Recent Water Damage Posts

Rainwater Damage Is Not Good

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Rainwater is the most common source of bulk water.

Rainwater damage is the most prevalent and destructive sort of water damage, and it can come from a variety of sources:

Seepage of water through basement walls.
Water seeps through cracks in the walls, particularly around doors and windows.
Roof leaks are most commonly caused by penetrations and improper flashing.
Plumbing leaks are an oddity, but they are important.

If you or someone you know have had a rainwater damage call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County today at 281-342-5326.

Absorb The Water with Mops,Towels, anything You Can Find

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Remove any objects that have been soaked in water from the floor.

Water-soaked rugs and furniture will continue to absorb moisture into the wood. Wet furniture can also lead to the formation of mildew and mold, which can penetrate the pores and seams of your flooring. Remove all wet items from the room and place them somewhere where they can dry quickly without causing damage to the floor.

Attempt to absorb as much water as possible.

Small puddles and spills can be quickly absorbed using towels, mops, and clean rags. To remove larger water sources from the flooring, use a wet vacuum. Even if the water on the wood's surface is no longer visible, keep using the wet vacuum.

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)

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.

Why SERVPRO?

  • 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.

Upgrades Are Essential!

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Upgrade washing machine hoses

Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage.

Install water detection devices

A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

Check your water pressure

If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure.

Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 to 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100 psi, install a pressure regulator (which is available at hardware stores as well.) 

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is here for all of your restoration needs.

Broken Pipe Coverage?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Accidental water damage is often part of dwelling coverage, personal property coverage and/or loss of use coverage. Speak to your insurance representative to make sure water damage is a covered loss in each of these home insurance policy components.

Dwelling Coverage

Dwelling coverage is a main component of a home insurance policy. It can help pay to rebuild or repair the physical structure of your home in the event of accidental water damage, fire, severe weather, vandalism or another covered cause of loss.

Your dwelling coverage limits are based on the estimated cost of rebuilding your home. It’s a good idea to check in with your insurance agent about your home’s replacement cost yearly, especially after making improvements. Even small improvements can affect the cost to rebuild your home.

Property Coverage

Person property coverage helps cover your belongings, such as furniture, clothing, sporting goods or electronics, in the event of a covered loss – whether they get damaged at your home, apartment or anywhere in the world.

In the case of accidental water damage from a burst pipe, this means payment for professional cleaning or replacement of furniture and personal belongings, as long as accidental water damage is a covered cause of loss in your policy.

Many policies provide for personal property to be covered at actual cash value rather than replacement cost. You may be able to enhance your policy with full replacement cost coverage.

Prevent Plumbing Leaks!

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

10 Tips to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

A plumbing system consists of much more than just the visible components – the sinks, faucets, water heaters, and drain pipes. An extensive network of supply and drain pipes is usually running within walls or floors or buried underground, hidden from the view. 

A poorly maintained or neglected plumbing system in a commercial building or a home can lead to major leaks causing expensive water damage.

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County shares the common causes of plumbing leaks and the various measures business owners and homeowners can take to prevent them.

The common plumbing leak culprits are:

  • Dishwashers
  • Icemakers
  • Water heaters
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Washing machines
  • Showers and tubs

10 Preventive Steps 

  1. Reduce water pressure 

As per experts, high water pressure simply reduces the life of plumbing as it stresses the pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves. Water pressure can be measured with a hose bib gauge and should lie within 40-85 psi, normally. Anything above this range will put immense pressure on the plumbing and eventually give way to leaks.  

  1. Soften the water 

A high mineral content in water, known as hard water, slowly builds up minerals such as magnesium and calcium in the pipes. This leads to restriction of water flow, corrosion of joints and fittings, and increasing pressure.

Installing a water softener is the best method to combat hard water. Most softeners use sodium to counteract the minerals in the water, but there are electronic softeners that use only electromagnetic pulses to dissolve minerals. 

  1. Insulate the pipes

Pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts can freeze and leak. It is advisable to insulate all exposed plumbing that is accessible and seal any external openings that allow frigid air to contact water supply lines. When temperatures drop below 25 degrees, the household thermostat should be set at 55 degrees or higher and taps should be left slightly open to allow water to dribble out as long as freezing temperatures persist.

  1. Replace washing machine hoses

A leaky or ruptured washing machine hose is a common cause of leaks. Rubber hoses that supply water to washing machines have a lifespan of five years only. Therefore it is a good measure to replace rubber hoses before they leak and use braided stainless steel lines that are much more durable.

