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Mold vs. Mildew: Know the Difference

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Someone's hand pointing to the wall that there is mold and mildew Your problem area may be mildew and not mold

Finding a discolored patch of organic material in your Clear Lake,TX  home doesn’t always mean it’s time to panic. While mold damage is something that quickly needs to be addressed, your problem area may be mildew and not mold.

Spotting the Difference

Though fungus siblings, mildew growth typically won’t cause long-term damage to a home. When determining which you are facing, their visual appearance and where they are growing are key indicators.

Mildew is a surface fungus that often appears powdery or fluffy. It may leave patches that are white, gray or yellow. If it sits long enough, it may begin to turn black, brown or red. It can flourish wherever there are damp surfaces, which may include, floors, ceilings, cardboard, drywall, fabrics, insulation and plants.
Mold can penetrate deep into porous materials. It can take on an array of colors, but usually appears to have a fuzzy or slimy texture. It also loves humidity and dampness, which makes it able to flourish about anywhere there is water damage. Since it penetrates more deeply, it can be harder to eliminate.

Prevention Is Key

Mildew and mold growth both love warm, wet areas. Instead of worrying about potential mold damage or lingering mildew, there are steps to avoid these fungi from make your home their own.

Ensure humidity levels in your home remain constant around 50%.
Attic fans and other ventilation can keep the inside of the home dry.
Especially in bathrooms and kitchens, wipe up any excess water and ensure plumbing fixtures are working properly. Address any leaks as soon as possible to prevent growth.
Enhance indoor air with house plants. If you see any signs of mildew, immediately remove them.
Dry out any clothing, towels or rugs that have been saturated.

While these steps can help you avoid mold damage, bursting pipes or weather can negatively impact your preventive maintenance. If that happens, you can count on professionals that are Here to Help.

Funding Flood Damage Restoration

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

A house surrounded by flood waters Flood damage in Nassau Bay, TX

Flooding of your Nassau Bay,TX, home can be a frightening prospect. Fortunately, many people living in a flood plain already have flood insurance. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) may be able to help those who are uninsured or underinsured.

Who Can Apply for Disaster Aid

Anyone living in a federally-declared disaster area can apply for assistance, regardless of insurance coverage or personal income. Even if you have already begun repairing your property, you can still apply for reimbursement funds. However, the funds must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Property restoration
  • Disaster-related medical and funeral expenses
  • Temporary housing
  • Other disaster-related expenses

How To Apply for Disaster Aid

You can apply for federal disaster assistance either online or by phone. If you have flood insurance, make sure to call your agent first. After your application has been processed, a FEMA inspector will come out to your property. The inspectors will not be able to tell you if you qualify or not. You will receive a letter stating whether or not you were approved. If you are approved, the letter will detail the ways in which you can use the money.
In many cases, it may not be feasible to wait on the inspector to arrive before you begin making repairs. Always make sure to take photo or video evidence of the damage before you clean or repair anything. This visual evidence will help both FEMA and your insurance company determine how much money you qualify for.

Options for Those Denied Federal Grants

If you do not qualify for a federal grant, or if you need more assistance, you can apply for a low-interest loan with the Small Business Administration. Additionally, you may reach out to the American Red Cross for help.
Flood damage is a hassle; luckily, there are many ways to fund necessary repairs. Whether you are using funds from a grant, loan, flood insurance or personal savings, a professional restoration team can help you get your home back to normal quickly and safely.

4 Steps for Using a Fire Extinguisher Correctly

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A sign that explains the P.A.S.S method for a fire extinguisher P.A.S.S method

P.A.S.S. Method

Your commercial building in Clear Lake,TX, must be equipped with enough fire extinguishers that anyone who needs to do so can reach one quickly in an emergency. It doesn't do a lot of good to have a fire extinguisher nearby, however, if your employees don't know how to use it properly. Every person in your building needs to understand the four basic steps of the P.A.S.S. method.

1. Pull

Every canister is equipped with a safety feature that keeps it from releasing its contents spontaneously. There is a seal and a pin that holds it in place. Before you can use the extinguisher, you have to pull the pin out and break the seal.

