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There's never a convenient time for water damage to strike your commercial property. SERVPRO of Memorial West/ Bear Creek has certified technician that work to limit the chaos during the water mitigation process. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We work diligently to extract all water on site using latest equipment and advanced cleaning specifically geared for commercial water damage.
Our team will assess the property to ensure nothing gets left behind. After drying, the techs thoroughly sanitize the property with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents, so it is safe for employees and customers. If the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, give our team a call @ 281-463-9800 we have highly trained technicians waiting to get your property back in business quickly.
How Can you Treat Hidden Mold in your Home
What in the Mold is going on here ?
Customer called after what she thought was a minor leak in her home after the infamous Texas freeze. She started to see small patches of mold inside of the cabinets. Upon arrival our team set up containment barriers using plastic ensuring it was completely sealed. Now that we sealed off the work area it was then put under negative pressure to guarantee all airborne particles were being collected by the air filtration device. We began to detach the cabinets where we found a significant amount of mold. Once the mold was revealed we then applied an antimicrobial organic agent. Antimicrobial agent is used to break down and eliminate microorganism that are harmful to our bodies. Microorganism cleaning is important, and it is also important to remember that you do not want the spores to become airborne. In order to do that you will need to use a HEPA filtered vacuum and thoroughly vacuum all surfaces. This is a great preventative for airborne spores. After we applied the antimicrobial and vacuumed, we then removed the customers drywall from the structure and bagged for disposal. Demo is now complete, and cleaning of the stud work will begin. The studs will have the antimicrobial organic agent applied to them as well as wiped down to ensure that all spores and microorganisms were collected and removed from the surface. Finally, after all visible spores and growth are removed and cleaned then we vacuum and fog the entire workspace and containment.
If you have, or think you might have, a mold problem in your home, you need to check for hidden mold. While some mold may be easy to spot, it can be hard to find mold in places like heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts or inside walls. Listed below are a few places you may have hidden mold:
- Inside walls
- Above ceiling tiles
- Under carpet
- Under floorboards
- Inside heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts
- In the attic
- In crawlspaces
- Under wallpaper
- In chimneys
- Washing machine
Flooding Warning During Tropical Storm Nicholas
As Tropical Storm Nicholas heads to Houston, TX, it is essential to prepare both your home and family for an emergency. With the potential possibility of flooding in low lying areas remember that flood water could affect your safety as well as, causing damages to your home or business. Keep the following in mind while following the news updates and weather alerts.
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Listen to weather, radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.
Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; keep up with weather updates regarding possible flooding in your area.
Flood Warnings: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warnings: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Bear Creek a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Why should you call SERVPRO after a flood
SERVPRO has over 55 years of experience in restoring flood damaged homes and businesses working to make it look "Like it never even happened," from coast to coast. SERVPROS' Disasters Recovery Team are trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and flood waters.
Our crew has extensive training in restoring homes. We are here to assist you in the event of flood water entering your home or business during this active storm season.
SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek trained restoration professionals can recognize what can be saved and what must be disposed of. They are trained in the proper cleaning requirements for specific materials. Even minor flood waters have the potential to cause major damages to a structure and if not treated quickly, the dangers of mold will become a concern as well.
If you have any damages that are caused by recent storm damages call SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800
Professional Clean Up After Sewer Damage
Floodwater is divided into three categories: Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3. The first type is from a clean water source, while the second may come from leaking appliances. Categories 1 and 2 won't be fatal; however, category 3 water, or black water, can be lethal because it contains hazardous materials, including human waste. If you have a sewer backup at home, do the following:
- Get everyone safely out of your home.
- Do not come into contact with the water.
- Call a company that specializes in sewer cleanup.
Professional crews in Houston, TX will come to your home and assess the damage. The technicians have the proper safety gear and equipment to remove all sewer water from your property. The team will use industrial-strength extraction machines to suck up standing water and water from saturated areas such as carpet and furniture.
Whether from a flooded toilet or a broken sewage pipe, the presence of water can encourage mold growth. After removing the water, the technicians will completely dry the area with high-powered fans so there is no moisture in your home.
It is not enough to dry floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture. The cleanup company will disinfect all surfaces and materials to kill all bacteria and harmful substances. The final part of the sewer cleanup process is to rebuild and restore any damaged materials such as drywall and flooring.
