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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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Commercial Water Removal Procedures In Dallas

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Procedures In Dallas If a pipe breaks on the second floor of a building, your lower level clothing store in can receive excessive damage to your products.

Commercial Water Removal Procedures

If a pipe breaks on the second floor of a building, your lower level clothing store in Dallas can receive excessive damage to your products and building materials. Water that pours into your shop from the ceiling down can ruin many different materials. The ceiling first retains water then it can flow down the walls to the floor.

Moisture inside the ceiling cavity can cause potential safety hazards. Whenever starting commercial water removal in Dallas, the first step is to secure the work area. Any drywall that is weak and has a possibility of falling gets removed. In many cases, the power gets shut off, and any electrical hazards get repaired.

After the work area is deemed safe for all workers and customers, the extraction and drying process begins. To start, our SERVPRO technicians formulate a work plan that removes water as quickly as possible. We structure our initial plan of attack so that we can complete the mitigation procedures while your business keeps operating.

If moisture stays inside your store for too long secondary damage can take place. Moisture can ruin the structural integrity of materials over time causing them to need replacement. If moisture stays inside organic materials for longer than 48 hours mold growth can occur.

Sometimes after water has been extracted and dried out, foul odors still exist. When some materials get wet, they put off pungent, mildew-like odors. After all, moisture gets removed the final step is to clean and deodorize your clothing store.

In a clothing shop, many of your products are made out of fabric which is a porous material that can hold in foul odors. If the smell is present throughout the building, there is a good chance your products are affected. If your inventory is creating unpleasant aromas, there are some steps we can take to remove the smells.

In some scenarios, an ultra-low volume fogger gets used to remove odors. A wet fogger breaks chemicals down to microscopic particles that penetrate into porous materials. The chemicals then pair with particles neutralizing the foul aromas.

In other cases, an ozone machine works to remove mildew-like odors. The ozone machine sends out O3 particles that oxidize odor particles, neutralizes the aromas they put off. For professional help with the deodorization of your business, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24/7.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas The kitchen inside your Dallas restaurant is one place that is at high risk for fires.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

The kitchen inside your Dallas restaurant is one place that is at high risk for fires. Whenever a fire breaks out inside a building, many types of damage possibly take place. Many materials get burned entirely or partially during the blaze. Smoke created by the fire travels throughout the restaurant leaving behind foul odors and soot residues.

Sometimes, water damage occurs when sprinklers go off, or the fire department gets called to put the fire out. SERVPRO's commercial fire damage technicians in Dallas have experience in resolving issues with burning, charring, heat, smoke, soot, and water. We often use many different techniques to mitigate the various problems inside your business.

When we are working on a business' property, we figure out the best methods to use so that we keep the loss of revenue to a minimum. We know that missing out on business due to a fire can get very costly. We also know that it's crucial that your customers have a clean and pleasant environment to enter while they enjoy their meal.

Depending on the severity of the job much can be done to adequately mitigate problems without negatively affecting your restaurant. Sometimes we complete work while the restaurant is closed so that we do not scare away your customers. Other times the restoration work gets completed small sections at a time so that parts of your dining room can stay open.

Every fire burns differently causing a different scenario each time. When beginning the scope of each project, we classify the damage as minor, medium, or major depending on a few characteristics of the burn. The classification given at first allows us to better schedule the restoration procedures.

In a minor fire damage scenario, few things get replaced, and there is only moderate smoke damage in a few rooms inside the building. In medium fire damage cases, there is more smoke damage present, and several items require resurfacing, repainting, or replacement. When dealing with major fire damage, there are many items that suffered severe burning and charring requiring replacing of structural materials.

Giving each fire damage scenario classification helps us better schedule our work so that we do not impede the day to day functions of your restaurant. If you ever need professional help dealing with smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 any day of the week.

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The Best Practices to Follow After Flood Damage in Dallas

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Best Practices to Follow After Flood Damage in Dallas Call SERVPRO to Rescue Your Flooded Dakkas Home and Dry It Out

Call the Experts from SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

You need the right tools and procedures to overcome the challenges that flood damage incidents bring along successfully. If the water is still running, stopping or diverting it to a safe area should be the first step as you work towards restoring your property. As a resident of Dallas, knowing your options is so important and we are here to let you know the right actions to take during such a stressing time. The goal is to salvage most of your contents and control the damage.

When you are working with our SERVPRO technicians after a flood damage incident in Dallas, we can help you dry walls, floors, and all the areas under and behind cabinets. The presence of cabinets can slow the rate of drying, and we might be forced to drill holes into the surrounding walls to promote air circulation. Once the wall is thoroughly dry, we then cover or patch the holes. During this time, we are careful with both electrical and plumbing hazards that may exist within these walls.

Drying walls that have wallpapers can be challenging if these covering are made of vinyl. The coverings act as moisture barriers and block the dampness behind them, and that means the use of dehumidifiers during moisture removal cannot be efficient. Our SERVPRO technicians first communicate with the customer and the adjuster before removing the wallpapers. In some situations, we might drill holes after removing the base molding to enhance air circulation to avoid damaging or interfering with the wallpapers.

To increase the rate of evaporation, our SERVPRO technicians set up air movers. They work by pushing the moisture into the air and replacing it with dry air. As the process goes on, the surrounding air becomes saturated with moisture, and there is need to do dehumidification. Dehumidifiers remove the water vapor thus lowering the humidity. We use three main types of dehumidifiers: desiccant, low grain refrigerant, and refrigerant dehumidifiers.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, fire, or flood-related. Call us at (972) 227-0800 at any time of the day, and we can make it appear "Like it never even happened."

