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The Importance of Leaving a Review

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Customer review There will always be a live person on the other end of the line available for whatever you need, even if it is just to answer questions.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has been restoring homes and commercial properties for over 20 years.

SERVPRO strives to provide the highest quality and efficient work possible. No matter what your expectations are for fire and water damage, mold remediation, or COVID-19 cleaning, we strive to exceed them.

This is where YOU come in.

As a customer, we understand that you want to know how great the technicians are at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland.

Check out our current testimonial page for a vast representation of what our customers think about us.

Have you been serviced by SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland but haven't left a review yet?

Whether we provided our restoration or remediation services a year ago or yesterday, there is still more than enough time to write about your experience.

Click on this direct link to simplify the reviewing process: Customer Reviews

We want to know what you think about our services so we can continue our high quality and efficient work!

Have Questions? Call Us Today: 281-412-6211

SERVPRO Soda Blasts

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

Soda Blast Sodium bicarbonate AKA baking soda is used for Soda blasts. Inquire today by calling 281-412-6211.

Today we are talking about another service we bet you didn't know SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland could do, Soda blasting. What is that? You might be asking yourself. Soda blasting is for heavy duty cleaning jobs such as removing paint, corrosion, and gunk. How does it work you ask? First, you load the soda blaster with bicarbonate, also known as baking soda. Then you turn on the blaster, which has a built-in air compressor that creates a power wash with a baking soda scrub that helps tackle the toughest cleaning jobs.  Now anyone can purchase a soda blaster but to most, a soda blaster is not the easiest machine to handle. To make sure that the blast is done quickly and efficiently, you should, of course, go with the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland.

We are available 24-7 to get the job done. With the friendly crew and office staff we have, we can guarantee, you will be left satisfied!

So, don't wait, call and inquire today! About our amazing services! 281-412-6211.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Home

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC certified We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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 Friendswood/Pearland

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland Certifications

  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

What You May NOT Know About Mold

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy sheetrock If your home experiences mold damage, reach out to SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 24/7 to get the help you need to get your home back to normal.

No one wants to discover that their home has mold, but it can happen for several reasons. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand mold: what it is, what causes, and what to do should mold damage happen in your home.

Mold spores are already in your home

No matter how clean your home appears, it already has mold. As a matter of fact, microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors, so removing all mold spores from a home or business is impossible. It’s simply a matter of addressing it when excessive mold growth becomes an issue.

Mold isn’t an indication of a dirty home 

Mold accumulation can often be caused or worsened by a failure to properly ventilate a residence after a storm, leaky appliance or pipe, or other water damage that wasn’t properly addressed. Mold can build up in stuffy bathrooms or any area where the environment is humid, warm, and poorly ventilated. It can grow behind walls and in attics where leaks go undetected. It can also grow in ceilings and walls from water floods or storm water. Mold isn’t an indication of a dirty home; it indicates that a situation is present that has allowed the already existing mold spores to grow significantly.

You shouldn’t clean up mold on your own.

The EPA’s recommendation to clean up a moldy area of up to 9 square feet is to wipe it with a cloth dampened with a diluted bleach solution. However, any type of mold damage more substantial than that should be addressed by a mold remediation professional like SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland. Not only can professionals address the mold damage but will work with the homeowners to determine what caused the mold growth in the first place and will work with them to address that situation to prevent potential mold damage in the future.

Insurance may not cover mold damage 

Property insurance policies do not normally cover mold, fungus, or dry rot. If a water damage incident occurs, and the damage is not discovered and ventilated soon, mold can result. The property insurance will normally refuse to cover the cost of mold remediation but will still typically cover the rest of the repairs. Every homeowner’s policy is different and because mold growth is typically caused by another underlying issue, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 

Demolition is a last resort for moldy walls and ceilings

When homeowners see mold growth on walls or ceilings, many feel the only option to get rid of the mold is to demo a large portion until it’s gone, but that’s usually not necessary! Mold remediation specialists know how to find the cause of mold growth, address and stop the growth, remove the mold, and reconstruct the damaged area, as well as address any lingering moldy odors. We follow a very specific mold remediation process that can restore a home back to normal without the need for demolition, except in more extreme cases.

Mold remediation doesn’t have to be costly

Because many believe the only option to get rid of mold is demolition, there is an unfounded belief that mold remediation is costly, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if it’s caught early and handled by professionals that know what to do. Containment, removal, and restoration can be done without breaking the bank! SERVPRO works with homeowners every step of the process, from finding the cause of the mold damage to restoration, working together to decide the best steps that are both effective and contain cost as much as possible.

If your home experiences mold damage, reach out to SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 24/7 to get the help you need to get your home back to normal. Contact us at 281-412-6211 to discuss your options today.

Prevent Your Home from Flooding

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning gutters Rain gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris over time, which can cause water damage.

Basic Home Maintenance Can Prevent Your Home from Flooding

Of the many issues that can cause flooding in your home or attic, an often-overlooked item is a clogged gutter system. This critical network of water diversion works to send runoff from your roof to areas away from your house's vulnerable foundation but can often get filled with leaves and other debris. When this system fails or does not work as it should, the results could be serious. Learn how to keep your gutters clean and what to do if you experience flooding.

