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What Can Be Used to Dry Wet Carpeting in Dallas Homes?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Team Uses Carpet Wands in Dallas Homes to Restore Flooring 

Water loss incidents pose a significant risk to Dallas residences, especially when migrating water directly penetrates porous materials like carpeting. Wet flooring can become a costly restoration expense when saturation moves into the padding beneath carpeting and eventually to the subflooring and support materials. 

Carpet wands are an accessory of wet vacuums that our SERVPRO professionals use for water removal in Dallas homes. These attachments to the extractor allow our technicians to pull a considerable volume of trapped moisture from both the carpet and padding to prevent migration that can damage the subflooring like OSB board or plywood underneath. Carpet wands are a conventional first step. 

How does SERVPRO remove water from carpets?  

  • Use moisture meters to determine the damage
  • Carpet wands to remove initial saturation
  • Air movers and drying equipment to remove lingering moisture 

With the right equipment and approach, we can help to dry out your home after a loss quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team a call at (214) 361-7887. 

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Have you Experienced Water Damage in Your Dallas Home’s Laundry Room?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck backed into driveway of home Our trucks show up on time and carry equipment needed to restore your home of any damage big or small. We are available 24/7, call us day or night.

SERVPRO is Equipped to Remove Water From Dallas Homes After Washing Machine Failures

Unless it is laundry day, most people do not think twice about their washing machines. An event as small as a supply hose wearing out or improper connection to the wall can result in the potential for the spillage of more than 600 gallons requiring fast water removal to prevent extreme damage to the home. Replacing the supply hose every five years helps lower the chance of this happening.

When a laundry room in Dallas flooded due to a supply hose failure in a washing machine, the water quickly ran to adjoining rooms before the homeowner could turn off the water. The homeowner called SERVPRO and our technicians arrived within a few hours to begin the cleanup process. Since this was a clean water spill, and elimination efforts were beginning so soon after the event, there was no danger of contamination or toxins.

Because of the large area of standing water and need to get it out of the home as fast as possible, truck-mounted pumps were used to vacuum out the water. Soaked baseboards in the laundry room were pulled loose so no moisture would be trapped behind the wood. Weep holes were not necessary as the water did not affect the drywall directly.

Industrial air movers were set up to direct the flow of air up and out while the dehumidifier kept the moisture levels low in the room for complete drying. Once dry and digital detectors confirmed no residual moisture remained, the surfaces were wiped down with professional-grade antifungals to inhibit mold. Even clean water leaves a unique calling card after the fact with a distinctive odor. A ULV fogger was used to neutralize all traces of odor.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a local company available for water removal when you need us 24/7. Call (214) 361-7887 and one of our certified technicians can begin the process to restore your home to its preloss condition.

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SERVPRO Uses Multiple Options for Drying Hardwood Floors

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages hardwood floors. SERVPRO has the know how to restore your floors. Call us today!

Strategies to Remove Water in Wood Flooring of Dallas Homes 

With engineered or hardwood plank flooring in your Dallas residence, situations like water loss incidents could have a dire effect. Despite the severity of the loss situation, migrating water can get absorbed into the planks faster than many homeowners might believe. Because engineered wood typically gets comprised of thin materials pressed together, this material is especially susceptible to saturation and splitting. 

When you need to consider water removal for your Dallas home flooring, our SERVPRO team has multiple options for wood materials. The approach chosen depends on the saturation levels of the material, when water damage stays on the surface, when free moisture in the plank exists, and when the water has bonded with the molecular structure of the flooring. Once water becomes ‘bound’ in the wood plank floors, these physical deformities develop. 

Air Movers  

Air movers are often the first line of defense for almost every drying task that our professionals undertake. These tools are vital in removing a vapor barrier that exists during evaporative drying. These high-velocity machines displace the cool air trapped above the surface of wood plank flooring to allow the material to dry evenly and quickly. 

Drying Mats 

Drying mats are one of the specialty pieces of equipment that our professionals have to address saturation in porous, hard materials like wood plank flooring. With a consistent, slow draw of the moisture trapped in the planks, we can regulate the water removal process and ensure that these materials do not get dried too quickly or too completely, both of which could damage the wood. 

Reconstruction 

When there are no feasible solutions for removing trapped moisture in the flooring, and physical deformities have already developed, it is necessary to remove these portions. Our SERVPRO contractors can utilize controlled demolition techniques to only remove the areas overly damaged by the migrating water to protect subflooring materials. 

These are a few of the strategies that our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team can use to manage water loss situations in area homes. No matter how we can help, give our team a call at (214) 361-7887. 

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We Get You Back In Business In Dallas After A Flood

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Our trailer-mounted diesel generator in the parking lot We bring our trailer-mounted diesel generator and high-capacity desiccant dehumidification system for large flood damage disaster jobs.

Why Commercial Businesses with Large Loss Claims use our Flood Damage Restoration Services in Dallas

Completing jobs efficiently, mitigating losses, negotiating with insurers, adjusters, and third-parties is some of the reasons that large commercial clients continue to use our services for unforeseen property damages. We are a local company, but our access to national resources means that we can mobilize large amounts of equipment and human resources quickly, helping commercial clients overcome property problems with a minimum loss of revenue. 

The causes of commercial flood damage in Dallas are tough to mitigate against because they can come from many different sources. Internal plumbing is used far more by staff and customers in commercial businesses than in residences. In older commercial properties a pipe can eventually burst, particularly during cold periods of the year when pipes are at a higher risk of freezing. 

When water freezes, it expands weakening the structural integrity of uninsulated metal pipes- which are surprisingly common in commercial warehouses. When a pipe does eventually burst, it can release up to 400 gallons of water an hour into your property, damaging stock, furnishings, and forcing temporary closure. The weight of this volume of water can significantly weaken floors or structure in your workplace, making it unsafe to work in and forcing temporary closure. 

Professional attention should be sought immediately after a burst pipe. Shutting off the supply of water is essential to limiting losses, but so is having an established strategy for removal. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in large loss claims and can drain water from the property in a matter of hours by using truck-mounted extraction units and pumping equipment. Once excess water is removed we can begin to tackle residual moisture- this process can take longer- but it is essential to ensuring that secondary issues like mold growth do not cause another closure and more loss of revenue. 

The impact of flood damage on your commercial business can be widespread, trust a professional restorer to return your business to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 today. 

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Water Damage In Your Dallas Home

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Your Carpets in Dallas Are Begging For Love

An essential part of being a homeowner involves taking care of all aspects of your home. It is not sufficient to pay your electric bill and keep up the landscaping; you also need to be vigilant of seemingly random occurrences, such as a spot on your ceiling or floor. Discoloration can point to a leak, and the ensuing water damage can be disastrous. Like most things in life, the advice of a professional team can help you both in preventing accidents and in resolving them when they occur.

Homeowners with water damage in Dallas can rely on SERVPRO to be the trustworthy advisor in your home restoration. Our team is available 24/7 when a pipe bursts and soaks your carpets, and it is also available for their general upkeep. You may tap into our expertise by merely placing a call and allowing us to arrive at your home to develop a clear action plan. Whether you want to perform some preventive maintenance or need to restoration services, we are here for you.

The preventive aspect of cleaning your carpets is essential in increasing their life. In the course of daily life, we bring dust and debris into the home, and it settles into the fibers of your carpet. Our SERVPRO team chooses from a cadre of techniques applicable to cleaning your rugs, carpets, and other porous materials in your home. In the course of evaluating your needs, we may choose to clean your carpets through hot water extraction, which is ideal for light soil projects. If your needs are widespread, we may use a cleaning wand and industry-grade shampoo and rinse to loosen accumulated dirt and lift it from your home. For more significant areas, we could utilize machinery that allows for the more comfortable spread of cleaning solutions and provides more significant agitation to eliminate dirt and minimize drying time.

Whether you're proactive or reactive in the care of your home and its carpets, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here to help. Call us at (214) 361-7887 whenever you identify a need and let us do the heavy lifting. Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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A Primer for Handling Flood and Wind Damage in Dallas

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Outside shot of home after storm damage. Tarp on fire place After strong winds cause damage to this roof, our tarping service covered the fireplace and shingles to prevent more water damage.

Tips for Prepping Your Dallas Home for Flood, Wind Damage 

Flood and wind damage bring havoc to a home in the Dallas area. Wind can bring down tree limbs, peel up roofing, and floodwater can wreck walls and flooring in a short time.  

There are some actions homeowners can take against flood, wind damage, and other storm-related scenarios in Dallas. Regularly inspecting your property is a simple step that can assist in avoiding losses in the future. Keep the number of your insurance adjuster, policy number, and phone number for SERVPRO handy, so in the event of a home disaster, cleanup efforts begin as soon as possible. Our team can quickly cover exposed damaged roof areas with tarpaulins to prevent on-going damage from wind and rains.  

Common Losses From Flooding

Flash floods occur around Big D, and the water tends to recede quickly, however, building materials such as sheetrock wick water and require removal above the water line to halt any further damage. Tile and glue-down flooring may delaminate and require replacement. SERVPRO techs have specialized equipment to extract the water quickly and dry the home thoroughly. 

