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Fire Damage Cleanup

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

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 allow 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 Galveston/Lake Jackson 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 for 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 – 409-762-4411

Black Water Damage

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Black Water Damage Example of Black Water Damage

This category of water is grossly contaminated and may be highly toxic to you and your family. Called Black Water, it may contain raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or toxic organic substances.

Unlike the Grey Water damage category, Black Water will have a foul smell and likely contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents.

Class of Water is determined by the probable rate of evaporation based on the type of materials affected, or wet, in the room or space that was flooded.  Determining the Class of Water is an important first step and will determine the amount and type of equipment utilized to dry-down the structure.

Our technicians are fully trained and licensed to not only identify this dangerous Black Water but they are also up to the task of removing and restoring your property to like new standards. Call today!

Tips to Protect Your Home From Electrical Fire Damage

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Protect Your Home From Electrical Fire Damage Electrical Fire Damage.

Powering everything from light bulbs to kitchen appliances, electricity provides much of the comforts people enjoy at home. But while this power source may make life easier, SERVPRO Galveston Island / Lake Jackson reminds consumers that it’s not used without risk. In fact, research estimates that nearly 51,000 homes encounter electrical-related fire damage a year.

Here are a few tips to help protect your family — and your home — from electrical fires.  

How to Prevent Electrical Fire Damage

  1. Schedule Inspections

Since electrical wires are usually hidden within walls, it’s not always easy to tell if a fire risk is present. The best way to catch these dangers early on — and have them repaired — is to schedule an inspection with a professional electrician about once every five years. In addition to checking wiring, these professionals can also assess the safety of your outlets and overall power use.

  1. Avoid Overloading

 Plugging too many devices into a single outlet can strain your electrical system and increase the risk of fire. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them and avoid using extension cords for prolonged periods. Also, follow all wattage recommendations when installing light bulbs.

  1. Keep Cords in Control

Electrical cords that are damaged in any way should never be used — particularly if there is any visibly exposed wire. Cords should also be kept uncovered and away from flammable objects and water sources.  

  1. Check Smoke Detectors

If an electrical fire occurs, smoke detectors can provide a second line of defense to help you avoid and minimize danger. Test all smoke detectors once a month and swap the batteries annually.

While following these steps will reduce the risk of electrical fires in the home, it’s still important to know who to call when problems occur. Once fires have been put out, SERVPRO of Galveston Island / Lake Jackson will help put your home back in order. Offering end-to-end care, our highly trained technicians will assess the fire damage, clean soot, repair structural damage, and remove smoke odors. Committed to helping homeowners regain comfort as soon as possible, we also offer emergency restoration services 24/7. Call 409-762-4411 for immediate assistance.

What is "Grey" Water Damage?

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is "Grey" Water Damage? Water Damage from an Overflow

Gray water is water that is slightly contaminated, either because of the nature of the source or because of neglect. For example, clean water can become “gray” water if it is left untreated for an extended period time. When a toilet or washing machine overflows, the resulting water would be considered gray because of its source. Any type of water that has been used or in any way contaminated is hazardous because of the microbes that may be present. If you want to begin the cleaning and drying process before the restoration service arrives, Keep anyone with allergies, asthma or a compromised immune system away from grey water flood damage. If you opt to begin cleaning after the washing machine flooded the basement, take safety precautions by wearing protective gear such as non-porous rubber gloves, shoe covers/boots, long pants, long sleeves, safety glasses and even a mask. in order to prevent your skin from touching the water so you do not spread any microbes.

Untreated Water Leaks will Cause Mold

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Untreated Water Leaks will Cause Mold Mold Growth from a Slow Leaking Water Heater

If you already know that you have had a water leak (such as leaking pipes or a leaking ceiling) then just that knowledge by itself, even if you don't see signs of water damage, is a good sign that you might have mold growing in your house around the area where the leak was. Untreated water damage can cause big threats to your home. 

Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water, which seeped through. It may be a week or two before it grows to the extent that it is visible to the naked eye as spots on drywall or carpet pads. Of course, mold being a living organism with its own agenda is not going to follow what is said in this blog thus there will be exceptions. Many times, a person will think that moisture was removed when in fact enough moisture was left behind to allow mold to start growing.


