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Where Is Your Water Shut Off?

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe bursts in your home, flooding about half of your home. Do you know where your water shut-off valve is in your home? If you took more than thirty seconds to answer that, then it’s probably a good idea to locate it in the event of a water emergency. In fact, learning where your water shut off valve is, is just as important as knowing where your breaker box is. Usually, your water shut off valve is next to your meter which can either be outside, or it can be a basement (if you’re fortunate to have one here in Texas!). Make sure everyone in your family knows where it is, and how to turn it off too, just incase you’re not home in the event of an emergency.

For all of your water damage restoration needs, give us a call today at 713-666-9222

Signs You Have Water Damage.

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Kind of like an expensive car isn’t protected from hail damage, or dings in a parking lot even the most expensive floors aren’t protected from water damage. It can unfortunately destroy any type. Thankfully, there are signs. Here’s what to look out for just incase you suspect water damage to your flooring.  

Carpet: If It’s smelly or discolored then it’s most likely got mold or mildew.

Laminate: Keep an eye out for any swelling, discoloration, or warping.

Tile: If you tap on the tiles with a coin and hear a hollow sound, it may mean the tiles have come loose. Cracking is another good sign. 

Linoleum: Look for discoloration.

Hardwood: The easiest of all the flooring besides carpet to tell if your home has had water damage! Keep an eye out for dark spots that have mysteriously popped up recently, it could be mold or mildew. If your floor has started to cup or buckle, then it could mean water has gotten under and the planks of your floor have come loose due to water damage. And lastly, look for bulging or bubbling too your floor. 

If you suspect your floor has had water damage, give SERVPRO of River Oaks a call today at 713-666-9222!

Be Safe During Hurricane Season

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November and, although most of the time all you will see are some heavy bouts of rain, some major hurricanes have hit the region in recent years. That is why it's essential always to be prepared.

The best type of hurricane is the one that doesn't make landfall, but there are times when you won't be so lucky. No matter if you're living in a hurricane-prone area or just there on vacation, knowing what to do before, during, and after a severe tropical storm can go a long way to keeping you safe.

If you live in or are staying in a sound structure outside of an evacuation area and do not live in a mobile home, stay home, and take these precautions:

  • Make sure your windows are protected, and your home is secured. This may mean putting up hurricane shutters, which should be done in the days before a hurricane is coming. This also includes tying down or taking in any outdoor furniture, garbage cans, outdoor decor, or lawn supplies that can blow away during heavy winds.
  • Fill your bathtubs. Line the bathtub with plastic sheeting or a clean shower curtain, or caulk the drain with silicone caulking—it holds water for weeks and cleans up easily when dry.
  • Use a website or app to determine the elevation of the property where you're staying. This will help you determine if your home is flood-prone and can help you prepare for storm surge or tidal flooding by placing sandbags around the perimeter of your home.

After A Hurricane

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Three beach houses affected by a hurricane that just blew through. Water is splashing onto the steps in front of the house. Call SERVPRO of River Oaks today at 713-666-9222

After a hurricane:

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.

Caring for yourself & loved ones;

  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help people who require additional assistance—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

SERVPRO of River Oaks is here for all of your restoration needs.

Microbial Growth In Your Home Or Business?

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

An old room full of mold growth with the SERVPRO logo at the bottom right. Call SERVPRO of River Oaks TODAY!

With spring storms come humidity, and humidity comes mold especially if you’ve had a recent water loss in your home. Ideally, the air conditioning in your home should keep your home at a comfortable humidity level, however when the air is thick and soupy outside, we all know that can sometimes be impossible.

The humidity in your home also rises when you have a water loss, after all, standing water in your home evaporates into the air as it dries. Mold likes this humidity, as well as the wet flooring/drywall that you may have in your home due to flooding. It’s extremely important to get the water in your home extracted and dried as quickly as possible to prevent future mold growth.

If your home has suffered water damage that has led to microbial growth, give SERVPRO of River Oaks a call today at 713-666-9222!

Bleach in NOT the way to go!

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

A white bottle with the word bleach on it and a red X through it also with the SERVPRO logo at the top If you are in need of mold remediation, call us today at 713-666-9222.

A common misconception about mold is that you can use bleach to treat it. The main uses for bleach are for disinfecting and changing the color of something, so stick to those uses next time you grab a bottle of Clorox from the grocery store. The EPA and OSHA has taken a strong stance against using bleach to treat mold, and here is why:

  • Bleach does not work on porous surfaces, but mold loves porous areas. Bleach is made up of 90% water, so once the chlorine quickly evaporates, you are left with a ton of moisture that will actually help mold continue to grow. Even though it may look like bleach has killed the mold infecting your home, it is only the top layer that has been killed, and the mold’s roots within the walls will easily come back stronger than ever.
  • Bleach is toxic. This one is a no brainer, but for some reason, people want to dump the chemical all over their house at the first sight of mold. Children and pets can easily get into the bleach you may have used to treat mold which could make them quite sick; even the fumes can create health problems! There are so many alternative solutions to treat mold with, there is no reason to put your family or employees at risk by using bleach.
  • Bleach can weaken the surfaces you put it on. When bleach is put on a surface such as wood, it can begin to eat away at the fibers. Even a small change to an important structural piece of your home could be disastrous. Imagine having to rebuild parts of your home just because you treated some wooden beams with bleach!

