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Get Business Going After a Disaster | SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito

2/15/2024 (Permalink)

business man in office talking to female SERVPRO rep SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is here for your business every step of the way, from ERPs to disaster recovery.

Disasters can leave behind damage that leaves you feeling completely lost. Your home, your community and your business can all be affected, and recovery can feel like a far-off land you will never reach.

While getting your home put back together will almost always take top priority, for a small business owner getting work going again is just as important. With a plan and with our team at SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito always available, you can get back to work fast.

<h3ahead-of-time">Prepare Ahead of Time

In order to recover quickly after a disaster, you need to have a plan. When you and your employees know what to do before, during and after a fire, storm or flood, you can keep work going with little interruption.

One of the most important parts of planning for a disaster is communication. Your emergency plans should be a part of regular training to ensure that everyone on your team knows every step of the process.

Every few months, walk with your employees through the building and take note of where the water shut-offs are. Make sure you have plenty of fire extinguishers as well, and train your staff how to use them.

Clearly label exit paths so that fast escapes can be made whenever it is needed. It may be helpful to assign some staff members particular tasks in order to secure your building ahead of a predicted disaster.

After a disaster has rolled through the area, your employees should know how they are expected to get back to work. If remote work is anticipated, make sure secure networks are ready and everyone has the appropriate equipment.

If you have an alternate location secured to use while your storefront is repaired, make sure your staff knows how and when they should report there. Communicate frequently with your team, and keep in mind that some networks may not work after a disaster. Plan to use multiple platforms in order to keep everyone informed.

<h3quickly">Recover Quickly

When you have a plan, you can get through a disaster with a little extra piece of mind knowing that your path to recovery is already paved. Put contacting SERVPRO® into your plan, and call us the moment it is safe to do so. We will head to your property day or night to start the restoration process.

As our professional team starts putting your physical location together, it’s important for you to start talking with your customers. Use multiple platforms to let everyone know projected reopening dates, how you will keep work going in the in between time and how the process is progressing. The more you can communicate with your community, the better.

It’s crucial to remain flexible throughout your recovery. Our team will work fast to dry things out, sanitize, rebuild or anything else you need, but you may need to adjust the scale and scope of your work while we do. Keep an open mind and remember this is temporary. You will be back to normal before you know it.

Be prepared for anything by creating and practicing a plan often. Maintain strong communication with your employees and your customers, and stay flexible while our professionals put everything back together. Things will be exactly as they should be in no time.

Has your business experienced a disaster, or do you want help building an emergency plan? Contact us to find everything you need.

Why Having an Emergency Plan Matters for Businesses | SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

clip board with a disaster preparedness checklist and emergency supplies in the background Are you prepared for disaster? SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito is here for you when disaster strikes!

Over the last few years, natural disasters have been on the rise. When you take a look at the statistics, you can see that not only are the number of occurrences going up, but so is the intensity of these disasters. That means more extensive damage in more places.

Statistics only represent a possibility, though, and your business might not ever see a natural disaster that creates a business interruption. Even still, there is always a possibility of manmade disasters occurring and knocking your business off track.

You may not love thinking about all the things that could leave your business in a bad spot, but getting to know your risks is important. When you understand the challenges you might face, you can plan for them and take steps towards prevention.

The Importance of a Plan

As the possibility of natural disasters occurring gets higher and higher, making a plan for your business can help save lives and prevent losses. When you take the time to think through the threats you could face, you can stay prepared and take fast action even before a flood, storm or fire happens.

When a disaster strikes, your business will not only face potential physical damages, but it can also cause extreme financial challenges. With a plan, you can get back to work faster with a team that is not only safe, but that also knows exactly how to keep things going.

Many businesses that are forced to close as a result of a disaster never reopen. A plan can get your team back in action fast, which means you can keep your businesses intact and your finances protected even if you no longer have a physical location to work from.

An Emergency Ready Plan

If you are ready to create a plan but don’t know where to start, SERVPRO® has you covered. With our Emergency Ready Plan, you can create a personalized plan that meets your businesses needs. Our plans start before a disaster can strike and walk with you through the entire process.

In order to create your plan, our staff will come and take a total assessment of your business. We will work with you to form an action plan that keeps your business on the best path to safely avoiding losses. Our team will make sure you know what to do before, during and after a disaster.

Ahead of an event occurring, your plan will cover exactly what your staff should be doing. It might mean some of your employees are assigned to protecting paperwork, while others are taking care of the building. You won’t have to scramble in order to give out directions; with a plan, everyone will know what to do as soon as you say “go.”

Keeping a strong line of communication will be a crucial part of your plan at every stage of a disaster occurring. Your Emergency Ready Plan will lay out a chain of command so that your team knows exactly who to report to and who to expect directions from.

After a disaster, our highly trained crew will respond to your property in order to start restorations while your staff gets business going again. If remote work isn’t an option, your plan will include alternate physical locations in order to facilitate your needs.

Creating an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO means you get a plan that is a complete package. Our customized plan can protect your business from financial losses and keep your staff safe. In addition to laying out every step to take, your plan comes with our 247 availability and the backing of a national brand. We make it our goal to get your business back to work fast.

