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A Leaking Toilet?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Are you a homeowner?  Have you experienced a toilet leak before?  A leaking toilet can become a serious issue in your home. With plumbing issues coming from a leaking toilet can cause water damage to occur in your home.  There are many reasons why a toilet can leak; to help you prevent problems, here are a few common reasons why your toilet might be leaking:

  • Supply lines direct the water from the toilet into the pipes. Over time, the joints of this line and the rubber lining can wear out or rupture, which can lead to water escaping and ultimately damaging the area around the toilet.
    • Flappers can also become damaged and can lead to a large loss of water in the tank. Sometimes the flush handle gets stuck and allows the toilet tank to continually fill with water. This can lead to overflow and expensive water bills. 
    • The float is the small ball that floats in the toilet tank. If the float is damaged or cracked, this can mess up the entire flushing process.

If you suffer from a water loss due to a leaking toilet contact SERVPRO of Victoria.  We are always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Types of Mold

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

What is mold you ask?  Mold is a type of fungi that exist everywhere and only need moisture and a compatible surface to survive.  With that being said, there are many different species of mold.   Some types of mold can be unharmful while others can be toxic.  It is important to know the type of mold you may be dealing with if there is mold growth in your home or business.  Each type has different unique characteristics and growth patterns.  Below are a few common kinds of mold species found in homes or business:

Acremonium: Found on dead plants and soil, it grows indoors on paper and drywall tiles

Alternaria: Commonly found on food, plants, rotting farmland manure and is resistant to most fungicides.

Aspergillus: There are many species of Aspergillus

Botrytis: Associated with plants, high humidity levels and plenty of plants attract this mold.

Here at SERVPRO of Victoria, our technicians receive advanced training to deal with mold issues in a home or business.  Committed to providing excellent services, SERVPRO of Victoria has the technology and crew to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the home floods commonly occur in the kitchen due to its many water outlets.  For most homes, the kitchen commonly incorporates multiple appliances that connect to a water supply line.   It is important to understand that water damages that occur in the kitchen may possibly spread past the kitchen and create larger damages throughout one's home.  Keep your home prepared by periodically checking the appliances to help reduce water damage incidents from occurring.   However, a few common items that may lead to a kitchen flood are as follows:
Dishwasher
Over time, the water supply line in a dishwasher may degrade.  This can lead to water leaking into enclosed areas under the appliance and rupture entirely.  Check this line twice a year by removing the kick plate at the front of the dishwasher and use a flashlight to inspect the space and surrounding areas.  If the area is wet with no explanation, this should be taken as a red flag.  The dishwasher water supply line shut off should be located under the kitchen sink; turn it off and call a plumber. 

Under Sink System
Underneath the sink, you may find a water filtration system.  As time passes, the lines can degrade and rupture.  A crack in the line can lead to flooding and potentially much worse.  Check the sink twice a year to avoid any costly damages.  

Refrigerator
Moving the refrigerator may be tricky sometimes.  It's important to be cautious about its placement.  Moving the refrigerator too close to the wall may kink or break the water supply line.  However, having the refrigerator too far out may cause potential over-stress on the line and potentially cause the line to rupture.    Keep in mind, the plastic water supply line degrades over time and can crack or break.   To prevent water damages from potentially happening, it is advisable to remove the plastic line and replace it with a copper or stainless-steel line that has better durability.  Being prepared can help prevent a disastrous situation.   By regularly checking on these appliances, you will help avoid any catastrophic damages.  SERVPRO of Victoria is faster to any sized disaster, and we are here to help 24/7/365 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Types of Flooding

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur at any time of the year, especially around the coastal region of Texas.  However, did you know that there are different types of floods?   There are several kinds of floods, and SERVPRO of Victoria feel it is important to educate our customers, so they can make informed decisions on how to handle the situation. 

Flash floods- most dangerous kind of flood, combining nearly

River flood – Occurs when a river overflows its banks.  A common cause for this is tropical systems (hurricanes, tropical storms, etc.) or an abundance amount of rain.

