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Nine Strategies for Avoiding a Mold Infestation and Mold Remediation at Keller, TX, Businesses

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth outlines nine tips for preventing mold infestations at businesses.

SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth offers a mold prevention guide for commercial facilities seeking to avoid mold infestation and mold remediation. Mold in a retail space, restaurant, professional office, service center, or other workspace affects employees, patrons, and patients. Ultimately, business operations, customer experience, revenue, and profitability suffer if the mold problem is not quickly resolved.

The mold prevention guide outlined below targets mold growth in a retail space, office building, manufacturing plant, or other commercial facilities.

#1. Repair plumbing leaks immediately.

These leaks may occur in the following locations: faucets, inline valves, supply line connections, drains, toilets, and fire sprinkler heads. Leaks in the building envelope include leaks around windows, doors, roof penetrations for vents, skylights, waste removal, and ingress/egress hatches. Roof punctures from broken tree limbs, hail, or collapsed supports or equipment should be repaired with no delay except for danger from severe weather.

#2. Pay attention to new developments such as condensation and wet spots.

By the time condensation and moisture are visible on ceiling tiles, walls, or the floor, the problem is well advanced. Remove standing water and dry the area with a fan or dehumidifier within 24 hours. If the water damage cleanup is extensive, high-capacity wet-dry vacuums, rapid-spin fans, and heavy-duty dehumidifiers will be needed to remove the excess water and dry out the moisture-laden environment. Without adequate equipment, special techniques, and moisture-detecting technology to verify the moisture is below acceptable levels, a mold issue of mammoth proportions could result. A bucket and mop are sufficient to remove small amounts of water from the floor’s surface, but water that has seeped under the flooring must also be removed. The removal of water and moisture from carpeting is beyond the scope of most janitorial services. If carpeting, including padding, is insufficiently dried, sanitized, and disinfected, mold will gain a significant foothold in as little as 24 to 48 hours. The stale, moldy smell can potentially make the facility unsuitable for business operations.

#3. Take steps to prevent condensation.

  • Increase surface temperatures on walls, ceilings, floors, desks, and equipment.
  • Reduce moisture levels (humidity) in the air with a dehumidifier.
  • Repair any leaks to directly reduce humidity in the facility. Increase airflow if the outside air is cold and dry.
  • Install new or additional insulation to reduce condensation on cold surfaces. Under floors, in the attic, and on pipes are good starting points. A storm window installed on the inside is very efficient.
  • Maintain indoor humidity at or below 50 percent relative humidity.

#4. Keep the HVAC system in top operating condition all year round.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules.
  • Make sure the HVAC drip pans are free of dirt and grime and are properly evacuating the water. Check the external pipe for damage or blockages.
  • Routinely replace HVAC filters and ensure the filters are seated properly.

#5. Provide exterior venting for moisture-producing equipment.

Dryers and other moisture-generating appliances should be vented outside and not into the attic or crawl space. Schedule inspection and maintenance to keep the exhaust tubing clean and unobstructed.

#6. Identify, assess, and resolve foundation and crawl space moisture issues.

The ground should slope away from the foundation at one inch per foot for at least six to ten feet. This degree of grade should be able to accommodate a severe downpour, directing the water sufficiently far enough away from the foundation to prevent seepage into a crawl space or service basement. Downspouts should extend several feet beyond the foundation and evacuate into an area that allows the water to drain freely. In extreme conditions, ponding may occur if drainage avenues (conduits, drain fields, dry creek beds) are overwhelmed.

Install a sump pump system in the basement or crawl space to remove excess water. Take more aggressive measures if this action fails to resolve the problem. Seek professional advice early in the process.  Install a moisture barrier in the crawl space. Efforts to reduce humidity in the facility using a dehumidifier or increased ventilation may not prove successful if the moisture problem is not stopped at the source.

#7. Take steps to promote groundwater drainage away from the perimeter of the building.

An onsite consult with a competent certified landscape architect skilled and experienced in grading issues can prove invaluable, saving a business the cost of the consult a hundred times over by avoiding unnecessary grading expenses. Take simple steps such as clearing vegetation away from the foundation, rain gutters, and drain fields. Exposure to sunlight and wind will help a building’s exterior dry out after precipitation.

#8. Include a vapor barrier between the floor covering and a concrete floor.

When installing new carpet or other floor covering over concrete, install a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) between the concrete and the flooring product. Carpet and padding will wick moisture from the concrete, and mold can thrive in moist carpeting and under laminate flooring.

#9. Avoid installing carpet in areas or around appliances with a high probability of water release.

Examples include:

  • drinking fountains
  • breakrooms, especially if the locations have a sink, refrigerator, ice machine, or dishwasher
  • service sinks
  • laundry rooms
  • bathrooms
  • concrete floors with perpetual leaks or frequent condensation

When a property damage disaster such as a roof leak, burst pipe, or fire sprinkler malfunction occurs, take action to repair the leak, clean up the water, and restore any damage to the structure. A delay of a day or two can result in a major mold infestation and other advanced secondary damage. The damage restoration and cleaning specialists at SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth provide a rapid response so that the disruption to business operations is minimal.

For more information about Keller, TX, mold removal, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

How Excessive Water Pressure Can Lead to the Need for Water Damage Restoration Services

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights how excessive water pressure can cause water leaks leading to a water damage disaster.

The team at SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners to be aware of the potential for water damage around the home. Water leaks are an ongoing concern for Keller, TX, homeowners. If left unchecked and allowed to persist, a tiny water leak can cause a huge mess, including unsanitary conditions like wet carpeting, wood rot, mildew, and mold. A large-scale water release from a burst supply line to the washer, dishwasher, or ice maker can flood a home with thousands of gallons of water in a few hours or over the weekend if the water intrusion is not discovered and the water flow is  stopped.

The first step is to stop the intrusion at the point of the leak. The homeowner may be able to handle the matter by shutting off an inline water valve. If needed, the homeowner can turn off the flow at the water main by the road. As soon as the influx of water is remedied, the cleanup and restoration can begin.

Before resuming the water flow, the cause of the leak must be accurately diagnosed and resolved. If an inline shutoff valve allows the leak point to be isolated, life in the home can continue until the leak is repaired either by the homeowner or a plumber. A leaking connection must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. A burst water supply line to the washing machine must be replaced. A good rule of thumb is to replace both supply lines.

Excessive water pressure: A potential cause of water leaks and water damage

Excessive water pressure can stress water pipes, couplings, joints, and connections. Over time, the pressure variations can lead to a slow leak or, worse, a sudden catastrophic failure in the water line. If the failure is in the attic or ceiling, behind a wall, or in the crawl space, the flooding and damage can be extensive. By staying alert to the causes and symptoms of excessive water pressure, the homeowner can prevent a water damage disaster.

Causes of excessive water pressure

Building codes and common-sense strategies have done much to prevent or avoid fluctuations of the water pressure in water lines feeding into the home. When purchasing a new home, the home inspection usually involves inspecting for water leaks and water damage and assessing water pressure. Before buying a home, have the plumbing system thoroughly inspected by a licensed, reputable plumber.

1. Improper installation and setting of the pressure regulator

Sometimes the problem begins with the installation of an inline pressure regulator between the main valve at the road and the home. In a municipality, water pressure at the main may be 80 PSI or significantly higher. To reduce the pressure from the street, a pressure regulator valve (PRV) is installed at some point in the water service line, usually where the line enters the home. Make sure a licensed professional is responsible for the installation and final quality check of the system after the installation. The desired water pressure from the PRV to the home is between 40PSI and 60PSI. Somewhere in the middle is desirable.

2. Pressure regulator malfunction

Some pressure regulators malfunction right out of the box due to manufacturing issues. The importance of a post-installation pressure check cannot be overemphasized. If a rise in the water pressure in the home is noted, the PRV may have experienced a malfunction. Do not delay in scheduling a licensed plumber to inspect and, if needed, repair any problems.

3. Pressure variations originating with the utility company’s equipment

The PRV should provide protection when there are problems originating with the water company and its equipment. Are neighbors complaining about the water pressure problem? Are there reports of issues in the media? Take note and, if needed, take action to avoid a water damage disaster.

Signs of excessive water pressure

Quick recognition of and response to the signs of fluctuations in the water pressure can help prevent a catastrophic water damage disaster that requires the services of a water damage restoration company.

1. Wide fluctuations in the water pressure at the faucet

If water spits and coughs out of the faucet at unusually high rates, there may be a pressure issue. As soon as this issue is noticed, check the system with a pressure gauge or call a plumber.

2. Leaks around faucet handles

Excessive water pressure can cause faucets to leak around the handles. If the faucets are new or the washers have recently been replaced, water pressure may be the cause of the leak at the faucet handles.

3. Leaks at joints and connections under sinks

If suspicions are aroused that water pressure issues could be causing leaks, expand the inspection to include joints and connections under sinks in the kitchen, laundry room, and all bathroom sinks. Check connections at the toilets as well.

The best time to reach out to SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth is before any type of property damage disaster occurs, including a water damage disaster caused by excessive water pressure. By pre-qualifying with SERVPRO, the homeowner only has to make one phone call to have a property damage cleanup and restoration team on the scene in about an hour.

For more information about SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s water damage restoration services, contact the office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Tips to Help Educators Handle Property Damage at Schools and Educational Facilities

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth offers tips to help schools and educational facilities deal with a property damage disaster.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth rapidly provides cleanup and damage restoration services to schools suffering a property damage disaster. The SERVPRO team understands that the impact of property damage not only interrupts the educational process, but it also disrupts the fabric of a community.

Educational activities touch every area of life. From the youngest students in K-4 elementary to local technical colleges and the largest universities, education is a part of life. Thirty-five colleges are located within fifty miles of Keller, TX, with a total enrollment of almost 430,00 students. Extended interruptions of the daily school schedule send shockwaves throughout the community, affecting thousands of people and businesses. A fire damage, smoke damage, water damage, or storm damage disaster can bring life to a halt. If the water damage disaster is extensive but not severe enough to halt classes, a mold infestation can shut down the educational facility until the hazard is remediated. Every day the institution is empty, the hardship on families and the community increases. A rapid response and a quick cleanup and restoration are top priorities if educational activity is to return to normal.

A water damage disaster can flood tens of thousands of square feet of classroom and activity space if the leak goes undetected over a weekend or vacation period. A burst water pipe or fire sprinkler malfunction on an upper floor can flood the entire complex. A massive response is needed to address the scale of the disaster. Principals, facility managers, and custodial staff charged with the care of the facility should consider SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth as a dedicated service provider in case of a property damage disaster in Park Glen, TX, or surrounding areas. Because SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a member of a large franchise family, the SERVPRO response can not only be rapid, but it can also be massive to meet the challenge of an extensive fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage disaster. Dozens of crews can respond within hours, with the first crews arriving in about an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration.

When school officials pre-qualify SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth as the dedicated provider, a disaster response plan can be formulated to deal with any size and type of disaster. A team of property damage restoration specialists arrives on the scene, poised to take action. For large-scale disasters, a central command and control center can be set up to direct the efforts. A detailed and well-documented estimate is created that will prove useful for the insurance claims process. SERVPRO leads the way when it comes to large-scale deployments to clean up and restore large-scale disasters.

What to Be on the Alert for Following Fire, Smoke, and Water Damage in a School

A water damage disaster involves more than wet floors or sagging ceilings. Water finds its way between walls, under flooring, and into HVAC ducts and crawl spaces. In a fire damage disaster, smoke and soot contamination remains well after the flames are put out. Water damage restoration involves so much more than a few hours of filling and emptying a wet-dry vacuum until the visible water is removed. Likewise, a fire damage cleanup and restoration effort requires more than the removal of smoke with fans. School officials and property maintenance staff need to be aware of the following issues when dealing with a property damage disaster.

#1. Pay attention to persistent unpleasant odors.

A water intrusion creates a scenario where stagnant moisture and mold can become an issue in about a day or two. Pathogens in the carpet multiply exponentially in the presence of excess moisture, leaving behind a musty, mildewy smell. Smoke and soot leave behind a different set of odors depending on the different items and materials that were burned. These odors can be difficult to eliminate entirely.

#2. Look for damage to instructional materials and equipment.

Textbooks, electronics, and other educational materials are at risk when exposed to water, fire, smoke, and soot. If immediate attention is not given to these damaged items, they may not be salvageable.

#3. Inspect classrooms and activity areas for damaged furniture.

Heat, smoke, and contaminated water from a fire can render plastic, wood, and cloth furniture useless or unsafe. The key to salvaging rather than replacing furniture is quick action with state-of-the-art equipment, cleaning techniques, and deodorizing and sanitizing solutions.

#4. Contaminated food and water must be discarded.

When external floodwater enters an educational facility, the cleanup and restoration stakes are high. Floodwater is heavily contaminated, often with E. coli and other harmful pathogens. If floodwaters have affected water foundations, food stores, and the cafeteria, the problem is serious and requires skill, knowledge, and the right equipment and cleaning products to make the learning environment clean, safe, and odor-free.

#5. Watch and smell for a mold infestation.

A mold infestation can erupt in 24 to 48 hours. A musty mildew smell and black, green, or brown stains indicate mold growth. Physical contact with and inhalation of mold spores is to be avoided. A professional cleanup and restoration company with experience dealing with mold will anticipate the likelihood of a mold problem and address it immediately.

#6. Be aware of fire and electrical risk hazards.

A water intrusion from a roof leak is inevitable where educational facilities have tens of thousands of square feet of roof space. A roof leak creates slip-and-fall risks and can also lead to electrical hazards. Only authorized personnel should enter areas affected by the water intrusion or flash flooding.

How to Prepare for a Fire, Smoke, or Water Damage Disaster

The best course of action is to pre-qualify a reputable, locally owned, bonded, and insured property damage cleanup and restoration company, before disaster strikes. Unnecessary delays allow the damage to spread, increasing the scope and expense of the project. A rapid response, quick cleanup and restoration, and the capacity to scale to address the disaster are crucial.

For more information about the property damage restoration company, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The office can also be reached by calling (817) 741-5737.

Why Dish Soap in the Dishwasher Is a Recipe for a Water Damage Disaster in the Kitchen

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the consequences of using dish soap in the dishwasher. The team also offers water damage restoration services to clean up the water damage disaster that results.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explores the consequences of using standard dish soap in a dishwasher and offers tips on what to do if a water damage disaster occurs when dish soap finds its way into the dishwasher. On occasion, the dishes in the dishwasher need to be washed, but the supply of dishwasher detergent or soap tabs is depleted. With the best of intentions, the homeowner, in desperation, loads the soap compartment with standard dishwashing soap, closes the door to the dishwasher, and starts the cycle. However, the water damage consequences of using standard dish soap can be disastrous.

The experts at House Digest report: “The most important reason why you should never substitute dish soap for dishwasher detergent is that the amount of suds dish soap generates is far greater than that of a dishwasher detergent. In fact, a dishwasher detergent hardly produces any suds at all.”

What to Do If Dish Soap Finds Its Way into the Dishwasher

Not all dish soap disasters are intentional. After a long day of entertaining in the kitchen, it is all too easy to grab the bottle of dish soap without thinking and squirt a generous stream into the soap holder in the dishwasher, close and lock the door, turn the unit on, and head to the recliner, sofa, or backyard hammock to relax. If the appliance has been operating for only a couple of minutes when the mistake is realized, there are measures the homeowner can take to avoid a sudsy disaster. Below are some helpful steps to correct the problem and avoid the impending disaster.

Step #1: Turn off the appliance to halt the production of suds and stop the overflow. This action should prompt the unit to drain off any water and suds at the bottom of the appliance. If necessary, adjust the settings to complete this task.

Step #2: Mop up any overflow and place towels around the base of the appliance. Keep several towels in reserve to deal with the sudsy mess in the unit.

Step #3: Once the unit has pumped out the water and suds and has shut down, remove the dishes, glasses, utensils, and other items from the unit.

Step #4: Remove any trace of leftover dish soap inside the appliance. Use towels to absorb water and wipe suds from within the machine. Rinse the inside of the unit with tap water using a cup or the sink sprayer if the hose is long enough. Rinse, wipe, and repeat until suds and residue are eliminated.

Step #5: Run a rinse cycle to ensure all dish soap residue is eliminated.

Step #6: Rinse the items removed from the dishwasher to eliminate any residual, high suds dish soap. Reload the dishwasher and wash the dishes using a low-suds dishwasher detergent. Wait and watch for a few minutes to ensure that no problems arise.

Step #7: Relax in the recliner and breathe a sigh of relief!

How to Respond to a Dishwasher Water Damage Disaster

What if the dish soap misstep causes a water damage mishap? If caught in the early stages, much of the water and suds can be mopped up with towels. A fan or two can complete the drying process. Residual water and moisture may be trapped under the dishwasher. If access to the floor under the dishwasher is available, wipe up the area with dry cloths and position a fan to circulate air under the unit. The excess water may have spread to any cabinet space to the sides of the dishwasher. These areas will need immediate attention to prevent damage to the baseboards, cabinets, or flooring.

If the spill is unmanageable for the homeowner, a call to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can take care of the situation. A crew can be on the job in about an hour to begin the water removal and drying process. Highly-trained technicians equipped with the right equipment, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning and deodorizing products can take care of the water damage disaster with minimal disruption and limited inconvenience. The SERVPRO team can also handle the insurance claims process from end to end.

For more information about Haltom City, TX, water damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Storm Damage Cleanup for Property Damage Caused by Late Summer Storms

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides damage restoration services for storm damage stemming from late summer tornadoes, derechos, hurricanes, and flash flooding.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is dedicated to assisting homeowners and businesses recover from storm damage in Keller, TX. A knowledge of the types of late summer storms that can cause storm damage in Keller, TX, can help residents be prepared and know what kinds of damage to look for after the severe weather.

Types of Late Summer Storms

Residents of Keller, TX, and Northeast Fort Worth can experience severe weather in late summer. Weather experts describe the severe weather risk hazard: “Tornado risk persists in late summer, especially in parts of the northern tier. Derechos can still result in widespread destruction. The Southwest monsoon lasts through September and brings several hazards. Flash flooding concerns remain high through late summer. The peak of hurricane season occurs in late summer. Severe weather, including tornadoes, derechos, and flash flooding, can result in dangerous conditions through late summer in parts of the United States.”

Below is a closer look at several types of severe weather that can cause property damage in the Northeast Fort Worth area.

Tornadoes

Thankfully, by late summer, the frequency of tornadoes in North Texas is on the decline, though a real and present danger still exists any time tornadic weather is in the forecast. The presence of a hurricane barreling through the region may cause an uptick in the frequency of tornadoes during the months of August and September.

Derechos

The Spanish word “derecho” means “direct” or “straight ahead.” The term was adopted to make a distinction between the damage caused by straight-line winds and the damage produced by the rotational winds of tornadoes. A derecho is a large cluster of severe thunderstorms with straight-line winds. Windspeeds must be at least 58 miles per hour for a storm pattern to be considered a derecho; some derecho windspeeds have been clocked at 130 miles per hour. The damage path of a derecho can be tens of miles wide and hundreds of miles long.

Flash Floods

In the United States, flash flooding reaches its peak in late spring and continues through summer. Warm, moist air east of the Rockies, combined with the Southwest monsoon effect and the occurrence of hurricanes and tropical storms, creates a convergence that increases moisture levels and heightens the risk of flash flooding. Flash flooding can be experienced within minutes of heavy rainfall. On average, more fatalities occur from flash floods than from hurricanes and tornadoes. Most flash flooding deaths occur while the victim is driving.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

June through November are the official dates of the Atlantic hurricane season, but the peak of the season occurs in late summer. These turbulent, dynamic storm systems produce heavy rains resulting in flooding and can also generate tornadoes. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan spawned the most tornadoes on record, 120 over nine states, and in 1967, Hurricane Beulah left 115 known tornadoes in its wake.

Property Damage from Severe Weather

A knowledge of the features of late summer severe weather can help homeowners and businesses know what types of storm damage to be on the lookout for when severe weather strikes.

The straight-line winds associated with a derecho, though slower than a typical tornado, are concentrated and sustained. Look for serious roof damage. Shingles, underlayment, and sheathing can be ripped off from the roof. Siding can be peeled from a house, and standard glass windows may be shattered. The high-velocity winds can drive rain at angles approaching vertically, resulting in unique roof leaks at eaves, exhaust vents, and ridge vents.

High winds from derechos and tornadoes can topple trees. The rotational dynamics of a tornado can wrestle a tree into the air and drop it on a roof. The heavy downpours associated with a tropical storm or hurricane can saturate the soil to the point that a moderate wind gust can uproot a tree.

A hurricane or tropical storm can dump a dozen or more inches of water on a city like Keller, TX, whose average annual rainfall is 39 inches. This much rain overwhelms gutters, floods crawl spaces and turns neighborhoods and parking lots into lakes. Water, silt, and sludge can ruin carpets, upholstery, furniture, electronics, appliances, and drywall.

What to Do When Disaster Strikes

When storm damage wrecks a home or business, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth as soon as possible. Crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. Every lost minute allows for advanced secondary damage. Warped flooring, swollen baseboards, collapsed ceilings, and mold can significantly increase the time and money needed to clean up and restore a storm damage disaster. The SERVPRO team has the equipment and training to quickly remove bulk water and dry out a structure so cleanup and restoration can move forward.

Homeowners, property managers, and businesses should pre-qualify a dedicated property damage restoration company so that should a disaster occur, only one call needs to be made once first responders have been alerted. SERVPRO crews arrive in about an hour to inspect and assess the damage. Cleanup and restoration begin immediately.

For more information about storm damage restoration in Carter Riverside, TX, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

The Importance of Understanding and Following Hurricane Evacuation Orders in the Event of Severe Weather

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth shares information to help local residents communicate the importance of evacuation to family and friends who live in the path of an oncoming hurricane.

The storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth stress the importance of understanding and following evacuation orders when hurricane landfall is imminent. Although Fort Worth is not a coastal city, Northeast Fort Worth residents may have family members or friends who live on or near the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida and who are in the path of an approaching hurricane. An estimated 7 million people live in the Gulf Coast region of Texas and will need to evacuate their homes to stay safe during the severe weather.

Information gathered after Hurricane Katrina illustrates how many people can be affected by a major hurricane. “The storm displaced more than a million people in the Gulf Coast region. Many people returned home within days, but up to 600,000 households were still displaced a month later. At their peak, hurricane evacuee shelters housed 273,000 people and, later, FEMA trailers housed at least 114,000 households. The population of New Orleans fell from 484,674 before Katrina (April 2000) to an estimated 230,172 after Katrina (July 2006) — a decrease of 254,502 people and a loss of over half of the city’s population.”

Although Texas avoided any direct impact from Katrina, an estimated 220,000 people from Louisiana sought refuge in Texas. Fort Worth is not a coastal city, but residents may have family members or friends who live on the coast, are in the path of the hurricane, and will need to evacuate. When opening one’s house to evacuating friends and family, extra stress may be put on the plumbing system, placing the home at risk of flooding unrelated to the hurricane.

The tips listed below will help homeowners prepare for additional guests and avoid water damage and potential sewage backups.

Tip: Repair any leaky faucets and dripping drains.

Tip: Inspect toilets for leaks. Replace any parts that are showing signs of wear. Rusty chains and hard flapper valves are quick fixes that can save many, many gallons of water.

Tip: Install water-saver shower heads. Unclog slow-moving shower drains, and inspect the caulking and seal around the drain. Replace worn seals. Remove old caulking and replace it with a fresh bead. Repair any broken shower or bath tiles. The caulking around the tub may need some attention, as well.

Tip: If there is even a hint of a leak in an upstairs tub, shower, toilet, or sink, repair it before the guests arrive.

Tip: Be on the lookout for any signs of a leak. Look for water stains, bubbling or peeling paint, and warping in sheetrock and drywall. Listen for dripping, the sound of water continuously running, and gurgling noises in drains. Sniff the air for musty, moldy, mildewy smells. A faint smell of raw sewage inside the home could indicate a leaky sewer pipe in the crawl space.

Tip: Consider pumping the septic tank BEFORE guests arrive to pre-empt any messy situations, especially if it has not been pumped out in four years and usage has been heavy. Prices can vary widely depending on the size of the tank and the service provider. Make several calls. If the septic service will not provide a pricing structure, do not give them the business. Make another call.

Tip: Unclog any slow drains. Hair, grease, and soap residue can build up in the drains and slow down the flow of water, resulting in a backup and overflow.

Tip: Put down plenty of bathroom mats at the shower and tub to catch excess water spillage. Purchase an extra set of mats for when the water-logged mats are being washed and dried.

Tip: Immediately mop up any excess water that spills or puddles in the bathroom or shower.

Tip: Avoid overloading the washer with too many clothes or towels. Consider taking items to a laundromat with high-capacity washers and dryers, which will conserve water, energy, and time.

Tip: If severe weather in the form of a tropical depression or tropical storm is heading in the way of Northeast Fort Worth, inspect gutters, downspouts, and downspout extensions to avoid any water damage from overflowing gutters.

Tip: Pre-qualify a property damage cleanup and restoration company before guests arrive. Make the first call to the industry-leading professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. The franchise is locally owned and locally operated by people who care about their community, their neighbors, and those who have been displaced by an evacuation order or by the destructive forces of a hurricane.

If, for some reason, a property damage disaster occurs while the host family is away, guests need only make one call to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, the service professionals that were carefully vetted by the homeowner.

For more information about storm damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Fire Sprinklers: An Essential Fire Damage Prevention Strategy for Businesses

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains four misconceptions about fire sprinklers for businesses and commercial facilities.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights why businesses in Keller, TX, need sprinklers to protect against a commercial fire damage disaster. A fire damage disaster is a complex cleanup and restoration process. The fire damages or destroys all or portions of the facility, and the damaged areas often must be demolished and rebuilt. Smoke damage can extend far beyond the burn site. If the fire department used water to extinguish the blaze, thousands of gallons of water were likely sprayed into the building, causing extensive water damage. Portions of the facility may be without water and power. The toxicity of a fire damage disaster can render parts of an office complex, distribution center, retail store, or factory uninhabitable until demolition, cleanup, and restoration have made the building structurally sound and healthy for occupation.

Fire prevention strategies to identify risks and eliminate hazards are foundational in any fire safety plan. The goal is to prevent or avoid fire in the first place. When prevention strategies fail, the fire must be suppressed and extinguished in its earliest stages. Failure to do so results in extensive damage. In a commercial setting, the disaster disrupts the business enterprise with potentially devastating financial consequences. A fire sprinkler system is one of the most effective tools to suppress or extinguish a fire before much damage occurs. The benefits of a fire sprinkler system far outweigh the detriments or downside of not having such a system. However, many misconceptions about fire sprinkler systems cause businesses to shy away from adopting this fire protection technology.

Four Myths about Fire Sprinklers

A fire sprinkler system is a simple, effective means to suppress and extinguish a fire and should be a key feature in every commercial fire safety and prevention plan. Yet, where building codes do not require sprinkler systems, builders and business owners sometimes do not include sprinklers in new builds, expansions, and renovations. Misconceptions about the effectiveness, functionality, and expense of the system drive these decisions. These determinations are unfortunate because of the many benefits a sprinkler system provides when installed in a structure.

Listed below is an overview of the common misconceptions surrounding the need for and the benefits of a fire sprinkler system in commercial buildings.

#1. MYTH: Sprinklers are too expensive.

Many business owners and property managers are of the opinion that the installation costs of a fire sprinkler system are too high and should not be included in the construction blueprints in regions where building codes do not mandate sprinklers. A closer look at the actual situation reveals that in new construction, the installation cost for fire sprinklers in commercial buildings taller than five floors is only about $1.00 per square foot. Installation costs in existing buildings are understandably more expensive but still reasonable. Installation prices to retrofit existing buildings range from four to five times more than new builds. These prices may vary as construction costs rise and fall due to inflation, supply chain disruptions, and changes in building codes.

Sprinkler installation incorporated in a new residential building is about 1% of the overall project cost. Sprinklers are a long-term solution that lowers insurance premiums, and the savings can offset the cost of the sprinklers, yielding a better ROI. Sprinklers can be a strong selling point if building codes require a retrofit with sprinklers.

#2. MYTH: Accidental discharges are unavoidable.

Contrary to common belief, an overcooked meal in the breakroom or burnt food in the office kitchen cannot activate sprinklers. Sprinklers activate only when exposed to high heat from a fire. Temperatures generated by stovetop cooking or opening an oven door simply cannot activate a sprinkler. Also, only sprinklers directly affected by flames will activate. In many cases, only one sprinkler activation is needed to extinguish the fire.

#3. MYTH: Smoke alarms are enough.

Smoke alarms alert occupants of fire but do nothing to extinguish the flames. Sprinklers reduce heat and smoke while working to extinguish the fire. Alarms reduce the likelihood of fatalities by about one-third, and sprinklers reduce the risk of death in a fire by approximately 80%. A life is priceless.

#4. MYTH: Sprinklers require expensive maintenance.

Commercial sprinklers involve sophisticated technologies that enhance performance, reduce the likelihood of a false activation, and require less maintenance to prevent malfunctions and leaks. Inspection and testing are necessary, but advances in technology and monitoring make commercial sprinklers a worthy fire protection strategy. Sprinklers in a residential facility also require upkeep and inspections.

A sprinkler system is an effective strategy to reduce property damage when a fire breaks out. Fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage will still occur, but the effects of the fire will be greatly reduced in many cases. When property damage services are needed in a commercial setting, the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is available 24/7, 365 days a year. The rapid response and quick cleanup and restoration help a business resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for more details about residential and commercial fire damage restoration services in Keller, TX. The office can be reached by calling (817) 741-5737 or emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Six Hidden Fire Hazards That Have the Potential to Cause Fire Damage in Fort Worth, TX, Homes

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth brings attention to hidden fire hazards that could cause a fire damage disaster in the home.

When a fire damage disaster occurs, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth springs into action 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, to provide customers with a rapid fire damage cleanup and restoration process. To help homeowners avoid a fire damage disaster, the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth exposes hidden fire risks that could cause a fire damage disaster.

Hidden Fire Hazards around the House

A quick, high-level inspection of the home may yield the conclusion that the house is safe from the risk of fire. However, fire risks can be found on kitchen counters, behind walls, and around the workbench in the garage or shop out back.

Most people are aware of common fire risks such as an overloaded electrical outlet or an unattended lit candle and take steps to avoid the unsafe practices. Yet, first responders still are called out to an average of over 1000 home fires a day. Here is a list of surprising fire hazards and instructions on how to avoid fire hazards in the home.

