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Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Girl in car with cardboard Reuse, Reuse, Recycle... That is what we do!

You can usually turn to Facebook and see who is offering major recycling days in your community like: paint, tires, electronics, shredding and more. Until then here’s a handy five step guide on how to recycle effectively. :

1. Know What to Put in the Recycling Bin

Keep it simple and focus on the most commonly recycled items are paper, glass, aluminum and plastic. Rigid plastics like water and soft drink bottles, milk jugs, detergent jugs or anything like these can be recycled. Don't use the recycled symbol as a guide, “the number on the container is really for people to identify the type of resin it is. That’s not helpful for the common consumer,” said Cody Marshall, a strategist at nonprofit Recycling Partnership.

2. Know What is Not Recyclable

It is really important to know what you cannot put in your bin. You can always check with your municipality or at BeRecycled.org if you live in the US, just plug in your zip code to search. Recycling companies struggle with the same problem items: hoses, cords, plastic bags, needles, clothing and propane tanks, according to Marshall, so don't put those items in your bin.

3. Rinse out or Clean items

Do a quick clean to make sure there is no food left in containers before you put them in the bin. This is really important if you only use one bin because food items or liquids could ruin paper. Save food for composting in your garden.

4. Don't Bag it

Unless you live in a place that requires it, like New York City, keep the recyclables loose in the bin. A lot of the time, it’s not safe for our employees to rip those bags open, or it takes too much time,” said Keller. “A lot of bagged stuff goes right to the landfill.” 

5. If You Don't Know Then Throw it Out

If you really don't know if an item is recyclable and if it cannot be donated to be reused, then just throw it in the garbage. It will end up in a landfill but so will items that are put in recycle bins that don't belong there. If there is non-recyclable items in your bin, it may not be picked up anyway. Waste Management companies spend as much as 140,000 hours every year to remove plastic bags, Christmas lights and other items that get tangled up in the equipment.

Plastic bags can be used again or returned to grocery stores. Batteries, light bulbs, and hazardous waste may have a local recycling program so google or check BeRecycled.org to see where they can be dropped off. 

Water Fountain or Flood Machine?

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

water fountain The fountain that never stops

Everyone loves to gather around the old faithful water fountain at work or at school and catch up on the latest. It is always a fun game to wonder and play that game “ Is this thing gonna soak me or barely trickle?”

What if it the water fountain gets stuck in the on position? Have you ever wondered just how much water it can provide? Would you be surprised to know that it can provide as much as 100 Gallons Per Hour! And if your faculty ever falls victim to “Murphy’s Law” at 5pm on a Friday, you will definitely need our help!

Do you or your staff know where the water cut off valves are located on property? Do you have the correct trusted vendor on speed dial who can help 24/7/365?

Contact our SERVPRO of Longview team about providing an Emergency Ready Profile for your facility. This cost free analysis asks all the right question so you are never caught off guard and ready when “Murphy” strikes!

Call us 903-238-8100

Tips From The National Weather Service on Strong Winds

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Broken tree Heavy winds bring down trees

The National Weather Service alerts the public about high wind events using the following criteria:

  • High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheels and slow down. NWS offices issue this product based on local criteria.
  • High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose outdoor items and adjust plans as necessary so you're not caught outside. NWS offices issue this product based on local criteria.
  • Wind Advisory: Take Action! Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured and caution should be taken if driving. NWS offices issue this product based on local criteria.

All it takes is a tree branch at 50 mph to shatter windows and 100 mph to penetrate exterior walls. Proper planning may help to save property and potentially people from injury and inconvenience when severe weather strikes.

Tips to prepare for heavy winds:

  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies, and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury. 
  • Move vehicles to garages or away from trees
  • Check trees and branches for any that could break off during a storm and have them removed
  • Secure and shut off your outdoor pool. Turn off the circuit breaker to your outdoor pool and remove the motor to prevent damage.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared in case of a power outage with items like flashlights, batteries, weather radio, etc.

