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Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Property

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. While it’s necessary in nature, the presence of mold indoors can be downright unhealthful. It could render your real estate in Tyler, TX, unusable. That's why it can be important to know some mold prevention techniques, which you can use even while not using your building.


Know What Makes Mold Grow


There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores.

1. Moisture

2. A food source

3. Warmth

Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist.

While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances.

Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.


Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles


You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation.

These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning a flooded company property following water damage is a daunting task. Not only do you have to restore the property itself, but all the affected items such as office furniture and electronics as well.


Types of Water Damage


Understanding the different types of water damage can help expedite the process and ensure the appropriate cleanup measures are taken. The three main types of water damage are clean water, gray water, and black water, ranging from least to most dangerous respectively.

1. Clean water is the least harmful of the three and is usually caused by a broken pipe, outside leak, or water overflowing from an appliance.
2. Grey water is basically contaminated clean water and requires a few safety precautions to protect against any bacteria that may exist.
3. Black water is the most hazardous type of water damage and requires specific safety measures to protect clean-up crews. Water damage from black water is usually best handled by a professional cleaning service as the contaminants can range from bacterial disease, chemicals, and toxic materials.


Cleaning Office Items


After determining the cause and severity of the damage, you can better chart a course of action for replacing the items in the flooded company building. The majority of office items fall into three main categories: furniture, paperwork, and electronics.

1. Cleaning and replacing furniture. Any affected fabric furniture items may need dry cleaning following water damage. Wood items can usually be restored with sanding and refinishing, depending on the extent of the damage.
2. Restoring paper items. Paperwork can take a significant effort to dry and restore. Drying documents, binders, or books using dehumidifying or vacuum freeze-drying processes can help restore these items.
3. Handling electronics. Many electronic items also benefit from air drying and dehumidifying. It is typically important to handle these items carefully and quickly to help prevent corrosion or any further damage.

Getting your commercial property back in order doesn’t have to be a total loss. If you are affected by a flooded company property in Tyler, TX, make sure to consult a professional clean-up crew as soon as possible to help ensure proper and thorough cleanup.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

3 Reasons Why Flood Waters Have a Foul Odor

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Tyler, TX, can leave behind mud, soaked belongings and water damage inside your home. However, one remnant you might not have expected is the foul odor that mold growth and other factors can cause once the flooding is over. Fighting this smell can be a challenge, but knowing what causes it may help you take effective steps to eliminate it.


1. Sewage Runoff


Severe flooding can cause a sewage loss in your neighborhood, sending sewer contents into flood water. Not only does this create contaminated water that poses a health hazard, but it can leave behind a pungent odor in your home even after the waters recede. Since ordinary household cleansers may not be strong enough to eliminate this smell, it is a good idea to call in a storm cleanup and deodorizing company to have your home treated.


2. Mold


After a flood, moisture and humidity levels can create ideal conditions for mold growth. There are several different species of mold that may take hold in your home, but one factor they all have in common is the musty, dirty smell the mycotoxins release. As mold spreads, this smell may become stronger and seep into your home’s walls, where it can be difficult to eliminate. If you encounter mold during a flood cleanup, let your storm cleanup technicians know so they can clean and deodorize the area.


3. Chemicals


As flood waters move through an area, they may pick up chemicals from outlying industrial areas, flooded garages and sewers. Your walls and flooring can absorb these chemicals during the flood and retain strange or foul odors for weeks afterward. Professional restoration and deodorization can be your best defense in removing these smells and ensuring they do not return.

Mold growth and sewer smells can cause foul odors in your Tyler, TX, home after a flood. Knowing their source can help you choose the best course of action when it comes to clearing the air and getting your house back to normal.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

3 Common Types of Household Mold

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is one of the last topics most Tyler, TX, residents would prefer to discuss. Nevertheless, it has a way of thriving inconspicuously along bathroom walls, windowsills, and other areas of the house that you may otherwise forget about. The average homeowner is likely not aware of the many forms of mold growth or the characteristics of each type. Keep reading to learn about the three most common fungi in the household and the methods used to spot them.


1. Aspergillus


Mold comes in a plethora of shapes and forms, but aspergillus is among the most common. A mold just as unappealing as its name, Aspergillus branches into countless species and is typically abundant in soil and in the air. Like many molds, it can grow on a variety of surfaces, especially in places with high humidity.


2. Stachybotrys Atra


Also known as "black mold," stachybotrys atra is perhaps the most infamous of all household molds. Usually a greenish black in color, this pesky mold grows best in areas with past water damage, water leaks and other humid spots. While there have been countless studies on this popular household villain, it is clear that stachybotrys atra does not play around; sometimes, this mold can move in with no obvious signs of growth.


