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Let SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield Help You Keep Your Pipes from Bursting

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Tips and Tricks to Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting

As we continue to list safety ideas for you to consider this coming winter, we have one today that carries a little more potential for costly damage due to the nature of when and where the disaster can occur. Frozen water pipes in your home can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Yes, even southern Louisiana winters carry the potential to wreak havoc in homes and commercial properties with frozen or burst pipes. So, let’s make sure you are as safe as possible this season by informing you of some well-known tips and tricks to keep your water flowing and your pipes safe and sound.

First, let’s talk about the what, how, and why of frozen pipes. As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting your pipes that have water sitting in them.

Crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar places that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are easy areas to begin the process. Speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.

If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. An indicator that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the area!  If you can’t never try something you are not comfortable with. Call a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.

If need any assistance, call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield right away!

Commercial Water Damage Methods in Butterfield

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks and water starts to leak into your auto shop in Butterfield, building materials and contents are at risk. Water can flow into all areas of your shop and damage multiple types of flooring. Most automobile repair shops have hard surface floors, but there might be tile in one room and concrete in the central area.
 
The longer moisture stays inside a building, the higher chance there is for items to sustain damage. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Butterfield have different types of equipment to extract and dry moisture out of the various types of materials. Depending on each situation we use a combination of methods and tools to mitigate moisture problems.
 
If concrete is painted, it may flake or blister requiring repainting. Concrete floors are porous so water can wick up leaving behind chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. These can get brushed off, but if the leak is continuous, the deposits can return.
 
Asphalt tiles stay adhered to concrete pretty well even in water damage scenarios. At times the glue can break down and leave behind white, chalky deposits. These deposits can usually be cleaned without much effort.
 
Vinyl tile is not as durable and does not adhere as well to concrete as asphalt tile does. Vinyl tile can become loose when saturated with water. Vinyl tiles become loose when water flows on top of the concrete underneath the tiles. In most cases, vinyl tiling gets removed and replaced because it is relatively inexpensive.
 
Whenever your business gets damaged, we know it can take a toll on your company's revenues. We always take measures to ensure that your business does not get negatively affected during the restoration process. Many times the drying and extraction procedures take place when your business is closed.
 
Hard surface floors are usually quickly dried out and treated when damaged by moisture. Hardwood floors are made to withstand water but can still get warped if they stay wet for too long. Any time water causes a problem with your auto shop call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield at 915.234.2679 24/7.

Sneaky Places Mold Can Hide in Your Home

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Some places in your home are unassuming for mold growth, but due to the moisture left over that we don’t even realize most times, mold can easily grow.  This growth can upset your health, your home's value if it spreads, and it is an eye sore to look at.

Potted Plants

Many of us have become plant parents during quarantine, but did you know that potted plants are a breeding ground for growth? When you overwater your plants and the water sits where the sun doesn't shine, microbial growth can form.

Your Appliances

Your washing machine, and dishwasher are susceptible to mold growth due to the leftover moisture. You should check your appliances monthly for any new growth. This includes under any rubber seals, and behind the units as well.

Your Toothbrush Holder

While we replace our toothbrush every couple of months, your toothbrush holder is often neglected. Water that drips down your toothbrush along with the moisture from your shower and the germs from your mouth makes it a perfect location for mold growth. Make sure to wash your toothbrush holder with soap and water every few months (or more)!

Outdoor Rugs and Floor mats

Underneath floor mats it is dark, and constantly wet from rain, mud, and tracking dirt onto the mat. You should consider hosing down your outdoor mats every so often, and allowing them to completely dry to avoid any mold buildup. Any buildup can be tracked into your home and quickly spread.

Call us for any suspected growth, and we will walk you through the remediation process!

Tips and Tricks to Cleaning a Small Kitchen Fire

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Do you like to cook? If so, you probably know the risks involved when in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal. Sometimes, we can get distracted and leave a hot pot on the stove or item in the oven. These little mistakes don't typically cause problems unless forgotten about. Especially so, if there is grease involved.

It is recommended to stay alert while cooking. Also, make sure your smoke detector is up to date. Unfortunately, fires still occur and must immediately be put out.

If you live in an apartment, there might be a sprinkler system. If at home, you may have pulled out the fire extinguisher before the fire department arrived. Regardless, there was probably even more damage done when the fire was put out. So, that's why we have put together a check list of what to clean after a small kitchen fire has been put out.

