Does your house need to breathe?
SERVPRO technician explaining next steps with homeowner
In a day when conserving energy is top of mind builders are coming up with more and more creative ways to seal out the hot/cold temperatures and keep our homes the cool or cozy temperatures we enjoy. More insulation, better windows, every crack/hole covered, whatever it takes to make sure we are in control of the air circulating through our home. Not only are we helping to keep energy costs low with all of these improvements but we are also guarding against allergens and other potential irritants from blowing into our home.
Can there be any drawbacks to these advances? Are the days of opening up the windows and doors and turning on an attic fan to pull outside air through the house gone? Some in areas with milder temperatures and a much lower dose of mountain cedar may still enjoy hearing nature from the comforts of their couch but for most of us, we can only look out and silently observe what is going on beyond the windows. One potential issue with having our homes buttoned up tight is the potential for water damage.
Why would a tight home envelope create water damage? With every crack and hole sealed up tight, there is nowhere for excess moisture to escape. Our air conditioning units help to dehumidify the air but if you do not have proper ventilation in your home, you can face condensation issues that lead to wet surfaces and if allowed to go on long enough, mold. While our homes are more energy efficient, they still need to breathe to have the right balance of moisture inside of our homes.
Make sure you do not have a unit too large for the size of your home. Ensure your appliances are properly ventilated so they are not putting wet air into your home. Bathrooms also need proper ventilation so the buildup of steam and moisture can escape and not linger on the building materials of your home. Sometimes on those dry, warm days the best thing you can do is to raise the windows, open the front door and allow your home to breathe.
Should you notice moisture where there shouldn't be or the development of discoloration, call SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County and let us help you make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
A Lasting Legacy
SERVPRO technicians clean soot from walls and ceilings to make your smoke damage "Like it never even happened."
September is National Preparedness Month and this year's theme is "A Lasting Legacy." FEMA's Ready Campaign and the Ad Council selected this year's theme to help get preparedness information into underserved communities and particularly their focus this year is our Black and African American communities. "A Lasting Legacy" encourages Americans to prepare ahead of time for disasters because they have built a life worth protecting for them and their families.
While our neighborhoods are insulated from the brunt of hurricanes, we are no strangers to flash flooding, tornadoes and recently we found we are not insulated from forest fires either. We saw Glen Rose and Granbury threatened with loss of homes and businesses with the recent Chalk Mountain fire. Tornadoes have streaked through Cleburne on multiple occasions and just recently our drought was brought to an end as 9 inches of water was dropped over Crowley, Burleson, Joshua and the surrounding areas in a 24 hour period.
How do you protect the life you have built amidst the uncertainty that a natural disaster will threaten your home or business? Simple proactive preparations can go a long way to helping you recover.
- Make a game plan. Decide ahead of time where you will go if you have to leave your home. What do you need to take with you? Does everyone in your family know the plan and their part in it? Deciding these things ahead of time will help quicken your response and help you get your loved ones to safety in a more timely manner.
- Organize your essential documents for quick retrieval and removal from the building. Do you have more than one copy of important documents like titles, licenses, birth certificates, banking information, insurance information, etc and are they located in separate locations (e.g. - at a relative's home or a safety deposit box at a bank)? Do you have a fire proof safe to store these documents in or are they all together in one container you can easily grab and take with you?
- Stock up! When flooding occurs the city water supply may be contaminated for an unknown period of time. Tornadoes may cause down power lines or other disruption to utilities. Do you have food and water stored or the means to create clean water (e.g. - boil) for your family if normal utilities are not in working order for an extended period of time? Having gallons or bottles of water on hand and canned or dried foods (don't forget a manual can opener if there is no power!) on hand will help your family to eat until normal services can be restored.
At SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County we believe that your family is a legacy worth protecting. If you ever need our help after a fire or water damage emergency, please do not hesitate to call us so we can help make your emergency "Like it never even happened."
Heavy plastic creating a temporary door over an opening allowing power cables into a building.
Every water damage is unique however commercial losses can present a great number of challenges not experienced in residential losses. An obvious difference is the possibility for a much larger sized water damage. This difference does not necessarily create the need for outside the box thinking but rather just more of everything, more equipment, more workers, more services. The old adage of how do you eat an elephant comes to mind. The project manager need only to divide the loss into sections and handle the loss by "taking one bite at a time" and direct the resources accordingly.
