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Water Removal in Your Dallas Home Calls for Experience

1/22/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water covering the tile Regardless of how the water damage situation occurred, team SERVPRO can help with water removal and remediation services. Call right away.

Hire SERVPRO for Water Removal in Dallas

Water damage can result from different emergencies in your home, such as burst pipes, water heater failure, leaking dishwasher lines, and sump pump failure. When these occur, significant problems are just a few hours away. If you don't contact a professional water damage restorer, your furniture might be ruined or damaged, and so might the drywall and flooring.

SERVPRO is present to ensure that property owners can easily locate water removal services in Dallas. Our team is fully trained and certified to clean and deodorize the areas that have come under the effect of excessive water damage. We usually begin with a process approved in the industry to protect against mold, germs, and odors, with the main aim being to get your house back to order in the shortest time possible.

Our team can use electric submersible pumps to remove the standing water. The only way to bring the affected items and structures back to their normal moisture levels is by using air-moving and dehumidifying equipment. SERVPRO's drying process uses these to increase the evaporation of water at the surface level and shorten the drying time. When the water is evaporating from wet materials, there is cooling and saturation of the air directly above the material, which can slow the rate of evaporation. To avoid this, we bring in air movers, introducing a high-velocity airflow layer that increases the evaporation rate.

Some of the equipment that SERVPRO uses for this purpose include:

  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Axial air movers, and
  • Structural cavity drying equipment.

We also offer mold remediation to prevent the deterioration of yet unharmed drywall, flooring, and framing. The scope of the damage and the length of time required to achieve drying standards determine the time our SERVPRO technicians spend restoring your house and affected contents.

Don't stand to watch as your Dallas house succumbs to water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Drying Goals Focus Dallas Warehouse Water Damage Recovery 

12/18/2022 (Permalink)

cat being dried in a towel SERVPRO dries water damaged Dallas Commercial Businesses and prevents CAT-a-strophic revenue loss.

Limiting Water Damage with Drying Goals

With any restoration service SERVPRO professionals provide customers, it is essential to have a concise recovery plan to ensure that objectives are completed, and restoration milestones are reached. By communicating with management, we can better understand the business’ priorities. After a thorough damage assessment, drying goals and a mitigation timeline can be established.

Benefits of Containment and Staging

Water damage in Dallas commercial production facilities should be handled swiftly and directly to keep your warehouse from being overrun. The fastest way to provide consistent care for structures is to establish staging areas by first containing the damaged portions of the property and then creating clean, controlled spaces nearby to house equipment and manage the content cleanup.

Working with Management on Drying Priorities

We expect property management and leaders of the warehouse operation to have clear priorities when it comes to the cleanup and drying of the facility. We work directly with these professionals to establish clear drying goals, including the restoration timeline and the earliest actions taken to preserve production in some capacities. The recovery plan should determine the following:

  • Placement of air movers
  • The needed number of dehumidifiers 
  • Affected materials
  • Successful drying milestones

Documentation of the Drying Progress

As important as it is to catalog loss and inventory damaged wares from the production facility, our professionals must also thoroughly document the drying process to ensure it gets completed promptly. Our proprietary software, SERVPRO DryBook, is a program that allows our technicians to record the condition of the property and remark on the placement and amount of drying equipment in use. Progress updates show when it is necessary to move this drying equipment to new areas to continue effective evaporation.

With the need for immediate action following water damage to Dallas warehouses and production facilities, management relies on the fast response of SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas professionals. Our quick containment and cleanup get your doors back open fast after disasters. Call us at (214) 361-7887.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO on the job. Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. We are ready at a moment's notice; call now!

Pretesting Smoke Residues Part of Routine SERVPRO Dallas Fire Damage Restoration

Fires in Dallas homes produce large amounts of smoke and residues, especially those that start in the kitchen. Smoke residues quickly cover everything in the immediate area and throughout the house. Firefighters or even the homeowner may douse the fire quickly before it causes significant structural damage; however, the odor and smoke residues linger in almost every room.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in Dallas and surrounding areas. We restore damage caused by large fires and those that produce lots of smoke and cause minimal structural damage. Many of our clients attempt to clean up the smoke residues themselves, only to cause the residues to smear and penetrate the surfaces of porous materials. Every fire has its unique signature regarding the residue and odor produced.

For example, grease fires produce an oily residue that easily smears when cleaning. Hot fires produce light, fluffy ash, which can be wiped off non-porous surfaces and vacuumed off others. Every fire is different, and the materials the residue lands on are also different. That’s why 

SERVPRO takes the time to identify the type of fire, smoke residue, and the best cleaning approach for each surface type before beginning. By pretesting, our technicians determine the kind of residue and utilize the best cleaning method applicable for the surface type, e.g., porous vs. non-porous, fabrics, flooring, carpets, clothing, etc.

SERVPRO provides complete services to our clients, regardless of the type or size of the fire, including:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration
  • House fire clean up
  • Fire damage repair and reconstruction

We work closely with your insurance company adjuster and coordinate all activity on the site until your home is returned to its original condition “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for fire damage restoration services. We provide service to Dallas and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (214) 361-7887.

The Hazards of Flood Damage in Northwest Dallas

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO job-site Flood damage restoration is no DIY project for your home. Call SERVPRO for all the help that is needed throughout the process.

Flood Damage Can Destroy Homes

From rising creeks and streams around Northwest Dallas to natural disasters that overwhelm the city with severe weather conditions, flooding has been a part of many homeowners' lives. We are a trusted name to help with post-flood recovery.

Structural Compromise Concerns

Flood damage to Northwest Dallas homes can impact the structure the most. From the penetration point to the degradation of exposed building materials, we must complete widespread controlled demolition to help.

Safety Hazards After Flooding

The safety of our technicians and the occupants of the house is a priority of our SERVPRO team, so we work fast to identify hazards and avoid threatening situations. After flooding, there are a few common safety hazards that could exist:

  • Shock Hazards – In some scenarios, standing water can pool around outlets or other electrical pathways to charge the water.
  • Debris – Solids in the water and particulates carried in with the flood can present risks to the health and well-being of those exposed.
  • Infestation – Intruding floodwater can carry insects and animals into the house that SERVPRO must remove to restore the property.

Standing Water with Solids

Water removal services can be a priority for arriving technicians, but flooding is an obstacle in many cases. Solids and debris in the water cannot be managed by all of the extraction units in our inventory. Instead, we rely on trash pumps and vacuums to remove these pools.

The Possibility of Contamination

With any flooding, contamination can only sometimes get ruled out entirely. Instead, most scenarios require water exposure and impacted materials to be treated as a blackwater event, like a sewage backup. Contaminated materials must get handled carefully and disposed of, meeting strict guidelines.

Your home can be severely damaged by flooding and water intrusion. As leading flood restoration experts, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas works to provide rapid mitigation strategies to overcome the hazards of flooding. Call us now at (214) 361-7887.

Highly Trained Mold Inspection Specialists in Dallas

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls in the corner of a room When mold spreads throughout your home, the professionals need to be brought in. Our SERVPRO team has the experience and the tools to help.

SERVPRO personnel receive unique training in mold inspection

Combating mold growth takes more than high-grade equipment. To fully understand how to handle mold, it is vital to have an advanced understanding of common species, growth factors, and effective countermeasures.

Many SERVPRO technicians receive training on fungal remediation technologies, but those who desire to learn more have access to some of the most advanced mold inspection training in Dallas. Devices such as thermal imagers that can detect moisture through walls and surfaces are standard equipment for these highly educated specialists. Some of our most successful specialties include:

Working together, these individuals form a team that can identify mold growth anywhere in the home and tackle the full problem at once. Unlike some other services, our mold inspections rarely miss an isolated colony or a problem area. If you suspect mold may be growing in your home, give us a call: we can send someone out to say whether your suspicions are correct, definitively.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas about your mold damage problems at (214) 361-7887.

We Have The Proper Equipment To Handle Water Damage In Dallas

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a woman trying to fix a leaking pipe underneath her sink Water damage to cabinets can cause cascading effects if not dealt with urgently. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 and ready to remediate.

Restoring Under Sink Cabinets and Fittings from Water Damage in your Dallas Home

Your kitchen and bathroom have hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons in water passing through them throughout the year. Sometimes, these wet rooms can sustain moisture-related damages. The cupboards beneath a sink are typical areas where small amounts of moisture from condensation or leaking can build up. As time passes, these damp spots can begin to degrade interior cabinets, stagnant, or cause rust issues. You may notice unpleasant odors when running water or yellow staining on shelves and beneath fittings. 

Odor and discoloration inside fittings can be signs of long standing water damage issues in your Dallas home. Moisture attracts bacteria and other living organisms that can eat away at varnishes resulting in exposure of the wood beneath. At their most severe, microbial infestation can cause rotting in natural materials. Metal pipes, on the other hand, can attract rust, which slowly weakens your pipes and increases the chances of kitchen flooding. Your best bet in tackling these issues may be to bring in professional restoration services like SERVPRO to remedy the damages.

Careful inspection of the area affected is a vital part of ensuring that your water damage issue does not go on to change the structure of your home. The base of fittings can sometimes expose the subfloor or not have the same sealant as the floor. SERVPRO technicians can remove the physical elements of your cabinet to assess whether water seepage is going to be an issue. If there is a situation where removing the cabinets may be unnecessarily time-consuming, we can use infrared cameras or moisture sensors to assess whether water migration is occurring. 

When it comes to natural materials that have a microbial infestation, the only solution is to remove the affected areas altogether. This procedure can help to prevent the spread of soiling or infestation to untainted materials. Once the removal and disposal of these items are complete, SERVPRO can disinfect the area or use antimicrobial treatments to create a lasting barrier. By sanding the salvageable elements of your cabinets and refinishing them, we can ensure that unaffected areas remain in good condition. 

Long Standing water issues can result in escalating costs without early intervention. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 now.

How Do Specific Drying Principles Promote Efficient Cleanup of Dallas Hotels?

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a hotel room with a bed and television If your commercial space suffers from water damage, the professionals need to be brought in. Our team is standing by 24/7 ready to help.

Our restorers work to regulate specific drying principles for faster restoration of Dallas's accommodations. 

Specific principles must be regulated and managed to promote the most efficient and complete drying and restoration possible. The most cost-efficient and rapid drying solutions balance three primary tenets: airflow, temperature, and humidity. With all of these being at optimal levels, the drying process can get completed faster, and guests can return to the damaged portions of the hotel.

Regulating Relative Humidity in Damaged Hotels

Humidity is one of the primary drying sciences that can make water cleanup in Naples' hotels challenging. Excessive moisture slows drying and forces the need for greater temperatures and airflow to overcome without dehumidification. Relative humidity can be regulated with:

  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers
  • Low-Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers
  • Air Movers

Promoting Healtheir Airflow in Guest Areas

Another critical drying principle that dictates the pace and thoroughness of evaporation in water-damaged accommodations is air movement throughout the work zone. With containment, regulating airflow through damp spaces is more direct, and machines like air movers can have a more significant impact.

The Benefits of Ideal Temperatures During Drying

The final drying principle that must get regulated for water removal and drying of hotel property is the temperature. The warmer surfaces are the faster molecules move and the quicker evaporation occurs. Cooler temperatures can hinder the drying process, making it ideal for our team to use portable heaters to regulate temperature to ideal conditions.

With hundreds of hotels and condominium complexes throughout Naples and its immediate areas, when threats like water damage threaten these structures, our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team is working on setting it right. We have efficient drying and cleanup devices and equipment to manage rapidly changing damage situations and make these water emergencies "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (214) 361-7887. 

Removing Water After Dallas Warehouse Flood Damage

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster 24/7 service SERVPRO offers 24/7 emergency flood service in the Greater Dallas area.

Flood Damage Occurs in Several Ways

Flooding can occur from many different sources. Large commercial structures like the city's warehouses can rapidly become overwhelmed as water moves through the open floor plan. We have effective mitigation strategies to help when you need them.

Surface Water Threats in the Building

Flood damage in Dallas warehouses requires several types of Large Loss equipment from our inventory. Truck-mount extractors are among our stock's most powerful water removal tools, operating on the vehicle's engine where they are mounted. Removing standing water is critical in properties like these to reduce the damage to wares, inventory, and equipment.

Protecting the Equipment

In the production facility, flood damage can be detrimental to electronics and machinery. During the cleanup and mitigation processes, it might be necessary to cover stationary equipment that cannot be relocated to a safer building area. These surfaces will require cleaning and disinfection in the event of contaminant exposure.

Overcoming Surface Damages

Surface damage is a common concern after flooding. We must choose among several or multiple strategies to protect installed materials from greater harm.

  •    Cleaning

There are many types of surface cleaning necessary after flood damage. Not only must detergents manage any residues and discoloration, but SERVPRO must clean non-porous items with sanitizers when contamination is a concern.

  •    Antimicrobial 

Another surface treatment needed after flooding is antimicrobial products. Applying biocides and sporicidal agents on sensitive surfaces can reduce the likelihood of mold colony development.

  •    Needed Repairs 

With a general contractor license, our SERVPRO team can complete the needed build-back services and repairs likely after floodwater exposure. Controlled demolition can begin with the earliest mitigation efforts.

Flooding can be destructive and overwhelming for large commercial structures like warehouses. Our Large Loss providers can help overcome standing water and clean up after potential contaminants and residual damage. Let our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team help your business after a flood by calling (214) 361-7887. 

The Importance of Fast Water Removal Services for Your Dallas Home

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

removed carpet, dryers in bedroom SERVPRO can restore your water damaged Dallas bedroom using advanced equipment and expertise.

Removing Standing Water to Mitigate Damage

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

With appliances being a leading cause of internal flooding of your Dallas home, preventative maintenance stands as a critical action for avoiding these circumstances. Unfortunately, you might not always be mindful of when your appliances require servicing, with the added expense of getting them looked at not something you want to do regularly.

However, appliances are the leading cause of required water removal services for your Dallas residence. With 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 is noticed.

While most homeowners know how to shut off the supply valves to each appliance, 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, including the significant water emergency you might be facing.

From the moment that we arrive, and the water supply has been 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 and Monitoring

  • Drying follows this effort using
  • air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Drying mats
  • Injecti-dry systems

We monitor using moisture sensors and infrared camera imagery until moisture content levels reach acceptable levels.

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

Complete Mold Damage Remediation Services in Dallas

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

mold on wall, parquet floor Dallas homeowners call SERVPRO to remove mold damage from their properties--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Professional Services for a Mold Infestation

Visit our website today to learn more about mold damage prevention and remediation services. Our locally owned and operated franchise provides a full-service solution that helps 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. We offer rapid emergency response times and the proper personnel, equipment, and experience to get the job done right. We 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.

Our AMRT - applied microbial remediation technicians understand the behavior and reasons for mold infestations within an environment. It is essential to have a professional IICRC-certified team to handle the removal and disposal of contaminated materials found within your home.

Equipment and Processes for Removal and Cleanup

  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Portable filtered vacuums and scrapers
  • Air movers create negative air pressure suppressing spore circulation
  • Controlled Demolition when required
  • Antimicrobial application to exterminate growth and spores

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 possible that what you see looks far worse than it is, and a simple removal and cleaning process can contain the proper steps to mitigate the damage to your property.

We strongly suggest that industry guidelines be followed to mitigate mold damage and prevent recurring events due to poor workmanship or untrained individuals.

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

What is the Best Way to Cleanup Water from Carpeting?

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

a worker pulling up a waterlogged carpet from the floors Water damaged carpets need to be dealt with quickly or else a mold infestation will result. Call SERVPRO to assess and dry out the area.

Dallas homeowners trust SERVPRO to tackle water cleanup from saturated carpets

The type of water saturating the carpets in your Dallas home will play a significant role in how SERVPRO handles the cleanup. No matter the kind of flooding you have, we have proven methods to leave everything “Like it never even happened.”

Water cleanup in Dallas when your carpet is involved means determining the best way to proceed. We break down water contamination into three categories:

  • Category 1 water is clean, often coming from your plumbing or supply line
  • Category 2 water is dirty, coming from appliances like a dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine
  • Category 3 water is contaminated, often coming from sewage, outdoor flooding, and more

Keep in mind that any water sitting for too long can become dirty and bacterial growth will fester. We get to work fast using our extraction equipment, pumps, and vacuums to pull up as much water as possible. Whether or not our technicians can salvage your carpet will depend on several critical factors, including:

  • The age of the carpeting and padding below
  • The type of installation
  • The category of water that has come into contact with it
  • And other essential factors unique to the situation

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is the team to call when you need water cleanup to dry carpeting throughout your home. Call us 24 hours a day at (214) 361-7887 to have a team dispatched to your property to begin the assessment.

SERVPRO Assists Dallas Residents in Need of Water Restoration Companies

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the hardwood floor of a living room Whether the water damage is in your kitchen or another part of your home, team SERVPRO is the company to call. We are standing by 24/7.

Dallas Residents Can Get Help 24/7 From One of the Premier Water Restoration Companies

Dallas has contributed much to the United States' sports culture; in fact, the term "Super Bowl" originated from a comment made by Lamar Hunt, one of the founders of the American Football League, made to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. The event's original name was the ‘AFL-NFL Championship Game,’ but quickly became known as The Super Bowl."

Professional Cheerleading Started in Dallas

Another aspect of sports originated in Big D as the first-ever professional cheerleading squad, The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Since 1972, the cheerleaders have been a staple at both home and away games for the team. In the present, hundreds of women from all over the United States attend the yearly tryouts to get chosen to be part of this elite cheering team. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders have featured on calendars, movies, and most recently, their own reality show featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous training and selection process. 

Dallas is Home to Many Other Sports

If football is not your cup of tea, there are numerous other sports to take in around the city. The metropolitan area is home to teams engaged in six major sports: 

  • National Football League - Dallas Cowboys
  • National Basketball Association - Dallas Mavericks
  • Major League Baseball - Texas Rangers
  • National Hockey League - Dallas Stars
  • Major League Soccer - FS Dallas
  • Women's National Basketball Association - Dallas Wings

During the State Fair of Texas in September and October, the rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas hits its peak with the college football game nicknamed "Red River Rivalry" or the "Texas-OU game," which plays out every year at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park.  

Parks and Parkland in Dallas

Although it seems to lean towards being modern and cosmopolitan, Dallas has many outdoor areas to visit. The City oversees and maintains a total of 406 parks located on 21,000 acres. One of the best parks is Fair Park, which spans 260-acres and hosted the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. The Dallas Zoo has the distinction of being the first zoo in the State that opened in 1888 and the largest zoo covering 95 acres. 

The city is not close to the Gulf of Mexico but offers 17 different lakes to enjoy, including White Rock and Bachman. For biking and jogging enthusiasts, the city and park systems have a total of 61.6 miles of jogging, hiking, and biking trails to use and explore. There is always something to do with residents and visitors having access to: 

  • 47 community and neighborhood recreation centers
  • 276 sports fields
  • 60 swimming pools
  • 232 playgrounds
  • 173 basketball courts
  • 112 volleyball courts
  • 258 neighborhood tennis courts
  • Six 18-hole golf courses

The Trinity River Project 

The Great Trinity Forest is the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, and there are ongoing plans to develop these lands into the largest urban park in America. Once completed, the park will be eleven times larger than Central Park in New York City. The area is known as the nature district and becomes the heart of Dallas by assisting in the transition to make Big D a greener city. Engineers designed the park to address flooding problems from the Trinity River, which has affected numerous structures after heavy rains requiring restoration services. It also helps with transportation issues throughout the area and boosts the economy through park attendance and events. Called the Greenway, it will feature: 

  • Water features
  • Sports fields 
  • Pedestrian overpass
  • Located 10 minutes from downtown for easy access

Once a year, the State Fair of Texas takes place. The fair has happened every since 1886, except for cancellations occurring during World Wars I and II and the pandemic of 2020. The usual starting time is the final Friday in September and ends 24 days later. Each year, an average of two million visitors enjoy this venue where they can take in the Starlight Parade, an auto show, and the Texas Skyway, a gondola ride that only operates during the days the fair is open. Visitors get welcomed by Big Tex, a 55-foot tall cowboy made of fabric and wire that speaks with a hinged jaw. The statue was rebuilt in 2013 after an electrical fire gutted the previous cowboy that had been on display since 1952.

What Does SERVPRO Do Differently Than Other Dallas Water Restoration Companies?

As Dallas water restoration companies go, SERVPRO has access to a nationwide selection of extraction and drying equipment to handle any size water damage in local properties. 

While local property owners know to bring in a professional mitigation company on large-scale cleanup jobs, what you may not be aware of is that even small water damage situations may need handling by trained IICRC-certified technicians to ensure there are no issues afterward that can affect the structure, contents or health of the occupants. That is why after extracting the water and drying the property, the technicians use their professional-grade disinfectant cleaning solutions, including antimicrobial and biocides, to ensure the affected areas get returned to a sanitary state for reuse.

One of the core values of SERVPRO is the goal to save clients the cost of replacement of damaged items whenever possible through the proprietary cleaning and restoration services. Property owners can expect to: 

  • Get fast arrival after their initial phone call, even on weekends and holidays
  • Communication from the technicians so everyone is on the same page for what is happened
  • Carefully working within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprise out of pocket expenses

Equal care happens after the cleanup efforts are over. The technicians scope the property carefully to ensure that it verifies as dry, and the client is happy with the outcome. At this time, if any repairs need to occur, the crew chief will go over those with the property owner and adjuster as needed. A report with the actions taken, items that required disposal, and photos get provided to expedite any insurance claims. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 stands out among water restoration companies for their 24/7 availability and commitment to making water-based property disasters, "Like it never even happened."

