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

9/5/2022 (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. A process 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.

Dallas Water Damage Can Happen Anytime

9/5/2022 (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 Identifying Contents or Areas Needing 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

9/5/2022 (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.

Water Damage Abatement After Drainage Backups In Your Dallas Retail Space

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

a person holding a wrench trying to fix a leaking valve Whether it’s a backup or plumbing failure, we got you covered. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess and remediate the commercial water damage.

Water Damage Abatement

It is difficult enough to manage your plumbing issues, but when you share space and roof drainage system and a sewer link up with other retailers, their problems become yours. A roof drain or sewer backup in a neighboring business easily sends potentially contaminated water into the storage areas of your business as well. If you own the building, it is your responsibility to mitigate the plumbing or drain issue and perhaps restore the water damage. If you rent the space, you still need the professionals from SERVPRO to restore the damage once the drain flows freely again.

Coping with water damage within your Dallas retail store is particularly concerning if the source of the water is a sewer backup. Sewage has a high probability of containing infectious waste. Any inventory, fixtures, or furnishings that come in contact with this contaminated water need to be discarded. If the water instead entered because of a flat roof drain back up the water may be less hazardous. Our technicians have training in evaluating the quality of the water damaging your retail space.

Regardless of the source of the water damage, it is crucial to locate where the water is entering and to determine whether soaked items are safe to clean and restore. SERVPRO IICRC-certified staff consults with the project manager or supervisor assigned to your job before giving you a final recommendation on what steps need to be taken to return your retail storage area and contents to preloss condition. Even cleaner water must be removed quickly as microbial growth contaminates the moisture and your wet inventory or other articles within 48 hours.

Plan for water damage mitigation in your retail space by developing an Emergency Ready Plan, beginning with an inspection by one of our staff. We point out problem areas in your store and storage area at no charge. Then you download our mobile app and answer a series of questions that identify your trusted staff and outline your priorities in the event water damages your business.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is ready to attend to your commercial water damage needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 after water infiltrates, or, better yet, contact us before a problem occurs to plan for any disaster.

Water Restoration in Your Dallas House Needs Professional Care

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

thermal image camera checking a wall Water damage in your Dallas home? SERVPRO uses advanced detection equipment to seek and destroy excess moisture "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Tackle Water Damage in Your Dallas Home

An experience of water damage in your home might throw you off the course of your life in ways bigger than imagined, mostly if you do not handle it as fast as possible and with expertise. The structural damage can worsen, and your finances may get a huge hit.

To avoid struggling to get back on your feet, hire SERVPRO to perform water restoration in your Dallas residence. Our technicians are well trained in applying systematic restoration practices and equipped with the most advanced equipment and tools in the restoration industry. The Institute of Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification (IICRC) has certified us. It is the supreme authority on professionalism in cleaning and restoration. It is helpful to contact us within the first 48 hours from when you discover water damage.

As soon as you contact SERVPRO, we can devise a plan for cleaning and restoration of all water damage that has affected your house or your belongings via a variation of tasks that might include:

  • Inspection using thermal imaging cameras.
  • Water removal using extraction equipment.
  • Remediation of mold and disinfection of your house.
  • Removal of the odor by using injection devices to inject a small amount of water-based odor counteractants to confined spots in your house.
  • Packing out of home contents for thorough cleaning and restoration. 
  • Reconstruction of your home

Water ingress can cause building materials like drywall and wood flooring to degrade. Excess humidity can result in bacterial and mold growth. SERVPRO also uses state-of-the-art equipment like electric submersible pumps, deep extraction tools, light wands, and extraction units to remove water from affected surfaces. We also employ rapid structural drying techniques using equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry homes and their contents quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO offers a fast response, delivers high-quality services to our customers, and handles a home's restoration process from the beginning to the end.

In the event of water damage in your house, do not let the water sit for long and cause more damage. Instead, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for effective restoration at (972) 227-0800. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Has the Experience and Know How to Deal with Cedar Hill Fire Damage

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

burnt out kitchen from a house fire Don't let a house fire in your beautiful Cedar Hill home ruin your day! Call SERVPRO and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Cedar Hill House Fire Recovery

There are a lot of problems that could result from Fire Damage in Cedar Hill. Aside from the burnt pieces of property, there is also the water used to eradicate the fire before it destroys the home. This leaves the property owner with a mess on his hands. Not only does he have to deal with all of the damages caused by fire and smoke, he will also have to deal with a lot of water left over from the fire incident. Now, what to do? To top it off, these initial damages could give way to more deterioration.

