How to choose a facility maintenance and services provider

After so much time, effort and money invested in a business to get it started, the last thing any owner wants is to reduce the value and durability of their investment due to improper maintenance over the years. 

Executing proper, periodical maintenance can reduce downtime, chances of broken-down equipment in the worst moments, and ensures personal safety of employees and public. The financial risks involved with laboral accidents make periodical maintenance less of a choice and more a necessary precaution. 

As with any service provider, the main aspect to look for is expertise: a job well-done will be the result of a team that is experienced, skilled and knowledgeable, and that is going to be worth the investment. Excellent customer service, a vast range of services available and a quick response are other advantages to consider. Word of mouth and recommendations are often a reliable source in looking for the perfect company. Once they experience a quality service, clients won’t want to go back and they will likely share their experience.

The best facility services provider in Houston

If you are looking for the best and the most reliable company in Houston to provide facility maintenance and services, put your trust in ProTech Restoration. We are an experienced company that has been offering maintenance services for 35 years now. 

ProTech technicians are trained and certified, tackling issues for several locations. ProTech understands the need for a common ideological approach when it comes to handling WO’s and service requests. We realize the potential challenges and budgetary concerns of FS Programs and we strive to be a part of the solution. 

Over the years, one of ProTech’s main sources of marketing has been word of mouth. We believe there is no better compliment than your personal recommendation. We wear it proudly like a badge, and we continue to endeavor to be better. ProTech Facility Solutions is honored to serve some of our clients of over 35 years. We have made life-long friendships and shared unbelievable memories along the way. It has only been possible because we hold the belief that “our clients are part of our family.” Oftentimes, we find ourselves going out on a limb for our clients, putting their needs first and foremost,”. It is all part of an effort to gain your trust and respect.

Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

 

How to ensure your house was properly dried after a flood?

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After dealing with all the trouble of mopping the floor, drying the furniture and appliances, leaving the cabinets open for hours, your home is as good as new after that flood, right?… Well, not exactly. Some of the consequences of this event can only be visible mid or even long term.

There are tell-tale signs to look for if you suspect your home isn’t properly dried and has been a victim of fungi, such as unpleasant odor and stains in practically any surface, but be aware that a lot of damage might be out of sight until things get a lot worse.

Properly drying after a flood is the top priority. A damp house or facility is the first step for the development of mold, which not only has negative effects on your health, but causes structural damage as well and can lead to the decay of your home’s structure. Wooden furniture, appliances, beams, columns and walls are especially susceptible to this aggression, and rotting is the most dangerous consequence that poses a risk to your safety and your property as well.

While rot can occur anywhere around your home or facility, some places are prone to developing issues before others, such as vents, floor joists, girders and others. Sadly, making reparations is not always an option with mold, and replacements can be very expensive. Moreover, even replacements are not a definitive solution. Rot will be back if the moisture continues to be present, leading to even more costs further on.    

By not executing sufficient drying techniques and letting the moisture take hold, you’re exposing yourself to health issues, structural damage, and very high repair and replacement costs. Luckily, there’s a way to avoid all this: by ensuring your house was properly dried after a flood. Taking the right measures right after the incident occurred by yourself, or even better, have the work done by professionals who can guarantee an amazing job.

Hire Water & Flood Damage Services

ProTech drying specialists will calculate the types and quantities of air-movers and dehumidifiers needed to optimize the evaporation process. They will also need to determine the best atmospheric conditions for drying to occur. By setting up drying equipment in specific locations of the affected areas and creating the optimal atmospheric conditions, balanced drying, or “the ideal situation in which the rate of dehumidification is slightly greater than the rate of evaporation”, can be achieved.  In turn, the drying goal or “dry standard” can be reached the fastest.

Check out ProTech Flood & Water Damage services in Texas. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will record the incident, perform the water-extracting process flawlessly, take care of all mold-affected contents and items. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be deep cleaned and we’ll provide disinfecting services to eliminate any odor. Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

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Why choose professionals for Facility Repairs Services?

As your business grows, your responsibilities multiply and you have both less time to take care of your facility and an increased need to run your operations in an environment that functions properly and without delay. 

Your building must meet your business needs, adapt to your interests and create a positive impression for your clients based on its appearance and impeccable upkeep. That impression will solidify your image as a company and build trust and interest among your future clients. 

Ensuring your facilities are always in top condition is a taxing and continuous task that demands time you need to invest in running your business; that’s why a lot of companies choose to hire professionals like ProTech that perform routine scheduled maintenance. A quick response to sudden events that may affect your work schedule is a tremendous advantage to get back on track as soon as possible and avoid impacting your profits.

