Recent Water Damage Posts

Smell Something Funny? It Might Be Water Damage

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Smelly House No one wants to find water damages in their new home.

How To Spot Water Damage in Your Home

Do you know when to be worried about a funny smell? Most new homeowners are not water damage specialists, but the human nose is an excellent tool for sniffing out trouble. Your nose is not the only way to spot water damage in your new home. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and can help handle any moisture problems you may discover after moving in.

The sooner you notice a problem, the sooner you can call us to help mitigate ongoing damages. When you notice a problem, a highly trained SERVPRO professional can assess the extent of your damages. We can use our specialized equipment to remedy the issue fast.

What should you keep an eye out for when you do your cleaning? Start at the top. When looking for roof damages, obvious water stains aren't the only problem. Swollen insulation is usually an indication of water retention. Check your flashing (where the roof meets the walls) for cracks and look for missing shingles as well as more obvious signs like holes. Look at door frames and molding. Unusual stains or dark spots on the walls can mean trouble.

Inside, make sure you check your appliances after you move in to be certain they are not leaking where you cannot see easily behind them. Cracked hoses and loose connections can be tricky. Ripples, buckling, and changes in texture can tell you the flooring has a water problem. Remember to trust your nose. If it smells wrong, it probably is.

Outside water damages and mold are often caused by improper drainage. Check your spouts to see that they are clear and make sure you do not have water pooling around the foundation of your new home. At the first sign of damage, you can call SERVPRO.

No one wants to find water damages in their new home. If you do, SERVPRO of South Pasadena is available at (713) 472-4162 24 hours a day. We can make things “Like it never even happened,” so you can relax in your new house.

Water Damage and a Mold Infestation

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy wall The Real Truth Behind Water Damage Remediation Success

Contact SERVPRO to remediate water damage and to possibly help prevent mold.

Mold is always a concern whenever there is damage from water leaks or floods. Within 48 hours, mold can begin to grow and cause health effects. There are mold spores everywhere in low concentrations. However, warmth and moisture are perfect breeding grounds for mold.

SERVPRO provides water damage services along with mold remediation and prevention. We respond immediately to your call and formulate a plan to manage the water damage recovery and restoration. We understand that standing water should be removed immediately and drying activities implemented to prevent mold growth.

The crew chief can assess the water damage and deploy pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry your home before mold can begin to establish colonies. Homeowners can also turn on their AC systems to help with the drying process unless there is extensive mold growth. SERVPRO can guide you in this process.

Call SERVPRO of South Pasadena at (713) 472-4162 for 24/7 service.  We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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9/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Pasadena is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 713-472-4162

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South Pasadena has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Understanding Water Damage

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Dry mat system. This is our injectidry system we use whenever we are trying to dry and save hardwood flooring.

Now that businesses are beginning to open their doors, the possibility of water damage is much more prevalent. Old pipes that have been sitting dormant during the stay in home order may now be susceptible to leaks. When water damage is present, it spreads quickly, heightening the chances of mold growth and damage to your business or home. It is crucial that the affected areas are properly mitigated as rapidly as possible, and at SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we have our service professionals ready 24/7.

What is water damage? Water damage is any harm that is caused by water, which includes flooding, leaks, pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions and many more. Not only can the water ruin your carpets, ceiling, and furniture, but it can also destroy precious family possessions, important documents, and irreplaceable personal items. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we understand how important it is to protect your personal belongings and documents, and we will set an immediate plan of action to remove or protect your items, while our highly trained and certified experts mitigate the affected areas to prevent further damage or mold development.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South Pasadena is a team of certified water technician specialists with the proper equipment and training to handle your needs. Our experts will assess the damage, extract, and mitigate the water damage and develop a drying plan to make water damage in your home or business “Like it never even happened.” We will keep you updated every step of the way so you can feel confident after disaster strikes.

Info about Water Damage

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Dry mat system. This is our injectidry system we use whenever we are trying to dry and save hardwood flooring.

Now that businesses are beginning to open their doors, the possibility of water damage is much more prevalent. Old pipes that have been sitting dormant during the stay in home order may now be susceptible to leaks. When water damage is present, it spreads quickly, heightening the chances of mold growth and damage to your business or home. It is crucial that the affected areas are properly mitigated as rapidly as possible, and at SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we have our service professionals ready 24/7.

