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Hurricane Harvey

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Harvey 2017

On August 11th 2017 SERVPRO of North Richland Hills posted a blog asking "Are You Hurricane Ready?" 

On August 25th 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit land in Houston, Texas and the storm lasted for 117 hours. Hurricane Harvey made history with the worst hurricane disaster in since 1961. Businesses, homes, even the shelters preparing for evacuees were flooded.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills was called to start helping with the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. The picture shown, here, was taken on September 10th 2017. Notice, 16 days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall there is still standing water. Initially, reached over 6 feet of standing water. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills was able to extract all water and immediately start the mitigation process. It took another 16 days until SERVPRO of North Richland Hills was able to complete the job. Once done though, it was "Like it never even happened." 

Be Storm Ready for 2018

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Storm Ready for 2018 Commercial Building that was Flooded During Hurricane Harvey, 16 days after the water receded.

Storm season has come and will soon be gone BUT it will come back! 2017 was a hard year for storm season and Houston and surrounding areas, felt the affects of storm season worse than most. We can't predict, just yet, what storms will hit in 2018 or what damage it will cause but you can be prepared. 

Storm season, in Texas, is June 1st to November 30th. This is 6 months out of the year but August and September, historically, is when Texas experiences the majority of it's storms. One of the best ways to be prepared is to stay informed. Between the news channels, weather apps and social media; it is easier than it has ever been to stay informed. Follow the advice of the local government and when evacuation orders are given, follow them. Your home and belongings can possibly be saved and restored, when the storm subsides. If you need help preparing for storm season, call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 and let us help you!

When Storms Hit You!

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 817-589-1499

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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 - 817-589-1499

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 North Richland Hills 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 North Richland Hills

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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 - 817-589-1499

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 North Richland Hills 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 North Richland Hills

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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.

Water Damage Timeline and the Effects

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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 North Richland Hills 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 24/7 817-589-1499

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 North Richland Hills

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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.

Water Damage Timeline and the Effects

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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 North Richland Hills 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 24/7 817-589-1499

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 North Richland Hills

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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.

How Can I Prevent and Prepare For a Fire In My Home?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Can I Prevent and Prepare For a Fire In My Home? Recent fire SERVPRO of North Richland Hills restored.

When a fire occurs, it is always a shock. Homeowners never know when or if, a fire will occur in their home. Fires cannot always be prevented but there are tips and tricks, to help eliminate the risk.

Prevention is key:

  • Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional
  • Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use
  • Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home
  • Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars
  • Test smoke alarms EVERY month 
  • Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove
  • Consider using borrowed heat to keep outdoor pets warm
  • Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials

Fires can still happen, even with the most prepared homes. In this case, your family needs a safety plan. Everyone in your household may not be together when disaster strikes so, it's important that every member of the family; know the safety plan and know to call 911 immediately. 

In the event a fire occurs, you need to know who to call afterwards to help restore your home and belongings. Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Does Your Business Have a Continuity Plan?

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Business Have a Continuity Plan? When disaster struck this court house SERVPRO of North Richland Hills responded quickly to cut down on the loss and get them back to hearing cases.

Is your business ready for a disaster? Do you have a Business Continuity Plan? Do you think a disaster is just earth quakes, storms, fire, floods or a Polar Vortex, wrong? Back thirty years ago we didn’t have terms like hacked, my computer has a virus, or false posts on social media now all these can spell disaster for a business as well.

The question a business owner or facility manager should be asking am I prepared to stay in business and how quick can I open my facility after a disaster hits? According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 40% of businesses that face a major catastrophic event will not recover, will that be your business? A business continuity plan could be your answer.

A business continuity plan is different than a disaster plan in such that a disaster plan is how to survive at that moment and the safety of your employees. The continuity plan is how will the business or facility resume operations, service customers, fulfill contracts and stay in business after the disaster.

Having a Business Continuity plan is one of the most important things you can create for your business or facility. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills can help you with the first piece of the plan by doing our part in creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business or facility.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 817-589-1499

Do You Suspect Mold in Your Home or Business?

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Suspect Mold in Your Home or Business? Proper containment is essential during the mold remediation process. Doing so prevents mold spores from contaminating unaffected areas.

If you are a homeowner or a business owner and you suspect you might have mold in your home or business, it is very important that you act quickly because the longer you wait to investigate the worse it could get.  

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in Mold Remediation. 

If you see signs of mold, call us today - (817) 589-1499