1. Clutter in the Kitchen

The kitchen is a hub of activity. The sink bustles with activity as pots, pans, dishes, and utensils are rinsed and re-used while cooking. Food prep on the counters is a whir of chopping, dicing, slicing, and mixing. Paper towels are used and then pushed to the side to be used again to prevent waste. Recipe cards dangle precariously above the stove as the meal preparation progresses. Potholders pile up next to the stove.

Four out of ten residential fires originate in the kitchen. To reduce the fire risk, keep combustible materials at least three feet away from hot burners. Avoid the temptation to leave meals cooking unattended on the stove or in a countertop oven, toaster, or air fryer. Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire breaks out. Ring in the new year and celebrate Independence Day by putting fresh batteries in the home smoke alarms.

2. Overworked Wiring

Electrical wiring winds its way throughout a home hidden out of sight behind walls. On average, this hidden and unnoticed fire hazard is responsible for almost 1,000 housefires a week. Home electrical fires cause $1.5 billion in property damage each year. Activities such as hanging the family portrait, plugging a power strip into a power strip, or running an extension cord under a rug can burn the house down. Replace aging circuit breakers with arc-fault circuit interrupters to avoid electrical fires from overworked circuits. Any licensed, bonded, and insured electrician can handle this upgrade.

3. Sawdust

A day in the woodworking shop in the garage can produce mounds of sawdust on the floor and a fine coat of imperceptible dust on everything. The gritty sawdust and especially the fine, powdery dust are highly combustible, even more so than typical dust.

Install a dust-removal system, or remove excess dust with a shop vacuum designed to handle combustible dust. Vacuum up the dust several times during the day. Avoid disturbing the dust with an air hose or leaf blower since these methods send the dust airborne where ignition is much easier.

4. The Clothes Dryer

The lint tray captures highly combustible fibers from clothes tumbling in the dryer. Fibers that escape collect inside the dryer cabinet. The heating element can ignite the fibers if the buildup is excessive. Minimize the danger by hiring a professional to clean the dryer cabinet every two years.

5. Loose Outlets

When an outlet begins to wear out, blades hidden from view inside the electrical outlet lose their ability to snugly grip plugs from appliances and electronic devices. The loose connection can result in intense heat buildup that can cause a fire. When plugs fail to stay in an outlet, replace the faulty outlet immediately.

6. Antique Appliances

Vintage appliances make excellent décor pieces that add character to a home. However, the dated appliances were manufactured to less stringent codes, and the electrical components may have degraded over the decades. By rewiring the appliances, fire hazards can be greatly reduced. The best practice is to use modern appliances and machinery with a UL mark, indicating that the device has met or exceeded tight quality controls and is safe for consumer use.

An awareness of the hidden risks of an electrical fire in the home can lead to prevention strategies that make and keep the home safe. In case of a fire damage disaster, reach out to the cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. After providing fire damage restoration services, the SERVPRO team can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end, allowing the homeowner to focus on recovering from the disaster and moving on with life.

To learn more details about Fort Worth, TX, fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Seven Elements That Make a Water Damage Restoration Project More Complicated and Expensive

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains the factors that cause a water damage restoration project to be costly to clean up and restore.

A water damage disaster in the home is no small matter and can have serious consequences if not immediately addressed. When ignored or neglected, a water intrusion can cause extensive cosmetic and structural damage. Delays in cleanup and restoration may also negatively affect coverage by the insurance company. The many sources of a water release or water intrusion in a home call for vigilance on the part of the homeowner. Some potential causes of a water damage disaster include weather-related damages, clogged gutters, plumbing and sewage issues, appliance malfunctions, and HVAC leaks.

Water and moisture can damage just about everything it touches, including furniture, flooring, the foundation, and electrical wiring. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, advanced secondary damage can occur. Baseboards swell and must be replaced. Wet carpet becomes loaded with bacteria and must be discarded rather than salvaged. Mold growth explodes into an infestation. When a water damage disaster strikes, a rapid response by a professional property damage cleanup and restoration company is crucial to mitigate the water intrusion, start the cleanup, and prevent advanced secondary damage.

Several factors can make a water damage cleanup and restoration more complex, and these complications impact the cost of cleanup and repairs. Haltom City, TX, homeowners should consider these factors when evaluating an estimate of the expenses for cleanup and restoration.

Factors That Make a Water Damage Restoration Project More Complex and Costly

1. Extent of the damage

A leak in the bathroom from a tup overflow is less complicated than a whole-house disaster from a ruptured washing machine supply line or a flash flood. A large disaster area requires more time, labor, equipment, and materials to clean up and restore. Water damage encompassing several rooms requires more dehumidifiers, rapid-spin fans, and time before other steps in the restoration can take place.

2. Quantity of water

Not all water releases are equal. A ruptured appliance supply line can release several hundred gallons of water per hour into a home, causing widespread damage. A slow leak from an upstairs shower drain over several years may involve a similar quantity of water but do greater damage. Generally, though, the more water involved, the greater the complexity of the cleanup and restoration.

3. Source and type of water

Water from a sanitary source such as a ruptured ice maker line presents fewer issues than cleanup from a tub overflow of soapy water. A sewage backup involving fecal matter is the most serious risk hazard. Whether a water damage disaster involves clean water, gray water, or black water affects the complexity and cost of a cleanup. If clean water and gray water are not immediately removed, both types of water degrade into toxic, black water.

4. Delay in water removal, extraction, and drying

Time is a homeowner’s enemy in a water damage disaster. A delay in water cleanup allows walls, flooring, baseboards, furniture, and other porous items to absorb water and moisture. Warping, swelling, blistering, pathogens, and mold infestation can increase the restoration costs exponentially.

5. Types of materials

Waterproof vinyl or linoleum flooring may not need to be replaced, but laminate flooring may need to be ripped out and replaced. Custom luxury vinyl or CLV is waterproof and can be removed and reinstalled very easily. If the water damage involves hardwood flooring, immediate drying is crucial for salvaging the flooring. Carpeting contaminated with gray water must be replaced. If black water is present, both carpeting and padding must be replaced. Tile floors that are sealed and well-grouted may need the least attention as long as the water does not penetrate to the subflooring.

6. The location of the home

A home in a hot, humid area will be more difficult to dry out. Homes located in urban areas where the cost of living is elevated will find that cleanup and restoration services will reflect the elevated cost of living.

7. Mold growth

A delay in response time, cleanup, and restoration allows water damage to expand. Advanced secondary damage can develop. Baseboards swell and must be replaced. Flooring warps. Paint blisters and peels. Wet carpeting cannot be salvaged but must be removed from the home or business. Even worse, the risk of mold and bacterial growth skyrockets.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, to provide customers with a rapid response and the water damage cleanup and restoration services needed to prevent a water damage disaster from becoming more complex and costly to restore. SERVPRO sets the bar very high when it comes to responding to customers’ needs, beginning with a rapid response.

For more details about water damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com or call (817) 741-5737.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth Explains Commercial Storm Damage Coverage for Medical Facilities

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains what commercial storm damage coverage hospitals and medical facilities need.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides commercial damage restoration services for all types of businesses, including office buildings, retail outlets, professional offices, banks, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, schools, and daycares. The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth also takes on the challenges of cleanup and restoration for hospitals and medical facilities. Certified, experienced, and well-equipped technicians understand the complexities involved in dealing with property damage cleanup and restoration in an environment with expensive and delicate diagnostic and treatment equipment, pharmaceuticals, biohazards, patient care, and food services. Clients and patients may have medical conditions requiring care ranging from minimal attention to full nursing care. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities need a rapid response and quick completion of the cleanup and restoration process so that medical services and patient care can resume as soon as possible.

Commercial storm damage such as flooding can have a localized impact on a building or devastate a major metropolitan area or region. Water damage, a mold infestation, and structural damage are some of the consequences of a storm and flood damage disaster. Medical facilities bear a unique risk hazard in the event of a flood or storm damage disaster that interrupts operations and the provision of services. The administration may be compelled to relocate the current patient population while turning away new patients and people needing immediate medical attention.

A solid, well-configured business owners policy (BOP) is sufficient for most property damage disasters. However, many private insurers limit water damage coverage to certain types of water damage, such as damage from a ruptured pipe or roof leak. Losses from a hurricane storm surge (not an issue for the metro Dallas/Fort Worth area) or a natural disaster may end up being paid for by business owners. If financial resources are inadequate to cover the losses and make needed repairs, the entity may end up shutting its doors and declaring bankruptcy.

Full protection for a healthcare facility from flood damage may require the acquisition of coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flooding caused by an extreme weather event, such as a severe weather cell, tropical storm, or hurricane, would be covered by an NFIP policy.

Further protection may entail purchasing additional special policy endorsements. Listed below are some examples and a brief description of additional coverage the owners and operators of a medical facility should consider in consultation with their insurance agent.

  • Building ordinance coverage
  • Business vehicle coverage
  • Special equipment coverage
  • Spoliation and service interruption
  • Rental coverage
  • Inland marine coverage
  • Business interruption coverage

Building ordinance coverage

This coverage pays for structural updates that must be made to a damaged building to maintain building code compliance. Covered upgrades can include ramp and elevator installation for patients in wheelchairs.

Business vehicle coverage

Vehicles such as patient shuttles, ambulances, delivery vans, or other business vehicles require insurance coverage for destruction and liability. A comprehensive commercial auto policy covers non-collision losses. An example of a non-collision loss would be windshield damage from a fallen tree branch or water damage to parked vehicles.

Special equipment coverage

The loss of one costly medical device could exhaust the BOP policy limit. Separate coverage of highly expensive medical equipment may make sense for a medical facility, especially if the equipment is essential for daily operations.

Spoliation and service interruptions

Flooding can interrupt utilities, causing the ruin or destruction of perishable goods. Utility and spoilage coverage may pay for the replacement of industrial items in industrial refrigerators and freezers. For a medical facility, this endorsement would cover not only food and drinks for food services but also human organs, blood bags, and possibly refrigerated pharmaceuticals.

Rental coverage

Leased dental chairs, x-ray machines, and other medical equipment, as well as any equipment not directly owned by a medical facility, should be protected under a rental insurance policy. A single piece of equipment could be valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Inland marine insurance

Transportation and cargo insurance replaces any inventory or supplies destroyed or lost in transit to or from the medical facility. Examples would be custom prosthetics, medical supplies, or other items washed away by floodwaters or otherwise lost in transit.

Business interruption insurance

The most important commercial property damage insurance is business interruption insurance. Each day a medical facility is unable to provide services could be thousands if not millions of dollars in lost revenue, depending on the size of the facility or the medical system. Business interruption insurance can replace income lost during cleanup and restoration. Projected income from canceled procedures, payroll expenses, and out-of-pocket costs would fall under this coverage.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a leader in commercial property damage cleanup and restoration for medical offices, clinics, outpatient surgical facilities, and hospitals. Availability 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, a rapid response, a quick cleanup and restoration, and the ability to scale to meet the challenges of any size disaster make SERVPRO an excellent choice when flooding, water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, or a biohazard disaster occurs.

To learn more about commercial storm restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Four Tips for Making an Effective Emergency Call to a Restoration Company after a Disaster Strikes

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth offers advice on how to contact a damage restoration company when emergency services are needed after property damage.

The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has received countless calls from property owners who have suffered water damage, fire damage, or storm damage to their homes or places of business. Calling a Keller, TX, restoration company to provide emergency restoration services can be stressful for someone who has never needed restoration services before. To help local residents prepare, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is offering tips on how to place a call to a damage restoration company after a property damage disaster strikes. Listed below are some tips to consider when reaching out to a property damage restoration company after a disaster has struck.

Step #1: Stay safe.

The top priority in any type or size of disaster is to make sure everyone is safe and stays safe while waiting for first responders and the arrival of the cleanup and restoration crew. A fire damage disaster is a toxic environment. Wading through flood waters to collect personal belongings is treacherous. Activity under a water-logged and sagging ceiling is ill-advised.

Step #2: Select a damage restoration company to call.

This step is easy with internet access, but if the power is out or if communications are knocked out, then an internet search is impossible. The delay could add to the extent of the damage and the expense of the cleanup and restoration.

Step #3: Call as soon as possible.

As soon as everyone is safe and it is evident that the cleanup and restoration process is not simple, quick, and easy, place a call to a damage restoration company. Water may be streaming into the home through the roof, which sustained significant damage from high winds. The fire department may still be on scene fighting the fire. Flood waters from a flash flood may be a foot deep throughout the home or business. If the disaster is widespread, waiting until the storm has passed and the skies are clear is an unnecessary delay that can lead to extensive advanced secondary damage.

Step #4: Follow up on any information the customer representative may have offered.

There may be some special instructions or general advice provided by the customer representative. As long as the situation is safe, follow through on these matters, if able. Remember, safety is the top priority.

What happens when a call is placed to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth?

The call is answered by a customer representative who is trained to interact with the customer on two levels. The customer representative gathers information for a “First Notice of Loss.” This information includes contact information, the address of the damaged structure, insurance information, and a detailed description of the damage, including any special instructions about gaining entrance to the location. This initial phone call sets in motion a series of events that results in a crew arriving on the scene in about an hour or so after the call is placed.

Pre-qualify a damage restoration company before disaster strikes

SERVPRO customer representatives are trained to help customers deal with the anxiety, stress, and trauma of a property damage disaster. Many customer representatives have earned certifications in fire damage and water damage and have hands-on experience working on water damage cleanup and restoration projects.

The best time to reach out to a damage restoration company is before a disaster strikes. Stress, anxiety, and distractions are low or non-existent. The SERVPRO professional can address important questions from the prospective customer, such as:

  1. Is the company locally owned and operated? If so, for how long?
  2. Are crews available to respond 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays?
  3. How long will it take a crew to arrive on the scene at the customer’s address?
  4. Will a detailed, well-documented estimate be presented before contracted work begins?
  5. Are technicians IICRC-certified?
  6. Can the company handle damage disasters involving fire, smoke, water, flood waters, mold, storm damage, emergency tarping, sewage backups, biohazards, crime scene cleanup, drug scene cleanup, and suicide scenes?
  7. Is the company able to manage all facets of a repair and restoration acting as a general contractor?
  8. Are references, reviews, and a portfolio available for perusal by potential customers?
  9. Is there a mechanism to handle complaints?
  10. Can the cleanup and restoration company handle the insurance claim process from end to end?
  11. Is the company bonded, licensed, and insured?
  12. Can the damage cleanup and restoration company scale to any size or type of disaster?

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is locally owned and operated, and the team is available 24/7, 365 days a year. IICRC-certified technicians arrive on the scene in about an hour with the right equipment to tackle the project. A detailed, well-documented estimate will be presented to the customer, and the staff can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end. The dedicated team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is committed to helping homeowners and businesses recover from disaster and return to normal as soon as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to learn more about the damage restoration company. The office can be reached by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How Keller, TX, Residents Can Avoid Fire Damage and Injuries When Celebrating with Fireworks

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth warns the local community about injuries that can result from the misuse or improper operation of fireworks.

Firework safety and the prevention of fire damage from the misuse of fireworks are important during the Fourth of July celebrations. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is sharing safety tips to help local residents avoid personal injury and fire damage from a fireworks mishap.

Celebrate Safely

Summertime brings hot weather, pool time, grill time, picnics in the park, Fourth of July celebrations, and fireworks. Inevitably with the fireworks comes the potential for personal injuries and fire damage.

Small fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers cause most of these injuries. A typical sparkler gets hot enough to melt metal. This favorite firework is not a child’s toy and should be used with extreme caution and only under adult supervision.

Personal firework safety is the most effective means to avoid or prevent injury. Consider these simple tips when around fireworks:

  1. Leave the fireworks display to certified, licensed professionals who have the training, experience, and protective gear to safely discharge the various items.
  2. Enjoy the fireworks from a safe distance.
  3. Keep fireworks at a safe distance from vehicles and structures.
  4. Avoid discharging fireworks under trees, awnings, in the garage, or on the back deck or patio.
  5. Always have multiple options close at hand to extinguish any small fires that might erupt, including a garden hose at the ready, pre-filled buckets of water or sand, and one or more fire extinguishers.
  6. Have a basic first aid kit on hand. Eyewash, burn salve, and antiseptic should be included in the kit.
  7. A fire blanket is always good to have on hand should someone’s clothing catch fire.

Common Injuries from Fireworks

USA Today reported the following statistics on injuries related to fireworks: “In 2020, an estimated 15,600 people were hospitalized with injuries related to fireworks – the highest number in the last 15 years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. Sixty-six percent of the injuries happened between June 21, 2020 and July 21, 2020.”

Be aware of the most common fireworks injuries and what to do in case of an accident.

1. Burns to the hands

Understandably, a burn on the fingers or hand is the most prevalent wound from a fireworks mishap. A first-degree burn is minor in nature, affecting only the top layer of skin and causing redness, pain, and discomfort. Second-degree burns are serious burns resulting in the formation of blisters. Third-degree burns are the most severe burns. The burn area takes on a white leathery appearance and texture, and burn damage extends under the skin, affecting the underlying flesh.

To avoid burns to the hands and fingers, never handle a firework that has not fully discharged. Fireworks may smolder for several seconds or even longer and then explode. Minor first-degree burns can be treated at home, but more severe burns should receive prompt attention from a physician. For minor burns, clean the wound and apply an over-the-counter topical pain medication. Seek further medical attention if signs of infection appear.

2. Injuries to the eyes

A firework such as a firecracker can send debris flying at very high speeds. Heat and debris from fireworks can injure the eye and could cause total loss of vision. Protective eyewear can provide adequate eye safety when handling fireworks. Seek immediate medical attention should an eye injury from a firework occur.

3. Broken bones and deep cuts in the hands

Fireworks can inflict severe hand wounds, including deep lacerations, the loss of a finger or thumb, tendon damage, and fractured bones. In case of a hand injury, remove any jewelry from the fingers and wrist. Protect the hand with a clean cloth, and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. Keep the hand elevated. Seek emergency medical attention.

4. Facial injuries

Powerful fireworks can burn the nose, lips, and ears. Facial bones may be fractured, and teeth may be chipped or dislodged if an impact is taken to the head. Light a rocket or tube-launched firework from the side, keeping one’s head well away from the firework. A firework can reach speeds well over 100 mph upon ignition. An impact with the head can cause severe injury. If an injury occurs, cover the wounded area with a clean cloth and apply an ice pack. Seek medical attention without delay.

5. Hearing loss

Temporary or permanent hearing loss may be induced by very loud fireworks. The impulse sound from a firework three feet away can range from 145 to 170 decibels, or nearly two times the safety limits (85 decibels) for the human ear. The wearing of ear protection when fireworks are being discharged is strongly advised for children from infancy to mid-teens.

Before using fireworks around the home, take the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. In addition, pre-qualify a reputable property damage cleanup and restoration company in the event of a fire damage disaster. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. The fire damage restoration company has the latest equipment, cutting-edge technology, superior cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved products to handle any size or type of disaster. The SERVPRO staff can manage the insurance claims process from end to end with no headache and no hassle for the customer.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for more information about fire damage restoration in Keller, TX. The office can be reached at (817) 741-5737 or office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Refrigerator Maintenance Tips to Keep the Appliance Operating Properly and to Prevent Water Damage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth shares maintenance tips to help homeowners take care of their refrigerators and minimize the potential for water leaks and water damage.

Regular maintenance of the refrigerator helps the unit to operate correctly and efficiently and is a sound strategy to prevent water damage in the kitchen. The kitchen fridge stays hard at work round the clock, but for the most part, the appliance goes unnoticed. However, refrigerators need some TLC to keep them from flooding the kitchen floor with water.

Monthly Maintenance

Monthly maintenance matters for the ice maker. Each month, empty the ice bin and remove any built-up chunks of ice. The ice will pick up the foul odors and smells in the freezer. Deploy an open box of baking soda to absorb these smells.

Quarterly Maintenance

Clean the door gasket with the changing of each season to ensure the seal is tight when the door is closed. A loose seal wastes energy and stresses the appliance. Clean grimy gaskets with soapy water, and let them dry completely. If seals are loose, their embedded magnets can be either replaced or re-magnetized.

Remove dust, grime, and pet hair from the condenser coils and fan with the vacuum and a brush attachment to keep the appliance functioning efficiently. Dirty coils put added stress on the compressor, wasting energy and money. Use a refrigerator coil brush for areas that are difficult to access. Households with shedding pets should follow this procedure on a monthly basis.

Biannual Maintenance

Every six months, replace the water filter to ensure clean water and ice. This procedure will also prevent clogs. Purge the system by running a few gallons of water through the filter. Give some attention to the drain hole drip pan that collects condensation. A little bit of elbow grease can keep a refrigerator humming, whirring, and cooling for years to come.

Preventing the Refrigerator from Leaking

A refrigerator can cause a major water damage disaster. A small drip or leak can go unnoticed for months, damaging flooring and causing wood rot in the substrate and support beams. The moisture can contribute to a mold infestation around the base of the appliance, the walls, and in the crawl space or basement if the water seeps through the floor. If the ice maker connection fails or the supply line ruptures, several gallons of water per minute can quickly flood the kitchen, adjacent rooms, and the entire home if the leak is not discovered and stopped.

Listed below are some quick tips to prevent refrigerator leaks, big or small.

Tip #1: Purchase and install a water sensor.

The inexpensive, battery-operated water alarm can be purchased from a hardware or big box home improvement store. When the sensors detect water, an alarm sounds, alerting the homeowner to the problem. With the presence of a refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink, the kitchen is especially vulnerable to water damage. The placement of a water alarm in strategic locations is a great way to prevent an expensive and inconvenient disaster in the kitchen.

Tip #2: Ensure that the refrigerator is not completely level.

The front of the appliance should be one-quarter to one-half inch higher than the back of the appliance. This slight tilt ensures proper drainage, assists with closing the doors and supports the production of ice in the ice maker.

Tip #3: Look out for line clogs.

The freezer will go into defrost mode two to three times a day. From 25 to 45 minutes, the temperature in the freezer will rise to about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Water from the melting ice collects in a pan under the appliance. Puddled water around the base of the unit may hint at a clog. A homeowner with some physical agility and a knack for DIY projects may be able to unclog the lines, and a plumber or an appliance repair specialist will also be able to resolve a clog.

Tip #4: Make sure the ice maker is not making a mess.

Shut off the supply line to the ice maker. If the leak stops, tighten the supply line connection at the back of the appliance. Turn the valve to allow for water flow to resume. If the leak persists, the supply line may have a crack or crimp allowing the leak. A supply line replacement may require the services of a plumber.

Tip #5: Reevaluate the location of the refrigerator.

Some homeowners keep a second refrigerator in the basement, but the basement may not be a refrigerator’s best friend. The electric motor in the fridge generates heat. When the hot air meets the cold air of the basement, condensation is produced. This condensation from the basement refrigerator is enough to cause water damage, especially wood rot and mold.

When a household appliance creates a mess, rather than cleaning one up, turn to the water damage cleanup and restoration team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. To learn more about Haltom City, TX, water damage restoration services, call the office at (817) 741-5737. The team can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Six Ways Storm Damage Impacts Local Communities

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the importance of hiring a locally owned and operated damage restoration company to restore flood and storm damage that has devastated a community.

When a natural disaster such as widespread flood and storm damage strikes Fort Worth, TX, people come together and rally around each other even though the area boasts a population of nearly one million residents. Everyone is affected to some degree, and neighbors help neighbors in the cleanup and recovery. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, a locally owned and operated property damage restoration company, is there to help.

How does flood and storm damage affect a community like Fort Worth?

Widespread flooding and storms can cause massive upheavals in a community. Here are six ways flood and storm damage affect a community.

1. Physical damage

Severe storms and flooding damage or destroy bridges, roads, homes, and businesses. Recovery may take years. Some homes and businesses will be at a total loss.

2. Psychological trauma

Flood and storm damage victims experience a range of psychological effects, including fear, worry, anxiety, stress, anger, depression, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Neighbors, family, and relief organizations such as the Red Cross offer counseling and support that help victims process and overcome mental trauma.

3. Economic loss

A natural disaster requires a massive response of manpower, machinery, and material, costing millions of dollars. Property damage can exceed billions of dollars. The 1995 Fort Worth Mayfest supercell storm pummeled the area with 4-inch hail, causing over $2 billion in property damages. The economic impact on the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area lasted for years.

Flooded fields and hail damage to crops exert upward pressure on food prices. Severe weather disrupts ethanol production, shuts down refineries, and interrupts the delivery of gasoline and diesel fuel, causing a rise in prices at the pump and economic hardship for consumers.

4. Environmental destruction

Heavy rains and flood waters erode nutrient-rich soil. Some of the forgotten victims of severe weather are wildlife and farm animals. Lakes and rivers are polluted with raw sewage, toxic chemicals, and foreign debris such as cars, household items, and vegetation.

5. Loss of life

Since 2015 in the United States, approximately 100 people are fatally injured annually from flooding. In addition, pets often suffer injury or loss of life during heavy flooding.

6. Damage to homes, businesses, and other buildings

Floodwaters and water intrusion from a damaged roof can impact insulation, drywall, baseboards, HVAC ductwork, and flooring.

Why use a local property damage cleanup and restoration company

When flooding and storm damage happen, secure the services of a reputable, bonded, licensed, and insured property damage company to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Below are six reasons why it is important that the damage restoration solution be provided by local community members.

1. Locally owned and operated

The staff and technicians of a locally owned and operated property damage restoration company not only know the community but are also a part of the community. They live, play, shop, work, and volunteer together as neighbors and friends.

2. Here today and still here for years to come

When a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tropical storm hits a community, fraudsters often descend on neighborhoods to take advantage of vulnerable victims. A down payment is received, but the service provider is never seen again. In some cases, shoddy work is provided, but problems are not discovered until long after the “company” has disappeared. Texas and Florida have some of the toughest regulations in the nation to prevent such scams. The safest and best course of action for a victim of property damage from a natural disaster is to hire a company that is locally owned and operated and plans to continue providing services on a permanent basis. If problems related to the disaster cleanup and restoration arise, the restoration company can still be reached by the homeowner or business. In fact, the company has a brick-and-mortar presence in the community.

3. Experienced

The owners of SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth are new to the SERVPRO family. They have over twenty years of experience in the mortgage banking industry and are no strangers to providing excellent customer service. Their team of IICRC-certified technicians boasts over 15 years of restoration experience, giving SERVPRO customers peace of mind.

4. Performance that can be tracked

Their track record of performance is public and positive. SERVPRO references are local, living and working in the area. An abundance of social media reviews is available for prospective customers to peruse.

5. Invested in the community

The owners and employees are involved in and give back to the communities they serve, including Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen.

6. Puts others first

When a large-scale disaster strikes Northeast Fort Worth, the families of the local SERVPRO team are impacted. Still, SERVPRO responds as a frontline property damage cleanup and restoration provider. Being local means team members are nearby. Being a member of a large, nationwide franchise means the local SERVPRO company can scale to meet the cleanup and restoration demands of a major water, fire, smoke, or storm damage disaster.

For more details about Fort Worth, TX, storm damage restoration, email the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth office at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com or call (817) 741-5737.

Technology: A Life-Saving Tool for Helping Communities Prepare for Storms and Storm Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth understands the devastation storms can bring. When storms are in the forecast, home and business owners can use technology as a tool to help prepare for severe weather.

When storm and flood restoration services are needed as a result of severe weather, trust SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, a locally owned and operated damage restoration company. Technicians provide residential and commercial property damage cleanup services to Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The team is dedicated to customer service.

The thunderous roar of an approaching tornado is traumatic for anyone caught in its path. The massive scale of the event leaves people helpless. Technology levels the playing field, giving people the tools to weather the storm without injury.

Tech experts cast the future of weather technology in a positive light, writing, “Natural disasters still kill around 10,000 people a year, but that number has fallen substantially over the years. As the world’s resources have advanced, people have become better equipped to handle these events. If technology continues on its current path, it will reduce these numbers even further.”

How modern technology is improving the odds for people to make it through the storms safe and sound.

1. Modeling the storm season to anticipate severe weather

Accurate expectations of future weather events improve response and survival strategies. Storm type, timing, and intensity are crucial to creating and executing the best response. Modeling is a source of this vital life-saving data.

Powerful supercomputers analyze weather satellite data to simulate seasonal hurricane activity. These powerful systems generate reliable predictions concerning storm sizes, times, and behaviors. Agencies are empowered to respond appropriately. The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) refines these predictions. AI is the future of hurricane season prediction because hurricanes are so unpredictable.

2. Rapid alert systems

Modern communications technology enables meteorologists to alert agencies and the general population with an efficiency and speed never before experienced. Preparedness involves both modeling and fast-flowing lines of communication. Fast, clear alerts give agencies, institutions, businesses, and individuals critical time needed to be ready for the extreme weather.

Smartphone technology is vastly superior to older technologies such as strategically located sirens. The portability of digital alerts through cell phone technology means almost everyone with a cell phone receives a real-time alert. Wireless emergency alerts, WEA, save lives.

3. Tornado tracking technology

Occurring at a rate of about 1,200 per year in the US, tornadoes are frequent, violent, and difficult to predict. Advances in technology mean that scientists are better equipped to track the rambunctious twisters.

Accurate tracking results in accurate alerts that help people respond, take cover, and survive the storm. This acute awareness of a tornado’s location also allows rescue agencies to quickly deploy emergency teams to devastated areas. By shaving minutes off response times, first responders can save lives in the wake of storms.

4. Reinforced infrastructure

Sheltering in place is potentially dangerous if the shelter is not compliant with modern building codes. Stronger building materials and techniques reduce damage. Basements and storm shelters provide a safe refuge for people who have had to evacuate their homes or businesses. Hurricane windows and doors can sustain high-speed, high-impact collisions with flying debris. Reinforced garage doors are amazingly resilient under extreme conditions. A garage-door failure could also lead to a catastrophic roof failure.

5. Smart power grids

The cold weather disaster of February 16, 2021, demonstrated the vulnerability of the North Texas power grid. A failed power grid puts the general population at risk while, at the same time, hindering a coordinated response effort.

Monitors and sensors in the smart grid feed power companies needed data. Customers in the offline grid receive alerts of the outage and estimates of when the power will be restored. Some tech equipment has the sophistication to troubleshoot problems. Utility companies respond to these informative alerts and restore power much more quickly than in past decades.

6. New tools for understanding weather events

Accurate, timely information saves lives. Real-time weather conditions are constantly monitored at over 900 surface observation stations across the United States. This granulated information helps scientists more fully understand the nature of “Mother Nature” when dealing with the causes and behavior of extreme weather.

Why Storm Damage Restoration Services From SERVPRO

Modern technology saves lives, but it does not necessarily prevent storm damage. When severe weather causes a disaster that creates a need for storm and water damage restoration, trust the project to the professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, Texas. Technicians are experienced, certified, and well-equipped to tackle any size disaster.

