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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)

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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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Dallas Kitchens, Water Leaks, and SERVPRO Efforts for Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Garbage Disposal Leaks Can Cause Water Damage to Kitchen Floors in Dallas

Many busy households in Dallas rely on built-in appliances to help make daily chores easier and less tiresome. Many appliances use water, like the washing machine or the dishwasher, but the kitchen sink's garbage disposal can also cause problems if it ever begins leaking. Because of the disposal's enclosed location, you might not notice anything wrong until the floor in front of the sink becomes soaked.

As soon as you realize the floor in front of the cabinets is soggy and wet, protecting your Dallas house from water damage keeps it from becoming worse. Because of the high volume of organic matter that passes through your disposal unit, odors can also start emanating from the area. Cleaning the floor and the underside of the cabinet only lasts until the next time you run the disposal.

SERVPRO's restoration, mitigation, and plumbing specialists work in tandem to fix situations like this, starting at the source. Once our building team replaces the disposal with regular plumbing, the cause of water damage no longer exists to create future messes. Our restoration team starts working on drying out the damp, soggy area, including underneath the cabinet. We use infrared imaging to make sure we locate every inch of materials where the water migrated.

Cleaning the area below a broken garbage disposal might seem messy, but no job is too large or too small for SERVPRO. We wipe the area clean, doing everything possible to restore your house “Like it never even happened” for you and your family. Air movers quickly dry areas like this, but do nothing to combat the odors caused by dirty water.

We also spray things down with a disinfectant that helps odor-causing particles to disintegrate, so odors no longer occur. We can also insert gel packs or odor-absorbing beads into the area underneath the cabinet's floor. These work for a long time, making the area much more pleasant. If carpeting still smells off, we can inject fragrances directly into the underside of the carpet. Then we can discuss the details about installing a newer model garbage disposal.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is always ready to take your call at (214) 361-7887.

We Can Restore Your Dallas Home After A Flood

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by storm Our helpline is (214) 361-7887, and our team is available around the clock.

You Can Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Dallas Residence After Flood Damage

Central Texas is prone to flash flooding, and that is why it is referred to as Flash Flood Alley. Dallas receives about 37.1 inches of rainfall per year. Whenever there is significant rainfall, there are high chances that the city’s residents can experience flood damage in their homes.

Floodwater can bring branches, chemicals, silt, and other debris into your property. After your Dallas home sustains flood damage, you should enlist the services of a reliable restoration company like SERVPRO. Due to the contaminants in floodwater, it is not advisable to remediate the damage yourself since you may not have the necessary training and equipment. Without the proper flood remediation skills, the destruction in your property can get worse. For instance, moisture in hard-to-access areas can lead to mold growth, which can cause health issues for you and your family.

Our technicians have gone through restoration training and have certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the expertise required to handle flood damage of any magnitude. State-of-the-art equipment such as different types of water extractors, moisture detection tools, air movers, and dehumidifiers help our team to restore flood-damaged properties effectively.

We have a fast response time since we understand how devastating flood damage can be to our customers. Once we get to your property, we can inspect the affected areas to determine the right restoration strategies to use. Our team can remove the water quickly to prevent secondary damage.

If mud and other undesirable substances are present on your driveway, sidewalks, and walls, among other exterior surfaces of your property, we can use power washers to wash them away. We can add cleaning agents to the power washing equipment to break the dirt bound on the surfaces, ensuring effective cleaning. We can dispose of the wastewater appropriately, such as in a sanitary sewer or transport it to an approved waste disposal site.

Proper drying is essential to reduce the chances of mold growth and odors in your property. High humidity causes materials to dry more slowly while low humidity improves drying. Air temperature also affects the ability of water to move out of affected materials and the capacity of air to hold moisture. Our SERVPRO team knows how to establish an environment that is favorable for drying. We can manipulate the humidity levels and temperature in your home to create optimal drying conditions, without causing additional damage.

