Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Extraction & Clean Up

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Successful water damage restoration is quickly removing all standing water so your structure can dry. It’s important to remove all moisture remaining after your water damage issue, and prevent the growth of mold or mildew. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 works with modern water extraction equipment to get your home or commercial property back to its original condition. Our goal is to stop the water damage before it spreads. Standing water from flooding or a burst pipe can cause health problems. That's why it's best to allow the experts to retrieve and salvage your possessions. With our special equipment, technicians can assess saturation and find any water that may have gotten into the walls or ceiling. When extraction is complete, decide whether it's necessary to remove the carpet and pad to keep the integrity of your sub floor and "Like it never even happened."

Leaky Roofs

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage on roofs caused from leaks can appear as discolored spots on the ceilings. If the issue is not handled quickly, roof leaks can turn into a major problems throughout time. Moister can also cause mold and mildew growth. Here at SERVPRO of Champion/1960 our experienced technicians are experts in handling any water issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 has the proper equipment for any job. Damages caused to the roof by water can also cause a roof to cave in. We at SERVPRO always recommend to investigate the leak to make sure you find its source. Sometimes damages can be caused by a pipe burst and not a hole in the ceiling. Call a plumber to locate the leak, then call SERVPRO of Champions/1960 so that we can take care of the rest. 

Water & The Damages Caused

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

We all have those moments in our lives when everything seems to go wrong at the worst times. Thanks to SERVPRO, you don't have to have that overwhelming feeling in the back of your mind anymore. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 is here for you, in your time of need. Lets remember that SERVPRO is a 24/7 company. Our certified technicians are on call at all times to make you're problem ours. One of the leading causes of damage to homes besides fires is water damage. So what is water damage and how may it occur? Water damage occurs when excess water begins to pool in areas where it shouldn’t. Many different factors can create this excess water and thereby contribute to water damage. Pipes that burst or leak are common causes of water damage. Drains and toilets that get backed up and or blocked can cause unwanted pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak into an area of your home where water doesn't belong. Whether its the holiday season or mid-summer, remember to call SERVPRO of Champions/1960 for all your restoration questions and needs. 

Flood Waters 2017

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey damaged more than 204,000 homes and apartment buildings in Harris County alone. Three-quarters of them outside the 100-year flood plain, leaving tens of thousands of homeowners uninsured and unprepared. Harvey was a Category 4 storm that caused almost $125 billion in damages in Texas, according to the N.H.C. (National Hurricane Center). As most Houstonians remember, it wasn't the storm's damage itself that caused that much destruction, but the flood water that came with the rains. There were about 740,000 people that registered for assistance with the FEMA or (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The agency has paid almost $400 million to them thus far. This statistic alone tells you how dangerous and expensive unexpected flood waters can be. During the aftermath, SERVPRO of Champions/1960 made it their mission to help as many people get there lives back as they could. 

Black Water Event

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Black water cleanup from sewage damage is something that needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible after the issue has occurred. We would encourage you to leave the property and call SERVPRO of Champions/1960 and we will dispatch a crew immediately to your home or business. When Sewage back up is a continual problem, it can be caused by heavy rain water overloading the sewage system. This type of black water comes from toilets, human waste and fecal matter and is generally regarded as a bio-hazard especially when people are ill. The smell if bad enough, is potential for illness and can be a serious lifelong problem. If you're currently experiencing problems with black water damage don't wait, get professional help from SERVPRO of Champions/1960.

Unexpected Water Damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you suffer from damages caused by busted pipes or leaky dishwashers, time could make the difference in hundreds or even thousands of dollars. knowing the type of water damage you are dealing with can protect the health of your family and or building occupants. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 technicians are trained and will know the type of water loss and category. Category 1; clean water, typically comes from broken or frozen water pipes, refrigerator ice hoses, water heaters and other similar sources. Category 2; Gray water, water that has been used to clean something and may contain contaminants such as detergents, bacteria and or food residues. Category 3; black water is unsanitary, sewage or hazardous waters, and if ingested it could cause serious illness or death. Be safe, be prepared, and call the experts at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 for an emergency water restoration. 

When Water Damage Occurs

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage and call SERVPRO of Champions/1960, a trained extraction technician will handle the issue promptly. We pride ourselves on our punctuality and the knowledge it takes to professionally handle the situation. When water damage happens, time is of the essence. The water must be removed as soon as possible to minimize the initial damage of your property and personal belongings. We have helped many clients restore their residential and commercial properties with flood, fires and other disasters. The first 48 hours of a water damage event are the most important when assessing the damages to your home. The best thing to do is call SERVPRO of Champions/1960. The longer the water sits, the more extensive the cost to repair your home can be. 

Water Works

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that water covers 70% of our earth’s surface, but if you live in Sana’a Paolo, California or many other areas where droughts occur, then you know that abundance can be relative. According to a Geological survey, it shows that only a fraction of the earth ‘s fresh water is accessible. Here at SERVPRO of Champions/ 1960, water is an everyday use, not just for drinking, but also on jobs for cleaning. During hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, millions of dollars in flood damages occurred and have been assessed. Whether water damage is caused by leaky pipes, flooding and or severe weather, the type of water is important to identify as the extent of damage when finding the best restoration route. The three categories of water are: category 1, clean water, category 2, gray water and category 3, black water. Once the type of water is identified by a SERVPRO technician and the source has been detected, then the water extraction process can begin.  

Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.

How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Handling a Water Damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

Harvey Flooding

              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

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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.

Handling a Water Damage Part III

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage Part III SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

The fact that you must go through FEMA instead of your insurance company when it comes to a flood loss is something that most people do not know until their house is flooded. So when you deal with this that means that most restoration companies require half up front and half upon completion with reimbursement paperwork. When the restoration company gets to your house you are going to be in a stressful state of mind due to the fact that your house is flooded but now things are about to start normalizing. The restoration company will start taking out all porous materials affected by the water. This includes sheet rock and flooring (other than tile). While this takes a lot of hard work and time it is a necessary process of dealing with the flood damaged/water damaged house.

Handling a Water Damage Part IV

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage Part IV SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

After all of the porous materials are removed now the company should spray your house down with anti-microbial. Make sure that they are using an anti-microbial. If they do not then they are not abiding by the S500 which is the book that draws up the protocol for restoration. After they spray the house down they will place dehumidifiers and air movers in a vortex manner to get maximum dry air flow. Throughout the job from beginning to end the restoration company should be performing moisture readings and atmospheric readings to put into the drying logs to provide proof of work. Once the house has reached a drying goal the company can safely remove the equipment. Now your house should not smell terrible and be dry. So if you call a restoration company make sure that they, at the very least, abide by this summary of a flood job.

Air be Moving

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air be Moving Airmovers and other SERVPRO equipment

Air Movers are used for maximizing air flow and accelerating evaporation of moisture from materials for restorative drying. The number of air movers necessary depend upon the number of wet surfaces, the amount of water present and the ability for air to reach each wet material wall cavities behind cabinets under contents. Air movers are for indoor use only. Once the class of water loss is defined; the amount of air movement necessary is estimated. In class 1 water loss one air mover is needed for every 150-300 sq ft.(14- 28 sq.m.) In class 2 or 3 water loss one air mover is needed for every (10- 16 sq ft) 4-6 sq .m.is needed. Regardless of class an air mover is needed for every affected area, including every offset ,closet ,bay windows and room.

Moisture Meter

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Moisture Meter Moisture meter

Thanks you Ladies and Gentleman for listening to my overall opinion on moisture meters. I have a lot experience with these devices, and always enjoy using them in the field. They are best used for detecting and monitoring moisture in materials. This device is one of the most used tools by a water technician.


When using the device daily, make sure you store meter in a clean and dry place. The protective carrying case provided is an ideal storage place when the meter is not in use. When the probe tips on the meter are pushed into materials to penetrate the surface, an electric current is sent between probes. The amount of moisture present in the material determines how easily the electrical current flows from one probe to another.


On non-wood materials, remember to use the reference scale. The readings on this scale are “dry to wet” indication of moisture and do not represent percent moisture content. Use a non-penetrating meter to determine the wettest points; then the penetrating meter to take more specific readings at that point. Set drying goals by monitoring the same type of materials in an unaffected area. Once you have a benchmark, bring the materials on the wet environment to an equal or drier state.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Categories of Water

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Categories of Water water

Categories of Water


            Water Restoration is nothing to get excited about. If you are going to make jokes about it then make sure that you keep a dry humor about it. Here are SERVPRO of Katy Cypress and Champions 1960 we are certified experts on water restoration. When considering a water restoration job, you need to think about what category the water is. There are 3 categories of water. Here is what they are in further detail.


There is category 1 water. This water is clean water. It is so clean that you could safely drink. A great example of this water would be the water from the wet bandits, in the film ‘Home Alone’. If you have this water, then you are able to save the porous contents and not remove anything for the most part. The thing about category 1 water is it can quickly change to category 2 water. If the floors are dirty then it can immediately change.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Categories of Water Part II

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

can quickly change to category 2 water. If the floors are dirty then it can immediately change.


Categories of Water Part II


There is category 2 water. This water is known as grey water. This water is not safe to drink. Some examples of category 2 water would be if a washing machine broke and the soapy water got all over the carpet. Another one would be a flushed toiled that overflowed that had urine in it but not any feces. In most cases if this water got all over the house all porous contents must be removed. This is dirty water and even if we dried it out your house is now filthy.


The last category water is category 3 water or black water. Things like sewer backups, storm water, toilet overflows with feces, and moldy water are considered category three water. If you have this water in your house the only thing to do is to remove all porous contents. We hope you never have a water damage but if you do then make sure you call us as soon as you can; timing is everything in water damages.


 


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Water Restoration

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Restoration Bank in Houston, Texas in need of Water Restoration

We are experts in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, and storm response.  These are things we do in Houston, Texas, Katy, Texas, Cypress, Texas, and any other place that we get called to. We take our job very seriously. Once we get the call it starts a process that we have done 1000 times.  


