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How to Clean Your Carpet and Upholstery with SERVPRO of Lufkin

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After Picture of Restored Recliner Our experts are trained and ready to restore your carpet upholstery and restore them to their former glory.

Having a fire or flood in your Lufkin home is never a good time. One of the toughest parts of it all is getting rid of the damaged furniture and personal belongings. So many of these items can have sentimental value to you and there is just nothing that can quite replace it. That is one of the main reasons SERVPRO offers industry leading upholstery cleaning. Whether it is your great-grandmothers old rocking chair that has been in the family for generations, or maybe your child’s favorite stuffed animal, we can help restore them their former glory.

But SERVPRO is not just limited to helping you with fire or flood damage. SERVPRO's carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home. However, we do not just stop there. SERVPRO also offers their residential cleaning services to remove any not-so-pleasant odors, truly stopping it at the source and going beyond your average cleaning service.

So, if you have just read this and experienced anything close to it, give the us a call at (936)-559-0404.

Specialized Fire Damage Mitigation for Your Nacogdoches Home

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage with SERVPRO employee scoping the damage For any fire damage in your Lufkin home or Business, Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches - 936-637-0404.

It is no secret that house fires are never a welcome surprise. Something as simple as leaving an item in the oven can often have disastrous consequences. Kitchen fires like this (protein fires) are not as simple as one would initially think. 

So, what exactly is a protein fire? A protein fire is smoke damage resulting from the extreme burn of a protein rich fiber (such as meat left cooking in an oven). And, like mentioned above, at first glance, protein fires do not appear to cause any damage to other surfaces in your kitchen and home. Nonetheless, the damage is there.

What makes the damage hard to quantify? Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer. While it may be difficult to visually see damage, you can most definitely smell it. Protein fires create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires. The nature of the burn also causes it to penetrate deeply into walls and furniture even more completely than other fires. This makes the mitigation process more difficult than most fires and can sometimes require multiple attempts and methods.

Now the final question is, what to do after the fact? Luckily, this question has a simple answer, contact the pros at SERVPRO. Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. So regardless of what type of fire your Nacogdoches home has had, we have the tools and experience to handle it.

For any fire damage in your Lufkin home or Business, Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to speak to a Fire Mitigation Specialist. 936-637-0404.

Why SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches?

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Various pictures of storm damage with SERVPRO logo If your Lufkin or Nacogdoches home is in the need of fire or water restoration, call the Pros here at SERVPRO at (936) 559-0404.

SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has been helping families in Deep East Texas since 2006. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. Our trained staff can help you with your home or business anytime of the day or night. We offer a full turnkey solution from carpet cleaning, to fire and water damage to a complete rebuild of your home or business. But don’t just take it from us personally, our customer’s amazing testimonials will speak for themselves!

SERVPRO was very helpful through the process & was the best choice we could have made. If you need anything taken care of in a timely manner SERVPRO is the right choice.   

-Cameron S.

We had a water backup in our basement after heavy storms came through. We were one of many who needed help and were placed on a wait list. Candice and Patrick came to our rescue all the way to Columbus OH. They were so nice and helpful and got our job started quickly! Their team explained everything about the process and came to our house every day to check on things and make adjustments. They cleaned everything before they left as if they weren't even there. We are very happy with the results! Thank you guys!!   

-Alexandra V.

SERVPRO came to my rescue and dried out my basement after another flooding. (2nd flooding in less than 2 months). I had used another company for the 1st flood and was very unhappy with their service. With SERVPRO I was quoted a fair price and they delivered what they promised. Every day when they came to check the progress they would thoroughly mop & disinfect the floors and left them in better condition than when they started. The men who worked in our house were very professional, made sure we were satisfied with their service; we would not and will not hesitate to use them again.   

-Steve C.

If your Lufkin or Nacogdoches home is in the need of fire or water restoration, call the Pros here at SERVPRO at (936) 559-0404. Don't forget to leave us a review as well!

What to do About Frozen Pipes in your Nacogdoches home

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage and a SERVPRO employee working who does one call for the water damage from the burst pipe in Lufkin or Nacogdoches? Call the pros at SERVPRO.

Happy holidays everyone! Even though it is hard to believe, we are finally in the homestretch of 2020. The year that has simultaneously gone by in an instant, but also felt like it has lasted 3 years. Since times have been so crazy, we can fall behind on common house maintenance and now that we have made it to the holiday season the temperature has begun dropping. When temperature starts to drop quickly like this, the risk of the pipes in your home or business bursting increases dramatically.  

So how does one prepare for a situation like this? There are a few methods that could be implemented, with one of the most common being pipe insulation. Insulation for the pipes is also quite inexpensive, and faucet insulation covers are very affordable.  

What to do if you suspect you already have a burst pipe? The best answer is to turn off your water to prevent any further damage and to bring in a professional plumber.  

Now the final question is, who does one call for the water damage from the burst pipe in Lufkin or Nacogdoches? This question has a very simple and easy solution, contact the pros here at SERVPRO. Since 2006, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County disaster recovery team has served Nacogdoches and stands ready — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — for whatever happens, including burst pipes.  

So, contact us today at (936) 559-0404.  

Leadership Nacogdoches Monthly Meeting

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Firetruck and people standing wearing firefighting gear Here is the Leadership Nacogdoches team learning more about some of the City of Nacogdoches' most vital workers.

Every month Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce Leadership Nacogdoches Program has a meeting in which all the members get to serve, learn, and become stronger leaders. While at this month's meeting, SERVPRO's own Dakota Marks had the amazing opportunity to speak with some of the City's sanitation workers, airport, police force, and firefighters. They were also able to learn more about the various tools and vehicles they use to help the residents of Nacogdoches. At the end of the day, they all had a better understanding of what exactly goes into keeping the City running smoothly, especially in these trying times. 

Tips on Keeping Your Lufkin Home Fire-Safe This Winter

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

House Indoor Fire Damage According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment ranks as the second leading cause of house fires nationwide.

As the frigid winter months keep creeping closer, keeping your home warm and cozy for the holidays is going to be a necessity. Thus, most of us this holiday season will be relying on heating systems. So, it is really no surprise that according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment ranks as the second leading cause of house fires nationwide. All these risks are nearly entirely preventable if proper precaution is taken. Be sure to keep any flammable items away from your heaters. Also, it is vital to stay aware to any open flames you may have going in your home, such as candles. Be sure to also test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month and inspect all your electrical equipment for defective parts (such as a frayed cord). In essence, to enjoy a safer holiday, be vigilant and stay proactive.

Angelina County Harold's House Drive-in Bingo

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Drive-in Bingo Night at Angelina County Exposition Center The chilly November night was perfect for some bingo fun!

As communities begin to open back up and things start to look familiar again, it is still important to keep safety at the top of all of our priorities. That is why many community events are now featuring alternative ways to celebrate, post COVID-19. Candice Stott, with SERVPRO of Lufkin and Nacogdoches, was able to enjoy a wonderful night of charity bingo, but with a twist. For the first time ever, the bingo night benefitting the Harold's House - East Texas Alliance for Children, was held in a drive-in fashion. The whole event was held outside at the Angelina County Exposition Center, using projectors to display the called bingo numbers. This creative new way to keep things fun and safe helps all those in the community to feel a sense of normality again. Not only does it provide fun for the community, but it helps to support the wonderful organization, Harold's House.

SERVPRO of Lufkin is faster to your water loss

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee drying flooring after a water loss. Faster to your water loss!

When a storm hits your Lufkin home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed.

 With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs and we're constantly growing our fleet to be able to answer more calls.

 As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

 Feel free to contact SERVPRO anytime 24/7 at (936) 637-0404.

A Clean Water Leak in your Deep East Texas Home

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

A broken water pipe that is leaking water. All water leaks in your home are an issue for mold.

Most concerns over a water leak in your home are about the cleanliness of the water itself. While sewer water or blackwater as is it defined can quickly lead to mold growth in a home, clean water can also lead to dangerous mold growth. Blackwater contains lots of dirty bacteria that can quickly promote mold growth by itself. Clean water can cause mold spores that are naturally present in air, and dust can also lead to mold growth.

The dangers in clean water leading to mold growth are that clean water can easily go unseen in a home due to the lack of odor when compared to black water. Clean water or gray water which is rainwater, can leak into a home’s attic or walls or crawl spaces and linger without being spotted. This water can then lead to mold spores activating and growing in these unseen areas. It’s not until the mold spreads to visible parts of the home or causes a musty odor that it is finally found. By that time, the damage caused by the mold can be quite extensive.

So even if you have a leak in your home that isn't Blackwater give SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches a call to get the affected areas dried out to prevent further damage from starting.

Flash Floods Explained

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

house artwork with text Flash Flood Warning

With the country currently in the middle of Hurricane Season and the threat for heavy rain always being there, it is important to know exactly what hazards are. One hazard Angelina County often sees is flash floods.

Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods, because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed. Flash floods occur when heavy rainfall exceeds the ability of the ground to absorb it.

If your area is under a Flash Flood Warning or a Flood Warning, you need to take action. This means a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground.

Water moving at 9 feet per second is a common speed for flash floods. At this speed, water can move rocks weighing almost a hundred pounds. Flash floods carry debris that elevate their potential to damage structures and injure people.Most fatalities in the US from flash flooding are from vehicles driving into flooded roadways.

Turn around, don’t drown! 

An old appliance can cause a water loss in you Lufkin, TX Home.

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

The Deep East Texas Area is surrounded by different bodies of water and heavy rains can cause huge issues for your home. But, sometimes, the worst water loss issues in your home come from inside. An old or aging dishwasher or washing machine can cause massive damage in a short amount of time, leaving your home in a damp state.

Like all things, appliances have a finite lifespan. As frustrating as it is to have to replace one, for the majority of their use, they function as a convenience on our lives. So just as you might see a doctor once or twice a year for a routine visit, so should you have your appliances regularly serviced. Regular service and maintenance can prevent threats to your home, but even still hoses become disconnected, and seals wear out inside of the appliance itself. When these situations occur, high volumes of water could end up in the affected areas and require you to seek…..

From the moment that our experienced SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County professionals get the call, we respond quickly. We understand that the longer water soaks into construction materials, the more irreparable damage that occurs. Once we arrive, we assure that water to the appliance has gotten stopped and assess the full scope of the damage that our team faces in a thorough inspection.

Extraction begins shortly after that with the use of various sump pumps and wet-vacs. Larger pools of water damage could require the use of truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO fleet. Once the water has gotten removed from the floors, we set out to thoroughly dry the area, clean it, and deodorize.

Weather Is Unpredictable, but We are here for you!

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

cars shown with floating away Flooding is fast and dangerous.

Severe weather is frightening to everyone and you may be worried about your home or business. You can't control the weather, and simply hoping for the best, will not be enough.  

Though you can't control it, you can know who to call after the storms strike.  

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Lufkin property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. 

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  

If your Lufkin home has been affected by water damage, call SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County at: (936) 559-0404.

The Ins and Outs of Move-Out/Pack-Out

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee moving large boxes from a home. Move-Outs are easy with SERVPRO of Lufkin!

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (936) 559-0404
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

The Importance of Flood Damage Safety

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

A flood warning sign. Never underestimate the power of water.

As Summer rolls along in East Texas and storm season continues, your Lufkin property could become victim to a flood. In the case of a flood or water damage event to your property, you need to call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County to start restoration work as soon as possible. The quicker we get out to your property the higher the chance that we will be able to restore and save more elements of the damage.

Of course, when things go wrong safety needs to be everyone’s top concern and our highly trained restoration technicians are no different. 

If electrical sockets were submerged, they need to be replaced. Even if they were only submerged for a short time this will need to be done. If the electrical sockets have stayed submerged it is unsafe to get into the water even if your power is out. It is generally recommended not to go into the water until the electrical meter has been removed from its socket. This ensures that the home is disconnected from the grid. 

Another safety issue with storm floods is the presence of various contaminants. Bacteria, viruses, mold, even feces can hitch a free ride onto the water coming into your home. That level of soil is why it is designated as category 2 water by our industry. Between our process of extraction and the application of an EPA registered disinfectant our technicians minimize the risk of pathogens during the restoration process. Since the air movers we set can aerosolize any remaining contaminants when there are particular health concerns, or a customer requests it we also can place a HEPA grade air filtration device to further protect our customers. 

If you experience any storm flooding or are concerned about it, give us a call today at (936) 637-0404 and we would be happy to help.

Neighbors in Need

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO graphic with the SERVPRO hat logo. 24/7, 365 is our promise!

When you choose SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, you are not only choosing the nationally recognized leader in the industry. You are choosing hometown help from your locally owned franchise. We not only work in the area, we live here. We aren’t just taking care of a customer, we are taking care of our family, friends and neighbors. It’s about more than a professional image.

For us, it is a very personal reputation on the line. We truly care about every customer and making them feel like a priority is always our number one goal. We are active members in the community both as a business and as an organization that participates in civic and charitable causes. To us, reputation is everything and we can’t build that if we accept anything less than the best.

Our goal is to be the hometown helpers that you can rely on when the unexpected occurs!

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today at 936-559-0404.

Like SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches on Facebook!

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

The facebook wordmark on a blue background. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date!

Have you visited our Facebook page? If not, you should drop a follow at our SERVPRO page!

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches’ Facebook is a great and easy way to keep up to date with all of our events, reviews of our service from real customers, and is a great way to reach out to us.

If you're still deciding on if we're the best choice for your situation put your mind at ease by checking out our reviews. All of the reviews on the SERVPRO page are by actual customers just like yourself!

We are also heavily involved with our community so by liking and following our page you can see which events we will attend! We have give-a-ways, games and prizes quite frequently and it's always a great time. 

Feel free to get in touch with on Facebook by messaging us and by leaving a comment or review!

Our Training and Experience Opens your Doors Sooner

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO female employee stands with SERVPRO vehicles in front of business Our Quick Response Ensures Open Doors For Your Customers In Nacogdoches Texas.

IICRC - Pursuit Of Perfection in Nacogdoches Texas

SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is always looking for ways to better serve the Deep East Texas Community. In this pursuit, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) have declared the SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County team have met the standards and requirements for the Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) title!

Since 1972, The IICRC has certified and developed certifications and standards for inspection, cleaning and restoration. The IICRC also serves as valuable consumer referral source for certified technicians and firms. They provide education and testing in a similar fashion to a university. There are prerequisites that must be met before an individual or a company can gain certification in a particular course or track. The course and description page even resembles a college coursework curriculum! All of this means SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County always works to exceed industry standards.

Having the ability to offer companies commercial drying is a huge benefit for Nacogdoches County businesses of any size. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can dry buildings in a more efficient and effective manner than ever before. This is especially true in emergency situations where businesses need their doors open quickly.

Keep our number in your cellphone in case an emergency arises!

Call Us Anytime 24/7 - (936) 559-0404

Can your A/C unit cause mold?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Two air conditioner units outside. Can my AC cause mold or mildew?

One of the most current questions that we get from Homeowners and Businesses alike is this: Can my AC cause mold or mildew in my area? 

In the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area we are accustomed to having the AC unit on one day and the heater on the next; especially because Texas weather is just crazy sometimes.

A properly designed, installed, and maintained air conditioning system shouldn't cause mold or mildew, there are always rare exceptions to the rule but these are the most reported reasons for faulty AC units. However, while an oversize or improperly designed unit can cool your home slightly, it also runs the risk of not removing enough moisture out of the rooms air. Too much moisture in your home can increase the potential for mold growth. Mold spores grow on nearly every surface, we live with mold in the same way we live with bacteria. Just like bacteria though, there are perfect breeding environments that can and do yield a productive crop of molds that spread throughout the home or office setting. At times, these growths are not noticeable until the smell is strong or the appearance has reached an intolerable amount. Improper installation, lack of maintenance, and water drainage issues can also lead to biological growth. If you are someone who runs their AC unit every single day, it is a good rule of thumb to check your unit once every couple months to make sure that all lines are in safe condition, and there are not leaking water marks near the wall or on the adjacent ground. 

And as always, if you suspect mold call us your local SERVPRO professionals at 936-637-0404.

Summer Office Cleaning tips for Nacogdoches, TX.

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

A computer on a clean, empty desk. Clean desks lead to more productivity, more productivity leads to raises, raises lead to island vacations!

Tips and tricks to help declutter your office.      

Divide Your Workplace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.

Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "To Read", "To Do", and "To File". Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.

Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files - with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

Disinfect Regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

Storm Damage Inspection in Diboll, TX.

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

A damaged ceiling of a home after a strong storm. Understand Storm Damage Inspection in Lufkin Texas.

Even if you have no reason to suspect that damage occurred, check your home and its surroundings (once it’s safe to do so, of course). It’s important to identify problems, make emergency repairs and determine if an insurance claim is necessary.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides this list of Storm Problems areas.

Roof

Your roof might be the area of your home most vulnerable to damage in a storm, because so many things can impact it. Whether you’ve had high winds and downed tree branches or just a simple hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Split seams

Building Exteriors

While siding, stucco and brick all are durable, they also are susceptible to storm damage. In some instances, homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late to file a claim, so check carefully for:

  • Cracking, chipping or dings and dents on siding. Even if there doesn’t appear to be damage at first, check again at a different time of day. You may see something you missed when the lighting is different.
  • Holes in stucco. This is a serious problem, even when small, so look closely. If you find holes, have a professional conduct a full property inspection.
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing. While brick typically holds up well, a check can identify any problem areas.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Lufkin home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage? Call Us Today (936) 637-0404

The SERVPRO of Lufkin way to neutralize smoke odors

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

A large green door with the word OZONE on it. No one deals with smoke odor like SERVPRO!

Only SERVPRO offers the very best in restoration services and one of the ways we do that is by using ozone.  

Ozone will neutralize virtually all organic odors, specifically those that contain carbon as their base element. This will include all the bacteria and fungus groups as well as smoke, decay, and cooking odors.  

Ozone is a toxic gas. However, it can be used safely when deployed by specialized generators under proper considerations. The benefits of using ozone for restoration work are fantastic. Smoke odor molecules that infiltrate all porous surfaces can be permanently removed by ozone gas. Only ozone will work on the most stubborn of all odor molecules, that being protein. Odors associated most forms of decay and like freezer failure have long resisted normal chemical deodorizing attempts. Ozone again has the potency to neutralize even these contaminants.  -

Info from: www.ozonesolutions.com 

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.  

-(936) 559-0404 

Mold Cleanup in Nacogdoches Texas

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

mold covered interior cabinets and walls We are your local mold experts!

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

What is Water Mitigation?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Question: What is Water Mitigation?


Answer: Water mitigation is the act of preventing water from causing further damage to your property and provides moisture removal and control.

Let us talk about water damage statistics really quick. 

"When you consider the statistics, it becomes clear just how common and devastating a problem water damage can be. According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and 98% of basements in the US will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime."

Luckily basements are not too common here in East Texas but it does not take a basement to house water pipes and an estimated 250 gallons a day could leak from one 1/8 inch crack if left untreated.

Water Damage is serious business, call SERVPRO to help if you have water mitigation needs today!

SERVPRO of Lufkin and the aftermath of a Storm

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Demand for damage mitigation and restoration services spikes after a severe storm in Lufkin, Texas. Insurance agents and adjusters need to be able to rely on a local mitigation and restoration company to provide timely storm response services. Here are three services that make a local SERVPRO franchise the right choice for storm restoration.

1. Disaster Response

No matter how many properties are affected by a storm, a Disaster Response Team can arrive on each location within a matter of hours. Independent mitigation and restoration services are more likely to be backlogged than a national corporation that can dispatch employees and equipment from nearby franchises to areas that have experienced large losses.

2. Mitigation and Cleanup

The initial stage of storm response involves mitigating damage. In the case of structural damage, this may involve boarding up broken windows or breaches in a building envelope or tarping over a damaged roof. Standing water resulting from flood damage should be extracted as soon as possible. A full-service company can ensure that these initial measures contribute toward complete storm restoration.

3. All-In-One Restoration

A company that offers mitigation and restoration services can reduce the workload on insurance agents and adjusters while simplifying the claim process for property owners. Relying on a one-stop shop may make miscommunication less likely, prevent scheduling conflicts and allow for a faster and more thorough restoration job. Depending on a single service also means that the initial estimate is likely to be more accurate.

These storm restoration services set SERVPRO franchises apart from independent companies. The business model means that each location has the backing of a national corporation and the ability to call on nearby locations for additional personnel and equipment. A single estimate from a service that can clean up damage and rebuild a commercial property can also be more convenient for insurance agents, adjusters, and clients. 

Laundry Room Safety

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

When you’re thinking about household fire hazards, you probably think about your kitchen, fire place, or electrical system. But do you ever think about your laundry room? According to U.S. Fire Administration, home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss.

The most common reason for these fires by far is dirty or congested dryer vents and ducts. To reduce the risk of these fires happening, hire a professional cleaning and restoration company like SERVPRO® to clean your ducts when you notice your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry.