Every aspect of your facility’s functioning is covered by the high quality services provided by ProTech:

Electrical Plumbing Locksmith Services Doors
Commercial Exterior Parking Lot Repairs Glass/Windows Commercial Interior
Commercial Roof Flooring Restrooms & Smallware Commercial Furniture/Decor

 

The complete scope of services offered by ProTech will efficiently meet your facility’s every need, allowing you to focus your time at growing your company. We meticulously assess every facility to make sure your building complies with safety regulations as well. As we take care of your building, we take care of your employees and customers for you as well.

Check out ProTech Facility Repair Services in Houston. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will provide a customized plan for your facility maintenance and seek the best solution for you at a competitive price. Allow us to create the best solutions to keep your facilities well maintained 24-7.  Our 24-7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

Broken appliance: repair vs replace

Managing your own business implies always looking for the best appliances to work with and the best products to offer your clients while never disregarding your own costs and expenses. The question often rises when an appliance breaks down: “should I repair it or buy a new one?

It’s intuitive to think that repairing a broken product is less expensive than buying a new one, which is true in many cases. Buying new equipment is a greater investment, but sometimes repairing a product is not the best way to save money, especially if you’re facing frequent breakdowns that also affect your productivity, schedules and final income. 

Decisions that have a direct impact on your productivity are sensitive and a lot of factors must be taken into consideration before proceeding:

  • If you buy new equipment: consider purchasing and maintenance costs, service life, future repair costs, increase in revenue, operating costs, installation and disposal costs, training costs (if the acquired equipment is new to your employees).
  • If you choose to repair your equipment: consider market value, remaining service life, repairing costs and frequency, equipment age, current performance
  • Safety and health costs: newer equipment often provides a safer environment for employees because they meet safety standards more tightly.
  • Environmental costs. 
  • Downtime: how much time is it going to take to make repairs vs. replacing? Repairing can take less time than replacing because you don’t have to worry about arriving time, installation, new training and disposal of your previous equipment, but if repairs happen frequently, you may find you lost more working hours and profit than you should have.

Through many years of on-the-job training, ProTech Facility Service Technicians have acquired the ability to quickly compute cost-benefit analysis of different options, and help you to choose the most cost-effective solution. For example, technicians may decide that replacing an entire assembly may be more cost-effective than searching for a replacement part due to travel and labor hours involved. 

If the best fit solution can be completed under the NTE (Not To Exceed), the repairs will be completed in a timely, professional manner. If the repairs could potentially exceed the NTE, the best viable options are communicated clearly to the FSM where the most informed decision could be made. 

It is easy for any technician to recognize the most extensive, by-the-book repair solution to any given problem. However, it does not always equate to the best fit option for all situations. There are many different factors that can change what is considered the right decision. Does your solution fit within the maintenance program budget? How much time will it take to complete the repairs? What are the effects on operations or guests? Are there less invasive options that provide similar results? Is the facility due for a capital project or refresh in the near future?   

By helping clients answer these fundamental questions, the best viable solution will emerge. Once the solution has been determined, technicians will ensure that the work is completed with an invisible footprint on operations & guests. Services can be performed during the day or night, depending on the needs of the client. 

Call ProTech Facility Solutions for an appointment and get the help you need from the best technicians across the state of Texas. We have a 24hs emergency service!

Consequences of a bad flood damage response

A kitchen flood is a dreadful experience. From the moment you set foot on the kitchen floor, panic is the first thing that comes into mind: soaked appliances, drenched cabinets, your belongings floating adrift and you watch the scene with disbelief as you try to solve the whole situation without slipping on the wet floor and trying to avoid electrical hazards.

After all that awful experience is over and you finally put away your mop and towels after hours of work, you might think you solved the issue… well, not really. Water damage usually occurs suddenly and without warning, and its full consequences may develop a while after the flood damage.

The most obvious consequence is the presence of mold, which entails its own threats to the health of your family and/or employees. We have a whole article about that here. Mold proliferates in all sorts of materials and acts as an allergen that can cause serious health problems for sensitive people.

Like the mold issue isn’t terrible enough, flood damage can also cause serious structural damage, especially on porous materials like wood and drywall, where it will seep, stagnate and create a perfect environment for microbial hazards. Walls, floors and cabinets can be permanently damaged, which incurs in bigger expenses in restoration and substitution, and terrible headaches for you and your company. More so, even with the greatest of efforts, the use of specialized equipment such as industrial dehumidifiers might be necessary to get rid of the problem for good. Mops and towels and leaving the windows open won’t do the trick by themselves.

An adequate, efficient and thorough response is key to avoid long-lasting problems and greater expenses. If not dealt with the utmost care from the beginning, repercussions are very sure to be expected.

