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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!

2018 Spring CE Schedule- Rosenberg location

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

General 2018 Spring CE Schedule- Rosenberg location Local agents look on as our instructor David Johnson teaches them about the classes of water damage

The Spring 2018 CE Schedule at the Rosenberg location has been posted for SERVPRO . Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, each class will be held at the Red Cross Building facility at 2610 B F Terry Blvd in Rosenberg, TX, (exit FM-2218 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 28th  Professional Water Damage  4hrs

                           Restoration

April 25th         Understanding Mold       2hrs

                   in the Restoration Industry 

                        Restorative Drying for    2hrs

                            Water Damage  

May 23rd         Biohazard Cleanup        2hrs

                   Deodorization of Malodors  2hrs

June 20th   Water and Wood Don't Mix  2hrs

                        Salvaging Textiles         2hrs

                                   &

                           Soft Contents              

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!

What To Do After A Fire

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After A Fire This is the before picture of a living room that suffered fire damage in Sugar Land, TX

Fire Damage in a home can be a stressful event for a homeowner. Damage to your personal belongings and home are just some of the issues you may experience. Timely response and a thorough mitigation can get rid of all these concerns.

Here are some tips for what you as a homeowner can do to help before SERVPRO arrives.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot from tracking throughout the house and causing additional damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

Do Not:

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Clean any electrical equipment
  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor            

Before you risk doing any damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and professionals at SERVPRO of River Oaks 713 666-9222.

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners This is an example of how to block a furniture leg to prevent secondary damage.

When water damage occurs in your home or workplace, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the loss yourself.

Even small water losses have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly restoration in the future is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The two ways to accomplish proper water restoration are: 1) quick response; and 2) thorough drying.

Here are a few tips you can do to help minimize the loss.

  • Identifiy the source of water and take immediate steps to stop the water
  • Remove as much of the water as possible by mopping or blotting the area
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps or any other table top decorations
  • Remove and prop wet furniture and cushions for drying
  • Place aluminum foil, wood blocks, or Tupperware between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Take out Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpets
  • Pickup all books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Avoid the use of all electrical powered devices while standing on wet carpet or floors
  • Call SERVPRO to do the job right

If you have any questions or need help to ensure your business or home is drying properly, contact us at 713 666-9222

Rising Water: Knowing the Terms

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rising Water: Knowing the Terms This house was flooded during the 2016 Tax Day floods in Fort Bend County, TX

Floods rank as one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live on the coast line, next to a river, or in the country side there is a potential risk you may experience flooding.

There are several terms that are used during a storm that you should know.

  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Listen to weather radio, or TV for information
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash Flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately

If your area were to flood please take all warnings seriously and get to higher ground or evacuate the area!

If your home were to flood and you would like assistance please call us at 713 666-9222.

Are You Prepared for a Flood?

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Prepared for a Flood? This house was flooded during the 2016 Tax day floods in Houston, TX

If you were to be caught in a flood tomorrow are you going to be prepared?

Here are some tips from FEMA to help prepare your home or business for a flood.

Before the Flood:

  • Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater, and electrical panel if susceptible to flooding
  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business
  • Seal walls in basements with a water proofing compound to help with seepage

During the Flood:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so
  • Disconnect electrical appliances
  • Do not touch any electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water
  • Do not walk through moving water no matter the depth. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall

After the Flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn if community drinking water is safe to drink
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged
  • Stay out of any building if it's surrounded by floodwaters
  • Return home when local authorities deem it safe to go home

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Frozen Pipes If you or someone you know were to suffer from a pipe burst please give SERVPRO of River Oaks a call at 713 666-9222.

Pipes that freeze are often the ones that are exposed to the cold weather, such as those located outside your home, or in cold areas such as, basements, attics, garages, or kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

A frozen pipe may burst at the actual point where the ice blockage has occurred, but typically the rupture is caused by the pressure from the backflow between the water source and the actual blockage.

A busted pipe can cause significant damage to your property if not addressed in a timely manner.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to our partners at The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler lines, as well as water house
  • Open all cabinets that house plumbing to let warm air near the plumbing
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from the faucets that may come from exposed pipes
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night

Ice Dams: What are They?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams: What are They? If winter weather causes water damage to you or your insured's property call us at 713 666-9222.

Ice Dams in Texas a very rare and few people actually know what they are. Our friends up north are aware that they can be a major problem during the snowy season. Ice dams form when heated air melts roof snow downward into dammed water behind still frozen ice. When water that is trapped cannot flow through the gutter system safetly, it can backflow under the roofs shingles. Once it travels under the shingles the water then enters the structures interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be a sign that you have an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside your home,"check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of the exterior walls in your house. if you are suffering from one of those signs you are more than likely suffering from a ice dam that is causing water to penetrate the roof membrane.

In order to control the situation you must remove the ice dam as soon as it is found. This very important if you want to prevent damage your property. You can use heated cables, roof shovels, or calcium chloride ice melter to get rid of the dam.

Wait, what?! There is a science to drying?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wait, what?! There is a science to drying? If you or someone you know were to suffer from a water damage please give SERVPRO of River Oaks a call at 713 666-9222.

I know, I know, it sounds weird, but yes there is actually a science behind the process of drying. The knowledge of psychometrics is vital to restoring a property that has suffered water damage back to preloss condition. While the initial thought of grabbing towels to soak up the mess, and using a few fans from around the house to dry the areas may seem great at the moment, let your trained professionals at SERVPRO of River Oaks make sure it is handled properly. Our technicians are properly trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry- approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your business or home suffers a water damage our technicians will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measuring how much moisture is in the wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

Are you stuck trying to figure out what exactly does "Speed up" Mother Nature means? Well a wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material, but only if that said air is actually drier. The only problem is, nature often take too long and secondary damage has occurred while the building is drying itself out.

Our technicians have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment dry hardwood floors, hard to reach areas in wall cavities, and much more. We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to ensure all wet materials are dried according to its specific standard of dry.

Got Mold?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? If you think you may have a mold issue, call us at 713-666-9222 today and let us protect your health and property

Mold Prevention & Mitigation: For Your Health

Molds are found everywhere in the air, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, potentially causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.

As mentioned earlier Fungi and mold are naturally in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 types of fungi have been discovered. Even though some types of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

When you suffer from a water damage at home or at work, you run the risk of having mold growth somewhere in the structure. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, slow leaks in confined areas or attics, and poor humidity control. When water damages are not mitigated in a timely manner, the resulting damage can present increased risks of harmful mold growth.

Our technicians handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity