Here's Why You Should Never Use Bleach on Mold
Bleach won't stick around on surfaces long enough, or will it seep into the surface to fully kill all of the mold
Did you know that you should absolutely 100% not use ANY bleach to kill mold? That’s been the common trick for years. You have mold? Use bleach. But that can actually do more harm than good. If you read the label on your bottle of bleach, it’ll probably say don’t use on non-porous surfaces like tile or ceramic. Basically, for bathrooms or kitchen countertops.
Chlorine bleach is diluted with water to make it safer for household use, and it evaporates much faster than normal water does. So, it won’t stick around on surfaces long enough, nor will it seep down into the surface the bleach is on to fully kill all of the mold. Mold has little roots that stretch down into the surface, like a weed. Don’t get all of the root and the mold will come back. The surface may also look clean, but bleach is just doing what it does best: stripping the color. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean its not there.
If you suspect you’ve got mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call today and we can come out and give you an estimate and a plan of action. 903-832-4400
Fire Insurance: Three Reasons Why Damages May Not Be Covered
Residential fire damage
Having fire insurance for your home can protect it and your belongings from the ravages of smoke and flames. Since a home fire is almost impossible to predict, your insurance can cast a wide safety net when it comes to helping you recoup any losses. However, there are a few cases where fire insurance might not cover the damage and knowing what they are can help you be prepared for the future.
Arson can be a common cause of fire, especially if the homeowner is short on cash and his or her home is worth more destroyed than whole. Those who deliberately set a fire might do so for several reasons; however, today’s forensic science techniques can detect when an accelerant has been used or identify flash burn patterns that usually do not occur during natural fires, which can be helpful for investigating a suspicious blaze.
2. If a Home Is Empty
Fire insurance usually does not cover damage to a vacant home or its contents. While all insurance providers have different definitions, most might consider a home to be vacant after it is left empty for more than 30 days. If you plan to travel or be away for an extended period of time, contact your insurance company and ask about modifying your policy to protect your home while you are gone.
Being untruthful about what caused a home fire may prompt an insurance company to refuse your claim. Even if a fire started accidentally, trying to downplay or lie about the circumstances to your restoration company or insurance adjuster may result in you having to pay for the damages out of pocket. Even if the cause of the fire was embarrassing, honesty is the best course of action when describing the details.
If you do suffer fire damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Texarkana for all your clean up and restoration needs. 903-832-4400
Severe Storm Threat
Weekend Storm Forecast
With severe storms in the forecast for this weekend, here are some things you should know to be better prepared.
All thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. On average lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the US each year. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include strong winds, flash flooding, hail, and even tornadoes.
To prepare for a thunderstorm:
- Secure outdoor items.
- Postpone or cancel outdoor activities.
- Go inside - if you can't reach a building, get in a hard-top vehicle.
- Secure doors and windows. Close blinds, curtains, or shutters.
- Unplug electronics.
When a thunderstorm occurs:
- Remember this phrase: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors". Go inside during thunderstorms.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio such as a NOAA Weather Radio for updates and information.
- Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from lightning-caused power surges.
- Water conducts electricity. Water-based activities and chores should be avoided during a thunderstorm.
- Windows, porches, and doorways can be dangerous in storms - stay inside.
- If you can't get inside, try to avoid natural lightning rods - like a large tree in an open field, and try not to be the tallest thing on a hill, open field, or beach.
- Try not to touch metal - including your car - metal conducts electricity.
- Stay in your car if you're driving. Pull over and turn on your hazard lights until heavy rain ends.
After the storm passes:
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
- Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
- Keep a close eye on your pets to keep them safe.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Texarkana are highly trained and certified. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge they need to help with any water or fire loss.
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Avoid Scams After a Storm
When your dealing with a natural disaster such as a storm, tornado, or hurricane, you can be sure that scammers will be around the corner. If the community has been affected the con-artist come to call. Most of us trust people willing to step in for the cause. We believe in our fellow man. Typically, they will offer to do work for a certain price, ask for a portion of the payment up front-in cash and then they use an excuse to leave and disappear forever. Here are some tips to avoid scams in a storm situation.
- Go local.
- Always get the proposal in writing
- Never pay more than one-third of the cost up front.
- Never let someone force you to make a quick decision.
- Don't pay in cash.
- Do not fall for the first offer that comes along
- Ask around to family and friends for a trusted company.
Scammers have no shame in taking from those in distress. A disaster can cause a lot of stress and make you scramble for help as soon as possible. Take your time and avoid being scammed.
MARCH 2019 LONG RANGE WEATHER FORECAST FOR TEXAS-OKLAHOMA
Mar 1-9:Rain, then sunny, cooler
Mar 10-13:Sunny, warm
Mar 14-19:Rain, then sunny, cool
Mar 20-26:Sunny, warm
Mar 27-31:T-storms, then sunny, cool
temperature 63° (4° above avg.)
precipitation 1.5" (1" below avg.)
Winter will be milder and drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late December, late January, and mid-February, with the best chances for snow in mid- and late December, early January, and mid-February. April and May will be warmer and slightly rainier than normal. Summer will be cooler and rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in mid-June and early and mid-July. Watch for a tropical storm threat in mid- to late August and a hurricane threat in early September. Otherwise, September and October will be slightly cooler and rainier than normal.
Water Damage Checklist
Commercial Water Loss
Water damage is one of the more devastating things that can happen to your business, short of a fire. Water losses can often close your office which in turn can mean lost revenue and productivity time.
Unfortunately, while there’s not much you can do about storm related water damage, it’s easy to curb any unexpected damage to your business by doing regular inspections of your commercial space. Below are some places to check for water damage on a routine basis.
