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If Your Dallas Bathroom Experiences A Water Damage Disaster, We Can Help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage If Your Dallas Bathroom Experiences A Water Damage Disaster, We Can Help! Give our skilled crew a call right away at (214) 361-7887 so we can check things out and restore any damage we find before it gets out of hand.

Water Cleanup For Your Dallas Bathroom After A Leak Is Found

A majority of the plumbing joints and pipes in your Dallas home are behind the walls, which makes it difficult to detect water damage signs. You need to pay close attention to things such as moisture on the walls, flooring, and stains which can give you clues for plumbing problems that are out of sight. Do not ignore any leaks around the bathtub or toilet. Unless you fix them right away, they can lead to more significant issues and expensive repairs.

If you suspect that you have a moisture problem in your Dallas home and need water cleanup services, get in touch with a professional remediation company right away. SERVPRO has the equipment and trained staff to be able to help you around the clock. Do not hesitate to reach out, as the longer you do, the more damage your home sustains.

Keeping an eye on your bathroom can help prevent major disasters. The toilet is one of the most vulnerable spots in your residence. Leaks related to your toilet often involve both sewage and clean water, adding to health hazards and the potential damage to your structure. The water lines on your toilet should be frequently checked. Look for leaks around the seat, in the water hose, and underneath the tank. If the floor feels soft, the damage is already going on.

When you have a leak, SERVPRO techs can use special moisture meters to determine the level of moisture in certain materials like drywall and flooring. We also use thermal imaging cameras to inspect and monitor moisture in building materials we work to restore the affected area. If any subflooring or drywall is damaged beyond repair, it is removed and replaced.

Another area to watch for moisture is around your bathtub and shower. A large amount of water is used in these areas daily. If you find any cracked or missing tiles, these need to be replaced immediately, as water can get behind the tiles. Also, if there is any missing grout, this needs to be repaired for the same reason. The caulking joints should also be checked where the walls meet the tub or floor, and if they are cracked, they need to be replaced.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas of knows how to find any hidden moisture in your home in Preston Hollow, Northwest Dallas, or Dallas when you believe there is an issue. Give our skilled crew a call right away at (214) 361-7887 so we can check things out and restore any damage we find before it gets out of hand.

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Hey, Dallas Homeowner! Water Loss Mitigation Gets Done by SERVPRO--Real Fast

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hey, Dallas Homeowner! Water Loss Mitigation Gets Done by SERVPRO--Real Fast When a Squeegee Isn't Enough for Water Removal from Your Dallas Home or Office--Call SERVPRO Real Fast

The Process of Turning Around Water Damage in Dallas Properties

Many people think that cleaning up after water damage means mopping or throwing down towels on the floor and setting up a fan or two to dry any water the towels or mop did not pick up. One of the main factors affecting the restoration of a structure and contents is the amount of time it was saturated before cleanup efforts began and another important factor is if any residual moisture remains.

Dallas Water Damage Comes in Many Forms

When there is a hot water tank failure, pipe burst or even a leak in a roof allowing rain into the home, the water you can see may be all you assume needs to be cleaned up. The problem can go much deeper. In the case of moisture behind drywall, vapor barriers can hold moisture and become a perfect host for mold growth. When flooring is drenched, the subflooring underneath can retain moisture and cause a host of issues. In almost every circumstance, having your property cleaned professionally by our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can help you avoid potential repairs or replacement cost from secondary damages.

Our Dallas water damage technicians use several state-of-the-art moisture detection devices including moisture sensors that can show if there is any residual moisture in baseboards, walls or carpeting. Moisture meters are a valuable tool used to determine how much moisture in various materials and how we define when an affected area is truly dry. We can use devices with sharp probes or flat surfaces, depending on the material being checked. Thermal imaging can be used in cases where probes cannot adequately measure the moisture within structures. Color imaging on a small visual screen indicates temperature variations, a possible indication of dampness or water. Thermohygrometers measure humidity, vapor pressure and dew point. This measurement is essential for determining the baseline indoor humidity in unaffected areas of the property so drying goals can be established.

Quick Water Extraction is a Key Element

Sometimes when our water damage restoration team arrives at a local site, often the property owner has done some water clean up before our arrival. What they often find shocking is the amount of water still left in carpeting, furnishings, walls, and flooring. For fast extraction, we utilize the power behind both portable and truck mounted extractors. Weighted extractors are ideal for pushing water out of carpeting and upholstery. For large amounts of water, we can pull it out of a home or business quickly using our truck-mounted pumps. Bottom line: the more thoroughly water is extracted, the faster the home or business dries.

How SERVPRO Dries Properties So Quickly

Our technicians have an array of tools that are often used in tandem to reduce moisture quickly in a property. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas technicians are certified in the science of Psychometry, the study of air and control of moisture content and its effects. This training enables the technicians to choose the right configuration of high-grade air movers, high-velocity axial fans, industrial heaters and dehumidifiers on a case by case basis for the best results. The air movers are vital to the drying process as they are positioned to draw moisture air to the surface and the dehumidifiers eliminate the moisture as it rises. Our goal is to work quickly and cause as little disruption to your home or business as possible during our restoration efforts. Whenever possible, we dry furnishings in place, setting the legs on foil and raised on blocks of wood or dense foam.

Carpeting is not automatically a loss if it has absorbed water. With our extraction methods, we can pull much of the water from within the padding. Using a method such as "floating" where strong currents of air are directed under the carpeting, it can often be dried in place and saved. In the cases where carpeting cannot be dried in place but appears to be restorable, our technicians can suggest removal to a drying facility or to another location at the property. Padding is often discarded, not worth the effort nor the expense to salvage.

In-Plant Restoration Services

There are times contents cannot be dried on-site. In those cases, with the permission of the property owner, our technicians pack and more items for in-plant servicing. In the case of upholstered furnishings or carpeting, both can often be saved through our restoration methods. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace whenever possible, and our specialized restoration techniques for books and papers use the same recovery methods as the Library of Congress for historical documents. Lyophilization has saved many an important document or manuscript.

Leaving No Reminders of Water Damage Behind

Although drying the structure and contents eliminates a good deal of the unpleasant odor, there are additional steps taken to ensure there are no traces left either visually or offend the olfactory sense. Thoroughly hand-cleaning using our proprietary cleaning solutions eliminate bacteria and fungus along with leaving a pleasant, clean scent. In many cases, this is enough to take care of any residual odors left behind.

When the Water Odor is Bigger Than Hand Cleaning Can Handle

While our cleaning methods may banish any lingering odors. Sometimes, the odor left behind requires robust methods to eliminate it. When the scent additive in cleaning products is not enough, another masking agent that works often comes in the form of time-release gel beads. For strong odors, our Odor Control Technicians utilize ultra-low volume fogging. This method uses a solvent that is released as fog, and it changes the makeup of the odor at the molecular level neutralizing it. We can also utilize mechanical means of odor control by stationing HEPA filtered air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators.

Avoiding Mold after Water Damage

Mold is a real concern and our approach to water removal and cleanup addresses making the structure and contents non-supportive for mold growth at every step. Along with lowering moisture, our powerful antifungal cleaning agents leave surfaces unfriendly for mold growth. A common home remedy that gets repeated often is to spray bleach on areas after cleaning. That never addresses mold spores and colonies that have extensive hyphae, root-like structures embedded in porous materials like drywall. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides the correct remedies to inhibit mold proliferation.

Do not take on the task of water removal from your home on your own. Whether it is a little or a lot of water causing you stress, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, and let our technicians professionally clean and restore your property to its preloss condition. We are proud to serve the City of Dallas, Texas and areas in 75240, 75230, and 75220.

Our Qualified Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Dallas Fire Damage

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Qualified Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Dallas Fire Damage When you are faced with a kitchen fire disaster call our experts 24/7, we have the expertise and equipment to handle any damage big or small.

Getting Rid of Protein Residues after Fire Damage in Northwest Dallas

A protein fire is among the most common type of property damages caused by the burning of poultry, meat or fish during a kitchen fire. Although these tend to be contained relatively quickly, and cause minimal structural or permanent damage, protein residues can be unpleasant. At times, proteins may discolor paint works or surfaces. At other times, protein residues are invisible to the naked eye, and only distinguished by a pungent, thick smelling odor.

Properties with Fire Damage in Northwest Dallas rely on services that offer skill, expertise, and efficiency. SERVPRO technicians are local to the area which gives them a unique understanding of the architecture and blueprint of residences. They also hold IICRC certificates in odor control which they can use to restore your property to its preloss condition after a kitchen protein fire.

The thick odorous smells are usually the first cause for concern among homeowners, but the priority in restoring your property is cleaning surfaces. These surfaces are, more often than not, contaminated by protein residues which can spread rapidly throughout the home, not just in the affected area — failure to adequately remove these residues first results in odors returning after the deodorization process.

SERVPRO use proprietary cleaning solutions to help remove greasy textures from all the surfaces in your home before deodorizing. Once your technician is satisfied that the property is clean throughout, we can deploy foggers to clear odor from a large area in a time efficient way. The behavior of deodorizing vapor is also similar to that of smoke and enters the same areas neutralizing odor.

Kitchens often house ventilation shafts or other areas where odors could be residing. Since these areas are difficult to inspect employing various odor control methods can be beneficial. SERVPRO can deploy spray treatments, pellets, and air scrubbers to help tackle protein odors which may be residing in non-accessible areas of your home.

Kitchen fires require professional assistance to get back to preloss conditions, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Restore Your Home In Dallas To Pre-Damage Condition

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Damage Experts Can Restore Your Home In Dallas To Pre-Damage Condition In case of a water spill in your property, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any time.

How Simple Steps Ensure Convenience During Water Removal In Dallas

Sometimes water loss happens due to simple mistakes during routine procedures such as setting up a newly purchased washing machine. If you fail to hookup the appliance properly, a significant water spill can occur causing damages on the floor, subfloors, and materials in the immediate surroundings. Removing such water fast is crucial. Specific steps taken during the process can increase convenience.

Water soaks into porous materials such as carpets fast complicating the process of water removal in Dallas properties. Drying the water may necessitate removing the carpet, which is a tedious process and there is a risk of damaging the carpet, baseboards or other materials. In-place drying is another viable option, but it takes time and increases the risk of mold development in the property. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on simple approaches such as floating carpets for efficient in-place drying. During this process, we place the air mover vent below the carpet allowing the carpet and the floor below to dry evenly.

Water removal processes can soil the house with debris and other wastes especially if flood cuts or vent holes are necessary to remove water from wall cavities. Cleaning such debris from the property can extend the water removal process. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on simple steps such as covering items with plastic sheets or creating containment zones where they open up wall cavities limiting the areas they soil in the process. Such steps guarantee a quicker conclusion of the removal processes.

Water removal can take days, weeks or even longer especially if it migrates to many sections of the property. A longer wait can be a great inconvenience to the occupants because it might force them to move out of the property. Our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to expedite the process. We use high capacity equipment such as truck mounted water extractors to remove standing water fast. We also use several units of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry wet materials rapidly minimizing the period affected areas remain wet.

In case of a water spill in your property, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage From Appliances in Your Dallas Home Water Damage Approved

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Flood Damage From Appliances in Your Dallas Home  Water Damage Approved  If you come home to flooded floors from a failed appliance in your home, call SERVPRO.

Steps to removing water and drying your home after a failed appliance causes a flood

Most flooding problems in homes come from the inside, rather than from a rising creek or river. In many of these cases, the problem results from a failed dishwasher or a split intake hose for a clothes washer.

Appliance flood damage in a Dallas home sounds simple, but the truth is very different. A failure of either of these machines can drop over five gallons of water on the floor every hour. SERVPRO knows that if this happens in the morning after everyone leaves for work, that means an entire, three-bedroom room can be under an inch of water before the homeowner or renter walks in to find a disaster.

The only advantage to dealing with flooding from such an inside source is that it is clean water. There is no contamination to have to worry about, so there is no need for special protective gear and since cleaning the surfaces is not required, the overall time necessary for the job is far less as well.

The first step we take is to stop the flow of water. If a resident has not turned off the water main, we do it immediately after arriving on the property.

Next, we get to work removing standing water. For any amount over an inch, we start with commercial grade water pumps. These machines can empty out an average home in an afternoon, allowing us to bring in more equipment and inspect for damage to floors, carpets, and walls. If the power is out, we bring in our generators for uninterrupted electrical support.

If there is no permanent damage, we draw out remaining water trapped on carpets and floors. Technicians use extraction wands which are designed to bring out the water without harming wood surfaces or damaging the nap of the rug. This part of the job is more time-consuming and can take up to a full day or more.

With the water removed, we now lower the moisture levels in the surrounding air. To do so, we use dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air. Each device can remove over twenty gallons every day depending on the humidity and size of the dehumidifier we use. We perform this task to prevent the possibility of rot or mold growth in the walls and floors.

Drying out your home is not an easy process, but the right restoration company can do it quickly and safely. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has decades of experience helping our neighbors put their homes back together after a flood. If you need our help, call today at (214) 361-7887.

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Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration In Dallas

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration In Dallas A fire disaster in Dallas can cause serious damage to your house.

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 have permanent repercussions on 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 fire fighting 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 the form of 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 risks 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.

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, counter tops, 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 also 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!

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Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In The Dallas Area

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In The Dallas Area Even if the only mold you find on your property is completely dry, it is important to have a trained professional perform your remediation.

SERVPRO is Available in the Dallas Area to Remediate Your Mold Property 

Mold on your property can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. However, there can also be mold that is invisible to the naked eye, making mold contamination considerably hard to diagnose without the right equipment.

Just having the right conditions allows mold to grow anywhere on your property. Whether it is clear and sunny, or cloudy and rainy mold damage can occur in your Dallas area home. Fungus or mold has obtained a rather bad reputation over the years. However, the truth is, that mold is no more damaging than fire, or water. In fact, water itself is a major element mold needs to grow.

Mold is a fungus that occurs naturally within our environment. Our eco-system uses these microscopic organisms to process decomposing materials. Without mold, many forms of antibiotics, vitamins, and other medical solutions used today would be impossible.

Our expert mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO provide you with a variety of services that make locating and controlling mold found in your home easier. While also helping you avoid creating the conditions that need to exist for regrowth to occur. You should begin by having our technicians perform a full inspection of your property. You may notice some problems, while our technicians find larger issues hiding just out of sight.

SERVPRO technicians understand where mold might begin. Starting with locating water sources found in your home that can cause mold to get out of control. Water issues including from plumbing leaks, excessive condensation on your windows, and HVAC system drain off can cause mold growth in your home. Many of the materials used to build your home serve as a food source, so, anywhere that you find excessive or constant moisture adds the final ingredient mold needs to spread.

Even if the only mold you find on your property is completely dry, it is important to have a trained professional perform your remediation. Dry mold spreads microscopic mold spores through the air that you cannot see, leading you to spread contamination to other areas and cause more problems. SERVPRO’s expert team utilizes air movers and negative-airflow machines in combination with HEPA filters to trap microscopic spores and get mold growth under control.

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If you have a mold issue forming on your property, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas today. (214) 361-7887

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We Can Restore Your Dallas Business To Pre-Damage Condition

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Restore Your Dallas Business To Pre-Damage Condition If you require our services, call us at (214) 361-7887 today to schedule a visit.

Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup In Dallas

Small business in Dallas is 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 floodwater 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.

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Let Our Professionals Restore Your Smoke Damaged Home In Dallas After A Fire

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let Our Professionals Restore Your Smoke Damaged Home In Dallas After A Fire Call our 24-hour emergency services line, (214) 361-7887, any day of the year.

Cleaning Up the Smoke Residue from Fire Damage in Your Dallas Home's Carport

While your carport might have open sides, smoke and soot from cooking out in your Dallas home's add-on can accumulate. Fires are also possible when flammable liquids placed in storage come in contact with hot coals from the grill.

We help homeowners in Dallas deal with fire damage and how it affects their properties of many different kinds. Soot and residue from smoke, as well as charred areas, and the subsequent odors that linger can all make your home less comfortable for you and less inviting for guests. Getting these areas clean again requires the use of a ladder and working overhead with special agents hat strip surfaces of greasy soot without damaging the structure.

Instead of doing this yourself and spending a weekend laboring away at detailing every nook and cranny, SERVPRO recommends having skilled professionals perform the work. We do this type of work regularly and can save you the hassle of a 'lost weekend' that you could most likely put to better use.

We use specially formulated in-house cleaning agents that break soot and other greasy substances down and make them easier to wipe away without leaving a residue or streaks. The towels we use add to the cleansers' effectiveness and make our work incredibly efficient. Your carport can feel new again, “Like it never even happened.” by the time we finish.

When your tools, sporting equipment, and furniture your carport covers also feel grimy, we can get these cleaned up. The cleaning we do can produce such effective results, the odors you might have noticed disappear along with the soot. Everything looks and smells better after a thorough cleaning with SERVPRO's specialists.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can help restore your carport and any other area of your home affected by fire damage. We're ready to answer your call and give you the answers you need. Call our 24-hour emergency services line, (214) 361-7887, any day of the year.

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We Have The Right Equipment To Handle Restoration In Your Dallas Home

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Have The Right Equipment To Handle Restoration In Your Dallas Home Our trucks show up on time and carry equipment needed to restore your home of any damage big or small. We are available 24/7, call us day or night.

Washing Machine Failure Turns into SERVPRO Water Removal Job in Dallas

Unless it is laundry day, most people do not think twice about their washing machines. An event as small as a supply hose wearing out or improper connection to the wall can result in the potential for the spillage of more than 600 gallons requiring fast water removal to prevent extreme damage to the home. Replacing the supply hose every five years helps lower the chance of this happening.

When a laundry room in Dallas flooded due to a supply hose failure in a washing machine, the water quickly ran to adjoining rooms before the homeowner could turn off the water. The homeowner called SERVPRO and our technicians arrived within a few hours to begin the cleanup process. Since this was a clean water spill, and elimination efforts were beginning so soon after the event, there was no danger of contamination or toxins.

Because of the large area of standing water and need to get it out of the home as fast as possible, truck-mounted pumps were used to vacuum out the water. Soaked baseboards in the laundry room were pulled loose so no moisture would be trapped behind the wood. Weep holes were not necessary as the water did not affect the drywall directly.

Industrial air movers were set up to direct the flow of air up and out while the dehumidifier kept the moisture levels low in the room for complete drying. Once dry and digital detectors confirmed no residual moisture remained, the surfaces were wiped down with professional-grade antifungals to inhibit mold. Even clean water leaves a unique calling card after the fact with a distinctive odor. A ULV fogger was used to neutralize all traces of odor.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a local company available for water removal when you need us 24/7. Call (214) 361-7887 and one of our certified technicians can begin the process to restore your home to its preloss condition.

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Call Our Team When Your Dallas Business Experiences Significant Fire Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Call Our Team When Your Dallas Business Experiences Significant Fire Damage Unfortunately, if misused, microwaves can start fires, which is why all employees must be aware of how to safely use these handy devices.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Your Dallas Business

A microwave is a must-have appliance in your office building break room in Dallas. When you are away from home and do not have much time to eat lunch before getting back to the grind, it is an easy way to heat a meal, so you aren’t always stuck with cold sandwiches. Unfortunately, if misused, microwaves can start fires, which is why all employees must be aware of how to safely use these handy devices.

Commercial fire damage in your Dallas office building from a microwave is a frightening experience for everyone. Getting your break room cleaned up and back in its usual working order is something you’ll want to be done quickly, so hiring a professional remediation company is a must. SERVPRO can come to your rescue any time you have a fire damage emergency, and we are equipped with the experience and advanced equipment needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Everyone should only be using containers in the microwave that are labeled as microwave safe. Anything made of metal, plates with metallic rims, travel cups, and aluminum foil are all off-limits. Even Chinese take out containers with the metal handles should never be used in the microwave. All of these items can start a fire inside the appliance for the intensity of the heat.

Paper products should also never be used. Lunch bags, napkins, newspapers, plastic bags, and newspapers are not safe to use in the microwave. The heat causes the paper materials to burn and let out toxic fumes, plus start a fire inside your microwave.

Many plastic storage containers are unable to be microwaved as well. They are an easy target for fire and can easily melt when they are heating. You must make sure that the containers you use to reheat specifically say that they are safe to use in microwaves, otherwise, steer clear of using them for reheating your food up quickly at work.

Do not use the microwave without anything inside of it. Many people use it for an easy timer, but this is unsafe and can also start a fire. The oven needs something which absorbs the energy it is putting out, so when there is nothing there, the microwave absorbs its own energy, causing it to self-destruct and catch on fire.

Lastly, do not leave the microwave unattended while in use, and never try fixing it yourself. If you try to fix it yourself and make a mistake, there is a high chance of the oven breaking down and catching on fire. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can come restore your office building in Preston Hollow, Dallas, or Northwest Dallas after a microwave fire. When the fire is out, call us at (214) 361-7887 so we can get to you and clean up the mess before more damage can be done by the settled smoke and soot.

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Where to Start With Flood Damage Restoration After a Storm? Call SERVPRO!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Where to Start With Flood Damage Restoration After a Storm? Call SERVPRO! Storms and possible tornadoes are a reality of living in this area. Contact SERVPRO after flooding or storm damage to your home.

Tornadoes and Severe Storms can Allow Flooding in Dallas Homes

Dallas residents often get reminded about their proximity to the most severe portion of tornado alley that affects the entire Midwest. While there is little that a homeowner can do to prevent the formation of one of these devastating storm systems, the effect on your home can allow elemental damage like heavy rainfall and runoff to enter your house unabated. The resulting flooding requires immediate attention from trained professionals like our response team.

Tornadoes can quickly damage roofs and siding on your property, but the flood damage in Dallas that can result is often more challenging to contend with than reconstruction of exterior components might be. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment to allow us to extract floodwater from your home quickly to help make an efficient path to vital drying efforts. The faster that our experienced team can get to work on this mitigation, the less likely homes are to experience secondary damage such as mold and microbial growth.

From the moment that our experienced professionals get the call about the emergency, we prepare our SERVPRO Green Fleet of service vehicles to roll out from our facility with the equipment and personnel to help. We can offer emergency board up services and tarping services from the time that we arrive so that our other professionals can successfully extract the water and begin drying efforts without continued water penetration into the affected areas.

Our advanced equipment like portable sump pumps and gas-powered extraction machines can work to remove the pooling water from your property fast. We can then set up our drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to begin removing moisture and dampness from this area of your home as well.

While our objective is to protect and preserve materials where possible, flooding often leads to reconstruction efforts for the highly damaged regions of your home. Our professionals can work to make this transition from mitigation and restoration to reconstruction as seamless as possible.

Tornadoes might not hit your home all the time, when they do, it requires immediate attention to protect your property from flooding and other elemental damages. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas rapid response team a call today at (214) 361-7887.

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Our Restoration Experts Discuss The Steps Needed To Restore Your Flood Damaged Dallas Home

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Restoration Experts Discuss The Steps Needed To Restore Your Flood Damaged Dallas Home When floods affect your property, you might need an experienced hand to guide the recovery process.

Steps That Improve Flood Damage Removal In Dallas

Floods can happen in different ways including sustained downpour that leads to rising water reaching unwanted areas in your Dallas property. Flash floods could also happen when it rains in a different area if your property lies on the flow path of the floodwaters. All incidents of flooding cause damages, but the extent might differ depending on the cause. We offer professional restoration that includes structural drying, mold prevention, and remediation, among other services.

Recovery from flood damage removal in Dallas involves different steps, so it is essential to prioritize specific steps. Doing so helps reduce the chances of secondary damage, or quickens the process altogether. What causes the incident plays a role in what you are likely to prioritize. Incidents involving rising water may require removal of items to a high section in the same property, or an offsite storage facility. In case of short-term, but torrential downpour that floods the property, extracting the water helps protect contents from additional damage and reduces the overall time it takes to restore the property. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with high capacity water extractors and pumps. We also handle move outs easily.

Floodwaters contain a wide range of contaminants from the simple silt and mud to the more dangerous ones like raw sewage and industrial toxins collected as the water flows over different locations. Since removing the water does not remove these contaminants automatically, there is a need to take specific steps to deal with the contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to achieve the intended goal. We spray EPA-registered disinfectants immediately after arriving at the damaged property. We also use power washers to remove soils and debris mechanically or professional cleaning agents for chemical removal.

