Did You Know About Lead?
Lead paint and lead poisoning as it pertains to old houses, have long been a lightening rod of controversy. Some people fear old homes of having lead paint and have difficulty buying them. Lead paint may not be the national health concern you've been told. For children and pregnant women, even the smallest amount of lead can be dangerous. Recent EPA, CDC rules and regulations concerning lead paint are completely unwanted and accomplish nothing , but increased cost for home owners. If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead base paint. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress is very careful to follow the complex array of rules laid out in the Era's renovation, repair and painting act or (RRP), that went into effect in April 2010. Determine if your family is at risk for lead poisoning with the lead poisoning checklist. Be aware that a older home is more likely to have lead paint.
Smoke and Soot
You've just suffered a fire, and you decide you wanna save a few bucks on the restoration process by handling the clean up yourself. Smoke and soot are a reminder of the disastrous fire that took it's toll on your home. Left over smoke and soot following a fire, can be unsightly and foul smelling. Fire damage can linger for years unless properly addressed and restored correctly. Adequate safety equipment is essential in reducing possible dangers to smoke and soot exposure and other health related issues resulting from the fire fighting efforts. Proper ventilation is also necessary to protect and restore indoor air quality following a fire. Hepa filtration can absorb toxic air flow in the house and is used to preserve air quality as well. If you have an concerns or question, we erg you to contact your local SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, where the experts and professionals can assist you with any type of destruction, including smoke and fire damage. Its a pledge that SERVPRO makes to its community.
Remembering a Hurricane's Aftermath
Hurricane are cyclonic with sustained winds of 74 mph or greater. These destructive storms can produce heavy rains, high winds, and flooding when they make land fall. Storms can form anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean sea, or Gulf of Mexico. While hurricanes typically form from June 1st-November 31st, here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, our staff are well prepared for this time of year. We take calls 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Hurricanes are a major threat to the Houston-Galveston region. Depending on the severity of the hurricane, it may become necessary to evacuate portions of Houston/Galveston area. Houston/Galveston council will work closely with the state and local jurisdiction to aid in planning of evacuations. Understanding what to look for, what you should do before, during and after a hurricane will make you more ready to deal with their effect. We urge our community to contact SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress for any questions or concerns. We would be happy to help support the people in the community, and insure that our community helps each other get through a Harvey like event.
Fire Hot Summers
We look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. We here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress want our community to know that the best way to protect their families is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.
During the summer months, house fires are less common but can still be a hazard. Your home is supposed to be a place where you and your family can feel safe and secure. However, there are some seasonal dangers that can catch you off guard if you don't remain vigilant. The two biggest being, cooking/ grilling and fireworks during the summer holidays. We here at SERVPRO have personally seen how fast danger can occur during fun times with family members.
SERVPRO meets Disasters & Commercial Losses
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, is a team that provides help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard and or flood, etc. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster occur. Your local SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress is one of these storm team and helped work the front lines of Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017. Major disasters including fires, floods, severe mold growth, and damage caused by large storms can always happen suddenly. Therefore, we here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress ask the members of our community to be ready and prepared for anything at all times. The damage from a natural disaster can mainly be severe on commercial property. These properties are often much bigger and include assets such as equipment and machinery that can sustain damage. We are always ready for a large disaster or large commercial loss and provide aid to all other SERVPRO franchises if needed. We sometimes travel to other states or countries to assist with large loss situations.
We all know that water covers 70% of our earth’s surface, but if you live in Sana’a Paolo, California or many other areas where droughts occur, then you know that abundance can be relative. According to a Geological survey, it shows that only a fraction of the earth ‘s fresh water is accessible. Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, water is an everyday use, not just for drinking, but also on jobs for cleaning. During hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, millions of dollars in flood damages occurred and have been assessed. Whether water damage is caused by leaky pipes, flooding and or severe weather, the type of water is important to identify as the extent of damage when finding the best restoration route. The three categories of water are: category 1, clean water, category 2, gray water and category 3, black water. Once the type of water is identified by a SERVPRO technician and the source has been detected, then the water extraction process can begin.
When the time arrives, and you need to call your friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, don’t be afraid to ask question about our equipment. We at SERVPRO are educated and proud when it comes to the equipment we use on small and large losses. One of the pieces of hardware we use is a wet/dry abrasive blast system. Abrasive blasting is an effective cleaning method for fire and smoke restoration, mold mitigation and remediation, graffiti removal, surface prep and cleaning and odor elimination. The wet/dry abrasive blast system uses compressed air mixed with an abrasive material to provide a pressurized stream of media capable of cleaning a variety of surfaces. The blast gun and hose have integrated wet/dry connections allowing for Low Dust Emission blasting when its needed. All SERVPRO technicians are required to wear proper (PPE) or personal protective equipment while operating this unit. This machine is required to be emptied and clean after every use. This is one of many pieces of equipment that SERVPRO use on large commercial losses.
Commercial Equipment Part II
SERVPRO technicians arrive on site in many different conditions. We have tools that we use on all kinds of jobs, large and small. One of these tools is known as a circuit breaker finder. They are used to locate circuit breakers and test receptacle wiring. SERVPRO uses this device locate branch circuit breakers without flipping breakers to other circuits, to confirm proper wiring and to test ground fault receptacle operation. In layman terms, its gives the technicians the ability to finder the proper breaker with hurting themselves or causing more damage to the situation. This is correctly done by, plugging the transmitter into the outlet and trace for correct breakers at the electrical box. Transmitter injects a signal onto circuit which can be detected by the receiver. The receiver will beep when the signal is detected. The transmitter will also read receptacle wiring and test (GFCI) or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt, conditions. These are one of many tools used by the professionals at SERVPRO to better insure the safety of the technicians and the civilian crews on site.
It's no secret that tornadoes are one of nature's most violent events. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions property owners can take to protect their businesses and homes to prevent costly property damage. The average yearly cost of property damage in the U.S. done by tornadoes is 1.1 billion. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress takes precautions year round for the unexpected weather changes and are ready and on stand by 24/7. The months when tornadoes are most common are April thru August depending on the state. In the U.S. on average there are over 1000 tornadoes that touch down every year. That number goes up every year due to unseasonably warm weather. Know the signs, and prepare your home and family in an event of one suddenly.
A thunderstorm is a rain shower when thunder is present. If you can hear thunder, that also means there is lightning. Weather is hard to predict, especially when it comes to thunderstorms. When a thunderstorm hits, there is no safe place outdoors. Head inside and stay away from appliances that conduct electricity incase lightening hits the dwelling. Thunder storms develop when warm humid air near the ground receives an initial push.
SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress has received several calls of house fires that were started by lightning during a thunderstorm. If you are out in the elements, find a safer terrain as soon as you hear thunder. Do not wait until the storm hit. Avoid peaks, ridges, and higher grounds. Thunderstorms can cause a lot of damage, including lightning strikes, wind gust, hail, heavy rain, etc. Stay indoors, be safe and avoid being stuck out in the storm.