What to do if You Smell Natural Gas in Your Lufkin Home
If your Lufkin, Texas home uses gas for heating or cooking, it's important to know what to do in the event of a gas leak.
If your Lufkin, Texas home uses gas for heating or cooking, it's important to know what to do in the event of a gas leak. On its own, natural gas doesn't have a smell, so providers infuse additives in that give it a scent in order to protect consumers. If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or hear a hissing sound, there are steps to take to ensure that you protect yourself and your family.
1. Don't Touch the Lights
When you first smell gas and you're not sure what's happening, the first step is to NOT turn on the lights. If there is a leak, turning a light switch on or off can trigger a reaction that causes a gas fire. Similarly, don't use matches, start or stop appliances, or use the phone.
2. Check the Stove
Check the stove to make sure that all the burners are off. One common reason that you smell gas but a gas explosion isn't necessarily imminent is that a burner was accidentally bumped on.
3. Open the Windows
If you can verify that the natural gas smell was caused by an improperly closed burner, it's safe to open the windows and doors to air out the house. However, if you've checked the stove and no burners are on, it's important to leave the windows closed to prevent oxygen from getting to a flame.
4. Leave the House
When the stove is ruled out as the cause of the smell, it's time to leave the house — and quickly. Worry only about getting the people in your home out; don't try to take extra items with you. A potential gas fire is an emergency!
5. Call for Help
Once you're safely away from the house (at least across the street), call 911 for help. In the event of an explosion that causes damage, an emergency restoration team will work with you to get you back in your home quickly.
A gas fire is a common way that homes sustain damage. If you think you smell gas, protect your family by leaving the house and calling for help.
How to Better Protect Yourself From Biohazards in the Workplace
As you go into the new year, remember to keep safety as your top priority.
This past year has brought countless new challenges into our daily personal lives, as well as our workplaces. With most of these changes affecting our personal health and wellbeing, along with those around us, it is important to not become lacking in our caution and safety practices. I am sure many more people are now taking everyday precautions more seriously than in previous years, but it is still important to familiarize yourself again with proper biohazard procedures.
Can you protect yourself from every biohazard in your workplace?
While there is no one way that can insure 100% that you will not be affected, there are many precautions to take that can greatly reduce your chances.
- Treating each situation as potentially dangerous. Do not ever assume a situation involving biohazards will be fine to respond to without proper precautions.
- Washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap.
- Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to situations involving biohazards. These can include gloves, facemasks and shields, respirators, aprons, special protective eyewear, and full body gowns or suits.
- Utilizing proper disposal methods including labeled biohazard bags or containers.
- Reporting all incidents to your supervisor.
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So, as you go into the new year, remember to keep safety as your top priority.
Drug Lab Cleanups, a Situation No One Wants, But SERVPRO Can Help
If you are dealing with a property that has been deemed an ex-drug lab, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches today.
How to Clean Meth in 9 Steps:
1. Surveying the Area
Inspecting the property and the surrounding area is arguably one of the most important steps. It gives the cleaning crew an idea of the level of contamination and sets the course of the entire cleaning process. When surveying the area, our technicians are equipped with the latest personal protective equipment, as any exposure to toxic substances can be hazardous. This includes special protective glasses, gloves, steel toe boots, and protective suits.
2. Ventilating the Building
Allowing clean and fresh air to enter the contaminated building is crucial. Using blowers and negative air scrubber machines is also necessary to completely replace the air inside. If there is a functional HVAC system in the building, it should be shut down to avoid spreading toxic particles into the air.
3. Developing a Cleanup Plan
After assessing the property, conducting tests, and performing the initial decontamination phase, it’s time to define the scope of work and develop a plan. This comprehensive plan should cover a variety of scenarios and outline what kind of cleanup methods are required in order to restore the property successfully.
The plan should cover things like:
- The levels of contamination in each room of the building.
- What kind of protective equipment is necessary
- What type of cleaning machines are required
- Security concerns and structural integrity
- Cleaning and waste disposal methods
- Cost estimates
A well-laid-out plan can streamline the cleaning process, making it less time-intensive and more cost-effective.
4. Removing Contaminated Objects
Once a plan is in place, we can commence the cleaning process by removing every affected object, including all carpets. Some of the items will be discarded entirely as they are too contaminated to be cleaned. After removing everything affected, we will once again ventilate the area for at least 24 hours.
5. Vacuuming the floors
We use commercial-grade vacuums equipped with special HEPA filters that are ideal for all floor types as well as above-ground areas such as walls. Vacuuming walls will remove any particles and is necessary before washing them.
6. First Stage of Washing
Once we’re done with vacuuming the area, it’s time to commence the first stage of washing hard surfaces. We make sure to reach all the nooks and crannies, especially those that are not visible at first. Using our previous experience and comprehensive test kits, we make sure the entire property is thoroughly washed. We do not use bleach as it can react with the toxic chemicals associated with Meth, producing a toxic gas as a result. Instead, we opt for detergent water solutions.
