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Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, fire and water damage calls are an everyday occurrence. During Hurricane Harvey, we provided services to several major water damages due to flooding. Every water damage situation is caused by something different. For example, clogged gutters can cause damages to your home. Which is a good reason why cleaning your gutting bi-annually could help prevent an uncomfortable situation for you and your family. A lack of maintenance can cause major problems for homeowners and can lead to costly repairs when left untreated. A lot of times homeowners tend to over look the importance of gutter maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause home damages due to water causing cracks in the foundation overtime. Which then could lead to more severe problem like mold and or the collapse of the structure. In most cases, when clogged gutters occur it can spill over the side and cause rot in the siding of the home. In colder climates, ice can form and cause a temporary block which most likely will cause an over flow. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress has the right equipment to check for moister in the home, if this scenario applies to you. These are some recommendations from your trusted friends at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress. We ask that you do not hesitate to contact us (SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress) if you have any question or concerns.

Mold Tips from SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

One of the many jobs that we provide our customers here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress is mold mitigation and remediation. Molds are part of our natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. This is the info that everyone should know if you live somewhere like south Texas. It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in-house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. Which is how we fight mold here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, with our knowledgeable representatives and top-notch equipment.

We here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress have a few tips for a person with a first-time encounter with mold. By following these tips, could save you a significate amount of money. Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be removed and discarded. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. We here at SERVPRO use a special agent known as sporicidin. Which is an EPA registered and FDA compliant disinfectant recommended for use in hospitals, and medical, dental, and veterinary clinics.

Now that you know a little bit about Molds. We at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress always recommend that you let professionals handle the mitigation and remediation of mold and mold spores. If you are unsure about what to do or where to start you can always call our office and let our staff of specially trained and skilled professionals answer any question or concerns that you may have about your situation.

How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.

Vulnerable pipes in existing homes should be fitted with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. It is important not to leave gaps in the insulation that expose the pipe to cold air. Hardware stores and home centers stock a variety of foam rubber and fiberglass sleeves, in various thicknesses.

When water is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or zero degrees Celsius, it freezes into ice. When water freezes, it expands up to nine percent more than it did when it was water. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on metal or plastic pipes causing pipes to burst and water to leak.

Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.

Its a Winter Wonderland in Houston, Texas

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Community Its a Winter Wonderland in Houston, Texas SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress service trucks topped with our "once every ten years, snow fall."

Its a Winter Wonderland in Houston, Texas

It’s a winter wonderland here in Houston Texas this morning. Houstonians across the metro area are waking up to white yards and slick streets after an overnight dusting of snow. The first reports of light snow came late Thursday in Katy, Spring and The Woodlands as near-freezing weather blew through the region. The winter weather produced just enough for a few snowballs or maybe even a small snowman.

On average, a snow event like this in Houston and the gulf coast happens only once every 20 years. Houston gets about one snowfall every 10 years. The odds are not with us that we will have snow this winter season, let alone on Christmas morning. However, things are about to get quite cold here with a strong cold front this Thursday and a freeze for the northern counties this weekend.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress want to remind all Houstonians about the small dangers of snow fall, even at a minor level. Due to the overnight freeze, Houstonians are waking up to frozen busted pipes and cracked windows. These are a few our least favorite things. There is nothing to worry about, because SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress is always here for the people of this great city of ours.

Handling a Water Damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

Harvey Flooding

              We were all extremely affected by the hurricane this year. It either affected us, our family, our neighbor, or all the above. It flooded the city for multiple weeks. Getting to work was impossible. Water was scarce. Gas was scarce. In the end, we came together and worked hard to take care of each other. For most people, this was a first time having a flood inside of their property. How do I handle this? What do I do? People started calling their insurance agents and making claims to find out that flood insurance is the most complicated type of insurance. How do I handle a flood water damage inside of my property? In the next couple of blogs, I will explain in detail on how to get your property back to normal.

Handling a Water Damage Part II

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage Part II SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

First thing is to take a lot of videos and pictures of your property. If your house has flooded you need to do this. The next step is to call your insurance company and make a claim. They should, at this point, tell you to call a restoration company. I personally prefer that you call SERVPRO of Katy Cypress and Champions but what you should do is ask your insurance agent who they prefer and recommend as a restoration company. At this point you should call the restoration company and they will ask you some preliminary questions about the flood/water loss to your property. Some things to be aware of when it comes to flood damage to your property are that you may have flood insurance but you still have to go through FEMA.

Handling a Water Damage Part III

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage Part III SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

The fact that you must go through FEMA instead of your insurance company when it comes to a flood loss is something that most people do not know until their house is flooded. So when you deal with this that means that most restoration companies require half up front and half upon completion with reimbursement paperwork. When the restoration company gets to your house you are going to be in a stressful state of mind due to the fact that your house is flooded but now things are about to start normalizing. The restoration company will start taking out all porous materials affected by the water. This includes sheet rock and flooring (other than tile). While this takes a lot of hard work and time it is a necessary process of dealing with the flood damaged/water damaged house.

Handling a Water Damage Part IV

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Handling a Water Damage Part IV SERVPRO has a systematic approach to restoring water damage and flood damage

After all of the porous materials are removed now the company should spray your house down with anti-microbial. Make sure that they are using an anti-microbial. If they do not then they are not abiding by the S500 which is the book that draws up the protocol for restoration. After they spray the house down they will place dehumidifiers and air movers in a vortex manner to get maximum dry air flow. Throughout the job from beginning to end the restoration company should be performing moisture readings and atmospheric readings to put into the drying logs to provide proof of work. Once the house has reached a drying goal the company can safely remove the equipment. Now your house should not smell terrible and be dry. So if you call a restoration company make sure that they, at the very least, abide by this summary of a flood job.

Hurricane Harvey

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey We provided storm response for flood damage, water damage, and later mold remediation in the greater Houston Area for Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

              As Houstonians, we are used to hurricanes. We group up in them. There is a pattern that every hurricane has. First it starts with the news. Every time I watch the news talk about a hurricane it starts with speculation and belief that the reporter is exaggerating. Then as the hurricane gets closer and the reporter hasn’t changed his story, other than saying that the hurricane is getting bigger and still going to hit us, survival mode starts to kick in. You go to the store to get supplies and notice that everyone else has had the same idea as you! The water isle is almost none existent and the grocery store is a mad house. Finally, you get what you need to wait out the hurricane and get out of the mad house.

Hurricane Harvey Part II

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Part II We provided Hurricane Harvey storm response for flood damage, water damage, and mold remediation/mitigation in the greater Houston area

Hurricane Harvey Part II

 Now comes preparation. Stock the fridge. Fill the bath tub. Bunker down and wait. As the hurricane hits you almost are mesmerized with a mix of fear and awe as the rain pours down on your city. I always think of the scene from Forrest Gump when they are in Vietnam and it won’t stop raining. The next step is different for a lot of people. For some it was grab you best belongings and leave before the hurricane. For some it was bunker down but now you are being evacuated. For some it was just a little bit of water in the house and you grab things off the floor and move them to higher ground. For some of us we were truly lucky and did not get water in the house. Now it is time to wait for the water to recede. Usually this happens in a couple of days but for this storm it took a couple of weeks. It was unlike anything I have ever seen. Now it’s time to roll your sleeves up and get to work.