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Water Damage in Dallas--Should You DIY or Look to a Professional Remediation Company?

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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The Difference Between DIY and Professional Water Damage Cleanup in Dallas Home

When water damage strikes a Big D home once it hits your floor, water migrates quickly-even if it is a small amount of water from a busted pipe under a bathroom sink or overflow from a malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher. If the spill happens upstairs, the inclination to travel downward due to gravity can leave you with water in the subflooring and floor joists and a damaged ceiling downstairs. 

DIY cleanup efforts for water damage in a Dallas home are sometimes not adequate to avoid mold or foul odors. Standard methods of home cleanup are:

  • Blotting water with rags or mops
  • Using household fans to dry floors
  • Laying towels on wet carpet to absorb water 

Why SERVPRO? These home remedies for water damage in Dallas can work as long as the water is surface only and has not penetrated the subflooring or ran behind baseboards. In those cases, the excessive moisture has the potential to create conditions for mold infestations as well as unpleasant odors. Our certified technicians have specialized equipment for both extraction and drying. Plus our advanced moisture detection devices ensure that anywhere in the residence water travels, we find it and remove it. 

Our professional extraction equipment includes special attachments for upholstery and carpeting, so water does not remain the padding. Our air movers create warm, dry air in a superior fashion to household fans. The high-velocity air causes embedded moisture to rise where our dehumidifiers remove it from the property. 

Even clean water spills have the potential for bacterial growth, and bacteria equals odors. Our certified technicians thoroughly clean and disinfect all affected surfaces to both sanitize the home and leave it smelling clean and fresh without any lingering water odors. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 has the equipment and experience to return properties with water damage to their preloss condition. We take calls 24/7 and are onsite quickly to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Manage Different Kinds Of Soot After A Fire In Your Dallas Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Managing Different Kinds Of Soot After Dallas Fire Damage

In the aftermath of a fire in your Dallas home, the sight of blackened walls, ceilings, and surfaces can make you feel overwhelmed and unequipped to manage the cleanup. The first reaction is understandable, while the second is wise. Cleanup of toxic fire residues is a job best completed by our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and experienced managers and technicians. We match soots to appropriate cleaners and methods for optimal results.

Fire damage cleanup in Dallas requires evaluation of the types of residues found throughout all spaces in your home. Even rooms far from the ignition site show signs of soot soiling. Depending on the materials combusted and the surfaces coated, we use different cleaners, tools, and methods. Structural components are cleaned on-site, but we might transport some of the contents of your home to our production facility for specialized treatment.

Wet soot occurs when a fire is lower in temperature and smolders because of limited oxygen. SERVPRO sees this kind of soot after rubber, plastics, and oils burn. The residue is thick and sticky, prone to smearing. Odors can be strong and irritating. Successful removal requires a cleaning agent with surfactants and wetting agents applied with agitation to loosen the residue before wiping.

Paper and wood burn fast and hot, leaving ashy soot. Lingering smells are not as dominant nor unpleasant as wet soot. Careful brushing and dry sponging followed by HEPA-filtered vacuuming work well. Fabrics suffering from an ashy buildup respond to foam cleaners applied and removed quickly with a brush.

Kitchen fires deposit a protein-based coating that travels throughout your home on the superheated air currents. It is nearly invisible, but incredibly and persistently malodorous. The residue clings tenaciously, requiring special cleaners, agitation, and often abrasive tools to remove. SERVPRO crews are vigilant about finding and removing this soot as it is difficult for a homeowner to see or manage. If not addressed, surfaces discolor and deteriorate, and the stench does not dissipate.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the trained crews, effective cleaning products, and appropriate equipment for thorough soot removal. Call (214) 361-7887 immediately after a fire for an expert assessment and swift resolution of this challenge.

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When A Flood Destroys Your Dallas Home Our Experts Can Help!

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides comprehensive storm damage mitigation and restoration services on a 24/7 basis.

Dallas Flood Damage Often Brings Extra Problems - SERVPRO Can Help

Although the majority of flood damage mitigation and restoration efforts tend to focus around the floodwaters and any problems caused by them, other elements of the storm can also impact your home in significant ways. Lightning and downed powerlines can cause house fires, high winds can shear off roof tiles, and debris can punch holes and shatter glass in your home. SERVPRO technicians train to identify and clean up after a wide variety of these situations as part of our effort to provide a thorough and complete restoration experience.