What is water damage? Water damage is any harm that is caused by water, which includes flooding, leaks, pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions and many more. Not only can the water ruin your carpets, ceiling, and furniture, but it can also destroy precious family possessions, important documents, and irreplaceable personal items. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we understand how important it is to protect your personal belongings and documents, and we will set an immediate plan of action to remove or protect your items, while our highly trained and certified experts mitigate the affected areas to prevent further damage or mold development.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South Pasadena is a team of certified water technician specialists with the proper equipment and training to handle your needs. Our experts will assess the damage, extract, and mitigate the water damage and develop a drying plan to make water damage in your home or business “Like it never even happened.” We will keep you updated every step of the way so you can feel confident after disaster strikes.

What To Avoid When Dealing With a Water Damage

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooded home Whether water damage affects your home from a pipe break or an external cause, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.
 Why Cross-training Matters in Water Damage Restoration Services here in Houston.

Water damage can be debilitating. Private residents are more often than not ill-equipped to deal with large amounts of water and the longer it is left to sit the more likely it is to cause permanent damage. SERVPRO is a restoration company that has built its stellar reputation on professional handling of water and fire damages for commercial property managers and private residents. We are a local company with access to phenomenal resources thanks to our national franchises all over the US.

Water damage in Houston properties can often be the start of a long list of problems. The reason is that moisture can weaken structural areas of the home as well as its carpets, fittings, and furniture. Moist environments are also breeding grounds for secondary damages like mold growth or unpleasant odors. Here at SERVPRO, our technicians undergo intensive training to give them a broad working knowledge of different aspects of remediation and their knock-on effects.

A SERVPRO technician usually holds several certificates issued by the IICRC, and they bring that training into every service. Holding a certificate in odor control, for example, can be hugely beneficial during water cleanup. The same can be said for the assessment and remediation of mold which may be discovered during service. It is this broad range of expertise that differentiates our technicians from other providers.

Availability is the reason SERVPRO is the restoration service of choice for so many private residents and commercial property owners. We operate a 24 hour a day call line because we know that damages can be unexpected and happen anytime. Having the safety net of an emergency call line is essential to our customers. Because our technicians live and work local to the area, we can also promise to arrive on site within four hours of notification of loss.

Next time you experience property damages contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena at (713) 472-4162

Need Emergency Service?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged living room We are here to help.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® helps you take it back.

Call Us 24/7 – 

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Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

A higher standard of clean

With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Why take the risk? Call a SERVPRO® franchise professional.
Working to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Kimberly Robb, (281) 520-8197, spkimberly1@gmail.com

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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.

Have water or flood damage? Have more questions? Visit our website.

SERVPRO® of South Pasadena 

Call SERVPRO® of South Pasadena (713) 472-4162

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 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.

CALL TODAY to schedule your cleaning!

(281) 520-8197 Kimberly Robb

(281) 520-8196 Catalina Cardenas

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!

We are here to help

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Pasadena is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 713-472-4162

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South Pasadena has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of South Pasadena

SERVPRO of South Pasadena specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Suffer a NASTY Water Damage?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Handling contaminated material can be hazardous. Our trained technicians have all the right protective gear to handle contaminated items safely.

Category 3 Water

As if having water damage to your home isn't bad enough, what happens when the damage involves category 3 water? 

Category 3 water, or black water, is water that is contaminated and possibly contains toxins, bacteria, or other harmful agents. This would include water from a sewer system, flood waters, or water that has sat longer for 3 days without proper cleaning and drying.

Faster to Your Disaster

When dealing with category 3 water, it is recommended to have the water and area cleaned and restored as quickly as possible. Every porous surface serves as a food source and breeding ground for pathogens and fungus, making it very easy for the contaminants to spread quickly throughout your home. 

SERVPRO of South Pasadena offers 24/7 service from our trained professionals in the case you have damage to your home that can't wait! 

What Should You Do Until Help Arrives?

Most homeowners are anxious to get the process of restoration started and often volunteer any work they can do to help the technicians. However, when dealing with black water, we suggest you not do ANYTHING.

While moving out soiled materials or placing fans in the wet areas seem like helpful gestures, you could actually be spreading pathogens and bacteria to other parts of the home that may not have been affected otherwise. It is safest to determine if you are able to remain living in the home and only grab personal belongings that you would like to take with you or move to a safe location. Our technicians arrive fully prepared to move furniture and perform any demolition necessary. 

For more information on black water clean ups, click here.

If you have suffered a water damage, including a class 3 water damage such as a sewer back up, toilet overflow, or flooding, call your local SERVPRO® of South Pasadena to speak with a friendly member of our office staff: 713-472-4162. Or visit our website: www.SERVPROsouthpasadena.com

Restoring VS Replacing Belongings After a Water Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the cause, SEVRPRO® is here to help restore your home and your belongings!