When home or business owners need storm damage restoration services, they can call the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth office at (817) 900-0580 for emergency restoration services. The team can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How Local Small Businesses in Watauga, TX, Can Overcome Severe Property Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth shares strategies to help local small businesses quickly recover from devastating property damage.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is dedicated to helping small businesses in Watauga, TX, recover from a major property damage disaster by rapidly providing fire, smoke, and water damage restoration services. Loyal customers are the backbone of a small business’s success. They provide consistent repeat business and keep the doors open. A temporary interruption of services or halt in production can result in customers seeking other sources for their needs. A rapid, thorough restoration process gets products and services moving and revenues flowing to satisfy customers’ needs.

How a business responds to a significant property damage disaster can have consequences for future success.  

Steps that help a small business recover from a serious property damage disaster.

Step #1: Review and understand the business’s commercial insurance policy.

Major property damage and business interruption insurance policies provide financial protection for a business in the event of a property damage disaster that not only damages the structure but also disrupts the sales and revenue cycle. A thorough understanding of the policy coverage and limits coupled with a working knowledge of how to use the policy during the claims process will ensure the business is protected and comes out on the other side of the disaster ready to move forward at a rapid momentum to make up for lost time and money.

Step #2: Consider the benefits of partnering with a restoration company that can handle the entire claims process.

Policyholders often find the complex, technical language in insurance policies to be confusing and difficult to understand. However, it is not enough for the policyholder to simply make the premium payments according to schedule and assume the carrier will advocate for the policyholder in the event of a claim payout at a fair settlement amount after property damage. The insured party needs to understand to some degree the intricacies of property insurance coverages and the claims process.

When small businesses work with SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, the company’s trained and experienced staff can handle the claims process from beginning to end. The team will work with the insurance company to understand the coverages and the options within the policy to help the business achieve full recovery. The SERVPRO claims professionals most likely have previously worked with the insurance company in the Fort Worth and Dallas area. Claims management will not be an added headache for a business owner striving to restore normal business operations.

Step #3: Create a customized Emergency Ready Plan.

This important process breaks down into many parts. First, conduct a risk assessment of the business operations and the physical plant. Identify any fire hazards or other risks that have gone unnoticed or been neglected. Clarify if the structure is in a flood zone and qualifies for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Assess any vulnerabilities specific to the landscape’s layout, such as grading and slope issues. Though the facility may not qualify for FEMA flood insurance, subtle changes to the landscape may reduce the likelihood of a micro-flood from a stalled thunderstorm.

Implement safety procedures to address the new risk hazards. Review the safety plan in company meetings. Conduct drills on a scheduled basis, and post signage in high traffic areas. The goal is to cultivate a safety-conscious corporate culture.

Step #4: Make sure the commercial insurance policy covers frequent disasters common to the region.

This step may require a consultation with the insurance agent. Inquire as to what coverage other businesses in the area have. A pattern may indicate an adjustment needs to be made to the policy to reduce exposure in vulnerable areas.

Step #5: Take measures to prevent property damage.

As mentioned above, subtle adjustments to the landscape can protect against flooding. Remove trees or prune branches that can fall onto the roof, causing a puncture and water intrusion. Install a removable flood gate system at vulnerable entryways. Install reinforced doors or strengthen existing doors in areas where flooding can occur. Keep drains free of clutter and debris.

Step #6: Protect vulnerable data and data systems.

Implement a data backup system such as a cloud system. A strategic partnership with IT management professionals is recommended. Outsourced IT management can scale with company growth. Remember to include payroll in the strategy.

Step #7: Pre-qualify a reputable property damage restoration company.

Look for companies with these features:

  • Insured, licensed, bonded, and IICRC certifications
  • Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays
  • Rapid response within an hour or less
  • Best equipment, latest technology, advanced cleaning techniques
  • Provides detailed and documented estimations
  • Can scale to any size or type of disaster
  • Manages the insurance claims process

For more information about commercial water damage cleanup and restoration in the 76244 area, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 900-0580 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How to Know if a Home’s HVAC System and Air Ducts Would Benefit From Professional Cleaning Services

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth identifies situations where air duct cleaning would be desirable and shares a testimonial from a homeowner who received HVAC system cleaning services.

The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides a full menu of services, including water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, storm damage restoration, mold remediation, and residential and commercial cleaning. Air duct and HVAC unit cleaning is among the services that SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth delivers to clients. Air duct cleaning can offer several benefits, such as helping to minimize the potential for a mold infestation, contributing to the restoration of maximal energy efficiency, and combating unpleasant odors.

Who Should Consider Air Duct Cleaning Services?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that homeowners consider having their air ducts cleaned in the following cases:

  • “There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.”
  • “Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).”
  • “Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.”

The EPA also offers the following recommendations regarding mold growth in air ducts and the HVAC system: “Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists. You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it. If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced. If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.”

The EPA adds, “If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.”

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning Services

At SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, the team operates according to the principle of placing the customer’s needs first. Customer service, professionalism, and integrity are priorities.

Transparency is essential when it comes to air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s technicians only recommend air duct cleaning after a professional and thorough inspection indicates that cleaning is necessary. If the homeowner has concerns about the air quality inside the home, the team can offer a variety of recommendations about the options that are available to the homeowner to address the issue. By informing clients about the available options, SERVPRO enables homeowners to save money and make the best choice for their HVAC system. According to a SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth representative, “Our motto is ‘always do what is best for the customer,’ offering services, not for our company’s enrichment, but when we see a need.”

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth uses air scrubbing technology to trap and contain airborne contaminants that may arise during the cleaning process. If odors are also an issue in the home, the company’s deodorization specialists can deploy commercial-grade ozone machines to permanently remove the offensive smell.

What Customers Are Saying About SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth

One online reviewer described his positive experience hiring SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to provide air duct cleaning services at his home. He wrote in his review, “The SERVPRO team came to my house to clean out the ducts and vents for my HVAC system. They did a great job of cleaning them, with no mess in my house. They were in and out in a reasonable amount of time, and the cost was great. I would recommend their duct cleaning services to anyone. You have no idea how much dust and allergens can build up inside your ductwork in your home!”

To learn more about SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s damage remediation services, including water damage, fire damage, and storm damage, in Watauga, TX, and nearby areas, contact the office by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com or call (817) 900-0580.

Electrical Safety: Essential to the Safe Enjoyment of Swimming Pools

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the need to prioritize electrical safety around the pool to prevent fire damage.

Electrical safety around the pool can prevent a fire damage disaster. The placid crystal waters hide a weblike network of pipes, wires, a pump, and a filter, all powered by electrical current. Serious electrical hazards can cause potential fiery results. To prevent injuries and fire damage, the homeowner is urged to make electrical safety around the pool a top priority.

The pool season in North Texas runs from late March to October. The sizzling Keller, TX, summers make the backyard pool a prime location to beat the heat and relax from a hard day’s work. The pleasure does come with a specific set of necessary precautions:

  • Sunscreen protects against sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Bug spray, scented candles, and electronic bug zappers remedy the pest problem.
  • Life jackets and swim rings ensure a safe swimming experience.

Safety around the swimming pool, spa, and hot tub must include awareness of potential water and electrical hazards. These six tips will help keep the pool and surrounding area safe from electrical shock.

Tip #1: Find a pool pro.

Seek out the services of a licensed, bonded, and insured professional for pool or spa installation, maintenance, and repairs. Schedule a comprehensive inspection and maintenance appointment before the pool opening to ensure the system is operational and safe. For the diagnosis and repair of a suspected problem, secure the services of a fully licensed, experienced electrician who is knowledgeable about the electrical concerns of pools. Strict guidelines are in place to ensure pools are installed and serviced to the highest safety standards.

Tip #2: Choose Bluetooth and battery-powered poolside technology.

Bluetooth devices are perfect for the pool setting. The short-range wireless connectivity allows for cordless signal transmission and control in devices such as radio, musical audio equipment, smart TV, and security system. Convert to onboard battery power or solar power, and eliminate electrical cords.

Keep standard electrical appliances far enough away from the pool so that bystanders can avoid contact with puddled water while using the device. As an added layer of protection, adjust the cord length so that the appliance cannot be moved without being unplugged first.

Tip #3: Use safe outlets.

Special electrical outlets are used with pools and spas. These GFCI or ground-fault circuit interrupters reduce water and electrical hazards by interrupting the circuit when a circuit overload occurs. These GFCI outlets are common in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and some garages. Test the outdoor GFCI outlets once a month to ensure they are operating properly.

Where electrical appliances are necessary, take safety to the next level. Protect these outdoor plug-in accessories and equipment with specially designed outlet covers that prevent splash arcs. Life and play around the pool can get rambunctious at times. A stray splash on an unprotected electrical outlet can cause a circuit to short or throw off a spark. This situation may be all that is needed to ignite a fire or create a risk hazard for electrocution.

Tip #4: Set up safety guidelines.

A formal set of safety guidelines for activities around the pool will protect guests and the homeowner. Post the rules in plain sight. Review the rules with friends, neighbors, and family who want to enjoy the pool. These rules shape safe behavior and guard against careless, hazardous activities that can result in personal injury, death, or a lawsuit. Provide instruction on when to evacuate the pool when inclement weather is forecast or arises. Include warnings about the dangers of mixing water and electrical equipment. The combination of water and electricity is dangerous whether a pool is the source of the water or not.

Tip #5: Know how the system works and learn how to operate it smoothly.

A pool is not just a 30,000-gallon container of clear, cool water; it is also a complex network of pipes, jets, intakes, lights, and wires. The task of opening a pool at the beginning of the season requires knowledge, skill, and some sweat. After the first few times, the flush protocol seems simple. In the case of electrical activity during a thunderstorm, the pool may need to be shut off quickly before lightning strikes. A delay in shutting off the power could result in a fire or great personal injury.

Tip #6: Pre-qualify a damage restoration company before fire damage occurs.

One call to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has a crew arriving at the client’s location within four hours or less. The team of fire and water damage restoration professionals is available 24/7, including holidays. Technicians are equipped with knowledge, expertise, training, industry-leading tools, the latest technology, industry-standard cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning products. SERVPRO can handle the claims process from start to finish with no hassles and no headaches for the client.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for more details about fire and water damage restoration services. The office can be reached by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Helping Homeowners Deal with Water Damage from a Dishwasher Malfunction

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains ways homeowners can overcome the challenges of water damage caused by a dishwasher flood.

A flooded kitchen presents several water damage restoration challenges, none of which are easily resolved. These multifaceted problems need immediate attention to prevent advanced secondary damage, which could include a mold infestation.

The challenges of water damage can prove to be a frustrating nightmare when an appliance such as the dishwasher floods the kitchen floor. A water damage disaster requires professional attention from trained technicians with the proper water removal equipment and drying techniques to quickly resolve the matter.

Within the kitchen, the dishwasher is a common source of leakage, and this appliance may leak for many different reasons. Consult a professional plumber or appliance repairman with the proper credentials to accurately diagnose the origin of the leak.

A Five-Point Plan for Dishwasher Water Damage Cleanup

1. Carefully inspect the flooded areas to accurately assess the extent of the damage.

Before initiating the cleaning process, inspect the kitchen and adjacent rooms to determine the extent of the flooding. A floor-mounted electrical outlet involved in the flood presents a serious risk hazard, especially if the fixture is not a GFCI outlet. A GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter) will automatically break the electrical circuit when an overload or arc occurs. Also, other electrical appliances may be impacted by the floodwater. To remove all doubt and to ensure safety, turn off the power to all the affected areas.

If the kitchen is flooded, expect to find water under the dishwasher. If the appliance has an access panel on the bottom of the unit, check for water, and be sure to mop up any hidden moisture. Other floor-mounted cabinets in the kitchen may suffer water damage, and the cabinets can absorb the water if the remediation process is delayed. Remember, custom wooden cabinets can be very costly to repair or replace.

2. Begin the cleanup but continue to look for more water.

Not only may water be under the dishwasher and cabinets, but it may have also spread to areas under the stove, refrigerator, and freezer. The safest course of action is to turn off the power to these appliances before touching them. Standing in a pool of water and touching an appliance can have shocking consequences.

Mop up the bulk standing water first to prevent excess bulk water from seeping back under the appliances. Pay special attention to drywall and baseboards. Accelerate the drying process by stationing two or three powerful fans to cross-ventilate the flooded area. Over the next month, periodically inspect the areas under cabinets and appliances for signs of a mold infestation. The kitchen is, at times, a living space with excessive heat and high concentrations of moisture. The introduction of dishwasher flood water exacerbates the situation. The strategic placement of desiccants can facilitate the drying process, making it more difficult for mold spores to grow.

3. Be familiar with what the homeowner’s policy covers.

The standard homeowner’s policy does cover water damage caused by a mechanical or plumbing failure dishwasher. If lack of maintenance was the issue that led to the leak, the policy might not cover the flood damage. Reach out to the insurance company for clarification and advice on what steps to take moving forward.

4. Have a professional inspect an older dishwasher and perform needed maintenance.

An inspection and basic maintenance can prevent a water damage disaster and the headache that accompanies the incident. A dishwasher may give small hints of a larger impending disaster. Look for small pools of water under the front of the unit. Periodically check under the appliance for hidden water leaks.

5. Choose a cleanup and restoration professional.

Enlist the services of a licensed, bonded, and insured property damage restoration company to handle a large-scale flood from a dishwasher malfunction or supply line leak. The professional equipment can remove the water, dehumidify the environment, and perform advanced structural drying behind walls, under cabinets, and under flooring. The rapid response, as well as the rapid water removal and drying process, helps avoid wood rot, warping, buckling, the blistering of paint and wallpaper, and mold infestations.

For more details about SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s water damage cleanup services in the 76244 area, email the damage restoration company at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The office can also be reached by calling (817) 741-5737.

Five Factors to Consider When Prequalifying a Watauga, TX, Damage Restoration Company

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Prequalifying a damage restoration company before disaster strikes is an effective strategy to expedite the start of the damage restoration process. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth outlines a five-step process for selecting a service provider.

Prequalifying a restoration company can be one of the most powerful strategies for receiving rapid water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, or storm damage restoration services. Prequalification eliminates the scramble to locate and select a service provider in the immediate aftermath of a property damage disaster. When the homeowner has already chosen a dedicated damage restoration company, he or she can immediately place a call for emergency restoration services. 

The Five-Step Process for Prequalifying a Damage Restoration Company

Step 1: Acquire references.

The homeowner’s insurance company may be able to recommend a cleanup and restoration service provider that it has worked with in the past. Also, family members, friends, and neighbors are valuable sources of information about local companies. Both positive and negative experiences can be helpful in narrowing down the selection list. Online review sites are another asset to the homeowner; however, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if an online review is legitimate. For this reason, trusted friends and family members who live in the community will likely provide the best references.

Step 2: Verify that the company is licensed and insured.

Hiring an uninsured and unlicensed company could be disastrous for the homeowner. If an uninsured company is contracted for restoration services and a technician is injured on the homeowner’s property, the homeowner could be sued for compensation. Choosing an insured company is especially important when restoration and cleanup services are needed since technicians may be working in an environment where the building is not completely structurally sound and where potentially hazardous substances are present.

A contractor’s license is one of the most fundamental requirements for a restoration company. An unlicensed company poses a great liability to homeowners, who could find themselves responsible for faulty and substandard work, as well as any additional property damage caused by the unlicensed contractor. Licensing provides legal protection for both the homeowner and the damage restoration company, so make sure that all companies on the shortlist are licensed and insured.

Step 3: Ensure that the company is properly certified.

In the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries, an international organization called the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standards for industry certification. The IICRC certifies both firms and individual technicians. 26 technician education certifications are offered, including:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
  • Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT)
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT)
  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Technician (TCST)
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

Completion of IICRC certification testifies to a technician’s expertise and skill in his or her field of specialty. When selecting a damage restoration and cleanup company, look for an IICRC certified firm whose technicians have a broad array of certifications.

Another relevant certification is the Environmental Protection Agency’s certification for Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). According to the EPA, “EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 be certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.” If homeowners suspect that their home contains lead-based paint, they should be vigilant to make sure that any restoration company they are considering hiring is certified and equipped to safely operate in an environment where lead is present.

Step 4: Find out the company’s estimated response time.

The ability to rapidly respond to property damage emergencies is an important qualification for a restoration company. In situations such as water damage, fire damage, and storm damage, delay in addressing the initial issue can lead to advanced secondary damage.

An ideal response time would be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holiday availability. In addition, some companies offer further assurance of a rapid response. For instance, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is committed to having its team of technicians arrive on the scene of a property damage emergency within four hours or less.

Step 5: Inquire if the company handles the insurance claims process.

Navigating the insurance claims process can be difficult and stressful for a homeowner experiencing a property damage disaster. For this reason, homeowners want to identify a water damage restoration company that will work with clients and their insurance providers to manage the claims process and the accompanying paperwork.

To learn more about SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s water damage, fire damage, and storm damage restoration services in Watuaga, TX, Keller, TX, and surrounding areas, contact the office by phone at (817) 741-5737 or by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How a Rapid Response from a Restoration Company Helps Decrease the Cost of a Sewage Cleanup

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Sewage damage can be very expensive, but by hiring a company that can implement a rapid response, homeowners can avoid secondary damage and minimize the overall cost to restore their homes.

The modern public sewer system makes it possible for many people to live in close proximity, but a system malfunction, severe weather, or drain blockage can result in a sewage backup necessitating sewage cleanup services. A sewage backup is inconvenient, messy, and unsanitary. Sewer line repairs can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and cleanup and restoration from a sewage backup in the basement or main living area can also cost thousands of dollars. Local homeowners in Watauga, TX, need to be aware of strategies for identifying and avoiding sewage issues.

Tips for Recognizing Potential Sewage Problems

Tip #1: Include the sewer lines in a home inspection before purchasing a home.

Before purchasing a home, the savvy buyer will have a professional carry out an inspection of the house from the roof to the foundation. If the home is not new construction, the sewage system should be carefully examined from the home to the main connection at the road. Any issues beyond the street connection are the responsibility of the utility company overseeing the mainline. Having a sewer inspection conducted prior to closing on the home could save tens of thousands of dollars once the deal is completed. A reputable, qualified plumber can scope from the mainline in the house to the connection with the municipal sewer in the street. This state-of-the-art camera technology offers homeowners and potential homebuyers an option to identify and assess any sewer line issues without having to dig. The high-tech solution reduces delays and requires no excavation.

Tip #2: Ask questions about the performance and problems of the sewer line.

Questions might include:

  • What problems have occurred in the history of the home?
  • How were these problems resolved?
  • Have there been any recurrences of the same problems?
  • What documentation is available about the problem?
  • If a sewage spill occurred, is there documentation certifying that the cleanup and restoration process met industry standards and any municipal codes regarding sewage cleanup and restoration?
  • Were the repairs a short-term or a long-term solution?

Tip #3: If a sewage problem is identified, negotiate a reasonable solution or continue the search for another home.

A sewage issue between the house and the road can be due to several factors. Tree roots may have punctured older clay pipes and clogged the system. Tree root intrusion can cause extensive damage and require large-scale excavation. If the sewage pipes are deep, the excavation work could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Shifting earth, the weight of heavy equipment, or a nearby tree can cause an offset or collapse in the sewer pipes in the yard. Older homes may have terracotta pipes that degrade over time; in addition, aging pipes will crumble when stressed. Damaged pipes may still deliver raw sewage to the mainline at the street, but it is only a matter of time before the pipes collapse entirely or become clogged with dirt and roots.

Tip #4: Be willing to work with the current homeowner if the sewer line issue is not a deal-breaker.

The problems mentioned above may need extensive excavation that requires cosmetic landscaping after the repairs are completed. It may be that the homeowner will cover the heavy expenses of repairing the sewer lines if the prospective owner is willing to shoulder the burden of the landscaping.

Tip #5: Research alternative solutions.

Advances in plumbing technology may provide a very cost-effective, long-term solution that avoids excavation or expensive pipe replacement. One such solution is the installation of a sewer liner. The liner is a flexible tube coated with resin that hardens to form an additional layer within the pipe’s interior. The application inhibits the growth of tree roots in the system. While this option can be very expensive, it is less costly than an extensive excavation.

Tip #6: Always obtain multiple quotes from reputable, qualified plumbers and other service providers.

An inspection, assessment, and quote may or may not come with a fee, but they are priceless assets. The purchase of a home with severe plumbing and sewer damage and hidden water damage could be financially catastrophic for the new owner.

The severity of sewage damage underscores the necessity of prequalifying a reputable, certified, bonded, and insured damage restoration company. Listed below are some important questions to ask potential hires:

  • Does the company guarantee a rapid response?
  • Do technicians use the best and latest equipment?
  • Are the technicians experienced, well-trained, and certified by the IICRC?
  • Can the property damage restoration company handle the project from start to finish, including managing the insurance claims process?
  • How do online reviews rate the company?
  • Does the company have good references?
  • In the event of a widespread disaster, can the team scale accordingly?

These are only a few points to consider when hiring a restoration and cleaning company, such as SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth offers a rapid response, 24/7, 365 days a year. The team uses the latest equipment, cutting-edge technology, and advanced cleaning techniques, and the company’s IICRC-certified technicians are some of the most highly trained professionals in the industry.

For more details about water damage restoration and sewage cleanup in Fort Worth, TX, and surrounding areas, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The team of restoration and cleaning professionals can also be contacted by phone at (817) 741-5737.

How Property Owners Can Prepare for the Challenges of Severe Weather and Storm Damage

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth offers practical tips that Keller, TX, homeowners can use to prepare for common storm damage challenges.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth serves Keller, TX, and surrounding communities with water, fire, and storm damage restoration services. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained industry professionals who adhere to the highest IICRC standards.

Overcoming the Challenges of Storm Damage

Being inside a home when severe weather causes storm damage is a traumatic and potentially dangerous experience. Personal safety is a chief concern. If the damage was severe enough to require the evacuation of the structure and the threat of severe weather persists in the forecast, avoid re-entering the home until first responders or other professionals have given the green light. Staying at a friend’s house, a hotel or an emergency shelter is a minor inconvenience that ensures the safety of the family.

Damage assessment and property damage cleanup and restoration should follow closely on the heels of the disaster to prevent advanced secondary damage from the water intrusion. The following information is intended to provide homeowners with practical ways to protect and preserve the value of their property in different situations.

Tips on Insurance Coverage

Most homeowner policies cover most storm damage incidents, including severe damage. Certain factors come into play when determining the actual payout and what the homeowner must cover. Some of these factors include:

  • Premium amounts
  • Applicable deductibles
  • Age of the home
  • Condition of the structure
  • Extent of the damage
  • Current property values in the neighborhood

Clients in storm or flood damage disaster areas should not be targeted for rate increases since such catastrophic natural events may be classified as acts of God and, therefore, beyond human control. A pitfall to avoid is failing to file a claim in a timely fashion; delinquency may render a property owner ineligible for coverage in the future. In some instances, an entire neighborhood, planned community, or section of a municipality may face a rate increase following a disaster. Due diligence in claims filing can prevent a homeowner from paying higher premiums without receiving the benefits now.

When a storm damage disaster strikes, follow these steps:

  1. As mentioned above, safety is always the top priority. Make sure everyone is safe and in a protected area of the home.
  2. Hire a damage cleanup and restoration company to carry out emergency tarping and board-ups if needed. A dependable company will begin the cleanup and restoration process promptly.
  3. Thoroughly document the damage. Take copious images and videos. Be mindful of the digital storage capacity of the phone or recording device to ensure the damage scene is adequately covered. If needed, upload images and video to the cloud for safe storage. These files can be link-shared with the insurance company. Save any receipts. Take an image of the receipt and upload it to a cloud file dedicated to disaster records. Note any repairs and maintenance performed on appliances prior to the storm damage disaster.
  4. Reach out to the insurance company to immediately begin the claims process. A claims representative or adjuster will assess the situation. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can handle the entire claims process, reducing stress for the homeowner.

Types of Storms and Their Damage Patterns

Winter storms

Though winters are mild in Texas, winter storms can cause havoc. High winds can damage shingles or cause tree limbs to break off and puncture the roof resulting in potential water damage. This water damage can foster mold growth. In February 2021, a historic cold snap held much of Texas in its frigid grip of sub-zero temperatures, which led to frozen pipes, water damage, house fires, and many fatalities.

To successfully overcome these challenges, the homeowner should practice extreme caution. If roof damage is suspected, secure the services of a licensed, insured, and bonded roofing contractor to inspect the situation. Stay off the roof, and leave the inspection to a trained professional who has the appropriate safety equipment. Cold and wet can combine to form ice sheets on walkways, steps, and decks. Exercise extreme caution when venturing outside during sleet, ice, and snow. Every home should have a disaster readiness plan and a well-stocked cache of emergency supplies, including food, water, batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, blankets, matches, personal hygiene products, and first aid supplies.

Hail damage

Hail usually varies in size from .2 inches to about 1.75 inches, but a 6.4-inch hailstone landed in San Antonio in 2021. Signs of hail damage include dents and cracks in shingles. Roof vents and siding may have dents as well. These damages can result in hard-to-detect leaks. To overcome these challenging roof damages, contact a trusted professional with training in hail detection. Have the professional check siding, gutters, and downspouts for damage.

Lightning damage

A direct hit from a lightning bolt can cause extensive structural damage, including fires. Cable, telephone lines, appliances, wiring, and satellite dishes can sustain catastrophic damage in a lightning strike. In the event of a strike, do not venture outside until the storm has subsided and everyone is safe. Bring in a reputable electrician to assess the situation. Be sure to contact the insurance company at the time of the incident to determine policy coverage.

Thunderstorm damage

Tornadic winds can turn a home into a pile of rubble, while torrential downpours can transform a cul-de-sac into a lakefront property. Flash-flooding from severe thunderstorms can damage baseboards, drywall, flooring, and a home’s foundation. If bulk water is not removed immediately, wet items can become contaminated with pathogens, and a mold infestation can break out.

To meet the challenges of a potential flash flood, relocate furniture to a safe location within the home. Move valuables, artwork, electronics, important documents, and keepsakes to a secure place in the home or a remote location if time and conditions permit. In the event of a tornado, retreat to a safe room within the structure. A preparation and response plan for severe weather can prepare a family to endure the worst and respond appropriately if the worst, a tornado, threatens the home or neighborhood.

Preparation is the key to overcoming the challenges presented by severe weather conditions. One of the most important pre-disaster preparations is pre-qualifying a reputable, proven storm damage restoration company. The professionals should be available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. A rapid response is crucial. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can arrive within an hour to any property damage disaster in Keller, TX, and the surrounding area.

For more information about Keller, TX, storm damage cleanup, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com, or call the office at (817) 741-5737.

The Impact of Water Damage on Commercial Property Insurance

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains how water damage can affect a Haltom City, TX, company’s acquisition of insurance.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a leader in residential and commercial water damage restoration. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is dedicated to honesty and professionalism. Highly trained SERVPRO technicians have industry certifications from IICRC, and they are prepared to handle any size or type of disaster.

Water damage and commercial insurance

The recent labor shortage is making cleanup and restoration very challenging for businesses and institutions. Improvements in this situation do not seem hopeful in the foreseeable future.

Even though water damage is a frequent cause of commercial property damage, few businesses have implemented a formal plan to prevent water damage. This failure to execute a water damage prevention strategy and a mitigation response to curb the severity of the loss can be catastrophic.

Businesses can partner with a property damage restoration company that offers consulting on the creation of a Ready Plan that identifies risk hazards and improves the company’s response. Skyrocketing material costs, supply chain issues, and labor shortages highlight the need for prevention. Businesses and institutions should anticipate a significant rise in insurance premiums due to rising labor and material costs.

Insurance companies are responding to the challenges by taking a more proactive approach with clients to implement water damage prevention and mitigation strategies. Even if labor is available, scarcity of materials and delivery delays can sink a business. The key is to prevent the disaster in the first place. Secondly, if a water intrusion does occur, stop it at the source to limit the scope of the damage and the subsequent impact on the delivery of goods and services by the affected business.

Listed below are some tips to help businesses address a potential water damage disaster.

Tip: Identify water damage risk hazards.

  • Catastrophic failures in aging plumbing systems
  • Improper or inadequate maintenance of sprinkler systems
  • Vertical risk: A water intrusion on an upper level of a multi-story office complex, retail outlet, or manufacturing facility has an elevated risk potential.
  • Recovery risk: The interruption of business operations while waiting for critical parts or materials could have a greater negative impact than the actual damage from the water intrusion. Careful attention and maintenance can limit exposure and vulnerability.

These risk factors drive home the importance of prevention and mitigation.

Tip: Understand the direct and indirect costs associated with water damage.

Water damage affects both the structure and its contents. The location of the intrusion, the length of time the intrusion affected the area, and the list of water-damaged contents directly bear upon the cost of the claim. Structural damage may be minimal, and the ensuing cleanup may be quick. However, water from the malfunctioning sprinkler system may have ruined key electrical components in several assembly-line robotics. The shortage of parts and delays in the supply chain may shut down an assembly line or an entire plant for days or weeks.

The vertical risk increases the scope of the damage. The affected business suffers an interruption of business operations, cutting hard into revenue. The property owner may lose rental income if the structure is rendered uninhabitable.

Tip: Maintenance matters.

Faithfully execute regular, intentional, and pre-emptive building maintenance to avoid water damage on both the interior and exterior of the building. Risk analysis, prevention strategies, and response protocols are crucial to avoid, prevent, or limit damage in order to minimize insurance claims which can increase future premiums. Risk engineers stress the importance of the following tasks:

  • Inspections, especially of risk hazards
  • Maintenance (roof, fan vents, skylights, windows, doors, etc.)
  • Cleaning drains, gutters, and downspouts
  • Repairing (not patching) leaks
  • Replacing aging valves, supply lines, and plumbing prior to a leak, or worse, a catastrophic failure

Tip: Partner with a water damage restoration professional to formalize a Ready Plan.

By pre-qualifying and partnering with a water damage restoration company, a commercial enterprise will always be prepared for a worst-case water damage disaster. With a plan in place, one call activates a team of water damage restoration professionals. A rapid response brings immediate action to stop the water intrusion, protect equipment and product, remove all bulk water, initiate applied structural drying, and begin the cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing process.

Partnership with SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can include:

  • Facility site inspections in conjunction with the property owner or site manager
  • Risk analysis
  • Collection of critical information such as contact information, mapping of shut off valves, a list of staff with shut-valve authority
  • Recommendations for utilizing water sensing technology to monitor vulnerable locations

When the SERVPRO team arrives, they are familiar with the site, key people, shut-off valves, electrical panels, safety equipment, danger zones, and much more.

