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Office Water Damage Prevention

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

How Can Water Damage In The Office Be Prevented?

Place office supplies and stationery in the appropriate locations.
Keep permeable materials like boxes and paper off the ground. While this may appear to be plain sense, people frequently overlook it, resulting in a disaster. Stationary and paperwork should be stored in higher cabinets so that nothing is lost if the floor floods. It's not a good idea to stack paperwork so near to the ground since water will rise to other papers if it comes into contact with the papers below. Computers and other electronic devices should also be hiked in price. Many offices have a policy of keeping CPUs under their desks.

Demolition Costs

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

The Cost of Demolition and Repairing a Damaged Structure

Many water pipes are hidden under walls, ceilings, floors, and other difficult-to-reach places. When an inside pipe bursts, you may need to demolish a piece of the structure to fix it.

Most property insurance policies, fortunately, cover the expense of ripping out and replacing any component of the structure you remove to repair damage to the plumbing system or an appliance (such as a boiler) from which water or another substance has escaped.

Assume that the supply line for the water fountain is positioned inside a wall in the scenario described above. A piece of the wall must be removed to obtain access to the damaged pipe.

Long-Term Flooding Can Be More Harmful

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Long-term flooding or moisture is likely to harm most interior finishes and contents, although the following methods may be viable if the flooding is brief and cleanup started quickly. Delay permanent repairs until the building has completely dried out, which could take many weeks.


Subfloor layers of submerged plywood or OSB will most likely separate or swell. To keep the new floor covering from buckling, affected parts must be replaced.
Allow the subflooring to dry thoroughly after removing floor coverings, which may take months without a dehumidifier.
Before installing new flooring, inspect it for warping.

Wooden Flooring

Remove a board carefully every few feet to prevent buckling caused by swelling. Consult a carpenter or flooring professional if the boards are tongue-and-grooved.
Before replacing boards and undertaking repairs, properly clean and dry the floor, which could take weeks.

Helpful Shelter Info

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Are you in need of a place to stay? The United States has been split into four zones based on 40 years of tornado history and more than 100 years of hurricane history, which geographically represent the number and strength of violent windstorms. Zone IV has seen the most and the most powerful tornadoes. Zone III comprises coastal areas that are vulnerable to hurricanes and has seen a lot of tornado activity. Check with your local building official, meteorologist, emergency management official, or television weather reporter to discover more about the wind history in your area. Your home was most likely constructed in compliance with local construction codes that take into account the impacts of "code-approved" design winds in your location.

The Foundations of Shelter Design

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

The Foundations of Shelter Design

A shelter's objective is to provide a safe haven for you and your family to withstand a tornado or hurricane with minimal or no damage. The shelter cannot be built in a storm-prone area where it will be swamped during a hurricane. Your refuge should be easily accessible from all sections of your house and be clutter-free. The shelter must be adequately attached to the home foundation to prevent overturning and elevation in order to protect the residents during severe windstorms. The connections between all sections of the shelter must be robust enough to withstand failure, and windborne projectiles must not penetrate the walls, roof, or door.

Crime Scenes, Bloodborne Pathogens and more!

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of River Oaks removes and disposes of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.  

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals ued in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of River Oaks follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of River Oaks can clean and restore your property and contents.

Please never try to attempt to clean up any of these with out professional help. You always want to have the right protection, equipment and chemicals.  

SERVPRO of River Oaks is 24/7 and always here to help!

Faster To Any Size Disaster

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster.

This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO-it is a commitment to be there when you need us most.

Whether you are a small business or a home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO Hero's have the resources needed to respond quickly and efficiently.  The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume business as usual.

Our SERVPRO of River Oaks team is just the tip of the iceberg.  Should a major disaster such as a flood or wildfire occur, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is always poised and ready to go were they are needed.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call SERVPRO of River Oaks.  Backed by a system of more that 1,700 Franchises strong, we will help make your property disaster "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Large Loss

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleaning Process After Catastrophic Commercial Emergencies

From 1980 to 2020, on average, the U.S. endured 7 severe climate events per year. Throughout the past year, that number has more than doubled, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Although statistics help describe the destruction brought on by natural disasters, no measurement can quantify the loss and trauma to individuals, families, and communities. The struggle of those involved as they work to rebuild a sense of normalcy is often not seen.

SERVPRO of River Oaks is proud to assist by offering Commercial Large aloes Disaster Recovery services after any catastrophic emergency in the United States. With the resources of four SERVPRO franchises throughout DFW, we are well-positioned to respond to any disaster.

Our flexible, efficient team can tackle damage at private businesses, hospitals, schools, government facilities, and more. SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals are highly  trained in fire , storm, and water damage mitigation. When mitigating damage on a large scale, our team uses the following framework:

Control the Environment

Commercial-sized desiccant dehumidifiers remove water from the air and dense materials while increasing the air temperature, further drying the structure, and helping to better control the environment.

Remove Contaminated Material 

To ensure a safe and efficient clean-up, SERVPRO of River Oaks crews will remove contaminated material and items that are beyond repair and remove restorable items for off-site cleaning. 

Dry the Structure

Various sized air movers and dehumidifiers are strategically placed throughout the structure to accelerate the drying process. 

Our crews can be ready at a moment’s notice, deploying cutting-edge drying equipment and service vehicles that feature truck-mounted water extractors that operate even without electricity. Response time is critical for communities to get up and running again. When disaster strikes, we are ready to answer the call and make it “Like it never even happened.” Reach our office at 713-666-9222.

Stop The Leak Fast!

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Before you add a clamp, add a block of wood.

If you're in a hurry and don't have the proper tools, you can improvise by placing a block of wood over the piece of rubber before tightening a clamp. The block of wood will help to spread the pressure and keep the pipe from collapsing.

Obtain a C-Clamp

For a temporary remedy, place a C-clamp over the block of wood and a piece of rubber to plug the leak.

Remove the faulty pipe.

If you're more experienced with plumbing repairs, you might go ahead and cut out the damaged section of the pipe. Turn off the main water supply valve, empty the damaged water line, and cut out a length of pipe that extends about 1 in. on each side of the leak with a pipe cutter. Begin by securely grasping the pipe in the cutter's jaws and tightening the cutter's screw. As you tighten the screw handle, rotate the cutter in the direction illustrated until the pipe snaps.

Prevent Frozen Pipes!

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Winter storms can cause plumbing lines to freeze and perhaps burst, resulting in flooding and costly water damage to your home. Preventing frozen pipes and other cold-weather risks can be reduced or eliminated by taking preventive actions before winter arrives. "Because of their location in the residence, some pipes are more prone to freezing than others."

The following pipes are particularly vulnerable to freezing:

Pipes that are exposed in unheated portions of the house.
Pipes that are positioned on the outside of the walls.
Any plumbing on the home's outside. 

If you have a busted pipe emergency call SERVPRO of River Oaks today at 713-666-9222, we are here to help.