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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!

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 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!

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!