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Large Loss Response Team!
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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.
Workspace Cleanliness Is Important!
Is productivity in your office on a downward slide and you can’t figure out why? Maybe your team members are getting sick, and have headaches and allergies that are unexplained? Then it may be the cleanliness of your workspace. You may have a company come in every evening to take out the trash and vacuum, but do they really get down and dirty? How long has it been since your lobby chairs have been cleaned? What about your cubicle walls?
If you can’t answer these questions, then give us a call today! We can sanitize and make your workspace spic and span again so it can raise productivity and promote a happier, healthier workplace. We can even do it overnight and on the weekends, so we don’t disturb your productivity.
So, for all your business cleaning needs, give us a call today at 713-666-9222!
Steps To Cleaning Furniture
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Take furniture outdoors to clean.
- Brush off mud. All parts (drawers, doors, etc.) should be removed. Remove or cut a hole in the back to push out stuck drawers and doors. Discard flooded padding.
- Use commercial furniture-cleaning products designed for the type of material. Do not refinish or wax until thoroughly dry.
- Dry slowly out of direct sunlight because sun will warp furniture. It may take several weeks to several months to dry.
Aggressively control mold in the weeks and months after the flood.
- When power is available, continuously use air conditioning (or heat in winter) plus a dehumidifier, if possible, to remove humidity.
- In an unair-conditioned home, open windows and use fans to circulate air.
- Turn on electric lights in closets, and leave doors open to facilitate drying.
- Try to reduce activities that add moisture to the indoor air, and use exhaust fans when cooking and bathing.
Cleaning-Steps and Techniques
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Cleaning-Steps and Techniques
Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area. • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products). • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters. • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent and disinfect with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to five gallons of water. • Steam clean all carpeting. • Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers. • Have your onsite waste-water system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage. • After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands). o Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ? teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water. • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens. • Wash clothes and linens contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.
Steps To Use on Open Flooded Walls
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Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay later.
- Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible. Ventilate.
- Remove baseboards, and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls.
- Remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height. Discard flooded drywall.
- Undamaged paneling may be propped open or reinstalled after cleaning.
- Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation.
- Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
- Speed dry with dehumidifiers and fans.
- Leave walls open until they have thoroughly dried, which may take up to a month.
- Select replacement materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable wainscoting, ceramic tile, etc.)
Be Safe, Save Anything You Can
Save Anything That You Can
Once the building is secure and the water is switched off, you should try to save anything that isn’t yet damaged. Just remember to do this safely and leave any electrical equipment though. Things like furniture, any documents that you have around the office, and any paintings or pictures on the walls can be removed before they sustain any water damage. Bring these items outside and see if you can start drying them out. It’s likely that a lot of the items in the office will be damaged beyond repair but anything that you can rescue will save you a little bit of money when you’re refurbishing the office again.
Call A Liquid Disposal Company
For now, you’ve done everything that you can to limit the damage and start saving some items, now you need to start fixing the office up again. The first step is to get rid of all of that excess water so you need to call a company that deals with liquid waste removal from stormwater damage or burst pipes. They will be able to come in and start pumping all of that water out before it does any more damage to the building. The sooner you call them in to get rid of the water, the less damage will be done and the quicker you can start repairing the office and getting the business up and running again.
Complex Commercial Jobs Are Our Specialty!
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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.
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Your Business Needs A SERVPRO ERP!!!!!
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SERVPRO of River Oaks understands how important your business and commercial endeavors are and we offer a way for you to plan for the unexpected! Our Emergency Ready Profile allows us to be completely familiar with your commercial building so when we receive your call anytime, day or night, we are ready to engage and already know the structure that needs our help.
At no cost to you, we provide a thorough assessment of your building that is conducted by our highly trained staff, permitting us to advise you on how best to plan your response to a fire disaster. By taking advantage of our Emergency Ready Profile you are able to develop a personalized and comprehensive disaster restoration plan that will begin to operate the second the fire is reported to us.
