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Seeing Signs of Mold Growth

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Major Mold Issues.

Visible mold growth might seem like an obvious sign of mold. However, many people don't notice small amounts of mold growth or they think it's just soot or dirt. Sometimes people simply ignore visible mold in their house.

If you can see mold growth, even if it's only small, you should take action immediately. Small mold patches can spread and the fact that there is any mold shows that the conditions in your home are right for mold to grow. 
If you don't take care of mold it will soon become a bigger problem. Visible mold growth could also be a sign that there is a much larger mold colony growing hidden away from view.

Sometimes you might not realize there is mold in your house, especially if it is unusual looking mold. Some mold growth looks white and thread-like. Other mold appears as clusters of small black spots. Mold can be black, gray-brown, gray-green or white in color. Mold growing behind wallpaper made of vinyl can even appear orange, pink or purple.

Call SERVPRO AT 713-266-9294

What is Grey Water Damage

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Gray water is water that is slightly contaminated, either because of the nature of the source or because of neglect. For example, clean water can become “gray” water if it is left untreated for an extended period time. When a toilet or washing machine overflows, the resulting water would be considered gray because of its source. Any type of water that has been used or in any way contaminated is hazardous because of the microbes that may be present. If you want to begin the cleaning and drying process before the restoration service arrives, you should wear gloves in order to prevent your skin from touching the water so you do not spread any microbes. However, for best results, let the professionals at SERVPRO of Bellaire take care of work and put your mind at ease!

Untreated Water Leaks Can Cause Mold

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

This photo shows the SERVPRO of Bellaire properly drying a property after a water loss.

If you have experienced a water leak there is a good chance that you have mold growing in your home around the area where the leak occurred. It is important to remember that even condensation can cause mold to grow in humid climates. 


Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water which seeped through. 

Often mold is found in air vents, behind sheet rock, under flooring and in insulation. Many times, when mold is present in these places the homeowner is not aware that they are living with the potentially hazardous toxin. If you suspect there could be mold in your home call SERVPRO of Bellaire.  

If you have experienced a water leak there is a good chance that you have mold growing in your home around the area where the leak occurred. It is important to remember that even condensation can cause mold to grow in humid climates. 


Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water which seeped through. 

Often mold is found in air vents, behind sheet rock, under flooring and in insulation. Many times, when mold is present in these places the homeowner is not aware that they are living with the potentially hazardous toxin. If you suspect there could be mold in your home call SERVPRO of Bellaire.  

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire prides itself on its slogan "Like it never even happened." When a disaster or emergency happens the dedicated team of professionals’ springs into action saving homeowners and insurance companies thousands of dollars by offering services to return properties to the preloss state. 

The team is professional and assists families in need to help them get back to normal as quickly as possible after an unexpected disaster or damage. Some of the property maintenance services SERVPRO offers are mold remediation, property restoration, board ups, air duct cleaning, fire and water restoration and more! 

The SERVPRO of Bellaire team prides itself on providing excellent customer service during the customer's time of need and works closely with insurance companies to make the entire process as easy as possible. 

SERVPRO of Bellaire Customer Shocked When a Car Drove Through Their Home

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire recently received a call from a Houston, TX homeowner after a motorist drove through their home in the middle of the night. The car plowed through the back of the customer's property crashing into the living room. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident, but the customer was left with a big mess and a giant hole in their home. 

The SERVPRO of Bellaire team quickly arrived and helped the customer by cleaning up the damage and boarding up the home, so the customer could live safely in the property with their family. It is always a shock when a motorist drives through a building, especially a home when the family is sleeping. The team at SERVPRO of Bellaire was happy that they could help this family. 

IICRC Certified Firm

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Bellaire

SERVPRO of Bellaire 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

CE Classes of SERVPRO of Bellaire

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

CE Classes being taught by our Sales Manager Keith Thompson.