Handling Commercial Fire Restoration in Dallas

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged staircase with soot and debris everywhere Fire damage can quickly cause the progress at your work location to stop. Contact SERVPRO 24/ 7for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Arrive for Dallas Fire Restorations

Whenever even the smallest fire breaks out in your office, the results can be catastrophic for your business. Even though your insurance provider may be able to cover most of the damage, loss of business could occur during the restoration process. Depending upon the seriousness of the issues, it may become difficult or impossible to keep your company running 100 percent while the project is being completed.

Luckily, when our SERVPRO technicians work on commercial fire restoration projects in Dallas, we keep in mind that your business needs to continue operating at its usual capacity. In many cases, our crews find it possible to schedule work procedures during business off-hours. If scheduling does not help keep your business running, we can complete operations in sections so that your employees can continue working in portions of your building. We can also do certain functions, such as content cleaning in a separate location from your place of business.

Whenever a blaze ignites inside your company's structure, one of the biggest issues can be the smoke created by the flames. Smoke can travel throughout your structure and cause soot residues to coat the surfaces of several of your building materials or contents. For example, even items in your company's inventory stored in closets or stock rooms can also get negatively affected by soot residues. The smoke can also penetrate porous materials such as upholstered furniture or carpets, creating unpleasant aromas. 

There are many ways SERVPRO can help your business after a fire strikes

  • Fire Damage Cleanup
  • Fire Damage Debris Removal
  • Fire and Water Damage Restorations
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Structural Deodorizations
  • Content Pack-Outs

Even if a small blaze starts from your coffee machine inside your break in your company's office, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887.

SERVPRO Technicians Help Repair Mold Damage in a Dallas Home

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage Repair in Dallas Homes

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

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

Conditions necessary for the growth of mold

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

Handling of mold-damaged drywall

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

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

Signs your drywall has mold

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

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

Dallas Kitchens, Water Leaks, and SERVPRO Efforts for Restoration

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cleanup Crews Can Help with Preston Hollow Fire Damage

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

How Cleanup Crews Can Assist with Fire Damage in Preston Hollow

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

Inventory Checks and Move-Outs 

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

Cleaning and Deodorization 

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

Restoration and Replacement 

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

Steps to Take for Proper Mold Remediation

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Professionals are Certified in Solving Mold Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paving the Way for Reconstruction When Fire Damages Your Dallas Home

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

Trust SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Can Restore Your Dallas Business To Pre-Damage Condition

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup In Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Can Dallas Businesses Deal with Restroom Water Damage Quickly?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Mitigation Techs Perform Extraction and Sanitation of Dallas Facilities

Dallas commercial property owners dealing with a toilet overflow or sink pipe leak may feel overwhelmed at the disruption of business operations and the potential repair needs for these fixtures. Professional technicians, however, can render commercial cleanup and restoration per local regulations any time of the day or night.

Certified Dallas water mitigation technicians at SERVPRO respond swiftly to commercial cleanup needs with OSHA-approved biocides, personal protective equipment (PPE), and industrial-grade cleanup and restoration tools. This crew’s response can help business owners quickly save on expenses incurred by water damage to restroom facilities.

Commercial Restroom Cleanup with SERVPRO Extraction and Drying Equipment

SERVPRO water cleanup technicians can deploy a broad swathe of restoration tools for commercial restroom facilities, such as:

  • Portable extractors use a combination of vacuuming, pumping, and heating systems to sanitize wet carpets outside of a restroom. Tile and grout, meanwhile, may only require mopping with EPA-registered biocides depending on the extent of water damage.
  • Inspection tools like moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras help SERVPRO techs determine the extent of water damage as well as extraction and drying progress during restoration.
  • Wet fixtures, including sinks and toilets, can also be sanitized with OSHA-approved biocide solutions.
  • Structural materials and contents in the restroom are dried with axial or centrifugal air movement equipment and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers.
  • Odor control measures, such as scented granules placed near ventilation intakes, time-release pellets for carpeting, and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, can perform thorough deodorization of commercial properties after clean water damage.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can serve businesses who call (214) 361-7887 with mitigation and restoration that demonstrates the qualities that ensure We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Does Flood-Damaged Northwest Dallas Drywall Need Replacement?

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

roof damage from a tree fallen during a storm. Drywall may or may not be salvageable after a storm. SERVPRO flood damage restoration specialists will have it handled no matter the situation.

Northwest Dallas SERVPRO Implements Flood Damage Cleanup and Replacement for Sheetrock

Drywall is salvageable with careful cleaning and drying in many water damage situations. However, affected drywall is safer to replace than repair after a flood due to the likelihood of flood water containing sewage and other contaminants. This replacement can help keep Dallas homeowners and their belongings safe.

SERVPRO renders emergency-response flood damage cleanup and restoration for Northwest Dallas property owners. Technicians are trained to render flood water extraction services as well as implement controlled demolition and replacement of flooded sheetrock.

SERVPRO Mitigates Drywall Flood Damage

Flooded drywall, even those walls with minimal exposure to water, may require flood cuts to access flood-damaged insulation or components. This form of demolition prepares wall cavities and structures as a whole for drying and rebuilding services. Sheetrock can wick up moisture as high as 30 inches. With this in mind, technicians must cut well above the waterline, especially when contaminated water is involved, to minimize the risk of potential microbial growth.

  • SERVPRO restorations techs make flood cuts 12 to 18 inches above the highest point of moisture-wicking on a wall and remove sections of wet drywall
  • Professionals can then sanitize wall studs, remove insulation if it is present, and strategically place air movers and dehumidifiers to collect residual moisture after water extraction finishes
  • EPA- registered sanitation can be applied manually, with pump sprayers, or fogged with devices like ultra-low volume foggers, depending on the extent of the flood damage
  • After cleaning and drying affected structures and contents in a Northwest Dallas home, SERVPRO professionals can implement build-back services that include installing new drywall, repainting walls, and deodorizing flood-damaged areas

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a phone call away from implementing "Like it never even happened," restoration when property owners call (214) 361-7887.

What Are Some Common Causes of Electrical Fire Damage in Dallas?

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Dallas SERVPRO Fire Damage Cleanup Covers Electrical Fire Damage and Repair

Some of the most frequent culprits of electrical fire damage in homes today, including in Dallas, include ungrounded outlets, damaged or defective electrical wiring, and permanent reliance on extension cables as a power source for an appliance. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data attributes electrical components to the ignition of 79% of home fires in the U.S.

SERVPRO fire damage mitigation professionals return Dallas homes to a pre-fire condition in a timely fashion. Better still, this service is available all day, every day, to ensure that property owners can save on cleanup and build-back services after a home structure fire.

Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup Considerations

SERVPRO professionals consider a wide array of cleanup strategies for fire damage cleanup depending on the surfaces affected.

  • Wall cavities in the affected area can be partially demolished to remove unsalvageable outlet covers and prepare damaged drywall for replacement.
  • It is often more cost-effective and safe to replace insulation in an exterior wall than repair it. Smoke damage absorbed by insulation that is otherwise salvageable, like fiberglass, can compromise its effectiveness.
  • Nearby cabinetry, both inside and outside, can prove vulnerable to fire residues. Finished exteriors can be treated with wood oil soap and other cleaners designed for nonporous or semi-nonporous surfaces. Cabinet interiors, which are typically unfinished, are often be restored with careful cleaning with a dry cleaning sponge.
  • SERVPRO techs clean light fixtures as well. Ceiling-mounted fixtures are usually cleaned during ceiling cleaning near the beginning of restoration. Light covers and chandeliers can be restored with careful hand cleaning, immersion cleaning, ultrasonic submersion, or with a low-pressure steam cleaner.

Homeowners seeking fast-responding, “Like it never even happened,” quality cleanup can contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887.

Professional Cleaning and Restoration Following Flood Damage to Your Dallas Home

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

depiction of flooded living room, furniture floating Floodwaters in a Dallas home contain contaminated debris-call SERVPRO for a safe and secure cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Safety and Health, Important Factors After Flooding

When rivers and streams near your home rise above their usual levels, the water 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 cleared, which can require them to be pumped out. Ground floors are often the hardest hit by floods, after basements, with upper floors less affected. They can also be flooded if an area is hammered by extreme flooding. Any inundated area should be considered unsafe and a threat to health.

Because floods bring sediments, it is easy to see how high the floodwaters rose. Carpeting and draperies can allow floodwaters 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 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 assess the damage. Still, 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.

Storm Damage Technicians Are Available to Help

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 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 everyday 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 your flood damage cleaning and restoration needs.

What Are Some Subtle Signs of Storm Damage that Can Lead to Flooding in Dallas?

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

towed desiccant dryers at warehouse SERVPRO provides trailer-desiccant dehumidifiers for large flood-damaged facilities. We also use small moisture-seeking devices for Dallas residences.

Devices to Ensure Management of All the Ways Flooding Can Damage Your Dallas Home

When you envision flooding issues that could affect your Dallas house, a wall of water pushing its way over the ground and into the lowest levels of your property immediately comes to mind. Water damage certainly can flow in from overland flash flooding or through great holes torn into the roof or siding. Dramatic loss grabs your attention, but the storm damage you do not notice can wreak even more havoc.

How Do You Find Hidden Flood Damage?

The rains pounding on your Dallas home create flood damage in ways you could not expect. If you are far from waterways or your home is at a slight elevation, flash flooding might not pour into your abode. Do not be lulled into a sense of false security as you congratulate yourself on avoiding rising waters. In your home, issues might be confined to falling waters instead. The precipitation and interior pathways that rain finds to percolate down through the building materials forming the structure of your dwelling can result in flooding.

My Walls Are Damp--Is This Just Humidity Because of the Rain or A Severe Problem?

Even if your roof seems intact during the deluge and the high winds that accompany the storm, water has many ways of finding its way into a building. In some cases, you see no puddles of water, but other strange effects appear ominous. SERVPRO answers phone calls during the hours and days after a significant rainstorm, customers describing their observations about walls and ceilings in terms of:

  • Sweating
  • Bulging
  • Cracking
  • Staining
  • Separating (from crown moldings and baseboards)

What Causes My Walls and Ceilings to Show Unusual Signs of Damage After Heavy Rains?

When we investigate, our managers and technicians realize rain penetrated through aging shingles, loose flashing, and other weaknesses in the roof's decks and joints. One way water can invade in alarming quantities is under the shingles near the gutter system. Rain that totals more than an inch per hour can happen in our region. Massive downpours pool up in the gutters, topping off and pouring over the side into a tsunami that can force itself under the shingles on the edge of the roof. Once inside, the water begins a wandering journey that can soak the back of drywall or lath and plaster, collect over ceilings, rise in building cavities, and eventually form slicks on surfaces and flood floors several stories down from the roof.

How Do Professionals Handle the Hidden Water Safely?

Water trapped in between walls or over ceilings presents significant safety hazards. The weight of just one gallon of water is 8.34 pounds, so if you have dozens to hundreds of gallons of percolated rainwater filling building cavities, a dangerous collapse can be imminent. Our employees master the rigorous coursework developed by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), including what to look for and how to manage these trapped water safety concerns.

Steps to find the water include:

  • Wearing of appropriate protective equipment, including hard hats
  • Visual review of the affected area and surfaces
  • Deployment of moisture detection and metering tools to locate and measure moisture levels
  • Use of thermal imaging cameras and evaluation of temperature fluctuations to isolate caches of water

Steps to manage the water load include:

  • Careful punching of weep holes in blistered paint and ceilings
  • Prying off of baseboards to cut or drill release holes
  • Use of saws to make "flood cuts" to release water, remove damaged wallboard, and open wet spaces for structural drying

Why Is Water Rising in my Basement Without Flash Flooding?

If your roof stood up to the heavy rain and no overland flooding is apparent, why is water rising in your lowest levels? Rain that "trains" over several hours or days, one downpour following another, causes the ground around your home to saturate thoroughly. The pressure of the water needs a release, plus it is a scientifically proven fact that wet goes to dry. The brick, cinder block, concrete, or other types of the foundation is permeable under certain conditions, especially when the ground can hold no more. Seepage shows up inch by inch inside the perimeter of the foundation. Cinder blocks pose a unique problem because the stormwater can collect in the cells as well as ooze into your basement.

We look beyond the obvious to make sure SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas resolves all your flooding concerns after extreme weather patterns bring torrential rains. Waste no time and call (214) 361-7887 for a proactive assessment and recovery plan.

Can a Pack Out Assist with Dallas Flash Flood Damage Restoration?

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

forklift wood boxes at warehouse SERVPRO provides safe off-site storage and drying for flood-damaged contents from Dallas area homes and businesses

SERVPRO Secures and Restores Water Damaged Possessions at Dallas Production Facility

In Dallas, flash flood damage is nearly always a shocking and overwhelming experience for homeowners and their loved ones. Precious possessions suffer harm from both the water and its contaminants in equal measure to the damage done to structural components. Remediation of building materials is critical after a flood, but saving heirlooms, documents, and other treasured items, such as a child’s favorite stuffed animal or family pictures, restores the heart of a home.

How Can a Pack-Out Help with Flood-Damaged Contents in Dallas?

SERVPRO knows flood restoration must include mitigation and remediation of home contents affected by water damage. Emergency services offered often have a pack-out option for furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. Moving items to SERVPRO’s production facility provides two broad flood restoration benefits:

  • Clearing your home’s spaces to permit our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) to complete water cleanup, applied structural drying, and associated tasks unimpeded by rooms full of your possessions
  • Allowing contents restoration experts to evaluate and plan for the cleaning, drying, disinfection, and deodorization of your possessions and valuables, followed by secure storage in anticipation of the pack-back

Does SERVPRO Still Help If Some Possessions Are Ruined?

SERVPRO works closely with you and your insurer. Our expertise in flood damage restoration is highly respected. When we conclude that some of the contents of your home are irretrievably damaged, the claims payment process streamlines. Our detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) tracks the location and the condition of each item packed out, providing the documentation needed if some possessions sadly cannot be restored.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas uses all resources available to return your flooded property, real and personal, to previous function, comfort, and appearance. We await your call 24/7 (214) 361-7887.

Why Should I Choose SERVPRO To Do Mold Removal at My Northwest Dallas Home?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold damage along wall and baseboard SERVPRO is the only call you need to make for mold damage remediation!

SERVPRO Is a Good Choice Because It Has the Knowledge and Resources to Do It Right

Finding the right high-quality mold remediator in Northwest Dallas for your job is no easy task. It often takes an abundance of research on the part of homeowners to locate a firm with the right expertise and locally based resources to complete their project effectively. Fortunately, some companies like SERVPRO have all the tools necessary to help you.

SERVPRO has been helping Northwest Dallas residents with mold removal for decades. As a result, our mold remediation company has developed specialized training programs, gained essential hands-on experience, and acquired the most cutting-edge equipment to perform mold inspection, basement mold remediation, attic mold removal, and black mold damage repairs better than most other local cleanup and restoration services.

Our expertise and arsenal of mold remediation tools include:

  • A team of highly skilled and experienced Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) Certified technicians individually certified in structural drying, microbial remediation, carpet, upholstery, and fabric cleaning, water damage restoration, and odor control
  • The locally based, commercial-grade equipment afforded us as one of Texas’ Large Loss Recovery teams, including twenty-five service vehicles/trailers and over 1,500 dryers and dehumidifiers
  • Other state-of-the-art industry tools like thermohygrometers, moisture sensors/meters, infrared cameras, air movers, two kinds of advanced foggers, upholstery/fabric-treating injection devices, a wide array of antifungals, and numerous EPA-approved deodorants

Using all these resources, SERVPRO mold specialists can usually return your residence to its pre-mold state in far less time than competing firms can.

So, when your home needs mold removal services, remember that SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is just a phone call away. Contact us whenever you need us at (214) 361-7887.

Where Should I Look for Water Damage in My North Dallas Residence?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

water stains on ceiling around water pipes Water damage leaves telltale signs like stains. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture.

There Are a Few Key Areas You Should Check for Damage in Your North Dallas Home

Locating water damage and its sources is the first step in restoring your North Dallas residence. Preferably, it would help if you had your home periodically inspected by professionals for water-related issues. However, there are some key places you can check on your own if you suspect a water problem.

When inspecting North Dallas homes for water damage, SERVPRO technicians repeatedly find it in the same areas. They generally discover it near windows, in ceilings under leaky roofs, by pipe networks, around appliances, or beside water containers.

With all this in mind, some specific places you should check for water problems and associated damage are:

  • The caulking around your window frames, your windows’ glass seals, and the areas beside and under your windows
  • Attics, other spots directly under roofs, and places behind ceiling leaks or discolored structural elements
  • Under sinks and around known pipe networks, especially after hard freezes, where leaky or burst pipes may occur
  • or under washing machines, around the valves and gaskets of dishwashers, and near water heater tanks that haven’t been serviced in a while
  • Around old or corroded water containers that may have been neglected for some time

Should you locate a water leak and related damage, you will likely need professional water damage remediation to help you with water cleanup and water damage repairs.

With that said, it is comforting to know that the highly trained and well-equipped water damage experts at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are just a phone call away. Contact us at (214) 361-7887 for assistance whenever you need us.

What Causes Most Fire Damage in Dallas?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen damaged by fire, smoke and soot on walls Fires can occur from a multitude of sources. Practice fire safety and call SERVPRO for all of your fire damage restoration needs.

Fire Damage in Dallas Generally Results from a Handful of Common Household Mishaps

House fires are relatively common in the Dallas area, especially during the holiday season. A few common household accidents generally cause these unfortunate events. Some of these mishaps involve falling asleep with a lit cigarette or failing to monitor cooking food properly.

SERVPRO, a Dallas fire damage remediator, believes local homeowners can prevent most house fires simply by knowing and remaining mindful of how most of them start. Our skilled technicians, over their years of performing house fire clean up jobs, smoke remediation, and fire damage restoration work on fire damaged homes, have found that these blazes usually result from one or more of the following causes:

  • Out of control grease fires that start because of inattention or clumsy attempts at frying foods
  • or otherwise, dirty heaters that produce lit airborne particles which catch household materials on fire
  • Floating embers from wood-burning fireplaces that ignite nearby carpeting and furnishings
  • holiday trees that catch fire due to faulty lighting, burning cigarette ashes, or floating fireplace embers
  • Residents who carelessly fall asleep with a lit cigarette and catch a bed or couch on fire
  • supervised children that get involved in dangerous activities like playing with matches, lighters, or oven ranges

Armed with this knowledge, we believe our neighbors can better avoid or protect themselves from potentially devastating fire events.

However, should you ever suffer fire damage, remember that your friends at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are always here to help. Contact us anytime, day or night, at (214) 361-7887 for fast and effective service.

What Makes SERVPRO One of the Best Mold Removal Companies in Dallas?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold and mildew growth surrounding window Did you spot mold in your home? Call SERVPRO. We are the trusted choice for mold remediation.

SERVPRO's Expertise and Resources Set It Apart from Other Dallas Mold Remediators

Because of its high humidity and year-round warmer than national average temperatures, Dallas is a prime location for mold and the damage it causes. When mold inevitably impacts your residence, you need the help of an exemplary mold remediator with both the knowledge and the tools to handle it effectively.

Over the years, through hard work, SERVPRO has earned the reputation of being one of Dallas's best mold removal companies. Our skillful mold specialists have decades of experience in, among other things, performing mold inspection work, basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, attic mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. The specific expertise and resources SERVPRO possesses are:

  • Over thirty professional, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-credentialed remediators
  • Locally-based facilities that enable us to arrive on site more quickly and resolve your mold-related issues in far less time than other cleanup and restoration firms
  • More than 1,500 dehumidification and drying units for rapidly removing excess mold-fostering moisture from residential interiors
  • Numerous advanced air foggers and an extensive array of commercial-grade antifungals and deodorants to mitigate some of the effects of mold damage
  • Twenty-five service vehicles and trailers to effectively handle multiple jobs at once

All in all, these human and equipment resources make it possible for SERVPRO to provide you with the best mold cleanup and restoration services possible. As a result, we can generally arrive onsite faster and complete your job more thoroughly than other local firms.

So, if you are searching for a quality mold removal company to resolve your home's mold-related problems, SERVPRO is a good choice. Whenever you need assistance, call your neighbors at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887.

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

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Does Water Mitigation at Your Dallas Area Business Entail?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

Water Mitigation Services Involve Various Preventative and Remediation Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Effective Fire Damage Cleanup Services in Dallas

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Offers Prompt Fire Damage Restoration Services in Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Can Property Owners Perform Fire Mitigation in Northwest Dallas?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Importance of Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Dallas

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in commercial facility Don't let water damage cause your business to close for days. Call SERVPRO!

Prompt Commercial Water Damage Restoration Helps in Preventing Serious Secondary Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Dallas Home After Fire Damage

Fire can leave your home engulfed with soot, water from firefighting efforts, and an intense smoke odor. The devastation fire causes can be severe to the extent of making you feel devastated. If you are in such a situation, do not worry because SERVPRO can restore your property to its pre-misfortune state.

Every home contains structures and contents made of different materials that can increase the magnitude of the fire damage and present significant restoration challenges. Our highly trained team of technicians can use advanced equipment to handle the fire damage in your Dallas home. We can work hard to not only restore your property but also complete the cleanup process quickly. During a fire, various pollutants are produced. We categorize these pollutants as:

  •    Chlorine dioxide which forms when synthetic materials burn.
  •    Nitrogen oxides that form when organic components burn.

To prevent the problems that these combustion pollutants cause, our crew focuses on the remediation and restoration of structural materials that smoke residues have ruined. We have products that can remove soot from various surfaces effectively. For instance, we can use concentrated wood oil soap to remove soot from wood floors, kitchen cabinets, paneling, and other wooden surfaces.

We Know What Can and Can Not Be Done

Our SERVPRO team can also set up the right ventilation equipment to expedite the process of cleaning up smoke damage. Besides, we can use positive ventilation to achieve the desired outcome if weather conditions are conducive. If the weather conditions are not right, we avoid using positive ventilation because it can be counterproductive. For example, if the weather is humid, the extra humidity getting into your home may combine with smoke and cause acidic residues to form faster.

