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Full Rebuild With SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that when you use SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County for emergency water damage, you also get an in house reconstruction team ready to rebuild your home back to (if not better) than preloss condition? 

Yes that's correct. SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County has its very own in house reconstruction team with over 30 years of experience! 

Often times, after the mitigation process is complete, reconstruction is needed to replace cabinets, doors, floor and etc.

As seen above, this homeowner needed his floor replaced after the mitigation was complete. Our team raced into action and rebuilt the floor truly making it, "Like it never even happened."

Reconstruction is Our Specialty in Deep East Texas

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County's immediate concern is the safety of those residing in the home or employees in the business. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County will work with our customers to make sure the building is secure and safe. Then SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its pre loss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can respond quickly to your commercial and residential asbestos abatement needs and has the training, experience and equipment to handle large commercial or residential asbestos abatement caused by water damage, fire damage or just choosing to remodel.  Whether your emergency or removal project occurs in an apartment building, school, office building or your home, we will respond quickly to conduct a hazardous assessment and manage the removal and restoration project through to its completion.  

Deep East Texas Reconstruction

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Deep East Texas businesses that suffer major property damage can rebuild economically and successfully. But it does involve following a few basic guidelines.

When your business or commercial property suffers damage from fire, water, wind, or other natural causes, your immediate concern should be ways to protect your property from more damage. When a storm is over that doesn’t mean the potential for damage is over. For example, broken windows should be boarded up. Compromised doors should be secured from more weather damage and (if possible) from entry. A damaged roof should be covered with roof tarps.

Be Careful About Entering

At SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County we always advise business owners to use caution before entering a damaged commercial property. After major damage always get the go ahead to enter from the fire department, police, or other immediate responder in charge. Check for power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If any of your electrical equipment is wet, contact an electrician.

You do want to get in as soon as you can so you can prepare loss information for your insurance claims and get estimates of the damages. Take your time examining the property and write down all the damage so you can present a complete list to the insurer.

Need Commercial Business Reconstruction Estimates and Services? Call (936) 559-0404

Once you protect and secure your business or commercial property, professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can begin the restoration process. Many business owners need reconstruction work to get their property back to its preloss condition. Other critical steps business and commercial property owners should take are:

Call your insurance company

Your insurance agent should be among the first people you contact about any commercial property damage. He or she can be extremely helpful. Insurance agents go through the process of dealing with property damage all the time. They’re experts at assessing damage and making sure you do what you need to do to properly file and collect an insurance claim. Each insurance company has certain policies and procedures you want to be certain to follow.

Thoroughly examine the damage and talk to your local building department

After assessing the damage to your business or commercial property, contact your local town building department for information on the required building permits. Permits are always required for any demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, filling, and other types of site development. Regulations vary from Lufkin to Nacogdoches and other towns.

Protect your commercial property and yourself from contractor fraud

Only hire licensed contractors to do repairs on your commercial property. Check with your local building department to ensure the contractor is licensed. If you hire a contractor, don’t pull the permits for them. If the contractor makes this request, it may be an indication that the contractor is not properly licensed.

Take photographs of damage caused by the storm or weather event
Photographs of the after-storm condition of your commercial property can provide proof of damage for insurance and other purposes. Take the photos immediately after the damage and before repair work begins. Keep all your receipts for insurance purposes.

Prepare long before a storm hits

Don’t wait for a fire, flood, storm, or other natural disaster to begin preparing. Take a complete set of photographs of your commercial property in its current condition to serve as “before” pictures. Date those photographs and store them off site. If and when a storm strikes your business, you can take “after” pictures to show the full extent of the damage. 

Need Commercial Business Reconstruction Estimates and Services? Call (936) 559-0404

The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can simplify the commercial property restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas of your business property. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save you time and lower your costs.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides a full range of commercial building restoration services that will get you back in business and bring your building and property back to full use. This is one reason why SERVPRO uses the line, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County Reconstruction Services

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • HVAC Services
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair

The Importance of Staying Off of Flooded Roads

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

It can be frustrating to be stuck inside your house when it’s flooding in Deep East Texas, but it is important that you avoid driving in this situation. A flooded street may seem easy to handle, but it can be a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during a severe storm.

One reason to avoid flooded roads is that it can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Your car is not made to be driven in water, so it does not have the necessary equipment to protect it. If water enters your engine, it can cause it to stop functioning correctly and leave you with massive repair bills. Areas of your car may rust, and electronic components can be ruined.

Even if you think the road looks safe, there might be something lurking beneath the water’s surface. A flooded street may be hiding potholes, tree branches and debris from the storm. Any of these could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

Whether you have been driving for a few years or a few decades, you cannot be prepared for everything. Even a long history of driving experience is not enough to keep you safe during a flood. Moving water in a flooded street can easily sweep your car away and create an incredibly dangerous situation. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and result in a crash.

One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is simply not to do it. Stay put if possible and, once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay while an emergency restoration company performs any necessary repairs on your damaged home.

The Potential Causes for Electrical Fires

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and or old, outdated appliances. The following are the most common reasons why electrical fires happen:

  1. Old electrical sockets and unsafe appliances

Appliances that are old and overused and those that fall short of modern safety standards are the worst culprits. Frayed electrical cords, self-jointed wires, and worn out sockets that are not properly grounded are major causes of fires. They become ready outlets for directing heat and fire to carpets, rugs, curtains and combustible plastic. Older appliances draw more power than the wall sockets can handle.

