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What You Must Know About Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of  Lake Travis / NW Austin guide business owners in the Austin, TX, area through the essentials of the fire damage restoration process.

Fire damage is a nightmare scenario for any business owner. Storefronts, production facilities, warehouses, offices, and other commercial spaces are vital to day-to-day operations. Business owners need someone they can trust to handle the fire restoration process. 

SERVPRO is a locally owned fire damage restoration company with more than two decades of experience. Their certified, expert technicians can handle the combined threats of fire, water, mold damage, and more. They’ve helped countless companies overcome damage and get back to business with minimal delay.

What You Must Know About Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Point #1: Restoration Requires Expertise

Damage to a commercial property can be extensive after a fire and may include water damage and loss of structural integrity. Electrical systems and utilities might also be affected. Fire restoration companies must have comprehensive knowledge of not just the restoration process but electrical and HVAC systems.

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) demonstrates the highest level of expertise in cleaning and restoration. At SERVPRO, certified crews adhere to stringent IICRC professional standards.

Point #2 Time Is of the Essence

A fire can keep causing damage long after it has been put out. Water from fire crews can damage furniture and building materials. Mold can grow on damp surfaces, causing odors. Smoke residue can create health and safety risks. Waiting too long could lead to long-term damage and harm the business’s reputation.

Fire damage should be mitigated before business operations resume. SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service, and their trained restoration specialists work quickly to prevent costly delays, minimize loss of business, and restore customer confidence.

Point #3 Water Damage Can Present Long-Term Challenges

Even after any standing water is removed, lingering effects of water damage can remain. If all surfaces aren't fully dried, and humidity levels aren't brought down, mold and rot could develop, producing odors and worsening structural damage. 

Choosing an emergency water damage restoration company that will take the time to comprehensively address the damage is vital. SERVPRO offers trusted water damage restoration services and has the tools and experience to address the many challenges of water damage.

Point #4 Mold Remediation Is More Than Mold Removal

Even dried surfaces can continue to harbor mold if not properly treated. Mold isn’t just unsightly. It can also potentially cause health effects to employees and customers. Mold spores can also spread rapidly to other parts of the building that escaped the original fire. 

SERVPRO has years of experience with mold remediation. They do more than simply remove mold. Their comprehensive remediation process prevents spread and repairs damage. The process involves:

  • Detecting where mold has spread
  • Containing mold to prevent further spread
  • Filtering the air to eliminate mold spores
  • Restoration of materials damaged by mold

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO has served the Austin area since 1998 and cares about the community. As part of a national franchise, they also have access to a massive network of resources, allowing them to offer fast, high-quality fire damage restoration services.

For more information about fire damage restoration or commercial cleaning, contact SERVPRO at (512) 318-2202 or request help online. Business owners can also follow them on Facebook for restoration tips, news, and more. 

Contact Information: 

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 – Suite 250 

Austin, TX 78730

www.SERVPROlaketravisnwaustin.com/

4 Reasons to Begin Fire Restoration Immediately After a Fire

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin explain why it is important to begin fire restoration immediately after a property is damaged by fire, from preventing further damage to reducing the chances of smoke damage. 

A house fire can be traumatic, and the aftermath can be overwhelming. Many homeowners find themselves so overwhelmed, in fact, that they put off starting the fire damage restoration process. However, that can be a bigger mistake than many people realize.

The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin are committed to minimizing the losses Austin homeowners suffer as a result of house fires. SERVPRO is a leading locally owned fire restoration company with the resources of a major national franchise. Here are five reasons they encourage homeowners not to delay the fire restoration process. 

4 Reasons to Begin Fire Damage Restoration Immediately

 #1: Smoke Damage

Smoke from a fire quickly travels beyond the fire’s origin—and the hotter the fire, the faster the smoke will spread. No matter how far from the fire itself, any room that smoke enters can end up with smoke residue. Smoke residue can settle behind curtains and in spaces around furniture and cupboards. 

Smoke can also enter a building’s ductwork. After that, each time the HVAC system runs, harmful particles will be spread throughout the home. They may even damage the HVAC system itself. The sooner smoke residue is cleaned up, the less damage it will do.

