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Why Choose SERVPRO of Westfield

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When you heard construction crews were coming into your home to work, you may have the fear of dust going everywhere, debris left behind, unprofessional teams, and jobs not completed in a timely manner. And that is why SERVPRO of Westfield is different. Here are some of the other reasons why we are different:

Our teams are professional and on time.

We cover all areas we are working in to keep dust off and prevent further damage to your items.

Our teams are on call 24/7 to respond to any disasters.

We are certified and carry licenses to ensure your mitigation, remediation, or reconstruction is done correctly.

Our project managers ensure your peace of mind by keeping you updated as we progress.

We work with your insurance and offer a transparent estimate.

SERVPRO of Westfield is committed to you and making it feel "Like it never even happened."

Here’s What Every Home Restoration Project Has in Common

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Insurance Policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Westfield. From start to finish, we will help navigate the restoration process.

No matter why you need home restoration, you have at least one thing in common with the millions of American homeowners filing damage claims each year. What is it? The importance of getting started on your project promptly.

Why is timing so important? It’s simple.

Common household damage culprits can get worse much sooner than you probably expect. Hardwood floors and furniture can show damage within just a few days, and mold can begin to grow within hours.

We’re Always Here

That’s why we’re passionate about providing service to our community 24⁄7 because we know that timing is everything when your home is damaged. No matter what time your emergency occurs, we’ll be here to answer your questions, address your concerns and start on your home restoration plan.

There are plenty of other powerful reasons to choose SERVPRO beyond our speed and availability:

Our team members are all highly skilled experts in their field. When you interact with one of our technicians, you’re talking with an expert. We ensure they have the latest training and certifications that ensure the strategy they’re suggesting will consider the latest advances in home restoration.

Our technicians use the most up-to-date technology. Our relationship with SERVPRO allows us to bring their leading-edge technology here to our community. And it gives our technicians the tools they need to restore your home.

Why You May Need Restoration Services

There are a wide variety of reasons people seek our help. In many cases, people need home restoration services after severe weather moves through their area. Accidents and appliance malfunctions can also do a lot of damage to a home.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

SERVPRO of Westfield Offers Quick Help

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Water intrusion incidents happen without any warning leaving a trail of destruction in your home. Apart from removing the water, other steps, such as cleaning, stain removal, and even rebuilding some parts of the home, may be necessary. Calling SERVPRO of Westfield to handle the restoration can help you get quicker results because we have a deeper understanding of the process along with much experience.

Anticipation of Problems

Properties in Houston hit by water damage undergo different stages of deterioration depending on the amount of water spilled, and the time it takes to restore them. Some problems like rusting, rotting in wood, or even mold development, which are challenging to address, happen in the later stages of the loss. Anticipating such problems can ensure correct actions are taken early, thus preventing them from developing. Our SERVPRO of Westfield technicians expedite water removal, especially around hardwood floors. We can also remove some boards to prevent buckling when the floor swells after absorbing water.

Understanding Material Structure

The various materials that make up the house are unique in many ways, including having different internal structures. The structure affects absorbency and ability to hold water for long, which can have several implications, including fueling mold growth, long after the water spill incident happens. Our SERVPRO of Westfield technicians have extensive knowledge of various building materials. For example, we understand the arrangement and size of pores in woods such as Red Cedar. We also understand whether a specific house has a tight, loose, or moderate envelope and its impact on the drying process. The envelope means several things, including the roof, ceiling, foundation, and finished floors, among other aspects.

Variety of Sophisticated Equipment

The restoration process involves several steps performed together or separately. Most of the steps require equipment to complete. We have sufficient equipment making it easier to complete such steps. Some equipment can also shorten the process. For example, using injection-dry systems and drying mats, it is possible to remove water from floorboards without demolishing such areas, which can become quite costly. There again, we try to restore and not replace building materials and internal fixtures.

Better understanding of water loss helps improve the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Westfield at (281) 907-0018 to help address any issue you face after the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

House Flooding

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Flooded Kitchen Flooding on the kitchen floor due to a broken pipe.

Water flooding in your house, business, or place of work can happen at any time. Most of the reasons for flooding are due to pipes breaking, backed up septic tanks, and/or water heaters. When those times happen we dry up the areas and think everything is dry and fine. But what most people do not realize is that moisture can be behind walls, cabinets, and rugs. 

