Remembering Harvey- 6 Month Anniversary
Hurricane Harvey lasted two and a half weeks. That is 17 days!
It has been 6 months since peoples lives have changed forever. Their homes destroyed by flood damage with many not having the proper insurance to cover it all. In all that time Houston has shown its true strength as people have come together to help one another in their time of need. But the struggle is not over. To this day, repair and clean up efforts are still being done to restore Houston to the great city that it is.
SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has worked tirelessly to get Houston back on its feet and will continue to do so until we make Hurricane Harvey feel like it never even happened. If you still need help give us a call today at 281-412-6211.
To keep up with the ongoing efforts to restore Houston see the below link.
Emergency Ready Program- ERP
In the face of an Emergency do you know what to do at your business? SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland wants to make sure you are able to say "Yes!". Just schedule an appointment and we will walk through your business with you to develop an Emergency plan. Whether its for a Fire, Flood, Tornado, busted water pipe, or any emergency, we can help you make a plan. Its all placed into a neat little folder for your convince to be accessed at any time. The best part? Its Free!
- Emergency Action Checklist
- Advanced Warning and Emergency Contacts List
- Main Utility Information
- Primary Contact Information
- Insurance Contact Information
- A Property Overview
- Building access Information
- And tips to keep you and your employees safe.
Don't wait until the last minute to develop a plan. Get prepared now with SERVPRO's expert help.
SERVPROS STORM Response
This is a chart providing a quick look at the timeline of a STORM response
What Is STORM?
A controlled response managed by one or more SERVPRO® Storm Sites which are operated by one of four Franchise owned teams. These Storm Sites are committed to being in a constant state of readiness. Always answering the call and mobilizing to service National Accounts clients’ customers. Always willing to assist the Local Franchises in servicing spikes in volume for which they have difficulty getting to all customers in a timely fashion.
How Does It Affect You?
The Storm Response Program maximizes production volume as a result of weather and catastrophic events. Through the four Franchise owned Storm Teams the program is capable of scaling to manage catastrophic events from a local microburst that provides only a few opportunities serviced by regional Franchises, up to large hurricanes that provide thousands of opportunities and require hundreds of crews.
How Do We Do It?
- Promote and Plan
- Monitor the Potential Event
- Activate the Event
- Execute the Event
- Exit the Event
- Post Event
SERVPRO Takes To The Sky
Did you know there are over 360 high rises in Houston according to ipsf.io?
Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland we are no stranger to working amongst the clouds. In fact, we have serviced many of the high rises in Downtown Houston and the Galleria area. What a lot of people do not know is that when there is a water damage on a higher floor that water will continue to travel down the longer it sits. It does not stop just because it hits a wall. The damage will continue to follow gravity even as it is being cleaned, so it must be repaired from top to bottom not bottom to top. For a skyscraper with a busted pipe on the highest floor, that could be as many as 40 or more floors to clean and repair! Our most recent high rise was a 22-story building that became saturated from a busted pipe near the roof. Luckily for them SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland was there and knew exactly how to handle this situation. After 2 days of cleaning and 3 days of drying, a total of 5 days the job, it was completed and life returned to normal.
Do you have a multi-story building such as an apartment or business office you would like the professionals to handle?
Call Us: 281-412-6211
Why Repair Fire Damage So Quickly?
Fire damage and a fire loss can be repaired by a fire cleanup crew in a few short days and it is faster to contact the commercial fire damage company when the fire is still raging (After you have called Emergency Services first). Our fire damage repair crew will arrive on scene and immediately begin the process of repairing the home. There are fire problems you may not expect to be as severe as they actually are as well as other issues most homeowners don't even consider that have nothing to do with the actual fire. For example, if the Fire Department came to your house and had to use a hose to douse the flames you will have some amount of water damage.
Remember: Mitigation Over Replacing
- Cost Effective. It is by far cheaper and easier to clean an item than it is to replace it. The Faster SERVPRO can respond to your damage the higher the chance we can save some of your personal items.
- Preserve Air Quality. The longer ash and soot lingers in the air the more it becomes hazardous to your health.
- Keep The Smell Out. If SERVPRO can get to the scene soon after the damage occurs it is possible to prevent the permanent smell of burning from seeping into clothes and furniture.
- Prevent Mold. If water was poured onto the fire it stands to reason it soaked your floors and appliances. Left untreated it becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold.
- Save Time. Believe it or not the longer a damage sits it becomes worse, even if you think its as bad as its going to get. The worse a job is the longer it takes to clean up. Still, it is always faster to repair than it is to build anew.
- Peace of Mind. The faster your life gets back to normal the less amount of stress is put on your body and mind. Fewer days laying awake at night in a place that isn't your own. Less stress equals a healthier and happier life. You can also rest assured the job was/is being done properly so there are no issues down the line because of cutting corners.
When you have a fire damage it feels like your life is going up in flames. Breath (just not in the smoke). SERVPRO will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better!
How To Inspect A Fire Extinguisher
Pro Tip: You can purchase a small fire extinguisher for around $30
When was the last time you took time to check the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a dusty hook in your garage? If you’re struggling to remember, it’s time to check it. Like any other piece of safety equipment, a home fire extinguisher should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s in proper working condition. A fire extinguisher in good working condition is your first line of defense when a home fire erupts.
Ideally, you should inspect your portable home fire extinguishers every month.
For the visual guide click here.
Tips for Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Check
Check the label or tag.
Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.
Check the tamper seal.
If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.
Inspect for physical damage.
Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.
Check the pressure gauge.
Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.
Is the fire extinguisher full?
During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.
If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.
Write inspection date on tag.
Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.
Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.
In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911. A home fire extinguisher can be used to put out or control small fires, but it’s still safest to call professional fire fighters before you attempt to control a fire on your own. If you need professional fire, smoke and water damage cleanup and remediation after a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland. 281-412-6211
Spring Cleaning Is Here!
Bluebonnets, our state flower begin to litter the Texas landscape in March but its peak season is in early April.
A new season is here in Texas and it offers an opportunity to refresh your work-place. Winter months normally mean windows stay shut, and dirt and grime from boots and heavy shoes gets tracked onto the floor. Spring cleaning isn't just for your home, you should do the same for your business. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland offers plenty of services that can help your work and even your home start the season fresh!
Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC
Your air ducts and HVAC unit work hard throughout the winter to keep your customers and employees warm. The ventilation system should be properly cleaned in the spring to make sure the air quality in your restaurant is not poor. If it has not been serviced for some time, your air could be circulating dust, pollen, odors and dirt and debris. Our technicians and equipment can clean out your system and make sure everyone breathes easier in the new season.
Checking the hoods in the kitchen is usually a twice a year job, so what better time to start than for spring cleaning. Cleaning the pilots lights (if it is gas) is also a good idea. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Empty and sanitize the ice machine, and wipe down walls, ceilings and dry storage areas. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland offers great commercial cleaning options as well, so give us a call if there are items you want the professionals to fix.
Rugs and Carpets
If your business uses rugs or carpet, springtime is a great time to freshen them as well. If the furniture in your work-place does not often move, tracks from normal foot traffic can start to wear down your rugs or carpets. When they become matted, these items also hold in an abundance of dust and debris that is carried in on shoes. A proper cleaning will get rid of the smells and the dust!
SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up for spring.
SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland: 281-412-6211
Air Duct Cleaning
According to the NADCA, an average house with six rooms collects up to 40 pounds of dust and dirt each year, depending on the region.
According to the EPA:
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if-
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
- There is an odd smell coming from the Duct system.
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects)
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
Some research also suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.
Is cleaning my air ducts really that important?
During normal operation, dust can accumulate in ductwork that can lead to microbial growth. Duct cleaning has been shown to reduce this growth, as well as increase the efficiency of your system. In fact, in some cases of extreme buildup, it can increase efficiency as much as 40 percent!
SERVPRO of Friendswood/ Pearland and Pasadena professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning or a free quote call us today! (281)520-8197.
Mold vs. Mildew
Mildew can easily be mistaken for mold but if you know what to look for its possible to see the difference.
Many people mistake mold for mildew which causes concern for needless worry. While both pose an obvious hazard to your health, mold is known to be the most dangerous. Now that doesn’t mean just because you have mildew you are safe. It just means there might not be a need to call in the big scary guys with hazmat suits you were afraid of as a child. Both fungi like to grow inside your home. Both spread very easily, and both thrive in a moist environment. Yet despite being so similar each needs to be removed in its own special way to prevent serious damage.
The difference between the two:
Mold is a fungus that grows in black or green patches that sink into every nook and crevasse of the affected wet area. Removing mold typically involved cutting well around the visible area where the spores are likely to have already set in. Mildew is best explained as a type of mild mold. It grows to be flat against the surface without penetrating the structure and can be easily scraped off if caught early. Most people will see evidence of mildew on their expired food or plants and simply toss them out long before it becomes an issue. You can also occasionally find mildew on other organic materials such as paper, damp drywall, and fabrics.
How to tell one from the other:
- Typically, gray or white (but will turn black or brown given time)
- Powdery or fluffy appearance
- Grows in flat patches usually circular in shape
- Likes to grow on currently wet areas
- Typically, black or green but can range to nearly any color
- Fuzzy or slimy appearance
- Irregularly shaped
- Will cause the material beneath it to rot
How to prevent Mold and Mildew:
- Fix plumbing issues/leaks as soon as possible
- Clean the fabrics in your home periodically
- Store items in a dry area
- Use a dehumidifier, open a window, or turn on a fan to keep moisture to a minimum
- Wash wash wash your bath mats
Did you know you can tell the tenderness of a steak by comparing it to the firmness of your palm when you touch your thumb to any other finger?
The smell of BBQ in the air is a Texas trademark that happens near year-round. During the summer there is nothing better than going outside on a nice day with friends and family to grill burgers or in the fall roasting marshmallows over Dad's old foreman. This all providing you do it safely. To make sure you don't burn the steaks, here is a quick guide so you can continue the Texas tradition of making outdoor cuisine.
The Do’s and Don’ts of grill safety:
- Keep your grill at least ten feet away from your house
- Make sure to keep your grill clean
- Always check for gas leaks
- Make sure to keep decorations or anything that may be flammable up away from your grill
- In case of flare-ups, it is a good to keep a spray bottle of water near your grill
- Always keep a fire hydrant handy
- Never turn your gas on when the lid is shut
- Do not leave your grill unattended
- Never use your grill inside your home
- Do not Grill underneath a tree
- Be cautious to not wear lose clothing when grilling as it could catch on fire. A 'Kiss the Cook' apron is ideal.
Tip: If you are using a propane tank and there is a leak, once you turn the tank on you will be able to see bubbles forming around the hose.