Once the drying process is complete, we can disinfect your home to eliminate microbes from the surfaces that floodwater touched. We can use EPA registered disinfecting agents that destroy 99 percent of micro-organisms like bacteria and fungi, assuring you of a healthy living environment.

Do not let flood damage stress you out. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for professional and efficient restoration services. Our helpline is (214) 361-7887, and our team is available around the clock.

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Dallas

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

clothing shops after damage Problems with your shopping center after a vicious storm can seem overwhelming at first.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Dallas Could Require Cleaning The Walls

Everyone who lives in the Dallas region knows that storms can come in quick and hit the metro with excessive rains. When moisture starts to build up during a rainstorm, your shopping center could suffer from commercial flood damage. If there is enough water outside, water can easily find its way into your shopping center units. Whether it comes in from the ground or it enters from a leaky roof, your assets could get affected.

Moisture that causes commercial flood damage inside your Dallas shopping center can be contaminated and soiled, making it have to be treated as a class two or "grey water" scenario. If muddy water enters your building from the ground, then the contamination levels could be higher, forcing the project to get handled as a category three issue. During each case, our SERVPRO technicians can help you find the best and most cost-effective techniques to utilize when restoring.

Any water entering your shopping center's structure from the outside can be contaminated, but the water can also be very dirty. When the soiled moisture starts to soak into building materials like your floor and drywall, the wet surfaces may also get heavily soiled. When this occurs on your company's property, our SERVPRO team can clean both your floors and your walls.

During cases where your walls got soiled from the floodwater, we can implement wet wall cleaning techniques to avoid refinishing or repainting. Wet cleaning can be more effective than dry cleaning methods when dealing with soils created by muddy water. But, before we use chemicals on your walls, we first remove any excess dirt with a rag and vacuum up what fell to the floor.

The first step to wet cleaning includes applying the water-based cleaning solution with a towel. We fold the towel and use one side until it is soiled before switching to a clean section. Next, we mix a rinse solution and apply it onto the dirty surfaces with a new, clean towel. Lastly, we take a clean, dry towel and wipe off any excess moisture on the surfaces of your walls.

Problems with your shopping center after a vicious storm can seem overwhelming at first. But, if you call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887, we can help relieve the stress involved and work towards saving you and your insurance company money in the long run.

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SERVPRO Can Remove the Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage from Dallas Properties

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Block wall with air duct register circulating smoke SERVPRO Improves Indoor Air Quality with Fire Loss Cleanups of HVAC Systems in Dallas Area Homes

Dallas Area Fire Damage Professional Explain Possible Problems with the Heating And Ventilation Systems

After a fire takes place, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC system inside your Dallas home could have got negatively affected. Contaminated HVAC systems can become a large part of any fire damage restoration project. Even small blazes can produce smoke that can spread throughout your house. Once smoke cools, it can leave behind soils and soot residues. When this occurs, it is smart to call in a professional mitigation company like SERVPRO.

Our team of experts can handle many of the problems you might find during a fire damage problem in Dallas. Once we receive a call from you indicating that you have had an emergency problem, our SERVPRO technicians can arrive promptly. The initial step we take is to inspect your entire property for possible issues. We look for signs of soot residue contamination, and we can also use our test cleaning kits to conclude which items we can save and what methods can work best during restoration.

As a part of our initial inspection, we can also check your HVAC system. We start by discovering if the fire started near any of the HVAC intake vents. We then look for evidence and question you to find out how long the blaze inside your house burned. We also try to find out whether your HVAC system was powered on and in use while the fire took its toll.

If the HVAC system has been negatively affected, then we take further steps during our initial inspection phase. We can check your HVAC venting to see what type of soot residues are present inside your ducting. We can also look inside the ducts to ascertain if the residues are light, moderate, or heavy and the degree of odors present.

We can then determine the best mitigation methods with the final scoping to minimize any secondary damages, including water removal, mold remediation, and air quality work. During some restoration projects, we can seal off your HVAC system and use an ultra-low volume or ULV fogger to dispense chemicals inside your air ducts. The chemicals get broken down into a fog that replicates how smoke moved throughout your HVAC system.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for professional fire damage restoration and cleanup. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Water Left a Funky Smell in Your Dallas Home.

