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Does Your Houston Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Houston Home Have A Mold Problem? In Houston mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (713) 666-9222.

Houston Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of River Oaks 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of River Oaks specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (713) 666-9222.

Conditions In Houston Might Be Right For Mold

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of River Oaks to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (713) 666- 9222

What to Do:

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

When Storms or Floods hit Houston, SERVPRO is ready

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of River Oaks specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Houston,we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (713) 666-9222.

Storm Water Do’s and Don’ts

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

What is Storm Water?

Storm water is precipitation that does not soak into the ground, but instead runs off its surface. Natural processes, storm water runoff, and erosion typically accelerate because of human activity. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets block precipitation from soaking naturally into the ground. Disturbed surfaces, such as construction sites, agricultural tillage, and forestry activities, also expose the soil’s surface, allowing sediment and pollutants to be transported more rapidly from a site. Storm water can carry and deposit untreated pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, and pesticides, into surface-water bodies.

Concerns about storm water

If storm water is not managed properly, it can harm the environment:

Increased Surface Runoff

Increased surface runoff means that large volumes of water enter streams more quickly and at higher velocities, which can cause streambank erosion. Streambank erosion occurs as part of a stream’s natural efforts to regain stability by absorbing the energy of flowing water. When materials impervious to water, such as pavement and concrete, cover the ground or when soils are compacted, runoff increases.

Increased Soil Erosion

Raindrops hitting a soil’s surface and the movement of water (runoff) across it cause soil erosion. Disturbed soil, lack of vegetation, or both amplify such impacts, increasing erosion.

Water Quality Impairments

After picking up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants, storm water flows into storm sewer systems or directly into lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, or coastal waters. In many cases, whatever enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies

Storm Water Pollution Solutions

  • Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains, to avoid water runoff; during winter, runoff can freeze causing slippery conditions.
  • Bag your pet's waste, don't just leave it there. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterways.
  • Don't apply pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides before it rains. Contrary to popular belief, the rain won't help to soak these chemicals into the ground; it will only help create polluted runoff into our local creeks.
  • Select native and adapted plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Native plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
  • Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Vegetation can help act as a natural filter for polluted storm water runoff.
  • If you change your car's oil. Don't dump it on the ground or in the storm drain; dispose of it properly at an oil recycling center.
  • Check your car, boat, or motorcycle for leaks. Clean up spilled fuels with an absorbent material, don't rinse the spills into the storm drain.
  • Compost your yard waste. 
  • Don't get rid of old or unused paint by throwing it down the storm drain; dispose of paint and other hazardous household waste at recycling facilities.
  • Don't pump your pool water into the storm drain - pool chemicals can be hazardous to our creek habitats. Whenever possible, drain your pool into the sanitary sewer system where it can be treated.

SERVPRO of River Oaks

(713) - 666-9222

Did your Important Documents Get Damaged During a Loss?

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Businesses have tons of important documents and vital records that they store on-site. When water or fire damage occurs you can depend on SERVPRO of River Oaks to help restore those important documents.  It is key to bring in professionals as soon as possible to begin the document restoration.  We restore building plans, historical documents, tax records, photographs etc.  In commercial businesses there are  many revolving things that can cause water damage to documents.  Documents that are years old but important and need to be maintained are often kept in the basement of a facility.  These areas are subject to water infiltration, sump pump failures, sewer back ups, mechanical room or line failures. 

SERVPRO of River Oaks offers many services to our customers other than the typical Fire & Water Restoration.

If you would like to be proactive and get an emergency plan in place for your business before a disaster strikes call us at 713 666-9222.

Is Your Business Ready?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Ready? Give us a call today and let's get prepared!

Preparation is a vital component for making it through a disaster, whether its a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for these events is well before they happen. No one ever plans a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask your self and fellow employees, "Are you Ready for whatever happens."

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a startup approach that provides the important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It was created to help as a quick reference guide of the buildings most important information.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
    • This means you do not need to appropriate any funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A Compact Profile Document that contains only the important information needed in the event of an emergency.
    • It will only take a short time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. Most importantly it will save you a lot of time if ever needed
  • A guide to help you get back into your building after a disaster.
    • This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Establishes  SERVPRO of River Oaks a local franchise as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    • You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    • This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    • Having  quick reference guide provides solutions in the advance of a disaster, so that during a disaster you are "Ready for whatever happens."

                  Call Today to Get Started!

                         (713) 666-9222

You Start It, We'll Help You Finish It

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial You Start It,  We'll Help You Finish It SERVPRO of River Oaks Technicians helping our customer meet that deadline!

Structural Integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines- the list goes on and on when building a commercial building. The bottom line however is you have to get those doors opened for business ASAP.

SERVPRO of River Oaks can help you meet those deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner.

Our services include:

  • Post Construction Cleanup
  • Dehumidification and Drying
  • Final Cleaning
  • Fast Track Drying
  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services

Not Just Your Typical Restoration Company!

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Not Just Your Typical Restoration Company! This a tile floor sealing and grout coloring job we did at a hospital in the Houston, TX Medical Center. Let us bring back life to those old floors!

SERVPRO of River Oaks specializes in many other fields rather than Fire and Water Restoration. We pride ourselves as one of the best cleaning companies in the Houston industry.

We offer several services to help your business open its doors on time and look its absolute best.

Post Construction Cleaning

  • Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of River Oaks can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying

  • During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture can result in mold growth. If you feel that one your projects may have a moisture issue, let us provide the help you need to eliminate the moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth

Final Cleaning

  • You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of River Oaks provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:
    • Carpet, resilient floor prep and finish
    • Ceiling, Walls and fixture cleaning
    • Deodorization
    • Air Duct Cleaning
    • Debris Removal
    • Window Cleaning
    • Tile Sealing
    • Grout Coloring

Call today (713) 666-9222 and let SERVPRO of River Oaks make that mess "Like it never even happened."

2018 Spring CE Schedule - Houston Location

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

General 2018 Spring CE Schedule - Houston Location Local insurance agents look on as our Instructor David Johnson teaches them about Water Damage Restoration and how we properly mitigate a loss

The 2018 Spring CE Schedule has been posted for SERVPRO of River Oaks. Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, each class will be held at the Red Cross Building facilities at 2700 SW Freeway in Houston, (exit Kirby Dr coming or going). Registration for the classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and will include coffee and pastries. YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE CLASS STARTING. All courses begin promptly at 8:30 a.m and you must attend 100% of the class to obtain CE credits.

March 21st Ethics 102                      2hrs

                       Mitigation Awareness   2hrs

April 18thCleaning and Restoring   2hrs

                   Smoke Damaged Contents

              Restoring Contaminated Bldgs 2hrs

May 16thFire & Smoke Damage Restoration 4hrs

June 13th Emergency Preparedness    2hrs

                Biohazard Cleanup            2hrs

A free, barbeque lunch will be served at the conclusion of the courses. 

To RSVP for the courses, please contact our office at 713-666-9222, or email your reservations to ce@SERVPROofriveroaks.com.

We look forward to seeing you!