CE Classes of SERVPRO of Bellaire

10777 Westheimer Ste. 110 Houston TX 77042

Jan 14th

Ethics Course #90420 3hrs 8:30 – 11:30am

Feb 11th

Deodorization of Malodors Course #26205 2hrs 8:30 – 10:30am

March 10th

Cleaning & Restoring Smoke Damage Contents Course #26207 2hrs 8:30 – 10:30am

April 13th

Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry Course #10115 2hrs 8:30 – 10:30am

May 11th

Restorative Drying for Water Damage Course #80904 4hrs 8:30 – 12:30

June 15th

Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Course #98221 4hrs 8:30 – 12:30pm

July 14th

Biohazard Cleanup Course #86895 3hrs 8:30 – 11:30am

August 11th

M.A.R.S. Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar Course #86896 8:30am - 10:30am

Deodorization of Malodors Course #26207 10:30am – 12:30 pm

September 14th

Restoring Contaminated Building Course # 80901 2hrs 8:30am – 10:30am

October 12th

Restorative Drying for Water Damage Course # 80904 4hrs 8:30am – 12:20pm

November 17th

Understanding the Restoration Industry Fire Damage Course # 98211 4hrs 8:30 – 12:30pm

December 15th

 Biohazard Cleanup course # 86895 3hrs 8:30-11:30am

Water Damage Tips while waiting for SERVPRO to arrive

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

  • Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air conditioning for accelerated drying in summer; in winter alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
  • Stay out of rooms were ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air.
  • Remove lamps, telephones and decorative items from wet furniture tops.
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
  • Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.
  • CALL SERVPRO of Bellaire Immediately 

MOLD REMEDIATION: The Importance of Using a Licensed Mold Remediation Specialist

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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: Helping Business Owners Get Back to Business After A Loss

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire is committed to helping commercial customers get back to normal as quickly as possible after they have faced a loss. 

Types of losses commercial customers could possibly experience are, fire damage, water damage, storm damage, vandalism, biohazard contamination, and many others. It is imperative that business owners call experts in the industry to help them restore the property to the preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Bellaire has helped many businesses in and around the city, when they have faced the unthinkable. The professional team is dedicated to providing the best possible service. Understanding the situation, the business owner is in, is important and the team knows they play a key role in that business reopening.

The faster a business is able to re-open after experiencing a loss the more likely they are to succeed. SERVPRO of Bellaire takes pride in helping business owners in Houston and the surrounding areas succeed even after experiencing a loss, "Like it never even happened."

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO is ready!

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit your city, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 713-266-9294

Ten Tips for Homeowners on the Care of Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Ten Tips for Homeowners on the Care of Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables

If the object is still wet, rinse with clear water or a fine hose spray. Clean off dry silt and debris from your belongings with soft brushes or dab with damp cloths. Try not to grind debris into objects; overly energetic cleaning will cause scratching. Dry with a clean, soft cloth. Use plastic or rubber gloves for your own protection.

Air dry objects indoors if possible. Sunlight and heat may dry certain materials too quickly, causing splits, warping, and buckling. If possible, remove contents from wet objects and furniture prior to drying. Storing damp items in sealed plastic bags will cause mold to develop. If objects are to be transported in plastic bags, keep bags open and air circulating.

The best way to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew is to reduce humidity. Increase air flow with fans, open windows, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. Moderate light exposure (open shades, leave basement lights on) can also reduce mold and mildew.

Remove heavy deposits of mold growth from walls, baseboards, floors, and other household surfaces with commercially available disinfectants. Avoid the use of disinfectants on historic wallpapers. Follow manufacturers' instructions but avoid splattering or contact with objects and wallpapers as disinfectants may damage objects.

Note: Exposure to molds can have serious health consequences such as respiratory problems, skin and eye irritation, and infections. The use of protective gear, including a respirator with a particulate filter, disposable plastic gloves, goggles or protective eyewear, and coveralls or a lab coat, is therefore essential.

If objects are broken or begin to fall apart, place all broken pieces, bits of veneer, and detached parts in clearly labeled, open containers. Do not attempt to repair objects until completely dry or, in the case of important materials, until you have consulted with a professional conservator.

Documents, books, photographs, and works of art on paper may be extremely fragile when wet; use caution when handling. Free the edges of prints and paper objects in mats and frames, if possible. These should be allowed to air dry. Rinse mud off wet photographs with clear water, but do not touch surfaces. Sodden books and papers should also be air dried or kept in a refrigerator or freezer until they can be treated by a professional conservator.

Textiles, leather, and other "organic" materials will also be severely affected by exposure to water and should be allowed to air dry. Shaped objects, such as garments or baskets, should be supported by gently padding with toweling or uninked, uncoated paper. Renew padding when it becomes saturated with water. Dry clean or launder textiles and carpets as you normally would.

