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SERVPRO is Your Support Team!
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito have been dedicated to their customers since they first opened. This dedication is what set them apart from other companies. They are not there to just fix your problem, they are there to show ongoing support for their customers difficult time. They don’t see their customers as just anther number, they see them as members of their community. Each on of our employees knows how to deal with loss and crisis because they themselves hae been placed in similar situations. Damages caused by fire, water, and mold are all too common these days. And when you realize that you have been effected by them, you want somebody to help you fix the problem. SERVPRO goes beyond that, we help you understand the root of the issue. We help you prevent future damages, and walk you through every step of the way.
Precautions to take after a flooding.
With any water loss, it is best to call for professional help as soon as possible. After a storm there can be multiple instances that water damages can occur. First call a professional to guide you on what they preferred you take care of if you wanted to. SERVPRO wouldn't want you to put yourselves in harms way, so it's best to call our offices prior to entering any damaged areas. If you did want to rake precautions you could start by making sure you or your family members are not in harm's way. 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 on the floor. It is essential to try to remove as much water as possible because bacterial growth can grow within hours of the water loss. SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito employees have had training in water damage cleanup and restoration. So you can trust that your home or workplace will be in safe hands. We’ll make it as though it never even happened!
Prevent Home Flooding Both Inside and Out | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito
Flooding can happen anywhere, which means that anyone who owns property needs to be prepared. As little as an inch of water can create substantial damages.
If you live in an area that is not considered high risk for flooding you may not qualify for financial help from private insurers or federal funds. This makes preparation even more important to avoid costly repairs.
There are things you can do to prepare your home, starting with understanding your risks. Most of our area has seen flooding in the past, and carries many risks from rivers and heavy rains.
We also know that if sea levels rise, there are additional risks. These factors mean that we need to act now in order to be best prepared and protect our properties.Protecting Your Home From the Outside
Floods can come from anywhere, even when completely unexpected. A heavy rain can leave gutters overwhelmed and yards soggy. When you take the time to prepare your home both inside and out, you can lower your risks and minimize your damages.
Clean your gutters regularly to remove debris that could block the flow of water. You could also consider adding an inexpensive extended downspout to ensure that water moves away from your home.
You can also use your landscaping to keep water from gathering and coming into your house. Adding a garden is a great way to increase absorption by pulling water down through soil into roots.
Organic materials such as mulch can also provide a great layer of protection when added near the house in a sloping pattern. This can protect your foundation by keeping water moving away and preventing puddles.
There are also some upgrades you could consider, including having electric moved up on the exterior of your home and anchoring fuel tanks. While these can be costly, adding an inexpensive rain barrel that catches water directly from a gutter can be effective at preventing ponding water and provides a free source of water for your plants.Flood Protection From the Inside
Protecting your home from sources of external flooding means having a thoroughly sealed basement and well-shored up foundation.
A sump pump is also highly effective at removing water before it can cause damages. Since we have such a high risk of flooding and other storms in this part of Texas, a battery-operated pump might be the best idea to ensure water is removed from your home even if the power is out.
For protection from flooding that does not start outside, simple home maintenance can make a big difference.
Pipes that have aged and worn out can fail and cause substantial flooding. Take care of dripping faucets and make checking your plumbing a regular part of your weekly schedule to stop damage before it can start.
A leak sensor can also be a smart investment to catch water when it is somewhere that it shouldn’t be before it can become a major problem. There are home security systems that include this as an upgrade, so add it the next time you update your installation.
No matter where the water comes from, photographs, books and other paper goods will be damaged immediately. Keep irreplaceable items and important documents stored somewhere safe, and add SERVPRO to your emergency contact list. We are available 24⁄7 to start drying out your home fast.
Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.
3 Types of Common Storm Damages | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito your first call.
Severe storms are the last thing anyone wants to deal with. When you are a homeowner, you worry not just for the safety of your family, but also about whether your property will be damaged. Most homes can take a lot, but sometimes a storm blows in that will leave behind a trail of damages.
Each season comes with threats that can include strong thunderstorms and snowstorms, and when combined with the year-round risk of flooding and strong winds, your home is vulnerable to all kinds of damage.
The kind of threat your home faces depends on several factors, including the type of weather hitting, the location of your home and even the way your property is landscaped. The way your home is constructed also plays a part of your weather related risk factors. And sometimes things simply come down to luck.
Our Texas weather is a treat in the winter as our temperatures typically stay fairly mild, but in the warmer months, we face the risk of tornadoes, hurricane activity, hail and severe thunderstorms. We know our warmer months mean staying extra prepared, but the more we can learn about the most common forms of storm damage, the safer we can keep our home and our loved ones.
Wind damage happens frequently with a variety of storms throughout the year when gusts beat buildings at extreme speeds. Tornadoes and hurricanes carry these intense winds, but a standard thunderstorm can also have gusts of up to 100 mph and cause a lot of property damage.
Winds this strong can throw debris around your property and cause damages to your house and your cars. If a storm is going to have high winds, go inside an interior space where you can avoid windows and walls, as thrown objects can shatter glass and pierce walls.
You can take action to mitigate damages. Pick up loose limbs regularly, and keep large rocks far from your house. If you have outside furniture, secure it so that it can’t be flung in a storm. Trim trees that have grown tall and take any that are dying down. The fewer items a storm can throw, the less damage your home is at risk for.
Water causes a good deal of property damage across the nation. Even a mild storm can leave large amounts of rain on the ground that can enter through the seals on your window and doors.
If an enormous amount of rain falls and pools up outside your home, it can begin to flow through the floor and foundation of your home, which can cause structural damage.
You can limit damages that water may cause by being strategic about the space outside of your house. Landscape your yard to create a slope so water runs down, and look into installing a rain garden. This is both eye-appealing and a highly effective water absorption source.
Cleaning out your gutters is another effective way to keep water away from your home. When your gutters contain leaves or other materials and become blocked, water is unable to flow well and can overwhelm your gutter system. This can result in water leaking into your home through the roof and creating damage on every level of your house.
Impact damages happen when debris crashes into objects during or after a storm. This kind of damage can create total destruction to your house. It typically involves fallen trees or wind-blown debris. Impact damage is created by anything that can be thrown about or pushed in the wind.
In order to protect your home from this kind of damage, keep your trees trimmed or removed when they are no longer viable.
Last year, the weather created more than $145 billion in damages across the United States. When you are prepared for different risks, you can reduce the threats your home faces while you protect your loved ones.
If you do experience damage during or after a weather event, call SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito. We are ready 24⁄7 with years of experience and industry-leading equipment to get your restoration started quickly. No matter what disaster you face, we will take care of it and get you back home faster.
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.
Make SERVPRO Your Top Restoration Choice | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito
No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is only a phone call away.
As small business owners, we understand how stressful the day-to-day can be. Managing your to-do list while trying to find ways to make things successful is a lot to handle, and a disaster striking can throw your entire world for a loop.
Natural disasters can’t be prevented, and sometimes we can’t even predict them, but we can do everything in our power to prepare for them. And since disasters aren’t solely possible at the office, that means preparing our home and our loved ones, too.
In order to be ready for anything that comes your way, you will need an emergency plan. A good plan starts with well-rounded knowledge about different kinds of disasters. The American Red Cross is a great source for this, as they have data from disasters all around the United States and how to best protect yourself from them.
For more localized information on the kind of disasters we most commonly see here in Texas, check out the state’s emergency management page. You should also save our county’s website so that you can reference it before, during and after an event to stay up to date with everything happening here at home.
Even with your plan in place, you may still experience damage at either your home or business, or possibly both. No matter the scope or the size of the disaster, response time will always be the most important part of recovery.
The quicker your cleanup starts, the less damage can take hold of your property. That is why SERVPRO should be your first call.Why Choose SERVPRO?
We have seen it all. Events that result in the need for cleanup and restoration happen commonly across the United States, but every single one is different.
Take flooding as an example. Each year, there are 14 million homes at risk, but every single home that does see water will have a different level of damages.
Our team is trained for any kind of emergency, regardless of size or scope. We know that each situation requires a personalized solution in order to ensure that things are handled correctly.
We are available anytime. When it comes to restoration, a fast response time will always have the best results for saving as much property as possible. When cleanup starts right away, damages can be stopped before they start and you can save money on less replacements.
When a home begins to flood, furniture, paint and fabric items are damaged immediately. Any water that is able to sit for an extended amount of time leads to mold and mildew buildup, which over time creates damage to the very structure of the home. That is why SERVPRO has 24⁄7, 365 day a year availability.
Our services go well beyond the simple. Not only do we start basic cleaning right away, but we take over the project and see it through completion.
We will work with you and your insurance agent to ensure your plan is set and your claims are handled well. We can pack boxes, tarp roofs and even rebuild structures when the damage is extensive. We want to walk with you through the entire recovery process to make things as easy and pain free as possible.
No matter what disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito has you covered. With our years of training, industry-leading equipment and expertise, we can handle anything you call us with. We will get your life back to as it should be faster than you could have thought was possible.
When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.
Frequent Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito
SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.
Since our country was started, businesses have always been a major component of its livelihood. We all work for or patronize one or multiple businesses on a daily basis.
Business owners have many things to think about as they run their commercial enterprise, even on an average day—and when a disaster hits, there can be disastrous consequences.
Natural disasters in the United States are causing more damage on average than they used to. The NCEI reports that in the past five years, our country has grappled with around $153 billion in damages per year, a significant increase from the previous period.
In a place like Harlingen, we experience many types of natural disasters. Record-breaking rainfalls were recorded last year, which can lead to flash flooding, and we also have to deal with thunderstorms, hurricane development from the gulf and occasional wildfire risks.
To help business owners better prepare for these risks, we have gathered some information to keep you informed. Read on to learn more.Commercial Water Damage
Moisture damage is something that threatens all businesses no matter where they are located. Whether these issues are from rainfall or appliance failure, water damage can wreak havoc on a commercial property.
Water from flash floods or overflowing rivers can seep through the doors and foundation of a business, where it can cause serious damages. Creative landscaping can be implemented to route water away from your building, which can be a smart prevention measure.
When leaks are the culprit, water damage can occur gradually over time in your commercial space, so it’s important to be vigilant in looking for signs of leaks such as warped or discolored walls. Catching these issues early can help you tremendously in preventing costly repairs.Commercial Storm Damage
Storm damage is a common cause of commercial damages and can devastate entire neighborhoods. Small storms are still a threat, leading to power outages, fallen trees and flying debris that can damage a business’ exterior.
Storms that are more powerful can rip off roofing and lead to irreversible property damage to your business’ structure.