Other safety tips for your dryer from the National Fire Protection Agency include 

  • Cleaning the lint filter before and after each load. Purchase a vent brush (it’s like a giant bottle brush) to use between professional cleanings.
  • Making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not blocked by a bird’s nest or other potential obstacles
  • Keep your laundry room tidy. Don’t leave laundry or old lint near the machine where they could be ignited by an overheating machine.
  • Never run the dryer while you’re sleeping or away from home. 

For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO of Lufkin at 936-559-0404. We are always here to help!

Essential Ways to Prevent a Sewage Backup

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

A sewage backup is something that no Deep East Texas homeowner wants to experience. Not only can this water be difficult to clean up, but it can also cause lasting damage to your property. While it is possible to repair the damage, it is best to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The following are a few ways that you can do that.

1. Dispose of Items Properly
There are only a select few items that are designed to be flushed down your toilet or poured down your kitchen sink. Disposing of other things in this way can cause a backup. Make sure you are not flushing napkins, paper towels, or other products that do not disintegrate quickly. You should also refrain from pouring grease or food down the drain.

2. Remove Plant Roots
Plants can be drawn to the moisture in your pipes and begin growing their roots there. This can make it difficult for the water to drain, resulting in flooding in your yard or in your home. Check for overgrown roots and remove these when necessary.

3. Unclog Your Drains
If there is nothing on the outside affecting your pipes, then you might simply have a clog. If you cannot identify the source of your backup, this is likely the case. Use chemical cleaners or a plumbing snake to remove anything that may be blocking the pipes.

4. Maintain Pipes Regularly
Storm damage, plants, and aging can result in your pipes not performing as well as they should. If your pipes are broken or blocked, water will not be able to move through them efficiently. In some cases, repairs can be done, but your pipes may need to be replaced depending on their type and age as well as the severity of the damage.
If clogged or broken pipes result in water overflowing into your bathroom or kitchen, you may need to have sewer cleaning done by a professional. A cleanup and restoration company can remove water and can make repairs to return your home to its previous condition.

Mold in your crawlspace in Lufkin, TX

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Many people don't often think about the spaces under their homes in Lufkin, TX. However, just because you may not think about the spaces under your home doesn't mean problems may not occur there. As a homeowner, it can be wise to know what common issues, such as mold growth, could be affecting your home's crawlspace.

1. The Areas Under Homes Are Frequently the First to Acquire Water or Mold Damage

When flooding occurs, areas closest to the ground are most likely to sustain damage first. As a result, mold growth is likely to appear in areas under your home. However, other issues can also encourage mold growth under your home. Rain spouts that aren't diverted in a direction away from your home can cause water to build up under your house, and pipe leaks are another common cause of damage.

2. The Damage May Go Unnoticed

Many homeowners avoid going under their homes when possible, and since your crawlspace is not easily visible, the area may sustain damage without you noticing. Though you are likely to notice if a flood has affected the structure of your house, a slow pipe leak can result in equal amounts of damage. Keeping track of your water bills and looking out for unexplained increases in cost can help you to notice a leak before it's too late.

3. Media Blasting Can Be Beneficial

If the underside of your home has been affected by mold, restoration and sanitation can be difficult. However, mold remediation experts often use a method known as media blasting when removing mold from small spaces underneath houses. As the name suggests, media blasting entails blasting baking soda onto moldy surfaces. Then, specialized vacuums help to contain any remaining mold spores.

It's often useful to know about issues that could affect your home's crawlspace, as well as solutions that can fix common problems. Knowing that areas under your home are prone to damage, that problems can often go unnoticed and the benefits of media blasting can help you better prepare for any potential issues under your home.

Commercial Restoration is our specialty in Deep East Texas!

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans in a large room that has been affected by a water leak. 24/7, 365!

When a business needs commercial fire or water damage restoration they should look for a company that provides 24 hour emergency services. SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Once on site, SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County will begin assessing the extent of the damage. This will allow our crews to come up with a plan of action moving forward. Often the extent of the damage might be more severe than it appears on the surface – for instance if mold is accruing in another room as a result of water damage, or if smoke got into an adjoining part of the building. SERVPRO of Longview will use top of the line equipment to accurately assess the damage.

If your company is in the position of needing commercial restoration, give us a call. We can board up your building to secure the premise, tarp the roof if there is damage, seal any leaks and prevent any further damage from occurring while we take care of the major issue.

Contents may need to be removed from the building and stored at our warehouse/ cleaned depending on the size of the loss. Once the items are removed we will be able to begin removing any standing water, etc.. and cleaning/drying the affected area.

Once everything is cleaned, dried out and/or removed, we will then involve our reconstruction department. They will be able to discuss repairs with the property owner and select items to replace what was removed and could not be salvaged. This could mean replacing individual items such as cabinets or flooring.

Ultimately, commercial restoration done by SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County can provide a wide variety of different services which together can help to clean and restore a property after it has been affected by a storm, flood, fire or any other type of damage. This will then allow you to return to business as quickly as possible.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need emergency water or fire restoration services, or mold remediation, 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

Lufkin Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded basement after heavy storms. This home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your East Texas basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 936-559-0404

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Lufkin and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 936-559-0404

What to do after a fire

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

A charred support beam of a home. SERVPRO professionals clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.  
In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. (National Fire Protection Association)

    • 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.
    • 204,500 were vehicle fires, causing 500 civilian fire deaths, 1,875 civilian fire injuries, and $1.8 billion in property damage.
    • 639,500 were outside and other fires, causing 95 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $252 million in property damage.

The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.

    • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
    • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.
    • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 40 minutes.
    • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
    • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 1 seconds.

The Unique Challenges of Commercial Water Events

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans in a large room that has been affected by a water leak. Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges.

Flooding and water damage events in Deep East Texas commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Deep East Texas

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

A home that has been burned and charred after a fire. Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your East Texas Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (936)554-0404

What is an Emergency Ready Plan?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, around 40% of business fail to reopen after a disaster. And to make things worse, the United States Small Business Administration found that over 90% of business close within 2 years of a disaster. But despite these alarming statistics, you can mitigate the impact of a disaster if you make preparations in advance. One of the easiest ways you can begin preparations is by creating an Emergency Ready Profile. 

All of Our Business' Vital Information

An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a document comprised of all of your business' vital information. It includes emergency contact information, utility shut-off locations, and other information you or your employees might need in an emergency situation. 

Your local SERVPRO franchise will create an ERP for your business, free of charge! A representative will come in and ask a few questions, then get the necessary information regarding shut-offs and emergency exit points. The whole process should take no more than a few minuets of your time!

After your representative compiles the documents, they will present both a physical and digital copy of the ERP.

Recovering Your Business

After a disaster, your priority should be to get your business back to its normal operations. Fortunately, an ERP allows you the opportunity to quickly respond and take crucial actions. If you are interested in an ERP for your business or commercial building, call SERVPRO of Lufkin today at 936-554-0404!

Commercial Restoration from SERVPRO of Lufkin

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO trailer in an empty parking lot. Here for you 24/7!

When a business needs commercial fire or water damage restoration they should look for a company that provides 24 hour emergency services. SERVPRO of Lufkin is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Once on site, SERVPRO of Longview will begin assessing the extent of the damage. This will allow our crews to come up with a plan of action moving forward. Often the extent of the damage might be more severe than it appears on the surface – for instance if mold is accruing in another room as a result of water damage, or if smoke got into an adjoining part of the building. SERVPRO of Lufkin will use top of the line equipment to accurately assess the damage.

If your company is in the position of needing commercial restoration, give us a call. We can board up your building to secure the premise, tarp the roof if there is damage, seal any leaks and prevent any further damage from occurring while we take care of the major issue.

Contents may need to be removed from the building and stored at our warehouse/ cleaned depending on the size of the loss. Once the items are removed we will be able to begin removing any standing water, etc.. and cleaning/drying the affected area.

Once everything is cleaned, dried out and/or removed, we will then involve our reconstruction department. They will be able to discuss repairs with the property owner and select items to replace what was removed and could not be salvaged. This could mean replacing individual items such as cabinets or flooring.

Ultimately, commercial restoration done by SERVPRO of Lufkin can provide a wide variety of different services which together can help to clean and restore a property after it has been affected by a storm, flood, fire or any other type of damage. This will then allow you to return to business as quickly as possible.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need emergency water or fire restoration services, or mold remediation, SERVPRO of Lufkin 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

 

What to do in a Power Outage

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

A graphic with the words Power Outage under a danger symbol. Power outages can be scary so make sure to have a plan.

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery-powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

During

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods, and other supplies.

The main priority this season is safety. For any water or fire damage needs, feel free to call us at 936-554-0404.

What to Expect when you call SERVPRO

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

e Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call SERVPRO of Lufkin Today

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lufkin has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information including your phone number and email address
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Is there standing water (if applicable)?
  • What year was the home or business built?

About SERVPRO of Lufkin

SERVPRO of Lufkin specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call us 24/7, 365 at 936-554-0404.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover.

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

#114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover. #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches Co. is called to many situations, oftentimes requiring very specific cleaning products to properly mitigate a job.

Fortunately, SERVPRO has its own manufacturing plant for cleaning products, SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products (SPCP,) which manufacturers all in-house cleaning products for all franchises throughout the United States. One cleaning agent that we use quite often is #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches Co. is called to many jobs were urine or biomaterial that has infiltrated a home or commercial business. Using #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover, our technicians are able to eliminate odors and stains that may have been caused by urine, feces, vomit, spilled food, skunk, perspiration or other organic material.

If you need our services ore would like to learn more about the wide array of SERVPRO products we use in-house, feel free to contact SERVPRO in Lufkin at 936-637-0404 and in Nacogcohes at 936-559-0404.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today at  936-559-0404 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

Major Sewer Damage

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Damage restoration professionals have the experience necessary to handle major sewer damage such as a backup or flooded toilet that affects more than one floor of a building. Learn more about the measures necessary to deal with extensive sewage damage at a commercial property in Deep East Texas.

Assess and Mitigate Damage

As soon as a plumber or sewage company has addressed the cause of damage, a building owner or manager should schedule a consultation with a mitigation and restoration company. Trained professionals can assess damage and take the following measures:

  • Pump out standing water
  • Remove solid waste
  • Determine the extent of damage

Extracting contaminated water and solid waste is the most important mitigation measure. The risk of contamination and mold growth will increase the longer that sewer damage is left standing within a structure.

Tear Out Damaged Building Materials

Porous building materials exposed to contaminated water from a sewer backup will likely need to be torn out and replaced. These materials may include any of the following:

  • Ceilings
  • Drywall
  • Insulation

Extensive damage will probably call for the removal and replacement of some building materials and contents. Tearing out and rebuilding is particularly important if a backup or flooded toilet affects more than one floor of a structure.

Disinfect and Dry the Area

It will be necessary to disinfect areas exposed to contaminated Category Two gray water, which may contain microbes, or Category Three black water containing solid waste. Cleanup should take place after damaged materials and contents have been removed to reduce the risk of recontamination.

A building owner or manager should contact a plumber to clear a clog or a sewage company if the blockage is further down the line or a backup originates in a municipal main in Lufkin, Tx. Restoration can only proceed after the portion of a building that has suffered sewer damage is completely dry.

Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Lufkin Residents

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A water damaged drain that has begun to sag. Water damage can leave behind unpleasant odors, SERVPRO has the professional equipment to rid your home of these unwanted smells.

As a property owner in Lufkin, you can struggle to combat the resulting smells after a water damage disaster. You may lack the skills to identify all the sources of the odors. To professionally solve the stress, it is advisable to work with trained restorers who use specialized tools to deal with the problems.

Usually, the wet materials that are left behind after a water damage incident bring about unpleasant odors. That means returning the moisture to normal levels does away with most of the smells. Though that is the case, not all smells completely disappear. That is why service providers like SERVPRO that operate in Lufkin use multiple approaches to mitigate the odors with less chance of returning.

Sometimes a customer can complain of imaginary and real smells; this is when experts from a company like SERVPRO decide to use masking agents. We work by releasing a pleasing scent that covers the bad odors. Absorption and filtration agents can be used to serve the same purpose with the main difference being the manner in which they work. When we use them, absorption of some oils, humidity, and moisture takes place. The restoration process can also make use of pairing agents, disinfectants, sanitizers, as well as electrically generated deodorizers.

Imagined and real odors are the main types of smells that SERVPRO work towards eliminating. Actual substances cause real odors while on the other hand, thoughts of people trigger the psychological or imaginary smells. Irrespective of the situation at hand, our trained professionals are equipped with the right tools and skills to do the needed deodorization.

Drying and water removal are critical when mitigating water damage disasters. Reporting the incidents to our certified professionals at SERVPRO should be done as soon as possible so that the correct restoration procedures can start.

At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we respond to all storm, water, mold and fire damage disasters with urgency. Call us at (936) 559-0404 to learn more about the professional options at your disposal.

Unclean Air Ducts Can Spell Trouble for your Business

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

It’s East Texas and the calendar is inching us closer and closer to the Summer months. After a cool Winter, many will be turning their air conditioners on more and more as the temperature rises. But, indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (936)559-0404

Lufkin Apartment Water Loss

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

In an apartment community, residents will share walls from the sides and from above and below. When a water damage occurs, it can get out of hand quickly, since a water damage can affect multiple residences. You can never know when an emergency will occur, but it’s in your best interest as a property manager to always be prepared for anything. Taking these measures by the American Apartment Owners Association can help you prevent damage in the future.

  • Inspect the property regularly. It is important to ask about repair needs and to check out major systems on a regular basis. If the problem is caught early, then damage can be minimized or avoided.
    Water causes millions of dollars to the rental industry each year. Landlords in updated buildings are seeing damage due to the use of materials that aren’t holding up as expected. Most of the water damage is due to faulty plumbing, which can cause secondary damage like mold and other costly repairs, so it is important to inspect regularly.
  • By acting early when you receive a repair request, then it can help save you money and keep the property in good condition.
  • Pay attention to utility spikes. Whether you pay the utilities, or your tenant complains about a sudden increase, take it seriously. It is a warning sign that something may be spilling out. It can even signal a drug manufacturing operation which one of most costly repair jobs you will ever encounter.
  • Watch the weather. Storms cause significant property damage, and lately we’ve been seeing some monsters. Once the surge is over, check for roof damage, clogged gutters, and poor drainage that may leak into the foundation. The best time to repair old and damaged roofs is when it’s dry.
  • Encourage tenants to carry renters insurance. The main benefit: they won’t ask you to reimburse them for damage. The indirect benefit is making tenants aware of just how much they stand to lose if they are careless and cause damage to the property.

The Different Types of Fires that can Affect your Home

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

1. Class A Fire Damage: Fire damage from a Class A fire is the result of a fire involving flammable solids, including, various plastics, paper, rubber, wood, and cloth.

2. Class B Fire Damage: Class B fire damage consists of damage as a result of flammable liquids or solids that can become liquefied. This includes gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, various waxes and plastics, and paint. However, fires caused by cooking oils and fats don’t count as Class B.

3. Class C Fire Damage: A Class C fire damage is one involving flammable gasses, including hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas.

4. Class D Fire Damage: Class D fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals. This may include magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

5. Class E Fire Damage: Class E is fire damage that results from the factors in both Class A and Class B. The difference being, Class involves the introduction of electrical elements, which makes fighting the fire and the resulting damage very different from Class A and Class B.

6. Class F Fire Damage: Class F is a fire that results from cooking oils and fats. This type of fire differs from Class B because these fires are significantly hotter and the damage more severe.

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at 936-559-0404.

What Exactly is a Protein Fire?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Protein fires create an especially unique restoration challenge. Fire damage caused by burnt food can also create odor issues which are difficult to mitigate. Here are some important facts regarding this type of fire.

  1. Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer
  2. They create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
  3. The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more completely than other fires
  4. Require extremely thorough cleaning to remove the odor
  5. Sometimes require a sealing agent or even repainting to completely eradicate the odor
  6. May require multiple attempts and methods to achieve customer satisfaction

It is also important to recognize that perception of odor is highly individual.  There are no tools available to “measure” smell, and as a result, a homeowner may perceive odors that technicians or even neighbors cannot.  Often times, because of the strong link between smell and memory, a homeowner may experience “phantom odors” where the memory of the event causes reproduction of the odor even after thorough cleaning.

Fire Damage In Your Home Or Business? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to speak to a Fire Mitigation Specialist. 936-637-0404

Your Lufkin Business and Fire Awareness

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping your Lufkin commercial property fire ready is vital in order to avoid disaster. Your livelihood and that of your staff depends on your business, and you will want to protect it. Being ready for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. We are sharing some tips here that can help you get your property ready in the event of a fire:

Ensure that your building or suite is visibly lettered and numbered so that emergency responders can easily find your location in a timely manner. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black/white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.

Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot that is easy to get to. Make sure your extinguishers are serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.

Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage and should be illuminated at all times, with a battery backup for power outages. Exits should also be clear of any obstructions so that people can get out safely and quickly. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the area around the building outside clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.

Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern.

Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged in, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.

Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and door openings and not stored in the path of exits.

Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.

If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.

Make sure your local fire department has valid contact information on file for your commercial property.

For more information call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at 936-559-0404

Horrible Smoke odor in your Home

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

A burned wall in need of repair. Cleaning Smoke Residue is not a DIY Problem

Only SERVPRO offers the very best in restoration services and one of the ways we do that is by using ozone.  

Ozone will neutralize virtually all organic odors, specifically those that contain carbon as their base element. This will include all the bacteria and fungus groups as well as smoke, decay, and cooking odors.  

Ozone is a toxic gas. However, it can be used safely when deployed by specialized generators under proper considerations. The benefits of using ozone for restoration work are fantastic. Smoke odor molecules that infiltrate all porous surfaces can be permanently removed by ozone gas. Only ozone will work on the most stubborn of all odor molecules, that being protein. Odors associated most forms of decay and like freezer failure have long resisted normal chemical deodorizing attempts. Ozone again has the potency to neutralize even these contaminants.  

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.  

-(936) 559-0404 

When your Home has Water Damage

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded wooden floor that has begun to sag under the weight Moving water can quickly make a water damage situation catastrophic.

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (936) 559-0404

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

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

Water Leaks Coming from Inside your Home

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

When you think about residential water damage, you might dream up images of torrential rain or other natural catastrophes. However, the reality, unfortunately, is that damage which is caused when regular appliances in your home stop working properly, this can be just as destructive as a weather event which is severe. Water damage makes up for losses to renters and homeowners in the billions of dollars each year. It is responsible as well for around twenty-five percent of all insurance claims. Water is ten times more likely to damage your home than a fire. 
 
There are fortunately steps you can make to help avoid water damage from appliances and keep your home protected. Understanding some of the common causes of water damage is helpful, and these can include leaking air condition condensation drains, baseboard heating, and failed washing machine hoses, water heaters, and plumbing. 
 
There are not always warning signs offered by these household appliances until the damage has happened already. This is why it is important to check them regularly. The steps below are simple and can help protect your home from the causes of water damage which are most common. 
 
-Know first where your main water supply is in case of an emergency 
-If you’re going away for an extended amount of time, shut the water supply off and drain the pipes. If your house has a fire sprinkler system, however, do not turn the water off, and keep enough heat in the home to avoid any freezing up. 
-Think about getting your air conditioning system regularly inspected by a professional. The drain lines should be checked annually and clean them out if they get clogged. 
-Inspect showers, water heaters, toilets, tubs, dishwashers and sinks annually, and get them repaired if there are any signs of corrosion or leaks. Install water heaters when possible in areas with floor drains to lower damage if leaks do occur. 
-Check the caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilet bases and sinks, and if needed make repairs. 
-If there is an ice machine or water dispenser on your refrigerator, the hose between the refrigerator and wall should be constructed of braided copper, since this has a greater resistance to corrosion and cracking. 
-Check your pipes for leaks and cracks. Have any damage to pipes, have them immediately fixed to avoid repairs in the future that are even more costly. 
-Check plumbing fittings and appliance hoses for crimping, breakage or bending. 
 
Sometimes, even after all your precaution, residential water damage can still occur. If this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County today at:(936) 559-0404 

The Strength of Severe Storms

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather is frightening to everyone and you may be worried about your home or business. You can't control the weather, and simply hoping for the best, will not be enough.  

Though you can't control it, you can know who to call after the storms strike.  

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Lufkin property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. 

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  

If your Lufkin home has been affected by water damage, call SERVPRO Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at: (936) 559-0404 

A Clean, Professional Business

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Some Tips and tricks to help declutter your office in Time for the Summer!      

Divide Your Workplace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.

Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "To Read", "To Do", and "To File". Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.

Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files - with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

Disinfect Regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

The Lengths of Fire Damage

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

There can and will be unexpected issues from any business or house fire. The fire itself is devastating, but the damage that comes after the initial fire can be severe. The most common of which, is smoke damage.  

