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How Can Cooking Out Cause a Fire?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Cleburne, your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

SERVPRO technicians can handle any size fire damage to your Cleburne home.

Grilling weather in this part of Texas is year-round, and many people enjoy not only entertaining at home but tailgating and other cookout fun. When cooking on a grill at your Cleburne home, a fun time can turn into a tragedy if some basic safety rules get ignored:

  • Never bring an outdoor grill indoors, the result can be deadly
  • Always grill at least fifteen feet from overhanging tree branches and structures to inhibit the chance of fume build-up or accidental fires
  • When you think the fire is out, double-check it

How Can I Get Fire Damage Restoration to the Exterior and Interior of My Home?  

When a cookout goes wrong at your Cleburne home, and fire damage restoration is in order, there are numerous actions the SERVPRO technicians can take to assist in limiting any further loss to your property or contents. The techs are available around the clock for any type of fire cleanup and restoration, and upon arrival, they immediately handle any temporary repairs or securing the property needs such as: 

  • Placing tarps over damaged roofing to stop rain from entering
  • Boarding up broken windows or damaged doors  
  • Setting up security perimeters to keep unauthorized people out of the job site

How to Grill Safely and Avoid Fires

There are many things that homeowners can do to ensure that the fun time they had while cooking out can stay that way through the following:

Safe storage of flammables  

Where you store your flammable fuels such as liquid propane and natural gas away from electrical outlets, heat sources, and away from where you are cooking, briquettes and wood chips should get stored in containers with the same care.  

Always Have a fire extinguisher handy  

It is a good idea to have a household CO2 fire extinguisher and be sure every member of the household knows where it is and how to use it. If you do not have one, alternative ways to put out a fire are a large amount of baking soda. One thing you should'nt ever do is put out a grease fire with water. The water vaporizes upon contact with the grease and immediately rises, bringing the flames with it. A small grease fire can gut an area quickly if water gets tossed on it. The same outcome can happen when frozen items get placed in hot oil, and the ice turns into steam, such as people that use outdoor fryers for cooking frozen turkeys that did not get adequately thawed.   

Routine cleanup helps avoid fires  

If you have a propane or natural gas grill, do a check before you light it before every cook session and look at the following:   

  • Ensure fittings, lines and connections are in good condition as gas hoses exposed to heat can melt
  • Look for leaks
  • Clean blocked tubes
  • Check to make sure burners are free of debris and clean grill after each use

Wear the right clothes for cooking out

Make sure when you cookout that you have the correct clothing and protective equipment. Loose clothing can wind up charring or catching on fire, and you should avoid wearing it. Fireproof hand protection and long-handled utensils can allow you to cook safely over your grill. 

Know how to use your grill properly

Know the basics for operating your grill safely, such as leaving the lid open when igniting the grill. If the cover gets closed, it can cause a build-up of gases and explode. In cases where you have issues lighting your grill, leave the lid open for a minimum of five minutes to ensure it clears. Gas is heavier than oxygen and needs time to clear out of the cook box. 

If you need to swap tanks while grilling, use care  

Turn off the tank valve and burners to ensure no gas flow and make sure there is space to maneuver in the new tank without coming into contact with any hot surfaces. Natural gas grills should have a blue flame with a yellow tip. If the flame goes yellow, cease using the grill until a certified professional can inspect it. 

If a fire occurs, get everyone out of the way and extinguish the fire as rapidly as possible. It is wise to keep your insurance agent's contact information and the number for your local SERVPRO if you need assistance cleaning up post-fire. Soot can be caustic, and damage metal and smoke damage that enters your home will not go away until it is manually removed. 

When you need fast and efficient fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. The certified techs are on-call 24/7 to clean up and repair your home from any size fire loss. 

How Does a Water Spill Affect My Cleburne Business?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Your Cleburne business is everything and we know that here at SERVPRO. Call us today we will help with your water damage.

To Understand the Need for Water Removal in Your Cleburne Operation, Call SERVPRO

Why Can’t I Just Rent a Wet-Vac to Clear Out the Water for My Customers? 

Successful, commercial water removal in a Cleburne convenience store takes many more actions than just vacuuming out the customer waiting area. A SERVPRO disaster response team removes the water underfoot and lowers the humidity. 

How Quickly Can You Dry My Floors So I Can at Least Get In to Begin Work?

Once in your store, our specialists can start using water extractors within minutes to begin removing water from your Cleburne business. For water trapped underneath equipment and shelving, they can use squeegees to draw it out where the extractors draw it off the floor. Complete removal often takes 2 or 3 days in an average-sized store. Next, team members complete the task by using air movers to direct a flow of warm air across the floors to speed up evaporation and also draw water off of shelving so that inventory can be set in place for purchase. 

To deal with the increased amount of water in the air, specialists install dehumidifiers throughout the store. These devices lower humidity to a normal level, comfortable for customers. Team members also use them to pull moisture out of nearby drywall panels and even ceiling tiles. 

What Else Can a SERVPRO Response Team Do for My Store?

As SERVPRO specialists begin removing water, other team members clear your store of everything on the shelves. They can move it to our facility storage area, or load it into a temporary storage locker in the parking lot. They also restock your shelves after drying them. 

To schedule a response team, or learn more about what we can do for your business here or in nearby Joshua, call SERVPRO of Crowley & Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 today. We are ready to help you restart operations and customer support.

Should I Clean My Carpet After a Water Leak in Joshua?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaks in your home can create many problems very quickly. Get them taken care of and contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation.

The Pros at Your Local Joshua SERVPRO Clean Carpets after Removing Excess Water

Dealing with the aftermath of a water leak in your home is never a pleasant experience, especially when coupled with the humidity-causing heat in Joshua. The excess moisture from the leak coupled with the humidity often creates strong unpleasant odors, leaving your home in need of deep cleaning. This includes your carpet, even after extracting the moisture.

Does SERVPRO Use a Specialized Process to Clean Carpets?

Our Technicians Use Specialized Preconditioning and Rinsing Processes

Water mitigation in your Joshua home requires a thorough understanding of how to properly remove excess moisture through the use of proper technique and equipment. It also requires thorough cleaning to ensure restoring your house to preloss condition. Your carpet may appear clean but still can hold unwanted odor and debris, making deep-cleaning necessary.

What is the Importance of a Pilating Rake?

  • It agitates the surface to ensure the deepest clean.
  • It allows technicians to focus on heavily soiled or high-traffic areas. 
  • When finishing, technicians use it to rake your carpet all in one direction for a professional, finished look. 

Why do Technicians Precondition the Carpets?

  • Preconditioning ensures the longest-lasting and most thorough cleaning. 
  • It is another way to treat extra soiled or high-traffic areas. 
  • It provides extra dwell time for the Pre-Spray and Traffic Lane Cleaner.

During carpet cleaning, our technicians systematically move furniture to ensure all the impacted areas are treated. Then, after rinsing the solution, they extract excess moisture in a v-shaped pattern before using the pilate rake to create a finished look.

For 24/7 assistance cleaning your carpets, Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. We make it, "Like it never even happened."


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What Are the Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Crowley?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can disrupt your daily life at your home. Contact SERVPRO to get water damage mitigation done by professionals.

There Are Several Signs Indicative of Water Damage in Your Crowley Area Home

Water damage is an omnipresent threat for Crowley area homeowners and, many times, it occurs without them even realizing it.  Small roof leaks, clogged gutters, and slow drips from hidden pipes can, over time, cause major problems and cost you considerably.  These issues may initially produce no visible effects or relatively minor ones, but they often develop into much greater concerns.  In order to catch minor leaks before they cause significant damage, you should know their telltale signs and have your home regularly inspected by trained professionals.

What Are Some Common Signs of a Water Leak?

As Crowley water damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO technicians know what to look for when it comes to identifying a water leak.  Based on their extensive experience in evaluating homes for water damage, they suggest looking for the following signs when inspecting your home for a potential leak:

  • Moldy smells
  • Mildew and mold on surfaces
  • Paint or wallpaper bubbling
  • Discoloration of structural elements
  • Drywall and plaster disintegration
  • Dry rot on wooden materials
  • Warping of walls
  • Buckling of ceilings and floors

If you notice any of these indications, your Crawly home likely has a water-related issue.  In order to prevent further injury to your property, you must contact a good water damage remediation service as soon as possible.

Why Is It Important to Have Your Home Regularly Inspected for Water Leaks?    

While minor water leaks eventually out themselves and homeowners can often detect them, they have usually done major damage to your home by that point.  Many times, small leaks can go undetected for weeks, months, or even longer.  Without specialized training and equipment, you can only spot these problems after they have damaged your home’s structural elements.  It is for this reason that you should have your home professionally inspected for hidden leaks regularly.  Services like SERVPRO can identify and precisely locate issues almost as soon as they start, saving you both time and money in the long run.  Our technicians have the high-tech tools necessary to do this.  This gear includes:

  • Sensors that identify moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, and ceilings
  • Meters to detect actual moisture levels in structural elements and home contents
  • Thermohygrometers that help determine the dew point, relative and specific humidity, and vapor pressure of your home’s interior  
  • Infrared cameras that can see through walls and ceilings to precisely locate water leaks

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Home After a Water Leak is Found?

Once SERVPRO technicians have located and fixed the source of your water-related issue, they quickly get to work on restoring your home.  They start by setting a drying goal and planning a course of action.  Then, our workers:

  • Identify which structural elements have been impacted by moisture, using sensors and meters
  • Extract any standing water found with a wet vac
  • Dry exposed affected areas, like attics, with high-velocity fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Dry wet places behind walls and ceilings with injectidry systems
  • Treat impacted areas and materials, using state-of-the-art foggers and injection devices, with fungicides and deodorants  

Once all this work is complete, your house should be back in pre-leak condition.  Of course, the sooner we are contacted about your water damage, the less extensive it usually is and the faster we can repair it.   

Maintenance is a big part of homeownership and helps protect your property over the long-term.  As an owner, you should always be on the lookout for potential threats to your home and investment.  Properly maintain pipe networks, electrical systems, your roof and its drainage system, and repair any damage you can as you find it.  Prepare for all major storms by cutting tree limbs that could potentially hit your house, clearing away harmful debris that could get caught up in the wind, and cleaning gutters that might block water in them.  Always watch out for signs of slow-developing water damage and have your home periodically inspected for leaks.  Work within your own limits and hire trained professionals to do any work that is beyond your abilities.

Whenever you smell musty odors or do notice things like paint bubbling or discolorations, it is essential that you contact an experienced service for help.  Companies like SERVPRO have both the advanced training and equipment to effectively handle your water-related problem.  We are skilled at detecting and locating even the most minor leaks.  Once we locate them, we employ a wide range of innovative techniques to dry your home and return it to its original condition.  Often, after we finish our work, it might seem like your home never even experienced a water issue.  

If you ever need an inspection or are faced with water damage, rest assured that help is available.  Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 for assistance.

Is Storm Damage Reversible In My Cleburne Home?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is at your service when disaster strikes.

A Professional Restoration Team can Help Restore Your Cleburne Home After a Storm

With hurricane season upon us, intense storms have already visited the Cleburne area, leaving us vulnerable to their effects. Sizeable downpours can threaten your home by allowing water into the house and leaving a trail of debris in its wake. Rather than despair, enlist the help of a reputable company to assess the impact and develop a plan to restore your home as soon as possible.

Cleburne residents facing water damage due to a storm can call SERVPRO for assistance. Our team is available 24/7 as soon as the area is safe to transit, and we bring our expertise and industrial-grade equipment to help your house feel like your home again. Acting quickly and decisively is essential in thwarting further damage to your home. The longer your walls, furniture, and personal belongings sit underwater, the lesser the chance for you to salvage them. Enrolling our crew into your post-storm plans can save you time and money in the long run.

Do I need to dispose of all my personal property after a storm?

Our SERVPRO team can help you remove or salvage items depending on the damage they present and their characteristics. More porous surfaces such as carpets may need to be removed, whereas natural stone and wood flooring may be salvaged, Your home's specific circumstances will guide our decision-making.

Aside from looking at the inside of your home, our team also looks at its foundation and structural elements. The crawl space is of particular interest as it may become a problem if water remains in it. To this end, our SERVPRO crew takes the following steps to protect your crawl space:

    •    Pump out water using submersible pumps if possible
    •    Set up air movers to encourage evaporation
    •    Add a vapor barrier for further protection of your home

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is at your service when disaster strikes. Call us at (817) 297-8588 and let our team come to you and leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

How Can We Complete Water Restoration At Our Cleburne Superstore Without Extended Closure?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Are you having water damage issues in your Clebure Commercial building? Call the professional from SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

SERVPRO Can Help Identify Ways to Limit the Spread of Damage and Use Advanced Resources to Speedup Restoration

If you manage a superstore, everything you deal with is on a massive scale - including the effects of water spills at the facility. Since closing down is likely to inconvenience many people, you need to find a way to restore damage to your Cleburne superstore with limited or no closure.

How can restoration happen without closure?

The actions you take during water restoration at your Cleburne superstore depend on the intensity of the incident. The sheer size of the facility minimizes the chances of spilled water covering every square inch. However, people moving around unhindered can spread the water and soil the entire premises. Our SERVPRO crews can help you take measures to prevent this, including:

  • Creating physical barriers
  • Redirecting people with safety signs
  • Removing water using specialized techniques

A simple step, such as setting up warning signs demarcating wet sections of the store can help keep people away, preventing the spread of soiling through foot traffic. It might also be necessary to erect a physical barrier that can check the spread of moisture and aerosolized contaminants through the air. Our technicians set up the containments using 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheets separating the affected areas from the rest of the property. Our goal is to be as inconspicuous as possible while restoring the site.

Does speed matter during water restoration?

When water spills, time plays a significant role in determining the overall damage. Taking too long creates an opportunity for microbial development and moisture penetration deep into materials. Delays mostly lead to irreversible damage. Our SERVPRO technicians speed up restoration processes such as water extraction and drying by using state of the art equipment. Using drying mats is one such option that presents several benefits, including:

  • Reaching water below the surface of the tiles
  • Eliminating the time it would take to tear up the tiles
  • Eliminating the cost of replacing tiles or commercial grade carpeting

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can help you address most challenges caused by water spills. Call us at (817) 297-8588. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Should I Handle Water Removal If My Cleburne Pawnshop Is Affected?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

Make sure to treat spills quickly and tackle any water damage with a call to SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

With Help from SERVPRO, Removal Can Either Help Protect or Restore Valuables Affected by the Water Spill

Although the customers that visit your Cleburne pawnshop are driven by pressing financial needs, they still expect proper customer service. Water spills can interfere with your ability to deliver such quality services by forcing you to close down or damaging the items left by your customers as collateral for loans. Poor management of water loss incidents can lead to several complications.

How can handling water removal poorly affect my Cleburne pawn shop? 

Water spills in Cleburne can have lasting effects on any type of business they affect. However, the effects can be more severe for a pawnshop because exposure to water or high humidity levels can readily damage the high valued items that customers leave at the premises. Items such as electronics and firearms need protection, immediately after the water spill occurs. Any delays or improper water removal can cause damages, which would lead to other problems like:

  • Customers posting negative reviews about your business
  • Incurring costs repairing the items
  • Replacing the items if the damage is beyond repair

Apart from ruining items left by customers at the store, the water is also likely to affect the structure and fixtures such as shelves leading to high restoration costs. 

Should water removal prevent or resolve problems?

Ideally, water removal in Cleburne should help prevent damage to the structure and contents. Fast removal of any standing water in the store or moving items away from the affected areas should prevent most of the problems that develop later. Our SERVPRO technicians can help since we have several resources, including:

  • Fast water extractors
  • Protective materials such as plastic tarps
  • Handcarts and air sleds for moving heavy items

However, several factors can interfere with the success of preventive steps. For instance, the water spill might occur in the middle of the night when the store is closed, and by the time you discover the loss, some damages have already occurred. In such cases, the goal of removal is to resolve any damages that occur.

What steps are necessary during water removal?

Depending on the extent of the loss, removal can be a simple process of mopping wet areas or a more complicated one that takes several steps before the shop can regain its preloss condition. Typical restoration steps include:

  • Moving items from display areas
  • Tracing the extent of moisture migration
  • Extraction of standing water
  • Drying wet materials

Most of the items you have in your shop might be on display shelves or a packed storage area in the back. Performing restoration steps such as water extraction with the items in place is challenging. Moving them to an unaffected section within the store or an external location helps. Our SERVPRO technicians complete such movement conveniently. We have storage pods that can hold items safely within the store. We also have an electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which we use to keep clear records of the items you have at your store. Moving items also creates a chance to separate any wet items from the unaffected ones.

Once the water spills, it soaks into various materials around the loss site, including floors and walls. There is a need to identify how far the moisture migrates so that removal processes can address any hidden wetness. In most cases, physical observation and the use of moisture sensors and meters to take readings are sufficient. However, if we suspect the presence of moisture in concealed areas, we use sophisticated tools such as thermal cameras to identify the wet sections.

What next after the water is gone?

If your shop is like most, the floor is made from hard materials such as tiles, so extracting water is straightforward. However, drying is likely to present some challenges since materials such as wall panels, shelves, and cabinets are made from porous or semi-porous materials, which tend to hold moisture. Evaporating the moisture is the standard drying solution. Our SERVPRO technicians can set up a couple of air movers around the shop to boost air movement, thus enhancing the evaporation rate. The use of dehumidifiers helps extract moisture from the air to ensure constant drying. 

Exposure of different materials to water can lead to the development of unpleasant odors. Deodorizing can help neutralize these odors or provide a sweet scent. Our technicians can use ULV foggers to mist a pairing agent to neutralize bad odor. Alternatively, we use a masking agent when we determine that the odor is only temporary.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County has extensive experience handling water spills in commercial establishments. Call us at (817) 297-8588 to help restore your Crowley, Joshua, or Alvarado property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Can I Do to Remove Fire Damage from My Crowley HVAC System?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County serves the community with mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Professionals Restore Your Crowley Home After Fire Damage

Fire damage residues in your ventilation can be challenging for Crowley homeowners to clean. According to 2016 data, ad many of 55% of residential fire and smoke-damaged HVAC systems could be repaired without fully replacing them.

If you need fast fire damage mitigation for your Crowley residence, SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to address the damage and restore your home to a preloss condition with EPA-registered antimicrobials.

How Fire Damage Affects Ventilation

    •    Smoke trapped in your HVAC. When a fire occurs in your home, smoke residues and soot deposits can get into the vents and circulate through your property the same way that clean air normally would. These deposits can introduce foul odors into areas that were unaffected by a home fire.
    •    Clogged filters require fast replacement. HVAC filters get clogged quickly after the strain of absorbing fire damage residues. Make sure that filters are cleaned or replaced to prevent costly repairs.
    •    Residues damage your ducts. Fire damage brings more than just smoke and soot into your home. Corrosive chemicals and acidic debris can tarnish or damage your vents and HVAC components. Fast removal minimizes the risk of large-scale failures in your system.

SERVPRO Cleans Out Soot-Filled Vents

SERVPRO’s multi-pronged approach to fire damage cleanup includes tools and solutions for cleaning ductwork. It is often more cost-effective to replace flex duct. Sheet metal ducts, on the other hand, may require some disassembly for thorough cleaning. Technicians use augers, brushes, and alkaline cleaners to address soot deposits and remove acidic residues.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County serves the community with mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (817) 297-8588 to begin cleanup at any time of the day or night.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Cleburne, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County today at (817) 297-8588 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can Standing Water Be Removed from My Cleburne Area Commercial Building?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

Broken pipes can cause problems to escalate quickly. Get SERVPRO involved right away for best results.

When a Major Pipe in Your Building Ruptures, There are Advanced Water Removal Tools that Can Quickly and Effectively Clean Up the Resulting Mess.

Not too long ago, a Cleburne area hotel suffered a severe water leak after a major pipe ruptured in its basement.  After this pipe failure, the local hotel’s large basement rapidly filled with several feet of water.  This catastrophe occurred suddenly and without any previous warning signs. Unsure of what to do, the hotel’s owners did some online research and discovered that there were ways to quickly solve their problem.  They learned that companies like SERVPRO have state-of-the-art extractors and drying equipment to effectively handle their large water removal job.

What Industrial-Strength Equipment Does SERVPRO Have to Handle My Commercial Water Removal Job in Cleburne?

In addition to tools normally used for residential issues, SERVPRO also has large industrial-strength equipment and other gear for commercial water removal in Cleburne.  Our technicians use all of this to successfully perform even the biggest, most difficult business site cleanups.  Our commercial-grade hardware and gear include:

  • Massive truck-mounted extractors capable of rapidly removing large amounts of water
  • Trailer-mounted desiccant dehumidifiers that speed up the drying process for large jobs
  • Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers which remove more moisture from the air in a shorter period of time

How Do Trailer-Mounted Desiccant and LGR Dehumidifiers Work?

Trailer-mounted desiccant dehumidifiers have a large moisture capacity and can quickly reduce the water vapor pressure and humidity ratio to their lowest levels, which also effectively controls interior climates.  These dehumidifiers have adsorbent-coated wheels that draw-in moisture and then release it into outgoing air.  This process is fueled by adsorbents, like silica gel, which efficiently attract, but do not absorb, and then release moisture.  LGR dehumidifiers, on-the-other-hand, condense air via a double cooling system that enables them to extract large amounts of water vapor, even under forty grains/pound.

If you ever need help with an extensive commercial water removal job, remember that there are services that can assist you.  Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588, if needed.


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How Do I Cleanup a Leak Behind My Cleburne Kitchen Cabinets?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaks can slowly and quietly destroy your home. Call SERVPRO to mitigate the effects of water damage.

SERVPRO techs have the tools and experience to restore your Cleburne kitchen from water loss

A slow leak can do a great deal of damage in a Cleburne home. Particularly when the leak has a location in a spot that does not get looked at very often and is in a hard-to-reach place such as within the wall behind the cabinetry in a kitchen. When left alone, the water can continue to do damage, and the potential problem to include mold becomes a threat. Signs an unseen leak is happening in your kitchen include: 

  • Musty odors
  • Water appearing on the floor in front of the loss area
  • Interior of cabinets show signs of constant dampness

What is the Best Way to Do Water Cleanup in a Kitchen With a Leak?

When SERVPRO technicians work on water cleanup in a Cleburne kitchen with a leak within a wall covered by a cabinet, they will first attempt to extract the water and dry the area by opening the cupboards and clearing them out. The majority of cabinets have open backs, and getting to the wall with the issue usually is not a problem. However, if the moisture detection equipment shows that the water loss is widespread or the sheetrock shows signs of warping or buckling, it will require removal as part of the mitigation. 

First Actions in a Home with Water Loss

SERVPRO techs scope the loss area and determine how widespread the damage from the water is. When the area gets marked off, the techs always try to mitigate the Cleburne water loss with as little controlled demo as possible, so there are fewer repairs needed to bring the house back to normal. It is not uncommon to find that moisture under the flooring in the vicinity of the leak. However, in the case where a significant amount of the wall behind the cabinets gets wet, not only are there actions that need to happen to remove the damaged sheetrock, but also the need to inspect for mold colony growth existence as well. 

What Happens When Mold Gets Found as Part of a Water Damage Restoration?

SERVPRO technicians hold certification for mold remediation MRC1353 and know the steps to stop any further damage safely. If the worksite does not already have containment around the loss area to keep dust and airborne particulate to a minimum, the techs usually implement it to halt the potential for spore spread during the remediation process. Handling a mold infestation goes in tandem with drying the water loss area. Mold requires moisture to thrive, and once that crucial element gets removed, the techs can perform abatement and remove the dried colonies. 

