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How to Prepare to Control Flood Damage in Dallas

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare to Control Flood Damage in Dallas It is important to understand the benefits of calling a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to mitigate storm damage.

SERVPRO’s Steps to Mitigate Flood Damage

No one knows when flood damage incidents are likely to occur and as a resident of Dallas, you are advised to be prepared. Learning what to expect can help you minimize the resulting challenges to a large extent. It all starts by knowing the different options you have at hand.

Seeking for the services of certified companies like SERVPRO is one of the top decisions you can ever make after experiencing flood damage in Dallas. That is why it is so important to understand how professionals in this field work to mitigate the challenges and restore your property.

When our technicians arrive at the flood damage job site, the first thing they perform is an inspection. After that, dangerous situations such as deteriorated subfloors, falling ceilings, and any notable electrical hazards are secured. Then any standing water on your property is removed by pumping it out with the help of suitable pumps. Extra attention is given to walls and floors below the affected area to be sure no standing water is within the property.

Water extraction is another step that our SERVPRO specialists perform during the restoration process. During this stage the extent of water penetration in the ceilings, walls, floors, and carpets is determined. A moisture meter is a device used to do all that. Then water from hard surface flooring and carpets is extracted.

Treating the surfaces is a step which should never be ignored. It begins by examining the back of the carpet for visible mold, bad seams, and delamination. Whenever the damage to the mats is beyond restoration; they offer appropriate advice. At this point, they do the removal of the problematic stains before they can dry them. IICRC certified SERVPRO experts treat the back of the carpet and floor by using appropriate antimicrobial and deodorizers.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas urgently responds to all forms of water damage, fire damage, mold damage, and storm damage. Call us at (214) 361-7887 for reliable restoration services.

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Places Mold Damage May Be Hiding in Your Dallas Home

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Places Mold Damage May Be Hiding in Your Dallas Home Whether you see or smell mold in your home, contacting SERVPRO for a thorough investigation and remediation is a great option for the problem.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Remediation and Prevention of Mold in Your Home

The media is exceptionally full of stories about the rise of mold damage following storms and floods. A Dallas home that has no recent history of these disasters still can struggle with mold issues. Deterioration of building materials and personal property linked to mold growth caused by less sensational events is no less frustrating a problem. Our mold remediation services are available for microbial growth due to any source.
 
The common denominator for mold damage in Dallas is moisture. Where there is persistent moisture, mold follows. Educating yourself about the places mold growth hides helps you improve your interior air quality and protect your home’s structure. Since mold is not selective about where it will grow as long as it has a water source, oxygen, and food, you may also have the unpleasant surprise of finding it quietly but persistently contaminating personal property or any space in your home. Our technicians learn many strategies to clean a wide variety of items affected by mold.
 
A musty smell in the kitchen often signals a small leak under the sink, but other water issues can fuel a mold outbreak. The line to the refrigerator/freezer that fills the ice machine and chilled water reservoir may drip under cabinets or in the walls just enough to support a hidden colony. Steam from cooking raises the humidity in the room if not vented, and mold may grow near the stove.
 
The bathroom is traditionally a steamy place, encouraging mold growth. Efforts to kill the reappearing black growth ironically often make it worse, especially if the cleaning solution contains diluted bleach. Bleach even when full strength is 90 percent water. It lightens the staining but does not reach far enough into the surface where the mold is growing to kill the roots. Its high water content feeds the mold. Laundry rooms shelter mold in the bottom of baskets, clogged dryer vents, and around the seal of the front loading washer.
 
SERVPRO technicians offer answers to these mold problems and more. Once leaks in plumbing or appliances are located and repaired, affected areas can be remediated, the moldy materials removed and the spaces sanitized. Humidity and condensation disappear when exhaust fans are installed near stoves and showers. Professional antimicrobials penetrate to kill mold at the roots. AC and dehumidifiers keep air moisture levels below 50 percent, unappealing for most common mold strains.
 
Vent cleaning is a SERVPRO specialty, and we can help remove the moldy residue in the washer as well. Our crew members guide you as you review cleaning and maintenance routines to keep your working, storage, and living areas dry and free of mold damage.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is your answer for mold hiding in any or all areas of your home. Call (214) 361-7887 for efficient mold remediation and helpful advice to avoid mold damage in the future.

