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Stop The Flow!

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Put a stop to the flow of water at the source.

Unless the flooding is the result of a natural calamity, identify the source of the water and shut it down or lock it up. The simplest way to stop water flow is to turn off the main water valve to the house. Locate the valve before it floods if feasible so that you can find it quickly in the case of a water emergency.

Turn off the power.

After the source of the water has been turned off, switch off any electrical systems in your home—but don't walk through water to get to the fuse box. If you can't reach the fuse box without stepping in water, call an electrician.

Evacuate the structure.

If a pipe has broken or a sewage leak has occurred, evacuate the premises and seek a dry, safe spot outside your home. It could be in your own backyard or as far away as a neighbor's or friend's house. Check to check that everyone is safe and undamaged, including children, dogs, and anyone else who may have been at the house.

In the event of a natural disaster, consult authorities or listen to local news to find a temporary shelter. Evacuate everyone to the shelter as soon as possible.

Safety Is Key

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

A flood is one of the most damaging and devastating things you may ever endure as a homeowner. Household flooding can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

Heavy downpours
Back-up sewer system
The sump-pump isn't working.
Pipes burst
Whatever the cause, you should still know what to do if your house floods. Taking care of the problem as soon as possible will help decrease the amount of damage and make clean-up and repair easier.

First and foremost, safety.

The most important thing to do in any severe house tragedy is to stay safe. If the flooding is severe enough, you may be forced to abandon your home. When you come home to begin dealing with the consequences, make sure you are also protected. Turning off the power may be necessary, as water and electrical do not mix. When you return home, use protective clothing, such as rubber boots and gloves. Not only will you have to deal with the water, but also with whatever else the water has come into contact with, such as debris or even sewage. It is vital to safeguard oneself from any potentially toxic chemicals or materials that may have been washed in by the floodwaters.

Flooding Steps

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Do not take a flooded home or business as a lighthearted matter.  You should be very serious in your attempts to enter your home after it has been flooded.  Keep these in mind after a flood damage in the Phelps County and surrounding areas.

  • Disconnect all the Electronics-these can start fires if left on
  • Move anything not bolted to the ground-furniture and tables should be moved out
  • Have a Restoration Company remove the water-Extraction of water helps with the drying process
  • Get rid of moisture in the affected area-dehumidification will help keep the mold from growing
  • Disinfect the home-part of the cleaning process is to disinfect the house before rebuilding.
  • Dispose of waste responsibly-tearing out items from the home is naturally the case.  Remember to take into consideration items with asbestos or you could be fined for disposing of them incorrectly.

When in need call SERVPRO of River Oaks, we are here to help 24/7.

Flooding? Call Us Today!

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of River Oaks specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessons the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Our Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Rolla and surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?  Call Us Today  SERVPRO of River Oaks, (281-342-5326)

Act Fast and Reduce Flood Damage!

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Why You Need to Act Fast When There’s a Flood

In the aftermath of flood damage due to a heavy storm, ground water, or water damage from a burst pipe in the basement, homeowners must act within the first 24-48 hours to help prevent secondary water damage from setting in and becoming a much larger project to restore. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is among TX’s premier mold remediation companies and can arrive at the scene promptly to help prevent further damage.

Often, homeowners try to reverse the damage on their own, but this only delays the process further, allowing water damage to occur continuously until they eventually seek the help of water damage restoration companies. 

Outlined below are the steps a homeowner or business owner in West Fort Bend County, should take to best combat residential or commercial water damage.

Avoid Additional Risks and Act Safely

Immediately after a storm that causes flooding, families should check for their safety before sifting around or re-entering. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns families to check for visible structural damage like loosened or cracked foundation before returning home.

Likewise, homeowners should contact utility companies and stay clear of areas with the most flood damage if they suspect gas or electric lines sustained damage in the disaster. Entering a dangerous site is never worth the risk, especially if a professional water damage restoration team is already on the way.

Get the Right Water Cleanup Team on the Job ASAP

A flood presents an emergency for many homeowners and business owners. For that reason, homeowners should contact an emergency water damage restoration team the moment they notice flooding.

