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Dallas Water Damage Can Happen Anytime

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Office space with water damage and a SERVPRO van outside Water damage is usually unexpected, but you can always rely on SERVPRO for quick and efficient water removal services in Dallas.

SERVPRO Checks Dallas Homes for Water Restoration

Water damage is not difficult to identify since many materials change color or physical form once exposed to significant moisture levels, especially over an extended period. However, if the damage is concealed or affects the internal components of an item, it might remain unidentified. Inspecting all things, including furniture, electronics, and structural components, helps reveal concealed or exposed damages.

Inspecting a Dallas home after water damage takes many forms. Even simple steps are a form of inspection. Observing where the leak originates based on wetness patterns falls in that category. However, professionals like SERVPRO go further, utilizing unique approaches and equipment that improve accuracy and ease the process.

Valuable equipment for moisture identification include:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • Thermal cameras

Although the different equipment has varying sophistication levels, their use does not always depend on such sophistication. When choosing a tool, the level of damage or the material type is the primary consideration. For example, thermal cameras which rely on infrared technology to spot temperature differences, thus identifying wet areas, are sophisticated. However, they may prove useless for other tasks like inspecting appliances unless used to probe moisture in concealed structural areas such as wall spaces or subfloors. 

The choice of equipment might also be based on the results sought. For instance, when the idea is simply to establish whether there is moisture in materials or not, only simple feedback is necessary. A tool like a moisture sensor is a piece of equipment providing simple feedback. Its sharp probes penetrate surfaces like drywall and carpets, and the device produces visual signals confirming the presence of moisture. However, if the goal is to establish the specific wetness levels, a moisture meter is better since it can provide readings in specific units.

Different Damages from Moisture Exposure

Moisture exposure can have an immediate impact or take time to manifest. Issues like swelling, warping, or deterioration of glues are common in wooden structures and furniture, so it is easy to identify the problem visually. For appliances and electronics, the most common issues are short circuits or rusting of internal components. It is hard to note these changes until you try to use an item, then it fails to power on or malfunctions when operating it.

The water damage might arise straightaway from the intrusion or later actions. Even failure to take action affects the outcome since it leaves uncontrolled moisture migration or penetration within materials. Our SERVPRO technicians help respond appropriately by providing sufficient moisture management resources early enough.

Moisture Management Requires

  • Water extractors
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers

Drying wet contents and structural areas takes the proper management steps, eliminating excess water stagnating on any surfaces. Improving airflow and temperature while lowering the humidity levels in the air are the other necessary steps. Our SERVPRO crews are well prepared to handle this water restoration process by using several air movers and dehumidifiers to fast-track the drying process. Our advanced training helps calculate the correct ratio of air movers and dehumidifiers to use. For the dehumidifiers, we base the number on each unit's pints-per-day (PPD) rating and the class of water damage involved. For example, in a class 2 incident, a dehumidifier covers 40-50ft3 per pint. In a class 1 loss, the dehumidifier would cover 100ft3 per pint.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County identifies all aspects of water damage for a comprehensive restoration. Call us at (972) 227-0800. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Resolving Dallas Fire Damage Includes Eliminating Smoke Odors

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees packing up fire damaged furniture Smoke Cleanup After Fires in Dallas Properties Takes Professional Help--Contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO's In-Depth Cleaning and Testing of Dallas Homes Offers Adequate Fire Restoration

Apart from flames and heat, smoke is the other highly destructive aspect of property fires. Coincidentally it is also the most widespread problem since it reaches rooms, cavities, and crevices where the other fire aspects may not be present. Ensuring all smoke issues are addressed requires widespread cleaning and testing.

There are smoke issues beyond what you see in your Dallas home after fire damage. Soot layers on contents and structural areas like wall and ceiling surfaces are the most visible problem, so most restoration effort is to clean those areas. Clean surfaces can fool you into thinking all smoke issues are over. When SERVPRO handles restoration, we evaluate other aspects to judge whether the process is complete.

What to focus on:

  • Changes like yellowing or staining
  • Lingering smoky odors
  • Accessing confined areas

Smoke deposits residues on surfaces soiling the fast. The residues have different characteristics, including acidity. So as they sit on the surfaces, they cause further deterioration. You may notice yellowing or browning, especially on brightly colored surfaces which worsens over time. Our SERVPRO technicians counter this by using different approaches when cleaning any surface soiled by fires. Vacuuming helps lift off any soot particles deeply embedded in a material through pores, cracks, or crevices. Dry cleaning with a medium like a chemical sponge lifts residues from surfaces without leaving streaks. Where necessary, we also wet clean by wiping surfaces with a material soaked in a solution containing a degreaser.

