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Safety First! On the job site and while surfing online.

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Community Safety First! On the job site and while surfing online. The FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) program is a nationwide initiative designed to educate children about the dangers they face online.

As we enter summer, many children will be increasing their time on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The internet can be a great place to learn and interact but also can be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young people.

We encourage parents and caregivers to be aware of the apps and sites being used by children, manage content, use content filtering and manage screen time in general.

The FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) program is a nationwide initiative designed to educate children in grades 3 to 8 about the dangers they face on the Internet and to help prevent crimes against children.

It promotes cyber citizenship among students by engaging them in a fun, age-appropriate, competitive online program where they learn how to safely and responsibly use the Internet.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is proud to support safety programs that help keep our children safe.https://sos.fbi.gov/index.html

Tornadoes from Oklahoma to Missouri 22 May 2019

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornadoes from Oklahoma to Missouri 22 May 2019 Joplin Missouri tornado 22 May 2019

Severe weather continues to plague Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri.

The Tornadic Expeditions Storm Chasing team captured this photo of a tornado that destroyed a large part of Joplin, Missouri.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls to everyone affected by this week's massive outbreak, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families!

SERVPRO has a team of over 200 professionally trained and dedicated members to help those affected by severe weather.

Please reach out to any SERVPRO location or call 1-800-SERVPRO for immediate assistance in mitigating your loss.

We have direct expertise in dealing with storm damage through our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and have helped hundreds of families recover from losses from hurricanes and localized flooding. Severe weather happens. Be prepared to call the team with the experience, the equipment, and the resources to help make it "Like it never even happened."

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Severe weather season is upon us: is it time for an insurance checkup?

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

General Severe weather season is upon us: is it time for an insurance checkup? Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team helps families recover from storm and flood damage.

Life changes fast. And when it does, your property coverage probably needs to change, too. 

Why? If you’re carrying too much coverage, that means you’re overpaying. If you’re carrying too little, then you’re taking on too much risk. 

There’s only one way to find out if you’re where you need to be: by making time for a quick checkup. 

Here’s how to find out if you’re properly covered:

Your Home

Whether you’re remodeling your home or buying a new one, a quick revisiting of your homeowners insurance will be needed.

Ask yourself:

  • Are you covered for the actual cash value of your belongings or do you have a replacement cost policy? Is this still the right choice?
  • Is your policy large enough to cover current rebuilding costs? 

For more information contact your insurance agent or visit: https://terryallen.myhomehq.biz/single-newsletter/is-it-time-for-an-insurance-checkup-1

If you suffer damage to your home or commercial property, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Watch: House falls into Cimarron River as floodwaters rise in Oklahoma

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Watch: House falls into Cimarron River as floodwaters rise in Oklahoma KOCO-TV of Oklahoma City providing coverage of severe flooding from this week's storms.

More houses are at risk of falling into the Cimarron River in Crescent, Oklahoma. On Wednesday, a house, barns and trees were washed away by floodwaters.

Flooding from this week's storms have also closed many roads and camping areas throughout Texoma.

Remember, flooded areas may not look deep, but any water over roads and cresting over banks can be life threatening.

Turn around - don't drown. Avoid flooded areas and let emergency responders do their job.

And, if you are affected by storm damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

We can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

https://www.koco.com/article/watch-house-falls-into-river-as-floodwaters-rise-at-cimarron-river/27561467

Hoarding: getting to the bottom of the pile

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hoarding: getting to the bottom of the pile Hoarding cleanup requires thorough cleaning and disinfecting

Approximately 1 in 20 Americans have hoarding tendencies. There are five levels of hoarding, ranging from level one, which looks like a lot of clutter and is generally messy. Level five is the worst, typically having only one path to navigate, appliances and bathrooms aren't usable, and home itself has structural damage.

Some of the risks associated with these homes include water damage, mold growth, structural damage, and of course the increase of potential trips and falls.

Getting to the bottom of a hoarders home is not an easy task. At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, our technicians are professionally trained in the use of personal protective equipment and cleaning products to ensure their health and safety on these sites.