  1. Do not ignore minor leaks

Leakage of any magnitude is not normal. It is advised to do a visual inspection of all faucets, toilets, and exposed pipes as well as any signs of leaks where the pipes penetrate the walls or foundation. Small pools of water on the floor, water stains near the pipes, or warping of wallboard or paneling could indicate the presence of a leak. 

All plumbing fixtures should be solidly attached to the floor or wall as the seals can break pipe connections. Even a pinhole in supply lines is a sign of internal corrosion that is a warning of the imminent bursting of pipes and severe flooding. These signs must be addressed immediately by a water damage restoration company.

  1. Test all shutoff valves

The location of the main water shutoff valve and how to operate it in emergencies must be common knowledge. Since valves often freeze in the open position due to the accumulation of mineral deposits, it is a good practice to test the main valve yearly to ensure it turns off and on easily. All individual shutoff valves such as those installed on the wall behind toilets and under sinks must also be tested. 

  1. Inspect the drainage function

Water should travel easily down the drain pipes while creating a familiar swirl pattern as it enters the pipes. The appearance of bubbles or a gurgling sound during drainage could indicate a problem that needs to be corrected.

  1. Install floor pans

Floor pans under appliances are the first line of defense against water leakage. They cannot prevent catastrophic leaks but can prevent water damage from minor and slow leaks. 

  1. Get a water alarm

Water alarms alert the inhabitants of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump.

  1.  Purchase a water flow monitoring system

A water flow monitoring system is protection for the complete property. It is attached to the water main and measures the water flow into the premises. In case of continuous water flow that is over and above the normal usage, the system will stop the flow of water automatically.

In case of water damage caused by plumbing leaks, property owners can get in touch with water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in of 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.

For water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO® of West Fort Bend County today at (281) 342-5326.

Is Salt Water Connected to Water Damage?

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Four Saltwater Facts and How It Affects Water Damage Restoration

#1: Saltwater Damages Far Exceed Rainwater Issues

The high salt content in saltwater is considerably more destructive than regular rainwater. A home or business can have a professional service dry surfaces contaminated by rainwater. If the surface isn’t delicate and the absorption is minimal, this may often be the end of the story. 

However, saltwater pooling on surfaces sees much more damage. It is extremely corrosive, even when a surface dries off completely. The salt residue continues to eat away at the material beneath—the only way to stop the process is to call water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO who understand residue and flood cleanup.

#2: Salt Water and Electricity—A Terrible Combination

Salt is an excellent conductor of electrical currents. While a home is under saltwater, the water itself can carry a dangerous charge. After the flooding has subsided, salt residue also conducts electricity outside protective features, like electrical fixtures designed to keep people safe. 

The salt residue corrosion also eats through wire cladding on dried-out electrical components, exposing the wiring and causing unexpected short circuits. If there’s a chance that a home or business has a bad combination of salt and electricity, it is best to call a professional water and fire damage restoration service like SERVPRO to handle it safely.

One benefit of SERVPRO’S extensive national network is the 24-hour emergency services and professional building restoration service options, no matter the location. They also offer an air duct cleaning service to sweep the HVAC systems after extensive water damage restoration or electricity issues.

#3: Salt Encourages Extensive Mold Growth

When a building has flooded, damp items tend to play host to unhealthy organic material. However, when floodwaters contain salt, the mold grows even quicker, and it is far more difficult to eradicate. It is important to protect people’s health, and mold removal or mold remediation companies like SERVPRO offer this service as part of water damage restoration.

The highly-trained technicians have honed skills over many years, and the professional service might be the only way to prevent the vigorous mold growth common to saltwater-damaged buildings.

#4: Salt Destabilizes the Property’s Foundations

All major floods carry the danger of soil erosion, but saltwater alters the entire chemical makeup of the soil. It kills plants that aren’t adaptable and destabilizes the structure as the soil shifts and displaces other components. Water removal from around a house or office building is a priority, but this applies even more to saltwater issues. 

Getting rid of the salt residue is the only way to restore the soil and structural integrity. It is a good idea to call in the services of building restoration companies, like SERVPRO. These teams are locally owned and operated, and they know how to handle extensive saltwater damage without compromising the environment around the property.

