Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration knows the importance of fast action. Using our top techniques and equipment, we can remove excess water and dry your home in a short time. Our full 24hr Emergency service restoration company can handle the entire job from top to bottom including Water Removal, Damage Repair, Structural Repair, Deodorizing/Disinfecting, Mold-Treatment and Final Cleanup.
As a family own and operated company we understand what you’re going through and how difficult water damage can be. That is why we treat each situation the same, no matter the extent of the water damage. Water damage not only causes destruction to the property but it is also disruptive to your life or business. Returning your accident to its original condition is our number one priority.
Water Removal & Damage Repair
- Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration knows that fast action must be taken when a flood accurse. Water left standing is a breeding ground for Bacteria. Water containing sewage and toxins will only speed up the growth. Bacteria and Mold can become airborne, then inhaled, putting you and your family at risk for disease.
- Materials and furnishings in flood damages will have to be discarded because of the spread of contaminated water. Simply drying out the water will not remove the contaminants or the microorganisms. Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration know what materials can be cleaned, restored or repaired and which materials cannot.
Structural Repair & Deodorizing/Disinfecting
- When damage accurse due to excessive amount of water, Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration knows what can be restored, repaired and which damaged materials need to be remove. Water can damage your carpet, walls, or ceiling leaving you with mole, foul smell, and humidity. We are equipped with the top of the line Deodorizing/Disinfecting, Mole-Treatment, and Dehumidifiers. Our products remove all types of smells and bacteria, leaving the jobs at its best.
- Removal of water and drying
- Cleaning/Repairing/Removing carpet
- Removing/Repairing all types of flooring
- Removing/Repairing carpet padding
- Removing/Repairing damage wood/metal strips
- Removing/Repairing walls
- Removing/Repairing ceilings
- Removing/Repairing furniture
- Much more!
Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage. It may not be possible to clean an item so that its original appearance is restored.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
- Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
- If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of sentimental value, call Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration.A company specializes in restoration, painting, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration.
What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas
- Avoid breathing in mold or mold spores.
In order to limit your exposure to airborne mold, you may want to wear a respirator. Some respirators resemble a paper dust mask with a nozzle on the front; others are made primarily of plastic or rubber and have removable cartridges that trap most of the mold spores from entering. In order to be effective, the respirator or mask must fit properly, so carefully follow the instructions supplied with the respirator. Please note that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that respirators fit properly (fit testing) when used.
- Wear Gloves
Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended. When working with water and a mild detergent, ordinary household rubber gloves may be used. If you are using a disinfectant, a biocide such as chlorine bleach, or a strong cleaning solution, you should select gloves made from natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC. Avoid touching mold or moldy items with your bare hands.
- Wear Goggles
Goggles that do not have ventilation holes are recommended. Avoid getting mold or mold spores in your eyes.
How Do I Know When the Remediation or Cleanup is Finished?
- You must have completely fixed the water or moisture problem before the cleanup or remediation can be considered finished.
- You should have completed mold removal. Visible mold and moldy odors should not be present. Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage.
- You should have revisited the site(s) shortly after cleanup and it should show no signs of water damage or mold growth.
- People should not been able to occupy or re-occupy the area with health complaints or physical symptoms.
If you have concerns or questions for Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control call
Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration
Office# (214) 394-6578
Fax# (214) 275-3438
Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration
Representative, Jay Hernandez
When water leaks or spills occur indoors – ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried in 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
Prevent Growth of Mold
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity.
- Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.
Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Actions that will help to reduce humidity
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
- Use air conditioners or de-humidifiers when needed.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.
- Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.
Actions that will help prevent condensation
- Reduce the humidity
- Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
- Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
- Increase air temperature.
Testing or Sampling for Mold needed?
- Call Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration
- In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary.
Suspicion of hidden mold
- You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems.
- Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Investigating hidden mold problems
- Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth.
- For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper.
- If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, call Hernandez Cleaning & Restoration.
Cleanup and Biocides
- Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when immune-compromised individuals are present).
- In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain – these spores will not grow if the moisture problem has been resolved. If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always ventilate the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix chlorine bleach solution with other cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia because toxic fumes could be produced.
- Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.