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Water Damage and Wood Floors

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Wood Floors

Something as simple as a gallon of water spilled on hardwood floors can ruin the flooring, start mold growth, and cause the wood to buckle.   Whether it be a slow leak from a sink, an overflowed toilet from above, or a broken refrigerator line, water causes warping and can trigger mold and mildew growth that can ruin wood. Major flooding can cause wall and foundation problems that must be addressed, but the first step in mitigating the damage done by water to a building -- including its wood floors -- is to gently but quickly ventilate and dry materials.

SERVPRO® of West Austin / Lakeway uses commercial-grade machines that extract the water from the wood flooring with a powerful force.  If we are called immediately following a water damage event, there is a good possibility we can save your wood floors from buckling using the high-powered water extractors.  More about Water Damage Restoration

Source: Homeguides

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

6/18/2019 (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.

Getting Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor

The smell of cigars, cigarettes, and other smoke odors can get trapped in a home and be very strong and stubborn.  The smell of tobacco and/or cigarette smoke and tar is stubborn because it "sticks" to all surfaces in your home as it spreads through the air. So, how do you get rid of the cigarette odor?  The short answer is that it's very difficult.  ALL surfaces in the home need to be scrubbed and deodorized, including the: flooring, walls, furniture, appliances, small items, and clothing. Even the air in the home needs to be deodorized during the process.  It's not an easy task, but the experts at SERVPRO® of West Austin / Lakeway have done it many times and are Here to Help.  To learn more about smoke damage removal, give us a call today. 

Tips to Prevent Water Damage to your Commercial Space

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Tips to Prevent Water Damage to your Commercial Space

  1. Train all employees on the location of the water shut off valves and make sure they are easily accessible.
  2. Find out if your business is located on a flood plain and if your area offers programs for business owners.
  3. 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.
  4. Make sure your insurance policy is up to date and you are insured.
  5. Keep any documents, inventory, or anything critical to your business' survival at least a few feet off the ground.
  6. 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 West Austin / Lakeway

Mold Growth in the Kitchen

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

 Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen

  • Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • Turn off certain appliances if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair if necessary. Many of the homes we visit that have suffered mold damage stems from an undetected link under the kitchen sink that has set the conditions just right for an outbreak of mold growth.  Mold under and behind the kitchen sink often goes undetected until there is a kitchen remodel and by then it has spread dramatically. 
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary. Mold growth can go long undetected behind a kitchen refrigerator. 
  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.

If you smell or can visibly see mold growth in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Austin / Lakeway today.

Source: WebMD Online

Grease and Your Kitchen Sink

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Grease and Your Kitchen Sink

Never pour grease down your sink. You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

Learn more about water damage by clicking here.

Source: Farmers Online

SERVPRO® of West Austin / Lakeway will Deep Clean your Restaurant

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of West Austin / Lakeway will Deep Clean your Restaurant

SERVPRO of West Austin / Lakeway uses industrial grade cleaning equipment, solutions, and cleaning agents to ensure all areas including walls, floors, and counter tops are both cleaned and sanitized. This cleaning process should be done at least every 6 months to ensure a clean environment.

In addition to the restaurant's cleanliness, it will also great help the restaurant's appearance to its customers. A restaurant's: atmosphere, attention to detail, and well-kept facilities are important for a customer's good first impression. 

Deep cleaning is also very important for safety. Daily mopping sustains a clean floor, but will not scrub deeply enough to remove certain bacteria. Sticky floors and unwanted objects can cause personnel or guests to slip. For a truly clean floor, it is important to remove: grease, oil, gum and even mold.

For a deep cleaning of your restaurant, please call SERVPRO® of West Austin / Lakeway today!

Source: Yahoo Finance Online Jan 2019

Preventing mold and bacterial growth in the building’s ventilation system

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing mold and bacterial growth in the building’s ventilation system

Ventilation systems should be checked regularly, particularly for damp filters and overall cleanliness. A preventive maintenance plan should be put into place for each major component of the building’s ventilation system. Contact your equipment supplier or manufacturer for recommended maintenance schedules and operations and maintenance manuals. Components that are exposed to water (e.g., drainage pans, coils, cooling towers, and humidifiers) require scrupulous maintenance to prevent microbial 10 growth and the entry of undesired microorganisms or chemicals into the indoor air stream.

Air duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems. The components of these systems may become contaminated with mold if moisture is present within the system, resulting in the potential release of mold spores throughout the building. All components of the system must be cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system. Water-damaged or contaminated porous materials in the ductwork or other air handling system components should be removed and replaced. Ventilation system filters should be checked regularly to ensure that they are seated properly. Filters should be replaced on a routine schedule.

Source: OSHA Online. Jan 2019

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

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 West Austin/Lakeway technicians are trained and properly uniformed to safely remove bio hazardous materials. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of West Austin/Lakeway 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 West Austin/Lakeway 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.

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Uses Industrial Grade Equipment and Cleaning Products on your Home or Business

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

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 West Austin/Lakeway uses industrial grade dehumidifiers and fans to completely dry your home or business.  SERVPRO of West Austin/Lakeway 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.