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Emergency Fire Damage Tips for Corpus Christi

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know every 90 seconds a residential fire occurs somewhere in the U.S.? If a fire strikes your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help

Until a SERVPRO professional arrives, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration:

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home and keep your hands clean. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into your carpet or upholstery.
  • Place old, dry colorfast towels or linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. Protect the surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Change your HVAC filter.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean any carpet or upholstery, without first contacting a SERVPRO professional.
  • Consume any food, beverages or medicines that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

For other emergency tips for your home, please contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.

Commercial Mold Containment with SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

When your Corpus Christi East business faces mold contamination, our professionals are here to help! We have a very specific process to contain the mold from spreading to other areas of your business to protect it. Here are some things you might want to know about our containment! 

Containment is important because mold can very easily spread. When there is mold present often times we need to remove drywall and flooring, and the mold spores can travel through the air. The containment will keep any rogue spores in the area that is already affected.

Containment prevents further mold contamination, by creating a barrier between the affected area and the rest of your home. In most cases, this is achieved by the use of plastic sheeting which should block the space from the rest of the home and sealing off air vents, Our team will also set up a fan that exhausts outside the home to create a negative pressure zone which should prevent mold from becoming airborne. 

While working in the contained area, our professionals will wear protective safety gear to help prevent tracking spores outside of containment. This may include clothing and shoe covered where are only worn in the workspace and then are removed before going anywhere else.

If you suspect you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East a call!

Can Hardwood Floors Be Restored After Corpus Christi Water Damage?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Delivers All Types of Wet Flooring Mitigation and Remediation Options

When your beautiful hardwood floors flood after a plumbing leak, appliance malfunction, or storm event in Corpus Christi, you might fear that tear-out and replacement is the only solution. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians have learned many strategies to remove water and dry the hardwood carefully, often resulting in a return to the previous condition over the whole or most of the floor.

What Procedures Do Professional Water Restorers Follow with Wet Hardwood?

Genuine hardwood flooring is more resilient than you might think. Its natural resistance to moisture makes it a great type of flooring to be able to be salvaged.

Our Corpus Christi East SERVPRO crews will:

  • Assess for hazards
  • Adjust the conditions to proceed safely
  • Remove standing water with pumps and extractors, assisted by squeegees.
  • Use negative pressure moisture suction methods such as floor mats to pull water from several layers.
  • Consider removing some strips or planks to gain access for water removal and drying.
  • Use moisture detectors and meters (both in the damaged area and in an affected space) to determine the damage’s extent and help set drying goals.
  • Devise and implement a drying plan

We understand how stressful it is to have your home have water damage. Have the confidence that SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can return your hardwood floors and home to its original condition. Call us at (361) 985-6444 any time of the day or night.

Your Generator Maintenance Guide | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Typical Standby Generator Maintenance

With the crazy weather patterns in Corpus Christi the past year, it is important to be prepared in the event of another disaster. We recommend having a generator handy in the event the storm impacts last days on end. In order to ensure your generator is functioning properly take these maintenance tips into consideration. 

The typical life expectancy for a generator is between 20,000 and 30,000 hours, serving a crucial role while waiting for a storm restoration company to come to your business. 

Weekly
You are going to need to perform small maintenance tasks every week. These include:

  • Running the engine
  • Checking for alarms or warnings
  • Ensuring adequate fuel levels for an emergency
  • Setting the engine to auto mode
  • Checking that the circuit breaker is closed
  • Ensuring there are no leaks

Monthly
On a monthly basis, you will need to spend more time checking fluid levels, such as the coolant and oil. You should also check the battery to ensure you are ready for a disaster.

Bi-Annual
You are going to want to check the thermal protection levels every six months. At the same time, inspect the drive belts to ensure they have the proper tension and are in good condition.

Annual
A certified technician will need to come out every year and perform crucial tasks, such as changing the engine oil, fuel filter, air filter, and spark plugs. If any extra maintenance is needed, like a coolant system flush, your technician will perform these items at your annual service. 

Taking precautions like this can have many benefits for your home or business. The primary one is that you put off replacing your equipment longer. If you are looking to push the maximum number of hours and avoid generator problems, you need to consider required preventative maintenance.

For any storm related damage, call the storm professionals at (361) 985-6444.

Say Goodbye To Funky Smells In Your Corpus Christi Restaurant!

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Does your Corpus Christi East restaurant smell like a bad recipe? Do you have customers come into your place and wrinkle their nose? Or they walk in and then leave without ordering anything. You know you’re in need of odor removal when customers suddenly lose their appetite when entering your restaurant. We know it’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s one we, at SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East, have experience correcting! So, how can we help you with your odor problems? 

