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Which Tools are Best for Flood Water Extraction?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help with Dallas Flood Water

Extraction is an essential part of flood damage remediation. Extraction means removing as much water as possible from your home. The more water we remove, the faster and easier it is to dry the building and leave it “Like it never even happened.”

When it comes to flood water extraction in Dallas, you need a company with the correct range of tools to get the job done.

There are three questions our team must answer before deciding which tools are best:

  • How much water is present in your home?
  • Is there a safe and stable electricity supply?
  • How much distance will we need to cover within the house?

For example, if there is not much water and it is present mostly on the surface of floors and carpets, a light wand is the right choice. This small, flexible hand-held extractor is ideal for surfaces and for getting into tight corners. On the other hand, if there is a large volume of water and no readily available electricity supply, we might need to bring in a truck-mounted extractor.

For professional flood water extraction, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

What Should You Look for in Mold Companies?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling The number one reliable company for mold remediation is SERVPRO. Call us and let us use our IICRC certified technicians for the job.

SERVPRO offers reliable mold remediation in Dallas

If you find yourself thinking, “I need mold companies near me,” naturally, you want to choose a company that will get the job done.

If you need mold companies near you in Dallas, it is essential to choose a company that thoroughly trains its staff. It would help if you had a team that:

  • Understands how easily mold spreads.
  • Uses containment and a staging area to reduce the spread.
  • Monitors moisture levels to seek out hidden damp areas.
  • Sets up the correct drying environment for maximum results.
  • Handles musty odors to leave your home smelling fresh.

Our team will set up containment around the affected area to reduce the risk of spores escaping. We also use thermo hygrometers, moisture probes, and moisture meters to keep an eye on damp levels throughout remediation. We also use techniques such as spot cleaning, air scrubbing, and ULV fogging to handle odors.

We train our teams to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and offer ongoing professional development for all our staff.

If you need a reliable mold company near you, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Water Damage Restoration for Buildings of Every Height in Dallas

2/6/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps with water damage no matter how many floors

Dallas has a population of 1,343,573, which makes it the third-most populous city in Texas. Dallas is a bright and modern city with all kinds of fascinating architecture and plenty of tall buildings.

Modernist and postmodernist buildings abound in Dallas

Much of Dallas' eye-catching architecture was built during the modernist and postmodernist eras, and the city boasts fantastic buildings from both times.

Modernist architecture arose during the early twentieth century in Europe and continued to grow in popularity, especially after World War II. The style remained popular until the 1980s. Modernist architecture is marked by a move towards making sure the building's form fits its function and the embrace of minimalism. Modernist buildings make use of reinforced concrete, steel, and glass. Some of the most striking examples of modernism in Dallas include:

  • Dallas City Hall is the city's fifth city hall. The building's official opening was in 1978, and the first Dallas City Council meeting in the building was held in the same year. The hall has a striking inverted pyramid design with a slope of 34°. 
  • The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a square, roofless cenotaph (an empty tomb). Kennedy family friend Philip Johnson designed the building to reflect Kennedy's spirit and provide a place of contemplation and quiet refuge. 
  • The Reunion Tower is a soaring 171-meter observation tower. Welton Becket & Associates completed the tower in 1978. The building is instantly recognizable for its ball-shaped top and the fact that it is lit up at night. 

Postmodernist architecture thrived in the 1980s and 1990s. The movement began in reaction to modernism – the founders of postmodernism objected to modernist buildings' basic functionality. Postmodern building puts more emphasis on incorporating historical elements and creating an attractive facade. Beautiful examples of postmodern buildings in Dallas include:

  • Chase Tower is the twelfth tallest building in Texas. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill finished the building in 1987, and it features a curved top and a gap of several floors that gives it the appearance of a keyhole.
  • Fountain Place gets its name from the 172 fountains that adorn the plaza at the building's foot. The tower is a many-sided prism, which means it looks a little different from every angle.
  • Bank of America Plaza is the tallest skyscraper in Dallas. It was initially lit by green LEDs (multicolored LEDs now light it), earning it the nickname The Pickle.
  • SERVPRO technicians know how to handle water damage at any height

Our technicians understand that skyscrapers present unique challenges, and they know how to choose the right equipment for the job. Some of the flexible equipment we have on hand includes:

  • Infrared cameras that allow us to track water damage even if we cannot physically reach all the walls and ceilings.
  • Electric submersible pumps that operate quietly even in busy offices. So long as there is an electricity supply, we can run these anywhere in the building.
  • Portable extraction units that we can take into almost any part of a building, even one with multiple floors.

We also take care of drying and deodorization to leave the water damaged site "Like it never even happened."

For help with water damage restoration in any size of building, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Dallas Residents Can Participate in Wellness Wednesday

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen; debris on floor Fires leave a mess behind. SERVPRO has the manpower to remove the debris.

