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The Science of Drying

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying Drying Hardwood Floors

The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition.  While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Technicians follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your home or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland will:

  • Inspect the structure to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean?  A wet building can often dry naturally because our environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material – but only if the air is, indeed, drier.  The only problem is nature takes too long, and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

For this reason, SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s highly trained Professionals use top-of-the-line equipment to help “Mother Nature” along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.  We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line?  SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Dangers of Mold The Dangers of Mold

FROM THE ORDINARY…

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other food products.  Blue cheese’s unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life saving penicillin is a product of mold.

… TO THE UNHEALTHY

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to mold may present health concern for some people.

Water intrusion into your home or business can result in mold growth.  This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control.  When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your home or business, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

HELP IS HERE

If you believe you may have a mold problem in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland at 936-441-8550 or 281-356-9991.  Our trained and friendly team members will be here to answer your questions and help walk you through the mold remediation process. 

Severe Summer Storms

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Summer Storms Keep your eye on the Storm

While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well.  In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in our area.  Hurricane season in the Gulf begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are a few steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes.  One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster is to establish an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP).  Contact our office today at 936-441-8550 or learn about the app here.  Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm:

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electric equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightening can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

After the Storm SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland can provide water damage restoration, water extraction, tarp and board up, along with tree removal services for your home or business.

Hurricane Season 2017 is Here

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season 2017 is Here Hurricane Season June 1 - Nov. 30

The summer season is upon us, and while that means longer days and warmer temperatures it also signifies the beginning of hurricane season.  Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year.  SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland wants you to stay safe this Storm Season.  No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for natural disasters like a hurricane that can form at anytime. 

Our friendly staff can help you prepare by creating an Emergency READY Profile™ (ERP) for your home or business.  The SERVPRO® ERP serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information for your facility.  It can serve as an ideal supplement to any existing preparedness plan.  The best way to reduce business interruption is to plan for it now.  Knowing what to do and who to call can minimize the effects of hurricane damage, water damage or fire damage to your home.

If you have any questions on how to prepare your home or business feel free to visit our READY website here or call us and one of our friendly associates will be happy to assist you. 

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process Leaking Pipes cause mold if not properly Mitigated

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.  Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you make the initial call.  A friendly representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.  Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view. 

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the clean up process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air.  SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surface on which mold appears.  Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming.  Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable contents affected by mold.  They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.  They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed.  Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Destroy Odors with Deodorization Odors do not stand a chance!

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.  Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can be unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.


As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure leaving odorous resides and deposits on surfaces and hard-to-reach places.  Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 


With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of odor.  Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning.  Any restorable item in affected areas will also be cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies, and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.


If you suffer from fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact us today!  Whether it is fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened."  

May is Building Safety Month

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial May is Building Safety Month May is Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month – it its 37th year – is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 57,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in building construction and design, and the safety community.  Building Safety Month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.

The theme for 2017 is Code Officials – Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth and highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters, in week three of this year’s campaign. 

Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as Fire Safety and Awareness.

The general public may not be aware of how codes and code officials “improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play”, and this month can certainly improve awareness!

 

IMPORTANT TIPS FROM THE ICC

Disaster Safety & Mitigation

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by moutning exterior grade, 7/16” minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Visit www.flash.org for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up.
  • Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family.
  • In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and course fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways.  Follow ICC’s International Wildland-Urban Interface Code® for detailed requirements.

Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters.  Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.  Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream.  It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move and SUV-sized vehicle.

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Destroy Odors with Deodorization Odors don't stand a chance!

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.  Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can be unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure leaving odorous resides and deposits on surfaces and hard-to-reach places.  Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of odor.  Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning.  Any restorable item in affected areas will also be cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies, and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

If you suffer from fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact us today!  Whether it is fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard and Crime Scene

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard and Crime Scene Helping families with Biohazard & Crime Scene Clean Up

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Restoration Professionals provide fast, reliable biohazard crime scene clean up and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.  Our Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulation. 

In certain circumstances bereaved families are often unprepared to assume the task of cleaning a residence following an unexpected passing of a family member or friend.  Now families have somewhere to turn for help.  SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland is committed to providing safe, courteous clean up and restoration services to protect the health of family members and to help preserve their memories of the deceased.

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. 

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

Clean up & Restoration Services:

  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson/ Vandalism
  • Sewer Backups
  • Mold
  • Homicide Cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup

Who’s prepared?

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

General Who’s prepared? Building your Emergency Kit

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?  It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  The following items are recommended for your kit.

  • Water, one gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3 day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic Sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container 

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone.  Take action now to protect yourself and your property.