By having and ERP in place with us here at SERVPRO of River Oaks, our highly trained technicians will become instantly familiar with the layout of your commercial property as we will have already obtained all the critical information about mechanical, security and electrical systems so they can respond quickly to your commercial fire damage needs.
Give us a call and set up an appointment to have your business proactively assessed by SERVPRO of River Oaks.
We are always here to help!
A Clean Space is a Happy Space!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
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:
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
Why You Should Use SERVPRO of River Oaks!
7 Reasons to choose SERVPRO of River Oaks for your Home or Commercial Clean up / Restoration
1. 24-Hour Emergency Response
Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. You and those who depend on your facility will appreciate the rapid response, and the training of your SERVPRO of River Oaks team will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage, full line of restoration services, and the 1-4-8 service guidelines to help make you look good.
You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals are dedicated to effectively communication with property owners and managers. You will be aware of job status and the progress towards project completion.
Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular proves reports. SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals, utilizing technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via secure email link 24-hours. Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information entered into the file.
3. Reduce Recovery Time
When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants, and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.
Your SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly mitigation damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of River Oaks will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.
4. Lower Recovery Cost
Emergency Mitigation Services Help Minimize Secondary Damages.
SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help to ensure timely communication and response. Quick and accurate response can minimize loss expense from secondary damages.
Proper Restoration Versus Replacement of Contents is Less Expensive.
SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation ad restoration cost while allowing treasure belongings to be salvaged when possible.
Faster Recovery Lessens Loss.
SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals are nearby, ready to respond quickly. The faster restoration begins, the quicker our customers can return to business.
Pre-Approved Pricing and Procedures
SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to help ensure the property is taken care of right the fir time.
5. Emergency Response Profile
Like most commercial properties, your facility probably has an emergency exit plan in place, with illuminated signs leading occupants to safety, and even facility maps strategically placed to identify alternate routes out of the building. But have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan? Is emphasis on the first 24-48 hours, to help you get back in your building as possible?
Your SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Response Profile. As part of a well-thought-out Contingency Plan, Your Emergency Response Profile will contain information you will need in the event an emergency situation occurs.
An added advantage to utilizing your SERVPRO of River Oaks professionals in the development of your Emergency Response Profile is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship including pre-arranged pricing and procedures for handling emergency response for your facility before damages occurs.
6. Full line of Services
Utilizing the right equipment and supplies, a SERVPRO of River Oaks professional can handle all of your cleanup needs, such as fire, water and mold restoration services; SERVPRO of River Oaks provides cleanup services for those special needs that surpass the capabilities of your regular maintenance staff.
7. A National Leader in Storm Response… Help When You Need It Most!
In the event of a major catastrophe, the SERVPRO system has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility. While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of River Oaks. Call today to find out how.
Four Ways To Prevent Water Damage When Your Business Is Closed
Unless your business is open 24 hours a day, you may not have someone on premises at all times. This puts your business at an increased risk from water damage, because if a broken pipe starts leaking water in the middle of the night, it will do a lot of damage before someone arrives in the morning. What should have been a simple water pipe repair is now an expensive visit from a water mitigation company. The good news is there are things you can do to protect your business from water damage when it’s closed.
1. Inspect Your Roof.
The most common cause of water damage is a leaking roof. This is doubly true if you live somewhere that experiences storms with high winds, hail or sub-zero temperatures. Especially if your roof is getting older, regular inspections to make sure it isn’t leaking can save you big time in the long run.
2. Keep Your Equipment in Good Repair.
If your business utilizes appliances that use water, make sure you keep them in good repair. Air conditioners, water heaters, ice machines, dishwashers and washing machines are all likely sources of water damage. Have them inspected regularly to replace filters and gaskets.
3. Update Your Plumbing.
Everyone knows they should deal with a water pipe repair quickly to prevent damage, but you should also take a look at the supply lines in your building. Are they rigid plastic or vinyl? If so, they’re at a higher risk of failure than other types of supply lines. Ask your plumber to upgrade to flexible, braided supply lines. These are more reliable and they’ll last longer.