3. Cladosporium


Because cladosporium can be hard to pinpoint, hiring a mold professional is usually the ideal step in combating this fungal problem. If you observe mold growth in your home that looks like green, black or brown spots, there is a chance you could be dealing with cladosporium. Also a lover of dampness, this mold commonly grows on walls, wood, HVAC vents, wallpaper and other susceptible areas.

Although it may take the inspection of a professional to properly identify the type of mold plaguing your turf, learning the basics about the most notorious types can prepare you for the remediation process. Mold growth may be an inevitable part of our world, but it doesn't have to be part of your home.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

How To Handle a Toilet Overflow

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

You should act quickly after a toilet overflows to limit the secondary damage caused by a sewage leak. Depending on what category of water is involved, the risk of sewer damage goes up. If the leak is large and involves black water, you may need to call a sewage company that provides restoration services in Tyler, TX, as well as a plumber. Find out about the three different categories of water and simple steps you can take to fix a flooded toilet and clean up the mess.

There are three categories of water in a leak scenario:

1. Clean water: Clean water should simply be removed and the area of the leak should be thoroughly dried.
2. Gray water: Gray water includes the water from appliances such as washing machines and toilet water that only contains urine. Cleaning and disinfection are important steps.
3. Black water: Black water contains contaminants with microbes and may pose a threat of infection to individuals with compromised immune systems. Leaks involving black water should be dried and disinfected as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours.

As soon as you realize that a toilet is overflowing, you should try to see if you can handle the clog on your own with a plunger. If you cannot, minimize the extent of a leak by using towels to prevent water from spreading and contact a plumber. Once a plumber solves the underlying issue, it is up to you to limit the extent of secondary sewer damage or call on experts to completely restore the affected area.

Depending on the extent of the leak caused by a flooded toilet, you may want to contact a sewage company that specializes in restoration. Look for a cleaning and restoration service that specializes in sewer damage in Tyler, TX, if you are concerned about lingering unwanted smells or the risk of mold.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

What Kind of Damage Can You Expect From a Hailstorm?

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

There’s no doubt that hail storms in Tyler, TX, will lead to roof damage. Even the smallest hailstones can cause problems with enough force, especially on older commercial roofing. The extent of the damage can depend on the type of roof, the size of the hailstones, even wind speed. Learn about the three types of hail damage you can come to expect.


1. Exterior Damage


In a hailstorm, your business’s rooftops will always take the brunt of the damage. Shingles can end up cracked or missing, while other types of roofing can take major impact damage that leads to cracking, splitting, peeling and more. Some damage may be purely cosmetic, unsightly but not overly problematic. Other roof damage may cause functional issues that lead to the next type of damage – interior damage.


2. Interior Damage


Interior damage from hail storms occurs when the roof is cracked enough for water leaks to occur. When the roof is no longer watertight, you can end up with rain and melted hail or snow seeping into your building’s interior. Long before you notice dripping and dark spots on the floors, you could end up with water damage in your building’s attic, wet insulation, and rot in your structural framework.


3. Peripheral Damage


The last type of damage you can expect other than roof damage and interior damage is peripheral damage. While your roof may take the brunt of the storm, any equipment installed on your roof or around your building may also suffer impact damage. This can include satellite dishes, antennae, and exterior housings for HVAC or other building systems.


Prepare in Advance


The best offense is a good defense, and one of the best ways to avoid hail damage is to prepare in advance. Preparing can include repairing or upgrading roofing, or working with professionals to “toughen” your building’s resiliency to hail storms and impact. Don’t wait until the damage is already done; take precautions in advance.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

How to remove water from a home after flooding in Tyler, Texas?

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to remove water from a home after flooding in Tyler, Texas? Water loss in Tyler, Texas. SERVPRO of Tyler was quick to respond and begin the extraction and drying process.

If your home has water damage it is important to follow these simple tips until help arrives. If you have a situation where you believe you need help, contact SERVPRO of Tyler immediately at (903) 561-0168. They will get someone on site immediately to help assess the situation.

If it is significant water damage these steps will be necessary. 

1. Take plenty of photos of the water loss. These can be critical for your insurance company. 

2. It is critical to make sure all of the standing and visible water is extracted. If the water sits for an extended period of time, it can cause secondary damage like mold

3. Once all of the water is extracted, SERVPRO of Tyler will place drying equipment throughout the affected area. After a few days of drying and monitoring, the equipment can be removed. 

4. If any repairs need to be made it is critical to do so after the entire structure is dry. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to a team member at SERVPRO of Tyler at (903) 561-0168

The Air Ducts Have Mold. Now What?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

You can smell a pungent, musty odor every time you turn on the climate control system. You could have mold hiding somewhere in the ducts. In Tyler, TX, experts in mold remediation help you identify contamination and clear out the offending infestation with a thorough HVAC cleaning.