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Drying Out Your Dallas Hotel After Plumbing Failure And Water Damage

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Out Your Dallas Hotel After Plumbing Failure And Water Damage When your Dallas hotel has experienced significant water damage from a more substantial plumbing issue, such as a burst pipe, you need to act fast.

Plumbing Failure And Water Damage

Almost every business owner has had to deal with minor plumbing emergencies at some point. However, when your Dallas hotel has experienced significant water damage from a more substantial plumbing issue, such as a burst pipe, you need to act fast. Once the water is shut off, you have a big mess on your hands to clean up.

Since you cannot afford downtime in your Dallas business, you want to get the help of professionals for your commercial water damage. SERVPRO has the staff and tools you need who can come to your aid any time you need. We move quickly and do our best not to disturb any of your guests who are already in the hotel in other areas.

Drying out your hotel and the contents quickly is essential. Four things determine the amount of time needed for drying which includes the amount of water that needs to be evaporated, the temperature, humidity, and air movement.

Drying happens faster when rooms are heated between seventy to ninety degrees since hot air holds more moisture. If heat is not available, we may use portable heaters. The temperature in the affected areas should ideally be between seventy and eighty degrees. Temperatures over eighty-five degrees on the first days of drying could create too much moisture in the air, causing secondary damage if there are not enough dehumidifiers.

The more water SERVPRO techs can extract or pump out of the structure, the less we need to remove with dehumidifiers. Liquids are easier and faster to remove than gas, and extraction physically is twelve hundred times as efficient than dehumidification is. We use a submersible pump if the water is two inches deep in the area affected. We spend extra time extracting, as it reduces drying time considerable.

Relative humidity is how much moisture the air currently is holding at a given temperature. For us to lower the RH to a comfortable and correct percentage, some of the water in the air has to be moved. We use dehumidifiers to do so, as it is the most efficient way of lowering relative humidity. They remove the evaporated moisture from the air.

Air movement is also crucial for drying. In a water-damaged room, air usually is humid and damp, slowing evaporation. Blowing damp air out and bringing in warm, dry air speeds up the process. We use air movers set in the proper positions to do so, and move where the air movers are as drying progresses to ensure thorough, even drying.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are experts at drying out water-damaged buildings and move quickly so that your hotel has as little interruption as possible. Give us a call at (214) 361-7887 as soon as you realize there is a problem in your business in the areas of Northwest Dallas, Preston Hollow, or Dallas.

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Heavy Torrential Rains often Bring Flood Damage to Dallas Homes

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Torrential Rains often Bring Flood Damage to Dallas Homes Contaminated Flood Waters Need Professional Removal from Dallas Properties--Call SERVPRO

Dallas Storms Call for Rapid Water Removal to Mitigate Damages

Homes in the Dallas area can sustain tremendous damage when rainfall cannot flow away correctly. Many reasons exist for this problem. One of the most common reasons, clogged storm drains, can prevent water from draining away after accumulating in the street. Gutters around your home, if you fail to maintain them properly or they become damaged, can allow rainwater to collect too closely to your home and cause flooding that way.

When Dallas homeowners face flood damage, experts should perform the much-needed mitigation. SERVPRO professionals receive training and ongoing education, becoming certified by the IICRC in several types of post-disaster home restoration. This training includes the latest technological advances while covering the high-tech equipment used during the mitigation process. We invest in the purchase of top of the line pieces of equipment to serve your all your mitigation and restoration needs.

Because flooding can happen slowly or rapidly, past floods can provide you with only scant information about current conditions. Homes that have always remained dry can suddenly become swamped with water. Your home might flood for entirely unpreventable reasons. However, SERVPRO's technicians are always ready to remove the water, get your home dry again, and restore it so your family can enjoy it once more, “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding, even when localized and solely affecting your home, brings parasites and pathogens into your home. A cleaning regimen that includes sanitizing and proper treatment to eliminate living microorganisms makes it safe for your family. Other hazards like sharp objects that can cut or puncture the skin, allowing those microorganisms to cause possible health hazards. We remove these by bagging and disposing of them properly, so you never need to worry about children discovering them later.

