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Why SERVPRO Spring/Tomball?

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why should you choose SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to do Water/Fire Restoration at your home or company?

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire, smoke or 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.

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’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storm Tips and Guidelines

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to help you be prepared for a storm and to keep you safe during a storm. 

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check and change the batteries frequently.

  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them as needed.

  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

  • As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.

  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind.

  • Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.

  • When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.

2019 CE Course Schedule

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Needing Continuing Education Credits in the upcoming year?? We have our 2019 Continuing Education Class Schedule ready and we welcome you to join us at any of these courses. We hold classes every month to give you a chance to make it out!

The classes are FREE to the public, we have great instructors and light snacks and drinks are provided. COME AND JOIN US!!!!!

If you see any particular course that you are needing, just shoot us an email to smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

and we will add you to the list in advance!

**ALSO if you have any questions regarding our Continuing Education Courses, please don't hesitate to ask. We are here to answer questions and help make the process easier for you!

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires but with preparation and common sense, many home cooking fires can be avoided. 

  • Do not leave stoves, ovens, and ranges unattended—stay in the kitchen so you can keep your eyes on the food.
  • Make sure to keep children away from the stove as the steam or splash from the food on the stove can cause serious burns.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking so your clothes do not start on fire.
  • Keep pot holders and food wrappers away from heat sources while cooking.
  • After your guests leave, be sure all cooking appliances are off and all candles are blown out.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if an oven fire occurs!
  • Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep children and pets away while frying.
  • Follow instructions on what size turkey should be used, how it should be cooked and what type of oil to use.

Follow these simple steps in keeping safety in your kitchen during the holidays!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Paces4Pink!

10/9/2018 (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.

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.

This year SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball had forty participants in the 6th 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 20

Emergency Ready Profile

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many of 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses the survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan for action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

OCTOBER CE CLASS!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

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 October 18, 2018, for our FREE CE CLASS; Restorative Drying of Water Damage from 9am-1pm

All classes are free of charge and include drinks and light snacks. We handle all of the paperwork 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 in sending an RSVP:

Emailsmr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Cell: 281-804-8172

OR

Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)

Emailjack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Phone: 281-374-6454

Pet Fire Safety

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

We want to help you protect your pets from potential danger. 

  • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
  • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.
  • Keep pets near entrances when you are away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes close by in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

PACES4PINK 2018

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

This October, pink warriors can run or walk a bit closer to home to fight breast cancer as the City of Tomball again stages its annual Paces4Pink on Saturday, October 6th, throughout the historic downtown district. Paces4Pink (formerly "Sherine's Stride") is a 5K certified run and 1-mile family walk through old Tomball to benefit breast cancer research and awareness. Funds raised through this event go to local non-profit, TOMAGWA to provide free breast cancer screenings. Please feel free to invite all friends and family to this great event!

Storm tips for Pets

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

How do you handle dog fear and anxiety related to storms?

Here are eight tips to calm your dog during a storm: 

Stay home with your Dog

For a dog who already fears thunderstorms, being alone will only worsen the anxiety. If bad weather is in the forecast, try to be home or have someone stay with your dog during the storm.

Create Calmness

Give your dog the comfort and attention she/he needs to calm her anxiety. An anxious dog is unable to learn due to being overly stimulated and emotional, which means comforting is not rewarding the fear. Try a calming massage to help your dog relax during the storm.

Provide Distractions

If a dog is punished or ignored during a frightening event, it’s likely to worsen the anxiety. Instead, offer a positive stimulus, such as gentle petting, to distract and calm your dog. If your dog will still engage, try a game of indoor fetch, tug, or offer a high-value chew.

Offer a Safe Place

Place your dog’s crate and/or bed in the most sound-proof room of your home. A crate is a natural, psychological defense for dogs and can have an incredible influence on their comfort level. It’s also helpful to close the blinds to shelter your dog from the visual stimulation of a storm.

SEPTEMBER CE CLASS!!!!

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

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 September 20, 2018, for our 2 FREE CE Class-- these courses will cover: Mitigation Awareness  & Response Seminar from 9am-11am and Restoring Contaminated Buildings from 11am-1pm. These will be 2 different courses.

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 in sending an RSVP:

Emailsmr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Cell: 281-804-8172

OR

Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)

Emailjack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Phone: 281-374-6454

Clean, Grey, and Dirty Water

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know the difference between clean, grey, and dirty water??

What is Clean Water?