1. Walls and ceilings likely have smoke or water damage. They will need to be wiped/dried thoroughly.

2. Dishes near or involved in the fire may need to be thrown away.

3. Furniture and floors depending on how large the fire was will need a deep scrubbing.

4. If the fire got out of hand, there may be a need for remodeling or replacing of appliances and more.

5. Lastly, there may be hidden places where water is standing. Grab a fan to make sure the area gets completely dry to prevent mold from growing.

While these things may take a few days to clean, they will save you from more damage in the future. If you need any help call us or text us right away!

Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fall time in El Paso is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, but when sudden storms pop up, staying safe is of paramount importance. Thunderstorms may come and go quickly, but while they are in the area, they can cause flash flooding and a concerning amount of damage.

While the safest place to be during a storm is at home, if a sudden storm pops up when you are away, here are some practical tips for safety.

Practical Tips for Staying Safe From Sudden Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you are made aware of a severe weather scenario and are safely at home, remaining there is the best thing you can do so you can wait out the storm. However, this is a luxury that will not always be present. If you are caught out in a storm, you can shelter in your car as long as you can pull over safely and cut off your engine. Remember to park your vehicle on high ground when possible.

Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can hurt a structure in many ways, but the most common way is via a power surge. As the lightning travels through the home’s electrical system, the wires will become overwhelmed with charge and transfer that to anything plugged into an outlet. If you can, go through the area you are in and unplug everything before a storm. In general, it is best to also have surge protectors throughout your home and office.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes a concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If you are out enjoying the day when a storm rolls in, make sure you are not rushing back out too soon and putting yourself in danger. Lightning strikes can travel tremendous distances, causing officials to urge people to stay inside for at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder. 

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Leaky Windows?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Window with water leaking in What to Do if There Is a Water Leak Around a Window

The natural elements can wear down the integrity of a home. Over time, the homeowner may notice leakage around a window, which can possibly result in wood rot, mold and water damage. The longer the leak is left unaddressed, the more the repairs will cost.

Locate the Problem

Even a slow drip can mean that more water is sitting inside of the wall. Once a homeowner notices moisture trickling from a window when it rains, the first step is to carefully look at the wall around the area to find the source of the leak. However, thanks to gravity, appearances can be deceiving; liquid may pool in one place, but that place is not always the leak's origin.

Two common problem areas are the edge and the rubber seal. The gap between the edge and the surrounding wall is usually sealed with caulk. Eventually, the caulk dries out and begins to peel and chip. Like caulk, the rubber seal situated between the panes and frame can ultimately dry out, creating rips in the rubber.

Gauge the Severity of Damage

Depending on the severity of the damage, the window may need to be replaced. A replacement is usually warranted when decaying or softness is found on nearby surfaces. However, even if the surrounding surfaces seem to be structurally sound, the homeowner should not just re-caulk the gaps without getting an expert's opinion on the full extent of the damage.

SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield Can Help

A specialist at SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield can determine whether any ceiling tiles or drywall have sustained damage. After he assesses the situation, the restoration technician will give the homeowner the best remediation option to make the damage disappear. By acting quickly, the homeowner can prevent expensive repairs in the future. SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is always ready to help the residents of El Paso and the city's surrounding communities solve their water damage problems.

Have You Ever Wondered What is the Best Restoration Company in the El Paso Area?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of white house, engulfed in flames and smoke WHY SERVPRO Is Your Number One Option in El Paso during Fire Damage Restoration

Ever asked yourself WHY SERVPRO is a proven industry leader in fire damage restoration? To begin with, we use advanced technology and techniques when restoring your property to its original state. We adhere to the standards set by the IICRC (The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). For instance, we may use infrared cameras to detect locations affected by the water that was used to extinguish the fire. Also, we can use hygrometers and moisture detectors to determine the level of moisture saturation in your Southeast El Paso/Butterfield home.
 
Strong odors can develop in your property after it experienced a fire damage event in Southeast El Paso/Butterfield. Our SERVPRO team uses appropriate equipment to remove the contaminants and improve the quality of air in the structure. Some of the devices that we use during deodorization and odor removal include thermal Foggers and air scrubbers. Spraying the air with a fragrant has never been a good way of dealing with the odors. Our team locates and removes the odor causing particles. Through thermal fogging, we dispense deodorizing agents that neutralize the smell causing particles.
 
We understand that restoration and cleaning situations require an immediate response, and that is why we are strategically located. We know that no disaster is too big or too small, so, we give every call the seriousness it deserves. By acting quickly, we increase the chances of salvaging most items and low the restoration costs.
 
