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Proprietary Cleaners and Treatment Agents

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO products on warehouse shelves Super Duper Cleaners and Agents

We make it ourselves

SERVPRO of Waco has access to cleaning agents formulated and mixed by SERVPRO Industries for its franchises use.

This is some great stuff and is not available from any other resource.

Some disinfectants requiring extensive, expensive government registration is supplied by a national third party product companies, but the vast majority of our products are produced by us.

You can rest assured the quality of the SERVPRO products is high and perfectly matched up to the type work we do here at SERVPRO of Waco.

Our products guarantees are backed up by our national franchising company.

The products shown are a small representation of the different products available.  These are the ones used most by SERVPRO of Waco.  We order the more specialty things as needed and receive them quickly.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, has been serving the greater Waco area and all of Central Texas since 2001.

Call us today at 254-756-4300.

Copper Pipe Split Open from Freezing

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Two copper pipes with one split open from freezing A frozen copper water pipe split open.

While plastic water pipes can break and separate when frozen, copper pipes often open more as a split.  They can be relatively small sometimes.  However, the spray is strong and puts out a lot of water quickly, though slower than a complete break.

In this particular case, two pipes split open not far from each other. 

Apparently a frozen pipe bursting is not a mutually exclusive things among pipes in a structure.

In this McLennan County ranch house near Aquilla, TX a pipe burst open in a bedroom ceiling and the bathroom right beside it.

Unfortunately, it was not discovered right away and much damage was done by the water.

SERVPRO of Waco did the water extraction and water damage drying on this job.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, servicing the greater Waco and Central Texas area since 2001.

Indoor Hot Tub Pipe Freeze

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

section of wall opened an a repaired pipe extending from the wall behind a hot tub The repair behind the indoor hot tub

Here is what we all need and what we don't need!

This large enclosed porch style room had an indoor hot tub.  Who wouldn't want one of those??!

However, the pipe in the exterior wall from which the water for the hot tub came, froze and burst.  It was pretty much the same as having your outdoor spigot (or hydrant as some call it around here) pipe burst inside the wall.

Of, course everyone was gone at work when it happened and came home to water everywhere.  Maybe some of it went outside too, but it didn't look like it.

SERVPRO of Waco did water extraction of the whole first floor and dried out the water damage.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, serving the greater Waco and Central Texas area since 2001.

Ground Water - Ugh!

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water running down city streets and driveways The run off after an extremely quick, heavy rain,

This picture shows the ground water from extremely heavy rain running down the streets and driveways as it makes its way to lower ground and waterways in Hewitt, TX.

Unfortunately, when the ground water gets to the structure walls, the building will not be able to hold 100 % of it back.  In some instances, if one's building is the lowest point or in the direct path downhill, the building will really just slow the water down.  It will inevitably works its way through.

Sadly, unless you live in an area which is a flood plain, insurance will probably not cover the damage.  Ground water.

SERVPRO of Waco can work with you to get this water extracted and damage cleaned up.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company serving the Greater Waco and Central Texas area since 2001.

Behind the Wet Drywall

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

The site of a burst ceiling pipe after the drywall was removed Interesting wall construction behind wet drywall walls and ceiling after pipe freezes

Gravity just brings the water down several ways from frozen pipes in the ceiling.

While the water brought down part of the ceiling in this McLennan County/Aquilla area ranch. it also spread out in about every direction across the ceiling.  Then, of course, down the side walls.

After water extraction, the water damage drying process required removing some materials and letting the basic structure get dried deeper inside.

Some of the materials had to be removed immediately, i.e. the collapsed ceiling, and some was removed after preliminary drying efforts indicated drying was not progressing.

SERVPRO of Waco was able to dry this rambling home in a reasonable time period without extensive demolition.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company serving the greater Waco and Central Texas since 2001.

Texas Mold License Certificate

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Texas mold remediation contractor license Yes, we a licensed mold remediation contractor!

In 2001, SERVPRO of Waco was trained and became a mold remediation contractor and helped hundreds of homeowners and business owners navigate through mold issues.

Yes, we are one of the honest ones from way back.

