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The Different Types of Storm Damage

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

storm damage SERVPRO is just a phone call away. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Flood damage, wind damage, and hail damage are all possibilities here in the Houston area. If storm damage hits your home or office, here are a few tips to help:

Flood Damage & Recovery
If your home or office space is near water, or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage. If the land around your home or business cannot redirect the additional water, flooding can happen. Even homes and businesses at higher elevations can sustain flood damage if frozen pipes break. As soon as you see flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno (281) 412-6211 to start the water mitigation process.

Wind Damage Restoration
Tornadoes often cause severe wind damage. Roof damage from strong winds may lift roof shingles, causing cracks, or even removing parts of an entire roof. Repairing roof damage may prove difficult for homeowners and business owners after a disaster due to damages that is not easily seen. If you have wind damage, make sure to ask for a professional to check your roof for moisture and signs of roof leaks.

Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail damage may be the most overlooked cause of major storm damage. Hail can damage not just your roof but also your siding, exterior walls, and windows. You may think your home or office has survived a hailstorm without damage, but hail damage can be difficult to identify. It would be a good idea to hire a roofing professional to inspect your roof and exterior walls for damage.

Impact Damage & Recovery
During a major storm it is not just wind, hail, and rain that can cause major damage to your home or business. Trees can cause horrendous damage just like weather can. Big trees are a huge bonus in a yard because they can produce shade but during a storm, they can cause damage. You will want to make sure that your trees are at least alive and there aren’t any branches that extend over your home or are breaking off. If you happen to have a tree fall on your home, not only could it damage the roof of your home or business, but the force from high winds and size of the tree could cause it to enter the home and damage the walls, flooring and content inside.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is just a phone call away. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the size of your storm damage we will work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Are you Prepared?

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

storm SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here to help before & after the storm.

A well-equipped disaster supply kit should include, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day.
  • Food: 3 to 7 days' worth of non-perishable or canned food and manual can opener.
  • Bedding: Blankets and pillows.
  • Clothing: Remember, although it may be warm, you may be working and cleaning and need pants and long sleeves to protect your skin. 
  • First Aid Kit: In the very least, include sanitizers and bandages.
  • Cash: Keep some cash and small bills on hand in case banks are closed.

Prepare your home:

  • Paperwork: Secure important documents
  • Windows: Remove debris, trim trees
  • Gas: Fill your car, fill your propane tank

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here to help before & after the storm. Proudly serving Houston and all surrounding areas. 

Call us (281) 412-6211 

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Mold Damage In Houston

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy wall SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details.

A customer contacted us about a major mold infestation.

A pressure relief valve malfunction on the boiler while they were away on vacation. This caused mold to grow, and our experts were ready to help. Our crew was able to return this property to pre-damage condition. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event.

Related Water Services

When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 2,000 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Free Emergency Preparedness Plans for Buildings

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Ready App Our Emergency Ready Plans (ERP) are great for any type of commercial structure and the best part is that they are free to set up!

Why SERVPRO? Our local restoration team works great with commercial properties. Whether it’s a hospital, school, apartment complex, hotel, nursing home, or even colleges and stadiums - SERVPRO is ready to help 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. SERVPRO's knowledge and experience is 50 plus years strong, and we are only getting better and stronger every year.

One thing our commercial clients love about us is our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). It's a neatly organized map of exactly where to find important access points in your building, insurance information, and more. It's a plan for emergency preparedness that each and every building should have in case of a catastrophe. ERPs are free of charge for any commercial structure.

What Does an Emergency Ready Plan Contain?

Our “ERP” has information about the building that will come useful in case of emergency, such as:

  • Water shutoff valve location
  • Gas shutoff valve location 
  • Electric shutoff/circuit breaker location 
  • Contact information for operating each shutoff
  • Insurance information
  • Plumbing information
  • Loss documents
  • Photos

Our Emergency Ready Plans (ERP) are great for any type of commercial structure and the best part is that they are free to set up and only require an appointment

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plans are the "life savers" of buildings and will help save time and money during crisis. Our Crew Chiefs and Technicians are trained on the latest and up-to-date technology which helps us stay well-tuned and on our game. Call today and learn how you can get a FREE Emergency Ready Plan for your commercial building.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno
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If You Think You Have Mold, Don’t Clean It Yourself!

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

mold wall See something like this growing in your home or business? Don't mess with it - give us a call instead!

We often get calls from homeowners who’ve tried treating a mold problem with a store-bought spray or with bleach, only to have the mold return. What they don’t realize is that they’ve spread potentially dangerous mold spores inside their home and used a cleaner that isn’t meant for the type of material where the mold is growing. The result is a situation much worse than if they had called us first. 

It’s Best Not to Mess With Mold

If you think you have mold, the best thing you can do is leave it alone and call us to come take a look. We’ll be there right away. If it’s not mold, which is sometimes the case, we’ll let you know, and we won’t charge you anything for the visit. It’s a courtesy our customers really appreciate. 

If we do suspect you have mold, then we’ll help you get mold sampling and testing to determine if the mold is toxic or a garden-variety type that presents low health risk. Depending on the results, we’ll put together a mold remediation plan and cost estimate for you to consider.

We’re Certified to Safely Remove Mold

Once a customer approves the plan and estimate, we get straight to work. We’re certified to remediate mold from homes and commercial businesses in the safest way possible. If the mold is toxic, we seal off contaminated areas from the rest of your house or business, so spores do not spread. Using special HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers, we clean and disinfect the entire area. We carefully remove affected materials, dispose of them properly and replace damaged areas with new materials, restoring your home or business back to its previous condition. When we get done, it's "Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno Before You Touch That Mold

All it takes is a quick phone call to save yourself from possible health risks and spreading more mold in your home or business. We deal with mold all the time and are well-trained to handle it, so you can trust us to do the work right. Because we’re a local business, we can be there quickly to give you an evaluation and recommendations for moving forward. Call (281) 412-6211 anytime, day or night. 

What are the Best Ways to Eliminate Smoke in Your Home?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

House fire Have Questions? Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

Removing Smoke Odors from Your Home After Fire Damage Requires Expertise

Fires are one of the worst accidents that can occur in a home. They not only ruin household items and structural materials irreversibly and quickly but also result in several additional hazards. Examples include water damage resulting from fire-extinguishing efforts, unpleasant odors, and soot damage.

It can take hours of cleaning to restore your home. You need to deal with the repulsive smoke odor that lingers after a fire accident. Eliminating the smoke odor is daunting because the smoke particles embed in different porous materials like clothing, draperies, upholstered furniture, and carpeting. Some steps to you can take to deal with the smoke scents include:

Remove all items affected by the smoke scent

You can wash things like drapes, carpets, clothes, and bed covers to remove the smoke smell. Before you clean them, take them out or at least separate them from other items.

Air out your home

Open the windows and place fans in your home for a few hours. The ventilation process helps blow away most smoke particles lingering inside your home. You can set the fans near open spaces, so they draw in the fresh air more efficiently.

Removing stubborn smoke odors requires effort and specialized equipment. It is not always possible to identify what is causing the smell or which deodorization method can counteract a particular source of the scent. Therefore, we often use multiple procedures that involve different professional products and equipment to remove unpleasant odors.

Our technicians can use deodorant granules or pellets to eliminate the scents. These products work by absorbing odors. Their main active ingredient is a material referred to as fuller’s earth, and it acts as a sponge to absorb and hold the smells. We can apply them to a specific area or the whole house. Some equipment we can use to remove smoke odors include:

  • Low Volume (ULV) misters
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Air scrubbers
  • Photocatalytic oxidizers
  • Injection Devices

Our SERVPRO Technicians can also ensure effective restoration of your home by eliminating the troubling reminders of smoke, soot and odor damage from at-risk items like tile, chrome, aluminum, brass, porcelain, upholstery, fabrics and carpets.

If your home has lingering smoke odors after a fire, give SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno a call at (281) 412-6211 for more information. Our team is professionally trained and can help you neutralize the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Will Your Insurance Cover Mold Damages to your home?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy wall SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is Here to Help with mold damage found in your home or business.

Understanding Mold damage and Insurance

Fungus growth is typical in Houston and mold damage can interrupt your business. Will your commercial insurance cover the expense? The answer depends on your policy and the circumstances.

Understand Commercial Mold Insurance Basics

There are several different types of insurance that business owners should carry in case of mold damage. Each is applicable in various circumstances:

• Liability – Might cover another’s mold remediation expenses if you are at fault
• Property Damage – Pays to repair mold damages to your property
• Worker’s Compensation – Covers the costs of mold-related illnesses for employees


Mold coverage and claims are tricky. Fungus growth is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Insurance providers have become reluctant to cover claims related to mold infestations in situations when claimants ignored their responsibility to perform proper maintenance and repairs.

Check Your Policy

If your policy dates back far enough, you may already have adequate insurance, but it is possible your insurance company added mold damage to the list of exclusions. Additional mold insurance may be required.

If you do carry mold insurance, you still have a responsibility to care for the property and keep it maintained. Insurance providers do not want to pay for unnecessary repairs. Failure to have your location inspected regularly or refusal to repair known leaks in the plumbing may disqualify a claim.

Know the Differences in Claims

If you have discovered excessive fungus growth around your place of business, you may file a primary claim. Essentially, you seek costs for yourself directly related to your situation. An adjuster looks at the case, and your insurance company determines if the claim has merit.

In some instances, you may need to file a third-party liability claim. If you are a landlord or are responsible for a property in some way, tenants may sue for damages related to mold. Your insurance policy could cover some of the costs of your legal expenses or pay mold related expenses for your clients.

Get Your Business Inspected

Regular inspections identify mold, point out trouble spots, and keep your insurance policy in good standing. A professional mold remediation company helps you maintain your property and reduces the risk of infestation.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is Here to Help with mold damage found in your home or business. Call us today at (281) 412-6211.

Commercial Services

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services.

Related Commercial Services

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno also assists with detailed cleaning!  Our estimators come to you to provide you with a FREE cleaning estimate.  Cleaning services include carpet & upholstery cleaning, duct cleaning, and drapery cleaning.  Our professionals can also provide you with a detailed cleaning estimate for restaurants, local business offices, schools, and libraries.  Call Kimberly Robb today at 281-520-8197 to schedule your FREE onsite estimate!  

About SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

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The Basics of Smoke Odor Remediation

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer fire Choose SERVPRO, a local company that specializes in fire, water and storm damage restoration.

House fires often cause a significant amount of residual smoke odor. While smoke cleaning products advertise odor removal, most fires will require the expertise of a remediation company. Odor remediation typically comprises a four-step process.

  1. Remove damaged items
  2. Clean
  3. Run equipment
  4. Seal materials

4 Steps For Smoke Odor Remediation


1. Remove Damaged Items

To get an actual idea of the level of odor in your home, a remediation crew will want to remove any visible smoke damage, including damaged items that may hold odor. The salvageable items removed from your house will undergo cleaning separate from the property. You can find several local cleaners who specialize in smoke-damaged materials.


2. Clean

With all loose items and debris out of your home, the remediation crew will begin the smoke cleaning process. The physical cleaning may involve disinfectants, detergents, and other materials to scrub and remove the remaining soot. However, the company may spend a significant amount of time vacuuming the space to ensure they do not make matters worse.

3. Run Equipment

The mitigation crew may use a variety of equipment to help reduce the odors in the air. For example, air filtration devices, thermal foggers, and ozone machines are standard tools used in odor removal. The team may also need to use shop vacs, water pumps, and dehumidifiers to remove excess water and dry the house from fire hose exposure.


4. Seal Materials

Many remediation companies may suggest sealing porous materials, like wood floors, to trap the odor rather than replacing the material. While replacement is the best way to remove odor, it is not the most cost-effective solution, especially when the structure and appearance of the material remain intact.

Many homeowners try DIY smoke cleaning to save a few bucks, but when dealing with the aftermath of a significant fire, DIY methods are not the most workable solutions. 

We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire, wind and soot conditions in Houston and all surrounding areas.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS:

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

EMERGENCY DOs AND DON’Ts When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back.

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards. 
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Was Your Business Smoke-Damaged?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Fire logo We respond to commercial fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day

Commercial businesses rely on us to remove smoke odor.

SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno invests heavily in specialized equipment to efficiently restore smoke damage in properties like yours. Depending on the type of fuel burned and the severity of the smoke damage, we may use one or a combination of the following types of equipment:

Air Scrubber or Filter

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier is useful for capturing larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

This is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After people evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

A hydroxyl generator relies on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors.

Vapor Modification

Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

Call Us!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your business or home, SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is Here to Help. ® Call us at (281) 412-6211!

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire in Your Home?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Home on Fire We restore fire damage.

SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has been restoring fire damage for homeowners and businesses for over twenty years. Here are some electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets, so you don’t have to use extension cords.

Call Us!

When you need fire restoration services for your home or business, SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is Here to Help. ®Call us at (281) 412-6211. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage SERVPRO was called in to clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled with our service.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

It's easy to schedule service for your home or business. Just call us at 281-412-6211.

Newsletter & Contest!

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

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After the fire...

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

home fire You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis.

There are several problems that a fire in your home or business leaves behind even after the immediate danger has passed. It is often the case that a thorough cleaning of walls, ceilings, carpeting, woodwork, and flooring will need to be professionally done. There are also several steps that can be taken in order to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno arrives on the scene. The chances of an effective restoration will be boosted by reducing damage by following a few tips:

  • Try to keep movement in the home to a minimum. Soot can become ingrained in the upholstery or carpeting from repeated movement in the home.
  • Use old towels or linens to cover up high traffic carpeted areas and upholstery.
  • If the power is off, empty the refrigerator and freezer of all contents and prop open the door to help prevent unpleasant smells.
  • Be mindful of what you are touching. Your hands can become soiled with soot and that can be transferred to other items in the home.
  • If you can immediately wipe all the soot off sink faucets and metal window molding, then coat with petroleum jelly to prevent the soot from pitting the metal surfaces.

Following just a few of these steps can be a game changer in the restorability of your home and personal items. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here to help you through a catastrophe that is a fire loss. If you suffer a fire or smoke damage, remember we are your fire restoration experts backed by years of experience and a team of knowledgeable individuals.

We Are Certified Experts!

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC We are able to detect moisture without damaging any walls or ceilings with our state of the art infrared cameras and moisture detection meters.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has been an IICRC certified firm for the past several years. And for nearly five decades, The Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification stands at the forefront teaching trailblazing knowledge required to tackle complex jobs and return normalcy from chaotic environments. They provide the most comprehensive and advanced technical information in the industry. They allow companies like SERVPRO to advance their education and stay ahead of the competition with several IICRC certification options:

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) is a course designed to teach the effective, efficient, and timely drying of water-damaged structures and contents. It uses comprehensive classroom and hands-on training, in order to facilitate appropriate decision making within a restorative drying environment.
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) is a course to teach the art and science of carpet cleaning to professional service providers, as well as others in the related industry. Emphasis is placed on the following: practical application, identifying fiber, carpet constructions, style types and finishes, soiling conditions, cleaning science and methodology. This course also covers pre-inspection, basic cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning technique.
  • Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) is a course to teach damage inspection and evaluation, workflow management, and process administration. The course also teaches the technical methods of effective and timely drying.
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) is a course with a concentration on technical procedure for successfully completing the restoration of a fire and smoke damaged environment. Students will learn how to combine technical procedures with practical approach to managing the job site. These concepts will then teach the students how pricing of the job is created.
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Technician (TCST) is a course designed to review the process for inspecting and investigating crime and trauma scenes. This may involve blood and other potentially infectious material. The course will focus on the procedures to follow as well as the precautions that must be taken in such an environment.
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work to give them a better concept of water damage, effects, and techniques for drying of structures. This course gives the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

If your home or business is faced with a disaster such as a flood or fire, we are the certified experts who have been properly trained to know exactly what to do. Let SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno apply quality solutions to any type of damage you experienced. We are the 24-hour emergency service and can quickly respond whenever the service is needed. To contact our office for service or any questions call (281) 412-6211.

Flood Damage Overview

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded room If your home experiences any flooding or another water issue, SERVPRO is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

Ways Flooding Can Damage Homes

Foundational Damage. When a flood saturates the soil the home’s foundation is built on, parts of it can become raised. This can lead to cracks in the foundation, as well as sealing problems with door and window frames throughout the home.

Drywall Damage and Mold. The waterlogged drywall can become weak and begin to fall apart, but that is not the only issue. Drywall can allow mold to grow underneath it, infiltrating the structure of the home and requiring replacement of any ceilings or walls that were affected.

Insulation Saturation. While certain types of insulation do not absorb moisture, most types can easily become soaked through and require replacement due to the high rate of mold growth they can cause.

Temporary Frame Swelling. The good news about a house’s frame is that it is typically constructed of solid lumber, meaning any swelling will be temporary. While mold precautions should certainly be taken to prevent an outbreak, most frames will remain structurally sound after a flood.

Appliance Ruining. Ovens and refrigerators contain insulation and almost always require replacement following a flood. That being said, other types may be able to be salvaged, but they must be inspected by an expert to be certified as safe before using.

Furniture Damage. Upholstered furniture can absorb a surprising amount of water, making it susceptible to water damage and mold growth. Furniture made of wood, glass pieces, and other miscellaneous materials should be cleaned thoroughly but should be OK for use.

If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 247 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.

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Sound the Alarms

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

alarm Practicing the prevention of fires, and keeping batteries in your alarm is important, however, if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO.

Have you tested your fire alarms lately? According to the Red Cross, you could have as few as only TWO MINUTES to escape safely from your house after a fire begins. 

This is why testing your fire alarms should be a part of your home maintenance routine! These alarms in your home make sure that you get alerted as soon as possible that a fire has started. 

The next item on the list is having a planned fire escape route. BUT, having it isn't enough- you need to have practiced this route with your family ahead of time. Check out this free worksheet from the Red Cross to help you as you plan for your home!

Two minutes is quick, but disaster strikes in the blink of an eye. Make sure that your family and your home are ready. Once your family is safe, you can call in the professionals to handle your home.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today!

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24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe burst SERVPRO is committed to providing the best services to homeowners and business owners in Houston.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - (281) 412-6211.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration-in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. 

What to Expect 

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur? 
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

Restoring your Commercial Property after a Water damage Event

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

water Let US Help YOU!

Flooding and water events affecting commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable, quick, and flexible response.  Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.  In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

SERVPRO understands the stress and worry you have when your home or business experiences fire, storm, flood, wind, snow, or other damage. We limit that damage and restore your property. We give you the reassurance that comes with getting your property and your life back to normal as soon as possible.

But homeowners and businesses rely on us even before disaster strikes. Watch for our frequent posts on Facebook, on our blog, and on other social media. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno constantly provides educational information about protecting your home or business from damage. We also present ways to handle emergencies.

Our owners, Pat and Tammy Munoz, have won several corporate awards for serving customers well. In fact, customer satisfaction is essential in SERVPRO quest to excel at cleaning up and restoring residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage. Our award-winning service also includes helping customers reduce mold and mildew from their homes and businesses; handle biochemical cleanups; restore valuables after soot and smoke damage; and more. 

If you find your business in need of water or fire restoration, please call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Waterborne Dangers

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage Waterborne Dangers

Waterborne Dangers in Commercial Properties

Standing water is an ideal place for microorganisms, like bacteria, and viruses, to breed. The chances of standing water becoming a breeding ground increases when the water damage contains toxins and sewage. Even if the floodwater comes from a clean source, the microorganisms that breed.