 We are highly experienced in dealing with Cedar Hill fire damage. We also understand that fire, flood, and other forms of property damage are relatively rare for the property owner. Therefore, he does not have the experience in dealing with these damages. As a result, he may make the damages worse with his attempts. On the other hand, we have the knowledge, skills, and equipment needed to take care of every bit of damage on the property and restore the property to its previous condition before the damaging incident.

We aim always to restore whenever possible. We would instead fix your property's damaged elements than replace them. Sentimental value, intrinsic value, and the inconvenience of a lengthy demolition and reconstruction must all be considered during the planning stages. Of course, liaising with your insurance carrier can establish a realistic budget for proceeding, providing our customers with total satisfaction.

We at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County recommend fast action in solving an issue and preventing secondary damages. We are available 24/7 and are strategically located so that we can provide our help. (972) 227-0800.

How SERVPRO Helps with Dallas Mold Remediation

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

black mold stain on corner of wall and ceiling Mold damage can often be removed and the surfaces repaired without demolition to your Dallas property. Call SERVPRO to find out how.

Causes, Removal, and Restoration of Mold Damage

Dallas mold damage remediation is no easy task, and for most homeowners, there can be much confusion about the process and equipment involved in mold remediation. Some homeowners may also not know how to identify the source of mold growth or even the true nature of the colony. SERVPRO can help to explain, repair, and remediate mold damage in your home, and neutralize the source of its growth.

What Causes Mold Damage?

Mold damage in Dallas is typically a result of a water leak somewhere in the home or a side effect from a recent damaging storm. Fungi require a damp, organic material base to grow on, making wall interiors and flooring which has been wet or dampened a prime target.

How Mold is Removed

The source of the moisture must be discovered and fixed. If not, the problem can return. Our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians, certified by the IICRC, are fully qualified to utilize advanced equipment for the removal of visible mold colonies:

Restoration

After most mold has been eliminated (removing all mold spores from a property is not just impossible but also unnatural), SERVPRO will begin the process of restoration and, if needed, replace any wall, floor, or fabric materials that may have been deemed unsalvageable. Materials such as carpeting, non-laminated wood, or tile grout are all commonly replaced materials. Don't worry too much about this: typically, only a section of the material will need to be entirely replaced.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a locally owned and operated business, helping dozens of local home and business owners every year. For mold, fire, or water damage, call us at (972) 227-0800.

Fire Restoration is a Multi-Level Process in Dallas

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

match burning Let SERVPRO make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Proven Fire Restoration Gets Dallas Property Owners Results

Fire cleanup is a process that must be adaptable, given the situation at hand. No two Dallas fires are alike, so having a team of skilled technicians from SERVPRO is best. We know how to get in and begin working based on the findings of our initial assessment. While facing many emotions and worries, you can rest easy knowing that your property is in good hands. We are available 24/7 for emergency restorations – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Many property owners may not realize that water removal services are part of the fire restoration process in Dallas. The steps for total restoration to make your property “Like it never even happened” is more involved than you may expect. We address all forms of damage to get you the results you deserve. Additionally, we always work with our promise to restore versus replace whenever possible to save you time, money, and possessions.

How are Soot and Smoke Damage Addressed?

Fires of all kinds leave some level of soot and smoke damage behind. Once ash and soot blend with water or chemicals used to put out the fire, the mess is even trickier. SERVPRO moves through your property to determine all residues present so that we can select the best cleaning methods, including:

  • Dry Brushing
  • Vacuuming
  • Spray and wiping
  • Emulsion
  • And more

Fire damage, charring, and reconstruction

Addressing all charred debris and fire-damaged materials is often the most straightforward portion of fire restoration projects. Our crew determines the salvageability of materials and contents, carefully disposing of everything that cannot get restored. Some metals, glass, and other materials might seem like a lost cause, but our specialized methods may do the trick. We also can use abrasion methods like sanding or soda blasting to remove surface charring from wood.

Fire restoration with SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County gets your property back to normal fast so you can continue daily operations. Get in touch by calling (972) 227-0800, and we can send out a crew to get started.

Water Damage Cleanup or Storm Damage? Call the Professionals at SERVPRO

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged  home; sliding of foundation It's storm season. SERVPRO is always a phone call away!

