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Firework Safety

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Firework Safety Please follow NFPA link for more safety tips: https://www.nfpa.org

Did you know fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year? Direct property damage is an estimate of $43 million. In 2017, emergency rooms treated nearly 13,000 people due to their firework injuries. Unfortunately, 54 percent of those injuries lost extremities and 36 percent had a head injury. This estimate was conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Please follow some helpful safety tips below to stay safe this holiday season.

  • Go to a public show up on by experts
  • Keep a close eye on children when fireworks are being used
  • Keep pets inside during the fireworks
  • Don’t hold a firework in your hand

For more helpful information on any of these tips please follow this link.  https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Fireworks

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Water Damage due to Fire Extinguisher Dust

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Unfortunately, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is far too familiar with the outcome of a house fire so we can't stress how important it is to be prepared for a nightmare scenario. Fires are nothing we want to plan for, however, planning ahead could be a matter of saving your life or sentimental possessions. Having a fire extinguisher in proper areas in your home could mean putting out a fire faster and preventing it from escalating to severe property damage. For helpful placements of a fire extinguisher, consider these rooms:

  • Bedrooms
  • Patio
  • Laundry room
  • Garage or workshop area
  • At least one fire extinguisher on each floor of the home
  • KITCHEN

Remember if you have a fireplace or any potential fire hazards, you should consider having a fire extinguisher nearby. If you are able to reach an extinguisher in the first few seconds of the fire, you can help control the fire in its early stages and possibly save your life or the life of a loved one. Don't forget to look around your home today and plan ahead to prevent a possible disaster. And don't forget, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is always here to help clean up that fire extinguisher dust left behind. 

Christmas Tree Safety

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Let’s be fire smart as we enter the holiday season. Tis the Season to be jolly, but let’s also be cautious of the fire dangers with purchasing a real Christmas Tree. Did you know an average of 160 homes had house fires due to Christmas trees resulting in about $10 million dollars in property damage annually?  Please follow these helpful tips from NFPA about Christmas Tree Safety.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

For more helpful information please visit the following website.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Winter-holidays

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wishes you a very safe and Happy Holiday!

Frying Fires

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Turkey SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Let your Thanksgiving be full of family and giving thanks with lots of good fried turkey, rather than be a horror thanksgiving story. According to the NFPA frying, a turkey causes an average of 60 injuries and 5 deaths and nearly 15 million dollars of property damage each year. Please consider these tips provided by the United States Department of Agriculture to prevent any tragedy this Thanksgiving.

  • Don’t buy your turkey too early
  • If your turkey is fresh: keep in the refrigerator and make sure to cook within 1-2 days.
  • If you buy your turkey frozen: it will take 4-5 lbs per day to thaw in the refrigerator; for 12 lbs it will take 2.5 to 3 days in the refrigerator to thaw, then cook the turkey within 1-2 days.
  • Smaller turkeys are better for frying
  • Don’t fry a turkey larger than 12 lbs
  • If you don’t have time to thaw frozen turkey you can use a quick-thaw method of submerging the bagged turkey in COLD tap water.

Please remember that the turkey must be completely thawed to be safely fried. When working with large amounts of hot oil, select a cooking vessel large enough to completely submerge the turkey without it spilling over. The oil should cover the turkey by 1 to 2 inches. Select a safe location outdoors for deep fat frying a turkey. Heat the cooking oil to 350°F. Very slowly and carefully lower the turkey into the hot oil. Monitor the temperature of the oil with a thermometer during cooking. Never leave the hot oil unattended. Allow approximately 3 to 5 minutes of cook time per pound. When reaching approximate time needed, check to see if the turkey is safely cooked by removing the turkey from the oil, draining the oil from the cavity and with a food thermometer, check the internal temperature of the bird. DO NOT test the temperature while the turkey is submerged in oil. The turkey is safely cooked when the turkey reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. If the turkey has not reached 165°F in all three locations, then return it to the hot oil for additional cooking. After dinner, the safest way to keep your dinner fresh is to not leave out food for longer than 2 hours and refrigerate up to 3-4 days or freeze your food for longer keeping. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to wish you a happy and safe holiday.