If the fire damage has affected a particular room or area of your property, our team can set up proper isolation and containment barriers to minimize the spread of contaminants to unaffected areas of the property. We can also perform air management to control the flow of air inside the affected area and keep smoke residues from leaving the containment zone.

If there is water in the carpeting of your property, we can use extractors to remove it. We also have deep extraction tools that can be attached to extractors. Some are self-propelled, while others are stationary. An independent motor powers the self-propelled extraction tools, and it moves the units over carpeting at a consistent rate. The equipment compresses the carpet and pad to squeeze out the water and remove it through an extractor’s vacuum system. The weight helps the tool work more effectively, and it is designed to allow a restorer to ride on it to provide extra weight.

When a fire incident happens in your residence, do not let it distort your usual way of life. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for efficient restoration that can make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

Multiple Options for Drying Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in Dallas

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

Strategies to Remove Water in Wood Flooring of Dallas Homes

With engineered or hardwood plank flooring in your Dallas residence, situations like water damage incidents could have a dire effect. Despite the severity of the situation, migrating water can get absorbed into the planks faster than many homeowners might believe. Because engineered wood typically comprises thin materials pressed together, this material is especially susceptible to saturation and splitting.

When you need to consider water removal for your Dallas home flooring, our SERVPRO team has multiple options for wood materials. The approach chosen depends on the saturation levels of the material, when water damage stays on the surface, when free moisture in the plank exists, and when the water has bonded with the molecular structure of the flooring. Once water becomes ‘bound’ in the wood plank floors, these physical deformities develop.

Air Movers  

Air movers are often the first line of defense for almost every drying task that our professionals undertake. These tools are vital in removing a vapor barrier that exists during evaporative drying. These high-velocity machines displace the cool air trapped above the surface of wood plank flooring to allow the material to dry evenly and quickly.

Drying Mats 

Drying mats are one of the specialty pieces of equipment that our professionals have to address saturation in porous, hard materials like wood plank flooring. With a consistent, slow draw of the moisture trapped in the planks, we can regulate the water removal process and ensure that these materials do not get dried too quickly or too completely, both of which could damage the wood.


When there are no feasible solutions for removing trapped moisture in the flooring and physical deformities have already developed, it is necessary to remove these portions. Our SERVPRO contractors can utilize controlled demolition techniques to only remove the areas severely damaged by the migrating water to protect subflooring materials. 

These are a few of the strategies that our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team can use to manage water loss situations in area homes. No matter how we can help, give our team a call at (214) 361-7887.

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

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

Dallas Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Efficient and Professional Ways to Deal with Water Removal in Dallas

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage in Dallas Properties Gets Mitigated with Prompt SERVPRO Service

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

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

Water Removal Services

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

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

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

Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration in Dallas

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

Why SERVPRO After Fire and Smoke Damage

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

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

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

Fire and Smoke Damage

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

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

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

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

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

Can Professionals Save Hardwood Floors by Performing Water Damage Restoration in Dallas?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

hardwood planks damaged, cupping Call SERVPRO fast to prevent non-salvageable hardwood flooring water damage in Dallas.

The proper training and equipment support SERVPRO technicians mitigating and remediating water damaged hardwood floors in Dallas

Burst pipes, appliance malfunction, clogged AC condensation drains, or overflowing sinks can cause Dallas water damage. Restoration of hardwood floors saturated with water is one of our specialties, and the earlier the homeowner calls, the more successful the result.

Are Hardwood Floors in Dallas Durable Enough to Withstand a Soaking?

You might be hard-pressed to see any trace of water on the floor's surface shortly after the pipes rupture or ceilings leak. Don't let water damage in Dallas trick you.Hardwood floors seem to shed the fluids. However, SERVPRO IICRC-trained technicians know that water drains and migrates through the joints between the planks, putting other structural components at risk of permanent primary or secondary damage.

What Are Signs of Dallas Hardwood Floor Damage?

The wet substrate provides constant moisture, wicking into unfinished bottoms and edges of the hardwood strips and planks. They swell, pushing up on the hardwood. Thus begins the distortion of the top, visible layer, secondary to the original water event. As hardwood absorbs the water, the following is possible:

  • Cupping -- edges of hardwood lengths push up, dropping the center of each plank or strip to resemble a cross-section of a cup
  • Crowning -- hardwood pieces swell up in the center
  • Buckling -- damage severe enough to disengage the hardwood from the subfloor

What SERVPRO Emergency Services Provide Water Damage Remediation for Hardwood Floors?

  • Reducing the relative humidity to 30% to 45%
  • Increasing room temperature to increase evaporation
  • Positioning air movers, directing air floor under and over the hardwood
  • Using floor mats adhered to the hardwood, connected to negative pressure extractors, pulling moisture through several layers via hoses
  • Perforating floor finishes acting as a vapor barrier with a pin roller (only if needed)
  • Drying the floor from the story beneath, removing ceiling tiles for better flow

Do not give up before consulting SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 about water-damaged hardwood floors. We have the tools and training to restore the flooring to preloss condition.

Restoration of Commercial Fire Damage in Northwest Dallas

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

a tarp covering the door of a fire damaged storage facility Fire damage includes smoke and many types of residues. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for effective fire damage remediation at your business.

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. Knowing the steps involved in our restoration process can help you understand how to interact with the expertly trained technicians we dispatch to your property.

Our offices located in 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 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.

Preparing to Clean Fire Damage

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

Removing Smoke Odors 

Burn odor removal is one of the most challenging 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. We make 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.

What to Do When a Tornado Causes Water Damage to your Dallas Home

8/1/2021 (Permalink)

broken floor boards after severe storm damage Storm damage due to tornadoes can be severe. Our team is standing by 24/7 with equipment and technicians to remediate any damage.

Cleaning Up Water Damage in Your Dallas Home

There is nothing quite like the horrific damage a tornado can cause to your Dallas home. Most people might think that the wind and flying debris are the only concerns in these storms. However, tornadoes 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 determines how extensive it is to clean it all up. 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 are no risks of electrocution. Next, make sure that anyone 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.

Now that the clean-up can be done safely, it is time to call your insurance company and have an adjuster 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.

Water Removal Services

After that, you can get all the debris and water removed from the house. Getting a large amount of water and damaged materials removed 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 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 IICRC-certified team 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 completing the repairs, it is wise to remember that SERVPRO can truly show their value as they put your house back together like the tornado never happened.  

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

How Do Professionals Restore Dallas Flood Damaged Hardwood Floors?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

a dangerous storm brewing over top of a house Quick action is key when dealing with flooded floors. Hardwood can quickly deteriorate. Contact our experienced team to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Uses Research-Based Best Practices and Innovative Equipment to Clean and Dry Out Flooded Floors in Your Dallas Home

Torrential rains can train across Dallas, causing flood damage to your prized hardwood floors. Do not despair -- hardwood is more durable than you might think, plus our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews master a broad range of successful flood damage remediation interventions.

Can SERVPRO Dry Hardwood Floors Without Removing Them First?

Flooding in your Dallas home is already disruptive. Will SERVPRO’s emergency services to dry out hardwood floors add more chaos to your flood restoration? Advancements developed to improve in-place drying options permit our highly qualified crews to make it “Like it never even happened,” swiftly and with minimal disruptions.

  • Moisture detection tools help sketch out the perimeter of water saturation.
  • Moisture meters measure the amount of water present in hardwood floors in both affected and unaffected spaces, giving our technicians the data to determine drying goals and reassess periodically during the project.
  • Hygrometers monitor humidity levels during drying, assisting technicians to achieve the needed balance between air movement, temperature, and air-vapor for optimum drying.
  • Water extractors remove standing water.
  • Drying mats positioned and repositioned strategically use negative air pressure to draw moisture out of all the layers present in a hardwood floor from the top down.
  • Dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity in the space, facilitating evaporation.
  • Loosening of some planks/strips of a hardwood floor can sometimes permit increased efficiency of air movers by directing the flow under the surface.

Adherence to scientific drying theory ensures that SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas delivers the most successful flood damage recovery, including for hardwood floors. Call (214) 361-7887 for prompt assessment and professional drying.

Dallas Water Damage Classification Criteria

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

monopoly house in a puddle SERVPRO provides water damage mitigation from puddles to floods for your Dallas home

What are the Classifications for Water Damage?

Any time water pools where it shouldn't, damage is done to the affected area. Dallas water damage can be minor or disastrous, depending on the origin and extent. Leaking roofs, faulty pipes, pumps, or uncontrollable forces of nature can all contribute to the 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 evaporation rate, 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 Dallas 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 may 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. Dallas 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 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 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 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.

Water Damage Repairs

The amount of water, the materials affected, and the expected evaporation rate all play essential roles in determining the extent of water damage. 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 remediation for over 40 years in the Dallas area. Our crews can help mitigate most types of damage from your property.

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 Kinds of Mold Damage Can Be In Your Dallas Homes?

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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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 particular situations). Our technicians are trained in the detection and verification of mold growth.

What Kinds of Mold Damage are Most Common?

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


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.


If you see "pink" mold, it's usually Aureobasidium. It grows on virtually all surfaces, including wallpaper and painted surfaces.


Usually found in bathrooms without ventilation, Botrytis requires a lot of moisture and humidity.


Commonly found on drywall, Chaetomium has a decidedly musty smell.


This mold can grow in colder temperatures and often prefers fabrics, carpets, and wood surfaces.


This type of mold grows anywhere that may have been damaged by water (especially carpets, wallpaper, or 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 health hazard.

Serpula lacrymans

Usually, if your wood is rotting out, it's because of Serpula lacrymans. It's yellow in color.


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.


These types of fungi rely on water to grow, so it's usually found in flooded homes. It's usually found on the walls.


This is NOT mold, but is caused generally because of excess salt deposits (because of rock salt or other surface coatings), and is often called white mold.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Damage?

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 it may be. Give SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas County a call at (214) 361-7887 when you see or smell mold.

Controlling for Variables During Fire Restoration in Dallas

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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The best fire restoration strategies in Dallas involve careful consideration

Part of the work SERVPRO does in our professional fire damage restoration project is to control conditions for optimal outcomes. Years of expertise lend us the ability to recognize details and restore your home faster and better.

One of the variables we control during Dallas fire restoration projects is temperature. Depending on how the fire burned, what it touched, and what type of smoke it left behind, our treatments may be best performed with a bit of heat applied. This may involve turning up your home’s heating, bringing in a space heater, towed portable furnaces, or using localized heating devices. We may use these types of treatments for:

  • Smoke Damage
  • House Fire Clean Up in the Kitchen
  • Attic fire damage

One of the most important members of our team is the SERVPRO inspector, who analyzes fire residues in your home and recommends appropriate treatment strategies to our technicians. Before we begin our work, we create a comprehensive plan of cleaning agents, tools, and agitation techniques. This allows us to handle the situation correctly from the very beginning, cutting out expensive and slow steps in the process. The result is a cleaner home, faster.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas stays ready 24/7 to respond to fire damage disasters in local homes. Contact us at (214) 361-7887.

Mold Remediation Tips for Homes in Dallas

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Dallas Mold Damage Remediation Tips

If you have ever seen mold in the bathroom, kitchen, or elsewhere in your Dallas 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.

Locate the Source

Before SERVPRO can thoroughly and effectively remove the mold in your Dallas home, we must determine its origins. We check for leaky pipes, for example, since they are a common cause of mold.

Discard of Contaminated Materials

SERVPRO technicians get rid of any material that is contaminated by mold, such as a shower curtain, by proper disposal guidelines.

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.

Reduce the Humidity in Your Home

Dallas 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.

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.

Monitor the Site

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

Don't Be Afraid to Call SERVPRO

Some homeowners may try to take care of the mold problem themselves. The preferred solution is to call a Dallas 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 Dallas 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.

Dallas Office Building Needs Fire Damage Repair

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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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 the point that you have to temporarily shut the doors until the havoc wreaked by flames can be fixed. You look around, amazed at what can happen in just a few minutes, and 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 sends an adjuster out to inspect the office and make recommendations about some of these next steps. They 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 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 ongoing damage.  
  • 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 they agree 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 from 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 fire damage in Dallas can disrupt your business, you can get through the difficulties with professional remedial steps. SERVPRO's technicians have the equipment, experience, and expertise to get your office doors reopened. We work to save you time and money and leave you with the impression "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

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

Should Homeowners Act Fast For A Small Fire Damage In Dallas Homes?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Engage With SERVPRO Team of Technicians to Help You with The Fire Damage Restoration In Your Dallas Property

Nothing is more traumatic than a fire threatening your family’s sense of security. Even after the flames are gone, you need to worry about the secondary damages that may occur. Therefore, it is essential to act quickly by contacting restoration experts like SERVPRO within 48 hours to stop further damage.

Fire debris cleanup in your Dallas home needs to be conducted fast to protect you from incurring expensive damages. At SERVPRO, we know the first 48 hours after a fire as the golden hours of recovery. We have teams of certified members who provide our customers with an effective emergency response that stabilizes your home in a brief period to ensure you save as much property as possible. 

Beyond the visible structural damage, SERVPRO technicians evaluate contents inside your property for recovery based on factors such as:

  • Decreased life expectancy
  • Effect of smoke and heat
  • Sentimental value
  • Comparison between replacement cost and cost of restoration

During fire debris cleanup, we ensure to use advanced products that can safely remove soot and smoke residues on various surfaces. We use advanced products to clean the soot and smoke residues from different surfaces. We can use Liquid Crème Cleaners such as stain scrub to clean appliances made of stainless steel or high gloss surfaces.

Secondary damages of fire can destroy your property within a brief period. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 immediately for an effective restoration “Like it never even happened.”

Ceiling Leaks Can Be Fatal for a Dallas Business.

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling pipe leak in commercial building Commercial buildings with water damage need the help of SERVPRO. Our techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Water Damage Restoration by SERVPRO Certified Technicians Helps Dallas Business Owners Mitigate their Loss

Whenever a roof leaks into a building in Dallas, it causes trouble. The extent of the damage begins on the issue itself and the speed with which repairs happen. Although leaks in a home are problematic, they can have a quantifiable repercussion on the business’s bottom line in a commercial setting. Calling SERVPRO as soon as you detect the problem can help preserve inventory and minimize the disruption to your business operations.

Water damage in Dallas may require water removal services and repairs to drywall and other structural considerations. Thankfully, our SERVPRO staff is certified to provide emergency services when there is water damage and is careful to document each step of the way for your protection. As we assess the damage, we consider the issues below and develop a plan with them in mind-

  • Replacement cost vs. restoration cost whenever restoration is possible
  • Disposal of waste according to environmental regulations
  • Decontamination needs based on the nature of the water
  • Evaluation of hazards and threats to occupants

At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, we are trained to provide the most professional approach to your water damage restoration needs. Call us at (214) 361-7887 as soon as the emergency happens, and let us help return your life to business as usual.

Storms in the Dallas Area Can Leave Damage Behind

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Dallas Homes Needing Flood Restoration Services can Call SERVPRO for a Quick Response.

Dallas is no stranger to copious rains and the aftermath of stormy weather. Unfortunately, flood damage is within the reality of many households in the area, leaving homeowners displaced and needing professional water damage restoration. Whether the issue stems from a leaking roof from storm damage, or basement flooding, SERVPRO is an expert resource ready to provide its expertise in water damage remediation.

Flood damage for Dallas homeowners differs from water cleanup due to a burst pipe carrying clean water. Water from the outside making its way into your home brings contaminants into the household, and extraction is not enough to protect your family. At SERVPRO, we employ the latest technology and techniques to provide emergency services when water damage is present. The following steps are crucial to a job well done-

  • Extraction- whether we use submersible pumps, wand extractors, or truck-mounted pumps, we seek to eliminate standing water as soon as possible. Prolonged exposure to contaminated water only weakens the structure of your home and increases the damage.
  • Drying- drying your home is pivotal in creating a hostile environment for mold and other bacteria's growth. We achieve our goal by using dehumidifiers, air movers, injecti-dry technology, and drying mats. Our SERVPRO staff monitors humidity levels with state-of-the-art measuring equipment.
  • Disinfecting- eliminating traces of pollutants is one of the final steps. Whether we use air purifiers or anti-microbial solutions, we seek to mitigate biohazards left behind by the storm.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is available around the clock by calling (214) 361-7887. We pride ourselves on working quickly and efficiently to protect our clients and make their homes feel "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damaged Homes in Dallas Need Professional Attention

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Accidental fires start all the time in homes. When it does SERVPRO is the team of professionals that need to be called for fire restoration services.

SERVPRO is an Expert in Fire Damage Restoration in the Dallas Area

Dallas is the ninth most populous city in the country and an integral part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Despite its being inland, it is a vital hub for those traveling by air, just as crucial railroad routes went through the site transporting cotton and cattle in the early days. A robust interstate highway system cements the city's importance in connecting goods and services.

The economy in Dallas is diverse, as is its population. Fortune 500 companies abound, as do colleges and universities. Some refer to the city as "Silicon Prairie" thanks to the presence of telecommunications companies. The confluence of different industries in Dallas protected the city (compared to other Texas cities) from the sharp decline in oil prices around 2014 and 2015 and allowed it to grow in other sectors. Its plurality of nationalities and ethnicities also contributes to its rich cultural tapestry, making it a wonderful place to live. 

Weatherwise, one can expect very hot summers and mild winters, with overall pleasant temperatures through most of the year.

The Arts District in downtown Dallas hosts several arts institutions and performance venues and is one of the nation's largest arts districts. The city's relevance in the arts community dates back to its roots, and many artists have had their beginnings in Dallas. Today, the arts continue to be an area of growth for the community.

House Fire Clean Up Services in Dallas

As in every other community, homeowners in Dallas run the risk of fire in their homes, leaving them in need of fire damage restoration services. Accidental fires can happen and escalate rapidly, leaving debris and disaster in their wake. What you do after the incident sets the stage for a speedy recovery, which is why calling SERVPRO is the best decision you can make. Our expert team focuses on efficiently restoring your fire-damaged home while mitigating your loss.

Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup is not a simple process. Our certified staff trains to understand your home's needs and treat them based on industry best practices. Cleaning after a fire is not a one-size-fits-all and can cause further damage if done incorrectly. Some of the nuances include the following-

  • Porous surfaces- dry cleaning processes are usually put in place to clean surfaces such as plaster, unsealed wood, and concrete. As we pre-test surfaces and identify the least aggressive method for each surface, smoke removal becomes a reality.
  • Washable surfaces- as expected, wet cleaning methods are indicated for this type of surface. The wet cleaning process is usually recommended for moderate and heavy soiling, and the process may be used in preparation for repainting if needed.
  • Wood surfaces- depending on the finish of the wood, we may use wet cleaning products or limit ourselves to dry cleaning. On occasion, we need to sand and re-seal the surface depending on the extent of the damage.

Regardless of your situation, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is ready to handle your fire restoration needs. Call us at (214) 361-7887 and let us develop a plan targeted to your needs.  

Need Assistance with Frozen Pipes Flooding Your Dallas Home?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Emergency Dallas Winter Flood Restoration

According to February 2021 reports, State Farm customers in Texas filed 18,900 claims in a single week, with a significant portion of these claims related to frozen or burst pipes. This figure is a considerable increase compared to only 75 Texas frozen pipe claims filed through State Farm in 2020.

When frozen pipes are flooding a Dallas home, SERVPRO is available to respond quickly to disaster and return affected properties to a preloss state. Certified restoration technicians undergo training in emergency water cleanup situations per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

SERVPRO’s Flood Restoration Strategy

Burst and frozen pipes flooding in Dallas neighborhoods can affect more than just one property. In multi-family residences, burst pipes in an upstairs unit can cause ceiling leaks and other disasters below.

SERVPRO addresses flooding by:

  • Creating weep holes for drainage in ceilings
  • Disposing of water in a treated sewer
  • Making flood cuts to remove unsalvageable portions of drywall
  • Drying wall and ceiling cavities
  • Restoring and sanitizing ventilation with EPA-registered biocides

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas restores flooding from frozen pipes for homeowners who call (214) 361-7887.

Removing Snow Melt Flooding from a Dallas Property?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

snow piled on roof, house, and car When the snow and ice melt, beware of flooding in your Dallas home. Call SERVPRO for emergency water removal help.

SERVPRO Mitigates Winter Flood Damage in Dallas

Whether from winter cold snaps or massive snowstorms spanning multiple states, the aftermath can be costly for homeowners. The city’s typically mild weather can lead to rapid snowmelt flooding that damages Dallas homeowners’ property in a short period.

SERVPRO flood restoration services ensure that snowmelt flooding damage to Dallas homes is promptly mitigated and that structures are restored to a pre-disaster condition, whenever possible.

SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Equipment

SERVPRO technicians restore snowmelt flooding damage with a broad range of tools. Extraction units remove the bulk of moisture to accelerate drying, bring potential microbial growth to a halt, and increase the restoration potential of structural materials and personal effects.

  • The extraction process is thorough and may require several passes, particularly after a flood, before drying
  • Portable, back-mounted units can lift as much as 140 inches of water with the vacuum component
  • Truck-mounted extractors make for efficient removal of large amounts of water
  • For standing water that is at least two inches deep, technicians can deploy gas-powered submersible sump pumps

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for snowmelt flooding mitigation at (214) 361-7887.

Dealing with Snow and Freeze Damage in Dallas?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mitigates Dallas Winter Storm Damage 24/7

Dallas, Texas, also known as “Big D,” sports a population of over 1.3 million as of 2019. While residents are no strangers to the occasional Blue Norther cold front causing snow and freeze damage, the Dallas County seat tends toward mild winter.

The economy in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is packed to the brim with publicly traded businesses, focusing on such industries as engineering, telecommunications, and transportation.

