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Tips To Avoid Chaos!

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Unless you have worked for SERVPRO for any amount of time or dealt with catastrophic events such as a house fire or flood, you have probably thought little about the precautions that can be taken to avoid having them happen to you. The following are a few tips from SERVPRO employees that have seen a few things and tend to watch for in our own homes:

Unless you are actively using it, it should not be close to heat.

                Putting your bacon on a plate with paper towels on it? Make sure it is far away from the hot surface. The paper towel WILL catch fire and cost you a great deal of money. Hot ironing your hair on the bathroom countertop? Move away all hair care bottles, brushes, towels, washcloths, hair ties, or anything else that you could accidentally set it down on, bump into, or knock into the heat.

DON’T leave running water unattended.

                Even if it is in the garage. Even if the sink/drain has no prior issue of backing up. When you are busy enough to leave running water, you are busy enough to forget about running water. It will make its way to your attention before you are ready for it to.

Dishwasher Fires

                It is most common for dishwashers to cause water damage and that still remains true. However, our employees never start their dishwasher before they leave the house unless they turn off the heated drying feature. It is SO common for the heating element at the bottom to get in contact with something that has fallen off the racks and start a fire that will do just as much damage as any other kitchen fire.

Grease Fires

                Splattering grease is unavoidable sometimes when cooking in the kitchen. One of our employees has said that she never starts heavy cooking in the kitchen without having a bag of cornmeal or a box of baking soda on hand. Try to have something close by that can smother the fire that isn’t water

Water Damage Protocol Steps!

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water and mold damage can be very destructive to your home or business. The most important thing to remember in case of a flood is to act quickly. First, call your insurance company to see if the damage is covered.  Most insurance agents or adjusters will recommend a reputable and approved restoration company to do the clean-up. Find out if you have a deductible and know what it is. If you do not have insurance the first thing you must do is dry out your basement.

If water is left longer than 48-hours, it can be considered hazardous and the cleanup process can turn into a much bigger expense.

The following clean up steps are the proper protocol:

  1. Extract the water and find the source of the problem.
  2. Remove any contaminated materials including carpet, drywall, boxes, and anything else that might have gotten wet. The level of saturation in the amount of time and materials were exposed to the water will determine if the items are salvageable.
  3. Place air-movers and dehumidification equipment throughout the flooded area. Keep them on until the basement and crawl space is thoroughly dry. This may take 3-5 days.
  4. Do not replace or remove any of the unsalvageable materials until your insurance adjuster has deemed them unsalvageable. Make sure all your items are free of mold before moving them to a dry area of the home.

If you find mold in your basement or crawlspace or there are signs in your house like a musty smell, you may need to have the air tested. This test should be conducted by a certified inspector and sent to an accredited lab for analysis. 

If you have a water or flood damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of River Oaks has emergency services 24 hours a day – 7 days a week! Our crews are highly trained to remove the damaged materials and begin the restoration process using specialized equipment to determine the wet areas, extracting any standing water and placing fans and dehumidifiers to remove all excess moisture to restore your home to “Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of River Oaks, your local water restoration and cleanup company at 713-666-9222.

Protect Your Home From Storm Damage!

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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What Can You Do To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage?

There are a few things within your control that you can do to your property to help prevent avoidable damage in the event of a predicted storm:

  • Ensure movable objects such as garden furniture, bins and ornaments are safely stored away or secure where they are placed.
  • Ensure your drains or gutters are clear of debris to prevent blockages.
  • Repair or replace any slipped or cracked roof tiles and secure tv aerials. Get advice from your insurance provider regarding temporary repairs and seek professional help for this type of work.
  • Try to keep your car sheltered away from trees or other large, and potentially hazardous objects, ideally in a garage.
  • Secure loose fences.
  • Place valuables and electrical items in high cupboards or on higher floors to prevent damage.
  • Store important documents in a watertight bag in a dry, accessible place.
  • Make a list of useful numbers you may need, such as your insurer, the council and emergency services. 
  • Make sure you're indoors when the storm hits and don’t try to repair any storm damage during the bad weather

Protect YOUR Home During A Storm!

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Clear away outdoor items

Make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, sporting equipment and other outdoor items are stored away if a storm is heading your way.

High winds during a heavy storm can potentially pick up these items and send them flying through a window or far away from your home.

Putting away loose outdoor items in this situation can protect your house (and your neighbors’ houses) from unnecessary damage.

Trim the trees

Take time to examine the trees in your yard or surrounding your house.

Storms will often snap large tree branches, which can damage your home’s siding, smash your car or even topple power lines and cause outages.

Stand up on a ladder (carefully) and check how the branches are attached to the trunks of trees around your house.

If the tree has a loose connection with a big branch, consider sawing it off. It might reduce some shade in the yard, but can potentially protect your home.

Different Mold Conditions

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Understanding what conditions mold likes to grow in can help you prevent mold growth in your home or office. Mold can be found nearly anywhere on earth – both indoors and outdoors; usually a few mold spores here or there won’t cause any issues, but if the spores are able to settle and begin growing, they can cause problems.

Mold likes warm, humid conditions. Sometimes, simply having a few extremely humid days in a row will provide the right conditions for mold to grow. Common issues that can lead to excess moisture also include burst or leaky pipes and excessive rainfall. Once mold spores land in a habitable area, they can begin to grow and cover the area in as little as 48 hours.