# 2: Acidic Soot Damage

Immediately after extinguishing the fire, residual soot starts falling and settling on surfaces. Soot is high in acidity and very destructive. Without quick mitigation, soot can cause big problems, including destroying natural surfaces, discoloring materials, and degrading metals. 

The magnetic charges in soot particles can even cause electrical short circuits, destroying electronics and posing the risk of causing a second fire.

#3: Health Implications of Smoke, Soot, and Mold

Inhaling smoke and soot residues is dangerous. Water used to extinguish the fire also must also be cleaned up quickly to prevent mold growth. Mold poses health effects and can be very difficult to get rid of once it’s established. 

Starting the fire restoration process right away will not only restore air quality in the structure but will get things dry and the humidity back to a safe level.

#4 Smoke Odors

Without quick fire damage restoration efforts, smoke odors can absorb into porous materials, where they are very hard to remove. In cases, they can’t be removed, and things like couches and sheetrock may need to be replaced. Dealing with set-in smoke odors can add significant cost and time to the fire damage restoration process as a result.

About SERVPRO

For over three decades, SERVPRO has provided home and business owners in the Lake Travis and Lago Vista, TX, area with the highest quality fire damage restoration services possible, striving to make the overwhelming aftermath of a house fire just a little less stressful. They also offer water removal, storm damage repair, mold remediation, and commercial cleaning services. 

For more information about fire damage or the fire damage restoration process, reach out to SERVPRO at (512) 318-2202.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 – Suite 250 

Austin, TX 78730

www.SERVPROlaketravisnwaustin.com/

4 Common Myths about Storm Restoration Debunked

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin reveal the truth about storm damage and the storm damage restoration process to debunk four common myths.

Homeowners in the Austin area are no strangers to storms, but a few storm damage restoration myths persist in the area nonetheless. Misconceptions about storm damage restoration can lead to further damage and unnecessary costs—the experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin, TX, are here to debunk these myths and reveal the truth. 

They have restored countless storm-damaged homes and are committed to helping the good people of Austin understand types of storm damage and the restoration process. 

4 Common Storm Restoration Myths Debunked 

 #1: If There Isn’t Visible Damage, There is No Damage

A visual inspection is the first step in assessing storm damage, but it’s a mistake to assume a roof or any other part of a home is unharmed just because there are no visible issues. 

Small cracks, dents, or punctures may go unnoticed, but they can still let water into the home or grow worse over time. After a storm, it is important to have a storm damage restoration expert who understands common signs of storm damage perform a complete inspection. This allows them to document the damage properly for insurance purposes.  

# 2: Warranties Cover All Roof Damage

Unfortunately, even homeowners with brand new roofing systems cannot rely on their warranties to cover all types of storm damage. Many roof warranties explicitly exclude storm and hail damage, as neither is directly related to the materials or installation process. 

If a warranty does cover storm damage, getting an inspection and beginning repairs quickly is vital. Failing to address issues promptly may result in more damage, which the warranty would not cover as it was caused by a failure to act.

#3: Water Removal is Enough to Prevent Mold Growth

Water damage is common following a major storm, whether from roof damage, a broken window, or a burst pipe. While removing any standing water from the area is an excellent first step—it should never be the last step to avoid mold growth

Any waterlogged building materials, such as sheetrock, need to be dried or replaced if necessary, and efforts should be made to bring the humidity level back to a safe level.

#4:  Not Filing a Claim Is an Effective Way to Avoid Rate Increases 

Even if a homeowner does not file a claim for storm damage, their insurance rate may increase. As other homeowners in the area will be filing claims, all homeowners in the area will see a rate increase, whether they file a claim or not. 

However, in situations where the cost of storm damage restoration would not exceed the deductible on the policy, avoiding the claims process may make sense. Hiring a storm damage restoration company to assess the damage is the first step in either case. 

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO has served the Lake Travis and Leander, TX, area for more than 30 years. They offer a wide range of storm damage restoration services, such as water cleanup and mold remediation. Their team works to make getting back to everyday life after a storm as hassle-free as possible.

