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Preparing an Emergency Kit

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Results after a sever storm can be devastating if you are not prepared for the situation. That is why SERVPRO of Sugar Land is encouraging to follow some tips in case of an event that a severe storm is approaching. 

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Emergency food and water
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Important documents and cash
  • Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal

These are a list of basic supplies just in case disaster may strike. It is encouraged that everyone has an emergency kit.  Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.  Our team at SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to help you when disaster strikes! 

TIps for Keeping The Workplace Safe

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

HERE to Help virus For your disinfecting needs, give our team a call at SERVPRO of Sugar Land (281) 313-1338!

If your business is still operating during these uncharted times encourage your team to:

  • Practice Good Hygiene
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizers frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  • Be Careful with Meetings and Travel
  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Handle Food Carefully
    • Limit sharing food with others
    • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
    • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

PLEASE STAY HOME if anyone is feeling sick, or if an employee has a sick family member in their home

CALL SERVPRO of Sugar Land for your cleaning and disinfecting needs at (281) 313-1338.

Spring Cleaning

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Spring cleaning and cleaning wood floors SERVPRO logo Spring cleaning is the time to get a fresh start to the spring season!

Spring has arrived and what better time of the year to clean the clutter out than now?  A lot of us now are at home during these uncharted times, and while we may have some extra time on our hands why not start on some home cleaning projects.  So while we are staying home, clear out old items that may be taking up too much space in your home by selling or even donating these (un)used items. Below are some resources to help you start your spring cleaning to get you back on track to the lifestyle you want.

  • Make your own checklist:

Create a plan of action. Take an area and break it down into sections. Create different tasks that needs to be done around the house or office. Once the list has been made considering the time each task may take. By doing so, this may help organize the time it takes, which you can adjust your schedule accordingly throughout the rooms. [Using this checklist, you can divide the tasks by estimated times and create a flexible schedule giving yourself some spare time]

  • Organize and pace yourself:

A really good deep spring cleaning should take more than a day. Set aside a weekend to steadily get the major chores done. An average amount of time to clean an area can take about 2-6 hours. As you start your spring cleaning, organize your time and tackle the big chores first. Declutter the room by sorting out and organize items into different piles. Once these tasks have been attacked then clean the surfaces with the tough grime and wiping down counter tops and polishing it. Don't overlook the items in plainsight such as kitchen appliances. Also, address the little small hidden crevasses. Don't rush - This will not happen in one afternoon, organize your time and pace yourself as you work on these chores.

  • Work from the top down:

Like cleaning a car, you start from the top and work your way down. When you begin dusting a room, it would only make sense to start at the top and work your way down. By starting from the top, you will be able to save more time and energy instead of having to repeat the task at hand.

Helpful hint: there is always an exception to the rules and cleaning walls can be considered one of those exceptions. When cleaning the walls it may be better to start from the bottom up, then back down again. Dirty soap streaks may be left behind and harder to clear off clean walls rather than dirty walls. Work your way back up to remove any drips.

  • Dry clean before adding water to the mix:

Start with dusting before mopping. By adding water, the debris can be created into a big mess of muddy gunk. Helpful hints: sweep before mopping. Dust fan blades before washing them (with water) and vacuums or wipe windows before washing them as well.

  • Keep up rather than catch up:

To make your future spring cleaning easier on you, create a monthly checklist of a task to do. Break it up by room or sections followed by a flexible schedule to get these chores accomplished.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialist Can Restore your Home

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee working We make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Sugar Land is an IICRC firm.  The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.  IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. 

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.  These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufactures, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contracts, and public health professionals.  

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated.  The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. 

Electrical Fire

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you checked around your home lately for any faulty wires, electrical cords, or power strips? If not, now is a great time to do it.  Many homes have wires with insulation that has been worn off, rubbed off, or bitten off (rodents) that can lead to electrical fires. Many of these wiring issues can potentially cause a fire in your home which can result in a lot of damage to your property. 

 

If you have a small fire outbreak due to these types of wiring issues, give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call.  Our company has trained professionals and our company is a fire restoration company that will help fix your smoke damaged home and help salvage your property! Our team has the tools and equipment to remove soot from walls and filter out lingering smoke odors.  Don’t hesitate to give our team a call today for your smoke and fire needs. (281) 313-1338

Call SERVPRO of Sugar Land if you are dealing with a Ruptured Water Pipe

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in a living room SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to helping our community when disaster strikes.

Are you dealing with a ruptured water pipe in your Sugar Land home?  SERVPRO of Sugar Land understands the stress after a water pipe may have busted and here to help when disaster strikes.   Our team member will guide you through this crisis by assessing the situation and begin the mitigation process.  If excess water is found in the home, our team will extract the water.  Once the water has been pumped out of the structure, fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers will need to be installed through the affected areas to remove residual moisture from the property.  Our team is here when the water damage is too much to handle.  SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to helping our community when disaster strikes.  A team member is available 24 hours, 7 days a week!  No job is too big or small for SERVPRO of Sugar Land!

Scope Of Cleanup Protocol (COVID-19)

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Virus cells in background SERVPRO of Sugar Land is here for our community during this time!

SERVPRO of Sugar Land is working hard helping those in our community at this time during this extraordinary time.  As we continue to learn more about the pandemic we want to ensure to our community that we are here to help during this time.  

SERVPRO of Sugar Land can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure   The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at the minimum.  These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground equipment
  • Fitness equipment

Proper Remediation Can Help Prevent Additional Damage

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Flames cover the entire photo.  SERVPRO of Sugar Land logo and company information on the far top right hand corner. Available 24/7 365 days, SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here to help when fire disaster strikes!

Although kitchen fires generally begin on the stove, the damage can affect the entire kitchen including the walls, ceiling, air ducts, and appliances.  SERVPRO of Sugar Land offers a variety of services such as smoot and soot removal, deodorization, water removal, and dehumidification to help restore homes to preloss condition when possible.  Proper remediation of fire, smoke, soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.  Electronic claims tracking provides real-time information to monitor our progress of the specific job claim.  Here are some helpful tips to follow to prevent further damage following a fire loss incident:

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent additional soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly 

SERVPRO of Sugar Land is here to help you.  Our professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year to help you.  When fire damage invades your home, give our team a call (281) 313-1338.

Spring Safety Awareness Week

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

info graph about spring storms Bad weather happens year-round, be prepared!

Did you know that March 16th-March 20th mark Spring Safety Week?  Although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants you to be prepared all year round, the National Weather System (NWS) is coming up with a new approach by helping citizens be prepared for potential extreme weather.   Bad weather happens year-round. 

During severe weather, knowing your “safe place” is the most essential preparedness activity to save your life from server weather.  No matter where you know where to go if severe weather approaches. 

Some severe thunderstorms can produce hail larger than softballs, winds over 100 mph, and tornadoes.  Severe weather is a common spring hazard.  For more information about Spring Safety Awareness Week, please visit: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring-safety

When storms hit Sugar Land, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.  Give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call to help your storm damage needs (281) 313-1338!

Appliance Water Failure in Sugar Land

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Appliance overflow and phone Give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call when disaster strikes!

There are many appliances that can cause water damage to residential property.  One appliance includes a washing machine.  Although they are highly efficient in our chores, they can also cause a major headache when a washing machine floods in a home it can be a costly repair.  In order to prevent a costly repair, take some actions to reduce the risk of a leaking washer.  Below are a few tips to prevent future water damage in your home:

  • Overloaded machine - A common reason to have a leaking water machine is that the washing machine has been overfilled.   Have a limit to prevent a water overflow
  • Worn out hoses – If you are using an older washing machine, the gasket hose can become brittle over time and cause a leak. It is important to do a maintenance check every once in a while, to reduce any water damages
  • Excessive suds – Too much detergent can cause extra suds which can lead to some overflow and cause water damage.

Fast action is required when there is a leaking washer machine.  SERVPRO of Sugar Land is a trained professional team that has the tools and experience to help meet with your restoration needs.  Our team is faster to any size water damage and is dedicated to help you when disaster strikes!