If you have water damage in your home, make sure it is cleaned up quickly and properly. Call us today to ensure that all areas of your home or office meet dry standards. If mold has already begun growing, our experts can handle that too! We even have specialized formulas to get rid of mold and keep it from coming back. Give us a call today at 817-595-0004 to see how we can help you!

Preventing Condensation CAN Help!

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Prevent Mold by Preventing Condensation

Condensation is another frequent cause of moisture. Condensation forms on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. Often you'll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows.

One way to reduce condensation is to keep the temperature warmer in rooms. For example, by installing insulation. You can also insulate the surfaces themselves such as putting coverings over metal pipes. You'll also have less condensation occurring if you keep the humidity in your home low.

Prevent Mold by Reducing Humidity

Many species of mold can begin to grow from humidity alone if the humidity stays high for long enough. In fact the humidity only needs to be higher than 55% before some molds can begin to grow.

The best way to keep humidity low in your home is through ventilation. Open the windows during the day, especially when it's hot since this is when humidity is usually the lowest outside. Close your windows when it's raining outside though.

It's especially important to ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture builds up, like the kitchen and bathroom. Exhaust fans help to reduce the humidity when doing things like cooking or washing dishes.

Air conditioners can also reduce household humidity, as can using dehumidifiers in your home.

Check Your Ventilation!

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Poor Ventilation Causes Mold

If your home is poorly ventilated it can create pockets of stagnant moist air which mold thrives in. Steam and water evaporating into the air creates humidity inside which then needs to be circulated outdoors through windows to keep the moisture level balanced.

Poor ventilation also means wet surfaces dry out more slowly. Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and the kitchen where there is a lot of steam.

Wet Clothes Cause Mold

If you leave clothes wet for a long period of time in your house mold can grow on them as well as on other surfaces due to the moisture wet clothes release into your home.

Damp clothes left in a pile waiting to be washed for more than a day can lead to mold growth. Clothes left wet for over a day after being washed may also end up fostering mold.

Drying your clothes in a dryer instead of outside on the line releases a large amount of moisture into your home if the drier is not vented outside the house. Clothes drying inside on indoor clothes lines or racks will also create a buildup of moisture inside unless the room is well ventilated.

Esporta Machine!

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damaged Clothing

Here at SERVPRO of River Oaks, we specialize in the restoration of fire damaged items. A lot of items that come out of a home or business that have been affected by a fire are heavily affected by smoke and soot. Many companies will determine that these items are non-salvageable due to the extreme conditions. However, our technicians deem everything as salvageable until we can prove that it cannot be salvaged. The most common items that are usually replaced rather than restored are the soft cloth contents including, clothes, shoes, purses, etc. Our crews understand that these items can be important and hold value/memories that are not replaced by buying a new one.

Our team attempts to salvage these items with our Esporta Wash System. Our facility is one of the only restoration facilities that has this machine available for use and is operated by an Esporta Certified Operator. Third party independent laboratory testing has verified that the Esporta Wash System restores contaminated items to FOOD GRADE CLEAN by removing 99% of contaminants. Esporta’s patented and proprietary technology is the most effective washing solution available in today’s market. The items are held stationary and passed through detergent-laden water. The combination of the patented hydraulic action and the environmentally friendly detergent results in the removal of over 99% of the organic and inorganic contaminants. This process is five times more effective than traditional laundry.

What can be restored in the Esporta Wash System?

  • Leather goods of all kinds
    • Shoes
    • Purses
    • Jackets
  • Laundry of all kinds
    • Wash and fold
    • Press and Hang
  • Household goods of all kinds
    • Sleeping bags
    • Pillows
    • Comforters
    • Stuffed animals
  • Unique articles such as sports equipment
  • A wide variety of other articles

Not only does the Esporta Wash System have the best cleaning and disinfecting results, but it also maintains the structural integrity of the items during the multi-stage computer controlled patented cleaning process.

Upon arrival to a fire damaged home or business, the first-priority of our crew is to work with the customer to determine if they have any, what we call, 911 items. These items are a guaranteed 24-hour turn around for the customer so that they can have their most valuable/most important items returned as soon as possible for their convenience. This also leads to a simpler and faster claim settlement and a satisfaction guarantee ensuring delighted customers and insurance professionals.

"Like it never even happened."

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fires are absolutely terrifying, even the idea of a home fire sends a shiver down my spine. They are life-altering events, that will most likely be talked about for a lifetime. We know they’re scary, which is why we are here to help you every step of the way. Our teams are caring and compassionate and know just how to handle the situation at hand. We focus on restoring, not replacing, so any and all of your belongings that can be restored will be, and you can rest assured that they will be taken care of as though they are our own. We have special equipment, tools, and cleaning supplies to make sure that your life gets turned right side up, and you’re back on your way.

Give us a call today at 713-666-9222!

Large Loss Response Team!

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

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If you manage a building, like a high rise or an apartment complex, then you know that it can be stressful to keep up with the upkeep and maintenance of your building. You may not even have time to think about what happens in case your building gets flooded or has a fire. Do you know what your emergency plan is? One of the first questions you may ask yourself is if the team you’re about to bring on to do your restoration is properly equipped to handle such a large loss. But not to worry, because we here at SERVPRO of River Oaks are! We are what’s called LLRT, or Large Loss Response Team. That means that we have the tools, the staff, and the experience to handle those huge jobs. We are held to a higher standard than your just regular restoration team, meaning that your job will be handle right every time.