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Dallas Intangible Art Installation Features Two Million Feet of Yard

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment outside of building SERVPRO's mold removal is an art of it's own. Call us the moment you notice mold on your property.

All-Female Lineup Highlights Top Fiber Artists in the U.S. At Dallas Exhibit

Take your time as you stroll through eleven different and immersive art installations in Dallas at the Sweet Tooth Hotel, featuring the creations from fiber artists around the United States, including work done by London Kaye, known for her Yarn Bomb events. The total amount of yard used throughout the exhibit is more than two million feet in length. Each installation has a different look and feel that includes a multitude of yarn reimagined, with uses such as a yard-covered mailbox, bellpulls hanging from the ceiling, tapestry creations, floorcoverings along with some fun custom-created yarn animals. Each artist has been given her own space at the exhibition to create their own unique vision in yarn for the public to enjoy. 

  • December 7th through June 6th from Noon to 8 PM daily
  • Adults: $20
  • Student/Military/Senior: $17
  • Children: $15

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at  (214) 361-7887 can perform commercial mold remediation for local Dallas properties and assist in the cleanup of both structure, fabrics, and contents, so it is "Like it never even happened."

Puppy Training For All Levels of Experience In Dallas

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water on floor, SERVPRO vehicle parked outside Learn to tame your puppy while SERVPRO tames your businesses water damage. Call us right away at (214) 361-7887.

Learn to Communicate With Your Puppy In This Dallas Virtual Event

Certified trainer Amy Lear is hosting a virtual class in Dallas on the basics of training your new puppy. This online class is an ideal event for new dog owners or anyone considering adopting a puppy over the Holiday Season. Amy will give attendees tips on how to communicate with your puppy. She will discuss typical training issues such as obedience, potty training, crate training, and learning to properly walk on a leash. Another frequent frustration is teething by puppies, and Amy has tips for teaching your puppy what to chew and what not to chew. Teaching basic commands is crucial, and Amy has suggestions for getting your puppy to perform actions in exchange for positive reinforcement and praise, rather than treats. 

  • Come to the virtual training session on Thursday, December 3, 2020
  • The time to attend is 5:00 pm CST
  • Each session runs approximately 1.5 hours

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 handles any size commercial storm water removal in Northwest Dallas properties to make the structures safe for people and dogs, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Assists Dallas Residents in Need of Water Restoration Companies

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home Our SERVPRO technicians are ready and available at any time. You can reach us at (214) 361-7887, day or night.

Dallas Residents Can Get Help 24/7 From One of the Premier Water Restoration Companies

Dallas has contributed much to the United States' sports culture; in fact, the term "Super Bowl" originated from a comment made by Lamar Hunt, one of the founders of the American Football League, made to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. The event's original name was the ‘AFL-NFL Championship Game,’ but quickly became known as The Super Bowl."

Professional Cheerleading Started in Dallas

Another aspect of sports originated in Big D as the first-ever professional cheerleading squad, The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Since 1972, the cheerleaders have been a staple at both home and away games for the team. In the present, hundreds of women from all over the United States attend the yearly tryouts to get chosen to be part of this elite cheering team. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders have featured on calendars, movies, and most recently, their own reality show featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous training and selection process. 

Dallas is Home to Many Other Sports

If football is not your cup of tea, there are numerous other sports to take in around the city. The metropolitan area is home to teams engaged in six major sports: 

  • National Football League - Dallas Cowboys
  • National Basketball Association - Dallas Mavericks
  • Major League Baseball - Texas Rangers
  • National Hockey League - Dallas Stars
  • Major League Soccer - FS Dallas
  • Women's National Basketball Association - Dallas Wings

During the State Fair of Texas in September and October, the rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas hits its peak with the college football game nicknamed "Red River Rivalry" or the "Texas-OU game," which plays out every year at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park.  

