Better to be Safe than Sorry
With any leaks or spills, it’s the water you don't see that can cause the most damage. When you experience water damage check all the potentially affected areas. A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for the unseen water intrusions. While the surface may seem dry, the water you don’t see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot, and cause other unseen damage.
The insurance industry estimates that approximately 90 percent of household damages come from water-related occurrences. The most-reported cause is leaky or broken pipes and plumbing fixtures. Home appliances are considered a leading cause of preventable water damage. By implementing a simple inspection and maintenance program, homeowners can reduce their risk significantly:
- Dishwasher - Periodically check around the base of the dishwasher, as well as the water supply line under the sink.
- Refrigerator - For refrigerators with ice makers, periodically check the hose connection attached to the water supply.
- Washing Machine - Hoses should be inspected regularly for wetness around hose ends, as well as for signs of bulging, cracking, or fraying. Hoses should be replaced every three to five years.
- Water Heater - While the service life of the standard water heater is 10 to 15 years, water heaters should be inspected routinely for signs of leaks or tank rust. Water heaters should be located next to a floor drain or placed inside a drain pan piped to the floor drain.
So before risking the value of your home or further damage by attempting to clean and dry it yourself, call SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek to inspect your home at (281) 463-9800.
Let's Discuss the Three Categories of Water
Categories of water refer to the range of biological contamination in the water, considering both the source and condition of water after it encounters materials present at the job site. Both time and temperature can increase or decrease the amplification of the contaminants, therefore, affecting its category of water. We here at SERVPRO are certified to go into your residence and/or commercial property and evaluate the category of water and how we will move forward. Let’s discuss how you can decipher what category of water you have encountered on your property.
- Sanitary water such as broken water supply lines, melting ice, tub, or sink overflow without contaminants.
- Significant contamination that can cause sickness or discomfort like an overflow of a urinal, discharge from the dishwasher, washing machine, broken aquariums, or punctured waterbed.
- Grossly contaminated can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents that can cause a significant adverse reaction to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of category 3 are waste lines backflows that originate from beyond the traps regardless of visible content of color, sewage, wind-driven rain from hurricanes, or other weather-related events.
We here at SERVPRO Memorial West/Bear Creek are certified to go into your residence and/or commercial property then evaluate the category of water.
Safety needs to be everyone’s concern when dealing with any hazardous event that may happen in or near your home. Some water losses may involve biological contamination such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. We at SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek can help by removing the bio-hazard materials then disposing of them safely and properly.
Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure your safety during a biohazard event.
- Remove yourself from the contaminated room to make sure you do not catch any sickness.
- Do not remove any items from the area or room as they may contain harmful diseases
- Evaluation by an IEP (Indoor Environmental Professional) is recommended
If you have a hazardous emergency call SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek @ 281-463-9800 and let us assess your concerns.
How can SERVPRO help after Fire !
When faced with fire damage, smoke odors remain some of the most challenging areas to address. Fire damaged homes often require various strategies that start right off when mitigation begins. Smoke particles can penetrate fabrics and other porous materials while also migrating into other areas of your home via the HVAC system. SERVPRO follows early mitigation protocols for smoke odor removal during house fire cleanup to be proactive during the project.
Debris removal is one of the most fundamental steps during a fire damage project. Any charred bits of contents and building materials can generate immense soot damage and odors. By carefully disposing of all this debris, it helps limit lingering smoke odors throughout the work zones.
SERVPRO employs a variety of odor counteractant products during each project while working to restore your fire-damaged interior. All proactive measures help to speed up the project with the help of:
- Careful surface cleaning using wet or dry methods
- Odor counteracting beads or granules
- Thermal Fogging equipment
- Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
- Hydroxyl generators
With many fire emergencies where smoke spreads far and wide throughout the home, SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) must place units in multiple areas to achieve neutralization. We also consider the nature of the materials burned to determine the right equipment and products to handle the job.
We repair versus replace whenever possible, which means we may seal walls and ductwork to keep smoke odors at bay. Depending on each situation, our crew may also use soda or dry ice blasting to remove charring on wall studs. Before we finish any project, we make sure there is no lingering foul odor as a reminder of the fire, and everything is “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek is available 24/7 to help with fire damage to your property.
Prevent Further Damage After Flooding
When your home is affected by flooding from a winter storm or a broken pipe, secondary damage is a very real concern. As high humidity spreads throughout the residence, the chances of black mold taking hold and porous materials in your home absorbing moisture increase. Responding to flooding immediately is crucial to preventing further damage.
Whether you involve a SERVPRO Memorial West/ Bear Creek, flood damage cleanup company or try to tackle the situation on your own, you will need to use commercial grade drying equipment. There are several reasons for this.
- Your home's air conditioner isn't strong enough to handle the additional moisture.
- The longer it takes to thoroughly dry your home, the more at risk you are of facing black mold damages.
- You'll get back to your normal routines more quickly.
Additional damages after flooding include the growth of mold behind drywall, in the attic, below carpeting, and in hidden corners. High levels of moisture can lead to weakening in the materials used to build your home, including wood, insulation, and cabinetry. In addition to long-term negative effects, your costs and losses could be increased when water extends from the initial affected area. As water spreads under doors and through walls, it reaches areas of the home that could have been protected. Removing water and drying the area thoroughly is the best way to avoid the spread of damages.
Water Removal Technicians
High-volume dehumidifiers, specialized heaters, and powerful fans are necessary tools for quickly and thoroughly drying rooms affected by flooding. Professional flood damage restoration technicians have the training and experience to set the equipment up for quick results. Experienced workers are often willing to share tips for avoiding problems such as recurring leaks or flooding.
