Recent Storm Damage Posts

Three Important Tips to Help Homeowners Avoid Being Scammed After a Storm Damage Disaster

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County explains how to identify and avoid scams after storm damage has struck a home or business.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County realizes the worry and frustration homeowners experience after a thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane, or flash flood causes storm damage to their homes. The helplessness a homeowner feels as a stream of water pours into the structure through a hole in the roof can be overwhelming. In desperation, some homeowners will turn to the first person who knocks on the door offering to help out. A large-scale weather disaster can bring out the best in people, but a disaster can also bring out some of the worst con artists and scammers. The team of dedicated and caring professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County explains how homeowners can identify and avoid scams when a storm damage disaster strikes.

How to Identify and Avoid Scams After a Storm Damage Disaster

After severe weather damages homes in a community, general contracting companies who are aware of the large-scale needs will descend on the community seeking to meet the short-term emergency repairs that homeowners legitimately need. Here are three quick tips to help homeowners avoid scammers and select a reputable, credible, and reliable storm damage restoration company.

Tip #1: Validate the company’s professional credentials and reputation.

In this stressful situation, homeowners must be careful to secure the services of a reputable, credible, and reliable company. A reputable company has a track record of satisfied customers and positive reviews, which can be found on the company’s social media accounts. A positive rating with the BBB is another strong indicator of past performance.

A trustworthy company will have proof of credibility. Professional certifications validate training and expertise, and a credible company will be licensed, insured, and bonded. Companies that are reliable generally have achieved longevity. Companies that are family-owned, family-operated, and have been in business for many years have demonstrated reliability year after year.

Just because a company travels to a different city or town to help residents rebuild does not necessarily indicate the contractor, home services company, or property damage restoration company is bogus or seeking to scam desperate homeowners. When a large-scale disaster occurs, many companies will rally to meet the massive need. A few simple questions can separate solid, trustworthy service providers from scammers.

These questions include:

  • Where is the company’s base of operations? Beware of “storm chasers” who will not produce information about their base of operations and their company history.
  • Does the company have references and reviews to validate a good reputation?
  • Is the company licensed, insured, and bonded?
  • Does the company have the professional certifications a credible company would have?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Does the company have equipment and technology to cover the full scope of work, including emergency tarping, water removal, applied structural drying, pack out and storage services, cleaning and restoration, mold remediation, and rebuild services?
  • Is the company a franchise?

This last question is crucial on several fronts. Usually, a local company that is a part of a national franchise must meet very high qualifications and standards. Adherence to these standards must be demonstrated on a regular basis. Customer complaints are taken seriously and are addressed in a timely, satisfactory manner. In a major disaster involving hundreds or thousands of structures, SERVPRO locations may respond from far and wide. The stringent requirements set by SERVPRO for every single franchise location anywhere in America guarantee a uniform standard of excellence and performance across the board.

Tip #2: Document everything.

Keep an accurate paper trail of all expenses. These expenses include not only materials and repair services but also any food, lodging, travel, medical expenses, and pet care associated with the storm damage disaster.

Avoid paying in cash for storm-related expenses. Payments by credit card or check will automatically create permanent, digital documentation essential to a successful claims process. This documentation will prove to be useful should a dispute arise. A huge red flag is requesting or demanding full payment or a large partial payment upfront prior to any provision of services or completion of project milestones.

Tip #3: Avoid hasty decisions.

The salesman or company representative who knocks at the door offering significant savings for a quick decision is often a scammer, especially if the company is not local or a well-established, reputable franchise. A well-established company patiently invests the time to educate its consumers on the restoration process. Professionals will provide an inspection, assessment, and complete estimate with photo and video documentation. Impulse decisions may lead to costly future repairs of shoddy work in the long run.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team lives and works in this community and is close by and ready to respond immediately when a homeowner or business needs storm damage restoration or cleaning services.

For more information about storm damage restoration in Glen Rose, TX, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

Why Do Homeowners Need Emergency Tarping Services?

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County highlights five reasons why homeowners in Venus, Crowley, and Grandview, TX, may need emergency tarping services.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County understands the stress, anxiety, and frustration homeowners experience when storm damage to the roof allows water to leak into the home. As each minute passes, water cascades into the house through the roof, damaging ceilings, walls, flooring, furniture, and personal belongings. As soon as conditions are safe, the breach in the roof must be closed. The best solution is emergency tarping installed by a professional who has the knowledge, tools, safety gear, and equipment needed to quickly and safely perform the task.

