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Commercial Challenges

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Temporary door for temporary power access Heavy plastic creating a temporary door over an opening allowing power cables into a building.

Commercial Challenges

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!

Staying Ahead of Mold

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Drywall removed, exposing mold in wall cavities in commercial building. 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

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Top image: 2 power boxes and 1 air mover push air along a wall. Bottom image: 1 generator outside church building. 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.”

Make Better First Impressions with Commercial Carpet Cleaning

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Green carpet cleaner and sprayer in elementary school library with technician vacuuming in background Carpet cleaning not only makes commercial properties look better but help them smell better as well.

Blog summary:  Carpet cleaning helps commercial businesses in Johnson County make better first impressions.

Blog:  A Johnson County librarian recently reached out to SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County for assistance with her elementary school library carpets.  The culprit was not crayons melted into the carpet or mud from little feet tracked across the flooring but rather an unpleasant odor that detracted from the library's otherwise serene reading environment. 

When someone visits your office or place of business what would their first impression be of your company?  There are a lot of factors that go into that first impression and a pleasant aroma is high on the list.  You could spend money on candles, plug-ins and sprays but while those items may offer a pleasing aroma to you, they only mask what may be the real issue, your carpets.

Cleaning your commercial carpet not only brings a fresh look to your business it also helps to remove the source (or sources) causing the unpleasant odors.  SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County has cleaned juice stained carpets in community centers, water stained carpets in churches as well as cleaned up after customers who have become unexpectedly sick while visiting an office.  Obviously the carpet cleaning made the carpets look better but ridding the carpet of contaminants also rid those areas of smells that would make most visitors' noses crinkle.

We may not be able to help you with your choice of decor or the organization of your spaces but SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County's cleaning professionals will gladly help improve your visitors' first impressions with carpet cleaning and deodorization.

SERVPRO system tackles large losses as a team 5/3/22

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Parking garage with air movers pointed upward at ceiling and ceiling tile and insulation removed and stacked by the wall SERVPRO of Crowley drying parking Garage at the bottom of a multi-story loss in Fort Worth

Blog summary:  SERVPRO claims to be larger and faster to any size disaster because of our network of franchises across the United States who share their expertise and resources to tackle any size loss. 

Blog:  Technology and years of practice and research have allowed engineers to build some incredibly big and complex buildings across the world.  While Cleburne, Crowley, Joshua, Keene, Glen Rose and Granbury are not exactly known for tall, soaring buildings, they are no stranger to manufacturing plants, hotels, expansive school campuses, hospitals, churches and their fair share of office spaces.  Whether you have a one room office in a strip mall or you are the Shanghai Tower in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai that rises 128 stories into the air you are both susceptible to experiencing fire or water damage. 

If you have heard the question, "How do you eat an elephant?" and its subsequent answer, "One bite at a time," you know the solution to addressing commercial large losses.  Commercial large losses can be addressed by viewing the 128 story building as 128 smaller fire or water damages and so tackling the loss "one bite at a time." 

SERVPRO has over 53 years of experience handling losses small and large.  We have just celebrated the addition of our 2000th franchise.  What that means for our commercial clients is that our network of expertise, equipment and people who can aid in any size disaster has multiplied yet again.  While one franchise may not be able to handle your commercial large loss by themselves, they are not alone.  We have Disaster Recovery Teams staged throughout the United States and Canada, a support team at corporate dedicated to assisting the local franchises in large loss mitigation as well as a family of franchise owners in our area who rush to the aid of any franchise who is assigned the "elephant" size loss. 

While we do not wish a fire or water loss on anyone, know that whatever size disaster you may experience at your place of business or at your home, SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County can bring the resources needed to make your loss "Like it never even happened."

Why Professional Industry Certifications Build Confidence with Commercial Damage Restoration Clients

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County explains how training and certification give commercial clients confidence in a restoration company.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County understands the pressures a business owner or property manager faces when a commercial property damage disaster strikes. Commercial clients in Cresson, Glen Rose, and Hillsboro, TX, entrust their business and livelihood to the professionals they enlist to provide the cleanup and restoration. Personal integrity and professional competency are the bedrock of the confidence that commercial clients place in SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

The Complexity of the Commercial Environment

A property damage disaster in a commercial setting involves layers of complexity that make the cleanup and restoration process extremely challenging for both the affected business and the company tasked with the restoration project. This complexity includes the multifaceted nature of the disaster, as well as scale, safety, site preservation, site cleanup and restoration, and the overall management of the project.

An explanation of the situational complexity highlights the need for the commercial client to have great confidence in the ability of the property damage restoration company to successfully overcome these challenges.

  1. Commercial property damage is multifaceted in nature. A small, contained electrical fire on a production line in an industrial setting can create a hazard matrix with tentacles that impact the entire operation and expand the dimension and scope of the disaster cleanup and restoration. When the sprinkler system activates, a minor fire damage incident becomes a major water damage disaster affecting the entire facility. The remediation project requires specialized cleaning techniques using safe solutions, and portions of the office and production areas need Applied Structural Drying (ASD).
  2. The demand to resume normal business operations to meet fulfillment deadlines requires the damage restoration company to instantly scale crew deployment.
  3. Water-reactive chemicals generate toxic fumes that call for building occupants to take extreme safety precautions that include the use of personal protective gear (PPG) and respirators.
  4. Site preservation constraints require the damage restoration crew to work in tight spaces around sensitive equipment without disturbing unfinished products and materials. Extensive documentation of the disaster and the cleanup and restoration must be provided to the commercial client and the insurance agency.
  5. Project management of a large disaster site involving multiple crews requires strong leadership, integrated technology, coordination, and cooperation from all parties involved.

In addition, the project must be completed as soon as possible so that the company can resume normal business operations. Downtime results in a downturn in revenue. Customers needing products or services will turn to other providers if the delays are more than minimal. The cost of cleanup and repairs, continuing overhead, lost revenue, supply chain disruptions, and customer migration to other providers can drive the company out of business.

Commercial clients must have confidence that the damage restoration company can meet the challenges and demands presented by the disaster. The knowledge that the restoration company’s technicians are experienced, have undergone rigorous training, and have earned a wide array of certifications gives the commercial client confidence that the restoration company will complete the damage cleanup and restoration quickly, safely, and according to the highest standards.

SERVPRO’s Training and Certifications

SERVPRO technicians undergo rigorous training in property damage restoration. Initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility lays a solid foundation. Regular IICRC industry certifications build upon this foundation. In-service training and self-paced E-learning continue throughout the technician’s professional career.

Advanced training empowers SERVPRO professionals to use the most advanced equipment and technology, the latest techniques, and industry-leading safety protocols for technicians and clients. Commercial clients can have confidence the SERVPRO team is equipped with the knowledge and skill to restore the damaged property.

The SERVPRO training program includes the following:

  • Initial 15-day hands-on course Franchise Training at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility
  • Certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the standard-setter for the cleaning and restoration industries
  • Employee Certification Training awarded after the successful completion of the course and an examination
  • Web-based e-Learning for technicians and staff

When a client calls SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County, it is very likely the staff person answering the phone has received multiple certifications and has field experience with a crew.

As part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises, SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County can quickly leverage a massive response. This force multiplier makes SERVPRO an excellent choice for businesses and commercial facilities experiencing water, fire, storm, or mold damage.

To learn more about commercial damage restoration in Hillsboro, TX, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County by emailing Staff can also be contacted by phone at (817) 297-8588.

The Property Damage Consequences of Commercial Vandalism

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County warns local business owners that vandalism can lead to water, fire, and mold damage.

Vandalism can be an upsetting situation for a business to deal with, and even a simple act of vandalism can lead to devastating water damage, fire damage, or mold damage that requires the services of a damage restoration company for cleanup and remediation. Acts of vandalism can range from a petty prank to extensive destruction of property and inventory. Not all vandalism occurs because of malicious intent; for instance, graffiti can be a skilled work of artistic expression, yet the spray paint still has to be removed to comply with city or county ordinances.

Commercial property owners need to be aware of the ways that vandalism can directly or indirectly lead to commercial water damage and fire damage. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is highlighting the wider property damage consequences that vandalism can have on a commercial facility.

Broken Windows

When a window is broken, water can intrude into the building. If the window was shattered during rainfall or a thunderstorm, a large amount of water could enter the facility before the property owner or the employees are able to deal with the broken window. Addressing the issue promptly is essential since a makeshift patch or cover for the window may not completely stop water intrusion.

If a broken window does lead to water intrusion, the property owner should engage the services of a restoration company to remediate the water damage. Letting the water pool on the floor or failing to remove all of the moisture increases the possibility of a mold infestation, which could spread to the business’ inventory and lead to expensive losses.

Fire Sprinkler System Vandalism

Like the broken window scenario, a sprinkler system intentionally set off by a vandal can cause water and mold damage, as well as ruined inventory. Data from the American Fire Sprinkler Association reveals that quick response-style sprinklers release around eight to twenty-four gallons of water each minute, creating a deluge for the business owner to deal with.


Examples of arson include dumpster fires, garbage can fires, and the use of improvised incendiary devices such as Molotov cocktails. Fire damage is frequently accompanied by several other problems, including smoke damage, water damage, and mold damage.

Biohazard Situation

If biohazardous materials come in contact with a commercial facility during an act of vandalism, employees and customers could face serious health effects if the situation is not dealt with quickly and safely. Dangerous contaminants necessitate the services of a cleanup company that is equipped with the proper equipment, personal protective gear, and training to clean the building.