Damage from Debris
Whether carried by wind or water, flood damage in Dallas can often show signs of extra damage from debris. Glass windows and objects in your home may be more vulnerable than other materials, but even the hardened exterior walls of your home can be punched through with ease by heavy objects moving at high speeds. We professionally remove hazardous debris and dispose of it safely while also patching up any holes created by it, leaving debris-damaged areas looking “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage
Even with rain pouring down outside, fires can start up and grow in your home due to one of several circumstances. Many fires start when power lines or your home's internal electrical systems receive damage from the storm and cause nearby materials or plants to catch fire. Your home may also catch fire when struck directly by lightning, even with a lightning rod installed. SERVPRO provides comprehensive fire and water restoration plans that incorporate both types of damage when both are present at the job site.

Wind Damage
Wind can cause major damage to your home even without the help of flying debris. One of the most common ways this can occur is when roof tiles shear off during the storm. You can help out before we arrive by looking around your yard for any roof tiles that may have torn off but remained mostly intact. We can replace these tiles on your roof to save you the costs of replacing them.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides comprehensive storm damage mitigation and restoration services on a 24/7 basis. Call us at (214) 361-7887.

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If Important Documents Are Damaged By Water In Your Dallas Property, Call Our Experts For Help!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Document Drying After Commercial Water Damage In Dallas

A law firm or real estate broker can risk potentially expensive losses to both their property and hard copy documents should a water issue get out of control. Document losses can harm previously good client relations or result in the loss of valuable information. Our commercial restorers can help to recover certain documents that have been damaged, following a split pipe or leaking roof in your offices. Drying documents is an expensive and time-consuming process but can be extremely valuable in certain scenarios.

Customers that need specialized document drying after commercial water damage in Dallas can reach out to us and arrange dispatch of a specialized commercial restorer unit. As a property manager, you can communicate with a SERVPRO crew chief during the inventorying and packing out stage as well as prioritize those that are most valuable and those that can be discarded. It is essential to understand that existing damages to documents cannot be reversed; however, valuable documents can be prevented from being lost using advanced drying techniques, including sublimation.

Sublimation is a process of turning a solid into a vapor without moving through the liquid state. There are many considerations, including the time frame, what type of contamination levels the document has been exposed to, as well as how long it has been exposed to moisture. The methods used to remediate documents are expensive so that a SERVPRO restorer can explain to you the costs and time frames for each document and each method. It is up to you to decide whether the value of saving the document is worth.

One of the first steps to remediating documentation is to freeze them. Freezing slows the process of dilapidation and allows a SERVPRO restore to determine the best course of action for each document. Vacuum thermal-drying, Air-drying, Vacuum freeze-drying, and dehumidification are all useful methods for remediating documents that may be irreplaceable or cause significant harm to your business if lost.

Hard copy documents are not easy to remediate. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for expert handling from start to finish.

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Protecting the Contents of Your Dallas Home from Flood Damage

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood damage can destroy your contents.

Content management is an often-overlooked aspect of flood recovery for Dallas properties. While many homeowners worry about getting the occupants of their house to safety in the event of these emergencies, little gets done initially about the personal belongings exposed to the worsening conditions within a property. Within a brief period of direct exposure, many of the irreplaceable possessions of a home become too badly affected to preserve with even the advanced techniques and equipment available to our professionals. 

Addressing the effect to the items in your home and other flood damage in Dallas properties, a full inspection and assessment must get performed as promptly as possible. By choosing our SERVPRO professionals to do this inspection, you get the full measure of our advanced equipment and practices, including our array of moisture content readers and hygrometers that can identify dampness even behind walls, ceilings, and floors. An understanding of the extent of this damage can help our professionals to develop an appropriate plan to reduce loss and to restore the property fast. 

Our contents department earmarks specific items exposed to the flood effects for removal or relocation. In many cases, these items must get moved to our nearby SERVPRO facility. There, our professionals can utilize our full inventory of recovery equipment and techniques, working to promptly dry, disinfect, and safely store these belongings until they can get returned to the restored property. 

Not all of the items that could end up at risk in the property must be removed from the premises. With the appropriate mitigation efforts, areas of the home unaffected by the disaster can serve as temporary storage for relocated furniture and possessions. Only the damaged or affected contents of your home need the focused cleaning and restoration efforts of our technicians in our climate-controlled facility. 

