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Special Resources Are Needed During a Catastrophe

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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No two disasters are alike, and not all disasters are created equal. A powerful storm, intense floods, and a big fire can create a catastrophic loss for your business. In these situations, you will need help from a company that can handle a major event. The best model for a large response is a local franchise that can arrive on scene quickly but that has the ability to reach out for more technicians and more equipment as the situation demands. This is precisely why SERVPRO is the disaster mitigation team to call for business owners and insurance companies.

Local Presence for a Fast Response

When disaster strikes in Porter, TX, dealing with a local company has many advantages. These include the following benefits:

  • Fast emergency response
  • Technicians arrive on scene in a few hours
  • A returned call in one hour
  • Technicians work with local codes and agencies

Always look for a response team that is never closed and that is Here to Help. You will get help for a catastrophic loss on holidays, weekends and in the middle of the night.

Corporate Reach for Extensive Storm Damage

Major events such as flooding in Louisiana and Houston in 2016, the Polar Vortex of 2014 and the ongoing battle with California wildfires require more resources than most organizations can pull together. With SERVPRO, a dedicated Disaster Recovery Team can be mobilized and deployed across the country. This means more trained and certified technicians and more specialized equipment to deal with the problem.
You will have the best of both worlds: quick, local response and reinforcements to deal with a catastrophic loss. Your company will benefit from the more than fifty years of experience as a leader in disaster recovery. Everything from soot and smoke removal to document drying to drywall restoration will be handled according to stringent cleanup standards and a proven recovery process.

Mold: Understanding Tenant, Landlord Responsibilities

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Client and Contractor discussing plan to renovate house Before moving in, complete a thorough inspection for mold issues

Even if your home is a rental, home is home. Keeping it in shape is a source of pride and should also be for the landlord. No matter your level of cleanliness, some issues can creep up that can make it difficult to know who is responsible, especially mold cleanup.

Fast Action Is Necessary

Mold contamination is not something to be taken lightly. Mold spores can quickly spread to other areas, creating a much bigger problem. The minute mold is encountered, it's imperative to contact your Atascocita, TX, landlord. In most cases, leases cover mold cleanup. If left unchecked and not documented, it may result in the tenant being liable for the issue.
To help avoid mold growth, tenants should be aware of moisture levels. Things to check include:

  • Ensure dryers are properly vented and regularly cleaned.
  • Turn on exhaust fans when cooking, showering or while the dishwasher is in operation.
  • If a spill happens, clean it right away.
  • Regularly check faucets, toilets, refrigerators and other appliances that use water for leaks and immediately report issues.

Hidden Issues

Even if you are doing everything right in your apartment, some things may be out of your control. Other culprits of mold damage include leaks from other apartments, clogged or damaged air conditioners and broken washing machine hoses. If the neighbor above doesn’t take care of a constantly running toilet, that could lead to your apartment needing extensive mold remediation services.

Inspect, Clarify and Document

Before moving in, complete a thorough inspection for mold issues. Once you are ready to sign the lease, ask questions so you completely understand what you may or may not be liable for. Once an issue arises, contact the landlord and document the issues to help ensure a smoother cleanup by the correct party.
While hopefully, you won’t have to deal with mold cleanup, being aware of its effects is vital for any tenant. If it is found, the sooner action is taken, the less likelihood of extensive mold damage to the apartment or personal belongings.

How Can You Minimize the Risk of Space Heater Fires at Home?

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Space heater Always remember to turn off your space heaters when you leave the house.

How Can You Minimize the Risk of Space Heater Fires at Home?

If you stop and consider the ways in which your Humble, TX, home may be at risk for fire, you could come up with a startlingly lengthy list. Near the top of the list of these potential causes is the dreaded space heater. A burned space heater can be a nasty culprit for disastrous fires. Understand how these heaters can cause fires and what you can do to eliminate the risks.

An Overview

While it’s true that space heaters are common causes for fires and needed for smoke cleanup, reducing fire risks doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with a few simple steps, you should be able to avoid a burned space heater in most circumstances.