Floodwaters reach all nooks and crannies in the affected property. Most of it pools in open areas where removal through extraction is easy. However, some of the water reaches hidden sections in the property including wall cavities, below floorboards among other areas. Removal in such cases requires more than just a pump. Our SERVPRO crews utilize different techniques including performing flood cuts and drilling weep holes among other steps that help ease access to the floodwater.

When floods affect your property, you might need an experienced hand to guide the recovery process. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to help you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Aging Pipes can Brew Water Damage in Your Dallas Bar

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Aging Pipes can Brew Water Damage in Your Dallas Bar Call SERVPRO to keep your business running after a water loss event.

A Broken Pipe Can Leave Your Dallas Bar in Need of Water Removal Services

As old pipes age and become even more unstable with time, it is possible for them to break and leave your establishment in vital need of water removal services. Upon arriving at your bar in the morning and finding water gushing from the broken pipe, it is essential to turn off the water and call for help immediately. Quickly removing water means that it is less likely to do further damage to the wooden floorboards or the bar itself.

If you do not call water removal services to your Dallas bar as quickly as you can, water can absorb into the floorboards and cause them to bubble and crack. Wood, which absorbs water, also composes the structure of the bar, allowing the bar framework to expand and crack as well. Excess moisture can allow microbial growth to begin in less than seventy-two hours of initial exposure and mold cannot be present at a food-service location. The faster you call, the better it is for your establishment.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand your time is valuable. Having your bar open to the public is essential, or else you can begin to lose profit. For this reason, SERVPRO can come to your bar no matter the time, and we always strive to get to your establishment as quickly as possible after your initial call.

Once we arrive, our technicians immediately begin to set up our advanced equipment so we may remove the water as swiftly as possible. At SERVPRO, we use tools such as extractors and wet/dry vacuums to eliminate standing water, as well as portable submersible pumps in extreme cases. After removing the water from the floor of your bar, we can use thermal imaging technology to ensure that we have not missed any pockets of water still standing. Once our SERVPRO techs are sure all of the still water is gone, we can move onto using moisture drying equipment to ensure that your bar doesn't develop mold damage.

If your business suffers from water damage or needs water removed, always call for help as soon as you can. Speak with SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas by phoning (214) 361-7887. We're open 24/7 and ready to take your call.

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Our Specialists Can Help When Your Dallas Home Has Mold Issues

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Specialists Can Help When Your Dallas Home Has Mold Issues SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the expertise to clean the mold damage in your home.

Mold Damage Remediation In Your Dallas Residence

Mold can grow almost anywhere in your Dallas home. When you do discover you have mold growth, you want to find a professionally trained mold removal company right away. Concerns regarding indoor exposure to mold have been on the rise as the public becomes more aware that mold can create health effects. It is essential to hire a remediation service which has the training and experience needed to implement a plan for remediation, plus has the right protective equipment and containment.

Cleaning the mold damage in your Dallas home is our priority at SERVPRO once you contact us. Our staff has been professionally trained, and we have all the equipment needed to help you return your property to a safe living environment.

We start the remediation process by finding and correcting the source of the moisture which created the mold. Then, SERVPRO techs contain the areas of your home that were affected by the mold and start the removal of any visible water. We use high-tech air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to get the area dry again. Sometimes, demolition of the floors and walls is necessary to make sure we thoroughly remove the mold.

When cleaning the mold, various methods can be used including wet vacuuming, damp wiping, EPA vacuuming and removing damaged materials and sealing them in plastic bags. We can usually scrub mold off of hard, non-porous surfaces with detergent and water and then dry the surface. Any porous or absorbent materials such as carpet and ceiling tiles may need to be discarded.

Our immediate response lowers the amount of damage to your property, plus reduces your restoration costs. We also work closely with adjusters, insurance companies, and you as the homeowner throughout the entire process of remediation.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the expertise to clean the mold damage in your home in Northwest Dallas, Preston Hollow, or Dallas. Get in touch with us by dialing (214) 361-7887 any time you need assistance from the professionals.

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Rely On SERVPRO To Mitigate Your Dallas Home

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Rely On SERVPRO To Mitigate Your Dallas Home SERVPRO experts can help you identify what is causing the water leaks in your home.

Why SERVPRO Specialists Use Infrared Imaging Devices for Water Damage Mitigation in Dallas

There are many reasons why you can rely on the technicians at SERVPRO when your home in Dallas needs mitigation experts to protect it from harm. Our training and experience, the equipment we use, and our quick response time ensure we do the best possible work on homes to stop any existing damage from worsening or spreading to currently unaffected regions of your property Damage never clears away on its own volition. Helping families move back into their own house as quickly as possible after a disastrous event means a lot to us.
 
When SERVPRO technicians mitigate a home in Dallas that has water damage, we use infrared imaging devices. These handheld pieces of equipment work well in helping us locate water leaks, materials that are retaining moisture, and other damp locations within the home. Infrared imaging does this because they can pick up on any minute temperature differences in materials and on surfaces. Water cools almost all materials enough to produce the differences in temperature needed for these sensitive cameras to pick them up and show them to us on the screen.
 
After we locate water leaks, drips, or damp materials, we can determine the exact amount of moisture content in each with a moisture meter. While the infrared devices give us a starting location for where water is intruding, these highly accurate devices provide us with a starting point for achieving our drying goals.
 
After we dry the areas involved without desiccant machines, localized heaters, and air movers, we can search for microbial activity. Microbes need only a short period of exposure to water before beginning to grow. Locating colonies after we cut off their water supply and dry the area to increasingly hasten the changes in their environment facilitates any additional work needed in this area. Mitigation of your water damage situation should always include a thorough assessment of the environment, so future damage remains controlled.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can help make your home's water damage disappear, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us by calling (214) 361-7887, any day of the year, day or night.
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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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Dangers of DIY Restoration for Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dangers of DIY Restoration for Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home Dallas House Fire Damage? Don't DIY--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Dallas Homeowners Often Take on Unnecessary Risks to Cleanup Up Their Properties After a Fire Loss

One of the most troubling things about a disaster in your Dallas home is the uncertainty of when your home can ever look or feel the same again. With a situation like a fire in your residence, you want to correct the effects of this incident as quickly as possible to ensure that you do not allow for the situation to get worse. The temptation is probably high to immediately start to dry and clean or restore your damaged home on your own; there are many concerns that you should know.

As much as you want to save money and do things yourself, your Dallas home often requires professional restoration services following fire damages.  There are too many variables and threats that exist within the house that the average homeowner is ill-prepared to face. Our SERVPRO team of professionals can respond quickly and help to mitigate further damages while we prepare a plan to restore your home.

One of the most significant risks that a homeowner faces, once their home is affected by fire damages, is environmental exposure. With dirt, debris, and smoke circulating throughout the air in the affected areas of your house, these contaminants to the atmosphere can lead to illness or breathing concerns for an individual without the appropriate protective equipment. Our technicians have the safety gear to prevent exposure in hazardous areas such as full-face respirators or even SCBA breathing tanks to get to work on making the environment less hazardous.

Another potential concern for the homeowner after a fire has gotten extinguished is a weakening of structural components and construction materials. It is not at all uncommon for ceilings to collapse, floors to give way, or walls to fall over. This risk is one that our SERVPRO professionals assume as we seek to begin the restoration process, but not one that you should.

As tempting as it might be to save yourself the cost of restoration, most homeowners would find that to restore their home to their insurance company’s standards adequately, they need professional and experienced specialists. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team is available 24/7 by calling (214) 361-7887.

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Mold Damage Technicians In Dallas Describe How To Assess The Environment

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Technicians In Dallas Describe How To Assess The Environment Mold damage can occur because microbes naturally exist throughout your home inside dust particles and in other places.

Technicians Describe How To Assess The Environment

A fungus only needs three things to grow and survive inside a Dallas building. The fungi must have excessive moisture, an organic food source such as wood or paper and temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. Mold damage can occur because microbes naturally exist throughout your home inside dust particles and in other places. Once conditions inside your Dallas home reach the ideal range for development, these microbes get activated and form into mold contamination.

Since fungi can cause health problems for some people, our SERVPRO crew takes extra measures to maintain good air quality inside your home. When we go to Dallas and conduct mold damage mitigation services, we come up with a safety plan that will keep our workers and all of the occupants in your residence safe from harmful substances. Everyone that works on the job site has to wear specialized personal protective equipment so that they do not breathe in dangerous particles in the air. Our team shows up at your property equipped with full body plastic suits, full face respirators, along with their hand and foot protection gear.

Microbial growth takes place often in dark areas that you do not look at every day. A slow water leak or one that went unnoticed for a long time are common causes of fungal formation. Once the fungus exists, it grows hyphae that spread across, into and out above the affected surface. The structures often look like small black dots that contain a little white fuzzy substance. The job of the hyphae is to create microscopic spores that the organism uses for reproduction. These spores become airborne and float around the structure until they find a place to settle and contaminate a different section of the house.

The first step to mitigating issues with a fungus is to determine whether or not mold actually exists. Our SERVPRO experts work directly with you the homeowner and find out where you believe the contamination is located. We inspect contents and building materials in your house to see whether mold exists by looking at possibly contaminated materials and by smelling the dwelling to see if foul, musty odors exist. We then find out from you if you have had previous problems with microbial formations or if you experienced a water leak recently. Determining the cause of the fungal development can help prevent issues from returning in the future. If you ever notice black mold forming in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 seven days a week.

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Efficient and Professional Ways to Deal with Water Removal in Dallas

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Efficient and Professional Ways to Deal with Water Removal in Dallas SERVPRO Equipment and Technicians Can Remove Water and Dry Homes in Dallas--Just Call Us

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 really 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.

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.
 
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 delaminating 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.

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How Experts Fix Bad Odors during Water Removal in Dallas

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Experts Fix Bad Odors during Water Removal in Dallas SERVPRO Freshens Up Your Dallas Home during a Water Damage Service

SERVPRO Can Provide Odor Control Along with Water Removal Services

Flooded properties or those affected by excessive moisture undergo several restoration steps to return to their original state. In addition to the initial water removal and drying, other processes might be necessary to ensure a habitable environment. Combating smells fall under this category of additional remedial procedures. Eliminating odors after flooding is not always easy, but an expert can help take care of the problem.
 
The expert you choose to restore the effects of water damage in Dallas is better placed to understand why there is a bad odor after your property has been cleaned and dried. Sewage, dead animals, pet waste and trash, can all cause pungent smells. When water floods your property, it can collect any such material present and deposit it in hard-to-reach spaces where it is easy to miss in a casual cleanup. However, most water damage is the result of interior issues with appliances or leaky plumbing. When our SERVPRO technicians handle the cleanup, they rely on their extensive working experience and training to identify such problematic areas.
 
Our technicians at SERVPRO are trained to use different deodorization procedures to ensure your property regains its natural odors. For example, before identifying the source of the bad smell, the technician can use a masking agent with a pleasant smell. This helps keep your property habitable until the problem is resolved. Tools like Thermal Foggers can also be used to release a dense fog of solvent-based deodorizers into confined spaces. The deodorant particles pair with the odor causing particles neutralizing them.

In case mold or mildew is detected, our technician can use a disinfectant and sanitizer. It is a challenge to eliminate such growth even when hidden inside wall cavities by use of specialized equipment such as Ultra Low Foggers, which inject the antifungal agent directly to the affected area. Depending on the severity of the situation, other equipment like Hydroxyl generators and Ozone machines can also be used. However, the latter might only be applicable when the property is vacant. Waterborne odors have many sources; the best remedy is to extract the water, dry the residual moisture to standard interior levels, and then start with the "nose test."
 
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887, and our experienced technicians can work with you to find a perfect solution for your problem.

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We Can Handle Fire Damage Situations In Preston Hollow

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Handle Fire Damage Situations In Preston Hollow Dealing with a fire in your Dallas home can be a monumental task.

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Fire Damage Situation

Dealing with a fire in your Dallas home can be a monumental task. Cleaning up the mess can be overwhelming and dangerous at the same time. We highly suggest you contact trained and skilled professionals like us for the job. Our techs are well prepared and have the proper tools and equipment to do the job safely and correctly.

Our SERVPRO fire damage team in Preston Hollow can save your property when possible. Plus, using our services may salvage many of your belongings. It is best to act fast because waiting to call us could result in further damage to the structure. You can expect our crew to arrive at your residence on time and ready to work. The technicians first inspect the affected areas so they can assess the damages and prepare to restore your home. After the inspection phase, our IICRC certified fire damage team can employ several methods to remove soot, dirt and smoke residues from the structure and items in the home.

The techniques our team may use can include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and agitation. Plus, they may use industrial cleansers to remove soot and residues from the floors, walls, and ceilings. Also, the crew may utilize air scrubbers, ozone machines, fans and thermal foggers to eliminate unpleasant smoke odors from the affected areas in the home. Also, the crew can check your HVAC system for trapped smoke residues. If fire residues are present, the team can clean the ducts to help prevent soot and dirt from spreading throughout the structure when the heating and cooling system is in use. Fires vary and may require a variety of different techniques to finish the job. Our SERVPRO technicians are well experienced and can properly restore your home and make it seem like “Like it never even happened.”

If you experience a fire emergency in your home, you can rely on our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas fire damage team to return your property back its preloss condition whenever possible. We are available 24/7 so call us at (214) 361-7887 day or night. We are close-by and strive to do the job right.

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Professional Mitigation Services for Flood Damage in Dallas Residences

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Mitigation Services for Flood Damage in Dallas Residences Flooding can happen very quickly and leave you literally under several feet of water. Get to safety and then contact SERVPRO to dry out your home.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Starts the Drying Process After Flooding in Your Home

Once a flood hits your Dallas home, the water spreads through without discrimination, soaking everything thoroughly. Getting things dry again and pathogen-free might seem impossible, but SERVPRO is here to help.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians work hard to protect homes from flood damage in Dallas. We remove any remaining water that did not drain away on its own. Our teams set up drying equipment in strategic locations and specific directions to quickly air out and dry the interior materials and spaces of a home after a flood.
 
To speed up the drying process, we remove any carpeting and padding that became saturated by floodwaters. Removing an enormous amount of water this way, we also gain access to the floor's structure, giving us direct access to the floor itself. We can more efficiently dry components in your home after we remove any barriers. Also, unlike a broken water pipe's contents, floodwaters contain a multitude of contaminants. These destroy any exposed carpeting and make it too costly to restore to a safe condition again. Along with the water, we also strip your home of those pathogens and other problem-causing elements left behind in the dense fibers and backing of your carpet.
 
Just as floodwaters saturate your carpeting, that same water gets under your floorboards, and also in between your walls, inside them. This water has no place to drain away because the force that pushed it into these spaces no longer exists to push it out again. SERVPRO crews have methods that address both of these situations, and many others.
 
Along the bottom of walls, where they meet the floor, we remove any existing baseboards and then drill tiny holes. These holes, called weep holes, allow the water to drain away. As it does, we remove it from the floor. Other areas of your floors need particular attention, too, so warping never occurs. Warping can ruin a floor and significantly increase restoration costs.
 
We apply heated mats that raise the temperature of the floor, so water underneath evaporates. The same mat extracts this water vapor and sends it into a chamber for easy disposal. After the water inside walls drains out completely, the interior can remain damp. We force heated air into the interior with our Injectidry's flexible tubing. To make sure everything in your home reaches normal moisture levels, we test the levels in different materials, including the air.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas serves Preston Hollow and the surrounding area, helping homeowners restore their homes “Like it never even happened” after flood damage and other disasters strike. Call our emergency services number, (214) 361-7887 when your home sustains damage – we are always ready to take your call and explain how we can help you.

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Water Removal Actions in Dallas Homes

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Actions in Dallas Homes When your toilet or sink overflows, the damage can happen almost instantaneously. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Quickly to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Despite some of the incredible storms over the last couple of years, most flooding in Dallas homes comes from very mundane sources like a broken toilet, backed up sink, or a split hose on a clothes washer. Regardless of the source, getting this water out of the home needs to happen quickly and without causing further damage.
 
SERVPRO restoration offices have the devices and training needed for professional water removal in Dallas homes. Each one keeps a response team on call for 24/7 customer support and ready with the latest in residential, restoration equipment.
 
When possible, our team leader works with the customer to get pictures of the home before he sets foot on the property. Pictures help him determine what devices and personnel to bring on the initial visit. They also help him determine roughly if the job may take anywhere from one day to a week or longer.
 
Once on-site, the first item off the truck is normally a pump. Depending on the size of the home and how much water is standing inside it, removal usually takes one or two days, sometimes longer in very large homes or apartment buildings. Pumping out standing water takes care of the majority of it, but some remains.
 
For smaller amounts of water, our response team switches to extraction wands. These smaller devices are very useful in removing water that only covers the surface an inch or so. When handled by a SERVPRO professional, they also work exceptionally well in drawing water out of carpets and from between the boards of wood floors. The wands we use also house a heating element, so technicians can also start to dry the carpets and floors carefully simultaneously.
 
For concrete floors in garages and patios, team members generally use long-handled squeegees to push the water off the floor. Although there is no carpet to rot or wood to warp, water left standing too long can work its way into the smallest fracture and force cracks across the surface.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is to return each home to its original, dry state before water spread across the floors. If you have this situation in your home now or are dealing with the effects of a previous flood, call us at (214) 361-7887 today to schedule an inspection and receive a free estimate. We are here for you.

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Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Northwest Dallas

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Northwest Dallas Contact SERVPRO when you see or smell mold in your home. Call right away for best results and thorough remediation.

Thorough Mold Remediation Can Make the Difference in Preventing a Recurrence

For many Dallas homes, a water intrusion can lead to more problems than replacing a broken dishwasher and removing a foul-smelling carpet. The increase in moisture in a home can also result in a mold infestation inside the structure.
 
The start of mold damage in a Dallas home can begin with a relatively small amount of water. SERVPRO restoration specialists know that a steady drip which goes unnoticed can result in a mold colony that can originate in a laundry room, but spread its way through an entire structure before anyone sees anything. Not every mold gives off that typical ‘musty odor,’ so quickly stopping growth can mean a difference in hundreds of dollars in restoration costs.
 
The best way to stop mold is to take away its source of moisture. Most leaks or pools of water come from small sources like a leaky faucet connection, or an old, disintegrating washer hose. Our technicians can repair or replace minor plumbing issues like these, but they discover a potentially major problem, the team leader recommends the homeowner bring in a licensed plumber to perform the work.
 
Once we stop the source, SERVPRO crews can clean-up most water sources in a few hours. Quickly after that, the mold begins to return to an inert state, and the growth stops. At this point, our technicians spray any affected surfaces with an anti-fungal agent to kill the few, remaining active spores.
 
Next, our crews wipe down all affected surfaces to remove the mold. Unless the layer of the mold is very thick, they can usually accomplish this with a combination of dry sponges and a mild cleaning agent to break up it up for easier removal. For thicker layers, technicians have the option to use vacuums with special HEPA filters that are designed to capture and contain mold.
 
If the mold had time to grow into a property like paneling or drywall, the only option is to remove the infested items. Our teams carefully pull the affected building materials from the wall framing and remove it from home. If necessary, team members break up and bag the material in plastic to prevent spreading mold spores to unaffected parts of the home. After completing removal, technicians wipe down surfaces in the affected areas to catch any mold that settled out of the air.
 
At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, our goal is not just to stop mold, but to do everything possible to prevent another occurrence as well. If you are dealing with a mold problem in your home, call us today at (214) 361-7887 to schedule an inspection and receive a free, restoration estimate.

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Mold Damage In Your Dallas Business Is No Need To Panic

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage In Your Dallas Business Is No Need To Panic The last thing a business owner in Dallas needs is a mold outbreak.

Mold Damage In Your Business

The last thing a business owner in Dallas needs is a mold outbreak. Mold thrives in our warm temperatures as long as it has a moisture source and a surface made of or coated with organic material upon which to grow. Nearly every commercial space can supply these requisites, but we have the trained technicians, appropriate tools, and effective products to remediate a mold outbreak and suggestions to help you avoid a repeat fungal performance.

Take mold damage in your Dallas business seriously, but do not panic. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and protocols we use to remediate mold outbreaks work well. Our experience in mold abatement permits us to structure our response to allow non-moldy spaces in your business to remain open during the job in many cases. Maintaining a presence and being available to your customers is vital to your continued success in our community.

State of the art equipment in containment in containment technology permits us to create zones within your business, ensuring mold spores and debris are limited in their spread. We use plastic sheeting and negative pressure air scrubbers to define the mold remediation areas, the HEPA filters trapping the tiny particles that otherwise could infiltrate unaffected areas. SERVPRO crews employ a range of strategies to remove the active microbial colonies. Scraping and using controlled abrasive methods like soda blasting removes mold growth, and HEPA equipped vacuums clear away the residues.

EPA registered antimicrobials inhibit future mold growth, and certified SERVPRO employees use spray and wipe, fogging, or electrostatic approaches to make sure all surfaces are inoculated. We pay particular attention to improving not compromising air quality during our treatment. Our technicians inspect HVAC systems to locate mold activity inside ducts that might reintroduce the problem. If indicated, we recommend duct cleaning.

Reach out to SERVPRO with confidence if mold damages your commercial property. We are familiar with industry best practices, utilizing proven cleaning techniques and products that manage the mold without causing unwanted risk to your employees or customers.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas offers fast and reliable mold remediation services to commercial clients in our community. Call us at (214) 361-7887 for evaluation and speedy implementation of an abatement plan.

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Attic Flooding Can Cause Widespread Damage To Your Dallas Residence

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Attic Flooding Can Cause Widespread Damage To Your Dallas Residence Flooding of the attic can cause widespread damage to your home that seemingly comes with no warning.

Attic Flooding Can Cause Widespread Damage

While lately, Dallas homeowners are no stranger to severe weather systems that can do unspeakable damages to homes, it is not always something as dramatic as hurricanes or gale force storms that allow for disasters like flooding to occur. Damage to the roof of your home is a common contributor to flooding, as homeowners often do not realize that the exterior of their home has gotten compromised until the water damage is leeching through the ceiling areas below attic spaces.

Depending on the dimensions of the attic, and the severity of the damage to your roof, flood damages could be widespread throughout your Dallas home. While our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to get to work on restoring the damage that your home faces from this substantial amount of water, certain precautions are necessary to preserve the contents of your home before restoration can officially begin.

A great example of a job that often must happen with flooded homes to protect its contents and aid in the restoration process is move-outs. This service that our SERVPRO team provides packages up the contents of affected areas in your house and moves them to a nearby facility. Some of these items require concentrated cleaning and restoration of their own before they get moved back into the restored home.

The vacated rooms provide unabated access for our professionals and the equipment necessary to successfully restore the home via extraction and drying efforts. Once the area is thoroughly dried, and any repairs or remodeling has completed, the items that had gotten removed to prevent further damages can get returned to their original locations within the house.

Flooding of the attic can cause widespread damage to your home that seemingly comes with no warning. You need a crew that can respond quickly when you need them the most, and our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team of water restoration specialists are ready 24/7 to help. Give us call anytime you need us at (214) 361-7887.

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Learn to Return Your Home to Its Pre-loss state After a Water Damage Event in Dallas

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Learn to Return Your Home to Its Pre-loss state After a Water Damage Event in Dallas Contact SERVPRO for fast and efficient water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home after Water Damage to its Pre-Loss Condition

When your home or business experiences water damage, you need restoration services to return your property to its former condition. When in such a state, it is the equipment that professionals in the industry use that make the difference. As a resident of Dallas, act quickly and contact certified service providers to control the damage and know what to replace and what is restorable.

Our SERVPRO technicians undergo training and know how to approach the various forms of water damage that are common in Dallas. Before the actual restoration begins, we conduct a site inspection to analyze the degree of damage as well as possible hazards. At this time we identify sagging ceilings, electrical risks, compromised floors, and faulty plumbing. We also stop the source of the water if it is still running.

