Act Fast To Prevent Further Fire Damage
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 salvageable, unsalvageable, 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
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
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
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.
Trust Your Stafford Office to SERVPRO
Your offices are a prime real estate location for disasters!
Imagine that you work on the first floor of a large building such as an office building with many offices for insurances, brokers, medical groups, banks, whatever the case may be. Everybody leaves for the day, let's pretend it's a Friday. Everybody leaves for the weekend, the entire office building is secure.
On the top floor in one of the kitchens/breakrooms, the hose to the ice maker springs a leak. Maybe the plastic hose split.
When you return on Monday there is water everywhere. Looking up, the ceiling is sagging, the light fixtures have water in them. Everybody is outside wondering what to do?
We should be your first call since we have the manpower and equipment to tackle any jobs, large or small. Our Disaster Recovery Team is standing by ready for anything that comes our way. You will be amazed at how fast our team will be on site, analyzing your situation and getting your office building back to the way it was, "Like it never even happened."
Post Storm Painting
Sometimes the last thing you want to do after fixing a major storm repair is paint!
Hurricane season is here and sometimes we luck out and just get a little damage that involves only a few patch jobs to a wall or the exterior side of the house.
After you finish repairing the damage you really do not feel like painting, it can be a real hassle if you do not have the right equipment or the technical know how.
Luckily for you, SERVPRO has the manpower and resources to do all sorts of different sized jobs from one bedroom apartments to a 100 plus unit condo tower and everything in between.
So the next time you just do not feel like painting that front wall for the fifth time or slapping on another coat to the third floor bathroom because a tree came through the wall, give SERVPRO a call (281) 403-2256!
What to Expect When Filing A Flood Insurance Claim
he last thing you want after a experiencing a flood is additional stress. Whether Houston flood damage left a soggy mess in the basement or it forced an emergency evacuation, severe storms cause significant anxiety and fear of how to start picking up the pieces.
One powerful way to combat the feelings of despair is to know what to anticipate with the flood recovery process. Knowing who to call and what to expect from those helpers brings comfort-- remember, no matter how bad the situation may seem at the moment, rebuilding your home and life is possible.
We are SERVPRO, the storm damage restoration experts in Stafford, Missouri City, and surrounding cities. With hundreds of hours in training and thousands of hours dedicated to flood recovery, we are the preferred remediation team of home insurance providers.
Use this simple guide to help you understand the flood insurance claim process. And remember, if you have any questions, your insurance agent and the SERVPRO Claims Information Center (CIC) are here to help.
Contact your insurance agent. The first step in filing a flood insurance claim is to contact your insurance provider. While The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a government-funded program, you will be working with an insurance agent or adjuster in the claims process. If you cannot reach your agent immediately, be sure to leave a clear message with your contact number.
Contact SERVPRO. Likewise, you’ll want to call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Even you if are not able to speak to your insurance agent, Stafford SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. By contacting us early, you can reduce your losses. Within a few hours of your phone call, we are onsite to being the mitigation process.
Itemize losses. A critical part of getting the most out of your flood insurance claim is taking a detailed list of the damage. Your insurance agent or SERVPRO technician will assist you in itemizing and photographing all damaged items. With extensive training in flood damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians have a keen eye for knowing which items can be saved. Our goal is to repair whenever possible and replace when it can’t be restored.
Begin the Restoration Process. Within 8 short hours of arrival to your home, a Stafford SERVPRO technician will provide you and your insurance agent with a detailed description of the losses, repairs needed, as well as the estimate. The SERVPRO CIC keeps a careful electronic record of all the information to ensure that no time is lost in the shuffling of paperwork.
After going being uprooted from your home and life, the last thing you want is the additional stress from not knowing what to expect next. Filing a flood insurance claim involves specific steps, but they ensure that every detail of the flood damage restoration process is thought of. With a team that reaches across the nation and a heart for our community, SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City is faster to any size disaster. Call us today and let us know how we can help you.
Hurricane Preparedness Month
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: http://flash.org/hurricane-season/evacuation-zones/find-your-evacuation-zones.pdf.