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what they can save from water damage.  Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Every water damage is unique in some sense, so what can be saved is really on a case by case basis. However, here are some guidelines that you can use to make the best decision possible.

What Type of Water Damage

Determining whether the water that damaged your personal belongings is clean or contaminated will be a big factor in whether or not it can be salvaged. Obviously, if you are dealing with clean water, the chances of being able to save some of your belongings is higher.  Even though it may be possible to restore something that is damaged by contaminated water, it is more than likely not worth the health risk that it may bring.

Porous vs Non Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This also means it increases the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and damage beyond repair. This is not always the case and if handled quickly and properly, many times these items can be saved as well. On the other hand, non-porous materials like marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem being restored. Since there is really nothing for bacteria and mold to root itself in, a simple cleaning is usually no problem.

The Amount of Time the Water Saturated

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet for. The longer an item sits in water, the deeper it can penetrate. As you can imagine, this makes it increasingly more difficult to bring it back to its normal state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a bit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them.

Factor in the Replacement Cost

Water damage restoration of personal belongings is no different than any other type of repair. You will always want to evaluate how much it is going to cost to repair something versus simply replacing it. Is the item you want to save really worth paying a professional to do work on it? Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not.

You should also take into account that paying for restoration does not guarantee your item will be returned to its original state. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the item anyways.

If you are unsure about whether or not one of your items could be salvaged, it is best that you get it analyzed by a professional. If you hire a water damage restoration company to handle a dry out of your property, they will be able to assist you in assessing damage to your personal belongings as well.

To speak to a professional water restoration representative at SERVPRO of South Pasadena, call them today (713) 472-4162. We’ll do our best to your get your home and your belongings back to “Like it never even happened.”

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Avoid coming home to this.
 

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at (713) 472-4162 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Identifying The Category Of Water In Your Home And What It Means

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

What are the categories of water damage?

The Categories of water refer to the range of contamination. Depending on where the water comes from and what is contained inside it helps our SERVPRO of Friendswood/Pearland teams to determine what tools they will need to give you the best clean possible while also protecting themselves.

Category 1: Water that originated from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from exposure, inhalation, or ingestion. Examples of this include broken water supply lines; Appliance malfunctions; rainwater and clean tub or sink overflows.

Category 2: Water that contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by human hands. Examples of this includes an overflow of water from a washing machine; toilet overflow with urine but no feces; and punctured water beds.

Category 3: Water that is grossly contaminated and pathogenic, toxins, or other harmful agents. Examples of this include sewage; storm or flood waters; and water from the trap of the toilet regardless of contents.

Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Treatment

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Though frozen pipes are an uncommon occurrence in our area, they are highly preventable.

With the colder weather officially upon us, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are an uncommon occurrence in Texas, they are highly preventable.  

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.  

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. 
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. 
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes. 
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze. 
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break. 
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. 

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out: 

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe. 
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or another open flame device. 
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.  

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of South Pasadena immediately. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of South Pasadena professionals has the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have. 

 Please call our office at (713) 472-4162.

Tips For Preventing Water Damage in Your Apartment Community

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Water Damage in Your Apartment

With so many shared walls and spaces, water damage in an apartment community can get messy pretty quickly. Of course, you can never know when an emergency situation will occur, but it’s in your best interest as a property manager, as well as in the best interest of your residents, to always be ahead of the game. Take these measures today to prevent water damage tomorrow.

  • Check On Aging Appliances Regularly – Washer hoses should be replaced about every five years. 
  • Repair Old or Damaged Roofs When It’s Dry – Make routine checkups to monitor the condition of the roof(s) at your property. 
  • Stay in Touch with Your Residents and Know When they’re Traveling – If a water leak occurs while they’re away and no one is checking in, a small problem could potentially turn into something much worse.
  • Clear Downspouts Consistently – If you know a storm is about to hit, make sure everything is clear and that water is being effectively carried away from the building.
  • Apply Dry-Proofing Methods – One cost-effective way to prevent large-scale water damage in low-lying areas is to apply waterproofing coatings and sealings. 
  • Check For HVAC System Blockages – If the line that moves condensation from the HVAC system is backed up, it can create serious water damage. Backed up water can seep through ceilings and through light fixtures or in between walls. When water leaks between walls, it can go undetected and result in mold damage in addition to water damage.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (713) 472-4162

Avoid a Water Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don't come home to this.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at (713) 472-4162 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips For Preventing Water Damage in Your Apartment

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Water Damage in Your Apartment

With so many shared walls and spaces, water damage in an apartment community can get messy pretty quickly. Of course, you can never know when an emergency situation will occur, but it’s in your best interest as a property manager, as well as in the best interest of your residents, to always be ahead of the game. Take these measures today to prevent water damage tomorrow.

