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Office Fire Safety 101: Tips for Fire Prevention in the Workplace

2/16/2023 (Permalink)

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Office Fire Safety 101: Tips for Fire Prevention in the Workplace

Office fires are a serious problem. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 1.5 million reported fires in 2021 alone. This includes everything from small residential kitchen fires to massive fire disasters. Most commercial fires can be prevented with a little awareness and preparation. Here are some tips for preventing office fires:

Eliminate Office Fire Hazards

Make sure your office is a safe environment for your employees. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Don’t smoke in the office.
  • Ensure all machinery is working properly.
  • Ensure that power outlets aren’t overloaded.
  • Keep combustible objects far away from electrical equipment.

Prepare Ahead for Fire Emergencies with Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are the most important tool for fire safety. Install smoke detectors throughout your building, including common areas such as hallways and stairwells. Test them every month and replace them every 10 years and immediately if they are damaged or malfunctioning.

Create an Evacuation Plan

Having a fire evacuation plan is an important part of workplace safety. An evacuation plan should be easy for your employees to follow and understand, so it's important to make sure that everyone knows how to use the exits, as well as where the first aid equipment and fire extinguishers are located. Be sure to include step-by-step instructions on how to safely evacuate the building in case of an emergency. Use clear signage for each exit, including floor numbers and directions on which side of the hall is closer to each exit—this will help people find their way out more easily during stressful situations.

Be alert for the smell of gas.

Your first line of defense against a fire is to be alert for the smell of gas. A gas leak is dangerous and can cause serious injuries or even death, so be sure to report any smells immediately. If you suspect you’re in a location with a gas leak, get out as quickly as possible and call 911.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire can help save lives.

In the event of a fire, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety and that of your co-workers. Knowing how to use the fire extinguisher, how to escape through an exit, and how to call for help are all important skills that you should know.

As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you take the time to make your office a fire-safe environment, you can reduce the risk of a fire starting and save lives in the event of one breaking out. It’s important to remember that any fire can be dangerous, so it’s best if you are prepared before anything happens.

What To Do Before and After a Tornado

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

White van driving through flooded street Do not drive on flooded roads

Before, During, and After the Tornado

In the event of a tornado, you need to take precautions in order to stay safe. Here's how to prepare for a potential tornado and what to do in the aftermath of one.

Tornado Preparation

If you know there's a high risk of tornadoes in your area, take the time to learn about how to prepare for one. Tornadoes can happen anywhere, so it's important to be prepared no matter where you live. Familiarize yourself with the types of storms that produce tornadoes and what their warning signs are so that if one does occur, you'll know how to respond.

You will want to pick out a small interior room with no windows on the lowest level of your home as your safe spot. If you have a basement, this is a great place to choose. Know how to get to this place quickly, and ensure you are able to grab pillows, blankets, shoes, couch cushions, mattresses, and anything else that might be beneficial for taking cover and protecting yourself and your family. 

During a Tornado 

When a tornado warning is issued, go immediately to the place you have chosen as safe, such as a basement or interior room on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows and doors, which can be blown in by violent winds.

Pay attention to local alerting systems: for current emergency information and instructions, including tornado warnings issued by National Weather Service meteorologists, who monitor conditions nationwide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (www.weather.gov/alerts).

Protect yourself: by wrapping your arms around your head or neck; or by having furniture or blankets placed around you to protect against flying debris; or by lying flat on the low-lying ground outside of any structure (e.g., “take cover”). 

Never attempt to escape a tornado in a car. If outside when a tornado touches down, move immediately toward shelter or an underground location. If these aren't available or aren't accessible quickly enough, find shelter under something that won't collapse on top of you such as a sturdy car or tabletop; if those aren't available either (and they often aren't), lie flat on low ground away from trees and cars; cover yourself with anything heavy like blankets or pillows (if they're handy). 

After a Tornado

After a tornado, there are many things that need to be done. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe after a tornado:

Stay away from debris and downed power lines. Do not touch them or anything that may have come into contact with them, such as fences or trees. This is extremely important because the electrical current in the wire can cause serious harm if you come in contact with it, even if it is not visibly damaged. 

If you need help getting out of your home due to injury or other issues, call 911 immediately so an ambulance can pick you up and take care of any injuries needed while being transported to the hospital.

Do not drive on flooded roads. Flooded roads can be very dangerous since they may be washed out under water levels that look like they're only inches deep but actually go much deeper than what meets your eye! You could end up losing control of your car easily when driving through water like this because it will reduce traction between tires and road surface (which happens when there's too much moisture).

While tornadoes are a scary, unpredictable phenomenon, there are ways to mitigate the risks and stay safe. By preparing yourself and your family, monitoring local weather conditions, and knowing what to do at home or in a building when one hits nearby, you can help ensure that your community is ready for whatever nature throws its way.

If you experience tornado damage in your Baytown, TX home or business, give SERVPRO of Baytown/ Channelview a call! We will be here to help! 

Important Steps To Take After Water Damage In Your Home or Business

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

Air movers (fans) placed in kitchen cabinets Water cleanup in Baytown, TX

Water Damage in Your Home or Business

When you have a water damage event in your home or business, it can be one of the most stressful situations imaginable. It's important to take action quickly to minimize secondary damage and potential mold growth. Below are some steps to follow after a water damage event:

Find the Source of the Problem and Fix It

Once you have found the source of your water damage and fixed it, make sure that the problem doesn't happen again. You can take some preventative measures to ensure your home or business is protected from water-related damage.

  • Install a backflow valve: If you have an appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher installed in your basement, consider installing a backflow valve to protect it from flooding.
  • Check drainage systems: Make sure all drains are functioning properly and that gutters are draining away from buildings rather than towards them.

Document Everything

Documenting your water damage is one of the most important steps you can take after experiencing a flood or other type of disaster. This step will help you with insurance claims, as well as make it easier for contractors to do their jobs properly.

Here are some tips:

  • Take pictures of all affected areas (both before and after).
  • Make a list of damaged items so that you can replace them individually without having to replace everything at once. This will also make claiming insurance easier in case there’s no coverage.

Clean Damaged Items

To remove any dirt or debris, wipe all parts of the damaged item with a clean cloth. Then, use a mild detergent and warm water to clean all surfaces of the item. Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaning agents on materials that are absorbent, such as wood flooring or upholstery.

Dry items in a warm, dry area. If possible, allow your items to air-dry for several days before attempting to move them back into their original location so they do not get wet again when you move them back into place! If this is not an option for you (maybe because you live in an apartment building), then set up fans around your cleaned area so that it is fully dried thoroughly before bringing it back to your home/business once again!

