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Fire and smoke damage restoration in Lufkin, Texas.

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

House after fire damage This property owner called SERVPRO to help with fire & smoke damage restoration.

When a fire strikes your commercial property, it's quite likely that you feel yourself start to panic. This immediate reaction makes sense given all of the economic turmoil and property destruction that a fire can cause. However, knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle a Longview commercial fire successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:


1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert. 
Once the fire department has doused all of the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert. This individual will be able to equip you with a thorough assessment indicating the extent of the damages. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.


2. Assemble Your Records. 
In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all of your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.


3. Call The Insurance Company Immediately. 
Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is put out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.


4. Get Permission To Reenter The Building. 
Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. 


Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services 
If your business caught on fire, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process. Choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at 936-637-0404 to attain your free estimate.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial fire emergency event. When commercial fire damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! 936-637-0404..

Anytime is a good time for a deep residential cleaning

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning house with SERVPRO team Residential spring cleaning for this homeowner includes removing years 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 the 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.

Hard Floors

Hard flooring, like hardwood and tile, is often used in today’s homes and commercial properties. At first glance, hard flooring appears to be easy to clean, maintain, and restore. However, these materials tend to have soil accumulate over time, and eventually, you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup.

We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Also, our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your floor’s original beauty.

Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today 936-559-0404 in Nacogdoches and 936-637-0404 in Lufkin

How to Protect Your Home During Summer Storm Season

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

Line men working on downed power lines Beware of Lightning If you’re outside and ever feel “tingly hair” or hear a buzzing sound, this means lightning is imminent.

Summer may lead you to think of family vacations, school breaks, and sunshine but the season is about something else for many people – storms. Thunderstorms are a part of the American summer but they are also a dangerous part. Lightning results in 55 – 60 deaths and 300 injuries every year. Extreme weather can be harmful to both yourself and your home. So make sure to stay on top of all storm safety tips to stay afloat.

Beware of Lightning

If you’re outside and ever feel “tingly hair” or hear a buzzing sound, this means lightning is imminent. The safest thing to do here is crouch down on the balls of your feet making sure your shoes touch with your head down and ears covered. This will reduce the risk of you being hit and will minimize injury if the worst happens.

Although this will help protect you, you are still at high risk. Once the sensation passes, go inside as soon as you can. You are still in danger so do not go out unnecessarily and rely on this method to stay safe.

Failure to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

It’s essential to implement all storm safety tips before a storm arrives. You should always take notice of your local emergency warning system. This will advise you about any upcoming storms as well as their severity.

No matter how safe you think your home is, you will need to evacuate immediately if a warning to leave is issued. Not all storms however will require an evacuation. Sometimes, it is safer to stay inside. In the event of lightning, for example, you should remember the 30/30 rule and go inside if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder but not leave the house until 30 minutes after the last thunder-clap.

If it is safe for you to stay at home, here is a handy checklist of things to have:

  1. Nonperishable foods (think canned food, pasta, and even peanut butter! Make sure a tin opener is kept with these)
  2. Bottled water (approximately 1 gallon per day – have a supply for two weeks in stock)
  3. Flashlights (and batteries in case the ones in the flashlights run out)
  4. First Aid Kid (and all medicines that any family members may require)
  5. Waterproof Containers (make sure your important documents are not ruined by floods)
  6. Whistle (in case you need to signal for help)

It’s a good idea to store these all year round but when storm season is coming up, check you have everything so that you’re the most prepared you can be.

As well as stocking up on these essentials in advance, we recommend having a storm safety plan. Every school and workplace has an emergency plan so why not have one for your home too?

Make sure any children understand what to do and where to go in the event of a storm. To get their attention, you can have a roleplay to demonstrate safety procedures to children. We recommend having a designated safe meeting place in the home - you could even print out these tips and keep them there.

Exterior Maintenance

Part of having a storm safety plan in the home is removing the dangers that sit outside your home. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Keep on top of yard maintenance (e.g. trim tree branches to limit breakages).
  • Secure or remove any loose items from the yard. It may be summer but it is safer to take down and pack away play items such as slides, a swing frame, or trampoline as well as outdoor ornaments.
  • Make sure you don’t have any loose tiles as these could fall.
  • Be mindful of your trashcan as you do not want garbage thrown across your lawn.

Braving the Storm

Once you’ve finished your preparations, it’s very important to stay calm when a storm actually hits. Keep a few basic storm safety precautions in mind. Some of the essential things to remember include:

  • DON’T GO OUTSIDE! This should be an obvious storm safety tip; needless to say always wait until the storm has cleared and the local weather has announced that it is officially safe to do so.
  • Stay away from windows – these could break at any moment.
  • Steer clear of electrical wiring, particularly if there is water damage.
  • Avoid taking a shower or bath – it is more important to stay safe than bathe.

After the Storm

Once the storm has settled, you still need to be aware of the dangers. When it’s officially safe to leave your house, stay alert and be careful of the hazards we’ve listed below:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Do not think “It will be OK” as you cannot predict how deep the water may be and may end up stranded.
  • Keep clear of areas that have been hit badly by the storm. There is still the risk of falling debris.
  • Continue to listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
  • Be aware of others. Remember to help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children, and the elderly or disabled.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them in your control at all times. They are likely to have been distressed by the storm also.

In the end, preparation and a calm head are hugely important. Stay safe!

Faster to your Nacogdoches Water Damage Event

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of home SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in East 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 are 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.

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.
  • The 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

If You Need Help, Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lufkin Home

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SERVPRO employees We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County 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.

Call us anytime for service at (936) 637-0404

What Happens after a fire to my Nacogdoches home?

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

Burned property Knowing what to do after a fire can help prevent even more emotional stress after an already devastating event.

Fires can be especially devastating to your Nacogdoches 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 of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County 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.

Why should you call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

text Call the Professionals!

7 Reasons to call a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional:

24-Hour Emergency Response: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals work to exceed customer expectations. We respond to emergency losses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Communication: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals keep you informed from start to finish.

Reduce Recovery Time: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you minimize interruption. 

Lower Recovery Costs: The SERVPRO® System helps you save money.Home Emergency Kit:

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help you plan before disaster strikes.

Full Line of Services: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals help to solve your cleanup needs.

A Leader in Storm Response: Help when you need it the most.

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County at (936) 559-0404 today to get help with all your restoration needs. We specialize in water, fire, mold & bio-hazard cleanup.

What Should You Do Before a Hurricane?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO franchises are always ready to help storm-damaged areas.

What Should You Do Before a Hurricane?

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Hurricanes bring high winds, heavy rain, storm surge (rise in water level), flooding, and tornadoes. These storms are dangerous and can cause damage to places far inland. Prepare now so you can stay safe.

Make a Plan.

Hurricane season starts on May 15 in the north Pacific and June 1 in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It ends on November 30. Before hurricane season each year, make sure you and your family are prepared by planning ahead.

Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them into your cell phone too.

Prepare an emergency supply kit.

Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm external icon.

Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.

Plan to Evacuate

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately and go to a safe place.

Know where you will go, how you will get there, and where you will stay. 

Plan well in advance if you will need help leaving or using public transportation.

Mobile/manufactured/trailer homes and recreational vehicles (RVs) cannot provide safe shelter from tropical-storm or hurricane-force winds.

Plan to Shelter Safely

Be ready to live without power, water, gas, phone, and internet for a long time.

Practice going to a designated safe shelter for high winds. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not likely to flood.

If you are in an area that is likely to flood, designate a location on higher ground that you can move to before floodwaters reach you. Being informed of local weather conditions is the best way to help take care of your family and property.

Dryer Vent Dangers

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Washer and dryer Dryer vent maintenance can keep you safe from an unsuspected fire.

Did you know that a dirty dryer vent is one of the biggest fire hazards in your home?

The removable lint filter traps a lot of the lint produced while drying your clothes but does not get all of it. This lint that slips through your filter or lint trap gets trapped in nooks and crannies deep inside the dryer ductwork that allows hot air from your dryer to escape your home. This build-up of lint can make it harder for your dryer to work and can lead to overheating. This excess heat can ignite the lint and cause house fires.

Other than the fire hazard clogged vents present, congested dryer ducts can introduce other problems. A clogged dryer vent can waste your time, energy, and money by causing your dryer to take longer to dry your clothes. Not only is this bad for your wallet, but they need to run the dryer for longer amounts of time is also bad for the environment.

While there are some maintenance tasks that you can do regularly to keep your dryer vent and ducts clean, much of the work of getting deep into the ducts and vents to deep clean the system can be difficult if you don’t have the proper training and equipment. Read on to find out what maintenance tasks you can perform on your own and what is best left for the pros.

WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR DRYER VENTS ARE BECOMING UNSAFE

Most laundry-doers dutifully clean their dryer’s lint screen before each new load of clothes. No matter how diligent you are with your lint cleaning, lint will still be able to get past the lint screen, building up to dangerous lint clogs in the hoses or ductwork that carries hot air outside your home.

There are several warning signs to look for that may indicate that your dryer vents are clogged and should be taken care of immediately to avoid any accidental fires in your home. If you notice that your clothes are taking longer to dry, are still damp at the end of a full cycle, or if you notice that your clothes are hot to the touch when the cycle is over, it may be time to call in the pros. Other signs that your vents need to be cleaned include the dryer itself running hotter than usual or your dedicated laundry room (or the air surrounding the dryer itself) being humid or damp.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR DRYER VENTS

The first step of cleaning any appliance is to unplug the dryer from the wall. If your dryer is powered by natural gas, this process is a bit more complicated and should be left to professional dryer vent cleaners like SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County. 

Call us at 936-637-0404 and schedule a cleaning appointment today! 

How To Prepare Your Trees Before A Storm

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Tree being cut Removing dead trees and limbs prior to a storm can help save you from property damage.

How To Prepare Your Trees Before A Storm

Hurricane season begins on June 1, and the intense summer storms could be right around the corner. Homeowners often overlook the importance of making sure their trees are prepared for severe weather, but it’s one of the most critical things you can do to ensure your home remains safe. From inspecting your yard to hiring a tree trimming service, here are some tips on to prepare your trees for a storm.

Inspect the trees on your property.

Begin by walking around your yard and taking note of the condition of your trees. Look at the bark, trunks, roots, branches and canopies. Make sure you don’t see any obvious damage such as root rot, bare foliage, leaning trunks, insecure branches or insect infestation. If anything looks amiss, contact a certified arborist, to come out and do a professional inspection.

Prune your trees.

Keeping your trees pruned regularly can greatly cut down on wind resistance which can damage trees. Pruning significantly reduces the chance of damage to your home in a storm, as it removes branches that are too close to your house as well as dead or weak branches that could fall during severe weather. It’s also important to properly prune the low branches of young trees to avoid having multiple leaders, which can cause instability. When trimming a tree becomes too large of a task to do on your own, a certified arborist should be called.

Take care of your trees year-round.

Taking good care of your trees year-round is always a good idea. Keeping trees healthy is the best way to protect them from damage during storms, and to protect your home. Check that they have enough water and fertilizer, and ensure that they have a sufficient amount of mulch at their base. Certain trees may require special care, so speak with a professional tree care service to see how you can best prepare them for severe weather.

Hire a certified arborist.

Well before a storm hits, call an ISA-certified arborist offering professional tree trimming. They are specially trained to recognize any illness or damage your trees may have and can help you address these hazards. Having one of these specialists inspect your trees is one of the best ways to assure that you are prepared for storms and hurricane season.

What To Do if You Experience Commercial Water Damage in Lufkin, Texas

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles on the scene of a water loss SERVPRO teams responding to a late-night three-story water loss.

What To Do if You Experience Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage is one of the most frequent and expensive claims small businesses face. When it comes to your business and water damage, it doesn’t take much to face a costly claim. In fact, some data shows that about 75% of losses come from leaks related to:

  • Plumbing
  • HVAC systems
  • Appliances

If you notice commercial water damage or an issue that can lead to property loss, it’s important to take immediate action.

From finding the source of water and starting the restoration process to filing a claim with your insurer, there are steps to follow that are critical to mitigate the damage.

