SERVPRO of Bellaire: Hurricane Preparation
Hurricane season officially started on June 1st and will end on November 30th, 2017. SERVPRO of Bellaire wants to makes sure you are prepared this hurricane season. Follow the tips below this hurricane season:
1. Stock-up on Necessities
Water, canned food, charcoal, necessary medications, toiletries and anything else you may need if you can not get to the store for several days.
2. Make a Disaster Kit
Many stores run out of necessities like water, batteries, and other supplies when a storm is going to make landfall. Buy supplies before a storm is on the way, so you have everything you need. Make a disaster readiness kit and include the items below:
- Copies of important documents
- Fully charged backup cell batteries or a portable charger
- Battery operated radio
- First aid kit
- Water (several cases)
- Canned food
- Pet food
3. Make a Plan
Create a disaster readiness plan with your family. Figure out where you will go if you need to evacuate. Create a list of important phone numbers. Make sure each member of the family is accounted for in the plan and knows what to do. Plan for pets too, as pets are often forgotten in storm preparations and many pets are lost each hurricane season.
If you experience flooding or storm related damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bellaire at 713-266-9294.
SERVPRO Water Job with Green Ready, Inc.
SERVPRO and Green Ready, Inc team up to complete a water loss job and an asbestos abatement at this Bay City Refinery.
SERVPRO and Green Ready, Inc. recently teamed up to provide excellent service to a refinery in Bay City. This chemical refinery experienced a water related loss and needed restoration.
Green Ready, Inc. was called in to handle the asbestos abatement at the business, because all asbestos work has to be performed by an EPA licensed asbestos contractor.
SERVPRO is the first one on the scene of an incident. The industry leading restoration company secures the property and completes all necessary restoration work. After SERVPRO has completed the initial restoration other companies are called to complete any additional repairs, abatement services, or services that other companies are licensed to preform.
Partnering with other companies to offer exceptional service is an important part of the restoration industry.
Home Fire Statistics from SERVPRO of Bellaire
House fires affect more than 374,000 homes each year and smoking is the leading cause of fire related death. House fires are devastating and they cause more than 7 billion dollars in damage in the United States each year.
It is important to know ways that you can reduce your family's risk of experiencing a house fire. Below is a list of a few things you can do:
- Do NOT smoke in bed or anywhere in your home for that matter. People lay down while smoking a cigarette and fall asleep causing more fire related deaths than any other cause worldwide.
- Unplug appliances that are not in use. Certain appliances have auto on features that keep them on all the time so you can turn them on right away. These appliances can catch fire when left plugged in.
- Keep clothing and debris off power strips. Make sure your children do not leave clothes on power strips as the clothing can catch on fire.
- Unplug irons and flatirons for straightening your hair. When you leave the bathroom unplug your flat iron. Do not walk away to do something else before unplugging it, because you could forget.
- Iron and use your flatiron on a flat surface. Do not leave irons or flatirons on soft surfaces that may catch on fire.
- Keep portable heaters away from all cloth and clothing. Make sure they are on a flat stable surface and can not tip or be knocked over by children. Heating elements are the second leading cause of house fires.
- Do not walk away from food while cooking even for a brief period of time. Make sure that you turn pot handles so that children can not grab them dumping scalding contents which can burn them or start a fire.
- Use baking soda to extinguish grease fires as water will make them spread.
- Keep batteries in your smoke detectors and test them frequently.
- Make a fire escape plan with your family, especially if children are on a different floor.
- Call 9-1-1 if your home catches on fire!!!
Knowing these tips will help keep you and your family safe. If you do experience a house fire call SERVPRO of Bellaire at 713-266-9294. We are fire restoration specialists.
MOLD REMEDIATION: The Importance of Using a Licensed Mold Remediation Specialist
Mold remediation is a serious job that always needs to be handled by licensed mold remediation specialists like the team at SERVPRO of Bellaire. Mold is a potentially hazardous health concern.
FEMA warns residents of homes that flood to thoroughly clean and dry any areas affected by flood water to ensure that mold does not grow, but sometimes that is not enough. SERVPRO of Bellaire uses dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity present in water damaged properties.
A home owner is unlikely to have access to the specialized equipment used by the team at SERVPRO of Bellaire, which is one reason insurance companies trust the team when their policy holders experience a water loss.
Many insurance companies call SERVPRO if Bellaire first when their clients experience a loss because they trust that the team will complete the work properly preventing subsequent mold claims.
