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Why Mold Remediation Is So Important

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold is not fun to deal with. Not only can it cause poor health and other issues, but it’s extremely difficult to get rid of. Mold is a natural substance, so in many cases, there’s no avoiding it. It’s also insidious in nature, and in some cases, you may not even know it’s there. Once you come across mold, however, you need to act quickly. This is one of the reasons why, with Austin’s climate, and its frequent high mold counts, that having mold remediation in Austin is so important, when you first detect mold.

Mold: Where Does it Come From?

Mold is a mischievous creature; it has microscopic pores that can appear just about anywhere, indoors or out. Mold is a frequent result where water damage occurs, whether that be a minor leak, or any instance, where water or moisture is involved.

So why is mold so hard to detect? Sometimes mold is visible, but often it isn’t. Most mold spores are microscopic, and range anywhere from 2-10 microns (microns are also known as micrometers, which individually are equal to one millionth of a meter).

One answer is that if you have a leak or any water issues, most molds can grow in places that you can’t see, like inside walls, inside ceilings, and other places that are often hidden from plain sight. Much of it depends on what is feeding the mold spores, so while we often think of nasty black spots, mold can grow in a variety of colors, mold spores can also appear in white, grey, red, brown and have a fuzzy or dusty consistency.

In most cases within homes or businesses, mold grows as a result of a subsequent water issue, such as a leak that helps introduce its spreading. However, water doesn’t always necessarily equal mold growth, since the actual spores need to be present.

If ignored, mold can start to smell and eventually start to spread into hidden areas. So, if you have a minor leak in your kitchen or bathroom, and it remains problematic, then it can lead to greater problems down the line. Especially in the Austin TX climate, even if you detect the slightest trace of mold, then you need to contact a mold remediation professional to initiate its removal.

What to Do at the First Signs of Mold in Austin

Molds will also omit a foul odor when its spores are in the process of colonizing. Initially, you may smell something fairly dank and musty, indicating that the mold has started to spread. Remember, you may not be able to see it, but if you can smell it then you need to take care of it.

Although you can attempt to eradicate the mold on your own, if you don’t have the experience or know how to actually remove it, then you’ll likely run into some problems. Because mold can also cause serious health related issues, your health may also suffer as a result. That’s why professionals in the water damage and mold remediation industry are highly equipped to tackle this. It’s also best to have a basic understanding of how mold originates and how you can stop it before it spreads. The last thing you want to deal with is a mold infestation in your home and business that’s gotten out of hand.

Understanding what mold is capable of and confronting it before it becomes something uncontrollable is a good way to start. It’s important to prevent the spread of mold by any means necessary, because it can affect not just your business and home, but your health as well if it’s not properly remediated.

Finding the Mold Source

As previously mentioned, mold can be invisible, often appearing in areas behind walls, under floors and inside ceilings. Seeking out the source is the route that a professional mold removal and remediation company will take. If there’s a dominant musty smell and the appearance of dry rot, then the mold issue is more problematic and immediate action needs to be taken.

The potential for health related issues grows stronger if the mold isn’t fully checked out. If you spend time at the home or office, and there’s a mold problem present, you can become overwhelmed by congestion, fatigue, headaches and possible allergy symptoms. Questionable indoor air quality could also mean that you have a mold issue.

What is Mold Remediation?

If mold has taken over your home or business, then you need to start the mold remediation process right away. Any areas where moisture appears will have to be stopped in its tracks and dealt with, such as turning off the water source. But, first you’ll need to document everything to help with any liability you may face. Take pictures or videos, and make notes documenting where all the leaks and potential damage have occurred.

If too much time has passed before noticing the mold, the spread of it could be more extensive than originally perceived. Remediating mold will help to remove all traces of it in your home, so that you’re no longer exposed to any harmful spores.

If mold has seeped into your walls, they’ll have to be opened up to allow for any dry rot and existing mold to be removed. This may not be the only place where the mold is growing, so you’ll have to investigate further into where any additional traces of it may occur.

Remediation professionals utilize a two level mitigation process, which can help remove the mold from your property.

