The Behavior of Smoke During a Fire
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 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.
Call us today to help you with your smoke and fire restoration needs! 936-441-8550
No job is too big or too small.
Signs of Mold Growth
Do you suspect mold growth in your home?
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:
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.
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.
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.
Clean, Grey or Black Water?
How do you know the 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.
Take Control Quickly of Water Damage
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.
Call us today! We are committed to providing you top quality service with knowledgeable technicians whom will remain by your side until we make it "Like it never even happened."
Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland Area Residents: If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Mold Safety Tips
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home. This can be dangerous to you and your family.
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
Dryer and Washing Machine Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines between 2010 and 2014. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage.
Facts and figures
- Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
- The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
- A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
- Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.
Visit https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/dryersafetytips.pdf to gain access to their dryer safety tip sheet.
Please know SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland are here to service you and surrounding communities with any fire or water mitigation needs.
Prep your Pets!
You may have a good disaster emergency plan for your family but what about your pets? Will you be able to safely move and protect your pets should a fire, flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster strike? FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has some important guidelines for you.
Create A Pet Emergency Supply Kit
To keep your pets safe in a natural disaster think first about food and water. Prepare a pet emergency supply kit similar to the emergency supply kit you have for your family. FEMA suggests having two pet kits—one with everything your pets will need to stay where you are; another lightweight, smaller version to use if you have to get away. Your pet’s kit might include:
• 3 days of food in an airtight, waterproof container
• 3 days worth of water for your pets
• Medicines and medical records
• First aid kit with a pet first aid reference book
• Collar with ID tag, harness or leash
• Crate or pet carrier
• Sanitation supplies (pet litter, litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, etc.)
• Copies of a picture of you and your pet together (in case you get separated)
• Familiar items like your pet’s favorite toys, treats, or bedding
Have A Plan
Before a natural disaster occurs you should have a plan on how you and your pets will get away, should you need to leave. How will you assemble your pets? Where will you go? Consider whether family or friends are willing to take you and your pets in during an emergency. Find facilities like hotels and shelters in your area that might be viable options for you and your pets.
Plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to make sure someone will be available to care for or evacuate your pets if you cannot. Talk with them about your evacuation plans and show them where your pet’s emergency supply kit is. Have at least two locations, one in your neighborhood and another father away, where you will meet in an emergency.
Consult Your Vet
You can also seek advice from your veterinarian. He or she might have good thoughts on what to put into your pet’s emergency supply kit. Your vet may also have names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might have to seek temporary shelter. Discuss the need for permanent identification (like micro chipping) and whether to enroll your pet in a recovery database.
Your pet is an important member of your household. Any pet is much more likely to survive an emergency like a fire, flood, tornado, or terrorist attack if you do some good emergency planning. Preparing your pets for an emergency makes sense. Get ready now.
In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most important documents could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions, especially for a business. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help your business recover your paper goods before it is too late.
Our Document Restoration Facility:
- Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
- Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
- Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
- Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
- Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization
Then SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
Types of content:
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
Document Cleaning and Disinfecting
In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.
In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.
Why Choose SERVPRO?
SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland will get the job done right. For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.
Need your important documents restored? Trust us with your documents. Call us! 936-441-8550.
Things to do this Fourth of July in Conroe, Montgomery and The Woodlands!
Don't have any plans this Fourth of July?
Although the weather does not look promising, we are sure you and your family will enjoy yourselves at one of the following events, free of charge:
Montgomery offers Independence Day Fun
The annual Freedom Fest celebration features the annual Anything But a Trailer parade, arts and crafts, a baking contest, a barbecue cookoff and a kids zone. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Montgomery Historic District, 14420 Liberty St., Montgomery. www.experiencemontgomery.com
4th of July Red, Hot & Blue Festival Woodlands Fireworks Extravaganza 2018
Are you ready for the Red, Hot & Blue Festival, one of most anticipated events in The Woodlands? Enjoy live music, food vendors and fun for all ages this Fourth of July at a variety of community parks from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free admission. Free Live Music
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, near the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
- Activities include strolling entertainers, face painters, balloon artists, inflatables, food vendors, and a kid's zone with crafts and games
Hughes Landing, located at the intersection of Grogan's Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive
Waterway Square Park, 31 Waterway Square, between Woodloch Forest and Six Pines Drive
- Activities include face painting, balloon artist and concessions
Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive
- Activities include face painting and food trucks
Concert in the Park at Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive
- Activities include face painting and food trucks
- Live Music with Klockwork
Fourth of July Parade, 9 a.m.
Put on your red, white and blue and get a prime viewing spot for the exciting South County Fourth of July Parade. The 1.3-mile parade around The Woodlands features marching bands, fire engines, clowns, floats and more!
SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland want to wish you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Annual Report
Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:
• Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year.
• Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. BE CAREFUL!
• Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
• Do not use consumer fireworks. NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
• Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
• Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year. Don't be a statistic!
• Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland want to wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. For more information on how to keep you and your family this fourth of July, visit the National Fire Protection Association website. Here, you can also find several videos demonstrating the dangers of consumer fireworks.