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What To Do After Your Toilet Overflows

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do After Your Toilet Overflows Air mover on a water loss in a North Richland Hills, TX home

Indoor plumbing is a wonderful amenity that most of the world has become accustomed to — and very grateful for — but that doesn’t mean it’s a flawless system. Sometimes you’ll find yourself dealing with a flooded toilet, which can be the result of a minor clog or even major sewer damage. No matter what problems you’re experiencing, it’s good to know what to do to minimize the potential damage to your home in North Richland Hills, TX after your toilet spills over.

A Simple Clogged Toilet

Most of the time, the issue is simply a small clog, and you’ll probably be able to take care of it with a plunger. If the toilet is currently overflowing, the first thing you’ll want to do is shut off the water supply using the valve that's usually found just behind the toilet. If you can’t find this, open the water tank and rig the float into a position that allows it to stay in place so no more water flows in.

Any water that made it to the floor is contaminated, especially if it’s from a bigger sewer backup. It’s very important to clean this up and disinfect the area, then disinfect any rags used for the cleanup.

Major Sewer Damage

If it seems like the toilet is still clogged or wants to keep overflowing, there’s a chance the clog is larger and deeper in the pipes. Alternately, there may be damage down below, such as a break or crack in the sewer system.

If you’re experiencing more serious sewer damage, the kind that can't be remedied with a plunger and elbow grease, it will more than likely become worse over time; it is definitely not a problem to put off. Contaminated water can back up not only into your toilets, but also into sinks, bath tubs, and showers, which can become a health hazard for you and your family. Contacting your local sewage system experts to diagnose and fix your sewer problems will give you peace of mind and prevent more costly damage from occurring in your home.

Exactly What Is Black Mold and What should I Do If I Suspect Mold

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Exactly What Is Black Mold and What should I Do If I Suspect Mold Mold Infestation? Let the professionals at SERVPRO of North Richland Hd Hills help!

Not all varieties of mold found in your home or commercial business are toxic. Mold is just another word for fungi that occurs naturally in thousands of different varieties. Only a few are toxic to humans with black mold being on the top of the list of “usual suspects” when mold contamination affects the interior of a home or commercial business and the health of its occupants. Black Mold requires immediate professional attention. Long term exposure to black mold has been associated with a spectrum of symptoms including allergic reactions like hay fever, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, dizziness and even depression.

The formal name for black mold is Stachybotrys Chartarum. This type of mold is particularly adapted to growing inside structures when minimal requirements of moisture and food are available. Like all mold, active black mold releases millions of microscopic reproductive spores. However black mold spores carry chemicals called mycotoxins that are known to be toxic to humans when inhaled.

Contrary to its name black mold is often not black. In fact, black mold maybe closer to green in color or appear to be various shades of brown as well. Keep in mind that other types of harmless mold can also assume this same coloration so if black mold is suspected inside a home or commercial building it can only be confirmed by a licensed mold remediation specialist who will test direct samples.

Successfully treating black mold in a home or commercial building is not a DIY project. Once the mold is tested a licensed and qualified mold remediation specialist can write up a protocol and begin remediation.

For more information or a licensed and qualified Mold Remediation Professional contact SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 

Forth Worth Molded Garage

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Forth Worth Molded Garage Mold on the ceiling

These Fort Worth homeowners were on vacation and completely oblivious to water that had penetrated in to their garage. While the water sat there for approximately 5-7 days, you can imagine the amount of mold growth that they found on their ceiling form the ongoing moisture. 

Follow these steps if you believe you have mold in your home or business.

1. Emergency Contact - (817) 589-1499

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. 

3. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold.

4. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. 

5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming.

6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. 

7. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed.  

3 Common Mold Causes

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Common Mold Causes Common areas where mold is found.

Mold or mildew odors in your home are sometimes an early indication of Mold growth. Mold often emits musty or other unpleasant odors and although the presence of a musty, moldy odor does not mean that you have a mold problem, it is one of the early indicators that you could have a hidden mold problem and should have it checked out as soon as possible. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help. 

