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Our Water Damage Experts Will Save Your Carpet In Dallas

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Drying Out Carpet Water Damage in Dallas Homes

Carpets are an everyday staple for modern Dallas homes, and as such, become among the first materials to suffer the damages of migrating water losses. As challenging as it might seem to dry out saturated carpeting, our professionals have premier tools that can make the task much more efficient and thorough. With the right response to the situation, you do not have to lose portions of the flooring or the entire carpeted area due to irreparable damages.

As much as homeowners must also contend with other layers of water damage in Dallas properties when water loss incidents occur, not addressing the carpeted areas promptly can ensure that deterioration and decomposition of the material become too severe to salvage. There are multiple strategies that our SERVPRO professionals can attempt to remove moisture and saturation from this flooring, and it depends mostly on the type of material, the severity of the damage, and the accessibility of the saturated region of carpet.

As premier restoration professionals, we invest in the top-tier extraction and drying equipment available in our trade. For several inches of standing water, we might need to use portable extractors like wet-vacs or sump pumps before we can address the saturation of the carpeting directly. Most often, the moisture penetrates beyond the carpet itself into the subflooring, padding, and even the wooden joists, supports, and plywood beneath. While air movers and dehumidifiers can get placed underneath the affected floor when possible, this does not always adequately address the moisture concerns.

The ideal approach for restoring water-damaged carpeting in your home is to utilize self-propelled extraction tools. These are motorized so that they can offer the same level of pressure at a consistent rate as the unit moves along the carpeted areas. These tools use the weight of the operating SERVPRO technician to force moisture to the surface from the carpet and pad beneath it.

Restoring carpets is not always a guarantee, especially if water exposure has been a prolonged event. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team can work with multiple strategies and tools to protect these flooring materials when possible. Give our professionals a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Strategies for Cleaning Fire Damage In Dallas

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Burning House SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is highly-qualified to manage all aspects of a fire loss.

Strategies for Cleaning Unfinished Wood Supporting Structures after Fire Damage in Dallas

Wood and wood products are common conventional building materials in Dallas. When a fire starts and spreads throughout your home, the chances are good that structural components such as wood framing, stairs, and subfloors might show effects. Tearout and replacement of load-bearing components is a huge undertaking and expense. The disruption suffered during the demolition and rebuilding of any wood features means a long-term displacement of your family.

Safety Concerns Set the Tone
After fire damage in your Dallas home, our team arrives quickly to evaluate and plan out the project. Although we take a restoration approach to even severe damage, our project managers use their Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and experience to assess the risks your fire damage circumstances pose. In scenarios where the structural integrity of your home is impossible to assure because of components weakened by the fire, we work with local officials and your insurance company, keeping you apprised, determining what demolition and rebuilding must be done for continued safety.

Strategies to Recover Unfinished Wood
Once safety concerns are addressed, SERVPRO looks carefully at the “bones” of your home after a fire. This means we inspect the framing in all areas for smoke absorption, sooty residues, and charring. Our project plan focuses on thorough cleaning of these hidden structures because of the potential for progressive deterioration due to the corrosive nature of fire residues. Also, the malodors retained by unfinished wood compromise your quiet enjoyment of your dwelling. Debris and residues allowed to remain cause the smells to linger indefinitely.

Mechanical Means Used to Remove Residues and Charring
The goal when cleaning up unfinished wood is to reach clear, uncompromised material on the eventual new surface. SERVPRO employs scraping and wire brushing to achieve that goal. On some jobs, we consider abrasive blasting to more efficiently power through heavy layers of residue and charring. The abrasives available for blasting include dry ice, sponge, soda ash, or ground corn cobs. Before we proceed with this method, consultation with a structural engineer is recommended to ensure the strategy does not unduly weaken the unfinished wood.