4 Steps To Take for Commercial Water Damage Restoration

  • Identify the source of water damage. Water leaks and intrusions can happen in many places. Some common areas to check are pipes or holes in your roof or walls. You can also work with a local plumber to help identify the source.
  • If necessary, shut off the water main. If you have a leaking or burst pipe, shut off the water main to prevent more damage.
  • Immediately contact your insurance company. Notify your insurance company about the water damage as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to also document the damage with photos.
  • Find a local restoration team like “SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County”. You can work with your insurer to find a company specializing in commercial water damage repair. If there’s extensive damage, there may be an emergency service for water extraction or mold remediation available for your business.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404 and ask for a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile for your business and be ready for whenever disaster strikes.

Building and Reconstruction Services

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Tarped Roof SERVPRO tarped this roof after a storm removed shingles.

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
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal
Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRC-1443 Call us anytime for emergency services at 936-637-0404.

Lufkin Texas Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Stove fire Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lufkin Home.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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 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 – 936-637-0404

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service In Nacogdoches Texas

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Lufkin and Nacogdoches Texas

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. 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

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/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)?

About SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches 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.

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A frozen or clogged gutter can cause damage if left unattended.

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

frozen clogged house gutter A frozen or clogged gutter can cause damage if left unattended.

It certainly isn't the most fun weekend project, but it's an important one nonetheless. While it's certainly easier to procrastinate cleaning out your gutters, there are a number of problems that can arise from debris building up.

People don't often stop to think of the issues that can arise from clogged gutters, but there are actually many. If water is not able to properly flow away from your house, then damage can result in a number of different locations, from your roofing to your foundation. There is a number of reasons to make sure that your gutters get cleaned out. Here is a look at a few of those reasons.

Roof Damage

When leaves and other debris clog up your gutters to the point that water is flooding over, you can end up having issues with rot on your roofing. This is one of the main reasons that it's important to keep your gutters clean.

Keep Out Pests

Clogged-up gutters can be appealing to a number of critters as a nesting site. From birds to mosquitoes, a bed of damp leaves can be alluring.

Damage to Fascia

The fascia is that board that runs right behind your gutter. Overflowing water can damage this important component of your gutter system.

Each of these areas can cause water to enter your home during heavy rains, snowstorms, or ice storms causing issues that may not be seen for some time. 

Being Local, Means Participate in Great Local Causes

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees taking a picture The annual Do Dat BBQ Cookoff is one of our favorites with the proceeds going to the great work of the Nacogdoches Area United Way!

Being local means, we take great pride in participating and giving back to our local community. The annual Do Dat BBQ Cookoff is one of our favorites with the proceeds going to the great work of the Nacogdoches Area United Way!

The Nacogdoches Area United Way (NAUW) is a volunteer organization that supports and funds programs that address three essential impact areas; health and well-being, education, and financial stability. The organization is guided by a thirty-member Board of Directors who establish policies and procedures designed to carry out the mission and vision of the organization. NAUW serves Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine Counties. United Way Worldwide is the franchisee for over 1,800 United Ways in forty different countries. 

There are typically 30 or so teams cooking up BBQ to serving samples to guests! There is a family-friendly fun atmosphere with many vendors selling refreshments and other goods! 

The history of the Do-Dat BBQ in Nacogdoches goes back more than twenty years. Countless memories of friendly competition and family fun have been made on the midway of the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center.

One of the most interesting parts of living in Texas is that everyone cooks BBQ. Texans also know that they have the best BBQ around, and it's better than yours.

Water Damage your business? We Can Help

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee with water extractor Our SERVPRO technicians have the right equipment to handle any size of water loss to your home or business.

When you have water damage to your home, SERVPRO® will respond quickly to prevent further damage and begin the water repair and restoration process.

A storm, flood, or plumbing problem can leave your home with extensive water damage. Immediate action is necessary to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO’s professionals specialize in repairing and restoring following residential water damage. 

If you’re a business owner, any kind of water damage to your facility needs to be remedied quickly with the least amount of downtime to your daily business functions. A call to SERVPRO will help you get water damage repaired and restored in order to minimize downtime and prevent loss of revenue.

Whatever size the water damage is to your business, we have the experience and equipment to deal with it. Our professionals will work closely with you and the other occupants of your building during the restoration process to have as little disruption as possible to your daily business activities.

Our customer-focused professionals will assess the water damage to your property. Then, we’ll help you understand the severity of the damage so you’re able to make the best decisions for the restoration of your business. Our top-notch people use the most advanced equipment to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water.

We have more than 50 years of experience in repair and restoration so you can trust us to help you develop a water damage restoration plan to help ensure your home is clean, dry, and restored to its pre-damaged condition.

Fire Damage Restoration

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

interior building down to the studs after fire cleaning After removing all the smoke, soot, and damaged material only the studs remain and are now ready for reconstruction.

Restoring your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition is our main goal. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in fire and water damage restoration, removal of smoke odors, and deep-cleaning soot from walls, carpets, and upholstery.

We Can Help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage

Beyond just the fire damage, smoke and soot can be toxic, creating a hazardous situation. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot can travel throughout a structure. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools, and knowledge to clean up fire and smoke damage. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate personal protective measures to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property. 

Get Back to Business Quickly After a Fire

As a business owner, you know that any disruption in business affects your bottom line. We have large loss teams that work alongside our local SERVPRO experts. These professionals understand your unique set of problems when faced with fire damage and can respond immediately to your call. Our goal is to help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible after a fire emergency.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO carpet cleaner Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Your home’s carpets get the most use—and abuse—of any surface in your home. You can keep your carpet looking good for years with the carpet cleaning services of SERVPRO®.

A Trusted Name in Carpet Cleaning Services

A professional carpet and upholstery cleaner can remove deep-seated dirt and grime to keep your carpet and rugs looking their best and extend their lifespan. Even the most high-quality items can become soiled with dust, dirt, pet hair, and the daily traffic of family life. SERVPRO applies its more than 50 years of knowledge and experience in restoration to carpet and upholstery cleaning projects of all sizes. We use a variety of cleaning methods depending on your situation. Our goal is to clean carpets, rugs, and upholstery to your satisfaction to restore them to their original appearance. 

Why Choose SERVPRO for Carpet Cleaning?

Provide 24/7 Emergency Service

Should your carpets need cleaning due to an emergency, SERVPRO will respond quickly to lessen damage and avoid costly repairs. 

Highly Trained Technicians

Our professionals are trained to the highest standards and are backed by state-of-the-art equipment and more than 50 years of experience. 

#1 in the Cleanup and Restoration Industry

We’re a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team on site at a university The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team was called out overnight to handle a major three-story water loss at a university

After the water begins to recede and authorities determine it is safe for residents to return to their property, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent additional damage from occurring. SERVPRO® suggests the following steps to help minimize additional damage to your property while waiting for disaster professionals to arrive.

  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Do not attempt to operate any electrical equipment while standing in wet or damp locations.
  • Throw away all foods—even canned goods—that have come into contact with floodwaters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. 

Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee using moisture detection equipment. SERVPRO uses the latest technology to detect moisture and keep it from spreading.

Whether your business or commercial property needs emergency restoration services or professional cleaning services, SERVPRO® professionals have the training and experience to handle any size project to get you back to business.  

Water damage to your industrial or commercial property can be particularly devastating. Not only is there the damage itself that needs to be repaired quickly, but there’s the disruption of your service to customers and employees, as well as the negative effect on revenue.

SERVPRO professionals are prepared to evaluate your water-damaged property. We want to help you understand the severity of the water damage to your commercial property so that you’re able to make the best decisions on moving forward with the restoration process.

Whether you’re dealing with minor water damage to your commercial property or a large loss event, we can develop a restoration plan to help ensure your property is clean, dry, and restored to its pre-damaged condition. Our customer-focused professionals will assess the water damage to your property. Then we’ll help you understand the severity of the damage so you’re able to make the best decisions for the restoration of your business. Our top-notch people use only the most advanced equipment to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water.

We have more than 50 years of experience in repair and restoration so you can trust us to help you develop a water damage restoration plan to help ensure your business is clean, dry, and restored to its pre-damaged condition.

Why a Closed Door Can Save Lives During a Fire

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Burned door A Closed Door Can Save Lives During a Fire

Fire officials say that closing the door can be one of the most critical actions people can take to stop the spread and save lives when confronting a fire.  Closing doors can cut off the pump, slowly starving a fire of much of that fuel. It can also provide one of the most effective barriers to temporarily inhibit the spread of flames and smoke, giving firefighters crucial time to respond.

FSRI research on fire service horizontal ventilation began in 2008, and analyzed the effect of doors and windows on a fire’s spread. Bedrooms on the first and second floors of a home were tested during the scenario. Using thermal imaging cameras, researchers found that closed-door rooms on both floors during the fire’s spread had average temperatures of less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit versus 1000+ degrees in the open-door rooms.

The Close Before You Doze public fire safety education program comes because of over a decade of research conducted by UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). After proving that a closed-door could potentially save lives in a fire, FSRI has committed to sharing this finding with the world.

Practice, practice, practice… Families do the drill.

Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill. Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer, and have everyone book it to the safety spot. Once everyone gets to the safety spot, stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes, you each get an imaginary gold medal.

COVID-19 Cleaning

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees cleaning Creating Healthy Spaces With a Higher Standard of Clean

When you see that a business has been Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned, you can be confident it’s been cleaned using the processes and procedures used by SERVPRO for biohazard remediation for more than 50 years.

Creating Healthy Spaces With a Higher Standard of Clean

As we continue the battle against COVID-19, it’s important to feel confident that the place where we gather is clean and safe. SERVPRO knows that we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean, and that’s why we have the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. When you see our CSC shield on the door of businesses in your community, you can be sure it’s a clean environment. This defensive and proactive pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. SERVPRO is dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. With more than 50 years of experience in viral pathogen cleaning, you can trust us to bring a higher standard of cleanliness to your local businesses. This thorough deep COVID cleaning has 3 phases- we call them the “3 C’s”: 1) Consult2) Clean3) Certify Call us today for service 936-559-0404. 

Clean up at Casino Night with Angelina Beautiful/Clean in Lufkin Texas

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Angelina Beautiful/Clean Board and Staff Members What a fantastic 3rd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

Our very own SMR Candice Stott chaired this even for the last three years for the Angelina Beautiful/Clean’s 3rd Annual Casino Night fundraiser. This type of community event is made possible by all the local support from businesses who take it upon themselves to give and help support the community.  Clean up at Casino Night with Angelina Beautiful/Clean! Go all-in to help keep our county a beautiful place at this fun event which will offer blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps for casino-type games. Not a gambler? Not a problem! We also have Plinko, a parachute drop, a DJ for dancing, a casino-style buffet, and several photo booths to enjoy.  Candice and the entire Angelina Beautiful Clean Board and staff were overjoyed by the turnout!  We are so grateful for the continued support of our community!

Why choose SERVPRO to help with your water loss?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

servpro technician using the latest in technology to perform mitigation.    Moisture can not hide from a well-trained SERVPRO technician using the latest mitigation technology!

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

At SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County, we pride ourselves in knowing that we are the mitigation experts in our area. That includes having the most highly trained and prepared technicians in the business. Our technicians train from day 1 within our corporate structure and hold IICRC industry certifications. All of this work goes into knowing that when we send a technician into your home or business, regardless of the job, they will be prepared. This foresight also provides our customers the clarity that SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County has the tools to complete and meet your expectations on any job.

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

We are always ready, available, and here to help 24/7/365. Call us (936) 637-0404

Do You Have Contaminated Water in Your Lufkin Home?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Sitting Contaminated Water Damage If you have any water damage in your Lufkin property call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches (936) 559-0404

What to do when exposed to contaminated water?

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches professionals arrive. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Here are the DOs and DON'Ts for Water damage from Contaminated Water.

DOs 

  • Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches immediately at (936) 559-0404
  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. This includes damages incurred by a sewage backup.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'Ts 

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult with your local health department or physician.

About SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a sewage backup or a contaminated 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.

Is There Hidden Water Damage in Your Nacogdoches Home?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

indoor water damage If you notice your home has water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches Today! (936) 559-0404

Flooding is quite common in Texas, but water damage can come from many different places and is not just a problem for people living on the coast. While the damage from a flood is pretty apparent, there are many ways water damage can happen to your home when you don’t even realize it.

Here are some common causes of water damage and how you can spot the warning signs.

Weather is a common cause of water damage. Rains cause flooding that can get into your home from the outside.

Even if it isn’t raining there is still moisture in the air. Damp air can lead to condensation and water damage to your walls. This is especially true of bathrooms and other damp areas of your home that don’t get much airflow.

Appliances like your washing machine, garbage disposal, water heater, toilet, and air conditioner can all contribute to water damage if they leak or stop draining properly.

Water from our pipes and plumbing systems can also cause water damage. Leaks and drips can go on for months, or even years, raising your water bill and doing unseen damage to your home.

So if these are all the ways water can sneak into your home, what are the signs of water damage?

Here are a few warning signs that you have a water damage problem in your home.

Standing water – This may sound pretty obvious, but if you notice water pooling in your house you have a water problem that needs to be taken care of immediately.

Bad smells – While water doesn’t normally have much of a smell, the mold and bacteria that grow in damp environments can give off a distinct musty, wet odor. If you smell mold or mildew you might have a water issue.

Stains and spots – Stains on the ceilings or walls can be a sign of water damage. You might have a leaky pipe or roof. Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches to determine the cause of the problem and to clean up the damage before it becomes a serious mold problem.

Peeling paint – Paint damaged by water will start to peel, bubble, or flake off.

Uneven surfaces – Water damage can cause floors, ceilings, walls, and other surfaces to warp and feel uneven.

Cracks – Water is always seeking the path of least resistance out of your home. Water can enter through cracks and once water finds it’s way in, the crack will expand allowing even more to get into your home. Make sure you seal all visible cracks on your property.

If you notice your home has water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches Today! (936) 559-0404 

Is Your Nacogdoches Home Flooded?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Extreme flooding in home If you experience any flooding or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches at: (936) 559-0404

At SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches, our restoration professionals work hard to help restore homes and businesses in our local community.  We are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property from any size storm disaster.  However, there are steps you can take on your own to prevent damages after a storm.

  • Be prepared for emergencies and ensure that your insurance policy will cover water damage in the event of a flood. 
  • Inspect your home for pre-existing damages in order to prevent a worse water issue.
  • Stay alert of weather in your local area.
  • Inspect your gutters, and regularly clear them of dirt and debris.
  • Install barriers to prevent water from entering your home.
  • When renovating your home, remember to use flood-resistant materials to protect the property from further damage.

These measures will protect your home in the event of flooding and significantly minimize the damages to your property.  Deep east Texas is no stranger to the ever changing and sometimes damaging weather.  A typical day in Lufkin or Nacogdoches may start off with beautiful warm friendly skies and by days end have changed to heavy winds and threatening wind and rain. Have no fear, you have a friend in the business. Your local SERVPRO team has the right experience and training to handle all that Mother Nature may bring. Our team has helped with Disaster Recovery in 30 other states here in the U.S.. We have helped literally over hundreds of people when their homes or business have been impacted by: Fire, Water, Rain, Flash Floods, Strong Winds, Tornadoes, Wildfires or Hurricanes. We want our customers to know that we have seen just about everything Mother Nature can do and want you to know that help is just a phone call away.

If you experience any flooding or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches at

(936) 559-0404

Can Secondary Water Damage Hurt Your Nacogdoches Home?

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling Water Damage It’s important to remember that Secondary damage happens as a result of water damage. It can include things such as warped flooring or black mold.

Any time you have water damage in your Nacogdoches home, there’s a strong chance that secondary damage could also pose a risk. From what this damage is to types of damage, including black mold, here are a few things you should know.

1. What It Is

A secondary type of damage is any damage that occurs as a result of damage related to the initial problem. For example, if a pipe breaks the carpet could get soaked. This is a primary damage. However if the soaked carpet is not dried and the sub-floor warps, the damage to the sub-floor would be considered secondary. Secondary damage usually occurs if the initial damage is extremely severe, incorrectly cleaned up, or damage that is not cleaned up in a timely manner.

2. Types of Damage

There are a few types of damage that often fall into the secondary category. These include warped wood, cracking in sheet-rock or plaster, peeling vinyl, cracked tile, water stains, black mold, and high humidity problems as excess water evaporates. If the water damage has created a weakness in the exterior of the home, such as the roof, you may also experience problems from high winds or additional weather.

3. What To Do

If your home has suffered any type of water damage it’s best to contact a water damage restoration service for help with cleanup and repairs. These professionals can act quickly, are trained in the proper cleanup procedures, and have the tools necessary to safely do the job. Correctly handling the situation can help you prevent additional secondary damages.

It’s important to remember that Secondary damage happens as a result of water damage. It can include things such as warped flooring or black mold. If you have water damage it’s important to call a restoration service, and make repairs as quickly as possible. Doing so can help you mitigate additional damages to your home.

How Does SERVPRO of Lufkin Use FLIR Cameras to Help You?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Infrared camera pic and SERVPRO male employee When catastrophe strikes, picking up the pieces, getting things back in order and cleaning up what is left behind can be an overwhelming task.

Throughout the past century, Lufkin and Nacogdoches home and business owners have faced floods, forest fires, tornadoes and hurricanes. When catastrophe strikes, picking up the pieces, getting things back in order and cleaning up what is left behind can be an overwhelming task.

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. One of the best tools our SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches team uses to assess water damage situations is the FLIR Camera.

  • How Does a FLIR (Infrared) Camera Work?

All objects emit infrared energy, known as a heat signature. An infrared camera (also known as a thermal imager) detects and measures the infrared energy of objects. The camera converts that infrared data into an electronic image that shows the apparent surface temperature of the object being measured.

An infrared camera contains an optical system that focuses infrared energy onto a special detector chip (sensor array) that contains thousands of detector pixels arranged in a grid.

Each pixel in the sensor array reacts to the infrared energy focused on it and produces an electronic signal. The camera processor takes the signal from each pixel and applies a mathematical calculation to it to create a color map of the apparent temperature of the object. Each temperature value is assigned a different color. The resulting matrix of colors is sent to memory and to the camera’s display as a temperature picture (thermal image) of that object.

Many infrared cameras also include a visible light camera that automatically captures a standard digital image with each pull of the trigger. By blending these images it is easier to correlate problem areas in your infrared image with the actual equipment or area you are inspecting.

Info from: https://www.fluke.com/en-us/learn/blog/thermal-imaging/how-infrared-cameras-work

  • How Does SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches Use FLIR Imaging?

After a water damage incident, it can be difficult to see just how much area the water has affected with the naked eye. However, with a FLIR camera we can track moisture efficiently. Using the FLIR to detect subtle temperature differences, we then use a moisture meter and locate exactly where the damage is. These handheld tools are an incredible addition to keep the remediation process fast and efficient.  

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

Do You Have Mold Damage in Your Lufkin Business?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on couch If your business has any mold or water damage, give the pros at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches a call at: (936) 559-0404

Discovering you have a mold problem can be a bit overwhelming at first. Before you give up and sell your company, hire a professional to assess the situation.

Warning Signs

It is important to recognize the warning signs of mold before it takes over your home and affects your company. 

Smell – Mold has a pungent, musty odor. If it is in one area of your building, you might notice a distinct smell when you enter that part of the property. It is not always visually apparent. Mold can grow behind wallpaper, inside walls and under the carpet. If you notice an unusual and persistent odor in your property, contact a professional in Lufkin, Texas to perform an inspection.

Sight – Watch for the appearance of mold. It may be black, discolored, fuzzy or slimy. You will notice a suspect area growing overtime. Like most fungi, it likes damp areas. Regularly check and clean areas that have a high humidity or tend to collect dampness.

Health – Because mold is not always visible, it may not be apparent that you have a mold problem. If you notice a musty odor when you are at the office or you spot water damaged areas, you may need to hire a mold remediation specialist. If you do have a mold problem, you may notice that you feel better when you are away from home. 

Mycotoxins

Organisms of the fungus kingdom, like mold, produce toxic secondary metabolites called mycotoxins. 

Things to Know

The best way to prevent mold growth is to control the moisture in your home. Molds can be found almost anywhere and are able to grow on most surfaces, so keeping an eye out for it is essential to keeping you and your employees.

If your business has any mold or water damage, give the pros at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches a call at: (936) 559-0404

How Can SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches Help You With Disaster Preparation?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van in front of business It is critical to be prepared if disaster does strike. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is ready to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches County is always prepared for unexpected disasters from fire, water and mold.  Our restoration professionals help restore properties daily from emergencies such as pipe breaks and smoke damage, and the situation can often be overwhelming.  We are reminding local homeowners and businesses to plan and help protect their properties in order to prevent such a disaster.

Being prepared for a natural disaster is extremely important. Having a plan for things such as a house fire is extremely important. Now is the perfect time to prepare and create or update your evacuation plan in case of any type of emergency. Click here to learn important fire prevention guidelines and safety measures from the American Red Cross.

Building an emergency kit is a helpful way to be prepared for a disaster. You should also know what to do in case of power outages in your area.

  • In order to protect your property even further, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County also offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to businesses for free. This is a digital file with information such as water shutoffs, fire suppression systems and key personnel that businesses can utilize in the event of an emergency to help minimize downtime and prevent further damage. Click here to learn more about the ERP.

It is critical to be prepared if disaster does strike.  Should you experience fire, water or mold damage, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is ready to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding Damage to Your Nacogdoches Commercial Property

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of business If you have any questions of a problem you may be having, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches at (936) 559-0404

At SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches, our goal is to ensure our East Texas Commercial Businesses are aware of any type of damages that they could encounter. The bottom line is, damage that has the potential to impact a residential property can also impact a commercial building.

Types of Damages

Storm: Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain can remove roof tiles, break windows, plus much more. Storm damages can be devastating and can cause a delay in business (business interruption).

Water: Water damage is typically due to burst pipes, Plumbing failures, floods, or rain. In any case, this can result in contaminated water affecting surfaces, structural, and contents. Water damage can also cause suspicious growth like mold or mildew and erode belongings. Electricity and water damage can quickly become volatile when combined.

Fire: Fire damage can result from a gas stove, faulty outlet, floor heaters, and candles. This can cause severe destruction to your property, which requires cleaning and restoration services.

Mold: What promotes mold growth?  Mold requires water, food, and oxygen to grow. ... They require water to grow and spread, which is why it is recommended to keep homes – especially walls and carpets – as dry as possible. Water leaks, flooding, high humidity, and condensation all provide moisture mold can use to grow and spread

If you have any questions of a problem you may be having, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches at (936) 559-0404

Tips to Get Your Lufkin Home Storm Ready

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees standing outside storm damaged home If you experience flooding in your home, Please call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches at (936) 559-0404

Clean your downspouts and gutters

Make sure to clean out your gutters at least once every six months or more often if you have a lot of trees near your home. If this is not maintained, it can cause water to collect in the gutters, which can cause damage to your roof and gutters.  Checking to make sure your down spouts are cleaned ensures that during a storm the water can run away from your house properly. If your down spouts are clogged, the water has nowhere to run freely and can cause damage to your foundation. At SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches we want to ensure that water is flowing properly from gutters through the down spouts to keep you from having further damage.

Switch off the mains

If you are leaving your home for a storm and plan to be away for a while, it’s a good practice to turn the water off at the main line. This will stop any dripping or other water issues while you are away. One of the worst feelings in the world, is coming home to a flooded house due to a pipe bursting while you are away. As the rain falls during a storm, the ground typically becomes mush and the additional weight and pressure of the water could cause ruptures or leaks. 