Dampness is another risk worthy of concern. The dampness of household items, furnishings, and even the building can create an environment that encourages the growth of mold, dust mites, microorganisms, and cockroaches.

Why Cleanup After a Flood is Important

Cleaning up after a flood or water damage should be a priority. The cleanup process should also be handled with care. Any items that get cleaned must be cleaned properly. Throw away anything that cannot get cleaned or is damaged beyond repair.

Excess moisture after a flood or water damage negatively impacts indoor air quality. Because of this, flooded areas need thorough cleaning as soon as possible. Here are a few of the problems caused by moisture:

The environment becomes perfect for the reproduction and growth of microorganisms that cause health effects.
Long-term exposure to humidity is ideal for the population of dust mites.
Anyone involved with cleaning up after a flood or water damage should wear proper attire that includes masks and gloves. Coming into contact with many of these contaminants can cause illness.

The Cleanup Process

No one enjoys cleaning up after a flood or water damage, but its importance cannot be overestimated. The health of everyone who lives in the home may be affected. Depending on the severity of the water damage, the cleaning process can be an arduous task. Here are the necessary steps that need to be taken.

  1. Find the source of the leak and stop it.
  2. Figure out who could get affected
  3. Determine the extent of the problem
  4. Formulate a cleanup plan

The plan needs to involve removing water-damaged items and furniture while protecting those involved in the cleanup process. Any items that can be salvaged should be cleaned. Those that cannot be cleaned should get thrown away. Any items that sat in water for 24 to 48 hours needs to get thrown away. Once everything is clean, do a final check to assess the thoroughness of the task. Throughout the process, make sure everyone involved is wearing protective gear.

It is important to not rely solely on air purification devices to get the job done. Proper cleaning and throwing away damaged items from water damage is the only way to clean after a flood.

We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Disaster, storm, and flood damage
  • Mold Damage

Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

Prepare Your Business For Storm Season

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

Be Ready SERVPRO - Be ready for whatever happens!

Partner with SERVPRO to Develop Your Personalized Emergency READY Profile (ERP) and Prepare for a Fast Response to Flood Damage

Although storm season is a yearly certainty, merely knowing the damaging heavy rainfall and winds are possible does not limit the effect of a storm that strikes close to you. Devastating damage can still threaten closure and loss of business. No restoration company can stop a tropical storm from causing structural damage and flooding, but our forward-thinking mitigation and remediation experts can assess your property’s vulnerabilities and put together a blueprint of the most effective way our restoration crews can respond to get you back to business fast and make it "Like it never even happened."®

How Does the Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) Work?

Put yourself in control of your business’ flooding damage by taking proactive action. Invite our trained and experienced project managers to come and assess your structural layout so we can create a plan that you can use to assist against potential flooding damage in two distinct ways:

We look for ways your current operation can be reconfigured to limit the effects of flood damage:

• Storing documents off-site or in water-proof containers
• Converting records to a digital form
• Raising equipment off of the floor
• Protecting inventory by choosing safer spaces for storage in your building, containment, or periodic off-site storage

We familiarize ourselves with your layout and ways of operating, and identify the likely path of flood waters entering and the best operational path towards mitigation:

• Label utility shut-offs


• Note recesses and building cavities that could trap water


• Develop a response plan with your input

• Clarify that SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is your preferred restoration company

• Define the reconstruction costs associated with different levels of damage, so you can plan ahead of disasters and have response funds in place for quick mitigation and restoration


• Provide contact information for vendors and contractors who developed your space and systems


• Designate individuals whom you authorize to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the crisis

Work with SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno to create a comprehensive ERP and ride out this storm season, knowing you are well-prepared for any disaster. Call (281) 412-6211 now to schedule your no-obligation assessment.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

24/7/365 SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (281) 412-6211

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALL TRUST SERVPRO’s EXPERIENCE BY BECOMING Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

COVID Cleaning We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

If you’re a business owner, you know how important it is at this time to have confidence that you’re operating in the cleanest, safest environment possible. That’s why many businesses are calling on SERVPRO to help them in the deep cleaning of their spaces so that employees and customers alike feel good about coming in.

SERVPRO has helped businesses of all sizes and across many industries that have put their trust in SERVPRO’s more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration by becoming Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or email Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com to see how we can help clean your home or business.

Insurance Services

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

We can help Highly trained specialists are ready to respond quickly to your water damage emergency.

As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO offers your insurance company an array of competitive advantages. Our goal is to restore both your customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation and adherence to IICRC standards.

The result? Lower claims costs and satisfied customers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Why SERVPRO?

The SERVPRO Difference - Our SERVPRO Professionals are uniquely qualified to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

 

Large Loss Response

No Restoration Project Is Too Large Whether it’s a large commercial project or a major storm event, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help quickly.

 

Training

From initial training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to IICRC certifications, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration.

Do You Have Water Damage?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen As a locally owned and operated business we are in your areas, and can respond immediately to your property damage emergency.

Save Your Data from Water Damage with the Assistance of SERVPRO!

In the digital age, your personal data is more important than ever, however, it is also extremely fragile. Water damage can corrupt the data stored on your precious electronics and electronic media. Your paper files, too, are at risk of being completely destroyed by water. Books and documents can be rendered unreadable if left in water for too long. If you have electronics and documents at risk of being lost, then call the professionals at SERVPRO to get on the path to data preservation.

Whether it is paper, electronics, or electronic media, we are experienced in a variety of techniques for saving your property. However, not all types of media were created equal, and some are more difficult than others to save. Paper documents and books are often the most difficult type of media to preserve in the case of water damage. They must be completely frozen and dried through sublimation, where the water affecting the paper is turned from ice into gas.

It should be noted that non-SERVPRO specialty electronics cleaning/repairs services will likely be needed in addition to the services SERVPRO can provide.

We know that your data is important. If your personal data is at risk of being ruined by water damage, then call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211.

A New Standard of Clean

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Crew with logo As our communities get back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean.

At SERVPRO, we understand the many questions and concerns our customers are experiencing during this pandemic. We want you to know that we continue to monitor and adhere to all CDC and EPA guidelines with regards to our procedures and cleaning products that we use. We are committed to our customers and our community, and now than more than ever we are here to help.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

So, when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more?

Call us today to schedule your cleaning.
(281) 520-8197 Kimberly Robb 

(281) 520-8196 Madeline Beeler

Do You Need Our Help?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

sewer drain with logo Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

Need Emergency Service?

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Water Damage Timeline-Within Minutes

• Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

• Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

• Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

• Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Have Questions? Call Today (281) 412-6211

Related Water Services

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

SERVPRO Cleans and Disinfects after a Sewage Blockage

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow Why Call in SERVPRO for a Blockage--Because Your Property Will Be Safe and Sanitary

Cleanup After Sewage Backup in Your Home

Your home can get threatened very quickly and with little warning. Hazardous conditions like sewage backing up into the house can present an immediate health risk to the occupants of the house but also require urgent attention to keep the situation from getting worse. Our team has the experience and availability to provide fast responses to emergencies like these with the training in biohazard cleanup to make a difference quickly.

Sewage backup cleanup for your home is critical as the situation continues to get worse without the appropriate intervention of trained professionals like ours with the tools to assess the situation and clean up the mess. As a homeowner, your concerns are the cleanliness of the affected surfaces and materials after an incident like this, but our SERVPRO team has advanced technology, equipment, and training to thoroughly clean, disinfect, deodorize, and restore affected areas of the property.

There are often contaminants, bacteria, and other hazards present in raw sewage backing up into your home. Whether from a septic tank or a city sewer line, pathogens are always present in this black water. Our technicians have unique training in biohazard cleanup to utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment and use the right tools to clean up the area quickly. Affected materials exposed to the contaminated water must often get removed and later replaced with new materials. The framework of the affected areas must get thoroughly dried to ensure that no moisture persists. With present bacteria likely in the lingering moisture, mold growth or potential health effects could result from inadequately dried materials.

Our SERVPRO team has deodorization equipment like our thermal foggers to help remove the nasty odor left behind by the sewage backup. While many of the exposed soft materials have gotten removed from the area, those that remain can also get deodorized with the use of this thermal fogging equipment.

Sewage is nothing that a homeowner should attempt to remove or handle on their own. Give our experienced SERVPRO biohazard team a call right away to help you resolve this emergency at (281) 412-6211.

Pack-Outs for Soot-Damaged Items

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Boxes Pack-out boxes with contents ready to be cleaned at our local warehouse.

After dealing with clean up and recovery from a fire in a business or home, the last thing one wants to handle is cleaning every soot-damaged item in the building.  One of our many services for fire damage and restoration is our Pack Out service. 

This can involve carefully

  • Packing soot-damaged items
  • Transporting them to our warehouse for storage and cleaning
  • Attentive restoration using high-tech methods, such as our Ultrasonic machine.
  • Wrapping restored items in paper or bubble wrap
  • Re-boxing them for delivery to the owner….Voila’!!

Our ultimate goal is to restore items to pre loss condition.  However, not everything is able to be fully restored after being damaged by fire. In which case replacement is recommended.  

For information about our fire-damage restoration process click here

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is locally owned and operated and is a “trusted leader in the restoration industry”.  We are available for Emergency Service 24/7. 

Call Kimberly Robb at 281-520-8197.

Office 281-412-6211.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cleaning FAQs & Tips

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Company photo of COVID cleaning In the continuing fight against the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to know where to get a deep cleaning in the event of an outbreak.

If you’re a business owner, you know how important it is at this time to have confidence that you’re operating in the cleanest, safest environment possible. That’s why many businesses are calling on SERVPRO to help them in the deep cleaning of their spaces so that employees and customers alike feel good about coming in.

Join SERVPRO Chief Marketing Officer Mike Stahl in the following video series as he explains how SERVPRO has helped businesses of all sizes and across many industries that have put their trust in SERVPRO’s more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration by becoming Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

If you’re interested in a free quote for your business, call Kimberly Robb at 281-520-8197 for a FREE estimate.

Is your phone making you sick? How to disinfect your cellphone from germs.

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Cell phone Be mindful of how and when you use your device and take the proper steps to disinfect germs from your phone at least a couple times a week.

For many of us, cell phones are like extensions of our own hands. From texting to talking, and surfing to shopping, our devices allow us to do almost anything from pretty much anywhere. And since that has become the norm, our phones have become really dirty. The good news is that it’s simple to disinfect germs from your device. So, the next time you check your email at the dinner table or pass it to your kids to keep them entertained for a few minutes, think about the last time you cleaned your phone. It could make a big difference.

How to safely disinfect your phone from germs (SERVPRO.com)

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. COVID-19 has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program

Call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or email Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com to see how we can help clean your home or business.

Be Ready!

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

ERP App Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency. Ready Plan | SERVPRO Ready Plan 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Ready to Get Started? Learn more.

What to do Before, During, and After a Power Outage

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Candle Stay safe this season by following these tips to know what to do before, during, and after a power outage!

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternate charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps,. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

Storm Damage?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage with logo We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Flooding in the Houston area?

Flood Factor is a great resource for finding out the probability of flooding where you live. It is a free online tool created by the nonprofit First Street Foundation. It makes it easy for Americans to find their property’s risk of flooding and to understand how flood risks are changing because of a changing environment. According to Flood Factor, Pearland properties have a 31% risk of flood exposure.  Houston sits at 34%.

SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has been helping the Houston and surrounding communities mitigate flood damage for years, and we know that our fast response time helps to minimize the damage and cost of repairs in many cases. Here are some storm and water damage safety tips from our website:

Safety First:

  • Stop the source of water damage; call a plumber/or wait for the storm to end
  • Turn off the electricity
  • If it is not safe to stay in the house, evacuate everyone, including pets
  • Have all your relevant documents in one safe, dry place
  • If you have homeowner’s insurance, start the claims process
  • Document everything with photos, and wear protective gear
  • If you are a tenant, reach out to your landlord or property manager

Call Us Today!

When your home or business experiences flooding, SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 281-412-6211. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is Independently Owned and Operated.

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno.

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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.

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

SERVPRO 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is the 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 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 crises, 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 effects 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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Category of water damage 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 number of contaminants that can potentially cause discomfort or illness to those who come into contact with it.

 Our professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 we’ll make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard Cleanup Importance

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hiring SERVPRO 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 use the right techniques to prevent health hazards, but 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 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno will protect you and your property from the potential long-term effects of violent crime.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

We Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

COVID Cleaning 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

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

fire tips Commercial or Residential Fire? Call us at 281-412-6211. Faster to any size disaster.

For many families it's 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

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Sewer cleanup 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:

  • Computers
  • Chargers
  • Televisions
  • 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.

Water Damage? Call Us Today!

Office (281) 412-6211

Kimberly Robb (281) 520-8197 

SERVPRO Products Now on Amazon!

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Product 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."

Breaking News:

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno) 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.”

BUY NOW

More about Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Commercial Property

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

commercial water damage SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here to help reopen the doors to customers.

Houston flooding can shut a business down for a day, a week, or longer. The water, particularly if it is contaminated, must be removed quickly by a professional service. It reduces the amount of damage, reopens the business, and is preferred by the insurance companies.

 
When there is a shutdown after commercial water damage, businesses need to reopen to support their customers, employees, and owners.  We begin with a quick inspection to determine the type of water, tools we need, and how many technicians required for the job. Most water damage in municipal or government offices comes from a burst pipe that brought water into the building. The water is clean, meaning it contains no contaminants and requires no special actions or protective gear.
 
If the damage includes a clogged toilet or a broken, outgoing sewer line, then the water contains some contaminants. This water is gray or black, depending on the amount present. Our work crews wear protective boots at the minimum and in extreme cases, a full protective suit. Before we start to pump out gray or black water, SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-microbial chemical agent on the water surface. Once we remove the water, we spray the chemical agent on all surfaces the water covered.
 
In these buildings, there are few carpets except in some private offices or waiting areas. If the water was contaminated, we remove them as soon as we can and spray the area underneath with an anti-microbial agent. If the water was clean, technicians use extraction wands to draw out nearly all of it and then move on to drying the facility.
 
With the threat of contamination removed along with the water, we dry the facility. For any traces of water, we use long-handled squeegees to push it off the floor and outside the building. Finally, we set up fans to draw the damp air outside. To replace it, we install air movers at key points to force warm, dry air across floors and walls. Technicians direct and control the level of this air flow to prevent additional damage while drying everything.
 
Regardless if it is a government services building or your private business, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here to help reopen the doors to customers. For more information on what our restoration teams can do for you, call us today at (281) 412-6211.

Commercial Mold Remediation

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold logo Commercial facilities have their own concerns compared to a home, but SERVPRO is ready to help!

Getting the water out of a structure is often the easy part of clean-up after a flood or plumbing failure. Depending on the building and its construction materials, trying to dry it out and deal with any mold problems can be more time consuming and expensive.


SERVPRO has extensive experience in the Houston and surrounding areas dealing with commercial mold damage. Many of the commercial buildings we clean are constructed from cinder blocks which have their own special requirements.

The open cells in cinder blocks can retain a significant amount of water or moisture if the affected walls have equalized with the surrounding environment. This means that the humidity and temperature have become roughly the same inside and out. When that occurs, there is little to no transfer of moisture from the wall to the outside. This is when our technicians may have to drill a series of holes near the bottom of the wall to assist in removing standing water and increase moisture transfer. This is done through the mortar between the blocks which can be easily repaired and patched. If the affected wall has either a gloss or semi-gloss paint on the outside, then this will have to be done as the paint acts as a vapor barrier which reduces transfer even further.

All of this has to be completed before mold can be cleaned and removed. While it may seem that we have to do is leave the wall alone, you have to remember that a mold growth smaller than a pinhead contains hundreds of spores. These spores can escape or grow through even the smallest crack to infect areas of a building that may have even been water free originally. Once the water and moisture have been dried, our technicians will use anti-fungal foggers to destroy the spores in the wall. Then, they will set up exhaust fans and specialized vacuums with HEPA filters to remove everything possible.

Commercial facilities have their own concerns compared to a home, but SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is ready to support all of our neighbors and fellow business owners. If you notice excessive moisture or have that "musty odor" which indicates the presence of mold, call us today at (281) 412-6211.

The Anatomy of a Water Damage

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of pipe Make calling SERVPRO synonymous with calling 911 in an emergency – there is simply no other choice. 281-412-6211!

Experiencing a Water Damage (or any other damage) in your residence or business is one of the more stressful experiences anyone can go through. Often, your most valued asset/s are damaged, the scenes are chaotic, decisions must be quick and precise, and all desired outcomes depend on what happens next.

Restoration industry in Houston offers a great variety of companies, ranging from smaller ‘mom and pop’ type of operations to bigger names such as SERVPRO and anything in between.  There are many advantages of hiring an established name in the damage restoration industry, here are just a few advantages SERVPRO offers over competition:

·         No job is too small or too big – if additional equipment is needed for commercial damage restoration projects, we are able to leverage the vast network of SERVPRO franchises, as well as SERVPRO Strom Teams and Corporate headquarters in Gallatin, with a 24hr turnaround guarantee (equipment shipment)

·         Internal ability to develop customized chemicals – there are many chemicals in our arsenal readily available, albeit if a specialty solution is needed it can be prepared at SERVPRO’s chemical plant in Gallatin, Tn.

·         Established more than 50 years ago SERVPRO brand brings experience and knowhow unmatched in the restoration industry, i.e. - there are many established treatment protocols, well researched practices, state of the art equipment packages for franchises and well aligned back-office support.  

It really would take a separate essay to list all of the advantages SERVPRO ofFriendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno, but for the purpose of this argument we will stop with the above listed.

The choice is clear! In a Water Damage, Fire Damage, Mold Remediation, or any other Restoration need, our residents and businesses can rely on SERVPRO. In addition to all of the so-called brand attributes we offer the following advantages over competition and even other SERVPRO locations:

·         IICRC certified technicians – in short IICRC is an entity that regulates damage restoration, not all restoration companies have IICRC certified technicians, we do.

·         Technicians who handle multiple aspects of damage restoration and even reconstruction, which allows them to be versatile and provide an insight into damage remediation that typically cannot come from a “one trick pony” type of technicians, many restoration outlets rely on specialty tasking.

·         Most technologically advanced infrastructure and equipment.

·         Strategic location that allows SERVPRO to provide timely response, aka be “Faster to Any Size Disaster”!

These are just a few advantages you can expect from SERVPRO – superior staff, infrastructure, and location simply elevates us above the rest. Greater – I’m afraid we are.

When a need for Damage Restoration service arises, and it is typically sudden, many crucial decisions must be made in an instant. Knowing which restoration company to use must not be one of them – make calling SERVPRO synonymous with calling 911 in an emergency – there is simply no other choice. 281-412-6211!

Common Causes of Home or Business Water Damage

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Leaky pipe - image of technician and customer talking We respond quickly to your flood or water damage emergency with skilled technicians to your home.
  • Plumbing Problems: It is not just a burst pipe that can create a leak in your plumbing. Pipes can corrode or connections to fixtures can become worn, causing major plumbing problems and water leaks.

    Prevention tips: When it comes to avoiding costly damage from plumbing problems keeping your pipes warm and avoiding clogs are the best things you can do. Even small leaks can cause plenty of harm to your home or business, any unexplained changes in your water bill can also be a sign you could have a hidden water damage problem.

  • Appliance Malfunctions: Supply hoses, water heaters and drainage systems are notorious for springing leaks. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of gallons of water can flood your home or commercial property if any of these connections or holding tanks becomes corroded or damaged.

