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Why Choose SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian for Odor Control Services?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian provides odor mitigation services performed by highly-trained and certified Odor Control Technicians. These services attack the odor at its source to restore a fresh, clean, and odor-free environment.

The team of certified fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, and cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian witness all types of property damage disasters on a daily basis. Water and fire damage often causes obvious devastation to a property, and the urgency of the situation is clearly visible. However, in the case of foul odors in a home or business, the underlying cause is not always apparent, and as a result, the issue might not be dealt with promptly. The best-case scenario for dealing with an odor issue is to call in an odor removal and cleaning company to remediate the unpleasant smell.

Odors: Good and Bad

According to a recent poll, some of the best smells in the world include fresh air, vanilla, coffee, barbecue, melted chocolate, bacon, freshly cut grass, a campfire, and popcorn. Freshly baked bread and cookies received an honorable mention.

On the other hand, some of the most offensive odors included human waste, decomposing animal carcass, skunk spray, household garbage, raw sewage, pet urine, and cigarette smoke.

Odors that are difficult to remove include:

  • smoke and soot from a cooking or electrical fire in the home
  • pet odors, such as urine and feces from dogs, cats, or birds
  • skunk spray
  • cigarette smoke
  • mold odor from a mold infestation or water damage
  • dead animals in the attic, wall, or crawl space
  • sewage spill
  • oil, grease, and gasoline odor on carpet, flooring, and cloth furniture
  • odors from drug use and drug manufacturing

Several factors are involved in odor removal, including the chemical composition of the odor-causing substance, the surface on which the substance is located, and how long the substance has been allowed to stay on the surface.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Odor Control Services?

The need for odor remediation is universal. At some point in time, every home, every business, and every vehicle will need industrial-strength, professional-grade odor remediation. Annually, property loss due to odor issues is in the millions of dollars. SERVPRO technicians know how to salvage and restore personal belongings that would otherwise be discarded.

Odor Control Technicians undergo rigorous training to attain certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC writes about the training program, “The Odor Control Technician (OCT) certification covers olfaction and odor, odor sources, detection process, theory of odor control, equipment, chemical options, and applications. Upon completing the certification, students will know how to address odors caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, combustion sources such as fire and smoke damage, and chemical sources such as fuel oil spills or volatile organic chemicals.”

IICRC Odor Control Certification is comprehensive in scope. It covers the science of smell and the chemistry of odors, and technicians are introduced to the causes and sources of odors. SERVPRO trainees receive industry-leading training in odor detection technology. The technicians emerge from the classes skilled in the most advanced techniques to mitigate odors of all sorts and sources in a property damage disaster.

Training seminars highlight specialized topics such as:

  • How to locate the origin of odors
  • How to manage light, moderate and heavy odors
  • How to effectively remove odors caused by smoke from various types of fires
  • How to remove pet odors
  • Odor theory
  • Odor mitigation trade secrets

Mitigating noxious smells is complex and requires an understanding of the science of odors. Expertise in cleaning techniques, knowledge of the proper use of equipment and technology, and the correct application of sanitizing and deodorizing solutions make the SERVPRO team an excellent choice for odor removal services to remedy bad odors in the home or business.

Since 2000, SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian has been serving the local area with cleaning and restoration services for property damage disasters, including water damage, fire and smoke damage, mold infestation, and storm damage. When there is an odor issue or a property damage disaster, the victims of the disaster are a part of the community and may even be a neighbor or family member of one of the technicians who responds to the service call. Centrally located in Ellis County, SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian is within a thirty-minute drive or less of any home or business in the community. The team of restoration experts specializes in residential, commercial, and large-scale disaster cleanup and restoration.

To learn more about odor removal services, as well as fire and water damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, contact SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian by phone at (972) 935-0827 or email

How SERVPRO’s Dependable Disaster Response Reduces Stress in the Aftermath of a Disaster

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian explains how its quick disaster response reduces stress for homeowners whose homes have experienced property damage.

The fire damage, storm damage, and water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian understand the stress that accompanies a property damage disaster. The disaster response teams witness the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral signs of stress and anxiety in the homeowners and business owners they serve. When the SERVPRO team arrives to provide services, they begin the process of restoring damaged homes and damaged lives, relieving stress, and bringing hope to communities in need.