Remove wet paintings from the frame, but not the stretcher. Air dry, face up, away from direct sunlight.

Furniture finishes and painting surfaces may develop a white haze or bloom from contact with water and humidity. These problems do not require immediate attention; consult a professional conservator for treatment.

Rinse metal objects exposed to flood waters, mud, or silt with clear water and dry immediately with a clean, soft cloth. Allow heavy mud deposits on large metal objects, such as sculpture, to dry. Caked mud can be removed later. 

Call SERVPRO of Bellaire Immediately at 713-266-9294

SERVPRO of Bellaire, Leader in Storm Restoration

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

SERVPRO of Bellaire Responds to Storm Disasters Nationwide

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire responds to storm disasters across the nation when local franchises are unable to meet the need created by emergency disasters. When they receive the call the storm response team is quickly on the scene of any disaster. 

Often the SERVPRO of Bellaire team is on the scene before they are able to get to work, but they are ready as soon as they can to get to work helping the community in need. 

When the SERVPRO of Bellaire team responds to out of state disasters they assist local teams in handling the needs of the community created by storms or other disasters. Helping other communities is part of being a SERVPRO owner and team member. It is an opportunity for SERVPRO of Bellaire to help communities across the nation in their time of need. 

Hurricane and Other Types of Storm Damage

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire customers are in an area where they could experience the following types of storm related damage: 

Hurricane Damage

Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30th. During this time residents in Houston, TX and surrounding areas are susceptible to hurricane damage. 

Tornado Damage

Local residents do not normally experience tornadoes, but it is possible to have  tornado anywhere. The tornadoes experienced locally are usually small and only last for short times. The damage they can do during that time is extensive. 

Flooding Damage

Flooding is always a concern in and around Houston, TX. The city often experiences major flooding events from regular thunderstorms. The city has experienced several major flooding events in the past few years, but has not had a major tropical storm or hurricane in many years. 

Hail Damage

Hail damage can occur at any time. Hail is formed by strong rising air currents that carry the rain drops high enough for them to freeze into ice balls before falling as rain. Hail can range in size from the size of a normal rain drop to softball and even larger sized hail. 

Lightning Damage

Lightning can strike a property during a storm causing the structure to catch on fire. When this happens, wiring is often burnt and systems within the home may fail. It is important to call emergency services immediately to put out any fire caused by a lightning strike. 

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Bellaire specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit your city, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 713-266-9294

SERVPRO of Bellaire: Hurricane Preparation 2019

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season and storm damage go hand in hand!

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and will end on November 30th, 2019. 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 cannot 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:

  • Flashlight 
  • Batteries
  • Copies of important documents
  • Cash
  • Fully charged backup cell batteries or a portable charger
  • Battery operated radio
  • Candles
  • Medications
  • 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.

Home Fire Statistics from SERVPRO of Bellaire

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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 cannot 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 cannot 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. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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Sponge cleaning of soot damage from a fire.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bellaire will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 713-266-9294

Six Common Types of Fire Damage to Homes

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Thunderstorm lightning fire to the roof of the home
  1. Class A Fire Damage: Fire damage from a Class A fire is the result of a fire involving flammable solids, including, various plastics, paper, rubber, wood, and cloth.
  2. Class B Fire Damage: Class B fire damage consists of damage as a result of flammable liquids or solids that can become liquefied. This includes gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, various waxes and plastics, and paint. However, fires caused by cooking oils and fats don’t count as Class B.
  3. Class C Fire Damage: A Class C fire damage is one involving flammable gasses, including hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas.
  4. Class D Fire Damage: Class D fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals. This may include magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
  5. Class E Fire Damage: Class E is fire damage that results from the factors in both Class A and Class B. The difference being, Class involves the introduction of electrical elements, which makes fighting the fire and the resulting damage very different from Class A and Class B.
  6. Class F Fire Damage: Class F is a fire that results from cooking oils and fats. This type of fire differs from Class B because these fires are significantly hotter and the damage more severe.

Call SERVPRO of Bellaire Immediately at 713-266-9294

SERVPRO Customer on Experiencing a House Fire

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

A Richmond, TX homeowner and SERVPRO customer received a call no one wants to receive just a week after Christmas from neighbors telling her that her home was on fire. The family had just left to get something to eat when they received the call. The neighbors in her tight knit community called the fire department before contacting her, but the fire moved fast and a significant amount of damage was done in the short time it took for the fire department to arrive. 