Here are some facts: 

  • Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves, and other organic materials. Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours.
  • It is not visible right after it happens meaning if you do not get a rapid response on the matter it will grow. 
  • Even if you dry the area it can be wet behind walls
  • Bleach does not stop the growth behind the walls. 

What To Do After Flooding

  • Turn off Electric to the affected area
  • Call SERVPRO of Westfield
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Your Guide to Water Damage Repairs in Houston

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water damage Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Westfield, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

If you have to file a water damage claim, you won’t be alone. Far from it, actually!

Did you know water damage claims have been growing steadily every year?

One in 50 American homeowners file one of these water damage claims each year. Even before the number of claims started rising, they were some of the most common claims made by homeowners.

You may be wondering when a leak and the resulting water issues become an issue that requires professional services and remediation help. Most homeowners aren’t sure.

You may know that some water can be cleaned up with towels or a mop and bucket if caught early enough. But if it’s more serious, water can start to damage your home within hours.

Here’s what you might see when your home has water damage that needs remediation by professionals:

Your windows or walls are warped. Wood in your home, like your window panes and walls, can start to warp if the water damage is severe. That means it’s vital if you notice these signs to get remediation help.

The floorboards or furniture show signs of damage. Wet wood will start to warp within days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

You notice your home has a musty smell. Smell can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Restoring Your Belongings after Storm Damage

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Storm Damage Storms threaten our peace of mind and our homes. Click here to learn about how SERVPRO® of Westfield can restore your belongings after a storm.

For many of us home is everything. However, storms threaten our homes in more ways than one. Not only does a storm threaten your home’s structure, but the quality of your belongings and keepsakes. Our restoration services can help you save money and give you back your peace of mind by preserving your precious belongings.

Nowadays, we hold many of our memories and keepsakes digitally on our computers, phones, family videotape, and more. Please note that water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard so do not attempt to operate any of them in the wake of water damage. Let us coordinate the restoration of your electronics for you!

First, we will clean the outside of your electronic devices to help stop any further corrosion and damage. From there, a qualified electronics technician will clean and inspect the electronic devices.

More traditionally, valuable documents like wedding certificates and photographs make our house a home. Extreme caution must be taken with items like these because they can be delicate and easy to destroy. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO® of Westfield may be able to save a great deal of them and help minimize further damage. Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration process: air-drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.

If you have storm or water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

Are you concerned about flood damage to your home or business? Here's Everything You Should Know

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What To Do When A Storm Is Headed Your Way?

Running a business in Houston, TX, requires one to wear many hats, one of which is disaster prevention. When a storm is brewing on the horizon, what can you do to avoid or reduce flood damage from happening? Here’s a couple of tips to get you started:

Get to Know Your Local Area

Some locations are more susceptible to flooding than others. This may seem self-explanatory and painfully obvious but you’d be surprised at how many business owners are unaware of how their location could impact their company in the event of a natural disaster. Find out if you are in a flood prone area and plan ahead.

Plan and Prepare with the Right Equipment

There are tons of modern equipment out there that are designed to minimize the impact of flood damage on your building. When in doubt, go with the tried and tested classic: the good ol’ sand bag. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of alternatives out there that are reusable and are easier to transport. However, be sure to do your research before you commit to a purchase. Install storm shutters that are easy and quick to secure and check your electrical equipment to ensure they will be out of reach of flood waters.

Check Your Surroundings

Perhaps the most important part of avoiding storm damage is to look outside your immediate perimeter for things that may encourage floods. This means looking at street drains and storm grates and making sure that they are free of leaves and other debris that inhibit the flow of water. This is easily overlooked in the rush of preparing for an incoming storm and can have a disastrous impact on your safety.

If the weather gets the best of you, there are flood remediation experts in your state that can get your business up and running in no time. Flood damage is no joke, but if you are well prepared you can easily reduce the impact that a storm can have on your business.

Re-open your Business Faster with Professional Restoration

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Come in we're open sign We understand the dangers of fire damages and the need for rapid response to your business property. We will have you back to business in no time.