Parks and Parkland in Dallas

Although it seems to lean towards being modern and cosmopolitan, Dallas has many outdoor areas to visit. The City oversees and maintains a total of 406 parks located on 21,000 acres. One of the best parks is Fair Park, which spans 260-acres and hosted the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. The Dallas Zoo has the distinction of being the first zoo in the State that opened in 1888 and the largest zoo covering 95 acres. 

The city is not close to the Gulf of Mexico but offers 17 different lakes to enjoy, including White Rock and Bachman. For biking and jogging enthusiasts, the city and park systems have a total of 61.6 miles of jogging, hiking, and biking trails to use and explore. There is always something to do with residents and visitors having access to: 

  • 47 community and neighborhood recreation centers
  • 276 sports fields
  • 60 swimming pools
  • 232 playgrounds
  • 173 basketball courts
  • 112 volleyball courts
  • 258 neighborhood tennis courts
  • Six 18-hole golf courses

The Trinity River Project 

The Great Trinity Forest is the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, and there are ongoing plans to develop these lands into the largest urban park in America. Once completed, the park will be eleven times larger than Central Park in New York City. The area is known as the nature district and becomes the heart of Dallas by assisting in the transition to make Big D a greener city. Engineers designed the park to address flooding problems from the Trinity River, which has affected numerous structures after heavy rains requiring restoration services. It also helps with transportation issues throughout the area and boosts the economy through park attendance and events. Called the Greenway, it will feature: 

  • Water features
  • Sports fields 
  • Pedestrian overpass
  • Located 10 minutes from downtown for easy access

Once a year, the State Fair of Texas takes place. The fair has happened every since 1886, except for cancelations occurring during World Wars I and II and the pandemic of 2020. The usual starting time is the final Friday in September and ends 24 days later. Each year, an average of two million visitors enjoy this venue where they can take in the Starlight Parade, an auto show, and the Texas Skyway, a gondola ride that only operates during the days the fair is open. Visitors get welcomed by Big Tex, a 55-foot tall cowboy made of fabric and wire that speaks with a hinged jaw. The statue was rebuilt in 2013 after an electrical fire gutted the previous cowboy that had been on display since 1952.

What Does SERVPRO Do Differently Than Other Dallas Water Restoration Companies?

As Dallas water restoration companies go, SERVPRO has access to a nationwide selection of extraction and drying equipment to handle any size water damage in local properties. 

While local property owners know to bring in a professional mitigation company on large-scale cleanup jobs, what you may not be aware of is that even small water damage situations may need handling by trained technicians to ensure there are no issues afterward that can affect the structure, contents or health of the occupants. That is why after extracting the water and drying the property, the technicians use their professional-grade disinfectant cleaning solutions, including antimicrobial and biocides, to ensure the affected areas get returned to a sanitary state for reuse.

One of the core values of SERVPRO is the goal to save clients the cost of replacement of damaged items whenever possible through the proprietary cleaning and restoration services. Property owners can expect to: 

  • Get fast arrival after their initial phone call, even on weekends and holidays
  • Communication from the technicians so everyone is on the same page for what is happened
  • Carefully working within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprise out of pocket expenses

Equal care happens after the cleanup efforts are over. The technicians scope the property carefully to ensure that it verifies as dry, and the client is happy with the outcome. At this time, if any repairs need to occur, the crew chief will go over those with the property owner and adjuster as needed. A report with the actions taken, items that required disposal, and photos get provided to expedite any insurance claims. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 stands out among water restoration companies for their 24/7 availability and commitment to making water-based property disasters, "Like it never even happened."

Tie-Dye Tuesday Colors Your Evening Fun In Dallas

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Dallas skyline SERVPRO covers Dallas after water damage

Feeling Cooped Up? Enjoy the Cool Fall Weather In Dallas Every Tuesday Evening and Make Something Fun

Dallas residents looking for a fun, relaxing activity to do can come to Tie-Dye Tuesday at Ida Claire South of Ordinary!

