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Help — I Smell Gas!

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

A gas fire is one of the most terrifying experiences a homeowner can face. Avoiding this tragedy starts with knowing what to do when you smell natural gas. Your safety is the number one concern, and there are a few simple rules that will help you and your loved ones remain safe.


What To Do If You Smell Gas


• For your safety and the safety of your family, evacuate immediately.
• Do not touch appliances, thermostats or anything with an electrical switch. Any spark, even from static electricity, can trigger a gas explosion.
• Do not light a flame.
• Do not bother to open the windows. Some guides recommend that you do that to vent gas, but remember, houses have gas and oil hot water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners that turn themselves on automatically. Any one of these could easily generate a spark and start a gas fire.
• Once you are in a safe location outside the home, call 911 or Bryan, TX, emergency services and report the emergency.


What Happens Afterwards


Usually, these situations have a happy ending. The utility company safely shuts off the gas, the fire department vents the house, the source of the leak is identified, and the repairs are made. Of course, for the next six months, you can expect to occasionally hear the question “Do you smell gas?” but that is to be expected after such a traumatic experience.

Other times, however, the crisis ends badly. A gas fire, like any other fire, is a life-changing event. Things cannot get back to normal until the fire and water damage are addressed. Insurance is a part of the solution but the key to making it a home again is to bring in the best restoration specialists available in Bryan, TX. This allows you to put this experience behind you so that you and your family can return to leading normal lives as quickly as possible.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Why Is There Mildew on the Plants and What Can Be Done?

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why Is There Mildew on the Plants and What Can Be Done?


Plant mildew is a parasite. It grows on living plants, and if left untreated, could result in the death of your shrubs and greenery. When you find this type of growth in or around your Bryan, TX, home, you may have a few questions. Like with other fungus growth, it can be beneficial to call in a residential mold expert for a little extra help.


Why Growth Happens


Mildew growth can take place on almost any type of plant, but some may be more susceptible than others. This growth may start for a variety of reasons, including the following:

• Garden is too congested.
• Plants are overwatered.
• Little light reaches the vegetation.
• The area is warm.

Plant mildew can start to grow when only a few of these conditions are met. Once it is on one plant, it can easily spread to nearby shrubs, flowers or vegetables through wind, water or on animals.


How To Get Rid of It


Because you want your indoor and outdoor gardens to thrive, you need to do what you can to get rid of this fungus growth as quickly as possible. Your first step should be to wash off the leaves using regular water. Once the powdery substance has been removed, you can prepare your plants to ensure the growth does not come back. This can mean pruning overgrown vegetation, thinning out congested gardens, moving a plant into direct sunlight or taking an indoor plant outside. More sun and a nice breeze can help keep your potted greens from becoming too moist.

Other things you can do to prevent this unwanted mildew growth is to use mildew-resistant potting soil. This special soil helps prepare your plants for mildew. With the nutrients from the soul, the plants may be able to fight the growth off on their own.

While plant mildew may not present a danger to your home, it can still be a big nuisance. Taking care of the problem and preventing its return can improve the health of your garden.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

5 Steps to Commercial Fire Safety

5/13/2018 (Permalink)

It is impossible to guarantee that a fire will never break out in your commercial property in Bryan, TX, but you can increase fire safety. If you do not already have a contingency plan in place for employees or other occupants to follow in the event of a fire, here are five simple steps you should take.

1. Establish an emergency plan. This plan should include a method for reporting fires as well as an evacuation plan. You may want to hold a mandatory meeting on a regular basis in which you inform employees or occupants about their roles and responsibilities.

2. Post maps with emergency escape routes at strategic locations. People may panic in the event of a fire and forget the specifics of the contingency plan. It is a good idea to post the best evacuation routes in strategic places throughout a building, such as near stairs or elevators. Make sure that these plans indicate that elevators are not safe to use during a fire.

3. Create a contact list. This list should include the names, titles, departments, and contact information for all employees.

4. Identify essential services. Depending on the businesses in the building or the needs of the facility itself, you may want to specify which services require attention and who will perform these tasks in the event of an emergency.

5. Store important records in a secure location. Keep important documents such as accounting, employment, or insurance records in a safe location on- or off-site.

These five steps are intended to help you create a contingency plan to promote the safety of all employees or occupants in a business or commercial property. Following these steps will make you better able to account for all of the people in your building. If you do experience a fire, contact a certified commercial restoration service in Bryan, TX.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

What’s That Smell? What You Should Know About Mold Odor

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Many people when entering a dank area may notice a musty odor. This smell often elicits thoughts of mold, mildew, and cold, damp, and unclean conditions. Mycotoxin is often the culprit. These toxins are produced by fungus such as mold, and they highlight the importance of proper mold remediation in areas that have such a stale odor.