If for instance, when we are addressing water damage in the crawl and attic spaces, one of the first things we do is to shut off the electrical circuits. If the water instruction was as a result of fallen branches or trees on the roofs, we also go ahead and examine the entire roof construction. Since some attics may be hard to access due to limited space, we may perform minor demolitions and remove sheetrock if necessary. Sheetrock removal also makes it easy to dry the wet areas.

Most of our homes have wallpapers, HVAC, and cabinets that present challenges when drying your structure. When our SERVPRO technicians need to dry walls behind closets, we may drill holes into the walls so that air circulation can take place. Once they are dry, then we may cover or patch the holes.

Wallpapers also act as moisture barriers, and even if dehumidifiers are allowed to run, efficient moisture removal is not possible. That means we remove the vinyl wall coverings to enhance evaporation when drilling holes, removing the base molding, forcing air into the wall cavities is not an option, but before then, we communicate with the customer.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a trusted industry leader in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (214) 361-7887 at any time of the day and allow us to make it “Like it never even happened.”  

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Why Mold Damage Is A Concerning Discovery For Your Dallas Home

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Is A Concerning Discovery For Your Dallas Home As surprising as it might seem, mold is a common occurrence in Dallas homes.

Why Mold Damage Is A Concerning Discovery

As surprising as it might seem, mold is a common occurrence in Dallas homes. Part of the problem is the humidity prevalent in certain parts of the year mixed with the excessive heat of the warmer months. For mold spores to seat and thrive, they need moisture and warmth, both of which many homes in the area can offer without even realizing it.

While mold damages to your Dallas home might not throw up a red flag for immediate action, it is something that should concern you. It has widely gotten understood now that mold can cause health effects when you or your family becomes exposed, and remediating the damage can be a way to both prevent the problem from persisting as well as limiting the possibility of these mentioned health effects.

Our SERVPRO professionals can get to work quickly in scoping out the full extent of the damage that your home faces, as well as a strategy for removal and home restoration. Identifying the source of the moisture is a critical aspect of this initial assessment, as it helps both our professionals and you the homeowner better understand what requires repair to prevent further water and moisture entering this affected area in the future.

Drying the area and pulling the moisture from the environment are both crucial elements to starving out mold colonies and preventing further spreading of the damage throughout this region of your home. Drying typically gets accomplished through the use of industrial strength air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Deodorization might happen last, but it is another essential element of this restoration and remediation process. With the harsh musty odor that gets created by thriving mold colonies, our thermal foggers can get used to neutralize these invasive scents at a molecular level.

Mold growing in your home does not have to be overwhelming to battle. You can always trust in the experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to help you clean up the mess and begin setting things right. Give us a call anytime at (214) 361-7887.

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High and Dry Summer Heat Can Make Fires Burn Easier in Your Dallas Home

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage High and Dry Summer Heat Can Make Fires Burn Easier in Your Dallas Home The longer your home sits after a fire, the more damage is done. Call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to minimize the damage.

Contact SERVPRO as Soon as Possible after Fire Damage

No one wants to deal with fire damage in their home. The cleanup in the wake of a blaze is a task that can seem difficult without the right tools. Unfortunately, with summer temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the landscape can become very dry without frequent rain. Without proper moisture levels, your home can become a bit of a fire hazard. Luckily, there is professional help nearby if an accident does occur.

Waiting to call for services after part of your Dallas home has sustained fire damage is not always the best choice. The longer that your belongings sit after the blaze was extinguished, the more damage that the remaining soot and smoke can do. Materials like plastic begin to discolor very soon after being exposed.

Here at SERVPRO, we strive to arrive at your home as soon as possible. We can inspect the damage quickly so that we may identify the different types of damages and the different materials that have been damaged. Inspecting the damage allows our IICRC certified technicians to efficiently pick the best restoration technique for your unique situation. SERVPRO can clean heat-adhered soot from your belongings in a few different ways, including agitation and lubricative cleaners.

Combating fire damage does not only include cleaning up the physical signs of a blaze, but also the smells that are left behind as well. SERVPRO can use a variety of tools to eliminate odorous particles from the air, such as thermal foggers or ozone machines. Air scrubbers can be used in union with carbon filters to help trap bad odors and leave the air in your home smelling fresh. We strive to remediate your home in as many ways as possible so that you can feel "Like it never even happened."

When a fire leaves damage in your home, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. 24/7, we can take your call and send our technicians out as soon as possible to help in your home.

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The Importance of Fast Water Removal Services For Your Dallas Home

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  The Importance of Fast Water Removal Services For Your Dallas Home Special equipment to remove water damage

Removing water after an emergency

Water emergencies are nothing that you can plan for, but there are some steps that you can take to prevent the most common of threats to your Dallas residence.

With appliances being a leading cause of internal flooding of your home, preventative maintenance stands as one of the best lines of defense in avoiding these circumstances from happening. Unfortunately, you might not always be mindful of when your appliances require servicing, with the added expense of getting them looked at, is not something that you want to do on a very regular
basis.

However, appliances do stand to be the leading cause of required water removal services for your Dallas residence. With just a significant malfunction, a water fed device can continue to fill indefinitely, or an over-pressurized supply hose could break free from the back, spilling many volumes of water onto the floor until the problem gets noticed.

While most homeowners know how to shut off the supply valves to each of their respective appliances, this knowledge does not address the most pressing issue of the pooled water on the floors of the affected area around the machine. Fortunately, we at SERVPRO pride ourselves on being Faster to any size disaster, and that includes the significant water emergency that you might be facing. 

From the moment that we arrive and the supply of the water has gotten shut down (if you have not already done this), our priority is extraction. This process utilizes a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet for severe flooding, but can also get accomplished with a combination of portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands.

Drying follows this effort, and when this process gets accomplished, we can better inspect structural components and construction materials of your home for damage too severe to salvage or restore.

With water removal, time is always of the essence. The faster that you can alert SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to the emergency that you are facing, the less lasting damage and the potential need for reconstruction that you face. Give us a call 24/7 at (214) 361-7887

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment In Dallas

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment In Dallas Excessive rain sometimes causes flooding that often forces water to enter your place of business.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment

Whenever unpleasant weather comes into a neighborhood, your Dallas dentist office possibly gets affected as well as your home. Storms create many different factors that likely cause damage to properties. Excessive rain sometimes causes flooding that often forces water to enter your place of business. Other times high-speed winds created by the storm put holes in the exterior of your building that allows moisture to get into the structure and ruin things.

When dealing with problems in your business, there are sometimes things that must be done differently than residential properties. SERVPRO's commercial flood damage technicians in Dallas Have experience in working with various types of companies. We know that keeping your business operating through the restoration process is essential.

From the minute we start the restoration process to the finish, we keep the operations of your dental company in mind. Many times we change when and how we go about completing the project so that it negatively affects your business as little as possible. Sometimes the work gets completed in small sections at a time so that your business keeps operating while we are working.

The first step we take when first entering your business is to fix any dangerous problems the storm caused inside your building. Water sometimes causes weak floors or electrical hazards. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO mitigation crews fix all of the problems that they can before work begins. Safety for your employees and customers while we complete the mitigation project is our number one concern.

After our team is comfortable that the work area is safe, we begin the extraction process. During extraction, we section off your dentist office in sections so that we only impede foot traffic where it is necessary. We use the equipment that works best to extract water while your business stays functioning.

After we vacuum up all of the water our specialized extraction systems can pull out, we work on structural drying. Before we attempt to dry the structure, we use our specialized monitoring equipment to test materials within the affected area. We take measurements all over the damaged region and take moisture readings in parts of the office that did not get damaged by water. The unaffected region samples give us a goal to reach when drying out a structure.

When mitigating issues that take place on commercial properties, using the right equipment to handle the situation is vital. For professional help at your place of business after a vicious storm, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any day of the week.

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Paving the Way for Reconstruction When Fire Damages Your Dallas Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Paving the Way for Reconstruction When Fire Damages Your Dallas Home SERVPRO technicians board up or tarp your home to prevent outside elements from causing more damage.

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 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.

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How Do Professionals Combat Odors After a Water Damage Incident to Your Dallas Home?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do Professionals Combat Odors After a Water Damage Incident to Your Dallas Home? If you are facing water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Many Options to Combat Odors After Water Damage in the Home

An incident of water damage can leave your home with a lingering smell that is quite difficult to eliminate. Thankfully, professional restorations experts have the tools, the technology and the knowledge that enables them to combat these smells with ease.

SERVPRO professionals can use some of the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate odors after a water damage incident in your Dallas home. Our IICRC certified professionals use a multi-faceted approach to eliminate both real and imaginary odors as soon as they can. Here are a few commonly used techniques that professionals use to combat smells after water damage incident.

Injection method
Small amounts of highly potent deodorant are injected directly into carpets and upholstery using a syringe and a needle. This method is especially useful if it is not possible to remove the carpet or upholstery. The method is also ideal to eliminate pet odors as well.

Direct spraying
SERVPRO technicians can use this technique to apply a spray of a deodorant solution directly onto the affected area. It can also be used to spray disinfectants in case of water damage due to backed up sewer lines as well. The only drawback is that the surface sprayed gets wet after the application of deodorant using this method.

Wet fogging
Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers are instruments that can create tiny particles of a deodorant dissolved in water or a solvent by a process called nebulization. The method generates a very fine deodorant mist that can neutralize even the strongest odors after water damage. The deodorant is in the form of a wet mist, and as a result, the process is often called wet fogging.

Dry fogging
The process of dry fogging is similar to wet fogging with a small difference. Heat is used in dry fogging to generate a fine mist of deodorant particles. As there is no solvent or water involved, the process is often called dry fogging. The method creates microscopic particles of deodorant that can neutralize the odor-causing particles no matter where they are located.

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Flood Damage in Your Dallas Warehouse from Storms

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage in Your Dallas Warehouse from Storms SERVPRO knows you cannot afford downtime so we waste no time removing floodwater and restoring your space so it can operate smoothly again.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Commercial Space to Save You From Downtime

There are several different reasons for flooding in your Dallas warehouse. Storm surges, torrential rains, flash floods, or overflowing rivers can create an issue fast for your business. Flooding in your building can lead to an infiltration of rodents and insects, mold, and rotting wood. It is not a situation to take lightly, but instead, you need to act quickly to avoid additional damages.

Commercial flood damage can disrupt your daily operations, leaving you with downtime you cannot afford. Your Dallas business relies on being able to run smoothly at all times, so you should get in touch with us at SERVPRO as soon as possible. We waste no time in helping you remove the flood waters and dry your building out again.

An initial assessment is done first when we arrive to determine the scope of the damage and how we need to proceed. We also make sure there are no safety hazards. We then can begin water extraction with industrial, truck-mounted pumps. The quicker the bulk of the water is removed, the better, so we can try to avoid additional damage like mold growth.

Once the water is extracted, SERVPRO staff remove any wet surfaces on ceilings, walls, or floors to help speed up the drying process. Sometimes, baseboards are removed, plus any drywall or insulation that is not salvageable is removed as well. Any cabinet drawers and doors are opened, and toe kicks are taken off as well. Each wet surface must be treated.

Once extraction is complete, and all wet materials are taken out, we can begin the drying process. Commercial grade equipment, such as dehumidifiers and air movers, are used to increase the circulation of air and evaporation. We monitor the environment daily to ensure that the process goes as quickly and efficiently as possible. The machines are moved around as needed to help thoroughly dry your building out.

Once drying is complete, we inspect your structure to ensure there are no hidden pockets of moisture that could result in further damage. Then if needed, structural reconstruction is done. If the damage that was done was substantial, we might work alongside professional contractors to ensure your business is restored to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas understands that a flood situation can halt the operations of your business in Preston Hollow, Dallas, or Northwest Dallas, and that means profits for you. So, when you call us at (214) 361-7887 for help, we do not waste time in getting to your building and drying it back out.

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Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare.

Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage

Severe weather is nothing new to Dallas homes as of late. With the unpredictability of severe storms coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and stretching across Texas, things can quickly turn into emergencies with little notice. When several days of hard rains happen on end with no opportunities for the ground to keep up with saturation, the opportunity for flash flooding becomes a real possibility for all of the homes in the area.

The trouble with flash flooding in areas where floods are not everyday occurrences is the lack of proper preparation. When homes become ill-equipped to deal with floodwaters knocking at the foundation of their homes, vulnerable areas become exposed, and soon flood damage occurs to your Dallas residence. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to deal with all on your own. With professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team provides, you can help to prevent further structural damage and irreparable losses by addressing the problem quickly and appropriately.

Our objective when we arrive at your home is to assess the damage that you face and begin water extraction immediately. With flooding, often we require a pump truck from our fleet of vehicles. This equipment pulls higher volumes of water from the floor far more quickly than other equipment that might get used for less severe water emergencies. Once the water has gotten extracted successfully, our team moves on to dry the area thoroughly.

The drying process typically consists of a combination of dehumidification equipment and air movers. These two working together help to combat the possibility of mold growth in the affected area, which can quickly happen if the water damage was not seen to right away.

Our SERVPRO technicians also set out to locate the source of the flooding through vulnerable and damaged areas of your foundation. These weak points can get repaired relatively easily with the use of hydraulic cement, which has a high tensile strength against formidable water pressure.

Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare. If you are dealing with this manner of damage, or any emergency to your home, trust our experienced restoration team at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. We are available 24/7 by calling (214) 361-7887.

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Restoring a Home with Water Damage in Dallas

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring a Home with Water Damage in Dallas SERVPRO responds quickly and thoroughly restores your home after water damage before secondary damage can happen.

Calling SERVPRO after Water Damage Can Prevent Secondary Damage

Events of a disastrous nature can take place in various ways inside the Dallas home. Some of these involve water, and from a myriad of sources. Tubs can overflow when forgotten for only a few minutes, ice makers can develop clogged lines, and rain can enter through windows nobody remembered to close. Incidents involving only small amounts of water can lead many homeowners to incorrectly assume that the situation holds little possibility of becoming a severe problem.

Dallas homes can experience substantial water damage, however, when exposed to even minuscule amounts of moisture. A malfunctioning dehumidifier might not produce the moisture by itself, but if it fails to work as expected, substantial amounts of moisture could remain in the home that should not, under ideal circumstances, exist. It does not require a flood for water damage to develop.

Damage comes in many forms when caused by water. Walls made of drywall sheets can swell while wet and then crumble when dry again. Carpeting can deteriorate and fray when it rots, and the padding can become compressed or jumbled together underneath, creating either depressions or lumpy areas. Microbial activity can significantly increase, as well, leading to severe secondary water damage situations. While homeowners may find it difficult to prevent all of the immediate damage caused by water, they can almost always prevent secondary water damage.

In the case of a basin that overflowed, we remove the water using extraction equipment. For massive amounts of water stemming from broken pipes, we use truck-mounted pumps, but for smaller emergencies, hand-held extraction units usually suffice.

Water wicks in both horizontal and vertical directions, so we use sensory equipment to detect where water traveled. When we finish, we again examine the home's interior using the same equipment to ensure that no moisture exists and that it is "Like it never even happened."

When homeowners react quickly enough to such an event, we can often save drywall by drying it instead of cutting away and replacing waterlogged sections. At SERVPRO, one of our goals is to keep costs low for our customers by restoring materials instead of replacing them. Not only are new materials costly, but the required labor also increases the financial burden significantly.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can be reached at (214) 361-7887 whenever you have an emergency involving water damage. We always ensure that our equipment is in excellent working order and ready to dry out your property.

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Quickly Correcting Water Damage To Your Dallas Hotel

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quickly Correcting Water Damage To Your Dallas Hotel SERVPRO Keeps Hotel Rooms Dry in Dallas for Local Conventions.

Rapid Removal of Water and Restoring a Dry Environment Protects Your Business

There are always going to be attractions for people to come to Dallas. From its wide range of entertainment to it being a hub of major business, the city is always bustling. The high level of activity means that your hotel is also always going to be busy year round as people come and go. One thing that you cannot account for is a water emergency happening, as an event like this could seriously compromise your entire business.  Ask us about our ERP Plan to mitigate and also help prevent water and fire damages to your enterprise.
 
The trouble with water damage to your Dallas hotel shows itself in several different ways. For starters, you have to assess how extensive the damage is, which sections off a large portion of available rooms for guests to stay in while you have the area inspected and damages restored. This process is not only an inconvenience to your guests who might have already booked rooms within this area months in advance, but it also cuts into your profits when rooms are not available through water damage restoration.  
 
At SERVPRO, we dedicate our work and our expertise to helping homes and commercial properties cut their losses and out of pocket expenses. We achieve this by offering quick and efficient restoration service to our customers, which can help you to get these hotel room doors open again in a condition that you are proud to show your clientele.  
 
While present water in our line of sight is often addressed first using extraction tools like wet-vacs and drying equipment like air movers, our process is far from completed by merely getting the water that can get seen with the naked eye. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals utilize thermal imagery and infrared technology to look into the areas and spaces where inspections are difficult. This assessment ensures that the drying efforts were successful and that no lingering moisture could later fuel mold growth. If pockets of moisture persist, we can reposition dehumidifiers and other devices to resolve the moist conditions.
 
Your hotel cannot profit when portions of available rooms are unavailable while you track down the source of a problem. Trust the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas specialists. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (214) 361-7887.

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SERVPRO Stopping Mold Damage in Dallas Homes

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Stopping Mold Damage in Dallas Homes Almost every piece of building material, especially drywall, can serve as a food source for mold.

SERVPRO Eliminates Mold by Stopping it at its Source

Every home in Dallas contains some level of mold spores. They are no more harmful to most people than ordinary house dust in their normal, inert state and only become an issue when they come into contact with enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Dallas mold damage happens when the now active spores begin to search for more moisture and sources of food. To do this, they extend hyphae. This structure resemble tree roots when seen under a microscope and serve the same function. Some grow quickly across surfaces, expanding the colony while others grow into the surface of building material like drywall to feed it. SERVPRO restoration teams study how this growth occurs to determine the best way to stop and eliminate it.

Most spores grow best in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the comfort range for most households, stopping mold using cold or heat is unlikely unless the home is unoccupied.

Nearly every piece of building material in a home can be a food source. Drywall, in particular, is vulnerable to mold spores and provides a way for mold to grow in every room inside the house. Since it is impossible to replace all drywall with stone or brick, that leaves only removing the source of moisture as a way to stop mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians can do this by finding the highest concentration of mold in the home. Higher levels usually occur at sources of water and the highest is normally at the original point of expansion and growth. Often, this source is a leak from a busted pipe or a damaged connection. If it is a minor problem, we can fix or replace it ourselves. A major problem like a refitting requires a licensed plumber.

Next, remove any standing water. Our teams can do this using a combination of pumps and extractions wands. Before starting, we spray the affected areas with an anti-fungal agent to prevent contaminating other parts of the home. It prevents further property damage and reduces the chance of mold spores causing adverse health effects.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, we know the best way to halt mold growth and damage is to stop it at its source. If you suspect there may be mold in your home, contact us at (214) 361-7887 with any questions or to schedule a visit and receive a free estimate if we find there is a problem.

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Unused Furnaces can cause Fire Damage through Puff Back in Your Dallas Home

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Unused Furnaces can cause Fire Damage through Puff Back in Your Dallas Home Avoid Smoke & Fire Damage from Puff-Backs in Dallas with an Annual Maintenance--SERVPRO Says

SERVPRO Suggests Annual Maintenance to Prevent Smoke and Fire Damage from Puff-Backs

The latest cold spells blanketing Dallas and other areas nationwide have forced people to fire up their furnaces. However, some of these did not receive regular maintenance before the cold weather began. This lack of upkeep can create problems for homeowners when they attempt to heat their homes.

When the furnace in your Dallas home malfunctions, it can easily cause fire damage throughout your home. Puff-back happens in older furnaces more often than in more recent models, but a lack of regular use can allow tiny leaks of oil fuel to accumulate in an unused furnace of any age.

The professionals at SERVPRO can help clean your home of the soot that spreads everywhere from a malfunctioning furnace. This soot comes from incomplete combustion of the oil and can pose risks to not only your home but also to your family. While a substantial portion of this remains in the air breathed in, it also adheres to walls, ceilings, vents, and the inside of ducts. Under certain conditions, the soot is electrically charged and creates spiderweb looking filaments in corners called soot tags. These are not "dust bunnies" or their relatives.  After replacing the furnace, having a team of IICRC-certified professionals clean your home helps to restore it "Like it never even happened."

Although soot eventually settles onto horizontal surfaces within your home, other surfaces, such as walls, can also hold particles that slowly waft into the air and create an odor. Aided by small devices that detect foreign particles, we can efficiently and rapidly clean everything contaminated by soot within your home.

While not the typical fire damage, puff-back can pose more risks to homeowners, who see the residue as only an ugly wall around a heat vent instead of a possible threat to health. To help protect your family members' respiratory health, we use air scrubbers to clean the air of loose soot particles. Soot may feel greasy but contains very abrasive particles that can damage your lungs at the cellular level.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas wants families in our community to live in safe, healthy homes. Please call us at (214) 361-7887 whenever you see signs of puff-back in your home. We can quickly clean away the soot that your furnace deposited in your home.

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How We Work Against Water Damages in Dallas Medical Centers

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How We Work Against Water Damages in Dallas Medical Centers Hospital rooms and hallways need to be free of any damage. When your hospital suffers a water damage event, contact SERVPRO immediately.

Team SERVPRO Makes Water Damage Remediation in Your Hospital a Priority

When water damage happens to a hospital in Dallas, it can cause significant damage to a variety of sensitive instruments, equipment, and edifices in the building. Whether it is a sprinkler malfunction, water feature overflow, troublesome leak, or any other cause of damage, many thousands of dollars in equipment may be on the line. SERVPRO teams respond quickly and responsibly to all water damage crises to ensure that as little damage happens as possible, and that treatments begin quickly.
 
Saving Equipment
 
One of the costliest effects of commercial water damage to a hospital in Dallas is a loss of equipment. Medical equipment can be highly sensitive to the effects of water and require specialized contractors and unique certifications to repair correctly. Furthermore, modernized hospitals also possess many standard electronic features such as computers and televisions around the building, which may also require entirely different professionals to look at and repair. SERVPRO maintains an extensive list of local and national partners to help recover as much of your damaged equipment as possible and can conduct inventory services to find out what, exactly, was lost in the disaster.
 
Getting Facilities Operational
 
Time is of the essence when we conduct restorations in any medical facility. With facilities offline, patients may not have access to critical aspects of their care and may have to be relocated to another hospital or travel for individual needs. We try to avoid this by working against the clock to return all facilities to full operation in as little time as possible.
 
Watching for Future Damages
 
In the clean, well-kept halls of a hospital, it may be surprising that somehow mold and other fungi can grow easily. We monitor damage sites during our restorations and implement preventative measures to stop mold and other after-effects of water damage from becoming another headache.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a local provider of professional-grade water damage mitigation and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

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Clogged Drains at the Curb Can Cause Flood Damage to Dallas Homes

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Clogged Drains at the Curb Can Cause Flood Damage to Dallas Homes When drains cannot handle the run off, water can flood your property. Contact SERVPRO right away to dry out your home and help prevent mold.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Flooding After Storms or Snow Melts

Rainfall and melted snow provide our lawns with the water they need to grow well, but not all of the water that falls on your property ends up soaking into the ground of your Dallas property. Much of it runs off into the street where it travels down to the drainage system.

When a neighborhood contains many trees or other debris sources, homes in the Dallas area can become flood damaged. When these drains become clogged, they force the water to either continue down the street or to overflow into yards and parking lots. This can happen in any neighborhood.

We at SERVPRO make sure that each one of our customers receives the level of service their own unique needs require. We understand that floods do more than just damage the interior of the home. Flooding also affects the exterior of the home, as well as the yard. No matter where flooding damages your property, or how severe that damage becomes, we handle all aspects of restoration and quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our certifications come from the IICRC and enable us to handle any level of contamination that flooding may leave inside a home. Even when water from a flood seems clean, we cannot take chances with potential health risks. We help homeowners box up undamaged items in their homes for removal to a safe location. We also help dispose of contaminated foodstuffs to help ensure your family does not become exposed to possible pathogens that they might otherwise ingest.

