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Interruption Insurance and Fire Restoration

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Financial concept meaning Business Interruption Insurance with sign on the piece of paper Business interruption insurance covers financial losses associated with covered perils

A fire at your Houston, TX, business can be very disruptive. Fortunately, interruption insurance can help smooth things over financially, and restoration service can get the property back to normal.

Business Interruption Insurance

Business interruption insurance is a particular type of insurance that covers financial losses associated with covered perils. This type of insurance often covers the following:

  • Lost income
  • Payroll
  • Temporary relocation expenses
  • Other operating expenses such as loan
  • payments and taxes

As with other types of insurance, it is important to speak with your insurance agent to understand your coverage limits and other policy details before you experience a loss.

Fire Restoration
While interruption insurance can help you stay afloat during the restoration period, there are professionals who can help get your business back to normal quickly and safely. There are a variety of services a restoration company can provide, including the following:

  • Emergency board-up
  • Water damage cleanup
  • Smoke and soot cleaning
  • Repairs and reconstruction

The fire department or the fire itself may have left openings in your building, leaving it vulnerable to inclement weather, wildlife, and trespassers. Boarding up or tarping over these openings can protect your property from further damage. Additionally, the firefighting efforts probably left behind standing water. It is important to remove the water as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth. Cleaning smoke and soot can be tricky. Success requires using the right cleaners and techniques for the particular type of smoke and soot being dealt with. A professional can choose the best methods for your property. Finally, a certified restoration team will have the knowledge and equipment to do necessary repairs and reconstruction. Although some of these repairs you may be able to do yourself, delicate items such as antiques and electronics often require specialized care.
Unfortunately, business fires are often financially and emotionally devastating. However, protecting your financial security with interruption insurance and enlisting the help of a certified restoration company can make a stressful situation easier to handle.

Hurricane Preparedness Month

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness Month!

Here are some tips from the desk of the Community Risk Reduction Officer for our local Fire Dept:

During Hurricane Preparedness Month, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan.

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you're in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane.

If you are, figure out where you'd go and how you'd get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn't live an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination.

Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them.

Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about- share your plan with your neighbors.

Find evacuation zones here:

And as always SERVPRO is here for you when the storm is over to help put your life back together!

Call us if you ever need any help (281) 403-2256

First Impressions With Professional Carpet Cleaning

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

dog and baby on carpet. When you’re looking to make a positive first impression, you can trust that our commercial cleaning services will assist you to meet that goal

Even before your sales team greets a customer, they’re greeted by the appearance of your business. Make no mistake about it; first impressions are an important part of the sales process. When the first impression is that of a clean and organized business, it puts your customer at ease, and it makes it easier for them to say yes! That’s why regular commercial carpet cleaning is so important. Maintaining your office carpet in pristine condition lets your customers and sales team know that you’ve taken care of all the details, down to the carpet.

A clean carpet is also hygienic. Accumulation of dirt and grime along with pollen and animal dander that is tracked in by foot traffic can make for an unpleasant and allergenic work environment. Regular carpeting cleaning is also an opportunity for spot-checking for damaged and worn areas in the carpeting, potentially avoiding accidents.

While residential carpet cleaning is done about twice a year, businesses should aim for focused carpet cleaning about once every quarter for high traffic areas in addition to the twice yearly deep cleaning of the entire covered area. 

There are several techniques available for commercial carpet cleaning. However, hot water extraction is the recommended method of leading commercial carpet manufacturers. Hot water extraction for commercial carpet cleaning is also the preferred method of SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City, though we utilize a variety of specialized treatments such as deluxe preconditioning and showcase premier cleaning.

Hot water extraction involves injecting hot water and detergent deep into carpet fibers to lift up dirt and stains. SERVPRO's unique pH specific, low-sudsing formula is powerful enough to loosen up filth, but it also rinses away completely preventing the sticky, dirt attracting detergent residue other cleaners can leave behind. 

When you’re looking to make a positive first impression, you can trust that our commercial cleaning services will assist you to meet that goal.

Serving Missouri City and Stafford as local Houston SERVPRO, we know that professional carpet cleaning doesn’t begin with the machine, but rather with the technician. SERVPRO's carpet cleaning technicians take advanced courses in commercial cleaning services from the internationally recognized IICRC in addition to SERVPRO’s exclusive company training. 