Dry Out Wet Materials

After you have dried out the area, remove any remaining water using a wet/dry vac or shop vacuum. This will ensure that mold and mildew do not grow in your home.

It is important to clean up any soaked items as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth. To prevent mold and mildew from growing on wet materials, keep the humidity level of your home below 50% for at least three days after the flood or leak occurred.

Call the Professionals

You need to call in the professionals immediately after water damage has occurred in your home or business. You need to have a certified IICRC (Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certification) restoration company come out and assess the damage for you, as well as give you an idea of what it will take to make things right again. The sooner you act, the better chance you have at saving your property from further damage due to mold or other issues that can occur with prolonged exposure during this time period.

Contacting your insurance agent is another important step when dealing with water damage because it's likely that your insurance policy covers some form of protection against these types of situations happening due to natural disasters such as floods or other events outside our control - but not all policies do! If yours doesn't provide coverage then there's no harm done because they're free agents anyway; however if they do cover damages caused by floods then there's no reason why they shouldn't cover any other damages caused by them too (assuming there aren't any exclusions).

If you experience water damage in your Baytown, TX home, give SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview a call! 

How Can You Detect a Shower Leak?

11/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water leakage from a shower cubicle with damaged glass wall A shower pan inspection is something you should make time for.

How To Detect a Leaky Shower?

If you notice signs of water leakage at your home, you should look for them right away. The first place to check is your shower pan and walls. Your shower is a critical part of your plumbing system, so it’s important that any problems are addressed immediately. In this article, we’ll discuss how to detect a leaky shower and stop the dripping before it becomes an even bigger issue in your home.

What is a Shower Pan?

A shower pan is a waterproof floor that sits below the surface of your bathroom and allows water to drain into it. It’s usually made of fiberglass or plastic, and it typically sits directly on top of a concrete slab or base.

A leak in your shower pan may be difficult to detect because it will appear as if the water is coming from inside the walls instead of outside them. This problem can also be caused by other issues in addition to leaks, such as defective plumbing or an overflow drain with too much sludge buildup in its trap seal.

Signs of Water Leakage

There are a variety of signs that your shower may be leaking:

Dark spots on the ceiling. If you see these discolored areas in your bathroom and they seem to be growing in size, it could be a sign that water is seeping through the walls or ceiling. The dark spots can also indicate mold growth from moisture building up in the walls above them.

Water stains on walls and ceilings. These can indicate hidden leaks above or around your shower-head, especially if they're near where water pipes run into or near the wall. They're not necessarily an immediate problem; however, if left untreated for too long they could lead to serious damage over time (like mold) as well as structural issues like cracked drywall or roof leaks due to improper ventilation at that location within your home's structure!

Mold and mildew buildup under tiling material such as vinyl flooring or grout between tiles due to dampness inside these materials (i.e., caused by standing pools of water). This may also cause discoloration which often looks like rust stains along with build-up behind mirrors where condensation occurs during use—especially if there isn't adequate ventilation provided by fans installed throughout each room while bathing takes place!

Inspecting the Shower Pan

If you have a leak in your shower pan, it's important to check the entire shower pan. Inspect this area for stains and puddles as well as any cracks or holes that may be causing leaks. The walls can also hold water, so look at their position carefully when inspecting the shower pan. Check the drain for any leaks or clogs that could harbor mold growth; if possible, remove it and clean it thoroughly before reinstalling it. Also check the caulking around where your faucet meets the wall—a small crack here can cause significant damage to your home as well as mold growth over time. Finally, check all of your pipes under each side of your head.

If you have noticed signs of water leakage at your home, you should look for the source right away. This is especially important if you live in an area where it rains often or has a lot of humidity. Water damage from leaks can be from leaks in the shower pan itself, where the shower enclosure meets the wall; leaks above it in the ceiling; or even around windows and doors (especially if they’re made out of wood).

Make sure you take the time to inspect your shower pan. If there is a problem with it, then you should fix it right away. You can do this yourself or hire an expert to help. When taking action to repair the leak, make sure that they are properly licensed and insured so they can legally do this work on your home without any issues arising from their work being done improperly.

If you have a leak in your home and need someone to come and mitigate the water then restore your property, give SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview a call! We will have your Channelview, TX home back to normal as quickly as possible!

What Should I Look For In a Fire Restoration Company

10/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Hiring the Right Fire Restoration Company

If you’ve had a fire, you need to hire the right company to restore your home. The wrong company can delay the process, or even make it worse. Here are some things to consider.

Look for Specialized Training

As you look at potential fire restoration companies, look for those that have specialized training in this field. For example, if you are looking to restore your home after a fire, ask your fire restoration company if they have been trained by an organization such as the American Society of Cleaning and Restoration Specialists (ASCR). This will give you peace of mind knowing that your home is being handled by professionals who know what they're doing.

There are various certifications available to help support the quality of a fire restoration company’s work—and to verify that the company has met certain standards or criteria before being able to offer its services. Certifications can include the Fire Damage Restoration Certification. This certification assures that a firm has experience with this particular type of damage and can do it well. It also verifies compliance with local regulations on business practices related specifically to maintaining professional competence within the industry.

Look for Experience

The best way to determine if a company has experience in dealing with smoke and soot damage is by checking its portfolio. If they have pictures of their work, you can use the images to compare them with your own home or business. If they don't have any images on hand, you can ask them for references or call local fire departments for recommendations.

Another good indication that a company knows what it’s doing is certification from organizations such as the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). This certification is based on standards set by industry professionals and will give you confidence that you're getting quality work from an accredited professional.

Check for Subcontractors

When choosing a fire restoration company, it's important to ask whether they use subcontractors or not. If you decide to hire a subcontractor, make sure they are insured and licensed. You should also ensure that they have their own team of qualified workers who can be held accountable for the quality of their work.

The benefit of using a subcontractor is that they may be able to provide low-cost service. However, this can come at an increased risk because there may not be as much oversight or accountability when dealing with a third-party company compared to working with an established fire restoration firm directly.

Fire damage restoration is a special field, and not just for the mess. Fire damage restoration companies are contracted to restore a property to its original condition. This means that they not only have to clean up the ashes and charred materials, but also repair any damaged areas of the property and make sure that it's safe for people to return home again.

We hope this guide has helped you understand what to look for in a fire restoration company. We know that it can be difficult to find the right company, but we are confident that your luck will change when you choose SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview to restore your Houston home or business after a fire! Just remember to ask questions and do your research before making any decisions.