Disaster Warning Signs

Each disaster has its own set of warning signs. A house fire is often preceded by a loud bang, the acrid smell of smoke, the pop and crack of flames, or the piercing cry of a chorus of smoke detectors. Tornado warning sirens, weather service phone alerts, a howling wind, blinding lightning bolts, loud claps of thunder, and driving rain and hail signal an imminent storm damage disaster. Disasters that give no warning may prove to be the most challenging to face.

Symptoms of Traumatic Incident Stress

Victims of disasters may experience physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of stress. Some people experience stress immediately when a disaster occurs, while others experience delayed stress weeks or months later.

Physical Issues

Physical symptoms of stress include chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe pain, or shock. Disaster victims may also experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, dizziness, headaches, thirst, clenching of the jaw, blurred vision, and general aches and pains.

Cognitive Stresses

Cognitive impairment in the midst of a traumatic disaster may lead to mental confusion, heightened or lowered alertness, disorientation, inability to concentrate, memory problems, difficulty identifying familiar objects or people, and nightmares.

Emotional Stresses

A tornado, a house fire, or a flood causing widespread damage in which ceilings collapse, floors buckle, and family heirlooms are destroyed evokes a powerful emotional response. The range of emotional symptoms of trauma incident stress includes anxiety, denial, grief, guilt, fear, irritability, depression, a feeling of being overwhelmed, and a sense of failure.

Behavioral Stresses

Victims may exhibit behaviors such as intense anger, withdrawal, loss of appetite, inability to sleep or rest, and constant pacing.

Three Steps to Reduce or Prevent Stress in the Event of a Disaster

Step #1: Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan.

The emergency preparedness plan should cover all facets of survival and escape. Gather food, water, batteries, a first aid kit, LED flashlights for everyone, important documentation, solar battery chargers, and other essential items in preparation for a property damage disaster, such as a tornado or other severe weather event.

Step #2: Practice the emergency escape plan.

Disciplined training is the key to a safe and calm response during and after a traumatic disaster. Waxahachie and Midlothian are close to the Red River Valley, which is the tornado alley of Texas.

Step #3: Partner with a dependable property damage restoration company.

In light of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral impairment stemming from trauma incident stress outlined above, homeowners are urged to pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before a disaster of any size strikes. Make sure the damage restoration company’s contact information is in everyone’s phone or device. Take an extra measure of caution and give the information to local neighbors and friends. Extended family members or friends should also have the restoration company’s contact information in case the communication system for the area is down or damaged.

How Reliable, Compassionate Disaster Response Reduces Stress in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Because SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian partners with 1,700 other franchisees and the local large-loss division of SERVPRO, the damage restoration company responds in mass and in minutes when disaster strikes. How comforting it must be for a homeowner or business owner to see a convoy of green SERVPRO service trucks and tractor-trailers pull up to the damaged property. Imagine the confidence that washes over the residents of a flooded Waxahachie neighborhood as ten SERVPRO service vehicles disperse throughout the neighborhood to begin the inspection, assessment, and water damage restoration process hours before any other service companies arrive. It all started with the neighborhood community group that said, “We need solutions in place before we need solutions we don’t have.”

SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian has been serving the area since 2000, and the company is locally owned and backed by a nationwide system of qualified franchises. Being centrally located in Ellis County means that technicians are within a thirty-minute drive or less of any location in the community. The team of restoration experts specializes in residential, commercial, and large-scale disaster cleanup and restoration. To pre-qualify the leading storm and water damage restoration company in the area or for immediate disaster response needs, contact the office by phone at (972) 935-0827 or email

We Are Cleaning Professionals

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo - Faster to Any Disaster We appreciate the opportunity to provide complementary vehicle disinfection to our First Responders

SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, be assured that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

We are receiving calls daily from concerned business owners who want to make sure they are providing a safe environment for their workers and their customers. We are ready to respond quickly.

Specialized Training

We clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we go beyond the scope of daily work performed by regular janitorial staff.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces. These may include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends the use of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian, 972-935-0827.