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Do You Have a Home Inventory Checklist?

A home inventory checklist is a document that states all the valuables and possessions in your home or business. Why should you keep a detailed record of this? There are many “what if” scenarios  where you would need such a document. On top of that, all insurance companies urge clients to keep an updated list […]

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Cleaning Up After the Floods in Houston, Texas

There are a number of factors to consider when you have severe flooding or storm damage affect your home or business. It is more than likely that you’re overwhelmed, uncertain of the health risks involved and trying to connect with your insurance agent to see what resources are available to you. At ServiceMaster Advantage, we’ve […]

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Health and Property Risks of Soot and Smoke Damage

Fire soot should not be treated simply as the dirt leftover from the charring of a fire. Soot refers to the smoke residue on surfaces that contains a complex mixture of substances representative of what burned in the fire. Smoke is a combination of different gases and particles and can include plastics, foams, fabrics, carpets, […]

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Grilling Safety Tips for Summer

It’s summertime! Are you ready to stoke the grill and feed the family with backyard cookouts filled with charbroiled goodies? Before heading out to heat the coals, keep these tips from ServiceMaster Advantage in mind to help you in preventing a fire mishap. Before You Grill Always place your grill on a non-combustible surface outside […]

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Water Damage Insurance Claim FAQ

Water damage is almost always a sudden emergency that leaves us flustered with what to do next. Because timing is so sensitive when it comes to water and flooding damages, it’s crucial to act fast and take the right steps as soon as possible. ServiceMaster Advantage in Houston has the answers for what to do […]

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Man-Made Versus Natural Flood Damage

Floodwater consists of more than just water. Biohazardous materials, chemicals, or diseases causing organisms and debris can all be floating around in floodwater at any given time. All categories of floodwater should be cleaned up quickly because the water will degrade over time and become more of a health risk the longer it sits. The […]

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April Showers Bring Water Damage! What to Do if You Experience a Flood

Most people aren’t prepared for a flood when it hits. The type of situation where a weather related flood occurs can be sudden, unexpected, and very destructive. ServiceMaster Advantage is here to help you through the best steps for safety and restoration after a flood. Follow these tips for a speedy recovery: Consider Your Own […]

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Restoring Concrete Surfaces After Water Damage

Concrete surfaces have underlying properties that make drying them after excessive exposure to moisture more complex than other materials. A slab of concrete in your basement for example, may appear dry but actually contain a considerable and damaging amount of moisture vapor throughout its layers. This moisture passing through the slab can carry alkaline salts […]

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Eliminating Musty Odors is a Must – Don’t Just Cover Them Up!

If you smell a musty, moldy odor in your home or business, don’t attempt to cover it up with air fresheners, carpet sprays or scented candles. These solutions to freshen your indoor air quality are only temporary and come with their own health risks. Research from Columbia University suggests that increased exposure to phthalates, a […]

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5 Myths About Water Damage

Water damage is a serious issue, one that leaves us concerned about how to best return our property and belongings to pre-loss conditions as efficiently and as cost effective as possible. In our efforts to do the right thing, sometimes we rely on information we’ve heard before from friends or online telling us that calling […]

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