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Let SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland Clean and Disinfect your School of Viruses

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

The CDC has posted the information on the attached link regarding the seasonal influenza occurring at our schools recently. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland can address this issue, as well as others, with the cleaning products we use. Our disinfectants are EPA, FDA and OSHA compliant, have a very low toxicity rating, and are effective against the most common disease and odor-causing organisms, including MRSA, HIV-1 (AIDS virus), Influenza A2, Avian Flu, VRE, TB, Herpes, and many others.

Differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

  1. Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
  2. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
  3. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland can address these issues in an educational environment, business environment, or any other setting where many are working in close contact with others.  SERVPRO can clean and disinfect the surroundings to prevent the spread of these viruses.

Please call our office at (281)412-6211 to schedule an assessment of your situation.

Repair Fire Damage Quickly!

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair Fire Damage Quickly! Mitigation Over Replacing

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 the 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 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 fire damage it feels like your life is going up in flames. Breath (just not in the smoke). SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better!

Can You Inspect a Fire Extinguisher?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can You Inspect a Fire Extinguisher? In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911.

When was the last time you took the time to check the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a rusty 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.

Shake it.

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 the inspection date on the 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 firefighters 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

Air Ducts, When Was Your Cleaned?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Air Ducts, When Was Your Cleaned? In some cases of extreme buildup, it can increase efficiency as much as 40 percent!

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 professionals routinely inspects 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)412-3211. 

Don't Overload Your Room's Electrical Outlets

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Overload Your Room's Electrical Outlets Don't use too many multi-plug devices.

Most electrical outlets are designed to handle a specific amperage. It’s best not to try to push them to their capacity by using too many multi-plug devices. If you ever notice any scorched marks or burning odors around an electrical outlet, stop using that outlet and inform someone of the problem right away.

Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat-producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Have Questions? Call Us Today –

(713) 472-4162

Don't Be A Hoarder

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Don't Be A Hoarder This home fell victim to what was considered "hoarding" and started a fire that consumed 90% of the home.
As a fire restoration team, our technicians are in client's homes and personal spaces to remediate damaged areas. 

Hoarding items can be the main reason why fires start in homes. Fire is one of many dangers in a hoarded home because much of the clutter consists of flammable materials. Fires can also occur when objects cover a heat vent or damaged wires. Moreover, clutter obstructs residents in case of a fire and first responders may not be able to navigate a hoarded home to rescue residents.

When the entire home is clutter-free, repairs should be done if needed. These can include repainting, re-carpeting, or damage restoration (after a fire, water, mold, or biohazard damage). Then, all the contents in the house including the salvageable items are disinfected.

Smoke Alarms

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Smoke alarms save lives.

There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.

Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and make sure everyone in the home knows what to do if the alarm sounds.

Install alarms on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms when one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.

People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms equipped with strobe lights and bed shakers.

Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, and test the batteries once a month.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland knows the ins and outs of fire safety, but sometimes even the most safety-conscience can face tragedy. If you've had fire damage in your home, large or small, call 281-412-6211 for 24-hour service.

Holiday Mishaps

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Mishaps Test smoke alarms monthly and replace after 10 years.

The winter season is fast approaching! The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are getting lower here in Southeast Texas. It’s almost time to start breaking out the portable space heaters and firing up those fireplaces and wood burning stoves.

Did you know?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually? Heating is the second leading cause of residential-fire deaths. Those of us here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, in conjunction with the NFPA have put together a few tips to reduce the risk of a heating-related fire and to keep your homes and families safe this winter.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid & pet-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container for disposal. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and replace after 10 years.

If you or someone you know has fire damage in your home, large or small, call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 for 24-hour service.  SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is at your service. 

Don't Overload Your Room's Electrical Outlets

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Overload Your Room's Electrical Outlets Don't use too many multi-plug devices.

Most electrical outlets are designed to handle a specific amperage. It’s best not to try to push them to their capacity by using too many multi-plug devices. If you ever notice any scorched marks or burning odors around an electrical outlet, stop using that outlet and inform someone of the problem right away.

Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat-producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Have Questions? Call Us Today –

(713) 472-4162

Mold Tips

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When the mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211