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Hectic and Rushed Morning Routines Result in Unwanted Flood Damage in Dallas Homes

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hectic and Rushed Morning Routines Result in Unwanted Flood Damage in Dallas Homes Leaks from Floods or Tubs Mean Water Damage--Make the Call to SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal Post Storms or Mishaps

Busy mornings do not disappear just because summer vacation has arrived. Mornings can also be hectic from the euphoria of happy expectations of summer vacation activities. Getting out the door can be the most important thing to a child when fun activities await them outside.
 
Dallas has many summer activities waiting for your child, but flood damage from an overflowing sink can put a damper on your summer fun. Rushing away from home can leave behind a small catastrophe waiting to expand because the water in the upstairs sink was not completely shut off and the plug was taken out.
 
A clogged toilet can also bring about the same fiasco if not announced on their way out, leaving you unaware of the danger until much later, after extensive damage has already taken place. If you leave home also, the damage is going to be even greater by the time someone returns home. If a storm dropped a limb on your roof exposing torrential rains to enter your attic crawlspace, this is the same problem, unwanted water.
 
You get back home and find that water has unfortunately taken over your house. Stopping the continued flow of water should be done in as safe a manner as possible. Electrical hazards are especially present in multi-level homes when the water is coming from an upper floor because water can easily saturate walls where wiring and outlet boxes are positioned on its way down to the ground level. If you cannot safely get to the water shut off or the source of the water safely, call an emergency plumber.
 
After the water has been stopped, contact SERVPRO so we can begin restoring your home. Removing the water can help revitalize even the carpeting when done correctly and without delay. Some materials may need to be removed and replaced when water has been in contact with them for an extended amount of time. Thus, the sooner we can begin working to make it “Like it never even happened,” the greater the chance of saving those same materials from destruction.
 
Large volumes of standing water, from a storm type of flooding, elevates the humidity levels. Stop the damage from progressing. Restoring your home includes making repairs where possible, and replacing what was destroyed. We focus on restoring as much as possible, as this keeps costs low and decreases the amount of time involved in the entire process.
 
For any amount of flood damage, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has the technicians your home deserves. We are local and always ready to take your call at (972) 227-0800.

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IICRC Certifications Give Dallas Homeowners Confidence When Dealing With Mold Damage

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation IICRC Certifications Give Dallas Homeowners Confidence When Dealing With Mold Damage Give mold a damp environment such as a bathroom and a food source such as carpet, drywall, or even clothes, and it has the ideal breeding ground.

IICRC Certifications

Mold damage is an ongoing risk for any householder. Give mold a damp environment such as a bathroom and a food source such as carpet, drywall, or even clothes, and it has the ideal breeding ground. Because mold is present in some form in many environments, it is not possible to eradicate the spores completely. However, it is feasible to remediate a fungal problem and take steps to discourage new growth.

Visible signs of mold damage in your Dallas home mean it is time to give SERVPRO a call. We train our professionals in all aspects of mold remediation which means that when you get in touch, you can rest assured you are getting the best and most professional service.

We strive to give our customers confidence is through our extensive training program. We train our staff through the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). The IICRC provides training to all restoration professionals and establishes best practices for many different situations.

In cases of mold damage, it is reassuring to know that SERVPRO staff have achieved certification in:

Applied Microbial Remediation Technician. Our staff knows how to deal with any mold-related problem efficiently and with an eye on safety at all times. Our teams know how to clean mold from many surfaces using a range of cleaning techniques. Certification teaches our staff how best to establish containment and vent contaminated air outside of your home to prevent spores spreading.

Applied Structural Drying Technician. In cases of flood or water damage, it is important to dry structures and furniture before fungus has a chance to grow. Each staff member knows the best way to use air movers, dehumidifiers and a range of techniques to speed up the drying process. We also observe the drying process to ensure optimum dryness levels and less chance for fungus to return.

Odor Control Technician. Mold has a nasty smell, and in cases where there has also been water damage, the smell is often even worse. The IICRC trains our people to assess and apply the most effective odor control technique for any situation.

We believe that investing in our staff with appropriate training is the best way to serve our local community. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today.