Occasions When Emergency Tarping Is Needed

Whenever a roof is leaking, emergency measures need to be taken to slow or stop the flow of water into the home. A gaping hole near the bottom of the roof allows rainwater above the hole to flow into the house. It may not be raining very hard outside, but the amount of water flowing into the home is multiplied by the area of the roof above the breech. A temporary but very effective solution to prevent water damage is emergency tarping. Emergency tarping may be needed in the following instances:

  1. Storm damage

Severe weather involving hail, high winds, tornadoes, and hurricanes can cause serious roof damage. The Crowley and South Johnson County area is prone to severe weather since it is in close proximity to the Red River Valley, the “tornado alley” of Texas.

  1. Wind damage

Wind associated with an incoming or outgoing weather front can be fierce, even if the wind is not accompanied by rain and hail. The weather forecast may not call for rain in the immediate future; however, if shingles have been dislodged or boarding has been disturbed, the damaged area needs to be tarped until the roof can be repaired.

  1. Uprooted tree

A fallen tree can cause serious structural damage to a roof, and immediate tree removal is imperative. Once the tree is removed, the damage can be assessed and the roof can be tarped. Even if only one limb pierced the roof, a large quantity of water can enter the attic and cause extensive water damage to the interior of the residence.

  1. Fire damage

Firefighters may need to create an opening in the roof in order to put out flames in the attic. This opening will need to be adequately covered to prevent further water damage while the home is being repaired.

  1. Flooding

Johnson County receives, on average, about 38 inches of rainfall per year. Sometimes the region gets much more rain than usual, such as in 2015 when over 60 inches of rainfall was recorded. 2015 was the wettest year on record for Johnson County and the surrounding area.

Heavy rainfall over an extended period of time can overwhelm a roof’s ability to displace water through the gutters and downspouts. Even though the homeowner may have just cleaned the gutters, debris that accumulates during a period of severe weather can clog gutters, causing roof damage along the bottom regions of the roof. Leaks around roof vents, skylights, and chimneys may occur when a tropical storm stalls out over a region and dumps excessive amounts of water onto the roof for days at a time.

Emergency Tarping Is a Job for Experienced Professionals

Emergency tarping is dangerous without the proper equipment and training. A homeowner can make the situation worse if the tarp is incorrectly installed. Wet roofs are slippery, especially when covered with leaves, sticks, or grime. Wind may get under the tarp and pull a homeowner off the roof, causing injury or death. Emergency tarping is best left to professionals who are equipped to perform the task safely.

What to Do Until Help Arrives

While severe weather is present in the area, conditions may be too dangerous to install emergency tarping. Some degree of water damage cannot be avoided. What can a homeowner do when roof damage is allowing water to leak into the home? Listed below are tips to help homeowners limit the damage and protect their belongings:

  • Move items that are light enough to be lifted safely. Make sure that they are out from under the drip zone.
  • Cover heavy items with plastic or a tarp.
  • Place buckets or trash cans under drips to collect the water and reduce water damage.
  • Prevent a possible ceiling collapse by piercing a small hole in the ceiling to allow the water to escape. A sharp pencil makes a clean hole that can be easily repaired. Multiple holes may be needed to allow enough water to vent so that the ceiling does not collapse.
  • Be safe! Avoid back injuries. Pillows and cushions are heavy when water-logged. Wear sturdy shoes to prevent slip-and-fall injuries.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is locally owned and operated. Crews are available 24/7 to respond to any size disaster, including storm damage requiring emergency tarping. To learn more about storm damage restoration in Glen Rose, Grandview, and Crowley, TX, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

What Steps Can Homeowners Take to Minimize the Risk of Mold Growth After Storms and Flooding?

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County, a full-service damage restoration company, explains how homeowners can prevent a mold infestation after storm damage and flooding.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is the premier flood and storm damage restoration company in the region. The team’s experience, training, certifications, customer service, and attention to detail demonstrate to the community that a call to SERVPRO is the best call. The storm damage restoration professionals will respond faster to any size disaster, provide industry-standard services, and restore the home or business to its pre-damage condition.

