Do you know what steps to take if you notice a roof leak?
First Things First - Deal with inside the house to minimize interior damage!
In most cases, a leak will slowly pool at the ceiling until it finds an escape route. After a couple of hours, the leak will start to find multiple escape routes. To minimize your ceiling damage, find the wettest spot or a bulge in the ceiling and poke a small hole in the middle. Use a bucket to collect the draining water.
Second Step – Locate the point of entry!
Start with the inside, such as an attic.
Third Step – Maintain the situation until help arrives!
Once you locate the point of entry from the inside, there are a couple of options for temporary repair such as roofing cement, roofing tape or a tarp.
Removing Mold from Carpet
Keeping your carpet clean can be a challenge. With the daily coming and going in and out of your home, we often track dirt, dust and other contaminants onto our carpets, despite our best efforts to keep our carpets spotless.
So what do you do if you happen to find some mold spots?
- Upon discovering the mold, it’s important to start the process and remove mold from carpet as quickly as possible. If you can move the piece of carpeting or rug outside the house, do so.
- Take a broom and sweep the affected area of the carpet. This will help loosen up the mold.
- Next, vacuum the affected area of the carpet. After vacuuming, empty the contents of the vacuum bag directly into the trash.
- Create a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water in a bucket.
- Using a sponge, scrub the affected area of the carpet with the soapy solution you just mixed.
- If you’re able to take the carpet outside, let it dry naturally in the sun. If the carpet is not movable, pat dry the surface using a dry towel or rag.
What to do if there is a Tornado Warning!
With these storms we've had latley, it's always good to know what to do in case there is a tornado around you.
4 Tip below on what to do if there is a Tornado warning in your area!
1. Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm
Do you live in a mobile home? If so, get somewhere safer. Driving in a car? Get home as quickly as you can, and if that's not possible, get to a sturdy building and take shelter.
2. Get away from windows
Regardless of where you're hunkering down, it should be as far away from windows as possible.
3. If a tornado appears while you're on the road...
You should make every effort to find a safe building for shelter. If you can't find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. Instead, find a ditch, get down and cover your head.
4. Don't leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado
Tornadoes can shift their path, and even if you think you're directly in the line of the storm, being inside shelter is safer than being inside a car.
Fire in your home....
Do you know what to do if there is a fire in your house?
4 Tips if there is a fire in your home!
1. Decide if you should fight the fire or flee.
Don't attempt to extinguish any fire if there is a threat to your safety. If the fire is small and you know how to use a fire extinguisher, you can attempt to extinguish the fire. You must note that fires can increase in size and intensity in seconds, blocking the exit path can create a dangerous atmosphere.
2. The main priority is to get you and your family members out safely.
Your priority should be to get yourself and your family members out as quickly as possible. Please don't think of picking up your valuables. Timing is very important.
3. If you see smoke, crawl to the nearest exit!
The toxic gases and the super heated air in the smoke makes it more dangerous. Smoke is lighter than air and so it rises above air.
4. If your clothes catch on fire, remember to STOP, DROP, and ROLL!!!
If clothes catch fire, they can spread quickly engulfing the victim in flames.
Busted pipes - OH NO!
Busted pipe in your home? No worries, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball has got you covered!
1. Stop the water
First thing, turn off the water flow when you notice a pipe has broken, even if you don’t know where the water is coming from. Once the main water switch is off, you’ll need to drain the pipes.
2. Locate the broken pipe and inspect the damage
After draining all the excess water, locate the burst pipe. Inspect the damage and consider where the pipe is located before repairing it.
3. Repair the busted pipe
Fixing a rupture or crack in non-main pipes is usually fairly straightforward, but it can become expensive depending on the mending material you choose.
4. Bring in a professional drying crew.
Give SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball a call- 281-374-6456
We will come out to your house to clean up from the water damage and make it look like it never even happened!
MUD BUG BASH!
We want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that came out to our 8th Annual Mud Bug Bash! We hope you really enjoyed the experience and we are more than thankful that you attended our event.
This year we kept the crowd entertained with a live band, Johnny and the Convertibles, a photo booth, family games, and a bounce house for the kids!
We hope that you were able to eat all the crawfish, corn, potatoes, sausage, and shrimp that you possibly could and left with a full stomach.
Also, SERVPRO wants to give a big shout out to Labor Now for helping with all the trash and the clean up process.
We truly appreciate your support. Please let us know if you have any questions.
FREE CE CLASSES EVERY MONTH!
Are you in need of CE Credit Hours?
LUCKILY we host Continuing Education Courses every month right here at our facility! Each course is taught by either the Owners of our Franchise or one of our Production Managers.
Join us on May 17,2017 for our next CE Class--this course will cover: Understanding Mold Restoration Ind.This course is 4 hours long--from 9am to 1pm.
All classes are free of charge and include drinks and light snacks. We handle all of the paper work and get your certificate out to you as soon as possible. If you would like to RSVP please contact us at the information provided below.
Please contact Makenna McNulty(marketing representative) at the information below if you have any questions regarding the CE Classes or if you are interested sending an RSVP:
Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)
How to Prevent House Fires
Listed below are four common causes for a house fire and how to avoid it!
Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires!
- Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
- Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
- Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits.
Carelessness in the Kitchen May Also Lead to a House Fire!
- Never leave your pots or pans unattended on the stove.
- Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and make sure you know how to use it.
- Keep your stove and oven clean. Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on.
Clothes Dryers Are Another Common Source of House Fires.
- Clean out the dryer vent regularly.
- Clean out the lint filter after each load.
- Lint may also collect under and behind your dryer, make to clean these areas regularly.
Alternative Heating Sources can Also Create a Fire Hazard
- Avoid using an older space heater, as it may not have adequate safety features compared to newer units.
- Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire.
Facts about Mold!
- Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere, inside and outside. About 1,000 species of mold can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide.
- Mold growth indoors should be avoided. Problems may arise when the mold starts eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell, and possibly affecting the structural integrity of wood-framed buildings.
- When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth usually will occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains uncorrected. While it is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores, controlling moisture can control indoor mold growth.
- Molds can slowly damage building materials and furnishings. If left unchecked, mold can eventually cause structural damage to a wood framed building, weakening floors and walls as it feeds on moist wooden structural members.
If you suspect mold is growing in your home, visit our website or gives us a call for more information! www.SERVPROspringtomball.com or (281) 374-6454
Mold in your home
Mold can get in your home through vents, doors, windows, and heating/air conditioning units. Also, mold can grow in places with a lot of moisture such as around leaks in the ceiling, pipes, windows, or where there was some flooding.
4 tips on how you can control mold growth in your home:
- Controlling the humidity levels in your home. Levels should be no higher than 50%. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low.
- Use exhaust fans which vent outside your house in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your dryer vents outside your home as well.
- Immediately fix leaking windows, doors, and ceiling.
- Thoroughly cleaning up within 24-48 hours after a flood.
Mold growth can have a musty smell and be different colors. If you can see or smell the mold in your home, your health can be at risk.