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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,



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.


 

3 Tips to Maintain Your Flooring Through the Winter

Water And Fire Damage 

Water And Fire Damage 

The holidays are a hectic time of year for most people! We’re exhausted from working long hours, tying up the year. We’re frazzled, running on fumes, and full of doubts like “Does Timmy already have this set of Legos? Are gift cards still a ‘thing?’” In the middle of preparing for family gatherings and a season spent indoors, it’s difficult to keep up with cleaning routines! But with the right amount of focus in the correct areas of your home, you can keep your flooring in great condition throughout the winter.

 

  1. Prepare for Increased Foot Traffic

 

During the winter time, it’s likely that our pets will be spending more time indoors, cuddling up next to us on the couch or beside the fireplace. Wherever their spot is, they’re bound to leave a mess behind.

 

Having more people in our homes means more foot traffic, and thus more dust and dirt to clean up at the end of the day! Keep the necessary supplies on hand for your convenience, or add a couple of area rugs to your living room.

 

  1. Vacuum, Instead of Dust Mopping/Sweeping

 

Dust mopping and sweeping both have a way of merely pushing dust and dirt around the room, instead of collecting it. Vacuums are more effective, efficient, and will save you frustration this winter as you’ll be cleaning up more frequently.

 

  1. Have Your Carpet, Tile, or Hardwood Flooring Regularly Cleaned by a Professional Steam Cleaning Company

 

Having a professional tend to your flooring is a wonderful way to optimize its condition. Whether you have carpet, tile, hardwood, or concrete flooring, a professional cleaning and restoration company has the right equipment to get the job done.

 

For professional results, you’ll need a professional’s experience and expertise. Give The Steam Team a call today; we’ll have your flooring looking like new, just in time for the holidays!

When the Pipes Break: Cleaning Up After Water Damage

Cleaners Austin

Cleaners Austin

Water damage can be caused by anything from an old pipe breaking, to leaky appliances, to a tragic house fire. But whatever its cause may be, water damage always seems to strike us at the wrong time. It can destroy our furniture, parts of our home, and empty our wallets. We know it’s not easy, but we encourage you to take the cleaning and restoration process one step at a time, and allow us to help you get off to the right start.

 

  1. Dry Out All Affected Areas

 

After the damage has been discovered, it’s imperative that you act as quickly as possible to thoroughly dry out all areas affected by the water. Water has a way of seeping into everything and if you’re not careful, you could have a mold infestation to deal with in the near future. Use towels, sponges, anything that is absorbent. Using a dehumidifier will help extract any remaining moisture from the room.

 

 

  1. Disinfect

 

Once everything has dried out (including walls and carpet padding) it’s important to disinfect the affected area to protect against bacteria. Your walls, counters, floors, and other surfaces will likely need professional treatment to prevent odors and stains.

 

  1. Stop the Spread of Mold

 

As we’ve warned you many times before, mold only needs twenty four hours to grow and begin the horrific process of taking over your home, so stop it in its tracks! As soon as you notice a mold issue, follow the previous steps and call a professional cleaning and restoration company to thoroughly inspect and treat your home.

 

  1. Call Your Local Cleaning & Restoration Company

 

Professional cleaning and restoration companies, like The Steam Team, have all of the expertise and equipment needed to tackle your water-damaged property. Don’t wait! Call The Steam Team today! No matter the severity of the damage, we can make any home look brand new again!

 

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!

5 Tips for Making Sure Your Home is Free of Mold

Certified Mold Remediation Austin, Texas

Certified Mold Remediation Austin, Texas

Mold can easily spread to take over our homes, compromise our health, and strain our budget. It’s worse for those of us who have allergies, asthma, or financial restrictions. The very last thing you want for your home and health is for mold to go undetected. But don’t worry; today the professionals have a few tips to help you detect and prevent mold growth within your home.

 

1. Monitor Humidity Levels

 

Mold likes to set up camp in wet, humid environments. It thrives and spreads the fastest in moisture. You may have a humidity problem if you notice condensation collecting on windows or walls. Dry these areas immediately and address any problems that may be causing them!


 

2. Check for Broken Appliances & Other Issues

 

It’s important to check your home for broken pipes, malfunctioning appliances, or puddles/damp areas. All of these could be creating excess moisture in your environment.


 

3. Dry Spills & Damp Areas Immediately

 

We don’t want to alarm you, but keep in mind that mold only requires 24 hours to grow! This means that all spills and wet areas should be tended to immediately.


 

4. Run Exhaust Fans While Showering

 

This is a very simple routine you can add to your day. Exhaust fans are installed in our bathrooms and kitchens to prevent moisture from lingering too long, so be sure to run them while you shower. Also make sure your shower curtain is adequate and not causing any water to spray onto the floor.


 

5. Call in the Professionals


Mold isn’t something to play around with. If you notice a growing problem in your home, don’t hesitate to call in the experts! That’s us, The Steam Team! We’re confident that we can defeat any mold infestation, no matter its severity.