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Commercial Building Cleaning Services

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Cleaning Services SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties Commercial Cleaning

SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties offers several commercial building cleaning options.   Having your carpets and floors cleaned makes for a nice appearance for your customers.   Also cleaning your air ducts annually helps with the performance of your HVAC system as well as cuts down on dust, dirt, and debris that can accumulate in your ducts. 

To keep your building in tip top condition, consider the following services to be done yearly:

  • Tile or VCT Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Duct Cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at 830-379-7474 to schedule us to come take a look at your cleaning project and provide you with a quote.

How common is mold in buildings?

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How common is mold in buildings? Don't feed mold! Call us for mold remediation at 830-379-7474.

Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. The most common indoor molds are CladosporiumPenicilliumAspergillus, and Alternaria. We do not have precise information about how often Stachybotrys chartarum is found in buildings and homes. While it is less common than other mold species, it is not rare.

Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Mold spores may enter your house from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors.

When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of some molds. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, commonly support mold growth.

If you suspect you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call at 830-379-7474.  We are licensed in Texas for mold remediation.

First Step to Mold Remediation - Proper Containment

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation First Step to Mold Remediation - Proper Containment Need Mold Remediation - Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties 830-379-7474.

When a mold remediation project is initiated, the first step is to set up containment (isolation) of the affected area. One of the concerns when indoor mold is present is the resulting airborne mold spores. Containment will help control the spread of these spores, while assisting the remediation contractor in returning the affected area to normal conditions. The act of removing or disturbing a mold source tends to distribute large quantities of mold spores into the air. If proper containment is not utilized, this can affect adjacent spaces to the work area and cause cross contamination.

The first step to setting up containment of the work area is installing a HEPA Filtered Negative Air machine. This is a fan that is set within the work area which pulls air from the area which is typically exhausted outside of the structure via flexible tubing or ducting. Doing this will begin to draw any airborne mold spores away from the airspace eventually creating a negative pressure environment.

Step two is to install physical barriers in the work area. This is most typically done with the use of heavy plastic. The main goal when creating this physical barrier is to completely isolate the work area from any adjacent, non-affected areas. For example, if mold is present in one room of your home and the adjacent areas have not been affected, the room must be isolated. Depending on the layout, the doorway would be completely sealed with plastic. All HVAC systems or shared airways between other rooms would be taped or covered in plastic. All electrical outlets and light fixtures would be covered. In essence, any area that could allow air communication between the work area and other non-affected areas should be properly sealed.

Once step one and two are completed, a negative pressure environment should be created. A negative pressure environment simply means that the air pressure within the work space is less than the air pressure in the areas surrounding that space. This is achieved when the volume of air being pulled out of the space (through the negative air machine) is greater than the volume of air being pulled into the space. As a result of this negative air pressure within the work space, any mold spores that become airborne through the remediation efforts are being controlled, preventing them from affecting the adjacent spaces and flushing them away from the indoor environment which is necessary when attempting to return the area to normal conditions.

Once these steps have been completed, the demolition work and mold removal may begin.  Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties for your mold remediation needs.  830-379-7474.

Lingering Hurricane Florence Wreaking Havoc in North and South Carolina

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lingering Hurricane Florence Wreaking Havoc in North and South Carolina Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Florence

Florence fast facts as of 9/17/2018

  • At least 18 people have died in storm-related incidents, including a man and a woman in Horry County, S.C. who died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Some 523,000 homes and businesses are still without power in North and South Carolina as of 5 a.m. Monday.
  • As of 5 a.m. Monday, Florence was a tropical depression, NOAA's Weather Prediction Center said, with sustained winds of 30 mph.
  • It was some 125 miles west-southwest of Roanoke, Va. and 145 miles west-northwest of Greensboro, N.C., moving north-northeast at 13 mph.
  • Florence was still massive Monday morning. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and South Carolina in the bull's-eye.
  • Some weakening is expected today before Florence re-intensifies as it transitions to an extratropical cyclone tomorrow and Wednesday.
  • Swansboro, N.C. has received more than 30 inches of rain; several other places have received more than 20 inches.
  • Florence is producing widespread heavy rains and causing flash flooding and major river flooding over a "significant portion" of North and South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.

Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster!

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster! Call to schedule an Emergency Ready Profile for your business - 830-379-7474.