What Is Flood Insurance?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Flood insurance is a type of property insurance that covers a dwelling for losses sustained by water damage specifically due to flooding caused by heavy or prolonged rain, melting snow, coastal storm surges, blocked storm drainage systems, or levee dam failure. In many places, a flood is considered a vis major event, and the damage or destruction it causes are uncovered if you do not get supplemental insurance.

  • Flood insurance is a type of property insurance that covers a dwelling for losses sustained by water damage specifically due to flooding.
  • Flood insurance policies are available for all residential and commercial properties.
  • The federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers flood insurance to homeowners in participating communities, along with those determined to be in the NFIP-designated floodplains; though the policies are offered through private insurers, the government sets the rates.
  •  The pricing of flood insurance policy is based on the NFIP-designated flood zone in which the property is located, as well as the property age, elevation, and the number of floors.
  • Annual flood insurance premiums range from around $573 to $1,395.

Call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County today!

Overflow Water Damage and Discharge Water Damage

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Sudden and accidental discharge or overflow from plumbing or appliances are usually covered on standard home policies. Overflow and discharge water damage is the type of water damage most people think about when they imagine a water damage claim in their home.

Overflow involves water escaping or overflowing from appliances, pipes or water outlets in your home. Some examples include your bathtub or washing machine overflowing.

Discharge is what happens when water is released from plumbing or appliances and then floods your home. For example, if your water heater gives out or a pipe bursts, there is a sudden discharge of water. 

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Avoiding Water Damage Claims

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Why water damage claims are common and how to avoid them.

Bursting water pipes

During severely cold winters, pipes can freeze over and burst. That’s more likely to happen if you have certain types of pipes, such as swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and pipes with minimal insulation that run against exterior walls.

If temperatures tend to freeze in your area, be sure to protect your pipes. Insulate both hot and cold-water pipes using heat tape or pipe sleeves available in your home improvement store. If you have water supply lines in your garage, keep the garage door closed as often as possible. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate. If you plan to spend some time away from your home, leave the heat on and set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees. You can’t control the weather, but you can put up a good fight to save your pipes.

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Commercial And Residential Differences

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

As we move into the colder, wetter months, we all have to consider the possible damages that our structures can sustain during this time of year. Summer’s storms are past, and now from leaky roofs and moldy siding to deep ruts in the driveway or potholes in the parking lot, the fall and winter months will bring their own set of concerns to both home and business owners. Weather won’t be as violent, but rains can last a lot longer, and then will come sleet, ice, and snow.

For the homeowner, some of the exterior concerns due to weather will be:

  • Eroded landscaping
  • Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill
  • Moldy siding, window sills, door-jambs, window panes, and roofing
  • Rotting wooden fencing and decking
  • Leaking roof
  • Puddles and pooling

For the business owner, some of the exterior trouble spots can be:

  • Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas
  • Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways
  • Leaking roofs
  • Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly

When it comes to the interior spaces, businesses have to keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door!

Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue.

One thing both types of structures have to be concerned about is mold, however - it is never a good thing to realize that a colony has taken hold in either your home or your business.

Why Was My Water Damage Claim Denied?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Understanding Why a Water Damage Claim is Denied and What You Can Do About It

First, if you are being denied any claim, make sure that you ask for a full explanation. You have every right to understand exactly what part of the policy wording excludes what you are asking for compensation for and why the claim is being denied.

Understand that there are several people who represent the insurance company during a claim, so you want to know where the decision is coming from. Was it your agent who told you, the insurance adjuster, or a contractor? Each person plays a different role. Don't be afraid to request clarifications to avoid misunderstandings. When a claim is denied, you will normally receive something in writing advising you of the official decision.

If you still do not understand why something isn't covered, and you think there is a chance for a review of your situation, don't be afraid to ask your agent or representative for a review or a second opinion. In a stressful situation like a claim, it is understandable that things may not be expressed clearly on either side. You want to make sure you understand fully.

Winter Preparations!

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

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While the weather is still in the 90s, and we are probably a few months away from our first freeze, it’s important to keep prepared from water damage in your home in case we do happen to get a deep freeze this upcoming winter. Make sure that your pipes are well insulated, especially those ones that are exposed to the air. You can get specialty foam to go around them. Use a sock to cover your outside waterspouts and put a foam cover on that too – it’ll give it extra insulation against the cold weather to prepare freezing and bursting. Make sure your gutters are clear too, to prevent outside water from getting in when it rains this season.

Tips For Water Damage!

