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Air Duct Cleaning

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Consider putting air duct cleaning on your to-do list.  Why is getting your air ducts cleaned so important you ask; there are quite a few reasons actually.   

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your home or business.  If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, and/or other contaminants. 
Dirty can circulate odors, contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home By inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC), this will help clean can extend the life of the equipment.
SERVPRO of Victoria recommends addressing any indoor air quality concerns, although it may not be required.  Our team is highly trained and certified and can assist you with duct cleaning and mold remediation.   We are dedicated to helping make disasters "Like it never even happened."

Summer Vacation? Protect your Home!

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Summer break is almost over but there is still time left for everyone to take a vacation!  Summertime is the prime time to travel and a survey shows about one-third of American families are taking the opportunity this summer to go on a summer vacation.  But in case of an unexpected disaster, be sure to have your home prepared.   Below is a list of things to do to make sure your home is secure when you're off spending time with your family on vacation.

 


Make arrangements with an Emergency Contact: 

  • Close friend or neighbor 
  • Provide emergency contact
  • Turn on porch lights
  • Collect mail - burglars look for home's with overflowing mail

Protecting your Home:

  • Consider getting motion sensor lights, this way, if anyone gets too close to your home, lights will automatically turn on. 
  • Purchasing an electric timer may be helpful for your home.  This allows you to save energy and keep your electricity bill cost lower. 
  • Keep watch, use the emergency contact above to keep an eye on your home and check it each day to make sure everything is okay. 
  • A security system is one of the best ways to protect your home while on vacation

Taking Additional Precautions:

  • Shut off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliance
  • Turn off all water valves to any the appliance with waterline 
  • Unplug all electronics to prevent any electrical shortages
  • Make sure smoke detectors working properly before leaving
  • Adjust your thermostats to 75-82 degrees, this will help control air usage.
  • Be careful what you say.  Leaving for vacation is exciting but saying too much may create your home as a target for invasion.  Resist the temptation to broadcast your vacation on social media - tell your friends after you return.
  • Tell your alarm company- alert the company you will be out of town, especially on an extended trip.
  • Lock everything down and secure valuables.



Don't let your summer vacation turn into a water staycation.  If an unexpected water event or disaster happens, you know who to call.  Give a ring to SERVPRO of Victoria at (361) 573-6000.  We're always ready for whatever happens!

Understanding the Dangers of Floods

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

As we move into the heart of hurricane season, we all need to be mindful that August and September are the busiest months for both Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Even with a slow start to the season, Mother Nature can change her mind very abruptly!  How are you prepared for a hurricane?  What about what comes after a hurricane?  It is common to see a storm with heavy downpours of rain causing flooding in the most protected neighborhoods.  Do you know what to do during a flood?  SERVPRO of Victoria has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:

  • Be prepared, create an evacuation plan
  • Learn and identify different evacuation routes to be able to evacuate quickly
  • If public transportation is relied on, contact the local emergency management for evacuation information
  • Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Moving water above two feet can knock you down; one foot of water can move vehicles away
  • Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding
  • Driving during high rainfalls can be extremely dangerous.  Stay updated by checking service announcements through the National Weather Service.
For more information about flooding, visit https://www.ready.gov/floods.  Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up to date when it comes to natural disasters.  SERVPRO of Victoria values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes! 

Emergency Ready Profile

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.  
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.   But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.  
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.  
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Victoria as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.  
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, many of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

Biohazard Cleanup Victoria, Texas

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Victoria is fully trained and specialized in the cleaning and disposal of biohazard contents and affected materials in the Victoria area. 

When it comes to a biohazard situation, SERVPRO of Victoria knows best how to handle a situation like this.  Protection is important to our employees because removal of biohazard materials can cause serious health consequences. 

Our crew is equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products.  Specialized training and experience are key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.  Here at SERVPRO of Victoria, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.  We can restore your home or business back to its preloss conditions.  Give us a call if you need any biohazard cleanup services – (361)-573-6000.  SERVPRO of Victoria is always here to help, making sure “Like it never even happened.”

Get to Know SERVPRO of Victoria

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Victoria has been helping the Victoria community for the last 10 years.  Owner Natalie and Mark Hart are dedicated to helping customers in Victoria, Texas and the surrounding communities.  Over time, our company has grown however, our mission has stayed the same.  Our team serves the people, business and organizations that make Victoria so wonderful.  As leaders of the business, they have created a team of people with experience and knowledge of the industry to help take care of customers to the best of their ability.  Here at SERVPRO of Victoria, our customers come first.  We strive to provide outstanding customer service and help put back the pieces back together after a disaster strikes.  As a locally owned and operated franchise, we are dedicated to helping our community when water or fire damages strike their home or business.  We are always here to help!

Spring Cleaning

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Spring has arrived and what better time of the year to clean the clutter out than now? It's a tradition for most people to take this time of year and do an annual spring cleaning. Green means clean to our SERVPRO crew. So begin fresh this season. Clear out old items that may be taking up too much space in your home by selling or even donating these (un)used items. Below are some resources to help you start your spring cleaning to get you back on track to the lifestyle you want.

