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Our Technicians Address The Possibility Of Contaminants In Your Flood Damaged Dallas Home
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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Our Restoration Experts Discuss The Steps Needed To Restore Your Flood Damaged Dallas Home
When floods affect your property, you might need an experienced hand to guide the recovery process.
Steps That Improve Flood Damage Removal In Dallas
Floods can happen in different ways including sustained downpour that leads to rising water reaching unwanted areas in your Dallas property. Flash floods could also happen when it rains in a different area if your property lies on the flow path of the floodwaters. All incidents of flooding cause damages, but the extent might differ depending on the cause. We offer professional restoration that includes structural drying, mold prevention, and remediation, among other services.
Recovery from flood damage removal in Dallas involves different steps, so it is essential to prioritize specific steps. Doing so helps reduce the chances of secondary damage, or quickens the process altogether. What causes the incident plays a role in what you are likely to prioritize. Incidents involving rising water may require removal of items to a high section in the same property, or an offsite storage facility. In case of short-term, but torrential downpour that floods the property, extracting the water helps protect contents from additional damage and reduces the overall time it takes to restore the property. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with high capacity water extractors and pumps. We also handle move outs easily.
Floodwaters contain a wide range of contaminants from the simple silt and mud to the more dangerous ones like raw sewage and industrial toxins collected as the water flows over different locations. Since removing the water does not remove these contaminants automatically, there is a need to take specific steps to deal with the contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to achieve the intended goal. We spray EPA-registered disinfectants immediately after arriving at the damaged property. We also use power washers to remove soils and debris mechanically or professional cleaning agents for chemical removal.
Floodwaters reach all nooks and crannies in the affected property. Most of it pools in open areas where removal through extraction is easy. However, some of the water reaches hidden sections in the property including wall cavities, below floorboards among other areas. Removal in such cases requires more than just a pump. Our SERVPRO crews utilize different techniques including performing flood cuts and drilling weep holes among other steps that help ease access to the floodwater.
When floods affect your property, you might need an experienced hand to guide the recovery process. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 to help you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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We Are Better And Faster At Helping You Overcome Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home
As you watch flood waters recede from your home in Dallas, it becomes apparent that the nightmare is far from over.
Get Help Conquering Flood Damage Hazards In Your Dallas Area Home
As you watch flood waters recede from your home in Dallas, it becomes apparent that the nightmare is far from over. There are many problems to fix, and now you don’t even have a comfortable place available to make a decision. You have to adjust to current circumstances, keep your family safe, and move forward without ever missing a beat.
After flood damage occurs on your Dallas area property, what was once familiar surroundings can easily make you feel uncomfortable. Everything requires your attention when all you want to do is go home. However, you need to be aware that your flooded home is now a source of hazards as well. Before you attempt to spend any time there, you must resolve some safety concerns before you enter.
Wet areas and electricity can cause severe hazards if you let them, so shutting off the main electrical panel before entering your flooded home makes it safer to continue. You could also have broken water lines or plumbing fixtures adding to the problem that should be taken care of as well. Broken gas lines could easily pose an explosion hazard, which makes turning off the gas meter an appropriate step. SERVPRO technicians check for these conditions and thoroughly inspect your property for hazards.
Both indoor and outdoor areas can become contaminated by raw sewage, fuels, biohazards and more. You want to have a trained professional on your side to check for these problems and ensure your families safety before ever stepping foot inside of your flooded home. SERVPRO technicians can also determine whether the air inside your home is acceptable to breathe or if other conditions exist that affect your homes living environment.
SERVPRO can also check for structural damages that often lead to saggy ceilings or walls, buckled floors, and a compromised foundation. Your roof can shift, and walls can tilt, indicating potential problems with the structural integrity of your home.
The IICRC industry certified technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas are available 24/7, 365, to provide you with the support you need to ensure your families safety and endure any situation. Call us today (214) 361-7887!
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What SERVPRO Can Teach You About Flood Damage In Your Dallas Home
After a flood damage experience, it is essential to work with professionals to restore and clean up your property.
