Storms have the potential to destroy anything in its path.
2017 was a tough year when it came to storms. Most of Texas felt the danger that storms possess and can cause. Storm season, in Texas is June through November with August and September being the worst months for storms. For 2018, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. The best ways to stay safe is to be informed. Today there are many outlets for news whether its: news channels, weather apps, social media or radio. It’s always best to listen to your local news because the city government can release information faster that way.
If a local government is giving orders to evacuate make sure to follow the best you can. Plan accordingly for the trip and make sure all priority belongings are with you. If you are in an area that does not have evacuation orders, be sure you have your supplies ready. Visit www.ready.gov to get information on how to prepare for a hurricane. Your home and belongings can be replaced, however you can’t. It is best to stay alert and be willing to relocate if necessary.
After the storm has passed, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help – give us a call at 361-985-6444.
Restoring Fire and Smoke Damage
For most homeowners, a fire can be a traumatic experience. Whether the damage is minor or major, there is still clean-up to be done. Smoke leaves soot residue, and depending on the surface, restoration may involve dry cleaning and/or wet cleaning of ceilings, walls, floors and contents. Methods of cleaning also depend on the type of smoke produced by the fire. Not all soot residues are the same. Depending on the materials that burned, the soot left behind may be powdery, or leave particles that can be easily smeared. You might be able to see some of those particles in the form of "smoke webs", which look similar to spider webs, but will easily smear if you wipe them off. Different cleaning methods are used to remove the residues left behind, and our technicians are trained to recognize the procedures needed to clean up your home. If you have a fire in your home - no matter the size - call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East and let us help you through the clean-up process.
Are you ready?
Hurricane season is fast approaching, and it's time to start thinking if your Corpus Christi business is ready. The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or a hurricane. No one ever plans on a disaster, but pre-planning gives you the peace of mind that you are ready for whatever happens. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Basically, it's a guide designed for your business to help you get back into your building following a disaster. It serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information, such as where water or electrical shut-offs are-or your emergency contacts. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
This assessment is not cost to you, and contains only the critical information you need in the event of an emergency. Plus you have 24/7 access to it at any time through a desktop computer, or an app on your phone or tablet.
Call us today at (361)985-6444 to get started on your free profile!
Category 3 Water Damage
Sewage/flood overflow is a dangerous type of Category 3 water damage.
Category 3 Water Damage
There are many water sources that contribute to your water damage, and they are classified as Category 1 (Clean Water), Category 2 (Gray Water), and Category 3 (Black Water). Out of the three categories, category 3 is the most unsanitary type of water damage.
Flood water is one source of unsanitary water in a home or business. This is something to be aware of as we enter hurricane season. But the most common source of category 3 water is a sewer back up. Per IICRC guidelines, any porous materials that come in contact with the contaminated water should be removed and disposed. This includes carpet, carpet pad, and drywall.
Our water technicians are all IICRC certified and know what to do, and the steps to take, in cleaning up category 3 water. We know how stressful water damage can be, and they are there to help guide you through any water situation that you encounter.
Remember, the sooner you mitigate your water damage, the less chance you have of major repairs. Give us a call at 361-985-6444 – we’re here to help!
Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?
Mold can spread on surfaces in as little at 48 hours
Mold spores are everywhere, both indoors and out. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
* Mold spores are present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
* Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems. They even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet.
* Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. If you sustain a water damage in your home or business, the faster you dry it out, the less chance you have for mold growth.
* Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
* Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45%.
In the State of Texas, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) regulates businesses that test for mold, or perform mold cleanup (remediation). A licensed Mold Assessment Consultant evaluates whether mold growth is present and to what extent. A Mold Remediation Contractor performs the mold cleanup following a protocol written by the consultant. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is a licensed Mold Remediation Company, and has two licensed Mold Remediation Contractors on staff. To prevent conflicts of interest, the Rules prohibit a licensee from conducting both mold assessment and mold remediation on the same project.
For more information regarding the State's rules and regulations for mold assessment and remediation, please visit their website at https://tdlr.texas.gov
It's Spring Cleaning Time!
Time to clean!
When you think of spring cleaning, the obvious comes to mind. Dusting, cleaning floors, reducing clutter. But what about your air conditioning ducts? Summer will soon be upon us and your air conditioner will be running full time. Over time, dust and contaminants can build up in your ductwork. Do you have indoor pets? Pet hair and dander can also accumulate in your ductwork over time. Are there smokers in the house? Nicotine can build up in the ducts which affects the air quality and freshness of the area. Dirty ducts can circulate odors and that irritating dust that keeps accumulating in your home or office. Cleaning your air ducts, along with regularly changing your filters, will improve your air quality and freshen up your home. Call us at 361-985-6444 for more information, or to schedule an air duct cleaning appointment.
"It Looks Dry"
We often hear comments such as "it looks dry" or "it feels dry", from home owners or property managers that have had water damage to their property. But often times, a structure that has been affected by water intrusion does not dry out quickly when relying on Mother Nature. Did you know that there is an actual science behind the process of drying a structure? When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material - but only if the air is - actually drier. As we all know, here along the coast, higher humidity is a fact of life. Some may think that a couple of fans and the air conditioner will take care of it - but how will you know? That's where SERVPRO comes in. We have the monitoring and drying equipment to speed up the drying process before it leads to further damage, such as mold or wood rot. All of our technicians are trained in the science of drying, and follow IICRC standards when drying a structure. With the right equipment, and experienced employees, why risk trying to let it dry on its own. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is an IICRC Certified Firm
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This non-profit organization writes the procedures and standards for water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning. Cleaning and restoration companies must meet a list of standards before they can become IICRC Certified Firms. Those standards include a commitment to conduct business with honesty and integrity, and maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident. All technicians must be formally trained and pass the required exams to become IICRC certified in each particular area.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is an IICRC Certified Firm. We send our employees to training classes to become certified for their job position. Some of their certifications include:
WRT Certified (Water Damage Restoration Technician)
ASD Certified (Advanced Structural Drying Technician)
FSRT Certified (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)
OCT (Odor Control Technician)
SMT Certified (Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician)
CCT Certified (Carpet Cleaning Technician)
UFT Certified (Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician)
Check the IICRC website at IICRC.org for valuable consumer information.
Commercial Water Damage
Restoring Your Corpus Christi Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Corpus Christi commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.