According to 2017 data, the top publicly-traded companies in Dallas include:

  • T&T
  • Texas Instruments
  • Southwestern Airlines
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Tenet Healthcare

Dallas’ Downtown Arts District
In the north end of downtown Dallas, visitors can find one of the nation’s largest arts districts. This contiguous bubble of arts and culture includes the following venues:

  • The Dallas Museum of Art, which won a 2007 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects
  • The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, known for housing the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • The Nasher Sculpture Center, a 2.4-acre property next to the Dallas Museum of Art that is packed with sculpted works from Raymond and Patsy Nasher’s private collection
  • Deep Ellum, a residential arts district that was well-known in the 1920s and 1930s as a blues and jazz hotspot, hosting such artists as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, and Robert Johnson
  • The Dallas Contemporary, a non-collecting contemporary art museum in the Design District that focuses on public art projects, art education programs, and exhibiting artists from all around the world

SERVPRO Reduces Dallas Snow and Freeze Damage

SERVPRO handles snow and freeze damage in Dallas with an emergency-response approach. Unseasonably cold weather can freeze and burst pipes. Rapid snow melts after unusually high amounts of snowfall can cause flooding. Ice dams on the roof can lead to structural damage. Mold can develop in this environment in as little as 24 hours, often in areas that homeowners cannot easily reach or safely remediate.

Techs mitigate Dallas snow and freeze damage with the following flood restoration processes:

  • Extraction of water with portable back-mounted units for small-scale or hard-to-reach damages and truck-mounted extraction units that can lift dozens of gallons of water at a time
  • Structural drying after extracting snow and freeze damage in a Dallas home is performed with commercial-grade air movement and dehumidification tools
  • Odor control is performed with such equipment as ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers and EPA-registered biocides

While items like carpet and mattresses are not salvageable after a home flood, many other items, such as appliances, electronics, and valuables, can be taken off-site during a pack-out to an approved SERVPRO warehouse for preservation and restoration. The pack-out process allows teams to perform the tasks necessary to repair flood-damaged structures and remediate any potential microbial contamination before bringing belongings back into a residence.

SERVPRO can also manage structural disasters caused by snow and freeze damage to a Dallas property’s roofing, plumbing, or structural materials. The flood restoration team coordinates with homeowners and insurance adjusters to ensure that work is performed per the owner’s policy.

Property owners can call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for emergency snow and freeze damage restoration at (214) 361-7887.

Why Is Skilled Mold Remediation Best?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s mold Remediation Helps Protect Your Dallas Property

Mold is a secret invader that likes to lurk in air ducts, behind walls, and other small nooks and crannies. When you suspect mold somewhere in your Dallas home, you need to address it safely and efficiently. 

Why call SERVPRO to help with mold remediation in Dallas? We understand the damage mold can do within a building, so we offer comprehensive remediation services to protect your investment and property as a whole. By calling us to the task, you can count on us to:

  • Detect all visible and hidden mold spores throughout your property.
  • Bring all of the right tools for the job to work on removing mold from walls, textiles, wood, HVAC ducts, and more.
  • Determine the source of the moisture feeding the mold to prevent the issue from happening in the future.
  • Handle all of the repairs necessary to remove unsalvageable materials.
  • Full cleaning and sanitization with our selection of EPA-registered antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents to ensure your property is Certified: SERVPRO Clean when we get done.

If you suspect mold infestation within your home, calling in our skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is the best route to take. When you call us at (214) 362-7887, we will send out a crew to take a look to formulate the right course of action.

Get Results with Reconstruction and Fire Restoration by Skilled Technicians

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO arrives quickly to your Dallas home so that you can get prompt, reliable fire restoration

As one of Texas's major cities, Dallas happens to be the fourth-most populous metropolitan region in all of the United States. The city of Dallas had a population of 1,197,816 when the 2010 United States Census got taken. 

The Caddo people originally inhabited Dallas, TX, prior to the time that Spanish colonists arrived to claim the territory. In later years, France also claimed portions of the region but never did establish much of a settlement. 

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

One of the more notable and sadly historical events known for Dallas, TX, is President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963. This event took place when his motorcade went through downtown Dallas and Dealey Plaza on Elm Street. In the years since that took place, the Texas School Book Depository where the shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, was said to be – it has now been turned into a historical museum that details the life of the former president and all of his accomplishments. 

Dallas, TX, Offers Many Hidden Gems for Sights and Attractions

There is a lot to explore when you are in Dallas, including some incredible must-see attractions, including:

  • The Arts District – This is 68 acres filled with walkable downtown sights, including restaurants, performing arts venues, award-winning museums, and much more.
  • Margarita Mile – Some people may not know that Dallas has gotten dubbed the Official Home for the Frozen Margarita. When you visit Margarita Mile, you have the chance to sample different variations of this tasty beverage as well as a selection of eats from top restaurants. 
  • Deep Ellum – This former warehouse district is known for incredible nightlife and live entertainment. It is not hard to locate this nightlife hotspot because it is also dotted with neon signs and a glowing arrow pointing the way.

Some of the top restaurants and bars to visit in Dallas, Texas, include:

  • Bombshells Restaurant & Bar
  • Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar
  • Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Bar
  • Magic Time Machine
  • Steel Restaurant & Lounge
  • City Council Restaurant & Bar
  • Zenna Restaurant

Fire Restoration Gets the Interior of Your Dallas Home Back to Normal Quicker with SERVPRO

Prompt action and proven methods are the only way to ensure your Dallas home is back to preloss condition after a fire. SERVPRO arrives fast and utilizes a proprietary process to move through the steps of cleanup and restoration.

Once you have an emergency and need fire restoration in Dallas, the process is as follows:

  • Make contact with our restoration team. We are available 24/7 to handle all levels of fire damage restoration.
  • We assess the damage and your structure. 
  • We provide boarding and tarp-up services as needed to protect your home from the elements and intrusion. 
  • Cleanup begins, including all charred debris and unsalvageable materials.
  • Repair and renovation get done using controlled demolition. 
  • Deodorization and sanitization ensure no foul odors get left behind.

Call (214) 361-7887, and SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas will be on the scene within hours to help you with fire restoration. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Keeps Doors Open for Dallas Restaurants During Water Cleanup

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage SERVPRO has IICRC trained technicians for any size job. No matter how big or small, we are here to help.

The garbage dump turned nature center in Dallas

One of the most important revitalization projects in Dallas has been the Trinity River Project, which has converted our riverbanks from barren and industrial eyesores into lush recreation centers. One notable place from this project is the Trinity River Audubon Center, which hosts events centered around the trails and revitalized forests surrounding it. Guests are often surprised to learn about the origins of the place: at one time, it was an illegal landfill.

Originally a farm, the plot of land that would eventually become the Audubon Center slowly became an illegal dumping ground. The landowners accepted cash in exchange for no-questions-asked dumping rights. Consequently, the area became hazardous, and locals demanded something to be done. Eventually, a federal judge resolved the legal battle by creating the first plans for the new Center.

Today, this 120-acre stretch of land holds numerous trails, picnic areas, and even a butterfly garden. Cleanup crews and restoration experts have erased every trace of the former landfill. As part of the larger Trinity River Project, it is a shining example of the nature available in and around Dallas.

The roots of conservation and nature in Dallas: The Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Long before the Trinity River project, a different effort helped people in Dallas connect with nature and learn about ecology. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest gardens of its size in the United States. Having been well-cared-for since its inception, it is widely known as one of the best gardens in the country.

Initially, the Garden began on the private estate of prominent oil industry physicist Everette Lee DeGolyer. His wife Nell was an avid gardener who worked tirelessly to maintain and improve upon the beauty of their 44-acre property. In 1976, the estate was converted into the publicly accessible place known today.

Over time, various benefactors added many more gardens and exhibits. It continues to steadily increase in both size and diversity of the gardens available for viewing. Gardens today include, among many others:

  • The original DeGolyer gardens started by Mrs. DeGolyer
  • A Woman’s Garden
  • The Pecan Grove, which holds over 100 blooming cherry trees
  • The Lay Family Garden, with a vast collection of perennials

From carefully trimmed hedges and flower displays to overgrown recreations of Texas swamplands, the Garden of today has something for everyone.

We do water cleanup with Dallas customers in mind

One of the main concerns about water cleanup that Dallas restaurants have is the impact on customers. Patrons do not like to see water damages, but they may seem like minor impediments compared to a water cleanup procedure that could shut doors for days. SERVPRO knows that these closures are harmful to local restaurants and has developed strategies for keeping doors open.

One of the primary ways that we prevent doors from closing is by responding before the situation worsens. When we respond within hours of the incident happening, we can clean up water while avoiding problems such as:

  • Mold growth
  • Carpet replacement
  • Repainting

Additionally, in most cases, we limit our operations to hours that will have minimal impact on your daily operations.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 the moment you identify water damage.

Learn About La Catrina at This Special Event in Dallas

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

 La Catrina Fire cleanup is not east matter to handle, especially by yourself. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed.

Fire Cleanup in Dallas

La Catrina is one of the most well-recognized faces of The Day of the Dead across Dallas and many other cities with significant cultural heritage from Mexico. Despite this, very few people know about the history and significance of that oft-seen skeletonized woman or much of the holiday's culture at all. Ramblers Media Production hopes to change that this year by hosting a casual, fun, and educational party to celebrate La Catrina and everything she stands for.

This 21-and-over event starts at 6 PM on January 23rd and continues into the early morning of the next day. Expect live music, great food, unique vendors, and many activities in which to partake. Professional face painting in the Day of the Dead theme will be available to anyone interested, and other artists plan to both create and sell their projects throughout the night. Tickets cost $20 per person, but if you act fast, you might be able to score an early bird special for half-price admission.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a fire cleanup company that has served Dallas for many years and built up a reputation for quality, reliability, and professionalism. Call us 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

New Wave Fans in Northwest Dallas – Get Your Tickets Fast!

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Dallas city limit sign Fire damage will be too much to handle by yourself. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed.

New Wave Fire Damage Restoration Company of Choice

After many months of canceled concerts, closed stages, and a generally dismal local scene, New Wave music fans in Northwest Dallas should take note of one big event that is happening. Gas Monkey Bar and Grill, well-known for its ardent support of local musicians, plans to host one of the largest concerts Dallas has seen in the better part of a year. Local Duran Duran tribute band, the Wild Boys, has scheduled one of their biggest-ever performances at the restaurant, and tickets are selling out fast. At the time of writing, many tickets are still available but selling fast. If you have been dying for the chance to get out and have some fun, you might want to jump on this one.

The establishment plans to serve plenty of food and drinks throughout the evening, but the doors are open to all ages hoping to attend. The band will play on the evening of January 2nd, but if you cannot make that date, give Gas Monkey a call: they have a few other, smaller events planned in the meantime.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a locally owned and operated company that helps with emergency fire damage mitigation projects in Northwest Dallas. Call our 24/7 emergency line at (214) 361-7887.

Oil and the Environment: Dallas Weighs Both in Healthy Measure

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Trinity river Water restoration is key when it comes to a water damaged property. Call the professionals a SERVPRO for the water damage restoration services needed.

How The Trinity River Shaped and Reshaped Dallas

Longtime Dallas residents may remember when the Trinity river was barely a trickle of runoff sluggishly moving down a ditch. Today, the river is as alive and vibrant as ever, with one of the largest urban nature areas in the entire world. The Trinity River has always been part of our city's core, and once upon a time, it was even lusher than it is today.

Dallas was founded in the 1840s, with the first buildings erected directly adjacent to the river. This location was not arbitrary – the spot had rapidly developed into an important river crossing for wagons heading West. This section of the river was also remarkably biodiverse, with ample opportunity for local hunters to supplement the ever-expanding cattle industry. For many businesses and households in this early community, a well might be entirely unnecessary – the flowing river had fresh water for all.

By the early 20th century, however, the Trinity river had begun to cause some problems. Dallas was now a large city, home to skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and large factories. With few to no environmental regulations to guide them, these factories dumped pollutants into the river. Natural areas that had not already been cleared for development were now poisoned. When these pollutants started to taint the city's water supply, people realized something must be done. Unfortunately, this did not involve a reduction in the types or volumes of pollutants dumped by industrial companies. Instead, the river was re-routed entirely, skirting around the city.

For most of the 20th Century, Dallas looked identical to most other city centers: urban, industrial, and lacking in natural recreation opportunities. In the latter half of the century, however, the city's industrial areas shrank. More importantly, they also instituted manufacturing practices that were far cleaner and more sustainable than those used in the past. These factors, combined with public demand, led to the development of the Trinity River Project at the turn of the 21st century, which allowed the river to resume its natural course. Environmentalist efforts also helped to restore the local foliage much faster than it would have returned by itself.

However, the Project is not over and has much room to grow over the next few decades. As the trees grow older and taller, biodiversity will only increase, and the river area will begin to look like the forests that remained for eons virtually untouched by humanity.

Dallas is No Longer an Oil City

For decades, Dallas built up a reputation as a center for the oil industry, with warehouses, refineries, and corporate centers all primarily serving the nearby oil fields. At one point, the oil industry appeared so healthy here that housing prices reached the levels of Manhattan and other expensive cities without any room to expand, even though new neighborhoods were being built here at record rates. In the past few years, oil prices have fallen sharply, yet our community and economy remain more robust than ever.

Before oil, it was cotton that dominated our area so thoroughly. When global cotton production increased and outcompeted many local businesses, the city's industrial center made a smooth transition to the refinement and shipment of petroleum and plastic products. However, when an economy relies on just one industry, it becomes vulnerable to swings in the market. When oil demand swelled, so did our city. When it declined, many entrepreneurs and workers lost everything.

These conditions would not last long. Many of our neighbors work in the technology and communications industries, and the roots run deep for these businesses. Texas Instruments, one of the most important computer hardware developers in the world, started in Dallas during some of the earliest days of computer technology. Many companies would follow in their footsteps, making Dallas the home of everything from web hosting companies to refrigerator electronics specialists.

The tech and oil industries combined created a robust commercial sector for the city, which attracted large corporations of all sorts. With excellent city planning, a strong education system, and a remarkably diverse community, Dallas is undoubtedly the modern heart of Texas. Today, our town continues to grow faster than ever, and college graduates from around the country come here to support any industry you could think of.

A Technology Leader in Dallas Water Restoration

The success of water damage restoration in Dallas and surrounding areas depends on many things happening at once. Crews must respond quickly to stop the heaviest damages. Safety precautions have to be strictly observed, and inspections need to be thorough to ensure that no hidden damages are left to fester. SERVPRO accomplishes these tasks via the most advanced technology in the industry.

One of the first people to respond to any water damage disaster is our inspector. The SERVPRO inspector investigates the situation and analyzes the full extent of the damage, including aspects that may only be detectable through specialty tools. For example, when searching for water leaks behind walls and ceilings, we utilize thermal imaging devices to detect even the slightest abnormality. Water has unique thermal properties that typically makes it cooler (or, in some cases, warmer) than any materials around it. Thermal imaging devices help us track down the source of the problem when it may not be apparent.

Often, our thermal detection technology is aided by infrared scanning devices. These devices have roughly the same purpose but can also see through many materials to examine the areas behind them. In tandem, infrared and thermal scanners paint a detailed and accurate picture of the entire home's damage.

Once our restoration work begins, we bring out a few unique tools engineered specifically for our water damage projects. Our industrial-strength air movers and water extraction pumps work together to remove most of the water within a few hours. Once any standing water is gone, we utilize several kinds of dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air; these devices use complicated thermal and chemical mechanisms to return the environment to its optimal dryness.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas brings the most advanced technology in the industry to every water restoration situation in Dallas. Call our emergency line 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

Dallas Intangible Art Installation Features Two Million Feet of Yard

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment outside of building SERVPRO's mold removal is an art of it's own. Call us the moment you notice mold on your property.

All-Female Lineup Highlights Top Fiber Artists in the U.S. At Dallas Exhibit

Take your time as you stroll through eleven different and immersive art installations in Dallas at the Sweet Tooth Hotel, featuring the creations from fiber artists around the United States, including work done by London Kaye, known for her Yarn Bomb events. The total amount of yard used throughout the exhibit is more than two million feet in length. Each installation has a different look and feel that includes a multitude of yarn reimagined, with uses such as a yard-covered mailbox, bellpulls hanging from the ceiling, tapestry creations, floorcoverings along with some fun custom-created yarn animals. Each artist has been given her own space at the exhibition to create their own unique vision in yarn for the public to enjoy. 

  • December 7th through June 6th from Noon to 8 PM daily
  • Adults: $20
  • Student/Military/Senior: $17
  • Children: $15

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at  (214) 361-7887 can perform commercial mold remediation for local Dallas properties and assist in the cleanup of both structure, fabrics, and contents, so it is "Like it never even happened."

Puppy Training For All Levels of Experience In Dallas

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water on floor, SERVPRO vehicle parked outside Learn to tame your puppy while SERVPRO tames your businesses water damage. Call us right away at (214) 361-7887.

Learn to Communicate With Your Puppy In This Dallas Virtual Event

Certified trainer Amy Lear is hosting a virtual class in Dallas on the basics of training your new puppy. This online class is an ideal event for new dog owners or anyone considering adopting a puppy over the Holiday Season. Amy will give attendees tips on how to communicate with your puppy. She will discuss typical training issues such as obedience, potty training, crate training, and learning to properly walk on a leash. Another frequent frustration is teething by puppies, and Amy has tips for teaching your puppy what to chew and what not to chew. Teaching basic commands is crucial, and Amy has suggestions for getting your puppy to perform actions in exchange for positive reinforcement and praise, rather than treats. 

  • Come to the virtual training session on Thursday, December 3, 2020
  • The time to attend is 5:00 pm CST
  • Each session runs approximately 1.5 hours

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 handles any size commercial storm water removal in Northwest Dallas properties to make the structures safe for people and dogs, "Like it never even happened."

Tie-Dye Tuesday Colors Your Evening Fun In Dallas

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Dallas skyline SERVPRO covers Dallas after water damage

Feeling Cooped Up? Enjoy the Cool Fall Weather In Dallas Every Tuesday Evening and Make Something Fun

Dallas residents looking for a fun, relaxing activity to do can come to Tie-Dye Tuesday at Ida Claire South of Ordinary!

Tie-Dye Tuesday fun happens from 7-9 pm; each week until November 10, 2020. The weekly get-togethers at Ida Claire allow participants to choose to tie-dye either a t-shirt or a mask. An expert instructor leads the class, so it does not matter if it is your first time or your fiftieth-time tie-dying fabric. While you enjoy the relaxing patio atmosphere, indulge in the delicious Vinyl Hour cocktails and yummy appetizers.

If you would like to participate, the cost is $40 per guest, which includes the choice of tie-dying a mask or t-shirt and all the materials needed. Plus, a ticket for a drink and an appetizer. To reserve your spot, please call Ida Claire at 214-377-8227.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 proudly serves the local community 24/7 for any water damage cleanup and restoration services needed.

Can Dishes Get Reused After Being in a Fire?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO box truck parked at house SERVPRO fire and smoke damage technicians arrive swiftly to mitigate damage to personal contents and treasures of our Dallas customers.

SERVPRO technicians have the training and cleaning methods to restore all types of Dallas home contents

When it comes to cleaning up after a fire in a Dallas home, a much-loved dishes set can be something a homeowner has their heart set on using again. There are some factors to consider before the dinnerware can get reused, such as:

  • If the dishware absorbed heat, it could contain fine cracks that may not be visible before cleaning, so there is no way to predict the outcome until the piece gets cleaned
  • Dishes covered in greasy, wet smoke residues have a great possibility of stress cracks due to the high heat of this type of fire
  • Crystal and china are delicate and get gentle cleaning by hand as the acidic nature of the soot can etch the surface
  • Off-site ultrasonic immersion cleaning

How is Salt Cleansing Used in Fire Damage Cleanup?

There are decorative items in Dallas homes that need specific applications during fire damage cleanup, but the item cannot withstand typical cleaning methods. One good example is in the handling of dry flower arrangements. While agitation is a great way to clean the soot off many articles in a home, delicate items require a little finesse. SERVPRO techs use a few different approaches to restore dried flower arrangements as follows:

  • Smoke particles can get removed through the use of canned (compressed) air or a soft brush
  • Wet solutions never get applied to any part of the process
  • Adding small portions of the arrangement to a large amount of table salt in a plastic bag and repeatedly tipping the bag to pour the salt over the flowers can work to remove any remaining residues

Cleaning Carpet and Area Rugs Takes Detailed Attention

After SERVPRO techs inspect carpet and area rugs present during the fire, they determine if there is heat damage on the carpet or rug. In instances where the floor covering has construction materials containing synthetic fibers, they can melt or turn hard and ruin the prospects for restoration. If no charring or heat damage gets found during the inspection, the techs move on to the next step:

  • The fibers get tested to determine that materials that compose them
  • Technicians chose the best method for cleaning away the smoke damage
  • Area rugs may get removed for in-facility cleaning
  • SERVPRO techs have access to an array of carpet cleaning products and stain removers
  • Generally, vacuuming is the first step

Window Treatments are another common item in most homes that get affected by a fire. Much like carpet and area rugs, one of the most significant factors that affect the item's overall restorability is the construction materials and if it has heat damage. Other factors to consider are:

  • The condition of the draperies, such as loose seams and other wear
  • How bad the smoke residues are in the fabric
  • Presence of water stains
  • If there is backing on the drapery fabric

SERVPRO technicians handle draperies by testing the fibers to determine if they have a propensity to bleed or shrink. Often, either dry cleaning or cleaning through the use of hot water extraction methods get used.

Blinds of all types are also a common element in many homes. If the blinds do not have a fabric covering, they often respond well to immersion in ultrasonic cleaning units to power off the smoke residues. Techs can also put them on a padded surface and hand-clean.