Returning home they were devastated to find their home completely burned and that they had lost nearly all of their possessions including the kids Christmas presents. In the moments after the fire the family learned that the fire also took their family pets and they were devastated. 

During this difficult time the last thing the family wanted to do was have to clean the damage from the blaze. Having a company like SERVPRO to handle this for them allowed them to process the tragedy away from the home. It took months for the family home to be rebuilt and for them to cope with the loss of their beloved pets, but slowly life returned to normal for them. 

They now live happily in their rebuilt home and the homeowner shared that she tried to find the positive in the situation as that was the best way for them to cope with the fire. She also shared that the fire originated near the Christmas tree, but it did not originate from the tree itself, but from wiring in the wall directly behind the tree. 

While rebuilding the family was able to add two additional rooms to their family home, giving each of their children their own room. This is something that helped the family as they tried to get back to life before the fire. The homeowner says anyone experiencing a fire should try to stay positive and that it might take a while, but that life will return to normal. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bellaire will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –713-266-9294

Damage You Could Experience with a Fire

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The photo shows smoke damage from a very small kitchen fire.

Fire Damage

Fire damage is caused by the actual 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

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. 

Smoke 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. 

Mold Damage

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. 

Fire Damage Cleanup

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Home electrical fire damage

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bellaire will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 713-266-9294

Commercial Cleaning Services

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Commercial Customers Can Count on SERVPRO!

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO of Bellaire Franchise Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Bellaire Professionals to make your workspace look its very best.

Your local SERVPRO of Bellaire Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products
  • Specialties include:
    • Air Ducts and HVAC
    • Biohazard
    • Carpet and Upholstery
    • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
    • Document Restoration
    • Drapes and Blinds
    • Odor Removal
    • Sewage
    • Trauma and Crime Scene
    • Vandalism

SERVPRO Water Job with Green Ready, Inc.

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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 perform. 

Partnering with other companies to offer exceptional service is an important part of the restoration industry. 

SERVPRO of Bellaire is Trusted by Commercial Clients

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

SERVPRO Commercial Customers

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire provides commercial cleaning and restoration services and they are trusted by many local businesses for building maintenance services. Some of the many commercial services that SERVPRO offers are: 

  • Mold remediation 
  • Water restoration
  • Fire restoration
  • Floor cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Packing
  • General cleaning
  • Biohazard cleanup

SERVPRO of Bellaire is licensed and trained to handle all of your commercial cleaning and restoration needs and the team is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

The team is always ready when you need them. You can trust that they will be professional and have the right equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO of Bellaire commercial customers are always pleased with the work performed by the licensed team of professionals who pride themselves on the slogan, "Like it never even happened."

Luxury Living

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

A vacant apartment affected by the leak.

Why is it important to have a rapid response team ready to go 24/7 365? Well, as this 24-story luxury apartment building found out at 5:30 one Saturday morning, it is critical. The property manager of this building had used SERVPRO of Bellaire during Hurricane Harvey and remembered our hard work and professionalism. They called us Saturday morning and we were out to asses the damage. All in all, this job has over 10 stories and 81 apartment units affected by a 4-inch water main bursting in the top floor. SERVPRO of Bellaire has 3 subcontractors and over 70 people working on the job. So, it does not matter if a pipe burst in your home or 24-story luxury apartment building. Call SERVPRO of Bellaire “Faster to any size disaster!” Call us today at 713-266-9294.

Happy Fathers Day 2018

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Fathers Day from SERVPRO of Bellaire. Take a look at some fun activities around town!