    Prevention tips: Check and maintain your appliances and hoses regularly, looking for leaks or signs of wear. Damaged hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a big mess and expensive property damage.
  • Roof Damage: A leaking roof can quickly cause extensive water damage in your home, dripping down through the ceilings and walls of your structure.

Prevention tips: Doing regular inspections for roof damage is a great way to avoid the costly after effects that storms, and weathering can bring. Looking for missing shingles or ponding that could lead to water intrusion. Any place where there are openings or joints in your roof, there’s the potential for leaks down the line.

Many of these common water damage issues can be prevented by keeping up with property maintenance. However, not all water infiltration can be stopped. When a pipe bursts or a storm creates a hole in your roof, you not only need to worry about fixing the leak problem, you need SERVPRO’s expert water removal and restoration service to protect your home or business.
 
We respond quickly to your flood or water damage emergency with skilled technicians to your home, our team’s primary goal is to mitigate additional damages with preventative procedures and neutralize and recover sustained damages using expert skill, experience, and equipment.

How Do You Clean Your Belongings After a Fire?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage Cleaning your home after a fire takes a lot of time and work, but it can be done. Get help from SERVPRO.

The fire trucks have left and the Fire Marshall says your home is safe again, but a strong, smoky odor remains. Will you have to get rid of everything? How much dry-cleaning, wall-scrubbing and airing out is it going to take to get your life back to normal? Here are some content cleaning guidelines to help you get started.


Clothing
Dry-cleaning is often the best choice for getting smoke-damaged clothing clean, but there are alternatives. Easy-care clothes with a light smoke smell can be washed using your normal laundry detergent and a tablespoon of vanilla. Stronger smells and soot may need to be washed by a textile professional who specializes in smoke and soot removal.


Upholstery and Carpet
Removing odors and soot from upholstery and carpet may require a dry-cleaning step followed by a wet-cleaning step. Talk to a professional, to determine what process will work best for your situation.

Non-Porous Items
Items made of metal, glass, rubber, plastic and ceramic can be cleaned effectively using ultrasonic machines. These machines use high frequency sound waves to remove smoke particles from your possessions.

Walls and Ceilings
If your walls and ceilings are blackened from the fire, you may want to consider using temporary content storage for your moveable possessions so that you can focus on cleaning the structure itself. As with carpet and upholstery, it may take several steps to get things satisfactorily clean. These steps may include scrubbing with detergent, scrubbing with trisodium phosphate and, sometimes, applying fresh primer and paint.

Cleaning your home after a fire takes a lot of time and work, but it can be done. Tackle cleaning projects such as dry-cleaning and carpet shampooing one at a time. Get help from friends, family and your restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. And rest assured that your life will indeed return to normal soon.

Construction Services available by SERVPRO

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Construction Services After the restoration process, we won't leave you with a mess because we are a full service in-house restoration company.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has a full reconstruction team to help you when you need it the most. (281) 412-6211!

The restoration process can be very stressful for a home or business owner. Your life is disrupted, and you suffered a loss. No matter how big or small the loss is, SERVPRO is here to help. We get to any size disaster faster than anyone else. You can trust SERVPRO to help you in your worst hour. 

SERVPRO has been dedicated to serving customers who need us for decades. Throughout the years, our customer service and dedication to helping our community has only gotten better. 

We are dedicated to helping our community when they need us most. After the restoration process, we won't leave you with a mess and we are a full-service in-house restoration company. That means once you call us, we will complete the project 100%, from the beginning to the reconstruction phase, which saves you money and keeps the project shorter and less disruptive. If you have water damage, need mold remediation and mold removal services, or need emergency cleaning services, call us!

SERVPRO is full-Service Restoration specializing in water damage and mold removal and remediation!

The Houston Science of Drying

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

flooded area We are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre loss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno Franchise Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, your local SERVPRO® will: 

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, your local SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.

SERVPRO® also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process
to help speed the drying of your home or business.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

The Fire Damage Process-What to Expect

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fire logo After you call the insurance company, you will immediately need to start the fire damage restoration process.

Fire damage to your home or a fire in your business can wreak havoc on your life. Once the fire is over, the real trouble beings. There are many things you will have to do to get your life and property back in good order. After you call the insurance company, you will immediately need to start the fire damage restoration process. This means calling in highly-skilled professionals to get your home back in pre-fire condition. Once the fire trucks leave you will have water damage from the hoses, smoke damage, soot damage and areas that need board up.


The same goes with fire in your business. You will need a team to deal with commercial fire damage. The entire process can be minimized once you call in a restoration company to help. The are always available day and night, and even on weekends, holidays and emergency situations. Fires can happen at any time, and you need to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

After a fire in the home, the first thing a restoration company will do is a professional assessment of the situation. Your home or business will have a strong smoke smell, soot damage and smoke damage that should be worked on immediately. A plan of action will be quickly formulated.

Immediate tarp and roof board up will begin. The professionals will board up all areas such as windows, doors and even the roof if needed. This will prevent further damage with rain or wind. Tarp will also be applied over the board up if necessary.

After fire damage, water removal is a crucial step. Lingering water can set up mold. Part of the fire damage restoration process will require the scrubbing of walls, furniture, upholstery and even carpeting to rid them and the home of soot damage, smoke smell and any other damage. The entire fire cleanup process will be performed quickly and professionally. A restoration company team consists of many people doing a variety of jobs such as odor control technician, fire and smoke restoration technician, upholstery and fabric cleaning technician and water removal technician.

Fire clean up after commercial fire damage is similar to fire in the home, just on a larger scale. The fire cleanup is performed in a way as not to disrupt your life. The fire damage restoration team will perform the process of sanitation. They will use scrubbers and foggers to eliminate any trace of smoke smell, smoke damage and soot damage.

The last step after a fire in your home is the restoration process. The restoration company can replace anything that received fire damage such as drywall. The fire damage restoration process will ensure that all remnants of fire damage will no longer exist. Fire cleanup after a commercial fire damage has its own set of issues. Odors are one of the biggest things to drive customers away. Teams will take care of the smoke damage and smoke smell that lingers after a fire in your home or business.

Professionals take special care when dealing with fire cleanup after a fire strikes your business. Commercial fire damage can cost you money and time. It is imperative that you get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211


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Tell me MORE! What is the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC) program?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe.

Our CSC program is designed to provide our communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens. If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, signage will be provided to display on a window to let everyone know it was sanitized and disinfected.

We adhere to SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) with EPA-approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience and result. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward.

Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe. 

We are proud to launch Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned— a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a level of clean that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

How can we help your business? When our logo is on your door, your commitment to clean is clear. When you choose SERVPRO, your employees, customers, and community can rest assured that you selected a “higher standard of clean” — Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Robb at 281-520-8197 or via EMAIL.

Water Damage Can Occur When You Least Expect It!

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water in garage We understand the needs of our community and you can rest assured that we will be here for you anytime, day or night.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is always available for our customers.

If you have ever opened your garage and saw water running out of your house, then you understand how nerve-wracking water damage can be.  We are here to ensure that your home is properly, according to IICRC standards, mitigated to help alleviate your worries.  As a locally owned and operated business, We understand the needs of our community and you can rest assured that we will be here for you anytime, day or night. 

Beginning with mitigation and ending with reconstruction, SERVPRO will ensure that your home looks “Like it never even happened.” at completion. We work with our customers to ensure that your concerns receive the utmost attention.  Call us today and see the SERVPRO difference.

Why Do Home Fires Increase in the Winter?

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Extinguisher If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away.

When the temperatures begin dropping, the likelihood of a house fire occurring begins to rise.

It is important to know the reasons why home fires increase in the winter as well as ways to prevent fires, both in the wintertime and year-round.

  • An Increase in Cooking
    Cooking—something most of us do every day—is consistently the top cause of home fires across the country, and this is not something that changes in the winter. In fact, it typically rises even more due to an increase in baking and general stove usage around the holidays.
  • The Risk of Heaters
    Heating-related issues are the second-highest cause of house fires, with space heaters being the most common culprit. These fires are typically from flammable objects being too close to the heating source or a space heater tipping over when it is not equipped with an automatic shutoff.
  • Candles and Decorations
    Anywhere there is an open flame there is an opportunity for a house fire to begin, which is why the use of decorative and religious candles can also lead to an uptick in house fires. Winter decorations can also be hazardous, with strings of lights and other electronics that are not frequently used being major culprits for fires.

Ways to Prevent Wintertime Fires

When it comes to house fires, practicing prevention is the best way to be prepared. Here are some general fire safety tips to remember year-round, but especially during the winter:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.

Our COVID Cleaning Safety Precautions

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Company photo of COVID cleaning Trust your certified SERVPRO® cleanup and sanitization experts.

SERVPRO® MESSAGE FOR CARRIERS AND AGENTS

In these times of stress and uncertainty, the threat of COVID-19 has many insureds unwilling to allow service providers into their home or business. The number one priority at SERVPRO® is safety. All SERVPRO® processes, procedures, and cleaning products adhere to and follow applicable CDC, EPA, and industry guidelines.

To protect our customers and our employees, SERVPRO® franchises, which are independently owned and operated, are required to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when entering a customer’s home to provide services. This protocol is relevant for services on ALL types of losses: water, fire, smoke, contents, cleanup, etc.
PPE may include the following:
• Respiratory protection / Masks
• Gloves
• Goggles
• Full Tyvek suits as needed

As an additional safety precaution, all equipment used is cleaned and decontaminated after EVERY job to help assure the equipment coming into your customer’s home is contaminant-free.
When it comes to disinfection and sanitization, SERVPRO® cleanup practices follow applicable CDC guidelines and use EPA-approved products. SERVPRO is here to help protect you and your family – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Trust your certified SERVPRO® cleanup and sanitization experts.
Call our Office at (281) 412-6211

Cleaning Tips From SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning tips - how to remove permanent marker Here are some ways to get permanent marker out of those places.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property.  So we know a thing or two about cleaning. Here are some easy ways to get permanent marker out of those places:

  • Clothes- use hand sanitizer
  • Walls- use toothpaste or hairspray
  • Wood- use rubbing alcohol
  • Carpet- use white vinegar
  • Furniture- use milk
  • White Board- use dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser
  • Ceramic or Glass- use 1 part toothpaste with 1 part baking soda

As always, test a small inconspicuous spot to ensure no staining occurs. We hope these tips help! SERVPRO is here to help if you have cleaning needs that cannot be accomplished by yourself. We are a phone call away at (281) 412-6211.

Water Damage After Your Dishwasher Malfunctions

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher flooded Water damage in your home is a big job, and you need the help of professionals.

A water disaster from a malfunctioning dishwasher can create havoc in your kitchen. Not only do you have water all over your floor, but it can also run underneath and behind all your cabinetry. It is an issue that needs to be handled promptly to avoid additional damage.


Water damage in your home is a big job, and you need the help of professionals. At SERVPRO, we have all the training and knowledge to help you out and do so in a timely fashion. Our experts understand that the longer the water sits in your house, the more chance there is for bacteria and mold growth as well.

Drying walls and floors under or behind cabinetry can be challenging. The walls behind your cabinets take more time to dry because of multiple layers of drywall and the cabinet backing. The construction of the cabinets affects drying as well. If there is no back on the cabinet, SERVPRO staff may be able to drill holes in the wall to let air circulate into the cavity of the wall. Once it is dry, we cover or patch the holes. If there is a back, the drying times are longer. We can still drill holes if needed in the cabinet back and then repair with a comparable material when drying is complete.

If your walls have been exposed to moisture for an extended period, and there is a possibility of sheetrock loosening, we may drill holes in the top of the wall to allow for greater airflow in the wall cavity. If it is an exterior wall, the fiberglass insulation might also be saved using this technique.

The area under the cabinets, the toe kick, is usually made of a less expensive material than the cabinets. Base molding can be mounted to the front of the toe kick. By removing the base molding and drilling holes in the toe kick, we can provide airflow under the cabinets. SERVPRO techs treat the toe kick area with the right biocide and use a vent system to force dry air into the cavity. Once drying is complete, we replace the base or shoe molding.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno takes care to thoroughly dry your home after it has suffered water damage. You can call us anytime at (281) 412-6211 so we can assist you in getting your home back to its prior condition.

Be Ready in 2021

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

ERP info and logo Be ready for 2021.

The new year signifies a fresh start. With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call your local Rep. Kimberly Robb at (281) 520-8197 to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2021.

Prepare for the Unexpected with our ERP!

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Digital file SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) App has been developed to help you be ready for whatever happens.

It is critical to remember that preparation is the best defense for your home or business against disastrous storm damages. While it is not always practical to foresee damages, having specific preparations in place, in case of an emergency, can significantly reduce the time it takes for remediation to occur. After all, "Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation."  

No matter if you're a homeowner or a business owner, "SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) App has been developed to help you be ready for whatever happens." The ERP allows you to "create individual emergency ready profiles for each of your properties, saving you time when minutes count." This app can "help you minimize how water or fire damage affect your home or business."

When you download the ERP app, it is essential to enter detailed information about your properties before any damages occur to them. Doing this allows you to "minimize business interruption" because it provides an "immediate plan of action."

Using the SERVPRO ERP app during an emergency is a simple process. Merely tap on the type of damage you want to report, and a request for remediation is immediately sent to us as a result. Without having to worry about the hassle of knowing your address, email, phone number, or insurance adjuster, we can head straight to your property, to save you valuable minutes of time. 

To further the effectiveness of ERP, you can schedule an appointment with Kimberly Robb, our SMM sales and marketing Manager to fully log your property into our files. We can visit your home or business to create a blueprint of the physical building, making remediation much quicker. From there, we can assess your property for strengths and weaknesses, allowing our techs to immediately go where they need to if an emergency occurs.


Call Us Today - (281) 412-6211

Kimberly Robb, Manager - (281) 520-8197

Questions We Ask Water Damage Customers

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Leaky pipe Questons we ask our customers.

As a homeowner dealing with an unexpected water loss, you may feel pretty stressed out (understandably).  And calling our office for help only to be bombarded with numerous questions can add to the stress levels when all you want is for someone to get out to your home ASAP!  But be assured, the questions that we ask are essential to help our crews be properly equipped with the restoration equipment that your home needs.  This is the first of several blogs to come reviewing one of the questions you will be asked when you call in a water loss and the reason that it is asked.

Question #1 – What was the source?

If you are not aware of the source we will try to help you pinpoint it and we may have to recommend that you call a plumber or a foundation repair company.  If you do not fix the source first, you risk having to request our services a second time or potentially damaging our industrial grade equipment while it has been left in your care.  Neither of which we would want you to have to deal with.

Knowing the source will also help us indicate if our crew will be dealing with clean or contaminated water.  As I am sure you are aware, when dealing with contaminated water, there are extra precautions that must be taken for the safety of you, your family (including pets), as well as the safety of our crew responding to your emergency need.

Don't forget to look under your sinks!

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy sink Look under your sinks!

As we start coming into the cold rainy season here in Texas, moisture can start to build up in areas of your home that have water intrusion. Some examples of water intrusions are from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. If these issues do not get taken care of in a timely manner, they lead to mold growth.  While it is normal for a small amount of mold spores to be present in most environments, once it starts spreading and multiplying, it can become a health risk. The mold typically latches onto organic materials in your home such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation. If your home has excessive humidity, a strong musty odor, or visible mold, call SERVPRO! Our Franchise has trained professionals in mold remediation who can safely restore your home to preloss condition. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today!

Why SERVPRO

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Company photo We are Here to Help!

Each morning at 8:00 am sharp, the entire staff of SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno begins with a meeting in our conference room.  We use this morning meeting to discuss the calls that have come in from the previous day and to assess what work is scheduled for the day ahead.  This daily meeting is just one example of the team approach SERVPRO takes in providing quality work to our customers.  

Offering full-service restoration, not provided by most smaller competition in the area, we are set apart.  When clients learn that SERVPRO can do all stages of the disaster recovery work, including reconstruction, they often feel relief at knowing that they will not have to deal with a multitude of people to get the job done.  

SERVPRO handles restoration work on both residential and commercial structures for damage from water, fire, smoke, sewage, and mold. Many of our jobs come from everyday mishaps such as leaky supply lines, busted pipes or backed-up toilets. We have staff members who deal directly with insurance claims submitted for damages and with an on-site showroom of flooring samples, tiles, cabinetry and more, we can take the stress out of getting a property back to preloss status. 

One service SERVPRO offers to businesses is the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) mobile app. Business owners can schedule a free, no strings attached appointment with an account manager to assess their properties and identify where shutoffs are located and whom to call should disaster strike. Having an ERP can help give business owners peace of mind should they need to take days away from their property for vacations or other absences.

We're a business no one hopes to need, but our hope is that we can assist both homeowners and business owners to be prepared, and to know who to call in such an emergency. 

Mold During Quarantine

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy wall Give us a call about removing the mold in your space.

During quarantine, some property owners temporarily shut off their HVAC systems which created ideal conditions indoors for mold growth. If you think you've discovered mold in your property, give us a call about removing it.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today –
Office (281) 412-6211
Kimberly Robb, Manager (281) 520-8197

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

Emergency Water Damage Tips

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher flooded Help is on the way!

Having any loss is devastating and responding when you’re in a state of panic is not always easy. When you have a water loss there are some steps you can take to prevent further and secondary damage. Here are some emergency water damage tips that the experts here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland have gathered that can help you take action immediately after a water loss while you wait for our emergency response team to arrive:

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.
  • Most importantly, call SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211.

Storm Readiness

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Power Outages Be Ready!

How do you prepare for a power outage?

Whether it’s stocking up on nonperishable supplies or formulating a plan of action with the rest of the family, there are numerous ways homeowners can ensure they’re ready. One of the steps you may not have considered, however, is to schedule an inspection with a local water and storm damage restoration company. If you’re curious to learn more about power outage preparedness and what you can do, talk with the experts at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. They specialize in storm damage restoration services and will be happy to supply the assistance you’re looking for.

Besides ensuring your home is structurally sound, the water damage restoration experts also recommend the following three tips for power outage preparedness:

  • Create an Emergency Kit: Always have an emergency kit on hand. This should include first aid supplies, light blankets, flashlights, water bottles, energy bars, and other nonperishable essentials to help you survive several hours without electricity.
  • Fill the Gas Tank: Don’t be left stranded with no transportation. Since gas pumps function on electricity, it’s a good idea to fill your vehicle’s tank at least half full, so you can get the entire family to a safe place if need be.
  • Purchase a Generator: If you have appliances or equipment that shouldn’t be without electricity for long periods, then you should consider purchasing a generator. It shouldn’t have to provide electricity for the entire house, but it should have enough power to sustain those few pieces of equipment.

Discover how you can be better prepared for the next power outage by contacting SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. They are knowledgeable about storm damages! One of the knowledgeable staff members at SERVPRO will be available to answer any questions you may have. Visit their website for additional information about their carpet cleaning and storm damage restoration services.

Commercial Cleaning Services

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Warehouse Commercial Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is known for fire damage repair and water damage restoration, but you don’t have to wait for disaster to strike to contact them. SERVPRO cleaning services and other commercial services erase the messes of everyday living to keep your office safe and clean.

Everyone in your office will breathe more easily after SERVPRO professionally cleans your carpets, upholstery, and air ducts. Dust and dirt collected in the air and fabrics in your office can aggravate allergies and trap odors. Regular commercial service cleanings extend the life of your carpets and your HVAC system, saving you money in the long term.