For more information about commercial water damage cleanup in Watauga, TX, and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How Places of Worship Benefit from Commercial Property Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth lays out the five steps churches need to take in the aftermath of a water damage disaster at their facilities.

Commercial facilities, including churches, are not immune to water damage and will likely need flood and water damage cleanup and restoration services at some point. When a church is hit by a water damage disaster, fast action can prevent secondary damage such as a mold infestation. A proactive recovery and restoration response will enable the facility to promptly resume the activities of a community of faith and place of worship.

Delays in taking necessary steps to remediate the disaster could not only allow the damage to worsen but could also complicate the insurance claims process. The temptation is to rally the congregation in a DIY water damage restoration project. However, without the proper equipment, training, cleaning techniques, and personal protective gear (PPG), the scope of the disaster could escalate out of control, and the expense to the church could far exceed water damage restoration costs by trained professionals.

A water damage disaster may very well involve water contaminated by bacteria and sewage. The cleanup requires astute technicians who will clean, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize the disaster site with PPG and the best and safest cleaning solutions.

Fast action is crucial in a water damage disaster. Here are steps that help to ensure a seamless, safe, and efficient cleanup and restoration process for a church struck with water or flood damage.

Step #1: Thoroughly document the scope of the damage.

Before rearranging anything at the disaster site, create a detailed archive of photos and videos of the damaged property. Accompany the digital record with explanatory notes. Make comments while videoing the damage. More is much better than less when documenting the damage. These photos, videos, and verbal descriptions will assist the insurance adjuster in understanding the original condition of the property.

Step #2: Implement emergency repairs where it is safe to do so.

Make short-term repairs such as leak mitigation, boarding up windows, and installing emergency tarping on the roof if safe to do so. More complicated repair projects, such as damage remediation and mold removal, should be left to professional service providers who can safely complete the job. Document the temporary repairs made and save all receipts.

Step #3: Relocate items from flooded areas of the building.

Books, files, furniture, choir robes, historical documents, electronics, and other items should be stored in a dry, safe place. Do not leave any items sitting on a wet floor. Do not discard flood-damaged items until the insurance company has assessed the damage.

Step #4: Implement mold prevention strategies.

Strive to remove the water and dry out the facility and flood-damaged contents as quickly as possible. The most effective means to accomplish this goal is to hire an experienced, well-equipped, and certified restoration company.

Step #5: Notify the church’s insurance company of the situation.

If the disaster is due to a flood and the church is covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), notify the agency of the situation. Otherwise, for a typical water damage disaster, inform the church’s insurance company of the damage.

Simplify the Restoration Process: Prequalify a Damage Restoration Company

The pre-qualification of a damage restoration company ensures that a property damage disaster at a church or other place of worship will receive immediate attention. The communication channels at a church can easily break down, especially if the pastor is out of town or the church is too small to have a designated, paid staff position for property management.

Once a restoration company has been prequalified, any decision-maker from the pastor to the janitor can make the initial call for services. Contact information for the company can be placed on file with the secretary, stored in the cloud, and displayed on the door, bulletin board, or wall of each facility storage room. Instructions can be included to direct members of the congregation on how to proceed if they encounter a situation that requires the services of the prequalified cleanup and restoration company.

When churches choose SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, professional restoration technicians typically respond in an hour or less. If needed, the crew can shut off water valves or the water main to stop the initial water intrusion even before a plumber arrives on the scene. The SERVPRO team has the training, equipment, and expertise to initiate the water removal process and implement dehumidification and applied structural drying so that the facility can be ready for the next church service.

The professional staff at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can handle the entire insurance claims process from beginning to end. This service allows the church staff to maintain a focus on ministering to the community.

For more information about commercial water damage restoration, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The office can also be contacted by phone at (817) 741-5737.

How to Safely Handle and Store Pool Chemicals in Order to Prevent Fire Damage

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the fire damage hazards of the improper storage and use of volatile pool chemicals.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth are experienced in dealing with the complex facets of fire damage restoration. Listed below are some common fire hazards in a typical home:

  • Grease or cooking fires in the kitchen
  • Portable heaters
  • Electrical issues from extension cords, overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, or appliances
  • Careless smoking
  • Unattended decorative or scented candles
  • Children playing with matches or lighters
  • Christmas trees and decorations
  • Indoor fireplaces and woodstoves
  • Grill and firepit accidents
  • Dryer lint fires
  • Flammable liquids and aerosols
  • Pool chemicals stored in the garage or near the home

A thoughtful review of this fire hazard list highlights the following important fire safety tips:

#1. Cultivate a healthy awareness of the many potential fire hazards in the typical home.

#2. Have an adequate number of strategically positioned smoke alarms with fresh batteries installed.

#3. Create an emergency plan in case of a fire.

#4. Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company in the event of a fire damage disaster.

How Pool Chemicals Can Be a Fire Hazard

Residential backyard swimming pools are very popular in the hot, dry summers of Northeast Fort Worth. A healthy awareness of the potential fire hazards in and around a typical home will include the fire damage risks of improperly handling swimming pool chemicals. Though many homeowners close their pools for the winter, they still keep pool chemicals on hand through the winter.

In an article entitled “Safe Storage and Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals,” the Environmental Protection Agency states, “Pool chemicals may become a hazard when they become wetted by a small quantity of water or when they are improperly mixed, such as with other chemicals or reactive materials. A number of the pool chemicals, especially those exhibiting oxidation properties, can potentially be highly reactive and capable of generating high temperatures, as well as releasing toxic vapors if improperly handled or stored. Reactivity may be triggered by water wetting the chemical, or by the inadvertent mixing of a pool chemical with an incompatible material. Some pool chemicals are self-reactive over time, even without moisture addition or mixing with other materials. Pool chemicals involved in fire or toxic vapor release are likely to include those that add chlorine or a chlorine ion to the pool water for bacterial control.”

The three factors that contribute to pool chemicals creating a fire damage hazard are summed up as follows:

  • the addition of wetness or moisture
  • improper mixing with other chemicals
  • increased self-reactivity (instability) over time

Any one or all three of these factors can cause the chemicals to reach very high temperatures, which can ignite nearby flammable items. The chemicals can also explode or give off toxic fumes that can cause serious injury or death.

Pool Chemical Handling Tips

Handle pool chemicals in a well-ventilated area. Use gloves, eye protection, and a mask when dealing with dangerous chemicals. Close containers after each use to keep out moisture. Thoroughly clean equipment and tools that were used to handle one chemical before using them with a different chemical. Clean up spilled chemicals quickly, properly, and safely.

Pool Chemical Storage Tips

Separate chemicals that might react if accidentally mixed with each other. Do not store liquids above powders that, when combined, can explode or ignite. Store pool chemicals in a locked, stand-alone shed. Do not store pool chemicals in an attached garage; the results could cause devastating fire damage to the garage and home. Do not store pool chemicals with combustibles such as gasoline, paint thinners, or other flammable liquids.

A fire damage restoration project involving pool chemicals and the potential for explosions, additional fire, and the emission of toxic gases should not be handled as a DIY project. When a situation arises from a chemical explosion or fire resulting from the improper handling of pool chemicals, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can rapidly begin the fire damage cleanup project. Technicians are highly trained and experienced in the restoration and cleaning industry. They have the proper personal protective equipment and use proven remediation techniques to safely and thoroughly restore the damaged site to its pre-disaster condition.

For more information about Haltom City, TX, fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth by calling (817) 741-5737 or emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

What Factors Determine If Carpeting Can Be Saved during the Water Damage Restoration Process?

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Blog Summary: When the carpet is damaged by water intrusion, several factors must be considered when determining whether carpeting needs to be restored or replaced.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth know that water damage restoration involving water contaminated with gray water and black water presents serious health effects for technicians, occupants of the home, and pets. A rapid response is crucial to prevent advanced secondary damage that heightens the health risk. The team of highly trained and certified technicians takes every precaution as they act fast to remove the contaminated water and begin the cleaning and restoration process.

After water intrusion or flooding, damaged carpeting is often a concern, and homeowners must decide whether the carpet can be cleaned, restored, and saved. While the replacement of carpet and padding can cost thousands of dollars, restoration, where applicable, is more affordable and cost-effective.

Many factors are involved in the successful cleaning and restoration of carpet and padding that has suffered water damage from a natural disaster, a sewage backup, or a water intrusion from a burst supply line, roof leak, or HVAC condensate pan leak.

Factor #1: Condition of the carpet and padding prior to the flood damage

A key factor to consider when determining whether the flood-damaged carpet can be salvaged is the pre-flood condition of the floorcovering. Three important questions must be answered:

  • What is the age of the carpet and padding?
  • What is the quality of the carpet and padding?
  • How were the carpet and padding installed?

The carpet and padding may have been worn out and in need of replacement before the flood damage occurred. Low-quality contractor-grade carpet and padding may not be worth restoring, especially if the product has any age and wear on it. Lastly, poor or faulty installation may create problems that hinder or prevent restoration.

Factor #2: Contamination levels of the floodwater

An accurate assessment of the contamination level of the offending floodwater is crucial in determining if cleaning and restoring the water-damaged carpet is possible. The water damage restoration industry categorizes water into three main types.

Category 1: Clean water

This category includes water from a broken pipe, supply line, or rainwater that has not been contaminated with sewage, soil, pesticides, bacteria, or chemicals. Carpet and padding soaked with Category 1 water can be restored by professionals utilizing the correct equipment, remediation procedures, and cleaning solutions. However, the carpet must not have been wet for more than one to two days. By forty-eight hours, the water that has been absorbed in the carpet and padding will begin to breed bacteria, elevating the contamination level to Category 2.

Category 2: Gray water

The concentrated contamination levels in gray water can cause health effects if the water comes into contact with the skin, eyes, mouth, or nose. Examples of Category 2 water incidents include overflow from a washing machine or dishwasher, spilled aquarium water, water from a toilet overflow with no solid fecal matter, and a sump pump failure. Padding contaminated with gray water must be replaced, but with proper drying, cleaning, and sanitization, the carpet can be salvaged. A 24 to 48-hour delay in responding to a Category 2 loss will elevate it to a Category 3 loss.

Category 3: Black water

Black water is rich in dangerous pathogens; other harmful agents in black water include raw sewage. A toilet overflow with a mixture of fecal matter and urine falls under Category 3, as does flooding from rivers and streams. Surface water from thunderstorms or the aftermath of a hurricane also creates black water. It is all but impossible to clean and sanitize a carpet suffering from Category 3 water contamination.

Homeowners are advised against venturing into a flooded basement due to the possibility of electrocution or a slip-and-fall injury. Water removal, cleanup, and sanitization are best left to professionals with the right equipment, personal protective gear, cleaning techniques, and powerful disinfecting, sanitizing, and deodorizing solutions.

Factor #3: Choice of restoration company to provide a rapid response

Quick action on the part of the homeowner to contact a reputable damage restoration company in the event of a water or flood damage disaster is the first step to a successful and cost-effective water damage remediation. The second step is the rapid response of the restoration professionals. A delay of a day or two can be catastrophic, allowing secondary damage to ruin carpeting, padding, baseboards, and subflooring.

The SERVPRO team sets the industry standard with a commitment to arriving at the client’s home in about an hour after the initial contact from the homeowner. Equipped with state-of-the-art cleaning technology and proven cleaning techniques, the SERVPRO technicians provide water damage cleanup and restoration services whether the water is Category 1 or the more dangerous Category 3, black water.

For more information about Fort Worth, TX, water damage restoration, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The team of damage restoration professionals can also be reached by phone at (817) 741-5737.

What Keller, TX, Pool Owners Should Know About Pools and Water Damage

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth shares answers to questions homeowners have about water damage from pool leaks.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, the team is trained to remediate water damage resulting from a variety of water intrusion situations. Whether the damage is caused by a burst pipe or an appliance leak, technicians are trained and skilled in restoring the damaged area. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides water damage cleanup for all types of water damage, including water damage from a leaking swimming pool.

When Is the Right Time to Prioritize Pool Inspections and Maintenance?

Winter is a time when pool care is not at the forefront of homeowners’ minds. Because pools are rarely used during the winter months, it is easy for maintenance and repair concerns to be overlooked until the warm, sunny months return. However, neglecting to regularly inspect and care for the pool reduces the chances that the homeowner will spot signs that the pool or pool equipment has sprung a leak. These leaks can cause water damage or compromise the structural integrity of the pool, sending gallons of water cascading into the yard, the basement of the home, and the house’s foundation.

How Do Pools Cause Water Damage?

Filter failure

Pool filters eliminate debris and dirt in order to keep the swimming pool clean, sparkling, and inviting. Often, pools are equipped with a filtration system located in the home’s garage or basement. The close proximity of the pool filter to the home means that the house can suffer water damage if the equipment leaks or fails and if a pipe bursts. To avoid water damage in the basement or garage, the homeowner should add filter inspection to the pool maintenance schedule. When opening the swimming pool each season, be sure to check if the system appears to be in good working order. Also, be cautious when purchasing a pool filter that has already been used since the filter may have had problems that led the previous owner to sell it.

Basement or crawl space deluge

If a pool experiences cracks and structural failure, the basement or crawl space could experience water damage from massive flooding. Even smaller leaks can cause water to seep into the basement.

What Can Homeowners Do to Identify Pool Leaks?

One way to identify potential leaks is to regularly observe the water level in the pool. If the water level is lowering without a known cause, such as evaporation, a leak may be present. If the water loss is subtle, the homeowner can use tape to track the receding of the waterline to determine if there is any cause for concern.

An unexplained increase in the water bill may indicate that the swimming pool is leaking. However, a more expensive water bill can also be a sign of a leak unrelated to the pool.

Difficulties in keeping the pool’s water at the optimal pH level is another subtle indicator that a leak is present. Leakage introduces debris and soil into the pool water and can lead to the growth of algae and bacteria. The intrusion creates an imbalance in the water chemistry, making it challenging for the homeowner to maintain the ideal pH.

Will Insurance Cover Damage From a Leaking Pool?

When seeking insurance coverage for water damage resulting from pool leaks, homeowners should keep in mind that, while insurance may pay to restore the damage to the home, coverage may not extend to repairing the damage to the pool itself.

  • Flood insurance

Flood insurance is targeted towards storms and natural disasters and will not cover water damage caused by cracks in the pool or pool failure from wear. However, if rain and severe weather caused the pool to overflow and flood the home, flood insurance may cover the damage.

  • Homeowners insurance

Coverage for a pool leak may fall under dwelling coverage or personal property coverage, depending on the style of the policy holder’s pool. If the homeowner knew the pool leaked and did not take prompt action to resolve the problem before it damaged the home, the insurance company might deny the property damage claim because of the homeowner’s inaction.

Who Can Homeowners Call for Water Removal and Cleanup?

Whether a pool has a small leak or a catastrophic structural failure, the personnel at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth have the education, experience, and equipment to quickly, thoroughly, and professionally remediate the water damage to the home. Respectful and compassionate in their approach to serving clients, technicians evaluate the situation and provide the appropriate solution to promptly restore the water-damaged area and reduce stress for the homeowner.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to learn more about water damage restoration in Keller,TX, The damage restoration company can be reached by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

SERVPRO shares why it should be the primary choice for damage restoration of Northeast Ft. Worth Residences.

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth shares its mission for quality damage restoration with homeowners and business owners across the US. It carries on the tradition of quality restoration that has helped members of the community rebuild.

Why SERVPRO Is the Best Choice for Property Damage Restoration in the Winter

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has been providing quality restoration work to the Fort Worth, TX area for many years. How have they earned the trust and loyalty of so many satisfied customers? SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth shares the values that allow SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to stand out from other fire restoration companies, mold remediation companies, and water damage restoration companies.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has been a trusted member of the community for decades. Texans demand the best customer service and a job done right. Discover how SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth became an industry leader in property damage restoration.

Restoring Many Types of Property Damage

Home damage may result from a complex phenomenon that involves many threats at once. Storms can knock down electrical wires and heaters, sparking fires. Firefighters put out a fire but cause water damage in the process. The moist conditions created by water damage provide a breeding ground for mold, and that’s when it’s a good time to contact a flood damage restoration company. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has vast experience in all areas of damage restoration needed to restore a property affected by this type of incident. 

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage restoration companies such as SERVPRO mitigate and restore the water damage sustained by a property. This process includes water extraction of any excess water. The drying and dehumidification of affected areas including the floor, walls and ceiling will remove remaining water and help prevent mold growth. SERVPRO will also restore contents such as rugs, furniture, and other items deemed salvageable. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Fire restoration companies remove charred wood, restore damaged walls, clean discolorations from ash and soot, remove smoke odors, and remediate water damage incurred from firefighting efforts.

Mold Remediation Companies

Mold remediation companies in Texas take a proactive approach to dealing with growth. A licensed remediation company like SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth will develop a mold remediation work plan that is based on a detailed mold remediation protocol provided by a licensed mold assessment consultant. Following this protocol and work plan will allow the technicians to remove mold and mold spores, helping to prevent its spread through the home or business. 

Decades of Experience

How has SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth became skilled in so many areas of restoration? Their expertise comes from experience over time in:

Water Cleanup

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth uses the latest equipment for drying out rooms, carpets, and personal items. They have decades of experience in water cleanup, including restoring upholstery, repairing or replacing drywall, and many common building materials.

Mold Removal

Mold can be an insidious threat to homes. As a state of Texas licensed mold remediation contractor, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth adheres to the highest standards for mold removal.

Commercial Water Damage

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth knows the challenges that business owners face after disasters. Technicians are able to respond promptly and work with business owners to ensure the water damage incident is dealt with efficiently and with minimal disruption as possible to business operations.

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is available any time of day or night, seven days a week for emergency damage restoration services. Call us for a rapid response to any size property damage or to schedule water damage restoration services.

Commitment to Customer Service

As homeowners and business owners ourselves, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth understands the unique needs that both types of customers face. Since we are locals who live and work in the community, we have a strong desire to assist our fellow neighbors and respond rapidly with empathy to any size emergency incident.

Residential Cleaning Service

Every homeowner needs to feel safe at home and enjoy their home’s beauty. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides a wide range of cleaning services ranging from air duct and HVAC cleaning, viral disinfection or trauma clean up to general cleaning such as carpet and upholstery to cleaning the ceilings, walls and floors of a home.

Commercial Cleaning Service

Businesses depend on customer loyalty and brand image to grow and thrive in a challenging economy. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth offers a quick and professional commercial cleaning service so that local businesses can reopen their doors when cleaning needs go beyond what a janitorial crew can provide.

Local Ownership, Nationwide Reach

Individual SERVPRO branches have local ownership, so homeowners can trust them to have ties to the community and know the area well. Together, the SERVPRO branches form a network that works together to source the best materials and recruit the best property damage restoration specialists.

Booking an Appointment with SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

To make an appointment for property damage restoration in the Fort Worth area with SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth, call (817) 741-5737. Meet the team in person at 4200 Glenview Drive Fort Worth, TX 76117.

3 ‘Cold-Proofing’ Tips To Avoid the need for Flood Damage Restoration Services

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The flood damage restoration experts at SERVPRO run through three simple tips that Haltom City, TX, residents can take to keep freezing temperatures from destroying their pipes. Learn how to prevent this or what you can do to clean up any water damage if your plumbing does burst.

What To Do To Prevent a Cold Front From Bursting Pipes

The water in pipes can freeze as the outside temperature drops, and if enough ice collects, those pipes will expand and eventually burst. Emergency flood damage restoration and replacing plumbing can be costly unplanned expenses. Thankfully, there are a handful of different ways homeowners can combat the elements. 

It’s fairly simple to keep the pipes warm enough to prevent flood damage restoration from becoming unavoidable. SERVPRO, one of the premier water restoration companies in the country, has identified these three tips as the most effective ways people can prevent cold fronts from causing a plumbing disaster.

3 Ways To Keep Your Plumbing Safe in Winter

#1: Keep Your Building Warm

The most straightforward way to combat a cold front is to counter it with warm air. So if homeowners can keep their house well-heated during the year’s coldest months, they will not have to worry about burst pipes and the property damage and mold removal that comes with them.

However, it is not enough to run the heater during the day. People who turn their home’s HVAC system off before bed are giving the freezing air eight hours on average to wreak havoc on your plumbing and during the coldest parts of the day as well.

The Department of Energy recommends keeping homes heated to 68 degrees during the daytime and leaving the thermostat running at a lower temperature throughout the night.

#2: Weather-Proof Your Pipes

There are ways to keep pipes themselves heated beyond a constantly running HVAC, the most popular and effective being insulation sleeves.

Insulation sleeves made of fiberglass or durable foam act as a coat for exposed pipes, wrapping around the plumbing and preventing it from freezing. 

There are a handful of other heating products for pipes as well, such as heat tape and electric heating cables. These items are available at most home improvement stores or through a commercial cleaning service.

#3: Leave Your Faucets Running Slowly

If the water in pipes is allowed to sit still for long enough, it runs a high risk of freezing over and creating catastrophic plumbing and water damage. 

The most effective way to keep water from freezing is to keep it running. Even if it’s just a light trickle, consistently moving water can ward off any potential icing in pipes. While this can slightly increase water bills, that added utility cost is mild compared to the services of mold remediation companies that homeowners would need after a burst pipe.

Water Damage Restoration From SERVPRO

Pipes can still burst even when homeowners take all the proper precautions. And when they do, they create a world of problems to your property. While anyone can attempt water cleanup and flood damage restoration on their own, it will be more challenging and costly than hiring a local team of experts to handle the job. 

So, when a plumbing disaster strikes, homeowners in Haltom City, TX, can trust SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to take care of the problem quickly and correctly. SERVPRO can safely clean any water damage with professionalism, reliability, and affordability that other water damage restoration companies cannot offer.

Call SERVPRO today at (817) 741-5737 to schedule water damage restoration or flood damage restoration services.

Helping Businesses Navigate Sewer Backup Coverage after Water Damage and Sewage Damage

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth helps walk businesses through the process of sewage damage cleanup, as well as dealing with the insurance company.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is available 24/7, 365 days a year, when a business needs the services of a commercial water damage restoration company. When a water damage disaster involves a sewage spill, the cleanup project requires trained professionals equipped with the right equipment and appropriate PPG. The skilled and experienced team knows how to work safely and efficiently in a hazardous environment to enable the company to resume normal business operations as soon as possible.

A Commercial Sewage Damage Scenario

The business owner arrives early to open the facility, turn on the lights, power up equipment, and prepare for the day. A terrible smell and a flooded office and showroom greet her. She winds her way through the maze of sludge and locates the source of the sewage backup at the office restrooms. Further investigation reveals a similar situation in the workers’ restrooms adjacent to the production floor.

The entire facility must be shut down. The sewage spread throughout the facility is unsanitary, and the slippery, buckled flooring in the office, showroom, and production area creates unsafe conditions that can lead to a slip-and-fall injury. Employees tracking through the spillage can have the unintended consequence of expanding the hazard zone, which increases the cost of the cleanup and restoration and delays the return to normal business operations.

Navigating Sewer Backup Coverage for Businesses

An article in The Balance, an online resource for small businesses, addresses an important question regarding a sewage backup and insurance coverage. “Will the damage be covered by your commercial property policy? The answer may be no. Most property policies contain a broad water exclusion that precludes (among other things) damage caused by water that backs up or overflows from a sewer, drain, or sump pump. Fortunately, you can protect your business from expensive sewer backup incidents by purchasing sewer backup coverage.”

An insurance company may provide an option for adding sewer backup coverage to a commercial property policy. If the discharge of water or waterborne material originates from a sewer, drain, or sump located on the property and named in the sewer backup endorsement, the loss will be covered.

Coverage extends to the cost of cleanup and restoration for the building and the repair or replacement of personal property damaged by sewer water. Repair of the sewer, drain, or sump itself is not covered.

A company with business income coverage may consider extending the coverage to include sewage backups. A major sewage spill could force the shutdown of normal business operations. The insurer will not pay expenses for a property damage loss or an income loss that exceeds the limits stated in the sewage backup endorsement.

Common Insurance Coverage Exclusions

Some exclusions apply, including the following:

  • A sewage backup resulting from a flood, storm surge, or tidal wave

However, a business covered under the federal flood program is covered if the sewage backup is directly caused by a flood.

  • A sewer backup or discharge resulting from failure to perform routine maintenance or repair

If the policyholder fails to keep sewer pipes free of tree roots and a backup occurs, damages will not be covered.

  • A sewage backup from sump pump failure due to a power outage

Damages caused by sump pump failure due to a power outage are not covered unless the policy includes utility interruption coverage. If the sewage backup results from the sudden mechanical breakdown of the sump pump or its related equipment, damages will be covered.

Business and property owners are strongly advised to review their insurance coverage, including endorsements, with their insurance agent. The proactive decision to pre-qualify a reputable property damage cleanup and restoration company can save valuable time in a business where time is money. In addition, hiring a professional restoration and cleaning company eliminates the liability risks that are present when employees are tasked with cleaning up sewage. Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for commercial water damage restoration, as well as fire and storm damage cleanup and restoration. The locally owned and operated SERVPRO can scale to handle any size disaster.

For more information about sewage cleanup and water damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com or call the office at (817) 741-5737.

Tips and Checklist for Preparing for Storm Damage Restoration

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth explains to Keller residents what they should do to prepare when hiring a storm damage restoration company.

Preparing for Storm Damage Restoration: Checklist and Tips

When disaster strikes, homeowners don’t have time to prepare for what lies ahead. That’s why it’s crucial to prepare before a storm bludgeons the neighborhood and damages your home.

Preparing for flood damage restoration can save you valuable time during a crisis. It makes things easier for the storm damage restoration company, allowing the technicians to get to work repairing your home faster and more efficiently. Below are a few tips that every homeowner should consider when preparing for storm damage restoration.

1.  Evaluate the Home’s Exterior Damage

Once the storm calms, homeowners must evaluate their home’s exterior damage. Always check the roof before moving to the windows, downspouts, and gutters. This will help when it’s time to explain the extent of the damage to water damage restoration companies.

It also allows the restoration company to prepare for what lies ahead. If the home has extensive roof damage, the company’s technicians can plan their approach and fix it faster.

2. Assess the Porch and Yard

Heavy winds and downpours aren’t always the most dangerous parts of a storm. The debris the wind blows around is just as hazardous and can cause severe structural damage to a home even after the rain ends.

Homeowners need to check for broken tree limbs and hanging debris that still put their property at risk. It’s also vital to inspect decks, fences, and railings for damage since they are close to the home. A broken floorboard can break when stepped on, potentially causing severe injuries.

3. Check the Attic for Leaks and Water Damage

It’s no secret that storms take a toll on a home’s roof. If the roof becomes seriously damaged, leaks form in the attic, putting your home’s interior at risk. Excessive leaks can also cause hazardous mold to arise, causing possible health issues to the occupants.

Always check the attic (top floor of the building) for leaks after the storm settles. If the homeowner finds a leak, they must call a mold removal service as well as an emergency water damage restoration company immediately. Mold remediation companies clear the mold from the area, allowing the homeowner and their family to breathe safely. Look for companies like SERVPRO, which offers both mold and water cleanup services, to simplify the restoration process.

4. Document the Damage

Most adjusters want proof to see the extent of the damages. It’s always best to take pictures of everything affected by the storm to show the adjustor the scope of the damages. Flood and fire damage restoration companies often help with the documentation process as they inspect the property to provide an estimate.

It’s also crucial to keep everything regardless of its condition. Stacking all the ruined appliances, furniture, carpet, and sheetrock outside the home shows the adjuster the damages’ seriousness, proving their case even further.

Residential and Commercial Water Damage Services in Keller, TX

If you need water cleanup and water damage restoration in Keller, TX, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. Its team offers everything from storm damage restoration to commercial cleaning services at fair and affordable prices. The SERVPRO team has extensive experience serving the Keller community and can help residents with all their restoration needs.

Don’t wait. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741- 5737 and take the stress out of storm damage restoration today!

4 Winter Fire Statistics That Every Homeowner Should Know

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides Keller residents with four winter fire facts and statistics.

4 Winter Fire Statistics and Facts You Should be Aware of

The holidays are a festive time of year that brings people closer together. However, the constant cooking, extravagant decorations, and relaxing fires pose more of a threat than you might think. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth presents a few helpful tips and tricks to make the holidays safer.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is one of Keller’s most trusted fire restoration companies. The influx of cooking, electrical decorations, and other celebratory activities increase the chance of fires and can help homeowners make their holidays safer than ever. Here are a few winter fire facts and statistics every homeowner should know.

1. Christmas Trees Start 160 Fires Every Year

Statistics show that Christmas trees caused around 160 fires per year between 2015 and 2019. The fires resulted in 12 injuries, two deaths, and $10 million in property damages on average. Lighting equipment and electrical distribution caused nearly half of the Christmas tree fires, making many people think twice before hanging decorative lights on their tree.

When setting up a Christmas tree, ensure it isn’t close to candles or fireplaces. Also, check the decorative lights to guarantee everything is working correctly before hanging them on the tree. Although Christmas trees alone don’t pose a threat, hanging hot, malfunctioning lights increases the chances of a fire tenfold.

2. Holiday Decorations Cause 790 Fires Per Year

Hanging holly and festive décor around a home can transform any residence into a winter wonderland. However, holiday decorations cause around 790 fires, one death, and 26 injuries on average yearly.

Two in five decoration fires start when the homeowner sets or hangs the décor too close to a heat source like a candle or fireplace. Always hang holiday decorations away from open flames and heated equipment to reduce the chances of a fire.

3. Christmas is the Peak Day for Candle Fires

More candle fires happen on Christmas Day than any other time of year. In fact, Christmas raises the chances of a candle fire by 2.5%. Candles started around 7,400 fires between 2015 and 2019, resulting in 90 deaths, 670 injuries, and $291 million in fire damage restoration costs.

Homeowners must place candles away from flammable objects like furniture, decorations, Christmas trees, and curtains. Although candles set the mood for the holiday season, use caution when using them around the home.

4. More Cooking Fires Happen on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve Than Any Other Time of Year

The holidays and cooking go hand in hand. However, more cooking fires happen during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires, causing around 1,400 fires in 2019 alone for fire damage companies to respond to.

Christmas Day and Christmas Eve also have high cooking fire rates, resulting in well over 100 each year. It’s best to keep flammable decorations like holly and wreaths out of the kitchen to diminish the chances of a fire.

High-Quality Fire Damage Restoration in Keller, TX

For fire damage restoration services in Keller, TX, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has you covered. SERVPRO can handle all fire damage restoration needs without putting unnecessary stress on homeowners’ finances.

Unlike other water restoration companies and mold remediation companies, SERVPRO doesn't stop at fire damage restoration service. Its team provides residential and commercial restoration services, including:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Water cleanup
  • Commercial water damage inspections
  • Mold removal
  • Emergency water damage restoration
  • Commercial cleaning service

If you experience a fire this holiday season and need professional restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.

