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Keeping you and your family safe

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

after fire The after result of a fire can be intense, but you can count on SERVPRO for the cleanup& restoration process!

Fires are especially scary to us adults, but can you only imagine how children feel during these times? Children are especially vulnerable, panic – stricken children tend to hide in a burning fire out of pure fear. Now, if maybe there are a few safety protocols in place kids a have a better grasp on what to do if they are in such scenario. They can have a better knowledge on how to protect themselves.

Have an escape plan in every room, in visible height for your children to be able to see it, and practice periodic fire drills. Be sure to have a safe meeting spot and time the fire drills.

You may teach your kids some of the following tips to keep them safe in the event of a fire:

  • Fire spreads fast
    • Leave as fast as you can as soon as you hear the fire alarm ring.
  • Cover your mouth
    • As your exiting your home, cover your mouth with a wet towel or cloth, to keep smoke from entering your lungs
  • Crawl on the floor
    • If the smoke is too cloudy and you can not see through, crawl on all fours to stay away from the smoke
  • DO NOT OPEN HOT DOORS
    • Hot walls, door knobs or doors can indicate a bigger fire behind that. Try to find a safer exit
  • DO NOT STOP
    • Do not stop to try and save personal items your main priority is to get our of the home or building
  • DROP. ROLL
    • If your clothing catches on fire, cover you face and stop drop and roll immediately
  • Do not go back in
    • Once outside do not try to go back. Safest thing you can do is stay far away and call 911 ASAP.

SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, and the disruption it causes your life, and your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life, and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your cleaning and restoration needs.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (956) 747-3020

Kitchen Grease Fires 101

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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There are many well-known causes that can lead to a residential fire. One of the main areas with 48% of leading fires, are kitchen fires. In just a few seconds a small fire can spread and turn into a seriously big fire. Knowing how to prevent or put out these kinds of fires can be the difference to suffering little to no injuries at all

Let’s talk about what to do in the event you accidently spark a grease fire in the kitchen:

  • Remove the source of heat
  • Cover lit oil with a metal lid
  • Pour baking soda generously over smaller grease fries
  • Use CLASS B dry extinguishers. [If needed]
  • Escape and call 911 if it gets out of hand

Also remember the following when dealing with kitchen fires:

  • Do not use water
  • Do not transfer burning pots anywhere
  • You may ONLY use baking soda, NO other baking materials

Its important to always know what to do in the event of a fire, but always be one step ahead of it. Have fire alarms in every room possible and have them tested every 6 months.

If you do suffer a kitchen fire, count on SERVPRO of East Brownsville and South Padre Island to help you clean up and restore you home back, “Like it never even happened.” This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect, and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care. We will work nonstop until we get your life back to normal.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (956) 747-3020

Insurance FYI’s

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

the process - cleanup steps and SERVPRO logo When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. 24/7 Brownsville residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately!

When a storm is approaching there is a few insurance FIY’s you should be aware about and AFTER the storm too, and we are going to talk about them in the following blog!

FYI before a storm you should know:

  • New and existing policies will not be written when a storm nears the gulf.
  • Make sure your policy covers additional living expenses for a temporary residence if you are not able to live in your home due to the damages from a disaster
  • Be prepared with a detailed written and/or photographic inventory of your homes contents and store in a safe place with your policy
  • If your insurance does not cover flood or windstorm perils, ask about coverage through the Texas windstorm insurance association or the national food insurance program

FYI after the storm you should know:

  • give prompt written notice to your insurance company
  • photograph or video tape damaged structures and property. Make a list of damaged or lost items
  • do not throw out damaged property before your adjuster has inspected the debris unless it is a hazard or impedes local cleanup
  • keep an accurate record of temporary repair and living expenses if a loss of use is suffered

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

SERVPRO franchise professionals have the expertise and highly advanced equipment that allows us to emphasize monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end to properly restore your property to pre-water damage condition with no mistakes at all. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore any type of damage water that may have occurred to your home or business.

Commercial FACTS

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

tmobile services with servpro SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that the US residents spends about 13 billion annually to restore property damages? About 14,000 Americans experience a water damage emergency DAILY. That’s scary, but it goes without saying that there’s a company you can rely on 24/7 for your business emergencies!

SERVPRO of East Brownsville and South Padre Island is YOUR go to local company for your restoration needs! When a commercial business, whether a fabricating plant, warehouse, retail store, office, or a big box enterprise cannot remain open because of a natural disaster, structural failure or unexpected water, fire or mold emergency, rely on us to get you “back in your business”

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island responds quickly to your Brownsville business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.

No commercial project is too big for us!

Have Questions? Call Today – (956) 747-3020

Fall + SERVPRO = FALL SAFETY TIPS: Fire Edition

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

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As the weather gets fresher and the leaves fall, we, as Texans, know that fall is here. With that being said, Texas being a very dry cold place in these times (especially in the lower RGV regions) its important to follow fire hazard safety to avoid a FIRE.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Texas experiences about 10,200 fires a year?
  • Over a 5-year period house fires, in the US, cause over $6.2 billion in property damages??

