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Our Experts Explain Several Facts About Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Experts Explain Several Facts About Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home When there is a fire in your Dallas property, you might have a hard time understanding how some of the damages you have to deal with occur.

Interesting Facts That Explain Outcomes Of Fire Damage In Dallas

When there is a fire in your Dallas property, you might have a hard time understanding how some of the damages you have to deal with occur. Some things like soot only appearing on the upper half of the walls or pungent smell in rooms with no visible fire damage or smoke residues might be hard to understand. Over the years our crew has been offering professional restoration services, we have encountered most of these patterns, so we not only anticipate them but also know how best to deal with them.

In many incidents of fire damage in Dallas, the flames are put out before they raze the entire structure down. In some cases, most of the damage is from smoke residue left on the ceiling and upper sections of the walls. This is an outcome of convection currents that drive smoke movements while the fire burns. The currents occur when hot air displaces cold air in the surroundings forcing the cold air to flow downwards. Since the hot air is the smoke from the fire, it deposits soot and other residues on surfaces higher up in the affected areas.

Bad odors are a common problem after fire damage. Various residues left by the fire including soot and charred material remains produce these odors. It might, therefore, surprise you if there is a pungent odor in areas with no visible residues from the fire. This scenario is likely when there's a kitchen fire involving meats. The protein residues left are yellow, amber or virtually invisible which explains why there is a bad odor without any visible residues. In protein fires, our SERVPRO crew cleans up the entire home to get rid of all residues.

The smoke produced in fires is driven or floats freely depending on the temperatures involved. Every 10°F increase in temperature doubles air volume and increases pressure. Therefore the hotter the fire is, the harder the smoke is forced into surfaces requiring extra effort during cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians use different cleaning approaches including mechanical action such as agitation and application of professional cleaning agents to remove all residues.

From the sources to the outcomes, fire incidents can be puzzling. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to help you unravel any mysteries. You can reach us at (214) 361-7887 any time.

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The Real Truth Behind Commercial Water Damage and Possible Store Closure in Dallas

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Real Truth Behind Commercial Water Damage and Possible Store Closure in Dallas When your small shop is facing water damage, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation services.

Counteract the One-Two Punch of Commercial Water Damage in Dallas With A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

Resolving the damage caused by a water loss to your Dallas business has both short and long-term considerations. A reputable water restoration firm typically has the trained technicians and up to date equipment to return your commercial property to preloss condition with relatively quick turnaround time. The lingering challenge of commercial water damage involves client and customer loyalty and confidence.

If you find it necessary to close down your business for just a few days to recover from a commercial water damage event in Dallas, prepare for a more profound shock. Statistics bear out that when businesses cease operations for even a short time to manage a disaster, up to 50 percent of them find the situation results in permanent closure. The answer when the crisis doubles down is to have a viable preparedness plan.

SERVPRO offers commercial customers our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) as a guide to developing a comprehensive disaster strategy. We visit your business to learn how your operations run as well as to get a clear idea of the layout of your physical plant. Storage, inventory, equipment, and the division of your space into retail and production areas are all considered.

The experienced manager SERVPRO sends to evaluate your business has the chance to make practical suggestions intended to minimize damage to both the structure and contents of your business from water damage. The fewer items, including equipment and structures, exposed to the dangers of water exposure the better. We also take note of the strengths and vulnerabilities of your building’s construction to plan for our response to a water loss. Finally, we work with you on options to keep at least a portion of your operations running during recovery to meet the needs of your customers.

Our assessment is distilled into a concise digital document readily available 24 hours a day to the SERVPRO team answering your call for water damage assistance. As a clarification of your priorities during a disaster, we encourage you to use our mobile app to complete a custom profile that adds essential details to aid in our restoration efforts. You can list vendors and contractors who helped you set up systems and equipment; those contacts help us make the best decisions as we address damages to those aspects. If you wish you can designate employees or other trusted individuals to act on your behalf, so restoration is not delayed if you are unavailable during a crisis.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas knows our best outcomes rely on a collaborative effort with the businesses who reach out for our help. An ERP helps get you and our crew on the same page during restoration. Call us at (214) 361-7887 to start the planning process.

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We Are Better And Faster At Helping You Overcome Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Are Better And Faster At Helping You Overcome Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home As you watch flood waters recede from your home in Dallas, it becomes apparent that the nightmare is far from over.

Get Help Conquering Flood Damage Hazards In Your Dallas Area Home

As you watch flood waters recede from your home in Dallas, it becomes apparent that the nightmare is far from over. There are many problems to fix, and now you don’t even have a comfortable place available to make a decision. You have to adjust to current circumstances, keep your family safe, and move forward without ever missing a beat.