Commercial clients understand time is money and they need their regular operations to stay just that, regular. While it is no fun to be displaced from your home, residential customers can temporarily move out if need be and live with a generous family member or stay at a hotel or Air BNB if their home is uninhabitable during mitigation. Commercial clients cannot just manufacture their goods in another location or temporarily move into another store front to service their customers. Working with commercial clients to help minimize their loss of business during mitigation takes creative thinking and teamwork. The mitigation crew may work around the clock to speed up the return to normal operations or they may work out a plan to hold off mitigation in some areas so the business can still operate and then switch areas of work and areas of mitigation once another section is finished.
Recently we worked at a Physician's Center that had multiple suites affected by a water loss. The individual units did not have access to enough power to run the necessary drying equipment to mitigate the loss properly. The way the building was laid out did not accommodate some of the regular ways to run cables from an outside generator into a building to provide the additional power necessary. The solution to keeping the building secure yet being able to run power from outside it in this scenario was to hire a security guard to keep watch over the premises 24-7 until the drying was completed. The added expense of a security guard was more than offset by how much more quickly the loss was dried and regular operations returned with the drying equipment able to run continuously until the job was dry.
These are only a few examples of challenges unique to commercial mitigation work. Should your Cleburne business suffer a water loss, rest assured the mitigation team of SERVPRO of Crowley and S. Johnson County can work out the creative solutions necessary to make your water loss "Like it never even happened" and you back to work quickly!
A SERVPRO Milestone
SERVPRO reaches 2000 franchises!
Blog Summary: SERVPRO reached a milestone of 2000 franchises across the nation earlier this year.
Blog: All successful businesses start with a small idea and a big dream. With hard work and dedication, these dreams can grow into a reality. The start of SERVPRO was no different. It began with a dream and grew into the distinguished international company it is today.
The first generation of SERVPRO began in 1969 with small business entrepreneurs who had very little to work with. They may not have had much, but they had big dreams and a passion to serve. They all shared a common goal to create a system of franchise owners and help these franchises get into their own business. Ted Isaacson, the founder of SERVPRO, traveled across the country training people to join the SERVPRO team.
During the mid-1980s, the second generation of SERVPRO began and SERVPRO went from a small entrepreneurial company to a rapidly growing national franchise. A few of their goals were to reach 2,000 franchises and to earn $1 billion in system sales. At the time, the company only had 350 licensees and $30 million in gross system sales, but with perseverance and diligence the company was able to grow.
SERVPRO was able to check off one of the milestones off of our bucket list by passing $1 billion in systems sales. This year, we reached our second milestone and welcomed our 2,000th franchise into the SERVPRO family! The SERVPRO team built Ted Isaacs dream into an incredible international franchise company across the U.S. and Canada.
With over 2,000 franchises, SERVPRO is “faster to any size disaster.” So the next time you experience water or fire damage in your residential or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. We will restore your property “Like it never even happened.”
The Unseen Sources of Water Damage
Our SERVPRO hero's face off against a dinosaur threat.
Blog Summary: Water damage can come from many different sources. SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County shares some common sources of water damage that could go unnoticed for a long period of time.
Blog: If you’re a Marvel fan and have seen Captain America: Civil War, you saw how sometimes the greatest villain can come from unexpected places. The Avengers faced threats from all over the universe and spent time preparing for whatever external conflict came their way. After all they had been through, they grew together and became a family. However, the one thing that damaged their family and broke them up came from within their home. They focused so much on protecting themselves from outside threats that they missed the one right in front of them.
Just like the Avengers, you may be sitting in your Cleburne home thinking about ways to be prepared for water damage that may come from external threats. Hurricanes, storms, and flooding are among these external threats that can cause water damage. While water damage can often come from external sources, the damage that can come from internal sources can also be just as serious.
Water damage threats that come from within your home can be much harder to spot and can go unseen for an extended period of time. A leaky pipeline or roof can go unnoticed and can cause widespread water damage if not taken care of. Excessive spills in your home that are not given the opportunity to properly dry can also cause water damage. These spills could come from doing things like watering your indoor plants or mopping your floors. Although there is nothing wrong with performing these tasks, if you are not careful, water can spill onto unwanted surfaces and over time cause serious damage if it remains wet.
Because water damage can be caused by sources that are hard to spot, it is important to run regular checks to make sure that everything in your home is running properly. It only takes a surface remaining wet for 24 to 48 hours for secondary damages to begin, such as mold and rotting. If you do identify water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County. We will work efficiently to restore your water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Is Prepared to Weather The Storm
SERVPRO is ready to help when severe weather comes your way.
