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Water Cleanup Technicians In Dallas Discuss How Drying Varies With Each Situation

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup Technicians In Dallas Discuss How Drying Varies With Each Situation Any time water floods out a building in Dallas, various types of problems can take place.

Water Cleanup

Any time water floods out a building in Dallas, various types of problems can take place. If water cleanup operations are not conducted quickly, the damage created can get worse before you know it. When moisture comes into direct contact with your contents and building materials the problems caused are called primary issues. Once things inside your Dallas house get wet, humidity levels increase which means that water vapor can cause its own set of issues known as secondary damage.

Both primary and secondary problems can get worse if the water is not dealt with promptly. When moisture causes problems in Dallas, water cleanup technicians such as those at SERVPRO can reduce extensive damage in the future and help prevent mold growth. A fungus only needs 48 hours to develop once organic materials get wet. Therefore, it is vital to reduce moisture levels inside your home after a disaster occurs.

During every water damage restoration project, our SERVPRO technicians use two basic techniques to reduce moisture levels of building materials and contents. The first step is extraction where advanced equipment gets used to vacuum up moisture. The next and most vital process is the rapid structural drying phase. When trying to speed up the natural drying process, we manipulate the indoor environment by using advanced air moving and dehumidification devices.

These two systems both work together to create an environment that is ideal for drying building materials and contents as quickly as possible. Air movers get placed so that they push wet air away from damp surfaces so that more water can evaporate from the items to the air. The dehumidifier then sucks up the wet air inside the air movers' circular flow and pulls out the moisture, discarding it in liquid form.

When setting up air movers and dehumidifiers, it is vital that you have the right ratio of air movers per dehumidifier. However, determining this can often be tricky because every moisture damage situation is different. The number of air movers needed depends on how wet things got and what types of materials were affected. If you ever need assistance with removing moisture from wet building materials or contents, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 any hour of the day or night.

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Taking Care of Mold Damage in Dallas Basements

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Taking Care of Mold Damage in Dallas Basements Don't panic if you see mold in your basement. Contact SERVPRO and we will remediate the damage as well as offer prevention tips.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Find the Cause of the Mold Colony Spreading Through Your Basement

When mold damage develops in a Dallas home's basement, it creates some additional problems and complications for SERVPRO teams working to eliminate the fungus. Basements consistently rank among the most typical places we find mold growth in local residential builds, as their warm, dark, and sometimes humid environments represent an excellent place for mold to grow and thrive without many disturbances. If you identify signs of mold growth in your home's basement, here are some of the things you can expect to see in the coming weeks.

A Fast Response from SERVPRO
We never take calls of mold damage in Dallas homes lightly. While it is true that mold grows slowly and silently, we have observed through our decades of service that prompt action is critical to keep costs low and damage to a minimum. Fungal colonies grow at an exponential rate, meaning that every passing day without action allows the colony to grow larger at a faster rate. Within hours of your first call to us, we get inspectors and technicians on-scene to control the problem and identify our approach throughout the remediation process.

Localized Quarantines
While not often seen for minor damage, significant mold growth often requires quarantining, no matter what part of the home it develops in. Basements develop the kind of massive mold problems that require quarantines more often than other areas of the home but are also easier to block off and keep under control. Unless the fungus is particularly widespread across the structure, you should see minimal, localized quarantining if any is required.

Preventative Actions
Where mold grew once, it can grow again, unless action is taken to prevent it. SERVPRO can assist with the application of mold-resistant paints and materials in the areas of growth if you wish to safeguard your home against future problems. These actions may represent an extra day or two of work, depending on the size of the job, but can prove critical to keeping your home safe for years to come.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides expert mold damage remediation and prevention services to homeowners across the local area. If you find signs of mold growth in your home, contact us immediately at (972) 227-0800.

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Different Types Of Smoke Particles To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Different Types Of Smoke Particles To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas  Fire damage incidents can lead to the production of free-floating or driven smoke.

Different Types Of Smoke Particles

Fire damage incidents can lead to the production of free-floating or driven smoke. Driven smoke refers to the smoke which is propelled and pressurized by the energy that the fire generates. This form of smoke usually affects vertical surfaces. After the driven smoke cools, it transforms to free-floating smoke - which is usually heavier when compared to air and settles on horizontal surfaces. Irrespective of the type of smoke in your Dallas property, you need professional restoration services to prevent further damage and salvage your contents.

When our SERVPRO technicians are choosing the methods of fire damage remediation in Dallas, we look at the type of smoke residues, the structure, and the surface with the particles. For instance, if the structure experienced a protein fire - fires from burning fish, poultry, and meat - then we expect to deal with an oily and dense texture. Protein fires slightly discolor cabinet surfaces and painted walls. The primary challenge when dealing with them is the extreme pungent that they produce, which means we have to employ thorough odor removal techniques.