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Building's Exterior

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Man giving maintenance to landscaping Exterior maintenance is one of the key ways that you can prevent storm damage to your building

Prevent Storm Damage To Your Building

Storm season is approaching in Lynchburg,TX, so now is the time to think about maintaining the exterior of your office building. Your landscape and pick up litter but how often do you have your building inspected by a professional? If you can't remember the last time, it's important to do it now. Exterior maintenance is one of the key ways that you can prevent storm damage to your building.

1. Examine the Walls
Keep an eye out for some seemingly less obvious concerns. Say there's a drafty room inside. Where is the air coming from? There's sometimes a little leak in the basement after a hard rain. How is the water getting in? Ordering a building inspection to be done by a professional will go a long way in preventing small problems from becoming big ones.

2. Pay Attention to Problem Areas
You know that there are a few cracked spots in the bricks or that there are some small holes in the cladding. If you've been ignoring the problems you can see, imagine what's going on underneath. Keeping your building maintained isn't just for looks. Those problems that you can see might indicate other issues. By repairing the problems as they appear, you can keep your to-do list short and your costs low.

3. Take a Closer Look at Vulnerable Spots
Weather stripping, windows, and insulation degrade more quickly than other aspects of your building's exterior. Even if your windows were recently installed, keep a close eye on them to make sure that they seal and latch properly. Completing this exterior maintenance task can also keep your heating and cooling costs down.

When Restoration is Needed
Sometimes you discover larger issues, or storm damage causes new ones. A commercial restoration company can help you assess and repair the damage quickly and efficiently.
Regular exterior maintenance not only keeps your company looking good, but it can prevent small problems from becoming big ones.

3 Common Effects of Water Damage on Ceiling Tiles

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Wet ceiling tiles and black mold growth Water damage on ceiling tiles caused secondary damage

Water Damage To Ceiling Tiles

Water damage can have telltale effects on the appearance and condition of the tiles on a ceiling. Short of tile mold, visible signs of disintegration, distortion or staining may be evident. Find out more about three common effects leaks can have on commercial ceiling tiles at a building located in Highlands,TX.

1. Causing Stains To Appear On Tiles
As soon as water makes contact with expanded polystyrene, fiberglass, cork, or other ceiling materials, stains may start to become apparent. Tile discoloration may not be immediately discernible, but dried damage from water on various ceiling styles tends to turn the tiles brown over time. Signs of problems may become more visible in the following days, weeks and months if the owner or building manager fails to undertake water damage restoration.

2. Distorting the Texture of the Ceiling
Nearly any type of ceiling material becomes distorted in appearance after moderate to major damage involving water. Fast leaks from plumbing supply lines or a big breach in roofing materials may cause ceilings to sag or swell. A slow leak may not show signs of a distorted texture until tile mold starts to grow. Mold may be fuzzy, spongy, or slimy in appearance and tends to grow in patterns.

3. Undermining the Ceiling Materials
Porous ceiling materials will not be the same after saturation with water. Ceilings may start to crack, crumble or flake and leave behind residues on floors and surfaces. It is often necessary to replace absorbent ceiling materials such as polystyrene, cork, or fiberglass. It may be possible to clean mold off of plastic or metal commercial ceilings.
Commercial property owners or managers may notice a distorted texture or staining before ceiling tiles start disintegrating. It is important to act quickly to limit damage and risks of occupant exposure to tile mold. Schedule an inspection to determine the cause and degree of damage to a building in Baytown, TX.

Understanding and Preventing Bread Mold

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Bread with mold growth Mold on bread loaf

You've probably opened a loaf of bread only to be disappointed and alarmed to see it covered in fuzzy mold. Finding this fungus in the kitchen is normal, but understanding how fungus growth occurs in Cloverleaf,TX, is key to preventing it.

How Mold Occurs

There are mold spores floating through the air everywhere around you, looking for a place to land. Many of them land on inhospitable environments, but some land on a location with characteristics ideal for their growth:

  • Warmth
  • Moisture
  • Plenty of food

Bread mold occurs when these spores take up residence on your loaf of bread, which is full of moisture and food for the fungus, and is often kept in a nice, warm pantry. They spread very quickly, which is why you can find mold-covered bread just the day after it seemed perfectly fine.

How To Prevent It
While it's nearly impossible to totally prevent fungus growth on your food, you can do some things to slow it down before it overtakes it. Keeping items in the refrigerator will help slow mold because the spores don't thrive in cold environments. They can still grow though, which is why you find fridge mold as well. Double your efforts by keeping items in sealed containers both in your refrigerator and pantry, and cut down on the amount of time they're sitting in the open. This will help reduce the number of spores landing on your food. If you do find mold on your food, clean the area where it was sitting and check surrounding items, as the mold might have spread to them as well. Dispose of the moldy item in a sealed bag so that the spores don't spread further.
While bread mold is inevitable, you can slow its spread by taking precautions like sealing your food, keeping it covered as much as possible, and thoroughly cleaning the area where moldy food was stored to prevent it from spreading. If you start finding mold on your walls and in your cabinets, though, it might be time to call mold cleanup professionals, as this can be indicative of a larger problem.

Flameless Candle Alternatives

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

Candle warmer lamp Candle warmers use the heat from lamps to heat jar candles

Benefits Of Using Candle Alternatives

Candles are a welcome sight and scent in many homes. Unfortunately, they pose a risk if left unattended or if accidentally knocked over. Consider the benefits of using candle alternatives in your home in Channelview, TX, when choosing your decorative accents.

1. They Can Be Left Unattended
Flameless candles can be used in areas of your home that you don't spend a lot of time in. If you'd like to keep your entryway or bathroom smelling fresh and inviting, battery-operated candles are a wonderful option. They can be left unattended for long periods of time without concern about catching anything on fire or causing damage. Fire damage can be time-consuming to correct. Fortunately, fire damage restoration specialists exist to help when needed.

2. Some Look Like Candles
If it's the look of a gentle flame that attracts you, many candle alternatives are designed to resemble traditional candles. Luminaries with flickering bases and plastic candles with flickering plastic wicks give the illusion of a burning candle without the risk of a candle fire. Batteries control a hidden light and the motion of the flicker. These faux candles are safe to turn on and forget. Several of them shut off automatically after a preset amount of time so as not to waste the battery.