1. Plumbing Leaks

Hidden and undetected plumbing leaks often lead to extensive water damage and mold. Our SERVPRO of North Richland Hills technicians are experts at locating possible plumbing leaks and although some plumbing leaks are obvious other plumbing leaks may be hidden. Our state of the art moisture detection equipment helps locate and pinpoint moisture issues and hidden leaks. It is very important to act quickly once a plumbing leak is detected. According to the US EPA, mold can grow in 24-48 hours if building materials are not dried out quickly and properly.  

2. Roof Leaks

Damaged, worn, or improperly installed roofs, roof flashing, chimney caps, rain gutters, and plumbing vent stacks can lead to roof leaks, which can lead to indoor mold growth and water damage.

3. Grading and Drainage Issues

Soils and landscaping should always slope away from a structure. Improper grading can cause water to run towards the foundation and walls instead of away. The water from rain and irrigation sprinklers can also invade the home and cause mold growth as well as water damage. Also, improper, failing, or missing rain gutter systems often cause water intrusion issues in residences and commercial buildings that is the source cause of many indoor mold growth problems.

Not so common areas where mold is found.

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Not so common areas where mold is found. Mold found in multiple areas in a North Richlands Home.

We have put together a short list of problems that can lead to mold, mold odors, and damage to your home:

1. Foundation Leaks, Vapor Drive, or Crawl Space Ventilation

Dampness, excess humidity, and condensation from the foundation can be attributed to many issues such as leaks in plumbing, grading or drainage issues, improper construction, missing or improper vapor barriers, poor crawlspace ventilation, support beams and wood piers touching soil, and foundation cracks and settling.

2. Misaligned Sprinklers and Sprinkler System Leaks

Are your sprinklers spraying the side of your home, on your windows, or on your foundation? This condition can cause water damage and force water to enter the building envelope and intrude into walls and under flooring causing mold growth.

3. Failing or Poor Caulking or Grout in Showers and Around Tubs

Showers and tubs should always be well sealed to prevent water from getting into surrounding walls and underneath. Failing to apply or properly caulk or grout as well as improper construction of shower pans and tub enclosures are common causes of water intrusion and mold growth. Moisture in the surrounding building materials can not only lead to mold growth in your bathroom but also the adjacent walls.

If you suspect that you may have mold in your home or commercial business call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 or visit our website at www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com

2 Ideas on Keeping Your Break Room Fridge Mold-Free

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

The moisture inside your break room’s refrigerator and the presence of spoiling foods are ideal conditions for mold growth. Since you don’t have much control over the fridge’s condensation, you need to address the expired foods. 

1. Be Accountable

Everyone who uses the communal refrigerator should keep track of what they put in, when they put it in, and when it needs discarding. If employees have difficulty remembering, they can put date labels on each item. By following this simple suggestion, mold growth may be discouraged.

2. Perform a Weekly Purge

Choose one day each week to examine the contents of the fridge and get rid of anything that doesn’t pass inspection. Make sure to sanitize afterwards, as disinfecting the fridge is important for avoiding mold growth. Schedule this housekeeping every Friday so nothing goes bad over the weekend. No one wants to return to work on Monday and deal with fridge mold.

Preventing Mold in Your Home

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Taking preventative measures beforehand decreases chances of facing bigger problems later. Here are 2 steps that can be taken to prevent fridge mold.

1. Pay for Sterilization

If you feel that cleaning your home is too gross to handle, consider hiring a cleaning service to tackle the task. It may be a costly expense, but it will be worth it. Footing the bill for routine cleanings is better than having a mold outbreak. 

2. Know Who To Contact

If the mold prevention measures you took didn’t work, make sure to contact your mold removal specialists in North Richlands. They have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to quickly remove mold as well as other hidden sources that may be mold-infested. 