For more information about storm damage or the restoration process, contact their team at (512) 318-2202.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 – Suite 250 

Austin, TX 78730

www.SERVPROlaketravisnwaustin.com/

Why SERVPRO Is a Leading Residential and Commercial Cleaning Service Provider

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When disasters strike, commercial and residential property owners need superior cleaning services. Here is an overview of what to look for in a cleaning service, as well as what sets SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin apart from the competition. 



Whether for household clean-up or commercial janitorial services, many home and business owners opt to hire a professional commercial and residential cleaning service provider. With so many cleaning companies in the field, finding the right one can be tricky.

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin, Texas, is the area’s leading cleaning company. They offer a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services. Here’s a brief overview of qualities that all credible cleaning companies should possess and why SERVPRO stands apart from the competition. 

Four Qualities Commercial and Residential Cleaning Companies Should Have

1. Solid Reputation

A quality cleaning service provider should have a verifiable reputation for high work standards, professionalism, timeliness, and expertise. The best way to learn about a company’s reputation is to read customer reviews online, speak to past clients, and research the company on sites such as the Better Business Bureau

Online reviews play a significant role in a company’s reputation and are more influential than word-of-mouth referrals in many cases.  A reputable cleaning service provider like SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin will have nothing to hide. 

The company provides recent customer testimonials on their website to showcase their team’s ability to perform tasks beyond expectations.

2. Qualified Employees

Cleaning companies should have a staff of highly trained workers who know how to handle various cleaning situations. For instance, those who need assistance dealing with commercial water damage should look for a team with the skills and expertise to handle the water clean-up. 

The experienced specialists at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin not only know how to extract water from a property properly, but they have the training to provide everything from emergency water damage restoration to biohazard and sewage clean-up. 

3. Relevant Experience

Hiring a new cleaning company may save money on services, but their lack of experience could lead to damage or subpar results. A quality cleaning service should have sufficient knowledge to handle multiple cleaning tasks with ease. The team should also know how to come up with solutions to unique cleaning issues in a pinch. 

4. Broad Service Offerings

When hiring a professional cleaning service, look for companies that offer a wide array of services to ensure they are capable of leaving the home or business in top condition when the job is done. The more services they provide, the fewer companies required to finish other tasks. 

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin offers everything from residential carpet and upholstery cleaning to commercial mold removal. With their help, there's no need to hire housekeepers or a mold remediation company—SERVPRO does it all. 

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin is a leading fire, storm, and water restoration company in Texas, but they offer much more. Their expert cleaners provide standard cleaning services like air duct cleaning as well as specialized services like odor removal. 

Cleaning both residential and commercial facilities requires an in-depth understanding of cleaning standards, safety protocols, industry requirements, and equipment use. At SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin, they use their impressive industry knowledge and expertise to restore almost any property to “like new” condition. 

Contact SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin at (512) 318-2202 to learn more about their residential and commercial cleaning services or follow them on Facebook for up-to-date company news.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 - Suite 250

Austin, Tx, 78730

https://www.SERVPROlaketravisnwaustin.com/

The Importance of Emergency Extraction in Water Damage Restoration

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: After a flood or other water exposure in a home or business, eliminating standing water from the premises is vital. The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin explain why and how water extraction factors into the water restoration process.



Water can do a devastating amount of damage to a home, and it can do it fast. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average water damage claim runs upwards of $10,000. However, property loss could quickly exceed that if the water damage restoration process is delayed. 

The water restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin stress the importance of fast-action water extraction and encourage homeowners not to delay beginning the restoration process for any reason.

What Is Fast-Action Water Extraction?

Fast-action or emergency water extraction is the process of eliminating standing water from a building. Extraction is the first step to bringing a water-damaged property back to its original condition. By expeditiously removing water from the home or business’s flooring, damage and the chance of mold growth are minimized. 

It takes a lot of work and specialized equipment to rid a property of water completely. Given this, it’s best to leave the water extraction process to a professional. 

Water Extraction vs. Water Mitigation

Extraction and mitigation are both parts of the water damage restoration process, but they aren't the same. Emergency extraction uses industrial vacuums and pumps to remove standing water. Mitigation is the process of preventing further damages by:

  • Removing irreparable flooring, drywall, furniture, etc.
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting affected surfaces
  • Using dehumidifiers and industrial blowers to dry the property
  • Deodorizing the property

Why Extraction Is Critical for Water Damage Restoration

Reduce the Risk of Mold

The biggest risk of allowing excess moisture to remain in a structure is mold. Mold thrives in moist conditions, including many common building materials. It can settle in walls, wood, and other porous surfaces and quickly spread in 24 to 48 hours. 

