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Commercial Fire Damage!

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

A Ford dealership needed assistance after devastating fire damage and SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball was quick to respond. If fire damage occurs at your commercial or residential property, we are always here to help! Give us a call at (281) 374-6454.

Fire and smoke damage is highly destructive if not properly cleaned in a timely manner. Smoke and soot residue can settle on surfaces throughout the property and will begin to permanently stain within hours. Water from firefighting efforts can also cause significant damage to both the structure of your business or home.

Our smoke and fire damage restoration begins with an initial assessment and an estimate. We then board-up windows and doors and tarp roofs and other areas, if necessary, to secure your property and prevent further damage. We can extract water and dry out areas damaged by firefighting efforts. Then we deodorize and restore your home or business to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Ready Profile

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

EMERGENCY READY PROFILE(ERP)!!

What is an ERP you ask? 

Well, an ERP is an Emergency Ready Profile that we make pertaining to the layout of your commercial building. ERP's are used in circumstances where a disaster has occurred and you contact us to come out and perform mitigation services. An ERP will help business' save time and money. This profile creates a less stressful manner of dealing with the disaster. 

An ERP will contain the following:

  • A No Cost assessment of your facility.
  • A Concise Profile Documentation that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Provides Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin and authorization during the working process.

With this profile, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball will have a complete layout of your building to be fully prepared for any disaster or incident strike!!

Don't let our first exposure to your building be during a disaster response. If we become familiar with your property now, we can get started with mitigation faster and get your business up to pace as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions or are interested in an Emergency Ready Profile being done for your commercial building, please give us a call at 281-374-6454. 

CALL US TODAY TO GET STARTED!!

Disaster Relief

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

After months of political battles, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $19 billion disaster relief bill (H.R. 2157) in May of 2019, providing aid to areas hit by hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

The disaster relief bill also includes a 4-month extension to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), finally providing some extended security to the program, which has seen 12 short-term extensions since its original expiration date in September 2017.

The bill passed the House with a vote of 354-58. The Senate previously passed the bill on May 23. It now goes to the White House. President Donald Trump has indicated he will sign the bill.

The $19 billion will fund a number of federal programs that provide aid and rebuilding assistance to local communities, farmers, service members and others nationwide.

Breaking down the $19 billion, $900 million has been allocated for aid in Puerto Rico, where Cat-5 Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory in 2017, killing an estimated 3,057 people. The bill also will aid flood victims in the Midwest, particularly farmers who are being stifled by months of relentless inclement weather and fallout from the President’s recent trade tariffs.

Wildfire victims and programs in California will see long-awaited relief, too. The bill contains $2.4 billion for community development block grants to address disasters that have occurred since 2017; $3 billion for the Agriculture Department to cover producers’ losses from those disasters; and $720 million for the Forest Service to repay money spent fighting last year’s wildfires.

Large Loss Comes With Cost

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of a large loss. One of the most crucial skills for any repair and remediation expert is the ability to see past the devastation and quickly and accurately compile an estimate for any size project. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we have specialized, trained, professionals that will ensure that you have a fast response to your disaster.

Sell yourself short and your estimate will not cover the costs of your company’s skills, time and materials. Aim too high and you will be undercut by competitors. It is a fine balance, so we make it fair for you!

Call us when you are in a need at (281) 374-6454, we are here to help!!

"Why should I have flood insurance?"

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, affecting every single state. While hurricanes are mostly responsible for massive flooding catastrophes, other causes of flooding include snowmelt, heavy rain, dams or levees breaking, and new developments impacting water flow. In the past couple of years, many homes that were not in high-risk flood zones experienced flooding simply due to heavy rainfall.  In case you didn’t know, your homeowner’s policy will not cover damages caused by flooding. So, purchasing a flood insurance policy is a wise idea even if your home is not located in areas that are more common to flood. Just one inch of flood water in your home can cost thousands of dollars. Flood water is contaminated water and, according to industry cleaning standards, every material affected by flood water must be removed and discarded. Imagine if a few inches of flood water entered your home. Now imagine needing to replace your flooring, sheetrock, cabinets, furniture, clothes, electronics, etc. How much do you think this would cost you? Purchasing a flood insurance policy will save you time and money, helping you and your family recover faster. Well, what do you need to know about flood insurance before speaking to your insurance agent? Below are a few facts about flood insurance and helpful tips to make you a more informed insured.

When should I purchase a flood insurance policy?

Do not wait for hurricane season to purchase a flood insurance policy. The average flood insurance policy takes 30 days to become active. However, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a policy may go into effect sooner: 

  • If your building is newly designated in a high-risk Special Flood Hazard Area, and you buy flood insurance within the 13-month period following a map revision: One-day waiting period.
  • If you buy flood insurance in connection with making, increasing, extending or renewing your mortgage loan: No waiting period.
  • If you select additional insurance as an option on your flood insurance policy renewal bill: No waiting period.
  • If your property is affected by flooding on burned federal land, and the policy is purchased within 60 days of the fire-containment: Possible waiver of the waiting period.”

But, for the most part, damages from flooding will only be covered after the thirty day wait period. Now is the best time to purchase a policy.

What is covered by a flood insurance policy?

Flood insurance is available to homeowners, business owners, and renters. For homeowners, your flood insurance policy will offer up to $250,000 for repairing the home itself and offer up to $100,000 for replacing personal items and your home’s contents. Business owner policies will offer up to $500,000 for building repairs and $500,000 in building contents. Renters can purchase policies covering up to $100,000 of personal contents.

