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3 Steps To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Rental Home

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Rental properties can come with many surprises, not the least of which can be leaking pipes. Taking care of leaks as soon as they are detected is a way of practicing good mold prevention. Preventing the growth of mold can be a good way of making certain that your Bryan, TX, home is in good condition year after year. By following these three important steps, you can stop mold growth in its tracks.

1. Shut off the Water

Water damage can be a top cause of mold growing inside homes. Although serious spills can potentially contribute to the growth of mold, a constant trickle of water is a much more likely cause. Once a leak is detected and the growth of mold suspected, take steps to turn off the flow of water. Some pipes will have a shut-off valve that can be activated to prevent water from flowing into a pipe even when a fixture is in the “off” position. This can be a good first step to take in mold prevention.

2. Turn Down the Heat

Warm, damp conditions tend to be ideal for accelerating the growth of mold inside a home. Cooler temperatures halt the growth cycle of mold spores, so turning down the heat can be another good way of preventing this from happening. Turn down your home’s thermostat so that the heater will not automatically cycle on during the night or while you are out of the house.

3. Keep Some Heat Available

Very cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze, especially in areas where the pipes enter the home from the outside. If the water in these pipes freeze, the ice may expand and has the potential to burst the pipes, causing a leak to occur. This can lead to additional instances of mold. Keeping some heat available can prevent this from happening.

Talk With the Pros

If you suspect that your Bryan, TX, rental home has mold, speak with experts as soon as possible. Taking mold prevention steps in the first place is a good practice.

How to Protect Your Business Before and After a Fire

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Trying to create the perfect disaster plan for your company in Bryan, TX is virtually impossible. After all, a variety of unexpected things can occur when the moment strikes, forcing everyone involved to simply adapt and react accordingly. However, devising a smart evacuation plan ahead of time for employees to practice can be crucial, while setting up a proper contingency plan affects how your business deals with the aftermath.Learn how to best prepare your company before and after a fire occurs to help prevent damage and potentially save lives.

When you’re proposing a plan for evacuation procedures, here are some key things to incorporate:

* Ensure a map of the building with exit doors and escape routes is systematically placed around the office for convenient viewing at all times. Take practice runs with employees to help them pinpoint their closest exits, or demonstrate an alternative escape method in case the fire happens to be blocking their intended exit.
* Teach employees risk assessment questions. While small fires can often be quickly contained with the use of a fire extinguisher, any fire has the potential to get out of control. Enforce a meeting to discuss risk assessment questions employees should immediately consider when a fire erupts.

Meanwhile, it’s highly important for your business to have a contingency plan prepared in advance. It should include:

* A data storage device, such as a cloud server in action at all times. This preserves records and files safely and consistently, even if printed office paperwork goes up in flames.
* Reach out to all employees, customers or suppliers about next steps. Keeping everyone in the loop is important for rebuilding your business with a loyal team effort behind you.
* Contact your insurance company immediately. Record all business losses and get started on restoration with the help of your insurance agent before any fire damage gets worse.

Never take risks with your business. Create an evacuation plan that will help everyone get to safety when necessary, and have a strong contingency plan in place to efficiently handle the resulting fire damage.

Rid Your Contents of That Residual Smoky Smell With These Content Cleaning Tips

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Most house fires can be devastating, but even when they’re not, they can still result in long-term, costly effects. One of those effects, though unnoticeable by eye, is the smell. Your home’s contents may smell charred and burned long after the last flame has been put out. Without implementing the right content cleaning methods, including dry-cleaning, you may find that you’re going to work smelling like an ash-pit for months into the future. Fortunately, you can eliminate the smoke odor from your belongings fairly quickly, by doing the following:

• Air out your home.
• Call in a Bryan, TX, fire restoration team to test the items in your home.
• Separate the salvageable from the non-salvageable.
• Take the salvageable items to be cleaned.
• Replace the items that you had to get rid of.

Once you’ve aired out your home, had a fire restoration team in to help you determine which items are safe to keep and which are not, and separated the salvageable from the non-salvageable items, it’s important that you have the salvageable items dry-cleaned and thoroughly rid of the smoke odor before bringing new items into your home. If you purchase new belongings before having the old ones cleaned, you risk contaminating the new items, and cleaning them won’t be covered by your insurance.

Items that you may be able to save with dry-cleaning include

• Clothing
• Bedding
• Curtains
• Some furniture

Hard-surfaced items such as your kitchen table, refrigerator, end tables and other wood, tile and linoleum fixtures may be able to be cleaned with a strong chemical cleanser or an appropriate restoration mixture.

After a house fire, it is crucial to deep clean all of your belongings if you hope to rid your home of that smoke smell entirely. If dry-cleaning and other deep cleaning measures don’t help to eliminate the smoke odor, you may want to consider content storage for more valuable items until you can find a professional in Bryan, TX, who has the skills, knowhow and materials to clean them for you.

Dealing With Water Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with damage due to flooding in Bryan, TX can be a devastating affair. If you don’t take the right steps to dry out your home and remove all the water, you could be dealing with the results for years to come. Whether the water damage is from a leaky pipe, rainstorm or flood, you want to restore your home as soon as possible.

Types of Water

There are three different categories of water:

• Category 1 (clean water),
• Category 2 (gray water) and
• Category 3 (black water).

Category 1 is clean water. Clean water sources could include water pipes, steam lines, water heaters and sometimes rainwater. If it is category 1, it will look and smell like tap water.