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will get the water damaged smell out of your Dallas home.

Water damage can happen regardless of how careful you are as a homeowner.  Whether you live in an aging home or brand new construction, a pipe may burst, or an appliance may malfunction.  With any luck, the restoration process is simple, and the event does not impact your life severely. However, it is not uncommon to have the effects of a water leak continue to surface even when you think the damage is a thing of the past.  More often than not, unanticipated effects occur when you do not contract a professional service to remedy the situation when it happens. Their expertise is essential in understanding your current needs and the steps to avoid future complications.

SERVPRO is your local water damage expert in Dallas. Our team trains with industry experts to restore homes after an emergency happens. Our partnership with each homeowner begins as soon as you place a call to our 24/7 line, and our Green Fleet arrives at your place.  Once we confirm that your home is safe to enter, we conduct a thorough assessment of the damages and begin the water extraction and drying process. As we move along, we work with you to salvage as much of your belongings as possible, which we achieve thanks to our industry-specific tools.

One of the issues that come up after a water event at home is the smell it leaves behind.  Even when you think all is dry, you may still perceive a strange odor in your home. Our SERVPRO crew can use different methods to eradicate the smell, including direct spraying of your home, air scrubbers, and fogging.  These methods are complementary to one another, and their use depends on the type of surface we are cleaning. For example, we will spray your home only when we know that discoloration is unlikely or irrelevant. The same principle applies to wet fogging, which needs to be done carefully to avoid oversaturation of items such as rugs and carpets. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is much more than a restoration service.  We are also your trusted advisor in protecting your home.  When you call us at (214) 361-7887, you find a partner in making sure your home looks “Like it never even happened.” 

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You Can Book On SERVPRO to Restore Commercial Water Damage in Dallas

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Opened water damaged book You can trust the SERVPRO brand to restore water damages in bookstores. We have the experience and equipment to get the job done right!

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in your Dallas Book Store

Independent book shops are particularly susceptible to the impact of long-term water damage. These types of damage, which can often buildup undetected in wall cavities, appear as a general staining or discoloration of walls and the surrounding area. Over time, slow leaks or other issues relating to unwanted moisture can condensate, which causes the issue to spread out. Books, as well as bookshelves, may begin to take on symptoms of damage. Equally, you may notice odors or the presence of mold growth in some regions of the store- especially behind furniture and stands.

Regardless of the size of your company, reach out to our commercial water damage team here in Dallas. We have experience working on large loss recovery sites, schools, and state buildings as well as independent retailers. We operate our call-lines twenty-four hours a day and use local technicians who can arrive on site promptly. We understand how different companies have differing requirements, which are why you can communicate with a crew chief throughout the restoration procedure.

In the first stage, a water damage restoration technician (WRT) undertakes to address the source of the issue. Cleaning and restoring the visible signs alone is unlikely to address the underlying cause. Using thermal imaging cameras, SERVPRO technicians can find damp spots behind walls or furniture, tracing them back to the source. We can perform controlled demolitions to gain access to the source of the leak and perform the necessary repairs.

After eliminating the water source, our team can work outward from that source, clearing away water damages. Moisture sensors can penetrate bookcases or furniture to access the level of moisture content. Moisture content readings can help us to decide on an appropriate drying method using either dehumidification equipment or rapid air-movers. Sometimes we may need to use essential cavity drying equipment like injectidry systems or drying mats.

Should your books sustain any damages, we can refer them to our specialist document restoration team. Unfortunately, we cannot reverse damages, but we can prevent them from getting any worse. By freeze-drying the documents, we can preserve them in the state. Then, after choosing an appropriate procedure, we can dry them using vacuum drying methods that convert solid moisture particles straight to gases, which avoid further damage.

If you suspect there is a water issue in your store, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 today.