SERVPRO Helps Houston Businesses with Commercial Fire Damage Restoration All Year Round

A commercial fire can impact your bottom line. Restoring a business involves cleaning soot or soiling, tackling odor problems, and replacing damaged materials beyond repair. 

SERVPRO offers expert advice and assistance to businesses with commercial fire damage in Houston, TX. We tailor our approach to your business premises' unique requirements and design by communicating effectively and pre-testing materials. Pre-testing incorporates cleaning tests, acidity testing soils, and applying cleaning products to discrete areas of potentially sensitive materials. By conducting a thorough pre-test before engaging in restoration activities, our services can ensure commercial restoration efficiency. 

  • Identifying wet and dry smoke stains in the property safeguards contents and structure against cleaning agents and chemicals' potentially damaging impact. 
  • Using pH paper to test acidity levels of soiling guides technicians on cleaning agents' right composition for the beast results. 
  • No two fires are the same. A multi-tiered, informed approach to restoring business premises' contents or structure is essential to a successful restoration. 

Bring your business to its preloss condition with the help of professional technicians. Contact SERVPRO of Westfield for commercial restoration at  (281) 907-0018.

3 Helpful Tips for Roof Repair

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Three Things You Want To Know About Fire Cleanup

If your business in Houston, TX, has suffered roof damage as a result of a fire, you may find yourself looking for tips on how to go about a fire cleanup. Here are three things you may want to know.

1. Protect the Damaged Area

It is important to protect any damaged areas to your company property until repairs can be made. You may want to consider boarding over the damage or taking advantage of tarp services offered by your local fire restoration company. Doing so can help prevent inclement weather from making any damage worse, as well as prevent wild animals from getting into the property.

2. Contact a Professional

It's often recommended that a fire cleanup be conducted by a professional restoration service. This is largely due to the fact that a fire can cause a number of types of damage, and that these professionals have the tools and knowledge to look for and repair any related damages along with the original problem. A restoration service may also be able to communicate with your insurance company in order to provide them with information they may need to process your claim.

3. Understand Possible Related Damage

In many cases the initial damage caused by fire can lead to additional problems, and it's important to understand this when dealing with a fire restoration. After a fire you may be looking at water damage and flooding, as well as roof repair, smoke damage, and potential mold problems. Understanding that these issues can be related to a fire can help you take the appropriate safety and clean up steps.

When conducting a fire cleanup at your place of business it's important to remember these three things. Protect any damage areas against further damage until repairs can be made. Contact a local fire restoration company in order to have repairs completed as quickly as possible. Understand any damages related to fire such as water damage or flooding so that proper clean-up procedures can be taken.

It’s Hurricane Season – Take Steps to Prevent Water Damage

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Hurricane rainfall presents an opportunity for water damage to your property. Leaks and floods can cause damage to your property and require that you temporarily move out of your building while it’s restored. This presents a challenge as you want to get back to business as usual as soon as possible! Furthermore, severe leaks can lead to floods which can increase your risk of exposure to mold, chemical hazards, injuries, and more.

Fortunately, these inconveniences are preventable! Whether your water emergency occurs in an office building or big box store, it is imperative that you take measures to prevent leaks and damage to your property. Keep a look out for the following:

Damaged Windows

Water can seep through windows that aren’t properly sealed. This can cause mold build-up and damage to walls. Because caulk, the material that’s often used to seal windows, breaks down over time, be sure to have your windows resealed regularly.

Broken Pipes

Changes in pressure throughout the year and cold weather can cause pipes to break and burst. Although there are some tell-tell signs of this issue, such as water stains on walls or floors or an unpleasant and musty smell, detecting leaky pipes is challenging. With that said, it’s best to consult a professional to help determine whether your property has broken pipes.

HVAC Problems

Hurricane season often coincides with colder temperatures so we crank up the heat! However, ducts in the HVAC system can get worn out and damaged over time, especially during seasons like this, and cause leaks. For that reason, the system needs to be cleaned regularly and any water in it needs to be removed. Like broken pipes, it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether your HVAC system is causing a leak, so it’s best to consult a professional.

One of the best ways to get ahead is to create an Emergency Ready Profile. This is an immediate plan of action for how to restore your building after a disaster and get back to business. Additionally, we have 360 degree technology to document preloss conditions, including your equipment and where it was before disaster struck.