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The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of South Pasadena will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (713) 472-4162 for fast help.

Preventing Lint Fires and Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Dryer fires are more likely to occur during the fall and winter months, with the month of January seeing the most dryer fires. However, it is just as important to practice fire safety by cleaning out your dryer vent as often as necessary.

When should I clean my dryer vent?

  • You should clean out the ling filter after every load of laundry.
  • Check the back of the dryer for lint buildup every other week.
  • Every few months you should clean the exhaust for lint buildup.

If you experience a dryer fire, you should call firefighters to make sure that the blaze is extinguished. You may also want to contact a residential damage restoration services in Pearland, TX to repair damage to the area surrounding your laundry machines after a lint fire.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South Pasadena will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (713) 472-4162

Ash Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Ash is one of the most destructive factors in a fire, second only to the blaze itself in potential to harm your home. In some cases, ash may be present in such large volumes that it causes thousands of dollars in damage all on its own. Ash is difficult and labor-intensive to remove, but with the right crew and the right strategy, SERVPRO makes short work of it. So, where is ash most liable to cause extensive damage?

When Mixed With Water
In Pasadena fire damage cases, ash often combines with water to create a staining and difficult-to-handle sludge. This material may require extra care and slower extraction than other material, costing time and energy otherwise spent on restoring other types of damage including burns and smoke odors. This material, while visually disastrous and time-intensive to take care of, is thankfully relatively straightforward to clean up and remove from a home.

Clogged Drains And Pipes
Ash is highly liable to clog up drains and pipes around the home. While lighter clogs may be easy to clean up and remove, in some cases ash may fill up an entire section of pipe and become packed in. When this happens, the pipes may have to be removed and flushed out with specialty equipment. SERVPRO technicians usually examine each water fixture in your home thoroughly to determine how severe the damage is before ripping out pipes.

Carpeting And Floor Materials
The most likely place for ash to end up is on your floor. Depending on the intensity of the fire, flooring may receive multiple inches of ash cover. This material is staining, dusty, and difficult to remove from most types of carpeting. In some cases, the carpet may have to be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena has been helping local homeowners to recover from fire damage for years. Give us a call around the clock at (713) 472-4162 for our services.

Immediate Storm Damage Cleanup

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Storm damage can often have layers of destructive effects that must get addressed immediately to protect as much of your property as possible. Your flooring and carpeting can often be among the most challenging to address. Our SERVPRO of South Pasadena professional technicians can work to begin extraction and drying of damaged areas when we arrive. We work around the clock to prevent unnecessary secondary damage.

Our contents department will be able to determine what items and personal belongings are salvable and if we need to do a pack out to ensure your belongings are safe during the restoration process. With our team of qualified restoration technicians with accreditation's from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we offer focused cleaning, drying, and storage of these items in our climate-controlled facility.

Flooding can be a nightmare in your home or business and the effects only get worse the longer you wait. Give SERVPRO of South Pasadena a call at (713) 472-4162 to make your loss incident “Like it never even happened.”

If a Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to prepare before a storm or disaster occurs.  Consider the following steps to better prepare for an emergency situation:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans with your family.
  • Assemble or update your emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards in our Pasadena City, and conduct drills to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies and storms can happen anytime to anyone. Taking action now helps to protect not only yourself, but also your property.

Hidden Moisture in Pasadena

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

There are many sources of water damage that can occur, that SERVPRO® of South Pasadena professionals take care on a daily bases. Our production team is highly trained to tackle all types of water damage.

Water may enter a building by a number of routes. Water may be from either external or internal sources. The water may be relatively clean of contain some degree of contamination.

Damage from wind storms or other causes may allow rain to enter through the roof. Ice dams on sloped roofs can force water to travel under roofing material and into the building.

Poor construction methods, faulty plumbing or water pipes that freeze and burst can result in water where it was never intended to be. The water may come from lines carrying potable water, which is safe for drinking or a the source could be a backed up sewer-line. Faulty appliances or damaged water beds may also be the cause of a water loss.

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A Small Leak Could Be A Big Problem

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, our SERVPRO of South Pasadena professionals will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

There is no such thing as a small disaster, especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, we can help ensure the value of your client's property by calling SERVPRO® of South Pasadena's highly trained professionals.

Characteristics of Water Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Characteristics of Water Damage Regardless of the cause of water damage to your home or office, our trained technicians are able to recognize the cause and act in order to resolve it. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we address the cause of the problem and work closely with insurance companies to help ensure a seamless transition back to normalcy. If your home or business has been affected by water damage, it is essential that you call in professionals like us immediately. Moving water caused by a flood or a burst pipe can spread quickly throughout your home or office, permanently staining things like carpets, upholstery, books and movies. Items such as wooden furniture can swell, with individual components even disintegrating, and unprotected metal surfaces can also become permanently tarnished. For these reason among many others, water should be removed as soon as possible. The longer water sits, the more damage can occur to your home, office and all its contents. In addition, the development of bacteria and the growth of mold can begin to occur. Along with bacteria and mold come unpleasant odors and the risk of increased allergens. SERVPRO of South Pasadena can also assist you with mold should it begin to grow or already be growing. However prevention is key!


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  1. When your in an unexpected emergency situation and having to look for companies who can assist you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services then SERVPRO should be who you consider most. Don’t just take our word for it. Some facts to consider are as follows:
  1. SERVPRO has been around since 1967 when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company which started as a painting business. Today, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. One of the top 10 franchises, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company.
  2. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena, our owner started our SERVPRO franchise over 20 years ago. We have the experience to go along with our state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians.
  3. All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do. Training is constantly updated for them when there’s any new way in the industry to best assist our customers.
  4. We help you work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done.
  5. We work quickly yet thoroughly to ensure that your home is restored, making it "Like it never happened."
  6. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena we are here for you in case of fire damage, water damage, mold, storm damage and biohazard cleanup. Not only are we here for you but we are available 24/7 and 365.

If you experience fire damage, water damage, mold, storm damage or need a biohazard cleanup then call us, SERVPRO of South Pasadena (713) 472-4162