An average storm will have winds from 10 to 45 mph, but strong storms that are common during the spring and summer can contain winds of over 100 mph. These winds can rip down walls, overturn freight trucks and easily snap trees and throw them around.
Storm-protective window covers and roof improvements can reduce storm damage, but they can be quite the investment for business owners.
Fortunately, even simple procedures such as inspecting your window and door seals and looking over your building frequently can help reduce costly repairs and damages. Before a storm hits, it is also helpful to clear out any debris, dead branches or other objects that could become projectiles.Know Who to Count on for Commercial Damage
Water damage and storm damage are common, but commercial damage can come in many forms. These events often lead to businesses closing, temporarily or permanently.
That is why we are here 24⁄7 to provide a rapid response to any type of commercial damage your business faces. We will quickly spring into action and create a restoration plan for your business.
If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24⁄7.
What Is Your Storm Safety Plan? | SERVPRO® of Harlingen/San Benito
If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito right away.
Severe weather is a frightening thing. Thunderstorms can bring about lightning strikes, heavy rain, hail and serious winds, all of which can cause damages and personal danger. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, these events occur with relative frequency.
During summertime, the south Texas heat can create ideal conditions for thunderstorms to pop up suddenly and cause serious damages when they do. Because of how quickly these conditions can come about, being safe is a must for residents of the area.
While we can never control the weather, we can certainly prepare for it—and that is exactly what we will be discussing today. From an emergency kit to a communications strategy to a plan for the aftermath, taking action to prepare for storms is an important way to reduce their impact on you and your home.Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy
When the weather turns nasty, having a way to communicate with everyone in your household and being able to receive communications from authorities is key. First, it is important to know the difference between watches and warnings so you can understand when to stay vigilant and when to quickly seek shelter.
Secondly, it is wise to have multiple ways to receive alerts from officials, such as your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.
Third, make sure you have a communication strategy for your household. Have a designated safe area in your home (such as a basement or bathroom) that everyone knows to get to when the weather turns bad. Additionally, make a plan for communication in case one or more household members are away from home when a storm strikes—this way everyone knows when and how to check in and mark themselves as safe.Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit
An emergency kit should be packed with all the essentials that your family members need for at least 72 hours of sheltering in place, and it should be stored in your at-home storm shelter area. In your kit, include nonperishable food, water, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies and anything else you or other members of your household may need to stay safe and comfortable during a storm.Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist
In the aftermath of severe weather, it is important to be sure you are taking proper steps to improve your safety plan and quickly address any damage to your home. Once it is safe to do so, check your property for damage.
You will want to keep a close eye on your roof and seals around windows and doors, as these are areas where water damage is likely.
In case you do discover damage, be sure you know who to call. Having a team of trusted restoration professionals like SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito that you can count on to provide a quick response will bring about peace of mind, so that way you can act fast if you do discover damage to your home.
When you are able to round up with your household members, it is smart to do an audit of your entire safety plan. Gather feedback on your communications, emergency kit and any other elements that could use improvement to keep everyone safer, so that you will be even more prepared the next time severe weather rolls through.
If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 24⁄7 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.
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 24⁄7 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.
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
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 24⁄7 to help you, too.
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
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 24⁄7 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
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!
flooded living room
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Do you know what a fire hazard looks like?
Stoves can be fire hazards.
House fires can be very devastating, especially when you realize that it may have been completely preventable. The first thing we recommend to our community is to be aware of how fires can start and spread.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause of fire is rooted from appliances and equipment, such as heaters or clothing dryers.
Do you remove the lent from your dryer periodically? Do you keep your heaters away from combustable materials, like bed sheets or curtains? Do you ensure your laptop or desktop computers are not overheated? Do you dust them periodically?
It is important to look around your house or a room in your house and look for these hazards. These practices can help you and your family prevent a house fire.
If you need any tips or have any questions, contact us at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito.
Do you know about Soot?
Soot results from fire.
Soot is the resulting product of a fire when it does not completely burn its fuel source. You may have seen it before; it is black and powdery.
When soot ionizes, it sticks to difference sources, such as walls, floors, and furniture. It also makes its way into your home or businesses's heating and air conditioning system, which can cause your home or business to have poor air quality and ventilation. This exposure, whether it be through your mouth, eyes, or even skin, can be dangerous to your health since soot is composed of toxic chemicals.
Instead of taking this risk, contact our team of highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito! We the appropriate protective equipment, technical practices, and technology to safely clean and restore your home or business after a fire.
What you can do to prevent a fire at your business place.
Ensure that you have a fire safety plan and follow it!
As business owners and managers, it is our responsibility to implement safety procedures in the work place. This includes steps that can help to prevent commercial structural fires. Not only does this keep our staff and work team safe, but it also ensures the safety of our business space.
Here is a list of tips:
1. Establish a fire safety preparedness plan and enforce this plan and related regulations.
2. Replace and maintain safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers or alarms.
3. Host a training and review this plan with your staff periodically. As well as when you have a new employee on board.
4. Regularly review and keep documentation of appliance maintenance in your business that can cause a fire. For example, electronic equipment and wiring.
These are all simple things we can do to prevent this kind of disaster. Contact us at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito with any inquires or concerns.
How long since the carpets have been cleaned?
We care about your team's health and success.
Pause and take a moment to ask yourself how many hundreds or even thousands of people have walked on the carpeting at your place of work? Now, consider all the unpleasant things that the bottom of these hundreds or thousands of shoes are tracking inside? Scary, huh?
Here, at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito, we offer commercial carpet cleaning services. Let us help you save money. It would be a great loss if you had to completely replace this carpeting due to deteriorated quality, or even mold growth. Help us help you keep your place of business presentable and safe to all of your staff and every customer that you serve on a daily basis.
Contact us now, and our trained technicians will use advanced technology to completely clean and restore your carpeting.
Heard of internal pipe corrosion?
Pipe corrosion can cause water damage.
Internal pipe corrosion can be an underlying cause of water damage. Once the metal pipes erode over time, their capacity to hold water may lessen. Depending on whether the loss of strength is general or at a certain area, this can eventually cause the pipes to burst, rupture, or leak and lead to a water damage.
Ensure that you are regularly maintaining the structure's pipes and that your company is following state regulations, which includes inspection compliance, so that you will be notified of any potential pipe corrosion.
Contact SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito if you have any questions or concerns! If you have suffered a water damage due to pipe corrosion, contact us at any time and our specialized team can begin the restoration process.
More Than a Job
Worker and a client hand in hand
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito cares about the state of our clients. We don’t believe that a job is just a job because our work affects people. And the people that we help are important. We don’t think of ourselves as people who are outside the situation, because that fire could have happened to us or the people we love. As scary as that feels, we sympathize with those who have this experience. We want to help get their lives back on track, like our motto says we’ll make it as though it never even happened. We will communicate and explain what is happening in your homes, and why it needs to happen. We will help explain what can prevent future damages, and help assure you that you're in good hands.
Support is what our team is all about!
During a time of crisis the best people to call is SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Harlingen / San Benito has experience and is licensed to handle damages from storm, water, mold, and fire. Even if it’s a small damage SERVPRO can handle it with no worries. If your wondering whether or not it’s actually damage, not only are we just a phone call away but our website is filled with information on different issues that SERVPRO has made disappear. Not only does SERVPRO respond within minutes, we’re available for contact 24/7. We’ll drive to you with out team and asses the damage. We’ll give you a evaluation and let you know the steps to take moving forward. We pride ourselves in our customer service, believing that its our job to make this as easy as possible for you.
Fire Safety: Candles
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito wants to reassure you that fire damage is not the end of your world. We can make It as though it never even happened. However, how do we make sure it never even happens? There are a few ways to prevent fires that we may not even think about. Candles are a home favorite accent. The warm light and sweet smell bring everyone comfort, but did you know that trimming the stem in your candles can actually prevent a large flame and make them last longer. Candles should be placed away from flammable objects but also away from table/shelf corners to prevent them from falling over. If you have a child or a pet it’s very easy to knock over objects, so it’s better to keep them from edges. If you love candles, but don’t want to deal with an actual flame, there's an alternative called a lamp warmer. A light bulb will melt your candle keeping that warm light and smell around the house with no fire risk.
More Than A Building
- SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito has been repairing fire damages since they opened in 2015. With so much experience not only have we built up unity as workers but we have a better understanding of our clients every step of the way. We understand that every case is different and that for our clients it’s not just a building. This building can be a business that took years in the making. It could be a safe place for a family to call home. We understand the difficulty in losing something you rely on and that's why we take extra care of not only damage within your special place, but of you. Our clients are our family, and it means so much to us to take care of you and to explain everything that’s going on with your special place.
Choose Our Team!
You can rely on our team!
Did you know that SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito has other specialties besides water and fire damage?
We are also experts in mold remediation, deodorization, commercial cleaning, and storm damage.
We invest in the Rio Grande Valley by hiring people from our communities. We provide Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. These trainings are based on the IICRC standards for the restoration process. We also provide extensive continued education, both virtual and in-person.
Our team is taught to carry out these services efficiently 24/7, every single day of the year, regardless of the weather.
And most importantly, we treat all of our clients with respect and compassion. At SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito, you are invaluable.
Give us a call today!
We care about your business!
We can get this job done better than you can imagine!
As business owners we know what it is like to invest your hard earned money and valuable time into your place of work. We also know how important it is for your business to effectively serve its purpose in the community. Finally, we understand that your team of employees are your family because this is how we see out own team.
With limited time and urgency for your business, small or large, to be restored, why not put your trust in a team that is on the same page as you are?
You'll see that our team is highly trained in all aspects of restoration and cleanup according to our headquarters' guidelines. We establish and maintain clear communication with our clients to carry out the work that is expected. Our team of positive and hard working individuals will supersede your expectations!
Give SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito a call!
Signs of Water Damage
Remember to check your drywall!
We’ve spoken to many customers that will say, “I had no idea I even had water damage! How can there possibly be mold?”
Don’t feel like you’re the only one. If you have no reason to suspect there is water damage, you probably wouldn’t look for the signs. We always advise our clients to check for these signs as a precaution! For example, you can look to see if you have missing or damaged roof shingles. This may be an indication of water damage. Another sign includes holes in your roof flashing. Inside your home, you might want to inspect for cracks in your drywall or peeling paint. More obvious signs include warped flooring, wet carpets, or the odor of dampness or moisture. The sooner you become aware there is a problem, the sooner our team can go out there and fix it for you!
How To Prevent Storm Damages to your Home
We always hear about how we can prepare for a storm on the news, right? We are encouraged to have spare batteries and canned foods in our home. But what about preparing before a storm to prevent damages to our home?