Inhaling mold spores can cause health effects. To prevent health effects, quick water extraction and efforts to dry the property out completely are a must. 

However, some water damage restoration companies do offer mold removal services in the event mold begins to grow before the emergency extraction is complete. 

Prevent Unnecessary Damage to Wood Surfaces

Wood is a porous surface. Hardwood flooring, framing materials, and wood furniture will continue to absorb moisture over time and are at risk for more than just mold or mildew damage. Water saturation can lead to discoloration, swelling, and even rot if left unaddressed long enough.  

By beginning the water extraction process quickly, dehumidifiers and other technology can be used to lower humidity levels in the space, helping to prevent unnecessary damage to wood surfaces. 

Protect Wiring and Electronics

The high humidity levels in a space with standing water can affect wiring and electronics rather quickly. At humidity levels at or above 80%, wiring damage is possible within 15 minutes. For reference, the average building without standing water has a humidity level between 40-50%, with over 65% considered unsafe.

Having houseplants alone can raise indoor humidity by 5% on average, while a fish tank can increase humidity by anywhere from 8 to 45% depending on the size of the space and tank. While there are no statistics on the effects of standing water in a room, the more moisture in a space, the higher the humidity and the chance of damage to wiring and electronics. 

Why SERVPRO

As a leading water and fire restoration company in Austin, Texas, SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin offers superior water damage restoration services. Their highly trained team provides 24-hour emergency water restoration, including fast-action water extraction. 

No matter the size of the water-related disaster, home and business owners can be confident that SERVPRO will have the right extraction and drying equipment for the job.

Learn more about SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin’s services by calling (512) 318-2202 or following them on Facebook today.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 - Suite 250

Austin, Tx, 78730

https://www.SERVPROlaketravisnwaustin.com/

Debunking the Biggest Myths on Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Smoke and fire damage restoration is a vital service, but few people understand what the process entails. Here, the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin debunk myths about the restoration process.



Fires can cause devastating damage to residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. When the flames go out, a charred, soggy mess with soot residue from the smoke is often left behind, and homeowners are left overwhelmed, facing the restoration process for the first time.

Worse, many people have misconceptions about the types of fire damage and how fire restoration can help. The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin hope to debunk several myths about the topic.

Top 5 Myths About Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Debunked

1. Only Areas Burned by the Fire Need Restoration

Flames can undoubtedly do significant damage, but smoke and suppression efforts do their fair share too. 

The fire restoration process typically includes water or fire suppression chemical clean-up, soot removal and clean-up, smoke damage restoration, textile and furniture deodorization, and ventilation and air duct cleaning. If water clean-up is delayed, mold remediation may also be necessary. 

In short, fire damage goes far beyond just dealing with areas the flames actually burned, often encompassing the entire building. 

2. Fire Damage Restoration Takes a Long Time

Fire damage is often extensive and requires substantial work using specialized tools and safety equipment to resolve. Even so, the time it takes a fire restoration company to complete a job depends on the extent of the damage—it doesn’t always take a long time. 

As fire restoration efforts should begin as soon as possible after the building is deemed safe to enter by the fire department, it often goes much faster than homeowners expect. If the fire was small and contained, the entire process can happen in as little as a day. 

3. There's No Need to Address Smoke Damage Quickly

While many homeowners understand the urgency of water removal after a fire, smoke damage is often less of a concern for them—but it should be. 

Smoke and the soot it leaves behind can be corrosive. The longer it remains on surfaces, the more damage it can cause. It's best not to exceed 48 hours before beginning the fire damage restoration process. Otherwise, damage to metals and electronics can be permanent or create a lingering, unpleasant odor.

This point also holds true for permeable surfaces saturated by smoke—the longer deodorization is delayed, the more likely efforts are to fail. 

5. Restoration Costs More Than Replacement

It’s a common misconception that things like furniture and textiles are cheaper to replace than restore, leading many homeowners to unnecessarily throw out items. 