Other actions we take to restore your home include removing saturated carpets and padding and tearing out sections of damaged walls. After removal of these water-laden items, we begin to dry out your residence.

Using large air movers that create a steady but concentrated air stream, we point these at areas that need to dry out. Dehumidifiers also play a significant role in our work. They remove excess humidity while air scrubbers minimize the number of airborne pathogens and mold spores. The removal of these dramatically decreases the chances of illness or secondary water damage from happening in the future.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is always ready to help local families recover from flood damage and other catastrophes that affect their dwellings. Call us at (214) 361-7887 so we can help your family move forward after a flooding event.

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Mold Causes Real Damage in Northwest Dallas

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Causes Real Damage in Northwest Dallas Contacting the professionals at SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage can ensure the best possible care and cleanup.

Contact SERVPRO at the First Sign of Mold to Prevent Further Damage

Mold is one of the most common and costly types of damage that can happen to any American home, and despite the assertions of some neighbors, family members, and unprofessional internet resources, you should be very concerned if you find fungi growing on your property. Mold damage is one of Northwest Dallas' most ubiquitous problems, especially in the aftermath of the last hurricane season. Damage from mold growth in and after that period persists in many homes, and new colonies are a constant risk even in the winter months.

Mold damage in Northwest Dallas homes is neither benign nor unimportant. Fungal growth is always a bad thing for the affected home and can grow into a massive problem over time. Potential symptoms and side effects of mold damage include strong and putrid smells, discoloration, deterioration of materials, blocked vents, weakened structural elements, and potentially, health effects for anyone residing or working in the building. In many cases, these issues may be prominent, as many patches of growth can be difficult to detect without specialized tools or easily-seen symptoms like these. SERVPRO technicians use advanced sensors and technology to detect excess moisture and heat generation behind walls and in crawl spaces to find hidden patches of mold and eliminate growth even in the most inconvenient of places. 

While mold can cause all of these problems in any infected home, almost all of them can be mitigated through a fast response and professional care. Calling a company like SERVPRO as soon as you find measurable mold growth in your home helps to ensure that it receives the best care possible within a short time, stopping further growth and preventing existing conditions from worsening. If you ever find signs of growth in your home, be sure to contact us immediately.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a local damage mitigation and restoration company that specializes in finding, eliminating, and cleaning up after mold damage in local homes. Call us at the first sign of trouble at (214) 361-7887.  

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Deodorizing Following Fire Damage In Dallas

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorizing Following Fire Damage In Dallas Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process.

Deodorizing Your Home Following A Fire

After a small fire in your Dallas home, you quickly start to assess the damages to the area. You visually inspect the furniture and walls. Even if there is no real lasting damage, there is one problematic element that tends to linger for weeks after a fire: the smell. Odor removal is an often overlooked, but significant aspect of fire restoration services.

While our SERVPRO team is well educated in restoration techniques and cleaning processes to restore areas of your home that have been damaged aesthetically by an unexpected fire, the lingering odor that remains is often something that homeowners are less concerned with initially. It becomes more and more problematic as the home is being restored, but the smoke and charring scent of the fire’s destruction remains as powerful as ever.

Fortunately, our team of technicians has state-of-the-art equipment for removing foul smells from a residence or business. Deodorizing happens through the use of dense fogging machines. The machines are capable of producing a heavy chemical fog that is sprayed throughout the entire affected area, ensuring that all of the affected structure and contents are also affected by the fog.

Though this chemical has no scent, it reacts on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire gets extinguished. This new chemical compound is entirely neutral, leaving behind no smell at all. The process is a far cry from traditional deodorizing techniques, which merely overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent for the damaged areas. Fogging leaves the room smelling like nothing has ever happened, even if you are still in the process of restoration efforts for the damages.

Since formidable smells (like those left behind after a fire) are challenging to live with, be sure to speak with our technicians assigned to your residence about deodorizing the area as soon as possible. Fogging can happen alongside our cleaning and restoration efforts, which makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.

Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process. Contact us at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to walk you through the entire restoration process and help to bring these damages back to their preloss conditions. Call us anytime at (214) 361-7887.

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How to Prepare to Control Flood Damage in Dallas

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare to Control Flood Damage in Dallas It is important to understand the benefits of calling a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to mitigate storm damage.

SERVPRO’s Steps to Mitigate Flood Damage

No one knows when flood damage incidents are likely to occur and as a resident of Dallas, you are advised to be prepared. Learning what to expect can help you minimize the resulting challenges to a large extent. It all starts by knowing the different options you have at hand.

Seeking for the services of certified companies like SERVPRO is one of the top decisions you can ever make after experiencing flood damage in Dallas. That is why it is so important to understand how professionals in this field work to mitigate the challenges and restore your property.

When our technicians arrive at the flood damage job site, the first thing they perform is an inspection. After that, dangerous situations such as deteriorated subfloors, falling ceilings, and any notable electrical hazards are secured. Then any standing water on your property is removed by pumping it out with the help of suitable pumps. Extra attention is given to walls and floors below the affected area to be sure no standing water is within the property.

Water extraction is another step that our SERVPRO specialists perform during the restoration process. During this stage the extent of water penetration in the ceilings, walls, floors, and carpets is determined. A moisture meter is a device used to do all that. Then water from hard surface flooring and carpets is extracted.

Treating the surfaces is a step which should never be ignored. It begins by examining the back of the carpet for visible mold, bad seams, and delamination. Whenever the damage to the mats is beyond restoration; they offer appropriate advice. At this point, they do the removal of the problematic stains before they can dry them. IICRC certified SERVPRO experts treat the back of the carpet and floor by using appropriate antimicrobial and deodorizers.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas urgently responds to all forms of water damage, fire damage, mold damage, and storm damage. Call us at (214) 361-7887 for reliable restoration services.

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Places Mold Damage May Be Hiding in Your Dallas Home

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Places Mold Damage May Be Hiding in Your Dallas Home Whether you see or smell mold in your home, contacting SERVPRO for a thorough investigation and remediation is a great option for the problem.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on Remediation and Prevention of Mold in Your Home

The media is exceptionally full of stories about the rise of mold damage following storms and floods. A Dallas home that has no recent history of these disasters still can struggle with mold issues. Deterioration of building materials and personal property linked to mold growth caused by less sensational events is no less frustrating a problem. Our mold remediation services are available for microbial growth due to any source.
 
The common denominator for mold damage in Dallas is moisture. Where there is persistent moisture, mold follows. Educating yourself about the places mold growth hides helps you improve your interior air quality and protect your home’s structure. Since mold is not selective about where it will grow as long as it has a water source, oxygen, and food, you may also have the unpleasant surprise of finding it quietly but persistently contaminating personal property or any space in your home. Our technicians learn many strategies to clean a wide variety of items affected by mold.
 
A musty smell in the kitchen often signals a small leak under the sink, but other water issues can fuel a mold outbreak. The line to the refrigerator/freezer that fills the ice machine and chilled water reservoir may drip under cabinets or in the walls just enough to support a hidden colony. Steam from cooking raises the humidity in the room if not vented, and mold may grow near the stove.
 
The bathroom is traditionally a steamy place, encouraging mold growth. Efforts to kill the reappearing black growth ironically often make it worse, especially if the cleaning solution contains diluted bleach. Bleach even when full strength is 90 percent water. It lightens the staining but does not reach far enough into the surface where the mold is growing to kill the roots. Its high water content feeds the mold. Laundry rooms shelter mold in the bottom of baskets, clogged dryer vents, and around the seal of the front loading washer.
 
SERVPRO technicians offer answers to these mold problems and more. Once leaks in plumbing or appliances are located and repaired, affected areas can be remediated, the moldy materials removed and the spaces sanitized. Humidity and condensation disappear when exhaust fans are installed near stoves and showers. Professional antimicrobials penetrate to kill mold at the roots. AC and dehumidifiers keep air moisture levels below 50 percent, unappealing for most common mold strains.
 
Vent cleaning is a SERVPRO specialty, and we can help remove the moldy residue in the washer as well. Our crew members guide you as you review cleaning and maintenance routines to keep your working, storage, and living areas dry and free of mold damage.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is your answer for mold hiding in any or all areas of your home. Call (214) 361-7887 for efficient mold remediation and helpful advice to avoid mold damage in the future.

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Drying Out Your Dallas Hotel After Plumbing Failure And Water Damage

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Out Your Dallas Hotel After Plumbing Failure And Water Damage When your Dallas hotel has experienced significant water damage from a more substantial plumbing issue, such as a burst pipe, you need to act fast.

Plumbing Failure And Water Damage

Almost every business owner has had to deal with minor plumbing emergencies at some point. However, when your Dallas hotel has experienced significant water damage from a more substantial plumbing issue, such as a burst pipe, you need to act fast. Once the water is shut off, you have a big mess on your hands to clean up.

Since you cannot afford downtime in your Dallas business, you want to get the help of professionals for your commercial water damage. SERVPRO has the staff and tools you need who can come to your aid any time you need. We move quickly and do our best not to disturb any of your guests who are already in the hotel in other areas.

Drying out your hotel and the contents quickly is essential. Four things determine the amount of time needed for drying which includes the amount of water that needs to be evaporated, the temperature, humidity, and air movement.

Drying happens faster when rooms are heated between seventy to ninety degrees since hot air holds more moisture. If heat is not available, we may use portable heaters. The temperature in the affected areas should ideally be between seventy and eighty degrees. Temperatures over eighty-five degrees on the first days of drying could create too much moisture in the air, causing secondary damage if there are not enough dehumidifiers.

The more water SERVPRO techs can extract or pump out of the structure, the less we need to remove with dehumidifiers. Liquids are easier and faster to remove than gas, and extraction physically is twelve hundred times as efficient than dehumidification is. We use a submersible pump if the water is two inches deep in the area affected. We spend extra time extracting, as it reduces drying time considerable.

Relative humidity is how much moisture the air currently is holding at a given temperature. For us to lower the RH to a comfortable and correct percentage, some of the water in the air has to be moved. We use dehumidifiers to do so, as it is the most efficient way of lowering relative humidity. They remove the evaporated moisture from the air.

Air movement is also crucial for drying. In a water-damaged room, air usually is humid and damp, slowing evaporation. Blowing damp air out and bringing in warm, dry air speeds up the process. We use air movers set in the proper positions to do so, and move where the air movers are as drying progresses to ensure thorough, even drying.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are experts at drying out water-damaged buildings and move quickly so that your hotel has as little interruption as possible. Give us a call at (214) 361-7887 as soon as you realize there is a problem in your business in the areas of Northwest Dallas, Preston Hollow, or Dallas.

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Heavy Torrential Rains often Bring Flood Damage to Dallas Homes

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Torrential Rains often Bring Flood Damage to Dallas Homes Contaminated Flood Waters Need Professional Removal from Dallas Properties--Call SERVPRO

Dallas Storms Call for Rapid Water Removal to Mitigate Damages

Homes in the Dallas area can sustain tremendous damage when rainfall cannot flow away correctly. Many reasons exist for this problem. One of the most common reasons, clogged storm drains, can prevent water from draining away after accumulating in the street. Gutters around your home, if you fail to maintain them properly or they become damaged, can allow rainwater to collect too closely to your home and cause flooding that way.

When Dallas homeowners face flood damage, experts should perform the much-needed mitigation. SERVPRO professionals receive training and ongoing education, becoming certified by the IICRC in several types of post-disaster home restoration. This training includes the latest technological advances while covering the high-tech equipment used during the mitigation process. We invest in the purchase of top of the line pieces of equipment to serve your all your mitigation and restoration needs.

Because flooding can happen slowly or rapidly, past floods can provide you with only scant information about current conditions. Homes that have always remained dry can suddenly become swamped with water. Your home might flood for entirely unpreventable reasons. However, SERVPRO's technicians are always ready to remove the water, get your home dry again, and restore it so your family can enjoy it once more, “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding, even when localized and solely affecting your home, brings parasites and pathogens into your home. A cleaning regimen that includes sanitizing and proper treatment to eliminate living microorganisms makes it safe for your family. Other hazards like sharp objects that can cut or puncture the skin, allowing those microorganisms to cause possible health hazards. We remove these by bagging and disposing of them properly, so you never need to worry about children discovering them later.

Drying your home out thoroughly with the use of air blowers, heaters, and air scrubbers restore humidity levels to normal while also eliminating airborne microorganisms. Heated pads that also suction up moist air can dry floors out more rapidly than other devices are capable of doing. Because carpeting rarely survives a flood and acts as a sponge, removal, and disposal of carpets and pads always occur first, before drying floors can begin. This removes contaminated water from the premises and also some of the excess moisture--less drying time.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a locally owned and operated service, dedicated to serving our neighbors. Contact us at (214) 361-7887 for 24-hour service that can restore your home after any size flood damage event.

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Does Fire Damage Affect HVAC Systems In Dallas?

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Does Fire Damage Affect HVAC Systems In Dallas? Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to respond to your fire restoration needs.

CAQ About Dallas Residential Fire Damage

Fires happen without giving a Dallas homeowner a chance to prepare to minimize the damage. The flames cause not only charring, but as your home structure and contents combust, considerable quantities of soot and smoke pervade every space in your dwelling. The restoration company you choose must be certified to clean all areas, including your heating and cooling system.

During the post-fire damage evaluation of your home in Dallas consideration must be taken of the effect the fire had on your HVAC system. Occasionally a fire can warp and destroy the ductwork that provides warm and cool air a pathway throughout your home. More often smoke and soot enter the HVAC system, causing concern for its proper operation and for the possibility that the debris due to the home fire will continue to circulate in your home. We provide HVAC system inspection, cleaning, and sealing, solving many fire-related climate control issues.

It is likely that the HVAC system operated at least for a time during the fire event. This contaminates the air flowing throughout the system, reaching spaces in your home far away from the fire. Even if the heating and cooling components were off during the fire, passive air movement still redistributes the smoke and soot within the ducts and eventually into rooms of your home. SERVPRO conducts a thorough inspection of your HVAC configuration and devises a plan to clean out the offending substances.

Not only does a smoke and soot compromised HVAC system spread debris and smell, the substances produced by the combustion act to corrode the parts of the system. Fire debris is very acidic and must be removed as quickly as possible from all surfaces, including hidden areas within the ducts and the mechanical parts of your forced air system. Trained and certified SERVPRO technicians clean the system and also use sealing strategies in areas that require them to contain debris.

Solving odor issues after a fire is a specialty SERVPRO offers. It is particularly important to follow through when the HVAC system is involved, as odors unresolved within the depths of the ductwork continue to be shared every time the heat or cooling operates. Our deodorization experts use a systematic approach to odors, starting with the removal of the offending substance. Sealing off an odoriferous surface area is often used in ductwork, but we also move on to thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators for stubborn smells.

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Have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned after a fire by the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Give our committed team a call at (214) 361-7887 as soon as possible after authorities permit you to begin restoration efforts.


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Mold Removal and Mold Damage Remediation Services in Dallas

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal and Mold Damage Remediation Services in Dallas Our technicians come assess and start the remediation process very soon after the initial call because we know that's crucial for preventing spread.

Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Discover the Cause of the Mold Infestation on Your Property

Mold growth in Dallas properties can be costly, cause health effects, and is usually difficult to remove. Mold can develop when water damage is not handled properly. If the mold lingers for too long, it can lead to an unsafe environment and reduced indoor air quality. If your home has a mold problem, do not hesitate to enlist a qualified restoration service to help you restore your property.
 
As a trusted franchise in the restoration industry, SERVPRO is adequately prepared to deal with any type of mold damage in Dallas. Our technicians are highly skilled, highly experienced, and IICRC-certified, guaranteeing a smooth and flawless restoration process. We are a part of your community, and understand the importance of swift mold remediation.
 
Immediate mold damage remediation is essential to controlling any repair costs. The longer you delay the decontamination, the more you are likely to pay. SERVPRO restorers have extensive knowledge to test mold-damaged materials and apply the necessary restoration techniques to return your items to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
After creating a containment around the mold, our technicians can begin work without the risk of spreading spores throughout the building. We use complete PPE gear when dealing with mold damage for safety purposes and to avoid tracking the spores through the house when we leave.
 
SERVPRO professionals use numerous mold removal techniques to control mold growth, including HEPA vacuuming, specialty mold cleaners, media blasting, and wire brushing. A comprehensive approach is much more effective than just spraying the mold. Even after killing the mold and fungal spores, these methods may not eliminate the allergenic properties without physical removal. As such, we also clean and sanitize the whole area to prevent future growth.
 
Clean and dry areas are not prone to mold damage. After the remediation process, our technicians consult with you on mold prevention techniques to ensure the fungi do not grow back when we leave. Dry cleaning mold-damaged clothes by a qualified professional can be effective at controlling mold growth. However, this assumes that the garment does not have discoloration or deterioration. Ultimately, sampling and evaluating the fabric can help us confirm whether remediation is possible.
 
Mold growth can spread quickly and take over your house. If you are dealing with mold problems, you can count on SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for quick and efficient mold damage remediation services. We are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

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Getting Professional Help For Water Removal In Your Dallas Home From A Hidden Bathroom Leak

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Getting Professional Help For Water Removal In Your Dallas Home From A Hidden Bathroom Leak A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint.

Professional Water Removal

A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint. There are subtle signs you can look for in your Dallas home to figure out whether you need a plumber to fix those leaking fixtures and pipes before things get worse. When you have a massive leak, you need a certified remediation company to help you clean up the damage, such as SERVPRO.

One sign of a hidden leak and the need for professional water removal is a wall which has blistering wallpaper or paint. Most of the time, steam from hot showers in your Dallas home should not cause this to happen. When water and moisture get between the paint and the wall, they stop the bond and start to separate the two, making the paint rise from the wall and all off in bits. It is the same case with wallpaper.

A wall which is warped or stained for no apparent reason is a clear sign of a plumbing leak. Drywall becomes soft and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture, eventually warping and breaking up into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it will sag and could leak some of the accumulated water, causing more damage to your bathroom.

At SERVPRO, our technicians have tools like moisture meters to find any hidden moisture and leaks in your bathroom and to remove any accumulation of water from those leaks. We first figure out what is causing the leak, fix the problem, and eliminate the water with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers. Quickly drying your bathroom out is important to avoid the growth of mold. Once your bathroom is dry again, repairs are made, including replacing any damaged drywall, and the affected area is sanitized.

Sometimes your flooring can be damaged as well if the leak was bad enough, causing cracking, staining or buckling. Moisture can make your floor feel soft or spongy depending upon the material it is made of. In these cases, you often find a damp subfloor as well. If the problem is found quick enough, we can dry it out and salvage it without having to replace it, but we may need to put new subflooring in as well where the water damaged it.

Don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas when you believe you have a hidden leak in your bathroom. We are available to help you at any time in the areas of Preston Hollow, Dallas, and Northwest Dallas when you dial (214) 361-7887.

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Professional Assistance for Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Dallas Home, Today

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Assistance for Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Dallas Home, Today The professionals at SERVPRO can help you prepare and minimize the effects from a tropical storm.

We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to homeowners throughout the Dallas area. It is important for you to understand that qualified professionals are available to assist you in recovering from any emergency situation that might occur on your property, including flooding that many of us face today. 

You are not alone, as storms wreak havoc throughout the state, you can help flood damage victims in Dallas, and the surrounding area. Help others receive answers to flood damages, and other problems in a fast, effective manner. Additionally, you can visit our website anytime to assist with relief efforts by donating to help The American Red Cross make a difference in people’s lives affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. 

A team of SERVPRO professionals stand ready to assist; we give you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make your restoration as stress-free as possible. Our entire Green Fleet is stocked and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, we can address any situation you face and work hard to ensure a successful recovery.

If you have yet to feel the effects of Hurricane Harvey and want to strengthen your home’s resolve, we can help. SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience providing homeowners with quality solutions. Our team can help adjust yard grading, inspect your gutters and downspouts, roofing, and basement or crawl spaces for problems and install additional drains, backflow valves, or sump pumps to help keep water away from your home.

Taking the proper steps can make protecting your home easier, never hesitate to ask for help. SERVPRO technicians are trained to assist with major storm events and are ready to answer your call, now. We are locally owned and operated, offering cleanup and restoration services, proudly serving our local community with additional resources in its time of need.

Notify SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for assistance with flood damage restoration. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, working non-stop until everyone gets the help they need, call today. (214) 361-7887

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Mold Damage Symptoms in Dallas

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Symptoms in Dallas When you find mold in your home, the infestation is probably much more than what you see. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Figure Out the Cause of the Infestation Before Beginning the Remediation Process on Mold in Your Home

Even when residents find evidence of mold, many of them ignore it or try to cover it up. Most people believe that a little mold is not a problem and can be covered up with paint. This belief is wrong and dangerous to the overall safety and integrity of a home’s structure.

After decades of experience in the Dallas area, SERVPRO knows what mold damage can do to a home. Each year, millions are spent to clean out mold growths and to restore or repair damage to structural and personal property. Mold damage is slow to cause a problem, but it also goes unnoticed for months.

By the time homeowners first see or smell it, there is the possibility of contamination which has permanently compromised drywall, paneling and even supporting frames. When this happens, our technicians quickly isolate the affected area. We seal off entry points with plastic sheeting and the air conditioning vents to prevent accidental spread of loose mold spores in the air. A variation of this first step is needed for every home we clean or restore.

Removing affected property is simple, but time-consuming. Our technicians carefully pull out drywall, ceiling tiles where the mold has grown into the items. To prevent a spread of the contamination, we break down panels into a size that can be bagged and taken out of the home. We dispose of it according to Texas State and Federal regulations.

For contaminated structural supports, we install temporary jacks and other support devices at key points. Once they are in place, technicians use claw hammers and crowbars to remove the mold infested wood. We remove and dispose of it in the same manner as the ceiling tiles and other building materials. Depending on the extent of what we remove, replacement usually takes no more than two or three days.

Stopping and removing mold from your home is a process that needs to begin at the first sign of a problem. Regardless of how far the mold may have grown, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here with the experience and training needed to restore your home to its original condition. Call today at (214) 361-7887 for an inspection and estimate.

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Mold Remediation That Protects Your Dallas Area Business

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation That Protects Your Dallas Area Business Dallas Shops Benefit from SERVPRO Mold Remediation While Remaining Open

SERVPRO Keeps Coffee Houses Open in Dallas During Mold Abatement

A seriously large portion of the population within our society starts their day with a cup of joe, which makes running a coffee shop and offering excellent service an extraordinary endeavor.
 
You get to interact with a huge variety of people, provide snacks, and everyone’s favorite. Having mold damage in your Dallas area coffee shop can expose your customers to a variety of health risks, damage equipment, stored assets, equipment, and even get into the coffee.
 
If you have a relationship with a qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO, you gain valuable insight that helps prevent extensive damage, corrosion, and contamination that can severely affect your business. Something as simple as a roof leak can lead to extensive damages that you might not even see, until it is too late, causing you to close your doors until performing the right remediation services.
 
Given the right environment, mold spreads along your walls, ceiling, and floor, your entire serving area, may be affected. With enough time, mold can reach appliances such as your espresso machines, hot chocolate dispensers, coffee brewers, presses, coffee-urns, warmers, grinders, and more. All of which SERVPRO can help you recover, returning your business to normal operations and preventing loss.
 
Besides basic equipment that you use to operate your coffee shop, SERVPRO can assist with restoring your floors, furniture, tables, countertops, and light fixtures all found in your lounge and serving area. Our fast response provides you with a variety of services that help boost your chances of achieving quality results, giving you the best chance at remediation.  

We can assist with salvaging stored items, protecting assets, and reduce the time it takes to perform your mold remediation. By physically removing contaminated materials, handling everything carefully, and making adjustments to your indoor air quality, our services can improve the quality of the environment you provide to your customers.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for immediate attention, quality remediation, cleaning, and repair services that far exceed your expectations. We are on call 24/7 to assist you, call today. (214) 361-7887

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Flood Damage Insurance Policy For Your Dallas Area Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Insurance Policy For Your Dallas Area Home Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes, release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes.

Flood Damage Insurance

You carry auto insurance, life insurance, pet insurance, home insurance, and even pay for appliance warranties, yet you fail to protect your home against costly water line damage or in-home plumbing emergencies.

