What Is That Foul Odor???
Flooding in Houston, TX specifically the Bear Creek area, can quickly find its way inside of your commercial property or home. Rising water often leaves behind sediment, mud, belongings and contents affected by the water and water to the structure of your home or business. However, one remnant you might not have expected is the foul odor that mold growth and other factors can cause once the water has subsided. Fighting this odor can be a challenge, but knowing what causes it may help you take effective steps to eliminate it.
- Sewage Runoff - Severe flooding can cause a sewage loss in your neighborhood, sending sewer contents into flood water. Not only does this create contaminated water that poses a health hazard, but it can leave behind a pungent odor in your home or business even after the waters recede. Since ordinary household cleansers may not be strong enough to eliminate this smell, it is a good idea to call in a storm cleanup and deodorizing company to have your home treated.
- Mold - After a flood, moisture and humidity levels can create ideal conditions for mold growth. There are several different species of mold that may take hold in your home, but one factor they all have in common is the musty, dirty smell the mycotoxins release. As mold spreads, this smell may become stronger and seep into your home’s walls, where it can be difficult to eliminate. If you encounter mold during a flood cleanup, let our storm cleanup technicians know so they can clean, deodorize and apply antimicrobial to the area to remove unpleasant odors and prevent more microbial growth.
- Chemicals - As flood waters move through an area, they may pick up chemicals from outlying industrial areas, flooded garages and sewers. Your walls and flooring can absorb these chemicals during the flood and retain strange or foul odors for weeks afterward. Professional restoration and deodorization can be your best defense in removing these smells and ensuring they do not return. Mold growth and sewer smells can cause foul odors in your Houston, TX, home or business after a flood. Knowing their source can help you choose the best course of action when it comes to clearing the air and getting you back to normal.
For questions or additional information please contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800.
Fire Damage Services
No matter what season it may be, fire damage can always be a cause of damage to your home or property. If your home was effected by fire damage and soot, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has the equipment and professional technicians ready to respond to any situation. If your home has been damaged by fire or soot, here are a few tips on how to minimize the damage.
- Do not attempt to wash carpet or upholstery with shampoo as it could only smear or stain the soot.
- Do not try to clean clothes in a washer as it could set a smoke odor in them.
- Limit movement of items in your home to prevent the movement of soot around your home
- If you have aluminum foil or small wooden blocks, place them under furniture legs to prevent stains
If you have been effected by fire, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800
24 Hour Remediation Services
SERVPRO OF BEAR CREEK IS READY TO ANSWER THE CALL 24/7
On the call 24/7:
As an independently owned business ourselves, we understand that business continuity is extremely important and that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. And with our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent loses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem to your business. Being that we are a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have.
We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. If your business is damaged by water, fire or any other forces of mother nature, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bear Creek!
Understanding Flood Terms
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Listen to weather, radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.
Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; keep up with weather updates regarding possible flooding in your area.
Flood Warnings: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warnings: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Bear Creek a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Things to know about Lead Paint
During early 1978 EPA (Environment protection agency) required most industries to stop the use of lead paint because of the hazards it caused. And being that this paint had been used on surfaces built before 1978, we as a SERVPRO are required to test surfaces before that time period to clarify if the surface has lead in it. Here are some tips on what you can do to protect your family from lead in Pre-1978 property.
- Keep young kids from chewing any parts of the wall as it could be poisonous.
- Any pieces of paint or drywall that becomes detached to the wall, clean and remove it immediately.
- Remove any shoes before entering the property as it could bring in more lead.
- Wash children's toys, hands and bottles frequently
If you don't know if your property has lead paint, notify your landlord before deciding to chip paint or drywall. Our professionally trained technicians are also trained to deal with lead paint. SERVPRO of Bear Creek will assist you in whatever disaster comes your way.
What are y'all doing? How does this process work?
When it comes to water damage, especially in a home, a common question is “what are y’all going to do?” Or “how will this process work?” In a previous post I touched on the 6 Steps of Water Damage Restoration:
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Damage Assessment
- Water Removal/Water Extraction
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
In this post I want to shine light on the meat of the process so to speak, number three: water removal/water extraction. This step removes the majority of the water from your home/property which in turn reduces the drying time and also helps to prevent mold growth as well as secondary water damage. With the use of powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units, SERVPRO is able to quickly remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property.
For additional information on water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek today!
6 Steps of the Water Damage Restoration Process
Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The cleanup and restoration begins with a phone call. Our national call center is fully staffed 24 hours a day and ready to dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to your home or business. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of damage.
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of you property, including a damage assessment. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional is determining the scope of the damage so he or she can develop an appropriate plan of action.
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
The water extraction step removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals help reduce the drying time and help to prevent mold and secondary water damage. They use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Your property’s walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely need professional cleaning treatments. Besides cleaning your property’s structure, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will also clean your belongings, like furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable personal items, damaged by the water. Flooding and water damage often require odor removal and deodorization treatments, since wet materials have and unpleasant odor.
Step 6: Restoration
Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure
Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can-no higher than 50% - all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid months.
- Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
- Clan bathrooms with mold killing products.
- Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.
What areas have high mold exposures?
- Antique shops
- Construction areas
- Flower shops
- Summer cottages
- Lake Houses
Did you know? (MOLD)
While many of us think of mold and cringe because we associate it with bad things such as infections, disease and death, the truth of the matter is that there is a lot of mold in the world that we love to eat and couldn’t live without!
Did you know?
- Cheese is made from mold. Geotrichum candidum to be exact.
- Quorn, a meat substitute primarily sold in the UK, is fusarium venenatum.
- Alexander Fleming, a brilliant Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist discovered penicillin from a mold called Penicillium Notatum. It was actually the world’s first antibiotic.
- The immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine, used to suppress the rejection of transplanted organs, is derived from the mold Tolypocladium inflatum.
- Several statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are derived from molds.
SERVPRO Handles Fires!
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring as opposed to replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Bear Creek provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
What You Can Do Until Help Arrives
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carper
- Do no wash an walls or painted surfaces
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
- Do not clean any electrical equipment
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor into the fabric
SERVPRO of Bear Creek is available 24-hours a day to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at (281) 463-9800.