Clean water is water that comes from your faucet or showerhead that you can drink safely. It is also considered rainwater or snowmelt. In regards to water damage to your home, it can come from a broken water line, a busted toilet tank, a leaky washer or refrigerator, or rain or snowmelt entering your home. While clean water flooding your floors may not cause an immediate health risk, it can quickly evolve into the gray water after prolonged contact with building surfaces, material, and items. This can happen within 48 hours which is why it is important to call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball as soon as possible after a flood or water damage.

What is Gray Water?

Gray water is water that may contain chemicals or contaminants that may be harmful to your health. Gray water can come from the shower and sink drains, the washer drain, the dishwasher drain, and aquariums. Gray water can cause even more damage than clean water and can evolve into black water within 48 hours causing even further damage and health risks. 

What is Black Water?

Blackwater is contaminated water from floodwaters and sewage waters. Blackwater can come from a flooded river or a backed up toilet or a backed up sewage line in your home. Blackwater can contain all types of harmful contaminants like bacteria, mold, and viruses that can be extremely harmful to humans. Blackwater can cause diseases and illnesses like cholera, hepatitis, and norovirus. Blackwater can be very dangerous to ones' health and it is imperative to call a professional cleanup team like SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball immediately. If the water damage from Blackwater isn't professionally removed, dried out and cleaned, infections and illnesses can occur from microbes in the air and dust. That is why it is crucial that you hire professionals that have the right tools and processes to ensure a thorough cleanup. 

The 4th of July!!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is right around the corner which means FIREWORKS! Please keep these tip in mind when you're popping Fireworks!

Firework Safety Tips

  • Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for.
  • Don't attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
  • Never use homemade fireworks.
  • Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
  • When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A hose is best, but a bucket will suffice.
  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by first soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
  • Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.

We hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!!

City of Tomball Kid Club

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Kids Club, Tomball's summer program, has recently partnered with the Houston Food Bank to bring free meals to participating children through the Backpack Buddy and Kids Cafe programs. During the summer months, access to free school meals becomes limited, adding strain to families who already struggle to put food on the table. Kids Club will be providing nutritious, child-friendly food to children to take home over the weekend through a food pantry at Lone-Star Community College, as well as make hot breakfast and lunch served twice a week for the attendees at the Tomball Community Center. 

With that being said, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball loves our Community and we want to do everything we can to give back and help out the ones in need. 

FREE CE COURSE- Property Fire Damage!

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Spring/Tomball will be hosting a 4 hour Class on July 19th, 2018. This class is over Property Fire Damage Restoration! 

So what will this course cover?

This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring fire damage claims for the insured. The purpose of the course is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at fire damage work sites.

Classroom Credit= 4 hours

 Light Drinks and Snacks will be provided throughout the class.

TIME- 9am-1pm

DATE- July 19, 2018

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

Hurricane Season is here!!!

6/1/2018 (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!

Mold Damage Tips!

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line.  SERVPRO of Spring / Tomball has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (281) 374-6454

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Spring / Tomball for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Spring / Tomball has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Fire Hazards!

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Below are the most common Fire Hazards in your home.

  • Alcohol and Fire

It's a fact that many house fires are caused by someone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Candles

Candle fires happen in places like bedrooms and bathrooms where people use them as mood enhancers. Unfortunately, people can fall asleep with a candle still burning or leave the room without snuffing out the flame. Candles should NEVER be left burning unattended!

  • Cooking

Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily including pot holders, dish towels, and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove and clean up all spills on the stove top or near by counters.

  • Electrical 

Unsafe use of electricity can be a  ticking time bomb! An electrical fire can happen at any time. Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.

  • Cigarettes

Too many fires are caused from careless disposal of smoking materials

Is your home suffering from a water disaster?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why should you choose SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball for your Water Mitigation?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency, so Spring/Tomball residents can expect an immediate response, day or night.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. Using advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get your property dried quickly, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

We invest in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your home more quickly and to minimize cost. This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to cleaning and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.

GIVE US A CALL!! 281-374-6454 

Mold Remediation Process

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (281) 374-2632
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Storm Safety Kit!

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

This spring there's already been a spate of severe weather and there'll likely be more to come as May is the peak season for tornadoes and June is the start of the hurricane season. So it's time to get packing, or updating, your to-go kit.

 Below is a basic kit that last three days, but you should tailor yours to your family's needs, especially if you have small children.

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers

We want everyone to stay safe during this Hurricane Season!!

Preventing Commercial Kitchen Fires

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

While commercial kitchens are a fast, convenient way to prepare food, they can also present significant fire hazards if not properly maintained.