7. Addressing the HVAC System
The HVAC system needs to be completely shut down prior to and during the remediation process. It also needs to be thoroughly tested using special test kits in order to determine the level of meth residue found in the system, as well as the spread of contamination. Disinfecting air ducts is a challenging task that can compromise the remediation process at any time. Luckily, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches professional technicians have the necessary equipment and experience to handle this daunting task.
8. Second Stage of Washing
The second stage of washing involves using an effective cleaning agent that does not react with common chemicals used in the production of Methamphetamine. We clean from top to bottom, meaning we start from the ceilings and finish with the floors to prevent spreading contamination onto the lower sections. Each wash is followed by a thorough rinse using clean water. Exhaust vents, lighting fixtures, and hard surfaces such as counters and shelves are cleaned several times.
9. Clearance testing
After the job is completed, we will make sure to determine if the clearance levels are satisfactory and that they meet the standard set by state and local laws. If the re-occupancy clearance levels are not met, the site should be cleaned once more. Encapsulating the walls and the ceiling with primers is also advisable in this case.
If you are dealing with a property that has been deemed an ex-drug lab, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches today.
Having your Lufkin Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills.
As a local business owner, you have a great deal of responsibility resting on your shoulders every day. This year has brought so many new challenges and adjusting to these changes can feel overwhelming, but we are here to help. One of these new changes is your customer’s expectations of cleanliness. With the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, people have fundamentally changed the way they interact, shop, and think. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
With the stakes so high, you need a partner who has industry-leading proprietary training programs, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes that have been developed over decades.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today at 936-559-0404 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
Do You Have a Biohazard Emergency in Lufkin?
SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches is in the business of ensuring that you, your family, your home and property gets the protection it needs- 24/7.
In the unfortunate event that you experience a biohazard emergency in your home or business in Lufkin, you will need immediate, professional, biohazard cleanup.
SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches is in the business of ensuring that you, your family, your home and property gets the protection it needs from potential biohazards after an unforeseen event. Our technicians are trained in decontamination and sterilization. We are ready to respond to any biohazard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Through our years of on-the-job experience along with extensive training, we are equipped to handle all types of biohazard cleanup including:
- Sewage backups
- Crime scene residues
- Suicide/death accidents
- Homicide cleanups
- Blood cleanup
- Accident cleanup
- Hoarding scenes
- Animal waste/remains
- Chemical spills
- Tear gas cleanup
- Meth lab cleanup
If your Lufkin home or place of business requires any biohazardous cleaning, please give us a call today at:
Important Things to Know if Your Nacogdoches Home Has Flooded
The flooding in your home may not always require a flood cut but oftentimes they can be an integral part of the mitigation and rebuilding process.
If you have experienced a flood in your Nacogdoches home, then you know just how quickly they can cause damage and how widespread that damage can be. If you are fortunate enough to have never experienced a flood in your home, then there might be a few things you are unfamiliar with.
One of the most common repair processes is flood cutting, which is used after there has been sitting water in your home. Much like the name suggests, flood cutting is the process of removing around 2-3 feet of drywall and insulation that have been affected by water damage. After the removal is done, professionals can then replace the drywall and insulation.
The flooding in your home may not always require a flood cut but oftentimes they can be an integral part of the mitigation and rebuilding process. They will help eliminate the spread of mold and bacteria but removing the affected drywall pieces, which can be exceedingly difficult if not impossible to completely clean.
So, if you have had a flood in your Nacogdoches home, do not hesitate to contact the pros here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches.
SERVPRO of Lufkin Can Handle Both Commercial and Residential Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration
Storm damage can be detrimental to a commercial property, by causing a great deal and damage and putting it out of commission for a period of time.
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 are able to 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 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 Lufkin Property? Call us today at (936) 559-0404
Quick Response Time is Critical in Fire and Water Mitigation in Your Lufkin Home or Business
The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County can simplify the entire restoration process and handle both initial damage, and rebuilding
Whenever a water or fire disaster strikes your Lufkin home, an immediate response is critical. That is why SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches 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 Lufkin home or business back to its former glory. The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County 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 Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches make it “Like it never even happened.”
Complete Restoration and Rebuilding for Your Nacogdoches Home or Business
We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.
Going through a fire or flood your Nacogdoches home or business is both mentally and physically exhausting. That is why SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches 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 Nacogdoches 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, 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.
So, let the Pros here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches make it "Like it never even happened."
Call us at (936) 559-0404
Volunteering for the Lufkin Police Department's Blue Santa 2020
Blue Santa always pulls the community together and shows just how much Angelina County cares.
Each and every year the Lufkin Police Department's nonprofit, LPD cares, donates to children in need in the Angelina County community. SERVPRO’s own Candice Stott and Dakota Marks had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer and be Blue Santa’s helpers for the day. From local businesses donating money and supplies, to people who give their afternoon to spread the joy, Blue Santa always pulls the community together and shows just how much Angelina County cares. This year’s event was a wonderful success, and many boxes of gifts, food, and supplies were delivered to our friends in the Angelina County community.
Blue Santa always pulls the community together and shows just how much Angelina County cares, from businesses donating money and supplies, to people who give their afternoon to spread the joy. We here at SERVPRO of Lufkin were happy to be a part the wonderful event!