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Go BACK TO SCHOOL with SERVPRO!

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

cleaning restroom professionally Go BACK TO SCHOOL with us and feel assured you're hiring the BEST to tackle on the disinfecting service you need!

Did you know the flu virus can travel up to 12 feet through the air, at 100 miles per hour? That’s faster than a running cheetah, hitting a max speed at about 70-80 mph, THAT’S CRAZY! But with that being said, flu season is right around the corner along with BACK TO SCHOOL. Weather your littles ones remain taking classes from home, or go back to school it’s important to realize that we may not be able to prevent our kids being exposed to germs and viruses.

Here at SERVPRO we understand the safety of our children is #1 priority over all, so we handle our disinfection cleaning services VERY seriously. Weather you’re using this service to prevent viruses or even after a covid-19 exposure, you can count on us to handle the job 100% to the fullest.

Our disinfection services are highly requested from schools, daycares to personal homes for the same reason that it provides an assuring feeling that our children will be safe inside the building or home as well.

We work 24/7/365, viruses don’t take vacations and neither do we! Being a family-owned franchise, we understand our children’s health and our own cant be delayed. Call us! For more information on our disinfection cleaning services!!

SERVPRO of Brownsville-SPI at Your Service

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

servpro-demolition-team-working-skills Giving our client an experience, "Like it never even happened."

It’s no doubt, when we are in deeply need, we want 1 solution for that problem. We are only human and when it comes to dealing with catastrophic damages, we want the simplest stress-free solutions.

At SERVPRO, you best believe that’s what you’ll get when you place the call. To begin with were 24/7/365. Meaning if it's 3 am and your 10-year-old goes to wake you and let you know there’s a pool forming IN your kitchen, you don’t have to worry. Maybe the fridge is leaking or a broken sink pipe, whatever the root cause was we will clean up and restore the damages it left behind.

With a team of certified technicians working with a strong crew, you don’t have to worry about who will be in your home. Trust the best and call 956-747-3020, at SERVPRO Brownsville-SPI, our representatives are on call in the event you need us! We will handle all insurance paper work and call handling making your experience stress-free. Time is key and we know how important that can be to our customers. 

How fast can I restore my home after a catastrophic event?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

deep-cleaning-polishing-servprofirerestoration Our team goes the extra mile to polish and clean salvageable items i.e. like your lamps TV's, couches...etc.!

Depending how fast you can dial 956-747-3020. Here at SERVPRO Brownsville-SPI, rest assure no matter what time of the day, we will answer our phone. We are available 24/7/365. Our services include inspections, restorations, cleaning and sanitizing services. The after-fire resolution can be very devastating both emotionally (to you as the home owner) and physically (to the house).

Your home can take minimal damage when it undergoes a fire depending on the fire itself or it can be the exact opposite. Fire damages can range from:

  • Drywall or other wall coverings
  • Carpets or wooden floorboards
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Utilities such as power cables and air ducts

At this point there are certain actions that need to be taken like:

  • Cleaning residues from the surfaces
  • Repairing or replacing charred materials
  • Deodorization
  • Refinishing surfaces

Here at SERVPRO Brownsville-SPI, our technicians take several steps to neutralize the odors. From clean up the damage, restore the damages and make it look "Like it never even happened." From going into detail, when restoring your TEXTILES! (Your clothing and personal items are returned back looking sharper than ever!)

Get more information, from your insurance provider, to get more details on: what kind of coverage you have and what is included. Ask about your textiles and fire coverage!

Who you gonna’ call? SERVPRO!

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

24/7 - image of green SERVPRO vehicles outside building Call SERVPRO McAllen NOW for more information!

That’s got to be the biggest question, you may ask yourself, when you’re standing Infront of a busted pipe in your kitchen or your husband tried building his own hot tub and now your whole living room is starting to look like a small kiddie pool? Who do we call??? SERVPRO!!

But, why? There’re multiple reasons why, but let’s start with the obvious.

Two words, 24/7. The fact that we are answering our phones no matter what time of the day it is, provides a relief to all our customers. That’s what were here for, to provide you a safe and restored home for you and your family!

Depending on the damage, taken by your home we take immediate action.

From clearing out your home; i.e., from all its interior belongings, cleaning and sanitizing.

