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Keep Your Home Or Business Safe & Clean With Expert Mold Damage Repair

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keep Your Home Or Business Safe & Clean With Expert Mold Damage Repair Mold can spread throughout your home, Get it removed quickly as possible.

Mold is well known for causing respiratory & other health issues if you are exposed to it constantly in your home or business.When this is the case and the damages are deeper than the surface level, mold growth can also lead to structural and safety issues.In some cases, mold can't always be seen spreading throughout your home of business. Mold can quickly start to affect your home or business after a flood or major water damage, so Its always safe to have your home inspected after any water loss and get mold removed from your home or business as quickly as possible to avoid the health risks and safety issues mold can cause.

Taking care of mold damage can be difficult and dangerous especially if you don't know what to expect or don't have any experience getting rid of mold. Its best if you leave it to a professional with mold damage repair experience because they have the knowledge & skills needed to remedy the problem completely.

If you are in need of any mold damage repair, Call SERVPRO Of McAllen today, We are the restoration company you can trust!

Telling signs that you need mold removal services

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Telling signs that you need mold removal services In home water damage mold.

Discovering mold can be very stressful. Once mold has started to grow, it spreads aggressively. Since mold grows very quickly, you need to be highly observant of what's happening in your home. 

Actually seeing mold growth is always a telling sign that you need mold removal services. However, it may be hard to spot sometimes, so its important to know what you're looking for.

  • If your home has recently had flooding caused by a broken pipe appliance, of excessive rain, there is a chance of mold growth. This is especially true if you did not have professional services come to clean up the flooding.

Pay attention so that you'll notice these telling signs of mold growth as early as possible. This will help you avoid serious mold issues & keep your home safe & healthy for you & your family!

Benefits Of Fall Office Cleaning.

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Benefits Of Fall Office Cleaning. Air duct fall cleaning from SERVPRO.

While the warm and inviting summer season is drawing to an end, looking forward to crisp autumn air is right around the corner. If your office building has an abundance of dust and dirt that was trapped in throughout the summer months, now is the time to think about fall office cleaning. Here are a few benefits of having your office professionally cleaned before the winter months settle in.

Refresh Tile And Grout

If you happen to have tile entryway in your office, this area can take a real hit when it comes to foot traffic from employees and customers. If your tile and grout is not sealed, the entire porous surface attracts dirt and soil. This means that stains can settle down deep into the grout lines and the sheen from the tile can wear off overtime. To replenish the look and create a cleaner work space, Request professional tile and grout cleaning from SERVPRO Of McAllen. We use special cleaning solutions that get your tile looking squeaky clean. After the floor is dried, we finish off by adding a sealer to keep your floor looking like-new for months to come.

Improve Overall Air Quality

Over the summer months, there's a good chance that windows and doors may have been left open. While the breeze helps to bring some fresh air in, It also attracts pollen, airborne viruses, smoke and other organic allergens that can cause respiratory issues. Having air ducts in your office cleaned regularly will result to a cleaner work space to work and breathe in. Getting your air ducts cleaned also helps to remove airborne pathogen, dust, and dirt that has made its way into the office space. Adding an air purifier to your building can also help with removing air impurities and dust. SERVPRO Of McAllen also provides services for commercial and residential duct cleaning.

Restore Carpeting Appearance   

Carpeting can also take a beating in your office space. Heavy traffic along with dirt and spills can leave the carpeting looking dull and worn. Rejuvenate tired carpet by having your carpets cleaned professionally using SERVPRO'S carpet cleaning solutions. We offer a variety of different cleaning methods depending on the type of carpet you have. we use solution's that reach all the way down into carpet fibers and targets the tough stains and dirt. The solution is then extracted, leaving a dry surface that lifts up carpet fibers, giving the carpet a like-new appearance, and also stays cleaner longer and stains resist returning.