Since mold issues are most often caused by water damage, the first level primarily handles the repair of any water problems, to prevent any new spores from appearing and growing. Contaminated areas are isolated, such as closing doors, windows and other areas from parts of the home that aren’t affected.

If there’s a fair amount of dust, it should be misted, so that the dust particles don’t spread, which allows for an easier cleanup. This level also includes the removal of any wet or contaminated materials, which should then be double-bagged in thick plastic bags and discarded.

The second level of mold mitigation primarily involves a thorough cleaning of the affected areas with a HEPA vacuum, followed by scrubbing the areas in question with a detergent solution, to ensure that all traces of mold have been removed and mold odors are removed as well. A visibility test often follows, to make sure that no dust, dirt or anything even resembling mold remains.

Afterwards, extensive drying should take place by properly airing out the areas in question using appliances such as fans and dehumidifiers. Once the areas are completely dry, then all affected parts of your home or business, including walls, etc., should be replaced.

Read about the full process of steps in mold remediation.

If a mold situation in your home or business starts to develop, and it’s too overwhelming for you to handle on your own, you should contact an Austin mold remediation specialist, for help in remediating the mold in your Austin home or business.    

How to Find the Right Mold Remediation Company in Austin

Mold remediation can be quite a time consuming endeavor, and if you’re not able to stop the spread of it on your own, then by all means, reach out to a mold remediation specialist, like SERVPRO of East Central Austin.

Located in Central Austin, our SERVPRO team features highly trained mold damage specialists, all of whom have the training and required certifications to tackle all of your mold remediation needs. SERVPRO of East Central Austin uses only top of the line, state of the art equipment for mold remediation projects.

SERVPRO of East Central Austin will thoroughly examine and detect any existence of mold at your home or business. We’re able to provide an immediate mold inspection and if we find any mold, we’ll get started to stop mold from becoming more of a problem.

You Can Help Protect Your Business From Fires

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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If you are a business owner, there are plenty of safety issues that must be considered regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One of those risks you need to work on is fire prevention.

Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Three of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment, accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

It was also reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

When you take a look at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires were the cause of an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

You Can Protect Your Business

There are steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires. If you focus on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, make an assessment of your fire hazard risks. There are some local governments that provide the service of a fire marshal who can assess your risks and also provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Finally, you must consider the human element of your business, the employees. When you create a fire plan and review it on a regular basis with your staff, you’ll be ensuring that everyone is educated on what to do in the event of a fire. Conducting fire drills at least once a year will keep the fire safety protocol fresh, as will taking time to review evacuation plans and knowing where the first-aid kits are located.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of East Central Austin is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Wind Damage and Its Impact on Your Property

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Wind Damage and Its Impact on Your Property | SERVPRO® of East Central Austin 

Severe storms bring many concerns, but damaging winds are always a threat. These winds, which can come with little to no notice, can damage personal property as much as a tornado or hurricane.

What You Need to Know About Damaging Winds

When thinking of damaging winds, the first thought may be winds from a tornado or hurricane. However, those are not the only times when they may happen.

Damaging winds are considered those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can occur with strong thunderstorms. Damaging winds are often referred to as “straight-line” winds, which differentiate the damage from a tornado.

The damage from these winds can be surprisingly destructive, as they can cause other objects to become projectiles. These projectiles can go through windows.

Windows and roofs can take the brunt of this damage, and the winds are intense enough, they can cause water damage to the home as the outside elements come indoors through shattered windows and damaged roofs.

Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area is at risk from damaging winds, but some structures are especially at risk. Mobile homes, for example, even those that are anchored, can be seriously damaged in winds gusting over 80 mph.

How to Protect Your Home

Some suggestions of ways to protect your property from damaging winds are listed below, but keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove.

  • Use a professional to reinforce your garage door.

  • Remove and/or secure loose objects on your property such as trash cans outdoor furniture and grills that could be moved or tossed by the wind.

  • Have a professional remove large or dying trees and branches that could fall on your home.