3. They Smell Amazing
The incredible smell of candles can still be obtained without the risk of fire damage. There are candle warmers that use the heat from lamps to heat jar candles. The wax is heated, and the scent is released without needing to light a wick. Electric and battery-operated wax melters are an additional option to heat different scents of wax melts to release their fragrance without using flame.
A beautiful home accent can quickly become a hazard if something unexpectedly catches fire. Candle alternatives can brighten and elevate the sense of coziness in your home while lowering the risk of fire.

Finding the Best Air Purifier to Reduce Mold Spores

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

Air purifier machine in a house An air purifier can be purchased with a number of features.

The spores that produce mold are present in every room of your home, but most aren’t cause for alarm. When water enters the equation, mold begins to grow at an alarming rate. Air filtration systems can keep the spore count under control in these situations to reduce the risk of mold growth.

What Features Should You Choose When Selecting an Air Filter?

An air purifier can be purchased with a number of features. Many are aimed at convenience and comfort, including:

Remote controls - People with limited mobility will especially appreciate this feature.
Programmable timers - This option is great for the person on the go.
Fan speed - The speed you choose depends on the size of the room.
Filter change reminder - For those who need reminders, this is a smart option when choosing an air filtration system.
Wheels for mobility - If you want to be able to move the unit from room to room, this feature is helpful.
Air quality sensors - It may give your peace of mind to be able to monitor the air quality in your home.

Which Filtration System Is Best at Removing Mold Spores?
High-efficiency particulate air filters are the best at removing your home's mold spores in Baytown, TX. HEPA filters trap airborne particles and remove them from the air. It's critical to select a filter made to the HEPA standard, however. May filters use the HEPA term by claiming to be a high-efficiency filter, but they may not be made to the HEPA standard. A true HEPA standard filter collects 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This information should be clearly marked on the packaging.
If you are concerned about mold growth in your home, contact a mold remediation specialist right away.
When buying an air filtration system, there are many options from which to choose. Just make sure you select a HEPA standard unit to keep mold at bay.

Roof Leaks and Mold Growth

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling Mold growth on the ceiling due to roof leak in a Baytown, TX building.

Although a roof leak at your Baytown, TX, business is annoying in itself, any associated mold growth can mean even bigger trouble. Black mold may be the most infamous variety, but all mold species can cause serious damage, so it is important to address the problem as soon as possible.

Causes of Roof Leaks

There are many possible causes of a roof leak. The following are some of the most common:

  • Improper roof installation
  • Storm damage

Normal wear and tear
Roofs that were not installed correctly may leak even when they are brand new. They may also be more prone to storm damage and wear out quickly. However, even correctly installed high-quality roofs are susceptible to damage and eventually deteriorate.

What To Do If You Have a Leak
Black mold and other varieties of fungal growth can result from water left standing for more than 24 hours. Therefore, the two main goals in preventing damage are drying up the water and repairing the ceiling leak as quickly as possible. Fortunately, most roof leaks do not result in huge amounts of water inundating a building. Dry up any water that has already made its way into the structure. Then situate a bucket so that it can catch the rest of the water as it comes in. Place a towel under the bucket to absorb any water that splashes out. If you have extensive water damage from the leak, you may need to hire a professional to dry out the affected area. After the rain has stopped, you can either call a roofing contractor or go up on the roof yourself to repair the leak.
If your business has black mold, water damage, or other issues resulting from a roof leak, a professional restoration service can help restore the building. They have the experience and equipment to address the problem in a timely and safe manner.

The Benefits of Business Insurance

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

standing water of flooded water in a rom Water damage in a building in Liberty, TX.

The Benefits of Business Insurance

When creating a business plan, it is important to take into account all of the risks that your business might face. Business insurance is a broad term that refers to any policy that is designed to protect your business from risks that are common in your industry.
Common risks include lawsuits, vandalism, damage to property, employee injuries, and loss of income over an extended period of time.
Business insurance plans come in different types, such as workers' compensation, liability, auto, and property. Here are some of the main benefits of business insurance.

1. Protect Physical Property From Water Damage and Other Events
Most businesses rely on physical locations to perform critical business operations. If your building has broken pipes, water could seep through the walls and floors to create a dangerous situation for your building and the property it contains. If water damage is not dealt with quickly, you could lose expensive equipment and important documents.
However, a commercial property insurance plan can help you manage these kinds of situations. Commercial property policies cover expenses associated with water damage from leaks in your building. If you experience a water incident, you can contact a water cleanup and restoration company in Liberty, TX, that will help you recover from the event. Cleanup services are often covered under these policies.

2. Protect Financial Assets
If your business experiences any of the common hazards in your industry, you may need to cease operations temporarily or allocate funds to deal with the problem. If you have insurance that covers the event, you will be able to soften the financial blow and get your business back on track as quickly as possible. Make sure to communicate often and clearly with your insurance provider to ensure a smooth claims process.
Business insurance is a crucial part of any responsible business plan. Having good insurance will help you protect your business's future.

Tips When Making a Flood Damage Claim

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Flood water in a home level of water reaches the stairs Flood damage in a home in Galena Park, TX.

When Filing a Flood Damage Claim, Here Are Some Pointers to Keep in Mind

If you are suffering from devastating flood damage in your home, the whole ordeal can seem overwhelming. To ease the pain after such a storm, it is important to learn as much as possible about the claims process.

1. Be Prepared to Leave the Premises
If the entire home has been compromised with flood water, it is best to leave the house until an expert can inspect it thoroughly. If you can safely reach the electrical and gas service units, make sure the power is turned off.

2. Call Your Insurance Agent to File a Flood Claim
It is important to become familiar with your insurance policy so that you know the extent of your coverage. Flood damage isn't covered under your general homeowner's insurance policy, so you need to have a separate flood insurance policy. Floor insurance must be purchased through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA.
To make the insurance claim, contact your agent as soon as possible. They will send out an adjuster to inspect your home and determine how much it will cost to renovate your home and replace the damaged belongings.
Your insurance adjuster in Galena Park, TX, will need a list of all furnishings, structures and personal items that have been damaged or destroyed. It will speed up the flood claim process if you make a detailed inventory of everything lost. Take as many pictures as you can.

3. Contact a Water Damage Restoration Professional
It is critical to address the water problem as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of further damage. Choose a storm damage cleanup company that is experienced in handling water damage and mold. They will inspect the damage and work quickly to mitigate the situation. It is best to contact a professional even before the flood claim has been processed.
Take some of the pain out of the flood damage claim process with some helpful tips.