Smoke damage to your Lufkin home or business can leave your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces discolored and warped. These surfaces may have a smoky odor left by the fire, which can even be dangerous for your health. The smell is usually left by particles on partially or fully burned surfaces. The smell can also embed itself into articles of clothing, carpets, and curtains and will require the immediate professional cleaning that only SERVPRO of Lufkin can provide.  

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

What To Do When Water Damage Happens

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of receiving a loss notification, SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County will be on site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection

SERVPRO professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.

Emergency Services

Our SERVPRO professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, one of our SERVPRO professionals will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you.

Restoration Services

The SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County can repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and contents. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to its preloss condition.

Emergency Water Damage Tips for East Texas

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  • Shut off the water source, if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
  • Turn-off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Place aluminum foil or word blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water! This could cause electrical shock and cause damage to the vacuum.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter the room where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Have questions regarding water damage? Contact the SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today!

Tornado Damage and Your Home

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are a terrifying, often devastating, weather event. They can turn houses into dust, and flip lives upside down. Living through a tornado can be traumatizing, and sometimes the aftermath is just as bad. Parts of your home may be destroyed, and the idea of fixing it can be overwhelming. Recovering from a tornado could be a huge task, depending on how bad the damage was. However, there are steps to take toward recovery and people ready to help along the way. There are steps that should be taken right after the storm passes, and other steps to take down the road when it is time for repairs and cleaning.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

The first step is to stay in your safe place until the storm has completely passed. If you are able, try and wait until you get the all clear from local officials. After the storm, check yourself and those with you for any injuries. If someone is hurt, the next step is seeking out first aid. After everyone has been checked and is okay, you should see how bad the damage to your house is. Make sure to watch out for anything that is unstable and likely to fall. If you go outside, look out for any downed powerlines. They can be life threatening, so if you see downed powerlines stay inside.

Protect Your Property

After you make sure yourself and your loved ones are protected, start protecting your property. You can make temporary repairs in order to prevent further damage. Many insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost, so make sure to keep receipts just in case. In addition to temporary repairs, living expenses may also be reimbursable. If your house is damaged to the point of you having to stay in a hotel, keep the receipts. Your policy may pay you back for the cost of it. Make sure to make a list of anything that was damaged, and don’t throw out damaged belongings. An adjuster will need to assess them for value if your policy covers replacing them. You should also inspect all utility lines and appliances. Any damage could lead to a gas leak or electric shortage. Damaged electric wires may also cause a fire. You may even have to turn off the main valve in order to prevent more harm to your house. Once these steps have been taken, contact your insurance company. From there, they can work with you to see what your policy covers. Most of the time, they will hire services to come out and repair damages.

Clean Up and Repair

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County has an incredibly fast response time when it comes to disasters. We have equipment and personnel ranging across 1,700 franchises. Our experience and training will allow us to restore your property quickly and efficiently. In addition, we will document the entire process.

The Need for an Emergency Plan in Deep East Texas

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.  

Right now is the perfect opportunity to review your emergency plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.  

The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."  

Storm and Disaster Damage Inspections with SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

the remnants of storm damage When a storm hits your Lufkin home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

Even if you have no reason to suspect that damage occurred, check your home and its surroundings (once it’s safe to do so, of course). It’s important to identify problems, make emergency repairs and determine if an insurance claim is necessary.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides this list of Storm Problems areas.

Roof

Your roof might be the area of your home most vulnerable to damage in a storm, because so many things can impact it. Whether you’ve had high winds and downed tree branches or just a simple hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Split seams

Building Exteriors

While siding, stucco and brick all are durable, they also are susceptible to storm damage. In some instances, homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late to file a claim, so check carefully for:

  • Cracking, chipping or dings and dents on siding. Even if there doesn’t appear to be damage at first, check again at a different time of day. You may see something you missed when the lighting is different.
  • Holes in stucco. This is a serious problem, even when small, so look closely. If you find holes, have a professional conduct a full property inspection.
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing. While brick typically holds up well, a check can identify any problem areas.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Lufkin home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage? Call Us Today (936) 637-0404

Mold Can Grow In Your Carpets

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Wet and dingy carpets that have mold growing in them. Mold in your carpets can lead to more severe issues.

This week, we have been talking about Mold. As a refresher, for mold to grow, it needs oxygen, moisture, a surface to grow on, and a food source. Spores are commonly found in the air. If they land on damp or wet spots indoors, they feed on dust, and mold growth will occur very soon.

In the right conditions, area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting provide a perfect breeding ground for mold. Carpet located below ground level in basements, as well as carpet that’s been wet for a period of time, and moist or damp carpeting, are at especially high risk of mold growth.

Just because mold is not immediately visible or apparent on carpeting doesn’t mean that growth is not in progress. Actually, mold is likely to only be visible on the surface of carpeting in severe infestations – as would commonly occur when the carpet has remained wet for some time after flooding.

Carpeting that has been subjected to flood damage or standing water usually needs to be disposed of because conditions are ripe for mold growth. Even if visible growth has not yet started, it’s highly probable that it will happen unless the carpeting is removed, cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours. Even then, removing it and cleaning it is not guaranteed to prevent mold growth.

So, when the unexpected strikes SERVPRO will be there to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime 24/7 365 (936) 559-0404.

An Unclean Air Duct

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

A dirty, unclean air duct filled with mold, dirt, and other harmful things. Air Ducts can be the last thing you think about to clean.

It’s East Texas and the calendar is inching us closer and closer to the Summer months. After a cool Winter, many will be turning their air conditioners on more and more as the temperature rises. But, indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (936) 559-0404.

Mold in Your Lufkin, TX Home?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, mold is a part of our everyday life. It grows quickly and can become dangerous. According to the CDC, “Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.”

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Mold is a very serious issue and requires professional help. SERVPRO specializes in water and mold damage restoration and we have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation that you may have.

Contact us night or day at (936) 637- 0404.

Mold Growth in Your Nacogdoches, TX Bathroom?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

In our last Mold post, we laid out how and why Mold grows. Specifically, Mold loves a warm, damp place to grow and there is no better place in your home for Mold then your bathroom. So, how then do you prevent mold from appearing in your bathroom!

Understanding how and why mold grows in a bathroom will help to prevent its appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

  1. Steam moisture is the biggest reason fro mold growth. It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.
  2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.
  3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

You may already know SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs.

Call Us 24/7: (936) 637-0404

No Storm is Too Big, Nor Too Far!

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Debris left beside a storm damaged home We'll be on our way to help!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,800 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,800 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

We can always be reached at (936) 559-0404.

We Stand by Our Promises!

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At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we find that it is massively important that our neighbors, both close and far away, know that they can always count on us. That’s why we travel any time a disaster strikes. It is just a part of the way we do things at SERVPRO. We make sure that the areas that are hit hardest by any large storm will have the resources to respond and help those in need. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,800 Franchises. Our team travels across the country to different storm sites and lends their aide to any home owners and commercial businesses.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

When a disaster strikes, there will be much uncertainty in the direct aftermath. But, where there won’t be uncertainty is in the fact that SERVPRO will be there!

Smoke Damage can be Severe Regardless of the Length of a Fire

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

While this electrical fire was stopped before it could spread too far, the smoke damage was very severe. Smoke damage can be especially destructive and can happen very quickly. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

When your Lufkin home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

Within the First 24 Hours

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

With a call to SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County (936) 559-0404, a professional will be on site as soon as possible to ensure that the water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

For more information on recovering from water damage, contact SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today.

Why SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is the Best for Commercial Cleaning

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO is the Best for Commercial Cleaning and Commercial Damage Remediation? Did you know SERVPRO is not just for disasters such as floods, water damage, or fires in the home?  We also help Commercial Businesses!

Our SERVPRO employees are certified to clean and sanitize: Upholstery, Carpeting, Flooring, and other hard surfaces. SERVPRO is even certified to remove biohazard contaminants such as blood, urine, feces, and other things no one else wants to clean.  Refresh your carpeting and office cubical- we also specialize in odor removal and deodorization!   Additionally, SERVPRO is available after hours if services are needed when customers and/or clients are not present.

SERVPRO means reliable, certified professionals will show up at your door. Please call today at (936) 637-0404 for a quote; we would be very happy to serve you on a reoccurring basis.

Preparing Your Business for a Storm Event This Summer

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Most days at work are uneventful. If you live in a coastal state, however, then your establishment is at risk of getting hit with a severe storm during the summer season. Disaster preparedness is key for minimizing the financial, aesthetic and emotional effects of storm damage. These three tips are easy to implement and can be lifesavers in an emergency.

1.Plan in Advance

Continuity planning can come in handy in a pinch. A carefully-crafted game plan should include the following:

  • Emergency payroll and accounting procedures to track costs during an unexpected event
  • An alternative succession of management with at least one person who isn’t at your company’s headquarters
  • Emergency plan of action for all employees on what to do when a storm hits

It may be necessary to speak with a consultant who is knowledgeable about business preparedness. Planning in advance can bring you peace-of-mind when dark storm clouds start to gather.

2. Stock Up on Supplies

A storm in Lufkin, TX, can cause extensive flood damage to your property. Physical damage can be repaired, but the cost to human lives is much more traumatizing. Therefore, it’s a good idea to store essentials such as water, food, blankets, and flashlights. Prudent disaster preparedness can also entail making portable kits for each employee that is customized to their needs.

3.Know Who To Call

The first few hours after a storm can be hectic. It’s helpful to have commercial property restoration experts on speed dial so that they can get to work as soon as possible. Research companies in your area that are Faster to any size disaster so that you don’t have to struggle through storm cleanup alone.
The few seconds that a hurricane sweeps through your location can change the course of your business if you let it. Disaster preparedness can help you understand what actions to take for flood cleanup and how to keep your staff safe.

The Water Pipes in Your Home

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Part of avoiding a pipe break at your, Nacogdoches, TX, home may include knowing when your plumbing is making odd noises. Understanding these sounds can help you know what is normal for your home system, as well as which sounds can indicate the danger of a possible pipe burst.

Noises the Pipes May Make

Plumbing systems can make a variety of noises. These may include

1. Rattling

2. Humming

3. Gurgling

4. Hammering

5. Whistling

Each of these sounds is caused by a different aspect of your plumbing system or the water as it moves through the system, meaning that each sound will need to be analyzed and treated appropriately. It’s highly recommended that a professional be contacted if you have concerns about your plumbing.

What These Noises Mean

These noises may not always mean you are at risk for a pipe break. However, they may indicate possible problems that should be looked into. A rattling sound could indicate that a pipe has come loose from its wall fastenings. Gurgling often means that a drain is clogged and may need to be fixed before it causes a backup, while humming may mean that your water pressure is too high. Hammering occurs when the water flow is stopped suddenly forcing it back through the pipes. A whistling sound could be a valve that isn’t fully open.

When To Call a Professional

If you hear these sounds in your plumbing system you may want to contact a plumbing professional to find the exact cause. They should be able to fix broken pipe issues while a water damage restoration service can help with any flood cleanup and repairs to your home.

Understanding the sounds of your plumbing may help you avoid a pipe break. It's a good idea to remember that each sound may indicate a different problem and to contact a professional with any concerns you may have. If you do end up with a pipe burst it’s best to contact a restoration service for cleanup help.

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)

Sunset over a nice landscape 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

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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

    Spring is Upon Us Deep East Texas

    3/5/2020 (Permalink)

    A graphic showing a grill with text saying 8,900 home fires a year start with grilling. While a big part of our warmer months, barbecuing does bring hazards to your home if not careful. #SERVPROLufkin

    While it is true that the possibility for fires is much higher during the cold, winter months, that doesn’t mean that the possibility of fires do not exist in the spring. So, as you dust off the grill and get ready for the many barbecues to come over the next few months, SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County wants you to keep an eye on these areas:

    Grills

    We all know the rush of bringing the grill out after a long, cold winter. But grilling is the largest cause of Spring fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association “an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year.” Gas grills are responsible for a higher number of house fires than charcoal grills. Remember to always check and clean your grill before use. Never grill in any space that is enclosed, keep your grill away from the house! And if your grilling with charcoal, only ever use charcoal starter fluid to light your coals.

    Following these simple yet helpful instructions will keep you away from the serious dangers that come with grilling. Remember, You want to enjoy cooking out!

    Smoke Alarms

    More obvious than anything, batteries in your smoke detectors should be changed once a year. An easy way to remember to change them is to fold this task into your Spring cleaning routine. Also, don’t forget to test your smoke detectors(there should be at least one on every floor of the house) every month.

    Dryers

    When a dryer related fire happens, it is typically caused by forgetting to clean the lent screen. Scooping the screen each and every time you do laundry is an exceptionally easy way to avoid any particular danger. The NFPA also recommends cleaning out the vent pipe at least once a year, so might as well add that to the spring cleaning list, too.

    From all of us at SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County, we hope you have a great Spring. And if you ever need us, we’re always here and ready to help, so call us at (936)559-0404.

    Be Prepared for Spring Weather Deep East Texas

    3/5/2020 (Permalink)

    A large storm cloud over a field. Texans know all too well, a storm can and will surprise us. #SERVPROLufkin

    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.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County Uses the Best Equipment

    3/2/2020 (Permalink)

    A heat image of water damaged boxes. Using Flir, SERVPRO of Lufkin can tell where hidden water may be residing.

    When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

    Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We use the very best in technological equipment like our FLIR camera. We can see if there is any water damage and tell exactly where the damage is by using the FLIR cameras. We also finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

    But our equipment is only half the formula, our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Water or Flood Damage?
    Call Today – (936) 559-0404

    Commercial Restoration and Cleaning in Deep East Texas.

    3/2/2020 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. 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

    Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. You can count on SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County to make your workspace look 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 Today – (936) 559-0404

    The Hard Topic of a Death Scene Cleanup

    2/7/2020 (Permalink)

    Families are impacted with the death of a loved one and sometimes don’t know where to turn when that death happens in a home.

    The clean-up that is needed after an unattended death is not easy to write about and is definitely not something a sales or marketing person wants to talk about. I have experienced the suicide of my dear brother-in-law and I know the anguish a family goes through as they process that death is debilitating. The clean-up afterward can obviously prove too traumatic for a family to perform. The same can be said when an elderly loved one dies alone. Body decomposition, though natural, is very hazardous to anyone in and or around the area.

    Cleaning up can be emotionally challenging, not to mention dangerous if blood and/or other bodily fluids are involved. Our team at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County will treat the family and their loved one’s property with the greatest empathy. Our goal after a death is to remove the burden of cleaning up by those family members left behind.

    Many times, our own team is impacted with strong feelings or reactions to the death, despite having no acquaintance with the victim. Our team has the training and experience to stay focused on the unique nature of their cleaning task. They are cleaning and restoring the site of the traumatic event. They are preforming an invaluable service to the customer. Our hope, is that our clean-up process will help the customer recover in a small way from the aftermath of the loss of life.

    We have an insurance expert in our office who can also help family members navigate the homeowner’s policy. Many people don’t realize that insurance policies often offer coverage for crime scene and trauma cleaning, so it’s crucial to check with the insurance policy adjuster to determine if coverage is offered.

    All these are reasons why I feel it’s important to write this blog. Helping a family in their time of need by responding 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help them restore their lives is of the utmost importance to us.

    While we hope that you never have to experience a death that needs Biohazard Clean-up, we do want to let you know that there are experts out there who will help if ever the need arises.

    The Reality of a Biohazard Cleanup in Your Work Place

    2/7/2020 (Permalink)

    Human or animal fluids and waste deposited through other means such as traumatic injury or violent crime on your premises also needs our expert attention. The viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens involved in blood and other secretions need to be managed using protocols developed by OSHA, the EPA, and local health authorities. Proper cleaning with registered disinfectants is key to restoring your workplace, and SERVPRO has the experience with biohazards and innovative commercial cleaning products to achieve the goals.
     
    Your business may also suffer from a chemical spill or other spread of a biohazard. The often is a complication of a flooding scenario where your own inventory or cleaning and maintenance products are knocked over or soaked through, contributing to the dangers in the waters contained in your building. SERVPRO contains such contaminated water, ensure that it is disposed of properly to keep you, your employees and customers, and the general public safe from harm.
     
    During these unique catastrophic events, it is critical that your biohazard cleanup company be not only professional and effective but also completely discreet. Our team can return your business to a safe and healthy condition, “Like it never even happened.” For you to retain the confidence of your employees and customers, the process must be transparent yet ethical and without unnecessary drama or scare tactics.
     
    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is a full-service restoration company, poised to assist with your biohazard cleanup needs. Contact us at (936) 559-0404 for fast and confidential help.

    Examples of Biohazards in Deep East Texas

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    Biohazard is an umbrella term for biological materials that are a threat to living organisms. If you own or manage a Lufkin commercial property, biohazards can pose serious harm. Not just to you, but anyone who frequents your establishment. Biohazards could show up almost anywhere. If you have commercial property it is extremely important to be cautious of this threat. However, some people may not know everything that the word biohazard encompasses and how to clean it up. It covers numerous materials. There are even levels of biohazard, each one presenting different threats.

    Examples of Biohazard

    There are different kinds of biohazard. It is possible that some of these examples will never present themselves in your building. Of course, that does not mean you are safe from harmful materials. Blood is a huge biohazard risk. This also includes anything that has come into contact with blood, or other bodily fluids. Bloodborne pathogens and fluids can lead to disease if they come into contact with someone. Animal bedding and animal waste are also threats. This is especially true if the animal is sick in anyway. Microbiological waste is another example of biohazard. Of course, this kind of threat is more common in labs. A threat that is common in medical settings is sharps waste. This includes needles, glass slides, and scalpels.

    While your Lufkin commercial property may not be exposed to as many biohazards as other places, it is still exposed. It may not be obvious, but biohazards will be a threat no matter what. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can clean it up safely and efficiently.

    Levels of Biohazard

    There are numerous levels of biohazard, four to be exact, with different threats. Level one includes E. Coli, Bacillus subtilis, and more. These materials are just a minimal threat to people and the environment. Level two includes HIV, Hepatitis B, and Salmonella. These have the possibility to make people extremely sick. Level two biohazards are contracted through contact with any infected materials or items. Level three includes tuberculosis and other airborne pathogens. They expose people to serious illnesses. Level four biohazards pose the highest threat levels. The diseases they cause have no treatments, and could even be life threatening. This includes the Ebola and Lassa viruses. For threats of this nature it is recommended to contact your nearest EPA office for help.

    What Do You Do About Them

    If there is biohazard exposure in your Andersonville commercial property you may have no idea what to do. It needs to be cleaned immediately, but most levels require specialty cleaning services. These services are trained to get rid of the problem quickly and efficiently. However, if you have no experience with this, you might not know who to call. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is a 24/7 company that specializes in cleaning up many levels of biohazard exposure. We comply with health regulations and possess all of the equipment needed for safe disposal. We will decontaminate your building in the event of trauma, chemical spills, sewage backups, hoarding, and more. When it comes to biohazard, the substances must be cleaned up properly to prevent serious health risks.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin Sewage Cleanup

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    After any sewer loss or other types of dirty water loss, make sure and call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County. Our team will quickly respond and get to work to make your damage "Like it never even happened." After a loss of this kind, it is very important that the dirty water doesn't sit for too long. That is why our team is on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our SERVPRO team has the certifications and training to properly handle the cleanup after a sewage loss. It is important to make sure once all the dirty water is removed, that the entire area is properly cleaned. SERVPRO has the professional cleaning products to make sure this gets done correctly. 

    There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S Nacogdoches County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

    The three types of contaminated water:

    Category 1: "Clean Water"

    This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

    • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
    • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

    Category 2: "Gray Water"

    This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

    • May contain bacteria and viruses
    • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

    Category 3: "Black Water"

    This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

    24 Emergency Service

    Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

    What Exactly is Biohazard Cleanup?

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    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides biohazard cleanup and restoration when a home or business has been affected by a trauma, sewage back up, chemical spill, hoarding, human and animal wastes. A trauma clean up may consist of a suicide/death, homicide, blood clean up, or accident clean up.

    Our technicians have received Blood Borne Pathogens Training and know how to properly clean and remove biohazard materials from the affected area. We provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for our technicians to keep them safe from exposure to biological and chemical contaminants.

    When cleaning an area affected by biohazard, we start by cleaning the area completely. We remove any biological materials, blood or chemicals in the area. This step may consist of wiping surfaces or removing materials that cannot be completely cleaned and disinfected- such as fibrous materials. Then we sanitize and disinfect affected materials to stop the spread of biological and chemical contaminants. If necessary we deodorize the area so there are no remaining odors.

    If you have ever watched the 2008 movie, Sunshine Cleaning, you know that biohazard materials cannot simply be thrown away in the regular trash. When disposing of hazardous waste, we make sure to follow state and local requirements.

