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Pack- outs

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Pack outs can be an essential part of the restoration process. Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, we do such jobs all the time. We do pack-outs after water losses, fire and or smoke damages. 

Damaged property will be removed and transported for processing and restored, after an initial inspection to determine whether or not an item can be restored. All contents will be checked for existing damages and documented before being sent out. Small items will be individually wrapped in paper, boxed, labeled and inventoried. Large items like wooden furniture will be carefully inspected, using high intensity light to detect all damages. Items that do not require be packed out will be secured and protected while repairs are made to the property. 

Some affected items can be cleaned in place to prevent acidic residues and further damage. Restoration process will be monitored and the property owner will be informed of the status, before items are ready to go back to home owner or business. To assure belonging will be fully restored call the experts in restoration; SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress. 

Electrical Fires II

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

You can preach electrical fire safety at home and practice all you want, but accidents do happen. When an electrical fire first ignites it can start small enough that you can extinguish with a blanket and maybe a fire extinguisher. Be prepared and quick to determine if the fire you are dealing with is able to be put out quickly without risk of injury or damage. Remember that the safety of everyone in the home or dwelling always comes first. If the fire is spreading quickly it can produces dangerous amounts of smoke. Smoke damage can be just as harmful. It can cause deaths, as well as, damage to the home. Smoke inhalation kills more people in home fires than the actual fires do, in most cases. Fire fighters say that if you can not extinguish a fire with in five seconds, call 911 and get out of the home. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress to help you put your life back together.   

SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress and Fire Remediation

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re a native Texan, chances are you’ve come to love hot weather and hot sauce. However, when this famous Southern heat comes in the form of a house fire, it ceases to be a symbol of state pride. Luckily, SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress is prepared to treat fire damage to your  property with their time-tested expertise.

When your home has suffered the after effects of smoke and flames, remember this helpful list of guidelines to ensure your home receives the top-quality fire restoration service it requires:

  • Find Safety & Get Help: Immediately after a fire, even a home appearing to be minimally damaged can be too dangerous to occupy. Oftentimes, firefighters need to cut holes in walls and roofs to add ventilation and check for hidden flames, causing the entire structure of your home to become unstable. Once you’ve found a safe place to recover, don’t forget to comfort scared pets calmly as they may translate their fear into aggression. As soon as you can, tell your insurance company what happened. They may ask you to take note of which items were damaged or suggest fire restoration services.
  • Act Quickly: As soon as you’ve confirmed the safety of your family and notified your insurance company, it’s important to take action while damage is still settling in. If fire damage restoration begins as soon as possible, soot residue has less time to become ingrained in your furniture and fixtures, or eat away at the finish on your floors and walls. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress offers 24-hour emergency service, so you can get things moving while there’s still time to salvage your belongings.
  • Ask Questions & Coordinate Responsibility: Once SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress arrives to inspect the extent of the fire damage, remember to ask questions about their findings, and determine exactly what needs to be done. Once the fire damage experts have explained their plans to clear out any fire or water damage that occurred while putting out the fire, SERVPRO will work with you and your insurance agent to begin restoring the beauty of your home. 

If your home has been damaged in a fire, call SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress at (281) 469-2957 for emergency service. Visit the website for more information on the restoration services offered.

Electrical Fires

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical fires cause millions of dollars in damages, while also claiming lives in the process. There are so many possible causes for these types of fires. One of these causes can be faulty wiring through out the house, and overloading connection for more than they were designed for. Improper use of extension cords and power strips can cause a situation. Even something as simple as small animals chewing through wiring in the wall can cause a fire. 

You can prevent electrical fires in the home by following a few safety tips. When purchasing a used heating appliance, make sure the temperature switch will shut down the equipment if the thermostat fails. When doing duct work, make sure you use a licensed professional. Anywhere there is an electric current, there is a chance of a fire. By the time you see or smell smoke, the electrical fire may already be out of control. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress wants you to stay safe and take action immediately to repair and replace faulty wiring in your home to reduce the risk of an unwarranted situation. Know the signs before the fire even starts. 

Space Heaters

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of house fires is something you would never think as a possible danger. Thirty-two percent of all home fires and deaths related to those are caused by space heaters, according to the National Fire Protection Association. 

