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SERVPRO of Spring Fire and Water Restoration, Houston, TX

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Building SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after fire, smoke, water, mold or storm damage restoration. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

Our professionals are trained to work with you during the process of restoring the damaged area with your budgetary constraints in mind. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

When you have an emergency in your home or business, water damage or mold inspection might be needed. From storm damage repair, smoke damage from fire, or how to test for mold after water damage, we're here to help.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

•       Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

•       Require a water damage restoration technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

•       Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry.

•       Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

•       Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The advanced water restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Floods can develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning. They can also cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.

Flood and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide cleaning and restoration services for water and fire damage restoration in Houston, TX, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. See how quickly water migrates in our timeline below.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

•       Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

•       Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

•       Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

•       Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

•       Drywall begins to swell and break down.

•       Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

•       Furniture begins to swell and crack.

•       Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

•       A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

•       Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

•       Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

•       Metal begins to rust and corrode.

•       Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

•       Paint begins to blister.

•       Wood flooring swells and warps.

•       Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

•       Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

•       Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flood and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

A house fire with additional smoke damage would bring up different issues that would need to be addressed. Once we arrive onsite, our team will decide whether certain items will need to be removed or replaced. Most of the time during both water and fire restoration situations, we would need to remove the drywall. If you have a damaged roof, we would need to have the roof inspected by a roofing contractor and you would need to discuss this with your insurance company.

We have specialized and trained professionals that will ensure you have the fastest response to your disaster. Not to worry, our team has the ability to provide an estimate for any size project in a timely manner.

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties. Fire, smoke damage, wind damage or water damage events; call us for all your restoration needs.

What to know when there's a Tornado Risk in Texas

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Storm SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball

Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. A tornado is a rotating column of air that occurs during a thunderstorm and can have wind speeds that reach up to 300mph. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust, and debris.

Know The Signs And Be Prepared

Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Know the signs of a tornado, a rotating funnel-shaped cloud, an approaching cloud of debris, or a loud roar similar to a freight train. Many people have reported that when a tornado is approaching, the sound they hear is like a train barreling down the tracks.
  2. Know your community's warning system and understand the difference between a tornado watch and warning through the national weather service.
  3. A warning means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon and to go to a safe place immediately. A watch means conditions are favorable, and a tornado is possible.
  4. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local news channel for current emergency information and instructions. With advanced technology in weather forecasting, meteorologists can pinpoint circling winds and inform the public like never before.

Assemble An Emergency Kit

Assemble an emergency kit for you and your family. Put these items in zip lock bags and store them all in a plastic tub. Many different times can make up a kit, but here are a few of the basics to keep in mind.

It's recommended to have one gallon of water per person for at least three days, drinking and sanitation. At least a three day supply of non-perishable food per person. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert. A flashlight, first aid kit, and extra batteries are all essential to keep in your kit.

Where To Go

Preparation is essential, and something we should all take time to do. It's a great idea to plan ahead of a disaster and chose a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way.

It could be your basement or storm cellar, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest level. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Always remember to stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.

Understanding The Risk

Know your area's tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a higher risk for tornadoes. If you lived on the west coast, you probably would read about mudslides and wildfires preparedness rather than thunderstorms and tornadoes.

The infamous Tornado Alley, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, still leads in the number of tornadoes. It's crucial to plan ahead to help keep your family safe.

If You Have Storm Or Tornado Damage, Call your SERVPRO Franchise Professional

SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball, your SERVPRO of Houston, is here to help as your water damage company for Texas. We offer emergency fire and water services as your Texas water damage restoration company for homes or businesses after a storm has passed. Some of these water damage restoration services include roof tarping, basement flooding, water removal, covering broken windows, water damage repair, sump pump, structure dry out, and any water damage restoration in Tomball, TX.

We're always available 24/7/365, even on holidays, faster to any size disaster. You can expect an immediate response day or night (281) 374-6454.

SERVPRO Spring/ Tomball Emergency Fire and Water Damage

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fire Damage SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball

Dealing with the aftermath of emergency fire damage restoration can be extremely stressful especially when soot has made its way through your house and completely covered all of your belongings.

SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball is trained and licensed to give you an optimal experience as we care for your residential or commercial property as your SERVPRO of Houston, independently owned and operated location. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire as it can be very damaging.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths could have been prevented.

