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Choosing a Fire Mitigation Company for Rebuild

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Choosing a Fire Mitigation Company for Rebuild Commercial Fire Loss

Choosing a Fire Mitigation Company for Rebuild

When you’re facing fire damage from a conflagration on your property, you aren’t just dealing with fire mitigation. You also have to deal with smoke damage, water damage, and reconstruction, not to mention replacement of any damaged or otherwise unsalvageable equipment. When you find yourself in this situation, you need to choose a fire remediation and mitigation company that can provide all your Austin, TX, services in one place.

Why One Company?

If you choose one company over several, you can consolidate your reconstruction and mitigation efforts in a single easy one-stop shop. Using one company can ensure:

• You only have to deal with one contractor for fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage
• An insurance adjuster only has to handle communication with one company
• You can shorten your restoration timeline with a single company that doesn’t have to coordinate with others
• You can reduce conflicts between different contractors

Attempting to marry all these services across multiple different contractors can cost you more money, as well. Some contractors have minimum base fees for jobs, as well as additional charges that can quickly rack up your bill when multiplied by multiple contractors. Choosing one company can significantly reduce the number of charges you face, and can make billing and payments much easier.

Finding the Right Company

Finding the right company after your business has dealt with fire damage can be difficult. Make sure to research companies in your area to find out what services they offer, and how other customers have rated them. Also check their certifications for remediation and recovery. A few other critical services you may want to check for are smoke odor cleanup, electronics restoration, and mold damage remediation – yes, mold. If you’ve suffered water damage from burst pipes or firefighters’ efforts, you may have standing water or saturated items that can quickly begin to grow mold.

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3 Steps You Can Take To Reduce the Spread of Residential Mold

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Steps You Can Take To Reduce the Spread of Residential Mold Mold can grow after any type of water loss

Finding mold in your Austin, TX, home can be an unpleasant surprise. Whether a leaking pipe or water line caused mold to grow or your home recently suffered flooding that allowed fungi to thrive, you now face the challenge of eradicating it. However, to prevent the spread of mold contamination, there are a few steps you can take before a qualified fungus removal and restoration service comes in to treat your home.

1. Avoid Touching the Mold

If you find patches of mold in your home, it is wise to avoid touching them. This can release fungi spores into the air and allow them to settle elsewhere, where they may colonize and grow anew. They may also travel to other parts of your home on your clothing once they break away from their food source, so you may want to close off the room or rooms where mold contamination is present until help arrives.

2. Turn Off Your Air Conditioner

Once you discover you have a mold problem, you may want to shut off your air conditioner. While your HVAC system can be helpful in lowering humidity levels in your home to prevent mold growth, it typically has no effect on growths already present. Turing off your air conditioner can help slow the spread of spores, which travel easily through vents and air ducts.

3. Leave Moldy Items Where They Are

If any clothing, books or furniture in your home have been affected by mold, it is wise to leave them as they are until remediation and restoration technicians arrive. These professionals can advise you on what can be salvaged and give you tips for how to preserve your belongings until they can be treated and cleaned properly.

Preventing mold contamination in your Austin, TX, home once you discover an infestation can be challenging. However, when you know which steps to take to reduce the spreading of fungi spores, it may be simpler for cleanup technicians to treat and destroy existing mold.

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Severe Storm Tips - Rising Water Aftermath in Austin, TX

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Storm Tips - Rising Water Aftermath in Austin, TX Satellite image of a tropical storm.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association continues to report and forecast and ever growing number of storms and frequency across not only the country but the globe.  With this new environment comes more flooded homes and buildings and more severe cases. 

Rising water causes horrific damage, and occurs extremely fast.  If you can evacuate- you should! Once the water has receded there are some initial steps to mitigate the overall damage. 