Wind Damage Threats

This area of Texas is in "Tornado Alley," and there are things homeowners can do to avoid damage from intense storms with high winds.  

  • Inspect and if necessary, reinforce the garage door and tracts
  • Inspect your roof for loose shingles or existing damage that needs repair
  • Check your siding and ensure it is intact
  • Trim tree limbs near windows or the structure
  • Bring in or anchor patio furniture or other potential projectiles that the wind can pick up 

When a Loss Event Happens to Your Home

Time means money in terms of replacing items that may have restoration potential if the cleanup begins quickly enough. SERVPRO techs arrive on-site within an hour after the initial call and bring everything they need in their green service vans, including generators if storms have knocked out the power. The techs have extensive training in the restoration sciences as well as handling temporary repairs and water removal. 

When a loss occurs, such as flooding or wind damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. The certified techs can clean up and restore the property, "Like it never even happened."  

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We Have The Proper Equipment To Handle Water Damage In Dallas

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

One of our moisture measurement tools sitting in the floor of a room We have the advance equipment necessary to restore your home after water damage sets in like this advanced moisture measurement tool.

Restoring Under Sink Cabinets and Fittings from Water Damage in your Dallas Home

Your kitchen and bathroom have hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons in water passing through them throughout the year. Sometimes, these wet rooms can sustain moisture-related damages. The cupboards beneath a sink are typical areas where small amounts of moisture from condensation or leaking can buildup. As time passes, these damp spots can begin to degrade interior cabinets, stagnant, or cause rust issues. You may notice unpleasant odors when running water or yellow staining on shelves and beneath fittings. 

Odor and discoloration inside fittings can be signs of long standing water damage issues in your Dallas home. Moisture attracts bacteria and other living organisms that can eat away at varnishes resulting in exposure of the wood beneath. At their most severe, microbial infestation can cause rotting in natural materials. Metal pipes, on the other hand, can attract rust, which slowly weakens your pipes and increases the chances of kitchen flooding. Your best bet in tackling these issues may be to bring in professional restoration services like SERVPRO to remedy the damages.

Careful inspection of the area affected is a vital part of ensuring that your water damage issue does not go on to change the structure of your home. The base of fittings can sometimes expose the subfloor or not have the same sealant as the floor. SERVPRO technicians can remove the physical elements of your cabinet to assess whether water seepage is going to be an issue. If there is a situation where removing the cabinets may be unnecessarily time-consuming, we can use infrared cameras or moisture sensors to assess whether water migration is occurring. 

When it comes to natural materials that have a microbial infestation, the only solution is to remove the affected areas altogether. This procedure can help to prevent the spread of soiling or infestation to untainted materials. Once the removal and disposal of these items are complete, SERVPRO can disinfect the area or use anti-microbial treatments to create a lasting barrier. By sanding the salvageable elements of your cabinets and refinishing them, we can ensure that unaffected areas remain in good condition. 

Long Standing water issues can result in escalating costs without early intervention. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 now.

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Dallas Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Complete Water Loss Drying and Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO Box Truck At a Job When SERVPRO Is on the Water Loss Scene in Dallas--Homeowners Are Relieved

Suspect Water Damage Behind Fixtures in your Home? Contact SERVPRO in Dallas

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Water can release from many different areas of your home's infrastructure. You may find that areas behind fittings, cabinets, or appliances begin to smell of stagnant water or mold. These signs can be indicative of a broader water issue at play. Gaining access to these areas of the home may be tight or go beyond the scope of your expertise. These situations tend to get worse without intervention, and by interceding early, you can often restore construction materials rather than having to face the expense of replacing them.

If you are in any doubt as to how to restore water damage in your Dallas home, it may be best to bring in a professional. Professional water restoration services can provide you with a wealth of expertise and experience. Knowledge and experience can be vital in a fast turnaround during the restoration. At SERVPRO, we can correctly assess the extent of damage, which then allows us to decide which materials are salvageable and which are not quickly. Completing jobs on-spec and on-budget is the core service we provide to this community.

Working with a restore over replace framework means our inspections are typically rigorous. If necessary, SERVPRO can remove fixtures or other physical barriers from home. We take the entire procedure to ensure that there is no damage during the removal process. Typically metals and synthetics items can be treated with chemicals like pesticide and mechanical buffers that can see even severely damaged materials return to excellent condition. Other naturally porous materials may have to be double-sealed in bags and taken with us to a waste facility for disposal.

