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Texas Flood Damage: What to Do Now

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A Flood is Rarely Expected

Floods often occur unexpectedly and can cause a great deal of
water damage to your home and belongings as well as cause items in your home to grow mold or have a mildew odor. If your home is involved in a flood, you will want the water damage restoration process to begin quickly after the flood to repair water damage and get your home back to normal.

Hopefully, You Have Flood Insurance

Flood insurance can be a great tool is helping with disaster recovery efforts. If you have a flood insurance policy one of the first things, you will want to do it to contact the insurance company and see what types of restoration efforts are covered by your plan. In some cases, you may be able to hire someone to help you clean your home after a flood, as well as have several items that may have been suffered water damage replaced. You’ll want to record the damage with photographs and written details. The more detail the better.

This Is Not an Easy Do It Yourself (DIY) Job

Once you know how your flood insurance company intends to handle your claim, it’s time to start restoration efforts on your own. The best case is to hire a local professional water damage restoration service to extract the water and dry out your property. While waiting for them to arrive, try opening windows (during warmer months) to air out your home and start cleaning up any excess water that remains in your home by mopping or blotting water off of surfaces. You will want to get as much water out of your home as quickly as possible before items begin to mold or develop an unpleasant mildew odor. Pay particular attention to carpets and upholstered furniture. Cloth items, especially those stuffed, like couches and chairs. Those are natural places for water to get trapped, and then begin to develop an unpleasant odor that cannot be removed. Help preserve your furniture and carpeting by removing cushions for even more rapid drying, and blotting up as much of the water off of carpets and furniture as possible.

Texas Floods

Turn Off The Electricity

I should have mentioned this as the first thing to do. Standing water and electricity are a dangerous combination. While cleaning up after a flood pay careful attention to any electronics that may have is exposed to the flood, and suffered water damage. Computer water damage, as well as water damage to other appliances, can make them unsafe to operate after being submerged in water.

Recovery is Possible

A flood, no matter how large, doesn’t have to be completely devastating. After any flood, working quickly and intelligently can make a huge difference in the amount of water damage caused to your home from a flood, and how long you will spend in the restoration process.


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ATEX Now Covers Cedar Park

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Cedar Park Water Damage Repair

ATEX Water Damage Restoration is your premier and leading provider of fire, water damage, flood cleanup, mold removal, and remodeling services for residential and commercial properties in Cedar Park and the surrounding areas. We provide water damage restoration services for homes or businesses in Cedar Park. Our north location (206 S Bagdad Road) allows our ATEX Water Damage Restoration teams of certified technicians to respond quickly to Cedar Park water damage emergency calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Quality People, Quality Service

ATEX Water Damage Restoration offers high-quality Cedar Park water damage repair services. We strive to provide high-quality water restoration services for residential and commercial properties. When you call the ATEX emergency hotline, you will get a quick response and the most efficient water damage Cedar Park restoration services. All of the technicians at ATEX are trained and licensed. We use only the latest hi-Tec machines and methods to complete water damage restoration work. ATEX always stands ready to respond 24/7 to customer calls for help.  ATEX handles large or small Cedar Park residential or commercial water damage restoration projects. ATEX Water Damage Restoration takes pride in meeting or exceeding our clients expectations.

Fire and Smoke Damage Cedar Park

Our people at ATEX Water Damage Restoration know that fire and smoke damage can be physically and emotionally devastating. Smoke odors penetrate the structure and contents, while layers of soot blanket everything within reach. The structure and contents often suffer further damage by the chemicals and water used to control and extinguish the fire. Personal items sometimes even suffer irreversible damage.

Understanding the Process

It is understandable you and your family may be devastated by the events and concerned about what lies ahead. We assure you that we care, we can help, and that your family’s home will not be just another “restoration project.” Your best interests will be served, and we will carefully guide you through the process.


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Mold Remediation Austin

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The First Step Is A Thorough and Complete Inspection.

The first consultation and initial evaluation should be free. After an initial evaluation, a more comprehensive moisture inspection should be performed. In Texas, if this is necessary a licensed Mold Inspection Firm will be required.

The Second Step is accurate and verified testing.

Your Austin mold inspection report should include a complete photographic study with hundreds of photos, a detailed written study, and specific recommendations. The report will include an accurate quote for your guaranteed mold and moisture solution. After any repair work to fix the moisture problem, your home should be scientifically tested again. It should test the moisture, temperature, and humidity throughout your house and collect air samples from multiple places inside and outside to accurately measure the spore count throughout your environment. These spore samples are then sent to the, an independent laboratory for identification, verification, and precise counting.

The Third Step is a thorough cleaning of your home.

The inside of your entire home is wiped down or scrubbed with our TM100 mold-eating enzyme solution. Then, we use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum your home to capture loose debris and organic material prior to the enzyme fogging process.

The Fourth Step is dinnertime: An Enzyme Fog.

Now it is time to reach places that no one could go. Our TM100 enzyme fog will reach inside every nook and cranny of your home: deep into the fabric, inside your heating and air conditioning systems, into crawl spaces and attic insulation. The enzymes zero in and literally consume the mold and spores. We follow that with a second HEPA vacuum process to capture whatever remaining material possible.

The Fifth Step is follow-up testing and a Guarantee.

After the enzymes have done their work, contractors should go back in and test again for moisture, temperature, humidity and any remaining spores. Take a look at the before and after Lab test results that the process produced to the right outcome. It is these types of results that guarantee the work and solutions were successful. This will complete the Austin mold remediation process.

