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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.

Upgrading
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
NO JOB IS TOO LARGE

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!

Commercial Cleaning in Stafford Texas

5/25/2020 (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 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 workspace look it's 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

We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our 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.

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

What To Do After a Toilet Overflow

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after picture of a broken toilet Broken toilet in The Meadows, TX

What To Do After a Toilet Overflow

Sewer damage is not something any homeowner wants to think about. If you have ever seen water creeping up to the top of your toilet with no indication of slowing down, then you know the feeling of dread that accompanies it. When you experience a toilet overflow in The Meadows, TX, you need to stop the water as quickly as possible. Since water from a toilet is considered category 3 water, it will need to be cleaned and disinfected before the area can be considered safe.

Taking Immediate Action A flooded toilet can happen for a variety of reasons. Your first course of action should be to stop the flow of water. If water is spilling onto your floor, you may have a clog in the drain or sewer damage. Turn off the toilet's water supply by turning the knob on the wall behind the toilet.

Cleaning the Mess Toilet water is considered to be dirty water and can contain a variety of contaminants. You must ensure that you protect yourself when attempting to wipe up the mess. Gloves are a must, and you should double-bag any rags or towels you use to soak up the moisture.

Drying all Surfaces A sewage company can determine if there is moisture lurking in places where you cannot see. Water can leak down vents, into subfloors, underneath cabinets, or up drywall. All areas must be identified and dried, or mold could begin to form in as little as 24-28 hours.

Disinfecting the Area Even if you can no longer see the mess, germs could be lurking on any surface that came into contact with the water. The toilet itself, floors, baseboards, and any other items must be disinfected with a bleach solution or other appropriate disinfectant.
Sewer damage can leave a dirty, smelly mess in your home. If you choose to work with a skilled restoration service, they can clean up the mess for you and return your home to its previous condition.

Safety Precautions To Take in a Flood

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Entrance of a home flooded A flooded home in Pearland, TX

A flood is one of the most devastating experiences a homeowner can face, and, unfortunately, one of the most common disasters in the world. When the waters rise it can be difficult if not impossible to get out of the way or to hold the flood water back. This is a time for smart decisions to protect your property and your loved ones, including your pets. Danger is all around during and after a flood.

What To Do in a Flood

A number of actions you take at this time can have positive effects. Be sure to provide assistance to those who are vulnerable such as the elderly, handicapped, and young children. These five steps will also help you cope with floodwater.

  1. If you have advance warning, leave your home for a safer place.
  2. Use extra caution when returning to a flooded home in Pearland, TX.
  3. Be aware of electrical shock hazards if standing water is present.
  4. Wear protective clothing such as rubber boots, gloves, and eye goggles.
  5. Call a local storm remediation team to help with cleanup.

A fast and expert response to water damage minimizes harm to the home and its contents. Once the safety of the property has been established, water removal and extraction is the next priority.

What Not To Do in a Flood
The powerful sweep of floodwater can break windows, knock down doors and fill a home with contaminated water. Don't be a hero in a flood. Only take actions that you know are safe. Never touch the waters of a flood with bare skin, as it can hold viruses, bacteria, and microbes that lead to disease. Do not turn on the lights or use electrical power until you know it is safe. Finally, don't hesitate to call for help to begin a professional cleanup, as waiting can result in additional damage from the flood.

Count on Experts to Restore, Salvage Water Damage Losses

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Man Collecting Water In Bucket From Ceiling. Ceiling panels damaged huge hole in roof from rainwater leakage.Water damaged ce Water leak on ceiling in Arcola, TX

A little leak here and there may not seem like a big problem, but it can quickly turn into one. That leak could eventually turn into a pipe burst cleanup, which potentially means hundreds of gallons of water saturating the items in your Arcola, TX, business. Anytime there is a sewage backup or standing water, contacting a professional sewer cleanup company can mitigate the long-term effects water can have on a structure.

Hidden Dangers

A broken pipe or other flooding means something needs to be repaired. If the effects of the flooding aren’t properly cleaned, it can pose the right environment for hidden damage to spread. These may include:

  • Within 48 hours, mold can begin to grow. This fungus rapidly grows and can quickly spread to areas unaffected by the water.
  • If drywall was damaged, it could lead to an electrical fire.
  • The integrity of walls, flooring, and other structural components can begin to rot and degrade.
  • If the water source was from outside the building, it could be harboring chemicals and other harmful microorganisms.

Proper Cleanup
The pipe burst cleanup process should always start with an inspection. When you call a trusted flood and water damage expert, you can be confident that they are subject matter experts and know what to look for beyond what may be visible. They will define and classify the type of damage and create an outline for proper restoration. During cleanup, they will have advanced tools and expertise to get your building back to normal. The process includes:

  • Removing water with pumps and vacuums to prevent mold growth and stop the spread of damage.
  • Dehumidifying the affected area of any remaining moisture.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all affected items. This includes carpeting, furniture, drapery, and other porous items using a range of professional cleaning methods to help salvage your belongings.
  • Restoring your business back to “Like it never even happened,” through replacing drywall, insulation and other severely damaged

Instead of tackling a pipe burst cleanup on your own, ensure proper cleanup and avoid problems down the road by getting help from a professional.

What New Building Managers Should Know About Mold in Air Ducts

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mature man examining an outflow air vent grid and duct to see if it needs cleaning. Air duct inspection in Fifth Street, TX

What New Building Managers Should Know About Mold in Air Ducts

When you begin managing commercial properties in Fifth Street, TX, your to-do list can become overwhelming. It doesn't have to be. One of the first things you should consider is an HVAC cleaning to address mold growth inside of ducts. Here’s how to get started.

1. Observe Unusual Circumstances
Is there a lingering, funky odor anywhere in the building? Does it intensify when the heating or AC is on? Is the temperature uncomfortable, even though the thermostat seems to work overtime? Is your utility bill high compared to similar properties? These are clues that the air ducts might be collecting dust and mold. Cleaning vents will extend the life of the HVAC equipment, prevent mold growth, and help restore the energy efficiency of the system.

2. Schedule an Inspection
Next, set up the HVAC cleaning. A trained mold remediation specialist will inspect the unit and recommend the proper steps to take before starting any work. The inspector may find that combining cleaning methods would be more effective to improve your indoor air quality. He or she should let you know what to expect and explain the options. You can then make an informed decision and pay only for service(s) that will effectively address the concern.