Remove Upholstery odor

For couches and chairs that see consistent traffic on a day to day basis, dirt build up is expected. The pros at SERVPRO Of McAllen will use green cleaning agents during their office cleaning to tackle the tough stains and odors on your upholstery. This helps to restore the overall appearance of your furniture and provides a stain resistance to future wear and tear.

Work In A Sick Office? Sick Building Syndrome Is Real

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Work In A Sick Office? Sick Building Syndrome Is Real Sick building syndrome is real.

During cold and flu season, your workplace may seem filled with people who cannot stop sniffling and sneezing. Whether they caught a flu bug, are reacting to dust from the heating system, or are showing symptoms from what has been labeled “sick building syndrome,” Your workplace deserves a proper cleaning to make sure germs are not spreading. Here is what you can do to stop a sick office this flu season.

How Sick Building Syndrome Happens

“Sick Building Syndrome” Is a phenomenon occurring when many people in a workplace experience health problems but there are no exact causes identified. These complaints may be tied to a single room or come from people working throughout the building. Needless to say, any situation creating discomfort for people in the workplace will eat away at productivity, increase absenteeism, and may affect your company’s bottom line.

Chemicals outside the building entering the workplace (vehicle exhaust, plumbing vents) may cause these problems. Contaminants from indoor sources including copy machines, cleaning solutions, and upholstery can cause office sickness as well. Biological pollutants such as bacteria, mold, and viruses may also be at the root of the discomfort. Proper commercial cleaning can help reduce the impact of these workplace pollutants as long as heavy chemicals are not involved in the process.

Avoiding A Sick Office On Flu Season

While you cannot control vehicles idling outside your building or block a neighbor’s plumbing vents, you can make sure your office is clean to prevent the spread of illness and reduce respiratory problems. SERVPRO Of McAllen uses a cleaning system that removes the soils in carpets, office furniture, and desktops. In addition to floor and surface cleaning, SERVPRO Of McAllen also provides duct cleaning and solutions for water damage that leads to mold. You cannot guarantee that you can avoid “sick building syndrome” by removing the majority of soils, but it is your best bet for a healthy work place environment.

Hidden threats like stagnant water in air ducts, damaged carpets breeding bacteria, and soaked insulation are capable of producing mold and other harmful bacteria. Choosing the green cleaning system from SERVPRO allow you to address these problems without inviting bacteria and dirt back into your carpets after cleaning. By employing a no-residue cleaning method, carpets stay clean longer than they do from steam cleaning. In addition, your team won’t have to worry about cleaning chemicals making office air difficult to breathe. SERVPRO delivers chemical-free cleaning with superior results!

Home Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Prevention & Safety Tips Fire safety awareness,

Fire safety is of very critical importance. Reason being is because fires can strike anywhere at anytime! SERVPRO of McAllen would like to provide you with some of the top tips for fire safety to help prevent a fire from happening in your own home to keep you, and your family safe.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas to alert you in case of any fire that's happening inside your home.
  • Test smoke alarms EVERY month! This is very important.
  • Make a fire escape plan, and practice the plan at least twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP right away.

Prevent a fire from happening in your home by:

  • Inspecting heating sources in your home.
  • ALWAYS keep the stove and oven clear, and never leave the kitchen unattended while stove or oven is on.
  • Maintain cords. Whenever you have finished using any appliance, make sure to unplug the appliance.
  • Store flammable products properly.
  • Be very cautious with candles. Turn them off after you have finished using it. NEVER leave a candle on overnight.

STAY SAFE! From your friends at SERVPRO Of McAllen.

3 Ways To Escape From A Fire.

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Ways To Escape From A Fire. SERVPRO Fire Escape Plan.

Remember to always think ahead by Being prepared, having a plan, and practicing that plan. these are essential to escaping a fire. Craft your plan by taking into account your home's particular layout and your household members. Let's look into the 3 different ways you can escape from a fire: 

  1. Have an escape plan and practice it.

Start off by developing a fire escape plan and making sure everyone in your household knows what to do in case of a fire. Your plan should include all available exits from each room, and routes that lead from the room to a safe, open-air space. Be sure to designate a meeting space away from your home.