DIY Graffiti Cleanup

After a commercial property is graffitied, the property owner or the employees may attempt to use a pressure washer to remove graffiti. However, this DIY project could end in disaster. People who are not trained in pressure washing techniques might try to clean surfaces that should not be pressure washed, such as windows. As mentioned above, a shattered window can allow water to gush into the building and cause damage.

The Safest Option for Vandalism Cleanup: Hire a Damage Restoration Company

A reputable, professional company will have all the necessary certifications to complete the work and will be properly licensed and insured in order to protect the commercial client from the expenses of litigation.

A rapid response to commercial vandalism helps minimize the scope of any water or fire damage, as well as secondary damage. The team at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County will jump into action when the client contacts the company for damage restoration and cleanup services. Technicians will quickly clean up vandalism and graffiti and remediate any damage resulting from the act of vandalism. Not only can SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County remove spray paint from exterior walls, but the company can also safely clean a variety of surfaces, including walkways, driveways, asphalt, metal, glass, plastic, wood, and masonry.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County offers a comprehensive menu of commercial damage restoration services and can tackle all facets of the restoration project. Services: Commercial Water, Fire, Mold Damage Restoration Services applicable to commercial vandalism include:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

For more details about commercial damage restoration in Glen Rose, TX, call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 or email the office at

When There Is a Mold Infestation in an Apartment, Can the Landlord Be Held Liable?

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County explains potential liability issues stemming from a mold infestation and shares mold prevention tips for both landlords and tenants.

The dedicated damage restoration and mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County understand and appreciate the priority landlords and property managers place on keeping tenants safe and comfortable. A mold infestation can present health effects that raise concerns for renters who live in a single-family dwelling or an apartment complex. Tenants around the nation have succeeded in winning lawsuits against landlords to cover expenses arising from health effects possibly caused by exposure to mold in the rented dwelling.

Where can mold be found in a rental?

The colors and shapes of mold vary widely. Some common varieties of mold include paecilomyces, stachybotrys, aspergillus, penicillium, and fusarium. Mold ranges in color from white, black, gray, or green. The texture of these fungi can be shiny and smooth, and some mold textures have a powdery appearance. Mold can give off a strong, pungent, disgusting odor.

Mold needs four basic things to thrive: warmth, darkness, organic matter for food, and humidity. Humidity creates prime growing conditions for mold. The naturally humid climate of the North Texas area around Dallas and Fort Worth presents more mold issues than drier climates. Homes and buildings in drier climates will still have mold problems when excessive moisture issues are present. Mold can grow in any climate as long as moisture is present.

Mold is often found growing on items that have become saturated with water from a leaking faucet, roof leak, a cracked tub or shower floor, or a dripping drain pipe. Look for mold on painted surfaces, drapes, upholstery, clothing, wall paneling, ceiling tiles, newspapers, or cardboard boxes.

Concealed, or hidden mold, can thrive in the dark cavities between walls. Mold can be found hidden under floors and in ceilings. Mold can also find a home in spots that are less accessible. A basement or attic with additional moisture and warmth are favorites of mold.

What can the landlord do to keep the property safe and livable?

Any property owner is responsible for ensuring that the rental property is safe and habitable, whether mold is present or not. All building codes should be followed to promote the health and safety of the tenants. Measures should be taken to mitigate or prevent water intrusions in the rental.

  1. Implement a responsive reporting process for tenants.

Have a reporting process for the tenant that results in a quick response and remediation of any situation.

  1. Stop the water intrusion.

When possible, the tenant should be instructed on how to stop the water flow either at a cut-off valve or at the valve to the water main.

  1. Begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Initiate the water removal and property damage restoration immediately. If the water damage incident is more than the tenant can safely and quickly manage, the landlord would be smart to dispatch a pre-qualified property damage restoration professional to stop the water intrusion, remove the water, and begin the restoration process before secondary damage takes place. Mold growth is a primary example of advanced secondary water damage.

  1. Keep detailed records of how the incident was handled.

By compiling phone logs, receipts, photos and video of the damage, or any other relevant documentation, the landlord preserves a historical record that may be helpful in the event of litigation.

  1. Perform scheduled maintenance on the property.

A property owner or property manager should conduct a walk-through of the property on a regular basis to check for water damage or signs of a mold infestation.

Other maintenance tips include:

  • Deal with leaks as soon as they are discovered.
  • Replace water supply lines every five to seven years.
  • Have the HVAC system annually inspected by a qualified professional HVAC technician.
  • Have a trusted roofing contractor inspect the roof and gutters each year.

What can the tenant do to prevent mold growth?

The tenant can be a positive force in keeping the rental safe and livable when it comes to preventing mold growth. Here are some suggestions:

  • Report any mold issues as soon as they are discovered.
  • Adequately ventilate the home or apartment.
  • Control humidity levels.
  • Keep the apartment or home clean and dry.

The lack of ventilation, the presence of high humidity levels, and unsanitary conditions create conditions favorable to a mold infestation.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County team lives in the area and is invested in the community. This personal connection makes the SERVPRO team a great choice for homeowners, landlords, property managers, businesses, and industry when a disaster occurs.

For more information about mold remediation and mold removal in Cleburne, TX, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at

Seven Common Causes of Fire Damage in Restaurants and Eating Establishments

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County explains seven causes of commercial fire damage in restaurants.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County highlights seven causes of commercial fire damage in restaurants. Every twelve minutes, a fire department responds to a report of a fire at a restaurant or drinking establishment. An industry source describes the situation in these terms: “According to figures provided by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments across America responded to an average of 8,240 structure fires at eating and drinking establishments each year between 2012 and 2016. These fires resulted in two civilian deaths each year on average, along with 115 injuries and $246 million in property damage.”

Seven Causes of Commercial Fire Damage in Restaurants

  1. Failure to properly clean cooking equipment

Many of the most popular foods people love to eat in restaurants involve a cooking process that produces a large quantity of grease. This grease accumulates in the exhaust hood systems of these commercial kitchens. The cook line, exhaust hood, hood filters, exterior exhaust fan, and connecting ductwork present potential fire hazards for commercial kitchens.

If left unchecked, the grease buildup often leads to serious fire hazards. Food preparation and customer service should be top of mind for the restaurant owner or manager, not worrying about a fire hazard in the exhaust hood system or the grease trap.

  1. Misuse of cooking equipment

Cooking equipment accounts for six out of ten restaurant fires. Leading causes of cooking equipment fires are deep fryers (31%), ranges (18%), and grills (11%). Cooking equipment designed to be used in the home cannot stand up to the heavy demands of a commercial kitchen. The equipment quickly wears out and becomes a fire hazard. Commercial-grade deep fryers, electric frying pans, and ranges are manufactured to higher specifications enabling the equipment to withstand the daily, prolonged usage required in a commercial kitchen.

  1. Presence of flammable materials and substances in the kitchen

It comes as no surprise that the most common causes of major fires in restaurants involve cooking flames and flammable materials in the kitchen. Cooking oil and alcohol are leading contributors to kitchen fires. Foil, parchment, boxes, and paper packaging were the items that were first ignited in four out of ten restaurant fires.

  1. Gas leaks

When older or neglected cooking equipment cannot support current gas flows to a kitchen, gas leaks can occur. The leaking gas can explode when ignited. The electric arc from switching on an electrical device such as a lightbulb can ignite the leaking gas. A match or lighter, which are often used in preparing dishes, can also ignite loose gas.

A key indicator of a gas leak is the sulfuric or rotten egg smell. Another indicator of a gas leak is the color of the flame. A functioning system produces a sharp blue flame, while a system with a compromised flow of gas may produce a yellowish or orange flame. If pilot lights in gas stoves and ovens are unexplainably extinguished, a gas leak may be the cause. The gas may be escaping into another part of the stove or behind a wall. If the leak is immediately detected and resolved, an emergency fire damage disaster can be prevented.

  1. Electrical malfunction

The demands placed on commercial cooking equipment are heavy and ongoing. Over time the wiring and electrical components break down under the stressful wear and tear. Continuing to use older electrical equipment without proper maintenance or periodic replacement creates a fire hazard in a commercial kitchen, whether a restaurant, school or nursing home.

  1. Smoking near the restaurant premises

Smoking near a restaurant can create a fire hazard. Restaurant fires are sometimes caused by smoking materials that are improperly discarded in trash cans near the premises. Seven percent or one in twelve reported restaurant fires were caused by smoking materials.

  1. Arson

Unfortunately, about one in twenty-five fires at restaurants and drinking establishments are intentionally set. Though accounting for only about four percent of the total fires, arson causes ten percent of the total property damage.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team lives and works in the community and is close by and ready to respond immediately when a restaurant, drinking establishment, or other types of businesses need commercial fire damage restoration or cleaning services.

For more information about commercial damage restoration in Cleburne, Crowley, and Venus, TX, contact SERVPRO of  Crowley and South Johnson County by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at

Why Cleanup From a Biohazard Incident Is a Job for a Professional Commercial Cleaning Company

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County urges local businesses to turn to certified and well-equipped professionals to remediate commercial biohazard incidents.

The commercial damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County know that exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can cause serious health effects. Failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. The professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety gear and cleaning products, they transform unhealthy environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

What is a biohazard event?

A biohazard incident involves the presence of, as well as potential or actual exposure to, biological or chemical contaminants, which can cause serious health effects. The failure to remove the hazardous substances in a timely and proper fashion can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments.

What are the categories of biohazard risk?

The Centers for Disease Control distinguishes four levels or categories of bio-hazardous risk:

  • Level one: These substances or pathogens pose minimal threat to humans and the environment.
  • Level two: These substances are transmitted by direct contact with infected or contaminated material. These Level two agents can cause serious health effects.
  • Level three: These biohazardous pathogens can become airborne and cause serious health effects.
  • Level four: These highest-risk pathogens are life-threatening diseases.