Bibliophiles are people who love books, and seeing their book collection with a coating of soot can be anxiety-inducing. SERVPRO technicians have multiple methods to assist in the restoration of books. Every case is unique, and it depends on the amount of smoke, water, and heat exposure. The book has undergone, with books in the upper part of the room, usually getting the worst damage. Other considerations include if the paper used to print the book was coated or uncoated as the uncoated paper absorbs soot particles. In contrast, the glossy surface of a coated page resists the smoke. The downside is the coating can fuse pages together after contact with water or extreme heat. In the case of valuable books, SERVPRO can arrange for a local professional to inspect and recommend how to proceed for restoration outside the scope of the fire cleanup.

Odor control methods are the final step in the restoration process to get the house prepared for any needed repairs and reconstruction to bring the home back to the way it was before the fire.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 when your property and contents need expert fire damage cleanup. The trained technicians have comprehensive experience in removing post-fire damages so they can make it, "Like it never even happened."

How Does Drying Science Influence Home Restoration?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

drawing/charts Our technicians understand the importance of drying science and how it can impact your home restoration progress.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Their Experience to Facilitate Water Damage Restoration for Your Dallas Home.

A successful restoration project in Dallas consists of careful planning and execution. Otherwise, you may face more damages. Often homeowners do not consider the importance of adequate drying processes and want to jump directly into repairs. However, drying is a critical step after a water leak. Without adequately drying your home, repairs may not be as effective. 

What Conditions Can Technicians Control?

SERVPRO Technicians Work to Facilitate Evaporation and Control Humidity

Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) technicians who complete your water damage restoration project in Dallas understand the importance of controlling the drying conditions. Some of the essential factors they take into account are humidity, evaporation levels, and temperature. Without having those things in check, the restoration process can take longer and fail to mitigate secondary damage. 

How Does Humidity and Temperature Impact Drying?

  • High humidity makes materials dry slowly.
  • Low humidity helps materials dry quickly.
  • For optimal drying, technicians keep humidity levels below 60%. 
  • Warm air can hold more water vapor than cooler air, making it take longer to dry.

How Do Technicians Control Humidity and Temperature?

  • The home's HVAC system or portable heating and air conditioning system can help regulate the home's temperature for optimal drying conditions.
  • Dehumidifiers pull excess moisture from out of the air to help lower humidity levels. 
  • Appropriate ventilation assists in lowering humidity levels. 

Our technicians understand the importance of drying science and how it can impact your home restoration progress. They also apply their understanding of psychrometrics, the study of air, to their restoration work. They measure vapor pressure properties, the dew point, temperature before deciding how the humidity and temperature impact during your home. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

How Do Odors Get Removed in Dorms After Mold?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

College dorm animation If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Dallas is home to many universities and colleges, so when mold becomes a threat, our SERVPRO professionals must work quickly to manage all the effects. 

With many large institutions in Dallas, including Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas, thousands of students return to dorms every fall here in the city. With so many students sharing the same building, mismanagement of utilities and unaddressed water damage might be more common than school management would expect. Mold development in these dorms can affect hundreds of students simultaneously, which requires a combination of remediation and reconstruction in most situations to resolve.

There are multiple obstacles for mold remediation in Dallas campus housing for various schools, which goes beyond the logistics of temporary relocations for affected students. Despite the potential concerns with removing and discarding elements like drywall and carpeting impacted by the present mold colonization, much of the immediate threats to occupants can get resolved with thorough containment protocols. Lingering effects after mold colony removal, such as harsh odors, require separate actions to resolve. 

What Deodorization Practices Are Most Efficient?

While removing mold-damaged surfaces and cleaning compromised contents and structural elements can reduce the concentration and severity of odors, we have specific practices designed to neutralize and eliminate musty odors common to mold development. The choice in what deodorization process gets selected is a combination of data collected during the job scoping phase and the location and severity of these odor concerns throughout the dormitory. Some of the common choices in deodorization include:

  • Thermal Fogging
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Generators
  • Air Scrubbers

Mold is often among the most threatening conditions to impact college dorms, spreading quickly and causing health effects. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team a call to begin addressing these concerns as you find them as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

What Is the Best Way to Mitigate Water Damage in North Dallas Homes If It Affects Wooden Items?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home You can trust that your home is in good hands with our experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Avails Resources that Match the Unique Problems that Arise After Water Damage.

If you have taken time to think of the materials in the structure and contents of your home, you have noticed that a significant percentage are made of wood and its derivatives. Therefore, any water intrusion at your North Dallas home is likely to affect a considerable percentage of wooden materials, which can result in a variety of problems, including rotting, stains, and swelling, among others. 

What determines the level of water damage when my Northern Dallas home is exposed? 

A variety of issues can influence the outcome of a water intrusion incident. How the water reaches the materials in question is one such factor. The common ways our SERVPRO technicians have observed water interacting with materials over the years include: 

  • Topical application 
  • Wicking through the materials 
  • Gravity aided flow 

Topical applications, such as when fire suppression sprinklers spray jets of water on materials, might cause minimal penetration if remedial actions such as extraction or blotting with towels are taken immediately. Water flows through gravity forces when a leak originates in an elevated area. For instance, after a leak in an upper level of your house, the water would flow to the ground level areas, thus spreading wetness over large areas. However, the motion involved can limit the amount of moisture that wooden materials absorb since they are mostly semi-porous. Finally, moisture-wicking through materials takes time to spread. However, severe damage is more likely since the affected materials are saturated to the core. 

How easy is it to establish the type of damages caused by water intrusion? 

Although you might have an idea what damage to expect based on the level of water intrusion, estimating that level of intrusion in wooden items might not be easy. One common way to check moisture levels in materials is by using scan type moisture meters, which simplifies the process of tracing moisture spread patterns around your property. However, such tools may be less productive when dealing with wooden materials since they sense moisture up to a depth of around 3/4 to 1 inch.  

If you fail to get an accurate picture of the situation, you are not likely to take the correct steps to mitigate the situation. For instance, your drying efforts might not remove all traces of excess moisture in a block of wood. Alternatively, it might take longer than you expect to normalize the moisture content. Both scenarios can lead to secondary issues such as mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians use other tools such as pin-type moisture meters and thermal cameras when taking moisture readings to confirm the results we get from non-penetrative moisture meters. 

What other challenges does wood present apart from moisture detection issues? 

  • Barriers such as paint and wallpaper hindering smooth drying  
  • False negatives when checking moisture in plywood because of adhesives 
  • The need to use different drying procedures at different stages  
  • Hardwood flooring underlayment interfering with drying 

After establishing the level of wetness in wooden materials, steps such as improving the evaporation rate should help restore the standard 10% moisture content levels. However, if the materials have a finish such as paint or wallpaper, you are not likely to get the results you expect. Such finishes act as vapor barriers interfering with drying procedures. Our SERVPRO crews can help by using specialized tools such as perforation rollers to break the barriers. In case the material is part of a wall or other assembly, we can open up the area so that we can access parts of the materials unaffected by the barriers and thus perform drying as usual. 

Restoring materials such as wet wooden floorboards requires different drying procedures to guarantee the right outcome. After extracting any water pooling on the floor surface, our technicians switch to drying mats to bring down the moisture levels. However, once the moisture content reaches 14%, using drying mats is no longer tenable because fiber structure damage can happen. An alternative drying method, such as using drying chambers, is desirable since it prevents excessive shrinking of the material. Drying chambers can help provide precise drying for various items. For the wooden floors, our SERVPRO technicians create the chamber by attaching a plastic sheet over the wet floor and then circulating dehumidified air inside the tented area.  

Although there is no single approach that can resolve all water damage issues, a resourceful team can help you overcome all problems. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Clogged Drainage Systems Can Cause Flood Damage to North Dallas

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flood in a house with furniture floating Let SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas restore your property to its pre-flood state “Like it never even happened.”

Talk to one of our specialists at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Our flood water removal Technicians Will Help You Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Property.

Floodwater can cause lasting damage when it gets into your property. It rots wood paneling, stains furniture, and causes mold infestation. However, if you engage with SERVPRO technicians in North Dallas immediately after the storm, we can work quickly to get your property back to its former glory.

How much does flood damage restoration cost?
The cost of storm flood damage in a North Dallas property varies from case to case, depending on its intensity. When looking for restoration services near you, it is essential to note that the cheapest option is not the best. Quality matters, and you need to rely on the professionals to do an excellent flood damage remediation and restoration job.

At SERVPRO, our pricing system is straightforward and guarantees every client a friendly price. We have a team of certified price-estimators who follow a standardized process of assessing the restoration cost.

What should I do after my home floods?

    •    Follow the authority’s instructions.
    •    Keep off from any electrical cords and switch off the main electricity supply.
    •    Keep your kids from moving floodwater.
    •    Avoid consuming foodstuffs that came into contact with the water.

Can you remove the mud on my driveway?
Our technicians have access to top of the line equipment and tools for effective cleaning. Since floodwater can carry dirt and debris to your doorstep and into your property, we can use a diesel-powered power washer to clean the mud on your driveway and sidewalk. However, the equipment's pressure might not be sufficient to break the bound of the dirt. Therefore, we can add detergent to enhance the cleaning power of the machine.

How long does the drying process take?
The drying process in water cleanup and restoration can take several days. With the help of our advanced equipment and tools, we can dry your property thoroughly. We can place several axial air movers in the affected area to facilitate drying. The equipment removes moisture in affected surfaces and turns it into airborne water vapor. We remove the water vapor from the air using your home’s HVAC system and low grain dehumidifiers. The dehumidifier converts water vapor into liquid and extracts it from the property.

If flood damage occurs in your property, act fast. The longer the contaminated water stands in your property, the more damage it can cause. Let SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas restore your property to its pre-flood state “Like it never even happened.” Contact us now at (214) 361-7887.

Can I Restore My Wet Carpet in Dallas Without Removing It?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating furniture Extracting water from your home is hard but we can handle it efficiently. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Simplifies Water Restoration in Dallas Properties by Using Advanced Equipment

A wet carpet can lead to many problems in your house, including bad odor and mold development. A wet carpet is also vulnerable to staining or stretching, among other problems. Removing the carpet from your Dallas house for offsite drying helps improve the efficiency of the process. However, it also presents challenges, including tearing or damaging the carpet in other ways. 

What makes carpet removal necessary during water restoration in Dallas properties? 

Although you might consider the decision to remove the carpet a matter of convenience, some factors can force your hand. Typical reasons include: 

  • Presence of contaminants in the spilled water 
  • Inability to extract all the water that saturates the material 
  • Severe damages such as stretching, tears or delaminating 

Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians use their advanced skills and equipment to manage most of the aspects that force unnecessary carpet removal. 

How can I drain all the water from the carpet? 

Since carpet materials are porous, the fibers absorb and hold water making it difficult to remove all traces of water from carpeted areas. Drying might not be possible under such circumstances. Our technicians have established simple ways to counter the problem. We rely on three crucial factors: 

  • Weight 
  • Sufficient vacuum lift 
  • Sustained action over the affected areas 

When you place something heavy on a carpet, it pushes the water to the surface where you can scoop it off comfortably. Our SERVPRO technicians use weighted extraction tools which provide the necessary squeezing power. The tools have a series of tiny holes on the bottom section that comes into contact with the wet surfaces allowing easier suction of the water.  

Even with the right tools, sustained action is necessary to remove all the water. Our technicians can make several passes on a section of the carpet, ensuring sufficient extraction by using self-propelled extractors that the technician rides.  

With the right skills, it is easier to perform water restoration. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to help manage any issue that develops, “Like it never even happened.”

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Is Mold an Issue After Flooding in a Dallas Home?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

living room floor covered in water Flood damage can ruin your home even if you think you’ve taken care of it. Contact SERVPRO for professional removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO techs bring the latest equipment and restoration methods to restore Dallas homes from any size water damage

Floodwater in a Dallas home can enter in various ways. Seals on doors, broken windows, damaged roofing, or other structural issues can allow large amounts of water to enter a home in a short time. One of the critical elements to getting the best outcome for the situation is to bring in a professional service to extract the water and dry the structure as soon as possible and, most importantly, be aware of the development of mold colonies. Unless you live in a hermetically sealed box, microscopic airborne spores are floating in the air, just waiting for the right combination of conditions to germinate and spread. Those are:  

  • Sustained temperatures over 70-degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Ambient humidity levels over 50%
  • Something to eat such as paper, wood or building materials like sheetrock that has not gotten treated with an antimicrobial 

Will Mold From Flood Damage Go Away On Its Own?  

Once mold moves into your Dallas home after flood damage, it will not leave until it gets remediated. The process should be done professionally to avoid spreading spores to other areas of the property. When the conditions are favorable for growth, a small infestation can spread quickly throughout the home and wind up behind walls, under floors, and within the ductwork.

When mold is found on sheetrock or within the subfloor, these areas require removal to halt the infestation. Any existing colonies on structural elements that are not candidates for removal such as framework or studs get the colonies dried in place and then abate through manual removal techniques or the use of blasting using soda or ice.

What is the Difference Between Using Fans and Air Movers to Dry Water Damage?  

When SERVPRO technicians restore a Dallas home with flood water problems, they spend extra time extracting the water. This initial step works to lessen the drying time needed. One of the most significant differences between household fans and the devices used by the techs is the velocity of the air. Even on the high setting, a consumer fan can do little more than dry surfaces. An air mover delivers warm, dry air with so much force it causes embedded moisture to rise, where the dehumidification equipment is waiting to capture it and remove it. Instead of drying only surfaces, the cycle created by the air movers and dehumidifiers results in progressively drier air that works to bring down the interior humidity levels rapidly. 

In cases of a wet carpet from rainwater, the choice to use a company professional extraction and drying equipment can make the difference between getting your carpet restored and having to spend the money to replace it. This is because the longer water waits for cleanup, it degrades and becomes progressively more filled with bacteria. Gravity pulls the water downward into the backing and padding and can seep into the subfloor below; all of these conditions remain when sub-par drying equipment only dries the fibers above. SERVPRO techs use weighted extractor heads to push as much as possible out of the carpet, and then they use specialized drying techniques such as "floating" to force air both over and under the carpet. Another method known as "tenting" works by putting plastic over the wet area and connecting air movers and dehumidifiers to force air in and moisture out. 

Floodwater Can Be Harmful And Need Extra Care to Cleanup  

One of the issues with this type of water is that potential to contain harmful elements such as:   

  • Chemicals
  • Sharp objects
  • Bacteria  
  • Pathogens
  • Sewage

SERVPRO technicians test the water upon arrival, so they know exactly what kind of hazards are present. The application of antibacterial or antimicrobial solutions is standard to make the water safer to handle during disposal. This water has the potential to make humans sick through contact or aspiration of airborne droplets, so the techs wear full-body protective gear, including respirators, to ensure they work safely from start to finish.

Whenever mold has been part of the issue during the cleanup of floodwater in a home, the techs use their moisture detection equipment to monitor the drying process to ensure the interior humidity levels are well below sustainability for spores and colonies. Anywhere that mold got removed gets cleaned and treated with powerful antimicrobial cleaning agents. In cases where repairs need to be made to finalize the restoration, the techs can apply sealants to ensure there is no return of the issue before the renovations happen. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 brings their experience and professional equipment to clean up and restore your home from any size flood damage.

Can My Exposed Beams Be Restored After A Fire In Dallas?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

The interior of a house has been fully destroyed by a fire We want to help restore your home and leave it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Fire Damage to Structural Elements with Precision and Expertise in Dallas

A small fire can have a significant impact on a home. Fires in the kitchen area are the most common cause of residential fires in Dallas and across the US. Professional fire mitigation is the best way to handle cleanup and restoration.

Is There a Way Of Cleaning Soot From Exposed Beams?

Many people love the look of open, farmhouse style homes and kitchens. Exposed beams bring a rustic feel to the residence. The homeowner of this residence walked away from a skillet for a few minutes. The skillet caught on fire, and thankfully it was contained quickly. But smoke residue and soot spread rapidly throughout the house and onto the exposed beams. The fire damage to this Dallas home now requires professional cleanup and restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians can safely clean and restored the exposed beam using dry ice blasting.

What is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a dry process that uses CO2 pellets. The pellets evaporate instantly when they hit the item’s surface. It’s a non-abrasive and gentle cleaning method. Steel brushes, scrapers, and other blasting material can impact the surface area. In the case of the exposed beams, dry ice blasting allows them to be cleaned in a manner that safely and quickly restored them to preloss condition. Other benefits include:
    •    No waste disposal - Because this method produces no waste product, cleanup is simplified. The coating that gets removed from the beams is what needs to be disposed of. This can be taken care of by sweeping or vacuuming.
    •    Eco-friendly – The process is non-toxic. No hazardous or harsh chemicals get used.
    •    Time and money saver – Dry ice blasting is often quicker than traditional restoration methods. No solvents or blasting material need to be disposed of, saving the client money. Reduced restoration time means decreased labor costs.
    •    No pressure washing – prevents further water from being introduced to the scene.

 You create the type of home you desire. The look and feel of it reflect who you are. When fire damage impacts what you have built, you simply want it back. We want to help restore your home and leave it, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for quality fire damage service.

Are There Changes to the Professional Response When a Dallas Water Damage Emergency Reveals Long Term Damage As Well?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Prepares Technicians and Managers to Mitigate and Remediate an Active Dallas Water Damage Crisis and Assess and Address the Effects of Long-Standing Hidden Water and Moisture Incursions Discovered.

Every day in your Dallas home, behind walls,  under cabinets, or over ceilings, a secret water drama can be unfolding. Drips and seepage from a cracked pipe or dried-out joint seal quietly and stealthily soak into the building materials and fixtures inside your dwelling. This activity can happen for an extended period of time, and you have no clue that it is occurring as it happens. Structures swell and weaken, still unseen, but threatening collapse. Maybe you notice a musty smell or wonder why the paint is crackling, or the wallpaper is peeling near the ceiling. Floors might start squeaking. You are always wiping up a puddle when you stand at the sink -- are you really that negligent while doing dishes? Or is there something else happening?

How Will Hidden Water Damage Finally Grab My Attention?

If you continue to ignore the subtle signs of water damage in Dallas, it is inevitable that the crisis will someday arrive. The seeping pipe or poorly connected hose eventually blows out completely. Water pours out of the kitchen cabinet or part of the ceiling below the master shower cracks wide open as a waterfall flows. Shutting down the water and calling a plumber stops the current incursion. A new pipe or replacement hose ends the emergency and the persistent slow leak. Still, you have severe damage to building materials and contents and not all date from the most recent bursting of a supply line or a disconnected hose.

Can Neglected Water Damage Be Remediated Long After It Happened?

When you invite SERVPRO to assess the latest water crisis, you might be caught off guard when we tell you many of the building materials we observed show evidence of previously neglected water problems. Even though you are following the right track now, the prior damage to structural components can pose problems for your home's integrity into the future if remediation steps are skipped. What are some things we might see that signal long-standing damage and ways we can help?

Moisture detection and metering

We try to assign one technician the job of using moisture probes and sensors during the water damage project for consistency. Careful outlining of the perimeters of the damp materials and a baseline measurement of moisture levels help us set and achieve drying goals. Comprehensive structural drying allows a determination of whether the remediated materials have the strength and resilience to perform their function:

    •    Subfloor Straits: Are subfloors stable and smooth, or did long-term wetness cause swelling and distortion significant enough to recommend replacement? Even tile floors, which you might believe are impervious to water, can permit long-term damage to the subfloor if grout cracks or caulk along fixtures or the wall is missing, allowing water to percolate down to saturate the plywood. A "wavy" subfloor that does not respond to sanding or refinishing continues to break up grout lines and pop up tiles. Persistently we subfloors in other rooms of the house contribute to uneven wear and tripping hazards on a hardwood or laminate surface.
    •    Insulation Inadequacy: Is insulation capable of providing the R factor expected to keep your home's temperature moderated if it was wet and packed down? Even if it dried completely, it likely is no longer efficient, and your energy use and bills will rise. Replacing insulation is a reasonably inexpensive solution that saves money and keeps your home comfortable in the long run.
    •    Mold Damage Dilemmas: Did we spot evidence of mold damage of dry rot? Mold is not just unpleasant to view and smell; it also consumes organic materials such as wood framing, insulation, and drywall. Supportive structures can become substantially weakened if mold lived and dined on them. Appropriate mold remediation must complete, or you also risk a fungal growth rebound any time moisture is available -- even when the humidity is high. If the damage is substantial, some replacement of structural components might be indicated.

Get an honest review of the water damage performance inside your home from SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. We respond to the emergency and evaluate the prelude to the disaster, including remediation of long-standing damage in the overall project plan. Waste no time to call (214) 361-7887 and see how a highly-qualified water crisis team performs.

How Do I Choose When There Are So Many Dallas Water Restoration Companies?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Knows You Depend on Us for a Prompt Response and Fast Results -- Meeting or Exceeding Those Expectations Helps Us Stand Out Among Dallas Restoration Companies

When your Dallas home suffers from water damage, you have no time for uncertainty. You need a responsive and highly-qualified company to help you remove the water and dry out your home fast. Some tips to help you select from among the cream of the crop include:

Does the Restoration Company Have Needed Certifications and Licences?

It is always smart to check the credentials of any contractor you hire, but when comparing commercial water restoration companies in Dallas, confirming not only basic licensing but also advanced certifications is prudent. It is not uncommon for secondary surprises to arise during what seems like a routine water removal project. For example, your home might need the following in addition to water extraction and structural drying:

  • Mold remediation 
  • Asbestos or lead abatement
  • Other biohazard containment and removal 

Ensuring the company you choose can manage complications is sensible planning as you want to avoid delays caused because you need to find a specialized contractor for specific tasks.

Are Services Available When I Need Them?

Water damage presents urgent demands for restoration, and SERVPRO rises to the occasion with 24-hour availability, every day of the year. We also make sure our service vehicles are continuously stocked with all needed equipment and products for water restoration, permitting an efficient response at a moment’s notice.

Is the Company I Choose Both Owned and Operated Locally?

