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Get The Assistance You Need To Defend Your Dallas Hotel From Water Damage

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Get The Assistance You Need To Defend Your Dallas Hotel From Water Damage The truth is that every area is susceptible to water damage, sooner or later most businesses suffer some degree of loss related to water.

Defend Against Commercial Water Damage

The truth is that every area is susceptible to water damage, sooner or later most businesses suffer some degree of loss related to water. You can be the type of hotel owner that plans ahead, obtaining a full, free initial inspection and have the ability to pick which problems you want to defend against, or you can simply respond to issues as they happen and hope for the best.

You need to ask yourself if you want to leave the fate of your Dallas hotel to chance. Commercial water damage can come quick, without warning, causing catastrophic problems from which you may never recover. Most property owners that do not plan ahead, simply do not recover easily. Regardless of how you decide to handle these issues, it would not hurt to learn more about which types of incidents frequently occur in your area.

Flash floods or flooding, in general, occur in all 50 states. With recent shifts in weather patterns, even businesses in low-to-moderate risk areas face flood damage claims every day. Torrential rains, melting snow, inadequate drainage systems, and breaks in local levees or dams all have the potential to harm your business in significant ways. That does not include the thousands of possibilities surrounding water intrusions caused by other than indoor water or natural sources.

Contacting a reputable local restoration company, such as SERVPRO, can help you put a plan in place to reduce the impact water damage has on your business. Our technicians can provide you with some helpful tips and suggestions you can use to limit the losses you experience during an emergency. You can put together an Emergency Ready Plan using our online application that improves your businesses chance of recovery, giving you the help you need to manage crisis situations whenever an event occurs.

SERVPRO technicians have several years experience and hold IICRC water damage restoration certification used to address significant events that happen on your property. We handle everything from broken suppression systems to sewage system backups, drainage, foundation, basement, doors and window issues that can cause extensive damage to electronic data processing equipment, carpeting, walls, and paper files.

Give SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call to receive advice and recommendations specific to your situation and schedule your initial inspection today (972) 227-0800.

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Broken And Busted Pipes Can Cause Flood Damage Inside Your Dallas Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Broken And Busted Pipes Can Cause Flood Damage Inside Your Dallas Home Homes that suffer a broken pipe or a disconnection between joints can be flooded with gallons of water in a very short period.

Flood Damage Caused By Broken And Busted Pipes


Many people believe that burst pipes are a problem only during the winter, and in locations much farther north. Freezing conditions are only half of the climate-related conditions that can lead to this problem.

In Dallas, flood damage can happen in various ways. One of these ways is very unexpected but simple to understand. As summer sunshine increases, the soil around your home greatly increases in temperature. This might not seem like it would create a problem inside your home, but it happens often.

Pipes on the exterior of your home supply water to the interior. When these metal pipes are heated by the sun, that water inside them heats and expands. In addition to this, the soil around your home in which these feeder lines are buried can create pressure on the pipes. This is especially true when there has been little or no recent rainfall. Combining the increased external pressure with the increased internal pressure, and the water inside the pipes in your home's interior can become high enough to break a pipe.

There are many other reasons why pipes can break in the summer, and many of these reasons are never discovered, remaining mysteries. Rarely is the piping itself defective. Many pipes come loose from a coupling instead of shattering when internal pressure builds up to destructive levels.

Homes that suffer a broken pipe or a disconnection between joints can be flooded with gallons of water in a very short period. The location of the break can happen anywhere there are water pipes, including inside of walls and ceilings. This can damage not only your belongings but also the very structure of your home. This is why SERVPRO has technicians who are trained in knowing how water acts – both as it is streaming from a now-open pipe, and after, as it spreads through your home.

When SERVPRO faces this type of situation, we understand that flood damage will become worse as time passes. Each minute can allow damage costs to increase. The risk of future damage also increases with time. Because flood damage from a broken pipe is inside your home, contamination is more controlled. However, this does not by any means signify that contamination should not be considered. Electrical shorts and other hazards also need to be realized as possibilities, even after the home is only at a damp level and there is no standing water present.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County understands the risks that come with flood damage from broken pipes. We can make it “Like it never even happened.” Just call us at (972) 227-0800, no matter the time or day – we always remain available and ready to assist you and your family.

