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How Do Professionals Combat Odors After a Water Damage Incident to Your Dallas Home?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do Professionals Combat Odors After a Water Damage Incident to Your Dallas Home? If you are facing water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Many Options to Combat Odors After Water Damage in the Home

An incident of water damage can leave your home with a lingering smell that is quite difficult to eliminate. Thankfully, professional restorations experts have the tools, the technology and the knowledge that enables them to combat these smells with ease.

SERVPRO professionals can use some of the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate odors after a water damage incident in your Dallas home. Our IICRC certified professionals use a multi-faceted approach to eliminate both real and imaginary odors as soon as they can. Here are a few commonly used techniques that professionals use to combat smells after water damage incident.

Injection method
Small amounts of highly potent deodorant are injected directly into carpets and upholstery using a syringe and a needle. This method is especially useful if it is not possible to remove the carpet or upholstery. The method is also ideal to eliminate pet odors as well.

Direct spraying
SERVPRO technicians can use this technique to apply a spray of a deodorant solution directly onto the affected area. It can also be used to spray disinfectants in case of water damage due to backed up sewer lines as well. The only drawback is that the surface sprayed gets wet after the application of deodorant using this method.

Wet fogging
Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers are instruments that can create tiny particles of a deodorant dissolved in water or a solvent by a process called nebulization. The method generates a very fine deodorant mist that can neutralize even the strongest odors after water damage. The deodorant is in the form of a wet mist, and as a result, the process is often called wet fogging.

Dry fogging
The process of dry fogging is similar to wet fogging with a small difference. Heat is used in dry fogging to generate a fine mist of deodorant particles. As there is no solvent or water involved, the process is often called dry fogging. The method creates microscopic particles of deodorant that can neutralize the odor-causing particles no matter where they are located.

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Flood Damage in Your Dallas Warehouse from Storms

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage in Your Dallas Warehouse from Storms SERVPRO knows you cannot afford downtime so we waste no time removing floodwater and restoring your space so it can operate smoothly again.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Commercial Space to Save You From Downtime

There are several different reasons for flooding in your Dallas warehouse. Storm surges, torrential rains, flash floods, or overflowing rivers can create an issue fast for your business. Flooding in your building can lead to an infiltration of rodents and insects, mold, and rotting wood. It is not a situation to take lightly, but instead, you need to act quickly to avoid additional damages.

Commercial flood damage can disrupt your daily operations, leaving you with downtime you cannot afford. Your Dallas business relies on being able to run smoothly at all times, so you should get in touch with us at SERVPRO as soon as possible. We waste no time in helping you remove the flood waters and dry your building out again.

An initial assessment is done first when we arrive to determine the scope of the damage and how we need to proceed. We also make sure there are no safety hazards. We then can begin water extraction with industrial, truck-mounted pumps. The quicker the bulk of the water is removed, the better, so we can try to avoid additional damage like mold growth.

Once the water is extracted, SERVPRO staff remove any wet surfaces on ceilings, walls, or floors to help speed up the drying process. Sometimes, baseboards are removed, plus any drywall or insulation that is not salvageable is removed as well. Any cabinet drawers and doors are opened, and toe kicks are taken off as well. Each wet surface must be treated.

Once extraction is complete, and all wet materials are taken out, we can begin the drying process. Commercial grade equipment, such as dehumidifiers and air movers, are used to increase the circulation of air and evaporation. We monitor the environment daily to ensure that the process goes as quickly and efficiently as possible. The machines are moved around as needed to help thoroughly dry your building out.

Once drying is complete, we inspect your structure to ensure there are no hidden pockets of moisture that could result in further damage. Then if needed, structural reconstruction is done. If the damage that was done was substantial, we might work alongside professional contractors to ensure your business is restored to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas understands that a flood situation can halt the operations of your business in Preston Hollow, Dallas, or Northwest Dallas, and that means profits for you. So, when you call us at (214) 361-7887 for help, we do not waste time in getting to your building and drying it back out.

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Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare.

Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage

Severe weather is nothing new to Dallas homes as of late. With the unpredictability of severe storms coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and stretching across Texas, things can quickly turn into emergencies with little notice. When several days of hard rains happen on end with no opportunities for the ground to keep up with saturation, the opportunity for flash flooding becomes a real possibility for all of the homes in the area.

The trouble with flash flooding in areas where floods are not everyday occurrences is the lack of proper preparation. When homes become ill-equipped to deal with floodwaters knocking at the foundation of their homes, vulnerable areas become exposed, and soon flood damage occurs to your Dallas residence. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to deal with all on your own. With professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team provides, you can help to prevent further structural damage and irreparable losses by addressing the problem quickly and appropriately.