If you operate a business, you are responsible for the daily health and safety of your employees. That means providing a clean work environment. From regular maintenance like air duct and carpet cleaning to bigger issues like moisture problems, vandalism, or biohazard cleanup, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland can help with the commercial services they offer. You can expect professional commercial service for your office building, hotel, restaurant, or virtually any other business, providing the best impression to your clients with minimal disruption to their service.

SERVPRO technicians aren’t just another cleaning crew. The staff adheres to Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to ensure that you receive the most qualified commercial service possible. SERVPRO technician certifications include Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) for mold and sewage remediation and SCI/SPI/SEN Carpet Inspector certification.

Don’t forget that while they are happy to help with regular commercial services, SERVPRO also offers 24-hour emergency service in the unfortunate event of fire, flood, storm damage, and most other types of emergency damage repair and restoration, including emergency fire damage repair and storm damage restoration. To learn more about how SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno can keep your home or business clean and safe, call them at (281) 412-6211, visit our website, or like us on Facebook!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard technicians in PPE Businesses nationwide are putting their trust in Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to help reduce the spread of viral pathogens.

As your favorite stores and businesses are beginning to open up their doors, we are offering them an additional step to help ensure your confidence with a higher cleaning standard, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home.

Businesses nationwide are putting their trust in Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to help reduce the spread of viral pathogens. So make the commitment to a higher standard of clean and call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at 281-412-6211. Franchises are independently owned and operated. For details or quote, visit https://bddy.me/3lky3kn Call or email us at Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com to see how we can help clean your home or business. https://youtu.be/Gr8XI2ELWCo

Were Your Contents Damaged During Water Damage?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room Water damage accumulates quickly and can be detrimental. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Save Your Data From Water Damage With The Assistance of SERVPRO!

In the digital age, your personal data is more important than ever, however, it is also extremely fragile. Water damage can corrupt the data stored on your precious electronics and electronic media. Your paper files, too, are at risk of being completely destroyed by water. Books and documents can be rendered unreadable if left in water for too long. If you have electronics and documents at risk of being lost, then call the professionals at SERVPRO to get on the path to data preservation.

Whether it is paper, electronics, or electronic media, we are experienced in a variety of techniques for saving your property. However, not all types of media were created equal, and some are more difficult than others to save. Paper documents and books are often the most difficult type of media to preserve in the case of water damage. They must be completely frozen and dried through sublimation, where the water affecting the paper is turned from ice into gas.

It should be noted that non-SERVPRO specialty electronics cleaning/repairs services will likely be needed in addition to the services SERVPRO can provide.

We know that your data is important. If your personal data is at risk of being ruined by water damage, then call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211 or contact Kimberly Robb for immediate service, (281) 520-8197.

Smell Something Funny? It Might Be Water Damage

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Smelly House No one wants to find water damages in their home.

Do You Know How To Spot Water Damage in Your Home?

Do you know when to be worried about a funny smell? Most new homeowners are not water damage specialists, but the human nose is an excellent tool for sniffing out trouble. Your nose is not the only way to spot water damage in your new home. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and can help handle any moisture problems you may discover after moving in.

The sooner you notice a problem, the sooner you can call us to help mitigate ongoing damages. 

What should you keep an eye out for when you do your cleaning? Start at the top. When looking for roof damages, obvious water stains aren't the only problem. Swollen insulation is usually an indication of water retention. Check your flashing (where the roof meets the walls) for cracks and look for missing shingles as well as more obvious signs like holes. Look at door frames and molding. Unusual stains or dark spots on the walls can mean trouble.

Inside, make sure you check your appliances after you move in to be certain they are not leaking where you cannot see easily behind them. Cracked hoses and loose connections can be tricky. Ripples, buckling, and changes in texture can tell you the flooring has a water problem. Remember to trust your nose. If it smells wrong, it probably is.

Outside water damages and mold are often caused by improper drainage. Check your spouts to see that they are clear and make sure you do not have water pooling around the foundation of your new home. At the first sign of damage, you can call SERVPRO.

No one wants to find water damages in their home. If you do, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is available at (281) 412-6211,24 hours a day. We can make things “Like it never even happened,” so you can relax in your house.

Water Damage and Mold Infestation

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy wall The Real Truth Behind Water Damage Remediation Success

Contact SERVPRO to remediate water damage and to possibly help prevent mold.

Mold is always a concern whenever there is damage from water leaks or floods. Within 48 hours, mold can begin to grow and cause health effects. There are mold spores everywhere in low concentrations. However, warmth and moisture are perfect breeding grounds for mold.

SERVPRO provides water damage services along with mold remediation and prevention. We respond immediately to your call and formulate a plan to manage the water damage recovery and restoration. We understand that standing water should be removed immediately and drying activities implemented to prevent mold growth.

The crew chief can assess the water damage and deploy pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry your home before mold can begin to establish colonies. Homeowners can also turn on their AC systems to help with the drying process unless there is extensive mold growth. SERVPRO can guide you in this process.

Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresnoat (281) 412-6211 for 24/7 service.  We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage – Overflowing Toilet

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking toilet Overflowing appliances can cause serious water damage if left unattended. Contact the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today.

When toilets leak, the leak may not be noticed until there is water everywhere. The first step is to always shut the water valve off located to the side or just behind the toilet. Once the water is turned off, the damage can at least be contained. Use towels or whatever you have to block the water from seeping behind the walls or out the doorway to other rooms. 

Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno for help. We can respond quickly and contain the damage from your leaking toilet. Water leaks should be considered an emergency due to the potential of extensive damage to flooring and walls. Our technicians initially inspect the area to assess the type of water and the extent of the damage. A planned response includes:  

  • Mopping up any standing water that may have leaked onto the floor.
  • Verify the location of the leak and make necessary repairs before turning the valve on again
  • SERVPRO technicians can sanitize the area if needed
  • Remove excess water from carpeting and other porous surfaces
  • Evaluate whether content such as carpeting can be dried and restored. If not, it must be removed and replaced. The decision depends on the porosity of the material and whether the material can be dried in place. For example, it may be difficult to dry porous materials sufficiently to avoid warping of hardwood or the growth of mold

Since this situation involves clean water, affected non porous flooring can be dried and surface cleaned. It is important to act quickly. Even clean water can degrade and become a source of bacteria and viruses if left untreated. 

Our technicians can also restore your home to its original condition by replacing carpeting and flooring as needed. We also work closely with your insurance company to provide all of the appropriate information needed to administer your insurance claim. 

We are strategically located to respond quickly to your flood damaging event. Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211 for 24/7 service.

Hurricane Season is Here! Who Do You Call for Help?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Who Do You Call for Help?

We are prepared and ready. In the event of anyone needing our help, please call Kimberly Robb at 281-520-8197 for immediate assistance or our office at 281-412-6211.
Be sure everyone in your office has my number saved in their phone! 

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW!

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile, business interruption is minimized by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your customers' businesses. 

Are You Ready?

The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans ON a disaster, but you can plan FOR it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. I can help you quickly get your property back in working order. Give me a call to schedule a ERP for your building or commercial clients! Thank you, Kimberly Robb
SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and FresnoMarketing & Sales Manager Sr. Commercial Project Manager Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com Mobile – 281-520-8197

Tips to Help Students be Safe

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Tips to help students Tips for going back to school this year.

We know that going back to school this year will look different and vary widely. Here are a few tips to help students be safe, if required to attend class in-person.

Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program? Call Kimberly today at 281-520-8197 or email at Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Friendswood / Pearland Professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.

  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.

  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more?

Let Us Help You Get Back to Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing peace of mind & safety.

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. 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 hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Businesses in Houston are turning to SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to clean their facilities.  Our technicians are fully trained, certified, and insured to handle any disaster including pandemic disinfecting.

Call Kimberly today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation, 281-520-8197

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disinfecting a facility Here to Help Disinfect

As businesses are preparing to reopen, it is important to correctly clean and disinfect.  The type of needed disinfecting is a higher level than your day to day cleaning.  Disinfecting is vital to protect your employees and clients.  Though businesses are reopening, the threat of COVID-19 is still present and in order to reduce the risk of further spread is to take steps to disinfect your buildings.  No building is too small or too large for these services.  The experts at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno are trained to handle disasters.  Our Large Loss team specializes in disasters such as the Coronavirus Pandemic.   Our technicians are trained in Biohazard cleanup, Blood-born pathogen and virus trained, and IICRC certified.  Additionally, our technicians are fully trained in proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

What our reopening cleaning includes

SERVPRO reopening cleaning and disinfecting includes a wide range of services dependent on your business needs.  These services all include the use of EPA registered, Hospital Grade disinfectants approved for use in COVID-19 in both electrostatic fogging and spray and wiping.  Carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning may be required or suggested as well, depending on the facility.  Disinfecting of all touchable areas in your building will include but not be limited to: walls, doors, door handles, light switches, windows, tables, table tops, chairs, sinks, cabinets, filing cabinets, computer keyboards and mouse, phones, printers, lunch rooms, bathroom stalls and machinery.  Our technicians follow all OSHA regulations, as well as guidance from the CDC.

What businesses we can help

SERVPRO technicians are capable of helping many different types of businesses with our services.  We can effectively disinfect offices, salons, and small stores as well as large manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and schools.  All businesses in the state of Texas have at least these things in common:  employees and being affected by COVID-19.

Preventative Vs. Reactive

Preventative disinfecting is a service made for businesses that have not experienced a positive or suspected COVID-19.  Preventive cleaning still disinfects all touchable surfaces to treat any possible viruses that may be in your facility.  Reactive cleaning on the other handle is just that, a disinfectant service after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This disinfecting is a higher level of disinfecting, requiring the use of several types of services.  It is vital that if your business needs a reactive disinfectant cleaning to call us as soon as possible in order to correctly create a plan to reduce further contamination as well as spread of the virus.

Have Questions? Call Kimberly Today – (281) 520-8197.

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Water Damage? What To Do Until Help Arrives.

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Crew with equipment Helpful tips.

When your commercial property suffers water damage, every second to recovery counts.

Commercial water damage can be especially devastating since more often than not, it affects more than just a single occupant of the building. It can lead to loss of income for businesses, and severe hardship for any employees if they cannot return to work for a period of time. For these reasons, and more, you need a clean-up and restoration company you can trust. SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is that company!

There are actions you can take to lessen the damage until our team arrives, thus saving money and time.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible, or contact a qualified party to stop the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

 DON’T

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If water damage of any nature threatens your business, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno to restore your properties to pre-disaster condition. Commercial water damage can be reversed and we’ll have you back in business in a flash, "Like it never even happened."

Please call our office at 281-412-6211, or call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 any time of the day or night for assistance. We are proudly ranked as of one of the leading commercial restoration companies in the nation.

Got Mold? Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold? logo Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When 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 Kimberly w/ SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno for mold remediation services, 281-520-8197.

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 

4 Steps For Successful Hurricane Preparedness

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane damage with logo Prepare your home and family now.

 Hurricane Season started June 1st, are you prepared?

Follow these 4 Steps for successful Hurricane Preparedness.

  • Start putting together a disaster supply kit now. Get a medium-sized plastic container to keep everything dry and together. Include a flashlight (or few), extra batteries, cash, first aid supplies, water, portable chargers (fully charged), extra pair of contacts (if needed) and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. You might also want to throw a roll or two of toilet paper in your disaster supply kit (trust me on this one). An extra gas can (full, of course) won’t hurt either. 
  • Create an evacuation plan. 
  • Stock up on supplies. Make sure your portable generator is working, and you have plenty of gas on-hand.  Have a one-week supply of non-perishable food and water for each person. Don’t forget to get those prescriptions filled, also. If you have infants, stock up on diapers, wipes and formula.
  • Prepare your home. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (281) 412-6211

Specialty Cleaning Services

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded space with foam Commercial-cleaning

This 75,000 sq. ft. maintenance hangar had foam standing over 20 ft. high from a state-of-the-art foam fire extinguishing system that was set off in error. We've cleaned several unique commercial and residential cleanings over the years and this one ranks among the best of ‘em.

Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about our program?

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running.

Call Kimberly today at 281-520-8197 or email at Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com

Related Commercial Services

Smoke Alarm Safety

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home with logo Checking your smoke detector's batteries can help save you or the life of a loved one in the case of a fire.

You probably know what the smoke alarm in your home looks like. You should also (hopefully) know where it’s located. The big question you should ask yourself is, “Does it work?” The Residential Fire Safety Institute shows that over 92% of dwellings in the US have smoke alarms. Which sounds like a great statistic, right? But it’s also estimate that one third of those smoke alarms do not work.

Smoke alarms are fairly low maintenance, however, they cannot simply be installed and forgotten. Here are some tips to keep your smoke alarm functioning properly:

  • Replace smoke alarms every decade. After 10 years, smoke alarms have a 30% failure rate.
  • Vacuum alarms once every 6 months to once a year. An alarm clogged with dust and debris can affect the alarms’ ability to function properly.
  • Install both ionization and photoelectric alarms. The ionization detectors activate quicker for flare ups or flaming fires, while photoelectric detectors work better for slow, smoldering fires.
  • Test your fire alarms once every 3 months.

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Is Your Business Ready For a Disaster?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

ERP program logo By teaming up with SERVPRO® for your Emergency Ready Profile, your business can recover faster!

Are You Ready?

The best time to create a disaster plan is NOT while the disaster is happening, but rather well before it happens. Preparedness is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The big question for every business owner is “Are you ready for whatever happens?”

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By teaming up with SERVPRO® for your Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

SERVPRO Advantage

Below is a list of what SERVPRO® has to offer your business:

  • A No Cost Assessment for Your Facility
  • A Concise Profile Document
    • This contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A Guide for Restoration
    • This will minimize the amount of time your business is unable to operate by having a plan already in place.
  • Establishes SERVPRO® as Your Personal Mitigation and Restoration Provider
  • Identification of the Chain of Command
    • This ensures your company leaders are the ones responsible for authorizing work to begin and the appropriate members of the staff are notified with the status of your restoration project.
  • Provides Facility Details
    • Lists shut-off valve/breaker locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens”.

Call SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at

281- 412-6211 today get your SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® started.

How to Deal With the Aftermath of a House Fire

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire SERVPRO Logo Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211 anytime, day or night, to help you

A house fire is an absolutely devastating situation. No matter how quickly the fire was extinguished, it can still cause serious household damages and emotional repercussions for your entire family.

While handling the damage may seem overwhelming, you can make sure you are doing everything in your power to recover quickly and lessen the impact on your home and your mental well-being.

Enlist emotional support. 

The damage that fires cause can be alarming to see firsthand. Firefighters will often have to break windows or cut holes in the roof or walls, and many items that were not near the fire may still be damaged by smoke, soot and water from the fire extinguishers. When you are preparing to see your home for the first time after a fire, understand that it will be traumatic and you will need to grieve. Bring people who can provide emotional support to you and your family, and be open to seeking therapeutic counseling to help yourselves through the grieving process if needed. 

Wait to enter your home. 

Though things may appear to not be damaged enough to make your home a hazard, never enter without first checking with officials to determine everything is safe. The invisible damage a fire causes can undermine a home’s structural elements, and a second combustion may even be possible depending on the source of the fire. Make sure you always wait for the official OK before reentering your home.

Contact your insurance company. 

As soon as possible after the fire, contact your insurance agent to find out what your homeowners insurance policy covers and start your claim. Because policies vary so wildly, this should be done early on so you do not risk accidentally undermining your claim.

Document the damages. 

Do a full inventory of all the damages, and take detailed photographs so you have record of everything in the home that is impacted. Not only will this be helpful as you work with your insurance adjuster, but it is also a handy tool for your personal records so you can see what you will need to replace in the home. It’s wise to have an ongoing inventory of your personal belongings before you experience a fire. If you already have a documented inventory, use that as a guide when assessing damage. 

Contact your restoration company. 

There is not enough good that can be said about working with a qualified fire restoration company to help you mitigate the damages. Fires are extremely stressful for your entire household, but working with a company you can trust, like SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno, can alleviate many worries and headaches. We are experts at handling the details after a fire. We can help guide you through difficult steps, save you extra work and answer many of your questions along the way.

Call SERVPRO at (281) 412-6211 anytime, day or night, to help you recover after a fire. We live and work in your local Houston areas and understand what you need most after experiencing this kind of traumatic disaster. We’re ready to help!

Follow These Mold Safety Steps

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy logo Here to Help

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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 Kimberly Robb Today – 281-520-8197.

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

City overview SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will be ready to take care of you when the next storm hits.

After Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people were sent into a financial panic. Most people did not have flood insurance because their house was not located in what is considered a flood zone. Thanks to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, many of these families were able to begin the recovery process. But what now? What does this once every hundred years storm mean for your insurance? You will be surprised. 

New Flood Zones

Did the Harvey floodwaters cause over $5,000 in damage to your home? If they did, congratulations, you are now in what is considered to be a flood zone. Even if you have never flooded before this one event was all the insurance companies needed to raise their rates for flood insurance in your area. While it is possible and likely Houston will never experience another Harvey, we can not predict how the rivers and flood zones will change. Hence, causing the caution for all the rise in insurance.

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

There is no easy answer to that question. If you are in a flood zone, many communities will require you to have it. Here at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno, we say "You can never have too much insurance. Better safe than sorry." Our recommendation is if you are along the coast or in a flood zone including those formulated after Harvey, purchase flood insurance. If you are outside of a flood zone speak with your agent to calculate the risk and consider putting together an emergency storm fund. If you do deny to purchase flood insurance your agent will need to receive it in writing. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Either way, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno will be ready to take care of you when the next storm hits; And if you do have insurance we are on their vendor list. All you have to do is request us and we will come to take care of you. Experienced a catastrophic weather event? Call us at 281-412-6211.

Time is Money

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning.

A higher standard of clean

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

We would love the opportunity to schedule a brief Zoom or call with you to discuss employee safety, business continuity, and our pricing.

Call us today to schedule your cleaning.

(281) 520-8197 Kimberly Robb

Storm Team

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

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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?

  1. Promote and Plan
  2. Monitor the Potential Event
  3. Activate the Event
  4. Execute the Event
  5. Exit the Event
  6. Post Event

Time is Money

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO® knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is ready to help. Give us a call (281)-412-6211. 

Do You Have a Multi-Story Building?

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Skyline of Houston We service high rises in Downtown Houston and the Galleria area.

Here at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno, 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 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 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?

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. Give us a Call: 281-412-6211

Commercial Water Damage

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office with drying equipment This Property Manager was thrilled that we arrived so fast and did a great job!

This building experienced a toilet overflow on the 17th floor. SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno arrived within the hour.   We always begin by walking the job with the Engineer and Property Manager to discuss a plan of action.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Water Damage or Flooding? 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 

Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, Kimberly@SERVPROpearland.com

Got Mold?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

mold growth Got mold?

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 – 

Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, spkimberly1@gmail.com

Mold Remediation

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moldy hallway Call today!

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - Kimberly Robb (281) 520-8197
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Need Emergency Service?

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Water damaged living room We are here to help.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® helps you take it back.

Call Us 24/7 – 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

A higher standard of clean

With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Why take the risk? Call a SERVPRO® franchise professional.
Working to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today -

Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, spkimberly1@gmail.com

5 Tips For Making Your Carpet Last Longer

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Make Your Carpet Last Longer This is tip # 4.

1. Vacuum regularly

2. Spot removal

3. Groom carpet to prevent matting

4. Move furniture to change traffic patterns

5. Use welcome mats to limit the soil tracked in

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.
 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 

Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, spkimberly1@gmail.com

#1 Choice For Cleanup & Restoration

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Proactive cleaning. We can clean your home or business.

We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call or email us to see how we can help clean your home or business.