• Turn off your space heater if you leave the area for an extended period.
• Clean the filters regularly.
• Leave plenty of space around the heater.

Turn it Off

A space heater can be your best friend on a cold day if your furnace isn’t working well or if you don’t have one. You may be thinking leaving it on all day will help warm up your home faster and more effectively. However, this will only increase the likelihood of it having problems or starting fires. When you leave your home, or if you don’t plan on being in a certain part of your house for a while, turn it off.

Clean the Filter

Don’t put off this important step. Keep extra filters handy and replace them as they become dirty. When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual. It’s better to change it out unnecessarily than to leave it in too long.

Situate it properly

Don’t put your space heater in a cramped space or near blankets. Also, don’t plug in multiple space heaters in a single outlet.

If your space heater does cause a fire, get in touch with a professional smoke cleanup crew right away. However, if you follow these guidelines, you shouldn’t have to worry about fire or smoke concerns from a burned space heater.

Smoke and Soot Damage Remediation

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Smoke and Soot Damage Remediation

When assessing fire damage, smoke is a focal point. Although fire is the cause of the most noticeable damage that happens in a home, the least conspicuous hazards that are harmful health-wise are smoke and soot. In addition, smoke is the number one cause of death for fire victims.

Soot, a black powdery material produced by burning oil-based coal or wood items, is not difficult to distinguish from smoke. The circulation of carbon particulates from this matter settles on surfaces, resulting in lung diseases or death. When soot contaminants fill the home, an evaluation of the areas affected has to be completed. Using fire restoration specialists for this process is the best alternative to find out whether restoration is possible. SERVPRO makes it possible.

Water Damage

Another important detail that is frequently unnoticed after a severe fire is water damage. It is the last thing that comes to mind when faced with fire damage. Once fires are contained, affected areas should be dried completely to prevent added loss and damage to property. SERVPRO utilizes industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to dry carpet padding, carpet, furniture and other items saturated with water.

The key to expediting restoration and repair efforts when there is a fire in a Kingwood home is becoming knowledgeable about fire damage prior to the experience.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Kingwood/Humble is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of the Kingwood community.

Every fire damage event in Kingwood is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. We can help. (281) 219-8180

How the Pros Will Clean Your Office After a Fire

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt wall Fire damage in Crosby, TX home

How the Pros Will Clean Your Office After a Fire

No one wants to think about what would happen if there was a fire in his or her office. Unfortunately, disasters can strike anywhere. Even if you avoid injuries, you still have to think about issues such as smoke damage and other consequences to your building and equipment. If you can get a professional fire cleanup team on the case quickly, you can mitigate damage.

Inspection Time

Once firefighters have put out the fire in your Crosby, TX, office, the restoration crew will come in and do a thorough assessment of the damage and cleanup needs. This experienced team will look for the following:

  • Inspect rooms the fire directly affected as well as adjacent rooms and areas
  • Make a note of specific damages, including soot damage
  • Make a note of what you can salvage and what you must throw out
  • Develop a plan to clean your workplace quickly and get you up and running safely again

Board Up

When a fire hits your office, chances are good that it will leave significant damage to your walls, windows, floors and roof. To help ensure these areas don’t receive further damage, the restoration specialist will cover them with boards and tarps.

Remove Water

Firefighters put down a lot of water to contain and eliminate a fire. Your office sprinklers may also leave plenty of water on the ground. This is why the restoration team will do much more than address smoke damage. The crew will extract any water from your floors and will then dry and sanitize the distressed areas.

Say Goodbye

Smoke damage isn’t easy to remedy, but the professionals have specialized, high-powered tools and equipment to ensure your office doesn’t have this lingering smell. After this smoke cleaning, you can feel safe coming back to work.

Once the cleanup team restores ruined portions of your office, you can resume normal operations. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you shouldn’t have to contend with smoke damage in your office building.

