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Bleaching Mold Isn’t Enough

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Bleach is supposed to kill mold, and it does, in fact, kill the mold it can reach. However, it isn’t a long-term or complete solution. If you live in Crowley, TX, and suspect you have a mold problem, a professional remediation expert can help you with a proper fungus cleanup.

The Limits of Surface Cleaning

If you read the label on your bottle of bleach, it likely states the product kills molds on nonporous surfaces like ceramic and tile. Unfortunately, molds grow everywhere:

• On painted surfaces like walls and ceilings
• In fabrics like carpets, rugs, and furniture
• Along grout between tiles and along window seals

Entire colonies of molds can hide between walls, under floors, and behind appliances. Scrub away the surface mold of a deep infestation, and it grows right back.

Molds have roots that burrow into organic material. Wood beams and drywall are favorite targets. Spray cleaners only appear to remove molds by killing the exposed part of the colony on the surface.

The Spread of the Contamination

If you merely wipe or smear the mold around, you may be doing more harm than good. Proper fungus cleanup must also incorporate a strategy for containment. Mold spores released into the air travel until they find new homes. They might spread to other areas and grow new infestations.

The Problem With Increasing Moisture

It’s no secret that molds love moisture. They proliferate whenever they find damp or humid conditions. Bottle sprayers like bleach solutions or even general-purpose cleaners are mostly just water.

Even after you finish your initial fungus cleanup, the damp surface encourages more mold to grow. If you spray an infected area with a more extensive colony hiding beneath the surface, you could just be making things worse.

The Process of Mold Remediation

A professional remediation service helps to clean up mold for you and repair damage caused by mold. Experts identify the true extent of the infestation and treat infected areas while controlling the spread of spores.

Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Not every fire is a five-alarm emergency requiring Crowley, TX, emergency responders and firefighters to put the blaze out. Some incidents, such as small kitchen fires, can be doused with the use of a portable fire extinguisher. Quick reflexes and knowledge of how to effectively use an extinguisher can save you a great deal of fire damage.

How to use a fire extinguisher:

1. Locate and grip the pin firmly.
2. Pull sharply, breaking the tamper seal.
3. Aim the nozzle at the fire. Try not to get too close, but you should aim low and focus on the base of the fire. Trying to douse the fire from the top down will be less effective and may cause the flames to shower and spread. Dousing it at the base puts out the source more immediately.
4. Take the handle in a firm grip.
5. Squeeze the handle and hold it.
6. Maintain a solid grip on the nozzle, allowing the extinguishing agent to pour directly onto the base of the fire.
7. Use a side-to-side sweeping motion to expand your coverage and make sure the fire is fully covered and suppressed.
8. Maintain watchfulness over the area. A single ember can re-ignite the fire. You may need to repeatedly use the fire extinguisher to be certain.
9. If the fire extinguisher does not contain the flame, evacuate immediately and call emergency services.

Safe use and handling of a fire extinguisher can be essential both in the home and at work. Practice with your portable fire extinguisher to be sure you can respond reflexively and immediately to prevent fires from spreading and protect your home and place of business. If you practice often enough, effective use of a fire extinguisher can become instinctive muscle memory. A rapid, well-trained response can make the difference between a minor fire incident and a major, life-threatening blaze.

How To Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? If you don’t include pet preparation in your fire safety plan, you may not be able to get your furry friends out in time. Make sure this heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.

1. Keep Pets Away From Fire Hazards

If you have any potential fire hazards in your Crowley, TX, home (such as space heaters or fireplaces), keep your animals away from those areas. A simple baby gate or leash can be used to confine your pets to the safest areas of your home so they can’t start a fire. If you plan to leave the home, turn off all heaters, electronics and other potential fire hazards beforehand.

2. Use a Pet Alert Window Cling

If firefighters have to get you out of your home during a fire emergency, they’re not likely to know you have animals inside as well. As part of your pet safety plan, purchase or create a pet alert window cling that includes the number and type of pets inside your home. Keep the window cling affixed to a front window where it can be easily seen by rescuers.

3. Put Pets Near Doorways When You Leave

Whenever you leave the home, make sure your animals are located near a front doorway so they can be easily rescued if needed. You may choose to confine your pets in a playpen or put them on a leash so they don’t wander from the area while you’re gone.

