Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

When Your Kitchen Pipes or Bathroom Pipes Clog

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

When your kitchen pipes or bathroom pipes clog, 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

Never pour grease down your sink

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. 

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

If you have a leaky pipe under your kitchen sink that has caused water damage to your home, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland today.

Source:Farmers

Water Damage and Wood Floors

6/5/2019 (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

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

  1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

  1. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

Water line. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprit.

Refrigerator leaks can damage the flooring and cabinets in your kitchen.  If you experience a refrigerator leak, please contact us right away to treat and help to prevent any further damage.

Source: https://www.erplumbing.com

Clean, Grey or Black Water?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

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."

936-441-8550

The Science of Drying

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

The Science of Drying

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.”

Disaster Recovery Matters in a Time of Crisis

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ask yourself, "If a large disaster strikes your area, how long can you afford to wait for professional help?"

With a nationwide network more than 1,500 franchises strong, SERVPRO strives to be faster to ANY size disaster.

To homeowners and business owners who have endured a major disaster, the following scenario may seem all too familiar. Water soaks or soot seeps into your home or business, and you are beginning to realize the scale of this disaster has outgrown your ability to handle the cleanup. As a result, you begin to feel hopeless. 

Keep calm and call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and assist you in your time of crisis. We will help meet your needs by supplying reliable and consistent service. Don't forget that the first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss. We are here to help walk you through the process of recovery and restoration, helping you to rebound quickly following your loss, and making it seem "Like it never even happened."

There is no such thing as a small disaster!

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Clean, Grey, or Black Water?

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Take Control Quickly of Water Damage

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

You can trust in the Professional Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland

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.

Clean, Grey or Black Water?

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

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.

The Science of Drying

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

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.”

Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Areas - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Areas

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 936-441-8550 or 281-356-9991

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)

About SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.