Why Are We Successful?
When dealing with these types of crisis, the customer wants to know that they are dealing with a trained professional.
All employees undergo extensive water restoration training and certification.
SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is a leading cleanup and restoration company in the United States. One of the primary reasons for this success is the quality people found throughout our Franchise organization. Quality people have two major attributes, they have a positive attitude and they are technically skilled. These attributes are vital for both success in the SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland System, and in the quest to always provide the highest quality service.
But these attributes become even more important when you consider that almost every customer our Franchise encounter has just experienced some form of traumatic, life-altering event. A home saturated by water, a business damaged by fire, a structure overrun with mold. When dealing with these types of crisis, the customer wants to know that they are dealing with a professional, not someone who lacks training or is willing to take shortcuts that could lead to even more problems in the future.
Instead, they want to know that the people caring for them are knowledgeable of the latest industry standards, are trained to follow standard restoration methods and processes, will take the time to answer their questions and meet their needs, and will put their life back in order as quickly as possible. They want SERVPRO Professionals.
Dry Out Your Property & Contents
For help with wet books, call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland at (281) 412-6211 today.
Naturally, you do not want your business’ or institutions’ books to get wet, and in the event of water damage, it is natural to panic.
However, professional water removal can help preserve and save books. Even books that are entirely soaked might be salvageable using a robust process known as freeze drying. First, documents are freeze dried to preserve their current state. Then, we place them in a specialist freeze-drying chamber, and all air is suctioned out. A combination of pressure and temperature are used to evaporate water and collect it outside the chamber.
SERVPRO understands that the sight of wet books and papers is upsetting and it is natural to want to take action as soon as possible. However, we recommend caution and offer the following guidelines.
Stop water flow if it is safe to do so, to prevent further harm to delicate books.
We suggest taking unaffected papers to another, drier, location if you can, to prevent them from being affected.
It is essential that the affected area is kept dry and cold. We recommend using a dehumidifier if possible to reduce humidity. You can use a fan for moving the air and aiding the drying process. Do not panic if you do not have access to the correct equipment - our IICRC-certified technicians arrive equipped with dehumidifiers and fans ready to do the job.
Be very careful with water-logged books. Do not open the volumes, remove their bindings, or fan the pages. Handle each item as little as possible until our staff arrives.
If water is still dripping from a leak or broken pipe or roof, spread plastic sheeting over collections to protect them from drips.
Swift action is vitally important. The sooner books are frozen, the higher the chance of salvaging them successfully. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to remove water from the floor, reduce humidity, encourage evaporation and, most importantly, carefully take your books for freeze-drying.
For help with wet books, call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland at (281) 412-6211 today.
The Importance of Professional Smoke Removal After a Fire
Removing Smoke, Odor, and Soot After a Fire.
It may come as a surprise to many that the biggest cause of death and illnesses resulting from a fire is not the fire itself but smoke. Homes and commercial spaces are filled with many different materials, both in the structure and home furnishings. Not all materials burn clean, often releasing hazardous toxins. Some of these chemicals can break into particulate matter: extremely small solid or liquid particles. These particles are easily inhaled or absorbed via skin contact, potentially causing health effects. While most every fire has particular matter and carbon monoxide, there are other chemicals to know and be weary of.
Burning barrels of trash is not encouraged with highly regarded warnings because of the dyes, pigments, coatings, and other components of everyday trash. Allowing these chemicals to be released into the air and environment around you is extremely harmful. This holds true to the burning of non-trash household items as well. For instance, treated wood that is burned can release arsenic, copper, or creosote. The chemicals found in treated wood are used to preserve the wood from everyday wear; they are not meant to be burned, therefore considered as possible carcinogens. Another commonly found material is plastic. Burned plastic can release hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and other heavy metals. Inhaling any of these compounds can potentially cause damage to the immune and respiratory system.
SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has dealt with many residential and commercial fires, providing cleaning and restoration in a safe, professional manner. Our technicians have the proper equipment and safety gear to avoid the affects of lingering toxins.
If your home is in need of soot, smoke, or odor removal, call the professionals at SERVPRO, (281) 412-6211.
DIY Water Damage Clean-up DANGERS
No matter how large or small the water damages may appear, always call a professional to accurately assess the situation and safely restore your space
You should always call a professional restoration company to diagnose the situation as water damage is treated very differently based on its classification.
