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Water In My Ductwork

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water can cause damage so many ways!

This is an instance where our customer's water pipe had busted and it flooded the entire lower level of his home. Our customer has very nice hardwood floors that had to be completely removed and new ones had to be reinstalled.

Our customer called SERVPRO to fix the water damage and then decided to have SERVPRO finish the repairs as well. We were in and out in what seemed to be no time at all thanks to our qualified repair technicians!

The customer's ductwork in their crawl space that had been filled with water from a broken pipe had to be drained as well.

SERVPRO of Stafford / Missouri City fixed the water damage, repaired the flooring and made the customer more than happy!

Water Damages and Insurance Claims

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know...

When water invades your home, it can damage the structure, harm personal belongings and cause distress. Water damage, whether large or small, interrupts your day-to-day life, potentially causing undue stress to you and your family. Despite the shock, you also know the problem needs to be resolved quickly.

When calling your insurance provider to report the damage, ask for a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to clean up the damage and restore your home and personal belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand the physical and emotional strain this type of damage can cause. Staff will work with you and your insurance company to help ensure the water damage is cleaned quickly and properly. 

Upon arrival to your home, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional takes great care to ensure a water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:

Inspection - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect affected areas of your home to determine the extent of the damage. They will also review the inspection with you and answer your questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services - Next, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional will take immediate steps to protect your home and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the water and preparing your home for drying. The Franchise Professional will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring - To ensure your home and personal belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will monitor the drying process. Written monitoring reports will document the drying process. The results will be communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.

Restoration Services - A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will repair property, reinstall carpets and clean affected areas of your home and personal belongings. A final walk-through will be conducted with you to ensure your property was restored to the preloss condition when possible. 

Call SERVPRO today (281) 403-2256

Stafford Texas Fire Restoration Process

1/27/2019 (Permalink)

Most people do not know what to expect when it comes to calling someone to help you pick up the pieces after a fire.

Here is the process we take to make you and your family feel safe after a major disaster.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Stafford / Missouri City.  

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

We carefully inspect and test the rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying 

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call SERVPRO today (281) 403-2256.

The Invisible Damage of Mold

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold thrives in the warm, humid climates of the Houston metropolitan area. If your property has experienced flood damage in recent years, you may have a serious mold infestation lurking behind your walls. For a thorough risk assessment and mold removal, call your neighborhood SERVPRO team.  We are the trusted home restoration leader, and our team of highly trained mold remediation technicians will find the cause of the moisture and mold problem, and begin to restore your property quickly.

If a property isn’t cleaned and dried properly after a flood, mold can start to grow at an exponential rate. That’s why it’s important to have a professional and trusted team like SERVPRO Stafford Missouri City handle the cleanup after water intrusion from a flood, or broken water pipe. Many times, we see mold infestations caused by improper cleaning and restoration techniques, often due to beginning the process before moisture and humidity levels been restored to pre-flood levels. If new drywall, insulation, or carpeting is installed too early, your property is at risk for mold infestation.

While it may be easy to spot mold growing on walls, grout lines, and other areas, it is impossible to see the mold prospering behind the drywall, or under the flooring. Mold needs food, like insulation or carpeting, and a warm, humid environment to thrive. If flood damage cleanup in the home was completed improperly, structural elements like floor joists and framing can be weakened, damaging a home’s structural integrity.

Mold spores travel through the air, often through a property’s heating and air conditioning vents. The ventilation system can harbor mold and provides a highway throughout the home for the mold to spread. That is why it is essential that at the first sight of mold, a professional mold remediation team is called. Our team at SERVPRO of Stafford and Missouri City is available 24 hours a day to help property owners after water damage, fire, a severe storm, or a mold infestation damages the home.

In the event our team finds mold in your property, we will work quickly to bring your property back to its original condition. The process starts with a thorough investigation of the water damage, applying a special microbial compound to affected areas that will kill the mold, and then begin the structural drying with industrial dehumidifying fans. This is an integral part of the restoration to help ensure that mold doesn’t grow behind the walls, under the flooring, in the insulation, or in other invisible areas of your home. Call us today if you suspect you have a mold problem; we stand at the ready to help our neighbors in Stafford/ Missouri City with water damage and flood damage cleanup, and mold remediation.  

Don't Let Your Mold Grow

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

MOLD: DON’T LET IT GROW

FROM THE ORDINARY

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

TO THE UNHEALTHY

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for: The presence of visible mold. Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present. Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth. Excessive humidity. These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

HELP IS HERE

If you think you might have a mold problem, call 281-403-2256. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed. If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY/ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns about mold, the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional can assist you in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals care about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations, excessive mold growth is not a problem and SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can safely restore your building to preloss condition. The need to address the presence of mold can only be determined by an on-site, indoor environmental inspection. Please keep in mind SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals do not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult your insurance company to determine the scope of policy coverage.

Reducing Your Exposure

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Reducing Your Exposure

Mold and mildew are common nuisances in our humid Southeastern Texas community. However, you can greatly reduce the risk of infestation in your home. It’s worthwhile to consider, because reducing exposure to mold in "SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City" is important for both you and your home’s health and well-being.

