MOLD REMEDIATION: The Importance of Using a Licensed Mold Remediation Specialist
Mold remediation is a serious job that always needs to be handled by licensed mold remediation specialists like the team at SERVPRO of Bellaire. Mold is a potentially hazardous health concern.
FEMA warns residents of homes that flood to thoroughly clean and dry any areas affected by flood water to ensure that mold does not grow, but sometimes that is not enough. SERVPRO of Bellaire uses dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity present in water damaged properties.
A home owner is unlikely to have access to the specialized equipment used by the team at SERVPRO of Bellaire, which is one reason insurance companies trust the team when their policy holders experience a water loss.
Many insurance companies call SERVPRO if Bellaire first when their clients experience a loss because they trust that the team will complete the work properly preventing subsequent mold claims.
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Leader in Storm Restoration
SERVPRO of Bellaire is a leader in storm restoration and is backed by the national network of SERVPRO owners. SERVPRO is faster to any disaster, because when a major storm happens the network of franchise owners across the United States springs into action and the company's vast resources and equipment is sent to the location in need.
When major hurricanes are expected to make landfall teams of SERVPRO professionals from across the nation are rushing to the scene, so they are able to help as soon as possible with the cleanup efforts.
SERVPRO is a leader in storm restoration and cleanup and SERVPRO of Bellaire is always ready to help those in their time of need. Especially the community they serve. Call SERVPRO of Bellaire first when you experience a loss.
Threats Associated with Water Damage
You may not think about the health threats after experiencing a water related loss, but FEMA warns, "During flood cleanup, you may think the air quality inside your home would be the least of your problems. But standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease and allergic reactions and continue to damage the home and your health long after the flood"
When you experience a water loss it is important to consider the potential health hazards present and allow a company like SERVPRO of Bellaire assist with the cleanup, so you do not experience health threats which can go unnoticed, as mold and bacteria often hide behind walls and cabinets. Storm and water specialists like those at SERVPRO of Bellaire are trained to spot risks and eliminate them.
Water Damage: Mold can Grow Within 24-48 Hours
It is extremely important to have a reputable company like SERVPRO of Bellaire handle water damage, as the threat of potentially hazardous mold can develop as soon as 24-48 hours after the original water damage.
When a water loss occurs, humidity levels are high. The team at SERVPRO of Bellaire uses specialized equipment like dehumidifiers to dry properties and reduce the humidity levels. This is an extremely important part of cleanup after water damage.
Normal drying methods are simply not enough to reduce the humidity levels in a home after a major water loss. Mold is able to grow behind cabinets, walls and under flooring quickly, so the threat has to be handled by professionals who know how to properly dry flooring, walls, and other fixtures in the property.
Water Damage Causes
There are many causes of water damage. Below is a list of common causes of water related loss:
- Broken Pipe
- Washer Overflows
- Water Heater Overflow
- Rising Water from Flooding
- Roof Leaks
- Water from a Broken Window
- Toilet or Bathtub Overflow
- Air Conditioner Drip Pan Overflow
- Broken Appliance Hoses
- Fire Related Water Damage
These are a few of the many ways a SERVPRO customer may experience a water damage. SERVPRO of Bellaire customers know who to call when they experience a water loss. The team is specially trained to properly handle water loss damage.
Until you experience a water related loss you may not realize how important it is to hire a water damage specialist, but SERVPRO of Bellaire is trusted by insurance agents and property owners across Houston, TX and they are always ready to help you get back to life, "Like it never even happened," after you experience a loss.
Damage You Could Experience with a Fire
The photo shows smoke damage from a very small kitchen fire.
Fire damage is caused by the actually fire. This can include damage to the structure of the property. Often materials are melted and can ignite other materials with this type of damage.
Fire damage can also cause different toxins to react causing explosions or they can act as accelerant spreading the flames and causing additional damage.
Water damage is always present with fire damage because the flames have to be extinguished. Often the damage caused by the sprinklers in a building is much more significant than the initial fire damage.
Soot from a fire can be found in every room of a house that has been badly burned, even those rooms that were not burnt. Often homeowner's belongings, furniture, clothes in drawers, important documents, paintings, and more are completely covered in charcoal black soot. Some items are not salvageable and the items that are have to be properly cleaned or the soot can permanently destroy them.
After experiencing a house fire the water damage has to be professionally handled, because when it is not properly dried mold can grow. Mold is a toxin that can cause numerous potential health problems for those living in the property. It is important to make sure the water damage is taken care of by professionals like those at SERVPRO of Bellaire.
SERVPRO of Bellaire is Trusted by Commercial Clients
Commercial cleaning customer.
Commercial customers trust SERVPRO of Bellaire for all of their restoration and cleaning service needs. Many of the commercial business owners around SERVPRO of Bellaire trust the qualified team to perform various services at their properties.
SERVPRO is a trusted name in the cleaning and restoration industry and commercial clients know they are dealing with a reputable company that employs highly trained professionals. Many of the services performed by the SERVPRO of Bellaire team are necessary to keep business owners and customers safe.
Commercial customers trust SERVPRO because they know the team will respond quickly and be professional on the job. The professionalism displayed by team members when they are on a job is one of the reasons SERVPRO of Bellaire is a leader in commercial cleaning and building restoration services.
Untreated Water Leaks Can Cause Mold
This photo shows the SERVPRO of Bellaire properly drying a property after a water loss.
If you have experienced a water leak there is a good chance that you have mold growing in your home around the area where the leak occurred. It is important to remember that even condensation can cause mold to grow in humid climates.
Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water which seeped through.
Often mold is found in air vents, behind sheet rock, under flooring and in insulation. Many times when mold is present in these placesu the homeowner is not aware that they are living with the potentially hazardous toxin. If you suspect there could be mold in your home call SERVPRO of Bellaire.
SERVPRO of Bellaire Fire and Water Restoration Specialists
Fire customer's home after they experienced a house fire.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- 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.
Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bellaire will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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SERVPRO of Bellaire Responds to Storm Disasters Nationwide
SERVPRO of Bellaire responds to storm disasters across the nation when local franchises are unable to meet the need created by emergency disasters. When they receive the call the storm response team is quickly on the scene of any disaster.
Often the SERVPRO of Bellaire team is on the scene before they are able to get to work, but they are ready as soon as they can to get to work helping the community in need.
When the SERVPRO of Bellaire team responds to out of state disasters they assist local teams in handling the needs of the community created by storms or other disasters. Helping other communities is part of being a SERVPRO owner and team member. It is an opportunity for SERVPRO of Bellaire to help communities across the nation in their time of need.