Water Damage In Dallas Can Easily Affect More Than What You Can See

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Dallas Can Easily Affect More Than What You Can See Within a Dallas home, water damage can hide within these unseen areas.

Hidden Water Damage

There are several areas in your home that you never see. They exist, in various sizes and shapes, throughout your entire home. Some are above you, other below, and still others, around your home's exterior walls. Other areas exist within your living space - inside walls, under floors, and above ceilings.

Within a Dallas home, water damage can hide within these unseen areas. While you may believe that you have cleaned up all of the water from an overflowing bathtub, a substantial amount has most likely made its way into hidden recesses under the tub. Other areas where water might flow are under floorboards and down the inside of walls. Water does not always come from overflows, but can originate from many different locations within your home, and also from external sources.

Because water can remain hidden, it can also create much damage that can affect your home even though you cannot see it. This kind of harm can be just below the exterior surface that is visible, such as in wallpaper or linoleum, or deeper, for instance, concrete that disintegrates over time because of fluctuations in temperature combined with erosion. Your back steps might seem to be redone easily enough, but what happens when the concrete involved is part of your home's foundation, instead? Misdirected sump pumps may not seem sufficiently necessary to correct as long as the water eventually makes its way out of your home, but the path that water takes does matter, especially when it involves areas of your home that it should avoid.

SERVPRO trains all of our technicians in various skills, helping them earn IICRC certifications, including Water Restoration (WRT). Experience also provides many skills that give us invaluable insight into how water damage can affect your home. When your home has had water problems, let us help ensure that all water damage is remediated properly. Call us, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, at (972) 227-0800, anytime, day or night.

Any Season is Mold Season in Dallas

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Any Season is Mold Season in Dallas Our technicians thoroughly investigate the signs of mold in your home to determine its source before proceeding with remediation.

Prevent the Quick Spread of Mold by Calling SERVPRO


The only thing mold needs to grow is water, making it a potential crisis 365 days out of the year for any homeowner. There are thousands of strains of mold and mildew spores lying dormant that are ready to proliferate in Texas homes. When moisture activates one or more of them, SERVPRO awaits to assist.
 
Discovering mold damage inside your Dallas home is frustrating and perhaps a little frightening. Susceptible individuals trace health concerns to mold infestations, although only a medical practitioner is authorized to make that connection. It is certain that mold outbreaks are unsightly and spread a very unpleasant musty odor throughout your home. Some strains contribute to rot, endangering the integrity of your home’s structure. When you find the mold, it is imperative that an experienced remediation firm coordinates its removal.
 
Although it is important to respond immediately to the mold outbreak in your bathroom or kitchen, working to make sure this outbreak is the last is ever more crucial. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians isolate, contain, and remove the current problem using procedures developed by the EPA. These efforts pay off with a clean slate but are not enough in themselves. Failure to make fundamental changes within the areas where this latest outbreak occurred means more mold is certain to follow.
 
Kitchens and bathrooms struggle with mold outbreaks because of the plumbing concentrations in these areas. Spills, splashes, seepage, and tiny leaks are enough to activate spores. Due diligence with the mop and regular plumbing inspections reduces the possibilities of microbial growth. Sometimes even meticulous housekeeping is not enough, particularly if the area is poorly vented.
 
SERVPRO technicians inspect the rooms where mold recurs to evaluate the venting system -- or lack of one. We make both short term and more permanent suggestions to reduce the moisture buildup that is the cause of all mold outbreaks. Opening a window during a shower and running a dehumidifier near a working kitchen help for now. Installation of stove top fans that vent to the outside and a similar setup for the bathroom is the real solution, an investment that protects your home and improves indoor air quality.
 
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County offers mold remediation and consulting services that make a real difference in your risk of continuing outbreaks. Call (972) 227-0800 for assistance today.

When You Need Water Removal Services In Your Home In Downtown Dallas

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When You Need Water Removal Services In Your Home In Downtown Dallas Most padding requires replacement, although carpeting can often be saved.

Water Removal Services


Broken pipes that have created a flood in your home while you were hard at work can be a nightmarish problem that gives you no time to prepare a perfect response. If leaving pets inside while you work is part of your normal routine, this can increase the traumatic feeling of what is taking place in your formerly dry home.

