Recent Water Damage Posts

Roof Water Damage in Houston, TX?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

So often during heavy rains, winds, or falling debris, homes businesses can experience roof damage. For some, the first instinct is to apply a roof tarp, looking to quickly solve the issue and attempt to reduce the possibility of additional damage. Roof tarps allow you to have a quick solution and a gap of time until better weather conditions allow for safe inspection and repair.

It seems like a good, inexpensive idea to quickly cover the holes in the roof, stop a water leak, and to have a level of security in knowing that no rodents or other animals will enter your home or business through those holes.

Although a roof tarp has many benefits, we do not recommend it as a permanent solution to your problem, because:

  • Some brands are more heavy duty than others, but they all wear out over time.
  • If the roof has water damage that leaked into your home, mold could be growing in the affected areas.
  • Wind can move the tarp, leaving spaces uncovered where water can start leaking again.
  • The tarp may increase the heat inside your home or business, which could lead to a higher electrical bill.
  • If not installed properly, it could hold small pools of standing water, perfect for mosquitoes to dwell.

SERVPRO of Westfield is here to assist homeowners and commercial businesses with their water mitigation and mold remediation needs.  As a home or business owner, you have the right to protect your property and mitigate as quickly as possible. Here at SERVPRO of Westfield, our experienced team of technicians, whether having coverage from your insurance company or not, is here to assist in avoiding further water damage, and possible mold issues.

For your water mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Westfield at (281) 907-0018, we're here to service you.

Tips To Help Prevent Freezing Pipes

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

The weather here in Houston can and has been rather tricky. In those times of freezing weather, the home can become a victim of freeze created leaks. Because the frozen water expands and can crack the copper tubing, not only do you have little to no water supply, but when the pipes do thaw out, there could be a severe level of leakage to repair.

Tips to Help Prevent Pipes from Freezing:

  • Keep all water-supply piping away from outside walls, where it could be exposed to cold winter weather.

    •Insulate pipes in all unheated areas, such as crawl spaces, basement, attic, and garage. Fix the source of any drafts (i.e. dryer vents, bathroom fan vents, windows, etc.) and insulate pipes at risk.
  • Open all faucets, both hot and cold water, to just a trickle, to keep water moving in the pipes to help to prevent icing.

  • Keep doors to all rooms open to allow heat to flow to all areas, which helps to warm the pipes in the walls.
  • Open the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks so that the warmer air temperature of each room can flow around the plumbing. (Be sure to keep cleaners and other hazardous chemicals away from children and pets.)

For your water mitigation needs, SERVPRO of Westfield is here to service you.


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Catch Me If You Can...Tips To Help Decrease In-Home Flooding

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can happen in the blink of an eye. One moment everything is okay, and the next moment, water is everywhere. The experts at SERVPRO of Westfield are here to help make you more aware of common in-home appliances/areas to keep an eye out for.

Below are tips to aid in identifying and disarming their damage:

HOT WATER HEATER

What to do: Check the tank regularly for leaks. Have your tank maintained yearly. It is recommended to replace your water heater every 10 years.

WASHING MACHINE

What to do: Inspect hoses once a month. Look for signs of impending leaks, such as blisters, bulges, cracks, discoloration or kinks. Turn off the water supply to the washing machine when you go on vacation.

DISHWASHER

What to do: Tighten the drain line where it connects to under-sink plumbing. Replace the water supply line immediately if you run across a small leak. Don’t run the dishwasher while away from home.

REFRIGERATOR

What to do: Replace copper water lines with braided steel alternatives. Check the water supply line behind the fridge yearly.

AIR CONDITIONER

What to do: Install a secondary drain line and drain pan overflow switch. Have your A/C maintained regularly, which includes changing the filter and checking the refrigerant level.

Give SERVPRO of Westfield a call if you should ever incur water damage in your home. The quick response and efficient, professional services of our team of technicians will return your home to normal in no time; we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage Waits For No One, Call SERVPRO of Westfield

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Waits For No One, Call SERVPRO of Westfield SERVPRO of Westfield is just one call away!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Westfield provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Westfield arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Westfield

SERVPRO of Westfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Houston, TX: Got Water Damage? We're Here 24/7 For You

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Houston, TX: Got Water Damage? We're Here 24/7 For You Call SERVPRO of Westfield (281) 907-0018

SERVPRO of Westfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Westfield has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Westfield

SERVPRO of Westfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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If you have the damage, SERVPRO of Westfield has the time.

