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Possible Reasons Why Your Dallas Home Has Mold Damage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in a parking lot Contact SERVPRO when you see or smell mold in your Dallas home. Call right away for thorough remediation.

SERVPRO Inspects Dallas Homes Revealing the Best Mold Remediation Approach

Various issues can trigger mold development in a property. If the colonies start developing in random places all over your house, there could be persistent humidity or condensation accumulation inside your Dallas home. If the contamination is hidden inside cabinets, wall spaces, or other enclosed areas, you might not realize there is a problem. However, hidden mold damage is likely if the air is uncharacteristically stuffy or you detect a musty smell.

It is easy to confirm whether your Dallas home has mold damage since it causes changes like dark spots or masses of mold colonies on surfaces. When the signs are subtle, opening up confined areas can help reveal where the contamination is concentrated. SERVPRO can probe for hidden infestations conveniently using specialized equipment and doing controlled demolition.

Valuable tools for inspecting moldy areas:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Borescopes 
  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • Drills

Our SERVPRO technicians use the thermo-hygrometers to check the relative humidity in the house, room by room which can narrow down areas where contamination is highly likely. A thermo-hygrometer has an inbuilt thermometer, thus allowing the technician to evaluate temperature and humidity levels. The amount of moisture air holds is influenced by the prevailing temperatures. Temperature fluctuations lead to other issues such as condensation, which can wet materials, thus sustaining mold growth.

The other tools are also handy. Thermal cameras reveal wetness concealed by solid materials such as wall panels or floorboards. It uses infrared rays to detect temperature differences between wet and dry areas. Our technicians can drill small holes in the areas where moisture spikes are detected. Then we use borescopes inserted through the holes to reveal whether there is mold growth. 

Effects of mold:

  • Breaking down materials
  • Staining materials
  • Bad odor

If your house is contaminated, you have more to worry about apart from the unsightly patches you notice on surfaces. Since there are several types of mold, the infestation in your house can exhibit different colors, including black, green, pink, grey, blue, or brown. Therefore, cleaning the affected areas can leave them stained and thus unsightly. 

Managing Physical Deterioration Triggered by Mold

Molds are a form of life that requires a food source to sustain itself. The food comes from organic materials such as cellulose in wood. Unfortunately, this search for food leads to significant deterioration of the affected materials. Once moisture activates spores, they sprout hyphae that spread across surfaces and penetrate materials as the mold colonies extract nutrients. Our SERVPRO teams can help forestall such deterioration by expediting the remediation procedures such as drying the property and cleaning the infested surfaces.

The musty odor from mold may not go away immediately after cleaning and refinishing surfaces. Specific steps are necessary to facilitate odor removal. Our SERVPRO technicians can use activated oxygen to help neutralize odor molecules. We rely on Ozone generators or photocatalytic oxidizers to streamline the process. Sealing surfaces is another alternative, especially for unfinished structural wood. A sealer is a product developed to encapsulate a surface, locking in remnants of bad odor. Our technicians use fast-drying sealing alternatives that solidify within an hour and can be painted over the same day. Sealing is typically used as a last resort when other deodorization alternatives are exhausted. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas informs you of the best way to handle mold damage on your property. You can reach us at (214) 361-7887.

Ways to Restore Dallas Homes After Water Damage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on the concrete floor of a utility room Our team at SERVPRO can restore your Dallas home or business from water damage.

SERVPRO Relies on Source and Amount to Customize Dallas Water Restoration Exercises

Whenever there is a moisture spike inside your Dallas home, most materials start deteriorating. Drying moisture is essential for the prevention or restoration of water damage. Different steps are necessary to manage staining, odor, and rot issues. For the best outcome, cleaning, applying chemical agents, deodorizing, and replacing some materials are essential steps to manage such damage. 

Many things found in Dallas homes spark water damage due to negligence, accidents, or the natural wear down of components. The periodic changes within water supply systems like pressure levels or temperature also contribute to leaks due to broken pies introducing unnecessary moisture inside houses. Before starting any renovation procedures, our SERVPRO water restoration technicians must identify the moisture source first since this helps determine practical and impractical solutions. 