After flood damage occurs on your Dallas area property, what was once familiar surroundings can easily make you feel uncomfortable. Everything requires your attention when all you want to do is go home. However, you need to be aware that your flooded home is now a source of hazards as well. Before you attempt to spend any time there, you must resolve some safety concerns before you enter.

Wet areas and electricity can cause severe hazards if you let them, so shutting off the main electrical panel before entering your flooded home makes it safer to continue. You could also have broken water lines or plumbing fixtures adding to the problem that should be taken care of as well. Broken gas lines could easily pose an explosion hazard, which makes turning off the gas meter an appropriate step. SERVPRO technicians check for these conditions and thoroughly inspect your property for hazards.

Both indoor and outdoor areas can become contaminated by raw sewage, fuels, biohazards and more. You want to have a trained professional on your side to check for these problems and ensure your families safety before ever stepping foot inside of your flooded home. SERVPRO technicians can also determine whether the air inside your home is acceptable to breathe or if other conditions exist that affect your homes living environment.

SERVPRO can also check for structural damages that often lead to saggy ceilings or walls, buckled floors, and a compromised foundation. Your roof can shift, and walls can tilt, indicating potential problems with the structural integrity of your home.

The IICRC industry certified technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are available 24/7, 365, to provide you with the support you need to ensure your families safety and endure any situation. Call us today (214) 361-7887!

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Why Hiring SERVPRO Is The Best Option When Dealing With A Flood Damage Disaster In Your Dallas Property

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Hiring SERVPRO Is The Best Option When Dealing With A Flood Damage Disaster In Your Dallas Property Floods mostly catch people by surprise and the damages they cause can be very disruptive.

Professionals Help Ease Restoration Of Flood Damage In Dallas

Floods mostly catch people by surprise and the damages they cause can be very disruptive. Despite this, the property owner must take action to restore the property. Working with IICRC certified restorers like us helps in many other ways in addition to restoring your property to the preloss state. Immediately your Dallas property floods, you might be confused on what steps to take to remedy the situation. With our professional assistance, it is possible to respond accordingly.

A proper response to flood damage in Dallas includes fast action after the incident. Extracting water or moving items damaged slightly by the floodwaters are two critical steps to limit the level of damage. Our SERVPRO team easily handles move-outs to a different part of the property unaffected by the floodwaters or to an offsite facility. We also have gas-powered and submersible pumps perfect for fast extraction of high-level water preventing secondary damages caused by standing water.

Floodwaters usually contain a wide range of contaminants including raw sewage, industrial chemicals, and fuel oils among others. Exposure to such contaminants can cause health problems. Our SERVPRO crews are equipped with the right protective gear like boots, rubber gloves, full-body suits and respirators with p100/organic vapor cartridges among others. You don't have to be concerned about going into the highly contaminated water trying to save your property because we do it for you safely. We also take every step necessary to comply with OSHA standards.

It is essential to remove any porous materials like carpets, insulation and even drywall affected by floodwaters because it is not possible to eliminate all contaminant traces through cleaning. Our highly trained SERVPRO crews can handle such tasks easily. We have all the necessary tools for the job like carpet shears, and heavy-duty plastic bags, making carpet and pad removal easy as well as storing it safely for proper disposal.

The experience, sophisticated tools, and teamwork of a professional restorer help make restoration of damage by floods easier. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to help.

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We Are The Best At Identifying Mold And Restoring Your Dallas Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We Are The Best At Identifying Mold And Restoring Your Dallas Home SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides fast and cost-effective mold remediation care for homeowners across the local area.

Is That Really Mold Damage In My Dallas Home?

There are numerous species of fungi that cause mold damage in Dallas and elsewhere across the United States, each with a different growth pattern and biological structure than its relatives. Identifying mold damage in your home may not always be a clear-cut task, as some types of mold may not fit the standard bill of a green, fuzzy patch that slowly expands outward. Here are some tips SERVPRO inspectors have learned over the years that might help you identify a colony before it gets out of hand.

Look For Discoloration Of Any Kind
Not all mold damage in Dallas is green. Some types of mold are black, brown, white, yellow, or even something else entirely. However, you should still be able to identify color differences between the fungus and whatever it has started to grow on if you look close enough. If the wall is painted green but a small section appears to be off-color, use a magnifying glass or look closer to see if that patch has any unusual textures. Be careful not to touch any part of your home that you suspect has mold growing on it.

Watch For Polka Dots
Many types of mold appear as “polka dots” across a surface, as small patches develop in multiple areas at once. This can be a critical point in time to call in SERVPRO, as without fast action, these patches can grow and spread outward to become one massive colony. Look for these polka dots on clothing and other objects nearby, as they may also be affected.