THAT’S SCARY but to help prevent a few fires this year, here’s some tips you can follow when the weather starts dropping a bit more:

  • Space heaters
    • Space heaters are suggested highly with the reason that if tipped over they shut off on their own
    • They shouldn’t be placed to close to any blankets or curtains
    • Do also place space heater ON tile or ceramic flooring. assure that when turned on they are NOT on top of any carpets and/or rugs.
  • Fire alarms
    • We all know that fire alarms are the #1 MUST HAVES to help prevent fires
    • Assure that there is one in each room of the house
    • Test your devices yearly and replace batteries as needed.

In the unfortunate event you suffer from a fire, this type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect, and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care. We will work nonstop until we get your life back to normal.

Count on the professionals that work 24/7 to provide you back your home, after an unexpected fire, “Like it never even happened.”

Workplace fire SAFETY

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know? On an average 52 fires occur everyday in a work place environment?

While it may not be possible to eliminate every potential fire hazard, there is still plenty of workplace fire safety you can implement to protect your workers, your office and the financial health of your company

Here are some common fire culprits:

  1. Damaged Electrical Equipment
    1. Electrical fires are one of the most common types of fires in the workplace. from a faulty outlet to an overloaded power strip to a frayed wire can cause a potentially fire
  2. Combustible and Flammable Materials
    1. Cardboard, chemicals, and even beauty products can cause a fire if not handled properly.
  3. Untrained Staff
    1. untrained staff will be both more likely to unknowingly engage in hazardous behavior and less likely to know what to do should a fire break out in the office
  4. No Equipment in Place
    1. Ensure that there is a fire extinguisher present on every floor in an easily accessible area.

SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island is dedicated to responding immediately to your Brownsville fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.

Know the location of your water main

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

serving local rgv homes When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, Brownsville residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately!

You’d be surprised at how many home/business owners have no idea where their main is located.

Knowing where your main is located is the first step in prevention or minimizing any water damage disaster.

Sometimes, no matter how much you prepare or implement preventive measures, water damage cause extreme catastrophe either from natural disasters or burst pipes that you have no control over – shutting off water to your house is how you’ll prevent further damage.

This can make the difference in saving time and money, and that’s where we step in.

When your Brownsville home has been affected by water damage from flooding or even pipe leaks, don't worry, we have the expertise, and equipment to properly restore your property.

The water removal and water cleanup process are completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process daily. By doing so, this validates that your property has been dried thoroughly and properly.

Remember, every water loss is different but it is no challenge for our techs or our highly advanced equipment. We have seen it all and done it all and can make any damage "Like it never even happened."

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (956) 747-3020

Wanna hear a roof joke...? It's on the house!

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Heavy or not, storms don’t have a limit. A small rain can turn into a tropical depression without warning. One way to be a step ahead of the after damage of an unexpected storm is, roof inspections.

Having a roof inspection will come in handy when THERE’S a storm approaching. You wouldn’t believe the amount of calls we receive at 6 am letting know they are seeing right through their ceiling!

At SERVPRO of East Brownsville South Edinburg, we understand the high winds and rains near the island can get pretty intense. The last thing you want to worry about is a leaking roof, when you least expect it.

SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (956) 747-3020

Fall In Love with SERVPRO Storm Safety

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Stay safe during this fall and keep yourself informed when and if a storm is approaching by watching your local news as much as possible.

One main thing to keep in mind during or after a storm is to never drive though flooded waters. Fall can often bring with it rainy weather, and heavy rains can be a common occurrence as September & October ae still part of hurricane season.

If you encounter fast moving water or a flooded roadway as you are driving or walking, its best to turn around and find another route. Abide by the, “Turn around, Don’t Drown” adage. You don’t know the conditions under the water. All it takes is 6 in of moving water to make you fall. Keep children and pets away from playing in flooded water, with the same mindset that we don’t know what’s in the flooded water.

At SERVPRO of East Brownsville and South Padre Island, we can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

From OUR business to YOURS, SERVPRO is here for YOU!

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

servpro cleaning tech commercial business When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry!

As a business owner you have enough to worry about on your plate. However, it’s not uncommon for the local RGV companies/businesses to contend with leaking pipes or other matter than can lead to flooding and water damages. It’s important as an owner to be sure your facility is in tip top shape or have someone assigned for this, like a manager.

These are some potential disasters and troubling incidents, you can look out for in your facility, so you can be one step ahead and prevent from happening:

  • Toilet back ups can be minor but if not attended can lead to a bigger mess.
    • Once the situation grows, you’re now looking into less production time for your business, less money for you PLUS you now have to pay a contractor.
  • Water fountains, fridges, freezers can also cause leaks
    • When not treated, water damages can lead to microbial growth. Something that if taken care of with time (asap) can be avoided
  • Aging buildings are prone for weak roofs and plumbing
    • If you’re aware of a storm approaching and of the fact that your building is pretty old and might not hold up, call a local roof inspector. You don’t want to ignore the problem and mid storm look up at the sky… literally.
  • Mother nature always poses as a threat to your building. One should never underestimate the strength or what a storm will cause.

 SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business.

We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity.

When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military