Common Water Leak Sources

  • Leaky dishwashers
  • Broken pipes
  • Overflowing washing machines
  • Structural openings

Dishwashers can leak for several reasons, including leaky gaskets, faulty door latches, or the wrong detergents. Gaskets can rip or wear out, while latches might open too easily. Although a detergent is not a mechanical element, it can also promote leaks. If the detergent you use creates excessive suds, it can force the water out of the door. Other appliances like washing machines can also overflow or develop other leaks.

Water Leak Diagnosis

A leak may not seem that hard to diagnose since the areas where the water collects usually exhibit physical changes. However, what you see may not tell the whole story. Our SERVPRO technicians investigate the leak by using specialized probing tools or asking for information about any unusual signs that you might have noticed while the leak happened. One example of a distinctive sign is when spilled water only appears after you operate an appliance which might indicate a loose-fitting or a damaged seal. Leaks that accompany weather events such as torrential rain indicate structural issues such as poor exterior siding, foundation cracks, or leaky doors and windows. Water damage often results from exterior water intrusion.

Moisture Related Problems

  • Damaged appliances and utilities
  • Deterioration from warping and rot
  • Contamination
  • Unpleasant odors

Once the water is released into your structure, it is bound to interact with the different materials inside. Some like fabrics might simply absorb it and release it when dried. Others undergo chemical reactions leading to rot, stains, and rust. Contamination is also a common issue even when the leaking water is clean since stagnation creates an opportunity for the proliferation of microbes. 

Restoring a property requires one to address all the issues triggered by the high moisture levels. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you find appropriate solutions for major or minor issues. For example, a water damage problem like warping or buckling of solid wood is a severe issue that can necessitate costly replacements and inconvenient construction work. 

With the right approach, addressing these issues is not that difficult. For instance, if the affected area has a hardwood floor, our technicians prioritize fast water extraction and remove some boards. These simple steps help limit the chances of the boards buckling by reducing the moisture they absorb and creating space for them to swell without any changes in their physical form. Finally, a controlled drying process helps minimize swelling, restoring the boards to their original shape and dimensions.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can use several approaches to address any water damage issue, making it "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (214) 361-7887.

What to Do with Debris Left in Your Dallas Home by Fire Damage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck and employees in a parking lot When you are faced with fire damage in Dallas, call our experts 24/7. We have the expertise and equipment to handle any damage, large or small.

What SERVPRO Does to Keep Dallas Properties Organized During Fire Restoration

There are things you are prepared to do when your Dallas home is affected by a fire incident, but others might catch you by surprise. Cleaning smoke residues from surfaces is an obvious task. However, dealing with debris may not be something you prioritize, especially in the early stages of fire restoration. The magnitude of the problem only hits you when the clutter interferes with your restoration efforts or poses hazards. Aggregation and safe storage of debris is necessary when dealing with fire damage.

Many of the house materials Dallas fire damage incidents affect are not entirely consumed, thus leaving chunks of unsightly or even hazardous materials. Even when there is significant combustion, fine debris such as soot and ash accumulate on surfaces. SERVPRO can provide the necessary resources to manage all the waste for safety and convenience.

What it takes to manage fire debris:

  • Identifying debris types
  • Convenient removal
  • Aggregation
  • Safe disposal

The waste materials produced during a fire have unique physical properties. Apart from the big chunks of materials and fine residues, other variations might include sharp objects or corrosive materials. Identifying what variations prevail in your property sets the rhythm of what you can do or avoid. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected areas, tearing down wall and ceiling panel remnants. We also check floors and other flat surfaces for small pieces such as shattered glass. Significant temperature differences on glass materials cause fracturing. The hot areas expand while the colder ones contract or remain normal. The substantial stress caused by the expansion and contraction leads to fracturing.  

Convenience When Removing Fire Debris 

Safety should be the foremost aspect to think of when handling fire residues. It may seem unusual since dealing with the soiling may be the natural thing to prioritize. However, prioritizing safety becomes clear with risks such as inhaling the fine residues, stepping on sharp materials, or suffering head injuries from falling materials. Our SERVPRO crews help take care of the safety issues.

