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College Station Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Brazos Valley will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(979)-779-3333

How to get rid of mold

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

• Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
• Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
• Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
• Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
• Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
• Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you think your home or business may have a mold issue, contact the professionals at SERVPRO today!

Water damage restoration

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Brazos Valley

SERVPRO of Brazos Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Broken Washing Machine Hose

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

A broken supply hose causes more than half of all water damage insurance claims. These insurance claims are costly. The average claim is around $6,000. If the homeowner fails to monitor the condition of the hose, it can burst. A busted hose can spill hundreds of gallons of water within an hour. A few tips to remember are:

  • Buy proper length hoses when installing a washing machine or replacing old hoses. Select a length to fit the space rather than trying to force a proper fit.
  • Allow enough space between the wall and the machine to avoid kinks in the hoses. Aim for 3” to 4” but adjust as needed to avoid sharp bends in the hoses.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses regularly. At minimum check the hoses once or twice a year. Keep an eye out for kinks, damage, rust or snags in the braided stainless steel, and signs of a leak.
  • Shut off water supply valves when not in use and when you will be away from home such as when vacationing. The constant water pressure on the washing machine hoses can contribute to hose failure.
  • Replace washing machine hoses regularly. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations and install new hoses as suggested. If the hose is more than five years old, there is an increased risk of it wearing out. More than 80 percent of hoses fail between their sixth and tenth year of use.

Water damage timeline

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Brazos Valley provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Brazos Valley arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Brazos Valley

SERVPRO of Brazos Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water damage cleanup

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brazos Valley is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Brazos VAlley

SERVPRO of Brazos Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Keeping Commercial Winter Storm Damage From Crippling Your Business

11/20/2017 (Permalink)


Keeping Commercial Winter Storm Damage From Crippling Your Business

As a business owner, you thrive on being able to serve your loyal clients, but they'll lose faith if you can't hold up your end of the bargain. Frozen pipes and other casualties of winter storms can put your facilities and operations out of commission, and such unexpected downtime makes it impossible to profit. Here's what you should know about the relationship between your building and winter weather.

The Commercial Risks of Winter Storm Damage

Commercial properties run many of the same extreme cold weather risks that you might be familiar with if you own a home, such as:

High winds that damage roof layers, frozen pipes that cut off water supplies to key processes, sudden freezes that may cause pipes to burst if you forget to turn the heat on in time, and cold snaps that can create ice dams and weaken structural roofing members, such as gutters, flashing and membrane layers.

Although these incidents are distinct, they can all weaken your building's envelope, or the outer layer that separates it from the elements.

Whether you're facing a pipe that burst or a roof that lost some of its flashing in a gale, these areas allow water to enter your property. Over time, such damage can further weaken structural materials and render your business unfit for operation. Or it might contribute to mold growth that ruins your stock and compromise safety in your building. If you've suffered damage, then fast, comprehensive restoration is vital.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com for more information on storm damage.

Responding to Fire Damage Effectively

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Responding to Fire Damage Effectively

Feelings of sorrow and fear overwhelm the victims of residential fires because they are forced to watch the flames engulf and destroy their homes and personal belongings. Firefighters will respond as quickly as they can so that they can save lives and reduce the devastation, but they are often too late to prevent fire damage. Also, firefighters will break windows to create ventilation and use large amounts of water to put the fire out.

If you need someone to repair and restore your smoke damaged home, turning to a fire restoration team is the smart move. When you enlist their services, the team will begin cleaning soot from walls to tackle the lingering smoke odor. In addition to getting rid of the lingering smoke odor, your fire restoration professionals will also send your personal belongings to another location to be cleaned and repaired.

After they have finished cleaning soot from walls, your trusted experts might need to paint your walls to give you the best results possible. Although they won't always be able to fix all of the fire damage, they will impress you when they take care of your smoke damaged home, and they look forward to meeting your needs. Peace of mind is only one phone call away, and you can get started as soon as you are ready. Visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com for more information on fire damage.

