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Got Mold?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Faster To Any Disaster

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t have to wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beaumont & Orange/Nederland/Lumberton 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 Orange/Nederland/Lumberton 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 - (409) 729-2800

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 increases dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structure rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

IICRC Certified Firm

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beaumont is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written compliant policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. There IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Be Prepared with an ERP

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

Is your business prepared for a disaster?

Here is how the SERVPRO of Beaumont & Orange/Nederland/Lumberton can help:

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a comprehensive smart phone app that can document information that contains critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, insurance information, utility contacts and priority areas. Call SERVPRO® of Beaumont & Orange/Nederland/Lumberton to set up your free  Emergency READY Profile®!

The Emergency Ready Profile® app can be downloaded on Apple, Google Play and Android Platforms!

Kitchen Cautions

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Each year, around the holidays, families gather to celebrate by preparing a delicious feast. However, not everyone practices safe cooking habits. 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of homes fires and injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It's important to be alert to prevent holiday cooking fires. 

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the stovetop or oven.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling. 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging or hand towels, away from the stove top.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe. 

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the flames. 
  • Call 9-1-1 or local emergency number after you get out safely. 

Here at SERVPRO of Beaumont, we want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holidays!

Safety First Before the Feast

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Safety Before the Feast

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to the NFPA, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Review the following safety tips to help ensure a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove or oven.
  • Keep anything flammable like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels away from the stove, oven or other appliances in the kitchen that generate heat.
  • Do no wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year-round.

We want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

We are Cleaning Experts

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Beaumont, 409-212-1977

Improving Air Quality

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your home or business should be a high priority. In most cases the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home or business. Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the lifespan of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Beaumont/Orange/Nederland/Lumberton will inspect the ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your ductwork.

Have questions about air duct cleaning? Contact the SERVPRO of Beaumont/Orange/Nederland/Lumberton today!

SERVPRO's Duct Cleaning System:

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

  • The air duct cleaning process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is then filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • An optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, contact the SERVPRO of Beaumont/Orange/Nederland/Lumberton today!

Mold Problems?

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Cleaning Up After A Biohazard

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners? Failure to properly handle and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Beaumont is trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary equipment and cleaning products. SERVPRO of Beaumont can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and businesses.

SERVPRO of Beaumont can help with:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Methamphetamine Labs

If you have questions about biohazard cleanup or remediation services? Contact the SERVPRO of Beaumont today at (409) 212-1977.

2019 First Responder Bowl

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football game played at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX has been renamed the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl. Kickoff for the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl is set for December 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. CST and will be televised by ESPN.

 First responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and aid at the scene of an emergency.

As a thank you to First Responders, SERVPRO First Responder Bowl can provide thousands of free tickets for our first responders, through the generosity of our corporate partners to attend the bowl game with their families.

This year we are wanting to include the community in helping us say “thank you” to our community heroes by Sponsoring a Responder. Our goal is to distribute over 10,000 complimentary tickets to first responders and their families who sign up and are verified.

Tickets will go on sale in September. Anyone wanting more information on the bowl game or how to sponsor a responder can visit www.firstresponderbowl.com.

IICRC Firm

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beaumont is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written compliant policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. There IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Ready for Whatever Happens

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan for it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.

-This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

-It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But will save a lot of time if ever needed.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

-This can help minimize the amount of time your business in active by having an immediate plan of action.

  • Established your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

-You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

-This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

-Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Jacey Woods is SERVPRO® of Beaumont's Ready Profile specialist. Call our office today to schedule your 15 minute appointment!

“Thanks to SERVPRO® our office only assumed partial water damage due to a busted pipe. Why? Because I was able to locate the shut-off valve straight from the Ready Plan app. My boss what out of reach and we didn’t panic. Thank you SERVPRO® for making us “Ready for whatever happens.” –Tracy T.

Do you have dirty ducts?

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Improve your indoor air quality with duct cleaning

 Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality?  Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority.  In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention.  Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

 A routine part of your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may not always be necessary.  SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.  This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

 In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

 If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

               The SERVPRO duct cleaning system is proven and cost-efficient.  Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Beaumont today at 409-212-1977.

Air Duct Cleaning

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Technicians cleaning commercial air ducts.

Did you know that the SERVPRO of Beaumont can clean residential and commercial air ducts? Having your air ducts cleaned can sweep away years of dust and dirt and can help reduce the potential for damage and health risks.

Your ventilation system is most often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty air ducts can circulate odors and contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

Keeping your ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition. In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning may be an essential part of the cleanup process.

SERVPRO of Beaumont is a member of NADCA. NADCA is the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. We are also Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certified as well.

If you have questions in regards to air duct cleaning or would like to schedule services, call (409) 212-1977 today!

Biohazard Cleanup

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. Failure to properly handle and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. The SERVPRO of Beaumont is trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waster for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary equipment and cleaning products. SERVPRO of Beaumont can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and businesses.

SERVPRO of Beaumont can help with:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Methamphetamine Labs

Have questions about biohazard cleanup and remediation services? Contact the SERVPRO of Beaumont today at (409) 212-1977 or visit our website for more information www.SERVPRObeaumont.com

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

10/6/2018 (Permalink)

In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX has been renamed the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl. Kickoff for the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl is set for December 26, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. CST and will be televised by ESPN.

The 2018 SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl is the ninth edition of the bowl game, formerly known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and part of the 89-year history of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Cotton Bowl Stadium is on the grounds of Dallas’ Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the heart of the ninth largest city in the United States.

First responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency.

Tickets will go on sale in September. Anyone wanting more information on the bowl game can visit www.firstresponderbowl.com.

IICRC Certified Firm

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Beaumont is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written compliant policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. There IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.