Sealing Is An Option
When our efforts to clean down to unblemished wood does not eliminate the smell, demolition and replacement is not the only answer. Malodor-carrying particles deep inside and invisible can be contained and rendered inoffensive through sealing of the unfinished surfaces with an appropriate professional-grade product.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is highly-qualified to manage all aspects of a fire loss. Call us at (972) 227-0800 day or night to schedule a fire recovery assessment followed by rapid implementation of a full-spectrum remediation plan.

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We Discuss The Significance Of Safety Against Bacteria And Microbes In Dallas

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Peeling paint because of a water leak in plaster ceiling Without adequate moisture, the potential for mold spore germination decreases significantly.

Safety Against Bacteria And Microbes: SERVPRO Is The Flood Damage Cleanup Choice In Dallas

The adage everything is bigger in Texas that also goes for storms too. Flash floods and localized flooding in some areas from the Trinity River are not uncommon.

When SERVPRO technicians answer a call to come to a Dallas home with flood damage, they arrive on-site quickly and immediately scope the area with their moisture detection equipment to trace the path of the water within the home. Testing flood water is another crucial action, so they choose the proper cleaning and sanitization methods relevant to the type of contamination in the house.

Water Extraction Equipment is More Than Wet/Dry Vacuums
While a wet/dry vac is great for handling surface-based liquid spills, this consumer-grade piece of equipment is not sufficient to handle flood water without overheating. Squeegees, extractors, and pumps play a vital role in the expedient removal of water.

Avoiding Microbial Growth
The use of industrial desiccant dehumidifiers plays an essential role in the lowering of humidity in the homes during floodwater mitigation. These units capture and port away moist air and deliver warm, dry air to the area. Without adequate moisture, the potential for mold spore germination decreases significantly.

Removal of Flood Damaged Materials
Unfortunately, due to the probability of contamination of the floodwater that enters a home as a flash flood, many items that absorb the water are a loss due to their inability for restoration by cleaning. Non-porous items that hold up against immersion cleaning are among the most promising things for saving.

Disinfection of the Property
Once the property attains drying goals and moisture is not present to sustain bacteria and microbes, the application of broad-spectrum disinfectants assists in the sanitization of the property to prepare it for reconstruction. If technicians detect mold growth, they deal with it using containment, abatement and in some cases the application of an antimicrobial sealant to inhibit any return of the growth before rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has around the clock service for local properties in need of flood damage mitigation. Call (972) 227-0800 and the emergency response team arrives within an hour to remove the flood loss in your home because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Water Damage Removal Is Not Something You Want to Do Alone

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

People in the office standing on carpet Don't let your office get closed after water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Carpet Removal and Replacement After Dallas Water Losses

Flooring can often see the worst of water loss incidents in your Dallas office building. While much of the main floors of the facility have gotten covered with short pile carpeting, padding, and a concrete base, you still want to avoid the need to replace these materials whenever possible. However, when the situation has become too severe for our advanced drying and moisture removal tactics, we begin the process of removing portions of the carpet and replacing it.

Dallas office water damage is never expressly contained to the flooring materials and nothing else. As stressful as the situation might be, you must first address the water effects throughout the property before you can get into the replacement and repair portions of recovery. Our SERVPRO team has qualified professionals to help you through each of these phases, from licensed commercial contractors to certified water restoration technicians accredited through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Once moisture and dampness concerns have gotten successfully addressed in your office, we can begin more closely inspecting the flooring to determine its structural integrity and strength. While short pile carpeting might be easier to maintain for high-trafficked areas like you might expect with both the staff and client movement within your facility, it is also easy to saturate when exposed to spreading water damage. 

This moisture can penetrate the top layer and move beyond the base of the carpet to the padding beneath, ultimately reaching and leeching into the concrete under these layers. A point gets reached where the only suitable recovery solution left is to repair and replace this material. With our team of experienced contractors in-house, we can ensure a seamless transition between vital loss mitigation and remediation to the build back and reinstallation needs that your property has.

