained to safely clean and restore your home or business after it's faced a loss.

Below are the steps that we take for Cleaning and Restoring Your Home or Business in regards to a water loss:

- Identify the Source/ Type of Water

- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis

- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture

- Perform Emergency Water Extraction

- Move and Block furniture and Contents

- Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service

- Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)

- Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment

- Dispose of unsalvageable items

All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive knowledge about our services and equipment. Call SERVPRO of Paris today! 903-784-2700

How To Safely Remove Odors, Kill Germs And Clean The Air

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Hydroxyl Generator is one of the most scientifically-advanced pieces of equipment we use to combat malodors and leave a property deodorized following biohazard, fire or water damage events.

The main benefit of using a true hydroxyl generator is that they are safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes. For insurance companies and commercial businesses alike, they love this machine because it means less out of pocket expenses and henceforth, less business disruption!

These generators have been successfully tested on fires and other restoration and bio jobs, including protein fires, floods, dead body situations, skunk odors, pet urine odors, musty odors and many types of odors. However, it’s important to note that hydroxyl generators are not intended for use on mold remediation jobs where there is a large infestation on surfaces or behind walls. The established protocols should always be followed in these instances. But generators with good filtration are excellent for airborne microbial remediation where bacteria or fungi have become aerosolized.

Here’s a rundown of some additional facts in order to give you the inside scoop, should you ever need to reach out to us for smoke/soot deodorization needs:

How it Works:

  • UVA rays are emitted from the titanium dioxide photocatalytic lamps (wow, that was a mouthful) where they then pass through a permanent anatase coated super reactor screen, forming electron hole pairs that react with water and oxygen in the air to form free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that then decompose and eliminate organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants. Wow, trying saying all that in one breath!
  •  Applications:
  • Use on fire and flood damage restoration jobs
  • Use to destroy odors from cigarette smoke, dead body, urine, garbage, airborne VOCs and more

Home flooded, now what? 24 Hour Emergency Service

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Paris provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (903)784-2700

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Paris arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Flood Damage Cleanup

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When heavy flooding occurs in Paris, TX, it can cause widespread damage throughout your home. From soaked drywall to standing water that can warp or rot wooden or carpeted flooring, flood waters can wreak havoc on every level of your house. However, before you begin the cleanup process, it is important that you understand the difference between storm floods and those that stem from plumbing problems, as the remediation and restoration for each can differ.

1. Storm Floods Are Usually Widespread When violent storms cause flooding, the water can be difficult to control or divert. Even streams or creeks that spill over during heavy rain are capable of creating significant flood waters that can pour into your home. When this happens, almost any room can be affected, and unlike small plumbing floods, the water cannot be confined to one area.

2. Flood Water Is Contaminated Flood damage cleanup presents a unique set of challenges because of the condition of the water. Overflowing sewers, animal waste and pesticides from flooded lawns can severely contaminate flood water and make it dangerous to handle. Experienced technicians that work at a storm cleanup and remediation service usually call this Category 3, or black water, as it did not come from a sterile source, such as a broken kitchen pipe or water line, both of which are generally considered Category 1.

3. Mold Growth Can Happen Quickly Standing water that stems from heavy floods can increase the humidity in your home and accelerate mold growth on walls, ceilings and furniture. Having the rooms drained as soon as possible can decrease this type of water damage. However, if mold develops afterward, it is wise to ask your cleanup technicians to perform a flood cut in each room to ensure no fungi has spread into the interior walls. Flooding can cause significant damage when it invades your home.

Understanding the difference between outdoor floods and those that begin indoors will likely make the cleanup process less stressful.

Mold is not Always Easy to Spot

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most common problems that homeowners face are mold and mildew infestations. This fungus grows on anything and thrives anywhere it can find moisture, especially places that are damp, warm, poorly lit, and poorly ventilated. Not only does it produce a musty, unpleasant odor, but when left unchecked it can cause serious damage.

Mold is not limited to growing in obvious places, it can grow and thrive in the dark corners of your home. These leaks can be small and hard to notice especially when they are behind walls.  

Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect you have mold in your home, you should call us to inspect your home. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call us at 903-784-2700

What is a Category 3 Water Loss?

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Flood water is classified based on level of contamination: category one, two or three. Knowing what type of flood is an important factor for how to approach the cleanup situation. Category three water requires the most careful deliberation to properly clean the mess. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Category 3 Water?

Category one water is often referred to as a “clean water” flood, referring to non-contaminated water, but category three, or “black water,” is on the other end of the spectrum. Black water is defined as such because it may contain some of the following contaminants:

  • Microbes
  • Chemicals
  • Fungi
  • Heavy metals
  • Bacteria

Anytime there is a natural flood, the water is considered contaminated. This is true for rivers, creeks, and sea water. Most black water floods are caused from something more familiar to your environment: sewage overflows. A toilet overflow is one of the most common causes of a category three flood in a commercial building, so it’s important to know what to do if you experience black water flooding in your building.

What Can You Do While You Wait?

As in the case of any flood water, safety is the first step, but with a black water flood that means taking some added precautions. While a flood remediation expert will do the work and guide the way, here are some things you can do while waiting for help:

  1. Make sure electricity is off.
  2. Protect your skin from contact with the contaminated water.
  3. Act quickly to remove all water.
  4. Remove smaller items from the flood area.
  5. Lift furniture onto blocks or use aluminum foil to prevent wood from absorbing water.
  6. Turn up the air conditioner, use fans, or open windows to allow maximum airflow.