Most fatal fires happen when families are asleep giving them less than adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. Smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires.

National Fire Safety is important all year round and while the main focus is preventing residential fires, our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball would like to remind everyone this is a great time to revisit workplace fire prevention and safety.

Below are 12 tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace:

Step 1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.

Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.

Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electric could be shut off easily.

Step 6. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.

Step 7. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.

Step 8. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.

Step 9. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.

Step 10. Prevent Ignition – Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.

Step 11. Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

Step 12. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted.

Planning to ensure fire protection and safety is key to avoiding unwanted fire issues.

Residential and Commercial Fire Clean Up

Soot can be one of the hardest parts of fire restoration clean up and is developed through three different methods:

·      Wet soot residue—results from smoldering, low-heat fires. This residue is sticky, smeary, and has a very pungent odor.

·      Dry soot residue—results from fast-burning fires with high temperatures. This residue is typically dry, powdery, and non-smeary.

·      Protein residue—almost invisible but can discolor paints and varnishes in your home. This residue also has an extremely pungent odor.

Each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean for such needs or concerns.

Our fire repair process is outlined online for your review.

Call us at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball, your SERVPRO of Texas, faster to any size disaster, for all your fire and restoration needs.

Why Should You Call a SERVPRO in Houston Restoration Company?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Tomball Flooding Pictures SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball

One of the biggest misconceptions about emergency fire and water situations is you will know who to call when the time comes. "I haven't had an issue yet, so when I do, I can make a decision then."

Not going to happen.

Preparing for such a disaster, especially for a commercial company, will not only provide peace of mind, but will ensure you aren't forced into making a snap decision that can potentially impact the ability to restore your home or business.

SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball is your Texas water damage restoration company providing services for water damage repair, mold remediation, mold inspection, and residential and commercial fire clean up. When deciding on your preferred vendor, look for your SERVPRO Texas locations locally owned and operated. We provide an optimal experience and will have your SERVPRO franchise professional reach out as soon as possible.

Here's how we can help:

  1. Restoration Costs Less

A complete replacement can be expensive in labor and materials, particularly if the existing materials must be removed first. Depending on the materials selected it can get very expensive. Restoration, on the other hand, requires less labor and materials, and thus costs less to restore vs. replace.

  1. Restoration Extends the Life of Your Property

You can defer complete replacement and make future plans for the expenditure in your capital budget.

  1. Restoration is More Sustainable

Millions of tons of construction waste end up in landfills annually. Restoration allows you to reuse your existing materials, which in turn is a much more environmentally friendly option. Plus, it can lead to steps to make your building more energy efficient and may help you qualify for ENERGY STAR or LEED credits.

  1. Restoration Helps Prevent Catastrophic Loss

Ignoring the fact that your home or business is deteriorating doesn’t make the problem go away; it can only get worse. The more time passes, the greater the potential damage and the more it costs to restore it. At some point, the only option will be total replacement. Continued neglect can put your business, employees and tenants at risk.

Insulation can become wet in a variety of ways. A pipe could burst, a seam could have been improperly welded, or there could be a puncture somewhere on your roofing system, among a wide variety of other possibilities. However, just fixing the cause of the leak is not enough; the wet insulation must be removed.

Here's three potential ramifications anyone in the restoration industry would tell you about leaving wet insulation or other materials behind in your home or business:

  1. Structural Stability

As mentioned above, wet materials can negatively impact your entire building. The trapped moisture can begin to degrade the foundation of your home or business starting at the location of the loss and working it’s way out. Rotting can occur and lead to collapses throughout the structure. There is also the overall weight burden to consider. As moisture is collected that particular item gets increasingly heavier. The pressure can be catastrophic to the building and lead to complete system collapse.

  1. Energy Efficiency Compromised

The presence of wet products within any structure will generally negate the energy efficiency benefits of any system. This is due to the fact that the moisture is acting as a conductor of energy rather than repelling it as it is designed. Your building will now require more heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, resulting in higher utility bills. Moisture can specifically cause your insulation to lose as much as 40% of it’s thermal residence capabilities.

  1. Indoor Air Quality

It is highly likely that your building is being occupied for a good portion of the day and/or night depending on what industry you are in. As a result, air quality is incredibly important. If anything is wet, mold and bacteria can grow. Not a good sign for healthy air or happy occupants. The longer you leave it untreated, the greater the potential danger to your occupants.