Six Seasonal Fire Risks That Are Common in Winter

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Homeowners need to be aware of the fire hazards that threaten their homes during colder months. If fire damage should occur, local property owners can turn to the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for fire damage restoration services.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides fire damage restoration services for the local area and serves the community with honesty and professionalism. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in accordance with the highest IICRC standards. Customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any property damage disaster, including a fire damage disaster.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 360,000 home structure fires occur each year. The cost of these fire disasters approaches $6-8 billion in damages. Fire dangers are elevated during the winter months because the cold weather drives people indoors where life is warm, comfortable, and cozy.

Here are some causes of home fires that are directly related to cold weather and increased time spent in the home.

  1. Cooking

The primary cause of housefires and related injuries is cooking. An activity that involves hot burners or actual flames from natural gas or propane inside the home is a fire hazard by design. During the warmer months, outdoor grilling is very popular, especially in light of the recent pandemic. However, during the winter months, the cold drives this outdoor culinary activity indoors. Keep the home safe with the following fire prevention tips:

  • While food is cooking, someone should remain in the kitchen to keep an eye on the food.
  • Keep flammable materials such as potholders, paper products, towels, and dishcloths away from the stove even when the appliance is turned off.
  • A clean stove free of grease buildup is a safer appliance.
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance from the stove during food preparation.
  1. Candles

During the winter months and the holiday season, scented candles add a delightful aroma to the home environment while enhancing the decor. However, from 2012 to 2016, candles were responsible for an estimated 8,200 home fires, December being the peak month for this type of fire.

According to a source in the insurance industry, “Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the home candle fires. Be sure to extinguish all candles before heading to bed at night, and never leave the room with any candles burning. Three of every five home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle. Candles should be placed at a minimum of three feet from combustible materials such as your Christmas tree and/or decorations, curtains, blankets, etc.”

Safer, flameless decor options include plug-in air fresheners, oil diffusers, and wax warmers.

  1. Smoking

The leading cause of fire deaths in the United States is smoking-related materials, such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. In 2014, an estimated 17,200 house fires were caused by smoking.

Smoking safety tips:

  • Avoid smoking indoors, especially during the cold winter months.
  • Keep lighters, matches, and cigarettes away from children. A locked cabinet is the safest storage option for these items.
  • Discard smoking materials with the utmost caution. Ensure that the butts and ashes have been doused and are completely extinguished.
  1. Electrical lighting

Almost half of all Christmas tree fires (43%) were related to electrical distribution, such as overloaded circuits or extension cord mishaps.

Christmas tree lighting tips:

  • Discard strings of lights that have frayed wires or loose bulb connections.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the number of light strands that can be connected.
  • Do not decorate a live or artificial Christmas tree with lit candles.
  • Before going to bed or leaving the house, turn off all Christmas tree lights.
  • Convert to LED lights which are more energy-efficient and create much less heat.
  1. Clothes dryers

Homeowners report an estimated 3,000 dryer fires each year, and dryer fires cause around $35 million in property damage. Fall and winter are the peak months for dryer fires. Lint buildup is the major cause of dryer fires. Every time the dryer is used, clean the lint filters. Regularly inspect and clean the appliance. Homeowners who are unable to perform these safety tips can secure the services of reputable home services professionals who specialize in dryer inspection and maintenance.

  1. Christmas trees

Surprisingly, both live and artificial Christmas trees pose a fire risk in the home. A live tree is more likely to catch fire when it becomes dried out. However, artificial trees produce more severe flames that give off toxic chemicals and smoke. Great care should be exercised when using either type of tree.

Consider the following fire safety tips when using a live Christmas tree:

  • Select a tree with fresh, green needles, which do not fall off when touched or jostled.
  • Remove two inches from the trunk before anchoring the tree on the stand.
  • Daily water the tree to keep the needles fresh and green.
  • Christmas trees should be kept at least three feet away from a fireplace, heat vent, radiator, or other heat sources.
  • Position the tree so that no doorways or hallways are blocked.

By pre-qualifying a fire damage restoration company, the homeowner is better prepared to meet the challenges of fire damage. In the event of a fire damage disaster, only one call will be needed to have a team of highly trained and experienced professionals arrive within an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

For more information about Haltom City, TX, fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Why SERVPRO: Quick Response Water Damage Restoration to Prevent Further Damage

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth explains why a fast response is crucial after a home or business experiences water damage and why they're considered a leader in the industry. 

SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration caused by storms, burst pipes, flooding, firefighting efforts, and more. Their highly qualified team serves the Fort Worth community, offering 24/7 emergency water restoration when needed. Services include water removal, deep cleaning of walls, carpets, floors, blinds, and upholstery, as well as mold remediation. 

Each member of the SERVPRO team undergoes intensive water damage restoration techniques, learning the proper ways to perform water cleanup and mold removal. Training meets the highest standards of the IICRC and includes a certification program, related continuing education classes, and ongoing training through web-based workshops. As a leader in the industry, Texans have been choosing SERVPRO for their water damage restoration since 1998.  

Why SERVPRO: Quick Response Water Damage Restoration to Prevent Further Damage

#1: SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Emergency Water Restoration

After a flood or storm, the first 48 hours are critical. Water damage restoration should begin immediately to avoid further damage to the property that could end up costing far more down the line. Using an emergency water restoration like SERVPRO is essential, especially if the incident occurs outside of business hours. SERVPRO responds to emergency calls within an hour, no matter what day of the year or time of day it is. 

#2: SERVPRO Handles Water Cleanup

The first step water restoration companies take after assessing the damage is removing all of the moisture. Often this includes large water pumps to drain the water from the affected area. Any affected building materials such as carpets, sheetrock, and insulation will also need to be removed. Once this is done, high-efficiency dehumidifiers and commercial fans are used to speed up drying and eliminate moisture from the air. Doing this helps to prevent permanent damage. 

#3: SERVPRO Stops Mold Production

It takes just 24 to 48 hours after being exposed to moisture for mold spores to develop and grow into a full-blown colony. SERVPRO interrupts the process by taking the proper measures before it gets to that point. If water damage restoration wasn't started immediately and mold had time to form, SERVPRO's team is also trained to safely handle mold removal.  

#4: SERVPRO Is Locally Owned

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, with over a dozen locations in Texas. They serve Fort Worth, Haltom City, and Keller, TX, to name a few. The SERVPRO team is made up of your friends, family, and neighbors, all working together to make this difficult situation easier for homeowners. 

#5: SERVPRO's Staff Is Highly Trained

Working at SERVPRO requires significant training, turning their staff into fire and water damage specialists. They're required to complete the highest Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a SERVPRO-specific training program, related continuing education classes, and ongoing training through web-based workshops. It's efforts like these that have made SERVPRO a leader in the industry. 

SERVPRO is a trusted member of the community. They have been offering their services to the area since 1998. Their highly trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment have put them at the top of the industry, making them the number one choice for water cleanup and restoration. If you’re in need of emergency water damage restoration, call them now at (817) 741-5737 and avoid further damage to your home. 

How to Successfully File an Insurance Claim for Water Damage Restoration

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO shows Northeast Fort Worth residents how to increase their chances of getting insurance coverage for water damage restoration. 

According to FEMA, just one inch of water can cost a homeowner up to $25,000 of damage. Unfortunately, insurance companies can be picky about approving claims for water damage restoration and providing coverage for repairs.

SERVPRO professionals are experienced in working with insurance companies for water cleanup and restoration. As such, the team has learned a thing or two about how insurance companies decide whether to approve insurance claims or not. Read on for SERVPRO’s tips and tricks on how to file an insurance claim for water damage successfully.

Tips for Filing a Water Damage Restoration Insurance Claim

Know What Is Typically Covered and Not Covered

To most insurance companies, water damage falls under two categories: sudden and gradual.

Sudden or Accidental Water Damage

Most insurance companies cover water damage that’s difficult or impossible to predict or prevent. Examples of sudden or emergency water restoration include:

  • Frozen pipes that have burst
  • Water damage from extinguishing a fire
  • Severe rain or snowstorms that cause roof leakage

Gradual Water Damage

Insurance companies tend not to cover water damage that happened over time, was preventable or occurred due to the homeowner’s negligence. Examples of gradual water damage include:

  • Mold build-up
  • Leaking from improperly maintained plumbing, such as a leaking sink
  • Cracks in walls that lead to water leaks

Whatever the specific coverage, SERVPRO advises their clients to contact their insurance company immediately to report the damage.

Collect Evidence of the Water Damage

Insurance companies need proof of the damage when evaluating a claim. This proof consists of photos and videos of the water damage site.

It’s also important to hold onto the objects and possessions affected by the water damage. SERVPRO advises their clients to store those items in a safe place as they could prove crucial later.

Get an Estimate of the Water Damage

Schedule an appointment with a water damage restoration company to get an estimate of the cost of the repair. Depending on the type of damage, mold remediation companies and fire restoration companies may also need to look at the damage. SERVPRO provides their clients with a complete repair estimate and informs clients if they need to vacate the property for their safety.

Hold onto the Receipts

Be sure to keep all the documents and receipts from water restoration companies that inspected the damage. The insurance company needs to see these receipts at some point. SERVPRO provides their clients with itemized receipts they can easily enclose with their insurance claims.

Do Meticulous Record-Keeping

Immediately record all information related to the water damage, including the date, time, and exact location of the damage. SERVPRO professionals record the dates and times they speak with an insurance company, along with the highlights of each conversation and the representative’s name.

Schedule a Visit with an Adjuster

Insurance companies send claims adjusters to damaged properties to assess how much they’ll pay for a claim. Be ready to show the adjuster all the possessions damaged by the water and any receipts.

If Approved for a Claim, Proceed with Caution

A claim approval doesn’t mean the insurance company will pay for all repairs. Often, a settlement barely puts a dent in the cost of the repairs. In that case, it’s worth negotiating with the insurance company for a higher amount. The SERVPRO team is experienced at speaking with insurance companies and advocating for their clients’ fair reimbursement.

About the Company

SERVPRO is an industry-leading residential and commercial cleaning service for property damage. Serving the Northeast Fort Worth and Keller, TX communities, SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, fire and smoke cleanup, and mold removal. The company office is located at 4200 Glenview Drive Fort Worth, TX, 76117. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth today at 817-741-5737 to get a free estimate.

Proven Ways of Restoring and Cleaning Fire Damaged Buildings in Keller

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damages Damages from kitchen fire

Apart from consuming your items and your buildings' structural components, fire damage incidents can leave behind dark stains on surfaces and discolored ceilings and walls. There is also the challenge of dealing with the odors that remain trapped in hidden locations. You are also likely to find soot and ash deposits behind walls and around the air conditioner vents. To prevent additional damage, we carefully inspect your Keller property and come up with appropriate restoration and cleaning techniques.  

Sometimes fire damage to your Keller home can cause significant exterior structural damage and leave it dangerously unstable. If that happens, it is necessary to board it up instantly. Our SERVPRO technicians offer emergency board up solutions to secure buildings that are severely damaged. Such services can also cover openings that make the structure vulnerable to animals, rain, and vandals. The goal is to provide temporary support as the necessary repairs are being carried out.  

Soot and smoke particles can penetrate and travel into various parts of the structure and affect carpets, paint, drapes, upholstery, clothing, and other contents within the building. Our SERVPRO technicians can ventilate the site and use appropriate debris removal techniques during the restoration process. We thoroughly clean and neutralize both the odors and deposits before any redecoration can take place.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can use dry sponges when removing initial smoke deposits when attending to damages caused by high-oxygen fires. We use wet cleaning methods when dealing with the destruction caused by low-oxygen fires. In such cases, the use of dry sponges can spread the soot and create smears on surfaces. In most cases, kitchen fires do not leave behind visible residues, so we thoroughly clean the area to clear the mess. If necessary, we can remove contents in the kitchen drawers and cabinets to allow access to hidden locations.  

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is a trusted service provider that offers proven cleaning and restoration services that meet residential and commercial needs. Call (817) 741-5737 when you need our highly trained technicians to return your property to its preloss state.

Five Places Where Hidden Water Leaks Are Quietly Causing Water Damage

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When hidden leaks cause extensive water damage, homeowners can turn to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, a local leader in water damage restoration.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a leader in water damage restoration in Halcolm City, TX, and the surrounding areas. The team of technicians serves the Fort Worth area with integrity and the highest professional standards.

Continuous or repeated exposure to water and moisture can damage subflooring, plywood sheathing, wood studs, and insulation. The fact that this water damage often plays hide and seek makes the situation even worse. Here are five favorite places where water damage and leaks can hide.

#1. Around a central HVAC unit

An HVAC system produces condensation on the indoor evaporation coils. The moisture, anywhere from five to twenty gallons depending on the humidity level, is collected in a shallow condensate pan and evacuated through a drain line to the outside of the home. If the line clogs, the pan will overflow. The inside portion of an HVAC system is often tucked away in the attic or closet, where the leak can go hidden for months. Inspect the inside evaporator coils and condensate pan when changing the filter. This proactive approach will enable homeowners to detect most leaks before a serious water damage issue arises. An annual inspection of the HVAC system by a certified technician should be on everyone’s spring cleaning list.

#2. Around a window air conditioner

As a window AC unit cools a room, moisture from the coils is directed to the exterior portion of the unit where it is discharged. If the evacuation tubing fails due to clogs, rot, or rust, the water will escape and drain into the wall space below the unit. Wood rot and a potential mold infestation can result. Feel for wet sheetrock or spongy flooring beneath the appliance, and be on the alert for a moldy, musty smell. The unit may need to have its filter and coils cleaned.

#3. Under the dishwasher

To keep water from seeping out of the tub, dishwashers have a watertight seal. However, leaks can develop in the joints of the dishwasher’s water supply line or in the drain line. Because the flooring underneath the dishwasher cannot be easily seen, a slow leak can cause widespread damage to the subfloor over time. The homeowner might not discover the damage until it is time to move or replace the dishwasher.

#4. Behind the washing machine

Tucked away in the laundry room, the washer can conceal leaks at the water supply line connections. Make a habit of inspecting the connections. Proactively replace the lines about every five to seven years to prevent a major water intrusion. Watch out for water pooling around the base of the appliance. When a leak does occur, resolve it immediately to prevent secondary advanced water damage.

#5. In the bathroom

The bathroom, the wettest room in the home, is a favorite hiding place for water damage and leaks. The normal use of the shower, tub, toilet, and sink yields sufficient moisture to foster a mold infestation. Several places where water damage and water leaks lurk include:

  • Under the vanity sink

A slow drip from a supply line or the drain under a bathroom (or kitchen) sink may hide out until the homeowner is alerted by a musty smell or spongy flooring. Limited or no ventilation, darkness, and moisture from the leak make the area under the sink a prime spot for a mold infestation.

  • Next to the shower or tub

The shower and tub have several water line connections, and each connection provides an opportunity for a leak. Since these connections are often concealed within a wall, any leaks are also hidden behind the wall. Water damage from the leak signals the homeowner to a problem. Warped drywall, peeling paint, blistering wallpaper, a spongy floor, and a musty smell give away the hiding place.

  • Under an unstable toilet

The wax ring between the toilet base and the toilet flange may develop a leak. Sometimes a pool of water around the base of the toilet hints at a problem. This type of leak usually goes undetected until the subflooring rots, allowing the toilet to wobble. In some cases, the toilet may fall through the floor when enough weight is applied to it.

  • Behind a bathtub or shower surround

At some point, tub and shower surrounds with multiple pieces will experience a caulk failure between the surround sections and between the sections and the wall. The water leak will eventually damage the wood studs and framing materials. When the caulk begins to turn yellow or pull away, remove the aging, failing caulk and replace it with a new caulk designed for the moisture and temperature variations seen in a shower and tub.

Hide and seek leaks often leave extensive water damage in their wake. A leak many months old has likely spawned a mold infestation. Special protective gear, cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning solutions are required to get the job done quickly and, above all, safely.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial water damage. For more information about the Halcolm City, TX, water damage restoration company, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Six Things to Do While Waiting for Your Storm Damage Restoration Company to Arrive

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The SERVPRO storm damage restoration team encourages you to do these six things while waiting for them to arrive.

Addressing storm damage to a home as quickly as possible is essential to keep everyone safe and minimize lasting damage. SERVPRO understands the frustration of home storm damage and works hard to provide effective and stress-free emergency storm damage restoration.

SERVPRO offers water damage restoration, water cleanup, mold removal, and commercial cleaning services in Northeast Ft. Worth, TX.

Six Things to Do While Waiting for Your Storm Damage Restoration Company to Arrive

1. Make Sure Everyone is Safe

Following a severe storm, safety is a priority. Even if the damage seems minor, it is essential to verify that everyone in the household is safe.

Take a headcount of everyone in the house and check for injuries. If anyone is injured, call for medical attention right away.

This is especially true if the storm ignites a fire in the home. Fire restoration companies will repair the damage, so getting the family out as quickly as possible should be the priority.

2. Take Pictures and Document the Damage

Take pictures and document the damage while waiting for the storm damage restoration team to arrive to help when it’s time to file an insurance claim. Insurance companies want to know the extent of the damage before paying out; documents and evidence will expedite the process.

Getting receipts from any water restoration companies that assist with the water cleanup is also critical.

3. Stay Out of the House

Some storms cause enough damage to force an evacuation. If the home is unsafe, do not re-enter it until the local authority says it is safe.

If there is a fire in the house, it is critical to stay out. Fire restoration companies will do everything they can to restore the home after the fire dies down.

4. Save Valuable Items

Flooding is common with storm damage. When the house begins flooding, save valuable and necessary items after ensuring that everyone is safe.

In many cases, severe home flooding calls for mold removal. Mold thrives in warm, wet places and can quickly deteriorate valuable items or impact house structure.

Mold remediation companies often require storm damage victims to stay out of the house during mold removal. Saving valuable items while waiting for the water damage restoration company will help prevent future frustration.

5. Open the Windows

Whether residential or commercial water damage, it is beneficial to open up the windows after receiving water damage. SERVPRO commercial cleaning services provide emergency water restoration as soon as possible; however, opening up the windows lets the air flow and reduces mold growth.

If the home has a sump pump, this is the time to turn it on. The sump pump will begin the water cleanup process while you wait for the water restoration companies.

6. Turn Off the Power

If the home is actively flooding, it is vital to turn off the power.

Home appliances like the microwave or dryer can quickly turn a flooding situation into a more dangerous endeavor. Although this won’t protect appliances from water damage, turning off the main power as water pours in will prevent electrocution and keep everyone in the house safe.

SERVPRO Storm Damage Restoration

Keller, TX, is no stranger to thunderstorms. When storm damage occurs, it is critical to begin the residential or commercial water damage restoration process as soon as possible. SERVPRO offers emergency water restoration and mold removal services in Northeast Ft. Worth, TX.

Contact SERVPRO at (817) 741-5737 for commercial cleaning services and storm damage restoration.

Waterproofing and Sump Pumps for Fort Worth Crawlspaces

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Severe storms are a regular part of Fort Worth weather. They flood homes quickly, leaving a mess of not only a homeowner’s personal property but also their residence itself. For homes with crawlspaces underneath, this can be a problem that affects the structural integrity, destroys items in storage, and even lead to a mold infestation if not dealt with quickly.
 
In these cases, waterproofing is needed for Fort Worth residential crawlspaces. SERVPRO restoration teams can seal off almost any type of leak into one unless there is major damage to the exterior walls or the sub-floor above it.
 
If standing water is a recurring issue with every rain, then the homeowner has two problems: Leaks and seeps into the crawlspace, and very slow or no drainage. Our technicians can address both of them simultaneously.
 
Team members remove water with a commercial pump and then use a combination of hand-drying methods and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture left in the crawlspace. Then they cover the dirt floor with thick, polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier, preventing water from seeping up inside. Team members extend these sheets up and onto the walls, securing them together and to the walls with two-sided, foundation tape.
 
Before securing them to the walls, however, an inspector carefully examines the walls for any cracks or leaks. SERVPRO specialists fill them with a hydraulic cement that blocks further water intrusion. Next, they seal every wall with a masonry cement that reduces water seepage from outside the home. Once they complete the walls, team members seal the polyethylene sheets in place.
 
Water can still penetrate through wood floors, however. In areas that flood regularly, the solution for recurring flooding may be to install a sump pump. These devices work automatically, and when water is detected, they switch on to remove it until the level returns to normal. Our technicians can install a sump pump and have it working in a day.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is to help you return your entire home to a dry, safe condition, and keep it in that state as best as possible. If you need us to return your crawlspace to what it looked like before flooding; call us today at (817) 741-5737 to get started.

What Types of Mold Can Be Found in Commercial Facilities?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Several different types of mold can take hold in an office building or other commercial environment. When business owners need mold mitigation services, they can turn to the team of professional technicians at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth understands the importance of keeping an office building and other commercial settings clean, fresh, and safe from a mold infestation, which can accompany water damage to the facility. Technicians are highly trained in commercial property damage restoration and cleaning techniques. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth follows the highest IICRC standards, so customers can trust the damage restoration and cleaning team to handle any situation, including a mold infestation in an office building or other commercial setting.

Repairs, maintenance, and janitorial services usually involve issues that are easily detectable — a spill in the hallway, a stain on the carpet, a squeaky door. However, mold is often a hidden issue. Mold proliferation is a growing concern and can affect health, worker productivity, and the customer experience. The goal of mold mitigation is to keep the facility in the best condition for tenants, employees, clients, customers, and anyone else that might visit the office building. The facility must be functional, clean, fresh, and healthy.

Five Common Types of Mold Found in Offices

Texture, color, or shape are not necessarily key indicators of the exact species of mold. Some mold types are visually indistinguishable from other types of molds, and in many instances, professional testing is required to determine which mold is present. A particular surface condition can host many different mold species.

  1. Cladosporium

This hearty mold can thrive in a variety of conditions and on a wide range of surfaces. Some molds prefer damper and warmer environments, but this mold can take hold almost anywhere in the temperate environment of a climate-controlled office complex.

Common locations to keep an eye out for Cladosporium include food storage areas such as the office kitchen, as well as the gasket on the doors to the refrigerator and freezer. Mirrors, windows, ceramic tile, and other non-porous surfaces where condensation can occur are a favorite residence for this mold. This mold is unsightly and makes a negative impression on clients, customers, and tenants.

  1. Aspergillus

Aspergillus, a robust mold strain that thrives indoors, feeds on cardboard, artwork, shelving, leather furniture, pressed wood products, and the cloth bindings of books. The spores from this mold may cause health effects. Mold can also impact the health of pets. There is a growing trend of bringing pets into the workplace, and an office complex may host support animals or service dogs.

  1. Alternaria

This outdoor mold travels into the office on people and pets. An open office window is an invitation to this mold strain to pay a visit to the office team. The warmth and moisture of summer are this mold’s preferred environment. This mold may be found growing on cloth upholstery.

  1. Penicillium

Most people think of mold as being black or brown. According to the Centers for Disease Control, color is not an indicator of toxicity. Molds may be black, brown, green, yellow, blue, and even pink or orange! Penicillium, a toxic mold that causes food spoilage, may be yellow, blue, or green in color. Drapes, cabinets, and ceiling tiles are surfaces this mold favors. Drywall that has been moistened from a water intrusion fosters the growth of this mold. While Penicillium is the source of the medical marvel penicillin, the mold can have health effects if left to spread in an office building.

  1. Stachybotrys

Known as “black mold,” Stachybotrys enjoys fibrous surfaces such as paper and wood. This moisture-loving mold is a slow-growing toxic beast that can cause health effects long before it is discovered and identified.

Mitigating Mold in an Office Building

When mold is discovered, mitigation should begin immediately. Common causes of mold include inadequate ventilation, condensation, melting ice dams, or water damage from flooding or leaky plumbing. When water intrusion is identified, the business owner should secure the services of a water damage restoration company to remediate the damage and prevent a widespread mold infestation.

For more information about mold mitigation, water damage restoration, and other restoration and cleaning services in Halcolm City, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth, TX, by phone at (817) 741-5737. The team can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How Long Will Water Damage Restoration Around Haltom City, TX, Take?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth explains the water restoration process and how long each step typically takes to complete. 

Whether to address damage from a storm, plumbing mishap, or otherwise, water damage restoration is an intensive process. In best-case scenarios, it only takes a few days but can take weeks. Why does it take so long? 

Water cleanup spans more than simply removing water from a property, as water damage can have an unseen and lasting impact. Water removal and mold remediation companies complete a range of steps to treat buildings for odors, bacteria, microbes, and other harmful agents that can make their way into furniture, carpeting, and floorboards through outside water. 

Both to expedite the process and minimize the chance of secondary damage, such as mold, the experts at SERVPRO, a leading water damage restoration company in Fort Worth, stress the importance of calling for emergency water restoration services as soon as possible after water exposure. 

The Water Damage Restoration Timeline: What to Expect

1. Emergency Water Restoration and Removal

First, if a burst pipe, washing machine, or other appliance caused the flooding, the restoration company will turn off the water at the source. Next, large, truck-mounted pumps suck the water from inside the property. 

This process can take several hours, depending on how much water is present. After that, they take steps to dry the property and restore safe humidity levels. That often takes at least 72 hours, even with help from industrial dryers and dehumidifiers.

2. Salvaging and Removing Furniture

Unfortunately, furniture and valuable items are often lost after flooding. The remediation company will work to salvage what they can and then recycle, throw away, or donate whatever will not be kept. How long this will take varies in length depending on the number of damaged items.

3. Mold, Stain, and Water Remediation

Treating carpets and furniture is relatively straightforward and quick. It generally only takes a few hours.

However, the danger with water damage is how it affects hidden areas in a home. Even clean water can lead to mold in any fabric or carpeting. If enough water has gotten to wooden walls or flooring, it can cause the wood to warp and degrade. 

Inspectors will check beams, walls, and other structural components to ensure the safety of the home’s residents. Some restoration companies also test for asbestos before working on any building materials, and waiting for the test results can take 24-48 hours.

4. Disinfecting and Deodorizing

Once the property is treated for mold, it is deodorized, disinfected, and thoroughly cleaned. This process takes less than a day and finalizes the water restoration process. 

Other Time Factors

Many of these phases of water damage restoration have very variable timeframes, based on factors such as: 

  •       The amount of water in the property
  •       How long water was in contact with the property
  •       How long it took to stop the source of the flood
  •       The source of the water (clean drinking water, sewage, floodwater, etc.)
  •       The size of the property and what parts of the property were involved
  •       How quickly the residential or commercial water damage restoration company was contacted and responded 

About SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has served the community in Keller, TX, and surrounding areas since 1967, offering reliable water, fire, and storm restoration as well as mold remediation and commercial cleaning services. They are part of a nationwide franchise with more than 1,700 locations but are locally owned and operated.

Follow SERVPRO on Facebook to learn more about the water damage restoration process or contact them to schedule service today. 

Contact Information: 

4200 Glenview Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76117

Phone: (817) 741-5737
Email: office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Fire Damage to Your Fort Worth Business Needs Our Professional Remediation

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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The possibility of a fire in your Fort Worth restaurant kitchen cannot help but be always in the back of your mind as an owner. Although the devastation a fire can cause might seem impossible to overcome in the immediate aftermath, our highly-qualified technicians have great success using our inventory of state-of-the-art equipment and restoration best practices mastered in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses.

The safety of both diners and employees is your priority if a fire damages your Fort Worth restaurant. Ensuring that your business recovers from the disaster fulfills our mission to provide industry-leading remediation services to the businesses in our community. Our crews mobilize fast, traveling to your site as soon as possible after your call.

Speed is crucial when mitigating the effects of fire damage. Within the first minutes and hours after the flames extinguish, fire residues pose the risk of progressive and permanent harm to structural components and the contents of your restaurant. SERVPRO crew members evaluate the types of residues found throughout your kitchen, dining rooms, storage areas, and other spaces.

We match appropriate products and methods to the different characteristics of soots coating surfaces. Protein-based soot is common in kitchen fires, depositing a thin and highly malodorous film that is hard to remove without solvents and abrasive tools. SERVPRO technicians can use barriers and air scrubbers to contain the cooking area, preventing the spread of debris to other spaces.

Even if your quick-thinking staff knocked down the flames with chemical extinguishers, secondary effects of the fire could linger. Persistent odors are particularly troublesome in an eating establishment as they interfere with the enjoyment of diners as they order and eat from your tempting menu. SERVPRO employees who complete the IICRC Odor Control Technician (OCT) course follow a research-based protocol to eliminate the stench in your establishment.

If clearing away charred items and thorough cleaning does not do the trick, SERVPRO turns to innovative techniques like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to eradicate the noxious smell. Thermal fogging recreates the fire environment, combusting deodorizers at high temperatures, so they attach to odoriferous particles and neutralize them. Hydroxyl radicals produced when ultraviolet rays react with water vapor (H2O) and oxygen (O2) dismantle the odor-bearing molecules. We this cutting-edge technology as a more successful and sustainable alternative to masking agents.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth as soon as firefighters release your commercial property for abatement assessment. Call (817) 741-5737 day or night to schedule an inspection and develop a remediation and deodorization plan.

Leaving Water Damage In Your Home Can Lead To Mold Damage

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Damages in your home are never something to ignore, especially when those damages can lead to future complications, such as mold damage. Sometimes financial difficulty, or other valid concerns, can stop you from calling for assistance when you need it. The story is pretty standard: a severe storm rolls in and soaks your basement bathroom through the open window. There are inches of water on the floor by the time that you find it the next morning, but you feel like you cannot afford to call for help and resolve to try to deal with it yourself. The decision can lead to future complications as only a professional can tell when a space is thoroughly dry.

Leaving any excess moisture in the structure of your home can lead to the growth of mold damage in your Fort Worth residence. Mold spores are omnipresent, and you cannot completely rid your home of them. However, they are relatively harmless until they come into contact with excessive moisture. As they feed off of the excess water, the mold spores can rapidly multiply and form a colony, which can damage the structure of your home and cause health effects. Calling for help as soon as you first begin to suspect you have mold damage is the key to a successful remediation.

Our SERVPRO techs can bring unique tools with them to remediate the mold damage in your home. One of the worst aspects is the smell, and we can set up an air scrubber to pull mold spores and odorous particles from the air while we work. SERVPRO can also set up a barrier made out of plastic sheeting to ensure that the mold spores cannot travel anywhere else when disturbed. Once it is safe to work, SERVPRO can disinfect and remove the mold before using an antifungal spray to help ensure there is no regrowth.

Do not delay when you find damage in your home. Dial (817) 741-5737 to contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. We are open 24-7 and ready to take your call.

Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your Fort Worth Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment. 