Is a Commercial Generator Good for Your Business?

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial backup generator. Is a commercial generator good for your business?

Is a Commercial Generator Good for Your Business?

Is your Houston, TX, business prepared for power outages when heavy storms hit? Unless you're prepared to lose out on several hours or days of revenue, you need to have a way to keep the power running for

  • Computers
  • Cash registers
  • Lights
  • Printers
  • Telephones

One solution to this is setting up a permanent commercial generator. As you consider the costs and benefits of this step, take a look at some basic information, so you know what to expect.

A Reliable Source of Energy

A commercial generator uses stored energy from natural gas, diesel, or a solar source. Whether blackouts occur because of the wind, an earthquake, property damage, or government actions, your backup source of energy should be ready to kick in, so your business can remain operational.

Proper Maintenance

Avoid generator problems with a consistent routine of preventative maintenance. Take care of the equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions, and you should expect between 30,000 to 50,000 hours of operation. This is based on daily usage with the power off during nights. It may be used for several days in a row depending on the power outage and should still provide you with 20 to 30 years of use.

Causes of Failure

Experts generally recommend getting your backup power source serviced twice a year. This step should help you avoid common causes of failure:

  • Damaged belts
  • Dead batteries
  • Wear and tear
  • Low coolant levels
  • Sludge in the fuel line
  • Burned out components
  • Weather and pest-related damages

Some of these appliances should be serviced more often, so be sure to refer to the manufacturer's manual for specific advice.

Storms can do a lot to disrupt your business. When wind or flood damage brings your business day to a halt, contact storm cleanup experts to get you back to normal operations. In the meantime, your backup generator can help you keep the lights on and the doors open.

4 Tips for Securing Your Property After a Fire

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

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4 Tips for Securing Your Property After a Fire

You've probably gone to some effort to make your business secure by installing security systems, locks, and cameras. Maybe you have fencing along the perimeter of your property, and you may have lights set up to make sure your property is visible at all hours. Unfortunately, when your building suffers from fire damage, there's a good chance that some of that security has been affected:

  • Doors and windows may be broken or gone altogether.
  • Firefighters may have put holes in the roof and walls while fighting the flames.
  • The structure of your building may be weakened.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to be sure your Crosby, TX, property is still secure once the flames are out.


Before Damages Occur


One of the best things you can do to protect your business from financial losses associated with fire is to document your inventory and belongings. A video and written record of your inventory, equipment, furnishings, and everything else of value can be an important resource after the fire.


Set Up Temporary Fencing


If you don't already have a perimeter fence with secure gates, set one up while your building is vulnerable. You can prevent a lot of looting by adding increased security.


Prevent Unauthorized Entry


During fire cleanup, a lot of people will be coming and going through your property. Make sure you, or a designated person, has the chance to determine whether a person should be allowed in or not. You may not recognize all of the fire and water damage restoration professionals, but you need a way to determine whether each individual should be allowed in and a record that shows each person leaving.


Store Contents of Buildings in Secure Locations


Add extra locks and lights around your storage units or move your inventory and equipment to a secure location. Limit access to those locations. Check with your insurance provider; you may qualify for relocation money.

Don't let the vulnerable time after fire damage mean extra losses. Use these safety tips to minimize looting and related losses.

How To Handle Water Damage in Your Home

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet removed in a living room due to water damage Carpet damaged by water in a Humble, TX home

When a flood or a leak happens in your home in Humble,TX, it can be a devastating blow and a big disruption to your family and lifestyle. You may have concerns such as whether your home’s structure is compromised, whether you can keep your carpet, and how to clean things up so that you can go on. Luckily if the mess becomes too great to handle on your own, you can turn to the water and mold remediation specialists for help to assess water damage and help with cleanup.

Things You Should Know About Water Damage

Just stopping the water flow and extracting the water are not enough to restore your home. There are many factors that can change the level of damage or the severity of the contamination and being aware of those can help with a successful cleanup.