Help Arrives Knowing how to recognize category three flood water and how to start the initial cleanup are helpful to minimizing damage while you wait for help. SERVPRO of Paris water mitigation specialists have experience dealing with these types of floods and use their knowledge and specialized equipment to clean it up the right way. 903-784-2700

Why Water Damage Should be Dried by a Water Mitigation Company

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is both an inconvenience and a destructive force, often causing a lot of damage. Of course, it can also be expensive, even with insurance. While many would opt to clean and repair water damage on their own if they could, it’s quite the risk. That’s why we urge you to call your local water mitigation company.

Mold Growth

One of the main reasons you should have a professional disaster restoration company dry your water damage is because remaining moisture can encourage mold growth. The faster water damage is dried, the lower the odds you’ll have mold. That’s why our technicians will also apply an antimicrobial spray—to inhibit potential mold growth.

Hidden Moisture

Depending on where water damage occurs, it’s possible that water was absorbed or got behind materials. For example, in many instances, water will get behind walls or under flooring where it cannot be seen by the naked eye. A professional disaster restoration company, however, can use moisture meters and other specialized equipment to detect high levels of moisture and determine areas that need to dry.

Your Local Disaster Restoration Company

Water damage can disrupt lives, but by calling in professionals immediately, you can mitigate the impact it has over the long term. If you have water damage don’t hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Paris 903-784-2700

What is an Emergency Ready Profile?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, around 40% of businesses fail to reopen after a disaster. And to make things worse, the United States Small Business Administration found that over 90% of businesses close within 2 years of a disaster. But despite these alarming statistics, you can mitigate the impact of a disaster if you make preparations in advance. One of the easiest ways you can begin preparations is by creating an Emergency Ready Profile.

All of Our Business’ Vital Information

An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a document comprised of all of your business’ vital information. It includes emergency contact information, utility shut-off locations, and other information you or your employees might need in an emergency situation.

Your local SERVPRO franchise will create an ERP for your business—free of charge! A representative will come in and ask a few questions, then get the necessary information regarding shut-offs and emergency exit points. The whole process should take no more than a few minutes of your time!

After your representative complies the documents, they will present both a physical and a digital copy of the ERP. And in some cases, they will give a copy to your local fire department to have for their own records.

Recovering Your Business

After a disaster, your priority should be to get your business back to its normal operations. Fortunately, an ERP allows you the opportunity to quickly respond and take crucial actions. So if you want to get an ERP for your business call SERVPRO of Paris today at 903-784-2700!

Where Do You Begin When You Need Fire Damage Repair?

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About 380,000 people needed fire damage repair in their homes after an accidental or unintentional fire, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking accidents, heating issues, and electrical malfunctions account for close to 70% of all residential home fires. If you need fire or smoke damage repairs in Paris or surrounding area, call a professional fire and smoke restoration specialist like SERVPRO of Paris

Fire Prevention

Removing fire damage, soot, and smoke from walls, ceilings, and floors is a not a simple task. Take the following steps to minimize the risk of fire and smoke damage to your home in the future.

  1. Electrical - Check and replace damaged electrical outlets, plugs, cords, and wires regularly and do not keep them covered or pinched against a wall. Avoid overloading your homes circuit system and use surge protectors rather than unprotected power strips.
  2. Kitchen – Often overlooked as part of a kitchen setup is the fire extinguisher. Keep one in close reach and prepare yourself to use it. Most ovens have a self-cleaning button; use it regularly to prevent buildup. Keep the stovetop clean to minimize grease fires.
  3. Appliances - A clothes dryer holds lint and many other appliances with a fan or motor suck in dust and other particles. Clear the filter of lint after each load and the dryer vent often. Clean under all appliances regularly to prevent buildup.
  4. Other fire causes include smoking, placing grills less than 10 feet away from your home, and children’s curiosity.

Even When the Fire is Contained Quickly the Smoke Damage can be Severe

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While fires that are stopped before they have a chance to spread too far, the smoke damage can be severe. Smoke damage can be especially destructive and can happen very quickly. In many instances your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

When your home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Paris is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration. 903-784-2700

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Home

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The process involved will definitely differ depending on the severity and size of the fire and damage caused, as you can see in the image to your right this is quite severe fire damage. However the principles of fire damage restoration will for the most part be the same.

Like in most restoration projects the main goal you are trying to reach is preloss condition, that is you want your property to be restored back to how it was before the damages occurred; you want it to be safe, clean, free of smokey odors, and of course looking "Like it never even happened."

Now at this point we are going to assume that the fire has been put out, everybody is safe, and you are now looking at the damage caused and are wondering what to do next.

Before you start any work ensure that:

  • the property is structurally sound and is safe to re-enter
  • you have identified any safety hazards that may be present

As you re-enter the property you will want to get rid it of any lingering smoke and gasses that may still be present. You can do this by opening windows and doors and releasing them outside. In situations where there is a lot of smoke still lingering inside the property and you have neighbors close by then you will want to exhaust the air through an air filtration device (AFD). An AFD unit will process the air through a series of filters reducing its potency and potentially harmful contents.

Once you have taken care of these initial steps and are ready to assess what work needs to be done. You should be taking note of the two main types of possible damagethe obvious burnt and charred materials and the less obvious smoke and soot damage.

Now, you will need to make a decision whether to repair or replace the affected items or property. Any items or property that got burnt and charred will be easier to spot and will likely need replacement, if you are not sure on what to do with a certain item you should get it out of the property until your decision is made. As once we start the cleaning process we will want all burnt and charred materials out of the property.

