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ERP: Emergency Ready Profile

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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“No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be ready for whatever happens!”

Whether you own a small business or corporate scale, water damage or fire damage can occur to your business. Did you know that 50% of businesses that experience a disaster may never re-open their doors? That is why we can’t stress enough, the importance of being prepared and equipped with the knowledge to mitigate until help arrives. Let us help you get prepared! Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) program we will provide critical information that will allow you to start mitigation and recovery services. The ERP is a quick reference guide tailored to your structure and business.

We will come to you and provide a FREE assessment of your facility. With this assessment we will create a detailed profile that references important contacts and phone numbers, such as your utility companies, insurance company, maintenance department, hospital, and other important phone numbers relative to your business. The Emergency Ready Profile will also prepare our SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball team. Don’t let your business be on the wrong side of the 50%.

We make it "Like it never even happened.

What Can I Do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Remediate the Flood Damage in Your Houston, TX!

Living in Houston, TX can open your home to many heavy rainstorms. Unfortunately, if you live in an older building, this can cause some issues. Visualize an older roof, finally giving way under the weight of pooling water, and allowing it to leak into your home. You notice water begins to drip down into your bedroom from the ceiling.

Our flood damage remediation services for Houston and surrounding areas are expert-tier. SERVPRO technicians are well trained, and we use advanced technology to ensure the best service possible. If you need flood damage remediation, get in touch with us.

What Could I Do to Be More Prepared For a Flood?

If you know a severe rainstorm is on the way, you can do a few things to be prepared for the damage your home could face.

  • Keep a list of emergency numbers
  • Consider having spare water and food, in case of an extended power outage
  • Consider calling for assistance, anticipate flooding risks

While not all rainstorms are severe or lead to electrical utility loss, it is always good to be prepared. Having bottled water and nonperishables handy can ensure you don’t need to rush to a grocery store when everyone else is. SERVPRO suggests contacting our office to set up a scheduled appointment for demonstrating our ERP Plan. The Emergency READY Profile Plan can help prevent, or at least mitigate, damages caused by intruding water, fires, or even mold.

What Can SERVPRO Techs Do Once They're Here?

Once our highly trained technicians get to your home, they can get to work right away. We can start by:

  • Covering the hole on your roof with tarps, to try and stop water from getting inside
  • Employ wet/dry vacuums to remove water from between your walls, your ceiling, and your bedroom floor
  • Use air blasting tubes to get dry air into hard to reach places (injecti-dry advanced devices)

Here at SERVPRO, we are dedicated to helping you reduce excess moisture in your home and prevent mold damage. If you go through an unfortunate flood loss event, get the help your home deserves!

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball by calling (281) 374-6454. We're here for you!

Why Should I Get a Professional to Clean My Carpets After a Water Leak in My Houston, TX Home?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has the Knowledge and Professional Equipment to Help You Quickly

Even after a minor water leak in your Houston, TX home or business, there may be extensive damage to your carpet, especially if the moisture under the carpet pads was not detected immediately. Our professionals come in, assess the situation, address the loss, and mitigate any further damage from happening, such as warped floorboards or mold growth.

What Does SERVPRO Use to Get Rid of the Water From my Carpet?

Our Technicians Use Extraction and Drying Equipment to Clear Away Excess Moisture
Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians use best practices to deal with the water damage in your Houston, TX home. They typically extract all standing water with portable or truck-mounted extraction equipment before going about treating and cleaning the carpet. Technicians remove the pad underneath the carpet and usually replace it.

After Extraction, What Do SERVPRO Technicians Do to Treat and Clean the Carpet?

    •    They treat the surfaces of the carpet, first checking to ensure there is no mold or damage.
    •    Use deodorizers and antimicrobial cleaners to treat the flooring and carpet backing.
    •    After putting the carpet back down, treat the front of the carpet with the same deodorizers and antimicrobials.
    •    Extract more water if needed.

After technicians treat the carpets and flooring underneath, they set about the task of thoroughly drying the room. They place air-movers around the room to forcefully push airflow over surfaces. While air movers work, dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and exhaust warmer air, causing the carpet to dry more quickly. Using our professional services promotes more thorough restoration in a shorter amount of time than if you were to attempt it on your own.