On average, clean-up and deodorization of fabric surfaces range between $200 - $1,000 for an entire home. Considering it costs between $2,000 - $3,000 to purchase basic living room furniture alone, in many cases, restoration is far more cost-effective. Even better, if done properly, fire restoration can restore items to their original state "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO?

The professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin provide professional fire, water, and storm restoration services as well as mold remediation services to quickly restore both commercial and residential buildings to their original condition. 

To see why SERVPRO is one of the best fire restoration companies in Austin, Texas, call (512) 318-2202 to schedule a consultation or follow them on Facebook to stay updated on the latest company news. 

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 - Suite 250

Austin, Tx, 78730

https://www.SERVPROlaketravisnwaustin.com/

4 Steps to Take After Storm Damage: A Guide for Homeowners

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: If your home experiences storm damage, you might not know how to bring your property back to its pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin provides a helpful guide for homeowners dealing with storm damage. 

4 Steps to Take After Storm Damage: A Guide for Homeowners

After a storm, you might be shocked to see how much damage is left in its wake. Water and wind can affect everything from your roof to the trees in your yard—sometimes even flooding your house. 

Dealing with the aftermath of a severe storm can be distressing, but the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin, one of the area’s leading storm damage and emergency water restoration companies, are here to help. Below, they offer a simple guide to help you manage your property after inclement weather strikes. 

Assess the Damage

Once the storm leaves the area and it's safe to go outside, it's time to evaluate the extent of the storm damage. You won’t notice everything right away, but you will need to take as many pictures of the damage as possible so that your insurance adjuster can make an accurate assessment. 

The roof is one of the most vulnerable features of your home during a storm. Signs of roof damage include:

  • Holes
  • Dented gutters, flashing, and vents
  • Missing or broken shingles

Interior leaks are another sign of roof damage, and can cause a new set of problems. If your roof is leaking, brown water stains on your ceiling or walls may be visible. 

A leaky roof is a prime environment for mold growth, which can happen as soon as 24 hours after water damage occurs. If the mold is left unaddressed, you could experience additional structural problems. Hiring a mold remediation company for mold removal will be necessary.

Other signs of storm damage to watch for during your assessment include:

  • Flooding
  • Broken windows
  • Downed trees
  • Cracked siding

Contact Your Insurance Company

After you evaluate the damage to your home, call your insurance company to file a claim. If the adjuster approves the claim, the company can compensate you for making necessary repairs and replacements. Provide the insurance agent with your pictures, receipts for temporary living expenses, and other essential documentation to ensure that they approve your claim quickly.

Hire the Appropriate Restoration Companies

For severe storm damage, turn to contractors who have the tools and experience to restore your home safely. For instance, a professional tree service can remove a downed tree from your yard, and a water restoration company can provide water cleanup if your home floods. 

Storm damage restoration companies will make the recovery process less stressful and can help get your home back to its original condition in no time.

Why SERVPRO?

The professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin understand the damage a storm can cause. Serving residents throughout Austin, Texas, and the surrounding area, these experts will respond quickly to storm damage and other residential or commercial water damage. No job is too big for their highly trained team. 

For more details about SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin and their services, follow them on Facebook or call (512) 318-2202 today.

Contact information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

P: (512) 318-2202

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 – Suite 250

Austin, TX 78730

5 Tips on Handling Commercial Water Damage

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Commercial water damage can lead to a myriad of problems for business owners. The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin offer helpful tips on what to do when dealing with commercial water damage.


Tips for Handling Commercial Water Damage

If your business’s plumbing springs a leak or experiences flooding from extreme weather, dealing with the water damage can be a stressful ordeal. From ruined merchandise, to structural damage and filing claims with your insurance company, handling commercial water damage requires prompt action. Hiring the right water restoration company helps to reduce your losses and get your business back up and running. 

The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin have some suggestions and tips for managing your commercial property’s water damage.

Assess the Damage

Before you can deal with commercial water damage, you need to know the scope of the problem. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough to just look for water damage because water can quickly soak into building materials like drywall and flooring. 

The presence of moisture may not be noticeable in these materials immediately, but it can do untold damage if left to sit. 