To insurance claims, also! SERVPRO's claim services help us communication between the property owner, insurance company, and restoration professionals. The claims information is provided electronically, so it is available even after business hours.! Loss photographs, job cost estimates, necessary paperwork, and other important documents are all available electronically, making thigs easier to manage.

Your home is returned “Like it never even happened,” and I think that’s the best part for our customers! A fast quick process, in which you can claim your homes restoration process is done faster than ever!

Don’t think about it to much the next time you ask, “why SERVPRO”? Being a family-owned franchise, the decision should come easy when choosing who to work in your home.

24/7/365

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Team in PPE Our Team after a facility covid cleaning. These suits are also used for bio cleaning, i.e for crime scenes!

“Can you please make sure the burst pipe happens during business hours?”

At SERVPRO we know this will never be the scenario and that the worse case scenarios happen when we aren’t ready. Count on SERVPRO Brownsville to be ready no matter what time or date of the year it is. Our shop light be off, our vehicles might be parked, but best assure that in your emergency need we will be there. We provide our services 24/7/365 for this reason. We want to be able to assure our clients that we are ready to tackle on the task no matter how big or small the job is. Rest assures the climate won’t stop us from sending out crews to inspect start and finish the job. Our services offer from helping you restore your home to helping you restore your textiles; know you will be receiving an experience where you’ll walk back into your home thinking, “Like it never even happened.”

Sign up for weather alerts TODAY!

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Alerts 24/7/365 services allow us to take your call any time of the day in the event you face a catastrophic event. Call SERVPRO, Brownsville for more info.

We have been having more and more storms through out this summer, in the valley, and with that being said we always want to be prepared and safe. Let’s dive right into the good stuff, these following weather alerts can be the difference between being stuck in a thunderstorm, for example while driving, as per getting to safety with enough time.

Here are 6 weather alerts you might want to check out!

  1. Commercial Mobile Alerts(CMAS) or Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is the simplest way for you to register for local weather text alerts. These alerts are sent by the national weather service. Go to your mobile phone’s SMS setting and simply search WEA or CMAS. You can also register by dialing ##2677## NOTE: Your phone must be enabled to be able to receive these alerts.
  2. Emergency Broadcasts are by default enabled on all new android phones. If you think that the alerts aren’t enabled, simply go to your

Settings > Emergency Alerts.

Here you’ll be able to see all kinds of different alerts and you can decide to turn specific ones depending on your region or situation.

  1. Emergency Mass Notification System is a great way to enroll with your EMPLOYER who uses a multi channer emergency mass notification system such as RedFlag. This business software will allow a company to send emergency/crisis alerts and internal notifications to employees, vendors, and stakeholders whenever there’s a weather-related emergency in your region via text, email. Social, voice or any other communication channel.
  2. The weather channel app is also one of the easiest ways for you to stay up to date with your region. With your location being inputted in the app no matter where you go, feel safe as the weather channel updates you on any warnings. Apart from severe weather warnings, it even sends out alerts for less-severe weather i.e fog and freeze. You may also get alerts about nearby lightning strikes, which can help you decide whether to stay outdoors or indoors.
  3. weatherUSA Alerts sends out alerts whenever these alerts are sent from a federal agency including the national weather service. They sent out real time alerts whenever there’s a weather-related warning in your area. You can choose to receive these alerts via SMS or email, and also add your county. They also provide a “quiet time” option silencing all and any alerts. NOTE: premium memberships have the option to receive voice call alerts on your phon
  4. Weather Radio is one of the best apps out there for receiving alerts on your phone. This app will read your alert out loud to you. This can come in handy if you spend yourself on the road a lot. You can also select what alerts you want to receive. NOTE: this app requires a subscription fee of $4.99 and additional lightning strike data can also be added for a yearly fee of 4.99

SERVPRO, Ready Plan App Available NOW!

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

App Icon Look for the green and orange icon, THAT'S US!

Check it out! We have an app called, Ready Plan! We offer this for any home and/or business owners so they can be ahead of the game in the event of a disaster. We all know disasters can be overwhelmingly devastating, but it’s always a relief to know you have a plan and someone to count on in this event. SERVPRO!

