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Storm Damage Prevention and Treatment Using Horticulture

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

Damage to trees from storms can be minimized by designing and implementing a tree management plan. There is no doubt trees can cause damage and be damaged in storms. However, appropriately placed and well-maintained trees can help to reduce storm damage to structures by deflecting wind, as well as to reduce damage to the tree itself. Appropriate actions include: proper placement and planting, structural pruning prior to the storm, and proper species selection. 

If your home or business is affected by a storm, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland. To learn more about storm damage restoration by SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland, click here.

Source: University of Florida Online

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Inspect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.

Protect your roof by trimming your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm causing water damage inside your home.

If your home is damaged during a Houston area storm or hurricane, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland  We will work with your insurance and are here to help.

Source: Kiplinger

Prevent Water Damage by Cleaning Out Your Gutters

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

The purpose of gutters are to clear the water from your roof and move it safely away from your home. Healthy gutters help prevent: leaky roofs, water damage to the attic, and water from coming in through your home’s foundation.

Twice a year, it is very important to clear out your home’s gutters. Leaves, twigs, mud, nests, and other debris can clog the gutters and restrict the water flow.  When water has nowhere to go, it pools and can seep into areas it should not, which can cause water damage to your home. If you do not feel you can safely perform the job yourself, please hire out the job to a professional.

If your home has suffered water damage, please call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland today to remove the water and dry out the area in order to prevent further damage.

Deep Clean Your Restaurant Twice a Year with SERVPRO

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland will Deep Clean your Restaurant

Obviously, a restaurant's preparation areas should be kept clean. But, besides the everyday cleaning of kitchen equipment and appliances, it is necessary to perform a deep cleaning of kitchens at least once to twice a year.

Appearance

A restaurant's: atmosphere, attention to detail, and well-kept facilities are important for a customer's good first impression. The appearance of a restaurant's kitchen can bring in clients as well as scare them away.

Safety

A messy and unorganized look will affect guests' appetites as well as employee productivity. Daily mopping sustains a clean floor, but will not scrub deeply enough to remove certain bacteria. Sticky floors and unwanted objects can cause personnel or guests to slip. For a truly clean floor, it is important to remove: grease, oil, gum and even mold.

For a deep cleaning of your restaurant, please call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland today!

Source: Yahoo Finance Online

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Businesses

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

  1. Train all employees on the location of the water shut off valves and make sure they are easily accessible.
  2. Find out if your business is located on a flood plain and if your area offers programs for business owners.
  3. Conduct regular inspections of your HVAC units, roof, water heaters, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, and any other area you have that may have a water leak.
  4. Make sure your insurance policy is up to date and you are insured.
  5. Keep any documents, inventory, or anything critical to your business' survival at least a few feet off the ground.
  6. Be prepared for a water damage event. The faster the water is removed and dried out, the better off you are going to be. Time is an important factor. Please save our number to your phone so you know who to call. SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland: (936) 441-8550

Fire Safety Week 2019 is October 6th thru 12th

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Week 2019 is October 6th through the 12th

Plan and Practice Your Escape

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have,giving everyone enough time to get out. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

The first step to becoming a Fire Safety Hero is making your home escape plan.

Source: NFPA Online

What to Do When a Toilet Overflows

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Overflowing Toilet – What to Do

Usually when a toilet clogs, it's simply a clogged drain and can be remedied with a plunger. Other times, however, other steps are needed so as not to overflow water all over your bathroom.

If the water in the bowl won't stop rising, turn off the toilet’s water supply, on the wall behind the toilet. If you can’t find the water supply to stop the toilet overflowing, take the top off the tank and lift the float ball or cup high enough to stop the water from running. If that does not work, the shut off valve for the water supply to the house is generally located near the water heater.

Should overflow continue once the main water supply is off, you’re dealing with sewage backup, a serious situation due to the hazardous nature of the sewage water. If you are on a municipal septic system, you should need to call the city since that dark water is city sewage. If you have a septic tank, you’ll need a plumbing company that can flush out your home's system.

 If you have a bio hazardous materials situation, please call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland at: (936) 441-8550

8 Most Common Causes of House Fires

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

The 8 Most Common Causes of House Fires According to the National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says there are more than 360,000 home structure fires each year, resulting in about $6-8 billion dollars in damage.

The causes of these fires range from food left unattended on the stove, to lightning strikes, to candles left burning. From the moment a fire starts to the point where the structure is fully engulfed is usually less than two minutes, which is why it is so important for occupants to get out of the home as quickly as possible and not try to put out a large fire themselves.

Here are the eight most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Cooking
  2. Electrical and Lighting
  3. Lightning Strikes
  4. Smoking
  5. Dryers and Washing Machines
  6. Candles
  7. Children Playing with Fire
  8. Christmas Trees

 Source: NFPA

How to Protect Your Outdoor Living Space from Mold

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Have you seen mold on your patio furniture or mold on the cushions?

If you’re hoping to save your current furniture or you’ve bought a new patio set and want to keep it from falling victim to the same problem, you can take steps to prevent mildew and mold. When purchasing new furniture, look for water-resistant fabrics and materials and check to see if the dyes used are also weather-resistant. Acrylic and polyester are usually the most durable. You can also waterproof your patio furniture yourself by purchasing a waterproofing kit at your local supply store.

Note that sunscreen and bug spray are known to soak into cushions, so always use a towel to sit on as added protection, and never sit down directly after coming out of the pool. If you do spill water or otherwise soil the furniture, clean it immediately, and do routine cleaning every few weeks. If you do not use your patio furniture year round, consider using furniture covers, or find a shed, garage or storage unit to house it during the off season.

Please call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland today for any mold removal questions you may have. 

Source: Living Direct Online

Detecting Leaks in Your Pipes

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

One of the best ways to detect unknown leaks in the pipes in your home is to keep a close eye on your water bill.

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

It's not uncommon for SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland to get a call from a homeowner who has discovered mold behind their dishwasher or mold behind their sink due a slow leak in a pipe in the wall. It's always a good idea to take care of any water leak as soon as possible in order to prevent mold from forming in addition to the water damage.