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How Can I Protect My Valuables from Flood Damage in North Dallas?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain hitting roof It's always storm season in our area. No matter the damage, SERVPRO can restore your home.

There Are Numerous Ways You Can Safeguard Your Valuables from Flood Damage

North Dallas typically experiences flooding during its spring storm season. During this period, when winter is transitioning into spring, severe thunderstorms deluge the area with torrential rains and plague it with high winds and even hail. Often, this troublesome weather leads to flooding that can destroy your valuables and wreck your home.

Fortunately, North Dallas flood damage experts from SERVPRO can usually clean up and restore most flood-related damage. Our emergency water damage services technicians have successfully completed numerous water cleanup jobs, biohazard remediation efforts like sewage cleanup, and water damage repairs. Unfortunately, some of the most challenging things to remediate are household valuables such as important documents, expensive paintings, and irreplaceable family heirlooms.

Here are some best ways you can protect your valuables from flood damage:

  • Put essential documents and other valuables in waterproof safes to protect them in the event of flash flooding
  • Scan and upload necessary documents and photos to online cloud storage, so they are safe from local natural disasters
  • Disconnect electronic equipment, like computers, copiers, TVs, and gaming systems, from power supplies, put them in resealable plastic bags and airtight containers, and move them away from potentially flooded areas
  • Relocate any important possessions stored in the basement or first floor to higher levels of your home to protect them from rising floodwaters
  • Vigilantly monitor weather reports and be prepared to move furniture and your most valuable items to a safe storage place away from your home

If you ever need any help cleaning up after a flood and restoring flood damage at your residence, remember that your friends at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are always here to help. Call us anytime at (214) 361-7887 for assistance.

What Does Water Mitigation at Your Dallas Area Business Entail?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

standing water in store; merchandise hanging on wall; table and chair for customers SERVPRO is available 24/7 to return your business back to its preloss condition,

Water Mitigation Services Involve Various Preventative and Remediation Efforts

Dallas area businesses, like those everywhere, eventually suffer some water-related problems. When these issues arise, finding and dealing with them quickly and effectively is crucial. Water leaks and their effects can interrupt your operations and potentially put you out of business if overlooked or neglected.

SERVPRO’s water mitigation specialists in Dallas have been helping local businesses resolve their leak-related troubles for decades. Our experts have successfully located countless leaks before they have had the chance to impact business operations significantly. They have also effectively dealt with everything from burst pipes and ceiling leaks to basement flooding.

Some of the water removal services and water damage remediation work we perform are:

  • Thorough commercial inspections, using infrared cameras, moisture sensors and meters, and thermohygrometers, to locate potential water leaks and associated damage
  • Rapid water extractions with powerful wet vacs and industrial-strength water extractors to remove everything from puddles to large pools of standing water
  • Complete interior drying services using advanced air movers, state-of-the-art dehumidifiers, and innovative Injectidry systems that can effectively dry difficult-to-reach areas behind walls and ceilings
  • Full antimicrobial treatments that neutralize bacterial and fungal threats with commercial-grade disinfectants and antifungals
  • Thorough deodorizations of water-impacted businesses and their contents using cutting edge foggers and EPA-approved deodorants

All these efforts usually return your commercial property to its pre-event condition in record time, allowing your business operations to resume as soon as possible.

With all that said, if your retail store, restaurant, hotel, or other business ever suffers a water-related event, don’t hesitate to contact your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. We are always ready for your call at (214) 361-7887.

Get Effective Fire Damage Cleanup Services in Dallas

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on wall A small fire caused smoke and soot to travel throughout the home and attach to the drywall and personal property.

SERVPRO Offers Prompt Fire Damage Restoration Services in Dallas

A fire can start in your home due to unattended space heaters, boilers, stoves, and electrical faults. SERVPRO's fire restorers can assess the destruction, including flame, smoke, soot, and water damage, and decide how to fix things. The intensity of the destruction usually depends on the severity and size of the fire. We examine a property to determine how far the flames, soot, water, and smoke penetrated the property.

