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SERVPRO Of River Oaks Is Here To Help

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody is prepared for a water damage in your home or business. Fortunately, SERVPRO of River Oaks is prepared and here 24/7 365. We’re faster to any size disaster, we can provide an immediate emergency response to help prevent secondary damage and mold. We’re highly trained water damage specialists with advanced training and expertise, not to mention the tremendous amount of hands on experience. We use advanced drying equipment and techniques. Our technicians extract standing water then dry out your property quickly and efficiently. We then finish our job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products for your comfort and safety. SERVPRO of River Oaks specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial 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.

SERVPRO of River Oaks is always ready to serve you in all of your restoration needs

IMPORTANT Tips When In An Emergency House Fire!

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

A firefighter with a hat on next to a white truck and fire in the background and the SERVPRO logo at the top center Call SERVPRO of River Oaks today at 713-666-9222.

Things to do when in a house fire

*Leave valuables behind: When in a fire, never delay to find the best possible escape route from a burning house to find valuables. You could always notify the fire safety officers when they arrive of such valuables describing their last known location.

*Stop, Drop and Roll: If your clothes catches fire, do not run, simply drop to the floor and roll over your back to extinguish the fire. Always crawl and remain close to the ground to keep you away from the high temperature, and thick smoke from the fire. Stay low, until you escape the burning house.

*Cover your nose: Cover your nostril with a shirt or a damp towel during a house fire; this will prevent smoke from entering your lungs. Also cover the faces of children as much as possible, especially when helping out to get them to safety.

Lastly do not run into a room filled with smoke or flames, doing that means running into massive danger.

Smoke Alarm Safety

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs

  • Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to instructions or voices of others.
  • Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors, and emergency call systems for summoning help, are also available

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.