You want your water damage restoration company to be local and autonomous to ensure your concerns are heard and answered now and into the future. If you have questions or worries during or after completion of a water damage restoration project, you can work directly with our management in our mutual hometown.

Among the water restoration companies in our area, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas stands with the best. Responsive and highly-qualified technicians and state-of-the-art equipment are promptly on their way to your home after you call (214) 361-7887.

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What Do I Use to Clean Black Cobwebs After a Fire in Dallas?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

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After the first responders leave, call SERVPRO to clean up your Dallas home after a fire

Black webs, also known as soot tags, are not uncommon after a fire when petroleum-based products or synthetic materials burn. During a fire, the soot forms and bonds together in long strands and the result are the formation of these black webs on ceilings and within corners. The reason for these specific locations is due to the typically lower temperatures after a fire rolls through the area, and the soot tags are attracted to these cooler areas. One thing Dallas homeowners should not do is remove the webs themselves as it can further damage walls and ceilings.

What Can a Fire Damage Restoration Company Do That I Can't?

There are many reasons to outsource the fire damage restoration of your Dallas home to SERVPRO. The technicians have extensive training and advanced equipment to ensure the best outcome for both the structure and contents. In the case of smoke damage on surfaces, the techs take preliminary steps to ensure the correct cleaning agents get chosen by:
    •    Testing residues to determine if they are dealing with dry or wet smoke
    •    Scoping of services to ensure cleaning methods chose will not mar surfaces
    •    Use of specific equipment such as dry cleaning sponges to carefully lift away dry smoke

What are Ways to Prevent Fires in My Home?

There are many ways for homeowners to lessen the chances of fires occurring in their homes. A good fire prevention plan begins with going over with your family what to do in case of a fire. Practice leaving and agree on a meeting place and see how quickly all family members can get there. Many insurance agents have checklists for home inspections, and you can ask for a copy for your own use. If not, make a list of each room in your home and look for the following:
    •    Overloaded outlets
    •    Extension cords under rugs
    •    Improperly stored flammable chemicals and cleaners
    •    Test smoke detectors monthly or consider upgrading to an environmental monitoring system
    •    Make sure all family members know basic fire prevention skills

How Does SERVPRO Know What My Insurance Covers During Cleanup?

In many cases, the cleanup after a fire comes with an insurance claim. SERVPRO technicians communicate with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to ensure that all the restoration services the techs perform get done within the scope of coverage. Additionally, when charred building materials or contents require disposal, it does not happen without approval. Items that need disposal get a detailed report created indicating the nature of the loss, the condition of the article, and photographs to back up the statement. This writeup can assist in the filing and expediting of insurance claims. The techs know this is a situation that can feel overwhelming, and they attempt to help lessen the stress on the property owners wherever possible.

Is it True You Can Paint Over Fire Odors?

Fire odors are pungent and stay until neutralized. Many homeowners assume they can paint over smoke damage and make it out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, that tactic works to eliminate the visible, but the strong odor can remain. SERVPRO technicians have a multi-layered approach to the removal of the instantly recognizable smell that fire leaves behind. The techs clean surfaces with the appropriate cleaning agent and then use equipment such as thermal fogging units or hydroxyl generators to eradicate odors from airborne soot particles. If any scents, however, mild remain within the loss area, the techs can use professional sealants to lock away the odor and prep the walls for priming and painting.

Air quality is a huge concern during the mitigation, and air scrubbers typically run during the cleanup efforts. If the HVAC ran after the fire or there is a reason to suspect soot is within the ductwork, the techs have the equipment and comprehensive training to clean the ductwork throughout the home thoroughly.

Post-Fire Restoration Actions

Once the team finishes the mitigation efforts for the loss within the home, the SERVPRO crew chief goes over the actions taken within the loss area, including items that required disposal, any controlled demolition needed, and the things that got successfully restored through the professional cleaning process. If any repairs need to get done to bring the home to a fully restored status, the homeowner and/or adjuster gets given that information also.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 stands ready to assist any size fire damage restoration needs. The certified techs are available 24/7 and use their knowledge and expertise to bring your home back to its preloss condition.

Do I Need A Professional To Clean Up After And HVAC Leak in My Dallas Gym?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Don't let your Dallas gym be shut down forever due to water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Knows How to Find Hidden Damage that Can End Up Causing You More Down Time Then You Think

If your Dallas gym has experienced water loss from an HVAC system, immediate water mitigation is crucial. There is damage you can see, but there may be hidden damage as well. 

Is a professional company necessary if the damage looks minor?

Central air systems located in the attic or crawl space can cause serious problems when there is a leak. Some of the most common causes of this type of flooding is a clogged condensation pan. If the leak occurs during business hours, you may catch it soon enough for minimal damage. If it leaks overnight, the problem will be more extensive. In either scenario calling in an expert water restoration company in Dallas is crucial. It is possible there is hidden damage that can cause severe issues if left unattended. HVAC leaking causes damage in these areas:

  • Insulation – fiberglass insulation can often be saved
  • Drywall, ceilings & walls
  • Carpet and padding
  • Yoga mats
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Rowing equipment and treadmills

Minimize Gym Down Time 

Anytime your business is closed, it means a loss of revenue for you. Calling in the SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians ASAP helps your business get back on track quickly. Our team is available 24/7 to provide emergency water mitigation. To ensure proper water restoration, we can:

  • Deal with water extraction first using powerful pumps.
  • Employ drying out methods that include air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Determine whether the HVAC duct system can be cleaned and decontaminated.
  • Restore carpeting and other content.
  • Sanitize equipment if needed.

 You own a gym to keep people healthy and happy. We run a water restoration business to keep your business healthy, and you happy. Calling in professionals assures the work gets done in a timely manner and meets the demands of your insurance company.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for expert commercial services that are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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A Flash Flood Ripped Through Our Dallas Property, How Can We Clean It Up?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water extraction equiopment being used on water damaged floor When flooding occurs. SERVPRO has the equipment to remove the water.

SERVPRO is Here for Flash Flood Removal to Erase All Signs of the Storm in Your Dallas Home 

You do not necessarily have to live in a zone known for flooding to get hit with damage after a storm. Should you encounter flash flooding that leaves your Dallas home worse for wear, you can count on our mitigation and cleanup crew at SERVPRO to get the job done. We have advanced technology and proven methods for restoration, but we are also available 24/7 for emergency cleanup. 

Is My Interior Insalvageable? 

Flooding in any structure leaves a notable amount of damage, but our team at SERVPRO specializes in flash flood removal in Dallas so that we can make your home “Like it never even happened.” Quick, intense storms with heavy rainfall create massive water channels that can infiltrate your interior, saturate your flooring, and get behind the walls. We use specialized equipment to help us address the restoration project, including: 

  • Powerful truck-mounted extractors that allow for prompt, efficient water removal
  • Submersible pumps suitable for pumping out high-level water
  • Moisture detection tools that will enable us to find hidden pockets of moisture before secondary damage occurs
  • Professional grade drying and dehumidification equipment to create an optimum environment to execute your flash flood removal project 

Will All Materials That Got Wet Need Discarding? 

With any flood loss event, there is a strong chance that materials need removing by way of controlled demolition. Our crew performs flood cuts that remove unsalvageable materials. Still, they also allow us to target drying equipment to address moisture hidden behind walls and in tight spaces. 

After the storm, flash flood removal services are available to you when you need them once you call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. We can have a crew at your location in as little as four hours after you call us at (214) 361-7887. 

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What Cleans Smoke Residue from Surfaces in My Dallas Home?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro equipment and logo SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to assist you after a fire occurs in your home.

SERVPRO can thoroughly clean your home and its contents after a fire loss incident. 

Cleaning up after a fire loss can indicate several specific tasks that your Dallas home needs to return to preloss condition. Residues and debris are among the most challenging conditions for our SERVPRO professionals to address. That is why we have so many strategies for removing these layers of smoke and soot damage. 

Cleaning surfaces and contents is a portion of the total fire restorationfor Dallas homes. The cleaning and repair of these areas of your home is a calculated process despite how potentially hazardous or threatening smoke damages and residues might be on surfaces after a fire. There are more wrong ways to clean up these residues than right ones, so we carefully consider the best approach to ensure that no irreparable damage befalls structural elements or contents in your home. 

What Do I Need to Clean Up? 

As earlier stated, multiple cleaning processes must occur after a fire loss in your home. Some of these occur immediately during the emergency services that we provide or during mitigation. When you secure the services of professional restorers like our SERVPRO team, we can help through each of these individual cleaning focuses, beginning as soon as our technicians first arrive at your property. Some of these focal areas include: 

  • Fire Debris - Charred remnants of contents and structural elements can lie in heaps of ash and soot throughout your house. Our focus on removing this debris early can reduce the concentrations of both soot and odors from circulating. 
  • Smoke Residues - Wet smoke can leave a thick residue on surfaces and contents throughout the damaged area, which can be a challenge to remove without specific solvents and wipe cleaning techniques. 
  • Soot Residues - Soot is carcinogenic, making it a hazard for those exposed. Even when these particles of incomplete combustion form a residue on surfaces, inadequate or improper cleaning could stir the coating and circulate soot particles into the environment. 

Can I Remove Smoke Residues on My Own? 

While it might be tempting initially to work on removing fire loss effects on your own, most homeowners lack the extensive training and hands-on experience of our SERVPRO technicians. Our team has accreditations in Fire & Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, and Cleaning through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Smoke residues cleaned and removed improperly can cause damages to the materials involved. Among the chief concerns of addressing smoke damage on your own include:

  • Smearing - Wipe cleaning with improper cleaning supplies can smear residues across the hosting material. Smearing can be a challenge to remove once it occurs, so before surfaces get cleaned, small test areas indicate the success of suggested strategies.
  • Staining - The longer that residues and buildup sit on the damaged materials and contents, it becomes more likely that acidic particles can mar surfaces. 
  • CarcinogenicSome cleaning strategies can stir up and agitate particles resting on the surfaces, some of which can be hazardous to those exposed. 

What Cleaning Practices Can Remove Residues? 

By utilizing our SERVPRO professionals, you are getting educated professionals that can implement multiple strategies for removing soot and smoke residues based on the materials involved and the severity of the damage. From the time that our team arrives at a fire-damaged address, we can begin assessing which of the proposed techniques can be the most effective to remove challenging residues efficiently. Some of these include: 

  • Chemical Solvents - We have a substantial line of cleaning products and chemical agents, many of which are water-based to help contend with oily soiling.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Through brushing and vacuuming surfaces, we can remove the bulk of built-up residues before we attempt to thoroughly clean. 
  • Soda BlastingUsing softer media highly pressurized by air, we can blast surfaces to remove surface damages without ruining the material underneath in most circumstances. 
  • Controlled Demolition - When in doubt, removing the damaged portion of material can prevent other construction elements from becoming destroyed. 

Can SERVPRO Help Repair Structural Damages? 

There are many situations in which structure fires cause enough damage where controlled demolition and reconstruction are the only feasible solutions. When you have an in-house team of contractors available to help, we can seamlessly transition from mitigation to the build back and repairs that your home might need.

No matter how threatening fire losses can be in your home, our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team can work around the clock to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (214) 361-7887.

Where Can I Get Rapid-Response Flood Damage Cleanup in Dallas?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

interior flooding SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas serves the community with mitigation that keeps your home looking, “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration Technicians Are Trained to Remove Flood Damage and Restore Dallas Homes

Dallas residents are well aware of the risks that storms and flooding can have for their properties. However, they may be unaware that flooding causes billions of dollars worth of property damage, with flash floods posing the highest amount of risk to homes.

When property owners need flood damage mitigation for their Dallas homes, SERVPRO can reach the affected area in as little as four hours to perform an initial inspection and formulate a plan to restore your home.

Emergency Measures During a Flood

Keep these tips in mind for dealing with a home flood:

    •    Avoid treading through floodwaters when possible. Safety for home occupants is the number one priority. It only takes six inches of water to knock an individual down.
    •    Watch for news alerts. Check phones or NOAA weather radios for updates on a flood situation. Evacuate if you are instructed to do so.
    •    Get to higher ground. Elevation is the most immediate way that homeowners can avoid floodwaters, contaminants, and debris. If moving to higher elevation outside of the home, keep away from power lines and other electrical infrastructure.

SERVPRO Sanitizes Kitchen Flood Damage

This Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited team focuses on sanitation before drying a flood-affected home. Techs wear personal protection equipment (PPE) during this process. Sanitation measures may include:

    •    Removing flood-affected porous items that are unsalvageable, such as carpeting or mattresses.
    •    Spraying down walls and other structural components upon entering a home with standing water still inside of it.
    •    Wiping down surfaces with EPA-registered biocides after removing unsafe debris.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas serves the community with mitigation that keeps your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (214) 361-7887 for 'round the clock mitigation service.

Flood Damage In Dallas

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Mitigation and Restoration Service in Dallas

Not all floods in homes are caused by flooding from overflowing streams or flash floods. Dallas homes can be flooded from overflowing toilets that become plugged or if the main drain under the home is blocked. Water discharged from laundry machines, for example, has nowhere to go but back up through the toilets and onto the floor of the bathroom. Contaminated water can spread out from the bathroom to other adjacent rooms such as the master bedroom or into a hallway.

SERVPRO provides flood damage mitigation and restoration service throughout the Dallas and surrounding areas. We have a large team ready to respond to every kind of disaster. These folks are highly trained professionals and hold numerous certifications for cleaning, restoration, decontamination, mold control, and much more. We respond to your call in less than four hours, and our call center is available 24 / 7 to take your call and mobilize a team.

Restoration After a Plugged Drain Causes a Flood

The sewer under your home can plug for many different reasons. A broken tile, tree roots, or an object flushed down the toilet becomes lodged in the drain causing a blockage. A rush of water draining from laundry machines or perhaps a bathtub can cause the water to back up through the toilets and overflow onto the floors. Unfortunately, this water is considered contaminated, and the floors and any objects on the floors must be appropriately decontaminated and cleaned.

SERVPRO can help in these situations. We have the equipment, the chemicals needed for decontamination, and the trained staff to manage these situations. Sealed floors, such as tile floors, can usually be decontaminated and cleaned. We carefully remove carpeted flooring and the underpad to avoid distributing contaminated material and discarded.

In some situations, SERVPRO may also suggest that hardwood floors must be removed. Contaminated water can penetrate to the subfloor. Water can be removed. However, contaminated material could remain, leaving a potential health hazard. We work closely with insurance adjusters and the homeowner to provide advice on the best approach to take.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Preston Hollow and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Dallas, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas today at (214) 361-7887 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can Homeowners Save Money After Water Damages Their Dallas Home?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

burst copper pipe Burst Pipes 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 floodwater removal (regardless if it is rainwater or otherwise). This mitigation will begin in less than a day so that any standing water is 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.

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Fire Damage in Dallas? What Common Issues Occur from House Fires?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged property in fire damaged room 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.

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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How Should You Mitigate in Dallas Flood Damage?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

standing water on kitchen floor Floods mostly catch people by surprise and the damages they cause can be very disruptive.

Professionals Help Ease Restoration 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.

When Appliances Cause Water Damage in Dallas

But not all flood damage in homes is caused by storms. 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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What is the Best Way to Handle Unexpected Flood Damage in Dallas?

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call for Dallas Storm Damage Remediation

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 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 of Northwest Dallas. We are available 24/7 by calling (214) 361-7887.

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What Steps Can You Take to Prevent Commercial Fire Damage in Dallas?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Details Strategies Business Owners Can Take to Reduce the Threat of Fire Damage in Dallas

Commercial fire damage in Dallas is one of the most devastating experiences that a business owner can experienceIn 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.

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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

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What Risks do Homeowners Incur When Performing DIY Fire Damage Cleaning in Dallas?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Restoration Services Reduce the Dangers Homewoners Face After Fire Damage in Dallas

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 fire damaged Dallas home often requires professional restoration.  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.

SERVPRO Suggest Taking Precautions to Mitigate the Damages of Smoke Inhalation After a Dallas Area 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 Dallas 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. 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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How Do I Handle Important Documents Damaged from a Fire in Dallas?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has advanced cleaning methods for handling all types of contents in Dallas homes with fire loss

A fire loss can present multiple issues in a house all at once. From the charring to smoke damage and finally water damage from the distinguishing efforts of the fire department. All of these things leave behind cleaning challenges. Individual items have no real value to insurance companies but are priceless to homeowners such as:

    •    Cherished letters from relatives
    •    Bills
    •    Canceled checks
    •    Everyday magazines

Why Can't I Clean Off Documents with Fire Damage Myself?
Not all smoke and fire damage in Dallas homes is the same. In fact, there can be different kinds of residues in a single area, depending on the materials burned and the heat of the fire. The biggest issue with paper products is frequently not from soot or charring, but water from the extinguishing efforts. Another commonly seen side effect from this on paper products is the evidence of mold growth on papers and books, as mold seeks out moisture and something organic to consumer, wood pulp products are ideal.

While you might successfully brush away dry smoke, which is a product of high heat fires where chiefly organic materials burned, the cleanup will come to a screeching halt when you encounter wet smoke. This greasy, smeary substance results from primarily plastics and rubber products burning, and it is challenging to remove. When it comes to the restoration of paper products, they need specialized applications, particularly if they also got drenched.

Collection of Papers With Fire Damage
It may not be safe to enter the fire loss area in the Dallas home to collect vital documents. There are numerous hazards after a fire in a house, including air quality, soot, slip, and fall accidents due to water and structural damage. If any of these potential dangers are present in the home, wait until the SERVPRO technicians arrive and inform the crew chief of the items you need to be retrieved.

Winning Tactics for Restoring Paper Items from Fire Loss
When SERVPRO technicians handle fire damaged paper-based items, one of the first actions they do is to freeze the documents at one of our state-certified document drying facilities. Any paper products get flash-frozen immediately, documented, and shipped for in-plant handling. Upon arrival, the pieces enter a low-pressure vaporization chamber. The entire process gets organized as follows:

    •    Inventory of all documents using a barcode system
    •    Vacuum and pressure drying of frozen materials, also known as sublimation
    •    Decontamination phase using gamma irradiation which kills bacteria and microbes without any harm to the paper fibers
    •    Manual cleaning
    •    Deodorizing as needed to remove smoke odors

What Makes Sublimation a Good Restoration Option for Books and Papers?
SERVPRO uses the same methods employed by the Library of Congress for handling historical documents and rare books for Dallas residents. The item gets first frozen through using vacuum freezing and sublimation as the best method for the removal of moisture from paper products. The freezing part of the process is necessary because it immediately stops any further degrading of the inks, prevents mold and fungus growth, or any further damage to the paper. Once frozen, the items can remain in this state indefinitely, which is beneficial when part of the restoration requires transport.

The next step is to ready the items for drying and cleaning. When ice melts, the outcome is water. Sublimation skips that step and takes the water within frozen items and turns it into a vapor state, skipping the water state as part of the transition.

To stop the wrinkling and warping of papers and books, they are sometimes pressed during drying to ensure they retain their shape. Afterward, the techs go through each article or book page one at a time to remove any remaining soot, stains, spotting, or other evidence of loss as much as possible.

How to Avoid Damage to Important Papers in the Future
There are several actions you can take to avoid this situation in the future. First, consider getting a storage box rated as fireproof and use it to store valuable documents.

Because a home box for storage can get lost or stolen, it is also a good idea to scan the files and back them up on a disk, flash drive, or use cloud storage. Consider renting a safety deposit box to stash copies, or if you have an attorney or accountant, see if you can arrange to have copies placed with them.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 when you need assistance with the cleanup and restoration of your home from fire damage of any size.

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What Equipment Does SERVPRO Use for Water Removal in Dallas?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Details Equipment at Their Disposal for Dallas Water Damage Restoration

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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Can Business Closure from Commercial Water Damage be Mitigated?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

'Open' sign in front of store window When your small shop is facing water damage, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO can Counteract the One-Two Punch of Commercial Water Damage in Dallas With A 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 for water removal.  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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How Can a Dallas Commercial Facility Implement a Preventative Cleaning Plan?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of North West Dallas Professionals Offer Cleaning and Disinfecting Services

Cleaning plans should be customized to each Dallas area business and facility. Cleaning protocols in Dallas need to be effective for the different types of surfaces that could be infected and for how many people employees and customers might be at the location at any given time.

According to the CDC, senior citizens are the most at-risk group from the virus pandemic. Functioning facilities that have senior employees, or serve senior customers, or visitors require professional-level disinfection measures that are applied regularly. 

Did you know SERVPRO technicians can assist in the development of a pandemic plan for any business or Dallas area commercial property? Our team has years of cleaning experience performing hospital-level sanitization for a variety of problems at businesses of all sizes throughout the Dallas area. 

The SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas specialty cleaning team scopes the property and helps develop a cleaning strategy based on the required types of sanitization. Our team answers any questions you may have. We work flexible hours to accommodate your business schedule. Our team even helps train and work with your in-house departments concerning proper (CDC, EPA, and OSHA) cleaning protocols. 

If you need assistance developing a pandemic plan for cleaning and disinfecting your commercial property or public space, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at 214-361-7887. We’re ready to help. 

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

What are the Steps Needed to Restore Flood Damaged Dallas Homes?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

knee high water in living and dining room When floods affect your property, you might need an experienced hand to guide the recovery process.

SERVPRO Shares 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.

From Walls to Furniture and Electronics, SERVPRO Knows Water Damage Restoration

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.  

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.

SERVPRO Knows How to Safely Remove Floodwater in Dallas

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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What Can Be Used to Dry Wet Carpeting in Dallas Homes?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Team Uses Carpet Wands in Dallas Homes to Restore Flooring 

Water loss incidents pose a significant risk to Dallas residences, especially when migrating water directly penetrates porous materials like carpeting. Wet flooring can become a costly restoration expense when saturation moves into the padding beneath carpeting and eventually to the subflooring and support materials. 