Our objective when we arrive at your home is to assess the damage that you face and begin water extraction immediately. With flooding, often we require a pump truck from our fleet of vehicles. This equipment pulls higher volumes of water from the floor far more quickly than other equipment that might get used for less severe water emergencies. Once the water has gotten extracted successfully, our team moves on to dry the area thoroughly.

The drying process typically consists of a combination of dehumidification equipment and air movers. These two working together help to combat the possibility of mold growth in the affected area, which can quickly happen if the water damage was not seen to right away.

Our SERVPRO technicians also set out to locate the source of the flooding through vulnerable and damaged areas of your foundation. These weak points can get repaired relatively easily with the use of hydraulic cement, which has a high tensile strength against formidable water pressure.

Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare. If you are dealing with this manner of damage, or any emergency to your home, trust our experienced restoration team at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. We are available 24/7 by calling (214) 361-7887.

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Restoring a Home with Water Damage in Dallas

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring a Home with Water Damage in Dallas SERVPRO responds quickly and thoroughly restores your home after water damage before secondary damage can happen.

Calling SERVPRO after Water Damage Can Prevent Secondary Damage

Events of a disastrous nature can take place in various ways inside the Dallas home. Some of these involve water, and from a myriad of sources. Tubs can overflow when forgotten for only a few minutes, ice makers can develop clogged lines, and rain can enter through windows nobody remembered to close. Incidents involving only small amounts of water can lead many homeowners to incorrectly assume that the situation holds little possibility of becoming a severe problem.

Dallas homes can experience substantial water damage, however, when exposed to even minuscule amounts of moisture. A malfunctioning dehumidifier might not produce the moisture by itself, but if it fails to work as expected, substantial amounts of moisture could remain in the home that should not, under ideal circumstances, exist. It does not require a flood for water damage to develop.

Damage comes in many forms when caused by water. Walls made of drywall sheets can swell while wet and then crumble when dry again. Carpeting can deteriorate and fray when it rots, and the padding can become compressed or jumbled together underneath, creating either depressions or lumpy areas. Microbial activity can significantly increase, as well, leading to severe secondary water damage situations. While homeowners may find it difficult to prevent all of the immediate damage caused by water, they can almost always prevent secondary water damage.

In the case of a basin that overflowed, we remove the water using extraction equipment. For massive amounts of water stemming from broken pipes, we use truck-mounted pumps, but for smaller emergencies, hand-held extraction units usually suffice.

Water wicks in both horizontal and vertical directions, so we use sensory equipment to detect where water traveled. When we finish, we again examine the home's interior using the same equipment to ensure that no moisture exists and that it is "Like it never even happened."

When homeowners react quickly enough to such an event, we can often save drywall by drying it instead of cutting away and replacing waterlogged sections. At SERVPRO, one of our goals is to keep costs low for our customers by restoring materials instead of replacing them. Not only are new materials costly, but the required labor also increases the financial burden significantly.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can be reached at (214) 361-7887 whenever you have an emergency involving water damage. We always ensure that our equipment is in excellent working order and ready to dry out your property.

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Quickly Correcting Water Damage To Your Dallas Hotel

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quickly Correcting Water Damage To Your Dallas Hotel SERVPRO Keeps Hotel Rooms Dry in Dallas for Local Conventions.

Rapid Removal of Water and Restoring a Dry Environment Protects Your Business

There are always going to be attractions for people to come to Dallas. From its wide range of entertainment to it being a hub of major business, the city is always bustling. The high level of activity means that your hotel is also always going to be busy year round as people come and go. One thing that you cannot account for is a water emergency happening, as an event like this could seriously compromise your entire business.  Ask us about our ERP Plan to mitigate and also help prevent water and fire damages to your enterprise.
The trouble with water damage to your Dallas hotel shows itself in several different ways. For starters, you have to assess how extensive the damage is, which sections off a large portion of available rooms for guests to stay in while you have the area inspected and damages restored. This process is not only an inconvenience to your guests who might have already booked rooms within this area months in advance, but it also cuts into your profits when rooms are not available through water damage restoration.  
At SERVPRO, we dedicate our work and our expertise to helping homes and commercial properties cut their losses and out of pocket expenses. We achieve this by offering quick and efficient restoration service to our customers, which can help you to get these hotel room doors open again in a condition that you are proud to show your clientele.  
While present water in our line of sight is often addressed first using extraction tools like wet-vacs and drying equipment like air movers, our process is far from completed by merely getting the water that can get seen with the naked eye. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals utilize thermal imagery and infrared technology to look into the areas and spaces where inspections are difficult. This assessment ensures that the drying efforts were successful and that no lingering moisture could later fuel mold growth. If pockets of moisture persist, we can reposition dehumidifiers and other devices to resolve the moist conditions.
Your hotel cannot profit when portions of available rooms are unavailable while you track down the source of a problem. Trust the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas specialists. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (214) 361-7887.

