Preventing Mold After Water Damage: A DIY Approach

Have you ever experienced flooding or water damage in your home? If you have, you already know how devastating and stressful it can be. And to add onto that stress, mold can in fact start growing within only 24 to 48 hours after water damage has taken place. But if you follow the advice given in this blog, you may be able to prevent or at the very least limit the growth of mold in your home.


Removing Water

First, before attempting you take anything out of the home you must ensure that there are no immediate safety hazards.


Then rent or buy a pump or wet vacuum that you can use to extract the standing water from your home. Make sure to look in every corner of the property, leaving no standing water behind or mold will quickly begin to grow.


Next, remove all walls, flooring, and any other materials below the water line that could have been damaged by the flood water.


Cleanup and Drying

After all water is gone, you’ll want to carefully clean and sanitize your home. Begin by vacuuming any leftover debris or soil. Use a pressure washer on all framing and a mild detergent on all other surfaces. Carpet and flooring will need to be steam cleaned. If mold is visible after cleaning, additional scrubbing may be necessary. When all of this cleaning has been finished, carefully sanitize every surface.


Now you can begin drying. This step is essential, since the only thing mold spores need to grow is moisture. Rent or buy high-powered fans, and leave them on 24 hours a day for about a week. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture. When the entire home has been dried, do everything in your power to keep it dry, so that the mold spores have time to die off.


Professional Mold Remediation

These steps may not be possible for all people to do on their own. Or maybe you’ve already waited too long and the mold has grown out of control. If either is the case, make sure you call The Steam Team to get a free estimate for mold damage, and help from our mold removal professionals. Call us for water damage in your home or office. We service Austin, Texas.

A Quick Guide to Restoring Water Damage

There’s no telling when water damage is going to occur. Between the unpredictability of natural disasters and the range of appliances throughout the home that use water; it’s always important to know how to handle water damage no matter where you live.


Preventing Water Damage

Water damage can cause a variety of issues to a home; damaging flooring, belongings, and creating a perfect environment for dreaded mold spores to grow. So let’s prevent all of that hassle, and talk about what needs to be done when you first discover flood and/or water damage in your home or office.


Regular Maintenance

Quick regular maintenance around your home will help to prevent water damage that would be caused by leakage from an appliance, a busted pipe, or an appliance completely breaking down. Keep up with your appliances, fixing any issues promptly that may arise- and don’t forget to care for your pipes properly during the colder months to avoid any freezing and/or bursting.


When Water Damage Occurs

First things first: contact your insurance company to figure out exactly what they cover. Remember to be straightforward about the incident so that there isn’t any confusion down the line. Then, call us! The Steam Team will immediately come out and help you through the cleanup and water extraction process.


Take Safety Precautions

To protect yourself against mold spores, be sure to purchase masks from your local pharmacy or department store. Wear them if you’re around the water damage for prolonged periods of time.


Cleanup and Water Extraction

Extracting the water alone is time consuming and a very careful process. If too much water is pumped out too quickly, you risk causing your walls to collapse from the pressure. To keep this from happening, we extract only two to three feet of water at a time.


If you’re unfortunately dealing with water damage, don’t hesitate to give The Steam Team a call at any hour of the day, any day of the week. We’re always here to help!


How The Professionals Help After Water Damage

Water damage can happen in the blink of an eye- most of have seen it, unfortunately. Whether it’s caused from a storm or other type of natural disaster or it comes from within the home itself- maybe from a broken appliance or busted pipe- it’s all devastating and potentially dangerous. Here at The Steam Team, we handle water damage regularly, so we’re here to give you a few tips!


Removing Water

Most importantly, never try to remove water damage yourself- you always want to call an expert on water removal. They will safely (and efficiently) remove any excess water from your home and ensure that there aren’t any health hazards or mold growth around the home.


Using the Right Equipment

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to call in the professionals just to be able to use their equipment. An experienced, professional restoration team will have equipment to suction the excess water out of your home.


Knowledge

Apart from having the right equipment, a professional team of technicians will have the knowledge and experience in how to restore your home from flood damage. They’ll move the furniture to the right areas, avoiding already-damaged areas to keep the process moving smoothly. They’ll ventilate the home to help dry out the home faster- these little tips and tricks that professionals have up their sleeves can make the entire process go drastically smoother.


If there’s anything to remember when it comes to dealing with water damage, it’s this: act immediately. The longer you wait, the more bacteria is likely to grow and you face a big chance for mold. Call us as soon as you can, we know how time sensitive these situations can be and our staff is properly trained to deal with any water damage.


3 Reasons to Call The Steam Team After Fire Damage

Damages to a home by fire and smoke can be a catastrophic event, and often lead to the loss of personal items, finances, and in some cases even your entire home. Though it may seem unthinkable, you should always have a plan for fire damage. Here are three reasons that your plan should involve The Steam Team.

 

Too Dangerous To Do Alone

In the event that a fire does take place in your home, who’s going to take up the job of cleaning and restoration? Maybe you’ll decide to save a buck by doing it all by yourself. Odds are, you wouldn’t have the means to. To do so, you would need the proper safety attire, tarps, industrial strength water pumps, a press extractor, cleaning materials and much more.