What are some examples of incidents classified as biohazard events?

  • Sewage backups
  • Chemical spills: Industry spills, crime scene processing, meth labs
  • Body-fluid incidents: suicides, homicides, accidents
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste or remains

Why should businesses enlist the services of commercial biohazard cleanup professionals?

Every biohazard involves a degree of risk or danger. Even a low-risk biohazard incident can have drastic health effects if improperly managed. Decision-makers tasked with remediating a biohazard incident should consider these compelling reasons for enlisting the commercial biohazard cleanup services of trained, certified, and experienced professionals.

#1. Safety is the priority at all times.

Low-risk biohazard sites are inherently dangerous. Certified professionals have been carefully trained using the best and safest equipment, technology, and EPA-approved solutions to remove, disinfect, sanitize, or neutralize the worst biohazard incident. These courageous professionals also know how to complete the cleanup while keeping employees, inventory, and the larger manufacturing site safe. Whether the setting is a small business, office, factory, warehouse, school, or bank, the professionals at SERVPRO can isolate the disaster area to prevent or reduce contamination of the large venue.

Certified SERVPRO biohazard cleanup professionals know how to be thorough. Total cleanup means no surprises in the future from exposure to residual contaminants. Employees can feel safe when they have to work in areas affected by the biohazard or chemical spill. Employee confidence increases efficiencies and promotes stability and unity in the workforce.

#2. Better efficiency gets the business back to business sooner rather than later.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County will bring highly-trained commercial biohazard mitigation specialists  who will work efficiently to accelerate the return to normal business operations. High-speed equipment, advanced technology, and best-practice techniques vastly reduce mitigation time when compared to having untrained and ill-equipped employees take on the dangerous and complicated challenge of cleaning up a sewage backup, a chemical spill, or an accident scene.

#3. Liability risks should be avoided.

A commercial biohazard cleanup company is structured to take on the risks associated with remediating a contaminated site. Having employees address a dangerous situation without the benefit of special training, proper equipment, and approved protective gear puts the employees and the business at great risk. The legal fallout from a slip-and-fall injury during the cleanup of a sewage backup could bankrupt a small business. Contracting a serious illness from exposure to a deadly pathogen or hazardous chemical could lead to lengthy and expensive litigation. The potentially severe liability of having employees manage a biohazard incident is not worth the risk.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County team lives and works in the local community and is close by and ready to respond immediately when a company needs biohazard or chemical cleanup services. For more information about Cleburne, TX, damage restoration, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at

Prevent Spore Spreading with These Three Tips

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial properties can easily take a fungal friend under its wing, even if new. Mold is naturally resilient. It can easily creep in without being noticed. The following three mold cleanup tips can help you minimize potential spore spreading in your otherwise clean space.

  1. Minimize Moisture: Fungus – whether it's black mold or another pesky type – is able to spread quickly and without a trace. An isolated mopping from a leaky pipe doesn’t cut it since moisture can come right back. Repair any and all leaks, no matter how small. Investigate and resolve all moisture related incidents. This may seem like a tedious step, but even a drink spill or two on carpeted floors can become the new hot spot for mold growth if not properly cleaned.
  2. Turn off HVAC Systems: You may be unaware of a moisture problem, but even the slightest bit of water damage can open the fungi floodgates. One way to cut off mold's resources involves turning off the HVAC system. Forced air units can easily transport mold from room to room, and your system could be behind it all. Sometimes, bringing in the judgment of a professional can ensure that all mold cleanup steps are in place.
  3. Ensure Proper Airflow: Dovetailing from the last tip, give your entire building's ventilation a once-over. Mold only needs a little boost to spread rapidly throughout an indoor space, so be sure to let some fresh air into the building from time to time. Part of this step can include keeping some doors and windows open to keep airflow going.

It doesn’t take a biology expert to know that mold can inflict serious damage to a commercial property in Cleburne, TX. Keep the above steps in mind, even when damage isn’t suspected. After all, black mold doesn't exactly need an invitation to make its big move into your company's turf.

For more information on mold removal, please visit us at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

Crowley Property Damage Restoration Company Explains Why Acting Fast Is the Key to the Damage Restoration Process

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County outlines how SERVPRO’s speed in dealing with a damaged home or business is a great asset to stressed home or business owners.

The team of professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County, a damage restoration company, knows that acting fast is the key to success in the damage restoration process. An immediate response contributes to minimizing the damage and reducing the cleaning and restoration costs. Moisture and water spread aggressively as they intrude into a home or business. As the water rapidly spreads and as time passes, advanced secondary damage occurs. Like a sponge, floors, walls, furniture upholstery, and personal belongings immediately absorb the water and moisture. Furniture finishes can bleed, staining carpeting and other items. Important documents, photographs, books, and other paper items begin to swell and warp.

The Benefits of a Company That Provides Prompt, Delay-Free Service

SERVPRO’s speed in dealing with a damaged home or business is a great asset to the homeowner or business owner who has suffered a water damage disaster. When looking for a qualified, certified damage restoration specialist, rapid response time should be a top priority in the selection process. Here are the benefits of prompt, delay-free service.

Benefit #1: Reduces the overall extent of the water damage

As soon as the property damage restoration team arrives on the scene, they spring into action and assess the situation. Assessment includes the identification of the source of the water intrusion. If the source is a burst supply line, a cracked or broken pipe, or a hole in the roof, the team immediately makes every effort to stop the intrusion of water into the structure. This may include turning off the water valve to a burst supply line, shutting off the water at the main water valve, tarping a damaged roof, or boarding up a shattered window to keep out the rain. The goal is to stop the influx of water at its source. This action prevents the initial water damage area from expanding.

Once the water intrusion is mitigated, the crew initiates the water removal and extraction process. These efforts remove large quantities of water very quickly through the use of heavy-duty pumps. Water extraction equipment removes surface water from flooring and carpeting. Fans and dehumidifiers are strategically deployed to evaporate remaining moisture. Water and moisture between walls are alleviated with special equipment and techniques to reduce the need for demolition.

Eliminating the flow of water into the structure and then rapidly and aggressively removing water and moisture reduces the overall extent of the water damage. In one hour, a burst washing machine supply line can dump as much as 450 gallons of water into a home. Every fifteen minutes of delay translates into an extra 100 gallons of water pouring into the house and damaging walls, baseboards, floor coverings, furniture, and personal belongings. When SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County arrives on the scene an hour before any of their competitors, the net effect is the reduction of the extent of the water damage by as much as fifty percent.

Benefit #2: Avoids advanced secondary damage

Secondary water damage refers to the damage that occurs due to extended exposure to water and moisture. Whereas initial water damage can often be reversed, such is not the case with secondary water damage. Secondary damage may require the removal of damaged floorcovering, floor substrate, sheetrock, drywall, baseboards, molding, carpeting, paper goods, and electrical equipment. The crucial ingredient for advanced secondary damage is the amount of time that the affected areas of the home or business are exposed to water and moisture. The central element of success is the rapid removal of water and moisture. One hour of extended exposure to water and moisture can add days and thousands of dollars to the damage restoration project.

Benefit #3: Reduces stress for the home or business owner

Experiencing water pouring into a home and being unable to stop the flow or remove the water is very stressful and frustrating to a homeowner or business owner. Minute by minute, the disaster grows larger and larger. Life comes to a screeching halt. The disruption and confusion resulting from a water damage incident or a fire and water damage incident are traumatic.

On the other hand, seeing the SERVPRO professionals arrive on the scene and spring into action to mitigate the water intrusion and begin the water removal process is both calming and reassuring for the homeowner. The crews function like a well-oiled machine. The highly trained and seasoned technicians know that every minute counts. The intentional, proactive, and organized response communicates a strong message of hope to the stressed homeowner or business owner.

Benefit #4: Shortens the homeowner’s hotel stay, which saves money

As explained above, a rapid response can dramatically reduce the extent of the damage and the time required to complete the restoration. If the property damage disaster requires the occupants to find alternate accommodations, shortening the restoration project by a week or more can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, in hotel expenses.

Benefit #5: Shortens the amount of time that any pets have to be boarded, which saves on kennel fees

Boarding in Johnson County ranges from twenty-five dollars to fifty dollars per day for pets. Insurance may not cover pet boarding during a property damage restoration project. Strange people and the loud noises of a property damage restoration project stress pets. An extended restoration project may require an extended kennel stay for anxious pets. Expediting the project timeline means less time in the kennel for the pets and less out-of-pocket expenses for the homeowner.

Benefit #6: Allows business operations to get up and running quickly, which reduces the amount of money lost by not being able to do business

A property damage disaster that shuts down a business directly impacts revenue and profits. The cost of a property damage restoration project may be thousands of dollars in direct costs to a homeowner or business owner. For the business owner, a two-week shutdown due to a water damage incident can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue and lost customers. Losing a customer over a delay in product delivery can be catastrophic. The expense to replace the customer with a new customer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Getting a business up and running as soon as possible may be the difference between financial catastrophe and financial success.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team lives and works in this community and is ready to respond immediately when a homeowner or business needs property damage restoration or cleaning services. Service areas include Crowley, Cleburne, Joshua and surrounding areas.

For more information about damage restoration in Crowley, TX, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at

Where to Look for Mold in a Commercial Facility: Five Places Where Mold Can Hide and Flourish

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County, a damage restoration company in the Crowley, TX, area, offers tips on where to find mold in a commercial facility.