As we all know, not all high winds come with advanced warning, but some of these suggestions could leave you better prepared should damaging winds occur.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure the windows, walls and doors are up to code for weather situations for your area.

If your home has been a victim of damaging winds and resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of East Central Austin are available 247 to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.

Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Protecting Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of East Central Austin 

Severe weather is usually one of the first things that comes to mind for many when thinking about water damage. While storms and flooding are a major cause of catastrophic water damage, they are often not the main culprits.

Instead, various items in and around your home could be responsible for many water damage situations.

101 on Water Damage

Unfortunately, many homeowners will face water damage. Water damage was the third most common reason for a homeowner to file a claim on homeowners insurance between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout of $8,861 per claim.

First, you must understand the difference between water damage and gradual damage because it can have an impact insurance on claims. Gradual damage is an occurrence that has been happening over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Many aspects of gradual water damage are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

Items That May Cause Water Damage

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), water damage can be caused by the following:

  • PLUMBING SUPPLY SYSTEM FAILURES: This involves frozen pipes that burst due to the buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system components fail and results in a leaking or burst pipe. Plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible, according to IBHS. It was also noted that homes 16 to 40 years of age made up a larger group of these types of water damage.

  • PLUMBING DRAIN SYSTEM FAILURES: This may occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into the home or from material breakdown issues. IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues in their study. IBHS also noted that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern region states than in northern region states.

  • TOILET FAILURES: Toilets are the second most common source of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures, which are usually caused by faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures on the first floor of a home resulted in more damage and higher claims than those in basements or upper floors.

  • WATER HEATER FAILURES: A water heater has a life expectancy, and when your water heater reaches its life expectancy, the tank will begin to rust and corrode, resulting in leakage or bursting issues. According to IBHS, 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or a sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • WASHING MACHINE FAILURES: This type of failure is typically caused by supply hose failures, machines overflowing and drain line failures. Washing machines are one of the top 10 source of residential water losses, and per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, our team of professionals at SERVPRO® of East Central Austin is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Mold Remediation Is Best for Mold Situations

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

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If you have water damage occurring in a home or commercial property, mold growth is most likely to follow. Did you know that mold can begin growing within 48 hours of exposure to moisture?

If you are faced with a mold issue, knowing what your next steps are is very important, which is why we would like to use this blog to provide an overview of mold remediation.

The Difference Between Mold Remediation & Mold Removal

There are ads out there that you’ve probably seen for mold remediation and mold removal, but the latter of the two is a fallacy. Removing all mold from a home or business is virtually not possible. However, a qualified restoration company will focus on mold remediation, which will produce the goal of getting mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

Mold spores can—and do—occur naturally almost everywhere, both inside a home or commercial building and outside. The issue only becomes a problem when a minor mold issue is ignored or left untreated, allowing it to turn into a major infestation.

During mold remediation, technicians isolate all of the contaminated areas. Dependent upon the level of remediation, this could be done by either closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through a “misting” process.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are then removed and discarded using plastic bags. All areas exposed to and affected by the mold are then completely and thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum is often brought in and used to remove contaminated materials and debris.

The mold-affected area is treated with a biocide and then left overnight to cure and kill the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate the mold-affected and surrounding areas.

What to Do If You Have a Mold Problem

If you are seeing evidence that your home or business has a mold problem, it is important to act quickly. Evaluate to check the size of the problem, and if the mold-affected area covers more than 10 square feet, it is time to call the professionals.

Be sure that the professionals you call are highly trained and certified in the following areas:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While it is possible that some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by homeowners and business owners on their own, it is always safer to contact the professionals in order to have a quick and safe resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of East Central Austin, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Have You Created a Disaster Plan for Your Business?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Have You Created a Disaster Plan for Your Business? | SERVPRO® of East Central Austin 

As of late, we have experienced a myriad of troubles thanks to Mother Nature in the likes of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes. The key to being able to roll with these punches, so to speak, is to be prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. This blog will deal with some of the aspects to consider when designing that plan.

Think About This

There are many things you will need to consider when creating a disaster plan for your business.

