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Storm Activities for Kids

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Nothing is worse than being stuck inside all day during stormy weather for both the kids and parents. Here are some activities to keep kids entertained and prevent the onset of cabin fever.

-Do weather-based experiments- offers a ton of weather experiments using common household items to teach kids about the weather and how different occurrences are formed.  Educational and fun!

-Do a scavenger hunt- Hide small prizes or common items in uncommon places.  Create riddles for each item and have them find them.

-Build a pillow fort- Use dining room chairs, couch cushions and bedsheets to make the most epic pillow fort.  Throw in flash lights, books and board games for a classic night of fun.

-Bake and decorate- Stormy weather is the perfect time to bake cupcakes or cookies.  Use icing, sprinkles and gummies to decorate.

-Snuggle up for a movie- Put numbers in a hat and let kids draw to see who gets to pick a movie to watch. 

-Have a dance party- Have children all pick their favorite music and create a play list to jam out to.  For more added fun, look up easy to do dances online and learn a few new moves.

-Get theatrical- Have kids create their own play or make a video to send to grandparents.  They can use clothing form their closet or mom and dad’s, write a script and even integrate the pets into their own Oscar worthy production.

-Create mocktails- Use different juices, fruits, sodas and dollar story “fancy” glasses to create fun mixes while kids learn about different flavor profiles and how colors mix.

-Kids create the menu- Let children help prepare the dinner menu by going through the pantry and designing a menu based upon items currently in the home.  For multiple kids, break it down into appetizer, main course and dessert.

-Family game night- You can’t go wrong with board games and cards to keep the family entertained for hours.

-Cookie cutter sandwiches- Let kids build sandwiches with deli meats, cheeses or traditional peanut butter and jelly.  Finish off by cutting them into fun shapes with cookie cutters.  Use small cookie cutters and cut fruit into shapes for a fun and healthy side dish.

Got storm damage? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

How to Select a Back-Up Power Source

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

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A backup generator or inverter is a great investment for rolling blackouts during the summer or random winter storm loss of power.  The hardest part is figuring which one to get. 

Figure Out What Type Will Fit Your Needs

 A recreational (up to 2000 watts) or midsize inverter (up to 3500 watts) can range anywhere from $400-$2000 and is great for keeping your refrigerator running, a light or two, a TV and a laptop but wouldn’t sustain a full household for a longer period of time.  

A large invertor or portable generator can run up to 7500 watts and cost anywhere from $700-$4000. They’re great for a short term hold over and can run an estimate 5-10 lights, refrigerator, electric range and dishwasher as well as a window unit air conditioner. 

A standby generator can handle up to 20,000 watts but can run anywhere from $2000-$5000 plus the cost of instillation and they can’t be moved once installed. They do however automatically power on in the event of a power outage

Calculate Your Needed Wattage

Check your owner’s manual for each appliance you plan to run.  You’ll need the running wattage and highest starting wattage.  In general: Running Wattage + Starting Wattage= Wattage Needed

Next, you’ll want to make sure you have a circuit breaker set up for a power back-up system, otherwise it can overload and overheat.

Additional Needs to Consider

Keep in mind that most of these systems run on gas, so they can’t be run inside a home due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and it’s recommended that they are kept 10 feet away from a home. You’ll also need to prepare beforehand to refill and have fuel on hand.

For storage, it’s recommended on most models, to store without fuel.  If your system allows it to be stored with fuel, you’ll most likely need to add fuel stabilizer.  With any piece of machinery, make sure to check your owner’s manual for the best ways to store your system and any maintenance that may need to be done before storing it.  You’ll also need to consider a generator cover or horizontal resin storage shed for a budget friendly option or a mini shed, to store your generator.

Got storm damage? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

How to Calm Your Dog During a Storm

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorms are scary for a dog.  They don’t understand the science behind lightening and why all of these flashes and booms are happening. It’s up to us, as fur parents, to create a safe environment and help them understand that it’s just noise and everything will be ok.

Here are some tips to help calm your dog during a storm.

  1. Create a safe haven. Add a pet bed, their favorite blanket or toys to a closet or kennel.  Make sure to keep the door open so that they can pace and don’t feel trapped.
  2. Stay calm during the storm and don’t snuggle or reinforce the “scary” aspect of the storm. Pets feed off of owner’s behavior and energy. Keeping things as normal as possible reinforces just how normal the situation is and that it is “just noise”. Try playing fetch or watching a movie together.
  3. Play a white noise machine or music. Classical music has a calming effect on pets and a white noise machine is made for relaxation.
  4. Practice desensitization with your dog. Play thunderstorm videos or stream thunderstorm sounds to get them ready for storm season.  Slowly increase the volume over time.  They’ll be a thunderstorm pro in no time!
  5. Try a thundervest. It’s a weighted pet vest that swaddles your pet or feels like a hug.  For pets that don’t react to distractions, it has an immediate soothing effect.
  6. Visit your vet. If none of the ideas above help and your pet is showing anxious signs harming themselves or being destructive, it’s time to seek professional advice.

Got storm damage? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

Last Minute Winter Storm Preparation

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Winter weather is expected to hit Texas hard this week. If we learned anything from last year it was to be prepared.  With it just a couple days away, what can you do that you already haven’t done?  Here’s our last-minute check list to make sure you’re emergency weather ready.

