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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.

Causes and Effects of Water Damage

Water Damage Clean Up

Water Damage Clean Up

When it comes to water damage, the degree of its severity can vary from water spots and spills, to catastrophic flooding. We think it’s important to know the causes and effects of water damage so that you can better protect and repair your home, in the event of a nasty leak, or even a natural disaster. And while the cleanup and restoration process can be daunting keep in mind that there are always professionals to help you along the way. The Steam Team is made up of professionals who are trained to tactfully and expertly handle these specific situations!

Common Causes of Water Damage

Let’s take a glance at the common causes of water damage. Most of the time, leaky appliances are to blame (broken dishwashers, refrigerators, or washing machines). Broken, decaying water pipes are dangerous as well. Leaky roofs or even cracked foundations are things to watch out for. Keep an eye out for these issues and repair them as soon as possible.

Common Effects of Water Damage

Water damage doesn’t play around! Remember that mold grows and spreads easiest near moisture and humidity. An increase in mold growth can affect your family’s wellness by aggravating allergy and asthma symptoms, causing respiratory diseases, and other issues. Take the safest route, and seek professional advice and treatment if mold begins to grow inside your home. The last thing you need on top of a water damage crisis, is a growing, strengthening mold problem.

 

 

Unfortunately, water damage can take its toll on our flooring, furniture, and other important possessions. Insurance policies may or may not cover damage costs. It can be devastating to lose property from water damage, or have to bear the cost of repairs in and around your home. Never let the size of this task overwhelm you. Don’t hesitate to call us, The Steam Team! We can help you through any water damage crisis!