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Differences in COVID-19 Cleanings

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Much like water damage categories, there are different levels of COVID-19 cleanings, precautionary, suspected, and confirmed. These differentiations determine protocol when it comes to providing preventative measures as well as cleaning & disinfection after someone within the building has tested positive. 

Precautionary/Preventative - cleanings are a measure taken when there has been no confirmed or suspected cases. 

Suspected/Person Under Investigation - cleanings happen when there is reasonable suspicion that the virus is present, or one or more people that have been in the building have been tested and are waiting for results.

Confirmed - cleanings happen after there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 onsite.

It is very important that property owners and business stakeholders recognize their own abilities, comfort levels, resources, and risk factors. While all stages require proper precautionary & intentional steps, the CDC has issued the following protocol in regards to confirmed cleaning & disinfection:

  • Workers must be trained to follow OSHA regulations
  • Proper use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) donning and doffing
  • Compliance with Bloodborne Pathogens and proper disposal of of regulated waste and PPE
  • Disinfectants used include - diluted bleach solutions, alcohol solutions, household cleaners followed by disinfectants, EPA registered household disinfectants

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County understands the immediate need for all stages, which is why we have made ourselves available 24/7 to offer disinfection services. We are able to offer disinfection services to buildings of all sizes, including residences for those in need. Please don’t hesitate to call our office for more information on proper protocol, pricing, and the products we are using.

Calling SERVPRO is always better than using bleach

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

For better or worse, mold has been around for millions of years.  It is an extremely resilient organism and designed for survival.  Many homeowners believe that if they discover their home has mold, they can just spray it with bleach and be done.  The problem is that if the mold is on a porous material like drywall, the chlorine in the bleach does not penetrate below the surface.  The chlorine remains on the surface of the material while the water component of the bleach does penetrate the surface and actually can end up contributing to the growth of the mold.  Additionally, bleach is toxic to humans as well as mold.  It does not make much sense to add a poison into the atmosphere of your home.

When our highly trained crew arrives on site, we will set up barriers using 6ml plastic that will prevent the mold from spreading to other areas of your home while we perform a controlled and clean demolition of all the affected materials using engineered air flow and containment. If the affected material is porous, we will remove it so that the mold never get an opportunity to grow back in your home. All the while we will run HEPA filter air scrubbers to capture any spores that try to escape. SERVPRO technicians will also apply SERVPROXIDE a safe and effective EPA registered antimicrobial. 

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County knows how stressful a situation like residential mold growth can be and we work efficiently to ensure your mold treatment is hassle-free. Our mold removal products are designed to be environmentally-friendly. 

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is locally owned and operated. Our experienced technicians can help you get back "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (936)559-0404.

An Unprecedented Time For Us All

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

We are in an unprecedented time right now.  New terms like "social distancing" have become our new normal.  Trying to keep areas clean that people frequent can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County can help.  In addition to frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, the CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. 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 coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Help stop the spread of germs with a professional cleaning from SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County.  Contact us at (936)936-0404.

Being Prepared for Spring Weather in Deep East Texas

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

A massive storm cloud over a open field. Texans know all too well, a storm can and will surprise us.

Spring in Texas is ripe for any number of weather-related incidents. Anything from Heavy thunderstorms, to tornadoes, to flooding, Spring storms can be tough on homeowners. Since 1980, losses from thunderstorms have increased to an astounding fifteen billion dollars in 2018. Hail storms alone last year cost home owners one billion dollars according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Obviously, we are unable to predict what the weather will be, but with careful planning, you can take the appropriate steps to be prepared when storms hit.

  • Cut down dead or dying branches from trees near your home that could fall during a storm.
  • Always have an emergency kit prepared with a first aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable food, water, and a radio in case of a lengthy power outage.
  • Surge protectors are relatively inexpensive and can save your electronics from being destroyed during a power surge.
  • Keep tabs on the health and stability of your home’s roof, especially after East Texas’ winter months of freezing precipitation. Also, keep your gutters clean and free of debris backup which could flood portions of your lawn and, potentially, your home.
  • Finally, make sure loose items on your decks and patios are tied down during heavy storms.

These simple tasks can help protect your home during the uneven weathered Texas Spring months.

Commercial Building Restoration and Cleaning Services in Lufkin and Nacogdoches

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

East Texans are more than familiar with the idea of a helping hand. Combined with our beloved local businesses, these pillars make up our way of life. So, when your business is in need of a deep cleaning, you have no time to waste. Your business’s appearance is vital and every moment you spend cleaning and restoring, is a moment of lost productivity.

In times like these, when you need a restoration or cleaning professional,  SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”                       

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

SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is quick, reliable, and will get your business back to looking its very best. Professional cleaning helps to protect your carpet and upholstery and increase its life-span. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County for 24 Hour Emergency Service!

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Two people standing back to back in front of SERVPRO vehicles Our award winning team is ready to answer your call!

Here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. When you call us, you are calling people you can trust.

  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

Whether your home has suffered emergency flood damage or you need your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your home look its very best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

Honestly, there’s never a convenient or good time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. "Like it never even happened."

COVID-19 and SERVPRO

3/17/2020 (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 specialists 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 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 mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and 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 coronavirus. 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 coronavirus, 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 Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at (936) 559-0404

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County for 24 Hour Emergency Service!

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. When you call us, you are calling people you can trust.

  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

Whether your home has suffered emergency flood damage or you need your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your home look its very best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

Honestly, there’s never a convenient or good time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. "Like it never even happened."

How to Tell if Your Walls are Wet?

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

A water detecter pressed against a wall. Water that you cannot see is just as dangerous as the water you can.

SERVPRO uses the right equipment to identify affected materials. SERVPRO will check for the source of moisture in your home or business. 

Gypsum, aka “drywall,” is a very popular material for use in the construction of homes and offices. The material is noted for its strong fire-resistant qualities. However, drywall is also known to be incredibly susceptible to being damaged by moisture compared to many other building materials.

This is, in part, because drywall is extremely porous, readily absorbing moisture and retaining it. If the moisture content (%MC) of drywall exceeds even 1%, then the drywall can be considered “moisture-compromised” and in need of either drying or removal depending on whether or not mold has begun to grow.

Even greenboard, the “water-resistant” drywall, will be damaged by moisture if it gets past the green, water-resistant paper covering that gives greenboard its name. The majority of greenboard’s water resistance comes from the paper covering, not the drywall itself.

Because of how susceptible drywall is to becoming damaged by even minute amounts of moisture, it’s important to be able to accurately assess the amount of water present in drywall.

When looking for a moisture meter to use for testing drywall, some considerations include:

  • Whether or not the meter has a gypsum scale.
  • The range at which the meter detects moisture—the meter should be able to accurately detect very small amounts of moisture.
  • Length of the pins.
  • Additional scales for other materials—most professionals have to work with more than just drywall, so having a moisture meter with the ability to test other materials using different reading scales is a must.

In many cases, if there is significant moisture in a gypsum board, then there will be obvious external signs of it. For example, a simple visual inspection can be made to spot discolored or visibly crumbling drywall, or a musty odor can indicate a problem with mold growth.

Commercial Water Services in Lufkin, Texas

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

A water destroyed living room. Catastrophes like this could happen at anytime to anyone. Make sure to call SERVPRO for expert service when it does. (936) 559-0404
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment
  • We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your Lufkin home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.

    Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

    We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

    Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?

    Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404