Safe removal of fire residues requires:

Proper personal protective equipment starts with items like rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves for safety when grabbing or stepping on materials. Respirators and goggles may be necessary when cleaning soot and other fine residues, especially when using a disruptive method such as compressed air or high-pressure water.

Like safety, collecting fire residues and debris requires appropriate equipment. One category of convenient tools our SERVPRO technicians use vacuums to collect fine debris such as soot from surfaces and crevices. Large specialized vacuums help remove insulation. Cutting tools are also essential for eliminating fire-damaged materials. Typical reasons for such devices include cutting away damaged materials if the incident only affects a limited area or reducing large materials like carpets, drywall, and ceiling panels into small pieces that can easily fit into trash receptacles. 

Odor is also one of the remnants you must address after a fire. Although a scent is not tangible, it is made up of molecules that you must deal with for the smell of fire to dissipate. Our SERVPRO technicians use chemical agents or activated oxygen to neutralize odor molecules. Various delivery methods, including fogging chemical agents into the affected areas, ensure convenience. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas finds convenient solutions whenever a fire damage incident affects a property. You can reach us at (214) 361-7887. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Help Repair Mold Damage in a Dallas Home

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

a woman looking into a cabinet under her sink with mold growing by the pipes If you find mold in your home, call us immediately! Our certified SERVPRO technicians can offer professional remediation/mitigation services.

Mold Damage Repair in Dallas Homes

A common cause of mold growth is water leaking from a pipe. The most serious leaks originate from above a ceiling or inside a wall. Such leaks fester mold, which may widely spread by the time you realize it. By attempting to manage the situation yourself, you might aggravate it hence the need for someone with the right skills. SERVPRO technicians have all the protective gear, detection tools, and technical skills necessary to eradicate the mold in your Dallas home.

Splotches from mold damage on Dallas homes can sprout anywhere along a wall. However, they are commonly found down low near the floor, up high near the ceiling, or along edges of trim or baseboards. The spores attach to your drywall's paper face, which becomes a food source, leading to its propagation.

Conditions necessary for the growth of mold

  • Constant moisture presence
  • Food sources like drywall or wood
  • Humidity
  • Warmth and darkness

Handling of mold-damaged drywall

When the drywall is removed and the framing exposed, the source of the problem becomes apparent. The cause of the leak ought to be repaired before replacing the drywall. If not, mold eventually reforms over the new drywall. Also, an unresolved leak might create additional damage to framing, siding, insulation, and flooring. SERVPRO checks the exposed framing for dry rot. If present, we remove and replace the affected structure. Our crew also uses a scrub brush or a scrubbing pad to clean mold off framing and thoroughly dry the exposed area using dehumidifiers.

We use the latest methods to inhibit mold at its source. Our team builds a contained area with plastic to avoid spreading the mold spores, which could cause secondary damage. We have products specially designed for mold damage removal on wood like antimicrobial agents.

Signs your drywall has mold

  • Musty, damp smell
  • Discoloration and staining on the interior wall
  • Crackling or bubbling wallpaper

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas knows what not to overlook in case of mold damage. Call us at (214) 361-7887 for efficient services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Dallas Kitchens, Water Leaks, and SERVPRO Efforts for Restoration

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

a garbage disposal under a sink When garbage disposal leaks cause problems, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us 24/7 - 365 days a year - for effective services and equipment needed.

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.

When Should You Call for Flood Damage Mitigation Assistance in Northwest Dallas?

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floor Facing flooding? Bring in IICRC certified technicians and water removal equipment to tackle the situation. We are here 24/7 every day for your call.

Know when to get professional flood damage mitigation services for your home

Companies like SERVPRO can save your home from severe after-effects of flooding with timely and robust responses to the situation. However, professional services may not be necessary for every incident.