How Homeowners Can Combat Mold Growth After Storm Damage and Flooding

When a water or flood damage disaster strikes, the likelihood of a major mold infestation increases dramatically and must be considered when hiring a property damage restoration company to remove the water and repair the affected areas of the home or business. The restoration company should also have the knowledge, equipment, and training to effectively mitigate mold risk and remediate any mold damage.

These five strategies can help homeowners prevent mold growth after flood and storm damage in Crowley, TX.

Tip #1: Know what signs of mold to look for.

One of the first signs of mold is a musty, earthy smell in areas of the home that have been affected by water intrusion or excessive moisture. Mold needs moisture, warmth, darkness, and food — organic matter such as wood, sheetrock, natural fabrics. Actively growing mold gives off microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), which account for the earthy smell.

Look for signs of mold. Mold can be many different colors, including black, white, green, grey, yellow, or brown. Depending on the type of mold, it may exhibit a cottony or velvety texture. Avoid disturbing the mold if at all possible. If there are no immediately obvious signs of mold, take the following steps:

  • Seek out the strongest scent of mold. At the location where the mold smell is most prominent, scan closely for visible signs of mold growth.
  • Visually inspect walls, carpeting, throw rugs, other flooring materials, magazines piled on the floor, and clothing and shoes in closets near the water intrusion. Water stains, bubbling paint, or peeling wallpaper signal the presence of water and the necessary conditions for mold growth. Look for mold in these areas.
  • Check under cabinet sinks.
  • Look and feel for moisture such as water stains and discoloration on the ceilings, walls, and floors. If moisture is detected, look for mold growing on or near the wet surface.

Tip #2: Check for alternate sources of water damage.

The initial flood or storm damage incident may have led to other sources of water damage. Flooding may have damaged or cracked a pipe, causing it to leak. If gutters and downspouts were damaged by severe weather and were not promptly repaired, water could be pooling around the foundation and seeping into the crawl space or basement, leading to a mold infestation. Flooding and severe weather can set off a cascade of water intrusion events involving roof vents, shingles, siding, windows, and the chimney.

Tip #3: Call a storm damage restoration specialist as soon as it is safe to do so.

When water damage restoration is needed, shaving minutes off the response time contributes directly to preventing advanced secondary water damage such as mold infestation, especially when carpeting, furniture, upholstery, personal belongings, clothing, electronics, and important documents are involved. A reputable flood and storm damage restoration company is available 24/7 and will immediately dispatch a crew to the scene, whether it is 3 pm in the afternoon or 3:00 am in the morning.

Tip #4: Make sure that the damage restoration company is skilled in contents restoration.

Enlisting the services of a property damage restoration company that does not specialize in restoring water-damaged personal belongings could result in mold issues in the future. It could also lead to the ruin of precious keepsakes, priceless artwork and photographs, designer clothing and footwear, and important documents. A “restore” rather than “replace” approach will, in many cases, save money for the homeowner while preserving irreplaceable heirlooms.

  • Does the company offer a wide range of cleaning techniques for different items and various types of damage? Examples include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray-and-wipe cleaning, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and immersion cleaning.
  • Does the company offer organized, efficient, and thoroughly documented move-out and pack-out services for homes or businesses that have sustained severe damage and need extensive restoration or cleaning services? This service speeds up the restoration process and protects items from further damage while storing them in a secure location.
  • Is the restoration company able to provide cleaning and inspection of water-damaged electronics by a qualified electronics technician?
  • Do the storm and water damage restoration specialists have the training, certifications, and equipment for document and photograph drying? A trustworthy company will admit that not all documents can be restored to pre-damage condition. Competent document restoration specialists will be able to save most documents in a readable, usable form using a combination of techniques such as air drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.
  • Does the restoration company offer contents claim inventory services? This service provides a detailed list, including digital photos and barcoding, of all personal belongings involved in the restoration process. Assistance with the burden of proof for claims brings the homeowner peace of mind in the midst of turmoil and stress.

Tip #5: Avoid spreading mold spores or tracking black water throughout the structure.

Be attentive to what clothing was worn when dealing with the storm damage, and remember to wash contaminated clothing separately. Tracking sewage-contaminated water and mud throughout the home expands a one- or two-room mishap into a whole-house disaster.