The commercial mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County understand that a mold infestation or other property damage disaster can cause a significant business interruption. A mold problem can present serious health effects for employees exposed to the mold at the commercial property. Customers exposed to the mold through product contact are also vulnerable. Whatever the cause of the infestation, every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. Identifying a mold issue and resolving it quickly is crucial for the sake of safety and continued profitability.

Five Common Hiding Places for Mold in a Commercial Facility

In the search for mold, knowing where to look and regularly inspecting those areas is crucial to preventing and controlling mold issues. A commercial building may be harboring mold in discrete, inaccessible spaces that escape the attention of the building manager or custodial staff. Left unaddressed, the mold can explode into an infestation. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people not affected by mold can develop health effects after long-term exposure to mold spores.

Mold thrives in warm, dark, moist spaces where there is organic material upon which to feed. Mold can be fuzzy or slimy in texture or brown, black, or green in color. Routine mold inspections should encompass visible and accessible spaces such as walls, other flat surfaces, bathrooms, showers, kitchen areas, closets, and file cabinets. Some of the less obvious locations for mold growth include the following areas:

  1. Carpet

Carpet padding exposed to long-term moisture can harbor hidden mold. Surface mold is easy to spot on carpeting or floor mats but not so with mold in the padding.

  1. Ductwork

Condensation or water leaks that seep into the air ducts can create a breeding ground for mold. The ductwork can then transport the mold spores throughout the entire building.

  1. Drain Pans

HVAC, appliance, and machinery condensate drain pans foster mold growth. These drain pans are often hard to access and properly clean, making them even more susceptible to mold spore infestation.

  1. Industrial Wooden Pallets

The high moisture content — 35% to 60% — and sugar content make green hardwood pallets a prime breeding ground for mold. Mold-inhibiting chemicals are not always applied to all pallets, especially when these pallets are constructed in countries with low or no mold prevention regulations. Recent litigation regarding TBP, a mold-inhibitor, has caused some pallet customers to shy away from suppliers applying the chemical to their pallet products.

An article at Modern Materials Handling entitled “Dealing with Moldy Pallets” offers the following helpful tips for business owners who use wooden pallets at their facilities: “Understand that how you store and handle your pallet can go a long way to preventing mold. Keeping them dry and clean is a start. Avoid storing them in the yard if possible or storing a load of pallets in an enclosed trailer for an extended period of time. If you wash your pallets down for sanitary reasons, make sure they are dry before you put them back into use. Where possible, avoid storing pallets in closed trailers for any length of time.”

  1. Imported Products

Product quality controllers and risk engineers need to pay special attention to imported goods, parts, or raw materials used in the production process or sold as end products.

An industry leader specializing in product quality correction offers this advice to operations officers and facility managers regarding mold growth and exposure liabilities stemming from imported goods: “Mold growth occurs when imported products travel long distances and experience damp conditions. Products coming from Asia or regions with high humidity are most likely to risk mold growth. Manufacturers in these countries may not have strict regulations about warehouse conditions that can lead to moisture being trapped in the packaging. These conditions allow mold spores to start growing and then continue to spread while the product is in transit.”

Liabilities and losses from goods damaged by goods can be large, the article goes on to state. “A small amount of mold growth can spread to affect an entire shipment by the time it reaches its destination at your warehouse…When products arrive with mold formation, your company is responsible for footing the costs to replace the product. Depending on how much of the product is affected, these costs can be high. On top of financial losses, these setbacks can cause damage to your reputation when you must explain to distributors or retailers why a product is not available on deadline.”

Mold can spread quickly through a commercial property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County can respond quickly, working first to contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Failure to contain the mold outbreak can contaminate not only a facility but also the internal logistics, and even worse, the extended customer supply chain network.

SERVPRO technicians will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition, as well as provide any other commercial damage restoration services that may be needed.

For more information about commercial mold removal in Crowley, TX, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at

How Does a Water Spill Affect My Cleburne Business?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Your Cleburne business is everything and we know that here at SERVPRO. Call us today we will help with your water damage.

To Understand the Need for Water Removal in Your Cleburne Operation, Call SERVPRO

Why Can’t I Just Rent a Wet-Vac to Clear Out the Water for My Customers? 

Successful, commercial water removal in a Cleburne convenience store takes many more actions than just vacuuming out the customer waiting area. A SERVPRO disaster response team removes the water underfoot and lowers the humidity. 

How Quickly Can You Dry My Floors So I Can at Least Get In to Begin Work?

Once in your store, our specialists can start using water extractors within minutes to begin removing water from your Cleburne business. For water trapped underneath equipment and shelving, they can use squeegees to draw it out where the extractors draw it off the floor. Complete removal often takes 2 or 3 days in an average-sized store. Next, team members complete the task by using air movers to direct a flow of warm air across the floors to speed up evaporation and also draw water off of shelving so that inventory can be set in place for purchase. 

To deal with the increased amount of water in the air, specialists install dehumidifiers throughout the store. These devices lower humidity to a normal level, comfortable for customers. Team members also use them to pull moisture out of nearby drywall panels and even ceiling tiles. 

What Else Can a SERVPRO Response Team Do for My Store?

As SERVPRO specialists begin removing water, other team members clear your store of everything on the shelves. They can move it to our facility storage area, or load it into a temporary storage locker in the parking lot. They also restock your shelves after drying them. 

To schedule a response team, or learn more about what we can do for your business here or in nearby Joshua, call SERVPRO of Crowley & Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 today. We are ready to help you restart operations and customer support.

How Can We Complete Water Restoration At Our Cleburne Superstore Without Extended Closure?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Are you having water damage issues in your Clebure Commercial building? Call the professional from SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

SERVPRO Can Help Identify Ways to Limit the Spread of Damage and Use Advanced Resources to Speedup Restoration

If you manage a superstore, everything you deal with is on a massive scale - including the effects of water spills at the facility. Since closing down is likely to inconvenience many people, you need to find a way to restore damage to your Cleburne superstore with limited or no closure.

How can restoration happen without closure?

The actions you take during water restoration at your Cleburne superstore depend on the intensity of the incident. The sheer size of the facility minimizes the chances of spilled water covering every square inch. However, people moving around unhindered can spread the water and soil the entire premises. Our SERVPRO crews can help you take measures to prevent this, including:

  • Creating physical barriers
  • Redirecting people with safety signs
  • Removing water using specialized techniques

A simple step, such as setting up warning signs demarcating wet sections of the store can help keep people away, preventing the spread of soiling through foot traffic. It might also be necessary to erect a physical barrier that can check the spread of moisture and aerosolized contaminants through the air. Our technicians set up the containments using 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheets separating the affected areas from the rest of the property. Our goal is to be as inconspicuous as possible while restoring the site.

Does speed matter during water restoration?

When water spills, time plays a significant role in determining the overall damage. Taking too long creates an opportunity for microbial development and moisture penetration deep into materials. Delays mostly lead to irreversible damage. Our SERVPRO technicians speed up restoration processes such as water extraction and drying by using state of the art equipment. Using drying mats is one such option that presents several benefits, including:

  • Reaching water below the surface of the tiles
  • Eliminating the time it would take to tear up the tiles
  • Eliminating the cost of replacing tiles or commercial grade carpeting

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can help you address most challenges caused by water spills. Call us at (817) 297-8588. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Should I Handle Water Removal If My Cleburne Pawnshop Is Affected?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

Make sure to treat spills quickly and tackle any water damage with a call to SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

With Help from SERVPRO, Removal Can Either Help Protect or Restore Valuables Affected by the Water Spill

Although the customers that visit your Cleburne pawnshop are driven by pressing financial needs, they still expect proper customer service. Water spills can interfere with your ability to deliver such quality services by forcing you to close down or damaging the items left by your customers as collateral for loans. Poor management of water loss incidents can lead to several complications.

How can handling water removal poorly affect my Cleburne pawn shop? 

Water spills in Cleburne can have lasting effects on any type of business they affect. However, the effects can be more severe for a pawnshop because exposure to water or high humidity levels can readily damage the high valued items that customers leave at the premises. Items such as electronics and firearms need protection, immediately after the water spill occurs. Any delays or improper water removal can cause damages, which would lead to other problems like:

  • Customers posting negative reviews about your business
  • Incurring costs repairing the items
  • Replacing the items if the damage is beyond repair

Apart from ruining items left by customers at the store, the water is also likely to affect the structure and fixtures such as shelves leading to high restoration costs. 

Should water removal prevent or resolve problems?

Ideally, water removal in Cleburne should help prevent damage to the structure and contents. Fast removal of any standing water in the store or moving items away from the affected areas should prevent most of the problems that develop later. Our SERVPRO technicians can help since we have several resources, including:

  • Fast water extractors
  • Protective materials such as plastic tarps
  • Handcarts and air sleds for moving heavy items

However, several factors can interfere with the success of preventive steps. For instance, the water spill might occur in the middle of the night when the store is closed, and by the time you discover the loss, some damages have already occurred. In such cases, the goal of removal is to resolve any damages that occur.

What steps are necessary during water removal?

Depending on the extent of the loss, removal can be a simple process of mopping wet areas or a more complicated one that takes several steps before the shop can regain its preloss condition. Typical restoration steps include:

  • Moving items from display areas
  • Tracing the extent of moisture migration
  • Extraction of standing water
  • Drying wet materials

Most of the items you have in your shop might be on display shelves or a packed storage area in the back. Performing restoration steps such as water extraction with the items in place is challenging. Moving them to an unaffected section within the store or an external location helps. Our SERVPRO technicians complete such movement conveniently. We have storage pods that can hold items safely within the store. We also have an electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which we use to keep clear records of the items you have at your store. Moving items also creates a chance to separate any wet items from the unaffected ones.