Whether you can keep you carpet or not will depend on how quickly you can extract the water and the level of contamination in he water
If the water is a category 2 or 3, you will need to get help with the cleanup in order to prevent spreading the contaminants
The area should be thoroughly dried after water removal and cleaning to prevent growth of black mold
Some structural materials such as sheetrock, subfloors and even wood studs may need replacing

Use Proper Cleaning Methods

Water from a clean source such as broken pipes or a burst supply line is a less scary prospect and normal extraction and water cleanup is usually sufficient. Although appropriate cleaning measures using chlorine bleach or industrial cleaners are critical to managing the removal and spread of harmful bacteria and toxins under more heavily contaminated conditions, there may be some loss and carpet and other porous material will need to be replaced.
Understanding what water damage can do and what is required to clean it up can help you cope if such an event were to take place in your Humble,TX  home. You will be better able to ensure your home is restored to livable condition without complications.

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Candle Fires

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Learn About the Risks of Using Candles

Many homeowners in Kingwood,TX, enjoy using candles in their homes. However, candles are a common cause of home fires. It can be useful for homeowners to learn about the risks of using candles and the multitude of candle alternatives available on the market today.

1. Do Candles Cause Fires Frequently?

Although candles are commonly used in homes, many homeowners don't realize the risks associated with using candles. Candles that are placed close to flammable items can easily catch fire, and children or pets often accidentally knock over candles. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles caused over 8,000 home fires between 2012 and 2016. Many homeowners whose homes have sustained fire damage find it useful to contact fire restoration professionals.

2. What Are the Best Candle Alternatives?

There are various alternatives you can choose to use instead of candles. If you love the soft, warm glow candles give, then using flameless candles that use batteries or are plugged in can be a great option for you. Wax burners are a popular choice for those who love the smell of candles, as you can often find wax melts that have the same scent as your favorite candle. Oil diffusers are another great option for homeowners who enjoy fresh fragrances.

3. How Can You Prevent a Candle From Causing a Fire?

If you do choose to light a candle in your home, it's often important not to leave the candle unattended. It's also often wise to make sure the candle is well out of reach from any children or pets and to place the candle away from any items that may be flammable. One of the easiest ways to avoid a candle fire, of course, is to avoid using a candle and instead use an alternative.

Though candles are often nice to have, they can increase the risk of a home fire. Whether you are interested in a wax burner or a flameless candle, with so many candle alternatives, you can find an option that you can safely enjoy.

What You Need to Know About Mold Growth

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold under a cabinet Mold damage in a Humble, TX home

What You Need to Know About Mold Growth

When you own a home, you may sometimes experience certain problems. One common issue you may face is the growth of black mold. If this is your first time seeing mold in your Humble,TX, home, then you may have some questions. The following information can help.

1. Why Does Mold Grow in Your Home?

Mold is a fungus that exists in most environments, which is why black mold growth is so common. If it has shown up in your house, the most likely reason is that you have some water damage. This fungus needs moisture to grow and, once it has it, can spread quite rapidly. In some cases, a colony may appear in just a day or two.

2. Will It Go Away On Its Own?

You might be hoping that if you just leave it alone long enough, the mold will simply go away. However, this is not the case. In order to remove it, you will need to have mold cleanup done, preferably by a professional. During this process, the area should be blocked off to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas of the house. Once this has been done, the growth will be removed, and the area will be thoroughly dried and sanitized.

3. How Do You Keep It From Coming Back?

The key to preventing mold from returning is keeping moisture at bay. If you have had mold growth in the past, it is likely to return if you are not careful. Whether it is from a leaky pipe, storm damage or high humidity, a moisture problem will make it easy for the fungus to grow. Proper maintenance, regular cleaning and using a dehumidifier can help keep this from happening.
If you have black mold in your home, you shouldn’t ignore it or try to get rid of it on your own as this can result in further damage. A mold remediation specialist will have the necessary training, experience and equipment to safely and thoroughly remove the growth.