Following these five tips can reduce the likelihood of mold damage and the loss of personal belongings after a storm or flood damage disaster. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can respond quickly to a storm damage disaster no matter what time of day or night the call comes in requesting emergency damage restoration services.

For more information about Cresson, TX, storm damage restoration, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

Regular Roof Inspections can Save Thousands in Costly Roof Repairs

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

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

1. Roof Inspections Save Money

Professionals recommend bi-annual inspections be performed on the roof to ensure it remains in tip-top shape. Roofing inspections highlight damages in shingles or asphalt sheathing. Repairing any minor issues helps to protect from significant damage in the future.

  1. Look for Signs of Potential Damage

Aside from professional 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.

  1. 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 vigilant about performing regular inspections, it doesn’t have to be. Performing regular bi-annual inspections and walkabouts after a storm can be the difference between a roof repair that costs a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars. If your property experienced storm damage, call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

Preparing the Home for Storm Season

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Although severe storms can come any time of the year, each region has a specific storm season. Before big storms threaten  or cause water damage to your home in Cleburne, Texas there are a few precautions you can take to reduce the likelihood of water or storm damage.

Prior to securing your home, take the following steps to help ensure the safety of you and your family from flood water damage:

  • Make a plan
  • Get extra prescription medications
  • Put together a pack with water and food for a few days for the household, including pets
  • Have a way to listen to emergency broadcasts if the power goes out such as 2-way radios, including extra batteries

In addition to completing the above tasks, prepare your home to keep it safe from water damage by doing the following:

  • Clean out the gutters and storm drains:  This should be completed in spring and fall by either yourself or a professional. It will assist with ensuring flood water is directed away from your home. 
  • Roof Inspection: Minor damage to a roof can cause significant problems during a storm. Avoid this by having the roof inspected twice annually, or after any major storm. This can be completed at the same time as cleaning the gutters for efficiency.
  • Inspect the Landscaping: Landscaping can function as a way to prevent having a flooded building on your hands in addition to adding beauty to the home or business.  Be sure the yard has a slope that takes water away from your home. Retaining walls can help with this where needed.
  • Inspect Root Systems:  Ensure tree root systems are not encroaching on the foundation of the home causing damage. Even a small crack can let flood water in and result in massive water damage needing remediation.

Know What To Do in an Emergency

Tasks such as turning off utilities aren’t practical until a storm is imminent. To prepare in advance ensure all adults in your home know the location of and how to turn off your home’s gas, water main, and power.

Preparing prior to a severe storm in Cleburne, Texas makes sense.  Even when you prepare ahead, you may get water intrusion from a storm. When this occurs, call the  water damage restoration experts of SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County immediately. We’ll get you back to, “Like it never even happened.”

Visit https://www.SERVPROcrowleysouthjohnsoncounty.com for more information on storm damage.

What Are the Types of Storm Damage Risks in Crowley and South Johnson County?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County explains storm damage risks in the Crowley area and offers storm damage restoration services for homes and businesses affected by these storms.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County is the premier flood and storm damage restoration specialist in the local area. Restoring properties that have been damaged by storms or floods is the cornerstone of the business. Using specialized equipment and advanced training, the highly-trained specialists quickly restore properties to their pre-storm condition. The SERVPRO team is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Tornado and thunderstorm alley

Property damage disasters are always a possibility for any homeowner or business. Some of the causes of property damage include water intrusion, fire, storms, and floods. Crowley, TX, is recognized for the frequency of storms and severe weather it experiences compared to the rest of Texas. In fact, the geographic area around Crowley, Cleburne, and Johnson County leads the state in storm activity! Having SERVPRO of Crowley standing by to respond to storm damage is a great asset for a home or business that has suffered storm damage.

How bad is it?

According to a national weather data resource:

  • “The risk of tornado damage in Crowley is much higher than the Texas average and is much higher than the national average.”
  • “A total of 140 historical tornado events with a recorded magnitude of 2 or above occurred in or near Crowley, TX.”
  • “A total of 6,764 other extreme weather events were recorded within 50 miles of Crowley, TX, from 1950 to 2010.”

The breakdown by type of severe weather events from 1950 to 2010 further illustrates the likelihood of the region to experience weather conditions that can and often do cause property damage.

