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Fire Damage

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage

Every 23 seconds, a fire department in the United States is responding to a fire, and these caused around $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

Experiencing a fire is a frightening thing, but we are here to immediately jump into action. Our seven-step restoration process is designed to get you help quickly.

We begin with an inspection and damage assessment, then progress through all the necessary restoration steps before beginning repair and construction

SERVPRO is always here when you need us—you can get in touch using our 247 Emergency Line for immediate assistance with your damage.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Fire Prevention

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito are licensed and trained to handle any situation that their clients have found themselves in. Rather than look for blame, SERVPRO looks for how to help their clients never run into these citations again. As the moto says, we make it as though it never even happened. One of the situations that SERVPRO handles are fire damages. Fires can start very easily, but their also easy to prevent. One of the things that is always recommended is to check your smoke and fire alarms. Often times people forget about them since their not very visible, or have never been in a risky situation. However, it is important to do monthly checks on these systems, as well as keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Keep items that can cath on fire at least three feet away from items such as candles or heaters. Speaking of heaters, make sure that they are clean and that the filters have been changed. That goes for laundry machines as well. Lastly teach your loved ones about fire prevention and how sounds of fire/smoke alarms sound. Remember to keep an exit strategy in mind for your home.  

SERVPRO Restoration Experts Are a Team You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

At SERVPRO, we offer more than general restoration, construction and cleanup. When the worst natural or manmade disasters strike, we are the team you can trust to respond quickly and effectively.

From hurricane damage to flooding to fires, we have helped countless families in Harlingen recover from damages to their home or business—and we are here 247 to help you, too.

Water Damage

Floods lead to over $10 billion in damages throughout the country every year, and because floods can occur anywhere and at any time, it is important to have a plan in place for how to handle them.

Flooding is something that many home or business owners will face at some point, but know that SERVPRO is here to help. We have the tools to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water, and we will make sure you understand the severity of the damage so you can take the proper steps toward restoration.

Plus, we will create a full restoration plan so you can be certain your home will be clean, dry and restored to its preloss status.

SERVPRO Is the Business Partner You Didn’t Know You Had | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Keeping your business afloat is a serious task, and most people need all the help they can get to do it. For owners and property managers, keeping things running is no easy feat under normal circumstances, which means that major disruptions or losses can be devastating to businesses.

If you have a retail property, manufacturing facility or rental space, you have a built-in business partner for all your cleanup and recovery requirements—and it’s right here in Harlingen’s backyard.

At SERVPRO, we are here to carry the burden for any business need that involves restoration, and you can count on us to be a valuable component of your business success plan.

Large loss recovery. For businesses throughout the U.S., fires, storms and flooding are among the top causes of financial loss. These incidents can cause devastating amounts of damage, especially if action isn’t taken quickly. When you rely on us for business restoration, you can be certain you are getting an expert team of restoration specialists, and rest assured that we are here 247 to minimize your downtime and prioritize your recovery.

Emergency Ready Plan. Ideally, the recovery will start before your disaster begins—that is why it is so important that you take steps to prepare in advance. We are here to help you create your business’ emergency plan, so you can know exactly what to do when disaster strikes. Including everything including an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work sites, temporary vendors and more during a crisis, we can set your business up for a single button push that gets the ball rolling on all of it.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We have cleaning solutions for every type of scenario, from specialty needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to general needs like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We’ve been doing this a very long time, and we’ve seen and cleaned it all.

Restoration Services. Sudden floods after a heavy rainstorm. An intern setting a fire in the office kitchen. A pipe bursting within the wall. Unfortunately, these things happen—but SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is here for your cleanup and restoration. From water removal to reconstruction, you can trust us to make your business shine again after an unwanted incident.

Industry Specialization. We know the ins and outs of so many different industries, so there is no commercial enterprise we can’t help. Whatever the specific or unique needs of your business may be, we can tackle your cleaning or restoration needs. In many cases we can even enclose the work area so as to not disrupt regular business in other areas.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

How You Can Prevent Water Damage at Home

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

water source Tips on how to prevent water damages in your home.

Did you know that water damage can weaken your homes' structure? 

We all know that water damages are usually unexpected occurrences, but what if you knew what to look out for in order to prevent them? 

The simplest and easiest place to start is to do routine checks of your home for water leaks and get them fixed before damages occur. What does this mean?

