5 Ways To Prevent House Fires

You’ve heard the stories from someone you know, or at least seen someone tell their story on tv. It started out of nowhere, then- before they knew it- countless amounts of money in damage, irreplaceable items lost, and sometimes even loved ones gone. House fires are NO JOKE! In fact, there are about 365,500 house fires in the U.S. every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On average, 7 people die in U.S. house fires every day. If you want to keep your home and loved ones safe, it is critical that you follow these 5 tips.

 

Smoke Alarms

 

This one should be a no-brainer. Smoke alarms are absolutely essential for keeping your home safe. Make sure you install at least one on every level of your home and inside all the bedrooms in the house.

 

Battery Changes

 

Having smoke alarms is great, as long as you alway remember to make sure they’re working. Test the smoke alarms once per month, and if the batteries are dead, replace them.

 

Checking The Home

 

Be sure to check certain systems in your home regularly. You may even want to hire a professional to ensure that your home is thoroughly inspected. The things you should regularly check include; the condition of your home’s electrical system, the natural gas/LP gas system in your home, and the air conditioning and heating units in your home.

 

Kitchen Safety

 

One of the most common causes of house fires is something going wrong in the kitchen. To ensure your safety in the kitchen, follow these practices: When you’re cooking on a stove and need to leave the stove for a minute or two, turn it off rather than letting it cook unattended. Don’t cook while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, or if you’re tired. Also, ensure that no clothes or rags are left on or near a burner.

 

Safe Use of Wires

 

Faulty wiring and outlets are one of the top causes of house fires. So make sure your wires and outlets are working properly. Do not attempt to plug or unplug anything if your hands are wet. Also, don’t pinch or cover electrical cords with items like rugs.


If all of the above steps are followed, and the unthinkable fire still occurs, remember that The Steam Team has fire damage restoration experts awaiting your call.

The Benefits of Steam Cleaning Versus Other Methods

If you have carpet in your home, it’s likely that you’ve heard the news that more and more people are choosing steam cleaning as the prefered method for keeping their carpets in great condition. But why? Does steam cleaning really make such a drastic difference? Well, yes! And here are just a few reasons why;

 

Safer for the Home

 

When using a steam cleaner, the only forces at work are water and heat. This means that you’re able to avoid using cleaning agents that could have potentially harmful or toxic chemicals in them, while still killing 99.99% of bacteria. Essentially, you’re able to get the job done right without harming any children, pets, or causing any allergic reactions that you might get from other methods.

 

A Cheaper Alternative

 

A steam cleaner is not only safer for the home, but easier on the wallet as well. The repeated costs of having to restock on detergents or other cleaning products far outweigh the cost of the steam cleaner itself. And the only payments you’ll need to make for the steam cleaner are water and electricity.

 

Why Not Just Vacuum?

 

Unfortunately, many people rely on vacuuming alone to clean their carpets. What they don’t realize is that a vacuum cleaner can only collect a small fraction of the dirt, dust, and other allergens left behind in the carpet. Another issue with vacuum cleaners is that they won’t be able to get rid of dust mites, which may be living in your carpet and eating the residue left behind that a vacuum cleaner just can’t reach. The only method for a complete clean is high pressure steam!

 

Professional Steam Cleaning


While such methods can be carried out by the homeowner, most people find that a trained professional with more powerful equipment can achieve even greater results. If you’re looking for top-notch professional carpet cleaning, be sure to contact The Steam Team.

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!

Are You Suffering From Flood Damage?

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With the heavy, heavy rains our city has experienced over the last few months and the devastating weather that surrounding areas have experienced, it’s extremely important that homeowners know what they should and should not do after a flood.

 

Do: Contact Your Insurance Company

 

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.

 

Don’t: Try to Clean Up Immediately

 

We know how tempting it can be to get back in your home and try to clean up the entire mess, but it can be dangerous and even detrimental to your health. Before you start to dive in and clean up, talk to your insurance company and a professional restoration company first.

 

Do: Keep An Eye Out for Mold Spores

 

To protect  yourself against mold spores, be sure to purchase masks from your local pharmacy or department store. Wear them as you begin the process of cleaning up. If you spot any items that have already been affected by mold spores, take them outside immediately. This is where you’ll need to clean them, to prevent the mold from spreading indoors.

 

Don’t: Feel Overwhelmed

 

It takes time. 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, only two to three feet of water are pumped out at a time. So remember to be patient, and let the professionals do what they do best.

 

We’re always here to help, no matter the time of day. Give us a call if you’re in need of water damage restoration, or even just a routine steam cleaning for your furniture!

 

Know What to Do in the Case of Water Damage In Cedar Park Texas

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Water Damage Cedar Park Texas

Hurricane season is only a month away, which means it’s time to start preparing for what could happen- without panicking, of course. Usually the worst of the season doesn’t hit until the end, but it’s always best to be safe rather than sorry. The Steam Team fully understands this, and that’s why we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with top notch equipment and expertise to help minimize the effects of water damage! For quick water damage service in Cedar Park Texas

 

Preventing Water Damage Where You Can

 

In the case of a natural disaster, there’s little to nothing you can do to prevent water damage. However, the case is different when it comes to leaky pipes and broken appliances, so keep an eye out for these, just in case! Make sure appliances are in good working order, and check under sinks for signs of leaking. And of course, if you discover any signs of mold, call the professionals immediately to help with the situation.

 

How We Can Help During Water Damage

 

After you contact your insurance company to find out exactly what they cover, give The Steam Team a call. We’ll come out and carefully inspect your home for damage and determine where we should begin restoration. Then we’ll begin extracting water from your home- which takes time in order to avoid structural damage. We use the latest technology and equipment in these instances to ensure that we restore your home to its previous condition in a safe, effective manner. From water extraction, to the drying process, to the finish line, your home will be in the best hands.

 

Call The Steam Team for…

 

The Steam Team not only excels in water damage cleanup, but also in a variety of cleaning and restoration projects! Never hesitate to give us a call, from carpet cleaning, to high-rise cleaning, to restoration after a natural disaster!