Pipes in the attic of your Dallas area home can cause flood damage that you might not recover from easily. Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes, release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes. Whether the leak is large or small, over time, it can affect unprotected building materials, insulation, and the structural stability of your home.

Do you know how old the water lines in your attic are? The average lifespan of a water pipe in your home is 20-years, with the majority of homes throughout the United States containing water lines older than 47-years. Knowing the age of your pipes can help you assess whether professional assistance from a company like SERVPRO is necessary.

However, having an expertly trained flood damage specialist from SERVPRO perform an inspection never hurts. You may have water lines from your water heater running through your attic that distributes hot water throughout your home. If even one of these lines has a problem, you can find yourself dealing with extensive flood damage. Thinking that you are safe because you purchased a new home can leave you ill-prepared for what might happen as well.

Your ventilation system also poses extreme problems when not maintained properly. The condensation lines or drain pan of your HVAC system receive damage over time, and major malfunctions in the unit can send water spewing everywhere, without warning. All it takes is a single leak to cause excessive damage; it never hurts to make preparations to deal with these types of problems.

You should look at calling SERVPRO like having a flood damage insurance policy that helps protect your home against accidents that might happen. We provide you with valuable information to maintain a safe, healthy home for your family. Giving you an opportunity to catch issues before they become major problems and access to someone who can be there for you should a disaster occur.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for additional information about available services or to schedule your home inspection, today (214) 361-7887.

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Water Damage in Your Dallas Kitchen Cabinets

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Dallas Kitchen Cabinets If the source of the damage is found and repaired promptly, your kitchen cabinets can be dried and saved.

Don't Let Your Kitchen Cabinets Drown in Water Damage

One of the most problematic parts of your home, when they have been water damaged, are your kitchen cabinets. When damp, cabinets are the perfect place for mold growth. Many times, since cabinetry is expensive, particle board is used as an alternative building material. It is one of the lowest quality building materials on the market for cabinets and can create a nightmarish situation if particle board on the interior experiences exposure to water.

There are a variety of situations that can cause water damage to the cabinets in your Dallas home. Burst pipes inside the wall behind the cabinet and leaky pipes from a sink drain are just a couple of problems that can arise. If detected early, pipe leaks cause the least amount of damage. Burst pipes or flooding can saturate a cabinet totally, sometimes making it irreparable.

Regardless of the reason for the water damage in your kitchen cabinets, the problem needs to be fixed right away, which is where the professionals at SERVPRO come in. We not only find and correct the problem which caused the water damage but also dry the affected cabinets out. Alternatively, if they are so saturated that they cannot be saved, we work with other professionals to get them replaced.

In most cases, the responsible issue for the water damage is not a simple fix. Water travels fast, and it is not likely that the only part of the problem is the one you can easily see. With corroded pipes, for instance, there is a high probability that the pipe is corroded in other places which are not exposed. We search for the problem from the stem up and ensure that adequate repairs are made so that you do not continue to have the same issues in the coming months.

If the source of the damage is found and repaired promptly, your kitchen cabinets can be dried and saved. It is typical for us to remove the cabinets affected so we can implement proper drying of your structure, and put them back when everything is completely dry. We also check your flooring and subflooring, and certain sections of drywall which may have absorbed water and need to be removed or replaced.

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You can rest assured that when you call us at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to repair the water damage to your kitchen cabinets that the job is done thoroughly and your kitchen left in its state before the loss happened. You can reach us easily by dialing (214) 361-7887 any time you need.

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Preparations Necessary To Combat Fire Damage On Your Dallas Area Property

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preparations Necessary To Combat Fire Damage On Your Dallas Area Property Fires happen all of the time.

Combat Fire Damage

It may seem like a lot, but putting forth the effort to maintain invoices and records for expensive items found in your home can help you significantly during an emergency. Fires happen all of the time, anyone who thinks that their home is not at risk, is often left unprepared and stunned when incidents occur.

You can prepare yourself and your family for the risks associated with fire damage on your Dallas area property to make dealing with this type of situation a lot easier. Taking the proper precautions often saves your property from total loss, reduces costs associated with repairs, and maximizes the relief you receive from your insurance provider.

There are three things you should do when you find yourself facing this type of incident. Start with calling local authorities (911) while getting you and your family to safety, contact your insurance company to explain the situation, and notify SERVPRO to begin the fire damage restoration process as soon as possible.

Having a single trusted restoration company to evaluate the condition of your property after an emergency strikes give you more flexibility to fix damages that may occur, SERVPRO handles every aspect of your restoration from start to finish. You don't need to contact multiple contractors, schedule workers, or assemble supplies to get things under control; we do all of that for you.

It is your job to keep your family safe, communicate concerns to your SERVPRO representative, and let our specialists provide you with the services you deserve to help return things to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We help you fill out your claims paperwork and put your mind at ease during a very trying time.

We also make it attainable for you to turn a disastrous situation into an opportunity for improvement. Our technicians make recommendations for avoiding incidents like this in the future and often meet or even exceed any expectations you may have concerning the services we provide.

Give SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas an opportunity to provide you with the services you deserve to get back on your feet following an emergency situation occurs on your property; we are waiting for your call (214) 361-7887.

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Expertly Trained Water Removal Specialists Available In The Northwest Dallas Area

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Expertly Trained Water Removal Specialists Available In The Northwest Dallas Area Basement flooding occurs far more often than you might think.

Water Removal Specialists


Basement flooding occurs far more often than you might think. Often leaving homeowners to face issues that they simply do not know how to deal with correctly. You may even become tempted to wait, hoping that the problem goes away on its own.

However, waiting is never the correct answer to any problem that exists in your Northwest Dallas home. Besides, water removal services are too readily available for you to avoid making the call. Not to mention the extent of secondary damages that could develop if you make the decision to wait for a miracle. You can easily find out why your basement has flooding issues by contacting a quality environmental solution company, like SERVPRO. Aside from offering quality water removal services and expertly trained personnel, they can help you locate the real problem and provide you with the services you need to get things under control quickly.

At SERVPRO we often find that basement flooding is the result of homes built in unsuitable locations. Grading services can help prevent water drainage issues and flooding frequency that results from erosion over time, making this service a simple fix. SERVPRO technicians also experience situations where blocked gutters, roof damage, or improperly installed drainage systems cause flooding on your property. With the installation of additional drain lines, backflow valves, and sump pumps, we can help keep your basement water-free.

Should you require water removal services in your home, we have the expertly trained technicians and advanced equipment necessary to tackle any size job. Our technicians are IICRC certified, follow EPA and OSHA standards for handling your situation correctly.  We have everything from hand-held to truck mounted water extractors, fast drying equipment, and advanced infrared cameras available to help locate hidden moisture and get things under control quickly. We work hard to ensure your safety and provide you with the services you deserve.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has technicians available 24/7, year round, waiting to respond to your call for help. We manage emergency situations that occur on your property and work hard to make the process as stress-free as possible. Call today for more details (214) 361-7887.


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Cleaning and Restoring Upholstery after Flood Damage in a Dallas Movie Theatre

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning and Restoring Upholstery after Flood Damage in a Dallas Movie Theatre When your commercial property has a flood damage emergency, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas.

Dallas Movie Theatre Flood Damage in a Dallas Movie Theatre


Flooding is bad news for any business, but it is particularly challenging for those in the service industry. It is usually followed by a period of inactivity because it is not safe for customers to be around excess water or wet materials. Obviously, the longer a business is out of action, the more money is lost, so repairs must occur quickly.


When SERVPRO deals with a site as large as a movie theater, there are all kinds of obstacles to overcome. In fact, flood damage in Dallas movie theaters is very destructive, because it compromises upholstery. This environment is mostly made up of upholstered furniture and soft materials like carpet, so the restoration process is extensive.


Dealing with Damaged Furniture


There are good and bad points when dealing with cinema upholstery. The good news is that most mainstream theaters use plastic frames. Plastic is impervious to water, and it is non-porous, so it does not matter how long it is exposed. In most cases, it can simply be wiped clean and disinfected with a bacteria killing formula.


The seats themselves are the problem because they are completely porous. The foam padding underneath soaks up water fast, and it is hard to eradicate. For this reason, SERVPRO must remove all wet seat backs and covers. The padding gets discarded because it holds water and this can lead to mildew. However, some more good news is the fact that only a portion of the seats is likely to be affected by an internal flood.


The Optimal Restoration Plan


So, the first step is to remove wet covers. The padding is then removed, which leaves the seats stripped back to the frame. Inspecting the condition of the springs is important. They should not have had time to rust or corrode, but SERVPRO is thorough and ensures that all damaged components get restored.


The technicians clean and disinfect the ‘S’ springs by hand to prevent the growth of mold. It is harder to access coil springs when they are attached to a webbing hose of rubber or burlap. They are also more prone to mildew. Depending on the amount of damage, it could be better to replace the coil springs. The alternative is to attach them to a new frame, and this is a very expensive option if a significant number of seats are affected.


If the water damage is very recent (has been addressed quickly), we may be able to rescue the seat covers and backs. In some cases, once removed from the frame, the fabric can be taken offsite and washed at a specialist facility. If the damage is extensive, however, we have links to a variety of contractors who can provide a reupholstering service.


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SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has been serving businesses in the Dallas area for many years. We have plenty of experience and understand how to deal with water damage even in unique conditions. Call us 24/7 at (214) 361-7887 to arrange emergency repairs. 

Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home Combating the effects of fire damage in Dallas is a task we at SERVPRO take very seriously.

Fire Damage In Your Home

When it comes to fires in Texas, most people think of burning grass and ranch houses in danger. Most fires are urban in location though and affect small towns and large cities alike.

Combating the effects of fire damage in Dallas is a task we at SERVPRO take very seriously. Years in the restoration business and our in-depth, technician training gives our response teams the knowledge to clean just about any property and understand the factors of physical damage and the residues complicating the process.

Type Of Surface
Glossy, enamel paint and vinyl wall coverings (nonporous surfaces) are easier to clean than flat, latex paint and standard wallpaper (porous surfaces) which are penetrated by odors and residue particles more rapidly. Carpets (synthetic fibers) attract more residue than many types of clothing and curtains (natural fibers) but are easier to clean and require less harsh chemicals.

Age Of Surface
As paint deteriorates over time, it becomes more porous. Aging is true also for fabrics and carpets, regardless if they are synthetic or natural.

Amount Of Heat
High temperatures break down paint, melt or ‘bubble’ finishes, and cause surfaces to warp and expand. It causes residue and odor particles to penetrate deeper into the structure and property.

Amount Of Moisture
If sprinklers came on during the fire, residues are harder to remove. High moisture levels cause permanent stains and when combined with high temperatures, cause other surfaces (tile and vinyl countertops) to yellow.

Material Burned
Burnt synthetic materials leave a wet, smeary residue that is tough to remove. Burnt natural materials such as wood, paper, and cotton fabrics leave a dry, powdery residue that is removed more simply and with fewer chemicals.

Air Pressure
Heated air expands. This increased air pressure drives smoke and soot particles deeper into cracks and crevices. The damage is greater the closer an item is to the source of the fire.

Impingement
Heated air is also more turbulent. This air moves rapidly throughout a home, carrying smoke and soot particles, spreading the damage. The faster the air moves, the more damage it causes.

Temperature Change
Hotter residues cause more damage as they cool on the surface of a floor, wall or personal property. They not only form a film which is harder to clean but cause permanent surface damage in some cases.

Cleaning up after a fire is a difficult process. It is time-consuming and can quickly add up to thousand, even tens of thousands of dollars in restoration costs. The goal of SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is to return your home and property to as close to its original state as possible. If you need us, call today at (214) 361-7887.

Tips For Dealing With Residential Water Damage In Dallas

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Dealing With Residential Water Damage In Dallas Water in a Dallas Basement Leads to Damage without SERVPRO Service

Damage by Water and Flooding Gets a Fast Response from SERVPRO

As much as we try, preparing for every eventual hazard is impossible. However, as a homeowner, there are certain steps you may want to take to keep ahead of the damages that water may cause on your property.

Start by contacting your insurance company and make sure that you have the proper coverage for common issues plaguing your area. We may not be close to the coast, but that does not mean that in Dallas water damage issues pose any less of a threat.
 
Water damage in your home can be relentless, causing you to face a crisis that most homeowners simply do not prepare themselves for thoroughly. If you are caught off-guard by this type of event, the damage you suffer can be catastrophic.
 
After making certain that your coverage is correct, take the time to collect all of your valuable financial or personal documents, and place them in a safe, dry location. You can also include high-value art or family heirlooms, just remember to focus on the simple, essential items first.
 
With that done, put together a quality safety plan for your family to follow during an emergency and even practice every so often to make certain everyone knows their role. Also, contact a local company, like SERVPRO, which can provide you with the emergency services you need during a disaster. It does not hurt to have a relationship with the business you choose before you need them. We offer to customers a mobile app called the ERP, Emergency READY Profile which is of enormous use in the event of a natural disaster, fire, or a water main break.
 
There are many issues to deal with after a flood in your home, even one caused by a simple appliance malfunction. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have many years of experience dealing with these types of disasters, as well as access to the right equipment to help get your property through a pretty rough situation.
 
At SERVPRO, we use industrial-grade extraction equipment such as hand-held or truck mounted water extractors of all sizes to help us remove water from even the hardest to reach areas. We also use air movers and dehumidifiers to help keep your indoor air quality pure and prevent mold from developing during your restoration process.
 
Having a significant water intrusion in your home does not mean that life as you know it has ended. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is only a phone call away, contact us today for help with obtaining the services you deserve. (214) 361-7887

Crawl Space Increases Risk Of Commercial Mold Damage in Dallas

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Crawl Space Increases Risk Of Commercial Mold Damage in Dallas Moisture Causes Mold Growth in a Dallas Property Crawl Space

Dallas Building Mold & SERVPRO Remediation

Areas of the country like North Texas frequently use a crawl space rather than a basement when designing and building office and retail spaces. Inadequate venting and cooling and heating systems located under flooring causing a moisture buildup that feeds significant mold growth. SERVPRO mold remediation teams use EPA recommended methods to contain and remove mold safely and then eliminate the wetness nourishing the outbreak.

Water saturation issues almost always precede mold damage inside Dallas retail or office space. Waste no time looking up for roof leaking as the culprit. Business owners occupying basement-free buildings in our area often find the source of mold-feeding moisture to be a damp crawl space. The dampness comes from a range of sources -- poorly planned roof drainage systems that send water under the building, condensation and cracks in heating and cooling pipes or ductwork, and a lack of airflow preventing evaporation of ambient humidity.
 
The first hint that mold colonies hide beneath your commercial building typically is a musty odor emanating from the floor. Because the mold itself propagates below the subflooring, it is not visible. If the mold infestation remains hidden the structure of your building deteriorates. Wooden supports rot and floorboards begin to weaken, causing rolling and warping. Your tenants and employees complain that the floor is uneven. Permanent damage and costly repairs loom if you fail to react. SERVPRO technicians train intensively to manage mold outbreaks, best able to restore your office or retail building if abatement of the microbial activity happens before secondary damage results.
 
We conduct a thorough inspection of the crawl space when you report signs of mold damage. Our staff suits up in protective gear when it is evident mold is present, using industry leading containment strategies to allow for safe and comprehensive removal. We dispose of the mold and any structures it infiltrated following proper hazardous waste protocols. A search for the likely source of moisture follows. Air movers and special dehumidifiers dry out the crawl space. If improved venting, placement of a new vapor barrier, or proper landscaping around the building appears necessary, we advise you on how to make that happen, including working with other contractors specializing in crawl space repair and improvement.
 
Do not let a hidden mold infestation destroy your business investment. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 at the first sign of microbial damage.

What FEMA Says About Restoring Flood Damage In Dallas Properties

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What FEMA Says About Restoring Flood Damage In Dallas Properties When it comes to fixing flood damage in homes, we use the policies setup by FEMA on removal, drying, clean-up, and remediation.

FEMA And Restoring Flood Damage


In Dallas (and most other states), flood damage technicians are the ones who deal directly with residential flood repairs. However, they must adhere to a set of rules and guidelines provided by government authorities. Some of these authorities are national and oversee flooding in all parts of the country, and others are regional.

The important thing is that SERVPRO always follows the right restoration directives. FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is responsible for some of the most crucial of these. So, when it comes to repairing flood damage in Dallas homes, we use their policies on removal, drying, clean-up, and remediation. Keep reading to find out what FEMA says about flood damage restoration and how it should be carried out.

Water Extraction And Drying
All agencies (including FEMA) stress the importance of speed. At SERVPRO, we waste no time getting repairs started. It may be necessary to complete an inspection of the property first, but we can address vulnerable items immediately. For instance, large, delicate items are covered with protective plastic to prevent further water intrusion.

Removing Wet Materials
FEMA leaves it up to the discretion of the repair team to decide what can and cannot be salvaged (aside from where black water is concerned). If porous materials have absorbed lots of water, it is necessary to determine whether drying is the best option. Not all items removed are destroyed. Some (like artwork and electronics) get sent to cleaning facilities.

Cleaning HVAC Systems
Cleaning damaged ductwork is tricky, but FEMA recommends the use of spray washer to hose down accessible surfaces. Pine oil or phenolic disinfectants are a safe choice because they are efficient but won’t circulate harsh chemicals. If internal insulation is saturated, the technicians need to remove it. However, fiberglass is placed in a temperature controlled room for drying.

Drying Hard Surfaces
Non-porous surfaces are the easiest items to dry. SERVPRO usually applies a wet vacuum first, if there is a sufficient amount of liquid water to remove. Then, as FEMA recommends, it washes the materials with detergents to prevent mold growth. Plastic and metal are slow to react to water, but wood is a more delicate prospect. Water particles can move inside the material and dehumidifiers are the best way to draw them out.

For reliable flood damage repairs, you need SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Our extraction, drying, cleaning and remediation strategies are state of the art. Plus, we are a local company and can promise a fast response. Call us 27/4 at (214) 361-7887.

Water Damage In Your Northwest Dallas Home

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Northwest Dallas Home Carpets and wood floors are particularly vulnerable to rot and to warp.

Water Damage


Say the word flooding and people first think about creeks overflowing and dams breaking. The reality is that most damage to a home comes from broken pipes, backed-up septic tanks, and other plumbing or drainage failures.

Water damage to a Dallas apartment, condo or house usually comes from one of these. Perhaps it is a drainpipe that has separated from a roof gutter or a leak under a laundry sink in the basement that goes unnoticed for weeks or even months. SERVPRO quickly addresses these issues before drywall begins to crumble or that distinct, musty smell asserts itself in your nose.

Our trained inspectors quickly determine the source and extent of the damage using air moisture meters and probes inserted into drywall. If there is a slow leak, they identify it, and our technicians either patch it or replace the leak at the request of the homeowner. With the leak stopped, restoration procedures begin. Removing standing water is the first step. In most apartments and condos, our response teams use pumps to drain the water in just a matter of hours. Even in larger houses, completion happens in less than a day.

Next, technicians remove water and moisture trapped in floors and walls. Carpets and wood floors are particularly vulnerable to rot and to warp. Technicians use specialized water extraction wands and other tools to heat and vacuum trapped water out of the flooring. These devices are designed to draw out water without causing any harm to the carpet nap or damage the surface of the wood.

Moisture finds its way into drywall and other building materials quickly. Response teams draw it out by placing dehumidifiers and space heaters at points where the moisture levels are at their highest levels. Drywall panels infested with mold are removed and disposed of according to city and state regulations. The surrounding air is dried out as well at the same time. If the overall, inside moisture levels remain high, then the opportunity for mold to expand and grow continues.

Despite a homeowner or renter's best efforts, plumbing failures happen and even go unnoticed. When this happens, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas to help you put your residence back to its original state. Call us at (214) 361-7887 today to for an initial inspection and to get the restoration process started.

Commercial Flood Damage in a Dallas Furniture Store

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage in a Dallas Furniture Store Keep Your Doors Open in Dallas By Keeping Out Snow and Water

Call SERVPRO to Help Save Your Water Damaged Retail Store

After a disaster strike, the aftermath is what causes the destruction most often. A thunderstorm or tornado can damage a roof, but it is the accompanying water that can ruin a local business.

Flood damage to Dallas commercial properties can be a costly, temporary, problem or it can shut doors permanently. SERVPRO has the expertise and personnel to make sure the latter does not happen. We have a 24-hour response team with the latest equipment in restoration. A rapid response is particularly important for businesses such as furniture stores. The variety of types of wood, cloth, and varnishes mean that more than one method of drying is necessary.
 
The first step is to get the furniture out of the water. Even just an inch can cause the varnish to separate from wood surfaces and color to bleed from covering fabrics, carpets, and drapes. Our technicians use industrial-grade pumps that can remove water from even a large, warehouse-sized, structure in a matter of hours.

Next, all items can be either removed to a dry location or placed up on blocks or pallets to lift them out of water trapped in carpets or flooring. Area rugs, curtains, and drapes can be removed and hung. They can be transferred to our facility if needed. With everything out of the way, the response team uses extractors to pull water out of carpets and flooring.

The drying process must be applied to the structure itself and everything inside. In a large facility, our response team can set up a series of air movers and exhaust fans inside the structure and at exits and entrances. These machines pull the damp air out of the building and replace it with dry air from the outside. For smaller rooms (offices, exclusive showrooms) inside, we place dehumidifiers inside to draw moisture out of the air.

Drying furniture requires a dry atmosphere, but if the varnish has already absorbed water, then an even heat may be needed to help dry it while not causing damage from the heat itself. To end up with a smooth finish, we can use a series of space heaters placed around a group of items with similar woods and coatings. Technicians try to avoid applying direct heat as this can cause bubbles to form underneath the surface.

The drying and restoration process may be time-consuming, but it can help you keep the doors open. Call us today at (214) 361-7887 to get started. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here to help you put your livelihood back together.

Mold Damage In Your North Dallas Property

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Your North Dallas Property Mold spores are microscopic and can be located everywhere.

Mold Damage

Mold spores are microscopic and can be located everywhere. There are thousands in every home and are dormant, causing no problems, for the most part. It takes an open source of water or high levels of moisture in the air to cause these spores to expand and grow. If untreated or removed, mold can quickly destroy building material and other property, costing hundreds (even thousands) of dollars in damage.

If you are concerned there may be mold damage in your North Dallas home, call a professional mold damage restoration company for assistance. SERVPRO has extensive training in handling mold and cleaning up property that has been infested by it.

We start by finding the source of the mold and determining just how far it may have already grown. Our technicians use air testers to determine the exact levels which help us plan how to neutralize and remove it. Once we find it, the next step is to isolate the affected room or area. Our response team seals off all entrances and exits using plastic sheeting and duct tape to prevent further contamination of your home. The vents and ducts of your heating and air system will be sealed off as well.

Next, technicians begin to clean the area using anti-fungal and anti-microbial sprays to destroy active spores. Every surface will be sprayed and then wiped down; if the growth is exceptionally thick in some places, we use special scrubbing tools to remove it without damaging the surface underneath. Areas difficult to reach may be cleaned by using anti-fungal foggers that get into every surface and crack mold may hide. These foggers are also used in case your heating and air system has been compromised by the mold. After the ducts have been exposed to the anti-fungal agents, technicians will use specially designed exhaust fans to blow the spores out of your home. When this is finished, we wipe down all of the vents and replace the air filters.

To prevent new mold growth, our technicians also test the air to see if the air moisture levels need to be reduced. If they do, dehumidifiers will be set up at key points to draw water from the air. Once the levels test out to under 12 percent, your home is considered to be safe against new growth. If you are worried about mold in your house, call us at (214) 361-7887 today to schedule an inspection. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here to help restore your home and put your life back together.

Fire Damage Restoration For The Contents of Your Dallas Home

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration For The Contents of Your Dallas Home Dallas Fire Damage: On the Hot Seat? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Has Many Techniques to Rescue Your Fire Damaged Possessions

Smoke and soot are a difficult pair of soiling agents with which to deal, yet SERVPRO has teams of technicians, highly qualified to manage the grime and greasy residue, available to you just hours after your first call. When the greater tasks of cleaning wall, ceilings, and other structural elements are nearing completion, attention is turned to the “movables” in your home. These furnishings, clothing, and bedding and countless objects must be cleaned completely free of soot and smoky residues before your premises are truly back to normal. We have a procedure and a protocol for almost every possession you can imagine.