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SERVPRO - Dallas Flood Damage

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Dallas Flood Damage When flood damage does happen to a Dallas home, the quickest response is usually the best.

When Flood Strikes Your Dallas Property, Our SERVPRO Team Strikes Back

Although most people associate flooding with storm damage, much of the restoration costs also come from failed plumbing or broken water mains that place an entire neighborhood under water in just a few hours. Regardless of the source, some property (books and drapes) can suffer permanent harm within a few hours or even minutes.

When flood damage does happen to a Dallas home, the quickest response is usually the best. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team to ensure we arrive at virtually any home within an hour. We have developed a set of procedures over the years to make certain we meet the needs of the customer to restore as much of their home as possible and avoid the costs that come with replacing carpets and floors.

Safety is first. We make certain to turn off the power if we suspect water has gotten into the electrical system. We also post signs so that everyone who may come in contact with the home understands what is happening.

Next, SERVPRO technicians remove any materials that might transfer a stain to the carpets or floors (area rugs, books, curtains, and other paper products). They move all furniture as needed such as kitchen appliances and living room sets. They also take out of the home anything that might suffer secondary flood damage, and we want to avoid it if possible.

Now we remove the water. First, we use pumps to remove levels over two inches; for levels lower than two inches, we use smaller extractors. We do this quickly to limit the chance of furniture staining and rust developing on appliances and metal bed frames. If there are stains or rust marks, we remove them immediately to avoid permanently marring the surface.

Next, comes the carpet. Crew members use extractors to draw out as much water as possible and pull up the carpet to check underneath. As a rule, we recommend replacing the carpet pad; it is just not cost-efficient to attempt drying one. Once removed, technicians use a squeegee wand to draw water from the floor underneath. Then, they lay the carpet back down and run the extractors over them again. Before it dries completely, crew members examine the carpet once more for stains.

Our next step dries the carpet and the floor underneath simultaneously. We insert one or more air movers underneath the carpet with an exhaust fan at the other end. This procedure dries the carpet above while forcing warm, dry air across the floor, drawing moisture from it and the sub-floor below.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Getting your home out from under water looks simple, but it takes much more than a wet-vac, a push broom, and a mop. You need an experienced restoration company that has access to a nationwide inventory of equipment while employing people who live in the very neighborhoods we support. If you require our help, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County today at (972) 227-0800.

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Dallas Commercial Water Damage

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Dallas Commercial Water Damage No matter how severe the water damage may be, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County will be there to help!

Water Damage in Your Dallas Commercial Property?

For a business, disaster means twice the cost. Even a partial shutdown or temporary closing means income lost that could have gone to repairs and restoration. Worse for a small business, the loss of several day’s receipts may affect their ability to meet payroll that week.

SERVPRO understands that commercial water damage to a Dallas sporting goods store means this and even more. The first bill that gets paid late can turn into a flood of missed and late payments that does as much damage as a broken inlet pipe. It is our job to reopen the doors as quickly as possible and keep the costs to a minimum.

The emphasis on restoration for a sporting goods store is removing water and drying out the structure and various types of store property. We first eliminate any standing water to provide a safe environment for our team members and the business owners. Our SERVPRO technicians bring in pumps and generators if needed to remove water over two inches in depth. If the amount is less than two inches, we bring in water extractors.
These devices quickly remove standing water and are also useful to draw water out of carpets and floors.

As technicians remove water, other team members begin the process of setting up dehumidifiers to dry the air and property inside the store. Depending on the size of the machine, we can draw more than 20 gallons of water from the air each day. To speed up the process, we also set up air movers at key points inside the store and all entrances. The idea here is to replace the damp, inside air with drier air from outside the affected structure.

The dehumidification process is also very useful to dry property that has absorbed more moisture than normal but not soaked with water. For property that is soaked, we move everything out of the water and out of the structure if needed. Technicians use more air movers to force air over the property to dry it before damage sets in permanently.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Reopening a business quickly after a disaster is vital to keeping the doors open permanently. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is here to help our fellow business owners get their stores back open to serve our community. If you need our help, call today at (972) 227-0800.

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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.