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‘Mattress Mack’ Is One Of the Many Heroes of Houston

On paper, evacuating from a major storm makes sense. You quickly pack up necessities, grab all the medication you need, make sure your families together, load up the car and head out. In reality, a mass evacuation is never that orderly. Such is the case when hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston. Although many people understood the warning, they didn’t have the means to evacuate. Plus, the level of flooding was simply overwhelming. It is going to take months if not years for Houston to make a full recovery. In the meantime there are thousands of displaced residents all in search of a dry place they can keep their family safe. For over 300 evacuees that refuge came in the most unlikely of shelters: the gallery furniture store owned by Jim “Mattress Mack” mcingvale. He’s one of the first heroes to emerge in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey but he certainly won’t be the last.

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Mattress Mack is known throughout Houston for his zany commercials and his generosity. As the storm was bearing down Mack and his team headed out in their delivery trucks.

“All day on Sunday we went around rescuing people out of high water stranded on overpasses. We brought about 200 people into the store that way,” McIngvale told CNN recently. Other evacuees were dropped off by boat when friends posted messages on social media away to waistcoat them.

The evacuees have the pick of hundreds of brand-new sofas to lounge on and for as long as they want. To supplement the showroom beds, inflatable mattresses have been in set up throughout the store and an indoor playground was pull together for the kids. Along with the evacuees you might also find national guard troops resting in between shifts.

Upon arrival to the showroom, evacuees are given dry clothes, toothbrushes, soap, shoes and, of course, a mattress still covered in plastic. McIngvale is also paying for portable showers so everyone can clean up. All who are gathered under the roof of the store are is moved by store owner’s generosity and his team of dedicated volunteers.

Many other businesses will be springing into the recovery effort as soon as the waters start to recede. Junk King Houston is standing by to help with storm cleanup. No doubt there crews will be working around the clock to get Houston back to the way it was as quickly as possible.

How To Detect Mold Damage

As the flood waters from hurricane Harvey recede, there will be a lot of clean up going on that’s going to last for months if not years. The immediate danger is from the possibility of mold growth. Here’s what you need to look out for in order to detect mold damage in your home:

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Telltale Characteristics

The appearance of mold often looks like a staying that’s growing on the wall or furniture. It has a fuzzy appearance that feels a lot like cotton or velvet. It usually gives off a musty or earthy older. The most common colors from old or black, green, brown or white.

Check the Basement

The first place to look from all damages and the lowest place in your home and that would be the basement. If you had any water flooding in your basement that has now receded, then you want to keep an eye on the baseboards and the walls where they meet the ceiling. You also want to make sure you pull out any appliances like a washer dryer and make sure the area underneath is dry.

Check Enclosed Spaces

Mold flourishes in darkness and moisture. You want to check under the sinks and closets especially if they don’t receive proper ventilation.

Check Air Ducts and Vents

You should remove vent plates and inspect the ducts all throughout your house. Use a strong flashlight to check inside the vents.

Use Mold Testing Kit

If you do not spot any visible mold, then you can still double check by using a mold testing kit. These should be available in any hardware store and are easy to use. However, they aren’t 100% reliable

Remove Water Damage Items

Any piece of furniture, rug, carpeting or curtain that has been damaged by water needs to be removed from the house immediately. Some of these items might be salvaged if they’re allowed to dry in the sun and then disinfected with bleach. However, if they can’t be saved, then they should be removed immediately. This might be difficult to handle with all the rest of the cleanup taking place. That’s why you can count on a company like Junk King Houston. These are professional junk haulers who are already responding to storm cleanup around the area. The quicker you call in Junk King Houston the quicker you can get rid of anything with mold.