  • Have Proper Equipment

With so many flammable ingredients in one concentrated area, you will want to take all safety precautions available to prevent a kitchen fire. Once your building has been outfitted with the proper fire protection equipment, don’t forget to schedule your regular fire alarm tests and fire extinguisher refills.

  • Keep It Clean

    The majority of kitchen fires begin when flammable cooking material or byproducts, such as oil and grease, are ignited. Not only does grease build up on cooking surfaces, it can also collect bits of food and paper, increasing flammability.

  • Train your staff. Even with the best preventative equipment, fires can happen and it’s important that the kitchen crew has the training to know what to do in an emergency. Have meetings and drills about fire prevention, evacuation of patrons, and how to use extinguishers. Make sure new hires are brought up to speed.

Memorial Day Safety!

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

With Memorial day coming up at the end of this month, we want to remind you of a few safety tips!

  • Grill Safety- While creating delicious cookout fare, have a great potential for danger. It is very important that a lit or hot grill is never left unattended; a responsible adult should stand guard as “grillmaster” to control flames and keep children and animals away from hot surfaces. Before your first grill of the year and often during grilling season, make sure your grill ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines, and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways. You should also take any precautions in case a flare-up or fire were to occur; keep an extinguisher nearby and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you are using propane.
  • Driving Safety- If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route. 
  • Water Safety- To prevent drowning, avoid alcohol when swimming or boating. Wear a life jacket whenever you are on a boat. Make sure young children are supervised at all times when near the beach, on a boat, or by a pool or hot tub. Don't swim alone or in bad weather. Learn to swim and teach your children to swim. We also recommend that you learn CPR in case of an emergency. 

Everyone here from SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball hope you have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Are you prepared for a flood?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways!

  • Prepare a few emergency kits
  • Prepare a household flood plan
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers
  • Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage

If flooding is predicted, make your safety a priority and if you have time try to prepare your property:

  • Secure hazardous items
  • Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items and valuables to a higher level
  • Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof case in an accessible location
  • If you are relocating, take your pets with you if it is safe to do so. If not provide adequate food and water and move them to a safer place

Relocating to safer ground:

If rising waters threaten your home and you decide to move to a safer location, tell the police, your nearest State Emergency Service (SES) unit or your neighbors of your plans to move.

  • Monitor your local radio for warnings and advice
  • Pack warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof bags along with your emergency kits.
  • Raise furniture, clothing and valuables onto beds, tables and into roof space place
  • Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open to avoid damage or loss if they float.
  • Turn off power, water and gas and take your mobile phone
  • Whether you leave or stay, put sand bags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage backflow
  • Lock your home and take recommended relocation routes for your area
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

Too late to leave?

  • Monitor your local radio for warnings
  • Get to higher ground
  • Switch off electricity and gas supplies to your home
  • Prepare to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemical and poisons to higher locations
  • Prepare for the well being of pets
  • Raise furniture above likely flood levels
  • Check your emergency kits
  • Do not allow children to play in or near floodwaters
  • Avoid entering floodwaters,. if you must do so, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick
  • Stay away from drains, culverts and water over knee deep.
  • Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been in floodwater until checked for safety
  • Do not eat food that has been in floodwaters

Review and Rate!!!

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Did you love the work we provided for you?

Or do you have some concerns and would like us to know and take care of them?

WELL, IT MAY SEEM LIKE NOBODY USES IT-----BUT---Leaving us a review or rating on any of our three websites can help us make each and every job better one step at a time. We highly enjoy receiving reviews and ratings because of three honest reasons:

1.) We can address each customer based on their review/rating and publish it to our website!

2.) Why not make GREAT SERVICE known to others who are looking for a good company to perform work for them?

3.) It help's us is SO MANY WAYS by posting a good review for us!! And we are so incredibly grateful for them. We truly love reading the positive things people always have to say about SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball.

People don't realize these days that Reviews and Star Ratings can be SO IMPORTANT!!

So PLEASE, if you have ever used us before for services, don't ever hesitate to leave us a rating or review on the links below.

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO.springtomball

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Google us at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to leave a google review

Roof Leak

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Take a broom and sweep the affected area of the carpet. This will help loosen up the mold.
  3. Next, vacuum the affected area of the carpet. After vacuuming, empty the contents of the vacuum bag directly into the trash.
  4. Create a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water in a bucket.
  5. Using a sponge, scrub the affected area of the carpet with the soapy solution you just mixed.
  6. 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!

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

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....

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

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!

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

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!

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

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!

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

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 17,2018 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 in sending an RSVP:

Emailsmr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Cell: 281-804-8172

OR

Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)

Emailjack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Phone: 281-374-6454

How to Prevent House Fires

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

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!