Flood damages to your home can range from minor to severe and dealing with the issue can be overwhelming. While some water issues cannot be foreseen, there are a few things you can do to prevent flood damages to your home from factors you have some control over. If you experience flooding in your home, Please call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches at (936) 559-0404 so we can assist you with the aftermath of a storm that caused water damage to your home. 

Is Your Lufkin Home Storm Ready?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged neighborhood Call us 24/7 at (936) 559-0404 and let us help make it "Like it never even happened."

While Summer here in East Texas brings us lots of sunshine and pleasant warm weather, it also gives us a fair share of storms. With storm season going all the way through late November, it's important to get your property prepared. 

Here are a few tips to make your property more secure during a storm:

Get your roof and foundation checked out. Are there any cracks in your roof? If so, call a professional to have it repaired ASAP.

Remove any tree branches that pose risk to breaking a window, for example. Getting a tree trimming before the summer storm season begins is a wise idea.

Invest in storm windows.

Bring all patio furniture, grills, etc. indoors before the storm hits.

Tightly secure outdoor items you cannot bring indoors.

Bring potted plants inside until the storm passes over.

If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside it before the storm hits.

If you must evacuate due to the storm, secure and board up windows.

We hope you find these tips helpful and wish you an enjoyable and safe summer!

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches is a full-service restoration company that specializes in the cleanup, restoration & reconstruction of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. We also mitigate mold & mildew, and biohazards from your home or business. Call us 24/7 at (936) 559-0404 and let us help make it "Like it never even happened."

How Can Smoke Damage Affect Your Lufkin Property?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor smoke and fire damage SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Click here to review our complete fire damage restoration process. Every fire is different, and smoke and soot creates a unique type of damage.

Smoke and soot damage is created after a fire has been extinguished in a home or a business, soot residue settles into the property. Soot is a very fine, black powder substance which binds to walls and fabric.

Like soot, smoke damage can be problematic, and it can cause serious health damage. It will cause discoloration of walls and it will sink into all property contents, causing smoke odor to linger for long periods of time.

This is why it is extremely important to hire a professional fire mitigation company to restore the damage.

The type of smoke or soot damage will define how we clean and treat the affected areas, but our process has several steps. We are trained extensively on all types of soot or smoke damage and if you contact as quickly enough, we will be able to restore most items. We also use Personal Protective Equipment as per Health and Safety regulations.

Fires can happen at any time, day or night. The most important thing is quick response time that’s why SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

How Does Mold Effect Your Lufkin Business

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling mold damage If you discover significant mold growth in your Lufkin business, call us at (936) 559-0404.

Interrupting business, risking the health of employees and patrons, and threatening the structural integrity of the building, mold in the workplace is nothing short of a nightmare.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration details the impact of mold in their article, “Guide to Mold in the Workplace”. They assert that mold can grow on “virtually any substance”. All that’s needed for mold to grow and thrive is moisture, oxygen, and a food source. OSHA also emphasizes that mold growth indoors should be avoided at all costs. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the most common areas in which mold can grow in businesses so that you can know where to look, allowing you to catch it before it grows into a more dangerous problem.

  1. Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are susceptible to mold growth, as moisture and warm, humid air from outside can easily sneak into your business through these entrances. On rainy days or days when condensation is present, monitor windows and doors for accumulating moisture. If you notice an abundance of moisture, be sure to dry it quickly in order to prevent a buildup.

  1. HVAC and AC Units

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) units and air conditioning units are common in a variety of different kinds of commercial businesses. The units require regular and proper maintenance to prevent them from malfunctioning, which can have many negative consequences to your business. A malfunctioning HVAC or AC unit can lead to increased humidity and leaking, which both perpetuate mold growth. Luckily, with regular maintenance, this is easy to prevent. Be sure to also change your unit’s filters and clean its drip pan regularly to keep it from becoming obstructed. At the first sign of a leak, call a professional for help to avoid mold growth. It may be beneficial to also seek the help of a certified commercial mold inspector if you suspect that mold growth has already taken place. Be sure to also read about our Commercial Mold Remediation services, as well as our HVAC Cleaning Services.

  1. Employee Areas

While they’re not usually on display in a commercial business, employee areas such as kitchens and bathrooms can be hotspots for mold growth. These areas often contain sinks, drains, and toilets, which are all susceptible to moisture accumulation and mold if excess moisture goes unnoticed. The best way to prevent mold growth in employee areas is to clean and inspect them frequently, as well as keep an eye out for early signs of mold growth.

Remember: It Can Happen Anywhere

The aforementioned areas in commercial businesses are especially at risk for mold growth, but it’s important to remember the OSHA’s warning that mold can grow on “virtually any substance” and can therefore be found anywhere. When going about business as usual, pay close attention to any areas of your business dealing with water, including plumbing, pipes, faucets, and drains, for leaks or buildups of moisture. If any areas of your Lufkin business have experienced leaks in the past, be sure to add them to your list of high-risk mold growth spots and inspect them for leaks often.

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches for Your Business’ Mold Remediation Needs

If you discover significant mold growth in your Lufkin business, call us at (936) 559-0404. We are commercial mold remediation professionals, who are committed to reducing the disruption to your business as best we can so that you can continue working as usual, making it “Like it never even happened.” For more information about our Mold Remediation Process, click here.

Matterport -Realestate and SERVPRO of Lufkin and Nacogdoches

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee with Matterport camera SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County uses the latest 3D mapping technology to provide better-documenting services for our customers.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County uses the latest 3D mapping technology to provide better-documenting services for our customers. 

Matterport is the standard for 3D space capture. Our all-in-one platform transforms real-life spaces into immersive digital twin models. So much more than panoramic scans, Matterport empowers people to capture and connect rooms to create truly interactive 3D models of spaces.

Do you need to feature a home you're selling? Do you need to express the way the home was left the people moved out? Are you a homeowner and wish to have us film your home before a renter moves in and when the renter moves out? This is for you!! Call us (936) 559-0404, we can come out to capture a building or home for you.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches clean smoke damaged clothes

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

dry cleaned clothes hanging on rack and garment boxes SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches can clean and remove odor from clothes after a fire.

People often ask us if we can save smoke-damaged clothes? The answer may surprise you. If clothing has not been burned in a fire, there's a good chance smoke, and soot have damaged it. Even still, you can still restore your clothes to their original fresh state. However, this takes special care that often takes the expertise of fire damage restoration professionals.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition.

How to Keep Your A/C Cool This Summer in Lufkin

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Male SERVPRO employee working in attic area on water damage SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is always here to help remediate any water, fire or mold damages that wreak havoc on your home. (936)-559-0404

All of us here at SERVPRO of Lufkin hope you are enjoying the summer break, even with the blistering heat. As we are reaching record highs this season, your AC maybe taking a toll and packing heat from the outside air. AC leaks are quite common and can actually freeze the refrigerant coils due to extreme heat.

Here a few tips to help you enjoy a cool summer this year in Lufkin:

  • Turn the AC unit off immediately if you spot frozen evaporator coil until the problem is successfully corrected.
  • Replace your Air filter every 30 to 90 days
  • Do not Cover any air vents or registers
  • For systems that drain by gravity, be sure the condensate is flowing freely to the outside; the drain line (especially the elbow) may be plugged with mold and slime.
  • For systems that use a condensate pump, if the pump has failed, that could lead to water backing up in the system and overflowing the pan.
  • That the large pan below the cold coil (called the condensate pan) is not rotted and full of holes, and leaking water into the house. Note, that in most cases, replacing the pan below the coil is usually not something a homeowner can tackle. A leaking pan is almost always better repaired by a licensed air conditioning heating ventilation contractor (HVAC).
  • Clean the elbowed plug that leads to the condensate pan. You may need to cut and replace the plastic elbow, depending on whether it has slime/mold or not.
  • Use a shop vacuum to the end of the condensate drain, if any, and run the vacuum for a few seconds to pull any dried or wet contents out of the line. You need to remove the shop vacuum’s paper air filter to do this.
  • For metal Condensate pans, use bleach and water solution to routinely clear you drain line and prevent it from creating mildew.
    • Plastic/copper drains can be corroded and damaged. It may easier to use chlorine tablets instead.

For more information, go to https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a7782/quick-fixes-for-leaky-ac-systems-8925561/

And if all else fails, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is always here to help remediate any water, fire or mold damages that wreak havoc on your home. Please call us at (936)-559-0404

Leadership Nacogdoches Program

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees posing for picture Congratulations to our recent Leadership Nacogdhes Graduate and Alum

SERVPRO believes in giving back and participating in the community. Chamber of Commerce programs like their Leadership Program helps to promote community involvement by volunteering with non-profit agencies, attending city and government meetings, and developing business leaders to take a more active role in the community. 

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County is proud to have two Graduates from this program. They have both become more aware and more active in the Nacogdoches Community. This nine-month training program develops new leaders in the community. Participants learn about the driving forces and services in Nacogdoches while developing personal strengths and valuable skills.

The class meets monthly with City, Government, and Business Leaders in an effort to become more involved in the growth of Nacogdoches. 

Each year the class completes a community service project. They adopt a class project from applications submitted by local non-profit agencies. This project will be a positive contribution to the community and will allow class participants a chance to apply their team-building and leadership skills while they give back to the community.

#BestClassEver

SERVPRO of Nacogdoches Restores Water Damage Faster

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning water damage Don’t let water damage ruin your summer and call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches at: (936) 559-0404

In the summertime, basically everyone loves water. A nice cold glass of water or a dip in the pool are some of the best ways to cool down. One place absolutely no one likes to have water though, is in the middle of your living room, soaked into your carpet, and soaked into your furniture.

Sadly, it’s a pretty common problem, whether it be a summer storm, a burst pipe, or an overflowing sink. Water damage is fast and acting fast can determine how much of your property can be restored. That’s why SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches put so much effort into our fast response times.

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. By responding immediately, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County limits the damage caused by water, fire, mold and storms. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County professionals are prepared with the training, experience, and equipment needed to restore homes, retail shops, education institutions, healthcare facilities, food service operations and historic sites. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County redefines the unexpected to bring back comfort and productivity, and to preserve treasured and vital residences, municipal landmarks and businesses for generations to enjoy.

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

Don’t let water damage ruin your summer and call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches at:

(936) 559-0404

Does Your Nacogdoches Business Have Invisible Water Damage?

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning water damage By using SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches, you get trusted, professional, and expert service, care, and restoration.

Water damage to your Nacogdoches Business should never be underestimated, even though not all damage is easily visible, it will show itself with time. No matter the perceived damage, you need to call a professional remediation service, reaction time is one of the most important parts of any water damage situation. Water takes the path of least resistance, so it often finds its way through building materials where it eventually gets trapped and creates rot and mold growth.

Emergency water removal is the first step in preventing any more damage to your property. Once the water is out, and the area has been dried by our SERVPRO technicians, we thoroughly inspect your property and figure out what has been affected and what is undamaged. This process can usually be finished in a few days and is monitored closely to ensure proper drying.

Some of the most common water damage causes:

- Failures in Your Plumbing
These events can release hundreds of gallons of water quickly into your office building. Malfunctions can result from broken pipes, malfunctioning sprinkler systems, loose hoses, and other plumbing sources.

- Local Flooding
Flooding can come from sudden, heavy local rain falls. Downpours this intense can flood gutters, drains, and down spouts quickly, and the overflow can cause severe water damage to your business.

- Long-Term Moisture and Humidity
Small leaks usually hide and are and overlooked, however, over time they lead to water damage problems that need repair. Ceilings, wall cavities, bathrooms, hallways, and attics are the most susceptible areas to mold growth and wood rot from continued exposure. Basements and vented crawlspaces are also environments which can be humid, leading to similar water and mold issues. Standing water can fast turn into damage that is more widespread if it is not cleaned up right away. Mold starts growing in as little as twenty-four hours after a water intrusion and can spread through your building and do much harm to the structural integrity, plus to the health of your employees and any equipment inside.

- So, How Can You Get Your Business "Like it never even happened."

