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Keeping Pets Safe From a House Fire

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Pet lovers in Baytown, TX are like pet lovers everywhere: they consider their furry, feathered, or scaly friends beloved members of the family. In the event of a fire emergency in the home, it is important to have an evacuation plan for pets just like the rest of the family and make sure everyone is aware of it. The fire department, your insurance company, and restoration experts will take care of the rest.

Proactive Measures

Having either hardwired or battery-powered smoke alarms on every level of your home is a must to keep everyone safe. Check them regularly to make sure they are operational. In the event of a fire emergency, it is important to have a few other items and established procedures in place for pet preparation.

• Practice your evacuation plan with your family, including your pets. For pet safety, train them to come when called, and for those in enclosures, designate an appropriate rescuer.
• In the family emergency kit, include what your pet might need. First aid supplies, any medications, and nonperishable foods should be packed.
• Learn basic first aid procedures for the type of pet you own.
• Affix a pet alert to a window or door to alert fire fighters to the number and type of pets in the home and where they are kept. If you are unable to evacuate them, professionals can perform the rescue.
• Have a plan in place for housing your pet if you become displaced from your home.
• Keep pet ownership records and proof of vaccinations in a fire box.

Proper planning can reduce the kind of chaos that can lead to avoidable losses in the unfortunate situation of a fire emergency in the home. Practicing evacuation procedures and assembling an emergency kit can help keep all members of your family out of harm’s way. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaytownchannelview.com/ for more information on fire damage. 

Take Quick Acton to Prevent the Spread of Mold

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Any Baytown, TX property can be affected by mold when a source of moisture is introduced into the area. Within just 24 to 48 hours, there could be enough mold growth to become a problem. As soon as you've seen evidence of mold or suspect its presence, you should take action to protect against further water damage and mold contamination.

Know What You're Up Against

One of the keys to preventing further trouble is understanding key mold facts.

• Mold exists everywhere, but typically at natural, harmless levels.
• Microscopic spores hang in the air and travel through openings, on people and pets, and through heating and cooling systems.
• Any source of moisture, water sources, or water damage could provide an ideal growing environment for colonies.
• High indoor humidity can be enough to promote mold growth.

Prevent Moisture Damage and Mold

Mold prevention and remediation begins by pinpointing sources of water and moisture. As soon as you find leaky pipes, dripping water, damp spots, discoloration, or any other sign of water damage, you should take steps to resolve the situation and eliminate further damage or moisture accumulation. If you notice the growth of mold, contact a remediation expert, take photographic evidence, and make plans to resolve the source of water without disturbing the mold.

Unsure About Mold?

You may notice a strong musty odor in your building. This is a good clue that mold exists somewhere on your property, even if you haven't seen any. It's usually better to schedule a visit from a professional than to try to find evidence of mold on your own. If there's a colony within your walls, for instance, you risk releasing spores into the rest of the building and becoming liable for property damage if you cut into the wall on your own.

Remember it only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to begin to grow in a moist environment. Protect yourself and the rest of the property by contact mold remediation experts in Baytown, TX. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaytownchannelview.com/ for more information on mold. 

4 Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Although water repair concerns are typically not the first thing on your mind as a business owner in Baytown, TX when flooding occurs it is the only thing you can think about. Most people automatically assume that a broken pipe is at fault, but this is not always the case. There are four common causes of water damage at commercial properties:

1. Broken Pipe

The main reason a pipe breaks is due to freezing conditions outside. When the water freezes in the pipe, the pipe expands and increases the inside pressure. A pipe also breaks from damage over time, use of the wrong type of pipe or sheer old age. As many pipes are hidden in walls or floors, there may be significant damage before the problem is evident.

2. Fire Sprinklers

A fire in a place of business is devastating, but the water from the sprinkler system can also cause significant damage. Per minute, the sprinkler system releases 8-24 gallons of water. Although this is significantly less than used by firefighters, the interior of the building has standing water nonetheless.

3. Toilet Overflow

Toilet overflow typically results from a malfunction or clog in the bowl. An overflowing toilet that results in flooding is especially worrisome, given the level of possible contamination from sewage. This concern is increased if the lavatory is on the second floor of a commercial building, as the water may travel through the ceiling down to the lower floor.

4. Supply Line Breaks

A main water line supplies water to businesses, and typically runs under the street. Corrosion on the outside of the supply line or freezing temperatures increase the chances of a break.

Whether the water damage is from a broken pipe or another cause, the most important thing you can do as a commercial property owner in Baytown, TX is to immediately take action. As soon as possible, contact a reputable water restoration company to come to your business site, assess the damage and proceed as needed. Also contact your insurance agent, as the majority of commercial water repair claims are covered. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaytownchannelview.com/ for more information on commercial water damage. 