Tie-Dye Tuesday fun happens from 7-9 pm; each week until November 10, 2020. The weekly get-togethers at Ida Claire allow participants to choose to tie-dye either a t-shirt or a mask. An expert instructor leads the class, so it does not matter if it is your first time or your fiftieth-time tie-dying fabric. While you enjoy the relaxing patio atmosphere, indulge in the delicious Vinyl Hour cocktails and yummy appetizers.

If you would like to participate, the cost is $40 per guest, which includes the choice of tie-dying a mask or t-shirt and all the materials needed. Plus, a ticket for a drink and an appetizer. To reserve your spot, please call Ida Claire at 214-377-8227.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 proudly serves the local community 24/7 for any water damage cleanup and restoration services needed.

Can Dishes Get Reused After Being in a Fire?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO box truck parked at house SERVPRO fire and smoke damage technicians arrive swiftly to mitigate damage to personal contents and treasures of our Dallas customers.

SERVPRO technicians have the training and cleaning methods to restore all types of Dallas home contents

When it comes to cleaning up after a fire in a Dallas home, a much-loved dishes set can be something a homeowner has their heart set on using again. There are some factors to consider before the dinnerware can get reused, such as:

  • If the dishware absorbed heat, it could contain fine cracks that may not be visible before cleaning, so there is no way to predict the outcome until the piece gets cleaned
  • Dishes covered in greasy, wet smoke residues have a great possibility of stress cracks due to the high heat of this type of fire
  • Crystal and china are delicate and get gentle cleaning by hand as the acidic nature of the soot can etch the surface
  • Off-site ultrasonic immersion cleaning

How is Salt Cleansing Used in Fire Damage Cleanup?

There are decorative items in Dallas homes that need specific applications during fire damage cleanup, but the item cannot withstand typical cleaning methods. One good example is in the handling of dry flower arrangements. While agitation is a great way to clean the soot off many articles in a home, delicate items require a little finesse. SERVPRO techs use a few different approaches to restore dried flower arrangements as follows:

  • Smoke particles can get removed through the use of canned (compressed) air or a soft brush
  • Wet solutions never get applied to any part of the process
  • Adding small portions of the arrangement to a large amount of table salt in a plastic bag and repeatedly tipping the bag to pour the salt over the flowers can work to remove any remaining residues

Cleaning Carpet and Area Rugs Takes Detailed Attention

After SERVPRO techs inspect carpet and area rugs present during the fire, they determine if there is heat damage on the carpet or rug. In instances where the floor covering has construction materials containing synthetic fibers, they can melt or turn hard and ruin the prospects for restoration. If no charring or heat damage gets found during the inspection, the techs move on to the next step:

  • The fibers get tested to determine that materials that compose them
  • Technicians chose the best method for cleaning away the smoke damage
  • Area rugs may get removed for in-facility cleaning
  • SERVPRO techs have access to an array of carpet cleaning products and stain removers
  • Generally, vacuuming is the first step

Window Treatments are another common item in most homes that get affected by a fire. Much like carpet and area rugs, one of the most significant factors that affect the item's overall restorability is the construction materials and if it has heat damage. Other factors to consider are:

  • The condition of the draperies, such as loose seams and other wear
  • How bad the smoke residues are in the fabric
  • Presence of water stains
  • If there is backing on the drapery fabric

SERVPRO technicians handle draperies by testing the fibers to determine if they have a propensity to bleed or shrink. Often, either dry cleaning or cleaning through the use of hot water extraction methods get used.

Blinds of all types are also a common element in many homes. If the blinds do not have a fabric covering, they often respond well to immersion in ultrasonic cleaning units to power off the smoke residues. Techs can also put them on a padded surface and hand-clean.