Use Your Nose
While most colonies can only be smelled once they reach a significant size, some species of mold may produce strong odors even in their infancy. Look out for musty or foul odors in any area that you suspect could be harboring mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides fast and cost-effective mold remediation care for homeowners across the local area. Call SERVPRO as soon as you identify a problem at (214) 361-7887.

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Dallas Property Torched by a Fire?? Call SERVPRO for Fair and Reasonably Priced Cleanup and Restoration

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dallas Property Torched by a Fire?? Call SERVPRO for Fair and Reasonably Priced Cleanup and Restoration Feel Trapped by a Fire in Your Dallas Home? Call SERVPRO

The Cost of Fire Damage Restoration in Your Dallas Residence

When it comes to professional restoration work for your Dallas home, most homeowners must stop and consider their ability to afford this work and whether or not it is worth it. When a fire occurs in your home, widespread effects can prove challenging for even an experienced and skilled homeowner to contend with, so professional restoration becomes the best option. Here is how you can make sense of the costs for this kind of work and how our franchise determines estimates.

Overcoming fire damages in your Dallas home is not going to happen overnight, and is going to require many of our technicians working tireless hours with our industry-leading equipment to restore. As is customarily the case with fires, much of the incurred costs for restoration work falls to the insurance company offering coverage for your house and does not often dip into the homeowner’s pockets beyond a possible deductible. While this deductible might be a set amount regardless of the estimated cost of restoration, it might benefit you to understand how these rates get calculated.

When our SERVPRO team begins to work up an estimate, much of this process gets determined by the designated estimator we dispatch to the site. This employee catalogs the damage, photographs the affected areas and roughly determines the personnel required. Scoping the equipment needed, and a general idea of how long a task like this takes are components factored into the most significant portions of the end cost for restoration work.

Another consideration is the administrative processes of our SERVPRO team, and our overhead to cover processes like delivering oversized equipment to job sites and the rates of our experienced and highly trained technicians working on the project through its completion.

While the cost of the restoration work has too many variables to tell you directly how much you might expect, it is always best to speak to your insurance company about filing a claim to help you prevent extravagant out of pocket expenses when that is unnecessary. We provide the Xactimate proposal using the same software as most insurance companies which streamline the process and establishes a budget.

You can count on our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team of dedicated and experienced specialists to make the damage to your home “like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (214) 361-7887.

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What SERVPRO Can Teach You About Flood Damage In Your Dallas Home

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What SERVPRO Can Teach You About Flood Damage In Your Dallas Home After a flood damage experience, it is essential to work with professionals to restore and clean up your property.

Factors To Consider During Flood Damage Cleanup In Dallas

After a flood damage experience, it is essential to work with professionals to restore and clean up your property. Shelves, closets, floors, and walls are some of the areas that need thorough washing and disinfection. We follow a specific order during the cleanup process, which means some areas or items have to wait until certain places or contents have been restored. Given that this September is the National Preparedness Month (NPM), we are taking this chance to guide Dallas residents on how to make the right decisions.
 
The procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use when cleaning the walls during flood damage restoration in Dallas depends on the type of wall. In some cases, we may be forced to remove the plaster or wallboard before the cleaning process starts. After that, we wash the sills and studs and disinfect them to reduce the chances of mold growth.
 
When we are cleaning your furniture, we are careful not to force open swollen drawers and doors. We first let the furniture dry for easy opening. In most cases, wood veneer warps and separated, though it is possible to repair and clean solid wood furniture. We may also recommend a replacement when we come across upholstered furniture that is heavily soaked up with contaminated flood waters.
 
Some electrical appliances such as radios and TV sets may present unexpected dangers such as electrical shock even when they are unplugged. It is a possibility for some of their parts store electricity - our SERVPRO technicians understand this and are careful when handling such items during the cleaning process. We can grease moving parts such as pulleys and motors - which is applicable when cleaning washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and dishwashers. With the help of moisture displacement sprays, we can clean electrical switches and contacts. We watch out of damaged or stripped wire insulation and make sure all appliances are correctly grounded.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas offers 24-hour emergency services that make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (214) 361-7887 when your property experiences mold, storm, fire, or water damage and allow us to restore it to its earlier condition.

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How Our SERVPRO Experts Eliminate Mold In Your Dallas Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Our SERVPRO Experts Eliminate Mold In Your Dallas Home The value of your property should not diminish because of mold issues.

Proper Remediation Of Mold Damage In Dallas Boosts Property Value

Mold is associated with some health problems. However, its biggest impact is diminishing property value if not properly remediated. Even if you aren't planning to sell your Dallas home immediately, some of the effects caused by mold might linger long enough to affect the future value of your property. Also, who wants mold to be the distinguishing feature of their property?