The task of water restoration in your fort worth home is built on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times. 

While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring. 

Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

For advanced restoration services that get your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.

Seven Tips for Minimizing the Scope of Damage From Severe Weather in Haltom City, TX

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights seven ways that Haltom City homeowners can lessen the impact of severe weather on their homes.

When severe weather strikes Haltom City, TX, and the surrounding area, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides water and storm damage restoration services that help the community recover. Although storm damage may seem unavoidable, homeowners can prepare for thunderstorms and other severe weather by taking steps to reduce damage to Haltom City homes.

  1. Keep the treescape in top condition.

Trees in the yard could pose a threat to the home and nearby structures during heavy rains and high winds. Excessive amounts of rain loosen the soil around the roots of the tree, weakening the tree’s ability to remain standing in the path of high winds. The tree could topple onto the home, damaging the roof resulting in a water intrusion. A domino effect could occur in which one tree causes other trees to uproot. Hire an arborist to trim the trees around the home, eliminate overhanging branches, and remove diseased, dying, or dead trees.

The director of operations and urban forestry at Texas Trees Foundation offers the following tree care tips:

  • Avoid hiring just anyone to remove fallen trees and debris when severe weather damages the treescape. Individuals with a chainsaw and pickup truck will drive through affected neighborhoods offering tree removal and cleanup services at a very low price. If a problem arises, the crew will disappear, leaving the homeowner with an even larger problem.
  • Always hire a qualified, bonded, and insured tree service to remove any fallen trees. Incorrect pruning can cause damaged trees to fall victim to high winds during the next severe thunderstorm. If an uninsured tree service company damages the house, the homeowner could be held liable. An insured company will cover any further damage to the structure.
  • Hire a certified arborist for the best treescape care. To ensure the treescape receives the best care, hire an arborist to prune the trees at least once a year. A competent arborist will shape the trees so that they are beautiful, healthy, and safe.
  • Avoid cutting down trees if at all possible. Trees are an asset, and a well-managed treescape can add as much as twenty percent to the overall value of a property. Homeowners should invest in their trees, which add value and beauty to a home.
  1. Install a lightning surge protector.

According to DisasterSafety.org, a resource from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a lightning surge protector for the home costs between $300 and $500 and requires one to three hours to install. A whole-house surge protector can help prevent costly electronics from being destroyed by a lightning strike to the home.

  1. Construct protective screens around HVAC units.

For a relatively low budget, an industrious homeowner can add years to the life of an HVAC unit by constructing a screen around the unit. The screen shields the coils and fins of the unit from hail damage. In hail-prone areas such as Northeast Fort Worth and the greater North Texas region, a hail screen makes sense.

  1. Upgrade to a wind-rated garage door or reinforce the existing door.

Older unreinforced garage doors are vulnerable to damage from high winds. High winds cause the door to bow inward. The increased air pressure in the garage is strong enough to cause structural damage to the roof and surrounding walls. Wind-rated garage doors are manufactured to tolerances that can withstand high winds without allowing the home to sustain damage.

The homeowner who is unable to purchase and install a new wind-rated garage door can reinforce the existing garage door. The bracing must be in place ahead of severe weather.

  1. Upgrade to steel gutters and downspouts.

Inadequate or damaged gutters are a common source of water damage in the attic and in the walls of a home. Because steel is stronger than vinyl and aluminum, it is less prone to leakage.

  1. Upgrade to better quality impact-rated shingles when repairing or replacing a roof.

Wind, hail, and water damage are some of the most common causes of property damage, and the roof is a home’s first line of defense against severe weather. Homeowners can help prevent a water damage headache by replacing shingles. High-impact, better-quality shingles may qualify a homeowner for an insurance discount.

  1. Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before storm damage.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in storm damage cleanup and restoration for residential and commercial properties. The team provides emergency tarping, board-ups, security fencing, pack-ups, and storage. Technicians also provide restoration services after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident and can perform mold and mildew remediation.

For more information about water damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, by calling (817) 741-5737. The office can also be reached by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Get a Flooded Area Dry to Prevent Any Secondary Damages

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

unchecked water losses can cause significant damages to your businesses. Unchecked water losses can cause significant damages to your businesses.

Study spaces, book and gift stores, snack bars, and recreational activities are all part of the student experience at Fort Worth institutes of higher learning. When portions of the student union go underwater because of failed plumbing, a full-service water damage recovery company needs to step up to restore the college ambiance.
 
A water main burst in the student union of a university, the commercial water damage in Fort Worth starts inconveniencing hundreds of students and soaking books and merchandise. The two primary concerns are a speedy return to a comfortable study and recreational area for students and a solution for waterlogged spirit wear and books. We offer fast and professional water removal and restoration services and have access to drying and recovery services for merchandise.
 
Once the SERVPRO team is made aware that a crisis occurred at the union, a well-qualified team of water damage mitigation specialists and all the equipment necessary is dispatched to the building. Our work crew follows the same routine each time it arrives at a water event. First, the area is surveyed for safety, power disconnected if there is any chance of shocking the rescue team. Water is removed with truck-mounted pumps and extractors. Moisture levels are measured and monitored as industrial sized air movers and dehumidifiers do their work.
 
While the area is dried out, other members of the crew work to sort the merchandise soaked in the union’s bookstore. Items like sweatshirts, tees and the like can be laundered and dried. Perhaps the staff of the bookstore will reduce the prices, but the spirit wear will survive the water damage nearly intact. The books and school supplies are a different matter.
 
To dry out papers requires a special process called freeze drying. It is a somewhat expensive procedure, so it may not be cost effective for all items. On the other hand, the files and records in the store may be important enough to use the freeze drying or sublimation technique. Regardless, the SERVPRO crew keeps a careful inventory of items damaged, discarded and revived for insurance and tax purposes.
 
One call to SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth gets the ball rolling to dry out commercial spaces, large and small. Our number is (817) 741-5737 and is staffed 24/7.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Your Property After a Fire

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

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If you find yourself facing a fire damage situation in your Fort Worth area home, obtaining qualified professional help is easier than you might think. You are not alone and should never take on the task of renovating your property by yourself after a fire occurs. It can be hard to address every damaged item correctly, especially without the proper training and equipment.  

Until you face this type of tragedy yourself, you may not fully understand the level of damage that occurs. In this instance, nearly half of the roof, rafters, decking, insulation, wiring, ducting, and other materials require replacement while the other portion needs a thorough cleaning and deodorization method performed to restore and remove the odors that exist. 

Hundreds, if not thousands of posts from other do-it-yourself restorers, on websites all over the net, describe this as an unmanageable event. Some claim that you must tear down the entire structure and rebuild to get the odor out of your home after a fire. However, SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization and cleaning methods on a daily basis, successfully restoring many homes just like this one.   

SERVPRO is available throughout your local community; we offer customers full-service solutions to fire damage situations of all shapes and sizes. Regardless of how the fire began on your property, we can help provide you with much-needed answers and solutions that get things back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can also help you prevent future events from occurring, and give quality recommendations that avoid future losses. 

Avoid following someone else’s failed attempts at restoring their home alone. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for access to qualified professionals 24/7, 365. We respond quickly, helping you restore your Keller, Park Glen, or Trace Ridge home the right way, the first time, call today. (817) 741-5737 

Grilling and Fireworks Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations in Keller, TX

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth encourages Keller, TX, residents to have safe summer celebrations by abiding by safety practices when cooking on the grill or setting off fireworks.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth serves the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with residential and commercial fire damage restoration services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and on holidays. The SERVPRO team wants everyone to enjoy safe summer celebrations while grilling out and discharging fireworks.

Grilling Safety Tips for a Safe Summer Celebration

With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the re-opening of the economy, people are more than ready to celebrate this summer. Neighborhood gatherings are once again commonplace across the country. The grill, now more popular than ever, is both an enjoyable and convenient way to cook. These sources of summer culinary delight still require regular inspection and maintenance. According to the National Fire Protection Association, grills cause or are involved in nearly 9,000 fires a year. To the surprise of many backyard grill masters, gas grills accounted for five out of six of these reported grill fires! An understanding of three of the leading causes of gas grill fires can make for a safe summer celebration.

  1. Failure to clean the grill

Grease buildup in the grease trap creates a secondary fuel source that will eventually ignite if left unresolved.  When the grill cover is lowered, temperatures in the grill can reach over 500 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes. At this temperature, accumulated grease can flare up, and the flames can potentially cause serious fire damage to anything close to the grill. When nests from spiders and insects obstruct the flow of gas in the burner tubes, a flashback fire can result. In this type of grill fire, flames shoot out around the control panel. Grill fire flare-ups from cooking fatty foods or meats marinated in oil can also ignite residual grease buildup.

The key to safe summer celebrations is to regularly remove accumulated grease and empty the grease cup, which is typically found under the grill. Pay attention to the “flame tamers,” the flat steel shields located above the burners. By trimming the fat off meat or grilling at a lower temperature, excessive flare-ups can be prevented. An appropriately sized bottle brush can be used to clean out burner tubes in order to prevent flashback fires. If flames are yellow in color and burn unevenly across the burners, there may be a burner blockage.

  1. Locating the grill too close to flammable materials

The temptation during inclement weather is to grill on the porch or under an awning. The heat from a gas grill can ignite the awning, melt siding, or catch the house on fire. Potted plants and artificial vegetation can easily ignite when exposed to the heat from a gas grill. The results could be disastrous. To lower the fire risk, grill in a well-ventilated area away from combustibles. Never grill on an enclosed porch or carport, and avoid cooking under low-hanging branches or near shrubs.

  1. Leaving the grill unattended

An unattended grill is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Curious children may receive serious burns if they come in contact with a hot grill. Animals, overpowered by the delicious aroma of sizzling steaks, may topple the grill in search of a tasty meal. Grease fires or flare-ups, if not extinguished, can damage gas lines or the propane tank. The consequences could be explosive. If the gill must be left unattended, shut off the gas. This safety measure may ruin the meal, but it may also prevent fire damage, personal injury, or damage to the grill.

Basic Fireworks Safety Tips

A highlight of summer celebrations is July 4. Fireworks and Independence Day celebrations are popular across the US. Keller, Texas, and the surrounding greater Fort Worth area are no exception.

The National Safety Council reported in a recent article, “In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade, or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers. Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and nearly 17,000 other fires.”

When closely followed, these basic safety tips will help prevent personal injury and fire damage during the festive celebration of this nation’s freedom and independence.

  1. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safely discharging legal fireworks.
  2. Know the local ordinances regarding the lawful discharge of approved fireworks. Failure to follow these ordinances could lead to severe fines and penalties.
  3. Keep in mind that the persons discharging the fireworks may be held responsible for any damages caused by the fireworks. For example, if the fire department is called out to extinguish a brush fire caused by fireworks, the person or group who discharged the fireworks may be responsible for covering the cost to extinguish the blaze. A small fire involving only a few acres could cost tens of thousands of dollars to put out.
  4. Always have adult supervision present when enjoying fireworks. Only discharge fireworks that are approved for personal use. Never light fireworks while someone is holding them.
  5. Young children should never handle fireworks. Older children should have close adult supervision and use protective eyewear.
  6. Once the firework fuse is lit, immediately get away from the device until it discharges. Do not attempt to handle or re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Both used and unused fireworks should be soaked in water for a few hours before disposal.
  7. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that fail to discharge. Have a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire.

The best way to enjoy fireworks while celebrating a holiday is to attend a fireworks display sanctioned by city or county authorities and conducted by certified, licensed, and approved pyrotechnic professionals. Enjoy the sights and sounds while staying safe!

Pre-qualify a damage restoration company before a fire damage disaster occurs. Knowing who to call after a fire can save time and reduce the extent and cost of the fire damage restoration project.

For more information about fire damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth team at (817) 741-5737 or email the office at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

How SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth Serves the Needs of Elderly Clients

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the reasons why they are a trusted provider of property damage restoration services for elderly clients.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a trusted fire, smoke, and water damage restoration company serving the area around Keller, TX. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth builds upon a dedication to serving local communities with honesty and professionalism and provides continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Adult children with elderly parents, who live either nearby or hours away, can take advantage of the opportunity to pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before a disaster strikes. Here are seven reasons why it makes sense to proactively anticipate a disaster by vetting a SERVPRO damage restoration company.

  1. Faster to any disaster 24/7, including all holidays

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is strategically located to respond to a property damage disaster faster than any other damage restoration company in the area. This rapid response is a core priority of the SERVPRO corporate culture. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides emergency cleaning and restoration services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Adult children living outside the Northeast Fort Worth area can expect an immediate response time, day or night, when an elderly parent suffers a property damage disaster that needs immediate attention. By the time a family member arrives, SERVPRO is on the job, moving forward with whatever services are needed in an emergency.

  1. Professionalism that exceeds expectations

Upon arrival at the residence, a technician will assess the damage. A full estimate with documentation, including pictures, is provided to the elderly parent. The estimate can be remotely reviewed by the elderly parent’s children or caregivers. Current phone technology allows an adult child to be virtually present when the technician explains to the elderly parent the extent of the damage and the immediate steps the team will take to mitigate the problem, stabilize the situation, and begin the restoration process.

  1. Hassle-free management of insurance claims

The staff at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is able to manage the complicated and sometimes confusing insurance claims process. SERVPRO franchise owners are often well acquainted with the insurance companies in the area and have positive working relationships with the local agents, having collaborated with them on many property damage restoration projects.

  1. Experienced, competent, and certified technicians

The SERVPRO experts adhere to the highest IICRC standards and are some of the best-trained technicians in the industry. Having a wide range of professional certifications ensures that the proper mitigation and restoration methods are utilized in the home. Adult children of elderly parents can rest easy knowing that a reliable remediation company is on-site and actively addressing the immediate mitigation and restoration needs. Peace of mind comes from knowing that an elderly parent’s home is in good hands.

  1. A team that is like family

The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth lives and works in the communities of Fort Worth, Park Glen, Heritage Trace, Melody Hills, and Keller. SERVPRO technicians often know the customers they serve, their extended family, and their friends. This familiarity is extremely beneficial on those occasions when a team arrives on-site to deal with a stressful water, fire, smoke, or storm damage disaster.

  1. Professionals who care

A core value at SERVPRO is empathy. The SERVPRO professionals understand the stress, confusion, and grief that a senior citizen experiences when cherished personal items are destroyed by fire, smoke, or water damage. Property damage restoration often involves recovering and restoring sentimental items that are associated with fond memories of loved ones past and present.

  1. Practical advantages of pre-qualifying a reputable and well-respected property damage restoration company

Adult children who live in a different town or state than their elderly parent or parents should consider the practical benefits of pre-qualifying a reputable and well-respected property damage restoration company. Schedule an appointment to meet the owner and technician team of the SERVPRO franchise nearest the elderly parent. Strategically place refrigerator magnets for the local franchise on appliances such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and freezer in case of a water damage disaster resulting from one of these appliances. Place the brand magnets in key locations such as the bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen.

The repetitive, well-positioned brand magnets serve to familiarize senior citizens with the brand name, logo, and franchise colors. In case of an emergency, the elderly parent struggling with memory issues will have plenty of opportunities to spot the SERVPRO contact information. Consistent branding across multiple platforms (vehicles, uniforms, equipment, etc.) can reduce confusion and build confidence and trust in an elderly resident struggling with memory issues. Companies that lack this comprehensive brand consistency could confuse or startle some clients. Stress, disruptions of the normal rhythms of life, loud noises, unfamiliar faces, and other unusual stimuli can cause confusion and elevate cognitive impairment in some senior citizens.

SERVPRO has experience working with elderly clients, and the team understands the challenges they face. SERVPRO employees are connected to the local area and often know friends and family members of the clients they serve. This sense of community is so valuable when the team arrives at the scene of a property damage disaster and discovers that the client is an old friend of the family or even a distant relative. Pre-qualify a fire, smoke, storm, or water damage restoration company in Keller, TX, so that an elderly parent knows who to call in the event of a property damage disaster.

For more information about Keller, TX, water damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

SERVPRO's Quick Actions Can Help Reopen Your Store Doors More Quickly After a Water Damage Event

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Your Fort Worth retail store hinges on having the right goods for the shoppers that happen into your store. While every day is a new challenge to bring people in through the doors and get them to spend some time perusing your wares, something seemingly as trivial as a water emergency could significantly gum up the works. Instead of worrying about customer retention and attracting new business, you are now worried about how long your establishment has to keep its doors closed and the effect that this has on your bottom line and the employees that count on their paycheck every week.
 
Commercial water damage in your Fort Worth store can present itself in several ways. The real struggle with an occurrence like this is to get it cleaned up, and the area restored as quickly as you can. Without professional restoration services, like those provided by our SERVPRO team, you might not have the ability to reopen your business for quite some time and still might not have corrected the full problem that you had initially faced.
 
One of the primary concerns that you face is the apparent potential loss of profits from having to close the business while restoration efforts are underway. With our experienced SERVPRO team, your doors can reopen more quickly, allowing this perceived loss in profits to be a little less extreme than it could have been with your intentions of trying to clean up the mess on your own.
 
The threats to your stock and structure are another concern that needs to get considered when it comes to professional restoration. The longer that water sits against structural components and stock in your store, the more damage that it does. It does not take long before the damage is irreparable to the stock items and structural components weaken to the point of requiring replacement.
 
Your employees count on your retail store to pay their bills and provide for their homesteads. The longer that your business has to remain closed for the cleanup process, the longer that these dedicated employees are without the pay that they need to survive. This reality should give you an excellent mindset to choose professional restoration services to thoroughly and promptly clean up the mess and restore the damages to the business.
 
There is no time to lose when water damage affects your business. With the threat of compounding damages and the loss of profits, choosing professional restoration services like our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth team is a smart choice. Give us a call today at (817) 741-5737.

Commercial Water Damage Experts

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water damages Damages caused by Texas Winter Freeze

Drying out wet materials and contents inside your Fort Worth warehouse is an essential part of the restoration process. After standing water and moisture in carpet gets extracted, building materials must be dried so that more damage does not occur. To help speed up the natural evaporation process air moving and dehumidification systems get implemented.

If moisture sits inside your business' warehouse for too long items stored there may get ruined. If moisture resulting from a commercial water damage incident in Fort Worth does not get removed within 24 hours, mold can develop on building materials and contents such as tools or products stored for your company. Mold can cause health effects with some people and commonly develops inside a building that contains excessive moisture in the air and building materials.

When drying out moisture inside a structure, our SERVPRO technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to create an environment that speeds up the drying of wet materials. The pieces of equipment get arranged in places that do not impede foot traffic and hinder business operations. The air movers get set up so that they push air in a counterclockwise motion hitting walls at a 45-degree angle to push the wet air away from the walls. The dehumidifier then pulls water out of the air, dispenses it in liquid form, and exhausts out warm, dry air that gets used in the air flow created by the air movers.

As water naturally evaporates off of wet materials the air close to it holds moisture. The air movers push this moist air into the center of the room where the dehumidifier can remove the water vapor. However, we do not position the air movers directly at the dehumidifiers because that would reduce the quantity of warm air coming out of them. Dehumidifiers instead get placed so that air movers can intake the hot, dry air exhausted out of them after water vapor is removed.

The correct positioning of drying equipment can reduce the time it takes to dry out moisture inside your warehouse thus saving your company money. Calling SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 after a loss can prove to be beneficial to your business.

SERVPRO FST Technicians Can Clean Up and Restore Smoke and Fire Residues

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Nobody ever expects it to happen, but from time to time it still does. No matter how careful you are, it is still possible for a small fire to start inside your Keller home. Often small fires start in the kitchen during the cooking process.
 
Sometimes appliances malfunction or you accidentally get that cooking grease a little too hot. Anytime fire breaks out inside your home you had better call in SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Keller. Even if the fire seems small, there is possibly more damage done to your home than you realize.
 
For instance, if a fire gets started in the kitchen say on the stove, the area on the stove that the fire burned possibly appears only slightly charred. However, it is possible that there is damage caused that is not so noticeable. Anytime a fire burns inside the home the heat from the fire and the smoke it sometimes creates negatively affects areas of the home beside the exact location the fire's source.
 
If a fire starts on a stovetop, then the first place the flames and smokes head is directly up towards the kitchen's hood system, if there is one. The heat from the fire possibly burned or caused smoke damage to the venting system. Heat generated from the flames can also char or cause damage to other areas of the kitchen that might not be in plain sight. It is possible for heat and smoke to get behind cabinets and appliances and cause damage to those areas.
 
The smoke coming from open flames possibly causes a lot of extensive damage itself. Smoke can get to other areas of the home and ruin contents and building materials. Smoke and soot are abrasive and can etch glass, and pit other hard surfaces. Oily fires can also easily stain porous surfaces like drywall. SERVPRO's team of experts know how fires burn and can clean up the damage that occurred during a fire.
 
If you ever have a fire take place in your home, it is smart to call in the experts because they know exactly where to look for damage. moreover, how to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened." Anytime even the smallest fire starts inside your house it is wise to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for help 24/7.

Why Tarping Should Be Implemented Quickly After Storm Damage That Causes Water to Enter the Home

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the benefits of quickly securing emergency tarping services after storm damage.

A locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the leading storm damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. When severe weather damages a home, SERVPRO technicians are ready to respond to any disaster.

The Importance of Emergency Roof Tarping When Disaster Strikes

The roof, an essential part of any structure, is designed to protect the occupants and their belongings from the elements. A tiny roof leak can cause major property damage issues, including potential water damage to ceilings and walls, structural damage to support beams, and a full-blown mold infestation hidden in the attic and behind walls.

Unfortunately, most instances of major roof damage occur during severe weather situations. Intense thunder, torrential rain, pelting hail the size of a quarter, high winds, and even tornadoes wreak havoc on the roof. Shingles are ripped up and blown away. Plywood sheeting takes flight in high winds. The exposed attic yawns to receive rain and hail.

The roof damage may not be limited to one roof. Most likely, dozens, if not hundreds, of homes in the same area have been impacted to some extent by the wind, rain, and hail. In some instances, limbs and trees may have toppled onto the home, inflicting damage to the entire structure and not just the roof.

It could be days before a roofing contractor is able to inspect the damage and weeks before the damage is repaired. In the meantime, unless an intermediate solution is found, buckets of rain will pour through the roof, expanding and worsening the extent of the water damage. In warm, moist conditions, mold can begin to grow in one to two days.

The Benefits of Emergency Tarping

Homeowners may wait for weeks before receiving proper roof repair services. The intervening solution is emergency roof tarping. Emergency roof tarping can be the difference between minor water damage in the attic or collapsed ceilings, ruined flooring, significant structural damage, and a massive mold infestation. A minor leak may lead only to an inconvenience. A massive breach in the roof could be unhealthy and very dangerous.

Is Emergency Roof Tarping Effective?

Homeowners can minimize water damage with emergency roof tarping. Tarping effectively stops the leak by covering the damaged area. Stopping the flow of water, even if it is minuscule, prevents the damage from expanding. It also gives the wet areas of the attic and ceiling time to dry out.

Many roof leaks are small and barely noticeable at first. Most homeowners do not regularly inspect the roof after a storm, and many homeowners who do visually inspect the roof after severe weather are not sure what to look for. If water damage is negligible and limited to an obscure or inaccessible area such as the attic, the damage may go unnoticed for quite a while.

The main benefit of emergency roof tarping is to stop a small roof leak that does little damage from becoming a larger roof leak that causes widespread damage. Though emergency roof tarping is temporary, it works well in the short term until roofing services can be scheduled.

Steps in the Tarping Process

Step #1: Prepare the roof for the tarp.

Professionals with ladders and safety gear must clear out any debris such as damaged plywood, shingles, and other roofing materials.

Step #2: Evaluate the damage and prepare a restoration estimate.

The area of concern must be inspected to assess the damage and estimate the cost of the repairs.

Step #3: Make temporary structural improvements to support the tarp.

Plywood and support timber are applied to the damaged area before the tarp is installed. The additional construction supports the tarp and serves as a second water shield in case the tarp fails.

Step #4: The emergency tarp is installed.

Workers place the tarping on top of the plywood and secure the tarp with lumber. Tarping is only temporary and may not completely stop all water leaks. Water damage losses may expand until the roof is permanently repaired, and these additional minor losses will be added to the insurance claim.

Why Would a Homeowner Need Emergency Tarping?

What are some situations where a homeowner would need emergency roof tarping?

  • Hurricanes, tornadoes, or severe weather damage a roof
  • Delays in roof repairs require interim tarping
  • High winds cause branches or trees to fall on a roof
  • A home inspection prior to a home sale turns up a roof leak

The experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specialize in the cleanup and restoration of property damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or severe weather. Technicians can provide emergency tarping, board-ups, security fencing, pack-ups, and storage.

To learn more about storm damage restoration in Keller, TX, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email the office at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home and Its Contents after Fire Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Enjoying a relaxing time with friends and family in your Fort Worth home's rec room helps you stay more productive at work while also enjoying quality family time at home. Most of the time, this stays an uneventful passing, but unfortunately, accidents can happen, also.

When activities in your Fort Worth home get cut short because of fire damage, we can help undo the damage and restore your property. At SERVPRO, we stay on top of the latest developments in the restoration industry, meaning we can always help those in our community when they need us the most. The three main aspects of fire damage all require attention and skilled technicians who can mitigate the situation thoroughly and with professionalism.

It is only through the removal and replacement of charred materials and burnt personal belongings that some aspects can regain their appearance and functionality. When walls burn, removing the damaged sections prepares the area for reconstruction work. Inventory lists of damaged clothing, toys, books, and other items help replace like-kind items, helping your family get everything back to normal faster and with less effort.

Smoke from a small fire in your rec room can travel quickly to all other parts of your home. This smoke leaves not only soot and ash in fine layers on surfaces, making everything a grimy mess, but it also invades the smallest crevices in your home's interior. Although we remove the visible remnants of the smoke, protecting your family from this carcinogenic stew, much can remain in the smaller, less-accessible areas in your home.

Hidden soot can cause problems as the particles disintegrate and become airborne again. Not only do they produce an ongoing foul odor, ruin your food's appeal, and make your home smell terrible, they can also expose your family needlessly to the same carcinogenic compounds found in the original soot. We often use thermal fogging to rid homes of such problems. The fog follows the same pathways of the fire's smoke, and wherever the chemical agents encounter soot, reactions between the two changes the soot into an inert substance, unable to enter the air again. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) handles this and other related tasks after this and other types of disasters.

We partner with qualified specialists who can restore electronic equipment after a fire. Both heat and smoke that entered into the housing of your devices can cause problems. After any disaster that might affect your video games, computers, or other gear, these should remain unpowered until after a thorough inspection. Circuit boards and other connections can short out if you power on damaged equipment, rendering your equipment useless or in need of expensive repairs.

Wanting to help families in our area recover as quickly as possible from the trauma of fire damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can be contacted by dialing our local number, (817) 741-5737, at any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

How SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth Uses Advanced Equipment to Provide the Best Services to the Community

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains how using advanced equipment enables its team to deliver the best damage restoration services to the community.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the leading residential and commercial property damage restoration company serving Fort Worth, Keller, Park Glen, and the surrounding areas. Superior training, adherence to the highest IICRC cleaning and restoration standards, 24/7 availability, and a commitment to providing the best customer service are hallmarks of the SERVPRO team.

Over the last few decades, significant strides have been made in restoration and cleaning technology and techniques. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has made the commitment to embrace these emerging advancements. SERVPRO technicians utilize specialized equipment, resources, and techniques to provide the best damage restoration and cleaning services in the industry to the Northeast Fort Worth area.

Choosing the best property damage restoration company can be challenging and confusing in light of the recent innovations in the restoration industry. Companies that take advantage of these innovations are more efficient, thorough, and reliable and can provide better results and greater value to customers.

Here are some of the advancements that empower SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to restore a property to its preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

  1. Infrared cameras

Infrared cameras can detect water hidden behind walls, ceilings, and flooring. The ability to detect water hidden from view increases efficiency by eliminating the need to deconstruct damaged areas in search of hidden water. This technology can save on reconstruction services and the time required to complete the damage restoration process. Companies that do not have access to this amazing technology must rely upon water detection techniques that are inefficient, costly, and often fail to discover the full scope of the damage. Overlooking hidden water can lead to mold issues in the future. SERVPRO customers can be confident that the latest technology has revealed hidden water damage, which can then be mitigated with other cutting-edge tools.

  1. Hygrometers

Psychrometry is defined as “the science of study of various properties of air, method of controlling its temperature and moisture content or humidity and its effect on various materials and human beings.”

A hygrometer, an important measuring device in the science of psychrometry, detects and measures humidity in the air. This indispensable tool is an essential item in the water damage restoration tool kit. It lets the technician know that moisture is being removed from the structure.

Low humidity does not kill mold, but it does slow down the growth of mold. Optimal humidity levels in the home are between thirty and fifty percent. The only way to accurately measure humidity is with a hygrometer. A sustained low humidity level indicates that the water and moisture mitigation process is making measurable progress.

  1. Industrial pumps

In water damage disasters involving large-volume water intrusions, SERVPRO technicians will deploy industrial-grade pumps to remove water from buildings, stories below grade, parking garages, homes, and basements. These pumps can remove up to 36,000 gallons of water daily. The rapid evacuation of large quantities of water limits advanced secondary water damage in large-scale disasters. Staging a multi-pump response gives SERVPRO the ability to meet the needs of any size water damage disaster.

  1. Water extraction units

The well-equipped technicians have a wide array of water removal options, including both truck-mounted and portable units that efficiently remove water from a home or business affected by a water damage disaster. This equipment works to quickly remove any remaining standing water, as well as water in hard-to-reach places such as under flooring and in carpeting. Racing against the clock, technicians work to remove excess water and prevent further water damage and potential mold growth.

  1. High-speed air movers

A wide variety of high-speed air movers accelerate moisture evaporation, effectively curbing mold growth and advanced secondary water damage.

  1. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers

High-performance dehumidifiers eliminate remaining moisture in the air, bringing the drying process full circle. Mold needs water and moisture to thrive, so removing the moisture from surfaces and decreasing the humidity will prevent mold growth.

  1. Air scrubbers

After a fire, soot and contaminated dust particles must be removed from the air. Industrial air scrubbers quickly and continuously purify the air, remove harmful particles, and neutralize toxic fumes.

  1. Thermal foggers

Thermal foggers are employed to effectively deodorize a home or business. Sometimes thermal foggers are used to disperse fungicides. Because the vapor droplets produced by thermal foggers are so small (0.5-10 microns), the deodorizer can penetrate more deeply into surfaces that need to be treated.

