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Ultimate Solution for Flood Damage in Dallas Homes

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room Quick action when your home is flooded can save both the contents and the structure of your home. Call SERVPRO immediately.

Flood Damage Dallas – Highly Trained and Experienced

From floods to dust storms, Dallas experiences many disasters throughout the year. Some are small, affecting one or two buildings, while others can impact an entire neighborhood. Flash flooding often occurs after a torrential downpour. It may not even rain that hard near your building, but a flood can materialize quickly as the rainwater collects and overflows flood channels.

SERVPRO can react to flood damage in the Dallas area in less than 4 hours. We are available on a 24/7 basis. Our teams rely on the expertise of over 30 IICRC-certified technicians across several specialties to help our clients deal with the damage caused by a flood to their home or commercial space.

Assessing the Flood Damage

Experience has shown that assessing the damage caused by the flood is one of the top priorities. Our crew chief reviews safety conditions, contamination issues, and steps that can be taken immediately to mitigate the damage. A fast response can reduce ongoing damage, causing less. Your home or business can be restored quickly.

Deploying Equipment

Every job is different. That is why we stock our 40,000 sq. Ft. facility with an extensive amount of equipment we can call on to extract water from buildings, disinfect areas if needed, clean the contents, and dry the structure before restoration. Deploying the right equipment to your location reduces the damage and the time it takes to restore your home or business.

Flooding May Present Special Challenges

Floodwaters carry all kinds of debris, including physical items such as rocks, sand, even furniture, as well as contamination from a variety of sources. Whether it is microbial contamination or bio-hazards, we have the skillset to remove these hazards while protecting your employees and family. Flood cuts may be required to root out hard to get at moisture areas and avoid mold infestations. Our applied structural drying technicians ensure that all areas of your building are dry and ready for reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Hutchins, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Discuss Why Slow Water Leaks Can Cause Unseen Damage In Dallas

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Slow Water Leaks Can Cause Unseen Damage In Dallas

Homeowners are often amazed at how much damage a slow water leak can cause. While there may not be water spreading across the floor from under the dishwasher, a slow leak can travel into the structure of the home and also to other rooms. The moisture and heat are ideal conditions for mold growth as well as attracting insects. A musty smell may be their first indication that there is a problem.

SERVPRO has encountered all sorts of water damage in the Dallas area. Our team includes over 30 IICRC, qualified technicians. We have a massive storage facility and a large inventory of mitigation equipment and vehicles. We can deal with almost any type and size of the disaster.

Detecting the Leak
A slow leak can sometimes be challenging to find. The first step is always locating the source and correcting the problem to avoid additional water damage.

Next, we can determine how far the water has progressed and how much of your floor and underlying structure is damaged. Moisture detectors, infrared cameras, and thermal imaging cameras can assist in identifying those areas that are wet and possibly damaged.

Water Damage Restoration
Every situation is different. Restoration depends on the construction, the amount of water damage, and the condition of the underlying structure. SERVPRO aims to find the damage, assess it, and dry the area. We prefer to dry the area and restore, rather than replace, which can be much more expensive.

We can drill exploratory holes into the flooring. We can extract excess water from the cavities under your kitchen cupboards. Dry air can be forced into these cavities to absorb moisture. Structural cavity drying equipment is used in these situations to minimize the residual damage caused by access to the area and the drying process. We can create positive pressure in the area to be dried. Dehumidifiers can also be used to dry the humid air expelled from the area under the sink or dishwasher.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Hutchins, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Certified Technicians Are Available 24/7 In Dallas County After A Flood

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A large commercial generator in a parking lot outside a building SERVPRO utilizes large commercial generators like the one pictured to operate their storm damage restoration equipment.

Big Flood in Your Dallas Restaurant? 

With 268,820 square miles, Texas is the largest state in the continental United States. Known for big ranches, big Longhorn cattle, big wide-open spaces, big hats, and big ole' trucks. Real or imagined, we are proud to brag that, "Everything's bigger in Texas."

Dallas County is flat, resulting in flood damage when there are heavy rains in a short time because water has nowhere to go. That can be a big problem for businesses. Floodwater can potentially damage records, furniture, inventory, as well as cause structural damage. 

A Dallas business owner opened early one Sunday morning, finding two inches of groundwater had seeped into his restaurant the previous night. He knew he would have to close that day, but the Cowboys were in town Monday night. Located one mile from AT&T Stadium, he and his employees were counting on the new restaurant to have a busy night. 

