How to avoid flooding during a storm
While water damage is typically associated with events like flooding or plumbing malfunctions, heavy rain can also cause its own set of issues regarding water damage around the house.
While any level of moisture can cause damage, heavy rain is considered rainfall at rates over 0.3 inches per hour and can work its way into much smaller vulnerabilities in your home. To help you better prepare and avoid water damage, we have put together a list of how these rapid rainfall rates can cause issues.
How Heavy Rains Cause Household Water Damage
Backup of clogged gutters
Clogged gutters can cause significant damage to your home after heavy rains. If there is debris in the gutters, it will be difficult for water to drain away, which can then result in leaks from puddles as the water is left standing against the roofline.
Leaks around windows and doors
Windows and doors are supposed to be sealed against the elements, but as their weatherproofing ages, it can deteriorate as well. When heavy rains roll through, water can find its way into minuscule cracks and cause damages.
Poor drainage around the foundation
If your home is at the bottom of a hill or does not have adequate drainage around the foundation, heavy rains can build up against the base of your home and lead to leaks in your basement or crawl spaces.
Leaks in and around the roof
Roof leaks are one of the leading consequences of heavy rains, and they can sneak up suddenly. All it takes is for a shingle to be scraped away or a weak spot to form and rainwater can begin seeping in as it falls.
Malfunctioning of a sump pump system
For homes with sump pumps, doing regular maintenance and checking for issues is key—otherwise, the pump system can get overwhelmed and will not be able to effectively move water away from the home.
Leaks around chimneys and skylights
Houses with chimneys and skylights tend to be more vulnerable to heavy rains than homes without them. While they are nice features to have, the seals where they meet with the roof can grow vulnerable over time and become overwhelmed when rainfall is heavy.
Remember to stay safe and get excess water cleaned up professionally to minimize the chance of mold growth. Our Team at SERVPRO of East Mission/South Edinburg is ready to assist at a moment's notice with any of your water mitigation emergencies. Give our team a call at (956)585-3433.
Protect Your Business With Our Help
Your Problem Is Our Solution
When natural disasters happen suddenly without warning, it can be tough as a business owner to know what steps to take. Today we’re providing you with a couple of tips to ensure that you’re not left unprepared if your business is victim of a disaster.
First – Protect your workers!
Talk with each employee to ensure they know just what to do if a disaster hits during work hours. Plan evacuation routes, emergency shelter areas, and have regular drills to practice your safety plans.
Secondly – Secure your Assets!
Protect your facilities, equipment, and more by contacting us to see what we can do for you in case of disaster. Back up data and software regularly, and maintain an up-to-date inventory of all equipment.
Third – Remember Us!
Keep SERVPRO of McAllen's contact information handy so you can get back to work as soon as possible following the disaster. SERVPRO of McAllen is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of McAllen has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Whether it be small offices or large restaurants, we can help with it all. We’re available 24/7 to get your business back up and running. Have Questions? Call us today at (956) 631-0348!
Need a Cleaning? Get SERVPRO Clean!
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of McAllen for prompt service.
Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.
SERVPRO of McAllen offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:
Learning The Many Types Of Water
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.
There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, are objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure, air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. SERVPRO’s network of more than 1,700 Franchises is ready to help in the event a fire, water, or mold loss occurs
- Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners in North America. Don’t leave your property to chance.
Causes Of Drain Issues Stated From Plumbers
As a homeowner you should never underestimate the seriousness of drainage issues. Plumbers have weighed in and have given their expert opinion on what causes these issues and some tips on how to avoid them. Here are the four things to look for.
- Recurring Clogs- If a clog returns, chances are that there is a deeper clog.
- Multiple Clogged drains-If you have several clogged drains, you may have a clog in your main drain.
- Foul odor-Persistent sewer odors coming from your drain or drains can be a major sign of a drainage issue.
- Flooding-One of the worst problems associated with clog drains is sewage backup. Getting a professional on the site as soon as you can will help you avoid a big problem.
Routine maintenance is key to keeping those drains open. Use drain catchers or less toilet paper. Also make sure that you run plenty of water into the garbage disposal after use. Just those few things help a lot. If you ever do have water damage, call SERVPRO of McAllen with your water needs. We will be there to clean up the mess those clogged drains made.
Lightning Storm Safety Tips!
Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips:
- Have a safety plan, and cancel or postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
- If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects (this includes electric wires, fences, etc). Seek shelter in a substantial building, or a fully enclosed vehicle.
- If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone, and consider unplugging computers, power tools, and television sets. Lighting may strike exterior electric or phone lines, and send jolts of electricity to inside equipment.
If a storm has damaged your house and you need help cleaning or repairing the interior or exterior of your home, don't hesitate to give us a call. You can reach SERVPRO of McAllen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (956) 631-0348.
Storm Roof Damage? SERVPRO of McAllen can help!
Our technicians at SERVPRO of McAllen, are always ready to help! Heavy rains and strong winds can accompany just about any storm and they can cause a ton of storm damage. Winds pick up debris and move it through the are sometimes landing in power lines and or on top of houses. Rain floods homes that sit low and can make things really messy really quick!