  1. OSHA-approved sanitizing and disinfection agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

Over the last several decades, researchers and scientists have developed sanitizers, disinfectants, germicides, and microbial treatments that are environmentally friendly and safe for humans and pets. Utilizing these remarkable innovations proves SERVPRO’s dedication to creating a safe, clean & comfortable living environment for you and your family.”

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties that have suffered a property damage disaster. By leveraging the latest, most advanced technology, techniques, and solutions, the expert team of restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can restore a damaged property to its preloss condition and return life to normal for the homeowner or business.

For more information about damage restoration in Fort Worth, TX, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Flooding from Storms Needs Immediate Extraction--Call SERVPRO

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Removing standing water after a storm needs to happen immediately after the event occurs. Calling a professional water removal company can have the right amount of personnel, equipment, and resources on your doorstep quickly enough to prevent saturation of critical areas of your Fort Worth home.

Reliable water removal services are available throughout the Fort Worth area. You obtain 24/7 emergency response service, a no-cost estimate of damages found on your property, and a highly trained team of professionals ready to ensure your water removal gets done right.
 
Extracting standing water and drying the entire structure of your home may sound like an easy task. However, since every situation is different, there is always the chance of something going wrong. You need a skilled team of IICRC-industry certified professionals that can adjust on the go, making changes needed to provide you with a successful restoration.
 
Leaving flood waters on your property for an extended amount of time can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your home's support system, walls, ceiling, flooring, and insulation. Hesitating may also cause corrosion, and rot, leading to additional problems as time goes on, if mold has the opportunity to set in, restoring your home requires additional services.

SERVPRO's qualified technicians utilize a variety of water location and extraction equipment to ensure proper water removal on your property. Everything from hand-held portable units to truck-mounted water extractors, infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air-movers, and attachments make finding, removing, and drying the affected area easier.
 
SERVPRO crews are standing by to provide you with the services and technical knowledge necessary to return your home to a quality condition after heavy storms, rain, or flooding occurs in your home. Make the most of what is available in your area and give us a call, today.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth offers quality solutions to residents in Fossil Creek, Keller, and Park Glen, as well as other surrounding communities. We are proud to serve, providing water removal, cleaning, and restoration services you can trust. (817) 741-5737

Common items affected by water damage in your home

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Ground-floor bedrooms can be among the most heavily affected rooms in a home in Fossil Creek when flood damage hits. While sleeping areas on second floors may be safe from most of the effects of rampaging floodwaters, ground floor and basement bedrooms contain many amenities that may be more vulnerable to severe water damage than objects found in other parts of the home. SERVPRO excels in restoring materials without having to replace them whenever possible, but we still see some of our most challenging work cut out for us wherever bedrooms are concerned.

Bed Sets
Flood damages can cause costly damage to sheets, mattresses, pillows, and any other parts of a bed. For some homeowners, these items can represent a combined total of thousands of dollars in value. One of the primary things we do after arriving and ask many residents to do before we get there is to separate pillows, sheets, and other layers from each other. Keeping these items separated out early on helps them to dry out faster and prevents color bleed from taking place.

Carpeting
Most local homes fill their bedrooms with carpeting and rugs that can sustain severe damage in the event of a flood. Storm floods typically cause warping, discoloration, and material degradation in both the upper layers of carpeting and in the padding below them. Depending on the conditions, we may be able to replace sections of carpeting while keeping other areas intact selectively, but most floods force us to replace flooring in carpeted rooms entirely.

Valuable Belongings
Many valuable personal items are stored in the average bedroom, including electronics, clothing, objects of sentimental value, and a wide range of other possibilities. While some items may be lost forever after being inundated with water, others may yet be salvaged. We examine every damaged item individually to determine if and how we should attempt to clean and restore it.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth helps local homeowners to recover from the effects of flood damage on a 24/7 basis. Call us at (817) 741-5737.

A Water Damage Crisis

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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As a Keller homeowner, you might not even be fully aware of all of the situations that could result in water emergencies in your home. To stop and think of all the possibilities can become overwhelming, not to mention that some of the sources of these incidents are nearly impossible to prevent. The best preparation for the possibility is to know whom to call to restore resulting damages quickly and mitigate your out of pocket expenses at the same time.

Water damage to your Keller home might come from a number of locations, but the result is almost always the same: excess water on your floors and walls that you do not have the time or resources to clean on your own. Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO team works to be the first to every disaster and can be reached any time of the day to help you restore the damage to your home from any emergency.

When it comes to water damages, our team arrives at your home and immediately starts to assess the condition of the affected area and the extent of the damage that the water has caused. Depending on the severity of the present water, our SERVPRO team could choose water extraction equipment such as pumps and vacuums or choose to rely on our concentrated air movers and dehumidification equipment to dry out the affected area.

Once the water has gotten successfully removed, the source of the problem can get identified and repaired. If the situation calls for more extensive construction than our team is equipped to handle, we can prepare the area for this construction so that a contractor only needs to arrive and install new materials in the formerly damaged areas.

Our team is an excellent choice for any manner of water emergency that you might have to face in your home. While the situation might seem overwhelming at first, our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specialists can have your home restored and your mind at ease quickly. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (817) 741-5737.

SERVPRO Northeast Ft. Worth Is Here To Help

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO vehicles are at the ready! Our SERVPRO vehicles are at the ready!

SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth can help stop a flooded house in Fort Worth

One of the worst feelings in the world is waking up to a flooded house due to a water leak within your home.  Some of the major culprits of water damage are caused by broken supply lines to the toilet, supply lines to dishwashers, supply lines to clothes washers, AC leaks in the condensation lines, and water heater tank leaks.   It is a good general rule of practice to have your AC and your water heater serviced by a licensed professional at least once a year in order to avoid leaks. Also check your supply lines to the toilets and dishwashers at least once a year for cracks or frays within the line.  These simple checks can help one avoid costly damage due to water leaks within your home. 

If you are faced with a water leak the first order of action is to find the source of the leak and, if possible, stop the leak.  The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to turn the water off to the house, which is located next to the water meter. The meter is located outside of the home by the front street, and can be easily turned off with a T bar wrench.

Once the water leak is stopped it is then time to extract the water as quickly as possible.  The longer the water is sitting in the home the more damage to belongings and structure occurs. Possible mold growth can start to develop if the water is not removed within a timely fashion. It is very important to call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth when face with water in the home.  We have the ability to quickly extract the water to lessen the home damage. We understand drying technology to properly install air movers and dehumidifiers in order to quickly dry out areas in your home.

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we work hand in hand with your homeowners insurance to safely and professionally dry our your home, thus saving the you time and expense and quickly getting you back on their feet after a water loss.  Most insurance companies prefer to work with our company due to our professionalism, honesty, and industry experience in the field of water loss remediation.  We work closely with insurance adjusters and insurance companies in order to help ease the burden on the affected homeowner.

If you are faced with a water loss please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth.

www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

817-741-5737

We offer a variety of services

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Many people do not realize this, but SERVPRO also offers a wide variety of cleaning services. From pet stains to graffiti, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help you restore your home or business with expertise.

Some of the cleaning services offered are:

Air Ducts and HVAC – One of our most popular cleaning services is a thorough cleaning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit. This can help greatly with indoor air quality, as well as energy efficiency.

Odor Removal – For odors that come from both inside and outside the house, SERVPRO can help eliminate odors in your home or business. Some common sources of odors can be cigarette smoke, mold, skunk spray, and biohazard. We are also able to remove items such as clothes and furniture to our onsite ozone chamber. We recently had a claim where a client’s dog brought in a skunk and we were able to remove the odor from his home by utilizing our ozone machines.

Commercial Cleaning Services – When you need cleaning services that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Vandalism and Graffiti - Our technicians can act quickly to address vandalism and graffiti to your house or commercial building. We can remove spray paint, as well as clean driveways, sidewalks, metals, woods, plastic and masonry.

If you find yourself in need of one of these cleaning services, please give us a call at 817-741-5737.

The Reason Fort Worth Residents Call SERVPRO for Property Restoration Services

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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When property disasters strike in Fort Worth, you need to act quickly to secure your home and save your possessions by enlisting professional restoration services. We operate right here in Texas and can arrive onsite within four hours of notification of loss to any size disaster, residential or commercial. Our technicians are given industry-leading training which blends with their qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification- an internationally recognized guideline provider. We gain experience from every job we do, and today, we offer one of the most qualified teams of technicians for water, fire, mold, or storm-related damages.

Water
Clean water emergencies are hard to plan for and can occur for any number of reasons, including faulty plumbing, heavy rainfall, or overflow. The more time moisture remains in the property, the higher the likelihood that irreversible damage is caused. Our priority is to remove excess water, dry and clean the property after a water loss to your Fort Worth home. We achieve that by mobilizing the right equipment and workforce for each situation rather than adopting a one size fits all approach.

After making contact with our customer service team on our emergency line, we can send a water restoration technician (WRT) to your property. Waterlogged flooring or carpets can usually be drained using extraction units. Depending on the scale of your emergency, our team can decide on a truck-mounted unit for high volume extraction or a portable unit that works better where access to the property may be restricted.

Waterlogged fabrics are up to 50% weaker when wet. Our restoration services take into account the different makeups of each property we enter. Thick carpets benefit from heavier extraction units that squeeze moisture from the material. Thin carpets, on the other hand, may sustain damage under the weight of a heavier unit. For weaker carpets, we may untack edges, and place an air-mover between the subfloor and the carpet. This process is called floating the carpet and can be a valuable specialty drying technique for owners of Fort Worth residences.

Fire (HVAC)
When fires burn at high temperatures, they can increase the internal air pressure as well as produce vast plumes of smoke that quickly spread around the home. Hot smoke moves toward cooler air and surfaces. This process can be particularly problematic if your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system are switched on during the fire. Hot smoke is drawn into the supply side of your HVAC, deposited onto the interior metal surfaces, and travels throughout your home via ventilation shafts resulting in significant fire damage in your Fort Worth home.

 As part of our restoration services, SERVPRO technicians can assess your HVAC system for damages. One of the core reasons we carry out this assessment is to make sure soot is not re-deposited into clean rooms after deodorization and sanitization. We can restore your HVAC system by placing air whips into the shaft and applying negative air pressure once soiling has been sufficiently loosened by the whips. We can also remove ventilation grates, to clean behind them and replace the damaged ones with clean filters.

 If there is damage to the system itself, we cannot cover that under our restoration services. However, we can arrange for a trusted third-party HVAC repair service on your behalf, reducing paperwork as well as the stress of having to deal with more than one company. The final step in restoring your HVAC is to run vaporized deodorant through the system to remove any unpleasant odors from spreading around the home.

Mold
Moving furniture around can often reveal hidden areas of mold damage in your Fort Worth home. Finding mold is no reason to panic since mold spores are a natural part of most indoor environments. Once they come into contact with water and begin to reproduce, mold can affect indoor air quality or pose health effects, so it makes sense to enlist the help of professional restoration service. SERVPRO can send a team to your residence to inspect and remediate mold using a combination of cleaning, odor-controlling, and drying techniques.

One of the crucial aspects undertaken during the cleaning phase is the application of disinfectants to surfaces. After removing the visible signs of mold, SERVPRO technicians can treat the surface with disinfectant, bringing it to a sanitary level- this process can also prevent regrowth after service. Where there is restricted access but a strong chance of mold being present, we can fumigate the restricted area with anti-microbial chemicals using fogging equipment.
 
 Mold issues do not necessarily equate to permanent damages in your Fort Worth home. Our expert restoration services can locate, assess the extent of damage, and then remediate the issues to a high level of cleanliness. At the end of service, we can thoroughly fumigate the area using vaporized deodorants to bring odor back under control, and your property back to its preloss condition.

Storm
We are a leading provider of storm damage recovery here in Texas. Our rapid response units are available around the clock should you require emergency restoration after storm damage in your Fort Worth home. Our telephone lines are in operation twenty four hours a day so you know you can reach us in an emergency. We have a team of technicians on-call that can complete vital mitigation tasks to prevent permanent harm to your home.

High winds can pull tiles from roofs or send debris through windows and doors. These types of damage often have secondary consequences, allowing water to seep in and creating more problems for your contents or fittings. Part of our restoration services is focused on the security of your property. Our technicians can perform emergency board-ups as well as reinforcing structural components that may have been blown loose.

These tasks may seem relatively small, but they make a big difference to the amount of damage your property sustains and whether or not that damage is permanent. The less water in your Fort Worth home, the less damage it can cause. The moisture that does get in can be extracted using portable units. After that, our technicians can place dehumidification to dry the affected area thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has developed a reputation as a fast-responder in emergencies and a dedicated restorer of property damages. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (817) 741-5737 for premier restoration services.

SERVPRO Offers Certified Water Damage Restoration Services

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Roof maintenance chores need doing routinely, or the interior of your Fort Worth commercial building may pay the price with deterioration from water damage. Clogged or missing downspouts can send rainwater into the interior of your property rather than on the ground and away from the foundation. If the problems persist, you may need our restoration assistance.

If your business experiences pooling water from the drains and downspouts clogging with debris it is possible your Fort Worth business could slowly accumulated water damage buildup behind walls and above the ceiling tiles. The leaking may not be noticeable at first, but quickly a large area could be affected and need professional remediation from our water damage experts.

It is not uncommon for water damage to take weeks or longer to become so evident that the business owner calls for help. Water soaks into cellulose fibers like those in drywall and ceiling tiles. When SERVPRO crews arrive expect us to spend some time tracing back the leak to make sure we address all damp areas. Our employees employ moisture meters and scanners to locate any hidden water pockets and to help set drying goals. Mastering the use of this technology is one of the goals we have for our team members when they attend IICRC training.

If water is trapped, we use carefully chosen strategies to release it without creating a considerable disturbance of the affected area of your business. Small holes may be drilled in drywall or cinder block mortar joints to let the water move through. If possible, a wand from an extractor passed through an opening in a wall evacuates moisture. SERVPRO technicians learn a wide variety of methods to remove water during our extensive training.

Once standing water is eliminated, SERVPRO crews in Fort Worth use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the damp areas. Throughout the steps, we are vigilant for any signs of mold growth because of the length of time it took to discover the water damage in the first place. If mold infestation is discovered, we use EPA protocols to contain and remove the colonies and any mold infiltrated materials.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth covers all the bases when it comes to water damage restoration. Call (817) 741-5737 to set up an assessment for your commercial building.

For more information regarding the city of Fort Worth, click here.

Eight Tips to Help Homeowners Prepare for Tornado Season and Minimize Storm Damage

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth offers seven tips on how homeowners can prevent storm damage during the upcoming tornado season. Should storm damage occur, the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can quickly be on the scene as soon as it is safe to begin providing damage restoration services.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the premier residential and commercial storm damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas. SERVPRO technicians are the best trained in the industry. Having the highest IICRC standards means customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any property damage disaster.

As tornado season approaches, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners to be prepared. Following the simple measures listed below can prevent or limit unnecessary property damage, save money on costly repairs, and save lives. Should storm damage occur, the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can quickly be on the scene as soon as it is safe to begin providing damage restoration services.

Tip #1: Know when to expect peak tornadic activity, and keep an eye on the weather.

In an article explaining the tornado season in Texas, the experts state: “While tornadoes can occur all year long, tornado season in Texas runs from March through August. During these months, it is not uncommon for several tornadoes to occur at once. The way tornadoes form is not completely understood, but scientists believe they begin when wind shear causes thunderstorms to rotate. As the winds rotate faster, a funnel cloud is formed, and if this cloud reaches the ground, it is called a tornado.”

Understanding what a tornado is and how it works can create a healthy respect for the power of these potentially devastating meteorological events. Anyone who has personally experienced a tornado has both seen and felt the unleashed power of these storms. A prior experience with a tornado can be a driving motivation to take precautionary steps when tornado season arrives.

Tip #2: Create a list of items to bring inside in the event of severe storms or tornadoes.

The list serves a dual purpose. First, the preparation of the list prepares the mind to think quickly when a storm arrives. It is doubtful that anyone braving high winds, pelting rain and hail, and lightning would be checking off items as they were being collected and stored in the home or garage. However, when minutes count, having a mental list can save time and possible injury from flying debris. Items to store may include:

  • lawn and pool furniture
  • flags, hanging bird feeders, wind chimes
  • portable solar lights
  • grill, fire pit, and outdoor fans
  • bicycles, skateboards, toys

Tip #3: Clear away any debris and loose items in the yard or on the patio or porch.

Potted plants, garbage cans, dog houses, branches, and even firewood may become missiles when launched by the turbulent winds of a tornado. These and other wind-born items can shatter windows, penetrate siding, and demolish vehicles.

Tip #4: Prune trees so that they are less vulnerable to damage from high winds.

Remove damaged and diseased limbs that can break off and become deadly projectiles. Thin out the larger branches to allow wind to flow through the trees. The services of a bonded, insured, and reputable tree service company will be required to perform these measures safely.

Tip #5: Reinforce garage doors.

Garage doors are often damaged by high winds and airborne debris. If the garage door is destroyed, wind-driven rain and hail can cause serious water damage to the contents of the garage, and any vehicles in the garage can be damaged from debris and hail. High winds ripping into the garage can contribute to catastrophic roof failure and possibly the destruction of the entire home.

Tip #6: Weigh the benefits of installing sturdy permanent storm shutters to cover windows.

Though not as devastating as a direct hit from a tornado, large hail and microbursts can cause extensive damage. Wind-driven hail the size of a baseball or larger can impact a home at speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour. Once a window shatters, rain can wreak havoc inside the home. Shutters can be rapidly closed to protect the windows.

Tip #7: Fortify the home.

The insurance experts at Access Home Insurance offer the following recommendations: “Call a professional to reinforce any masonry walls or other structures that provide support to your home. If you have a chimney, have the professionals secure it with reinforced steel to prevent it from falling off during high winds. Professionals can also assess your home and make recommendations to add additional strength and stability.”

Tip #8: Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company to provide services before the calamity strikes.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties damaged by a storm. The company can provide emergency tarping, board-ups, security fencing, pack-ups, and storage. The dedicated team also provides restoration services after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident while also handling mold and mildew remediation for the home or business.

For more information about storm damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Common Causes of Fire Damage in Commercial Buildings

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains common causes of commercial fire damage and advises business owners about how they can avoid these fire risks.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the premier commercial property damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a true leader in the restoration industry. Having the highest IICRC standards means customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any commercial or residential fire, water, or mold disaster.

Common Causes of Commercial Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration reported that there were an estimated 103,600 non-residential building fires for the years 2009-2018. This works out to about twenty-seven fires per day or a little over one commercial structural fire per hour in the United States.

The most common causes of non-residential building fires included:

  • 30.6% - Cooking
  • 11.5% - Unintentional, careless
  • 9.8% - Intentional
  • 7.8% - Electrical malfunction
  • 6.9% - Heating
  • 5.7% - Open flame
  • 5.3% - Other heat
  • 4.7% - Other equipment
  • 3.8% - Equipment malfunction
  • 14.7% - Miscellaneous: appliances, exposure, natural, smoking, causes under investigation

The top six causes listed above account for nearly three out of four non-residential commercial fires.

Restaurants are particularly susceptible to fires. Easter magazine reported that fire departments across America responded to an average of 8,240 structure fires at eating and drinking establishments each year between 2012 and 2016. These fires caused $246 million in property damage.

From 2013-2017, fire departments responded to an estimated average of 4,630 structure fires per year that involved hot work — welding torches, cutting torches, heat-treating, soldering, etc. These fires caused $355 million in direct property damage per year.

By incorporating a comprehensive fire safety and prevention protocol in commercial buildings, many commercial structure fires can be avoided or minimized in their impact. An effective fire safety system has three crucial prongs:

  • Detection
  • Control
  • Extinguishing

Detection: Smoke and fire alarms

Smoke and fire detectors should be strategically located throughout a commercial building. Placement is not enough. Periodic testing and maintenance of each device and the overall system should be a top priority for the facility’s safety coordinator. Smoke and fire detectors not only save lives, but they are also necessary for code compliance.

Control: Fire and smoke curtains

The second prong of an effective fire safety system encompasses controlling the fire and smoke once a fire has erupted. Installing fire and smoke curtains at critical junctures protects employees, machinery, equipment, tools, raw materials, and product. Controlling the spread of the fire and smoke buys time for employees and staff to exit the building. Slowing the spread of fire and smoke also allows more time for the fire department to arrive on the scene, safely assess the situation, and stage the response to the fire.

Extinguishing: Sprinklers and fire extinguishers

The third prong of an effective fire safety system includes extinguishing the fire soon after it breaks out. Over thirty percent of non-residential fires involve cooking. Therefore, restaurants and other food preparation locations, being high-risk zones, should proactively ensure that they are adequately protecting the structure, staff, and customers with sprinklers, well-maintained smoke detectors, fire alarms, and easily accessible fire extinguishers.

Other Crucial Considerations

Having a Fire Prevention Safety Plan is essential for every commercial structure. Many counties in Texas, including Tarrant County, require Third-Party Plan reviews for all new construction projects to include building and fire protection systems. Project owners must still apply for all applicable permits with the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The success of any fire safety plan depends upon effective training. When a fire erupts in a manufacturing unit or a warehouse full of combustibles, employees and staff have only minutes to save data, shut down production lines, secure the facility, and escape. Every second counts. Disciplined training saves lives.

Finally, fire and water damage restoration must be achieved rapidly. When a production line, retail sales outlet, restaurant, or service center goes offline or idle, profits plummet. To help businesses recover quickly from water and fire damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will work with business owners before disaster strikes to formulate a Ready Plan.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire, smoke, or water damage. For more information about fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Safety in the Forefront After Water Damage in Your Home

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Sometimes, a Fort Worth water damage case may prove so severe as to warrant a quarantine or exclusion zone within your home. While we do not make these calls lightly, SERVPRO has to institute such safety precautions for some situations to protect both you and your home while we conduct restorations. While our technicians are typically more than able to explain the full reasoning behind such precautions, it might pay off to know what situations can commonly lead to this decision. 
 
Electrical Hazards 
 
If your Fort Worth home has water damage in a broad area or standing water in a room, this area typically must be cordoned off due to the potential presence of electrical hazards. When outlets and large electronic appliances come into contact with volumes of water, they create a major hazard to anyone not protected by specialized clothing like that worn by SERVPRO technicians. 
 
Mold 
 
If our inspectors find a mold of a dangerous species or spread, they may create a quarantine area to stop its spread and shield residents from potential health effects the mold can cause. We are well-qualified to handle mold situations, so worry not if we do find a problem. We simply incorporate mold remediation into the present cleanup job and keep moving. 
 
Septic Tank Spillage or Other Waste Hazards 
 
When a septic tank has spilled, or some other disaster involving biological waste has occurred, we typically bar access to this area to prevent contamination from occurring. Tainted water sources carry large quantities of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can create serious health effects even through simple proximity. If you know that your septic tank has ruptured or spilled, be sure to inform our personnel before they arrive so adequate preparations can be made. 
 
Structural Damage 
 
More severe water damage has the potential to cause structural damage to the home. If our trained inspectors find signs of this, they may ask you and your family to vacate the area immediately. Structural collapse can happen suddenly, and without prompting, so it is best to stay away from the at-risk area until we have had enough time to ensure its safety. 
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is trained and equipped to deal with water damage of any variety. Call us at the first sign of trouble at (817) 741-5737. 

Nine Grilling Safety Mistakes That Can Lead to a Fire Damage Disaster

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners to avoid nine grilling safety mistakes.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the premier damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a true leader in the restoration industry and builds upon a dedication to serving the Fort Worth community with honesty and professionalism. SERVPRO technicians are the best trained in the industry. Having the highest IICRC standards means that customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any commercial or residential fire, mold, or water disaster.

Grilling is more popular than ever

Without a doubt, grilling is a favorite pastime in Texas. The frequency of grilling has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people spend more time in their backyard enjoying the fresh air and robust flavor of hamburgers, steak, or fish cooked on the grill.

Grilling safely: Grilling mistakes to avoid

Grilling can be dangerous, and caution should be exercised when firing up the grill. Between 2014-2018, fire departments responded to more than 10,000 home structure and outdoor fires involving grills per year. The annual damage totaled almost $150 million. Here are some grill safety tips that warn grill masters of mistakes to avoid when grilling.

Mistake #1: Cooking too close to a structure or combustible material

Cooking under an awning or under a tree to avoid the hot sun could get a griller burned. Floating embers could turn a tree into a gigantic torch. The grill should be at least ten feet away from the deck railing, home, wooden shed, or garage. Use long-handled grilling tools for personal safety.

Mistake #2: Leaving an active grill unattended

Kids and pets do not mix with lonely grills. Playing near an unattended grill is a recipe for disaster. A dog’s sniffer is estimated to be over a thousand times more sensitive than the human nose. Multiply the savory aroma of that sizzling, juicy steak a thousand times, and the temptation is unbearable. Keep this fact in mind when stepping away from the grill.

Mistake #3: Grilling indoors

Believe it or not, some people grill in the house or garage. Cooking inside on a gas or charcoal grill is a fire hazard. Grills also produce carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly. Stay safe by keeping the flame, smoke, and heat outside where it belongs.

Mistake #4: Not cleaning the grill on a regular basis

Clean grills yield better tasting food and are less likely to produce flare-ups. Clean the grill after every use. Be sure to remove grease and fat buildup from the drip tray and grates.

Mistake #5: Failing to use a meat thermometer

The only way to determine if food has been heated to a temperature that is high enough to kill harmful bacteria is by using a meat thermometer. Grill masters need to practice good food preparation hygiene to avoid cross-contamination and food poisoning.

Also, dispose of marinades and sauces that have come into contact with raw meat. Use clean utensils and a clean plate to remove cooked meat from the grill. Wash hands thoroughly with soap before and after handling any raw meats such as seafood, poultry, beef, and pork.

Mistake #6: Cooking too many steaks on the grill at once

Too much fat dripping on the grill flames can cause a flare-up. Cook steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, kabobs, or other items in batches to avoid grill flare-ups.

Mistake #7: Igniting a gas grill with the lid closed

Gas grills cause more house fires than charcoal grills. Lighting the grill with the lid closed allows gas to buildup, producing a fireball at the point of ignition. Practice open-lid lighting. Should the flame go out, turn the grill and gas off. Wait five minutes before attempting a relight. Charcoal grill owners need to be very careful when dousing briquettes that just do not seem to want to light.

Mistake #8: Forgetting to shut off the grill

Take the extra few seconds to turn off the burners and the fuel lines. Charcoal grillers should allow the coals to completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.

Mistake #9: Unprepared to extinguish a fire

One of the fire damage hazards of grilling outside is the wind. If a fire erupts, the wind can cause the flames to spread rapidly. Have a supply of baking soda handy in case of a grease fire. Use a fire extinguisher for other fires. Do not use water on a grease fire.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident. For more information about fire damage restoration in the Northeast Fort Worth area, contact the office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Why SERVPRO Relies on Advanced technology for Water Removal

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Whom do you call when you arrive home after work and find water pooling all over? Whether the water is from a clean source or not, it is likely to cause a wide range of problems including deterioration of materials, soiling, and microbial growth. One viable option is to call SERVPRO since we offer professional water removal services. Our crews are highly trained, and IICRC certified. We also use advanced technology and techniques to save your property after water loss.  

Using different approaches during water removal in Fort Worth is possible. An approach that removes the water fast helps prevent secondary issues that arise from a water spill. For example, mold develops within 24 to 48 hours after the spill. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on advanced technologies for fast removal. We have dry-wet vacs, pumps and truck-mounted water extractors. The added capabilities like heating and storage in the water extractors we use allow us to multitask between removal and restorative cleaning if the need arises.  

Although the spill is the problem, removal can be very disruptive requiring the removal of contents such as furniture or tearing down walls and other permanent fittings like countertop cabinets. Such additional steps introduce extra costs and prolong the process even further. Using advanced technologies, our SERVPRO technicians limit the amount of teardown or movement needed to dry the property effectively. Using advanced moisture detection equipment like thermal cameras, moisture sensors, and thermo-hygrometers, we check the level of migration to determine whether we can dry carpets in-place. We also have advanced equipment like injectidry systems that help remove moisture from wall cavities and below wooden floorboards without requiring teardown.  

The effectiveness of the drying phase after a water loss incident has serious ramifications. Leaving moisture traces in any part of the house leads to problems like mold later on. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on industrial grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to dry excess moisture from the spill "Like it never even happened."  

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth when there is a spill. You can reach us at (817) 741-5737 any time.

Your Keller Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open.
 
Burn Marks
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Morgan Park, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
 
Smoke and Ash
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order.
 
Structural Damage
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is always here to help in time of fire restoration please feel free to call us at 

817-741-5737

Northeast Fort Worth Damage Restoration Company Debunks Seven Water Damage Myths

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth debunks six water damage myths that can delay the beginning of the restoration process and lead to advanced secondary water damage.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the premier damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO technicians are the best-trained service providers in the industry. Customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any commercial or residential fire, mold, or water disaster.

Even if there is doubt about whether a water damage incident is severe enough to call a property damage restoration specialist, the homeowner should still make the call. There is nothing to lose but much to gain. Delay costs valuable time.

  • Time for mold and mildew to begin to grow
  • Time for drywall to wick up water
  • Time for bacteria to grow in carpeting, making it unsalvageable
  • Time for colors to bleed and fade in drapes, upholstery, and furniture
  • Time for baseboards to warp
  • Time for ceilings to collapse
  • Time for the flooring to buckle

In short, there is no time to waste when faced with a water or fire damage disaster, no matter how large or small it might be.

Here are six myths and misconceptions that need to be dispelled when considering what to do when faced with a property damage disaster.

Myth #1: “I will have to deal with the insurance company all by myself.”

Truth: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will not only help the client deal with the insurance company, but the team will also walk the customer through the process and provide a free estimate of what it will cost to restore the damaged property. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth works with the insurance company to obtain for the client the best claim payout for the water, fire, or flood damage.

Myth #2: “The water will dry up by itself.”

Truth: Large scale water damage will not dry by itself. Small scale events can cause significant damage if the water is not immediately and completely removed. Water trapped in walls and under flooring can linger indefinitely, providing a perfect breeding ground for mold. Once the mold has established a foothold, the cost of cleanup can rise dramatically. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth uses advanced equipment and techniques to rapidly and completely remove water and moisture from a home or business damaged by water or flooding. Advanced technology measures moisture levels, enabling technicians to know when the water and moisture are eliminated.

Myth #3: “I don’t have to call a restoration company immediately.”

Truth: An immediate response from a water damage restoration professional is crucial to limit advanced secondary water damage. Swift action lessens the scope of the damage and is critical for insurance coverage.

Myth #4: “I can’t afford water damage restoration services.”

Truth: Insurance will usually cover some or all of the expenses to repair the water damage and restore the damaged scene to normal.