By using SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches, you get a trusted, professional company to come out to your property to assess water damage and to begin the restoration process immediately.

Give SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches a call today at (936) 559-0404 today!

Someone is always standing by to receive your call.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches Offers Continuing Education Classes

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees teaching a class SERVPRO of Lufkin/Nacogdoches has Certified Continuing Education Instructors

SERVPRO offers both credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and Real Estate professionals. The CE courses provide you with information to better serve your customers.

These programs are designed to improve the knowledge of your staff regarding emergency mitigation. 

Here are some of the CE courses that are offered by SERVPRO

  • Fire Damage Restoration

  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage

  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

  • Biohazard Cleanup

Since 1967, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries. In addition to training at the regional level, SERVPRO developed the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners and insurance industry employees.

Contact us for a complete list of course offerings and class schedules (936) 637-0404

Take Immediate Action on Mold in Your Nacogdoches Business

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage on ceiling If you are concerned about mold growth, give SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches a call at (936) 559-0404.

Immediate Action Helps with Mold Remediation

Nacogdoches business owners know the importance of taking good care of their offices or warehouse. However, sometimes there are problems with commercial premises that are not immediately obvious. One such issue is mold growth.

Mold remediation helps Nacogdoches business owners deal with mold as soon as they spot the tell-tale problem signs. Mold can damage the structure of business premises, so it is important to call SERVPRO of Boynton Beach as quickly as possible. Mold needs immediate attention, and we are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What are the signs of mold in a business?

Mold is insidious and can start growing without immediately being noticed. However, there are some tell-tale signs of the presence of mold, such as:

  • Visible black mold growth on the walls or ceiling
  • Peeling wallpaper can be a sign there is mold underneath
  • If there is grout between the tiles in the staff bathrooms, you might notice the grout is darker than before
  • The heating or air conditioning systems might smell fusty or strange. There is a pervasive damp moldy smell that does not seem to go away no matter how much you air the premises

What should I do if I detect mold in my business?

The most important thing to do if you suspect mold in your Nacogdoches commercial premises is to call SERVPRO. Our team members have the skill and equipment to deal with mold growth thoroughly. Speed is essential because mold is fast-growing and can spread rapidly.

You should also shut down your HVAC system and fans until after remediation is complete.

Finally, please stay out of affected areas if possible, and encourage staff to do the same.

Is there anything I should not do?

Some things can make a mold problem worse and are, therefore, best avoided. If you suspect mold, please do not:

  • Attempt to wipe or clean the affected area yourself
  • Touch or disturb the mold in any way
  • Blow air across a surface that has visible mold growth
  • Spray bleach on the affected surface 

What does SERVPRO do to help with mold?

We train our SERVPRO technicians to carry out all aspects of mold remediation. We begin each visit with a thorough assessment of your property to draw up a plan of action that works for you. SERVPRO technicians know that mold can hide, so we use instruments like moisture meters and thermal hygrometers to measure dampness levels inside walls and under carpets.

We establish a containment area to keep mold spores contains. We use physical barriers to secure the affected area and access negative air machines to ensure the spores cannot escape into the rest of the building.

After we establish containment, we start the mold remediation process. We use a range of air scrubbers and robust filters to remove mold from the air. We also tackle mold on walls, floors, and furniture. In some cases, it is necessary to discard affected materials not to cause further mold spread. It is possible to clean affected materials to remove mold and help prevent its return.

If sections of carpet or drywall needs removing, you can rest assured that full restoration is part of our mold remediation process. We understand that your business cannot get back to normal if there is a missing carpet or a hole in the wall! That is why you can entrust us to take care of building restoration as needed to reopen your business quickly.

Our teams also take care of cleaning and deodorizing decorative items, curtains, clothes, and personal effects. We train our technicians to assess whether the items are salvageable. You can trust us to restore as much as possible and only dispose of personal property as a last resort.

What about bad smells?

Mold has an unpleasant odor, and of course, you want to get rid of those smells. Deodorization is an essential step in our mold remediation process. We equip our teams with a range of deodorizing pellets and formulas suitable for large areas and small individual items. We also have various thermal and ULV fogging equipment and air scrubbers at our disposal to thoroughly deodorize your premises.

If mold is left unhampered, it can spread quickly and wreak havoc with your business’ office or warehouse. We recommend being alert to signs of mold and calling us for help at the first sign of a problem. The faster we tackle mold, the less chance it can spread throughout your building.

If you are concerned about mold growth, give SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches a call at (936) 559-0404.

Fire Damage in Your Lufkin Business?

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged electrical socket We arrive within hours of your call to start our assessment for fire damage restoration in Lufkin.

Whether you have a large warehouse facility or a smaller retail shop in Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches, a fire can be devastating. Should there be water damage along with the fire debris from first responders extinguishing the flames, you also need to ensure all moisture gets thoroughly removed. SERVPRO is available to restore your business fully so that you can remain on track.

We arrive within hours of your call to start our assessment for fire damage restoration in Lufkin. Where applicable, we may utilize some of the following steps:

  • Removal of all charred and unsalvageable debris.
  • If not delaminated, your soiled carpeting and padding can be cleaned and dried.
  • New drywall can get installed, if necessary. If your drywall is still in good condition, we have special sealants that keep smoke odors from lingering in the building.
  • Subflooring and other flooring surfaces can be restored or replaced.
  • Specialty deodorizers and EPA-registered cleaning agents allow us to combat pungent odors.

We want to make sure that you do not miss a beat at your commercial space after a fire. Call on SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches when you need rapid, detailed fire damage restoration. We can be reached for emergency service 24 hours a day by calling (936) 559-0404. Our team will make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to do After a Storm Hits Your Lufkin Home or Property

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Man Standing in storm damaged home If your Lufkin home or property is affected by a storm – give the pros a call at: (936) 559-0404

Severe storms are a common fear among homeowners in East Texas, and for pretty good reason. They can be sudden and can cause tremendous amounts of damage. Having an emergency plan for such an occasion, is a necessity. In another blog I listed a few good points on how to form a plan for your family and property. In this blog however, I wanted to really focus on what SERVPRO can do for you after the storm.

After the storm has struck, a fast response is critical. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help you with your Lufkin home or business. Not only do we have our local team to help and restore damage, we also have access to over 1,700 other SERVPRO franchises to help during extreme weather situations.

Our Lufkin SERVPRO team is made up of storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

Not only will we gladly take care of the damage and restore your property, but we also communicate directly with your insurer to help simplify the process. So, if your Lufkin home or property is affected by a storm – give the pros a call at: (936) 559-0404

Energy Saving Tips for Lufkin Texas

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in front of sunny background We also provide HVAC and vent cleaning services! For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (936) 559-0404.

Although we have had some crazy cold winter months, it’s shaping up to be a very hot summer. To anyone who’s lived in East Texas for any amount of time however, that comes as no surprise. What’s the average Joe’s solution to the heat dilemma? Well, cranking the A/C all the way up of course. While this is not the worst solution, it’s certainly not very energy efficient. So, I’ve compiled a short list to help of energy saving tricks to hopefully save you some money this summer by lowering your energy usage.

Ensure air conditioning vents are unobstructed and opened to full capacity.

Get your air conditioning unit serviced to ensure it’s working efficiently.

Clean range-hood grease filter to ensure proper ventilation.

Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.

Remember that dark colors absorb heat. You can repel excess heat by using light-colored blinds, shades and draperies on the sunny sides of the house. Make sure the draperies are insulated or lined.

Use natural lighting early in the day to reduce your energy usage.

Use ventilated awnings and other shading devices to prevent heat from entering windows exposed to direct sunlight.

Perform activities such as mopping and washing dishes in the coolest part of the day. These tasks add moisture - and heat - to your home in the summer.

Use a bathroom exhaust fan or open a window to remove heat and moisture when the bathroom door is closed. This spares the air conditioner extra work.

Use your kitchen exhaust fan while cooking to remove excess heat, moisture and cooking odors. But don't let it run more than 15 minutes after cooking or it will be taking out conditioned air.

Try setting the thermostat at 78 degrees or above during the summer. If you have a ceiling fan, you may be able to raise the temperature to 80 degrees or higher. 

Set the thermostat and then forget it. If you change the temperature often during the day, you are more likely to waste energy.

Hang laundry outside to dry during the warm weather. Running the dryer raises the overall temperature of the house and requires a great deal of electricity.

Tips on How to Keep your Lufkin Home Fire Safe This Summer

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in front of fire Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404

Once you’ve already experienced fire damage in your Lufkin home or business you already know who to call, the pros here at SERVPRO. However, there’s really only one person who can help prevent these fires from ever happening though, and that’s you. Some of the most common ways that these fires start are quite simple and most of the time entirely preventable. So here is a list of things to keep your eye on to hopefully keep your property safe.

  1. Cooking Equipment. Pots and pans can overheat and can easily cause a fire if the person cooking gets distracted.
  2. Heating Appliances. Portable heaters should be kept at least one yard away from anything. Especially if it could easily catch fire.
  3. Smoking. A cigarette butt that has not been put out properly can cause a small flame which could stay lit for a few hours.
  4. Candles. Yes we all love our homes looking and smelling pretty, but never leave a room with a burning candle going. A candle flame doesn’t even have to come in contact with flammable materials to combust into flame. The wax from the candle can easily overheat and light up on its own. Keep candles away from anything flammable. Blow candles out before leaving your home, the room and even before going to bed.
  5. Faulty Wiring. Inadequate wiring causes fires. If your lights dim when using other appliances, fuses blow the circuit frequently, or if an appliance only works by having to disconnect another- then you may have bad wiring. Contact a licensed electrician if you have any of these occurrences.
  6. Barbecues. They’re great for outdoor cooking meals and promote quality family time spent together. Plus who doesn’t love the smoky grilled flavor of any food prepared on them? Just make sure to keep barbecues away from your home. Barbecuing underneath covered porches, next to tablecloths, any plants, tree branches, falling leaves or keeping your accelerants (lighter fluid / box of matches) close to your grill could cause the spread of a fire. If you are using propane, be sure to check the gas tank for any leaks before using it.
  7. Lighting. Lamp shades build up heat if they are too close to the light bulbs. Keep lamps in areas where they can not be easily knocked over. Never use a scarf or other cloth to cover your lamps as heat build up can cause combustion.
  8. Christmas Trees. Real Christmas trees tend to dry out over time, and usually by the end of the holiday season they’re done. They can cause a very serious flash fires if not disposed of in a timely manner. A hot light or a spark can set the tree aflame almost immediately and these fires to spread quickly due to the prickly leaves being so dry.

What Exactly is a Thunderstorm?

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in front of dark raincloud In the unfortunate event a thunderstorm or other natural disaster has affected your home our business, give us a call at 936-559-0404!!!

Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties, along with other surrounding areas of East Texas are no strangers to thunderstorms. Severe and quickly changing weather is the norm around our parts for sure, but what exactly is the reason for that? Well, I thought it would be helpful to understand a little more about the entire thunderstorm process, and more importantly how to better prepare for them.

Thunderstorms- What Causes Them?

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, three basic ingredients are required for a thunderstorm to form:

  1. Moisture
  2. Rising, Unstable Air
  3. A Lifting Mechanism

The process of thunderstorm formation begins with the sun heating the surface of the Earth.  This, in turn, heats the air just above the Earth’s surface.  Because warm air is less dense than cool air, warm air will begin to rise.  As this rising warm air interacts with various elements of the Earth’s surface terrain (hills, mountains, or pockets of cooler air) it continues to be pushed higher into the atmosphere.  As this air reaches the cooler areas of the atmosphere, it also begins to cool, allowing the moisture contained within to condense, beginning cloud formation.  As more particles of continuously cooling moisture gather, they begin to “bounce off of” one another within the cloud.  These collisions eventually build up large reactions of electric charge, resulting in lightning, which creates the soundwave we know as thunder.

Thunderstorms – How to Prepare?

Thunderstorms are most likely to occur in spring and summer months, when the surface of the Earth reaches higher temperatures, but can take place at any time of the year. 