  • Check On Aging Appliances Regularly – Washer hoses should be replaced about every five years. 
  • Repair Old or Damaged Roofs When It’s Dry – Make routine checkups to monitor the condition of the roof(s) at your property. 
  • Stay in Touch with Your Residents and Know When they’re Traveling – If a water leak occurs while they’re away and no one is checking in, a small problem could potentially turn into something much worse.
  • Clear Downspouts Consistently – If you know a storm is about to hit, make sure everything is clear and that water is being effectively carried away from the building.
  • Apply Dry-Proofing Methods – One cost-effective way to prevent large-scale water damage in low-lying areas is to apply waterproofing coatings and sealings. 
  • Check For HVAC System Blockages – If the line that moves condensation from the HVAC system is backed up, it can create serious water damage. Backed up water can seep through ceilings and through light fixtures or in between walls. When water leaks between walls, it can go undetected and result in mold damage in addition to water damage.

Have Water or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today – (281) 412-6211

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

24/7/365

SERVPRO of S. Pasadena is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
281-412-6211

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of S. Pasadena has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of S. Pasadena

SERVPRO of S. Pasadena specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster To Your Water Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of S. Pasadena provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of S. Pasadena arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (713) 472-4162

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About Us

SERVPRO of S. Pasadena specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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What To Do Until Help Arrives

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Call the experts.

When your commercial property suffers water damage, every second to recovery counts.

Commercial water damage can be especially devastating since more often than not, it affects more than just a single occupant of the building. It can lead to loss of income for businesses, and severe hardship for any employees if they cannot return to work for a period of time. For these reasons and more, you need a clean-up and restoration company you can trust. SERVPRO of S. Pasadena is that company!

There are actions you can take to lessen the damage until our team arrives, thus saving money and time.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible, or contact a qualified party to stop the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

 DON’T

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If water damage of any nature threatens your business, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of S. Pasadena to restore your properties to pre-disaster condition. Commercial water damage can be reversed and we’ll have you back in business in a flash, "Like it never even happened." Please call our office at 281-412-6211, or call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 any time of the day or night for assistance. We are proudly ranked as of one of the leading commercial restoration companies in the nation.

Traveling?

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Check before you leave.

5 Steps To Avoid Coming Home to a Water Damage Catastrophe.

Home water damage is the second most-commonly filed homeowners’ insurance claim, most of them non-weather related. Plumbing mishaps top the charts for water damage in the home.

Those most common mishaps are:
 

  • Busted pipes
  • Toilet overflows
  • Water heater leaks 
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Ice maker malfunctions
  • Sink overflows
  • Busted washing machine hoses
  • Shower and tub leaks and overflows

In most cases, time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a flooded room, the damage can be devastating. Follow these steps to help eliminate the chances of water damage while you’re gone:

  1. Inspect your home for leaks before you leave. Check out the pipes under all sinks as well as hoses to your washing machine and ice maker. Also, examine your water heater, does it have any cracks or rust? If so, take the steps to repair or replace it to avoid coming home to a water-logged home. 
  2. If traveling for any length of time, turn off the main water supply to your home and turn on your faucets to drain your pipes. Also, be sure to flush your toilets after you shut off your water. This will prevent busted pipes due to freezing, and stop the flow of water into your home. Leave the cabinet doors under sinks open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter. You can find foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit right over the pipes at any local hardware store. Protect outdoor faucets by removing any hoses and covering them with foam bib protectors.
  4. Install floor pans under your major appliances. Although they can’t fully protect you from a major leak, they can prevent damage due to small, undetected leaks.
  5. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you travel often, consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your everyday appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

We here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena know that not every water damage can be prevented, so we’re here to help! If you have water damage in your home, please call us immediately at 281-412-6211 to minimize the damage to your home and belongings. We will make it “Like it never even happened."

Fiberglass Insulation

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Warning: Extended contact may cause a severe reaction to the skin. Please exercise caution.

The scary room lurking just a few feet above your head is typically one of the least visited places in the home. It is remarked for its odd bizarre characteristic of being filled with pinkish white cotton candy textured substance. This place is known as none other than the Attic. While it may look like fun to play in the puffy pink clouds, or fiberglass as its known in the construction world, it's not to be messed with except by professionals.