    Avoiding Health Effects of Biohazards While Waiting for SERVPRO

    2/4/2020 (Permalink)

    Blood, bodily fluids, and other Lufkin biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. Even trace amounts so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye can pose serious health risks. When a site in your home or business has been contaminated, how do you make it safe again? Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County for top-notch biohazard cleanup and restoration services.


    Avoiding Health Risks
    Is it necessary to seek professional assistance in cleaning up a location impacted by crime, trauma or death? With the risks posed by blood-borne pathogens and dangerous communicable diseases, cleaning a scene contaminated with biohazards like blood is a perilous undertaking for anyone who lacks the proper training and equipment. It is unpleasant to think about, but blood and bodily fluids are prone to splattering so that minute amounts can affect a wide area. The air at these scenes can be hazardous since small particles can become airborne if dried material is disturbed. Anything removed from the scene must also be disposed of properly to avoid spreading the contamination. Ultimately, the best way to make sure that a place is once again safe is to use a professional organization like SERVPRO that is experienced in biohazard restoration.

    Preventing Legal Repercussions
    As if the health risks created by biohazards are not dire enough, failure to have a contaminated space properly cleaned can also have serious legal consequences. There are regulations and laws regarding how biohazards are handled that must be followed. These rules are designed to safeguard everyone, and ignorance is not considered an acceptable excuse for disregarding them. Individuals and businesses that do not follow these rules may find themselves facing hefty fines. They might even be held liable if someone else is injured by their actions. Using a professional team that understands what is required to comply with the various rules and regulations governing biohazards in your area can shield you from both health risks and legal issues.

    Focusing on Your Safety
    At SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County, we are committed to the well-being of our customers. Offering emergency services 24 hours a day, we will rapidly respond whenever you request our assistance. Our technicians follow the protocols established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, so you can be confident that they have the expertise and training to remove all biohazards and dispose of them properly. We use specialized equipment that allows us to detect the smallest trace of a biohazard, and we do not stop until your scene is thoroughly sanitized. As biohazard restoration professionals, we can often salvage items that others might have to discard, and we ensure that any material that does need to be removed from your location is disposed of appropriately.

    Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of LUFKIN/S. NACOGDOCHES COUNTY for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. Safety-minded, we are ready to do our part in restoring your space and your peace of mind. (936) 559-0404.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin Biohazard Background

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    Today, the spread of the flu and common colds are all over the news. Viruses seem to pop up and puzzle health officials and lead to panic. It is always good to remember to practice good hygiene and health to potentially avoid getting sick yourself.

    Bio-threats exist in many forms, all of which can be too dangerous or challenging for home and business owners to face on their own. We have an experienced team of professionals with years of expertise with recovery, as well as accreditations through both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA). This training and education help us to provide a prompt and confident response to all biohazards that threaten properties in the area.

    From the many homes and businesses in the Deep East Texas area, our teams stay busy cleaning and recovering properties contending with traumas, crime scenes, drug labs, pathogenic threats, hoarding, and other hazardous conditions.

    We know how stressful and traumatic these situations can be, so our SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County professionals work to help our customers through the experience as much as we restore and clean affected properties.

    The SERVPRO of Lufkin Biohazard Cleanup Difference

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    While SERVPRO is the #1 leader in the restoration industry, we're equipped to handle much more than just fire or water damage! Disasters come in all shapes and sizes; whether it is an act of vandalism or a full on crime scene, SERVPRO Technicians are trained to cleanup and restore messes of all degrees: 

    Bloodborne Pathogens

    SERVPRO Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the scene.

    Crime Scene Residues

    From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

    Arson and Vandalism

    SERVPRO Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. Your professional also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.

    Sewage Backup

    Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting and deodorizing as they clean.

    No one should have to sit in a house or work in a business contaminated with anything listed above, so make sure you call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County at (936) 559-0404. One phone call to us will begin the process of making it "Like it never even happened."

    Here to Help Rebuild Communities

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    Why choose SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County?

    Because we have lived the heartaches and losses life brings. We understand how devastated our customers feel when they realize they've lost most everything they own.

    Whether it's flooding from a hurricane, destruction from a tornado or a loss from fire damage, we have the professional training and experience you need to get your life back.

    When you contact SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County, our representative will guide you through the crisis and ask several questions that will help us better understand the equipment and resources needed for your site.

    When we come to your home or business, we're ready to begin the restoration process. We will inspect and test to determine the extent of damage, and share with your our plan to mediate and restore your property.

    We will treat you and your property with compassion and respect.

    We will help you get through the crisis.

    Our extensively trained and dedicated technicians are here to help you get your life back.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County. "Like it never even happened."   

    What SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County's Rebuild Team Can Do For You

    1/31/2020 (Permalink)

    The damage has been contained, the restoration crew has packed up, and the house is quiet again. You make your way to the site of the damage and you are confronted with the remains of what was your home. You are grateful for the men and women of SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County’s emergency response team, but who is going to put your house back together? Where do you begin? Who can you call?

    When the time comes to rebuild the areas of your property damaged by water/fire/mold or any other disaster, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can step in and save you time, money, and the headaches of taking on a construction job on your own.

    What makes SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County’s Reconstruction division such a wise choice is that upon completion of any restoration demolition to your property, you continue to work with the same franchise for your home or business rebuild. This not only saves you time shopping for a general contractor but assures you that you will receive the same unsurpassed customer service from start to finish that you have come to expect from the leader in disaster relief: SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County.

    Now that you know that SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is your one-stop solution for all your construction needs call us for an estimate at: 936-559-0404.

    Call the experts of SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County and watch the damage to your home disappear “Like it never even happened.”  

    The SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County Rebuild Process

    1/30/2020 (Permalink)

    Once the emergency mitigation services have been performed in your home or business, our Restoration Project Manager will coordinate with our construction team, your insurance company and adjuster to plan the next steps. Our full-service disaster restoration services provide all the necessary steps in the cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild process from start to finish. Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition. Our goal is to leave you with the home and/or business you had before any damages occurred, as well as minimize any stress or strain associated with handling a restoration and construction project on your own. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.  Whether your property suffers a small flood or fire and requires minor remediation services, or is large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors, our experienced restoration professionals are here to help.  Not only can we remove ceilings, wall and floors affected by property disasters, we can also replace them.  We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing, electrical or other related services.

    As construction in your Deep East Texas commercial or residential property begins a SERVPRO Construction Project Manager will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our goal is to restore and repair your home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request (these upgrades may NOT be covered by insurance). This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those home or business improvements you may have been planning but putting off!  

    Our SERVPRO construction professionals can make suggestions to match replacement materials with your current home decor, our managers can assist with upgrading or renovating parts of your home for a completely new look. We work closely with local New Jersey licensing agencies to guarantee that your home reconstruction project and any upgrades are compliant with local and state regulations. Our goal is to finish your restoration and reconstruction project promptly, efficiently and professionally so that you are satisfied and can return to your routine and property as soon as possible.

    Restoration and Potential Rebuild in Deep East Texas

    1/30/2020 (Permalink)

    After a frustrating and confusing property disaster, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is committed to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process as organized, efficient and successful for our clients. Whether your home or building sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate professionals by your side. Our staff works with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction.

    Disaster restoration and repair for your Deep East Texas commercial or residential property is best left to professionals. Our SERVPRO professionals are skilled with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. Our expert team has the experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair your property disaster loss quickly, correctly, and affordably.

    Some of our property Restoration services include:

    • Water Removal and Extraction: This important step in the process involves us removing and extracting standing water from all areas of your property. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial grade equipment to move large volumes quickly and efficiently to minimize long term hazards and damage
    • Property Drying: After the bulk of the water is removed hazardous levels of moisture can still exist fibrous structural and aesthetic components in your home or business building. We utilize specialized equipment to pull moisture from the air to create an environment suitable for drying of these important pieces and may also attempt to speed the drying process with heat.
    • Cleanup: After water and moisture have been removed and dried it’s important to conduct thorough cleaning of the affected area to prevent future health hazards. Flooding from rivers and sewers can pose exceptional risks to health and welfare due to the silt and bacteria they carry. Our team will remove damaged items that are beyond repair
    • Soot and Smoke Mitigation: SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capabilities has many benefits when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration. We often use air scrubbers that creates negative air pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.


    Our team dedicated team, provides professional and prompt emergency restoration services for all local Long Island commercial businesses and homeowners. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County ’s building services gives our location a unique opportunity to streamline the entire property restoration and recovery process, while mitigating challenges and providing quick and seamless professional service from start to finish.

    Choosing the Right Reconstruction and Restoration Company

    1/29/2020 (Permalink)

    Disasters are devastating.  Whether caused by water, fire, or storms they can turn your world upside down in a matter of minutes.  Even if your are the strongest of us all, you can begin to feel helpless not knowing where to turn after a catastrophe.  But fortunately for you, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is here and ready to help.

    Why SERVPRO?  Why not just pick another company?  Let's consider this; if you find out that you have life threatening illness that requires surgery, would you not want the surgeon with the most extensive training, experience, and a reputation to be the best to get you back to good health?  Well, your property is one of the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it is also very important to have a company with the knowledge, experiences and reputation that you can trust to return your property to its preloss condition.

    Three Best Reasons to Use SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

    1. Training- Here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County we never stop learning and improving our skills.  We are trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) high standards in fire and water cleanup, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning and other cleaning and other courses. Our SERVPRO education is always ongoing to help us succeed.
    2. Equipment- Our technicians have the professional equipment needed to completely clean and remove the effects of water, mold, soot, smoke, odor and more.  Here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County we keep up on all the latest technology and techniques used in the restoration industry.
    3. Experience- SERVPRO is not some fly-by-night company.  They started over 50 years ago and currently have over 1,700 franchises nationwide. 

    If ever in need of a disaster restoration company SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is here to help 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, including holiday's.

    Rebuild After a Fire

    1/29/2020 (Permalink)

    After a devastating house fire, there are times when the whole home needs to be restored. SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County specializes in all aspects of the restoration process. SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County can provide mitigation services for fire, water, and storm losses. However, the mitigation process is only the first step in the complete restoration process.

    Rebuilding a home after the mitigation is the second step in the restoration process. We are a "one-stop-shop" for mitigation and restoration. and can get you back into your home our building after a disaster. Give SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County the opportunity to live up to our "Like it never even happened," tagline. We can provide the mitigation services in your home and restore the damaged building materials.

    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 is 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 you can see in the image, one family desperately needed a rebuild to their home after a devastating fire. The SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County's 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 Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches 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

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    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)

    A car half sunk, beside a flooded road. The road is not flooded yet be certainly be careful with heavy rains on roadways.

    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.

    Christmas Season Safety Measures

    12/18/2019 (Permalink)

    The Christmas season is in full swing. During this time each year, the traditional Christmas tree fills the family room surrounded by presents. BE CAREFUL - Christmas tree fires are infrequent, but they can happen. Listed below are a few good measures that will help ensure your home’s safety:
    • Make sure you pick a healthy tree; trees with brown needles indicate dryness.
    • Make sure your tree is placed in a sturdy stand to prevent it from falling over.
    • Make sure your stand has an adequate basin for water.
    • Make sure to check and water your tree daily.
    • Check your lights to make sure they are fire resistant and supported by a national testing organization.
    • Keep your trees a safe distance from any heat source.
    • Make sure that the lights and any extension cords used are in good working condition; look for and replace damaged wires.
    • Check all the bulbs to make sure they are working properly.
    • Make sure you have adequate smoke alarms in the area and they are working properly.
    The SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County team wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and joyous season. In the unlikely event that a fire were to occur, know that SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is ready to assist 24/7 by calling 936- 559-0404.

    Fall Into Winter With SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County

    12/11/2019 (Permalink)

    Fall will soon turn into winter here in the Deep East Texas area, which means the ups and downs of Texas winter weather conditions. Follow this checklist to prepare your home for the winter season: 

    Winter Weather Checklist for Your Home:

    1. Put weather strips on doors & windows to prevent heat from escaping.

    2. Insulate water lines that run along outer walls of home - to prevent frozen pipes.

    3. Chimney & flue inspection.

    4. Purchase a fire extinguisher.

    5. Check roof for any possible leaks - repair them if necessary.

    6. Purchase salt & sand for the entryway of your home.

    7. Purchase bottled water, batteries, a first-aid kit, and canned food in case of an emergency.

    8. Keep your home temperature above freezing (even if you are not home) - to prevent frozen pipes.

    9. Make sure to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from any flammable items & always turn them off before leaving the house or going to sleep.

    10. Help others - check to see that your elderly neighbors are prepared for winter weather as well!

    Power Outage Safety Checklist:

    1. Have a flashlight in your home.

    2. Leave water taps slightly open to drip continuously.

    3. Conserve heat by keeping doors and windows closed unless absolutely necessary to open them.

    4. Dress warm & stay dry.

    As temperatures fluctuate, SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County wants to remind everyone to be prepared for any size disaster. Pipes can burst when temperatures drop. To prevent your home from further damage call for 24/7 Emergency Service call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today at 936-559-0404! We are here to help!

    The 3 Categories of Water Damage

    12/2/2019 (Permalink)

    There are 3 Basic Categories of Water

    Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

    Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

    Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

    Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

    No one expects pipes to burst, water heaters to break, or toilets and washers to overflow.  If this happens, your quick response along with the highly trained specialists from SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches Countywill limit your damages and potentially save you thousands of dollars!

    The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage

    12/2/2019 (Permalink)

    The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage

    Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

    Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

    Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

    Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (eg. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light-weight concrete and stone).  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

    *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

    No one expects pipes to burst, water heaters to break, or toilets and washers to overflow.  If this happens, your quick response along with the highly trained specialists from SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County will limit your damages and potentially save you thousands of dollars!

    Thanksgiving Cautions in Deep East Texas

    11/26/2019 (Permalink)

    Serving a deep fried turkey on Thanksgiving has grown in popularity over the years as people experiment more in their kitchens. While it may be a mouth-watering option is the risk truly worth it? Many of you may have seen the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires publicized online. Don’t run the risk of property damage or injury – make sure you take the proper precautions when menu planning this season; especially if you are taking on a deep fried turkey.

    • Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Consider placement of the fryer, is it flat, sturdy, out of reach from children?
    • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in and a frozen or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter (sometimes with great force) when put in the pot
    • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilt on a hot burner can cause a considerable flame or fire
    • Without thermostat controls some turkey fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. Make sure it’s not too hot.
    • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and handles can get dangerously hot. Protect you hands when maneuvering to prevent injury or spillage

    Your friends at SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to stay safe. Remember, our team is on call 24/7 365 days a year, no matter what holiday or time of night. If you experience a fire SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County will come to your rescue, don’t hesitate to call 936-559-0404.

    Candle Alternatives for Your Home

    11/15/2019 (Permalink)

    Candles provide warm light and a refreshing scent in your home. They also pose a credible fire hazard. An unattended candle flame can contact a flammable object and create disastrous fire damage. Even though a fire restoration company can help you bring your home back, candle alternatives can prevent these incidents. Continue reading and consider some of the following options.

    1. Oil and Wax Warmers

    Warmers are safer solutions that deliver both light and a refreshing scent without an exposed flame. They usually have a small dish with either essential oils or wax. The device, powered by batteries or electricity, heats up the contents, providing aroma and illumination.

    2. Electric Candles

    If you value the light and aesthetic value that candles give, then you might appreciate electric candles. These items operate on batteries. They largely resemble actual candles and generate around the same amount of light, but they can be left alone with no candle fire risk.

    3. Book Lights

    When using light mainly for visual purposes like reading, book lights are the perfect candle alternatives. These devices come with clips so you can attach them inside books, near desks or on any convenient area. They give enough reading light without consuming too much energy or disturbing others.

    4. Fairy Lights

    Fairy lights are another flameless solution. These lights are powered by electricity or batteries and can be spread throughout the room to create relaxed, atmospheric lighting. Fairy lights can last for a long time and come in a variety of colors and shapes.

    5. Stick Diffusers

    There are several options if you are simply looking for an elegant scent for your home. Stick diffusers deliver a strong fragrance without using any power source. Sticks such as reed absorb the scented oil in the bottle and spread out the pleasant smell.


    Though candles may provide both illumination and fragrance for your Lufkin, TX, home, there are plenty of safe candle alternatives. Using any of these items can prevent a candle fire from destroying your house.

    Bring that old Letterman jacket back to life!

    11/1/2019 (Permalink)

    A man holds a freshly restored letterman jacket. Proudly ready to sport that like new letterman jacket!

    Advanced Technology and Techniques

    The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

    The Esporta Wash System is capable of decontaminating soft contents from all categories of losses; including sewage, mold and can restore  damage caused by smoke and soot from a fire.  The decontamination efficacy (this means how well it removes the contaminants) has been validated by numerous third party laboratory tests performed by leading hygienists, universities, and industry consultants. The Esporta Wash System is an unparalleled cleaning process capable of decontaminating without deteriorating fabrics or reducing material reflectivity.

    Have Questions?
    Call Us Today – (936) 637-0404

    Halloween Safety Tips

    10/28/2019 (Permalink)

    Halloween is right around the bend and it is important to take every safety precaution. Here are a few tips and tricks to practice to keep yourself and your children safe.

    1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
    2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
    3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
    4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
    5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
    6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

    Trick or Treat With an Adult

    1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

    Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

    1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
    2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
    3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
    4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

    Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

    1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
    2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
    3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
    4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
    5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
    6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

    Do You Need Mold Services ASAP in Lufkin, Tx?

    10/21/2019 (Permalink)

    Mold has grown over in and around an air conditioner vent. Don't let mold overrun your home.

    Mold thrives in a warm, humid and damp environment. Mold can cause health effects in your life. Mold or mildew is not harmful in small quantities; it only becomes harmful when its growth spirals out of control and increases in quantity. Your home is likely to have mold if there are leaking pipes, leaks in the roof, poor ventilation, condensation, flooding and wet clothes. Dealing with these problems early enough can prevent mold from setting in and causing havoc on the property.

    There are ways in which you can prevent this menace from happening. Always ensure that you clean up water as soon as it spills in large amounts because this will reduce the chances of mold growing there. Also, ensure there is ample ventilation in the house after you finish cooking showering or washing utensils. Insulate your house to quell condensation. Also, keep the basement dry always. If all these fail, you should seek the help of professionals to remove mold from your home. These are the telltale signs that you should look out for if you want to know whether you need mold services;

    • If your home has experienced flooding recently due to excessive rain, broken appliance or pipe there is the likelihood that mold will grow. This can happen especially if you did not enlist the services of professionals to clean it.
    • When you see mold growth, it is also a red flag that you should do something about it.
    • The presence of an unpleasant and wet odor it can be emanating from the mold.
    • If you or anyone else living in the house start experiencing allergies that you did not have before
    • The presence of moisture should also alert you to the imminent growth of mold and hence the need to call in professionals.

    Construction Safety Tips for Nacogdoches, Texas

    10/18/2019 (Permalink)

    Busy construction worksites are often very dangerous places to be. Many things can go wrong throughout the process of a project, so it is in one's best interest to take the proper preventative safety measures. These three basic tips will help minimize any risk.

    1. Find the correct Personal Protective Equipment to Wear on the Job.

    Wearing the proper gear for a job proves to be very helpful in preventing injury. When lifting heavy objects, be sure to wear a secure back brace to limit damage to your body and the surrounding areas. Wearing proper construction footwear such as non-slip rubber soled shoes will prove to be very helpful in avoiding slipping and falling. 

    It is also extremely important to protect your lungs and wear breathing masks to avoid inhaling dangerous toxins around you. 

    2. Limit Crowding Within the Work Area

    It is not uncommon for those working on a construction site to crowd around large and powerful machinery. Although it may often be unintentional, staying away from this powerful machinery is your best bet in limiting damage to other workers and even pedestrians. This rule should be strictly enforced on a construction site, and it is the responsibility of the foreman to ensure his surroundings are clear before engaging in his work. 

    3. Loading and Unloading Equipment Safety

    Make sure there is ample room around you when loading and unloading heavy equipment off of machinery. Proper clearance of all obstacles and people around you is key in avoiding damaging any people or structures that are around you. Make sure that all objects are secured using the correct tie-down procedures. 

    By following these tips, you can make your construction site as safe and efficient as possible for you and your team. Although these tips may seem basic is should always be your first priority to practice the correct safety measures in the workplace.

    How To Safely Remove Odors, Kill Germs And Clean The Air In Nacogdoches, Texas

    10/13/2019 (Permalink)

    A SERVPRO fan drying flooring 5,000 cfm max fan output, 40,000 cubic feet maxi treatment area, 8,000 hour optimum performance bulb life & Permanent washable electrostatic filter

    The Hydroxyl Generator is one of the most scientifically-advanced pieces of equipment we use to combat malodors and leave a property deodorized following biohazard, fire or water damage events.

