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We are your Local Cleaning Experts!

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of corona virus (also know as COVID-19) this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the corona virus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product line tested against this particular strain of the corona virus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today- 

SERVPRO of McAllen, (956) 631-0348

The Difference Between "Mold Removal" vs. Remediation

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

What's the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible.  Some restoration business advertises "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth.  SERVPRO of McAllen has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.  Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Step 1:Emergency contact (956) 631-0348

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Step 3: Mold Containment

Step 4: Air Filtration

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Step 7: Restoration

Signs of Mold? Call SERVPRO of Mcallen today! (956) 631-0348

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SERVPRO of McAllen Acts Fast To Restore Mold Damage in your home!

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Woman with Black Hair seeing Mold Growing in her kitchen cabinets Moisture allows mold growth to grow rapidly! our team has the right tools to remove and restore the damage it has caused.

Fast Mold Removal for McAllen Properties 

When your home falls victim to microbial and mold growth, you do not have much time before the situation can get out of control, if it is not already. These organisms can spread quickly throughout a home and can continue to feed and thrive off of the organic materials used to construct your house. Finding the right professional remediation service quickly is critical to protecting the investment that you have made in your house and restoring the damage that the mold growth has caused to the affected areas. 

Many McAllen homeowners when dealing with mold damage have become misguided into believing that is not as serious or as pressing of a concern for their property. Moreover, they assume that without direct intervention that these conditions naturally improve on their own. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Our SERVPRO professionals have the experience and the training to assess mold damage and to deliver the appropriate remediation and restoration tactics to return your home to pre-mold conditions. 

While we cannot entirely remove mold from your home, as microscopic spores exist naturally in the environment, we do have effective and efficient removal techniques for colonies. While we work to preserve affected materials and structural elements whenever possible, sometimes controlled demolition efforts are the best option for reducing the cost and time spent restoring the property. 

The moisture that allowed mold growth can occur from a variety of sources, reducing this dampness on your property is critical to preventing recurrences. Our professionals assess the source of the moisture during our inspection and can work to offer effective solutions to eliminate or dramatically reduce dampness in this affected area of your home moving forward. 

Finding mold growth in your home might be alarming, but with the right professional assistance, this situation can get resolved quickly and efficiently. Our SERVPRO of McAllen applied microbial remediation technicians have the tools and experience to remove colonies and restore the damage they have caused. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (956)631-0348.

Did You Know?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Residues (such as burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings which are called smoke webs!

Does your business have a plan? Check out these tips:

Protect your people : Your employees are your most important business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. 
  • Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. 
  • First Aid: In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

HVAC Tips For Your Commercial Property.

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect your HVAC system; if any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it right away. You will want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business’ HVAC is bright!

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:

Regularly:

  • Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month
  • Replace air filters at least every 90 days
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

Annually:

  • Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
  • Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
  • Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture

Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.

The team at SERVPRO of McAllen is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Call us today at (956) 631-0348

Some Warning Signs of Fire Damage Issues in the RGV.

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Wall Plug Caught in Flames Whether the fire damage stems from an electrical issue or started in a different way, team SERVPRO has you covered. Call today.

Something that no homeowner expects to happen is a fire, but this is often an unfortunate and tragic event. Few emergencies are as catastrophic and costly as a house fire, but it can help to hire trained professionals to assist with the restoration process. 

To address fire damage in McAllen, you can trust our team at SERVPRO. We have trained restoration professionals that work hard to clean the soot and smoke left behind after a fire. Rather than immediately removing your walls and other materials, we formulate a plan to do our best to clean everything using a range of tools, agents, and trusted methods. 

Surface Cleaning

Spraying and wiping most surfaces is often the first order of business when our SERVPRO technicians start the cleanup process. Water or cleaning agents can be used to help break down any fire damage residues that are left behind. Another option is foam cleaning on materials where the color could run, including drapes, curtains, and upholstery. 

Absorption Cleaning

In the event that there are items in the home that are too fragile to be cleaned with water or cleaners that are solvent-based, absorption techniques can be used. SERVPRO technicians put down a layer of fine powder that helps to absorb and pull up residue so that it can be vacuumed away without causing surface damage. The same cleaning powder is also beneficial for use on porous surfaces, including marble, concrete, and brick.

Immersion Cleaning

Whenever fragility or color fastness is not an issue, our technicians can immerse items in an ultrasonic cleaning tank that helps to break down residues for easier removal. This tool uses sound waves to create agitation that forces bubbles over surfaces and throughout woven fabrics. Due to the nature of the immersion cleaning process, it is usually used after all other cleaning methods are exhausted. 

