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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.

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!

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.

Cleaning Up Fire Damage: The Best Way

Water & Fire Damage

Water & Fire Damage

House fires are the worst nightmares of many homeowners. When your home catches fire, the experience is devastating, and the aftermath is equally as draining. It’s both difficult and dangerous to begin the cleanup process by yourself, which is why we encourage you to all The Steam Team for help with fire damage restoration. Because we’re sensitive to the toll a fire can take on you and your family, we want to help you bring your home back to life.

 

  1. Make the Call

 

As quickly as possible, make the first step toward restoration by making a simple phone call. Contact The Steam Team immediately after the event, as prolonging this step may result in further damage to your home. Once you’ve given us a call, we’ll be able to speak with you about details of the event, and determine an appropriate response.

 

  1. Survey the Damage

 

When our fire or water damage restoration technicians arrive at your home, they will first begin surveying the damage. Afterward, we’ll begin the restoration process by making sure your home is protected from further damage. Often times damage occurs to the roofing and windows in a home. During this step we may lay tarps over sections of your roof, or board up windows.

 

  1. Removal, Cleaning, Disinfecting

 

We’ll immediately remove standing water and moisture by using air movers, dryers, and dehumidifiers. This will help to prevent mold growth, bacteria, etc. Smoke and soot will be removed from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. And finally, with expert cleaning techniques, our team will work to clean and sanitize all restorable items. We’ll work to remove germs, bacteria, and foul odors from your home.


The Steam Team understands how devastating a house fire can be to you and your family. We strive to restore your home to its previous condition using our many years of experience, and expert restoration techniques. Let us handle this burden for you, and call The Steam Team today!