We follow industry approved standards for the level of dry, which often means most homes will achieve a dry stage in three to five days, while larger flood or commercial sites may take longer.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 

Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, spkimberly1@gmail.com

A higher standard of clean

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program?

Call Us Today!

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Call us today to schedule your cleaning. Clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.

Coronavirus Update

Here to Help®

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to the novel Coronavirus outbreak. 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. The CDC encourages cleaning of counters, tabletops, doorknobs, and other high-touch surfaces with a hospital-grade disinfectant.

At SERVPRO, we understand the many questions and concerns our customers are experiencing during this pandemic. We want you to know that we continue to monitor and adhere to all CDC and EPA guidelines with regards to our procedures and cleaning products that we use. We are committed to our customers and our community, and now than more than ever, we are here to help. 

We would love the opportunity to schedule a brief Zoom or call with you to discuss employee safety, business continuity, and our pricing.

Call us today to schedule your cleaning.

(281) 520-8197 Kimberly Robb

International Firefighters Day

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

To all the firefighters To all the firefighters that risk everything to save our lives

To all the firefighters that risk everything to save our lives, memories, and communities, thank you for all you do. #InternationalFirefightersDay

By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, we can show our gratitude to firefighters everywhere. The IFFD ribbons are linked to colors symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water.

  

The IAFF Foundation is dedicated to protecting and assisting IAFF members who put their lives on the line to save others, as well as the communities they serve.

When there’s a national emergency or natural disaster — from hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes to mass casualty events and civil disturbances — firefighters and paramedics remain on the frontlines serving their communities. To Donate to IAFF Foundation 

SERVPRO is Here to Help

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Cleanup procedures We want to remind you that we are specialists in cleaning services.

We want to remind you that we are specialists in cleaning services. We are working in conjunction with the proper authorities to provide needed disinfecting services. 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 the cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

At SERVPRO, we understand the many questions and concerns our customers are experiencing during this pandemic. We want you to know that we continue to monitor and adhere to all CDC and EPA guidelines with regards to our procedures and cleaning products that we use. We are committed to our customers and our community, and now than more than ever, we are here to help. 

I would love the opportunity to schedule a brief Zoom or call with you to discuss employee safety, business continuity, and our pricing.

Call Kimberly Robb at 281-520-8197 or email spkimberly1@gmail.com

https://www.SERVPROfriendswoodpearland.com/

The #1 Choice for COVID-19 Cleanup and Restoration

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Clean your home or business See how we can help clean your home or business.

We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration.

At SERVPRO, we understand the many questions and concerns our customers are experiencing during this pandemic. We want you to know that we continue to monitor and adhere to all CDC and EPA guidelines with regards to our procedures and cleaning products that we use. We are committed to our customers and our community, and now than more than ever, we are here to help. 

I would love the opportunity to schedule a brief Zoom or call with you to discuss employee safety, business continuity, and our pricing.

Call (281) 412-6211 or email us at spkimberly1@gmail.com to see how we can help clean your home or business.

We are Cleaning Experts

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Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning Here To Help

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the Kimberly Robb today – SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno, 281-520-8197.

Hurricane Season is Here

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Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall.


Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business. For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance.  Call us at (281) 412-6211

3 Reasons Mold Grows

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Office with drying machines placed on the floor Water damage in a Pearland, TX office causing secondary damage

3 Reasons Mold Grows

According to many mold remediation professionals, there are a few reasons mold growth could occur at your Pearland, TX, business. However, understanding the sources of these problems could help you take preventative steps. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Moisture Problems

In many cases, water damage can become a contributing factor to spore growth. This is because mold needs areas of high humidity to grow and a persistent source of water such as flooding or a leak provides this. In addition to creating a humid environment, water can also lead to a breakdown of organic materials in the area which is another contributing factor to spore growth. If you have water damage on your company property it’s best to fix the issue as quickly as possible.

2. Dim Conditions

In many cases, mold growth is found in dark areas or those with dim lighting. This is partially because these areas are usual cooler than spaces in the sunlight, but also because for some varieties the darker conditions creates a higher relative humidity which may allow the reproductive mechanisms of the mold spores to work faster. This is one reason why mold is found in basements, attics, and in spaces behind walls.

3. Organic Fuel Sources

As a fungi mold absorbs nutrients from organic materials around it. This can be structural material such as wood or drywall, or more decorative like wallpaper or carpeting. With a source like this is available in a dim or dark area of high humidity it creates a prime habitat for spore growth.
In most cases, mold growth requires a few conditions in order to thrive. These include moisture which can create humidity, dim light which often helps keep the area cooler, and an organic fuel source. Understanding this growth process can help you take preventative steps. If you do find problems a restoration professional can help.

Immediate Storm Damage Cleanup

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Storm damage can often have layers of destructive effects that must get addressed immediately to protect as much of your property as possible. Your flooring and carpeting can often be among the most challenging to address. Our SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno professional technicians can work to begin extraction and drying of damaged areas when we arrive. We work around the clock to prevent unnecessary secondary damage.

Our contents department will be able to determine what items and personal belongings are salvable and if we need to do a pack out to ensure your belongings are safe during the restoration process. With our team of qualified restoration technicians with accreditation's from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we offer focused cleaning, drying, and storage of these items in our climate-controlled facility.

Flooding can be a nightmare in your home or business and the effects only get worse the longer you wait. Give SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno a call at (281) 412-6211 to make your loss incident “Like it never even happened.”

Training Processes

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Logo of IICRC organization The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification sets standards and certification for inspection,cleaning, and restoration

SERVPRO Industries, Inc., has been established since 1967 and has redefined the mitigation and restoration industry. 

All SERVPRO employees go through several different training processes in the following:

•Crew Training

•Fire Restoration

•Water Restoration

•Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. 

At SERVPRO we also train our technicians to be IICRC certified through the IICRC Training Program. IICRC stands for The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification which sets standards and certification for the inspection,cleaning, and restoration industries. An IICRC certification helps to identify the most skilled, highly trained and dedicated technicians and businesses in the field. IICRC trained professionals are able to set themselves apart from others in the industry. Due to training, experience, and comprehensive examinations that set the highest standards in:

•Fire Restoration

•Water Restoration

•Carpet Cleaning

•Upholstery Cleaning 

•Applied Structural Drying 

SERVPRO is an approved IICRC Training School that offers year-around classes in each of those categories. SERVPRO even has its own Applied Structural Drying Training Facility. 

When you choose SERVPRO for your Water Damage, Fire Damage, Mold Remediation, Storm Damage or Cleaning we will make it Like It Never Happened. We can be reached 24/7 in order to assist you. Just give us, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno, a call at (281) 412-6211 

SERVPRO Facts

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  1. When your in an unexpected emergency situation and having to look for companies who can assist you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services then SERVPRO should be who you consider most. Don’t just take our word for it. Some facts to consider are as follows:
  1. SERVPRO has been around since 1967 when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company which started as a painting business. Today, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. One of the top 10 franchises, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company.
  2. At SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, our owner started our SERVPRO franchise over 20 years ago. We have the experience to go along with our state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians.
  3. All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do. Training is constantly updated for them when there’s any new way in the industry to best assist our customers.
  4. We help you work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done.
  5. We work quickly yet thoroughly to ensure that your home is restored, making it “Like it never happened”.
  6. At SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland we are here for you in case of fire damage, water damage, mold, storm damage and biohazard cleanup. Not only are we here for you but we are available 24/7 and 365.

If you experience fire damage, water damage, mold, storm damage or need a biohazard cleanup then call us, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211

Large Loss Repair and Cleaning

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Old damaged front of the building hotel Let Us Handle Your Large Loss

Thanks to our Commercial Large Loss Division ... NO JOB IS TOO LARGE!

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. The rate at which things move with ease and precision is unparalleled.

The SERVPRO Advantage is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Our team is massive and can be readied quickly to save you time!

HELPING TO MAKE FIRE AND WATER DAMAGE “Like it never even happened.”

The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Large size drying equipment on top of attached trailer. Specialty Drying Equipment for Commercial Large water damages.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (281) 412-6211 for fast help.

Preventing Lint Fires and Damage

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Dryer fires are more likely to occur during the fall and winter months, with the month of January seeing the most dryer fires. However, it is just as important to practice fire safety by cleaning out your dryer vent as often as necessary.

When should I clean my dryer vent?

  • You should clean out the ling filter after every load of laundry.
  • Check the back of the dryer for lint buildup every other week.
  • Every few months you should clean the exhaust for lint buildup.

If you experience a dryer fire, you should call firefighters to make sure that the blaze is extinguished. You may also want to contact a residential damage restoration services in Pearland,TX to repair damage to the area surrounding your laundry machines after a lint fire.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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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 Friendswood/Pearland 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.

Ash Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Ash is one of the most destructive factors in a fire, second only to the blaze itself in potential to harm your home. In some cases, ash may be present in such large volumes that it causes thousands of dollars in damage all on its own. Ash is difficult and labor-intensive to remove, but with the right crew and the right strategy, SERVPRO makes short work of it. So, where is ash most liable to cause extensive damage?

When Mixed With Water
In Pearland fire damage cases, ash often combines with water to create a staining and difficult-to-handle sludge. This material may require extra care and slower extraction than other material, costing time and energy otherwise spent on restoring other types of damage including burns and smoke odors. This material, while visually disastrous and time-intensive to take care of, is thankfully relatively straightforward to clean up and remove from a home.

Clogged Drains And Pipes
Ash is highly liable to clog up drains and pipes around the home. While lighter clogs may be easy to clean up and remove, in some cases ash may fill up an entire section of pipe and become packed in. When this happens, the pipes may have to be removed and flushed out with specialty equipment. SERVPRO technicians usually examine each water fixture in your home thoroughly to determine how severe the damage is before ripping out pipes.

Carpeting And Floor Materials
The most likely place for ash to end up is on your floor. Depending on the intensity of the fire, flooring may receive multiple inches of ash cover. This material is staining, dusty, and difficult to remove from most types of carpeting. In some cases, the carpet may have to be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has been helping local homeowners to recover from fire damage for years. Give us a call around the clock at (281) 412-6211 for our services

If a Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

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It is important to prepare before a storm or disaster occurs.  Consider the following steps to better prepare for an emergency situation:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans with your family.
  • Assemble or update your emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards in our Pearland city, and conduct drills to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies and storms can happen anytime to anyone.  Taking action now helps to protect not only yourself, but also your property.

When Storms or Floods hit Houston, SERVPRO is Ready!

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18 wheeler truck driven by company employee Ready for any size Disaster.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 Houston, 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 281-412-6211

When a pipe bursts in your home.

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Frozen burst pipe A burst pipe can cause serious water damage.

Here in Texas we don't have a many freezing nights. When it does happens, outside homes are at risk of burst pipes and all the headaches and water damage they bring. A burst pipe can happen almost anywhere, but usually occurs with pipes that are close to the exterior of your home.

The most critical aspect of dealing with a burst pipe is turning off the water supply and stopping the flow of water. Water in a crawlspace or basement is usually well contained and can be easily dried out. However, when a pipe bursts in the main part of your home, such as a toilet feed or an under-sink supply line, it can create a much bigger mess depending upon how much water has inundated the house.

When a pipe in your home bursts—affecting multiple rooms—travels from an upper level to a lower level of the home, or has been left unnoticed for more than 8 hours, professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment is essential for preventing long-term damage. If you see that water has seeped into the subflooring or the drywall the safest step would be to contact a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno to help remove or restore items that would otherwise be destroyed by mold.

Document Drying & Restoration

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Wet book Water damaged documents can be salvaged.

Does your home or business have important documents that are important to your well-being? In the event of a water at your home or business, SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno offers document drying services for those important files or personal papers.


Vacuum Freeze Drying
Items containing moisture are frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (direct conversion of a solid into gas without passage through a liquid stage – think dry ice).


Digitizing
With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.


Gamma Irradiation
Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a category 3 water loss situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only dealing with that water, but also are infected with all types of bacteria. If this is the case, decontamination is a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.


Certified Destruction
Unfortunately, many business and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

Winter Storm Tips

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Although it doesn’t happen often in Texas, we do still have days when the temperature falls below 32 degrees F. When freezing temperatures hit water in pipes, it can freeze, although you might not know it has happened until the pipe has thawed out. We all know that water expands as it freezes and becomes ice. If water has frozen in a pipe, the pipe can rupture due to this expansion of water into ice. As the ice in the pipe begins to melt, the water will escape through the ruptured parts of the pipe, resulting in water damage to your home or office.  

Here are some helpful tips for preventing frozen water pipes:

  • Keep your house at a warm, consistent temperature both day and night.
  • When you know temperatures will be dropping below freezing, allow water to run in all the sinks at a slow, constant drip. It only needs to trickle, and that tiny amount of water will keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  • Open up the cabinet doors in the bathrooms and kitchen. This will allow the heat from the home to circulate and warm up the pipes.
  • Keep the garage door closed to keep garage pipes from freezing.
  • If you leave your home for an extended period of time, do not set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  • If you do end up with frozen pipes that haven’t ruptured, a hand-held hair dryer or heat lamp can thaw them.

If you do have water damage as the result of a frozen water pipe, call SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at 281-412-6211 for your water restoration needs.  

Water Damage Restoration

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Has a water pipe broken or an appliance water supply line failed? Has surface water invaded your home or office? Has the roof leaked? SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is equipped to handle water damage in your home or office regardless of the cause.

Upon arrival to your home or office, our technicians will:

  1. Inspect the damaged areas and determine the extent of the water damage.
  2. Advise you of the extent of the damage and our recommended restoration process.
  3. Begin extracting the water from your home or office.
  4. Place equipment specifically designed to dry the structure, such as dehumidifiers and air movers.

With the use of moisture detection equipment, our technicians will monitor the drying progress daily to ensure progress is being made. If needed, our technicians might add equipment, set up temporary containment or find it necessary to remove some structural materials, such as drywall or baseboards, to improve the drying process.

We will keep you informed throughout the drying process and will work with your insurance company.        

The Two Phases of Water Mitigation

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Following water damage to your home or office, the water mitigation process is done in two phases. After inspecting your property to determine the extent of the water damage, and with your written permission, the technicians at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno will begin.

Phase 1 is where we extract as much excess water as possible from the affected areas. This might also include removing carpet pad.

Phase 2, the drying phase, will then begin by strategically placing drying equipment, such as air movers and dehumidifiers. We also have specialty drying equipment to use on wood floors. If moisture is trapped behind wet baseboards or drywall, we will remove these items so that your property can be completely dried out. Throughout the drying phase, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno technicians will use moisture detection devices to determine the amount and extent of moisture in the structure, with a goal for your property to be thoroughly dried as quickly as possible.

Air Drying Equipment Placement

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Airmovers equipment placed on kitchen floor Equipment placed 10-15 feet for maximum effect.

If a home floods from either natural disaster or if a pipe breaks, our technicians are trained and certified to know how to find the water and walk you through the removal of the wet materials. This can vary from sheet rock, base boards to carpet and tile.

When a room needs to be dried out, we set up our equipment around the room for optimum airflow. Our high-powered airmovers are designed to help accelerate the drying time of homes, businesses and it's contents.

The fans are placed approx. 10-15 feet apart and all facing the same direction. This helps focus the channel of velocity into the right places for maximum effect.

Call SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno with any questions you may have! 281-412-6211

How Long Does It Take To Dry?

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Equipment placed on empty living room to dry wet carpet and walls Drying time depends on the size and severity of damage.

Good question. Depending on the severity, depth of water and size of the saturated spaces... it could take anywhere from a day to a full week.

Our technicians are highly trained in mold remediation, water mitigation, fire restoration, bio hazard clean up and we also offer remodeling and reconstruction. They know how many fans and dehumidifiers to place per square foot for optimal drying time. If any cuts have to be made, they are sure to make them so that it is easy for a contractor to come in and build back what was removed or damaged.

Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 281-412-6211 with any type of emergency situation having to do with water, fire, mold or bio hazard (dead animals, chemicals and even human remains)

Pearland 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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Clock time reading twenty four seven. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today at (281) 412-6211

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Faster to your Water Damage Event

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Three green SERVPRO vans line up ready to depart SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland Ready to Help when you call.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (281) 412-6211

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Fast Response to Your Water Damage

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Office Ceiling damage Office Ceiling damage

Your disaster may not always be fire & water-related, but the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno are still "here to help" when it comes to other situations.  There are several services that you may never think of until a related disaster strikes your business including biohazard and crime scene cleanup.  Equipped with the knowledge, experience, and training, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will start helping the moment you call us at (281) 412-6211.  When disaster strikes, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line.  No matter how big or small the loss is, your local SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno Franchise Professionals will be ready to help make your business property damage "Like it never ever happened."  We are available day or night 365 days a year to help.

Why SERVPRO for your Commercial Properties?

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Restoration crew Why SERVPRO

Whether you serve customers on a daily basis or work from a private office, protecting your facility from water damage is essential for smooth daily operations. The following preventative measures can prepare your building for spring showers to come. Here is what you should know about preventing flooding at your facility.

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage in Commercial Properties 

1. Schedule Basement Repairs

If your facility has a basement, don’t forget to periodically inspect it for foundation cracks or other issues. Make sure to have any cracks patched and caulked so the room isn’t flooded after the next heavy rainstorm. You can also install a sump pump to remove excess water as well. 

2. Improve Landscaping

Property elevation plays a big role in your risk for water damage. You can avoid potential flooding by altering your landscaping to ensure that water flows downhill and away from the building’s foundation. Use downspouts to direct water away from the building as well. You should also schedule a property assessment to identify flood-prone areas and then work with a landscaper to fix these issues.

3. Clear Drains & Gutters

It never hurts to look at the weather forecast. When you know rain is on the way, double-check that all gutters, drains, and downspouts are clear of leaves and other debris. This way, you won’t have to worry about clogs causing water to back up and leak into the building.

If your facility has been affected by water damage, contact  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno  Serving Brazoria, Harris, and the surrounding areas, they provide a variety of cleanup and restoration services, including for damage from fire, water, and mold. Locally owned and operated, their IICRC certified team seeks to treat each customer as a friend of the family to give you the best quality service. To learn more about how they can help your property, visit them online or call (281) 412-6211.

Call the Houston Cleanup Team That's Faster To Any Size Disaster

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Fleet of green Servpro branded vehicles Houston's Cleanup Team

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.

SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno Franchise Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business. We are trained and equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages.  With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno Franchise Professionals can help you regain control quickly, ensuring your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local Houston water damage cleanup and restoration professionals.

How fast can Mold Grow?

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In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

Have a Mold Problem? Call us Today (281) 412-6211

SERVPRO is the Right Choice

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Line up green Servpro branded dehumidifiers in the parking lot. The Right Choice

All of our employees that enter your home are trained to safely clean and restore your home or business after it's faced a loss. Read our testimonials.

Below are the steps that we take for Cleaning and Restoring Your Home or Business in regards to a water loss:

- Identify the Source/ Type of Water

- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis

- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture

- Perform Emergency Water Extraction

- Move and Block furniture and Contents

- Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service

- Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)

- Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment

- Dispose of unsalvageable items

All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive knowledge about our services and equipment. Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland today!  281-412-6211

Water Damage Rescue 24/7

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Clock time reading twenty four seven. Water Rescue 24/7/365

When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. Our highly trained technicians will immediately respond to your home, inspect the affected areas, and begin the cleaning and drying process. Utilizing the latest technology, we will remove standing water and affected floor coverings, establish a scientifically based drying method, and monitor and document our findings daily until your home is SERVPRO dry. We follow industry approved standards for the level of dry, which often means most homes will achieve a dry stage in three to five days, while larger flood or commercial sites may take longer.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 

Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, spkimberly1@gmail.com

Madeline Beeler, (281) 520-8196, madeline@SERVPROpearland.com

HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING

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HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING

Your HVAC and Air Duct System will start to slowly collect dirt and debris, the cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss.

