Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips for Cleaning Your Crawlspace After a Flood

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded home after a storm

A home flood can occur any time there is a storm. While there are things you can do to protect your home during storm season in Lubbock, TX, floodwater may still get in. It’s important to mitigate the damage not only in the spaces you can see but also in the spaces that are not readily visible. You should always check your crawlspace for flooding after a heavy rain.

Appropriate Safety Precautions

There are several safety precautions to take when you know your home has storm damage. Anyone who enters standing water should wear proper protective gear:

  • Rubber boots
  • Heavy gloves
  • Face mask 
  • Protective coveralls

You should also turn off the electricity to reduce the risk of shock. Use good judgment -- if you think any part of your home may be unsafe, stay elsewhere. Leave wading through floodwater in your crawlspace to the technicians from the flood restoration company that you hire to mitigate the damage.

Accurate Documentation

You should report your home flood to your insurance company, but an adjuster may not be able to make it to your house quickly if there are a lot of problems in the area due to the storm. To capture the most accurate evidence of the damage, it’s a good idea to take pictures or video of the flood’s impact on the crawlspace and other affected areas. This can be valuable when you are filing your claim.

Thorough Cleanup

Ideally, your sump pump will kick in when the water in your crawlspace starts to rise, so that should take care of a lot of the major extraction. The area must be completely dried and disinfected before the job is done, though. A thorough cleanup helps prevent mold growth and the subsequent damage it can cause to the structure of your home. 

Home flood cleanup must cover both the areas you can see and those you cannot see. Don’t forget spaces such as your crawlspace when assessing damage.

How To Prepare Your Business for a Flood.

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Review your insurance policy and find out what costs your policy will cover prior to a flood.

Flooding can occur with little warning, and if you haven’t prepared, it could be time-consuming to restore your business in Lubbock, TX. Knowing how to prepare your business for a flood can make you feel more confident about handling a disaster of any kind.

1. Backup Important Documents

After a flood, it’s often necessary to access certain documents, and not being able to quickly and easily access what you need when you need can slow down the restoration process. In addition to storing your documents in a water-resistant container that is high off the ground, having extra copies of your documents can also be helpful. Many business owners choose to make electronic copies and paper copies to ensure that important information is not lost.

2. Check Your Insurance Policy

Restoration is often necessary after flooding but having to put a project on hold because of the cost can be a major setback. It can be useful to review your insurance policy and find out what costs your policy will cover prior to a flood. Additionally, knowing what resources are available to business owners in your area after a disaster can give you a better idea of what costs you might be responsible for as the owner of your business.

3. Contact a Mitigation and Restoration Company Before Damage Occurs

If you know that your area is likely to sustain any type of damage from a flood, especially if severe damage such as black water damage is likely, it can be useful to contact flood damage restoration experts before your property is affected. After a disaster, you may feel as if you don’t have the time to research a company. However, by contacting professionals before a flood, you can ask questions without feeling stressed or rushed.

By preparing for flooding, you can help to protect your business from major damage. As you prepare, it can be helpful to backup documents, review your insurance policy and contact a restoration company prior to a flood.

Tips for Cleaning Your Crawlspace After a Flood

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a well equipped team to respond immediately to your need.

A home flood can occur any time there is a storm. While there are things you can do to protect your home during storm season in Lubbock, TX, floodwater may still get in. It’s important to mitigate the damage not only in the spaces you can see but also in the spaces that are not readily visible. You should always check your crawlspace for flooding after a heavy rain.

Appropriate Safety Precautions

There are several safety precautions to take when you know your home has storm damage. Anyone who enters standing water should wear proper protective gear:

  • Rubber boots
  • Heavy gloves
  • Face mask 
  • Protective coveralls

You should also turn off the electricity to reduce the risk of shock. Use good judgment -- if you think any part of your home may be unsafe, stay elsewhere. Leave wading through floodwater in your crawlspace to the technicians from the flood restoration company that you hire to mitigate the damage.

Accurate Documentation

You should report your home flood to your insurance company, but an adjuster may not be able to make it to your house quickly if there are a lot of problems in the area due to the storm. To capture the most accurate evidence of the damage, it’s a good idea to take pictures or video of the flood’s impact on the crawlspace and other affected areas. This can be valuable when you are filing your claim.