These and other methods are waiting whenever you need help with fire damage restoration. To set a team into action, give us a call at (956) 631-0348. We can send our technicians out to your location as soon as possible to get started.

Fire Damaged Homes DO Need Odor Removal and Restoration.

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Clouds in The Sky Call SERVPRO to Remove Odors after a Fire in Your McAllen Home!

Drying Out and Deodorization are Essential Parts of Fire Damage Mitigation

Performing mitigation services to help restore damaged homes in McAllen includes different approaches to the harm a home or business sustains. Two of these steps focus on the secondary results from the event.

McAllen homes that sustain fire damage often end up with standing water and the presence of foul odors. Both of these problems require mitigation, in addition to the extraction of fire-damaged materials and belongings. SERVPRO technicians must remove all of the water used in extinguishing the flames, and also destroy the odors that pervade a residence after a fire. Smells come from the soot that spread, burnt materials, and the water, as well. Steam produced when water hits anything burning also creates a powerful odor by carrying pungent particulates.

 
We use machines that efficiently pull water out of your home by eliminating water vapor and moisture from the air and absorbent materials. Fans, desiccant machines, and moisture-trapping heated extraction units restore normal dry conditions quickly. Removing such moisture keeps areas of your residence that remained directly unaffected by fire damage from sustaining damage from the water. Microbial infestation and other secondary water damage types can occur in homes that do not receive such desiccation treatments after fire damage.
 
Air scrubber, outfitted with HEPA and charcoal filters remove still-airborne soot particles, keeping the air clean and odor-free while we work. Restoration of a healthy indoor air quality is crucial for the well-being of occupants. These machines further protect a home after fire damage from the additional risk of exposure to mold spores that quickly flourish after exposure to water used in firefighting efforts. To finish odor control efforts, we often choose to use thermal fogging for its strength in penetrating areas directly invaded by smoke during a fire. We use agents that bind chemically to soot particles and make them too heavy to re-enter the home's air currents and become noticed as bad odors. During the actual work, we can also place hydroxyl generators to neutralize foul odors.
 
SERVPRO of McAllen works with residents in the R.G.V, in mitigating fire damage in homes and other residential properties. Contact us to help restore your dwelling by calling (956) 631-0348. Our service line is answered 24/7 throughout the year.

Problems Caused By Flood Damage That A McAllen Property Might Experience

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Rain Fall We are Here to Help Make damage caused by a storm "Like it never even happened"!

Weather-related damages that a McAllen home might suffer range from slight warping of framed screens or missing shingles on a roof to massive flooding throughout the entire home. Various events can cause flooding in our area, but we help many homeowners when they encounter such disastrous circumstances.

Valley homes can suffer flood damage whenever nearby bodies of water overflow.


SERVPRO can help your family, and your home, after any type of flooding event. Flood damage requires a proper and prompt response to prevent the spread of destruction and disease. Our employees receive extensive training that results in the attainment of IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). These certificates ensure that our technicians know and understand how a flood can affect your home, and the proper mitigation methods to use to rectify the damage.

No matter where the water came from, we can get it removed and restore your home's dryness once again. Working as a team, we work as quickly as possible to

    •    clear your home of debris (pathogens to mud, sand, and silt to larger items)

    •    remove materials that we cannot restore (carpets and warped or buckling materials)

    •    sanitize your home's surfaces

    •    combat the development of odors.

We must remove anything that can hold moisture from your home. Moisture allows microbes to flourish, and this can cause severe problems for your family home. Soil and mud, as well as carpeting, padding, drywall, insulation, and other now-saturated materials, can all create the perfect environment for mold, mildew, bacteria and other pathogens. Removing these items removes the water and these microorganisms' chance to thrive. Other items, such as broken shards of glass, twisted metal, and broken boards, can pose safety risks.

After we begin restoring the dryness your home requires, we can concentrate on sanitizing your home. Wiping down surfaces, including walls and shelves and removing caked and dried on mud around door frames makes your home ready for your return. Deodorizing the living area, so you do not experience the dank smell that many floods leave behind helps your family quickly recover from the flooding event and move forward. Our goal is to help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of McAllen has the dedicated professionals who can restore your home after any degree of flood damage. SERVPRO is always available to answer your call at our local number. Contact us, 24/7, 365 days a year, at (956) 631-0348, for our 24-hour, round-the-clock services.

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How Applied Structural Drying Can Help to Heal Storm Damage in RGV Properties

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Homes Drying is Key after Flooding. Call SERVPRO of McAllen Quickly to Help avoid secondary damages.