Office buildings serve many clients and provide stable employment for multiple qualified professionals on your team. To prevent prolonged periods without work, and without meeting the needs of your loyal clientele, professional restoration and reconstruction can help.

Our SERVPRO professionals can unstick carpeting to begin pulling it up from the baseboards against the walls. With an understanding of how badly damaged the subflooring and padding has become, we know if these materials need focused drying or if tear-out and replacement are necessary to make it “Like it never even happened.” We can remove portions of carpeting or an entire room, depending on what your damaged office needs. 

We are a local team of qualified professionals here to help. You can reach our experienced SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County restorers anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Fire Damage in Your Dallas Residence May Call for Expert Odor Removal Services

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in a customers driveway. SERVPRO has not fear, smoke odor will come clear in your Dallas residence.

Please don’t let smoke odor take over your home, let us take care of everything in your Dallas home.

Data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that over 358,000 home fires occur annually. For property owners who can return and live in their homes, there is both good news and bad news. Although their property is salvageable, they have to deal with the smoke and fire damage.

It is daunting to eliminate the smoke smell in your Dallas home after fire damage, but not impossible. Stubborn smoke odor can linger in your house for a long time, compromising the quality of indoor air. The tiny smoke particles usually stick to household surfaces and become embedded into porous materials like fabrics, drapes, carpeting, furniture, and paint. It takes a high amount of effort and specialized cleaning equipment to remove these particles. The following cleaning steps can help you eliminate most of the lingering smoke scent in your house.

Air your house

Allowing fresh air to circulate in your property is a great way to remove smoke particles from your living area. Open all doors and windows, and set up fans on high, while aiming them at the corners of the rooms to direct smoke particles outside. You may also use air purification fans to remove smoke particles from your property.

Clean items made of fabric

Fabrics absorb smoke readily, so wash or dry clean all drapes, clothing, pillows, furniture covers, area rugs, linens, blankets, and other possessions made of woven material. Keep all the

cleaned, woven items away from your house until it is free of smoke particles and odors.

Clean the upholstery

Cleaning all upholstery can help you eliminate the lingering smoke smell. You can enlist a specialist upholstery cleaning service for this task.

Clean your carpets

Smoke particles can make their way into carpets, including the carpet fibers. To eradicate the odor, sprinkle baking soda liberally over the carpet and let it sit overnight. After that, vacuum the carpeting thoroughly using a vacuum machine with a HEPA filter.

Clean hard surfaces

Hard surfaces like countertops, appliances, and windowsills could harbor smoke particles. Giving your entire home a deep clean can go a long way in eliminating the smoke scent.

After following the above steps, you may still discover that odor is hanging around or the smoke damage is overwhelming. In that case, you can seek help from SERVPRO franchise professionals. We have assisted homeowners in restoring their homes following a fire for decades.

Our crew understands how odor molecules permeate a building and how to use different odor removal methods. Our SERVPRO technicians use odor removal equipment like hydroxyl machines and ULV foggers to eliminate stubborn smells. We can also purify the air to remove bad odors from indoor air. We can achieve this by using air scrubbers, electronic filters, or ventilation fans.

When there is a stubborn odor in your property, you can trust SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to help you remove it. Call us anytime at (972) 227-0800. We can eliminate the smoke scent to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Dallas

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

entrance to a bedroom with water soaking the carpet Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Why Help From SERVPRO Is Crucial After Flood Damage Affects Your Dallas Home

Once the anxiety that overcomes you during a flooding incident at your Dallas home subsides, you have to find a way to clean up and rebuild or take other steps that help restore it to its preloss state. It is rarely a smooth process, especially considering every flooding incident is unique. When you call us to offer professional assistance, our advanced training and experience help in many ways.

We Help With the Preparation
Restoring flood damage in your Dallas home requires a bit of preparation. Failure to address even simple issues can have severe implications. For example, working smoothly with your adjuster can help with your claim from the insurer. Our SERVPRO crew can inform you to prepare necessary documentation such as policy number and records of damaged items. We can also remind you of some crucial tips, such as asking for advanced payment from the insurer where necessary.