  1. Keep your roof gutters cleared, especially in the spring and summer months. Debris in gutters can cause rainwater to back up onto your roof, which can result in property damage.
  2. Follow your local weather forecast. Although many thunderstorms can occur quickly, it is important to be weather aware when living in a region prone to thunderstorms.
  3. Since lighting is one of the most dangerous components of a thunderstorm, be sure to practice lightning safety: during a thunderstorm, stay away from windows and doors, avoid using electronic devices that are connected to the wall, and avoid using plumbing, as metal pipes can conduct electricity.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches values the safety of our community members as well as their properties. In the unfortunate event a thunderstorm or other natural disaster has affected your home our business, give us a call at 936-559-0404 , We’re Here to Help!

Info from: 

 https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/thunderstorms/

Why SERVPRO of Lufkin?

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees working Our team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle both fire/smoke and water losses of all sizes.

The progression of damages after a structure fire can happen very quickly and be very overwhelming for a property owner.  During the fire, the flames spread across flammable materials, damaging nearly everything in their path.  Along with the flames come soot residues and smoke odor, which spread even further than the flames, and linger long after the fire is extinguished.   With extinguishing the fire often comes water, and large amounts of it, which saturates your structure and contents.  Now you have fire, smoke, and water damage!  Where do you go from here?

Call SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches for Help!

Our team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle both fire/smoke and water losses of all sizes.  We offer 24/7/365 emergency response to begin the remediation process as soon as possible, reducing the total amount of damage sustained by your property.  We also work with your insurance company, to help alleviate the stress of the claims process

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is your “one stop shop” for property damage restoration, offering multiple services lines for both structure and contents, removing the need to deal with multiple companies for your loss.  Finally, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches also has a reconstruction division, so after the remediation process has been completed, we can help you to rebuild “Like it never even happened.”   

SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is your locally owned and operated Clean Up & Restoration company with the backing of over 1,700 nationwide franchises.  To learn more about our service lines, schedule service, or for any questions, please give us a call at

936-559-0404

Have Flooding Trouble in Your Nacogdoches Home?

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employee working at jobsite If you do experience a flood in your home or business, call us. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is available 24/7 at 936-559-0404.

What's one of the most common natural disasters in the U.S.?

If you answered "floods", you are correct!


Heavy rainstorm can cause incredible damage to your property! Make sure you are prepared. Heavy rain and storming has been nearly a daily occurrence for the entire month of May and there is more to come. We've seen all too well the damage it can do to unsuspecting homeowners and property owners who aren't prepared for the aftermath as well.


Here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches we like to be helpful, so here are a few tips to help your home or business avoid floods:


  1. Purchase flood insurance! Get a call in to your insurance agent to ensure your insurance covers floods.


  1. Make sure your rain gutters and other drainage systems are installed properly, and clean out your rain gutters frequently.


  1. Fix LEAKS IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait until it's too late!


  1. Spend some extra money to install a rubber roof underlayment. It's a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects your home from water intrusion.


If you do experience a flood in your home or business, call us. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is available 24/7 at 936-559-0404.

We'll help get your property back into shape "Like it never even happened."

Upholstery Cleaning for Your Nacogdoches Business

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Upholstery cleaning and Cleaning Equipment A clean image for your business is more important today than it ever has been before.

A clean image for your business is more important today than it ever has been before.

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. You will be happy to know your SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has been voted Best Carpet Cleaning Service four years in a row! 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 our customers were so pleased with how we left their carpets that they voted us “Best Of”. Our teams take pride in their work and in leaving your home or office looking and smelling great! Anytime is a great time to call and get that Carpet Cleaning scheduled. Follow our FACEBOOK page to see our happy customers!

What Kind of Services do we Offer?

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today and let us get your business to next level.

936-559-0404

SERVPRO of Lufkin is Faster to Any Size Water Damage Disaster

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van in sunlight We're here to make you happy and restore your property "Like it never even happened." Call us anytime at 936-559-0404

When unexpected water damage strikes your Lufkin business or residence, the best decision you'll make is deciding who to hire to help you with the cleanup process. Thankfully, you've found us, which means you are half-way there! 

When dealing with an emergency water situation where proper restoration is required, our crew of friendly and kind employees would be happy to hold your hand through the entire process.

Whether it's a leaky kitchen sink, storm damage, a pipe burst, or a sewage backup, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches has got your back!

Here's how it works:

  1. You call us. 24/7 at 936-559-0404

2.) We schedule an appointment, or if it's an emergency situation, we're onsite within 30 minutes to 1 hour

3.) We get to work assessing damage and reviewing scope

4.) We communicate to you, your insurance company (if you're filing a claim), and an insurance adjuster where necessary. This is where we differ from those other guys. We work with your insurance directly on your behalf so there aren't any unexpected or surprise charges at the end of the job

5.) We bill insurance direct

6.) A HAPPY AND SATISFIED CLIENT (you!)

We're here to make you happy and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Call us anytime at 936-559-0404

Preparing Your Lufkin Business for a Natural Disaster

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO Vehicles in front of a water damaged church With hurricane season starting in the beginning of June, it’s time to refresh your disaster plan or if you don't have one, to create one.

Owning a business is definitely not for the faint of heart, it takes a lot of time, tears, and devotion. Since you’ve put so much of yourself into your business, you should protect it. With hurricane season starting in the beginning of June, it’s time to refresh your disaster plan. And if you don’t have a disaster plan, there’s no better time than the present to make one.

  1. Create an Emergency Operations Plan

If a natural disaster hits your business, how would react? Since every situation will vary immensely, it’s critical that you take the details into consideration and figure out the best plan for your needs. Be sure to include on-site emergency kits, alternate communication methods for employees, and up to date evacuation plans.

  1. Have Back-Ups of Important Data

If you have a large amount of important paperwork stored at your business, be sure to have copies stored in an off-site location and to have the originals safely stored as well to avoid the brunt of weather damage. With the modern age however, much of that paperwork (if not all), can simply be scanned and uploaded to the cloud.

  1. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Be sure you and your insurance provider are on the same page, make sure you have all your assets documented in case of damage or loss. Also its not a bad idea to talk with your provider and ensure that your current policy’s limits are enough to cover your business.

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage in Angelina County?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on a dark background with a light shining on it You can't stop a storm or power outage from affecting your home, but you can prepare. Make an Emergency Plan today.

In the first half of 2021, both the Lufkin and Nacogdoches areas, have experienced a great deal of extreme weather. The snowfall and lighting storms were often accompanied by power outages, which often went on for days at a time. This all led to a mad dash for many people to buy supplies and generators, which showed a great lack of planning for a surprisingly large amount of residents of Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties. So, here are some helpful tips and a good outline on how to prepare for a power outage.

  • For Sudden Outages

If the lights go out and you’re left in complete darkness, navigate around your home carefully to avoid tripping over obstacles or knocking things off shelves. You do not want to clean up broken glass in the dark. Similarly, if the lights go out when you’re in the shower, do your best to rinse off any remaining soap and tread carefully while you find clothes. If you know you have a lot of tripping hazards around your home, put on shoes or slippers to avoid stubbing your toes or stepping on wayward toys.

Take a peek out the window to see if your neighbors have power. If they don’t, you may be without power a little while as the utility company works to restore it. During storms or strong winds, stay inside. Downed power lines are a significant threat if they’re still live. Immediately call your local utility if you see something that could be hazardous like sparks flying from power lines or downed poles.

  • Preparing Your Home

Walk through your home , turning all your light switches to the off position. Unplug any appliances and electronics to prevent damage from electrical surges. Make sure you at least unplug your media center, any computers, and other expensive equipment. Leave one light switch on to signal when the power comes back on.

If you have a generator, keep it away from windows and never run it indoors. Likewise, never use camp stoves or charcoal grills inside your home. Without proper ventilation, carbon monoxide from combustion can get trapped in your home and put you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Flashlights

Keep a few flashlights within reach in the most used rooms in your home. Some good spots are near the front door, in the kitchen, and next to your bed. Make sure they have fresh batteries, and you have a supply of extras on hand as well. Be cautious using candles on surfaces that won’t budge like kitchen and bathroom counters.

  • Radio

A battery-powered or hand-crank radio is an essential tool for emergency preparedness. If you can’t charge your devices or connect to regular communication channels, a radio will tune you into weather and emergency updates in your area. Look for NOAA Weather Radios, which connect you to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s 24-hour national weather service.

  • Water

During emergencies, especially in extreme weather, your home’s water supply could be at risk of contamination from sewage or flood waters. Safe drinking water is the first essential to make sure you have on hand. Make sure you have enough water for everyone in your household. It’s recommended to have at least one gallon per person, per day for at least three days. For a family of four, that’s a minimum of 12 gallons of drinking water.

  • Food

Food is also a critical concern during longer power outages and emergencies. To keep your perishable foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or leftovers) fresh as long as possible, avoid opening your fridge and letting out any more cold air than is absolutely necessary. Even without power, refrigerators will keep your food cold for roughly four hours. A full freezer will stay cold for about 48 hours.

Info from: justenergy.com

Hurricane season is already knocking on Texas’ door, are you ready?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Severe flooding in neighborhood You can’t stop a tropical storm from affecting your Lufkin home, but you definitely can take steps to better protect your family and your property.

You can’t stop a tropical storm from affecting your Lufkin home, but you definitely can take steps to better protect your family and your property from one.

Hurricane season starts on June 1st for us Texans and lasts all the way through November 30th. Typically, the season peaks right around the end of August and beginning of September, but heavy weather can still strike at any time. Hurricanes don’t only affect the people living on the shore however, their effects can be felt hundreds of miles away.

A Good Outline for a Plan:

  • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them into your cell phone too.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit.
  • Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm.
  • Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.

That’s why it’s best to be prepared and stock up on everything you might need now. Be sure to prepare the following:

Info from cdc.gov

Eww, what is that smell?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

sewage on restaurant floor Eww, what is that smell?

Most homeowners and business owners may not realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their house or sewer lateral – the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main, usually located under the street, and the building.

The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part that may extend into the street or public right of way. A cracked or deteriorated lateral or one filled with tree roots can allow groundwater to seep into the system, contributing to the possible sewer backup problems.

Occasionally, the city sewer or municipal drainage system overflows and sends waste water back through the sewage pipe and into your home. An overflow can occur for a number of different reasons, including cracks in the pipe, a surcharge caused by large snowmelt or heavy rains, or a blockage caused by tree roots or plumbing system deterioration, and more.

However, it can also be caused by a blockage in your home’s or business own plumbing system due to a failed sump pump, hair clogs, grease clogs, or any other physical obstruction in the pipes.

If you experience call SERVPRO and we can help 24/7/365.  

1-4-8 Service Response

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of home SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO has a 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline:

1- Within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service.

4- Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).

8- Within eight business hours of on-site arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

Many losses can be dramatically reduced both in size and cost of the claim with a fast and effective response. Your local SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches and SERVPRO of Longview are trusted by insurance companies across the nation to provide fast and reliable service.

Our bright green service vehicles can be seen all through East Texas at all hours of the day and night. We are available for emergency services 24/7/365 serving 20 counties and then some here in deep East Texas.

If you ever need us you can reach us at 936-559-0404 Nacogdoches, 936-637-0404 and in Longview at 903-238-8100.

FIRE SAFETY

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees with Teaching staff holding booklets SERVPRO Staff donates Fire Safety color books to Raguet Elementary, in Nacogdoches Texas.

FIRE SAFETY

Fires can start and spread quickly, so just a little bit of planning can make a big difference. Elementary school is a great place to start with fire drill practice and training. Make sure to create a home fire escape plan and practice it regularly with your family.

Hard Facts About Fire Safety

  • In 2017, 268 children died in home fires.
  • Nearly eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds.
  • Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2017, more than 27,000 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.
  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a reported home fire by fifty percent.