Emergency water restoration companies use tools like moisture meters to measure water during their assessments. With their equipment and experience, they can provide you with a thorough evaluation of your commercial water damage.

Hire a Professional Restoration Company

Like most business owners, you likely don’t have the experience or tools to handle extensive commercial water damage. That's why you need water restoration experts’ assistance. These experts can handle everything from the initial assessment to restoration. The most vital service they offer is the dry-out.

Mold can begin growing as soon as 24 hours after a flood because it thrives in moist conditions. Water restoration companies use various tools to effectively dry out flooded commercial spaces, including wet vacuums and dehumidifiers. They also keep track of the room's moisture levels with tools like a thermo-hygrometer. 

If the affected area retains any moisture, you may need to hire a mold remediation company. Some water restoration companies offer mold removal, but most strive to prevent growth from occurring. SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin has professional technicians certified in both water damage restoration and mold removal and remediation.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Don’t wait too long to contact your insurance provider. They may deny the claim if too much time passes. A commercial water damage restoration company can guide you through the steps for filing an insurance claim and offer vital tips to prevent the damage from spreading. 

Depending on the insurer, your policy, and your business’s location, you may have a separate policy to cover floods. Either way, the insurance agent can walk you through the claims process.

Document the Damage and Restoration Process

Your insurance company will need documentation relevant to the commercial water damage to file a claim. In addition to photographs of the damage, you should document:

  • What items you had to throw out 
  • Readings from the moisture meter that include the date and time
  • The estimates for restoring the property and treating the flood

Water restoration companies frequently work with insurance companies, so they can help you collect the necessary documentation. 

Why SERVPRO?

As one of the top water restoration companies serving Austin, Texas, SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin offers timely commercial water damage restoration services. They will respond to disasters of all sizes, 24-hours a day. Whether you own a small boutique or a big box store, their team can mitigate the damage and handle the restoration process from beginning to end. 

Follow SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin on Facebook for up-to-date company news or call (512) 318-2202 to learn more about their services.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

P: (512) 318-2202

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 – Suite 250

Austin, TX 78730



4 Reasons to Hire Professional Fire Restoration Companies

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Blog Summary: Fires can be devastating, and dealing with the aftermath is often overwhelming. The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin explain why it’s best to hire professional fire restoration companies to restore your home or business after a fire.

Four Reasons to Hire Fire Restoration Companies

A structure fire can be traumatic. You lose a sense of comfort and safety watching your residence and personal belongings or business go up in flames. Once firefighters have extinguished the last ember on the property, it’s time to clean up the mess and start the restoration process. That’s not a process you should do yourself.

Fire restoration companies like SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin specialize in mitigating disasters of all sizes. Here are a few reasons you need a professional fire restoration company's assistance to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition.

1. Fast, Safe, and Efficient Work

The last thing you should do is enter a building after a fire. You could subject yourself to unhealthy smoke and ash, which worsens the longer it sits. A fire restoration company will work quickly to remove all traces of smoke and ash from your property safely using professional-grade face masks, boots, gloves, and other protective gear.

Purchasing the necessary equipment is very expensive, and if you don’t have the right tools for the job, it will take you longer to complete the restoration. You could even accidentally inhale toxic fumes.

2. Experience

If you’ve never cleaned up after a fire, you probably don't know all the nuances that come with restoring a room. However, workers for professional fire restoration companies have ample experience dealing with the aftermath of a blaze. 

They know how to handle both residential and commercial fire damage. They also understand how to deal with residential and commercial water damage, a common side effect of extinguishing a structural fire. 

Some fire restoration companies offer the same water cleanup and emergency water restoration services as water restoration companies to prevent residential and commercial water damage. If traces of moisture remain from putting out the fire, mold can set in, which would require mold removal services from a mold remediation company—extra cost and hassle. 

Fire restoration professionals have the proper water vacuums, heaters, blowers, and know-how to quickly eliminate water from the flooring, walls, and upholstery.

3. Knowledge

Though you may want to save all of your belongings after a fire for emotional reasons, fire restoration companies know which items they can salvage and which ones need total replacement. For instance, they might need to throw out and replace porous materials like carpeting, but they have the tools and expertise to clean non-porous materials like concrete and brick. 