Once all the burnt materials are out of the home you can start looking at what got damaged indirectly. It becomes trickier to decide whether to repair or to replace an item that has been affected by smoke and soot as the process can be difficult and costly.

Okay, so now you know the first few steps on how to get started on a fire damage restoration project. If your property has suffered a fire damage incident that is of a large scale or simply outside your comfort zone to handle yourself give SERVPRO of Paris a call at (903)784-2700

3 Resources to Help with Fire Prevention

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Nobody wants their home to have a fire, but it happens virtually every day in North East Texas. Fortunately, fires can be prevented if precautions are taken, and these resources are dedicated to helping you do just that!

  1. org’s Fire Prevention Guide. This brief guide is a nice, short resource for homeowners. It features quotes from experts, fast facts, and a few fire prevention tips. It’s a great guide for anyone curious about fire prevention!
  2. gov’s Home Fire Page. Ready.gov is honestly a great resource for any disaster-based event. They provide helpful information that covers everything from before, during, and after a fire breaks out. Be sure to check out their other pages as well!
  3. NFPA’s Resource Page. The National Fire Prevention Association has plenty of resources on their website. They have fact sheets, community toolkits, and more! If you need to learn about fire prevention, this is the place to go.

At SERVPRO of Paris, we believe that fire prevention education is important in our communities. But if you do have a fire and need our assistance, you can call us any time at (903) 784-2700!

Need Help with Flooded Home?

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Paris?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Call us anytime 903-784-2700

Is Your Business Ready?

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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Area.  The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or table; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information anytime using your smartphone or table.

The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Paris Professionals as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years’ experience and a System of nearly 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation.  Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such evens is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future.  Call SERVPRO of Paris at 903-784-2700 to establish your Emergency READY Profile or get more information.

SERVPRO Helps Businesses too!

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building, you own your immediate concerns involve both personal losses along with the added stress and responsibility to get all of your tenants back in business or living comfortably in your units again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.

Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Many if not all of the businesses or residents renting from you are in peril of losing personal and professional property as well as their means to make a living if you do not take immediate steps to solve your Orlando commercial water damage. Even if the water overflow can be traced to the negligence of a tenant, you as the owner are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all those who live in or operate a business within your commercial property have the use and quiet enjoyment of their leased premises quickly restored.

SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your and your tenants’ business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished if appropriate and safe. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process. Our services for you and your tenants can also include a pack out and detailed inventory of documents soaked by the water. We follow up with our state of the art procedures for saving and drying paperwork, books, pictures and other crucial work products you and your lessees may have feared would be lost due to the water infiltration.

If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Paris immediately. We can be reached at (903)784-2700 twenty four hours a day every single day of the year, our technicians are eager to return you and your renters to business as usual swiftly as possible.

Essential Tips for Recovering From Storm Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Stepping outside your home after a severe storm can be traumatic. The damage to your home and property may range from light to severe. You can take heart that a restoration specialist located in Paris, TX, should be able to help you clean up and rebuild from almost any damage. Before help arrives, you can use these storm tips to begin recovery.

Safety

Safety is your first priority. Look for downed power lines, trees that were weakened and are at risk of falling, potential structural damage to your home, and any other dangerous storm destruction.

Adventure

Make these storm tips fun by having an adventure. Attitude can make a huge difference in how you and your family fare before help arrives. A cheerful, adventurous attitude can drive shock away and lift everyone’s spirits, especially if you have children with you. If you have to spend a night or two outside, frame it as a camping trip.

Company

Whether you are alone or with your family, try to get together with other people, especially neighbors who may also be alone or need help. Hardship can bring out the best in many people. You can band together to accomplish much that you couldn’t otherwise manage, such as food preparation, shelter setup or cleanup, or even fire starting if it’s particularly cold weather.

Information

Search safely to find a radio, television, telephone, or other useful communications device. News channels and emergency broadcasts can provide valuable guidance to help you know when you may expect rescue crews.

Water

If help is likely to be more than a day away, water could be the biggest threat to the health of you and your family. Stored water can be a real help. If you don’t have safe water, be sure to purify the water you can find. Here are a few ways to purify water: • Boiling • Iodine solution • Chlorine drops • Filtering Following these storm tips can go a long way toward ensuring your family’s safe recovery from the effects of storm damage. If you live in Paris, TX, consider contacting a restoration company. These companies specialize in cleaning up after most types of disasters and can even help with general home problems.

What's In Flood Water??

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Contaminated Flood Waters Contain Pathogens and Dangerous Debris 

When we respond to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent questions our technicians get is, "What is black water?", Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water. 

Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality, makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it. 

Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have. 

Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open up a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later on can possibly develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed. 

SERVPRO of Paris deals with flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (903)784-2700 for mitigation and restoration services. 

Do you have a storm plan for your home?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.  

Right now is the perfect opportunity to review your emergency plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.  

The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO of Paris for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."  

Should you clean your commercial air ducts?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (903)784-2700

What Exactly Is Mold?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect microenvironment for mold growth. 

When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause serious health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to it. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors. The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic! Applying the appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. 

Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration. In a standard situation, SERVPRO of Paris will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated. We encourage you to call us today if you suspect a mold problem in your home or business. We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. SERVPRO of Paris technicians are trained to control microbial problems in structures by promptly drying wet or damp materials according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and removing or replacing wet or damp porous materials, like drywall, that have visible mold growth. Call today for an immediate response. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Mold Can Be Tricky To Spot!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most common problems that homeowners face are mold and mildew infestations. This fungus grows on anything and thrives anywhere it can find moisture, especially places that are damp, warm, poorly lit, and poorly ventilated. Not only does it produce a musty, unpleasant odor, but when left unchecked it can cause serious damage.