4. Install Water Sensors.
New water sensor technologies can detect leaks and burst pipes, alert you to the problem and shut off the main water supply in your building to prevent a simple water pipe repair from ballooning into a visit from SERVPRO of River Oaks. If you’re worried about your business becoming flooded, consider installing one of these new smart sensor systems to protect your business.
Why choose Professional Damage Restoration?
According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) there are a couple of reasons to choose a professional over doing it yourself. Below are a few reasons:
- The process of fire and water restoration is very involved when it is performed properly.
- With quick reaction time and the appropriate skill set, a technician can help to prevent further damage and repair that which has already been done
- The process and equipment used during fire and water restoration will vary from case to case, since different materials require their own unique care.
- For fire damage, general cleaning is done to remove ash and soot from ceiling to floor.
- The quick remediation of the problem is important for more than repairs, it is also a health consideration
- Choose a company for fire and water restoration with the appropriate licenses and proof that they have the proper insurance.
- Whether the work to be done is in a commercial or residential location, technicians with experience and certification should perform the damage recovery.
Call us at SERVPRO of River Oaks (713) 666-9222 so we can help you with your water, fire or mold damage.
Did your Important Documents Get Damaged During a Loss?
Businesses have tons of important documents and vital records that they store on-site. When water or fire damage occurs you can depend on SERVPRO of River Oaks to help restore those important documents. It is key to bring in professionals as soon as possible to begin the document restoration. We restore building plans, historical documents, tax records, photographs etc. In commercial businesses there are many revolving things that can cause water damage to documents. Documents that are years old but important and need to be maintained are often kept in the basement of a facility. These areas are subject to water infiltration, sump pump failures, sewer back ups, mechanical room or line failures.
SERVPRO of River Oaks offers many services to our customers other than the typical Fire & Water Restoration.
If you would like to be proactive and get an emergency plan in place for your business before a disaster strikes call us at 713 666-9222.
Is Your Business Ready?
Give us a call today and let's get prepared!
Preparation is a vital component for making it through a disaster, whether its a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for these events is well before they happen. No one ever plans a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask your self and fellow employees, "Are you Ready for whatever happens."
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a startup approach that provides the important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It was created to help as a quick reference guide of the buildings most important information.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage:
- A no cost assessment of your facility
- This means you do not need to appropriate any funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A Compact Profile Document that contains only the important information needed in the event of an emergency.
- It will only take a short time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. Most importantly it will save you a lot of time if ever needed
- A guide to help you get back into your building after a disaster.
- This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
- Establishes SERVPRO of River Oaks a local franchise as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
- Having quick reference guide provides solutions in the advance of a disaster, so that during a disaster you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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You Start It, We'll Help You Finish It
SERVPRO of River Oaks Technicians helping our customer meet that deadline!
Structural Integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines- the list goes on and on when building a commercial building. The bottom line however is you have to get those doors opened for business ASAP.
SERVPRO of River Oaks can help you meet those deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner.
Our services include:
- Post Construction Cleanup
- Dehumidification and Drying
- Final Cleaning
- Fast Track Drying
- Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services
Not Just Your Typical Restoration Company!
This a tile floor sealing and grout coloring job we did at a hospital in the Houston, TX Medical Center. Let us bring back life to those old floors!
SERVPRO of River Oaks specializes in many other fields rather than Fire and Water Restoration. We pride ourselves as one of the best cleaning companies in the Houston industry.
We offer several services to help your business open its doors on time and look its absolute best.
Post Construction Cleaning
- Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of River Oaks can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.
Dehumidification and Drying
- During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture can result in mold growth. If you feel that one your projects may have a moisture issue, let us provide the help you need to eliminate the moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth
- You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of River Oaks provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:
- Carpet, resilient floor prep and finish
- Ceiling, Walls and fixture cleaning
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Debris Removal
- Window Cleaning
- Tile Sealing
- Grout Coloring
Call today (713) 666-9222 and let SERVPRO of River Oaks make that mess "Like it never even happened."