Neutralizing Odors After a Fire

Unusual smells make a house uncomfortable. Smoky odors can linger in your home, whether the fire is big or small. In most cases, odor fails to dissipate because of hidden smoke residues. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their IICRC certified training and experience to pinpoint any areas in the house where smoke residues might remain hidden after cleaning. The insides of closets and wall cavities tend to be colder as the fire burns, thus collecting more soot deposits. It's a unique phenomenon caused by convection currents whereby hot air moves towards colder areas, thus forcing most residues to settle there. We also understand that physical barriers rarely stop smoke movement, which is how residues end up in enclosed spaces. Therefore opening up enclosed areas and removing materials like insulation is essential in odor management.

Specialized Deodorization

  • Fogging
  • Sealing surfaces
  • Air purification

Although cleaning takes care of a significant percentage of smoke odor issues, it is rarely sufficient on its own. Deodorization helps remove trace odors by modifying or neutralizing molecules. Our SERVPRO technicians use a method like dry fogging entire rooms with solvents. The technique is highly effective in modifying odors since the thick fog replicates conditions during a fire, thus penetrating all areas where smoke molecules reach. We use a thermal fogger that vaporizes the deodorizers producing molecules as little as half a micron to as big as 25 microns that penetrate deep into materials.

Some residues and aerosols remain in the air and must be removed to eliminate odors or restore standard indoor air quality. Our SERVPRO crews use air filtration devices fitted with special filters to collect particles, gases, and aerosols. HEPA filters or activated carbon and potassium permanganate filters are typical options that help when dealing with smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides comprehensive services to resolve all aspects of fire damage "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (972) 227-0800.

What Does One Have to Know After a Dallas Home Sustains Mold Damage?

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck on a street Don't panic if you see mold damage at your Dallas home or business. Contact SERVPRO, and we will remediate the damage and offer prevention tips.

SERVPRO Offers Information on Mold Checks, Protection, and Risks at Your Dallas Home

You have probably always thought of mold infestation as a straightforward situation whereby your home is either contaminated or not. However, there is much more that you need to know about mold to manage contamination at your Dallas property. Understanding its risks and spread patterns is essential information.

One of the standard responses when a Dallas home shows mold damage signs is cleanup to remove debris, soiling, and resolve any odor issues. The correct approach is necessary to avoid aggravating the problem or endangering the people handling the task. SERVPRO's crew of IICRC certified applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) performs cleaning safely and uses the opportunity to teach the homeowner about different mold-related issues.

Some Crucial Information to Learn Includes:

  • Mold inspection
  • Limiting the spread
  • Dangers of exposure

Since the spores that trigger contamination are omnipresent, their presence is normal or elevated. Elaborate remediation is necessary when there are high mold levels. Drying any wet patches and airing the property is sufficient to stop the development under other circumstances. In many instances, it is easy to tell when there are elevated mold levels because of vast swathes of spots, discoloration of surfaces, and significant deterioration of wood. Organic materials can be affected in structural areas and contents like furniture exhibiting signs similar to rot. Even when only a few sites show signs, it might not reveal the whole story. An inspection helps establish whether there is hidden mold.

Mold Inspection Involves Several Steps

  • Checking for hidden moisture
  • Confirming material deterioration levels
  • Identifying the spread patterns

When performing inspections and remediation, our SERVPRO technicians follow the best practices defined in the S520 standards manual provided by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.

Understanding the Risks of Mold Exposure

When mold exhibits minor signs such as patches or discoloration and a musty smell, it is easy to clean and dry the affected areas to resolve the problem. Although cleaning is a viable solution, the specific approach used matters since it influences its effectiveness. The best methods use minimal moisture and create limited debris since wetness is the main trigger for mold development. On the other hand, inhalation of moldy debris can cause health effects to those in the vicinity. Hence, a method that contains or does not release significant waste into the air is essential.

Since avoiding disturbing mold or wetting materials is not always possible in every case, other alternatives are necessary. SERVPRO crews look for ways to counter the effects of disturbance and moisture, thus minimizing the risks. As the first line of defense, our technicians wear appropriate PPE, including respirators, to avoid inhalation, especially when doing demolition as part of the restoration effort. Having sufficient drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers helps counter the development of moisture issues since we can dry any surfaces or materials left wet during cleaning. We select dehumidifiers based on their drying capabilities and the level of airflow it creates. Highly effective varieties like LGR and models with low airflow are a top pick.

Having the correct information eases mold damage remediation. You can rely on SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for appropriate solutions that address contamination "Like it never even happened." Call us at (972) 227-0800.

When to Call in a Dallas Water Damage Specialist

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

dehumidiier LGR Trained SERVPRO specialists have the equipment to mitigate water damage in Dallas properties

Water Removal and Cleanup for Dallas--SERVPRO

Many things can happen to your home, as far as a storm, flood, and natural disaster causing water damage in Dallas. Some of the remediation you can handle if you are a DIY'er homeowner, and some of the necessary tasks must be accomplished by those with the equipment, training, and experience.