Homes in Downtown Dallas are often extremely modern, but broken pipes in even the newest homes can break, and when this happens, only water removal experts can make things “Like it never even happened.” Because emergencies like this happen unexpectedly, one of the best ways to protect yourself is by knowing where shut-off valves and electrical boxes are located. If a water emergency happens in your home, and you are either unsure of how, or unable, to shut off the flow of water and to also turn off the electricity, the only safe option is to call a plumber and an electrician to do these vital tasks.

When the water is no longer entering your home, we can safely assess the damage. Every home's water emergency is different, and no two are alike. The basics of water removal include removing standing water and then reducing the moisture even further. This includes wet-vacuuming carpets and air-drying cushions and paneling. In rare cases, padding can be salvaged if we are called immediately, but this is very unlikely. Most padding requires replacement, although carpeting can often be saved.

Heaters directed at damp areas of your home increase the rate of evaporation and air movers improve air circulation while open windows in warm weather or dehumidifiers in cooler weather help completely dry out your home. Your water emergency might seem to affect only your floors and the lower sections of walls, but increased humidity can damage areas of your home that are higher than the water's level.

Understanding how an emergency with water can affect your home now and in the future is essential to any water removal service. The professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County are highly trained in providing this service. Contact us at (972) 227-0800 whenever you need us so we can restore your home to how it should be.

Water Damage Abatement After Drainage Backups In Your Dallas Retail Space

3/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Abatement After Drainage Backups In Your Dallas Retail Space Even cleaner water must be removed quickly as microbial growth contaminates the moisture and your wet inventory or other articles within 48 hours.

Water Damage Abatement


It is difficult enough to manage your plumbing issues, but when you share space and roof drainage system and a sewer link up with other retailers, their problems become yours. A roof drain or sewer backup in a neighboring business easily sends potentially contaminated water into the storage areas of your business as well. If you own the building, it is your responsibility to mitigate the plumbing or drain issue and perhaps restore the water damage. If you rent the space, you still need the professionals from SERVPRO to restore the damage once the drain flows freely again.

Coping with water damage within your Dallas retail store is particularly concerning if the source of the water is a sewer backup. Sewage has a high probability of containing infectious waste. Any inventory, fixtures, or furnishings that come in contact with this contaminated water need to be discarded. If the water instead entered because of a flat roof drain back up the water may be less hazardous. Our technicians have training in evaluating the quality of the water damaging your retail space.

Regardless of the source of the water damage, it is crucial to locate where the water is entering and to determine whether soaked items are safe to clean and restore. SERVPRO staff consults with the project manager or supervisor assigned to your job before giving you a final recommendation on what steps need to be taken to return your retail storage area and contents to preloss condition. Even cleaner water must be removed quickly as microbial growth contaminates the moisture and your wet inventory or other articles within 48 hours.

Plan for water damage mitigation in your retail space by developing an Emergency Ready Plan, beginning with an inspection by one of our staff. We point out problem areas in your store and storage area at no charge. Then you download our mobile app and answer a series of questions that identify your trusted staff and outline your priorities in the event water damages your business.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is ready to attend to your commercial water damage needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 after water infiltrates, or, better yet, contact us before a problem occurs to plan for any disaster.

The Challenges Of Restoring Severe Fire Damage In Dallas

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Challenges Of Restoring Severe Fire Damage In Dallas Whether it is unattended candles, malfunctioning electronics, or cooking mishaps; the damage is always serious.

Restoring Fire Damage


There are more ways than you might think to start a residential fire. Whether it is unattended candles, malfunctioning electronics, or cooking mishaps; the damage is always serious. Even if the amount of physical destruction is moderate, the stress involved with the cleanup and insurance tasks can be substantial.

The good news is that all cases of fire damage in Dallas homes (even the severe ones) can benefit from professional restoration. The extent of restoration depends on how much of the property is beyond repair on arrival. Nevertheless, our technicians do everything that they can to rescue possessions, furniture, valuables, and more. In some cases, the conditions of the fire make repairs harder. Continue reading to find out what these are and how we solve them.