  1. Seal any windows or doors- Most home improvement stores still have weather striping and caulk. Make sure to seal up any windows and doors. For an emergency, towels or blankets can be placed at the base of doors and windows to prevent cold drafts.
  2. Make sure you have enough food, water, medication and toilet paper to last a week- Baby wipes and waterless soap is also great to have to stay clean but whatever you do, purchase only what you needed and do not hoard.
  3. Low hanging trees- One of the biggest reasons electricity goes out is because of low hanging trees taking out powerlines. Contact your electricity provider for service of limbs touching or within 10 feet of power lines and do not attempt to trim them yourself.  Limbs near your roof however need to be trimmed to prevent damage to your home.
  4. Prepare your pipes- Wrap pipes in cold spaces in your home with insulation and wrap water mains and outdoor faucets with a towel, plastic bag and tape to prevent freezing. You’ll also want to drip faucets slowly to keep water flowing.
  5. Do laundry- Texas isn’t known for long bouts of cold so most only use a couple long sleeve hoodies or coats. Make sure all blankets, coats and other cold weather gear is clean and ready to go in case of long-term electrical outages.
  6. Sand or kitty litter- Make sure to grab a couple bags of sand or kitty litter while out on your weekly run to de-ice steps and walkways.
  7. Check on your pets- Make sure they have enough food, water and medication for the week. Also, make sure they have a warm shelter and extra bedding. A small amount of molasses in water can be used to prevent water from freezing and encourages pets to drink when it’s cold.
  8. Charge devices and power packs- Make sure everything is charged so you can receive emergency notifications, need to reach emergency services or in case of evacuation.
  9. Check your vehicle- Make sure your oil doesn’t need to be changed, tires are in good shape and top up your gas tank so you aren’t left stranded.
  10. Check emergency medical supplies- Make sure your first aid kit is full not just for your home but also your vehicle. Also, make sure to put a blanket or two in your vehicle in case you get stranded with water and a few nonperishable food items like granola bars.  We also recommend a roll of toilet paper and extra socks in case you have to get out of your vehicle. Plastic bags and duct tape make great emergency water proof boot covers. Also, if you’ve invested in a generator, make sure you have enough emergency fuel and that your generator can safely power your home.

Whatever you do, avoid hoarding supplies and only travel, if necessary, in storm conditions.  While northern states infrastructure is made for the couple of days of winter weather, Texas is not and neither are the vehicles.  Stay safe and warm and remember that if you do have a burst pipe or any other restoration emergency, SERVPRO of Greater Waco will still be working 24/7.

Need emergency water restoration services? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

Working in the Rain Safely

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Unfortunately working outside doesn’t always mean a day off just because it’s raining. Check out our list of tips to keep you safe even on the muggiest of days.

-Make sure to have the right gear- Make sure to have a well-ventilated jacket, gloves, pants, boots and some kind of headgear that doesn’t reduce visibility. Waterproof boots with a good nonslip tread are always going to be the safest and most comfortable option. Make sure gloves have grip to reduce dropping tools and equipment. Pants should fit well and not pose a tripping hazard.

-Move with a purpose- Working in the rain means any movement increases slipping hazards so, if possible, reduce movement by bringing items that need to be worked on to a single place or bring multiple items to reduce back and forth hazards. Falls contribute to the highest number of casualties in the construction industry so slow down and make sure you are secure on every step and movement.

-Make sure you are seen- Make sure gear is a bright color or add a safety belt or vest to increase visibility. Avoid using reflective tape since it isn’t waterproof and make sure that reflective surfaces haven’t dulled. Also, if working at night, make sure you have adequate lighting and use lights are rated for the weather.

-Visibility- If available, use a hat over goggles or a hood.  Hoods significantly reduce peripheral visibility.  If goggles are needed, make sure they are antifog or apply antifog spray.

Whatever you do, make sure all equipment fits appropriately and doesn’t create additional safety hazards.

Need emergency storm restoration services? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

Easy New Year DIY Projects

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Succulents on a wall Got a project outside your ability? Call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for your remodeling needs.

New year, New you! Start out your new year with a refresh to your space with these easy DIY home projects to rejuvenate your energy. 

-Declutter- Except for seasonal items, if something hasn’t been used in 6 months, toss it. Your space will feel lighter, and you’ll have less stuff to clean-up later. 

-Add a pop of color- Add a focal point to any space by picking one thing like the door, shutters or cabinets and make them a bold color. It adds a dash of fun to any space. 

-Mix and match knobs- Wanting to add whimsy to a space? Various knobs in the same color palette or metal add a playful touch. 

-Warmth- Feeling a little cozier during the winter months? Add throw blankets, pillows and linen or wool curtains to immediately warm up a room without breaking the bank. 

-Touch of fun- A fire pit, lawn chairs, string lights and corn hole boards are perfect for s'mores and mild winter fun in a Texas background. 

-Illumination- Add solar powered lights to a walkway to avoid wiring, a higher electric bill and an abundance of maintenance while still adding ambience. 

-Accent wall- Peel and stick wallpaper, paint and shiplap are great additions to an accent wall that make a space look new with minimal effort. 

-Bathroom update- A new shower curtain adds a real wow to even the most boring of bathrooms. Finish it off with new pictures, new knobs on cabinetry and a matching bathmat and you’ve got a new bathroom without the cost of a remodel.  

-Winterize your yard- Rake the rest of the leaves, de-weed flower beds and prep perennial plants and flowers for colder weather. 

-A new shower head- Add a touch of spa luxury by upgrading your standard shower head to a rain model. You feel fancy without leaving the comfort of your home. 

-Plants- Plants are all the rage right now and they make an indoor space feel bright even on the gloomiest of days. 

Got a project outside your ability? Call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for your remodeling needs. 

Dear SERVPRO Santa

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

A letter to Santa with holiday ornaments Happy Holidays!

