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Happy New Year!

1/1/2022 (Permalink)

Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family at SERVPRO! Comment on our most recent post to let us know what your resolutions are!

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DIY Projects that Should Be Left to the Professionals

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Most of us are guilty of loving a good DIY project.  Not only can it save you a little money, but it can also allow you to take the time to learn a new trade.  There are some projects, however, that can be incredibly dangerous if not completed to perfection. Here are a few examples of DIY projects that should be left for the professionals.

  • Installing a hot water tank

    • Installing a hot water tank involved dealing with 240 volts of electricity to be fused with the gas lines.  Doing this job incorrectly can result in an accidental explosion.
  • Cleaning led paint
    • Most houses that were built prior to 1980 contain lead in the paint that's on the walls.  This paint must be cleaned but before that can happen, it is important to test the extent of lead within it.  Hiring a licensed professional is essential in this situation.
  • Removing trees
    • This DIY is not only dangerous, but it can also be illegal.  Trees are essential to survival, therefore, most cities have declared it illegal to cut down trees without authorization from the city or a licensed professional. Not only that, but removing a tree improperly can result in damage to structures, injury, or in some cases, fatality.  Cutting down a tree looks simple, but this may be a better project for the pros.
  • Switching from electric to gas stove
    • This is another DIY project that can turn into a legal matter.  This project requires you to handle both gas and electricity.  If executed poorly, it may prove fatal.  Not only that, but depending on where you live, it may also be illegal to do this conversion without the assistance of a licensed professional.  Moral of the story, this is another one to leave to the pros.
  • Electrical rewiring
    • This one tends to speak for itself.  Making any sort of changes to your electrical system can lead to accidental electrocution or even fatality.  Therefore, it does require a permit.

To conclude, there are some DIY projects that may be too dangerous to execute as a DIY project.  Hiring a professional to make electrical improvements, to remove unwanted foliage, or to update kitchen appliances will not only ensure that the job is done correctly and protect you from injury, but it could also avoid running into legal matters.  Of course, if your DIY project does go wrong, you can always rely on SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to help clean up the mess. We are available 24/7 at 817-596-8714.

Frozen Water Pipes!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Frozen Water Pipes

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” That means cold weather and high risk of frozen water pipes. If the water pipes in your home run anywhere without electrical heating, or the heating system fails, they are more prone to freeze.

You may be wondering, “why does this matter?”, or “won’t the water in the pipes eventually melt again?” Here’s what you need to know! Frozen pipes are a danger to your home because they can burst from the high amounts of pressure.

 If this happens, water could leak into your house, cause damage to your belongings, or mold could start growing. Here are some tips on preventing a frozen pipe.

1) During winter, turn your thermostat up a few degrees.

2) Open some cabinets in your bathrooms to allow warm air circulation to the pipes in the walls.

3) If water pipes run through the garage, keep the garage doors shut.

Equipment

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties Improves Equiptment to Improve Your Home/Business:

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has recently invested in a new company van, and it will allow our business to help you and your home/business by being more reliable. The owner of SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, Charles Guynes, flew to Tennessee to get the van and then drove the 10 hours back to Weatherford. By having a new van, it allows our business to more reliable by not worrying about a vehicle and being able to get to our destination even quicker than our customers are used to. Our employees are also loving the roominess and warm heater! For more information about our franchise and the steps we are taking to improve, please call us at (817) 596-8714. 

Fireplace Safety Tips

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Tips

1. Burn only dry, split firewood.    Avoid chemically treated woods.

2. Install a chimney cap.

3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

4. Close damper when fireplace is not in use.

5. Schedule a yearly fireplace and chimney inspection.

In Case of Frozen Pipes

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Some tips on what to do if you have frozen pipes:

1. Keep the faucet dripping.

2. Apply heat to affected section of pipe with a heating pad or hair dryer.

3. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.

4. If you still have trouble, call a licensed plumber.

Equipment

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties Improves Equiptment to Improve Your Home/Business:

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has recently invested in a new company van, and it will allow our business to help you and your home/business by being more reliable. The owner of SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, Charles Guynes, flew to Tennessee to get the van and then drove the 10 hours back to Weatherford. By having a new van, it allows our business to more reliable by not worrying about a vehicle and being able to get to our destination even quicker than our customers are used to. Our employees are also loving the roominess and warm heater! For more information about our franchise and the steps we are taking to improve, please call us at (817) 596-8714.