Smoke Damage

Smoke Damage is Difficult to Remove

Clean up after having a fire in your home, no matter how small or large can be a difficult undertaking. In addition to fire damage, you also have to look at the amount of smoke damage that has occurred to your home. After a fire, the smell of smoke can be permanently set in your clothing and furniture which can cause you to spend a great deal of money in cleaning bills to remove the odor or require you to purchase new clothing or furniture altogether.

The Smoke Damage Removal Should Be Covered By Insurance

Smoke damage will often be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy under your fire insurance. Many homeowners’ insurance policies will cover fire damage, as well as the smoke damage done to your home. In most cases, a company will allow money to help you with fire damage restoration, as well money allotted to hire a local water damage restoration contractor to help with fire damage cleanup.

Get a Professional Estimate

When first assessing the damage to your home after a fire it might be hard to determine exactly the extent of smoke damage that has occurred to your home. For this reason, many fire insurance companies will often give you a little leeway with your claim to find additional smoke, as well as fire damage that you may not have noticed at the start. But, remember that adjuster works for and is paid by the insurance company. It’s a good idea to have an experienced fire damage restoration contractor do an xactimate professional estimate of the damage. Xactimate is the Insurance Industry’s most comprehensive estimating software. If your roof was damaged you need a local roofing contractor to help with the estimate.

The Sooner the Cleanup Begins the Better

Regardless of what your insurance company is going to cover one of the first steps toward the restoration of your home after a fire is to begin some sort of cleanup process. Opening windows and airing your home out can begin to let out some of the smoke smell as well as help dry out items that may have been covered in water. Try wiping off surfaces of counters and other furniture to remove smoke and other fire debris, as well as use a small brush or vacuum to remove smoke particles from your carpet and upholstery. A fire can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Starting your clean up early can help minimize the long-term damage to your home, and help you get your life back to normal as soon as possible.



The Dangers of Overlooked Mold Growth in the Home

Problem Solved. Or Is It?

So you’ve had a little Austin water damage. You had a small roof leak, so you had it repaired, or, you had your plumber fix that leaking pipe, and you cleaned up all the water. So why should you be concerned about mold? Mold is a fungus that produces and releases microscopic spores into the air. As mold begins to grow your home, these spores are in the air that you and your family are continually breathing in.


Mold Needs Moisture to Thrive

Just like any fungus, mold requires moisture to survive and thrive. That is why if you have a water damage clean up problem it is imperative the all moisture is dried out as quickly as possible. If you are currently having moisture problems or have had moisture problems in bathrooms, kitchens, or basements, you should pay close attention to what we are about to share so you can understand how dangerous an issue mold can be?

Structural Damage To Your Home

Allowing mold to continue to grow in your home can result in structural damage to your home, but even more, and dangerous are the health problems it can and will cause. Since mold is living growing organism, it will eat away at any surface it is allowed to flourish on, including furniture, wallpaper, carpets, sheetrock, and wood. There have been several instances in the Austin area where mold went undetected and was allowed to infest homes to the point where the only option was complete demolition. This is the threat mold can pose to your home if it is allowed to continue to grow out of control.

Mold Can Harm Your Health

Some of the known mold species of mold found in homes are Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, Cladosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium. Mold allergy symptoms can range anywhere from full blown out asthma attacks to irritated eyes, throats, noses, skin, and lungs. For others, mold exposure can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, headaches, breathing difficulties, diarrhea, headaches, sore throats, fatigue, and dermatitis. People with existing allergies, asthma or suppressed immune systems will become hypersensitive to developing additional infections.  Some molds even produce potentially toxic substances that are carcinogenic to humans.


Mold Remediation Is Not for Amateurs

Since mold can pose such a dangerous threat to you and families health, you should address any mold growth immediately. The right mold remediation techniques must be used or else further contamination will occur. Remember we are talking about airborne spores here. So, well-meaning DIY have unwittingly spread the mold while trying to eradicate it. Disturbing mold causes it to release more contaminating spores into the air circulating all through the home. Others have tried to use bleach to clean the mold. While bleach will clean the mold, it will not necessarily kill the mold spores. Further, even if it is partially successful, dead mold still causes severe allergic reactions.



Dealing With Central Texas Water Damage and Flooding

How To Best Deal With Austin Water Damage

As weather patterns change throughout the country, it often seems that springtime comes in like a lion and maintains a steady roar until the summer arrives. When it comes to water damage, there’s not much you can do proactively to protect your home, aside from purchasing a safe for your valuables. But knowing how to respond if and when you’re faced with such a situation can help minimize the damage to your home and protect your safety. Some advice that might be helpful if you experience a water intrusion into your home or office, after a disaster, timely water damage clean up can prevent the property from further damage.

