Emergency Water Damage Tips
Don't stress over a water damage in your home call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County and let the trained professional take care of you
- Shut off water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source
- Turn off the circuit breakers in the affected areas of the building when access to the electrical panel is safe from electrical shock
- Remove as much of the standing water by mopping, blotting, or if available you can use a shop-vac
- Place aluminum foil, wood blocks, or even Tupperware under the furniture legs to prevent water from damaging the legs
- Remove all painting, pictures, art, computers, documents and other sensitive objects from the affected area
- Don't enter the affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment that are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards
- Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet
- Don't enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
For more information on recovering from a water damage, contact SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County at (281) 542-5326 today
Severe Weather Safety
Do you know the difference between severe weather watch vs. a warning?
Approximatly 98% of presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.*
Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist the lives of people around you.
Know the risks. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of deadly weather that can affect the area in which you live and work. Find out how it can impact you, your business, and most importantly your family.
Check the weather forecasts regularly, get a NOAA weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by making a communications plan for your home or place of work. Put together an emergency kit. Make sure to put all important documents in a safe place.
Be an example
Once you've taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with coworkers, friends, family, and your social media accounts. Your preparedness story may inspire others to do the same. All it takes is one person to follow your lead and you've now helped make a difference
Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County for more readiness tips and tools, and to learn about our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) that we offer for free. Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County can help you be "Ready for whatever happens!"
When Water Damage Strikes
Don't put off getting professional help when you suffer a water damage. Call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County.
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within fours of being notified of a loss, SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County will have a trained professional on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County professionals will inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of the damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.
SERVPRO professionals will take steps to protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings, and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services step-by-step.
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, one of our trained professionals will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you
Our professionally trained technicians will reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was retained to preloss condition
For more information on recovering from water damage, contact SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County at (281-342-5326)
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 2018 Spring CE Schedule- Houston Location
Local insurance agents look on as our Instructor David Johnson teaches them about Water Damage Restoration and how we properly mitigate a loss
The 2018 Spring CE Schedule has been posted for SERVPRO of River Oaks. Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, each class will be held at the Red Cross Building facilities at 2700 SW Freeway in Houston, (exit Kirby Dr coming or going). Registration for the classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and will include coffee and pastries. YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE CLASS STARTING. All courses begin promptly at 8:30 a.m and you must attend 100% of the class to obtain CE credits.
March 21st Ethics 102 2hrs
Mitigation Awareness 2hrs
April 18th Cleaning and Restoring 2hrs
Smoke Damaged Contents
Restoring Contaminated Bldgs 2hrs
May 16th Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration 4hrs
June 13th Emergency Preparedness 2hrs
Biohazard Cleanup 2hrs
A free, barbeque lunch will be served at the conclusion of the courses.
To RSVP for the courses, please contact our office at 713-666-9222, or email your reservations to ce@SERVPROofriveroaks.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 2018 Spring CE Schedule- Rosenberg Location
Local agents look on as our instructor David Johnson teaches them about the classes of water damage
The Spring 2018 CE Schedule at the Rosenberg location has been posted for SERVPRO . Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, each class will be held at the Red Cross Building facility at 2610 B F Terry Blvd in Rosenberg, TX, (exit FM-2218 coming or going). Registration for the classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and will include coffee and pastries. YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE CLASS STARTING. All courses begin promptly at 8:30 a.m and you must attend 100% of the class to obtain CE credits.
March 28th Professional Water Damage 4hrs
April 25th Understanding Mold 2hrs
in the Restoration Industry
Restorative Drying for 2hrs
May 23rd Biohazard Cleanup 2hrs
Deodorization of Malodors 2hrs
June 20th Water and Wood Don't Mix 2hrs
Salvaging Textiles 2hrs
A free, barbeque lunch will be served at the conclusion of the courses.
To RSVP for the courses, please contact our office at 713-666-9222, or email your reservations to ce@SERVPROofwestfortbendcounty.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
How's Your Smoke Detector doing?
time to change the smoke detector
Happy New Year! With the beginning of the new year, now is a great time to test your smoke detector batteries and/or swap out your smoke detector altogether.
Did you know that all smoke detectors have a life expectancy of only 10 years? At a recent SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County continuing education class on fire damage restoration held at the American Red Cross in Rosenberg, Dr. Jeffrey Stewart with the American Red Cross reminded participants that the diodes and sensors in every smoke detector deteriorates after 10 years. Even those alarms that are wired to the electrical system will deteriorate and will not function properly. Each smoke detector should be replaced after 10 years.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County partners with the American Red Cross in their fire safety campaign to save lives by putting smoke detectors in low income housing. It doesn't matter whether you live in a mansion or a hut, a working smoke detector is vital in saving lives from house fires.