Factors To Consider During Flood Damage Cleanup In Dallas
After a flood damage experience, it is essential to work with professionals to restore and clean up your property. Shelves, closets, floors, and walls are some of the areas that need thorough washing and disinfection. We follow a specific order during the cleanup process, which means some areas or items have to wait until certain places or contents have been restored. Given that this September is the National Preparedness Month (NPM), we are taking this chance to guide Dallas residents on how to make the right decisions.
The procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use when cleaning the walls during flood damage restoration in Dallas depends on the type of wall. In some cases, we may be forced to remove the plaster or wallboard before the cleaning process starts. After that, we wash the sills and studs and disinfect them to reduce the chances of mold growth.
When we are cleaning your furniture, we are careful not to force open swollen drawers and doors. We first let the furniture dry for easy opening. In most cases, wood veneer warps and separated, though it is possible to repair and clean solid wood furniture. We may also recommend a replacement when we come across upholstered furniture that is heavily soaked up with contaminated flood waters.
Some electrical appliances such as radios and TV sets may present unexpected dangers such as electrical shock even when they are unplugged. It is a possibility for some of their parts store electricity - our SERVPRO technicians understand this and are careful when handling such items during the cleaning process. We can grease moving parts such as pulleys and motors - which is applicable when cleaning washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and dishwashers. With the help of moisture displacement sprays, we can clean electrical switches and contacts. We watch out of damaged or stripped wire insulation and make sure all appliances are correctly grounded.
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas offers 24-hour emergency services that make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (214) 361-7887 when your property experiences mold, storm, fire, or water damage and allow us to restore it to its earlier condition.
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What You Can Do When A Severe Thunderstorm Floods Your Dallas Garage
It is imperative for you to call for professional help as soon as you find the flood damage inside of your Dallas home.
What To Do When A Thunderstorm Floods Your Garage
Owning a garage is an excellent solution for a lack of storage inside of your home; however, they are not precisely protected from the elements and can sustain flood damage during a severe storm. Heavy rainfall can bring floods, and the rushing water can rise underneath the door of your garage and seep into your belongings and storage. Antique furniture, paintings, old photographs, and stored clothing can all become threatened as the water makes its way inside.
When situations like this occur, it is imperative for you to call for professional help as soon as you find the flood damage inside of your Dallas home. Swiftly taking action can help prevent damages that are not repairable, as water-based damage is often time-sensitive. Drying out the contents of your garage and lowering the moisture levels can keep the antiques in your garage in sound condition.
When you get in touch with SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians can swiftly travel to your home, aiming to be there within hours. SERVPRO can use equipment such as powerful wet/dry vacuums and submersible pumps to remove the standing water from your garage. Depending on the volume, our technicians can even bring truck-mounted equipment that can take on hundreds of gallons of water.
Once the standing water has been removed from your garage, SERVPRO can focus on unboxing your stored belongings. We can send them to our facility to be dried before repacking them. We can set up dehumidifiers and air movers around your antiques, creating an environment that can help draw the excess moisture away from their structure.
Additionally, we can also use thermal imaging to search for any water that may be trapped in the walls of your garage and then set up a drying system to make sure that the water does not cause future complications. One of our main goals here at SERVPRO is to leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."
If a severe storm causes flood damage to your property, never stop and delay. Phone SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas by dialing the number (214) 361-7887. Day or night, 24/7, we're always available to take the job.
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Professional Mitigation Services for Flood Damage in Dallas Residences
Flooding can happen very quickly and leave you literally under several feet of water. Get to safety and then contact SERVPRO to dry out your home.
Team SERVPRO Quickly Starts the Drying Process After Flooding in Your Home
Once a flood hits your Dallas home, the water spreads through without discrimination, soaking everything thoroughly. Getting things dry again and pathogen-free might seem impossible, but SERVPRO is here to help.
Our IICRC-certified technicians work hard to protect homes from flood damage in Dallas. We remove any remaining water that did not drain away on its own. Our teams set up drying equipment in strategic locations and specific directions to quickly air out and dry the interior materials and spaces of a home after a flood.
