Call SERVPRO for flood emergencies
If a flood or hurricane strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800. Even minor floods and damages 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.
Why you should call SERVPRO
SERVPRO has over forty years of experience on restoring flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPROS' Disasters Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and flood waters.
Floods can strike anywhere
- The principle causes of floods in the eastern united states are hurricanes and major storms
- The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snow melt and rainstorms.
- Underpasses can be extremely dangerous during a flash flood especially at night.
If you have any damages that are caused by storm damages call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800
Storm and floods
With hurricane season here your safety is essential, here are some tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) on preparing for this hurricane season.
Before the flood
- Have qualified professionals elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
- Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
During the flood
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
- Disconnect electrical appliances.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing on water.
- Do not walk through the moving water as you could be carried away.
After the flood
- Listen for news reports to learn if water supply is clean to drink.
- Avoid flood waters as it may contain harmful chemicals.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
If your home is affected by a hurricane or flood, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463 9800
Lead paint safety
During early 1978 EPA (Environment protection agency) required most industries to stop the use of lead paint because of the hazards it caused. And being that this paint had been used on surfaces built before 1978, we as a SERVPRO are required to test surfaces before that time period to clarify if the surface has lead in it. Here are some tips on what you can do to protect your family from lead in Pre-1978 property.
- Keep young kids from chewing any parts of the wall as it could be poisonous.
- Any pieces of paint or drywall that becomes detached to the wall, clean and remove it immediately.
- Remove any shoes before entering the property as it could bring in more lead.
- Wash children's toys, hands and bottles frequently
If you don't know if your property has lead paint, notify your landlord before deciding to chip paint or drywall. SERVPRO will assist in any water loss, if your property has water damage SERVPRO of Bear Creek is trained to deal with lead paint.
2017 Continuing Education Classes (CE) reminder
A simple reminder that SERVPRO of Bear Creek's class for Trauma/Biohazard Cleanup will be on 6/8/17. Class size is limited so be sure to reserve your seat in advance. Class will start at 8:00 and will go through 12:30. Lunch is provided.
Please contact us either from out phone at (281)-463-9800 or by email at office@SERVPRObearcreek.com to reserve your seat.
All classes are free of charge and lunch will be provided to any who attend.
Classes In the future:
8/10/17 Fire and smoke damage restoration
- What occurs when insured has fire damage
- Fire cleaning techniques
10/12/17 Cleaning contents and deodorization of malodors
- How restorers scope, clean and restore contents
- Deodorization procedures for stinky situations
Facts on hurricanes
With hurricane season coming soon, not only being prepared for the season but having general knowledge of hurricanes can help in your preparation. Here are a few facts on hurricanes.
Hurricanes usually form in highly tropical areas where a high amount of water evaporates into the air. The heated moist air is then twisted in the atmosphere and becomes a hurricane. Where the storm forms determines what kind of storm it is. For example, storms made in the Atlantic or northeast Pacific are called hurricanes while storms made in the northwest Pacific (near Japan) are called typhoons.
The strength of the storm is effected by where you are in relation to the storm and whether the storm is over a land mass. For example, the winds of the storm are normally faster around the eye of the storm. Once a hurricane reaches a large land mass (such as North America) the storm slowly becomes weaker.
If you have storm damage, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has professional technicians ready 24/7 to respond to any disaster.
Basic flood facts
Floods can be as small as six inches but can grow to over ten feet high and can be caused from a number of reasons. Here are a few facts on floods.
Extreme and quick floods are classified as flash floods and have been known to carry water up to twenty feet high and can be caused by both man made and natural reasons such as a break of a dam, landslide or overflowing waterways. Tropical storms can also be a cause of natural flooding such as a tsunami or cyclone.
Fast moving water can be much stronger than most people think. For example, water over two feet can be strong enough to push an entire school bus away in its current. Floods have been known to destroy businesses and people with their strong currents.
If a flood is prepared to come into your town or area take all safety precautions to stay safe. Seek higher ground immediately.
Cleaning products part lll
This is the third continuation of the "Cleaning products" blog post.
"Stainless steel cleaner®"
This product does not have a pH and is used from a spray can to protect any stainless steel items from acidic residues or smoke residue from a fire disaster.
This product is normally used after the cleanup of water damage to prevent any growth of mold or residue. This product has a pH of seven to eight so this is a very neutral product.
"Concrobium® broad spectrum disinfectant"
This product is used if there is a need for a general clean or deodorization. in this product, there is no harmful or flammable solvents in this solution which makes it useful for most general cleaning situations.
If your commercial property has any sort of disaster, SERVPRO of Bear Creek is prepared for any situation.
Hurricane season preparation
With summer season coming soon, hurricane season comes hand in hand with it. Besides keeping up with the news here are some tips on how to prepare for a hurricane or major storm.
If you live near a coast, know the proper evacuation route and be prepared for it when hurricane season starts. If you are in a safe area, have the proper supplies ready such as a generator, first aid, batteries and flashlights. Board up sensitive areas such as windows or shutters. Have a stash of food ready for each member in the household. When the storm itself starts in your area, stay away from windows (even if they are boarded up).
If your home or area is affected by storm damage SERVPRO is ready to respond.
In the wake of a disaster, a multitude of stains and odors can be left behind and cause insult to injury. Here are some facts of stains and odors and what products SERVPRO uses to clean them.
On surfaces that have been painted or surfaces that are washable that were affected by smoke or fire, the general product we would use is called "Wall and all surface cleaner". This product has a pH of twelve to thirteen and is effective with general cleaning.
On stains caused from heavy grease the product we would use "Industrial cleaner". This product has a pH of twelve to fourteen and being that is has a fairly high pH we normally do not use it on things made up of aluminum, magnesium or enamel paint and we use this product while wearing gloves.
Cleaning products cont.
This blog post is a continuation
For situations with general cleaning and degreasing "SERVPRO Green" is usually the product we will use for a situation for this. with a pH of eleven to thirteen we use this in a "Spray-n-Wipe" situations for lights cleaning
If certain accidents happen or stains from accidents occur we would use "Urine odor and stain remover". With a pH of six to nine and a pleasant citrus scent this product is fast acting and works on any type of organic stain. But avoid breathing any mist sprayed in the air.
For stains or odors on hard tile floors we would normally use the product "Bright-N-neutral cleaner" to mop up and stain on tile floors. With a pH of six to eight we normally use this with a mop to clean surfaces.