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Check smoke alarms. Make sure there is a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and near sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms every month and replace them every 10 years or when the battery is low.
  • Create and practice a fire escape plan. Create a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room. Choose a place to meet outside that is a safe distance away from your home.
  • Practice a home fire drill at least twice a year. Practice a home fire drill with your family during the day and at night. Practice escaping in under two minutes. Sometimes that is all the time you will have to get out of the house safely.
  • If there is a fire, leave home immediately. If there is a lot of smoke, get low and crawl out of the house as quickly as possible. Call 911 after you are a safe distance away from your home.

Stop, Drop & Roll

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Color Books SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches donates Fire safety workbooks to Raguet Elementary in Nacogdoches Texas.

Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside..
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Water fountain gets stuck in the on position

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

water fountain This water fountain is so good it decided to run all weekend long...

Everyone loves to gather around the old faithful water fountain at work or at school and catch up on the latest. It is always a fun game to wonder and play that game “ Is this thing gonna soak me or barely trickle?”

What if it the water fountain gets stuck in the on position? Have you ever wondered just how much water it can provide? Would you be surprised to know that it can provide as much as 100 Gallons Per Hour! And if your faculty ever falls victim to “Murphy’s Law” at 5pm on a Friday, you will definitely need our help!

Do you or your staff know where the water cut off valves are located on property? Do you have the correct trusted vendor on speed dial who can help 24/7/365?

Contact our SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County team about providing an Emergency Ready Profile for your facility. This cost free analysis asks all the right question so you are never caught off guard and ready when “Murphy” strikes!

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

Tips From The National Weather Service on Strong Winds

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Broken tree Branch Heavy winds bring down large trees in East Texas!

The National Weather Service alerts the public about high wind events using the following criteria:

  • High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheels and slow down. NWS offices issue this product based on local criteria.
  • High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose outdoor items and adjust plans as necessary so you're not caught outside. NWS offices issue this product based on local criteria.
  • Wind Advisory: Take Action! Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured and caution should be taken if driving. NWS offices issue this product based on local criteria.

All it takes is a tree branch at 50 mph to shatter windows and 100 mph to penetrate exterior walls. Proper planning may help to save property and potentially people from injury and inconvenience when severe weather strikes.

Tips to prepare for heavy winds:

  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies, and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury. 
  • Move vehicles to garages or away from trees
  • Check trees and branches for any that could break off during a storm and have them removed
  • Secure and shut off your outdoor pool. Turn off the circuit breaker to your outdoor pool and remove the motor to prevent damage.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared in case of a power outage with items like flashlights, batteries, weather radio, etc.

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee with cardboard for recycling Earth Day is time to Reuse, Reuse, Recycle!

You can usually turn to Facebook and see who is offering major recycling days in your community like: paint, tires, electronics, shredding and more. Until then here’s a handy five step guide on how to recycle effectively. :

1. Know What to Put in the Recycling Bin

Keep it simple and focus on the most commonly recycled items are paper, glass, aluminum and plastic. Rigid plastics like water and soft drink bottles, milk jugs, detergent jugs or anything like these can be recycled. Don't use the recycled symbol as a guide, “the number on the container is really for people to identify the type of resin it is. That’s not helpful for the common consumer,” said Cody Marshall, a strategist at nonprofit Recycling Partnership.

2. Know What is Not Recyclable

It is really important to know what you cannot put in your bin. You can always check with your municipality or at BeRecycled.org if you live in the US, just plug in your zip code to search. Recycling companies struggle with the same problem items: hoses, cords, plastic bags, needles, clothing and propane tanks, according to Marshall, so don't put those items in your bin.

3. Rinse out or Clean items

Do a quick clean to make sure there is no food left in containers before you put them in the bin. This is really important if you only use one bin because food items or liquids could ruin paper. Save food for composting in your garden.

4. Don't Bag it

Unless you live in a place that requires it, like New York City, keep the recyclables loose in the bin. A lot of the time, it’s not safe for our employees to rip those bags open, or it takes too much time,” said Keller. “A lot of bagged stuff goes right to the landfill.” 

5. If You Don't Know Then Throw it Out

If you really don't know if an item is recyclable and if it cannot be donated to be reused, then just throw it in the garbage. It will end up in a landfill but so will items that are put in recycle bins that don't belong there. If there is non-recyclable items in your bin, it may not be picked up anyway. Waste Management companies spend as much as 140,000 hours every year to remove plastic bags, Christmas lights and other items that get tangled up in the equipment.

Plastic bags can be used again or returned to grocery stores. Batteries, light bulbs, and hazardous waste may have a local recycling program so google or check BeRecycled.org to see where they can be dropped off. 

COMMON CAUSES OF ELECTRICAL FIRES

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

House Fire Damage It is important to teach the common causes of electrical fires.

COMMON CAUSES OF ELECTRICAL FIRES

When working with members of your community on fire and life safety, it is important to teach the common causes of electrical fires. Here are the 5 most common causes of electrical fires.

Electrical fire cause 1: Faulty outlets, appliances. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord, which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.

Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire. The reason appliances have the extra prong is so they can be only used in outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity that these appliances draw.

Electrical fire cause 2: Light fixtures. Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.

Another cause of fire is placing materials like cloth or paper over a lampshade. The material heats up and ignites, causing a fire. Faulty lamps and light fixtures also frequently result in fires.

Electrical fire cause 3: Extension cords. Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.

Electrical fire cause 4: Space heaters. Because these types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.

If you do use space heaters, use the radiator-type that diffuse heat over the entire surface of the appliance. These are less likely to ignite flammable items, but should still be kept away from them.

Electrical fire cause 5: Wiring. Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners.

Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, causing the system to overload and start an electrical fire.

Know The Facts About Electrical Fires

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home Complete home loss due to fire.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires accounted for 6.3% of all residential fires, with approximately 24,000 fires being reported each year. 

KEY FACTS FROM THE USFA ELECTRICAL FIRES REPORT

  • Residential building electrical fires occurred most often in one- and two-family dwellings (83%).
  • Residential building electrical fires occurred most often in the winter month of January (12%) due to increased use of heating appliances and lights.
  • In only 17% of residential building electrical fires, the fire spread was limited to the object where the fire started.
  • Residential building electrical fires most often started in bedrooms (15%) and attics or vacant crawl spaces (13%).
  • Although most electrical fires start in the bedroom, the highest number of fatalities occur with fires located in the living room, family room and den.
  • The leading specific items most often first ignited in residential building electrical fires were electrical wire, cable insulation (31%) and structural member or framing (18%).
  • The leading specific factors contributing to the ignition of residential building electrical fires were other electrical failure, malfunction (43%), unspecified short-circuit arc (23%), and short-circuit arc from defective, worn insulation (11%).

What are the Main Problems Snowmelt Causes?

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

snow and frozen water in a gutter What Happens When Snow Melts?

How to Prevent Snowmelt Flooding

  • Shovel snow away from your home, keeping it away from your foundation. Whenever possible, keep snow 5 feet away from your foundation.
  • If your home is on a grade or hill, shovel snow so that it doesn’t roll toward your home when it melts. This ensures melting snow flows away from your home, instead of towards it.
  • Clear snow from your roof to prevent excessive buildups. This prevents a significant amount of water flowing through your gutters during a thaw.
  • Keep drainage areas around your home clear of snow and ice build-up. This ensures melting snow will drain properly and helps prevent backups.
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks. This includes caulking around windows too. Make repairs as necessary to prevent water from entering your basement.
  • Check your landscaping before the snow arrives to ensure the ground slopes away from your home. Add additional soil if necessary to help melting snow flow away from your foundation.
  • Check your roof for ice and snow build-up. This can lead to ice damages that allow melting snow to enter through your roof.
  • Inspect your gutters and downspouts. Clear leaves and other debris regularly during the fall, as this can create blockages. Add downspout extensions to channel melting snow away from your home.
  • Check for and clear ice dams hanging from gutters. This places them directly over the perimeter of the home's foundation, meaning that when they melt, they could lead to an increased flooding threat in the basement. 
  • Test your sump pump during the winter to ensure it works properly when the snow melts. Pour a bucket of water into the sump basin to engage the pump. If it doesn’t turn on, unplug the pump and investigate the issue.
  • Never ignore water in your basement. Investigate and repair the source as soon as possible.
  • If you have water in your basement or a flood from melting snow, dry and clean the area as quickly as possible.

What Exactly Constitutes a Biohazard?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning professional at work cleaning Now, what to do when you have a biohazard? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches.

After all the events of 2020; virus, biohazard, and other similar terms have basically become an everyday term in most people’s lives. While most of us have become much more health conscious on these matters to protect ourselves and those around us, I thought it would be helpful to define exactly what defines a biohazard, and what to do if you think you have one on your hands.

Some Biohazard Examples

  • Human blood and blood products. This includes items that have been contaminated with blood and other body fluids or tissues that contain visible blood.
  • Animal waste. Animal carcasses and body parts, or any bedding material used by animals that are known to be infected with pathogenic organisms.
  • Human body fluids. Semen, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, vaginal secretions, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva, and peritoneal fluid.
  • Microbiological wastes. Common in laboratory settings, examples of microbiological wastes include specimen cultures, disposable culture dishes, discarded viruses, and devices used to transfer or mix cultures.
  • Pathological waste. Unfixed human tissue (excluding skin), waste biopsy materials, and anatomical parts from medical procedures or autopsies.
  • Sharp waste. Needles, glass slides and cover slips, scalpels, and IV tubing that has the needle attached.

Biohazard Safety Levels

There are 4 levels of biohazards, according to the Center for Disease Control:  

  • Biohazard Level 1: Agents that pose minimal threat to humans and the environment. Examples include E. coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Naegleria gruberi.
  • Biohazard Level 2: Agents that can cause severe illness in humans and are transmitted through direct contact with infected material. Examples include HIV, hepatitis B, and salmonella.
  • Biohazard Level 3: Pathogens that can become airborne and cause serious diseases. Examples include tuberculosis and Coxiella burnetii.
  • Biohazard Level 4: Pathogens that pose a high risk of life-threatening disease for which there are no treatments. Examples include the Ebola virus and Lassa virus.

Info/data from aftermath.com, cdc.gov

Now, what to do when you have a biohazard? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches.

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

What to do if You Smell Natural Gas in Your Lufkin Home

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with smoke If your Lufkin, Texas home uses gas for heating or cooking, it's important to know what to do in the event of a gas leak.

If your Lufkin, Texas home uses gas for heating or cooking, it's important to know what to do in the event of a gas leak. On its own, natural gas doesn't have a smell, so providers infuse additives in that give it a scent in order to protect consumers. If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or hear a hissing sound, there are steps to take to ensure that you protect yourself and your family.

1. Don't Touch the Lights
When you first smell gas and you're not sure what's happening, the first step is to NOT turn on the lights. If there is a leak, turning a light switch on or off can trigger a reaction that causes a gas fire. Similarly, don't use matches, start or stop appliances, or use the phone.

2. Check the Stove
Check the stove to make sure that all the burners are off. One common reason that you smell gas but a gas explosion isn't necessarily imminent is that a burner was accidentally bumped on.

3. Open the Windows
If you can verify that the natural gas smell was caused by an improperly closed burner, it's safe to open the windows and doors to air out the house. However, if you've checked the stove and no burners are on, it's important to leave the windows closed to prevent oxygen from getting to a flame.

4. Leave the House
When the stove is ruled out as the cause of the smell, it's time to leave the house — and quickly. Worry only about getting the people in your home out; don't try to take extra items with you. A potential gas fire is an emergency!

5. Call for Help
Once you're safely away from the house (at least across the street), call 911 for help. In the event of an explosion that causes damage, an emergency restoration team will work with you to get you back in your home quickly.
A gas fire is a common way that homes sustain damage. If you think you smell gas, protect your family by leaving the house and calling for help.

How to Better Protect Yourself From Biohazards in the Workplace

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

female SERVPRO employee working in cubicle As you go into the new year, remember to keep safety as your top priority.

This past year has brought countless new challenges into our daily personal lives, as well as our workplaces. With most of these changes affecting our personal health and wellbeing, along with those around us, it is important to not become lacking in our caution and safety practices. I am sure many more people are now taking everyday precautions more seriously than in previous years, but it is still important to familiarize yourself again with proper biohazard procedures.

