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3 Elements of Fire Restoration

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Elements of Fire Restoration

After arriving at a workplace fire, firefighters usually do everything necessary to ensure that personnel are evacuated and the fire is extinguished. Often, this involves seemingly destructive behaviors such as breaking windows and inundating surfaces with water. To make things worse, the sprinkler systems present in many offices may automatically respond to a relatively local fire by spraying water across a whole area, requiring extensive water cleanup. If you have had a fire, there are three kinds of restoration your space will need now that the flames have been put out.

1. Fire Damage
Flames are the most immediately destructive force present in any fire. Because of the extreme temperatures that they can reach, unchecked fires can destroy almost anything in their path. Often, buildings that have been burned are no longer structurally sound and must be inspected by a structural engineer. Many items or surfaces may be salvageable during fire cleanup, but this will depend on the extent of both the external and internal damage.

2. Smoke and Soot
Because smoke easily permeates mechanical and electronic devices, removing evidence of smoke damage can be complicated. Soot created by smoke sticks to surfaces, resulting in a distinct odor that tends to linger. Starting smoke cleanup quickly is essential because soot becomes more destructive and difficult to remove over time.

3. Water Cleanup
Sprinkler systems, burst pipes, and firefighting equipment can all cause extensive water damage. While some items may be undamaged by water, you should always understand that flowing water may have mixed with toxic or corrosive substances present in your workspace.
There is a lot to think about after sustaining a fire in Austin, TX. Some aspects of fire restoration involve skill-intensive labor. It is always recommended that you check whether your insurance policy covers fire restoration. By contacting SERVPRO of East Central Austin that specializes in fire, smoke, and water cleanup, you can prevent further damage to your valuable property.

Are Your Gutters Overflowing?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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How Overflowing Gutters in Your Austin, TX Home can Lead to Cavity Water Damage Issues

Gutters play a vital role in collecting rainwater in passages beneath the roof and transporting that water into an open sewer point. In the fall, leaves can get into these gutters, causing blockages, thereby preventing water from reaching the sewer point. During the winter months, high winds can result in debris or fallen branches from further clogging up the gutters. With the additional rainfall expectations throughout the winter, these blockages can become a significant concern for the interior of your home.

Overflowing gutters can result in moisture entering your attic space or into wall cavities causing unseen water damage in your home. With the help of gravity, moisture overflowing into the structure migrates downwards. SERVPRO of East Central Austin recommends that homeowners perform regular checks on both the exterior of their home and the interior walls throughout the colder months. Common symptoms of excessive moisture inside wall-cavities may be peeling of wall-paper, musty odors, or disjointing between baseboards and floor.

Restoring wall cavity damage can be tricky. There needs to be practical measurements and understanding of where moisture is before the, often necessary, removal of drywall or baseboard. SERVPRO technicians can call upon thermal imaging cameras that provide readings of surface temperatures on walls, which can indicate where moisture might reside. Alternatively, our technicians may use borescopes to see inside the cavity and assess the extent of mold or water damages.

It may be necessary for SERVPRO to provide advanced structural drying technicians to your property to restore wall cavities. These technicians are adept at using Injectidry systems that attach hose nozzles into the small holes drilled into the wall. From there, a centrifugal fan can circulate heated air into the cavity to address moisture issues and dry out the pit. In some situations, water damage may be too severe for non-invasive systems, and we must remove sections of the wall to provide drying access to more powerful equipment like air-movers, vent fans, and portable heaters.

If you notice any symptoms of cavity damage in your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of East Central Austin at (512) 420-9886.

Water, Storm, Fire, or Mold Damage; SERVPRO Has You Covered

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Austin residents have no fear, SERVPRO will always be here.

SERVPRO of East Central Austin is serving this community in all types of property recovery and restoration. Our roster of technicians carries skillset that covers contracting as well as building maintenance. We provide our workforce with 10 and 30 hour General and/or Construction Industry Training (OSHA.) That means our servicemen and women are capable of restoring your property from the ground up after an adverse weather event or unforeseen flood. Alongside Storm and Water Damage, we run recovery for fire, mold and property reconstruction.