All Weekend Long

  • $50 Gift Card for $40: Dad’s Month Specials at Birds Barbershop in the Heights| Daily –Snag a $50 gift card, plus a hat or t-shirt, for just $40 for Birds Barbershop in the Heights, now through Saturday, July 1, 2018. Simply stop by Birds Barbershop’s location at 420 E. 20th Street to get a $50 gift card for only $40 and take your pick of a signature Dad Hat or Cool Dad Tee. All day.
  • Houston Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanin Concert at Jones Hall | Friday, June 15 to Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 – The Harry Potter phenomenon continues with the third film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert at Jones Hall. The Houston Symphony will perform every note from John Williams’ sensational score while audiences relive the magic of the film projected in high definition on the big screen. Tickets start at $39. Times vary.
  • Comic Ryan Hamilton at Houston Improv| Friday, June 15 to Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 – Laugh it up with Dad and score 2-for-1 tickets to see fresh-faced, clean-cut comedian Ryan Hamilton. An observational comic, he “often riffs on the absurdity of his own wholesomeness.” Tickets range from $20 to $30, but for a limited time, 365 Houston readers can score 2-for-1 tickets to the Thursday, Friday, and Sunday shows with promocode Happy365Times vary.

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Yoga in the Park at Evelyn’s Park| FREE – Relax with your dad as Define Bellaire hosts an outdoor yoga class at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle. 8:30am.
  • Backyard Jam Concert Series at Market Square Park| FREE – Market Square Park in Downtown hosts a free outdoor concert series featuring local bands and musicians. Take Dad to enjoy music in the park from Ume. 7pm.
  • The Eagles and Chris Stapleton at Minute Maid Park Sing along to “Hotel California” with your pops as one of the most commercially successful rock bands of all time, The Eagles land at Minute Maid Park for one night during their massive stadium tour. Nashville recording artist Chris Stapleton opens the show. Tickets start at $69.50. 7pm.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • Dads, Dinos, & Donuts at The Woodlands Children’s Museum Celebrate your Father with breakfast donuts, meet a life-size dinosaur, create a dinosaur hat, and take part in some Father’s Day art projects that would make great gifts at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. This event is included with general admission to the museum. 8am to 9:30am.
  • Flea by Night at Discovery Green| FREE – Shop for everything from art to furniture and collectibles from a variety of vendors while enjoying live music and food trucks during Discovery Green’s Flea by Night. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Sugar Land Superstar Round 1 at Sugar Land Town Square| FREE – Bring your lawn chair and enjoy Round 1 of Sugar Land Superstar, an American Idol-like competition at Sugar Land Town Square. 7:30pm tp 9:30pm.
  • USA Rugby vs. Scotland at BBVA Compass Stadium Get loud as the USA Rugby team plays against Scotland at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets for this match range from $23 to over $175. 8pm.

Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • Father’s Day Breakfast at Hermann Park Celebrate Father’s Day with your family at Hermann Park with a scenic breakfast on Pinewood Cafe’s patio overlooking serene McGovern Lake. Continue the fun with a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, a fun arts and craft activity, and pedal boat ride. Tickets are $14 for adults; $7 for children 12 and under. 8:30am to 10am.
  • Father’s Day Brunch at Cadillac Bar Houston Cadillac Bar Houston hosts their Father’s Day Fiesta Sunday Brunch with over 70 buffet items to choose from. Menu prices vary. 9am to 4pm.
  • Father’s Day at Churrascos Treat Dad to a delicious meal when all Churrascos locations host a Father’s Day Brunch buffet from 10am to 4pm and dinner after 4pm featuring their signature South American food. Churrascos locations include River Oaks, Westchase, and Memorial City. Cost of the dinner is $34.95. 10am.
  • Father’s Day at Américas Bring Dad over to the South American restaurant, Américas in River Oaks for a special brunch buffet from 10am to 4pm or a three-course dinner beginning after 4pm. Cost of the dinner is $39.95. 10am.
  • Father’s Day Out at Traders Village Houston| No Cover – Bring the whole family out to Traders Village Houston for the Father’s Day Out concert and car show. Local’s Wet Deam VW Club hosts the show with over 50 cars and live music by Sol Flair. Free to attend; $4 for parking. 10am to 5pm.
  • Father’s Day Barbecue at City Acre Brewing Co. Celebrate your pops with some tasty barbecue at City Acre Brewing Co. There will be a dad-friendly playlist going, dad-friendly movies on the TV and lots of yard games for the kiddos. Plates are $18.95. 11am to 4pm.
  • Father’s Day: Free General Admission for Dads at MFAH Share a day of art with your fathers and grandfathers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. All fathers will receive free general admission. 12:15pm to 7pm.
  • Father’s Day at Bayou Bend Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens host a Father’s Day event that includes complimentary lemonade and cookies at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center. Fathers and grandfathers receive complimentary admission. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Father’s Day Fried Chicken Party at Revival Market Celebrate Dad with a fried chicken parking lot shindig at the Heights neighborhood favorite, Revival Market. The eatery will have live music from the Will Van Horn Trio, beer from Spindletap, games for the whole family, and of course, fried bird. Plates can be purchased in advance for $35; Kids plates are $10. 3pm to 7pm.
  • Father’s Day Screening: True Gritat Alamo Drafthouse Houston – Take Dad to enjoy a screening of the iconic 1969 Western, True Grit, on the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Houston. Tickets are $9.74. 6pm.

