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Facing Fire Damage?
Here at SERVPRO Harlingen/San Benito, our technicians have a vast knowledge of what to do if your home or business is devastated by a fire. In fact, we are specialized in both fire and water damage restoration. Our excellent experience in cleaning and restoring facilities that have been faced with fire damage is unparalleled to any other company. We do everything from reviewing fire damage tips to caring for your belongings, carpet and upholstery cleaning, odor removal, and assessing commercial fire damage. We are available 24/7, a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and a preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies. If you are facing fire damage, or just want to learn more about us here at SERVPRO Harlingen/San Benito, make sure to call us at (956) 277-0644, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROharlingensanbenito/.
What we do for our Commercial Customers
There is no job too big, or too small for our SERVPRO team. For our commercial customers, we offer a myriad of services such as restoration, water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, storm and major events, disaster recovery, commercial cleaning. Our services are available those in property management, retail, education, healthcare hospitality, food services, and many more! If you or someone you know would benefit from our services, feel free to call SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito at (956) 277-0645. We are also offering free assessments and free Emergency Response Plans. Our services are available 24/7 and we will always perform our jobs with professionality and promptness, in fact, we pride ourselves on our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Find and like our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROharlingensanbenito/.
2018 Hurricane Season
As hurricane season speedily approaches we as a community need to start preparing. The more we prepare the less stressful it is for you and your family when a hurricane heads our way. This hurricane season is said to be an average hurricane season with fourteen named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes (category 3 or higher) this season. It only takes one of these hurricanes to hit us to have tremendous damages to our community. It is a great benefit to prepare for these natural disasters because we can never know when a hurricane can end up at our door. Things to stock up on is water, food, flashlights, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kits, multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, portable chargers for cell phones, and insect repellent and sunscreen. If a hurricane does hit our wonderful community, we want you to know that SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito is here to help and will make it “Like it never even happened.” So, if a hurricane does hit our community then call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito at 956-277-0645 we are always available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Emergency Readiness Plan
Hurricane season is just around the corner so as business owners it is crucial to have an emergency plan. Well, here at SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito we offer an Emergency Readiness Plan for your company. This program helps you as a business owner feel at rest when something does happen like a pipe burst, or an electrical fire, or even a hurricane, because the sooner you respond to the emergency the sooner you can get back to business as is. The Emergency Readiness Plan consolidates all of your building information into one application that can be found on your phone or computer as well as a hard copy folder. It shows you were all the shut offs are and your account information for your utilities so if you need to contact them you have it all in one place and you don’t have to go digging through your filing cabinets trying to find out all that information. The two “R’s” Restore and Replace, most people always think that oh just tear everything out and get me all new items, but this process is very expensive because most insurance policies will only help you to get your business to preloss conditions, so everything that you want new you will have to cough up more money to pay for the new items. With restoration is key our team can restore your items and make them look exactly like they looked before the disaster happened. We can also get your business up and running in no time. So if you would like your company to receive an Emergency Readiness Plan call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito at 956-277-0645. We are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Respond Fast When A Water Damage Occurs
Having a water damage can be super stressful most people don’t know what to do or who to call or how to deal with this. But one thing to remember when dealing with a water damage is that timing is key and that you need to act fast. Within a few minutes of a water damage happens the water migrates to other rooms of your home or business, odors from your carpets get released such as smoke or pet odors, as well as furniture staining carpets, and having all your paper items being destroyed. The longer you wait the more damage happens to your structure. Flooring can begin to bubble or buckle up, drywall will begin to disintegrate, and fungal growth can begin to appear and start to cause health problems. These are just a few things to keep in mind when a water damage occurs. So when you have a water damage that you don’t know what to do with give SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito a call we will assist you while talking to your insurance agent and adjuster, as well as respond quickly to get your structure to the way it was before.
During the springtime, everyone likes to do a lot of spring cleaning. They vigorously clean the bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and well they try to clean their entire home. There are some things that we do out of habit that can make our homes back to the uncleanliness. Some of these habits that we do we wouldn’t even think about. Picture this a Saturday morning you are getting ready to have your cleaning day, and you start doing the laundry. Once you finished with all of your laundry what do you do to make the laundry to look nice is to close the door of the washing machine. As soon as you close the door to the washing machine without letting it dry, it starts to have fungal growth and get a particular smell that everyone knows as the wet dog. Just remember to leave your washing machine open for a little bit after you use it to make sure that it dries properly. SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito wants to let you know that we are here for you no matter what.