Some items you are struggling with on your list of fire damage to your Dallas home can be sent to professionals experienced with smoke and soot damage. Clothing and even some furniture can be cleaned satisfactorily using this method. Other items that can’t handle wetting like books and papers can simply be vacuumed or brushed clean with something light like a feather duster or a dry sponge. If items withstand saturation with water, we may use buckets, basins, and cloths or wet sponges to clean. Obvious examples for this method might be dishes and knick-knacks and even Venetian blinds.
 
SERVPRO uses spray bottles filled with appropriate solutions to spritz and wipe down solid, non-porous surfaces such as kitchen chairs, tables and other objects that might deteriorate if soaked. Heavy soiling on tough materials such as metal or tile might be treated with an abrasive cleanser, a textured pad or cloth, or both to remove thick residues. Foam cleansers work wonders on upholstered and other delicate items. We also have as a special tool an ultrasonic tub that uses high-frequency sound waves to remove soot and other debris from immersible objects. Only certified staff can safely operate this option. Our staff is well versed in what methods work best on various types of objects.
 
When you are dealing with the enormity of your post-fire situation, the experience and training represented by our skilled technicians are exactly what is needed to cut the task down to size. Do not try to conquer this beast all alone when our locally owned company is here to help. Let us use our Esporta Washing System to restore your smoke damaged possessions to pre-loss condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
Your first call after the firefighters should be to SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Partner with a team that has an answer to every fire damage cleaning question by calling (214) 361-7887.

Winter Storms Can Create Damage that Opens Your Preston Hollow Home Up to Additional Damage

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms Can Create Damage that Opens Your Preston Hollow Home Up to Additional Damage If Your Preston Hollow Home Experiences Storms and Strong Wind Damage Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Storm & Wind Damage Help

Storms can be experienced at any time and during any season, but winter seems to be the worst time. With low temperatures outside already making things cold and miserable outdoors, a winter storm can make the weather seem even more menacing. Homeowners who know about colder winters and who have prepared their homes for winter weather will often experience less of the chilliness that can seep in through neglected cracks and crevices around doors and windows than those who didn't, but not always.

Many homeowners in Preston Hollow didn't expect the brutal weather that is going on now across much of Texas, leaving behind more storm damage than what might be typically expected. These storms have been so severe sometimes that they have caused power outages from frozen lines and fallen trees. The results felt has been much more than the usual storm damage of broken tree limbs in your yard and the occasional torn off shingles.
 
Part of the problem with storms is the strength and duration of the winds. These winds can reach high enough speeds that they can slam lawn furniture into your home's exterior and knock over trees. The freezing temperatures can also cause what would have otherwise been rain to end up falling as frozen sleet or snow. This solid water can penetrate damaged areas that tree limbs may have done to your roof while creating an additional mess inside your attic.
 
When the storm has blown over, and you discover that the storm was more than just wind and rain, getting things back to normal is going to require knowledgeable professionals who can help you clean up the mess, repair what's damaged, restore your home so that you can prevent additional damage from developing. SERVPRO technicians can cover the roof with tarps, extraction water, dry out the interior of your home and any other ancillary needs. This includes protecting the interior of your home, below the attic, where precipitation in any form will seep down to if given the time to do so.
 
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887, any time. We have certified and trained crews who can handle any damage caused by these recent winter storms. We'll have your home restored quickly. “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration of Commercial Fire Damage in Northwest Dallas

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration of Commercial Fire Damage in Northwest Dallas Don't let fire damage shut down your business! Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Restore Your Business Damage to Prevent Secondary Issues

Facing a fire damage situation can cause tremendous problems for the businesses in your area. Some fires may start relatively small, but all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences. Without the proper assistance, you may end up causing significant harm to your property. Fortunately, you have the opportunity here to contact reliable experts to assist you with getting your fire damage under control. Being knowledgeable of the steps involved in our restoration process will help you understand how to interact with the expertly trained technicians that we dispatch to your property.

Our offices located in Northwest Dallas specialize in commercial fire damage restorations. As a locally owned business, our expert staff works hard to provide our customers with the fast, efficient, and quality services that they deserve. The size of your fire damage event does not matter, we work with you and do our best to restore your property, "Like it never even happened."

Inspection and Assessment - Our SERVPRO technicians begin the restoration process by inspecting the affected area to determine the extent of damage to your property. We use this examination to draw up a plan of attack, explain the necessary procedures to our customers and answer any questions that you might have about the restoration process that we are about to perform.

Preparation - After reviewing the required services with you and agreeing on a schedule, SERVPRO's expert technicians will begin preparing the equipment to needed to complete your restoration. When work begins, we will cordon off the affected area and make all the necessary preparations to ensure proper safety during the entire process.

Removing Odors - Burn odor removal is one of the most difficult parts of any cleanup procedure. These odors may linger in the air, causing additional damage to many surface areas. SERVPRO uses advanced cleaning technology to remove these pesky odors found within the affected area and stop them from having a chance of returning.

Our specialists take their time to address every detail of your restoration, making sure that any lingering smoke, residue, and fire damaged areas are taken care of and give you suggestions for preventing any future problems that may occur.

Contact our offices at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas immediately with any questions you may have or if you would like to make an appointment today. (214) 361-7887.

Mold Damage In Your Preston Hollow Home

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Your Preston Hollow Home Preston Hollow Roof Leak Led to Mold Damage

SERVPRO Helps with Mold Remediation

Molds are everywhere and serve a necessary function within our environment; they assist with decay and soil enrichment that are essential within our ecosystem. Mold or Mould and Mildew grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, carpet, drywall, insulation, plants, food and other organic materials naturally. Given the right conditions, mold growths or colonies can spread throughout an entire area within 48 hours and reproduce tiny microscopic spores that travel along air currents to further infest your home or commercial property.

Get the services required for proper mold damage remediation in your Preston Hollow home by calling our offices today. We will help you return your property to a quality pre-damage condition and get you back to your regular everyday routine as quickly as possible.
 
SERVPRO provides you with the services you need to find the source of any mold infestation. Whether you have an issue due to flooding, sewage back-up, plumbing leaks, a damp basement, overflows or high humidity, we can contain the spread of mold and mildew and take the proper steps to return their levels to normal within your property.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians have years of experience dealing with mold damage remediation. We use the proper personal protective equipment to safely and securely handle the situation, limiting any hazards to the rest of your property. We will remove any highly infected materials and use special cleaning and drying techniques to change the environment that mold uses to flourish. Going as far as engaging mold spores in those hidden, hard to reach, areas that the infection thinks it can hide in.
 
We will manage the situation and take the proper steps to mediate the spread on hard or porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting any materials and even saving some of those precious items you thought may be lost forever. We have many resources that can assist with their recovery.
 
The SERVPRO teams that arrive at your property work hard to provide you with the services that are necessary to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." Take advantage of our services by making the call to our offices today. We are available to you 24-7 and consider it a privilege to serve as your choice in mold remediation.
 

Professional Cleaning and Restoration For the Effects of Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home

11/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Cleaning and Restoration For the Effects of Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home Flooding Mitigation Requires Rapid Water Extraction from Your Dallas Property

Safety and Health, Important Factors Post Flooding

When rivers and streams near your home rise above their usual levels, the water that was once contained safely can now travel almost anywhere. If your home is downhill, it is especially vulnerable to flood damage. After the waters recede to normal levels again, cleaning up needs to begin immediately.
 
When Dallas homes have signs of flood damage on their exterior, this does not always indicate the severity of the issue on the interior. Basements can remain flooded even after the area seems to be clear, and this can require them to be pumped out. Ground floors are often the hardest hit by floods, after basements, with upper floors being less affected. They can also be flooded if an area is hammered by extreme flooding. Any area that was inundated should be considered unsafe and a threat to health.
 
Because floods bring sediments with them, it is easy to see how high the flood waters rose. Carpeting and draperies can allow flood waters to seep up higher than the actual water level, and saturate floors and walls under and behind these textiles. Complete cleaning should include these areas, as well. If restoration is started soon enough, these areas may be able to be restored without replacements being necessary. However, the severity and nature of the groundwater may dictate tossing the padding and carpets. Draperies can, in most cases, be laundered and rehung, but carpeting is often destroyed. At SERVPRO, we will attempt to clean and sanitize carpeting if we are notified in time to do an assessment of the damage, but often the carpeting and padding have been too highly contaminated to be considered safe.
 
Some items might be better for your family's health if they are replaced than if they are cleaned in a restorative effort. Mattresses make the list of objects that should most likely be replaced. While box springs are not often touched or handled, they can harbor smells and become breeding locations for bacteria and mold, so they are often considered ruined and in need of being replaced, also.
 
Professionals at SERVPRO can help you with the entire process, and explain why certain things must be thrown out to ensure your health is not affected by contamination from the flood. It is not just the structure, both inside and out, that is damaged by a flood. While our technicians are monitoring your home to ensure that things are not only being cleaned correctly but also dried completely, we can explain what actions you should take. These activities can include throwing away body care products that were below the flood line, food, even those in sealed cans and jars, and many other things.
 
We want to make sure that you and your family can not only return to normal living in your home after there's been flood damage, but that you can do so safely. Please call us at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for all of your flood damage cleaning and restoration needs.

You Need The Best Results When Your Warehouse Experiences Commercial Water Damage

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial You Need The Best Results When Your Warehouse Experiences Commercial Water Damage Categories of water can quickly change from non-hazardous to very dangerous quickly.

Experiencing Commercial Water Damage

We know that your main concern is getting your business operations back to normal as soon as possible after any catastrophe, but commercial water damage is much more complex than most problems experienced by businesses today. Categories of water can quickly change from non-hazardous to very dangerous quickly. Water can spread in almost any direction, including up if conditions are right, and remaining flood waters can instantaneously ruin some certain products with even minute amounts.

Commercial water damage presents unique challenges because of the environment involved. From warehouses storing agricultural products to leather processing plants, inventory protection, and worker safety is both important to any business. Different types of water can cause damage, and even the cleanest water, category 1, can turn into the worst, category 3 when contaminants are present. These can happen when clean water is mixed or combined with another source of category 3 water, even if it is not causing any damage by itself (such as sewer water) or when bags of previously dry substances such as fertilizers or pesticides become saturated, and their contents leach into the water.

The damage to your inventory can also rapidly multiply. When products at the bottom of a stack can be a conduit for water by wicking it upwards toward other product that has not been damaged, it's common sense to get those products on top removed to a safer location. We have team members who can provide this service while our technicians work in other areas, protecting your business from increased inventory loss.

Stacked bags of concrete and other dry products that are designed to be mixed with water, oil, or other liquid just prior to use may seem to be in saleable condition until they are examined on their undersides where water has accumulated. These ruined items need to be removed and accounted for on inventory loss sheets. For insurance purposes, all products need to be re-inventoried and noted as to their condition before the conclusion of our restoration work.

After you've made the initial call to us, we can begin the restoration process. Returning your business to normal operations is important, and we understand the complexities involved in keeping your employees safe while protecting your business's bottom line. Call us, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

Complete Mold Damage Remediation Services In Dallas

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Complete Mold Damage Remediation Services In Dallas Large Mold Growth Requires Remediation in this Dallas Home

SERVPRO Offers Professional Services for a Mold Infestation

Learn more about mold damage prevention and remediation services by visiting our website today. Our locally owned and operated franchise provides you with a full-service solution that helps you prevent mold from causing significant damage to your property.

Don't wait until you suffer additional damage to your property; our expertly trained Dallas mold damage remediation staff is ready to assist you today by providing rapid emergency response times and the proper personnel, equipment, and experience to get the job done right. We work with you to explain the details of what we find on your property and which services are available to complete the job as fast and efficiently as possible.
 
The professionals at SERVPRO explain the behavior and reasons for the existence of mold within our environment and our process for removing any possible health effects that may be caused by exposure to mold. It is important to have a professional service handle the removal and disposal of contaminated materials found within your home.
 
SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and cleaning procedures to adequately mitigate the amount of mold that infects the areas of your home or commercial property. Your safety and the safety of our workers is front and center to any service that we provide for you.
 
The methods that SERVPRO chooses to use during your mold remediation will depend on the type of material that is infected and how far the infestation has spread. It is entirely possible that what you see, looks far worse than it is and a simple removal and cleaning process can contain the proper steps for mitigating the damage to your property.
 
Whatever you do, do not attempt to tackle the mold contamination to your property alone. If you don't understand how to handle the situation properly, you may end up causing more damage and spreading the infestation to other areas of your property that weren't affected before you started.

Look to the professionally trained technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for all of your remediation and restoration needs. Call us today, we're available 24/7, including all holidays to assist you. (214) 361-7887

Fire Damage in Preston Hollow- Homeowner Do's and Don'ts

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Preston Hollow- Homeowner Do's and Don'ts Preston Hollow Smoke & Fire Cleanup Can Use SERVPRO for Great Results

SERVPRO Tip: Rely on Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration

Loss of property from fire is always a threat. Once it is over, and the fire department has departed, there is the need to get started and restore your house to its original state.

Fire damage to homes in Preston Hollow can stress out anyone, but SERVPRO encourages homeowners to please take a breath, step back and let us do what we are trained to do. That said, we understand that this is your personal residence and there is an incredible desire to be a part of the solution. If you wish to get involved, here are a list of Do's and Don'ts to follow: However, we wish to emphasize that after a burning event that is severe, rely on professionals, for fire damage restoration.

DO lay down towels that won't bleed color or old sheets on carpets and upholstered furniture to reduce the potential for further damage.
DON'T attempt to clean and carpets or upholstered furniture without first consulting a professional restoration service.
DON'T try to wash any walls.
DO keep to a minimum how much you move in the house to keep soot from being ground into upholstered furniture and carpets.
DO keep your hands clean. Dirt and oils can impregnate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing more damage.
DO (if the electricity is off) clean out your refrigerator and freezer and block open the doors. This prevents food from leaving odors in the appliance.

DO clean and protect the chrome on your faucets, trim, and appliances with a small amount of lubricant.
DON'T operate and electrical appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned and checked. Smoke residues can be conductive.
DON'T send clothing with smoke residue to dry cleaners not experienced in cleaning fire-damaged garments. In the case of significant fire damage to soft fabrics and materials, we firmly suggest that we provide this service ourselves or through qualified partners. Odors and residues have unique characteristics which may require IICRC trained technicians to resolve.
DO rinse plants on both sides of the leaves with water to release stress.
DO change the furnace filter and tape folded pieces of cheesecloth over the air registers if the HVAC system was operating during the fire.

DO consider your safety. If the fire department has put your house off-limits, respect that until a final decision has been made. Once inside, do not use any cosmetics or medications that were exposed. They can easily become contaminated. The same goes for any food or beverages that were too close to the heat of the fire, or we wetted by the fire extinguishing efforts of the first responders.

Those of us here at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are dedicated to restoring your residence to its pre-fire condition. We understand that the first (and maybe the best) step to putting the damage behind you is to spend that first night back in your own bedroom. To get the process started, call us today at (214) 361-7887.

Flooding in North Dallas Requires Professional Remediation

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding in North Dallas Requires Professional Remediation If you get caught in a storm, make sure to get to safety. After you are safe, call SERVPRO to remediate!!

Your Safety After a Flooding Event is Crucial to SERVPRO

According to national statistics, Texas is the number one state with the highest flood/flash flood deaths of the last 36 years. This is double that of the second-highest state of California.
 
Flood damage in North Dallas is nothing to underestimate. Flooding in your home as a result of a natural flood or flash flood event can put your structure and your health at high risk if the flood damage is not attended to and remedied at once. SERVPRO is there to help you in your time of need when the unexpected flood damages your home.
 
The Physical Dangers of a Flooded Home
When a flood or flash flood hits, your house may fall victim to runoff and groundwater from the streets as the water level surges. Dallas County is one Texas counties that has some of the highest rates of death due to this type of flooding event. As a homeowner, you can take some comfort in the fact that 65% of those deaths are from vehicles being stuck in the water during a sudden flood. However, there are always dangers in-home after experiencing such an event.
 
Walking near or in the flood waters in your home is the next highest danger after driving a vehicle in flood waters. Debris, slipping, falling, and high water levels can be extremely dangerous, and it is recommended that you get to higher ground as soon as possible. If you have experienced an in-home flood from a burst pipe, leave the home immediately for your safety. In addition to dangers you can see with your eyes, standing water in your home can also be contaminated by toxins you cannot see.
 
There is also the very real danger of electrocution. When your home has experienced any kind of water damage from natural events or pipe damage, it is important to turn your electricity off at the main circuit breaker -- only when it is safe to do so. This will help to avoid electrocution when the water meets electric wiring and will help water damage specialists such as the professionals at SERVPRO when we respond to your emergency.
 
Contact Us Today
Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 day or night. Our 24/7 Emergency Services mean that we are always standing by to take your call during an emergency.

The Harmful Effects of Smoke and Fire

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Harmful Effects of Smoke and Fire Preston Hollow Fire Makes the Call to SERVPRO for Restoration

SERVPRO Suggest Taking Precautions to Mitigate the Damages of Smoke Inhalation After a Fire Damaging Event

During a fire, smoke inhalation is one of the most dangerous effects that incapacitates people. The materials that our furniture, clothing and other items are made of, can produce dangerous residue. As a fire spreads inside a building, it will produce two life-threatening events - consume most of the breathable oxygen and create toxic gasses.

Not only will fire damage in Preston Hollow affect structures, but it is also quite lethal to people. Smoke contains tiny particles that are harmful in their own way. These include vapors which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin and that act as poison within the body. Minute particles of our burning property are so tiny that they penetrate our respiratory and digestive system. These minute particles are so small, they enter our lungs, as well as cause irritation to our eyes.
 
Toxic gasses are a part of the characteristics of smoke. These gasses are the most deadly substances anywhere, consisting of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, cyanide and phosgene which is formed when products like vinyl are burned. These gasses also absorb the air we are trying to breathe, either by consuming it or by displacing it with other elements.
 
Smoke and soot can contain particles that don't cause direct harm to you, but that take-up air space needed for oxygen. If you have experienced a smoke inhalation event, no matter how small, get a medical check-up so that a doctor can check your A.B.C's – airway, breathing, and circulation. If you are involved in a fire, call a doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
 
• difficulty breathing and wheezing is present
• hoarse voice
• coughing spells
• mental confusion
 
Smoke inhalation prevention measures can be taken that includes having smoke detectors in every room of a home or office. Also, invest in carbon monoxide detectors which should be placed in areas that are at risk for carbon monoxide exposure. Fire damage is always a devastating experience for you and the family.

Feelings of confusion and stress are common. This is not the time to work with uncaring professionals. When SERVPRO arrives, we always treat people with great empathy and above all – respect! We will also treat your property and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are experts in fire, water and mold remediation. We are locally owned and operated, so that when you call us, we arrive very quickly and are ready to work for you.
Contact us today at (214) 361-7887 and learn more about our restoration services of inspection, assessment, removal of smoke and soot, cleaning, repairs and much more. We look forward to hearing from you and how we can restore your property to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Steps to Take for Proper Mold Remediation

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Steps to Take for Proper Mold Remediation 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 important to realize that it will take a professional company to clean it and get rid of it properly. Issues with mold 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 major steps that are needed for the proper remediation. Safety comes first when it comes to 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 areas which are uncontaminated. This can include installing plastic sheeting for barriers, establishing negative air pressure, sealing any HVAC vents to stop the duct system from being contaminated and creating clean and decontamination rooms for the purpose of entering, 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 can generally be cleaned, but porous materials that have visible mold growth will many times have to be removed and thrown away. The professionals will remove any extensively contaminated porous materials, such as drywall, fabrics, carpeting, and insulation. They will get rid of mold on nonporous materials by cleaning them. These include metals, glass, plastics and the like. If the surface is dry they will use a HEPA vacuum to remove the mold, or by damp wiping with a detergent solution if the mold is found in layers of soils.

Once everything has been properly cleaned of mold, the technicians will then dry out your home and your possessions to stop any more mold growth from happening. Some of the procedures for drying will have to be delayed until containment and the mold removal is finished. Taking out any damaged materials which have absorbed moisture will help to speed up the drying process. Dehumidifiers can be used since they do not have 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.

SERVPRO Flood Damage

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Flood Damage SERVPRO is an expert in reducing the obvious flood damage to Dallas homes.

Flood Damage and SERVPRO

Say the words flood damage and people rightly think of foot deep water in their basement or entire neighborhoods underwater. This time of year, it can be a common, even multiple occurrences in some parts of Texas.

SERVPRO is an expert in reducing the obvious flood damage to Dallas homes. What surprises our clients are just how many ways a flood can destroy a home even after the water has been removed. Here are the most common ways your home can be dry as a bone and still be unlivable.
Odor - This may seem like a minor thing, but some folks can be allergic to just the smell. If you don't get rid of it, you won't be able to live in your home, and you certainly won't be able to sell it. The smell is also indicative of a worse problem.

Mold and Mildew - If not found and immediately treated and removed, mold and mildew will cause respiratory problems that will drive you out of the house. It is particularly dangerous to people with asthma. If the mold and mildew get into sheetrock and cannot be destroyed by industrial cleaners, then walls will have to be replaced.

Electrical System - If flooding reached high enough to reach electrical outlets, then those have to be inspected by our SERVPRO professionals and possibly be replaced before the power can be turned back on. If they have been compromised, then there is the possibility of a fire hazard when the lights are turned back on.
Plumbing and Sewage - Flooding can overwhelm and damage a home's plumbing system. If it stays under water too long, there is also the possibility that raw sewage can flow backward into your home through the toilets. Septic tanks can also be compromised in the same manner. The cleaning process now becomes much more extensive.

Bacterial Contamination - If sewage gets into your home, this also brings the threat of bacteria which can cause more respiratory problems and other health concerns such as having your kidneys and intestinal (digestive) systems compromised as well.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Flood water in a home is a dangerous threat and needs to be removed quickly. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas understands that this is only the first step. Other hazards have to be addressed before you are safe again in your own home. To begin the process or if you want to schedule an inspection to help prevent problems in the future, call us today at 214-361-7887.

Rapid Water Removal Mitigates Damage

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rapid Water Removal Mitigates Damage Burst Pipe Can Lead to Significant Water Damage in Dallas

SERVPRO' s Expertise Saves Homeowners Money with Fast Water Extraction

Water damage from weather, broken plumbing or improper drainage can be a crushing blow to a homeowner. At this time in summer, Texas weather brings the constant threat of thunderstorms. In many neighborhoods, families barely have the opportunity to dry out from the last storm before another one hits.

At SERVPRO, we understand how important water removal is in Dallas to get back into your home. Depending on the amount of water and how much of your home has been flooded, this process may take only a day or two. Under severe volumes of standing water, the process may take over a week for complete drying. Our team of technicians will work to make the process as painless as possible for you.

Our locally owned offices maintain a 24-hour response team specializing in flood water removal. Damage (regardless if it is rainwater or otherwise) will begin in less than a day if any standing water is not pumped out as quickly as possible. SERVPRO owns and keeps on site, an extensive inventory of pumps and water extractors designed for private homes. Each office also maintains its generators to support our teams and equipment. Having some of the best equipment in the removal business is useless if you can't use it when the city electrical grid may be knocked out.

After the water has been removed, our technicians use a series of blowers and exhaust fans to remove any remaining, excess moisture. To remove excess humidity and hopefully prevent the growth of mold, we also use specialized dehumidifiers when needed. Drywall and floor trim are particularly vulnerable to mold infestation if they are not dried out or removed quickly. Some of the same equipment we use for removal is also useful to restore carpets and carpet padding. In addition to the fans and blowers, our teams also maintain a specialized set of vacuums, mat wet vacs and heaters to extract water from carpets and wood flooring. In just a few minutes after getting soaked, dyes and inks begin to bleed from cloth and paper. It is usually too late for those goods to be salvaged, but our highly trained technicians can recover and restore furniture to prevent it from losing paint or varnish. If water is removed quickly enough, floor staining and carpet color can be saved as well.