To speed up the drying process, we remove any carpeting and padding that became saturated by floodwaters. Removing an enormous amount of water this way, we also gain access to the floor's structure, giving us direct access to the floor itself. We can more efficiently dry components in your home after we remove any barriers. Also, unlike a broken water pipe's contents, floodwaters contain a multitude of contaminants. These destroy any exposed carpeting and make it too costly to restore to a safe condition again. Along with the water, we also strip your home of those pathogens and other problem-causing elements left behind in the dense fibers and backing of your carpet.
Just as floodwaters saturate your carpeting, that same water gets under your floorboards, and also in between your walls, inside them. This water has no place to drain away because the force that pushed it into these spaces no longer exists to push it out again. SERVPRO crews have methods that address both of these situations, and many others.
Along the bottom of walls, where they meet the floor, we remove any existing baseboards and then drill tiny holes. These holes, called weep holes, allow the water to drain away. As it does, we remove it from the floor. Other areas of your floors need particular attention, too, so warping never occurs. Warping can ruin a floor and significantly increase restoration costs.
We apply heated mats that raise the temperature of the floor, so water underneath evaporates. The same mat extracts this water vapor and sends it into a chamber for easy disposal. After the water inside walls drains out completely, the interior can remain damp. We force heated air into the interior with our Injectidry's flexible tubing. To make sure everything in your home reaches normal moisture levels, we test the levels in different materials, including the air.
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas serves Preston Hollow and the surrounding area, helping homeowners restore their homes “Like it never even happened” after flood damage and other disasters strike. Call our emergency services number, (214) 361-7887 when your home sustains damage – we are always ready to take your call and explain how we can help you.
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Attic Flooding Can Cause Widespread Damage To Your Dallas Residence
Flooding of the attic can cause widespread damage to your home that seemingly comes with no warning.
Attic Flooding Can Cause Widespread Damage
While lately, Dallas homeowners are no stranger to severe weather systems that can do unspeakable damages to homes, it is not always something as dramatic as hurricanes or gale force storms that allow for disasters like flooding to occur. Damage to the roof of your home is a common contributor to flooding, as homeowners often do not realize that the exterior of their home has gotten compromised until the water damage is leeching through the ceiling areas below attic spaces.
Depending on the dimensions of the attic, and the severity of the damage to your roof, flood damages could be widespread throughout your Dallas home. While our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to get to work on restoring the damage that your home faces from this substantial amount of water, certain precautions are necessary to preserve the contents of your home before restoration can officially begin.
A great example of a job that often must happen with flooded homes to protect its contents and aid in the restoration process is move-outs. This service that our SERVPRO team provides packages up the contents of affected areas in your house and moves them to a nearby facility. Some of these items require concentrated cleaning and restoration of their own before they get moved back into the restored home.
The vacated rooms provide unabated access for our professionals and the equipment necessary to successfully restore the home via extraction and drying efforts. Once the area is thoroughly dried, and any repairs or remodeling has completed, the items that had gotten removed to prevent further damages can get returned to their original locations within the house.
Flooding of the attic can cause widespread damage to your home that seemingly comes with no warning. You need a crew that can respond quickly when you need them the most, and our SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas team of water restoration specialists are ready 24/7 to help. Give us call anytime you need us at (214) 361-7887.
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Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home
Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare.
Dealing With Unexpected Flood Damage
Severe weather is nothing new to Dallas homes as of late. With the unpredictability of severe storms coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and stretching across Texas, things can quickly turn into emergencies with little notice. When several days of hard rains happen on end with no opportunities for the ground to keep up with saturation, the opportunity for flash flooding becomes a real possibility for all of the homes in the area.
The trouble with flash flooding in areas where floods are not everyday occurrences is the lack of proper preparation. When homes become ill-equipped to deal with floodwaters knocking at the foundation of their homes, vulnerable areas become exposed, and soon flood damage occurs to your Dallas residence. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to deal with all on your own. With professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team provides, you can help to prevent further structural damage and irreparable losses by addressing the problem quickly and appropriately.
Our objective when we arrive at your home is to assess the damage that you face and begin water extraction immediately. With flooding, often we require a pump truck from our fleet of vehicles. This equipment pulls higher volumes of water from the floor far more quickly than other equipment that might get used for less severe water emergencies. Once the water has gotten extracted successfully, our team moves on to dry the area thoroughly.