Drying your home out thoroughly with the use of air blowers, heaters, and air scrubbers restore humidity levels to normal while also eliminating airborne microorganisms. Heated pads that also suction up moist air can dry floors out more rapidly than other devices are capable of doing. Because carpeting rarely survives a flood and acts as a sponge, removal, and disposal of carpets and pads always occur first, before drying floors can begin. This removes contaminated water from the premises and also some of the excess moisture--less drying time.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a locally owned and operated service, dedicated to serving our neighbors. Contact us at (214) 361-7887 for 24-hour service that can restore your home after any size flood damage event.

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Does Fire Damage Affect HVAC Systems In Dallas?

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Does Fire Damage Affect HVAC Systems In Dallas? Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to respond to your fire restoration needs.

CAQ About Dallas Residential Fire Damage

Fires happen without giving a Dallas homeowner a chance to prepare to minimize the damage. The flames cause not only charring, but as your home structure and contents combust, considerable quantities of soot and smoke pervade every space in your dwelling. The restoration company you choose must be certified to clean all areas, including your heating and cooling system.

During the post-fire damage evaluation of your home in Dallas consideration must be taken of the effect the fire had on your HVAC system. Occasionally a fire can warp and destroy the ductwork that provides warm and cool air a pathway throughout your home. More often smoke and soot enter the HVAC system, causing concern for its proper operation and for the possibility that the debris due to the home fire will continue to circulate in your home. We provide HVAC system inspection, cleaning, and sealing, solving many fire-related climate control issues.

It is likely that the HVAC system operated at least for a time during the fire event. This contaminates the air flowing throughout the system, reaching spaces in your home far away from the fire. Even if the heating and cooling components were off during the fire, passive air movement still redistributes the smoke and soot within the ducts and eventually into rooms of your home. SERVPRO conducts a thorough inspection of your HVAC configuration and devises a plan to clean out the offending substances.

Not only does a smoke and soot compromised HVAC system spread debris and smell, the substances produced by the combustion act to corrode the parts of the system. Fire debris is very acidic and must be removed as quickly as possible from all surfaces, including hidden areas within the ducts and the mechanical parts of your forced air system. Trained and certified SERVPRO technicians clean the system and also use sealing strategies in areas that require them to contain debris.

Solving odor issues after a fire is a specialty SERVPRO offers. It is particularly important to follow through when the HVAC system is involved, as odors unresolved within the depths of the ductwork continue to be shared every time the heat or cooling operates. Our deodorization experts use a systematic approach to odors, starting with the removal of the offending substance. Sealing off an odoriferous surface area is often used in ductwork, but we also move on to thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators for stubborn smells.

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Have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned after a fire by the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Give our committed team a call at (214) 361-7887 as soon as possible after authorities permit you to begin restoration efforts.


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Mold Removal and Mold Damage Remediation Services in Dallas

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal and Mold Damage Remediation Services in Dallas Our technicians come assess and start the remediation process very soon after the initial call because we know that's crucial for preventing spread.

Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Discover the Cause of the Mold Infestation on Your Property

Mold growth in Dallas properties can be costly, cause health effects, and is usually difficult to remove. Mold can develop when water damage is not handled properly. If the mold lingers for too long, it can lead to an unsafe environment and reduced indoor air quality. If your home has a mold problem, do not hesitate to enlist a qualified restoration service to help you restore your property.
 
As a trusted franchise in the restoration industry, SERVPRO is adequately prepared to deal with any type of mold damage in Dallas. Our technicians are highly skilled, highly experienced, and IICRC-certified, guaranteeing a smooth and flawless restoration process. We are a part of your community, and understand the importance of swift mold remediation.
 
Immediate mold damage remediation is essential to controlling any repair costs. The longer you delay the decontamination, the more you are likely to pay. SERVPRO restorers have extensive knowledge to test mold-damaged materials and apply the necessary restoration techniques to return your items to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
After creating a containment around the mold, our technicians can begin work without the risk of spreading spores throughout the building. We use complete PPE gear when dealing with mold damage for safety purposes and to avoid tracking the spores through the house when we leave.
 
SERVPRO professionals use numerous mold removal techniques to control mold growth, including HEPA vacuuming, specialty mold cleaners, media blasting, and wire brushing. A comprehensive approach is much more effective than just spraying the mold. Even after killing the mold and fungal spores, these methods may not eliminate the allergenic properties without physical removal. As such, we also clean and sanitize the whole area to prevent future growth.
 