Mold damage in Dallas indicates an underlying moisture issue unless a one-off event such as flooding causes it. Proper remediation should start with fixing the source of the moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect your premises thoroughly including hidden spaces such as wall cavities to identify all moisture sources. If the property floods, any wetness left in these hidden spaces can keep causing problems even when there is no other moisture source. In such cases, drying the dampness ensures positive results over a longer term.

Removing the moisture prevents new mold from developing. However, in the affected areas, it is necessary to clean all the visible effects of the infestation. Various cleaning actions are necessary to achieve a positive outcome. Our SERVPRO team first HEPA vacuums the affected areas to get rid of loose mold fragments. Other cleaning actions such as sanding, wire brushing, and damp wiping may follow based on how extensive the infestation is. After this, you can refinish the affected areas confident that there are no underlying issues.

Like other forms of fungi, mold causes structural problems when left unchecked for too long. Since wood is an excellent source of organic food for the mold, with time any infested areas are broken down and damaged. Where structural integrity is in question, the best option is the removal of the affected wood because even elimination of the infestation cannot restore the strength of the structure. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property, we identify any severely damaged areas.

The value of your property should not diminish because of mold issues. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We are available 24/7.

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Restoring Water Damage in Your Dallas Church

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Water Damage in Your Dallas Church Dallas Buildings Large and Small Benefit from Commercial Water Loss Mitigation from SERVPRO

Dallas Properties Benefit from SERVPRO's Expertise and Equipment for Water Loss Mitigation

With the modern approach to most new churches throughout the Dallas area, the traditional structures with their original furniture and sanctuary elements can get found less and less. These buildings are also very susceptible to the elements and interior concerns like plumbing breaks. This fact is due in part to the age of their construction, but also due to the materials used in the network of plumbing throughout the facility.

There are many concerns about water damage throughout your Dallas traditional church. Preserving the original materials used in the construction of this building can be challenging to those without the appropriate experience or equipment, however. Lingering moisture and dampness can warp and distort flooring and furniture, and after only a brief period, can render it unsalvageable. Choose to react to the situation quickly and reach out to our emergency response team at SERVPRO.

Hardwoods are a common component to older churches throughout the area, and moisture and pooling water from a plumbing break can present acute damages quickly to these materials. Flooring is particularly susceptible for absorbing as much of the water as it can in the affected area, bloating and warping the wood. With a fast reaction to the problem, and working to shut down the supply of water to the church quickly to prevent prolonged damages, our SERVPRO professionals can work to pull out the moisture from this saturated material via dehumidification equipment and drying mats to save the hardwood.

Moisture and leak detection equipment can help our technicians verify the precise location of the break in the plumbing to minimize the removal of the wall material and isolate the areas needed to repair the problem and to dry out the wall cavity. Our equipment can also help us to determine lingering moisture to ensure that we fully dry out the area to prevent secondary effects like mold growth.

Preserving your church is a matter of trusting in the right professionals to carefully restore the damage. You can count on our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas water damage specialists to respond quickly and help you to overcome the effects that threaten your church. Give us a call anytime at (214) 361-7887.

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What You Can Do When A Severe Thunderstorm Floods Your Dallas Garage

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Can Do When A Severe Thunderstorm Floods Your Dallas Garage It is imperative for you to call for professional help as soon as you find the flood damage inside of your Dallas home.

What To Do When A Thunderstorm Floods Your Garage

Owning a garage is an excellent solution for a lack of storage inside of your home; however, they are not precisely protected from the elements and can sustain flood damage during a severe storm. Heavy rainfall can bring floods, and the rushing water can rise underneath the door of your garage and seep into your belongings and storage. Antique furniture, paintings, old photographs, and stored clothing can all become threatened as the water makes its way inside.

When situations like this occur, it is imperative for you to call for professional help as soon as you find the flood damage inside of your Dallas home. Swiftly taking action can help prevent damages that are not repairable, as water-based damage is often time-sensitive. Drying out the contents of your garage and lowering the moisture levels can keep the antiques in your garage in sound condition.

When you get in touch with SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians can swiftly travel to your home, aiming to be there within hours. SERVPRO can use equipment such as powerful wet/dry vacuums and submersible pumps to remove the standing water from your garage. Depending on the volume, our technicians can even bring truck-mounted equipment that can take on hundreds of gallons of water.

Once the standing water has been removed from your garage, SERVPRO can focus on unboxing your stored belongings. We can send them to our facility to be dried before repacking them. We can set up dehumidifiers and air movers around your antiques, creating an environment that can help draw the excess moisture away from their structure.

Additionally, we can also use thermal imaging to search for any water that may be trapped in the walls of your garage and then set up a drying system to make sure that the water does not cause future complications. One of our main goals here at SERVPRO is to leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."

If a severe storm causes flood damage to your property, never stop and delay. Phone SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas by dialing the number (214) 361-7887. Day or night, 24/7, we're always available to take the job.

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