4 Water Heater Noises and Their Causes

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Your home’s water heater can be noisy, but some noises are a cause for concern while others are not. The knowledge of what causes noise problems and how worrisome they should be will help you distinguish any threats to your home in Baytown, TX.

1. Pop

A pop is often caused sediment from the water building up at the tank’s base. The debris forms a blanket that causes water to become trapped underneath and explode in a bubble as it heats up. The debris forms because water separates any impurities when heating up. This debris also leads to poor performance so should be treated.

A water heater will always build up impurities. As proper maintenance, it is advised to occasionally conduct a water heater flush. If a flush doesn’t fix the sound, the utility is in danger of rusting and leaking. Significant leaking often requires the assistance of a water damage restoration service.

2. Sizzle

A sizzle sound signifies water flow issues. The pressure relief valve should be checked for excessive pressure. If water is leaking from the valve, the heater should immediately be powered down before contacting a plumber.

3. Tick

Water pressure changes will cause a ticking noise. If the ticking is bothersome, first try removing the heat trap from where the supply line connects to the device. While it may reduce efficiency when removed, it’s often the source of ticking.

If it is not the heat trap, the pipes should be inspected for sound and offset with spacers if necessary. If all else fails, turning the water temperature down a notch will reduce the pressure and, with hope, the sound as well.

4. Hum

A hum is typical of any electric part. The heating elements vibrate and hum. While it is not dangerous, the noise can be treated by securing both heating elements at the top and bottom.

It’s important to be familiar with your water heater to protect it and your residence. Next time you hear a strange sound coming from it, you can know what it means. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaytownchannelview.com/ for more information on water damage

Returning to Work During Flood Restoration: Is it Safe?

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Returning to Work During Flood Restoration: Is it Safe? Give SERVPRO a call if you experience commercial storm damage.

If your building was recently flooded by black water or gray water, you may wonder when it will be safe for employees to return to work. Do you have to wait until the flood cleanup efforts are complete to allow everyone to return, or can workers start coming back in the middle of the restoration efforts? It's important that you follow the rules, as if you unwittingly put an employee at risk, you could be held liable for any damages that arise as a result. Though the answer to this question is, "it all depends," there are some considerations you can make to help you make a more informed decision:

• What is the air quality?
• Is there still standing water?
• Is there standing debris?
• What did the Baytown, TX  flood remediation team say?

Air Quality

If water is allowed to stand, the air may be contaminated by bacteria and mold. You can use air filtration systems to keep air circulating, but if the water to invade your building was black water, it may be best to keep all occupants out until the problem has been fully remediated.

Standing Water

Standing water is not only a health hazard, but it's also a safety hazard. Wires can get caught in the water and cause an electrical fire, or a person may be electrocuted. Bacteria lurks in black and gray water and can cause employees to become ill. If there is still water in your building, wait until it's gone to allow workers back in.

Standing Debris

Depending on the source of the flood, your building may contain debris from the outside. Toxins, road debris, glass and other materials can all pose a significant health and safety risk to building occupants. Check your premises thoroughly for signs of hidden dangers, and only allow workers back in once you're sure that there are no hidden dangers.

Ultimately, your biggest concern is your employees' safety. If black water or gray water has flooded your building, wait to get the go-ahead from your Baytown, TX flood remediation before letting people back into your building. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaytownchannelview.com/ for more information on storm damage. 

Keep An Eye On Hurricane Safety In La Porte

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keep An Eye On Hurricane Safety In La Porte Hope for the best. Plan for the worst.

La Porte hurricanes are a serious threat to coastal areas.

It is important not to go to your hardware store or grocery store when a storm is coming. It is important to hurricane safety to:

1. Plan Ahead
2. Heed Authorities
3. Stay Calm

In order to know if the risk for hurricanes is severe in your area, heed local weather reports and be aware of the difference between area advisories.

• Hurricane Watch – This means the threat is less than 48 hours away; look over your hurricane plans and be prepared to act in case of a warning.
• Hurricane Warning – This means La Porte hurricane conditions are anticipated within 36 hours. Finish up any preparations and vacate the area when instructed.
• Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings – This signals that a tropical storm is a threat to your location. These have lower wind speeds than La Porte hurricanes. Dangerous winds and flooding are possible, so pay attention to these advisories.

