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What causes mold?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

 mold that found behind drywall If you suspect there is mold in your property, give SERVPRO of North Laredo a call - (956) 568-0266

Black mold occurs when there is a moisture problem. Because mold spores exist everywhere, they are small and can float easily on the air, they can permeate almost every area. Wet environments are conducive of mold growth; therefore, moisture in your property will result in mold growth. 

Causes

It doesn’t take much to get mold to grow. Given the right setting, black mold can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours. Here are some contributing factors to an infestation.

• Presence of mold spores
• Warm temperature
• Organic food source like wood, cotton, dirt or drywall.
• Moisture
• Time

When a facility experiences an unhealthy presence of mold growth, it is typically due to a moisture issue. This may be due to an obvious concern like a leaking roof, a flooded toilet or a plumbing problem. Other factors that might be an issue are high humidity, inadequate ventilation or condensation buildup. 

Assessing the Problem

If you are only dealing with minor surface mold, calling in an expert might not be necessary. On the other hand, if the damage is extensive, it might be wise to contact certified and trained specialists in mold assessment to help with the mold cleanup. Mold assessment and identification may not be as easy as spotting the obvious presence; it requires visual examination and testing as well. 

Spores can get in hard-to-reach places like behind walls, in ventilation ducts, beneath sinks and under carpets. This means its presence may go undetected for some time. Special equipment may be necessary to determine whether mold is growing in some of these places. 

If you suspect an extensive mold problem, it is important to take steps to remediate the issue. Make sure to regularly check your facility for moisture damage that might lead to mold growth.

Your commercial property suffered water damage, what's next?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A flooded warehouse When your commercial property suffers water damage, SERVPRO of North Laredo can assist immediately.

Flooding and water damage events at Laredo commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Laredo

SERVPRO of North Laredo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If your commercial property suffers water damage, give us a call - (956) 568-0266

SERVPRO of North Laredo knows what to do if mold grows in your property

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls Don't let mold affect your property

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of North Laredo to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (956) 568-0266

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Laredo for mold remediation services.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (956) 568-0266

SERVPRO of North Laredo Responds Faster to Any Disaster

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water covering a conference room 3 feet deep We respond to any residential and commercial disaster

SERVPRO of North Laredo is committed to assist in any-size disaster in Laredo and surrounding areas 24/7. We have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

Whether your Laredo home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Air Duct Cleaning 

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Laredo commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Cleaning 
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Air Duct Cleaning 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (956) 568-0266

What to Do After an Emergency

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water pouring from the second floor can leave every family member stressed out Don't let water damage ruin your day - SERVPRO of North Laredo is here to help!

Emergencies are never planned. We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Laredo has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. 

What to Expect When You Call

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency to better assist you. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Any other questions pertaining to that particular situation

We are always here to help and we are trained to handle the disaster so you don't have to. 

Need Emergency Services? Give us a Call (956) 568-0266

SERVPRO of North Laredo Has the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

This house's roof is covered with blue tarp to prevent elements causing further damage If you experience storm damage call us at (956) 568-0266

When storms hit Laredo and the surrounding areas, SERVPRO of North Laredo can scale resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. Because we have a strong network system, we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

SERVPRO of North Laredo specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (956) 568-0266

Do you suspect your property has a mold problem?

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call the professionals Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Because microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors, it is impossible to remove all mold from a home or business.

SERVPRO of North Laredo specializes in mold remediation, which reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level.

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 Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (956) 568-0266

Water Damage? Give us a Call!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Laredo is available to remediate your water damage loss!

When water damage strikes, it isn't just something that you see, but something that can soak into your floor, your walls, your ceiling, and your belongings.

When you call SERVPRO of North Laredo, we arrive quickly and begin the water extraction process as soon as possible. An immediate response time helps to minimize the water damage, and allows us to help you avoid additional loss to your property.

We want to ensure that our neighbors know that they can rely on us when they need us most. Our hope is to provide clarity in a time of chaos. When you see our green trucks pull up to your house, that means that help has arrived.

If you find yourself needing emergency service, call us any time: day or night, at 956-568-0266

A Company Who Cares

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help!

SERVPRO of North Laredo has an extensive history in the restoration industry. The owners' passion for helping people in their time of need was the motivating factor for them opening a SERVPRO franchise. 

When your home or business is damaged by the elements, SERVPRO of North Laredo is on call to respond. By using their experience to ensure that every step of the remediation process is done right from beginning to end. Fire damage, water damage, mold damage, and storm damage can all be overwhelming things to face -- let us use our experience, resources, equipment, training, and knowledge of the restoration industry for your benefit. We will assess the damage, determine a plan on how to fix it, and keep you informed every step of the way.

How to Avoid Winter Fires

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Winter fires can be prevented

Fire does not care what season it is or whether or not it’s cold outside. Winter related fires are extremely common, especially when you are trying hard to keep warm. 

Our offices in Laredo have experience in fire damage from space heaters and can provide you with some tips to help avoid having to deal with these types of destructive events this winter season. 

SERVPRO of Laredo technicians understand that accidents happen. Placing space heaters too close to other objects or using the wrong type of heater in a particular area can cause severe problems. 

Electric heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be useful for many areas in your home. However, they should never be left unattended. Thinking of electric heaters as giant toasters can help you understand how important it is to keep a constant eye on them. Make sure you have sufficient wattage to run the device and never use extension cords.

Our SERVPRO of Laredo staff gets an incredible amount of space heater-related calls every winter. People are trying to stay warm and use space heaters quite often for this purpose. However, using a space heater does not need to cause so many problems during a cold spell. Just use common sense, and always follow the directions of the manufacturer.

Follow a few simple guidelines when operating your space heater: 

1) Always place space heaters on a flat, solid surface for proper stabilization. 

2) Purchase heaters with an automatic shut-off feature to prevent dangers from tipping. 

3) Maintain proper spacing between heaters and other objects in your home. 

4) Never leave children or pets unsupervised around operating heaters. 

5) Shut your heaters off properly before leaving your home or going to sleep. 

Following these guidelines does not ensure that you will never have to deal with fire damage from space heaters. However, you are less likely to have an unwanted consequence. If this sort of incident still strikes your home this winter season, make the call to our offices immediately. We will respond quickly and provide you with the services you need to get back to normal fast. 

Call SERVPRO of North Laredo today at (956)-568-0266