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What are molds?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

What are molds?

One of the most common questions we receive at SERVPRO® is: what exactly is mold.  What kind of mold do I have?  How do I keep it from spreading?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. In addition, mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

SERVPRO® can help to remediate the mold in your home.  In addition, SERVPRO® will bring in air scrubbers that will help to remove the mold spores in the air in order to prevent any additional mold from forming.  In most cases, the contaminated area will be sealed off in order to contain the mold spores in the air while the air is being "scrubbed" by the air scrubbers.

In many cases, the mold can simply be remediated.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Contaminated Water after a Storm

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water after a Storm

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Cleveland, and Magnolia are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for almost 15 years! We are here to help!

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

  1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

  1. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness  plan that could save your business $1,000's. 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more.  Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018

During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. See what programs your local fire station offers.

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere!” That’s the theme for Fire Prevention Week.

LOOK
Look for places fires could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland have restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal. Our Large Loss Division has the expertise to manage the cost and operations of large commercial disaster recovery projects.

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

Water line. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprit.

Refrigerator leaks can damage the flooring and cabinets in your kitchen.  If you experience a refrigerator leak, please contact us right away to treat and help to prevent any further damage.

Source: https://www.erplumbing.com

The Behavior of Smoke During a Fire

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated sue to the unique behavior of smoke.  There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. The Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns, knowing the information is vital to proper restoration.  Before restoration begins, our Professional Technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from the fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents.  The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred.  Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Technicians to focus on saving your precious items.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professional Fire Restoration Technicians know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Call us today to help you with your smoke and fire restoration needs! 936-441-8550

No job is too big or too small.

Signs of Mold Growth

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs of Mold Growth Do you suspect mold growth in your home?

Toxic Mold can be one of the most frightening situations for a home or business owner.  There are a few common warning signs that may indicate mold in your home or business:

WATER SPOTS

Wet spots and water staining on ceiling, walls, floors, and baseboards can indicate a serious moisture problem and is a good indication of potential growth.  Water can travel inside the walls and areas of our home that we are not able to see- this hold true for mold growth as well.

SMELL/ ODORS

If you have any type of growth in your home or business it can cause a bad smell.  The odor can be very faint or it can be a strong musty smell.  Any type of smell no matter how pungent needs to be investigated immediately. 

DISCOLORATION

Typically home owners and business owners describe seeing visible signs of mold growth as black or greenish slimy spots.  These types of discolorations are a good indicator of mold growth.  Mold can also appear in different colors such as white, pink, blue, or even grayish colors.  It can also be fuzzy looking, be grouped in clusters, or even have a dust like texture.    

To learn more about the Mold Remediation Process click here or call the Professional Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland. 

Clean, Grey or Black Water?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clean, Grey or Black Water? How do you know the difference?

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.  Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminates to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.  Click here to visit our Water Damage Emergency Tips Page.  And if you suspect any moisture of water damage in your home or business call the Professional Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland right away for 24 hour a day service.