PERKS of downloading our app

  • We provide a free assessment of your facility, (look at that instant budget save!)
  • Build a profile document in seconds where you will be provided with critical information you will need in the event of a disaster.
  • A detailed guide to help you get back into your home or business after a disaster.
  • Set your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration.
  • The app will also provide you details in case of a disaster on immediate actions you can take for example shut off valve’s locations, priority areas and contact information (which will have you prepared and ready before a disaster)

Think about how all the information within our app, can help you and your business! With some of the tips we offer, you may even be avoiding any actual damage to your property! Also feel relieved, knowing we would be there by your side in the event anything does go wrong. Offering services 24/7, this app will lead you directly to the professionals and have you saving more than you ever imagined!

Downloading SERVPRO, Ready Plan has never been easier follow with these easy steps!

  • Visit SERVPRO.com/ready and in seconds register for an account, using your email address as your username and choose a password. (save your password and email you’ll need to have this information close by for later)
  • Choose your local SERVPRO Franchise representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences fire, mold, water or other type of damage.
  • Begin creating an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) for your property (you will also have the ability to add more than 1 property or business if that’s the scenario)
  • Go to your app store and download the SERVPRO, Ready Plan application on your tablet, blackberry, android or iPhone.
  • Log in using the email and password you created for your account back in step 1

And that’s it, it’s that simple! You’re now in and able to browse through all the above-mentioned features! Stay safe and welcome to the family!

Faster Service for our Customers is the SERVPRO way

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island, Our motto is "Faster to any size disaster". Which means we not only arrive more quickly, but we also start work in any home or business that need restoration work fast! Our assessments remain thorough because our teamwork means the information-gathering period concludes earlier. 

The Reason why SERVPRO professionals are Quick to start soon when a home or business in Brownsville suffers from signs of water damage is because we want to prevent the spread of mold and worsening of water damage. Protecting our customers home or business is our priority! We want to help save our customers from spending for repairs that preventative work can eliminate. 

The quicker we respond to your home of businesses emergency, the less damage can happen. Water spreads from one material to another and travels from one area of your house to other areas unhindered. Once water damage areas show signs, it becomes more difficult to restore these areas. Visible damage often calls for more extensive restoration efforts or complete replacement of the area involved. Some damage can appear as newly created risks in the home. 

When your ceiling sags down for seemingly no reason, we check to ensure that hidden water, trapped in the area above the ceiling, does not exist. Because water weighs so much, it only takes a small amount from a leaky roof or a dripping pipe in an upstairs bathroom to collect water in ceiling downstairs. While this water might eventually evaporate and end up elsewhere, the situation can also take a turn for the worse. Our team understands that such situations need mitigation to make the are safe again.

Water damage can take other forms, of course, and affect almost any material inside your home which includes your personal belongings, keepsakes and mementos, furniture, and anything else under your roof. SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island specialists use their skills to put a stop to water damage and make things whole again. Moving forward is an incredible necessity of life, and we help you and your family do this. 

SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island is ready every minute of every hour, year-round, to help get you through the crisis of both old and new water damage. We are located nearby, ensuring fast response when you need us the most. Your first step involves a quick call to us at (956)747-3020, and we can do the rest!

Enhanced Success of Commercial Contents Fire Cleanup with Esporta System's Advanced Technology

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Cleanup and Restoration In Merrimack

When a fire damages the interior of your Brownsville commercial building, the aftermath feels overwhelming. Your own enterprise’s space and contents suffer smoke and soot damage as do the retail, restaurant, and office space you rent to other businesses. Fortunately, structural cleaning and deodorizing in the 21st century is a highly-developed and continuously improving process, our team rapidly clearing away soiling and odors from most building materials and surfaces to reinvigorate your business.

Contents Cleaning Evolves

Similar cleaning success with the many soft items among the smoke and soot-damaged contents of your flagship location in the past was less certain. With a heavy heart, you might have agreed to send the banquette cushions, wall hangings, window coverings, table linens, and other soft contents of your destination restaurant to the landfill. Before you relinquish the custom-made decor that defines your bistro’s ambiance, consider this. We impressively improved the odds of favorable outcomes for commercial soft contents fire cleanup in Esportawith our investment, the premier textile restoration system available to the disaster recovery industry. 

Esporta Represents a Soft Contents Cleaning Revolution

Unlike a traditional industrial washing machine, Esporta’s design holds soiled items stable during processing, reducing incidental and friction-based damage. Specially formulated cleaning additives are phosphate-free and highly efficient, using half the water of conventional equipment to deliver 90 percent of soft contents back to pre-smoke and soot loss appearance and function. The innovative system arrives at these remarkable results through a computer-controlled, multi-stage process. It employs a combination of hydraulic action and environmentally friendly detergents to restore items to Food Grade Clean, removing 99 percent of contaminants.