For premium restoration services, Contact SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is an IICRC Certified Firm

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) create the standards for the restoration industry and provide training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

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

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

IICRC Certified Firms must

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

Fire Damage Tips in Houston, TX

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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When damage from a fire occurs at your home or business in Houston, TX and surrounding areas, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next. You may feel fearful or hopeless as you walk through the space that used to be your safe haven. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball has Fire Damage Emergency Tips that can be of assistance when you aren’t sure what to do:

  • Limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to avoid microbial growth.
  • Keep your hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is here to help with 24/7 emergency service and timely mitigation response to help alleviate your concerns. We will work diligently to restore your home and memories back to their original beauty. 

Space Heater Safety

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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While space heaters can help save you money on your energy bills, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when deciding to go this route. 

  • Buy a space heater that is rated for your need. A heater that is too large for a certain area can lead to higher energy bills due to it consuming a lot of energy. On the other hand, if you buy one that is rated too small for your space, it will have to work harder to heat the space.
  • It's suggested that you place your space heater at least three feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles. There is a chance a fire can start if these items touch the heating element of the space heater. Also, make sure to place the space heater on a hard level surface so there is less chance of it tipping over.
  • Make sure the heater you purchase carries a label from either UL, ETL, or CSA. These are safety consulting and certification companies.
  • It is a good idea to purchase a space heater that has tip-over and overheat protection. A heater that has tip-over protection will automatically shut off if it tips over for any reason. Overheat protection is when the space heater uses a temperature sensor to detect unsafe temperatures. When this happens, an internal switch will automatically shut off the unit.
  • Plug the space heater directly into an outlet instead of an extension cord. There is an increased risk of fires if plugged into an extension cord.
  • Frequently clean and maintain it to ensure it's working safely. Wiping it down is also important as this helps reduce the amount of dust and allergens that can spread.
  • Turn off and unplug the space heater if not in use to reduce the chance of a fire occurring.
  • Last, but not least, keep heaters away from water such as in a bathroom or a damp basement.

Tips For Protecting Your Property From Storm Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Ways To Prepare Your Property Before Storm Winds Blow

When you own property in Houston, TX, severe weather can become a major cause for concern. A single roof leak can cause a lot of damages, especially if the damaged roof goes unnoticed for a day or two. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prepare your property before storm winds blow.

Trim Trees and Shrubs
Any weak, diseased, or dead branches could break away from trees and pose a threat to your buildings. Overhanging branches could break windows or fall onto the roof, leaving areas of missing shingles. These gaps can then lead to water damage within the building.

Upgrade Roof Shingles
When it comes to the best protection of any property, the roof is at the top of the list. When hail, rain, and wind damage or carry away shingles, the potential for leaks and further damages increases. Get high-performance shingles with UL Class 4 IR standard ratings.

Brace Garage Doors and Other Vulnerable Areas
Some exterior doors have welded steel frames with heavy-duty components, but other entrances and exits, such as garage doors, are lightweight. Pay special attention to delivery bays and similar areas. Heavy winds could blow lightweight doors onto the roof or around the property.

Replace Vinyl and Aluminum Gutters With Steel
If you live in an area where hail is a common concern, vinyl and aluminum rain gutters and downspouts are highly vulnerable to damage. When gutters are damaged, become loose, or fall away from the building, the chances of a roof leak developing increase. You may not even realize that water is leaking into the building until it's time to call a wind and water damage remediation company.

Install Protective Screens Around Your Property
Air conditioning units, heavy fans, and other equipment that's outside can be hit hard by thunderstorms and the winds and rain that come with them. Install screens to protect sensitive components of the equipment. Additionally, fencing around your property may catch debris from other buildings in the area.

From a simple roof leak to a branch through a window, it's important to immediately address property damages following a thunderstorm. Contact SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball for emergency tarping and board ups until the repair process can begin to return your building to its pre-storm condition.