    The main benefit of using a true hydroxyl generator is that they are safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes. For insurance companies and commercial businesses alike, they love this machine because it means less out of pocket expenses and henceforth, less business disruption!

    These generators have been successfully tested on fires and other restoration and bio jobs, including protein fires, floods, dead body situations, skunk odors, pet urine odors, musty odors and many types of odors. However, it’s important to note that hydroxyl generators are not intended for use on mold remediation jobs where there is a large infestation on surfaces or behind walls. The established protocols should always be followed in these instances. But generators with good filtration are excellent for airborne microbial remediation where bacteria or fungi have become aerosolized.

    Here’s a rundown of some additional facts in order to give you the inside scoop, should you ever need to reach out to us for smoke/soot deodorization needs:

    How it Works:

    • UVA rays are emitted from the titanium dioxide photocatalytic lamps (wow, that was a mouthful) where they then pass through a permanent anatase coated super reactor screen, forming electron hole pairs that react with water and oxygen in the air to form free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that then decompose and eliminate organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants. Wow, trying saying all that in one breath!

     Applications:

    • Use on fire and flood damage restoration jobs
    • Use to destroy odors from cigarette smoke, dead body, urine, garbage, airborne VOCs and more

    As always, if you want to learn more about any of our SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County pieces of restoration hardware, feel free to reach out. We have helpful staff willing to explain further any of our services – (936) 559-0404.

    Help From Severe Weather In Lufkin, Texas

    10/13/2019 (Permalink)

    Weather radar of a storm moving through the country If you have storm damage and need us, we are available! 365/24/7 936-637-0404 anytime!

    Lufkin and Deep East Texas is no stranger to Hurricane force winds and damage from severe weather. We are here to help 24/7/365 936-637-0404

    Disaster Tips

    1- Photograph and Document Damage:     Document the damage thoroughly with photos, as it will make the insurance claims process much easier. In addition to photos, keep a running list of all damaged items.

    2-Conduct Emergency Repairs:                    Do only what's necessary to prevent further damage after a storm, such as covering broken windows with plastic or roofs with tarps to keep rain out. Don’t make or commission permanent repairs until an insurance adjuster reviews the damage. While it may be tempting to start cleaning up and throwing out damaged items after the storm, your insurance adjuster needs to see what happened firsthand to make you the best offer to settle your claim.

     3- Secure Home Inventory:  All home insurance policyholders should compile a home inventory of their possessions before a storm strikes, and keep it in a safe place. A home inventory is a list that documents the contents of your home. It should include photos, detailed descriptions, and purchase receipts when possible. Having a home inventory will make the claims process much easier. If you don’t currently keep a home inventory, start one as soon as possible. 

    4- File a Claim ASAP: Insurance companies sometimes work on a first-come, first-served basis; so it's in your best interest to file an insurance claim as soon as possible. When you contact your provider, let them know the extent of the damages and that you have an inventory of your possessions. An insurance adjuster will come to your property, assess the damage, and determine the size of your payout. 

    5- Secure Safe Lodging:  If you home is uninhabitable, you’ll need to find your family a safe place to stay while your home is being repaired. The loss of use coverage in a standard homeowner insurance policy typically helps pay for your family's lodging as long as the damage is part of a covered claim. Check your policy or ask your agent to make sure you have this coverage and to determine its monetary value and time limits. 

    Suffering damage or loss from storms can be devastating, and recovery takes time. If you are prepared and plan in advance, repairing the damage will go much smoother.

    Remember to be patient during the claims process. With the proper preparation, things will be back to normal soon.

    Hurricane Season is Far From Over

    10/8/2019 (Permalink)

    If your business suffers a serious damage after a storm contact SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County and we are able to provide emergency services to reduce business interruption allowing you to focus on day to day operations. Our teams are available always to inspect and service your property reducing interruptions.

    When your business is damaged by severe storms contact us immediately SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County 936-559-0404.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER!

    Potenial Mold Dangers In Lufkin, Texas

    10/8/2019 (Permalink)

    Mold covering a large section of a ceiling Don't let mold in your home take root.

    For most Lufkin homeowners, mold is not even on the list of dangers to their residences. Fire and especially flooding are what occupies most people’s concerns over their home and checkbook. What many forget is that mold can grow unnoticed for years to become just as expansive and expensive a threat.

    So why use SERVPRO for cleaning and removing mold from your Lufkin home? Our restoration teams train to the latest industry standards for cleaning and remediation. Our office maintains an extensive inventory of cleaners and equipment for a rapid response. If we do need additional, specialized tools, our access to a national support network ensures we can get everything we need in usually only a day.

    The first step our technicians take is to isolate the mold infested areas from the rest of your home. They turn off the HVAC system and, if the ducts are clear of mold, cover the vents with plastic to prevent contaminating them while cleaning. As they do this, other team members seal off the affected area with heavy, plastic sheets and set up a combination of air movers and fans to create negative air pressure and direct loose spores out of your home.

    Now, our restoration team removes mold from surfaces in the affected area. The type of surface determines what tools we use. If a surface is metal, glass or plastic, it is non-porous, which means the mold rarely penetrates the surface. Our technicians can wipe these surfaces free of the mold using cloths or sponges. For thicker layers, they may need to use water or a mild cleaning agent to break them up for removal.

    For items like carpets, wood, or building materials like drywall, mold often grows or settles into the surface. These are porous surfaces and are harder to clean. SERVPRO technicians must use stronger cleaning agents and a brush to agitate the mold to draw it out. In many cases, especially with drywall, we recommend disposal since it is cheaper to replace the items than expend the labor hours to restore them.

    Afterward, we wait for any spores disturbed by our efforts to settle on surfaces. Our teams use vacuums with special, HEPA filters designed to draw out even a single mold spore from a table or chair. They finish by wiping down the surfaces and then repeat these last actions until the air mold content tests at a safe level.

    At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, our goal is to get you back into your home quickly and safely. If you think there is mold in your home, call us at 936-559-0404 to schedule a visit.

    Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Lufkin, TX

    10/7/2019 (Permalink)

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today - 936-559-0404

    The Experts and Major Sewer Damage

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    Damage restoration professionals have the experience necessary to handle major sewer damage such as a backup or flooded toilet that affects more than one floor of a building. Learn more about the measures necessary to deal with extensive sewage damage at a commercial property in Deep East Texas.

    Assess and Mitigate Damage

    As soon as a plumber or sewage company has addressed the cause of damage, a building owner or manager should schedule a consultation with a mitigation and restoration company. Trained professionals can assess damage and take the following measures:

    • Pump out standing water
    • Remove solid waste
    • Determine the extent of damage

    Extracting contaminated water and solid waste is the most important mitigation measure. The risk of contamination and mold growth will increase the longer that sewer damage is left standing within a structure.

    Tear Out Damaged Building Materials

    Porous building materials exposed to contaminated water from a sewer backup will likely need to be torn out and replaced. These materials may include any of the following:

    • Ceilings
    • Drywall
    • Insulation

    Extensive damage will probably call for the removal and replacement of some building materials and contents. Tearing out and rebuilding is particularly important if a backup or flooded toilet affects more than one floor of a structure.

    Disinfect and Dry the Area

    It will be necessary to disinfect areas exposed to contaminated Category Two gray water, which may contain microbes, or Category Three black water containing solid waste. Cleanup should take place after damaged materials and contents have been removed to reduce the risk of recontamination.

    A building owner or manager should contact a plumber to clear a clog or a sewage company if the blockage is further down the line or a backup originates in a municipal main in Lufkin, Tx. Restoration can only proceed after the portion of a building that has suffered sewer damage is completely dry.

    Family Escape Plan

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    Every family needs a fire escape plan, and parents should teach kids safety measures. Be sure to schedule regular drills to make sure kids know how to escape from a home fire.

    Make an Escape Plan

    The most important fire safety measure is an escape plan. This plan should cover:

    • Primary and secondary routes
    • Kid-safe strategies
    • A meeting point outside

    Parents and kids should practice using all escape routes. Kids should know where to go and what to do in the event of a fire.

    Bed Rolls

    If a child is awoken by a fire alarm, they should know to roll over rather than sit upright. Have kids practice:

    • Rolling over in bed
    • Keeping their heads low and facing down toward the floor
    • Putting a hand down
    • Sliding out of bed onto the floor

    You may want to sound a fire alarm during drills. Rolling out of bed can limit exposure to heat and smoke.

    Fire Crawls

    Heat and smoke rise during a fire. Crawling will keep kids in the coolest area with access to the clearest air. There are several types of kids safety fire crawls:

    • Crawling on all fours
    • Crawling on all fours with flat forearms
    • Crawling with legs flat on the floor

    These methods can help kids escape a home fire. Practice crawls during drills.

    How to Check Doors

    Opening a door during a fire without checking can result in burns or sudden ignition. Checking a door involves:

    • Pressing a door with the back of a hand
    • Leaving hot doors closed
    • Cracking open cool or slightly warm doors
    • Proceeding if clear and re-closing doors

    These fire escape methods are useful for children and adults. Keep in mind that regular drills are necessary for all family members.

    After ensuring kids safety, homeowners may be faced with severe damage to a home in Lufkin, Tx. A damage mitigation and restoration service can make it possible for a family to return home as soon as possible.

    Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Lufkin Residents

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    Water damage can leave behind unpleasant odors, SERVPRO has the professional equipment to rid your home of these unwanted smells.

    As a property owner in Lufkin, you can struggle to combat the resulting smells after a water damage disaster. You may lack the skills to identify all the sources of the odors. To professionally solve the stress, it is advisable to work with trained restorers who use specialized tools to deal with the problems.

    Usually, the wet materials that are left behind after a water damage incident bring about unpleasant odors. That means returning the moisture to normal levels does away with most of the smells. Though that is the case, not all smells completely disappear. That is why service providers like SERVPRO that operate in Lufkin use multiple approaches to mitigate the odors with less chance of returning.

    Sometimes a customer can complain of imaginary and real smells; this is when experts from a company like SERVPRO decide to use masking agents. We work by releasing a pleasing scent that covers the bad odors. Absorption and filtration agents can be used to serve the same purpose with the main difference being the manner in which they work. When we use them, absorption of some oils, humidity, and moisture takes place. The restoration process can also make use of pairing agents, disinfectants, sanitizers, as well as electrically generated deodorizers.

    Imagined and real odors are the main types of smells that SERVPRO work towards eliminating. Actual substances cause real odors while on the other hand, thoughts of people trigger the psychological or imaginary smells. Irrespective of the situation at hand, our trained professionals are equipped with the right tools and skills to do the needed deodorization.

    Drying and water removal are critical when mitigating water damage disasters. Reporting the incidents to our certified professionals at SERVPRO should be done as soon as possible so that the correct restoration procedures can start.

    At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we respond to all storm, water, mold and fire damage disasters with urgency. Call us at (936) 559-0404 to learn more about the professional options at your disposal.

    Storm Damage and Your Home

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    house artwork with text If you have any storm damage, we can always help!

    Wind Damage Restoration

    Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

    How can a roof leak and roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak weeks after the storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce damp, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

    Flooding and Recovery

    Flood water frequently poses a risk in coastal areas. Yet heavy rains may cause river flooding miles inland also. If the surrounding terrain cannot absorb groundwater, runoff contributes to flood water. Even residents of mountainous areas sometimes sustain varying degrees of flood damage if frozen pipes rupture. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some locations, too.

    Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems. Experts need to assess groundwater and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration firm may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. (Cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.) By relying upon a trained specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

    Call us today at 936-559-0404

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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    Helping our neighbors, always!

    When you choose SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, you are not only choosing the nationally recognized leader in the industry.  You are choosing hometown help from your locally owned franchise.  We not only work in the area, we live here.  We aren’t just taking care of a customer, we are taking care of our family, friends and neighbors.  It’s about more than a professional image.  For us, it is a very personal reputation on the line.  We truly care about every customer and making them feel like a priority is always our number one goal.  We are active members in the community both as a business and as an organization that participates in civic and charitable causes.  To us, reputation is everything and we can’t build that if we accept anything less than the best.  Our goal is to be the hometown helpers that you can rely on when the unexpected occurs! Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today at 936-559-0404.

    Unclean Air Ducts Can Spell Trouble for your Business

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    It’s East Texas and the calendar is inching us closer and closer to the Summer months. After a cool Winter, many will be turning their air conditioners on more and more as the temperature rises. But, indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

    When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

    Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
    A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


    How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
    Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


    Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
    Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

    Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
    The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

    The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

    • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
    • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
    • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

    For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (903)238-8100.

    Deep East Texas Apartment Water Loss

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    In an apartment community residence will share walls from the sides and from above and below. When a water damage occurs, it can get out of hand quickly, since a water damage can affect multiple residences. You can never know when an emergency will occur, but it’s in your best interest as a property manager to always be prepared for anything. Taking these measures by the American Apartment Owners Association can help you prevent damage in the future.

    • Inspect the property regularly. It is important to ask about repair needs and to check out major systems on a regular basis. If the problem is caught early, then damage can be minimized or avoided.
      Water causes millions of dollars to the rental industry each year. Landlords in updated buildings are seeing damage due to the use of materials that aren’t holding up as expected. Most of the water damage is due to faulty plumbing, which can cause secondary damage like mold and other costly repairs, so it is important to inspect regularly.
    • By acting early when you receive a repair request, then it can help save you money and keep the property in good condition.
    • Pay attention to utility spikes. Whether you pay the utilities, or your tenant complains about a sudden increase, take it seriously. It is a warning sign that something may be spilling out. It can even signal a drug manufacturing operation which one of most costly repair jobs you will ever encounter.
    • Watch the weather. Storms cause significant property damage, and lately we’ve been seeing some monsters. Once the surge is over, check for roof damage, clogged gutters, and poor drainage that may leak into the foundation. The best time to repair old and damaged roofs is when it’s dry.
    • Encourage tenants to carry renters insurance. The main benefit: they won’t ask you to reimburse them for damage. The indirect benefit is making tenants aware of just how much they stand to lose if they are careless and cause damage to the property.

    The Different Types of Fires that can Effect your Lufkin Home

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    1. Class A Fire Damage: Fire damage from a Class A fire is the result of a fire involving flammable solids, including, various plastics, paper, rubber, wood, and cloth.

    2. Class B Fire Damage: Class B fire damage consists of damage as a result of flammable liquids or solids that can become liquefied. This includes gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, various waxes and plastics, and paint. However, fires caused by cooking oils and fats don’t count as Class B.

    3. Class C Fire Damage: A Class C fire damage is one involving flammable gasses, including hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas.

    4. Class D Fire Damage: Class D fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals. This may include magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

    5. Class E Fire Damage: Class E is fire damage that results from the factors in both Class A and Class B. The difference being, Class involves the introduction of electrical elements, which makes fighting the fire and the resulting damage very different from Class A and Class B.

    6. Class F Fire Damage: Class F is a fire that results from cooking oils and fats. This type of fire differs from Class B because these fires are significantly hotter and the damage more severe.

    Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at 936-559-0404.

    Fires can cause several different types of damage

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    Smoke, Mold, and Water Damage can be just as costly as Fire.

    Fire Damage

    Fire damage is caused by the actual fire. This can include damage to the structure of the property. Often materials are melted and can ignite other materials with this type of damage. 

    Fire damage can also cause different toxins to react causing explosions or they can act as accelerant spreading the flames and causing additional damage. 

    Water Damage

    Water damage is always present with fire damage because the flames have to be extinguished. Often the damage caused by the sprinklers in a building is much more significant than the initial fire damage. 

    Smoke Damage

    Soot from a fire can be found in every room of a house that has been badly burned, even those rooms that were not burnt. Often homeowner's belongings, furniture, clothes in drawers, important documents, paintings, and more are completely covered in charcoal black soot. Some items are not salvageable and the items that are have to be properly cleaned or the soot can permanently destroy them. 

    Mold Damage

    After experiencing a house fire, the water damage has to be professionally handled, because when it is not properly dried mold can grow. Mold is a toxin that can cause numerous potential health problems for those living in the property. It is important to make sure the water damage is taken care of by professionals like those at SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County.

    What to do while Waiting for SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County to Arrive

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    • Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air conditioning for accelerated drying in summer; in winter alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
    • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
    • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
    • Stay out of rooms were ceilings are sagging from retained water.
    • Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air.
    • Remove lamps, telephones and decorative items from wet furniture tops.
    • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
    • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
    • Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.
    • CALL SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Immediately 

    Stay Safe This Summer When Grilling!

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    Enjoy the fun and sun, stay safe!

    Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. To keep you and your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines. Here are some basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.

    General grilling tips

    • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
    • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
    • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
    • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
    • Never leave your grill unattended.

    Propane grills

    Before you use your grill:

     Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.

    • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
      • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
      • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
      • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
    • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

    When the grill is on:

    • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
    • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

    Charcoal grills

    • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
    • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
    • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
    • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
    • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

    What is a Protein Fire?

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    Protein fires create an especially unique restoration challenge. Fire damage caused by burnt food can also create odor issues which are difficult to mitigate. Here are some important facts regarding this type of fire.

    1. Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer
    2. They create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
    3. The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more completely than other fires
    4. Require extremely thorough cleaning to remove the odor
    5. Sometimes require a sealing agent or even repainting to completely eradicate the odor
    6. May require multiple attempts and methods to achieve customer satisfaction

    It is also important to recognize that perception of odor is highly individual.  There are no tools available to “measure” smell, and as a result, a homeowner may perceive odors that technicians or even neighbors cannot.  Often times, because of the strong link between smell and memory, a homeowner may experience “phantom odors” where the memory of the event causes reproduction of the odor even after thorough cleaning.

    Fire Damage In Your Home Or Business? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to speak to a Fire Mitigation Specialist. 936-637-0404

    Your Lufkin Business Needs to be Fire Ready!

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    Fire Safety is not something to forget at your business!

    Keeping your Lufkin commercial property fire ready is vital in order to avoid disaster. Your livelihood and that of your staff depends on your business, and you will want to protect it. Being ready for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. We are sharing some tips here that can help you get your property ready in the event of a fire:

    Ensure that your building or suite is visibly lettered and numbered so that emergency responders can easily find your location in a timely manner. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black/white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.

    Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot that is easy to get to. Make sure your extinguishers are serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.

    Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage and should be illuminated at all times, with a battery backup for power outages. Exits should also be clear of any obstructions so that people can get out safely and quickly. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the area around the building outside clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.

    Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern.

    Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged in, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.

    Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and door openings and not stored in the path of exits.

    Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.

    If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.

    Make sure your local fire department has valid contact information on file for your commercial property.

    For more information call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at 936-559-0404

    What to do when your home has water damage

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    Moving water can quickly make a water damage situation catastrophic.

    What you can do until help arrives

    After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

    Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (936) 559-0404

    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Flooding

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

    Is your deep East Texas home flooded?

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    A flooding event can uproot your family for an extended period of time.

    Why Choose SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County?

    We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

    We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

    We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

    We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

    • Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

    We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

    We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,800 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

    Call us anytime 936-559-0404

    Coming From Inside Your House

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    When you think about residential water damage, you might dream up images of torrential rain or other natural catastrophes. However, the reality, unfortunately, is that damage which is caused when regular appliances in your home stop working properly, this can be just as destructive as a weather event which is severe. Water damage makes up for losses to renters and homeowners in the billions of dollars each year. It is responsible as well for around twenty-five percent of all insurance claims. Water is ten times more likely to damage your home than a fire. 
     
    There are fortunately steps you can make to help avoid water damage from appliances and keep your home protected. Understanding some of the common causes of water damage is helpful, and these can include leaking air condition condensation drains, baseboard heating, and failed washing machine hoses, water heaters, and plumbing. 
     
    There are not always warning signs offered by these household appliances until the damage has happened already. This is why it is important to check them regularly. The steps below are simple and can help protect your home from the causes of water damage which are most common. 
     
    -Know first where your main water supply is in case of an emergency 
    -If you’re going away for an extended amount of time, shut the water supply off and drain the pipes. If your house has a fire sprinkler system, however, do not turn the water off, and keep enough heat in the home to avoid any freezing up. 
    -Think about getting your air conditioning system regularly inspected by a professional. The drain lines should be checked annually and clean them out if they get clogged. 
    -Inspect showers, water heaters, toilets, tubs, dishwashers and sinks annually, and get them repaired if there are any signs of corrosion or leaks. Install water heaters when possible in areas with floor drains to lower damage if leaks do occur. 
    -Check the caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilet bases and sinks, and if needed make repairs. 
    -If there is an ice machine or water dispenser on your refrigerator, the hose between the refrigerator and wall should be constructed of braided copper, since this has a greater resistance to corrosion and cracking. 
    -Check your pipes for leaks and cracks. Have any damage to pipes, have them immediately fixed to avoid repairs in the future that are even more costly. 
    -Check plumbing fittings and appliance hoses for crimping, breakage or bending. 
     
