Recent Storm Damage Posts

Are You Prepared for a Winter Storm? Frozen Pipes?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Three D's of Flood Cleanup

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

What are the cleaning requirements after a flood? You hear that flood water is contaminated, full of pathogens that are harmful to your family. How do you know what you need to throw away and what you can sanitize? Remember the three D’s of flood cleanup: Dispose, Disinfect and Dry. Here is a brief guide for each.

Dispose

Follow local guidelines in Houston, TX / Harris County for waste disposal. If garbage service is not yet running, you can bury contaminated food about four feet deep to keep the odor away. You should however dispose of the following items:

  • Throw away any food, even canned or sealed, that has been in contact with flood water
  • Throw away food from your fridge if power has been off for more than 2 hours
  • Don’t use and garden produce that remain after a flood
  • Discard dishes with cracks, as well as any plastic or wooden kitchen items
  • Submerged drywall may need to be replaced
  • Dispose of carpet padding

Disinfect

Depending on what materials need to be cleaned, the cleaning requirements will vary. For most disinfecting, use one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.

  • Use bleach mixture and spray structural materials and personal items that were contaminated, rinse with clean water and dry
  • Disinfect kitchenware and appliances by using hot soapy water, scrubbing to remove solids, then rinsing with disinfected water. Make sure appliances are unplugged before taking them apart and wiping them down. Allow them to dry completely before reassembling

Dry

Without a proper drying technique, your flood disinfectant effort isn’t complete.

Flood remediation professionals have powerful equipment to help accelerate the drying process and ensure that it is thorough. You should start the drying process right away to help prevent permanent damage or the development of mold.

  • If power is back on, turn on fans and air conditioner unit to assist with drying until help arrives.
  • Hang rugs and remove cushions to put them in a better area for drying
  • Remove carpet and dry outdoors after cleaning

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.

Visit SERVPRO of Bear Creek or call (281) 463-9800 for additional information on storm damage.

When a Winter Storm Hits

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your home or business in Bear Creek, you need help immediately. Our 24 hour emergency response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Bear Creek can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

When the Storm hits, call SERVPRO

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When the Storm hits, call SERVPRO Hurricane Harvey, 2017

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

Facts on Hurricanes

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Storm and Floods

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

Storm damage remediation

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF BEAR CREEK IS READY TO ANSWER THE CALL 24/7

On the call 24/7:

Mother Nature can strike at any time and leave devastation in its wake which is why it is extremely important to be faster to the job, the lesser the damage, less money out of your pocket!

Resources to handle a storm event:

Receiving storm and flood damage is a very stressful time. Our crews here at SERVPRO of Bear Creek understand that and are all veterans of storm events from not only responding to the Houston area, but from responding to events out of state as well! And with this experience comes the know-how and understanding of getting the job done “Like it never even happened.”

Have storm or flood damage? Don’t wait, call SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO for flood emergencies

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

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

Basic flood facts

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Hurricane season preparation

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

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.