There are a few things that should be instant signs that you should call for assistance with flood damage mitigation in Northwest Dallas. If you see any of the following in your home, you should contact us right away:

  • Standing water
  • Entire carpets soaked
  • Black or gray, murky water
  • Outside debris such as plant material

In the absence of these warning signs, you may still need help from IICRC-certified professionals. As a general rule of thumb, if you do not expect to dry out your home within a few hours of the incident, you should call SERVPRO. You should also contact your insurance company to get their recommendation on how to proceed. Insurers commonly recommend and pay for professional mitigation services.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 whenever disaster strikes your home.

Cleanup Crews Can Help with Preston Hollow Fire Damage

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

blaze going through home, roof and ceiling Don't let fire damage your Preston Hollow home! Our pros at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas will clean and restore your home to its preloss condition.

How Cleanup Crews Can Assist with Fire Damage in Preston Hollow

Overcoming fire damage can be a difficult task, and those dealing with fire damage in Preston Hollow or elsewhere may find themselves at a loss as to what to do or how to do it. Depending on the intensity and destruction of the fire, cleanup may take significant time and effort. Luckily, most insurance companies will offer some degree of reimbursement after a fire and may ask you to employ a professional cleanup team. Here's a quick summary of what that may entail. 

Inventory Checks and Move-Outs 

Cleanup crews will often start a job by helping the owner create an inventory of items preserved and lost in the Preston Hollow fire and move out anything that could be in danger by remaining in the building. This process includes moving crews and relocation services to wherever you'll be staying. Our techs may also board up some windows, doors, or other entrances to the building to keep out the elements and potential thieves. 

Cleaning and Deodorization 

Fire damage cleanup typically involve a process of cleanup and deodorization, as any remaining smoke, ash, or soot is thoroughly scrubbed and removed. These steps may involve industrial-grade equipment such as thermal foggers, which can remove smoke particles embedded within the very floors and walls of buildings. Cleanup crews will also use scrubbers, sanitizers, and electronics cleaning equipment to scrub out visually staining material. 

Restoration and Replacement 

Cleanup crews will then begin restoring fire damaged parts of the home, bringing in new materials and objects to repair or replace those damaged in the fire. The materials refurbished in this step may range from floor finishing to ductwork to metal polishing, depending on the job's specifics.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

A locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has been taking on fire repair and restoration jobs in the local community for years. For help or services related to fire or any other damage, call us today at (214) 361-7887. 

Steps to Take for Proper Mold Remediation

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on water damaged ceiling An area exhibiting mold first has to be dried out and contained. Call SERVPRO today so that we can quickly assess your damage!

SERVPRO Professionals are Certified in Solving Mold Problems

When you are dealing with mold for any reason in your home, it is essential to realize that it will take a professional company to clean it and get rid of it properly. Mold issues should not be taken into your own hands since special equipment and cleaners are needed to handle it thoroughly, and there may be hidden mold that only a trained technician, like the ones at SERVPRO, will be able to find. 

Any mold damage in North Dallas will have some significant steps needed for the proper remediation. Safety comes first when dealing with mold, which we at SERVPRO also understand and are trained for. The first step in mold remediation is containment so that the mold does not spread to uncontaminated areas. Our containment measures include:

  • Installing plastic sheeting for barriers.
  • Establishing negative air pressure.
  • Sealing any HVAC vents to stop the duct system from being contaminated and create clean and decontamination rooms to enter.
  • Leaving and decontaminating materials and equipment. 

The method used to remove the mold will depend upon the kind of surface the mold is on. Nonporous materials are generally cleanable, but porous materials with visible mold growth often need removal and discarding. Our team will remove contaminated porous materials, such as drywall, fabrics, carpeting, and insulation. We also remove mold on nonporous materials like metals, glass, and plastics by cleaning them. If the surface is dry, they will use a HEPA vacuum to remove the mold or damp wiping with a detergent solution if the mold is found in soil layers. 

Once everything has been properly cleaned of mold, the technicians will dry out your home and your possessions to stop any more mold growth. Some of the procedures for drying will have to be delayed until containment and mold removal is finished. Taking out any damaged materials which have absorbed moisture will help to speed up the drying process. Our IICRC trained techs use dehumidifiers since they do not create a lot of airflow. 