What is Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is made of recycled plastic, glass, and sometimes sand. It keeps your home at a comfortable temperature by insulating you from the changes of the outside world. In other words, it stops the heat from escaping. This can save significantly on your energy bill by not requiring your air conditioning unit to work as hard. 

When to Replace your Insulation

While fiberglass is designed to last for decades at a time, over the years it can wear down. If your home is older and you notice a large spike in your electric bill during the summer it might be the insulation to blame. 

When fiberglass becomes wet it is also time for a replacement. Due to its absorbent nature fiberglass will soak up water. Caught early enough, fiberglass can be dried but if left to sit the best/easiest course of action is to replace it.

Are there Leaks in your Home?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

You can check out https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/plumbing/ to learn more about the cost of having a plumber.

Leaks are one of the least detected damages that can happen to your home. Left untouched, they can rack up quite the price tag in repairs and wasted water. It often takes months or even years for leaks to cause visual damage, but by that point it's too late to take preventative measures. Leaks can weaken structures, waste water, dissolve building materials, create dangerous compounds and foster mold growth. Here is a list of common residential leaks you should check for in your home. 

Crawl Space and Attic Concerns

Sections of your home, such as crawl spaces and attics, are more prone to water damage. Crawl spaces are what builders add under homes to let them put in electrical wires and pipe. A damp, dark crawl space lets mold flourish, causing damage to the structure. Moisture that drips through the concrete foundation of your home will cause leaks in the basement. Leakage of air into the section between the home and the attic can make moisture on the under part of your roof, leading to rotting and mold. Periodically check your home for any of these problems or you may just find it raining indoors during the next storm.

Household Appliances that are Malfunctioning

As they get older, the pipes of household appliances can crack and rust, and their hoses weaken. Washing machines, refrigerators and dishwashers are all susceptible to this deterioration, so keep an eye on your machines when they are older. Washing Machines are the most common culprits for water leakage. Refrigerators are known for causing hidden mold from their exhaust.

Pipe Leaks 

Pipe leaks, in cabinets, behind walls, or anywhere else, are one of the most common sources of water damage Pipes are often deliberately placed out of view of occupants, so when one develops a leak, it can be a very long time before anyone notices. These leaks often occur close to normally dry wood and fabric and once these are consistently soaked by leaking water, they can lose structural integrity or even develop patches of mold growth. In extreme cases, residents sometimes only learn of these leaks when part of their ceiling crashes down into the living room. 

Sink and Toilet Leaks 

These leaks are often much more violent and much more noticeable than a pipe leak because they are usually caused by a resident in some way. As such, they have less potential for long-term water damage, but can be a big problem and cause a bigger mess. Be sure to look at the piping for signs of rusting underneath the sink and toilet from time to time.

Water Tanks and Heaters 

When water heaters or tanks leak, the damage is fortunately usually contained mostly to the container itself rather than immediate surroundings. However, large volumes of water are contained in them regardless and if the entire contents leak out in an area they may cause severe damage to surrounding objects and materials. Remember, your water heater does require annual maintenance. Drain your water tank once a year to clean out the gunk and greatly prolong its lifespan.

What are Water Categories?

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Can you tell the categories of these water samples? Which one would you drink?

The Categories of water refer to the range of contamination. Depending on where the water comes from and what is contained inside it helps our SERVPRO of South Pasadena teams to determine what tools they will need to give you the best clean possible while also protecting themselves.

Category 1: Clean WaterWater that originated from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from exposure, inhalation, or ingestion. Examples of this include broken water supply lines; Appliance malfunctions; rainwater and clean tub or sink overflows.

Category 2: Grey Water. Water that contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by human hands. Examples of this includes an overflow of water from a washing machine; toilet overflow with urine but no feces; and punctured water beds.

Category 3: Black Water.Water that is grossly contaminated and pathogenic, toxins, or other harmful agents. Examples of this include sewage; storm or flood waters; and water from the trap of the toilet regardless of contents.

Suffered A Water Damage? What To Do Until Help Arrives!

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

That isn't a well polished floor, that is water from a busted pipe that has been left to drip. Yikes!

Commercial water damage can be especially devastating since more often than not, it affects more than just a single occupant of the building. It can lead to loss of income for businesses, and severe hardship for any employees if they cannot return to work for a period of time. For these reasons, and more, you need a clean-up and restoration company you can trust. SERVPRO of South Pasadena is that company!

There are actions you can take to lessen the damage until our team arrives, thus saving money and time.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible, or contact a qualified party to stop the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

 DON’T

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If water damage of any nature threatens your business, count on the professionals at SERVPRO of South Pasadena to restore your properties to pre-disaster condition. Commercial water damage can be reversed and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."