3. Document the Work Performed
One of the best things you can do is establish a building cleaning calendar. Write down the work the technician performed, when it happened and what company you hired. After the HVAC cleaning, make detailed notes on a printed calendar or in your calendar app. Then, set a date for the next time you want to have the air ducts inspected, and create a reminder for it. This could be once a year, or even semi-annually, right before summer or winter conditions become extreme. Future You will be glad you did.
Now that you’re familiar with these steps, maintaining the HVAC system in your commercial buildings should be much more manageable. Keep up with these regular inspections and cleaning, and you can minimize problems down the road.

What To Do if Your Toilet Overflows

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup of a toilet Contact a local restoration company to help identify the culprit and repair it.

At one point or another, many people have experienced a toilet overflow. This often happens because of a clog somewhere in the line. Some overflows can be minor. You can manage these without much difficulty. However, other issues are much more serious and could indicate sewer damage. In this case, you should contact a local restoration company to help identify the culprit and repair it.


Stop the Flow of Water


After flushing the toilet, the last you want to see is the water coming back up and spilling onto the floor. Not only can this flood the bathroom and damage the floor, but it also poses some health risks. Your first responsibility is to keep the water from flowing. To do this, you can try the following:

Shut off the water to your toilet by turning the valve near the base of the unit.

-Close the flapper inside the tank.
-Lift up the floater inside the tank.


Remove the Clog


Chances are good that a flooded toilet has a blockage somewhere between it and the outgoing sewer line of your home. If the clog is higher up in the line near the toilet, you may have success using a plunger or a plumber's snake. You can also try using baking soda and vinegar to break down the blockage.


Remove the Water


The longer that water sits on your floor, the more damage can occur. Sewer damage can ruin your floor and other items in the bathroom. Put on some gloves and boots to protect yourself. Then, grab a wet vacuum and extract the water. If you see excessive amounts of feces and other waste coming out of the toilet, do not attempt the cleanup by yourself. Instead, call a professional sewage cleanup company.


Sanitize


After removing the water, our team will disinfect the bathroom and thoroughly clean every part of the area the water touched. You should also call your local sewage removal company, SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City in Fresno, TX to inspect the lines on your property. 


Sewer damage can be severe. Make sure you clean up immediately.

What’s the Difference Between the 3 Types of Water Contamination?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Background of blue water and on the middle a sign that says water categories Once water reaches carpet, drywall or the studs behind the wall, those materials will start to absorb it.

Water damage can come from many sources in Missouri City, TX. Flood waters can enter your home, a pipe may have a slow leak – or burst dramatically – and toilets are notorious for overflowing at inopportune times. The severity of the damage depends not only on how much water you have but the category of the contamination, with three different major types and two levels of contaminated water:

Category 1 is clean water.
Category 2 is grey water.
Category 3 is black water.


Is Category 1 Water Safe?


This type of water damage doesn’t present any danger of direct human illness from pathogens. It’s typically caused by a broken supply line, with the only danger being to building materials. Small amounts that are quickly mopped up – and any leak fixed – usually require no serious restoration efforts.


How Bad Is Category 2?


Category 2 water damage is considered potentially harmful to humans and domestic animals. It includes water with urine (but no feces), storm runoff floodwater that hasn’t been mixed with sewage and dishwasher or washing machine discharges. This is considered contaminated water, and unless the amount is small and only in areas with non-porous materials (such as tile or stone flooring), you’ll need to have professional disinfecting.


Why Is Category 3 Worse?


Black water is “grossly unsanitary.” Major flooding should always be assumed to contain contaminated water. All sewer system leaks and septic system failures are category three, and any water with harmful chemicals or toxic materials should be considered black water.


In most cases, significant water damage from both category two and three will require a professional restoration company to inspect the affected areas and locate hidden damage. Once water reaches carpet, drywall or the studs behind the wall, those materials will start to absorb it.


This is basically an open invitation to black mold, and large amounts of water damage can even cause structural unsoundness to your home. Depending on the cause of the water damage, your insurance company may pay for some or all of the restoration costs, so it’s certainly worth your time to ask them about your coverage.

3 Categories of Water Damage

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Background of blue water and on the middle a sign that says water categories The IIRC classifies water damage into three categories

Three Water Categories

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in homes is the result of water leaking from broken pipes. Because of the potential for water damage, wasted water and higher water bills, it can be important to seek prompt water pipe repair if you have a leak. However, water damage can come from many different sources that can carry different levels of risk and require different methods of cleanup and water damage restoration. The IIRC classifies water damage into three categories based on the contamination level of the water and the difficulty of removal.

1. Category 1: Clean Water

Clean water originates from a source that isn't contaminated by chemicals or biological agents, such as clean water from a bathtub, toilet or leaking appliance. If the standing water remains for more than 48 hours it can progress to category 2. For this reason, it can be important to address standing water and sources of leaks, such as a pipe that needs water pipe repair, promptly.

2. Category 2: Grey Water

Grey water may be contaminated with mold, bacteria or chemicals. Sources of grey water can include dirty water from dishwashers and washing machines, leaking water beds, or a leak from a toilet that contains urine. Standing water from this category that has been standing for more than 48 hours can become a category 3.

3. Category 3: Black Water

Black water may be contaminated with biological organisms, bacteria or toxins. Sources of black water may include a broken toilet that contains feces, backup from a sewer system, and water from streams and rivers that have flooded.
Whether you have a broken pipe in need of water pipe repair or flood damage from a storm, the longer you wait to address the issue, the more serious it can become. For this reason, it can be wise to contact a water removal professional in Fifth Street, TX, promptly.

The Capabilities of a Smart Smoke Detector

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector mounted on roof in apartment A smart smoke alarm is another tool to consider to respond quickly to a fire danger

Every day it seems a new gadget or device comes on the market, enticing you to part with your hard-earned money. How do you determine if a new product is worth its price? Safety features for your home are always worth considering, and a smoke alarm is an essential device that should be in every home. When it comes to an upgrade on this time-tested device a little skepticism may be warranted. After all, the basic smoke detector has done its job effectively for decades. What will a smart device provide that the basic models do not have, and how will it better protect your home in Arcola, TX?

The Power of a Smart Smoke Alarm

Most people would agree that quicker notification of a fire is a good thing. It allows you to call in the fire department before a fire has destroyed your entire home. This is one of the advantages of a smart smoke warning device offers, as it can alert you of a fire even when no one is at home. Other advantages are as follows:

  • You can sync the device with your phone, allowing for instant notification
  • You have the ability to silence false alarms from your phone
  • You might save money with a listener that covers your entire home
  • You can add smart batteries that feature alerts when battery power is low

A number of smart smoke detectors are now on the market, with prices starting around $100 for each detector. The ultimate test of a smart device is does it increase your fire safety.