The drying process typically consists of a combination of dehumidification equipment and air movers. These two working together help to combat the possibility of mold growth in the affected area, which can quickly happen if the water damage was not seen to right away.
Our SERVPRO technicians also set out to locate the source of the flooding through vulnerable and damaged areas of your foundation. These weak points can get repaired relatively easily with the use of hydraulic cement, which has a high tensile strength against formidable water pressure.
Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare. If you are dealing with this manner of damage, or any emergency to your home, trust our experienced restoration team at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. We are available 24/7 by calling (214) 361-7887.
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Clogged Drains at the Curb Can Cause Flood Damage to Dallas Homes
When drains cannot handle the run off, water can flood your property. Contact SERVPRO right away to dry out your home and help prevent mold.
Team SERVPRO Remediates Flooding After Storms or Snow Melts
Rainfall and melted snow provide our lawns with the water they need to grow well, but not all of the water that falls on your property ends up soaking into the ground of your Dallas property. Much of it runs off into the street where it travels down to the drainage system.
When a neighborhood contains many trees or other debris sources, homes in the Dallas area can become flood damaged. When these drains become clogged, they force the water to either continue down the street or to overflow into yards and parking lots. This can happen in any neighborhood.
We at SERVPRO make sure that each one of our customers receives the level of service their own unique needs require. We understand that floods do more than just damage the interior of the home. Flooding also affects the exterior of the home, as well as the yard. No matter where flooding damages your property, or how severe that damage becomes, we handle all aspects of restoration and quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our certifications come from the IICRC and enable us to handle any level of contamination that flooding may leave inside a home. Even when water from a flood seems clean, we cannot take chances with potential health risks. We help homeowners box up undamaged items in their homes for removal to a safe location. We also help dispose of contaminated foodstuffs to help ensure your family does not become exposed to possible pathogens that they might otherwise ingest.
Other actions we take to restore your home include removing saturated carpets and padding and tearing out sections of damaged walls. After removal of these water-laden items, we begin to dry out your residence.
Using large air movers that create a steady but concentrated air stream, we point these at areas that need to dry out. Dehumidifiers also play a significant role in our work. They remove excess humidity while air scrubbers minimize the number of airborne pathogens and mold spores. The removal of these dramatically decreases the chances of illness or secondary water damage from happening in the future.
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is always ready to help local families recover from flood damage and other catastrophes that affect their dwellings. Call us at (214) 361-7887 so we can help your family move forward after a flooding event.
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How to Prepare to Control Flood Damage in Dallas
It is important to understand the benefits of calling a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to mitigate storm damage.
SERVPRO’s Steps to Mitigate Flood Damage
No one knows when flood damage incidents are likely to occur and as a resident of Dallas, you are advised to be prepared. Learning what to expect can help you minimize the resulting challenges to a large extent. It all starts by knowing the different options you have at hand.
Seeking for the services of certified companies like SERVPRO is one of the top decisions you can ever make after experiencing flood damage in Dallas. That is why it is so important to understand how professionals in this field work to mitigate the challenges and restore your property.
When our technicians arrive at the flood damage job site, the first thing they perform is an inspection. After that, dangerous situations such as deteriorated subfloors, falling ceilings, and any notable electrical hazards are secured. Then any standing water on your property is removed by pumping it out with the help of suitable pumps. Extra attention is given to walls and floors below the affected area to be sure no standing water is within the property.
Water extraction is another step that our SERVPRO specialists perform during the restoration process. During this stage the extent of water penetration in the ceilings, walls, floors, and carpets is determined. A moisture meter is a device used to do all that. Then water from hard surface flooring and carpets is extracted.
Treating the surfaces is a step which should never be ignored. It begins by examining the back of the carpet for visible mold, bad seams, and delamination. Whenever the damage to the mats is beyond restoration; they offer appropriate advice. At this point, they do the removal of the problematic stains before they can dry them. IICRC certified SERVPRO experts treat the back of the carpet and floor by using appropriate antimicrobial and deodorizers.
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas urgently responds to all forms of water damage, fire damage, mold damage, and storm damage. Call us at (214) 361-7887 for reliable restoration services.