Flood Safety Tips: Houston, Texas

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

With the recent rain storms that the Houston and surrounding areas of Texas have been experiencing the past few days, sharing some basic flood safety tips may be very helpful. There is no good time for a flood.  No matter the size, minor or massive, a flood can cause a great deal of damage and poses a risk to people living and traveling through the flooded area.

To provide assistance to you, your family, home, and vehicles to aid in navigating through a flood without harm, follow these simple flood safety tips:

Prepare Before a Flood Hits

It may seem odd preparing for a flood before it even happens. However, if flooding is imminent, be prepared to leave your property. If floodwaters get too high, pack enough clothing and supplies to last a few days. Make sure to put important documents in your bag also. If time permits, try to move furniture and electronics to a second floor and flip off the circuit breakers to avoid electrical fires.

Keep Safe During a Flood

One of the most important flood safety tips to remember is to stay out of the water as much as possible. If you do have to evacuate during a flood, avoid walking through moving waters. As little as six inches of water can make an adult lose their balance and fall. Carry a walking stick with you to check for solid ground under the water ahead of you. Watch out for electrical equipment and fallen power lines.

If you’re driving during a flood, don’t attempt to drive through moving floodwaters. Two feet of moving water could be strong enough to wash your car away. If water begins to rise around your car, abandon the car if you’re able, and go to a safer area.

Dealing with the Aftermath

Return to your home only after being told it is safe to do so. You’ll need to begin the restoration process. Any remaining water should be removed as soon as possible. Everything within the home must be dried and disinfected quickly to prevent mold and mildew that can set in within 24 hours of the flooding. With SERVPRO of Westfield on your side we will help with all your water restoration needs. We are just one phone call away to make your flooding “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Westfield - We're Here To Help (281) 907-0018.

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Common Causes Of Water Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage comes in many forms. No matter how great or small, SERVPRO of Westfield is waiting for your call!  Below is a list of common causes of water related loss:

  • Broken Pipe
  • Washer Overflows
  • Water Heater Overflow
  • Rising Water from Flooding
  • Roof Leaks
  • Leaks from a Broken Window
  • Toilet or Bathtub Overflow
  • Air Conditioner Drip Pan Overflow
  • Broken Appliance Hoses
  • Fire Related Water Damage

Until you experience a water related loss you may not realize how important it is to hire a water damage specialist. SERVPRO of Westfield is trusted by insurance agents and property owners across Houston, TX and they are ready 24/7 to help you get back to life as you know it, "Like it never even happened.”

Residential Services

Whether your Houston and/or Spring home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Houston or Spring commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Hurricane Flooding: Health and Water Damage

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hurricane Flooding: Health and Water Damage A potentially dangerous species of mold grows in an apartment in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters)

Hurricane flooding proposes health and water damage. The dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, but many communities and businesses are still pressing, months later, to recover and repair from the heavily impacting Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other surrounding areas/cities of Texas. You may not give much thought to the possible health threats after experiencing a water related loss, but FEMA warns, "During flood cleanup, you may think the air quality inside your home would be the least of your problems. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. A quick response can lessen continuous damage to your home long after the flood".  

The documented dangers of excessive mold exposure are many. Guidelines issued by the World Health Organization note that living or working amid mold is associated with respiratory symptoms, allergies, asthma, and immunological reactions. The document cites a wide array of “inflammatory and toxic responses after exposure to microorganisms isolated from damp buildings, including their spores, metabolites, and components”.

When you experience a water loss, it is important to consider a company like SERVPRO of Westfield to assist with the cleanup, to aid in the decrease of possibly experiencing fast paced mold growth  which can go unnoticed, as mold and bacteria often hide behind walls and cabinets. Storm and water specialists like those at SERVPRO of Westfield are trained to spot risks and eliminate them expeditiously.

SERVPRO of Westfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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