Record Keeping is Streamlined
Taking quick action is essential when dealing with flood damage because it stops further deterioration of building materials and contents. However, quick action may interfere with record keeping, which is another aspect of saving the property. Our SERVPRO technicians have better skills to document the loss properly. We take photos and record videos when performing different tasks, including pack-outs and demolition. For carpets or other large materials, we cut a piece and preserve it for the adjuster.

Handling the Dangers that Come with Flooding
Flood-damaged properties can be perilous, which is why local authorities provide guidelines for re-entry after significant incidents. Our SERVPRO technicians are certified in dealing with such hazardous areas. We have protective gear to protect us against contamination and electrical hazards, among other issues. We also have specialized equipment such as GFCI's, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, which protect electrical equipment and tools during the restoration processes.

In case of flooding incidents at your Cedar Hill, Lancaster or Hutchins property, you need to respond appropriately. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. We have resources to deal with any issue “Like it never even happened.”

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Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and HUB Membership

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Women's Business Enterprise National Council and HUB Membership

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC provides its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses in the United States. They foster diversity in the world of commerce. Diversity promotes innovation, opens new channels of revenue and creates partnerships which provide opportunities that fuel the economy.

WBENC’s Vision - To be the leader in women’s business development.

WBENC's Mission - To fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The goal of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program is to encourage and effectively promote the use of minority and woman-owned businesses in the Department's procurement activities. The DSHS HUB Program Office seeks to:

Ensure the Department complies with state law and administrative rules governing the HUB program.

Assist minority and woman-owned businesses in becoming certified as HUBs.

Share information regarding the Department's procurement policies and procedures.

Promote the use of HUBs in day-to-day procurement opportunities.

Assist in fostering relationships between prime contractors and HUBs through the Mentor Protégé Program.

Ensure that prime contractors make a good faith effort to provide subcontracting opportunities to HUBs.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides commercial and residential services.

How To Keep a Dallas Movie Theater In Business After Flood Damage Hits

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

You never want to let your commercial business suffer the possibility of closing completely due to flood damage. SERVPRO can and will help you any day

Let SERVPRO help you keep your Dallas Business up and running from flood damage.

Staying in business after substantial flood damage to a movie theater can be tough, especially if you try to bear the whole burden on your own. Insurance companies and professional damage mitigation services like SERVPRO exist to make sure that you survive the disaster with as little lost profit as possible, but cannot handle the problems on their own. Ultimately, the survival of a flood-damaged business primarily relies on its owners. For the best chances at staying open with as little revenue lost as possible as a result of flooding, keep these tips in mind.

Stay Open if Possible

One of the most substantial ways that flood damage can disrupt a Dallas movie theater's business is by causing damage severe enough to warrant total closure of the premises. However, most floods do not cause damage extensive enough to call for such drastic measures. If at least part of the theater manages to avoid significant damage, you should keep that section open and operating while SERVPRO works on affected areas. In other cases, we may also be able to repair critical areas first and allow you to resume day-to-day operations sooner while we finish working on less-important parts of the building. We recommend that you keep as much of the facility open as possible to allow revenue flow to continue during the restoration process.

Tackle Problems Quickly

It may be tempting to continue operations in damaged areas without implementing substantial damage mitigation protocols. However, these can ultimately harm your business by contributing to far more expensive and time-consuming issues while simultaneously eroding customer trust in your theater. Patrons do not enjoy visiting places that bear clear signs of damage and may be less likely to return if their theater has not been properly restored. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster to make sure that as little damage as possible happens to your theater.

