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The Storm Restoration Process and What To Expect

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Storm Restoration Process and What To Expect Although restoration specialists may tear out floors, walls, or ceilings, the building will be rebuilt to its pre-damage condition.

If you have recently experienced a severe storm in Bryan, TX, your building may have suffered some storm damage. Often, heavy rains lead to water damage stemming from both the roof and the basement of buildings. Damage like this can disrupt the flow of your workplace and can lead to serious mold issues.

The storm restoration process can help ensure that all water is removed and that the structure of your building is repaired. Although it might take a while before the workers tear out all damaged walls and floors and completely restore the building, it is worth it in the long run. Here is a general overview of the process and what you might expect from your local restoration professionals.

1. Inspecting the Damage

Once the storm has stopped, experts can come in and assess the damage. They’ll look at what’s been ruined and what type of damage has occurred. This can help them create an efficient plan of action for the following weeks or months.

2. Removing the Water

Once the inspection is complete, water damage specialists will start pumping out the water. This is one of the first things done to prevent future damage. Vacuums, pumps, and open ventilation is used to help remove the water.

3. Drying the Building

Once most of the water is successfully taken out of the building, drying is the next big step. Professionals can bring in specialized equipment that is made specifically to dry certain areas. Dehumidifiers and fans can be used, as well.

4. Cleaning the Affected Areas

Professionals might tear out extremely damaged parts of the building and will start the cleaning process. Flood water is very contaminated, so affected items will need special cleaning. With the help of sanitizing equipment, odors can be removed from the building.

Once the building has been completely restored, things can go back to normal. Although restoration specialists may tear out floors, walls, or ceilings, the building will be rebuilt to its pre-damage condition. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

3 Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim By following the above tips, you can reduce the uncertainty and stress of the situation for you and your family.

A pipe burst in Bryan, TX, and you now have a flood covering the entire first floor of your house. In this unfortunate situation, it is fortunate that you have homeowners insurance. When do you file an insurance claim for the water damage? What is your responsibility as the homeowner? Review the following three tips to help the process of filing a water damage claim go as smoothly as possible.

1. Act Fast

The best time to contact your insurance company after a flood wreaks havoc on your home is as soon as possible. First, ensure that you and your family are safe. Second, call your insurance agent to report the loss and find out the next steps. Each insurance company has its own specific policies and procedures when it comes to filing an insurance claim, and by adhering to these you help speed the process along. Next, contact a water restoration company to assess the damage and begin the process of water removal, dehumidification and restoration.

2. Keep Records and Receipts

Before any work is completed, take pictures of the water damage and make a list of all damaged contents in your house. Keep copies of the claim forms you complete. Save every related receipt including work done by the water restoration professionals as well as expenses accrued from hotel accommodations if your home is unlivable.

3. Partner With Professionals

Communicate and share records with the insurance adjustor assigned to your claim. Keep in close contact with the restoration company, and request copies of all paperwork and receipts. The water restoration specialist and insurance adjustor may communicate directly with one another as well. If something is unclear to you, ask for clarification.

Filing an insurance claim for water damage at your home in Bryan, TX, initially may seem overwhelming. By following the above tips, you can reduce the uncertainty and stress of the situation for you and your family. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

2 Critical Keys To Odor Removal After Flooding

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

After a flood in Bryan, TX, you are probably worried that your home will never smell the same again. You are right to be concerned about this, but it is possible to prevent and remove odors from water contamination and mold growth after a storm. The secret to success is twofold: start immediately and clean effectively.


1. Start Cleanup Immediately.


When there is a flood, your home and personal belongings are at risk from water damage itself, but also biohazards like sewage and other contaminants in the water. Flood water from a storm is often referred to as "black water" for this reason. Mold growth can also begin within 48 hours.

As time passes, materials exposed to flood water are absorbing the liquid and all its microscopic contents. The risk of structural damage increases, but also extended exposure to contamination makes it more difficult to save and clean materials the right way. After mold colonies form, mold remediation is needed, and the overall cleanup becomes costlier as containment becomes important to prevent the spread of mold spores and more colonies.