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Leader in Storm Restoration
SERVPRO of Bellaire is a leader in storm restoration and is backed by the national network of SERVPRO owners. SERVPRO is faster to any disaster, because when a major storm happens the network of franchise owners across the United States springs into action and the company's vast resources and equipment is sent to the location in need.
When major hurricanes are expected to make landfall teams of SERVPRO professionals from across the nation are rushing to the scene, so they are able to help as soon as possible with the cleanup efforts.
SERVPRO is a leader in storm restoration and cleanup and SERVPRO of Bellaire is always ready to help those in their time of need. Especially the community they serve. Call SERVPRO of Bellaire first when you experience a loss.
Threats Associated with Water Damage
You may not think about the health threats after experiencing a water related loss, but FEMA warns, "During flood cleanup, you may think the air quality inside your home would be the least of your problems. But standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease and allergic reactions and continue to damage the home and your health long after the flood"
When you experience a water loss it is important to consider the potential health hazards present and allow a company like SERVPRO of Bellaire assist with the cleanup, so you do not experience health threats which can go unnoticed, as mold and bacteria often hide behind walls and cabinets. Storm and water specialists like those at SERVPRO of Bellaire are trained to spot risks and eliminate them.
Water Damage: Mold can Grow Within 24-48 Hours
It is extremely important to have a reputable company like SERVPRO of Bellaire handle water damage, as the threat of potentially hazardous mold can develop as soon as 24-48 hours after the original water damage.
When a water loss occurs, humidity levels are high. The team at SERVPRO of Bellaire uses specialized equipment like dehumidifiers to dry properties and reduce the humidity levels. This is an extremely important part of cleanup after water damage.
Normal drying methods are simply not enough to reduce the humidity levels in a home after a major water loss. Mold is able to grow behind cabinets, walls and under flooring quickly, so the threat has to be handled by professionals who know how to properly dry flooring, walls, and other fixtures in the property.
Water Damage Causes
There are many causes of water damage. Below is a list of common causes of water related loss:
- Broken Pipe
- Washer Overflows
- Water Heater Overflow
- Rising Water from Flooding
- Roof Leaks
- Water from a Broken Window
- Toilet or Bathtub Overflow
- Air Conditioner Drip Pan Overflow
- Broken Appliance Hoses
- Fire Related Water Damage
These are a few of the many ways a SERVPRO customer may experience a water damage. SERVPRO of Bellaire customers know who to call when they experience a water loss. The team is specially trained to properly handle water loss damage.
Until you experience a water related loss you may not realize how important it is to hire a water damage specialist, but SERVPRO of Bellaire is trusted by insurance agents and property owners across Houston, TX and they are always ready to help you get back to life, "Like it never even happened," after you experience a loss.
Damage You Could Experience with a Fire
The photo shows smoke damage from a very small kitchen fire.
Fire damage is caused by the actually fire. This can include damage to the structure of the property. Often materials are melted and can ignite other materials with this type of damage.
Fire damage can also cause different toxins to react causing explosions or they can act as accelerant spreading the flames and causing additional damage.
Water damage is always present with fire damage because the flames have to be extinguished. Often the damage caused by the sprinklers in a building is much more significant than the initial fire damage.
Soot from a fire can be found in every room of a house that has been badly burned, even those rooms that were not burnt. Often homeowner's belongings, furniture, clothes in drawers, important documents, paintings, and more are completely covered in charcoal black soot. Some items are not salvageable and the items that are have to be properly cleaned or the soot can permanently destroy them.
After experiencing a house fire the water damage has to be professionally handled, because when it is not properly dried mold can grow. Mold is a toxin that can cause numerous potential health problems for those living in the property. It is important to make sure the water damage is taken care of by professionals like those at SERVPRO of Bellaire.
SERVPRO of Bellaire is Trusted by Commercial Clients
Commercial cleaning customer.
Commercial customers trust SERVPRO of Bellaire for all of their restoration and cleaning service needs. Many of the commercial business owners around SERVPRO of Bellaire trust the qualified team to perform various services at their properties.
SERVPRO is a trusted name in the cleaning and restoration industry and commercial clients know they are dealing with a reputable company that employs highly trained professionals. Many of the services performed by the SERVPRO of Bellaire team are necessary to keep business owners and customers safe.
Commercial customers trust SERVPRO because they know the team will respond quickly and be professional on the job. The professionalism displayed by team members when they are on a job is one of the reasons SERVPRO of Bellaire is a leader in commercial cleaning and building restoration services.