Fragile Materials
Most items, even fabrics, don’t respond immediately to smoke damage. So, if they do not burn, a fast clean up can save them. On the other hand, oil paintings and other delicate valuables can get damaged by even the slightest contact with soot. To minimize damage, do not touch or move the items. We can send your artwork (particularly valuable oil paintings) to an expert restorer for cleaning. Movement must be limited during the removal because soot is acidic. Too much motion grinds it into the paint.

A Change In Temperature
We often find very oily, stubborn soot after house fires. It clings to walls and ceilings and can be tough to remove. The consistency of soot changes if there is a rapid shift in temperature. So, for example, if a fire crew uses cold water to extinguish flames. The temperature and humidity in the affected space shifts quickly and the consistency of the soot changes. It becomes more oily and adhesive. The SERVPRO technicians use a high alkali detergent to wash it off surfaces without creating smears and new stains.

Damaged HVAC System
If your ventilation system was in use during the fire, this could complicate the clean-up process. It can take a while to completely restore HVAC ducts because they are not easy to access. Plus, the airflow carries smoke, soot, and unpleasant odors around the home. You might end up with lingering smells in areas that weren’t directly affected by the fire. We can deal with this by setting up deodorizers and pulling the odor causing particles out of the air. As for the HVAC ducts, SERVPRO uses a combination of fans, air movers, air scrubbers, and deodorizing chemicals to repair the damage.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is an experienced, reliable fire damage restorer. You can find us in your local area and contact our technicians for help at any time. Whatever the size or cause of your fire, we can provide a solution. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Preventing Water Damage from AC Line Leaks in Your Dallas Home

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage from AC Line Leaks in Your Dallas Home SERVPRO Tip for Homeowners in Dallas--Keep A/C Condensation Lines Unclogged to Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Tips for Preventing Damage by Water and Condensation

Condensation from a leak in your air conditioner line can be creating damage to your home. Learning how to prevent this problem before it starts can prevent water damage and repairs. Water damage from an A/C condensation line leak is quite common. Uninsulated lines can also lead to extensive condensation resulting in a surplus of water in the utility closet or the attic.

The humidity here can be high, plus the dark space surrounding the lines encourages the growth of mold, making this type of water damage dangerous. As mold grows, it gets transferred through your HVAC system and spreads throughout the rest of your Dallas home. A water damage professional technician from SERVPRO needs to be called in at this point to clean up all the problems.
 
How can you prevent condensation line leaks from your A/C unit? The most important thing to do is regularly inspect it, as even a tiny sign of condensation is an indication you could have a problem. Below find four tips on maintaining your AC condensation line:
 
Inspect Regularly – As already stated, this is a critical step. Each time you change your HVAC air filter, about every thirty days to sixty days on average, inspect the AC condensation line visually for any moisture.
 
Make sure AC condensation line pitch is correct and lower elbow connect angles – Your AC condensation line should run as straight as possible, and a drop of 1/8 inches for each twelve inches of length is the minimum pitch. Get rid of any elbow connections that have a 90-degree angle and replace them with 45-degree elbow connections whenever possible. This is easy to accomplish with PVC materials.
 
Check the AC condensation line exit and opening – While your AC unit is running look at the condensation line opening to ensure water is visibly flowing from to drain. The amount of water you see depends on how high the humidity is in your home. Inspect the exit port for clogs from an algae buildup or debris. SERVPRO advises keeping anti-algae tablets in the drain pan of the air handler.
 
Clean the line ever three to six months – a simple way to clean an AC line is by using a nylon string and a bit of cotton rag. Using a shop vacuum, suck out the nylon string on the exit side, then tie a piece of cotton rag to the other end and pull it through. All the debris in the line is brought out the exit side. Do not make the piece massive, or it may become trapped within the drainage line. Make it small enough, so it fits loosely in the pipe.
 
Even with precautions taken, you may still encounter water damage from your AC unit. If this happens, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is ready to help you fix the problem and restore any damage, including cleaning up mold. Just get in touch with us if you suspect or find a leak by dialing (972) 227-0800 and a technician will be sent out to your home promptly.