Some of those considerations follow below:

  1. How to protect the human aspect of your business—your employees
  2. How to secure your equipment and assets
  3. How to get business up and running smoothly again

Thankfully, checklists have been made available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and that can help in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also enlighten you as to just how prepared you truly are.

Employee Protection During a Disaster

If a disaster were to strike without warning, the safety of your employees and any visitors to your business should be one of the first considerations in your disaster plan and lays out procedures and safety measures to be followed.

Evacuation routes and exits from your facility should be clearly and properly marked and there should be an area that serves as a shelter. You’ll also want to look into installing emergency lights and have designated staff that will serve as “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to assist with all emergency efforts.

When choosing an area for shelter, a basement or storm cellar is the best location in case of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If this is not possible, locate a small interior room or hallway on the lowest level of the building.

How to Protect Assets

If your business is located in a brick and mortar location, you’ll need to make informed choices about protecting your assets within the building. When a natural disaster strikes, there are thousands of dollars in equipment and/or merchandise at risk inside that building.

Always have an updated and complete inventory of these items and, if it is possible, photographs taken prior to a disaster are always good to have when filing insurance claims. If you use a computer server, ensure that the server is being backed up regularly and the storage system cannot be damaged.

If your business is in a building that you own, you may want to talk with a contractor to uncover areas that may need structural improvement. The contractor can point out possible safety hazards and offer suggestions for upgrading and advice on any areas that may not make the grade in certain weather situation.

How to Get Back to Business

Understand that when a natural disaster does occur, it is highly probable that your business will have to be closed for a length of time due to damage. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. It is wise to set aside a “rainy day” fund that will help with additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

Build a list of contractors who will be readily available for construction issues, and find a cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of East Central Austin, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of East Central Austin to be there for you.

This Is How Floodwaters Are Classified

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

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This Is How Floodwaters Are Classified | SERVPRO® of East Central Austin 

If you think all water that causes water damage is the same, think again as there are three classifications for it: clean, gray and black. By gaining a better understanding of the differences in these types of water, it will help you understand how to better handle a water damage situation.

No matter what type of water is involved in a water damage situation, there is always going to be a cleanup and restoration process that must follow. First, and most important, is to remove all of the moisture and damp items quickly to hinder any mold growth because this is an ideal environment for mold to flourish.

Clean Water

Much like the name states, this water is considered “clean” and not any kind of water that would pose an immediate health threat. It is free of contaminants and will be water from:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

The damage from clean water is the easiest type of water damage to work with since there will be fewer microbes living in the water. However, after 48 hours and following contact with the surfaces of a building, clean water can move up to category two, gray water.

Gray Water

With gray water, water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more serious. This is water that could create a health risk, because it may contain chemical or biological contamination. Because of the slight contamination in gray water, it would need to be thoroughly treated before being safe for consumption.

Gray water is water that comes from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc., and the 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, with gray water turning into black water if not treated.

Black Water

Black water is the most dangerous of the three classifications, and it is considered to be highly contaminated with harmful chemicals and biological matter. This would include floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.

Sewage is contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more—many of which are harmful to humans and create a health hazard.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

A good rule is to remember that, when it comes to floods, all water involved should be assumed to be black water since it will have picked up contaminants along its path.

These three floodwater classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our technicians have all studied and familiarized themselves with the IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of East Central Austin is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

Ideas to Help Protect Your Home From Water Damage

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Ideas to Help Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of East Central Austin 

One of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience is water damage. From anything such as a pipe bursting to a malfunctioning dishwasher or storm damage, there are many ways water damage could affect your home.

While water damage is not a new concept for homeowners to deal with, there are ways you can safeguard your home from some trying scenarios.

How to Protect Your Home

Water damage can bring with it many issues to deal with as well as having a possible long-term impact on your home. Mold is one of the headaches resulting from water damage, as mold can begin to grow and flourish within 48 hours of exposure to water.

When considering ways to safeguard your home, it may be helpful to break it down by areas of impact, such as by basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

An important way to prevent water damage in the basement is by preventing water seepage. This can be accomplished by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, making sure water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

Kitchens and bathrooms may experience water damage as a result of plumbing issues and/or appliance failures.

