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Water Damage- How Far Is It Wet?

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After securing the premises one of the first thing a professional restoration expert wants to do is find out how far has the water traveled?  Starting at the source of the water damage the professional restorer must determine how far the water has migrated in every direction.   Next, he determines what types of materials have moisture from the water damage.   He would check sub flooring, type of carpet and underlay or padding, what type of wall construction, is there any insulation and if so what type.   All the affected materials are compared cost to restore verses replacement.    Can the materials be restored to their original condition and if not, they would be replaced?  Can the materials be restored for less than replacement?   Does the homeowner want to replace anyway?  Does the insurance cover 100% replacement?

Three factors will help in the decision.  1. Degree of contamination.   2.  Damage to the Item.   3.  Replacement cost versus restoration cost.   So, the restorer needs to identify the material, degree of contamination, damage to the item, and replacement cost versus restoration cost.  Some materials require more aggressive means to dry because they have slight reversible damage.   Drying in place means that the wet surfaces are dried with little or no manipulation.

To help in the drying process items that cannot be dried or decontaminated or if the item is of low value would be removed so the rest of the drying process would not be hindered.   Items in this category would include removal of surface or finish materials for example sheet goods, wallpaper, wallboard.   This is referred to as disruptive because the materials have to be removed.

 

The items that can be restored are inspected several times throughout the drying process by documenting how much moisture remains.   If the material is not drying more aggressive means may be in order such as removal.

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The Importance of Fast Response in Water Damage Mitigation

There are many problems direct and indirect that is caused when water or moisture enters a building.   In any structure there are elements that support microbial growth.  The number one ingredient to initiate this growth and start a destructive sequence of microbial growth is the presence of too much moisture.  If too much moisture is present, this causes the microorganisms to rapidly multiply and the result is structural deterioration along with many other unwelcome problems like unpleasant odors, potentially serious health issues for the occupants.   When a water loss happens, the main factor to determine how much damage will result is the amount of time the structure has the excess amount of moisture.  Therefore, the most critical course of action is fast response to extract the excess water and start the drying process.  If you need fast response for a water damage restoration in your home or business call our emergency number

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What to Do After Water Damage

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It is amazing how much damage water intrusion can do to walls, carpets, furnishings, flooring, and appliances.  A flood from busted water pipes, commode or sewer backup, leaking roofs, dishwasher malfunction, or washing machine overflow can do a lot of damage. Not only can it ruin your valuable possessions, but also your home or business may be out of commission for days, weeks or months. If you’re able to act quickly, you can minimize the damage and possibly save some of your possessions. Some of your success depends on how long the water’s been around, there might be pieces of furniture that can be saved, and sometimes, even carpet, but any electronics hit by water are probably doomed.

Do not wait to call a professional, do this immediately!   They have the equipment and tools to find the moisture and dry the structure to its original state.  Even if your basement only has one inch of water in it, or is even just damp, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold growth not only ruins walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, etc., it can lead to poor indoor air quality causing respiratory problems including asthma, and can lead to severe illness. It is vital that mold be prevented from ever starting and that is why you need to call a professional immediately.  Preventing mold growth is very important to keep your home’s air clean and healthy. So in addition to calling your insurance company, here are a few tips to deal with your flooded basement and minimize the water damage. (Call your insurance company before you do anything, and tell them what you want to do.)

To prevent electrical shock disconnect the power in all affected areas by unplugging and removing any electronics, furniture and movable items from the contaminated area immediately. The faster you get items out of water’s way, the more likely you’ll be able to save them from further contamination.  It may be necessary to disengage and remove flooded carpets or area rugs along with the underpadding. You may be able to save the carpet if you get it cleaned and disinfected.

Remove excess water as soon as possible. You may want to call a professional with a Truck Powered Water Extraction unit to remove as much of the flood water damage as possible. The following can help in light water damage from fresh water; however we recommend you call a professional if the water comes from sewer, or flood waters.  For fresh water use some old towels, buckets and mops to soak up as much water as possible.  A wet/dry vacuum can be used too, note: be very careful to plug it into outlets far away from water.

Sometimes the drywall can be saved depending on the category of water intrusion.  I may be necessary to cut out contaminated drywall if the water was a category 2 or 3. 

