SERVPRO Handles Fires!
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring as opposed to replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Bear Creek provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
What You Can Do Until Help Arrives
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carper
- Do no wash an walls or painted surfaces
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
- Do not clean any electrical equipment
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor into the fabric
SERVPRO of Bear Creek is available 24-hours a day to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at (281) 463-9800.
In this blog we will cover what delamination is and how it affects carpet.
Carpet delamination is a condition where the secondary backing of the carpet is detached from the primary backing. If this were to happen to your carpets during a water loss situation, we are required to remove any carpet affected by the water as the carpet has become irreparable and once we have removed the damaged carpet we would place the appropriate drying equipment down to remove any remaining moisture in the area.
With SERVPRO being a preferred vendor of multiple insurance agencies, we have the experience and knowledge needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800 if your carpet has been affected by water damage.
Mold Growth After Flooding
Mold growth in Houston, TX is always concerning because once it starts, without intervention, it is going to continue and become a much bigger problem. Excessive moisture in any area of your home can result in this issue. Of course, when there is standing water and bacteria is present, it can exacerbate the growth. Knowing more about mold and how to take care of it is the first step in protecting your home.
Getting Rid of Mold in Your Home:
Once mold growth has begun, it is important to get it taken care of immediately. Following a flood, you should have your home inspected to see if mold is present. The following steps are most often taken to tackle this problem:
- Utilize the proper safety gear and equipment
- Assess the space to determine the work that needs to be done
- Start the contamination control process to prevent spreading the mold and cross-contamination
- Source the mold and then physically get it removed
- Alleviate the moisture in the space so that a future outbreak does not happen
Preventing Future Mold Growth:
The first step in prevention is making sure that all flood damage was properly cleaned and repaired. Then, ensure that the moisture levels in your home are kept to a minimum. If you suspect the source of the flooding is from something like a leaking pipe, quickly get it fixed so that it has a low chance of causing mold. Make sure that the ventilation in your home is sufficient, and consider using mold resistant products. It is also important to make sure that rainwater is directed away from your home to alleviate the risk of future flooding.
Mold growth can quickly become a major problem. Following a flood, it can start to grow in just 24 to 48 hours, so it is important for homeowners to act quickly in getting it taken care of. Once it is eliminated, take precautions to prevent future issues.
Visit SERVPRO of Bear Creek for additional information on storm damage.
Prevent the Spread of the Flu Virus in Your Business
Businesses (and homes) can depend on SERVPRO of Bear Creek to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.
The Professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek are also trained and equipped to clean your HVAC and duct systems to help provide better air quality and help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants. If you have concerns about the cleanliness and sanitation of your place of business (or home), Call SERVPRO of Bear Creek today (281) 463-9800.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people may take action every day to stay healthy during flu season.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with relatives or friends that are sick.
For more helpful information regarding Flu Germs, contact the center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website https://www.cdc.gov/
Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
Smoke alarms save lives when they are installed properly, maintained and checked periodically to make sure they are in working order.
In a home, there should be a smoke alarm in every bedroom on every level of the home. In an office or commercial environment, check with your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all the codes are met.
Every month you should use the test button to test the smoke alarms. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries should be replaced every 10 years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every 10 years. Do not ignore the chirp of an alarm battery. That noise is an indication that the battery is low. Take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from the alarm. Almost half of fire where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek (281) 463-9800.
- 7 People die every day from a home fire
- 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
- $7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year
Are You Prepared for a Winter Storm? Frozen Pipes?
As a cross country winter storm rolls in this coming weekend and temperatures drop in Houston, TX, will you be prepared?
Now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.
SERVPRO of Bear Creek offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.
- Insulate all exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space and under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets
- Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. You can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst by temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening
- Close any inside valves that supply water outdoors and open the outside valve to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes
- In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze
- Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees F.
Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:
- If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or any other open flame device
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Bear Creek immediately. The longer you wait to call the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Bear Creek professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.
Visit www.SERVPRObearcreek.com for more information on water damage restoration.
Have You Experienced a Water Loss?
SERVPRO Uses Professional Grade Equipment When Restoring Your Home after Water Damage
Without experience in water damage restoration, it is hard to determine what you need to replace and what is salvageable after the unfortunate incident takes place. You also need an expert to control the damage and perform removal and cleanup activities on your Bear Creek property. It is equally important to understand some of the procedures that professionals perform when restoring your property.
One of the first steps that our SERVPRO technicians carry out when mitigating water damage on your Bear Creek property is identifying the extent of the damage. When determining the level of wetness and tracking the moisture levels, the team uses specialized tools such as moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometers. Once we find the wet areas, the next step is to dry them to their preloss condition.
It means water removal is a crucial procedure towards making the restoration a success. Our IICRC certified technicians may use extractors to remove the water. In most cases, we use pumps when there is standing water in the area. Portable extractors are useful when removing water from areas with limited access; otherwise, we employ the truck mounted ones when the site is so big. Apart from water removal, these devices can clean carpets and upholstery.
Whether we are performing deodorization to neutralize the smells or using dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation, observing safety measures is also very important. As a result, our SERVPRO of Bear Creek team puts on the necessary safety gear and advise our clients to stay away from the site to avoid any probable injury. We also work towards preventing possible hazards by addressing any sagging wet ceilings and turning off electrical circuits that are likely to short circuit.
SERVPRO of Bear Creek aims at making your property appear as if there was no water damage with the use of the state of the art equipment and techniques. Call us at (281) 463-9800 when faced with any size of disaster and leave the rest to us.
Winter Fire Safety Tips
The winter season is here! This means that home fires occur more often by unattended candles, space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.
At SERVPRO of Bear Creek, we want to remind everyone to take simple steps to protect their homes and family from the danger of household hazards and heating equipment. Practicing the best fire safety is how you can be most prepared for an unexpected disaster in the winter.
Here are a few fire safety tips to prevent most heating related fires from happening:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. When you burn wood, make sure it's dry and seasoned so that it produces more flame and less smoke.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are fresh. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, laundry room and in bedrooms.
- Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets. Light candles only when you're around to watch them and blow them out when you're ready to leave the room.
- Beware of space heaters. The name should give you a clue space heaters need space. Like fireplaces; people and pets should not sit any closer than three feet.
- Don't put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics. Make sure the space heaters you buy have automatic shut-offs before reaching dangerous temperatures.
If you have the unfortunate experience of fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Bear Creek
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Do You Have Water Damage?
Trust the Professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek!
Without question, the most important step a homeowner needs to take when faced with flood or other water damage is to waste no time in drying the area out. The old standby of setting up all your house fans to dry out a flooded area really isn’t very effective in the long run. It may do a satisfactory job on the surface, but deeper water damage to walls, wood, carpet and furniture, along with insufficient drying, can lead to more serious consequences such as mold and mildew growth, the flourishing of harmful bacteria, bugs in rotting wood and in extreme conditions, actual damage to the structural integrity of the home itself. To combat all of these harmful possibilities and to prevent further costly damage; the best thing you can do is to call in a licensed water damage restoration specialist to tackle the job, like SERVPRO of Bear Creek. Call us today at (281) 463-9800!
Water Damage is Serious!
Nobody ever thinks it can happen to them, but it can. Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.
Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of toxic mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.
Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:
- Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
- Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
- Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes or local overflowing lakes, reservoirs or rivers.
- Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. The humid outdoor air of Houston, Texas may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.
For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and to prevent secondary damages such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800