The question remains: What tasks should you call a specialist?

1. In the Area of Dallas Water Damage Assessment, Do You Have What It Takes To Know What Is What?

Water damage in Dallas can occur in many locations throughout the house. It could be caused by missing or loose shingles or improperly installed flashing material. It might be leaking faucets, pipes, or appliances. Water damage technicians can inspect and based on their experience, find things you might not be able to.

2. The Serious Issue of Mold Detection

You might not always be aware of a mold problem. It does not always look the same, and, in many cases, it is hidden behind furniture or walls. The concern about mold when you have water damage is the water itself. Without a moisture source, mold cannot increase.

3. The Critical Part of Recovering From Water Damage in Dallas Is the Water Removal

A large amount of water collects in the basement or crawlspace and sits there until someone comes down and cleans it up. The professionals have the equipment and experience to accomplish this quickly. The submersible pumps, powerful vacuums attached to systems installed on a truck outside, the dehumidifiers, and large air movers all aid in removing water. They also help remove that wet smell that makes many people uncomfortable. The technicians who do this every day are a better fit than a homeowner.

4. The Drying of The Entire House Is Necessary

We can use moisture sensors and infrared imagery cameras to locate and eliminate hidden pockets of dampness.

5. Deodorizing Is Something That Many People Do Not Understand

Any damage from water, molds, mildews, fires, smoke, or soot establishes odors that make people uncomfortable. After repairs and remediation have begun, the deodorizing of the house goes a long way toward making the place feel more like a home again.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency event. Call us today! (972) 227-0800

SERVPRO’s ERP Preps Dallas for Flooding

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO emergency ready checklist Let SERVPRO provide preventative and restorative assistance regarding Dallas area flooding. Ask us about our ERP.

Recommended Steps to Take Before a Dallas Storm

Once you have obtained flood insurance, there are many things you can do to lessen any losses in your home and make sure your family stays safe in the event of a flood.

Safeguarding Your Possessions

You will want a personal flood file with information on every possession you own in case of flood damage to your Dallas home. Place valuable documents in a waterproof container. This file should have:

  • Copies of your insurance policies, including contact information for your agents.
  • An inventory for your household with written and visual records, such as a videotape or photographs. It should include all significant valuables and household items. Create files that have serial numbers and store receipts for major electronics and appliances. Get artwork and jewelry appraised. These documents will be critically important when filing insurance claims.
  • Copies of any other critical documents, like receipts of major purchases and finance records.
  • It is not a bad idea to have information on a reputable flood damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO, in these files.

Getting Your Home Ready

Ensure your sump pump works properly and install a battery-operated backup in case the power fails. Putting in a water alarm will let you know if water is accumulating in the basement. Clean out downspouts and gutters of debris and anchor any fuel tanks.

You will also want to raise your electrical components such as sockets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers at least twelve inches over your home’s projected flood elevation. Put the water heater, furnace, dryer, and washer on cement blocks at least twelve inches over the projected flood elevation. Then move your valuables, furniture, and essential documents to a safe place.

Make a Family Emergency Plan

Make up a safety kit with canned food, drinking water, blankets, first aid, a flashlight, and a radio. Put up emergency telephone numbers on the phone and teach your children to dial 911. Create and act out a flood evacuation route with your family. Ensure everyone knows safe routes from work, home, and school. It is a good idea to ask a relative out-of-state to be your emergency contact and ensure that your pets will be safe.

Another perfect thing is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, an app from SERVPRO. This application will store property details like utility shut-off locations, damage photos, key contacts, local weather, etc. It is the perfect thing to have to speed up response time after flood damage.

Being prepared for a flood is one thing but going through one is another. If you and your family have suffered through one, you must reach us at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. 

Dallas Commercial Properties Need Unique Fire Restoration Techniques

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC certification symbol SERVPRO works hard to get your doors reopened after a fire loss in your Dallas shop--we are IICRC-Certified.

SERVPRO Executes Fire Restoration Fast for Dallas Commercial Properties

Whether you have a warehouse, production facility, restaurant, or another industry, running a business means that you constantly juggle multiple tasks. Having a fire within your shop or boutique means you have to scramble to pick up the pieces so that you can begin serving your Dallas customers once again.

SERVPRO offers tailored Dallas fire damage cleanup and restoration so that your business gets back up and running sooner than later – “Like it never even happened.”

After you have extinguished the blaze, all staff and patrons are safe, and first responders extinguish the flames, you need a team to handle your commercial fire restoration needs in Dallas. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians trained to handle all restoration situations, including the intricacies of contents and inventory cleaning.