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

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When a home or business owner is confronted with a large-scale water damage incident, it is vital to prioritize the safety of families, employees, customers, and other individuals. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is sharing 7 safety tips to help people navigate the aftermath of a water damage emergency. These safety tips are applicable for residential or commercial water damage that is internally sourced from a leaky faucet, a cracked water pipe, or a broken water heater. Water damage resulting from a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, or hurricane has a set of issues that go beyond the extent of an internally sourced water damage situation.

Tip #1: Stay calm. Do not panic.

Water damage to a home or business is stressful, especially if the water damages expensive furniture, ruins family heirlooms, destroys valuable inventory, or requires the property to be evacuated for a period of days or even weeks. Trained, experienced professionals take care of water damage emergencies every day, and they eliminate a large portion of the stress and anxiety. Skilled restoration experts do a thorough job in a timely fashion, so people do not have to worry.

Tip #2: Identify and eliminate electrical hazards.

A flooded house presents a challenge to the homeowner. Floor covering can be replaced, upholstery can be cleaned, and baseboards can be repainted. Electrocution, however, can be fatal.

The first concern is always personal safety, even before identifying the source of the flooding and shutting off the water. If the flooding is extensive, electrical shock is always a concern. Avoid stepping in the water until sources of potential electrical shock have been identified and resolved. Appliances and extension cords in the water are particularly dangerous. Be safe. Shut off the power from outside the home or commercial building. A water damage issue could turn into a fire hazard if electrical appliances are exposed to water.

Tip #3: Identify any chemical or sanitation hazards before entering the residence or building.

Strong smells, burning and itching eyes, or skin irritation may be indicators that the water may have come into contact with activated chemicals. Carefully do a smell test. Is the liquid on the floor more than water? Is it contaminated with raw sewage? It is unsanitary to track raw sewage throughout the entire house in the search for the water leak. What may have been a relatively simple clean up could be expanded to include the whole house.

Tip #4: Avoid slipping and falling.

Watch out for slippery surfaces. Wet floors can be exceedingly slippery, so hold on to cabinets or furniture when walking on slick kitchen or bathroom floors. Wear shoes or boots that provide stability and reduce the possibility of slipping and falling. It is better to keep shoes on while walking through the flooded areas to prevent slipping and to protect the feet from injury.

Tip #5: Use a flashlight when walking through areas that are dark or dimly lit.

If the flooding was so extensive that the electricity needed to be turned off, use a flashlight to illuminate the home. Proper lighting improves balance and stability. Groping around in the dark can lead to head and hand injuries. Further safety hazards can be created if furniture is turned over or glass is broken.

Tip #6: Wear rubber gloves and other protective clothing, if possible.

Wearing rubber gloves, protective eyewear, sturdy shoes or boots, and a mask or respirator are advisable if at all possible. If the leak has persisted over an extended period of time, mold, mildew, and bacteria may have had time to grow. Mold exposure can cause health effects. Also, the liquid on the floor and carpet may be contaminated with raw sewage. Chemicals may have mixed with the water and may have become activated, toxifying the air and the water. Any exposure to these contaminants could be hazardous or even deadly.

Tip #7: Avoid lifting heavy items.

Water-logged pillows, cushions, clothing, carpet, and padding are very heavy. Be careful walking across slippery surfaces. Carrying a heavy load or slipping unexpectedly can wrench the back or cause other injuries.

If the situation is severe and the environment is hazardous, the safest course of action may be to shut off the electricity and water, call the water damage specialists, and wait. Each crisis is unique and carries its own set of safety hazards. Immediate response from a water damage specialist is essential because much of the damage is done in the first few hours of the incident. Getting a trained technician with the best equipment on the scene as soon as possible is always a best-case scenario in a worst-case situation.

We can Handle Your Water Loss

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water losses can be very scary! Sometimes you don’t know how or even why there is a giant puddle on your living room floor or the frustration of your dishwasher not working correctly – when it should be. It’s also stressful to even think about how you could even get that much water out of your home where do you even start? That’s where we at SERVPRO of West Fort Bend Coutny come into play.

We are a team of highly trained and specialized in water extraction on drying. We use specialized equipment to make sure that every drop of water is out of your home like air movers and extractors. We also make sure to use dehumidifiers to make sure your air is returned to the perfect level so no mold growth can happen.