Thorough Cleanup

Ideally, your sump pump will kick in when the water in your crawlspace starts to rise, so that should take care of a lot of the major extraction. The area must be completely dried and disinfected before the job is done, though. A thorough cleanup helps prevent mold growth and the subsequent damage it can cause to the structure of your home. 

Home flood cleanup must cover both the areas you can see and those you cannot see. Don’t forget spaces such as your crawlspace when assessing damage.

Storm Damage in Lubbock, TX

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Lubbock provides 24 hour emergency service during storm season.

Here at SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock, we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals, but they also can cause a tremendous amount of stress. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to the damage. This job classifies as storm damage as you can see the amount of debris on the floor when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris and make this home look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock is #heretohelp.

Summer Storm Cleanup

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Summer Storm Cleanup

Lubbock is known for the excessive wind and summer storms. Massive amounts of rain can bring in water damage resulting in a big mess. But SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock provides professional help with advanced equipment to assist in the restoration process.

Water damage is unpredictable but when an emergency occurs, whether it’s in a small office building or a big box store, SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock responds as soon as possible to mitigate damage. SERVPRO® has a team of water damage restoration technicians, applied structural drying technicians, odor control technicians, as well as an upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock is part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

Any disaster, anytime of the day, SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock is here for you. We make sure to take care of your personal belongings and provide the best and quickest service there is. Don’t let a little water damage stop you from having fun this summer!

For questions about water damage, please call (806) 780-6311 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened."

Storms and flooding hitting our area!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is nearly over but the storms are not. Texas is one of the top five states that receive the most storm and flood claims reported, and the Abilene area is already in need of care.

SERVPRO of Southwest Lubbock provides a 24-hour fast emergency service in Lubbock, Wolfforth, and the surrounding area. With highly trained water restoration technicians, repairing storm damage is a vital aspect of our business. We know how quickly water damage can manifest which is a huge reason why SERVPRO provides quick emergency services.

In the event of a storm that leaves your home with water damage, the most important thing is your health and safety. Before help arrives, avoid hazardous areas such as slippery places and electrical wires.

There are do’s and don'ts to handling a flood or flood damage. After a flood, remove excess water by mopping and blotting. If you are able, wipe excess water from countertops. Turn on all air conditioning for drying in the summer, remove colored rugs from wet carpeting, and gather loose items from the floor.

Don’ts include leaving wet fabrics in place. Instead, hang them up. Don’t leave books or magazines laying around and please do not use your vacuum to remove water; it will not work! Do not use any household appliances including ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet to avoid electrical damage and health risks.

As we like to say, no job is too large. Whether you are dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, SERVPRO has a network of teams’ placed strategically in the event that a disaster strikes near you.

When disaster does strike, call SERVPRO of Southwest Lubbock at (806)-780-6311 for immediate help and request quick emergency recovery. 

Windy Season is here, are you prepared?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Here in Lubbock, we dwell on the edge of Tornado Alley. Rolling, turbulent skies that are often followed by dust storms are not always the most enjoyable, especially if your home gets caught in the cross-hairs. As homes are built to withstand the elements, some wind storms come more intense than others.  It is important to know who to call in the event of damage to your home: SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock!

Wind storms are never fun, and dirt buildup is even worse as it creeps into your home through the tiniest cracks. It can really put a damper on Spring cleaning in later months if the dirt penetration is extensive! With SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock’s technology and resources, along with their compassionate and helpful staff, they will see to you and your home getting the help they deserve.

SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  We are open 24/7 and can assess and fix the damage in no time. "Like it never even happened." We are FASTER to ANY SIZE disaster. Found locally, our response is quicker than ever, equipped with the right resources to assist in restoration and cleanup of any size disaster left by a storm.

Summer Storms

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t let mother nature rain on your parade this July. Here at SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock we have all the necessary knowledge, tools, and friendly staff to help restore your home after any summer storm.

How? We are one of the leading companies in the restoration industry and are equipped with advanced technology to help make your home like new, even after severe weather damage.

When? 24/7! We are available anytime you need us. Just give us a call.

Where? Although we are a national company with over 1,700 franchises our locally owned and operated storefronts serve Lubbock and surrounding areas.

Who? Our highly trained technicians will make your home seem like the damage never even happened. With experience, expertise, and empathy, they provide the best possible experience and will share the restoration process with you every step of the way.

