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Entering Your Home After a Storm, Hurricane, or Tornado

11/20/2021 (Permalink)

How Do I Enter My Home After a Hurricane?  

Entering your home or business after severe storm damage can be risky… roofs can collapse, glass from shattered windows will be on surfaces and floors.  Cleaning up after major storm damage can mean facing: contaminated water, animals and insects, splintered wood and sagging ceilings. It is best to let the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland who are trained and certified to work in these storm damage environments handle the damage restoration. However, according to the American Red Cross, if you absolutely must enter your home or business, be sure to wear:

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy shoes or boots (no tennis shoes or flip flops)
  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Disposable masks
  • Hard hats

Whether it’s for your home or for your business, for more information on storm damage restoration from SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland, click HERE.

We are here to help, Houston Area.

 Source: Red Cross Online

Houston Hurricane Preparation

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

How to prepare my home for a hurricane

Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage.  Most garage doors are not reinforced, and when the wind gets into the garage, it creates a positive push at the same time that the wind swirling above the structure creates a negative pull. That push-pull combination can cause the roof to fly off. Find a kit that you can buy at home-improvement stores to brace your garage doors.

Secure your windows and doors. Broken windows can let in wind and rain, and they can also increase the pressure under the roof. Storm shutters provide the best protection, but boarding up windows when a storm is on the way can help, too. Make sure doors have several locking mechanisms so they don’t fly open; deadbolts are best. And it’s important to secure windows and doors at all sides of the home, not just the one facing the body of water where hurricanes could form because hurricanes can swirl in any direction.

To learn more about Storm Damage and SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland, click here.

Source: Kiplinger

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Business Owners

10/26/2021 (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

Lake Conroe - What to Do When Hardwood Flooring Gets Wet

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Wood Floors

It doesn’t require a disaster of the scope of a spring flood or hurricane to damage a wood floor. Plumbing leaks, fire hoses and the upstairs neighbor’s overflowing tub might pose problems for porous wood floors and substructures. Whatever the cause, water causes warping, and can trigger mold and mildew growth that can ruin wood. Major flooding creates problems in foundations and walls that must be addressed, but the first step in mitigating the damage done by water to a building -- including its wood floors -- is to gently but quickly ventilate and dry materials.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland uses commercial-grade machines that extract the water from the wood flooring with a powerful force.  If we are called immediately following a water damage event, there is a good possibility we can save your wood floors from buckling using the high-powered water extractors.  Don't hesitate to call right away.

Source: Homeguides

“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” - Fire Prevention Week 2021

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week 2021 in United States will begin on Sunday, October 3rd and end on Saturday, October 9th. This year’s Fire Protection Week theme is: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”. The National Fire Protection Agency is working to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

What do the fire alarm beeps mean?

  • A continued set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
  • A single “chirp” every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced. All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, there are special smoke alarms and alert devices that include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarms sound. Products like pillow or bed shakers that are designed to work with smoke alarms are also available.

Source: NFPA.org

Deep Cleaning Industrial Kitchens

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Houston area - SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland would like to deep clean and sanitize your industrial kitchen! Whether your building is a restaurant, a school, a church, an office, a cafeteria, or even a roller rink, chances are it's been a minute since the kitchen has had a full deep cleaning and sanitization.  The flooring is cleaned and sanitized along with all surfaces and storage areas.  Today, it's more important than ever to keep food preparation and storage surfaces clean and sanitized. Customers and patrons have been more and more demanding of a clean restaurant and/or industrial kitchen. In addition to cleaning the flooring, and the food prep and storage surfaces, SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland employees will move large appliances to the best of their abilities and even clean behind those as well. Call today to schedule. SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland is Here to Help. 

How Quickly Does Mold Grow After Water Damage

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Growth after Water Damage

Maybe you had a water leak from a plumbing problem or from a leaky refrigerator. Maybe we had a major storm, hurricane, or tornado sweep through the Houston area. Either way, now your home has water damage. Depending on how severe the water damage, you are probably asking yourself, “Should I clean up the water damage myself or hire a professional?”.  The following are a couple things to consider. First, hopefully, the water damage will be covered by your insurance company. SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland works with all insurance companies in the area and knows what each company is looking for (this will make things easier on you). Second, if the area is not properly and completely dried out, even in the areas you cannot see, the structure will more than likely suffer secondary damage. What is secondary damage? Mold growing in your home is known as secondary damage after a water damage event. Mold needs moister to grown and it can grow within 24-48 hours.  Time is a factor after a water damage. If mold is already growing in your home after a water damage, SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland can remediate that as well. We are here to help. Give us a call today!

Cooking is the Number One Cause of House Fires, According to the National Fire Protection Association

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

What is the #1 source of house fires?

The number one source of house fires is cooking – usually leaving pots or pans unattended on the stove while you run away to do something for “just a minute.” The NFPA says that 40% of all house fires, or an average of 156,600 per year, start this way, causing approximately $853 million in property damage. Two-thirds of the fires started because the food or other materials caught fire.

Fires are more likely to start on a range (57%) as compared to the oven (16%), mainly due to frying. Most injuries occur when the cook tried to put out the fire.

Safety tips:

  • Be alert when cooking and don’t leave food unattended.
  • Don’t throw water on a grease fire, instead put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.
  • Keep clothing, pot holders, paper towels and other flammable items away from the stove.
  • Have working smoke detectors in the house and keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.

Sources: National Fire Prevention Association

When Your Kitchen Pipes or Bathroom Pipes Clog

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

When your kitchen pipes or bathroom pipes clog in your Conroe area home, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals.

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used a powerful, chemical drain cleaner to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those strong chemicals are also eating away at their pipes. If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. Drain snakes are pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes.

Source: Farmers Online

Contaminated Water after a Storm

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our professional technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Cleveland, and Magnolia are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for 15 years! We are here to help!