If you find yourself with a water loss in your home or business, give us a call today at 281-342-5326

Washing Machine Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that some of the most common ways for water damage in your home is caused by washing machines? And there are so many different ways that your washing machine can cause a water loss like a supply line bursting, clogging, using the wrong detergent and even overloading the washer. The supply hose is the most common way for your washing machine to fail.

It’s wise to do routine inspections of your supply hose. Keep an eye out for cracks, blisters or a loose connection. Replace any hose that looks worn and tighten them if they’re loose. You should also replace your hose every five years even if you can’t see any problems – just to be on the safe side. When you’re shopping for a new hose try to get one that’s braided steel as it’ll hold up to more wear and tear over time. If you’re away from your home for any extended period of time, shut off the water supply line valve to make sure nothing can happen while you’re away from home

"Resulting Damage"

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Broken pipe and Water damage example

Another example is if something that happened gradually, like a broken pipe, or a broken water tank, or a washing machine breaks due to (unexpected) wear and tear. The actual pipe itself, or washing machine will not be covered. However, the resulting damage from the sudden breakage may be.

What does the term “Resulting Damage” mean in Insurance?

The resulting damage is a different than the initial damage. For example, if water damage resulting from a broken pipe, or appliance is listed in your wording as covered, then you may be compensated for a portion of the damages caused even though the deteriorated pipe replacement or a new appliance would not be covered. This is an example the cause of the damage not being covered, but the resulting damage being covered

Replacing Damaged Wood

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

SERVPRO Can Save Your Contents!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County @ (281)-342-5326

When water overflows into a property, it does not discriminate, and any item within reach is submerged. However, the damage it causes in different items within the affected area varies. There are items ruined within just a few minutes of exposure to the water. Others can only be ruined if left submerged for extended periods. Finally, some items might not exhibit any signs of damage after the exposure but develop problems later on. It is necessary to follow the right procedures to save valuable items in your home after a water loss incident.   You should pay serious attention to electronics during water removal. If they end up submerged, you might incur huge losses. The issue with most electronics is that even a few minutes underwater can ruin them. In addition to this, the items might continue functioning normally then exhibit signs of damage long after the loss. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you save electronics exposed to water. We remove the items from the affected areas or cover them with plastic sheets if it is not possible to move them. Such actions limit further exposure.   Another prized item in many households is clothes. Property flooding can ruin clothes in different ways. The most straightforward way is the transfer of stains from the dark to the bright colored clothes. You can prevent this by separating the clothes immediately after you detect flooding in the closet. Contaminants in the water and the surfaces where you place the clothes can also stain them.

The water might also affect documents and important books within the home. It is possible to limit the extent of damage by choosing the right removal procedure. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on sublimation methods to save the documents. The method works by changing solids to vapor directly without passing through liquid stages. For this to work, we have to find the damaged documents within 24 hours and freeze them within 48 hours.   You can save your items from unnecessary damages in case of water loss. Call SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County at (281)-342-5326

Do You Know What To Do When A Pipe Bursts?

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let the cold temperatures of winter burst your pipes. By following these simple tips, you’ll not only save yourself the trouble of broken pipes and gushing water, but you’ll also save yourself a lot of money in repair fees.

  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Pipelines in an unheated garage or cold crawl space under the house can freeze; wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet. Hardware or building supply stores have pipe wrapping materials available. 
  • Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. Repair broken windows to keep the cold winter winds outside where they belong.  
  • Find the master shutoff. The master valve may be near the water heater or washing machine. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is in case a pipe burst. Acting quickly can prevent flooding and thousands of dollars in repairs.  
  • Worried about pipe freeze? Run a minimal amount of water in a kitchen sink, on nights when weather forecast calls less than 20 degrees. A small and steady stream of water will be enough to keep your pipes from freezing, and you can even collect the water in a bucket to water houseplants.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. You should have all outdoor water connections, including irrigation systems, properly shut off during the winter. A single overnight freeze can burst faucets and pipes, so it’s important to disconnect the hose and let the water drain.
  • It’s too late – my pipes already froze! What do I do now?
  • First, call your plumber!
  • Second, locate your master shutoff valve. This will come in handy if things take a turn for the worst.
  • Third (for those DIY-ers out there), don’t try and melt the water by using fire, as heating one spot of the pipe can cause it to burst. Instead, use a hair dryer on low to distribute the heat evenly across the pipe.
  • If you don’t have a hair dryer, then you can wrap the frozen section in rags and gently pour hot water across it. The rags help to distribute the heat from the water evenly.  