Depending on the surfaces we are attending to and the soot particles in your property, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use dry or wet cleaning methods. We never repaint surfaces as a way of dealing with the soot; we have to choose an appropriate cleaning procedure before we do the needed repainting. We have faced all fire damage incidents you can think of, that means we are competent enough to work for you.
 
SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield responds 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all commercial and residential cleaning and restoration needs. Call 915.234.2679 when you need help you can rely on after facing water, fire, storm, or mold damage.

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Why Your Southeast El Paso Business Needs an ERP!

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Everything you have built at your Southeast El Paso business can quickly be ruined by a fire or water damage incident. Your El Paso business needs fast water removal and fire mitigation when an emergency arises. Water and fire losses quickly cause significant damage to the structure and the contents of your business, and the situation gets worse hour by hour.

By signing up for an Emergency READY Profile through SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield, you are saving your business from a potential interruption in the event of an emergency or disaster. The ERP focuses on incident response and disaster recovery. Having pertinent information in one place allows for SERVPRO to have an immediate plan of action to help minimize fire or water damage to your property. Did you know when a business faces disaster, only 50% recover and those that did had a plan in place?

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) takes a few steps to complete. You can set up a time with one of our managers to walk through your facility with you and our manager will point out potential vulnerabilities, including areas where excess water could collect, records, systems, and supplies that are at risk for severe damage if any disasters occur.

What makes the SERVPRO ERP so special is that it is completely free to sign up! There is also no reoccurring fee to keep your profile active, which means you never need to allocate any funds towards it. You can also access your ERP at any time through our mobile app, which makes reporting an emergency or updating your info seamless. 

The ERP contains only essential information to keep your business safe and sound during an emergency. For example, where main valves are for gas, water, and electricity, any items we should recover first, if your business stores hazardous materials, and who the main point of contact is.  This allows our crew members to know the exact building layout, and important areas so your business is “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Because SERVPRO of  Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is a 24/7/365 business, you can always count on us for your disaster mitigation and restoration services.  If you are interested in protecting your business by having a plan in place, call SERVPRO of  Southeast El Paso/Butterfield at 915.234.2679 to get your disaster plan in place today!

Helping Make Water Damage "Like it never even happened."

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes it's storms! However, the first thing most people think of when they hear Texas is Hurricanes and the flooding that accompanies it. Flooding is a fear many of our residents worry about constantly, but SERVPRO of West El Paso is here to put our residents mind at ease. We are here to help and serve our community that we are proud to be a part of. SERVPRO of West E Paso is on call prepared to assist in any on your water damage needs 24/7. Our highly trained technicians are ready around the clock to quickly and properly restore your home or business. We use innovative inspection and extraction equipment to detect all of the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will observe and document the drying process to ensure your property is back “Like it never even happened.”

WHAT TO DO AFTER FLOODING:

  • Remove items off of furniture such as lamps, and table top décor and wipe off excess water.
  • Mop up excess water on the floor.
  • Prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Open any doors and windows that you can to encourage air flow and help to prevent mold growth.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A FLOOD:

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Even though you may have removed all of the water, there may be moisture lurking within your floors, carpet and baseboards that you cannot see, and that’s where SERVPRO of West El Paso can help! 

Cooking Safety with SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

With Fire Prevention Week quickly approaching, SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield wants to share our top cooking tips to prevent household fires and injury. Cooking can be a way to come together as a family, but did you know most house fires are caused in the kitchen from the stovetop?

Stovetop fires are normally caused when food is left unattended. Always be sure to pay attention to what you are cooking, especially if cooking with oil or at high temperatures. Be sure to remove food packaging, dish towels, paper towels, wooden utensils, and oven mitts away from the stovetop that can easily be burned or catch onto an open flame.

Make sure all appliances are in working order and unplugged when not in use. Crumb trays should be emptied, and fallen food should be cleaned from the oven and microwave when cooled. Be sure to never use metal in the microwave as it can easily spark and cause a fire. 

When cooking, it is best to wear tight-fitting clothing and tie long hair back. Baggy clothes, long hair, and dangling sleeves can easily catch the hot burner or open flame. If your clothes or hair catches on fire, be sure to STOP - DROP -  and ROLL to smother the flame. It is also best to keep your cooking zone “child-free” so children do not touch hot appliances, or get burned by hot liquids or flames. 

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.