Our SERVPRO restorers also examine the property's contents like furniture, carpets, and removable fixtures to determine what is salvageable. We can then provide complete fire damage cleanup services in your Dallas residence to get it back to livable, safe conditions. Cleaning up after a fire involves removing debris, smoke residues, and resolving water damage. It also involves removing and eradicating ruined contents and eliminating odors. 

The destruction from flames is what most people notice, but smoke can also cause destruction. Different kinds of smoke exist, including dry, wet, and fuel oil smoke. Wet smoke is the most challenging to remove. It covers surfaces in a thick coating and has a strong odor. Wet smoke comes from fires that burn at lower temperatures. On the other hand, dry smoke comes from fires that burn at higher temperatures and is easier to clean. It is not likely to find fuel oil smoke in a home unless an oil-burning furnace causes it. 

Smoke can cause significant destruction due to the corrosive effects and odor. It can begin the corrosion process a few minutes after falling on surfaces. It is a priority to clean it; otherwise, you may have to replace the affected surfaces. SERVPRO's emergency cleaning services may include:

  • Immediate cleaning of the rooms you need to use.
  • Deodorization of strong odors.
  • Containment, if only a part of the structure is damaged.
  • Water removal.

Some smoke residues are corrosive to surfaces. We can wipe residues from plastic surfaces, fiberglass surfaces, light-colored painted surfaces, and Formica countertops. Our SERVPRO team can also clean and protect metal surfaces that contain iron and chrome trim like door hardware, faucets, window frames, and lamps. Pre-cleaning the surfaces and coating them with lubricant can reduce further corrosion and protect them. 

If you need fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We have what it takes to make the fire damage seem "Like it never even happened."

How Can Property Owners Perform Fire Mitigation in Northwest Dallas?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Fires come in all shapes and sizes. SERVPRO is always on call for your fire damage restoration needs.

They Can Hire SERVPRO to Offer Fire Mitigation in Northwest Dallas Immediately after a Fire

Home fires can cause severe losses and disruption to your family's life. Although everyone is safe after the fire is extinguished, the damage has just begun. If you want your property to look new again, call a professional company like SERVPRO to help with mitigation.

It takes SERVPRO experts a different amount of time to handle fire mitigation in Northwest Dallas. The factors that help us determine how long the mitigation may take include:

  • The number of fire-affected rooms
  • The severity of the damage
  • Burned materials

It may require a few days or weeks for SERVPRO's team of experts to complete the fire mitigation process. Most property owners may prefer handling the mitigation to avoid extra costs. However, you can damage your property more by using home remedies and cleaning products to clean the affected surfaces. Skilled and experienced individuals must also handle the restoration process to avoid significant losses and expensive repairs.

With our innovative equipment, tools, and products, our restorers can minimize and stop further damage. Moreover, our SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear to avoid inhaling smoke residues and getting in contact with them with the correct protective equipment. For easy cleaning of hard surfaces, we can use abrasive pads and brushes or abrasive powders. To avoid the loose particles spreading, we can then vacuum the heavy deposits from the surface.

Our SERVPRO restorers can also use duct cleaning systems with all the necessary equipment and accessories for cleaning your HVAC systems. This cleaning helps limit the spread of odors on the property.

Even after putting out the flames, fire damage continues to occur and spread to unaffected areas. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for professional fire mitigation "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (214) 361-7887.

The Importance of Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Dallas

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Prompt Commercial Water Damage Restoration Helps in Preventing Serious Secondary Damage

Water leaks in business premises like a retail store are always unpleasant to discover. When a sprinkler system fails or a pipe burst, you may have to close your business. Your next decision determines how extensive the damage spreads.

You should contact SERVPRO restorers as soon as possible when you need commercial water damage restoration in your Dallas business. Due to our understanding of how quickly water damage can spread, we respond as soon as possible. Quickly removing water from a building reduces exposure time. Removing water fast helps reduce the primary and secondary destruction that can occur. Through SERVPRO's water restoration process, you can return to business within a short time to avoid losing revenue.

SERVPRO uses advanced equipment, tools, and approved products for an efficient and fast mitigation process. We remove any excess moisture that has already saturated the building materials during the drying process through evaporation and dehumidification. Our restorers can use two 20-inch reinforced duct lines with desiccant dehumidifiers to dry your property.