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Heavy Torrential Rains often Bring Flood Damage to Dallas Homes
Contaminated Flood Waters Need Professional Removal from Dallas Properties--Call SERVPRO
Dallas Storms Call for Rapid Water Removal to Mitigate Damages
Homes in the Dallas area can sustain tremendous damage when rainfall cannot flow away correctly. Many reasons exist for this problem. One of the most common reasons, clogged storm drains, can prevent water from draining away after accumulating in the street. Gutters around your home, if you fail to maintain them properly or they become damaged, can allow rainwater to collect too closely to your home and cause flooding that way.
When Dallas homeowners face flood damage, experts should perform the much-needed mitigation. SERVPRO professionals receive training and ongoing education, becoming certified by the IICRC in several types of post-disaster home restoration. This training includes the latest technological advances while covering the high-tech equipment used during the mitigation process. We invest in the purchase of top of the line pieces of equipment to serve your all your mitigation and restoration needs.
Because flooding can happen slowly or rapidly, past floods can provide you with only scant information about current conditions. Homes that have always remained dry can suddenly become swamped with water. Your home might flood for entirely unpreventable reasons. However, SERVPRO's technicians are always ready to remove the water, get your home dry again, and restore it so your family can enjoy it once more, “Like it never even happened.”
Flooding, even when localized and solely affecting your home, brings parasites and pathogens into your home. A cleaning regimen that includes sanitizing and proper treatment to eliminate living microorganisms makes it safe for your family. Other hazards like sharp objects that can cut or puncture the skin, allowing those microorganisms to cause possible health hazards. We remove these by bagging and disposing of them properly, so you never need to worry about children discovering them later.
Drying your home out thoroughly with the use of air blowers, heaters, and air scrubbers restore humidity levels to normal while also eliminating airborne microorganisms. Heated pads that also suction up moist air can dry floors out more rapidly than other devices are capable of doing. Because carpeting rarely survives a flood and acts as a sponge, removal, and disposal of carpets and pads always occur first, before drying floors can begin. This removes contaminated water from the premises and also some of the excess moisture--less drying time.
SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas is a locally owned and operated service, dedicated to serving our neighbors. Contact us at (214) 361-7887 for 24-hour service that can restore your home after any size flood damage event.
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Professional Assistance for Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Dallas Home, Today
The professionals at SERVPRO can help you prepare and minimize the effects from a tropical storm.
We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to homeowners throughout the Dallas area. It is important for you to understand that qualified professionals are available to assist you in recovering from any emergency situation that might occur on your property, including flooding that many of us face today.
You are not alone, as storms wreak havoc throughout the state, you can help flood damage victims in Dallas, and the surrounding area. Help others receive answers to flood damages, and other problems in a fast, effective manner. Additionally, you can visit our website anytime to assist with relief efforts by donating to help The American Red Cross make a difference in people’s lives affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.
A team of SERVPRO professionals stand ready to assist; we give you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make your restoration as stress-free as possible. Our entire Green Fleet is stocked and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, we can address any situation you face and work hard to ensure a successful recovery.
If you have yet to feel the effects of Hurricane Harvey and want to strengthen your home’s resolve, we can help. SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience providing homeowners with quality solutions. Our team can help adjust yard grading, inspect your gutters and downspouts, roofing, and basement or crawl spaces for problems and install additional drains, backflow valves, or sump pumps to help keep water away from your home.
Taking the proper steps can make protecting your home easier, never hesitate to ask for help. SERVPRO technicians are trained to assist with major storm events and are ready to answer your call, now. We are locally owned and operated, offering cleanup and restoration services, proudly serving our local community with additional resources in its time of need.
Notify SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for assistance with flood damage restoration. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, working non-stop until everyone gets the help they need, call today. (214) 361-7887
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Flood Damage Insurance Policy For Your Dallas Area Home
Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes, release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes.
Flood Damage Insurance
You carry auto insurance, life insurance, pet insurance, home insurance, and even pay for appliance warranties, yet you fail to protect your home against costly water line damage or in-home plumbing emergencies.
Pipes in the attic of your Dallas area home can cause flood damage that you might not recover from easily. Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes, release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes. Whether the leak is large or small, over time, it can affect unprotected building materials, insulation, and the structural stability of your home.