Once on the scene, our crew chief performs an inspection and assessment to determine residues, structural integrity, and all impacted items. We can pack up and move inventory to a safe space for storage or additional cleaning and odor control measures. You can count on us for:

  • Meticulously documenting and cataloging all damage and items
  • Detailed inventory management
  • Pack-out/move-out services and on or off-site relocation
  • Cleaning, recovery, or storage at our safe, climate-controlled SERVPRO warehouse

We understand all the hassles and hoops to jump through for insurance claims

Once you have a fire at your commercial building in Dallas, you need to ensure all paperwork is ready for your fire damage claim. SERVPRO is a trusted liaison for your project, detailing all aspects of the restoration so that your paperwork gets handled and you can sail through the claims process.

There is nothing like the confidence you have as a business or property owner when SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas County is in your corner. Call us for rapid commercial fire restoration 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Get The Assistance You Need To Defend Your Dallas Hotel From Water Damage

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel Counter Bell 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 having the ability to pick which problems you want to defend against, or you can 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. Without warning, commercial water damage can come quickly to your Dallas hotel, cause catastrophic problems from which you may never recover. Most property owners that do not plan ahead do not recover easily. Regardless of how you decide to handle these issues, learning more about which types of incidents frequently occur in your area would not hurt.

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 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 business's chance of recovery, giving you the help you need to manage crises whenever an event occurs.

SERVPRO technicians have several years of 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.

SERVPRO - Dallas Flood Damage

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Wall 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 underwater 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 customer's needs 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 sure 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 is to dry 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 underwater 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.

Fire Restoration in Dallas Requires Professional Help

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fire in Kitchen Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

SERVPRO Can Help You to Deal with Fire Damage in Your Dallas Home 

Fires are a source of great losses to many homeowners. After the fire department has done its job, you need professional help to get your house back to normal as soon as possible.

When faced with such an unfortunate situation, it is advisable to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to perform fire restoration in your Dallas home. Our process goes on as outlined below:

Damage Assessment

Upon arrival, our technicians can assess the extent to which your house has sustained damage. Fire damage creates different cleaning challenges. A burning property is many complex reactions between several elements, including:

  • The type of material burning.
  • The airflow patterns in the property.
  • The amount of oxygen, heat, and moisture present.
  • The type of surface that heat and smoke have impacted
  • The types of smoke residues present.

Our SERVPRO team considers these factors and then creates a plan for fire damage restoration.

Water Extraction and Drying

There is a high probability that the firefighters used water to extinguish the fire. This can leave your house drenched in water or moisture in porous materials. Our SERVPRO team can use portable pumps to extract the water from the building to prevent further damage. We can also use air movers to expedite evaporation and dehumidification equipment to remove water vapor from your home.

Demolition and Removal of Debris

It is necessary to remove the furniture, construction materials, and other severely damaged items. We dispose of such items appropriately. 

Removal of Smoke Residues

Our SERVPRO team can clean the affected structures and contents using professional cleaning products. For instance, we can use general surface cleaners to clean washable and painted surfaces, including paneling, walls, ceilings, hard surface furniture, countertops, and Naugahyde. The alkalinity of these products is low enough to protect semi-gloss interior paint.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides high-quality fire restoration services for property owners. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact us for help at (972) 227-0800.

Remediating Mold Damage in Dallas

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on white wall Mold damage in your Dallas home? Call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage Remediation Companies in Dallas Need to be Properly Certified

Mold is often an unseen but potentially dangerous force acting upon a building, and if given time, it may cause extensive damage to any structure. Dallas mold damage is one of the most common problems for local buildings, as anything from a heavy storm to a small water leak could lead to extensive mold damage. Mold remediation is a job best left to professionals, as some types of molds may cause health effects or require specialized remediation procedures.

Certified Technicians

Employ a company to remediate mold growth and mold damage in Dallas. You should always ensure that they are correctly certified and capable of legally operating on the home. Always ask to see certifications and simply skip over that company if they cannot provide them.

Mold Remediation vs. Removal

If a company advertises full mold removal, it may be making a false claim. Mold can never be entirely removed, as it is always present in the air around you, practically anywhere you go. Mold releases microscopic spores, which can reproduce and form colonies. So, while a large patch of growth can be removed from a building and the area scrubbed clean, mold can never be truly removed from a home.

Why Remove Mold?

Mold can cause some problems for homeowners. For one, most types of molds emit a strong odor when allowed to form colonies, which may be unpleasant. Also, some types of fungi may release toxins or trigger adverse health effects, and so must be removed immediately. Mold remediation typically includes deodorizing machinery to remove the odors. In addition to odor, mold may also consume wood and fabric, ruining structural components of the home over time.

Why do Mold Colonies Grow, and How to Stop Them?

  • Water leak fuels dormant spores
  • Repair damp areas
  • Remove surface mold
  • Demolish non-salvageable mold infestations
  • Apply antimicrobial agents

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is committed to serving the Dallas area with high-quality, expert care. Please don't hesitate to call us at (972) 227-0800.