5 Ways To Clear Your Home of Smoke Odors

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Ozone generator Using ozone for home deodorization.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Smoke Odors in Your Home

Walking into a house and getting hit with the strong scent of smoke within its walls can be off-putting. Stripping the home of cigarette smoke odor is possible with these home deodorization techniques used by cleaning and restoration specialists.

1. Cleaning Impacted Surfaces
Proper disinfecting will help strip much of the smoke residue off of items in the home, including the walls, carpet, and furniture. Even a few small particles that remain on surfaces will continue to produce odor, so thoroughly sanitizing a space is crucial.

2. Utilizing Pairing Agents
A pairing agent combines with the odor particle in two ways. It may either track airborne particles onto a surface to then be cleaned, or it will chemically alter the particle to destroy its odor-inducing properties.

3. Using Ozone for Home Deodorization 
An effective way to remove smoke odors is with the oxidation process. This technique combines oxygen with an odor-causing substance to destroy it. Oxidation may be achieved with the use of an ozone or hydroxyl generator to pump in the gas.

4. Filtering and Purifying the Air
A filtration agent may be used to capture odor particles and filter the odor gas itself. There is versatility in this method, as filtration agents can be used for either absorption or adsorption of the odor. An air purifier can also be helpful in freeing spaces in your home from lingering smoke odor.

5. Combining Methods
Depending on the severity of odor buildup within your home, cleaning professionals may use any combination of the previously mentioned methods. This can allow for the most effective removal of the smoke odor.
Your Pasadena, TX, home can be cleansed of any cigarette odors with a thorough home deodorization process. This can consist of cleaning impacted surfaces, using pairing or filtration agents and pumping ozone into the house for odor oxidation.

3 Reasons Why Mold Might Form in Your Business Property’s HVAC System

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Dust in air duct,  mold growth on air duct Keep your air ducts clean

Why Mold Might Form in Your Business Property

Protecting your Mcnair, TX, business from a mold invasion can be challenging, especially when it hides in places you least expect. Black mold is usually the most common and most widespread type of mold you might encounter, especially in your building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. This might seem strange, as the system is enclosed by ductwork, but there are several reasons why mold might form there.

1. The Humid Environment
Your building’s HVAC system is a complicated maze of air ducts that foster a warm, humid environment, which is the perfect setting for mold growth. Most kinds of fungi thrive in such a setting, and if your building is naturally humid, this may only increase the problem. Taking steps to decrease moisture can lower the risk of mold growth in your HVAC ducts.

2. Incorrect AC Unit Size
When your air conditioner is either too large or too small for the building it cools, it can encourage mold growth. For example, a system that is too large may run in shorter cycles and fail to dehumidify the building’s air, which may increase moisture in the ductwork. Many types of fungi, including black mold, can thrive when this occurs. Over time, you may notice a musty, unpleasant smell when you use the system as the growth spreads and grows larger.

3. Duct Leaks
If your building’s HVAC ducts have leaks, this can allow warm air to seep in and meet with the colder air inside the system, which creates a moist environment where mold can grow. Calling in a mold mitigation and removal service to clean ducts and repair the leakage may improve the way your system operates and reduce the risk of mold growth.
Black mold and other types of fungi in your HVAC system can have a negative impact on your Mcnair, TX, business. Knowing what might cause this problem can help you prevent and recognize it so you can reach out for help before it gets worse.

Understand the 3 Categories of Water Damage

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

Sewage water on the floor Sewage backup in a home in Lynchburg, TX.

Three Types Of Water You May Encounter After a Flood

All flood water is not created equal. Some types are more hazardous than others. If you experience flooding at your Lynchburg, TX, home, it's important to know what type of H2O you've got on your hands. In fact, if you're dealing with contaminated water, you don't want that on your hands, period. Here's a quick overview of the three types of water you may encounter after a flood.

Category 3: Black Water
This is the gnarliest water of the bunch. Its nickname has little to do with its hue, and everything to do with the number of pathogens and toxins it contains.
Spoiler alert: It's a lot, so this type of water should always be handled by an experienced water damage mitigation company. The most common sources of this Category 3 water are:

  • Sewage backup
  • Broken sewage lines
  • Flash floods
  • Overflowing rivers and streams
  • Hurricane-related floods

Category 2: Significantly Contaminated Water
This middle category of water, sometimes known as greywater, is also contaminated, though not as severely as Category 3. Still, it's dirty water cleanup that you'd be wise to leave to professionals.
Common sources of Category 2 water are:

  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Aquariums
  • Overflowing toilets (urine-only)
  • Sump pump failure
  • Seepage is related to a loss in hydrostatic pressure

Category 1: Sanitary Water
Water in this category contains negligible toxins, if any, which means it's safe for you to clean it up on your own if you're so inclined. The most common sources of this inside your Lynchburg, TX, home are toilet tanks and the water supply line. Rain and melting snow are also examples of Category 1 water.
After flooding in your home, the urge to dive into cleanup straightaway is understandable. In order to minimize damage, expedite the restoration process and tidy things up in the safest manner possible, it's important to recognize if you're dealing with contaminated water and make the smart call.

3 Warning Signs of a Bad Fire Cleanup Estimate

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

walls covered with smoke damage from fire Smoke damage in Highlands, TX.

Three Signs Your Fire Cleanup Estimate Isn't Up to Par

While it is possible that your company in Highlands, TX, will never face a damaging fire, this is not a certainty. The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2020 nearly 500,000 structure fires occurred in the U.S. If a fire does break out in your facility, you will have to deal with an assortment of complicated tasks, from working with your insurance company to reviewing an estimate from a fire restoration team. When looking over the details of a bid for services, keep an eye open for certain warning flags.

1. A Brief Description of Services
If the document you receive is short on details, it could be a bad sign. This could either indicate that the contractor is inexperienced or is looking for an excuse to overcharge. The bid should include information on most if not all of many essential services: roof board up, roof replacement, security guard surveillance, damage restoration, smoke odor removal and debris removal. The estimate should also include itemized costs for restoration services.

2. A Failure To Designate a Primary Contact
It is always advantageous to have a specific person to contact for questions and concerns after a commercial fire. After all, the very survival of your business could be at stake. If this isn't included or offered, it could be a sign that you will have difficulty reaching a knowledgeable person. The project manager should be listed on the bid as well as his or her contact information.

3. A Mention of Other Fire Damage Contractors
If the bid mentions a series of contractors, it might be a good time to look elsewhere. A full-service contractor will likely be more knowledgeable and experienced and the overall cost will likely be lower. Even the claims process with insurance is apt to go better with one contractor.
A professional estimate should give you a sense of confidence. It should spell out the details of the cleanup process.