  • It's important that your exit routes do not lead to a closed-in area that would prevent being able to escape.
  • Make sure that everyone in your household knows how to unlock or unlatch any doors, windows, gates, or fences.
  • Practice your escape plan every 2 months.

     2. Plan Around The Abilities Of Everyone in Your Household.

When making an escape plan, Take any handicaps or abilities into account. If you of someone in your household depend on glasses or hearing aids, and will need them in order to find their way out, make sure they're always on a nightstand or other easy access spots.

  • It's best for anyone mobility issues to sleep on the ground level of a multi-story home.
  • Contact your local fire services non-emergency number and tell them about anyone in your household with special needs that should be kept on file.

     3. Stay Low And Crawl To An Exit To Avoid Smoke Inhalation. 

Stay as low to the ground as possible while you swiftly make your way to the nearest exit, Especially if there is smoke in the area you're located. Smoke inhalation can cause you to lose consciousness, and the freshest air will be closest to the group since smoke, and toxic chemicals rise. In addition, staying low below the smoke will increase your ability to clearly see your escape plan.

Remediation After The Storm

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediation After The Storm This home was affected by storm damage.

Severe storms, Overflowing rivers, Coastal flooding, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, Irma, ad nauseum. These days it seems as if the news is always carrying some story or another about our unpredictable weather and its disastrous after-effects. Whether or not climate change is the root cause of all these natural disasters, is debatable. However, what is not debatable are the astonishing costs that these bad weather incidents wreak on the US economy.

Safety First!

Whether the levee breaks or a storm surge inundates our customer’s house or office, flooding can quickly overwhelm the best maintained water purification and sewage disposal systems, which often results in garbage, assorted waste even toxic waste sites, and stored chemicals that end up finding their way onto your client’s property. While it’s true that the majority of most floods do not cause serious outbreaks of infectious disease or chemical poisonings, they can trigger sickness in those who come in contact with contaminated floodwaters probably you and Our workers. For instance, floodwater often contains infectious organisms, including intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A Virus, and agents of typhoid, paratyphoid and tetanus, so it is very important That you contact SERVPRO Of McAllen Immediately so that service can be started in your home or business as soon as possible.

Before Starting Clean-Up

Here are a few Tips before beginning actual Clean-Up.

  • Open all doors and windows when you are working and leave as many open as is safe when you leave.
  • Open inside doors, especially closets and interior rooms, to let air flow to all areas. Take doors off their hinges if you need to.
  • Open kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity doors; remove drawers, wipe them clean, and stack them to dry.
  • If, and only if, your electrical is safe to use, use fans and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture.

Once Remediation (clean-Up) Has Begun

Here is where we come to save the day no job is too big or too difficult for us here at SERVPRO, we have seen it all.! Once our SERVPRO employees have begun clean up, The most important thing that we do first for your health and safety is DESINFECT! We gather any important documents that have been affected by the storm damage and get them back into their condition "like it never even happened"! after we have taken out and re boxed all important documents we clean up everything and anything from your home from upholstery to textiles as well! We have a variety of disinfecting sprays and products that are very affective that act as both an insecticide and fungicide. We take time to treat all affected areas because here at SERVPRO of McAllen, your health and well being is important to us.

Recovery After The Storm

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recovery After The Storm Arriving to a home after storm damage.

Being Affected by storm damage can be very devastating and cause you a lot of stress and worry, But what if I were to tell you that relying on an emergency and disaster response team can save you the hassle of finding equipment and a support services?

If you have been affected by storm damage, then you might want to consider SERVPRO of McAllen. We have a 24-hour emergency service that specializes in Clean-Up, Restoration, and remediation as well.

Today, I'd like to cover the following applications available for cleaning up after a storm:

  • Emergency Dewatering
  • Remediation and Restoration

Emergency Dewatering:

When a hurricane hits or any other storm that can cause some water damage to occur, water can seem endless. SERVPRO of McAllen has High Performance pump products and pump accessories that can help de-water your site. SERVPRO can help you identify the correct equipment, design plan, and maintenance options for all emergency pumping needs That we provide to help make that stress go away.