Can you protect yourself from every biohazard in your workplace?

While there is no one way that can insure 100% that you will not be affected, there are many precautions to take that can greatly reduce your chances.

  • Treating each situation as potentially dangerous. Do not ever assume a situation involving biohazards will be fine to respond to without proper precautions.
  • Washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to situations involving biohazards. These can include gloves, facemasks and shields, respirators, aprons, special protective eyewear, and full body gowns or suits.
  • Utilizing proper disposal methods including labeled biohazard bags or containers.
  • Reporting all incidents to your supervisor.

Info from: aftermath.com

So, as you go into the new year, remember to keep safety as your top priority.

Drug Lab Cleanups, a Situation No One Wants, But SERVPRO Can Help

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in biohazard suit cleans If you are dealing with a property that has been deemed an ex-drug lab, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches today.

How to Clean Meth in 9 Steps: 

1. Surveying the Area

Inspecting the property and the surrounding area is arguably one of the most important steps. It gives the cleaning crew an idea of the level of contamination and sets the course of the entire cleaning process. When surveying the area, our technicians are equipped with the latest personal protective equipment, as any exposure to toxic substances can be hazardous. This includes special protective glasses, gloves, steel toe boots, and protective suits.

2. Ventilating the Building

Allowing clean and fresh air to enter the contaminated building is crucial. Using blowers and negative air scrubber machines is also necessary to completely replace the air inside. If there is a functional HVAC system in the building, it should be shut down to avoid spreading toxic particles into the air.

3. Developing a Cleanup Plan

After assessing the property, conducting tests, and performing the initial decontamination phase, it’s time to define the scope of work and develop a plan. This comprehensive plan should cover a variety of scenarios and outline what kind of cleanup methods are required in order to restore the property successfully.

The plan should cover things like:

  • The levels of contamination in each room of the building.
  • What kind of protective equipment is necessary
  • What type of cleaning machines are required
  • Security concerns and structural integrity
  • Cleaning and waste disposal methods
  • Cost estimates

A well-laid-out plan can streamline the cleaning process, making it less time-intensive and more cost-effective.

4. Removing Contaminated Objects

Once a plan is in place, we can commence the cleaning process by removing every affected object, including all carpets. Some of the items will be discarded entirely as they are too contaminated to be cleaned. After removing everything affected, we will once again ventilate the area for at least 24 hours.

5. Vacuuming the floors

We use commercial-grade vacuums equipped with special HEPA filters that are ideal for all floor types as well as above-ground areas such as walls. Vacuuming walls will remove any particles and is necessary before washing them.

6. First Stage of Washing

Once we’re done with vacuuming the area, it’s time to commence the first stage of washing hard surfaces. We make sure to reach all the nooks and crannies, especially those that are not visible at first. Using our previous experience and comprehensive test kits, we make sure the entire property is thoroughly washed. We do not use bleach as it can react with the toxic chemicals associated with Meth, producing a toxic gas as a result. Instead, we opt for detergent water solutions.

7. Addressing the HVAC System

The HVAC system needs to be completely shut down prior to and during the remediation process. It also needs to be thoroughly tested using special test kits in order to determine the level of meth residue found in the system, as well as the spread of contamination. Disinfecting air ducts is a challenging task that can compromise the remediation process at any time. Luckily, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches professional technicians have the necessary equipment and experience to handle this daunting task.

8. Second Stage of Washing

The second stage of washing involves using an effective cleaning agent that does not react with common chemicals used in the production of Methamphetamine. We clean from top to bottom, meaning we start from the ceilings and finish with the floors to prevent spreading contamination onto the lower sections. Each wash is followed by a thorough rinse using clean water. Exhaust vents, lighting fixtures, and hard surfaces such as counters and shelves are cleaned several times.

9. Clearance testing

After the job is completed, we will make sure to determine if the clearance levels are satisfactory and that they meet the standard set by state and local laws. If the re-occupancy clearance levels are not met, the site should be cleaned once more. Encapsulating the walls and the ceiling with primers is also advisable in this case.

If you are dealing with a property that has been deemed an ex-drug lab, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches today.

Having your Lufkin Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician cleaning door Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills.

As a local business owner, you have a great deal of responsibility resting on your shoulders every day. This year has brought so many new challenges and adjusting to these changes can feel overwhelming, but we are here to help. One of these new changes is your customer’s expectations of cleanliness.  With the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, people have fundamentally changed the way they interact, shop, and think. 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.

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.

With the stakes so high, you need a partner who has industry-leading proprietary training programs, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes that have been developed over decades.

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.

Do You Have a Biohazard Emergency in Lufkin?

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Biohazard specialists walking into a building SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches is in the business of ensuring that you, your family, your home and property gets the protection it needs- 24/7.

In the unfortunate event that you experience a biohazard emergency in your home or business in Lufkin, you will need immediate, professional, biohazard cleanup.

SERVPRO of Lufkin/ S. Nacogdoches is in the business of ensuring that you, your family, your home and property gets the protection it needs from potential biohazards after an unforeseen event. Our technicians are trained in decontamination and sterilization. We are ready to respond to any biohazard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Through our years of on-the-job experience along with extensive training, we are equipped to handle all types of biohazard cleanup including:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

If your Lufkin home or place of business requires any biohazardous cleaning, please give us a call today at:

(936) 559-0404

Important Things to Know if Your Nacogdoches Home Has Flooded

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

indoor water damage and flood cutting The flooding in your home may not always require a flood cut but oftentimes they can be an integral part of the mitigation and rebuilding process.

If you have experienced a flood in your Nacogdoches home, then you know just how quickly they can cause damage and how widespread that damage can be. If you are fortunate enough to have never experienced a flood in your home, then there might be a few things you are unfamiliar with.

One of the most common repair processes is flood cutting, which is used after there has been sitting water in your home. Much like the name suggests, flood cutting is the process of removing around 2-3 feet of drywall and insulation that have been affected by water damage. After the removal is done, professionals can then replace the drywall and insulation.

The flooding in your home may not always require a flood cut but oftentimes they can be an integral part of the mitigation and rebuilding process. They will help eliminate the spread of mold and bacteria but removing the affected drywall pieces, which can be exceedingly difficult if not impossible to completely clean.

So, if you have had a flood in your Nacogdoches home, do not hesitate to contact the pros here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches.

SERVPRO of Lufkin Can Handle Both Commercial and Residential Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor commercial roofing damage Storm damage can be detrimental to a commercial property, by causing a great deal and damage and putting it out of commission for a period of time.

No matter what the size of the job is or whether it is commercial or residential, SERVPRO has the experience and training to mitigate and restore your property. All remediation jobs are different, and they require different strategies. That is where the years of expertise and training come in use and why we are able to tackle a wide arrange of obstacles.

Heavy winds and rain damage can be detrimental to a commercial property, by causing a great deal and damage and putting it out of commission for an extended period. That is why SERVPRO is always ready 24/7 with a team and equipment ready to go. A large job, such as an elementary school, requires a large team and a lot of equipment. Heavy storm and hail damage can require roof repair, which in a large building can require equipment (such as scissor lifts) to remove the damaged material and install the new. The floors must also be well protected and covered to prevent any further mess or damage.

Having SERVPRO (a specialized team with both the training and the experience) handle both the damage mitigation and the rebuilding will help save us time, thus saving you money. 

Having any roof damage on your Lufkin Property? Call us today at (936) 559-0404

Quick Response Time is Critical in Fire and Water Mitigation in Your Lufkin Home or Business

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor flood damage and debris The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S.Nacogdoches County can simplify the entire restoration process and handle both initial damage, and rebuilding

Whenever a water or fire disaster strikes your Lufkin home, an immediate response is critical. That is why SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches offers 24/7 support. The sooner you act, the more it will save you in the long run. One of the best things you can do is add a temporary cover, such as tarps and boards, to help prevent any further damage.

After installing the temporary protective covers, SERVPRO can begin the process of getting your Lufkin home or business back to its former glory. The professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County can simplify the entire 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. We have experience working with just about anything you could possibly need. We have the experience of working with residential and commercial clients and the experience of working with your insurance adjusters.

So do not let a disaster keep you down for long, let SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches make it “Like it never even happened.”

Complete Restoration and Rebuilding for Your Nacogdoches Home or Business

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of interior walls removed due to flood damage We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.

Going through a fire or flood your Nacogdoches home or business is both mentally and physically exhausting. That is why SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches does not leave you to handle everything after the initial disaster by yourself. By offering extensive restoration services beyond just the initial restoration, we can simplify the whole process and keep it cohesive.

Using SERVPRO for more restoration and rebuilds after the fact not only gives you the absolute best in services, but also helps save you money on your Nacogdoches home or business. Our Restoration Project Manager and crew are qualified and experienced to tackle the entire process. From the initial cleanup, to the insurance adjusters, to rebuilding and construction. 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.

So, let the Pros here at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us at (936) 559-0404

Volunteering for the Lufkin Police Department's Blue Santa 2020

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee stand with Blue Santa from the Lufkin Police Department Blue Santa always pulls the community together and shows just how much Angelina County cares.

Each and every year the Lufkin Police Department's nonprofit, LPD cares, donates to children in need in the Angelina County community. SERVPRO’s own Candice Stott and Dakota Marks had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer and be Blue Santa’s helpers for the day. From local businesses donating money and supplies, to people who give their afternoon to spread the joy, Blue Santa always pulls the community together and shows just how much Angelina County cares. This year’s event was a wonderful success, and many boxes of gifts, food, and supplies were delivered to our friends in the Angelina County community.

Blue Santa always pulls the community together and shows just how much Angelina County cares, from businesses donating money and supplies, to people who give their afternoon to spread the joy. We here at SERVPRO of Lufkin were happy to be a part the wonderful event!

Snow Damage, In Lufkin??

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Snowy house and checking for water damage East Texas winters are not typically known for having the harshest of conditions, however every year serves to be unpredictable.

East Texas winters are not typically known for having the harshest of conditions, however every year serves to be unpredictable. Within the first couple weeks of January this year, we have seen more snow in a 24-hour period than we have in the past few years combined. So, many Lufkin homeowners and businesses are not always prepared for these conditions and the challenges they can present. Because while nice fluffy snow is fun for a little while, it can quickly melt leave your home or business surrounded in water.

Snow can provide a variable amount of water damage issues, especially when the weathers heats up and it begins to melt. In the Lufkin area (and in East Texas in general), trees and foliage are commonly growing near and/or above many houses and businesses. The falling temperature can cause the water inside surrounding trees to freeze, causing the limbs to be much weaker. Having sudden heavy snowfall can put extra weight on some of those trees’ limbs, causing them to fall. Falling limbs could have no effect and simply hit the ground outside, or they could unfortunately fall onto your roof and puncture your roof. With the snow also melting quickly because of rising temperatures, this can rapidly turn into a major leak into your home.

Rest assured though, because SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches is prepared and ready to handle these exact issues. 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. By responding immediately, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County limits the damage caused by water, fire, mold and storms. So, do not let the snow freeze you up, act fast and call the Pros today at (936)-559-0404.

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)

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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!

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

    The Importance of Staying Off of Flooded Roads

    1/23/2020 (Permalink)

    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

    10/4/2019 (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.

    Family Escape Plan

    10/4/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    8/1/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    7/8/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    7/8/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    7/8/2019 (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, (903)238-8100.

    Deep East Texas Apartment Water Loss

    7/7/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    7/3/2019 (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.

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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?

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    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

    6/5/2018 (Permalink)

    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

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    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

    7/12/2017 (Permalink)

    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

    7/12/2017 (Permalink)

    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?

    7/11/2017 (Permalink)

    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

    7/6/2017 (Permalink)

    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

    6/16/2017 (Permalink)

    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

    6/16/2017 (Permalink)

    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

    6/16/2017 (Permalink)

    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.

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    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?

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    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?

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    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

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    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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