As you may or may not know, water has three classifications: Clean, Grey and Black. When experiencing a leak or flood, knowing water damage classification is paramount before treating the situation as there are certain safety precautions you need to take when dealing with each classification. If not dealt with properly, you could actually cause more harm than help.
We are required to follow guidelines that were created by the IICRC in order to provide the safest methods of restoring your home or business while ensuring the wellbeing of everyone involved.
Not only knowing and understanding how to treat the different classifications is important but being able to treat them in a fast and efficient manner is vital. Water damage that is not fully cleaned and dried in a timely manner can allow for an environment ideal for the growth of mold and potentially other contaminants.
Of the three classifications, clean water is the safest classification of water to clean up. However, depending on the severity of the situation, clean water can very quickly turn into grey or black water which can put your home and health at risk. Grey water (the second classification) and black water (the third and worst classification) both contain a significant amount of contaminants that can potentially cause discomfort or illness to those who come into contact with it.
Our professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland can not only diagnose the category of water damage you are experiencing, but they have the knowledge and equipment to deal with each category safely and efficiently, mitigating additional risks that can come from improperly dealing with contaminants.
So, no matter how large or small the water damages may appear, always call a professional to accurately assess the situation and safely restore your space. At SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland we’ll make it look “Like it never even happened.”
Biohazard Cleanup Importance
Hiring SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to handle hazardous cleanup is a smart and cost-effective choice.
During a violent crime, injuries and even death can leave health hazards behind. Blood stains and other bodily fluids can transmit disease if they are not addressed properly, and inexperienced cleaners can face risks if the proper cleanup techniques are not used. If your property has been the site of a violent crime, hiring SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to handle hazardous cleanup is a smart and cost-effective choice.
Cleanup Crew Safety
The proper handling of blood and other bodily fluids during crime scene cleanup is essential to protect the health of the cleaners on the job. Our professional crime scene cleaners have both the experience and the resources to address any hazards that may remain at a crime scene without risking exposure to disease, either to the cleanup crew or to anyone who might access the area during or after crime scene cleanup. Not only will SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland use the right techniques to prevent health hazards, they will also bring with them any and all equipment necessary, rather than requiring you to research and purchase the tools and solutions needed to clean blood stains and other signs of a violent crime.
Occupant Safety and Convenience
If crime scene cleanup is not completed properly, the crime site can remain a serious health hazard long after the initial event. Many blood- and fluid-borne diseases remain active threats for significant periods of time, while other issues such as pests or mold could put building occupants at further risk if the crime scene is not properly cleaned. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will not only ensure the site is cleaned quickly and with minimal disruption to your daily schedule, but also prevent the many problems that can arise when crime scene cleanup is not handled properly and thoroughly. Crime scene cleanup is a job that is always best left to professional cleaners for health, safety, and peace of mind. Working with SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will protect you and your property from the potential long-term effects of violent crime.
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We Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts
For Certified: SERVPRO Cleaning, call Kimberly Today at 281-520-8197.
SERVPRO professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
For specialized cleaning services, including the new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive pathogen cleaning program, call Kimberly Today at 281-520-8197 or our office at (281) 412-6211. Learn more
Let US Assist YOU with the Fire Damage Cleanup Process
After the fire department leaves, Call SERVPRO to evaluate the damage!
Let SERVPRO Assess and Evaluate Your Fire Damaged Household Items
Most homeowners are eager to get into their homes again after a fire event, which is perfectly understandable. However, many people are not aware that once they call a restoration professional, there are key actions they can take to help the process along.
After you've called SERVPRO to handle your home's fire damage, there are several important things that you can do to make cleanup and restoration go more smoothly. Here's how we can work together to quickly get your home back in great condition.
Gather pertinent information about your home insurance policy.
We have years of experience mitigating insurance claims and working with homeowners to ensure that their claims are approved. If you keep your policy details and contact information for the company handy, we will be able to work with the adjuster more quickly.
Be careful not to throw away any items.