What Causes Odor?


Smells are actually molecules floating through the air that make their way to your nose when you breathe. Each molecule has a unique shape, and like a key in a lock, that shape fits into smell receptors in your nasal passages. When a mycotoxin molecule is inhaled, it activates smell receptors in the nose. These receptors fire nerve impulses that travel to the brain, and the experience of smell is achieved, unique to the type of molecule that activated the receptor. In this way, you can differentiate between the smell of a freshly baked apple pie and the musty stench of mold.


Where Does Mold Grow?


Many areas in the United States have climates that facilitate mold growth, including Bryan, TX. Here are some common areas:

• The Pacific Northwest has a damp climate that can encourage mold and mildew to flourish.
• Hawaii is another area that is humid enough for mold to grow.
• Florida and some other southern states are warm and humid most of the year and commonly experience flooding.

Water droplets in these places splash onto existing mold colonies and act to spread spores to other areas that have yet to experience mold growth. In a moist environment, these areas act as substrate for new mold to start growing from the introduced spore.

Mycotoxin in these areas of the country may be more pronounced because of the increased propensity of mold to grow there. The smelly culprit of moldy stenches abounds in areas where mold and mildew grow. It’s the molecule that prompts the moist smell that you associate with mold and wet places, and is a major reason why mold growth should be controlled, mitigated, and remediated.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

3 Strategies for Avoiding Water Damage During a Business Closure

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Your Bryan, TX, business is probably a major financial and emotional investment that you strive to protect. However, you may be overlooking some common dangers that could damage it if you do not take steps to prevent them, especially when your business is closed for a holiday or a long weekend. One such issue is unexpected flooding. However, there are a few actions you can take before you close down that may prevent water damage and the need for costly water pipe repair.


1. Shut Off the Main Water Valve


Turning off your building’s main water valve can prevent leaks, flooding from a broken pipe and plumbing line malfunctions. If you have a landlord, notify him or her that you are closing the building for a holiday or vacation so he or she is aware the water will be turned off. If your building has in-cabinet plumbing, leave the doors open to expose the pipes to warm air, as this may prevent them from freezing.


2. Have Your Sump Pump Tested


If your building’s basement has a built-in sump pump, it is wise to have it tested before you leave for any length of time. A flooding cleanup and restoration service can help you test your pump and advise you about whether you might require any additional flood protection. This can be especially important if your building sits in a low-lying area and your basement has flooded in the past.


3. Insulate Larger Pipes


If you are unable to shut off your building’s water because you share it with other businesses, you can still protect your section of it by ensuring larger water pipes that run along exterior walls are well insulated in cold weather. This can prevent water from freezing inside the pipes, which may cause them to burst and leave you with an expensive water pipe repair bill after you return from vacation.

Unexpected flooding at your Bryan, TX, business during a closure can result in water damage and other costly problems. However, you can avoid water pipe repair and restoration costs by treating and adjusting your building’s plumbing system before you leave.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

What To Do Immediately Following a Flood

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Even in instances where the visible damage is minimal, flooding can be one of the worst natural disasters. In addition to ruined belongings, dealing with flood insurance, mold damage, and others, after-effects can make it difficult to recover. To help you get back in your home quickly, here are three steps you should take immediately if a flood hits Bryan, TX. These steps should be completed as soon as safely possible, even before the arrival of the insurance adjuster as they can take a while to get to your home if the damage is widespread.


Document the Damage


While you wait for the insurance adjuster to arrive, you should take the time to account for all the damage caused to your home. Take pictures of the inside and outside of your home, as well as pictures that show the level that the water reached. This can help with your flood insurance claim or any disaster relief applications.


Take Inventory of Belongings


You should also take inventory of all your possessions and record any flood damage they’ve suffered. If you don’t have a detailed list of your possessions, now is a great time to start one. If you already have a list, then you should use this time to make sure it’s up to date.


Disinfect Your Home


In addition to the ruined furniture and upholstery, you should account for invisible mold damage. To do so, follow these steps to disinfect and deodorize your home:

• Get rid of any mud on your floors and walls using a shovel and water sprayer.

• Disinfect all non-porous surfaces such as floors, walls, cabinets, and countertops that contacted the flood water.

• Take your rugs, upholstery, and other porous items outside to dry. You can use an antimicrobial solution to counteract any mold growth so far.

