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.

The First Steps in Fire Damage Restoration

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A house fire can start from a variety of sources and can spread quite rapidly. It’s completely devastating when you suffer from a house fire, no matter the cause. It’s both difficult and dangerous to handle the fire or the fire damage by yourself, but, many homeowners try to take the task upon themselves. In our blog today, we’re covering the best way to help as a homeowner who has suffered from fire damage recently because we want you to be as equipped as you can.

 

Act Immediately

As soon as the fire starts, there are a few phone calls you should make. First and foremost, 911 -- the firefighters should be the ones to deal with extinguishing the house fire. Next, your insurance company -- they’ll help you through the next steps to make sure you’re taken care of. Finally, a professional cleaning and restoration company -- like us, here at The Steam Team, who can help you along the way through the restoration process until your home looks as if it was never damaged.

 

After the Fire; Survey the Damage

After the firefighters have successfully extinguished the fire and you’ve made the necessary phone calls, you may be tempted to begin surveying the damage. The smoke that still remains in the air and the soot settling on the surfaces around your home pose a huge risk to your health -- especially without any protective gear. That’s why it’s so important to call in the professional restoration team. When our fire 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.


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!

How Water Damage Can Affect All Aspects of Your Home In Austin TX

Sometimes it seems like the only time we think about water is when we don’t have enough, or we have too much. But we have to think of it. Because when it comes to our homes, whether it’s an inch of water, or a foot of water standing between those walls, you’re at risk for damage and sometimes, danger. We’re going to explain several ways in which water damage affects your home, and what you can do about it! We are the Austin, Texas cleaning company to call for emergencies. Call 512-451-8326 today

 

Personal Belongings

 

The aftermath of a flood, tropical storm, or any other disaster can lead to water damage that can soil your carpeting, rot your walls, and ruin your personal belongings. It can be a costly, nightmarish experience… but mostly costly. In addition to your personal items being damaged, water also damages walls, flooring- especially wood, and other areas of the house.

 

Mold Growth

 

Mold thrives in damp, moist areas. If you’ve recently had any trouble with water damage, your home could be the perfect place for mold to grow and spread! This poses health risks, since many people are highly allergic to mold. But don’t panic; The Steam Team is on your side, and we have plenty of experience removing mold from homes!

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Insurance Issues

Always call your insurance company immediately. Water damage that is left untreated for weeks causes mold to grow and fester, which causes health problems as we previously mentioned. If anyone develops a health issue as a result of the water damage, the insurance company is more likely to hold the property owner liable. We don’t want that!

 

Water damage can lead to a serious economic loss, but The Steam Team is there for you, rooting for the best outcome even in the midst of a natural disaster! But no matter the cause of water damage in your home, it’s serious- so give us a call immediately!