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

  • 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

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your house in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your dryer vents outside your home as well.
  3. Immediately fix leaking windows, doors, and ceiling.
  4. 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.

Tips to avoid water damage to your home!!

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

 14,000 homeowners rush to deal with water leak emergencies every day- don't let it be you!

Follows these tips to avoid water damage in your house!

  1. Disconnect your water hose during a freeze. Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that may bust your pipes and create damage to walls and floors. 
  2. Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks.
  3. Check your water pressure. If the pressure is too high, pipes and hoses may fail.
  4. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleaned out.
  5. Investigate leaks right away and fix immediately.
  6. Know the location of your water main. If you leave your house for an extended amount of time, shut it off to avoid leaks while you are gone.
  7. Monitor your water bill. Sometimes, the only way to realize you have a leak is by taking a good look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation then you may have a leak somewhere. 

CE Class & 8th Annual Mud Bug Bash!!!!

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Please come out and join us for our CE Class on April 6th beginning at 1 pm right here at our facility. The class will be hosted by SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball and will cover Ethics. This class will run until 4 pm and is worth 3 credits.

Following after the CE Ethics Class, will be our 8t Annual Mud Bug Bash! It'll go just about all night long, so we hope that you come with hungry belly's and a dancing leg. We will have live music and entertainment, a photo booth, all the craw fish, corn and potatoes you can eat!! And for those of you that aren't too fond of craw fish, we will also be serving sausage and shrimp. So come out, dig in and have a good time ON US!!

We sure hope to see you out there!

To RSVP please call us at 281-374-6454 or send us an email at: jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR ashley.baker@SERVPROspringtomball.com

8 Cooking Safety Tips for the Holidays

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 8 Cooking Safety Tips for the Holidays SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

During the holidays, everybody enjoys a nice meal with their families. Baking a ham, green bean casserole, dressing, and cranberry sauce--YUMM!

When cooking these meals, be sure to be cautious of oven and stove top safety.

1.) Keep spills cleaned up on and around your stove top.

2.) Keep and eye on your pans in the oven. Always set a timer.

3.) Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

5.) Be sure your smoke detector has good batteries in place.

6.) DO NOT throw water on a grease fire.

7.) Keep your body safe guarded at all times by wearing proper safety gloves or mitts.

8.) Keep children and pets away from ovens and stove-tops in use.

Follow these simple steps in keeping safety in your kitchen during the holidays!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

10 Tips to be Storm Ready

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 10 Tips to be Storm Ready SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

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

-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 be somewhat prepared for when a storm hits with these safety and life tips.

THE TREE'S ON FIRE!!!!!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage THE TREE'S ON FIRE!!!!! SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

You go out with your family and pick out the BIGGEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL Christmas Tree that you all have ever seen. You take it home and decorate it as a family. That tree looks AMAZING!!!!! Every day that you walk through your living room, you admire what a beautiful tree you have.

Well wouldn't you prefer to keep that tree and your home safe?? I don't know about you, but all of the time and effort and love I would have for that Christmas Tree could be wasted effort if you don't keep it nice and hydrated.

Keep in mind that Christmas Trees cause over $17.5 million in property damages each year.

So remember, keep your Christmas trees hydrated and your holidays happy!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

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Beware of Candle Flames

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Beware of Candle Flames SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires and home fire deaths. According to the National Candle Association, 70% of households in the United States use candles. Most people don’t see candles as a major fire hazard, but according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 1983-1998 candles accounted for 8,690 fires, 104 deaths, 974 injuries and an estimated $126 million in property damage. Between 2001-2002 an estimated 18,000 fires were started by candles with 130 deaths, 1350 injuries and $333 million in property damage.

DON’T GET BURNED! FOLLOW THESE SAFETY TIPS!

  • Use candles only with constant adult supervision
  • Never leave a candle burning!
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire, such as Christmas trees, clothing, paper or curtains
  • Place candles and candleholders on a secure piece of furniture. Make sure candleholders are non-combustible and large enough to collect the dripping wax.
  • Do not place candles in windows where blinds or curtains can close over them
  • Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish candles when they burn to within 2 inches of the holder
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids
  • Do not use candles in places where they can be knocked over by children or pets
  • Always have a working smoke alarm!

Cleaning Mold from Tiles & Grout

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold from Tiles & Grout For more information please call SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball 281-374-6454

Removing Mold from Tiles and Grout can be a lengthy process, but we do our best to get it taken care of in the proper steps.