Clean and dry areas are not prone to mold damage. After the remediation process, our technicians consult with you on mold prevention techniques to ensure the fungi do not grow back when we leave. Dry cleaning mold-damaged clothes by a qualified professional can be effective at controlling mold growth. However, this assumes that the garment does not have discoloration or deterioration. Ultimately, sampling and evaluating the fabric can help us confirm whether remediation is possible.
 
Mold growth can spread quickly and take over your house. If you are dealing with mold problems, you can count on SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for quick and efficient mold damage remediation services. We are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

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Getting Professional Help For Water Removal In Your Dallas Home From A Hidden Bathroom Leak

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Getting Professional Help For Water Removal In Your Dallas Home From A Hidden Bathroom Leak A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint.

Professional Water Removal

A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint. There are subtle signs you can look for in your Dallas home to figure out whether you need a plumber to fix those leaking fixtures and pipes before things get worse. When you have a massive leak, you need a certified remediation company to help you clean up the damage, such as SERVPRO.

One sign of a hidden leak and the need for professional water removal is a wall which has blistering wallpaper or paint. Most of the time, steam from hot showers in your Dallas home should not cause this to happen. When water and moisture get between the paint and the wall, they stop the bond and start to separate the two, making the paint rise from the wall and all off in bits. It is the same case with wallpaper.

A wall which is warped or stained for no apparent reason is a clear sign of a plumbing leak. Drywall becomes soft and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture, eventually warping and breaking up into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it will sag and could leak some of the accumulated water, causing more damage to your bathroom.

At SERVPRO, our technicians have tools like moisture meters to find any hidden moisture and leaks in your bathroom and to remove any accumulation of water from those leaks. We first figure out what is causing the leak, fix the problem, and eliminate the water with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers. Quickly drying your bathroom out is important to avoid the growth of mold. Once your bathroom is dry again, repairs are made, including replacing any damaged drywall, and the affected area is sanitized.

Sometimes your flooring can be damaged as well if the leak was bad enough, causing cracking, staining or buckling. Moisture can make your floor feel soft or spongy depending upon the material it is made of. In these cases, you often find a damp subfloor as well. If the problem is found quick enough, we can dry it out and salvage it without having to replace it, but we may need to put new subflooring in as well where the water damaged it.

Don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas when you believe you have a hidden leak in your bathroom. We are available to help you at any time in the areas of Preston Hollow, Dallas, and Northwest Dallas when you dial (214) 361-7887.

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Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration In Dallas

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration In Dallas A fire disaster in Dallas can cause serious damage to your house.

Fire And Smoke Damage

A fire disaster in Dallas can cause serious damage to your house. The resultant flames, smoke, heat, and even water can have permanent repercussions on the structure and many of your items. The contents that survive fire damage may sustain extensive smoke damage in exchange. The firefighters may also cut holes in the walls or roof when putting out the flames, leaving you with a massive cleanup job.

Time and patience are crucial when dealing with any form of fire damage in Dallas. Once the fire fighting crew leaves, SERVPRO can come in and initiate the restoration process. We have highly skilled, IICRC-trained technicians that are on standby in case of an emergency. Using special smoke cleanup and restoration techniques, we can restore your property to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

When the fire calms down, the resultant smoke damage appears in the form of discolored walls, charred items, or soot and ash on the floor. In some cases, other side effects such as smells can remain behind, presenting health risks to the occupants. It is important to keep in mind that some signs of smoke damage can show almost immediately while others take several hours (sometimes days) after the event to manifest.

Within a few days of smoke and fire damage, walls and flooring may turn yellow (although this yellowing effect does not show right away). Warping and discoloration can also occur on wood and plastic surfaces/appliances. Metal hardware tends to rust and corrode away several hours after a fire. If you have tiles, counter tops, or any other surface with porous stone such as travertine, granite, or marble, the acidic residue in soot can cause them to discolor permanently.

Certain surfaces, especially fabric items, may show both visible signs of fire damage and smoke odor. Smoke releases tiny carbon particles into the air that, when deposited, are known as soot. The first step SERVPRO takes to reduce the smell of a fire is getting rid of this smoke deposit or soot.

