The SERVPRO team standing behind our booth at the 2019 Houston Insurance Day trade show!
SERVPRO had the wonderful opportunity to attend Houston Insurance Day trade show in the heart of Houston! Over 1800 independent insurance agents and insurance professionals attended to network and showcase the many services we offer. SERVPRO had the opportunity to educate insurance professionals, that we work with on a daily basis, on how the restoration industry helps reduce insured losses and get homeowners back into their homes faster with mitigation and restoration services. The event allowed us to educate insurance adjusters and independent insurance agents of Houston and the Town & Country Houston Galleria area.
The Independent Insurance Agents of Houston group hosted 133 exhibitors showcasing insurance companies offering casualty, auto and life insurance packages and unique vendors to the insurance industry including water extraction, water mitigation and structural drying vendors like SERVPRO. IIAH also showcased their keynote speaker, Chad Prather, with his hilarious and unique take on professional development and personal motivation.
Additionally, the seminars were extremely informative! We took home helpful tools that will last us a lifetime. We are looking forward to next year's tradeshow! If you’re interested and want to learn more about the insurance industry contact the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston website at www.IIAH.org. If you are in need of water restoration and mitigation services contact us directly at 281-219-8180.
Our Recovery Efforts During Hurricane Florence
SERVPRO of Clear Lake on the scene during the storm disaster
In September of 2018, Hurricane Florence swept through the Carolinas causing catastrophic damage. The powerful hurricane caused 20 to 30 inches of rainfall which resulted in life-threatening flooding.
During this difficult time, SERVPRO of Clear Lake was there to offer our assistance and service. We traveled the streets of North Carolina restoring and mitigating all water damages. In many cases, we moved the victim’s belongings and furniture out of the home and then performed full demolition on the property. The demo consisted of removing baseboards, shoe mold and drywall. Additionally, due to heavy odors, several carpets and padding were removed. Lastly, we left multiple pieces of specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure all properties were fully dry.
When there's a storm, SERVPRO of Clear Lake promises to be faster to any size disaster. You can rely on us to always provide excellent immediate service to all of our clients.
300- Acre Marina and Skyscraper Complex
A view of the 300- Acre Marina and Skyscraper Complex
SERVPRO is excited for the future 300-acre skyscraper complex! The skyscraper is located in Kingwood’s Woodland Hills Dr around 2 existing lakes! The master plan is to link the 2 bodies of water together and transform them into marinas. The marina’s will feature docks, pedestrian paths and outdoor amusements.
In addition to the marinas, this complex will have somewhere for you to swim, watch movies, eat and socialize. Their plan is to incorporate a floating swimming pool, a floating cinema/theatre, a restaurant-cafe and a lounge area. The absolute best part is, it's all on top of the water, thanks to custom-made platforms.
The complex is packed with amazing activities, we imagine it will be a new family and friend favorite!
The concern of Kingwood Residents
A view of the 300-acre complex
The recent announcement of the high-end marina has some Kingwood residents apprehensive. Although, the new 300-acre complex is extremely exciting news, there are some concerning facts. The complex is being built on a flood-prone area of land.
A new theatre, restaurant and lounge sounds amazing, but is it worth jeopardizing Kingwood’s amazing forest identity? This is the question being raised by many Kingwood residents. Their fear is the marina will increase flooding and potentially harm the community’s forest.
Residents threw a public meeting at the Kingwood Community Center to voice their opinion and concerns about the project. Additionally, comments submitted before Jan. 29 can be sent to the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the texa Commission on Environmental Quality.
The excitement for kingwood’s 300- Acre Marina and Skyscraper Complex
The 300- Acre Marina and Skyscraper Complex
The development of the 300- Acre Marina and Skyscraper Complex has sparked a lot of conversation! While some people are apprehensive towards the new complex, others are very excited for all the complex is bringing to the Kingwood community.
In addition to the complex having a A floating pool, cinema/theatre, restaurant-cafè and a lounge area, the complex is also built to help clean the surrounding waters. Due to vegetation being planted in the waterborne platforms, it assists in cleaning the water.
Moreover, If you have a boat or jet ski, you’re in luck! There are 700 spots available for boats and 220 platforms for jet skis. There will also be wavy mall promenade at the entrance of the complex and close to the shopping center.