There are two types of smoke detectors in most homes- ionization and photoelectric detectors. You can find varying opinions and recommendations from industry "experts", but research from Texas A&M University indicates that the photoelectric detectors seem to be more reliable, have a less fail rate, and have a clear advantage to the ionization detectors.
At the very least, one should replace smoke detector batteries at least once a year, and replace the detectors every 8 to 10 years. For more information, contact the (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Association.
Esporta to the Rescue after Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey stained wedding dress was restored in the Esporta machine.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County was called recently to try to salvage a wedding dress that had been flooded from Hurricane Harvey. The dress was to be used to photo the daughter, a new trend in photography, and the husband was going to give the photo shoot and the dress to his wife for Christmas.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County Esporta technician Rosa Frias took the stained wedding dress and diligently worked on the visible rust stains and soil contamination, then washed the dress in the Esporta machine to make the dress presentable for the photo shoot. Rosa was able to remove over 95% of the staining and the husband was thrilled with the results.
The dress was packaged and delivered back to the husband just in time for Christmas! He was very excited that his surprise photo shoot with the salvaged, cleaned wedding dress gift would be their highlight of Christmas.
Colder Weather due in Rosenberg for the start of the New Year
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County ready to respond to frozen emergencies
As 2017 winds down, the West Fort Bend County and Rosenberg areas have experienced some of the warmest, wettest weather in recent history. The start of 2018 promises to be a bit colder, with temperatures expecting to go down below freezing for several days.
When temperatures drop below freezing, we need to be mindful of the 4 p's - pets, plants, people, and pipes. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County responds to busted pipes on a daily basis, With a potential freeze, here are a few precautions to help prevent frozen pipe claims:
a. Don't forget your swimming pool and sprinkler system pipes. You may want to drain these lines to prevent breakage.
b. Consider wrapping your outdoor, exposed faucets with pipe insulation or newspaper.
c. If you don't wrap the pipes, consider letting water slowly drip from the exposed faucets.
d. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate inside the cabinets.
If your pipes freeze, know that SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is on standby to assist with the cleanup. On behalf of all of us at SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County, have a Happy New Year and stay warm!
Fall Continuing Education Schedule Set for West Fort Bend County
Lighting a candle at a recent fire damage restoration seminar.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County will be holding our Fall Continuing Education Courses at The American Red Cross Building at 2610 BF Terry Blvd in Rosenberg. Registration for the courses will begin at 8:00 a.m., with coffee and danishes provided. The classes will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and participants are required to attend 100% of the course in order to be able to receive CE credits.
RSVPs are suggested, as we have been known to fill up to capacity, on occasions.
August 16, 2017 -
Ethics -This 2 hour course is presented in conjunction with CY Enterprises, LLC, and will begin at 8:30 am - 10:30 am.
Emergency Preparedness- This 2 hour course is a hurricane preparedness seminar, just in time for hurricane season. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County has teamed up with the American Red Cross to present vital preparedness information that covers various emergency weather-related situations. The course runs from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
October 18, 2017-
Restorative Drying for Water Damage - This 4 hour course will cover the basics of water damage restoration and delves into what's involved in drying out a structure. The course runs from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
December 13, 2017-
Property Fire Damage Restoration- This 4 hour course takes an in-depth look at fire and smoke damage restoration. We usually have some form of hands-on activities as well as a few "smoke-related" surprises. The course runs from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Barbecue lunch will be provided immediately following the conclusion of the courses.
Please RSVP at 281-342-5326 or ce@SERVPROofwestfortbendcounty.com.
SERVPRO National Convention was held in Seattle, Washington
Owner David Johnson and Product Specialist Cheryll McMurtry Adams taking a selfie at SERVPRO's national convention.
SERVPRO's annual convention was held in Seattle, Washington this year. Annual convention is one of the highlights of the year for SERVPRO owners and employees, as it affords an opportunity to meet with other colleagues from across the country, learn about new industry trends, receive specialized training to improve our skills, and celebrate our achievements for the previous year.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County was represented by owners David and Susan Johnson at this year's convention. Their focus of learning involved better communication - how to improve customer service, how to provide more than what the customer expects, and how to be a hero to the customer in their time of need.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County meets many of our customers on their worst days, and we strive to make their situations better, whether it's after a water leak, smoke damage, trauma event, or doggie accident. We take pride in our crews and we provide continual training and communication with our crew members to help ensure they are providing the top-notch service that our customers deserve, and have come to expect.
Whether it's 2:00 in the afternoon, or 2:00 in the morning, SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is ready to help with whatever emergency you have. We've been servicing the Fulshear/Richmond/Rosenberg area for 15 years. We can be reached day or night at 281-342-5326.