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How to Clean up After a Leaky Water Heater

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Closeup of a rusty and leaking water heater Leaking water heater in a Houston, TX home

Cleaning up After a Leaky Water Heater

As appliances age, they'll break down and begin to fail. Some appliances cause also cause damage when they start to wear out. A leaking water heater, for example, can cause flooding and ruin flooring and other items in your Houston,TX, home. The faster and more effectively you clean up after this mishap, the less damage you'll have to deal with.

Initial Steps
If you spot water gather by your water heater, it's important to spot the source and stop it immediately. As water continues to spill out, more damage can occur. Before you do anything else with this broken water heater, you should:

  • Inspect the area to make sure the water isn't coming from anywhere else.
  • Make note of the extent of the water leak.
  • Unplug any nearby electronics or electrical devices.

Get Rid of Wet Items
If you respond quickly enough, you may be able to salvage the carpet. Pull it up and lay it out to dry somewhere away from the water source. If there are other items such as furniture, get them out of the way.

Dry the Floor
Because mold thrives in damp environments, you need to dry the floor thoroughly. If you want to long to remove the water, there's a bigger chance this fungus will begin to grow and spread. Extract the water with a wet vac and then put down some towels in the affected area around the failed water heater.

Move Air Around
Once you've cleaned up the water around the leaking water heater, grab some fans and dehumidifiers. Start circulating air throughout the area. This not only helps dry things out faster, but it will also keep mold away,

Call the Pros
Contact a plumber to repair the water heater. If there is excessive water damage, you should call a professional flood remediation company to provide more in-depth cleaning.
Cleaning up after a leaking water heater doesn't have to be a disastrous task. Get on it right away and follow these critical steps.

3 Grill Cleaning Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning a grill Grill cleaning can help to ensure your grill functions at its best

Cleaning Grill Tips

Whether you're grilling fresh veggies or a steak, using your grill is a great way to create a delicious meal in your home in Stafford,TX. Grill cleaning, however, can seem like a chore. Fortunately, there are several tips you can follow that can make cleaning your grill easier.

1. Burn Off What You Can
If you have a gas grill and it's your first time using it since the last grilling season, then it's often recommended that you turn on your grill and allow it to burn for 10 to 20 minutes. This can help to burn off anything that you may have missed previously and may make other cleaning steps easier. However, if you use charcoal rather than gas, it's not necessary to turn on your grill. Instead, safely dispose of the old charcoal. Before you continue cleaning, it's helpful to make sure the propane is disconnected.

2. Focus on the Grates
Grill cleaning can help you to avoid dirty grates, which is important as dirty grates may result in a grease fire, and this can cause major damage to your home. Many people find it useful to contact emergency restoration services if their homes have sustained fire damage. However, you can often avoid the issue by practicing grill maintenance and thoroughly cleaning the grates on your grill. One of the best ways to clean your grill grates is to remove them from the grill, let them soak in warm soapy water and then scrub them with a brush.

3. Clean the Inside of the Grill
The elements inside your grill may seem difficult to clean, but fortunately, they aren't too hard to wash. Removing the grates before attempting to scrub the inside of your grill makes the process much simpler. Once you have removed the grates, you can access the inside elements of the grill and then can wipe away any ash or additional debris inside the grill with a cloth.

Grill cleaning can help to ensure your grill functions at its best. You can maintain and clean your grill by frequently burning off grime, scrubbing your grates and cleaning the inside of your grill.

3 Mistakes That Cause Plant Mildew

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Plant with mildew Mildew tends to like dark areas

Three Mistakes That Can Lead To Mildew

You’ve watered them, put them in the sun and maybe even repotted them - so why are your house plants covered in white and grey spots? The answer is plant mildew, a troublesome fungus that, if left to spread, can spell the end of your favorite foliage. Keeping this fungus at bay starts with figuring out how it got on your Houston,TX, home’s plants to begin with. Here are three mistakes that can lead to mildew forming on your plants.

What is Mildew?

Mildew is often mentioned alongside mold and with good reason. Both are fungi that feed on organic materials like paper, wood, ceilings and yes, plants. While mold is known for its dark, fuzzy appearance, mildew tends to be:

  • White or gray
  • Appear chalky or like dust
  • Show up as dots on plant leaves

Like mold, mildew can spread if left unchallenged. It can prevent your house plants from getting the nutrients they need, killing them. Prevention is the key. But just what might you be doing wrong?

Low Lighting

Like its moldy cousin, mildew tends to like dark areas. Stop its formation on your plants by bringing pots into brighter areas of the home. This may have the added benefit of helping your plant get more sunlight.

Too Much Humidity

Also similar to mold, mildew enjoys moist air. Prevent it from taking hold by investing in a dehumidifier for your home. Keep it on near your plants to stop the fungus.