First, begin by scrubbing the mold off the tiles and grout. You should use a scrubbing brush along with a household cleaning product or mold killing product. There are also commercial tile or grout cleaners you can buy.

After this you'll probably find there is still mold stains left on the grout. You can use bleach to fade these stains away. Before you use the bleach you should spot test it to make sure that it won't discolor your tiles. You should also wear gloves to protect your hands from the bleach.

Apply the bleach to the grout and leave it sit for about 10 minutes. Instead of chlorine bleach you can use hydrogen peroxide if you like. Another alternative is to use baking soda. Mix it with water to create a paste and then use a toothbrush to scrub it onto the grout.

If you find the stain remains on the grout after bleaching then repeat the process. Give it some time and this should fade away the mold stains on the grout.

What You Should Know About Mold

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Should Know About Mold SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), their are 10 things we should all know about mold. 

  1. Potential health effects
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Hurricane Harvey Strikes..

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Hurricane Harvey Strikes.. Cypresswood Landing Shopping Strip-2017 Hurricane Harvey Damage

This photo represents Cypress wood Landing Shopping Strip-2017 Hurricane Harvey Damage. What a terrible time for people who did not expect things to get as bad as they did.

When Hurricane Harvey hit, he flooded out over a quarter of Texas. Hurricane Harvey damages were estimated at around $190 Billion; this including homes, and businesses. The damages were saddening. Families lost their homes and have no where to live. Some left their homes in evacuation and come back to nothing...

If you are in need of damage control or mitigation from the hurricane still, please don't hesitate to contact us at our office 281-374-6454. We are here to help. We alone took in over 250 calls from people just like you all over the area.

It's a stressful time and no one should have to deal with it alone.

TEXAS STRONG, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER!!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage TEXAS STRONG, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER!! Stay Texas Strong.

This hurricane season has been a rough one. People, families, children, business owners..etc..have lost homes,vehicles and business all across Texas.

During times like these, we truly begin to see the love of a community, friends and family come together and REBUILD. And yes, we will REBUILD!!!! Hurricane Harvey was a disaster that affected so many lives, and it will never be forgotten. As we took in calls about flooded homes and no way to get to them, it was devastating hearing their stories. It's in times like these that SERVPRO's all over will band together and get out to those homes and businesses and begin work when nobody else can.

As we look around us and see all of the fundraisers, and groups coming together in our communities to help one another, it is truly amazing. It helps us to remember that in bad situations and disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, there is still so much good throughout our communities.

Let us all continue all of the hard work and efforts to rebuild our State. TEXAS STRONG, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER!!!!!!!

2018 Continuing Education Class Schedule

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Needing Continuing Education Credits in the upcoming year?? We have our 2018 Continuing Education Class Schedule ready and we welcome you to join us at any of these courses. We hold classes every month to give you a chance to make it out!

The classes are FREE to the public, we have great instructors and light snacks and drinks are provided. COME AND JOIN US!!!!!

If you see any particular course that you are needing, just shoot us an email to smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

and we will add you to the list in advance!

**ALSO if you have any questions regarding our Continuing Education Courses, please don't hesitate to ask. We are here to answer questions and help make the process easier for you!

Flooding Hazard!

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Hazard! SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

April Floods 2016-Tomball Regional, Tomball TX

Floods can be surprising. They can catch you off guard as to how bad they can get. You would be so surprised at what water can sneak its way into and through.

The disaster that our local Hospital faced in April of 2016. With over 8,000 square foot of the radiology department affected--this includes over 12 hallways and 67 rooms that were affected.

Being sure that we have the equipment, and the hands for work this big is very important to us. Our crews know the situation and get out there and get the work done as professional and quickly as possible while staying very meticulous.

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

Up Coming CE Class-August 17th

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

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 August the 17th 2017 for our CE Class--this course will cover: Restoring Contaminated Buildings. This course is 2 hours long--from 9am to 11 am.

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 Ashley Baker(marketing representative) at the information below if you have any questions regarding the CE Classes or if you are interested sending an RSVP:

Emailsmr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Cell: 281-804-8172

OR

Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)

Emailjack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Phone: 281-374-6454

REVIEW & RATE!!!!!

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage REVIEW & RATE!!!!! Facebook Yelp Google

So you loved our services that we provided you after a disaster occurred? 

Or you have some concerns and would like us to know and take care of them?

WELL, IT MAY SEEM LIKE NOBODY USES IT-----BUT---Leaving us a review or rating on any of our three websites can help us make each and every job better one step at a time. We highly enjoy receiving reviews and ratings because of three honest reasons:

1.) We can address each customer based on their review/rating and publish it to our website!