Bibliophiles are people who love books, and seeing their book collection with a coating of soot can be anxiety-inducing. SERVPRO technicians have multiple methods to assist in the restoration of books. Every case is unique, and it depends on the amount of smoke, water, and heat exposure. The book has undergone, with books in the upper part of the room, usually getting the worst damage. Other considerations include if the paper used to print the book was coated or uncoated as the uncoated paper absorbs soot particles. In contrast, the glossy surface of a coated page resists the smoke. The downside is the coating can fuse pages together after contact with water or extreme heat. In the case of valuable books, SERVPRO can arrange for a local professional to inspect and recommend how to proceed for restoration outside the scope of the fire cleanup.

Odor control methods are the final step in the restoration process to get the house prepared for any needed repairs and reconstruction to bring the home back to the way it was before the fire.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 when your property and contents need expert fire damage cleanup. The trained technicians have comprehensive experience in removing post-fire damages so they can make it, "Like it never even happened."

How Does Drying Science Influence Home Restoration?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

drawing/charts Our technicians understand the importance of drying science and how it can impact your home restoration progress.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Their Experience to Facilitate Water Damage Restoration for Your Dallas Home.

A successful restoration project in Dallas consists of careful planning and execution. Otherwise, you may face more damages. Often homeowners do not consider the importance of adequate drying processes and want to jump directly into repairs. However, drying is a critical step after a water leak. Without adequately drying your home, repairs may not be as effective. 

What Conditions Can Technicians Control?

SERVPRO Technicians Work to Facilitate Evaporation and Control Humidity

Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) technicians who complete your water damage restoration project in Dallas understand the importance of controlling the drying conditions. Some of the essential factors they take into account are humidity, evaporation levels, and temperature. Without having those things in check, the restoration process can take longer and fail to mitigate secondary damage. 

How Does Humidity and Temperature Impact Drying?

  • High humidity makes materials dry slowly.
  • Low humidity helps materials dry quickly.
  • For optimal drying, technicians keep humidity levels below 60%. 
  • Warm air can hold more water vapor than cooler air, making it take longer to dry.

How Do Technicians Control Humidity and Temperature?

  • The home's HVAC system or portable heating and air conditioning system can help regulate the home's temperature for optimal drying conditions.
  • Dehumidifiers pull excess moisture from out of the air to help lower humidity levels. 
  • Appropriate ventilation assists in lowering humidity levels. 

Our technicians understand the importance of drying science and how it can impact your home restoration progress. They also apply their understanding of psychrometrics, the study of air, to their restoration work. They measure vapor pressure properties, the dew point, temperature before deciding how the humidity and temperature impact during your home. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

How Do Odors Get Removed in Dorms After Mold?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

College dorm animation If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Dallas is home to many universities and colleges, so when mold becomes a threat, our SERVPRO professionals must work quickly to manage all the effects. 

With many large institutions in Dallas, including Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas, thousands of students return to dorms every fall here in the city. With so many students sharing the same building, mismanagement of utilities and unaddressed water damage might be more common than school management would expect. Mold development in these dorms can affect hundreds of students simultaneously, which requires a combination of remediation and reconstruction in most situations to resolve.

There are multiple obstacles for mold remediation in Dallas campus housing for various schools, which goes beyond the logistics of temporary relocations for affected students. Despite the potential concerns with removing and discarding elements like drywall and carpeting impacted by the present mold colonization, much of the immediate threats to occupants can get resolved with thorough containment protocols. Lingering effects after mold colony removal, such as harsh odors, require separate actions to resolve. 

What Deodorization Practices Are Most Efficient?

While removing mold-damaged surfaces and cleaning compromised contents and structural elements can reduce the concentration and severity of odors, we have specific practices designed to neutralize and eliminate musty odors common to mold development. The choice in what deodorization process gets selected is a combination of data collected during the job scoping phase and the location and severity of these odor concerns throughout the dormitory. Some of the common choices in deodorization include:

  • Thermal Fogging
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Generators
  • Air Scrubbers

Mold is often among the most threatening conditions to impact college dorms, spreading quickly and causing health effects. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team a call to begin addressing these concerns as you find them as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

What Is the Best Way to Mitigate Water Damage in North Dallas Homes If It Affects Wooden Items?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home You can trust that your home is in good hands with our experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Avails Resources that Match the Unique Problems that Arise After Water Damage.

