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Paces4Pink 2019!!

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.

This year SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball had thirty-five participants in the 7th Annual Paces4Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Event! Paces4Pink, formerly Sherine's Stride, was designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and bring families, friends, and guests together for support. Sherine Amanollahi was a Tomball Police Dispatcher who lost her fight against breast cancer in 2012 at age 30.

This is a certified 5k run or 1-miles walk. All of the proceeds are donated to our local, non-profit, TOMAGWA to provide free breast cancer screenings. Please feel free to invite all friends and family to this great event next year!

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS!!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

{H A P P Y - B I R T H D A Y} to our employees celebrating their birthdays in the month of September!! We appreciate all of your hard work and we hope that you have a wonderful birthday!!

Every first Friday of the month, we celebrate the birthdays of our employees for the month. We appreciate all of our employee's hard work and dedication to make sure that we provide the best of services to our customers. Our highly trained professionals strive to ensure customer satisfaction. When a customer is happy with our services, we know we did our best to ensure that their home or commercial property is back to "Like it never even happened."

Without their commitment to this company, we would not be where we are today. So, thank you SERVPRO employees for everything you do! 

Prepare For Hurricanes!!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

As hurricane Dorian approaches Florida's east coast, Floridian residents are bracing for impact.  A Cat 4 storm has the strength to tear roofs off houses, spawn deadly storm surge and flooding, and devastate entire communities. There are a number of ways to help minimize property damage, but first and foremost is to ensure personal safety by adhering to evacuation orders, if issued.

Our crew member here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball have been warned and have a bag packed to be dispatched to Florida if necessary. We are always ready and here to help!

AAA is urging Floridians to prepare themselves and their properties, and has put forth the following prep tips:

First, when it comes to protecting your property, eliminate any projectiles:

  • Secure windows and doors with hurricane shutters or plywood.
  • Bring outdoor furniture and decorations inside.
  • Bring in all bikes and children’s toys to prevent them from becoming projectiles or sustaining damage from the storm.
  • Trim trees or bushes that could cause damage to your home in case of high winds.
  • Moor your boat, trailer, gear, and supplies.

Secondly, brace doors and openings:

  • Inspect the exterior of your home for minor repairs needed to roof, windows, downspouts, etc.
  • Look for cracks of light around window or door frames, which need to be sealed to prevent water invasion.
  • Brace your garage door from falling and close interior doors.
  • An opening in the house during a hurricane causes depressurization, which can cause a house to collapse or lose its roof.
  • Stack sandbags, and check with local authorities to determine if sandbags are being distributed to area residents. Fill and stack sandbags in front of doors and other openings to prevent floodwaters from creeping inside your home.

Round up your records:

  • Gather important documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, insurance and mortgage documents, medical records, etc. Make sure these documents are in a safe place that’s easily accessible.
  • In the case of an evacuation, ensure you bring these documents with you.

Gather supplies:

  • After the hurricane passes, you may lose access to basic services, such as power and water; so be sure to stock up on essentials now and build a disaster kit to last you and your family for a minimum of 7 days.
  • Water – Pack a minimum of 1 gallon per person per day for seven days.
  • Food – Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices you can consume without cooking, in case of a power outage.
  • Flashlights, Batteries, and Chargers – Be sure to have flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, and cell phone chargers.
  • Withdraw cash – Remember, banks will be closed during the storm. If there is a loss of electricity, ATMs and credit card machines will be inoperable.
  • Keep your gas tank full. During extreme weather conditions, local gas stations may experience limited supplies, possible outages, and even closures. Make sure you are fueled up and prepared to respond to an emergency evacuation order.
  • Have some packaged snacks, such as granola, peanut butter, and bread, on hand to feed the family as you wait out the storm.
  • Other essentials – Ensure you have all other medications, first aid kit, blankets, toiletries, diapers, baby food, and supplies for your pets.

Pack prescriptions:

  • Pack a 7-10 day emergency supply of essential or priority medications stored in a waterproof, childproof container.
  • Include an up-to-date list, including all prescription medications, dosage amounts and the names of their generic equivalents, and known allergies
  • Pack any non-prescription drugs, including pain and fever relievers, diuretics, antihistamines, and antidiarrheal medications stored in childproof containers.

