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What causes mold?

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

mold 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, and 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?

10/8/2020 (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

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls Don't let mold affect your property! Give us a call at (956)568-0266

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

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water covering a conference room 3 feet deep We respond to any residential and commercial disaster. Give us a call at (956)568-0266

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

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Air mover machine drying the wall Call the experts!

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

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

The 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?

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Call the professionals image - mold on wall 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

Cleaning up after a broken water heater

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

The water heater is leaking For any size disaster, give SERVPRO of North Laredo a call (956)568-0266

There are many issues arising from a broken water heater besides the cost of replacing such water heater. Left unsolved, water issues can turn into appliance repairs, wall and flooring replacement, to name just a few. Make sure you don’t pay thousands of dollars in water damage.


Drying as Top Priority

The first step is to clear out the water and dry the affected areas. In cases like these, SERVPRO of North Laredo professionals use drain pipes and vacuum cleaners specially designed for water removal. We also use industrial fans to speed air flow through the affected space.

Cleaning Is Crucial

Water coming from a leaking water heater is usually classified by insurance specialists as Category 2 water. This kind of water is not terribly dangerous, but it can still cause health issues if the area is not cleaned. SERVPRO of North Laredo professionals always sanitize the affected areas thoroughly to ensure that mold and other undesirables are not allowed to infect your home.

Why call the Professionals?

When you call a reputable water removal professional can ease your mind and mitigate any lingering concerns. These professionals have the expertise to examine everywhere the leaked water could have affected – including underneath flooring and inside walls. So much potential damage from water issues occurs in invisible places, so it’s important to have a water removal specialist on-site.

If you’re dealing with a leaking water heater, just remember three simple steps: Dry it, clean it, and call a professional. By taking quick action to remediate water issues, you can resolve the problem without breaking the bank.

Are you experiencing water damage? Give us a call!

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Wet floor caution sign next to SERVPRO drying equipment For any size disaster, give us a call at (956) 568-0266

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

The Aftermath of a Storm

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Storm debris on the street For any size disaster, give SERVPRO of North Laredo a call at (956) 568-0266

Storm damage

The truth is even the smallest amount of damage from water is potentially hazardous, and water cleanup must be done immediately. When a person finds water in their home or commercial building, it’s already causing damage, despite the small amount. Restoration is a must, and mitigation cannot wait in a situation like this.


Not All Flood Damage is Covered

Flood damage is different than other water damage from a storm or a leaking pipe or sewage issues, which is why homeowners and business owners must take the time to carefully read through insurance policies before signing on the dotted line.

Water Cleanup Must Occur Right Away

Water damage is dangerous, and it takes but a few hours for it to allow mold growth to occur. If there is water in the home or commercial building, owners must get a restoration specialist out immediately. Mitigation is best when it occurs immediately following damage from water. The drying process is very specific, and cleanup takes some time.

Not All Water is Created Equal

It’s a safe bet that no one should enter a home or business where water is present for several reasons. The first is live power sources make the situation too dangerous. The second reason is not all water is created equal. If the damage is from flood damage living next door to an ocean or lake, chances are it’s safe water. However, water damage that comes from a local sewage treatment center or other unknown sources could contain a myriad of contaminants teeming with bacteria that can cause serious issues. Not all water is created equal, and you never know what might be lurking in your water.

It's not uncommon for someone to find water in the home following a terrible storm only to find living creatures in the water. Because many of these living creatures have been displaced as a result of hurricanes or tropical storms, a home filled with water is inviting.

Airing the Building Out Works

Water damage should not be handled without the help of a professional because it requires much more than opening windows and putting fans on the floor. It requires special equipment to properly handle the drying process. If any water is missed, mold becomes a problem. This results in the entire situation becoming more expensive, more dangerous, and more stressful.


Finding water at home or in the office is never a good sign, especially if it’s not due to a flood or other easily explained issue. It could be a plumbing issue, a roof issue, or even a sewage issue. The safest thing to do is call the professionals immediately after you call your insurance company to report this claim. It's imperative to seek restoration and mitigation from a professional source for the best outcome.