Avoiding Fires from Burning Candles in Your Dallas Home

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding Fires from Burning Candles in Your Dallas Home Candles Are the Culprits Behind Dallas Fire Damaged Homes

Dallas Properties Are At Risk from Fires Causing Damage

Everyone loves the romantic glow of candles. The fragrance and ambiance that they create are like nothing else. However, you might want to think twice about lighting candles and then leave the room. Many house fires start from unattended candles, around one-third of these started in bedrooms. More than half of these fires begin because candles are set too close to flammable items. Candles should always be kept at least twelve inches from anything that can burn.
 
Additional causes of fires from candles and fire damage include someone playing with the candles. Something as simple as knocking the candle over if someone bumps a table or a pet brushing up against one is enough to spark a fire in your Dallas home. After a fire like this, you need the professional help of SERVPRO to repair and restore your home.
 
Keeping some safety tips in mind when it comes to candles is, therefore, critical.
 
Keep candles away from pets and children. Even though they might look nice on your coffee table, a wagging tail or passing child could easily tip the candle over. Keeping lighters and matches in a safe place is necessary. Lighting materials need to be stored high up and out of sight in a closet, pantry or kitchen cupboard. Children are often fascinated with fire, and you do not want to give them any temptations.
 
Using candles in the bedroom is not wise. Many candle fires begin in this room, and about half of the deaths from fires occur in the overnight hours between midnight and six. Also, make sure you are using the appropriate candle holders. Candles come in various sizes and shapes, so you need the right type of holder for each one. It is important to that you place them on surfaces that are durable and heat-resistant.
 
Once a candle burns down to two inches or less, get rid of it. Replacing a candle is a lot less costly than having to replace or repair your home. When you do need repairs from fire damage, however, the technicians at SERVPRO are the ones to call.
 
Don’t use candles during a power outage. Instead, use a battery-operated light or flashlight, as they are a lot safer. Night lights are also a lot safer than using a candle and are quite inexpensive. Remember not ever to leave candles unattended, and always follow the safety recommendations from the manufacturer.
 
If you do experience a fire, get out right away and call for help once everyone is safe. Do not ever go back into a burning home for any reason. After the fire is out, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County as soon as possible so we can assess the damages and get to work quickly. Doing so eliminates the possibility of further damage from acidic soot and water soaked home. We can be reached anytime by dialing (972) 227-0800.

Safety Tips And Preparation To Prevent Flood Damage In Cedar Hill

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Tips And Preparation To Prevent Flood Damage In Cedar Hill SERVPRO Says Be Wise, Be Prepared for Floods in Cedar Hill

Floods Can Carry Contaminated Groundwater


Torrential rainstorms call for preparations to be made to protect your home and family. The inclement weather conditions give you some clues as to the possible severity of a storm, but fully predicting the outcome is not always certain.
 
When your home in Cedar Hill is affected by flood damage, consider giving us a call. We respond immediately and provide you with all of the necessary services that you need to return your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition, giving you and your family peace of mind during this type of disaster.
 
However, giving us a call beforehand is not a bad idea either, you may even gain access to preventative measures that you would not have thought of yourself. SERVPRO understands that flooding is the most common natural disaster that we face in the United States, so it is only smart for us to prepare our homes and families to combat these types of situations correctly.
 
While different areas of the country have a higher risk during certain times of the year, SERVPRO technicians have experienced a variety of different ways that a flood can affect your home. These conditions include river and lake overflows, caused by excessive rain. Blocked waterways, breaks in levees, dams, or other water containment systems. High winds from storms that cause heavy downpours.
 
A majority of the destruction witnessed by SERVPRO technicians, caused by flooding, depends on the conditions present when the event begins. The state of the buildings affected by the event also plays a role. However, you can limit some of the damages that your home experiences during a flood by performing a few simple actions.
 
Move your outdoor furniture and valuable indoor contents to the highest possible elevation in your home. Disconnect any electrical appliances, or turn your gas and electricity off entirely at the main switch or valve when flooding becomes imminent, this helps avoid the possibility of gas or electrical fires from developing as the event occurs.
 
Just remember, your safety comes first, while each situation is different, you may or may not have the proper amount of warning to enact every safety precaution. If there is the possibility of a storm hitting your area, maintain a constant watch on your local news media, know which evacuation route is best for you to use and practice your plans with family members to ensure everyone understands what to do.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for assistance with your preparations. We are here to help, (972) 227-0800