There are often strong winds involved in storms. An easy way to prevent damage, would be to cut any loose branches from surrounding trees, and keep them trimmed. You should also consider getting rid of or tying down anything that can be lifted up by the wind and harm your structure. For example, you may have loose bricks from construction or patio furniture, such as a picnic table that can cause damage. It is recommended that you also keep an eye on your roofing and siding conditions. Ensure that neither are damaged and if they are, have them fixed prior. Finally, be sure that water can flow away from your home and into a drain or trench in order to prevent water damage to your home. If you have any questions or would like more tips, contact us at SERVPRO Harlingen/ San Benito.
What about the dangers of thunder and lightning?
How can a thunder and lightning storm affect your home or property? We don’t always hear about this, but they can be dangerous.
As you know, thunder and lightning come hand-in-hand. The temperature of the lightning that strikes can potentially be so high as to cause a fire. This may happen within the walls of your home. If this occurs, you should call the fire department. You should also consider consulting your electrician for further assessment. Electrical surges also occur and can cause damage to your electrical belongings, such as your television or stereo system. In order to prevent damages like this, remember to disconnect any electrical devices or appliances once the storm is announced. If your home or property happens to be damaged by fire, contact our team of trained and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito.
We are here to serve you!
Call us today!
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito are here to help you during difficult times when you've reached a crisis. Whether it be something as small as a carpet cleaning to as big as flooding SERVPRO is there for you every step of the way. There's no need to take matters into your own hands, at times that can cause more damage and result in spending more money than needed. SERVPRO is a company you can trust. We are available 24/7 to answer your calls and questions. A representative will go in and take an estimate of the damage and discuss the work that needs to be done with you. With us you're never lost, our priority is keeping you informed and safe.Our team will drive to your aid, and repair the damages so you don't have to.
Picture it on your way to work, you drive into the parking lot and what do you see? Flashes of blue and orange spray paint along your wall, the windows are smashed in and to top it all off it starts to rain!
Vandalism can cause some serious damage to your business. In this scenario the broken window could let in rain and cause water damage such as mold and wet carpet. While you may think that it’s no big deal that it’s nothing a good paint job or a window replacement can’t fix, You may be setting yourself up for a larger bill and workload than you realize.
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito are certified in taking care of vandalism and can make it as if this nightmare never even happened. With our consultation we'll be able to tell you what you need to prevent further damage and explain to you why.
Does your workplace smell?
Walking into a home or office sets up a setting for people. A home is a peaceful setting to relax and be with family, an office is one of focus. However strong odors from mold, and family pets can cause those settings to be disrupted and make it unbearable to live with. SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito specialize in odor removal. Our workers are trained to identify the source of odor, which at times can come from not inside the building but outside along the property. Odors can be removed within just a day's work or with several sessions depending on the severity of the case. However SERVPRO will make sure that you can regain your daily life in a workable setting no longer having to struggle with odors.
We are a team!
Give us a call!
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito is built on workers who treat each other as a family establishment. We believe that the way we conduct ourselves amongst each other, and how we handle our work behind the scenes makes it easier for you to trust and cooperate with us. We want you to know that we’re here to make things easy, and understandable for you. With the amount of cases we work we understand that the issues that arise for our clients can be traumatic and you not only need help, but kindness as well. We may make it "Like it never even happened," but we’ll make sure you remember the kindness and support we gave you and your family. Because to us at SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito you are our family.
How To Protect Your Home
Storm season brings about a lot of mild hurricanes, but can also bring about heavy storms. Regardless of the size, damage is a plausible outcome. So here are a few ways to make your home safer during storm season. Key elements to look at are windows, roofs, and door frames. When was the last time you checked on the shingles for the roof? Before storm season is a good time to replace any shingles so that they don’t lift or fall apart letting in water. Please be sure to board up any windows and place towels around any frames including door frames. Heavy winds could break windows and water can come in through the frames within your home. Water damage due to storms can be taken care of by SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."
What To Do In A Stressful Environment During A Storm
Let's say you've been caught in a hurricane and have lost electricity. Your kids are scared, the dog keeps barking, and your spouse keeps fiddling with the radio to hear about what's happening outside. How can you make things easier for your family during this difficult situation? Try to remain calm, it’s no good if you're frustrated as well and scare those around you. Once you’ve attained a piece of mind, brighten things up by lighting candles around the house. If you have a pet, and likely they are making a lot of noise, try to block out the noise outside with the radio. If that doesn’t work gently old your pet to provide pressure and reassurance. You can have the kids help with this, creating a distraction for them that makes them feel useful during the storm. Now when it comes to your spouse and the news take turns with this and other roles. If you take turns on food and radio watch, then you're more likely to be alert.
Storm Prevention Outside Of The Home
The outside of our homes can also cause a lot of damage to our house without us even realizing it. Before a storm it’s important to take these cautionary steps to make the area around your home safer. Start by trimming any trees around your home. If there are any lengthy branches the tree could cause serious damage to your home by breaking windows or even worse roofs. Take any patio furniture or decorations inside the garage or under a shed. This will prevent anything from flying into your home and breaking windows, as well as making things easier to clean up when the storm is over. Check around the house and inside the home for torn electric wires. These can be extremely dangerous and can lead to another emergency and it may be difficult for aid to reach you during the storm.
Flooding During Storms
When a storm occurs it’s not uncommon that flooding comes alongside it. During storms drains could be blocked, and rain will begin to turn cities into lakes. If you are ever stuck in a flooding situation try to reach high ground immediately. Do not go near bridges, and do not try to move through waters. That means no swimming, walking, or running through the water. The flooding will occur quickly and it’s very strong you could accidentally cut your limbs. These waters are so strong they could move vehicles around you so it’s best to stay away from the murky waters. Try to contact 911 in an emergency. If you are trapped in a building try to reach the rooftop, do not take the elevator go to the emergency exit stairs.
Why is it important to leave fire restoration to SERVPRO?
Before and After
We understand how traumatic it is to lose your home or business to a fire. We have helped numerous families and small businesses restore the homes and businesses that they have invested their whole lives building. In order to make this process easier for you and more efficient, we have a few tips for you to follow. First off, the faster you contact our team, the better the results will be. As we all know, fire leaves behind ash and soot that can cause permanent damage if left unaddressed. Over just a couple of hours, your building structure can be affected by corrosion, discoloration, and even diffusion of odor. By contacting us sooner, you can prevent the damage from becoming much more extensive. Our technicians are specifically trained in fire restoration, so leave your worries to us!
How to prevent stove fires?
A lit stove.
Did you know that the leading cause of fire are cooking-related fires? The kinds of fires also cause the most injuries. They can be such a terrible and unexpected surprise when your intentions are only to cook something delicious for your family. There are a few things you can do to prevent them! Firstly, it may seem logical to put these fires out with water, but this will only spread the fire further. The water reaches the bottom of the pan and becomes steam, which then propels the flames into the air and can cause you to be burned. In order to prevent these fires from starting, you should be sure your cooking equipment is not defective. You should also ensure that there is nothing combustible near your cooking area. Also monitor the flame, especially if you are cooking with oil. These easy tips can be very helpful and keep your family or employees safe!
Commercial Water Detection Equipment
SERVPRO wants the best for your establishment. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned when it comes to evaluating your work space for damage. That is why we use several methods to evaluate the scene so it can be properly repaired. Using the science of psychrometrics (the study of the air) our equipment can measure humidity, vapor pressure, and even temperature. Our equipment involves, but isn’t limited to moisture devices. These devices are called: Moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers. Moisture sensors can detect moisture in carpets and in walls. Moisture Meters are used to detect the moisture content within the room. Understanding the content is useful for when we decide on the drying technique. Thermohygrometers are used to measure temperature and humidity. These tools are necessary to ensure your work space is safe, and allows us to work efficiently. We’ll make the disaster "Like it never even happened."
Sewage/Toilet Overflow Clean Up
Polluted Pipe water
SERVPRO sees cases in which water backups occur very seriously. The water may contain bacteria, and even viruses that can cause a great deal of damage towards the human body. Before cleaning up our SERVPRO team will evaluate the water to see which category it belongs to. The three categories SERVPRO has are “Clean water”, “Gray water”,and “Black water”. When the water is categorized as “clean” the damage is most likely caused by a leak, or broken water supply. This is the least serious to fix, but if untreated can become “Gray water”. “ Gray water” could be due to an overflow of your toilet, or of your washing machine. This water can cause illness, and should be cleaned as soon as possible before the water becomes “black” and extremely contaminated. “Black Water” is mainly seen in sewers and toilets. This water is extremely dangerous. Consequences of digestion could lead to death. We advise you to keep away from this water and call us immediately to keep you and your family safe.
Your belongings can be a meaningful thing to part with. When you go through water damage you may wonder what can you keep? At SERVPRO we go through a contents restoration review. We understand that there's value in your belongings, and would rather you save money then having to replace what you've already purchased. Our team reviews the items and uses guidelines to determine if they are indeed restorable. Our methods for restoring items are: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Spray and Wipe, Foam Cleaning, Abrasive Cleaning, Immersion Cleaning. Dry Cleaning goes before a wet cleaning in which we do a light cleaning before going on to remove heavy residues in wet cleaning. Spray and Wipe is used for items that can’t go through a wet cleaning. Foam cleaning is practiced on upholstery items that may shrink if gone through the wet cleaning. Abrasive is the surface cleaning, and immersion is when items are dipped in a bath of cleaning products. So you see we have methods for all your items, with careful consideration of what their conditions are.
SERVPRO understands that the electronics you purchase were in no way cheap. Whether it be in dollars or in time, products such as video game consoles and televisions can be costly to replace. SERVPRO wants to make sure that the products you have really need to be discarded. When we go evaluate your contents for restoration we want to keep you safe. Electronics can be a serious hazard. It is important that you do not attempt to work these devices before they have been evaluated. Turning on such products after a water damage can cause further damage to the environment, and more importantly can be a medical hazard towards your and your family. SERVPRO begins by cleaning the surface of your devices to prevent corrosion and then these products are evaluated by an electronic technician. This lets us know if they are a danger and are qualified for being a restorable.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
SERVPRO aims for a higher standard of cleanliness. We want to help you establish a sanitary environment where you can work and create a successful business. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our duty to you to sanitize the area, during the year of 2020 we understood how serious it was to keep a work environment safe. SERVPRO will consult with you in order to better understand your business and it’s needs. Our team will use our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions. We assure you that we will do a deep cleaning that is correspondent to CDC standards. After the cleaning is completed the establishment will be issued a seal to show that your business is cleaned and safe. This seal is to be placed on the window of your establishment to show employees, and customers that not only is the environment safe, but as owners we went above and beyond for your health.