Dear SERVPRO Santa,

Our name is SERVPRO of Greater Waco and we are 3 years old. We’ve been an awfully good franchise this year. We’ve done so many water restoration and fire mitigation clean-ups! We even battled through Texas Winter Storm 2021 and trudged through the snow and ice to help hundreds of Texans left without power and water due to burst pipes, water heater malfunctions and homes not made for blizzard conditions. That should put us somewhere on the nice list.

By the way, check our Google ratings, 5 STAR! Not to brag or anything but 93 Reviews and still going strong.  You should see what Ms. Hull had to say about us, “My water damage occurred over the weekend and they sent someone out the very day I called. They were easy to work with and, while I hope this doesn’t happen again, if it does, I’ll be using them!!”. We get it, you see us when we’re sleeping and you know when we’re awake, so by that you should know that we are never asleep and are always available 24/7 for emergency cleaning, restoration and construction. We can even help you SERVPRO Santa!

This year for Christmas we would like some new air movers, a new carpet cleaning machine and if you can’t get to those things maybe a nice surprise. Whatever you do, not a puppy. The mess is just too much!


SERVPRO of Greater Waco

P.S. With all of the good things can you just ignore the prank Ryan did?  We would really appreciate it!

Deep Fried Turkey Tips

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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The south is all about making everything better with deep frying and Thanksgiving is no exception with deep fried turkey becoming a holiday staple.  Here’s a few tips to make sure your turkey is tasty and doesn’t end up in flames.

- Make sure to completely thaw your turkey and pat dry.  Even small amounts of ice or water can cause flare ups and boiling over,

- Make sure to set your turkey fryer on an even and open surface.  We recommend at least 10 feet away from homes or anything flammable.

-The smaller the bird the better.  Anything over 10-12 pounds may not fit most manufactured turkey fryers and may increase your chances of an accident.

- For even cooking and more controlled heat, consider using an electric fryer.

- Always use heat protective gloves or mitts as well as goggles.  Turkey fryer handles and lids become extremely hot while frying and any small temperature change can cause oil splatter.

-Test the amount of oil needed by using water and making sure that it covers the turkey by at least half an inch.

- Let your turkey rest for at least 20 minutes after it comes out of the air fryer.  This keeps the turkey from drying out.

- Cook your turkey 3-4 minutes per pound with most turkeys being done in less than an hour.

- Never put a turkey in oil while the burner is on.  Save yourself some burns by lowering the turkey into the fryer then turning it on.

- Get a good cooking thermometer or consider upgrading your fryer to one with temperature controls.

- Never fry a turkey a turkey in inclement weather. 

- Get the most taste out of your turkey by using an injectable marinade as well as a dry rub and letting it marinate over night in the refrigerator. For a last-minute seasoning, use a dry rub and make sure to get under the skin and let it sit for an hour before frying.

- Never leave fryers unattended or around children and pets.

- Read your manufactures manual for model specific handling, filling and cleaning.

- Make sure to keep a grease rated fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.

- Never move a turkey fryer that’s in use.

- Use a meat thermometer to check your turkey for doneness. The turkey should be at least 165 degrees F for the white meat and 175 degrees F for dark meat.

- If you notice the oil is smoking, turn off the fryer. The oil should never get over 400 degrees F.

-Placing the turkey in the fryer before it reaches cooking temperature helps prevent the skin from burning as well as any oil splatter.  Safer and tastier!

Need fire restoration services? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

Memorial Day Safety with SERVPRO of Greater Waco

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

A flag blows in the breeze with a memorial day tribute Have a safe and happy Memorial Day from all of us at SERVPRO of Greater Waco!

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off of Summer in Texas.  Make sure you’re prepared for the rising temperature, water side shenanigans and more grilled food than you can shake a stick at. Here are a few tips to make sure your holiday weekend stays fun and safe.

1) Make sure to have sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends at least 30 SPF, which blocks 97% of the sun’s rays with the higher the number, blocking more UV radiation.  Unfortunately, no sunscreen blocks 100% of rays.  Also, make sure to reapply at least every two hours especially, if swimming or sweating.

2) Hydrate! REI recommends that you drink at least half a litter of water every half hour of moderate activity and should be increased with your activity level.

3) Clean your grill and check for leaks. Check this article from Char-Broil on how to test your grill for leaks .  Also, make sure to never leave a hot grill unattended.

4) Keep your food cool.  Nothing spoils a weekend more than food poisoning.  Cold foods should be kept on ice or cooled and left out no longer than hour. Warm foods should be kept heated to at least 140 degrees until served.

5) If you drink, don’t drive! 37% of Memorial Day holiday fatalities in 2018 involved an alcohol impaired driver.  Make sure to have a designated driver or utilize one of the many rideshare programs in your area.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a list of sober/safe ride programs across the country, check it out here .

6) Make sure to designate a “water-watcher” for small children.  Nothing moves faster than a small child to a body of water.  Have someone dedicated to making sure they stay in site, at a safe swim level and that they keep life jackets or any other water safety gear on.

7) Make sure to have first aid kit with well stocked and make sure to add cards with everyone’s name, emergency contact, medical insurance and allergies, in the case an emergency does happen. 

From all of us at SERVPRO of Greater Waco, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and remember, even during holidays, we are always open 24/7 for your weekend fire and water mitigation emergency needs at 254-224-5999.

SERVPRO MOBILIZE! Texas Winter Storm 2021

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Augusta team members make snow angels SERVPRO of Augusta, Georgia team members make snow angels during their convoy to SERVPRO of Greater Waco to assist with Winter Storm 2021.