ProTech Restoration specialists understand the need to move quickly and effectively when a flood or water disaster event occurs to prevent further damage to the structures and –more importantly- your health. Our teams are well instructed in the use of industrial equipment -like dehumidifiers- and appropriate techniques to deal with the flooding without any further consequences. 

Check out ProTech Water & Flood Damage services. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will take care of all mold-affected contents and items. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be deep cleaned and we’ll provide disinfecting services to eliminate any odor. Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

How can prolonged mold exposure affect you and your house?

We have all smelled the humid, backwater smell and seen those awful spots that mold creates when it proliferates. Rainy seasons, water leaks, badly-dried floods are all perfect opportunities for this fungus to grow. Unfortunately, there’s much more to worry about than just the stench and those dark grey spots on surfaces. Mold can affect both your house and your health if you allow it to.

The consequences of mold exposure

Depending on the type, mold spores can cause a variety of health problems. While some individuals may not develop any reactions to mold spores, a lot of people experience symptoms ranging from relatively minor allergic responses to severe reactions and health complications that may endanger their life.

Mold spores act as allergens, which are irritants and produce potential toxins. Sensitive people might experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, sore throat, itchy skin or red eyes. People with allergies, and especially asthma, may experience health complications so violent as to cause obstruction of the airway. These symptoms increase with exposure, notably amongst occupational settings, and workers may even develop fever or shortness of breath, which makes every task they perform harder and more exhausting. Individuals with immune suppression and underlying lung diseases have an increased risk of fungal lung infections, which can be very severe under these circumstances.

One can never truly “remove mold” because mold spores are microscopic, and they are everywhere, surrounding us at every turn. They can also be carried indoors by sticking to our clothing and attached to pets’ fur. They can easily travel through open windows, doors, or even through our HVAC units, invading both indoor and outdoor spaces without prejudice. It is when moisture is introduced into the equation that mold really thrives, quickly spreading into colonies and multiplying in a variety of surfaces such as wood, ceiling tiles, paper or cardboard, as well as house materials like paint, wallpaper, carpets, upholstery and others.

In the event of a water disaster, there is always a chance for mold to develop if timely action is not taken, causing secondary damage to once unaffected areas. These cases are to be addressed very quickly and corrective actions recommended by the CDC are specific and rigorous; it’s even suggested they should be performed with personal protection equipment due to the exposure to cleaning agents.

What can be done about the mold in house?

In order to avoid health consequences, just removing the mold spots with detergents is not enough. Buildings should be checked for water damage, leaks and infiltrations, and a proper cleaning plan is to be applied thoroughly and periodically.

Household products, soap and water or a bleach solution are recommended by the CDC to deal with this issue, but this entails risks as well, in the form of allergic reactions to said products or inhaling poisonous gas produced by mixing bleaching with other cleaners. Personal protection equipment is a necessary precaution.

Humidity levels should be supervised; keeping an airflow constant inside the building and adding mold inhibitors to paints before painting, cleaning carpets and upholstery -among other actions- must be considered. These proceedings may prove to be time-consuming and involve a lot of physical effort, which is why many people prefer special teams to deal with their mold issues. These are highly specialized teams that guarantee a thorough and efficient cleaning without the tiring effort of doing it yourself.

Are you thinking about contracting a mold cleaning service in Houston? Check out ProTech Flood & Water Damage services. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will take care of all mold-affected contents and items. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be deep cleaned and we’ll provide disinfecting services to eliminate any odor. Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

“Deep Steam” vs. “Regular” Carpet Cleaning – Houston

By Josh Evans

December 12, 2009

Carpet Cleaning in Houston is a giant mammoth of an industry as the market brings in millions annually. One cannot help but notice the endless streams of local listings when the phrase Carpet Cleaning Houston is inputted into Google. Results can easily climb to hundreds of search results. You will also find the same to be true when searching for Carpet Cleaners in Houston using the Yellow Pages. However, how can consumers distinguish top-tier service companies from the rest?

One could make the assumption that companies having top placement in Google, Bing, or Yahoo, as well as telephone directories, are probably larger companies with better service since they are willing to pay more for exposure. However, the truth of the matter is, companies who spend more advertising and marketing dollars don’t necessarily mean they provide the best service and customer support. It is merely an assumption.

Difference between Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning and regular carpet cleaning

Because this very uncertainty looms in every customer’s mind, over the years ProTech Restoration has received a steady stream of incoming calls from customers desiring carpet cleaning who simply want to be in a better position to make a calculated decision on who to use. One of the most important questions asked over and over is, “What is the difference between Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning and regular carpet cleaning?”  We thought it was about time to discuss this topic in more detail in the hopes to shed some definitive light between the two.

