Recent Storm Damage Posts
When Should You Call for Flood Damage Mitigation Assistance in Northwest Dallas?
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.
Does Flood-Damaged Northwest Dallas Drywall Need Replacement?
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.
Professional Cleaning and Restoration Following Flood Damage to Your Dallas Home
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?
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:
- 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?
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.
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.
How Can I Protect My Valuables from Flood Damage in North Dallas?
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.
How Do Professionals Restore Dallas Flood Damaged Hardwood Floors?
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.
Storms in the Dallas Area Can Leave Damage Behind
Storm damage restoration for your home should be handled by a professional outfit. SERVPRO has you covered from start to finish.
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."
Need Assistance with Frozen Pipes Flooding Your Dallas Home?
SERVPRO can restore your flooded home from burst, frozen water pipes, and suggest preventions for your Dallas home
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?
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?
Call SERVPRO to mitigate the snow and ice damage to your Dallas property! "Like it never even happened."
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:
- 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.
Clogged Drainage Systems Can Cause Flood Damage to North Dallas
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.
A Flash Flood Ripped Through Our Dallas Property, How Can We Clean It Up?
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.
More about Dallas.
Where Can I Get Rapid-Response Flood Damage Cleanup in Dallas?
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
“Like it never even happened.”
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.
What is the Best Way to Handle Unexpected Flood Damage in Dallas?
Flood damage can occur quickly and with little notice to adequately prepare.
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.
Click here for more about Dallas.
What are the Steps Needed to Restore Flood Damaged Dallas Homes?
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.
Click here for more about Dallas.
A Primer for Handling Flood and Wind Damage in Dallas
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."
More about Dallas.
We Can Restore Your Home After A Flood In Dallas
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?
What SERVPRO Can Do
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.
For more about Dallas click here.
Drying After Flood Damage Is Crucial For Your Dallas Residence
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."
Click here to learn more about Dallas.
When A Flood Destroys Your Dallas Home Our Experts Can Help!
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.”
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 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.
For more about Dallas click here.
Protecting the Contents of Your Dallas Home from Flood Damage
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.
Click here to learn more about Dallas.
Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Documents And Appliances In Your Dallas Home
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.
Click here for more about Dallas.
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.
Click here for more about Dallas.
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!
Click here for more about Dallas.
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.
Click here for more about Dallas.
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.
Click here for more information on the city of Dallas.
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.
Click here for more about Dallas.
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.
For more information regarding the town of Dallas, click here.
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.
Click here for more information about the city of Dallas.
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.
More information on this city by clicking here.
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
For more information about how to be prepared for an emergency in Dallas, click here.
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.
For more information about the city of Dallas, visit http://dallascityhall.com/Pages/default.aspx.
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.”
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.
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.
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.