When a natural disaster hits, SERVPRO of Greater Waco is ready to go and winter storm 2021 was no exception.  Texans were huddled in homes trying to stay warm with 38% of Mclennan County without electricity and 300 without water, leading to a dire need for water mitigation services. SERVPRO however, hit treacherous icy roads providing relief to the community through emergency mitigation services.

What most community members may have noticed however, was an unusually large amount of SERVPRO green vehicles out and about without the normal 254 area code emblazoned on the side.  SERVPRO of Greater Waco was the host to SERVPRO of Augusta, Georgia who mobilized and crossed state lines to come and assist and get the Greater Waco area back up and running in record time.

The great part of being part of a national franchise, proudly number 10 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2020 top Franchises, is that it gives local franchises a network of other teammates to join forces with.  It also gives community members a chance to work with SERVPRO professionals from all over the country without sacrificing the 5-star standard of customer service and quality customers have come to know and expect.

While we are still racing the clock to help the Greater Waco area, it’s great to know that even in the most extreme situations, SERVPRO franchises always has your back in a disaster and are always open 24/7.

Need emergency water mitigation? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Production technician Jared caulks around a window SERVPRO® of Greater Waco is a full-service general contractor

With large amounts of rain comes a higher potential for roof leaks.  Make sure you’re not left out in the rain and check your roof beforehand.  Here are some handy tips on inspecting and problem shooting any potentially roof issues

  1. Do a visual inspection and check for any missing or discolored shingles. On a metal roof look for discoloration or rust spots.
  2. Look in your attic. Make sure to take a flash light and step from joist to joist to prevent falling through your ceiling. Look for discoloration or mold on the backside of your roof decking. If it hasn’t rained in some time, then have a helper spray the outside section of your roof with a water hose to check for moisture.  Any potential cut-outs or joints have a potential for leaking.  This is a good time to also check and see if anything needs to be resealed or caulked.  Roof vents are most prone to this.
  3. Check your exterior walls inside and outside. Check for any discoloration, water stains, bulging or musty odors, which can be a sign of moisture and mold. Windows and vents may need to be resealed or caulked. recommends caulking a home every 5 years but to check every couple of years or if you notice a change in your energy bill. They also recommend to caulk during dry weather and when the outdoor temperature in above 45°F. The warm temperature will allow the caulk to set properly and prevents swelling during the drying process.
  4. Get a professional involved. Before cutting up walls and insulation, let the professional take a look and trace the potential moisture back to the source. By catching the leak sooner, you may save yourself thousands in repairs and mitigation.

SERVPRO® of Greater Waco offers complimentary inspections Monday through Friday. WE are a full-service general contractor that can provide you a solution for any noticeable repairs.

Need Construction Help? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

First Responders Bowl 2020

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

First Responders Bowl Logos The number 19, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns take on UTSA Roadrunners, Saturday Dec. 26, 2020, in the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl

First Responders Bowl 2020

We are excited for the upcoming SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl featuring the number 19, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, on Saturday, December 26th at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. You can tune in for kickoff at 2:30 pm (CT) on ABC

In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.

SERVPRO of Greater Waco has been an active supporter of first responders and has sent first responders to the First Responder Bowl in past years.  SERVPRO of Greater Waco has also been involved with pregame on field presentations and has actively recruited and hired military veterans to our staff.

This will be the second time the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl will be held at the SMU Mustangs home field.

The bowl was previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and Ticket City Bowl and had been held at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.

Check out the bowl's website for more information:

Explore Waco with SERVPRO

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Male throws a hatchet at a wooden target Construction Manager Justin, throws an ax at Stumpy's Hatchet House during a team building event for SERVPRO Greater Waco

With a mild Texas winter upon us, now is the best time to explore the greatness the city of Waco has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite down time spots to explore when we aren’t responding to water mitigation and fire emergencies.

  • Visit Magnolia Market in downtown Waco. A great spot to shop til’ you drop or stop by the food trucks and grab a bite to eat made famous by the HGTV series Fixer Upper featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. Job File Coordinator Jenifer recommends the Alabama Sweet Tea Co., southern sweet tea served in a mason style jar. “It’s perfect to sip and stroll through downtown Waco and the Silo District and take a ride on the trolley”.
  • A fun historical fact, Waco is host to the Dr. Pepper Museum which is known as the home of the famous soft drink and opened officially in 1991. Take a tour and enjoy a free Dr. Pepper with paid admission. They even offer a VIP experience for the biggest Pepper fans.
  • Nothing is more Texas than Friday night lights football. Visit one of the various local high school football fields on a Friday night with stadiums that are sure to impress with enthusiastic fans and some of the top prospective college athletes. You may even catch a glance of SERVPRO Greater Waco employee on the field.
  • For the outdoors lover in your home, visit Waco Mammoth National Monument and explore the Bosque River and see where the first of 7 mammoths were found in 1978 along with the dig shelter where species discovered since 1990 still remain for further scientific study and public viewing.
  • To learn about the beginnings of Waco, check out the Waco Historical Foundation which offers historical home tours and education on the early beginnings of Waco.
  • Throw an ax at Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Bring your own food, drinks and game face for an evening of ax throwing.  Don’t know how to throw an ax? No problem, let staff at Stumpy’s train you before you hit the pits. Production Technician Ryan is our resident Stumpy’s sharp shooter and holiday party champion.
  • Go wild at the Cameron Park Zoo. Start off with the white handed Gibbons, relax in the Brazos River Country then move it, move it at Lemur Island.  It’s great for a simple day outing or go all out and reserve for a special event.
  • Crazy about queso? Visit the cheese cave at Brazos Valley Cheese. Yes, you read that right, A CHEESE CAVE. 6,000 cubic feet and space to store up to 2,000 wheels of cheese. While the inside is not open to the public you can salivate in your mask and look through the observation window. You can also learn how to make your own cheese board and shop for gourmet Texas made treats.
  • A little unknown is that Waco has a budding brewery community. Stop by one of several for a cold pint and a warm bite to satisfy even the pickiest of pallets. Check out Southern Roots Brewing Co, Bare Arms Brewing , Waco Ale Company or Brotherwell Brewing.  Construction Manager Justin and Production Technician Jared recommend Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt Whiskey.
  • We can’t forget to recommend our franchise owner’s alma mater, Baylor University. Baylor offers one of the best undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation nestled on 1,000 acres with a student body of 16,000. They now offer a self-guided walking tour with the walking tour app. Sic em’ bears!

