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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

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BBQ Weather is Around the Corner

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage BBQ Weather is Around the Corner A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered.

There is nothing like firing up the grill for the first time after the winter!

Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. SERVPRO of Brazos Valley wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overchanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Preventing Secondary Damage in Commercial Buildings

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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How Does Leaking Water Act As a Trigger?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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Contingency Plan for Fire Damage

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Learn how to best prepare your company before and after a fire occurs to help prevent damage and potentially save lives. 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.

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The Potential For Damage after Flooding

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

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How do I make a fire claim?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Your insurer will assign your case a claims adjuster to help with mitigation.

The professional will guide you through the entire process and consider the cause of the loss. Then he or she will negotiate with you on a settlement that will consider structure, furnishings and other personal belongings that were lost, as well as all damages to include: 

Smoke damage

Smoke smell

Water damage

Caustic substance removal


Mold Removal

Many don't think of all the various types of damage associated with their loss. For example, smoke smell can remain in the home or business long after it's repaired if not treated properly.

At this point your adjuster will go over how much coverage you have and anything you can do to obtain additional help to cover losses, if necessary. Then, the claims settlement process begins. It's important to realize that although it may all seem overwhelming; the decisions are always yours.

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Flood Risks to Your Home or Business

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Risks of Flood Water and Damage to Home and Business Properties

Without proper mitigation and air movement of an affected area, you risk the growth of harmful mold. Mold growing in walls, flooring, and even the foundations of buildings can cause a lot of damage to your home or building.

Cleaning an area that is flooded as quickly as possible helps to mitigate the chances of mold and bacteria growing within your home or business. Many property owners will want to wait for an adjuster after a water damage or flood. They are afraid that their damaged property due to a water loss may not be covered. However, the longer the water sits the worse the damage will get, and some insurances will not cover secondary damage.

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