2. Aim

You may notice that your extinguisher comes equipped with a hose. If you aim the hose at the top of the flames, however, you won't get the coverage you need. To prevent extensive fire damage that requires professional restoration services, you have to aim the hose at the base of the fire.

3. Squeeze

The fire extinguisher has a handle that allows you to release the contents of the canister. To do so, you must squeeze the handle so that the extinguishing agent comes out the end of the hose, allowing you to direct it at the base of the fire where it's aimed.

4. Sweep

If you have a small kitchen fire in your break room, you can probably put it out with the contents of the extinguisher. To do so, you need to make sure the entire base of the fire is covered in the agent that is released. Make a sweeping motion back and forth until the fire goes out or you run out of agent.
If the contents of a fire extinguisher do not put the fire out, don't grab another extinguisher. Call the fire department so that the professionals can take over. In many cases, however, using an extinguisher correctly will put out the fire and prevent a larger problem.

3 Wind Damage Mitigation Steps You Should Know

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A building with storm shutters Install storm shutters in your building for protection

Ways To Protect Your Business From Wind Damage

One of the problems a storm can be with it in La Marque,TX, Is wind damage which may lead to a number of problems including a roof leak, debris, loose siding or shingles, and torn up landscaping. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your business property.

1. Think About Movable Debris

A damaged roof may not be the only problem you can experience with high storm winds. It's also wise to consider any debris that can be picked up and thrown into the property. This may include falling branches, loose sticks and rocks, sand or mulching, and other similar materials. You may want to trim the trees around the property, and install storm shutters protect anything that could hit the windows.

2. Protect At-risk Areas

You may also want to take some time to protect any at-risk areas on the business property. This may include placing tarps or boards to protect your shingles from a roof leak, creating barriers against flooding around the landscaping, inspecting any drainage for clogs, or installing helpful tools such as storm shutters or a sump pump.

3. Call a Professional

Another step you can take is to make any repairs as quickly as possible. In many cases your best bet will be to contact a professional. Particularly a storm damage restoration service. A professional will know what sort of damage to look for on your roof, how to take care of missing shingles and other damages they may find, and what sorts of roof damage to help you protect against in the future.
When expecting a storm you can take several mitigation steps including installing shutters to protect property, placing protective tarping on the roof to prevent a roof leak, and talking to a local professional quickly about any damage that has occurred. Acting quickly can help prevent further damage in the long-term, and help you get your business back to working condition.

Flood Water vs. Building Materials

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Swelling wood floor Damaged wooden floor in a Dickson, TX home

What Can Be Saved After Water Damage In Your Home?

When water floods your home one of the first questions you may have is what can be saved? To answer this question, it's helpful to know what happens to the materials in your home when they get wet. Swelling wood, stained fixtures, and damaged carpet are just a few of the things you can expect to find. Professional cleaners and restoration specialists can help you salvage and reclaim much of your home.

Flooring

Soaked carpets and carpet pads can be cleaned. Wood floors can often be dried and re-laid. If you have significant swelling wood, however, particularly in the subflooring, you may need to replace those sections. Tile flooring tends to survive flooding well and can usually be reused.

Cabinetry

If you had a supply line break in the kitchen, your cabinets probably took a hit. As cabinets tend to be a mixture of particle board, MDF, or plywood, they will have to be replaced. These water-absorbent materials are weakened in a flood. If you have solid wood cabinetry, it can be dried and saved.

Walls

Drywall is another material that can be successfully dried out after a flood. However, if you need to perform water pipe repair, chances are you will be ripping some of that drywall out anyway. The key to saving drywall is to call professionals as soon as possible. They have specialized equipment for drying drywall. Once the drywall has started to sag or bulge, it's too late. The drywall will have to be replaced.

As water damage repair is a case-by-case basis, it's important to consult with professional cleaners in Dickson,TX. They are Here to Help. Only an on-site inspection can determine what is salvageable in your home. If you see swelling wood, water stains on drywall, or pools of water under pipes, it's time for a home assessment and a close look at all your plumbing.

Clear Lake Home Safety: How Fast Can Storm Damage Be Fixed?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

As members of the community, we understand how important it is to our customers to get back into their homes after disaster strikes.