    Sometimes, even after all your precaution, residential water damage can still occur. If this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County today at:(936) 559-0404 

    Severe Storms Pack a Punch

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    We make it "Like it never even happened."

    Severe weather is frightening to everyone and you may be worried about your home or business. You can't control the weather, and simply hoping for the best, will not be enough.  

    Though you can't control it, you can know who to call after the storms strike.  

    Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Lufkin property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. 

    Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  

    If your Lufkin home has been affected by water damage, call SERVPRO Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at: (936) 559-0404 

    Think You Have Mold in Your Lufkin Home?

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    Call us anytime, any day!

    So far this Spring, we have been talking about the various stages of the mold remediation process. So far this year, we have had an incredibly wet and humid time which can be heaven for mold spore. If you see visible mold in your Lufkin home, please do not disturb it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate throughout your home. While this can continue the spread of mold, it can also be hazardous for the health of you and your family.

     What to Do

    • Stay out of affected areas. 
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 
    • Contact SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County  
    • for mold remediation services. 

     What Not to Do

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold. 
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. 
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself. 
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. 

     SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

    Contact us immediately if you suspect you have any mold in your home at: (936) 559-0404

    Fire Damage Goes Beyond Exterior Damage

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    Fire Damage goes far beyond what you can see

    There can and will be unexpected issues from any business or house fire. The fire itself is devastating, but the damage that comes after the initial fire can be severe. The most common of which, is smoke damage.  

    Smoke damage to your Lufkin home or business can leave your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces discolored and warped. These surfaces may have a smoky odor left by the fire, which can even be dangerous for your health. The smell is usually left by particles on partially or fully burned surfaces. The smell can also embed itself into articles of clothing, carpets, and curtains and will require the immediate professional cleaning that only, SERVPRO of Lufkin, can provide.  

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

    A Clean, Professional Space

    6/1/2019 (Permalink)

    Keeping your space clean is a must!

    Some Tips and tricks to help declutter your office in Time for the Summer!      

    Divide Your Workplace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

    Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.

    Create A Daily Paper System: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "To Read", "To Do", and "To File". Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

    Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.

    Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files - with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

    Disinfect Regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

    Storm Damage Inspections

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    Even if you have no reason to suspect that damage occurred, check your home and its surroundings (once it’s safe to do so, of course). It’s important to identify problems, make emergency repairs and determine if an insurance claim is necessary.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides this list of Storm Problems areas.

    Roof

    Your roof might be the area of your home most vulnerable to damage in a storm, because so many things can impact it. Whether you’ve had high winds and downed tree branches or just a simple hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

    • Holes in the roof
    • Missing Shingles
    • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
    • Split seams

    Building Exteriors

    While siding, stucco and brick all are durable, they also are susceptible to storm damage. In some instances, homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late to file a claim, so check carefully for:

    • Cracking, chipping or dings and dents on siding. Even if there doesn’t appear to be damage at first, check again at a different time of day. You may see something you missed when the lighting is different.
    • Holes in stucco. This is a serious problem, even when small, so look closely. If you find holes, have a professional conduct a full property inspection.
    • Damaged brick and tuck pointing. While brick typically holds up well, a check can identify any problem areas.
    • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

    Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Lufkin home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

    Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage? Call Us Today (936) 637-0404

    Unclean Air Ducts can Spell Illness in Your Business

    5/11/2019 (Permalink)

    Air Ducts can be the last thing you think about to clean.

    It’s East Texas and the calendar is inching us closer and closer to the Summer months. After a cool Winter, many will be turning their air conditioners on more and more as the temperature rises. But, indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

    When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

    Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
    A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


    How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
    Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


    Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
    Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

    Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
    The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

    The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

    • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
    • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
    • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

    For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (936) 559-0404.

    Mold Growth in Your Carpets

    5/7/2019 (Permalink)

    Mold in your carpets can lead to more severe issues.

    This month, we have been talking about Mold. As a refresher, for mold to grow, it needs oxygen, moisture, a surface to grow on, and a food source. Spores are commonly found in the air. If they land on damp or wet spots indoors, they feed on dust, and mold growth will occur very soon.

    In the right conditions, area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting provide a perfect breeding ground for mold. Carpet located below ground level in basements, as well as carpet that’s been wet for a period of time, and moist or damp carpeting, are at especially high risk of mold growth.

    Just because mold is not immediately visible or apparent on carpeting doesn’t mean that growth is not in progress. Actually, mold is likely to only be visible on the surface of carpeting in severe infestations – as would commonly occur when the carpet has remained wet for some time after flooding.

    Carpeting that has been subjected to flood damage or standing water usually needs to be disposed of because conditions are ripe for mold growth. Even if visible growth has not yet started, it’s highly probable that it will happen unless the carpeting is removed, cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours. Even then, removing it and cleaning it is not guaranteed to prevent mold growth.

    So, when the unexpected strikes SERVPRO will be there to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime 24/7 365 (936) 559-0404.

    Mold and Your Bathroom

    5/3/2019 (Permalink)

    No bathroom is immune to mold!

    In our last Mold post, we laid out how and why Mold grows. Specifically, Mold loves a warm, damp place to grow and there is no better place in your home for Mold then your bathroom. So, how then do you prevent mold from appearing in your bathroom!

    Understanding how and why mold grows in a bathroom will help to prevent its appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

    1. Steam moisture is the biggest reason fro mold growth. It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.
    2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.
    3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

    You may already know SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs.

    Call Us 24/7: (936) 637-0404

    Even When the Fire is Contained Quickly the Smoke Damage can be Severe

    5/1/2019 (Permalink)

    This electrical office fire was contained and put out very fast, but the smoke damage was quite significant.

    While this electrical fire was stopped before it could spread too far, the smoke damage was very severe. Smoke damage can be especially destructive and can happen very quickly. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

    When your Lufkin home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

    No Storm too big, No Disaster too far!

    5/1/2019 (Permalink)

    We'll Be On Our Way!

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

    In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,800 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,800 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

    We can always be reached at (936) 559-0404.

    Our Promise? We'll Always be There!

    5/1/2019 (Permalink)

    It's the SERVPRO way!

    At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we find that it is massively important that our neighbors, both close and far away, know that they can always count on us. That’s why we travel any time a disaster strikes. It is just a part of the way we do things at SERVPRO. We make sure that the areas that are hit hardest by any large storm will have the resources to respond and help those in need. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,800 Franchises. Our team travels across the country to different storm sites and lends their aide to any home owners and commercial businesses.

    The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

    When a disaster strikes, there will be much uncertainty in the direct aftermath. But, where there won’t be uncertainty is in the fact that SERVPRO will be there!

    Mold in your home? We can help!

    5/1/2019 (Permalink)

    It's key to stop mold as soon as you can.

    Unfortunately, mold is a part of our everyday life. It grows quickly and can become dangerous. According to the CDC, “Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.”

    In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

    Mold is a very serious issue and requires professional help. SERVPRO specializes in water and mold damage restoration and we have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation that you may have.

    Contact us night or day at (936) 637- 0404.

    Why SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is the Best for Commercial Cleaning

    4/18/2019 (Permalink)

    Any Time, Anywhere!

    Why SERVPRO is the Best for Commercial Cleaning and Commercial Damage Remediation? Did you know SERVPRO is not just for disasters such as floods, water damage, or fires in the home?  We also help Commercial Businesses!

    Our SERVPRO employees are certified to clean and sanitize: Upholstery, Carpeting, Flooring, and other hard surfaces. SERVPRO is even certified to remove biohazard contaminants such as blood, urine, feces, and other things no one else wants to clean.  Refresh your carpeting and office cubical- we also specialize in odor removal and deodorization!   Additionally, SERVPRO is available after hours if services are needed when customers and/or clients are not present.

    SERVPRO means reliable, certified professionals will show up at your door. Please call today at (936) 637-0404 for a quote; we would be very happy to serve you on a reoccurring basis.

    The First 24 Hours

    4/16/2019 (Permalink)

    We hope you never need us, but if you do, we're here to help!

    The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

    With a call to SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County (936) 559-0404, a professional will be on site as soon as possible to ensure that the water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

    INSPECTION

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

    EMERGENCY SERVICES

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

    MONITORING

    To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

    RESTORATION SERVICES

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

    EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS

    • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
    • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
    • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
    • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
    • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
    • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

    For more information on recovering from water damage, contact SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County today.

    Flooding and Staying Safe

    4/11/2019 (Permalink)

    Deep East Texas is prone to the yearly flood situation and as we have seen with the past few years, hurricanes are always a concern to bring heavy amounts of rain in our direction.

    In the event that your home has flooded, it is strictly important to conduct a list of safety checks before returning inside.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has produced an in-depth document outlining these safety steps.  Some steps include:

    • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
    • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
    • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
    • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off

    If flood waters do reach inside your home, they can cause multiple safety hazards and threats. Mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety. And if you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination. Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

    Checking on your home after a flooding event is, obviously, natural. But even just a few moments of exposure can have significant risks for you health. At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we provide emergency water disaster services for all of Deep East Texas. We have given our mitigation specialists extensive training for safely entering these types of situations and for getting the remediation process started.  It is our hope you never have to experience this type of natural disaster or other types of water damages but if you do, we are a phone call away at (936) 559-0404 and are always ready to help.

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

    4/2/2019 (Permalink)

    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."

    Belonging to the Community

    4/1/2019 (Permalink)

    The beauty of our community never ceases to amaze!

    On March 30th and 31st, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County had the privilege of being a part of two incredible community events in our local area.

    First, Raguet Elementary School's Color Run, benefitting the school's ability to fund literacy initiatives, learning excursions, and family fun nights throughout the year. Young runners and their families gathered at Pecan Acres Park for the event and SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County had a hand in the fun. Prior to the run, students got to Slime some of their teachers with SERVPRO color Slime. Our own Patrick Castillo even got to be a part of the sliming. 

    Next was The Helping House Family Kite Fest at the Nacogdoches County airport. The festival benefitted The Helping House, whose goal is to provide networking and support for all families in the Deep East Texas area who are affected by autism and other sensory and developmental delays, whether your child is a full-time student at The Helping House or not. The event was a blast and the turnout was amazing.

    Both events are hugely important and beneficial aspects of our local communities. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County recognizes that for our area to be strong, we must be there for each other. Supporting and spreading the message of what our wonderful community has to offer is an easy and effective way of building each other up. We belong to the Deep East Texas area and wouldn't have it any other way!

    SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County is Ready for any Storm!

    3/28/2019 (Permalink)

    Faster to any size disaster!

      From small pipe leaks to a full scale storm event, SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County has seen it all and is ready to help when disaster strikes!

    As a flood damage restoration specialist, SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County utilizes and maintains and inventory of state of the art equipment and houses a staff of highly trained and certified personnel to return your property to a pre-storm condition.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    We are locally owned and operated which enables us to respond quickly. This is paramount, a quick response limits potential damage and reduces the restoration cost on the customer.

    The Human Element

    We understand that storm events upend and cause chaos in your life. SERVPRO is here to help you through these challenging periods with the singular goal of making it "Like it never even happened." We are in the business of helping and making right, our goal is to return your life to the way it was before any disaster, big or small.

    Storm & Flood Resources

    When a storm happens, our team will be able to handle any size disaster, big or small. Our network of over 1,800 franchises across the United States ensures continuous access to equipment and personal. Rest assured that the SERVPRO name is a name you can rely on!

    When Storm or Flood Damage Strikes, Call the Experts at SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County, (936)637-0404.

    Being Prepared for Spring Weather in Deep East Texas

    3/26/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    3/21/2019 (Permalink)

    Returning your business to it’s full potential.

    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

    Spring is Here! How to Avoid Spring Fires.

    3/19/2019 (Permalink)

    While a big part of our warmer months, barbecuing does bring hazards to your home if not careful.

    While it is true that the possibility for fires is much higher during the cold, winter months, that doesn’t mean that the possibility of fires do not exist in the spring. So, as you dust off the grill and get ready for the many barbecues to come over the next few months, SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County wants you to keep an eye on these areas:

    Grills

    We all know the rush of bringing the grill out after a long, cold winter. But grilling is the largest cause of Spring fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association “an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year.” Gas grills are responsible for a higher number of house fires than charcoal grills. Remember to always check and clean your grill before use. Never grill in any space that is enclosed, keep your grill away from the house! And if your grilling with charcoal, only ever use charcoal starter fluid to light your coals.

    Following these simple yet helpful instructions will keep you away from the serious dangers that come with grilling. Remember, You want to enjoy cooking out!

    Smoke Alarms

    More obvious than anything, batteries in your smoke detectors should be changed once a year. An easy way to remember to change them is to fold this task into your Spring cleaning routine. Also, don’t forget to test your smoke detectors(there should be at least one on every floor of the house) every month.

    Dryers

    When a dryer related fire happens, it is typically caused by forgetting to clean the lent screen. Scooping the screen each and every time you do laundry is an exceptionally easy way to avoid any particular danger. The NFPA also recommends cleaning out the vent pipe at least once a year, so might as well add that to the spring cleaning list, too.

    From all of us at SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County, we hope you have a great Spring. And if you ever need us, we’re always here and ready to help, so call us at (936)637-0404.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County: Faster Response to your Kennard, Texas Water Loss

    3/14/2019 (Permalink)

    The Sanctuary in the process of being restored to greet its members like new.

    A joyous Sunday morning of worship and celebration of Baptism at a church in Kennard, Texas left members uplifted and in high spirits. When members returned to the church later that day, they discovered a significant water loss that was building into a much larger problem. Quick thinking and even quicker action may have saved the church from truly heartbreaking damage. The water had stopped, but  now, the members of the church were faced with a major dilemma. Water had damaged walls and flooring in the main sanctuary, drywall had swelled and begun to crack, and the damage was beyond their repair.

    A call was made to SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County and a Quick Response Team was dispatched. SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration so you can rest assured we are more than equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Church members were back in their home the following Sunday and life returned to normal. Thanks to SERVPRO of Lufkin and S. Nacogdoches County, it was "Like it never even happened."

    We answer the phone ready to help, day or night. Call us today at (936) 637-0404 if your home or business has been affected by water damage.

    Lufkin Sprinkler System Malfunction Requires Commercial Water Removal

    1/2/2019 (Permalink)

    Sprinkler systems help, should they go off by accident, you'll need to contact your local SERVPRO.

    SERVPRO Technicians are Always Available to Remediate Your Water Damaged Business Property

    Ironically, a system designed to protect your business from catastrophe can damage it in other ways. A common example of this is a sprinkler system installed to protect a commercial building from fire. The waters sprayed to knock down the flames cause their own harm, and a restoration company needs to be skilled in both water and fire damage to offer your company the services you need. 
     
    Even more disappointing is when your fire fighting sprinkler system malfunctions, creating an immediate need for commercial water removal in Lufkin Texas without the excuse of an actual fire. Regardless of the cause, a sprinkler, once activated, releases up to 24 gallons of water per minute. If more than one sprinkler head engages, the amount of water pouring into your commercial space can be significant. Water damage is serious and can result in a broad range of secondary damage issues if not remedied quickly. Our crews of water removal specialists have the skill and the equipment to remove large quantities of water fast. 
     
     
    Sprinkler systems protect your property unless they operate unexpectedly. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County Commercial services is a trusted water removal partner for your commercial needs. Call (936) 637-0404 to schedule a speedy evaluation and begin the restoration process. 

    Where Do You Begin When You Need Fire Damage Repair?

    1/2/2019 (Permalink)

    If you need fire or smoke damage repairs in Lufkin or Nacogdoches, call a professional fire and smoke restoration specialist like SERVPRO of Lufkin.

    About 380,000 people needed fire damage repair in their homes after an accidental or unintentional fire, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking accidents, heating issues, and electrical malfunctions account for close to 70% of all residential home fires. If you need fire or smoke damage repairs in Lufkin or Nacogdoches, call a professional fire and smoke restoration specialist like SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

    Fire Prevention

    Removing fire damage, soot, and smoke from walls, ceilings, and floors is a not a simple task. Take the following steps to minimize the risk of fire and smoke damage to your home in the future.

    1. Electrical - Check and replace damaged electrical outlets, plugs, cords, and wires regularly and do not keep them covered or pinched against a wall. Avoid overloading your homes circuit system and use surge protectors rather than unprotected power strips.
    2. Kitchen – Often overlooked as part of a kitchen setup is the fire extinguisher. Keep one in close reach and prepare yourself to use it. Most ovens have a self-cleaning button; use it regularly to prevent buildup. Keep the stovetop clean to minimize grease fires.
    3. Appliances - A clothes dryer holds lint and many other appliances with a fan or motor suck in dust and other particles. Clear the filter of lint after each load and the dryer vent often. Clean under all appliances regularly to prevent buildup.
    4. Other fire causes include smoking, placing grills less than 10 feet away from your home, and children’s curiosity.

    Does your restaurant have an odor problem?

    1/2/2019 (Permalink)

    Keep your restaurant smelling fresh for your customers and employees!

    Does your Lufkin/Nacogdoches restaurant smell like a bad recipe? Do you have customers come into your place and wrinkle up their nose? Or they walk in and then leave without ordering anything. You know you’re in need of odor removal when customers suddenly lose their appetite. Let SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County Odor Removal and Deodorization Specialist help you get back that sweet smell of success in two steps!

    Deep cleaning

    Sometimes you need a bit more than the everyday cleaning job your staff does. Just like we do deep cleaning a couple times a year in our homes, it is essential to have this done in our restaurants as well. Restaurants enjoy a thorough cleaning of the floors, drapes, blinds, carpeting, and upholstery. Food smells can become trapped in fabrics leaving a sour or greasy smell. We have specialty cleaning services to ensure your restaurant gets deep cleaned.

    Deodorization

    Not only does your Lufkin/Nacogdoches restaurant need a deep cleaning, but it needs an odor removal process using deodorization. Our staff is trained to discover what is causing the odors. This is an important first step in eliminating the odors. Once our staff knows where the smell is emanating from, then we can use the proper formula to remove it. We have several different deodorizing formulas created to get to the source of the bad smells. Odor removal is not just about hiding or covering up offending smells, but it’s essential to go to the root of the problem and neutralize it.

    Solution


    We make cleaning and restoration our expertise. We train and educate our staff to combat stinky smells wherever they may be. If you have a restaurant that does not smell too sweet, contact us today. Lufkin 936-637-0404 / Nacogdoches 936-559-0404 

    SERVPRO's Quick Response can PREVENT Many Types of Secondary Damages

    1/2/2019 (Permalink)

    Water Removal Services Available for Your Lufkin / Nacogdoches Business.

    As soon as an incident involving massive water intrusions occurs in your business, you need to call someone for help.  The longer it takes for you to make a decision, the more damaging the situation can become. What started as a broken pipe in your wall, affects your subfloor, floor, carpeting or floor cover, furniture, cabinets, crawl spaces, attic, or basement.  
      
    Without the proper Water Damage Repair and Restoration your Lufkin / Nacogdoches Business can fall victim to water damage that causes massive problems. Water itself may be essential for living, but it can still cause catastrophic damage in your home. Everything from floods to leaky faucets can cause major health and safety issues, making quality restoration services a blessing. 
      
    You want to stop the flow of water immediately, so knowing the location of and how to use your water main shut-off valve can help prevent many damages that may occur. After that, contact SERVPRO, we can repair the damaged water source, utilize industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment to get things under control swiftly and prevent additional damages from forming.  

    In Lufkin 936-637-0404, in Nacogdoches 936-559-0404. 
      

    Is Your Lufkin Texas Business Ready for a Disaster?

    1/2/2019 (Permalink)

    The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage. 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County disaster recovery team is a full service commercial restoration firm. We specialize in commercial drying, cleaning and decontamination needs. Our approach uses a collaborative method to reduce operational risks, minimize downtime and save you money in order to get your business up and running after a disaster.

    Consider the statistic that 50% of businesses who suffer a major disaster will never reopen. Of the businesses that reopened, most of them had a plan in place.

    Several questions a business owner may consider;

    Do your employees know your chain-of-command?

    Do your teams know where your water shut-offs are?

    Would your employees be able to direct first responders?

    The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. A prompt warning to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. A call for help to public emergency services that provides full and accurate information will help the dispatcher send the right responders and equipment. An employee trained to administer first aid or perform CPR can be lifesaving. Action by employees with knowledge of building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment.

    The consultation and Emergency Readiness Program is offered at no cost to your facility, give us a call at 936-559-0404 and schedule your appointment today.

    Bring that old Letterman jacket back to life!

    11/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Proudly ready to sport that like new letterman jacket!

    Advanced Technology and Techniques

    The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

    The Esporta Wash System is capable of decontaminating soft contents from all categories of losses; including sewage, mold and can restore  damage caused by smoke and soot from a fire.  The decontamination efficacy (this means how well it removes the contaminants) has been validated by numerous third party laboratory tests performed by leading hygienists, universities, and industry consultants. The Esporta Wash System is an unparalleled cleaning process capable of decontaminating without deteriorating fabrics or reducing material reflectivity.

