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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 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® of Friendswood/Pearland 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 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 of Friendswood/Pearland 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

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 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 of Friendswood/Pearland 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 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 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 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. 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. They are knowledgeable about storm damages! One of the knowledgeable staff members at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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 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 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 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 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 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 at (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 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 at (281) 412-6211 for 24/7 service.

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

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

ERP info and logo Give me a call to schedule a Emergency Ready Profile for your building or commercial clients!

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 SERVPRO® of South Pasadena Marketing & 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

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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

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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 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)

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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 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, 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 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 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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Call 281-412-6211 to schedule a consultation.

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 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 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, 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 of Friendswood/Pearland 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?

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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, 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.

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 is ready to help. Give us a call (281)-412-6211. 

Do You Have a Multi-Story Building?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland, we are no stranger to working amongst the clouds. In fact, we have serviced many of the high rises in Downtown Houston and the Galleria area. What a lot of people do not know is that when there is water damage on a higher floor that water will continue to travel down the longer it sits. It does not stop just because it hits a wall. The damage will continue to follow gravity even as it is being cleaned, so it must be repaired from top to bottom not bottom to top.

For a skyscraper with a busted pipe on the highest floor, that could be as many as 40 or more floors to clean and repair! Our most recent high rise was a 22-story building that became saturated from a busted pipe near the roof. Luckily for them, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland was there and knew exactly how to handle this situation. After 2 days of cleaning and 3 days of drying, a total of 5 days the job, it was completed and life returned to normal.

Do you have a multi-story building such as an apartment or business office you would like the professionals to handle?

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland  Give us a Call: 281-412-6211

Commercial Water Damage

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

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 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, spkimberly1@gmail.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 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 has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Need Emergency Service?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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, 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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.

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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 to help remove or restore items that would otherwise be destroyed by mold.

Document Drying & Restoration

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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 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

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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 at 281-412-6211 for your water restoration needs.  

Water Damage Restoration

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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 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 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

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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 with any questions you may have! 281-412-6211

How Long Does It Take To Dry?

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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 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

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Clock time reading twenty four seven. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service

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 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

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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 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.

Fast Response to Your Water Damage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Office Ceiling damage Office Ceiling damage

Your disaster may not always be fire & water-related, but the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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 of Friendswood/Pearland 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 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?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland in Pearland, TX. 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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 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 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?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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. 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

Catalina Cardenas, (281) 520-8196, spcatalina1@gmail.com

HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 a call for a Free Assessment, we are Always Here to Help!  (281) 412-6211.

Let SERVPRO Help You Resolve Your Insurance Claim

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 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?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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 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 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!

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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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® of Friendswood/Pearland 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)

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 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)

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 wants to remind you to have safe summer road trips! 

Does Your Business Need a FRESH Start for the Summer?

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

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 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)

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 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)

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.

Storm Team

3/1/2019 (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 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)

Call SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland

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 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 ready?

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. Call Kimberly today at 281-520-8197.

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

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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 can address this issue, as well as others, with the cleaning products we use. Our disinfectants are EPA, FDA and OSHA compliant, have a very low toxicity rating, and are effective against the most common disease and odor-causing organisms, including MRSA, HIV-1 (AIDS virus), Influenza A2, Avian Flu, VRE, TB, Herpes, and many others.

Differences between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

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

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

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

Repair Fire Damage Quickly!

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

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.

For the visual guide click here.

Tips for Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Check

Check the label or tag.

Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.

Check the tamper seal.

If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.

Inspect for physical damage.

Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.

Check the pressure gauge.

Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.

Is the fire extinguisher full?

During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.

Shake it.

If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.

Write the inspection date on the tag.

Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.

Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.

In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911. A home fire extinguisher can be used to put out or control small fires, but it’s still safest to call professional firefighters before you attempt to control a fire on your own. If you need professional fire, smoke and water damage cleanup, and remediation after a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland. 281-412-6211

Air Ducts, When Was Your Cleaned?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

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?

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/18/2018 (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. 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

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

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)

Did you know there are over 360 high rises in Houston according to ipsf.io?

Here at SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland we are no stranger to working amongst the clouds. In fact, we have serviced many of the high rises in Downtown Houston and the Galleria area. What a lot of people do not know is that when there is a water damage on a higher floor that water will continue to travel down the longer it sits. It does not stop just because it hits a wall. The damage will continue to follow gravity even as it is being cleaned, so it must be repaired from top to bottom not bottom to top. For a skyscraper with a busted pipe on the highest floor, that could be as many as 40 or more floors to clean and repair! Our most recent high rise was a 22-story building that became saturated from a busted pipe near the roof. Luckily for them SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland was there and knew exactly how to handle this situation. After 2 days of cleaning and 3 days of drying, a total of 5 days the job, it was completed and life returned to normal.

Do you have a multi-story building such as an apartment or business office you would like the professionals to handle?

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland  Give us a Call: 281-412-6211

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 will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better! Give us a call 281-412-6211

How To Inspect A Fire Extinguisher

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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. 281-412-6211

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 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 offers great commercial cleaning options as well, so give us a call if there are items you want the professionals to fix.

Rugs and Carpets

If your business uses rugs or carpet, springtime is a great time to freshen them as well. If the furniture in your work-place does not often move, tracks from normal foot traffic can start to wear down your rugs or carpets. When they become matted, these items also hold in an abundance of dust and debris that is carried in on shoes. A proper cleaning will get rid of the smells and the dust!

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland is only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up for spring.

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland: 281-412-6211

Air Duct Cleaning

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

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 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)

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 immediately. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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 our office at 281-412-6211.

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)

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) 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)

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 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 

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 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.

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

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 can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. 

As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland 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 281-412-6211

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Houston and all surrounding areas.

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.

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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 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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TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

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 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”.

 

 

AVOID HOLIDAY MISHAPS

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

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 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. We’ll make it “Like it never happened.”

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES: HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

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.

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