It’s important to be proactive with finding your preferred restoration company and preventing similar occurrences like the above scenario from happening. SERVPRO Tomball provides quick inspections to any sized disaster.

Call your trusted leaders at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball for the best water damage restoration in Tomball, TX.

24-7, 365 days a year.

Water Damage & Your Belongings

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage with equipment Here to Help.

As a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, we strive to meet or exceed the expectations of every customer, client, and business that is involved with water damaged property. Every property, every project, every customer deserves excellence.

Water intrusion in a home or business is always a traumatic event. Effectively restoring a water-damaged property is such a valuable service to any homeowner or business owner. This type of disruption creates stress and uncertainty for many individuals and can be very costly.

This is when you call us at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball to provide guidance and assistance to ensure the best decisions are made through these difficult times.

Excessive water and moisture in any indoor environment can pose health risks for occupants and if it is not resolved properly. Water intrusion can cause severe damages to both your structure and contents.

Properly mitigating, drying, and restoring a water-damaged structure requires training, expertise, and specialized equipment. With hands-on experience and coaching in the field, we are the best in the industry.

The goal of emergency actions is to protect your structure and contents from further damage, establish a safe environment, extract water, demo unrestorable materials, and create the conditions for drying the structure and contents effectively. This typically involves calculating and positioning air movers and dehumidifiers within the affected area.

Once the equipment is placed, we monitor the drying process and make sure it is working properly. Monitoring services continue until the structure and contents are dry as we evaluate, update monitoring logs, and make adjustments as needed.

Call us at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Disasters

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling Damage from Water Damage SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball is here for all your restoration needs.

When your home has suffered from water damage, it can be a stressful and tense experience. If the damage is severe, you will need to hire a water damage restoration company for to repair and restore your home or business. Understanding what to expect from a water damage restoration company can help make the process less overwhelming.

There is no such thing as a small disaster, especially with intrusion of water you can’t see. It can contain bacteria, mold, rot, or other unseen damage.

Water damage can also affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and clean it yourself, consider how the damage can potentially affect the long term structure of your home or business. SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business and are trained to manage the drying process from start to finish. With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, we can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damage to your property and potentially the long term value of your property, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball .

Flooding and Safety Tips

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Flood in Building Call us at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball for more information about how you can stay safe during flood and storm situations 281-374-6454

Floods can be surprising and they can catch you off guard. Water is incredibly damaging, and most people would be surprised at what water can do once it sneaks its way into your home. SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball is here for you for suggestions and life saving tips.  

Our crews are highly trained and licensed to work in these situations. It’s important to us to get out there and protect your property as quickly and professionally as possible, as we ensure the water will not migrate and cause additional damage to the surrounding areas.  

Flooding can be dangerous and scary. Be sure to have emergency kits with you at all times in case of a storm. 

If for any reason, you and your family are unable to make it out of your home or town when a storm is coming, there are ways to be Storm Ready.  

Follow the steps below to feel better prepared when a storm hits: 

1.) Have a home emergency plan. Know all of your safe exit points of the home, what to do with pets, keep on hand at least 2 Emergency Kits, and let your neighbors know you are still at the home. 

2.) Stock up on the easy essential foods, water, toiletries, candles, lighters and flashlights. Have plenty of blankets and pillows handy. 

3.)   Keep some games and toys for the children handy--Waiting for the storm to pass over might actually get boring in some cases. 

4.) Secure loose things around and on your property. 

5.) Make sure there are no branches hanging over your home or garage. 

6.) Stay in doors when the storm is upon you. 

7.) Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current. 

8.) Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas. 

9.) Keep a battery powered radio nearby so you can keep up with warnings and updates on the storm. 

10.) Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand 

Stay safe and prepared for storms in your area.   

Categories of Water and What that means for your home

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ceiling Call us at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball for any additional information or to discuss water damage at your location 281-374-6454.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters accounting for billions of dollars in losses to homeowners and renters annually. Here at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball, we encourage all homeowners to protect themselves with the right insurance coverage. Generally speaking, water that falls, such as rainwater, is covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy, while water that comes from the ground, such as an overflowing river, is covered by a separate flood insurance policy. 

