Recent Water Damage Posts

Make Waterproofing Your Home a Top Priority in the New Year | SERVPRO® of Westfield

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

"water failing from a sink do to a clogged drain” Have water damage in your home? Contact SERVPRO of Westfield for quick and professional restoration.

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to take control of your life and pinpoint any areas that need a little improvement. You typically might only set goals for yourself, but have you considered making a resolution list for your home, too?

As you organize your 2023 game plan, leave some room for water damage protection.

Water damage is a common challenge many homeowners face, but with a few new changes to your daily routine, you can safeguard the home you love. Here are the reasons why waterproofing your property is so vital, as well as the measures you can take to get started.

What Causes Water Damage?

As you start protecting your home, it’s a good idea to be aware of the places water can sneak in. Water can infiltrate your home from the inside and outside.

Gutters clogged with debris and heavy rainfall are two common ways water seeps in from the outside, while household appliances and bathroom equipment create leaks from within your home.

Tattered pipes or aged caulk around your windows and doors are two other ways water might find its way into your home. When leakage like this goes unnoticed, mold growth and a weakened infrastructure are sure to emerge.

Water damage requires prompt attention, or else damage will develop and only intensify over time. The good news is that detecting leakage is simple as long as you know what to look for.

How to Prevent Damage

Water damage prevention may appear to be a difficult endeavor, but there are many simple ways to make big changes to protect your home. Catching a leak early is one of the most efficient methods for staying on top of water damage, and regular inspection makes it even easier.

As you snoop around for sneak water leaks, check your bathrooms and kitchen every now and then for damp areas or mold growth.

When it’s raining, check your windows to ensure water isn’t dripping inside. Because water damage might emit a foul odor, you can also sniff around to find the source of the problem.

Upkeeping your roof often to make sure your shingles are in place can protect your entire home from damage. Don’t forget to clear your gutters and downspouts of debris while you’re up there!

Maintaining your roof is particularly important when it comes to extreme weather, one of the most aggressive sources of water damage. Here in Westfield, we’ve seen weather threats of all kinds, with the most common being flooding and hurricanes. Severe weather, like many of the examples above, can be scary, but you can prepare your home to ensure that no water gets inside.

Grading your yard may help protect your home from large amounts of water when the weather turns sour. Create an incline of soil to send water flowing far from your newly waterproofed home.

This year, you can make significant improvements in all aspects of your life while also avoiding lengthy and costly repairs!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

The Hidden Problems Water Leaks Pose | SERVPRO® of Westfield

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

"a white ceiling showing signs of water damage from a leak " If you experience any water damage inside your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Westfield.

You might spot several red flags when facing a water seepage problem in your home. Excess moisture can cause poor air quality, resulting in a lasting earthy odor inside your home.

The additional moisture may potentially corrode your indoor equipment. While there are many warning signs of a water seepage issue, one of the most noticeable indicators is a puddle of water at your feet.

Don’t allow water seepage to take control of your Westfield home. Learn where water leaks usually occur and what you can do to keep water at bay.

Water Fixture Leaks

Leaks frequently occur near areas like your sink and other bathroom fixtures. Poor upkeep in these locations, such as deteriorated water supply lines and old caulk, frequently invites water damage in your home.

Keep an eye on these areas and inspect for leaks during your routine cleaning. Early detection could spare you some headaches because it only takes a small leak to develop into an expensive issue.

Water From Appliances

If your refrigerator includes a water supply or ice machine, you’re at risk of leakage. Appliances like your dishwasher can leak for days before you even notice there’s a problem. Your flooring may sustain significant damage from this hidden problem, necessitating time-consuming and expensive repair work.

Unplug and move your appliance away from your wall when inspecting for a leak. Check your wall for signs of damage, pooling water or mold growth. If you spot any issues, get in touch with our restoration team, and we can quickly restore the damage.

External Sources

Water damage isn’t just an indoor issue, though! Water seepage from outside sources, such as severe weather, can harm your house both inside and out.

