Get Your Hurricane Season ERP!
Hurricane season is officially in swing, and so is cooler weather (hopefully? maybe?) and with that cooler weather brings rain and thunderstorms. Are you and your commercial business ready for the rainy weather? If you aren’t, give us a call today and we can set up an appointment with one of our representatives to come out to start an ERP, which is short for Emergency Ready Program. ERPs are free to you and help us establish a plan of action in the event your office is flooded by water. We can identify where vital things are in your building like water shut offs.
Fire and water damage can cause your business to lose a ton of money, and some businesses don’t even reopen after a disaster. Make sure you’re protected and call us today at 281-342-5326!
Replacing Damaged Wood
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All severely warped wood (particularly flooring), rotting wood and wood that has developed mold/mildew problems will need to be replaced. Pry apart damaged boards and thoroughly clean beneath them before replacing them. And if the wood is a structural component of your house, you must be very careful when replacing it so that the structure has the right support during and after the water damage repair project.
Install new, sealed floors
From wet carpets to swollen floorboards, it’s often evident when water has damaged your floor but if you aren’t sure, it’s important to check immediately in case moisture has become trapped underneath. Note that underlayment and padding are particularly susceptible to water damage and must usually be removed. However, this also presents an opportunity to install new, waterproof flooring in the area. Ceramic tile, high-end vinyl and certain engineered wood materials can all help protect floors against future water damage repair.
Prepare For The Storm!
If conditions are right for a hurricane in your area, this is how you can prepare:
- Stay tuned to local radio and TV for warnings, safety announcements or instructions.
- Invest in a portable battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
- Turn off all utilities, including propane tanks.
- Cover all of your home’s windows with storm shutters or 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Even duct tape – amazing as it is – doesn’t prevent windows from breaking.
- If it’s safe, move outdoor furniture and grills inside. They can be deadly flying debris.
- If emergency officials haven’t directed you to a public shelter, get your family to the basement, a closet, a small room or a hallway away from windows. The more walls between you and the outside, the better.
- Lean a mattress against the wall of the room you're in.
- Don't open your windows. Keep the wind and rain outside.
- Hand out flashlights. The hurricane will probably disrupt electrical service.
During and After the Hurricane
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During a Hurricane
If you are have not evacuated, go to your safe room. If you do not have a safe room, follow these guidelines:
- Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors.
- Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm—winds will pick up again.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
- Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
After a Hurricane
Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being.
- Let your friends and family know that you are safe.
- Do not return home unless authorized to avoid electrical hazards and other dangers.
- Do NOT drink tap water unless authorized to do so.
- Check the temperature in your fridge or freezer. Anything that has remained at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is safe to eat. Otherwise, throw it out to be safe.
- Also, throw away ANY food that has come in contact with flood waters which may carry waterborne diseases, chemicals, etc. Better safe than sorry.
- Document any damage with photos and contact your insurance company.
- In your home, immediately remove or air out water-damaged items. It’s critical to minimize the chance of mold growing in your home.
- Do NOT drive or walk through floodwaters which may be electrically-charged and filled with contaminants; just six inches of moving flood water will knock a grown man down. Do NOT underestimate the power of moving waters.
Spring Time Mold Humidity!
With spring storms come humidity, and humidity comes mold especially if you’ve had a recent water loss in your home. Ideally, the air conditioning in your home should keep your home at a comfortable humidity level, however when the air is thick and soupy outside, we all know that can sometimes be impossible.
The humidity in your home also rises when you have a water loss, after all, standing water in your home evaporates into the air as it dries. Mold likes this humidity, as well as the wet flooring/drywall that you may have in your home due to flooding. It’s extremely important to get the water in your home extracted and dried as quickly as possible to prevent future mold growth.
If your home has suffered water damage that has led to microbial growth, give SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County a call today at 281-342-5326!
Understanding what conditions mold likes to grow in can help you prevent mold growth in your home or office. Mold can be found nearly anywhere on earth – both indoors and outdoors; usually a few mold spores here or there won’t cause any issues, but if the spores are able to settle and begin growing, they can cause problems.
Mold likes warm, humid conditions. Sometimes, simply having a few extremely humid days in a row will provide the right conditions for mold to grow. Common issues that can lead to excess moisture also include burst or leaky pipes and excessive rainfall. Once mold spores land in a habitable area, they can begin to grow and cover the area in as little as 48 hours.
If you have water damage in your home, make sure it is cleaned up quickly and properly. Call us today to ensure that all areas of your home or office meet dry standards. If mold has already begun growing, our experts can handle that too! We even have specialized formulas to get rid of mold and keep it from coming back. Give us a call today at 281-342-5326 to see how we can help you!
We Are Here To Help!
Fires are devastating and can mean so much heartache and headache for your home. We know that, and that’s why we make it our mission to treat every fire with the care and compassion needed to make sure that your fire is handled in a quick, professional, and caring manner. We treat every fire the exact same, whether it’s a huge office building, or a small home. We want our customers to make sure they feel heard and understood with their concerns. We work hard to bring your home back to preloss conditions and will clean everything top to bottom in the affected area. We will even wash your textiles for you if they’ve got a gross soot smell to them.
If you’ve been affected by a fire, give us a call today at 281-342-5326!
Heightened Risk Of Fire Damage For Halloween
If you found yourself in the midst of a fire because of a holiday decoration mishap, give us a call today at 281-342-5326
With Halloween coming up, it’s officially spooky season! It’s definitely my favorite time of the year. I love all the decorations, pumpkins, and the cooler weather coming in is always a plus. But, with that comes a heightened risk of fire damage. Did you know that on average, Halloween decorations cause about $13 million dollars’ worth of damage each year? Along with that, decorations caused about 860 home structure fires per year between 2009-2013! That’s just the beginning – those numbers climb through the rest of the year with fire damages escalating because of the holiday season.
It’s important to make sure that we are fire aware when it comes to decorations and the holidays. Make sure that all decorations are away from heat sources, including flowy costumes. Make sure you blow out your candle when you leave the room, and if you want to have the smells of a candle, but not the flame invest in a wax warmer – though make sure you follow good safety habits when it comes to electrical heating elements. It may not have fire, but it still can be hot! If you like the look of candles, but don’t mind not having a scent – get battery operated candles! They come in various sizes, shapes, and colors and often times are made out of wax. They are fireproof, pet proof, and kid proof!
Does Your Commercial Business Have A Plan?
The holiday season is coming up, and that could mean it’s one of the busiest times of the year for your business! You may not be thinking about it – but do you have a plan in place just incase your office or retail store floods during this busy time? What about if you happen to have a fire? With our ERP or Emergency Ready Program, we can help! With this program, we can walk through your commercial space, document things like water shut offs and floor plans. We will then write up a comprehensive plan and give you a copy – keeping one for ourselves so we know exactly where everything is and what needs to happen in the event of an emergency
So, give us a call today to schedule an -appointment @ -281-342-5326
Commercial Storm Preparedness
Call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County today @ 281-342-5326
We are in the middle of Hurricane season! And it’s been a REALLY active one so, it’s important that we make sure to protect our businesses against water damage and storm damages. When it comes to being prepared, that’s where we come in. We can write an ERP, or Emergency Ready Plan, for you. We’ll detail everything in our plan, from fire, to water damage and where the shut offs are, to even storm damage. When you’re prepared, it makes mitigation quicker and can get your and your team back on your feet and ready to get back to business and making money.