If you are concerned about preventing damage, you can contact us for a free inspection or if you have need of our services now, call us at (214) 361-7887. As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is dedicated to restoring the homes of our neighbors.

What Kinds of Mold Can Be In Your Homes?

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Kinds of Mold Can Be In Your Homes? Mold Can Grow in a Petri Dish or in Your Dallas Home. Call SERVPRO for Remediation.

SERVPRO Explains Different Types of Mold Damage

We're often telling our clients to avoid mold and mold damage, but we recently discovered that many people are unaware of the various kinds of mold that exist. You'd probably be surprised to learn that there are over 100 different types of mold that can grow in your home (and many only grow in very specific situations). Our technicians are trained in the detection and verification of mold growth.

What Kinds of Mold are Most Common?
You should not be surprised to know that mold damage in Dallas is pretty common. With rapid shifts in humidity, weather, and temperature, a wide variety of mold can grow virtually anywhere. There are several species that you're more likely to see, however.
 

Alternaria
Alternaria spreads quickly from the outdoors, and usually enters the house through poor ventilation or HVAC units. It also grows under sinks where the pipes leak, and it spreads quickly throughout a home.
Aureobasidium
If you see "pink" mold, it's usually aurei basidium. It grows on virtually all surfaces, including wallpaper and painted surfaces.
Botrytis
Usually found in bathrooms without ventilation, Botrytis requires a lot of moisture and humidity.
Chaetomium
Commonly found on drywall, Chatomium has a decidedly musty smell.
Cladosporium
This type of mold can grow in colder temperatures, and often prefers fabrics, carpets, and wood surfaces.
 
Penicillium
This type of mold grows anywhere that may have been damaged by water (especially carpets, wallpaper, or in mattresses). It's usually blue or green. We all know the petri dish story.
Stachybotrys chartarum
Traditionally called "black mold," this nasty, slimy mold grows anywhere it's damp (and stays damp). Stachybotrys has a particularly musty odor that makes it easy to identify. It has undeservedly earned a reputation as a fierce health hazard.
Serpula lacrymans
Usually, if your wood is rotting out, it's because of Serpula lacrymans. It's yellow in color.
Trichoderma
This hardy variety of mold grows on carpets, wallpapers, and wet surfaces. It produces similar toxins to black mold, which is why Trichoderma is taken very seriously.
Ulocladium
These type of fungi rely on water to grow, so it's usually found in flooded homes. It's usually found on the walls.
Efflorescence
This kind of mold starts in the basement, normally because of excess salt deposits (because of rock salt or other surface coatings), and is often called white mold.
 
Don't Wait, Deal With the Mold Today!
Our SERVPRO professionals handle virtually any mold, keeping you and your family's health as our top priority. We have the equipment to handle the mold infestation safely and effectively, no matter what species of mold kind it may be. Give SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas County a call at (214) 361-7887 when you see or smell mold.

Water Damage Issues

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Issues Our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas will restore your Northpark Center commercial property from water damage!

Issues with Water Damage

When your business has been hit by any water damage, you will want to act quickly to get a professional restoration company like our experienced team at SERVPRO to your property. The process of restoration for commercial water damage is critical, and water damage is one of the most common forms of damage seen in commercial properties. We will use industry-proven techniques for drying out your property to ensure that the most efficient commercial water damage restoration is done. We make sure to reach the moisture that is deep within the walls and floors so that your structure is properly dried out. 

The key to a successful Northpark Center commercial water damage restoration is coordination. Our experienced project managers at SERVPRO are valuable resources during your time of crisis, no matter if it is water damage from pipes that burst, hurricanes, flooding or other natural disasters. Our restoration process for water damage begins the moment you call on us. From commercial water damage to the removal of sewage, we’ll restore your building fast, cost efficiently and professionally. 

We will also work alongside adjusters, building owners, property managers and risk managers to put into place a water damage restoration plan that is seamless with the primary goal of attaining limited interruption for your business. We will work with you individually to figure out the best path for your water damage restoration, including the scope of work, timeframe for recovery and your budget. 

We Can Assist You Any Time You Need 

We understand that time is money, and when it is your business on the line, your livelihood is as well. This is why our commercial water damage restoration professionals give you 24/7 emergency services. We always have our trucks fully stocked and ready to come out to your property, so that we can be on your site quickly in a majority of circumstances. 

Why Choose Us  

  • We will come out quickly with our IICRC-backed and fully trained technicians, any day or time.
  • We have plenty of state of the art, professional grade equipment
  • We’ll give you secure and itemized content storage for all of your equipment, furniture, and appliances
  • We can restore expensive equipment and appliances which some companies cannot
  • We will work with your insurance company so you can concentrate on your business

When disaster strikes your commercial building, it can very much affect the ability of your business to operate effectively as usual. Our team will respond fast and complete the repairs needed to get your business up and running as soon as possible. We understand that this kind of event can be very stressful, so we will take care of your restoration needs and take care of your business. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When your business experiences water damage, call us at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 right away so that we can restore your property and you can get back to business as usual. 

How Cleanup Crews Can Help with Preston Hollow Fire Damage

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Cleanup Crews Can Help with Preston Hollow Fire Damage Don't let fire damage your Preston Hollow home! Our pros At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas will clean and restore your home to its pre-loss 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 damage 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 check 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 includes moving crews and relocation services to wherever you'll be staying. Crews may also board up some windows, doors, or other entrances to the building, as a way of keeping out the elements and potential thieves. 

Cleaning and Deodorization 

Cleanups of fire damage in Preston Hollow typically involve a process of cleanup and deodorization, as any remaining smoke, ash, or soot is thoroughly scrubbed from the home. This may involve industrial-grade equipment such as thermal foggers, which are capable of removing 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 the process of restoring fire damaged parts of the home, bringing in new materials and objects to repair or replace those damaged in the fire. These are typically paid for by an insurance company. The materials repaired in this step may range anywhere from floor finishing to ductwork to metal polishing, all dependent upon the specifics of the job. 

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 type of damage, call us today at (214) 361-7887. 

Lancaster Water Damage--Insurance Information and Suggestions

4/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Lancaster Water Damage--Insurance Information and Suggestions Water Covering Lancaster Living Room Needs Extraction from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Works with Insurance Companies to Restore Your Lancaster Property Water Damage

Experiencing water damage to your home can be stressful and expensive. It is always in your best interest to have water removal in Lancaster done as soon as possible to prevent further damages to your home and therefore save as much money as possible. Understanding some common water damage situations beforehand and what your insurance company may cover will be very helpful in case you do experience this type of problem.

The pipes in your home freeze and burst, leaving your floor covered in six inches of water.
You will be covered under your insurance for the water damage done by the water from burst pipes. However, most policies won’t cover you if you’ve left your home without heat and unoccupied. Your claim will be denied in this case since you haven’t performed the upkeep that is necessary to prevent this accident.

Your backyard pool leaks, flooding your basement and ruining your manicured lawn.
The damages done to your basement and property are covered, but your lawn is not. Your turf can be covered under a particular named perils such as explosion, aircraft, riot, fire, vandalism and vehicles which you do not own. The coverage for plants and lawns is typically quite small, around $500. Swimming pool leaks themselves are not covered, but if the leak occurred because of a falling tree, it would be covered.

Your basement is flooded due to your washing machine overflowing.
You have coverage in this instance.  However, it will depend on upon how your insurance company views what happened. For example, did you not maintain your washer correctly, or did the flood occur from accidental, sudden damage? Water from a broken appliance is covered. This is seldom an issue for denial of a claim.

Your basement becomes flooded due to a sewer backup.
Standard home insurance policies won’t cover sewer backups, and a lot of them specifically exclude such incidents. At an added cost, special endorsements or riders are available for drains and sewers.
Your interior and foundation are damaged due to water seeping from the ground into your basement. Your insurance will not cover this type of harm, as seepage is considered a maintenance problem instead of sudden and accidental damage. You will be on your own for Lancaster water removal in this case.
Water leaks through your roof during a heavy rainstorm, damaging your roof and furniture.
You can be partially covered in this scenario. Since it is a home maintenance issue, you probably won’t be covered for roof repairs. However, the water damage to your home is covered, including damage to your furniture and interior structure.

A flash flood occurs in your living room due to a nearby river or lake overflowing its banks.
You won’t be covered, as home insurance doesn’t cover flood damage. You have to purchase separate flood insurance for this. In Texas, especially in the Dallas and Houston vicinities, flood insurance gives peace of mind to homeowners. The location of your property will indicate your "flood zone," for pricing and availability of flood insurance.

No matter how the Lancaster water damage occurred, it behooves you to get it taken care of right away to avoid further secondary water damages, lessen the opportunity for mold growth, and to lower your out-of-pocket costs. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many insurance and property management companies. Check with your agent and go with this premier company. Documented damage, on a room-by-room basis, will help with your insurance claim while also reducing your stress. Place your trust here and rely on 24/7 emergency service. Make sure to contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas right away at (214) 361-7887 if you experience any water damage.

Dallas Commercial Fire Damage - How Commercial Fire Damage in Dallas Is Remediated

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Dallas Commercial Fire Damage - How Commercial Fire Damage in Dallas Is Remediated Commercial fire damage can cause tremendous problems for your business.

Dallas Commercial Fire Damage - How Commercial Fire Damage in Dallas Is Remediated

See How SERVPRO Can Help with Dallas Commercial Fire Damage
Commercial fire damage in Dallas can cause tremendous problems for your business. Though it may start relatively small, all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences, and if you are not careful, you may end up causing significant damage to your property. Fortunately, however, you can contact reliable experts to help you get your damage under control. Being aware of the repair process can help you understand what to tell the experts when it's time to take care of the damage.

Preliminary Inspections
Before the professionals can begin looking into any repair procedures, they will arrive at your property and take a look at the area to determine what the damage is like. This inspection is usually thorough, but the experts may need to take their time in particularly extensive instances of wear and tear. After the inspection, the specialists begin drawing up their plans. You can ask them about the necessary procedures, and they will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the repair process.

Area Cleaning
After agreeing upon the procedures and schedules, the experts will prepare their equipment and come to your property at a later time. When they arrive, they will close off the area and make all the necessary preparations to begin the cleaning. The initial cleaning is relatively quick and paves the way for future procedures. Professionals will take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged equipment. It is strongly recommended for homeowners to clean up the area ahead of time to speed up the process for the professionals.

Odor Treatment
Often, the most difficult part of any cleanup procedure is taking care of the scent in the area. Burnt odors may linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a microscopic level. No matter the extent of the damage, experts will take care of the scent by utilizing advanced cleaning technology. They permanently remove the presence of all odors in the area, making sure that there is no moisture damage around the sections of the property that did not sustain direct fire damage.

Final Restoration Steps
Once the odors are taken care of and the surrounding area appears clean, the professionals then move on to the last step in addressing commercial fire damage in Dallas. They survey the area and make sure that they did not miss any details. If there is serious structural damage to the property, the professionals may make the necessary repairs themselves or provide you with the contact information of experts who can help. The specialists take their time to address all details because lingering smoke and fire damage may result in future problems.

SERVPRO in Northwest Dallas is a locally owned business, and our experts always strive to provide our customers with efficient work and quality service. No matter the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered, we are ready to work with you and do our best to restore your area back to its desired state. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us at (214) 361-7887.

Dallas Fire Damage-Commercial Office Building Needs Repair

3/17/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Dallas Fire Damage-Commercial Office Building Needs Repair When Your Office Gets Torched, Call SERVPRO to Get You Back in Business

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Dallas Office

Dallas fire damage to your office has struck. It has been on fire. This has been your place of business for many years and, now, it is damaged to a point that, that you have to shut the doors temporarily until the havoc wreaked by flames can be fixed. You look around, amazed at what can happen in just a few minutes, and you are struck with all of the many things going through your mind as you ask: “What do I do now?” Do this.

The insurance company should be the first call you make. This is even before the last hot spots are knocked down by the fire department. Your agent will send an adjuster out to inspect the office and make recommendations about some of these next steps. They will, of course, have many papers to fill out and they assist you in finding a restoration company. SERVPRO is considered a national source for fire damage restoration services by over 315 insurance and management companies. We help you with your paperwork and claims to relieve your stress allowing you to focus on resetting your business.

A few of the steps you can take, after that call to a fire damage restoration company includes:
• Check with the fire department before re-entering the building to locate business documents, secure electronics, business machines, furnishings, and inventories. By allowing SERVPRO to assess quickly and record the fire damage, the technicians can start to extract water from the fire extinguishing efforts to mitigate on-going loss. 
• Gathering the ‘fire report’ from the fire department as this is needed for your insurance company and is also helpful to you in understanding what next steps will expedite your business reopening.
• Get all of the utilities turned off. Electrical connections, after a fire, can be dangerous and also damage devices. Water lines should be off to ensure that pipes don't burst, or the fire-suppressant sprinkler system does not reactivate.
• Locate another office space to conduct your day to day business dealings, if this is appropriate. Customer, client, and staff focus by you will keep your business viable until a return to normalcy.

It is important to note that all of the steps the fire damage restoration company does can encompass quite a bit of time and money.  The sooner that they come to an agreement with your insurance company the quicker you will be back in your own office.

SERVPRO will perform numerous services to restore your fire damaged office. Here are some of them:
• Air purification and sanitizing of the HVAC system
• Water removal, standing water and absorbed moisture
• Fire-damaged building materials removal, drywall, insulation, carpeting, all non-salvageable items
• Document drying, restoration of business equipment, on-site or at our secure cleaning facility
• Repair and restore your office space to a safe and functional condition

Though commercial fire damage in Dallas can disrupt your business, with professional remedial steps, you can get through the difficulties. SERVPRO's skilled IICRC certified technicians have the equipment, experience, and expertise to get your office doors reopened for your enterprise. We work to save you time and money and leave you with the impression "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the equipment, training, and experience to handle large or small commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant in Cedar Hill,a motel in Lancaster, or an office building in Dallas, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call 24/7 for help. (214) 361-7887

How Professionals Handle Water Damage in Dallas

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Professionals Handle Water Damage in Dallas Don't Let Water Damage Break Your Heart--Call SERVPRO

Dallas Water Damage Is Restored by SERVPRO

Dallas water damage, for the professionals, is a process that can be handled in an efficient manner. From the minute you contact them, an expert will guide you through this water damaging emergency. The SERVPRO representative will ask you a series of questions when you call our facility to better understand how to help you and your individual situation. Under certain circumstances, we can dispatch vehicles and equipment to mitigate water damage on the fly.

Professionals Conduct Water Damage Assessment
Your property will go through a detailed inspection which will include a damage assessment. Water Damage Restoration Professionals from SERVPRO will assess the damage and develop an action plan to meet your needs. They will check for the source of the water and stop if before they begin the drying process. This effort will include a check for contaminated water and identifying the type of water. Also, they will look for safety concerns and other issues, like asbestos or lead exposure. After surveying the damage, they will generate a content inspection report called the CCIS. This report provides a room by room inventory of all water damaged possessions and building materials. They will be documented as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable.

Professionals Remove the Water
The water extraction will immediately begin to remove most of the water from your home or property. This can also help reduce the drying time and prevent mold growth. We have equipment like powerful pumps and industrial vacuum units that can quickly remove thousands of gallons of water from your property. They will also safely discard water damaged carpet and other items that cannot be restored.

Professional water damage restoration experts can use moisture detectors to determine the level of relative humidity. They may use infrared cameras or hygrometers to find water behind walls and ceilings.

Drying the Water Damage
Our experts will use dehumidification equipment and monitoring devices to ensure floors, walls, furnishings, and hidden pockets are dry. They will check moisture levels to determine when your home is completely dry. Professionals have industrial dehumidifiers that prevent warping and other water damage by quickly drying out your home. High-speed air movers create airflow that accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

Cleaning Your Home after Water Damage
After water damage, your walls, floors, and other surfaces will need professional cleaning treatments. Our technicians will clean your belongings, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and personal items damaged by water. We can also pack-out possessions to our facility for precise drying and return the items when your water damaged Dallas home is once again dry. Flooding and water damage may require antifungal, antimicrobial, and odor removal treatments.

Water Damage Professionals from SERVPRO can also restore your home or business back to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." It may involve minor or major repairs like replacing drywall, flooring, or installing carpet. Replacement is the last option as we try to minimize your costs as we get you and your family back home as soon as possible.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your Dallas home dried quickly and thoroughly. Call us for 24/7 emergency assistance. (214) 361-7887

Exciting Career Opportunities

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Community Exciting Career Opportunities Now Hiring

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the following career opportunities available. Please see the brief job descriptions and interview details available below. If our opportunity sounds exciting and you meet our requirements, we are interested in speaking to you further about the exciting options to join our team. 

If you make the team, SERVPRO will offer a rewarding career, opportunity for personal growth, competitive compensation, and the opportunity to become a key contributor to a highly professional team. 

Administrative Assistant - Interviews every Monday @ 1:00 PM 

We are seeking someone who is great on the phone, proficient in office tasks, with excellent analytical skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Out idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership.

The person who fills this position will be responsible for sending out emails and written correspondence, meeting crucial deadlines, and providing excellent customer service. He/ she will also need to enter detailed data accurately, prepare estimates and invoices, and conduct internal file quality reviews. He/ she will also need to assist other departments, as needed.

Marketing/ Sales Rep - Interviews every Tuesday @ 1:00 PM 

We are seeking someone who is comfortable meeting new people, who has excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. You will be responsible for accelerating sales volume goals by creating new customer relationships face to face while further developing existing accounts. Working alongside our highly competent service team, you will manage all aspects of the sales process to ensure high customer satisfaction levels while developing long-term relationships.

The Marketing/Sales Representative will have primary responsibilities for compiling via internet and maintaining “Centers of Influence” (COIs) information and conducting daily sales routes. In addition, he/she will understand the basics of production and estimating processes. The marketing/sales rep will complete daily marketing file documentation, as appropriate and assist other departments, when necessary.

Production Crew Chief - Come by daily from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM to fill out application  

SERVPRO® is seeking a fire and water damage restoration Production Crew Chief. SERVPRO® is a national company whose employees provide water and fire emergency response 24 hours a day, for homes and commercial properties when disasters happen. Some of the other services we provide are mold remediation, carpet cleaning, HVAC system cleaning, and biohazard clean-up. On-the-job and formal training will be provided, but any construction or restoration experience would be a bonus.

Please come by our office at 1846 Idlewild Lane, Lancaster, TX 75134 on Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Cleaning & Remediation Tech - Come by daily from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM to fill out application 

SERVPRO® is seeking a Fire and Water Damage Cleaning and Remediation Technician. SERVPRO® is a national company that provides water and fire emergency response 24 hours a day, for homes and commercial properties. As a Cleaning and Remediation Technician, you will be required to do testing and cleaning of damaged items, packing and organizing damaged personal property when necessary, inventory and property manipulation along with general maintenance of warehouse inventory.

Please come by our office at 1846 Idlewild Lane, Lancaster, TX 75134, Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM to fill out an application.

Send resumes to the following email: resumes@SERVPROnwdallas.com 

Why A Water Leak & Water Damage is So Severe in Seagoville

12/2/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why A Water Leak & Water Damage is So Severe in Seagoville Water damage is a very serious issue that should never go unnoticed.

The Severity of Water Damage In Seagoville Residential Homes

Water Damage 101

Water damage is a serious household issue that can compromise the structural integrity of your residential property. However, learning more about Seagoville water damage and restoration options can help prevent you from losing your sanity and financial security when disaster strikes. Attain the information you need on this important matter by reviewing the short outline found below:

 Water Damage Basics

 Water damage in Seagoville is an issue that transpires when excess water populates an individual's property. The water damage can result from a wide range of factors, some of which include:

 • Flooding

• Poor ventilation

• Leaking pipes

• Roof leakages

• Excessive humidity

• Damp basements

• Damp carpets

 Water damage is problematic for numerous reasons, including the fact that it can ruin things like your wallpaper and important documents. Additionally, category 3 water damage can leave your home with a terrible odor that compromises your ability to feel comfortable in the living space.

 Water Damage And Mold Growth

 In addition to ruining household structures and materials, Seagoville water damage can also result in the rise of mold growth on your property. 

 Why You Should Avoid DIY Projects

 In many cases, residential property owners realize that their homes have been impacted by water damage. In response, they seek to start cleaning the property up immediately and on their own. Don't ever pursue this course of action. Attempting a DIY project is dangerous for numerous reasons, including the fact that there are hidden health and safety hazards that you are likely unaware of. If you seek to start the cleanup process on your own, you could increase your susceptibility to an unwanted injury or illness.

 Finding The Right Water Damage Restoration Company

 Once water damage has impacted your property, it's important that you find the right restoration company to fix the issue. The best remediation experts are those who possess IICRC certification. Also, look for a team of professionals who will offer 24/7 emergency services, reasonable prices, and stellar customer service.

 If you find that your residential property has been affected by water damage, don't panic. Instead, call the trusted professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals possess the experience, education, and equipment necessary to expedite the home recovery process.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Lancaster, Fort Worth, or Dallas, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (214) 361-7887

What You Need To Know About Commercial Fire Damage in Dallas

11/4/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Need To Know About Commercial Fire Damage in Dallas Fire Sprinkler System May Keep Your Doors Open for Business

Call SERVPRO for Your Dallas Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage is one of the most devastating experiences that a business owner can experience in Fort Worth. In addition to doing severe damage to the structure of the building, fires can lead to excessive, standing water on the property as well as mold invasions. For these reasons and more, business leaders find it difficult to recover from a natural disaster or man-made accident. This is even the case when the business owner is an industry expert who manages the daily operations prudently. However, learning more about commercial fires and how fire damage remediation specialists can assist you is the first step towards limiting damages and preserving your equilibrium in the face of the disaster. Gather information you need regarding how to grapple with a fire by reviewing the data outlined below:

Fire Threats. There are several factors that can place a commercial property in harms way leading to burning and fire damage. Some of the more prevalent factors include:
• lightning strike
• electrical fire
• blown fuse, overloaded circuitry
• adjoining business fire

The Importance Of Obtaining Business Fire Insurance

Unfortunately, some companies find that the losses endured due to a fire leave them unable to continue operating. Typically, companies who are not able to resume operations following the fire-damaging event did not maintain business interruption insurance. While any company impacted by a fire will have challenges with the fire damage restoration process, those that have business interruption insurance find it easier to keep their organizations functioning effectively. Because no company is invulnerable to fire and the damage it can cause, purchasing the insurance is important and advantageous. The insurance will cost roughly 10% more that the business owner's current premium. SERVPRO is well known for working with insurance and property management companies to expedite and mitigate the downtime and costs of the restoration.

Preventing Commercial Fire Damage: Strategies You Can Use

In addition to purchasing business interruption insurance, there are several strategies you can implement to decrease the impact of fire damage to your Dallas business. Some of them include:
- Avoiding the storage of flammable items on-site
- Checking your smoke alarms to ensure that they are functioning optimally, having fire extinguishers strategically placed
- Implementing a fire evacuation plan, no blocking of exit doors
- Turning off appliances and machinery when no one is present
- Ensuring that all machinery is in good condition
- Placing backup drives and important paperwork in a fireproof safe, utilizing the cloud for document backup

Call SERVPRO Today

Assessing and implementing fire damage preventative strategies are important for your Dallas business. You should also know who to call if a fire strikes your commercial property. A premier fire damage restoration company close by is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer 24/7/365 emergency services to ensure that your commercial fire damage services are addressed and resolved immediately. We're ready to assist you if the need ever arises. Our aim is to get your business back up and running.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Dallas, Cedar Hill, Seagoville, or Lancaster regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Call us to make it “Like it never even happened.” (214) 361-7887

How a Water Damage Extraction Company Like SERVPRO Can Help Your Home in Dallas

9/28/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage How a Water Damage Extraction Company Like SERVPRO Can Help Your Home in Dallas Don't Float Away, Call SERVPRO

Who to Call When Your Home in Dallas Has Suffered Water Damage--SERVPRO

One of the most challenging situations for homeowners in Dallas to deal with is water damage. In addition to potentially destroying your electrical system and house structure, water damage can result in the onset of mold growth that compromises your family's health. Additionally, this secondary water damage can leave your most prized personal possessions unsalvageable. For this reason, it's critically important to contact a professional water extraction company once your property is subjected to water damage. SERVPRO possesses experienced, well-trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to prevent secondary water damage. From water removal to completion of the restoration process, the effort is professionally aimed at helping you.

Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

Standing water and excessive moisture are conducive conditions for the growth and expansion of mold and mildew in your Dallas home. Unfortunately, the moist, warm environment created by water damage creates an ideal environment for mold to thrive in. Moreover, the mold can start to grow and thrive on your property within 48-72 hours following a flood or fire. If this happens, the mold can cause health complications such as respiratory problems, asthma, and lung complications. Mold, given enough time, can also break-down the cellulose building materials of your house causing more expensive repairs. Although mold growth can become a difficult problem to your property in Dallas if given the chance, SERVPRO will remove excess water from the house and thereby prevent or greatly mitigate secondary water damage. Some of the specialized equipment the company's professionals will use to realize this objective include air-moving machines and industrial-grade dehumidifiers.

Repairing Structural Damage

Another reason that it's important and advantageous to call a professional water remediation company pertains to structural damage. Unfortunately, excess water can cause serious issues such as warped walls, sagging ceilings, and a weakening of your property's wood framing.  Our specialists are highly skilled in repairing certain aspects of the structural damage that result from the flood or fire. Of course, the key is to minimize damage by executing superior water removal.

When you're ready to secure professional water damage restoration services for your Dallas home, trust the talented technicians of SERVPRO. Our team possesses extensive industry experience and specializes in optimizing and expediting the drying process. We offer round the clock emergency services and affordable prices.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this Dallas community too. Call us for help and an immediate response. (214) 361-7887

When a tornado causes water damage to your Lancaster home.

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage When a tornado causes water damage to your Lancaster home. tornado's can bring large amounts of rain that can cause just as much if not more damage as the wind.

Cleaning Up Tornado Water Damage in your Lancaster home. 

There is nothing quite like the horrific damage a tornado can cause to your Lancaster home. Most people might think that the wind and flying debris are the only true concerns in these storms. However, tornado's can bring large amounts of rain that can cause just as much if not more damage as the wind. Depending on just how much damage has occurred will be the determining factor in just how extensive it will be to clean it all up. In fact, water damage from these storms can be so severe and deceiving that it often cannot be seen by the average person. To be on the safe side, you should rely on the professionals at SERVPRO.

Regardless of who conducts the clean-up making sure it is done safely has to be the highest priority. With this in mind, secure all electrical power to the home or building. This way there will be no risks of electrocution. Next, make sure that anyone that will be involved in the clean-up is aware of any other hazards that may be present. These could be broken glass, sharp objects like protruding nails, or even water damaged sub-flooring that may make a structure unsafe to stand or walk on. 

Now that the clean-up can be done safely, it is time to call your insurance company and have an adjuster to survey the damage. Walk around with them, and make a list of all the damaged furniture and personal items. This way you are sure to get them replaced. 

After that you can get all the debris and water removed from the house. Getting the large amount of water and damaged materials can be done by almost anyone. However, water damage can get more extensive than some would think. For instance, if the walls of a home were exposed to the water damage there is a great chance it wasn't just confined to the surface of the wall. The insulation and electrical wiring may have been damaged as well. This is a reason to call on the people at SERVPRO, as they have the most experience in cleaning up after natural disasters.

Once everything has been cleaned up and dried out, the full extent of the damage can be determined and rebuilding can begin. As the insurance adjuster reviews your options of getting the repairs completed, it would be wise to remember that SERVPRO can truly show their value as they put your house back together like the tornado never happened.  

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Lancaster, TX residents and business owners with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies. 

Tornadoes are one of the most terrifying natural disasters, If your home is damaged by one, call your local SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas - (214) 361-7887. They have the tools and knowledge to get your home back to where it was before the damage. 

The importance of having a fire extinguisher in your Cedar Hill home

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The importance of having a fire extinguisher in your Cedar Hill home Fire extinguishers can be the first line of defense if fire breaks out in your home or business

You could save your Cedar Hill home from fire with a fire extinguisher at your ready.

Close your eyes and imagine. You’re at your Cedar Hill home, or maybe in the office, and you smell ... smoke? Definitely smoke. Fire! You don’t panic, because you’re not the type and you’re prepared. You grab the nearest fire extinguisher, find the flames. You get ready, aim .... and suddenly realize you don’t know how this thing works.

Fire extinguishers can be the first line of defense if fire breaks out in your home or business, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use them or have the wrong extinguisher for the job. When it comes to fire, plan, prepare and remain calm. Knowing how, when and why to use your fire extinguisher—not to mention which fire extinguisher to use—will increase both your safety and peace of mind knowing you can protect you and your belonging from fire damage.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Home or office, when a fire breaks out you have moments to decide: fight or flight? If you feel even the slightest doubt about handling it yourself, move everyone to a safe place and call 911. Ditto if you don’t know how to use your extinguisher or aren’t sure it’s the right class for the fire you’re fighting; better to let the pros handle it than to try to navigate the learning curve mid-fire.

If you decide you can safely put out the fire, grab the extinguisher and get busy, after you locate a safe way out. If you spot a clear exit but it doesn’t look to stay clear long, get out now.

What Kind of Extinguisher to Use
Home- and business owners can choose from five types of fire extinguishers:
  • Class A: for a fire involving normal combustibles and flammables, including cloth, paper and wood
  • Class B: for a fire involving flammable liquids like gas, oil, paint, paint thinner and solvents
  • Class C: to fight a fire involving electrical equipment/appliances that are plugged in and receiving power—electric drills, table saws, computer equipment, televisions, wiring and fuse boxes, for example
  • Class D: to put out a fire involving combustible metals—magnesium, sodium, zirconium, etc. (Note: Don’t try to fight this kind of fire unless you’ve been specifically trained for it!)
  • Class K: for fires typically found in restaurants, involving cooking oil and commercial-grade cooking equipment
Some fires involve several or all of the above. Fortunately, fire extinguishers are labeled not only with the types of fire they’re designed to fight, but with the types of fire you should avoid using them on. Example: Never use a Class A extinguisher on a Class B or C fire—the results could be deadly!

Fire Extinguisher How-to
  1. Stand six to eight feet away from the flames.
  2. Make sure you have a clear exit, in case the fire spreads or flames out of control.
  3. Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever.
  4. Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
  5. Press the lever located above the handle to release the agent.
  6. Use a back-and-forth sweeping motion to saturate the base of the fire until the flames are extinguished.
  7. Continue the process if the fire re-ignites.
  8. If the fire doesn’t go out or spreads, get to safety.
Extinguisher Safety Tips
  • Install fire extinguishers in areas where fires are likely to break out, including kitchens and break rooms.
  • Check periodically to make sure all fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  • Show every family member or employee where the fire extinguishers and fire alarms are located.
  • Train yourself, your loved ones and your co-workers to use the equipment properly.

Even with a fire extinguisher, some fire damage will occur. When this happens, call your local SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. (214) 361-7887. They live and work in the local community just like you and they can help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Mold Remediation Tips for Lancaster

5/23/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Tips for Lancaster Mold damage in your Lancaster home should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Lancaster Mold Remediation Tips

If you have ever seen mold in the bathroom, kitchen or elsewhere in your Lancaster home, you know just how unsightly it can be. Not only is mold ugly, but it can also make your home look dirty and unkempt. What you should know, however, is that mold is more than just unappealing; it can also cause health effects for you and your family members.

1. Locate the Source

Before SERVPRO can thoroughly and effectively get rid of the mold in your home, we have to determine where it is coming from. We'll check for leaky pipes, for example, since they are a common cause of mold.

2. Discard of Materials That are Contaminated

Get rid of any material that is contaminated by mold, such as a shower curtain, by putting it in a plastic bag and throwing it away.

3. Keep Drip Pans Clean
Check the drip pans for your refrigerator and air conditioner. Because they are kept moist, these pans can become a breeding ground for mold.

4. Reduce the Humidity in Your Home
Lancaster mold thrives in moist environments, so reducing the humidity in your home can help. Consider investing in a dehumidifier to help pull some of the moisture out of the air. Also, use your stove vent when you are cooking, and turn the exhaust fan on in your bathroom when you are taking a bath or shower.

5. Check Your Home's Foundation
It is critical to ensure that your home's foundation isn't allowing any water to seep into your basement. Otherwise, this moisture could cause mold to grow.

6. Monitor the Site
Keep an eye on any areas that have grown mold before to ensure that the problem has not resurfaced.

7. Don't Be Afraid to Call SERVPRO
Some homeowners may try to take care of the mold problem themselves, the preffered solution is to call a Lancaster area professional to identify and remediate your mold damage. We have high tech measurement and monitoring devices to locate hidden moisture that you might not readily see.

If you suspect that your Lancaster home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. Call us at (214) 361-7887 for help.

Flood Water Damage and Recovery to Seagoville Buildings

5/23/2015 (Permalink)

Building Services Flood Water Damage and Recovery to Seagoville Buildings Water can collect in gas lines, resulting in the pilot light on appliances, heaters and water heaters to improperly burn or go out.

Flood Water Damage and Recovery to Buildings

If Seagoville flood water has affected your property, the damage and amount of material that needs removed may result in extensive labor and high cost. Begin by checking for structural damage, and if there is any, contact your insurance company and local District Council’s Building Control Team.

Plaster boards on the walls, insulation within walls and above ceilings, and ceilings under the floor may be irreparable; therefore, remove the damaged material to decrease further harm to the structure.

Drying must begin immediately throughout the structure using a ventilation process. This includes opening windows and interior/exterior doors, using fans, air conditioning and dehumidifiers. Heaters are not recommended for this procedure due to an increase of humidity inside the building, resulting in bacteria growth such as mildew.

Basic Clean-up Procedures
• Take safety measures by wearing protective gloves, boots, and goggles when cleaning the affected area.

• After the water has receded, remove wet and soaked materials, followed by washing down all surfaces thoroughly with detergent and hot water.

• Record the damage to assist with insurance claims by taking photos and writing descriptions of damaged property prior to removal.

Floors
Immediate removal and replacement of damaged carpet, wood, and wood sub-flooring is very important to speed up drying process. By not doing so can result in buckling and swelling of floor or molded and smelly carpet.

Doors and Cabinets
Doors and cabinets are both generally constructed of wood, plywood or particle board. Seagoville water damage will cause swelling and delaminating of material in the future, resulting in doors becoming unusable.

Foundations and External Walls
In extreme cases or fast flowing Seagoville flood water, check foundations to verify that the waters have not exposed or damaged the foundations. This includes older buildings and homes where foundations are constructed of masonry and brick. Visually inspect around the perimeter of the property to make sure mortar has not been washed away from any joints between the bricks and blocks. If a significant amount of mortar has been lost but the foundation is still intact structurally, the missing mortar can be replaced. Restoring mortar may seem too challenging for some; if this is the case, contact a professional to make the needed repairs.

Properties that have elevated floors should have all the perimeter vents opened to allow as much cross-ventilation and movement of air in the crawl space as possible. This is necessary to adequately dry out the floor joists and floor sheathings from the underside so that the amount of damage to the floor joists and wooden sub-floor throughout the structure is reduced.

Gas Pipes
Water can collect in gas lines, resulting in the pilot light on appliances, heaters and water heaters to improperly burn or go out. In this case, gas will escape if there is a faulty valve or thermal couple. The gas system within the structure and appliances should be checked for safety to make certain it is working accurately.

Electricity
Electrical systems should be thoroughly checked, especially if there are indications that the water level surpassed the wall outlets, light switches and light fixtures. Silt collects and short circuits are the end results when this happens. If in doubt, do not hesitate to call a professional electrical engineer who is able to answer any questions regarding the situation.

Appliances
Most appliance's electrical motor is mounted close to the floor; therefore, any amount of water in the structure can cause damage to the motors and bearings. For safety reasons, do not attempt to use these appliances until they have been thoroughly checked by a qualified trained specialist.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Seagoville business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas offers fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year. Just call us for help at (214) 361-7887.

Information on Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storm Systems for Dallas

5/22/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Information on Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storm Systems for Dallas A tropical cyclone causes tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes.

Information on Hurricanes and Dallas Storm Systems

We hear every day about devastating storm systems, including Dallas hurricanes and tropical storms. If you have ever wondered how hurricanes get their names or what makes a hurricane and a tropical storm different, you are not alone.

Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, and Other Terminology
A tropical cyclone causes tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes. These low pressure systems form in the tropics and cause extreme weather such as strong winds and thunderstorms. There are three types of storm formed by a tropical cyclone.

A tropical depression is the mildest, with defined surface circulation but no spiral shape or eye. It has maximum wind speeds of 38 MPH or less.

A Dallas tropical storm has a spiral shape but no eye. It is stronger than a tropical depression but milder than a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 39-73 MPH.

A hurricane is the most intense tropical weather system, with the distinctive spiral shape and an eye in the center. Hurricanes, or typhoons, include thunderstorms and 74 MPH or higher maximum sustained winds that can devastate entire regions.

Both tropical storms and hurricanes can cause a storm surge, a large amount of water flooding the coastline. This wall of water is up to 25 feet tall and 50-1000 miles wide. A storm surge is pushed onto land by high winds. When combined with normal high tide, a storm surge is called a storm tide.

Storm Season
Hurricane season in the United States covers the warmer months, from June to November, although the peak season is August through October. The Atlantic Coast and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico are most affected, although the Southwest and the Pacific Coast may experience tropical storms and hurricanes that begin off the coast of Mexico. The effects of storm systems can be immense both on coastlines and inland. Winds may exceed 155 MPH; tornadoes, storm surges, and microbursts are common.

The Saffir-Simpson Scale
Hurricanes are classified as one of five categories by the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Category is determined by damage potential, central pressure, and maximum sustained wind speed. While Categories One and Two hurricanes are serious, Category Three and higher are devastating.

A Category 1 hurricane has mild damage to vegetation and unanchored structures, with storm surges of 4-5 feet and winds of 74-95 MPH.

A Category 2 hurricane causes moderate damage including flooding, roof damage, and destruction of light structures. Storm surges are 6-8 feet, and winds reach 96-110 MPH.

A Category 3 hurricane includes extensive damage including damage to small structures and cutting off roads in low areas. Storm surges reach 9-12 feet and winds are sustained at 111-130 MPH.

A Category 4 hurricane has extreme damage, including flooding and damage to homes. Trees may be blown over and roads cut off. Storm surges reach 13-18 feet, and winds reach 131-155 MPH.

A Category 5 hurricane destroys buildings and vegetation. Storm surges top 18 feet, cutting off roads and flooding large areas, while winds exceed 155 MPH.

Naming Storms
Six separate and alternating lists of names for Atlantic tropical storms were created by the National Hurricane Center in 1953. Only female names were used until 1979; since then, men's and women's names alternate. When a storm leaves incredible damage, such as Katrina in 2005, the name is retired from the list and replaced.

Preparedness steps and more information on hurricanes can be found in the FEMA-247 publication "Against the Wind: Protecting Your Home from Hurricane and Wind Damage."

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Water damage can strike your Dallas commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas offers fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year. Help is waiting at (214) 361-7887.

What Is A Dallas Fire Restorer?

4/4/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is A Dallas Fire Restorer? Fire restorers use specialized equipment and techniques to mitigate damage and return your property to clean and safe use.

What is a fire restorer?

In the past, when a Dallas fire damage occurred, it often meant the complete destruction of property. Advanced fire-fighting techniques have allowed the preservation of structures, although the damage may be severe. A fire restorer is a contractor that is called in after a fire in Dallas to reduce the effects of smoke, heat and flames, so that properties can be returned to normal use. Fire restorers use specialized equipment and techniques to mitigate damage and return your property to clean and safe use.  

Why You Should Hire A Fire Restorer

A professional fire restorer has the knowledge and equipment to provide the water removal and odor eradication properties need after a fire. Water damage from fire-fighting procedures can cause as much damage as the fire itself. Dallas Fire restoration services can remove moisture from the area, so that further damage does not occur. In addition, they have the knowledge and training in techniques that remove offensive odors from the property so that it is usable again.   

Fire Restoration Equipment

Dallas Fire restorers use a variety of specialized equipment to remove smoke odors and moisture from homes and businesses. The first consideration is the safety of the technician, who must wear protective clothing, gloves and a respirator to prevent damage from contact with hazardous elements. Ozone machines are brought in to generate ozone, a gas used to destroy molecules that create the foul smoke odor. These machines are expensive and highly technical and should only be used by those who have received specialized training. Another important piece of equipment is the industrial-strength dehumidifier. These machines are many times more powerful than the common household humidifiers and are used to remove moisture from the property. The timing of water removal is critical because moisture can cause significant damage to property if left in place. Industrial-strength dehumidifies can quickly and efficiently remove moisture from buildings to prevent further damage.  

Benefits of Using A Professional Fire Restorer

A professional fire restorer has the knowledge, experience and equipment to 

  • Remove moisture and odors, according to industry-approved standards to ensure the safety of their customers
  • Provide the manpower needed for fast restoration of the property
  • Utilize their training and experience to tailor their efforts to individual properties’ needs
  • Understands how to work with insurance companies to ensure customer’s needs are served
  • Years of experience enable the restorer to bring the property back into use as quickly as possible.  

How Is Fire Restoration Done?

Fire restoration in Dallas begins with a thorough examination of the property to assess the amount of damage and the areas that require the most intensive treatment. Because of the variety of different compounds that can be found in buildings, different methods of cleaning and treatment may be used. Natural substances such as paper, wood and metal may require removal or cleaning. Protein-based substances leave a greasy residue that requires special cleaning techniques. Synthetic substances leave a residue that can be toxic and also requires special techniques. Odors left behind may require a variety of techniques to completely eliminate them from the premises. An experienced fire restorer will know the right compounds and techniques that should be used for each of these circumstances.  

Fire restoration techniques are continually being improved and updated. If your property has been damaged by fire, contacting a professional fire restoration company will be able to use its expertise, training and experience to restore it to full use and complete safety.  

Fire Damage Restoration

We understand that smoke and fire damage is both devastating and disruptive to your family or business. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas Professionals respond quickly to repair fire, smoke, and soot damage, including: 

  • Fire damage cleanup
  • Smoke and soot damage cleaning and repair
  • Cleaning your home's contents and belongings
  • Eliminating fire and smoke odor and deodorization

Should you suffer any of these fire damage emergencies SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is standing by ready 24/7 to help. Just call (214) 361-7887)

Fort Worth Water Damage Classification Criteria

4/3/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fort Worth Water Damage Classification Criteria Any time water pools where it shouldn't, damage is done to the affected area.

What damage classification criteria

Any time water pools where it shouldn't, damage is done to the affected area. Fort Worth Water damage can be minor or disastrous, depending on the origin and extent. Leaking roofs, faulty pipes and pumps, or uncontrollable forces of nature can all contribute to damage that may be fixed quickly, or result in the total loss of a building's structural integrity. To distinguish the levels of damage done, insurance companies utilize a classification system established by the IICRC. Each classification is determined by the amount of water, absorption, and the expected rate of evaporation, with class 1 being the lowest and class 4 the greatest in each factor. 

  • Class 1 Water Damage: Refers to the least severe amount of damage that can occur, affecting only a small area with little to no absorption in soft materials, such as carpeting. Class 1 water damage in Fort Worth is the least expensive category to deal with, and usually is caused by a small leak in a roof or appliance overflow. Even if a small amount of flooding occurs, the water is easy to remove and will require only a minimal amount of evaporation.
  • Class 2 Water Damage: Occurs when an entire room is affected, and the water has damaged wood-grained materials. Fort Worth Class 2 water damage includes some structural damage in the framework, drywall, and flooring of a location. This category also considers the height of the water. So long as any flooding has stayed below the 24 inch mark, it is still a class 2. Damage of this kind is typical of a sump pump failure, and if quickly noticed and expeditiously handled, the water can be drained and the area dried out before significant structural damage occurs.
  • Class 3 Water Damage: Any situation in which the water damage has severely affected a building without irreparably compromising its structural integrity is categorized as class 3 water damage. Class 3 water damage poses severe health risks for a building's inhabitants and typically requires the involvement of an insurance company to resolve. This level of damage is caused by burst pipes or water coming from overhead through a collapsed ceiling. If not handled quickly and effectively, a property with class 3 water damage may later be deemed unsalvageable.
  • Class 4 Water Damage: The fourth class of water damage is also referred to as a "specialty drying situation". In a class 4, even materials with low permeance and porosity, including concrete, hardwood, and plaster have been saturated. In most cases, this is considered a total loss. A building with class 4 water damage has had its fundamental structure compromised and requires nearly all of its materials to be replaced. Drying out such a location requires a low and specific humidity to be maintained, which isn't possible in most cases. This level of damage is usually caused by a natural disaster, such as a severe flood. 

The amount of water, the materials affected, and the expected rate of evaporation all play important roles in determining the extent of water damage. In order to make the best repair and salvage decisions, it is advisable to hire an IICRC certified water remediation firm. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has been doing water damage control for over 40 years in the Dallas area. Our crews can help mitigate most types of damage from your property.

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas relies on advanced equipment to help to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your property and possessions. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety. We are ready to help 24/7. Just call (214) 361-7887).

What Is Dallas Water Damage Remediation?

4/3/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Is Dallas Water Damage Remediation? Getting your home dry is just one small element of the total water damage remediation process.

What is water damage remediation?

Dallas Water damage remediation is a term used to refer to the process of repairing and restoring a home after an event that resulted in water damage, such as a flood or fire. Numerous aspects of your home can be impacted by water damage, and it's critical that you act fast if you want to prevent further structural damage. Secondary water damage in Dallas can be extensive and severe and may even present a threat to the health of you and your family. In order to prevent this, it's recommended to hire a water damage remediation service so these professionals can get to work on restoring you home as soon as possible. 

Water Damage Remediation Dries Your Home

Following a flood or house fire, thoroughly drying out your home is the most critical part of the Dallas water damage remediation process. This is so important because significant additional damage can occur as a result of secondary water damage. This can include the growth of mold and mildew and the development of spores, which can be a serious threat to your health. It can also cause wood to warp and rot, creating a safety hazard, and moist wood also encourages termites. The most effective way to protect against this is to ensure that your home is dried as thoroughly and quickly as possible. This can be done using dehumidifiers, wet-dry vacs and air movers. Air movers support evaporation through constant airflow, dehumidifiers pull moisture from the air and vacuums can be used to get rid of puddles and excess water. 

Hire a Water Damage Remediation Professional

Getting your home dry is just one small element of the total water damage remediation process. Any event that results in water damage can destroy property, cause bacterial and parasitic contamination and often requires working with your homeowner's insurance company. By hiring a water damage remediation service, you will have several contractors working on various aspects of your home at once to help speed up the restoration process and get you back into your home sooner. If you neglect this essential step, mold, mildew and other hazardous substances can develop in the areas of your home that you never see, such as inside walls and ceilings, beneath carpet, behind baseboards and inside of crawlspaces. 

Be Sure Your Homeowner's Insurance Policy Covers Water Damage Remediation

In many cases, homeowner's insurance companies will pay for any water damage remediation in Dallas or other repair work you have done on your house. However, this can depend strongly on where you live, which insurance carrier you purchased your policy from and the exact terms and conditions of your policy. To find out whether your insurance policy covers all or part of the cost of cleanup after water damage, you should contact your provider.

Water damage remediation is an extremely important step to take following a flood, house fire or other event that causes water damage to your home. Standing puddles of water can prove extremely hazardous and can promote the formation of mold, mildew and their spores as well as other substances that threaten the health of you and your family. It's imperative that you begin thoroughly drying your home immediately after water damage has occurred, and hiring a water damage remediation service to do it for you is the best choice you can make. To find out more about water damage remediation, please call your homeowner's insurance carrier.

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

When you are dealing with your Chicago water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas responds immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove water quickly. The drying process is closely monitored and documented to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. We are standing by 24/7 to help remediate any water damage emergency you might encounter. Call (214) 361-7887 and we will be on our way.

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