The Ways Storms Create Damage
The Ways Storms Create Damage | SERVPRO® of McAllen
Severe storms can ruin anyone’s night. When you own a home, not only do you worry about the safety of your loved ones, you also wonder how your property will fare.
Most modern homes are built to withstand a good deal these days, but sometimes a wild storm will still leave behind a wake of destruction when it blows through.
Thunderstorms can bring heavy winds, lightning and hail, snowstorms can carry freezing rains, and flash floods can happen year-round. No matter the season, there is always the potential for your property to end up damaged and the structure of your home to be threatened.
While sometimes what happens in a severe weather event comes down to just plain old luck, there are a few factors to consider when looking at your risks. The type of storm moving in, the general geography of your location, the landscaping around your house and even the construction materials your home is built with will all play a role in the damages you may receive.
Our Texas weather may be a nice treat to anyone who doesn’t like the cold, but living in this area comes with the threat of strong thunderstorms, hurricane activity and tornadoes. While we all know extra prep is required in order to ride out hurricane season safely, we should be ready for severe weather throughout the year in order to best protect ourselves and our property.
When storms do roll in, if your home is damaged, be sure that a professional has declared it safe to live in. You may not think the damage you can see is that drastic, but structural damage is not always immediately visible. Always heed evacuation orders and wait to return home until you know you can safely get there.
And learn as much as you can about common types of storm damage so that you know what to do to prepare for them:
Wind becomes destructive when it reaches top speeds. Tornadoes and hurricanes will always have a threat of strong winds even for those not in the immediate path, but even a thunderstorm can blow damaging gusts of up to 100 mph.
When winds reach those kinds of speeds, they can blow small objects into vehicles and buildings. If you are sheltering at home during a storm with high winds, make sure you stay in an interior room away from walls that can be pierced or windows that can be broken by flying objects.
You can take preventive action before a storm arrives to protect your home. Clear your property of any loose limbs, rocks or other small items that could become projectiles. Remove trees if they are dying before they can be knocked over. If you have furniture outside, tether it down so it stays put during a storm.
Water damage is something we are very familiar with here, but it is also extremely common just about everywhere in the United States. Even a typical thunderstorm blowing through can dump enormous amounts of rain that can saturate soil and lead to water seeping in through doors or window seals.
If the ground takes on enough water or a flooding situation occurs, it can seep through your foundation and create structural damage from underneath your home.
With specific landscaping, you can help limit the amount of damage water can cause to your property. Create slopes that allow water to flow away from your home, and consider adding a rain garden. These are not only beautiful but are also highly effective at absorbing water before it can reach your home.
Your gutters are another important part of mitigating water damage to your property. Keep them cleaned and maintained to avoid water pooling on your roof, which can lead to leaks that damage your home from the top down.
“Impact damage” occurs when an object crashes into another object during a storm. This kind of damage can be catastrophic to your home as it typically involves fallen trees or wind blown debris. Impact damage can be caused by anything that can be picked up in the wind and makes an impact with your house or property.
This kind of damage can be avoided by trimming your trees, removing unhealthy trees from your property and limiting debris around your home.
In 2021, severe weather led to more that $145 billion in damages all around the United States. When you prepare your property, you can lower your overall risk factor, which will keep your home safe and save you money.
If your home is damaged in a storm, call SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island. Our professionals are available 24⁄7 with the experience and equipment to get your restoration started and completed faster. Call us with any disaster you face, any time.
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.
Decorating Basics for Fire Safety
Decorating Basics for Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of McAllen
Isn’t this a beautiful picture: twinkling lights, sweet smells of warm pies and gentle music playing everywhere you go? This time of year there is always something to do around here, including the evening parade, catching a concert or walking through the Christmas village at the park.
The holiday season can be pure magic, but it also can be a dangerous time for home fires.
Carefully decorate this season and take action to protect your home. Enjoy the wonder and awe of the season when you have taken the time to be fire-safe for both your loved ones and your community!Top Seasonal Hazards
On average, fire departments respond to 790 fires that start due to decorations.
Often, decorations that are placed too close to a heating source like a space heater or fireplace are to blame for blazes. Candles and decorative trees are another leading cause of fires that can leave your home with extensive damages.
If you keep a live tree in your home, water it often so it doesn’t dry out and clean up loose needles that fall around it. If an artificial tree better fits your home, ensure it has a fire-resistant tag.