If you rely on fuel oil as a source of heat, then you should expect fuel oil soot when the oil burner malfunctions. Also, a puff-back may occur when the heat exchanger has a crack and an improper vent. This kind of soot has some dust particles which originate from the duct-work as well as fuel oil which has gone incomplete combustion. It is easy to remove while fresh, though, it can stick and create a strong bond with the painted walls and make it hard to remove if left for an extended period.
Our SERVPRO technicians also determine whether we are dealing with wet or dry smoke residues. It is quicker to clean dry residues when compared to wet residues, and this helps us to establish whether to use less aggressive or harsher cleaning techniques.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides 24-hour emergency services that meet residential and commercial restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 and schedule an appointment to learn more about our services.

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Mold Damage Remediation Options That Every Resident Of Dallas Should Know

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Options That Every Resident Of Dallas Should Know  Mold spores continually move, and once they land on damp areas, they start to grow and digest materials to survive.

Mold Damage Remediation

Mold spores continually move through the indoor and outdoor environment, and once they land on damp areas, they start to grow and digest materials to survive. The gradual digestion of materials leads to mold damage. There are different types of molds, and all of them have the potential of causing health effects to Dallas residents, which is enough concern to start mold remediation or clean up as soon as possible.

To avoid mold damage in your Dallas home, our SERVPRO technicians address the moisture problem. If the humidity in the building is uncontrolled and there is no adequate ventilation, there is a possibility of experiencing moisture buildup. Roof leaks and gutters that are not correctly functioning can also be part of the moisture problem. The key to solving such an issue is identifying the moisture problem and stopping the source of the water.

Formulation of the remediation plan is so important when we arrive at the site. At this stage, we determine the level of contamination and assess all the damaged materials. The plan also outlines the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use during the restoration, the containment measures to put in place, and the procedures to use when removing the mold. Our primary goal is to protect the occupants, our technicians and prevent the spread of the mold spores to clean areas.

We usually turn off the HVAC systems and check its filters for possible contamination. Our SERVPRO team understands that mold grows on hidden surfaces and as a result, we check under pads and carpets, behind wallpapers and drywall. Sometimes it can be challenging to investigate hidden mold challenges, so we use moisture meters and sensors to detect possible water problems. Communication with the occupants or the owner of the building continues until we achieve the structure’s preloss state.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County offers emergency services that meet commercial and residential cleaning and restoration needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 to return your property to its earlier state.

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Safety Forward Thinking During Dallas Water Removal Projects

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Safety Forward Thinking During Dallas Water Removal Projects Water loss incidents can require a lot of immediate attention and action to mitigate the damage they can cause to your Dallas residence.

Water Removal Safety

Water loss incidents can require a lot of immediate attention and action to mitigate the damage they can cause to your Dallas residence. Even with a fast response time, significant volumes of water cause damages that require professional restoration services to repair. One of the overlooked aspects of these unfortunate incidents is the likelihood of failing construction, whether it is a collapsing ceiling or a weakened floor.

Too often, homeowners in need of water removal services in their Dallas home set out to take care of the extraction and drying on their own. With even a short amount of time exposed to high volumes of water, however, the structural integrity of construction materials in your house could pose a risk to the homeowner. Safety is the biggest concern of our SERVPRO team, and as part of our inspection process, we assess the likelihood of construction failure and collapse, as well as the appropriate safety precautions to take in higher risk areas.

Ceiling collapse is a big concern for our restoration technicians responding to a water removal job. If the incident originated from an upper floor or the roof of a house, the materials above the ceiling, namely insulation, can get oversaturated and very heavy. Once the weight of this material combines with a weakening of the ceiling structure, it can give way in large portions with very little warning.

Flooring is another concern for our SERVPRO restoration team. When water has pooled, penetrating beyond the immediate floor material and into subflooring, the weakening of the supports can break and fall through. The same can happen with material like drywall used for interior walls. When portions of this material become overly saturated, they are too heavy for the limited support of screws into the framing and fall off in large portions.

Our team of experienced technicians makes safety a priority. By understanding the possibilities and preparing for them, we can restore the damage to your home and remove the pooled water efficiently. You can count on our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County water damage restoration specialists to respond quickly and bring your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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When Pets Cause Mold Damage to Your Dallas Home, Remediation Stops Microbial Activity

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Pets Cause Mold Damage to Your Dallas Home, Remediation Stops Microbial Activity Getting a puppy trained is hard enough without dealing with a mold infestation in your home. Contact SERVPRO when you first see or smell mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home as Well as Offer Tips to Help Prevent a Recurrence

People often think of their pets as special members of the family in Dallas, and their owners go to great lengths to keep them happy and healthy. Making sure that they have fresh water and a decent supply of food for the day before heading out to work quickly becomes a part of the morning routine after a new pet joins a household.
 