Hoarding is a very serious condition. And the emotional discomfort a hoarder feels when we remove their property is difficult to witness.

If you need hoarding clean up, call the compassionate professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

What the duct?

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning What the duct? Congested ducts cause poor indoor air quality.

Have you ever looked at your clean air returns or intake areas?

You should. If not properly installed, maintained and operated, your HVAC system may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. 

You should consider cleaning your air ducts if you notice they are infested with rodents or insects, or if they have an excessive amount of pet hair or post construction debris.

The photo shown is from a local homeowner who suffered severe allergies.

Upon inspecting her HVAC system, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls quickly noted the ducts were full of cat hair and other debris.

Our professional technicians provided a thorough cleaning of every room in the home, including under appliances, on top of cabinets and shelves, and of course duct cleaning.

If your HVAC system is sluggish or looks like this, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

Before the family arrives, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Before the family arrives, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Unattended deaths often require biohazard cleanup

Sadly, we meet some of our customers at the worst time of their lives.

Recently a local resident called us for a complete biohazard cleaning after a family member passed away.

The elderly relative had passed some time before being found, and the residence needed cleaned before the rest of the family came into town.

Our team of highly trained professionals met with the relative, explained the specific cleaning and restoration process, and we cleaned the property.

Customers often ask how we train to clean sites such as this.

We explain the detailed level of training our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team receives, followed by the fact that we treat every site with care and compassion.

We can't leave every customer with a smile, but we can help them through extremely hard times with our professional and courteous response.

Historic flooding continues in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Historic flooding continues in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri Hundreds of homes damaged as flooding continues to grow in the Midwest.

Historic flooding continues in the Midwest, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this disaster.

To date, 500 homes in one county have been destroyed. Three people have died attempting to cross flooded areas. Offutt Air Force Base has been inundated by floodwaters, resulting in sixty damaged buildings and the closure of their runway. And a nuclear power station in Brownville, Nebraska is preparing to shut down.

The loss and devastation will continue to worsen as rivers rise and overflow their banks.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls continues to monitor this situation, as does all of our franchises.

We are part of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division, which is composed of the best of the best in restoration.

Your Wichita Falls team is part of an elite group of specialists who are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

We are faster to any size disaster, both here in Texoma and wherever else we're needed.

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-03-18-flooding-midwest-nebraska-iowa-rivers

Fire, water and smoke damages area home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage isn't just fire. It's water damage from firefighting efforts. It's smoke that can creep throughout your entire home or business.

Basically, it's a mess.

At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, we understand your frustration and anger over the loss of your property.

And we're here to help.

Our team of highly trained professionals will inspect your home or business and thoroughly document all damaged areas. We will also check for smoke damage throughout the property, to ensure we can restore your items to preloss condition.

This information will be shared with you and your insurance agent, along with our recommendations for restoring your property.

This may include determining if the property is safe to remain in place, or if we need to provide our pack out services to secure your items.

We will work with the adjuster to determine if furniture can be restored, or if it needs replaced.

Once we've completed the steps outlined above, we're ready to begin the restoration process.

You may not think it at the time of the loss, but with our help we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Why are there holes in my cabinets?

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why are there holes in my cabinets? When and why SERVPRO of Wichita Falls drills air holes

Water damage varies from clean water, grey water, and flood water.

Clean water, like this loss from a leaking water line, can easily be cleaned and dried. Therefore, this cabinet can be restored instead of replaced.

Our team of highly trained technicians know the first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

That's why we respond quickly to all water damage sites and we immediately inspect the damage.

We extract the excess water to prepare the area for drying. We drill holes in cabinetry and install our Injector Drying System to ensure all areas are completely dry.

And we monitor all equipment daily, recording the moisture readings and adjusting the equipment as needed to speed the drying process.

We communicate our processes to your and your adjuster, and we listen to any concerns you may have.

When you have water damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

Call us at 940-263-1550.