If a minor amount of moisture is lingering inside the wall cavities, behind the baseboards, in the carpet, or under the carpet padding it will likely be weeks before it all dries up, by that time the mold starts forming as visible sports on your walls.

Smelling a Mold Odor

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

When you have mold growing hidden away in your house, often a moldy smell might be the only clue that it's there. Don't ignore mold odors if you can't see any mold. You should thoroughly inspect your home before any mold problems get worse.

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Galveston Island / Lake Jackson Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. Let the experts at SERVPRO of Galveston Island / Lake Jackson identify if you do in fact have a mold problem and remove it to like new conditions. Remember “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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 Galveston Island / Lake Jackson 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 for 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 – 409-762-4411

Home Fire Statistics from SERVPRO of Galveston Island / Lake Jackson

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

House fires affect more than 374,000 homes each year and smoking is the leading cause of fire related death. House fires are devastating and they cause more than 7 billion dollars in damage in the United States each year. 

It is important to know ways that you can reduce your family's risk of experiencing a house fire. Below is a list of a few things you can do: 

Do NOT smoke in bed or anywhere in your home for that matter. People lay down while smoking a cigarette and fall asleep causing more fire related deaths than any other cause worldwide. 

Unplug appliances that are not in use. Certain appliances have auto on features that keep them on all the time so you can turn them on right away. These appliances can catch fire when left plugged in. 

Keep clothing and debris off power strips. Make sure your children do not leave clothes on power strips as the clothing can catch on fire. 

Unplug irons and flatirons for straightening your hair. When you leave the bathroom unplug your flat iron. Do not walk away to do something else before unplugging it, because you could forget. 

Iron and use your flatiron on a flat surface. Do not leave irons or flatirons on soft surfaces that may catch on fire. 

Keep portable heaters away from all cloth and clothing. Make sure they are on a flat stable surface and cannot tip or be knocked over by children. Heating elements are the second leading cause of house fires. 

Do not walk away from food while cooking even for a brief period of time. Make sure that you turn pot handles so that children cannot grab them dumping scalding contents which can burn them or start a fire. 

Use baking soda to extinguish grease fires as water will make them spread. 

Keep batteries in your smoke detectors and test them frequently. 

Make a fire escape plan with your family, especially if children are on a different floor. 

Call 9-1-1 if your home catches on fire!!!

Knowing these tips will help keep you and your family safe. If you do experience a house fire call SERVPRO of Galveston Island / Lake Jackson at 409-762-4411. We are fire restoration specialists. 

Black Water. What is it?

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Black Water. What is it? Sewage Damage resulting in Black Water.

The most hazardous of the three types of water damage, “black” water is usually a result of natural disasters or sewage damage. Example of Black water is water that comes from toilet overflows, sewage back-ups, rising flood water from rivers and streams as well as septic systems. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, microbes and more. If your home has suffered this type of damage, it is best to let a qualified professional begin the disinfecting process before you attempt to handle the damage on your own. They have the proper equipment and safety precautions in place to restore your home safely and thoroughly. You put yourself at risk if you are not careful with black water.

It is important to note that “gray” and “black” water are not necessarily the colors of the water that you will see in your home. They are simply terms that denote the level of contamination. If you experience a flood from a heavy rain, the water may look “clean,” but if there is any ground water that has backed up into your home as a result, there may be invisible microbes lurking in the water. This is why it is recommended that you allow a professional restoration service to assess and fix any water damage to your home. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your physical health, as well as the structure of your home.

What is "Clean" Water Damage?

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

There may be instances when the water that has encroached upon your home is “clean.” When a pipe bursts or an appliance malfunctions, or there is a leak in your roof that allows falling rain water to enter your home, oftentimes the water will be deemed “clean.” This is perhaps the easiest type of water damage to handle, since there will not be too many microbes living in the water. The biggest hazard clean water presents is if the area that has been damaged is not properly cleaned and dried. This can result in mold and fungus growth. If the water has been standing in your home fore over twenty-four hours, it is advisable for you to contact an emergency restoration service, such as SERVPRO of Galveston Island/Lake Jackson, to ensure that the water is dried thoroughly. This is especially important when the area affected is easily saturated, such as carpets or drywall.

Call SERVPRO of Galveston Island/Lake Jackson 409-762-4411 today!