Examples of this include, but are not limited to:

-checking you the shingles on your roof and replace them if needed

-check all water sources (faucets, etc.) for dripping

-inspect walls or ceilings and look for dark spots or dampness or sagging 

-check your wallpaper for blistering

-check your pipes for rusting 

-check your floor to ensure there is no warping or soft spots

These can all be indications of water damage and if you make it a habit to look out for these signs, you are likely to catch an issue before it snowballs. 

Call SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito if you have any questions or concerns, today! 

Water damage can happen at any moment!

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damages occur at any moment. Often due to a leak or just human error. In order to gain a better understanding of how to prevent water damage remember to check on a few things from time to time. For example check for any cracks or discoloration along the walls of your home. Water damages leave signs and tell owners how severe the problems are. Leaks within pipes that haven't left stains on the walls yet can be checked by looking at your water bill. If there is a rise in cost maybe there's a leak in one of your pipes. Your insurance can be affected by the severity of the water damage, so it’s important that you call for a professional rather than trying to fix it yourself.

Water Damage and Structure go hand in hand.

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito is trained to repair water damages, they know that water damages left untreated are a recipe for disaster. Water damages lead to other issues such as changes within a structure. Such changes can even lead to a building's collapse. There are signs in which a structure will inform you that there is an issue concerning water damage. There will be cracks within walls or ceilings, along with discoloration within carpets and walls. Another specific one is wooden floors will swell up, if you are not aware of what this may look like imagine a warped tin or a paper shaped bent into a U. If you find that you have water damage within a carpeted structure it is crucial to act fast. This is because carpets tend to absorb water and if not cleaned properly or quickly can lead to mold.

Act Now Not Later.

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy Wall Moldy Wall

When experiencing an issue within our home it’s easy to decide to put the situation off until later once things become more convenient. When this happens situations tend to become worse, and people just put a “band-aid” on the problem. Leaving the issue as “solved”. However, leaving water damage to sit and not be properly examined or repaired leads to numerous problems that in the end result in a higher cost. Water sitting in an area is slowly going to start growing mold. Smells begin to form due to the moisture levels and mildew. Mold is not always detectable at first and often times it results in serious health issues. Respiratory issues and skin problems are side effects of living alongside mold. SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito has a good understanding of how to eliminate mold and repair the water damage.

SERVPRO Makes Things Better.

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito helps with commercial spaces more often than you would think. During these difficult times, SERVPRO was going to commercial businesses and disinfecting areas in order to provide clean areas for workers and clients. However, it doesn’t have to be as serious as a disinfecting job. SERVPRO also helps commercial spaces with a quick and thorough cleaning. SERVPRO covers everything from carpets, ceilings, and upholsteries to floors and window treatments. The experience is given to them from countless past jobs, and from attending frequent training. SERVPRO employees are always looking towards increasing their knowledge in how to help with customer satisfaction. SERVPRO uses cleaning products manufactured by none other than SERVPRO. They are safe products to use around children and pets. So whether you want a home cleaning or a clean-up at your pet shop SERVPRO has you covered.

The Variety of Storms and Weather Hazards That Spring Brings

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Weather Changes Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is a click away if you experience any damag

America is the third-largest nation in the world, coming in behind Russia and Canada in total size (though if you do not include outlying U.S. territories, China is also larger).

With this much land in one nation, weather conditions can vary tremendously from one part of the country to another. Because different areas of the country have different weather patterns, they also experience differing weather-related dangers, to varying degrees across a year’s span.

With spring weather developing over the nation, hot and cold air will be colliding in many parts of the country. With that, we thought now would be a good time to get an overview of what weather events can be expected in large regions, and more specifically, what we need to be aware of here in Southern Texas.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its heavy spring rains, which often lead to floods and other types of water damage for those in the area. In areas with higher elevation, snow is still a concern, as is the problems that can be caused from snowmelt runoff.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast regions experience winter weather for the longest period of time, meaning they will still have cold weather through much of the spring season. Those living in Maine, the Dakotas and everywhere in between can expect continually extreme cold, snowstorms and blizzards until late spring or early summer.

Spring is when the southern West Coast will begin to be concerned with excessive heat waves that can be dangerous or even fatal, and areas of the South Pacific such as Hawaii will need to be on alert for potential tsunamis.

From Iowa to Texas, spring brings about the concern of windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires, which are especially prevalent during dry spells of spring. Additionally, much of this area is prone to tornadoes, which should always be watched out for.

Finally, the Southeast typically experiences a range of weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes further inland, while coastal areas may experience early season hurricanes and dangerous rip currents.

In any part of the country, the threat of serious weather conditions in the spring season are real. It is always wise to be on alert this time of year to ensure you know how to stay safe should severe weather strike.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.