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How To Clean Up After Fire Damage

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You Cannot Enter Until The Fire Marshall Gives Approval

After a fire disaster, homeowners commonly want to know right away to what extent the fire has damaged their property. They want to see if there is anything left of their valuable possessions that are still salvageable. Understandably, fire victims want to immediately get into rebuilding and restoring their home and their lives. It may be tempting for property owners to go into the burn site area the instant it appears that the flames have died down. However, under no circumstances should anyone re-enter a fire damaged property without the approval of the fire marshal first. Even if the fire seems to have been fully extinguished, flames can easily reignite with just a small gust of wind. The foundation holding up the property structure could be weak and be crumbling after having been damaged by the fire. Smoke and fumes could still be emanating from the charred pieces, and these could be highly toxic and poisonous. Remember a burn site must first be declared safe by the fire department officials before trying to do any fire damage cleaning, restoring, and rebuilding.

Contact Insurance Company

Cleaning up after fire damage is a long and tedious process. It can be potentially quite costly too. However, the damage caused by the fire can actually be worsened if the people handling the fire restoration Austin process don’t really know what they’re doing. Property owners need to know, besides the actual fire damage there will be water damage caused by work of putting out the fire. It is recommended that homeowners who have been fire victims contact their insurance company immediately after the fire. Aside from the assistance in assessing the damage to the property, the insurance company can also help in evaluating which pieces are salvageable or not. Additionally, they can also help in finding suitable fire restoration professionals for the insurance holder. Fire restorers are armed with the right knowledge and the proper equipment needed in cleaning up after fire damage. They can not only minimize further damage to a homeowner’s burned property, but they can also salvage many precious belongings and restore them to their original condition. The outright cost of hiring fire and water damage restoration professionals may seem steep at first, but they could save homeowners a lot of money (not to mention save a lot of their original property) in the long run. They can determine which items can be saved and restored, instead of having the homeowner buy everything brand new. Fire damage is not uniformly similar for all fire victims. It is therefore important to check the extent of the fire and water damage first before doing any cleaning. Doing so can help homeowners form a battle plan on how to proceed with the cleaning process. It will also help them estimate how much the cleanup is going to cost them.Find out how much of the property has been damaged by fire. Also, find out how much of the property has been damaged by the water used to extinguish the fire. Check which furniture pieces have been damaged and what their damages are. Determine how much time had passed since the fire occurred.

Don’t Delay The Clean Up

Ideally, fast and immediate action should be undertaken when cleaning after fire damage. Many items might not be salvageable anymore especially if left in their current scorched state for some time. But if getting professional fire restorers is out of the budget and still needs to be planned, there are some things that homeowners can do themselves to save some of their personal belongings. The first thing that homeowners can do themselves is to ventilate the fire damaged property. Open windows, use electric fans, switch on dehumidifiers – anything to get the air circulating within the area. Smoke particles and other toxic fumes trapped within the area need to be dispersed as soon as possible. Secondly, anything that had gotten wet such as clothes, draperies, wall-to-wall carpets, and rugs should be dried immediately. Hang them on clotheslines, lay them out under the sun, and use fans to help them dry quicker. If these things are left wet, mold and mildew could form on them and make cleaning a lot harder and more expensive.

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Your Roof Requires Maintenance

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Roof Maintenance

Shingles are flat, overlapping items that protect the roof from water damage and other damaging elements. Shingles are typically constructed of wood, slate, asphalt or composite materials. Staples or roofing nails are typically used to keep shingles in place. It usually takes from one to several days for a roofing crew to complete new roof installation on a new house. Very large houses or roofs that require specialty products may take longer. Inclement weather can inhibit roof construction. Roofing companies will avoid working on days when rain is probable and will cover the roof with a waterproof tarp to prevent any leakage.

A Leaking Roof

Roof leaks are common, yet a very distressing cause of damage to the home. A roof without proper maintenance and care is at risk of damage from a variety of sources. Homeowners should stay proactive when it comes to roof maintenance. While regular maintenance can help spot and prevent damaged and weathered sections from leaking, many homeowners don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late and serious damage has been done to their home. It a good idea to take advantage of the annual roofing  inspection offered by a few companies in the Houston Area. The simplest cause of roof leaks is age. Temperature changes that come with seasonal weather, ultraviolet rays from the sun, wind, and storms all wear on your the roof shingles and dissolve the tar that holds everything together. Inclement weather can wreak havoc on rooftops. High winds can pull off shingles, and excessive rain or snow will worm its way into any cracks in the roof and penetrate the house beneath. Any holes in the roof, whether from the removal of a rooftop installation or from events that are not properly sealed, allow water to infiltrate the home.

Your Roof Can Be Compromised By Extra Weight

Extra weight from debris, such as large branches or a buildup of snow and ice, weighs down the roof. The extra pressure compromises the overall integrity of the structure Debris can also collect water, preventing it from reaching the gutters and the ground. The excess trapped moisture seeps through the roof and causes rot and mold growth. Overflowing gutters back up water onto the roof and, like debris on the roof, keep the water trapped in one place where it can do significant damage.

Regular Inspection and Maintenance

With the various ways a roof can be damaged, it’s important for homeowners to do their part to keep their roof safe. Keeping the roof clean is important, and professional roof cleaning services are available to handle especially dangerous or dirty roofs. A clean roof is easier to examine for any weaknesses and can prevent rot from setting in. An examination of the roof, either from a ladder or from the ground with a pair of binoculars, should be performed after every major storm to locate possible damages caused by rain and high winds. Trimming overhanging tree branches near the roof keeps branches and leaves from falling onto the roof and either directly damaging the structure or clogging the gutters. Clogged gutters are a huge nuisance, and regular cleaning of gutters will help keep the roof and the rest of the house safe from water damage. With a bit of vigilance and care, any roof can protect a home for many years.