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Fire Damaged Library

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damaged Library Library Fire

Fire Damaged Library

Although this picture looks as if someone just tidied up the shelves there was a fire that created smoke and odor throughout. Each of these books was removed, boxed, and taken to our facility. There it was cleaned of the soot residue and then deodorized before it was boxed back up.

It was very meticulous work which is why we asked our most patient and attentive workers to do the job. They had spent hours making sure each book had the soot removed from their pages.

Once boxed back up they were placed back on the shelves in the order they were taken off; except that they were placed in neater rows. The librarian was astonished at how well we remembered where every book was taken in order to put them back. 

The Original Recycler - Mold

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

The Original Recycler - Mold

We can probably assume that most people in the Dickson, Texas know mold when they see it making a home in their basement, shower, bathrooms and other places in your home, condo, or the apartment you rent.

Mold and Mildew love places that are moist. Yep, this unique fungus plays a starring role in the ecological balance. The rain and cold temperatures that visit this area are usually from Thanksgiving to baseball season. This is also about the time that moisture enters the scene (think humidity) which is a joyful occurrence for fungus to make a visit in the damp areas of your home or business in the Dickson area.

That said, if you have started wiping windows that are foggy, best you start looking around your property and locate the places where extra moisture is coming from and check for the cause of the mildew.

Where Is It Hiding?

No place is off limits to mold. It's an air conditioning unit, duct work or even in walls of your home. Once they reach their destination, they can quickly grow into a visible colony.

The Cause of Mold is Moisture

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When you do find the mildew growing in the house, you need to find the cause. For instance, if you have a leaking roof, ensure that it is also repaired. At times, it may be because of a leak in the pipes embedded in the walls. Take time and investigate. Most fungus develops due to high humidity levels. 

If you find mold in your home call SERVPRO of Clear Lake to remediate the mold before it spreads to other areas of the home.

After the mildew has been removed from the home. You should take measures that keep the home free of an infestation. No more leaks from pipes or roofs will assure that there will be no more mold growth. Visithttp://www.SERVPROclearlake.com/mold-remediation if you suspect mold in your property.

Three Risks After a Hurricane

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Clear Lake will often have hurricanes which leave devastation along its wake. It is important to keep an eye out for these three potential risks after a hurricane.

  1. Bodily Harm -  Flood water carries bacteria and other contaminates. Before entering your home wear proper protective equipment such as gloves and goggles. It is also important to have all your vaccinations such as Hepatitis and Tetanus. 
  2. Electrical Shock - Many power lines and cables will be damaged during the storm. If the power has not been cut from the lines then they can pass electrical currents along the flood water.
  3. Local Wildlife - Be careful during the clean up process as many wildlife creatures will also be homeless or maybe in a new home; your home. It is common to find snakes and rats trying to stay on high ground.

Remember these risks before doing any cleaning and remediation after a hurricane. Stay safe out there.

Knowing your home in case of emergency.

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Knowing your home in case of emergency.

When your home has a flood or fire it is necessary to know where your main shut off locations are for gas and water. No fire is convenient and shutting off your gas may be the farthest thing from your mind. In some cases a kitchen fire will be put out by a home extinguisher. But if the gas is still leaking then it will need to be closed until repairs can be made to the damaged portion of your home.

The same can be said if a pipe were to break in your home. Gallons and gallons of water will be intruding the home filling up basements and destroying property. The time it takes to find the shut off location could be the difference of hundreds of dollars as pressurized pipes continue to spray water into the home.

It Pays to Use a Professional

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During a flood or water damage in your home or business it pays to use a professional. SERVPRO of Clear Lake has been certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a non-profit organization that has standardized the restoration industry. Many insurance companies do not allow restoration companies to mitigate home damage unless they have been certified by the IICRC.

Ongoing training for our office staff and technicians are mandatory to keep certifications up to date. We hold regularly scheduled Continuing Education courses for our employees in order to maintain our certifications and stay up to date on the newest drying and cleaning technologies.

Don’t let any restoration company into your home. Let the professionals of SERVPRO of Clear Lake make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding the mold that is in your home.

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding the mold that is in your home.

Mold is a common place organism that is plays a great role in the ecosystem. They are the original recyclers feeding off any organic matter, such as dead leaves or paper. Mold begins to grow from a single spore that is microscopic. You cannot see mold spores but they are everywhere. One mold spore can grow into a large colony that will release thousands of new tiny spores.

Mold is also common place in your home as settled spores, meaning that spores are settled on any surface. Just like pollen the mold travels on the wind and can never be rid of entirely in a home or building. Any time you step outside you will start to accumulate mold spores, pollen, and pollutants. The crux is when settled spores are introduced to water. Once the spore has moisture it will start to grow into a colony. It is for this reason that mitigating water damage from a broken pipe or water heater is important. If the water is removed quickly then the mold will not have time to grow.

Handy Information after a Hurricane

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Handy Information after a Hurricane

Texans are not rookies when it comes to hurricanes and storms. They understand that stores will be closed, gas lines will be long, and electricity and phone use will be sporadic. It is also important to know what to expect from a SERVORI as the cleanup process begins.

Wait Times - There will be some wait times as there are hundreds of calls being handled by the restoration company. SERVPRO is a national franchise with a large call center to help take in all the leads of homes that need to be cleaned. The good news is that all the SERVPRO companies will be invited to help with cleanup. As more SERVPRO crews arrive more work can be handled lowering the wait times.

Demolition and Repair – There will be a lot of the home that will be torn out as flood water is considered “black water”. The home will be functional but carpets, wooden cabinets, and some drywall will be removed from the home. Repairs will take a long time as electricity and materials will be hard to come by. Hardware stores will try and stock their shelves but without power tools the repairs will have to wait.

ERP - Emergency Response Profile

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

ERP - Emergency Response Profile

If you are a facility manager then you have had that call at 2:30 in the morning from someone in the building asking you "How do I shut off the water?". If only there was an easy way for all your employees to know where all the Shut Off locations were in the building they worked in.

Download the SERVPRO Emergency Response Profile from the App Store of either Apple or Android. The profile allows you to take pictures of each shut off location and write notes on how to get to there. The profile can then be shared with all employees who also have the application.

We don't promise that you won't get calls at 2:30am but hopefully you'll hear "I shut off the water and called SERVPRO to come clean up" and you can go back to bed.

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings. With many of the extinguishers available there are not enough training on how to use them. Many people are afraid that they will use it incorrectly and make the problem worse.

Taking the time to practice is always the best method to help employees feel comfortable with using a fire extinguisher in the case of a fire. However, remember that OSHA standards that an employer cannot task an employee to use the extinguisher during a fire.

A simple fire extinguisher training technique to use with employees is the PASS method:

  1. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  2. Aim the hose nozzle low toward the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  4. Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the flames until extinguished.