Blog Summary: With the severe heat comes severe storms and a higher chance for water damage. There are several ways that your residential property can experience water damage that you should be aware of. Regardless of the extent of the water damage, SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County is here for you.
Blog: If you have been outside recently, there is a good chance you experienced a gust of our friendly Texas heat. For some, the intense heat may be a breath of fresh air, while for others, not so much. Regardless of your feelings about the summer heat, it is understood that higher temperatures produce a greater chance for more severe storms. Granbury, Cleburne, and the surrounding areas have already seen a good amount of severe weather, but there is still more to come before the end of summer. There are several ways that your residential property could be damaged due to severe storms. Water damage is a common source of storm damage that residents face after a storm, and there are several ways that you may experience it.
One of the common ways to experience water damage during a storm is through flooding. Tropical storms and hurricanes will typically bring a large amount of rain water and cause water levels to rise. Residents that are closer to large bodies of water have a higher chance of experiencing more severe flooding, but the threat is still there for those more inland. Because these storms produce heavy rain for a long period of time, flooding can happen for all areas affected by the storm.
Storms that contain high and intense winds can also cause water damage. High winds can damage large portions of the roof and other parts of your residential property and leave it vulnerable to water damage. High winds could also blow rain water through cracks or small openings in your home. Although this form of water damage may not seem to be severe as flooding, it can still do a substantial amount of damage if not taken care of immediately.
Working efficiently to remediate water damage after a storm is essential in order to prevent second hand damages. That’s why it is good to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County. No matter how severe your damage may be following a storm, SERVPRO is here to help. With more than 2,000 franchises across the nation, we are prepared to tackle any size water damage and restore your property “Like it never even happened.”
Staying Ahead of Mold
Commercial building in Crowley experiences mold.
Blog Summary: Mold can cause a lot of damage to your commercial building in Cleburne. SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County shares some tips to help prevent business interruptions due to mold.
Blog: Mold can cause more problems to your business than simply spreading on surfaces in your commercial building in Cleburne, regardless of whether it is black mold, green mold, or purple mold. Depending on the extent of the damage, a business may be forced to close for several weeks for mold mitigation if necessary. A closure is of course the last possible option, but it is sometimes unavoidable. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help you avoid losing business days due to mold mitigation. Here are a few things that you can do to try and prevent mold from interrupting your business.
Work efficiently to repair any water leaks immediately in your building when they turn up. When a water leak is detected in your commercial building, it is important to find the source of the leak as quickly as possible. Once discovered, make sure the water leak is fixed properly and all wet areas are completely dry. To ensure that the job is done properly, it is beneficial to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County to restore your building’s materials back to their regular moisture content levels. Mold only needs a small amount of moisture to flourish, so it is best to be thorough.
Running regular building maintenance checks to ensure that everything is as it should be can also help your business stay ahead of mold. If a leaky pipe or clogged AC condensation line goes untreated for a long period of time, it can cause significant damage.
Although these tips won’t guarantee that mold will never infect your commercial business, they will limit the opportunities for it to form and increase your chances of catching the mold in its early stages. It only takes a small water leak or an excessive amount of humidity keeping an area wet for a 24 to 48 hour period to begin the formation of mold in your commercial business.
Mold can cause serious damage to your commercial building and business as a whole. Every hour that your business is closed for mold remediation is an hour of revenue and productivity lost. Here at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County, we are committed to working efficiently to restore your business to its original condition “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Generates Efficient Water Restoration For A Church in Cleburne
A generator and power boxes help produce power for the mitigation equipment at a church in Cleburne.
Water restoration equipment will require a considerable amount of electrical power depending on the extent of the damage. Additional power, such as a generator, is often the most efficient solution. A Cleburne church had an overhead pipe burst and flooded the building. Due to aluminum wiring in the building, a generator and several power distribution boxes were required to support all of the mitigation equipment.
The process of restoring water damage in a commercial business is fairly similar to the process for a residential home. One difference is that a commercial building may require a significantly larger amount of electricity to power the machines necessary for restoration. This will typically be dependent on the magnitude of the water damage. When dealing with water damage situations, regardless of the size or location, there are important factors that need to be considered.
Before any work is done to mitigate the water damage, it is important to gauge just how much equipment is needed. Depending on the extent of the water damage, a substantial amount of equipment may be necessary. Damage in a single bedroom will require different support than water damage throughout a large office building. Earlier this year, we received a call from a church in Cleburne that was experiencing water damage in a large portion of the building. The damage was due to an overhead pipe that busted and was causing the ceiling to cave in. Just by hearing this initial report, it is easy to infer that this was definitely going to be a job that would require a lot of equipment for the mitigation process. Dehumidifiers and air movers are always used for mitigation purposes, but some cases may require specialty equipment such as heaters and air scrubbers.