If you have taken time to think of the materials in the structure and contents of your home, you have noticed that a significant percentage are made of wood and its derivatives. Therefore, any water intrusion at your North Dallas home is likely to affect a considerable percentage of wooden materials, which can result in a variety of problems, including rotting, stains, and swelling, among others. 

What determines the level of water damage when my Northern Dallas home is exposed? 

A variety of issues can influence the outcome of a water intrusion incident. How the water reaches the materials in question is one such factor. The common ways our SERVPRO technicians have observed water interacting with materials over the years include: 

  • Topical application 
  • Wicking through the materials 
  • Gravity aided flow 

Topical applications, such as when fire suppression sprinklers spray jets of water on materials, might cause minimal penetration if remedial actions such as extraction or blotting with towels are taken immediately. Water flows through gravity forces when a leak originates in an elevated area. For instance, after a leak in an upper level of your house, the water would flow to the ground level areas, thus spreading wetness over large areas. However, the motion involved can limit the amount of moisture that wooden materials absorb since they are mostly semi-porous. Finally, moisture-wicking through materials takes time to spread. However, severe damage is more likely since the affected materials are saturated to the core. 

How easy is it to establish the type of damages caused by water intrusion? 

Although you might have an idea what damage to expect based on the level of water intrusion, estimating that level of intrusion in wooden items might not be easy. One common way to check moisture levels in materials is by using scan type moisture meters, which simplifies the process of tracing moisture spread patterns around your property. However, such tools may be less productive when dealing with wooden materials since they sense moisture up to a depth of around 3/4 to 1 inch.  

If you fail to get an accurate picture of the situation, you are not likely to take the correct steps to mitigate the situation. For instance, your drying efforts might not remove all traces of excess moisture in a block of wood. Alternatively, it might take longer than you expect to normalize the moisture content. Both scenarios can lead to secondary issues such as mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians use other tools such as pin-type moisture meters and thermal cameras when taking moisture readings to confirm the results we get from non-penetrative moisture meters. 

What other challenges does wood present apart from moisture detection issues? 

  • Barriers such as paint and wallpaper hindering smooth drying  
  • False negatives when checking moisture in plywood because of adhesives 
  • The need to use different drying procedures at different stages  
  • Hardwood flooring underlayment interfering with drying 

After establishing the level of wetness in wooden materials, steps such as improving the evaporation rate should help restore the standard 10% moisture content levels. However, if the materials have a finish such as paint or wallpaper, you are not likely to get the results you expect. Such finishes act as vapor barriers interfering with drying procedures. Our SERVPRO crews can help by using specialized tools such as perforation rollers to break the barriers. In case the material is part of a wall or other assembly, we can open up the area so that we can access parts of the materials unaffected by the barriers and thus perform drying as usual. 

Restoring materials such as wet wooden floorboards requires different drying procedures to guarantee the right outcome. After extracting any water pooling on the floor surface, our technicians switch to drying mats to bring down the moisture levels. However, once the moisture content reaches 14%, using drying mats is no longer tenable because fiber structure damage can happen. An alternative drying method, such as using drying chambers, is desirable since it prevents excessive shrinking of the material. Drying chambers can help provide precise drying for various items. For the wooden floors, our SERVPRO technicians create the chamber by attaching a plastic sheet over the wet floor and then circulating dehumidified air inside the tented area.  

Although there is no single approach that can resolve all water damage issues, a resourceful team can help you overcome all problems. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Clogged Drainage Systems Can Cause Flood Damage to North Dallas

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flood in a house with furniture floating Let SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas restore your property to its pre-flood state “Like it never even happened.”

