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The 3 Categories of Water Damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The 3 Categories of Water Damage Do You Know Where the Main Water Shut-off Valve Is?

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!

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

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did you know Lufkin Texas has access to 24/7/365 Emergency Flood Restoration Service? 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 Be Prepared for the Most Common Forms of Water Damage 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 Who Ya Gonna Call? SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County! 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! 

We Can't Control the Weather, but We can Make it Like it Never Even Happened

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can't Control the Weather, but We can Make it Like it Never Even Happened Flooding is fast and dangerous.

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

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

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

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

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

Cold Winter Weather Could Cause Water Damage to Your Nacogdoches Home

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cold Winter Weather Could Cause Water Damage to Your Nacogdoches Home 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 Damage Water-Damaged Carpet Is Ripe for Mold Growth 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 Restore VS Replace 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)

Water Damage Your Water Heater Flooded your Lufkin Home, Now What? Are Your Walls Wet? How Can You Tell? 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)

Water Damage Commercial Water Loss In Lufkin Texas 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)

Water Damage Flooded Gym In Crockett Texas 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)

Water Damage Flooded Church In San Augustine Texas 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)

Water Damage SERVPRO can save your water damaged Lufkin home! 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 Sudden water damage can happen anytime but SERVPRO will be there every time. 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.


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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.


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Faster to your Nacogdoches Water Damage home or business!

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Nacogdoches Water Damage home or business! 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)

Water Damage Lufkin/Nacogdoches 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service 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)

Water Damage Conn's Lufkin TX Water Damage Cleanup 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".