Complete Drying is Paramount to Recovery From Water Loss

While there may not be much in the way of water extraction that needs to happen when a slow leak is a culprit, however drying the interior of the wall around the leak is crucial. After removing the cabinets, the techs cut away the deteriorated portion of sheetrock, leaving the undamaged portion in place. This makes the cosmetic repairs easy as all that needs to happen is a piece of sheetrock gets cut to fit the opening and sealed in place with joint compound will be flawless once sanded and the cabinets put back. Before any of that can occur, the cause of the water loss needs to get addresses. If the homeowner does not have their own plumbing company, SERVPRO can arrange for a local professional to perform any required repairs. 

For the drying phase, the technicians use professional drying equipment that rapidly brings down the interior humidity and allows the structural elements to dry completely. The process gets monitored carefully to ensure preset drying goals get met. The technicians:

  • Take careful readings throughout the home 
  • Scope the loss area to determine how elevated moisture levels are
  • Set drying goals per the unique readings gathered within the property as the baseline levels
  • Set a time frame for drying based on the collected information

Before repairs and installation of the cabinets occur, the technicians use both antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants on affected areas to ensure there are no odors left behind and no return of the mold infestation. 
SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588  brings all the tools and equipment needed for water cleanup in local properties. With their years of experience and training, the certified technicians can turn around any amount of water loss in a house.

How Can I Remove All Of The Moisture In My Cleburne Home After A Flood?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you notice water in your house after your neighborhood floods call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can Use Various Techniques And Equipment To Remove Moisture From Your Cleburne Home

Flooding conditions can cause water to build up outside and then eventually find its way into your house. The longer your contents and building materials stay wet, the worse issues can get. For instance, if organic materials like wooden items in your home stay wet for more than 48 hours, mold can grow.

What Is The First Step You Take To Remove Water From My House?
When we conduct flood damage restoration in Cleburne, the first step our SERVPRO technicians take is to extract as much water as we can while it is still liquid using the following equipment:

    •    Portable Extractors: We can use portable extraction units to get into tight places where moisture is hiding.
    •    Heavy-Duty Truck-Mounted Extractors: We can utilize our truck-mounted machines to give us more power when extracting water from your house.
    •    Handheld Extraction Tools: When we are removing liquid from smaller items such as your couch or a recliner chair, we can use handheld tools to extract tight spots and uneven surfaces.
    •    Weighted Extraction Tools: When removing moisture from thick carpets, we can utilize extraction tools that use the weight of the operator to compress the carpeting.
    •    Sump Pumps: If there are more than two inches of standing water in any part of your house, we can hook up a submersible pump that pulls water out of your building and into a sewage drain.

How Can You Remove Moisture From My Structural Components Like My Subfloor Or Walls?

    •    Air Movers: We can set up air movers so that they push air in a circular motion to speed up the natural evaporation process.
    •    Circular Fans: We can set up box fans that can push a large amount of air in a short period.
    •    Dehumidifiers: We can set up dehumidifiers that pull moisture from the air and dispense warm, dry air to be used in the circulation created by the air movers.

If you notice water in your house after your neighborhood floods, call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 24/7.

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No One Can Be Sure When a Flash Flood in Cleburne Can Happen

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flash flooding can take you totally by surprise.  Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and drying efforts.

SERVPRO Can Help Cleburne Businesses Overcome the Disaster

Although our community controls the sharp variations in the flow of rivers and other waterways through the use of reservoirs and up-river dams, your Cleburne warehouse or distribution center is still at risk of flooding when storms bringing torrents of rain sweep across the North Texas landscape. Most common in the spring, thunderstorms can happen anytime, and the flooding which follows particularly heavy rains is thus random and hard to predict. 

How Do Flash Floods Do Their Damage?

When heavy rains drop several inches of water in a short burst, the scenes on freeways, streets, and parking lots are newsworthy and familiar. Cars pile up under bridges and sometimes slide sideways in the flash flow of water. Imagine the water instead funneling across a parking lot toward your business or spewing inside on your sales floor from a broken downspout, and you have the mental image of flood damage in a Cleburne commercial building

What Kinds of Contaminants Flow Inside with the Flooding?

Very little can be done to stop the incursion of water, so business owners must steel themselves not only for the soaking but also for the dirt, silt, and other debris that flows inside as well. When we arrive to assess the scenario, SERVPRO must consider the water contaminated, evaluated as Category 3 black water. This determination is crucial in how mitigation and remediation proceed because it can impact whether the inventory can be saved and what kinds of treatment are needed before the public can again enter your commercial space. What types of substances and debris taint the water we are tasked with managing?

  • Industrial waste
  • Roadway chemicals
  • Landscaping chemicals
  • Dead animals, insects, reptiles, and organic debris
  • Sewage, especially if the sanitary system is overwhelmed
  • Hazardous substances on the roof if the flooding is all or partially connected to poorly draining or burst downspouts. 

What Are Some First Steps After Flash Flooding in My Business?

First and foremost, business owners must check that no one in the building is caught in a confined area and in danger of injury or drowning. Any chance of electrical hazards putting individuals at risk of shock or electrocution must also be noted, and the power shutdown if needed. Inventories that can be elevated on shelving easily should be raised.

What Can I Expect from the SERVPRO Response?

When our crews arrive, a safety assessment precedes all activity. This is crucial as we are unaware of the layout of your business. As soon as practical, emergency services begin:

  • Portable barriers can be set up to confine the flooding in Cleburne
  • Any damage to the exterior can be boarded or tarped up
  • Silt and mud and other significant debris often need to be shoveled out
  • Submersible pumps are positioned where water is deeper than two inches
  • Truck-mounted extractors with wands begin suctioning up water

Note: The pumps and truck-mounted extractors are powered independently of the business's utilities, critical if the electricity is knocked out by the storm out or has been disconnected temporarily for safety.

What Happens to Carpeting?

Because of the risk posed by contaminants in the water, we usually recommend that padding under any carpeting be removed and discarded. Padding is relatively inexpensive and reasonably easy to replace. Because flood water is considered highly contaminated, industry standards also mandate that carpeting be removed and discarded. We often use wanded extraction to remove a significant quantity of the water saturating the carpeting and padding to make it less heavy when discarding. We are familiar with local regulations and contain and dispose of carpet and pad as directed for hazardous waste.

How Do We Manage the Concrete and Resilient Tile Floors Common in Large Commercial Buildings?

If the floors are in sound condition, we use wanded extractors to clear off the flood water. Our technicians test for hidden water in building cavities or recesses, including flooring that might have sublayers. We might use floor mats connected to negative pressure extraction systems to pull fluids from several layers. Once visible water is extracted, our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians devise a drying perimeter to reduce absorbed water to preloss conditions. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers create a balance to facilitate the return to normal.

How Is Mold Growth Prevented?

Our company is a certified mold remediation firm. Our employees monitor continuously for any sign of mold growth. The time frame is as short as 24 to 48 hours for molds to begin multiplying, so we work quickly and emphasize water removal and humidity control. If needed, we follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to contain, remove, and discard moldy debris. EPA-registered antimicrobials applied for both mold, and more general pathogen inhibition are typically part of our commercial flood damage remediation plan. 

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is highly-qualified to spearhead your commercial flood damage recovery. Call us at  (817) 297-8588 to set up an assessment and proceed with a restoration plan.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Cleburne After A Fire

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO powered this air scrubber with our generator to clean the air in this home after a fire disaster struck.

Attics Cans Be A Common Place For Fire Damage In Cleburne

Many attics inside houses in Cleburne can have electrical wires or heating vents running through them. If an electrical wire short or another mishap occurs, a fire could ignite inside your attic.

The flames coming from the blaze could start to consume your building materials such as your trusses, drywall, and insulation. The smoke created can also cause fire damage inside your Cleburne home. When the smoke starts accumulating in the attic, your drywall ceiling can get affected, and it can make its way into your living space. It is also possible that smoke can enter your heating and ventilation system and cause foul aromas to get circulated throughout your house.

Ensuring Safety Is Top Priority

Before beginning any fire damage restoration work, our SERVPRO team first assesses the situation to make sure that your structure is safe for all building occupants. Burnt building materials can create a dangerous environment, and we can inspect and mitigate the following safety hazards:

Fall Hazards: If drywall is hanging from your ceiling, we can safely remove it so that it cannot fall and injure someone.
Trip hazards: If burnt materials and other debris have already fallen onto your floors, we can remove the debris or clear out pathways for foot traffic.
Electrical Hazards: If the source was electrical-related or wiring was affected during the blaze, we can shut off the power and get a certified electrician to repair the problems.

Removal Of Charred Materials

During an attic fire, our SERVPRO technicians can start by removing any severely burnt debris, including insulation or drywall. If other materials such as your trusses or roofing materials get charred, we can conduct demolition procedures and dispose of these large, heavy items. Once the large chunks of debris are removed, we can then vacuum up the remaining dust with a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA vacuum.

Attic fires can become disasters that are best handled by calling SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. We are available 24/7 and we can restore your loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Storm Damage Cleanup In Cleburne

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (817) 297-8588.

Cleaning Up After Tornadoes and Flooding in Cleburne Homes

While the Cleburne area is a slight risk for the severity of hurricanes that can make landfall at the Gulf of Mexico, the locale is almost always at risk for atmospheric conditions to accommodate tornadoes. With the torrential rains and substantial winds that accompany these natural disasters, roofs can get torn from residences, windows broken, and other structural damages can ensue. The result is often a direct penetration of water from the downpour against vulnerable areas of the house.

Cleaning up after incredible losses that tornadoes can leave behind begins with structural assessment and recovering flood damage in Cleburne homes. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly after you call to begin both emergency recovery services and assessment of the damage with our project manager and crew chief. Determining what needs to get done in your home extends far beyond the structural concerns. It also addresses the pressing needs for flood restoration to reduce further damages to exposed construction materials and contents in your home.

Water removal is one of the chief concerns for our responding restoration technicians, as standing water can threaten a residence in many ways, including:

    •    Allowing microbial development
    •    Weakening structural elements
    •    Creating hazards for occupants and restoration professionals

Removing standing water in your property falls to the capable equipment of our SERVPRO technicians, including our submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and specialty tools. Drying your house and its contents fall to evaporative drying methods using air movers, positive pressure systems, and dehumidifiers.

If mold has already developed from lingering moisture in the damaged residence, we have a team of licensed (#MRC1353) mold remediation contractors in-house to discard damaged materials and rebuild whatever was removed to limit mold colonization.

Tornadoes and flooding are both natural disasters that can, unfortunately, both strike simultaneously when the right conditions exist. When you are dealing with both structural damage and flood effects, trust in our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (817) 297-8588.

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Commercial Water Damage in Cleburne Office

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Long Weekend Results in Commercial Water Damage in Cleburne Office

The longer commercial water damage sits, the more extensive the loss to the structure and contents. The investment in fire and water detection as part of a security system can help firms get notifications of smoke and elevated moisture levels before the problem becomes a huge problem.

After an extended weekend, a Cleburne office needed help with commercial water damage clean up after the manager opened his office on a Tuesday morning and found nearly an inch of standing water in the front of the building.

Immediate Problems from Water Exposure
Due to the lack of on-site monitoring systems, it was not sure when the water loss started. The glue-down carpeting delaminated in the reception area where the majority of the water damage was. The techs remove it so the slab floor underneath could get exposed for both water extraction and drying. The techs moved the reception area furniture to another part of the office as only the legs needed drying and cleaning.

Extra Attention During Extraction
SERVPRO techs found water wicked into the sheetrock in the front of the office, through the use of their detection equipment. They measured above the waterline and removed it in a clean, straight cut known as a flood cut. This organized removal process makes repairs seamless after the mitigation efforts complete.

Drying and Cleanup
After extraction of the water loss completed, the techs set up drying equipment to quickly dry the reception area. The process gets monitored to attain drying goals. Then the techs wipe down all water-affected surfaces with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Mold Treatment and Preventative Measures
Because airborne mold spores are always present both indoors and outdoors, the setup of mold infestations after a water loss can be an issue. With their extensive training and certification in mold remediation #MRC1353, the techs know the early warning signs as well as how to handle any existing mold growth without spreading the spores. After the drying, the application of antimicrobial sealant ensures mold will not be a problem before repairs get made.

When your property needs commercial water damage cleanup or mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. The trained and certified techs make the loss to the property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleburne Flood Left Some Damage in Your Home? SERVPRO Can Mitigate and Try to Make "Like it never even happened."

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Strives to Preserve Your Cleburne Home's Hardwood Flooring by Rapidly Removing Standing Water

Removing Wood Plank Flooring in Cleburne Homes after Flooding

Many construction materials used in building your Cleburne home do not immediately become severely damaged when exposed to migrating water. Because of the cellulose in the makeup of wood plank flooring from species like oak, maple, and pine, it does not take long for absorption to occur. Even without the threat of contamination from the flood scenario, water trapped in the planks can bond with the molecules of the wood and begin to warp or distort its appearance.

While We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, flood damage to Cleburne homes does not always get remedied as quickly as homeowners would like. Not only are there emergency services that must happen before this other damage gets assessed, such as temporary construction solutions for the roof, but we must often work through details with insurance providers as well before mitigation begins. If we begin working on a property and the wood flooring already shows physical distortions, we can help with a direct approach.

Controlled demolition has always been a sound practice with flood and water loss restoration, as overly wet materials can often be a starting point for damaging effects like mold growth. Damp wood flooring does not need to get entirely removed if suitable replacement materials can get used to rebuild portions of the floor. If these planks cannot get acquired, it is often more cost-effective and faster to replace the entire damaged area instead. Of course, SERVPRO technicians always try to preserve and salvage building components whenever possible.

Removing this surface layer can help to prevent migration of moisture into the subflooring material like OSB board and plywood. While it might be time-consuming to have our SERVPRO professionals replace portions of the surface flooring material, it can be every costlier still to remove the top layer and subflooring materials as well.

After flooding, it does not take long for saturation to begin in exposed wood plank flooring and other fixtures. However, we can help, from beginning a focused drying approach with air movers and drying mats to repair and reinstallation of the floor, our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team can help. Give us a call at (817) 440-4384.

Smoke Damage Clean-up

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Our crew cleans carpets!

Not all fires can cause visible fire damage; some only cause ‘smoke’ damage. And that is exactly the case with one of our local neighbors. In this case the customer had smoke damage in their home caused by a pan that was left on top of the stove and the pan still had food inside of it, unfortunately the stove was left on – and over time the food had burned and the pan itself started to burn. Even though there was no visible ‘smoke damage’, there however was an odor throughout the house.  

Our SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County was on a mission to get rid of the odor! Our crew washed down all of the walls, cleaned the air ducts and did carpet cleaning throughout the entire home. After the dedicated hours of our crew, the home was back to how it was – odorless!

In special cases like this one - give us a call! We’ll make it look {and smell} "Like it never even happened."

Why We Are The Best Choice In Cleburne After A Flood

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Our team placed plenty of drying equipment in this room to restore the tile after a flood. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Extracting Flood Damage from a Cleburne Garage

While Texas homeowners are no stranger to floods, they may not be prepared for the thoroughness with which floodwaters can penetrate surfaces. Even two inches of flooding can mean tens of thousands of dollars in property damage and loss for a single home, and billions of dollars in claims each year. Without thorough cleanup, the structural integrity of a home can be put at risk by the contents of floodwaters. 

If your Cleburne home has experienced flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to provide you with a fast-acting mitigation service. The goal of these restoration specialists is to restore your home to a preloss condition with cutting-edge tools and fast-acting, EPA-registered cleaning solutions that work in tandem to keep your residence--and its occupants--safe and sound after flooding occurs. If mold develops in your home after flood damage occurs, this team is licensed for mold remediation (#MRC1353).

Sealing Cracks in Your Garage

Weatherstripping, sandbags, rain gardens, and drainage systems can all help minimize flood risk to your garage. Still, floodwaters can also penetrate cracks in your home, which can create further vulnerabilities in the structural components. Look carefully around the garage for cracks, especially the floor, and follow these steps to seal any that you find:

  • Sweep up all debris around the crack and remove any oil from the area to ensure that the filler you use sticks to the floor. 
  • Use a vacuum, if needed, to ensure thorough debris removal. 
  • Slowly fill the crack with concrete filler after cutting the tip off the nozzle, if using a new bottle.
  • Smooth filler over with a trowel or similar tool and let it cure overnight. 

How SERVPRO Restores Your Garage

Flooding can do significant damage to a garage without fast mitigation, so SERVPRO technicians work quickly to restore your home. If there are odors present after flooding, odor control technicians (OCTs) can disperse water- or solvent-based deodorization chemicals that bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate unpleasant smells. Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, which are used to disperse these deodorizers, penetrate surfaces in the same way that water does. Axial fans exchange the air in the home as much as 40 times to cleanse air before and after deodorizing to minimize odors and maximize safety. 

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County wants to ensure your residence looks, "Like it never even happened." You can call (817) 297-8588 any time you need disaster cleanup specialists.

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Removing Water From Your Crowley Property

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

For rapid disaster cleanup service that starts within hours of your initial contact, call (817) 297-8588.

Removing Water Damage from a Crowley Laundry Room

Water damage in laundry rooms can come from a variety of sources. The average washer hose fails after 8.7 years of use. If left unchecked, small pipe leaks, loose valves, or damaged hoses are enough to introduce gallons of water into your home each day. Not only are most homeowners not equipped to address this kind of damage, but it can also cause structural damages and allow mold to thrive in your residence.

If your Crowley home has suffered water damage after an appliance failure or pipe leak, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your home to restore it to its preloss conditions. SERVPRO techs, staff, and franchise owners alike receive extensive education on water damage mitigation techniques and tools to ensure that homeowners get access to the most knowledgeable teams available after a disaster. If you find mold in your residence, SERVPRO is also licensed to remediate it for you. (#MRC1353).

Maintaining Your Laundry Room
To prevent the most common water damage situations in your laundry room, here are some tips:

    •    Keep utility sink drains clear and clog-free.
    •    Shut off washer hoses when not in use.
    •    Never leave the washer on when you are not home.
    •    Check washer and dryer hoses regularly for potential leaks or damage and replace them as needed.
    •    Clean around and behind laundry machines regularly.

How SERVPRO Can Help
A washing machine hose leak can wreak havoc on any laundry room, but SERVPRO technicians can use a variety of tools to determine the location and extent of damage and how to return the moisture content of surfaces to normal levels. If your laundry room has vinyl floors, it may be necessary to remove part of the flooring to evaluate and dry the subfloor, especially if it has delaminated due to water damage.

Technicians use centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to dry structural materials effectively. For a water-affected subfloor, air movers are placed every 150 to 300 square feet of affected surface area so as not to overwhelm dehumidifiers with moist air to extract and replace with warm, dry air. For water-affected walls, the air movers may be positioned at 45-degree angles in relation to the affected surface.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened.” For rapid disaster cleanup service that starts within hours of your initial contact, call (817) 297-8588.

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Cooking is a Leading Cause of House Fires

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

House fire caused by a kitchen fire.

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?

Often times food cooking is left unattended or forgotten, causing home fires and fire injuries that then cause approximately 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries. Unattended equipment is a factor in one -third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and half (48%) of the associated deaths.

After your local Fire Department has rescued your property and left - let your local SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County help you restore your property to its preloss condition. Combining our fast response time and the utmost professionalism, open communication throughout the entire job process - we strive to restore - not only the structure, but your peace of mind as well. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County will work alongside with your insurance agent.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) they offer the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires:

  • 482,030 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2018.
  • These fires caused $9.9 billion in the property damages.
  • One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes at your business or home, give the experts at your local SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County a call. We will work with your insurance agency and help make your property look “Like it never even happened”.

Water Damage in a Burleson home!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Leak caused by the bathroom toilet.

One day, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County received a call from a customer in Burleson with water damage that was caused by a toilet leak. The plumber had already been out and the leak was fixed. Once our technicians were dispatched - they were on location within’ 45 minutes of the initial call from the customer.

Our crew quickly worked together to determine the steps needed to resolve the water damage. Because of the quickresponse of our technicians and fast reaction, we were able to save the customers carpet and drywall – leaving the customer with minimum amount of repairs needed.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County prides themselves with completing a job and leaving the job, “Like it never even happened”.®

SERVPRO Helpful tip: if you notice your toilet making a noise – you should contact your local plumber to come out and perform maintenance to prevent any future water damage.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County technicians are highly trained in Water Restoration and can to take care of all your water damage needs. If you should find yourself in need of water damage clean up, call your local SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

Winter Weather Worries

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Pipes outside that freeze due to winter storms, can cause havoc for your inside pipes.

Winter weather can bring more problems than just your typical slippery roads and shoveling driveways and sidewalks. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing in the winter – your pipes are at risk of freezing,  which can create a major disaster to your property!

Frozen pipes occur when they are exposed to cold weather - such as those outside your property or in areas such as your basements, attics, garages or under both your kitchen and bathroom sinks. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused from the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Keep your garage doors closed if you have any water supply lines in there.
  • Open both the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • When the weather is cold outside, let cold water drip from your faucets that are served by exposed pipes.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature throughout the day and night.
  • If you are away during the winter weather - leave the heat on in your property. Set the thermostat no lower than 55° F.

If winter weather should cause you any water or winter damage to your property - SERVPRO of Crowley & Johnson County professionals are only one a call away! Ready to Any Size Disaster! (817)297-8588 Available 24/7 – 365 days a year!

Severe Weather Safety

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather like tornadoes can can wreak havoc for many. Be prepared!

Severe weather can come at anytime and anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms.

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life.

  • Know your risk: The 1st step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live. You can check the weather forecast regularly. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts in your area.
  • Take Action: The next step in severe weather preparedness is creating a great communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place where they won’t be damaged in an event.
  • Be an example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather you can share your story with family members, co-workers, and friends on social media. Your preparedness efforts may inspire others to do the same!

Contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County professionals for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY profile (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”

Cleburne House fire caused by Heating Lamp

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

House fire due to heating lamp left unattended.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County was dispatched to a home in Cleburne, that had fire damage due to a heating lamp catching fire at the resident’s home. Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire, but approximately 75% of the house was affected from the fire. Unfortunately due to the damage of the home, the insurance has declared the home to be a total loss.

Heating equipment, such as a heating lamp, is one of the leading causes of fires in the U.S. In winter months many use heating lamps to keep their farm animals warm, pets on their porches warm and reptiles inside the home.

According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); “Our local fire departments responded to an average of 52,050 fires involving heating equipment each year in the years 2012 thru 2016. During that time, those fires resulted in annual losses of 490 civilian deaths, 1,400 civilian injuries and $1 billion in direct property damage.”

If you are using heating lamps, please be sure to follow these following safety tips.

7 Helpful Safety While using a heating lamp:

  • Clean up any cobwebs/dust: Make sure to dust often and there are no cobwebs near the heating lamps you may have in your barns and/or homes. Barns can be dusty places!
  • Keep wires out of reach: Be sure wires are not being heating by the lamp itself and that wires are not exposed.
  • Double secure the lamp: Make sure wherever you have your heating lamp setup that is secure.
  • Never put a water bucket under the heat lamp: This can cause an electrical fire if the lamp was to fall into the water.
  • Use heat lampcages: To help reduce the risks of burns.
  • Keep lampsaway from bedding:  Material is flammable.
  • Check lampsfor frayed wires: Safety is important! This is a basic electrical rule. And one of the leading causes of electrical fires.

Should you find yourself in an unfortunate event due to a fire - give us a call! We’ll help pick up the pieces and make it like “Like it never even happened.”

Faster To Any Size Disaster

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team - are FASTER to any size disaster!