After experiencing a fire damage the repair may seem unreachable. SERVPRO understands that a lot makes a home, the memories you hold there are irreplaceable. Not only that but the cost to restore belongings can be a heavy burden. That’s why here at SERVPRO our team wants to make sure that your belongings can be restored, and are safe to take home. SERVPRO undergoes these methods for restoring items: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Spray and Wipe, Foam Cleaning, Abrasive Cleaning, Immersion Cleaning. When it comes to your photos or documents we can’t make them the exact condition as before the fire, but we can restore them so that no further damage can occur. Depending on the level of fire, soot, and smoke SERVPRO has multiple options to restore the documents:Air Drying, Dehumidification, Freezer Drying, Vacuum Freeze, Drying Vacuum, Thermal Drying.
Rio Grande Valley home owners and renters did your pipes freeze earlier this month? Trust us, we know how difficult it must have been. Not only were many people without water and electricity, but not many realized that their pipes would freeze, too! For next time, what are we supposed to do when that happens? Here are some helpful tips!
- If you know your pipes are prone to freezing, turn off your water supply to prevent them from bursting!
- Be aware that pipes don’t always freeze in the same places. If you think you may have prevented the problem in one place, it may not be so for another.
- Open your faucet and run a bit of water through your pipes, to prevent them from freezing.
- NEVER use heat, such as an open flame, to thaw your frozen pipes. This is a fire hazard.
- These are just a few simple tips to keep in mind. Remember to contact a professional plumber afterwards.
Emergency resources Caution
Which resources do you rely on during a power outage? Do you use candles to light your home? While it may be your only alternative, it is important to aware that candles can also cause your home to catch on fire and endanger your loved ones. Here are some tips that can help when the time comes:
- If you are doing to use a candle, do not leave it unattended.
- Do not leave burning candles within reach of children.
- Lighting a candle is not an option if you smell gas in your home.
- Place candles on fire-resistant surfaces, such as concrete or fire-rated glass.
- Remember that candles are a fire hazard and you should use battery operated flashlights and other similar light sources.
Water and Mold
Did you know that mold can grow in your carpeting within 24 hours of a water damage occurring? Did you think that drying you carpets with fans would fix the problem? We’re sorry to deliver the bad news, but this will not keep mold from taking over your carpet fibers. Don’t worry! Give us a call, and we can take this problem off your hands. Mold can cause mycotoxins and lead to health effects, so it should be addressed right away. We will do an assessment of the affected area and contain the mold growth. Next, we will filter the air and remove any materials contaminated with mold. Finally we will clean your affected house content and restore them! See! There’s nothing to worry about, if you just give us a call.
Covid Safety Clean Up
Has someone in your office tested positive for COVID-19? Are you worried that your employees will also contract the virus through touching infected surfaces at your work place? We understand how stressful this situation can be. As a matter of fact, we have helped many other business owners and managers solve this problem in the Rio Grande Valley. Contact us and we can have every foot of your work place meticulously cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines today! We understand that it is your responsibility to put the health of your employees and customers first. Do your part by hiring our team of highly trained technicians to provide you with the best quality service delivered in a timely manner, so that you and your team can get back to work!
How long has it been since you had your restaurant kitchen exhaust system cleaned? Did you know that not only is a dirty restaurant hood a fire hazard, but the heat and moisture make an ideal environment for bacteria and mold to grow? As a restaurant owner or manager we understand how your primary concern is for your employees and customers to dine in a safe and healthy environment. We can provide the service to make this possible for you! We have the specialized chemicals, equipment, and certified technicians to get your restaurant to meet fire safety regulations. Call us at (956) 277-0645 and we can send a specialist to you at a time that is most convenient for you. It’s that easy, "Like it never even happened."
Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
SERVPRO of Harlingen / San Benito Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (956) 277-0645.
As the weather outside gets frightful and your cozy homes become warm and delightful, the holiday season's aglow, let it snow, let it snow let it snow. According to climate.gov, on February 12, 2010, there was snow present in all 50 states, including Hawaii! Five years later in 2015, its almost happened again, when every state but Florida experienced snow. While it is generally unlikely for certain states to encounter snow, it is still important to know how to be prepared if winter weather strikes at your home, business or while traveling. SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito is dedicated to helping you keep the holidays merry and bright, and keeping your property safe. But what happens if disaster does strike during the most wonderful time of the year? Easy, Call SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito even if it is the night before Christmas. SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, ready when you need help the most.
Christmas Fire Safety
Christmas Fire Safety
The Christmas holiday season is a time of year that we should be spending with family and spreading joy to all of our loved ones. During this time of year it may be easy to overlook some of the fire hazards that come along with the decorations of the season.
The NFPA. estimates an average of 230 American homes are damaged each year by fires caused by ignited Christmas trees. Another 150 home structure fires are caused by line voltage decorative lights. Together these fires cause an average of 15 deaths, 38 injuries and $26.7 million dollars in property damage each year! These sobering figures cannot be ignored and safety precautions need to be taken to help ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable holiday season without the fire alarm going off.
Here are some great tips we would like to pass your way to help you keep your holiday fire free.
- When choosing a tree be sure to pick one that is a fresh as possible. Look to see your tree has green, semi-pliable needles. Dry needles have a much higher possibility of catching fire. Cutting down the tree yourself is the best way to ensure its freshness.
- If you have an artificial tree be sure it is labeled Fire Retardant by the manufacturer. While having a real tree might bring a sense of holiday authenticity, the simple fact of the matter is that artificial trees are much less likely to catch fire.
- Before putting your real tree in a stand be sure to cut off at least 2 to 3 inches of the base to expose some fresh wood. This will allow the tree to stay moist and prevent drying gout. Be sure to check the water level of the tree every day. A real Christmas tree will be very thirsty in the dry winter months.
- Choose where you place your tree wisely. Never place your tree near any heat source like a fireplace, radiator, heating vents, hot water heater, hot lights or candles. And of course never place your tree in front of any exit. In case of a fire you want to make sure you have a clear path to get out of the house. Another suggestion is to place your tree somewhere that the tree cannot be knocked over by the family pet or playing children into a heat source.
- When choosing lights for your tree and extension cords be sure that they are rated properly by an independent testing laboratory and are UL-listed. Some lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use only. Today’s LED lights are a great choice as they do not create any heat. We hope it should go without saying, but never use real candles to light up your tree. This is an old tradition before electric lights were invented and we highly suggest you do not attempt this.
- Once you have your new lights selected or have pulled out the lights from storage, be sure to check them well for any loose bulbs or damaged wires. If you can replace the bulbs be sure to unplug them before doing so to avoid any shock. If the wires or plugs are defective, replace the entire string. Don’t risk a fire due to an electrical issue as this is the number one reason trees ignite.
- When you are ready to plug in your lights, be sure not to overload any one circuit. Plug a maximum of 3 light strings together. If you are using LED lights, consult the manufacturer’s suggestion on how many strings you can safely plug into each other to create one chain. It is highly suggested that you plug all lights into a surge outlet protector instead of directly into a wall outlet. Lastly, always remember to shut off the lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
- If you will be decorating the outside of your home than be sure to choose lights that are intended for outdoor use. Using indoor lights that are not designed to be used for outside weather can result in them shorting out or even worse. Don’t run the risk of electrical shock or a fire hazard by using indoor lights outside. If you are unsure if your lights are safe for outdoor use than look for the color-coded UL logo on the packaging. A green logo is only safe for indoor use while the red logo can be used inside or outdoors safely. The same safety precautions need to be taken with any extension cords that are being used.
- Once the festivities are over and the holiday has come and gone you are better off taking the tree down as soon as possible. Real trees do not last that long and the needles will quickly begin to dry out making them a fire hazard. The majority of fires involving Christmas trees happen after the holiday and not before. It is also suggested that you remove outdoor lighting immediately after the holiday to reduce any risk of fire and to help preserve the life of your outdoor lights.
Christmas Tree Safety Checklist
Christmas Tree Safety Checklist
My Christmas Fire Safety Checklist
1. Fire Safety for Artificial Trees?
This appears to be the safest choice, as long as it’s UL-listed. Artificial trees can still catch fire, especially if candles are involved, so look for one that is “flame resistant” or “flame retardant.”
2. Fire Safety for a Fresh Tree?
The fresher, the safer. It’s got more natural moisture that way. So check out the needles… if they snap or fall off easily, the tree is too dry. When you get it home, cut 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk and place it in the tree stand with plenty of water. It’ll need about a gallon of water every couple of days, but it will probably need extra water in the first day or two. Studies show that a dry tree is likely to catch fire unintentionally, but one that is kept watered is very unlikely to do so.
3. Where You Place Your Tree Matters
For optimal fire safety, place your tree strategically away from heat sources like candles, space heaters, vents, radiators and fire places — and don’t block stairways or exits! (PSST – And don’t forget about candle safety! Candles are apparently a major culprit around the holidays.)
4. What about Christmas Tree Lights?
Again, UL-listed is the way to go. That’s the independent testing organization that makes sure lights are safe. Look for the label!
Be sure to pay attention to whether your lights are for indoor or outdoor use. (It matters.)
LED lights rock. They don’t get as hot, and the plastic casing is less likely to break than a glass bulb. They last longer and are more energy efficient, too!
5. Check Your Decor for Damage.
Electrical problems cause about 1/3 of Christmas tree fires. So check last year’s decor for damage — a squirrel in the attic eating through the wire, for example. Outdoor lights might wear out more quickly from season to season, so check for damage there, too…. loose bulb sockets, damaged wires or plugs. Those are a no-no.
6. Don’t Overload Your Sockets!
Many manufacturers will tell you how many lights you can string together, but a good rule of thumb is a maximum of 3 strands. So don’t overload a socket or extension cord, even if you use a surge protector.
7. Turn Your Lights Off When Unattended.
That means before leaving the house or going to bed. You don’t want lights left on to cause a problem when you’re not around to act fast. And if you use a remote switch or foot switch, they can be less of a hassle to turn off. Bonus!
8. Dispose of Your Live Tree Soon!
Now hear this: After Christmas is over, have a good cry and then recycle your live tree soon. This was the most surprising thing I found: A 2013 report from the National Fire Protection Association shows that HALF of Christmas tree fires occur in the 20 days AFTER Christmas. Even a well-watered tree should be taken down after 4 weeks, according to the NFPA. So if you put your life tree up right after Thanksgiving, take it down right after Christmas… not on New Year’s Day.
It also goes worth saying that about 20% of these after-Christmas fires were set intentionally, as a method of disposing the tree… but then the fire spread to the house. So dispose of the tree properly — recycle it! — when its needles are falling off. Don’t go into post-Christmas denial!