Once the water spills, it soaks into various materials around the loss site, including floors and walls. There is a need to identify how far the moisture migrates so that removal processes can address any hidden wetness. In most cases, physical observation and the use of moisture sensors and meters to take readings are sufficient. However, if we suspect the presence of moisture in concealed areas, we use sophisticated tools such as thermal cameras to identify the wet sections.

What next after the water is gone?

If your shop is like most, the floor is made from hard materials such as tiles, so extracting water is straightforward. However, drying is likely to present some challenges since materials such as wall panels, shelves, and cabinets are made from porous or semi-porous materials, which tend to hold moisture. Evaporating the moisture is the standard drying solution. Our SERVPRO technicians can set up a couple of air movers around the shop to boost air movement, thus enhancing the evaporation rate. The use of dehumidifiers helps extract moisture from the air to ensure constant drying. 

Exposure of different materials to water can lead to the development of unpleasant odors. Deodorizing can help neutralize these odors or provide a sweet scent. Our technicians can use ULV foggers to mist a pairing agent to neutralize bad odor. Alternatively, we use a masking agent when we determine that the odor is only temporary.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County has extensive experience handling water spills in commercial establishments. Call us at (817) 297-8588 to help restore your Crowley, Joshua, or Alvarado property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Standing Water Be Removed from My Cleburne Area Commercial Building?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

Broken pipes can cause problems to escalate quickly. Get SERVPRO involved right away for best results.

When a Major Pipe in Your Building Ruptures, There are Advanced Water Removal Tools that Can Quickly and Effectively Clean Up the Resulting Mess.

Not too long ago, a Cleburne area hotel suffered a severe water leak after a major pipe ruptured in its basement.  After this pipe failure, the local hotel’s large basement rapidly filled with several feet of water.  This catastrophe occurred suddenly and without any previous warning signs. Unsure of what to do, the hotel’s owners did some online research and discovered that there were ways to quickly solve their problem.  They learned that companies like SERVPRO have state-of-the-art extractors and drying equipment to effectively handle their large water removal job.

What Industrial-Strength Equipment Does SERVPRO Have to Handle My Commercial Water Removal Job in Cleburne?

In addition to tools normally used for residential issues, SERVPRO also has large industrial-strength equipment and other gear for commercial water removal in Cleburne.  Our technicians use all of this to successfully perform even the biggest, most difficult business site cleanups.  Our commercial-grade hardware and gear include:

  • Massive truck-mounted extractors capable of rapidly removing large amounts of water
  • Trailer-mounted desiccant dehumidifiers that speed up the drying process for large jobs
  • Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers which remove more moisture from the air in a shorter period of time

How Do Trailer-Mounted Desiccant and LGR Dehumidifiers Work?

Trailer-mounted desiccant dehumidifiers have a large moisture capacity and can quickly reduce the water vapor pressure and humidity ratio to their lowest levels, which also effectively controls interior climates.  These dehumidifiers have adsorbent-coated wheels that draw-in moisture and then release it into outgoing air.  This process is fueled by adsorbents, like silica gel, which efficiently attract, but do not absorb, and then release moisture.  LGR dehumidifiers, on-the-other-hand, condense air via a double cooling system that enables them to extract large amounts of water vapor, even under forty grains/pound.

If you ever need help with an extensive commercial water removal job, remember that there are services that can assist you.  Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588, if needed.

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No One Can Be Sure When a Flash Flood in Cleburne Can Happen

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flash flooding can take you totally by surprise.  Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and drying efforts.

SERVPRO Can Help Cleburne Businesses Overcome the Disaster

Although our community controls the sharp variations in the flow of rivers and other waterways through the use of reservoirs and up-river dams, your Cleburne warehouse or distribution center is still at risk of flooding when storms bringing torrents of rain sweep across the North Texas landscape. Most common in the spring, thunderstorms can happen anytime, and the flooding which follows particularly heavy rains is thus random and hard to predict. 

How Do Flash Floods Do Their Damage?

When heavy rains drop several inches of water in a short burst, the scenes on freeways, streets, and parking lots are newsworthy and familiar. Cars pile up under bridges and sometimes slide sideways in the flash flow of water. Imagine the water instead funneling across a parking lot toward your business or spewing inside on your sales floor from a broken downspout, and you have the mental image of flood damage in a Cleburne commercial building

What Kinds of Contaminants Flow Inside with the Flooding?

Very little can be done to stop the incursion of water, so business owners must steel themselves not only for the soaking but also for the dirt, silt, and other debris that flows inside as well. When we arrive to assess the scenario, SERVPRO must consider the water contaminated, evaluated as Category 3 black water. This determination is crucial in how mitigation and remediation proceed because it can impact whether the inventory can be saved and what kinds of treatment are needed before the public can again enter your commercial space. What types of substances and debris taint the water we are tasked with managing?

  • Industrial waste
  • Roadway chemicals
  • Landscaping chemicals
  • Dead animals, insects, reptiles, and organic debris
  • Sewage, especially if the sanitary system is overwhelmed
  • Hazardous substances on the roof if the flooding is all or partially connected to poorly draining or burst downspouts. 

What Are Some First Steps After Flash Flooding in My Business?

First and foremost, business owners must check that no one in the building is caught in a confined area and in danger of injury or drowning. Any chance of electrical hazards putting individuals at risk of shock or electrocution must also be noted, and the power shutdown if needed. Inventories that can be elevated on shelving easily should be raised.

What Can I Expect from the SERVPRO Response?

When our crews arrive, a safety assessment precedes all activity. This is crucial as we are unaware of the layout of your business. As soon as practical, emergency services begin:

  • Portable barriers can be set up to confine the flooding in Cleburne
  • Any damage to the exterior can be boarded or tarped up
  • Silt and mud and other significant debris often need to be shoveled out
  • Submersible pumps are positioned where water is deeper than two inches
  • Truck-mounted extractors with wands begin suctioning up water

Note: The pumps and truck-mounted extractors are powered independently of the business's utilities, critical if the electricity is knocked out by the storm out or has been disconnected temporarily for safety.

What Happens to Carpeting?

Because of the risk posed by contaminants in the water, we usually recommend that padding under any carpeting be removed and discarded. Padding is relatively inexpensive and reasonably easy to replace. Because flood water is considered highly contaminated, industry standards also mandate that carpeting be removed and discarded. We often use wanded extraction to remove a significant quantity of the water saturating the carpeting and padding to make it less heavy when discarding. We are familiar with local regulations and contain and dispose of carpet and pad as directed for hazardous waste.

How Do We Manage the Concrete and Resilient Tile Floors Common in Large Commercial Buildings?

If the floors are in sound condition, we use wanded extractors to clear off the flood water. Our technicians test for hidden water in building cavities or recesses, including flooring that might have sublayers. We might use floor mats connected to negative pressure extraction systems to pull fluids from several layers. Once visible water is extracted, our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians devise a drying perimeter to reduce absorbed water to preloss conditions. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers create a balance to facilitate the return to normal.

How Is Mold Growth Prevented?

Our company is a certified mold remediation firm. Our employees monitor continuously for any sign of mold growth. The time frame is as short as 24 to 48 hours for molds to begin multiplying, so we work quickly and emphasize water removal and humidity control. If needed, we follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to contain, remove, and discard moldy debris. EPA-registered antimicrobials applied for both mold, and more general pathogen inhibition are typically part of our commercial flood damage remediation plan. 

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is highly-qualified to spearhead your commercial flood damage recovery. Call us at  (817) 297-8588 to set up an assessment and proceed with a restoration plan.

Commercial Water Damage in Cleburne Office

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Long Weekend Results in Commercial Water Damage in Cleburne Office

The longer commercial water damage sits, the more extensive the loss to the structure and contents. The investment in fire and water detection as part of a security system can help firms get notifications of smoke and elevated moisture levels before the problem becomes a huge problem.

After an extended weekend, a Cleburne office needed help with commercial water damage clean up after the manager opened his office on a Tuesday morning and found nearly an inch of standing water in the front of the building.

Immediate Problems from Water Exposure
Due to the lack of on-site monitoring systems, it was not sure when the water loss started. The glue-down carpeting delaminated in the reception area where the majority of the water damage was. The techs remove it so the slab floor underneath could get exposed for both water extraction and drying. The techs moved the reception area furniture to another part of the office as only the legs needed drying and cleaning.

Extra Attention During Extraction
SERVPRO techs found water wicked into the sheetrock in the front of the office, through the use of their detection equipment. They measured above the waterline and removed it in a clean, straight cut known as a flood cut. This organized removal process makes repairs seamless after the mitigation efforts complete.

Drying and Cleanup
After extraction of the water loss completed, the techs set up drying equipment to quickly dry the reception area. The process gets monitored to attain drying goals. Then the techs wipe down all water-affected surfaces with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Mold Treatment and Preventative Measures
Because airborne mold spores are always present both indoors and outdoors, the setup of mold infestations after a water loss can be an issue. With their extensive training and certification in mold remediation #MRC1353, the techs know the early warning signs as well as how to handle any existing mold growth without spreading the spores. After the drying, the application of antimicrobial sealant ensures mold will not be a problem before repairs get made.

When your property needs commercial water damage cleanup or mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. The trained and certified techs make the loss to the property, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Keeps Your Business Afloat in Cleburne after a Water Loss

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Cleburne Residents Keep Their Dirty Laundry Clean with Fast Water Damage Restoration Service

Why Commercial Water Damage Requires Professional Care and Attention in Cleburne

Commercial Water Damage Cleburne
Laundromats require regular inspection and maintenance of appliances to ensure they do not fail under the stress of multiple customers using them throughout the day. While inspections can reduce the number of malfunctions that occur, they cannot stop them completely. When water pipes or the appliances themselves malfunction, you can often find yourself ankle deep in water and in need of rapid, professional assistance.

