Recent Water Damage Posts

How Do Fire Sprinklers Work

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

burned walls with sprinkler Sprinkler Systems are among the most useful tools in your firefighting arsenal.

Sprinkler Systems are among the most useful tools in your firefighting arsenal. Today’s systems have been shown to reduce deaths and property loss by more than 65 percent.

For this reason, you certainly want fire sprinklers on your commercial property! But how do fire sprinklers work?

Step 1: Fire Sprinklers Detect Heat

Contrary to popular belief, fire sprinklers are not triggered by smoke. It’s an easy mistake to make since heat is carried upward with smoke from a fire. But if smoke was the trigger, simply burning your toast in the office kitchen could be enough to drench the kitchen with water from a fire sprinkler head.

Fire sprinklers work because high heat triggers the sprinkler system. When a blaze ignites, the air directly above it heats rapidly. This hot air rises and spreads along the ceiling. When the air is hot enough and reaches a sprinkler head, it triggers a chain reaction.

Most sprinkler heads feature a glass bulb filled with a glycerin-based liquid. This liquid expands when it comes in contact with air heated to between 135 and 165 degrees. When the liquid expands, it shatters its glass confines and the sprinkler head activates.

Step 2: Fire Sprinklers Douse The Fire

Each sprinkler head is attached to a pipe that connects to a reliable water source outside the building. When heat activates a sprinkler head, a valve opens, allowing pressurized water from the pipe system to flow out.

It’s important for water in a fire sprinkler system to be pressurized. This allows the water to spray outward in an arc to more thoroughly douse the fire and prevent it from reigniting.

Step 3: Fire Sprinklers Minimize Water Damage

In movies, sprinkler systems operate misleadingly, leading many people to believe a fallacy that all the sprinklers in a system are tied together and when one is triggered by heat, they all activate.

If this was the case, putting out a fire would simply be trading fire damage for water damage, and it’s not how fire sprinklers work.

Fortunately, sprinkler heads function individually. Most of the time, fires can be completely extinguished after just one or two sprinklers activate. This allows water damage to be confined to the small area where the fire started. Plus, since fire sprinklers douse fires with about six times less water than a fire hose, their quick action is less damaging to your property than a visit from the fire department.

It is best to have your sprinkler system on regularly scheduled maintenance and keep their contact information available for your entire staff in case of emergencies.

Does my home have a water leak?

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

water spots in ceiling Water spots in the ceiling

Do you know how to spot a water leak? 

You never expect a water leak in your home, but it’s good to be prepared and know what to do in case it happens! Sometimes, leaks can go undetected due to where they happen in the home (inside walls, under floor, or in your crawlspace). The following tips can help you determine if a leak is present, whether you can see it or not!

  • Watch your water bill for unexpectedly high usage. High water usage could be a sign of a problem.
  • Use no water for two hours. Read your water meter before and after this period. If this reading is not the same, you likely have a leak somewhere.
  • Check your toilet by placing food coloring in the toilet tank. In 15 minutes or less, if the colored water is in the toilet bowl without flushing, there is probably a leak.
  • Fix leaks and drips as soon as you see them.
  • Use water leak alarms and automatic water shut off systems to catch leaks quickly.

In the event that you have a water leak and need mitigation, call SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County! Our highly trained technicians will be happy to help get your home back to its preloss condition.  

The Science of Drying Your Lufkin Property

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

servpro employee using a moisture meter SERVPRO uses moisture meters and other testing equipment to verify the moisture content

Do you know the science SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County uses to dry out your home or business?

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damages. If your business suffers from water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether those materials are drying
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, that nature often takes too long, and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, the professionals at SERVPRO have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County also has state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 936-559-0404.

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.

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

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

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. 

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.

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 

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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

Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Lufkin Residents

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

What To Do When Water Damage Happens

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

Inspection

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

Emergency Services

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

Monitoring

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

Restoration Services

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

Emergency Water Damage Tips for East Texas

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

  • 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!

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.

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.

How to Tell if Your Walls are Wet?

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Water Services in Lufkin, Texas

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

    Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?

    Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404

    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.

    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 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.

    Coming From Inside Your House

    6/5/2019 (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 

    Severe Storms Pack a Punch

    6/5/2019 (Permalink)

    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 

    Mold Growth in Your Carpets

    5/7/2019 (Permalink)

    Mold in your carpets can lead to more severe issues.

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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. 
      

    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)?

    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 

    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.”

    Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth

    5/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth

    Wet carpet is at high risk of mold growth in Nacogdoches Texas.

    For mold to grow, it needs oxygen, moisture, a surface to grow on, and a food source. Spores are commonly found in the air. If they land on damp or wet spots indoors, they feed on dust, and mold growth will occur very soon.

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    SERVPRO can save your water damaged Lufkin home!

    5/19/2017 (Permalink)

    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

    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.

    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

    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".