Dehumidifiers absorb moisture using chemicals called desiccants. The heat is transferred through one of the duct lines to the affected area through the desiccant. Following the heating of the affected area, another duct line removes moisture from the affected building. Our SERVPRO team prefers using desiccant dehumidifiers because:

  • The equipment produces the driest air with the least vapor.
  • It is advantageous for complicated assemblies comprised of different materials and voids.
  • It works well for dense and semi-porous materials such as concrete, large timbers, and hardwood flooring.

We also consider desiccant dehumidifiers ideal for large loss areas or commercial settings because they can create a substantial vapor pressure differential and quickly dry the property.

Don't let water damage cause your business to close for days. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361 7887 for fast water damage repair. "We're Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

a house on fire with smoke billowing from the roof Our SERVPRO technicians are here 24/7 to take your emergency call after a fire. Contact us right after the firefighters leave for best results.

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 damage 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.

We Know What Can and Can Not Be Done

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 damage has 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.”

Multiple Options for Drying Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in Dallas

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

warped floor boards from water damage Was your flooring affected by excess water? Contact SERVPRO to assess and then remediate the water damage. We are standing by 24/7 - 365 days a year.

Strategies to Remove Water in Wood Flooring of Dallas Homes

With engineered or hardwood plank flooring in your Dallas residence, situations like water damage incidents could have a dire effect. Despite the severity of the situation, migrating water can get absorbed into the planks faster than many homeowners might believe. Because engineered wood typically comprises 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 severely 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.

What are Signs a Dallas Property Needs Commercial Mold Damage Remediation?

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls of a room When mold damage affects your business, remediation becomes critical. Our technicians will quickly investigate the extent of the damage and remediate.

Dallas Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services

The need for mold remediation is a situation no Dallas commercial property owner wants to occur, but it is not uncommon. There are multiple reasons that mold growth occurs within a structure, and it is as crucial that the reason for the infestation gets discovered and all areas affected by the colonies.

SERVPRO techs perform a detailed inspection of Dallas properties in need of mold damage remediation. It is vital to map out the scale of the area within the structure affected and the circumstances allowing the elevated interior humidity levels to sustain the mold infestation. This attention to detail ensures once the mitigation completes, there is no return of the issue.

Signs property owners should look for to discover mold growth include:

  • Stains on walls or ceilings or visible mold growth
  • Areas around slow leaks
  • Ask the regular janitorial crew to report any obvious mold seen when cleaning

Cleaning surfaces with visible mold colonies with over-the-counter cleaners can mar surfaces and actually does little to discourage the issue from returning. SERVPRO technicians have professional cleaning agents specifically formulated to work against mold without harming surfaces getting cleaned. When needed, the techs also have the training to remove damaged building materials as required. One of the most important steps in the mold mitigation service is to use drying equipment to dry out the existing infestation and clean the surfaces with professional antimicrobial solutions. A follow-up application of an antimicrobial sealant gives a clean slate ready for repairs such as new sheetrock over treated studs. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 supports the local Dallas area with professional mold damage remediation. The certified, experienced technicians can leave the premises safe and without a sign of the previous issue, "Like it never even happened."

Efficient and Professional Ways to Deal with Water Removal in Dallas

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

floating carpet SERVPRO's experienced technicians can salvage most water damaged carpets with a "floating" technique. We help our Dallas neighbors

Water Damage in Dallas Properties Gets Mitigated with Prompt SERVPRO Service

Although it is a useful utility, water becomes a nightmare if it overflows and reaches unintended parts of your Dallas property. This might happen due to several reasons, whether it is a sewer backing up because of blocked lines, a broken drainage pipe, or even a leaking sink. What you do after discovering the unintended water intrusion matters because if left in place, the water can cause different kinds of damages. The best way to mitigate immediate damage and prevent future complications is to involve a professional.