Storm

As part of storm restoration services, it is vital to inspect and secure the safety of your home. You may find yourselves temporarily relocated if there is moderate structural damage. During this period, SERVPRO technicians can enter your home to perform essential mitigation tasks that could significantly reduce the expense of your claim. These tasks may include the removal of large quantities of water using gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extraction units. We can also scope the structure itself to spot fundamental weaknesses. 

Pack-out services run by SERVPRO are not uncommon during flash floods or rainy season. Our technicians take an electronic inventory of your possessions, condition, and location in the home. We then carefully remove these items, reducing the risk of permanent damage from exposure. Using professional movers, our team can store your possessions in a climate-controlled warehouse. Once restoration services are complete, and we can pass any paperwork onto your insurer, and return possessions to their original rooms. Our emergency lines remain open twenty-four hours a day with on-call technicians ready to provide out of hours services. 

Water

Areas that suffer from adversarial weather conditions need restoration services that focus on water damage in Austin. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) arrive in trucks with a full stock of pumps, extractors, air movers, and dehumidification equipment. As a restoration service that also caters to Austin's commercial businesses, we are confident in saying that no disaster is too big or too small for SERVPRO of East Central Austin. 

When dealing with property, the recovery speed is an essential part of reducing damage. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause all kinds of harm to your home, contents, and decoration. SERVPRO knows that one of the most effective means of mitigation is to remove excess moisture, clean, and dry a property as quickly as possible. 

Our first task after the water removal process is complete, is rapid drying. Water can migrate quickly from one area of the home to another. Any structural weaknesses are quickly exploited by substantial volumes of water, which can result in waterlogged wall spaces, flooring, and subfloor. SERVPRO restoration services are adept at structural cavity drying with equipment that does not require removal or permanent damage to the structure itself. Using drying mats or injectidry systems, we can thoroughly dry your home and reduce the likelihood of expensive secondary damage. 

Fire

Fires can start from the most innocuous of places. Faulty wiring, malfunctioning electronics, and appliances as well as from human error like leaving on a stove or forgetting to open the flue. Unfortunately, how these property emergencies start does not influence the extent of fire damage in your Austin, TX home. To make a full recovery, you may need to start the claims process and bring in professional restoration services. 

Often the most severe areas of smoke and soot deposits can be found inside fittings, cabinets, or cavities. The reason is that hot smoke and ash are naturally attracted to cooler surfaces like those found inside of a room. These internal areas can be problematic to restore yourself since they frequently lack protection or finish, which exposes the surface to smoke. In higher pressures, soot can be pushed into the surface itself, becoming odorous and challenging to clean. 

SERVPRO restoration services are available here in Austin, TX. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRST) can make accurate assessments of internal cavities by conducting a pre-test. These pre-tests help to inform SERVPRO technicians of the type of equipment needed to make a full recovery. We stock a full range of mechanical cleaning equipment, including sand and soda blasting to remove ingrained soot or smoke. Once complete, your SERVPRO technician can refinish the cabinet interior to a preloss condition. This method can also be beneficial in trapping and reducing malodors.

Mold

While most SERVPRO restoration service requirements here in Austin require immediate attention, mold can often be overlooked. But microbial growth does not disappear by itself. Our restoration services offer precise intervention for Mold Damage in your Austin, TX home. Using trained assessors and remediators for microbial fungi, SERVPRO can perform tasks that not only remove mold but can also prevent it from coming back. 

Microbial fungi are invisible to the naked eye and a natural part of any indoor environment. However, in the right conditions, these microscopic spores can rapidly reproduce, forming more significant, visible signs of growth known as mold colonies. Like any living organism, mold colonies seek to reproduce themselves, which can result in a small infestation escalating throughout your home in a matter of weeks. By intervening early, you take a crucial step in protecting your home or business from widespread infestation. 

A primary challenge in mold remediation of properties is physical barriers. These may include furnishings, fittings, or the walls and flooring of your home. To rectify the problem, SERVPRO technicians need first and foremost access to the areas of most concern. Accessing these areas may mean performing controlled demolitions or temporary removal of floorboards. We carry out these procedures to not only remove colonies but also to thoroughly dry interior cavities of your home; ensuring mold does not return after the restoration service. 

If your property suffers mold, fire, storm or water-related damages, contact SERVPRO of East Central Austin at (512) 420-9886.

