Pack outs can be an essential part of the restoration process. Here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960, we do such jobs all the time. We do pack-outs after water losses, fire and or smoke damages.
Damaged property will be removed and transported for processing and restored, after an initial inspection to determine whether or not an item can be restored. All contents will be checked for existing damages and documented before being sent out. Small items will be individually wrapped in paper, boxed, labeled and inventoried. Large items like wooden furniture will be carefully inspected, using high intensity light to detect all damages. Items that do not require be packed out will be secured and protected while repairs are made to the property.
Some affected items can be cleaned in place to prevent acidic residues and further damage. Restoration process will be monitored and the property owner will be informed of the status, before items are ready to go back to home owner or business. To assure belonging will be fully restored call the experts in restoration; SERVPRO of Champions/1960.
Electrical Fires II
You can preach electrical fire safety at home and practice all you want, but accidents do happen. When an electrical fire first ignites it can start small enough that you can extinguish with a blanket and maybe a fire extinguisher. Be prepared and quick to determine if the fire you are dealing with is able to be put out quickly without risk of injury or damage. Remember that the safety of everyone in the home or dwelling always comes first. If the fire is spreading quickly it can produces dangerous amounts of smoke. Smoke damage can be just as harmful. It can cause deaths, as well as, damage to the home. Smoke inhalation kills more people in home fires than the actual fires do, in most cases. Fire fighters say that if you can not extinguish a fire with in five seconds, call 911 and get out of the home. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 to help you put your life back together.
Electrical fires cause millions of dollars in damages, while also claiming lives in the process. There are so many possible causes for these types of fires. One of these causes can be faulty wiring through out the house, and overloading connection for more than they were designed for. Improper use of extension cords and power strips can cause a situation. Even something as simple as small animals chewing through wiring in the wall can cause a fire.
You can prevent electrical fires in the home by following a few safety tips. When purchasing a used heating appliance, make sure the temperature switch will shut down the equipment if the thermostat fails. When doing duct work, make sure you use a licensed professional. Anywhere there is an electric current, there is a chance of a fire. By the time you see or smell smoke, the electrical fire may already be out of control. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 wants you to stay safe and take action immediately to repair and replace faulty wiring in your home to reduce the risk of an unwarranted situation. Know the signs before the fire even starts.
One of the most common causes of house fires is something you would never think as a possible danger. Thirty-two percent of all home fires and deaths related to those are caused by space heaters, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
With the long term cold that set over the Houston area, some Houston residents are using space heaters to try and keep their homes and garages warm during those cold nights. Having a space heater on while you sleep can put you and your family at extreme risk for a home fire. When a space heater is left unattended and is too close to flammable items, a massive fires can occur. Which can cause injury or even death to the occupants of the home.
Be safe and reduce your risk when using a space heater, as they can be a great addition to the home during those annoyingly cold months. Following safety precautions can reduces the risk of fire. Making sure your heater is on a flat surface, and is being used in proper area of the home and garage, can also reduce your risk of starting a house fire.
So we here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 ask the wonderful members of our community to be responsible and think about all the risks that go along with having a home and living in the community. We are not only responsible for ourselves but also our neighbors and fellow community members.
Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage
Here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960, fire and water damage calls are an everyday occurrence. During Hurricane Harvey, we provided services to several major water damages due to flooding. Every water damage situation is caused by something different. For example, clogged gutters can cause damages to your home. Which is a good reason why cleaning your gutting bi-annually could help prevent an uncomfortable situation for you and your family. A lack of maintenance can cause major problems for homeowners and can lead to costly repairs when left untreated. A lot of times homeowners tend to over look the importance of gutter maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause home damages due to water causing cracks in the foundation overtime. Which then could lead to more severe problem like mold and or the collapse of the structure. In most cases, when clogged gutters occur it can spill over the side and cause rot in the siding of the home. In colder climates, ice can form and cause a temporary block which most likely will cause an over flow. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 has the right equipment to check for moister in the home, if this scenario applies to you. These are some recommendations from your trusted friends at SERVPRO of Champions/1960. We ask that you do not hesitate to contact us (SERVPRO of Champions/1960) if you have any question or concerns.
Mold Tips from SERVPRO of Champions/1960
One of the many jobs that we provide our customers here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 is mold mitigation and remediation. Molds are part of our natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.This is the info that everyone should know if you live somewhere like south Texas. It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in-house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.Which is how we fight mold here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960, with our knowledgeable representatives and top-notch equipment.
We here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 have a few tips for a person with a first-time encounter with mold. By following these tips, could save you a significant amount of money. Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be removed and discarded. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms.We here at SERVPRO use a special agent known as sporicidin. Which is an EPA registered and FDA compliant disinfectant recommended for use in hospitals, and medical, dental, and veterinary clinics.
Now that you know a little bit about Molds. We at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 always recommend that you let professionals handle the mitigation and remediation of mold and mold spores. If you are unsure about what to do or where to start you can always call our office and let our staff of specially trained and skilled professionals answer any question or concerns that you may have about your situation.
How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.
Vulnerable pipes in existing homes should be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. It is important not to leave gaps in the insulation that expose the pipe to cold air. Hardware stores and home centers stock a variety of foam rubber and fiberglass sleeves, in various thicknesses.
When water is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or zero degrees Celsius, it freezes into ice. When water freezes, it expands up to nine percent more than it did when it was water. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on metal or plastic pipes causing pipes to burst and water to leak.
Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.
Its a Winter Wonderland in Houston, Texas
SERVPRO of Champions/1960 service trucks and vans dusted with a little bit of winter magic.
Its a Winter Wonderland in Houston, Texas
It’s a winter wonderland here in Houston Texas this morning. Houstonians across the metro area are waking up to white yards and slick streets after an overnight dusting of snow. The first reports of light snow came late Thursday in Katy, Spring and The Woodlands as near-freezing weather blew through the region. The winter weather produced just enough for a few snowballs or maybe even a small snowman.
On average, a snow event like this in Houston and the gulf coast happens only once every 20 years. Houston gets about one snowfall every 10 years. The odds are not with us that we will have snow this winter season, let alone on Christmas morning. However, things are about to get quite cold here with a strong cold front this Thursday and a freeze for the northern counties this weekend.
All of us here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 want to remind all Houstonians about the small dangers of snow fall, even at a minor level. Due to the overnight freeze, Houstonians are waking up to frozen busted pipes and cracked windows. These are a few our least favorite things. There is nothing to worry about, because SERVPRO of Champions/1960 is always here for the people of this great city of ours.
Handling a Water Damage
SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage
We were all extremely affected by the hurricane this year. It either affected us, our family, our neighbor, or all the above. It flooded the city for multiple weeks. Getting to work was impossible. Water was scarce. Gas was scarce. In the end, we came together and worked hard to take care of each other. For most people, this was a first time having a flood inside of their property. How do I handle this? What do I do? People started calling their insurance agents and making claims to find out that flood insurance is the most complicated type of insurance. How do I handle a flood water damage inside of my property? In the next couple of blogs, I will explain in detail on how to get your property back to normal.
Handling a Water Damage Part II
SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage
First thing is to take a lot of videos and pictures of your property. If your house has flooded you need to do this. The next step is to call your insurance company and make a claim. They should, at this point, tell you to call a restoration company. I personally prefer that you call SERVPRO of Katy Cypress and Champions but what you should do is ask your insurance agent who they prefer and recommend as a restoration company. At this point you should call the restoration company and they will ask you some preliminary questions about the flood/water loss to your property. Some things to be aware of when it comes to flood damage to your property are that you may have flood insurance but you still have to go through FEMA.