Rain seeping in through damaged roofs can go unseen and often cause water damage that goes left unnoticed for months and in turn causes mold growth that can cause health problems to you and your staff. Have a roof routinely inspected by a professional to prevent leaks, especially before our rainy spring season.
Your pipes can cause a ton of headaches. If you’ve got a burst pipe it can cause hundreds to thousands of gallons of water to flood your office space. If you have a slow leak, it could cause mold. It’s a good idea to have a plumber come out and inspect your pipes.
- Sprinkler System
Did you know that your sprinkler system can leak? It can! We’ve had a few jobs where a sprinkler had made a lot of damage in commercial buildings. Do regular checks to make sure your system isn’t faulty or broken. It can also save lives during a fire.
If you’ve had any water damage to a commercial property, give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call today at 903-832-4400!
How SERVPRO Can Help Homeowners Recover from Fire Damage
Kitchen Fire Damage
Property owners will usually do everything they can to maintain their property and keep it in the best possible condition. However, there are some things that occur that are beyond the property owners’ control. One of these things is a fire which can occur at any time. When a fire occurs, the property will likely experience a lot of adverse effects such as fire damage. With fire damage, a number of the property structures will be broken down and in some cases fall apart. As a result, fire damage can have some very devastating effects on a property. However, there is a solution that property owners can take advantage of when dealing with fire damage; hire a company that specializes in both residential and commercial fire restoration.
As well as fire damage, property owners also deal with smoke damage whenever there is a fire. Smoke damage is caused by the fire which results in a number of particles getting on the property structures. The effects of smoke damage can be quite devastating as it can not only break down the various property structures, but also cause odors and ruin the appearance of the property as well. Smoke damage is one of the things that property owners will need to address shortly after there is a fire. Along with causing a deterioration of the structure and appearance of a property, damage caused by smoke can cause a smoke smell that is quite unpleasant. The smoke smell will usually be an odor that is quite strong and which will need to be eliminated right away. Whenever a property owner is dealing with smoke damage and a smoke smell, they will benefit by hiring a restoration company. The services of a restoration company will help property owners eliminate damage as well as the smoke smell.
Along with experiencing damage from fires and smoke, any property that catches fire will also have soot damage. When a property experiences soot damage, it will have an accumulation of black particles that get on various structures of the property. Soot damage will often contribute to the deterioration of a property after a fire. As a result, soot damage can have devastating effects on any property. In order to address this issue, property owners will benefit by getting a professional company to help remove soot and other particles that can be hazardous.
Visit https://www.SERVPROtexarkana.com/ for more information on fire damage and restoration.
4 Steps To Stop Mold Growth
Mold is found everywhere and can grow quickly
How To Stop Mold Growth
Mold can grow anywhere if moisture and organic material are present. Mold spores are everywhere, and an environment that has everything necessary for fungi to thrive runs a high risk of developing a mold problem. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water damage. Take these four steps to stop mold growth in your home.
1. Reduce Moisture
Lowering moisture levels is the single most important mold prevention method. Mold requires moisture and a source of food in order to grow. Extract excess water introduced to a residence from any source and run a dehumidifier to draw out residual moisture.
2. Schedule a Mold Test
If your home has recently experienced water damage, it may be advisable to schedule a mold test. An environmental hygienist or mold specialist can take air or spore samples to determine which species of mold are present and determine the extent of an infestation.
3. Make a Remediation Plan
If less than 10 square feet of visible, non-toxigenic mold is present, a homeowner can take steps to clean up and prevent the damage. It is advisable to seek assistance from a mold damage remediation service for a widespread infestation or one involving hidden mold or toxigenic species.
4. Clean or Tear Out Moldy Materials
Mold prevention and remediation experts can recommend which materials can be cleaned and which should be torn out or disposed of and replaced. In general, hard surfaces with superficial mold are better candidates for cleaning than porous materials such as carpet or drywall.
These steps can be useful for stopping mold growth at a residence or commercial property. While mitigating water damage and reducing moisture may be enough to slow or stop active growth, mold spores may continue to pose problems or spread to more advantageous areas until existing colonies are eliminated.
Why Choose SERVPRO For Your Cleaning Needs?
Many people do not realize this, but SERVPRO also offers a wide variety of cleaning services. From pet stains to graffiti, SERVPRO of Texarkana can help you restore your home or business with expertise.
Some of the cleaning services offered are:
Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning – One of our most popular cleaning services is a thorough cleaning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit. This can help greatly with indoor air quality, as well as energy efficiency.
Odor Removal– For odors that come from both inside and outside the house, SERVPRO can help eliminate odors in your home or business. Some common sources of odors can be cigarette smoke, mold, skunk spray, and biohazard.
Commercial Cleaning Services – When you need cleaning services that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.
Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup - Our technicians can act quickly to address vandalism and graffiti to your house or commercial building. We can remove spray paint, as well as clean driveways, sidewalks, metals, woods, plastic and masonry.
If you find yourself in need of one of these cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400.
Why SERVPRO For Your Commercial Property?
A frozen pipe burst in this large Texarkana church pre-school - SERVPRO of Texarkana helped to get the facility back in business in short order
Did you know that sprinkler pipes are required in most commercial properties?
Most of the pipes in commercial properties tend to break and cause severe water damage due to freezing temperatures.
If pipes freeze and break the damage in commercial properties or buildings can be very extensive and costly. Water damage will need to be mitigated by SERVPRO of Texarkana quickly and efficiently in order to get the property back up and running and decrease the loss in business time.
The water from a damaged pipe can travel from the top floors in a high rise all the way down to the lower level causing damage on every floor of the building and affecting the materials in between the floors. If SERVPRO of Texarkana is contacted quickly we can mitigate the loss and make it "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of Texarkana today at 903-832-4400