Mold is not limited to growing in obvious places, it can grow and thrive in the dark corners of your home. In one home, mold was growing because of a leak in their ice-maker water line. These leaks can be small and hard to notice especially when they are behind walls.  

Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect you have mold in your  home, you should call us to inspect your home. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

The Process of Mold Remediation

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to hear the word mold. Since our youth we have been taught mold is bad and harmful to your health. If you have mold on your food you throw it away. If mold is in the air you pray for rain and head to the drug store for sinuses medicine. If mold is involved there is a problem, especially if it is in your house. But, luckily for everyone mold can be remediated. People forget there are mold spores all around us outside all the time. The purpose of a house is to protect you from the outside elements like keeping mold spores in nature. Some individuals are more sensitive to allergies than others. Good thing mold remediation is a common practice and can be done in a timely manner with some simple steps.

First and foremost, the moisture source of the mold growth must be eliminated or fixed before cleaning can begin. If you notice a water leak, please contact a plumber immediately. 

Mold remediation can simplified into three steps:

  1. Control Environment-Set up containment, air filtration equipment and negative air flow to control environment and prevent further contamination.
  2. Remove and Clean- Remove and properly dispose of all porous materials contaminated with mold. Clean all nonporous materials contaminated with mold, HEPA vacuum, and apply anti-microbial agent.
  3. Dry Structure- Dry structure to reduce moisture levels below that which enables growth. Obtain final clearance testing from Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP).

SERVPRO of Paris specializes in mold remediation for both commercial and residential buildings. If you notice mold growing in your home or business, please give us a call today at 903-784-2700. 

Mold Remediation

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. Lately, mold has become a hot topic because of increasing awareness about its potential health hazards. People aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but estimates range anywhere between tens of thousands to over a few hundred thousand. Some of these different types aren’t dangerous to human health, while others lead to chronic and severe health conditions.

From: Aer Industries Article

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Storm Plan!

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Make a disaster plan today! Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Paris to get you started:

  • Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
  • Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
  • Download a group texting app so your entire family can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
  • Consider downloading the Fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Sign up for local emergency alerts in your area by searching online.

Keeping yourself, family and your friends safe is your first priority when disaster strikes. Be sure you have plan in place before disaster strikes. For more information on creating and implementing a Disaster Plan visit Ready.gov.

Do you know the differences between clean, gray and black water?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to damage, all water is not created equal. From a burst pipe or a flood, it’s important to understand how each type of water must be treated differently.

Classifications of Water

Water is typically classified into three groups—clean, gray, and black.

  • Clean Water: Clean water includes rainwater and water from broken pipes. You may also hear clean water referred to as white water. This water is safe to touch. Clean water can become gray water after around 48 hours.
  • Gray Water: Gray water refers to slightly contaminated water that needs to be thoroughly treated before it is safe to consume. Sources of gray water include dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. It does not contain bacteria that are as harmful as those found in black water. Gray water usually progresses into black water after about 48 hours if it is not treated.
  • Black Water: Black water is highly contaminated and contains harmful chemicals and biological matter. Sewage waters are considered black water. When it comes to floods, it should be assumed that all water is black water since a flood picks up contaminants along its path. Contact with black water can lead to serious illness.

Differences in Cleaning

Each classification of water requires different steps, tools, and knowledge to properly clean and dry. At SERVPRO of Paris, we can help locate the source of the water, determine what type of water you’re dealing with, fix the cause of the problem, and properly treat the damage. Call us at 903-784-2700

Commercial vs. Residential

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Paris, we have the opportunity to work with some great individuals and companies. One of the main goals for SERVPRO as a whole is to have heavy and genuine influence and presence in the communities and Counties. The franchise is able to keep that rapport with business owners and homeowners alike. Being able to access both commercial and residential accounts allows growth not just at a monetary level but also growth within the community, One of the driving forces behind SERVPRO's success is the way in which the brand converses with its clients. From being there one on one with a homeowner helping them through the mitigation process to meeting with COI's on large commercial accounts. Creating ERPS for their businesses and making them feel at ease when it comes to disaster restoration. The opportunities for SERVPRO are endless and it allows our reach of services to continue to grow and develop

Commercial Water Loss

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss is something we all have to deal with. It can sneak up on you in a matter of minutes potentially causing tremendous amounts of damage to building or structure in which it has originated from. SERVPRO of Paris prides itself on continuing to set an industry high standard on the protocols and procedures used to deal with commercial water loss. From the state of the art drying software and equipment, we use to the continued training the SERVPRO staff receives to make sure that the job is not just done correctly, but done on time and done in a professional fashion. Next time you or anyone you know suffers a devastating loss call SERVPRO of Paris and we will come out and get the job done right. 

Fire in the house

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is very devastating when the house or office you know and love go up in flames. The team at SERVPRO of Paris works day in and day out training and mastering the craft of the aftermath of a fire loss. When the loss occurs the team from SERVPRO will be on the site once the smoke clears and the fireman says its safe to go in. The team will then conduct a full scope of the structure to find problem areas. Once the problem areas have been defined the team will then put a scope of work together. Once the team begins the process in the matter of no time your home or office will look like new. The team will work day and night to make sure you are satisfied with the work the SERVPRO team has done. When you're in a jam call 903-784-2700!

Fire!

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of house fires is something you would never think as a possible danger. Thirty-two percent of all home fires and deaths related to those are caused by space heaters, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

With the cold that sets over the North East Texas area, some residents are using space heaters to try and keep their homes and garages warm during those cold nights. Having a space heater on while you sleep can put you and your family at extreme risk for a home fire. When a space heater is left unattended and is too close to flammable items, a massive fires can occur. Which can cause injury or even death to the occupants of the home.

