5 Lingering Dangers After Fire & Water Damage Marble Falls

If you’ve experienced a fire in your home, you’ll want to have your home cleaned and restored as soon as possible. You might be thinking that you can handle the job yourself but you should know that even after the flames have burned out, the danger isn’t over. Here are 5 reasons that you should leave the cleaning and restoration up to professionals I Marble Falls:

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Attempting to enter a recently burned building is extremely dangerous for many reasons. Perhaps the most obvious danger is the inhalation of smoke still remaining in the building. Inhaling smoke can lead to a decrease in the body’s oxygen and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Long-term Damage

Exposure to smoke in the long term can lead to many serious health conditions and has been associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease.

Immediate Reactions

When coming in direct contact with smoke, you’re also likely to experience many negative short-term reactions such as nausea due to odor, or irritation to the nose, throat or eyes.

Dangerous Chemical Reactions

Since most homes are filled with cleaning supplies and various other products containing harsh chemicals, the fire may have caused combustion of these chemicals or caused them to mix, either of which could make the smoke extremely toxic to inhale.

Weakened Immune Systems

Those with weakened or less developed immune systems are particularly at risk to the dangers of smoke and soot. That includes infants, children and the elderly. Anybody with weakened immune systems should stay far away from any building that has recently experienced a fire.

How We Can Help

Given the information above, we hope we have urged you to never enter a property that has recently experienced fire damage. For situations as sensitive as this, stay safe and let the professionals handle it. The Steam Team technicians can fully clean and restore any property with the proper equipment and methods. For more information on our fire damage restoration service in Marble Falls or Horshoebay, visit The Steam Team website. If you have fire or water damage in marble falls call us now at 512-451-8326.

How to Eliminate Mold and Water Damage The Right Way

Whether it was caused by flooding and water damage in Bonita Springs / Naples Florida or simply a damp area that was left unnoticed for too long, mold growth can be a disastrous problem for any home or business. By reading this short blog, you’ll give yourself a better understanding of mold growth and how our professional remediation process can help you eliminate it for good. Water damage Bonita Springs, Florida headquarters.

Mold’s Effect on Health

Exposure to environments with mold growth can cause a wide variety of health problems. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others. For many people, it can cause throat irritation, cough, eye irritation, skin irritation, and nasal stuffiness.

People with specific allergies to mold may have even more severe symptoms. People with existing lung conditions may develop lung infections as a result of mold growth in the home. For all of these reasons and more, the proper steps must be taken to eliminate mold from your home as soon as you discover it.

Professional Remediation Process

With a quick call, TST Total Restoration professional technicians and mold specialists will arrive at your home ready and equipped to handle your mold problem, and even remove water and provide other restoration services if needed. Our mold remediation process is a simple and powerful seven step process that goes as follows:

  1. Mold damage examination using the latest technology.

  2. Water extraction and drying of all damaged areas.

  3. Containment of affected area to prevent mold spreading.

  4. Disposal of all affected materials.

  5. Complete evaluation and treatment of AC and HVAC systems.

  6. Mold disinfectant.

  7. Mold damage repair and restoration.

Why Choose TST of Bonita Springs/ Naples Florida area?

So the question is, can you get this remediation process and level of service from just any company? What sets TST apart?

Well for starters, TST offers 24 hour response. That’s right, we can take your call and have our professionals sent your way at any time, day or night. We also won’t charge you for an estimate. And besides all that, we have the best certified technicians and the latest professional mold remediation and drying equipment. For more information on the services we offer, visit our website.

How The Steam Team Can Help After Fire Damage

If a fire occurs in your home or business in Austin Texas, the danger can be catastrophic. And even after the fire has been extinguished, if the damages are not properly taken care of in a fast, safe and efficient manner, the damages will become worse and more costly to fix. But with the right help, restoring and repairing your home can be a lot easier than you might think. Here’s some helpful information about fire damage restoration from The Steam Team of Austin.

The Dangers of Smoke and Fire Damage

It’s important to keep in mind that in the aftermath of a fire disaster, you should NEVER enter the building before the restoration technicians arrive. Even after the fire has been put out, there can be smoke or burned chemicals that could be extremely harmful. These things will be entirely cleaned by the restoration team when they arrive.

