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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!

What Makes SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East Great?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Want to know why so many families and local business owners in the Corpus Christi East area trust our team? Here’s what we offer our customers:

We're as local as they come

Yes, SERVPRO is a national brand but each franchise is independently owned and operated by locals! However, because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

Around the clock service Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state and ready for you to make good memories in once more. When it’s an emergency, we’re available at any time (yes, even on holidays)!

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues. We're also highly trained in mold and construction. So from start to finish, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East has your back!

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from fire/water/mold damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

No matter how big or small your home or business' problem is, let us lead the way to a stress-free mitigation. 

Keeping Your Corpus Christi East Attic Water-Free

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Your attic is one of the most vulnerable spots for water leaks. That is why it is essential to protect your attic before the water becomes a problem.

A leaking roof is the most common cause of water damage in Corpus Christi East attics. However, if you have appliances or an HVAC system in your attic, they might also lead to water damage issues.

Water damage comes in many forms, but it is easy to spot. If you notice any of the below issues on your ceiling or walls you most likely have water damage. 

  • Dark or Wet Spots. 
  • Cracking, Bubbling, or Flaking. 
  • Pooling Water or Puddles.
  • Sounds of Running Water.
  • Increase in Utility Bills.
  • Damp, Musty, or Moldy Smell.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect your attic:

  • Keep your roof in good condition – deal with any leaks or missing shingles immediately. Roofs can last anywhere from 15-100+ years depending on the type of material. 
  • Ensure your attic has good insulation and ventilation.
  • If you have any appliances up there, check them regularly and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Run a dehumidifier in your attic to lower moisture levels.
  • Make sure there are no pests in your attic that could eat away any materials. 

If you think you have water damage, give SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East a call. Our technicians can scan for hidden water sources and pinpoint possible leaks. We also have state of the art technology and equipment for our technicians to dry out your attic.

Do You Know How to Shut Off the Water?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Many workplaces always call on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. But what if they were out of town, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off? Where do you start?  

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can help commercial property managers in planning for water, fire, and storm damage. How? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department!  

By having a plan of action and including it in your regular training at your office, you can minimize the cost of an unplanned event. Such things could be a busted pipe, a fire, or any other type of disaster man-made or natural disaster.   

Is your business ready for a disaster? Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headaches. A SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties. Make an appointment today to get started!  

If the unthinkable happens, call SERVPRO of  Corpus Christi East! We are available seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened." 

3 Things You Should Not Do After a Flood in Your Corpus Christi East Home

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

When dealing with floodwater, many homeowners are tempted to put themselves or their families at risk in an effort to save their home or their possessions. These are three things you should not do after a flood.  

Don't Stay in Your Home 
After a flood, there is not much you can do to prevent damage by staying. If you have time, you can place sandbags, move possessions to higher ground, board up windows and take other precautions, but once flooding is imminent, it is best to evacuate to a shelter. Attempting to remain in your home puts you at risk of drowning, electrocution, and contact with contaminants in the water. It also puts the emergency workers who will have to assist you if you get in trouble at risk.  
  

Don't Rely on Do-It-Yourself Solutions 
You may be able to repair the water damage from a minor flood yourself, but when major flooding occurs, by the time it is safe to re-enter buildings, the damage is usually too severe for most do-it-yourself attempts to be successful. Have a plan in place to deal with the floodwater. Contact your insurance company. Don't count on being able to obtain equipment, such as generators, protective gear, and pumps, that you would need to attempt to dry out your property yourself.  

Don't Walk or Drive Through Standing Water Downed power lines can electrify standing water, posing an electrocution risk. As little as six inches of water can damage your car and cause traction issues. Flood water poses significant risks to homeowners attempting to salvage their property after a flood. It is best to let your insurance company and restoration professionals take the lead and avoid putting yourself at risk, in most cases. 

Simple Ways to Be Green! | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Climate change has a large impact on many aspects of our lives, including damage to our homes, more expensive home insurance, unbearable outside working conditions, higher electric bills, allergies and health risks, poor water quality, and more! We have listed ways easy ways to become “greener” and help our beautiful planet.  

  • Use your diet to help climate change. Try participating in meatless Mondays.  
  • Try a foodprint calculator to find out exactly how your meals impact the planet. 
  • It’s time to start plogging aka picking up trash while jogging! This is a fun and effective way to get a workout in while cleaning the community. 
  • Change your paper bills to online billing. 
  • Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
  • Help protect pollinators by going pesticide-free! We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future. 
  • Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides 
  • Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op. 
  • Use a reusable water bottle to make a big impact on your plastic consumption. 
  • Avoid single-use plastic items, and if possible, buy products in glass or paper. Glass products are easily reused, and paper is a much friendlier product to the environment. 
  • Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items. 
  • Always read labels! Use environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning products to avoid washing toxic chemicals down the drain! 
  • Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head. 
  • Save electricity and turn off lights when you leave the room. 
  • Use long-lasting light bulbs and flip the light switch off when you leave the room. 
  • Bike more. Drive less. 
  • Use cloth towels instead of paper towels. 
  • Stop idling in your car. 
  • Invest in a rainwater collection system. There's so much you can use this non-drinking water for — like cleaning or watering plants. 
  • Take the steps instead of the elevator.  
  • Use paper, metal, or glass straws instead of plastic straws. 
  • Unsubscribe from junk mail. 
  • Make your yard creature friendly with bird feeders, birdhouses, and birdbaths.   

Here are SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East, we do everything we can to be environmentally friendly and help save the planet. Let us know how you plan to pledge to be greener this Earth Day and every day!  

Why You Need to Address Your Corpus Christi East Home Water Damage Right Away

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage is extremely serious and needs to be addressed immediately in your Corpus Christi home. Within minutes, water can spread through your property and saturate everything. This includes walls, floors, upholstery, books, documents, and pictures.

Within 1 to 24 hours your drywall will begin to swell and break down, a musty odor will appear, and metal surfaces will tarnish. Between 48 hours to 1 week, mold will grow and spread, paint will blister, metal will corrode, and doors will begin to warp. After one week the damage will be so serious that the cost and time to restore your home will be astronomical, and the structural safety of the home will pose risks to those who live there.

Because water damage is not uncommon in the Corpus Christi area it is important to familiarize yourself with the below steps on how to mitigate water damage in your home. 

  1. Turn off the electricity to prevent electrical problems. 
  2. Address the source of the water and stop it from flooding your home.
  3. Remove standing water with specialized pumps or vacuums, but you can also do this manually. 
  4. Dry out the remaining water with fans and dehumidifiers to speed the drying process. 
  5. Sanitize affected items based on what type of water it came into contact with. 
  6. Restore items that can be salvaged and replace damaged items to prevent contamination and mold growth.

If the damage is too large for you to handle on your own, know that your local SERVPRO® of Corpus Christi East is available 24/7 to restore your home, personal belongings, and give you back your peace of mind. 

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cities all across America experience flooding to some extent. According to the National Weather Service, common sources of floods include: 

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Although Corpus Christi is not known to experience heavy snow, residents often travel to where it does snow and should be wary of the potential flooding impacts. On the contrary, Corpus Christi residents do experience large amounts of rainfall, flash flooding, river flooding, and systems. 

After a flood, you should tune in to your local news for updates and pertinent information. Always avoid floodwater and any damage such as fallen trees. Be sure to contact loved ones that might have also been affected by the flood to make sure they are fine.

If your home or business experiences a flood, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East can assist! We can get your back to your preloss condition in no time. We help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Using Technology During a Storm | SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where you are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!

Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.

Social Media for News

Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster. 

Mark Yourself Safe

Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family. 

Use Online Storage

Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important if your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!

Create an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East  offers an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for free. Creating an ERP will help prepare your property or business in the event of a disaster.  Creating this profile will help prevent interruption by having an immediate plan of action and setting SERVPRO® Corpus Christi East as your main point of contact in the case of an emergency. We will have all the information on file needed to make sure mitigation and restoration go smoothly. 

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East  should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration due to our experience and 24/7/365 service. Contact us today if you are interested in signing up for an ERP or have questions or concerns about a recent property disaster.