We've been lucky, but...
Waco has dodged a bullet from the hurricane.
Who'd have thought we'd get gentle rains and cool, easy breezes, while just South of us folks are in a real struggle with the weather?
But the storm may turn North and come towards us Thursday or so.
How are things looking for water drainage around your place(s)?
Are the storm sewer openings clear of debris? Is the drainage ditch clear? Are drain culverts near your place open and clear of debis?
We've had customers who were near awesome storm sewer drains, but the flooding occurred was on trash pick up day and the trash cans, etc., floated down and blocked the storm sewers.
It would be a real drag to have to stand in flood water, in the rain and try to unclog things in the throws of a storm.
Texas Mold Regulations
Did you know Texas has regulations regarding mold covering testing and remediation?
Mold assessors, mold remediation contractors/companies or any companies removing mold are required to have a mold license from the State of Texas Department of Health which requires course work and passing exams, insurances, etc.
There are thresholds levels of mold growth where the regulations kick in. Generally this is 25 contiguous sq ft. ( picture a 5' X 5' square).
If the mold all put together in an area would cover that much, Texas does have regulations regarding its removal by a company.
Sometimes it is helpful to imagine the mold growth in proportion to covering a sheet of plywood, though that is actually 32 sq ft, it is easier to envision.
SERVPRO of Waco is licensed as a mold remediation company and has a licensed as a mold remediation contractor.
We can certainly help you find a mold assessor to test and evaluate mold if necessary. This can be a little pricey.
Texas does not allow remediation companies to test for mold or mold assessors to remediate mold. A firm either does one or the other.
Please contact us with your concerns regarding mold.
Have mold or think you have mold? Then you have water/moisture where it shouldn't be.
Finding why this moisture is there should be the first priority in taking care of the mold problem. If the moisture problem continues the mold problem will probably continue or come back.
Have a look for possible sources of the moisture. Roof leaks, pipe leaks, window leaks, water a crawl space, shower leaks, drain leaks are possible sources.
While we can't tell you if you have mold you can't see, we can help find water intrusion sources...and of course, remove mold.
Texas does have some regulations regarding mold assessment and remediation over certain contaminant levels, which we can guide you through, if applicable.
Please note the above information/advice is free and you should take it for what it is worth. While we deal with mold problems often, we are not "mold experts" with degrees in biology or assessment licenses.
We are experts in mold remediation and moisture testing.
Content insurance coverage problems?
Is your insurance contents coverage from your fire damage capped at a relatively low dollar amount and/or subject to depreciation with no replacement value cost feature?
If so, you may want to take the time in the first days of the cleaning and/or pack out to sort clothing and fabric items from the closets, etc. Folks often find, on the return of the cleaned clothes, etc. there are items which have not been used in years. These items often get donated in the end though.
Sorting these things right during the stress of beginning fire damage clean up and repair is a pain, but if contents coverage is a problem, it will save money to use on furniture, kitchen items, bedding, or heck, even new clothes.
A/C drain line blockages
With the hot weather we are getting calls for water leaking from the inside air conditioning unit because of a plugged drain line.
Had a look at your unit lately?
Might want to check rooms and closets that share a common wall with the inside A/C unit, particularly if you don't go in there regularly.
The drain line is usually a white pvc pipe and is on the front(ish) area of the indoor unit. most have a small stem sticking up with a drain cap snugged onto it. The cap can be removed with out too much trouble.
SOMETIMES blowing on the open end of the pipe will dislodge what ever is causing the problem. Yes it sounds gross, but really it is clean water and a pipe with a little dust on it (which could be wiped off).
Most likely you will need an A/C technician.
While we aren't experts on unclogging the A/C drain line...we are experts on getting the water out of your home/building and getting things dried out.