City of Saginaw, Texas receives new member from the State Farm Arson Dog Program
Sheldon, an arson detection dog, is the newest member of the Saginaw, TX fire department.
Meet Sheldon. He is the newest member of the Saginaw Fire Department from the State Farm Arson Dog Program. Sheldon is a 2 year old Goldenlab who has completed a 5 week, 200 hour canine-accelerant detection course. He is the 8th active arson dog in Texas and in his first three weeks already assisted on two jobs. One of the best parts about the State Farm Program, only shelter dogs or dogs dismissed from other service programs are used. Sheldon was in another program but couldn't resist a pork chop and therefore failed.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 16,800 fires are intentionally set in U.S. residential buildings every year, resulting in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries and $593 million in property damage.
Firework Safety in Haslet, TX
Current Texas Counties with Burn Bans in effect
According to the National Fire
Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 injuries, and an average $43 million in direct property damage.
In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extemities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated injuries.
There has been very little rain since March of this year and many Texas counties are currently under a burn ban. There were many grass and structure fires this weekend as fireworks could be heard popping for hours. If you must shoot fireworks, please adhere to a few simple safety tips:
Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles
Never relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
Who do you call at 2am?
Kate Rankin and Shanler Fisher answer your emergency calls 24/7.
Our phones are answered 24 hours a day by two of our office staff, Kate Rankin or Shanler Fisher. It doesn't matter if it's 2 am or 2 pm these ladies get pertinent info available such square footage affected, type of flooring, cause of loss, etc. They then dispatch the crew as quickly as possible with the equipment needed. By answering the phone ourselves and not using an answering service, we save the customer valuable time which can in turn save valuable items in the home or office. Plus, when you have a water or fire emergency talking to real person on the phone, who understands your concern and urgency, can be a comfort. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is here to help 24/7 365 days a year. Call us day or night at 817-232-3333.
No job is too big for SERVPRO.
SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchises across the country. If a large loss occurs, we have the ability to call on neighboring franchises. This ensures that the labor staff is still properly trained on how to handle fire and water emergencies. When a loss is large enough, we can also call in our Commercial Large Loss Division who are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the US.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operation manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO. Clients or the Commercial Large Loss Program include the following:
The Hospitality Industry
Water Damage May Lead to Development of Mold | Mold Remediation Experts for Fort Worth, TX
Early Signs Water Damage from a Leaky Roof
Spotting water damage early is important to eliminating the breeding ground for mold. Mold may have negative impacts on respiratory health, and its best to have it removed from the home when found.
Mold Damage Restoration Haslet, TX
If you do find mold and want it removed, call in the experts and avoid any potentially hazardous exposure to yourselves or family members. Our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth has specialized training in mold remediation. We have the right kind of clothing and equipment to deal with such a problem effectively, efficiently, and safely.
In order to better understand the potential risks associated with exposure to mold, you might consider this article from the CDC's website. They have done extensive research on this topic and have more information on the potential impacts to the human body.
Since our staff wants to avoid getting sick themselves, they know how to take the proper precautions to protect themselves from undue exposure. Once any mold has been removed, we'll make sure that the area is clean and dry. We'll also identify the source of the leak and can assist you in resolving this as well to avoid future opportunities for water damage.
Our goal is to leave your home "Like it never even happened." Just call our offices at 817.232.3333. We're available anytime of the day, any day of the week. We'll discuss the situation, assess the urgency, and make plans to inspect your home. We'll even work with your insurance company to determine if filing a claim would be appropriate. Since mold is generally connected with water damage, then such a claim is typically covered by your homeowner’s insurance. You'll likely only have to cover your deductible costs to restore your property.
Removing Pet Stains from Carpet
Did you get a new pet over the holidays? It often takes puppies and kittens a little time to figure out where their bathroom is. If your carpet is beginning to smell like a litter box, these cleaning tips might help.
First, clean up the accident as soon as possible. Be sure to blot the stain instead of rubbing, which will cause the stain to set into the carpet fibers. There are a couple different recipes using natural cleaners.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar. Using a spray bottle allows you more control on the amount of vinegar used. Spray the entire stain until wet. Agitate with a brush if needed. Cover with baking soda. You will hear the baking soda begin to sizzle letting you know it's working. Allow the mixture to completely dry, preferably overnight if possible. Then vacuum up the baking soda.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and dish soap
Mix 4 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide, 2 tbsp. water, and a couple of drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. This can easily be doubled or tripled for larger stains if needed. Hydrogen Peroxide can have a bleaching effect so spot test for colorfastness. Spray the entire stain and agitate with a brush. Let the stain sit for 10 minutes then blot with a white towel. Repeat these steps if necessary.
Enzyme cleaners like Nature's Miracle can be purchased at a number of stores and are specifically designed to break down urine, feces, or vomit. The enzymes breakdown this organic material helping to remove odors and stains. These cleaners also sometimes contain smells that encourage your pet not to use that area again.
SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile
SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is faster to any size disaster.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth's Emergency Ready Profile includes:
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth as your local Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Easy Storm Damage Preparedness Tips from SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth for Saginaw, Fort Worth, and Haslet
In 2016 Texas weather included 90 tornadoes and over 35 inches of precipitation.
Texans often consider certain local weather patterns to be unique to our state – the hot, humid summers, the wide temperature fluctuations in the spring and fall, and all types of storms: tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, wind storms, and ice storms. Even if you watch the weather report on television every morning, Texas weather can surprise you, and before you know it, you're dealing with storm damage to clean up.
