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Fire Evacuation Plan

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Escape Plan Create a Fire escape plan and practice it

Fire Evacuation Plan

Planning for the possibility of a fire can be difficult. The thought of evacuating your Golden Beach, FL home in an emergency is enough to send shivers down your spine, even if you know it's for the best. But with some advance planning and preparation, you can keep your family safe and reduce the risk of injury or death during an evacuation.

What to do Before a Fire

Create an evacuation plan and practice it. If you have young children, make sure they are familiar with the plan and know what to do if there is an emergency.

  • Practice the plan.
  • Make sure everyone knows the plan.
  • Make sure everyone is ready to leave at a moment's notice.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to go if there is an evacuation (family/friend’s house, hotel, etc.).
  • Get a fire extinguisher. The best way to fight fires is by preventing them in the first place, and one of the best ways to do that is with a fire extinguisher. A small extinguisher will cost only $20-30, but it could save you thousands of dollars worth of damage if you have one on hand when an unexpected fire breaks out.
  • Know where your exits are located and practice using them regularly so that everyone knows how quickly they can get out of their home safely in an emergency situation (i.e., practice opening windows).

What to do During a Fire

If you're at home when a fire breaks out, you'll likely be the first to notice it.

  • Get out of the house immediately, making sure that everyone else leaves as well.
  • Call 911 with your location and follow your evacuation plan—whether it's to meet at a neighbor's house or drive away from the burning building in an emergency vehicle. Stay calm and listen carefully to all directions given by law enforcement or firefighters. You may need to evacuate again if conditions change; be prepared for this possibility by keeping an emergency kit on hand and knowing how long it will take you to get where you're going (in case of power outages, maps should be available online).

You should have a plan for what to do if there's a fire in your Golden Beach, FL home. Keep an emergency kit on hand and know how long it will take you to get where you're going (in case of power outages, maps should be available online).

What to do After a Fire

If the fire is contained, stay away from the building. If you have time to grab anything, grab important documents and your pets. Call 911 if you see someone who needs help escaping or if there is a serious injury. If you are outside and see flames or smoke, get away from the building as quickly as possible.

We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of having an evacuation plan and how to put it into practice. If you have any questions or would like more information on our services, please contact us today!

Post-Holiday Cleaning tips for your Business

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

The holiday season is a busy and stressful time for New Braunfels businesses and cleaning is the last thing on your mind. With office holiday parties and potlucks this can leave your business a mess. What better what to start off the new year then getting your workplace back to top shape.

Here are a few cleaning tips to clean up after the holidays:

  • Pack up holiday decorations

Collect all decorations and put away for storage and dispose of things that can not be reused.

  • Disinfect all surfaces

Use a disinfectant to clean all surfaces within your business to mitigate holiday season germs.

  • Deep clean carpets and upholstery

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

  • Restock cleaning supplies

Make sure to stock up on cleaning supplies such as bathroom and general cleaning supplies. 

When the dirt and dust challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need to call SERVPRO of San Marcos / New Braunfels. We will provide expert cleaning services provided promptly. Whether it’s removing a foul odor or deep cleaning the flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Preventing Laundry Water Damage in your San Marcos Residence

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

Washing machine leaks are one of the leading causes of water damage in a home. Both front loaders and top load washers can leak or seep water which can lead to water damage. There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of water leaking from your washer in your San Marcos home. 

Here are some reasons your washer may be leaking:

-Machine is overloaded. This is the most common reason washing machines start leaking. You can verify your load limits in your user guide.

-Overuse of detergent. Too much detergent can lead to excessive suds which can find their way out of the washing machine and cause water damage.

-Old hose. If your washing machine is older the gaskets in those hoses can become brittle over time and leak. This will eventually cause a breakage in the hose and water will flood your home.

-Faulty tub seal. This seal is the main seal between your machine and outer tub. If this is worn or broken this will cause a leak under the tub.