By following these tips, you can get a head start on repairing your flood damage before your adjuster even arrives. If you work with a qualified flood restoration professional, which may be covered by your flood insurance, you may be able to return to your home before too long.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

Tackling Mold's Move-In

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Most Bryan, TX, homes can be vulnerable to mold in some shape, color, smell, or form. After all, many of the materials that make up the house itself can set the stage for a fungus party. It may be a great time for, say, black mold, but you probably have other ideas. Does mold go away on its own? This question can be answered in the short list below.


1. An Unwelcome Guest


After you've located the affected areas of your house, the ideal next step is to plan mold cleanup. Calling professionals who understand the ins and outs of this pesky substance is usually a good first step; however, even the pros can tell you that addressing mold is no light business. Mold can seep in underneath walls, carpets, bathroom tiles, and other subtle places, so it is important that your house becomes an area of close scrutiny.


2. Moisture Is Key


Most homeowners are familiar with the occasional leaky roof or dripping pipes. These small nuisances can become bigger issues when mold becomes the new house guest. If black mold has taken over any part of your house, a simple drying of the area does not quite do the trick. Mold can be a long-time roommate, even if you've let your house dry, so the best bet is to plan a cleanup.


3. Invisible Pests


Even if you've addressed a moisture problem, it is possible that you are only at the beginning of your mold cleanup quest. Spores – the reproductive cells that allow mold to spread – are impossible to spot. They can travel through the air, on clothing, and in various parts of the house. It is important that you approach a mold problem the appropriate way so that the spores will be no more.

Whether it's black mold, mold spots on your walls, or anything in between, a mold infestation can be serious. Knowing you've placed your trust in the right remediating hands can not only identify all affected places but can also ensure the mold is really gone.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com.

3 Types of Building Materials Affected by Flood Waters

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding occurs at your Bryan, TX, home, not all the damage may be immediately apparent. In fact, swelling wood, damaged drywall and other problems might not be visible until the flood waters are removed by a professional storm cleanup and restoration company. Once you take stock of the damage, knowing how the building materials in your home can be affected by flood waters may help you take the firsts steps in having the damage repaired.


1. Wood


Wooden furniture and hardwood floors can sustain serious damage from almost any type of flooding event. Because wood is a porous material, it can absorb water and cause warping. Molding and wainscoting may crack due to swelling wood and might need replacing. Treated wood furniture may not absorb as much water and may be salvageable.


2. Insulation


Your home's insulation can suffer serious damage during a flood, especially if a water supply line breaks directly next to an interior wall that contains it. Even if the wall itself does not appear damaged, wet insulation can cause mold growth and foul odors that may eventually seep out into your home. Restoration experts can perform a flood cut, which removes part of the wall to expose the insulation so it can be inspected and removed.


3. Drywall


Any affected drywall near the source of the flood may be salvageable if you act quickly. Having sections removed and properly dried may allow you to put it back once the area is checked for mold. Drywall that must be removed for water pipe repair should be moved into a room with low humidity so water evaporation does not damage it.

Your Bryan, TX, home can be affected by flooding in many ways. However, when you understand how water can affect its building materials, you can act quickly to prevent swelling wood, insulation rot and other water damage.

What is the First Step after Flooding

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation is the First Step

When dealing with any flood damage, the best way to begin the repair process of water in business structures is through a process known as mitigation. The process of mitigation involves removing excess water and drying out the structure so that damage is mitigated and or reduced.

The first step in that process involves pumping out excess water as flooding water recedes. This is an important step in reducing further structural and electrical damage that can be caused when water sits inside a structure for any length of time. The next step involves a process that will take any remaining water out of the buildings walls and floors.

This drying process is created when a heated air movement system that eradicates excess water is put into the building and used to evaporate any excess water that cannot be vacuumed up or pumped out. The heated air movement process is more thorough in getting inside walls and floors as compared to other types of drying systems.

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Improving Your Air Quality in Bryan, TX

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

How can I Improve the Air Quality?

For most businesses in Texas, the ductwork is constantly being used either because the air conditioning is going or the heating is going to keep the building comfortable. The problem with having your air conditioning or heating system running all the time is that the ductwork in your building can become dirtier than it normally would be. This can be a problem for a variety of different reasons, but one of the main problems is that it can reduce the air quality for your tenants or employees.

Signs that you need your air ducts cleaned:

  • Stale or dusty smell in the building
  • Filters that have not been changed
  • Dust or mold around air vents

For more information on HVAC cleaning services visit SERVPRO of Brazos Valley.