Winters in Westfield can range from calm and mild to hectic and snowy. Hazards like rain and ice storms are expected during this part of the year, but strong snowstorms can catch us by surprise. Preparing your home for the unexpected will enable you to avoid water damage caused by extreme winter weather.

Even if a leak is not flowing from within your home, you can still get the problem under control. Caring for your home through regular upkeep makes a huge difference in keeping your home dry. Simple maintenance tasks like sealing up any entry points around your property will keep water out all season long!

Your gutters and downspouts are an area your should maintain often. Keep your gutters free of debris, dirt and leaves to avoid a clog that could result in a leak.

Additionally, you can utilize the landscaping around your home to create a barrier against excess water. Protect your home’s foundation by sloping the dirt around the base of your home downwards to send water flowing away from your property.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

The Hidden Problems Water Leaks Pose | SERVPRO® of Westfield

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

"a white ceiling showing signs of water damage from a leak " If you experience any water damage inside your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Westfield.

You might spot several red flags when facing a water seepage problem in your home. Excess moisture can cause poor air quality, resulting in a lasting earthy odor inside your home.

The additional moisture may potentially corrode your indoor equipment. While there are many warning signs of a water seepage issue, one of the most noticeable indicators is a puddle of water at your feet.

Don’t allow water seepage to take control of your Westfield home. Learn where water leaks usually occur and what you can do to keep water at bay.

Water Fixture Leaks

Leaks frequently occur near areas like your sink and other bathroom fixtures. Poor upkeep in these locations, such as deteriorated water supply lines and old caulk, frequently invites water damage in your home.

Keep an eye on these areas and inspect for leaks during your routine cleaning. Early detection could spare you some headaches because it only takes a small leak to develop into an expensive issue.

Water From Appliances

If your refrigerator includes a water supply or ice machine, you’re at risk of leakage. Appliances like your dishwasher can leak for days before you even notice there’s a problem. Your flooring may sustain significant damage from this hidden problem, necessitating time-consuming and expensive repair work.

Unplug and move your appliance away from your wall when inspecting for a leak. Check your wall for signs of damage, pooling water or mold growth. If you spot any issues, get in touch with our restoration team, and we can quickly restore the damage.

External Sources

Water damage isn’t just an indoor issue, though! Water seepage from outside sources, such as severe weather, can harm your house both inside and out.

Winters in Westfield can range from calm and mild to hectic and snowy. Hazards like rain and ice storms are expected during this part of the year, but strong snowstorms can catch us by surprise. Preparing your home for the unexpected will enable you to avoid water damage caused by extreme winter weather.

Even if a leak is not flowing from within your home, you can still get the problem under control. Caring for your home through regular upkeep makes a huge difference in keeping your home dry. Simple maintenance tasks like sealing up any entry points around your property will keep water out all season long!

Your gutters and downspouts are an area your should maintain often. Keep your gutters free of debris, dirt and leaves to avoid a clog that could result in a leak.

Additionally, you can utilize the landscaping around your home to create a barrier against excess water. Protect your home’s foundation by sloping the dirt around the base of your home downwards to send water flowing away from your property.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

Protecting Your Property From Flooding | SERVPRO® of Westfield

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Westfield to get the restoration process started right away.

Not everyone realizes how important flood protection is. Some areas that are at lower risk of flooding do not have resources available to help with cleanup and restoration, so preventing property damage in the first place is an important step in mitigating repair costs.

Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your home both inside and out. Understanding the regional risks we face is important to understanding how and why preparation is key.

Texas is at risk of severe storms, which can cause flood conditions. Excessive water can enter your home and create damage, potentially promoting mold growth over time.

Now that you understand why flood protection is important in Westfield, you can take the steps to protect your home and property.

Protecting Your Property Outside Your Home

Take the time to prepare your home outside to prevent damage to the inside of your home.

Keeping gutters clear of debris allows water to freely flow through them. Without an obstruction, water is less likely to puddle around the foundation and enter the home in the first place.