We have an extensive roster of clients that have required restoration of commercial water damage here in Cleburne. Each service presents unique challenges, which are why at SERVPRO, we rely on our training and experience rather than one-size-fits-all approaches. Usually, an emergency at your Laundromat is considered a clean-water emergency. Although over-time, these issues can become increasingly severe, particularly when standing water is involved. Typically, tiled floors in this washing facilities are mopped and vacuumed up, leaving just work for the dehumidifiers and air movers to remove excess moisture.

All water types contain microbes. Microbes within the water, as well as the length of time water,  is allowed to remain, can cause a white emergency to deteriorate into greywater. Greywater emergencies are not harmful to human health but can cause rot or mold to emerge. This Category 2 greywater can also occur if cleaning products are dissolved in the liquid. Sewage back-ups are generally considered black water. These scenarios require infectious waste removal licensing as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent pathogens from ingestion.

SERVPRO is adept at dealing with all kinds of water emergencies. Every technician is trained in the various techniques and methods that are useful for restoring commercial properties. These may include water removal, microbial awareness, as well as dealing with and disposing of infectious waste materials. Our first step is to pump water out of the property using submersible gas pumps that deposit water into an open sewer point.

Once the standing water is reduced, a SERVPRO technician, or team of technicians, can begin implementing proper drying techniques. These begin using wet/ dry vacuums known as water extractors to remove any residual moisture left behind after pumping. Gas-powered pumps are usually only ineffective below two inches of standing water. We can then place a combination of rapid-air moving devices to encourage the evaporation process.

Since standing water naturally migrates from wet to dry, it may be necessary to inspect structural cavities using sensors, moisture meters, or thermal imaging cameras. We stock advanced structural drying equipment should your business property require this process. Evaporation and temperature increase evaporation but also indoor relative humidity. This increase in humidity can be a microbial growth concern. By deploying dehumidifiers in conjunction with air-movers, we can prevent that from happening. In the event of microbial growth, something that patrons of a laundromat frown upon, we can use our Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRC1353 to take care of the problem.

If your business suffers an emergency involving any-type of water, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588.

Quick Response is Critical

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When a library floods the entire community is impacted, therefore the sense of urgency is even greater than usual.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO is on call 24/7/365 and is ready to respond to your commercial loss. We understand it is very critical that you get back to focusing your attention on your business as soon as possible. Our staff is trained to respond quickly and to assume responsibility for as much of the restoration activity as possible, freeing your staff to do the things that make your business successful. Whether it is an entire facility or a small area, we understand it is important to you to have it fully operational. We are proud to say we are faster to any size disaster.

The People, The Training, and The Equipment

SERVPRO takes pride in its' highly motivated, trained, and professional staff. and we employ the latest technology in restoration equipment to assure you receive state-of-the-art services.

If you require service, SERVPRO is always here to help.  

Choosing Us for Commercial Restoration | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

A fast response time by our team will ensure that your restoration needs are professionally completed by SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

For small business owners, sustaining fire or water damage is more than just a slight inconvenience—it is something that can jeopardize their livelihood. A recent FEMA report states that over 40% of business owners are unable to resume operations following a natural disaster. If your business has experienced damage, it is vital to work with a company that can properly perform your commercial restoration to keep this from happening to you.

That is why we make it our goal to be your go-to for commercial restoration. We understand the importance of businesses to their owners’ livelihood, which is why we are passionate about making sure your restoration is done right. Here are just a few reasons to consider choosing us for commercial restoration:

1. A Quick Response Time

Being “faster to any size disaster” is more than just a slogan for us. We keep our emergency service line open around the clock to ensure our technicians can respond to your disaster as quickly as possible.

Not only does this provide business owners with peace of mind, but it also saves them time and money during the restoration process. Our technicians are trained to respond quickly and immediately halt scenarios that could cause more damage if left untreated. This means business owners can focus on other important tasks to get their business reopened.

2. An Amazing Team

Our team of expert technicians are leaders in the restoration field and are given access to extensive training and education materials. The guidelines in place from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) form the core of their training, so they are able to learn from authorities on the restoration industry’s standards.

Through certification courses and online learning, technicians are also able to further their education and keep their knowledge current. This way, they can be aware of up-to-date practices as new information is released, ensuring they can handle any disaster scenario.

3. State-of-the-Art Equipment

The IICRC also has guidelines and recommendations for restoration equipment, which is what we use when handling the restoration. This way, customers know we are tackling the job with the industry’s most state-of-the-art tools. Whether we are extracting water after a flood or removing soot smell after a fire, we have the right tools for your job.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

3 Ways Mold Sneaks Into Your Air Ducts

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

HVAC cleaning can be an intimidating process for business owners. If air ducts aren’t inspected often, they can accumulate mold and spread it throughout the building. In order to completely solve a mold problem, you may need to understand how mold enters and forms inside the ventilation system.

1. Using the Air Ventilation System Before Mold Removal

Since moisture builds up when there is no air circulation, it’s easy to assume that air vents help prevent mold from growing. However, if mold has already formed, you may expect a completely different outcome because mold can travel easiest when it dries out. If you switch the air vents on before an HVAC cleaning professional comes in, you may be helping the mold find a more suitable area inside the building to grow.

2. Dust Accumulation Inside Vents

How does mold form inside vents if the air flow pushes it around? While an air ventilation system isn’t running, dust can form inside the ducts. Mold may also settle on the dust in the vents along with any moisture that has been sucked in. Since dust is often an accumulation of small organic particles, it can become a perfect food source for mold in the vents. You should consider cleaning vents routinely to help prevent mold in the ducts.

3. Moisture Inside the Duct Work

When a building is humid and the air conditioning is turned on, it sucks the moisture out of each room and through the vents. Along an entire air duct system, there are several nooks and cracks in which the moisture may tend to accumulate. Since mold prefers a good source of moisture, it may start growing in these cracks and eventually spread onto the outside of the vents. 

If you are a property owner in Cleburne, TX, you may wonder whether or not mold has invaded your air ducts. A professional HVAC cleaning service from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County may help you find and eliminate mold from within your ventilation system.

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How to Prevent Toilets From Flooding a Commercial Property

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Most owners of commercial properties are familiar with the water damage risks that a clogged toilet poses. Serious damage may occur in the event of a toilet overflow or sewage backup. Here are three simple ways to reduce the frequency and severity of clogged toilet damages.

1. Order thinner toilet paper. Thinner toilet paper is both more cost-effective and easier on your toilets. Even if a customer or occupant flushes a large wad of thinner toilet paper, it is less likely to lead to a clog or cause a toilet to overflow than thicker toilet paper.

2. Provide wastebaskets. A wastebasket in a bathroom stall can reduce the amount of debris flushed down toilets that is likely to cause flooding. Property owners should make disposal solutions as convenient as possible to encourage building occupants to use these options rather than causing a clogged toilet.

3. Indicate bathroom rules on a sign. Posting waste disposal guidelines in a visible location in a bathroom can make a difference in occupants' behavior. Point out what should and should not be flushed to lower the frequency of clogs or flooding at a commercial property. You may also provide information for building services or other options in case an occupant or guest experiences difficulties when flushing.

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Is Your Business Ready for Potential Disasters?

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As a business owner, there are a multitude of things that you must take into consideration, but one of the most important is emergency preparedness.

While having a plan in place does not ensure that a disaster will not occur, it does give you and your business a head start where safety is concerned and will make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

What’s Your Plan?

Have you taken the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

It doesn’t matter what type of disaster it is—man-made or natural—if you have not put an emergency plan in place for your business, things are going to get even more stressful quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests, customers, and the business itself.

Do You Know Where to Begin?

When setting up an emergency plan for your business, evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur—as well as those that are long shots but could still possible. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

By conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), this will help predict any potential effects a disaster may have on your business. This includes any lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Once you have an emergency preparedness plan developed, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Is Flood Water a Type of Black Water?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded building in Crowley,TX

Flood water is considered Category Three black water because it may contain harmful contaminants. Flooding results when surface water overflows or heavy rain falls in Crowley, TX. Although this water may not initially contain solid waste, chemicals and other contaminants are likely to leach into standing water. Find out what the water resulting from flood or storm damage might contain and the risks it could pose.

Which Contaminants Are Found in Flood Water?

Water can pick up a variety of contaminants as it collects and stands outside or in a structure. These may include:

  • Chemicals
  • Heavy metals
  • Pathogens
  • Solid waste

Any of these contaminants can cause problems for humans or animals that are exposed to, or attempt to ingest, this water. In addition to potentially dangerous substances, contaminated water may also contain microbes that can cause illness.

What Are Some Possible Flooding Risks?

In addition to posing a threat to building materials and contents, water resulting from flooding can also pose a threat to individuals. A few possible risks include:

  • Exposure to toxigenic substances
  • Irritation of skin or other bodily systems
  • Contagious infections

If water is allowed to stand for 24 hours or longer, the risk of mold growth will rapidly escalate. Schedule a complete cleanup sooner rather than later.

Are There Any Other Sources of Black Water?

Sewer backups are another common source of Category Three water, and these incidents may coincide with a storm. If heavy rains or flooding cause a municipal sewage system or septic tank to back up, it will also be necessary to drain, disinfect and dry the affected area.

Flood water can cause structural damage and expose occupants to contaminants. Mitigation experts will wear personal protective equipment and use professional cleanup methods to quickly remove water and limit the extent of secondary damage. Rely on a commercial storm damage restoration company in Crowley,TX.

How To Create a Business Emergency Plan

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

A business continuity plan can help you prepare for an emergency situation.