If it is several years old, consider replacing it to meet the highest safety standards. Don’t plug excessive items into your outlets and turn your decorations off when you go to bed.Take Preventive Measures
You know that story that has the great line “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care? Say that over and over again while you hang decorations around your home and take care to avoid placing items close to an open flame.
Every day, there are an average of 20 home fires that start due to a candle. Blow them out when you leave the room, and burn them safely away from everything. If you have a fireplace, get it inspected and cleaned early in the season before you light it for the first time.
Any decorations for outside should be rated appropriately to be safely used in all kinds of weather. String lights need to be hung well with insulated nails so they do not fall and increase your risk of brush fires. Check local guidelines in your area for fire restrictions that may dictate outdoor safety rules, and be sure to heed them to protect your community.
Check your smoke detector’s batteries while you decorate, and be sure you have several working ones throughout your home. Talk about your emergency fire plan with everyone who may be staying with you for the season, and make note of SERVPRO’s number so you can make a quick call if your home is damaged during a fire.
Have smoke or fire damage in your house? Contact us today to get cleaned up fast.
Flood Prevention Inside the Home and Out
Flood Prevention Inside the Home and Out | SERVPRO® of McAllen
Protecting your home from flooding is important for everyone, all around the nation. Just an inch of water can mean substantial damage and can cost you a huge amount of money for repairs.
If your neighborhood isn’t one at risk for frequent floods, you may not qualify for financial assistance with your insurance or with federal sources. Therefore, any preventative measures you can take are essential.
We have seen year after year the challenges that flooding poses being so close to the Gulf. Our corner of Texas has experienced river flooding, coastal flooding and storm surges that have taken out entire neighborhoods. Take the time to check on your home’s risk factors and learn as much as you can about the risks our region faces.Protecting Your Home From the Outside
Sometimes flooding can’t be predicted, and an unexpected rain will leave yards and gutters drenched. Get your home ready from the outside in and lower the risk of damages to save on repairs.
Clean out your gutters to keep them clear of debris, sticks and leaves so water can flow away from your property. Extended downspouts are also an effective and inexpensive addition that will keep water moving in the right direction.
Organic materials like mulch can aid in protection when added near your home in a downward slope. Water will roll away from your foundation, and puddles will be avoided.
Landscaping can also be a great preventive tool and ensure that water doesn’t gather and enter into your home. Gardens are highly absorbent when heavy rains roll through. Water is pulled down into soil and roots rather than soaking your lawn and creating puddles.
There are a few upgrades to your home you could invest in for protection in all kinds of weather. Newer homes on the Island or near the coastline may already include raised electric and anchored fuel tanks, but if you are in an older home or farther away from water, adding these can offer protection when flooding occurs.
While these can cost a bit, something as simple as adding a rain barrel that collects water directly from your gutters is a cost effective way to keep water from ponding or puddling. It is also a great way to water the plants you added to your yard!Flood Protection From the Inside
A firm foundation and well-sealed basement are the best forms of protection for your home when it comes to external sources of flooding.
If your foundation is cracked, seal it. Install a sump pump in your basement or bottom floor that will pump any water out that comes in, and if your area is high-risk, spring for a battery-operated pump that will continue working even when the power goes out.
When a flood doesn’t come from outside, you can protect your house with easy home maintenance.
Pipes are one of the most common sources of water disasters in the home. Take care of pipes that have aged and be sure to stop leaks in order to prevent failures. Include checking your plumbing as a normal part of your house-cleaning routine in order to catch issues early.
Adding a sensor that detects leaks can also be a way to mitigate damages from water. Some security systems offer this add-on, so if you have been considering updating or adding a new system to your home, go for the upgrade. It will offer you a lot of peace of mind knowing that if water is flowing when it shouldn’t be, you can stop it fast.
Any kind of floodwater will damage paper goods and photographs right away when it takes over your home. Keep items that cannot be replaced stored up high or in a waterproof container. Your emergency contacts should also be stored somewhere safe—and should include SERVPRO. We have 24⁄7 availability and the experience to get your recovery started fast.
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Choose SERVPRO for Your Restoration
Choose SERVPRO for Your Restoration | SERVPRO® of McAllen
We are small business owners like so many of you, and we understand how difficult the day to day of running a company can be. Working on a never ending to-do list while you try to make your business successful is stressful enough, so the last thing you want to handle is a disruptive natural disaster.