3 Reasons Why Pretesting Matters

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

long hallway, wet floor Commercial water damage in Cloverleaf, TX.

Why Is It Important To Pretest Your Space?

Once you've discovered water damage to your commercial property in Cloverleaf, TX, it's important to get the cause of the damage, usually a leak, under control right away. The next most important step is getting a complete understanding of the extent of the damage and how much it will cost to complete all of the repairs. To do this, the pretesting process is essential. While you may want to get started on remediation right away, here are three reasons why it's important to pretest your space.

1. Identify the Type of Water

The type of water that caused the damage is an important factor in how long it will take to clean up the damage and how much it will cost. There are three categories of water — white (1), gray (2), and black (3). Black water, or Category 3 water, is the most highly contaminated. Without pretesting, you may be quoted for a Category 2 cleanup, but the reality of cleaning up Category 3 water will impact the final cost on your insurance claim.

2. Manage Furniture

Filing cabinets, desks, shelves, and other furniture that can't be easily removed have to be factored into the cleanup process. The furniture will need to be raised in order to clean underneath, and restoration of damaged furniture will show up on your final bill. Make sure to take pictures of everything for your insurance agent.

3. Inspect the Area

The extent of the overall damage will be the biggest factor in managing your remediation. The water damage experts will be able to tell you exactly what has been damaged, where, and what steps will be needed to correct everything. Safety is the main priority, and the team will work to clean up your space so that you're able to safely conduct business again.
Without pretesting, it's easy to underestimate the hazards that must be managed and the total materials that will be needed to complete the project. Always take the time to understand the scope of damage before undertaking any remediation project.

Mitigation Versus Restoration: How Do They Differ?

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment placed in the hallway of a building. Storm damage in a commercial property in Channelview, TX.

What Are the Differences Between Mitigation and Restoration?

When flooding and violent storms strike your Channelview, TX, business, the aftermath can leave you reeling. Between damaged inventory and ruined building materials, you may not know where to begin when it comes to salvaging your property. Working with a flood cleanup company may help you to better understand the process, especially when it comes to the differences between mitigation and restoration.

What Is Mitigation?

When your property first suffers from storm damage, your emergency response team will come out and perform mitigation tasks that may help reduce the effects of future damage. This may involve a variety of processes, including:

  • Using tarps to cover leaks in the roof
  • Removing standing water
  • Blocking off areas to protect them from secondary flooding

Mitigation protects your business from suffering further damage before the restoration process begins. Your restoration company will likely advise you about which steps they plan to take so you remain in the loop and can better plan an eventual reopening strategy.

What Is Restoration?

Restoration takes place once your flood cleanup company has reviewed all the damage and taken steps to reduce its effects. The restoration process will probably include actions such as flood cuts, which include cutting into the drywall approximately a foot or so above the flood line to inspect the interior for any problems, such as wet insulation. Existing wet insulation cannot be dried, so your restoration professionals will likely replace it instead.

How Far Apart Does Each Action Happen?

Depending on the degree of storm damage your property suffers, mitigation and restoration may take place close together, such as in the case of minor flooding paired with roof damage from high winds. The greater the damage, the longer it may take for restoration to begin. Your flood cleanup company representatives can help guide you through the process so you feel more comfortable about the outcome.

Your Channelview, TX, business is likely a major financial and emotional investment, and both can take a hit when storm damage strikes. Understanding the mitigation and restoration process may offer you peace of mind when you need assistance after a major storm.

3 Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe During a Fire

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Puppy with an emergency kit Are you prepared to help your animal friends if a fire strikes?

Three Fire Safety Tips for Your Pets

When people are asked what they would save in the event of a fire emergency, family members and pets are always at the top of the list. Are you prepared to help your animal friends if a fire strikes? Here are the tips you need.

1. Have an Evacuation Plan

Your pets are part of the family. Include them in the family disaster plan. You can:

  • Teach commands
  • Have a transport crate ready to go
  • Keep leash and harness accessible
  • Have extra food, water, and medicine ready
  • When away from home, keep pets near exits

Pet preparation includes teaching animals to come when called and having their essentials ready to go. Also, think about how to best evacuate them out of windows and doors.

2. Make Your Pets Known to First Responders

Unfortunately, sometimes you won't be able to tell firefighters or other responders about pets trapped inside. For this reason, it's best to make it clear now, before anything even happens. A "Beware of Dog" sign may be enough if you have one dog in the home. If there are more pets of different types, it's best to attach a window cling or sticker. You can write the number of animals in your home on the pet alert. First responders will know to look for this as well.

3. Prevent Pets From Starting a Fire

You can sometimes stop a fire emergency from happening in the first place. Loveable pets can, unfortunately, cause fires, as certain things left unattended around animals can be a fire hazard. Consider:

  • Getting flameless candles
  • Replacing easy-to-reach stove knobs
  • Containing electrical cords
  • Extinguishing open flames

Younger puppies and kittens especially are prone to chewing on things or knocking them over. This is another reason why training is crucial for pet safety.
Now you are prepared to keep your pets safe in a fire emergency. Keep in mind that fire damage can make structures unsafe to enter. If you have a house, condo, or apartment with pets in Baytown, TX, local fire damage assessment along with these tips can keep all of you safe, even after the fire occurs.

Can Mold Grow Inside Your Building’s HVAC System?

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Dust around air duct. The presence of dust speeds up mold growth.

Mold spores are everywhere in your commercial building. They typically aren’t cause for alarm unless they gather into mold clusters and start spreading throughout the facility. Mold thrives in a warm, moist environment and grows even more quickly in dark places. These conditions make your building’s heating and cooling system a prime area for mold growth. It’s critical to schedule an HVAC cleaning periodically to keep mold under control.

How Mold Grows Inside Your HVAC System

Your building’s HVAC system is made up of many different parts, including:

  • Filters
  • Ducts
  • Exhaust outlets
  • Blower
  • Compressor
  • Coils

As dust settles, it begins to accumulate inside the air ducts, filters and coils inside your HVAC system. Since dust is a food source for mold, the presence of dust speeds up mold growth. When combined with the other perfect conditions like humidity and darkness, mold can grow unchecked in your HVAC ducts.
An HVAC system is designed to blow warm and cold air into your building, forcing these mold clusters to settle on all surfaces and structures. Over time, mold can cause significant damage to these structures, which is why an HVAC cleaning is so critical.

