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The Importance of Fast Water Removal Services For Your Dallas Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  The Importance of Fast Water Removal Services For Your Dallas Home Special equipment to remove water damage

Removing water after an emergency

Water emergencies are nothing that you can plan for, but there are some steps that you can take to prevent the most common of threats to your Dallas residence.

With appliances being a leading cause of internal flooding of your home, preventative maintenance stands as one of the best lines of defense in avoiding these circumstances from happening. Unfortunately, you might not always be mindful of when your appliances require servicing, with the added expense of getting them looked at, is not something that you want to do on a very regular
basis.

However, appliances do stand to be the leading cause of required water removal services for your Dallas residence. With just a significant malfunction, a water fed device can continue to fill indefinitely, or an over-pressurized supply hose could break free from the back, spilling many volumes of water onto the floor until the problem gets noticed.

While most homeowners know how to shut off the supply valves to each of their respective appliances, this knowledge does not address the most pressing issue of the pooled water on the floors of the affected area around the machine. Fortunately, we at SERVPRO pride ourselves on being Faster to any size disaster, and that includes the significant water emergency that you might be facing. 

From the moment that we arrive and the supply of the water has gotten shut down (if you have not already done this), our priority is extraction. This process utilizes a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet for severe flooding, but can also get accomplished with a combination of portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands.

Drying follows this effort, and when this process gets accomplished, we can better inspect structural components and construction materials of your home for damage too severe to salvage or restore.

With water removal, time is always of the essence. The faster that you can alert SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to the emergency that you are facing, the less lasting damage and the potential need for reconstruction that you face. Give us a call 24/7 at (214) 361-7887

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment In Dallas

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment In Dallas Excessive rain sometimes causes flooding that often forces water to enter your place of business.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment

Whenever unpleasant weather comes into a neighborhood, your Dallas dentist office possibly gets affected as well as your home. Storms create many different factors that likely cause damage to properties. Excessive rain sometimes causes flooding that often forces water to enter your place of business. Other times high-speed winds created by the storm put holes in the exterior of your building that allows moisture to get into the structure and ruin things.

When dealing with problems in your business, there are sometimes things that must be done differently than residential properties. SERVPRO's commercial flood damage technicians in Dallas Have experience in working with various types of companies. We know that keeping your business operating through the restoration process is essential.

From the minute we start the restoration process to the finish, we keep the operations of your dental company in mind. Many times we change when and how we go about completing the project so that it negatively affects your business as little as possible. Sometimes the work gets completed in small sections at a time so that your business keeps operating while we are working.

The first step we take when first entering your business is to fix any dangerous problems the storm caused inside your building. Water sometimes causes weak floors or electrical hazards. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO mitigation crews fix all of the problems that they can before work begins. Safety for your employees and customers while we complete the mitigation project is our number one concern.

After our team is comfortable that the work area is safe, we begin the extraction process. During extraction, we section off your dentist office in sections so that we only impede foot traffic where it is necessary. We use the equipment that works best to extract water while your business stays functioning.

After we vacuum up all of the water our specialized extraction systems can pull out, we work on structural drying. Before we attempt to dry the structure, we use our specialized monitoring equipment to test materials within the affected area. We take measurements all over the damaged region and take moisture readings in parts of the office that did not get damaged by water. The unaffected region samples give us a goal to reach when drying out a structure.

When mitigating issues that take place on commercial properties, using the right equipment to handle the situation is vital. For professional help at your place of business after a vicious storm, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any day of the week.

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Paving the Way for Reconstruction When Fire Damages Your Dallas Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Paving the Way for Reconstruction When Fire Damages Your Dallas Home SERVPRO technicians board up or tarp your home to prevent outside elements from causing more damage.

Trust SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration

Your Dallas home does not get constructed to resist fire, nor are the materials used in the construction able to withstand a fire’s damaging effects for very long. When you are facing the aftermath of a significant incident like this for your home, you might get overwhelmed by the destruction and damage that you see. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to face all by yourself.

While the fire damage to your Dallas home might have affected nearly every area that you inspect, this might seem insurmountable to overcome. Fortunately, with the experience and equipment of our professional SERVPRO team, your home might be much closer to preloss conditions than you might have thought initially. For genuinely devastating blazes, we can help to prepare your home for the next logical step in reconstruction efforts.

When our restoration specialists first arrive at your home, we prioritize understanding the full scope of the damage that your property has faced from the fire. This process is thorough because it helps to set the plan for the entire restoration process and aids our technicians in determining which areas of your home might require reconstruction instead of our restoration practices.

One of the very first tasks that our SERVPRO professionals set out to do is to seal up your home from further damage. With massive fires, the lingering symptoms and destruction spans more significant areas of your home and can cause holes and pathways to the exterior. Covering up these open spaces prevents further elemental damage that adds to the length of time that it takes to restore the damage to your home.

It is crucial in situations where reconstruction is a requirement that the area gets fully prepared for this process. Often this procedure requires controlled demolition. The managed tear out of overly damaged materials ensures that residential construction contractors that come to repair the damages can start their work immediately.

Sometimes the damage to your home after a fire seems almost insurmountable. Even in the most widespread of damage, let SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas help to show you how you can reclaim your home once again. You can give our emergency response team a call anytime at (214) 361-7887.

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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.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas today at (214) 361-7887 to know more and talk to one of our restoration experts.

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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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