Dryness

Keeping a regular plant watering schedule not only helps plants grow but can keep mildew away. That’s because while plant mildew likes moist air, it loves dry foliage.
Plant mildew is more than just unsightly. If left to grow, it can become deadly for your favorite house plants. Take the above steps to curb mildew growth and talk to a mold specialist if fungus has taken over your house plants in general.

Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes on a block wall with a snowy icy ground Don't let this happen to you. SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here to assist.

Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter In Stafford/Missouri City

Winter is on it's way, frozen pipes in your Stafford/Missouri City home are a problem. First and foremost because they block water flow to the affected outlets which can bring your home to a screeching halt causing expensive and permanent damage. SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here to help you understand why prevention is key.

When water freezes, it expands, causing an abundant amount of pressure to the interior of the pipe. In many cases this will cause the pipe to burst. This issue won't just lead to a replaced pipe. You will have to fix the surrounding materials as well, such as drywall and insulation. 

Don't let this happen to you. SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here to assist. Plumbers can then add insulation sleeves to the pipe and adjust things such as the water heater to keep the water warm. Don't let this plumbing issue cause you stress and discomfort in your home. This is why SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is here, just a phone call away. 

What Can SERVPRO® Do For You?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior of empty modern office building with orange SERVPRO logo We are a leader in the restoration and mitigation industry.

What does SERVPRO® do?

SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City is one of the 1,700+ Franchises nationwide. We are a leader in the restoration and mitigation industry. We take pride in being faster to any size disaster. Listed below is what types of services SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City can provide.

  • Residential Services
  • Commercial Services

Within these services SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City can help assist you in emergency needs or just casual cleaning. In our residential services SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City provide assistance in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, and cleaning services. In our commercial services we provide commercial water damage restoration, commercial fire damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, commercial cleaning services, commercial storm and major event assistance.

Tips for Preparing Your Apartment Property for Hurricanes

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Broken glass on the floor due to high winds of a storm in a home Broken glass due to high winds of a storm in a Missouri City,TX home

Hurricane season in storm-prone areas of the country can be stressful for all property owners, particularly those in multi-dwelling property management. You face the reality of not only securing your property but ensuring the well-being of your renters and their belongings. Use this quick checklist to figure out if your Missouri City,TX, property will be ready when the big one comes.

Hurricane Risks

Including strong winds often in excess of 74 mph, hurricanes are some of the most potentially destructive storms known to man. Hurricane damage can include:

  • Flooding
  • Mudslides due to excessive ground moisture
  • Tornadoes triggered by the original storm

Do You Have a Storm Plan?

Hurricanes can move in swiftly and their damage can be worse than predicted. Having a comprehensive hurricane preparedness plan in place is the first step to ensuring minimal damage. Create an evacuation plan that includes emergency contacts and disaster relief information. Review the plan at least once a year.

Is Your Property Secure?

High storm winds can turn a simple trash can into a projectile. Survey your property in advance of a storm - are there items that can be blown loose in gusty winds? If the answer is yes, secure them well in advance of a storm to minimize broken windows and other related damage.

Do You Have a Storm Preparedness Kit?

After a storm, resources can be limited or hard to get to. Create storm kits and make them readily available to staff. Be sure to include flashlights, batteries, drinking water and first aid supplies. Store them in portable containers so your staff can quickly find them and take them where they are needed.
Perhaps most importantly, make sure you have a hurricane damage cleanup plan. Identify water remediation companies, tree limb removal services and the like before the storm. Taking these steps can’t stop the storm from coming, but they can make its aftermath that much easier.

Act Fast To Prevent Further Fire Damage

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

If your Houston area home has recently been affected by a fire, act fast to prevent further damage. 

Even a small single-room fire can cause significant damage to other areas of the home. Heat affects electrical appliances throughout the home, water from knocking down flames damages carpets and floors, soot causes pervasive corrosion and damage, and smoke odor can permeate the walls. To avoid such fall-out damage, here are a few steps to follow as soon as possible after a fire:

1. Contact your insurance company to start the claims process. They will likely recommend you contact an emergency response team like your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO to help you throughout the rebuilding and restoration process. We are available 24 hours a day, and our fire damage restoration team has advanced training to help prevent further damage to your home. 

2. Complete an assessment of structural damage and damage to personal items in the home caused by the flames, heat, smoke, and water. It is vital that all rooms, including those not initially touched by flames, be examined thoroughly for damage. All wiring must be carefully inspected for heat damage; if wires behind walls were affected by the heat, rewiring may be required. For your safety and to prevent further damage, do not use any electrical outlets until wires and electronic devices have been professionally evaluated.