Do you know how old the water lines in your attic are? The average lifespan of a water pipe in your home is 20-years, with the majority of homes throughout the United States containing water lines older than 47-years. Knowing the age of your pipes can help you assess whether professional assistance from a company like SERVPRO is necessary.
However, having an expertly trained flood damage specialist from SERVPRO perform an inspection never hurts. You may have water lines from your water heater running through your attic that distributes hot water throughout your home. If even one of these lines has a problem, you can find yourself dealing with extensive flood damage. Thinking that you are safe because you purchased a new home can leave you ill-prepared for what might happen as well.
Your ventilation system also poses extreme problems when not maintained properly. The condensation lines or drain pan of your HVAC system receive damage over time, and major malfunctions in the unit can send water spewing everywhere, without warning. All it takes is a single leak to cause excessive damage; it never hurts to make preparations to deal with these types of problems.
You should look at calling SERVPRO like having a flood damage insurance policy that helps protect your home against accidents that might happen. We provide you with valuable information to maintain a safe, healthy home for your family. Giving you an opportunity to catch issues before they become major problems and access to someone who can be there for you should a disaster occur.
Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas for additional information about available services or to schedule your home inspection, today (214) 361-7887.
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What FEMA Says About Restoring Flood Damage In Dallas Properties
When it comes to fixing flood damage in homes, we use the policies setup by FEMA on removal, drying, clean-up, and remediation.
FEMA And Restoring Flood Damage
In Dallas (and most other states), flood damage technicians are the ones who deal directly with residential flood repairs. However, they must adhere to a set of rules and guidelines provided by government authorities. Some of these authorities are national and oversee flooding in all parts of the country, and others are regional.
The important thing is that SERVPRO always follows the right restoration directives. FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is responsible for some of the most crucial of these. So, when it comes to repairing flood damage in Dallas homes, we use their policies on removal, drying, clean-up, and remediation. Keep reading to find out what FEMA says about flood damage restoration and how it should be carried out.
Water Extraction And Drying
All agencies (including FEMA) stress the importance of speed. At SERVPRO, we waste no time getting repairs started. It may be necessary to complete an inspection of the property first, but we can address vulnerable items immediately. For instance, large, delicate items are covered with protective plastic to prevent further water intrusion.
Removing Wet Materials
FEMA leaves it up to the discretion of the repair team to decide what can and cannot be salvaged (aside from where black water is concerned). If porous materials have absorbed lots of water, it is necessary to determine whether drying is the best option. Not all items removed are destroyed. Some (like artwork and electronics) get sent to cleaning facilities.
Cleaning HVAC Systems
Cleaning damaged ductwork is tricky, but FEMA recommends the use of spray washer to hose down accessible surfaces. Pine oil or phenolic disinfectants are a safe choice because they are efficient but won’t circulate harsh chemicals. If internal insulation is saturated, the technicians need to remove it. However, fiberglass is placed in a temperature controlled room for drying.
Drying Hard Surfaces
Non-porous surfaces are the easiest items to dry. SERVPRO usually applies a wet vacuum first, if there is a sufficient amount of liquid water to remove. Then, as FEMA recommends, it washes the materials with detergents to prevent mold growth. Plastic and metal are slow to react to water, but wood is a more delicate prospect. Water particles can move inside the material and dehumidifiers are the best way to draw them out.
For reliable flood damage repairs, you need SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas. Our extraction, drying, cleaning and remediation strategies are state of the art. Plus, we are a local company and can promise a fast response. Call us 27/4 at (214) 361-7887.
Winter Storms Can Create Damage that Opens Your Preston Hollow Home Up to Additional Damage
If Your Preston Hollow Home Experiences Storms and Strong Wind Damage Call SERVPRO
Rely on SERVPRO for Storm & Wind Damage Help
Storms can be experienced at any time and during any season, but winter seems to be the worst time. With low temperatures outside already making things cold and miserable outdoors, a winter storm can make the weather seem even more menacing. Homeowners who know about colder winters and who have prepared their homes for winter weather will often experience less of the chilliness that can seep in through neglected cracks and crevices around doors and windows than those who didn't, but not always.