Hiring an experienced water and mold removal company is the quickest way to reverse any damage. Industrial-level equipment will always do a better job than equipment homeowners could rent or buy.

Find a company with stunning reviews known for a variety of damage restoration services including commercial cleaning services. A company who has satisfied clients in all areas of damage restoration including fire, flood, water, mold remediation, and commercial cleaning will give you confidence in the level of service you will receive. 

How to Prepare for the Water Damage Restoration Company

In the aftermath of a major storm or flooding event, the damage restoration company may take some time to arrive due to road conditions, increased need for services, and other factors. A reputable company will be able to provide a home or business owner with tips on how to assist with prevention of secondary water damage or microbial growth while waiting for professionals to arrive.

While waiting for the water damage restoration service to arrive, homeowners should take pictures and videos of the damage and contact their insurance companies. They should next remove all wet items from the home if it is safe to do so.

Ultimately, a homeowner cannot do a lot to reverse the water damage. Instead, they may need to leave the premises so that the water and fire restoration companies can arrive at the scene and begin working as quickly as possible.

Flood Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

The best way to prevent secondary water damage in the 24 hours after a flood is by calling SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County go-to fire and water restoration company. The sooner a homeowner acts, the easier a water cleanup company can clean up the mess and return them home to normal.

SERVPRO is always prepared to respond to any weather conditions when an emergency occurs. Immediate action mitigates flood damage, and there’s no way to combat the damage effectively without enlisting the help of a professional service company.

Reverse flood damage today. Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 281-342-5326.

Animals Cause Water Damage?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

How can animals cause water damage?

Statistics show that US residents spend 13 Billion annually to restore property water damages while around 14,000 Americans face water damage emergencies daily. The causes of these water damage events may vary from natural causes such as thunderstorms and hurricanes to sprinkler malfunction and plumbing leaks. SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company in West Fort Bend County reveals how pest infestation can lead to severe water damage. 

Water Leak Facts

The following facts highlight the importance of regular inspection and maintenance of equipment and plumbing to prevent enormous water damage.

  • Household leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year on average.
  • 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted in households every year.
  • 10 percent of unsuspected leaks in homes waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • The most common types of leaks in homes are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. 
  • A leak fixed in time can cut down 10 percent of water bills. 
  • Regular inspection and maintenance of faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads can save enormous water damage restoration costs.  

Water leaks attract animals leading to further damage 

Plumbing is one of the coziest and safest spaces for rodents and pests to build their homes. The ample supply of food and water and the security of the plumbing attracts the animals to begin residing in the pipes in attics, between walls, in cabinets, and in crawl spaces. A water leak left undetected for too long is like a homing beacon for these animals.

Naturally, a rodent or pests residing in a home is accompanied by a vast array of diseases and related contamination and destruction. 

All the plastic pipes made of PVC, CPVC, and PEX will encourage the rodents and pests to chew upon them and cause even the healthy pipes to leak. Even galvanized steel pipes are chewed upon by rodents to file down their dangerously pointed and growing teeth. When it gets dry, critters crawl into the pipes for some respite and water. Some of the common animals that nibble on household pipes and cause water damage are:

  • Mice and rats
  • Squirrels 
  • Opossums
  • Raccoons
  • Chipmunks
  • Skunks
  • Dogs

The ongoing onslaught on the plumbing system eventually leads to a complete collapse of the pipes, leading to major water damage events. The resultant property damages can be overwhelming. To prevent such a catastrophic event from occurring, property owners must get in touch with a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to inspect the possible source of the water leak and control the damage at the earliest. 

Homeowners may fail to understand the source of the leak or realize the presence of unwanted residents in their homes. An experienced eye, on the other hand, can immediately identify if the cause of the water leak is rodents and pests. Once the cause has been recognized, professional water damage restoration companies take immediate action to check the damage and reverse it. They may choose to replace parts of the chewed pipe or completely replace the damaged pipes besides cleaning any other contamination caused by the animals.