Be safe and reduce your risk when using a space heater, as they can be a great addition to the home during those annoyingly cold months. Following safety precautions can reduces the risk of fire. Making sure your heater is on a flat surface, and is being used in proper area of the home and garage, can also reduce your risk of starting a house fire.

So we here at SERVPRO of Paris ask the wonderful members of our community to be responsible and think about all the risks that go along with having a home and living in the community. We are not only responsible for ourselves but also our neighbors and fellow community members.

Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation.  These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

If You See Signs of Mold,  Call Us Today – 903-784-2700

Know What Makes Mold Grow?

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores. 1. Moisture 2. A food source 3. Warmth Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist. While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances. Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.

Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.

SAFETY FIRST

If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of Paris; we’ll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.

INSURANCE

You will need to contact your homeowners’ insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to find out what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.

RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING

Document your neighbor’s damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them a way to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider, and don’t do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of Paris to handle any repairs.

 BE SCAM FREE

Always check the adjuster’s identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount that will be deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair. 

Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting properly will be an immense help and can prevent problems down the road.

The SERVPRO Team of Paris is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire and water damage issues at (903)-784-2700

SERVPRO OF PARIS IS READY TO ANSWER THE CALL 24/7

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF PARIS IS READY TO ANSWER THE CALL 24/7

On the call 24/7:

Mother Nature can strike at any time and leave devastation in its wake which is why it is extremely important to be faster to the job, the lesser the damage, less money out of your pocket!

Resources to handle a storm event:

Receiving storm and flood damage is a very stressful time. Our crews here at SERVPRO of Paris understand that and are all veterans of storm events from not only responding to the North East Texas area, but from responding to events out of state as well! And with this experience comes the know-how and understanding of getting the job done “Like it never even happened.”

Have storm or flood damage? Don’t wait, call SERVPRO 903-784-2700

Specialized storm team!

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paris specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Nacogdoches, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 903-784-2700

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold?

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowners insurance does not usually cover mold damages. Although, there are instances when mold is covered. These instances are generally when the cause of mold is due to an incident that homeowners insurance does cover. For example, if mold has grown due to accidental and sudden pipe burst or if a recent fire has caused mold, your homeowners insurance will likely cover the mold damages. On the contrary, if mold has grown due to improper maintenance practices, such as on-going humidity exposure or a continuous leak, homeowners insurance will not likely cover the damages.

If you believe you may have a mold issue give us  a call today to have one of our experienced technicians come out and access your concerns!! SERVPRO of Paris 903-784-2700

Damage From Storms, Is It Covered By Insurance

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can do a lot of damage to homes, but many homeowners learn the hard way (or the wet way) that their homeowners' insurance doesn't cover property damage caused by hurricanes and floods. If you live in a potentially affected area -- which could include everything from a home on the coast near a fragile levee that sees frequent floods to one downhill from a stream that hasn't flooded in years -- you probably should research a separate flood insurance policy to cover your home and its contents.

Be sure you understand what is included in your coverage. Talk to an agent if you have any questions, want to make updates or would like to know if any additional coverages are available.

Do's and Don't of a Water Damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

THE DO’S OF WATER DAMAGE

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water damage from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying (in summer)
  • Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Open and place luggage, in sunlight to dry, if possible
  • Gather loose items, toys, etc. from floors

THE DON’TS OF WATER DAMAGE

  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Use a standard vacuum to remove water
  • Use TVs or other major appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

We sincerely hope these experiences never happen to you but if they do we are standing by to help, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and can be reached at 903-784-2700.

Are Your Walls Wet? How Can You Tell?

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Are Your Walls Wet? How Can You Tell?

SERVPRO uses the right equipment to identify affected materials. SERVPRO will check for the source of moisture in your home or business.

SERVPRO uses the right equipment to identify affected materials. SERVPRO will check for the source of moisture in your home or business. 

Gypsum, aka “drywall,” is a very popular material for use in the construction of homes and offices. The material is noted for its strong fire-resistant qualities. However, drywall is also known to be incredibly susceptible to being damaged by moisture compared to many other building materials.

This is, in part, because drywall is extremely porous, readily absorbing moisture and retaining it. If the moisture content (%MC) of drywall exceeds even 1%, then the drywall can be considered “moisture-compromised” and in need of either drying or removal depending on whether or not mold has begun to grow.

Even greenboard, the “water-resistant” drywall, will be damaged by moisture if it gets past the green, water-resistant paper covering that gives greenboard its name. The majority of greenboard’s water resistance comes from the paper covering, not the drywall itself.

Because of how susceptible drywall is to becoming damaged by even minute amounts of moisture, it’s important to be able to accurately assess the amount of water present in drywall.

When looking for a moisture meter to use for testing drywall, some considerations include:

  • Whether or not the meter has a gypsum scale.
  • The range at which the meter detects moisture—the meter should be able to accurately detect very small amounts of moisture.
  • Length of the pins.
  • Additional scales for other materials—most professionals have to work with more than just drywall, so having a moisture meter with the ability to test other materials using different reading scales is a must.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Texarkana will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Different Types of Smoke
  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services  

  • Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 903-784-2700

How to Prevent a Kitchen Fire

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know the kitchen is where more home fires occur than anywhere else in the house and that cooking is the number one cause of home fires? The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to avoid a cooking fire:

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
  2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
  3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

To learn how to prevent a fire in your home and how to keep members of your household safe, you can take our cooking safety quiz and download the Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist. Downloadable fact sheets are also available on how to avoid home heating fires, candle safety, proper use of smoke alarms and teaching your children what to do in the event of a fire. 