Protecting your belongings during a flood disaster can be challenging, but our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas contents department knows what to do. From removing at-risk items to minimize the spread of harmful contaminants, we can make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 by calling  (214) 361-7887.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Will Save Your Dallas Property

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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We Can Help With Residues From Fire Damage To Your Dallas Property

Candles are a great way of creating a romantic and inviting atmosphere in your Dallas dining room. However, a misplaced elbow is often all it takes for your romantic night to turn into a disaster. After the fire has been put out, you may find your dining room covered in residues and soot that can produce strong unpleasant odors. Fire residues and odors are notoriously difficult to remove, so it is recommended you contact professionals with experience cleaning up fire damage.

When SERVPRO crews arrive at your property, they can begin removing and discarding severely damaged pieces of furniture, scorched upholstery, and charred structural sections. Fires in Dallas typically coat all nearby surfaces in soot particles and residues. Residues can stick to upholstery and hard surfaces and can be powdery or sticky. To ensure that we don't further damage your home, our fire and smoke damage technicians (FST) can carefully inspect each affected surface to determine the best cleaning methods.

Dry residues can be removed with simple scrubbing and usually do not require the application of cleaning agents. Sticky residues, on the other hand, require intense scrubbing and the application of cleaning agents. We can utilize dry cleaning methods on more delicate surfaces to avoid accidental stains or damage.

To combat the strong odors caused by fire, SERVPRO tech teams can deploy hydroxyl generators that can filter out soot particles and smoke from the air inside your home. Furthermore, if we find that filtering your air has not fully removed the smell, we can use deodorizers to neutralize odor particles in hard to reach places. We do our best to retrace the path odors may have taken through your home to eliminate the smell.

Even after the flames are extinguished, fires can still be a pain. If you have suffered from fire damage, then call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Our technicians are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

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Our Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Dallas Home After Water Damage

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged this home when the flat roof of the structure started to leak. We arrived right away to begin restoration to prevent further damage.

How Water Damage Can Ruin Your Hardwood Floors And Furniture

Forgetting to shut off the water in your sink after brushing teeth can have severe repercussions for your floors. The next morning, you may wake up in your Dallas bedroom and find yourself putting your feet down into a puddle of sink water. Overflow from a bathroom faucet can efficiently run into adjacent rooms, causing damage to hardwood floors and furniture.

If you have experienced water damage in Dallas to the floors and furniture because of a moment of forgetfulness, then contact SERVPRO. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can arrive at your home in a matter of hours to begin the inspection process. Once we have assessed the extent of the damage in your house, we can get to work removing spillage. The longer that wood remains submerged, the higher the chance of permanent damage. Wood can swell, warp, and eventually crack after long term water exposure, so it is important that you contact professionals who can work quickly and efficiently. Our tech crews utilize industrial grade wet vacs and pump to extract standing water from your floors rapidly.

Hardwood floors often have water resistance lacquers on their surface; however, water can eventually seep through these barriers and reach the fragile wood below. Once wet, wood can cup and warp, so we can use air movers in conjunction with dehumidifiers to quickly dry large sections of your floor. Your floors can then be sanded and refinished if necessary.

Furniture faces similar problems as wood flooring. However, furniture is more likely to dry unevenly, leaving behind ugly water lines. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified techs can wipe down wooden sections of your nightstands and chairs to help prevent the formation of water lines.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas if the beautiful wood floors and furniture in your home are threatened by water damage. We are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887, so call us as soon as possible!

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Don’t Stress Over Water Damage Remediation in Your Dallas Residence

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation can cause chaos in your home. Contact SERVPRO today for assistance.

Mitigating the Various Effects of Water Damage in Your Dallas Home 

If that water damage incident in your home is not urgently attended to, then long-term wetness can ruin your contents and interior finishes in one way or the other. Prompt actions can prevent further damage and reduce the chances of having to replace more items than necessary. Let us look at some of the processes that we use to restore various structures within your Dallas home.

Permanent repairs in your Dallas property may not take place immediately after a water damage event unless the building is thoroughly dry. For instance, the subfloor, which is mainly composed of layers of submerged wood, may swell after coming into contact with the water. When attending to such situations, our SERVPRO technicians replace the affected sections to prevent possible buckling. It is also essential to inspect for warping before new flooring can be installed.