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SERVPRO Stopping Mold Damage in Dallas Homes

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Stopping Mold Damage in Dallas Homes Almost every piece of building material, especially drywall, can serve as a food source for mold.

SERVPRO Eliminates Mold by Stopping it at its Source

Every home in Dallas contains some level of mold spores. They are no more harmful to most people than ordinary house dust in their normal, inert state and only become an issue when they come into contact with enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Dallas mold damage happens when the now active spores begin to search for more moisture and sources of food. To do this, they extend hyphae. This structure resemble tree roots when seen under a microscope and serve the same function. Some grow quickly across surfaces, expanding the colony while others grow into the surface of building material like drywall to feed it. SERVPRO restoration teams study how this growth occurs to determine the best way to stop and eliminate it.

Most spores grow best in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the comfort range for most households, stopping mold using cold or heat is unlikely unless the home is unoccupied.

Nearly every piece of building material in a home can be a food source. Drywall, in particular, is vulnerable to mold spores and provides a way for mold to grow in every room inside the house. Since it is impossible to replace all drywall with stone or brick, that leaves only removing the source of moisture as a way to stop mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians can do this by finding the highest concentration of mold in the home. Higher levels usually occur at sources of water and the highest is normally at the original point of expansion and growth. Often, this source is a leak from a busted pipe or a damaged connection. If it is a minor problem, we can fix or replace it ourselves. A major problem like a refitting requires a licensed plumber.

Next, remove any standing water. Our teams can do this using a combination of pumps and extractions wands. Before starting, we spray the affected areas with an anti-fungal agent to prevent contaminating other parts of the home. It prevents further property damage and reduces the chance of mold spores causing adverse health effects.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, we know the best way to halt mold growth and damage is to stop it at its source. If you suspect there may be mold in your home, contact us at (214) 361-7887 with any questions or to schedule a visit and receive a free estimate if we find there is a problem.

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Unused Furnaces can cause Fire Damage through Puff Back in Your Dallas Home

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Unused Furnaces can cause Fire Damage through Puff Back in Your Dallas Home Avoid Smoke & Fire Damage from Puff-Backs in Dallas with an Annual Maintenance--SERVPRO Says

SERVPRO Suggests Annual Maintenance to Prevent Smoke and Fire Damage from Puff-Backs

The latest cold spells blanketing Dallas and other areas nationwide have forced people to fire up their furnaces. However, some of these did not receive regular maintenance before the cold weather began. This lack of upkeep can create problems for homeowners when they attempt to heat their homes.

When the furnace in your Dallas home malfunctions, it can easily cause fire damage throughout your home. Puff-back happens in older furnaces more often than in more recent models, but a lack of regular use can allow tiny leaks of oil fuel to accumulate in an unused furnace of any age.

The professionals at SERVPRO can help clean your home of the soot that spreads everywhere from a malfunctioning furnace. This soot comes from incomplete combustion of the oil and can pose risks to not only your home but also to your family. While a substantial portion of this remains in the air breathed in, it also adheres to walls, ceilings, vents, and the inside of ducts. Under certain conditions, the soot is electrically charged and creates spiderweb looking filaments in corners called soot tags. These are not "dust bunnies" or their relatives.  After replacing the furnace, having a team of IICRC-certified professionals clean your home helps to restore it "Like it never even happened."

Although soot eventually settles onto horizontal surfaces within your home, other surfaces, such as walls, can also hold particles that slowly waft into the air and create an odor. Aided by small devices that detect foreign particles, we can efficiently and rapidly clean everything contaminated by soot within your home.

While not the typical fire damage, puff-back can pose more risks to homeowners, who see the residue as only an ugly wall around a heat vent instead of a possible threat to health. To help protect your family members' respiratory health, we use air scrubbers to clean the air of loose soot particles. Soot may feel greasy but contains very abrasive particles that can damage your lungs at the cellular level.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas wants families in our community to live in safe, healthy homes. Please call us at (214) 361-7887 whenever you see signs of puff-back in your home. We can quickly clean away the soot that your furnace deposited in your home.

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How We Work Against Water Damages in Dallas Medical Centers

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How We Work Against Water Damages in Dallas Medical Centers Hospital rooms and hallways need to be free of any damage. When your hospital suffers a water damage event, contact SERVPRO immediately.