One of the primary benefits of working with the professionals at SERVPRO is that we have the ability to restore and clean a wide variety of items affected by fire damage. This does not just include surfaces and fixtures in your home, but furnishings, appliances, rugs, window treatments, and even documents. Rather than automatically tossing things and deeming them to be a total loss, let us evaluate it first. We will also take care of properly disposing of any debris and unsalvageable items in a way that minimizes the risk of health hazards.
Stay safe -- we will handle the tough jobs.
It may seem like a helpful thing to go back to your home and try to physically assist with cleanup and repairs, but our first concern is the safety of your family. There are some lingering hazards that go along with fire damage, and until we have determined that your home is safe to occupy again, it is important to be careful when you are on-site.
The team at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is ready to help get your home back in order so you can start enjoying it again and have peace of mind. For more information about our fire damage restoration services or to obtain a quote, call us 24/7 at (281) 412-6211.
Fire Pit Safety
Commercial or Residential Fire?
Call us at 281-412-6211. Faster to any size disaster.
For many families its a tradition to enjoy the nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips to remember.
Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:
- Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires, 25 feet away from apartment or multi residence buildings.
- Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
- Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
- Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
- To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning.
- Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke.
- Use a commercial fire pit screen on top to help prevent large amber from leaving the controlled area.
- Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
- Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
- As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can.
Sewage Damage? 4 Steps To Take
Sewage damage is never pretty, but it doesn't have to be debilitating. Call us to cleanup!
Four Things To Do If You Find Sewage Damage In Your Business
Discovering sewage damage in your business can be both harrowing and disgusting. However, you'll need to be on your toes for the sewer cleanup. If it's more than a simple floor leak, specific measures need to be taken. While a restoration company can do the cleaning, there are a few procedures you may carry out. Here are four things to do if you find sewage damage in your business.
1. Unplug and Turn Off Nearby Electronics
First and foremost, it's essential to get rid of any safety hazards around the sewer backup. Make sure anything that runs on electricity is turned off and/or unplugged. Here are some items to look out for in a business setting:
- Video Equipment
Don't try to use anything electronic that was in the area. If the water touches one of these items, the surrounding area could become dangerous.
2. Open Windows
Mold is a serious concern after sewage damage occurs. Therefore, airing out your space is an essential task if you want to deter it. The fresh air also helps to get rid of any putrid smells from, for instance, a flooded toilet.
3. Remove Endangered Items
Anything that's been contaminated by the sewage should be left to the professionals, but it's prudent to remove non-contaminated items from the area. If the water keeps leaking, it's liable to reach more of your property. Keep in mind that contaminated items might be restorable.
4. Inspect the Damage
The entire sewer cleanup process will go faster if you know what needs to be done. Without coming in contact with the sewage, try to see what damage has been caused. Make sure that restoration experts know your findings. If you can tell that something can't be restored and must be replaced, you'll be able to start that process immediately.
Sewage damage is never pretty, but it doesn't have to be debilitating. Stay attentive and know what steps to take. Once the sewer cleanup is over, you can know you did your best for the business.
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SERVPRO Products Now on Amazon!
When your patrons or students or clients walk into your building, you can say with confidence that, “I’ve made the Best choice in cleaning."
We are so proud to announce that we have extended one of our core services to the public. We recognize that many community facilities are taking extraordinary precautions in the combating against COVID-19 by investing in fogging machines of their own. In the midst of a pandemic surge SERVPRO has decided to help empower your machines by selling our BEST disinfectant directly to the public: SERVPROXIDE - your #1 choice for effective disinfectant cleaning! We’ve heard your cries to provide a proactive, regular daily use cleaning solution to apply on your own. To which we replied a resounding, “YES!” In the history of SERVPRO we have never sold our products direct before…sssh!
The direct sale of SERVPROXIDE to businesses online through Amazon and Amazon Business. CSP offers a win-win solution to bridge the gap between the commercial clients’ needs and resources and those of SERVPRO. As consumers master the use of CSP to disinfect suspected or confirmed COVID cases, we anticipate that business owners and decisionmakers will first contact the brand you rely on and the people that you trust as the “experts in clean” (a.k.a. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland) when other disasters strike!
What’s the Difference??
- Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
Each purchase will come with a Cleaned with SERVPRO Product shield to display on your front door or window. So, when your patrons or students or clients walk into your building, you can say with confidence that, “I’ve made the Best choice in cleaning and disinfecting.”
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