Getting a whiff of that dreaded mold smell and later discovering visible mold can be overwhelming and scary for homeowners. Follow the above steps to be proactive in your fight against mold rather than simply reactive after its formation.

Why does mold grow in my North Richland Home?

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why does mold grow in my North Richland Home? If you see MOLD in your home or business call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

Did you know that microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors? This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you suspect Mold in your commercial or residential building call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills. Our professional Mold team can inspect and access your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

Speedy Response: The Key to Mold Prevention

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Speedy Response: The Key to Mold Prevention By acting quickly within the first 24 hours following the discovery of water damage, it is possible to prevent mold growth.

Mold is an invasive, destructive fungus that thrives in a moist, warm environment. Left unchecked, mold can begin to grow and spread on even slightly wet surfaces within building materials during the first 24–48 hours following an incident of water damage or water leakage. Such a fungal infestation can wreak havoc on the interior structure of a building, often resulting in thousands of dollars of damage.

Unfortunately, many property owners don’t know they have a problem until it is too late. If you do suspect an issue with your building in North Richland Hills, TX, it is important to act quickly.

Trigger Points

Many events can trigger mold growth, and, while some aren’t always obvious, other incidents should always raise a red flag. Here are some of the main causes of mold infestation which must never be overlooked:

• Flood
• Fire
• Roof or plumbing leak
• Damp basement
• Extremely high humidity

If your building has been impacted by any of these events, it is important to act immediately. Successful mold prevention begins upon the discovery of any water damage — no matter how small — or any event that could foster the dangerous combination of moisture and warmth.

Action Plan

Upon discovery of a potential mold-causing event, call a restoration specialist in North Richland Hills, TX, for an emergency assessment. While waiting for professional help, dry the affected area with mops and rags, remove wet rugs or carpeting, prop wet upholstery and cushions. Wipe any dampness from tables or objects. Mildew (the precursor to mold) can form on any wet surface, no matter how small.

By acting quickly within the first 24 hours following the discovery of water damage, it is possible to prevent mold growth. Once this window of opportunity is closed, the question of mold prevention is likely to be moot and the far more expensive process of tearing down, removing and replacing the damage caused by mold begins. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com/.

Tips for Protecting Your Pets From Fire

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Protecting Your Pets From Fire Pets need to often remain relocated while an expert fire damage restoration crew works to restore your home.

Your pets are family, so their safety during a fire emergency is a strong concern. Pets can be protected by preventing them from causing a fire and establishing procedures to protect them if a fire happens. With your adequate planning, your pets can continue living a happy and safe life in North Richlands Hills, TX.

Protect Your Pets From Fire by Keeping Fire Away From Your Pets

Pets can easily cause a house fire. As the first step of pet preparation for fire safety, you should establish your house as a secure place for pets to roam when you are away. There are several situations that can be mitigated by taking preventative measures:

• Turning off or blowing out open flames that pets may investigate when left alone
• Blocking off or removing stove knobs or buttons a curious pet could turn
• Replacing candles with alternatives such as flameless varieties
• Stopping younger pets from being left to roam altogether while you are gone
• Elevating or covering cords that pets may chew to expose the wiring

Plan With Your Pets in Mind

Pet safety during a fire emergency is accomplished by having an escape plan that considers your pets. An emergency supply box should contain vaccination records, ownership certificates and veterinary supplies.

When doing routine fire drills at your house, you should include your pet and establish an easy way to bring them to you such as a verbal call or food trigger. With more skittish pets, a pet carrier should be readily available to prevent the animal from running away due to the stress.

Properly Handle Pets for Your Property’s Restoration

Pets need to often remain relocated while an expert fire damage restoration crew works to restore your home. While temporarily displaced from your residence, you may be put into a hotel where pets are not allowed. You should decide on a trustworthy friend or business to watch over your pets if a fire emergency ever affects you. With your pets’ safety out of mind, you can focus on your home’s restoration. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com/