If you live along the coastlines or in one of the top 10 danger zones, you are at higher risk than most. Keep the following safety tips in mind:

Plan Ahead
• Pack a "grab and run" backpack with all the necessary supplies, such as food water, and all of the other essential supplies that you will need.
• Put important documents, such as medical information, identification, insurance policies, and official documents into an easily accessible waterproof container. Make sure to keep extra cash available for emergencies as well.
• Put together a plan including your destination if you are to evacuate, as well as the time and means of family members contacting one another once away from the area. Make sure gas tanks are full.
• Remove danger from the outside of your house, such as dead or weak trees. Trim bushes and limbs, store loose items securely, and anchor equipment such as swing sets to the ground.
• Unplug small appliances in your home, turn off propane tanks, and eliminate all potential safety hazards. Put your freezer and refrigerator on the coldest settings and keep them closed, so that the coolness is retained in case of a power outage.
• Close hurricane shutters, doors, and windows, when you leave. If there are no hurricane shutters, close and board up doors and windows with plywood.

Heed Authorities
• Listen to the local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updates.
• Only return home when officials declare it safe.
• Keep in mind that a calm sometimes means you are in e eye of the storm, and it has not necessarily passed. Wait for authorities to declare conditions safe before coming out of cover.
• If you live in a home that is not sturdy enough to withstand the wind, such as a mobile home, evacuate early.

Stay Calm
• Remember that it is normal to be scared. Control your stress and anxiety as much as possible by taking slow, deep breaths.
• Practice your hurricane escape plan beforehand so that you are well prepared.
• Avoid washed out bridges, flooded roads, and other unnecessary risks. Use your road maps to find safe escape routes.
• Give children fun activities to do and reassure them that everyone will be staying together.

What should I do after flooding?

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Remember to do these things until help from SERVPRO arrives.

The Tools and Technology For Any Water Loss

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Our water damage restoration team uses industry leading tools and technology to bring your home back to pre-water damage. Upon arrival, our team will carefully evaluate and assess the damage, extract water including sewage tainted waters, dry and dehumidify the property, clean and sanitize, and clean and restore upholstery, photographs, and other personal items allowing you to focus on your family.

Whether the damage is minor or severe, our team will replace drywall, remove old carpets, and install new ones, repaint affected areas, and a wide array of other minor restoration tasks. However, some situations will require larger reconstruction efforts to return your home to its pre-water or fire damage condition. We know how stressful and time consuming it is to recover when a disaster strikes your home. That is why we feel it is so important to offer a complete continuity of services to our clients – from cleanup through restoration, your local SERVPRO is here for you.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Houston residents.

We are proud to serve our local communities.

We are here to help you with a quick response.  Please call us (281) 219-8180

Key Elements of Fire Damage Assessment in Deer Park

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Key Elements of Fire Damage Assessment in Deer Park A family watching a devastating fire.

Key elements of fire department assessment

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a homeowner is a fire. In a matter of minutes, years of hard work, financial investment and your personal property can go up in smoke. As you survey the damage, you might be tempted to think that your situation is hopeless and that you will never recover from this tragedy. This is not true. Depending on the extent of the damage, it is possible to restore your home to its original state. To find out if this is the case, it is necessary to perform a Deer Park fire damage assessment.

Who Provides a Fire Damage Assessment
After the fire, one of your first calls should be to your homeowners' insurance company. You need to do this before you start any clean up. Your insurance company can tell you whether you are covered for fire damage Deer Park, and arrange for an inspection to assess the damage if you are covered. You should also contact a professional restoration company to begin the clean up process. The restoration company will perform its own fire damage assessment. These assessments will let you know how severe the damage to your home is, what materials and equipment will be necessary for repairs, and finally whether it is safe for you to enter your home. During the inspection, you may accompany the inspector if it is safe. You may want to take a camera or video recorder so you can take pictures and video for your own records.

Elements of a Fire Damage Assessment Professional inspectors will go through your property to get an accurate assessment of the damages. Here are some of the main elements that go into a Deer Park fire damage assessment:

  • Superficial Damage: This typically covers the exterior of your home and the surrounding area. The inspector will check for objects that have melted, damage to chimneys and missing shingles. In addition, the inspector may check the integrity of your roof, the external surfaces of your home and your yard.
  • Internal Damage: The next step is to assess any internal damage to your home. Every room will be examined for damage to walls, ceilings, the roof, windows, ducts, vents, sinks and any other item that might be damaged. If you have a basement, the inspector will examine the foundation. If the foundation is damaged, this will require a massive effort to restore the home.

How to Clean a Commercial Fire

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Clean Up After a Fire

Once the inspection is complete, your restoration company can begin the clean up. This needs to get started right away to protect your home from further damage. Action needs to be taken to prevent mold and mildew from contaminating your building.

You should certainly take photos and video of the damage on your own, but this is no substitute for a professional Deer Park fire damage assessment. A professional inspector will have the right tools and knowledge to identify the extent of the damage and the actions that need to be taken to restore your business. Your business insurance agent can provide information on restoration companies that you can call.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration