Lightning Truths and Myths
It's important that we know our facts about the weather patterns to prepare for any future emergencies. Learn the common myths and facts about lightning!
Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from rainfall.
Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
Fact: “Heat lightning” is a team used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.
When disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO of Victoria is here to help you. Give our team a call (361) 573-6000.
Types of Fire
When SERVPRO of Sugar Land arrives on the scene following a fire, our team follows a process. First, our goal is to calm the customer’s fears. The next step is to pre-test the smoke to determine what type of fire has taken place.
Are you aware of the different types of smoke?
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber (low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary)
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood (fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, the smoke rises)
Protein Smoke – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire (Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor)
Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs
Other – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.
Smoke and soot residue can damage carpet, upholstery, and contents if not removed quickly and efficiently. In a fire-damaged structure with soot on the walls and other surfaces, cleaning and restoration are less disruptive and more cost-efficient than replacement. Replacement may also mean a longer disruption time than restoration.
Our team understands how disruptive a small fire can be. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to helping you during a stressful time. If you or anyone you know experience fire damage give our team a call at (281) 313-1338.
Understanding Tropical Depressions
Officially, Hurricane season continues through November and we can sometimes see some decrease in storm frequency in the last 2 months. The problem is, a Hurricane is one of many threats we face living on the beautiful Gulf Coast. Even a large tropical storm that forms close to land can deliver punishing amounts of rainfall, similar to what we saw with Imelda, which was just a tropical depression.
You may ask: What is a tropical depression? A tropical depression is an area of low pressure accompanied by thunderstorms under the right conditions for a long enough time, it becomes a tropical depression. The atmospheric conditions create an organized center of circulation producing maximum sustained winds of 38 mph. If the depression’s circulation strengthens, producing maximum sustained winds of 39mph to 73 mph, then it will be upgraded to a tropical storm. A tropical storm causes stronger and more damaging wind gusts, heavier and more prolonged rain and flooding, as well as a higher storm surge. If the system further strengthens to 74mph or greater, it is then classified as a hurricane.
Although Tropical depressions are the weakest type of tropical cyclone, they can still potentially cause quite a bit of damage. Tropical depressions can still bring gusty winds, heavy rain, and possibly storm surges. The heavy rains are particularly worrisome for us here as once the ground saturates, it has nowhere to go and sometimes ends up intruding into our homes and businesses.
Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to helping you during a Natural Disaster such as a tropical depression. Give our team of trained professionals a call because our crew is ready for whatever happens. If you or anyone you know is experiencing flooding or storm related damages, give SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call at (281) 313- 1338.
Structural Commercial Water Damage
Office getting dry due to water damage.
There are many different sources for water to intrude into your business, some internally and others from the environment. For example, hot water heaters, roof leaks from rain, water supply lines, flood waters, the suite from next door, and the list goes on. When an abundant amount of water enters your business, give the team of trained professionals a call here at SERVPRO of Sugar Land.
Water damage can quickly become expensive if it is not being taken care of immediately. If you are not on top of addressing this damage, it can quickly lead to bigger structural damage, mold growth, or lost assets (such as merchandise or important documents). To avoid larger damages or high expenses, by giving our team a call we will perform a water damage clean up as well remove any standing water and dry the affected wet areas.
If your business has suffered from a water loss contact SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call at (281) 313-1338. We understand the stress that comes with water damage, our trained technicians will arrive on-site helping your company to minimize the loss and help prevent any additional damages to occur. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes!
September is National Preparedness Month
Hurricane season is still in play, use National Preparedness month to be prepared.
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Sugar Land to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters, such as flooding and hurricanes.
Take this time to create a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Sugar Land area. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. Expect the unexpected and remember it is never too early to be prepared. Keep in mind that disasters can strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Damage Services
Standing water is extracted at a commercial job.
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in the restoration for both residential and commercial properties that have been damaged by weather, mold, fire and other causes. If your business has damage that occurred on-site, our team members are very knowledgeable with the equipment necessary to help your property restored back to its preloss conditions.
No matter how big or small the job is, SERVPRO of Sugar Land wants to ensure that we will take all the right steps to get the pieces back together. Our technicians will give you the daily updates on the progress of your property. As a locally owned and operated company, we understand that your business needs to be up and running quickly after a damage. As an effective restoration service provider, we ensure that we are always ready! If you have any water, fire, mold or storm damages in your business, give our team at SERVPRO of Sugar Land a call (281) 313-1338!
Peak Hurricane Season
It is the peak of hurricane season. Although there has been very little hurricane activity, it never hurts to be prepared. Every business and residence should have a plan prepared just in case such an event was to happen. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is here to help you understand the different hurricane categories there are. Understanding the categories of a hurricane can help you be prepared:
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.
Sustained winds of 74-85 mph. Dangerous winds occur and may cause some damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Winds of 96-110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
Devastating damage will occur. Winds of 111-129 mph. Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage is blown off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Sustained winds of 130 - 156 mph. Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Winds of 157 mph or higher. Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Heavy Rains hit Sugar Land Texas
A severe thunderstorm recently left Sugar Land and the surrounding areas anxious with the amount of water left behind. Roads were flooded, roofs and trees were struck by lightning, and some homes were affected by this storm. SERVPRO of Sugar Land was prepared to help the homes and business affected by the storms. Our team came back to the office during after-hours to help our community with storm emergencies. Teams were rapidly dispatched to different homes and business.
SERVPRO of Sugar Land has specialized training and experiencein storm and flood damage restoration. Our teams have the knowledge and trained professionals to help our community restore their homes or business to its preloss conditions. No matter how unpredictable storms can be, SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here to help. Give our team a call with your storm or flood damage needs (281) 313-1338.
What To Do During A Power Outage?
Ever have a heavy storm knocked out your power for many than a few hours? For example, a hurricane comes through and knocks your power our for days. Then what? Do you have a plan? To help be prepared, consider getting a portable generator for your home or business. By having a general portable generator, this can help keep the power going while you’re dealing with a power outage that may last for days. A backup generator can help maintain electricity to various items such as lights, computers, heating system, office equipment, etc. A generator not only helps with back up power but can also help a building be protected from certain hazards that could possibly accompany a storm. In case of an emergency, SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here to help keep our community prepared.
Common types of Mold
What is mold you ask? Mold is a type of fungi that exist everywhere and only need moisture and a compatible surface to survive. With that being said, there are many different species of mold. Some types of mold can be unharmful while others can be toxic. It is important to know the type of mold you may be dealing with if there is mold growth in your home or business. Each type has different unique characteristics and growth patterns. Below are a few common kinds of mold species found in homes or business:
Acremonium: Found on dead plants and soil, it grows indoors on paper and drywall tiles
Alternaria: Commonly found on food, plants, rotting farmland manure and is resistant to most fungicides.
Aspergillus: There are many species of Aspergillus
Botrytis: Associated with plants, high humidity levels and plenty of plants attract this mold.
Here at SERVPRO of Sugar Land, our technicians receive advanced training to deal with mold issues in a home or business. Committed to providing excellent services, SERVPRO of Sugar Land has the technology and crew to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”