One of the things we see most in mold situations is panic.  While the presence of mold is some cause for concern, mold also has an affect of imaginations.  Fear that there is more than one can see.

Keeping calm and seeking information is the best first step.

One thing to keep in mind, if one has mold, or thinks there is mold, the first question is where is there water where water shouldn't be.  

Mold is the result of water/moisture being where it shouldn't be.

Mold remediation in Texas does require a state issued license.  Our mold remediation contractor license is attached below.

If you are concerned about potential mold problems please give us a call.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company serving the Greater Waco area and all of Central Texas since 2001.

Texas Mold License Certificate

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Texas mold remediation contractor license Yes, we a licensed mold remediation contractor!

In 2001, SERVPRO of Waco was trained and became a mold remediation contractor and helped hundreds of homeowners and business owners navigate through mold issues.

Yes, we are one of the honest ones from way back.

One of the things we see most in mold situations is panic.  While the presence of mold is some cause for concern, mold also has an affect of imaginations.  Fear that there is more than one can see.

Keeping calm and seeking information is the best first step.

One thing to keep in mind, if one has mold, or thinks there is mold, the first question is where is there water where water shouldn't be.  

Mold is the result of water/moisture being where it shouldn't be.

Mold remediation in Texas does require a state issued license.  Our mold remediation contractor license is attached below.

If you are concerned about potential mold problems please give us a call.

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company serving the Greater Waco area and all of Central Texas since 2001.

Wall Moisture Meter Reading

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

rectangular black plastic looking box meter testing a drywall wall which reads high for moisture content. One Wet Wall.

At SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, we use a variety of tools and instruments to locate the moisture in a building and to monitor progress when we are drying it. 

One we use heavily is the "wall meter", moisture encounter, which sends out and receives back a signal gauging moisture content in materials.  I must admit, after this point I am out of my element to tell you how it works.

The reading on the drywall wall pictured shows the gauge meter to be buried past the scale face.  This is a very damp wall which needs dried out.

The 1" hole was drilled into through the drywall into the wall cavity.  This allows air from the drying equipment to get into and up the back side of the wall cavity as well as on the front side.

This particular wall was in a water extraction water damage near Hamilton TX.

The wall was successfully dried out and the replacement trim will cover the 1" hole.  One can see the trim line just below the meter.

It will be "Like it never even happened".

SERVPRO of Waco has serviced the greater Waco area and Central Texas area for over 18 years.

The Dressing Rooms Next Door

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

darkened empty store dressing rooms where heavy water had been. Drying the walls in the old dressing rooms.

Flooded empty store

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, was called to do water extraction and drying one a retail store next to a large empty store.  A pipe had burst in the empty store in the middle of the night and was discovered in the wee morning hours by a delivery driver.

The old dressing rooms of the empty store and part of the warehouse space in the operating store next door basically became a pond with the common wall in the middle of it.  The empty store side held back more water and supplied the other side.

What a deal... water extraction as the two sides fed each other from the opposite being extracted.

It became a rather large water damage job.

The customers were quite happy with the out come and zero interruption of their business activities.

SERVPRO of Waco has been servicing the greater Waco area and all of Central Texas since 2001.

Give us a call at 254-756-4300 if we can help you.

Oh yes, the fool in the mirror is our owner Roger.

Need Your Fire Erased?

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

rectangular sponge in a clear cellophane package. When you can't clean it with liquids...

Wrapped inside this plastic is a SERVPRO Dry Clean Sponge.

At SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, we make use of these to cleaning soot off of almost anything which cannot be cleaned with liquids.

The folks at our headquarters who listed the items it can clean effectively underestimated the small item cleaning which can be done with it as well.

The dry clean sponge is also excellent to determine how far smoke has traveled through a building once it is hard to determine what does or doesn't have smoke damage as so much is damaged.

Our understanding the sponge is comprised of the same basic materials as a pencil eraser.  So we kid around about erasing the fire damage, but there is no joke in the good job they do.

SERVPRO of Waco has been helping folks and businesses in the greater Waco area and Central Texas area get through fire damage clean up since 2001.

Give us a call if we can be of assistance to you.

254-756-4300