It Is Safer and More Efficient to Deal With Certified Professionals For Cleanup After a Storm

Storms and other disasters can cause catastrophic amounts of damage to your home. If you're dealing with storm damage, look no further than the professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County in Texas. Our technicians are skilled in cleaning up and restoring any disaster you can imagine. 

Town and surrounding area residents deal with all kinds of storm wind and water damage. High winds demolish your roof, destroy trees, and cause extensive amounts of water damage. Forecasts regularly bring dangerous storms, torrential downpours, and even tornado activity, which can spell disaster for virtually any business. 

What Kinds of Damages Can Storms Bring?

Storm damages can cause a lot more damage than you might expect. They destroy power lines, create fire hazards, blow over trees, and even cause deadly and ruinous flooding that quickly causes permanent damage to your home or commercial business. Furthermore, you might not notice wind damage until much later, until massive leaks form or the roof collapses. 

The potential problems associated with storm damage in Cedar Hill can be numerous:

  • Large branches broken off precariously near the roof of the house
  • Limbs in contact (or nearly touching) power lines can be a significant fire hazard
  • Dead, hollowed-out limbs
  • Flooding and standing water build-up
  • Mold build-up (due to excessive moisture)

We Provide a Wide Range of Helpful Services

We are the ultimate professionals when it comes to storm damage repair and prevention. Wind damage can break skylights, bring down sidewalls, collapse roof structures, and even shatter your windows. Luckily, you won't have to contact a lot of different servicemen because SERVPRO handles virtually any storm-related damage to a home or business, ranging from: 

  • Weather-resistant roof covers
  • Board Clean-up or securing
  • On-site cleanup of tree limbs or debris
  • Complete water extraction and warped floor repair
  • Damage repairs, reconstruction, and replacement of your property

Our service area covers a huge variety of clients from Southeast Dallas County, including Dallas, Lancaster, Balch Springs, Wills Point, Downtown Dallas, Corsicana, Sunnyvale, Hillsboro, and Itasca. Plus, there are over 1,600 different SERVPRO franchises all over the United States to ensure you receive the care you deserve. 

Don't Start Cleaning Up Storm Damage by Yourself 

It can be overwhelming to deal with different types of storm damage, especially when it wrecks your home. You'd probably be tempted to try cleaning it up yourself, but you'd risk injuring yourself. Touching low-hanging wires can cause electrocution, while branches and other debris can be much heavier than you think. Instead, contact the professionals at SERVPRO to ensure that your damages are handled as efficiently as possible. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO knows how to take care of disasters and its customers. We're strategically located to deal with any emergency, no matter how big or small, so give SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call today at (972) 227-0800 to get a quote on your storm damage. 

SERVPRO Water Damage

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged room; drywall removed to studs SERVPRO understands that the longer a home is under water, the worse the water damage is to a Dallas home.

Water Damage and SERVPRO

Last year, there was over $50 million in damage from storms and flooding in Dallas alone. Even this late in the summer, thunderstorms still pop up out of nowhere and send people to high ground while watching their property disappear under water again.

SERVPRO understands that the longer a home is underwater, the worse the water damage is to a Dallas home. The key to trying and reversing the damage is to get the water out as quickly as possible. We have some of the most experienced people in the restoration business to get it done and equip them with the best pumps, fans, and more to ensure the job is done right.

Just because you can't see the water doesn't mean you're in the clear; removing the standing water is only the beginning. One of the first things our SERVPRO experts do is determine if there is any wall damage. If there is, our technicians will place an air mover at the base of that wall to extract the water. An air mover is a very powerful, commercial-grade fan that forces the moisture across a wider area, allowing it to dry faster before permanent damage occurs.

A dehumidifier is placed in each room once the air movers have finished their work. These machines pull moisture out of the air and keep it from getting back into wallboard and sheetrock. They also help to remove water from wood floors and door trim.

The dehumidifiers also work with our specialized heaters to draw the water from carpets and carpet padding. Getting this quickly accomplished can save hundreds of dollars in replacement carpeting and padding in just a single bedroom alone. Add in the living room, and the number quickly goes into the thousands.

Locally Company with National Resources

When SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County takes on a job, it's much more than that. We know that each customer is also a neighbor. To schedule a service call or have one of our inspectors come out to help prevent future water damage, call us today at 972-227-0800.