How Fast Can Storm Damage Be Fixed?

The greater Houston metropolitan is known for its active theater and cultural district, the NASA complex, a thriving central business district, fine restaurants, and beautiful countryside. However, we are also known for our severe weather events.

Storms damage thousands of area homes each year, and the resulting cleanup and restoration process is often an overwhelming task for homeowners. That is why, from the first call to the insurance company through to the completion of your restoration, your Houston SERVPRO of Clear Lake asks you to partner with us in the process of getting back into your home.

One of the first questions you may ask our highly trained restoration specialists is “How fast can the storm damage be fixed?” The answer to that question depends on the four key factors:

1. Insurance Company and Homeowner Approval of Restoration Plan. Before we can begin working on your home, you and your insurance company need to approve and sign our work contract. This contract will detail the work to be done, a timeframe, and the budget. The sooner we can come to acceptable terms, the more quickly work can begin.

2. Severity and Scope of Damage. If the recommended course of action is an only a thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and dehumidifying of your home and belongings, the water damage was likely minor and can be fixed quickly. However, if best practices and health codes indicate that drywall, insulation and carpets need to be removed and replaced, the process will take considerably longer. Likewise, if only a couple of rooms in your home were damaged, the restoration process will obviously be much quicker than if the entire home was damaged by floodwaters.

3. Availability of Contractors. In the event of a widespread natural disaster where many homes and businesses are damaged, reliable contractors quickly become booked, sometimes for many months to come. That is why it is imperative you contact your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO without delay. SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes quickly after a natural disaster to set up local command centers and increase our resources and manpower; no one surpasses our readiness to help our friends, neighbors, and members of the greater Houston area community.

4. Infrastructure Damage. After a devastating natural disaster, the infrastructure of a city— including roads and utilities—can take several weeks to be brought back online, and this can delay the restoration process. In the first few days after a historic weather event, it is sometimes difficult for our technicians and specialists to move around the area. However, you can rest assured that we are doing the best we can start rebuilding our community and your home. Damage to roads may cause a delay in the arrival of building supplies, so we ask that our customers remain patient, while we remain vigilant in getting the project done safely and done right.

Recovering from flood, hurricane, tornado, or other severe weather event does take time, but as members of the community, we understand how important it is to our customers to get back into their homes after disaster strikes. Call on us anytime your home is damaged; we are available 24 hours a day to respond, and will begin storm damage restoration work as quickly as possible.

New Technology Makes High Rise Living Safer Than Ever

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

New Technology Makes High Rise Living Safer Than Ever

Houston has seen a boom in multi-family living especially in the luxury high-rise living sector.  Many Boomers who flocked to the suburbs to raise their families are not yerning to live closer to the city, shorten their commute and live a more holistic lifestyle and be able to walk to high end shops, restaurants and entertainment. 

Along with the increase in building of these high-rise condominiums buyers are also asking for more luxurious, enhanced lifestyle features and more built in technology.  

Beyond smart refrigerators and doorbell cameras some building owners are opting for fully functioning safety programs that can assist firefighters in putting out high-rise fires.

Due to the explosive growth and easy access to internet connections and faster bandwidth internet is the catalos that allows for these new technologies to take root.  

These iOT technologies combine the power of four key technologies: sensors, actuators, cameras and fire panels. 

Sensors: include smart smoke detectors, LPG, motion sensors, tank level sensors and carbon dioxide and dioxide detectors.  These sensors can be integrated into smart technology that gives real time information to fire fighters on site.  They can pin point the greatest need and where home owners may still be inside the building in areas of high toxins.

Actuators: 1 relay node, pump control panel and ventilation control panel, these pieces of technology allow for the wireless connection of the data received by the sensors to the real time monitoring body out of harms way.

Cameras: allow for verification and true "eyes on the scene" that firefighters can tap into to see live what is happening in the building.  This is vitally important not only for the first responders but also for command to navigate the fire and be the eyes of fighters inside the burning building. 

