Signs of a Tornado
Sometimes, weather forecasting isn’t perfect. Sometimes, tornadoes do sneak by meteorologists and weather radars. It’s important to know the signs for a tornado, just incase one does happen and there is no warning for your area. Here is a list courtesy of NOAA for what to look and listen for (it also includes other tornado-preparedness information):
- Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. You can often see a funnel drop.
- Unfortunately, sometimes tornadoes don’t have a funnel. Look for whirling dust or debris on the ground under a lowered wall cloud.
- Hail or heavy rain that’s followed by dead calm – meaning no rain, wind, anything or look for a fast, intense wind shift. A lot of times tornadoes are rain wrapped and can’t be seen.
- Loud or continuous roar or rumbled, often described as being similar sounding to a freight train, that doesn’t fade after a few seconds like thunder does.
- During the night time, look for a persistent lowering from a wall could. It could be illuminated or silhouetted by lighting. Look for white power flashes, which are caused by powerlines being snapped in a tornado or very strong winds.
This storm season, stay safe! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all your restoration needs at 817.560.3086!
Storm Damage in Fort Worth, Texas
We don’t really pay attention to small storms here in the Fort Worth area. We’re used to so much bigger storms, right? Rain with the occasional downpour and roll of thunder may seem relaxing to some. However, sometimes it’s the smaller storms that cause the biggest damage.
Smaller storms can rip off just a few shingles on your roof, allowing rain to leak into your attic. Unfortunately, if left undiscovered it can lead to problems such as stains on the walls and ceilings, musty and unpleasant smells, and mold. You can learn more about undetected water damage in your home on our blog here.
If there are undiscovered and left open holes, then pests such as insects, rodents, and birds can come in and make their home in yours and cause more damage than just water.
After a storm, it’s important to do a check of your home. If you suspect you have damage call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, 24/7! 817.560.3086
Large Loss Response Team
Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team. All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.
Commercial Large Loss Response
Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team. All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.595.0004 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.
Washing Machines & Water Damage
Did you know that water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common ways your home can suffer from water damage? There are so many different ways it can happen too, like using the wrong kind of soap or detergent or overloading. However, the most common way for a washing machine to cause water damage is the water supply hose.
You should do routine inspections of your supply lines to make sure they are functioning properly. Keep an eye out for visible signs that the supply hose might fail. Worn tubing, cracks, blisters, or a loose connection. If the connection does feel loose, you should tighten it. Replace any worn hoses and be sure to replace them every five or so years even if there’s no visible sign of wear and tear. When choosing a hose, try and get one that’s braided steel. They’re stronger and can hold up to more over time.
If you go on vacation or are away from your home from any length of time, shut off the supply line valve to make sure nothing can accidentally happen while you’re away.
If you have had damage caused by your washing machine, don’t worry! Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.
Mold in Ventilation Systems
Mold is everywhere. It’s hard to avoid it, if we’re being completely honest. Most mold spores are airborne, floating around and just waiting to land on the spot that has the right combination of humidity, moisture, and darkness for it to grow.
Unfortunately, your HVAC system at both your home and your work place can be the perfect place for mold to grow which is why it’s important to regularly inspect it. Mold in your ventilation systems can be dangerous. It can make your employees or family members sick and you don’t even have to see it.
When you check your HVAC system check for both mold or any condensation that has popped up. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours, so it’s important to get that condensation taken care of as quickly as possible. Make sure to check the insulation around the ducts as well, as that can also grow mold if exposed to moisture. Check the drains and pans to make sure everything is draining properly, as any clogs can use leaks which in turn can sprout mold.
If you do have mold in your ventilation systems, turn them off! You don’t want any more of that stuff spreading around. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook as soon as possible! We are available to help 24/7. 817.560.3086.
How To Avoid Fires While Grilling
Summer is here, and that means it is time for backyard grill outs! July is the top month for grill fires followed by May, June, and August. While flipping burgers and roasting hot dogs may seem simple, be sure to follow these tips to keep your party from burning out.
Keep the Grill Away From the House
While it may seem like a no brainer, lighting a grill inside your home can have disastrous consequences. Keep your grill out of the house (this includes kitchens, sunrooms, covered patios, and garages), and move it away from the house so that wayward flames do not ignite anything. Flare ups happen, so it is best to keep the grill away from anything flammable in order to avoid fire damage.
Keep it Clean
Failing to keep the grill clean was the leading cause of grill fires from 2011-2015. When you use your grill, fat and grease from your food will build up. Be sure to use a wire brush to scrape off any extra food that may have built up while you were cooking. Simply scraping the grill isn’t enough to ensure your safety; do a deep cleaning of your grill 2-3 times per year (or more if you use your grill often) and be sure to get all the nasty grease and build up out of all the nooks and crannies. In addition to helping prevent fires, keeping your grill clean is just plain hygiene! Nobody wants a burger with old fat stuck to it!
Never Leave the Grill Alone
This tip seems like another common-sense rule, but many properties catch fire because the grill was left unattended and was knocked over by kids or pets. Children under 5 accounted for about one third of contact-type burns. Keeping watch over the cooking area will help prevent your little ones from bumping into the grill or any hot equipment. Designate a grill master to keep watch over the grill and the area around it so that you catch any problems before they happen, and they can make sure the food is cooked to perfection.