Ready to create your Emergency Ready Plan for your business? Contact us for your free assessment to start the plan you need.

Weather Emergencies at Work | SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

If you were to ask someone what the most important part of running a business is, there is a good chance the answer will be staying prepared. Keeping a company going means you need to be able to weather any storm—and sometimes that can be literal storms.

Preparing your business and your employees to handle weather emergencies is crucial in keeping everyone safe and avoiding as much loss as possible. Create a plan to add one more layer of preparation to your team.

Know Your Risk

In order to create a plan that covers all of the risks your business might face, you need to first assess what those risks might be. Get to know the weather you see each season, and investigate previous disasters that have left your building or those near you damaged.

We enjoy pretty warm and mild weather in this part of Texas, but living so near water and in a tropical climate also means we have to contend with heavy rains, storms and occasional hurricanes. Spring and summer are the most weather heavy months, but flooding, wind damage and other storm-related damage is possible year-round.

Always check your business’ location on flood maps so that you can consider every possible situation as you create your emergency plans. Check local weather every day, and keep up with long-term forecasts in order to prepare as early as possible.

Make a Plan to Communicate

Once you better understand the risk you may face while at work, create a communication plan that can keep everyone on the same page as you put emergency protocols in place. Create multiple avenues to keep your team connected at all times.

Your team should have two ways to receive weather alerts, including one that does not involve electricity in the event the power goes out. Messages should be sent more that one way as well so that everyone knows when it is time to gather supplies and when it is time to evacuate.

Plan Your Evacuation

During some emergency events, evacuating your building will be the best way to keep your team safe. Map out safe routes to exit from throughout your building, and ensure doors are clearly labeled. Practice your evacuation plan with your crew regularly.

When an evacuation isn’t the safest way to weather a storm, your employees need a safe space to shelter in. Choose a location on the lowest level of your building with no windows, and keep a store of supplies nearby. Visit this location when you practice your emergency plan, and ensure it is also clearly labeled.

As you enact your emergency plan, it is crucial to keep your team calm. Panic can make disasters worse, and whether you are staying or going, your response needs to be handled quickly and safely. Practice often and clearly communicate in order to keep anxiety levels as low as possible. Preparation is key for a successful business, so prepare now for storms and avoid disaster later!

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO® can help you restore your losses.

Emergency Readiness Plan

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is just around the corner so as business owners it is crucial to have an emergency plan. Well, here at SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito we offer an Emergency Readiness Plan for your company. This program helps you as a business owner feel at rest when something does happen like a pipe burst, or an electrical fire, or even a hurricane, because the sooner you respond to the emergency the sooner you can get back to business as is. The Emergency Readiness Plan consolidates all of your building information into one application that can be found on your phone or computer as well as a hard copy folder. It shows you were all the shut offs are and your account information for your utilities so if you need to contact them you have it all in one place and you don’t have to go digging through your filing cabinets trying to find out all that information. The two “R’s” Restore and Replace, most people always think that oh just tear everything out and get me all new items, but this process is very expensive because most insurance policies will only help you to get your business to preloss conditions, so everything that you want new you will have to cough up more money to pay for the new items. With restoration is key our team can restore your items and make them look exactly like they looked before the disaster happened. We can also get your business up and running in no time. So if you would like your company to receive an Emergency Readiness Plan call SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito at 956-277-0645. We are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in the Rio Grande Valley commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space 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 damaged 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.

About SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito

SERVPRO of Harlingen and San Benito specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Services For Rio Grande Valley Business Owners & Managers

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

There is no job too big or too small for our SERVPRO team.

Our services are available those in property management, retail, education, healthcare, hospitality, food services, government/military, manufacturing/industrial and many more!

For our commercial customers, we offer a myriad of services such as

  • Water/Fire restoration
  • mold remediation
  • storm and major events
  • disaster recovery

SERVPRO of Harlingen / San Benito offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get you back to business in no time at all. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

If you or someone you know would benefit from our services, feel free to call SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito at (956) 277-0645.

*Remember: call direct and avoid the lines!

We are also offering No Cost Assessments and No Cost Emergency Response Plans. Our services are available 24/7/365 and we will always execute our jobs with promptness and professionalism.

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SERVPRO Makes Things Better.

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

office space office space

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.

What you can do to prevent a fire at your business place.

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Maintain safety equipment. 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?

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Clean Carpets 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?

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Corroded Pipe. 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.  


9/25/2021 (Permalink)

Vandalism Vandalism

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?

9/25/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Odor Sewage Odor

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.

Commercial Water Detection Equipment

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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."

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Work space Work space

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.

Covid Safety Clean Up

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Spray Spray

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! 

Restaurant Cleaning

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Restaurant Restaurant

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." 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Loss

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage 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.

Reduce Your Recovery Time.

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

We are here to help! 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

Commercial Cleaning Services

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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. 

Clean Air means Healthy Lungs

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Before and After cleaning AC Ducts. 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! 

What should you do when you suspect mold?

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold? SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito can help!

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?

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's got the Mold Under Control. SERVPRO of Harlingen/San Benito can help!

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.