    Have Questions?
    Call Us Today – (936) 637-0404

    Even When the Fire is Contained Quickly the Smoke Damage can be Severe

    10/31/2018 (Permalink)

    This electrical office fire was contained and put out very fast, but the smoke damage was quite significant.

    While this electrical fire was stopped before it could spread too far, the smoke damage was very severe. Smoke damage can be especially destructive and can happen very quickly. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

    When your Lufkin home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

    Wake up and your Lufkin Texas home flooded, now what?

    10/31/2018 (Permalink)

    When you go downstairs and find you have an indoor pool.

    24 Hour Emergency Service

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (936) 559-0404

    Faster to Any Size Emergency

    In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

    What to Expect From the Water Damage Cleanup Process

    10/22/2018 (Permalink)

    Repairing water damage to parquet hardwood flooring Lufkin, Texas.

    What to Expect From the Water Damage Cleanup Process.

    If you’ve recently experienced a flood or pipe burst and have water damage in your home, you’re probably wondering “what happens now?” The first, and most important, step when dealing with water or flood damage is to stop any active leaks in the home. This can be done by shutting off the home’s main water supply. If you don’t know how to shut off your home’s water supply, call a professional plumber or your local water supply company for assistance. Once any active leaks have been addressed and all water has been turned off, it’s imperative you call a professional to start the water damage cleanup process as quickly as possible to minimize damage.

    How a Home is Restored After Water Damage

    All water damage restoration jobs are unique and the amount of work required for each depends on a variety of factors such as the amount of area in the home that’s been damaged and how long the water has been present. Once a SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County professional arrives onsite and has a chance to inspect the home, they’ll be able to put together a detailed project timeline specific to your job. 

    Have Water or Flood Damage?
    Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404

    SERVPRO Nacogdoches Chamber Member Of The Month

    8/2/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Chamber Member Of The Month

    Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce

    Member of the Month is SERVPRO®

    SERVPRO® of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County Your local SERVPRO® professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and fire emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces cost. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call Zayda Villanueva 936-559-0404.

    Meet Zayda Villanueva
    Zayda Villanueva is a Sales Marketing Representative who works at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches Counties and serves residents with overcoming obstacles and catastrophes. She enjoys knowing that whether you have a fire or water loss, you can trust SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches Counties to make your house feel like home again. SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to quickly turn your situation around for the best. Upon recently celebrating her 1 year in the industry, she is now a certified Water Restoration Technician. In addition to these great achievements, Zayda has also received her certification of completion for Nac 101. Through this training, she learned what it takes to run a city and enjoyed it tremendously. Her face is one who is familiar with celebrating with others by regularly attending ribbon cuttings throughout the year, and attending various functions in the Nacogdoches community.

    Voted Best Of Lufkin 3 Years Running

    8/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Two people standing back to back in front of SERVPRO vehicles Thank You Lufkin For Voting Us Best Of Lufkin 2018!

    Because of YOU, we’ve done it again! SERVPRO® of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County “Best Of The Best” in the category of “Best Carpet Cleaning” by the Lufkin Daily News for 2018.

    Each year, readers of the Lufkin Daily News nominate the top businesses or individuals in several key categories from all across the County. Not only did our customers nominate us for the category, they took the time to specifically vote for us on our category. Because of you, our customers, we are honored to again accept this designation for a third year in a row!

    SERVPRO® of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County proudly services all of Deep East Texas.  Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. We have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

    You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

    Need Cleaning Services?
    Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404
     

    Flooded Business?

    8/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Business owners understand why they need to mitigate against flood risk and some of the challenges they may face.

    Floods can occur anywhere, often with little or no warning, and with devastating consequences. Protecting the bottom line in order to remain open, or to re-open quickly after a flood disaster, requires taking steps now to prevent or reduce flood damage should your business be in the path of rising water. 

    Types Of Flooding

    Topography and weather conditions play a prominent role in the impact different types of flooding have on specific locales. The following are some examples of specific types of flooding.

    • Rising water may be the greatest risk to inland areas away from a river bed after a heavy snow pack begins to melt or after heavy rainfall.
    • Moving water is a serious risk in areas near rivers or in coastal storm surge areas because it creates significantly larger lateral forces on a building.
    • Overtopping, breaching or opening of dams, levees, and other flood control mechanisms, which are designed to divert the flow of water to provide protection, can lead to flood damage that may be more significant than if the levees were never installed. The Mississippi and Missouri River floods of 2011 included breaches of levees, as well as controlled flooding by the opening of various flood gates on levees. The result was thousands of acres of farmland, crops, livestock and fish farms being destroyed to protect urban areas.
    • Flash flooding can occur in every region as a result of slow-moving thunderstorms or excessive rainfall from any storm system.
    • Large, slow-moving tropical storms can dump excessive amounts of rain on coastal locations and then move inland to continue the devastation, resulting in widespread flood damage.

    Protein Fires in Lufkin Texas: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

    7/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Protein Fires in Lufkin Texas: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

    Protein fires create an especially unique restoration challenge. Fire damage caused by burnt food can also create odor issues which are difficult to mitigate. Here are some important facts regarding this type of fire.

    1. Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer
    2. They create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
    3. The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more completely than other fires
    4. Require extremely thorough cleaning to remove the odor
    5. Sometimes require a sealing agent or even repainting to completely eradicate the odor
    6. May require multiple attempts and methods to achieve customer satisfaction

    It is also important to recognize that perception of odor is highly individual.  There are no tools available to “measure” smell, and as a result, a homeowner may perceive odors that technicians or even neighbors cannot.  Often times, because of the strong link between smell and memory, a homeowner may experience “phantom odors” where the memory of the event causes reproduction of the odor even after thorough cleaning.

    Fire Damage In Your Home Or Business? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lukin/S. Nacogdoches County to speak to a Fire Mitigation Specialist. 936-637-0404

    Did you know Lufkin Texas has access to 24/7/365 Emergency Flood Restoration Service?

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Did you know Lufkin Texas has access to 24/7/365 Emergency Flood Restoration Service?

    The restoration process begins when you call us. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
    Call Today - (936) 559-0404

    Water damage can be chaotic and traumatic. When you call us, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    Water Damage Emergency Tips

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Storms in South Texas produced heavy rains and flooded this entire home.

    What you can do until help arrives

    After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

    Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (936) 559-0404

    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Flooding

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

    Need help with your flooded home in Nacogdoches Texas?

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Need help with your flooded home in Nacogdoches Texas?

    Why Choose SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County?

    We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

    We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

    We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

    We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

    • Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

    We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

    We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

    Call us anytime 936-559-0404

    Summer Grilling Safety Tips

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Don't let this happen to you... Some basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.
    Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. To keep you and your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines. Here are some basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.

    General grilling tips

    • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
    • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
    • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
    • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
    • Never leave your grill unattended.

    Propane grills

    Before you use your grill:

     Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.

    • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
      • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
      • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
      • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
    • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

    When the grill is on:

    • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
    • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

    Charcoal grills

    • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
    • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
    • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
    • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
    • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

    Source: Guy Colonna, NFPA Division Manager, Industrial & Chemical Engineering

    Lufkin Restaurant Suffers Fire Damage

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Lufkin Restaurant Suffers Fire Damage

    After the fire trucks leave, your business likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your business to pre-fire condition.

    Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (936) 559-0404

    Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

    Step 1: Emergency Contact

    The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

    Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

    We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

    Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

    Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

    Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

    Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

    We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

    Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

    We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

    Step 7: Restoration

    Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

    Be Aware of What Contaminants are in Flood/Black Water

    6/5/2018 (Permalink)

    The dark water makes it nearly impossible to see what is underneath.

    Contaminated Flood Waters Contain Pathogens and Dangerous Debris 

    When we respond to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent questions our technicians get is, "What is black water?", Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water. 

    Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality, makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it. 

    Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have. 

    Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open up a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later on can possibly develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed. 

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County deals with flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (936) 559-0404 for mitigation and restoration services. 

    What Exactly is Mold?

    6/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Though adorable, mold can be deadly.

    Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect microenvironment for mold growth. 

    When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause serious health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to it. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors. The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic! Applying the appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. 

    Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration. In a standard situation, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated. We encourage you to call us today if you suspect a mold problem in your home or business. We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County technicians are trained to control microbial problems in structures by promptly drying wet or damp materials according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and removing or replacing wet or damp porous materials, like drywall, that have visible mold growth. Call today for an immediate response. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

    Do You Have an Emergency Storm Plan for Your Lufkin Home?

    6/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Though the damage can sometimes seem irreversible, SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."

    In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.  

    Right now is the perfect opportunity to review your emergency plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.  

    The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."  

    Mold is not Always Easy to Spot

    6/5/2018 (Permalink)

    In one Nacogdoches home, mold was growing because of a leak in their ice-maker water line.

    One of the most common problems that homeowners face are mold and mildew infestations. This fungus grows on anything and thrives anywhere it can find moisture, especially places that are damp, warm, poorly lit, and poorly ventilated. Not only does it produce a musty, unpleasant odor, but when left unchecked it can cause serious damage.

    Mold is not limited to growing in obvious places, it can grow and thrive in the dark corners of your home. In one Nacogdoches home, mold was growing because of a leak in their ice-maker water line. These leaks can be small and hard to notice especially when they are behind walls.  

    Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect you have mold in your Nacogdoches home, you should call us to inspect your home. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

    Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404 

    How do We Neutralize Smoke Odors?

    6/5/2018 (Permalink)

    One of our SERVPRO ozone treatment rooms.

    Only SERVPRO offers the very best in restoration services and one of the ways we do that is by using ozone.  

    Ozone will neutralize virtually all organic odors, specifically those that contain carbon as their base element. This will include all the bacteria and fungus groups as well as smoke, decay, and cooking odors.  

    Ozone is a toxic gas. However, it can be used safely when deployed by specialized generators under proper considerations. The benefits of using ozone for restoration work are fantastic. Smoke odor molecules that infiltrate all porous surfaces can be permanently removed by ozone gas. Only ozone will work on the most stubborn of all odor molecules, that being protein. Odors associated most forms of decay and like freezer failure have long resisted normal chemical deodorizing attempts. Ozone again has the potency to neutralize even these contaminants.  -

    Info from: www.ozonesolutions.com 

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.  

    -(936) 559-0404 

    Be Prepared for the Most Common Forms of Water Damage

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    Water damage usually comes from malfunctioning home appliances, rather than from severe storms and floods.

    When you think about residential water damage, you might dream up images of torrential rain or other natural catastrophes. However, the reality, unfortunately, is that damage which is caused when regular appliances in your home stop working properly, this can be just as destructive as a weather event which is severe. Water damage makes up for losses to renters and homeowners in the billions of dollars each year. It is responsible as well for around twenty-five percent of all insurance claims. Water is ten times more likely to damage your home than a fire. 
     
    There are fortunately steps you can make to help avoid water damage from appliances and keep your home protected. Understanding some of the common causes of water damage is helpful, and these can include leaking air condition condensation drains, baseboard heating, and failed washing machine hoses, water heaters, and plumbing. 
     
    There are not always warning signs offered by these household appliances until the damage has happened already. This is why it is important to check them regularly. The steps below are simple and can help protect your home from the causes of water damage which are most common. 
     
    -Know first where your main water supply is in case of an emergency 
    -If you’re going away for an extended amount of time, shut the water supply off and drain the pipes. If your house has a fire sprinkler system, however, do not turn the water off, and keep enough heat in the home to avoid any freezing up. 
    -Think about getting your air conditioning system regularly inspected by a professional. The drain lines should be checked annually and clean them out if they get clogged. 
    -Inspect showers, water heaters, toilets, tubs, dishwashers and sinks annually, and get them repaired if there are any signs of corrosion or leaks. Install water heaters when possible in areas with floor drains to lower damage if leaks do occur. 
    -Check the caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilet bases and sinks, and if needed make repairs. 
    -If there is an ice machine or water dispenser on your refrigerator, the hose between the refrigerator and wall should be constructed of braided copper, since this has a greater resistance to corrosion and cracking. 
    -Check your pipes for leaks and cracks. Have any damage to pipes, have them immediately fixed to avoid repairs in the future that are even more costly. 
    -Check plumbing fittings and appliance hoses for crimping, breakage or bending. 
     
    Sometimes, even after all your precaution, residential water damage can still occur. If this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County today at: -(936) 559-0404 

    Fire Can Cause More Damage to Your Lufkin Home Than You Think.

    6/4/2018 (Permalink)

    Smoke damage needs professional cleaning in order to be properly taken care of.

    There can and will be unexpected issues from any business or house fire. The fire itself is devastating, but the damage that comes after the initial fire can be severe. The most common of which, is smoke damage.  

    Smoke damage to your Lufkin home or business can leave your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces discolored and warped. These surfaces may have a smoky odor left by the fire, which can even be dangerous for your health. The smell is usually left by particles on partially or fully burned surfaces. The smell can also embed itself into articles of clothing, carpets, and curtains and will require the immediate professional cleaning that only, SERVPRO of Lufkin, can provide.  

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

    If You Think You Might Have Mold in Your Nacogdoches Home, Read This!

    6/4/2018 (Permalink)

    Contact us immediately if you see anything like this mold in your home at: (936) 559-0404!

    All Nacogdoches residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold 

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate throughout your home. 

     What to Do

    • Stay out of affected areas. 
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 
    • Contact SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County  
    •  for mold remediation services. 

     What Not to Do

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold. 
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. 
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself. 
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. 

     SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

    Contact us immediately if you suspect you have any mold in your home at: (936) 559-0404

    SERVPRO Is the Leader in the Storm Recovery Field!

    6/4/2018 (Permalink)

    Here at SERVPRO we are dedicated to being faster to any size disaster.

    At SERVPRO, we are leaders in the storm and water damage industry. We have a tremendous amount of hands-on experience, training, and expertise to quickly restore your property back to its pre-storm condition. Whether you have experienced a tree falling on your property or severe water damage from heavy rains, we have the knowledge to take care of it quickly and efficiently. We are available 24 hours a day, so even in the middle of the night we are here for you and your home. We'll treat you and your property with the respect and care it deserves. So if your property has sustained water or storm damage, you already know who to call –  SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County. No property or damage is too big or small for us! 

    Who Ya Gonna Call? SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County!

    6/4/2018 (Permalink)

    Water damage is almost always severe on your home flooring.

    Picture this: you come home from vacation only to find water in your home! Who can you call to help? Your initial response may be to call a contractor, but there are differences between contractors and professional Water Restoration Companies. As a professional Restoration Company, we try to restore, rather than replace, whenever possible. 

     A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This will often will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. The average time to dry is 3 days, his prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money. We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible. Restoring your home is more cost efficient than replacing materials in your home. 

     Call SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County! We are available 24/7 for emergency water losses! 

    Cold Winter Weather Could Cause Water Damage to Your Nacogdoches Home

    6/1/2018 (Permalink)

    This is one the many broken pipes from the freeze.

    Most of the time your water pipes are safe from freezing. But if they run through any part of the house that isn't heated, or if the heating system fails, the water inside can turn to ice. When water in a pipe freezes, it expands and puts tremendous pressure on both metal and plastic pipes. In the winter months your pipes are at even higher risk of bursting.

    When your Lufkin home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.

    With SERVPRO you won’t have to worry, even if the worst case scenario happens and your pipes do burst. SERVPRO will be ready as soon as you call us and be there to make it, "Like it never even happened.”

    Even When the Fire is Contained Quickly the Smoke Damage can be Severe

    5/31/2018 (Permalink)

    This electrical office fire was contained and put out very fast, but the smoke damage was quite significant.

    While this electrical fire was stopped before it could spread too far, the smoke damage was very severe. Smoke damage can be especially destructive and can happen very quickly. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

    When your Lufkin home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

    Soot Cleanup & Removal Tips

    5/18/2018 (Permalink)

    Need soot cleaning or fire restoration services in Nacogdoches County?

    Soot is the black residue left behind on fireplace walls and charcoal grills after the flames go out. A house fire creates a great deal of it because wood, plaster, natural fibers, synthetics, foams and plastics all create soot when they burn and most homes are full of these materials. Soot sticks to any surface that’s cooler than the fire itself, usually walls, ceilings and other hard surfaces.

    Different types of fires produce different types of soot, which require different cleaning methods, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. High oxygen fires produce soot that is best cleaned with a dry cleaning sponge or dry chemical sponge.  Low oxygen fires can be cleaned with a wet sponge. However, if soot from a high oxygen fire is cleaned with a wet sponge, it can smear and cause even more damage. If you do decide to vacuum up soot before the professionals arrive, do not use an ordinary household vacuum cleaner, which is not designed for that type of cleaning. Use a shop vac, or other type of heavy duty vacuum cleaner. Always hold the nozzle about a half inch away from the surface that’s being cleaned. Making contact with the soot can smear it and make an even bigger mess.

    While waiting for experts to arrive, there are a few things to keep in mind.

    • Never touch anything during your initial inspection, to avoid spreading the soot.
    • Wear gloves, a mask and long sleeves and pants when working in soot covered room to protect your skin and lungs.
    • Keep the room ventilated to minimize breathing in soot particles and allow smoky smells to dissipate.
    • Remove as much debris as possible to allow for easy cleanup.

    If you’ve just experienced a fire at your home or business in the Nacogdoches County area, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County. 

    Call Today (936) 559-0404

    Should you have your Commercial Air Ducts Cleaned?

    5/11/2018 (Permalink)

    Dirty HVAC VS Clean HVAC

    Indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

    When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

    Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
    A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.


    How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
    Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.


    Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
    Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

    Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
    The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. 

    The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

    • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
    • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
    • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

    For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (936) 559-0404.

    Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth

    5/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth

    Wet carpet is at high risk of mold growth in Nacogdoches Texas.

    For mold to grow, it needs oxygen, moisture, a surface to grow on, and a food source. Spores are commonly found in the air. If they land on damp or wet spots indoors, they feed on dust, and mold growth will occur very soon.

    In the right conditions, area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting provide a perfect breeding ground for mold. Carpet located below ground level in basements, as well as carpet that’s been wet for a period of time, and moist or damp carpeting, are at especially high risk of mold growth.

    Just because mold is not immediately visible or apparent on carpeting doesn’t mean that growth is not in progress. Actually, mold is likely to only be visible on the surface of carpeting in severe infestations – as would commonly occur when the carpet has remained wet for some time after flooding.

    Carpeting that has been subjected to flood damage or standing water usually needs to be disposed of because conditions are ripe for mold growth. Even if visible growth has not yet started, it’s highly probable that it will happen unless the carpeting is removed, cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours. Even then, removing it and cleaning it is not guaranteed to prevent mold growth.

    So, when the unexpected strikes SERVPRO will be there to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime 24/7 365 (936) 559-0404

    Live United

    5/4/2018 (Permalink)

    The SERVPRO BBQ fed many on this perfect Saturday!

    The Do Dat BBQ came back to Nacogdoches this year with the proceeds going to a great cause, The United Way!

    Every year the Nacogdoches Area United Way Partner Agencies touch the lives of thousands of local families. Our network collectively impacts the areas of Health, Education, Income and more. When a child needs an advocate in court we are there. When a family needs emergency shelter or food, we are there. When our older neighbors need a warm meal and activities, when children need empowerment to develop leadership and social skills and break the chains of poverty, we are there! 

    What they do:

    Imagine a community that fosters hope and opportunity for everyone, where all children enter the school system ready to learn, where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends, where everyone receives effective healthcare. NAUW is the local non-profit leader in funding measurable solutions to improve our community through better access to healthcare, increased educational opportunities and financial stability.

    Our Vision:To lead in meeting the needs of education, health, and financial stability in our community.

    Our Mission: To match resources with needs in order to empower people in the Nacogdoches area to make a difference.

    The Nacogdoches Area United Way partners with local non-profit agencies and organizations to improve our community. 

    ??In addition to the  local agencies and organizations that NAUW funds , NAUW works with local, state and national programs and organizations to meet needs in the areas of health, education, financial stability and crisis management.

    Nobody Wants a Moldy Bathroom in Lufkin Texas

    5/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Strategies for your Mold Free Bathroom!

    You may already know SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. However, mold also appears in homes in various situations. So let’s prevent mold appearing in one place we have seen it often - in your bathroom!

    Understanding how and why mold grows in a bathroom will help to prevent it's appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

    1. Steam moisture on your mirror is fun to draw on! It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.
    2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.
    3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

    Call Us 24/7: (936) 637-0404

    Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs.

    Restore VS Replace

    5/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Water Damage and Property Restoration Specialist in Lufkin Texas.

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Meet Our Team

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (936) 634-0404

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property anywhere in Deep East Texas.

    A Thank You to all Firefighters

    5/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Firefighters, real life heroes in our communities. Thank you for you all that you do.