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Dallas Kitchen Burnt More than Just Food? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Odor Control

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck with rear door opened Our SERVPRO Box Truck Is Almost Empty As our Team Uses the Equipment to Mitigate Fire Damage to a Dallas Area Property

Eliminating Stains & Odors From Protein Fire Damage in Dallas

Stovetop fires can be quite a hassle for homeowners to clean up after. Not only are flames dangerous, but you have to deal with residues from flames, damaged items, and the extinguishing methods used. This can be overwhelming to clean up on your own, mainly because consumer-grade cleaning products are not made to handle these types of damages easily.

If your Dallas home needs fire damage mitigation after a kitchen mishap certified SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your initial call and work to restore your interiors. This team is AVAILABLE 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Whether you have a fire with a Thanksgiving turkey or another mishap in the home that leads to burnt food particles leaving residues in your kitchen, SERVPRO offers industrial-grade cleaners and equipment to remove the mess and restore your items to their preloss condition.

How to Minimize Odors After a Protein Fire
Because protein residues are colorless and hard to detect, it can be challenging to get rid of them without the right help. Here are some tips to prevent the spread of odors and protein residues throughout your home:

?    Keep your hands as clean as possible. This can prevent residues from soiling porous surfaces in your residence.
?    Place old linens on surfaces vulnerable to odors. Rugs and furniture, especially in high-traffic areas, can be vulnerable to residues.
?    Limit movement around your home. This practice minimizes exposure to protein residues.
?    Avoid using packaged or canned food and drinks that may have been near the fire. Residues can contaminate or alter sealed items.
?    Avoid cleaning or doing laundry. Household cleaners are not enough to clean protein residues, and even clothing affected by protein fires requires special techniques to remove contamination fully.

SERVPRO Removes Protein Residues
Protein fires are unique because they take more thorough cleaning to remove odors. It may take several rounds of cleaning to remove residues from your kitchen altogether. Paints and sealants may need to be reapplied to eliminate odors after such an event. However, SERVPRO technicians work carefully and professionally to remove filmy proteins from surfaces. Items in your kitchen are meticulously investigated for contamination, including appliances, canned food, and other items, to minimize risk and odors.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a service that you can count on to be Faster To Any Size Disaster.  You can call (214) 361-7887 for rapid disaster cleanup.

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We Can Restore Your Home After A Flood In Dallas

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has over 30 IICRC technicians who are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Restoring Your Home After It Suffers Flood Damage in Dallas

As many as 30% of flood damage claims in Texas occur in low- to moderate-risk areas for flooding. These claims can be from anything as simple as a roof leak that causes structural damage in the home after storms, to flash flooding that has soaked structures thoroughly. However, it occurs, fast action needs to be taken to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, and damage to homes.

When you experience flood damage in your Dallas home, it can be stressful and overwhelming to consider what needs to be repaired, replaced, or discarded to maximize safety. The certified technicians at SERVPRO are happy to aid in alleviating these worries with experienced teams that know the ins and outs of disaster mitigation in the event of a flood.

Questions to Consider When Choosing a Restoration Company
If this is your first time looking for a company to handle the job of restoring your home, here are a few questions to keep in mind for vetting service providers:

    •    Do they have proper certification and accreditation that is verifiable? Is their service licensed, bonded, and insured?
    •    Are technicians knowledgeable about plumbing, HVAC, and other fields relevant to disaster mitigation services? Do they observe proper and consistent safety regulations when cleaning a home?
    •    How experienced is the company you're considering? What is their standing in the community?
    •    Does the service have contemporary, commercial-grade equipment available to salvage your home after a disaster?
    •    What are the response times of the company, and how quickly can they reach your home?

After a flood strikes in your home, the SERVPRO team can get right to work removing flood-contaminated items while working in tandem with property owners and insurance adjusters. Many flooding cases require removal of carpet, padding, and other water-logged, porous items to prevent the spread of microbes and bacteria that can cause illness or injury. As a result, thorough disinfection with EPA-registered cleaners happens before the drying process can begin rather than after.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has over 30 IICRC technicians who are Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need 24-hour service to restore your home, call (214) 361-7887 today.

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