Some ways you can prevent this are:

-Inspecting your washing machine hoses monthly.

-Turn off the water supply when not in use.

-Install an emergency turn off kit.

-Changing your hoses every 3 to 5 years.

-Use stainless steel hoses.

If you suffer from water damage due to a leaking washing machine, give us a call. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Marcos / New Braunfels is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency.

Holiday Fire Safety in your Kyle Home

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

Winter holidays bring families together to decorate the Christmas tree, family meals and sitting by a cozy fire to stay warm. This also present fire risks that can quickly turn this festive time of year into a devastating one.

Christmas Tree’s

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Almost one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.”

  • 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.
  • 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.

Holiday Decorations

The National Fire Protection Association says, “More than one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles.”

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • 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.

Holiday Entertaining

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

Water Damage Caused by clogged gutters in your New Braunfels home

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

During the fall months, trees begin to lose their leaves which can build up in your gutter systems. Gutters are designed to collect rainwater from your roof and divert the flow away from your home. When these are clogged, the rainwater will build up and cause leaks and other structural damage.

You may notice a leak or stain on your ceiling if water has drained under your shingles or roof. If this happens mold can begin to develop which can cause another host of problems.

Over time you may also notice signs of water damage to the interior of your New Braunfels home interior. As water seeps through the structural components of your home, furniture, appliances, and electrical systems are all at risk for water damage.

Gutters collects leaves and debris throughout the year and require periodic cleaning.

No matter the cause or source of the water damage, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property to pre-damaged condition. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. The dedicated team here at SERVPRO of San Marcos / New Braunfels  is always ready to take your call, 24 hours a day.

Call Us Today – (830) 625-0578

Don’t Fall for these Safety Risks

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

As the season change from summer to fall also brings fire safety risks associated with fall activities. Here are some fire prevention tips you can follow while enjoying fall festivities.

  • Campfire Safety

 According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Campfire accidents send thousands of people to emergency rooms with burn injuries every year.” Here are some tips you can use for safety around the fire

- If campfires are permitted, they need to be at least 25 feet away from any structure and anything that can burn.

- Watch children while the fire is burning. Never let children or pets play or stand too close to the fire.

- Always attend to the campfire. A campfire left alone for only a few minutes can grow into a damaging fire.

- Always have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to put out the fire. Make sure to put it completely out before leaving the site.

  • Halloween

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Decorations are the first thing to ignite in roughly 800 reported home fires each year.” 

- When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.

- Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.

- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

- Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

  • Burning Leaves Safely

One popular way to dispose of falling leaves is to burn them. This can lead to higher fire and burn accidents. Here are a few safe alternatives to burning your leaves and grass clippings.

-Recycling your tree limbs, grass clippings, leaves can be composted and mulches into landscaping material.

-Many cities and towns provide curbside collection of bagged leaves and yard waste. Check your local public works department on the designated days for these pickups.

-Another option is calling a yard waste/junk removal service. These services take the debris to a dump or recycling center.

Commercial Deodorizing: Keeping your Business Smelling Good

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

As a customer the first things we notice are how a business smell. Whether it be a restaurant, gym, retail store, office, the list goes on.  Businesses that are perceived as smelling good tend to have customers spend more time there and return to your business.

Identifying the source of bad smells is your first step to eliminating them. Once you identify the source you can deodorize and freshen.

Common Odor Sources:

  • Restroom Odors

One place we all recall are the restrooms. Despite your best cleaning efforts, bad smells have an impression on your business. A study by Initial Hygiene, shows 77% of customers leave with a negative perception of a place that has unpleasant restroom smells.

Mold and mildew can cause a musty or old house smell. First you will need to find the source of the mold in places such as walls, drains or areas of high moisture. Make sure to identify if the mold will need to be professionally removed first. If you can mitigate the problem yourself, scrub down the affected areas with a specific cleaner the best you can and ventilate.