Fire Damage Includes Water Loss and Bio-Contamination

Extinguishing a fire in your commercial space can leave filthy, Category 3 water, a broad range of toxic residues, and the chance of microbial infestation. The heat and structural damage can cause ruptures of pipes and subsequent backup of waste. The patented Esporta Wash System is scientifically proven to clean not only soot but also the residuals of water damage, food spoilage, sewage, water damage, and biohazards like molds, mildews, and waste-borne pathogens. 

Firefighting Equipment Esporta Cleaned

The First Responders, our brave Fire Fighters, are in the thick of things when extinguishing the blaze at your building. The Break-Out Gear that they don for protection against the heat, flames, soot, smoke, and water embeds with this contaminated debris. Many fire stations turn to SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island to periodically Esporta Clean this protective equipment. The benefit of cleaning and sanitizing rather than tossing save our local municipalities expenses and keep our firefighters always looking sharp.

Fast Turnaround

Because we have eliminated the need for subcontractors and intermediaries for specialized soft content cleaning, we control the pricing, process, and speed of completion. Our team of Content Cleaning Technicians (CCT) embraces the Esporta technology, excited for the opportunities opening up to save you and your insurer time and money as we save your business property, one item at a time. 

Give SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island the chance to transform the contents of your fire-damaged business back to “Like it never even happened,” with the cutting-edge Esporta system. Call (956) 747-3020 to explore how we can save your business without discarding thousands of dollars-worth of soiled textiles and other soft items. 

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Trained and Certified Professionals

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

3 SERVPRO employees holding Their New Fire Certificates Our new Official Fire, and Odor Technicians Received their Certificates this Morning! Good Job and keep up the Good Work!!

SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island Professionals are Highly Trained and Certified to The Highest IICRC Standards. This is why we are #1 In the Restoration Company! We have the ability to get the job done right and on time to get you back to normal, That's the SERVPRO way! We have been in this industry for over 11 years and we plan on continuing to Serve our Brownsville community with any of their Fire, Water, Mold, Biohazard, and General Cleaning needs. Each New Crew Member on Board is sent out right away to get certified before they are even allowed to step into any loss we receive. Recently, Our new Crew members all Passed and received their new certificates which means they are now Certified Technicians and are allowed to attend Fire, Water, and Mold jobs. We are the restoration company you know and trust. We are here to ease your mind and let you know you are in good hands when your home or business is the victim of water or fire damage. We know how stressful a loss can be and that's why we are here to help! Call us Today! (956) 747-3020

We are Here to Serve our Community 24/7!

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

We want our Brownsville community to know that we are open and still here to help 7 Days a week for any Water, Fire or Mold cleaning and restoration needs. We are dedicated to give our customers the peace of mind when an emergency happens, SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island is the restoration company they can trust to get the job done right and fast to get them back to normal! During this unprecedented time, we have been doing our part to help stop the spread by providing proactive and reactive cleaning services for all residential and commercial properties to give our customers the ease that we will do our part to make sure they are in a safe and healthy living and working environment. If you our your loved one is in need of any of our services, we will be more than happy to help and provide fast and reliable services. Call Today! (956) 747-3020

SERVPRO is Here to Help our First Responders

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician with Tyvex Suit Wiping down Police Unit with Hospital Grade Disinfectant Here to Help Here to Serve Here to Clean

We at SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island are doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a huge thank you to our frontline workers, we decided to offer our sanitizing services for FREE to all our first responder vehicles. So far, we have had the honor to be able to provide these services to 2 of our local police stations. We are happy to know that we have given our brave first responders the ease and peace of mind that their health and well being is being protected while on duty. We care for our first responders and will be more than glad to provide these services for them in the future. As our first responders continue keeping our families safe, we will make sure to do the same for them. Thank you to our brave men and women in blue! 

We are your Local Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialist in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing either 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. Other spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas  
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/ Classrooms
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets/Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the corona virus. 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 of the corona virus, 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 East Brownsville & South Padre Island, (956) 747-3020

SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre island top Quality Fire Restoration

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Making fire damage "Like it never even happened"

Every fire is different. Even a small fire can be devastating to your home and belongings.  It may seem like a total loss, but that is not always the case.  A call to a professional fire restoration company can make all the difference. They can restore your home, clean, and possibly save many of your belongings. Your home can be repaired and safe to live in faster than you might think.