The Benefits of Expert Cleanup

A fire in your home demands rapid action. As soon as the fire is out, be sure to contact a fire remediation team in Arcola, TX, to assess the problem and take steps to secure your home. A smart smoke alarm is another tool to consider to respond quickly to a fire danger.

How To Find Trusted Restoration Experts for Commercial Fires

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Technician evaluating ceiling after burning Fire restoration in Arcola, TX

Fire restoration can be a lengthy and complicated process. Insurance companies need to partner with dependable experts to satisfy their clients and keep their costs low. It may seem that every restoration company has tall promises. In actuality, few deliver exceptional results. It’s important to identify the best restoration technicians in the industry so that every client who files a claim can receive a five-star service, no matter the extent of the damage.

Details Matter

Every fire rebuild is different. Professionals should follow these tried-and-true steps to remain efficient and thorough:

  • Available for contact 24/7
  • Pre-testing for every property
  • Meticulous claim inventory service
  • Superior technician training and certification
  • Focus to serve insurance adjusters

It’s clear that there is one company in Arcola, TX, that meets these requirements. SERVPRO offers unparalleled fire restoration service because it goes above and beyond to understand the science of rebuilding a property and the art of working with insurance companies.

Authentic Passion

SERVPRO’s commitment to adjusters and agents starts with being on call any day of the week and at any time. Insurance claimants with an emergency appreciate the prompt response from technicians that have the knowledge and tools to tackle property damage head-on. SERVPRO’s approach is always cost-effective; their crew pre-tests the damaged areas to determine what they can restore and what they have to replace. Rebuilding services that focus on restoration reduce the cost of claims, which is a win for everyone involved.
This stellar company continues to perform outside of people’s homes. Technicians keep track of affected items and send a loss inventory to adjusters to remain transparent. They also enter vital information, such as estimates, photos and paperwork, into an electronic system for easy access.
Fire restoration is a constant expense for insurance companies in Arcola, TX. Seeking out restoration technicians with the expertise and drive to make commercial properties as look good as new after a disaster is essential.

3 Reasons Mold Grows

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

An office that suffered from water damage and many air movers are placed to start drying affected area Water damage in a Pearland, TX office causing secondary damage

3 Reasons Mold Grows

According to many mold remediation professionals, there are a few reasons mold growth could occur at your Pearland, TX, business. However, understanding the sources of these problems could help you take preventative steps. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Moisture Problems

In many cases, water damage can become a contributing factor to spore growth. This is because mold needs areas of high humidity to grow and a persistent source of water such as flooding or a leak provides this. In addition to creating a humid environment, water can also lead to a breakdown of organic materials in the area which is another contributing factor to spore growth. If you have water damage on your company property it’s best to fix the issue as quickly as possible.

2. Dim Conditions

In many cases, mold growth is found in dark areas or those with dim lighting. This is partially because these areas are usual cooler than spaces in the sunlight, but also because for some varieties the darker conditions creates a higher relative humidity which may allow the reproductive mechanisms of the mold spores to work faster. This is one reason why mold is found in basements, attics, and in spaces behind walls.

3. Organic Fuel Sources

As a fungi mold absorbs nutrients from organic materials around it. This can be structural material such as wood or drywall, or more decorative like wallpaper or carpeting. With a source like this is available in a dim or dark area of high humidity it creates a prime habitat for spore growth.
In most cases, mold growth requires a few conditions in order to thrive. These include moisture which can create humidity, dim light which often helps keep the area cooler, and an organic fuel source. Understanding this growth process can help you take preventative steps. If you do find problems a restoration professional can help.

SERVPRO guidance when encountering water damage

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Leakage of water from a sink pipe SERVPRO of Stafford / Missouri City specializes in water damage restoration and clean up

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

The Invisible Damage of Mold

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Three mold spores - 3D Illustration - Text on picture that says They Thrive If a property isn’t cleaned and dried properly after a flood, mold can start to grow at an exponential rate.

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.  

Water Damage Repair Process

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A flooding corridor interior (3D image) Call SERVPRO if you ever have a water damage

Are you prepared to fix and repair water damages yourself?

Probably not so if water damage, from the smallest overflow of a toilet to a whole house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us. 

We are here to help and care for not only your home or office but for you as a person.  We know first hand how scattered and scared you can be when you suffer a major loss due to floods or other water damages.

We are a family owned business and part of a National Community and know that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event because they need our help. 

Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful for you. We want to return your home to you as quickly and safely as possible.

To make that happen, call us if you ever have a water damage, (281) 403-2256

Fire 101: How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

Basic Fire Fighting Training A fire extinguisher is a key tool in combating commercial blazes

Just about everyone has seen a fire extinguisher either in their home or a business. And while you may have a general idea of how one works, in an emergency, many people find that they don’t quite know how to effectively use this device. Even a small fire can get out of control fast so it’s critical that you don’t wait until you’re facing flames in your The Meadows, TX, to learn the ins and outs of an extinguisher. Use this easy step-by-step guide to bone up on your fire extinguisher knowledge.

How Extinguishers Work

As expected, the primary way extinguishers work is by dousing flames with a substance that disrupts the burning process and puts the fire out. There are various materials extinguishers use to accomplish this. Those include the following:

  • Water extinguishers - which work by removing heat from the fire
  • Dry chemical extinguishers - which use foam or dry powder to smother a fire

Chemical extinguishers are the most common type found in a home or small business. Here’s how to use them.

Aim At The Fire

Blindly pointing and shooting at a fire is not effective - a fact few user realize. Instead, once you’ve pulled the pin from your extinguisher to engage it, you’ll want to smother the fire by shooting the extinguisher at the fire’s base.

Use a Sweeping Motion

As you squeeze the trigger and aim at the base of the fire, use a sweeping motion. This will ensure that the entire conflagration is covered by fire-smothering chemicals. Because extinguishers have up to 20 seconds of discharge time, it’s key that you use them well. Continue this until all signs of fire are gone.
A fire extinguisher is a key tool in combating kitchen fires and other common home and commercial blazes. But they’re only effective if used properly. Use these tips from your local fire damage experts to protect your belongings and family the right way.

Smoke Damage Stinks

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke with a sign that says SMOKE DAMAGE STINKS Clean out the smells with these tips.