These smart technologies can also send automatic communication to tenants and owners within the building via email and text messages.  This way real time communication can be sent to all concerned parties to let them know of situational changes, mandatory evacuations and all clear signals when it is safe to return to the building.

Over all technology is helping to make our buildings safer and more reactive when disaster strikes. 

32nd Annual Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

32nd Annual Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the date and location of the 32nd Annual Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business EXPO.  The 2020 Business EXPO will be hosted at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  

The 2019 Business EXPO will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church starting from 11am - 6pm.  Admission to the Business EXPO is free and comes with 1 free raffle ticket, additional raffle tickets can be purchased 10 for $5 at the event or online in advance.  

The 2019 Expo Vendors include:

  • AMOCO Federal Credit Union
  • Anchor Point
  • Bay Area Audiology and Hearing Aids
  • Bay Area Habitat for Humanity 
  • Bay Area Printing, INC
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beacon Federal Credit Union
  • Berkeley Eye Center
  • Beyond Beaute Day Spa and Wellness Retreat
  • Brookdale Clear Lake
  • Camp Gladiator
  • Care Now Urgent Care
  • CertaPro Painters of League City
  • Communities In Schools-Bay Area
  • Community Impact Newspapers
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
  • Dogtopia of Webster
  • Door Prize Tickets
  • Fantastic Sams Cut and Color
  • Forest Park East Funeral Home and Cemetery
  • Freedom Boat Club
  • Friendly Faces Senior Care
  • Fully Promoted of Webster
  • Green Mountain Energy 
  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial
  • Harbor Hospice Clear Lake Office
  • HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake
  • Hope Village
  • Houston Newcomer Guides
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • ImageNet Consulting
  • Infinity Float Center
  • Instant Imprints
  • Key IT Systems
  • Kindred Hospital Clear Lake
  • D. Abdul R Moosa Sylvan Beach Wellness Center and Spa
  • Light Heart Memory Care
  • Lordex Spine Institute
  • Love Well Creative
  • Lutheran South Academy
  • Main Event Entertainment 
  • Mariposa Apartment hOmes at Clear Creek
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Memorial Hermann
  • Minuteman Press Bay Area
  • Modern Acupuncture
  • Musical Cheers
  • Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Norman Frede Chevrolet 
  • Odyssey Academy
  • One Stop Tents and Events
  • Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Pul Mitchell the School 
  • Peterson CPA Firm PC
  • Pure Water From Air CO
  • Rasa Yoga
  • Reliant Energy
  • Return to Wellness
  • Sea Lark Chiropractic
  • Sharp Business Systems
  • Shell Federal Credit Union 
  • Silver Sycamore Events Resort
  • Skin Essentials Luxury Med Spa and Salon
  • Skin Solutions Day Spa and Salon
  • Sleep Number-Baybrook
  • Solis Mammography
  • Space City Pain Specialists 
  • Sprint Store
  • Swadley Roof System
  • Texan Bank
  • The Joint Chiropractor
  • Tilger Center for Dentistry 
  • Today's Harbor for Children
  • Transition Home Health
  • University of Houston Clear Lake
  • UTMB

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Names Released

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

2019 Atlantic Storm Names

Do you ever wonder why hurricanes are named?  It stared off in the mid 1900's when meteorologists realized that the general public cared much more, and payed attention to, storms that were given names. 

It makes it easier to reference one storm over another.  In the beginning the U.S. National Hurricane Center started naming storms in the early 1950's, but now the task has been handed to the World Meteorological Organization.  

So when does a storm receive a name?  Tropical storms are given names when they display a rotating circulation pattern and have wind speeds of 39 MPH.  If a tropical storm increases to a hurricane they keep their same name.  Smaller storms including tropical depressions do not receive names. 

Here are the 2019 hurricane names for the Atlantic hurricane season:

  • Andrea
  • Barry
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Imelda
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

SERVPRO of Clear Lake Industry Certifications

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Certifications of SERVPRO of Clear Lake

SERVPRO of Clear Lake is proud to be a women owned and operated small business in the City of Houston.  We have been in business for nearly 20 years and have received numerous accolades and certifications over the years including:

In addition we are active members of several local restoration, professional, chamber and charitable organizations.