Water Damage Categories
Picture of a Category 3 Water Damage (Sewer Backup)
Did you know that there are different categories for a water leak/damage? There are three different categories of water leaks and damages: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3. Category 1 (Clean Water) the water in this category is considered to be sanitary because of the source of the water a sanitary outlet. Some of the sources of a category 1 water damage is that of a broken water line, a tub or sink overflows, rainfall, or ice or snow melting. Even though the water is sanitary, with time it can start to harvest fungal growth and other microorganisms to grow and to make the water unsanitary making the water harmful to be around. Category 2 (Gray Water) is water that has microorganisms and food for the microorganisms. This water usually stems from toilet bowl overflows where there is urine but no feces, discharge from dishwasher and or washing machines, sump pump failures, and seepage due to hydrostatic pressure. Being around this type of water can cause some discomfort or sickness if consumed or exposed to humans. Category 3 (Black Water) is the worst water damage to have because if not addressed quickly health problems can be a huge problem, being around it could bring serious illness or even death if consumed or exposed to humans. This water damage is coming from raw sewage and other contaminated water sources, like ground surface water, rising water from rivers and/or streams, or flooding from seawater from natural disasters. So, whenever you have a water damage in your RV, Home, or Business call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito (956)277-0645 we will be there quickly to make sure that you and your family are safe!
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
Today is the National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day and we here at SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito would like to give our token of appreciation to all the men and women that serve in the United States Armed Forces that risk their lives for all the people in this country. Today seventy-seven years ago the largest number of soldiers from the United States Forces were taken by Japanese troops in the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. They endured a lot of pain because the Japanese forced them to walk 65 miles back to the prison camp without food, water, or medical supplies. Due to this thousands of soldiers died, and the ones that did survive suffered horrible treatment, brutality, and hardships. Many Prisoners of Wars (POW) suffer treatment like this and these heroes have earned the right to be recognized not just on this day but every day of the year! Once again SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito would like to thank the strong men and women who are doing what they do to protect this great country!
A Big Thank You!
Did you know that the month of April is appreciation month for all the first responders? Well, SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito would like to send out a huge thank you to all the first responders! We would like to thank you for everything that you do, you all put your lives on the line to help keep us as a community safe. We all wish that we would never have to use your services but when we do need it we are at peace knowing that you men and women in uniform are here to help us no matter what. We admire the outstanding work that you all do for the community. So, if you have a family member or a friend that works as a first responder make sure you thank them and tell that the work they do does not go unnoticed. Once again SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito would like to send out much love and appreciation to all the first responders!
Fungal Growth In A Humid Area
Living in an extremely humid area such as the Rio Grande Valley fungal growth is something that becomes very prevalent in our community. Whenever there is a water damage in a structure, the owners of the structure must make sure that the area affected by the water was dried up properly and promptly. When SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito gets a call to a water damage we arrive quickly because we know the longer the water stays the easier it is for fungal growth to appear. As soon as we get there we have our air movers and dehumidifiers to get rid of the moisture in the structure. So when you are in need of a highly trained production team to cleanup the damages caused by water then call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito at (956)277-0645 no matter the time there is a crew here ready to help you in your time of need!
Getting your A/C units cleaned
We all know that we are supposed to change our filters on our A/C units and we all know that once in awhile that we need to have our A/C technician to come out to the house to clean the coil because it will inevitably get dirty. Well, why don’t you get SERVPRO a go at it, our technicians have the training to clean the blower and even the ducts. Our technicians will give you detailed steps on how to care of your A/C unit by talking about which filters are the correct ones to use and other helpful tips to keep your A/C unit running for a very long time. We all know someone that sneezes as soon as they enter their home or people that have year-round “allergies” it may just be happening because your/their blower or ducts are dirty. So, the next time you are about to pick up your phone to call your A/C technician how about giving SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito a call (956)277-0645. We will make your A/C units look like you have never even used them.
Maintenance of trees during windy season
Having trees in front of your house makes the property look welcoming and endearing, but there are some cons to having a tree as well. Having a tree on your property near your home brings shade to your yard and fun adventures for your kids. Trees also tend to grow a lot and sometimes get out of hand. This is when trees can be bad if they are too close to your home. If one day it is super windy, and the wind causes your tree starts to sway and the branches start to scrape up against your house or your roof, and damages end up happening to your home and you try and call your insurance agent to see if they will cover the bill for the damages because of the wind. They won’t be able to help you with the cost of the damage because they will tell you that is lack of maintenance on your trees. So SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito would like to remind you to make sure that you are trimming your trees regularly to prevent this from happening.
How Long is Too Long?
When dealing with water damage time is key! The thing that most people think is if I can’t see the water then it’s not doing damage to my property, and that is completely wrong. It’s the hidden water that does the most damage. As soon as a water damage occurs things in your structure start to get ruined. If you have any pets and they made accidents on your carpet, and you thought they you cleaned it up properly, well the smell gets trapped in the pad underneath the carpet and once water contacts the carpet the hidden odors become released. Also, most of your electrical appliances can get ruined, paper items tarnished, and certain furniture can stain the carpets. These problems occur in minutes after the water damage occurs. Some people think I dried up all the water that I can, and I don’t see any visible water so there is no more damage occurring, well that is also false, water migrates, especially in porous materials because the pores in the substance absorb water fast. Items that are porous are things such as drywall, concrete, and most of the studs. So when a water damage happens to you please call us at (956)277-0645 our phones lines are always open and we always have a team ready to help you in your time of need!
