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We've Been "Refreshed"...for Mold

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Roger, with SERVPRO of Waco, has completed the Texas  mold "refresher" course required for renewing the Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license.

Pretty exciting, right?  HA!

Well, it is required every two years to maintain a mold remediation license.

Texas mold licenses are required for mold remediation by legislation to protect you,the customer.

In the past, many people and companies have been cheated by contractors/companies which were less than honest.

At SERVPRO of Waco we've been straight forward and completely honest about mold and remediation throughout our 17+ years serving Waco and many surrounding communities.

We are the only mold remediation contractor licensed SERVPRO office within many, many miles of Waco TX.

Call us with any questions or concerns with mold or potential mold you have.  We'll be glad to assist and guide you in dealing with mold issues.

254-756-4300

Heat Waves and AC Water Leaks

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Heat Waves and AC Water Leaks Strategically placed bucket catching water from an AC condensate line blockage in the China Spring area. It can happen with any AC system.

It looks like (and feels like) hot humid weather has come early to Waco and Central Texas.

It may be a long hot summer.

Our air conditioning systems are going to get quite a workout.

One problem which pops up virtually every time intense heat arrives and stays is a blockage of the water drain line from the unit inside the building to where it runs out on the ground outside the building.

They call this the condensate line as the water is formed from condensation in the cooling process.

This almost always leaks right at the air handler (furnace) inside the building and comes out into the building, such as this unit in the China Spring, TX, area

It can be especially bad if the unit is next to a closet or room which no one enters regularly and can go undetected for a while.

You might want to have a look inside the closet/room where the AC unit is located and adjacent rooms.  Just to be sure no funny business is going on there.

Things you can do to help prevent an AC leak include:

  • Pull off the top part of the pipe and pour bleach down the pipe at the unit.  Plumbers seem to swear by this.
  • Actually blow down the pipe in a big burst of air.  This will work to unclog the pipe sometimes too.  Yes it sounds gross and would probably be a younger male convinced to do it. (Or an older, gritty male)
  • Check outside where the line should be draining onto the ground and be sure water is coming out and it is not blocked...or in the ground!

Should you find water damage in your building leaking from the AC system, call SERVPRO of Waco to get it extracted and dried properly in Waco and Central Texas.

Call us anytime! 

Sometimes mold is on things as small as splatters on walls in Waco.

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sometimes mold is on things as small as splatters on walls in Waco. Suspected Mold...on Splatter Spots...on the Wall

We like to use the example mold won't grow on your car fender, but if you spread butter all over your car fender, it will grow on the butter which is on your car fender.

Sometimes this is even true of mold which is growing on something on another material which will also grow mold.

The photo is of a wall in a commercial building, in the Central Texas Marketplace area of Waco, TX, which appeared to have mold on the wall.

  Technically, that is correct, but actually the mold was on what appeared to be splatter drops from a drop food or drink.  The mold was easily wiped off by SERVPRO of Waco with antimicrobial, though the spots from the food discolored the wall. 

The employees were relieved.

SINCE 2001 - 17 Years

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Waco has been serving Waco and Central Texas since 2001.

SERVPRO Industries has been serving customers nationwide since 1967.

At SERVPRO of Waco we have helped hundreds of our neighbors and friends with many types of damages which have occurred to their buildings, cleanings, hazardous clean up.

We have been here locally for many years.

We know the area.

We know the folks.

We know the buildings.

We know how to get from here to there quickly (and legally).

Heck, we even know the dirt and dirt roads here.

Whatever might befall your home or buildings, water damage, mold, fire damage or storm damage, we are here to help as we have many of your neighbors and friends.

Ask around about us.

Added with the strong SERVPRO Industries 50+ years of experience and resources, we offer incredible resources and experience to solve and restore your situation.

The Sprinklers

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Is there always someone present in your business/facility during working hours who knows how to turn off the sprinkler system should it suddenly open up?

Even just one sprinkler head will put out an enormous amount of water very quickly...and over a pretty good sized area.  In a fire, that is exactly what you want.

Sometimes the sprinkler system can go off for other reasons, or a very minor fire.  When they do, they need turned off quickly.  15 or 20 minutes to figure out where and how to turn them off will be a soaking disaster.

It is kind of easy to forget who knows, especially if there is some normal turn over in personnel.

Can even happen when the boss, or whoever, is out of the building briefly.