These steps will make it easier for rescuers to bring you and your pets to safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to have the number for your local fire restoration experts on hand to help you repair damage after a fire.

Flooding and Insurance Company

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding and Insurance Company Cowley home is flooded causing the wood floor to be removed.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.
- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.
- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.
- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.
- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.
- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.
- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage Toilet overflows with sewage.

Different types of water carries different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates. 

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It? 

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material. 

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way? 

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches. 

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process. 

Do I need to move out of my home?

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do I need to move out of my home? Kitchen stove with fire and soot damage.

Move Out After Fire Damage

If your house suffers smoke damage due to an incident in the kitchen it depends on the severity of the damage if you have to move out. But there are some really good reasons for moving out.

  1. It will allow the workers to assess the house and conduct any repairs. During such a time, one would have to move into a motel. The soot damage may mean one’s clothing is destroyed and unusable.
  2. It will allow you to have essentials, such as clothes and boots for work, cleaned and not stored in a smelly home.

Purchasing new items right away should only be done by approval of the insurance adjuster. You must ensure they keep all the receipts safely. 

In the case of a fire loss or smoke damage, the insurance has to act fast. There is a legal requirement that they work fast. If you feel the insurer is moving too slow to compensate for the soot damage, it is essential to contact them or have the restoration company contact them.

Securing Your Property after Fire

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Securing Your Property after Fire Boarded front door after a fire.

Ensure that Property is Secured

When afire occurs, you should ensure to prevent any further loss. There are a couple of ways to make sure your home is safe.

  1. Board up any holes left by the fire. It will prevent further losses. Your local restoration company can provide board up services for you.
  2. Move any property that is undamaged by the kitchen fire. An insurance company could claim the owner was negligent. Thus, it may reduce the amount one gets as compensation.
  3. File a Claim Immediately. Fire-claims need to be filed immediately. The longer you delay, the more damage will be caused by soot and smoke.

Considers the above measures to reduce the suffering of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County to schedule your board up and cleaning.

Environmental Hygienist and Mold Identification

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Microbial Growth and Mold Growth Identification

Often homeowners identify mold-growth or microbial growth as one in the same. Although both flourish in damp indoor environments often caused by water leaks, floods or humidity, not all-microbial growth is mold-growth. Although undesirable, a microbial presence does not mean that the house has mold-growth. The only method of identifying the growth is through a certified professional who follows specific guidelines and procedures. Thus, during the assessment, samples are taken to identify the growth.

Identifying the Mold

Many claim to have knowledge in the area of mold-growth identification and removal. This can be dangerous, however, because once the fungus is disturbed it must be completely remediated. In recent years, mold cleanup and indoor air quality has received more attention, but still lacks sufficient state regulation. The inconsistencies within the industry can only be standardized through the use of a certified person. Identification and treatment requires the professional judgment of a qualified environmental hygienist. An industrial hygienist or environmental hygienist is tasked with maintaining an acceptable standard of environmental quality that includes safe air.

Visit our website for more information on mold growth and how to have it cleaned.

Does color make a difference when it comes to mold?

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Is black mold worse than other molds?

It is best to treat all molds as potentially harmful to your home. Black is not necessarily bad because the color is not the determining factor. Indoor mold-growth and mildew can come in varying colors. This is why an environmental hygienist is used to determine cleanup efforts.

Following disposal materials guidelines and coordinating the disposal, the professional mold remediation company reduces the homeowner's exposure risk. We use containment to keep mold spores from spreading throughout the home. We have equipment to clean the air through the use of HEPA filtrations. The highest care is taken into consideration to keep exposure of mold minimal during the cleaning process.

Visit our website for more information on mold growth and how to have it cleaned.

Preparing Your Building for a Disaster

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster Preparation in Crowley, TX

Getting prepared for a disaster is essential as you never know when some natural event is going to occur. Disaster Preparation can help minimize potential damage from:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Smoke Damage
  • Flood Damage

Professional services are available to work with businesses to get Prepared and setup Mitigation elements that help in the case of any disaster that results in any one or more of these types of unexpected damage that are cause by nature.

These days more companies than ever are getting flooded in areas that have never had it before. Keeping your business up and running during cleanup will help to keep your insurance costs lower.

Give SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County a call and schedule an Emergency Ready Profile assessment for your business with our help.