Rising water is contaminated water; all porous materials it touches should be removed – this includes but is not limited to Carpet, Pad, drywall, insulation, and particle board.  Removing wet material quickly allows non-porous to dry out more readily which helps prevent mold.  Air movement and heavy dehumidification also decrease dry time which is the number one way to prevent mold growth.

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4 Ways To Protect Your Family and Your Home From Fire

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4 Ways To Protect Your Family and Your Home From Fire House Fire Loss in Austin

A home fire in Austin, TX, is a concern for every family, and you should be prepared. There are four key fire preparation and fire safety measures that you should implement.

1. Install Smoke Alarms

Generally, the most important measure you can take is to have smoke alarms installed in your home. Alarms can serve as an early warning system. Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside and outside each bedroom.

2. Maintain Your Smoke Alarms

Alarms are worthless if they aren’t working. As part of your fire preparation, replace the batteries once a year. Test your smoke alarms every month, and change batteries as needed. Make sure everyone knows the alarm sound and what to do if they hear it.

3. Establish Fire-Safe Habits

Make yours a smoke-free home. If you smoke, do so outside. Never smoke in bed or when impaired in any manner. Dispose of ashes and butts with water.

Do not ever leave burning candles unattended. Keep flammable items at least three feet away from space heaters or anything hot. Turn off portable heaters when you go to sleep or leave the room.

4. Have a Fire Safety Plan

Prepare a diagram of your home, and show each family member two ways to escape from each room. In the event of fire or an alarm, get low, go and stay out. Establish a family meeting spot outside your home away from the house. Additionally, specify one emergency contact for family members to contact if they are unable to locate other family members following a home fire.

Practice fire drills twice a year. Press the test button on your smoke alarm, and everyone should leave your home and go to the meeting spot.

Fire preparation is important for you and your family. If you have a fire, contact a restoration specialist for help.

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Fascinating Facts About Mold

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Fascinating Facts About Mold Preventing Mold and Fungus is important in your Austin home

Mold is the name given to over 100,000 filament filled fungi commonly found on organic materials. Fungus spoils food, clears rotting forests, and adds life to the soil in Austin, TX. Ranging in a variety of colors, including black mold, the colonies all look for food and moisture to survive; however, if moisture is unavailable, the spores can dry out and go into a survival mode that allows them to live until an available source of water appears. Then the spores begin to act like seeds as they are blown around to find a food source and create a new colony. That is why hundreds of spores are found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

Recycling

As one of the earth’s most important outdoor recyclers, the fungi are constantly looking for more food and water as they send out thousands of spores. Because the spores are always on the move, some colonies of mold occasionally find their way indoors. Normally, mold won’t find a home indoors unless the building has a moisture problem or a high level of humidity. Dark colors of green and black mold are especially fond of damp bathroom and basement walls.

Controlling

Preventing mold growth is a matter of controlling moisture and condensation indoors. Although this sounds like an easy step, keeping areas dry that are susceptible to high humidity levels can be extremely difficult. Poorly insulated windows or cold-water pipes can be a problem, as can crawl spaces and damp basements. Since warm air contains more moisture than cold air, warm humid conditions can be an open invitation to fungi growth.

Preventing

If extensive mold colonies are in your building, you may want to contact a professional mold remediation and evaluation team to remove the growth. By addressing the mold cleanup, removing the moisture, and rectifying ventilation issues, the team can provide an area free from microbial fungi and black mold. Most types of fungus have a voracious appetite and can quickly continue to spread if left unchecked.

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Restoring Safety: The Process of Sewer Cleanup

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Safety: The Process of Sewer Cleanup Water Loss in Texas Hospital

When your business in Cedar Creek, TX, experiences damage from a flooded toilet or sewer backup, the sewer cleanup process is a little more intricate than just wiping everything down with disinfectant towelettes. You need to make sure everyone is safe and then call in the professionals. Restoration specialists can dry the area, clean it, and test it to ensure that all harmful microbes and bacteria are gone. Here is what you can expect from this process.