Inspect Before You Grill
Propane grills are great for a backyard barbecue, but they also cause more fires than charcoal grills due to the more complicated equipment. Before you light the grill up, take a second to inspect your work station. Make sure the propane tank is connected to the grill correctly and that there are no leaks. A gas leak next to even the smallest flame can have huge consequences, so familiarize yourself with the way your grill works, and take care of the maintenance to keep it in working order.
Know What to do if a Fire Does Break Out
If a fire does break out, knowing what to do and acting quickly will keep everyone involved safe. Never use a squirt bottle to spray water on a grease fire. This can make the fire larger rather than putting it out, and small squirts of water are not likely to be enough to extinguish a fire anyway. Flour can also make things worse, so use baking soda, salt, or a fire extinguisher to combat flare ups. Keep a box of baking soda or a fire extinguisher where you can quickly and easily access it if a flame does get out of control.
Why Keeping a Clean Workplace is Good for Business
When you are busy trying to meet your company’s goals, keep track of your busy schedule, and still maintain a personal life, the last thing you would think to do is vacuum the floors in your office. Even though cleaning carpets and wiping tables may seem trivial, keeping a clean and tidy workspace is vital to the success of your business. Look at the list below to see why it is so critical to keep your workspace clean and fresh.
- First Impressions are Important
When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you notice about them? Is it their outfit? Can you tell if they have brushed their hair and teeth that morning? Just as you form a first impression of a person by the way they take care of themselves, customers will judge your company on the way your office looks. If you have papers strewn about, dirty floors, and smudges on your walls, it sends a message that you do not care about your work. If a potential client sat down to a business meeting and put their hand in something sticky, they will probably not want to work with you again. Making sure that your floors are clean, desks are tidy, and any spills are quickly cleaned up shows customers and employees that you are a professional business who cares about themselves and their work.
- Boosting Focus
Do you ever have so much to do that you just can’t decide where to start? Or have you ever seen a photo where there was so much to look at that you couldn’t take it all in? The same principle applies to your workspace. If you have clutter all over the place, muddy tracks on your carpet, and stains on the floor left over from last years Christmas party, it can be hard for anyone to stay focused on their work; especially if employees must take time away from their work to get rid of a mess in the lobby or other part of the building. Having a clean environment can help your employees focus on what matters rather than fixating on the mess surrounding them.
- Healtheir Employees
The average person spends around 8 hours a day in their workplace, so they will definitely be exposed to anything that is floating through the air or growing on the walls of the building. There are a huge number of indoor air pollutants, so investing in an air filter and making sure your systems are properly cleaned and cared for will help make sure that your employees aren’t inhaling any negative substances while they are on the job. Keeping walls, ceilings, and floors cleaned is an important part of making sure that no harmful substances in the office could be harming your employees.
To schedule a cleaning of your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Lakeworth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086!
The Importance of Smoke Detectors
We’ve all been in that scenario where you accidentally leave something in the oven slightly too long, and suddenly every smoke detector in the house is going off, but think twice before you take the batteries out of your device to prevent another interruption to your evening meal. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that three of every fire home fire deaths came from homes without smoke alarms, and the death rate for every 100 homes was more than twice as high in homes without functioning smoke detectors than in homes with them.
We are giving you these stats as a testimony to the importance of having a working smoke alarm on every level of your house; ideally, they should also be in each bedroom. Install your alarms in the center of the ceiling or up high near the ceiling if they are placed on a wall. Since heat – and therefore smoke – rises, a smoke alarm that is up high can alert you before a smoke detector that is located lower on a wall.
Once you have your detectors installed, you must be sure to test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. The alarms won’t be any use to you or your family if they are dead when an emergency arises.
We hope that you never find yourself with your house or business in flames, but if you do, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help you get back on your feet again. Call us at 817.560.3086 to find out how we can restore your home and belongings after a fire.
The Truth About Black Mold
You often hear about toxic black mold in headlines and on tv shows, but what is the truth about black mold, and how scared do you really need to be? Read below to find out the truth about black mold.
Mold can be found nearly everywhere in the world – both indoors and outdoors. It can grow in any warm humid environment, and chances are you have probably already had a run-in with some type of mold and left the encounter unscathed. While it is true that pretty much any mold can release allergens and irritants, do some molds really have the ability to kill us?
The term “Toxic Black Mold” was actually created by the media and gained traction as insurance companies and public officials looking to capitalize on people’s fears. The truth is that not all black mold is toxic, and not all non-black mold is safe. Enough mold of any kind can kind can cause serious side effects, so it is best to get the problem remediated right away regardless of the type or color.
Toxigenic molds produce mycotoxins which have the ability to harm other living things. Despite this fact, some mycotoxins are tremendously useful; you may have even heard of one of the most famous mycotoxins: Penicillin which is produced by the mold Penicillium. Though this mold is technically “toxic,” we encounter it constantly in our everyday lives, and most people (without allergies to penicillin) are completely fine.
So, there you have it. Don’t let big headlines scare you. If you think you have any type of mold growing inside – even if you think it is harmless – it is best to get a professional on-site as soon as possible to determine the best way to treat the problem. Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all of your mold remediation needs. 817.560.3086.