 

Even with all of this, you’re putting yourself at great risk by entering the damaged property. There may still be dangerous burning chemicals, or burned material in the air that would be harmful to breathe. The only way to ensure your safety and the proper care for your home is by hiring a professional team.

 

Best Restoration In Austin, TX

Luckily, if you live in the Austin area you won’t have to worry about attempting to restore your home yourself. The Steam Team technicians will restore your home for a great price using only professional equipment. Our technicians will start by inspecting the property to assess all fire and smoke damage. This process will allow our technicians to give you a full report on the damage, and an estimate of the costs. Then they’ll board up and tarp the home, and begin restoring and cleaning it thoroughly.

 

Consultation

After the completion of your fire damage restoration process, our technicians will offer consultation on how to better prepare your home to prevent any future fire damage from occurring. For more information on how we can help with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, and many other services, visit The Steam Team website.

3 Reasons to Handle Plumbing Overflow Immediately

Plumbing overflow is no matter to be taken lightly. If you have plumbing overflow in your home, it’s important that you act fast. Here are three reasons as to why you should take care of plumbing overflow immediately! And as always, don’t be afraid to rely on The Steam Team for guidance.

 

Prevent Mold Growth

 

It only takes twenty four hours for mold to begin to grow and spread. Mold is notorious for taking over homes and harming the health of those who inhabit them. If you spot mold growing in your home, contact the professionals immediately! It needs to be addressed as soon as possible. This is probably one of the most important factors when dealing with plumbing overflow.

 

You Might Not Know...

 

We don’t mean any offense by this, but you might not know what you’re dealing with! This is no DIY project. You could potentially cause more damage just by trying to help. If ever the problem seems to be out of your hands, don’t hesitate to call in The Steam Team. The Steam Team has over a decade of experience in dealing with plumbing overflow and cleanup; let us do the leg work for you!

 

You Might Need the Professionals

 

As we mentioned before, you might need the help of the professionals, like The Steam Team.  A professional cleaning and restoration company will be able to take your hairy situation and turn it into one that works for you once again!


Call The Steam Team today or log online to view our list of services and gather more information! We’re always standing by (literally, 24/7) and would love to help restore your home to its original condition. All it takes is one phone call! We’re not just here for plumbing overflow; we’re here for almost anything.

Fire Damage Tips Austin Texas

Winter is right around the corner… and as temperatures begin to drop, some of us are lighting our fireplaces already! It’s important, however, to remain educated about fire safety this season. Fire damage is definitely not something you want to deal with, so let’s follow these five safety guidelines when burning fires and heating your home this winter:

 

For space heaters:

 

Don’t Use Space Heaters (As Primary Sources of Heat)

 

Space heaters can be very dangerous and should only be used as supplementary sources of heat. And of course, they should be placed in a safe area, away from curtains, clothing items, flammable liquids, decorations, etc!

 

Use a Reliable Extension Cord

 

When it comes to the extension cord for your handy space heater, make sure it’s the adequate cord! If the extension cord is unable to handle the current, it could potentially overheat and melt. Then you’re in need of a replacement cord at best, or dealing with fire damage at worst.

 

For fireplaces:

 

Use a Fire Screen

 

Fire screens are used to shield the room from popping embers. They’re made of chain link or sometimes glass (always remember that glass can get really hot, and thus dangerous for pets and children).

 

Utilize the Proper Tools

 

Your fire will need to be poked and prodded periodically to keep it burning. Be sure you’re using the correct tools, for your own safety!

 

Clean Your Chimney

 

Lastly, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned at least once per year. Clearing it of dust, dirt, soot, and debris will help smoke flow through it easily. We service all of Central Texas. Please visit our website for service areas in Austin


Remember, accidents do happen, and we can’t do much to prevent them. So in case of your fire in your home, contact The Steam Team to help with the cleanup process. We’re experts at it, and have been doing it for over a decade now! So don’t hesitate!

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We’ve all done it at sometime: spilled our coffee, dropped our wine glass, or felt that pen explode and ink flow all over new top. It’s inevitable; accidents happen! But the evidence of said accidents doesn’t have to be permanent. We can remove the coffee, tea, and other dark stains from our flooring and furniture with these easy tips!

 

Coffee

 

For both carpet and upholstery, start by blotting the excess coffee with a clean, dry cloth. Next, pre-soak the stain in a solution of one quart warm water, ½ tsp of dishwashing detergent, and 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Let it soak for 15 minutes. Finally, rinse the stained area with warm water, and dry thoroughly!

 

Tea

 

For tea stains on carpet, mix a solution that contains two ounces of white vinegar and four ounces of warm water. Spray the mixture onto the stain, and blot clean. It’s important not to scrub the area, as you may end up spread the stain!

 

Ink

 

For those broken pens and nasty ink stains, blot rubbing alcohol or hairspray onto the stain. Blot until clean, changing the cloth periodically. Be patient- it may take some time. Once the area is clean, dab a clean cloth onto the area that’s been soaked in lukewarm water.

 

Wine

 

For wine stains, try concocting a solution of one tbsp white vinegar and one tbsp of dishwashing liquid. Blot the stain clean, repeating the process as needed. You can use either a clean washcloth, or clean paper towels; either one works!


For further assistance, contact The Steam Team! We have several years of experience cleaning carpet and other types of flooring, as well as furniture and different types of upholstery! If you need a professional steam cleaner and you need them now, you need us.