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the U.S. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, near a river or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other disaster! The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • You should stay away from any and all floodwaters! Should you come up on a flowing stream, where water is above your ankles – stop! And turn around and go back! Do not attempt to try to cross it - just six inches of steady moving water can sweep you off your feet!
  • If you should come across a flooded road while driving – you should never attempt to drive through it, turn around and go another way. If you’re in your vehicle, quickly move to higher ground. Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2-feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

Should a flood strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County team is prepared to handle any size disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County will help you take it back!

Water Damage in Whitney Texas

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage of any size in your home can be devastating.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County received a call from an insurance adjuster requesting a water damage cleanup. The adjuster had a residential customer who recently had water leak caused by a washing machine inlet line. The location of the resident's home was a little over an hour away from our office in Lake Whitney. Our crew wasted no time – they followed the SERVPRO motto, ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster’, and were on location within 2 hours of the adjuster's initial call.

The resident's water leak had already been fixed by a local plumber - so our SERVPRO crew was able to quickly jump into action and start the cleanup!

The homeowner’s lake house was originally built by his father in the 1950s, and the lake house was the family’s vacation spot when he was growing up. With the home being of sentimental value to the customer, it was our personal goal to go in and work quickly to help restore his family’s lake house.

We value all of our customers, and make it our personal mission to leave our customers' homes and businesses – "Like it never even happened!"

SERVPRO TIP: If you notice water running or a water leak in your home; first thing you need to do is turn off the main water line in home! To do this, you'll need to locate your water meter and turn it off from there - to prevent any more flooding than what has already occurred. If you cannot locate the water meter or turn off the water by yourself – contact your local water company or a local plumber immediately to help you turn it off!

House Fire Caused by Clothes Dryer in Fort Worth

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

This clothes dryer caused a house fire.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County received residential fire damage call out of the Fort Worth area. The fire was caused by the resident’s clothes dryer in their utility room. Our crew was dispatched for the demo and cleanup at this location.

Clothes Dryer Lint Is a Fire Hazard! Regular cleaning and maintenance can protect your family and your home investment.

The most common dryer now days are the front load dryer. When in use, make sure they're used safely! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there were close to 17,000 clothes dryer fires reported each year. Dryer fires have caused approximately 51 deaths, 380 injuries and an average of $236 million in property loss. Lint and debris can build up inside your dryer hose and the vent duct - reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire.

SERVPRO TIP: Make sure to have regular cleaning and maintenance to your clothes dryer to prevent a house fire! 

Why We Are The Best Choice In Cleburne For Water Damage Restoration

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

This home's hot water heater malfunctioned causing damage in the garage, the master closet and wound up in the master bathroom.

Why SERVPRO Water Removal Protects Your Cleburne Home from Secondary Damage

Getting rid of water after a leak, spill, or appliance mishap in Cleburne might seem routine, even easy. Some towels, a mop, and borrowing a friend’s wet/dry vacuum should do the trick. But are there risks to managing water damage on your own? The nature of water is to spread and run away from any point of incursion. As the water moves, it can hide, percolating down layers of flooring into ceilings beneath and absorbing into porous building materials.

Follow the Water

Consumer managed water removal in Cleburne can result in secondary damage if moisture migration is not tracked, mapped, and abated. When moisture soaks into structural components or pools up in building cavities, the following complications can occur, why professional interventions are critical:

  • Crumbling of drywall
  • Bulging and eventual collapse of ceilings
  • Blistering of paint and peeling of wallpaper
  • Rusting of metal supports
  • Swelling and warping of hardwood and subfloors
  • Weakening of wood framing
  • Spreading of mold growth

Avoid Secondary Damage

Inhibiting progressive deterioration and potential microbial damage are excellent reasons why SERVPRO assistance is worth the investment. When our managers assess your water loss scenario, we go beyond a visual inspection. Using sensitive moisture detection and measuring devices, we trace any migration of water behind or under structures as well as establishing the quantity of water absorbed by porous materials.

Strategies to Remove the Hidden Moisture

Training and experience in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices guide our response, why SERVPRO is confident that we offer the highest quality results. We relentlessly work to remove liquid water and dry wet materials by:

  • Using controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts and drilled holes to provide access to and release trapped water.
  • Installing floor and wall drying mats that use negative pressure to suction out water.
  • Forcing warm air into confined spaces using the cuts and holes to bring moisture levels back to normal.
  • Positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to facilitate evaporation of absorbed water out of structural components and capture and disposal of the resulting water vapor.
  • Providing licensed mold remediation services if necessary.

A strong commitment to training and investment in powerful and efficient equipment is why SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is a restoration industry leader. Call us at (817) 297-8588 to give our skilled crews a chance to show you how effectively we can manage your water removal requirements.

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SERVPRO is Always on Call to Tackle Cleburne's Fire, Store, Water, and Mold Damage Restoration Needs

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Take a peek inside one of our trucks. We stock each vehicle in our Green Fleet with equipment to restore your home.

Is Your Cleburne Home in Need of Emergency Restoration? SERVPRO is Always Equipped and Ready to GO!

Since 2002, our team has worked hard to provide Cleburne homes and businesses with restoration services that they could trust. There were never shortages of companies from which to choose. Yet, we have pulled away from the competition with our commitment to our customers. We look forward to learning their feedback about every project we undertake. We are always looking for ways to improve in every niche of the industry. We have trained technicians capable of helping restore fire, water, mold, storm, flood, and biohazard loss, as well as the abatement of lead in residences.   

Fire Damage Restoration  

We know that fire losses can be among the most traumatic situations that our customers endure in their lifetime, and that is what has us work so quickly to soften this blow. We can immediately begin a thorough assessment of the property and ways that we can implement real-time mitigation strategies to slow the spread of damaging conditions. Removing debris and charred rubbish can help with efforts like deodorization, for example. We can also use this time to assess the vulnerability of valuables and contents in your Cleburne home to determine if relocation is in the best interest of these items. 

We can appreciate how stressful than working with your insurance company can be, especially if you are unfamiliar with what they expect and the documentation they need to approve a claim. Our team has become a trusted vendor with area insurance companies because of our fast turnaround with evidence, photographic documentation, and the needed estimates to approve work to begin. We can speak directly with your provider to save you the headache and red tape, helping to get work started quickly on your Cleburne home. 

Fire damage in Cleburne residences can often damage the structural integrity of materials, and some areas require controlled demolition and reconstruction once returned to the structure base of framing and studs. We have a full team of general contractors that can work in every phase of recovery from debris removal to controlled demolition and full-scale reconstruction. 

Water Damage Restoration

Water loss scenarios are among the most common request for service that our SERVPRO team receives, and this is due in part to the numerous ways that issues can arise in Cleburne homes. Because so many sources could exist, scoping of the job becomes a vital step. Our project management and crew chief work with the homeowner to determine the extent of the damage and an accurate record of what items have become affected and what areas of the property have fallen victim to migrating water loss effects. 

We do more than dry up water damage in Cleburne homes, however. We have effective strategies that can help us to accomplish these tasks faster than you expect. Our strategies can get accomplished through the use of advanced technologies and tools like our weighted extractors or tenting for focused dehumidification. It can also get attributed to a consistent balance of air movers and dehumidifiers to maximize even drying. 

Cleaning up after water loss events is equally essential to making these situations “Like it never even happened.” Residues and debris can stay on surfaces and flooring directly exposed to spreading water. We have potent cleaning products to remove these residues and protect the surfaces from irreparable staining. We can also ensure that mold does not become a threat in your Cleburne home by coating exposed materials and structural framework with antimicrobial spray solutions. 

Mold Remediation

When water loss incidents or high humidity levels persist for longer than 48 hours, the risk of microbial growth and their spread becomes considerable. Avoiding mold entirely in prolonged moist conditions is unlikely, as mold spores exist in nearly every environment waiting for the right circumstances to colonize on vulnerable organic material. With so many potential sources for mold damage in Cleburne homes, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) remain among the most extensively trained and educated of our team. 

Because we can appreciate how health-hazardous colonization can be for Cleburne homes, our experienced professionals offer a free assessment and inspection to determine the spread and severity of mold conditions if you suspect its presence in the property. We have advanced remediation strategies for removing active colonies and returning your house to a safe environment. 

While the most effective remediation strategy involves controlled demolition by our licensed mold remediation contractors (MRC1353), we can also utilize strategies like media blasting. This abrasive strategy removes the surface colonization without damaging the substrate underneath. Also, soda blasting for Cleburne homes can help to reduce the harsh, musty odor that mold colonies emit. 

Storm Damage Restoration

While there is nowhere in the country wholly protected from harsh storms and severe weather conditions, Cleburne is vulnerable to many different types of violent weather events, including tornadoes, hail, torrential rainfall, and more. All of these have the strength and severity to compromise structures and welcome flooding or other damaging effects. Our general contractors can help with emergency board up and tarping services to reduce this penetration of flooding so our team can begin drying out a property. 

Before extraction can begin, our team can perform a thorough hazard assessment to identify risks that could exist, including structural collapse or electrical shock. We have top-tier extraction equipment that can provide a steady, quiet draw of standing water from your Cleburne home, even without the availability of electricity. We can also implement advanced drying strategies, including drying mats for hardwood flooring or positive pressure systems to drywall and ceiling cavities. 

Cleaning up after a flood loss in Cleburne homes can be challenging when contamination is a factor. Remaining structural elements require thorough cleaning with disinfectants and antimicrobial sprays. We have a division of biohazard cleaning technicians that can help to clear up any severe contaminants like sewage, as well. 

We know how vital loyal customers are to the continued successes we’ve seen for nearly two decades. We have a fast response to emergencies and can work to provide the most cost-efficient solutions to return your home to preloss condition. Let our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County show you how we can help by calling (817) 297-8588. 

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Fire Damage Recovery In Your Cleburne Home

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588.

Wet Smoke and Surface Refinishing for Fire Damage Recovery in your Cleburne Home

Our homes are full of synthetic materials. These human-made plastics contain all kinds of toxins and chemicals which are harmless in a healthy environment. However, by introducing excessive heat, such as in a fire, these chemicals released during the combustion process in the form of thick, hot smoke. Synthetic smoke residues are typically greasy and tough to remove, which is why we refer to them as wet smoke deposits. In the high temperatures and pressure of a fire, these wet smokes can bond physically with the surfaces that they contact. Often removing them can be more challenging than using household water-based cleaning solutions.

It is tempting to try and rectify fire damage in your Cleburne home without the assistance of professional services. However, where plastic or synthetic materials are among the debris, it may be more prudent to consider professional expertise. Unlike water-based staining and soiling, wet smokes can spread around quickly, resulting in further damage to your home due to a broader spread of the offending soiling. Besides, the products SERVPRO uses in removing wet smokes can be corrosive, which makes experiential knowledge of the product and its applications essential.

Most surfaces in your home use finishes. These finishes may vary in composition from the varnishes used on flooring to the sealant applied onto appliances. At high temperatures, finishes can melt, releasing chemicals into the home but also bonding with wet smoke in a fire. It can be tough to remove the bonded texture using water-based products or simply scrubbing at with steel wools.

To combat staining that has bonded at a molecular level, SERVPRO uses dissolution. Dissolution techniques involve applying a particular chemical to the surface that dissolves both the finish and the soots attached to it. Once the dissolution process is complete, we can remove both the solvent and the soiling at the same time. This measure can be exceptionally effective at restoring your home to a preloss condition because it ensures that the surface is refinished evenly once complete.

Tackling synthetic wet-smokes may be a challenge using household cleaning products. Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588.

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2020 Resolution Plan Ahead

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

With each New Year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO’ Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure your business is “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

            In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO’ franchise professional them as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to more than 50 years experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO’ READY mobile app, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help right at your fingertips.

            Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in your building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until a disaster strikes—resolve to be READY by contacting your SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County today to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

Crowley Properties Benefit from SERPVRO Water Damage and Restoration Methods

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Advanced Equipment and Fast Response Time Mitigate Water Damage to Crowley Area Homes

How Fast Water Removal Can Lessen Loss in Crowley Homes

The two most common rooms that receive water damage in a Crowley home are the kitchen and bathroom, due to the sheer number of pipes and appliances that use water. These two rooms are followed closely by the laundry room and utility room or basement where the hot water tank is.

When any of these rooms in a Crowley home require water removal, the one thing they all have in common is cleanup efforts needed to begin as quickly as possible. Water migrates rapidly and wicks into sheetrock and under floors. The longer it takes to clean up, the more damage it does.

Why SERVPRO?
The technicians pay great attention to the details of the property. We use our advanced equipment to scope the home and look for all areas of water. Using this powerful extraction equipment, we extract the water from floors, behind walls, and other hard-to-reach areas as needed.

Extraction Preps for Drying
The detailed attention to water removal gets the loss area for drying. It is common for SERVPRO techs to make several passes during the extraction phase to ensure we pull up the maximum amount of moisture as this lessens the amount of time required for drying the property.

Professional Drying Equipment
SERVPRO does not use fans to dry properties; we use high-velocity air movers which are driven by centrifugal or axial forces. These little machines deliver air at such a high speed; it causes embedded moisture to rise. The dehumidification equipment captures this moisture and ports it away. This action results in progressively drier air circulating in the loss area and thoroughly drying the property to pre-water loss condition.

Avoiding Mold
SERVPRO techs undergo extensive training and hold a certification in mold remediation #MRC1353. We know the conditions conducive to mold growth and how to inhibit infestations through professional-grade antimicrobial cleaners and the application of sealants when needed.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County stands ready to assist property owners with water removal of any size. Call (817) 297-8588, and our certified technicians arrive quickly to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage In Your Cleburne Homes

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can be a vital element to bringing a property back to preloss condition.

Common Cleaning Methods for Fire Damage in Cleburne Homes

Cleaning is one of the most critical stages of our SERVPRO team to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” for Cleburne homes. There are no universal approaches that work every time for every situation, however. As part of the experience and expertise that we can offer projects, we have the training to identify the type of material damaged, the residues or debris present, and potential concerns with specific cleaning techniques that could smear or stain particular surfaces.

Many products and tools can help to achieve fire damage cleanup for Cleburne homes. Each of these can help to accomplish dozens of specific practices designed to remove residues, debris, and other potential threats from the affected area. In severe instances where our advanced cleaning techniques cannot restore damaged surfaces or contents, we can rely on our team of licensed general contractors to help with controlled demolition, content management, and debris removal.

Ceilings and walls are among the most soiled of areas after a structure fire, because the circulation of the air during the fire forces smoke and soot particles upwards. Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple techniques for addressing residues left on ceilings and walls. We determine the best approach by the type of material affected and any additional factors like paint, wallpaper, and kind of soiling.

There are primarily three approaches to removing the residues, soiling, and debris from affected ceilings and walls after a structure fire. Dry cleaning with sponges and other tools is effective against non-grease soiling on surfaces.

Dry cleaning can also get used as a precursor to wet cleaning approaches. These would be effective on painted surfaces, wood, and metal materials. Dense concentrations of dry ash or soot or even oil-based residues can get removed with wet-cleaning approaches.

Peroxide cleaning is another approach that our SERVPRO team might implement in specific circumstances. This practice is one that our cleaning technicians already utilize for removing nicotine staining from ceiling materials. Because wet cleaning might be ineffective on textured ceiling materials, peroxide active cleaning can be an effective alternative.

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can be a vital element to bringing a property back to preloss condition. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team a call today at (817) 297-8588.

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Is Water Damage Creeping into Your Joshua Crawl Space?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

We are equipped to handle any water damage restoration need your home encounters. Call us today!

Crawl Space Challenges During Water Cleanup in Joshua 

When water damages your Joshua home from any source, its natural tendency is to flow into the lowest levels of the structure. Fluids from plumbing leaks, appliance or tub overflows, and other water incursions such as leaky roofs or saturated soil around your foundation are likely to find a way into a basement or crawl space. Crawl space water removal and drying present specialty situations our technicians train to resolve. 

Access Difficulties 

Fitting into a crawl space during a Joshua water cleanup scenario can be tough for both our technicians and the equipment they need to remove water and dry out space. In some instances, it can be hard to position tools appropriately. If the space does not have proper vapor barriers in place, equipment might need to set up on dirt or mud, which can affect their operation. Insulation might need removal, creating a disturbance in the space that could send dirt, dust, and other airborne contaminants moving.  

Safety Issues 

Frequently SERVPRO crews encounter electrical and other utility systems threaded through a wet crawl space, mandating care in dealing with any hazards from electrical shock or leaks from gas lines. Before work begins, an assessment of the stability of the space is essential. We guard against any shifting or collapse of the space or overhead structures. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) by technicians is crucial. Setting up a containment configuration employing negative pressure air scrubbing technology can limit the drift of hazardous airborne substances that could interfere with safe working conditions or infiltrate your home. 

Submersible Pumps a Good Fit 

Because of space constraints, SERVPRO often recommends the use of a submersible pump placed at the lowest level possible in the area to remove the bulk of the water in the crawl space. Continual monitoring advises us when all pumpable standing water is gone. We then transition to structural drying strategies that match well with the particular situation. 

Drying Techniques We Consider 

  • Creating a closed drying system by blocking foundation vents
  • Placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the space if room permits
  • Trying flex hose ducting to direct warm, moving air inside if the space is too tight for the equipment
  • Removing a portion of the flooring above, with permission, to gain access
  • Using portable materials to devise partitions to make smaller drying areas that respond to efforts faster.

Water cleanup in crawl space needs creativity, skill, and experience. Call on SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County (817) 297-8588 to review all possible strategies to dry out your property after a water loss. 

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We Are The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration in Cleburne

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

After all of the water was cleaned up, the team placed plenty of drying equipment to finish the job in this home when it was hit with flood damage.

Remedying Flood Damage to a Cleburne Home

Every year, Texas homeowners must be wary of flood damage to their homes. Flooding is the second most common claim most homeowners can make when it comes to property damages, behind wind and hail damage. In 2015 alone, over 6,000 flood claims were filed with total damages over $441 million. This marked the 13th most significant event in total claims payments, with payouts averaging at a whopping $66,295.

If your Cleburne residence needs fast flood damage removal, SERVPRO technicians can be at your door within hours of your call. These teams know the ins and outs of flood damage cleanup and mitigation, and use state-of-the-art technologies to get the job done right for you. If your home requires mold remediation after disaster cleanup, your local SERVPRO is also licensed to provide mold remediation services (#MRC1353).

Top-of-the-Line Disaster Mitigation Equipment

SERVPRO, run by a tight-knit, family-oriented crew, prioritizes coming together and aiding families and the community at large with high-end, commercial-grade equipment. This includes drying water-damaged structures with centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers, removing odors with specialized deodorization equipment, and using a variety of OSHA-approved, EPA-registered cleaning agents to disinfect surfaces.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When your home has fallen victim to flooding damage SERVPRO technicians are ready to bring their own power sources, if needed, to remove water and contaminants from your home. Some items may need to be removed from the home and disposed of at the discretion of homeowners and insurance adjusters, such as flood-saturated carpet. Other structures, like drywall and wood supports, can be salvaged by high-velocity centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, as well as desiccant dehumidifiers. 

Before drying, however, technicians must thoroughly disinfect surfaces and ensure proper ventilation for walls with flood cuts and weep holes. Not only do these techniques promote ventilation in waterlogged walls and ceilings, but they allow for drying of the interior layers of drywall and sheetrock, which often include materials like gypsum and cardboard.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County Is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. If your home has experienced flooding or other types of disaster, call your local team today at (817) 297-8588.

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Elements of Fire Damage Cleanup in Cleburne

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let your fire damage go untouched in Cleburne, SERVPRO is here to assist you.

SERVPRO will break down the elements for your Cleburne fire clean up.

To prepare for the cleanup of a fire’s aftermath in Cleburne, we must determine the location and types of all residues left throughout your home. The composition of the structures coated with soot is also part of the equation. Because the variables can differ depending on the materials combusted, the amount of oxygen feeding the burn, and the temperature, we often employ several distinctive approaches to clean portions of the same damaged home.

Inspection and Pretesting

The success of fire damage cleanup in Cleburne depends on proper evaluation of and preparation for the particular circumstances. Pretesting cleaning strategies saves time and resources, avoiding making an already challenging situation even more difficult to manage. Customizing the cleaning agenda permits our training and experience to deliver the best outcome.

Residue Capture and Release

SERVPRO’s restoration technicians use fluids and air to release residues from surfaces before containing the coatings for appropriate disposal. Dry and loose soiling vacuums away easily. More closely adhered coatings must be dissolved to loosen the bond to the surface. 

Observe TACT During Fire Damage Cleanup

Dissolving allows for the suspension of the “stuck” residues in the cleaning solution, which can be flushed from the surface. Facilitation of this process requires manipulation of the following elements:

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Time

Temperature and Agitation

A rise in temperature assists in the dissolving of residues as it accelerates the chemical reaction between the cleaning product and the soil. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the optimal temperatures for our range of cleaning solutions, moderating the application of heat to mirror best practices. The surface tension of water-based cleaning solutions reduces as heat rises, allowing better penetration of surfaces. Heat causes both soil and cleaner molecules to move faster, improving dissolving action and encouraging soils to remain suspended. Adding agitation helps to dislodge the soils.

Chemical Action

The rule SERVPRO professionals follow is that like dissolves like. We match the type of fire residue with a similarly based cleaner to unlock the bond between the soot and the surface. We also use care when our training leads us to combine different categories of chemicals to remove stubborn soiling and staining. 

Patience Pays Off

SERVPRO technicians also take into consideration the dwell time needed for the chosen cleaning solution to release the residues. Particular timeframes are research-based, and impatience is likely to result in only partial cleaning or complete failure of the attempt.

Rely on the expertise and training of the SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team for efficient fire damage cleanup. One call to (817) 297-8588 can resolve all your fire recovery needs.

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In Joshua

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

The drying equipment you see pictured here was placed in this kitchen after it suffered a water loss.

The Science of Water Damage Restoration in Joshua

Understanding the scientific foundations behind professional water removal and structural drying after a water loss helps when you need mitigation and remediation services in Joshua. Managing a water emergency is far more complicated than mopping and suctioning, followed by opening windows and scattering a few fans across the affected area. We strive to work closely with our customers and take the time to explain the effects of the damage and the reasons for our personalized recovery plan.

What Is Psychrometry?

A solid understanding of psychrometry assists our team as we devise a practical and efficient plan to resolve water damage in your Joshua home. Although we might not use the term repeatedly, psychrometry informs every phase of our recovery efforts. Our technicians must comprehend how air, water, temperature, and a broad range of building materials relate as we aim at appropriate and thorough drying of the structure and contents of your home.

How Water Damage Occurs

Water damages building components, furnishings, and personal possessions in two primary ways. Liquid water can touch materials directly, causing swelling and corrosive effects. High levels of water vapor also affect a variety of porous materials, becoming absorbed and damaging the items. SERVPRO team members use psychrometrics to measure the amount of moisture in the air. We need to make sure that the air surrounding damaged materials is dry enough to facilitate evaporation as drying proceeds. 

Manipulating Temperature and Air Movement

To increase the speed of evaporation, SERVPRO technicians adapt temperature and calculate optimal air movement and direction. Warm air can hold more vapor than cooler air before becoming saturated, making heaters or heated air movers essential tools in our arsenal. We use instruments like thermo-hygrometers to monitor the relative humidity, understood as the amount of moisture the air currently holds, during water damage remediation.   

Dehumidification 

To make the most of our application of psychrometrics in your water damaged home, SERVPRO technicians employ dehumidifiers to remove the water vapor. As we balance the relative humidity, providing an opportunity for absorbed water to evaporate, eventually moisture levels return to normal.

