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What is Mold Remediation?

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Mold Remediation? Mold containment occurs so that any mold in the air can be contained in a small area.

Mold Remediation is the clean up of mold growth on any structural materials, or even on your contents.  It may include removing the drywall, flooring, or other materials where the damage is seen.  It also includes thoroughly cleaning all surfaces by both vacuuming with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter and also wet wiping all surfaces with a disinfectant.  If the mold growth has impacted the structural framing, we may have to sand those areas to remove the visible growth.  In extreme situations, we may discover that the wood framing has severe wood rot.  In those situations, it may become necessary to actually remove and replace the rotten wood.  One last step in the mold remediation process is to work with the homeowner to make sure the underlying source of the problem has been corrected.

We cannot begin mold remediation without a Mold Remediation Protocol written by a Texas licensed Mold Assessment Consultant.  We are required to follow the protocol and have a written work plan that lines out specifically what steps we are to take with the remediation.

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is a Texas licensed Mold Remediation Company, and we have 2 licensed Mold Remediation Contractors on staff.

Handling Grease Fires

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handling Grease Fires A grease fire can lead to a total loss in the kitchen.

A grease fire happens when the cooking oil becomes too hot. When the oil heats up, the oil starts to boil and then eventually it’ll start smoking then catch on fire. Animal fats will start to smoke around 375*F and vegetable oils have a smoking point of 450*F. Whenever you’re heating oil for any reason, make sure you stay in the kitchen. Always keep a lid and clip a thermometer to the side so you always know the temperature of the oil.

If the worst happens and a grease fire does form, make sure to do the following:

  • Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
  • Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
  • Spray the Pot with a Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.
  • Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.

Now that we understand how grease fires start and what to do to prevent them, hopefully you’ll never be in a situation where you have to use this information. If it unfortunately happens, do the steps to ease the fire and call the cleaning experts at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East right away! We will work nonstop to make sure it looks “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Update for the Month of August

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

The 2018 Hurricane Season outlook has been updated w/ lower numbers predicted, due to developing El Nino, cooler Atlantic water temps & several other factors. Regardless, you should still have your hurricane plans in place as we approach the peak of the season. It only takes one!

In a separate analysis, atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University forecast an “average” season with 13 named storms, six becoming hurricanes. They find that the Atlantic has cooled a bit in the last two months, making it less conducive to fueling strong storms.

It is very difficult to predict when a hurricane may occur, however it isn’t difficult to prepare for a disaster such as a hurricane. SERVPRO offers literature through blogs and brochures that deal with hurricane preparedness. We also provide an Emergency Readiness Profile for businesses to have a plan if a disaster ever occurs.

Water Damage

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 (361)-985-6444

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Water Damage

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Corpus Christi Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at Corpus Christi commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East

SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storm Readiness

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Readiness Storms have the potential to destroy anything in its path.

2017 was a tough year when it came to storms. Most of Texas felt the danger that storms possess and can cause. Storm season, in Texas is June through November with August and September being the worst months for storms. For 2018, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.  The best ways to stay safe is to be informed. Today there are many outlets for news whether its: news channels, weather apps, social media or radio. It’s always best to listen to your local news because the city government can release information faster that way.

If a local government is giving orders to evacuate make sure to follow the best you can. Plan accordingly for the trip and make sure all priority belongings are with you.  If you are in an area that does not have evacuation orders, be sure you have your supplies ready.  Visit www.ready.gov to get information on how to prepare for a hurricane.  Your home and belongings can be replaced, however you can’t. It is best to stay alert and be willing to relocate if necessary.

After the storm has passed, SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help – give us a call at 361-985-6444.

Restoring Fire and Smoke Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

For most homeowners, a fire can be a traumatic experience.  Whether the damage is minor or major, there is still clean-up to be done.  Smoke leaves soot residue, and depending on the surface, restoration may involve dry cleaning and/or wet cleaning of ceilings, walls, floors and contents.  Methods of cleaning also depend on the type of smoke produced by the fire.  Not all soot residues are the same.  Depending on the materials that burned, the soot left behind may be powdery, or leave particles that can be easily smeared.  You might be able to see some of those particles in the form of "smoke webs", which look similar to spider webs, but will easily smear if you wipe them off.  Different cleaning methods are used to remove the residues left behind, and our technicians are trained to recognize the procedures needed to clean up your home.  If you have a fire in your home - no matter the size - call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East and let us help you through the clean-up process.

Are you ready?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is fast approaching, and it's time to start thinking if your Corpus Christi business is ready.  The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or a hurricane.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but pre-planning gives you the peace of mind that you are ready for whatever happens.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Basically, it's a guide designed for your business to help you get back into your building following a disaster.  It serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information, such as where water or electrical shut-offs are-or your emergency contacts.  Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

This assessment is not cost to you, and contains only the critical information you need in the event of an emergency.  Plus you have 24/7 access to it at any time through a desktop computer, or an app on your phone or tablet.

Call us today at (361)985-6444 to get started on your free profile!

Category 3 Water Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Category 3 Water Damage Sewage/flood overflow is a dangerous type of Category 3 water damage.

Category 3 Water Damage

There are many water sources that contribute to your water damage, and they are classified as Category 1 (Clean Water), Category 2 (Gray Water), and Category 3 (Black Water). Out of the three categories, category 3 is the most unsanitary type of water damage. 

Flood water is one source of unsanitary water in a home or business.  This is something to be aware of as we enter hurricane season.  But the most common source of category 3 water is a sewer back up.  Per IICRC guidelines, any porous materials that come in contact with the contaminated water should be removed and disposed.  This includes carpet, carpet pad, and drywall.

Our water technicians are all IICRC certified and know what to do, and the steps to take, in cleaning up category 3 water.  We know how stressful water damage can be, and they are there to help guide you through any water situation that you encounter.

Remember, the sooner you mitigate your water damage, the less chance you have of major repairs.  Give us a call at 361-985-6444 – we’re here to help!

Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem? Mold can spread on surfaces in as little at 48 hours

Mold spores are everywhere, both indoors and out.  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 spores are 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.  They even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet.

* Mold spores thrive on moisture.  Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.  These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.  If you sustain a water damage in your home or business, the faster you dry it out, the less chance you have for mold growth.

* 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%.

In the State of Texas, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) regulates businesses that test for mold, or perform mold cleanup (remediation).  A licensed Mold Assessment Consultant evaluates whether mold growth is present and to what extent.  A Mold Remediation Contractor performs the mold cleanup following a protocol written by the consultant.  SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is a licensed Mold Remediation Company, and has two licensed Mold Remediation Contractors on staff.  To prevent conflicts of interest, the Rules prohibit a licensee from conducting both mold assessment and mold remediation on the same project.

For more information regarding the State's rules and regulations for mold assessment and remediation, please visit their website at https://tdlr.texas.gov