While we’re on the topic of un-decorating (Is that a word? It is now.), removing your outdoor lights sooner will help them last longer and stay usable next season! Hit the after-Christmas sales to replace your worn-out decorations for a fraction of the price. And who doesn’t love a good deal?
Document Drying & Restoration
Document Drying & Restoration
Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water damaged documents. The document restoration team uses sublimation turning a solid directly into vapor, skipping the liquid stage to avoid causing more damage to the documents.
The state of the art technology used by SERVPRO technicians is the only method approved by National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and General Services Administration (GSA).
Other methods such as dehumidification can alter the structure of the paper's fibers causing them to become more brittle. All employees of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master Certified. Once your items arrived at the SERVPRO facility, 24/7 video surveillance is guaranteed.
SERVPRO's goal is to make the process as simple as possible for our customers.
Faster to any damage
Faster to any damage
Historically files that are closed faster usually result in lower cost. The longer the file remains open, the more opportunity for problems and expenses to rise. The faster a mitigation or remediation project is completed, the faster you can regain control of your life.
Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors, act promptly. A prompt response within 24/48 hours and a thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water damaged materials will prevent or limit growth.
When you call SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito a trained uniformed professional will arrive at your property with the equipment necessary to help protect the structure and contents. We will provided a detailed estimate that clearly lists all services to be performed. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito. Your concerns will be addressed quickly and professionally to help them begin the process of regaining control of your life.
Safety First Before the Feast
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to NEPA cooking in the main cause of home fires and injuries with the Thanksgiving holidays being the peak day for cooking related fire. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use.
- Keep small children away from cooking area. Enforce a kid free zone.
- Keep anything flammable away from the stove, oven, or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year round.
- Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms.
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.
Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher
Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher
- Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
- Class B: Use on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.
- Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.
- Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories.
- Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens.
For more info feel free to call us SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito at 956-277-0645
Fire Precautions During this Holiday Season
Fire Precautions During this Holiday Season
Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.
A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property and their livelihood can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has clear. After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure, but the customer's peace of mind as well.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires: more then one quarter of reported fires occurred in homes within the last year. Even worse 79% of fire related deaths were caused by home fires. On average, U.S. fire department respond to an estimated average of 354,400 home structure fires per year resulting in $6.9 billion in direct property damage. Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.
If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your home or business, give the expert at SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito a call at 956-277-0645. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Breast Cancer Awareness
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito Wear pink is support of Breast Cancer Awareness
Our team at SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito works to help education and Spread breast cancer awareness.
Breast Cancer Awareness Facts:
Breast cancer is one of the most common and well known cancers diagnosed in the United States.
Occurs in BOTH men and women, but is more common in women.
In 2020, is it estimated that 276,480 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
Most breast cancers are found in women older than 50, but 10% are found in women younger than 45.
With increased awareness and research, there are many advances in how to treat breast cancer.
Early detection is key because there are more treatment options available, increased survival, and improved quality of life
Our team encourages you to ask questions and learn about breast cancer!
Building a stronger and healthier Rio Grande Valley
At SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito, our goal is to build relationships in our community. We go out of our way to go talk to our community to be strong and healthy and to get routine checkups. Our goal is to be active in our community and to help build a stronger and healthier Rio Grande Valley. Our team encourages you to ask questions and learn about breast cancer. It is important to ask your doctor about risks, be screened, and if needed, implement a prevention plan that works for you.
Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito!
Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito! We hope you have a safe Halloween with your family. We are thankful to be able to serve you and your businesses in whatever scary situation that may come up. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."
Be Storm Smart
Be Storm Smart
Floods are the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United State. Whether your home or Business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert there is always a potential for flood damage. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.
1. Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where the water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
2. If you approach a flooded road while driving , turn around go another way,. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and move to higher ground.
3. Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood does strike call SERVPRO Harlingen & San Benito. Floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure, when not treated quickly and properly and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. We are always here to help no matter the size of the disaster.
When Flood Water Rise!
When Flood Water Rise!
Flooding is always possible. Listen to wather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.
Flash Flood Watch:
Flash Flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground: listen to wather radio, commercial radio, or Tv for information.
Flooding is occurring or will occur soon: if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning
A flash flood is occurring: seek higher ground on foot immediately.
Flood Strikes Eveerywhere!
Flood ranks as one the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United State. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets ,in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In Fact , nearly 25% of last year claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), were policy in moderate to low risk communitites. According to NFIP, houses in the United State have a 26% chance of being damaged by flood during the course of a 30 year mortgage, while business face similar risks by flooding. On Average flood cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little known flood facts:
Flood kills an average of 140 people per year in the U.S. making flooding the most deadly natural disaster. More than half of all Fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current. The principle causes of floods in the eastern United State are hurricanes and storms The principle cause of flood in the western United States are snow melt and rainstorm!
SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes! Call Us at (956)277-0645 or visit our website for more information at https://www.SERVPROharlingensanbenito.com/
Here at SERVPRO we understand that a family makes a home, but a home keeps them safe. We are here to help keep you safe from illnesses by cleaning the mold in your home, removing the soot after fires, and keeping your home in tip top shape so that if the worst comes you're safe and can focus on what really matters, each other. During this time it’s important to keep one another safe, our preventative cleaning can do just that for you. At SERVPRO we believe that family comes first and your safety is our top priority, with our consultation and guidance we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Founded in 1967, SERVPRO Industries Inc. is an international leader of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO's professional network of more than 1,700 franchises has responded to property damage to emergencies of multi-million dollar disasters.
SERVPRO Mission Statement.
" To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect."
Timely Mitigation is the key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery cost. You and those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito to help you get your home or facility back into operation quickly.
SERVPRO is the only mitigation company with national advertising. You know us and trust us. A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition! We have earned the trust of the insurance industry by serving thousands of policy holders and clients with respect and integrity. The more we restore, the less that's needs to be replaced. This helps our clients save millions of dollar each year.
Call us SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito at (956)277-0645
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Loss
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Loss
Flooding and water damage events in the Rio Grande Valley are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Wheather we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale events , we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damage area. In many instances , normal operations can continue in a temporary spaces while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our Professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damage area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need!
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in the property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certifcation, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Let us help you get back to business
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito today at (956)277-0645 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
What to do when your toilet overflows
Common toilet problems and plumbing issues can lead to water damage in a business. Over time, plumbing issues can cause quite a bit of problems if not maintained regularly. By taking care of toilet issues as soon as possible plumbing problems occur is the best way to prevent further related water damage. If this is not taken care immediately costly repairs may appear. The following may cause toilets to overflow in your business:
A drain line becomes clogged
• The septic field is not percolating
• Sewer damage occurs somewhere in the system’s lines due to issues such as tree roots or foreign objects causing a clog
• A low flow toilet is not able to handle the demands of your household
• The trap between the drain line and the toilet bowl becomes blocked
If you were to experience a toilet overflow in your business, it is best to dry up the accumulated water in the affected areas. However, depending on the extent of the leak caused by a toilet overflow, consider calling a company that specializes in restoration. Here at SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito , we provide appropriate safety measures and steps during the cleanup process and will restore your business or home quickly!
Call Us at 956-277-0645
Serving the Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande Valley
SERVPRO of Harlingen / San Benito is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. We’re dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with the best training, equipment, and experience.
Whether it’s a burst water line in San Juan or fire damage in Weslaco, SERVPRO is the number one choice for all your restoration and reconstruction needs.
We can take damage from any disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
As residents of the Rio Grande Valley, we’ve seen time after time the strong tradition of neighborly love and assistance. SERVPRO of Harlingen / San Benito wants to fall in line with the same principles that make our community here in the RGV strong and resourceful.
Always ready at a moment’s notice for whatever situation arises:
Residential or Commercial
Rain or shine, we’re ready with neighborly assistance.
24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Call Us At (956)277-0645
These are the kinds of markings that show mold on walls.
What is storm season and what's the big deal? As new homeowners will soon learn that storm season is more than harsh rain and strong winds. During this time homes are destroyed or slightly damaged leading to major damage later on. This is important to keep in mind when buying or selling a home. Many homes after storm season go through mold. This can occur due to badly patched up leaks, outside/indoor flooding, and even old carpet that should have been replaced. Signs for this are looking at the walls to see if there are any marks, or if the ceilings are showing air bubbles, or marks similar to the ones on the walls. SERVPRO can fix these things, and help you sell or live in your new home safely.
First Storm Season
Handling your first storm is very stressful, especially if you're in your twenties and have just started living on your own. Some of you are in college, some are living alone, some have roommates. It’s a lot and how do you prepare for something you know nothing about, well it’s simply starting off with gathering the essentials and controlling what you can before the storm hits. Boarding up your windows is important for very serious storms such as hurricanes or tornadoes. However if you are going through the beginning of storm season you’ll most likely have heavy rain and strong winds, which can still lead to damage. Prepare by checking for any open areas such as a crack in a wall, or a door that lets in water. Now a quick fix would be applying a towel during the storm to prevent further damage, or applying putty before the storm to keep water from entering. After the storm, call us and we will inspect the home for any further damage and will take care of the open areas and/or leaks.
Reduce Your Recovery Time.
SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning.
When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone - the owner, the management team, employees, tenants and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito Professional understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito Professionals will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.
Is your business in need of our services? If not, you never know when disaster might strike. Be prepared and discuss your options and resources with a SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito representative. Call us At 956-277-0645
Summer fire tips
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to keep your family safe all summer long.
When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbeque grills; DO NOT use gas, diesel or any other types of flammable fluids.
When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight and check the hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the camp fire.
Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire. Only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
Here at SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito we hope you are a happy and safe summer!
Five Safety Tips To Prevent A Dryer Fire
Prevent Clothing Dryer Fire.
A clothes dryer is common and convenient household appliance, but it can be dangerous if not properly maintained. Not only can the dryer break and need replacing, but it can also cause a lint fire. Follow these safety tips to help prevent any emergency situations.
1. Have your dryer professionally installed
Having your dryer installed by a qualified professional can put you on the right path to keeping your home safe. They can make sure that everything is installed correctly and working as it should, preventing any potential safety hazards.
2. Clean the lint filter and dryer vent regularly
The most common cause of dryer fire is not keeping the unit clean. You should remove lint from the filter before and after each use . Lint can also build up in the back of the dryer, so be sure to clean that area as well. The dryer vents should be cleaned at least every three months to prevent blockages.
3. Have the Dryer serviced regularly
It is a good idea to have your dryer serviced on a regular basis. Hiring a professional to clean and inspect the appliance at least once a year can help minimize any problems and keep the unit safe to use.