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
How To Help Minimize Damage To Your Home. 7 Things To Do:
Rain showers and thunderstorms are a common weather condition in our communities of Stafford and Missouri City, but when they come with high winds, hail, or tornadoes, it’s considered severe weather. Wind-torn destruction, flying wreckage, flooding, and even fires from lightning or crippled electrical systems are but some of the examples of storm damage in Stafford and Missouri City. Severe weather damage poses a risk to both your home and personal safety. However, there are steps that you can take to lessen the risk.
Your best protection is to prepare before severe weather hits and follow the best practices for safety. Below, you’ll find 7 things you must know and do to help minimize damage to your home, and to keep you and your family safe until help arrives.
1. Make an Emergency Plan And Supply Kit. A basic emergency plan should contain phone numbers of who to contact, information on a meeting place outside of your immediate area in case of evacuation or separation, escape routes from your home to your safe meeting place, and copies of important documents including medical records.
An emergency supply kit should contain everything you and your family needs to survive for at least three days. Necessary items include non-perishable food, water, medicines, first-aid kit, blankets, radio and flashlight, and extra batteries. If you have children, also pack baby formula, diapers, and a few toys or games.
2. Remove Debris Around The Home. Remove rotted trees, woodpiles, and dead shrubbery. If you have loose gravel or rocks in your driveway, consider replacing it with a solid material such as concrete. Flying wreckage accounts for most of the personal injuries and storm damage in Missouri City and Stafford.
3. Avoid Contact With Anything That Can Conduct Electricity. This includes items that are plugged into outlets and any metallic items. Even plumbing can conduct electricity. Avoid washing your hands, showering, or using the washing machine. Cell phones, however, are safe to use.
4. If You Are Driving Or Are Outdoors, Find Shelter. Find a building with minimal doors and windows to take refuge in the middle-most and lowest part of the building. If it is not safe to exit your car, park on the side of the road and turn on the emergency lights. Do not touch anything metallic in the car. If there is danger from high winds or lightening and cannot find shelter, lie on the ground and protect your head with your arms. Make sure that you are away from any natural lightning rods such as lone trees and hilltops.
5. Stay Tuned To Local Weather Reports And Alerts. NOAA Weather Radio, as well as our local community warning system, will provide the latest information on weather conditions as well as critical information to keep you and your family safe during severe weather.
6. Stay Away From Storm Damaged Areas. If you are asked to evacuate, do not return to the storm affected area until it has been deemed safe to do so. Even after the immediate threat of severe weather has passed, wreckage and flooding pose a risk. We understand that you’ll want to start the storm damage restoration process as soon as possible, and SERVPRO of Stafford is eager to help, but your safety comes first.
7. Call Your Insurance Agent. After the storm has passed and officials have determined that it is safe to enter the storm-damaged area, call your insurance agent to start the claims process. If your agent cannot be reached, leave a clear message with your name and contact information. However, there is no need to wait for your insurance agent before you start your home restoration process. SERVPRO of Stafford works alongside insurance companies. We are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will happily assist you with the insurance claims process as we get to work on restoring your home.
At Stafford and Missouri City SERVPRO, we are dedicated to helping our local community with storm damage restoration. Faster to any size disaster, our compassionate and professional team is always ready to assist in restoring your home and life when the unexpected happens. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help.
Fire Damage in Stafford Texas
Beginning to end repair.
Fire Damage Can Catch You Off Guard!
Here is a total reconstruction project that SERVPRO has taken on after a freak accident caused this family's house to burn down beyond repair.
SERVPRO handled all the demolition for this residence after the tragic fire had happened. The owner loved working with us so much that he decided to have SERVPRO take care of the entire reconstruction of the home as well.
The project has passed all inspections and was to be a quick rebuild for the homeowner. This fire damage repair moved along at a great pace!
Not many companies can take you from Fire Damage Cleanup to Total Reconstruction of your most valuable possession.
Call us today if you have had a fire damage! (281) 403-2256