1. Identifying and Repairing Source of Problem

The first thing technicians will probably do is stop any ongoing issues so that the mess does not get larger. Once the flooded toilet has been unclogged or the lines cleared, sewer cleanup can begin.

2. Removing Water and Sewage

The bulk of the water must be removed before anything can be cleaned. Professionals use the proper equipment to remove the water and dispose of it properly.

3. Identifying Salvageable vs. Contaminated Items

After most of the contaminated water is gone, individual items are evaluated. Some may be able to be cleaned and saved, but others will have to be bagged and thrown away. Before discarding any items, make sure you take photos to prove the loss to the insurance adjuster who decides how much your policy covers.

4. Drying and Cleaning

Next, the technicians will finish drying the building with water extraction equipment. They may have to remove parts of the wall or any insulation that was affected by the contaminated water and replace it with clean drywall. Anything that remains must be disinfected with chemicals that have been specially formulated to combat the contaminants in the sewage.

5. Testing

The final step is vital for making sure that the effort from previous steps was effective. Technicians test for contaminants and hopefully declare your building safe.

Once everything has been cleaned and tested, items can be moved back into place. The completion of the sewer cleanup process means you are back in business.

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6 Simple Rules for Cleaning Up Your Possessions After a Flood

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 6 Simple Rules for Cleaning Up Your Possessions After a Flood Flood Cuts after Storm Damage to Hospital

Cleanup after a flood is different than any other type of cleaning. If your home has been hit by a storm, hurricane, or levy break, you know it can be a nightmare. Sifting through personal possessions soaked in filthy black water can be difficult, and while the items may be filled with memories, they can also now carry contaminants. Once content cleaning begins, it can be difficult to know what can be saved and what needs to be discarded. Here are a few simple rules for cleaning up after a deluge.

1. If an item can soak up water, think of it like a sponge filled with potential toxins. This includes clothing, bedding, carpets, and couches.

2. Nonporous surfaces can often be cleaned with a disinfectant. Special care should be taken to remove any possibility of mold or mildew growth.

3. If two surfaces touch on a nonporous item, the possibility of mold or mildew rises astronomically. Think oil paintings in frames, handles on metal cabinets, and plastic drawer bins.

4. Textiles can often be salvaged if they can be washed and dried within 48 hours. There are exceptions to fabric content cleaning, however. It is not recommended that wool, leather, and silk items be washed. Often, wool can shrink, leather may crack or lose its shape, and silk can become brittle after being in a dryer.

5. If you have access to a working bathtub immediately after a flood, you can often save nonporous objects. Soak small items of metal, plastic, or other manufactured materials in a disinfecting solution until you have time to deal with them.

6. Freeze damaged heirloom books, framed pictures, or important papers in plastic bags. This may allow more time to contemplate conservation efforts such as photocopying.

Consider contacting a flood restoration specialist team in Austin, TX, to help with content cleaning and item removal after a saturating water disaster. Knowledgeable experts can provide drying and dehumidifying equipment and bring in a workforce to assist with cleanup efforts.

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Improving Air Quality and Stopping Mold

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Improving Air Quality and Stopping Mold Mold growing after Water Damage

Before you even start to think about professional mold cleaning in Austin, TX, you might want to know whether it's necessary. In many cases, you can take steps right now to minimize mold growth. Keep in mind that water damage and flooding often require more serious measures.


In addition, keep in mind that these tips are for everyone. You should probably use mitigation and mold prevention techniques regardless of your mold situation:


* You're considering cleaning
* You've just gone through mold removal
* You're experiencing excessive moisture in your home


Ventilation Matters


One of the first rules of keeping mold away, assuming you don't have water damage or a serious leak, is to keep the wetness away. Mold loves wet spaces, so keep a fresh breath of air moving through. Most homes are built so you can open windows and get a breeze to blow through. If you can't open windows, make sure to run your heating or air conditioning systems regularly. Fans are also a good option if you don't have central air. Whatever you do, make sure you get that air moving.