  • Make your own checklist:

Create a plan of action. Take an area and break it down into sections. Create different tasks that need to be done around the house or office. Once the list has been made considering the time each task may take. By doing so, this may help organize the time it takes, which you can adjust your schedule accordingly throughout the rooms. [Using this checklist, you can divide the tasks by estimated times and create a flexible schedule giving yourself some spare time]

  • Organize and pace yourself:

A really good deep spring cleaning should take more than a day. Set aside a weekend to steadily get the major chores done. An average amount of time to clean an area can take about 2-6 hours. As you start your spring cleaning, organize your time and tackle the big chores first. Declutter the room by sorting out and organize items into different piles. Once these tasks have been attacked then clean the surfaces with the tough grime and wiping down counter tops and polishing it. Don't overlook the items in plain sight such as kitchen appliances. Also, address the little small hidden crevasses. Don't rush - This will not happen in one afternoon, organize your time and pace yourself as you work on these chores.

  • Work from the top down:

Like cleaning a car, you start from the top and work your way down. When you begin dusting a room, it would only make sense to start at the top and work your way down. By starting from the top, you will be able to save more time and energy instead of having to repeat the task at hand.

Helpful hint: there is always an exception to the rules and cleaning walls can be considered one of those exceptions. When cleaning the walls it may be better to start from the bottom up, then back down again. Dirty soap streaks may be left behind and harder to clear off clean walls rather than dirty walls. Work your way back up to remove any drips.

  • Dry clean before adding water to the mix:

Start with dusting before mopping. By adding water, the debris can be created into a big mess of muddy gunk. Helpful hints: sweep before mopping. Dust fan blades before washing them (with water) and vacuums or wipe windows before washing them as well.

  • Keep up rather than catch up:

We as humans are always busy whether it's taking care of our family, working or getting distracted with whatever life throws at you. So it's natural to put off these chores. To make your future spring cleaning easier on you, create a monthly checklist of a task to do. Break it up by room or sections followed by a flexible schedule to get these chores accomplished.

A Leaking Toilet?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Are you a homeowner?  Have you experienced a toilet leak before?  A leaking toilet can become a serious issue in your home. With plumbing issues coming from a leaking toilet can cause water damage to occur in your home.  There are many reasons why a toilet can leak; to help you prevent problems, here are a few common reasons why your toilet might be leaking:

  • Supply lines direct the water from the toilet into the pipes. Over time, the joints of this line and the rubber lining can wear out or rupture, which can lead to water escaping and ultimately damaging the area around the toilet.
    • Flappers can also become damaged and can lead to a large loss of water in the tank. Sometimes the flush handle gets stuck and allows the toilet tank to continually fill with water. This can lead to overflow and expensive water bills. 
    • The float is the small ball that floats in the toilet tank. If the float is damaged or cracked, this can mess up the entire flushing process.

If you suffer from a water loss due to a leaking toilet contact SERVPRO of Victoria.  We are always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Types of Mold

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

What is mold you ask?  Mold is a type of fungi that exist everywhere and only need moisture and a compatible surface to survive.  With that being said, there are many different species of mold.   Some types of mold can be unharmful while others can be toxic.  It is important to know the type of mold you may be dealing with if there is mold growth in your home or business.  Each type has different unique characteristics and growth patterns.  Below are a few common kinds of mold species found in homes or business:

Acremonium: Found on dead plants and soil, it grows indoors on paper and drywall tiles

Alternaria: Commonly found on food, plants, rotting farmland manure and is resistant to most fungicides.

Aspergillus: There are many species of Aspergillus

Botrytis: Associated with plants, high humidity levels and plenty of plants attract this mold.

Here at SERVPRO of Victoria, our technicians receive advanced training to deal with mold issues in a home or business.  Committed to providing excellent services, SERVPRO of Victoria has the technology and crew to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the home floods commonly occur in the kitchen due to its many water outlets.  For most homes, the kitchen commonly incorporates multiple appliances that connect to a water supply line.   It is important to understand that water damages that occur in the kitchen may possibly spread past the kitchen and create larger damages throughout one's home.  Keep your home prepared by periodically checking the appliances to help reduce water damage incidents from occurring.   However, a few common items that may lead to a kitchen flood are as follows:
Dishwasher
Over time, the water supply line in a dishwasher may degrade.  This can lead to water leaking into enclosed areas under the appliance and rupture entirely.  Check this line twice a year by removing the kick plate at the front of the dishwasher and use a flashlight to inspect the space and surrounding areas.  If the area is wet with no explanation, this should be taken as a red flag.  The dishwasher water supply line shut off should be located under the kitchen sink; turn it off and call a plumber. 

Under Sink System
Underneath the sink, you may find a water filtration system.  As time passes, the lines can degrade and rupture.  A crack in the line can lead to flooding and potentially much worse.  Check the sink twice a year to avoid any costly damages.  

Refrigerator
Moving the refrigerator may be tricky sometimes.  It's important to be cautious about its placement.  Moving the refrigerator too close to the wall may kink or break the water supply line.  However, having the refrigerator too far out may cause potential over-stress on the line and potentially cause the line to rupture.    Keep in mind, the plastic water supply line degrades over time and can crack or break.   To prevent water damages from potentially happening, it is advisable to remove the plastic line and replace it with a copper or stainless-steel line that has better durability.  Being prepared can help prevent a disastrous situation.   By regularly checking on these appliances, you will help avoid any catastrophic damages.  SERVPRO of Victoria is faster to any sized disaster, and we are here to help 24/7/365 to make it "Like it never even happened."