Why Choose SERVPRO of East Central Austin?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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24/7 Emergency Services

SERVPRO of East Central Austin provides 24/7 emergency services every day of the year, including holidays! Our certified technicians are here to help when you need it most.

We Are a Disaster Recovery Team

We are now a disaster recovery team with multiple franchises conveniently located through the United States. Our crews are currently in Lake Charles, LA helping with the cleanup and repairs that Hurricane Laura left behind. 

Our Crews Are Highly Trained and Certified

Our technicians go through specific training to obtain the proper knowledge in order to take the utmost care of your home. They learn specifically how to determine the work they need to perform and how to use our certified equipment. 

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Our team is faster to any size disaster. As soon as we get the first phone call, we call our technicians immediately to get them to the shop and to get out to your home or business to ensure no further damage occurs. 

We Are a Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

SERVPRO is a well know and highly trusted leader in our industry. We work directly with insurance companies and receive positive feedback from our customers. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about our company, call our office at (512) 420-9886.

Is Your Commercial Building in Austin, TX Prepared For a Water Damage?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Prepare Your Austin, TX Business For Water Damage

One of the most challenging experiences an Austin business owner can undergo is water damage. In addition to interrupting your daily operations, water damage can compromise the structural integrity of your property. However, learning how to prepare for this type of damage can prevent you from losing your emotional and economic equilibrium. Learn more about how to handle water damage by reviewing the steps and strategies outlined below:

Create an Emergency Plan
One of the fundamental things you should do to prepare your Austin, TX business is to create an emergency plan. This system will function as a guide for action if you are not present. Your contingency plan should include information regarding where all of the locations of emergency exits and fire extinguishers. It should also include the phone numbers of important people and businesses, including your insurance agent, the fire department, and your local SERVPRO.

Never Complete A DIY Project
In many cases, business owners want to start the cleanup process immediately after they experience water damage. However, this course of action is not prudent. In fact, there is a vast range of hidden dangers that water damage can cause on your property. Because most company owners are aware of these hazards, they can make themselves susceptible to both injury and illness by attempting to complete the remediation process on their own. Additionally, commercial property owners typically do not have the specialized equipment necessary to complete the restoration process with speed and skill. For this reason, it's important that you leave the remediation project to the professionals.

Selecting a Water Damage Restoration Company
Once you recognize that attaining professional water damage restoration services is important, you may be wondering how to find the ideal service provider. To ensure that you can get the best commercial water damage remediation services on the block, be sure to look for the following qualities in a company, like SERVPRO:

• 24/7 emergency services
• Excellent Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
• Great online reviews
• Stellar customer service
• Satisfaction guarantee
• Established reputation


Call SERVPRO For Excellent Commercial Water Damage Services
When you find that your business property has been subjected to water damage, there's only one company to call for fast, friendly service: SERVPRO of East Central Austin. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will offer you the detailed care necessary to restore your property quickly and correctly. We're ready to get your commercial property back in a pristine condition immediately, so call us today.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Central Austin is strategically located to respond quickly to your Austin, TX water damage and any emergency water event. Call us today at (512) 420-9886

What Do You Do if You Have A Burst Bathroom Pipe?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Eliminate Water Damage in Austin, TX Homes with Sophisticated Tools

Did you know that freezing isn’t the only cause of burst pipes? When this type of disaster occurs in your Austin, TX residence, it can be both sudden and overwhelming. However, there is a team that is ready to assist you.

If a plumbing malfunction requires water removal for your Austin, TX home, SERVPRO can begin the cleanup process within hours of your initial contact. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to render general contracting services to restore your residence after disaster cleanup has finished.

Preventing Burst Pipes

Texans might not have to worry as much about frozen climes causing burst pipes, but plumbing clogs and obstructions can cause similarly costly issues.

Common sources of pipe clogs include:

  • Fats, oil, and grease buildup in pipes
  • Non-flushable paper products such as paper towels
  • Sewer line obstructions caused by tree roots and debris

If carpeting outside of the bathroom has been affected by contaminated water, disposal may be necessary to prevent the spread of mold or microbes in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Sanitize Your Bathroom

When a water damage situation involves the sewer system, sanitation is key to keeping your home safe. SERVPRO uses a variety of cleanup modalities paired with EPA-registered biocides to combat microbes and bacteria. These can include:

  • Pumps and sprays
  • Manual application with cleaning cloths and sponges
  • Injection systems

Sanitation is critical not only to successful drying but also to mitigating odors in tandem with deodorization equipment like ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers. After sanitation in a gray or black water situation, structural drying and repairs can begin.