Your residence can end up with mold damage in Dallas when a new puppy or kitten knocks over their water bowl repeatedly or makes other messes in corners and under furniture. The moisture from these spills can trigger microbial growth cycles and lead to a proliferation of mold and mildew in your home.
 
The IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO understand you want your home restored to a safe and healthy state, and we can help you achieve and maintain this goal. Protecting your family's health from the effects of mold can help prevent existing health conditions from becoming worse.
 
Remediation also helps prevent decay of the materials and belongings in your residence which microbes cause. They spread damage wherever they end up in your home. In fact, before technicians from SERVPRO begin working on the remediation of your pet's area, we contain the area with thick plastic sheeting and directed air flows so we can use negative air pressure to more efficiently contain the mold's spores.
 
Microbes leave stains behind on porous objects, from soft plastics and rubber items to wood to clothing. Many of the items near your pet's food and water bowls can exhibit these signs. We remove mold growth from your home and your possessions so the microbial population cannot spread. Stains on many, but not all, items, can often come off with proper treatment.
 
We provide you with an inventory list of those items that we cannot restore fully and discuss with you the options regarding their replacement. Some of your belongings and household furnishings may fare better with one of our partners who specialize in restorative work, especially in situations involving old books, electronics, and art pieces.
 
While we never recommend getting rid of a pet, we can offer suggestions on techniques that can help prevent mold damage from becoming a problem again inside your home. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County wants to help residents in Seagoville, Hutchins, and Lancaster by remediating their home to a preloss state and helping ensure that microbial populations remain under control in the future. Call us at (972) 227-0800, so we can get started on restoring your home.

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Fire Damage Experts in Dallas Describe Chemicals Used for Cleaning Soot

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Dallas Describe Chemicals Used for Cleaning Soot Seeing your home after fire damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate Fire Damage to Determine the Appropriate Method to Clean the Soot in Your Home

Whenever a fire starts inside your house in Dallas, whether it is big or small, smoke can cause many problems. When a fire burns, not everything burnt in the blaze completely combusts. Partially combusted fuels get released into the air in the form of smoke. Smoke can travel throughout any structure and leave behind foul odors and soot residues.
 
If building materials and contents get covered in soot, the soils can ruin their surfaces. When mitigating fire damage in Dallas, the removal of soot residues is essential. Depending on several factors residues can be easy or difficult to remove.
 
Since the composition of soot can vary, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of cleaning methods and chemicals during the cleaning process. Surfaces that are porous are best cleaned with dry soot removal methods. If wet chemicals are used on porous substances, then the soot can soak into the item causing more damage. Non-porous surfaces can be cleaned using wet chemicals and techniques because water will not soak the soils into material.
 
For most surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians can use a low-alkaline general surface cleaner. For areas affected with thick or greasy residues a heavy duty, high alkaline cleaner can be used. Some surfaces should be cleaned with chemicals that are specifically made for them.
 
For any glass surface, a specialized glass cleaner often gets utilized. Glass cleaners are slightly alkaline and contain ammonia. For wood surfaces, a wood creme cleaner can be effective. Wood cremes slightly polish wooden surfaces and can aid in deodorization.
 
Liquid creme cleaners work in the same way as wood cremes, and they can be used to clean grease and polish surfaces. Liquid cremes cannot be used on surfaces that are harmed by mild abrasives such as porcelain or enamel. Strong acid cleaners can be used to remove smoke and soot damage from stone and brick. Oxidizing cleaners are sometimes used when cleaning water-based organic stains and can help with deodorization.
 
Using the right product on the correct surfaces is essential to effectively clean problems with soot. In many cases, multiple types of methods are used until the most efficient technique is discovered. Any time you need help with smoke-related issues, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24 hours a day.

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Saving The Contents Of Your Dallas Home From Flood Waters

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving The Contents Of Your Dallas Home From Flood Waters One of the most troubling aspects of flood damage in your Dallas home is the immediate threat to the items and contents within that affected area.

Saving The Contents Of Your Home After A Flood

When you are preparing your home to avoid natural disasters, your Dallas residence relies heavily on water diversion implements and systems to keep pooling water away from your often vulnerable foundation block. Unfortunately, these systems are not always as effective as they should be and you are left contending with the threat of pressures against these blocks and with their penetration of degrading mortar joints. Fortunately, even with the looming threat of potential flooding for many homes in the area, professional assistance and solutions are only a phone call away.

