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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

Prep for your Pets

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prep for your Pets Prep for your Pets

If you are like millions of animal owners nation-wide, your pet is an important member of your household.  The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.  Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as a assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency.  Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advanced for your pets.  Keep in mind that what’s best for you in typically what is best for your animals. 

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible.  However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside.  Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. 

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself.  Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.  Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on own for at least three days, maybe longer. 

Information provided by ready.gov

Grilling Season is Upon Us

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling Season is Upon Us Outdoor kitchen & Grill Fires

Each year, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake.  To enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun. 

According to a recent study by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 11,900 Americans were injured by fireworks in 2015, with the majority happening in the month surrounding the Fourth of July.  Another 8,700 are injured by charcoal/ wood-burning and propane grill fires.  A grill should always be supervised when in use.  Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.

Grills can also cause an average of 8,900 home structure or outdoor fires.  Outdoor kitchen also contribute a large number of fires to this national average.  “These fires caused an annual average of 50 civilian injuries and $2 million in direct property damage,” according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The summer season should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.  Don’t become a statistic.  Take precautions to prevent these events from putting a damper on your summer months!