2. Clean the Right Way.


Each item exposed to water will be different in how it should be treated after a flood. Some items may need to be disposed of, such as carpet padding, but some items can be disinfected and saved, like carpet. Trained experts are knowledgeable about the cleaning process and can help your family with effective cleaning of your home after a flood.

No matter where you are, mold spores are in the air. That's very normal. The problem comes when materials don't dry thoroughly, and those spores form colonies of mold. It's very difficult to clean deeply rooted mold growth from porous materials, but the combination of containment, thorough drying techniques and antimicrobials is the key to solving the problem and preventing odors from coming back.

Flood water cleaning may seem overwhelming, but there is help. Flood restoration specialists have the resources and training to remove water quickly, clean materials thoroughly, and dry your home completely. Look for specialists with IICRC training to ensure effective odor removal techniques are used.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

The Types of Fire Damage Insurance Will Not Cover

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Not all fire damage is covered by home insurance. Insurance companies figure out the cause of the fire and evaluate any special circumstances. Your home in Bryan, TX, can be denied coverage if it is classified under any of these criteria. Understanding the process for a home fire insurance claim will allow you to know when to not expect compensation.


What Is Typically Covered?


To know the types of claims that are denied, it should be understood what are typically accepted claims. Insurance policies cover events that are caused by one of many usual causes:

• Lightning
• Cooking flames spreading
• Candles gone awry
• Defective appliances
• Electrical malfunctions
• Any other fires caused by accident

While these sources are covered, it is important that the fire is also unintentional.


Intentionally Setting a Fire Puts Your Compensation in Flames.



While it may seem like a smart move to burn a house down to start anew with the compensation, it will not work. Because of this possibility, insurance companies will send a professional team to investigate damaged property to piece together what happened. If the insurance can determine that a home fire was set intentionally, a claim will be completely denied.

Not only is the insurance claim denied, arson is a prosecutable crime that additionally puts property owned by others at risk. When the money never comes, potential fines from convictions and civil lawsuits from neighbors hurt even more.


A Vacant Residence Means No Coverage.


If a house has been uninhabited for a length of more than a month, it is considered vacant. With typical coverage, a vacant home fire is not covered if the insurance company can prove the home was unoccupied for an extended time. There are, however, special plans that cover properties that are uninhabited for a long period.


Restoration Regardless of Coverage.


Even in cases where insurance decides to not offer compensation, fire damage to your home and property can be cleaned by consulting a professional fire cleanup company. Regardless of your insurance claim, a home fire doesn’t have to claim all of your property.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Rental Safety 101: Stop Mold in Its Tracks

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

There are few household problems that set off more alarm bells than the discovery of mold. The best way to deal with mold growth in your Bryan, TX, rental home is to stop it from ever happening by practicing safe mold prevention techniques. There are many reasons to monitor your rental for signs of mold:

• You can avoid the unpleasant sights and smells of a mold growth
• You want to minimize exposure to side effects of mold
• You may be found liable for repair costs, depending on the cause of the mold and the structure of your lease

By carefully checking your rental home regularly and creating an environment that is not mold-friendly, you can save yourself the headaches of a mold outbreak.


Find Potential Sources Immediately.


Mold growth flourishes in damp environments, so the most common source of the fungus is water damage from leaks and spills. Be sure to clean up any spills in your rental home immediately before they have a chance to seep into the baseboards where mold can develop. If you see signs of a leak in your ceiling or walls, such as damp or soft spots, you should find the source and address it immediately. Shut off water at your main line and locate the leak yourself or contact a service professional to prevent it from spreading.


Eliminate the Climate Mold Needs.


With the leak stopped, you should focus on making your place as inhospitable to mold as possible. Dry air is key to mold prevention, so you want to remove as much moisture from the air as possible. An air conditioner in the summer will help to suck moisture out of the air, while running your heater in cold months will inject fresh, dry air into the rooms.