Coastal flooding – this is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay.  These can be classified as storm surges and may greatly affect homes along the coast.

Urban flooding – floods are due to the lack of drainage in an urban area. 

SERVPRO of Victoria is here for any of your weather-related remediation needs, give our team of trained professionals a call! (361) 573-6000.

Prevent Storm Damages from Your Home or Business

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mother Nature has the ability to cause extensive and expensive damage to your home or business. Down here in Victoria, it doesn’t take much to bring trees and powerlines down.

Here are a few tips to prevent storm damage to your property

  • CLEAN THE GUTTERS down sprouts can be clogged by dead leaves or branches.  Consider cleaning the gutters twice a year.
  • Inspect your roofs – give the roof a good look for any loose or missing shingles. If there are damages spotted it is encouraged to get this addressed and fixed immediately.  By taking immediate action, this will help prevent further damage such as future water or mold damages.
  • Check the trees on your property – tree decay, soil erosion, heavy rains, and windstorm can cause a tree to fall.  By keeping an eye out for these signs and help pruning trees can avoid possible future damage.

Let SERVPRO of Victoria keep your home or business safe from storm and water damage. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.  Give our team a call (361) 573-6000. 

Does Bleach Get Rid of Mold?

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that bleach does NOT kill mold?  This is a common misconception that bleach can treat any kind of mold problems.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken a strong stance against using bleach to treat mold due to:

  • The active ingredient of bleach is hydrogen peroxide and the is used for disinfecting and the removal of stains
  • Bleach does not work on porous surfaces, but mold loves porous areas. Bleach is made up of 90% water, so once the chlorine quickly evaporates, you are left with a ton of moisture that will help mold continue to grow. Even though it may look like bleach has killed the mold infecting your home, it is only the top layer that has been killed, and the mold’s roots within the walls will easily come back stronger.
  • Bleach can weaken the surfaces you put it on. When bleach is put on a surface such as wood, it can begin to eat away at the fibers. Even a small change to an important structural piece of your home could be disastrous.

SERVPRO of Victoria is here for any of your weather-related remediation needs, give our team of trained professionals a call! (361) 573-6000.

Understanding Mold

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all molds 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 molds, 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 your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Victoria can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold.

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

It’s important to keep your heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) units working correctly to prevent the spread of unwanted dust and contaminants throughout the company building. When the ductwork of your HVAC unit becomes clogged or backed up, you might start to notice foul odors coming you can’t get rid of, or find the source of in your place of business. When it comes to commercial cleaning, our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Victoria can inspect, repair, restore, and replace your HVAC unit so that you can breathe clean, fresh air in your home or office all day long.  The benefits of getting your business’ HVAC unit are restoring the peak energy efficiency, can eliminate any offensive odors that have been lingering around and may help reduce the potential mold growth. 

By having your HVAC system worked on can help better protect your business.  Call SERVPRO of Victoria for more information or to schedule an air duct cleaning appointment! (361) 573-6000

Freezing Pipe Tips

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Freezing weather is still upon us here in Victoria, Texas.  We encourage  We at SERVPRO of Victoria want to make sure you know the correct steps to take to prevent damages to your home and more importantly disruptions to your life. To help protect your home and limit the potential for frozen pipes consider the following steps:

  • Allow faucet to drip
  • Seal up cracks and holes
  • Apply heating tape
  • Add extra insulation

If winter and cold weather take their toll on your home, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Victoria a call, (361) 573- 6000.  SERVPRO of Victoria has highly trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done.   SERVPRO of Victoria is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes! 

Winter Storm

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Does this seem like the wettest winter in Victoria?  Temperatures are lower, more rain has fallen, and heavier winds have overtaken Sugar Land.   If we recall correctly, it has been a long time since we’ve seen these kinds of weather patterns.  While we have no control over the weather, we do have the opportunity to keep the weather from affecting our homes or business.  To help prevent weather-related damages from hurting your home or business, apply some of the following tips to protect your property:

  • Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to help ensure it can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the home or business
  • Wrap water pipes in your crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and prevent freezing
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces 

Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you have any additional questions.  Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!