You may not be able to prevent a disaster, and sometimes they can’t even be predicted, but you can prepare yourself for one. And we know that disasters don’t just strike businesses, so that means being prepared at home as well.
In order to get yourself ready, you should start by creating an emergency plan.
The American Red Cross has a great website that can help you get a wide range of knowledge on a multitude of natural disasters that happen across the Nation.
Once you have a good overview of events that are possible, seek out more location specific information for the most common natural disasters that happen here in Texas. The Texas division of emergency management is a great place to visit for statewide information, and Cameron County’s website will have localized information that will be helpful before, during and after a disaster.
Whether damage strikes your home or your business, the faster you are able to respond, the less severe your losses will be. That is why you want SERVPRO as your choice of restoration professionals.Why Choose SERVPRO?
We know every disaster is different. Natural disasters that result in the need for restoration are common across the United States, but every situation is different.
Flooding is a great example of a widespread event that creates a range of damage. Each year, 14 million homes are at risk of flooding, but each house that takes on water will need a different restoration plan.
Our experts are trained for every situation, large and small. We create a response plan that fits the needs of each project in order to dry everything out.
We have availability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The most important part of any damage restoration project is timing. The faster the response, the more of your property that can be saved.
When water enters a home, the damage to soft furniture, fabrics and painted surfaces is immediate. When water is left to sit, mold and mildew will begin to form which could eventually affect the structure of your home. That is why you can call SERVPRO 24⁄7 to get things started quickly.
We cover your entire recovery. We don’t just restore the immediate damage left behind in the wake of a disaster, we take over your entire project.
That means we will talk with your insurance agent and help with claims, pack your belongings and even tarp your roof if you need it. We want to offer every bit of assistance you need and make your restoration as painless and easy as possible.
Regardless of the kind of disaster you experience, SERVPRO of McAllen has you covered. We have years of experience and training, along with industry leading equipment, to get your property cleaned up faster. You will be back in your home and back to your life before you even know it.
When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.
Can your business survive a natural disaster?
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Many don't. More than 30 percent of businesses never reopen their doors after they've been closed down by a hurricane, tornado, flood, or other devastating calamity.
A disaster recovery plan and adequate insurance are keys to getting back to business. Your insurance plan should consider: natural disaster.
Understand your policy and deductibles and limits.
- Speak with your insurance agent or company representative to make sure you know what kind of coverage you have.
- Have sufficient coverage to pay for the indirect costs of the disaster. Coverage should include the disruption to your business, as well as the costs of rebuilding.
- Evaluate your property insurance policy.
Consider flood or earthquake insurance.
- Typical property insurance policies exclude coverage for flood or earthquake damage. If you're located in a flood zone, you'll probably have to buy a separate policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Protect yourself against business interruption.
- Business interruption insurance covers the profits a business would have earned, based on its own records, had the disaster not occurred. It also pays for the operating expenses that continue, such as payroll, even though the business activities come to a temporary halt.
Include extra expense insurance.
- Extra expense insurance reimburses you for what you spend, over and above your normal operating expenses, to avoid having to shut down during the restoration period.
Leave no gaps in your insurance.
- Insurance policies should include property, business interruption, and extra expense insurance. Even if your basic policy covers expenses and loss of net business income, it may not cover income interruptions due to damage that occurs away from your premises, such as to your key customer or supplier or to your utility company.
In the event, you do suffer from a catastrophic event and you don’t know who to hire for the clean-up and restoration count on the team of certified professionals who work 24/7 at SERVPRO of McAllen to help you with your claim.
Get Your Hotel Cleaned, Top to Bottom
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SERVPRO of McAllen offers a variety of services for commercial clients, specializing in hotels and office spaces. We'll start with the top side handling your HVAC and air ducts throughout the hotel, making sure all pollutants are removed properly from all the rooms and public spaces.
Afterward, we recommend having your upholstery and mattresses cleaned. Even though you have your dedicated staff cleaning your hotel on a day-to-day basis, it is important to have the deeper cleaning using a hot water extraction commercial grade machine. The deeper cleaning will remove stains, human remains, and other substances which may have stuck to the mattress and upholstery.