Need other types of commercial cleaning? We do that too! From air ducts to drapes, vandalism to sewage, Houston SERVPRO helps you to put your best face forward with both daily maintenance and emergency commercial restoration.

SERVPRO’s dedication to service has made us a 40-year commercial cleaning and restoration leader with over 1,700 franchises the U.S.—and growing! From across the country to just down the street, SERVPRO is the top choice for commercial carpet cleaning. Call us today to develop a personalized commercial carpet cleaning plan ensuring that your business always looks it’s best in front of your customers.

Preventing Mold Growth

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Employee in PPE attire To prevent mold, proper cleanup needs to be completed as quickly as possible.

Don’t let a leaky roof, a burst water pipe, storm damage, or sewage backup cause a mold infestation in your office. Did you know that mold can start developing in as little as 48 hours after water damage in your Conroe or The Woodlands business?

In our naturally humid environment in the greater metropolitan Houston area, it's vital to prevent mold before it starts to grow. Calling on SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City for mold remediation guarantees that proper techniques and equipment will be utilized to clean, disinfect, dry, and dehumidify the property, resulting in the best prevention against mold growth. And preventing mold growth right the first time will save you time and money.

Two Easy Steps to Help Prevent Mold Growth

First, determine the type of water that caused the damage. Is it clean water from a broken pipe or overflowing washing machine? Is it sewage-tainted water? Is it from a flash flood or another water source that potentially harbors chemicals or bacteria? If it is clean water, you can proceed with the cleanup and restoration process. However, if it is from another source, it is vital that you contact a professional emergency response team that specializes in flood damage restoration.

Damage caused from dirty water, also called gray or black water, needs to be cleaned up with care. Protective clothing, respirators, boots with steel shanks, rubber gloves, and goggles need to be worn at all times to prevent direct contact with the tainted water.

Second, it is important to determine the level and extent of the damage to your home. As a general rule, if more than one room has been affected, call a professional restoration team. Remember, DIY projects always take longer than anticipated, and time is of the essence to prevent mold growth. If water has touched the HVAC system or has gotten into your ventilation system, SERVPRO can quickly respond and correct the damage. Mold spores spread through the air, and when mold is allowed to grow in your air ducts from moisture or standing water, it can spread throughout your home fast.

If the water damage is not extensive, these are steps to take to prevent mold growth:

1. Remove items saturated by water to an area with good air circulation.

2. Clean hard surfaces thoroughly with detergent.

3. Dry surfaces and items thoroughly by hand, and use a fan to circulate fresh, dry air.

4. Dehumidify the space by running your air conditioner, using fans, and opening windows, if weather permits.

5. Remove water from carpets and padding with a wet/dry vac. It is important that all water is extracted to prevent damage to the subfloor, and to prevent mold growth.

6. Allow 3-5 days for the dehumidifying process, running fans, air conditioner, and dehumidifiers 24 hours a day. While items may seem dry to the touch, humidity levels will still be high in the property, making mold growth more likely.

When dealing with  water damage cleanup, the CDC recommends long pants, long-sleeved shirts, watertight boots, and protective eye wear. While the article addresses mold removal, the personal safety equipment mentioned is recommended for water damage cleanup as well.

To prevent mold, proper cleanup needs to be completed as quickly as possible; if you are not able to do it on your own, call you locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Stafford/ Missouri City. We are faster to any size disaster, and are able to respond whenever water damages your home.

Space Heaters: Ways To Reduce the Risk of Fire

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Space heater Never leave the room while a space heater is on

Cool nights in a small room mean you probably want to turn on the space heater. While they can do wonders to cozy up a room in your Missouri City, TX, home, these warmers are also an appliance that can start a fire. In certain situations, a burned space heater can quickly lead to a big fire.

Safety Tips

To avoid smoke cleanup and extensive damage that requires a smoke and fire remediation and restoration specialist, follow these six tips to reduce the risk of fire:

  • Plug heaters directly into an outlet. Never use a power strip. The current a heater draws could cause overheating.
  • Never leave the room while a space heater is on or when you are sleeping.
  • Ensure it is located in an area away from children and pets, as well as at least 3 feet from flammable items, such as furniture, curtains and paper, and standing on a flat, level surface.
  • As its name implies, only use it to warm a room. It is not designed for any other purpose, such as cooking, drying clothes or thawing something.
  • While in use, do not place anything over the heater.
  • Unplug it every time you are done using it.