Creating a nice landscape on your property can also prevent flood damage. A large garden pulls water into the soil, to the roots and away from the surface. Mulch can also create a slope that pushes away from your home, which helps protect the structure and foundation of your home.

Financially investing in a few upgrades when possible is also a good idea. Anchoring fuel tanks and adding rain barrels can be helpful during severe weather. The rain barrels collect the rainwater, which can then be used to water the plants in your garden!

Protecting Inside Your Home

Shoring up your foundation and sealing your basement should be the first things on your list to protect the inside of your home. Seal the cracks in your home’s foundation as soon as possible and purchase a sump pump for your basement.

While these are financial investments, they are important for protecting your property from damage and reducing higher costs in the long run.

When it comes to preventing flooding inside your home, regular home maintenance goes a long way.

The top reasons that homes flood from the inside include failed and worn plumbing. A leak sensor, which may be offered with your home security system, can help minimize the risk of water damage.

Make sure to keep your emergency plan handy and easily accessible for when flooding occurs. Minimize damage to precious items, including papers and irreplaceable photographs, by storing them up high in waterproof containers.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

We Can Tackle Your Home’s Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Westfield

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

"a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak" No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Westfield has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

You already know that SERVPRO is the most trusted name in restoration, but we want to help you become the first line of defense for your home. One type of damage you’re likely to encounter as a homeowner is flooding or water damage.

This could start out with something as simple as a leaky faucet that turns into something much worse. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage progresses rapidly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces. It’s crucial to address the issue right away to produce the best results.

We have simplified the water damage timeline down to these key points you need to know:

In the First 24 Hours

Your Westfield home could have up to a one in four chance of a flood damaging it within a 30-year period in a high-risk area.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects. Some paper-based belongings, porous materials and soft furnishings, will be seriously harmed by water exposure.

In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Knowing what to do next is essential.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

Within the First Week

Once you have surpassed the first 24 to 48 hours, the damage will get much worse and quickly. Mold will make an appearance throughout your home’s structure, thriving off of excess moisture.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

It’s best to get help far before this point, but we understand that things happen that are beyond your control. By this point, there may be catastrophic or even irreversible damage, and the likelihood of structural decay will be high, but SERVPRO is here for you regardless.

How SERVPRO Will Help

Whatever you need our experts to take on, they will. SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.

There’s a strong chance floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

Take advantage of our full services by allowing us to handle both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Water Loss in Spring, TX

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Hallway with carpet saturated with water Toilet overflow led to water flooding office

We, at SERVPRO of Westfield, are available 24/7/365 for all of your water emergencies, whether large or small. When water damage occurs, immediate action is critical.  Even a small delay can greatly increase the gravity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Us Today!  (281) 907-0018.

With freezing temperatures upon us, the likelihood of a water loss in your home or property greatly increases.  When/if you experience any water damage, we will make sure to help guide you through it.  SERVPRO of Westfield has specific water damage training and years of experience.  Water damage restoration is one of our specialties—in fact, it's the keystone 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.

We 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.

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoratio Technician
  • Commercial Drying Specialist
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

The SERVPRO Method for Dealing with Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Westfield

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

House floating in sea of water. When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Westfield for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the drip: American homeowners experience a water emergency an astonishing 14,000 times a day. Multiplied millions of gallons of water spill into homes from everything from leaky pipes to floods every year.

When water is rushing in at home or you discover a soaked basement, you call SERVPRO. Then what?

Then this:

Emergency Contact. Your SERVPRO expert by chat or by phone will help you through some pertinent questions to discover the nature of your situation and help us know in a broad sense what we’re dealing with. Then we’ll figure out the best time to meet in person, and we’ll want it to be soon, for your sake.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. If water is still leaking or spilling in, stopping it will be our first priority. Then we can settle into a plan for removal, make note of any materials or items that will require replacement, and let you know about potential hazards in the home.