Once we get to the city that we are going to work in we get to our hotel first. After we get our hotel we start to make phone calls to all our clients that we expect to work with. We get their information and a quick rundown of what happened to their property. Then we set up a meeting time and date at their house so we can do a walk through of their property.


Once we show up to their property we do what we would do during a water damage job. We do a walk through of the property with the client. The client shows us (SERVPRO of Champions 1960) what is wrong with their property. They show us what happened and where the origin of the water damage happened. If it was a pipe burst or if it was a flood we will know soon enough. We take a moisture meter or a moisture detector and check to see what is affected with moisture and what is still dry. After we have determined whether they need us we then get all of the proper paperwork filled out to get the job started.


If the water is a CAT I then we can dry everything in place. If the water is CAT II or higher than the required work is different. This water is dirty. So, all porous materials must be removed. This includes things such as but not limited to carpets, drywall, insulation, rugs, drapes, blankets, and anything that can absorb water.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Water Restoration Part II

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Restoration Part II Bank after water restoration in Houston, Texas

After we remove porous materials we see if other materials need to be removed. For instance, if the water is dirty and it is trapped under vinyl or wood flooring usually we must remove it. This is always a bummer because the homeowner or property owner always thinks that it is dry because to the naked eye it is dry. The only thing that says it is wet is the moister meter. We can determine exactly how wet it is. Also, we know that we have to remove the flooring if the moisture is trapped under there because if we do not then mold will grow afterwards. Then you must remove it anyways and also deal with mold growth.


After all porous materials are gone we now must deal with determining how many air movers are necessary and how much dehumidification is necessary. We use laser measurements and a software to tell us exactly how much we need. After we figure out how much dehumidification and air moving is necessary we then bring in the equipment and place it to be as efficient as possible.


We then come back periodically to check the equipment. We have a drying point that we are aiming for. We do moister meter checks throughout the house and let the equipment sit until the house or property is dry.


After we have reached the drying point then we get all the proper signatures and remove the equipment. Now you house is ready for a rebuild and dry as it was before the mess!


 These are the steps we (SERVPRO Champions 1960) take to make sure that our customers are taken care of. We make sure that all the contents are stored electronically and everything that is restorable is restored. This protects the customer and the insurance agent. As a SERVPRO franchise we do our best to make sure everyone is happy that they hired us!


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage Clogged Gutters Backing Up the Water

Building maintenance may seem like a drag but in the long run it can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. We can sometimes experience as much as 4 inches of rain per hour in our area and if that water doesn't have a proper drainage route to escape then your home can fall victim to water damage. It may seem like a small thing, but cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year can be the difference between water coming in and damaging flooring, walls, ceilings and insulation. Damage can include water back-flowing into the sheetrock around the perimeter of the building, HVAC system becoming flooded and allowing water to travel into the dwelling. Be sure to check your roof gutters to avoid this potential hazard. While your at it you might just want to make sure your roof is ready for a storm! SERVPRO of Champions/1960 has you covered, call us if you need help!

Water Damage Insider Tips

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Insider Tips Figuring out the source of this water loss

Water damage coverage in a homeowner’s insurance policy, and even renter insurance, has changed over the years. It is helpful to review your policy annually, to understand what is covered and what may have changed from previous years.

Normally, these conditions would be covered by an insurance policy.

  • Burst water pipes and water heaters
  • Sudden or accidental overflow of a toilet, tub, or sink
  • Sewer backup from drains and sump pumps (there may be a relatively low policy limit)

Most existing homeowner policies probably don’t cover the following conditions:

  • Ground flooding
  • Slow, dripping leaks
  • Overflowing streams or rivers 

Regular maintenance is required for a roof, such as replacing shingles or tiles and keeping the roof cleared from debris, and this regular upkeep is a determining factor in insurance claims. However, inside content damage from a roof leak might be covered by your policy.

Slow, dripping leaks, such as those from an incorrectly installed toilet, sink, shower or bathtub are usually not covered. Whenever something is considered maintenance-related, chances are the insurance expects that you properly maintain your dwelling.

Flood damage from an overflowing river or nearby body of water might be covered, depending on the area where you live. Homeowner policies have changed greatly over the years, especially if the property is located on or near a water table. An additional flood insurance policy is usually required, because a normal homeowner policy will not cover damages resulting from a flood of this type.

Usually, an insurance adjuster will determine if the water damage is a result of negligence or lack of maintenance. After they ask you questions about the problem, they usually schedule an appointment at your home to physically inspect the damage and where it originated from.

If you have sudden water damage, call SERVPRO of Champions/1960, we can assist with coordinating the insurance claim, and when the underlying cause is proven to be insurance-related, we will work with the adjuster for inspections, proper repairs, and restoring your home again. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 staff knows how to handle insurance claims and perform the repairs needed on your home.

24/7

3/9/2016 (Permalink)

Watch out for all the rain headed our way. Should the need for water mitigation arise, be sure to call SERVPRO for all of your disaster recovery needs. We can make it "Like it never even happened."