Work With Your Insurance

Insurance can be your saving grace in a time of need. We always recommend working closely with your insurance provider and may even be able to help with your negotiations and cost estimates. By following instructions and fulfilling requests from your insurer, payouts may come faster and in higher amounts than with ordinary claim submission.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a locally owned and operated company with national resources that enable us to provide some of the best 24/7 services for flood damage emergencies across the local area. Contact us at (972) 227-0800 for our help or a quote.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Prevent Secondary Destruction In Your Dallas Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our emergency crew 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Get Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Dallas Home To Prevent Secondary Destruction

Dallas and the neighboring areas are situated in a tornado risk zone and floodplain, and they are therefore prone to frequent flooding, storms, and tornadoes. The winds that accompany tornadoes can be as fast as three hundred miles per hour, and they can cause heavy downpour and flooding. The outcomes of these storms can lead to the loss of life and property.

Storms may cause roof leaks and ground flooding that can lead to structural damage to your house. If your Dallas home has flood damage, it is crucial to act speedily and contact SERVPRO water damage remediation experts to help you remove the water and clean up your property to prevent further structural damage.

Our technicians can assess the destruction, offer you an estimate, and take the appropriate steps to bring your property back to pre-damage condition. We can remove debris, water, silt, mud, and other substances that floodwaters could have brought into your house. Our team has appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to remove contaminated water from your property. Some PPE we use includes:

• Rubber gloves
• Full bodysuits
• Eye protection
• Respirators equipped with P100/organic vapor cartridges

We have state-of-the-art equipment extraction equipment such as truck-mounted and portable pumps that can remove the standing water to speed up our drying process. If the water in your home is over 2 inches deep, our technicians can use submersible pumps to remove it.

We also use air movers to enhance evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time. Our technicians can place enough air movers in your property to create airflow across all the damp surfaces. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) can also use refrigerant dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air. These dehumidifiers remove about 8 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere.

Mold can grow on surfaces like drywall, floors, and ceilings within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to floodwater, posing health risks to you and your family. We can check your house for mold while completing the water extraction and drying process. Our technicians use tools like infrared cameras to locate moist areas that are not visible to the naked eye. We can dry all these areas to ensure that mold does not have any food source. Our SERVPRO crew also has the experience and tools to remove mold from surfaces. If we discover mold, we can remove it and disinfect your home to ensure that it is safe and clean for inhabitation.

In the unfortunate event of experiencing flooding in your Cedar Hill, Lancaster or Hutchins residential property, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for flood cleanup and drying services. You can reach our emergency crew 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

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Relocating Items from Water Damage in Dallas Homes

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is always prepared to handle a Dallas home water damage.

We work hard to insure your Dallas home water damage is taken care of promptly.

Plumbing breaches that occur in the upstairs or a well-connected room of your Dallas home can spread quickly throughout adjoining spaces. With the personal belongings of your family kept in every region of the residence, there is no singular location where water damage cannot impact some of these items. While content management plays a considerable role in professional water recovery with reputable restoration specialists, there are steps that you can take as a homeowner to protect your possessions from irreparable harm. 

Recognizing water damage in Dallas residences quickly can help you to get a better reaction to the emergency and ultimately better protect your belongings. Professional restoration outfits like our SERVPRO team often reach a home once the damage has already happened, but a property owner has the advantage of playing a part in how widespread and devastating water loss incidents can be by thwarting the supply of water through the residence as promptly as possible. 

As many have relied on our SERVPRO content management division for safe and careful removal of items and belongings deemed to be at risk of exposure and water damage, the same principles apply to a homeowner as well. You can assess the damage that you can see to your property and determine which possessions, furniture, and items could be at risk of moisture and saturation

While you determine your ability to dry up the dampness and exposed materials, others can work to move all unbolted items out of problem areas to another area of the house unlikely to become affected by spreading moisture. As the affected parts of your residence get thoroughly dried and recovered, these removed items can get returned to their original positions. 

We know that not all emergencies that your home experiences feel like they are substantial enough to call in our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County experts. Whenever the job feels too widespread, or you need a second opinion to make sure the house is dry, you can count on our professionals. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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