We recently had a strong storm which prompted our SERVPRO of McAllen crews to be dispatched to help one resident with a huge tree branch that fell through the roof of his house giving him a very unwelcome skylight!
SERVPRO of McAllen came in and packed out all of the residents belongings then did a major cleaning of the residence. We arranged for roofers to come in and repair the roof and our crew packed all of the residents belongings back inside the home once all repairs had been completed/cleaned.
If you have had storm damage in the McAllen area and need help, call our office @ (956) 631- 0348.
What is the Best Way to Restore Fire Damaged Cabinets?
Cabinet Restoration for Kitchen Fire Damage in your Home
Leaving a stove unattended in your kitchen can be a prime cause of house fire. High temperatures can result in animal fats or other forms of grease to ignite, resulting in rapid naked flames, which can damage both the stove as well as the immediate surrounding area. Often you may see severe blackening on the ceiling directly above the stove as well as soot or smoke residues on cabinets. Since hot smokes seek out cooler areas, there is a strong chance that interior cabinets may become soiled with smoke damages.
The impact of kitchen fire damage in your home is likely to concentrate on appliances and fittings in the immediate vicinity. Removing these soots can be tricky without the requisite experience in dealing with different types of material and different types of smoke. Heat and pressure may also wear away finishes both on appliances and cabinet. These can then expose surfaces to soots, which can become ingrained. SERVPRO technicians recommend that homeowners not repair, clean, or restore the surfaces and walls before an inspection by professionals.
While SERVPRO promise to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss, many homeowners may attempt to repair some damages themselves. We recommend that you lay down any protective sheeting like tarpaulin or old bed linen on surfaces and floors in the affected area. This process can help to prevent falling soots from causing damage. Minimizing foot traffic in the affected area may also be a useful consideration for homeowners while awaiting professional assistance.
In performing kitchen fire damage restoration, the first task of our restorers is to decide which items are salvageable and which are not. The outer layers of your cabinets may become charred beyond repair, in which case SERVPRO technicians may need to remove and dispose of the offending areas. Other aspects of a fitting may respond well to restoration. SERVPRO technicians can use sandblasting equipment to remove surface layers and embedded soots before re-finishing the surface appropriately. We always conduct pre-testing of materials before cleaning solutions, or other chemicals are applied to avoid causing further harm.
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Quick, Effective, and Friendly Local Water Removal Services
Many potential situations could happen in your home that may lead to needing professional water removal services. It is nothing to be ashamed of; it happens to many people every day. Accidents happen. What is important is how you quickly you can respond to the water damage. After all, it is imperative to clean up a spill of any kind swiftly to avoid future problems.
Imagine a scenario where the sink in your bathroom suddenly begins to leak and leaves your home in desperate need of local water removal services. It is essential to know where the water shut-off is in your home, in case a situation like this was ever to occur. Imagine how much worse the standing water in your bathroom would be if it took you significant time to turn off the water.
Promptly calling for professional help is also important to prevent other problems from occurring, such as the growth of a mold colony. At SERVPRO, we understand how imperative it is to arrive at your home in a timely manner. For this reason, we can gather a team of our highly certified water damage restoration technicians (WRT) and send them to your location as quickly as possible. Our technicians use advanced equipment and can walk you through the process of remediation step by step, keeping you informed the entire time we work in your home.
Once inside of your home, our SERVPRO WRT could quickly bring wet/dry vacuums and extractors to your bathroom to clean up the standing water damage. You may think that our job might be done once the puddle is gone, but that isn't necessarily true. To help ensure that water damage doesn't set in, SERVPRO can use dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers to ensure that any excess moisture in your bathroom is removed, especially from the floor tiles. Once finished, we can return your bathroom to you, "Like it never even happened."
Our Certified Technicians Have The Experience To Service Your McAllen Home
How We Train for Mold Remediation in McAllen Homes
Addressing mold growth in your home should not be something that you leave to chance or to the inexperienced handymen that you might designate for other repairs and upkeep. As tempting as it might be to save yourself some money and work on removing mold colonies yourself, many lack the expertise and extensive training available to our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) obtaining their endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)
Choosing among the professional teams in the area might not be as challenging as you might think, as many have built their names on false claims like mold removal instead of mold remediation for RGV properties. We have an honest approach to the way that we do business, and our SERVPRO professionals cannot and do not remove all mold from your home, because mold spores exist naturally in nearly every environment. These microorganisms only become a threat when dampness feeds these spores and allows them to root themselves into organic materials in the immediate area.
While the process takes up to 72 hours to complete, mold damage can often go unnoticed in its earliest stages, leaving homeowners contending with a much more substantial situation once colonies eventually get discovered. The education of our technicians involves the best approaches for removing active colonization, including our line of potent antimicrobial solutions, media blasting, sanding, and lastly, controlled demolition. Removing colonization is only part of the solution, however.
Our technicians must also address the moisture and dampness concerns that allowed for mold organism production in the first place. Between our team of general contractors and our experienced SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), we can provide immediate solutions to dampness and moisture concerns, including plumbing repair, reconstruction, and rapid drying for lingering water loss effects.