Start drying the affected areas as soon as possible. Once you’ve removed as much water as possible, use special air movers and LGR dehumidifiers dry the contaminated areas. Drying your structure as fast as possible will help prevent microbial growth and mold. Removing the baseboards will help prevent mold and dry and salvageable Sheetrock much faster.  After the area has dried out, including flooring, wood beams, insulation, drywall, carpet etc., use a good microbial growth inhibitor to get rid of any bacteria

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What Is Microbial Contamination in Water Damage?

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What Is Microbial Contamination?

When it comes to our health this Microbial contamination should be a concern to us all.  All homes and businesses have some kind of moisture problem at point in time and who of us has not had a water damage disaster restoration company at our home?  So many questions arise, like what is microbial contamination?  What are the proper steps to get rid of a microbial contamination?  Can Microbial contamination be a health concern issue? Microbial contamination including mold, bacterial and how these should be remediated.

It is important to take the proper steps to remediate any microbial contamination. First identify and stop the source of moisture contamination.  Second, establish a negative air system to remove airborne particles.  Third, Remove contaminated building materials.  Forth, clean all surfaces in the contaminated building.  Fifth, dry the affected areas.  Sixth, conduct post-remediation evaluation.

Over the past centuries we have learned that keeping structures clean and sanitary resulted in better health for the occupants.  A contaminated building can and will cause adverse health effects.  There are many types of contaminates that can affect buildings.  The most dangerous to our health is microbial contamination or mold.  The word microbial is defined as being very small.  A microbial organism is defined as that which is too small to be seen by the naked eye.  These microbes cannot be seen without magnification, using a microscope, or similar device.  Microbial contamination can come from any sources, such as: an outside water intrusion, a flooded building, or from a sewer loss, water damage from busted water pipes.  Other sources of contamination include fecal matter from a bat or pigeon infestation, decaying animal remains in an attic or wall, and other such sources.

If your home or business has moisture from some kind of water damage you could be at risk for microbial contamination.  Call an expert if you need help with any water extraction or water damage cleanup  serving Houston, Cypress, Humble, Spring, Tomball, Katy, The Woodlands,  or visit our website at

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Soil Eraser-How to Keep Your Carpets Brilliant

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When your carpet are cleaned on a regular basis, this extends the life of your carpet significantly?   If you could magnify a carpet strand it would look like a clean cylinder tube made of plastic and most carpets today are made from plastics like nylon and polyester. As dirt and gravel is tracked in to the home, it acts like sand paper on the synthetic fibers of our carpet.  When the fibers are scratch, they no longer reflect the light and therefore look dull and dingy.   Carpets are cleaned on a regular basis look more brilliant and create a healthier environment for our families.

That is why Aycox Restoration and Cleaning offers a Carpet Cleaning Maintenance Program.  You feel better and your carpets last longer, plus we offer a great discount to all who join our program.  www.http://aycox.com/commercial-carpet-cleaning-houston-cypress-tx/  Call us at 866- 808-6707

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Soil Eraser Suggestions From A Carpet Cleaner in Cypress TX

Professional Cleaning Companies target the soils that result from cooking vapors, air pollution, and tracked-in dirt. The particles of oily soil deposited on carpet fibers can cause gradual but significant dulling of colors. If this type of soil is allowed to accumulate, it begins to attract and hold the dry soil and eventually acting like sand paper on the fibers as you walk on the carpet.

Suggestions: 1. Use a mat at your entry doors to wipe your feet as you enter.  2. Take off your shoes before entering your home.  3.  Remove spots and stains as soon as possible.  4.  Thoroughly vacuum your carpets regularly.  (At least once per week with light traffic)   5.  Call a Professional Carpet Steam Cleaning Company in Cypress, Houston, Tomball, Houston, and Katy, TX areas or where ever you live call a local Carpet Cleaning Company.  5.  Ask to get on a regular schedule of Carpet Steam Cleaning.  (Talk with your local company in Cypress, TX to see how often your carpets need cleaning.)

Research from major carpet manufacturers recommends hot water extraction method for the best and most thorough Carpet Steam Cleaning.  This method is done by applying hot water with a wand extractor and vacuuming simultaneously as the want moves over the carpet.  Professional Carpet Cleaning Companies have what is called a self-contained Truck Mounted Carpet Cleaning Van that rolls out hoses and they do not bring bulky and loud equipment into the home.