We take water damage recovery seriously at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County, investing in technician training in the elements of psychrometry. Call (817) 297-8588 to benefit from our mastery of these critical scientifically-based drying practices. 

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Some Steps to Cleburne Standing Water Removal

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's up to date and effective water removal equipment can be the difference between secondary damages or effective remediation. Call right away.

Choosing the Right Tool for Extraction in Cleburne Homes

Removing standing water from Cleburne homes is rarely something that homeowners can manage entirely on their own. With the sensitive timetable present after water damage occurs until affected surfaces and contents become irreparably destroyed, it is vital to get experienced and qualified professionals in your house to help. Our SERVPRO team has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and Health and Safety (HST.)

The need for water removal in Cleburne homes is not something that can go away on its own, even if this water level gradually recedes. Materials are continually absorbing this standing water, and it permeates walls and flooring to reach previously unaffected areas of the property. Extraction becomes one of the most vital steps to preventing this migration, and that process can begin shortly after our professionals first arrive at your damaged residence.

Our SERVPRO team has a large inventory of cutting-edge, advanced equipment to help in every phase and process of recovery work that we attempt. With extraction, we need a broad range of equipment to address various severities, complicated areas of the house, and available power. The objective is to offer every customer the right tool for the job so that water removal happens efficiently. Not only can this save you money, but it also helps to limit the deterioration of materials and the further migration of water loss effects.

We have multiple choices when it comes to extraction devices, and these include:

  • Light wands with wet-vacs
  • Portable sump pumps (electric) 
  • Trash pumps (gas) 
  • Weighted remote-controlled extractor (ride-on)
  • Engine-driven extractor truck 

The right choice in equipment for your home depends on where the damage is and how severe this situation has become. You can count on the experience of our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team, and our professionals to arrive with the full range of extraction tools listed above to help. Give us a call today at (817) 297-8588.

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Preparing for Floods As a Business Owner.

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can happen when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

Many business owners make the mistake of assuming that they are not at risk for flooding due to their location, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. In fact, flooding is involved in natural disasters in 90% of instances, often affecting the areas that are typically the least likely to be flooded.

Business owners are wise to put a plan in place for floods as well as other disasters to ensure they can keep their staff safe and reopen quickly after the emergency passes. Knowing what to do in the event of a flood will provide everyone with peace of mind.

How to Prepare Ahead of Time

A few of the ways business owners can better prepare for floods are:

  • Utilizing the FEMA Flood Map to enter your location and understand the flood data for the area
  • Copying important documents and storing them safely, such as in a waterproof safe
  • Making an emergency training guide for employees so they can confidently know what to do should a flood begin
  • Marking evacuation routes clearly around the building
  • Adding a flood insurance policy to your existing business policy if necessary
  • Gathering supplies for an office emergency kit with enough food and water to survive
  • Elevating computers and other electronics if possible
Copy Important Documents in Case of a Flood

Business owners who are intent on reopening quickly will be wise to copy the right documents in advance to help them do this. Some of the following documents are a good place to start:

  • An outline for the continuity of the business
  • The contact information for anyone important to operations, such as vendors, staff and suppliers
  • Insurance policies, flood coverage and agent contact details
  • Instructions on recovery for digital files that are backed up
  • Any other banking information or operational details that are relevant

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

Let Our Experts Take Care Of Soot Removal In Your Cleburne Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our technicians 24/7 by calling (817) 297-8588.

Why Soot Removal is Not Advisable for Cleburne Homeowners

For all of the layers of damaging effects that could exist after fire spreads in your Cleburne home, few are as destructive and hazardous as soot. Even with the likelihood of structural deterioration and weakening, soot is hazardous in both short and long term ways. Soot gets created when fuels like coal, oil, wood, and other materials do not entirely burn up. The result may be harsh carcinogens and particulates circulating in the environment.

What makes soot such severe fire damage in Cleburne homes is how widespread the effect can become. Because it can continually circulate throughout the environment and spread from the source to neighboring rooms and areas, contents and surfaces can quickly become coated by this black film. Even in this settled state, soot can still damage the material beneath it and those exposed to its presence in the environment.

Microscopic particles of soot can be hazardous to a respiratory system when homeowners and even our experienced SERVPRO technicians encounter it. Its small size allows an individual to inhale a concentrated amount and have these particles travel deep into the lungs, where it is challenging to expel. We take all of the necessary precautions and ensure that our professionals have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) even before assessing the damage and beginning initial mitigation steps. For this same reason, we encourage homeowners not to do their own damage assessment without taking the necessary precautions themselves.

Because of the acidic composition of these partially combusted materials resting on surfaces and contents throughout your fire-damaged home, our SERVPRO professionals must prioritize cleaning these areas. We have chemical sponges and potent cleaning agents that can wipe surfaces clean without allowing the soot to smear and stain, or aerosolized again. For many of the contents affected by soot, we can clean and deodorize these items in our SERVPRO facility. With our ultrasonic immersion cleaning tanks, we can restore glassware, toys, jewelry, and even porcelain pieces of art back to a pristine condition.

Soot can seem like a natural element to the aftermath of a fire, but it is far more problematic and hazardous than you might believe. Let our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team help you to remove soot and airborne contaminants for your home. You can reach our technicians 24/7 by calling (817) 297-8588.

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SERVPRO Keeps Your Business Afloat in Cleburne after a Water Loss

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Cleburne Residents Keep Their Dirty Laundry Clean with Fast Water Damage Restoration Service

Why Commercial Water Damage Requires Professional Care and Attention in Cleburne

Commercial Water Damage Cleburne
Laundromats require regular inspection and maintenance of appliances to ensure they do not fail under the stress of multiple customers using them throughout the day. While inspections can reduce the number of malfunctions that occur, they cannot stop them completely. When water pipes or the appliances themselves malfunction, you can often find yourself ankle deep in water and in need of rapid, professional assistance.

We have an extensive roster of clients that have required restoration of commercial water damage here in Cleburne. Each service presents unique challenges, which are why at SERVPRO, we rely on our training and experience rather than one-size-fits-all approaches. Usually, an emergency at your Laundromat is considered a clean-water emergency. Although over-time, these issues can become increasingly severe, particularly when standing water is involved. Typically, tiled floors in this washing facilities are mopped and vacuumed up, leaving just work for the dehumidifiers and air movers to remove excess moisture.

All water types contain microbes. Microbes within the water, as well as the length of time water,  is allowed to remain, can cause a white emergency to deteriorate into greywater. Greywater emergencies are not harmful to human health but can cause rot or mold to emerge. This Category 2 greywater can also occur if cleaning products are dissolved in the liquid. Sewage back-ups are generally considered black water. These scenarios require infectious waste removal licensing as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent pathogens from ingestion.

SERVPRO is adept at dealing with all kinds of water emergencies. Every technician is trained in the various techniques and methods that are useful for restoring commercial properties. These may include water removal, microbial awareness, as well as dealing with and disposing of infectious waste materials. Our first step is to pump water out of the property using submersible gas pumps that deposit water into an open sewer point.

Once the standing water is reduced, a SERVPRO technician, or team of technicians, can begin implementing proper drying techniques. These begin using wet/ dry vacuums known as water extractors to remove any residual moisture left behind after pumping. Gas-powered pumps are usually only ineffective below two inches of standing water. We can then place a combination of rapid-air moving devices to encourage the evaporation process.

Since standing water naturally migrates from wet to dry, it may be necessary to inspect structural cavities using sensors, moisture meters, or thermal imaging cameras. We stock advanced structural drying equipment should your business property require this process. Evaporation and temperature increase evaporation but also indoor relative humidity. This increase in humidity can be a microbial growth concern. By deploying dehumidifiers in conjunction with air-movers, we can prevent that from happening. In the event of microbial growth, something that patrons of a laundromat frown upon, we can use our Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRC1353 to take care of the problem.

If your business suffers an emergency involving any-type of water, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588.

Making the Right Choice for Restoration | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

A quick response from SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County ensures your Clean-up and Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.

When choosing a restoration company to work on your home, it is important to make a well-educated decision. The time after damages occur is trying, and it is essential to know you are in good hands. Choosing a company that is both customer- and quality-focused will ensure your home is repaired in a smooth and efficient manner.

Additionally, choosing a company with a wide range of expertise is key. Because so many damages can cause more serious issues—water damage compromising structures or fire releasing hazardous air particles for example—having a company that can handle the full range of damages will come in handy.

<h3we-re-the-right-choice">Why We’re the Right Choice

When you are comparing the various restoration companies, it is important to know you are choosing wisely. Here are some things to look for to ensure you are making the right choice for restoration:

Around the Clock Availability

Disasters have no consideration for convenience, which is why we make reporting damage as convenient as possible. We have an emergency line on 24 hours a day so you can call as soon as damage strikes, regardless of the hour.

Technicians Who are Experts

Our technicians are leaders in their field who have undergone an advanced training system in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the IICRC. They are able to use the latest technology and methodology to ensure your restoration is as efficient as possible.

A Comprehensive Coverage Network

With over 1,700 franchise locations across the country, we have a wide range of resources at our disposal for restoration. Because we have so many experts across the country, we are able to treat community-devastating natural disasters with the same level of care and efficiency as we can a localized flood.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Categories of Water

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water containing contaminants that penetrate all porous materials with which it comes into contact.

Risks associated with exposure to different categories of water

Clean water, which is considered Category 1,  is almost always safe for consumption. Gray water, Category 2, has been used but does not contain gross contaminants.

Black water, Category 3, is dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It? 

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material. 

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way? 

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches. 

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process. 

 

SERVPRO is always here to help 24/7/365

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is ready to respond to any size disaster like this 100,000 square-foot flooded warehouse.

SERVPRO is a nationwide network of franchised locations with a physical presence in virtually every community in the US and parts of Canada. We are a network of over 1700 individually owned and operated franchise locations, with the combined capability to respond to any loss at any time. We are also a part of the communities in which we operate, so that each community is represented by a small business owner who can assure you will receive personal service.

With over fifty years in the industry we are a leading provider of Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, and Commercial Large Loss Restoration services.

If your home or business in Crowley, Cleburne, Alvarado, Burleson, Joshua, Granbury, Glen Rose, or Fort Worth requires services, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County has the people, the equipment, the training, and the experience to handle any size loss. W e are always here to help 24/7/365.

We can be reached by calling 1-866-737-8899 anytime you need us.

SERVPRO Storm Team Response

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm and lighting damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with experience

Thunderstorms can be damaging in many ways. Flooding and hail are often considered and should have precautions taken against them, but another thing that should be kept in mind is lightning strikes.

Many storms bring rain and high winds, but every storm contains electricity and the possibility for lightning—even when there is no precipitation. The temperature of a lightning bolt can reach 500,000 degrees, which makes them highly dangerous to structures and people during a storm. Understanding how lightning is formed and what damage it can cause is essential to prevent risks.

<h3thunderstorms-form-lightning">How Thunderstorms Form Lightning

Because all thunderstorms involve electrical charges, a lightning strike is always possible. What we see as a lightning bolt is actually a quick burst of the storm’s electrical charge, which occurs when it becomes over-agitated.

The earth’s atmosphere is a poor insulator for electricity, which is what prompts lightning to seek out objects and choose the most efficient path to the ground. If a home is what is in the bolt’s path, lightning usually travels through wiring and water pipes to reach the soil.

<h3damage-is-caused-by-lightning">How Damage Is Caused by Lightning

Along with the multitude of dangers from the storms themselves, there are [three main dangers unique to lightning strikes]:

Fire risks. This is one of the main dangers lightning can bring because of how efficiently it can ignite objects. A lightning bolt is hot enough to cause a house to catch fire upon impact. Once it strikes, as the lightning moves through the wiring system, it can damage the wires, leading to possible fire hazards throughout the entire wiring system.

Power surges. Due to lightning’s electrical nature, as it travels through a home’s wiring system, it can transfer its charge. This can damage any appliance that is not routed through a surge protector.

Shock waves. Shock waves are typically called thunder, but they are not limited to the clouds. The shock waves from a lightning strike are powerful enough to shatter glass and explode building materials at close range, compromising the structure and potentially causing residual damage via shrapnel as well.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Quick Response is Critical

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

When a library floods the entire community is impacted, therefore the sense of urgency is even greater than usual.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO is on call 24/7/365 and is ready to respond to your commercial loss. We understand it is very critical that you get back to focusing your attention on your business as soon as possible. Our staff is trained to respond quickly and to assume responsibility for as much of the restoration activity as possible, freeing your staff to do the things that make your business successful. Whether it is an entire facility or a small area, we understand it is important to you to have it fully operational. We are proud to say we are faster to any size disaster.

The People, The Training, and The Equipment

SERVPRO takes pride in its' highly motivated, trained, and professional staff. and we employ the latest technology in restoration equipment to assure you receive state-of-the-art services.

If you require service, SERVPRO is always here to help.  

Choosing Us for Commercial Restoration | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

A fast response time by our team will ensure that your restoration needs are professionally completed by SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

For small business owners, sustaining fire or water damage is more than just a slight inconvenience—it is something that can jeopardize their livelihood. A recent FEMA report states that over 40% of business owners are unable to resume operations following a natural disaster. If your business has experienced damage, it is vital to work with a company that can properly perform your commercial restoration to keep this from happening to you.

That is why we make it our goal to be your go-to for commercial restoration. We understand the importance of businesses to their owners’ livelihood, which is why we are passionate about making sure your restoration is done right. Here are just a few reasons to consider choosing us for commercial restoration:

1. A Quick Response Time

Being “faster to any size disaster” is more than just a slogan for us. We keep our emergency service line open around the clock to ensure our technicians can respond to your disaster as quickly as possible.

Not only does this provide business owners with peace of mind, but it also saves them time and money during the restoration process. Our technicians are trained to respond quickly and immediately halt scenarios that could cause more damage if left untreated. This means business owners can focus on other important tasks to get their business reopened.

2. An Amazing Team

Our team of expert technicians are leaders in the restoration field and are given access to extensive training and education materials. The guidelines in place from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) form the core of their training, so they are able to learn from authorities on the restoration industry’s standards.

Through certification courses and online learning, technicians are also able to further their education and keep their knowledge current. This way, they can be aware of up-to-date practices as new information is released, ensuring they can handle any disaster scenario.

3. State-of-the-Art Equipment

The IICRC also has guidelines and recommendations for restoration equipment, which is what we use when handling the restoration. This way, customers know we are tackling the job with the industry’s most state-of-the-art tools. Whether we are extracting water after a flood or removing soot smell after a fire, we have the right tools for your job.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

Smart Strategies for Preventing House Fires | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fires caused by cooking are the leading source of house fires. If your home has fire damage, call SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

While every household should make installing smoke alarms a priority, there are other prevention resources you can use in conjunction with smoke alarms to make your home even safer. Because house fires occur often and for many reasons, it is essential to learn about the statistics and strategies for preventing them.

House Fires and the Numbers

According to the NFPA, every 24 seconds, someone is affected by a home fire. Extrapolated, that means there are an estimated 8,600 house fires in the United States each day.

Fires caused by cooking are the leading source of house fires, but there are many other reasons a fire could start as well. Faulty appliance cords, dryer lint and aerosol cans can also pose a fire risk if not handled carefully.

Top Tips for Fire Prevention

The best way to defend against house fire risk is by being proactive. Learning tips about fire prevention will help you understand the risks and how you can prevent them:

Check up on smoke alarms. Check your smoke alarms every 30 days, and replace them every 10 years, even if they still appear to be functional.

Clean dryer lint. As lint builds up and the dryer gets warm, it can become a combustion risk. Remove lint from the dryer tray after each load of laundry.

Never leave open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Monitor electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat.

Check for flammable products. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, as well as products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

3 Ways Mold Sneaks Into Your Air Ducts

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

HVAC cleaning can be an intimidating process for business owners. If air ducts aren’t inspected often, they can accumulate mold and spread it throughout the building. In order to completely solve a mold problem, you may need to understand how mold enters and forms inside the ventilation system.


1. Using the Air Ventilation System Before Mold Removal

Since moisture builds up when there is no air circulation, it’s easy to assume that air vents help prevent mold from growing. However, if mold has already formed, you may expect a completely different outcome because mold can travel easiest when it dries out. If you switch the air vents on before an HVAC cleaning professional comes in, you may be helping the mold find a more suitable area inside the building to grow.


2. Dust Accumulation Inside Vents


How does mold form inside vents if the air flow pushes it around? While an air ventilation system isn’t running, dust can form inside the ducts. Mold may also settle on the dust in the vents along with any moisture that has been sucked in. Since dust is often an accumulation of small organic particles, it can become a perfect food source for mold in the vents. You should consider cleaning vents routinely to help prevent mold in the ducts.


3. Moisture Inside the Duct Work


When a building is humid and the air conditioning is turned on, it sucks the moisture out of each room and through the vents. Along an entire air duct system, there are several nooks and cracks in which the moisture may tend to accumulate. Since mold prefers a good source of moisture, it may start growing in these cracks and eventually spread onto the outside of the vents. 

If you are a property owner in Cleburne, TX, you may wonder whether or not mold has invaded your air ducts. A professional HVAC cleaning service from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County may help you find and eliminate mold from within your ventilation system.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

What Causes Toilet Leaks?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Poor quality materials or construction can result in cracked porcelain. This can go undetected until significant damage result.

Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:
• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

Replacing the Wax Gasket

Replacing the wax gasket can be easily performed in just a few steps:

1. Drain the toilet and close the supply valve.

2. Loosen and remove the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.

3. Lift the toilet off and then set it aside. Be careful not to damage the toilet.

4. Scrape all the wax off the flange on the floor.*

5. Carefully place the new gasket on the flange, making sure it is completely centered.

6. Replace the toilet and press down firmly to compact the gasket.

7. Reconnect the water line, fill the tank, and then inspect for leaks.

*If you notice any damage to the closet flange, repair or replace the flange before installing your new wax gasket.

Replacing the Supply Line

1. Turn off the water supply to the toilet

2. Flush the toilet to remove as much water as possible from the tank. Then either place a container under the tank to catch the residual water, or soak it up in a towel, being careful to avoid damage to the components inside the tank.

3. Disconnect the supply line and replace it.

4. Turn the water on, and check to drips or leaks.

Poor Quality Materials 

Porcelain fixtures are fragile and can be easily damaged. In some cases there are defects in the material that cause failures which can go undetected until there is significant damage as a result. 

A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage to your bathroom. If your small leak turns into a big problem, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help 24/7. However, with these few easy steps, you can fix this small problem before it becomes a big one.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Protecting Your Home Against Flood Damage

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

It is important for homeowners to understand the risks of flooding, though it may be unpleasant to think about. The majority of natural disasters involve flooding, so it is imperative that you know how to protect your home should flooding occur in your area.

How to Mitigate Flood Damage

Turn off electricity. 

Any electricity near flood waters could pose a hazard. The electrical breaker should be shut off to any parts of the house that are at-risk for a flood.

Anchor propane and fuel tanks. 

If a fuel tank tips over due to a flood, it can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.

Discuss emergency procedures. 

The entire household should discuss an evacuation plan to ensure everyone is on the same page. Designate people to be in charge of shutoff switches and emergency supplies.

Know your risk. 

The local emergency management center in your area and the Flood Map Tool FEMA provides will help you be aware of risks specific to your area.

Elevate valuables. 

Items considered irreplaceable, like family photos and heirlooms, tax records, and household documentation, should be digitized and the physical copies kept in a waterproof safe or off-site.

Raise hazardous materials. 

Elevate things such as oil, paint and cleaning supplies to prevent dangerous spills into the floodwater.

Prepare appliances. 

In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

Homeowners can help protect their home and family from danger by having a working knowledge of evacuation procedures and precautions to take.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 24/7 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

How to Prevent Toilets From Flooding a Commercial Property

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Most owners of commercial properties are familiar with the water damage risks that a clogged toilet poses. Serious damage may occur in the event of a toilet overflow or sewage backup. Here are three simple ways to reduce the frequency and severity of clogged toilet damages.

1. Order thinner toilet paper. Thinner toilet paper is both more cost-effective and easier on your toilets. Even if a customer or occupant flushes a large wad of thinner toilet paper, it is less likely to lead to a clog or cause a toilet to overflow than thicker toilet paper.

2. Provide wastebaskets. A wastebasket in a bathroom stall can reduce the amount of debris flushed down toilets that is likely to cause flooding. Property owners should make disposal solutions as convenient as possible to encourage building occupants to use these options rather than causing a clogged toilet.

3. Indicate bathroom rules on a sign. Posting waste disposal guidelines in a visible location in a bathroom can make a difference in occupants' behavior. Point out what should and should not be flushed to lower the frequency of clogs or flooding at a commercial property. You may also provide information for building services or other options in case an occupant or guest experiences difficulties when flushing.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Property After a Disaster

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is well-known for getting there faster when disaster strikes--but there's another reason  SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County should be one of your first calls when disaster strikes.

Our “restore first” mentality when it comes to your property helps reduce interruptions to your everyday life and gets your home or business back to pre-disaster conditions. This is aided by the use of specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.

Restore First for Fire Damage

Knowing who to call first after a fire has damaged your property is stressful. SERVPRO is here to lessen that stress. Once you contact us, our team will get started right away to service your damage needs.

Our highly trained team will develop a unique plan, tailored to your needs, because every fire damage event is different. Here are the steps that are generally included in our process:

1. Emergency contact. Once you’ve made the initial contact with us, you will be asked to answer a series of questions regarding the fire damage. This helps us make sure our team is dispatched with the appropriate equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. When our team arrives on the scene, they will inspect and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of fire, smoke and soot damage. This helps us determine the right plan of action moving forward.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. Because fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, we will make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage by boarding up missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Water damage from a fire is almost inevitable. We’ll begin the removal process right away and then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and finish up the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. Our techniques and equipment are specialized to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. If your items, structures, and surfaces are able to be restored, we will clean them. After cleaning, we use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to help remove stubborn odors.

7. Restoration. This is our final step in the process of getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration can include minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet. It could also call for major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disasters?

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, there are a multitude of things that you must take into consideration, but one of the most important is emergency preparedness.

While having a plan in place does not ensure that a disaster will not occur, it does give you and your business a head start where safety is concerned and will make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

What’s Your Plan?

Have you taken the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

It doesn’t matter what type of disaster it is—man-made or natural—if you have not put an emergency plan in place for your business, things are going to get even more stressful quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests, customers, and the business itself.

Do You Know Where to Begin?

When setting up an emergency plan for your business, evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur—as well as those that are long shots but could still possible. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

By conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), this will help predict any potential effects a disaster may have on your business. This includes any lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Once you have an emergency preparedness plan developed, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tornado Safety Tips You Should Know

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Springtime weather, while beautiful, can often be unpredictable, so it is good to always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

During the months of April and May, we traditionally have the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Severe Weather and Tornadoes

There are approximately 1,200 tornado events in the U.S. each year, and they develop in thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

The signature funnel cloud of a tornado is transparent when it first develops until it picks up water droplets from the storm or when dust and debris are picked up.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes will typically occur late in the afternoon, but it is vital to remember that they can happen anytime and anywhere.

What You Should Do During a Tornado Warning

Understand the difference between a tornado watches and tornado warnings. A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If there has been a warning for your area, and you are in the path of the tornado, it is vital to take action to find safe shelter.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Make sure that you have stored flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your selected tornado shelter at home.