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Apartment Complex Fire Damage

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

An apartment complex located in Houston, TX experienced a major fire that caused damage to multiple units. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball was notified of the loss and we sent our trained professionals to assess the job to get the complex back to "Like it never even happened."

If you experience fire damage to your commercial property, give us a call! We will have someone out as soon as possible to do an inspection. After our inspection is complete, we will have a crew out as soon as you want them to start the cleanup and demo process. 

To be prepared for instances such as a fire, call us today to set up an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). An ERP will speed up the inspection process as well as the cleanup process! 

Kitchen Fire Safety When Using Grease

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Many of us cook every day without thinking twice about the safety hazards that reside in the kitchen. Grease fires are oftentimes more dangerous than other fires because if they’re not extinguished properly, it is easy for them to spread. Using the wrong material to douse the flame can end in you getting seriously hurt and your home severely damaged. 

Here’s everything you need to know about how to stop a grease fire and prevent one from happening.

How to Stop a Grease Fire the Right Way

Let’s say you’re frying your favorite food and suddenly you notice wisps of smoke escaping from the oil you’re using. Before you know it, there are flames leaping up from the pan. What should you do? The key to putting out a grease fire is to suffocate it by cutting off any oxygen flow. Here are a few ways you can do this safely:

1. Turn Off the Heat Source

The very first step is to immediately turn off the burner, thus eliminating a heat source that could make the fire worse. Though this might be second nature, whatever you do, don’t attempt to move the pan or pot to a cool burner. The oil could splash on your or your kitchen, spreading the flames and causing injury.  

2. Cover With a Metal Baking Sheet or Lid

As previously mentioned, you should cut the fire off from any oxygen. You can do this by sliding a metal baking sheet or lid over the pan or pot, cutting off the oxygen and allowing the fire to burn itself out. The key material here is metal. You should never use a glass or plastic lid or sheet as the high heat of the fire can cause these materials to melt or shatter. Leave the sheet or lid on long enough to ensure the fire is completely out. When removing it, slowly slide it off to make absolutely sure the flames are gone for good. 

3. Pour Salt or Baking Soda on the Flame

Another way to help remove oxygen is by pouring salt or baking soda onto the flame. However, this works best if you have a large amount of either solution within close reach. Never use flour or baking powder on a grease fire, as these two materials are combustible and can amplify the intensity of the fire. 

4. Use a Class B Fire Extinguisher

Most people’s first instinct to a kitchen fire is to reach for a fire extinguisher. However, not all fire extinguishers will put out the same types of fires. Grease and oil fires require the use of a class B extinguisher. These extinguishers are designed to fight flammable liquids that include grease or oil. You can also use a multipurpose extinguisher as long as the label includes class B. When using an extinguisher, make sure you aim the extinguisher at the fire from a safe distance. The high pressure from the extinguisher can cause flames to spread if you are too close. 

5. As a Last Resort, Call 911 and Evacuate Your Home

If the steps above don’t contain the fire, you should then call 911 or your local fire department and evacuate your home immediately. Grease fires take only a few minutes to take over the kitchen, so the sooner you realize you need 911 assistance, the better. Fortunately, most types of grease fires—especially if caught early—can be stopped by trying the methods listed above. 

Why Can’t I Use Water to Put Out a Grease Fire?

The first impulse, when faced with a grease fire, is often to try putting it out with water. However, this can create a very dangerous situation that can cause the flames to spread. Oil and water don’t share the same density, so water can’t be used to put out a grease fire. In fact, water that gets thrown on a grease fire can turn to steam within nanoseconds due to the fire’s high temperature. The oil molecules can actually attach themselves to the water molecules and “hitch a ride”, so to speak. This means the steam can carry the flames to other surfaces, igniting the fire in surrounding areas. This makes the fire and smoke damage restoration process following the fire lengthy and much more costly. We can’t stress this enough: NEVER put water on a grease or oil fire, even if you don’t have anything else available to safely quell the flames. Call for emergency services.

How to Prevent a Grease Fire

As scary as they may be, grease and oil fires can be prevented by following a few safety precautions while cooking:

1. Use an Appropriate Oil For Frying or Cooking

Cooking oils have various smoke points, which is the maximum temperature to which they can be safely heated. You should always strive to use cooking oil with a high smoke point for frying. Know the smoke point of the oil you intend to use and use a cooking thermometer when frying to ensure you stay safely below it.