When it comes to mold, it is better to leave the remediation to the professionals. Our team of experts can quickly handle any problem and make sure that your home or office is safe for everyone. We use specially formulated solutions that are sure to kill mold and keep it from returning - without causing toxic fumes.

Bleach is NOT the way to go!

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

A white bottle with the word bleach on it and a red X through it also with the SERVPRO logo at the top If you are in need of mold remediation, call us today at 713-666-9222.

A common misconception about mold is that you can use bleach to treat it. The main uses for bleach are for disinfecting and changing the color of something, so stick to those uses next time you grab a bottle of Clorox from the grocery store. The EPA and OSHA has taken a strong stance against using bleach to treat mold, and here is why:

  • Bleach does not work on porous surfaces, but mold loves porous areas. Bleach is made up of 90% water, so once the chlorine quickly evaporates, you are left with a ton of moisture that will actually help mold continue to grow. Even though it may look like bleach has killed the mold infecting your home, it is only the top layer that has been killed, and the mold’s roots within the walls will easily come back stronger than ever.
  • Bleach is toxic. This one is a no brainer, but for some reason, people want to dump the chemical all over their house at the first sight of mold. Children and pets can easily get into the bleach you may have used to treat mold which could make them quite sick; even the fumes can create health problems! There are so many alternative solutions to treat mold with, there is no reason to put your family or employees at risk by using bleach.
  • Bleach can weaken the surfaces you put it on. When bleach is put on a surface such as wood, it can begin to eat away at the fibers. Even a small change to an important structural piece of your home could be disastrous. Imagine having to rebuild parts of your home just because you treated some wooden beams with bleach!

When it comes to mold, it is better to leave the remediation to the professionals. Our team of experts can quickly handle any problem and make sure that your home or office is safe for everyone. We use specially formulated solutions that are sure to kill mold and keep it from returning - without causing toxic fumes.

You Need A Fire Escape Plan ASAP!

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Drawing of a fire escape plan with every room of the house lbled and arrows pointing where to go. Call SERVPRO of River Oaks today. We are Here To Help! 713-666-9222

House fires are unpredictable. As much as we try to prevent them, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a little spark from faulty wiring you didn’t know about can leave your home engulfed in flames. When this happens, do your and your family have a plan for getting out of your home and to a safe meeting point? A fire escape plan is an invaluable tool to make sure you and your family knows just what to do incase of a fire.

  1. Take a weekend and draw up a floor plan of your home for a visual to plan out a fire escape route. Walk through your home with your floor plan and note all the possible exit routes.
  2. Keep leashes and carriers by the door, and make sure your pet always wears her collar and tags if she escapes during the chaos. Note where your pet goes when scared to tell a firefighter if you don’t have the opportunity to get them out. Train your pet to come when they’re called.
  3. Choose a meeting place away from your home like a neighbor’s mailbox, sign post, or light post and mark the spot on your map.
  4. Do a tour with your entire family to make sure that they understand the plan.

In case the inevitable has happened, give SERVPRO of River Oaks a call at 713-666-9222

Being Prepared is Key

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Knowing how fires start can help you come up with a plan to prevent them. Preparation is a key aspect of avoiding any disaster. Use these tips to help you figure our how you can prepare your home or business and avoid fire damage.

  • Around 50% of home fires are due to cooking accidents. You can avoid fire damage in the kitchen by making sure you keep a fire extinguisher somewhere easy to reach and making sure you know how to use it. Also, make sure that you never leave a hot appliance unattended; always pay attention to what you are doing!
  • Over 15% of residential fires are caused by electrical appliances malfunctioning or other issues with electrical components of the house such as the heating system. With this in mind, make sure that you have your home inspected often to make sure everything is working as it should. Especially at the turn of seasons when you may not have used your heater or air conditioner in a while.
  • California, Texas, and Georgia lead the nation in fire deaths in 2016. Having plan to get out of your house in an emergency is one of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe. Make sure the plan includes instructions for everyone – including pets – to get out safely in case a fire occurs, and practice the plan so that your family will know exactly what to do.

Complex Commercial Jobs Are Our Specialty!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Water damage and flooding events at commercial properties in River Oaks are often complex with various issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a large scale event or a relatively small water cleanup we work quickly to assess the full scope of the situation and isolate the affected area.  There are many instances in fact that your normal operations will be able to continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Unique Challenges Present when Restoring Commercial Properties

Our highly trained professional technicians are always mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to remediate and restore your facility while working closely with you and you plus your insurance if the loss results in you filing a claim. SERVPRO has the fastest response time of anyone in our industry.  We know too well that every hour spent on cleanup is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

SERVPRO of River Oaks is always here to help!

If you experience and water damage or flooding you can give us a call anytime. 

Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

713-666-9222