Water Removal. There’s not a bucket big enough to get rid of all that water, but we’ve got pumps to take it to a better place. We’ll do whatever’s necessary to get rid of those offending gallons of water.

Damaged Material Removal. As stated, we’ll have identified items that may need replacing, and after we get the mass of water removed, we can do that safely, leaving a safer, quicker drying process in front of us.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water leaves stains, stenches and germs behind, even more so if the problem stems from a sewer backup or flood. Leave it to SERVPRO to get things cleaned up and safe for you.

Drying. Drying is a critical part of the process. Even when the bulk of the water is gone, a hyper-focus on drying means the prevention of mold.

Monitoring. We’re always watching! When things need adjusting, we’ll be there. When you’ve got questions, we’ll be there.

Repairs and Construction. The full SERVPRO experience isn’t finished until we restore, restore, restore. And what can’t be restored, we’ll rebuild. We’ll do everything possible to make your home look "Like it never even happened."

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look "Like it never even happened."

House Flooding

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

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

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage: The Most Common Causes

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage has a wide range of effects on structures. Worst of all, water damage that isn't addressed right away, such as through water damage restoration, can eventually compromise a building's foundation. The worst thing about water damage is that it can happen at any time. 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: Stoppages and damage are common in plumbing systems, especially in older homes. Look for cracks, bulges, stains, and other symptoms of moisture on your ceiling or flooring to prevent plumbing problems before they start. If you see a leak, it could indicate that there is also damage in other areas.

Increases in your water bill could also indicate that your landscaping, flooring, and foundation have been damaged. Look for pipes in places where water tends to collect, such as crawl spaces, cupboards, and attics. If you notice any evidence of water damage, contact someone as soon as possible to avoid further issues.

Washer Overflows: Leaky hoses are the most common cause of washing machine flooding. Over time, the leak may worsen, causing damage to your home. 

Water Heater Overflow: If you have an old water heater, there is a good chance it will leak at some point. The same can be said for water heaters that have been neglected or improperly installed. An overabundance of tank pressure might also cause a leak. When a water heater leaks, the area will immediately get flooded. Water damage prevention is difficult, but not impossible. If you address the following potential reasons, you might be able to avoid or at least minimize water damage.

Broken appliance hoses: As appliances age, their pipes may corrode and their hoses may become brittle. Leaks from your dishwasher might create an unsightly puddle on your kitchen floor. Worn gaskets, broken doors, and clogged drains are all common sources. It has the potential to harm your tiling, electrical wiring, and paint. 

Rising Water from Flooding: Hurricanes, thunderstorms, and floods can all bring a lot of water into your house, flooding it. Water that cannot be absorbed by the earth may overflow into your home. A flood alarm and warning system can help you prepare for a natural disaster and safeguard your home. If you live near a body of water, make sure you have flood insurance.

Air Conditioner Drip Pan Overflow: Condensation forms on the evaporator coil of your air conditioner, which drips into a drain pan and out the back of your house via a condensate drain line. Until the drain pan is destroyed or the condensate drain line is filled with dust or debris, this drainage system operates. Because the water can't get out, it will seep into your home through your air conditioner. All of the water spilling from your air conditioner may harm your floors and walls, as well as making your insulation wet.

Other causes:

  • Roof Leaks
  • Leaks from a Broken Window
  • Toilet or Bathtub Overflow
  • 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.”

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.

For more information on the services that SERVPRO® of Westfield provides, please contact us:


(281) 907-0018
http://www.SERVPROWestfield.com/

What To Do When Water Damage Arrives

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Houston has been bombarded with thunderstorms almost daily the last several weeks. These storms’ lightning and heavy rainfall have caused many of our Houston homes' roof damages and water damages. SERVPRO of Westfield has seen an increase of houses affected this summer, and some of the damages have been catastrophic. These emergency tips will assist homeowners and their families in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of Westfield arrives. By following these Dos and DON’Ts, it will help to reduce the amount of damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Water Damage from Clean Water (Rain Water)

DO:

  • Find the source of the water if possible and stop or block the water from entering the home.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers in the wet areas of the house. Be sure the access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock before doing so.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirts off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn off ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.