When wood sits in water for an extended period, it may eventually start to swell, break, or crack. If that happens, it is normal for the wood joints to become weak since they are fragile. Our SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to extract water from your home as well as dry and clean your wooden furniture. By thoroughly drying the wood, we protect it from possible mold growth.

Our SERVPRO technicians also inspect the state of the structure's insulation. We remove any matted insulation, which is usually popular with rockwood and cellulose insulations. On the other hand, it is possible to clean and dry fiberglass insulation since it does not permanently lose its insulating capability, even after being exposed to wetness. Though, the insulation’s vapor barriers may also slow the drying speed. Where necessary, we drill holes into wall cavities and then force air through the holes to enhance evaporation. We can also remove wet drywall when we find much moisture.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is in your commercial or residential property. We are experienced in water, fire, storm, and mold damage cleaning and restoration. Call (214) 361-7887 and get a chance of working with our highly trained team.

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After A Fire In Your Dallas Home, You Need To Have Your HVAC System Inspected

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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HVAC Inspections After Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home

In any property restoration, there are visible damages and non-visible damages. Initial cleaning of the affected area may resolve cosmetic issues, but malodors or dust problems can persist. Professional services help to ensure that the non-visible signs of property damage are dealt with at the first time of asking and could prevent secondary issues from occurring further down the line.

Residential property owners with fire damage in Dallas should hire professional remediation technicians to inspect the affected area properly. Your HVAC system can end up distributing smokes, malodors, and soots throughout your property; mainly where the source of damage occurs on the supply side of the system. SERVPRO technicians can conduct an expert inspection of your HVAC, protecting both the system itself and your indoor air quality.

In moderate to major scale house fires, hot, smoke-filled air can enter the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), depositing dust and soots inside. Remediating rooms becomes a meaningless procedure if soots are redistributed into clean areas after the service is complete. A preliminary inspection can help to ascertain whether any mechanical elements were damaged during the fire. These could include dampers, turning vanes, mixing boxes, and cooling coil.

If during the inspection, mechanical damages are discovered, we may need to bring in an HVAC specialist to repair your system. Where there is heavy soiling, we can clean the shafts as well as replacing disposable filters. An HVAC technician may also need to disassemble parts of the system for proper cleaning. We can reassemble your system once all soiling has been removed. Soiling from major fires may require duct sealing services to fumigate the system entirely and prevent unpleasant odors from returning. Duct sealing procedure is complicated and may take some time to complete the procedure correctly.

Restoring non-visible damages is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to arrange a visit from our IICRC certified technicians.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Documents And Appliances In Your Dallas Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

If your home requires our services to mitigate damage from flooding, give us a call today at (214) 361-7887.

Restoring Documents And Appliances After Flood Damage In A Dallas Home

As Texas inches ever closer to hurricane season, residents are preparing for floods, whether they come from storms in areas with low elevation or overflowing levees, bayous, and rivers. If not dried properly, moisture from flooding can compromise the structure of your home and create an environment that allows mold, bacteria, and foul odors to thrive in porous surfaces like carpet and wood. Flooding can be especially bad news for your craft or sewing area, as this can result in damage to papers, patterns, fabrics, and electronics without the right tools and techniques to restore them.

If spring rains cause flood damage in your Dallas home, our SERVPRO professionals are ready to come to you 24/7, including all holidays. We know that flood damage does not wait to occur during regular business hours, so we are always prepared to address and mitigate damage to your home.

When our SERVPRO team comes to your home, our priority is to extract any remaining water after a flood. Extraction can entail the use of portable extractors that hold as much as 5 to 12 gallons of water for disposal. Contaminated carpet and padding can be removed quickly and efficiently to maximize safety and prevent the introduction of mold, bacteria, and odors into your home that can compromise the flooring or subflooring underneath.

For sewing patterns, personal records, legal documents, and other essential paper goods that need drying, our team can restore them through air drying, sublimation, or dehumidification, depending on how much needs drying and their current condition. We can also salvage electronics such as your sewing machine, laptop, and other appliances that may be in your crafts room through careful cleaning and monitoring of exposure to water. Your electronics can be encased in plastic and moved elsewhere in the home to avoid further exposure to moisture while we restore your home to its pre-flood condition.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here to help you whenever disaster strikes. If your home requires our services to mitigate damage from flooding, give us a call today at (214) 361-7887.

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