Although it can be a scary proposition, mold prevention is easy with preventative measures. Stay vigilant about identifying possible sources of mold, then fight them as soon as you find any. You’ll be glad you did when your rental stays fresh and healthy year round.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Secondary Damage: What Is It, and What Does It Mean for You?

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

As a homeowner in Bryan, TX, you work hard to protect your family as well as your property and possessions. Unfortunately, sometimes the weather or plumbing has other ideas. If a flood occurs in your home, you face immediate problems as well as other issues down the road. Long-term damages fall into the category of secondary damage, which can trouble you if you’re not prepared or if you’re not ready to act. This type of damage can come in the form of black mold, among other troubles.


Mold.


A flood in your home could ruin flooring, walls, ceilings and many of your personal items. This damage can occur swiftly before you even know what’s going on. Even after you extract all the water, there’s more work you need to do if you want to avoid buildup of mold. This fungal invader can come in different forms. In fact, there are more than 10,000 types, but the most common in the home are the following:

• Black mold, or stachybotrys atra
• Cladosporium
• Aspergillus


Humidity Issues.


High humidity is a breeding ground for bacteria and other troubling problems, particularly in the basement or cellar of your home. It may even cause the growth of black mold. The longer water sits on your floor or walls, the better chance you have of experiencing these issues. Not only do you need to remove the water, but you need to dry the area thoroughly.


Other Problems.


Further secondary damage could come in the form of foul smells. Flood water tends to bring in undesirable odors because it can include sewage or water from filthy rivers. Make sure you thoroughly clean up using deodorizers.

You don’t want black mold, humidity problems or other issues after a flood to make your life miserable. Pay attention to all problems that can occur. A highly trained technician can help you evaluate trouble-prone areas in your house.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

The Benefits of Having an ERP

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

You go to great lengths to protect your commercial property investment. You purchase a solid insurance package. You conduct regular maintenance on the property in Bryan, TX, to make sure everything is in working order. It is also a good idea to consider having an emergency profile with SERVPRO. Having an action plan for emergency situations that affect the structural integrity of your building has many benefits.


1. Emergency Basics.


An emergency READY profile (ERP) details all the basic information you need to respond efficiently to various situations. It gives you concise instructions of what to do that are specific to your property. If you experience flood, fire, mold or storm damage, the ERP app gives you quick access to everything you need to know to start the recovery process.


2. Chain of Command.


Your emergency profile establishes the specific person or persons who are in charge when disaster strikes. Knowing ahead of time alleviates confusion when a problem arises.


3. Mitigation Specialists.


Your emergency plan keeps you from having to find mitigation professionals once you have a problem. It helps you establish a relationship with the SERVPRO team nearest you so that they are ready to spring into action when you notify them.


4. Business Continuity.


Another part of emergency preparedness is deciding how you are going to keep your business in Bryan, TX, open while the physical location is unavailable. Having a business continuity plan helps you avoid an interruption in revenue.


5. Free Assessment.


This emergency plan is offered free of charge. You don’t have to budget for it and you still reap all the benefits of knowing exactly what is going to happen if damage occurs.

Your local SERVPRO representative can help you make a plan to safeguard your business after an emergency. You get a detailed plan of action, a clear division of labor and access to trusted professionals to help restore your property. Call today to set up your ERP.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Reduce Snow Damage in Your Business

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

A dangerous snow storm happens every so often in Bryan, TX. Sometimes such a storm can take businesses by surprise, which could result in danger to employees and damage to buildings and property. It’s essential to be prepared to deal with inclement weather to help minimize the problems caused by freezing precipitation and deadly wind chills.


Prepare Before the Storm.


You already know that a storm could happen sometime between fall and spring, so consider some simple steps to minimize damage to people and property before the bad weather hits.

• Make an emergency action plan that includes contingency plans for extreme precipitation or dangerously cold temperatures.
• Inspect buildings for adequate insulation and seals.
• Test carbon monoxide detectors and emergency generators regularly.
• Ensure you or someone on site can shut off water valves in case of a pipe burst.
• Create an emergency kit with blankets, flashlights, and food to last up to three days.
• Watch the news and keep updated on severe weather alerts or warnings.
• Communicate with employees on current policies regarding inclement weather.


