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Are You Prepared?

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Are You Prepared? Can you answer "Yes" to these Emergency Preparedness Questions?

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today.  The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. 

The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.  A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country.  It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.  Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

BE INFORMED

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company?  Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

DEVELOP A BUISNESS CONTINUITY PLAN

Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating?  Do you have backup plans for those operations?  Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible?  Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster?  Are you ready for utility disruptions? 

PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan?  Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident?  Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked?  Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

PRACTICE THE EMERGENCY PLAN

Have you practiced your plan recently?  Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex?  Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

REVIEW INSURANCE COVERAGE

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

SECURE YOUR FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT

Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building?  Have you conducted a room-by-room walk through to determine what can be strapped down?

IMPROVE CYBERSECURITY

Do you regularly install patches to your software?  Have you installed a firewall on your computer?  Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

PROMOTE FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL PREPAREDNESS

Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland wants you to be prepared.  If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business. 

Fire Prevention Month

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month October is Fire Prevention Month

October is fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan.  Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?  Are you prepared?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention.  The 2017 there is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” 

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely,” yet only 8 percent of people surveyed said getting out was the first thought after hearing the fire alarm.  Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy.  Make a plan today.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland wants you to stay safe, informed, and prepared to help ensure you are ready for any disaster that may come your way. 

The Behavior of Smoke

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behavior of Smoke Understanding the Behavior of Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated sue to the unique behavior of smoke.  There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  The Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns, knowing the information is vital to proper restoration.  Before restoration begins, our Professional Technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from the fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents.  The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred.  Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Technicians to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Fire Restoration Technicians know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Clean, Grey or Black Water?

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clean, Grey or Black Water?  The Color of the Water Makes a Difference

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.  Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminates to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.  Click here to visit our Water Damage Emergency Tips Page.  And if you suspect any moisture of water damage in your home or business call the Professional Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland right away for 24 hour a day service.

Signs of Mold

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs of Mold Signs of Mold Growth

Toxic Mold can be one of the most frightening situations for a home or business owner.  There are a few common warning signs that may indicate mold in your home or business:

WATER SPOTS

Wet spots and water staining on ceiling, walls, floors, and baseboards can indicate a serious moisture problem and is a good indication of potential growth.  Water can travel inside the walls and areas of our home that we are not able to see- this hold true for mold growth as well.

SMELL/ ODORS

If you have any type of growth in your home or business it can cause a bad smell.  The odor can be very faint or it can be a strong musty smell.  Any type of smell no matter how pungent needs to be investigated immediately. 

DISCOLORATION

Typically home owners and business owners describe seeing visible signs of mold growth as black or greenish slimy spots.  These types of discolorations are a good indicator of mold growth.  Mold can also appear in different colors such as white, pink, blue, or even grayish colors.  It can also be fuzzy looking, be grouped in clusters, or even have a dust like texture.    

To learn more about the Mold Remediation Process click here or call the Professional Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland. 

Take Control Quickly of Water Damage

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Take Control Quickly of Water Damage You can trust in the Professional Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time.  Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure.  These types of scenarios can disrupt your day-to-day schedules but SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals can quickly take control of your water damage situations:

  • Uniformed Professional Water Restoration Technicians will arrive onsite within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation.
  • Technicians communicate their assessment with you in detail before beginning the cleanup and restoration process.
  • Utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training, and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage.
  • Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification, and contents inventory.
  • We work directly with your insurance company through electronic claims reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques.

Clean, Grey or Black Water?

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clean, Grey or Black Water?  The Color of the Water Makes a Difference

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.  Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminates to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.  Click here to visit our Water Damage Emergency Tips Page.  And if you suspect any moisture of water damage in your home or business call the Professional Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland right away for 24 hour a day service.

Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Area Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Area Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland for mold remediation services.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

ABOUT OUR MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES:

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 936-441-8550 or 281-356-9991

Understanding the Behavior of Smoke

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Behavior of Smoke Behaviors of Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated sue to the unique behavior of smoke.  There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  The Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns, knowing the information is vital to proper restoration.  Before restoration begins, our Professional Technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from the fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents.  The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred.  Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Technicians to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Fire Restoration Technicians know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. 

Commercial Large Loss Team

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Large Loss Team We have the equipment to handle any size loss

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Large Loss Response Team was recruited to serve commercial large loss needs.  This elite group of large loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned with backup throughout the United States with substantial resources through a network of over 1,700 locations.  Corporate over sight and communication on every job helps to meet the predetermined client-specific needs.  Immediate response, available 24/7/365 through SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland, will help minimize business interruptions.  Our commercial large loss services include:

  • Network of Strategically Positioned Teams on Standby
  • Immediate Mobilization
  • 24/7/365 Services
  • Mobile and Local Command Centers
  • Pre-Negotiated Pricing
  • Corporate Oversight and Real-Time Event Management
  • Commercial and Residential Losses Serviced
  • Waiting Lists Minimized
  • Back-End Reports for Analysis
  • Background Checked & Uniformed Personnel