Keeping gutters clean

The gutters surrounding the eaves of your home exist to help prevent instances of flood damage from occurring. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not even know about a problem with this network of channeling until it is full and causing a water backflow or overflow situation to arise. Gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year – in the spring and in the fall when you’re most likely to experience leaves or needs dropping and clogging up drains. If you have pine trees near your home, needles will need to be removed every three months to reduce the potential for clogging the gutters and downspouts. There are actually a few simple steps to prevent this from happening so you don’t experience a flood in your home. Simply getting up on the roof near your gutters and manually cleaning out the blockage is a good start. Many homeowners will you a power spray or hose with a narrow nozzle to get the blockage you’re unable to get by hand. There are also services that will come out and keep your gutters clean if you prefer not to do it.

Keeping your roof in good condition

The Texas sun can really do a number on your roof. It’s important to keep an eye on it and address any areas of weakness where water may come through. Whether you go up on the roof yourself to inspect or hire a professional to do it, it’s a smart idea to give your roof the once-over at least once a year to prevent water damage from a leaky roof. Depending on what your roof is made of a simple repair could do the trick, or you may need more substantial work.

Keeping good drainage around your home

Some monsoon seasons are more damaging than others. Before you experience a heavy rainstorm, walk around your home to make sure you have good drainage all around your home. If you find water puddling next to your foundation, or see water moving toward your home instead of away, it’s important to fix this so that water doesn’t seep in and cause damage to your home.

What do if you experience water damage

When you find this water making its way into your house, it is time to call in professionals who can handle this situation as efficiently as possible. From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we work to assess what needs to happen to prevent water from continuing to enter your home and allow for extraction and drying to occur successfully. Depending on the severity of the flooding inside of your house, our SERVPRO professionals might only need to use portable pumps to remove the water. Larger quantities of water may require the use of a pump truck. Once the water is removed, we’ll dry the premises and work with any water-damaged items to restore or remove the materials.

If clogged gutters, a leaky roof or poor drainage cause flooding to your home, reach out to our experienced SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland team of restoration specialists. We can help you remove the water and bring your home back to the way that it should be. Give us a call anytime, 24/7, at (281) 412-6211.

Your Commercial Property: Water Damage Restoration

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water entering your commercial property risks far more potential extensive damages to stored merchandise, equipment, and shipping materials.

Unchecked water can be devastating to any structure. Water entering your commercial property risks far more potential extensive damages to stored merchandise, equipment, and shipping materials. Fast action by water remediation specialists like SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland mitigates damages to commercial structures caused by water or flooding.

Why water damage is so destructive to commercial properties

Keep in mind that water damage to your commercial property is potentially worse than damage found in any other kind of structure. It’s extremely important to understand how to prepare your structure to resist water, or what to do if water damage or flooding occurs. Depending on the type of business it is, flooding at a commercial property can be expensive if numerous computers or other electronics are on site, or the property stores products or goods. Larger properties tend to have more contents; thus, the risk of a higher damage is very possible. As a commercial property owner, you must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting your property against water damage. SERVPRO can help you learn what to look out for and how to react to damages that can cause a slow in productivity or a loss of revenue for your company. Request a consultation with Kimberly Robb concerning the ERP Plan to better prepare you for unexpected mishaps or emergencies.

How damage goes beyond water

Hidden water, high humidity, and condensation often lead to mold contamination on your property. Cracks in your walls, ceilings, flooring, foundation, and roof allow temperature changes that drastically affect stored goods. Left unchecked, this damage can spread and cause significant loss. As with most disasters, being prepared can help prevent losses, or mitigate how extensive those losses are. Mold and lingering odors are unanticipated consequences of unchecked water damage to commercial property and need to be addressed if water damage occurs.

How SERVPRO helps commercial property owners  

SERVPRO's IICRC-industry certified technicians can perform a full inspection of your commercial property following water damage or flooding, providing you with the location of possible problems, services to correct these issues, and the preventative steps necessary to prevent reoccurring damages in the future. They will discuss any remediation solutions with you before starting any work so that you’re well aware of what to expect when water remediation services are complete, and what if any reconstruction or restoration services might be necessary. SERVPRO technicians can help steer you in the right direction on how to mitigate future problems and provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to recover should extensive water damage exist on your property.
 
If your commercial property experiences water damage of any kind, contact SERVPRO  24/7 at (281) 412-6211. We can help you take the stress out of your current situation and keep you informed throughout the restoration process to make things easier.

Commercial Building Fire Safety Tips

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Extinguisher Fire-safety tips focused on keeping the workplace safe.

Here are a few fire-safety tips focused on keeping the workplace safe.

  1. Keep your workplace clean and organized. Mess contributes to fires by providing more fuel to the flames and by limiting access to exits and emergency equipment.
  2. Place all oily/chemical covered rags in a seal-able metal container. Dispose of this waste on a regular basis.
  3. Keep machinery on an appropriate maintenance schedule and keep to it, to prevent overheating and sparks.
  4. Report all electrical hazards immediately faulty wiring is a common cause of fires along with and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
  5. Have easy access to all electrical control panels. Clutter and equipment stored in front of the panels slow down your ability to shut down the power in emergencies.
  6. Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to determine if the substances are flammable or hazardous in any way. Provide proper ventilation when using and storing these substances.
  7. Smoke only in designated areas and extinguish smoking materials safely and thoroughly. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas. Never exposes areas containing chemicals to open flames of any variety.
  8. Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment, or emergency exits.
  9. Have an emergency information list near telephones. The list should include emergency numbers, company address, and fire evacuation plans.
  10. Learn the location of all fire extinguishers and how to properly use them.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland Today – (281) 412-6211

Why Are We Successful?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Keep Calm 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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

commercial water damage 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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Logo 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.