Ice, Ice Baby

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Snowflake graphic illustration Snowflake graphic illustration

While the sun is still shining at SERVPRO Greater Waco, the temperatures are due to drop on a dime.  Make sure you’re not caught in the cold with our winterizing tips from our national partner, Grange Insurance Group.

  • Protect against frozen pipes by insulating those that could be susceptible to freezing. With severe temperature drops, keep a stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing and bursting.
  • Prevent ice dams by cleaning out your gutters, installing gutter guards (if feasible) and making sure the attic floor is properly insulated. The attic itself should be well-ventilated and about 10 degrees warmer than outside.
  • Caulk around holes and openings to help prevent cold air from seeping in. Install weather stripping and seals around openings such as windows, doors, air conditioners and mail chutes.
  • Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.
  • Consider installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can prevent them from bursting. It’s also a good idea to learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located.
  • Set your thermostat for at least 65 degrees and make sure your house or apartment is well-insulated.
  • Furnaces, boilers and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to clear any buildup and to keep them running efficiently.
  • Residential fires are more common in winter, so it is important that all of your smoke detectors work. Check them monthly and replace batteries as needed. You should also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to avoid inadvertently trapping this toxic gas in your home.
  • Keep the trees trimmed and remove dead branches and debris from your yard. Ice, snow and wind can weaken trees and cause branches to fall and potentially damage your home, car or even yourself and others.

Tropical Storm BETA

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

flood waters surround a metal park bench Governor Gregg Abbot has issued disaster declarations for 29 counties for BETA's projected landfall Monday night.

This morning’s update on the 2nd tropical system that will make landfall include warnings and watches for storm-surge flooding, heavy rainfall,  and tropical-storm force winds. This marks the third tropical system in 2 months to affect Texas. For Central Texas, this means showers with light winds but no flooding concerns. Coastal cities of Texas and Louisiana however are anticipating most of the effects which would include 40-60 mph winds, and up to 15 inches of rainfall. This means these areas are also expecting severe flooding that will remain for several days until it can subside and isolated tornadoes as winds move inland. 

Tropical Storm BETA is predicted to make landfall at Matagorda Bay, between Galveston and Corpus Christi Monday evening.

  • Local storm updates can be found HERE.

Lightning Storm Safety

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

satellite view of gulf coast and hurricane Satellite image of hurricane Laura with visible lightning storms

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that 2020 would be an active hurricane season for the Atlantic. As these storms begin to develop, the men and women of NOAA collect data to help them make accurate and timely forecasts to keep the public safe.

As hurricane Laura neared the gulf coast during the last several days, NOAA captured live satellite images of lightning storms that appeared to sparkle as it moved along with the hurricane. Lightning can strike anywhere, at any time so we thought it would be important to explore ways that we can also keep ourselves safe from lightning strikes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) gives us some safety tips for lightning safety:

  1. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Seek shelter inside a structure or a hard-topped vehicle as soon as possible.
  2. It is not safe to hide under trees or sit on a porch during a storm.
  3. Once inside, keep your distance from windows and doors. 

We want to emphasize that there is no safe place outside during a lightning storm so seeking shelter indoors quickly is a priority. In the event that a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 immediately to get them medical help right away.

Central Texas Hail Damage

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

A hand holding several quarter sized hailstones Did you know the largest hailstone recorded in the United States was found in Aurora, Nebraska, on June 22, 2004? It was the size of a soccer ball!!

We recently had several storms come through central Texas and with them came hail of all shapes and sizes. We received calls for board ups from windows being broken and tarping for roof damage as well. Some parts of the world receive more hail than others such as India, China and the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada. Hail can cause severe damage to vehicles, homes, buildings and to individuals unfortunate enough to be standing outside when hail begins to come down. 

But what is hail exactly? A common misconception is that hail is frozen rain, instead it is a solid that falls from a cloud directly. It begins as a frozen droplet that begins to fall and is pushed back up from the updraft of wind. As it rises back up, it comes into contact with liquid water droplets which freeze onto it adding more layers as it continues to be pushed back up into a cloud during a storm. Once it is too heavy, it falls onto Earth or when the wind updraft slows or stops. 

The best way to prepare for hailstorms is to keep an eye on local weather reports so that you can plan accordingly by covering up vehicles, windows and protecting plants and animals outdoors. Remember if damage does happen, we are here to help, 24/7 for storm damage that may occur to your home or place of business. 

Central Texas Storm Damage

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

We are well into springtime and although that may bring about warmer temperatures and more outdoor activities, it also signals the beginning of storm season here in Central Texas.  Just know that SERVPRO® of Greater Waco is here to help you should your home or business suffer from storm damage.