As a commercial building owner in Crowley, TX, it is up to you to make sure your business is ready for anything that comes its way. For many, this means making a continuity plan. This type of emergency plan lays out what should happen in the event of an emergency. Use this quick how-to guide to help you make your own plan.

1. Consider your daily operations. How could flooding affect your ability to perform day-to-day operations? If your business provides goods to customers, you may lose inventory. Your emergency plan may need to include a clause that helps protect your inventory or keep your customers happy.
2. Think about a plan B. You know how your company normally runs, but could your employees do their work from another location if needed? Your continuity plan may include renting a temporary workspace or setting up work-from-home time during the repair process.
3. Spend time training. Making a plan is one thing, but you also have to ensure your employees know what to do if a bad storm rolls through. Have emergency training that goes over standard protocols to help make sure everyone is ready for the worst-case scenario.
4. Find someone to help. While you're making your plan, think about the cleanup of any storm damage. Finding a commercial storm cleanup crew before the disaster hits can save you time after your building is affected by the bad weather.
5. Go over your insurance policy. Understanding your insurance coverage can help you better prepare for damages done by a storm. For example, some policies may help pay for a secondary workspace or cover the costs of some of the repairs. Going over your policy can help you figure out where you need more coverage before your building is damaged.

A business continuity plan can help you prepare for an emergency situation. Working with a professional may make creating this type of plan easier. For more information, visit

Overview of Commercial Property Insurance

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You can rely on professional mitigation to help facilitate the claims process in addition to the physical recovery of your building and its contents.

Commercial insurance can cover accidents, theft or natural disasters, like fire. This insurance is not just for manufacturers and retailers; this insurance is good for anyone running a business whether from your home or another building you own in Crowley, TX. If you are renting property, check your agreement to see if you are required to provide insurance. Covered property may include:

• Building
• Equipment
• Vehicles
• Computers and servers
• Furniture
• Signs
• Company records
• Landscaping and fencing
• Inventory

How Much Does It Cost?

Coverage is dependent on the value of your assets, including but not limited to your building. It may also take into consideration the geographical area, proximity to a fire department, and use of fire-resistant materials in construction. Occupants may also affect a building’s fire rating. For example, you may receive a higher fire rating for occupants who work with highly combustible materials or who are warehousing flammable items. Be prepared to share all of this information with an insurance agent.

What Is Not Covered?

Some losses are not covered by commercial insurance and may require additional policies for adequate protection. Some more common considerations include:

• Flood. You should analyze your flood risk and seek out an additional policy if you are at risk.
• Business Interruption. This covers operating expenses and lost profits for the duration of the work interruption.
• Extra Expenses. Examine your policy closely to make sure it includes coverage to move your business to a temporary location while repairs are completed. Some policies may not cover this adequately.
• Loss of Rents. You may lose rent from tenants after a fire to your building.

Commercial insurance can save your business when you have fire damage or another disaster, but it can be complex and requires diligence in a review of the many policy options. At least you can rely on professional mitigation to help facilitate the claims process in addition to the physical recovery of your building and its contents. For more information, visit

3 Ways Mold Sneaks Into Your Air Ducts

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

HVAC cleaning can be an intimidating process for business owners in Cleburne, TX. However, if air ducts aren’t inspected often, they can accumulate mold and spread it throughout the building. In order to completely solve a mold problem, you may need to understand how mold enters and forms inside the ventilation system.

1. Using the Air Ventilation System Before Mold Removal.

Since moisture builds up when there is no air circulation, it’s easy to assume that air vents help prevent mold from growing. However, if mold has already formed, you may expect a completely different outcome because mold can travel easiest when it dries out. If you switch the air vents on before a HVAC cleaning professional comes in, you may be helping the mold find a more suitable area inside the building to grow.

2. Dust Accumulation Inside Vents.

How does mold form inside vents if the air flow pushes it around? While an air ventilation system isn’t running, dust can form inside the ducts. Conversely, mold may also settle on the dust in the vents along with any moisture that has been sucked in. Since dust is often an accumulation of small organic particles, it can become a perfect food source for mold in the vents. That’s why you should consider cleaning vents routinely to help prevent mold in the ducts.

3. Moisture Inside the Duct Work.

When a building is humid and the air conditioning is turned on, it sucks the moisture out of each room and through the vents. Along an entire air duct system, there are several nooks and cracks in which the moisture may tend to accumulate. Since mold prefers a good source of moisture, it may start growing in these cracks and eventually spread onto the outside of the vents.

If you are a property owner in Cleburne, TX, you may wonder whether or not mold has invaded your air ducts. A professional HVAC cleaning service may help you find and eliminate mold from within your ventilation system.

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How to Prevent Toilets From Flooding a Commercial Property

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Most owners of commercial properties are familiar with the inconvenience and water damage risks that a clogged toilet poses. A seemingly minor incident can starts out as an accident or nuisance but may lead to serious damage in the event of a toilet overflow or sewage backup. Here are three simple ways to reduce the frequency and severity with which toilets get clogged or flood a commercial property.

1. Order thinner toilet paper. One of the reasons that commercial properties tend to be stocked with single-ply paper is to help prevent clogs. Even if a customer or occupant flushes a large wad of thinner toilet paper, it is less likely to lead to a clog or cause a toilet to overflow than thicker toilet paper. Multiple ply paper also tends to cost more per square foot.

2. Provide wastebaskets and personal item disposal baskets. A discreet wastebasket situated in a bathroom stall can reduce the amount of debris flushed down toilets that is likely to cause flooding. Property owners should make disposal solutions as convenient as possible to encourage building occupants to use these options rather than causing a clogged toilet.

3. Indicate bathroom rules on a sign. Posting waste disposal guidelines in a visible location in a bathroom can actually make a difference in occupants' behavior. Point out what should and should not be flushed to lower the frequency of clogs or flooding at a commercial property. You may also provide information for building services or other options in case an occupant or guest experiences difficulties when flushing that suggest that a clog may be present.

These three steps can help to prevent a clogged toilet from flooding a commercial property in Crowley, TX. If a sewage backup does occur, the owner of the building should contact a certified restoration service that specializes in water and sewer damage cleanup.

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Protection From the Storm

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Storms can happen quickly and violently, and the resulting damage can be catastrophic. Tornadoes and hurricanes in the United States have a history of wreaking havoc on lives and structures. Damage from wind, water, debris, and even fire can occur. With such a severe threat, commercial storm insurance is available and is a popular financial decision with many business and commercial building owners. Here is a breakdown of common damages from storms assisted by insurance, as well as the contingencies involved:

• Contents coverage – These plans typically cover inventory, computer systems, furnishings, and equipment. A specific dollar amount is usually placed on the contents, so it is important to make sure that this amount covers a total loss.
• Falling debris and trees – As long as it is in direct relation to the storm, the commercial property storm insurance may cover the damage caused from a falling tree; however, if the tree was already at risk of falling and/or lacked regular maintenance, the coverage may not apply.
• Rebuilding and cleanup – If a great deal of damage occurs, the policy may help with cleaning up and rebuilding. Remember that the value of the cost to rebuild is often reflected in the coverage, which is different than the property’s market value.

When Does It Apply?

Determining what is covered under this type of insurance can be complex, but the list above provides some basic information and understanding. Commercial insurance coverage varies by company and other factors, but the general goal is to provide compensation for damage that is unpredictable and unavoidable in Cleburne, TX . Remember that many commercial insurance policies will not cover damages incurred from normal wear and tear on the structure.

Protecting Your Livelihood.

Nature is powerful and can be unpredictable. Whenever it threatens a business or even causes damage, having storm insurance for commercial property can provide financial protection and immense peace of mind.

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Restoring Content Damaged by Smoke and Soot

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fires can often be severe and leave businesses devastated. While not everything can be recovered from the aftermath of fire, you will want to preserve the content that can. It is beneficial to know the best methods for content cleaning when your goods have been affected by smoke or soot. For example, clothes that retain soot or the residual odor of smoke from a fire can be restored to their previous condition by professional dry-cleaning. Here are a few other methods for preserving your smoke and soot damaged items:

? Foam-cleaning should be attempted on all fabrics that are not color fast and those that may shrink during the wet cleaning process.
? Wet-cleaning can be used when dealing with garments that retain their color and items that have been heavily or moderately soiled by smoke or soot.
? Immersion-cleaning is generally reserved as a last resort and involved dipping contents into a cleaning agent.

It is always best to contact local Cleburne, TX, professionals to assist you with your content cleaning needs.

Items Constructed from Non-porous Material

Methods like dry-cleaning and wet-cleaning are great for fabrics, but what about non-porous materials? Your jewelry, electronics, vinyl records, and an abundance of other items can be saved with ultrasonic cleaning. An ultrasonic cleaner uses ultrasound to clean damaged items, often with the help of a small amount of tap water.

Electronic Content

If you have considered moving your business’s belongings into content storage due to structural damage or other fire damage, bear in mind that it is essential to clean smoke and soot from electronics as soon as you are able. Metallic objects can become corroded due to acid contained in the smoke residue. While dry-cleaning clothing will certainly be a priority for some retail locations, you should also be mindful of electronic items that may store vital information, such as laptops, cell phones, servers, and point of sales computers and have them cleaned immediately to prevent loss of data.

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3 Tips To Avoid Spore Spreading

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Even if your commercial building is new, it could easily take a fungal friend under its wing. Because mold is naturally resilient, it could creep in without your even noticing. The following three mold cleanup tips can help you minimize potential spore spreading in your otherwise clean space.