    On May 4th, 2018 we will be celebrating International Firefighters Day (IFFD). It is a day to pay our respects to all the firefighters of the past and present who have, and continue to risk their lives.  Every firefighter, man or woman, deserves recognition.

    The job of a firefighter is an extremely selfless job.  Often, the rewards a firefighter gets are not that of material possession.  It is an intangible reward.  It can be something as simple as the look in a survivors eyes whom they’ve helped rescue. Or a grateful, joyous smile of a child as a family is reunited, safe and sound.

    As a firefighter, it can be a self-esteem boost to know that your actions have made a positive impact in another person’s life.  Few things can compare to the sense of pride in one’s community, to know that their constant efforts help to protect the community that they endear. This profession helps to create strong, informal leaders of mankind, and a parental figure to those in a time of need.

    Although these rewards are not a physical possession to be held, they are much harder to obtain than diamonds. The value of such an internally personal reward cannot be measured by any current system in existence.  This is why we must take the time to pay homage to all of the men and women who constitute the firefighter departments around the world. For although we may not be able to give them anything of material possession, a showing of gratitude, respect, and a sincere appreciation is the least we can do for these extraordinary members of our society, whom help protect human lives all around the world.

    So on behalf of all of us at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County: thank you to all of the men and women who serve and protect their communities all over the world. 

    MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

    SERVPRO of Lufkin is Faster to Any Size Disaster

    5/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Here's our Lufkin sales team catching a red eye flight to storms in Virginia.

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

    In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

    SERVPRO of Lufkin Travels Across the Country to Different Storm Sites

    5/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Our team travels all over the country to help different storm sites.

    Traveling and being faster to any size disaster is just a part of the way we do things at SERVPRO. We make sure that the areas that are hit hardest by any large storm will have the resources to respond and help those in need. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. Our team travels across the country to different storm sites and lends their aide to any home owners and commercial businesses.

    The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

    Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin Has the Expertise to Remove Any and All Mold From Your Home

    5/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold can invade your home and spread in as little as 48 hours, it can be a danger to your health.

    Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. Lately, mold has become a hot topic because of increasing awareness about its potential health hazards. People aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but estimates range anywhere between tens of thousands to over a few hundred thousand. Some of these different types aren’t dangerous to human health, while others lead to chronic and severe health conditions.

    From: Aer Industries Article

    In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

    Mold is a very serious issue and requires professional help. SERVPRO specializes in water and mold damage restoration and we have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation that you may have.

    SERVPRO of Nacogdoches Uses the Best Equipment for the Job

    2/14/2018 (Permalink)

    Using the FLIR thermal camera on commercial jobs, I can tell these file folders are affected with water damage.

    When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

    Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We use the very best in technological equipment like our FLIR camera. We can see if there is any water damage and tell exactly where the damage is by using the FLIR cameras. We also finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

    But our equipment is only half the formula, our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Water or Flood Damage?
    Call Today – (936) 559-0404

    Commercial Building Restoration and Cleaning Services in Lufkin

    2/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Working to restore you and your business to full it's potential.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. 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

    Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. You can count on SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County to make your workspace look 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 Today – (936) 559-0404

    Fires Could Happen in Your Nacogdoches Home in an Instant

    2/8/2018 (Permalink)

    The oven had only been left without supervision for no more than 15 minutes.

    Leaving your oven on accidently can do more damage than you think.  Leaving the house with your oven on seems like something that most of us have done and will continue to do. A Nacogdoches family just recently had the worst-case scenario happen to them when they had left the oven on and left the house for no more than 15 minutes and it had erupted into flames. Luckily, they came back quickly and were able to stop it with a fire extinguisher. But if they had just simply left the house to go the grocery store and were gone for just 15 min more, their entire home could have been affected. Just remember to double check before leaving your home. Fire damage to your home could be detrimental but the restoration process begins when you call us, SERVPRO. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

    To learn more about fire restoration: SERVPRO Fire Restoration

    Your Water Heater Flooded your Lufkin Home, Now What? Are Your Walls Wet? How Can You Tell?

    2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

    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.

    Warehouse Floods Because Sprinkler Head Broke

    2/8/2018 (Permalink)

    The unexpected will happen without warning.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County responds quickly to your Lufkin fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a large warehouse, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources. We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

    We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your business.

    We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

    Restoration is the process of restoring your business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

    So, when the unexpected strikes SERVPRO will be there to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

    Fire And Smoke Damage Is Especially Destructive To Your Business

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    More than half of all structure fires occurred in one-and two-family homes.

    Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

    EVERY YEAR, NFPA surveys a sample of public fire departments in the United States, stratified by the size of the community they protect, to project national estimates of the country’s fire problem. Based upon the data we received in response to our 2015 National Fire Experience Survey, we estimate that public fire departments in the U.S. responded to 1,345,500 fires last year, a highly significant increase of 3.7 percent from 2014.

    Restoring Your Lufkin Texas Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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    Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges 

    Flooding and water damage events at Lufkin commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    What Are The Chances Of A Storm Damaging My Home?

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    Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year.

    Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.

    Thunderstorms are most likely to happen in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours. 

    Storming can and will happen at anytime, and with 16 million happening every year there's a definite need for cleanup and restoration. So the chances of having a storm damage your home are quite unpredictable. But having the right service to restore the damage is a definite. 

    As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition.

    When Storms or Floods hit Nacogdoches, Texas, SERVPRO is ready!

    7/7/2017 (Permalink)

    Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Nacogdoches, Texas.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms hit Nacogdoches, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 936-559-0404

    Commercial Water Loss In Lufkin Texas

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    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Lufkin Texas.

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 936-637-0404

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    SERVPRO Can Handle Your Storm Loss

    6/16/2017 (Permalink)

    The Morning Briefing

    We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

    When a storm hits your Lufkin home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (936) 637-0404 

    Faster to Any Size Emergency

    In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

    Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    Call the exerts today and let us help you now.

    Flooded Gym In Crockett Texas

    6/16/2017 (Permalink)

    Gym Is Closed Until Further Notice

    When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

    After a flood, cleaning up is a long and hard process. 

    First thing is to call your insurance agent. If your insurance covers the damage, your agent will tell you when an adjuster will contact you. 

    Second thing is to call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County and let us help with the clean u and restoration. 

    Flooded Church In San Augustine Texas

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    Cleaning Up For Church Service

    What you can do until help arrives

    Water Tips  |  Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

    After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

    Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (936) 559-0404

    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What To Do When All Your Property Is Flooded

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    Your Belongings And Water Damage

    Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

    If You Have Questions or Need Help,
    Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404

    Contents Restoration

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold.

    Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

    • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
    • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
    • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
    • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
    • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
    • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

    We Clean Mold

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    Storage And Inventory

    Contents Claim Inventory Service

    When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

    Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

    • Preloss list and value of contents
    • Detailed and accurate report
    • Better information to settle claims quicker
    • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
    • Peace of mind when you need it most

    Electronic Cleanup

    Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

    • Television sets
    • DVD players
    • Computers
    • And more

    The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

    “Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

    6/16/2017 (Permalink)

    Coming Home From Vacation

    What’s the Difference?

    Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

    Signs of Mold? Call Today – (936) 559-0404

    Understanding Mold

    When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    Preventing A Kitchen Fire

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    Kitchen Fire In Lufkin

    Did you know the kitchen is where more home fires occur than anywhere else in the house and that cooking is the number one cause of home fires? The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to avoid a cooking fire:

    1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

    2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

    3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

    4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

    5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

    To learn how to prevent a fire in your home and how to keep members of your household safe, you can take our cooking safety quiz and download the Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist. Downloadable fact sheets are also available on how to avoid home heating fires, candle safety, proper use of smoke alarms and teaching your children what to do in the event of a fire. 

    Document Restoration

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    Emergency HIPPA Document Restoration

    In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

    Our Document Restoration Facility:

    • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
    • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
    • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
    • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
    • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

    Need your valuable documents restored? Call Today - 936-559-0404

    Our Technology

    Then SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

    24 Hour Emergency Service in Nacogdoches Texas

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    Emergency Service Anytime Day Or Night

    The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

    If your business suffers a major loss, call us anytime day or night (936) 559-0404.

    SERVPRO's Patrick Castillo is certified by the Citizens Fire Department.

    5/25/2017 (Permalink)

    After 13 weeks of study and work, Patrick receives his Citizens Fire Department Certificate.

    SERVPRO is very proud of our employee Patrick Castillo for dedicating his time and working hard for thirteen weeks to earn his Citizens Fire Academy Certificate!

    The Citizens Fire Academy is designed to provide interested community members with a working knowledge of Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue. Through the Citizens Fire Academy, the department offers its cadets insight into how firefighters perform their duties, as well as the many other ways the department serves the community. Upon completion of this program, participants will be educated in the many services provided by the fire department, its operating procedures and its purpose. 

     From the Nacogdoches page <https://www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/953/Citizens-Fire-Academy>

    Patrick is an expert in fire and water restoration, and also in local fire departments procedures and services.

    SERVPRO Certified Mold Continuing Education Classes

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    SERVPRO Mold Continuing Education Classes Available in Lufkin and Nacogdoches

    Common Mold Misconceptions

    It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

    The Mold Remediation Process

    Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

    1. Emergency Contact - (936) 559-0404
    2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    3. Mold Containment
    4. Air Filtration
    5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    7. Restoration

    A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

    Be sure to keep tabs on that weekend lodge

    5/25/2017 (Permalink)

    Mold grows quickly in the right environment.

    We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

    We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.

    • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
    • Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying Technician

    Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

    • IICRC Training
    • Employee Certification Training
    • Initial Franchise Training
    • e-Learnings
    • Continuing Education Classes

    We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

    We invest in the latest equipment and ongoing mold remediation training because it helps us restore your home or business quickly and effectively. We will isolate the affected area using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber.

    Are you and your Nacogdoches home prepared for a fire?

    5/23/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire damage is quick and in some cases can be irreversible.

    Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!


    Top Tips for Fire Safety



    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

    • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

    • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

    • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. 



    • Never go back inside for anything or anyone.


     Tips from the American Red Cross <http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire>


     


     And after you’ve done all you can, executed your fire safety plan and the fire is put out, remember that SERVPRO is dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.


    Learn more here: SERVPRO fire damage and restoration

    Disaster relief with Tide Loads of Hope

    5/23/2017 (Permalink)

    Loads of Hope travels and sets up shop fast to provide clean clothes.

    SERVPRO isn't the only one that recognizes and helps communities after a storm or other catastrophe. 


     Ten years ago, in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Tide created Loads of Hope: a mobile laundromat developed to restore a sense of normalcy and dignity through the basic comfort of clean clothing for those in the midst of chaos. 


     Tide brings hope and not just soap into the world through sustainable practice, innovation and


    disaster relief with Tide Loads of Hope. Tide believes in the power of clean, and for our friends going through times of crisis, clean clothes can make a difference. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, Tide’s Loads of Hope program has been providing clean clothing in its community program for families in the midst of chaos. 


    Tide's page- https://tide.com/en-us/about-tide/loads-of-hope>

    SERVPRO can save your water damaged Lufkin home!

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    Catastrophes like this could happen at anytime to anyone. Make sure to call SERVPRO for expert service when it does. (936) 559-0404


    • Faster to Any Size Disaster




    • 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

    Sudden water damage can happen anytime but SERVPRO will be there every time.

    5/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Water damage in your home is sometimes impossible to negate but never impossible to restore.

    We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists


    We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. Using advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get your property dried quickly, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.


    Learn More


    We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques


    Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. Finally, our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.


    Learn More

    When SERVPRO helps, we leave an impact.

    5/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Some of the residents of Denham thanking us after the flooding.

    Here at SERVPRO we do our best to help clean and restore all water, fire and storm damage but we also do more than that. We care and we help the actual people, the real victims that have had their homes destroyed and are in need. 


     Water damage can be chaotic and traumatic. When you call us, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.


     We try to help make sure With every storm we're called to and with every place we go, we try to leave the people, communities and businesses in better condition than when we arrived.


     

    My business is flooded, now what?

    5/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Don't let water damage bring your business to a screeching halt! Call us at (936) 559-0404

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. 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 available 24 hours a day to restore your Lufkin property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events.


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

    My property just caught on fire, now what?

    5/18/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO professionals clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.

    Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

     

    In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. (National Fire Protection Association)





    • 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.

    • 204,500 were vehicle fires, causing 500 civilian fire deaths, 1,875 civilian fire injuries, and $1.8 billion in property damage.

    • 639,500 were outside and other fires, causing 95 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $252 million in property damage.


    The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.



    • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.

    • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.

    • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 40 minutes.

    • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.

    • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 1 seconds.



    Does Your Lufkin Home Have A Mold Problem?

    5/17/2017 (Permalink)

    In Lufkin, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

    Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

     

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Serving all of Nacogdoches and Angelina County.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (936) 637-0404

    Faster to your Nacogdoches Water Damage home or business!

    5/17/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Lufkin S.Nacogdoches County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Nacogdoches.

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.


    Faster To Any Size Disaster


    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (936) 559-0404 Water Damage Timeline


    Within Minutes



    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


    Hours 1 - 24:



    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

    • A musty odor appears.


    48 Hours to 1 Week:



    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

    • Paint begins to blister.

    • Wood flooring swells and warps.

    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


    More Than 1 Week:



    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


    About SERVPRO of Lufkin S.Nacogoches County 


    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Be Ready and Prepared for that Emergency!

    5/17/2017 (Permalink)

    Be prepared with an Emergency Ready Profile

    It's always a good time to plan on the future. Book your free Emergency Ready Planning lunch today! Watch the SERVPRO ERP for a quick overview in action! 


    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacgdoches County utilizes the latest technology in order to expedite the mitigation process further increasing our value to our customers. The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.


    Preparation is the key to making it through any sized disaster, whether it is a large fire or area flood, or just a minor water leak. Having an Emergency READY Plan may help minimize the time your business is inactive, and get you back in the building following a disaster.

    Need Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Lufkin or Nacogdoches?

    2/9/2017 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lufkin or Nacogdoches Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 936-559-0404 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE

    Restoring Your Lufkin or Nacogdoches Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

    2/9/2017 (Permalink)

    Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges 

     

     

    Flooding and water damage events to Lufkin or Nacogdoches commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Certifications

    • IICRC Certified Firm
    • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
    • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

    Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

    9/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.

    What you can do until help arrives

    Bio-hazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common bio-hazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

    Need Biohazard Cleanup?
    Call Us Today 936-559-0404

    After any bio-hazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
    • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

    What to Do After a Contamination

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
    • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
    • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

    What Not to Do After a Contamination

    • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
    • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    24 Hour Emergency Service In Lukin and Nacogdoches

    936-559-0404

    Bio-hazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are water damage restoration specialists and have specific training and expertise to safely re-mediate bio-hazard contaminants.

    For Immediate Service in Lufkin or Nacogdoches, Call SERVPRO

    8/31/2016 (Permalink)

    Angelina and Nacogdoches County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night! 

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24-Hour Emergency Service
    • 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 

    Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 936-559-0404

    Residential Services

    Whether your Nacogdoches home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its 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

    There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Lufkin 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. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Services  , Commercial Services Mold

    • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
    • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

    IICRC Certified Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lufkin or Nacogdoches Home

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    We are an IICRC Certified Firm

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / Nacogdoches is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

    IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

    The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

    The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

    Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

    About SERVPRO of Lufkin / Nacogdoches

    SERVPRO of Lufkin / Nacogdoches specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

     Meet Our Crew

    Certifications

    • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • IICRC Certified Firm

    Affiliations

    • Contractor Connection
    • Leadership Lufkin Alumi Association
    • NISD Adopt A School Program
    • TAA
    • Piney Woods Apartment Association
    • American Red Cross
    • Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
    • IICRC
    • Lufkin Citizen Fire Academy
    • Lufkin Rotary Club
    • Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce

    Awards

    • Millionaire's Gold
    • Directors Gold
    • Directors Silver
    • Millionaire's Gold
    • Million Dollar Club
    • Highest Growth
    • Directors Gold
    • Directors Gold

    Lufkin and Nacogdoches Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lufkin or Nacogdoches Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lufkin / Nacogdoches will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 
    936-559-0404 or 936-637-0404

    Restoring Your Lufkin and Nacogdoches Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

    Flooding and water damage events at Lufkin or Nacogdoches commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

     Meet our crew of Servro Heroes

    Certifications

    • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • IICRC Certified Firm

    Affiliations

    • Contractor Connection
    • Leadership Lufkin Alumi Association
    • NISD Adopt A School Program
    • TAA
    • Piney Woods Apartment Association
    • American Red Cross
    • Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
    • IICRC
    • Lufkin Citizen Fire Academy
    • Lufkin Rotary Club
    • Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce

    Awards

    • Chairman's Bronze
    • Millionaire's Gold
    • Directors Gold
    • Directors Silver
    • Millionaire's Gold
    • Million Dollar Club
    • Highest Growth
    • Directors Gold
    • Directors Gold

    Lufkin and Nacogdoches Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Lufkin and Nacogdoches specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 936-637-040 / 936-559-0404

    When Storms or Floods hit Lufkin or Nacogdoches, Texas SERVPRO is ready!

    7/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Lufkin and Nacogdoches Texas.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. "Like it never even happened."

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated since 2006, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms hit Lufkin and Nacogdoches, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team that are strategically located throughout the United States.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 936-559-0404 / 936-637-0404

    Lufkin/Nacogdoches 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

    7/3/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Angelina and Nacogdoches County.

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
    Call Today - 
    936-559-0404 / 936-637-0404

    We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    About SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches

    SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

     Meet our crew

    Certifications

    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • IICRC Certified Firm

    Affiliations

    • Contractor Connection
    • Leadership Lufkin Alumi Association
    • NISD Adopt A School Program
    • TAA
    • Piney Woods Apartment Association
    • American Red Cross
    • Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
    • IICRC
    • Lufkin Citizen Fire Academy
    • Lufkin Rotary Club
    • Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce

    Residential Spring Cleaning

    1/28/2016 (Permalink)

    Residential spring cleaning for this home owner includes removing year’s of nicotine buildup on ceilings and walls.

    Ceilings and Walls

    Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can help.

    Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property.

    Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

    Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today 936-559-0404 in Nacogdoches and 936-637-0404 in Lufkin

    Fire/Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration at Mast Motorsports

    1/21/2016 (Permalink)

    A Mast Thank You to SERVPRO for making it "like it never even happened".

    Fire Cleanup and Restoration Mast Motorsports in Nacogdoches, TX suffered heavy smoke/soot damage. While the fire was contained to a small area the entire mega warehouse and office space were affected. Every square inch needed cleaning from top to bottom. High Performance inventory needed to be cleaned and protected to prevent further damage. Our specialized fire crew teams moved into action and lessened their impact on production. A large project requires a team large enough to make it "Like it never even happened.”

    No business plans on a fire damaging or disrupting their business. By utilizing SERVPRO’s free consulting services, you can be prepared for whatever happens next. Schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile today 936-559-0404 in Nacagdoches or 936-637-0404 in Lufkin.

    Emergency Ready Plan Intro

    Emergency Ready Profile Saves The Day!

    1/13/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster in Lufkin-TX, Nacogdoches-TX and Deep East Texas!

    Emergency Ready Plan Intro

    According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster,. Thanks to Pre-planning, Aarons in Nacogdoches, TX, where "Ready for whatever happens." They already had an Emergency Ready Profile in place with our office, so when their store flooded they knew exactly who to call and what to do.

    Can your business afford to be closed due to a fire or water loss? Minimize business interruption today by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Call us to schedule your no cost ERP today, in Lufkin call Candice Stott 936-465-0560 and in Nacogdoches call Patrick Castillo 936-645-4513. 

    Conn's Lufkin TX Water Damage Cleanup

    9/4/2013 (Permalink)

    Conn's in Lufkin, TX business interruption was kept at a minimum during the water loss.

    Water Damage Cleanup The building next door had a main water line rupture pouring thousands of gallons of water into both buildings.  Over 40 thousand square feet were affected and SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County was called in to save the day.  

    A timeline in the life of a water damage. 

    1. At 4pm Conn's calls SERVPRO to cleanup a major water loss from the building next door. 
    2. At 4:20pm SERVPRO is onsite communicating with Conns management team and preparing an action plan of how to minimize business interuption, evacuate the water, stage manpower and equipment.
    3. At 5pm commence with heavy extraction, block furniture and relocate inventory to uneffected areas of the store. 
    4. At 8pm stage air movers and dehumidifiers. Continue extraction of stubborn areas and verify power supply is sufficent for all the drying equipment. 
    5. At 11pm all equipment has been verified through our management software for maximum efficency for drying the structure. Conns management has been updated with current drying plan of action and expectations.
    6. Three days later Conn's was fully dried and business interuption was kept at a minimal. All the remaining equipment is removed and the carpet was cleaned. SERVPRO helped another business make it "like it never even happened". 

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