CLEANING UP AFTER A FIRE

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are an estimated 370,000 house fires each year in the United States. These fires cost a total of $7 billion in total property damage. But what kind of fires are causing this damage and how are these fires cleaned up?

Types of Fires

There are three main types of fires that typically occur in homes across America; high-oxygen fires, low-oxygen fires, and kitchen fires. Each of these fires has its own aspects that allow them to create different types of damage. There are also different ways to properly clean them up.

A major factor that impacts the damage a fire cause is an oxygen. Oxygen is part of the fire triangle of heat, fuel, and oxygen.

High-oxygen Fire

High-oxygen fires produce dry soot which makes these easier to clean than the other main types of house fires. They can typically be cleaned using a low-alkali detergent with dry sponges.

Low-oxygen Fire

A low-oxygen fire is a little more difficult to clean than a high-oxygen fire as it produces greasy, wet soot. This wet, smoky residue causes the fire to smolder. These fires are usually cleaned using a high-alkaline detergent with warm water which can be used to wash walls and structures.

Kitchen Fire

Usually, the most challenging type of fire damage to clean is kitchen fires. The biggest challenge of these fires comes from the fact that the soot residue is difficult to detect. After kitchen fires, cabinets, drawers, and other appliances must be removed.

Cleaning Fires

Most of the damage that comes from fires doesn’t come from the actual flames but from the smoke and soot that the fire produces. This smoke and soot have the ability to penetrate the paint, carpet, upholstery, and clothes throughout the house. While some material in the affected home will need to be removed and disposed of, other materials are able to be cleaned. When the cleaning process takes place, there are some key aspects regardless of where the fire occurs.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Safety is the most important aspect when cleaning up a fire. Anyone cleaning up a fire should wear gloves, a protective mask, long-sleeved shirts, and pants. This equipment will help to minimize contact with the mold that could be dangerous. Again, professionals are trained to deal with mold so that it doesn’t harm them or anyone else in the house which is a major reason why only professionals should deal with mold.

Remove Contents from the Home

Regardless of what the material is that has been damaged, all contents inside the home should be removed. However, depending on what the specific material is that is being dealt with, it may not need to be discarded. While some materials do need to be discarded following a fire, others are able to be cleaned.

Ventilation

Ventilation is a key part of, not just putting out a fire, but also restoring a home after a fire. Smoke and soot create an uninhabitable environment in the building which is in need of fresh air. When the firefighters arrive on the scene, they will begin the ventilation process immediately to make the building safer. After they leave, ventilating will help by removing odors.

Additional Contaminants

While smoke and soot are responsible for the majority of the damage, lead and asbestos also can create an environment that is in need of restoration. If they become disturbed, what began as a simple fire restoration could become a serious environmental restoration.

Duct Cleaning

The smoke and soot that are a result of a fire can get trapped in the duct system of the building. Because of this, a thorough duct cleaning is required after any fire restoration. If a duct cleaning is not completed, there’s the possibility that contaminants and odors can spread to other areas of the home.

A fire in the home can be a devastating event. Depending on what type of fire occurs, the damage can force a small clean-up or a total clean-up. Either way, there are certain aspects of the restoration that will need to be completed. If you suffer a fire in your home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to ensure a complete restoration.

Houston 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Water Damage SERVPRO of Westfield provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Houston

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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 281-907-0018

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.

Faster to your Houston Water Damage Event

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Restoration Vehicles SERVPRO of Westfield provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Houston

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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 281-907-0018

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.

Spring Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Spring basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 281-907-0018

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Westfield and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 281-907-0018

What to know about dishwasher leaks

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Leak Call SERVPRO of Westfield to help with your water damage (281) 907-0018.

For some people, dishwasher leaks start as a slow drip that may not be immediately noticed. Others discover dishwasher leaks as soap suds bubble their way across the kitchen floor.