  • Commercial Dumpsters

One common source of odors is garbage. Trash cans, dumpers and anywhere waste is disposed of. Trash cans should be emptied and disinfected regularly. Dumpster odors can consist of decaying food and other products. During the summer heat this can especially be prominent. So get ahead of the summer heat and treat your dumpsters with a deodorizing spray.

No matter the source of your persistent business odors, SERVPRO of San Marcos/New Braunfels have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the odor removal and deodorization to us.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Each September, National Preparedness month encourages to help prepare communities, homeowners, and business owners to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

Preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods can greatly reduce the risks to your home, health, and environment.

Here are some items you should have handy for when a storm hits:

  • Water – at least one gallon per person for several days
  • Food – nonperishable food is best in case of a power outage
  • Battery powered flashlights and radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kits
  • Local maps
  • Prescription Medications
  • Pain relievers and other over the counter medications
  • Baby formula, diapers and wipes
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Matches
  • Paper plates, utensils, and cups
  • Some fun things to do such as books, games, and puzzles

Storms can hit at any moment, and we won’t always be in the same place. Therefore, it is also important to prepare supplies for home, work, and cars. Have dedicated spaces for your emergency kits in the common places that you and your family are located.

If your home or property has received any storm damage, call on SERVPRO of San Marcos/New Braunfels at (830) 625-0578. We are experienced in storm damage restoration, and We are Here to Help®

Pool Maintenance to avoid Water Damage

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Owning a swimming pool can be a huge financial liability. Many pool owners know repair bills can spring out of nowhere and be expensive. Swimming pools have a lot of components and moving parts that can potentially fail and result in leaks, flooding, and foundation damage.

Pools should be maintained just like maintaining a vehicle. The biggest mistake pool owners make is waiting until its too late to replace a failed component or leak. An active leak can slowly break every part of the pool if given time to do so, in addition to eroding your landscaping. Chlorinated water will begin to damage metal and walls of both concrete pools and vinyl liner pools. A leaking pump can turn into a big break causing major flood damage to your home.

However, pools are a fun recreation tool and adds value to your San Marcos home. Keep your pool in top notch shape to avoid major property damage and protect your property value.

SERVPRO of San Marcos / New Braunfels is here to help when your San Marcos property has been damaged by water. Our dedicated team is always ready to take your call, 24 hours a day.

5 ways to prevent Vandalism and Graffiti from happening to your New Braunfels Commercial Property

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the annual cost of monitoring, detecting, removing, and repairing graffiti damage has been estimated as high as $15 to $18 billion. Commercial properties and business can help reverse these numbers by following these 5 strategies.

  1. Anti-Graffiti Film

One of the most cost-effective ways to mitigate damage, anti-graffiti film is invisible after being installed and can even eliminate the need for a costly glass replacement. Products such as 3M™ Anti-Graffiti Films, can be removed and replaced quickly, and without the need to remove your windows.

  1. Impact Protection Attachment Systems

These offer the highest level of protection for glass and windows. This system attaches to the glass and window frame and prevents not only vandals and forced entry, but also other catastrophic events such as bomb blasts and earthquakes. 

  1. Security Systems

Installing security cameras offers an extra level of surveillance to your New Braunfels business. The presence of security cameras can intimidate offenders from “tagging” a building but also will record the incident for investigation.

  1. Flood Lights

Another cost-effective method is the installation of flood lights. As statistics indicate graffiti vandalism often occurs at night, lights can add an extra layer of security to alert perpetrators that someone may be watching. 

  1. Barriers

Building a barrier to protect the outside of your property, such as fences, or even plants like hedges and shrubbery. This will restrict access to the walls of a facility. The additional effort it takes to maneuver around these barriers often forces potential vandals to abort their efforts to cause damage to your business.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?

SERVPRO of San Marcos/New Braunfels will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, metals, woods, glass, and masonry. Call Us Today – (830) 625-0578