After inspecting the extent of the damage and determining the amount of equipment needed, the electrical power that is available must be taken into consideration. The more high powered equipment used will require more electrical energy. However, not all buildings are able to provide the needed power for the mitigation process. This was the case when our technicians arrived at the church in Cleburne and found that the wiring throughout the church was aluminum. Aluminum wiring produces a lower amount of electrical power, so plugging up all of our dehumidifiers and air movers would not be feasible.
One solution to this problem would be to simply use less machines and continue at a significantly reduced pace. The building would eventually dry, but the slower pace would increase the chances of secondary damage. It is important to work as quickly as possible to dry any and all wet surfaces. With this not the ideal option, the more efficient option would be to bring in an additional power source. Our technicians had to bring in a generator and several power distribution boxes for additional power since the aluminum wiring was not able to support all of the equipment necessary to efficiently dry the church. The generator allowed the use of all essential tools for mitigation and to complete the job in a timely manner.
Here at SERVPRO of Crowley and Johnson County, we guarantee to generate professional and efficient service. Our technicians will work quickly and thoroughly to restore your water damage in your commercial building “Like it never even happened.”
Ready, Set, Grill!
Two of our SERVPRO employees grilling hamburgers and hotdogs.
Blog Summary: Local SERVPRO fire remediation specialist advises Crowley and Johnson County grill masters to prepare now for a safe, savory outdoor cooking season.
Blog: For many, the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.1
“Sixty-one percent of U.S. households own a gas grill,” says fire remediation specialist Steven VonFeldt of SERVPRO of Crowley and Johnson County. “A total of sixty-four percent own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously.”
“The time to take precautions is now,” adds VonFeldt, “before the outdoor cooking season is in full swing.” The NFPA offers these basic tips for fire-safe grilling:
For gas/propane grills:
- Check the gas tank for leaks before using.
- Open the lid on all gas grills before lighting the grill.
For charcoal grills:
- Use only charcoal starter fluid to start the fire but never add it or any flammable liquids to a fire that is burning.
- Cool coals completely before you dispose of them in a metal container.
For all grills:
- Place the grill well away from house and deck railings. Don’t place under eaves or branches.
- Remove grease and fat buildup from grills and trays after each use.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
- Never leave the grill unattended when in use.
“Basic precautions set the stage for a safe and enjoyable outdoor cooking season,” says VonFeldt. “Life is unpredictable, but you can take steps to control the risk of house and property fires caused by outdoor cooking. Whether you are strictly a summer grilling warrior or you use your grill year-round, simple, common-sense actions can help ensure that the only smoke you smell this summer is the sweet aroma of steaks and vegetables grilling.”
SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Crowley and Johnson County, please contact Steven VonFeldt at 817-297-8588 or info@SERVPROcrowley.com. For more information on SERVPRO, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.
Water Damage Hazards to Look Out For
This sunken Livingroom was flooded by a busted pipe.
Blog summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and Johnson County warns residents of the main hazards to be aware of when experiencing water damage.
Blog: Attention everyone! The summer season is almost here! Schools are wrapping up their spring semester and stores are putting out their summer clothing lines. Enjoying the refreshing water at the pool or at the beach is likely listed on everyone's summer schedule one way or another. What probably is not on your schedule is enjoying water in the living room of your home. Summer is a time that many people look forward to, but it also brings an increased chance of severe weather and tropical storms which can lead to water damage.
When you’re standing in several inches of water in the living room of your home, the first thought that probably crosses your mind is, “how am I going to get all this water out of my home?” Before you take action, it is important to first identify all potential hazards in order to keep everyone present safe. Here are a few common hazards to keep an eye out for.
Overhead hazards can refer to things like ceiling tiles that are filled with water and may potentially collapse and cause injury. Electrical shock hazards are caused by water coming into contact with electrical systems. Slip, trip, and fall hazards are due to wet surfaces that can sometimes go unnoticed. Water can often become hazardous when contaminated by different chemicals and minerals. And finally, poor lighting can create hazardous conditions by preventing clear vision of the surrounding area.
There may also be hazards that are very easy to miss. So it’s always good to call in the professionals, and who better to call for water damage restoration than SERVPRO! Our experienced production technicians are professionally trained to make sure that your water damage is restored “Like it never even happened.” So when you find yourself standing in several inches of water, remember that SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County is here for you!