2.) Why not make GREAT SERVICE known to others who are looking for a good company to perform work for them?

3.) It help's us is SO MANY WAYS by posting a good review for us!! And we are so incredibly grateful for them. We truly love reading the positive things people always have to say about SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball.

People don't realize these days that Reviews and Star Ratings can be SO IMPORTANT!!

So PLEASE, if you have every used us before for services, don't ever hesitate to leave us a rating or review on the links below.

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO.springtomball

https://www.yelp.com/biz/SERVPRO-of-spring-tomball-tomball-2

Google us at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to leave a google review

Emergency Ready Profiles

7/12/2017 (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 and Emergency Ready Profile being done for your commercial building, please give us a call at 281-374-6454. 

CALL US TODAY TO GET STARTED!!

FREE CE CREDIT COURSE-Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

TO ALL WHO ARE IN NEED OF CREDITS TOWARD THEIR CONTINUING EDUCATION:

SERVPRO Spring/Tomball will be hosting a 2 hr. Class on July 20th, 2017. The class will be on Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents. 

This course is specifically designed to explain the different approaches and techniques to scoping, cleaning, and restoring smoke-damaged contents. The purpose is to provide you with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at smoke-damaged work sites.

Restoring a customers contents is a pretty big goal for SERVPRO. We have an amazing contents and mitigation crew that are determined to get things back to the way they were.

Classroom Credit= 2 hours

Light Drinks and Snacks will be provided during class time.

TIME: 9am-11am

DATE: 7/20/2017

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please call 281-374-6454 or Email Us at: jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

We Provide CE Classes at our Facility!

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Provide CE Classes at our Facility! 2017 Full Year Schedule for CE Classes

Are you in need of Continuing Education credits????

Is the deadline for your license coming up????

Are you looking to gain knowledge in a certain course topic??

Good thing SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball holds different classes monthly!!

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.

Please contact Ashley Baker(marketing representative) or Jack Goodroe(Human Resources) at the information below if you have any questions regarding the CE Classes or if you are interested sending an RSVP:

Email: smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Cell: 281-804-8172

OR

Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)

Email: jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Phone: 281-374-6454

We would love to have you out to our classes and get you the credits that you need. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE!!!!

6/27/2017 (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!

Christmas by the Numbers

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

General Christmas by the Numbers SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Festive celebrations, flickering lights and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday season, but they also present fire risks that can quickly turn this festive time of year into a devastating one. For this reason, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball would like to provide you with some resourceful statistics to ponder over this holiday season: 

  1. Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $16.2 million in direct property damage annually. 
  2. On average, one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
  3. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2009-2013. These fires cause  an annual average of one civilian fire death, 41 civilian fire injuries and $13.4 million in direct property damage.

  4. Half (51%) of the December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (35%) in January to November.

     

Safety Tips When Using Heating Equipment

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips When Using Heating Equipment SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening are below: 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Texas A&M University Awards SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Texas A&M University recognized SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at its 12th Annual Aggie 100 event. The 100 Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses with the highest annual growth revenues are honored and we were proud to receive this award for the second year in a row. 

Wet Insulation: A Hidden Hazard!

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wet Insulation: A Hidden Hazard! SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

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. The following three points explain the ramifications of not tearing out wet insulation.

1. Structural Stability

As mentioned above, wet insulation can negatively impact your entire building. The trapped moisture can begin to degrade your roofing system starting with the deck 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 the insulation collects moisture, it gets increasingly heavier. The pressure can be catastrophic to the building and lead to complete system collapse.

 

2. Energy Efficiency Compromised

The presence of wet insulation in your roof will generally negate the energy efficiency benefits of your roofing 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 cause your insulation to lose as much as 40% of it’s thermal residence capabilities.

3. 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 your insulation in your roof is wet, mold and bacteria can grow. Not a good sign for healthy air or happy occupants. The longer you leave the wet insulation untreated, the greater the potential danger to your occupants.

It’s important to be proactive with wet insulation in order to prevent the above scenarios from happening. If you have any questions regarding wet insulation please call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at 281-374-6454. 

Home Vandalism Clean Up

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Home Vandalism Clean Up SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

For home owners, there are few bigger headaches to come home than finding your home vandalized. Whether a broken window, an egged or keyed car or a front door defaced by graffiti, vandalism harms both the appearance and value of your home and property.

The key to relieving a home vandalism headache is having a quick restoration response plan.

1.) Remove any debris from the area vandalized. If your car or home was damaged by eggs, be sure to hose down the exterior of your vehicle or house. Vacuum glass particles from carpet and upholstery.