Last, you should also consider cleaning the carpets in your hotel. Carpets that are walked over a lot tend to not only look dull and lose their fresh looks, but they also accumulate large quantities of dust, dirt, and allergens. Having them professionally cleaned will make sure they're healthier for your customers, as well as look better, immediately and in the long run. If we talk in management terms, professional carpet cleaning will save your carpet and save you money because you won't need to replace it so soon.
5 DIY Water Damage Restoration Tips for Your Home
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Not all water is clean and when suffering from water damage you may want to first analyze if your water is clear or gray/black. In the scenario that you could have gray or dark water, you may want to reach out for professional help before trying to do anything yourself.
Suffering from unexpected water damage in your home can be devastating! At SERVPRO of McAllen, we understand how the need to have your home back “Like it never even happened.” This is why we offer 24/7 emergency services to be able to help out no matter what day or time it is! (Including holidays)
Follow these DIY tips for when you have minor clear water damage within your home:
1. Disconnect Outlets
- While you may not see the severity of the water damage just yet, it’s important to be cautious around appliances and gas lines. Using this equipment despite the situation could cause electrical shocks or even explosions.
- Inspect Mold
- Most of the time, mold can spread quickly once it infests an area, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth. For small issues, you can cut out the affected area, bag it, and dispose of it immediately. However, with serious mold infestations, you may want to reach out for professional help, in which case SERVPRO of McAllen offers 24/7 Mold Remediation Services.
- Dry Water Out
- Before more damage occurs, you need to eliminate all moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the carpet, wood, and other surrounding materials. While this won’t prevent mold growth altogether, properly drying out the area will help lessen the damage. If you do not have the proper equipment to do, so call your local SERVPRO, and schedule your first inspection.
- Remove Damaged Materials
- If your remove any damaged material, like insulation or carpet, soaked with water, you need to dispose of them immediately to avoid mildew. It is important to focus on the ceiling and floors first. This means unsealed cement, drywall, and wood need to be addressed and replaced so the home’s structure can support water damage repair. Remember at SERVPRO we offer Reconstruction Services, as well 24/7.
- Disinfect Remaining Areas
- Depending on the type of water you are dealing with, it can contain a lot of bacteria and other hazards that can cause health effects. The water could also encourage the growth of mold, so it is important to sanitize immediately. Once the damaged materials have been removed, you will want to disinfect the entire area before you begin the restoration process. Spray and wipe down the surfaces with bleach so the mold spores don’t grow before you continue with the repairs. The great part of this also is that if you feel you don’t have the time or materials for proper sanitation, we also offer SERVPRO Disinfection Services.
If you feel your case is severe or you simply want a group of professionals to take care of the water damage itself, you may reach out to us 24/7 at 956-631-0348. CALL NOW, and speak to one of the certified water administrators that are more than happy to schedule your first inspection with us! We take honor in our slogan and can provide a restoration, “Like it never even happened.”
Caring for Commercial Property
We offer 24/7 Air Duct/HVAC Commercial cleaning services for Independent School District in the RGV!
Your business is basically your second home, not just for you but for your employees. At SERVPRO of McAllen, we completely understand that! We want to take care of your commercial business just like you would your HOME.
When your business suffers from water/fire damage, you want to hire a group of professionals to come in and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of McAllen does just that and more. Being locally owned and operated we provide a fast response within minutes of receiving your call. We want to take quick initiative because we understand that any time off from your business is lost revenue.
We work 24/7 to be able to fulfill our motto and get you back in business faster than you can say, “Like it never even happened.”
Clean & Disinfect Your Facility When Someone Is Sick
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If a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 has been in your facility within the last 24 hours, you could clean and disinfect the spaces they occupied by hiring SERVPRO of McAllen!
We offer a 24/7 available disinfection service, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned goes WAY beyond your basic janitorial cleaning. Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean-up and restoration was there.
Why SERVPRO you may ask?
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Here at SERVPRO of McAllen, our main priority is you! We are here to quickly make any fire or water damage caused to your home or business "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of McAllen specializes in clean-up and restoration for residential and commercial properties that have been affected by any fire, smoke, or water damage. Not only do we specialize in clean-up and restoration for fire, smoke, and water damage, but we also mitigate mold and mildew from your home and business!
We work 24/7 to be able to provide a thorough and effective service, “Like it never even happened.” And that’s always the goal for us!