The above steps are necessary for mold remediation so that the mold will not spread or grow again. If you have a problem with mold, call us right away at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887, and we can come up with a plan for remediation and clean up any mold damage in your home.

Paving the Way for Reconstruction When Fire Damages Your Dallas Home

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

a fireman running with a hose to put out a fire on someones roof The scene can seem quite overwhelming after a fire in your home. Team SERVPRO can take the situation in hand with a custom assessment to help you.

Trust SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration

Your Dallas home does not get constructed to resist fire, nor are the materials used in the construction able to withstand a fire’s damaging effects for very long. When you are facing the aftermath of a significant incident like this for your home, you might get overwhelmed by the destruction and damage that you see. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to face all by yourself.

While the fire damage to your Dallas home might have affected nearly every area that you inspect, this might seem insurmountable to overcome. Fortunately, with the experience and equipment of our professional SERVPRO team, your home might be much closer to preloss conditions than you might have thought initially. For genuinely devastating blazes, we can help to prepare your home for the next logical step in reconstruction efforts.

When our IICRC-certified restoration specialists first arrive at your home, we prioritize understanding the full scope of the damage that your property has faced from the fire. This process is thorough because it helps to set the plan for the entire restoration process and aids our technicians in determining which areas of your home might require reconstruction instead of our restoration practices.

One of the very first tasks that our SERVPRO professionals set out to do is to seal up your home from further damage. With massive fires, the lingering symptoms and destruction spans more significant areas of your home and can cause holes and pathways to the exterior. Covering up these open spaces prevents further elemental damage that adds to the length of time that it takes to restore the damage to your home.

It is crucial in situations where reconstruction is a requirement that the area gets fully prepared for this process. Often this procedure requires controlled demolition. The managed tear out of overly damaged materials ensures that residential construction contractors that come to repair the damages can start their work immediately.

Sometimes the damage to your home after a fire seems almost insurmountable. Even in the most widespread of damage, let SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas help to show you how you can reclaim your home once again. You can give our emergency response team a call anytime at (214) 361-7887.

We Can Restore Your Dallas Business To Pre-Damage Condition

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

a fire sprinkler spraying water When a fire sprinkler is activated, it can quickly dump many gallons of water at your business location. Contact SERVPRO quickly after fire damage.

Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup In Dallas

Small businesses in Dallas are particularly vulnerable to disasters like fire and flood. They do not have the assets of a national network to fall back on, so shutting down for restoration and cleaning for even a week can mean closing their doors permanently.

Commercial flood damage to a Dallas business like a convenience store needs cleaning by a professional restoration company. SERVPRO technicians train extensively to remove water, replace unsalvageable building material, and dry all restorable property.

Most commercial water damage comes from an activated sprinkler or a broken water line. That is treated water, and considered clean, requiring no special efforts to remove it from the business. With flood damage, water comes from outside, usually after a storm. This water is contaminated and can contain soil and other contaminants like pesticides and animal waste. Before starting other efforts, technicians spray the water and all affected surfaces and items to kill any bacteria.

Now, they use pumps and extraction wands to remove the water. The commercial pumps work best with water higher than an inch or two. If the water is only about ankle-deep or lower, technicians start with the extraction wands for more efficient removal. Since this is a convenience store with little or no carpet, SERVPRO team members then force any trace amounts of water out the nearest exit using long-handled squeegees.

Next, one of our inspectors determines if there is any permanent damage to floor trim, paneling, or ceiling tiles. Each of our team members can quickly remove affected building material with a minimum of disruption to the rest of the store.

For equipment that is wet, but otherwise undamaged, our personnel set up fans inside to force the damp air outside. It lowers the humidity and speeds up the normal evaporation process. To further increase the rate of drying, technicians also set-up air movers to force warm, dry air across and under equipment and shelving.

No matter what your business, or how flood water entered into it, our goal at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is to help you reopen so you can begin supporting your customers once again. If you require our services, call us at (214) 361-7887 today to schedule a visit.