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Cold winter weather is here in NW Fort Worth! Check your furnace today!
Make sure your home's HVAC system is thoroughly checked each autumn before you use the heater, and each spring before you use the air conditioner.
North Texas residents have been cranking the air conditioning for several months now, so not too many people have been worried about their furnaces. However, cooler temperatures are just beginning to affect our local communities near Haslet and Saginaw, and if you wait to turn on your furnace until a freezing cold day, you may have to spend some time shivering in a cold house waiting for a technician to come. The next time you have a few minutes, just turn on your heating system to make sure it's working. Listen for the sound of the coil turning on, and then the fan pumping the heated air through your home. Make sure vents are open where you want them, and you should be in good shape. If you suspect a problem, then finding out now would enable you to schedule a technician when their schedule is open.
We know reputable companies in the area through the local chambers of commerce, so if you're in need of a referral, please call our office or your Chamber of Commerce.
Another idea on this topic, is to sign up for a bi-annual HVAC system check-up service. Essentially, this is setting up your heating and air conditioning on a subscription service. A technician will typically check your units in the spring and fall, and make sure everything is working as expected. Many companies will then give priority attention to your call if you ever have a problem in the summer or winter. This is a nice perk to be able to jump to the front of the line if your air conditioning goes out in August during our week-long, triple-digit heat waves!
Natural Gas Service? Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you have gas service in your home, it's critical to have a working carbon monoxide detector. Sometimes equipment fails or lines can crack. Since carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, you may not realize you have a problem until it's too late. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are described as "flu-like," and may include headaches, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. This is an inexpensive, but critical, part of your home preparedness planning so take the time to purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector, especially if you have gas appliances.
Get ready for Heating Season! Check your furnace today!
North Texas has been cranking the air conditioning for months now, so not too many people have been worried about their furnaces. However, cooler temperatures are coming, and if you wait to turn on your furnace until that day, you may have to spend some time in the cold waiting for a technician to come. The next time you have a few minutes, just turn it on to make sure it's working. Listen for the sound of the coil turning on, and then the fan pumping the heated air through your home. Make sure vents are open where you want them, and you should be in good shape. If you suspect a problem, then finding out now would enable you to call a technician when their schedule is open.
We know reputable companies in the area, so if you're in need of a referral, please call our office.
Another idea on this topic, is to sign up for a check-up service. Essentially. this is setting up your heating and air conditioning on a subscription service. They will typically check your units in the spring and fall, and make sure everything is working as expected. Many companies will then give priority attention to your call if you ever have a problem in the summer or winter. This is a nice perk to be able to jump to the front of the line if you air conditioning goes out in August during our week-long, triple-digit heat waves!
Gas Service? Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you have gas service in your home, it's critical to have a working carbon monoxide detector. Sometimes equipment can fail, and carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas, and you may not realize you have a problem until it's too late. This is an inexpensiveness, but critical part of your home preparedness planning so take the time to check it.
Why Black Mold is Dangerous To Your Family
Some mold is safe for you. For example, many types of Brie cheese comes with mold, and without mold, we wouldn't have yogurt. However, some molds can cause health effects. Black mold is black in color and appears in small, black circles. The circles are usually clustered together. When you notice this in your home, you need to schedule black mold removal as quickly as possible. Why? For the following reasons:
The moment your drywall is exposed to water or moisture, it could start growing mold. In fact, you could notice mold within 24-48 hours after water exposure. Black mold will also spread quickly. Within a week of its first appearance, there will be enough to impact the health of people in your home. It's important to catch it as early as possible to prevent it from spreading throughout your home and potentially causing health effects for your family members.
Black mold spores are airborne. They get into your body through your nose as you breathe. The spores are microscopic, so you can't see them or know when you're inhaling them. As more and more spores get into your body, it can cause health effects.
The spores will get into the air as you disturb it, so it's important to handle it with care. Make sure that you use the proper equipment to prevent it from getting into your air. Better yet, hire a professional to come help you remove the mold and prevent it from growing anymore.
SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is your Mold Removal Expert!
If you think that you may have mold in your home, you should schedule our team to come to your home and look for signs of black mold. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth can test the mold to determine what type of mold you have. If it's black mold, the proper steps need to be taken for black mold removal to prevent it from getting into your air and spreading the spores around your home and to members of your household.
Top Signs of Black Mold
Black mold is not only annoying and invasive, but it can also impact one’s health. It is considered a toxic substance, and should be treated as such. There are some key signs of black mold that may help homeowners or renters identify the toxin. Here are the top three signs of black mold.