What is that?
Corner of a structure with smoke web.
The first time I walked in to a structure that had fire damage I was in complete shock. I never seen a house that had a fire incident that occurred in the structure. Seeing what a fire can do is an unforgettable experience I walked in to the structure and I saw what looked like black spiderwebs in all corners of the structure, to myself I thought man these people had a lot of spiders in their structure., but to my surprise those spider web looking things weren’t there because the structure was infested with spiders but it was due to the extreme heat that occurred in the structure. What happens in a structure is that the concentration of the soot is in a pattern and are circle like, well this happens when the intense heat is happening it magnetizes the screws and because of this the soot is attracted to it and it creates a darker circle around where the nail would be. As we go inside the structure we start to see the spider webs as I stated before these are not indeed spider webs these are called smoke webs and they occur when plastic has burnt because the smoke of plastic has a stronger charge than that of wood or cotton so with the already magnetized screw/nail they start to spin and collect in corners of ceiling and curtains. So, if there is a fire near you don’t forget to call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito. (956)277-0645 we are open 24/7 even on holidays, we are there for you when you need it!
Prepare for Hurricane Harvey
With tropical storm/hurricane Harvey on the way, SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito would like to share some tips on hurricane preparedness.
1. Formulate an evacuation plan and identify the closest safety shelter in your area.
2. Be attentive to local radio or NOAA radio, & television weather reports.
3. Gather protective clothing, as well as food (ready-to-eat canned fruits, vegetables, & meats) & water (gallons of bottled water).
4. Have first aid (non-prescription drugs, CPR breathing barrier, etc.), supply & tool kits (a whistle, fire extinguisher, battery operated ratio, batteries, etc.) at hand.
We hope that this list helps you & your families remain safe this weekend. Look for more information on websites, like www.redcross.org, or contact your city's Office of Emergency Management.
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Did you know that July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month?
According to the Juvenile Arthritis Association, almost 300,000 patients under 16 years of age are affected.
Arthritis is a blanket term for various types of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Examples of Juvenile Arthritis include; Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Juvenile Lupus, Juvenile Scleroderma, Kawasaki Disease, and Fibromyalgia. Each condition has its own distinct set of symptoms, but joint swelling, pain, and redness are most common among them all. While there is no known cure for the conditions, there are treatments to alleviate symptoms and manage the patient's pain.
SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito would like to help you spread awareness. If you have questions about Juvenile Arthritis, ask your doctor for information today.
Clean Air Ducts Mean Clean Air!
Did you know that dirty air ducts have the potential to circulate odors and contaminants like dust and mold throughout your home?
Just call SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito at (956) 277-0645 and we will send a team of our trained specialists to take care of you! They will examine your ductwork and make a clean sweep using our Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System technologies!
Do not worry! Our team can remove years of dust and grime built up, which can not only improve conditioning operation and efficiency, but reduce health affecting allergens!
Just give us a call and remember that here at SERVPRO of Harlingen/ San Benito we care and our goal is to help make it... Like it never even happened.
24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the entire Rio Grande Valley.
SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito 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 - (956) 277-0645
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 Harlingen/San Benito 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 Harlingen/San Benito
SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito 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.
Why do we need exhaust fans in the bathroom?
A bath exhaust fan can be helpful in many ways:
- It can remove odors and remove moisture, allowing fresher air to enter the bathroom.
- It can exhaust humid air, allowing dryer air to enter the bathroom.
- It also allows proper ventilation in the room that prevents and mildew and fungal growth.
Always try to run the exhaust fan to properly ventilate the bathroom and avoid the bathroom ceiling from staying damp and every surface in the room or they will soon grow mold.
Precautions to take when a water loss occurs.
Home with a water leak.
ith any water loss it is best to call for professional help as soon as possible. But first of all make sure you or your family members are not in harms way during a water loss. Try removing as much water as possible by mopping the area. Remove any wet area rugs/carpets that are not permanently attached. Prop up wet furniture on cushions and raise the furniture of the floor. It is important to try to remove as much water as possible because bacterial growth can grow within hours of the water loss.
Mold due to moisture
SERVPRO professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold,
- Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
We dont just do water & fire restoration.
SERVPRO HARLINGEN/SAN BENITO not only does fire & water restoration, we provide cleaning of air ducts and HVAC, biohazard, crime scene and vandalism, carpet, upholstery, drapes and blinds. As well as Ceilings, walls and har floores as well as deodorization.