Fire restoration is essential. A fire restoration team can be at your home as soon as the fire department clears it. They will begin assessing the damage to determine what they can save and what needs to be replaced.  They will be very thorough to make sure that your home will be completely safe for you and your family to live in once everything is cleaned up and restored. Odor removal makes furniture and belongings, such as clothes, seem good as new.

After the fire’s out, that’s were our team at SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island comes in. We hope you never need our disaster restoration services, but if you ever do, we hope you remember our name.

What Goes On In the Dehumidification Process?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

We have highly advanced equipment to get your home dry right and on time!

Dehumidification is a process where excess moisture is removed from your property. The process often takes place following a deep cleaning or when water has to be cleared out following a flood. Our team at Spangler Restoration will provide you with the help you need for dehumidifying your property.

But what happens during dehumidification? You should look at what will go on when getting your surfaces dried oDehumidificationff.

  1. The dehumidifier must be sized based on the area you need to have treated. The size is based on the number of pints of water a unit can remove in a 24-hour period. Use a humidifier with a capacity of 10 pints for every 500 square feet.
  2. A fan will start working in the dehumidifier. This will take in air from the area, particularly air with high moisture content.
  3. The air that is collected will get in contact with cooling coils. Those coils will remove moisture as the temperature is lowered.
  4. The treated air is released back into the room. The air should be dry at this point.
  5. The key is to get the relative humidity in a room to around 30 to 50 percent. This is a natural level of moisture that does not cause surfaces to become wet but still ensures the surfaces will not wear out.

You must see what you will get out of the dehumidification process. See what we at SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island can do for your property when keeping excess moisture from being a burden in your home.

Staying Safe During a Tornado | SERVPRO® of East Brownsville & South Padre Island Storm Team.

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our Storm team is always ready to handle any disaster!

Spring weather can often be unpredictable, so it always a good idea to be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

Historically, April and May have the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

When Can Tornadoes Occur?

Approximately 1,200 tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year, and they are usually the result of severe thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado will form when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

The tornado’s signature funnel cloud will first be transparent, but it will become visible when it picks up water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or dust and debris.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

The time of day that tornadoes typically occur in the spring and summertime is later in the afternoon, but it is vital to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

Staying Safe in a Tornado

Make sure to understand the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning. When a watch is issued, the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, whereas a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

Please, if you find yourself in the path of a tornado when a warning has been issued for your area, take action and find a safe shelter.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

You should store flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your selected tornado shelter at home.

When driving, DO NOT try to outrun a tornado. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, utilize furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets for additional protection for your head and neck covered whenever possible.

Tornadoes can wreak absolute havoc on the areas they touch down in. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of East Brownsville & South Padre Island storm team is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Mold Remediation...Don’t forget the mycotoxins!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians have the certification to remediate mold in your home!

As we all know, when you see mold, no matter what color, it needs to be removed. But how do we remove a .1 micron size molecule? Hepa filtration is only required to remove 99.97% of particles of .3 microns or larger. Not small enough. Air scrubbers remove airborne particles down to .3 microns. Still not small enough. In addition to the removal of all dust particulate, we find that newer fogging products, like MoldToxinKlear by US Enzyme, effectively ensure mycotoxin removal.

The US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health continues its comments by stating “metabolites produced by mold are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals.”* Many of our mold-sick customers have health issues not only due to mold but the mycotoxins they produce.

Symptoms can widely range and affect many different organ systems, as suggested by author and practicing physician Neil Nathan M.D. He is author of Mold and Mycotoxins, Current Evaluation & Treatment (2016). He published the following list of symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Muscle aches and cramps • Headaches
  • Unusual pains (“ice pick” or “lightening bolt”)
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea
  • Sensitivity to bright light, tearing, blurred vision
  • Chronic sinus congestion
  • Cough, chest pain, shortness of breath
  • Joint pain with morning stiffness
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Skin sensitivity to light touch
  • Appetite swings and weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Numbness and tingling, often in unusual patterns
  • Night sweats
  • Frequent urination
  • Temperature dysregulation
  • Sensitivity to static electrical shocks
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Excessive thirst • Impotence
  • Menorrhagia

Super Highway for Mold & Mycotoxins

Mycotoxin molecules are a much smaller molecule than the mold spore itself, making it easier to travel throughout a structure and ductwork. Mold spores are typically 1-6 microns, while human hair is about 100 microns and a mycotoxin metabolite is .1 micron. This small size, therefore, makes it easy to inhale or be absorbed through the skin.