How Do Molds Get in the Vents?

Mold is a microscopic fungus. It reproduces by expelling spores into the air. These spores ride on currents until they find a new home.

Fungus-like mold needs the right conditions to survive:

• Plenty of moisture
• Organic material for food
• A stable resting place

Your HVAC system moves air by design. Its whole purpose is to circulate air, and it is a prime source for mold spore transmission.

Doesn’t the Air Move Constantly?

Yes, it does, but dust sticks in some places. Mold spores landing on the dust have everything they need to start a new colony. Air ducts covered in dust are also covered in mold spores. The organic compounds in the dust are enough for the fungus to grow.

Your evaporator in your air conditioning collects moisture in the form of condensation. In normal conditions, drains allow that moisture to exit the system without causing a problem. If an obstruction blocks the drain, the pooled water is enough to support mold growth.

How Do You Prevent Contamination?

HVAC cleaning and proper maintenance are key. Change the filters regularly to prevent dust contamination. When dust accumulates, it provides a foundation for mold in your system. Also, get in the habit of cleaning vents and evaporator coils.

Your indoor air quality also contributes to mold contamination in your vents. A HEPA filter and air purifier can help to reduce the number of spores in your home in the first place.

When Should You Call an Expert?

If you smell mold but cannot see it, you may need to hire an interior environmental technician to test your air quality. A professional mold remediation expert knows how to perform proper HVAC cleaning to remove mold.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Up After a Fire

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, the idea of cleaning up the legacy of soot damage, smoke damage, collapses, and fire damage can be daunting. With a step-by-step process, however, fire cleanup can be less of a chore. Follow this guide for a more efficient way to focus your cleanup and restoration efforts in the wake of a fire.

1. Make a plan. Rather than just tackling the nearest available problem, make a thorough assessment of the damage to your home and what needs to be done first. Prioritize the most important tasks, and identify which other tasks are dependent on completing certain areas of restoration first.

2. Wear proper protective gear. You may be dealing with potentially harmful substances, whether they’re harmful to your health or just harmful to the state of your clothing. Cover up with gloves, masks, and thick clothing that can protect you against soot, smoke, jagged edges, or corrosive substances.

3. Cordon off unsafe areas. Places with damaged floorboard or other safety hazards should be marked and roped off until they can be repaired.

4. Locate anything salvageable. Quickly identify and remove anything you may be able to keep, restore, or salvage.

5. Know where you can dump your debris. Debris removal is a major part of fire restoration and cleanup, but some dumps in Tyler, TX, won’t allow certain types of refuse. Make sure you know the proper place to dispose of your debris, and arrange for transportation and pickup. You may hire a service to haul it away for you, or can load your vehicle and do it yourself.

6. Board up any broken windows and doors. This is essential to preventing further damage from the elements.

7. Make a budget for restoration that includes any insurance compensation. You may need to hire contractors to repair your home as well, and your budget should include contract services.

By following this guide and other common-sense tips, before long you’ll have your home spotless and on the way to full recovery.

Protecting Your Home From Smoke Damage Caused by Puff Back

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When most people in Tyler, TX, think about smoke damage, they think of the aftermath of a fire. What they don’t know about is the puff back effect. This phenomenon is a small explosion inside the burn chamber or the boiler of your furnace that sends a blast of soot and smoke into your home. It can occur in both oil-fired and gas furnaces, but the risk is higher in oil-fired heating systems. The most common cause is lack of maintenance and repairs.

An Ounce of Prevention

Annual inspections are a key tool in preventing this type of smoke damage. Every year you should have your heating system inspected, cleaned and adjusted by a professional. These experts know how to check for the following problems:

• Clogged or cracked nozzles
• Improper nozzle angle
• Cracked electrodes
• Shorted ignition cables
• Defective spark transformers
• Incorrect air-fuel mixtures
• Low-grade or dirty fuel

If any of these problems go unchecked, there is a real danger of a puff back, which can result in potentially significant damage to your home.

A Pound of Cure

If you do experience smoke damage from a puff back, there are three things you absolutely need to know:

1. Typical homeowner’s insurance policies cover damages caused by smoke, soot and ash.
2. Thorough documentation of damages is necessary for making a claim, including police and fire reports if available.
3. Most insurance companies will only cover the cost of professional cleanup.

For the health and safety of everyone involved, you should not attempt to clean up the damage yourself. Professional cleaners are equipped with the proper protection and equipment to safely clean the premises. The two best things a homeowner in Tyler, TX, can do in the event of any type of smoke damage is to contact their insurance adjustor immediately and, most importantly, leave the cleanup to a crew of professionals.