Mold Remediation: What's Involved

The three essential ingredients needed for Mold to grow are present in every home. Each ingredient has a remarkable shelf life, sometimes as old as the house itself, often in place years in advance. The common, conventional materials used to build homes have all the components needed to start incubating mold at a moments notice. With this in mind, mold growth is almost as common as the homes we live in. It only takes very small variations in the recipe to make a big differenc

Clean, Clean, Clean

The appropriate cleaning of your hurricane damaged possessions and home depends on a number of factors. Was the water that entered your home contaminated or clean? Did the water "flood" into your home or did it enter from the torrential rains? Did the water bring mud, silt or other organic material into your home? According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, Falling

Secondary Water Damages after the Storm

The tallies of Harvey's damage are becoming more clear. Harvey is being blamed for an unprecedented amount of destruction of property. While some areas remain flooded almost all are now above water which means folks are now tallying their loses. More than 200,000 homes have been flooded, destroying hundreds of thousands of personal possessions. Millions of memories are sitting on curbside or on their way to the landfill. FEMA has issued guidelines for curbside disposal. Some

Protecting Your Lungs

Whenever an event occurs that brings too much water into our homes it is important for us to consider the health effects of the air that we are breathing. Recently, Hurricane Harvey has created this sort of environment in which over 200,000 homes have been flooded. The following information is designed to help you become aware of the health issues, and to inform you about some protective equipment that is available. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed the litera

Get Help with Remediation and Avoid Scams

Recovering from flood and water damage frequently involves finding experienced help. Unfortunately, when disasters occur there are often offers for help that range from well meaning and uninformed to some that are downright scams. Below I have provided some information to help you protect yourself. Mold Remediation Contractors doing business in the State of Texas must be licensed and comply with Texas State Regulations. You can search for a licensed mold remediation firm or c

Ten Safety Tips after a Hurricane

As of August 31, 2017 the City of Houston Office of Emergency Operations Center announced that: "People who experienced flooding but are now able to enter their homes safely can begin cleaning and sanitizing their homes." I strongly advise anyone interested in information to visit the City of Houston's Emergency Operations Center website . The website is updated and specific for the cities needs. I have quoted below information directly from the website as relates to the top

What Swimming Pools, Basements and Septic Tanks Have in Common

The idea of leaving your home flooded after the storm has passed may seem out of place in light of the damages that water causes when left in a home. After floodwaters drop below ground level people generally want to begin the cleanup of their homes as quickly as possible. This is of course to prevent additional deterioration and salvage as many things as possible. Generally, this is the correct response. There are some situations where recovery should be delayed. If you have

Hurricane Harvey Water Damage Recovery

It has now been about a week since hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast of Texas as a Category 4 Hurricane. The current estimate is that Harvey has left over 136,000 flooded structures in its wake. However, floods are only one type of water damage. It is likely that many more homes have been damaged by lesser water intrusions. These intrusions include: wind blows a tree or limb into a home while it is raining. water enters through shattered windows. roofs that are damaged