1. Minimize Moisture

Fungus – whether it's black mold or another pesky type – can spread quickly and without a trace. An isolated mopping from a leaky pipe simply won't cut it since moisture can come right back. Get to the bottom of maintenance problems and tackle those leaky areas, no matter how tedious this step may seem. Even a drink spill or two on carpeted floors can become the new hot spot for mold growth.

2. Turn off HVAC Systems

You might not think you have a moisture problem, but even the slightest bit of water damage can open the fungi floodgates. One way to cut off mold's resources involves turning off your HVAC system. Forced air units can easily transport mold from room to room, and your system could be behind it all. Sometimes, bringing in the judgment of a professional can ensure that all mold cleanup steps are in place.

3. Ensure Airflow

Dovetailing from the last tip, you may also want to give your entire building's ventilation a once-over. For instance, black mold only needs a little boost to spread rapidly throughout an indoor space, so be sure to let some fresh air into the building from time to time. Part of this step can include keeping some doors and windows open to keep airflow going.

You don't have to be a biology expert to know that mold can inflict serious damage to your building in Cleburne, TX. Keep the above steps in mind, even when you don't suspect any damage. After all, black mold doesn't exactly need an invitation to make its big move onto your company's turf.

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How To Address Water Damage in Your Commercial Property

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

A broken fire sprinkler caused by faulty installation or materials resulted in extensive damage to three commercial businesses in an office strip.

Commercial property is susceptible to the same challenges in Fort Worth, TX, as a home, such as flooding, fire, and storm damage. Many commercial locations have an added layer of protection such as fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers may save your business space from complete fire devastation. On the other hand, you could have to contend with the water damage fire sprinklers create.

Why Fire Sprinklers May Rain Down

Fire sprinklers may activate due to sensitivity to smoke or an actual fire. They can also cause chaos due to broken pipes in the cold winter months, so care and maintenance is advised. If the fire sprinklers ran in your business locale, it is recommended you contact a commercial water restoration professional to assist in an efficient and effective water cleanup.

How You Can Help Your Restoration Specialists

These specialists can manage the restoration process, but you can complement their efforts with these two time-sensitive steps.

1. Don’t Touch – Though the immediate reaction may be to hustle and remove contents affected by water, you may want to let the professionals lead this charge. Restoration specialists can work closely with your insurance company, so it may be best to let them view the flooding in its original state.

2. Document – As you await the restoration professional’s arrival, it is an opportune time to take photos and videos of the water damage. Try to document as much of the saturation as possible. These measures can let the specialists view the full extent of the compromised building and materials, especially if there is a time differential from actual flooding and their arrival.

Once the commercial water restoration professionals are onsite at your business, the cleanup process can swiftly begin. Your sustained effort of “don’t touch” and “document” may be a great support to these specialists in their work with your insurance company and in restoring your commercial property affected by water damage.

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Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Not every fire is a five-alarm emergency requiring Crowley, TX, emergency responders and firefighters to put the blaze out. Some incidents, such as small kitchen fires, can be doused with the use of a portable fire extinguisher. Quick reflexes and knowledge of how to effectively use an extinguisher can save you a great deal of fire damage.

How to use a fire extinguisher:

1. Locate and grip the pin firmly.
2. Pull sharply, breaking the tamper seal.
3. Aim the nozzle at the fire. Try not to get too close, but you should aim low and focus on the base of the fire. Trying to douse the fire from the top down will be less effective and may cause the flames to shower and spread. Dousing it at the base puts out the source more immediately.
4. Take the handle in a firm grip.
5. Squeeze the handle and hold it.
6. Maintain a solid grip on the nozzle, allowing the extinguishing agent to pour directly onto the base of the fire.
7. Use a side-to-side sweeping motion to expand your coverage and make sure the fire is fully covered and suppressed.
8. Maintain watchfulness over the area. A single ember can re-ignite the fire. You may need to repeatedly use the fire extinguisher to be certain.
9. If the fire extinguisher does not contain the flame, evacuate immediately and call emergency services.

Safe use and handling of a fire extinguisher can be essential both in the home and at work. Practice with your portable fire extinguisher to be sure you can respond reflexively and immediately to prevent fires from spreading and protect your home and place of business. If you practice often enough, effective use of a fire extinguisher can become instinctive muscle memory. A rapid, well-trained response can make the difference between a minor fire incident and a major, life-threatening blaze.

Preparing Your Building for a Disaster

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Disaster Preparation in Crowley, TX

Getting prepared for a disaster is essential as you never know when some natural event is going to occur. Disaster Preparation can help minimize potential damage from:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Smoke Damage
  • Flood Damage

Professional services are available to work with businesses to get Prepared and setup Mitigation elements that help in the case of any disaster that results in any one or more of these types of unexpected damage that are cause by nature.

These days more companies than ever are getting flooded in areas that have never had it before. Keeping your business up and running during cleanup will help to keep your insurance costs lower.

Give SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County a call and schedule an Emergency Ready Profile assessment for your business with our help.

Fire Damage and Your Commercial Building

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SERVPRO trucks cleaning up after a fire damage.

Smoke Damage in Your Company

The same companies that provide recovery services from fire and water damage are usually also expert in correcting any damage caused by a fire in your building. It may have been an electrical fire or even an accidental break room fire.

The need for recovery after a fire is important to keep your company in business. The longer smoke particles stay embedded on surfaces in building materials, the more difficult it is to remove. The smoke damage remediation process must begin at once. With a properly applied Mitigation process all salvageable items can be cleaned and restored.

A professional fire damage restoration company can completely restore a building that has been affected by fire, of any size, so that your company looks new again.

Emergency Response to Commercial Fire

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Timely Emergency Response

Commercial property owners should contact a restoration company as soon as possible in instances of electrical fire or utility room fire. A professional restoration company should arrive at the scene within the first 90 minutes after receiving a call from the client and immediately begin boarding up the building to keep looters out.

The restoration company comes with all the necessary equipment to carry out the entire restoration process after an electrical fire or a utility room fire. This includes water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Along with the equipment the company will have expert crews to work on your building.

Detailed Fire Damage Assessment

This stage involves a thorough inspection of the entire business premises to find out the condition of belongings as well as the structural integrity of the building as a result of commercial fire damage. The commercial fire cleaning specialist can only prepare a quote after they have pinpointed different forms of fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage in the building. The inspection process enables the SERVPRO Crews to classify the type of fire, the extent of soot damage, and what items can be saved. Insurance agents rely on the cost estimates provided by a professional restoration company when it comes to compensation, and that is why inspection is very important.

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Property Safety and Security After Fire

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Ensuring Property Security After Fire

The property and belongings of a client should be protected during a fire incident and this responsibly lies with the restoration company. There is always a lot of confusion during such moments, and some looters may take advantage of the situation to steal things after commercial fire damage. The strength and stability of windows, roofs, walls, and doors are normally compromised by fire leaving the property vulnerable to theft. The restoration company must ensure that the building is well secured.

Board Up After Fire

Securing the building involves using plywood to cover up windows and doors that had been damaged during the fire. Firefighters often break down doors for entrance, and break windows to avoid a backdraft. Boarding up these entrances will keep your company from having to file a theft claim on top of your fire claim.

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Restoration After Commercial Fire Damage

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Restoration After Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage can be a huge problem. A fireman with a fire truck may have broken cherished items as the fire hose was brought inside the property to help combat smoke damage and soot damage. The floors may have been damaged both by the firefighter's hose and his boots as well as lots of water from the fire sprinkler system. A utility room fire can spread and cause soot damage and smoke damage to office spaces. The fire hose the firefighter uses can also create problems as the fire hose may have damaged delicate areas inside of the commercial business. When confronting commercial fire damage, many business owners rely on help from professional fire restoration experts to help them figure out what to do to help keep fire damage and smoke damage to a minimum. They can also turn to fire restoration experts to help them determine where to begin to restore the areas damaged by the fire or sprinkler system so they look inviting to clients again.

Getting Rid of Damaged Items

Many items in any space can be easily damaged by a firefighter. The fire truck may have damaged the outside of the space. A utility room fire that is a space rarely used can still have extensive fire and soot damage that may leak out into the more public business spaces the owner relies on in order to communicate with clients. An electrical fire along with the utility room fire may create problems such as fire damage that cause issues with office furniture. Soot damage and smoke damage can make it hard for the business owner to even occupy any space there after extensive commercial fire damage. Sparks from the electrical fire may quickly cause fire damage to items like window treatments and rugs. A fire sprinkler system, as part of an overall fire suppression plan, can allow water to get inside and causes serious problems. After the fire is put out and the firefighters are no longer there, it's best to look at which items are in good shape even after an electrical fire and which items still have fire damage from fire suppression efforts.

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The Process of Fire Damage Restoration in a Business

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

The Process of Fire Damage Restoration in a Business

Electrical fire or utility room fire can cause devastating damage to a commercial or business property making business owners suffer massive losses due to commercial fire damage. In addition, fire suppression systems and other firefighting efforts can cause water damage, soot damage, and smoke damage leaving your commercial property in a complete mess. The fire damage restoration process takes a lot of time, and this negatively affects productivity and revenue generation. It is always important to seek the services of professional firefighters to restore your business premises after an electrical fire or a utility room fire to restore the pre-fire condition as soon as possible.

There is a need to minimize commercial fire damage by seeking the services of fire restoration professionals that uses the best equipment such as the fire sprinkler system, a fire hose and a fire truck. It is advisable for the fire restoration process to begin within the first few hours to prevent further damage. Fire damage restoration using a fire truck and a fire hose is not an easy process as most people might think because of the amount of effort that goes in the entire fire suppression process. The following are major steps that are normally followed by professional firefighters when it comes to fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage restoration is the key.

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