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How Do Professionals Deodorize Your Dallas Home After a Water Damage Incidence?

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do Professionals Deodorize Your Dallas Home After a Water Damage Incidence? Water damage in your home can be very overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and restoration services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Training and Equipment to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property


Odor can be a huge problem after a water damage incidence. If the problem is not handled efficiently, your home can reek of a stale, musty odor long after the restoration process is complete.

Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians use some of the best equipment and techniques to combat odors after water damage to your Dallas home. We make sure that your house smells like home again once we are done restoring it. The professionals can use several instruments to tackle the odor problem after water damage including the following.

Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
The ULV foggers are equipment that produces a fine mist of deodorizing agent that penetrates deeper into the surfaces. The foggers are great for deodorizing as they do not require wetting of the surfaces to be deodorized. Another advantage of the ULV foggers is that the deodorant can reach the more difficult to reach places when used in this equipment. They are also great for injecting fungicides and disinfectants as well.

Thermal foggers
These machines produce a fine mist of the deodorizing agent by the use of heat. It generates very fine particles of the deodorizing compound that can penetrate deeper compared to the particles created by the ULV foggers. These foggers are excellent if the water damage has caused extensive damage in hard to reach areas such as nooks and crannies.

Sprayers
SERVPRO professionals can use both handheld and mechanical sprayers to spray a deodorizer to the affected area. This method is excellent if the damage is not very severe and extensive surfaces need to be deodorized. A liquid deodorant is sprayed directly onto the surface being deodorized, and as a result, the surface can become wet after application. The method is not ideal for surfaces that have a problem of discoloration or those, that can be damaged by the liquid deodorant.

Professionals can use a combination of different types of methods depending on the extent of the damage and the type of the odor they are trying to eliminate.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today to speak with one of our odor elimination experts to learn more.

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Do Not Put Off Mold Remediation For Your Dallas Residence

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Not Put Off Mold Remediation For Your Dallas Residence Mold damage in your Dallas home might present itself in several different ways.

Mold Remediation For Your Home

For as quickly as mold and fungal organisms can grow in a home, it is surprising that more people get misinformed or inadequately taught about how it grows and the effects that it can have. Discovering mold in your Dallas home is something that should get corrected as efficiently as possible.

Mold damage in your Dallas home might present itself in several different ways. While typically you see colonies begin to form and can see the damage firsthand. Other times, the damage has not yet reached the surface, and you can only tell its there by an indicating musty odor. As a homeowner, you want to stay mindful of changes in your home that could tell you about mold growth well before you see it spreading throughout regions of your house.

Often mold is going to present itself in areas that are damp and humid, as the moisture in the air is a food source for the growing organism to thrive. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified mold remediation specialists can help you to identify the source of this dampness and moisture, and work to provide a solution through the restoration process to reduce or eliminate the presence of this dampness. This step is critical to preventing the problem from getting worse and from recurring again in a short period.

Using negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters, our SERVPRO professionals can section off the area housing the organisms. Preventing the spread of the active spores is a critical component to remediation, especially during colony removal efforts. Dehumidifying the area follows shortly after that, reducing or eliminating a potential food source for spores. While we use sizable dehumidification equipment to pull the moisture out quickly, you might be encouraged to continue this process indefinitely using a modest-sized option.

You can trust SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to be available for you anytime that you require mold remediation efforts for your home. Our team is available any time of the day to tackle the disasters that threaten your comfortable home life. Give us a call today at (972) 227-0800.

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Water Removal Services for Your Dallas Home Because of Broken Pipes

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services for Your Dallas Home Because of Broken Pipes Condensation, Moisture, Leaking Pipes or Mean Water Damage--Call SERVPRO to Dry Your Dallas Property

Moisture Control and Standards Are Essential in the Drying Process After Water Damage

Pipes which leak or burst are common culprits of water damage in homes in Dallas. Toilets and drains which get backed up and blocked can create undue pressure in the pipe when then causes it to leak or burst. Garbage disposals which are not working correctly are another common reason for pipes bursting, as are roots which grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Rusty or old pipes can also be more prone to leaking.
 
Pipes which are leaking or have burst can create quite the mess for you to clean up. You first need water removal services for your Dallas home to get rid of the water that is now all over the place, plus assistance in getting your house dry again. Our SERVPRO techs are specially trained to help you with both services, plus work in an efficient and timely fashion.
 
We need to create a drying goal during remediation, and we monitor the drying process daily to check if the goal is being met. The drying goal is the condition we want to bring about in the area of your home that was affected.
 
We set moisture content aims for materials which were affected in your home in two different ways, including recording the average equilibrium moisture content, or EMC, or by establishing the dry standard. The dry standard is the moisture content of dry materials in an area which is undamaged. We take moisture content readings from dry materials to get the dry standard. These readings become part of our drying goal for the wet areas. We now have a means of comparison.
 
SERVPRO staff uses the EMC of materials for a goal, too. Moisture readings of dry materials in everyday situations are taken to establish our drying goals. We use a moisture meter to determine and document the moisture in materials every time we monitor them to see if the drying goals are being met. The readings are compared to see if the item is drying, and when our goals are met, the drying process is complete.
 
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County ensures that standard RH relative humidity levels are attained in your home in Hutchins, Seagoville, or Cedar Hill before we say the job is complete. Contact us at (972) 227-0800 as soon as you have a water disaster so that we can help you restore your home.

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