If you are driving during a tornado, DO NOT try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes sometimes leave devastation for miles in the areas they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Getting Ready for Spring Storms

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is upon us! While enjoying the weather, don't forget to buckle up for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Springtime and Thunderstorms

With spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

When looking at natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, the most common cause were severe thunderstorms. These storms caused some costly results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

Making Sure You’re Prepared

The right preparation can greatly improve the overall safety of your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Information about your property, insurance, medical, and utility companies, as well as telephone numbers of friends and family
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

What Personal Items Can Be Restored After a Flood?

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Porous materials such as drywall and carpet affected by black water must be removed and disposed of.

Black water is water that has been contaminated with feces, urine and other harmful substances. Serious health risks can result from contact with black water. This is only one of many reasons you should hire an experienced professional to safely handle the cleanup. This includes not only the structure but the cleaning of your contents as well.

Some personal items may be restored after a flood and some cannot. The difference is the severity of the damae and how porous the material is. Non-porous materials that can almost always be cleaned and restored include the following:

• Plastics, including furniture, dishes and toys
• Metals, such as furniture, stands and jewelry
• Glazed pottery or ceramics
• Hard wood furniture

Porous materials may not be salvageable during content cleaning. If the damage is mild, they can usually be cleaned, dried and restored. However, if damage is severe, they may simply need to be replaced. Porous items include things like the following:

• Carpets and rugs
• Upholstered furniture
• Anything made of plywood
• Clothing
• Books and Documents
• Photographs, posters and prints
• Soft toys
• Leather Goods

As in any case of water damage, regardless of whether it is floodwater or otherwise, the cost of restoration of an item should be less than the cost of replacement, unless of course, the item has other intrinsic value, such as sentimental value, or if the item is one of a kind. It may be possible to restore porous items that have suffered moderate damage; however, the cost could be high. In these cases, it may be more practical to replace damaged possessions unless they have a very high sentimental value. For example, it may be worth it to you to restore a one-of-a-kind photograph, but it may make more sense to replace a favorite leather jacket than pay for an expensive restoration. 

Restoration experts can often save critical information in important documents, books and photographs by digitizing them. Unless the physical object is of great sentimental value, digitizing water-damaged documents and photographs is often a more affordable way to preserve them. 

Content cleaning can be an emotional and difficult stage of post-flood cleanup, but before you make a decision about which possessions to throw away, talk to a restoration specialist at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County. Our representatives can help you figure out what is worth restoring and what isn’t. 

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

4 Steps to Avoid Wind Damage

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

High winds from thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes can turn small objects and debris into dangerous projectiles. When these items hit buildings, they can cause a roof leak and broken windows. With some planning and preparation, structural damage can be kept to a minimum. 


1. Maintain the Landscaping


Trees, shrubs and decorative items such as fountains and planters can turn into missiles in high winds. Keep the greenery trimmed and secure the fountains and planters. If tying them down isn’t an option, move them inside during storm season. This can prevent them from being hurled against the building or through windows. 


2. Cover the Windows and Doors


Keep a supply of plywood onsite to protect the windows from flying debris. It is strong enough to protect the glass from most large items and small debris such as gravel may embed itself in the surface, without penetrating all the way. Screws can be more effective than nails when securing the plywood to the building. 


3. Reinforce Weak Areas


For buildings that have loading docks or interior parking for company vehicles, the garage doors may be susceptible to damage caused by debris. Strengthen glider wheel tracks and add braces across the back of the door to minimize damage. Plywood can be used to cover windows and bolster the braces.


4. Inspect the Roof


As materials age, they weaken. This can result in a roof leak or missing shingles during storm season. Use tarps and plywood as temporary measures to protect weak areas and prevent an already damaged roof from getting worse. 

Severe storms can devastate a business in. Untrimmed trees and downed power lines can result in a damaged roof. A minor roof leak can become a gaping hole. If a severe weather event does strike, a disaster recovery team can help you keep downtime to a minimum, whether a passing thunderstorm or a significant hurricane caused the damage.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

How to Clean Up a Water Heater Leak

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water heater leak, there are several simple steps you can take to clean up the leak and minimize safety risks. Try to limit the extent of the leak as soon as you notice a leaking water heater. Contact a plumber to fix a broken water heater or replace a failed water heater, and then determine the extent of the water damage. Follow these four steps to address the leak. For complete peace of mind, especially with a larger leak, you should contact a company that provides water damage restoration in Crowley, TX. 

1. Unplug electrical appliances in the affected area. You don't want to risk electrocution or other appliances being adversely affected by a leak.

2. Remove soaked carpets and moveable items from the area surrounding the leaking water heater. You may be able to dry out some items, but carpet may not be salvageable.

3. Dry the floor as soon as possible. You can use a mop, towels, or a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove excess water. You can also use a desiccant such as silica gel near soaked floors or walls.

4. Circulate air and dehumidify. This will speed the drying process and limit the extent of the water damage while making the environment less conducive to mold growth.

If you notice a leaking water heater in your home while the leak is still small, you may be able to limit the extent of the water damage by taking immediate action. If the leak is larger or has gone unnoticed for more than 24 hours, you should contact a residential restoration service in Crowley, TX. Either you or damage restoration experts will need to clean up and dry all the water to prevent mold. Make sure to also have a plumber replace a failed or broken water heater to prevent another leak. 

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Why Choose SERVPRO? Because We'll Be There Fast

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes your home or business, time becomes an especially precious commodity. When it is your home or livelihood on the line, you don't have the benefit of waiting for help-you need it right away.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County knows that a fast response is crucial, which is why "Responding faster to any size disaster" is more than just a slogan to us.

Why a Quick Response Matters

When it's your belongings or business on the line, time is not a luxury you have regarding disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage has come into play.

It takes mere minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it will saturate everything in its path. The walls, floors, upholstery and your belongings are fast casualties of water.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack

The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours to a week later, you could begin to see:

  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • The possibility of serious biohazard contamination
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping

Water damage that is left for over a week can lead to dramatically increased restoration time and costs and can also impact the structural safety of your home or business.

How We Will Help

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can provide an immediate response to any size disaster, which can help minimize the damage and help keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

Our trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business at any time, no matter what day or time it is.

Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes. A major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we'll be there-no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained experts at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

5 Mold Facts

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

1. Mold is a fungus

Like any fungus, mold sprouts from spores. Those spores are usually free-floating in your environment at all times, and only need a catalyst to grow into an active fungus infestation. That catalyst is water in any form, whether it be a puddle or humidity in the air.

2. Mold grows on organic surfaces

This can include food and plant matter, but you would be surprised what else is considered "organic." This includes the drywall of your walls and ceilings, as well as wooden floorboards and furniture upholstery.

3. Black mold doesn't always start off black

Black mold can start as gray, green, white, or yellow, before darkening through stages to brown and then black.

4. Mold is not the same as mildew

Mold and mildew are two different types of fungus. They can be differentiated by color, texture, and growth patterns. Mold is fuzzy and thick, while mildew has a soft, powdery texture.

5. Mold can often only be detected by trained professionals

Certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can identify mold that isn't apparent to the naked eye. Call SERVPRO to help you develop strategies for mold prevention and cleanup.

Do You Need A Professional Mold Remediation Company?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

A slow leak from a toilet supply line may go undetected until it is too late to mitigate the water damage, leading to a mold issue.

In the State of Texas there are regulations designed to protect consumers. The regulations are known as The Texas Mold  Assessment and Remediation Rules. This document can be downloaded from https://dshs.texas.gov/mold/RULES-AND-REGULATIONS.doc?terms=mold 

The rules serve multiple purposes in protecting consumers. One is to help prevent consumers from being exploited by unscrupulous, and sometimes unqualified, contractors who utilize fear mongering techniques to prey on unwary consumers. Another purpose is to help consumers assure their property is restored using scientifically-based processes so the air quality in their living environment is safe and healthy.

It is very important, of course, to select a restoration contractor who is properly licensed and who follows the protocol developed by a licensed mold inspector. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is just such a company. Our trained experts will assure your property receives the professional attention it needs and deserves.

Fire Safety Tips for Your Business

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners have many responsibilities--and one all-important responsibility is spending time planning and creating a fire prevention and evacuation plan. As a business owner, you will find there are plenty of safety factors to take into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors.

Some Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has found that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007-2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires.

Of those causes, intentional, exposure and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities in 2007.

In looking at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year, which resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

Protecting Your Business from Fire

So what are the steps a business owner can take to protect a business from the risk of fires? By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, a business owner can help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, a fire hazard risk assessment must be made. In some ares, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance in creating a fire prevention plan.

It is important to ensure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Finally, the most important aspect to consider is the human element, namely your employees. By creating a fire plan and reviewing it with staff, a business owner ensures that everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and where the first-aid kits are.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Bleach May Cause More Harm than Good

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Some people have been told bleach is a quick way to take care of a mold problem.  It is true bleach kills mold, but it can only kill mold spores it can reach, and it is active for only a short time span. In other words it has no residual affect on mold spores to protect the material in the long term.

The application instructions for bleach specify it is effective on nonporous surfaces, such as ceramic and tile, countertops, appliances, etc. Mold can also grow on:

  • Walls, ceilings or other painted surfaces
  • Fabrics, like carpets, rugs and furniture
  • Inside the grout between your tiles
  • Along window sills

Mold spores can establish colonies of mold inside walls, under floors and behind cabinets, etc.

Mold spores are live organisms, and therefore are designed to defend themselves and to launch defense mechanisms when threatened or attacked. Another side-effect of using bleach, as opposed to an EPA registered antimicrobial disinfectant, is to exacerbate the problem by causing the mold to take its' defense mechanisms to the next level. This can accelerate the colonization of mold spores and increase the level of mold infestation. 

Mold spores thrive when excess moisture is present in materials susceptible to mold growth. Bleach-based cleaners contain mostly water. After you finish your initial fungus cleanup, the damp surface encourages more mold to grow. 

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County will identify the true extent of the infestation and treat infected areas while controlling the spread of spores.

Here Are the 3 Classifications of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different types of water to familiarize yourself with when it comes to water damage—clean, gray and black. Understanding the differences in these types of water will also help you understand how to better handle the situation if you find yourself facing water damage.

With water damage comes cleanup and restoration, regardless of what type of water has caused the damage. The most important step to take is to remove all the moisture and damp items quickly, so that mold does not have the chance to flourish in that mold-inducing environment.

<h4to-clean-water">Introduction to Clean Water

Much like its name states, clean is considered just that, “clean,” and is not the type of water that will pose an immediate threat to your health as it is free of contaminants. Clean water is a result of:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

This type of water damage is the easiest type to clean up as there will be fewer microbes living in this water, but you must still follow the 48-hour rule where mold is concerned. Also, after that amount of time and if it has had contact with the surfaces of a building, clean water becomes “gray” water.

<h4to-gray-water">Introduction to Gray Water

When you find yourself in a gray water damage situation, cleanup and restoration can become a bit more involved and serious. This is water that may pose a health risk because it will contain chemical or biological contamination. While the contamination is still slight, it would need to be thoroughly treated before being safe to consume.

Gray water can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, as gray water becomes black water if not quickly and properly treated.

<h4to-black-water">Introduction to Black Water

When you have black water, you will find yourself in the most serious of the three classifications because this water is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter.

Included in this category would be floodwaters containing soil and any sewage. Sewage is contaminated with microbes and laden with bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which can be harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

Always consider floodwater black water because as it travels it will be picking up contaminants along its path.

These three types of floodwater that are involved in water damage are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification(IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standard for all the cleaning and restoration companies. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

How Can I Secure my Home and Belongings After a Fire?

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Ensure that Property is Secured

When a fire occurs, your home can become vulnerable to further loss if it is not properly secured.  Here are some things you can do to make sure your home and property are safe after a fire:

  1. Board up any holes left by the fire. It will prevent further losses. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can provide board up services for you.
  2. Remove any property that is undamaged by the fire.
  3. If you will not be staying in the home during cleanup and restoration, make sure to remove valuables such as antiques, jewelry, and family heirlooms.  
  4. Make sure to gather and remove important documents and personal identification in case they are needed.
  5. File a Claim Immediately. The longer you delay, the more damage will be caused by soot and smoke.

Consider the above measures to reduce the impact of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County to schedule your board up and cleaning.

How To Prepare Your Home Before Torrential Rain

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

How To Prepare Your Home Before Torrential Rain

 Sudden heavy rain storms can wreak havoc on your personal property.  Unfortunately, you can’t decide when flooding will impact your area; torrential rains can come any time of the year. However, you can affect how much damage the storm can do to your home. With a little preparation, you can keep storm damage to a minimum.

 First, you should prepare your family by doing the following:

  •  Collecting important items such as extra medication
  • Putting important documents in waterproof casing
  • Knowing possible escape routes
  • Checking that your insurance covers floods

 Once you have done those things, you should protect your home from flood damage. Here are a few ways you can keep your house ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way:

 Clean Your Gutters

 If your gutters and storm drains are clogged when the rain starts coming down heavily, this could cause serious problems. Your storm drains give the water a safe place to go, but debris stops this from happening. Instead, the water collects and spills over into areas you wanted to keep it from.

 Make sure that you have your gutters and storm drains in Cleburne, Texas professionally cleaned every spring and fall. This simple step can help you avoid severe flood damage. In fact, it could save you money in the long run.

 Fill Foundation Faults

 Does your foundation have cracks? Even the smallest openings can make flooding worse than it otherwise would be. These breaks allow water to seep in, which causes flood water to damage the foundation. Over time, this can cause further flood damage and even structural problems. Get those cracks fixed while they are still small.

 Add Retaining Walls

 As you work on landscaping in the spring and fall, consider adding a retaining wall. These beautiful features not only look great, but they can also keep your home from flooding and prevent soil erosion.

 No amount of planning is 100 percent foolproof. If floods still enter your home, be sure to have a professional cleanup crew in Cleburne, Texas fix your home immediately.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Do I Need to Move Out of My Home After a Fire?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen in Crowley, TX with smoke and soot damage.

Move Out After Fire Damage

If any part of your home suffers smoke damage from a fire, the severity of the damage will determine if you have to move out. Staying in your home may seem like the best option, but there are some really good reasons for moving out.

  1. It will allow the workers to assess the house and conduct any repairs. During such a time, one would have to move into a motel. The soot damage may mean one’s clothing is destroyed and unusable.
  2. It will allow you to have essentials, such as clothes and boots for work, cleaned and not stored in a smelly home.

Purchasing new items right away should only be done by approval of the insurance adjuster. You must ensure they keep all the receipts safely.

In the case of a fire loss or smoke damage, the insurance has to act fast. There is a legal requirement that they work fast. If you feel the insurer is moving too slowly to compensate for the soot damage, it is essential to contact them or have the restoration company contact them.

How To Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Planning Ahead is the Best Way to Ensure Your Pets' Safety.

No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? If you don’t include pet preparation in your fire safety plan, you may not be able to get your furry friends out in time. Make sure this heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.

  1. Keep Pets Away From Fire Hazards

If you have any potential fire hazards in your Crowley, TX, home (such as space heaters or fireplaces), keep your animals away from those areas. A simple baby gate or leash can be used to confine your pets to the safest areas of your home so they can’t start a fire. If you plan to leave the home, turn off all heaters, electronics and other potential fire hazards beforehand.

  1. Use a Pet Alert Window Cling

If firefighters have to get you out of your home during a fire emergency, they’re not likely to know you have animals inside as well. As part of your pet safety plan, purchase or create a pet alert window cling that includes the number and type of pets inside your home. Keep the window cling affixed to a front window where it can be easily seen by rescuers.

  1. Put Pets Near Doorways When You Leave

Whenever you leave the home, make sure your animals are located near a front doorway so they can be easily rescued if needed. You may choose to confine your pets in a playpen or put them on a leash so they don’t wander from the area while you’re gone.

These steps will make it easier for rescuers to bring you and your pets to safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to have the number for SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County on had to help you repair damage after a fire.

Water Damage and Your Insurance Company

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooring in a Crowley home had to be removed by SERVPRO of Crowley technicians due to water damage.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.

- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.

- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.

- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.

- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.

- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.

- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow with sewage in a Cleburne, TX home.

Different types of water carry different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates.

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It?

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material.

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way?

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches.

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process.

Steps To Prepare Your Home for Storm Season

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

It’s true that heavy storms can come any time of the year. However, each region has a specific storm season. Before big storms threaten your home in Cleburne, Texas,  take a few steps to be sure you and your family stay safe from flood water:

Precautions to Take:

  • Make a plan
  • Get extra prescription medications
  • Put together a pack with water and food for a few days
  • Have a way to listen to emergency broadcasts if the power goes out

In addition to completing these tasks, you should prepare your home to keep it safe from water damage.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Every spring and fall, you should have a professional clean out your gutters and storm drains. This can make sure your system directs flood water away from your home. You should also verify that your roof is in great condition, as even small damage can cause significant problems during a storm.

Check Your Landscaping

Landscaping is more than just a beautiful display of plants. It can also function as a way to prevent having a flooded building on your hands. Be sure that your yard has a slope that takes water away from your home. Retaining walls can help with this.

Furthermore, you should check to ensure that the root systems of your trees are not damaging your foundation. Even small cracks can let flood water in and wreak havoc on your home.

Know What To Do in an Emergency

Some things you can’t do until a storm is imminent. For example, you can keep your gas on until big storms are immediately coming. However, you can learn now how to turn off your home’s gas, water main, and power. Be sure that other adults in your home also know how to perform these tasks.

Get ready before a big storm hits Cleburne, Texas. Follow each of these steps and be as prepared as possible. If you still get water damage, be sure to call a cleanup crew immediately. Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Skilled Cleanup Services

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Several benefits result from seeking qualified storm cleanup and storm remediation. Storm damage often creates unseen roof damage and wind damage issues necessitating roof repair. It may cause flood pump failures and groundwater concerns. As a professional home restoration firm, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County considers all types of possible hurricane damage and storm restoration issues, from roof leak and roof repair issues to hail damage repairs and long-term water restoration problems.

From replacing a damaged flood pump to verifying safe water restoration, these professionals offer valuable services. Ask SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County  to extract dirty groundwater from the premises, assess wind damage and roof damage, document auto hail damage, and perform many other types of storm remediation.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Fire Damage to Your Commercial Building in Crowley.

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Trucks from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County on the scene of a company damaged by fire and smoke.

Smoke Damage to Your Business 

Recovery after a fire is important to keep your company in business. The longer smoke particles stay embedded on surfaces in building materials, the more difficult it is to remove. The smoke damage remediation process must begin at once. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get your business back up and running.  With a properly applied Mitigation process all salvageable items can be cleaned and restored by our vastly trained and highly skilled crew of technicians.

As a professional fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can completely restore a building that has been affected by any fire despite the size or scope, so your company looks "Like it never even happened."

Creating a Severe Weather Plan With Your Family | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Yes, we have come a long way when it comes to advance warning for some types of severe weather, but there are going to be times where Mother Nature will manage to catch us without warning.

We have identified some steps you can take and safety tips that will ensure your family is prepared for various severe weather happenings.

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

One of the best ways to help your family stay as safe as possible in the event of severe weather is to have an established family emergency plan available.

If you have taken the steps to provide your family with an emergency plan, be sure to practice and review it as the weather seasons change to ensure everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, take a look some things to consider when developing one:

1. How Will You Receive Emergency Alerts?

Thanks to the availability and abundance of smartphones technology today, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings right at your fingertips. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, providing you with valuable time to act in severe weather situations. But remember, warnings and alerts are still broadcast over radio and TV.

2. What Are the Storm Shelter Options?

If you live in an area where tornadoes are common, hopefully you have a basement available for shelter, but if not, find an interior room on the lowest level that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. There are other situations besides tornadoes that require some sort of shelter, and you can learn more about those situations that call for them by visiting ready.gov.

3. Do You Have Multiple Evacuation Routes?

By mapping out multiple evacuation routes in the event hurricanes, flooding and fires force you from your home in a hurry, you allow for the possibility that your chosen route becomes impassable and will have other ways to escape. Also, have escape locations in mind that will allow you to bring your pets along the way if you have furry family members to evacuate also.

4. How Will We Communicate in Severe Weather?

Cell phones are generally a reliable way to communicate with your family; that is until the cell tower is damaged by the weather or there is no power available to recharge your cell phone battery or your phone is left behind or lost. Your family needs to have an alternative emergency communication plan in place, as well as a safe meeting place if any of you get separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Items That Could Cause Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather is often one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about water damage. While storms and flooding are a major cause of water damage, they are often not the only cause for water damage. Instead, various items in your home can be responsible for many water damage situations.

What You Need to Know

Water damage is something that many homeowners will face, and it is the third most common reason for homeowners insurance claims between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout of $8,861 per claim.

First, let’s learn the difference between water damage and gradual damage, the latter of which can impact insurance claims.

Gradual damage is anything that happens over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Unfortunately, many of these are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

A List of Common Culprits

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the main causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures, which can involve frozen pipes that can burst because of the increase in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system material fails and causes a leaking or pipe to burst. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. Also, homes that are 16 to 40 years of age make up a larger group of supply system material failure claims.
  • Plumbing drain system failures can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from a breakdown of materials used. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups, and 37% were related to material performance issues. Also notable is that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern region states than in northern region states.
  • Toilet failures are the second highest source of residential water loss after plumbing supply system failures and can be caused by faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures that happen on the first floor of a home are more damaging and result in more claims than those that happen in basements or upper floors.
  • Water heater failures. When water heaters reach their life expectancy, the tank will start to rust and corrode, resulting in leaking or bursting issues. IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident after deductible.
  • Washing machine failures are typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures. Washing machines are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for more than half of all washing machine-related losses.

If you experience water damage in your home, our team at SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson Countyis available to help with cleanup and restoration, making it look “like it never even happened.”

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3 Reasons To Check Under Your House After a Flood

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a Crowley, TX home

Check Under Your House After a Flood

When flood waters fill your space, you may find damage all over. Water can run down your walls, pool in your basement and stain your ceilings. How can you properly clean up after a home flood? Because there are so many potential damages, you need to check every part of your house after a flood. Your water damage restoration team in Crowley, TX, may encourage you to look in your crawlspace for the following reasons.

1. Poor Drainage

Do you already know that your crawl space has poor drainage? If you've had flooding issues in the past, it gives you even more reason to check under your home after a flood. Storm damage can cause standing water to invade the lower levels of your home. Even if other areas of the house were free of flooding, poor drainage may cause excess ground water to run into your basement.

2. Mold Growth

If you don't check under your house after a home flood, you may encourage mold growth. Whenever excess moisture is left unattended, it increases the risk of mold growth. Even if the water drains out, you may still have high humidity in this small space. The high humidity may be enough to start a mold colony if you do not dry out the space properly.

3. Building Materials

You also need to check under your crawl space to make sure all of your building materials are in good shape. Your restoration company may check on the beams to make sure they are not warped. Other building materials to check on include insulation and vapor barriers. Failing to repair and replace these items after a flood can leave your home vulnerable to further damage.

Storms can cause a home flood. It is important you have this type of damage properly cleaned up to ensure your house does not suffer from secondary damage. Most homeowners are aware they need to clean up roofing systems and interior rooms, but you may also need to check under your house for more flooding damage.

3 Ways To Avoid Fires When Grilling

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Grill in safe place in your Keene,TX

Three Ways to Prevent a Grill Fire

Gas, hardwood, and other types of grills generate a lot of heat and often rely on open flame. It is possible to grill safely if you take a few simple fire safety precautions. Here are three ways to prevent a grill fire at your home in Keene, TX.

1. Grill In a Safe Place

One of the best ways to avoid starting a barbeque fire is to move a safe distance away from structures and flammable items. Never operate a grill on a patio or porch that has a roof. You should also never start kindling a cooking fire inside. Always allow a grill to cool completely prior to storage.