SERVPRO thinks this is going to be an amazing complex!
3 Signs of a Clogged Drain Pipe
Clogged pipe in La Marque, TX
3 Signs of a Clogged Drain Pipe
A drain blockage can result in a toilet overflow or cause water to back up in a shower. If a flooded toilet causes water damage, professional sewage cleaning may be necessary. Here are three signs that a drain pipe may be clogged.
1. Toilet Backups or Overflows
A flooded toilet can be one of the first indications of a blocked drain line. If plunging does not loosen a clog, it may be necessary to use an auger or snake. Run the snake down a toilet, or remove the toilet and insert the snake directly into the floor drain. If this does not solve the problem, the blockage may be further down the line.
2. Slowed or Stopped Drains
A slow or stopped drain also indicates a clogged pipe. Slow drains may benefit from drain cleaning solutions. Enzymatic treatments are less likely to damage pipes than chemicals, but work more slowly and must be used regularly. If a drain has completely stopped, it may be possible to use a specialized snake designed for sinks. Otherwise, it is advisable to call a plumber.
3. Toilet Overflow During a Shower
A toilet that overflows during a shower is a clear indication of a blocked drain line. This situation may result in a major backup that necessitates sewage cleaning. A water damage cleanup service can remove standing water, disinfect the area, and recommend which building materials or contents should be disposed of or restored.
All of these issues are caused by a clogged pipe. A homeowner may be able to clear the blockage by snaking a toilet, floor drain, or drain cleanout. It may be possible to use enzymatic or chemical treatments in slow-draining sinks or showers. If efforts to clear a clog are unsuccessful, contact a plumber in La Marque, TX. A sewage cleaning service can restore areas damaged by exposure to contaminated water.
4 Steps for Working with Fire Restoration Professionals
Smoke cleanup in Clear Lake, TX
4 Steps for Working with Fire Restoration Professionals
After the first intense period of fighting workplace fires is over, an overwhelming sense of damage and restoration work may settle in. Signs of smoke damage, debris from the fire, and pools of water and chemicals could be everywhere you look. Fortunately, you don't have to tackle this problem on your own. What do you need to do?
1. Contact Professionals Right Away
In many cases, fire restoration and cleanup professionals in Clear Lake, TX, have an emergency response technician who will assess the fire damage and existing risks. This professional, or team of professionals, will probably patch up any holes in the roof, missing windows, and other points of exposure. This board-up and tarp service is key to keeping out inclement weather and potential looters.
2. Arrange to Meet Specialists
The second step in working with the cleanup team is to arrange a time for an assessment technician to visit your Clear Lake, TX, property. At this point, professionals take note of the extent of the fire and smoke damage. This step is crucial for planning the rest of the work and is often required by insurance companies. Without adequate communication, you may not get the coverage you want.
3. Cooperate With Cleanup Crews
As soon as possible, the technicians will begin removing water. They may haul in heavy equipment, such as dehumidifiers and fans, and may ask you for permission to move existing furnishings. To complete the drying process, doors and windows may be propped open. The technicians can get their work done more efficiently in a cooperative environment.
4. Keep Communication Lines Open
A lot of cleanup may take place when you aren't on location. Provide the cleanup team with your phone number, so they can get permission before discarding items with heavy soot damage or using specific chemical cleaners.
Smoke damage restoration is a task that these professionals are prepared to complete to your satisfaction. The experts who handle fire, water, and smoke cleaning can often provide all the work necessary to get your work space looking as good as new, especially when you work together.
Bathroom Water Supply Lines Do Not Last Forever
Check your water supply line to avoid water damage in your bathroom
Bathroom Water Supply Lines Do Not Last Forever
All toilet water connections have a hose that connects the toilet to the shutoff valve. Most often, the hose consists of a shiny stainless-steel braid surrounding a polymer tube. It is a masterpiece of simplicity.
- The internal polymer tube contains the flowing water.
- The stainless-steel exterior makes it rustproof and gives it strength.
- The braid gives it flexibility.
It sounds indestructible. Why would we ever be concerned about supply line damage? How could it ever be the source of a bathroom leak?