Team SERVPRO Makes Water Damage Remediation in Your Hospital a Priority

When water damage happens to a hospital in Dallas, it can cause significant damage to a variety of sensitive instruments, equipment, and edifices in the building. Whether it is a sprinkler malfunction, water feature overflow, troublesome leak, or any other cause of damage, many thousands of dollars in equipment may be on the line. SERVPRO teams respond quickly and responsibly to all water damage crises to ensure that as little damage happens as possible, and that treatments begin quickly.
Saving Equipment
One of the costliest effects of commercial water damage to a hospital in Dallas is a loss of equipment. Medical equipment can be highly sensitive to the effects of water and require specialized contractors and unique certifications to repair correctly. Furthermore, modernized hospitals also possess many standard electronic features such as computers and televisions around the building, which may also require entirely different professionals to look at and repair. SERVPRO maintains an extensive list of local and national partners to help recover as much of your damaged equipment as possible and can conduct inventory services to find out what, exactly, was lost in the disaster.
Getting Facilities Operational
Time is of the essence when we conduct restorations in any medical facility. With facilities offline, patients may not have access to critical aspects of their care and may have to be relocated to another hospital or travel for individual needs. We try to avoid this by working against the clock to return all facilities to full operation in as little time as possible.
Watching for Future Damages
In the clean, well-kept halls of a hospital, it may be surprising that somehow mold and other fungi can grow easily. We monitor damage sites during our restorations and implement preventative measures to stop mold and other after-effects of water damage from becoming another headache.
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a local provider of professional-grade water damage mitigation and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

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Clogged Drains at the Curb Can Cause Flood Damage to Dallas Homes

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Clogged Drains at the Curb Can Cause Flood Damage to Dallas Homes When drains cannot handle the run off, water can flood your property. Contact SERVPRO right away to dry out your home and help prevent mold.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Flooding After Storms or Snow Melts

Rainfall and melted snow provide our lawns with the water they need to grow well, but not all of the water that falls on your property ends up soaking into the ground of your Dallas property. Much of it runs off into the street where it travels down to the drainage system.

When a neighborhood contains many trees or other debris sources, homes in the Dallas area can become flood damaged. When these drains become clogged, they force the water to either continue down the street or to overflow into yards and parking lots. This can happen in any neighborhood.

We at SERVPRO make sure that each one of our customers receives the level of service their own unique needs require. We understand that floods do more than just damage the interior of the home. Flooding also affects the exterior of the home, as well as the yard. No matter where flooding damages your property, or how severe that damage becomes, we handle all aspects of restoration and quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our certifications come from the IICRC and enable us to handle any level of contamination that flooding may leave inside a home. Even when water from a flood seems clean, we cannot take chances with potential health risks. We help homeowners box up undamaged items in their homes for removal to a safe location. We also help dispose of contaminated foodstuffs to help ensure your family does not become exposed to possible pathogens that they might otherwise ingest.

Other actions we take to restore your home include removing saturated carpets and padding and tearing out sections of damaged walls. After removal of these water-laden items, we begin to dry out your residence.

Using large air movers that create a steady but concentrated air stream, we point these at areas that need to dry out. Dehumidifiers also play a significant role in our work. They remove excess humidity while air scrubbers minimize the number of airborne pathogens and mold spores. The removal of these dramatically decreases the chances of illness or secondary water damage from happening in the future.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is always ready to help local families recover from flood damage and other catastrophes that affect their dwellings. Call us at (214) 361-7887 so we can help your family move forward after a flooding event.

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Mold Causes Real Damage in Northwest Dallas

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Causes Real Damage in Northwest Dallas Contacting the professionals at SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage can ensure the best possible care and cleanup.

Contact SERVPRO at the First Sign of Mold to Prevent Further Damage

Mold is one of the most common and costly types of damage that can happen to any American home, and despite the assertions of some neighbors, family members, and unprofessional internet resources, you should be very concerned if you find fungi growing on your property. Mold damage is one of Northwest Dallas' most ubiquitous problems, especially in the aftermath of the last hurricane season. Damage from mold growth in and after that period persists in many homes, and new colonies are a constant risk even in the winter months.

Mold damage in Northwest Dallas homes is neither benign nor unimportant. Fungal growth is always a bad thing for the affected home and can grow into a massive problem over time. Potential symptoms and side effects of mold damage include strong and putrid smells, discoloration, deterioration of materials, blocked vents, weakened structural elements, and potentially, health effects for anyone residing or working in the building. In many cases, these issues may be prominent, as many patches of growth can be difficult to detect without specialized tools or easily-seen symptoms like these. SERVPRO technicians use advanced sensors and technology to detect excess moisture and heat generation behind walls and in crawl spaces to find hidden patches of mold and eliminate growth even in the most inconvenient of places. 

While mold can cause all of these problems in any infected home, almost all of them can be mitigated through a fast response and professional care. Calling a company like SERVPRO as soon as you find measurable mold growth in your home helps to ensure that it receives the best care possible within a short time, stopping further growth and preventing existing conditions from worsening. If you ever find signs of growth in your home, be sure to contact us immediately.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a local damage mitigation and restoration company that specializes in finding, eliminating, and cleaning up after mold damage in local homes. Call us at the first sign of trouble at (214) 361-7887.  

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