2. Clean and Maintain Your Grill

A grill fire is more likely to break out on a grill covered with grease and flammable food residue. Maintain a fire for at least ten to fifteen minutes after cooking to burn off residue and scrape the grates with a wire brush. Give the entire grill a deep cleaning at least once or twice per season. When the grill is cool, remove the grates and drip pan and clean them with water and a suitable soap. Wipe down the interior and exterior.

3. Factor Fire Safety Into Food Preparation

Trim excess fat from meat prior to grilling. This can reduce the amount of grease that builds up on the grates or in the drip pan and lower the risk of a barbeque fire. You should also use igniting agents responsibly and store containers at a safe distance from an open flame. Keep other flammable items such as napkins and towels at a safe distance.

These measures can help you grill more safely. If a grill fire does start and cause damage to the exterior of your home, schedule an appointment with a fire and smoke damage mitigation and restoration company in Keene, TX.

Why Is Flood Water a Type of Black Water?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded building in Crowley,TX

Flood water is considered Category Three black water because it may contain harmful contaminants. Flooding results when surface water overflows or heavy rain falls in Crowley, TX. Although this water may not initially contain solid waste, chemicals and other contaminants are likely to leach into standing water. Find out what the water resulting from flood or storm damage might contain and the risks it could pose.

Which Contaminants Are Found in Flood Water?

Water can pick up a variety of contaminants as it collects and stands outside or in a structure. These may include:

  • Chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Pathogens
  • Solid waste

Any of these contaminants can cause problems for humans or animals that are exposed to, or attempt to ingest, this water. In addition to potentially dangerous substances, contaminated water may also contain microbes that can cause illness.

What Are Some Possible Flooding Risks?

In addition to posing a threat to building materials and contents, water resulting from flooding can also pose a threat to individuals. A few possible risks include:

  • Exposure to toxigenic substances
  • Irritation of skin or other bodily systems
  • Contagious infections

If water is allowed to stand for 24 hours or longer, the risk of mold growth will rapidly escalate. Schedule a complete cleanup sooner rather than later.

Are There Any Other Sources of Black Water?

Sewer backups are another common source of Category Three water, and these incidents may coincide with a storm. If heavy rains or flooding cause a municipal sewage system or septic tank to back up, it will also be necessary to drain, disinfect and dry the affected area.

Flood water can cause structural damage and expose occupants to contaminants. Mitigation experts will wear personal protective equipment and use professional cleanup methods to quickly remove water and limit the extent of secondary damage. Rely on a commercial storm damage restoration company in Crowley,TX.

How To Flush a Water Heater

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by water heater in Cleburne,TX

A water heater, sitting in a dark closet or basement, is easy to forget. If you want to ensure the longevity of your hot water tank, then you may want to follow the steps below to flush the system, clearing out harmful sediment and debris.

1. Turn Off and Prep the Tank

To perform a water heater flush, you may want to have a garden hose and screwdriver handy. Additionally, you will need to prep the tank by first turning off the power and/or gas. Then, attach one end of the garden hose to the tank, and place the other end in a drainage area that can tolerate the hot water.

2. Flush the Tank

To empty the water heater, open the drain valve on the tank and make sure the water is escaping through the hose to the drainage area. After a few minutes, turn the hot water on from the nearest faucet. A couple of minutes after this, turn off the water supply. Once the water stops exiting the garden hose, turn on the water supply for only a couple of minutes to flush out the system again.

3. Refill the Tank

When all debris from the tank has drained, close the drain valve and turn on the water supply. Once the water pressure returns to the open faucet, you can be confident that the tank is filled. Be aware that the water from the tap will be inconsistent at first as air is flushed from the lines.

4. Turn On the Tank

Turn the power/gas back on only when the tank is full to protect the integrity of the system. Once the heat is on and the water is flowing strong, you can turn off the running faucet. If you are experiencing problems with the water pressure or the heating element of the tank, you may want to call a professional in Cleburne, TX, to examine any possible causes.

A water heater is an essential element of any home, and flushing the system ensures its continued use. Following the steps above, you can perform this task yourself and maintain your tank for years to come.

3 Reasons to Call a Restoration Company

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded classroom due to a broken pipe in Keene, TX

If a broken pipe at your business left you with a water damage situation, you may be wondering if you should seek help from a trained technician to handle the pipe burst cleanup process and restore your property. The short answer is that you really should. Read on for 3 reasons why a water and sewer cleanup company is almost always needed in this situation.

1. They Can Help With Remediation

A host of other potential problems can arise from water damage, including mold growth and structural weakness. The right restoration company will be able to help you not only clean or restore everything that has been water damaged, but will also be able to help you mitigate any issues with fungi or other secondary concerns arising after a pipe bursts.

2. They Respond Urgently

With pipe burst cleanup matters, time is everything. The longer water sits, the more likely it is to cause further damage or become contaminated. Many certified companies operate on a 24 hour basis and are dedicated to responding quickly to emergency moisture situations.

3. They Know Cleanup

From cleaning wet surfaces to drying important documents, water damage specialists know how to help you get your business and property back running smoothly by understanding the many different issues that can arise after a pipe incident. They have seen some of the worst wetness nightmares that you can imagine, and will not be intimidated by a complicated job.

You may be tempted to sweep a broken pipe issue under the rug or handle the pipe burst cleanup process on your own. However, experienced Keene, TX, restoration technicians understand what can happen to commercial buildings like yours when large amounts of water come into play. If you let these knowledgeable professionals tackle the accident, you can spend more time on getting your business back to a normal state of operation.

Becoming the Sherlock Holmes of Roofing: How Regular Inspection Can Save Thousands in Costly Roof Repairs

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience any type of storm damage in Crowley, TX SERVPRO is ready to help

Severe weather is worrisome for most homeowners, especially when it comes to their roof. Roof repair can be a significant expense depending on the level of roof damage, and while many acknowledge the risk associated with hail and water, wind damage is often overlooked. To mitigate the risk of costly repairs, there are a couple of things that you should know.

1. Inspections Save Money

Many roofing companies recommend that you have biannual inspections performed on your roof to ensure that it remains in tip-top shape. These roofing inspections will look for any potential flaws in shingles or asphalt sheathing, making sure to repair any minor issues to protect you from significant damage in the future.

2. Look for Signs of Potential Damage

Aside from inspections, you should perform property walks and basic visual checks of your roof after any severe weather. These walkabouts will likely alert you to any signs of storm damage, like missing shingles, loose flashing, or any other number of minor things that can turn into a significant roof repair if left untouched.

3. Not All Damage Is Detrimental

While seeing any kind of damage to your roof can be stress-inducing, it is important to remember that not all damage is detrimental. The important thing is to take action on any issue, as to protect yourself from having to do a full roof replacement. If you have any questions about the significance of the damage, you should find a roofing specialist in the Crowley, TX, area to assess the situation further.

Roofing issues can be a primary concern for homeowners, but if they are vigilant about performing regular inspections, it doesn’t have to be. Performing regular biannual inspections and walkabouts after a storm can be the difference between a roof repair that cost a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars. The choice is yours.

Do Not Despair, You Can Repair

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold cleanup and remediation in Cleburne, TX

Mold Is Everywhere

The appearance of mold is a fairly common occurrence, but major infestations are increasingly frequent as more severe weather events affect Cleburne, TX. There are always mold spores in the air. All it takes is some extra moisture to activate them. Once that happens, serious mold cleaning is called for. In that case, the best (and safest) course of action is to call a professional.

Mold remediation techniques can range from simple to complex, particularly when it involves a treasured family heirloom, such as a pricey painting. While mold damage to a painting can often look quite serious, it does not mean that the painting is unsalvageable.

How To Prepare

After you have made that all-important call to a trusted mold remediation service, there are certain things you should do:

  • Avoid any areas that are affected by mold.
  • Avoid disturbing or touching the mold; this could cause it to spread.
  • Do not make any attempts to dry the mold.
  • Turn off all fans and/or HVAC systems.
  • Do not attempt to do any mold cleaning on your own with products such as bleach or disinfectant.

What To Expect

Once the professionals arrive, there is a standard process that will bring relief. Through various technologies, the mold damage will be inspected and assessed. One of the first things will be to address any water or moisture sources. This will prevent the formation of additional mold colonies. Then, by controlling the air flow, the mold will be contained, thereby halting any further spread. Once heavily damaged, porous materials such as drywall are removed, the cleaning process can commence. Thanks to a wide array of mold remediation techniques and technologies, most mold damage can be successfully repaired.

While a mold infestation can be a traumatic experience, having to throw away treasured items such as paintings need not be a foregone conclusion thanks to modern mold cleaning methods.

How To Replace a Leaky Toilet

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point.

It’s never a good sign when you have a leaking toilet in your home. The leak can become a major flood if not taken care of quickly. Follow these steps to learn how to replace your own toilet.

Removing the Old Toilet

Before you can install a new toilet, you have to remove the old one:

1. Measure the distance from the wall to the bolts on the base of the toilet and from the wall to the side of the bowl to ensure your new toilet is the correct size.
2. Turn off the water.
3. Flush to remove the water from the tank.
4. Take the tank lid off and wipe up leftover water.
5. Disconnect the water supply line from the tank, unscrew the nuts, and lift it off the bowl.
6. Wipe up leftover water inside the bowl and remove the nuts at the base.
7. Lift the leaking toilet up and set it onto a garbage bag.
8. Remove the wax ring from the drain hole, clean out excess wax, and put a wad of paper towel into the hole to prevent sewer gas from venting.
9. Clean the floor if needed, remove the old closet bolts, and replace them with new ones.

Installing the New Toilet

Now it's out with the old and in with the new. Here's how to install your new commode:

10. Warm up a new wax ring with warm water and place it onto your new toilet.
11. Remove the towel from the drain hole. Carefully place the toilet onto the hole. If you miss, it’s better to start with another new ring. Gently wiggle the toilet so it’s flat on the ground and aligned squarely with the walls.
12. Install any necessary hardware to the new tank, set it onto the bowl using a level, and tighten the bolts.
13. Connect the water supply, slowly turn the water back on, and check for leaks.

Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point. When it becomes a leaking toilet, follow these steps to replace it yourself or call a local toilet repair company in Crowley, TX, to ensure everything is done correctly and avoid the risk of future flooding. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcrowleysouthjohnsoncounty.com/.

How To Create a Business Emergency Plan

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

A business continuity plan can help you prepare for an emergency situation.

As a commercial building owner in Crowley, TX, it is up to you to make sure your business is ready for anything that comes its way. For many, this means making a continuity plan. This type of emergency plan lays out what should happen in the event of an emergency. Use this quick how-to guide to help you make your own plan.

1. Consider your daily operations. How could flooding affect your ability to perform day-to-day operations? If your business provides goods to customers, you may lose inventory. Your emergency plan may need to include a clause that helps protect your inventory or keep your customers happy.
2. Think about a plan B. You know how your company normally runs, but could your employees do their work from another location if needed? Your continuity plan may include renting a temporary workspace or setting up work-from-home time during the repair process.
3. Spend time training. Making a plan is one thing, but you also have to ensure your employees know what to do if a bad storm rolls through. Have emergency training that goes over standard protocols to help make sure everyone is ready for the worst-case scenario.
4. Find someone to help. While you're making your plan, think about the cleanup of any storm damage. Finding a commercial storm cleanup crew before the disaster hits can save you time after your building is affected by the bad weather.
5. Go over your insurance policy. Understanding your insurance coverage can help you better prepare for damages done by a storm. For example, some policies may help pay for a secondary workspace or cover the costs of some of the repairs. Going over your policy can help you figure out where you need more coverage before your building is damaged.

A business continuity plan can help you prepare for an emergency situation. Working with a professional may make creating this type of plan easier. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcrowleysouthjohnsoncounty.com/.

Overview of Commercial Property Insurance

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

You can rely on professional mitigation to help facilitate the claims process in addition to the physical recovery of your building and its contents.

Commercial insurance can cover accidents, theft or natural disasters, like fire. This insurance is not just for manufacturers and retailers; this insurance is good for anyone running a business whether from your home or another building you own in Crowley, TX. If you are renting property, check your agreement to see if you are required to provide insurance. Covered property may include:

• Building
• Equipment
• Vehicles
• Computers and servers
• Furniture
• Signs
• Company records
• Landscaping and fencing
• Inventory

How Much Does It Cost?

Coverage is dependent on the value of your assets, including but not limited to your building. It may also take into consideration the geographical area, proximity to a fire department, and use of fire-resistant materials in construction. Occupants may also affect a building’s fire rating. For example, you may receive a higher fire rating for occupants who work with highly combustible materials or who are warehousing flammable items. Be prepared to share all of this information with an insurance agent.

What Is Not Covered?

Some losses are not covered by commercial insurance and may require additional policies for adequate protection. Some more common considerations include:

• Flood. You should analyze your flood risk and seek out an additional policy if you are at risk.
• Business Interruption. This covers operating expenses and lost profits for the duration of the work interruption.
• Extra Expenses. Examine your policy closely to make sure it includes coverage to move your business to a temporary location while repairs are completed. Some policies may not cover this adequately.
• Loss of Rents. You may lose rent from tenants after a fire to your building.

Commercial insurance can save your business when you have fire damage or another disaster, but it can be complex and requires diligence in a review of the many policy options. At least you can rely on professional mitigation to help facilitate the claims process in addition to the physical recovery of your building and its contents. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcrowleysouthjohnsoncounty.com/.

Staying Safe This Flood Season

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Hopefully you've prepared your home for potential flooding in Cleburne, TX, this year, but now it's time to prepare yourself. The importance of brushing up on flood safety information before disaster strikes cannot be overstated. Here are four safety tips to ensure your well-being if your home is affected by flooding.

1. Watch out for floodwater.

Assume any floodwater you see is contaminated. These waters may have come into contact with sewage or other hazardous materials (such as chemicals). Debris carried by the water may have sharp edges, and dangerous insects or animals could be lurking just under the surface. Floodwater is also much stronger than it seems. Do not attempt to wade through moving water; you can quickly be knocked over or swept away.

2. Use good judgment around electricity.

Always turn off all power and gas before entering a flood-damaged home. Never attempt to use electrical appliances that have come into contact with floodwater until they have been checked for safety. Avoid downed power lines and keep yourself far away from any standing water in their vicinity.

3. Know how proper sanitation affects your health.

Sound flood safety practices include discarding any flooded items that cannot be sanitized. This includes water-retentive objects like rugs and stuffed animals, cosmetics and toiletries, and any wooden kitchen utensils. Always inspect and disinfect packaged food before use. Even things that appear to be sealed may have punctures or cracks you cannot see. If you just don't know, let it go.

4. Be mindful of physical dangers.

Most serious accidents occur during the clean-up process. Be careful when moving heavy waterlogged objects, wear protective clothing to avoid cuts, and don't do anything that might result in a dangerous fall. It's always safer to consult with restoration experts before attempting difficult cleanup procedures yourself.

Though you'll want to quickly survey any damage and begin cleaning up immediately after a flood, the most important part of any post-disaster restoration is assuring your family's well-being with proper flood safety. It is always possible to repair your home. It may be more difficult to repair your health.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Can I Salvage My Electronics After a Fire?

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that fire can leave destruction in its wake. Even small house fires can damage or even destroy your home’s structure as well as your belongings inside. You may think that items such as electronic equipment would be useless after a fire. However, you’ll be happy to know that in some cases, you can use fire cleanup methods to restore and preserve your electronics such as laptops, TVs, stereos and other valuable items.


What can You do Immediately?


Once you have the fire under control, you will start to assess the damage. When you get to your electronics, take the following action without delay:

• Carefully move them to a safe, secure location.
• Do not turn them on or try to operate them.
• Call a seasoned restoration specialist to examine the extent of the damage.


What Will the Pros Do?


When a professional comes to your Cleburne, TX, home to look at the smoke damage your electronics sustained, he or she will promptly work on removing the acids the smoke left behind. This acid will begin to corrode the equipment and render it useless. The faster the technician can remove and clean these materials, the better chance you have of using the electronics again.


Why Call Professionals?


During fire cleanup, you may be tempted to clean your electronics yourself. You should always let a trained professional take care of these items. Not only do the pros have the right equipment to effectively and successfully clean your electronic equipment, but they also have extensive experience in restoring people’s TVs, computers and various other electronics. If you attempt to do this on your own, you may cause further damage.

If you want to salvage your most important electronic equipment during a fire cleanup, make sure you call a professional restoration company. With expert help, you don’t have to say goodbye to your electronics.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

3 Ways Mold Sneaks Into Your Air Ducts

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

HVAC cleaning can be an intimidating process for business owners in Cleburne, TX. However, if air ducts aren’t inspected often, they can accumulate mold and spread it throughout the building. In order to completely solve a mold problem, you may need to understand how mold enters and forms inside the ventilation system.


1. Using the Air Ventilation System Before Mold Removal.



Since moisture builds up when there is no air circulation, it’s easy to assume that air vents help prevent mold from growing. However, if mold has already formed, you may expect a completely different outcome because mold can travel easiest when it dries out. If you switch the air vents on before a HVAC cleaning professional comes in, you may be helping the mold find a more suitable area inside the building to grow.


2. Dust Accumulation Inside Vents.


How does mold form inside vents if the air flow pushes it around? While an air ventilation system isn’t running, dust can form inside the ducts. Conversely, mold may also settle on the dust in the vents along with any moisture that has been sucked in. Since dust is often an accumulation of small organic particles, it can become a perfect food source for mold in the vents. That’s why you should consider cleaning vents routinely to help prevent mold in the ducts.


3. Moisture Inside the Duct Work.


When a building is humid and the air conditioning is turned on, it sucks the moisture out of each room and through the vents. Along an entire air duct system, there are several nooks and cracks in which the moisture may tend to accumulate. Since mold prefers a good source of moisture, it may start growing in these cracks and eventually spread onto the outside of the vents.

If you are a property owner in Cleburne, TX, you may wonder whether or not mold has invaded your air ducts. A professional HVAC cleaning service may help you find and eliminate mold from within your ventilation system.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

What To Do When the Toilet Leaks Every Time You Flush

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Most everyone is familiar with a leaking toilet that continues to run after it is flushed, but far fewer people know what to do when water is leaking outside of the bowl and onto the bathroom floor. While not as common a problem as water leaking around the seal inside the toilet, this kind of bathroom leak can lead to severe water damage. The solution is to stop this small problem before it turns into a bigger one.


What Causes a Toilet To Leak?


Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:

• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

If you are seeing water on the floor around the leaking toilet and it is not coming from the supply line or valve or a crack in the bowl, chances are it is due to the seal under the toilet being faulty. You may be able to stop the leak by simply tightening the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor, but if that does not solve the problem, it is time to replace the wax gasket beneath the toilet.


Replacing the Wax Gasket.


Replacing the wax gasket can be easily performed in just a few simple steps:

• First, drain the toilet and then close the supply valve.
• Loosen and remove the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.
• Lift the toilet off and then set it aside, being careful not to damage the toilet.
• Scrape all the wax off the flange on the floor.
• If you notice any damage to the closet flange, repair or replace the flange before installing your new wax gasket.
• Carefully place the new gasket on the flange and be careful to make sure it is completely centered.
• Replace the toilet and press down firmly to compact the gasket.
• Reconnect the water line and fill the tank and then inspect for leaks.

A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage to your bathroom that is best remedied by contacting a professional cleanup company here in Crowley, TX. However, with these few easy steps, you can fix this small problem before it becomes a big one.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

How to Prevent Toilets From Flooding a Commercial Property

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Most owners of commercial properties are familiar with the inconvenience and water damage risks that a clogged toilet poses. A seemingly minor incident can starts out as an accident or nuisance but may lead to serious damage in the event of a toilet overflow or sewage backup. Here are three simple ways to reduce the frequency and severity with which toilets get clogged or flood a commercial property.

1. Order thinner toilet paper. One of the reasons that commercial properties tend to be stocked with single-ply paper is to help prevent clogs. Even if a customer or occupant flushes a large wad of thinner toilet paper, it is less likely to lead to a clog or cause a toilet to overflow than thicker toilet paper. Multiple ply paper also tends to cost more per square foot.

2. Provide wastebaskets and personal item disposal baskets. A discreet wastebasket situated in a bathroom stall can reduce the amount of debris flushed down toilets that is likely to cause flooding. Property owners should make disposal solutions as convenient as possible to encourage building occupants to use these options rather than causing a clogged toilet.

3. Indicate bathroom rules on a sign. Posting waste disposal guidelines in a visible location in a bathroom can actually make a difference in occupants' behavior. Point out what should and should not be flushed to lower the frequency of clogs or flooding at a commercial property. You may also provide information for building services or other options in case an occupant or guest experiences difficulties when flushing that suggest that a clog may be present.

These three steps can help to prevent a clogged toilet from flooding a commercial property in Crowley, TX. If a sewage backup does occur, the owner of the building should contact a certified restoration service that specializes in water and sewer damage cleanup.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Protection From the Storm

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can happen quickly and violently, and the resulting damage can be catastrophic. Tornadoes and hurricanes in the United States have a history of wreaking havoc on lives and structures. Damage from wind, water, debris, and even fire can occur. With such a severe threat, commercial storm insurance is available and is a popular financial decision with many business and commercial building owners. Here is a breakdown of common damages from storms assisted by insurance, as well as the contingencies involved:

• Contents coverage – These plans typically cover inventory, computer systems, furnishings, and equipment. A specific dollar amount is usually placed on the contents, so it is important to make sure that this amount covers a total loss.
• Falling debris and trees – As long as it is in direct relation to the storm, the commercial property storm insurance may cover the damage caused from a falling tree; however, if the tree was already at risk of falling and/or lacked regular maintenance, the coverage may not apply.
• Rebuilding and cleanup – If a great deal of damage occurs, the policy may help with cleaning up and rebuilding. Remember that the value of the cost to rebuild is often reflected in the coverage, which is different than the property’s market value.


When Does It Apply?


Determining what is covered under this type of insurance can be complex, but the list above provides some basic information and understanding. Commercial insurance coverage varies by company and other factors, but the general goal is to provide compensation for damage that is unpredictable and unavoidable in Cleburne, TX . Remember that many commercial insurance policies will not cover damages incurred from normal wear and tear on the structure.


Protecting Your Livelihood.


Nature is powerful and can be unpredictable. Whenever it threatens a business or even causes damage, having storm insurance for commercial property can provide financial protection and immense peace of mind.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Restoring Content Damaged by Smoke and Soot

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fires can often be severe and leave businesses devastated. While not everything can be recovered from the aftermath of fire, you will want to preserve the content that can. It is beneficial to know the best methods for content cleaning when your goods have been affected by smoke or soot. For example, clothes that retain soot or the residual odor of smoke from a fire can be restored to their previous condition by professional dry-cleaning. Here are a few other methods for preserving your smoke and soot damaged items:

? Foam-cleaning should be attempted on all fabrics that are not color fast and those that may shrink during the wet cleaning process.
? Wet-cleaning can be used when dealing with garments that retain their color and items that have been heavily or moderately soiled by smoke or soot.
? Immersion-cleaning is generally reserved as a last resort and involved dipping contents into a cleaning agent.

It is always best to contact local Cleburne, TX, professionals to assist you with your content cleaning needs.


Items Constructed from Non-porous Material


Methods like dry-cleaning and wet-cleaning are great for fabrics, but what about non-porous materials? Your jewelry, electronics, vinyl records, and an abundance of other items can be saved with ultrasonic cleaning. An ultrasonic cleaner uses ultrasound to clean damaged items, often with the help of a small amount of tap water.