4. Insurance Company Partnership

Dealing with an insurance company after a fire can be as stressful as cleaning up the mess. Fire restoration companies work closely with these insurers and know what to expect during the claims process. Their team will provide you with the necessary estimates, pictures, and documentation to guarantee a smooth claim process with your insurer.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin serves clients throughout Austin, Texas, and provides them with superior fire restoration services to restore their properties to their original state. They offer 24-hour emergency services and respond quickly to disasters of any size. 

As one of the area’s leading fire restoration companies, SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin has the staff, equipment, and expertise to successfully assess, plan, and complete fire damage restorations. For more details about their services, follow SERVPRO of Lake Travis/NW Austin on Facebook or call (512) 318-2202 today.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin

P: (512) 318-2202

6500 River Place Boulevard

Building 7 – Suite 250

Austin, TX 78730

House Damaged By Severe Weather? You Might Need Storm Damage Restoration

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Water and mold issues are a common problem for homeowners following a storm. See how a storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help fix problems quickly in Austin, TX.

House Damaged By Severe Weather? You Might Need Storm Damage Restoration

Most homes are built to withstand harsh conditions. But if you live in Austin, Texas, you realize that Mother Nature can throw a powerful curveball that can rattle the sturdiest roof or foundation. Throughout the year, but particularly in spring and summer, Austin can be slammed by thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.

Sometimes storm damage is obvious — a tree trunk crashes onto your roof or a flash flood fills your basement. 

However, in many cases, you might not notice the damage caused by destructive winds and heavy rains. If the problem persists, it can lead to serious structural and health effects in the future. 

Spotting water damage — either from heavy rains or from winds that make your home vulnerable to leaks — is the most important action you can take following a storm. Read these tips from SERVPRO before the next storm strikes.

How to Spot Exterior Storm Damage

Powerful storms can tear off roof tiles and crack exterior walls, which invites moisture and wildlife. 

According to the National Storm Damage Center, you should inspect the exterior of your home to determine whether it’s suffered damage after a storm. 

Follow this checklist:

  • Look over downspouts and gutters to make sure they are intact and diverting water away from the house
  • Inspect the roof for cracked, dented, or missing shingles, splits in seams, and damage to flashing
  • Look at exterior doors and windows for broken panes, cracks, and damaged frames
  • Check exterior siding, brick, or stucco for dents, cracks, holes, or discoloration
  • Look at your attic or crawlspace for signs of leaks or streaks of sunlight coming through the ceiling

Finding and fixing damage immediately after a storm is vital. It takes only a tiny leak to result in mold production, which can spread through your home rapidly. 

While this list helps with obvious issues, some may still go unnoticed. The best way to ensure that your house is free from damage following a storm is to get a top-to-bottom inspection by a professional restoration company.

How to Fix Storm Damage

If you find signs of storm damage—whether it’s a leaky roof or a flooded basement—it’s essential to work with storm and water damage restoration experts to fix the problems. Professional storm and water restoration companies like SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin, TX, have the equipment and experience to deal with repair and cleanup following the worst disasters.

Expert water restoration companies and mold remediation companies provide the following services:

Water damage restoration

  • Inspect your home to determine the extent of water damage
  • Use powerful vacuums and pumps to remove standing water
  • Test moisture levels to determine the number of fans and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home thoroughly
  • Provide professional cleaning to sanitize and remove odors
  • Offer repairs like drywall replacement or carpet installation

Mold removal

  • Find and remove the source of water, moisture, and humidity causing mold production
  • Identify and contain areas of mold
  • Remove mold and mold-infested materials
  • Use an air filtration system to remove mold spores
  • Clean and sanitize mold-infected areas
  • Repair areas damaged by mold and mold removal

Need help with storm damage restoration?

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO provides storm damage restoration services to Austin, TX, and throughout the 78730 zip code. It is one of central Texas’ leading residential water, mold, and fire restoration companies, and provides commercial water damage restoration, too.

SERVPRO offers 24/7 emergency service. If you have a fire, mold, or water cleanup and restoration job in Austin, contact SERVPRO online or call 512-318-2202.