Mold Growth After a Water Damage
Maybe you had a water leak from a plumbing problem or from a leaky refrigerator. Maybe we had a major storm, hurricane, or tornado sweep through the Marble Falls area. Either way, now your home has water damage. Depending on how severe the water damage, you are probably asking yourself, “Should I clean up the water damage myself or hire a professional?”. The following are a couple things to consider. First, hopefully, the water damage will be covered by your insurance company. SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas works with all insurance companies in the area and knows what each company is looking for (this will make things easier on you). Second, if the area is not properly and completely dried out, even in the areas you cannot see, the structure will more than likely suffer secondary damage. What is secondary damage? Mold growing in your home is known as secondary damage after a water damage event. Mold needs moisture to grown and it can grow within 24-48 hours. Time is a factor after a water damage. If mold is already growing in your home after a water damage, SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas can remediate that as well. We are here to help. Give us a call today!
Four Ways to Check for Hidden Water Leaks
Do I have a water leak?
Think you may have a water leak somewhere in your home? Here are some good ways to tell when the leak is not obvious.
- Pay Attention to Increased Water Bills
Monitor your water bill for sudden unexplained increases.
- Check Your Water Meter
Pick a few hours when you can go without using the water In your home. Record your water meter before and after. Was there an increase?
- Toilet Leaks
Put a drop of food coloring in your toilet’s tank. If within 15 minutes or less, the toilet bowl reveals that color, you may have a leak. Make sure to flush the toilet multiple times after performing this test so your bowl does not get stained.
- Look for Mold
Where there is mold, there is moisture. Something is feeding that moisture. It’s possible there is a leak somewhere.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage to your Commercial Space
- Train all employees on the location of the water shut off valves and make sure they are easily accessible.
- Find out if your business is located on a flood plain and if your area offers programs for business owners.
- Conduct regular inspections of your HVAC units, roof, water heaters, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, and any other area you have that may have a water leak.
- Make sure your insurance policy is up to date and you are insured.
- Keep any documents, inventory, or anything critical to your business' survival at least a few feet off the ground.
- Be prepared for a water damage event. The faster the water is removed and dried out, the better off you are going to be. Time is an important factor. Please save our number to your phone so you know who to call. SERVPRO® of Marble Falls / Lampasas: (830) 693-6415
Deep Cleaning Industrial Kitchens
SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas would like to deep clean and sanitize your industrial kitchen! Whether your building is a restaurant, a school, a church, an office, a cafeteria, or even a roller rink, chances are it's been a minute since the kitchen has had a full deep cleaning and sanitization. The flooring is cleaned and sanitized along with all surfaces and storage areas. Today, it's more important than ever to keep food preparation and storage surfaces clean and sanitized. Customers and patrons have been more and more demanding of a clean restaurant and/or industrial kitchen. In addition to cleaning the flooring, and the food prep and storage surfaces, SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas employees will move large appliances to the best of their abilities and even clean behind those as well. Call today to schedule. SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas, Here to Help.
Make Sure to Have a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home or Business
Where should I keep my fire extinguisher?
Not only is it smart to keep fire extinguishers in your home, it’s also the law in many states.
It's important to make sure you have the right types of fire extinguishers on hand to put out common household fires. Read our fire extinguisher safety tips to learn how to stay safe and don't forget to make sure you have the right coverage if your home sustains fire damage.
Getting started with fire extinguishers
The first thing to do when choosing a fire extinguisher is to decide which rooms in your house need one. You should keep at least one on each level of your house. Make sure you keep fire extinguishers handy where fires are more likely to start, like in the kitchen and garage.
Learning how to use your fire extinguisher
How do I use a fire extinguisher?
Once you've made your purchases, familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:
- Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher in order to break the tamper seal.
- Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointed at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.
- If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.
Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Faster to Disaster
SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas offers a 24 hour emergency service. Our office is open Monday through Friday, however there will always be someone to answer your call after hours and on the weekends. If the event is classified as an emergency, SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas will be out right away regardless of time or day. When hurricanes, floods, wild fires, and other disasters strike all around the country, SERVPRO franchises band together and travel sometimes thousands of miles to come to the disaster area to help restore homes and businesses affected. If there is a catastrophic event in your area, SERVPRO will call in "extreme teams" that will arrive in your city or town to help cover more ground and to help more home and business owners. If your home or business has suffered a water damage or other emergency event, please do not hesitate to call.
Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is at the Forefront of Continuing Education for the Insurance Industry
SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas offers complementary continuing education credits for insurance and real estate industry professionals. Call or email us today to find out when and where the next class is. (830) 693-6415
SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas offers both credit and noncredit courses for: real estate professionals, insurance adjusters, insurance agents, and franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Restoration and Remediation
- Restorative Drying for Loss Control
- Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
When we all work together for our clients, everyone wins. Striving for the most efficient and cost-effective restoration process is always the goal. SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas is happy to offer CE credits in our specialty lines of business.
SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas - Here to Help
Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Uses Industrial Grade Equipment and Cleaning Products on your Home or Business
If your home or business has suffered a water damage event, simply cleaning up the water and opening up the windows will not completely dry the space, leaving your home or business vulnerable to future mold growth (known as secondary damage). SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas uses industrial grade dehumidifiers and fans to completely dry your home or business. SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas uses moisture testing devices to make sure your walls, closets, and floors are dry before we leave your home and close out the job. In addition to drying, commercial grade anti-fungal treatments are applied in order to prevent mold from forming.
If your home or business has suffered a fire damage event, air scrubbers are brought in to the area to "scrub" the air clean and remove the chemical and smoke odor. In addition to air scrubbers, special cleaning agents are used to save as many smoke-affected items as possible in your home or business.
If your home or business has suffered a water damage, fire damage, or mold growth event, please do not hesitate to call us today.
Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained
Bio hazard clean up is considered: blood clean up, urine clean up, human feces clean up, animal feces clean up, vomit clean up, and other human fluids. General maid and janitorial services will not remove these items due to their potentially hazardous nature. SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas technicians are trained and properly uniformed to safely remove bio hazardous materials. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas to get the job done quickly, safely, and to sanitation standards. Many homes and buildings that have been left unattended and/or improperly cared for will generally require this type of service. SERVPRO of Marble Falls / Lampasas will remove all hazardous items and properly dispose of them. If you or your business is in need of bio hazard removal, please do not hesitate to call today.