2.) Write down a complete inventory of all damaged and destroyed items.

3.) Promptly call your insurance company after discovering the damage. The longer you wait to report the damage, the more detrimental the damages will be. Gather any damaged items for your insurance company, who can use the items to estimate the size and take pictures.

4.) Report the damage to police. Law enforcement will help you gather evidence of the damage and will pursue the vandals.

The final step is simple: Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to go to work for you and eliminate your home vandalism headache.

12 Tips to Prevent Workplace Fires

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 12 Tips to Prevent Workplace Fires SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

October is National Fire Safety Month and while the main focus is on preventing residential fires, it is also a good time to revisit workplace fire safety and prevention. 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.

 

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball & The Tomball Food Truck Festival

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball & The Tomball Food Truck Festival SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball would like to thank The City of Tomball for allowing us to be part of its first ever Tomball Freight Train Food Truck Festival. It was incredible to see the amount of people who turned out to enjoy the festivities. 

A Biohazard Warning

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard A Biohazard Warning SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Traumatic events often leave behind blood and other bodily fluids that can be hazardous to human health. There are also certain situations and conditions at home or work that may be hazardous to individuals without proper safety equipment. Below are 3 reasons you should call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball if such an emergency were to occur:

  • Safety: Whether it’s blood, potentially harmful bacteria, or medical waste, there are a number of hazardous materials that need to be cleaned up to avoid the spread of disease, viruses, or toxins. In order to thoroughly clean up the mess without risking your safety, it’s important to enlist the support of a professional emergency cleaning service. 
  • Legal Concerns: Crime scenes, including car accidents and homicides, mandate special protocols to eliminate safety hazards as well as protect the integrity of the investigation. In the event of a legal matter, a reputable biohazard cleanup crew will have the training and experience necessary to comply with legal terms and complete the job effectively. When methamphetamine labs are discovered, they also need to be dealt with in compliance with governmental regulations. 
  • Sterilization: After the hazardous materials have been removed, the scene needs still to be rid of potentially harmful bacteria. Trained professionals will thoroughly sterilize the area to eliminate any potential health risks to the public.

 

How Important Are Smoke Alarms?

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Important Are Smoke Alarms? SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. All in all, smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires. If you have not checked your smoke alarm in years or several months check out these statistics from the NFPA. 

Click this link The Smoke Alarm Effect

Our Support For Breast Cancer Awareness

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community Our Support For Breast Cancer Awareness SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball would like to thank all of those who participated in this years annual 5K and one mile Paces4Pink run. This event truly embodies the importance of community and overall awareness we should all have surrounding Breast Cancer and other terminal illnesses.  

How To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Protect Your Home From Water Damage SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters affecting U.S. residences, accounting for billions of dollars in losses to homeowners and renters annually. However, consumers can protect themselves with the right amount and type of insurance coverage. Generally speaking, water that comes from the top down, such as rainfall, is covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy, while water that comes from the bottom up, 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 water-sealant around the basement, and avert a sewer backup by installing and maintaining a backwater valve which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety offers these additional tips for homeowners: http://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

What is Soot?

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Soot? SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire can be extremely stressful especially when soot has covered all of your belongings. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire. By the same token, soot can develop 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.

Because each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean it off your items effectively, it is best to call SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball for such needs or concerns. It is our duty to serve our customers and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Paces4Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Community Paces4Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

This October, pink warriors can run or walk a bit closer to home to fight breast cancer as the City of Tomball again stages its annual Paces4Pink on Saturday, October 1st, throughout the historic downtown district. Paces4Pink (formerly "Sherine's Stride") is a 5K certified run and 1-mile family walk through old Tomball to benefit breast cancer research and awareness. Funds raised through this event go to local non-profit, TOMAGWA to provide free breast cancer screenings. Please feel free to invite all friends and family to this great event! 

National Preparedness Month: Don't Wait. Communicate

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Community National Preparedness Month: Don't Wait. Communicate SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

September is National Preparedness Month and as an ongoing effort to better help our community, we want to provide tips, tricks and products that we have found help make it easier to prepare for emergencies. The recent storms that have affected much of south serve as a reminder that we must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for future unexpected catastrophes.

The Power of O3: Odors Worst Nightmare

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

General The Power of O3: Odors Worst Nightmare SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball 281-374-6454

How does one defeat a powerful odor? Well it is simple and the remedy comes in a form of a highly reactive molecule called ozone (O3)! For all you non-scientist out there, ozone is quick to chemically react to particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – which eliminates the smell. 