By the same token, properly maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent water damage.  A homeowner can prevent water seepage by painting a water-sealant or avert a sewer backup by installing a backwater valve. The Institute for Business & Home Safety offers these additional tips for homeowners.  

A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage in an affected area. According to IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, water is separated in three different categories dependent on the level of contamination. They are summarized as the following: 
 

Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater. 

Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated. 

Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water enters a building as a result of wind storm damage. 

Call us at SERVPRO of Spring/ Tomball for any additional information or to discuss water damage at your location 281-374-6454. 

Natural Disasters and the Texas Winter Storm

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Texas Winter Storm SERVPRO trucks ready to go out for Texas Winter Storm

Last month’s winter storm was a real awakening for a lot of us out here in Texas. We are not new to natural disasters or having to rebuild our community, but the mass power outages and subfreezing temperatures was a crisis situation we weren’t prepared for.

Texas homeowners may be surprised to know that every state in the US is vulnerable to flooding--even the more arid ones. Changes in sea level, as well as weather patterns, are enough to create sudden floods that cause damage to homes and infrastructure in one fell swoop. Homeowners with flood coverage may be relieved to have it, but without professional cleanup, water damage can make their structures a host for mold, microbes, and further issues. Follow our guide for initial emergency water damage tips.

If you need flood damage cleanup,  our storm team is ready and willing to rebuild your home to it’s original condition. As professionals, we receive the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to maintain high standards in addressing fire, water, and mold damage as well as restoration of structures. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance adjuster so that cleanup complies with your policy as well as local regulations.

Your insurance adjuster can assist you in the process of completing a proof of loss for your flood claim. Make sure your proof of loss complies with the needs of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy and file promptly--within 60 days of the flood--to make sure you get compensated in a timely fashion.

SERVPRO technicians can also assist with this process by taking photos of the damage, taking inventory of possessions, and coordinating with both you and your insurance adjuster during the cleanup process. If you have crucial documents that are damaged by flooding, SERVPRO can create electronic copies of the papers so that you always have access to them.

A successful cleanup begins with thorough monitoring of the situation. This is why SERVPRO technicians use a variety of moisture measurement technologies to evaluate the extent of damage before extracting moisture, disinfecting surfaces, and drying your home. Throughout the drying process, professionals can use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors and meters to determine the progress made by the cleanup process. Infrared imaging allows technicians to see behind structures to determine if subfloors, studs, or fiberglass insulation require further drying.

Every surface in your home has an ideal humidity level to maintain its integrity, from hardwood flooring to drywall to your furniture. SERVPRO strives to ensure that items that can be safely restored are handled with the utmost care, and possessions that require replacement are not removed without documentation and the informed consent of homeowners and insurance adjusters. If your disaster requires general contracting services for restoration, your local SERVPRO is licensed to handle this type of work.

Check out The Weather Channel as they discuss why storms are so hard to forecast.

SERVPRO of East Central Austin provides a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If disaster strikes in your home, you can call (512) 420-9886.

Leader in the Restoration Industry

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Technician with moisture meter "Like it never even happened."

As a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, we strive to meet or exceed the expectations of every customer, client, and business that is involved with water damaged property. Every property, every project, every customer deserves excellence.

Water intrusion in a home or business is always a traumatic event. Effectively restoring a water-damaged property is such a valuable service to any homeowner or business owner. This type of disruption creates stress and uncertainty for many individuals and can be very costly.

This is when you call us at SERVPRO to provide guidance and assistance to ensure the best decisions are made through these difficult times.

Excessive water and moisture in any indoor environment can pose health effects for occupants and if it is not resolved properly. Water intrusion can cause severe damages to both your structure and contents.

Properly mitigating, drying, and restoring a water-damaged structure requires training, expertise, and specialized equipment. With hands-on experience and coaching in the field, we are the best in the industry.

The goal of emergency actions is to protect your structure and contents from further damage, establish a safe environment, extract water, demo unrestorable materials, and create the conditions for drying the structure and contents effectively. This typically involves calculating and positioning air movers and dehumidifiers within the affected area.

Once the equipment is placed, we monitor the drying process and make sure it is working properly. Monitoring services continue until the structure and contents are dry as we evaluate, update monitoring logs, and make adjustments as needed.

Call us at SERVPRO, “Like it never even happened.”