Talk to one of our specialists at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Our flood water removal Technicians Will Help You Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Property.

Floodwater can cause lasting damage when it gets into your property. It rots wood paneling, stains furniture, and causes mold infestation. However, if you engage with SERVPRO technicians in North Dallas immediately after the storm, we can work quickly to get your property back to its former glory.

How much does flood damage restoration cost?
The cost of storm flood damage in a North Dallas property varies from case to case, depending on its intensity. When looking for restoration services near you, it is essential to note that the cheapest option is not the best. Quality matters, and you need to rely on the professionals to do an excellent flood damage remediation and restoration job.

At SERVPRO, our pricing system is straightforward and guarantees every client a friendly price. We have a team of certified price-estimators who follow a standardized process of assessing the restoration cost.

What should I do after my home floods?

    •    Follow the authority’s instructions.
    •    Keep off from any electrical cords and switch off the main electricity supply.
    •    Keep your kids from moving floodwater.
    •    Avoid consuming foodstuffs that came into contact with the water.

Can you remove the mud on my driveway?
Our technicians have access to top of the line equipment and tools for effective cleaning. Since floodwater can carry dirt and debris to your doorstep and into your property, we can use a diesel-powered power washer to clean the mud on your driveway and sidewalk. However, the equipment's pressure might not be sufficient to break the bound of the dirt. Therefore, we can add detergent to enhance the cleaning power of the machine.

How long does the drying process take?
The drying process in water cleanup and restoration can take several days. With the help of our advanced equipment and tools, we can dry your property thoroughly. We can place several axial air movers in the affected area to facilitate drying. The equipment removes moisture in affected surfaces and turns it into airborne water vapor. We remove the water vapor from the air using your home’s HVAC system and low grain dehumidifiers. The dehumidifier converts water vapor into liquid and extracts it from the property.

If flood damage occurs in your property, act fast. The longer the contaminated water stands in your property, the more damage it can cause. Let SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas restore your property to its pre-flood state “Like it never even happened.” Contact us now at (214) 361-7887.

Can I Restore My Wet Carpet in Dallas Without Removing It?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating furniture Extracting water from your home is hard but we can handle it efficiently. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Simplifies Water Restoration in Dallas Properties by Using Advanced Equipment

A wet carpet can lead to many problems in your house, including bad odor and mold development. A wet carpet is also vulnerable to staining or stretching, among other problems. Removing the carpet from your Dallas house for offsite drying helps improve the efficiency of the process. However, it also presents challenges, including tearing or damaging the carpet in other ways. 

What makes carpet removal necessary during water restoration in Dallas properties? 

Although you might consider the decision to remove the carpet a matter of convenience, some factors can force your hand. Typical reasons include: 

  • Presence of contaminants in the spilled water 
  • Inability to extract all the water that saturates the material 
  • Severe damages such as stretching, tears or delaminating 

Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians use their advanced skills and equipment to manage most of the aspects that force unnecessary carpet removal. 

How can I drain all the water from the carpet? 

Since carpet materials are porous, the fibers absorb and hold water making it difficult to remove all traces of water from carpeted areas. Drying might not be possible under such circumstances. Our technicians have established simple ways to counter the problem. We rely on three crucial factors: 

  • Weight 
  • Sufficient vacuum lift 
  • Sustained action over the affected areas 

When you place something heavy on a carpet, it pushes the water to the surface where you can scoop it off comfortably. Our SERVPRO technicians use weighted extraction tools which provide the necessary squeezing power. The tools have a series of tiny holes on the bottom section that comes into contact with the wet surfaces allowing easier suction of the water.  

Even with the right tools, sustained action is necessary to remove all the water. Our technicians can make several passes on a section of the carpet, ensuring sufficient extraction by using self-propelled extractors that the technician rides.  

With the right skills, it is easier to perform water restoration. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to help manage any issue that develops, “Like it never even happened.”

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