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Water Leaks Cause Mold

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Leaks Can Cause Mold 

A leaky faucet in your home can be very annoying, but it has the potential to be much more than an annoyance. The moisture caused by leaks can make your home into the perfect environment for Spring mold growth. Mold spores are known to cause allergic reactions and exacerbate respiratory problems. Mold can grow rapidly if you fail to notice a leak shortly after it starts, especially in humid climates. Knowing the risks that mold presents and quickly fixing your water leaks can help to protect your home from mold growth and protect your health as well.

About Mold Growth
Spring mold growth will begin in areas of your home that are wet. The mold spores will land on moist surfaces and then start to germinate. The materials on which mold can grow include:

• Sheetrock
• Tile
• Painted surfaces
• Carpet
• Wood

How Mold Can Affect Your Health
Most types of mold are harmless but can cause problems for individuals with allergies. They can cause symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose or breathing problems. A few types of mold are indeed very toxic, whether or not you have allergies.

Indications of Mold Growth Due to Water Leaks
If you see black and white spots in the area of the leak, this is a sign that you have mold. Kitchens and basements are some of the areas in your home where there is a high risk of mold growth as these areas are prone to leaks. It is therefore important that you properly maintain your plumbing fixtures.

Preventing Mold Growth after Fixing Leaks
If you discover a water leak, have it fixed as soon as possible to minimize the potential for Spring mold growth. After the leak has been fixed, use a mild detergent to wash the area and then allow it to dry completely. After it has dried, thoroughly wipe the area with bleach to kill any spores present. Boric acid also effective at killing mold spores and can be used as a substitute for bleach. Be sure to keep kids and pets out of the area while handling chemicals.

Get Professional Assistance
If there is a part of your home that is prone to water leaks, contact a plumber. If there are hidden problems that are causing leaks to recur, you may not be able to find them yourself. A licensed plumber who is experienced at finding and fixing leaks will be better able to find and fix the issues. Your plumber will also be able to advise you on how to maintain your plumbing to prevent water leaks and mold growth in the future.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Hurricane Tips During for Your Home

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Tips for Your Shenandoah Home

The hurricane season brings a lot of water and flooding which can damage your home. Some may say, "let the insurance pay for it all" rather than do a few things to keep the cost of the loss lower. Here are some good things to do if you are evacuated from your home.

  • Raise your furniture to the second floor. This will keep the cost of your contents lower.
  • Place bags of ice in your fridge and freezer to keep it cold in case of a power failure.
  • Place keepsakes in your dishwasher. It is bolted to the counter and water proof.
  • Place sandbags around doors and window wells.

No matter the damage you can call SERVPRO of The Woodlands/Conroe to help clean up the mess.

New Construction Can Cause Mold Damage

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

During new construction it is important to note where pipes might be located within the home. When contractors are asked to build an addition or remove a wall they can cause damage to pipes.

A nail in a pipe has been known to be the culprit of many mold damaged homes. The small leak allows mold to grow behind a wall until it is saturated enough for the mold to grow on the surface.

If you believe you might have a leaking pipe from new construction call SERVPRO of The Woodlands/Conroe. We are locally Owned and Operated.

When your Houston home has mold damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.  Call us so that we may help.  (281) 219-8180

How to Avoid Fire Damage

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Avoiding Fire Damage In Your Conroe Home

"Fire load" is a term used by firefighters to determine how much material will burn. Our homes are becoming more full of "stuff" or "fire load". Have you ever wished you could park your car in your garage. Have you dreamed about finishing the basement but need the storage space? If you've had these thoughts before you might be contributing to your fire load.

Getting rid of stuff that you have not used or needed in years can reduce the amount of fire load in your home. These stored items are fuel for a fire which will continue to burn until the entire house is engulfed. Less items in the home means a fire will have a harder time moving from one area to another.

Your local firefighters will often have cleanup days where they can use your unwanted stuff and give it to a charity.

Old Building Smell? Let SERVPRO Freshen The Air

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Older Buildings Are Smelly

Many of the older buildings in Porter Heights or Conroe have a distinct smell. People may say that they smell musty or of old material. One way to freshen up the place is to have some deodorization done by SERVPRO of The Woodlands/Conroe.

We use state of the art equipment to clean the air within your building. Depending on the odor we have a few techniques that we'll use.

  • Thermal Fogging technique which helps penetrate deeply into building materials.
  • An ozone machine is used to help add a fresh smell to odors that seem to linger such as smoke.
  • Old fashioned deep cleaning of walls shouldn't be overlooked.
  • Carpet cleaning using hot water extraction to remove deep and hard to remove soils.
  • Adding to any of the above methods is that of HVAC cleaning. Getting the air ducts clean will definitely freshen any building no matter the age.

Supply Lines and Insurance Subrogation

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Supply Lines and Insurance Subrogation

The words insurance subrogation means "when a third party pays a creditor" according to Merriam-Webster. It is the act of someone else paying for the problem that occurred. The most often time that subrogation is used for insurance is on a water loss involving a supply line.

The supply line is located on toilets, fridges, sinks, and washing machines in the home. Anywhere that uses water will have a water supply line. Most metal braided supply lines installed in homes have lifetime warranties. If a supply line fails water intrudes and damages the home. Do not throw the broken supply line away. Your insurance company will treat the water loss the same but try and get the supply line company to pay back the damages. If the company is successfully subrogate against you will receive your deductible back and the claim will be "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Response Profile - SERVPRO App

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has an App to help with the readiness of a building. You can find it by going to your IOS or Android marketplace and search for SERVPRO or by creating your own login here:

It's called the Emergency Response Profile which can help your business be prepared for losses. It is not a contingency plan but a plan to rapidly respond to damage. The main use is to locate and tag shut off locations for water, gas, and fire sprinklers. The app can have a picture and location of these shut off valves making it easier for anyone who works in your building to know how to turn them off.

Just recently a client called SERVPRO of The Woodlands/Conroe to let us know of a broken water main. When we responded the front desk employee had already turned off the water saving the company hundreds of dollars.

Mistakes Are Often Covered By Insurance

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Woodlands/Conroe technicians recently did a job for an older couple who had a flooded kitchen. It is unfortunate to have a bad memory which happens with old age. Sometimes the bad memory will cause a mistake costing thousands of dollars.

This poor couple were doing chores around the home and yard in usual fashion. The spouse had started filling the sink to soak some clothes before placing them in the wash. Upon starting the water her husband asked for a hand with a chore outside. It wasn't until an hour later that she remembered turning on the water. She hurried in to turn off the water but it was too late, water was everywhere.

They called their insurance company with little hope of having their claim covered but to their delight it was covered. Mistakes are covered by insurance in most cases and this older couple were grateful for having been diligent in paying their premiums all these years.

List of To Do's After Flooding

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Red Cross Disaster Responder Sponsor

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Signs On as National Sponsor for American Red Cross “Disaster Responder” Program.

Deliver Response Services

Provide food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes.

Example: After a local flood, Red Cross volunteers open a shelter at a nearby school to provide their neighbors with a safe place to stay and resources to help them plan for their next steps.

Disaster Responders are the first to respond to all disasters and events within the community.

Example: A home in your neighborhood has just caught on fire. Along with the Fire Department, the local Red Cross Disaster Action Team responds. The team works with those affected to ensure they have a safe place to stay and a plan for moving forward after the fire.