Memorial Day 2018 Fast Approaching

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Memorial Day

SERVPRO of Bellaire wants to thank our brave servicemen and service woman for their dedication to our country. Here are some great free events in town to get out and honor their service and sacrifice.

Sunday May 27, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration & Fireworks Shows - 4  - 9 pm.  Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in The Woodlands. The festival pays tribute to all military service men and women who lost their lives while serving the United States, and also honors all veterans who serve as a symbol for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice of life to protect our freedom. Memorial Day Weekend in The Woodlands features live music, children’s activities, strolling entertainers and more at Town Green Park. The evening concludes with a dazzling fireworks display choreographed to a patriotic soundtrack. 

Monday May 28, 2018

Houston National Cemetery Ceremony -  9:30 am (at Hemicycle) National Cemetery Administration will host Memorial Day ceremonies at VA national cemeteries across the country with the help of local communities. Each cemetery and community will add their own special touch of patriotism and “thanks” during the events.

Sugar Land Memorial Day Ceremony - 10 am - 1 pm The City of Sugar Land will honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for their selfless service by hosting its 9th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. The program includes: patriotic music, educational and commemorative activities, on-site military exhibits, flag ceremony

Memorial City - 3 pm to 6 pm -Memorial Day in Memorial City. Join us as we pay tribute to our heroes and celebrate Memorial Day with a color guard ceremony, country music, and fun activities for the whole family.

Mother's Day is Just Around the Corner

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

That's right, Mother's Day is only a few days away! If you've already ordered flowers, bought chocolates or bought a gift then you're in great shape. If you haven't or are thinking of doing more why not check out the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center? It's completely free and you'll have a chance to spend some quality time with Mom. Located on the grounds of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center consists of 155 acres of natural environment. From their site: “Visitors can explore nature by walking on trails (totaling 5 miles) free of charge.

If you do feel like an extra activity they will be having a "Make a Pollinator Container Garden" class for an extra few bucks. If you're interested and for pricing click here for registration and details.

Happy Mothers Day from SERVPRO of Bellaire!

SERVPRO: Easter Events April 14-16, 2017

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Happy Easter from SERVPRO of Bellaire

Easter Events April 13-19, 2017


Easter in the Gardens – Galveston, TX – April 16,2017


The annual Moody Gardens Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 16, 2017 at Moody Garden. It is free to the public and there will be an Easter egg hunt, games, and prizes.


Time: 11-3pm


Date: April 16, 2017


Ages: 0-8 years old


Location: One Hope Blvd


                    Galveston, TX 77554


 


2017 Easter Extravaganza – Humble, TX – April 15, 2017


The Lighthouse Church of Houston is hosting a massive Easter egg hunt with over 50,000 eggs, entertainment for parents, hourly activities, a petting zoo and more.


Time: Noon


Date: April 15, 2017


Ages: All ages


Location: 6650 Rankin Road


                  Humble, TX 77396


 


Easter Orange Hunt and Peeps Decorating Contest – Houston, TX – April 15, 2017


Join the Orange Show for their Easter Orange Hunt on April 15, 2016. Kids will be able to hunt for oranges and candy filled eggs and enter into a peeps decorating contest. The event is free, but those who attend are encouraged to make a $5 donation to help the organization with future events like this one.


Time: 11 am


Date: April 15, 2017


Ages: All ages


Location: 2402 Munger Street


                  Houston, TX 77023


 

SERVPRO: April 1-9 2017 Free Activities for Families in Houston, TX

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellaire is committed to providing excellent customer service. As part of our commitment to our customers and the community we serve, we will be posting free events for the families in our coverage area to enjoy. Check back frequently for an updated list of activities you and your family can enjoy. 