Fire and smoke damage can also cause discoloration on walls and ceilings and dark stains from the smoke on certain surfaces. After fire and smoke, odors may also be trapped in certain areas of the building, and won’t come out without thorough cleaning or removal of that item. Ash and soot left behind from the fire can become trapped in air conditioner vents and behind walls, causing further damage if they aren’t cleaned quickly.

For all of these reasons and more, it’s important to have professionals in charge of fire damage restoration. Let’s talk about the process that we use for fire damage restoration here at The Steam Team.

The Restoration Process

Our fire restoration professionals will start by giving the structure a thorough inspection to get a good picture of the extent of the damage and give you a fair estimate of the repair costs. Then they’ll immediately seal up the building by boarding it off and using roof tarps if needed. Then they’ll use high powered equipment to remove all water (if there is any), smoke and soot from the building. Then they’ll begin a thorough cleaning and repairing of the entire home, before finally moving on to complete restoration. For more information on our fire and water damage restoration, as well as other services that we offer, visit Steam Team website.

First Steps After Water Damage

Water damage is always a serious issue, no matter the cause! It quickly leads to the growth and spreading of mold, which, of course, quickly becomes dangerous to you and your family. To prevent the worst from happening, we suggest following these three steps! And never worry, because The Steam Team is available 24/7 for situations like these, and we’ve always got your back!

Shut Off the Power and Gas

We understand that water damage can mean all sorts of things, so if you’re only dealing with minor puddles and leaks, you’re likely safe and don’t have to worry about this part. But if there’s standing water around, it’s important that you turn off the power and gas for safety reasons! Finally, consult an electrician about what to do afterward.

Watch Yourself Around Standing Water

It’s highly unfortunate, but in some cases of water damage, enough water may enter the home to the point where it’s standing. During cleanup and restoration, we unfortunately have to sometimes wade through this murky, dirty water. If you’re dealing with standing water, make sure you’re taking proper safety precautions. Wear safety masks, adequate boots for protection, and watch out for whatever may be floating in that water!

Call Us, The Steam Team

Finally, you’ll need to make some phone calls. You’ll have to first call your insurance company so that they can come out and assess the situation. Next, call us, The Steam Team, your leading cleaning and restoration company in Austin, TX. We’ll help you start to remedy the situation as soon as possible. We’re here for you through the good times, and the bad. So whether you’re dealing with a minor appliance leak, or a major flood, don’t hesitate to give us a call.  

Like we mentioned before, we’re available 24/7 through emergency situations. Don’t wait- let us help you today!

3 Secrets to Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Carpet is one of the most widely used materials for flooring across houses and has been for decades upon decades. It’s comfortable and soft, making it perfect for areas like the bedroom, closets, and even living rooms. But- because it’s so often used in these popular areas, it’s also susceptible to all the dirt, dust, and grime that come with foot traffic (and lots of it). That’s why we’ve put together our best 3 secrets for protecting your carpet against those stains, spills, and even regular wear and tear!


Regular Maintenance

As with any other flooring or surface, regular maintenance is always the key to keeping things looking and feeling clean. However, with carpet, the regular maintenance may need to be a little more involved (especially with those extra feet running around). Vacuum multiple times per week, thoroughly, to ensure you’ve picked up those dirt and dust particles from the deep depths of those carpet fibers.


Periodic Maintenance

Another good way to keep the carpet clean and from being damaged is to have the professionals come out and thorough cleanings with their equipment periodically. Steam cleaning is one of the most effective methods for carpeting, pulling out each of those pesky particles with such strong suction.


Check Your Padding

One of the least known facts about carpet, is how much the padding affects its fibers over the course of its life. Without proper padding, your carpet doesn’t have anything to protect it from the bearing the weight from foot traffic. However, if you have proper padding underneath your carpet, it allows the fibers more cushion to absorb the force.


Not sure if your carpets need to be cleaned? Want a free steam cleaning estimate? Give us a call today! The Steam Team is always here to help.


How to Handle Fire And Water Damage in 3 Steps

Fires can be started within seconds and they spread even faster, devastating nearly everything they come in contact with. From personal belongings to fixtures and furniture- while so many things are left behind, it’s often a question of what can actually be salvaged and what could pose potential dangers. Fire damage is not easy to handle, but with the professionals on your side- we promise to make it as smooth as possible for you and your loved ones. Water can cause even more damage. 