Black mold thrives on water and humidity. If water damage is found in a house, it is very possible that black mold will be found with it. Rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens are especially susceptible to black mold because of the high humidity in the atmosphere. Like water damage, leaking pipes and condensation can also be signs of black mold because of the presence of water. Making sure there is no mold growing if water damage is found can prevent a lot of problems.
Often times, black mold has a smell. If there are certain rooms that have a scent that seems a little off, it could be black mold. Black mold can grow just about anywhere if the conditions are right, so even if it’s a room where black mold growth seems unlikely, it is still a good idea to get it checked. There are a lot of companies that can provide services to help identify and remove black mold. There are black mold removal services in Fort Worth and many other areas, especially humid ones.
This common sign seems obvious, but seeing black mold or any other questionable dark substance is usually a sign of mold. Make sure to check bathrooms, kitchens, and other humid rooms regularly for mold. Finding and treating mold is preferable to developing symptoms from it and wondering what the problem is.
Black mold can be a very dangerous substance. It’s important to know the signs of black mold to prevent it and catch it. Black mold is often visible and can be smelled, so if these signs are found, a company that performs black mold removal should be contacted.
Matthew Hicks, SERVPRO Northwest Fort Worth, Winners of the 2015 Director's Silver Award for Outstanding Sales Performance
Matthew Hicks, SERVPRO, 2015 Director's Silver Award Winner for Oustanding Sales Performance in 2014
Congratulations to our franchise owner, Matthew Hicks, and the SERVPRO Team in Northwest Fort Worth! 2015 Director's Silver award for outstanding sales performance in 2014!
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Home Inventory Tools Can Help Prepare for an Insurance Claim
Plan Ahead to Avoid Headaches Later
North Texas has had more than its fair share of extreme weather this year. This past May was in fact the wettest May on record! Many people had the unfortunate task of dealing with flooding in and around their homes and businesses. Our team at SERVPRO was very busy working with our neighbors here in Tarrant County. Hopefully many people affected by this rare flooding event were covered, and they had some way of reporting the losses to their insurance carriers.
Now that the sunny days are here, it’s a good time to step back and think ahead to the next event where it would be great to have a list of your belongings that would make it quick and easy to submit to an insurance company. This process is much easier to do when everything is intact, and you have a clear head. Once you have the data available, then you’ll have great documentation that will make it easier to justify the different replacement values of items in your home or office to a claims processor. Once you have the inventory taken, you can simply add in new purchases.
One easy way to do this, is to create a video of your home and narrate it as you go. You can go from room to room, and even read off serial numbers, model information and more. While you can’t create an instant report from this method, it does give you the information you need if you did need to create a report to submit an insurance claim. Make sure the video is backed-up or saved off-site so that it’s available in case of emergency.
Home Inventory Tools
There are a variety of online tools to assist you, and a number of smart-phone apps that make it easy to capture still pictures and videos of your home, along with purchase receipts, model and serial numbers and more. As you consider different tools, make sure to collect at least these key items:
· Description of the item
· Serial number
· Purchase date
· Estimated value
Once you decide which tool to use, make sure that the information is stored somewhere offsite, and you can easily create a report of your valuables. As you start the process, it would be advisable to enter in about ten items, and submit a report to your insurance agent to confirm that it has the information required to document the item. Doing an initial sample will help you justify the time you’ll spend on the full inventory. Once you’re ready to move forward, create an action plan to move from room to room, and tackle one room per week until you’re done.
Give special consideration to high-value items like jewelry and collectibles. You may need additional documentation for these, and get additional coverage from your agent.
As for the types of tools available, check with your insurance agent first. There are a number of companies who have their own tools, and these are generally made available at no additional cost. Here are three that are readily available:
· Allstate Digital Locker works on the web, iPhone, or Android.
· State Farm HomeIndex works on the web, but can easily be accessed by a mobile device, too.
· Liberty Mutual Home Gallery lets you take a photo inventory using your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
An independent tool that allows you to enter 25 items to try it out is called “Home Contents - easy home inventory.” It’s available for iPhone and iPad here. This app was recently updated in May, and allows you to easily take pictures of each item, and receipts if you have them. You can then record the purchase price, replacement cost, serial numbers and notes. Look at the fun you can have after Christmas each year!
If you have any special questions, or you’d like a referral to a professional insurance agent in the area, please call us at SERVPRO, and we’ll be happy to assist you.