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Water Damage:

Water damage arises from fire damage, broken pipes, blocked drains, malfunctioning appliances, storms and other causes. The appropriate treatment depends on the nature of the damage. Some water carries contaminates and should be considered hazardous (see sewage and Flood Damage, below). Whatever the origin, the prospects of successful water damage restoration depend primarily on the speed with which your building and personal property can be dried. Even clean water can generate mildew and other bacterial growth if neglected.


  • Stop the flow of water, at the meter if necessary
  • Call your local Austin water damage restoration contractor
  • Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air conditioning for accelerated drying in summer; in winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
  • Stay out of rooms were ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low-pressure
  • Remove lamps, telephones and decorative items from wet furniture tops.
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
  • Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.


  • Operate TVs, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
  • Used heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded moisture damage may result.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible.


Sewage & Flood Damage:

Raw sewage and flood waters contain bacteria and other microorganisms which are extremely hazardous to human health. These can be transmitted by touching contaminated items or by tracking them into uncontaminated areas on shoes. Children and pets are especially vulnerable. Frequent hand washing is an important preventive measure. Absorbent materials such as carpeting and drywall may not be restorable after direct contact with sewage-contaminated or flood-contaminated water.


  • Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until adequately
  • Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.


  • Track contaminated material into undamaged
  • Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not adequately disinfect contaminated surfaces.
  • Do not try to do it yourself; you are not equipped to deal with this type disaster


Roofing Inspection and Maintenance Program

Remove Debris

Roofing InspectionMost reliable roofing contractors will offer a free roofing inspection followed the details of an maintenance work that needs to be done. Here are some of the things covered in an professional roofing  inspection. Remove all debris such as leaves, fallen twigs, children’s toys and dad’s golf balls from the roof and gutter. Examine all roof/siding penetrations such as chimneys, wall flashings, ventilation units, exhaust fans, skylights, and valleys. Note any loose shingles/siding panels, note loose or damaged shingles. Check to assure proper ventilation has been installed and functioning properly. Clean ‘wash’ the roof/siding if needed, even shingles. ‘Algae Resistant’ coatings in the best of conditions will begin to stain over time, as will all the best sidings, including vinyl. You should be informed  ‘in writing’ of any repairs that need to be made.


Professional Roofing Inspection and Maintenance Will Save Money:

  • Prolonging the lifespan of your roof/siding/gutters by years.
  • Finding and solving problems sooner rather than later.
  • Decreasing your chances of interior damage that are frequently caused by roof/siding leaks.
  • Eliminate the cosmetic eyesores of missing and damaged materials.
  • Add a selling point should you decide to sell.
  • Possible discount point for your insurance company.

Recommended Schedule For Routine Maintenance:

  • Twice per year in a wooded area.
  • Twice per year in a high wind area.
  • Once per year if neither one or two apply to your area.

If your roof/siding/gutters are installed correctly, you can get away with less frequent maintenance, but your roof and gutters still collect debris throughout the year. Routine maintenance is an essential part of achieving the full life-span of your roofing system.


Keeping The Pool Clean and Healthy

Pool Maintenance

Pool maintenance is something that every owner of a swimming pool should consider a top priority. Ignoring this vital aspect of pool ownership will ensure that your pool does not last as long as it could, and turn what could have been an incredibly beautiful experience into a disgusting pool of filth and bacteria.

Daily Duties of Pool Keeper:

Skimming every day can help in reduction of excessive debris buildup and help in keeping the filtration system healthy and effective. Check the plumbing near the filtration and pump section for any leaks, as this could result in a mishap. Do this every couple of days. The water pressure gauge should be monitored to maintain the required water pressure.

Weekly Duties:

There can be a considerable loss of water due to splashing and evaporation over a few days. So make sure you monitor the water level on a weekly basis. Keeping an eye on the water quality will keep your pool safe. Therefore, monitor the Ph Balance of the water using a suitable test strip and clean the pump strainer basket and skimmer basket to remove all waste. These actions will ensure cleanliness and also improve the life of the system.

Pool Tile Calcium Removal

Pool tile calcium removal is an accessible and affordable service professionals offer. Calcium stains occur around the top edge of a pool and look like white or gray crusty deposits. If left in place they may result in permanent stains on the tile as well as causing the pool to look dirty and unattractive.. Pool tile calcium removal and pool tile cleaning should be done periodically as the calcium deposits can return.

Back Washing

There is also back-washing and deck washing to consider with swimming pool maintenance, but with the available tools and services, no matter whether doing it oneself or enlisting professionals, the goal of a clean and safe pool is achievable. Swimming pool maintenance is much less taxing if adhered to consistently, as the resulting economic fun of a backyard pool trumps thoughts of a poorly maintained green and neglected mess.