Storm Damage Preparedness Tips
First, put our number in your phone: 817.232.3333. If you're in a situation where a storm has damaged your home, it's likely you'll get your loved ones out and you may be sitting in your car or at the neighbor's house wondering what to do next. When you have SERVPRO's number handy, we'll be ready for you!
Next, consider your insurance. Do you have the right kind? Consumers usually shop for the best price, but around here, we really need to find the best value because nearly every Texan has to deal with storm damage to their home or vehicle at some point. Ask your agent what your coverage is like if you suffer storm damage. What about flooding? Should you consider adding flood insurance?
The next project to tackle is to take an inventory of your personal property. There are tools available for your phone or tablet that can simplify the process of documenting your belongings.
Take a look around your home, and make sure that everything is secure. Make a visual inspection of your roof and look for any potential problems. Make sure any carports or porches are secured to the home, and their posts are fastened to the ground.
Seal the windows and doors. North Texas weather has a tendency to damage the seals over time, and it's advisable to go back over these periodically.
Finally, as you watch the weather, when you know there is a storm approaching, make sure your yard is clear. Secure outdoor furniture, and make sure gardening tools are put away. Anything left out can become a missile in high winds, and a few minutes of care can remove these dangers.
If you do suffer storm damage, then we're here to help. Call us at 817.232.3333. We'll work with you and your insurance company to help make it... "Like it never even happened."
Protect your Outdoor Faucets from Harsh Winter Weather – Water Damage / Fort Worth / Haslet / Saginaw
Covering your outdoor faucets during winter weather can help prevent water damage.
As we prepare for colder temperatures in Northwest Fort Worth, it's important to think about outside faucets. In Tarrant County many homebuilders don't really plan for sub-freezing temperatures, and want to save costs wherever possible. Their main concern is NOT to prevent water damage, but rather keep things simple and as inexpensive as possible.
A faucet cover is a relatively simple tool that protects your outdoor faucet against freeze damage. The covers are quick and easy to install. Just place the cover over the faucet and lock it firmly against the house exterior. This creates an air pocket around the faucet and protects it from freezing temperatures and ice accumulation.
Water Damage Restoration Experts at Your Service
If the outdoor faucet remains exposed in the winter, the water in the pipe could freeze, expand, and burst the pipe. Water will rush out until you shut the water off. If you are not home, a broken pipe can turn into a water damage disaster in no time. If this does ever happen to you, then you'll want to give us a call as we are water damage restoration experts. We've been working throughout Fort Worth, Saginaw and Haslet for many years, and we can mitigate the water damage and dry the wet materials.
Our team in Haslet is ready to help if you do need water damage restoration services. However, for a few dollars (generally less than $5), you can protect your outdoor faucets and reduce the chances that you'll suffer water damage.
SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is your local resource. We recommend putting our number in your mobile phone: 817.232.3333. You'll have it handy should you ever need our services.
Home Inventory App | Prepare Now for Disaster Recovery | Haslet | Fort Worth | Saginaw
SMART Phone apps make home inventory process simple
Disasters happen every day. Our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth has had the opportunity to help many people, often on the worst day of their lives after a fire strikes their home. We always start with the most immediate areas of concern first: safety of all the family members, security for the property, and then mitigating damage as much as possible. Depending on the situation, we can often dry out the existing structure without a huge reconstruction project. It all depends on what happened, how long any water remained standing and how long before we were called into action. During the mitigation process, we are often able to restore personal belongings as well. Many times, the simple process of drying everything out and cleaning off any residue will restore items to a usable condition. However, there are often considerable amounts of personal goods that are beyond repair and must simply be discarded and replaced. We can assist homeowners with this process by working with them and their insurance agent to define the damage and outline a reimbursement. This process is simplified when a homeowner has an inventory of their personal property. In an ideal situation, there will be photographs, descriptions, and proofs of purchase for the items. The more information you have, the better, and there are many automation tools available today to assist. The key to this process is taking an inventory BEFORE disaster strikes. You might check with your agent to determine what they recommend if they have any tools you can use. We did identify 5 companies that offer such tools. We included their links below, and some relevant information about reviews, recent updates, etc. We recommend trying out a few different apps, and try to enter information on one room in your home and see how it goes. Mobile apps will often have a website companion site that can be useful in managing and updating information. Spending some time now can help you save time later. Instead of having to come up with an inventory after you’ve lost everything and aren’t thinking straight, you’ll have a detailed report to hand over to the agent and adjuster. This will allow you to focus on the thing that matters to you most - your family. We’ll worry about the structure, and do our very best to make it “Like it never even happened.”
- iOS: Version: 5.1.2 Rating: 2.4 out of 5 / Updated: November 15, 2017
- Android: Version: 5..1.2 Rating: 3.6 out of 5 / Updated: October 6, 2017
- DreamVault from American Family
- iOS: Version: 1.5.1 Rating: 1.5 out of 5 / Updated: July 6, 2016
- Android: Version: Varies by Device Rating: 3.2 out of 5 / Updated: February 16, 2016
- Country-Wide Insurance
- iTunes App: Version: 3.6.3 Rating: Not Enough Feedback / Updated: July 21, 2017
- Android App: Version: 3.6.0 Rating: 3.1 out of 5 / Updated: July 19, 2017
- Liberty Mutual Home Gallery
- iTunes App: Version: 2.3 Rating: 1.5 out of 5 / Updated: March 31, 2016
- State Farm® Homeindex®
- There is no mobile app. This is available from a browser only.