My House Caught on Fire, Now What?

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. (National Fire Protection Association)

  • 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.
  • 204,500 were vehicle fires, causing 500 civilian fire deaths, 1,875 civilian fire injuries, and $1.8 billion in property damage.
  • 639,500 were outside and other fires, causing 95 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $252 million in property damage.   
  • The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.
  • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 1 seconds.

Fire Safety, Are You Prepared?

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.
  • Never go back inside for anything or anyone. 
  •  And after you’ve done all you can, executed your fire safety plan and the fire is put out, remember that SERVPRO is dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.
  •  Tips from the American Red Cross <http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire>

EVERY YEAR, NFPA surveys a sample of public fire departments in the United States, stratified by the size of the community they protect, to project national estimates of the country’s fire problem. Based upon the data we received in response to our 2015 National Fire Experience Survey, we estimate that public fire departments in the U.S. responded to 1,345,500 fires last year, a highly significant increase of 3.7 percent from 2014.

Get Water & Fire Tips on our Facebook Page

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Just in case you haven't already, you should go take a look at our SERVPRO Facebook page!

It's an easy way to keep up with any and all of our events, reviews and a great way to contact us.

If you're still deciding on if we're the best choice for your situation put your mind at ease by checking out our reviews.

We are also heavily involved with our community so by liking and following our page you can see which events we will attend! We have give-a-ways, games and prizes quite frequently and it's always a great time. 

Feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook by messaging us and by leaving a comment or review!

How To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.

Vulnerable pipes in existing homes should be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. It is important not to leave gaps in the insulation that expose the pipe to cold air. Hardware stores and home centers stock a variety of foam rubber and fiberglass sleeves, in various thicknesses.

When water is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or zero degrees Celsius, it freezes into ice. When water freezes, it expands up to nine percent more than it did when it was water. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on metal or plastic pipes causing pipes to burst and water to leak.

Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

SERVPRO of Paris specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Get Rid of Mold

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

It looks like this lady is getting rid of some pretty tough issues.....

Here are some healthy tips to follow when you are dealing with mold. Some people cringe at the sound of the word mold but it may be easier to take care of then you think. Hopefully these will help ease the stress along the way.

  • Take things that were wet for 2 or more days outside. Things that stay wet 2 or more days can have mold on them. Mold is not always visible by looking.
  • Take out stuff made of cloth, unless you can wash them in HOT water.
  • Use bleach to clean mold of of hard things(like floors, counter tops, toys, tools, and plates.)
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners.
  • wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, googles, and a mask.
  • Open windows and doors to get fresh air when you use bleach.
  • Mix no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash the item with the bleach and water mixture.
  • Rinse the item with clean water.
  • Dry the item or leave it out to dry. 

A Very Large dehumidifier From Greater Boulder SERVPRO

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

A big thank you to SERVPRO of Greater Boulder Colorado!

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder aided SERVPRO of Paris in bringing in a very large version of a dehumidifier for use at a large commercial loss recently. Sometimes we get those jobs that take more then a small dehumidifier and a few small air movers. A large loss can require you to use industrial dehumidifiers. They help solve critical humidity control problems in the most demanding applications. SERVPRO of Paris can deal with any size loss, especially with the help from some of the SERVPRO family helpers, like Greater Boulder SERVPRO.It is nice to have such great support. We are all a part of the green team. You can count on us to get the job done. Call us today for help with your water loss.

What Plumbers Say Cause Drain Issues

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Buzz Lightyear calls it like he sees it.

As a homeowner you should never underestimate the seriousness of drainage issues. Plumbers have weighed in and have given their expert opinion on what causes these issues and some tips on how to avoid them. Here are the four things to look for.

  1. Recurring Clogs- If a clog returns, chances are that there is a deeper clog. 
  2. Multiple Clogged drains-If you have several clogged drains, you may have a clog in your main drain.
  3. Foul odor-Persistent sewer odors coming from your drain or drains can be a major sign of a drainage issue. 
  4. Flooding-One of the worst problems associated with clog drains is sewage backup. Getting a professional on the site as soon as you can will help you avoid a big problem.

Routine maintenance is key to keeping those drains open. Use drain catchers or less toilet paper. Also make sure that you run plenty of water into the garbage disposal after use. Just those few things help a lot. If you ever do have water damage, call SERVPRO of Paris with your water needs. We will be there to clean up the mess those clogged drains made. 

Restoring your property after a water damage event

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at near by commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Paris

SERVPRO of Paris specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Basement Flooding Problems

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

This gives a whole new meaning to man cave.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 903-784-2700

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Paris and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 903-784-2700

Mold Prevention Tips

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Check around the house and make sure you don't have mold.

Nobody likes a mold problem. There are several ways to prevent mold growth in your home. Here are some tips to help you get started.



  1. Control your indoor climate

  2. Keep a eye out for standing water

  3. Do not leave wet clothing around for more then two days.

  4. If the moisture becomes to much in your home, add a dehumidifier. 

  5. Check for drainage problems around the home.

  6. Eliminate clutter in and outside of the home

  7. Properly size your air conditioner unit to the size of your home.

  8. An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of the moisture in your home

  9. Always check your air conditioning unit before turning it on for the season.

  10. Call a professional if you believe you may have any mold problem.

Hurrican Season is Here

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Tropical Storms can have very high winds. Always be prepared.

