fire damage austin

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!

Indoor vs Outdoor Air: Which is More Polluted?

Steam Team Marketing Team at Trade Show

Steam Team Marketing Team at Trade Show

It may be difficult to believe that the air you breathe indoors may be more polluted than the air you’d encounter outdoors. This fact is absurd, and only grows more unsettling as we consider that the amount of time we spend indoors versus outdoors is only increasing. All of this may leave us wondering where we can escape to, or at least what can be done to increase air quality. But first, let’s take a glance at a handful of causes to these indoor air pollutants!

 

What’s Polluting Indoor Air?

 

  1. Tobacco Smoke

 

Tobacco smoke is a major pollutant, and its second hand smoke lingers in the air far longer, only to settle onto every surface present.  

 

  1. Mold

 

Mold grows in lickity split and spreads even more rapidly. If you notice a mold issue in your home you’ll need to act quickly! It’s a good idea to call in a professional cleaning and restoration service to ensure that your home is thoroughly treated.

 

  1. Poor Ventilation

 

Inadequate ventilation is one of the most common causes of indoor pollution. This also explains why you may feel worse in humid climates, or in the winter when the air conditioning isn’t running as frequently. Be sure to properly ventilate your home by utilizing kitchen fans or other exhaust fans, air conditioning units, ceiling fans, etc.


 

What Can Be Done?

 

Indoor pollutants can put our health at risk by causing irritated mucous membranes in our eyes, nose, or throat, and an array of other medical conditions. Symptoms are often masked by colds, flus, and other illnesses.  The best thing you can do for indoor pollutants is to eliminate the source(s), and thoroughly ventilate your home.


For a professional touch, consider hiring The Steam Team to thoroughly clean your home and reduce indoor air pollutants!. In no time at all, we’ll have your home looking and feeling pristine and, most importantly, healthy.