Maintaining Safety.


Keeping people safe in a snowstorm should always be the top priority. When weather forecasts indicate that road conditions could be hazardous, it’s essential to make a quick decision on whether employees should be at work. If possible, employees might be allowed to work from home until the weather emergency is cleared. When in doubt, make conservative decisions on when to close your business to keep employees and customers safe.


Restore Building Safety.


Upon returning to the building after a severe storm, it’s important to look for possible damage since heavy precipitation and freezing rain can block ventilation, and the extra weight of accumulation can put unexpected weight on roofs and other surfaces. Sometimes electric and plumbing systems can be damaged during severe weather, so don’t forget to check any areas that might be affected by a burst pipe or power outage. It will be helpful to clean up any water damage quickly to prevent additional hazards.

When a snowstorm hits in Bryan, TX, be prepared ahead of time. Have a plan in place to get your company back to business as usual as quickly as possible.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Help — I Smell Gas!

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

A gas fire is one of the most terrifying experiences a homeowner can face. Avoiding this tragedy starts with knowing what to do when you smell natural gas. Your safety is the number one concern, and there are a few simple rules that will help you and your loved ones remain safe.


What To Do If You Smell Gas


• For your safety and the safety of your family, evacuate immediately.
• Do not touch appliances, thermostats or anything with an electrical switch. Any spark, even from static electricity, can trigger a gas explosion.
• Do not light a flame.
• Do not bother to open the windows. Some guides recommend that you do that to vent gas, but remember, houses have gas and oil hot water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners that turn themselves on automatically. Any one of these could easily generate a spark and start a gas fire.
• Once you are in a safe location outside the home, call 911 or Bryan, TX, emergency services and report the emergency.


What Happens Afterwards


Usually, these situations have a happy ending. The utility company safely shuts off the gas, the fire department vents the house, the source of the leak is identified, and the repairs are made. Of course, for the next six months, you can expect to occasionally hear the question “Do you smell gas?” but that is to be expected after such a traumatic experience.

Other times, however, the crisis ends badly. A gas fire, like any other fire, is a life-changing event. Things cannot get back to normal until the fire and water damage are addressed. Insurance is a part of the solution but the key to making it a home again is to bring in the best restoration specialists available in Bryan, TX. This allows you to put this experience behind you so that you and your family can return to leading normal lives as quickly as possible.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Why Is There Mildew on the Plants and What Can Be Done?

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why Is There Mildew on the Plants and What Can Be Done?


Plant mildew is a parasite. It grows on living plants, and if left untreated, could result in the death of your shrubs and greenery. When you find this type of growth in or around your Bryan, TX, home, you may have a few questions. Like with other fungus growth, it can be beneficial to call in a residential mold expert for a little extra help.


Why Growth Happens


Mildew growth can take place on almost any type of plant, but some may be more susceptible than others. This growth may start for a variety of reasons, including the following:

• Garden is too congested.
• Plants are overwatered.
• Little light reaches the vegetation.
• The area is warm.

Plant mildew can start to grow when only a few of these conditions are met. Once it is on one plant, it can easily spread to nearby shrubs, flowers or vegetables through wind, water or on animals.


How To Get Rid of It


Because you want your indoor and outdoor gardens to thrive, you need to do what you can to get rid of this fungus growth as quickly as possible. Your first step should be to wash off the leaves using regular water. Once the powdery substance has been removed, you can prepare your plants to ensure the growth does not come back. This can mean pruning overgrown vegetation, thinning out congested gardens, moving a plant into direct sunlight or taking an indoor plant outside. More sun and a nice breeze can help keep your potted greens from becoming too moist.

Other things you can do to prevent this unwanted mildew growth is to use mildew-resistant potting soil. This special soil helps prepare your plants for mildew. With the nutrients from the soul, the plants may be able to fight the growth off on their own.

While plant mildew may not present a danger to your home, it can still be a big nuisance. Taking care of the problem and preventing its return can improve the health of your garden.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.