One of the most troubling aspects of flood damage in your Dallas home is the immediate threat to the items and contents within that affected area. Finding a way to prevent irreparable damage is critical to preventing a high category loss incident, so this is where time is of the essence to call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

Our team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage that you face and what items have to get removed from the area to protect them from the present water. Often, many of the items get moved from the house to a nearby storage facility to await the opportunity to return to the house once restoration completes. Some of the affected items might also require some concentrated cleaning, drying and restoration efforts of their own. This same facility can allow our SERVPRO technicians an opportunity to work on these individual items while the home restoration is well underway.

Once the area in your home has had the water removed, and it has gotten thoroughly dried, our technicians can bring the "packed out" items back into your home and return them to their original positions.

While there is nothing simple about contending with flood damages in your home, protecting the possessions and contents of your house is a critical component of the restoration work that we do. You can trust our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County water restoration specialists to help you keep your things safe and restore your home back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

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Flood Damage Experts From Dallas Explain Structural Drying Theories

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Experts From Dallas Explain Structural Drying Theories Flooding can quickly damage many parts of your home. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Assesses and Then Efficiently Dries Out Your Property

If an intense storm hits the Dallas area, your property is at risk. Severe thunderstorms create conditions such as excessive rains and powerful winds that can cause damage to your residence in several different ways. If water gets deep outside of your house, it can flood out your entire floor. If a flying object hits one of your windows, rain could pour directly into your bedroom.
 
After some storms, you might notice that only small amounts of moisture entered the structure. If moisture levels are low after a flood damage scenario in Dallas, drying equipment can quickly return conditions to normal. If organic materials inside the house stay wet for more than 48 hours, microbial growth can occur.
 
When drying out structural components inside a building, the goal is to speed up the natural evaporation process. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize air moving and dehumidification systems to create an environment that rapidly dries materials and contents. The formation of the equipment and the ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers makes a difference in how fast moisture evaporates.
 
Our IICRC certified team uses their knowledge and experience to determine the best way to quickly dry out an affected area. The air movers get set up in the damaged room so that the moist air evaporating off of wet materials gets pushed away from the surface. The dehumidifiers then suck up the air removing the moisture and discarding it into a receptacle in liquid form.
 
The dehumidifiers exhaust out hot, dry air that in turn gets used in the counterclockwise air circulation created by the air movers. The air movers and in some cases ventilating box fans get placed so that the air coming from them hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle helping create the circular airflow needed. If just the carpet and parts of the drywall got wet, then fewer air movers get set up. If more things like furniture and cabinets require drying as well, more air movers are necessary.
 
If there are too few air movers in relation to dehumidifiers, then the drying process can take longer. If there are too many air movers set up, then secondary damage can take place. For help after a storm causes water to enter your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24 hours a day.

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Get Your Basics Right When Performing Mold Remediation In Dallas

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Get Your Basics Right When Performing Mold Remediation In Dallas Mold spores exist almost everywhere whether indoors or outdoors, and that means it is not possible to entirely remove them from your property.

Mold Remediation

To understand how mold damage remediation works, you first have to understand the basics of mold. Mold spores exist almost everywhere whether indoors or outdoors, and that means it is not possible to entirely remove them from your property. For the spores to grow and form mold colonies, they need moisture and less than 48 hours. Before we employ our remediation processes in Dallas, we first address the sources of moisture.

Different mold damage incidents in Dallas are unique, and that calls for specialized solutions from the part of our SERVPRO technicians. The moment our experts arrive at your property, we ask questions and perform a site inspection which enables us to choose the right tools and procedures for the job. During the examination, we look out for visible mold as well as hidden sources of water. For instance, by using water meters and sensors, we are in a position to detect the presence of moisture.

Since during the cleanup procedures there is a possibility of disturbing the microscopic spores and spreading them to clean areas, there is a need to do mold containment. We can set up physical barriers such as plastic sheeting to act containment barriers. Establishing a negative pressure can also prevent the movement of the spores. At this step, we turn off all fans as well as cooling and heating systems. With this containment measures in place, our SERVPRO technicians can capture the mold using specialized tools and processes such as HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers.

If we notice that some porous materials such as carpets and drywall have the mold infestation, removing and disposing of them is necessary. It is also the role of our SERVPRO technicians to clean your contents using antimicrobial treatments which apart from eliminating the mold help to lower the chances of future mold growth. Chances of having unpleasant odors after a mold event are high, by using thermal foggers we can perform deodorization and neutralize those smells.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has a highly trained mold remediation team that works around the clock to address all sizes of disaster. Call us at (972) 227-0800 to learn your options and prevent further damage.

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