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Packout Contents to Flooded Homes

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

When substantial disasters like flooding affect your River Oaks property, you have little time to protect your belongings and irreplaceable keepsakes from significant damage. While you might grab a few items while you vacate your home when the disaster first begins, protecting what got left behind should be a priority for any professional restorer you choose to work towards returning your house to its original condition. Our experts are available 24/7 to help with all of the mitigation needs that can save you money and preserve at-risk contents within your home.

While flood damage to River Oaks homes might seem commonplace with so many severe storms passing through the area regularly, homeowners still get caught off-guard by the swift force of this disaster and its impact on their property. Our SERVPRO team arrives with the full measure of equipment necessary to begin mitigation work like extraction and drying immediately.

These professionals that we send out to your home help to collect information about the full scope of the damage by identifying at risk and already damaged items from your property and tagging them for removal. We can safely transport these contents, furniture, and other belongings from your house to our nearby facility for focused drying, cleaning, and safe storage.

With mold growth also being a common threat to overly damp items and contents throughout exposed areas of your property, our team also works to eliminate potential colonization at our facility and can deodorize affected items if necessary. Once restoration completes at your house, our team can safely return all of the removed items we protected from flood damage to their original positions.

While you might have many concerns when flooding affects your home, the irreplaceable keepsakes and heirlooms inside your house should not be one of them. Let our SERVPRO of River Oaks rapid response team help to protect these items with our pack-out process. Give us a call anytime at 713-666-9222.

Call SERVPRO for Storm Disasters

6/17/2019 (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 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!

A Clean Space is a Happy Space!

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

When work gets busy, the last thing you think about is whether the floors have been vacuumed or the HVAC filters replaced, but making sure that your workspace and office are clean can actually help your workplace become more productive. Check out the list below for reasons why keeping the workplace clean is important.

  1. Make a Good First Impression

When a customer walks into your business, they will definitely notice if you have kept up with the maintenance of your building. Water damage spots and dirty carpets make a horrible first impression on customers looking to do business with you. They will likely judge you based on what they first see when they enter your office, so make sure floors are clean, desks are tidy, and spills are quickly cleaned up.

  1. Boost Focus

If you have papers strewn about your desk and you don’t know where to find things, it becomes difficult to focus on your work. A tidy desk makes it easier to focus on what needs to get done and where you have left important pieces of your work.

  1. Keep Your Employees Healthy

If your employees don’t enjoy the area they work in, they likely won’t want to stick around. Spending 8 hours a day in a place with water stains on the floor and mold growing in the air vents can make anyone feel sick. Investing in a good air filter and making sure that it is properly maintained will go a long way in making your employees feel happier and healthier. Keeping walls, ceilings, and floors clean is an important part of ensuring your employees are taken care of.

Call us today at 713-666-9222!

Deodorizing

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Nothing is worse than having a huge meeting coming up with an important client, and you just can’t get rid of a foul smell. Maybe an employee left their tuna sandwich out, the office dog had an accident on the floor, or someone started smoking in a non-smoking room. Whatever the case is, we can get rid of that stench and make sure that your commercial building is as fresh as a daisy when anyone comes in.

Why not just light a candle and cover up the smell? Well, just like smelling gas can indicate a problem with a car, a foul smell in a building can hint at some bigger problems. A musty odor can indicate that you may have a mold problem, or a smoky smell even though you haven’t had a fire is definitely something to worry about. Additionally, not treating the smell allows it to cling to walls and fabric which makes it even harder to get out later when you ultimately do have to treat it. We have technicians certified to remediate smoke and soot damage, get rid of mold, deal with biohazard messes, and much more, so wherever that smell is coming from, we can make sure to take care of it properly.

Whatever that smell may be, SERVPRO® of River Oaks can be onsite to clean it up before it begins to drive your customers away. Call us today at 713-666-9222.

Commercial Fires

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know sometimes commercial fires can cause enough smoke damage to your building that you may need to file an insurance claim? Fire is an insidious agent that sends out more than just flames. As the soot and smoke are thrown into the air, they may cast a large shadow as they settle again onto and into the surrounding buildings. That is how the damage can catch you unawares.