Did you know that 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a damage?  Of the ones that do survive, the majority have a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

Having a plan in place not only lets you know how to handle emergencies timely and efficiently but helps speak trust to your clients and employees by knowing that should your business be affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

Advantages of having an ERP:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you Ready for whatever happens?"

Call us today at 830-379-7474 to set up a free appointment and get started.

The Most Common Household Mold Types

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Most Common Household Mold Types Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at 830-379-7474 for Mold Remediation.

Hopefully you will never encounter a mold problem in your home, but sometimes mold is unavoidable. Here are some of the more common kinds of mold.

Alternaria

One of the more common molds found indoors and outdoors is alternaria. Alternaria usually appears in areas that are damp like the sink, shower, or dark and dimly lit areas outside the home. 

Aspergillus

Another common indoor mold is aspergilus. This mold incredibly common.

Aureobasidium

The aureobasidium mold is most often found on wooden furniture, surfaces, painted walls and wallpaper as well as around windows and in caulk. If you notice a spotty substance that is pink and black in color in those areas, it’s probably this type of mold. 

Chaetomium

Chaetomium mold is found in drywall that has experienced water damage. People typically identify its presence when they smell a musty or old odor in their home.

Cladosporium

Homeowners often find the cladosporium mold inside both cool and warm areas like carpet, wood floorboards, wooden cabinet and older fabrics. 

Fusarium

Fusarium is a mold that tends to grow in colder, wetter areas. The typical homes for the fusarium mold are carpeted areas and similar fabrics. 

Penicillium

Penicillium is a mold that can found indoors inside insulation, furnishings, water damaged furniture, carpeting and more. Penicillium is known for spreading quickly throughout the home.

Stachybotrys Chartarum

Black mold or stachysbotrys chartarum is also called "toxic mold". This is due to the fact that this type of mold creates toxic compounds known as mycotoxins. This type of mold can be identified by its musty smell and is found in areas that stay damp, like air conditioning pipes and ducts.

Serpula Lacrymans

The serpula lacrymans mold is commonly found outside but can also grow inside on wooden surfaces. This mold leads to dry rot within wood as it feeds solely on wooden surfaces. It’s most noticeable by its yellow appearance.

Trichoderma

Trichoderma is another damp area mold. Homeowners often find the trichoderma mold within damp carpeting, wallpaper and similar surfaces. 

Ulocladium

The Ulocladium mold is found both outside and inside. Ulocladium is typically found in areas that have been severely damaged by water like in the floors and walls of homes that have experienced a flood. 

We are a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor with the State of Texas.  If you suspect mold in your home, give us a call at 830-379-7474.

The Humble Campfire Isn't So Humble

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Humble Campfire Isn't So Humble Proper campfire containment.

Campfires are the leading cause (or most likely the leading cause, depending on what stats you look at) of wildfires in the USA. The tragedy is that most of these fires are preventable, as it's possible to camp without starting a fire. Instead of lighting a campfire, use a small portable grill for cooking and a portable power pack (like the ArkPak) to keep your campsite lit. With an ArkPak, a 100ah battery, and some LED camp lights, you should be able keep your campsite lit for days.

However, if the idea of camping without starting a campfire doesn't appeal to you, there are some things to keep in mind:

Campfires are illegal in many areas of the Western USA during fire season, so make sure fires are allowed.

  • Remember, fires spread quickly. You can't expect to stop a fire from spreading, especially in dry conditions. Therefore, you must keep the fire contained.
  • By starting a small fire in a rock-lined pit, positioning the fire far away from any debris or foliage that could spontaneously ignite, and keeping water on hand to douse the fire, you can avoid a lot of danger.
  • Before you leave a campsite, dowse your fire pit extensively with water. You literally want to drown the fire pit, as old embers have been known to start wildfires.

Still, if you live in an area where the fire danger is high, your best bet is to skip the campfire altogether. Even if you take every precaution, a strong gust of wind is all it could take to start a forest fire.

Mind Your Grill.

Using a portable grill is always a good idea when camping, as they're safer than a simple campfire. However, they can still pose a fire risk so it's a good idea to exercise the following precautions:

  • Before setting up your grill, be sure to clear an area a few feet in diameter around the grill. That way any hot embers that "hop" out of your grill don't land on anything that can catch fire.
  • Keep a bucket of water near your grill, specifically for dousing any coals or embers that land on the ground.
  • Once you're done, soak any remaining coals or ashes in water. It's better to use too much water than not enough, so don't hold back.