  • Thunderstorm winds: 2,540 events
  • Flood: 888 events
  • Hail: 3,071 events

Types of storm damage from severe weather

Damage from these severe weather incidents included roof damage such as missing shingles and vents, displaced flashing, dislocated gutters and downspouts, and dislodged and splintered plywood. Any one of these examples of roof damage can result in serious water damage. Multiple combinations of these damages can lead to catastrophic failure of the roof, the collapse of interior ceilings, water-damaged goods in the attic, and damage to the HVAC system and ductwork. When gutters and downspouts are too damaged to capture and carry water away from the foundation, the crawl space may flood.

High winds can topple trees and snap limbs. A damaged or collapsed roof from a tree or limb impact can allow hundreds of gallons of rainwater to pour through the breach into the home or business, causing severe structural and water damage. High winds can rip away siding. Golf ball-sized hail can damage roofing, perforate siding, and smash windows.

Wind-borne debris from recent tornadoes shattered thousands of windows in a single building and tens of thousands of windows in a single storm incident across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The resulting water damage was on a massive scale.

Severe weather patterns cut large swathes of destruction through downtown areas, the suburbs, and farmland, damaging or destroying hundreds and sometimes thousands of homes and commercial buildings. The response to such disasters must be swift for several reasons.

First, the health and safety of the occupants depend on emergency services arriving promptly. When a crew from SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County pulls up to a home or business, the recovery and damage restoration is now in the hands of qualified professionals who know how to stabilize the situation by stopping the water intrusion, securing the location by boarding up windows, and, at times, putting up protective fencing.

Second, every damaged structure impacts many lives. When a tornado sends a tree crashing through the roof of a home, the occupants are not the only ones affected by the damage and disruption. When a severe thunderstorm or tornado with high winds and large hail damages dozens of roofs in a compact subdivision, the impact ripples throughout the small community. The response from first responders, utility companies, tree removal specialists, and the storm damage restoration company is immediate. They often leave behind their own families and loved ones, many of whom have been affected by the same storm that caused the damage. A swift response saves lives and begins the process of recovery and healing.

Third, a delay allows for the damage to escalate. Advanced secondary damage, including mold infestation, may be more extensive than the initial storm damage. A quick response means that the breach in the roof is tarped, the smashed windows are boarded up, and hundreds of gallons of water are pumped out of the home before it can damage baseboards, wick into walls, and ruin flooring. The damaging effects of the storm are stopped, and the restoration process can begin.

Fourth, a swift response means that the emergency crews can move on to the next location needing assistance. SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County can leverage the workforce, equipment, and expertise of other SERVPRO locations in the immediate area not affected by the storm. The ability to scale on-demand to address a widespread catastrophe means every customer receives the undivided attention they need from each SERVPRO crew.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of  Crowley and South Johnson County team lives and works in this community and is ready to respond immediately when a home or business needs property damage restoration or cleaning services.

For more information about storm damage restoration in Crowley, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

How Local Homeowners Can Tell if Their Home Needs Restoration Services After a Storm

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County explains what degree of storm damage severity necessitates the services of a storm damage restoration company.

Providing flood and storm damage restoration services is the cornerstone of SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County. The company’s highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore Crowley and South Johnson County properties to pre-storm condition. The IICRC-certified technicians are dedicated to responding immediately to storm and flood damage disasters in order to minimize secondary damage.

When a storm and flood damage disaster strikes a community, one of the most difficult questions homeowners must ask themselves is, “When is it time to call in a professional storm damage restoration team to restore our property?” When a region of the state or a single community is devastated by severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding, or the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm, what is the best use of resources and manpower to restore a home or business that has suffered damage? Here are some signs that the storm damage is severe enough to warrant securing the services of a property damage restoration company before the situation grows any worse.

Personal safety is the top priority. A home or commercial structure can be repaired or replaced, but personal injury or a fatality has long-term consequences that no amount of skill, time, or money can undo or repair. Homeowners should exercise extreme caution when assessing damage after a storm.

Signs that a homeowner may have sustained storm damage

  • If the power is out
  • If trees and debris are strewn throughout the yard or neighborhood
  • If creeks and rivers have overflowed their banks
  • If streets and yards are flooded
  • If crawl spaces and basements are flooded
  • If neighbors have sustained roof or other structural damage related to the storm
  • If the weather service is calling for more extensive severe weather
  • If first responders, utility vehicles, or other service vehicles are arriving in the neighborhood

The following evidence indicates that a home may have sustained storm damage that requires the services of a property damage restoration company.