The first question beyond all to ask a carpet cleaner is whether or not they will be using water to clean the carpet or not. The idea behind conventional carpet cleaning is simple. High-pressure water is sprayed onto your carpet removing dirt and debris. At the same time, a vacuum extracts the soiled water away from your home into a tank located somewhere on the carpet cleaner’s truck. There are some companies that do not use water to clean carpets. Instead they “buff” carpets with hand tools and conditioner.  While buffing these carpets can leave your carpet looking cleaner, beware of what is still lurking underneath. In a sense, buffing carpets only scratch the surface of the problem.

The next question you would want to ask a Houston carpet cleaner (who uses water) is do they use portable machines or truck-mounted units? Portable machines are introductory devices and have significantly less cleaning power (more like a household vacuum cleaner). You’ve probably seen such units available for rent at your local grocery store. Truck-mounted units on the other hand utilize higher pressures and a much more powerful vacuum for extraction.

This leads to the next question for Houston carpet cleaners (who use truck-mounted units). Do you run cold water units, hot water, or steam cleaning units? The majority of carpet cleaning in Texas and across the nation for that matter is run with cold water truck-mounted units or with heat conversion units. This is a standard practice in the carpet cleaning industry. Coldwater units tend to require more cleaning agents to be applied. Hot water units while better than cold, simply have a heat exchanger built into them. Basically, they take the heat generated by their engine muffler to heat up the water which still isn’t going to come close to the hot water produced by your kitchen sink.

Finally, there is the deep steam carpet cleaning method which has been championed by our Cleaning Technicians. Deep steam carpet cleaning units come with heavy duty commercial boilers which heats water up to 212 degrees and kills 99.9% of bacteria lurking in hard to reach places. It also reduces the need to spray carpet cleaning shampoos which may lead to wear and tear in the future. Also, because in ProTech we manufacture our own unique line of Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning equipment which are used solely by our trained technicians, there will be a world of difference in the quality of service.

Next time you call a carpet cleaner in Houston, make sure to ask these important questions. There is an old word saying “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to carpet cleaning in Houston, make sure this is the case every time. If there is a competitive price out there, make sure you know what you are paying for and if it’s worth it to you as a home or business owner. And to get the best carpet cleaning service in Houston, contact us now!

How to put out a Grease Fire

By Venecia Malagon

February 10, 2010

A Grease fire can wreak havoc in a kitchen unexpectedly and without warning. If a collection of oil or grease on a stove is left unattended, it could heat up rapidly and ignite. Because grease and oil are very mobile this type of fire is exceptionally dangerous causing the fire to spread quickly throughout the kitchen.

Astonishingly, when your ancillary system (safety sprinklers) are engaged during a grease fire,  they will only add to the problem as water causes grease fires to splash and move around further.  Also, because your exhaust system hood fans are drawing air out of the kitchen and up to your roof, this will also aid the fire in climbing through your duct work. Moreover, if your kitchen exhaust system is not being cleaned regularly to NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 96 standards, this will speed up the fire spreading process significantly and chances are, the Fire Department will not be able to put out the fire in time to salvage your facility.

So what is the best way to prevent a grease fire?

The most important thing you can do to prevent a grease fire is to train your employees to fully monitor any grease or oil that is being heated at all times. According to the NFPA, unattended cooking is the leading cause of fire in the kitchen. Staying by the fryer or grill is key.

  1. Heat oil slowly. Oil heats up rapidly and can burst into flames when over-heated.
  2. Make sure other liquids are not sitting close to the stove, grill, or fryer

If a grease fire does occur, what are the best steps in putting it out?

Always have a fire drill plan in place and train employees to react immediately.  Assign specific responsibilities to each of your employees. Although carefully coordinated and timely response by your employees can put out grease fires, remember that safety comes first. Never put yourself in danger and always evacuate the area if there is even the slightest doubt in mind.

  1. Remind your employees never to use water to put out a grease fire.
  2. Call 911 immediately. Do not wait to see if you can handle the fire on your own. It is always better safe than sorry.
  3. Turn off your exhaust system fans if you are able to do so. Make sure your employees are aware of how to turn them off.
  4. Attempt to smother the grease fire with a pan lid. Be careful with glass lids as they may shatter from the heat of an open flame.
  5. If the pan lid does not work, smother the fire with baking soda. It will probably take large amounts of baking soda to quench a raging fire.
  6. Use a fire extinguisher only as a last resort as they may contaminate your kitchen and food. You may find Class K fire extinguishers specially used for grease fires at commercial kitchen supply depot.

 

To avoid any grease fire and keep your exhaust system cleaned regularly to NFPA, hire our Exhaust Vent Hood Cleaning services in Texas and our technicians will keep your commercial kitchen cleaned! Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.