Health and energy efficiency is a major concern for many Houston property owners and managers. It is becoming increasingly important to clean and maintain your HVAC and Air Duct systems to avoid any negative impact it could have on the health and efficiency of your local Houston occupants.
 
As much as half of the energy used in your home or business goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.
 
Give SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno a call for a Free Assessment, we are Always Here to Help!  (281) 412-6211.

Let SERVPRO Help You Resolve Your Insurance Claim

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Insurance claim form and a pen laying on the table. Our team of professionals can help you get your claim submitted quickly and properly.

After the shock of dealing with a disaster is over, the next thing that people think about is "How am I going to pay for this?". That is a natural response and a great question given the high cost of repairing mold, flood, fire and/or trauma damage. The good news is that our team of professionals can help eliminate that concern!

One of the things that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is the how well we work with your insurance company. Our team of professionals understand the insurance industry and how the claims process works. We also know everything that needs to happen in order to get your claim submitted and your repairs covered.

So remember, if you have an issue with your home or office our team of trained professional are here to fix it 24/7 365 days a year! Not only is our staff trained to resolve your damage, we can help with your insurance claim too!

Benefits of Professional Houston Fire Damage Cleanup 

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Benefits of Fire Restoration Benefits of Fire Restoration

The reasons why professional fire cleanup is the crucial focus on safety and thorough remediation in Houston as elsewhere. A seemingly minor fire quickly extinguished, might appear to need merely a slightly more intense than usual seasonal cleaning. Taking this perspective is risky, with the potential to expose your loved ones and the structure of your home to invisible yet severe progressive damage.

Significant Water Damage

Merely because it was introduced on purpose to mitigate fire damage in your home does not negate the hazards of water damage. Slips and falls, electrical shocks, and permanent harm to building materials are just some of the dangers of firefighting water incursion. Efficient water removal and structural drying are essential before or while soot and other debris is cleared. Our technicians hold multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can move between tasks seamlessly.

Safety Concerns When Managing Toxic Residues

Regardless of the extent of the smoke and soot damage, cleaning is a hazardous endeavor. The chemicals, tar, and gasses produced by fire are toxic and abrasive. SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are highly-trained in appropriate strategies that clean fire residues efficiently while avoiding smearing and further damage to surfaces by sharp-edged soot particles. We match the type of soot with appropriate cleaners, tools, and methods based on research and experience, not trial and error. 

Specialized Professional Equipment

SERVPRO technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) when evaluating and cleaning your home. We frequently contain the work area with heavy-duty plastic sheeting and by operating a negative pressure air scrubber. The pressure seals the partition and forces airborne contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting outside.

Pack-Out Possibilities

The contents of your home suffer from smoke, smells, and soot, too. We offer a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document any items we remove for assessment, cleaning, deodorization, and other restorative procedures at our production facility. Our talented Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) employ a broad range of strategies to save personal possessions you feared ruined beyond repair.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno offers victims of fire damage a comprehensive array of professional mitigation and remediation services. Partner up with our skilled and certified team by scheduling an assessment at (281) 412-6211.

How to Clean a Mold Colony in Your Home

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Cabinet under kitchen sink doors open with mold growing. Got Mold?

Humid Conditions Can Cause Mold Damages in Your Houston Home.

While our residents might be used to the heat and humidity that affect the area throughout the better part of the year, this same humidity could catalyze damage to your house as well. With nearly every part of your home invaded with microscopic mold spores that exist naturally in the environment, these spores are waiting for the conditions to get met to seat into materials and colonize.

Many homeowners are unclear about the risks and effects of mold damages throughout their Houston residence. Education in why mold growth must get removed immediately is essential to protecting not only your property but those that occupy it. A mold colony can spread out of control quickly, eroding and degrading construction materials and the contents of your home affected by the organism.

Our SERVPRO team of IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can respond quickly to help. Once we arrive at your home, we quarantine the affected areas with the use of either negative air chambers or air scrubbers. These pieces of equipment can trap mold spores throughout the area to prevent them from spreading and seating onto new surfaces. As a preventative measure to make the isolation more effective, it is necessary to turn off air circulation equipment until remediation completes.

Removal of the mold colonies can happen in many ways ranging from sanding and soda blasting to direct contact with OSHA-approved anti-microbial solutions that can penetrate deeply into affected materials. If materials become too damaged by the organism, our franchise can offer build back and reconstruction services to make our remediation process seamless, faster, and more cost-effective.

While you might not be ready for the possibility of mold growth in crawl spaces and moisture-ridden areas of your residence, we have a dedicated team that can help you to remove it and encourage provisions to prevent it from happening again. You can trust our  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno IICRC-certified remediation technicians to arrive quickly and remove this hazardous presence from the property. Give us a call today at (281) 412-6211.

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

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Ceiling Water leak. Avoid coming to a Water Leak!

14,000 homeowners rush to deal with water leak emergencies every day- don't let it be you!

Follows these tips to avoid water damage in your house!

  1. Disconnect your water hose during a freeze. Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that may bust your pipes and create damage to walls and floors.
  2. Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks.
  3. Check your water pressure. If the pressure is too high, pipes and hoses may fail.
  4. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleaned out.
  5. Investigate leaks right away and fix immediately.
  6. Know the location of your water main. If you leave your house for an extended amount of time, shut it off to avoid leaks while you are gone.
  7. Monitor your water bill. Sometimes, the only way to realize you have a leak is by taking a good look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation then you may have a leak somewhere.

We here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at 281-412-6211 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. 

Winter Storm Ready

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broken water pipe with frozen water coming out of the pipe. Winter Storm

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

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Houston Rains Can Cause Flooding Quickly

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Man mopping floors in a lobby in from of an elevator. Flooding Quickly

As the rains fall off and on, the risk of flooding increases in Houston.  If flooding does occur, this water is considered contaminated or black water and you will need an expert like SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno to come out to remediate the situation.  Here are some tips is flooding or other contaminated water finds its way into your home or office:

•    Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
•    Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
•    Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
•    Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
•    Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance.  Call us at

(281) 412-6211.

What Is Black Mold?

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Mold can spread fast to all walls. Keep the humidity out, to avoid mold grow.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland immediately.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Cooking Fires

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Christmas tree decorated with caption Have a Safe Holiday Season Cooking Fires

Each December, families gather to celebrate the holidays by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving and Christmas being the peak days for cooking-related fires.  Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended- stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.  If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.  Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area.  Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable- pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains- away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.  Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms.  Use the test button to check it each month.  Replace all batteries at least once a year. 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!  SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here to help, even on holidays if a fire or water damage tries to ruin your holiday season, and is a phone call away at (281) 412-6211.

SERVPRO Will Be There In Your Time Of Need

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Loves our customers SERVPRO values our customers.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno takes pride in being in business for over 20 years. Our crew and staff have received intense training to take care of your water mitigation needs. Each member of our crew has been IICRC trained and certified. They know what it takes to do a job right with exceptional customer service. From the moment you pick up the phone to call us, you will be guided through each step we take and will be here to answer any questions you may have along the way. We strive to make the process as stress-free as possible. From crystal clear communication with your adjuster to complete transparency with our customers. We love being a part of our community to help when disaster strikes.

Happy Independence Day From SERVPRO!

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Happy 4th of July! We know summer is filled with backyard barbecues, parades, and fireworks displays, but did you know that more fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year?

Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires, including grass fires, explosions, and even people have been engulfed in flames during a seemingly innocent childhood tradition.

Before preparing your personal fireworks display, check which fireworks are legal in your area and that there is no burn-ban in affect.

Below is a list of fireworks that may be legal for purchase in your area:

  • Sparklers
  • Bottle Rockets
  • Firecrackers (Fireworks designed to explode on the ground.)
  • Roman Candles

Fireworks Safety Tips

SERVPRO is on call 24/7 for emergency fire damages, but of course, we would rather you avoid the fire hazard all together for your safety and those around you! Check out what the pro’s have to say about using fireworks safely:

  • NEVER use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Do not allow young children to handle fireworks. Have an adult supervise them closely and light the fireworks for them.
  • NEVER light fireworks indoors, not even sparklers! People often do not realize that common sparklers burn around 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle fireworks that did not ignite properly. It may seem like a “dud”, but the malfunction could cause an explosion you are not prepared for.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that have malfunctioned or have been used before discarding them in a trashcan.
  • When lighting a firework, do not place your head or body over the projectile.

Suffer a Fire Damage?

SERVPRO offers 24 hours service for any emergency. Give a member of our friendly office staff a call and schedule a time for an initial inspection. In the mean time, check out our online guide on what you should do until help arrives!

For more information on SERVPRO Fire Damage Repair and Restoration services, click here.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July from SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno!

To speak with a job coordinator about making an appointment, call the office at 281-412-6211.

Or visit our website: www.SERVPROfriendswoodpearland.com

Get ALARMED About Fire Safety

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Something as simple as checking your smoke detector's batteries can help save you or the life of a loved one in the case of a fire.

You probably know what the smoke alarm in your home looks like. You should also (hopefully) know where it’s located. The big question you should ask yourself is, “Does it work?”. The Residential Fire Safety Institute shows that over 92% of dwellings in the US have smoke alarms. Which sounds like a great statistic, right? But it’s also estimate that one third of those smoke alarms do not work.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance

Smoke alarms are fairly low maintenance, however, they cannot simply be installed and forgotten. Here are some tips to keep your smoke alarm functioning properly:

  • Replace smoke alarms every decade. After 10 years, smoke alarms have a 30% failure rate.
  • Vacuum alarms once every 6 months to once a year. An alarm clogged with dust and debris can affect the alarms’ ability to function properly.
  • Install both ionization and photoelectric alarms. The ionization detectors activate quicker for flare ups or flaming fires, while photoelectric detectors work better for slow, smoldering fires.
  • Test your fire alarms once every 3 months.

Where Should Smoke Alarms Be Located?   

Most homes have at least one smoke detector located in a common area of the dwelling, while business have many alarms spread throughout the building. Companies cover all areas of the business, especially when a surplus of electricity or a kitchen is used.  

While most businesses have all aspects covered, does your home have the same protection? While the kitchen would normally be seen as the most common area a fire would spark, fires can start in many ways and if you don’t have multiple detectors throughout your home, you risk not being notified of the fire in time for a quick, safe escape.

To ensure you’ll be alarmed no matter where you or the fire are in the home, check out this list of areas you should consider placing a smoke alarm:

  • Outside each bedroom area. This could be a hallway, or game room that contains the entrances to the bedrooms. 
  • In each bedroom. This ensures the occupant will be alerted if a fire were to start inside the room or outside of an entrance, such as a window or door.
  • If your home is multi-level, place an alarm on each level of your home, including any basement or attic areas. 
  • Near the kitchen and utility room. These rooms commonly hold the most appliances and contain the greatest risk for a fire hazard. Try not to keep the smoke alarm too close to the kitchen to avoid the alarm going off each time you cook. 

If your home or business has suffered from fire or smoke damage, click here to check out fire/smoke restoration services. Call a member of our helpful office staff at (281) 412-6211 for more information on our services or to schedule a consultation.

Is Your Business "Ready for Whatever Happens"?

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

emergency ready Download the app! Your company's important information and contacts is at your finger tips at all times!

According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, many of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy for peace of mind. 

Are You Ready?

The best time to create a disaster plan is NOT while the disaster is happening, but rather well before it happens. Preparedness is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The big question for every business owner is “Are you ready for whatever happens?”

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By teaming up with SERVPRO® for your Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

SERVPRO Advantage

You can get started building your SERVPRO® AEmergency Ready Profile® today! Below is a list of what SERVPRO® has to offer your business:

  • A No Cost Assessment for Your Facility
      • There is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value and peace of mind at no cost.
  • A Concise Profile Document
      • This contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
      • Only takes a little time to complete and will save you an immense amount of time if ever needed.
  • A Guide for Restoration
      • This will minimize the amount of time your business is unable to operate by having a plan already in place.
  • Establishes SERVPRO® as Your Personal Mitigation and Restoration Provider
      • You have a company of professionals that are recognized in the industry at your side from the moment the disaster occurs to the minute your building is restored to “Like it never happened”. 
  • Identification of the Chain of Command
      • This ensures your company leaders are the ones responsible for authorizing work to begin and the appropriate members of the staff are notified with the status of your restoration project.
  • Provides Facility Details
    • Lists shut-off valve/breaker locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens”.


Call SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno at (281) 412-6211 today get your SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® started, or visit SERVPRO.com/ready.

High Quality Service for High Rise Building

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno are no strangers to working among the clouds. We have serviced many of the high rise buildings in Downtown Houston and the Galleria area. What a lot of people don’t realize is that when a water damage occurs, the water does not stop when it hits the wall. The water will continue to travel down the wall, affecting lower levels the longer the water sits. The damage will even continue to affect lower levels as it is being cleaned, which means the building must be repaired from top to bottom as bottom to top will not resolve any damages. 

For a skyscraper with a busted pipe on the highest floor, that could be as many as 40 floors to dry, clean, and repair! That is definitely a job above your regular janitors pay grade. 

Our most recent high rise was a 22-story building that became saturated by a busted pipe near the roof. Luckily for them SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno took on the task! After 2 days of cleaning and 3 days of drying, making a total of 5 days on the job - it was completed and restored to “Like it never happened”!

Do you have a multi-story building affected by water damage that you would like to leave in the hands of trained professionals?

Give SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno a call at 281-412-6211 and speak to a member of our helpful office staff!

For more information on our commercial building services, visit our website: SERVPROoffriendswoodpearland.com

Suffer a NASTY Water Damage?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

hazard cleaning Handling contaminated material can be hazardous. Our trained technicians have all the right protective gear to handle contaminated items safely.

Category 3 Water

As if having water damage to your home isn't bad enough, what happens when the damage involves category 3 water? 

Category 3 water, or black water, is water that is contaminated and possibly contains toxins, bacteria, or other harmful agents. This would include water from a sewer system, flood waters, or water that has sat longer for 3 days without proper cleaning and drying.

Faster to Your Disaster

When dealing with category 3 water, it is recommended to have the water and area cleaned and restored as quickly as possible. Every porous surface serves as a food source and breeding ground for pathogens and fungus, making it very easy for the contaminants to spread quickly throughout your home. 

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno offers 24/7 service from our trained professionals in the case you have damage to your home that can't wait! 

What Should You Do Until Help Arrives?

Most homeowners are anxious to get the process of restoration started and often volunteer any work they can do to help the technicians. However, when dealing with black water, we suggest you not do ANYTHING.

While moving out soiled materials or placing fans in the wet areas seem like helpful gestures, you could actually be spreading pathogens and bacteria to other parts of the home that may not have been affected otherwise. It is safest to determine if you are able to remain living in the home and only grab personal belongings that you would like to take with you or move to a safe location. Our technicians arrive fully prepared to move furniture and perform any demolition necessary. 

For more information on black water clean ups, click here.

If you have suffered a water damage, including a class 3 water damage such as a sewer back up, toilet overflow, or flooding, call your local SERVPRO®  to speak with a friendly member of our office staff: 281-412-6211. Or visit our website: www.SERVPROfriendswoodpearland.com

The Spark of Electrical Fires

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

fire safety The type of fire extinguisher you use matters! Always be aware of the kind fire extinguishers you have available and where they are located.

Fires in the home can come in many forms. One of the most dangerous fires is an electrical fire. Electrical fires are especially dangerous because not only is a fire ignited, the electricity has the potential to shock an unsuspecting victim. 

Causes of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires often catch homeowners off guard when they are doing something they do everyday, like using a household appliance or plugging something into a socket or power strip. Below is a list of the common causes for electrical fires:

  • Faulty outlets and appliances
  • Light fixtures, lamps, and light bulbs
  • Extension cords
  • Space heaters
  • Faulty wiring

December and January are the months with the most electrical fires due to an increased amount of heating appliances and lights. However, electrical fires can spark without the overhaul of Christmas lights. Overburdening your electrical outlets with any appliances can quickly spark an electrical fire.

How to Prevent an Electrical Fire

Here are some helpful tips to keep from falling victim to an electrical fire:

  • Discard all cords and plugs that are worn or frayed
  • Never break off the 3rd prong on a plug to plug it in to a 2-prong socket.
  • Keep electrical cords away from water and heat sources.
  • Avoid running electrical cords under rugs.
  • When unplugging an item, hold the plug securely and remove the plug from the outlet. 
  • Only use extension cords temporarily

Properly Putting Out an Electrical Fire

Because electricity is involved, you cannot put out an electrical fire the same way you would a typical fire. 

  • Call 911 and GET OUT
    • Call your local fire department or dial 911.
    • Safely exit the building.
    • Keep a safe distance from the building until fire fighters arrive.
  • Disconnect the Electricity
    • If an appliance is on fire, simply unplug the appliance by grabbing the plug and disconnecting from the wall.
    • If the fire is in the wall or in an appliance you can’t unplug, safely get to the switch or electrical panel to shut off the electricity.

If the power is ON:

  • Smother a small fire with baking soda.
  • Use only a class C or ABC fire extinguisher. Remember to use the fire extinguisher properly.
  • NEVER use water on an electrical fire that is still energized.

If the power is OFF:

  • Use a fire extinguisher. If the power is off, it doesn’t matter which kind of fire extinguisher.
  • Use a fire blanket or other thick blanket to smother the fire. 
  • Douse the fire with water. This is only safe and effective if the power source is OFF.



If your home or business has suffered an electrical fire, call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno to speak to an expert about cleaning your home and saving your personal belongings!

Ask us about odor removal and how to care for other belongings affected by fires.

For more information on the SERVPRO's fire restoration process, click here.

Phone: 281-412-6211

Website: www.SERVPROfriendswoodpearland.com

A True Texas Shrine - The Buc-ee's Bathroom!

6/23/2019 (Permalink)

commercial cleaning Aside from ranking Cleanest Restroom in the Nation, another survey in 2018 showed over all rest stop cleanliness rose 6%!

THE Texas Pit Stop 

If you're from Texas, you know a road trip only means one thing - a visit with Texas' favorite beaver. Buc-ee's is a household name in the lone star state. What sets it a part from your normal travel station? Other than it's endless aisles of candy, world class beef jerky, irresistable fudge, and walls of Texas themed mechandise, Buc-ee's has the cleanest restrooms in the nation. 

A Texas (Porcelain) Throne

Buc-ee's Bathrooms were ranked Cleanest in the Nation two years in the row, and is in the running for a third. How high are they setting the bar? There is a whole staff dedicated to cleaning the bathrooms, every hour on the hour 24/7. The staffs southern hospitality continues with the thoroughness of their toilet cleanings. Each toilet is scrubbed down and sanitized each cleaning. Other employees serve as restroom attendants, directing customers to available facilities and toiletries. While this is not the most desirable job, Buc-ee's ensures their wages are "Cleanest Restrooms in the Nation" worthy.

Not only does Buc-ee's take pride in their cleanliness, they provide an excellent overall restroom experience. Each Buc-ee's contains hallways of private stalls, opening into the handwashing area near the entrance. In each stall they offer towelettes for the seat and toilet handle, lid covers, and hand sanitizer pumps. Thus only improving the chance of cleaniness to grow.