Most carpet manufacturers will warranty your carpet if you can show proof that you have periodically cleaned your carpets with hot water extraction by a professional Carpet Cleaning Service your warranty.  http://aycox.com/commercial-carpet-cleaning-houston-cypress-tx/  

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Water Loss Mitigation Categories of Water Damage

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The IICRC (Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards developer. They produce standards for the cleaning and restoration Industry. The current standard that addresses water damage restoration is the S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (S500).

In the S500, water is described relative to its degree of contamination in 3 categories. The determination of the category helps restorers to determine the restorability of an affected material and to determine the need for personal protective equipment to be worn by restorers during restoration.

Water Intrusion Event: An incident involving the incursion of water into spaces that are occupied or can be occupied. The incident may involve clean or contaminated water that results from, but not limited to, broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, and clogged toilets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.[3] On average that is approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year wasted by leaks for each US home. A tiny, 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.[4] With broken water pipes ranking second only to hurricanes in terms of both the number of homes damaged and the amount of claims (on average $50,000 per insurance claim[5]) costs in the US,[6] it behooves homeowners to be judicious in protecting their homes against leaks. Experts suggest that homeowners inspect and replace worn pipe fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water at least one a year. This includes washing machines, dishwashers, kitchen sinks and bathroom lavatories, refrigerator ice makers, water softeners and humidifiers.

The following categories are published by Kenneth Aycox,  a certified water damage loss mitigation professional located in Cypress TX.

Category 1 water originates from a sanitary (clean) water source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.  (i.e., broken water supply lines; tub or sink overflows with no contaminants; appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines; melting ice or snow; falling rainwater; broken toilet tanks, and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives).

Category 2 Water – Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. This type carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water intrusion-  This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affects the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, all forms of flooding from seawater; rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water, water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, and tropical storms. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color

Classes of water intrusion damage is determined by the probable rate of evaporation based on the type of materials affected, or wet, in the room or space that was flooded. Determining the class of water damage is an important first step, and will determine the amount and type of equipment utilized to dry-down the structure.

Class 1 – Slow Rate of Evaporation. Affects only a portion of a room. Materials have a low permeance/porosity. Minimum moisture is absorbed by the materials.

Class 2 – Faster Rate pf Evaporation.  Water affects the entire room of carpet and cushion. May have wicked up the walls, but not more than 24 inches. In a Class 2 water intrusion, there is a significant amount of water that has flowed into the area and wet materials are medium to high porosity for example carpet, gypsum wall board. The result is a greater absorption into materials, and that after the bulk water was removed there is a greater amount of water to evaporate to complete the drying.  The scope of what is wet generally is confined to what got wet as a result of what flowed across a floor with some adsorption into other materials.

Class 3 – Fastest Rate of Evaporation. Water generally comes from overhead, affecting the entire area; walls, ceilings, insulation, carpet, cushion, etc.  Class 3 water intrusion represents the greatest amount of absorption into materials, resulting in the highest potential rate of evaporation needed after the bulk water is removed.  It also includes a major part of all structural surfaces within the affected area, for example carpet, gypsum wall and ceiling board.

Class 4 – Specialty Drying Situations. Involves materials with a very low permeance or porosity, such as hardwood floors, concrete, crawlspaces, plaster, etc. Drying generally requires very low specific humidity to accomplish drying.

 

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Flood and Water Damage Remediation Houston Cypress TX

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Aycox Restoration provides water removal in All the Houston TX area including Katy, Cypress, Spring, Tomball.  Water Damage Restoration, Water Removal, Sewage Extraction, and. With fast local response, prompt action, years of experience and a highly proficient staff, we are specialized to help recover and restore your property and minimize your inconvenience.

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  • 24 Hour Emergency Water removal
  • Structural drying caused by water
  • Flooded business or home
  • Basements
  • Wet carpets
  • Water Sewer backup remediation
  • Flood water restoration services.

Immediately get your home or business on the way to drying and preserving your valuables. We will start immediately repairing the water damage so you can get back to normal.

We work with most all insurance companies, local contractors, public insurance adjusters, and property management companies  If you are not familiar with insurance we can help guide you through the process.  If your insurance will not cover your water damage or mold damage loss, we will be happy to offer you a competitive price.