Categories 2 and 3, gray water and black water, present risks. It is important to understand the difference between the two. If your home has contamination from flood waters or sewage backup, a more extensive cleanup will be required.

Types of Damage

It is important that you investigate all of the potential damage caused by flooding. What you see may only be part of the problem. Moisture can be hidden in the walls. If not properly taken care of, it can lead to mold. Moisture meters can help you assess the damage to your walls.

Sometimes, drywall can be salvaged. It may require performing a flood cut. These are made approximately 12 inches above the flood line. You will need to tear out any insulation behind the cutout section. By removing this section of wall, you can more easily dry the area behind the wall and salvage the remaining structure. It is also important to check your base molding and flooring. Carpet may need to be pulled back for proper drying.

Flooding can cause damage beyond what is visible to the naked eye. It is vital to know what type of water you are dealing with. Gray and black water should be handled differently than clean water. Assess the damage thoroughly and make sure you dry the affected area out completely to prevent further issues such as mold.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com for more information on storm damage.

What You Should Know About Secondary Damage and Mold

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Following a flood or a considerable water leak in your home in Bryan, TX you may be faced with costly repairs due to secondary damage. This damage is directly related to high humidity in the home. Inclement weather, inefficient siding and more can expose your home to leaking and subsequent humidity. Black mold, for example, can become a pressing concern if the water damage is not fully managed.

What Is Secondary Damage?

After water has breached your home, moisture can seep beneath the flooring or behind the walls and promote humidity in those places. High humidity levels can cause unwelcome dampness to linger and create unexposed mold problems.

How Does Leaking Water Act As a Trigger?

Water leaks, leading to humidity, can happen in a few different ways:

• Slow leaks through unsealed windows
• Steadily malfunctioning appliances
• Floods or sewer backups

Slower, long-term leaks have similar effects to secondary damage in that both are difficult to spot and, as a result, may have extended lengths of time to do damage.

What Should You Do After You Notice a Leak?

Some people mistakenly believe that all they have to do following a flood or leak is clean up standing water. The problem with this is that even when the water appears to be gone in your home, significant humidity levels can cause the perfect conditions for black mold and bacteria to thrive. Therefore, it is essential to enlist the help of a reliable water removal specialist in Bryan, TX. These professionals possess the equipment to effectively dry the area. They also have the experience to know when the problem is truly solved.

There are numerous ways that you can eliminate black mold concerns following a flood or leak. With a quick response and water removal specialists at the ready, you can enjoy peace of mind in a mold-free home. Visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com for more information on water damage.

How To Prevent Secondary Water Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water can be intrusive and harmful. There is more to its cleanup than just removing the water and addressing the visible damage. If a facility is not cleaned properly, it can lead to secondary water damage that could result in hazardous conditions and black mold.

Types of Water Damage

Primary water damage is the damage that you can see and detect. It is the obvious damage. Primary damage might include moisture wicked into drywall, warped floors, wet carpet and pad, and water-damaged furniture.

Secondary damage isn’t always as obvious, so you may not notice it right away. It is usually the result of long-term damage that was not taken care of in a timely enough manner. It can result in swollen doors, wood floors, baseboards and door casings. You may see cracking walls. Water that evaporates quickly can also lead to secondary water damage. The high humidity allows moisture to penetrate porous material like fabrics. This type of damage can be extremely harmful to your home. It can cause structural damage and lead to black mold problems.

Prevention

The longer you wait to treat water damage, the more secondary damage might occur. The best way to prevent damage is to start cleaning up immediately. If the water intrusion is extensive enough, it is recommended that you call a water remediation specialist in Bryan, TX.

Remove all the water. Clear the water-damaged area of all furniture. Pull up any wet carpet and padding. If you have drywall, you may need to cut holes in the wall or do a flood cut to help the walls air out properly. Use fans to help dry the space more quickly. You can even use dehumidifiers to speed things along. It is important that you dry the room within 48 hours; otherwise, you may suffer from black mold growth.

Water damage can cause a lot of problems down the road if it is not properly taken care of. Call a professional to make sure your commercial building is dried out correctly. Visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com for more information on commercial water damage.

College Station Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Brazos Valley will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(979)-779-3333

How to get rid of mold

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

• Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
• Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
• Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
• Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
• Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
• Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you think your home or business may have a mold issue, contact the professionals at SERVPRO today!

Water damage restoration

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Brazos Valley

SERVPRO of Brazos Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Broken Washing Machine Hose

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

A broken supply hose causes more than half of all water damage insurance claims. These insurance claims are costly. The average claim is around $6,000. If the homeowner fails to monitor the condition of the hose, it can burst. A busted hose can spill hundreds of gallons of water within an hour. A few tips to remember are:

  • Buy proper length hoses when installing a washing machine or replacing old hoses. Select a length to fit the space rather than trying to force a proper fit.
  • Allow enough space between the wall and the machine to avoid kinks in the hoses. Aim for 3” to 4” but adjust as needed to avoid sharp bends in the hoses.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses regularly. At minimum check the hoses once or twice a year. Keep an eye out for kinks, damage, rust or snags in the braided stainless steel, and signs of a leak.
  • Shut off water supply valves when not in use and when you will be away from home such as when vacationing. The constant water pressure on the washing machine hoses can contribute to hose failure.
  • Replace washing machine hoses regularly. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations and install new hoses as suggested. If the hose is more than five years old, there is an increased risk of it wearing out. More than 80 percent of hoses fail between their sixth and tenth year of use.