How To Detect Mold

Hidden mold can grow unchecked. The process of cleaning vents is the only way to know for sure if you have mold inside the HVAC ducts. It’s critical to note, however, that this maintenance must be performed by professionals. They have the equipment and cleaning supplies necessary to do the job thoroughly and carefully.
Frequently, hidden mold can also be detected by its unpleasant odor. If you suspect serious mold growth, you should contact a mold remediation specialist right away to inspect the building and develop a comprehensive plan to remove it.
Reduce the risk of mold damage inside your commercial building in Liberty, TX, by scheduling an HVAC cleaning as soon as possible.

3 Ways to Mitigate Roof Damage

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Man tarping a roof, Roof damaged, missing shingles on a roof Take care of any problem you have found on your roof.

Three Ways to Prevent Roof Damage

When you live in Galena Park, TX, roof damage may occur due to varying weather conditions. It's important to do what you can to mitigate any potential problems before they leave lasting damage to your home. Some things you can do include

1. Regularly Inspect your Roof

Performing a regular inspection of your roof can allow you to look for any water, storm or wind damage that may have occurred. Many experts recommend having an inspection performed biannually. You may also want to look a roof over after any severe storms or weather.

3. Take Care of Problems As they Occur

One important mitigation tip to keep in mind when dealing with roof damage is to take care of any problems as they occur. This may keep a small problem from turning into a larger issue down the road, and also keep you in compliance with your homeowner’s insurance policy. Additionally, making small repairs as necessary may help prevent a costly roof replacement down the road.

4. Contact a Professional

If you are unsure how to properly care for a roof, or what repair sets may be necessary for any damage you may find, then you may want to contact a storm damage restoration professional. A professional service often has the equipment, materials and tools necessary to perform any repairs as efficiently and safely as possible. They should also be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your roof.

If you're worried about roof damage to your Galena Park, TX, home, you may want to consider taking some of these steps mitigate potential problems. Doing a regular roof inspection will it allow you to be aware of the condition of your roof and take care of any problems as they occur. If you have any doubt as to the severity of the damage or what steps may need to be taken, a professional may be able to help.

Preparation Is Important When Filing an Insurance Claim for Fire Damage

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke on walls Commercial smoke damage in Pasadena, TX.

Filing an Insurance Claim for Fire Damage

If the worst happens and your commercial property experiences a fire, you should act to file a fire claim as quickly as possible. To keep the process smooth and ensure that you are receiving full coverage, there are several steps you can take to keep your insurance company happy in Pasadena, TX.

Secure the Property

Once the fire trucks are gone and the fire has died, you will want to keep the fire damage from getting worse. However, only do what you feel comfortable with, and if a situation feels unsafe you should leave it to the professionals.

If certain areas have been exposed or the windows have blown out, try to board them up as best you can.
If part of the roof is gone, it is a good idea to tarp it up to prevent rain and other elements from entering.
If pipes are burst you should shut off the water.

Gather Your Records

So you aren't left scrambling later, you should gather all documents relevant when assigning value to items that have been damaged or lost. You should keep a record of all expenses incurred from the moment the fire started. It is best practice to photograph all the damage, even before you start securing your property. Making a fire claim is even easier if you also take the initiative to get estimates for all your repairs.

Get Ready for a Visitor

Typically insurance companies will send one or more claims adjusters with specialized knowledge to investigate the claim and assess various forms of damage in order to determine your coverage. They may keep in touch in order to receive updates on the fire restoration process and make payments to your account. Payments are usually sent via direct deposit or check.
When making a fire claim to your insurance, the more information you have at the ready, the easier it will be for everyone involved. This will also make it more likely that you get adequate coverage. Going through a disaster is tough, there's no reason to make it tougher.

Five Safety Tips to Prevent a Dryer Fire

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

hand removing lint from dryer filter Clean the lint filter and dryer vent regularly.

Five Fire-Prevention Tips for Dryers

A clothes dryer is a common and convenient household appliance, but it can be dangerous if not properly maintained. Not only can the dryer break and need replacing, but it can also cause a lint fire in your Mcnair, TX  home. Follow these safety tips to help prevent any emergency situations.

1. Have Your Dryer Professionally Installed
Having your dryer installed by a qualified professional can put you on the right path to keeping your home safe. They can make sure that everything is installed correctly and working as it should, preventing any potential safety hazards.

2. Clean the Lint Filter and Dryer Vent Regularly
The most common cause of a dryer fire is not keeping the unit clean. You should remove lint from the filter before and after each use. Lint can also build up in the back of the dryer, so be sure to clean that area as well. The dryer vent should be cleaned at least every three months to prevent blockages.

3. Have the Dryer Serviced Regularly.
It is a good idea to have your dryer serviced on a regular basis. Hiring a professional to clean and inspect the appliance at least once a year can help minimize any problems and keep the unit safe to use.

4. Keep Flammable Items Away From the Dryer
A lint fire is not the only kind of fire that can occur when using your dryer. If a flammable liquid has been spilled on an item, you should never put it in the dryer. Be sure to keep any flammable materials away from the surrounding area as well.

5. Make Sure the Dryer is Off Before You Leave the House
If you are leaving your house or going to sleep, make sure that you turn the dryer off beforehand. If a fire were to start while the unit was unattended, it could spread and cause a lot of damage before you were aware of it.
You can hire fire remediation specialists to help in case of a lint fire, but keeping your dryer cleaned and properly maintained can help keep your unit safe.

3 Ways an Electronic Claims System May Help

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Tablet and cel phone. The use of an electronic claims system can both keep data organized and help save time when it comes to processing an insurance claim.

Three Ways an Electronic Claims System Could Be Beneficial

When processing your client’s insurance claim in Cloverleaf, TX, you may find yourself sifting through a lot of information to find the most recent data. In cases like these, an electronics claim system may help. These systems are databases comprised of the information related to your client’s claim along with their updates, provided by professional restoration companies like SERVPRO. Here are a few ways this system can benefit you.

1. It Keeps the Information You Need Together

As an insurance agent, you understand the importance of having your client’s claim information organized. The claims system provided by the restoration service can help. Not only does this system allow you to look at the original estimates and recent updates, but you can access the data based on location, claim type, loss type, or even an individual file review. This means you can pull up all the data together, or just the pertinent details, at need.

2. It Allows for Quick Access from Anywhere

In some cases, processing an insurance claim may mean you have to work from several locations. Whether you're in the office with your client, or at the property looking over the damage, an electronic claims system may allow you to access the database from any location you have internet service.

