Common types of Mold
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 Sugar Land, our technicians receive advanced training to deal with mold issues in a home or business. Committed to providing excellent services, SERVPRO of Sugar Land has the technology and crew to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Frozen Pipes Tips
Cold weather is upon us and we need to take precautions. We at SERVPRO of Sugar Land want to make sure you know the correct steps to take to prevent damages to your home and more importantly disruptions to your life during these cold times. To 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 Sugar Land a call, (281) 313- 1338. SERVPRO of Sugar Land has highly trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done. Our team is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes!
Winterize Your Business
Does this seem like the wettest winter in Sugar Land? 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 Sugar Land a call if you have any additional questions. Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!
Emergency Ready Profile
Are you a small business owner? You can't always prevent disasters from happening, but you can always be prepared. This New Year, start off by letting SERVPRO of Sugar Land help you stay in business by helping you be prepared for unplanned disasters. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind in protecting your business. By creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) with SERVPRO of Sugar Land you will 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 get you back into your building after a disaster. 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. Be prepared with SERVPRO of Sugar Land and get a free Emergency Ready Profile. Give our team a call at (281) 313-1338. We are dedicated to helping make disasters "Like it never even happened."
When Is It Time To Replace A Hot Water Heater?
When was the last time you changed your hot water heater? Has it been a while? It’s one of those appliances that may be remained unseen or hidden away in the attic. However, it’s important to make sure to keep up regular maintenance for many reasons. Homeowners can wake up in the middle of the night or even come home to water all over their home. Depending on the size, it can possibly leave up to 50+ gallons of water. Below are a few telling signs that it may be time to change out the hot water heater in your home.
- Typically, a gas hot water heater can last about 8 to 12 years, while an electric model will last slightly longer from about 10 to 15 years. If your water heater is getting up in years, it may be time to replace it before it breaks
- If a puddle surrounds the base of the hot water heater, it is important to take action immediately
- If there is no hot water while using the tap, this may be an indicator it’s time to get the hot water heater checked
- Signs of tinted water coming from your hot water tap means there may be rust in the hot water heater, which may show possible aging and a signal of an oncoming leak
- Gurgling or popping noises coming from your water heater are caused by the buildup of hard water sediment heating up and exploding inside your water heater tank
It is always good to be prepared, because disasters may strike when we least expect it. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is dedicated to help you when disaster strikes. Give our trained professionals a call if you ever experience any kind of water damage. Our experts are here to help, 281-313-1338.
Mold Safety Tips
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, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If you see any signs of mold, Call SERVPRO of Sugar Land Today – (281) 313-1338
Candle Safety Tips
There is something calming about candles especially during the holiday season. They look pretty and enhance the ambiance in a room, they give off a fragrant smell that can be so luring, but they can also be the cause to a house fire. December has been noted as the peak month of candle fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires started when they were placed to something that can burn, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations. Review the tips below to prevent any house fires this holiday season:
- Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
- Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
- Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
- Put candle holders and a sturdy and unclutter surface
- Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
- Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
- You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle
Although candles can add to the décor in the room, however, they can also add danger. Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season, use alternatives to prevent any candle fires in homes like using flameless candles. As always, remember SERVPRO of Sugar Land is here to help!
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 Sugar Land 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 Sugar Land 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.
Kitchen Fire Safety
SERVPRO of Sugar Land is beginning to look forward to the holiday season, as many people begin to celebrate with friends and family. During this time, most people may find themselves in the kitchen building gingerbread houses, baking cookies, and many extra holiday festivities. However, the kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water, and grease are all come together. The most common type of fire is the grease fire. A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.
Common Causes of Kitchen Fires
- Too high temperature in the fryer
- Vegetable, more flammable, oils
- Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer
- Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts
- Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around
- Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function
Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave. When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven. The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If it continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call the fire department.
At SERVPRO of Sugar Land, we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week. Give us a call at (281) 313-1338.
Protect Your Home from Potential Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common disruptions for homeowners. It usually happens at a time when you least expect it. Luckily SERVPRO of Sugar Land has some tips on how you can protect your home from the unexpected water damage!
- Irreplaceable valuables should be protected. Try to waterproof them by sealing them and storing them in a higher place.
- Monitor your drains. Make sure they are clean and clear for water flow.
- Make sure your roof is sealed and protected. Regularly monitor it to make sure water does not leak through holes or cracks.
- Monitor your tiles and grout in heavily wet areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. Look for cracks and re-seal if necessary.
- Monitor your appliance hoses.
- Turn off your water before a long trip away.
- Regularly have your water heater serviced.
These are just some of the small tips that could help prevent a major water damage in your home. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here to help!