Remediation and Restoration.

After being hit with a storm, it’s critical to get your home, facility, and/or community building back to its entirety as soon as possible. The equipment SERVPRO most often uses in an emergency includes: generators, pumps, aerial work platforms, vacuums, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers. Our staff is highly trained and ready for any remediation and restoration service situation.

Hurricane Safety Tips

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are powerful storms that can cause considerable damage to homes, buildings, and even entire communities and for those living in the Southern and Eastern U.S., there is a consistent threat of a hurricane for much of the year.  Hurricane season lasts from the earliest days of spring to late in the fall and it is very important for those that live in hurricane prone areas to always be ready for the possibility of a storm.  This includes preparing your home just before hurricane season, and knowing what to do before, after, and during a hurricane to keep yourself and your family safe.  Below are some important hurricane safety tips that can protect you, your family, and your property throughout the hurricane season.

Early Preparation and Supplies

Hurricane safety should be taken seriously from the very beginning of hurricane season to ensure that your family and property are prepared.  It is important to know the evacuation routes in your area in case you have to evacuate, especially if your home is near the coast.  You should also have your home inspected to ensure that it is up to code to handle the strong winds of a hurricane.  Perhaps the most important preparation for hurricane season is putting together a supply kit so you and your family have everything you need to make it through the storm.  A hurricane supply kit should include the following:

1.-Non-perishable foods such as soups, cereal, and dry goods as well as a can opener

2.-Blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags

3.-Flashlight and batteries

4.-Gallons of water

5.-Toiletries such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc.

6.-Family prescriptions and first-aid kits

7.-Important documents such as birth certificates, credit cards, social security cards, etc.

8.-Tools

Hurricane Watch Or Warning

When a hurricane watch or warning is issued in your area, you must immediately go on alert.  At this stage, you should make sure your supply kit is in order and take steps to board up your home while you still have time.  You and your family should also be ready to evacuate along the planned evacuation route if residents in your area are advised to do so.  You can effectively board up and prepare your home with the following steps:

1.-Turn off the water, electricity, and gas

2.-Lock all windows and doors

3.-Draw drapes and close blinds

4.-Secure loose, outside objects such as furniture, lawn decorations, potted plants, etc.

5.-Board up your windows with plywood boards that are ¾ inch thick or thicker

6.-Secure your doors with head and foot bolts and use straps or clips to contain your walls and     roof.

Impending Storm

If a hurricane has become imminent in your area, your home should be boarded up and your supplies should be available in case you need them.  You should also pay attention to local weather reports to stay updated on the progress of the storm.  It is best for your family to take shelter in the most secure area of your home as it might be too late by this point to safely evacuate.  If you are forced to evacuate before the storm hits, make sure you follow these steps:

1.-Leave as soon as possible to avoid traveling when the storm hits. Keep in mind that many others in your area may be evacuating at the same time.

2.-Make sure you leave with your entire family and have your hurricane safety kit ready to go.

3.-Take your cell phones to keep in constant contact with your family through the evacuation.

4.-You may need to make special accommodations for your pets because many shelters do not allow animals.

Eye of the Storm

1.-Do not leave the secure room

2.-Avoid going near windows

3.-Get weather updates from the radio, TV, or internet

4.-Have your supplies ready for use

5.-Do not be fooled by the eye of the storm, stay in your home as the storm will continue.

Aftermath and Returning Home

If you spent the storm taking shelter in your home, you should remain inside until the hurricane has passed completely.  If your family was forced to evacuate, make sure the municipal government has deemed it safe to return as floods, mud slides, downed power lines, property damage, and other resulting disasters can continue to make the area dangerous after the storm.  It is just as important to exercise safety precautions in the aftermath of a hurricane as it is during the storm and it may take a while for your home or area to return to normal.  In the meantime, try to stay safe in your home and use your emergency supplies if necessary.