Stopping leaks before they cause damage is ideal, but depending on the situation, is not always possible.

Time is critical when it comes to a water leak of any type. The faster you respond and take action to stop water from spilling onto your kitchen floor, the less damage that will be done – and that means less costly repairs!

What to do When Your Dishwasher Leaks

  1. If your dishwasher is leaking a significant amount of water, first turn off the dish washing cycle. For small leaks, it may be possible to capture the water with a towel or bowl and let the cycle finish first, but this is generally not recommended.
  2. Try to keep water from pooling on the floor. It’s easy for water to travel downwards and cause damage to your home’s structure out of sight. Use bowls, plates, and towels to capture and control the water flow.
  3. Clean up as much water as you can to minimize damage.
  4. Determine the cause of the leak. Every leak has its own particular cause, and your course of action may take a bit of detective work.
  5. Repair your dishwasher leak before it ruins your kitchen floor. Some flooring is more susceptible to water damage than others, such as wood or bamboo.

If you have an unexpected water damage call SERVPRO of Westfield (281) 907-0018. We are always here to help!

 http://www.SERVPROwestfield.com/

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  Water Damage? Let SERVPRO of Westfield help!

Sustaining a Water Damaged Roof

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to water damage immediate action is crucial. Roofs of a Houston, TX home or business can experience major damage from heavy rains, strong winds, or falling debris. Applying a roof tarp in an attempt to reduce the possibility of additional damage seems like a good, inexpensive way to quickly cover the holes in the roof and stop a water leak, but this only allows for a temporary solution until safe inspection and repairs can be done.

Although a roof tarp has many benefits, it is not recommended as a permanent solution due to the following:

  • They all wear out over time.
  • Mold could grow in water affected areas of the damaged roof
  • Wind can move tarp, leaving leaking spaces uncovered
  • Tarp may increase heat, leading to higher electrical bill
  • Improperly installed may lead to pools of standing water, perfect for insects

SERVPRO of Westfield in Houston, TX is here to assist homeowners and commercial businesses with water mitigation and mold remediation. You have the right to protect your property as a home and business owner. Whether having coverage from you insurance company or not, here at SERVPRO of Westfield, our experienced team of technicians are here to assist in avoiding 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 For Preventing and Thawing Freezing Pipes

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

When freezing weather approaches in Houston, TX things can get rather problematic and this does not only include frozen roads. You could also become subjected to freeze created leaks. Due to frozen water expanding within pipes, it could crack the copper tubing. This not only limits your water supply, but when the pipes do defrost there may be a severe leakage repair. Luckily there are aids to prevent pipes from freezing.

Tips to Help Prevent Freezing Pipes:

  • Fix source of any drafts (i.e. dryer vents, bathroom fan vents, windows, ect) and insulate pipes in all areas devoid of heat, such as crawl spaces, basements, attic, and garage.
  • Keep doors to all rooms open to allow heat flow to all areas.
  • Keep all water-supply piping away from outside walls, where it could be exposed to cold weather
  • Open all faucets, both and hot and cold water, to just a trickle, to keep water moving in the pipes and prevent icing. 
  • Open cabinets under the sinks so warm air temperature can flow around the plumbing. (Be sure to keep cleaners and other hazardous chemicals away from children and pets.)

For water mitigation needs, SERVPRO of Westfield is here to service you.
Call SERVPRO of Westfield (281) 907-0018

https://www.SERVPROwestfield.com

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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.”

Call SERVPRO of Westfield (281) 907-0018.

http://www.SERVPROwestfield.com

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Water Damage Waits For No One, Call SERVPRO of Westfield

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 281-907-0018

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)

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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 281-907-0018

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.

Need Emergency Service? Give Us A Call 24/7, We’re Here To Help

http://www.SERVPROwestfield.com/

Follow us on Twitter @SERVPROWstfield

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO9458/

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.

www.SERVPROWestfield.com