Take some time and follow these recommendations:

  • Inspect all appliances regularly, especially paying attention to hoses and faucets
  • Check all seals and caulking around showers and tubs to ensure there is no leakage
  • Know where your home’s main shut-off valve is located
  • Be sure that you don’t leave the house while the washing machine or dishwasher are running

The possessions inside your home may not be salvageable, but there are things you can do to decrease the amount of damage and loss. Use waterproof bins to store items to protect against water damage, and keep items stored on shelving off of the floor, especially when using a basement or garage for storage.

What to Do if Water Damage Occurs

If your home experiences a water damage event, there is a good chance you will be able to salvage items that can be dried out within 48 hours.

Make sure that you contact your insurance company immediately and evaluate just how much water damage your home has suffered as well as the type of water that is involved.

The three types of water are:

  1. “Clean” water, which can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. “Gray” water, which can be slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. “Black” water, which is water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. Be aware that this water can cause serious health problems.

You will need to get your home dried out, dehumidify the area, remove wet objects and disinfect anything remaining following a water damage disaster.

Here’s a tip from the pros: Freeze any wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer, which will allow you time to deal with other matters at hand. This will prevent mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once you are able, remove them from the freezer to air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of East Central Austin, who are here to make it like it never even happened!


Making Sure Your Family Is Ready for Severe Weather

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Making Sure Your Family Is Ready for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of East Central AustinWhile we receive advanced severe weather warnings as a general rule, there will be those occasions when we will not. Fortunately, there are things you can do and safety tips to follow that will ensure the safety of your family and help you be prepared for various severe weather occurrences.

How to Create the Family Severe Weather Plan

An important way to stay ahead of the weather is to have an established family emergency plan put together and ready.

If you have already established an emergency plan with your family, make sure that it is reviewed and discussed regularly, especially at the beginning of the various weather seasons so that everyone knows exactly what to do.

If there is not a family emergency plan in place for your family, here are some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. How will emergency alerts and warnings be received?

We live in a day where we rely on smartphones to gather information and keep in touch with family, and it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on smartphones equipped with a weather app or Google. This way you quickly receive emergency alerts, providing you with valuable time in severe weather situations. However, keep in mind warnings and alerts are also still broadcast over radio and TV.

2. What are the storm shelter options?

When living in a tornado-prone area, the best place to take shelter is in a basement or the lowest part of your home in an interior room away from windows, doors and outside walls or corners. Be aware, however, that tornadoes aren’t the only weather circumstance that requires a form of storm shelter, and you can get more information about more of the situations that call for them by visiting

3. What is the evacuation route?

Have you looked over multiple evacuation routes in the event of evacuation due to hurricanes, flooding and fires that can force you from your home in a hurry? It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and don’t forget your furry family members. You will need to find a place that will let you bring and stay with your pets along the way.

4. What are your methods of communication?

As mentioned earlier, it is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that won’t be possible. Cell phone towers can be damaged by weather, phones may be lost or left behind, and there’s a huge possibility that there will be no power to recharge your cellphone batteries.

Your family will also need an emergency communication plan in place and a designated safe meeting place to meet at in case you are separated from each other.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of East Central Austin to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Water Damage Restoration: Some Tips and Ideas

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration: Some Tips and Ideas Water damage Austin can be a major problem. If the restoration process becomes complicated, then you should call a professional.

Water damage can be a major problem to deal with. But, what really is the root cause of it? There’s always an excessive amount of water that rises or appears into an area where it simply cannot pass through easily. Much of this is brought upon by heavy rains and flooding, as well as erosion, like a small hill becoming drenched and giving way as it cannot absorb an overflow of water. With no place to go, the water will just stop and congeal, sometimes quite rapidly. Many homes, businesses, schools and roads can be destroyed, or simply washed away by floods, leaving excessive damage in it’s wake.

Your home can de destroyed by water damage Austin, especially your walls, floors and personal items. Pipes can rust from water submersion, wood can rot and mold can rear its ugly head if the mess isn't cleaned up right away.