Storm damage to your home or business can leave you frightened and frustrated.  Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Greater Waco and our highly trained staff are here for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to respond as quickly as possible to begin the process of restoring your storm damaged property.  Here are a few tips of what to do and what not to do if your property may incur damage from a storm:


  • Remove any excess water using a mop or by blotting
  • Clear items off of tables and wipe away moisture
  • Remove wet upholstery and cushions
  • Use wood blocks between wet carpet and furniture legs
  • Remove loose items from the floor
  • Move any artwork or valuable to a safe, dry place
  • Turn A/C on in the summertime


  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove water
  • Leave wet fabrics in place
  • Leave magazines and books on wet carpet or floors
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is wet or damaged
  • Turn on or use household appliances

Take care of a few small things in the event of storm damage.  Leave the rest to the professionals at SERVPRO® of Greater Waco.

Roof Damage Tarping

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

a blue tarp covers a portion of a roof on a home Tarping prevents secondary damage from occurring and buys you more time for inspection and repairs.

When you think of a storm damaging your home, the first thing that may come to mind is your roof.  As the first line of defense to your home, your roof takes the brunt of the punishment from any storm that passes through your area.  If your roof becomes damaged due to a storm or any other reason, a professional should be contacted as soon as possible.  An assessment needs to be made and action needs to be taken.

One of the actions that may need to be addressed quickly is tarping your roof.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Waco are able to provide you with roof tarping in the event of an emergency or as a precautionary measure.  Tarping the roof can prevent any secondary damage from occurring and can give you time to get the roof inspected and ready for repair.

In addition to roof tarping, board up services are also available.  Board ups are also helpful in securing your property and limiting any further damage.

Call your Greater Waco franchise for your roof tarping and board up needs.

Central Texas Severe Weather

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

A dark stormy sky looms over a field of grass in a rural scene Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO® of GREATER Waco is here to serve!

According to the National Weather Service, this week’s Hazardous Weather Outlook includes scattered thunderstorms, varying from strong to marginally severe with a possibility of hail. These heavy rains can result in flooding, wind and hail damage to your home or business.

We are fully equipped to handle storm damage, no matter how large of a job. In the event your home or business suffers storm damage, these are some of the services we can provide:

  • Board up
  • Roof damage repair
  • CAT 3 flood water mitigation
  • Wind damage repair

As a precautionary measure, the Department of Homeland Security ( provides a list of things you can put together an emergency kit in the event you may need to survive without certain necessities due to storm related damage.

 Stay tuned to your preferred severe weather notification service, app or website for updates on upcoming hazardous weather.

 SERVPRO® of GREATER Waco is here to respond faster to any storm related disaster and we are available 24/7 to answer your call.

Winter Storms and Fire Safety

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Older adult woman reading by a screened fireplace Follow these simple tips from U. S. Fire Administration to put a freeze in winter fires.

Central Texans may not be familiar with severe winter weather as much as our neighbors up North, but it is equally important to remain fire safe during the cold. According to the United States Fire Administration, home fires occur more in winter than any other season. They provide some #safetytips to help stay fire smart through this cold season:

  • Working smoke alarms are especially important during a loss of power when people may use alternate forms of heating equipment, portable generators and candles.
  • Never use candles for emergency lighting. Many things in your home can catch fire if they are too close to a candle's flame.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting and stock up on batteries.
  • Have a qualified repair company or licensed electrician inspect water-damaged appliances and home wiring after a flood.
  • Portable generators are useful during storms, but if not used safely, they can cause injury and death.
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

Click THIS LINK for more fire safety tips.

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Commercial Facility Types: PART II

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Complex Residential

These structures include townhouses, condos, apartment complexes, hotels, multi-family homes or large single-family mansions or estates. Also included in complex residential are duplexes and timeshares and buildings with mixed used.


The primary use for commercial buildings is retail, office, mixed-use and warehousing. These buildings include administrative offices, medical offices, research and development, call centers and non-profit or social services. Also included in this category are grocery stores, cafeterias, salons, laundromats and shopping malls.

Historical Buildings

A special type of structure that could fall into any of the above categories are historical buildings. These are buildings that are at least 50 years old and holds a certain level of historical significance.

Rest assured that before we step foot onto a commercial property that we are already thinking about concerns you might have during the restoration process such as interruptions to business and safety concerns.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 2019

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

We are stoked for the upcoming SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl on Monday, December 30th at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

We will be honoring first responders: police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, and military personnel. They are always the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency and complimentary tickets are available to them and their families via signup on the event website.

Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 ET) between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (WKH) and the Western Michigan Broncos, and will be the first time the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl will be held at the SMU Mustangs home field.

Check out the bowl's website for ticket information:

Mold: Continuing Education

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

A man is giving a presentation on a projector, audience is looking towards him Knowledge is power.

We hold CE courses throughout the year to help assist insurance agents and adjusters in understanding the process of what we do in the restoration industry. We held a Mold CE course this month and we were glad to have been able to educate our attendees on the history and science of mold and about parties involved in a mold related claim. Because we work side by side with insurance providers, its essential that we all are on the same page when approaching a mold claim and that safety, guidelines and precautions are considered. 

We offer other CE courses throughout the year, such as Biohazard Cleanup, and are hoping to team up with other professionals in the following year to provide further education in other aspects of the restoration industry.

Freezing Temperatures, Frozen Pipes

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

A view upwards towards the ceiling where a broken pipe has leaked and caused water damage Uninsulated metal can still break due to freezing water. Protect your pipes by ensuring they are well insulated.

Water expands as it freezes and for homeowners and businesses it could mean a water loss. Both plastic and metal pipes can break due to freezing water, so it is important to take preventative measures as colder months near. Pipes that are frequently affected are those exposed to severe cold, outdoor house bibs, pool lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated, uninsulated areas.

