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Conditions in Houston Area Might Be Right For Mold

3/15/2019 (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

Is Houston A Flood Zone?

3/15/2019 (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.

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.

Time Is Money

3/7/2019 (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! 

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. 

Do You Have a Multi-Story Building?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The best part? It's Free!

In the face of an Emergency do you know what to do at your business? SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland wants to make sure you are able to say "Yes!". Just schedule an appointment and we will walk through your business with you to develop an Emergency plan. Whether it's for a Fire, Flood, Tornado, busted water pipe, or an emergency, we can help you make a plan. Its all placed into a neat little folder for your convince to be accessed at any time. The best part? It's Free!

What's included:

  • Emergency Action Checklist
  • Advanced Warning and Emergency Contacts List
  • Main Utility Information
  • Primary Contact Information
  • Insurance Contact Information
  • A Property Overview
  • Building access Information
  • And tips to keep you and your employees safe.

Don't wait until the last minute to develop a plan. Get prepared now with SERVPRO's expert help. Please give us a call (281)412-6211

Fiberglass Insulation

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Warning: Extended contact may cause a severe reaction to the skin. Please exercise caution.

The scary room lurking just a few feet above your head is typically one of the least visited places in the home. It is remarked for its odd bizarre characteristic of being filled with pinkish white cotton candy textured substance. This place is known as none other than the Attic. While it may look like fun to play in the puffy pink clouds, or fiberglass as its known in the construction world, it's not to be messed with except by professionals.

What is Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is made of recycled plastic, glass, and sometimes sand. It keeps your home at a comfortable temperature by insulating you from the changes of the outside world. In other words, it stops the heat from escaping. This can save significantly on your energy bill by not requiring your air conditioning unit to work as hard. 

When to Replace your Insulation

While fiberglass is designed to last for decades at a time, over the years it can wear down. If your home is older and you notice a large spike in your electric bill during the summer it might be the insulation to blame. 

When fiberglass becomes wet it is also time for a replacement. Due to its absorbent nature fiberglass will soak up water. Caught early enough, fiberglass can be dried but if left to sit the best/easiest course of action is to replace it.

Storm-Proof House Checklist

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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4 Steps For Successful Hurricane Preparedness

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Satellite image of a Category 4 hurricane.

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), 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." 

Suffered a Water Damage? What To Do Until Help Arrives.

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Caution! Wet Floor.

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.

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”.

 

 

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

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 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 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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