Smoke Damage Stinks

Remove the smell of smoke in your fire-damaged home by following these instructions.

1.      Throw open the windows and doors as quickly as possible after the fire. The less time the smoke sits around the greater chance of getting rid of it quickly. Even if it is in the middle of winter, airing your house right away will disperse the smoke and prevent any more absorption. 

2.     Wash your drapes and linens as soon as possible; they will absorb the smoke odor rapidly. Wash them in the hottest water that the fabric can endure and heavy duty washing detergent. 

3.      Clean your cabinets, walls, and floors with a one-part vinegar, one part warm water solution. Be sure to test this first but most surfaces are fine with this solution. Vinegar naturally absorbs odors so the smell of vinegar and smoke should go away in a few hours after using it.

4.      Place bowls of baking soda around your kitchen, and even put a few in the cabinets, pantry, and any other room that has an odor.  This too will help to absorb the odor in a few days time. Sprinkle the rugs and carpeting with baking soda and vacuum. Sprinkle the baking soda again and this time let sit for a few days time before vacuuming.

5.      If the house still reeks of smoke or if you don’t want to mess with it in the first place, just call us here at SERVPRO and we’ll get it right out.

Protecting Your Business From Wind Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Roll down shutter Before evacuating the premises, install shutters

3 Things to Add to The Storm Preparedness Checklist

A tropical storm may quickly turn into a dangerous tempest, threatening cities with intense gales. In fact, those winds are not something to take lightly. They are fierce and destructive, capable of crippling companies with hurricane damage. Business owners in Fresno, TX, should establish protocols, securing the property and safeguarding assets. Here are three things to add to the storm preparedness checklist.

1. Have You Cleared the Land?

High winds could turn a seemingly innocent item into something disastrous. For example, take loose limbs or branches. When a storm hits the area, it could have winds above 74 miles per hour. This power may transform weak wood into a missile, hurling it into your structure; such force could shatter glass or endanger the roof; thus, managers should carefully inspect the grounds before a storm hits, taking in furniture, picking up loose items and having trees trimmed.

2. Are Your Windows Secure?

A main cause of hurricane damage is busted glass, whether from sliding doors or windows. What happens when an object flies through your store front? At that point, rain and wind may enter, creating moisture issues and establishing internal pressure. As the gale pushes against the walls and ceiling, the tension might cause a cave-in. Before evacuating the premises, install shutters. Have them cut before the season; then, store them in a dry location.

3. Is Your Rooftop in Good Shape?

Be proactive, and prepare for situations. Have management evaluate the covering several times a year, particularly before weather systems head your direction. During the inspection, look for weak areas. Any holes or cracks could become potential leaks, allowing water to infiltrate and begin mold infestation. In addition, have the edging and flashing checked, and make sure gutters are cleared, stopping possible clogs. If water enters, contact a water remediation company to test the location, determining the need for repairs.
Your corporation is an important financial investment; therefore, make efforts to avoid hurricane damage. Ensure that the landscaping and the roof are routinely maintained, free of debris and concerns. Then, purchase and store window shutters in case they're needed.

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.

Trust Your Stafford Office to SERVPRO

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Fire Damage in Stafford Texas

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

You Got Flooded, What Now?

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding caused by severe weather and tornadoes is unlike other types of water damage.

Heavy downpours combined with high-velocity winds are incredibly destructive. The severe weather turns our playgrounds to lakes, roads to rivers, and our homes from safe havens to swampy hazards.

The effects of tornado flooding can be overwhelming. However, you are not alone. Your locally owned SERVPRO is the Missouri City and Stafford flood damage restoration expert, and we’re ready to help you with every step of the recovery process. 

Once it is safe to go outside and survey the damage do so cautiously as there still maybe downed trees and power lines that can cause harm to you and your loved ones. Then decide if you have extensive damage or flooding.

If you need flooding and storm damage restoration completed fast, please call us at (281) 403- 2256. 

5 Crucial Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Water Restoration Business

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

What could possibly be worse than the feeling of your home damaged by a flood? Answer: Feeling that you’ve hired the wrong person to fix it!

The fact is that hiring the right restoration business to repair your home’s water damage will save you stress and money in the long run. Beyond looking for a flood repair business that is licensed and insured—a requirement in Texas for all contractors—you want a Stafford flood restoration business that you can trust to provide exceptional service.

At Stafford SERVPRO, we make your flood damage restoration as easy and stress-free as possible, under the circumstances. But as you are looking for the best professionals to suit your needs, you can ask yourself these 5 crucial questions:

1. Is the business locally owned or a national chain?

Local or family-owned businesses have strong connections to the community, because they live and work with you. On the other hand, national chains have the advantage of being part of a vast network that provides additional resources. SERVPRO of Stafford is unique in that we are both! We are your family-owned home restoration neighbors, with the backing of over 1,650 SERVPRO franchises nationwide.

2. Is the business certified by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?


The IICRC is an internationally recognized organization that sets ethical and professional standards for home restoration. Certification from the IICRC is a rigorous process, one that not all restoration businesses are willing to undertake. By hiring an IICRC certified business, you can trust that you are selecting one that is dedicated to doing excellent, professional work.

3. What do former customers say about their service?


As the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Testimonials from satisfied customers are significant because they provide evidence that the business delivered as promised. Ask around, and chances are you’ll find enthusiastic Stafford SERVPRO customers.

4. Do they give you a written estimate and clearly explain the process?


Before any work begins, make sure the estimate is clearly recorded on the contract, along with an estimate for the services to be provided. At SERVPRO of Stafford, we make sure you understand everything before the work begins. We will take time to explain the contract, and even help you with the insurance claim process.

5. When are they available?


Flooding doesn’t happen at convenient business hours. Whether it is caused by torrential rains or a faulty washing machine hose, you want a flood cleanup team that is there when you need them. Stafford SERVPRO, also serving Missouri City, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Stafford SERVPRO is well known in Fort Bend County for restoring the homes of many of our neighbors who have experienced water damage. If you are ever in need of emergency water or storm damage repair, we are here to help you get your life. But whomever you choose to help you get back on your feet, we hope you have a worry-free home restoration experience. Feel free to explore our Home Page for more information about our services, and to read testimonials from satisfied local customers.

Will My Home Owners or Rentals Insurance Cover Storm Damage

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Stafford/Missouri City Home Care: Will My Homeowners or Renters Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

Homeowners or renters insurance covers liability expenses for a variety of claims—from dog bites to electrical fires—but when it comes to Stafford storm damage, beware! Unfortunately, most homeowners and renters insurance does not cover flooding and water damage caused by the forces of nature.