Here are some ways SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East will get your restaurant sweet-smelling once again:

Deep Cleaning

Sometimes you need a bit more than the everyday cleaning job your staff does. Just like we do deep cleaning a couple of times a year in our homes, it is essential to have this done in our restaurants as well. Restaurants enjoy a thorough cleaning of the floors, drapes, blinds, carpeting, and upholstery. Food smells can become trapped El Paso has specialty cleaning services to ensure your restaurant gets deep cleaned.

Deodorization

Not only does your Corpus Christi East restaurant need deep cleaning, but it needs an odor removal process using deodorization. Our staff is trained to discover what is causing the odors. This is an important first step in eliminating odors. Once our staff knows where the smell is emanating from, then we can use the proper formula to remove it. We have several different deodorizing formulas created to get to the source of the bad smells. Odor removal is not just about hiding or covering up offending smells, but it’s essential to go to the root of the problem and neutralize it.

Inspect for mold

Mold is one thing that not only leaves a musty odor, but it has a negative impact on your health. That’s why it’s so important to determine if mold is the culprit and, if so, to begin action right away to combat it. We have tools and equipment that help us determine if there is a mold problem. It doesn’t take much for mold to develop and then spread. If you suspect mold, we will discover the source and work to isolate it, then eliminate it.

At SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East, we make cleaning and restoration our expertise. We train and educate our staff to combat stinky smells wherever they may be. 

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East's A-Z Summer Safety List

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants everyone to have a fantastic and safe last few weeks of summer vacation. Use this guide to do so!

A is for Aloe: Buy an aloe vera plant and use gel from leaves, or use a product containing aloe vera skin gel specifically for mild sunburns.

B is for Beach: Always remember to bring proper sun protection (a hat, umbrella, sunscreen, water, and towel or blanket).

C is for Careful Around Water: Drowning is always a risk when babies and children are near water. Do not leave any child alone near pools, the ocean, or lakes.

D is for Driving Comfortably: Use a shade to protect seats (and baby seats) from overheating in the hot sun. Never leave a baby, child, or pet in your car alone — especially in the summer, which can be deadly!

E is for Eyes: Help protect your child’s eyes with UV-blocking lenses that have a strap to keep them on. 

F is for Food Safety: When the weather gets warmer, the risk of food spoilage increases. Pack food in an insulated cooler with plenty of ice packs and keep it closed.

G is for Grilling: When you grill, use one plate for raw foods and another for cooked. 

H is for Hat: Avoid sunburns by dressing your baby in protective clothing, including a brimmed hat and protective lightweight clothing to cover exposed skin.

I is for Independence Day: July 4 is one of the highest days of the year for injuries from fireworks. 

J is for Jellyfish: If you or a family member is stung by a jellyfish, carefully remove the tentacle and walk to the nearest lifeguard station for proper first aid.

K is for Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Nausea, headache, muscle cramps, and heavy sweating — all signs of heat exhaustion. Getting to a cool place to bring the body’s temperature down, drinking water, and resting can help.

L is for Life Jacket: Children should wear life jackets in and around any body of water.

M is for Medication Safety: It takes only a minute for kids to get into something when they are out of sight. Put away medications; store them up and out of sight and reach.

N is for Nighttime: Consider attending a New Orleans Park with children. Be sure to bring a flashlight for the walk back to the car. Visit the website to learn more.

O is for Ocean: Check ocean water quality before going for a swim, especially after a storm. For updates on water quality, check here.

P is for Pesticide Safety: Avoid all pesticide use around pregnant women and children. 

Q is for Quality Control when eating outdoors: Be sure to follow food safety and sanitation standards for cooking and storing perishable food, while picnicking or barbecuing.

R is for Relaxing: When the temperatures rise, slowing down and taking breaks can help protect your family from heat-related health issues.

S is for Sunscreen: While the sun can supply lots of beneficial vitamin D, avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and protect skin.

T is for Tides: Check the tide schedule before taking a trip to the beach. 

U is for UV Rays: UV rays from the sun are strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Use a good amount of sunscreen, find shade or cover up with light-blocking clothing.

V is for Vacation: If you’re planning a weekend getaway, create a checklist for you and your family to stay safe on the go. 

W is for Water: On hot summer days, it’s important to hydrate with plain water. Soda and sugary drinks can make you feel thirstier. 

X is for eXcluding Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, which can result in serious illness. Use tight-fitting screens in windows and close doors to keep them out.

Y is for Yellow Jackets and Other Pests: Yellowjackets, wasps and other flying pests can become a nuisance during picnics and other times outdoors. Keep them away by mixing 2 ounces of mint extract with 10 ounces rubbing alcohol, and pour ingredients into spray bottle. Spray down picnic and play areas. 

Z is for Zinc Oxide: Zinc oxide is a powerful sunscreen, and many types for children change color to let you know when to reapply. 