Notably, rodents and pests can also entail fire hazards. More often than not, these animals may end up gnawing electrical wires as well. After wearing down the soft, plastic coating on electrical wires the rodents find it easy to wear down their teeth with the metal wire inside the insulation. These damaged electrical wires left undetected can easily lead to structural fires.

If homeowners detect the presence of rodents and pests, leaking pipes, damaged electrical wires, and/or infections, they must immediately contact a professional water damage restoration service and plumbing services to address the issue.


  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend Countyis always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in West Fort Bend County, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill-up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

Stop The Leak Fast!

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Before you add a clamp, add a block of wood.

If you're in a hurry and don't have the proper tools, you can improvise by placing a block of wood over the piece of rubber before tightening a clamp. The block of wood will help to spread the pressure and keep the pipe from collapsing.

Obtain a C-Clamp

For a temporary remedy, place a C-clamp over the block of wood and a piece of rubber to plug the leak.

Remove the faulty pipe.

If you're more experienced with plumbing repairs, you might go ahead and cut out the damaged section of the pipe. Turn off the main water supply valve, empty the damaged water line, and cut out a length of pipe that extends about 1 in. on each side of the leak with a pipe cutter. Begin by securely grasping the pipe in the cutter's jaws and tightening the cutter's screw. As you tighten the screw handle, rotate the cutter in the direction illustrated until the pipe snaps.

Prevent Frozen Pipes!

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Winter storms can cause plumbing lines to freeze and perhaps burst, resulting in flooding and costly water damage to your home. Preventing frozen pipes and other cold-weather risks can be reduced or eliminated by taking preventive actions before winter arrives. "Because of their location in the residence, some pipes are more prone to freezing than others."

The following pipes are particularly vulnerable to freezing:

Pipes that are exposed in unheated portions of the house.
Pipes that are positioned on the outside of the walls.
Any plumbing on the home's outside. 

If you have a busted pipe emergency call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County today at 281-342-5326, we are here to help.

What Happens When A Frozen Pipe Busts?

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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The easiest method to deal with frozen pipes is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

But, if the unexpected happens, you'll need to act quickly to limit the damage and restoration costs.

Why do frozen pipes burst?

According to Roto-Rooter spokesman Paul Abrams, not all frozen pipes explode. However, when one does, it is due to the fact that water expands as it freezes, putting significant pressure on inflexible plumbing pipes. That pressure can induce a small breach at a joint or crack in a length of pipe, allowing full flow of water into your home.

Water damage caused by burst pipes is one of the most common homeowners insurance claims, with an average claim cost of around $5,000.

How to Spot Freezing Pipes

A frost-coated water line (or one that bulges like a well-fed python) is a solid indication that it's frozen, although not all plumbing pipes are visible.

"If your faucets aren't working and your toilets aren't refilling after a flush, it's a good

sign your pipes are frozen,"

Blood Cleanup?

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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The most prevalent location for blood spills is on a hard, non-carpeted surface. Tile, ceramic, vinyl, linoleum, metal, wood, cement, and any other non-absorbent flooring, such as a pool deck, are examples of these surfaces. Cleaning up blood and other bodily fluids from various surface types is easier than cleaning up on absorbent surfaces, but there are still vital precautions to take.

Spills on hard surfaces can spread over larger regions, so the spill must be contained fast. The following are the processes for cleaning up spills on these surfaces:

Close off the area until the cleanup and disinfection are finished. The location should not be accessible to tourists or unprotected staff members.
Don a pair of disposable gloves.
Wipe up as much of the spill as you can using a paper towel or other absorbent material.
Pour a bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) gently over all affected areas.
Allow the bleach solution to remain on the contaminated area for 20 minutes before wiping up any residual bleach solution.
All non-disposable cleaning materials, such as mops, brushes, and rags, must be disinfected by soaking them in a bleach solution and allowing them to air dry.
Remove the gloves and store them in a rubbish bag with the rest of the soiled cleaning supplies.
Garbage bags should be double-bagged and tightly tied before being discarded.