Extreme Vapors May Damage Your Building’s Interior

Heavy smoke that lingers in the air can often carry with it toxic particles, vapors, and gases that can expand with the heat from the flames. These are some of the most common areas that may be damaged by smoke and soot in nearby buildings:

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Windows

Although outside building smoke damage is often expected from a nearby fire, the broken windows, stained inside walls, and soot-covered interior are generally a surprise. In fact, smoke and soot can be carried for miles in even a gentle breeze, leading to massive areas of soot damage from even the smallest of commercial building fires.

Call SERVPRO of River Oaks for your commercial fire loss. (713)-666-9222

Did your office suffer a water damage?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Did your office suffer a water damage? Example of Drying equipment used to help dry out affected materials on a water loss

When faced with water or fire damage in your place of business, we understand that the safety of your clients and employees are a top priority. There are risks that arise from a water or fire event that if improperly cleaned or remediated could result in significant further damage.  For example, after a water event there could be the hazard potential for slips or falls and if the water remains standing for long periods it could develop smells, begin to grow mold, and can deteriorate any flooring into an unsalvageable state. 

Fire events have their own risks including ‘fire soot’ that contains chemicals like formaldehyde (used in embalming).  Fire Soot is extremely acidic and if these soot chemicals remain on your business’ walls, ceilings, air ducts, furniture, and vents of your structure they can begin to permanently affect them. Here at SERVPRO® of River Oaks we work hard for you to restore your structure to its preloss state. We are available to help you bypass any restoration project planning and reduce the overall cost that is required to restore your building back to its preloss state.  A timely response can also decrease the exposure duration to unhealthy conditions that could cause sickness to anyone who enters the premise.  Make sure to call SERVPRO® of River Oaks at (713) 666-9222 if your business is affected by a fire or water damage.

Why is SERVPRO of River Oaks a Trusted Insurance Professional?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why is SERVPRO of River Oaks a Trusted Insurance Professional? Example of how we use an infra-red camera to assist with discovering hidden water damage in walls and ceilings.

Why SERVPRO® of River Oaks?

As an agent, adjuster, or any kind of insurance professional, you have a number of responsibilities.  Of these responsibilities are recommending reputable service companies to your clients as well as keeping claims costs down for your company.  SERVPRO® of River Oaks is a highly qualified and trustworthy company that fill many needs to your clients when they find themselves in the middle of a fire or water loss.

TIMING

Arriving at a loss in a timely manner reduces damage and therefore reduces the cost of restoring damaged property.  An immediate response is vital to limiting damage, and SERVPRO® of River Oaks strives to arrive on the scene as quickly as possible.  This falls in line with taking care of both the home or business owner in conjunction with limiting costs for the insurance provider.

PRETESTING

Replacing property is far more costly than restoring property.  Pretesting is a necessary step in the restoration process to determine the level of damage and dictate the necessary actions to begin restoration.  A lack of pretesting could cause the quality or scope of the work to diminish which leads to unhappy clients.  Your SERVPRO® of River Oaks professionals will always pretest the site in order to determine the extent of damage and the proper course of action to restore the property.

TRAINING

Proper training is ideal for providing your clients the best service possible.  Your SERVPRO® of River Oaks franchise professionals are trained to industry standards in Fire and Water cleanup and restoration.  Additionally, SERVPRO® of River Oaks hosts continuing education classes available periodically to insurance professionals as well as our franchise professionals.

Timing, pretesting, and training are just a few of the reasons that insurance professionals and companies can trust SERVPRO® of River Oaks to take the best care of their clients while limiting costs by restoring in place of replacing property.

Why you should choose SERVPRO

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why you should choose SERVPRO Call SERVPRO of River Oaks at 713-666-9222

While any disaster is tough to cope with, large loss incidents present a unique set of challenges. The breadth of damage is larger, and the resources required for repair are equally inflated. It’s key that you get the right team to handle your catastrophic loss or things could get worse. Know what to look for in a large loss team – follow these tips.