Electronic Content


If you have considered moving your business’s belongings into content storage due to structural damage or other fire damage, bear in mind that it is essential to clean smoke and soot from electronics as soon as you are able. Metallic objects can become corroded due to acid contained in the smoke residue. While dry-cleaning clothing will certainly be a priority for some retail locations, you should also be mindful of electronic items that may store vital information, such as laptops, cell phones, servers, and point of sales computers and have them cleaned immediately to prevent loss of data.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Taking a Look at the Basics of Mold

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

You can usually recognize mold on sight if it’s invaded your Cleburne, TX, home, but do you really know the ins and outs of this nuisance? It’s important to be able to identify mold easily, particularly black mold – and to know what to do about it when you find it.


Five Easy Facts About Mold


Let’s take a look at these things you should always remember about mold:

1. Mold is a fungus. This means that like any fungus, it sprouts from spores. Those spores are usually free-floating in your environment at all times, and only need a catalyst to grow into an active fungus infestation. That catalyst is water in any form, whether it’s a puddle or humidity in the air.
2. Mold grows on organic surfaces. This can include food and plant matter, but you would be surprised what else is considered “organic” that mold will happily take root in. This includes the drywall of your walls and ceilings, as well as wooden floorboards and furniture upholstery.
3. Black mold doesn’t always start off black. Black mold can start of gray or green or white or even yellow, before darkening through stages to brown and then black. You may not think you have a black mold infestation when you actually do.
4. Mold is not the same as mildew. Mold and mildew are actually two different types of fungus. They can be differentiated by color and texture, and by their growth patterns. Mold is fuzzy and thicker, while mildew has a sort of soft, powdery texture.
5. Often mold can only be detected by trained professionals. Certified mold remediation specialists can identify mold that isn’t apparent to the naked eye. Mold remediation specialists can also help you develop strategies for mold prevention and mold cleanup, depending on if you have an active infestation or not.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com

Two Types of Fires You’re Likely Not Prepared For

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

A home fire can destroy everything you own, and insurance is the best way to ensure you are compensated for damages. However, what if your house is vacant during the fire or is subject to arson? In these circumstances, insurance does not usually cover damage you incur. Residents in Cleburne, TX, are preparing by taking decisive action to protect their homes and their pocketbooks.


Ensure Your Property Isn’t Vacant


Insurance policies have varying definitions of what constitutes a vacant property, but generally it means a property that has been unoccupied for 30 days or longer. Holiday homes only used for a few weeks each season may fall into this category. If you vacation or travel extensively, whether for business or pleasure, the insurance company could consider your home vacant if a fire occurs during your absence. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t get caught off guard by the finer details of your policy:

• Verify the exact number of days your property can be left unattended without being declared vacant.
• Prove that you were home at least once within the specified period as an extra precaution.
• Purchase vacant home fire insurance if you cannot guarantee that you will be around before the window of time expires.


Don’t Fall Victim to Arson


If you experience a fire that is purposely set, the damages may not be covered by insurance. Arson constitutes insurance fraud; in other words, it’s starting a home fire on purpose to collect insurance money. If investigators discover that your home has deliberately been set ablaze, then the insurance company can reject your claim.

Luckily, most homeowners don’t set fire to their own homes, so all you need to do is take some common-sense precautions to prevent others from doing it. Install basic security cameras around your property, particularly near flammable structures. Keep multiple fire extinguishers on your property and consult with experts on how to fireproof your home.

The stakes are too high to be caught off guard by a home fire. You stand to lose everything if you are not prepared. Fortunately, with the right research and preparation you can be ready for anything.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

3 Tips To Avoid Spore Spreading

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Even if your commercial building is new, it could easily take a fungal friend under its wing. Because mold is naturally resilient, it could creep in without your even noticing. The following three mold cleanup tips can help you minimize potential spore spreading in your otherwise clean space.


1. Minimize Moisture


Fungus – whether it's black mold or another pesky type – can spread quickly and without a trace. An isolated mopping from a leaky pipe simply won't cut it since moisture can come right back. Get to the bottom of maintenance problems and tackle those leaky areas, no matter how tedious this step may seem. Even a drink spill or two on carpeted floors can become the new hot spot for mold growth.


2. Turn off HVAC Systems


You might not think you have a moisture problem, but even the slightest bit of water damage can open the fungi floodgates. One way to cut off mold's resources involves turning off your HVAC system. Forced air units can easily transport mold from room to room, and your system could be behind it all. Sometimes, bringing in the judgment of a professional can ensure that all mold cleanup steps are in place.


3. Ensure Airflow


Dovetailing from the last tip, you may also want to give your entire building's ventilation a once-over. For instance, black mold only needs a little boost to spread rapidly throughout an indoor space, so be sure to let some fresh air into the building from time to time. Part of this step can include keeping some doors and windows open to keep airflow going.

You don't have to be a biology expert to know that mold can inflict serious damage to your building in Cleburne, TX. Keep the above steps in mind, even when you don't suspect any damage. After all, black mold doesn't exactly need an invitation to make its big move onto your company's turf.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

How To Address Water Damage in Your Commercial Property

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

A broken fire sprinkler caused by faulty installation or materials resulted in extensive damage to three commercial businesses in an office strip.

Commercial property is susceptible to the same challenges in Fort Worth, TX, as a home, such as flooding, fire, and storm damage. Many commercial locations have an added layer of protection such as fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers may save your business space from complete fire devastation. On the other hand, you could have to contend with the water damage fire sprinklers create.


Why Fire Sprinklers May Rain Down


Fire sprinklers may activate due to sensitivity to smoke or an actual fire. They can also cause chaos due to broken pipes in the cold winter months, so care and maintenance is advised. If the fire sprinklers ran in your business locale, it is recommended you contact a commercial water restoration professional to assist in an efficient and effective water cleanup.


How You Can Help Your Restoration Specialists


These specialists can manage the restoration process, but you can complement their efforts with these two time-sensitive steps.

1. Don’t Touch – Though the immediate reaction may be to hustle and remove contents affected by water, you may want to let the professionals lead this charge. Restoration specialists can work closely with your insurance company, so it may be best to let them view the flooding in its original state.

2. Document – As you await the restoration professional’s arrival, it is an opportune time to take photos and videos of the water damage. Try to document as much of the saturation as possible. These measures can let the specialists view the full extent of the compromised building and materials, especially if there is a time differential from actual flooding and their arrival.

Once the commercial water restoration professionals are onsite at your business, the cleanup process can swiftly begin. Your sustained effort of “don’t touch” and “document” may be a great support to these specialists in their work with your insurance company and in restoring your commercial property affected by water damage.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

What Personal Items Can Be Restored After a Flood?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

During a severe flood, your home is inundated with black water. This is water that has been contaminated with feces, urine and other harmful substances. Because of the serious health risks involved with coming into contact with black water, it’s important that you hire an experienced professional in Cleburne, TX, to safely handle the cleanup. This includes content cleaning.

Which personal items can be restored after a flood depends on several factors, including how severe the damage is and how porous the material is. Non-porous materials that can almost always be cleaned and restored include the following:

• Plastics, including furniture, dishes and toys
• Metals, such as furniture, stands and jewelry
• Glazed pottery or ceramics
• Hard wood furniture

Porous materials may not be salvageable during content cleaning. If the damage is mild, they can usually be cleaned, dried and restored. However, if damage is severe, they may simply need to be replaced. Porous items include things like the following:

• Carpets and rugs
• Upholstered furniture
• Anything made of plywood
• Clothing
• Books and Documents
• Photographs, posters and prints
• Soft toys
• Leather Goods

It may be possible to restore porous items that have suffered moderate damage; however, the cost could be high. In these cases, it may be more practical to replace damaged possessions unless they have a very high sentimental value. For example, it may be worth it to you to restore a one-of-a-kind photograph, but it may make more sense to replace a favorite leather jacket than pay for an expensive restoration.

Restoration experts can often save critical information in important documents, books and photographs by digitizing them. Unless the physical object is of great sentimental value, digitizing water-damaged documents and photographs is often a more affordable way to preserve them.

Content cleaning can be an emotional and difficult stage of post-flood cleanup, but before you make a decision about which possessions to throw away, talk to a restoration specialist in Cleburne, TX. Its representatives can help you figure out what is worth restoring and what isn’t.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

4 Steps for Mitigating Wind Damage

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

High winds from thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes can turn small objects and debris into dangerous projectiles in Crowley, TX. When these items hit buildings, they can cause a roof leak and broken windows. With some planning and preparation, structural damage can be kept to a minimum.


1. Maintain the Landscaping


Trees, shrubs and decorative items such as fountains and planters can turn into missiles in high winds. Keep the greenery trimmed and secure the fountains and planters. If tying them down isn’t an option, move them inside during storm season. This can prevent them from being hurled against the building or through windows.


2. Cover the Windows and Doors


Keep a supply of plywood onsite to protect the windows from flying debris. It is strong enough to protect the glass from most large items and small debris such as gravel may embed itself in the surface, without penetrating all the way. Screws can be more effective than nails when securing the plywood to the building.


3. Reinforce Weak Areas


For buildings that have loading docks or interior parking for company vehicles, the garage doors may be susceptible to damage caused by debris. Strengthen glider wheel tracks and add braces across the back of the door to minimize damage. Plywood can be used to cover windows and bolster the braces.


4. Inspect the Roof


As materials age, they weaken. This can result in a roof leak or missing shingles during storm season. Use tarps and plywood as temporary measures to protect weak areas and prevent an already damaged roof from getting worse.

Severe storms can devastate a business in Crowley, TX. Untrimmed trees and downed power lines can result in a damaged roof. A minor roof leak can become a gaping hole. If a severe weather event does strike, a disaster recovery team can help you keep downtime to a minimum, whether a passing thunderstorm or a significant hurricane caused the damage.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

4 Steps To Clean Up a Water Heater Leak

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water heater leak, there are several simple steps you can take to clean up the leak and minimize safety risks. Try to limit the extent of the leak as soon as you notice a leaking water heater. Contact a plumber to fix a broken water heater or replace a failed water heater, and then determine the extent of the water damage. Follow these four steps to address the leak. For complete peace of mind, especially with a larger leak, you should contact a company that provides water damage restoration in Crowley, TX.

1. Unplug electrical appliances in the affected area. You don't want to risk electrocution or other appliances being adversely affected by a leak.

2. Remove soaked carpets and moveable items from the area surrounding the leaking water heater. You may be able to dry out some items, but carpet may not be salvageable.

3. Dry the floor as soon as possible. You can use a mop, towels, or a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove excess water. You can also use a desiccant such as silica gel near soaked floors or walls.

4. Circulate air and dehumidify. This will speed the drying process and limit the extent of the water damage while making the environment less conducive to mold growth.

If you notice a leaking water heater in your home while the leak is still small, you may be able to limit the extent of the water damage by taking immediate action. If the leak is larger or has gone unnoticed for more than 24 hours, you should contact a residential restoration service in Crowley, TX. Either you or damage restoration experts will need to clean up and dry all the water to prevent mold. Make sure to also have a plumber replace a failed or broken water heater to prevent another leak.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

3 Ways To Prevent Mold From Growing Inside Your Home

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting your Crowley, TX, home from mold can prevent costly repairs and the time it takes to treat it. While mold spores are naturally present in the air, they can multiply during times of high humidity or after a residence suffers water damage. However, there are ways you can prevent mold from taking hold inside your home, whether you are dealing with the aftermath of flood damage or simply want to protect your home from unwelcome fungi.


1. Maintain Your Plumbing System


Leaky pipes under sinks, old toilets and corroded plumbing in your basement or attic can all cause conditions ripe for mold growth. Leaky pipes and appliances can keep surfaces constantly moist, and since mold spores are attracted to moisture, this can cause them to latch on and multiply. Maintaining your plumbing and having a flood cleanup and restoration company come in to find trouble spots if water damage occurs can keep your home free of the moisture that attracts mold spores.


2. Use an Air Filter


One way to practice mold prevention in your home is to invest in an air filtration unit that captures mold spores. Consider using one with a HEPA filter and carbon cartridge to keep your home's air safe and fresh. There are many different models available, and some include a programmable system that allows the unit to run without daily adjustments.


3. Maintain From the Outside In


Keeping your property free of pooling or stagnant water and maintaining your home's drainage system can prevent water from seeping into your basement, where mold is commonly found. Mold spores do not need sunlight to grow and can thrive in dark, moist environments, so keeping your basement dry and ensuring moisture drains away from your home can control mold growth.

While mold occurs naturally, keeping it from encroaching on your Crowley, TX, home can prevent costly treatments and the spread of different species of fungi. Maintaining your plumbing and drainage systems and cleaning up water damage quickly are the best ways to keep it at bay.

For more information, visit us http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Bleaching Mold Isn’t Enough

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Bleach is supposed to kill mold, and it does, in fact, kill the mold it can reach. However, it isn’t a long-term or complete solution. If you live in Crowley, TX, and suspect you have a mold problem, a professional remediation expert can help you with a proper fungus cleanup.

The Limits of Surface Cleaning

If you read the label on your bottle of bleach, it likely states the product kills molds on nonporous surfaces like ceramic and tile. Unfortunately, molds grow everywhere:

• On painted surfaces like walls and ceilings
• In fabrics like carpets, rugs, and furniture
• Along grout between tiles and along window seals

Entire colonies of molds can hide between walls, under floors, and behind appliances. Scrub away the surface mold of a deep infestation, and it grows right back.

Molds have roots that burrow into organic material. Wood beams and drywall are favorite targets. Spray cleaners only appear to remove molds by killing the exposed part of the colony on the surface.

The Spread of the Contamination

If you merely wipe or smear the mold around, you may be doing more harm than good. Proper fungus cleanup must also incorporate a strategy for containment. Mold spores released into the air travel until they find new homes. They might spread to other areas and grow new infestations.

The Problem With Increasing Moisture

It’s no secret that molds love moisture. They proliferate whenever they find damp or humid conditions. Bottle sprayers like bleach solutions or even general-purpose cleaners are mostly just water.

Even after you finish your initial fungus cleanup, the damp surface encourages more mold to grow. If you spray an infected area with a more extensive colony hiding beneath the surface, you could just be making things worse.

The Process of Mold Remediation

A professional remediation service helps to clean up mold for you and repair damage caused by mold. Experts identify the true extent of the infestation and treat infected areas while controlling the spread of spores.

Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Not every fire is a five-alarm emergency requiring Crowley, TX, emergency responders and firefighters to put the blaze out. Some incidents, such as small kitchen fires, can be doused with the use of a portable fire extinguisher. Quick reflexes and knowledge of how to effectively use an extinguisher can save you a great deal of fire damage.

How to use a fire extinguisher:

1. Locate and grip the pin firmly.
2. Pull sharply, breaking the tamper seal.
3. Aim the nozzle at the fire. Try not to get too close, but you should aim low and focus on the base of the fire. Trying to douse the fire from the top down will be less effective and may cause the flames to shower and spread. Dousing it at the base puts out the source more immediately.
4. Take the handle in a firm grip.
5. Squeeze the handle and hold it.
6. Maintain a solid grip on the nozzle, allowing the extinguishing agent to pour directly onto the base of the fire.
7. Use a side-to-side sweeping motion to expand your coverage and make sure the fire is fully covered and suppressed.
8. Maintain watchfulness over the area. A single ember can re-ignite the fire. You may need to repeatedly use the fire extinguisher to be certain.
9. If the fire extinguisher does not contain the flame, evacuate immediately and call emergency services.

Safe use and handling of a fire extinguisher can be essential both in the home and at work. Practice with your portable fire extinguisher to be sure you can respond reflexively and immediately to prevent fires from spreading and protect your home and place of business. If you practice often enough, effective use of a fire extinguisher can become instinctive muscle memory. A rapid, well-trained response can make the difference between a minor fire incident and a major, life-threatening blaze.

How To Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? If you don’t include pet preparation in your fire safety plan, you may not be able to get your furry friends out in time. Make sure this heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.

1. Keep Pets Away From Fire Hazards

If you have any potential fire hazards in your Crowley, TX, home (such as space heaters or fireplaces), keep your animals away from those areas. A simple baby gate or leash can be used to confine your pets to the safest areas of your home so they can’t start a fire. If you plan to leave the home, turn off all heaters, electronics and other potential fire hazards beforehand.

2. Use a Pet Alert Window Cling

If firefighters have to get you out of your home during a fire emergency, they’re not likely to know you have animals inside as well. As part of your pet safety plan, purchase or create a pet alert window cling that includes the number and type of pets inside your home. Keep the window cling affixed to a front window where it can be easily seen by rescuers.

3. Put Pets Near Doorways When You Leave

Whenever you leave the home, make sure your animals are located near a front doorway so they can be easily rescued if needed. You may choose to confine your pets in a playpen or put them on a leash so they don’t wander from the area while you’re gone.

These steps will make it easier for rescuers to bring you and your pets to safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to have the number for your local fire restoration experts on hand to help you repair damage after a fire.

Flooding and Insurance Company

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cowley home is flooded causing the wood floor to be removed.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.
- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.
- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.
- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.
- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.
- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.
- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet overflows with sewage.

Different types of water carries different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates. 

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It? 

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material. 

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way? 

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches. 

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process. 

Do I need to move out of my home?

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen stove with fire and soot damage.

Move Out After Fire Damage

If your house suffers smoke damage due to an incident in the kitchen it depends on the severity of the damage if you have to move out. But there are some really good reasons for moving out.

  1. It will allow the workers to assess the house and conduct any repairs. During such a time, one would have to move into a motel. The soot damage may mean one’s clothing is destroyed and unusable.
  2. It will allow you to have essentials, such as clothes and boots for work, cleaned and not stored in a smelly home.

Purchasing new items right away should only be done by approval of the insurance adjuster. You must ensure they keep all the receipts safely. 

In the case of a fire loss or smoke damage, the insurance has to act fast. There is a legal requirement that they work fast. If you feel the insurer is moving too slow to compensate for the soot damage, it is essential to contact them or have the restoration company contact them.

Securing Your Property after Fire

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Boarded front door after a fire.

Ensure that Property is Secured

When afire occurs, you should ensure to prevent any further loss. There are a couple of ways to make sure your home is safe.

  1. Board up any holes left by the fire. It will prevent further losses. Your local restoration company can provide board up services for you.
  2. Move any property that is undamaged by the kitchen fire. An insurance company could claim the owner was negligent. Thus, it may reduce the amount one gets as compensation.
  3. File a Claim Immediately. Fire-claims need to be filed immediately. The longer you delay, the more damage will be caused by soot and smoke.

Considers the above measures to reduce the suffering of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County to schedule your board up and cleaning.

Environmental Hygienist and Mold Identification

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Microbial Growth and Mold Growth Identification

Often homeowners identify mold-growth or microbial growth as one in the same. Although both flourish in damp indoor environments often caused by water leaks, floods or humidity, not all-microbial growth is mold-growth. Although undesirable, a microbial presence does not mean that the house has mold-growth. The only method of identifying the growth is through a certified professional who follows specific guidelines and procedures. Thus, during the assessment, samples are taken to identify the growth.

Identifying the Mold

Many claim to have knowledge in the area of mold-growth identification and removal. This can be dangerous, however, because once the fungus is disturbed it must be completely remediated. In recent years, mold cleanup and indoor air quality has received more attention, but still lacks sufficient state regulation. The inconsistencies within the industry can only be standardized through the use of a certified person. Identification and treatment requires the professional judgment of a qualified environmental hygienist. An industrial hygienist or environmental hygienist is tasked with maintaining an acceptable standard of environmental quality that includes safe air.

Visit our website for more information on mold growth and how to have it cleaned.

Does color make a difference when it comes to mold?

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Is black mold worse than other molds?

It is best to treat all molds as potentially harmful to your home. Black is not necessarily bad because the color is not the determining factor. Indoor mold-growth and mildew can come in varying colors. This is why an environmental hygienist is used to determine cleanup efforts.

Following disposal materials guidelines and coordinating the disposal, the professional mold remediation company reduces the homeowner's exposure risk. We use containment to keep mold spores from spreading throughout the home. We have equipment to clean the air through the use of HEPA filtrations. The highest care is taken into consideration to keep exposure of mold minimal during the cleaning process.

Visit our website for more information on mold growth and how to have it cleaned.

Preparing Your Building for a Disaster

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster Preparation in Crowley, TX

Getting prepared for a disaster is essential as you never know when some natural event is going to occur. Disaster Preparation can help minimize potential damage from:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Smoke Damage
  • Flood Damage

Professional services are available to work with businesses to get Prepared and setup Mitigation elements that help in the case of any disaster that results in any one or more of these types of unexpected damage that are cause by nature.

These days more companies than ever are getting flooded in areas that have never had it before. Keeping your business up and running during cleanup will help to keep your insurance costs lower.

Give SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County a call and schedule an Emergency Ready Profile assessment for your business with our help.

Fire Damage and Your Commercial Building

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks cleaning up after a fire damage.

Smoke Damage in Your Company

The same companies that provide recovery services from fire and water damage are usually also expert in correcting any damage caused by a fire in your building. It may have been an electrical fire or even an accidental break room fire.

The need for recovery after a fire is important to keep your company in business. The longer smoke particles stay embedded on surfaces in building materials, the more difficult it is to remove. The smoke damage remediation process must begin at once. With a properly applied Mitigation process all salvageable items can be cleaned and restored.

A professional fire damage restoration company can completely restore a building that has been affected by fire, of any size, so that your company looks new again.

Seek Professional Flood Remediation Assistance

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Seek Professional Storm Remediation Assistance

What should you do in a flood damage situation?

Unfortunately, in most areas, the extensive destruction apparent in recent hurricane damage won't go away anytime soon. Seek knowledgeable storm remediation. Otherwise, you may find yourself battling a variety of long-term problems caused by flood water far into the future.

Requesting storm restoration assistance from an experienced firm usually provides the fastest way to permanently resolve many types of hurricane damage. Just as qualified roof repair should involve more than simply fixing a visible roof leak or a broken flood pump, water restoration in the aftermath of extensive flood water frequently proves complex. Rely on a firm trained in home restoration and storm remediation. You'll benefit by resolving some long-term flooding issues sooner.

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Skilled Cleanup Services

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Several benefits result from seeking qualified storm cleanup and storm remediation. Storm damage often creates unseen roof damage and wind damage issues necessitating roof repair. It may cause flood pump failures and groundwater concerns. A professional home restoration firm considers all types of possible hurricane damage and storm restoration issues, from roof leak and roof repair issues to hail damage repairs and long-term water restoration problems.

From replacing a damaged flood pump to verifying safe water restoration, these professionals offer valuable services. Ask a home restoration firm to extract dirty groundwater from the premises, assess wind damage and roof damage, document auto hail damage, and perform many other types of storm remediation.

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How does mold get in my house?

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Mold is already in your home.

When your home is in its normal state you should not have to worry about mold. However, the mold is located in every room of your home in the form of a settled spore. It is invisible to the naked eye but it is there, waiting for the right time to start growing.

Water Damage and Mold Problems

A pipe bursts in your home and you go ahead and get the shop vac and soak up the water. All is fixed, but three days later you begin to see mold on your walls. "How did this get here?" you ask yourself. The mold had always been there but the water that was on the wall didn't dry out quickly enough and the mold had enough time to grow.

Learn more about mold by visiting our mold site.

What to wear during mold remediation?

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Cleaning up mold should be left to the professionals at SERVPRO. We are certified in mold cleanup and have the necessary equipment. We also use protective clothing to keep mold spores and mycotoxins from harming our technicians.

