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Harvey Recap — The Disasters Houston Faced

Hurricane Harvey has come and gone, but Houston will be cleaning up the mess for years to come. Harvey, considered an historic hurricane, hit hard and caused flooding that no one has ever seen before. The typical hurricane starts out strong, weakens as it makes landfall, and moves on quickly. But that is not what happened with Harvey. Meteorologist Jonathan Belles with Weather.com summed it up perfectly: “Meteorologically, southeast Texas, at the time, was pretty much a giant stop sign.…

Cause Of Commercial Water Damage And How To Clean It Up

Last week we talked about the dangers of flash flooding and how a flash flood can unexpectedly destroy your home and office. Unfortunately, there are many other ways that your office can flood, and as a business owner it’s important that you know what these are, what to do about it, and whom to call. Water damage is serious, and if you are not prepared or don’t have a plan in place when it happens to you, your business could…

The Dangers Of Flash Floods

It can happen in an instant. A little rain turns quickly into a violent flood, and Houston is no stranger to this phenomenon. We experienced massive flash flooding two years in a row — in 2015 and 2016. In June of 2016, Houston had 15 inches of rainfall in a span of 12 hours, and 20 inches a few days later, causing the second 100-year rainstorm in less than a week. But flooding of this magnitude has to be predicted,…

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard — Understand Storm Terminology

We are currently in the middle of hurricane season. And that means that anytime you turn on the weather channel or watch the weather segment on the news, you are going to hear technical weather terms. Most of us know what a hurricane is, but do you know the difference between a tropical depression and a tropical storm? And when you hear these terms, do you know what precautions to take to protect your property if one of them hits…

Sinkholes Hit Close To Home — Watch For Signs

You don’t hear about sinkholes as often as tornadoes or hurricanes, but when they happen, they are big news. Some recent stories featured sinkholes in Florida and Illinois as well as here in Texas. They are big news because happen fast, grow quickly, and have the ability to wipe out a significant amount of land within minutes. What is a sinkhole? Conserve Energy Future says sinkholes “occur due to erosion or underground water. They start developing a long time before…

Hail Can Cause Extensive Damage — Stay Alert!

Ever been in a hail storm? If you have, you know it’s not fun, especially if you are stuck on the road. Hail can cause a lot of damage depending on its size, and it’s hard to predict when it will hit, although certain areas are more prone to hailstorms than others. Midland is flat and prone to heavy winds, so hail storms happen there fairly often. But it was the size of the hail from a storm just last…

Commercial Fires And The Problems They Cause

If a fire were to erupt on your commercial property you would only feel one thing – devastation. Fires happen fast and spread quickly. They can destroy everything you worked hard for in a matter of seconds. As soon as the fire trucks leave, you are left to figure out what to do next. Ash, smoke, and soot are everywhere, and as if that isn’t enough, there will be water damage and flooding from the fire fighting efforts. That’s why…

Common Problems Seen With Commercial Roofs

Commercial roofs are in a league of their own. They require a different set of demands than residential roofs, which is why spotting and understanding common problems can be difficult for the untrained eye. If you own or work on commercial properties pay close attention, because we are about to explain the most common problems associated with commercial roofs. Punctures Post-Installation Unlike the roof on your home, most commercial roofs are flat. They are designed that way for many reasons,…

Prepare Your Home and Business For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is approaching quickly. The official start date is June 1, which when you think about it, is right around the corner. Houston hasn’t seen a bad hurricane since the infamous Ike of 2008, and some experts think we are due for a big one. But the scary thing with a hurricane is no matter how much you track them, you never know when one will suddenly turn your way. That’s why it’s very important to have a hurricane…

Dallas, TX Condominium Fire — February 2017

Condominiums in northeast Dallas caught fire in late February. While the cause of the fire is unknown, smoke and flames spread rapidly through two units, destroying all three stories. Thankfully no one was injured, however, over 50 residents had to be displaced due to loss of power. Within a few days of the fire, Disaster America was on site preparing the complex for a complete renovation. Because of the fire and smoke damage, certain steps have to be completed before…