With our subtropical climate, flooding in Missouri City and City of Stafford is a common occurrence. Although local city governments work diligently to try to prepare residents by setting up local emergency alerts and evacuation plans, there is only so much they can do. But there is something you can do to guard yourself and your family—obtain flood insurance.

Flood insurance prepares you and protects  your family, your property, and your peace of mind from the costly effects of storm damage. Here are some important facts about the National Flood Insurance Program to consider:

Water vs. Flood Damage

If a pipe bursts in your home, it is considered water damage and is generally covered by standard homeowners and renters insurance. However, flooding caused to heavy rain or storms is considered flood damage. Since most insurance policies do not cover flood damage from weather conditions, the federally funded National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fills the gap by offering storm damage coverage to homeowners, renters, and businesses.

It Pays to Be Insured

According to the NFIP, the average flood insurance claim for moderate to low flood-risk properties in Texas is $31,103. With portions of Missouri City and City of Stafford located in zones FEMA considers Special Flood Hazard Areas, your cost and risk of storm damage could be much higher. Your local insurance agent can help determine your risk and aid you in getting the right coverage for your home or business. Remember, there is a 30-day waiting period for policies to take effect, so the sooner you get covered, the better.

The Fastest Road to Recovery After Storm Damage

Besides your insurance provider’s phone number, another important number to have on hand is your locally owned SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Stafford, also serving Missouri City and the surrounding Houston metro area, stands ready to help at any time, when disaster strikes. As the preferred storm damage restoration provider of most insurance companies, SERVPRO of Stafford can help you with everything from filing a claim to storm damage cleanup, and to the complete restoration of your home and personal items. 

The local city councils of Stafford and Missouri City work closely with FEMA to decrease the risk of flooding with Storm Management Plans, but the rest is up to you. Contact your local insurance agent about flood insurance coverage, and explore the SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City website to learn more about our storm damage remediation services.

Mold Removal In Stafford

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Is removing mold easy?

There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to removing mold. A lot of people think the task is easy until they keep getting the mold, again and again, then they realize they should call SERVPRO.

If you want the mold gone the first thing you have to do is isolate it.

Next step is to prevent mold spores from spreading to other sections of the home, SERVPRO specializes in mold removal and can do this for you. 

Lastly, you have to remember to replace porous items that may have been exposed to the mold. You should definitely call an expert (SERVPRO) if: 

  • There is mold in your HVAC system.
  • If you developed mold from contaminated water or plumbing problems.
  • You have an excessive amount of mold.
  • You have medical issues that could get worse with the introduction of mold.

SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to handle all of your mold removal needs, should the process be too complex, give us a call today (281) 403-2256!

Cleaning and Repair for Healthcare Buildings

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, our professionals are trained in adhering to the highest sanitation standards.

We understand that time is crucial for your operations and your patients. Our technicians know how to handle waste and undergo special training to work in operating rooms and other restricted areas, always adhering to HIPPA regulations.

We also coordinate with environmental and infection control teams to monitor progress and make sure that all necessary health certifications are obtained prior to completing any job.

Our first priority is to quickly and safely take full responsibility of your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your first priority: the patients.

Our experience in the healthcare industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following healthcare facilities: Hospitals, Assisted Living Centers, Outpatient Surgical Centers, Electronics and Machine Restoration, Hospice Facilities, Senior Living Facilities, Medical Office Buildings, Document Drying and Restoration

From hospitals and large medical complexes to clinics and trauma centers, SERVPRO works to make your healthcare facility disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning and Repair for Fast Food Franchises

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our #1 priority is getting your business, kitchen, and dining room back in operation as quickly as possible.

When disaster strikes your fast-food franchise, you need the expertise of a specialized team who is experienced in food service cleanup.

At SERVPRO, our teams are trained in health codes, regulations and the use of food safe products. They understand the importance of getting your dining room, kitchen or production operational as quickly as possible.

We’ll work to ensure all surfaces are restored and sanitized to the proper health codes and food safety specifications and you are able to get back to business and your patrons can get back to the food.

From restaurants and cafeterias to national distribution centers, SERVPRO works to make your food service facility disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning and Repair for Education Facilities

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

AT SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City we believe learning shouldn’t be paused or canceled, even in the face of disaster.

Disasters at an educational facility are highly complex and require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a small school campus or an institute of higher education, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so that normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. Your job is to provide valuable lessons and information to the students, ours is to make sure you have a safe place to do so.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Our experience in handling educational facilities cleanups has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following educational facilities: K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities, Dormitories, Private Schools, Libraries, Daycares / Pre-K Facilities

From county school systems to large accredited colleges and universities, SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City works to make your education facility disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Houston Home Health: Enjoy Being Fire-Safe With These 5 Tips

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

We care about your safety, especially when it comes fire. As Houston’s most recognized name in smoke, water, and fire damage restoration, we’ve seen first-hand the devastation to home and family that fires leave behind.

To help make this season a more enjoyable one, we’ve gathered these fire-safety tips for the home.

Keep open flames away from décor, walkways, and doorways.
 The spring is nice and so are the smell of those spring scented candles. Be sure to keep them away from your decor and from areas where they can be easily knocked over.

Do not overload electrical outlets. Be careful not to overload your outlets as this can cause overheating and start a blaze. Make sure that they are all in good repair and that you unplug them when not in use. 

Clean the fireplace and space heaters. After a season of sitting around, last years soot and dust make the fireplace and the chimney a fire hazard. Space heaters also collect dust or can fall into disrepair with frayed wiring. Before using your fireplace or space heater for the first time this season, give it a thorough cleaning and inspection. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has reported that many house fires start from home heating sources.

Have An Emergency Escape Plan. The NFPA statistics show that only about one-quarter of American households have an emergency fire escape plan. People often over-estimate the time they have to escape from a house fire. Most think they have about 6-minutes and enough time to save belongings from fire damage, but in reality, it’s closer to 2-minutes. For your sake and the sake of your family, develop an evacuation plan and practice it.

Check your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives, but only when they are in working order. Check your alarms once a month by pushing the test button. Most smoke alarm failures are the result of dead or missing batteries or being unplugged from the power source. And remember to replace smoke alarms after 10 years of use.

For more information about fire safety and prevention, visit NFPA.org. To learn more about advanced fire, water, or smoke damage restoration for home and business, contact us at (281) 403-2256. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call.