Where To Look For Mold in Your Home

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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When it comes to mold damage, prevention is essential to minimize the havoc that mold wreaks on your home. Mold can be hazardous to your health and your home, which gives you all the more reason to keep a sharp eye out for any signs of mold to treat it before it becomes a problem. Since mold is attracted to moisture and water, it’s natural to presume that the most common places for mold growth are in damp areas of your home, and this is correct!

To combat mold growth before it does serious damage, get in the habit of regularly checking these three locations.

1. Your Bathroom

With your toilet, shower or bathtub, and sink all being connected to sources of running water, it should be no surprise that your bathroom is one of the most frequent culprits of mold growth. Your shower and your bathtub are normally damp and retain some sort of moisture 24/7 since they often never completely dry out between uses, which makes them the perfect environment for mold spores to thrive. Make it a weekly habit to check all the nooks and crannies of your shower and bathtub for mold growth, including the shower curtain, the shower head, the faucet and faucet handles, the tub, and even your shampoo bottles and razors that you keep in the shower. Routine cleaning will help you identify and minimize mold growth as well. 

2. Your Kitchen

After your bathroom, your kitchen is the second most likely location to find mold in your home. With the dishwasher, the fridge, the kitchen sink, and other appliances that use running water, your kitchen also is set up for the accumulation of moisture that mold growth loves. Don’t forget to check underneath the sink for mold spores as well as along any windows and windowsills that are present. If your windows aren’t properly sealed, they may be a source of mold growth. Also, be sure to thoroughly dry your dishes before storing them in your cabinets! Different commonplace kitchen items like wooden spoons and cutting boards can be prime locations for mold growth. 

3. Your Bedroom

Although you might not necessarily have running water sources connected to your bedroom, it’s good practice to also thoroughly inspect it for mold on the regular. Mold can creep up in places like your air conditioning vents and units, windows and windowsills, and in curtains or on your mattress. Especially if you don’t have a mold-resistant mattress, all it may take is a little bit of moisture soaking into your mattress for mold to grow. Make it a biweekly routine to inspect your bedroom for mold in all of the places that are susceptible to it.

While these three rooms are among the top places to look for mold in your home, there are additional locations to consider when completing an informal mold inspection at home. We recommend checking out this article for a few more mold-prone areas. Whether you know you are dealing with mold or just suspect that an unidentified substance might be mold, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454 to come and check it out. Mold always requires quick action, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

SERVPRO Will Get You Back in Business Quickly

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Flooding and water damage events in Houston, TX commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential properties after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Getting Rid of Odors After A Fire Damage Can Be Difficult!

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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For Fire Damage Restoration and Deodorization of Your Houston, TX Home, Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball.

Odors are volatile molecules that people's noses sense when they are present in the air. Since fragrances can easily evaporate, they eventually go away or dissipate once the source gets removed; however, the removal process can take a long time.

What can cause smoke odors to exist?

During fire damage projects in Houston, foul aromas usually get caused by burnt materials or soot residues that are present after the blaze gets extinguished. The first step our SERVPRO technicians take during the restoration process is to remove all charred items and clean any surfaces that contain soils and soot residues. Once we capture all soils, residues, and burnt materials, we dispose of them in sealed plastic bags, so other previously unaffected areas of your home do not get contaminated.

What do you do if unpleasant smells still exist after all soot residues have been cleaned and burnt materials have been removed?

In some situations, foul aromas can still be present after soot is removed and debris has been disposed of because the smoke can penetrate porous materials deeply. When this occurs, we can use the following products and equipment to deodorize your house:

Odor Counteracting Beads- These are made of a special treated porous material that, as soon as the bag is opened, deodorant molecules get released into the air.

Deodorant Granules or Pellets- These specialized pellets or granules are odor absorbent that act as a sponge and hold in odors.

Water-Based Odor Counteract-ants- Specialized chemicals can be added to cleaning solutions that can help counteract malodor particles.

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Misters- ULV fog machines break down water-based deodorants into a mist so the chemicals can penetrate porous materials.

Thermal Fog Machines- Thermal machines break oil-based deodorants down even smaller so it can travel through your structure in the same way smoke did.

Sealers- Specialized sealant paints can trap in malodor molecules.

If you ever smell smoke in your home after you have a fire in Houston, TX and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454.