Storms can ruin any summer plan, but with our advanced technology, caring, and knowledgeable staff we work to see that they don’t ruin your home.  

When Storms or Floods hit Lubbock, SERVPRO is ready!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Lubbock.

SERVPRO ofSouthwest Lubbock specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lubock, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (806) 780-6311

Lubbock Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

This Lubbock home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (806) 780-6311

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Southwest Lubbock and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (806) 780-6311

Storm Damage

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage

Storms happen quickly and if your business experiences storm damage we know your recovery must happen even quicker. Even the biggest commercial building seems small in a storm and can experience damage as easily as a home.

No matter how big the storm, SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock can provide a quick and safe clean up. We’ve cleaned messes like standing water in multi-floor buildings and are equipped to handle the cleanup your business needs.     

We work with you every step of the way and do our best to work with little interruption to your normal schedule. With our service on call 24/7 we can have your business open by lunch time the next day. Storms may be big, but no amount of damage is too big your SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock team.

Storm Restoration

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Hitting golf balls on the range? Enjoyable. Golf ball sized hail hitting your windows? A disaster. The weather around Lubbock is unpredictable and can sometimes have a devastating impact on your home. Although you can’t stop the weather, we can limit the amount of damage done by violent storms. Here are a few tips for preparing for a storm:

  • Trim the trees, wind could knock down any lose or dead branches
  • Secure the backyard, any furniture or objects left outside should be secured and ready to endure heavy winds
  • Clean the gutters, if gutters stay full they could become clogged and cause water to seep in under the roof
  • If flooding is a concern, move poisons or garden chemicals kept outside to above ground level and that important items inside are kept in a safe place
  • If there’s a large hail warning, consider boarding your windows and staying in the room with least amount of windows

If, even after all these precautions, mother nature still managed to cause a mishap let us take care of it for you. At SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock we are open 24/7 and can assess and fix the damage in no time. Like it never even happened!

Storms: "Like it never even happened."

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm hits, the last thing you should be worried about is “How are we going to fix our home?” Serving Lubbock since 1967, SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock specializes in and prides themselves on restoring your home or business “like it never even happened.” If knowing that SERVPRO® has over 65 years of experience in restoring storm damage doesn’t assure you, here are some certifications and awards that SERVPRO® has received for its quick and thorough restorations:

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technicians
  • WRT-Water Restoration Technician

Awards

  • 2010-Directors Gold SERVPRO® Industries
  • 2011-Directors Gold SERVPRO® Industries
  • 2011-Franchise of the Year Award
  • 2012-Franchise of The Year
  • 2012-Franchise of the Year Award
  • 2012-Silver Award for 2011 Outstanding Sales Performance
  • 2013-Bronze Award for 2012 Outstanding Sales Performance
  • 2014-Silver Award for 2013 Outstanding Sales Performance
  • 2015-Business of The Year from the Volunteer Center of Lubbock
  • 2015-Platinum Award for 2014 Outstanding Sales Performance
  • 2016-Franchise of The Year
  • Chairman’s Bronze for Outstanding 2016 Sales Performance

Let our highly skilled teams help you in your time of need. Call SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock whenever you need us, day or night, at 806-780-6311.

Stay Safe During Storms

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

While January brings about so many wonderful things like new beginnings, and for winter lovers, cold weather, January also seems to bring with it winter storms. When a storm hits, don't panic. We want the priority to be making sure homeowners' and their loved ones are safe, first and foremost; SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock will be there when it's time to help pick up the pieces. Here are some tips on how to stay safe in the event of a storm:

  • Be especially cautious of potentially hazardous or electrical "slip and fall" areas.
  • Water damaged electrical products can be extremely dangerous. Do not attempt to turn on any electrical device that you suspect may have been damaged by water.
  • Do not go back in to the home once reaching a safe area where emergency services can be called.
  • Do not reenter the home unless the structure of the home has been deemed safe to be inside.

We at SERVPRO® understand that what makes a house a home are the belongings inside the home providing sentimental value and comfort to a homeowner and their family. For this reason, we specialize in restoring contents such as furniture, carpets, and even documents and photographs damaged by storms and any other water-related damages. SERVPRO® has a 24/7 disaster team that exists for homeowners' peace of mind, even in an event like a storm. We are always ready to help!

SERVPRO® of Southwest Lubbock wishes everyone a happy and safe New Year!