With the long term cold that set over the Houston area, some Houston residents are using space heaters to try and keep their homes and garages warm during those cold nights. Having a space heater on while you sleep can put you and your family at extreme risk for a home fire. When a space heater is left unattended and is too close to flammable items, a massive fires can occur. Which can cause injury or even death to the occupants of the home. 

Be safe and reduce your risk when using a space heater, as they can be a great addition to the home during those annoyingly cold months. Following safety precautions can reduces the risk of fire. Making sure your heater is on a flat surface, and is being used in proper area of the home and garage, can also reduce your risk of starting a house fire. 

So we here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress ask the wonderful members of our community to be responsible and think about all the risks that go along with having a home and living in the community. We are not only responsible for ourselves but also our neighbors and fellow community members.

Commercial Building

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Buildings 

We (SERVPRO of Katy Cypress) are a restoration crew that performs all sorts of work. We provide fire and smoke restoration, water and flood restoration, mold mitigation and remediation, storm response, document drying, pack outs, reconstruction, contents claim inventory service, HVAC cleanup, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, deodorization, and even biohazard and crime scene clean up. We are a one stop shop for all the things you do not want to do. We do this for residential properties but we also do this for commercial buildings. So, let us start with a simple question; what is classified as a commercial building? A commercial building differs from a residential building in the fact that it is not where someone lives but where a business is. Pricing can vary as well, when it come to a commercial job. That covers what a commercial building is and how it is different from a residential building (house). 

Commercial Buildings Part II

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Buildings Part II The secret to commercial restoration is to stay organized

Now that we have that covered, let’s go over what makes doing restoration on a commercial building so important. When we perform restoration on a residential property it is extremely important to us because someone has invited us to their house to make it livable again. Usually there are very important things around the house that have high sentimental value. They must live here or are staying in a hotel. They want us to finish our work as soon as possible. Having said how important residential properties are commercial properties are important too. These properties are a source of income for people. So everyday this place must be closed due to our work is a day they didn’t make money plus they are paying for our services which cannot be fun as well.

Commercial Building Part III

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Part III The secret to commercial restoration is to stay organized

Let’s go over some of the work that we do on commercial properties and do some scenarios. Recently; hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas and devastated our city. There were a lot of commercial properties that were closed due to the hurricane. I actually remember that the McDonalds was open next to my house and I could not believe it. It was so nice to go to a place to get hot food. Having said that we (SERVPRO of Katy Cypress) did a lot of work on some commercial properties. There were schools, businesses, and government buildings flooded. I know of one school that is still closed due to the flooding and this is devastating. These kids will be going to school well into the summer. There are businesses that have gone out of business due to the flooding because they just could not recover from the lack of cash flow. I know Drink Houston is out of business for good.

Commercial Building part IV

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building part IV The secret to commercial restoration is to stay organized

This shows the importance of timeliness for restoration on a commercial building. WE (SERVPRO of Katy Cypress) work by the one four eight policy. This means that we will have you in contact with us within an hour, be on site within 4 hours, and have a full scope of services within eight hours. Timeliness is key. We also use a time and materials software that is second to none. This helps us keep the client aware of everything that is going on and helps us mitigate costs to keep the cost of our job as low as possible. So, if you have a business and a disaster happens just remember a couple of key things. First you need to get this fixed as soon as possible. Second you need to use a trustworthy company that will be able to handle the size of this job (ask your insurance agent who you should use). Lastly, you are not going to fail if you have a plan and stick to it.

What Is Smoke Damage?

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

When you think about fire damage to a structure, most of us think about a burned destroyed home or business. The truth is, that smoke damage can be just as destructive. Closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and stinking up the place. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture.

One of the first things one should to do is ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage. Quick action is the only way to minimize the destruction. Restoration costs increase, and damages escalate when the cleaning process is extended.In most cases when it comes to major destruction to a home, it’s always smart to have a professional give his or her opinion on the matter. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, can offer that in person, or over the phone depending on the severity of the situation.

In the aftermath of a fire there is a sizable secondary task to replace all destroyed property while cleaning what remains.To repair and recover your damaged property, you will want to clean the smoke and soot damage from walls, textiles, clothing, and furniture, to remove the odor. After that happens, the professions (SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress) will apply their ozone machines and air scrubbers to ensure that the smoky odor leaves the affected area in a timely manner.