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Large Loss Equipment for Commercial Water Losses

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Large Loss Equipment for Commercial Water Losses

When a large commercial building has a large water loss it takes the right equipment to get the place clean and operational once again. The amount of water that enters a facility when a pipe breaks will eventually cause a lot of evaporation. All that humidity is hard to get rid of with our traditional Desiccant Dehumidifiers.

The picture is of Desiccant Dehumidifier which can move 5000 cubic feet of air every minute. Its job is to move hot dry air into the building while removing humidity.

When your office or commercial property has a water damage it's important to call a remediation company that has the right equipment to do the job right. Call SERVPRO of Town& Country when you have a water damage.

Mold Problems After a Water Loss

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Problems After a Water Loss

Controlling water is the only way to control mold. After water intrusion in a home or business the clock starts ticking for mold to grow. Mold starts out as an unseen spore but can change to visible growth within 48hrs.

Mold is everywhere at all times. It is a vital part of the ecosystem breaking down dead organic matter such as leaves or logs. However, the mold can only grow if there is ample humidity or water present.

The mold that is already present in your home or business will start to grow within 48 hours of a water loss. Call SERVPRO of Town & Country after pipe breaks, floods, and water heater malfunctions. Our technicians will rid the building of excess water before the mold has time to grow.

The Storm After A Hurricane

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

The Storm After A Hurricane

Once a hurricane is done sending buckets of water and rising sea levels the storm of repairing your home commences. Whether there is a lot of damage or a little is dependant on where your home was located. In either case here are some of the repairs your home might need. Keep in mind that flood water is considered black water, meaning that any porous material that soaked up water will have to be removed for the safety of the occupants.

  1. Carpets and pad - These will need to be removed and replaced.
  2. Flood Cuts - All walls will be cut 12 inches wherever the flood line is located.
  3. Wood Floors - The wood will have to be removed and replaced.
  4. Contents - Bedding, clothing, and other porous material is contaminated and needs to be removed.

Our technicians are trained to clean up after flooding due to a hurricane. Let our crews worry about the storm after the hurricane.

Town and Country Water Loss

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Town and Country Water Loss

Recently our franchise was called to help out a family who had their basement flooded. They were very upset as they supposed the sprinkler system had failed causing the flood. They tried everything to find the bad sprinkler head but could not find it at all.

After we had done all the work from the day before their basement flooded again. They called us in to remove the water and hired a sprinkler repair company to find the problem. They didn't find anything and didn't charge the homeowner. But they did notice the signs of a broken sprinkler coming from the neighbor.

The problem was that their neighbor was on a slope higher than the homeowners with the flooded basement. The neighbor's sprinkler had a broken head which ran right down into their window well flooding their basement.

The homeowners were very upset but the neighbor paid for all the problems which was the right thing to do.

Fire Sprinkler System Information

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler System Information

Many commercial buildings will have a fires sprinkler system installed to avoid heavy losses during a fire. Here are some frequently asked questions about fire sprinklers and why they are needed.

  • How do they work?

A fire suppression system is heat censored and will turn on when there is enough heat next to the sprinkler head.

  • Do they all turn on flooding the whole building?

Only the sprinkler heads that sense heat will turn on during a fire. There are some older systems that may have sections turn on but today's systems are more sophisticated.

  • Why don't fire sprinklers freeze?

Some have frozen before but it's not likely. The fire suppression system is full of water mixed with glycol to deter freezing.

In most cases the water damage is far less expensive that a fire damage. Keeping fire sprinkler systems up to date and maintained will help keep the costs of a loss lower.

Water Damage After a Fire

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage After a Fire

A fire can be devastating enough on a home. However, there will also be considerable water and firefighter damage as well. The main goal of a firefighter is to save lives and property. There are many ways that a firefighter can accomplish this goal.

  1. Backdraft - When a home has a fire all the oxygen is being used up for the flames. Fire fighters will break windows of the home to allow them to get through the door without receiving backdraft.
  2. Firefighters use a 2 1/2 inch hose which can flow 290 gallons per minute if attached to the fire hydrant. That is a lot of water flowing into the home to put out the fire.

Although there are other factors to a fighting a fire the damage done by the firefighters must also be taken into consideration.

Roof Damaged By Large Hail

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Roof Damaged By Large Hail

Some storms are awesome to behold and hail is always leaves people wondering how nature works. The NASA website has this to say about hail.