Carpet wands are an accessory of wet vacuums that our SERVPRO professionals use for water removal in Dallas homes. These attachments to the extractor allow our technicians to pull a considerable volume of trapped moisture from both the carpet and padding to prevent migration that can damage the subflooring like OSB board or plywood underneath. Carpet wands are a conventional first step. 

How does SERVPRO remove water from carpets?  

  • Use moisture meters to determine the damage
  • Carpet wands to remove initial saturation
  • Air movers and drying equipment to remove lingering moisture 

With the right equipment and approach, we can help to dry out your home after a loss quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team a call at (214) 361-7887. 

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Have you Experienced Water Damage in Your Dallas Home’s Laundry Room?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Equipped to Remove Water From Dallas Homes After Washing Machine Failures

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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We Get You Back In Business In Dallas After A Flood

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Our trailer-mounted diesel generator in the parking lot We bring our trailer-mounted diesel generator and high-capacity desiccant dehumidification system for large flood damage disaster jobs.

Why Commercial Businesses with Large Loss Claims use our Flood Damage Restoration Services in Dallas

Completing jobs efficiently, mitigating losses, negotiating with insurers, adjusters, and third-parties is some of the reasons that large commercial clients continue to use our services for unforeseen property damages. We are a local company, but our access to national resources means that we can mobilize large amounts of equipment and human resources quickly, helping commercial clients overcome property problems with a minimum loss of revenue. 

The causes of commercial flood damage in Dallas are tough to mitigate against because they can come from many different sources. Internal plumbing is used far more by staff and customers in commercial businesses than in residences. In older commercial properties a pipe can eventually burst, particularly during cold periods of the year when pipes are at a higher risk of freezing. 

When water freezes, it expands weakening the structural integrity of uninsulated metal pipes- which are surprisingly common in commercial warehouses. When a pipe does eventually burst, it can release up to 400 gallons of water an hour into your property, damaging stock, furnishings, and forcing temporary closure. The weight of this volume of water can significantly weaken floors or structure in your workplace, making it unsafe to work in and forcing temporary closure. 

Professional attention should be sought immediately after a burst pipe. Shutting off the supply of water is essential to limiting losses, but so is having an established strategy for removal. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in large loss claims and can drain water from the property in a matter of hours by using truck-mounted extraction units and pumping equipment. Once excess water is removed we can begin to tackle residual moisture- this process can take longer- but it is essential to ensuring that secondary issues like mold growth do not cause another closure and more loss of revenue. 

The impact of flood damage on your commercial business can be widespread, trust a professional restorer to return your business to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 today. 

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Water Damage In Your Dallas Home

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Your Carpets in Dallas Are Begging For Love

An essential part of being a homeowner involves taking care of all aspects of your home. It is not sufficient to pay your electric bill and keep up the landscaping; you also need to be vigilant of seemingly random occurrences, such as a spot on your ceiling or floor. Discoloration can point to a leak, and the ensuing water damage can be disastrous. Like most things in life, the advice of a professional team can help you both in preventing accidents and in resolving them when they occur.

Homeowners with water damage in Dallas can rely on SERVPRO to be the trustworthy advisor in your home restoration. Our team is available 24/7 when a pipe bursts and soaks your carpets, and it is also available for their general upkeep. You may tap into our expertise by merely placing a call and allowing us to arrive at your home to develop a clear action plan. Whether you want to perform some preventive maintenance or need to restoration services, we are here for you.

The preventive aspect of cleaning your carpets is essential in increasing their life. In the course of daily life, we bring dust and debris into the home, and it settles into the fibers of your carpet. Our SERVPRO team chooses from a cadre of techniques applicable to cleaning your rugs, carpets, and other porous materials in your home. In the course of evaluating your needs, we may choose to clean your carpets through hot water extraction, which is ideal for light soil projects. If your needs are widespread, we may use a cleaning wand and industry-grade shampoo and rinse to loosen accumulated dirt and lift it from your home. For more significant areas, we could utilize machinery that allows for the more comfortable spread of cleaning solutions and provides more significant agitation to eliminate dirt and minimize drying time.

Whether you're proactive or reactive in the care of your home and its carpets, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here to help. Call us at (214) 361-7887 whenever you identify a need and let us do the heavy lifting. Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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A Primer for Handling Flood and Wind Damage in Dallas

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Outside shot of home after storm damage. Tarp on fire place After strong winds cause damage to this roof, our tarping service covered the fireplace and shingles to prevent more water damage.

Tips for Prepping Your Dallas Home for Flood, Wind Damage 

Flood and wind damage bring havoc to a home in the Dallas area. Wind can bring down tree limbs, peel up roofing, and floodwater can wreck walls and flooring in a short time.  

There are some actions homeowners can take against flood, wind damage, and other storm-related scenarios in Dallas. Regularly inspecting your property is a simple step that can assist in avoiding losses in the future. Keep the number of your insurance adjuster, policy number, and phone number for SERVPRO handy, so in the event of a home disaster, cleanup efforts begin as soon as possible. Our team can quickly cover exposed damaged roof areas with tarpaulins to prevent on-going damage from wind and rains.  

Common Losses From Flooding

Flash floods occur around Big D, and the water tends to recede quickly, however, building materials such as sheetrock wick water and require removal above the water line to halt any further damage. Tile and glue-down flooring may delaminate and require replacement. SERVPRO techs have specialized equipment to extract the water quickly and dry the home thoroughly. 

Wind Damage Threats

This area of Texas is in "Tornado Alley," and there are things homeowners can do to avoid damage from intense storms with high winds.  

  • Inspect and if necessary, reinforce the garage door and tracts
  • Inspect your roof for loose shingles or existing damage that needs repair
  • Check your siding and ensure it is intact
  • Trim tree limbs near windows or the structure
  • Bring in or anchor patio furniture or other potential projectiles that the wind can pick up 

When a Loss Event Happens to Your Home

Time means money in terms of replacing items that may have restoration potential if the cleanup begins quickly enough. SERVPRO techs arrive on-site within an hour after the initial call and bring everything they need in their green service vans, including generators if storms have knocked out the power. The techs have extensive training in the restoration sciences as well as handling temporary repairs and water removal. 

When a loss occurs, such as flooding or wind damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. The certified techs can clean up and restore the property, "Like it never even happened."  

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Dallas Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Complete Water Loss Drying and Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO Box Truck At a Job When SERVPRO Is on the Water Loss Scene in Dallas--Homeowners Are Relieved

Suspect Water Damage Behind Fixtures in your Home? Contact SERVPRO in Dallas

Water Damage Dallas
Water can release from many different areas of your home's infrastructure. You may find that areas behind fittings, cabinets, or appliances begin to smell of stagnant water or mold. These signs can be indicative of a broader water issue at play. Gaining access to these areas of the home may be tight or go beyond the scope of your expertise. These situations tend to get worse without intervention, and by interceding early, you can often restore construction materials rather than having to face the expense of replacing them.

If you are in any doubt as to how to restore water damage in your Dallas home, it may be best to bring in a professional. Professional water restoration services can provide you with a wealth of expertise and experience. Knowledge and experience can be vital in a fast turnaround during the restoration. At SERVPRO, we can correctly assess the extent of damage, which then allows us to decide which materials are salvageable and which are not quickly. Completing jobs on-spec and on-budget is the core service we provide to this community.

Working with a restore over replace framework means our inspections are typically rigorous. If necessary, SERVPRO can remove fixtures or other physical barriers from home. We take the entire procedure to ensure that there is no damage during the removal process. Typically metals and synthetics items can be treated with chemicals like pesticide and mechanical buffers that can see even severely damaged materials return to excellent condition. Other naturally porous materials may have to be double-sealed in bags and taken with us to a waste facility for disposal.

The challenge in restoring water damage from walls and behind build-ins is inadequately drying the issue before and during the in-depth cleaning process. Failure to address the source of moisture or to dry it properly can lead to water issues returning after service is complete- negating much of the cleaning effort. Using sensors and moisture content readings, our team of technicians at SERVPRO can ensure the water spill is contained and restored correctly to ensure that one-time emergencies do not become recurring issues. Mold infestations can often follow inadequate moisture removal.

The buildup of water or moisture behind cabinets, appliances, and other fixtures can see severe degradation of materials as well as produce unpleasant odors. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 today.

Why Professional Restoration Services are Necessary After Fire Damage in Dallas

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom. fire debris on floor. charred wall and mattress It is tempting to remove debris after a fire, but you can unintentionally spread soot. SERVPRO knows how to remove debris and restore your home.

Reasons DIY Fire Damage Cleanup is a Bad Idea in Dallas Homes 

After fire damage occurs in a home, the number one priority of most homeowners is to get life back to normal as rapidly as possible. One of the biggest mistakes they make is cleaning up the smoke damage and removing charred items themselves. Both of these actions have the capacity to make the situation worse.  

When Dallas homeowners work on fire damage in their homes on their own, the outcome can be less favorable than they expected. Some cleaning products or incorrectly used methods can increase the loss and render items unrestorable.  

Stop the Spread of Soot

Setting up containment is something that rarely gets done in DIY cleanups. SERVPRO technicians know soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see. If the fire loss area does get contained, it can spread throughout the home and require more cleanup to remove the soot and odors. 

Improper Cleaning Makes it Worse

It is vital to test smoke residues on surfaces before cleaning. Because a fire can burn at different temperatures in a single room and various types of items get charred, an array of residues get left behind. While sheetrock and wood structural elements tend to leave behind a light, powdery residues called dry smoke, plastic, and rubber items produce wet smoke, which is thick and can prove challenging to remove from surfaces without the proper cleaning agents.  

SERVPRO techs carefully test and use methods such as dry cleaning sponges to carefully lift away dry smoke. When wet cleaners come into contact with wet smoke, it drives the particles deeper into the surface, and this can mainly ruin painted walls and require further restoration efforts such as ceiling over painted walls to lock in the soot and odor and ready the wall for repainting. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 when you need fast, complete fire damage cleanup and restoration service. The certified technicians have the tools and knowledge to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened." 

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We Can Restore Your Dallas Home After A Flood

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Dallas

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration In Dallas Could Require Cleaning The Walls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Water Left a Funky Smell in Your Dallas Home.

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked in front of a home. Don’t let water damage leave a smell living in your Dallas home. SERVPRO will be there to help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in your Dallas Book Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

Eliminating Stains & Odors From Protein Fire Damage in Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Can Restore Your Home After A Flood In Dallas

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

Restoring Your Home After It Suffers Flood Damage in Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Discuss Signs of Commercial Water Damage in Your Dallas Business

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the corner of window. Where excessive moisture exists, often so do mold colonies.

Signs of Commercial Water Damage in Your Dallas Business and What to Do About it

Sometimes commercial water damage is not due to a sudden gushing pipe break or supply line leak. There are times the damage occurred over an extended time sight unseen, and often other issues appear with that type of loss.

If you see the following signs of commercial water damage in your Dallas business, investigate them to see if you have a more significant issue in play that requires immediate addressing.

Musty Odor That Never Goes Away
One of the heralding signs of an issue in your property is the tell-tale pungent odor that is most noticeable after the closure of the business overnight or the weekend. The problem may relate to poor ventilation or plumbing problems.

Signs of Mold
It only takes 24-hours for airborne mold spores to set up their home in your building if conditions are right. Where excessive moisture exists, often so do mold colonies. Once they infest the commercial property, they spread fast and damage both the structure and contents. Professional remediation is a must to eliminate the conditions conducive to growth as well as stop the potential for cross-contamination to different areas of your business.

Water Stains and Wet Spots on Ceilings or Walls
When you see staining, it is a confirmation there is something amiss with your plumbing system or structure. SERVPRO technicians have moisture detection equipment that allows them to "see" behind walls and under flooring to determine precisely where excessive areas of moisture are so they can eliminate the problem through their proprietary methods.

What to Do About it
Often when there are no visible signs of water, the problem is still minor but engaging a professional restoration services company is smart. When SERVPRO technicians scope a structure to determine the cause of water loss, they also take into consideration whether or not stock and other valuable items are in danger of receiving damage. They take proactive measures to ensure as little loss as possible for the property owner by using Pack Outs and moving undamaged items out of the building during mitigation to a secure location. The technicians then move it back into the exact spot after the completion of mitigation efforts.

At the first indication of commercial water damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887. Our water damage specialists are available 24/7 to diagnose the problem and restore your business to its pre-water loss condition “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage in Dallas? It's Easy to Overcome If You Contact SERVPRO Right Away

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen counter and toaster Fires happen. Contact SERVPRO right away to remediate and prevent residual or accompanying problems.

Common Problems in Dallas Properties After Fire Damage

As if a home with fire damage was not enough, many issues have the potential to crop up. This is especially true if the cleanup efforts are inadequate.

Fire damage leaves Dallas homes with not only charred materials to deal with, but also water damage and sometimes mold. SERVPRO technicians work to restore the property and negate secondary issues.


The technicians undergo extensive training in the restoration sciences to learn the best practices for handling fire, water, and mold damage to properties. This includes choosing the right equipment, cleaning solutions, and restoration methods each situation dictates.

Early Fire Damage Mitigation Actions

SERVPRO technicians remove charred items that have no restoration potential from the property with the approval of the homeowner or adjuster. They take photographs and make a note of anything that requires discarding due to damage for ease of filing insurance claims and expediting the reimbursement.

Water Damage

On top of the fire loss, the water used to extinguish the fire leaves behind additional damage. Portable pumps often make short work of removing the water, and the use of detection equipment ensures no moisture is left behind in wall cavities or under flooring. Careful containment of the worksite keeps cross-contamination from occurring during the drying process.

Smoke Residues

The cleaning of smoke damage in the home is another specialized task. More loss has the potential to occur by using the incorrect cleaning method for different types of smoke residue. The technicians carefully test surfaces before cleaning to ensure the use of the correct applications.

Mold Damage

If the water used to extinguish a fire sits in a property for longer than 24-hours, mold spores have the possibility of germinating and once established; they spread quickly. This is why complete water extraction and drying of the property is crucial. SERVPRO technicians know the early warning signs of mold growth and work to eradicate it and apply proactive treatments as needed to inhibit growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 is available to turn around fire damage in your property and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Call SERVPRO When Your North Dallas Bedroom Suffers Fire Damage

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked in a driveway. Don’t allow a fire damage in your North Dallas home to take over. We can help you every step of the way, always!

We can tackle all your North Dallas fire damages.

Many people use candles for a variety of reasons, but it is never a good thing when a candle causes fire damage inside of your North Dallas home. A mother may want to light some candles and listen to calming music to unwind after a long day. A student may wish to light a scented candle while they study for their midterm. No matter the reason for the candle, it is always imperative to keep fire safety at the forefront of your mind while using one. 

Unfortunately for your home, your daughter left a candle lit in her North Dallas bedroom, causing fire damage to the immediate area around it. She left the candle burning on the window sill, enjoying the pleasant aroma while she cleaned her room. When she went to get some lunch, the candle remained lit inside of her bedroom, unattended. While gone, the candle caught the drapes on fire, and then jumped to a nearby clothing wrack from them. 

While the fire that happened in your daughter's bedroom was relatively small, it still caused damage. When you find your home in need of fire damage remediation, it is wise to call immediately. Fire damage is always easier to remediate right away rather than later on. 

When you call SERVPRO, our technicians can assemble quickly and then travel to your home in one of our signature green vehicles. Upon arriving, our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration-certified (IICRC) technicians can get to work straight away. 

SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment and technology to remediate fire damage. Our first step is to remove the damaged clothing and curtains. We can take an inventory before we dispose of any clothing articles or other damaged goods, to make an insurance claim a little easier for you. From there, we can use house-made cleaning agents, designed to break soot down at a particle level, to clean your walls and window sill. 

To rid your home of the foul odor that fire leaves behind, SERVPRO can use more advanced technology to do the job. Thermal foggers dispense a chemical vapor that traps and neutralizes the particles in the air that cause the malodor. Once finished, we can return your home to you, "Like it Never Even Happened." 

Should you need fire damage remediation, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas by phoning (214) 361-7887. Whenever you need us, we're ready to help. 

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When Your Dallas Beauty Boutique Suffers Damage After A Flood Call Our Professionals

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

wood and building debris burned by a fire Get in touch with SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas by calling (214) 361-7887.

Contact SERVPRO When Your Dallas Beauty Boutique Suffers Flood Damage

Heavy storms can cause many troubles, and flood damage happens to sit at the top of that list. No Dallas business owner wants to arrive at work and find pooled water waiting for them. A weakness in the roof of your boutique allowed floodwaters into your store and put many products in immediate danger. To save stock, and minimize other damages, you need to reach out for professional cleanup and restoration services as soon as possible.

Leaving the flood damage in your Dallas beauty boutique for too long can spell out some unpleasant consequences. To start, as the standing water sits, the structure of your building can begin to absorb it, causing water damage. The laminate floors may begin to crack, split, and bubble. Mold colonies could form and cause unpleasant health effects. Over time, mold can weaken the organic materials inside of your store, such as the wooden framing. In general, it is wise to clean up any water damage immediately after the accident occurs, to prevent these unfortunate situations.

SERVPRO is ready to assist you, no matter the time. We understand how hectic the schedule of a business person is, and that emergencies can rarely wait. For this reason, we always have our highly trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) on the clock. Whether it be 1 PM or 1 AM, our technicians are ready to help you.

Once our WRT arrive, they can begin to unload many pieces of advanced equipment from our signature green vans. Each piece of equipment is meant to work together in conjunction, to remove stagnant water, minimize moisture levels, and to remediate water damage. Our technicians can start with rover-mounted extractors and wet/dry vacuums, to remove the excess water.

Once the water is gone, we can take stock of your inventory and make a list of losses. Our technicians can work with your insurance adjuster to get a claim going for you, allowing you to feel at ease. From there, we can begin to bring in pieces of equipment like air ventilation fans, dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers, to reduce any excess moisture. Once finished, we can return to your boutique to you, “Like it never even happened.”

When your store suffers flood damage, get help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas by calling (214) 361-7887. No matter the time or day, we're open and ready to help you.

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Drying After Flood Damage Is Crucial For Your Dallas Residence

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Overflowing gutters after a terrible storm. Don't let flood damage take over your Dallas home. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Flood Removal Tips Before Help Arrives at Your Dallas Home

The storms are intense year-round in the Metroplex area, and Big D is no stranger to flood damage. According to FEMA, an inch of water has the potential to result in $25,000 in property damages, this amount of loss compounds the longer the water remains in the residence.

Even though SERVPRO arrives quickly to Dallas properties needing flood removal, often much of the water has either wicked into sheetrock, migrated within the home or removed via mops or wet-dry vacuums by the homeowner. Other actions to take include:

  • Avoid contact with the water if it is groundwater
  • Move items off the floor to a dry area
  • Turn off the electricity if there is a danger of water reaching the outlets
  • Advise SERVPRO technicians if you have saturated area rugs or carpeting as they require extraction before removal from the home to diminish their weight
  • If there is any danger of slip and fall accidents, avoid the area

When we arrive on the scene, we immediately scope the room to ensure we miss no areas of excessive moisture during the water removal process. This step includes using our detection equipment to "see" within walls and under floors. If water remains, there is the potential for mold or foul odors to become an issue. We may also need to drill weep holes for drainage or perform flood cuts to remove water-damaged sheetrock.

Our team members hold several certifications in the restoration sciences; among them are two we frequently use: Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technician. This training is invaluable for expediting the drying process. We use customized configurations depending on the needs of the structure. We have powerful air movers and also specialized equipment such as the Injectidry which directs air within wall cavities or small spaces to ensure thorough drying. 

Once the premises verifies as hitting drying goals, we thoroughly clean and disinfect all water-affected surfaces to return the home to sanitary standards for habitation. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is ready to respond to flood removal needs by calling (214) 361-7887. We are available 24/7 and have the equipment and experience to limit water loss to your home and property to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage in Dallas--Should You DIY or Look to a Professional Remediation Company?

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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The Difference Between DIY and Professional Water Damage Cleanup in Dallas Home

When water damage strikes a Big D home once it hits your floor, water migrates quickly-even if it is a small amount of water from a busted pipe under a bathroom sink or overflow from a malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher. If the spill happens upstairs, the inclination to travel downward due to gravity can leave you with water in the subflooring and floor joists and a damaged ceiling downstairs. 

DIY cleanup efforts for water damage in a Dallas home are sometimes not adequate to avoid mold or foul odors. Standard methods of home cleanup are:

  • Blotting water with rags or mops
  • Using household fans to dry floors
  • Laying towels on wet carpet to absorb water 

Why SERVPRO? These home remedies for water damage in Dallas can work as long as the water is surface only and has not penetrated the subflooring or ran behind baseboards. In those cases, the excessive moisture has the potential to create conditions for mold infestations as well as unpleasant odors. Our certified technicians have specialized equipment for both extraction and drying. Plus our advanced moisture detection devices ensure that anywhere in the residence water travels, we find it and remove it. 

Our professional extraction equipment includes special attachments for upholstery and carpeting, so water does not remain the padding. Our air movers create warm, dry air in a superior fashion to household fans. The high-velocity air causes embedded moisture to rise where our dehumidifiers remove it from the property. 

Even clean water spills have the potential for bacterial growth, and bacteria equals odors. Our certified technicians thoroughly clean and disinfect all affected surfaces to both sanitize the home and leave it smelling clean and fresh without any lingering water odors. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 has the equipment and experience to return properties with water damage to their preloss condition. We take calls 24/7 and are onsite quickly to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Manage Different Kinds Of Soot After A Fire In Your Dallas Home

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Call (214) 361-7887 immediately after a fire for an expert assessment and swift resolution of this challenge.