4. Keep Flammable items away from the dryer
A lint fire is not the only kind of fire that can occur when using your dryer. If a flammable liquid has been spilled on an item, you should never put it in the dryer. Be sure to keep any flammable materials away from the surrounding areas as well.
5. Make sure the dryer is off before you leave the house
If you are leaving your home or going to sleep , make sure that you turn the dryer off beforehand. If a fire were to start while the unit was unattended, it could spread and cause a lot of damage before you were aware of it.
Here at SERVPRO Harlingen & San Benito we are fire remediation specialists to help you in case of a lint fire, but keeping your dryer cleaned and properly maintained can help keep you and your unit safe.
Call us at (956)277-0645 or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROharlingensanbenito.com/
Hurricane Season 2020
2020's hurricane season is approaching, and researchers said they think this year will be especially active. The season officially begins on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.
Scientists at Penn State University's Earth System Science Center project the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season as the busiest in a decade. They say a combination of warm sea surface temperatures and other factors could result in the development of more named tropical cyclones than usual.
A tropical cyclone gets a name when it reaches tropical storm strength, with winds in excess of 39 mph.
The Penn State scientists said their best guess is 20 named storms this year. In a range, they're going with 15-24 storms total.
In 2016, they projected 19 named storms that season (15 was the actual count) and in 2010, their forecast was 23 (19 as the actual count). The past three years -- 2017, 2018 and 2019 -- were especially active, and scientists' guesses on the number of named storms were lower than what occurred.
Sea surface temperatures are one of the main drivers of the development of tropical cyclones, and that can be checked off the list already this year. Why? Surface waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean were above normal for the month of March and continue to tick a degree or two above average this April.
The Gulf of Mexico is especially warm right now. Despite its smaller size, compared to the wide-open Atlantic, storms that can make their way into a favorable area for development in the gulf can strengthen in a hurry.
Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito will be there , we are just a call away (956)277-0645 or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROharlingensanbenito.com/
Flood Safety Tips
Flood Safety Tips
It's common to see a storm with heavy down pours of rain causing flooding in the most protected neighborhoods. Do you know what to do during a flood? SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:
Be prepared, created an evacuation plan
Learn and identify different evacuation route to be able to evacuate quickly
If public transportation is relied on, contact the local emergency management for evacuation information.
Turn Around, Don't Drown! Moving water above two feet can knock you down, one foot of water can move vehicles away.
Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding.
If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them for safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.
Be Safe After
Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during cleanup.
Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do Not touch electrical if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and contaminated. Underground or down power lines can also electrically charge the water.
Use a generator or other gasoline powered machinery. Only outdoors and away from windows.
Driving during high rain falls can be extremely dangerous. Stay updated by checking service announcements through the National Weather Service.
For more information about flooding visit https://www.ready.gov/floods. Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up to date when it comes to natural disasters. SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito values our community, we are here to help when disaster strikes!
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito specialized in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a flood or water damage event. Our Staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. Call us At (956)277-0645
Minimizes Further Damage
What to do after a water loss?
Knowing the correct steps to take after a water loss can help you reduce the loss. Timing is so important when restoring your property. SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito is a certificated restoration service provider in the Rio Grande Valley.
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito has the specialized drying equipment to address any water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped and trained to use air movers, scrubbers, and dehumidifiers when restoring your property.
Many things can happen by leaving the excess moisture in place for a long time. Apart from the possibility of making your contents unsalvageable, it may promote the growth of mold that may cause health effects. SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito team uses dehumidifiers to reduce the levels of moisture in the air.By doing this we make the humidity levels acceptable and create room for evaporation.
If there are odors and particles in the air. SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito will place air scrubbers to remove those odors and particles.
Deodorization is also another way to combat the unpleasant smells. Deodorization is use to neutralize and mask the unpleasant odors.
No matter how small or how big your water damage is rest assure SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito has the right equipment to do the job!
After dealing with a cold winter, some of us are looking upon the spring season. As spring has approached us the weather has been warmer and the trees and flowers have begun to bloom, However, springtime always seems to bring plenty of rain and plenty of rain always brings a higher risk of water damage to your home.
With the increase of showers as well as high winds, roof damage may occur or be revealed as water intrudes through your roof and damages your ceilings and walls. To reduce the risk of roof leaks, you should inspect your roof for any damages from the winter and inspect it after every major storm.
The most common cause of roof leaks is a damaged or missing shingle from storms or fallen branches. If you do experience water damage inside your home from the ceiling or wall, you will want to contact a professional from SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito to inspect the damage, remove the water, and remediate the damage.
Call SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito at 956-277-0645.
Here in Your Community. Here to Help.
Give us a call!
During uncertain times, SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito is prepared to help you when it matters most.
Responding during difficult times is what we do, it’s who we are and what we know. Right now, during this most unprecedented moment we share with you, we continue to answer the calls of our neighbors who need us most.
Our business remains open to you as our employees and services are essential during this coronavirus pandemic. If your home or business is in need of cleaning and sanitizing, or any of our core water and fire services, give SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito a call at 956-277-0645 . We are here and ready to serve.
We Are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito is here to help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of the coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Center for Disease and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches. bathroom fixtures. toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables.
1. Kitchen/Food Areas
5. Retail Spaces
6. Water Fountains
8. Sales Counters
9. Carpets and rugs
10. Stair handrails
11. Elevator Cars
12. Playground equipment
13. Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usages of a labeled hospital grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain if the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today For A Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today
SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito At (956)277-0645
Commercial Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are here to help get your business back to normal. SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high touch surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables.
- Keeping the Workplace Safe. Encourage your employees to practice good hygiene. 1. Stop shaking hands. 2. Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently. 3. Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes.
- 4. Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly. 5. Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
Learn about fire extinguishers!
SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito wants to keep you safe and we know that little problems can become major issues in the future. When it comes to accidents in our home, or work space many don’t realize they are unprepared till it’s too late. So the more information to prepare you for an on site crisis the better! When it comes to fires many don’t really know how to use a fire extinguisher, or that there's actually four classes of extinguishers. A class is used to aid in putting out ordinary combustibles. Class B is used for flammable liquids (oil, grease, etc.). Class C is for electrically energized fires. Finally class D is suited for flammable metals. To remember how to work an extinguisher think of the P.A.S.S. method. Pull the pin, Aim low, Squeeze the hand;e, then Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Learn about fire alarms!
Fire Alarm systems are a key essential to our everyday safety. Just as you would charge your phone keeping up with the maintenance of your fire alarm is substantial for everyday safety. Fire Alarms work by detecting levels of heat and/or smoke, smoke particles pass through the optical detector and trigger the alarm. Fire alarms need to be checked monthly, and depending on the model should be replaced every ten years. The time you change your battery depends on the model and battery compatible. Smoke alarms generally use nine volt batteries and need to be replaced every six months. This information is important to keep in mind and discuss when purchasing fire alarms for your environment. Stay safe and remember to check your fire alarms.
Have a water leak? Call SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito!
Undiscovered leaks and moisture can potentially build up and cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings to your home or office, albeit the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Proper cleanup is important to the restoration of your home or work place. Here, at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito, we use Thermal Imaging equipment that can detect even the smallest amount of moisture in a home.Once the waterdamage is located, SERVPRO trained professionals can provide water extraction and drying services to help return the property to prelosscondition. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito specialists can help protect your property and belongings from further damage. Within one hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange service. Within four hours of loss notification a SERVPRO professional will be onsite to start services. Within eight hours of onsite arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
Types of Smoke
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The following are types of smokes:
1. Wet Smoke. (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky and smeary. Smoke webs are difficult to clean up
2. Dry smoke. (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures: heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
3. Protein Fire Residue. (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
4. Fuel Oil Soot. (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puffbacks" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito technicians can restore the contents and structure quickly.
5. Other Types. (Tear Gas, Fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.
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Ready to Help!
The aftermath of a storm can be catastrophic, but SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is here to help.
It is common to see a storm with heavy down pours of rain causing flooding in the most places. Do you know what to do during a flood? SERVPRO Of Harlingen & San Benito has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:
Be prepared, create an evacuation plan.
Learn and identify different evacuation route.
Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Moving water above two feet can knock you down; one foot of water can move vehicles away.
Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding.
Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up date when it comes to natural disasters. SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes!
Clean Air means Healthy Lungs
Clean AC ducts can improve the environment and positively impact the health of those around you.
How does SERVPRO clean AC ducts? Well...
1. The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
2. Next a powerful push - pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a container.
3. Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.7% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
4. An optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
5. Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
For more information on duct cleaning, Call Us SERVPRO Harlingen & San Benito at (956)277-0645. Remember we are here to help!
DOs and DON'Ts of Fire Damage
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A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, wood work, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of successful restoration.
1. limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
2. keep hands clean, soot on hands can further soil upholstery walls and woodwork.
3. place dry, colorfast towels or old linens rugs upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
4. Change HVAC filters and leave system off unitl a trained professional can check the system
1. Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito.
2. Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
3. Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored closed to the fire, heat, or water, as they may be contaminate.
4. Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
Understanding Water Types
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When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.
There are three types of water.
1. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water sources, rainwater is also considered clean.
2. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grey water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and others contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
3.Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage. flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by a trained professional.
When you have a water damage don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito at (956)277-0645
What should you do when you suspect mold?
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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Contact SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Does your work space have mold?
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How should you manage mold?
Mold can cause dangerous and hazardous health effects, and can also even cause significant damage to your house or business property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Harlingen & San Benito has the training, protective gear, specialized equipment, and experience necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mold remediation process remains the same. Please review the following steps, which illustrate a typical mold removal process:
1. Firstly, call SERVPRO Harlingen & San Benito and we will handle the following.
2. We will conduct a damage assessment.
3. Mold containment
4. Air Filtration
5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials.
6. We will clean contents and belongings.
7. We will successfully reach and complete restoration.
Be Storm Smart
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Floods are the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United State. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert there is always a potential for flood damage. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.
1. Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where the water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
2. If you approach a flooded road while driving , turn around go another way,. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and move to higher ground.
3. Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood does strike call SERVPRO Harlingen & San Benito. Floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure, when not treated quickly and properly and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. We are always here to help no matter the size of the disaster.
We build relationships!
Building friendships to strengthen our community.
Here at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito we go out into the community and discuss how we can help our community be strong and healthy. Whether it be ecological health without nature center, or physical health, promoting prevention of diseases, such as cancer. Our goal is to be active in our community with you!
Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito! We hope you have a safe holiday break with your families. We are thankful to be able to serve our community and help restore your homes and/or businesses.