The challenge in restoring water damage from walls and behind build-ins is inadequately drying the issue before and during the in-depth cleaning process. Failure to address the source of moisture or to dry it properly can lead to water issues returning after service is complete- negating much of the cleaning effort. Using sensors and moisture content readings, our team of technicians at SERVPRO can ensure the water spill is contained and restored correctly to ensure that one-time emergencies do not become recurring issues. Mold infestations can often follow inadequate moisture removal.

The buildup of water or moisture behind cabinets, appliances, and other fixtures can see severe degradation of materials as well as produce unpleasant odors. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 today.

Why Professional Restoration Services are Necessary After Fire Damage in Dallas

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom. fire debris on floor. charred wall and mattress It is tempting to remove debris after a fire, but you can unintentionally spread soot. SERVPRO knows how to remove debris and restore your home.

Reasons DIY Fire Damage Cleanup is a Bad Idea in Dallas Homes 

After fire damage occurs in a home, the number one priority of most homeowners is to get life back to normal as rapidly as possible. One of the biggest mistakes they make is cleaning up the smoke damage and removing charred items themselves. Both of these actions have the capacity to make the situation worse.  

When Dallas homeowners work on fire damage in their homes on their own, the outcome can be less favorable than they expected. Some cleaning products or incorrectly used methods can increase the loss and render items unrestorable.  

Stop the Spread of Soot

Setting up containment is something that rarely gets done in DIY cleanups. SERVPRO technicians know soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see. If the fire loss area does get contained, it can spread throughout the home and require more cleanup to remove the soot and odors. 

Improper Cleaning Makes it Worse

It is vital to test smoke residues on surfaces before cleaning. Because a fire can burn at different temperatures in a single room and various types of items get charred, an array of residues get left behind. While sheetrock and wood structural elements tend to leave behind a light, powdery residues called dry smoke, plastic, and rubber items produce wet smoke, which is thick and can prove challenging to remove from surfaces without the proper cleaning agents.  

SERVPRO techs carefully test and use methods such as dry cleaning sponges to carefully lift away dry smoke. When wet cleaners come into contact with wet smoke, it drives the particles deeper into the surface, and this can mainly ruin painted walls and require further restoration efforts such as ceiling over painted walls to lock in the soot and odor and ready the wall for repainting. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 when you need fast, complete fire damage cleanup and restoration service. The certified technicians have the tools and knowledge to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened." 

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Why Rely On SERVPRO For Fire Damage Restoration In Your Dallas Property

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Chandelier on fire You can trust our team of professionals to handle all of your restoration needs. Call us today at (214) 361-7887.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Dallas Home After Fire Damage 

Fire can leave your home engulfed with soot, water from firefighting efforts, and an intense smoke odor. The devastation fire causes can be severe to the extent of making you feel devastated. If you are in such a situation, do not worry because SERVPRO can restore your property to its pre-misfortune state.

Every home contains structures and contents made of different materials that can increase the magnitude of the fire loss and present significant restoration challenges. Our highly trained team of technicians can use advanced equipment to handle the fire damage in your Dallas home. We can work hard to not only restore your property but also complete the cleanup process quickly. During a fire, various pollutants are produced. We categorize these pollutants as:

   Chlorine dioxide which forms when synthetic materials burn.

   Nitrogen oxides that form when organic components burn.

To prevent the problems that these combustion pollutants cause, our crew focuses on the remediation and restoration of structural materials that smoke residues have ruined. We have products that can remove soot from various surfaces effectively. For instance, we can use concentrated wood oil soap to remove soot from wood floors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, and other wooden surfaces.

Our SERVPRO team can also set up the right ventilation equipment to expedite the process of cleaning up smoke damage. Besides, we can use positive ventilation to achieve the desired outcome if weather conditions are conducive. If the weather conditions are not right, we avoid using positive ventilation because it can be counterproductive. For example, if the weather is humid, the extra humidity getting into your home may combine with smoke and cause acidic residues to form faster.

If the fire loss affected a particular room or area of your property, our team can set up proper isolation and containment barriers to minimize the spread of contaminants to unaffected areas of the property. We can also perform air management to control the flow of air inside the affected area and keep smoke residues from leaving the containment zone.

If there is water in the carpeting of your property, we can use extractors to remove it. We also have deep extraction tools that can be attached to extractors. Some are self-propelled, while others are stationary. An independent motor powers the self-propelled extraction tools, and it moves the units over carpeting at a consistent rate. The equipment compresses the carpet and pad to squeeze out the water and remove it through an extractor’s vacuum system. The weight helps the tool work more effectively, and it is designed to allow a restorer to ride on it to provide extra weight.

When a fire incident happens in your residence, do not let it distort your usual way of life. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for efficient restoration that can make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

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