Call the Professionals

Fire isn’t just dangerous because of the flames, it also weakens the structure of your home and leaves behind thick smoke and ash that can cause health issues if breathed in for prolonged periods of time. That’s why it’s extremely important to call for help when facing fire damage, let the experienced and knowledgeable technicians do their jobs. DON’T hesitate- call a cleaning and restoration company ASAP (like The Steam Team).


Record Damage for Insurance Purposes

As devastating as the damage may be, it’s always important to record every minor detail for insurance purposes. We want to make sure you’re able to replace everything that was taken with the fire and documentation is the best and most concrete way to do this. When you’re working with a professional restoration company as well, they’ll help facilitate this process so it’s not as overwhelming.


Be Safe and Step Back

Whenever near the affected area, wear a dust respirator (safety mask) to protect yourself against dust, smoke, and other dangerous substances in the air. Otherwise, try to step back and let the professionals do their job.


For over a decade, The Steam Team has been helping homeowners take back their homes after fire and smoke damage. We know exactly what to do, and we have the equipment for it, too! Give us a call today if you find yourself facing fire and water damage, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

3 Reasons to Rid Your Home of Smoke and Ash After a Fire

House fires are devastating all around. You lose possessions, you take on structural damage to your home, and smoke and ash feel nearly impossible to get rid of! But with the help of a professional cleaning and restoration company who really knows what they’re doing, you can have your home back to normal in no time! And you definitely want to be hasty about it; here are three reasons to rid your home of smoke and ash after a fire:


Simply put, smoke and ash cause...


Damage to Your Possessions


Smoke and soot can cling to your possessions, causing discoloration, staining, that stench; ultimately the smoke ruins them. It’s important that you immediately contact the professionals for help with the cleanup! You want to make sure it’s done correctly, in order to protect the health of you and your loved ones.


Damage to Your Home


Smoke clings to walls, countertops, and flooring, too. The evidence of that devastating house fire is everywhere. But let’s get rid of it! The Steam Team can come in and effortless steam clean your walls, countertops, flooring, draperies- almost anything. Contact the professionals, like us, and we’ll be out in no time to help restore your home to its original condition!


Damage to Your Health


Finally, smoke and ash pose a health risk. Not to mention, smoked-damaged property slowly and gradually releases toxic gases and chemicals into the environment- that doesn’t sound good for your health, does it? Contact the professionals for help removing smoke and soot completely from your home.

Whatever the issue may be, The Steam Team has your back! From general cleanup and restoration to cleaning up after a house fire, we know exactly what to do! We also have top-notch equipment that we like to bring along; you’ll be shocked at our results!

Eliminating Everything from Mold: Remediation and Restoration

As we’ve previously talked about in other blogs, water damage can cause extensive damage to your property and belongings, often leaving behind mold long after it’s gone. Mold - it’s a scary wor

d. But, an even scarier situation if someone (or yourself) discovers it growing in your home. The perfect environment for mold growth is one full of moisture and humidity- the exact environment created by water damage. With mold, as with other contaminants, you want to take action as soon as possible to ensure that growth is minimized and everything is eliminated properly.


Mold Remediation

If not completely removed, mold poses several health risks to you and your family. The longer it’s left untreated, the higher risk there is of allergy-like symptoms to even toxic contamination, it’s better to not take the risk and ensure the mold is completely remediated properly.


The Steam Team will come in and inspect every inch of your home to ensure that there aren’t any spots of mold that have been left behind. However, removing mold is a dangerous job and should never be tried without proper safety equipment so no one is harmed. Professionals have the right equipment, gear, knowledge, and expertise to accurately remove and stop any mold growth from walls, floors, and other belongings.


Home Restoration

After any sign of mold is gone, it’s time to begin restoring your home to its previous (beautiful) condition. Depending on the severity of the situation, the water damage and mold could have affected the structure of your home- in this case, we call in the professionals to begin restoring its strength.


Restoration so often depends on each individual situation, but having professionals help you along the way will ensure that you’ll be safe and taken care of when all’s said and done. Contact us today for more information- for emergencies with water and fire damage, we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.