We support our local nature center, you should too!
Nature center fundraises money to support their conservation efforts!
SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito's team supports the conservation efforts of the Weslaco Nature Center. The "Brew in the Woods" community event fundraises money to support native wildlife and promote community awareness and education of Rio Grande Valley biodiversity and ecological health. It is actually home to many native species, such as the Texas Tortoise, Texas Coral Snake, and Blended water snake. Staff explains the dangers that hunting poses on species population and the ecological web as a whole. The center teaches children and community members about protecting the native environment from invasive species, as well as the implications of invasive species. The center works to fosters a great sense of community and support. We also encourage you to visit your local nature center!
Spreading Breast Cancer Awareness
La Feria firefighters wear pink with SERVPRO of Harlingen/ San Benito!
Our team at Harlingen/San Benito works to improve community health and spread education and awareness on health concerns. Our team would like to share some information on Breast Cancer in South Texas. Please feel free to share! UT Health Science Center states that there is an incidence of 104.1 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 women. Hispanic female population in South Texas have a higher incidence of breast cancer (83.5/100,000) compared to Hispanic female population in Texas. How can we help fight breast cancer and lower these rates? Our team encourages you to ask questions and learn about breast cancer. It is important to ask your doctor about risks, be screened, and if needed, implement a prevention plan that works for you.
2019 Hurricane Season Prep (Pt. 4)
Hurricane flooding Evac
Rey Luna – Sales & Marketing
This blog post concludes the 4th and final portion of our Top 20 Hurricane Prep Tips.
We’ve covered a lot about what to do in the first 3 portions (1-15), so for our final 5 points, I’d like to cover specifically what NOT TO DO during storm time.
Some of these should be fairly common sense, however, I have an uncle who’s done one of these, not just once, but twice! So, this one’s for you, Tio Ben! Lol.
Approaching downed power lines.
At first glance, one can say that this point is pretty obvious. True. If we see a broken line, I’m sure we’ll stay clear. But sometimes the damage is not so easily seen, and that can be extremely dangerous. As a rule of caution, DO NOT touch any large metal objects outside as they could be touching a power line that you may not be able to see.
Driving/walking in flood waters.
Again, another seemingly obvious point, but ask my aunt Linda how many times they’ve had to replace their car because my uncle thought he’d make it.
So, with that being said… let’s go over the reasons why.
Number 1 is easy! You can ruin your car!
Number 2 is a little more complex. You can’t see what’s lurking in the water. Maybe a dangerous animal or just as deadly… bacteria. You may have just recently shaved and left open pores on your skin leaving room for bacteria to enter. Or you may have a small cut, again allowing bacteria to enter. It’s very unfortunate to have to lose a limb to amputation from a severe staph infection because you couldn’t wait to take the proper precautions.
DO NOT Empty in-ground pools.
You may feel like this is a good idea because you’re trying to avoid the pool overflowing… BUT… with extreme rain, such as in a hurricane, the water table (amount of water held in the ground) can rise. And without water to hold down the pool, this can even put enough force for the pool to literally be pushed up out of the ground.
As I’ve been during research and looking at some of the other suggestions by other blogs, I’ve seen repeatedly the suggestion for using candles.
This has to be some of the worse advice for storm time. Especially if you have small children or pets that don’t really stay still. You’re already dealing with one disaster, the last thing you need is for a candle to be accidentally knocked over and start a fire.
Approaching wondering animals.
It seems like almost every day I see a growing amount of animal lovers. Which really warms my heart, honestly. But one thing to keep in mind at the end of the day, as much as we want to help our furry friends, sometimes they are not capable of reason and therefore are nervous and confused.
If you happen to come across an animal that you may feel needs assistance, call a professional. Do not approach a scared/nervous animal as they are more likely to show aggression rather than appreciate your help. Remember, they’re scared and possibly misplaced from home. They can and will bite if they feel uneasy.
This concludes our list of Top 20 Hurricane Prep tips.
We hope that we’re not faced with a major storm this year, but should unfortunate events transpire, know that SERVPRO has your back.
2019 Hurricane Season Prep Top 20 (Pt. 3)
One other thing to be sure to have on hand would be a camera. If the damage is significant, you may be having to file an insurance claim. If this is the case, then they would require photos of the damage done to your home. So, before any repair or clean up work is done, make sure to snap several photos to document anything that may need repairs.
We don’t want a repeat of the RGV Gas Shortage of 2017. It’s best to make sure you never go below a half-tank of gas in your vehicles. Top ‘em off as often as possible. You’re not actually spending more money on gas; you’re just replenishing as you go. This will make sure you’re always full and never caught off guard. If you have any gas drums or spare gas tanks, be sure to fill those up as well so that you have a backup supply. You never know when you or someone you know may need an emergency refill.
Something else to make sure you’re topping off every now and then is your on-hand cash supply. This is something that you don’t want to have too much of, as it can be difficult to keep track of and can be more of a risk. The needs of every family are different, but maybe just a couple hundred bucks would be useful to get you out of a bind or purchase last minute/emergency supplies is all that’s needed.
In the event of an emergency road trip, you’re going to want to make sure that your vehicle is running 100%. The last thing you want is another unexpected tragedy once you’re on the road away from home and away from friends or family that can help.
Be sure to have a means of communication in the event that cell phones are no longer an option. You may have figured out a way to keep them charged, but if cell towers have been disrupted or damaged, then we lose connectivity. 2-way radios could be an option for you or consider trying Bluetooth antennas. If you’re tech-savvy, this could be an interesting option for you.
One Year Anniversary of the Great June Flood of 2018
Drone Photo by the National Weather Service.
According to the National Weather Service, the damage caused by the rains brought on by severe thunderstorms last year could be compared to the damage brought on by Dolly in ‘08, the last major hurricane to hit our area.
As of June 25th, State of Emergency Declarations were issued for Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy County.
Although the most affected area was Weslaco, other RGV cities were not immune.
The following timeline provided by the Mid Valley Town Crier gives a breakdown of the weather events that happened last year.
June 15th & 16th - Meteorologists observe moisture moving across the Gulf of Mexico towards the RGV
June 18th - Pre-dawn storm drops 2-3 inches in Los Fresnos and Harlingen
June 19th - More than 12 in. fall over Duval, Jim Wells & Brooks counties
June 20th - Much of Weslaco became submerged after 16-18 in. of rain fell in less than 12 hours. Brownsville and Los Fresnos we also hit by more rain.
June 21st – Starr County arroyos overflowed their banks when more than 7 inches fell over Rio Grande City. McAllen had rainfall between 6 - 8 inches.
June 22nd - 3 more inches of rain topped of Los Fresnos once again and the McAllen/Mission area.
Mid-Valley Airport grounds reported 11.36 inches of rain in just 3 hours.
Similar situations were seen throughout the entire Valley… large amounts of rainfall in a very short period. That formula was perfect for overwhelming draining systems and causing mass overflows.
Most of the damage was in large part due to the failure or lack of current infrastructure. Plans were immediately made to improve drainage in the areas that were most affected.
In total, the damage counts amounted to
- 2500 homes
- 100+ businesses
- 2500 vehicles
Let's Prepare Now!
Hurricane Season has already begun. Spanning from June 1st to November 31st. This means we are to be on the watch for half the year. Plenty of time to prepare and not get caught off-guard.
Let’s take these learning experiences to heart and get ahead of the situation before it becomes a problem.
Should the worst arise, know that you have a neighbor in your pocket with all the resources imaginable to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Why hesitation leads to Mold Growth in the RGV.
A water loss from a faulty pipe can lead to mold if not handled properly.
Rey Luna - Sales & Marketing
Every day I walk into the office and pop in on our crew during their morning meeting to say, “Good morning” and every day, they’re responding to a new emergency.
SERVPRO professionals handle water damages on a daily basis and the most important thing to them is to take action as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.
Mold is likely to spread in an environment that has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it is vital to extract any excess water/moisture and dry out the structure right away.
In an area like ours, down here in the RGV, quick action is especially critical. Since we have a warmer climate, combined with almost 100% humidity pretty frequently, it is crucial that we respond without any hesitation.
Here is a list of things to be on the watch for once you notice that there is moisture present:
- 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.
- Stagnant or “stale” air.
Certain conditions may even require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
Now, after seeing just how much effort goes into mitigation work, it’s clear to see why these are situations that require special professional attention.
2019 Hurricane Season Top 20 PREP TIPS (pt. 1 of 4)
Get ready now! Don't wait until you have to!
Springtime is officially wrapped up here in the RGV and we bring in another HOT, HOT Summer. But along with the warmer weather is the higher risk of adverse conditions. Enter HURRICANE SEASON.
Every year we see the same suggestions and preparation steps needed to get ready.
However, instead of waiting until there’s an actual hurricane, there’s really no reason why these steps can’t be started ahead of time so that you’re not at the store looking for supplies with nothing but aisles and aisles of empty shelves.
This is where you’ll discuss your plan of action. Make sure everyone is aware of the evacuation routes just in case of the rare event that some become separated. It’s also a good idea to assign different roles and tasks to each person and make sure everyone is aware of the duties that are left in their care. Make plans to tackle the rest of the list together early during the summer so as to not be caught off guard. Perhaps setting aside a weekend together as a family to prepare the yard or go over inventory and supplies.
In your preparation, you should be sure to include any supplies or special gear you may need. Battery powered tools, chargers, and any necessary medications for your family and/or pets. Included in his list will be extra clothes, food (preferably non-perishable), first aid kits and anything else you think you’d need for at least a 1 week stay out of town if necessary.
Once out on the road, one can forget that there’s more than just tools and gear you might need. Special documents, cash, and other important information may be especially necessary. It’s important to keep these particular items safe because they are easily lost or damaged. To avoid this, pack a firebox or small fire safe along with your belongings. These are very inexpensive and are also waterproof most of the time. Take extra precaution by taking pictures of those documents so that you have a digital copy easily accessible on your phone or tablet.
Keep in mind the furry members of the family. Animals really can’t prepare like we can so they’re gonna need our help to stay safe. If you have your pets outside, you’ll have to make arrangement to temporarily house them inside and out of the elements. Just like humans, they need food, water and shelter. Make sure you pack an emergency kit for them as well. If you need to evacuate, then you’ll want to keep in mind that you’ll have extra companions. And no… the back of the pickup truck is not a very safe place for them to ride, unless they have a proper kennel secured in place.
Board up those windows early! Can’t stress this enough… prep supplies run out quickly once a storm is announced to be heading our way. Don’t wait! You don’t have to necessarily install everything now, but it’s a good idea to at least buy what you need, and have it set aside ready for when you do need it. There are many ways to go about prepping your windows. Plywood is effective and very cost effective, but, you’re definitely gonna need some help to get the job done. Hurricane Shutters are a nice addition to the home, they add appeal to your home and it’s a lot easier prep your home every year. But this method is more costly. However you chose to go about it, make sure it’s done well in advance!