If you have black water in your house, make sure you leave the sewer cleanup to the pros. You can count on these crews to use their skills and experience to make your home safe once more.
6 Clean Water Sources That Can Cause Category 1 Water Damage
Six Common Causes for Water Loss
While even clean water can be damaging and require the need for water damage restoration services, it’s reassuring to know that unwanted water in your building is not contaminated or unsafe to handle. Here are six common causes of water loss in Houston, TX that are considered Category 1 water.
Broken Supply Line
Supply lines can start to leak around fittings and connections, or a sharp object can cause a supply line: broken pipe to break completely and start to gush out. Deterioration, freezing temperatures, and earthquakes can also can a water line to break.
Cracked or Broken Pipe
Broken pipes are a common cause of water damage. While an undetected leak that has been sitting for a long period time is likely contaminated, a recent pipe burst is a clean water source.
Overflowing Sink or Tub
If a sink or tub is accidentally left leaking or a drain is plugged, water can overflow and cause extensive damage. As long as there were no contaminants in the sink or tub, this water is considered Category 1.
Clean Toilet Bowls
An overflowing toilet with no urine or feces in it is still considered clean water. If only urine is present, the water is labeled Category 2. Water with feces is grossly contaminated Category 3 water.
Melted Ice or Snow and Rainwater.
As long as it hasn’t come into contact with contaminants, water from melted ice or snow is safe to handle. Additionally, rainwater is considered clean enough to touch and even consume.
While water that leaks from a dishwasher or washing machine may be slightly contaminated, other appliance leaks are considered safe. However, you will need to be careful to avoid electrical hazards.
A positive sign that floodwater in your building is Category 1 is that it came from a clean water source. While there are other potential causes of flooding or leaks, these water sources are some of the most common.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –
[SERVPRO of Bear Creek, 281-463-9800]
Facts about Smoke and Soot Damage
Smoke and Soot Damage can cause a long-lasting odor in your home
Smoke and soot can cause hidden damage and odor. Our Production Technicians are experts when it comes to smoke damage who can accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.
Facts about Smoke and Soot
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke Did you know there are actually different types of smoke? There is what is called wet smoke and dry smoke! Check out the two types below in more detail.
Wet Smoke // Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke // Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue // Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Fire Safety for Pets
Pets can be considered family, too!
At any given moment, a fire emergency can take place in the Houston area or abroad, and though unexpected; it can be beneficial to already have a plan in place for everyone in your home to evacuate and meet in a safe location. While you should always be most focused on keeping yourself and your family safe, you can also spend some time on pet preparation so that you can have a better chance of getting your pets out of danger as well. You can be better prepared to keep your pets safe during a fire emergency by following these safety tips:
In the confusion caused by a fire, it can be hard to think of everything you need to do right away. If you have a plan in place and practice it a few times, you can be better prepared to handle a fire emergency. This can not only be helpful for pet safety, but also for the safety of everyone in your household.
Notice Where Your Pets Are
An important part of the planning process can be noticing where your pets usually spend their time. It can be especially helpful to note where they hide when frightened. You don’t want to put yourself at risk by spending too much time searching for your dog or cat during a fire emergency, but you can be better prepared to get yourself and your pets out as soon as possible by having a checklist of areas you can look.
Keep Collars and Leashes Handy
Fires can be especially frightening to pets. By keeping their collars and leashes handy, you can more easily guide them out of the house. If you are unable to find them, it can be easier for the fire department to get them out if they are wearing collars. It can be a good idea to hang leashes by the door you are planning to evacuate through.
Taking On Storms With Technology
These days, it is important to be ready for a storm and disaster can strike at a moment’s notice! Technology works hard to help us become aware of danger with more time to prepare before it hits! Technology can also be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare. Below are a few things that will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Store Information Online
There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.
Follow the News
Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.
Mark Yourself Safe
The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.
Get in Touch
Make sure your contact information is up to date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.
Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Get an Emergency READY Profile® SERVPRO® of Bear Creek is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles® (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepares you, your property, or your business for an emergency. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business. Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App. Get in touch with SERVPRO® of Bear Creek today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business!
Call us, SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800.