Managing Different Kinds Of Soot After Dallas Fire Damage

In the aftermath of a fire in your Dallas home, the sight of blackened walls, ceilings, and surfaces can make you feel overwhelmed and unequipped to manage the cleanup. The first reaction is understandable, while the second is wise. Cleanup of toxic fire residues is a job best completed by our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and experienced managers and technicians. We match soots to appropriate cleaners and methods for optimal results.

Fire damage cleanup in Dallas requires evaluation of the types of residues found throughout all spaces in your home. Even rooms far from the ignition site show signs of soot soiling. Depending on the materials combusted and the surfaces coated, we use different cleaners, tools, and methods. Structural components are cleaned on-site, but we might transport some of the contents of your home to our production facility for specialized treatment.

Wet soot occurs when a fire is lower in temperature and smolders because of limited oxygen. SERVPRO sees this kind of soot after rubber, plastics, and oils burn. The residue is thick and sticky, prone to smearing. Odors can be strong and irritating. Successful removal requires a cleaning agent with surfactants and wetting agents applied with agitation to loosen the residue before wiping.

Paper and wood burn fast and hot, leaving ashy soot. Lingering smells are not as dominant nor unpleasant as wet soot. Careful brushing and dry sponging followed by HEPA-filtered vacuuming work well. Fabrics suffering from an ashy buildup respond to foam cleaners applied and removed quickly with a brush.

Kitchen fires deposit a protein-based coating that travels throughout your home on the superheated air currents. It is nearly invisible, but incredibly and persistently malodorous. The residue clings tenaciously, requiring special cleaners, agitation, and often abrasive tools to remove. SERVPRO crews are vigilant about finding and removing this soot as it is difficult for a homeowner to see or manage. If not addressed, surfaces discolor and deteriorate, and the stench does not dissipate.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas has the trained crews, effective cleaning products, and appropriate equipment for thorough soot removal. Call (214) 361-7887 immediately after a fire for an expert assessment and swift resolution of this challenge.

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When A Flood Destroys Your Dallas Home Our Experts Can Help!

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides comprehensive storm damage mitigation and restoration services on a 24/7 basis.

Dallas Flood Damage Often Brings Extra Problems - SERVPRO Can Help

Although the majority of flood damage mitigation and restoration efforts tend to focus around the floodwaters and any problems caused by them, other elements of the storm can also impact your home in significant ways. Lightning and downed powerlines can cause house fires, high winds can shear off roof tiles, and debris can punch holes and shatter glass in your home. SERVPRO technicians train to identify and clean up after a wide variety of these situations as part of our effort to provide a thorough and complete restoration experience.

Damage from Debris
Whether carried by wind or water, flood damage in Dallas can often show signs of extra damage from debris. Glass windows and objects in your home may be more vulnerable than other materials, but even the hardened exterior walls of your home can be punched through with ease by heavy objects moving at high speeds. We professionally remove hazardous debris and dispose of it safely while also patching up any holes created by it, leaving debris-damaged areas looking “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage
Even with rain pouring down outside, fires can start up and grow in your home due to one of several circumstances. Many fires start when power lines or your home's internal electrical systems receive damage from the storm and cause nearby materials or plants to catch fire. Your home may also catch fire when struck directly by lightning, even with a lightning rod installed. SERVPRO provides comprehensive fire and water restoration plans that incorporate both types of damage when both are present at the job site.

Wind Damage
Wind can cause major damage to your home even without the help of flying debris. One of the most common ways this can occur is when roof tiles shear off during the storm. You can help out before we arrive by looking around your yard for any roof tiles that may have torn off but remained mostly intact. We can replace these tiles on your roof to save you the costs of replacing them.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas provides comprehensive storm damage mitigation and restoration services on a 24/7 basis. Call us at (214) 361-7887.

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If Important Documents Are Damaged By Water In Your Dallas Property, Call Our Experts For Help!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for expert handling from start to finish.

Document Drying After Commercial Water Damage In Dallas

A law firm or real estate broker can risk potentially expensive losses to both their property and hard copy documents should a water issue get out of control. Document losses can harm previously good client relations or result in the loss of valuable information. Our commercial restorers can help to recover certain documents that have been damaged, following a split pipe or leaking roof in your offices. Drying documents is an expensive and time-consuming process but can be extremely valuable in certain scenarios.

Customers that need specialized document drying after commercial water damage in Dallas can reach out to us and arrange dispatch of a specialized commercial restorer unit. As a property manager, you can communicate with a SERVPRO crew chief during the inventorying and packing out stage as well as prioritize those that are most valuable and those that can be discarded. It is essential to understand that existing damages to documents cannot be reversed; however, valuable documents can be prevented from being lost using advanced drying techniques, including sublimation.

Sublimation is a process of turning a solid into a vapor without moving through the liquid state. There are many considerations, including the time frame, what type of contamination levels the document has been exposed to, as well as how long it has been exposed to moisture. The methods used to remediate documents are expensive so that a SERVPRO restorer can explain to you the costs and time frames for each document and each method. It is up to you to decide whether the value of saving the document is worth.

One of the first steps to remediating documentation is to freeze them. Freezing slows the process of dilapidation and allows a SERVPRO restore to determine the best course of action for each document. Vacuum thermal-drying, Air-drying, Vacuum freeze-drying, and dehumidification are all useful methods for remediating documents that may be irreplaceable or cause significant harm to your business if lost.

Hard copy documents are not easy to remediate. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for expert handling from start to finish.

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Protecting the Contents of Your Dallas Home from Flood Damage

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you save your contents.

Flood damage can destroy your contents.

Content management is an often-overlooked aspect of flood recovery for Dallas properties. While many homeowners worry about getting the occupants of their house to safety in the event of these emergencies, little gets done initially about the personal belongings exposed to the worsening conditions within a property. Within a brief period of direct exposure, many of the irreplaceable possessions of a home become too badly affected to preserve with even the advanced techniques and equipment available to our professionals. 

Addressing the effect to the items in your home and other flood damage in Dallas properties, a full inspection and assessment must get performed as promptly as possible. By choosing our SERVPRO professionals to do this inspection, you get the full measure of our advanced equipment and practices, including our array of moisture content readers and hygrometers that can identify dampness even behind walls, ceilings, and floors. An understanding of the extent of this damage can help our professionals to develop an appropriate plan to reduce loss and to restore the property fast. 

Our contents department earmarks specific items exposed to the flood effects for removal or relocation. In many cases, these items must get moved to our nearby SERVPRO facility. There, our professionals can utilize our full inventory of recovery equipment and techniques, working to promptly dry, disinfect, and safely store these belongings until they can get returned to the restored property. 

Not all of the items that could end up at risk in the property must be removed from the premises. With the appropriate mitigation efforts, areas of the home unaffected by the disaster can serve as temporary storage for relocated furniture and possessions. Only the damaged or affected contents of your home need the focused cleaning and restoration efforts of our technicians in our climate-controlled facility. 

Protecting your belongings during a flood disaster can be challenging, but our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas contents department knows what to do. From removing at-risk items to minimize the spread of harmful contaminants, we can make these flood effects “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 by calling  (214) 361-7887.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Will Save Your Dallas Property

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

We Can Help With Residues From Fire Damage To Your Dallas Property

Candles are a great way of creating a romantic and inviting atmosphere in your Dallas dining room. However, a misplaced elbow is often all it takes for your romantic night to turn into a disaster. After the fire has been put out, you may find your dining room covered in residues and soot that can produce strong unpleasant odors. Fire residues and odors are notoriously difficult to remove, so it is recommended you contact professionals with experience cleaning up fire damage.

When SERVPRO crews arrive at your property, they can begin removing and discarding severely damaged pieces of furniture, scorched upholstery, and charred structural sections. Fires in Dallas typically coat all nearby surfaces in soot particles and residues. Residues can stick to upholstery and hard surfaces and can be powdery or sticky. To ensure that we don't further damage your home, our fire and smoke damage technicians (FST) can carefully inspect each affected surface to determine the best cleaning methods.

Dry residues can be removed with simple scrubbing and usually do not require the application of cleaning agents. Sticky residues, on the other hand, require intense scrubbing and the application of cleaning agents. We can utilize dry cleaning methods on more delicate surfaces to avoid accidental stains or damage.

To combat the strong odors caused by fire, SERVPRO tech teams can deploy hydroxyl generators that can filter out soot particles and smoke from the air inside your home. Furthermore, if we find that filtering your air has not fully removed the smell, we can use deodorizers to neutralize odor particles in hard to reach places. We do our best to retrace the path odors may have taken through your home to eliminate the smell.

Even after the flames are extinguished, fires can still be a pain. If you have suffered from fire damage, then call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Our technicians are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887.

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Our Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Dallas Home After Water Damage

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged this home when the flat roof of the structure started to leak. We arrived right away to begin restoration to prevent further damage.

How Water Damage Can Ruin Your Hardwood Floors And Furniture

Forgetting to shut off the water in your sink after brushing teeth can have severe repercussions for your floors. The next morning, you may wake up in your Dallas bedroom and find yourself putting your feet down into a puddle of sink water. Overflow from a bathroom faucet can efficiently run into adjacent rooms, causing damage to hardwood floors and furniture.

If you have experienced water damage in Dallas to the floors and furniture because of a moment of forgetfulness, then contact SERVPRO. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can arrive at your home in a matter of hours to begin the inspection process. Once we have assessed the extent of the damage in your house, we can get to work removing spillage. The longer that wood remains submerged, the higher the chance of permanent damage. Wood can swell, warp, and eventually crack after long term water exposure, so it is important that you contact professionals who can work quickly and efficiently. Our tech crews utilize industrial grade wet vacs and pump to extract standing water from your floors rapidly.

Hardwood floors often have water resistance lacquers on their surface; however, water can eventually seep through these barriers and reach the fragile wood below. Once wet, wood can cup and warp, so we can use air movers in conjunction with dehumidifiers to quickly dry large sections of your floor. Your floors can then be sanded and refinished if necessary.

Furniture faces similar problems as wood flooring. However, furniture is more likely to dry unevenly, leaving behind ugly water lines. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified techs can wipe down wooden sections of your nightstands and chairs to help prevent the formation of water lines.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas if the beautiful wood floors and furniture in your home are threatened by water damage. We are available 24/7 at (214) 361-7887, so call us as soon as possible!

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Don’t Stress Over Water Damage Remediation in Your Dallas Residence

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation can cause chaos in your home. Contact SERVPRO today for assistance.

Mitigating the Various Effects of Water Damage in Your Dallas Home 

If that water damage incident in your home is not urgently attended to, then long-term wetness can ruin your contents and interior finishes in one way or the other. Prompt actions can prevent further damage and reduce the chances of having to replace more items than necessary. Let us look at some of the processes that we use to restore various structures within your Dallas home.

Permanent repairs in your Dallas property may not take place immediately after a water damage event unless the building is thoroughly dry. For instance, the subfloor, which is mainly composed of layers of submerged wood, may swell after coming into contact with the water. When attending to such situations, our SERVPRO technicians replace the affected sections to prevent possible buckling. It is also essential to inspect for warping before new flooring can be installed.

When wood sits in water for an extended period, it may eventually start to swell, break, or crack. If that happens, it is normal for the wood joints to become weak since they are fragile. Our SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to extract water from your home as well as dry and clean your wooden furniture. By thoroughly drying the wood, we protect it from possible mold growth.

Our SERVPRO technicians also inspect the state of the structure's insulation. We remove any matted insulation, which is usually popular with rockwood and cellulose insulations. On the other hand, it is possible to clean and dry fiberglass insulation since it does not permanently lose its insulating capability, even after being exposed to wetness. Though, the insulation’s vapor barriers may also slow the drying speed. Where necessary, we drill holes into wall cavities and then force air through the holes to enhance evaporation. We can also remove wet drywall when we find much moisture.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is in your commercial or residential property. We are experienced in water, fire, storm, and mold damage cleaning and restoration. Call (214) 361-7887 and get a chance of working with our highly trained team.

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After A Fire In Your Dallas Home, You Need To Have Your HVAC System Inspected

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to arrange a visit from our IICRC certified technicians.

HVAC Inspections After Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home

In any property restoration, there are visible damages and non-visible damages. Initial cleaning of the affected area may resolve cosmetic issues, but malodors or dust problems can persist. Professional services help to ensure that the non-visible signs of property damage are dealt with at the first time of asking and could prevent secondary issues from occurring further down the line.

Residential property owners with fire damage in Dallas should hire professional remediation technicians to inspect the affected area properly. Your HVAC system can end up distributing smokes, malodors, and soots throughout your property; mainly where the source of damage occurs on the supply side of the system. SERVPRO technicians can conduct an expert inspection of your HVAC, protecting both the system itself and your indoor air quality.

In moderate to major scale house fires, hot, smoke-filled air can enter the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), depositing dust and soots inside. Remediating rooms becomes a meaningless procedure if soots are redistributed into clean areas after the service is complete. A preliminary inspection can help to ascertain whether any mechanical elements were damaged during the fire. These could include dampers, turning vanes, mixing boxes, and cooling coil.

If during the inspection, mechanical damages are discovered, we may need to bring in an HVAC specialist to repair your system. Where there is heavy soiling, we can clean the shafts as well as replacing disposable filters. An HVAC technician may also need to disassemble parts of the system for proper cleaning. We can reassemble your system once all soiling has been removed. Soiling from major fires may require duct sealing services to fumigate the system entirely and prevent unpleasant odors from returning. Duct sealing procedure is complicated and may take some time to complete the procedure correctly.

Restoring non-visible damages is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to arrange a visit from our IICRC certified technicians.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Documents And Appliances In Your Dallas Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

If your home requires our services to mitigate damage from flooding, give us a call today at (214) 361-7887.

Restoring Documents And Appliances After Flood Damage In A Dallas Home

As Texas inches ever closer to hurricane season, residents are preparing for floods, whether they come from storms in areas with low elevation or overflowing levees, bayous, and rivers. If not dried properly, moisture from flooding can compromise the structure of your home and create an environment that allows mold, bacteria, and foul odors to thrive in porous surfaces like carpet and wood. Flooding can be especially bad news for your craft or sewing area, as this can result in damage to papers, patterns, fabrics, and electronics without the right tools and techniques to restore them.

If spring rains cause flood damage in your Dallas home, our SERVPRO professionals are ready to come to you 24/7, including all holidays. We know that flood damage does not wait to occur during regular business hours, so we are always prepared to address and mitigate damage to your home.

When our SERVPRO team comes to your home, our priority is to extract any remaining water after a flood. Extraction can entail the use of portable extractors that hold as much as 5 to 12 gallons of water for disposal. Contaminated carpet and padding can be removed quickly and efficiently to maximize safety and prevent the introduction of mold, bacteria, and odors into your home that can compromise the flooring or subflooring underneath.

For sewing patterns, personal records, legal documents, and other essential paper goods that need drying, our team can restore them through air drying, sublimation, or dehumidification, depending on how much needs drying and their current condition. We can also salvage electronics such as your sewing machine, laptop, and other appliances that may be in your crafts room through careful cleaning and monitoring of exposure to water. Your electronics can be encased in plastic and moved elsewhere in the home to avoid further exposure to moisture while we restore your home to its pre-flood condition.

SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is here to help you whenever disaster strikes. If your home requires our services to mitigate damage from flooding, give us a call today at (214) 361-7887.

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Call Our Crew When The HVAC Pipes In Your Dallas Home Get Clogged And Cause Water Damage

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our helpline is (214) 361-7887, and you can contact us 24/7/365 for help.

How To Handle Water Damage In Your Dallas Residence Caused By Clogged HVAC Pipes

No one considers the HVAC system as a threat, but it is usually installed inside a home and can hold large volumes of water that must be transferred outside. If HVAC pipes clog, they may cause the water to back up and spill on the attic floor, ceiling, and walls.

When the drain is clogged, the HVAC system can spill water every time you turn it on, leading to costly water damage to your Dallas residence. You may end up having to replace some items like your ceiling if this problem goes on for an extended period. When you discover water damage in your house, it is advisable to seek the services of a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Our restoration experts can help you extract water, eliminate debris, dry out, and repair your home to make it safe for you and your family. We have sophisticated water removal and drying equipment to deal with the water loss quickly. Our professional grade water extractors can get the affected surfaces back to nearly 100 percent dry condition.

Our SERVPRO technicians restore water damaged structures while abiding by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. We can use pumps or shop-vacs to remove any standing water from your attic and mitigate the damage on the floor of the attic and the ceiling. We can also use air moving equipment to circulate air at high volumes throughout the affected areas to facilitate the drying process.

Our technicians can also use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and moisture meters to monitor the drying process every day. When restoring attics, working with insulation is often necessary. We can use insulation vacuums to dry and save fiberglass insulation. If there is wet sheetrock under the insulation, it may be impossible to restore it. We can replace the affected sheetrock to repair the attic floor. Our technicians can also monitor other contents that may have been exposed to high humidity or water for cleaning and deodorization needs.

If you have a water loss, SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas can handle your emergency water damage restoration project promptly and to your satisfaction. We can make the water loss incident look “Like it never even happened.” Our helpline is (214) 361-7887, and you can contact us 24/7/365 for help.

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How to Take the Headache Out of Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Dallas

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your business get ruined by water damage. Call SERVPRO today for all your water damage remediation needs.

Use Commercial Water Removal Services for Your Dallas Office Building After a Plumbing Failure

Water can pool in an office building if the plumbing system fails. A broken water pipe can cause water damage in a few hours, especially if it occurs after business hours. Water loss can cause the destruction of office equipment and furniture, paper records, and computer files.

Water damage may also cause loss of income when businesses stop operations. It is critical to use commercial water removal services for your Dallas office building to remove the water and dry the affected areas to reduce the impact on the finances of the businesses operating in it. The professionals at SERVPRO can assist you with restoring your office building to its previous condition. Our technicians have decades of experience and can guarantee your satisfaction in any water damage restoration project.

When we arrive at a water damaged structure, we carefully pre-inspect all aspects of the damaged areas and then start the mitigation efforts. If there is standing water, our technicians use appropriate pumps or wet/dry vacuums to extract it. We check the flooring and walls below the damaged area for standing water and remove it as necessary. We also use moisture meters to determine the extent of water penetration in carpeting, flooring, walls, and ceilings.

Our SERVPRO team extracts water from carpeting and hard surface flooring. Our technicians detach carpets and extract water from the pad and floor. We remove the pad from the structure and discard it in most cases. We also examine the carpeting to check for damages like bad seams, delamination, and mold. If the carpeting is damaged, and cannot be dried and reinstalled, we remove it from the structure and discard it.

If the carpet can be saved, we treat its back and the floor with appropriate antimicrobial products or deodorizers and lay it back on the floor. We extract water from the surface fibers again and apply deodorizer or antimicrobial agents to the face fibers as necessary. If the carpet has furniture stains, our technicians remove them before the carpet dries. We also use dehumidification equipment to eliminate the extra moisture in the air.

If water has flooded your office building, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for emergency services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We can remove the water and dry your building promptly and professionally.

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Our Technicians Address The Possibility Of Contaminants In Your Flood Damaged Dallas Home

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever suffer moisture-related issues after a storm, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any time of the day.

Flood Damage Workers In Dallas Discuss The Possibility Of Contaminants

During a storm, it is possible that rainwater can saturate several of the building materials and contents inside your Dallas apartment. In some cases, moisture can leak in from your roof and cause your home extensive flood damage. When water comes in from above, it can saturate many of your building materials as it follows gravity to the ground. If the leak is slow, moisture can seep into structural components without you realizing it right away. If items such as the materials that make up your roof stay wet for too long, it is wise to call in a professional flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO.

Any time organic substances such as building materials or contents containing paper or wood get wet, there is a chance fungi can form. Preventing mold growth and other secondary problems is always our SERVPRO technicians' goal when mitigating any flood damage in Dallas. We know that it takes a fungus 48 to 72 hours to develop. Therefore, we work towards drying out any organic materials inside your home within that period. We can accomplish rapid structural drying by changing the atmosphere so that it speeds up the natural evaporation process.

By creating air circulation and removing moisture from the air with specialized equipment, we can dry out building materials rapidly. However, when moisture comes into a structure from the outside, there is always a possibility that it can be contaminated. Rainwater itself could contain harmful bacteria or parasites, so problems are treated differently than issues related to clean water plumbing failures. The rain that gets any of your building materials wet is considered grey water, and the problem is labeled as category two damage.

If the water entering your apartment comes from the ground and is muddy than the possibility of contaminants being present is higher. Dirty water that enters a building is considered a category three problem and gets treated the same way as sewage backups.

Any time there are wet items on the interior of your home after a storm, we take measures to disinfect wet materials to prevent the spread of harmful microbes. If you ever suffer moisture-related issues after a storm, call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 any time of the day.

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

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In The Dallas Area

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

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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Call Our Team When Your Dallas Business Experiences Significant Fire Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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Aging Pipes can Brew Water Damage in Your Dallas Bar

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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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How Our SERVPRO Experts Eliminate Mold In Your Dallas Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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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Mold Damage Technicians In Dallas Describe How To Assess The Environment

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

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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How Experts Fix Bad Odors during Water Removal in Dallas

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Equipment In Dallas

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas today at (214) 361-7887 to know more and talk to one of our restoration experts.

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Flood Damage in Your Dallas Warehouse from Storms

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

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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Restoring a Home with Water Damage in Dallas

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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.”

Mold Damage In Your Preston Hollow Home

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

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.

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

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

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.

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

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

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)

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.

SERVPRO Flood Damage

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage Issues

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

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. 

Lancaster Water Damage--Insurance Information and Suggestions

4/30/2016 (Permalink)

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 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.

How Professionals Handle Water Damage in Dallas

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

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)

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 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

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

9/28/2015 (Permalink)

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

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

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

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."

Flood Water Damage and Recovery to Seagoville Buildings

5/23/2015 (Permalink)

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.

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.

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.

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)

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 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)

What Is Dallas Water Damage Remediation?

4/3/2015 (Permalink)

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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