House Fire Safety
According to a yearly statistic, 6,500 people die and 280,000 are injured in house fires each year. This is mostly due to smoke inhalation. Many of those death could possibly be avoided by prep and having a safety plan set up with family or roommates. If you think you might have the chances on your side, you would be wrong. According to the same study; during the lifetime of an average household, chances are 2 to 1 that there will be an accidental fire. First, one must understand what they call the fire triangle. The fire triangle is the three things that a fire needs to grow and spread, heat, oxygen and fuel. If one of these components is missing, a fire can’t ignite. People are most likely to die or be injuries in a house fire when there are no smoke alarms. Having multiple smoke alarms, and having them checked regularly could significantly increase your chances of survival. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress staff and crews are repeatedly trained in this field. We work with fire departments in our neighborhoods to try and lower that percentages of house fires in our awesome communities. Please contact us here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress for any concerns about this subject. We would be more than happy to assist.
Damages Caused by Thunderstorms
Many people would say hurricanes, and tornadoes are much for dangerous than a thunderstorm. Unfortunately what they say isn't true. Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding which kills more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. What exactly is a thunderstorm? A thunderstorm is a normal rain shower with the addition of thunder, and since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning. Thunderstorms have caused millions of dollars in damages just with the basics like rain and lighting. Thunderstorms have caused power outages that have lasted weeks at a time. Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress we take these matters very seriously and always have a protective eye on such storm moving in on our community. For any damages related to thunderstorms please contact SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress for their expert opinion.
In California, extensive damage from catastrophic wildfires has increased in both occurrence and scale in the past decade. Whether attributable to climate change or other factors, it’s irrefutable that it has affected homes and businesses alike. For many of the California residents this truth comes with many losses and fears as the warmth ramps up for another summer of recorder breaking heat. For most of them fire restoration isn’t an option, due to the level of damage done to their homes and business properties. Fortunately, in some causes commercial fire restoration services can help you bounce back from a fire of this degree. The experts here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress understand and respect the level of comment that went into buying the building and setting up your business to a certain level of satisfactory. Please contact us here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress for any questions or concerns on these matters.
Natural disasters can be devastating to businesses. While damage caused by some natural events such as lightning or wind, usually is covered by commercial property insurance. Of course, you need a special policy if you want protection from flood damage. This was a shocking fact to the residents of Houston, Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Residential homes are not the only properties damaged by floods; natural disasters can be devastating to businesses as well. Business owners face a rare problem after a hurricane. Not only is there damage done to computers, business records, and the property itself, but there is also the loss of business income and customer base. This is where SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress comes in to save the day. We are one of a very elite group of companies that specialize in this commercial restoration process. We understand what it takes down to the smallest detail how to get your business back to where is was before the event. That’s SERVPRO’s promise to you.
Smoke and Soot in the Home
When it comes to small house fires, the damages can be way more than expected. Smoke and soot can cause just a much damage as the fire itself in some cases. Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, we are trained and certified in this field and are one of the leading experts in commercial and residential smoke and fire clean up. Cleaning smoke damage out of a home is important for providing a healthy living environment. The hostile nature of smoke and soot can make it difficult to remove. However, they contain horrible odors and particles that are harmful to breathe, so it’s important to clean them completely. Fire and smoke can be troublesome so let the experts at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress handle it for you.
The Affects of Water on Wood
The experts here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress are well versed in all types of wood and the affects that are caused by water. Different types of wood show different responses to water exposure. Wood will contract and cracks will develop during dry seasons due to a loss of moisture and then swell during hot and humid summer months. A heavier, more solid wood will do better with water than light wood. Water also will cause breakdowns, such as rotting and molding. Once you know the type of wood you have, it's important to treat any wood you're using. Sealing it will guarantee that you get the most out of your flooring, furniture and home. For any questions or concerns about this subject and others, please contact us here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress.
Tornadoes and the Damage They Cause
Thanks to pop culture movies and television shows, people are terrified of tornadoes. On average, 800 tornadoes hit the United States every year. They kill 80 people and injure 1,500 more on average. The most violent tornadoes have wind speeds up to 250 mph and leave a damage path up to 50 miles long. Tornadoes or twisters rarely hit southern Texas. Unfortunately north Texas can get hit pretty frequently. Tornadoes are created when cool winds from the north collide with he warm winds of the south. This is why it primarily happens to the states that reside the middle of the map, also know as "Tornado Ally". The official areas of Tornado Alley are not clearly defined, but its core extends from northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, into South Dakota.
On a Commercial Level
Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, we market to all types of businesses. People see our advertisements and classify SERVPRO as residential restoration only. This couldn't be further from the trust. The truth is, we are one of the leading experts in commercial restoration in the United States. When a loss transpire at a place of business, it is vital to work with an experienced restoration service provider who specializes in commercial losses. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress understands that restoring a commercial building lies in treating not only the noticeable damage, but also repairing concealed damage as well. This is what separates us from other restoration companies in many cities throughout the U.S. Our elite marketers are trained specifically to search out potential commercial losses provided by insurance representatives. For any concerns about your business, but do not hesitate to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress.
Hurricane Prep 2019
If any town fully understands the importance of preparing for a hurricane, it is definitely Houston, Texas. From tropical storms that cause large amounts of flooding, to a hurricane that comes into Galveston and knocks out power for weeks at a time. We have seen it all. After surviving hurricane Harvey, most of the people in the city were prepared, and still got hit hard. These are questions that one should always ask themselves in the event of a hurricane. If the storm arrives while you are at work or school, how will you find each other? After setting up a plan to find your family and friends, its important to know things like what will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off? During Hurricane Ike back in 2009, the greater area of Houston lost power for weeks on end. Cells towers where temporary down. These are things that we all must think about going forward. We here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress know what's important. We also know when the storm is over, how to get your home or business back to greatness again. Foe any questions or concerns, please contact the staff of SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress.
In the Heat of the Summer
Its that wonderful time of year for grills, pools, beach, family, friends and play. For most, it the best time of year. For others, it can be the most dangerous time of year. They say that Houston has been dubbed one of the most air-conditioned city in the nation. The locals here know that during the dead of the summer, to carry a sweater for the freezing restaurants, malls, and theaters that are running air conditioning at full blast. We have all been here. How bout those who do not have access to running air conditioning? What do they do when the summer month hit their peak in heat? During the dead of the summer here in Texas, temperatures can reach as high at 105-109 degrees with the heat index. This can prove to be highly dangerous for young children and the elderly. Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, we want to express to the fine people of our community to stay hydrated while staying out of the sun and heat if you can help it. Look for signs of heat exhaustion and help if you can. We share this community together.