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.
In this blog we will cover what delamination is and how it affects carpet.
Carpet delamination is a condition where the secondary backing of the carpet is detached from the primary backing. If this were to happen to your carpets during a water loss situation, we are required to remove any carpet affected by the water as the carpet has become irreparable and once we have removed the damaged carpet we would place the appropriate drying equipment down to remove any remaining moisture in the area.
With SERVPRO being a preferred vendor of multiple insurance agencies, we have the experience and knowledge needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800 if your carpet has been affected by water damage.
Mold Growth After Flooding
Mold growth in Houston, TX is always concerning because once it starts, without intervention, it is going to continue and become a much bigger problem. Excessive moisture in any area of your home can result in this issue. Of course, when there is standing water and bacteria is present, it can exacerbate the growth. Knowing more about mold and how to take care of it is the first step in protecting your home.
Getting Rid of Mold in Your Home:
Once mold growth has begun, it is important to get it taken care of immediately. Following a flood, you should have your home inspected to see if mold is present. The following steps are most often taken to tackle this problem:
- Utilize the proper safety gear and equipment
- Assess the space to determine the work that needs to be done
- Start the contamination control process to prevent spreading the mold and cross-contamination
- Source the mold and then physically get it removed
- Alleviate the moisture in the space so that a future outbreak does not happen
Preventing Future Mold Growth:
The first step in prevention is making sure that all flood damage was properly cleaned and repaired. Then, ensure that the moisture levels in your home are kept to a minimum. If you suspect the source of the flooding is from something like a leaking pipe, quickly get it fixed so that it has a low chance of causing mold. Make sure that the ventilation in your home is sufficient, and consider using mold resistant products. It is also important to make sure that rainwater is directed away from your home to alleviate the risk of future flooding.
Mold growth can quickly become a major problem. Following a flood, it can start to grow in just 24 to 48 hours, so it is important for homeowners to act quickly in getting it taken care of. Once it is eliminated, take precautions to prevent future issues.
Visit SERVPRO of Bear Creek for additional information on storm damage.
Prevent the Spread of the Flu Virus in Your Business
Businesses (and homes) can depend on SERVPRO of Bear Creek to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.
The Professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek are also trained and equipped to clean your HVAC and duct systems to help provide better air quality and help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants. If you have concerns about the cleanliness and sanitation of your place of business (or home), Call SERVPRO of Bear Creek today (281) 463-9800.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people may take action every day to stay healthy during flu season.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with relatives or friends that are sick.
For more helpful information regarding Flu Germs, contact the center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website https://www.cdc.gov/
Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
Smoke alarms save lives when they are installed properly, maintained and checked periodically to make sure they are in working order.
In a home, there should be a smoke alarm in every bedroom on every level of the home. In an office or commercial environment, check with your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all the codes are met.
Every month you should use the test button to test the smoke alarms. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries should be replaced every 10 years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every 10 years. Do not ignore the chirp of an alarm battery. That noise is an indication that the battery is low. Take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from the alarm. Almost half of fire where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek (281) 463-9800.
- 7 People die every day from a home fire
- 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
- $7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year
Are You Prepared for a Winter Storm? Frozen Pipes?
As a cross country winter storm rolls in this coming weekend and temperatures drop in Houston, TX, will you be prepared?
Now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.
SERVPRO of Bear Creek offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.
- Insulate all exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space and under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets
- Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. You can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst by temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening
- Close any inside valves that supply water outdoors and open the outside valve to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes
- In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze
- Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees F.
Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:
- If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or any other open flame device
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Bear Creek immediately. The longer you wait to call the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Bear Creek professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.
Visit www.SERVPRObearcreek.com for more information on water damage restoration.