If you're traveling across the Lone Star State this summer, check your route and visit a Buc-ee's! Take the Texas Beaver Challenge and visit all 34 Buc-ees locations across the state! Check out the list of all locations.

SERVPRO® of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno wants to remind you to have safe summer road trips! 

Does Your Business Need a FRESH Start for the Summer?

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

commercial cleaning  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno When it comes to getting the workspace spotless while staying in business count on SERVPRO to get the job done right while working with YOUR schedule!

Miss out on Spring Cleaning this year? SERVPRO® of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno offers Commercial Cleaning Services for those who have more important tasks at hand than your everyday grime and foot traffic of the workspace. 

We service all business types:

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities
  • Office Facilities

When the dirt, grime, and odor challenges your regular cleaning staff, call on SERVPRO®!  Our trained technicians can take care of anything from removing dirt and dust in your air ducts to freshening heavy-trafficked carpet areas and other weathered upholsteries.  

Whether it’s removing an odor or deep cleaning floors, SERVPRO® offers an array of cleaning services to keep your business in tip-top shape for any customer who visits! We even offer services to rid your building of any unfortunate vandalism.

For more details about our Commercial Cleaning Services, see the list below:



We have the specialized training and products to get your business back to pristine conditions. Best of all, SERVPRO® operates discretely as we understand that seeing a restoration vehicle in the front of your place of business may cause customers to raise an eyebrow. With our highly trained technicians available 24/7, SERVPRO makes it a personal standard to work with your schedule so that you can operate business as usual.

For more information on our Commercial Cleaning Services, check out the information page on our website:https://www.SERVPROfriendswoodpearland.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

Or call and chat with a member of our friendly office staff for a quote on cleaning your building: 281-412-6211.

Commercial Water Damage

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

When flooding happens, call  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno This Property Manager was thrilled that we arrived so fast and did a great job!

This building experienced a toilet overflow on the 17th floor. SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno arrived within the hour. We always begin by walking the job with the Engineer and Property Manager to discuss a plan of action.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (281) 412-6211

Conditions in Houston Area Might Be Right For Mold

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy commercial building If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact -Kimberly Robb (281) 520-8197
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Pretend a Storm is Coming Now

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

texas weather radar, storm ready Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

Don’t wait until you hear a hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm of the century is coming. There are plenty of storm preparation checklists and common-sense advice out there for storm preparation. Take care of the things you can now, so you don’t have to be scrambling at the last minute.

Here are some things you can check for:

  • Make sure you have plenty of food and water supply
  • Candles and batteries if the power goes out.
  • A communication device in case there is an emergency
  • A way to stay informed on changing weather conditions, for example, a tv, radio, or cell phone
  • Boards to cover windows from any strong wind or debris

Know that SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is here 24-hours a day to serve you at 281-412-6211.

Storm Team

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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?

  1. Promote and Plan
  2. Monitor the Potential Event
  3. Activate the Event
  4. Execute the Event
  5. Exit the Event
  6. Post Event

Time is Money

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO® knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is ready to help. Give us a call (281)-412-6211. 

Facts About Hurricane Harvey

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Facts and information

Hurricane Harvey

Category 4

August 17- September 2, 2017

  • 82 confirmed deaths
  • Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the US since Wilma (2005)
  • Was the first Category 4 Hurricane in Texas since Carla (1961)
  • Over 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed
  • 738,000 people registered with FEMA
  • More than $378 million dollars have been paid out
  • The Hurricane caused $125 billion in damage
  • The first point of landfall was August 25 in south-central Texas
  • Only 20% of homes hit had flood insurance, leaving the other 80% left without coverage
  • Some areas were recorded getting up to 51 inches of rain
  • The highest wind speed recorded was 134 mph
  • Texans Football Player J.J Watt raised a staggering $37 million in relief funds for Harvey

Facts and information credited to:

Amadeo, Kimberly. “Hurricane Harvey Shows How Climate Change Can Impact the Economy.” The Balancewww.thebalance.com/hurricane-harvey-facts-damage-costs-4150087.

“Hurricane Harvey Aftermath.” Www.cnn.comwww.cnn.com/specials/us/hurricane-harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey: Facts, FAQs, and How to Help.” World Vision, 11 Dec. 2017, www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/hurricane-harvey-facts

The Most Important Call

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Be emergency ready Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

Dealing with Insurance companies can be scary. These are people who do nothing but take your money after all. It is okay. During an emergency, this is what they are here for. This is why you have been paying them for years. They are here to help you in your time of need. Calling them after an emergency is a must. Waiting or worse not calling at all is something you can't afford to do. Before an emergency happens, it is a good idea to have all the information in a place that’s readily available.

Things you need to know:

  • Who is your Insurance Agent?
  • What company do they work for?
  • Keep a record of your claim number if you put in a claim
  • Know your adjuster; you may even want to keep his phone number
  • What is your deductible?

Reminder: It is your job to mitigate the damage. Meaning you must try and prevent further loss. For example, if you have water spraying from a pipe turn off the water and the electricity to affected rooms.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno will come out and inform you if putting in a claim is beneficial to your case. For a free estimate call us at 281-412-6211

Get a Free Emergency Ready Profile

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Are you emergency ready? Are you ready?

In the face of an Emergency do you know what to do at your business? SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 it's for a Fire, Flood, Tornado, busted water pipe, or an 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? It's Free!

What's included:

  • 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. Call Kimberly today at 281-520-8197 or Madeline at 281-520-8196

Let SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno Clean and Disinfect your School of Viruses

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

The CDC has posted the information on the attached link regarding the seasonal influenza occurring at our schools recently. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 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 Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or Madeline 281-520-8196 to schedule an assessment of your situation.

Repair Fire Damage Quickly!

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.

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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)

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)

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 –

(281) 412-6211

Don't Be A Hoarder

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Avoid coming home to this.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at 281-412-6211 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Awesome App You Should Download Today

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

This App rocks!

Whether it’s managing multiple properties or taking care of everyone at home, we could all use a little help sometimes; that’s why we LOVE our new app that was designed to make life just a little bit easier. The best part about this app? It's available to download for FREE!

SERVPRO Ready Plan: Whether you’re an owner or a property manager (commercial or residential), the SERVPRO Ready Plan app allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home or business. The ERP helps you to prepare for the worst and compiles a list of all your emergency contacts for your home or business. You can also add your favorite local SERVPRO Franchise (SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland) so that you can call us with just the push of a button.

Conditions in Houston Area Might Be Right For Mold

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (281) 412-6211
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Avoid a Water Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don't come home to this.

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at 281-412-6211 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

We Work with Your Insurance

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Let us help you through the claims process.

We work with your insurance.
For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 

As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland professionals offers your insurance company an array of competitive advantages. Our goal is to restore both our customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation and adherence to IICRC standards. The result? Lower claims costs and satisfied customers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When you have a water and fire damage repair company in mind, it is often best to call them before reaching out to your insurance provider. These professionals will fully document the damage, making it easier to file an accurate claim. They will also provide proactive care to keep your home safe, as well as prevent further damage. 

Give our friendly staff a call today 281-412-6211

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

24/7/365

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
281-412-6211

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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. 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.

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow in 24-48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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

Faster To Your Water Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Water Damage

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 281-412-6211

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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. 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.

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Hurricane Preparedness

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Are you ready?

Hurricane Season starts June 1st, get prepared now!

Living in or near a coastal county, you’re most likely already accustomed to stalking the weather channel during Hurricane Season. The more you can prepare ahead of time, the less frustration you’ll have in the event a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast. And, you will thank yourself later, I promise.

Follow these 4 Steps for successful Hurricane Preparedness.

  • Start putting together a disaster supply kit now. Getting a jump on this will help prevent a last-minute run to the store only to find empty shelves, and you can save yourself from incurring the expense all at once. Get a medium-sized plastic, sealable container to keep everything dry and together. Include a flashlight (or few), extra batteries, cash, first aid supplies, water, portable chargers (fully charged), an extra pair of contacts (if needed) and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. 
  • Create an evacuation plan. In the event your area is ordered to evacuate, having a plan in place will save you a lot of stress. Know the local hurricane route(s) and have a plan for where to stay. Make sure your plan includes supplies you may need while you’re traveling. Traffic on hurricane evacuation routes can seriously delay normal travel times, so be sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks for the kiddos and pets. Also, consider packing a small “entertainment box” in advance for each child, stuffed with their favorite (quiet) activities. Including something new, such as a travel game or new movie can help curb boredom. You’ll want to keep them as entertained as possible. You might also want to throw a roll or two of toilet paper in your disaster supply kit (trust me on this one). An extra gas can (full, of course) won’t hurt either. 
  • Stock up on supplies. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you plan to weather the storm in place, be sure you have adequate supplies. Make sure your portable generator is working, and you have plenty of gas on-hand. You may lose power and water for several days and you may not be able to leave due to flooding. Have a one-week supply of non-perishable food and water for each person. Don’t forget to get those prescriptions filled, also. If you have infants, stock up on diapers, wipes, and formula.
  • Prepare your home. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds. Secure loose rain gutters and clear them of debris. Also, bring in any outdoor furniture or toys that could get tossed around, damaging your, or even your neighbor’s, home. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings and use a cooler when possible to keep food cold during a power outage. Fill your bathtub(s) with water for use in flushing toilets, especially crucial for those who have septic systems when the power goes out.

If your home suffers storm damage during Hurricane Season, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to restore your property to pre-disaster condition. "Like it never even happened." Please call us for any of your around the clock needs (281) 412-6211

What to Do Until Help Arrives

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Call the cleanup crew.

When your commercial property suffers water damage, every second to recovery counts.

Commercial water damage can be especially devastating since more often than not, it affects more than just a single occupant of the building. It can lead to loss of income for businesses, and severe hardship for any employees if they cannot return to work for a period of time. For these reasons and more, you need a clean-up and restoration company you can trust. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is that company!

There are actions you can take to lessen the damage until our team arrives, thus saving money and time.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible, or contact a qualified party to stop the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

 DON’T

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If water damage of any nature threatens your business, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland to restore your properties to pre-disaster condition. Commercial water damage can be reversed and we’ll have you back in business in a flash, "Like it never even happened." Please call our office at 281-412-6211, any time of the day or night for assistance. We are proudly ranked as of one of the leading commercial restoration companies in the nation.

Mold Safety Tips

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When 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 

Traveling?

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Check before you leave.

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at 281-412-6211 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO?

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SERVPRO professionals are uniquely qualified to help.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland understands your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Our results create a measurable difference, giving you many competitive advantages.

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO Franchise Professional's first priority. Your customer will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO Franchise Professionals make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Electronic Claims Information

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File.
    • First Notice of Loss.
    • Detailed Estimate.
    • Digital Loss Photos.
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork.
    • All delivered by email or hard copy.
  • Online Access to All Files.
    • New Assignments.
    • Pending Jobs.
    • Completed Jobs.
  • Informative Reports to Improve Results
    • Job Cost Data.
  • Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

Effective Training Ensures Better Service

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We are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.

Superior, Time-Tested Training

Effective training is the best way to help ensure your customers receive the service they deserve. We are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. In addition, continuing education classes are available to Franchise Professionals and Insurance Clients at our state of the art IICRC Approved Training Facility

Vendor Qualification Compliance and Professionalism

If you call SERVPRO, we will use only qualified vendors to service your customer. That commitment resulted in:

  • A National Call Center to achieve prompt handling of the claim.
  • Implementation of best practices and job process programs.
  • National Accounts qualification criteria and annual compliance checks.
  • Crew and vehicle standards.
  • Insurance requirements.
  • File documentation requirements.
  • Quality assurance program.

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

A SERVPRO Professional's job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service and to report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files while having complete control of every loss you are assigned. The 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are available to you within hours. SERVPRO Professionals’ documented, measured performance increases value to you and your shareholders, managers, and customers.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.

Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice to Make

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Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland today! 281-412-6211

All of our employees that enter your home are trained to safely clean and restore your home or business after it's faced a loss.

Below are the steps that we take for Cleaning and Restoring Your Home or Business in regards to a water loss:

- Identify the Source/ Type of Water

- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis

- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture

- Perform Emergency Water Extraction

- Move and Block furniture and Contents

- Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service

- Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)

- Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment

- Dispose of unsalvageable items

All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive knowledge about our services and equipment. Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland today!  281-412-6211

Have our SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland professionals perform HEALTH AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY Services with our HVAC & AIR DUCT CLEANING Team.

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HVAC and Air Duct System will start to slowly collect dirt and debris, the cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss.

Your HVAC and Air Duct System will start to slowly collect dirt and debris, the cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss.

Health and energy efficiency is a major concern for many Houston property owners and managers. It is becoming increasingly important to clean and maintain your HVAC and Air Duct systems to avoid any negative impact it could have on the health and efficiency of your local Houston occupants.
 
As much as half of the energy used in your home or business goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.

BENEFITS OF OUR HEALTH & ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES

  • Restore peak energy efficiency & lower energy costs
  • Eliminate allergens and odors
  • Reduce the potential for mold growth


Through normal HVAC use dirt and debris will start to slowly collect on the surfaces of your HVAC components, these contaminants if not properly maintained can cause a degradation of the efficiency of the entire system. The cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss and can be a contributor to higher energy bills for your Houston home or business. In addition, allergy and asthma sufferers, young children, and other occupants with breathing difficulties are more susceptible to poor indoor air quality. We have been cleaning and servicing local Houston HVAC and Air Ducts for years keeping homes and business's air quality comfortable and efficient.

COMMON PROBLEM AREAS

These are common problem areas that contribute to restricted airflow, increased energy consumption, and reduced equipment longevity:

  • Duct and System Leakage
  • Closed, Clogged or Stuck Dampers
  • Filtration Issues
  • Excess or Damaged Ductwork
  • Failed Duct Liner
  • Clogged/Nonfunctioning Exhaust Systems


SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland professionals can perform an inspection to access your system and determine the depth of your problem and if your system could benefit from our cleaning and maintenance services. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased, sending spores into your working or living spaces, creating a much larger problem. 
 

HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING

Generally, refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
 
PARTS OF AN HVAC UNIT THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE:

  • EVAPORATOR COIL: particle buildup can have an insulating effect on the surface of the coil, leading to longer cooling times and greater energy consumption.
  • HEATING COIL: dust and dirt will accumulate and clog air passages this restricts air flow and the furnace must run longer to reach desired temperatures. If a coil is severely impacted by debris, it can cause the unit to malfunction.
  • DAMPERS AND TURNING VANES: these elements ensure proper airflow throughout your system, particles or larger debris like insulation can obstruct or diminish airflow, leading to an overall degradation of the entire system.
  • AIR REGISTERS: dust and debris can accumulate on the blades and seriously reduce air flow, negatively impacting overall energy performance and comfort levels in the space.
  • FRESH AIR INTAKE SCREEN: these openings are integral to the quality of air inside your building, they quickly become clogged from environmental debris and buildup inhibits proper fresh air from entering the system.
  • FAN AND BLOWERS: particle buildup can reduce the capacity of the blades to move adequate air causing the blower motor to run longer while pushing less air per rotation. 

When HVAC systems are cleaned of dirt and debris, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperatures, air can flow more freely. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness, longer operating life, as well as health benefits and energy savings.

Our team of professionals can inspect your HVAC or air duct system and access your specific situation and work with you to provide a solution to keep your business air quality healthy and energy efficient. The exact solution for your property will depend on a few factors, including the size of your overall duct and vent system, how accessible your HVAC system is to our technicians, and the level of maintenance required.

Give SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland a call for a Free Assessment, we are Always Here to Help!  (281) 412-6211.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES: HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.

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 a fire damage in your home, large or small, call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 for 24-hour service.

How To Prevent Mold After Flooding

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold experts say part of the problem is what many did right after the flood - or more importantly - what they didn't do.

As if dealing with a flooded home wasn’t enough, you then have to worry about the very real possibility of the unwelcome intruder that is mold (when it rains it pours and all that – quite literally in this case!). And with floods holding the accolade of leading natural disasters in America today – unavoidable, even, in many regions of the country – it’s something that may be closer than you think. So, what should you do if the unthinkable happens and you have to deal with a flooded property? 

Other areas to monitor moisture to prevent mold growth: exterior walls and surfaces in need of insulation where condensation can build, air conditioner drip pans, check for leaks around the refrigerator, ensure crawl spaces are well ventilated and check for leaks around a tub.

These are a few simple tips for making sure mold is not growing in your home. If you do discover a mold growth, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland provides mold remediation services for all types of residential and commercial properties.

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

https://www.SERVPROfriendswoodpearland.com/mold-remediation

Pretend a Storm is Coming Now

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

Don’t wait until you hear a hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm of the century is coming. There are plenty of storm preparation checklists and common-sense advice out there for storm preparation. Take care of the things you can now, so you don’t have to be scrambling at the last minute.

Here are some things you can check for:

  • Make sure you have plenty of food and water supply
  • Candles and batteries if the power goes out.
  • A communication device in case there is an emergency
  • A way to stay informed on changing weather conditions, for example, a tv, radio, or cell phone
  • Boards to cover windows from any strong wind or debris

Know that SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is here 24-hours a day to serve you at 281-412-6211.

Be Financially Prepared

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How Do I Buy Flood Insurance?

Please make sure you have adequate insurance coverage, especially if you live in a storm-prone geographic area. You might also consider creating an emergency fund, which is always a good practice generally, but it’s especially important to have extra resources on hand in the event of a natural disaster. You never know when you will have to evacuate and travel and leave your home. 

Start making an emergency plan with your family, friends, and household by discussing the types of disasters that could strike and what to do at different times of the day. Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work, and play. Keep your emergency plan as simple as possible and use places that are very familiar and hard to forget. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is here to help. Give us a call 281-412-6211.

Electrical Fires

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Some electrical fires happen because of problems in house wiring or appliance failure.

When an electrical fire happens most people are taken by surprise. It usually happens from a simple act done a hundred times before such as turning on a light switch or plugging in your phone, but this time it causes sparks to fly. There are few tells to look for indicating a fire is imminent. Yet with today's safety standards in modern-day products, electrical fires happen so rarely even when we push the wiring to its limit that we are lured into a false sense of security.

Remember To Look For:

Frayed Wiring- There is always that one cell phone charger that seems to pull at the ends and become frayed. The wiring may be exposed but you continue to use it anyway because it still works. Please don't. The exposed wiring could spark at any time and cause a fire that would be much more expensive to pay for over buying a new charger.

Old Wiring- In between the walls of every home runs a maze of circuitry and copper wiring. All homes are built to code with plenty of electrical charges to sustain modern appliances. As time goes on and we invent bigger, better, and more energy consuming products it becomes harder for the old wiring to keep up.

Overpopulated Extension Cords- During the holiday season, this becomes the most common fire hazard. It is also the most common cause of fires during the month of December. 

High Wattage Bulbs- Every lamp comes with a little warning label informing the owner of the highest wattage it can safely use. Do not stick any bulb in a light fixture because it fits. 

Space Heaters- The most common cause of a household fire occurring because of these is due to the nature of how easy it is to light fabrics on fire. Keep space heaters away from curtains and organic products.

Emergency Ready Program-ERP

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The best part? It's Free!

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 it's for a Fire, Flood, Tornado, busted water pipe, or an 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? It's Free!

What's included:

  • 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. Please give us a call (281)412-6211

Fiberglass Insulation

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Warning: Extended contact may cause a severe reaction to the skin. Please exercise caution.