People who live along coastlines need to always be prepared for tropical storms. According to the National Hurricane Center, the key factors are to prepare for the risk and to act on those preparations when told by emergency officials. Here are some tips to help you prepare for hurricane season.

  1. Have a good evacuation plan. storms can generate very high waters.
  2. Buy supplies. Buy them over a period of time if you have to. You do not want to be caught in the chaos when the storms are coming.
  3. Check your insurance coverage. You do need to make sure you carry flood insurance. 
  4. Even if you are far from a coastline you still need to be prepared.
  5. Safety is key. If you have children around, make sure they know what to do in the event of a hurricane.
  6. Make copies of important documents and put them in your kit for safe keeping.
  7. Protect your home. Cover doors and windows with plywood if possible. This may help reduce the damage.
  8. Back up your electronic devices. You may have information you do not want to lose. 

We cannot be prepared enough when there is a chance of a tropical storm. Be safe and aware.

Avoid Scams After Storm Damage

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

This is a good indication of what is actually happening during what you may think is a good deal.

When your dealing with a natural disaster such as a storm, tornado, or hurricane, you can be sure that scammers will be around the corner. If the community has been affected the con-artist come to call. Most of us trust people willing to step in for the cause. We believe in our fellow man. Typically, they will offer to do work for a certain price, then ask for a portion of the payment up front-in cash. Then they use an excuse to leave and disappear forever. Here are some tips to avoid scams in a storm situation.

  • Go local.
  • Always get the proposal in writing
  • Never pay more than one-third of the cost up front.
  • Never let someone force you to make a quick decision.
  • Don't pay in cash.
  • Do not fall for the first offer that comes along
  • Ask around to family and friends for a trusted company.

Scammers have no shame in taking from those in distress. A disaster can cause a lot of stress and scramble for help as soon as possible. Take your time and avoid being scammed. 

Commercial Loss Challenges

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire losses account for approximately $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial direct property loss each year.  At times you can have large-loss fires that affect buildings such as apartments, facilities, and places people work. These types of losses affect multiple lives. It can take a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide support. Here are some tips for the property owner to consider during this time.

  • Make sure everyone is safe and away from the property. Safety is the number one concern.
  • Get the community involved in helping families or workers that may be affected
  • Bring your adjuster in early to help manage things such as photos, mitigation, documenting anything they need to.
  • Analyze your policy, including all clauses, additions, extensions, and exclusions.
  • Bring in experts to check out the damages
  • Communication is key. Everyone should stay in good contact to get the job done as smoothly as possible.
  • Know that the process can be long and require a lot of patience.

Tornado Season is Upon Us

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

A tornado on the open road.

Everybody knows you cannot avoid mother nature. Tornadoes can cause great damage in the lives of people who encounter them. Tornadoes occur when a warm front meets a cold front, forming a thunderstorm that can form twisters.The regions of west Texas up to North Dakota carry the greatest risk for tornadoes. Always get in the middle of the house or in the smallest room with no windows. Stay away from your outside windows. When you hear a warning, take cover. Always be prepared for a tornado event during the season. A lot of people lose their homes, pets, and even their lives during a tornado. Make sure to be supportive in clean up around your community. Things can be rebuilt and people can help others through providing disaster relief. Please keep your family and pets as safe and secure as you can. SERVPRO of Paris provides help during times of major storms. That is part of the SERVPRO way. We are always there to help those who need us. Remember to stay safe and prepared at all times. 

Don't DIY When You Have a Water Loss

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

If we spill something we usually have no problem cleaning it without the use of professionals. Most of us have had a lot of water flood or leak into our home. Some jobs can be cleaned up with household tools, towels, and fans to help dry things up. What you don't know is sometimes that does not work. There is a science to correctly drying out a home and avoiding strong odors, mold, and further damage. It is important that you have homeowners insurance or even renters insurance when problems arise. Always look over your policy carefully. It is always good to call in a professional service to get you on the right track when going through the stress of a water loss. Never assume you have dried the home completely. The source of the water is very important also. There are many things to consider during the time of the loss. Let us help you through the tough stuff. Call SERVPRO of Paris today to get the job done right. 

Good Mold VS. Bad Mold

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

When most of us hear the word mold we assume it could be good mold or bad mold. Let's take good mold for example. It is found in medicines to cure illness. It is also found in cheeses and of course the moldy loaf of bread left open a little to long.  Next we have a type of normal mold that falls in between good and bad. There are two types of normal molds. There are airborne mold spores and mold growth. There is simply no way around the airborne mold. This type of mold is present to some degree in the air we breath. The mold we see in our homes such as in the window seals and bathtubs are simply common day to day molds. They are not from a sustainable food source. It can be cleaned away, so this makes it normal. The bad mold people fear most is considered bad mold because it could potentially affect the air with elevated mold spores which is quite a bit different than normal.The food sources within a home are pretty numerous. Materials must be properly removed and/or cleaned. Airborne issues must also be addressed.   The first step a homeowner should take if they suspect mold is to call a specialist to ensure the proper precautions and testing are done properly.

BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER A FLOOD

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

No other natural disaster in America has caused more deaths then flooding. Floods are among the most destructive, natural hazards in the world. If you are in a flood zone or want to be prepared for a flood you might want to invest in a boat. That was just a joke but may be a good idea. Prepare your home by sealing off basements from seepage and create good barriers around your house. They have even invented devices that capture the water before it comes near your home. If a flood is likely in your area listen to your local news to be better prepared. Turn off the main breaker box to all electricity. If the warning is given to evacuate please do not wait. Also, be careful moving through water. The current of the water can cause you to fall. Carry a stick to find solid ground as you walk through it. A lot of people try to flee thinking they can escape the water but end up caught in a dangerous situation. There are many ways you can prepare for flooding. Flooding can be devastating not only from loss of material possessions but loss of life. Practice every safety method possible to take on a flood. SERVPRO of Paris provides help in flooding. We are always here to help. 