Workshop Concentrates Focus on Various Wellness Aspects in Dallas

The past year has led many people to focus on wellness, but it is more than a healthy body. This virtual workshop teaches Dallas participants different types of self-care regimens that benefit the body, mind, and spirit. Building physical health plans, spirituality, social health among isolation, and emotional well-being are topics covered by the class. Also covered is physical fitness, which can affect other aspects of a person's overall being, including longevity, beauty, antiaging, and stability of emotions. The workshop is presented by Jana Burbato, a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in nutritional counseling through whole foods. Moreover, she is a certified yoga instructor with more than 11 years of experience in the wellness industry. 

  • Date: January 27, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
  • Cost: Free

Dallas residents count on SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for fire debris cleanup. Our restoration process enables property owners to benefit from the trained, certified technicians' advanced cleaning methods.

Dallas Residents Know They Can Count on SERVPRO After Flood Damage

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cloud to ground lighting against night sky Flooding happens and SERVPRO can be at your home as quick as lightning to restore the damage.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dallas Properties for Flood Damage Restoration

The city of Dallas was founded in 1838 and has developed a rich food culture over the years. Two of the most prominent cuisines, the town is known for barbecue and Tex-Mex dishes. Interestingly, one of the hallmarks of chili from this region is the absence of beans, but more than one meat type is often included. The suburbs are home to a large number of restaurants highlighting foods from all over the world. According to a Zagat survey, Dallasites eat out four times weekly, which makes them the third-highest rate after Houston and Austin. The top five dishes that are thought to define the culture in the city are: 

  • Barbecue
  • Chili without beans
  • Chicken fried steak
  • Pecan pie
  • Whataburger for hamburgers

JFK Museum in Dallas

History enthusiasts will find tons of information and historical documents to take in through the locally provided JFK Assassination and Museum Tour in Dallas. Participants see the site where the infamous assassination occurred and see the much-mentioned Grassy Knoll. The somber and serene Kennedy Memorial is another must-see, and a guide can answer questions and tell the story of what happened on November 22, 1963. The telling of the event and presentation of the facts is done respectfully and educationally. 

Notorious People from Dallas

Several infamous people that also inspired movies hailed from Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is known as President Kennedy's assassin and was killed by Jack Ruby soon afterward. The incident has been the subject of numerous films and shows, including the 1991 release "JFK" starring Kevin Costner and the fictional time-traveling attempt to stop the assassination in the Stephen King tale, "11.22.63." Other famous names associated with the crime world have come out of the city. Outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hailed from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They got immortalized in the 1969 movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Another pair of names that remain a fascination to the present is Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, also known as Bonnie and Clyde. Together they robbed banks and businesses from 1930 until 1934. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway told the star-crossed lovers' story in their 1967 film, "Bonnie and Clyde."

Film Industry in Dallas

The city of Dallas has always been friendly to the film making industry. It is a favorite filming location because it has a diverse mix of modern urban development with access to nearby rural areas and year-round sunshine with mild winters and hot summers. The television show "Dallas" filmed on location from 1978 until 1991. Another popular series starring Chuck Norris had its base in the city from 1993–2001, Walker, Texas Ranger. Numerous hit films have gotten filmed on location, including: 

  • Cult-favorite "Office Space"
  • "Boys Don't Cry"
  • "Silkwood"
  • "Born on the Fourth of July"

What is the Best Way to Dry A Dallas Home After Flood Damage? 

When heavy storms deliver flood damage to Dallas homes, even though SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly after the initial call, the floodwater tends to recede as fast as it entered. The techs use their advanced moisture detection equipment to determine the water's migration path within the home. Common areas to find floodwater include: 

  • Wicked into walls
  • Behind baseboards
  • Seeped under tile flooring
  • Saturating carpet

SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine if there are any contaminants present that could pose a hazard. If so, they treat the water with their professional biocides to make the water safer to handle. Extraction takes place, and at this time, the removal of any ruined building materials gets done. When cutting off wet sheetrock on walls, the techs carefully measure above the water line, ensuring the minimum amount of sheetrock gets removed rather than taking down entire walls.

After removing the articles and the extraction phase completes, the technicians move on to the drying phase. After floodwater enters a home, it is crucial to get professional drying applications. The equipment used by SERVPRO is powerful and can pull up embedded moisture for the fasted and most complete structural drying. Using household fans to dry wet surfaces can work against a homeowner. The process can take so long that secondary issues such as seepage into the subfloor or even mold can become problems.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 arrives quickly to clean up and restore houses with flood damage. Bring in the trained technicians as fast as possible after storms cause damage to have the best outcome for your home and contents. 

