Recent Storm Damage Posts

Protecting the windows of your home during a storm.

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

windows with storm damage Protecting the windows of your home during a storm.

Some homes in Lufkin, Texas may be especially susceptible to high winds. However, you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort to prevent windblown glass and exposure to the elements. Examine the following shutter designs to choose the best one for your home.

1. Traditional Designs

When many people picture shutters, they imagine a wooden frame on either side of the window with rows of slats. This is called the colonial design, and it is so common that many homes use a non-functional version as a decorative window accent. However, depending on the conditions in your area, the colonial shutter variety might be a solid choice for storm protection as well. Another traditional design called the Bahama shutter has vertical hinges, allowing it to open into a small awning to provide shade in warmer climates.

2. Modern Equipment

Other homeowners choose a sleek and compact look to keep their shutters out of the way when no high winds are present. Accordion and rolling shutters are made of light metals or polycarbonate, giving them a high degree of strength and flexibility. This enables the window cover to fold away or roll up when not in use. These designs are typically more expensive than the traditional varieties, and can even be electrically-powered for added convenience.

3. Temporary Protection

Storm panels and plywood are another window damage prevention method for those in high-risk locations. These storm shutters are not intended for permanent installation, and properly speaking, they do not “shut” over the window at all. Storm panels are corrugated metal surfaces that are simply affixed to the window frame with screws. Plywood is an even cheaper solution and can be implemented faster, but may not be as secure.

Whatever shutter option you choose, remember that protecting your home against high winds is the first step toward avoiding interior flooding. Have the contact information of a qualified water damage restoration service ready if you anticipate severe weather conditions.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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

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."

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

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/

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."

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

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.

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! 

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.

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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

Be Prepared for Spring Weather Deep East Texas

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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

What to do when your home has water damage

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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?

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

Storm Damage Inspections

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

No Storm too big, No Disaster too far!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

We'll Be On Our Way!

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

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

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

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

Our Promise? We'll Always be There!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

It's the SERVPRO way!

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

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

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

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.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storms in South Texas produced heavy rains and flooded this entire home.

What you can do until help arrives

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

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

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

What To Do After Flooding

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

What NOT To Do After Flooding

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

Need help with your flooded home in Nacogdoches Texas?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Need help with your flooded home in Nacogdoches Texas?

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

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

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

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

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Call us anytime 936-559-0404

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. 

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."  

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.

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

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.

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. 

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>

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.


 

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