In today’s remediation process we should not only be concerned with mold removal but also these small molecules that can cause severe health issues. There are two areas of focus. The first is removal of all dust particulate where these molecules often land and take up residency. The second is in the ductwork and its role in distribution, which must be addressed in mold remediation projects. We always recommend duct and coil cleaning at the same time of mold remediation.

Mycotoxin Environmental Testing

Not all species of mold produces a toxic substance. But if we see obvious mold and know it has been there for several weeks, we should assume mycotoxins can be present without testing. A recent study of mold growing on wallpaper was determined to produce mycotoxins that were detectable in two weeks of colony growth. **

There are several labs that test for mycotoxins in the urine of suspected mold-sick patients, and there are only a couple of labs that test for mycotoxins in the environment. We find many patients will want the environmental tests to confirm their location of exposure, home, auto or work. We use RealTime Labs in these cases, which require dust samplings of the structure for evaluation. Testing is not always necessary if you understand the species of mold that produce mycotoxins. The most common include:

  • Stachybotrys chartarum
  • Aspergillus flavus
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Aspergillus versicolor
  • Fusarium verticilloides
  • Penicillium chrysogenum
  • Penicillium citrinum
  • Penicillium brevicompactum
  • Chaetomium globosum

If your home is in need of mold remediation, Call the mold pro's at SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island!

Our Applicants Are Always Our Main Priority

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

We are always here to help with your cleaning, and restoration needs.

Flood damage, burst pipes, and storms, OH MY! It feels like between all the crazy weather we have had in the past year, we have enough to worry about when it comes to potential water damages affecting your home or businesses. However, there is a hidden danger that lies within your home or business's walls that needs to be paid attention to. Leaking, and blocked appliances may not seem like a big deal, but it does not take a lot of time for a little leak to cause a lot of damage to your business. Taking the time to pay attention and keeping your appliances up to date can not only save you a lot of money in the long run, but it can also ensure you are keeping your property doors open and operating. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure you're making your appliances a priority.

Mark Your Calendar

When you purchase new appliances, make sure you write down the expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on their parts and hoses. You have enough to remember throughout your busy days, so this allows you to write it down and forget about it (until the time comes to make replacements that is).

Make a Date Every Friday Afternoon

Cut out 30 minutes every Friday afternoon and walk around and check all your appliances that are hooked up to a water source. Check for blockages, the hoses, and any leaks, so that you can make sure you are not leaving them unattended for a whole weekend. A small leak over a two-day span could not only create a large amount of damage, but it could be the cause for you having to close your business's doors for a few days. Keeping up with your appliances will help keep your weekend as stress-free as possible.

Don't Put it Off

When you find the problem, fix the problem. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it is too late. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money, so don't put it off!

If you do find yourself with a water damage due to a faulty appliance, make sure you give SERVPRO of East Brownsville & South Padre Island a call!

We Can Respond Fast to Your Disaster | SERVPRO® of East Brownsville & South Padre Island

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

We are always here to help assist our Brownsville community!

If you are faced with a huge cleanup after disaster strikes your home or business, time becomes an especially precious commodity. Since it is your home or livelihood on the line, you don’t have the benefit of waiting for help—you need it right away.

We know that a fast response is very important, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.

Disasters Require a Quick Response

When it’s your belongings or business on the line, you do not have the luxury of time when it comes to disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage has come into play, which can happen from various events such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

It only takes mere minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it will saturate anything and everything in its path. The walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings are fast casualties of water.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

As time goes on, the damage will continue to worsen. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

If water damage is left unchecked for over a week, it will lead to dramatically increased restoration costs and time, as well as impact structural safety.

We’re Here to Help

As a locally owned and operated franchise, we can provide an immediate response to any size disaster, which can help minimize the damage and help keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

Our trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business at any time, no matter what day or time it is.

We are close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in. A major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of East Brownsville & South Padre Island is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.