  1. Tyvec Suits - These suits are made to block microscopic mold spores from our skin. Normal shirts and pants will gather mold spores.
  2. Air Filtration Device - The full face or half face masks have HEPA filters to keep mold spores from being breathed. The mask also has a vapor barrier to keep out the mycotoxins.
  3. Eye protection is worn if using a half face mask. A full face mask has eye protection built in.
  4. Protective gloves and boots to keep skin safe while conducting demolition of the contaminated building materials.

Board Up Services in Crowley, TX

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After a fire, there may be some gaping holes in your home. Firefighters break windows and doors to vent the home of smoke. It keeps them safe while working inside your home to battle the fire.

However, there are those in our community who would take advantage of those broken windows and doors to take away your possessions for themselves or to sell. It is for this reason that insurance companies will pay for boarding up your home in case of a fire.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County can board up your home after a fire to keep it secure. We understand that there are a lot of decisions that need to be made between the homeowner and the insurance. One of those decisions shouldn’t be a secondary claim due to theft and vandalism.

How To Prepare Your Home Before Torrential Rain

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

How To Prepare Your Home Before Torrential Rain

You can’t decide when flooding will impact your area; torrential rains can come any time of the year. However, you can affect how much damage the storm can do to your home. With a little preparation, you can keep storm damage to a minimum.

First, you should prepare your family by doing the following:

• Collecting important items such as extra medication
• Putting important documents in waterproof casing
• Knowing possible escape routes
• Checking that your insurance covers floods

Once you have done those things, you should protect your home from flood damage. Here are a few ways you can keep your house ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way:

Clean Your Gutters

If your gutters and storm drains are clogged when the rain starts coming down heavily, this could cause serious problems. Your storm drains give the water a safe place to go, but debris stops this from happening. Instead, the water collects and spills over into areas you wanted to keep it from.

Make sure that you have your gutters and storm drains in Cleburne, Texas professionally cleaned every spring and fall. This simple step can help you avoid severe flood damage. In fact, it could save you money in the long run.

Fill Foundation Faults

Does your foundation have cracks? Even the smallest openings can make flooding worse than it otherwise would be. These breaks allow water to seep in, which causes flood water to damage the foundation. Over time, this can cause further flood damage and even structural problems. Get those cracks fixed while they are still small.

Add Retaining Walls

As you work on landscaping in the spring and fall, consider adding a retaining wall. These beautiful features not only look great, but they can also keep your home from flooding and prevent soil erosion.

No amount of planning is 100 percent foolproof. If floods still enter your home, be sure to have a professional cleanup crew in Cleburne, Texas fix your home immediately.
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Steps To Prepare Your Home for Storm Season

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Steps To Prepare Your Home for Storm Season

It’s true that heavy storms can come any time of the year. However, each region has a specific storm season. Before big storms threaten your home in Cleburne, Texas there are a few precautions you can take.

Before you secure your home, take a few steps to be sure you and your family stay safe from flood water:

• Make a plan
• Get extra prescription medications
• Put together a pack with water and food for a few days
• Have a way to listen to emergency broadcasts if the power goes out

In addition to completing these tasks, you should prepare your home to keep it safe from water damage.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Every spring and fall, you should have a professional clean out your gutters and storm drains. This can make sure your system directs flood water away from your home. You should also verify that your roof is in great condition, as even small damage can cause significant problems during a storm.

Check Your Landscaping

Landscaping is more than just a beautiful display of plants. It can also function as a way to prevent having a flooded building on your hands. Be sure that your yard has a slope that takes water away from your home. Retaining walls can help with this.

Furthermore, you should check to ensure that the root systems of your trees are not damaging your foundation. Even small cracks can let flood water in and wreak havoc on your home.

Know What To Do in an Emergency

Some things you can’t do until a storm is imminent. For example, you can keep your gas on until big storms are immediately coming. However, you can learn now how to turn off your home’s gas, water main, and power. Be sure that other adults in your home also know how to perform these tasks.

Get ready before a big storm hits Cleburne, Texas. Follow each of these steps and be as prepared as possible. If you still get water damage, be sure to call a cleanup crew immediately. Visithttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

If a flood comes to your home in Cleburne, Texas you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch. However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black water.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:

• Clean
• Gray
• Black

What Should Homeowners Do? 

If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth. 

It’s essential to call an experienced restoration company in Cleburne, Texas as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe. Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

4 Excellent Storm Preparation Tips

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4 Excellent Storm Preparation Tips

Flood water can wreak havoc on any business in Crowley, TX. You may not be able to avoid a flooded building entirely, but there are ways you can reduce the overall impact of water damage. When storms are approaching, here are some actions to take.

1. Keep Valuables on Upper Floors

Flooding is most likely to impact the basement of your commercial building. Therefore, it is prudent to keep irreplaceable items on an upper level. In the event your business only occupies one floor, then try to keep important belongings on countertops or shelves.

2. Back Up Data

While there are benefits to holding onto physical copies of documents, papers cannot be salvaged when exposed to flood water. With numerous types of software and scanning devices available, it is easier than ever to backup documents within an online system. Do this as soon as you have access to a good system.

3. Locate Weak Points

If you live in an area where buildings are prone to flood damage, you want to ensure your business is always up to par. Have a professional come out once in a while to inspect your building’s roof, basement and gutters so that any points of damage can be addressed before the next big flood.

4. Develop a Business Continuity Plan

A component of any business plan should include continuity measures for how the business will carry on even if the physical establishment needs to close for a while. Perhaps employees can work from home until the building is safe to inhabit again. If you own a retail store, you may need to focus on online sales while the physical storefront is being repaired.

Whether you own a dry cleaner or law practice, you need to prepare your building for impending water damage. Take note of any professional company near you that can aid you if flood water enters your building. Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

How to Prevent Mold Growth While on Vacation

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How to Prevent Mold Growth While on Vacation

You’re about to head out on vacation. As much as you just want to get away, don’t forget to prepare your home in Crowley, TX for your absence. You don’t want to come home to a damaged property. Preparation is the key, and here’s what you can do for mold prevention.

1. Turn Off Water

Anytime you leave your home for a prolonged period of time, turn off the water. That way you can prevent or at least reduce the amount of damage to your home should anything happen to your pipes. Toilets, faucets, ice makers and appliances like dishwashers and clothes washing machines are potential hazards in your absence. If your property has a well, shut off the pump. Check for any standing water around toilets, water tanks and appliances and have the issue fixed before heading out on your vacation.

2. Set the Temperature

Your air conditioning system should not be shut-off completely in your absence. As tempting as this may seem, don’t do it. All your windows are going to be closed and you have to maintain a consistent temperature and allow for moving air to prevent humidity and condensation. A good summertime temperature is between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything lower than this can create cold surfaces and moisture accumulation. For mold prevention, consider installing a humidistat to keep moisture at bay. It turns on the air conditioning unit when the relative humidity reaches a certain level.

3. Check for Mold

Be sure to check your house for mold growth. If you don’t have a cleanup specialist make this inspection before you leave, your problem could become a lot worse and much more difficult to handle. After they successfully rid your house of mold, they can also explain to you in detail what you need to do to prevent mold in the future.

If you want to be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest and not worry about mold growth, take these proven steps for mold prevention. Any issues that you notice, such as water damage, need to be addressed before you head out. Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on mold damage.

What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

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Front room is flooded by storm water.

What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can have a significant effect on your Crowley, TX business, especially if there is flooding involved. Water damage isn’t confined to just the physical appearance of the walls, floors, and furniture; floodwater can also carry pathogens and harmful bacteria. Proper storm restoration, including the need to tear out of damaged materials, can help restore the appearance of your building as well as mitigate the risk of mold and other harmful substances that can make you and your employees sick. The best way to ensure your Crowley, TX business is ready to reopen after a storm is to trust experienced trained experts to carry out each step of the restoration process.

1. Extraction of Water

If a storm leaves your building flooded, the first thing to do is remove the water. Timing is extremely important; extracting the water as quickly as possible is key to reducing the amount of damage. Generally, restoration experts will use professional-grade equipment to remove the water safely and completely.

2. Tear Out Wet Materials

Depending on the level of flooding, there may be materials that are too compromised to save. In this case, a restoration crew will tear out wet materials to avoid contamination and prepare to return your building to its normal appearance.

3. Dry Out Materials and Structural Components

Restoration professionals usually have special tools and equipment to hasten drying time for floors, walls, and internal structural components. Once excess water is removed, it can still take awhile to get all the moisture out of the hidden parts of your building, such as the carpet mats and wall studs. A thorough drying process is essential to reduce the risk of mold.

4. Final Restoration

Once the water is removed, the tearing out of damaged materials is complete, and everything is dry again, the crew can complete the final touches on your storm restoration. The water damage to your building may require upholstery and fabric cleaning along with odor control procedures to ensure the best results.
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Fire Damage Restoration in Crowley

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Removing Fire Damaged Items

A professional fire restoration company can help the business owner decide what items they want to keep and what items they want to get rid of and replace. A fire sprinkler system may have caused problems to many other items that the business owner needs to use in order to help serve their clients. Fire restoration efforts after an electrical fire should concentrate on restoring such spaces so they can become functional again. Professionals can help the owner decide what to do to make the spaces ready to open after commercial fire damage. They may suggest items in the space that can help with fire suppression methods should another fire break out again.

Creating Inviting Spaces Again

In the aftermath of a fire, any business owner may look around the property and feel overwhelming. Damage from a fire can make the entire space feel unappealing. Fortunately, there is hope. Many business owners can turn to professionals to help them figure out what needs to be done to clean up after the fire has been put out. A professional Disaster and Restoration service may suggest that an area be cleaned of ash and soot and that windows and doors be cleaned. They can also clean items that had been used for decoration such as furniture or paintings. An effective professional company can help a business get back to doing business after a utility fire.
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Restoration Services for Property Owners

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Fire Restoration For Property Owners

When a property owner is dealing with the effects of a fire in home, they will look to hire a restoration company to help them. The services provided by this type of company are quite similar whenever there is either a fire in home or a fire in business. If there is a fire in home, the restoration company will often evaluate the damage of the home and then clean off all of the smoke and soot.

If there is a fire in business, fire damage restoration will likely be more intensive and take longer to complete. However, fire damage restoration is arguably the most effective way to address a fire in business. After experiencing commercial fire damage such as a fire in business, property owners will want to take advantage of a number of services offered by a restoration company. These services include things such as fire cleanup which is the process of eliminating lingering smoke, soot and debris from the fire. Companies that are assisting property owners who have experienced fire in business will perform a number of steps similar to that of a regular home.

The first step in fire damage restoration for commercial fire damage is to first evaluate and inspect the property. This entails going over all of the structures and assessing their condition. It also consists of looking for smoke and soot and then looking to board up parts of the property. The next step in fire damage restoration and addressing commercial fire damage is to eliminate the smoke and soot. Part of the process may include a board up. When a company looks to boar up parts of the property, it is done to shield everyone from smoke and soot. A company will then perform fire cleanup by using specialized equipment to get rid of smoke, soot and other debris after a board up. Once fire cleanup is finished, a company will then look to sanitize the property and make sure that there are no more hazardous particles in the property. With a combination of a board up and fire cleanup, property owners will be in position to effectively resolve any negative effects caused by commercial fire damage.
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Mildew and Mold Prevention

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Prevent mildew and mold growth

In case of an ice damage or an ice dam, you need the professionals to conduct a storm restoration promptly to avoid mold and mildew growth. Mold can grow if the storm restoration process is not done promptly after the formulation of an ice dam.

The professionals have the right tools to clean some of the areas where the fungus has started growing. An ice dam can lead to terrible roof leak if not handled properly and necessary roof repair done. The roof leak will cause the rain water or melted snow to seep into your walls and start forming mold and mildew within a few hours after the damage.

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Wind Damage

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Wind damage can cause serious roof damage that will require extensive roof repair to restore your home.

In such situations, you need the services of professional in order to get it done right. There are certain crucial details like water getting into your ductwork and vents. Removing the water from such areas and doing roof repair to prevent roof leaks can only be done properly by professionals who have the right skillset.

Professional input

When your home suffers a wind damage or roof damage, you may require some professional input in doing roof repair and removing the flood water or ground water using a flood pump. Besides removing the ground water or flooding and doing a roof repair to prevent roof leak, the professionals will advise on what can be salvaged after the flood water or ground water damage after the storm remediation.

Filing for Insurance claim

After the river flooding, wind damage and the flood water in your home, you need to file for an insurance claim to get compensation for the loss. If you have flood water damage coverage in your homeowners' insurance policy, the water or storm restoration company will guide you on sorting out the complex process of filing for compensation after the storm remediation. Replacing frozen pipes and dealing with ground water or frozen pipes can be a very expensive ordeal. Let the professionals help you with complex issues such filing for the insurance claim after a water damage.

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Emergency Response to Commercial Fire

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Timely Emergency Response

Commercial property owners should contact a restoration company as soon as possible in instances of electrical fire or utility room fire. A professional restoration company should arrive at the scene within the first 90 minutes after receiving a call from the client and immediately begin boarding up the building to keep looters out.

The restoration company comes with all the necessary equipment to carry out the entire restoration process after an electrical fire or a utility room fire. This includes water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Along with the equipment the company will have expert crews to work on your building.

Detailed Fire Damage Assessment

This stage involves a thorough inspection of the entire business premises to find out the condition of belongings as well as the structural integrity of the building as a result of commercial fire damage. The commercial fire cleaning specialist can only prepare a quote after they have pinpointed different forms of fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage in the building. The inspection process enables the SERVPRO Crews to classify the type of fire, the extent of soot damage, and what items can be saved. Insurance agents rely on the cost estimates provided by a professional restoration company when it comes to compensation, and that is why inspection is very important.

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Property Safety and Security After Fire

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Ensuring Property Security After Fire

The property and belongings of a client should be protected during a fire incident and this responsibly lies with the restoration company. There is always a lot of confusion during such moments, and some looters may take advantage of the situation to steal things after commercial fire damage. The strength and stability of windows, roofs, walls, and doors are normally compromised by fire leaving the property vulnerable to theft. The restoration company must ensure that the building is well secured.

Board Up After Fire

Securing the building involves using plywood to cover up windows and doors that had been damaged during the fire. Firefighters often break down doors for entrance, and break windows to avoid a backdraft. Boarding up these entrances will keep your company from having to file a theft claim on top of your fire claim.

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Fire Damages Often Turn Into Water Damages

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Water Damage Remediation

Firefighting systems such as the fire sprinkler system or a fire truck leave a lot of water in the building that can end up causing water damage. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the restoration company to use dehumidifying and drying techniques after water extraction to ensure the building is completely dry.

Wet Smoke and Wet Soot Removal

This stage of fire restoration involves soot and smoke cleanup from personal belongings, furnishing and the affected surfaces on the property. The restoration company uses specialized techniques and products to clean wet soot from the building. Everything within the building is cleaned and sanitized.

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Restoration After Commercial Fire Damage

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Restoration After Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage can be a huge problem. A fireman with a fire truck may have broken cherished items as the fire hose was brought inside the property to help combat smoke damage and soot damage. The floors may have been damaged both by the firefighter's hose and his boots as well as lots of water from the fire sprinkler system. A utility room fire can spread and cause soot damage and smoke damage to office spaces. The fire hose the firefighter uses can also create problems as the fire hose may have damaged delicate areas inside of the commercial business. When confronting commercial fire damage, many business owners rely on help from professional fire restoration experts to help them figure out what to do to help keep fire damage and smoke damage to a minimum. They can also turn to fire restoration experts to help them determine where to begin to restore the areas damaged by the fire or sprinkler system so they look inviting to clients again.

Getting Rid of Damaged Items

Many items in any space can be easily damaged by a firefighter. The fire truck may have damaged the outside of the space. A utility room fire that is a space rarely used can still have extensive fire and soot damage that may leak out into the more public business spaces the owner relies on in order to communicate with clients. An electrical fire along with the utility room fire may create problems such as fire damage that cause issues with office furniture. Soot damage and smoke damage can make it hard for the business owner to even occupy any space there after extensive commercial fire damage. Sparks from the electrical fire may quickly cause fire damage to items like window treatments and rugs. A fire sprinkler system, as part of an overall fire suppression plan, can allow water to get inside and causes serious problems. After the fire is put out and the firefighters are no longer there, it's best to look at which items are in good shape even after an electrical fire and which items still have fire damage from fire suppression efforts.

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How Restoration Companies Help Home Owners Recover from Fire Damage

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How Restoration Companies Help Home Owners Recover from Fire Damage

Property owners will usually do everything they can to maintain their property and keep it in the best possible condition. However, there are some things that occur that are beyond the property owners’ control. One of these things is a fire which can occur at any time. When a fire occurs, the property will likely experience a lot of adverse effects such as fire damage. With fire damage, a number of the property structures will be broken down and in some cases fall apart. As a result, fire damage can have some very devastating effects on a property. However, there is a solution that property owners can take advantage of when dealing with fire damage. This solution is to hire a company that specializes in both residential and commercial fire restoration.

As well as fire damage, property owners also deal with smoke damage whenever there is a fire. Smoke damage is caused by the fire which results in a number of particles getting on the property structures. The effects of smoke damage can be quite devastating as it can not only break down the various property structures, but also cause odors and ruin the appearance of the property as well. Smoke damage is one of the things that property owners will need to address shortly after there is a fire. Along with causing a deterioration of the structure and appearance of a property, damage caused by smoke can cause a smoke smell that is quite unpleasant. The smoke smell will usually be an odor that is quite strong and which will need to be eliminated right away. Whenever a property owner is dealing with smoke damage and a smoke smell, they will benefit by hiring a restoration company. The services of a restoration company will help property owners eliminate damage as well as the smoke smell.

Along with experiencing damage from fires and smoke, any property that catches fire will also have soot damage. When a property experiences soot damage, it will have an accumulation of black particles that get on various structures of the property. Soot damage will often contribute to the deterioration of a property after a fire. As a result, soot damage can have devastating effects on any property. In order to address this issue, property owners will benefit by getting a professional company to help remove soot and other particles that can be hazardous.

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Advantages of Hiring Professional Storm Damage Experts

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Advantages of Hiring Professional Storm Damage Experts


Dealing with wind damage, roof damage, river flooding, or storm damage on your property can be so overwhelming. In order to prevent an escalation of the problem and cause further losses like roof damage and wall damage that happens from ice damage or ice damming, you ought to act quickly. Delaying the water damage restoration process will worsen the situation once the water starts to seep into the walls and furnishings or forms an ice dam hence causing ice damage. Even though the storm damage or hail damage is a devastating experience, you can put everything in the past by hiring professional water damage restoration company to restore your property to its original status. Here are some of the advantages of hiring a professional for storm remediation.

Speedy restoration

Trying to execute a DIY home restoration project after a river flooding or hail damage isn't easy. You need rapid home restoration to avoid mildew and mold growth from the flooding. Professionals from a wind damage and water restoration company will quickly help you out in the overall home restoration and water cleanup process. The experts from a storm remediation company have the ability to execute the water restoration procedures to remove the flooding quickly enough using flood pumps and get the job done right the first time to prevent moisture from seeping into your walls.

The water restoration or storm remediation company will employ a divide and conquer technique of sending several professionals to your home to handle the water restoration process as quickly as possible. The flood and storm damage experts want your home back to its normal state as much as you do after the storm remediation.

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Fix Water Damage Fast by Calling in the Pros

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Fix Water Damage Fast by Calling in the Pros

Water damage can happen anywhere. It can occur over hours, days or even months. But there's no luxury of time, effort or expertise when it comes to water cleanup, risk mitigation and the restoration process. Whether its water in business or a kitchen pipe break, the work is complicated and requires many skills. If not done properly from beginning to end, the work can be sloppy. Drying time and equipment may be insufficient and not reach all the wet areas. Shoddy work may lead to even more damage and expense.

The Right Skills for the Best Results

Getting the right results is not a do it yourself weekend project. Cleaning up after any kind of water damage needs different skills and tools than a weekend carpenter has.

To fix flood damage, you needs to know:
- Assess water in home or business for secondary damage that you may not aware of.
- How to assess a supply line break or a pipe break.
- The different requirements of water in business versus water in home. Building codes and regulations will vary between the two.
- The operation of industrial equipment for successful water cleanup of a flooded business or home.
- The proper procedures and equipment for completely drying out a home or office. Ripping out carpeting is not enough especially where flood damage is concerned.
- The correct methods to follow for restoration of furniture to its original state in a flooded home or business.
- How to dry and disinfect items affected by flood damage.

Use a Professional Restoration Company to Save Time

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Can you spend days draining a flooded home? Can you take time off to deal with filing mitigation paperwork and meeting with inspectors? Do you have the time to trace a pipe break, roof leak or supply line break? Can you afford to get injured while dealing with water in home or have an employee hurt cleaning up water in business? Of course not. Bring in an insured, competent water damage restoration company to help out.

Professional firms have the staff who can work off hours. They have the training, equipment and experience to complete the job done in the time estimated. While you're at work, they can be drying out your basement, patching the supply line break or disinfecting your kitchen. Water cleanup will go much faster with the right people doing the job.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
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The Process of Fire Damage Restoration in a Business

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The Process of Fire Damage Restoration in a Business

Electrical fire or utility room fire can cause devastating damage to a commercial or business property making business owners suffer massive losses due to commercial fire damage. In addition, fire suppression systems and other firefighting efforts can cause water damage, soot damage, and smoke damage leaving your commercial property in a complete mess. The fire damage restoration process takes a lot of time, and this negatively affects productivity and revenue generation. It is always important to seek the services of professional firefighters to restore your business premises after an electrical fire or a utility room fire to restore the pre-fire condition as soon as possible.

There is a need to minimize commercial fire damage by seeking the services of fire restoration professionals that uses the best equipment such as the fire sprinkler system, a fire hose and a fire truck. It is advisable for the fire restoration process to begin within the first few hours to prevent further damage. Fire damage restoration using a fire truck and a fire hose is not an easy process as most people might think because of the amount of effort that goes in the entire fire suppression process. The following are major steps that are normally followed by professional firefighters when it comes to fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage restoration is the key.


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Storm Response

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Tornado Aftermath

Storm Response

Water damage mitigation following a storm involves some challenges that can only be handled properly by an experienced, trained, and knowledegable restoration company using the proper equipment. In most cases when a catastrophic weather event occurs, workers converge on the damaged areas, and not all of these workers employ industry-standard work practices. While it is a relief to property owners needing help to have anyone responding to their needs, in the long run hiring the wrong person can have very negative consequences. Irreversible damage can be done to your property, and the cost to restore your property may unnecessarily increased to a point that issues may arise with your insurance coverage.  Property owners must exercise extreme caution when entrusting their property to a restoration company. Taking time to thoroughly vet the company who will be assisting you in getting your property back to normal will be one of the wisest investments you can make. 

Recently, powerful destructive capabilities of hurricane damage and flood water surges attracted media attention in the United States. News reports detailed storm damage left in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Wind damage toppled several buildings. It created roof repair issues. Hail damage exacted a toll on some vehicles even outside areas of extensive river flooding. Heavy rains overwhelmed flood pump mechanisms in other locations, leading to extensive groundwater accumulation and protracted river flooding at low-lying elevations. Many property owners faced a difficult cleanup as they contemplated extensive repair bills and roof leak issues. In numerous cases, flooding even contributed to roof damage.

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Flooded Basement

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The Engineering Department Hallway.

We recently received a call from a hospital in which the entire basement level was flooded with standing water. Our unbelievably talented crews rose to the occassion and removed all the standing water, cut out about 200 linear feet of drywall, and dried all the structure and contents in less than 5 days. Within a week we had replaced all the drywall, textured, painted, and replaced all the cove base. Once we were out of the building it was Like it never even happened. The customer was in awe. 

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