  1. Broken windows from hail damage or high winds
  2. Missing or damaged shingles

Look for shingles that are curled, buckling, dented, torn, or scattered in the yard. Gaps in the shingle pattern and exposed tar paper, plywood, or OSB board are evidence of serious roof damage and possible water leak damage in the attic.

  1. Gutters filled with debris from the storm
  2. Gutters, downspouts, or flashing that is dented, dangling, or collapsed
  3. Missing, dented, or dangling roof vents
  4. Chimney damage

Dislodged bricks can allow water to leak inside the home around the chimney.

  1. Ceilings: water spots and yellow, copper, or brown discoloration
  2. Walls: cracking, peeling, or bubbling in the paint or wallpaper
  3. Attic: puddling water, wet insulation, moisture, and stains on support beams and roofing plywood
  4. Standing water in the crawl space
  5. Musty, earthy smell indicating mold and mildew

Mold and mildew infestation may occur in as little as 24-48 hours.

  1. Flooring

Visible gaps, curling, sagging, or buckling in the flooring are indicative of storm damage that needs immediate attention.

Storm damage restoration services provided by SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County include these and other services:

  • Inspection of damage and the provision of an assessment and estimate of restoration and repair services
  • Handling of insurance claims from start to completion
  • Emergency tarping and board up services for obvious damage to the roof, windows, or siding
  • Emergency pack-up and storage of belongings
  • Water removal, extraction, drying, dehumidification, and sanitization
  • Document restoration
  • Appliance and electronics restoration
  • Furniture and upholstery restoration
  • Restoration and repair of flooring, ceilings, and walls
  • Mold and mildew mitigation and remediation
  • Cleanup, sanitization, disinfecting, and deodorizing

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County is locally owned and operated, which means that the company is invested in the lives of the residents and businesses of Crowley, Texas, and the surrounding communities in South Johnson County. When the area is hit by a flooding or storm emergency, technicians are already nearby and ready to help. The team of damage restoration specialists takes pride in being a part of the community, and they want to do their part in making it the best it can be.

For more information about flooding and storm damage restoration in Crowley, TX, and the surrounding area, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

When Can I Gain Access to My Flood Damaged Home in Cleburne?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County (817) 297-8588 to assist with your emergency flood damage and restoration needs.

Flood Damage in Cleburne

In many locations, emergency services cordon off streets or even entire neighborhoods after a storm. Especially if there is extensive flood damage in our city of Cleburne, Emergency Services and First Responders must rescue anyone who needs help and ensure that it is safe to enter. This action includes your home.

Our SERVPRO team works closely with Emergency Services to gain entry to the area as soon as possible. We aim to protect your home and its contents and reduce the potential of further damage. We can provide board up services over broken windows and doors and place tarps on areas of the roof if needed to prevent further damage from debris, rainwater, and animals. We also evaluate and confirm that it is safe to enter your home to retrieve various items needed while cleanup and restoration of your home are underway.

How Serious is the Threat of Mold in My House?

Water and moisture can cause mold to proliferate in Cleburne homes, particularly in hot, humid conditions. Mold can begin to grow in less than 24 hours under the right conditions. At SERVPRO, our team of experts has been trained in mold mitigation techniques. We understand and can explain to homeowners and insurance companies why it is so essential to begin the removal of water and cleanup of your home immediately.

Once it is safe to enter, we initially focus on the removal of all liquid water. Removal of foreign debris and storm damaged unrecoverable materials such as carpets, drywall, and personal items is next. We employ air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home and remaining contents. Once moisture and humidity levels return to normal levels, restoration of your home can begin, returning your home to the original condition.

Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County (817) 297-8588 to assist with your emergency flood damage and restoration needs.

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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 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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Storm Damage Cleanup In Cleburne

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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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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.

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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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!”

Preparing for Floods As a Business Owner.

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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.

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.

Protecting Your Home Against Flood Damage

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

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.

4 Excellent Storm Preparation Tips

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Wind Damage

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

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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Advantages of Hiring Professional Storm Damage Experts

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

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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Storm Response

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

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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