Does Melting Snow cause Flooding?

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

frozen gutter and snow What happens when snow melts?

How to Prevent Snowmelt Flooding

  • Shovel snow away from your home, keeping it away from your foundation. Whenever possible, keep snow 5 feet away from your foundation.
  • If your home is on a grade or hill, shovel snow so that it doesn’t roll toward your home when it melts. This ensures melting snow flows away from your home, instead of towards it.
  • Clear snow from your roof to prevent excessive buildups. This prevents a significant amount of water flowing through your gutters during a thaw.
  • Keep drainage areas around your home clear of snow and ice build-up. This ensures melting snow will drain properly and helps prevent backups.
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks. This includes caulking around windows too. Make repairs as necessary to prevent water from entering your basement.
  • Check your landscaping before the snow arrives to ensure the ground slopes away from your home. Add additional soil if necessary to help melting snow flow away from your foundation.
  • Check your roof for ice and snow build-up. This can lead to ice damages that allow melting snow to enter through your roof.
  • Inspect your gutters and downspouts. Clear leaves and other debris regularly during the fall, as this can create blockages. Add downspout extensions to channel melting snow away from your home.
  • Check for and clear ice dams hanging from gutters. This places them directly over the perimeter of the home's foundation, meaning that when they melt, they could lead to an increased flooding threat in the basement. 
  • Test your sump pump during the winter to ensure it works properly when the snow melts. Pour a bucket of water into the sump basin to engage the pump. If it doesn’t turn on, unplug the pump and investigate the issue.
  • Never ignore water in your basement. Investigate and repair the source as soon as possible.
  • If you have water in your basement or a flood from melting snow, dry and clean the area as quickly as possible.

Eww, what is that smell?

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

sewage on restaurant floor What is that smell?

Most homeowners and business owners may not realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their house or sewer lateral – the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main, usually located under the street, and the building.

The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part that may extend into the street or public right of way. A cracked or deteriorated lateral or one filled with tree roots can allow groundwater to seep into the system, contributing to the possible sewer backup problems.

Occasionally, the city sewer or municipal drainage system overflows and sends waste water back through the sewage pipe and into your home. An overflow can occur for a number of different reasons, including cracks in the pipe, a surcharge caused by large snowmelt or heavy rains, or a blockage caused by tree roots or plumbing system deterioration, and more.

However, it can also be caused by a blockage in your home’s or business own plumbing system due to a failed sump pump, hair clogs, grease clogs, or any other physical obstruction in the pipes.

If you experience call SERVPRO and we can help 24/7/365.  

SERVPRO Of Longview Can Handle Both Commercial and Residential Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO workers in large building Having SERVPRO handle both the damage mitigation and the rebuilding will help save us time, thus saving you money.

No matter what the size of the job is or whether it is commercial or residential, SERVPRO has the experience and training to mitigate and restore your property. All remediation jobs are different, and they require different strategies. That is where the years of expertise and training come in use and why we can tackle a wide arrange of obstacles.

Heavy winds and rain damage can be detrimental to a commercial property, by causing a great deal and damage and putting it out of commission for an extended period. That is why SERVPRO of Longview is always ready 24/7 with a team and equipment ready to go. A large job, such as an elementary school, requires a large team and a lot of equipment. Heavy storm and hail damage can require roof repair, which in a large building can require equipment (such as scissor lifts) to remove the damaged material and install the new. The floors must also be well protected and covered to prevent any further mess or damage.

Having SERVPRO (a specialized team with both the training and the experience) handle both the damage mitigation and the rebuilding will help save us time, thus saving you money. 

Having any roof damage on your Longview Property? Call us today at (903)-238-8100

A Fast Response Time is Critical for Fire or Water Damage in Your Longview Home or Business

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor flood damage and debris So do not let a disaster keep you down for long, let SERVPRO of Longview make it “Like it never even happened.”