Why SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East for Hotel Water Damage

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage close your hotel. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East has the know-how to quickly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Can Efficiently Remove Water from Your Corpus Christi Hotel

Being near the beach, Corpus Christi East is home to many hotels providing luxurious rooms to travelers and those on vacation. If water damage from burst pipes impacts your hotel carpets, you need water mitigation quickly. You want as little as possible disruption to your guests coming in and out of the hotel. The last thing you want is guests writing bad reviews because of water issues. 

How Do You Restore Carpeting After Water Damage? 

More than just your carpets get impacted by water intrusion in your hotel. Hallways, staircases, and wooden structures such as the service desk can be damaged. Water restoration in Corpus Christi East involving carpets begins with the right water extraction process. The proper extraction tools can remove water faster than drying alone. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East has trained water restoration technicians (WRT) who precisely know what is needed to restore your carpets.  

Stationary Extraction Tools  

While moving extraction tools help certain types of materials, they are not always the best thing for plush carpets. Stationary extraction methods involve using the technician's weight to apply downward pressure and push the water to the surface. The water then gets pulled through a vacuum system attached to the device. Our largest stationary units can cover 200 square inches at one time. Other extraction methods our WRT techs can use include: 

  • Portable or truck-mounted units
  • Carpet wands
  • Self-propelled extraction tools 

Once the water gets extracted from your carpet and padding, the drying process begins. We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers in the correct ratio for optimum drying power. Our teams work quickly and efficiently to get the job done. You want to get back to business as soon as possible, and we want that too. 

For any commercial water damage needs, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here with a team of trained professionals; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East at (361) 985-6444 for expert water restoration service. 

Leaving Your Hotel "Like it never even happened." 

Don't Fall Victim to Fire Damage | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

"A person who fails to plan, plans to fail."

Even when taking safety precautions, you can fall victim to a house fire at a moment's notice. In order to be prepared for a devastating event such as a house fire, it is important to have a plan in place and make sure all family members know what to do during a fire.

A fire damage cleanup plan for your Corpus Christi East home should include:

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
  • Plans for where you and your family will stay after a fire.
  • The details of your insurance company.
  • A file of important information about your family and pets, including medical needs.
  • Emergency contact details such as your doctor, vet, and a fire damage cleanup company.

Never enter your home until you have clearance from the fire department. Many homes are not structurally sound after a fire. The next step is to call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East. We can take care of every aspect of fire damage cleanup, from removing soot stains and smells to overseeing redecorating and structural repairs.

If you need a fire damage cleanup company, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East (361) 985-6444.

Our Advanced Technology and Techniques for Water Damage

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

What sets SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East apart is our advanced technology and techniques that allow us to be pioneers in the restoration industry. The technology and best practices we use allows SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East to get your home or business back to its preloss condition in no time!

When we first get to a job we need to measure the water damage using infrared cameras and moisture detection and measurement devices. The infrared camera allows us to see what the naked eye cannot see. 

Our powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the water from your home or business. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East uses both Truck-mounted and portable extraction units to perform efficient water removal.

Our drying equipment includes Industrial-grade dehumidifiers that help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture and High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

Our professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

If you are experiencing water damage in your Corpus Christi East home or business call us today!

Reducing Fire Risks in Your Corpus Christi East Office

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Offices across the United States suffer from fires more often than you think. In fact, every year in the US 17,000 office and stores have fires that result in $800 million in damages. A fire in the workplace is devastating to not only employees but also the business owner. Depending on how large the fire is if you are not prepared the likelihood of recovering can lower. Educating employees on common fire risks and ensuring they follow protocol can help minimize fires.

Damaged Power Cords

Because offices are jampacked with computers, phones, printers, kitchen appliances, and more, over time the electrical system can become overwhelmed. This can cause electrical shock which can result in a spark or fire starting. To avoid this from happening, check on your electrical panels regularly and make sure no wires are corroded. 

Dust

If your office is not regularly being cleaned, dust is accumulating. When dust builds up on wood, metal, and plastic it can become a fire hazard. Items that heat up such as computers, microwaves, and wires should always be kept dust-free.

Combustible Materials

Offices often have many papers, boxes, furnishing, and packaging lying around. All of these items can cause a fire to spread quicker than normal. Although many items are important to the daily functions of the office, try to keep it as tidy and minimal as possible. Fireproof furniture and desks should also be considered for the purposes of limiting what gets damaged and how fast the fire spreads.

Computers

Most offices have one computer per employee. Depending on how many employees you have, those can all be fire hazards. Employees should ensure they are not letting their computers overheat, or leaving laptops on materials that can catch fire if the laptop heats up too much. All employees should shut down their computers daily, and especially on the weekend.

After learning of all the fire hazards present in offices, it is important to have a plan. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East offers an Emergency Ready Profile which allows for us to start mitigation sooner to get you back into your building quicker. Call us today to get one!