An abundance of mold spores in the home environment has been known to cause adverse health effects in individuals, especially the elderly and young children. In addition, mold colonies can cause unsightly damage to your home, like staining of furniture and carpeting. On top of that, mold can weaken the walls and foundation of your home, leading to structural deterioration.

While completely eradicating mold spores in your Missouri City or Stafford home environment is not possible, you can lessen the chance of mold infestation in your home. Reduce your exposure to mold by following these three helpful tips from the remediation experts at your local "SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City".

1. Repair leaks quickly. Mold spores are opportunists, but they need a water source and organic matter to grow on. Even small drips from a pipe under the kitchen sink or damp carpet padding from a large spill can become a host for mold growth. Mend leaks promptly, and thoroughly dry affected areas to prevent the mold growth that results from water damage.

Note: If you have extensive water damage, or if you prefer to have a professional and insured technician repair it for you, "SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City" is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2. Use a dehumidifier. Leaks and water damage are not the only sources of moisture for mold growth—moisture is in the air as well. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends home humidity levels below 50%. Since humidity levels are often higher in our subtropical Houston weather, investing in a home dehumidifier is an excellent way to reduce the risk of mold growth. Your local home improvement store can help you to choose the right model for the square footage of your home.

Tip: On days that humidity levels are low outdoors, open your windows and use fans to ventilate naturally and lower moisture levels indoors.

3. Use cleansers that kill mold and mildew. Reduce your home’s exposure to mold by using daily cleansers that kill mold. Read labels carefully to see if they are fungicidal and appropriate for the surface to be cleansed. Natural alternatives to store-bought cleansers include undiluted white vinegar, or a solution of 1 cup of bleach for every gallon of water. Always test in a hidden spot before cleaning the whole area.

If, despite your efforts, you find that mold or mildew grows inside your home, it could be signs of a more serious problem. At "SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City", we are experts in finding and remediating difficult mold infestations. As proud members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), we are the trusted leaders in mold remediation. Give us a call today and together we can bring your home back to mold-free health.

Cleaning Up In Stafford/Missouri City

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes Break, Drywall Rots, and Mold Sets In!

These are all facts you have to deal with when confronted with a water damage, especially from frozen pipes. Water can save your life in the desert but can be a real pain when it is gushing into your living room.

Once the source of the water damage is located and fixed you are not out of the woods just yet. Actually, most consider this when the real work starts. You have to make sure the water is completely gone as soon as possible before mold sets in (which can be as quick as 48-72 hours).

SERVPRO of Stafford / Missouri City specializes in water damage clean up in the Stafford area. We have the right equipment to handle any size job quickly and efficiently. Our trained and certified technicians are here to help you out 24/7/365 for when you might be in over your head!

Call SERVPRO today (281) 403-2256.

SERVPRO guidance when encountering water damage

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

What should I do if my home has water damage? 

Water damage—from a frozen pipe, a leaky roof or a sink overflow—can cause significant damage to your home, especially if the damage is not properly repaired. 

There are some simple steps you can take until help arrives:

• If the source of water is still leaking, identify the source and stop it if you can.

• If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at its source.

• If the water is coming through the roof or broken windows, try to cover them to prevent further damage.

• Move wet items to drier areas.

• Place aluminum foil coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

• Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace— your claims representative may want to inspect them.

• Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.

• To document the damage, make a list of the temporary repairs you make and take photographs.

• Make sure to save your receipts

SERVPRO of Stafford / Missouri City specializes in water damage restoration and clean up, call us today if you need help. (281) 403-2256

Dos For Fire Damage Restoration

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Dos For Fire Damage Restoration

Contact SERVPRO, your fire restoration specialists to make sure that you have the help and guidance you need.

  • Turn off your utilities, this includes electricity, gas, water, and any others until one of our professionals can evaluate your situation and see if any of these systems were damaged in your 
  • Although our SERVPRO professionals will take care of you. Grabbing that vacuum out of the closet and getting a kick start on clean up will help prevent ash and soot from soaking deeper into your upholstery.
  • As stated above with your upholstery, you can do the same thing to your floors, carpets, and countertops. This will help keep that soot from going deeper into your carpets roots. Cleaning the countertops will prevent from clinging and deeply staining to the surfaces. 
  • Check your appliances. Empty freezers and refrigerators. 
  • Remove your pets from your damaged home. Smoke and lingering soot can cause great harm to them.

Do Not's For Fire Damage Restoration

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Do Not's For Fire Damage Restoration

Contact SERVPRO, your fire restoration specialists to make sure that you have the help and guidance you need.

  • Do NOT use your AC, Heater or Electronics. Wait until our professionals arrive to the scene before trying to use your devices such as your television, hand held devices, computers, or anything of that nature. Powering on these devices could potentially create a greater damage than what was already present.
  • Do NOT clean walls, ceilings, or your clothing. Allow our SERVPRO professionals to give you their expert advice on the proper precautions. 
  • Do NOT eat any food that was involved in the fire. It is not save, even if it was only present during the extinguishing of the fire.
  • Do NOT try and clean any of the powder that was discharged by a fire extinguisher, let our professionals guide the clean up in these areas.