April 2017 Activities


April 1st, 2017


 


The Grand Kids Festival - Galveston, TX 


The festival will be held on April 1, 2017 at:


20th to 23rd Streets

Galveston, TX, 77550


The festival will introduce art to families with non-stop performances during the festival which starts at 10 am and ends at 5pm. 


2nd Annual Houston Health Day - Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center - Houston, TX


The 2nd Annual Houston Health Day will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at 2020 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004. The event is free and will offer healthy eating classes and cooking demos as well as assistance applying for government assistance programs.


Houston Health Fest - Discovery Green - Houston, TX


Houston Health Fest will be held at Discovery Green on April 1st 2017 between 9 am and 5 pm and will feature various brands, partners and health and wellness companies. 


April 07-09, 2017


Viva Frida! XII Annual Frida Festival - East End Studio Gallery - Houston, TX


The annual Frida Festival will be held at the East End Studio Gallery located at 708C Telephone Rd., Houston, TX 77023, April 07-09 at 6pm. There will be art exhibits, vendor booths, children's activities, a Frida look-alike contest and more. 


Community Easter Egg Hunt - Kity Hollow Park - Missouri City, TX


April 8, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm The Promise Church will be hosting a free community Easter egg hunt. Over 5,000 Easter eggs for the kids to find, as well as bounce houses, a DJ and more!!


More information can be found at fresnoegghunt.com.


Good Oil Days 2017 - Humble Senior Activity Center - Humble, TX


Humble Senior Center is putting on the 37th annual Good Oil Days Festival, where all ages are invited to enjoy great food, arts and crafts, the famous senior plant sale, and a KIDS ZONE dedicated to kids with games and activities just for them. The festival is free and held on Main Street Humble, TX on April 8, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm. 


 

Green Ready

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Your leader in asbestos and lead batement. Green Ready, Inc. is always green and always ready!

Green Ready provides asbestos and lead abatement services to help keep property owners, tenants, and the public safe and assists them in complying with EPA regulations, which regulates which agencies are licensed to perform lead and asbestos abatement services.


Green Ready, Inc. is a women owned business with a focus on helping property owners make the environment safer and healthier.


Offering environmentally friendly EPA regulated services and using environmentally safe green products makes us green and being available 24/7 make us ready.


Green Ready, Inc., a leader in asbestos and lead abatement, completes jobs of all sizes. Green Ready, Inc. has experience working with commercial clients, residential, and historical property owners.  If you need a professional abatement agency Green Ready, Inc. is ready to exceed your expectations and make you a customer for life. Visit Green Ready, Inc. at www.greenreadyinc.com to schedule a consultation or for more information. 

SERVPRO goes pink for October

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). But millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.


The American Cancer Society is actively fighting breast cancer by helping women get tested to find breast cancer earlier. They also help by assisting women in understanding the many treatment options and to help them cope with the physical and emotional effects. SERVPRO of Bellaire is dedicated to helping the lives of the women that are faced with this frightening disease. During October SERVPRO of Bellaire teamed up with the American Cancer Society to help women fight this horrible disease. 

Smelling a Mold Odor

12/2/2015 (Permalink)

When you have mold growing hidden away in your house, often a moldy smell might be the only clue that it's there. Don't ignore mold odors if you can't see any mold. You should thoroughly inspect your home before any mold problems get worse.

Differences between Black Water and Grey Water damage.

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Both grey water and black water are types of wastewater. It’s just that grey water is the result of water being used for household purposes, like cleaning and washing clothes, while black water contains feces and urine and other bodily wastes. Grey water can be easily recycled as doesn’t contain that much bacteria compared to black water. Black water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Grey water and black water are also treated differently. Black water needs a more intensive treatment to kill the disease carrying bacteria present. Grey water can quickly degrade into black water if left untreated. 

Avoid Mold Hazards

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

A water-damaged property requires special attention to avoid or correct a mold explosion. Molds produce spores which spread easily through the air, and they form new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions: moisture, nutrients (nearly anything organic) and a place to grow.

Mold can damage materials and health. The longer mold is allowed to grow, the greater the risk and the harder the cleanup. So as soon as the floodwaters recede and it is safe to return, don’t delay cleanup and drying.

SERVPRO of Bellaire has fully trained and licensed professionals to identify any potential health damaging molds and the expertise to remove and clean any mold issues you may have. Remember SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Bellaire today at 713-266-9294

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