Dehumidification


After you get your circulation going, it might still be necessary to take more water control measures. This is even more essential if you often have sources of moisture in your problem area. Common causes of excess wetness include leaks, laundry facilities and some appliances. Most homes in Austin, TX, have at least one of these. The answer is to buy a special dehumidifier. These come in heavy-duty additions to central air conditioning systems, but you can also buy smaller versions at a local appliance store.


Water damage is one cause of mold, but everyday forces could add to your problem or prolong your remediation process. Keeping a handle on your home environment's overall moisture level stops mold before it starts. You might even feel more comfortable with drier and fresher air.

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Water Heater Leaks and Flooding: What To Know About the Cleanup Process

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Heater Leaks and Flooding: What To Know About the Cleanup Process Hospital Flood after Water Heater break

A leaking water heater can wreak havoc in your Hyde Park, TX, home and often do so unexpectedly. Sudden, high-pressure leaks or a burst tank can flood the area and cause damage to the floors and any items you might have stored nearby. Calling in a professional flood cleanup and restoration company can help you resolve the problem, and there are a few important points about this process that you may want to know about so you can feel more confident about the condition of your home once it is complete.

Quick Response Can Be Vital

If your broken water heater is flooding your garage or utility room, the water can damage not only the floor and walls of the space but also any electrical systems that might be housed there. For example, if your fuse box is located nearby, high-pressure water leaks can cause it to short out or even damage it beyond repair. Flood technicians can address the source of the leak quickly and shut off the water before any major systems are affected.

Drying Systems May Be Put Into Place

A failed water heater can cause the humidity to increase in your utility room and ruin items that were not initially touched by water. These can include a variety of vital structures and appliances:

" Flooring
" Ceiling
" Your washer and dryer

Lowering the humidity in the area with large fans and other professional-grade drying systems can prevent these structures and items from being damaged by the humidity a leaking water heater can cause.

Flood Damage Appraisal

Once the water is removed from the area around your water heater, cleanup and restoration techs may discuss the damage with you and offer you several repair solutions, including replacing affected walls, insulation and flooring. They can also offer you advice about how to dry out wet items or whether some might need replacing.

Dealing with a broken water heater in your Hyde Park, TX, can be a frustrating task. However, being able to work with flood cleanup professionals who come to deal with the flood can help you understand the cleanup process and feel confident that the damage can be repaired.

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The Process Behind Mitigating Wind Damage

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Process Behind Mitigating Wind Damage Wind Damage after a Storm

If you live in a place prone to windstorms or you know one is coming, then pay close attention to what it takes to prepare. If you currently have a damaged roof or any sign of a roof leak, then your home may not be sound enough to withstand a windstorm. You need to take proper precautions. This may mean repairing any weak areas or covering them so they do not get worse. Here is a list of what you should look out for:

• Broken skylights
• Cracked windows
• Damaged siding
• Missing shingles

Wind Damage

A windstorm may cause a variety of problems to your business. On one hand, it may blow off shingles, throw debris at your home or lead to damaged siding. You need to be prepared for just about anything. Not only can the wind cause damage, but the debris the wind brings with it can also. Hard objects can knock shingles off, and large trees may break through your roofing entirely. All of this can lead to a roof leak and further damage.

Cleanup Process

Once the wind has done its damage, it’s time to pick up the pieces. For any damage done to the roof, tarps can be used to cover gaps created by the missing shingles. These tarps will help keep rain from entering your business while you work on restoration. You want to make sure that you do not have any further water damage. Additionally, you can use plywood to cover the holes on the roof. While repairing the building is one thing, you also want to make sure no other issues arise.

A windstorm can cause costly, extensive damage to your Austin, TX, business. The best course of action is to reduce the risk wind can cause. Whether you have a roof leak or something more dangerous, don’t let any problems sit until they get worse. In some cases, a professional service may be helpful.

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