Your Supply Line May Be Rustproof, but It's Not Immune to Chlorine
If there is a public water supply in Clear Lake,TX, your water is probably chlorinated. Cleaning products often contain chlorine. We all know how it smells. If you pay close attention, you can probably detect a faint smell of chlorine in your bathroom.
The process whereby chlorine causes supply line damage is simple. Cold water passes through the water supply line. Moisture from the air condenses on the stainless-steel and interacts with the chlorine in the air. The result is that the condensation becomes a very mild solution of hydrochloric acid. It may not be strong, but it is eating away at your stainless-steel all day, every day. Eventually, the wires in the braid break and puncture the polymer interior causing a supply line leak.
Replace Your $20 Water Supply Hose and Save Thousands in Repairs
There are no official guidelines for how long your braided water supply hose should last. However, you should consider replacing the supply line if
- You can see discolored areas on the stainless-steel braid.
- You can see or feel broken strands of wire, particularly near the couplings.
- You or your plumber is performing maintenance on the toilet.
Supply Line Damage Is Not Always Avoidable
When your supply line fails, there is going to be significant water damage that needs immediate attention. That’s why you will want to bring in the best water damage remediation specialists available.
Breathe Freely: Tips to Eliminating Awful Cigarette Smoke Odor
Have you ever moved into a home that seemed perfect for your needs, but there was one major problem: the smell of cigarette smoke? This can be a deal-breaker for some people, especially if you’ve never lived in such an environment. But you don’t have to sell the house or back out on the purchase. There are some effective ways to virtually make the smell go away for good.
What Can You Do?
Whether you’re moving into a smoke-filled home, or whether you’ve had smokers in the home, but they’re trying to quit, you can employ some home deodorization techniques to improve the smell. In some cases, you will want to contact a professional that specializes in cigarette odor cleanup.
• Using a solution of vinegar and water, clean wood, metal and plastic surfaces.
• Use the baking soda method.
• Call a professional cleanup company to use an ozone machine.
Vinegar and Water
With either bleach or vinegar, combine 2 cups of this liquid with a gallon of water. Go throughout your La Marque,TX, home and vigorously wash affected areas such as counters, cupboards and furniture. Repeat these actions if necessary. You may also try boiling the solution for more effectiveness. As for clothes, some people add a little vinegar to the laundry detergent when putting them through a cycle.
Cigarette odors can be difficult to bear, but some people don’t like the smell of vinegar much better. If you fall in this category, baking soda is another option. Simply sprinkle baking soda on your floor and furniture and let it sit overnight. Then, vacuum up the baking soda; it should have absorbed much of the odors.
In heavy doses, ozone is extremely harmful. However, it can be a potent home deodorization combatant as well. Only a professional should operate an ozone machine. This material will neutralize the particles in cigarette smoke and render them odorless.
When you want the best home deodorization processes, start with some things you can do on your own. If necessary, work your way up to ozone techniques and let the pros take over.
Water Damage During Construction
Is a construction project in your Dickson,TX, business’s future? You may want to take action to reduce the risk of water damage. If your building sustains such loss, it can lead to expensive consequences like water pipe repair. Effects such as delayed construction or reputation damage can also negatively impact your business. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help prevent your business from becoming water damaged during construction. Here are three steps you can take to reduce the risk of dealing with destruction.
1. Evaluate Building Materials
Are the materials that your builders are using high-quality? If they are being stored inside during construction, are they properly tarped or covered in plastic? If the wrong materials are being used, there is a greater risk of a mishap occurring.
2. Conduct Regular Quality Checks
Make sure that your building’s waterproofing and plumbing systems are functional throughout the building process. If you find an issue during construction, correct it as soon as possible. For example, if you find a broken pipe, create an emergency plan for water pipe repair.
3. Be Your Own Advocate
If a builder refuses to address a waterproofing or plumbing issue, refuse to pay for the work. You need to know that you can rely on your commercial property to withstand regular water usage without a disaster occurring.
What If Water Damage Already Happened?
If a plumbing issue fell through the cracks during construction and you are now left with a broken pipe or a flooded building, it is time to call in the help of trusted professionals. A water damage restoration company can usually help clean up any damage that is present, and a trained technician can help with water pipe repair. Moisture damage is not fun to deal with, but following the steps above and having a remediation plan in place can help you protect your business and its future.