2. Remove Moisture From Food Before Frying

Any food you intend to fry should be completely defrosted and thoroughly dried off. Never place frozen food into hot oil as the water can splatter and bring hot grease with it.

3. Never Leave the Stove Unattended

47% of kitchen fires are caused by an unattended stove. It only takes a few minutes for a pot or pan to get overheated, so always keep your full attention on your cooking.

4. Keep a Means of Extinguishing the Fire Nearby

Whether it’s a metal cooking sheet, class B fire extinguisher, or a large container of salt, always keep one of these emergency tools within safe reach when cooking with oil or grease.

By following these tips, you’ll ensure a grease fire doesn’t have a chance to start in the first place.

Quick Action Can Stop a Grease Fire

Knowing the correct way of putting out a grease fire can help prevent injury to yourself and your loved ones, as well as preventing serious damage to your home.

Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball today at (281)374-6454 for your fire restoration needs. We are always here to help!!

Steps To Follow After A Storm

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Your heart sinks and your mind races after a storm hits and damages your home. What should you do? Can you fix anything yourself? Should you start calling contractors? Help!

Below are some basic steps to follow after a storm strikes your home and causes damage.

Step One: Assess the Damage, call SERVPRO and Take Photos

After the storm has passed and it’s safe to venture outside, grab your camera or smartphone and start taking pictures and capturing video. Remember: Be safe. Downed power lines and high water can be deadly, and it’s not worth risking your life for photos that can be taken at a later, safer time. Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to start the inspection to make sure your home gets repaired quick!

Step Two: Stop the Water

If water and wind are getting into your home, don’t stand around waiting for help, try to make temporary repairs. For example, cover broken windows with plywood or a tarp.

Step Three: Save Receipts, Stay Organized

Paperwork is crucial in the world of homeowners insurance. Staying organized now can alleviate headaches and problems later. Receipts are crucial to save as they can possibly be reimbursable. 

Step Four: Call Your Insurance Company Soon and Often

Contact your insurance agency as soon as possible to file a claim. Make sure you know who your insurance adjustor is sending out so you don't have scammers knocking on your door. Disreputable contractors may show up unannounced at your doorstep promising to fix things. Have a conversation with your insurer before any work is done. Most of the time your insurer will tell you who’s showing up and when. Get everything you can in writing. 

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball will be at your doorstep as soon as possible to make sure your home gets back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained.

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is hazmat and biohazard removal trained and we are ready to help you when you're in need!

What is biohazard cleanup? Biohazard cleanup is anything from cleaning blood, urine, vomit, human fluids, and animal feces. Here at SERVPRO, we have the proper equipment, PPE, and training to make sure there is no harm caused by these types of incidents. General maid services don't have the expertise to do so. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to get the job done quickly, safely, and to sanitation standards. Many homes and buildings that have been left unattended and/or improperly cared for will generally require this type of service. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball will remove all hazardous items and properly dispose of them. If you or your business is in need of biohazard removal, please do not hesitate to call today at (281)374-6454. We have 24/7 emergency response and are ready when you are!

Water Damage Is Unexpected!

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

You never know when water damage could strike your home or business. All it takes is a backed-up sink or toilet, a pipe leak or burst, a leaky appliance or even a flood. No matter the cause of loss to your property, you need immediate water removal and structural drying to get your home or business back to normal before further damage is caused.

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball offers 24/7 emergency response for water damage. We use dehumidifiers and air moves with monitoring equipment and moisture metering to ensure a complete dry out to make your property "Like it never even happened." 

We are here to help you through this process and to make things as easy for you as possible. Call us at (281)374-6454 when you have water damage!

SERVPRO FREE CE CLASSES

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Are you an insurance adjustor and are in need of CE credit? We offer FREE classes almost every month of the year!! 

Please come enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks on us in an enjoyable environment and state of the art classroom. It is our goal to make your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible! So, please come and join us as you earn your CE credit hours!

We offer multiple four-hour classes as well as combo classes with two, two-hour courses. Some courses are also IICRC approved! All of our courses are hosted by one of our certified instructors. 

If you would like to sign up for any of our upcoming courses or if you have any questions or concerns, please email smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com or call (281)374-6454

Have You Experienced A Commercial Water Damage?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage.

Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your commercial property. SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business and are trained and equipped 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 damaging the value of your commercial facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball!!