Burn Awareness

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

We thought it was a good time to share some tips that could keep you and your family safe from getting burned.

Scalds are one of the leading causes of burns in children under the age of 9 in the United States. To prevent your children from being scalded by hot water make sure that you are checking the temperature of their bath water before placing them in the bathtub. To ensure that your water won't be too hot adjust your Hot Water Heater to no more than 120 degrees F so that the chance of having water hot enough to scald someone is drastically reduced.

Before giving them a warm drink like Hot Chocolate, make sure that it is cool enough for them to drink or hold before handing it to them.

When cooking, make sure you turn your pot handles in over the counters so that they don't get knocked over by you or your kids by accident.

For adults who use home oxygen make sure that there are no open flame sources nearby, and please do not smoke or let them smoke while an oxygen tank is in the room.

If you are using a fireplace in your home make sure that you have a gate that protects embers from leaving the fireplace and that no one touches that gate while the fireplace is in use as it can be very hot if touched.

If you do get burned the best thing you can do first is to place the burned area under cool (not cold) water for a few minutes to lessen the severity of the burn. If the burn is serious it is advised that you report to an emergency medical office to seek further treatment.

For more information visit ameriburn.org or beburnaware.org and if any scalds are from the result of a fire and the damage is too much for you to clean yourself, call SERVPRO (281) 403-2256.

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.

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.

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.

How To Help Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

When water pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and allow the thawed water to leak. A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your home and furnishings.

Knowing what to do in the event of a burst water pipe can limit the damage. Here are some tips:

  • Turn off the water at the main stop tap as soon as you notice a leak. You can usually find it under the kitchen sink where the service pipe comes in, so make sure you know where it is in case of emergency.
  • If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
  • Drain the cold water system by turning on all your cold taps.
  • Turn off any water heating system, such as central heating or immersion heaters, and then drain the hot water system by turning on the hot taps.
  • Switch off the electrical mains if you think the water may have leaked near your electrics or electrical appliances. However, if the mains switch is wet DO NOT TOUCH IT.
  • Call a plumber to fix the leaking water pipe.
  • Call an electrician if you think your electrical wiring may have been damaged by the water. Never underestimate the dangers associated with electricity, especially when mixed with water!
  • A burst pipe can be particularly dangerous if water leaks through for some time before you notice. In that case, the water may have caused structural damage that could result in collapsed ceilings or weakened walls. If the ceiling is bulging, be careful because it may not be safe.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to burst pipes. You can take some simple measures to stop your pipes from freezing.

  • If you are going away during very cold weather, set the heating to come on for fifteen minutes a couple of times a day.
  • Replace an old boiler with a more modern one with a frost protect thermostat that turns on automatically if the temperature falls to a certain level.
  • Insulate your pipes and the sides of your water tanks.
  • Fix dripping taps because they block the pipes if the water freezes.
  • If you notice a water pipe starting to freeze, thaw it slowly and carefully with a hairdryer or heat gun. Start at the end of the pipe and open the tap if there is one.

A little expense now to protect your water pipes from the cold can save you a great deal of expense later. 

What To Do And Not Do After Storm Damage.

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Damage from tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding rivers and backed up sewage are tough to clean up. Your first view of the muddy mess mixed with contaminated floodwater and debris can leave you feeling overwhelmed not knowing where to start –or if it’s even safe to begin the cleaning process. Storm damage in Houston can be a tricky business, and we know this because it’s our business.

At SERVPRO of Stafford and Missouri City, we're THE professionals for storm cleanup and flood damage restoration. As the experts, we’d like to share with you the do’s and don’ts of storm damage cleanup. Following these tips will help to speed up the recovery process as well as keep you safe.

Do Call to Your Insurance Agent. As soon as your out of immediate danger and have contacted friends and family to let them know you’re safe, call your insurance agent. They will guide you through the next steps in filing a flood damage claim. They may also provide you with a preferred flood damage restoration company that offer services that are covered by your policy. SERVPRO is the preferred water damage restoration provider for most insurance companies.

Do Contact the Remediation Professionals. If not already directed by your insurance agent, or If you can’t get a hold of them right away, call a trusted water damage restoration and mold remediation company. Remediation involves taking steps to prevent further mold damage, complete flood cleanup and sanitization, and restoration of your property to pre-flood condition. Stafford SERVPRO does all this and more!

Do Protect Yourself and Your Family. Severe weather can bring all sorts of dangers into your home, so it’s critical that you are careful upon first entering to survey the damage. Return only if it’s been deemed safe to do so and be extremely cautious. Wear protective clothing to minimize your exposure to toxic black water and jagged debris. Toss out any food that was touched by water –even canned goods. Document your losses by taking photos and listing all the damaged items. If you are working with SERVPRO, we will do this for you.

Don’t Turn On The Your Utilities Until You Get The All Clear. Because of the risk of potentially life-threatening situations, don’t turn on your water, gas, or electricity until you've gotten the okay from the fire department or other authority. During times of severe weather, city officials or the fire department will shut off the utilities for safety reasons. Don’t try to override this precaution.

Don’t Use Electronics in Moist Environments. The risk of electrocution is high with flooding and the uncertainty that the power has been shut off. If you think the electricity is still on, do not enter any flooded or damp areas, and wait until the water damage is completely dry before using electronics.

Don’t Use Fabrics or Furniture Until They Are Properly Cleaned. Anytime you have water damage there is a risk of a mold infestation. Mold is not only destructive to your home and personal items, but it can also cause health problems for sensitive individuals. Be sure to have all water damaged items professionally dried and disinfected before you use them.

Severe weather is common in our area, and Stafford SERVPRO wants to make sure that our neighbors stay safe even after the storm. We are honored to be the preferred service provider for many national insurance companies and hundreds already served in Fort Bend County. Call us whenever disaster strikes; we serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Foreclosed Home Cleanup in Stafford Texas

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Let Us Help With Your Investment!

You have bought that foreclosed home in Missouri City only to discover there are mold and trash everywhere inside ... who do you call to help you clean up all that filth?

SERVPRO that is who you call!

Not only are we experts at cleaning and eliminating mold and trash, but we also have experience helping out even the most seasoned of real estate home or building flippers.

We can help with a bunch of different tasks ranging from a simple patch and mud job to total reconstruction of an unsafe dwelling.

Let the company that has been helping investors and teams all along the Stafford area for years give you the peace of mind that your investment in a foreclosed unit will be looking great and be structurally sound in no time!