It kind of goes in there with knowing how to cut the water off to the whole place and cut the power off.  It is a fine line to be sure the facility is safe from someone using these for harmful purposes and still be sure the utilities can be stopped quickly in an emergency.

It may come down to who also knows where the keys are if locking the utilities is deemed necessary.

Knowing where and how to turn off the water can be a big deal in even small offices/facilities if things go haywire suddenly.

SERVPRO of Waco has helped folks get this type of water damage cleaned up quickly and their businesses to keep running or re-open quickly.

WHERE ARE YOUR PICTURES??

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

We put our pictures in all kinds of places and in all kinds of things.

While most new pictures seem to go into cell phones and digital cameras, rarely to be seen again, most of us have old ones which are on some form of paper.

Of course, cardboard boxes, loosely folded closed, are one of the main way pictures are stored.

Paper stored inside paper which is barely sealed.  

Water is absorbed by the paper and cardboard and smoke from even a little bitty fire can get all over the pictures.

Plastic containers which slide under beds are a great way to store...and possible save them.  In closets too.

Should you suffer a fire damage or water damage loss, pictures, and other documents, which are in plastic containers with the lid snapped shut rarely suffer damage, unless burned directly.

Next time you have them out for anything...into a plastic container and snap shut the lid!

Contact SERVPRO of Waco for all your fire damage and water damage needs in Waco and Central Texas.

We'll be glad to help.

Headed Out of Town for Vacation?

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

For heaven's sake don't turn off your water at the street while you are gone, there won't be any chance of a big water surprise when you get back home.  Everyone likes a little excitement.

And they don't sell those inexpensive, easy to use tools to shut the water off at any stores near you, so there is no since in looking.

It's just fate the water leaks when you're gone.

Of course, no one in your home or business should know how to turn the water to the building  off quickly.  Fifteen or forty five minutes to find the cut off should be OK, the water tower won't just keep sending more water.

And if the meter/valve box needs to have dirt and debris cleaned out of it before the valve can be closed...it's some more excitement.  Right?

Cleaning Up After a Death-when necessary

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

A death discovered after sometime time passage?

Sometimes a loved ones pass away while alone and folks don't know it for a while.  This is a very dangerous situation for health concerns if not handled correctly.

BEWARE

While there are, of course, things which need done in the home/building after proper agencies remove the person's remains, there are firms out there which charge outrageous amounts for this. 

Seems these firms take advantage of the emotions and confusions of the situation.

A real problem arises with insurance coverage.  There are usually limits on this type coverage in insurance policies.  When the bill exceeds the coverage it is left to the family/estate to cover the unpaid amounts.  This can be tens of thousands of dollars and may not be truly necessary work.

At SERVPRO of Waco we will help you through the clean up process, staying in touch with the insurance representatives, if they are involved, so you are well aware of coverage.

We don't do anything not covered by insurance unless requested and approved by you.

No unpleasant surprises.

Fire Clean Up Truck Ready to Roll

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Clean Up Truck Ready to Roll Running with the fire trucks...or maybe just parked there for a small non-fire job. OK, it's the latter one.

Fire Clean Up Crew

Actually we were there for a small job - they let us pull into the bay to be near the door where we were working on a small job for the fire department.

It sure makes one feel important when they pull a fire truck out so you can park in its place!

The real fire fighting truck was positioned nearby, behind the building.

We are available to help with fire clean up after the fire fighters have the flame situation non-existent anymore.

Water damage can often be one the first damages needing addressed in a fire.

Fire trucks bring lots of water to the scene and things will get wet!

Trust SERVPRO of Waco to help you through the mess caused by a fire, from both flames and water.

Job Site Rainbow Picture

11/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Job Site Rainbow Picture A cool rainbow and other colorful things.

Resisting all temptation tying our service to the appearance of a rainbow, it was a great rainbow and deserved a picture.  The cell phone camera (or the photographer) doesn't do it justice.

The customers' attractive building and the wild green vehicle made a nice setting for the picture.

This is a pretty weather picture, but obviously after a bit of rainy weather.

Our service on this job was not related to the weather. 

Sometimes you have to take a moment and enjoy the rainbow.

We do, however, roll out in all kinds of weather. Sometimes, that is delayed a bit until travel is safe, but we do come shortly after that.

As part of our service, we do strive to help folks move from the stress of the damage, recover at least some of their sense of humor or calm, and be able to move forward with a sense of confidence things are going to get back to normal...and maybe even look/work out better than before.

You can count on SERVPRO of Waco for help when you need it.