Get Better Listening Skills in Dallas

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Improv Teaches Dallas Residents to Communicate Clearly and Relieve Stress

The past year has been stressful, and communication skills are more vital than ever in Dallas. This free Zoom workshop teaches residents how to think fast on their feet, relieve stress, and be a great storyteller, all through the magic of improv and deep listening. No previous experience is required, and this event is open to all skill levels.

Improv training gives participants the basis for expanding creative thinking, listening skills and increases the ability to communicate more clearly. During this session, the exercises help individuals release tension, learn to be calm when dealing with uncertainty, embrace working on teams, and level up their skills to bring people together on projects. Most importantly, this class teaches how to be interested rather than trying to be interesting. 

  • This event is a virtual workshop on Zoom
  • If the session gets filled, it will get simulcast on Facebook
  • Date: January 21, 2021
  • Time: 9 PM
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 stands ready 24/7 to help local Dallas area property owners with any size water removal and restoration services needed.

Up Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Game This Season in Dallas

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Compete Online in Dallas for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater While Crafting an Evergreen and Succulent Plaid Planter With Materials and Guidance from Terrarium Therapy

Most ugly Christmas sweater contests leave the "losers" wanting for more. Reward your good taste by changing the narrative when the all-in-fun "fashion" competition pairs with a lovely holiday keepsake you make yourself from Terrarium Therapy. 

Entirely online this holiday season, creating an evergreen and succulent planter is a fun activity for you and the family. Terrarium Therapy sends all the materials ahead of the event, including:

  • A plaid planter
  • Succulents and evergreens
  • Soil, moss, and directions

Our host picks the three sweater contest contenders, and the workshop participants vote for the winner. The prize? A unique plant shipped after the online event.

  • Date: December 19, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Tickets: Go to the Virtual Workshop - Ugly Sweater Virtual Plant Party on Eventbrite hosted by Terrarian Therapy on December 19, 2020, to order

Commercial water removal, especially during the holiday season, does not need to be an ugly experience. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County with the training and equipment required to get you back to business is one call away at (972) 227-0800.

Taco Tuesday Done Right in Dallas

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

photo of a filled taco, yummy Don't let your Dallas house burn down from the flaming hot deal for Taco Tuesday--SERVPRO Warning!!

Join in the Feast During the Dallas Observer’s Tacolandia Taco Stop at the Dallas Farmers Market, Benefiting the North Texas Food Bank

No worries about dinner on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 -- Tacolandia Taco Stop has it covered. Be one of the first to enjoy what is sure to become a recurring event, indulging in tacos made every way -- soft, spicy, crunchy, sweet, and savory. Drive through for a safe and easy delivery from six outstanding purveyors of taco deliciousness right through your vehicle’s open window. Quench your thirst as well with a specially prepared Tacolandia Taco Stop Beverage Kit, all included in the price.

When the need for a taco hits after the drive-through, head out to devour free tacos. With your exclusive Tacolandia Taco Stop Card, one free taco from more than 15 participating restaurants is all part of the deal on December 8th.

  • Where: The Shed at The Dallas Farmers Market
  • When: December 8, 2020, from 4:00 - 8:00
  • Tickets and more information available on the Tacolandia Taco Stop website.

Fire mitigation is one of SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County’s core services. If you need help after a household fire call us at (972) 227-0800 for a fast assessment and rapid recovery.

Flooding Has Been a Perennial Risk Near the Trinity River in Dallas

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Despite More Than a Century of Flood Minimization Efforts, Dallas Residents Still Face Flooding Events

Why SERVPRO Stands Ready to Address All Aspects of Storm and River-Based Damage

Although current residents of Dallas become uneasy when record-breaking storms cause the Trinity River to rise, over one-hundred years ago, the city's predecessors had a catastrophic story to tell. In 1908 a weather system dumped up to 15 inches of water upstream over three days. Once in the city, the waters of the Trinity rose to 52.6 feet. Eleven people died, and over 4000 individuals abandoned their homes, attempting to find higher ground for safety.

How Did the 1908 Flooding Affect the City?

Nearly all of the downtown area flooded, and West Dallas was completely submerged. The 1908 flood caused an estimated five million dollars worth of damage, the equivalent of at least 150 million dollars today.

  • In terms of impact on the population and property, the 1908 Trinity River flood is considered the largest recorded in Dallas.
  • At the height of the flooding, the Trinity River spanned about two miles between downtown and West Dallas.
  • Three days with no power, telephone, telegraph, or rail services followed.
  • Some neighborhoods of Dallas could be reached only by boat, including Oak Cliff.

Were Efforts Made to Prevent Future Flooding?