Spring cleaning fire safety checks

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Spring cleaning tips to avoid disaster

  • Test your smoke alarms, and replace any alarms that are 10 years old or older.
  • Test your carbon monoxide alarms and replace any alarms that are 7 years or older.
  • Check your dryer vents and clean hosing.
  • Clean clutter inside and outside the home.
  • Check all home cording on on electronics and appliances for fraying or any damage.
  • Properly store household all household chemicals.
  • Make sure your house numbers are visible from the street.
  • keep 100 ft. garden hose with a sprayer nozzle attached available at all times.
  • Give your outside grill a good check and cleaning
  • Make sure that your family has a good escape plan.

By doing these things you can assure your family will be able to avoid the loss of your home or serious injury.

Happy spring cleaning. 

Duct cleaning importance with SERVPRO of Paris

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Imagine breathing in this in your home. Let us clean your ducts so you can breath easy.

The air ducts in our homes provide us with the air we breath in everyday. This air circulates multiple times a day throughout our living spaces. Air quality is very important. Your ducts can harbor bacteria, mildew, mold spores, and toxins that can cause respiratory problems. If you have allergies, asthma, or pets in the home it is essential to have them cleaned. Your system may also have to work harder to circulate the air due to a decreased level of efficiency. It also eliminates musty odors and other unpleasant smells. SERVPRO of Paris is here to provide you with that professional cleaning. Make sure the company you chose specializes in duct cleaning. Spring cleaning is among us. Call SERVPRO of Paris today for your professional air duct cleaning.

How fire loss effects people and families

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Residential fires can cause a significant amount of stress. Not only do people lose their homes, they lose things that mean a lot to them. Our homes provide us with shelter, comfort, and all around security. The things in our homes are usually completely lost or somewhat affected. This causes emotional distress and a hand full of other feelings. Children are also filled with a sense of loss. When parents or caregivers are under stress the whole family becomes overwhelmed. Some fires also cause physical injury and even death. You can become permanently disabled. This may mean you are not able to work at all. There are several stages of recovering from a major loss. Find a good support system. Family, friends, and neighbors. You can also be a great support for someone experiencing a loss. Fires can be small but not all fire calls are. Eventually you pick up the pieces and try to move forward. Always remember that a house is a home and losing it and the things you need can be very hard. Healing takes time.

 

Pros of fire sprinklers

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

Installed fire sprinkler

Reasons to invest in fire sprinkler systems



  • They add about 1% to the cost of a new home. This is about the same as the cost to upgrade carpeting.

  • They increase property value. 

  • The can lower your homeowners insurance.

  • They do not freeze up.

  • They can put out a house fire in 1 1/2 minutes.

  • They cause less damage to belongings.

  • Most of them can be concealed when not in use. 

  • Lowers the risk for injury and even death.


It gives you a sense of peace knowing that your family is more safe and secure. We all want our homes to be a place where we can be comfortable and at ease.Talk with others such as neighbors and friends about installing a system in there homes. Most people don't think about installing a fire sprinkler system as a safety measure but maybe it is time you and them to  reconsider this when thinking of a great investment for your home or business. 

IICRC Certified Firm

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paris is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Paris

SERVPRO of Paris 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

 

Loss during the Holidays

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

     As most of us prepare for the holidays by putting up lights and making our Christmas wish list some families are digging through the ruins of what was their home. Disasters strike without warning. A family can lose everything in a matter of minutes. SERVPRO is there to help pick up the pieces. It is always good to have a community come together to help make the holidays a little easier after a loss. A family who has had a fire or water loss during this time will always need a good support system. If you know of anyway you can help someone when this happens go out and help. You could have a bake sale or reach out to friends and family even your church to lend a hand. You would be amazed at the support a community gives when something like this happens. We should all be very thankful for safety and others who care around the holidays. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

 

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paris is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. You never know what life will hand you. You could wake up to a big disaster. Nobody wants to be wading through water in the morning but 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 and also ruin your personal belongings. The quicker SERVPRO can get to you the better.  When you are dealing with water damage. You need plenty of support in your time of distress. Let us provide you with that support. Rest assured we will be right there to take care of you and your family or business. Call SERVPRO of Paris with all your emergency water needs. 

Holiday Reminder

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

We all want to celebrate our Christmas just like the Griswolds. It is frustrating enough that cousin Eddie is sleeping over. Help avoid an even bigger disaster by checking your home and Christmas décor for problems. The National Fire Protection Association says an average of 230  fires are attributed to Christmas trees each year. A dry tree, electrical lights and fuel supply (gifts) under the tree are hazards. Christmas tree fires cause an average of $18.3 million in property damage each year. It only takes a short time to be certain that Christmas will be a time of peace and comfort, Even if your Christmas bonus is a membership to the jelly of the month club. Please be sure your family is safe and happy for the holidays.

About SERVPRO

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

About SERVPRO of Paris


SERVPRO of Paris 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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. We will provide you with the support and service you need in any situation. We are always here to help.We pride ourselves on showing our customers how much we care. When you can make your customers happy and confident in what you do, you can be assured that they will always put their trust in you with any job. Call SERVPRO of Paris for all of your home needs. 

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