While a burned space heater is an obvious reason to get a new one, there are a few other things to consider to ensure you have the safest appliance in your home:

  • Verify it is labeled as tested, approved, and certified by an accredited lab.
  • Check connections and plug for any wear or damage. If there is fraying or loose wires, it is not safe to use.
  • Newer models are more likely to have built-in safety features, including overheating and tip-over protection.

While there is nothing like staying warm and cozy, improperly using an appliance can lead to a burned space heater and potential fire and smoke damage. Consider the above tips whenever operating an electric heater in your home.

How SERVPRO Responds To Widespread Loss

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

air movers placed on the floor of a building Drying commercial floors in Stafford, TX

In the wake of a major emergency, you need experienced professional cleanup experts to get your office building back in working condition. If there is a large-scale incident, you can take comfort to know that SERVPRO has the resources and skill to restore order following even the most serious catastrophic loss situations.

What You Can Expect From the Pros

If your building suffers storm damage, a flood, or any other type of disaster, you don't want just anyone responding with help. The best companies can provide the following in your time of need:

  • A fast response
  • Quick, thorough cleanup
  • Safe techniques and practices
  • Complete restoration

Getting More Resources
You can have peace of mind that SERVPRO professionals have what it takes to respond to catastrophic loss. Some local crews may feel overwhelmed by the situation, but you should have to worry about this with SERVPRO. The team can call for additional equipment and tools from the home office when a major storm or incident has occurred in Stafford, TX. This could include pumps, water extraction machines, fans, dehumidifiers, disinfectants, and more.

Calling in Backup
Weather problems such as thunderstorms or hurricanes often cause flooding, among other problems. A local response may not be enough to clean up efficiently. SERVPRO knows this, which is why it is prepared to enlist technicians from other areas in times of urgent needs. Skilled, qualified crew members are always just a call away in these situations.

The Results
Your office building can take a beating after a flood or other emergency. You'll be amazed by what professional water damage cleanup crews can do. The team will remove water, repair or replace damaged materials and belongings, and sanitize your office to discourage the growth of mold.
If you have a catastrophic loss in your facility, call the team at SERVPRO right away. No job is too large for this reputable company.

Check The Date of Your Smoke Alarm

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Burning Having an emergency plan and practicing it can help save your life and your family’s life.

The Chicago Fire, also known as the Great Chicago Fire, engulfed the city in flames for two days. When finally controlled, the fire had destroyed more than 17,000 structures and claimed an estimated 250 lives. In remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire and in hopes of saving lives, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) holds a National Fire Prevention Week. The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme, running from October 9-15th, is “Don’t wait --check the date!” reminding everyone to replace household smoke alarms every 10 years.

Because of this event, and as Houston’s leading fire damage restoration company, we’ve gathered home fire facts and tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Smoke Alarms

• In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to 367,500 house fires that resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths. 

• Between 2009-2013, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occurred in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms.

• Smoke alarm failure is frequently caused missing batteries, batteries, expired batteries, or from the smoke alarm being disconnected from the power source.

• Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire by half,

Emergency Exit Plan

• Fire can spread quickly. Often you will have as little as 2 minutes from the moment the smoke alarm sounds to get out of the house to safety.

• Having an emergency plan and practicing it can help save your life and your family’s life. Unfortunately, nearly have of those who have a plan practice it.

• For help in developing an escape plan and ways to help children prepare for an emergency, visit the NFPA website.

Fire Prevention

• Two out of every five house fires start in the kitchen. Frying is the activity most often associated with kitchen fires. 

• A fire extinguisher can save lives and your home by putting out small fires before they grow out of control, though it is important to remember that they have limitations. The main priority is always your safety and that of your family.

• Familiarize yourself with the operation of the fire extinguisher and place one in several areas of your home. The suggested locations for keeping a fire extinguisher includes the kitchen, your bedroom, the basement, attic, and by the outdoor grill.

• Space heaters are also a major contributor to house fires and it the second cause of fire deaths in recent years. To help prevent fire, do not use an extension cord with your space heater and be sure to keep it clear of fabrics and other items that are flammable. 

