Does this seem like the wettest winter in Sugar Land? Temperatures are lower, more rain has fallen, and heavier winds have over taken Sugar Land. If we recall correctly, it has been a long time since we’ve seen these kinds of weather patterns. While we have no control over the weather, we do have the opportunity to keep the weather from affecting our homes or business. To help prevent weather related damages from hurting your home or business, apply some of the following to tips to protect your property:
- Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to help ensure it can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the home or business
- Wrap water pipes in your crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and prevent freezing
- If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
Give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call if you have any additional questions. Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!
Winterize Your Business
The winter months may call for some businesses to take some standard precautionary measures to help protect their company. These measures include basic maintenance checks and preparation to help ensure your business and employees remain safe. A few tips include:
- Check your business property for down tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves or debris accumulates causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats on non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present
SERVPRO of Sugar Land is a team of specialists, trained in cleanup and care for your business. We are always here to help make disasters “Like it never even happened.” Give our team a call today if you experience any water or fire damage at (281) 313-1338.
Space Heater Safety
Cold temperatures call for some residents to seek out other heat sources in an effort to keep living spaces comfortable. The most common supplemental heat source is a portable space heater. Space heaters are easy to use and can quickly generate heat to warm up a home up from a real cold day. Consider the following these tips to minimize risks of a heating related fire in your home:
- Keep it three feet away from anything that can burn
- Do not use extension cords
- Turn off space heater when leaving the room or going to bed
- Don't use a space heater in a damp or wet area unless it's specifically made for that purpose
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and test monthly
Mold Safety Tips
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all molds 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 molds, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is 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 or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- 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 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If you see any signs of mold, Call SERVPRO of Sugar Land Today – (281) 313-1338
Pipe Freeze Prevention
We are ringing in the New Year with freezing cold temperatures and this winter weather can take a toll on your home and property. We at SERVPRO of Sugar Land want to make sure you know the correct steps to take to prevent damages to your home and more importantly disruptions to your life. To limit potential for frozen pipes consider the following steps:
- Allow faucet to drip
- Seal up cracks and holes
- Apply heating tape
- Add extra insulation
If winter and cold weather take their toll on your home, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call, (281) 313- 1338. SERVPRO of Sugar Land has highly trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done. Our team is dedicated to help you when disaster strikes!
Emergency Ready Profile
Do you own a small business? You can't always prevent disasters from happening, but you can always be prepared. Start the New Year off by letting SERVPRO of Sugar Land help you stay in business by helping you be prepared for unplanned disasters. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By creating a Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) with SERVPRO of Sugar Land you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. The Emergency Ready Profile provides critical details of your facility along with immediate contact information that provides a guide to get you back into your building after a disaster. 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. Be ready and get a free Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Sugar Land, give our office a call at (281) 313-1338. We are dedicated to help make disasters "Like it never even happened."
Exterior Pipe Safety Tips
It’s the holiday season and with that comes cooler holiday temperatures. As the temperatures occasionally drop below freezing here in Texas, consider the safety of your home and prevent disaster striking by not leaving any pipes exposed. Here are a few tips to consider, to avoid any busted pipes this holiday season:
- Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
- Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
- Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
- Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
- During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
- If you need to be away from home, drain your water system before you go
- Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts
Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Sugar Land for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Christmas Tree Safety
As the holiday song goes “It’s the holiday season, so whoop-de-do!” During this holiday season, many of us have a beautifully decorated Christmas tree as part of the tradition to the season. It is important that the tree is carefully decorated to ensure a safe holiday season. Over the years, Christmas tree fires have been responsible for property damage. Most resulted from electrical malfunctions from Christmas tree lights such as faulty wiring, plugs, or even having the tree placed too close to a candle or fire place. To help avoid any fire damages, follow these simple steps.
- Ensure trees are secured and sturdy in the tree stand to prevent them from tipping over
- Use tested and UL-approved lighting when decorating trees or other holiday decorations
- Carefully check light strands for frayed, faulty or exposed wiring, broken bulbs or loose bulb connections
- Make sure to water live trees daily; dried out trees increases fire risk
- Ensure artificial trees are fire resistant
- Set up trees at least three feet away from heat sources (lamp, fire places, candles or radiators)
- Make sure tree is not blocking an exit
Your safety is important to us during the holiday season here at SERVPRO of Sugar Land. If you experience any type of fire damage do not hesitate to call our team (281) 313-1338. Our team is here to help you when disaster strikes.
Winterize Your Home and Business
The temperature is dropping here in Sugar Land and cold weather can have an impact on your homes and businesses. This calls for homeowners and business owners to take some precautionary measures to help protect their property. In order to avoid costly and time-consuming damages due to harsh winter weathers, take some precautions. Some basic tips to winterize your home this winter includes:
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep slow trickles of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to future roof problems and water damage.