Perla Chapa ~ Marketing Support Coordinator.

Complete Drying can Help to Prevent Secondary Damage

The term Applied Structural Drying refers to one of the most sophisticated methods used by modern water damage restorers. It provides a non-evasive form of drying after structural components in a home have been compromised by flooding.

A series of highly specialized tools are used, in a sequential manner, to extract the moisture from materials like drywall and return them back to their original condition. A.S.D (Applied Structural Cleaning) is critical because it allows homeowners to recover from storm damage in R.G.V properties and keep the cost of water damage low by salvaging as much as possible.

This guide to the four key stages of Applied Structural Drying will explain why it is a powerful weapon in the fight against storm damage.

Extraction

The first stage of A.S.D is always straightforward and complete extraction. If you choose to work with the experts at SERVPRO, you’ll benefit from a fast and speedy response. We understand that the longer standing water remains, the more destructive it gets. So, our technicians will start packing up pumps and heading out to your location as soon as we’ve taken your call. The pumps are powerful and can remove liquid at a surprisingly rapid rate.

Evaporation by Airflow

The next stage is to bring in industrial air movers and high powered fans. These machines are placed around the damp area and circulate clean, dry air throughout the space. In some cases, the carpet is lifted, in order to dry out sub flooring materials.

Evaporation by Dehumidifiers

Any vapor or moisture in the air is then captured with the use of dehumidifying devices. These machines circulate the heavy, wet air and direct it over specific ‘collection’ components. The water molecules are either cooled until they become liquid again (and can be contained) or they are passed into a silica gel desiccant.

Temperature Regulation

This final stage doesn’t actually represent the end of the A.S.D process. It occurs throughout. The SERVPRO technicians must work hard to maintain an optimal temperature in the rooms where the dehumidifiers and air movers are placed. Some machines operate most efficiently under certain conditions and they are sustained while drying is being carried out. A portion of your home may need to be sectioned off and contained in order to achieve this.

If you would like to learn more about the tools and machines used for storm damage restoration, you can easily get in touch with our team. They have spent years dealing with both minor and very severe cases of water damage. SERVPRO of McAllen is based in your area, so we are the best choice for emergency repairs. Call 24/7 at (956) 631-0348.

A Swift Response Is Crucial When Dealing With Fire Damage In Your McAllen Property

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

ceiling of a home affected with remaining Soot from a fire. We are faster to any size disaster!

A Quick Response To Fire Damage Helps Contain The Scope And Size Of Property Loss

9/25/2019

Perla Chapa - Marketing Coordinator 

Fire is unpredictable, and it can strike your property at any time. Dealing with fire and smoke damage can be an emotionally overwhelming and devastating experience. Fires ruin the things they come into contact with. They also cause secondary destruction from smoke odor, soot residues, and the water used to extinguish the fire. Therefore, you need to clean up your property as soon as you can.

Some problems that can occur if you allow smoke and soot to remain on specific structures and contents of your home include permanent discoloration, staining, and etching. After a fire damages your  property, it is advisable to hire restoration professionals to perform the cleanup since this process can be daunting. SERVPRO offers fire restoration services around the clock, and we can clean up your property so you can concentrate on recovering from the event. The fire and smoke damage restoration services we offer include:

Structural cleaning
We inset the affected structures to determine the degree of damage and then use specific equipment and cleaning products to clean and protect the different surfaces in your home. We use state of the art cleaning techniques like dry ice blasting, sanding, and H.E.P.A.vacuuming.

Contents cleaning
It is possible to salvage and restore many items that a fire has not destroyed directly. We can clean and restore items with smoke damage. Our crew inspects the contents of a house to determine the most appropriate cleaning methods. We provide both dry and wet cleaning.

Demolition
Most times, we can clean up structures that soot has destroyed. However, in cases of severe charring, demolition is necessary. Our technicians remove the parts of a house that a fire has ruined like walls, cabinets, and flooring.

Deodorization
Our SERVPRO technicians often use various strategies to remove odors from a home. We can use pairing agents, which are chemicals that combine with odor particles to deal with bad scents. We also use equipment like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and hydroxyl generators to eliminate odors present in a building.

Pack-outs
We itemize and inventory the fire-damaged contents of a house and take them to our facilities for cleaning and restoration. We maintain accuracy when packing, tagging, and listing contents. We also deliver your inventory after it has been cleaned and restored 

After a fire damage emergency, a fast response is critical. SERVPRO of McAllen has trained technicians who can respond to your fire loss with compassion and competency. Contact us at (956) 631-0348 for restoration services.