For more helpful tips please visit:

https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2017/11/06/dont-make-turkey-frying-disastrous-situation-thanksgiving

See Mold-What’s Next?

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on the air vent Mold on the air vent.

First of all, don’t panic.  We receive calls from our customers all the time describing the different areas of microbial growth that they are seeing in their house.  Is it just on your air conditioning vents?  You probably need to get your HVAC unit checked and serviced by your local air conditioning company, and then call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East to clean your air ducts.  Other customers are seeing growth on their walls, which may require mold remediation.  Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has specific rules and regulations when it comes to remediating (the removal and cleaning) mold growth in a structure.  Check out their consumer information sheet at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/mld/pdf/CMIS.pdf .  SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is a licensed Mold Remediation Company, with a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.  We are here to help you through the problem, and take care of it the right way.  

Emergency Fire Damage Process

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Cutting board caught on fire This kitchen was quickly caught in flames after a simple overlook while cooking dinner.

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands that a fire emergency can be a stressful situation. Our locally own and operated business is available 24/7 to help you through every step of the process.

  • We want to minimize the damage. By having our highly trained technicians on-site quickly, we can help reduce damages.
  • A trained technician will walk through the job process step-by-step and will help you understand the expected outcome.
  • SERVPRO will begin a pretesting for restorability
  • SERVPRO will work efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
  • After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be done with you to help ensure you are satisfied

Call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East for any further questions. (361)985-6444.

Types of Smoke

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in home that causes soot in bathroom Fire damage in a home that caused soot in the bathroom.

Unfortunately, smoke damage isn’t as easy as 1,2,3… Most people don’t realize a fire loss can be very complex due to the different type of smoke behavior. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is knowledgeable about smoke damage and knows how to mitigate the situation. For more information about different types of smoke damage please read the following material below:

Types of smoke:

Wet smoke

  • Plastic and Rubbers
  • 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, the smoke rises.

If you find yourself in a smoke loss contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East at (361)985-6444, and we can help make it, “ Like it never even happened.”

Disasters are Unpredictable

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

garage wall with flood cut in drywall Flooding in the garage due to a storm.

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands that disasters are unpredictable.  As we all know hurricane season can be very stressful especially when there are tropical storms brewing. However, we want to help relieve some of the stress with a few helpful tips. It's important to protect your home ahead of time so that you can limit the damage. One way is to purchase hurricane shutters or have plywood cutouts for all your windows. Another important tip is to make sure you secure your outdoor items, this can prevent any items such as potted plants, and lawn chairs to cause damage to your property due to high winds. If you are evacuating a storm, and are leaving a vehicle behind, it's important to park your vehicle on higher ground. It only takes two feet of water to carry a vehicle away.  Another important tip is to record or video all your belongings. This could potentially be a helpful way to provide information to your insurance company if a disaster should strike your property. Let's hope South Texas doesn't have another Harvey, but if we do let's be better prepared for tomorrow.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage above stove Fire damage above the stove.

Did you know every 90 seconds a residential fire occurs somewhere in the U.S.? If a fire strikes your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help

Until a SERVPRO professional arrives, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration:

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home and keep your hands clean. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into your carpet or upholstery.
  • Place old, dry colorfast towels or linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Protect the surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Change your HVAC filter.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean any carpet or upholstery, without first contacting a SERVPRO professional.
  • Consume any food, beverages or medicines that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

For other emergency tips for your home, please contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.

Flood Cut

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

drywall cut out due to water damage Flood cut

Did you know that the storm surge and flooding from a hurricane can cause the most damage to properties?  When your home or business is damaged by rising water, the drywall and other building materials affected by that contaminated floodwater need to be removed.  It's common practice to remove all the drywall and insulation that is wet, usually two foot up from the floor.  When you hear a company or your insurance adjuster, recommending a two-foot flood cut - this is what they are referring to.  Of course, if the floodwater was higher, anything contaminated needs to be removed.  Our technicians are trained and have the equipment to know what materials need to be removed, and then what it will take to dry the wood framing exposed by those cuts.  We are at the peak of hurricane season, so your friends at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East are always here to help.