Remember, you need to act immediately. Powerful commercial-grade tools are essential for preventing secondary damages, such as black mold. Hiring professionals like, SERVPRO of Memorial West / Bear Creek is a great way to enjoy long-term protection for the well-being of your home.
Facts and Fiction about Mold
Mold is one of the most common problems that homeowners face. It develops quickly, growing as fast as 24 to 48 hours within the home when water or moisture is present (which is why it’s a common problem following a water loss and in moisture-prone areas of the home like crawlspaces and basements).
But despite everything that is known about mold, there are still a lot of misconceptions. Here’s a look at some facts and some myths about mold and mold remediation:
Fact: There are far too many species of mold and fungi to identify.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that there are anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of mold and fungi species – far too many to identify. However, some of the most common found in homes are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.
Fiction: Mold is always visible.
Many think that just because they can’t see it, it’s not there. Seeing isn’t believing when it comes to mold, as not all types of molds are visible. Therefore, it’s best to rely on smell to detect mold. If you smell a musty odor, there’s likely mold present.
Fact: Mold can lead to health complications.
Although not everyone is affected when exposed to mold, all molds have the potential to cause illness or distress, especially among people who already have respiratory issues. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include coughing, watery eyes, congestion, headaches and even memory loss and dizziness. Most recently, researchers at Rutgers University have discovered that mold exposure can lead to Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms.
Fiction: Once mold is remediated, it won’t come back.
The only way to completely eliminate mold from returning is to solve the moisture or water problem that caused the mold to grow in the first place.
As you can see, mold is a serious, often misunderstood problem that can grow even more problematic if it isn’t taken care of properly. That’s why SERVPRO of Memorial West/ Bear Creek follows the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and are trained to remediate mold using the latest, most effective techniques.
For more information, contact SERVPRO of Memorial West/ Bear Creek today at (281) 463-9800.
Winter Fire Safety Tips
The winter season is here! This means that home fires occur more often by unattended candles, space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.
we want to remind everyone to take simple steps to protect their homes and family from the danger of household hazards and heating equipment. Practicing the best fire safety is how you can be most prepared for an unexpected disaster in the winter.
Here are a few fire safety tips to prevent most heating related fires from happening:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. When you burn wood, make sure it's dry and seasoned so that it produces more flame and less smoke.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are fresh. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, laundry room and in bedrooms.
- Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets. Light candles only when you're around to watch them and blow them out when you're ready to leave the room.
- Beware of space heaters. The name should give you a clue, space heaters need space. Like fireplaces, people and pets should not sit any closer than three feet.
- Don't put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics. Make sure the space heaters you buy have automatic shutoffs before reaching dangerous temperatures.
If you have the unfortunate experience of fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Memorial West/Bear Creek
We are here to help 24 hours a day! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (281) 463-9800
SERVPRO is here for you even in the winter !
Winter is here and with dropping temperatures comes a greater risk of frozen pipes. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands which can cause it to burst and create serious water damage to your home or commercial business. Pipes that are most likely to freeze are exposed to extreme cold weather- i.e., pipes located in unheated areas of your home, like the attic, garage or crawl space, and pipes that are poorly insulated (including pipes that run along exterior walls).
The good news is that frozen pipes are preventable if you take the proper precautions. Here are some tips on how you can prevent a water damage from frozen pipes in your home or commercial business:
Make sure your pipes are properly insulated in unheated areas. Keep your thermostat the same throughout the night & day, and always keep it above 55 degrees. If the temperature outside is below freezing, let your faucets drip- running water is less likely to freeze. Open the cabinets in your kitchen & bathroom- this allows warmer air to circulate around the pipes. Outdoor hoses should be removed & kept inside during the winter.
If you suspect a frozen pipe in your home or commercial business, you can attempt to thaw it by using heat- a hairdryer, heating pad or hot towels are some examples. Never use an open flame device, such as a blowtorch. Keep the water running as this will help to melt the ice. It is also important to know where your water shut off is located within your home or commercial business.
If a pipe does burst, shut off your water and call a plumber immediately. Once the plumber stops the leak, call us at SERVPRO of Memorial West/ Bear Creek to dry out and remediate the damage. We are always prepared to help you, and we guarantee a faster response time than our competition. Our professional technicians are fully trained and ready to assist you, making your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Dehumidifiers, What purpose do they serve?
Living Room (Zone 1) Dehumidifiers paired with air movers to extract the maximum moisture in and around affected areas.
In our line of work dehumidifiers is an essential part of water restoration in your home. Dehumidifiers are machines that work by removing moisture from the air in the room that it’s placed in. The dehumidifier intakes air from the room, collecting the moisture and spewing clean, dry air back into the room. This helps to draw out and evaporate the remaining water from your carpets, walls, and furniture, and speed up the drying process.
SERVPRO is Ready !
When people experience a loss, there’s no doubt this time is frustrating and scary. So, when the time comes to bring the professionals in to clean up the mess. You may ask, “Why SERVPRO?”
SERVPRO of Memorial West/ Bear Creek is ready with top-of-the-line equipment & a highly trained technicians that use a wide arrangement of chemicals and equipment. We ensure that any situation we respond to can be taken care of with ease. Here are some of the restoration techniques we use at the job site.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
- An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
- Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
Water Extraction Equipment
Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.
- Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
- Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.
- Air scrubbers remove airborne particles and contaminants.
- Thermal foggers and deodorization agents control odors.
Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments
The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.
- Cleaning agents help to stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.
If you should suffer a loss, make sure to Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened." Remember SERVPRO of Memorial West/ Bear Creek is open 24/7, rain or shine, we are standing by for your call 281-463-9800.