According to FEMA:

“Building coverage includes:

  • The insured building and its foundation;
  • The electrical and plumbing system;
  • Central air conditioning equipment, furnaces, and water heaters;
  • Refrigerators, cooking stoves, and built-in appliances such as dishwashers; and
  • Permanently installed carpeting over unfinished flooring.

Contents coverage includes:

  • Clothing, curtains, furniture and electronic equipment;
  • Portable items such as; window air conditioners, microwaves and dishwashers; and
  • Carpeting that is not already included in property coverage.”

Policy prices will differ based upon deductible, the extent of coverages, flood risk, year of building construction, and other factors. The flood insurance market is evolving. Private insurance companies are beginning to offer flood insurance policies now. Speak with your insurance agent to see if you could benefit from purchasing a private flood insurance policy.  

How do I purchase a flood insurance policy?

Speak with your insurance agent to learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program and private insurance policies. They should help you to understand which options are best suited for your home and/or business. If your agent does not sell flood insurance, contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at 800-427-4661 for a referral.

What do I do after a flood?

If your home or business has been damaged by flood waters, then please do not enter the property until it is safe to do so. Once you can access your property again, start with contacting your insurance company to file a claim. Then, you can begin to inventory damaged items. Take photographs of everything and write down each item’s purchase date and estimated value. This home inventory list will need to be submitted to your adjuster. Make sure to reach out to SERVPRO as soon as possible to ensure that your home gets cleaned up and back to preloss condition. Also, remember to take notes of your conversations with your insurance company and the adjuster. Jot down the date and time of each interaction, as well as specific notes about what was discussed.

If you do not have a flood insurance policy and your home or business has been damaged due to flooding, then you will be financially responsible for necessary repairs and restoration services. Only if a flooding incident has been declared a national disaster by the president will FEMA assistance become available. This assistance is usually in the form of a grant or low-interest disaster loan that you are required to repay.

The recovery process following flooding disasters is long and emotional. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball understands the stress and worry you will feel after your home has incurred damages. As your neighbors and your friends, we offer our expertise, guidance, and 24-hour emergency restoration services for those in need of disaster recovery. For questions or to receive assistance please contact our office by dialing 281-374-8172.

For more information about the National Flood Insurance Program or what to do before, during or after a flood you can visit:

https://www.floodsmart.gov/how/what-to-know-before-buying-a-flood-insurance-policy

https://www.floodsmart.gov/

https://www.iii.org/article/facts-about-flood-insurance

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4310-4313/updates/facts-and-myths-about-flood-insurance

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE!!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is here and will be until around Early November as expected.

Let's talk FACTS: Most Hurricanes rage harmlessly in the sea without ever making landfall--but when they do you should be SERVPRO Ready!

Hurricanes cause billions of dollars worth of destruction EVERY YEAR. They can cause over 11,000 deaths, over 231 hurricane landfills absorbing homes, your local coffee shop and even a mall.

Be prepared! Here are some safety tips during Hurricane Season:

1.)  Stay Indoors

2.)  Unplug Appliances

3.)  Get a battery operated radio to listen to updates on the weather

4.)  Have a first aid kit handy

5.)  Stay together as a community, because there is nothing more powerful than a community that rebuilds together!

If flood waters reach into your home do as much as you can to either keep it out or get it out! Standing water is bad water!

Stay safe, and watch the weather!

FREE CE CLASS - Biohazard Cleanup and Deodorization of Malodors

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Spring/Tomball will be hosting a 4-hour combo Class on June 20th, 2019. This class will cover Biohazard Cleanup and Deodorization of Malodors! 

So what will this course cover?

This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals after incidents with biohazard contaminate's and how to clean malodors. The purpose of the course is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the work performed by our SERVPRO crew members on the work sites.

Classroom Credit= 4 hours

Light Drinks and Snacks will be provided throughout the class.

TIME- 9am-11am and 11am-1pm

DATE- June 20th, 2019

LOCATION- SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball- 33550 Pinehurst Loop Magnolia, TX 77355

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 281-374-6454 or Email us at- smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

MAY IS WATER SAFETY MONTH!!

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May 2019 is National Water Safety Month!

Property Disasters don’t take time off to celebrate, in fact, many fire, water and other property emergencies happen during fun times with family and friends. If you or someone you know suffers a property damage event, don't hesitate to give us a call - our specialized equipment and highly trained professional staff have the scope of services to handle your property restoration needs from start to finish.

We understand you may not have all the answers, this may be the first traumatic experience with your residential or commercial property, calling our team connects you to a professional staff that can provide the answers to your restoration concerns and tailor a solution to restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

We are open 24/7/365 - Give us a call at (281) 374-6454! We will get a crew out to your property as soon as you call!

Are Your Prepared For An Unexpected Storm?

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion - SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is THAT company. We are a turnkey operation, meaning that we DO IT ALL from start to finish! Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster, residential or commercial. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and Snowstorms 
  • Wildfires

SERVPRO Is Here To Help You!!

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. It can be difficult to know who to call and what steps to take to mitigate the damage while coping with your loss. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we are here to help. Our experienced and compassionate team will be your guide throughout the restoration process and will work directly with your insurance company to ensure your property is restored as quickly as possible. Our crew teams will be out immediately after you make the phone call. We have teams on call 24/7/365.

We are a full-service operation and are certified, licensed, and prepared to perform fire and smoke damage cleanup and repairs. Fire damage restoration is extremely complex, and often requires emergency board-up or tarping, contents pack-out, smoke cleanup, and even water cleanup. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we are equipped to handle all of these complexities with ease, simplifying the entire process for our customers. Give us a call at (281) 374-6454