SERVPRO of East Central Austin offers a 24/7 cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (512) 420-9886 to have an emergency response crew at your home within hours.

Restoring Your Austin, TX Home or Business After A Flood

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Texas homeowners may be surprised to know that every state in the US is vulnerable to flooding--even the more arid ones. Changes in sea level, as well as weather patterns, are enough to create sudden floods that cause damage to homes and infrastructure in one fell swoop. Homeowners with flood coverage may be relieved to have it, but without professional cleanup, the water damage can make their structures host to mold, microbes, and further issues.

If your Austin, TX residence needs rapid flood damage cleanup, SERVPRO technicians are ready to restore your home to a preloss condition. These professionals receive the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to maintain high standards in addressing fire, water, and mold damage as well as restoration of structures. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance adjuster so that cleanup complies with your policy as well as local regulations.

Completing a Proof of Loss for Your Flood Claim
Your insurance adjuster can assist you in the process of completing this portion of your claim. Make sure your proof of loss complies with the needs of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy and file promptly--within 60 days of the flood--to make sure you get compensated in a timely fashion.

SERVPRO technicians can also assist with this process by taking photos of the damage, taking inventory of possessions, and coordinating with both you and your insurance adjuster during the cleanup process. If you have crucial documents that are damaged by flooding, SERVPRO can create electronic copies of the papers so that you always have access to them.

A successful cleanup begins with thorough monitoring of the situation. That is why SERVPRO technicians use a variety of moisture measurement technologies to evaluate the extent of damage before extracting moisture, disinfecting surfaces, and drying your home. Throughout the drying process, professionals can use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors and meters to determine the progress made by the cleanup process. Infrared imaging allows technicians to see behind structures to determine if subfloors, studs, or fiberglass insulation require further drying.

Every surface in your home has an ideal humidity level to maintain its integrity, from hardwood flooring to drywall to your furniture. SERVPRO strives to ensure that items that can be safely restored are handled with the utmost care, and possessions that require replacement are not removed without documentation and the informed consent of homeowners and insurance adjusters. If your disaster requires general contracting services for restoration, your local SERVPRO is licensed to handle this type of work.

SERVPRO of East Central Austin provides a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If disaster strikes in your home, you can call (512) 420-9886.

Fire Safety In Your Austin, TX Home

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Tips on Keeping Your Austin, TX Home Safe from A Fire

There are simple steps every family can take to protect their home and loved ones from a potential house fire. 

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas

2. Test smoke alarms at least once every month

3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan a minimum of twice a year

4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP!

5. Never go back inside for anything until safety officials clear it as safe to enter

The American Red Cross website has these tips plus many more disaster prevention and awareness tips you can find on their site https://www.redcross.org

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a repeat viral pathogen disinfecting service, designed just for your residential or commercial property needs. 

The demand for disinfecting services continues to increase across the country as our community reopens and organizations put the health and safety of people first. SERVPRO teams are in a unique position to provide the highest level of clean and confidence during this crisis. At SERVPRO of East Central Austin, we have advanced training and superior technology to handle the planning and implementation of both routine proactive disinfecting and emergency solutions after a confirmed case, to minimize the spread of pathogens. 

Call SERVPRO of East Central Austin at (512) 420-9886 if you have any questions or concerns. We are always here to help!  

SERVPRO of East Central Austin is Here to Help!

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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If you have water damage, fire damage, or need a proactive cleaning service for COVID-19, call SERVPRO of East Central Austin at (512) 420-9886. We are always here to help, 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Our highly trained professionals are trained and certified in water mitigation, fire damage cleanup, COVID-19 cleaning services, mold remediation, and build back services. We can help you through the whole process to get your home back to "Like it never even happened." 

We are now part of a Global Disaster Recovery Team and located in many areas throughout the state of Texas, Colorado, and Indianapolis. If your commercial building is affected in any way, we have the manpower and equipment to get your business back up and running in no time! Call us today if you have any questions.