The scary room lurking just a few feet above your head is typically one of the least visited places in the home. It is remarked for its odd bizarre characteristic of being filled with pinkish white cotton candy textured substance. This place is known as none other than the Attic. While it may look like fun to play in the puffy pink clouds, or fiberglass as its known in the construction world, it's not to be messed with except by professionals.

What is Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is made of recycled plastic, glass, and sometimes sand. It keeps your home at a comfortable temperature by insulating you from the changes of the outside world. In other words, it stops the heat from escaping. This can save significantly on your energy bill by not requiring your air conditioning unit to work as hard. 

When to Replace your Insulation

While fiberglass is designed to last for decades at a time, over the years it can wear down. If your home is older and you notice a large spike in your electric bill during the summer it might be the insulation to blame. 

When fiberglass becomes wet it is also time for a replacement. Due to its absorbent nature fiberglass will soak up water. Caught early enough, fiberglass can be dried but if left to sit the best/easiest course of action is to replace it.

Storm-Proof House Checklist

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Creating the right barrier can protect your home even in extreme situations like the one above. This personal dam could set you back $10,000!

So a Tropical Depression has made its way into the Gulf of Mexico. Chances are, you are not going to evacuate. Most Houstonians will choose to ride out a storm as long as it is classified below a Hurricane. Even then a category 1 Hurricane doesn't spark enough fear to cause mass evacuations. If you do plan on riding out the storm here is a checklist you should perform to protect your property before hunkering down.

Property Checklist

  • Visual Inspection of your roof. Make sure there are no holes and places where water will enter your home.
  • Nail sheets of plywood over every window to protect it from flying debris. 
  • Trim any loose branches nearby.
  • Bring any potted plants or loose objects inside lest they come flying through your window!
  • Call your insurance company to make sure you are covered in case you do suffer storm damage. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland recommends you do this before Hurricane seasons starts, as it usually takes a few months for your policy to go into effect.
  • Do a video walkthrough of your home. This has become more popular in recent years with the surge of technology and it is a fantastic way to keep a record of your personal contents for the insurance companies.
  • Lock down your Garage door. If your garage gives way your entire house instantly becomes at high risk for wind or water damage. 
  • Line all exterior doors to keep rising water from entering your home.

Do you have any other tips for protecting your home during a storm? Message us on Facebook!

Sporicide

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Tip: Add a splash of bleach to water for an impromptu sporicide. CAUTION beach may stain or be hazardous to some delicate materials.

When most people find mold in their home the first instinct is to throw it out. The majority of the time, that is easy to do and a good decision. Then comes the day you find mold in someplace you can't exactly throw away such as on a wall. What now? Take a trip to Home Depot or Lowes and ask for something to help clean off mold and you will hear one word- Sporicide

What Is Sporicide?

Sporicide is a chemical mixed together that is toxic to growing micro-organisms. In this case, it is used to kill young mold by quickly suffocating it and dissolving the roots. A more household name for sporicide is disinfectant

It is advised to use a small amount of sporicide when performing household maintenance in moist areas of your home such as the bathroom. Its use will aid in preventing the growth of mold. When the mold is barely visible and beginning to take root, you can use a higher concentration to remove it safely from the wall. Remember to air out the room afterward.

SERVPRO Sporicide

All SERVPRO franchises have access to a unique selection of chemicals accessible only to the SERVPRO family. These disinfectants and cleaners are specially concocted by our team of chemist in Tennessee. Their sole purpose, to make sure we are able to use only the best possible product for your home. 

Need your home Spring clean? Give SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland a call today at 281-412-6211. 

Is Houston A Flood Zone?

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

This picture shows how deep floodwaters got along the Sam Houston Tollway. No wonder people were able to drive boats through the tollbooths!

After Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people were sent into a financial panic. Most people did not have flood insurance because their house was not located in what is considered a flood zone. Thanks to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, many of these families were able to begin the recovery process. But what now? What does this once every hundred years storm mean for your insurance? You will be surprised. 

New Flood Zones

Did the Harvey floodwaters cause over $5,000 in damage to your home? If they did, congratulations, you are now in what is considered to be a flood zone. Even if you have never flooded before this one event was all the insurance companies needed to raise their rates for flood insurance in your area. While it is possible and likely Houston will never experience another Harvey, we can not predict how the rivers and flood zones will change. Hence, causing the caution for all the rise in insurance.

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

There is no easy answer to that question. If you are in a flood zone, many communities will require you to have it. Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, we say "You can never have too much insurance. Better safe than sorry." Our recommendation is if you are along the coast or in a flood zone including those formulated after Harvey, purchase flood insurance. If you are outside of a flood zone speak with your agent to calculate the risk and consider putting together an emergency storm fund. If you do deny to purchase flood insurance your agent will need to receive it in writing. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

Either way, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will be ready to take care of you when the next storm hits; And if you do have insurance we are on their vendor list. All you have to do is request us and we will come to take care of you. Experienced a catastrophic weather event? Call us at 281-412-6211.

How To Survive A Flood

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

30,000 were put into shelters after the Houston Flooding.

After the onset of Hurricane Harvey, many homes both in flood zones and out were trapped underneath the gulf waters. Those in Dickinson who believed to be safe soon found themselves in danger. So what should you do if you get put into that situation?

I Am Trapped By Water! What Now?

Don'ts:

  • Do Not Panic. This is the most common bit of advice. Keeping a cool head will allow you to develop the best plan of action.
  • Do Not try to drive through the water. Trust us on this one, even if you have a heavy duty truck it only takes two feet of water to wash it away.
  • Do Not call 911 if your life is NOT in immediate danger. But DO advise a family member of your current situation.

Do's:

  • Be prepared to get on the roof or up high. If there is no opening, make one. Only do this if the water is just beginning to come into your home.
  • Unplug all electronics and put them up high. If you end up having to swim through the water you will avoid a 'shocking' situation.
  • Move your furniture to someplace higher, if you can. If the water is only coming in a little put blocks underneath the feet of the furniture to give it a little lift.
  • Write all information you need to remember on your arm in case the power goes out or you lose the documents. Ex: Emergency numbers and Social Security (if you don't know it).
  • Be patient. The flood waters will go down, there is not much else you can do until it does.

To monitor the flood gauges near you, we recommend looking at this map

For advice on your chances of flooding, see here.

The Aftermath

Congratulations! You made it through the worst of the flooding and a catastrophic once-in-a-lifetime disaster. What comes next? Thankfully this part is easy. Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland. We have access to hundreds of storm teams and refined mitigation techniques to help return your home to normal. Not only are we certified to mitigate the water, unlike other mitigation teams (including other SERVPRO franchises) we can rebuild. You have been through enough, let us take care of you.

Suffered A Flood? Call Us at 281-412-6211.

Identifying The Category Of Water In Your Home And What It Means

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Do You Know Where the Main Water Shut-off Valve Is In Case You Have Water Issues? SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland can help. Call 281-412-6211

The Categories of water refer to the range of contamination. Depending on where the water comes from and what is contained inside it helps our SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland teams to determine what tools they will need to give you the best clean possible while also protecting themselves.

Category 1: Water that originated from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from exposure, inhalation, or ingestion. Examples of this include broken water supply lines; Appliance malfunctions; rainwater and clean tub or sink overflows.

Category 2: Water that contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by human hands. Examples of this includes an overflow of water from a washing machine; toilet overflow with urine but no feces; and punctured water beds.

Category 3: Water that is grossly contaminated and pathogenic, toxins, or other harmful agents. Examples of this include sewage; storm or flood waters; and water from the trap of the toilet regardless of contents. Please call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 281-412-6211.

Where Is The Mold In Your Home?

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

This is a variety of mold found in a building near Kemah that was abandoned after a fire.

10 Most common areas for mold growth in your home.

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family (like mushrooms, yeast, and even some  cheeses like blue cheese).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

10 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:

  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Bathroom shower or under sink
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces

Time Is Money

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Did You Know: After a Hurricane an average of every one out of three family owned businesses will not recover.

We work with your schedule

Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland we understand how embarrassing it can be to have a damage repaired or cleaned. Especially for restaurants who need to maintain a certain level of cleanliness for their customers. Seeing a SERVPRO van in the front of the building may turn people away. 

Our solution is to make ourselves available 24/7 and preform with the utmost discretion. Our teams have been known to come in at night, after hours or work from the back of the store out of sight. This allows your business to continue to run as usual.

Getting back to normal as soon as possible

Occasionally there does come the disaster preventing a place of business to function entirely. Here along the Texas cost, that usually involves a Hurricane. For every day work is delayed is another day of lost revenue. Time is Money. If your entire business is shut down SERVPRO of Friendwood/Pearland will work around the clock to get you up and running again in the event of any disaster. After Hurricane Harvey, we had some businesses open within 3 days! 

Hurricane Harvey Final Facts

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

The 'Be Someone' graffiti is one of the most memorable landmarks of Houston. It sits above I-45 near downtown.

Hurricane Harvey

Category 4

August 17- September 2, 2017

  • 82 confirmed deaths
  • Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the US since Wilma (2005)
  • Was the first Category 4 Hurricane in Texas since Carla (1961)
  • Over 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed
  • 738,000 people registered with FEMA
  • More than $378 million dollars have been paid out
  • The Hurricane caused $125 billion in damage
  • The first point of landfall was August 25 in south central Texas
  • Only 20% of homes hit had flood insurance, leaving the other 80% left without coverage
  • Some areas were recorded getting up to 51 inches of rain
  • The highest wind speed recorded was 134 mph
  • Texans Football Player J.J Watt raised a staggering $37 million in relief funds for Harvey

Facts and information credited to:

Amadeo, Kimberly. “Hurricane Harvey Shows How Climate Change Can Impact the Economy.” The Balance, www.thebalance.com/hurricane-harvey-facts-damage-costs-4150087.

“Hurricane Harvey Aftermath.” Www.cnn.com, www.cnn.com/specials/us/hurricane-harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey: Facts, FAQs, and How to Help.” World Vision, 11 Dec. 2017, www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/hurricane-harvey-facts

Making The Important Call

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO Like it never even happened!

Dealing with the Insurance companies can be scary. These are people who do nothing but take your money after all. It is okay. During an emergency this is what they are here for. This is why you have been paying them for years. They are here to help you in your time of need. Calling them after an emergency is a must. Waiting or worse not calling at all, is something you can't afford to do. Before an emergency happens, it is a good idea to have all the information in a place that’s readily available.

Things you need to know:

  • Who is your Insurance Agent?
  • What company do they work for?
  • Keep record of your claim number if you put in a claim
  • Know your adjuster; you may even want to keep his phone number
  • What is your deductible?

Reminder: It is your job to mitigate the damage. Meaning try and prevent further loss. For example, if you have water spraying from a pipe turn off the water and the electricity to affected rooms.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland will come out and inform you if putting in a claim is beneficial to your case. For a free estimate call us at: 281-412-6211

The Famous Buc-ee's Restrooms

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Buc-ee's gas stations can have more than 70 restroom stalls!

A household name across Texas, Buc-ee's is revered by Houstonian's as the best rest stop in all of America. What sets it apart from the others? Apart from its massive size, halls of candy and plethora of beef jerky, when people think of Buc-ee's they think of its world famous restrooms. 

How do they stay so clean? There is a staff fully dedicated to inspecting the bathrooms every hour on the hour 24/7. Buc-ee's has also risen the standards of 'clean' to much more than just a wipe down and a quick mop up. Toilets alone are cleaned every hour with more care than most people give their own johns. While this makes for a much less desired job, Buc-ee's had no problem compensating their employees with above minimum wage pay. 

For more information on Buc-ee's and their pristine toilets see the below links.

http://www.terrelltribune.com/community/article_09cb1ed2-0b89-11e5-836d-b788f34eda39.html

https://intelligentfanatics.com/forums/topic/buc-ees-bathroom-obsession/

Electrical Fires

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

When an electrical fire happens most people are taken by surprise. It usually happens from a simple act done a hundred times before such as turning on a light switch or plugging in your phone, but this time it causes sparks to fly. There are few tells to look for indicating a fire is eminent. Yet with today's safety standards in modern day products, electrical fires happen so rarely even when we push the wiring to its limit that we are lured into a false sense of security.

Remember To Look For:

Frayed Wiring- There is always that one cellphone charger that seems to pull at the ends and become frayed. The wiring may be exposed but you continue to use it anyways because it still works. Please don't. The exposed wiring could spark at anytime and cause a fire that would be much more expensive to pay for over buying a new charger.

Old Wiring- In between the walls of every home runs a maze of circuitry and copper wiring. All homes are built to code with plenty of electrical charge to sustain modern appliances. As time goes on and we invent bigger, better, and more energy consuming products it becomes harder for the old wiring to keep up.

Overpopulated Extension Cords- During the holiday season this becomes the most common fire hazard. It is also the most common cause of fires during the month of December. 

High Wattage Bulbs- Every lamp comes with a little warning label informing the owner of the highest wattage it can safely use. Do not stick any bulb in a light fixture because it fits. 

Space Heaters- The most common cause of a household fire occurring because of these is due to the nature of how easily it is to light fabrics on fire. Keep space heaters away from curtains and organic products.

Remembering Harvey- 6 Month Anniversary

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

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.

https://houstonrecovers.org/numbers/ 

Emergency Ready Program- ERP

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

The best part? It's Free!

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 it's for a Fire, Flood, Tornado, busted water pipe, or an 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? It's Free!

What's included:

  • 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

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

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?

  1. Promote and Plan
  2. Monitor the Potential Event
  3. Activate the Event
  4. Execute the Event
  5. Exit the Event
  6. Post Event

Time is Money

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO® knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland are ready to help. Give us a call (281)-412-6211. 

SERVPRO Takes To The Sky

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

high rising cleaning Did you know there are over 360 high rises in Houston according to ipsf.io?

Here at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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?

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

Give Kimberly 281-520-8197 or Madeline 281-520-8196

Why Repair Fire Damage So Quickly?

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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 of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better! Give Kimberly a call at 281-520-8197 or Madeline 281-520-8196

How To Inspect A Fire Extinguisher

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno. Kimberly 281-520-8197 or Madeline 281-520-8196

Spring Cleaning Is Here!

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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.

Kitchen Cleaning

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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up for spring.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno: Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or Madeline 281-520-8196

Air Duct Cleaning

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Add duct cleaning to your spring 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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. 

Mold vs. Mildew

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

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, the 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:

Mildew:

  • 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

Mold:

  • 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

Grill Safety

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

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:

Do:

  • 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 the case of flare-ups, it is good to keep a spray bottle of water near your grill
  • Always keep a fire hydrant handy

Don't:

  • 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 loose 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.

What To Do In Case Of Fire

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Learn what you and your family should do if a fire starts in your home.

In The Same Room As A Fire

**Please do not stay in the same room as the fire if you do not feel comfortable or confident in your ability to control it. Evacuate Immediately and call 911 to alert the professionals**

Kitchen-

  • Grease: Turn off the burner. Grab a non-glass lid or baking sheet for the pot/pan and place over the fire while wearing oven mitts.
  • Oven: Smother the fire by throwing baking soda or salt onto it. Do NOT use similar products such as flour. It could cause an explosion.

General Room-

  • Electrical: If you can reach the cord safely, unplug it. Using a heavy blanket or baking soda, you can smolder the fire if it is small. Do NOT use water as it may worsen or cause a shock.
  • General: Use a Fire Extinguisher if you have one available. For a guide on how to use an extinguisher please see our SERVPRO video. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFifToYGgto&feature=youtu.be )

Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Treatment

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let winter freeze your pipes Though frozen pipes are a uncommon occurrence in our area, they are highly preventable.

With the colder weather officially upon us, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are an uncommon occurrence in Texas, they are highly preventable.  

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.  

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. 
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. 
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes. 
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze. 
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break. 
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. 

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out: 

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe. 
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or another open flame device. 
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.  

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno immediately. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno professionals has the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have. 

We are here to help 24/7. Please call Kimberly 281-520-8197 or Madeline at 281-520-8196

Don’t Overload Your Room’s Electrical Outlets.

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Don't use too many multi-plug devices.

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 – (281) 412-6211

The Awesome App You Should Download Today

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Preparedness Checklist We LOVE this app that was designed to make life just a little bit easier.

Whether it’s managing multiple properties or taking care of everyone at home, we could all use a little help sometimes; that’s why we LOVE our new app that was designed to make life just a little bit easier. The best part about this app? It's available to download for FREE!

SERVPRO Ready Plan: Whether you’re an owner or a property manager (commercial or residential), the SERVPRO Ready Plan app allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home or business. The ERP helps you to prepare for the worst and compiles a list of all your emergency contacts for your home or business. You can also add your favorite local SERVPRO Franchise (SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno) so that you can call us with just the push of a button. Call us at 281-412-6211.

Tips For Preventing Water Damage in Your Apartment Community

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Take these measures today to prevent water damage tomorrow.

  • Check On Aging Appliances Regularly – Washer hoses should be replaced about every five years. 
  • Repair Old or Damaged Roofs When It’s Dry – Make routine checkups to monitor the condition of the roof(s) at your property. 
  • Stay in Touch with Your Residents and Know When they’re Traveling – If a water leak occurs while they’re away and no one is checking in, a small problem could potentially turn into something much worse.
  • Clear Downspouts Consistently – If you know a storm is about to hit, make sure everything is clear and that water is being effectively carried away from the building.
  • Apply Dry-Proofing Methods – One cost-effective way to prevent large-scale water damage in low-lying areas is to apply waterproofing coatings and sealings. 
  • Check For HVAC System Blockages – If the line that moves condensation from the HVAC system is backed up, it can create serious water damage. Backed up water can seep through ceilings and through light fixtures or in between walls. When water leaks between walls, it can go undetected and result in mold damage in addition to water damage.

Have Water or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

Conditions In Houston Area Might Be Right For Mold

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (281) 412-6211
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Mold Tips

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold? No problem call us today If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 281-412-6211

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When 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, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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 Kimberly today at 251-520-8197 or Madeline at 281-520-8196

Avoid a water Damage While You're Traveling

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help!

If you have water damage in your home, please call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or Madeline at 281-520-8196 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

We work with your insurance.

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Here to serve you We'll help manage the insurance paperwork and process of your claim.

We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 

As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO professionals offer your insurance company an array of competitive advantages. Our goal is to restore both our customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation and adherence to IICRC standards. The result? Lower claims costs and satisfied customers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When you have a water and fire damage repair company in mind, it is often best to call them before reaching out to your insurance provider. These professionals will fully document the damage, making it easier to file an accurate claim. They will also provide the proactive care to keep your home safe, as well as prevent further damage. 

Give our friendly staff a call today Kimberly 281-520-8197 or Madeline 281-520-8196

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

24/7 for your emergency needs SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Houston and all surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
281-412-6211

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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. 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.

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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

Faster to your Water Damage Event

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Like it never happened SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 281-412-6211

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno

SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno 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. 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.

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TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage spoil your vacation The "after" effects of a busted pipe.

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of  Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at 281-412-6211 or Call Madeline 281-520-8196 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened”.

AVOID HOLIDAY MISHAPS

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Place, stay in and keep warm Wood-burning fireplace keeps you nice and cozy!

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 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 or Madeline 281-520-8196 for 24-hour service.  SERVPRO Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno is at your service. We’ll make it “Like it never happened.”

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES: HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.

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.

Friendswood/Pearland, Stafford, Missouri City North and Fresno knows the ins and outs of fire safety, but sometimes even the most safety-conscience can face tragedy. If you've had a fire damage in your home, large or small, call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 or Madeline at 281-520-8196 for 24-hour service.

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