Call SERVPRO the next time you buy that foreclosed property!

Why Is There Mold In My Stafford Home?

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

It's never too late!

You do not know you have mold unless it is too late!

Your best bet for not finding mold in your Stafford, Texas home is to make sure you do not have excess water or moisture issues in your home.

If left untreated a water leak or excess moisture situation can turn into mold growth as quick as 48 hours. Especially down here in the Missouri City area when conditions are almost always warm and humid, mold loves that environment!

If you suspect you have water leakage or excess moisture issues in your home call SERVPRO today. We have the tools, training, and manpower to restore your home back to its wonderful self again. 

If you see or smell mold then you should definitely call SERVPRO right away, we are experts in riding your home of that pesky problem!

We can do it all, call us today!

Rodents In Your Ducts Stafford

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

We clean Air Ducts right!

SERVPRO has been household and commercial cleaning air ducts in your area for years!

One of the most necessary times to get your ducts cleaned is after a rodent infestation.

Often times mice and or rats can make their way into your home through a small crack somewhere in your roof or foundation and then set up shop in your HVAC pipes/vents.

When you have a professional exterminator remove the rodent issue you still want to go the extra step and have your HVAC system cleaned well! The rodent urinates often and that mixed with their droppings can cause health issues in some people due to it getting airborne in your system.

SERVPRO has the equipment and manpower to clean your air ducts quickly and professionally.

Even if you have not had a rodent issue it is still a good idea to do a yearly cleaning just to be on the safe side, so call SERVPRO to schedule yours today!

Cabinet Install and Restore In Stafford

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our repair technicians never just hang around!

Cabinets can make or break the look of that awesome new kitchen you have!

Actually, cabinets can make an old kitchen look new or completely change the look, feel and flow of your entire space!

When it comes to cabinets few do it yourselfers get it one hundred percent right. There is the measuring, the planning, the shopping, the pickup or delivery, the inspection, the mounting, the leveling and then the actual enjoying.

If there was any part of that process that just does not seem worth it ... you should call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has been dealing with cabinets for years. We handle all of the above-mentioned tasks almost on a daily basis when restoring or remodeling a kitchen after a disaster. So why not call us to help with your cabinets even if your house did not burn down?

We have the tools, manpower and know how to handle your cabinet job right the first time!

Drywall Services In Missouri City

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

We know walls!

Who does drywall in Missouri City? SERVPRO does!!

We perform the task of drywalling and mudding almost daily. Our repair technicians are constantly having to rebuild walls due to fire, water and or mold damage. They are experts in drywall repair and remodeling.

Why not call SERVPRO to help you even if it is not an emergency? We have the equipment and the manpower to handle any sized job. We have been doing drywall all over the Missouri City area for years, where else can you find that kind of service?

If you need drywall repaired, installed or removed call the team at SERVPRO now. You will be able to relax knowing that solid professionals are taking care of your needs and that you are in great hands!

Call to schedule your estimate today! (281) 403-2256

Carpentry In Missouri City

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Build For You!

When you think of SERVPRO you probably think of awesome fire, water, and mold restoration and you would be right ... but did you know we can build houses around the Missouri City area too?

SERVPRO rebuilt a house from the ground up not too long ago when a client's home burned down to the ground from an oxygen tank explosion!

SERVPRO handled the process from start to finish and the owner was amazed at the carpentry skills that SERVPRO displayed on this home!

SERVPRO can provide this service for you too by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • And Much More!!!

Call us today if you need award-winning service on your home!

Carpet Cleaning Stafford

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

We Know Carpet Cleaning!

Even before your 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.

Call SERVPRO to schedule your home or business carpet cleaning today!

Summer Office Declutter Tips In Stafford

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

So Fresh And So Clean!

Put Some Clean In Your Summer By Removing That Clutter!

Tips and tricks to help declutter your office and get more productive brought to you by SERVPRO.      

  • Divide Your Workplace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions.  This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.
  • Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "To Read", "To Do", and "To File". 

  • Sort Your Junk Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. 

  • Eliminate Digital Clutter: Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files - with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. 

  • Disinfect Regularly: Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

We can help with any of the heavy stuff that you just can not do in-house!

Spring HVAC Cleaning Includes Air Ducts

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows Spring Cleaning!

Pollen, dust, mold, and dirt can wreck your HVAC!

Inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) is one service offered by SERVPRO.

Keeping your HVAC system and Air Ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you time and costs on repair.

SERVPRO uses a portable vent and air duct cleaning system to remove months of dust, pollen, and filth. 

SERVPRO will inspect your HVAC system and Air Ducts and also make recommendations about the best way to fight indoor air quality concerns. The inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system, ductwork and you. 

Call us today to schedule your Spring HVAC inspection: (281) 403-2256.

Flooring Services In Stafford

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO, Your Flooring Experts!

Flooring is the foundation of a great home ... literally!

Flooring can be carpet, wood, concrete or other kinds of building materials but they are all subject to damage from water, fire and or mold.

When your home's flooring becomes damaged you can try to fix it yourself (not a great idea) and some people have a small level of success but you have to ask yourself do I know enough about the science of drying to make sure the flooring I'm putting down is going on a completely dry surface that will not become mold infested because I'm trapping moisture underneath and then have to completely redo the whole process again?

If you do know about moisture control (congrats you are in a small group of trained people) and the science of drying, by all means, do that labor intensive time investing and all around not fun project yourself. If you do not think you can pull it off, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to have your flooring project done right and fast!

Restoration Services In Stafford

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores!

No Job Is Too Large For SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City!

There's never an opportune time for fire or water damage to strike your building or business. Every minute spent cleaning up is a minute of lost revenue and or time spent doing business operational duties. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there quickly with the help you need and the name you trust.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is made up of our best of the best in restoration.

Our industry-leading large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the country to handle any size disaster. Every single large loss is overseen by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

If your business suffers a major loss, call (281) 403-2256!

Hurricane Names For 2018

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Hopefully, none of these names will be said!

Since last week was all about Hurricane Preparedness, we felt you should have a little more info about this year's Hurricane Season!

The National Hurricane Center generates lists of names, in alphabetical order, to be used for tropical storms and hurricanes.

As storms form, they are named in order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

There are six lists, so a name can recur once every six years so these names can not be used again until 2024. When a hurricane is especially memorable or devastating, that name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it.

Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2018:

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

If you sustain storm damage due to hurricanes or any other type of storm, call SERVPRO right away!