"Hail forms when thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to carry water droplets well above the freezing level. This freezing process forms a hailstone, which can grow as additional water freezes onto it. Eventually, the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updrafts to support it and it falls to the ground."

When golf and tennis ball size hail storms hit the Houston area it is because the updrafts are strong enough to keep the hail in the thunderstorm gather more water.

The downfall of this magnificent storm is roof damage which can therefore cause water to leak into your home. Call SERVPRO of Town and Country if your home has suffered from hail damage.

Fall Allergies are Probably Mold Related

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fall Allergies are Probably Mold Related

People often are worried about mold growing within their home and their is some merit to their worry. Mold, like any plant, spread their seeds through the air, by ingestion, or from being carried. These seeds, known as spores, are microscopic which can be inhaled easily through the nose or mouth. Just as people have spring allergies from pollen some people have fall allergies from mold.

In the spring flowers and plants are alive and growing culminating in pollenating to create more plants the next year.

In the fall when all the plants are dying mold will begin to grow. Mold, mildew, and fungus are all saprophytes helping to break down the decaying plants. Mold too will die but only after it has released thousands of spores into the air. And if you are allergic to mold your allergies will be a problem in the fall.

Keep in mind if you have allergies in the fall as it will indicate if you might be allergic to mold spores.

Handling a Flood Damage after a Tropical Storm

8/26/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage can strike any time in Houston TX.  Natural causes include storms and hurricanes, and even hail. Storms can cause flooding but also remove shingles and other roofing materials. The rain will then get into the home through the damaged roof. Both flooding and wind driven rain can do a lot of damage during a Tropical Storm.

While one may not be in a position to prevent flood damage from happening, the mitigation measures that one takes can help to avoid further loss. The mitigation measures that one should take are listed below. They can be carried out individually or with the aid of specialists.

1. Stopping Water Flowing into the home or business using sand bags and other barriers around doors and windows

2. Turning Off Power in business will reduce electrical fires that may happen during a storm event. Damaged wires can conduct electricity through water. It should be a priority to disconnect power, so as to reduce the risk of electric shock.

3. Drying Wet Items  such as furniture can be salvaged by drying them quickly. One should raise furniture off the ground on blocks to keep them from getting wet.

4. Inviting Safety Inspectors. One should not re-occupy the building unless it is recommended so by a safety inspector. They assess the electrical and structural safety of a building and recommend the necessary repairs.

5. Water Cleanup and Restoration is the last step in the process of a flood damage. Calling SERVPRO early will assure that wet walls will not grow mold. It's important to have a company that can respond quickly in your area to flood water clean up. 

Finding Mold in your Spring Valley Home

8/26/2017 (Permalink)

Texas can be a naturally humid area. Fungus is natural and can be found everywhere even in Spring Valley. It becomes a problem when it begins to grow indoors and can be very devastating to structure and contents.

If you think you may have found Mold Spores or another fungus in your home there are some steps you can take.

  • First you want to be sure that it is mold through testing, it is possible what you are seeing could be a different microbial growth. Many different types of bacteria and fungi can cause microbial growth. To be sure you should get a Mold Test. Testing for fungus will let you know exactly what it is. A mold test should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in testing for mold spores. 
  • If you find Mold in your home. Contact an Environmental Hygienist. It is an Environmental Hygienists job to maintain an acceptable standard of environmental quality that includes that includes a clean and potable water supply, clean and safe air, efficient and safe waste disposal, and even protection of food from biological and chemical contaminants. This person will be able to conduct proper tests and lead you in the right direction in order to get your pesky problem handled with in a safe and timely manner. There are also many remediation and removal companies in Texas that will come out and conduct the proper tests. They will also be able to let you know how bad you problem is and begin the process of removal. The time it takes for complete removal depends on many factors as how much is present, where it is growing and the materials it is growing on. Most removal/remediation takes anywhere from 1 day to 5 days.

Preventing Mold Spores in Your Home

Make sure there is not a water leak. Mold can only grow in moist and humid environments. You can also be sure to reduce indoor humidity to decrease growth. You can do so by venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture generating sources out of the house, use air conditioners and dehumidifiers, increase overall ventilation and use exhaust fans whenever cooking, washing dishes and cleaning.

Clean and dry and damp or wet furnishing and building materials within 24-48 hours of becoming wet in order to prevent growth. Make sure areas that normally do condensate like windows, floors and exterior walls are kept dry on a regular basis. Do not install carpet in areas where you know moisture is present like kitchens and bathrooms.