The NFPA and Houston SERVPRO remind you to replace your smoke detectors every ten years. Most house fires happen at night making it all the most critical to have smoke alarms in working order. If you hear the alarm sound at night, implement the family escape plan immediately. Your life and the lives of your loved ones can never be replaced. A home damaged by fire, however, can be restored. 

To learn more about Houston SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration services, call (281) 403-2256

How to Prep & Stay Safe During a Tornado

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Lighting strike An emergency plan is necessary for all sorts of disasters, whether it’s a tornado or a fire.

Getting through and recovering quickly from the devastating effects of tornadoes often comes down to one thing –being prepared. Tornadoes are violent storms and may be seen forming during thunderstorms or in low-lying clouds, but sometimes they occur so rapidly that we have little warning before it strikes our community. SERVPRO is familiar with tornado damage. Not only have we helped our neighbors with Stafford and Missouri City storm damage restoration –you may remember seeing our bright green SERVPRO van going out on a call after a storm –but as members of this community, we live with you too. 

Helping you to prepare and stay safe during a tornado is important to us. Use this simple guide to help you get started.

Find A Safe Place to Ride Out the Storm

A basement, storm cellar or the lowest level in a building is often the safest place to be during a tornado. If there is no lower level, move to the smallest room in the center of the home, such as a closet or hallway, away from windows or doors. You want to put as many interior walls between you and outside.

Make an Emergency Plan

An emergency plan is necessary for all sorts of disasters, whether it’s a tornado or a fire. The emergency plan should include names and phone numbers of people to contact, a safe meeting place, important documents gathered together so you can grab them quickly, non-perishable food, water, medicine, radio, flashlight, blankets, and extra batteries. If you have children, remember to pack diapers, formula, and a few toys for comfort.

Get Familiar with the Warning Signs of a Tornado

As mentioned earlier, tornadoes can be triggered by weather and wind conditions cause by thunderstorms. Watch the sky and look for it darkening suddenly or for clouds moving in a circular pattern. Sometimes you may hear a loud rushing sound, similar to a jet engine. Remember that tornadoes form quickly and may give little warning before they strike, so it is important to have your plan in place and be ready at a moments notice.

Listen for Severe Weather Information

NOAA Weather Radio is often the first to communicate severe weather warnings. However, our local government has in place warning systems and response plans for natural disasters such as tornadoes and flooding in Houston. Local radio and news stations are also excellent places to get information on severe weather alerts.

Know the Difference between a Tornado Warning and a Tornado Watch

A Tornado Watch means to stay alerted. Weather conditions may signal that a tornado is possible, so it is important to watch the sky and be on alert. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar. If a Tornado Warning has been issued, seek shelter immediately.

Being prepared and having an emergency plan can help you stay safe during a tornado, and knowing who to call after the storm can help you recover and restore. Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City has been coming to the aid of those struck by the damaging effects of tornadoes and storm damage since 1967. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SERVPRO is eager and ready to help whenever you need us. Add our phone number to your emergency plan and you’ll rest assured that recovery after the storm is just a phone call away.

Commercial Cleaning Services

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City to make your work space look its very best.

SERVPRO® of Stafford Missouri City will get the job done right and get it done quickly because the SERVPRO® Advantage includes these benefits: Award-Winning Training, Nearly 50 Years of Experience and Exclusive Cleaning Products.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO® of Stafford/Missouri City offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following: Air Ducts and HVAC, Biohazard, Carpet and Upholstery, Ceilings, Floors, and Walls, Drapes and Blinds, Odor Removal, Sewage, Trauma and Crime Scene and Vandalism.

Commercial Large Loss Division

The SERVPRO® Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

The SERVPRO® Advantage is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.

HELPING TO MAKE FIRE AND WATER DAMAGE “Like it never even happened.”

Who Cleans Up After Storm Damage In Arcola

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Lighting strike during a storm Call SERVPRO When The Coast Is Clear!

When storms hit hard and fast in Arcola, Texas it's important to have a safety plan.

That is why SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City provides immediate relief and response to your storm damage needs. We can have a team of technicians on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

We can help with a multitude of projects which also includes getting you emergency food and shelter and contacting friends and family.

Storms do not wait for normal business hours that is why you need to call the professionals here at SERVPRO who are available to you 24/7 365 days a year!

We understand the process of putting your life back together when tragedy hits. Let us show you what so many other families have already experienced ... our willingness to make your world normal again!

Call Us Today (281) 403-2256!