Is your Property Winter Ready?
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaged winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.
To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before the cold weather hits.
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm air inside to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
- Ask SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland about completing an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business following a disaster.
When winter weather strikes call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland to strike back.
Many homes and businesses in the Lake Conroe and surrounding areas suffered water damage from Hurricane Harvey. Many of those homes and business where evacuation was necessary began seeing signs of mold growth shortly after the hurricane. Of course, the key to mold control is moisture control. Pictured is a home that took on water during hurricane Harvey. Fortunately, the entire home was not affected and SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland was able to seal off the contaminated areas to prevent cross contamination. The Trained and Licensed Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland are able to contain and remediate mold growth and get your home back to safe air quality levels. To avoid any mold growth, remediate and repair water damages immediately and if you see signs of mold call our office at 936-441-8550.
Controlling Mold In Your Environment
Controlling the spread of mold
Mold – It is a four letter word that makes most people cringe. But contrary to popular belief, not all mold is dangerous; some mold is even quite useful. Fungi and mold naturally occur in the environment. More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been identified. You can find fungi in our everyday lives in bread and baked products; the unique flavor of blue cheese is the result of mold. Though some types of mold can be useful, many other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present health concerns for some people.
The intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold growth. Mold spores are normally present in most environments. If they humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not controlled, mold spores can grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, like wood, drywall, paper and insulation, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish. This can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
SERVPRO ® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Professionals handle water damages everyday and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. Once the environment is dry, it is important the structure is properly cleaned.
When determining if you have a mold problem be alert for: the presence of mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity. If you fear you have a mold problem call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland and a trained technician in mold remediation will examine the structure and determine the steps needed to contain and clean the affected areas.
The End of Hurricane Season 2017
The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year. Historically, this is the time frame when most major named storms take form in the Atlantic Ocean. The 2017 hurricane season started off strong with Tropical Storm Arlene, a pre-season storm. From Arlene, the storm season continued to gain strength with a season grand total of 18 named storms. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria were the strongest and most destructive of the 18 storms. In fact, Irma is the strongest hurricane to date and Harvey has been named the costliest hurricane on record. The 2017 storm season was the first season since 2005 for a hurricane to make landfall in the US. This year was also the first year for 3 hurricanes to reach US soil; Harvey, Irma, and Nate. With such an active storm season SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland was backed by a Franchise system of over 1,600 franchises supplying manpower, equipment, and vehicles to Conroe and the hardest hit areas.
There is no such thing as a small disaster!
There is no such thing as a small disaster – especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.
SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Water Restoration Technicians know how disruptive water damage can be for your home or business and we are trained and equipped to manage any drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which help prevent secondary water damages. With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland can help you ensure your home or business and its contents are properly dried, deodorized, and protected.
Have you recovered from Harvey?
Harvey Crisis Recovery
Is your business still on hold from Hurricane Harvey and the recent floods? Is your business back up and fully operational? When disasters strike our area, how long can your business afford to wait for professional help?
To business owners across Montgomery County and surrounding areas, the following scenario may seem all too familiar… Water soaks into your building, and you begin to realize the scale of the flooding has outgrown your ability to handle the cleanup. You get on the phone and begin calling for help. After a half dozen busy signals, the situation begins to feel hopeless.
One of the benefits to working with SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland is we are backed by a network of over 1,600 franchises that strive to be faster to any size disaster. No job is too large for the SERVPRO® Disaster Recovery Team.
We are here for you 24/7 - If you have questions or concerns about your business or building call our office at 936-441-8550 because in the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one object, to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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.
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?
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
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
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?
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.