To protect your pipes:

  • Drain supply lines
  • Remove and drain hoses used outdoors
  • Keep outside valves open so any water that remains and does freeze has space to expand without breaking the pipe.
  • Add insulation to unheated areas; maintains higher temps in these areas


  • Keep garage doors closed if lines are present in the garage
  • Open cabinets in kitchen and bathroom to allow warm air to circulate into areas where plumbing is.
  • If weather is very cold out, let a drip from the faucet; helps prevent them from freezing
  • Leave heat on in your home, incurring a higher heating bill may prevent you from more costly repair if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If leaving home during cold weather, leave heat set to a temp no lower than 55F.

Check out more information on freezing pipes on the Red Cross website.

Mold Spores

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on drywall under a sink. The longer materials remain wet, the more likely mold can grow on affected areas and cause damage.

According to the Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) report, in a lab setting, spores begin to germinate in as little time as a few hours. Depending on the type of mold, colonies may be visible in about three days. Generally, restoration professionals will adopt the time frame of 24-48 hours based on the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendation that a water damage be cleaned during that time frame to prevent mold growth. However, variables such as temperature, humidity, and food source can affect the timeline for mold to grow. Initially, musty smells and odors may not be present but may develop after several days if materials that have been wet are not dried thoroughly. In some instances, treatment with an EPA-registered antimicrobial is necessary to counteract unwanted mold growth. Structural materials that are affected by the water loss are especially important to ensure they are thoroughly dried for they run the risk of losing their structural integrity and stability.

Take the guess work out of mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Document Restoration Part 2

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Boxes of documents that have been water damaged Documents that have been affected in a Category 3 loss can be harmful if not properly disinfected and decontaminated.

Documents and other goods that require cleaning and disinfecting cannot be treated like something that you would just add soap and water to and rinse to use safely. Category 3 losses can leave items infected with all types of bacteria and thorough decontamination is a must. Gamma irradiation is a process we use for cleaning/disinfecting and decontamination. It does not create residuals or radioactivity in processed items.

Along with cleaning and deodorization of water damaged documents, we are also able to provide certified destruction of documents. Our HIPPA compliant, safe facility is monitored 24/7 and all members handling documents are HIPPA Master certified. We uphold security and our client’s privacy by maintaining a chain of custody where we are able to track all sensitive documents through the process. We can provide our services to hospitals, schools, legal firms, architect firms, federal/state buildings, and private personal documents.

Continue for Document Restoration part 3.

To File or Not To File A Claim

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Closeup of reddish tiles where floor has buckled Are you able to make the repairs or does it require a claim?

As a homeowner, renter or business owner it is important to understand the ins and outs of your insurance policy. Every policy is different, with exclusions and named perils. Being knowledgeable about your insurance as much as possible will help you in deciding if it is necessary for you to file a claim in the event your home or place or business suffers water damage. We wanted to share a couple of things to consider before filing an insurance claim:

If the total amount of repairs is less than your deductible, avoid filing, especially if other claims have been filled in the last ten years

If it is an uncovered loss, you are responsible for the mitigation and repairs, be aware of what is covered under your insurance.

Claim frequency could affect you in the form of non-renewal for being a high-risk.

If damage occurs due to lack of maintenance that is your own responsibility, do not submit a claim. But remember, maintaining your home or business well can get you better premiums.

Ultimately, being aware of all exclusions and coverage limits is important by knowing your options in which direction you need to go to mitigate and repair damage that occurs on your home or business.

Be Prepared!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storms cam happen anywhere and at any time. Every year, Americans cope with a number of different categories of intense storms. These types of severe weather range from severe thunderstorms, flash floods, tornadoes, to hurricanes. The vast majority of national emergencies declared in the U.S. are related to weather and account for billions of dollars in damage and even the loss of many lives. Understanding there is a risk whenever severe weather is about to occur and taking proper action are the first basic steps you should take in order to keep yourself and others around you safe and sound.

Understanding the Risk

Knowing that there is a potential for damage is key to preventing it from happening. Check your local weather regularly and plan accordingly depending on the forecast. Have a shelter plan for your household or business. Tie down or secure anything outside that could be moved by heavy winds.

Take Proper Action

Understanding is the first step, taking action is the next. Practice your sheltering plans. Have proper equipment to secure belongings. Buy a weather radio. Take action and be prepared for severe weather.

April Showers

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Rising water levels can mean disaster after torrential rains.

Any Texan can tell you that every rainy season can vary between a misty light drizzle to full on tropical monsoon. As homeowners and business owners it’s important to ensure that we remain prepared for the possibility of flooding whether it happens in the area every year or gradually becomes a problem as the rainy days become more frequent. We researched some actions you can take to prevent or minimize flooding to your home or business.  We hope you find some of these useful as we venture further into the spring season here in Central Texas:

  • Slope or grade away soil from the foundation of the structure. Runoff can slowly begin to compromise the integrity of your foundation if not redirected.
  • Clean out all gutter down spouts and direct them away from the foundation of the building.
  • Ensure that all gutter system cracks and holes are plugged up or caulked.
  • Understand where your home or business is located relative to the sanitary sewer system and install back-flow valves in the event that the main sewer line is overloaded. Contact a licensed plumber to see if a back-flow valve is necessary in your home or business.
  • If sandbagging is needed to help redirect and divert water away from the building, fill bags with sand up to ½ to 2/3 full because they are easier to stack, stagger and manipulate this way. Tying the bags is not necessary and it is advised that you set up the sandbags before flooding occurs.
  • There are also options such as manufactured barriers that self-deploy using the water itself as a means to divert water away and they appeared to be less permeable than using sandbags.

Even if you’re in an area that has a lower risk of flooding, it is always important to have a plan of action in place.  If you property is damage by a storm or by flood waters be sure to contact your storm restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Greater Waco. 