Many homeowners in Preston Hollow didn't expect the brutal weather that is going on now across much of Texas, leaving behind more storm damage than what might be typically expected. These storms have been so severe sometimes that they have caused power outages from frozen lines and fallen trees. The results felt has been much more than the usual storm damage of broken tree limbs in your yard and the occasional torn off shingles.
Part of the problem with storms is the strength and duration of the winds. These winds can reach high enough speeds that they can slam lawn furniture into your home's exterior and knock over trees. The freezing temperatures can also cause what would have otherwise been rain to end up falling as frozen sleet or snow. This solid water can penetrate damaged areas that tree limbs may have done to your roof while creating an additional mess inside your attic.
When the storm has blown over, and you discover that the storm was more than just wind and rain, getting things back to normal is going to require knowledgeable professionals who can help you clean up the mess, repair what's damaged, restore your home so that you can prevent additional damage from developing. SERVPRO technicians can cover the roof with tarps, extraction water, dry out the interior of your home and any other ancillary needs. This includes protecting the interior of your home, below the attic, where precipitation in any form will seep down to if given the time to do so.
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887, any time. We have certified and trained crews who can handle any damage caused by these recent winter storms. We'll have your home restored quickly. “Like it never even happened.”
Professional Cleaning and Restoration For the Effects of Flood Damage To Your Dallas Home
Flooding Mitigation Requires Rapid Water Extraction from Your Dallas Property
Safety and Health, Important Factors Post Flooding
When rivers and streams near your home rise above their usual levels, the water that was once contained safely can now travel almost anywhere. If your home is downhill, it is especially vulnerable to flood damage. After the waters recede to normal levels again, cleaning up needs to begin immediately.
When Dallas homes have signs of flood damage on their exterior, this does not always indicate the severity of the issue on the interior. Basements can remain flooded even after the area seems to be clear, and this can require them to be pumped out. Ground floors are often the hardest hit by floods, after basements, with upper floors being less affected. They can also be flooded if an area is hammered by extreme flooding. Any area that was inundated should be considered unsafe and a threat to health.
Because floods bring sediments with them, it is easy to see how high the flood waters rose. Carpeting and draperies can allow flood waters to seep up higher than the actual water level, and saturate floors and walls under and behind these textiles. Complete cleaning should include these areas, as well. If restoration is started soon enough, these areas may be able to be restored without replacements being necessary. However, the severity and nature of the groundwater may dictate tossing the padding and carpets. Draperies can, in most cases, be laundered and rehung, but carpeting is often destroyed. At SERVPRO, we will attempt to clean and sanitize carpeting if we are notified in time to do an assessment of the damage, but often the carpeting and padding have been too highly contaminated to be considered safe.
Some items might be better for your family's health if they are replaced than if they are cleaned in a restorative effort. Mattresses make the list of objects that should most likely be replaced. While box springs are not often touched or handled, they can harbor smells and become breeding locations for bacteria and mold, so they are often considered ruined and in need of being replaced, also.
Professionals at SERVPRO can help you with the entire process, and explain why certain things must be thrown out to ensure your health is not affected by contamination from the flood. It is not just the structure, both inside and out, that is damaged by a flood. While our technicians are monitoring your home to ensure that things are not only being cleaned correctly but also dried completely, we can explain what actions you should take. These activities can include throwing away body care products that were below the flood line, food, even those in sealed cans and jars, and many other things.
We want to make sure that you and your family can not only return to normal living in your home after there's been flood damage, but that you can do so safely. Please call us at SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 for all of your flood damage cleaning and restoration needs.
Flooding in North Dallas Requires Professional Remediation
If you get caught in a storm, make sure to get to safety. After you are safe, call SERVPRO to remediate!!
Your Safety After a Flooding Event is Crucial to SERVPRO
According to national statistics, Texas is the number one state with the highest flood/flash flood deaths of the last 36 years. This is double that of the second-highest state of California.
Flood damage in North Dallas is nothing to underestimate. Flooding in your home as a result of a natural flood or flash flood event can put your structure and your health at high risk if the flood damage is not attended to and remedied at once. SERVPRO is there to help you in your time of need when the unexpected flood damages your home.