  1. Using light fixtures that exceed the permissible wattage

A very common cause of fires is plugging lights, lighting appliances and bulbs into electrical sockets that cannot handle higher wattage levels. Antique lighting appliances may have defective wiring that makes the appliance unstable by overheating. Decorating lights with colored paper and cloth shades can increase the risk of fire when the material or fabric heats up.

  1. Using multiple appliances plugged into an extension cord

Unrestricted use of extension cords is a major fire hazard. The risk of fire increases when your TV, home theatre, computer and other appliances are all plugged into a single extension cord. This creates excessive power load on a single socket which may not be designed to handle that load.  So, there is a social and economic cost to damaged wiring!

  1. Locating portable heaters near combustible materials

Portable space heaters that use coils are potentially dangerous when they are positioned carelessly near curtains and rugs and adjacent to beds and cloth covered furniture. The chances of inflammable material coming into contact with the red-hot coils increase the risk of fire.

  1. Wiring that becomes defective with the passage of time

Over a period of time you add more electrical appliances such as wide screen televisions, home theatre, microwave oven, refrigerator and air conditioners. The outdated home wiring cannot handle the increased power load. Older wiring tends to heat up quickly and catches fire. If the breaker boxes are themselves defective, they cannot prevent overheated electrical panels from catching fire.

Prevention is Key to Avoid Frozen Pipes in Deep East Texas Homes

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Cold weather is a rare and great treat for winter fun in the Deep East Texas area, but not so great for the pipes. SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County will remediate water damage “Like it never even happened,” but life is better if you can prevent the damage in the first place. Every year, over a quarter of a million homes and businesses suffer water damage from frozen pipes that burst (Federal Emergency Management Association). SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is sharing these tips to prevent frozen pipes that may lead to water damage.

Keeping Pipes from Freezing:

• Check for exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas

• Wrap uninsulated pipes with pipe insulation

• Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to keep cold drafts from freezing the pipes

• Keep indoor temperatures at 55 degrees F, even when no one will be at home or in the office

• If you will have several days of temperatures at or below 20 degrees F, let cold water trickle through an open tap

• Remove outside hoses from their taps

• Open cabinet doors in bathrooms and kitchens to let warmer area circulate around the pipes

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County wishes you a winter free from water damage or storm damage.

Natural Catastrophes: Before and After

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mother Nature can be unpredictable. When it comes to natural disasters, ensuring proper coverage beforehand, and knowing whom to deal with to handle repairs in the aftermath can help protect your property and your finances from predatory and unscrupulous contractors looking to make a quick buck. 

Unexpected events such as the hailstorms in Deep East Texas this past spring serve as reminders of the value of catastrophe insurance. When making storm repairs, be diligent and always be sure to do business with a local, licensed contractor. 

Hail can quickly wreck havoc on your home and car. For autos, comprehensive coverage will safeguard your vehicle; however, a basic liability policy will not. When it comes to your home, hail damage is covered by a standard homeowner's policy, but coverage can be affected by factors such as where you live and the type of policy you have purchased.

We recommend the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of insurance fraud:

  1. Be wary of door-to-door solicitors
  2. Make sure contractors are licensed
  3. Read all documents before signing anything
  4. Keep copies of all documents signed
  5. Be leery of contractors trying to provide "advice" about insurance coverage

Insurance industry statistics estimate hail damage to exceed $1 billion annually in the U.S., mostly to roofs and cars. Understand the risks of where you reside and the types of catastrophe coverage available. 

Smoke Alarm Safety Measures

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a fairly low-maintenance household device. However, in order to ensure they are in good working order, there are a few steps that you should perform.

  • Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions to learn about any special maintenance required for your specific alarm model.
  • It is recommended that you test the smoke alarm at least once a month. Normally, this is done by pressing the test button on the center of the device.
  • Make sure everyone is familiar with the sound of the alarms, and knows what to do if they hear the alarm.
  • The batteries in the smoke alarms should typically be replaced twice a year. A good habit is to change the batteries at the beginning and the end of Daylight Savings Time. If one of your alarms starts to occasionally “chirp”, it means the battery is low and you need to replace it immediately.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your smoke alarms, and never become complacent in their upkeep. With a little periodic maintenance, smoke alarms can save lives.

After Holiday Cleanup

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after the holidays can be a lot of work, but it’s necessary work. You want to start your new year with a fresh clean house, and not a house full of messes caused by the holidays. Here are some suggested things to do to help clean up.

Clean Up After Guests:

  • Give all the surfaces in your home a nice deep clean
  • Wash all the linens
  • Vacuum all your carpet (you could even call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County to clean your carpets!)
  • Mop your floors
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Once you’re done with the last of your leftovers, then clean and store your leftover containers.

If you have a natural Christmas tree, here are some tips on how to get tree sap spots out of of your home:

  • If you get sap on your clothes, knit gloves or rugs, put some rubbing alcohol on the area and run it through the laundry with warm water. Repeat again if it all doesn’t come out.

Clean and Store Decorations:

  • Make sure you have enough tote boxes, and appropriate boxes for all of your decorations.
  • Throw out any broken lights or decorations. No sense of keeping broken stuff, it will help declutter things. (Unless the item is sentimental, of course.)
  • If you have decorations for certain rooms in your home, make sure you label your boxes for what room they belong in. This will make decoration setup go much more smoothly next year.