By the same token, a common scenario involves people who have “tried everything” to get rid of a smell, but are still left with lingering scents that just don’t seem to go away.  One reason that ozone is effective in these situations is because, as a gas, ozone effectively “cleans” any place that air can go.  This includes air, walls, ceilings, ductwork, carpet fibers, gaps between floorboards, cracks in walls, and more.  Ozone is able to penetrate into these areas and destroy odors that it finds there.

The information provided by: http://www.ozonesolutions.com/journal/2009/how-does-ozone-remove-odor/

The Three Categories of Water Damage

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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, there are three categories of water that cause damage in buildings. 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.

The information provided by: http://www.IICRC.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Roof Restoration or Replacement? 4 Things to Consider

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Roof Restoration or Replacement? 4 Things to Consider For more information please contact SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball or check out some of our SATISFIED customer testimonials.

1. Restoration Costs Less

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

2. Restoration Extends Your Roof’s Life

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

3. Restoration is More Sustainable

Millions of tons of roofing waste end up in landfills annually. Because it allows you to reuse your existing roof, restoration is a much more environmentally friendly option. Plus, it can make your building more energy efficient and may help it qualify for ENERGY STAR or LEED credits.

4. Restoration Helps Prevent Catastrophic Loss

Ignoring the fact that your roof 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.

Smart Tips for Homeowners When it comes to Remodel/Construction in your Home

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Smart Tips for Homeowners When it comes to Remodel/Construction in your Home For more information about our Build Back Services please call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball and check out some of our testimonials on our page.

1. Have a Clear Budget

One of the most important things is ensuring that you aren’t over-spending. It’s very easy to get carried away and fill your home with everything you want. This can make the price add up extremely quickly. The cabinets, flooring, and lights can always be upgraded later. Make sure you have a clear amount that you are okay with spending.

2. Pick a Good Builder

Not every builder is equal. It’s important to make sure your builder is reputable.

3. Pick a Good Locale

You want to make sure you’re close to everything you need. If you have kids, you may want to make sure that your new house is close to a school.

4. Keep Everything in Writing

Your interpretation of what you want and your builder’s interpretation of what you want may vary. Write everything down and go over everything with your builders. This ensures that your expectations and wants are very clear.

5. Don’t Make Unnecessary Changes

During the idea and planning stage, something may seem better on paper than in real life. Not everything is going to look the way you anticipated. If it’s something that you can see yourself getting used to, there’s no need to make a change. If it’s completely unbearable, you can make the change. However, remember that making changes will cause a delay and add to your costs.

6. Keep Your Relationship Professional

It’s important that your relationship with your builder remains professional. It may be a little too awkward to hire someone like your brother or father to build your house.

7. Be Involved

When you hire your builders, don’t just let them go on without any guidance or supervision. It’s important that you are involved in the process. This allows you to check up on progress and you can spot any issues before time runs out. You don’t want to show up on the last day of building and notice a ton of things that could have been fixed previously.

8. Prepare for Delays

No matter your builder says, the timetable for building a house always varies. Don’t let your expectations get too concrete. it’s important to be flexible.

9. Be Understanding

It’s important to make sure that you aren’t being too demanding of your builders. You may come to find that one of your ideas or plans will not come to fruition. Don’t get upset and let it go

10. Have Temporary Housing

As mentioned previously, you want to be prepared for delays. If the building process goes on longer than anticipated, it’s important that you have a place to stay.

3 Types of Cleaning after a Fire Damage

3/15/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning 3 Types of Cleaning after a Fire Damage For more information call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at 281-374-6454

Structural Cleaning - After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO Franchise Professional will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing. In other cases, SERVPRO will clean to "prepare for painting". This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

Contents Cleaning - All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more. Finally, SERVPRO can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items if so requested.

Deodorization - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them. Ask your SERVPRO Franchise Professional to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

Spill Kit Equipment

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Spill Kit Equipment For more information please contact SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at 281-374-6454

The following items may be needed in handling a small blood spill/accident.

10% Bleach solution

Gloves

Clear Plastic Bags

Biohazard Labels

Leak-Proof Sharps Containers (for multiple small spill/accident cleanups)

Brush & Dustpan, or tongs or forceps for picking up sharps

Disinfectant wipes

Cleaning up small blood spills/accidents

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleaning up small blood spills/accidents For more information call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at 281-374-6454

For small blood spills a pair of rubber, latex, PVC or similar type gloves need to worn during cleanup.

For larger spills where there is a possibility of contaminating your skin surfaces, call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to perform the clean up.

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