3. Conduct an inventory of the items in your home. Missouri City SERVPRO is on hand to conduct this room-by-room evaluation, categorizing each item as salvageableunsalvageable, orquestionable. Salvageable items will need professional cleaning, unsalvageable items will be properly disposed of, and questionable items will be further examined by industry experts. Often, antiquities and art restoration professionals can bring even seriously damaged personal items back into pre-fire condition. Either way, the earlier that restoration professionals have access to fine art, antiques, fine carpets, and other heirlooms, the better your valuables’ chance for a full restoration from the devastating effects of smoke, flames, and water.

4. Guard against mold quickly. The longer the water and soot remain in the home, the more long-term damage will be caused. In the greater Houston area, mold starts to develop within 48 hours after water damage. It is essential that water extraction, cleaning and dehumidifying process begin as soon as the fire department deems the property safe, to avoid further damage.

Count on your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO if a fire, water, or a storm damages your home. We are available 24 hours a day, and can arrive on scene within hours to help you throughout the cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding process. Our team has the  advanced training, expertise, and tools necessary to help you and your family get back into your home quickly. Call us right away—you can trust us to care for your home as we would our own. For more information and customer testimonials, visit our Home Page.

Crawl Space Water Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Crawl spaces are notorious for water damage, especially here in Texas!


If your Stafford or Missouri City home has a crawl space and a pipe breaks or starts leaking you may not even know until it is too late!

Think about it, how often do you open up one of those little side doors and brush away the dust and cobwebs then go exploring under your home? If you are like us then the answer is probably never!

So how are you going to know if you have water damage under your home in your crawl space ... you call the fearless technicians at SERVPRO that is how!

Our brave experts can navigate even the scariest of crawl spaces and report back to you what is going on under your home as well a plan to fix it if need be.

When you are just not interested in crawling under your home, call SERVPRO we will do it for you!

Storm Damage Repair

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

When trampolines go airborne, they can become deadly!

Trampolines can become deadly projectiles during a storm. If a trampoline crashes into your house there can be significant damage.

Storm damage can be the result of many different events but one of the most frequent storm damage events is wind picking things up and destroying personal property in its path.

This was the case for one of our customers that reported storm damage in Stafford due to their trampoline falling in through the roof of their home, their bedroom to be exact!

SERVPRO came in and accessed the situation, removed the trampoline from the roof, boarded up the damage temporarily and made all the rest of the storm damage disappear!

If you have had storm damage to your home in the Stafford area call SERVPRO right away!

Coping With Flood-Related Distress

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Severe storms and destructive flooding turn your world upside-down from one moment to the next. Even after the immediate threat to your safety has passed, high levels of stress, worry, and fear of the unknown continue to take its toll. Your locally owned SERVPRO understands the anxiety that comes with flooding as we’ve helped hundreds in our community affected by storm damage in Houston, Stafford, and Missouri City.

A key aspect to surviving such a traumatic event is to build resilience. Having resilience, or the ability to bounce back, brings stress relief. Read on to find out effective ways to manage stress and build resilience even in the midst of flood-related uncertainty.

1. Connect With Others And Seek Support. Some people feel the need to draw close to others during troubled times and then there are those who withdraw. If you tend to isolate yourself when you are feeling stressed, we encourage you to make the extra effort to connect with others. By seeking support and talking about your experiences, you’ll find that you are not alone in the flood recovery challenges, and that gives you strength. Whether it’s with fellow Missouri City storm survivors or with family across state lines, connecting with other brings a sense of comfort and relief.

2. Take A Break From The News. Repeatedly watching the flood take over our community in local news broadcasts heightens your stress levels, almost as if you are reliving the trauma all over again. Special consideration should be taken for young children watching the news as they may falsely believe that the thunderstorms and flooding continue to pose a threat even when they are well out of harms way.

3. Practice Self-Care. Healthy habits are always important, but when your dealing with higher than normal levels of stress, taking care of yourself becomes even more critical. While you may not feel the benefits immediately, eating well-balanced meals and getting a full night of quality rest helps to lower anxiety and bring a sense of calm over time. Going for a walk and deep breathing are simple activities that can also bring significant changes to your overall sense of well-being.

4. Have Goals and Take Positive Action. Torrential rains do more than cause water damage to your home and neighborhood --they also disrupt your plans and goals. While some goals may have to be put on hold while the storm damage recovery is underway, you can still develop other goals. Even small goals, such as waking up and going to bed at a set time, can give you a much-needed sense of accomplishment. Reaching these smaller goals also help you to see that you are moving toward recovery –and that gives you hope for the days ahead.

5. Remember That There Is Hope Beyond The Flood. When floodwaters start to rise past the banks of the river and begin to flow down the roads and into your home, life can feel bleak. While flood damage restoration does take time, it is not a challenge that you face alone. At SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City, we live and work with you. When it comes to the challenges of flood recovery, nobody does it or understands it better than we do. From the moment that you give us a call until the storm damage restoration is complete, the technicians of your locally owned SERVPRO are here to aid you every step of the way.

Save our phone number on your cell phone and know that you are just a phone call away from bouncing back after the storm.