Austin Emergency Guidelines
In an Austin disaster situation, it is important to act quickly to save time and reduce the cost of recovery. A professional cleaning and restoration company like The Steam Team can help in all areas of the process. We have the right technicians, skills and experience to get your Austin emergency job underway quickly and done right. Delaying action is the worst thing to do in the even of a water or fire damage emergency. The Steam Team is here to help.
How to Handle Austin Fire and Smoke Damage
- Do not walk on damaged carpet or sit on upholstered furniture unless absolutely necessary.
- Change the furnace filter if the blower is operating.
- Do not attempt to wipe or wash walls or other absorbent or porous surfaces.
- Do not consume any food items exposed to smoke or excessive heat.
- Open windows for ventilation.
- Do not use any electronics or appliances until they have been cleaned and/or checked.
How To Treat Water Damage In Austin
- If you can’t stop the flow of water, contact a plumber immediately.
- If possible, keep the indoor temperature below 70 degrees. This helps prevent microbial growth.
- Place foil or plastic below furniture legs to prevent rust or furniture stains on flooring.
- Turn off the electricity to any affected rooms.
- Place draperies through coat hangers and hang them on the rod to prevent water circles.
- Be extremely careful on wet, slippery floors.
- Remove items from the floor in affected closets.
- Remove breakable items from items that will need to be moved.
- Remove oriental or area rugs off of wet carpet.
- Do not use a household vacuum as this may cause an electrical shock.
- Try not to walk on wet carpeting as this may spread water to unaffected areas.
- For safety, do not enter the affected area until after decontamination.
- Do not attempt any cleaning for health and safety reasons.
- If you absolutely must handle contaminated materials, wear rubber gloves.
- If possible, leave the premises until after cleanup and decontamination.
- Mold grows when there is exposure to moisture and/or water. Stop the source of water intrusion, if possible.
- Call a restoration company immediately to have the growth evaluated.
- Do not disturb the growth. This may cause spores to become air borne and spread spores to unaffected areas.
- Do not apply direct air movement from fans or your HVAC system to the growth. This also may cause spores to become air borne and contaminate other areas.
- Close off the area if possible until a qualified inspection technician arrives.
- By law, a technician cannot tell you whether the growth is mold during the first visit. The technician must take a sample to a lab for testing. While results are being processed, keep the affected area closed off as much as possible.