Mold Removal vs. Remediation
Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.
Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the makeup of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.
Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent here at SERVPRO of Victoria.
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Understanding the Common Types of Floods
Understanding the common types of Floods
Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.
Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.
River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.
Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transporting to surface water or the sewage system.
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a water or fire damage. If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians have the expertise, resources, and equipment to handle the job.
Fire Prevention Week 2018
This year's Fire Prevention Week (FPW) campaign, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire -- and how to escape safely in the event of one.
- LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to everyone in order to keep safe. For more information or facts about fire, click here.
- LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
- LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
2018 National Preparedness Month
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Victoria to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the theme this year is "Don't wait, communicate". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters.
Now is the perfect time to make a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Houston area this year. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. It is never too early to be prepared. Remember disasters strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Victoria is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened".
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Not all hurricanes are destructive or deadly. But it's always a good idea to be prepared especially during prime time hurricane season. They are known as one of the most violent wind storms and should not be messed with. Know the difference between the stages of hurricanes and damages they may cause.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.
Sustained winds of 74-85 mph. Dangerous winds occur and may cause some damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Winds of 96-110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
Devastating damage will occur. Winds of 111-129 mph. Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage blew off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Sustained winds of 130 - 156 mph. Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Winds of 157 mph or higher. Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes destroyed.
One Year After Hurricane Harvey
Most Texans remember August 25th, 2017. This date marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the category 4 hurricane that deeply affected the great state of Texas one year ago. Hurricane Harvey dumped around 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more than 80 people. The devastation was swift, and the recovery is far from over. SERVPRO of Victoria was proud to come to the aid of the people whose homes were damaged by the hurricane. The water damage was catastrophic. The professionals at SERVPRO of Victoria worked very hard, especially during that hurricane. Our team is dedicated and will always be here for you during any a storm...faster to any disaster to help you through when disaster strikes!
Get an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Victoria
Do you own a small business? Disasters can happen when you least expect them and preventing them is a challenge too. However, you can always be prepared. Let SERVPRO of Victoria help you stay in business by helping you be prepared for unplanned disasters. By planning ahead, this can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By creating a Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) with SERVPRO of Victoria you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. The Emergency Ready Profile provides critical details of your facility along with immediate contact information that provides a guide to help get you back into your building after a disaster. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to a timely mitigation. This will help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Be ready and get a free Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Victoria, give our office a call at (361) 573-6000. Making sure "Like it never even happened."
Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Victoria for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Victoria specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Without warning, emergencies can strike your home or business. Immediate response is critical especially when water damage strikes. Did you know there are three different major classifications of water that can cause a loss in a home? The three types of water classification are defined as the following:
Clean water does not contain waste products, and presents few health risks. Sources of clean water include burst pipes, defective appliances, water heaters and rain or snow entering through a leaky roof.
Gray water carries waste products, but does not include human waste. Sources of gray water include overflowing washing machines, dishwashers and bathtubs. Gray water generally does not present the hazard of spreading disease.
Black water carries waste products and disease causing organisms. Sources of black water include flood water and sewage backups. Black water losses pose serious health threats, and damage is generally more severe.
SERVPRO of Victoria understands that dealing with water damage is a highly stressful. Our highly trained technicians are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you or anyone you know experiences water damage, (361) 573-6000.
Take Immediate Action When It Comes To Mold
When disaster strikes a home or business its human nature to want to take immediate action and find a solution to the problem. However, that is not always the case when it comes to mold. There are things that can be put in place to limit the spread of mold spores and to limit exposure to it; but before mitigation can begin the source of the moisture must be found. If there is ongoing water damage, mold may come back even if remediation is completed. SERVPRO of Victoria are able to come and inspect your workplace or home to see if mold is a real concern and help to try and identify the source of water damage that is ultimately causing the growth of the mold. SERVPRO of Victoria is dedicated in helping make disasters “Like it never even happened” call us at (361) 573-6000