What is a Large Loss Event

Generally speaking, a large loss event is one that stretches beyond one or two properties, to encompass an entire neighborhood, region or even larger area. Examples can include;

  • hurricanes/storm damage
  • widespread flooding
  • earthquakes
  • terrorist events

These events require a higher magnitude of the response due to size and resources needed.

Look for Experience

While any local cleanup company can claim they know large response, only a few truly have the experience. Ask a prospective cleanup partner for specific examples and strategies used in a wide breadth of disasters. This can help you determine if they can handle your catastrophic loss.

Look for a Big Team

A big loss requires a big response, and that won’t come from a ragtag team. Make sure your prospective partner has a good-sized staff trained to properly respond, manage the project, and restore the affected structure or structures.

Look for Speed

Flooding can cause major damage to your property in just 24 hours or less, so it’s critical that a disaster response team assess the damage and formulate a plan quickly. Make sure to choose a cleanup partner able to arrive within an hour of your phone call.
The way you handle a large catastrophic loss can have implications for years to come. Make sure you do things the right way. Use the above tips to find the right cleanup partner and you won’t regret making the wrong decision.

Spring Cleaning Tips

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Spring has officially sprung and that means it is time for spring cleaning! If you think the only way to clean your home is with harsh chemicals, think again! You can clean almost every surface in your home with distilled white vinegar. Get every room in your home looking clean and smelling fresh by following these spring cleaning tips.

Clean Carpet

Over the course of the winter, your carpet may have developed an odor and it may have sand, salt, and dirt trapped inside of it. Help eliminate the odor and remove anything trapped inside of the carpet by mixing essential oils and distilled white vinegar. Before applying this mixture, test it out on a small area of your carpet because some fabrics are sensitive and it may cause damage.

Clean Windows

Over time, windows get dirty or develop smudges. You can make your windows look crystal clear by mixing one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Simply spray the solution on the window and wipe away to clean.

Follow these three steps to make your windows truly shine.

  1. Clean from the top down.
  2. Do NOT clean your windows in direct sunlight. This will cause streaking.
  3. Avoid damage to your window frames by drying immediately.

Clean Mattress

Dust mites and odors are inevitable when it comes to mattresses. You can help eliminate them by doing the following steps.

  1. Remove all sheets and blankets from the bed.
  2. Spray mattress with distilled white vinegar.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda over the white vinegar and let it bubble.
  4. Place a towel over mattress for 1-2 hours or until dry.
  5. Vacuum up any residue from the baking soda.

Clean Refrigerator

You probably want to avoid using harsh chemicals where you store your food. Follow these steps to get your refrigerator looking like new!

  1. Remove all contents from the refrigerator.
  2. Wash shelves and the sides of the refrigerator with one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar.
  3. Dry all areas of the refrigerator
  4. Wipe down jars before putting them back in the refrigerator.

Clean Bathtub

Over the course of time, your tub can build up with grime and soap residue. You can eliminate the buildup with ease by doing the following.

  1. Fill a spray bottle with one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar
  2. Spray mixture in the tub and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Wipe clean with a sponge or a towel
  4. Rise tub with water and wipe again 

Bio Hazard Cleanup

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Bio Hazard Cleanup Call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County at 281-342-5326

The death of a loved one is a devastating event for family and friends. When a person dies in the home or at a business, the cleanup afterward can prove too traumatic for family to perform. Outdoor scenes of death are often cleaned by a fire department, but if someone has died inside a building cleanup needs can be extensive. Odor, blood spills and tissue remains may need to be removed. Specific procedures should be followed to ensure permanent remediation, allowing dignified closure of a painful chapter. 

Warnings

  • Always confirm professional cleanup services are certified or licensed in accordance with your state regulations for death-related cleanup projects.

    Instructions included in this article are intended as general guidelines and do not constitute training or certification in biohazard cleanup or removal.

     

    Always wear OSHA-compliant protective gear when cleaning up biohazardous materials, including blood, brain matter, feces, vomit, and decomposition seepage.