Recent Commercial Posts

Soot covered factory ceiling

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning fire soot from a factory ceiling Factory ceiling soot removal

It's not as easy as it appears.

Cleaning soot off the ceiling of an environment where people need to keep working and access can be awkward is challenging.

Keeping the enterprise running is job one!

SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, was called in to clean heavy soot above an area where a trash can fire occurred.  The fire was quickly extinguished, but not before damaging product materials and causing some heavy soot.

Using a lift that could move anywhere a fork lift could travel, be nimble in moving around/above things and capable of quickly moving out of the way if needed for production passage was the key in this Hamilton, TX area firm.

That and removing the soot with out water or any form of blasting substance.

SERVPRO of Waco has been helping businesses in the greater Waco and Central Texas area for over 19 years.

Let us help you!  (254) 756-4300

SERVPRO of Waco, there's only one!

Covering your stuff

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy plastic over stacks of raw material We've got it covered!

When we say we are going to cover your stuff, we mean it!

If cleaning away soot, dust, etc., in your business (or home) requires being over top elements and products of the trade, we will cover it.

The picture is of raw materials for a factory where, SERVPRO of Waco, a restoration company, was cleaning soot from the upper structure.

A mix of 6 mil and 4 mil plastic was used to be sure it stayed in place.  Yes, we did use up what we had of one before we used the other.

We were quite successful in cleaning soot from the affected area with no loss of product, materials or production time for this Hamilton, TX firm.

SERVPRO of Waco has been helping folks through property damage problems in the greater Waco and Central Texas area for 19 years.

Let us help you!

(254) 756-4300

SERVPRO of Waco, there is only one!

Vinyl Wallpaper and Mold

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

mold behind on wall behind removed cove base trim and obviously growing up behind the vinyl on the wall Suspected mold on the wall behind removed cove based trim and obviously growing behind the wal behind the vinyl wallpaper.

Vinyl wallpaper is a favorite in commercial decorating.  It is tough wearing, thick stuff that is available in a vast array of colors, patterns and textures.

Put some up in my first house.  It was pretty easy to work wit too.

The big problem with the stuff is that it is an instant moisture barrier.  Humidity and water from leaks, etc. is just trapped there right behind it.  No evaporating or vapor transferring happening.

What can follow follow is that four letter bad word in building health conditions.  That's right, mold.

Drying wet walls, even realizing you have wet walls, is more difficult with a plastic film covering them.

It is a lot healthier for the building if the walls are breathing.

If you need any advice or moisture testing, please let us help you.

SERVPRO of Waco (254) 756-4300

Five Inches of Rain & the Light is Coming Down

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling dry wall giving way and the light fixture sinking down The ceiling just isn't drying fast enough.

While it would be great if everything attached to the ceiling was fastened into the rafters, that is not always the case.  Often it is not practical.

Try putting up a towel rack in your bathroom that hits a wall stud on each side.

This can be true of longish light fixtures as well.

After 5" of rain wet drywall appeared around this light fixture.  SERVPRO of Waco was at the company on another matter but noticed this.  We were able to locate the source, which was a roof leak which had gone undetected until the deluge.

Insulation was removed from the affected area and air movement was placed to dry the ceiling drywall.

However, it became apparent during the drying that the weight of the fixture was stretching the drywall out before it could dry.

The maintenance folks removed the fixture.

Something to keep an eye on in large quantity rain events.

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.

Air Conditioner Condensation Leak on Top of the Inside Unit

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of the top of a furnace (air handler) with water running from the top duct, out and down into the control areas of the Water seeping out of the duct work and down into the heating/air conditioning main unit and controls

Sometimes the air conditioning condensation discharge happens in the upper part of the system.

This happens when the opening allowing the water to flow out of the condensation pan into the lines gets blocked.

It puts water meant to be exiting the building running down inside the unit instead.

Of course, gravity will take it onto the floor and on out into the rooms.

This picture shows the water on top of the main unit (furnace if you will) and has gone through the slotted openings and on down into the unit.