Large Loss Repair and Cleaning

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Let Us Handle Your Large Loss

Thanks to our Commercial Large Loss Division ... NO JOB IS TOO LARGE!

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 rate at which things move with ease and precision is unparalleled.

The SERVPRO Advantage is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Our team is massive and can be readied quickly to save you time!

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

Stop Mold In Its Tracks

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Home

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.

Fungi produce some very useful results. 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.

The 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 fixed 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.

Stop mold in its tracks by calling SERVPRO today! (281) 403-2256

Take Precautions When Dealing With Mold

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Better Safe Than Moldy

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know that 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.

Call us today to schedule a mold check for your home: (281) 403-2256

Know The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Warning

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Get It Twisted!

Know the Difference between a Tornado Warning and a Tornado Watch. 

A Tornado Watch means to stay on alert. Weather conditions may signal that a tornado is possible, so it is important to watch the sky.

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been spotted in the area 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 and Missouri City has been coming to the aid of those struck by the damaging effects of tornadoes and storm damage since 1967.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, SERVPRO is eager and ready to help whenever you need us. 

Water Damage Repair In Missouri City

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

We Fix Water Damage

Homes get flooded, period.

Everyone living close to any big body of water knows all about the flooding that occurs when the rivers and lakes get higher than normal.

There is significant damage to homes in these flood zoned areas time and time again. We are constantly proving our value to those needing water damage repair by providing amazing customer service, lightning fast response times, and professional grade equipment.

There are a few things to make fixing water damages easier for yourself and for SERVPRO. If you know you are in a flood zone make a list of contents that you may be keeping in areas of your home or property that keep getting ravaged by the flooding to ensure everything is accounted for when disaster strikes.

Also, make sure you have copies of your insurance policies in a safe area or even digitized copies stored online in the cloud.

As always if you have water damage that you need to be repaired, call SERVPRO today!

Who Sticks Around After Storms In Stafford

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage is serious business!

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Houston area.

Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing Stafford and Missouri City. And with so many choices, it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in Houston:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. Houston SERVPRO is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.
  • Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time, Houston SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
  • Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of Houston is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Houston as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. You’ll find that your locally owned Houston SERVPRO is in good standing with both organizations.

Call on Houston SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (281) 616-8125. 

Who Fixes Storm Damage In Stafford Texas

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Don't take a risk on any old person in a truck to fix your storm-damaged home!

Storm season seems to never end in Stafford Texas!

Everyone who has ever lived in or visited Stafford / Missouri City has been privy to the amazingly intense but ever so brief storms here. It seems almost like out of nowhere they come spiraling out of the sky with ridiculously powerful winds and dumping gallons of rain by the second on the fair residents of Texas.

Once the storms pass everyone usually breathes a sigh of relief and goes on about their day like nothing ever happened. But what if something did happen? What if that 10-minute storm produced golf ball sized hail and pelted them through your windows and opened your home up to the torrential downpours that left your abode soaked to the bone? What if lightning struck that old oak tree in the front yard and half of it came through your roof?

Who would you call to fix your storm-damaged house in Stafford Texas? 

You would call SERVPRO because we have been specializing in storm-damaged homes for decades. We have the tools and the talent to make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO at (281) 403-2256!

Mold Damage Tips

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Don't attempt to handle the mold yourself.

What you can do until help arrives:

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today (281) 403-2256

Black Mold In Stafford Texas

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to help eliminate black mold today!

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”.

Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Check out these tips for more info on what to do if you find mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately. 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (281) 403-2256

Thunderstorm Damage To My Missouri City Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

When lightning strikes and thunder rolls your SERVPRO is standing by.

We all know that thunderstorms can actually cause major damage to your homes.

But who do you call when the clouds roll out?

SERVPRO has been fixing storm-damaged homes in the Stafford / Missouri City area for quite some time. Our highly trained technicians are qualified to handle almost anything wicked storms can throw at them.

We have the experience, training, and equipment to handle a small flood to massive thunderstorm damage resulting in holes in your roof, water damaged floors and even fire damage caused by lightning.

Why trust the process of putting your home and sometimes your family back together to any old person with a truck and a few tools. SERVPRO is licensed and insured to give you the ultimate peace of mind that you are in good hands.

Call us today (281) 403-2256

6 Tips To Winterize Your HVAC In Stafford

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

HVAC Maintenance Is The Biggest Key To Warm Winters

Winter is hitting the Stafford Texas area and that means it’s time to switch on the heat. 

Is your HVAC System ready for the challenges that winter brings?

Here are 6 maintenance tips from SERVPRO that will help you enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long.

  1. Clean and/or Replace the Air Filter
  2. Clean the Air Vents
  3. Add Some Insulation
  4. Check Your Thermostat
  5. Cover the Outdoor AC Unit if needed
  6. Schedule an Inspection from SERVPRO

Do you need a hand with your HVAC maintenance in the Stafford / Missouri City area?

SERVPRO is here to assist you. Through maintenance and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at SERVPRO will make sure your heating system is ready for the upcoming winter season. (281) 403-2256

Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors can save your life, don't get caught without one.

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.*

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals.

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  2. Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  3. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  4. Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  5. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Just The Facts: Smoke Detectors

  • Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working.
  • Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

*Statistics and tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association.

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO TODAY! (281) 403-2256

8 Tips to Avoiding Holiday Hazards In Your Stafford Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Candles can be a holiday hazard, always use caution.

Candles, pretty lights, and decorations are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season-however if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly.

Review the following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

1. Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.

2. Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.

3. Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.

4. Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

5. Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets.

6. Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed.

7. Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.

8. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season! 

BIOHAZARD AND CRIME SCENE

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration Services

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO® of Stafford Missouri City offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO® of Stafford Missouri City can help with:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Houston Home Care: What to Look for in A Storm Damage Restoration Company

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

The need for emergency storm damage restoration in Houston is great. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Houston area. Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing Stafford and Missouri City. And with so many choices, it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in Houston:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. Houston SERVPRO is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.
  • Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time, Houston SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
  • Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of Houston is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Houston as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. You’ll find that your locally owned Houston SERVPRO is in good standing with both organizations.

When searching for local and top ranking storm and mold damage remediation business in Houston, you’ll see that SERVPRO stands above the rest. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust of our Houston neighbors, and we’ll work just hard to earn your trust.

Call on Houston SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (281) 616-8125. Our customer service agents stand ready to dispatch a SERVPRO response team to your home anytime, day or night, to provide immediate restoration solutions.

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