From Frozen Pipes to Damaged Roofs, Winter Storms can Play Dirty

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

From Frozen Pipes to Damaged Roofs, Winter Storms can Play Dirty

Business owners in Bryan, Texas have many responsibilities, including taking good care of physical structures. As autumn days grow shorter, property owners should take steps to prepare their buildings to greet Jack Frost when he comes calling. Winter storms can cause frozen pipes, which means trouble. A pipe burst can lead to mold growth. Freezing storms can also damage roofs. A Drip, Drip Here… And a drop, drop there… Frozen pipes, however, are no laughing matter. A burst pipe can damage and destroy property. When pipes freeze, the ice inside begins to expand. The cold, brittle metal will then begin to crack and split. Here are ways to protect pipes:

  • If possible, insulate them against cold and wintry drafts.
  • Keep the heat above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) in all areas of the building.
  • Turn the heat on before freezing storms strike

Good Coverage

Most people probably do not think about the benefits of a solid, intact roof until they feel water dropping onto their heads. Roofs take many beatings from the weather, and none worse than during a fierce winter storm. High winds, icy missiles, and bitterly cold temperatures combine to wreak havoc on roofs. Much damage comes from what are known as ice dams, which form along gutters. Icicles often signal their presence. These blocks keep water from draining off the roof, so the water may pool up instead. If this water is left to stand, it can seep under shingles and leak into attics. These damp conditions make a perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive. There are ways to protect roofs from winter hazards:

  • Keep gutters cleaned out.
  • Monitor the roof condition and clear off any standing water.
  • Inspect attic conditions regularly

Restoration Is Possible

Sometimes, despite preparation, winter storm damage occurs. When it does, business owners should contact their insurance companies and a restoration specialist. The best professionals can restore commercial structures to their preloss conditions. Visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com for more information on commercial storm damage.

Summer Home Mold Growth - Preventative Care

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summer Home Mold Growth - Preventative Care Mold found behind wallpaper

Summer is here! Now is the perfect time to make sure an optimum level of home protection from mold damage. Being one step ahead of mold growing, is the key to prevent a greater problem down the road.

Common places to control

Fungi normally needs a moist environment to grow. Typical areas where mold can be found in the home include:

  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Around windows
  • Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms
  • Basements and crawl spaces under the property
  • Pipes and ductwork
  • In attics due to leaking roofs

Indoors Care

During the summer months it is typical to find higher levels of mold growth due to the increase in relative humidity. It is known that 65%-70% relative humidity will enhance mold growth. Your home air conditioning unit helps to control the humidity in your home during the warm months. Therefor, it is extremely important to keep constant air circulation in your home. Regular air filter changes and air duct cleanings can insure your unit will work properly all summer long. 

Indoors Mold Prevention Checklist

  • Indoor Humidity: Keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent and use a dehumidifier to lower when necessary.
  • Wall Leaks: Weather strip and caulk leaky windows.
  • AC Drain Leaks: Be sure the HVAC units drain properly. Have regular inspections of AC units to insure they are running smoothly.
  • Ductwork Condensation: Inspect unit’s ducts for excess moisture. Repair or replace when needed.
  • Air Filters: Use a high quality air filter for AC units, and change it regularly.
  • Bath Vent Fans: Install bathroom fans to ventilate after showers.
  • Window Condensation: Install insulated glass or storm windows to avoid condensation.
  • Vent Gas Appliances: Make sure gas and kerosene heaters and fireplaces are ventilated.
  • Roof Leaks: Check attic for roof damages, and repair.
  • Plumbing: Examine pipes for leaks and insulate.

Outdoors Mold Prevention Checklist

  • Blocked Drainage: Keep drains and downspouts clean.
  • Foundation: Channel water from downspouts away from the house to prevent leaks.
  • Water under house: Check crawl space for excess moisture.

If you find yourself dealing with a mold issue, no matter how big or small, the experts at SERVPRO are trained and ready to help make the situation "Like it never even happened."