Removing the water and restoring your home can be a time consuming process. You can’t just go in and start removing the water; there are many steps and things to take into consideration, including the extent of the damage, potential health risks and how to actually remove the water and repair your property.

Of course, there are many elements involved in the restoration process such as cleaning, drying, mold remediation Austin and more… so let’s break it all down, as many of them are intertwined. 

Cleaning up the Water From Your Austin Home

The first question you’ll probably ask after a flood or a leak, is ‘how do I get rid of all this water?’ To be honest, it’s a bit complicated. You may want to go in and start scooping out the water or using a vacuum cleaner, which are things you should never, ever do. Depending on how much water you have to deal with, it may be very easy to get rid of the water, or it can be very time consuming. Think about the different types of water: some water is clean and some is dirty. If it’s something that can be easy to fix on your own,, such as a small leak, then you can use detergents or soap to clean up the residue. If you’re dealing with a major flood, a leaky roof, or sewage back up, you may face harmful contaminants which you don't want to attempt cleaning on your own. That's when you need to call a professional water removal Austin specialist.

The Restoration Process

Once the floodwaters have been cleared, then you can initiate the restoration process. Its not as easy as that, as you should never attempt to remove the water on your own. In cases like these, you should always reach out to a water restoration professional and follow certain procedures to protect you and your home.

You should always have your home inspected after there has been water damage. This will give the professionals a greater idea of how much water is being dealt with and what types of equipment they’ll need. While the professionals will bring in water pumps and other industrial equipment, you may be able to help by venting out certain areas and by using fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the area. 

The drying process is also lengthy, and it can vary greatly depending on how much water you have in your Austin home. Once the water removal Austin has taken place, the cleaning can then begin. It won't be a pretty sight, especially if there is excessive dirt, mud, and foreign objects, but over time you can start getting your property back to how it was before the damage occurred. 

You’ll have to look at floors, walls, even the insulation to make sure that it’s all properly dried out and that no water remains. Some construction work might be needed, depending on how sever it all is, yet these specific things should never go unchecked.

This is just one element of many on how the restoration process works with water damage.

What is Mitigation?

Mitigation is used as a preventive measure to help reduce and prevent the amount of water from flooding, leaks and any other number of causes. In other words, stopping the water before it spreads more than it already has. A professional can go over all the various steps that are involved and how to stop water damage Austin in its tracks. The sources are many. It may not be a flood from a heavy rainstorm, but a leak from a faulty pipe, a broken appliance, or even from a blocked up sewer system. Mitigation can help you understand the source of your water damage, and by acting quickly, it can help prevent further damage to your Austin home.

Additional Elements of Water Restoration

While the water is a huge part of the Restoration process, there are also other issues to consider. Mold, of course is a messy side effect of water damage Austin if the clean up isn't thorough enough. Mold is everywhere, but it can start spreading if the water isn’t fully removed and your home isn't fully dried out. If the problem persists, then a mold inspection Austin may be needed to ensure that it isn't spreading. Odors emanating from mold and mildew can not only create unpleasant smells, but can also cause health issues if not properly cleaned. depending on the overall scope of the damage, you may need reconstruction if the damage is extreme. If any of these issues should arise, contact a professional service to help you with the restoration process.

How SERVPRO of East Central Austin Can Help With Water Damage Restoration

If your water damage Austin is extensive, don't even attempt to handle this on your own. SERVPRO of East Central Austin is here to help. 

We will take every effort to restore your Austin TX home after you’ve experienced water damage. We’re trained & certified professionals who specialize in water damage restoration, mold removal and mold remediation Austin, and more. We’ll work hard to properly restore your home in the aftermath of water damage from Austin storms, floods, and leaks. We use state of the art extraction equipment and scientific drying principles to ensure a smooth water restoration process.

We’re a locally owned Austin company, and we understand how overwhelming it is if you’ve experienced water damage. We’re highly trained water restoration experts, and are available 24/7. 

Call our local SERVPRO Company today at (512) 420-9886.