Whenever a water or fire disaster strikes your Lufkin home, an immediate response is critical. That is why SERVPRO of Lufkin offers 24/7 support. The sooner you act, the more it will save you in the long run. One of the best things you can do is add a temporary cover, such as tarps and boards, to help prevent any further damage.

After installing the temporary protective covers, SERVPRO can begin the process of getting your Longview home or business back to its former glory. The professionals at SERVPRO of Longview can simplify the entire restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low. We have experience working with just about anything you could possibly need. We have the experience of working with residential and commercial clients and the experience of working with your insurance adjusters.

So do not let a disaster keep you down for long, let SERVPRO of Longview make it “Like it never even happened.”

Complete Restoration and Rebuilding for Your Longview Home or Business

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor walls in the process of being rebuilt We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.

Going through a fire or flood your Longview home or business is both mentally and physically exhausting. That is why SERVPRO of Longview does not leave you to handle everything after the initial disaster by yourself. By offering extensive restoration services beyond just the initial restoration, we can simplify the whole process and keep it cohesive.

Using SERVPRO for more restoration and rebuilds after the fact not only gives you the absolute best in services, but also helps save you money on your Longview home or business. Our Restoration Project Manager and crew are qualified and experienced to tackle the entire process. From the initial cleanup, to the insurance adjusters, to rebuilding and construction. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.  Whether your property suffers a small flood or fire and requires minor remediation services, or is large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors, our experienced restoration professionals are here to help.  Not only can we remove ceilings, wall and floors affected by property disasters, but we can also replace them.  We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing, electrical or other related services.

SERVPRO of Longview is here to work right alongside you, until everything is back and better than it was before. If you have any questions or would like a consultation, call us 24/7 at:

(903) 238-8100

How SERVPRO of Longview Can Help You, After the Initial Disaster

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Large indoor area being prepared for construction Now that you know that SERVPRO of Longview is your one-stop solution for all your construction needs call us for an estimate at: 903-238-8100

The damage has been contained, the restoration crew has packed up, and the house is quiet again. You make your way to the site of the damage and you are confronted with the remains of what was your home. You are grateful for the men and women of SERVPRO of Longview’s emergency response team, but who is going to put your house back together? Where do you begin? Who can you call?

When the time comes to rebuild the areas of your property damaged by water/fire/mold or any other disaster, SERVPRO of Longview can step in and save you time, money, and the headaches of taking on a construction job on your own.

What makes SERVPRO of Longview’s Reconstruction division such a wise choice is that upon completion of any restoration demolition to your property, you continue to work with the same franchise for your home or business rebuild. This not only saves you time shopping for a general contractor but assures you that you will receive the same unsurpassed customer service from start to finish that you have come to expect from the leader in disaster relief: SERVPRO of Longview.

Now that you know that SERVPRO of Longview is your one-stop solution for all your construction needs call us for an estimate at: 903-238-8100.

Call the experts of SERVPRO of Longview and watch the damage to your home disappear “Like it never even happened.”  

(903) 238-8100

SERVPRO of Longview's Restoration and Rebuilding Process

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Two Male SERVPRO workers speaking Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition.

Once the emergency mitigation services have been performed in your home or business, our Restoration Project Manager will coordinate with our construction team, your insurance company and adjuster to plan the next steps. Our full-service disaster restoration services provide all the necessary steps in the cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild process from start to finish. Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition. Our goal is to leave you with the home and/or business you had before any damages occurred, as well as minimize any stress or strain associated with handling a restoration and construction project on your own. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.  Whether your property suffers a small flood or fire and requires minor remediation services, or is large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors, our experienced restoration professionals are here to help.  Not only can we remove ceilings, wall and floors affected by property disasters, but we can also replace them.  We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing, electrical or other related services.

As construction in your Deep East Texas commercial or residential property begins a SERVPRO Construction Project Manager will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our goal is to restore and repair your home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request (these upgrades may NOT be covered by insurance). This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those home or business improvements you may have been planning but putting off!  

Contact our SERVPRO of Longview team at (903) 238-8100 today for any questions or a consultation!