Impact Of Flood

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Of West Fort Bend County for any flood damage in your home/business. (281)-342-5326

The physical destruction caused by flooding depends on the speed and level of the water, the duration of the flood, terrain and soil conditions, and the built environment (e.g., buildings, roads, and bridges).

- Flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, driving through, or boating across floodwaters.

- Transportation routes, power, water, gas, and other services may be disrupted. - Commercial supplies and government support systems may be temporarily unavailable.

- Drinking water supplies and wells may become polluted.

- Floodwaters can cause erosion, which can damage roads, bridge structures, levees, and buildings with weak foundations, causing their collapse without warning. The floodwaters may carry the worn-away mud, rocks, and other sediment.

- Landslides and mudslides can occur.

Water Damage Restoration

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Call SERVPRO Of West Fort Bend County for your water damaged needs. (281)-342-5326

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County technicians are certified for drying excessive water damage. Accidents such as sewage backup, flooding, and broken pipes can happen to anyone. Quick action is necessary to stop further degradation of the property.

Our trained and certified technicians start the process by first stopping the flow of water. Without stopping the flow of water, the technician will not be able to start the repairing process of the residence. Stabilization the source is critical to proceed with the drying process and restoration.

To begin the drying process is water extraction SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County has numerous pieces of equipment that remove the excess water and moisture from the residence. We have tools that measure the moisture during the drying process.

Air movers are utilized to cycle the air which is an important process. The technician learns how to choose the right air movers, and how to place them properly for maximum results.

 The proper solution to help with the drying process and lessen the damage the structure of your home and belongings is evaporation. Evaporation is natural with proper circulation. This process is used to speed up the process or it can prevent the process.

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County technicians are trained in evaporation so to hurry the drying of the structure and furnishes along. This technique will prevent microbial growth and the structure will be stabilized. Every step of the drying process is critical for a positive outcome.

Have a Water Problem? Let Us Solve Your Problem!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call us 281-342-5326 and let us help make it "Like it never even happened.”

A pipe bursts. A water heater leaks. A bathtub overflows. Flood waters rush in. A sprinkler system malfunctions. Water damage can happen in any number of ways. But, if your business or home is under a few inches of water, everything else takes a backseat. Only one thing matters when your business can’t operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of the water-logged resident: A solution.

Your local SERVPRO Professionals are that solution. Equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO Professionals will start helping the moment you call. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, your SERVPRO Professionals will help put your worries at ease, because they understand the sciences of drying.

When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County a call; they will help to make things right, make things dry, and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding the 3 Types of Water Losses

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water is pooling on the floor at your home in Houston,TX as you search for the cause of the leak. Are all leaks created equal? No, in fact some leaks are far more dangerous than others. Depending on the source, it can be clean water, contaminated water, or somewhere in between. Learn to distinguish the three categories, the sources and the necessary clean up for each type.

Category 1: Clean Water

This type of water is the best case scenario. Generally, it is not hazardous to your health if dealt with quickly.

• Sources of fresh water could include a broken pipe, water heater leak, fractured supply line, overflowed sink/tub, or sprinkler system.
• Water restoration specialists remove the excess water with professional vacuums and pumps. Air movers and dehumidifiers dry the area.

Category 2: Gray Water

Although considered contaminated water, gray water does not typically contain bacteria or viruses that make you sick. Rather, it may contain detergent or bits of dirt.

• This water comes from a problem with the clothes washing machine or dishwasher.
• Similar to clean water, excess water is removed and the area is dried. When dirt is involved, however, the area is cleaned and disinfected as well.

Category 3: Black Water

Black water is the most contaminated and bacteria infested. You can become seriously ill if you ingest it.

• Sewage water is the culprit here, either from a toilet in your home or a backed up exterior sewer line.
• In addition to steps taken with other water types, all porous contents are removed and discarded from your home. This may include items such as drywall and flooring. Disinfectants and air filtration devices are used to properly sanitize the area.

As a homeowner in Houston, TX, dealing with contaminated water in your house can be a time-consuming and stressful situation. With the help of professionals, the category of water type is identified and dealt with accordingly.

Fort Bend County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Fort Bend County.

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 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) 342-5326

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 West Fort Bend County 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 West Fort Bend County

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 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.

 Meet Our Crew: SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County Employees

Certifications

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SMT - Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • National Wood Floor Association

Faster to your Fort Bend County Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 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 West Fort Bend County 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) -342 5326

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 West Fort Bend County

SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County 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.