3. The Information Stays Up-to-date

As the restoration team works on your client’s property, they can make updates to the data in the claims system at need. This means that as new information becomes available you can access it to inform your client. It also allows you to have all the recent information you need to answer any questions.

The use of an electronic claims system can both keep data organized and help save time when it comes to processing an insurance claim. The system can organize the information so that all the data you need is together, allow you to access it from anywhere you have internet, and stay updated regularly.

Prevent Water Damage While Vacationing

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Making holes on a drywall for better and fast drying Standing water can cause real damage to your home.

Prepare Your Homes Against Water Damage

When leaving Highlands, TX, for vacation, few people consider prepping their homes against water damage. You go through your checklist of turning off the coffee pot and stove and locking all the doors, but what happens if you have a leak and need a water pipe repair while you are away? A broken pipe can do a lot of damage, especially if it is left unattended for several days.

Prepping Your Home

Before leaving for an extended vacation, check your home for leaks. Examine the pipes under the sink and the water heater for any cracks or rust. Inspect the hoses that connect to any appliances. Insulated any exposed pipes if you are leaving in the winter. A pipe that burst due to freezing needs water pipe repair immediately. Ask a neighbor, friend or family member if they can check in on your home periodically. If no one can check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes.

Preventing Floods

It is important to not only prep your home to prevent damage from a leak but also from a storm. Make sure your gutters are cleaned and water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump. Clear out any debris you see. Test it by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Check your window seals and your roof for any leaks. All of these checks are especially important if any heavy rains or storms are expected in your area.

Returning from a vacation to find your house flooded can be devastating. Standing water can cause real damage to your home. A simple water pipe repair can escalate into a big problem if no one is there to address the issue. Take the time to prep your home against intruding water before you leave. That way you can enjoy your time away without worries.

Exploring the 3 Contaminated Water Types

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

Floor mats and air movers placed under kitchen cabinets and around kitchen Water cleanup in Channelview, TX.

Exploring the Three Types of Contaminated Water

Contaminated water in Channelview, TX, is something that no one wants to deal with, but it happens, so you want to ensure that you are informed. This guide helps you to take the right steps to restore your home following a flood or bad water situation.

Clean Water

Also referred to as white water, this is a type that is considered to be clean and not harmful to people or your pets. The one exception to this rule would be if detergent got into the water. You may experience a flood of this water type due to situations, such as the following:

  • Overflowing sink
  • Toilet overflow or backup
  • Damaged or broken water supply line
  • Faucet damage or a severe leak

It is important to note that while this is initially considered to be harmless in most cases, it can progress to contamination within 48 hours, so prompt action to clean it up is often imperative.

Contaminated Water

This is a type of wastewater that may flow from your washing machine, dishwasher or bathroom fixtures. It usually does not hurt people or pets, but it can contain impurities that can pose a danger to them. Some of the impurities that may be present include cleaning agents, food residue and household chemicals. Within 48 hours, the associated mold and bacteria growth can transform it into black water.

Sewer Water or Outside Flood Water

Sewer water is considered to be the most dangerous form of adulterated water. You should not attempt to go into an area with it without the proper protection.

Understanding clean water, contaminated water, black water and the supply line that brings the water to your home can make it easier for you to take the appropriate action should you end up with unwanted water in your home. The faster you act, the more you are reducing the potential negative issues, such as destruction of your belongings and mold growth.

Why Do Burned Buildings Have Tarps on the Roof?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Board up windows and door of a building Board up services to a building in Baytown, TX.

Fire Restoration Process

You may have passed by a recently burned building in Baytown, TX, and wondered why the restoration company has placed a tarp over the roof. If the commercial fire occurred in a large business park, it can be unsightly, and you may wonder what purpose it might serve. As it turns out, tarping the premises has multiple purposes, but to get a proper grasp on its usefulness, it’s helpful to understand the fire restoration process as a whole. Here is a basic rundown of the fire restoration process as it relates to tarping the ceilings:

Damage Inspection

The fire cleanup process is laborious and often difficult, but much of that work is made easier by the first step. Fire restoration professionals should come equipped with technology that allows them to assess the severity of damage to the affected area and the contents within. Though it doesn’t take high-tech equipment to determine whether a ceiling has been burned out, this process still gives restoration professionals a solid foundation on which they can structure their restoration efforts.

Board and Tarp Services

Once the restoration professionals have a solid understanding of what can be restored and what must be replaced, they set to work on boarding up destroyed windows and tarping destroyed ceilings. This is an important part of the fire cleanup process. Since the contents caught in the fire are already in a vulnerable condition, it’s important to protect them from the elements. For example, a wooden chair that has been heavily damaged by smoke and soot might pass the point of no return if a torrential downpour of rain comes through the ceiling. Similarly, boarding up the windows also protects contents from the elements as well as looters.

Final Steps

Once the windows are boarded and roofs tarped, restorers have a secure environment to work in. They will set to work on finishing the fire cleanup process by restoring salvageable contents and conducting important remodeling procedures like drywall and roof repair.

Is It Possible to Flood Proof Your House?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Flashlight, portable radio, batteries, water bottles and a first aid kit Gather safety supplies if you plan to remain at home during a floor.

Safety Tips If You Live In an Area Prone To Flooding

A flood may seem impossible to avoid, particularly if your home is located in a flood zone in Liberty, TX. While you may not be able to make your residence flood proof, you should take flood safety measures. Here are several safety tips to keep in mind if you live in an area prone to flooding.

Elevate Critical Contents

Protect contents from water damage by lifting or moving items to a higher floor. This measure may also lower the risk of electrocution or other safety hazards in a flooded house. Try to elevate:

  • Appliances
  • Circuit breakers
  • Electrical connections and wires
  • Furniture
  • Valuables

Factor in the anticipated level of flood waters when deciding whether to elevate items on cinder blocks, raised surfaces such as tables, or move contents to a higher floor of your home.

Gather Safety Supplies

If you plan to remain at home during a flood, you should have the following flood safety equipment:

  • A first aid kit
  • Enough food and water for at least several days
  • A battery-powered radio

If you have a generator, make sure you have enough fuel. Operate this appliance outside to prevent carbon monoxide from building up inside your home.

Block Rising Water

Residents of regions prone to flooding may want to keep materials for sandbags on hand. These include

  • Burlap bags
  • Sand
  • Shovels
  • Plastic sheeting

You may also want to invest in a sandbag alternative. Be sure to factor in the predicted level of flood water to determine whether these materials will be an effective deterrent for flood water.


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