Cigarettes Cause Wildfires Too.

The number of fires unintentionally started by cigarettes are so high, no one knows exactly how many fires are caused solely by cigarettes. Smokers often don't consider one little cigarette butt can start a fire in no time flat.

Whether you're camping or just cruising along in your car, dispose of your cigarettes and cigars in a responsible way (and make sure they're completely out).

Smoke Mitigation

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Mitigation Smoke damage pre-test cleaning. "Before" and "After" cleaning.

When it comes to smoke or fire damage restoration, fast action is important. Following the initial fire or smoke-related incident, smoke and soot will settle on surfaces creating additional damage to the structure and your contents.  Smoke contains a wide variety of chemicals and by products, many of them aggressive in nature.

Material in furniture and flooring is often synthetic and when burned, creates chemical reactions. After only a short period of time, items can go from cleanable to unsalvageable. The longer acid or corrosive gasses stay on at-risk surfaces, the worse pitting or etching becomes. Pre-cleaning methods neutralize the acid and protect metal and glass, marble, china, chrome and more.

Our picture is of a bathroom in a home that had heavy smoke damage.  As you can see, SERVPRO’s specialized chemicals and cleaning methods were restoring the tub beautifully.

Contact SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at 830-379-7474 to learn more about our smoke and fire damage restoration.

Summer Storms Bring Dangerous Lightning

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Storms Bring Dangerous Lightning Lightning House Fire

It’s that time of year where we are starting to see damage from lightning-related fires.  Lightning-related fires are more common in June through August and in the late afternoon and evening.   If you know your house has just been hit directly by lightning, call the fire department.  It is common for lightning to start fires in the attic and within walls of homes.  These fires inside enclosed spaces may not be visible in their beginning stages.

The National Fire Protection Association “NFPA” estimates that U.S. local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires started by lightning per year. These fires caused an estimated average of 9 civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $451 million in direct property damage per year. These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) annual fire department experience survey.

Only 19% of reported lightning fires occurred in homes, but these fires caused a majority of the associated losses.  Lightning is also a major factor in wild-land fires, and the average number of acres burned per fire is much higher in lightning fires than in fires caused by humans. 

If you or someone you know has property damaged from fire or water, please give us a call.  We are here to help!  SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties 830-379-7474.

What happens when water damage is ignored.

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What happens when water damage is ignored. Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at 830-379-7474.

While it’s unlikely anyone would knowingly ignore water damage, sometimes situations are let go far longer than they should. This could be due to not recognizing the signs of water damage, or slow-forming damage that goes unnoticed.

While it’s obvious a professional should be called for flooding, other situations may be handled with less urgency. The following will remind you that’s a bad idea.

The Danger of Mold

Mold generally develops from long-term moisture and water exposure. Sometimes, homeowners may not notice the moisture build up, and won’t know there’s anything wrong until mold begins growing. Water leaking in from the roof is a common culprit. At that point, the least of a homeowner’s worries is the cost to fix the original issue causing this type of water damage. Mold can cause allergies on the more benevolent end of the spectrum, and serious health issues on the other. Needless to say, you don’t want mold growing in your home.

Surprise Water Bills and Floods

A form of water damage includes leaking or cracked pipes, which may be constantly leaking. If you notice your water bill increasing without increase in regular use, it’s worth it to have your pipes and system looked into to make sure everything’s okay. If the situation gets worse, you can suddenly be dealing with the nightmare of a water bill in the thousands of dollars. But it doesn’t end there: cracked pipes can lead to burst pipes, causing disastrous flooding.

Look for signs

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook water damage, but you should always keep an eye open for these signs:

  • Disintegrating of walls, baseboards, or areas around windows.
  • Unpleasant or new unidentified odors.
  • Listen for any leaking or dripping water.
  • If the any part of floors or walls are buckling.
  • Stains on the ceiling or walls.

Need emergency water damage service?

In a water damage emergency, we’re here for you. You can give us a call any time when disaster strikes, and we’ll start restoration for you quickly to help reduce damage as much as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counites at 830-379-7474.