Waiting Until You Experience a Loss From a Storm is Too Late!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Waco is always Here to Help. Here is a small fleet of SERVPRO trucks working in the Marble Falls area the Llano river flood.

Although storms are an occurrence in almost every part of the world, being prepared for storms isn’t necessarily common. While one storm may not cause any damage to your home, the next one may not be so kind. Monitoring the weather and having a plan in place can save you in both time and money in the long run.Among the many things you can control to be better prepared for a storm is having a plan in place if a storm becomes dangerous. Have evacuation and shelter plans for your household, and practice them with every member if your family. Know how to shut off water, gas, or power to your home quickly if needed. Contact your insurance agent to check your insurance coverage and know what is and is not covered as far as storms are concerned. This is also a great time to review your coverages and adjust if necessary. You can literally start a ‘rainy day’ fund to be prepared financially for unexpected expenses due to storm damage. For some great advice on how to plan for an emergency look into Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help if a storm causes major or minor damage to your home. A few small steps to ensure you and your home are prepared ahead of time can help to keep any damage to a minimum and help the restoration process in both time and expense. If you have any questions regarding preparedness, or if you suffer from storm damage, give SERVPRO of Greater Waco a call 254-224-5999.

What can I do to stay safe after storm damage to my home or place of business?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

This home was affected by severe flooding from a river. If the Bosque river hits this historic flooding level SERVPRO of Greater Waco will be ready.

Often, we are unprepared for the aftermath caused by storms such as structural damage, flooding, even fire damage due to lightning strikes. Water becomes absorbed into the walls, floors, upholstery and belongings and within 48 hours, mold will begin to grow and spread if materials are not dried quickly and thoroughly. We at SERVPRO of Greater Waco are on call to provide you with emergency services 24/7, including holidays to ensure that the cleaning, drying and restoration process begins as soon as possible and avoid further damage to residence or commercial building. After you’ve made the call to us, its important that you keep yourself and others safe by following these tips regarding electricity.

  1. Never attempt to reach your breaker if you must stand in water to do it. Call the electric company to shut it off at the meter.
  2. Never step into a flooded basement or room if water as come into contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
  3. Do not use/touch any electrical appliances when you are wet or standing in water.
  4. Do not use electric tools if the ground is wet or raining.
  5. If an appliance has become wet or come in contact with water, have a professional check it out before it is used.

Remember, safety is of the upmost importance, especially when dealing with electricity and storm damage. For more information on avoiding electric hazards, check out the following website: free to call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for any of your storm damage needs.

If Storms or Floods hit the Heart of Texas, SERVPRO of Greater Waco is ready!

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a photo of the Llano River flooding resulting from the October rains in the Marble Falls, TX area. SERVPRO of Greater Waco traveled to help.

SERVPRO of Greater Waco specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. A storm can come in many forms such as wind, freezing temperatures, hail, tornadoes, severe rain, or even lightening strikes. No matter the cause SERVPRO of Greater Waco crews are ready to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. When storms recently hit the Marble Falls, Texas area, our crews traveled to help the people affected by the flooding. There is no job that is too severe or too small for SERVPRO of Greater Waco.Being locally owned has its benefits, and since we are local, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response can lessen the initial damage, limit further secondary damage, and reduces the overall restoration cost. We understand that in catastrophic times, people have lost a good majority of their valuables. We do our best to treat only the affected area, which reduces the repair costs, reduces rebuild time, and reduces the total money spent on the damaged area.If storms hit the Waco area, we can scale our SERVPRO resources to handle any large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,750 Franchises across the country and even our elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Essentially there is not a storm that cannot be properly handled by SERVPRO Greater Waco and the SERVPRO network. If you are affected by a storm or suffer from flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Greater Waco today at (254)244-5999.

Winter is Coming! According to the Farmer's Almanac 2019 winter outlook

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is coming! And according to the Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather outlook, it’s going to be a “teeth-chattering cold one, with plenty of snow!” Well that won’t hit Texas you think, but the Almanac goes one step further saying that the South will get “stinging cold with average precipitation.” So now the big question, are you and your home properly prepared to deal with a severe cold snap? Here are just a few basic tips to get you and your home ready for the winter cold:

Winter Home Preparation Tips:

  • Clean you gutters and down spouts prior to cold weather arriving to prevent ice buildup in them.
  • Inspect fire places and chimneys before using, get them cleaned if they are excessively dirty
  • Install plastic sheet window insulation kits to cut down on drafts and to add an extra layer of insulation around your windows
  • Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your home
  • Check and replace, if necessary, any deteriorated weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Run your ceiling fans on low and in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to help circulate warm air
  • Make sure to disconnect and drain any garden hoses attached to your home
  • Cover outside spigots with foam insulation covers
  • Turn off your sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them
  • If you have a faucet that is on an outside wall, open the lower cabinet doors to allow warm air flow, and open the faucet to a slow drip to help ensure those pipes don’t easily freeze.

Winter Weather Tips:

  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of nonperishable food and water
  • Refill all essential prescription medications in advance• Fill your car with gas
  • Check antifreeze levels in your car, and check the tire air pressure as cold weather can cause the pressure inside your tires to lower
  • Charge your cell phone
  • Make sure flashlights and weather radio have fresh batteries. Also make sure you have an adequate supply of batteries on hand
  • Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, with fresh batteries
  • Have a working fire extinguisher in your home

Following most of these winter preparedness steps will ensure that you are ahead of the curve when dealing with a severe winter storm if we get one. SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help you recover in the event that your home is affected by freezing pipes or loss of power during the upcoming winter months.