Water Damage and Mold: How to Avoid the Unexpected

Water from a flood or a broken pipe can do immense amounts of damage to a home. And to make it even worse, water damage will lead to mold growth more often than not, which can be horrible to the health of anyone living there. These issues can be very difficult and costly to clean up, but if you follow these tips you can prevent water damage and mold growth from happening in the first place!

Preventing Water Damage

To prevent water damage from occurring, be sure to;

  • Clean roof gutters every few months. If your roof gutters are clogged with leaves, sticks, or anything at all, the water may build up, leak in through your roof, and cause some serious damage.

  • Purchase a drain snake. You might be using powerful chemicals to unclog drains in your kitchen or bathroom, but these chemicals may actually do damage to your pipes and cause them to leak. A drain snake is an inexpensive, safer alternative.

  • Pay attention to your water bill. Of course, you should be paying close attention to your bills anyway! But if you notice any particularly high water bills coming in, it’s likely you have a leak and need to get an inspection as soon as possible.

Stopping Mold Growth

For mold to grow, all it needs a little bit of water and a dark space. If the water damage is already done, you can still prevent mold growth by;

  • Removing water as quickly as possible with a wet/dry vacuum.

  • Use high-powered fans to dry the carpet.

  • Use a dehumidifying machine to dry out the air in the room or rooms.

  • Sanitize all carpet flooring using a steam-cleaner.

  • Sanitize all walls and hard surface floors with soap and water.

Water Damage Restoration

If you’re already too late and water damage or mold has already taken hold in your home, call The Steam Team and we’ll send our best water damage and mold remediation professionals your way!

The Top 3 Dangers of Plumbing Overflow

Every homeowner will experience plumbing overflow of one kind or another at some point in their lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to understand plumbing overflow and the potential dangers that come along with it, as well as understanding how to avoid them, and how to combat them when they’ve already happened. Hopefully with this information form The Steam Team, you’ll have a better understanding of what can happen when your plumbing gets out of control.

Mold Growth

One of the possible dangers of any kind of plumbing overflow is mold growing in the home. All that mold needs to start growing is a wet, dark area in the home. As the plumbing overflow sinks through the floors, into the walls, or any other secluded place, it provides the perfect home for mold growth. Left unchecked, the mold will only continue to grow and cause a host of health problems for everyone in the home, especially those who already have allergy problems or respiratory issues.

Damaged Floors

If excessive amounts of water start to build up on any floor due to plumbing overflow, the water will sink into the floor and cause damage to the subfloor, which will then have to be removed. If water sinks into a second story floor, it could leak all the way through and drip down, causing even more damage to your home.

Safety Hazards

Possibly the most alarming threats of plumbing overflow are the immediate safety hazards it can create. Many surfaces will become slippery when wet, and you have to be careful when walking on them or they could cause you to slip and become seriously injured. If water leaks onto any electrical appliance, it could cause electrocution.

How The Steam Team Can Help

With all of this in mind, you can see how dangerous plumbing overflow can really be, and handling it by yourself is certainly not the best option. That’s why we offer plumbing overflow cleanup and water damage restoration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information,

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!