In addition to these tiny particles, smoke also contains various components that contribute to the unbearable smell that lingers after fire damage. These include toxic gases and vapors. Vapors are misty droplets that can be poisonous upon absorption or inhalation. Toxic gases come in different forms. Carbon monoxide is the most common toxic gas in a fire disaster. Household products such as plastics, vinyl, and other materials containing chlorine produce phosgene during combustion. Carpets, synthetics, clothing, and carpets release hydrogen cyanide when burning.

The smell that follows smoke damage penetrates different materials after some time. Unless a professional fire damage restoration company cleans up and deodorizes these items properly, the smoky smell may remain for a long time. SERVPRO technicians can pinpoint the source of the odor and neutralize it accordingly.

Do not leave your property to fate when a fire disaster comes knocking. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a part of your community and can arrive promptly to reverse the fire damage. Call us anytime at (214) 361-7887!

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Professional Assistance for Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Dallas Home, Today

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Assistance for Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Dallas Home, Today The professionals at SERVPRO can help you prepare and minimize the effects from a tropical storm.

We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to homeowners throughout the Dallas area. It is important for you to understand that qualified professionals are available to assist you in recovering from any emergency situation that might occur on your property, including flooding that many of us face today. 

You are not alone, as storms wreak havoc throughout the state, you can help flood damage victims in Dallas, and the surrounding area. Help others receive answers to flood damages, and other problems in a fast, effective manner. Additionally, you can visit our website anytime to assist with relief efforts by donating to help The American Red Cross make a difference in people’s lives affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. 

A team of SERVPRO professionals stand ready to assist; we give you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make your restoration as stress-free as possible. Our entire Green Fleet is stocked and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, we can address any situation you face and work hard to ensure a successful recovery.

If you have yet to feel the effects of Hurricane Harvey and want to strengthen your home’s resolve, we can help. SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience providing homeowners with quality solutions. Our team can help adjust yard grading, inspect your gutters and downspouts, roofing, and basement or crawl spaces for problems and install additional drains, backflow valves, or sump pumps to help keep water away from your home.

Taking the proper steps can make protecting your home easier, never hesitate to ask for help. SERVPRO technicians are trained to assist with major storm events and are ready to answer your call, now. We are locally owned and operated, offering cleanup and restoration services, proudly serving our local community with additional resources in its time of need.

Notify SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for assistance with flood damage restoration. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, working non-stop until everyone gets the help they need, call today. (214) 361-7887

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Flood Damage From Appliances in Your Dallas Home

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Damage From Appliances in Your Dallas Home If you come home to flooded floors from a failed appliance in your home, call SERVPRO.

Steps to removing water and drying your home after a failed appliance causes a flood

Most flooding problems in homes come from the inside, rather than from a rising creek or river. In many of these cases, the problem results from a failed dishwasher or a split intake hose for a clothes washer.

Appliance flood damage in a Dallas home sounds simple, but the truth is very different. A failure of either of these machines can drop over five gallons of water on the floor every hour. SERVPRO knows that if this happens in the morning after everyone leaves for work, that means an entire, three-bedroom room can be under an inch of water before the homeowner or renter walks in to find a disaster.

The only advantage to dealing with flooding from such an inside source is that it is clean water. There is no contamination to have to worry about, so there is no need for special protective gear and since cleaning the surfaces is not required, the overall time necessary for the job is far less as well.

The first step we take is to stop the flow of water. If a resident has not turned off the water main, we do it immediately after arriving on the property.

Next, we get to work removing standing water. For any amount over an inch, we start with commercial grade water pumps. These machines can empty out an average home in an afternoon, allowing us to bring in more equipment and inspect for damage to floors, carpets, and walls. If the power is out, we bring in our generators for uninterrupted electrical support.

If there is no permanent damage, we draw out remaining water trapped on carpets and floors. Technicians use extraction wands which are designed to bring out the water without harming wood surfaces or damaging the nap of the rug. This part of the job is more time-consuming and can take up to a full day or more.

With the water removed, we now lower the moisture levels in the surrounding air. To do so, we use dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air. Each device can remove over twenty gallons every day depending on the humidity and size of the dehumidifier we use. We perform this task to prevent the possibility of rot or mold growth in the walls and floors.

Drying out your home is not an easy process, but the right restoration company can do it quickly and safely. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has decades of experience helping our neighbors put their homes back together after a flood. If you need our help, call today at (214) 361-7887.

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