Keep these tips in mind as you prep for the season and stay tuned for Parts 2, 3 and 4 coming soon!
2019 Hurricane Season TOP 20 PREP TIPS (pt. 2)
South Texas flooding.
Loose items in yard:
The reason for boarding up windows to protect your home from any flying debris that appears during storm time. We can further minimize damage to our property and others by taking the time to pick up and store any items that we may have laying out in the yard. Decorative ornaments, lawn statues or figurines and children’s or pet’s toys. Also be sure to wrap up any water hoses or pathway lighting. Taking these measures can prevent further damage to your property.
Probably one of the most important things we can do to protect our properties is making sure that they’re properly covered with the correct insurance policies. A common misconception is that having Home-Owners Insurance alone is enough to cover your damages. However, in the event of a storm where heavy flooding is concerned, you will specifically need flood insurance. A separate policy from that of your home-owners insurance. There are plenty of great companies. Be sure to communicate your needs to your local agent and find what works best for you and your family.
Now, how relevant is this to our local community??? The RGV is not a traditional Mountain Valley. We are a River Valley. More than that… we actually sit on a flood plain. This is due to the fact that in older times, farmers didn’t have the irrigation systems we do now, so they would literally flood the fields with resacas fed from the Rio Grande and the Arroyos. Many of these fields no longer exist, and are now the subdivided neighborhoods we live in. So, yeah… we NEED flood insurance.
For us here in the RGV, travel is pretty simple. You go one way, you get to Upper Valley/McAllen area. You go the other way to head to the Island. During storm time though, that same simplicity makes things a little difficult. Because everyone will be evacuating at the same time, and there are basically only 2 ways to go, traffic can become an issue. Be sure to plan back-up routes just in case your first option is not safe or become too congested.
Make this a fun mini road trip for you and the family. Or if you just need a little get-away drive. Drive through different parts of town and get to know some of the outlying areas.
Loss of power/water:
If evacuation is not necessary and you and your family plan to ride it out at home, be ready to lose power and running water. In a situation like this it’s a good idea to store and gather as much water as you can. While still possible, prefill bathtubs and sinks for flushing toilets, cleaning and laundry. My neighbor has his rain gutters collecting water in large drums during storm time.
As far as power is concerned, you can only buy so many batteries. But you can store as much as you need to in small rechargeable power packs. These come in all kinds of sizes and are especially convenient when you need to recharge your cell phone, but they may also be able to power other small tools such as flashlights and small radios. Be sure to have these charging the moment you know a storm is heading our way and test them frequently throughout the year to ensure they function properly.
Turn off gas/ unplug small appliances:
In the event of a power surge, many of the electrical components in our appliances can be damaged. It’s important to use surge protectors and if need be, even disconnect the power to anything you may feel could be at risk. The last thing you’d want is to have power come back on only to realize that your items no longer work.
It is important to note, if you evacuate your home or business, DO NOT turn off your gas supply at the main meter. Only emergency or utility personnel should turn the valve on or off. You CAN turn off the gas for individual appliances at the appliance valve near each unit if you choose to do so. Most codes now require an appliance valve within six feet of each appliance.
This completes Part 2 of our Hurricane Preparation list. Stay tuned for Pt. 3 & 4!
10 SPRING CLEANING TIPS/IDEAS (Pt. 2)
6. Appliances: Yes… it’s easy to just sweep the floors you can see, but don’t forget about those hard to reach spots. This is probably easier with 2 people. Take your vacuum and be sure to get all around the refrigerator coils and beneath the fridge as well. This will help the fridge run better and put less stress on it which will help it last longer. Buying small plastic bins will help keep the contents inside neat, organized and help prevent things from spilling.
7. Clutter: Sell your unused items. This is a great way to not only clear up some space in your home, but also an easy way to make some spare cash! Try having a garage sale and parting with a few things you may not have any more use for. An easy rule to go by is that if you’ve had it stored for over a year and a half… chances are you really can do without it. With the power of the internet, it’s that much easier! Tons of useful apps and platforms allow you to list your items for sale with just a click of a button. Many of these you may have already heard of, but we’ll list a few platforms below.
- Facebook Marketplace
- Let Go
- Craig’s List
- Posh Mark
- Offer Up
8. Décor upgrade: If you’ve followed tip number 7, you may have some space to spare in your home now. Adding a few small decorative items can really give your space a new look. The great thing about small décor pieces is that they are relatively cheap. *Hint- try the same apps mentioned above ??. Simple cosmetic upgrades can really transform your home and maybe even enhance your mood. Try a fresh coat of paint for an accent wall and you’ll have a total room makeover for about the same price as a nice dinner.
9. Don’t forget outside! With so much focus on the interior of the home, we don’t want to forget about that “curb appeal”. This is an area that can be handled at a low cost but may take some time. Keeping the yard nice and trim keeps your home looking great. A quick addition of mulch around trees and bushes give you a great traditional look for only about $3 dollars a bag. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, try taking a trip over to your local flea market and seek out some patio furniture. You’ll be surprised at the items you’ll be able to find and the savings that go with it!
10. Relax! And Enjoy the “new” space! invite some friends or family over and take pride in your hard work! New additions and improvements to your home don’t have to cost a lot to get the result you desire. You’ll find that the more you keep up with your home, the more you’ll enjoy spending time there and so will friends and family.
10 SPRING CLEANING TIPS/IDEAS (Part 1)
We’re wrapping up another short-lived Spring Season here in the RGV. Summer’s here! Hello, triple digit weather!
We get home from a long day at work and rush out of the car and try to get into the house as quickly as possible to cool off. The last thing we want to come home to is a messy, cluttered house.
TOTAL MOOD KILLER!
Clutter can add more stress and anxiety to our busy lives. Having a clean, organized space can help you relax and feel more energized.
Here are 10 Tips from the Cleaning Pros here at SERVPRO to help you get organized and enjoy your time at home a little bit more:
Pick out which days certain tasks are assigned. Sometimes we think of spring cleaning as a one time, single-day event. Because we know how much work it’s gonna be… we end up procrastinating.
Breaking down the tasks throughout the week can help make things a little more manageable. Set aside just 15 to 20 minutes a day and you’ll have everyone asking how you keep the house so clean all the time.
Having one day designated for a major cleanout is great, but it can quickly revert back to where you started without a proper maintenance schedule.
Below is a sample weekly schedule to help get things moving.
Monday: Dusting, sweeping- doesn’t seem like a very hard task, but when it’s the only task to focus on you’ll be surprised all the corners that get neglected. Don’t forget those baseboards!
Tuesday: Kitchen- dishes, clear up counter space to avoid clutter
Wednesday: Humpday! Maybe a good day to do the laundry now that we have momentum in the middle of the week.
Thursday: Bathrooms. Probably the most dreaded chore but you’ll find that the more you stick to the schedule, the lighter and lighter the cleaning becomes.
Friday: Moving into the weekend we suggest leaving your floors for this day. With all the foot traffic during the week, this is a perfect time to get ‘em done. Right before the weekend when you may have guests coming over.
Satur…. Pfff! Yeah right! TAKE THE WEEKENDS OFF! #TREATYOSELF #carnesazo
We may be adults, but let’s be honest here… we forget things too. It’s easy to look around and see everything that needs to be done but having an actual written list of things to do helps you make sure you don’t skip anything. Plus, actually seeing checks next to all the things you’ve knocked out gives you a feeling of accomplishment and gives you a visual of the work that’s been finished.
Having the right equipment can help get things done a lot faster and make things a lot easier. Don’t be afraid of spending a few dollars on gear. Getting that gadget you’ve always wanted might make you excited to use it and help you enjoy your housework.
- High Traffic Areas: It’s good to give special attention to areas that are used more frequently than others. Because these spaces see more use, they are more prone to harbor bacteria and germs. Make sure to disinfect and wipe them down. Some examples of those can be -
- Hallway baseboards
- Carpets (runners)
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Loose Power Cords:
This small task can make a huge difference in how your entertainment areas look. Having loose cords or hanging wires coming down from TVs, game systems, or other electronic can make a space seem messy even though it’s clean. A simple fix is to grab yourself some rubber bands or even better: zip ties. They’re super inexpensive and make a great way to neatly hide and tuck away all those cables.
Stay tuned in for Part 2 soon!
Weslaco Emergency Preparedness Meeting
On Wednesday, June 30, 2018, we at SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito were invited to the Weslaco Emergency Preparedness Meeting. At the meeting, there were speeches given by the Mayor, Commissioner, the head of the Office of Emergency Management, and Barry Goldsmith from the National Weather Service. During the breaks, the people in attendance would stop by our booth and we would inform them of what we at SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito can do in an emergency. We also informed the business owners about our free Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) and made appointments to complete ERPs the following week. All in all, it was an amazing experience with the people of Weslaco and we can not wait to follow up with those wonderful business owners!
With the impending hurricane season, it is imperative that you have all your buildings ready for the possibility of a dangerous storm. You also want to make sure that your buildings have flood insurance, especially because it takes 30 days for it to kick in.
The following are ways that you can better prepare your home/business for a major storm.
- Hurricane film
- This specially made film can keep shards of window glass from getting into your home after the window has shattered.
- New windows
- Replacing your old windows with heavy-duty, wind-resistant windows can make a big difference when up against strong winds. Also, they can provide better insulation for your home, and might reduce your energy bill.
- Storm shutters
- These can be your best form of protection against high winds, they can also be taken off and reapplied every hurricane season.
- Skylights and tubular daylighting devices
- If you do have skylights in your home, it is best to upgrade the glass to strong, energy efficient glass that can protect your home against debris that the wind might throw.
- A tubular daylighting device disperses light throughout your home by means of reflective tubing and a rooftop dome. These can be especially helpful if you lose power.
- Replacing your current door with a windstorm door is a necessity when preparing for a strong storm, as these FEMA approved doors can deal with pressure from 250 mph winds.
You can never be too safe when dealing with storms, and as the hurricane season is upon us, it is best to make sure your house is prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way.
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. We have 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.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 956-277-0645
Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and 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 can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 956-277-0645
Conditions in the Rio Grande Valley are Just Right for Mold
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 956-277-0645
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito for mold remediation services.
Faster to Your Water Damage Event
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito 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 Harlingen and San Benito 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 SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito 24/7 – 956-277-0645
Water Damage Timeline
- 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 Harlingen and San Benito
SERVPRO of Harlingen and 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.
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/.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.