The problem, in a large Waco church water damage, was discovered when SERVPRO of Waco restoration company traced the cause of a wet floor in the neighboring room back to the water source. 

The problem was resolved and the rooms dried back to normal with little residual damage.

Clean Up in Isle 6

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

A little too much water

Did you know sprinkler systems also have pipes that aren't in the ceilings?

Just like at your place, businesses have water surprises now and then too.  Say, for example, in the middle of the night between Friday and Saturday on a holiday weekend.

It was a good clean water washing of the just the wrong time.

The pipe was fixed very quickly and the store personnel got busy getting out what they could, which was not an insignificant amount.

SERVPRO of Waco was called in to get water out of the less open areas of the store and re-extract areas which refilled from neighboring areas.

The store folks did a wonderful job of getting the store re-opened and being sure each customer was safe while work finished.

Inside the Containment

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier inside a mold containment chamber Inside the "containment"

Ever wonder what it looks like inside a mold containment area.

As you can see, it is pretty exciting inside the containment area.

Not shown are people in full personal protection suits and gear.

And, of course, missing is the debris which can accumulate in large quantities needing bagged and removed correctly.

The ladder to the left was 10' tall which was needed to get the containment all the way up to the ceiling.  It was also needed for higher up demolition.  Consequently, it couldn't be removed without compromising the it became a cleaned and treated part of the chamber.

Oh, and it is usually very hot inside as well.

After demolition though, it is a lot like a normal room.

Negative air and air machines are always running to capture mold spores and clean the air.

Almost a surreal environment when mold spores become the "can't see 'ums".

The "Containment"

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

The outside of a tall mold containment  chamber built of pvc pipe, 6 mil plastic and lots of duct tape. The mold containment "chamber"


Oh what these conjures up in the imagination when thinking of movies and TV series shows.

Our's are for mold removal.  Keeping the bad spores trapped inside until we can tear out their habitat and catch them in HEPA filters.

By the way, HEPA stands for "High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance" or "High Efficiency Particulate Air".  Quite the mouthful and most people have forgotten the full name.

The containment shown covers a ceiling over 12 ft tall and using two machines for negative air pressure and then air scrubbing.

Negative air is used to pull air out of the room right through the HEPA filter and exhausting 99.97% particular free clean air.  Scrubbing the air is done after the demolition and keeps the air inside the containment inside the containment.  The air is repeated forced through the HEPA filter and returned to the room(s) "scrubbing" the air.

The look of this containment captures one's imagination.

It also captured the spores necessary to pass a post remediation testing.

Covering the Customer's Product during post Fire Damage Clean Up

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Covering the products before cleaning the soot and debris above it.

Here our crew covers the customer's finished products.  The products were produced after the fire damage but before cleaning the soot and debris from the structure above the storage racks in this Waco manufacturing plant.

Varying cleaning hours to times when the skeleton crews worked kept production running with no disruption.

Passage through the facility was narrow in most places for an articulated arm lift, necessary to reach the upper structure areas.  We used small crews and carefully maneuvered our way among the assembly line areas and the storage areas.

SERVPRO of Waco cleaning products and cleaning techniques produced excellent results removing the fire smoke damage.

No product or production time were lost or damaged in the cleaning process. 

The continuing operation (or quickly resumed operation) are of paramount importance in business/commercial restoration work.

Wet Paneling Over Wet Drywall

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Drying wet paneling and the drywall behind can be challenging.

Often a water release in a building which has paneled walls will have wet drywall behind the paneling, as was the case in this Groesbeck, TX, duplex.

The problem is the water will wick up the dry wall behind the paneling very quickly, as oil wicks up the wick in a lantern.  However, the moisture is very slow to wick back out of the wall, down from whence it came or through the paneling as the paneling is drying.

Sometimes the drywall will dry behind the paneling using just the drying equipment.  Sometimes it is necessary to open drying holes in the both layers (paneling and drywall) of the wall.  Sometimes sections, or all, of the paneling has to go.

In this instance, we were able to save all the walls intact. A little trim was removed in a few places to open up the walls in those areas.  The trim was easily replaced and everything was good to go.

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.