The Physical Dangers of a Flooded Home
When a flood or flash flood hits, your house may fall victim to runoff and groundwater from the streets as the water level surges. Dallas County is one Texas counties that has some of the highest rates of death due to this type of flooding event. As a homeowner, you can take some comfort in the fact that 65% of those deaths are from vehicles being stuck in the water during a sudden flood. However, there are always dangers in-home after experiencing such an event.
Walking near or in the flood waters in your home is the next highest danger after driving a vehicle in flood waters. Debris, slipping, falling, and high water levels can be extremely dangerous, and it is recommended that you get to higher ground as soon as possible. If you have experienced an in-home flood from a burst pipe, leave the home immediately for your safety. In addition to dangers you can see with your eyes, standing water in your home can also be contaminated by toxins you cannot see.
There is also the very real danger of electrocution. When your home has experienced any kind of water damage from natural events or pipe damage, it is important to turn your electricity off at the main circuit breaker -- only when it is safe to do so. This will help to avoid electrocution when the water meets electric wiring and will help water damage specialists such as the professionals at SERVPRO when we respond to your emergency.
Contact Us Today
Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas at (214) 361-7887 day or night. Our 24/7 Emergency Services mean that we are always standing by to take your call during an emergency.
SERVPRO Flood Damage
SERVPRO is an expert in reducing the obvious flood damage to Dallas homes.
Flood Damage and SERVPRO
Say the words flood damage and people rightly think of foot deep water in their basement or entire neighborhoods underwater. This time of year, it can be a common, even multiple occurrences in some parts of Texas.
SERVPRO is an expert in reducing the obvious flood damage to Dallas homes. What surprises our clients are just how many ways a flood can destroy a home even after the water has been removed. Here are the most common ways your home can be dry as a bone and still be unlivable.
Odor - This may seem like a minor thing, but some folks can be allergic to just the smell. If you don't get rid of it, you won't be able to live in your home, and you certainly won't be able to sell it. The smell is also indicative of a worse problem.
Mold and Mildew - If not found and immediately treated and removed, mold and mildew will cause respiratory problems that will drive you out of the house. It is particularly dangerous to people with asthma. If the mold and mildew get into sheetrock and cannot be destroyed by industrial cleaners, then walls will have to be replaced.
Electrical System - If flooding reached high enough to reach electrical outlets, then those have to be inspected by our SERVPRO professionals and possibly be replaced before the power can be turned back on. If they have been compromised, then there is the possibility of a fire hazard when the lights are turned back on.
Plumbing and Sewage - Flooding can overwhelm and damage a home's plumbing system. If it stays under water too long, there is also the possibility that raw sewage can flow backward into your home through the toilets. Septic tanks can also be compromised in the same manner. The cleaning process now becomes much more extensive.
Bacterial Contamination - If sewage gets into your home, this also brings the threat of bacteria which can cause more respiratory problems and other health concerns such as having your kidneys and intestinal (digestive) systems compromised as well.
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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.
Information on Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storm Systems for Dallas
A tropical cyclone causes tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
Information on Hurricanes and Dallas Storm Systems
We hear every day about devastating storm systems, including Dallas hurricanes and tropical storms. If you have ever wondered how hurricanes get their names or what makes a hurricane and a tropical storm different, you are not alone.
Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, and Other Terminology
A tropical cyclone causes tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes. These low pressure systems form in the tropics and cause extreme weather such as strong winds and thunderstorms. There are three types of storm formed by a tropical cyclone.
A tropical depression is the mildest, with defined surface circulation but no spiral shape or eye. It has maximum wind speeds of 38 MPH or less.
A Dallas tropical storm has a spiral shape but no eye. It is stronger than a tropical depression but milder than a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 39-73 MPH.
A hurricane is the most intense tropical weather system, with the distinctive spiral shape and an eye in the center. Hurricanes, or typhoons, include thunderstorms and 74 MPH or higher maximum sustained winds that can devastate entire regions.
Both tropical storms and hurricanes can cause a storm surge, a large amount of water flooding the coastline. This wall of water is up to 25 feet tall and 50-1000 miles wide. A storm surge is pushed onto land by high winds. When combined with normal high tide, a storm surge is called a storm tide.
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.
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.