In this scenario, he immediately contacted his insurance company. His insurer had a contract with SERVPRO, and help would arrive within hours. The SERVPRO project manager scoped the damage and came up with a plan to remove the water and sanitize all areas of the building, knowing the goal was to be high and dry by Monday night. He explained the need to address four fundamental questions:

1) What is wet? 

2) How wet is it? 

3) Is it drying? 

4) Is it dry?

Water had not made its way to the kitchen; the food and prep area had been spared. SERVPRO's highly trained technicians began removing water from the tile floor using industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums and a truck-mounted pump. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers were set up to prevent secondary flood damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. High-speed air movers created airflow across walls, and fixtures, to accelerate the evaporation of moisture. Detergents were used to clean and disinfect nonporous surfaces to prevent microbial growth from occurring. Technicians worked the next 36 hours to restore the restaurant in time for Monday Night Football. 

When it comes to commercial properties, our business is to keep you in business. Representatives answer your calls 24/7/365. Technicians work quickly to get the job done right. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County believes that no customer should have to wait a moment longer than necessary, and that is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. When you have flood damage, call us at (972) 227-0800.

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Give Us A Call Today To Restore Your Dallas Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our restoration truck outside a home Our team is able to restore your property to pre-damage condition using advanced equipment and specialized training.

How SERVPRO Can Help Dallas Homeowners Through Water Damage 

The trouble with the perceptions of professional restoration for instances like water losses in Dallas homes is that many property owners do not fully understand the extent of this service. Our technicians have years of experience, and we have built a reputation on going the extra mile for our customers whenever disasters strike. We know how a single incident can uproot your entire family or cause substantial stress and worry – so we work tirelessly to get things back to their original condition. 

A better understanding of what you should expect from our SERVPRO team after water damage in Dallas homes can help you to appreciate how we can help you get back to normal life. Many homeowners lack needed respect for the severity of water loss incidents because they do not see how far these IMPACTS can spread and how secondary damages like mold growth can occur. Our technicians have RIGOROUS training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), making us a knowledgeable choice to address water losses in your house. 

We have a strong and ever-growing inventory of the top-tier recovery tools. We have numerous options for extraction and have many air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and other specialty moisture removal equipment. Our cutting-edge gear and products help us to exceed the expectations of our customers both in the time projects take to complete and the quality of the final results. 

We are never going to sell you a service that you do not need, and even though we have a full GROUP of licensed general contractors in-house at our SERVPRO facility, we work to minimize your need for controlled demolition and reconstruction as much as possible. With a fast response to your emergency, we can have many drying efforts completed within days. DO NOT STATE WITHIN 3 DAYS, JOBS ARE DIFFERENT IN THEIR SCOPE

You can always reach our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team of water DAMAGE restorers to help you and your property however you need. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can show you what this efficiency can mean for your home in a crisis. Give us a call today at (972) 227-0800.

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Content Management Solutions in Fire-Damaged Dallas Properties

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck sitting in front of a home. Your contents are just as important as your Dallas home after a fire.

Let us help not only with your Dallas home, but with your contents as well from fire.

Protecting your belongings after any disaster is often the primary focus of Dallas homeowners. With the destructive force of fires, and how quickly post-extinguishment effects can spread throughout the property, your possessions remain at risk until the right preventative steps get taken in the early mitigation stages. Our SERVPRO team works quickly to identify potentially at-risk items and the best solution for protecting them as we restore your home.

With so many levels of fire damage in Dallas residences, it can be difficult for a homeowner to pinpoint one specific threat and handle it exclusively. Our fire recovery team has the personnel and the equipment to address multiple conditions simultaneously to provide the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers. We have a dedicated group trained to both identify which possessions require our attention and to implement pack-out procedures to move them safely to our nearby facility.

Our SERVPRO team has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT.) Once your belongings have arrived at our SERVPRO facility, these same experienced professionals can inspect the items for damage and determine which focused cleaning techniques are necessary to restore them. Our state-of-the-art equipment plays a vital role in recovering damaged belongings in our warehouse.

Soot can be a challenging situation, especially from harder surfaces like silverware, porcelain, glass, marble, and other hard surfaces. Our ultrasonic submersion tank can help to clean all soot and residues from these materials by using millions of microscopic bubbles generated in the machine and their force of exploding against the surface of the damaged possessions in the tank. This reaction breaks the sediment and residue loose and pulls it away from the surface.

You cannot prepare for the damage that fire can do, but you can find a team that has both your home and its contents covered after a disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County specialists a call to make any fire loss situation “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 by calling (972) 227-0800.

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Our Water Damage Experts Will Save Your Carpet In Dallas

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Pad Give our professionals a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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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