Water removal in Dallas properties is a multi-step process that might involve fixing the source (if it is a minor repair), draining the water, and drying the property. Calling SERVPRO is better than handling all these aspects on your own because they can overwhelm you. We send a team to handle the process so that each step of the removal gets sufficient attention. Our team is also able to multitask, which helps prevent additional problems. For example, while some team members extract the water, others remove affected items. Cutting down the exposure period prevents other problems like structural damage and mold growth.

Water Removal Services

Proper removal takes more than just draining water from the visibly affected areas. If there is water inside the walls, proper dying is only possible if special techniques are applied. Our technicians remove the baseboard and drill small holes on one side of the wall. We can circulate warm, dry air into the wall cavities using air movers, eliminating the excess moisture. We are IICRC-certified and follow prescribed and proven protocols.

Draining water trapped under wall-to-wall carpets can be problematic, but our technicians at SERVPRO use proven methods to dry these areas. For example, the technician can 'float the carpet,' which is a technique involving placing an air mover under the carpet. The moving air quickens drying and helps eliminate chances of secondary water damage like bad odor or mold from developing. Pulling the carpeting from the tack strips for access can be difficult for the average homeowner. Problems like flapping can cause delamination of the fiber from the backing. Pumping too much air beneath the carpet might also stretch it. Our technicians have the experience and skills to salvage carpets whenever possible. We always try to restore and not replace water-damaged materials and possessions.

A case of simple interior flooding can cause extensive damage and expense to restore the structure if not correctly handled. Calling SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas helps ensure that proper mitigation steps are taken immediately. You can reach us 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration in Dallas

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

green box truck parked SERVPRO The SERVPRO team arrives as the fire trucks leave to cleanup and restore fire damaged homes in Dallas

Why SERVPRO After Fire and Smoke Damage

A fire disaster in Dallas can cause serious damage to your house. The resultant flames, smoke, heat, and even water can permanently impact the structure and many of your items. The contents that survive fire damage may sustain extensive smoke damage in exchange. The firefighters may also cut holes in the walls or roof when putting out the flames, leaving you with a massive cleanup job.

Time and patience are crucial when dealing with any form of fire damage in Dallas. Once the firefighting crew leaves, SERVPRO can come in and initiate the restoration process. We have highly skilled, IICRC-trained technicians that are on standby in case of an emergency. Using special smoke cleanup and restoration techniques, we can restore your property to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

When the fire calms down, the resultant smoke damage appears in discolored walls, charred items, or soot and ash on the floor. In some cases, other side effects such as smells can remain behind, presenting health effects to the occupants. It is important to keep in mind that some signs of smoke damage can show almost immediately, while others take several hours (sometimes days) after the event to manifest.

Fire and Smoke Damage

Within a few days of smoke and fire damage, walls and flooring may turn yellow (although this yellowing effect does not show right away). Warping and discoloration can also occur on wood and plastic surfaces/appliances. Metal hardware tends to rust and corrode away several hours after a fire. If you have tiles, countertops, or any other surface with porous stone such as travertine, granite, or marble, the acidic residue in soot can cause them to discolor permanently.

Certain surfaces, especially fabric items, may show both visible signs of fire damage and smoke odor. Smoke releases tiny carbon particles into the air that, when deposited, are known as soot. The first step SERVPRO takes to reduce the smell of a fire is getting rid of this smoke deposit or soot.

In addition to these tiny particles, smoke contains various components that contribute to the unbearable smell that lingers after fire damage. These include toxic gases and vapors. Vapors are misty droplets that can be poisonous upon absorption or inhalation. Toxic gases come in different forms. Carbon monoxide is the most common toxic gas in a fire disaster. Household products such as plastics, vinyl, and other materials containing chlorine produce phosgene during combustion. Carpets, synthetics, clothing, and carpets release hydrogen cyanide when burning.

The smell that follows smoke damage penetrates different materials after some time. Unless a professional fire damage restoration company cleans up and deodorizes these items properly, the smoky smell may remain for a long time. SERVPRO technicians can pinpoint the source of the odor and neutralize it accordingly.

Do not leave your property to fate when a fire disaster comes knocking. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a part of your community and can arrive promptly to reverse the fire damage. Call us anytime at (214) 361-7887!