City leaders realized the citizens and Dallas's infrastructure could not withstand repeated flooding events of this magnitude. Although immediate prevention of future disasters was impossible, Dallas sought comprehensive planning to avoid or significantly minimize the effects of flooding during future rainy seasons. Government officials tapped Geroge Kessler, a German-born and educated city planner and landscape architect, whose family emigrated to the United States in 1865. He lived in Dallas during his teenage years before returning to Germany for his formal training. Kessler's work during the St. Louis World's Fair was considered impressive, and he drafted a plan by 1911 for Dallas. In addition to recommendations for a system of levees to hold back the waters, Kessler's plan included elegant and decorative elements including:

  • Parks
  • Boulevards
  • Plazas
  • Fountains

Was Kessler's Plan Implemented?

Not all of these features of the plan reached a realization. Even the earthen levees intended to prevent the damage of another flood were deferred. Eventually, the city put levees in place, but it took decades to complete those envisioned by Kessler and many more years to upgrade and improve the configuration. The levee system currently in place begins along the Trinity River's Elm Fork and West Fork and then moves into downtown Dallas, now known as the Dallas Floodway. Additional levees located in the Dallas Floodway Extension Project area run along the southern Trinity River corridor, termed as the Rochester Levee and the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant levees. Pertinent facts about the current levees include:

  • It took until 1932 for workers to complete the original East and West Levee Systems.
  • During the 1950s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned and implemented upgrades to the original levees.
  • The 23 miles of levees in the Dallas Floodway feature heights of 29 to 32 feet.
  • Only in the 1990s did the Rochester Levee join the system, and were improvements made to the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Levee.
  • Over 51 square miles of the Trinity River watershed flow through sumps and drainage systems intended to protect the city lands behind the levees.
  • A total of seven pump stations move potential floodwaters from the sumps positioned behind the Dallas Floodway and the Rochester levees, discharging the waters into the Trinity River downstream.

What Is in Store for the Dallas Flood Plains in the Future?

The Trinity River Corridor Project's vision goal is to reimagine the areas adjacent to the Trinity River in Dallas. In the early 2000s, the concern about the aesthetics of the "drainage ditch" the Trinity River became in downtown Dallas after the erection of flood protections gained momentum. Residents and visitors in  Dallas desire more recreational use of the river and a return to green spaces, resulting in the Trinity River Project's slow but relentless development work.

What Are the Major Components of the Trinity River Corridor Project?

The project goals are to transform the river's path into sports venues, trails, meadows, nature centers, and other recreational options. Headway has occurred, with substantial projects still in process. Comprising 10,000 acres, the outdoor space ultimately will be among the most extensive of U.S.urban parklands. A unique feature within the area is the Great Trinity Forest, made up of 6,000 acres of bottomland forest, the largest such wooded urban area globally.

Can Flooding Occur in Dallas Residential Areas Despite the Levees?

When heavy rains pour down, Dallas homes are at risk of overland as well as river flooding. Wind damage can also expose a home to flood water through exterior damage. Lining up a reputable disaster recovery firm immediately after the crisis is critical, why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What Qualification Should Homeowners Expect from Flood Mitigation and Remediation Companies?

Dallas flood damage needs a fast response from highly-qualified companies and their technicians. The preeminent training offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is why SERVPRO chooses it for our workers when obtaining both basic and advanced certifications in the following specialties:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Building Moisture Thermography (BMT)
  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

How do Professionals Manage Flood Recovery?

The foundation of a successful flood intervention is the accuracy and thoroughness of the initial assessment, why SERVPRO's seasoned managers make such a difference in the outcome. After a safety walkthrough, the project lead gives the go-ahead for emergency services, completed promptly by our crews. All needed equipment arrives in the service vehicles with our workers, preventing even momentary delays. Removal of silt and solid debris precedes pumping and extraction, with on-board generators for our truck-mounted equipment eliminating response issues if residential power is down.

Top-notch training and equipment, along with extensive experience, are why SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is the solution to your flood damage concerns. Call us at (972) 227-0800 for a quick assessment and rapid removal and drying of flooding.

Healthy for the Holidays in Dallas

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

People biking in outdoor park See you at the Women's Health & Fitness Expo Virtual Event!

The Women's Health & Fitness Expo Virtual Event in Dallas 

Need some inspiration to stay fit and healthy for the holidays in Dallas? Attend the virtual event specifically geared for women's health and fitness issues and trends at this streaming get-together. The "Healthy for the Holidays" virtual experience brings numerous categories together with vendors from all over the United States, giving access to their products and services at this fun, free-to-attend event. Get tips for prepping healthy meals, exercises to target fitness goals, mind, body wellness talks, and many products to view and learn about directly from the merchants. Register for the free giveaway and win prizes. Attendees should sign up at the link online to get reminders before the event. 

Attendees will have access to the following on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST:

  • Fitness workshops
  • Wellness seminars
  • Product demonstrations
  • Vendor shopping
  • Giveaways 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 keeps local eateries ready to serve up breakfast, lunch, or dinner with their professional commercial mold remediation for cafés.