Hurricanes vary widely in strength and have the potential to cause all types of problems from damage to your home to widespread flooding and destruction that can disrupt entire communities.  Following these safety tips will help you keep your family and your property safe in the event of a hurricane.  If you experience significant property damage as the result of a hurricane, make sure you call SERVPRO immediately to help repair the damage.  We professionals., will stabilize your home or building to prevent further damage and repair the home quickly so you can resume your normal life.

Signs of a Water Leak Behind The Walls

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

There are many potential causes of water damage in your home.  Some sources of water damage, such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups, are obvious and homeowners notice them right away.  However, there are some sources of water damage that are much more difficult to detect such as water leaks behind walls.  Homeowners typically do not notice hidden leaks until they have already caused a considerable amount of damage.

Regardless of the source, it is crucial to react to water damage immediately.  The damage caused by excess water or moisture will continue to spread and get worse until the source of the water is repaired and the affected materials are dried and restored.  Hidden water leaks behind walls can be especially dangerous because the water will get absorbed into flooring, drywall, and ceilings, as well as wooden support beams and sheetrock.  If given enough time, a slow leak can result in very serious structural damage that will make the restoration process longer and more expensive.  Mold is also a very serious issue that results from extensive water damage.

While water leaks behind walls happen out of view, there are often several signs that can help you detect these water leaks.  The following are common signs of water leakage behind your walls.

Musty Odors

The flaking paint and damaged baseboard are signs of a hidden water leak.

Excess water or moisture can create a musty smell when it gets absorbed into building materials like sheetrock, wood or drywall.  Wall cavities affected by water damage are vulnerable to mold growth which also has a pungent musty odor.  If there is a strong musty smell near a certain area of your wall, there could be a water leak or mold growth behind it.

Mold on Walls and Baseboards

Mold growth normally appears in areas with excess moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.  If mold appears on your walls, ceilings, or baseboards, it is very likely that there is a source of moisture behind the walls.

Visible Stains

Water from a leak within the walls will get absorbed in the drywall and sheetrock which will cause a noticeable stain.  If the stains on your wall continue to get bigger, this is usually a good indication that there is a hidden plumbing leak.

Paint or Wallpaper Peeling

Too much moisture behind the walls can eventually cause paint and wallpaper to start peeling.  This normally happens when the sheetrock behind the wall has absorbed too much water.  Check for separation in the wallpaper along the seams or flaking paint to help locate a hidden water leak.

Warping Walls

When the sheetrock behind a wall absorbs too much water, it will bend and curve which causes the wall to warp.  If there is warping on your walls, this is a clear indication of a water leak.

Stained or Buckled Ceilings and Floors

If the sheetrock has absorbed too much water or moisture, it can affect the connected ceilings and floors.  Check your floors and ceilings for signs of stains and buckling and if you notice a problem, check the nearby walls for signs of water damage.

Testing for Hidden Water Leaks

The signs discussed above are normally indicative of a hidden water leak, but it can be difficult to know for sure if you have a hidden leak from these signs alone.  If you find some of the signs of a hidden leak in your home and you want to know for sure, follow these tips to test for a hidden water leak by using your water meter.

Turn off all faucets in your home as well as appliances that use water.

Check the water meter and record the usage number.

Leave the water off for approximately 3 hours inside and outside the home.

Look at the water meter again to see the usage numbers.

If the water usage has gone up, then there is a hidden water leak.

What To do When You Find A Water Leak

A water leak behind a wall is an issue that requires immediate attention, and it is usually better left to SERVPRO.  Addressing a hidden water leak yourself involves removing the wet drywall or sheetrock and either drying out the affected materials, or replacing them.  You also must find and fix the source of the water which may be difficult to do.  By contacting SERVPRO of McAllen, you can trust that the job will be done effectively and that the technicians will handle all necessary repairs and mold removal.  Make sure to check your home regularly for signs of a hidden water leak so you can react before it causes serious damage.