Myth #5: “I only have to worry about the water damage.”

Truth: A water damage event is multi-faceted. Mold growth, structural damage, and sewage damage are just a few of the other dangers that lurk after a water damage incident.

Myth #6: “I can clean up the water by myself.”

Truth: Remediating water damage requires professional training, special equipment, and advanced technology. Water, fire, and sewage damage create environments that are hazardous to human health. The restoration process involves more than water removal, drying, dehumidification, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Special precautions must be taken to preserve the health of the technicians during the restoration process and to ensure the health of the homeowner and any family members after the property is restored.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth strongly encourages homeowners, businesses, and other property owners to vet locally owned and operated property damage restoration specialists so that when disaster strikes, trusted options are immediately available. Taking hours to research property damage restoration specialists when every minute counts can allow the scope of the damage to expand and the expense of the restoration process to significantly increase.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident while also providing mold and mildew remediation.

For more information about damage restoration in Northeast Fort Worth, contact the office by phone at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

How To Select The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: An overview of factors and considerations to help you pick a fire restoration company that can meet your expectations, including certification, expertise, experience, reviews, and more.

There's no doubt that fire can be unimaginably destructive. Still, many people underestimate the damage the smoke and the water and flame retardants used to extinguish the blaze can do. All three elements require a different approach when it comes to restoration and cleanup.

Because of the critical role a fire restoration company plays in ensuring your home or business recovers, it’s vital to find the right one. Knowing what to look for can make the choice easier in an already stressful time. 

Here are some of the primary elements to look for when choosing a fire damage restoration company:

Certification

Certification is one of the essential factors to consider when choosing a fire restoration company. Make sure they have all the necessary state and local certifications that will legally allow them to provide restoration services and that they are up to date. 

Look for Cleaning and Restoration Certification from the Institute of Inspection in particular, but also pay attention to the company's sub-certifications that specify the additional specialized services they can provide. Some examples of these services include commercial and structural drying and mold remediation.

Expertise and Experience

Besides having the proper certification, the company's employees should also be fully licensed and well-trained fire-damage experts, able to handle a wide range of scenarios.

While expertise is crucial, hands-on experience is arguably more important. Every case of fire damage needs the utmost care since incorrect assumptions early on can prolong or derail the restoration unnecessarily. With adequate experience, such misconceptions are less likely to happen.

Make sure that the fire restoration company you choose has more than enough experience and has handled a good deal of similar restoration projects.

Referrals and testimonials

Get first-hand information from the company's past clients regarding their experiences working with each particular fire restoration company. You can also ask for recommendations from other sources, such as your insurance carrier.

Rather than fixating on a single negative or positive review, look for a pattern. Even the best companies have a few outliers in their feedback profiles.

Explore specialties

Different fire restoration companies have different areas they specialize in. Every asset is different, so the company should handle and treat it differently. Assess your assets, determine your priorities, and look for a company specializing in that area.

Recovery time

Seconds can make the difference between being able to recover an item and having to replace it. Choose a company that offers rapid response times. They should also provide sound advice on the actions to take when salvaging possessions from a fire.

Detailed schedule

A good fire restoration company should provide an in-depth, estimated completion date and a detailed schedule of the steps their team will take during the recovery process.

Storage facilities

Some companies offer storage facilities. If they do, find out more information about those facilities such as storage space and other conditions like security and temperature control. Likewise, inquire whether the company provides packing services and how accurate they are at keeping records.

Costs

Most fire restoration companies will provide a free consultation regarding the work to be done. While these costs typically vary based on the extent of damage, having an estimate allows you to pick the option that falls closer to the amount you are willing to spend.

With these few factors and considerations, you should be able to pick a fire restoration company that can meet your expectations. In Fort Worth, SERVPRO is the industry leader.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is an all-in-one fire restoration and water cleanup company that has served Fort Worth for over 50 years. Their services include mold removal, commercial cleaning services, building restoration services, and more, to ensure you can get your home or business back to normal with just one phone call. 

For more information about fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth.

How Long Should It Take To Fix Flood Damage In Fort Worth?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment Warehouse of Drying Equipment

Fort Worth residents are accustomed to storms rolling in out of a perfectly beautiful afternoon. They make for some interesting skies to watch and photograph, but the resulting floodwaters can cause homeowners thousands of dollars in restoration costs.

Cleaning up the debris and soiling left over after flood damage in Fort Worth may seem daunting, but it is hardly the most challenging task, primarily when handled by a skilled team with sophisticated equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use simple equipment such as shovels, as well as advanced ones like power washers to remove soils from the property quickly.

Drying excess water left over after flooding incidents can take time. Water loss incidents that affect your Fort Worth property often prevent you from staying in the home or building. As water sits in the property, it soaks into different materials complicating the removal process. Our highly trained technicians use a variety of equipment including air movers to speed up the drying process. Typically, one air-moving unit can cover 150 to 300 square feet since we remove carpets and pad for disposal instead of drying them. By calculating the total square feet affected in the incident, we can estimate the expected turnaround time for drying.

Restoring flood damage can take longer if secondary problems develop. Mold infestation and deterioration of materials such as wood through rotting and warping add extra steps lengthening the process. Where possible, our technicians take precautions to prevent these problems. We try to dry materials within 48 hours to prevent mold development. We also set drying goals that lead to balanced drying preventing problems such as cracking. In case we cannot prevent the issues, put our building service skills to use tearing down affected areas to replace affected materials and refinish surfaces to deal with the problem - we are Here to Help.


For fast restoration after a flooding incident, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 to help. We are available 24/7.

Avoiding Fire Damage In Your Home

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wall damage from fire Damage from grease fire

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty cords, plugs and appliances so knowing safety and fire prevention are keys in avoiding fire damage to your home or business.  The following are steps that homeowners and commercial property managers can take to avoid costly fire and soot damage.

Electrical Cord Safety:

  1. Inspect all cords for frayed or damaged casings
  2. Never damage or break off the third prong in a plug
  3. Never break off a third prong plug and plug into a two prong outlet
  4. Replace all 2 prong outlets with 3 prong outlets
  5. Do not pull out cords from the cord always pull out plugs from the plug.
  6. Use surge protectors sparingly as it is possible to overload a circuit if too many plugs are pluged into one outlet.
  7. Extension cords are to be used as temporary cords.
  8. Use the correct gage when using an extension cord
  9. Try to keep cords from running underneath a carpet or rug
  10. Keep cords away from water and heat sources

Appliance Safety:

  1. Follow manufacturers instructions
  2. Disconnect small appliances when not in use
  3. Disconnect appliances when you are going to clean them
  4. Unplug small appliances if you are going to leave town for an extended period
  5. Check phone chargers for overheating

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at : 817-741-5737

Any Water Restoration Project in Keller May Require Multiple Steps To Complete

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water damages Water Damages

H2O is found naturally and is needed for you and your family to live a comfortable lifestyle at your Keller residence. Therefore, all homes have a complex plumbing system that could fail one day forcing you to contact a water restoration company like SERVPRO. Moisture does not mix well with the organic materials that make up your house's structure and interior building materials. When things get saturated, they tend to lose their strength and disintegrate. Anytime excessive moisture enters your living area, it is vital to start steps towards complete water restoration immediately.  

Problems with moisture are the most likely type of damage that your property can suffer. To prevent things from falling apart and mold from growing, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 in Keller to conduct water restoration operations. If your plumbing system develops a crack or one of your appliances chooses to act abnormally, you could find yourself walking in water when you enter the affected area. As much as stepping in a puddle is unpleasant to you, your building materials and contents that you rely on to live a comfortable lifestyle are not designed to be able to recover from being wet quite like us humans are.  

Water is a powerful force, and we have all seen the devastation it can cause during floods or hurricanes. But what some people do not know is that the liquid natural resource can be destructive even in small amounts. Excessive moisture can and will ruin pretty much anything if it gets wet enough and it is left damp for a long enough period.  

To make matters worse, if materials inside your home get wet the presence of moisture can cause problems in other areas that the water never even touched. Escalated humidity levels are also known to destroy certain materials that make up a building's structure. Also, if humidity and moisture levels stay high for more than 48 hours, any organic substance inside your dwelling becomes susceptible to microbial contamination. If you ever see or feel wet materials inside your home, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 so that we can help prevent future secondary problems.

How to Prepare for Severe Weather

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage

Northeast Ft. Worth residents and other North Texans are familiar with the destructive power of storms. On October 20, 2019, residents of North Texas lived through what Forbes Magazine describes as “the most costly tornado in Texas history.” While thankfully no lives were lost, Texans suffered “more than two billion in damages, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. More than 30,000 auto and residential claims have been filed to date…”

The same article notes that claim costs could be even higher because the storm and tornado tore through Preston Hollow, a high-end Dallas neighborhood loaded with multi-million dollar estates.

The EF-3 tornado cut a wide path nearly 16 miles long, leaving unbelievable devastation in its wake. Not since 1976 had a tornado that powerful roared through the area.

Nine Storm Preparation Tips

  1. Get and stay informed.

Tune in to the local radio or TV station and community alert system for emergency information. Keep a battery-operated/solar-powered radio on hand.

  1. Inspect the emergency survival kits and the food and water supply.

The emergency kits should be stocked with essential items. If one or more are not available, purchase the necessary items to properly outfit the kits. Stock up with a two-week supply of food and water. The tornadoes that hit the North Texas area in 2015 and 2019 left thousands of homes and businesses without power for weeks.

  1. Round up plenty of LED flashlights and batteries.

LED flashlights burn much brighter and last much longer than traditional flashlights. Heavy-duty solar-powered landscape lights can perform a double function as an attractive landscape feature and as an emergency light. Gather them up before the threatening storms, tornadoes, or approaching hurricane.

  1. Fully charge the car chargers.

The chargers can be used to charge a personal cell phone, smartphone, and other portable devices.

  1. Secure all outdoor furniture.

Secure outdoor furniture and other objects or move them inside. An EF-2 (135 mph) or EH-3 (140 mph) tornado can destroy an outdoor swing or trampoline. Deck furniture can disappear never to be seen again.

  1. Collect tools and emergency building materials.

Sandbags, plywood, and waterproof tarps will come in handy if windows are blown out, or a roof is torn off, or the shingles are damaged. Keeping as much water as possible out of homes and businesses will reduce damage to the interior. Keeping the inside as dry as possible will hinder the growth and spread of mold.

  1. Fill up automobiles and equipment.

Store fresh fuel for the emergency generator if one is available. Use approved fuel containers and store the fuel in a safe, dry place.

  1. Know how to shut off the utilities.

Should the home or business receive extensive damage, it may be necessary to shut off utilities, such as gas, electricity, and water. If evacuation is required, turn off utilities before leaving if time permits.

  1. Gather documents and records.

After a severe storm disaster, residents may need ID to prove who they are. Gather and store ID documents in a portable waterproof, fire-safe security chest. Important identification documents include birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage certificates, adoption papers, passports, naturalization documents, wills, living wills, powers of attorney, and property deeds/titles. If there is room in the chest, include essential or memorable DVDs, portable disks, and flash drives. A better solution may be to create a document cache with files and images of relevant documents, ID cards, and photos. This cache can be stored on the cloud, and duplicated on a flash drive that is kept on hand. Personal IT management is essential, especially during and after a house fire or natural disaster.

Conclusion

Preparation is the key to weathering the storm when it hits. When it does, contact a storm damage restoration specialist. Emergency tarping and boarding, site stabilization and security, immediate water damage restoration, and other disaster recovery procedures can best be implemented by expert technicians facilitated by advanced equipment and technologies.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is a trusted leader in the restoration industry as well as in the local community. They provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. They pride themselves on having not only the training but also the expertise to handle their customer's restoration and cleaning needs. They are locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to an emergency. Being locally owned, they make every effort to stay involved in the community providing their time and services when needed. 

For more information about storm damage cleanup, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Water Damage After an Event in Your Home

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO Franchise can help remediate a water loss resulting from a faulty shower Our SERVPRO Franchise can help remediate a water loss resulting from a faulty shower

A hot shower at the end of a long day in Fort Worth is a welcome thing, but when the shower water begins to escape and to pool where it should not be, you have a problem on your hands. The shower pan or shower base is a waterproof floor which includes the drain and is made to protect the shower area subfloor. Made usually of concrete and tile, terrazzo, metal, or concrete, if it has missing tiles or is sloped poorly, you are dealing with water damage in Fort Worth from a shower leak.

 
If for any reason your shower has caused a leak in your bathroom, the issue needs to be fixed right away. Continual exposure to moisture quickly creates mold in your bathroom, and you need help with the water removal as well. SERVPRO can come to your aid whenever you need us.
 
Once our techs have entirely removed any standing water and then dried out your home again, we can perform the restoration services. These include all the tasks that are needed to return your home to its normal condition before the loss. The restoration process can include any repairs to the structure and contents, final cleaning, final inspections and all of our equipment being removed from the job site when done. We also ensure that all of your belongings are put back into place.
 
One thing SERVPRO staff has to watch out for in a water damaged bathroom is the condition of any ceramic tile which was affected. The grouted joints are usually waterproofed when installing over plywood. However, any cracks make it vulnerable to water damage. The tile often is unaffected, but water can penetrate the grouting, causing warping or expansion of the subfloor, which causes the tiles to come apart at the joints and become loose. We need to repair your subflooring in this case and reinstall the tiles afterward.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is thorough when it comes to water removal and restoration of any damage left behind by the leak. You can trust us to take care of your home in Trace Ridge, Heritage Trace, or Keller when you call us at (817) 741-5737.

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What Happens After You Call Us? When Face with Water Storm Damage

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to prevent secondary damages to your home Call SERVPRO to prevent secondary damages to your home

Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at:

817-741-5737

http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

Hire Professionals For Commercial Water Removal

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water loss in Commercial building Call SERVPRO if your business suffers from a water loss

When you own your Fort Worth business, it is common to demand much from yourself and your staff. Any challenge to daily operations becomes another task on your agenda, delegated to the work team on your roster that best matches the job requirements. No matter how talented your workforce, some issues are best left to experts, including water removal. We specialize in all matters concerning water damage and offer help backed by trained technicians and cutting-edge products and equipment.


Plumbing ages and eventually springs minor leaks your staff manages in any Fort Worth business, but significant pipe damage during planned remodeling requires water removal immediately. The quantity of water a pipe breach spills into your commercial property exceeds the amount a housekeeping or maintenance crew can resolve. One of our core services is water removal, and our crews arrive at your site fast, equipped with high-efficiency submersible pumps and extractors that can be truck-mounted and powered if the electricity is interrupted temporarily because of the water crisis.

You and your staff concentrate on operating your business as our SERVPRO crew focuses on water removal and structural drying. We work with you to avoid disrupting your employees and customers while we complete the job. Avoiding even a brief shutdown due to the water crisis is crucial to maintaining the confidence you built over time with your clientele. We remain keenly aware of the need to meet customer service and employee needs during the water removal process.

After the water removal, SERVPRO always moves on to planning and implementing structural drying. Our vehicles carry sufficient numbers of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to set up drying patterns throughout the affected spaces. Crew members measure and then monitor moisture levels, following the drying principles (psychrometry) mastered during IICRC training. A balance of air movement, temperature, and air humidity forces water vapor out of building materials into the atmosphere where it absorbs or condenses within our desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers for containment and disposal.

Depend on SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to step up and handle your commercial water removal crisis. Reach us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737 because we know disasters occur any day or time.

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Overcoming Mold Growth In Your Fort Worth House

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Bacterial growth can appear anywhere in your home Bacterial growth can appear anywhere in your home

Not every disastrous situation that occurs in your Fort Worth home happens dramatically. Sometimes situations develop throughout days or weeks that spread throughout affected areas of your home that pose threats to the structural integrity and the health of the occupants within the property. Mold growth is one of the situations that might not develop overnight, but by the time that homeowners notice its presence, can already be out of control.

Recovering from mold damages in your Fort Worth home requires a fast response from experienced technicians who have the appropriate equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to this emergency and work to quarantine the affected areas to avoid the spread of mold spores to new surfaces and thwart the spread of the thriving colony with the application of our air scrubbers. These machines can trap mold spores in the environment to keep them from relocating.

Our franchise takes great pride in the work that our technicians do to obtain their mold remediation certification from the IICRC. As the organization that sets quality standards for restoration work throughout the industry, this certification can ensure to our customers that our professionals know what it takes to remove the mold in their homes and restore the damage that the organism has caused. These same technicians pursue in-house training opportunities to continue their knowledge and growth within the mold remediation and restoration facet of the industry.

Preliminary work from the moment that we arrive can help eliminate the moisture that allowed mold spores to seat and colonize within your house. Our state-of-the-art equipment and products available to the SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home can also prevent the spread of the colony while our team prepares the steps for removal. Products like our OSHA-approved antimicrobial solution can prevent fungal growth on unaffected surfaces and adversely affect current growth to preserve the material playing host.

Mold isn't going away on its own. When you need professional assistance for a situation like mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth remediation technicians to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Water Loss Swift Service by SERVPRO Reduces Lost Revenue to Fort Worth Retail Shops

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro Technicians are certified and experienced in the mitigation process SERVPRO Technicians are certified and experienced in the mitigation process

If water ever leaks into your Fort Worth jewelry store, the damage caused can be devastating. If the leak comes from a level above your store's floor, water can pour in from the ceiling and cause significant issues that require prompt commercial service. If water saturates building materials such as ceiling tiles or drywall materials, they can lose their structural integrity and crumble. When building materials degrade, they create safety hazards for the employees working in your Fort Worth business.
 
Other hazards can be created during and after a pipe break, or other leak takes place including trip hazards and electrical hazards. The first thing our SERVPRO restoration crew does when arriving on the scene of a water cleanup job in Fort Worth is to secure the work area. We start by inspecting your entire store and looking for potential hazards. We know that it is vital to keep your store functioning during the restoration process if possible, therefore we strive to keep the work area safe for your employees and ours.
 
Safety hazards our SERVPRO technicians repair if possible so that they do not create danger. Other areas that cannot be immediately fixed get blocked off with caution tape until the hazards can be eliminated. Factors like severe structural problems and electrical hazards must be repaired by a certified professional before mitigation work can begin.
 
Once the work area is deemed safe by our SERVPRO team, we start by extracting excessive moisture from your store's structure. If there is two inches deep of standing water or more, we get rid of this first by implementing a submersible pump. The pump sets in the standing water and sucks it out of the building and deposits it into a sewer drain or waste tank, a portable sump pump.
 
If there is moisture present inside your store's carpeting or your furniture's upholstery, we use specialized extraction equipment to remove water. Our extraction equipment consists of a heavy duty truck mounted pump that has its own power source.
 
Promptly removing moisture is essential to preventing secondary damage to your products. If material inside your store stay wet humidity levels indoors rise and can cause your display cases to warp and valuable jewelry products to rust--not the gold. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 any day of the week to keep your shop open.

Seperate your Contents and Structure when Restoring Fire Damage in Fort Worth?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Home affected by fire Fire Damage within home

It is essential to take elaborate restoration steps after fires damage buildings and the contents within. Although your concern might not be on what damage falls under content or structure, there might be reasons why you need to distinguish the two aspects. Among the reasons is for insurance purposes since insurance policies make that distinction. Restorative cleaning also involves separation since cleaning contents and structure happen separately.
 
Structure refers to any item attached to the building permanently when addressing fire damage in Fort Worth. So, any damage to the walls, framework, ceilings, and attached floor coverings fall under the structure. Components like light fixtures, HVAC systems, and bath fixtures also qualify as part of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certified ( IICRC) certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FST), so they make the necessary distinction when scoping a fire loss.
 
Understanding the distinction between structural and content damages helps during fire loss cleaning. It is essential to move contents away from affected sections of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians move contents to a clean section within the building for onsite cleaning. We can also move out items to a facility offsite for advanced restorative cleaning. We also evaluate the structure to establish whether restorative cleaning is enough. In case of extensive blistering by heat or charring by flames, we dispose of the affected structure items.
 
When cleaning the structure, it is essential to do tests to establish which cleaning approach to use. An appropriate cleaning method removes fire residues without causing further damage to the surface or the material. Our SERVPRO technicians test and classify structural materials as washable and non-washable depending on whether wet cleaning is possible. Another reason for doing tests is to establish the type of residue left on the material to determine the best cleaning method. For grease and other oil-based residues, we use dry solvent cleaning agent even when the affected material can be wet-cleaned.
 
For the elaborate restoration of your home after a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to help. We are ready at (817) 741-5737 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

Call Serpvor For Professional Commercial Water Removal

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Damage Caused by Water Damage Caused by Water

When you own your Fort Worth business, it is common to demand much from yourself and your staff. Any challenge from daily operations becomes another task on your agenda, delegated to the work team on your roster that best matches the job requirements. No matter how talented your workforce, some issues are best left to experts, including water removal. We specialize in all matters concerning water damage and offer help backed by trained technicians and cutting-edge products and equipment.

Plumbing ages and eventually springs minor leaks your staff manages in any Fort Worth business, but significant pipe damage during planned remodeling requires water removal immediately. The quantity of water a pipe breach spills into your commercial property exceeds the amount a housekeeping or maintenance crew can resolve. One of our core services is water removal, and our crews arrive at your site fast, equipped with high-efficiency submersible pumps and extractors that can be truck-mounted and powered if the electricity is interrupted temporarily because of the water crisis.

You and your staff concentrate on operating your business as our SERVPRO crew focuses on water removal and structural drying. We work with you to avoid disrupting your employees and customers while we complete the job. Avoiding even a brief shutdown due to the water crisis is crucial to maintaining the confidence you built over time with your clientele. We remain keenly aware of the need to meet customer service and employee needs during the water removal process.

After the water removal, SERVPRO always moves on to planning and implementing structural drying. Our vehicles carry sufficient numbers of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to set up drying patterns throughout the affected spaces. Crew members measure and then monitor moisture levels, following the drying principles (psychrometry) mastered during IICRC training. A balance of air movement, temperature, and air humidity forces water vapor out of building materials into the atmosphere where it absorbs or condenses within our desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers for containment and disposal.

Depend on SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to step up and handle your commercial water removal crisis. Reach us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737 because we know disasters occur any day or time.

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What type of water overflow do you have in your Fort Worth home or business?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying restroom from a CAT 1 water loss SERVPRO equipment drying restroom from a CAT 1 water loss

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Luckily, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is here to help!

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. It can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Did your home or business have a sewage backup or toilet overflow? Call us today at 817-741-5737 !

Commercial Water Damage Experts

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Drying mat systems at work Drying mat systems at work

Drying out wet materials and contents inside your Fort Worth warehouse is an essential part of the restoration process. After standing water and moisture in carpet gets extracted, building materials must be dried so that more damage does not occur. To help speed up the natural evaporation process air moving and dehumidification systems get implemented.

If moisture sits inside your business' warehouse for too long items stored there may get ruined. If moisture resulting from a commercial water damage incident in Fort Worth does not get removed within 24 hours, mold can develop on building materials and contents such as tools or products stored for your company. Mold can cause health effects with some people and commonly develops inside a building that contains excessive moisture in the air and building materials.

When drying out moisture inside a structure, our SERVPRO technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to create an environment that speeds up the drying of wet materials. The pieces of equipment get arranged in places that do not impede foot traffic and hinder business operations. The air movers get set up so that they push air in a counterclockwise motion hitting walls at a 45-degree angle to push the wet air away from the walls. The dehumidifier then pulls water out of the air, dispenses it in liquid form, and exhausts out warm, dry air that gets used in the air flow created by the air movers.

As water naturally evaporates off of wet materials the air close to it holds moisture. The air movers push this moist air into the center of the room where the dehumidifier can remove the water vapor. However, we do not position the air movers directly at the dehumidifiers because that would reduce the quantity of warm air coming out of them. Dehumidifiers instead get placed so that air movers can intake the hot, dry air exhausted out of them after water vapor is removed.

The correct positioning of drying equipment can reduce the time it takes to dry out moisture inside your warehouse thus saving your company money. Calling SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 after a loss can prove to be beneficial to your business.

We Provide Flood Damage Restoration in Keller 

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Severe thunderstorms can cause damage and flooding in your home. A tree branch can fall on your roof, leaving a large hole for water to come in. Acting fast can prevent significant damages to your home. If you hesitate to call a professional, it could lead to the loss of furniture and belongings and could ruin your walls and flooring. When possible, our team can restore your property and save many of your items.
 
SERVPRO flood damage restoration in Keller and surrounding areas involves inspecting the damages and securing your home. Our techs can cover the hole in your roof with waterproof tarpaulins or with plywood. They also can check for broken windows or missing doors and can board or cover and seal them. We secure entry points to your home to prevent water from entering the premises. Plus, it helps keep birds, squirrels, and other animals from invading your residence.
 
Our technicians know that responding fast can reduce damages and work quickly to remove water from inside your home. They can use portable or truck-mounted extractors or commercial grade pumps and wet vacuums to eliminate water from the structure. Rapid water removal can also prevent secondary water damages such as rot and mold growth. We strive to get to your home promptly and begin the job as soon as we arrive to help reduce restoration costs and the number of damages.
 
Storm waters can also ruin interior walls, flooring, and ceilings. Our techs may have to remove wet materials like carpeting, drywall or insulation. If further construction is necessary, we can help homeowners get in touch with a general contractor. Flood waters contain toxic substances, which mean our techs must throw out all contents like carpeting, padding and any furniture that may come in contact with the water. During the drying phase, we may use air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the structure thoroughly. The crew may also employ dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels.
 
If you need reliable and efficient flood damage services in your area, call us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can get the job done. We are always nearby and ready to help.

Stormwaters Are No Match for SERVPRO's Technicians and Equipment

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Planning for flash flooding in Ft. Worth is hard. Its very definition indicates that it was unpredictable. Thunderstorms brew in our area, bringing relief in times of drought, but there is no way to shut the rain down when it transforms from welcome to a disaster. When water flows into the lower levels of your home, you need our help fast.

The Fort Worth area experienced flood damage during recent storms, and your house is on the list of affected properties. You feel overwhelmed, but a referral from a friend brought you together with our trained flood restoration team. We get immediately to work on the damage done to your foundation and crawl space because we understand just how devastating standing water can prove to be.
 
Our service vehicles are equipped with nearly every piece of equipment imaginable to remove water and begin drying out the area. We chose to operate this way so that no time is lost in arranging for the necessary tools. Gas powered pumps and truck mounted water extractors get the job done regardless of whether the power is out. Quickly responding to this kind of water loss is at the core of the services we provide, and our customers relax at least a bit when our big green SERVPRO trucks arrive. Flash flooding can be decisive and swift in destroying properties.
 
Even if a number of your neighbors also experience flood damage, you do not stand in line waiting for our assistance. We scale up our services in response to the crisis you and perhaps the rest of community experience. If needed, we tap into our nationwide network of other SERVPRO disaster response companies.
 
Delay in removing water and drying out structure and contents is not acceptable to us as it results in irreparable damage. Fast action means most building materials are still restorable and fixtures such as carpeting and cabinetry respond to the skills of our highly-trained technicians. SERVPRO employees inventory and pack out possessions and stage them in a dry area of your home or our facility. You review what items you desire restored through special techniques like freeze drying as our crews extract the water and position air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the flooded area.
 
You need SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth by your side when the floodwaters fill your foundation. Call (817) 741-5737 for immediate assistance 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO Offers Off-Site Restoration to Damaged Possessions from Fire & Smoke

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Once a fire in your home has gotten extinguished, you are only part of the way towards recovering from the incident. In fact, you now face damages to your property the likes of which many homeowners have never experienced before. Fortunately, even though this same damage might be out of the wheelhouse and skill sets of most property owners, professional and reliable restoration services are only a simple phone call away.

As you might now see, fire damages present themselves in several unique ways throughout your Keller home. Even areas that were not directly affected by the blaze can house lingering effects like smoke and soot damage. One of the most pressing concerns beyond the structural integrity of your home is the contents you keep inside. Our SERVPRO professionals have a plan to keep these items safe and give them the attention they need to get fully restored as well.

Pack-outs are a service offered by our professionals which remove contents of your home to keep them safer throughout the restoration process. While some of these items might have gotten damaged during the fire, this same process provides a means for these damaged items to get concise inspection and restoration to make them ready for the second phase: pack-ins.

Once the appropriate attention and work have gotten done to the removed items of your home, and the restoration within your house is complete, the contents of your house are ready to get returned. Our SERVPRO professionals carefully bring in each item and put it back in its original position, helping to make the unfortunate circumstance a distant memory as you move on with your fully restored home. Trying to prevent fires from occurring with foresight and planning can at least mitigate fire damage to your property.

Fire damage in your home might feel overwhelming to overcome at first, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be as daunting. You can rely on the rapid response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth fire damage restoration technicians to act quickly to get your home back to original conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (817) 741-5737.

Tips on Commercial Water Removal in the Fort Worth Location

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

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If you own a café, clothing store, or any business, you know that anything can happen. After all, owning a business is unpredictable. If there is a storm or hurricane, leaky pipe, or bad plumbing, then your business establishment can be drenched. In this situation, you know that commercial water removal plays an essential role. Many business owners know that it is important to immediately call in the expert before the water damage can escalate further.
 
Before the experts can get to your location for the commercial water removal in the Fort Worth area, there are some tips and strategies that you can take to remove water from your establishment. You can start by having all your employees help mop and blot out excess water from the floor. Make sure you remove any electrical appliances away from wet areas. After that, you can wipe off excess water from wooden furniture. Then you can place aluminum foil or wooden blocks between wet carpets and furniture legs. Don’t forget to turn the air conditioner on for optimal drying conditions. If you want to save your rug, make sure to remove it away from wet areas. If you have expensive art pieces, then it is best to place them in a safe and dry location. Gather any loose items that you can find on the floor.
 
Once the SERVPRO technician arrives at your business site, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. The techs can begin the process by inspecting your business site to check for any damages and sufficient drying conditions. They can start the mitigation process immediately by using a vacuum to extract excess water. They can also use a moisture meter to measure the humidity in the air. They want to make sure that there is a right amount of dryness in the atmosphere to help them absorb moisture from the wet area. This strategy is to ensure optimal drying time. Afterward, the SERVPRO technicians can use disinfectant and odor neutralizing solution to get rid of any unpleasant odor that was left behind from the water damage.
 
If you are in need of water removal for your business establishment, then give SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth a call at (817) 741-5737, and we can send our skilled technician to your business establishment.

Storm Damage Repair And Restoration

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An average rain shower can be pleasant to listen to as you fall asleep but when a massive storm hits your home and does severe damage, the water removal process can be anything but relaxing. Storms are destructive and can easily flood your home with excess water. Additionally, this water might not always be safe. Because the intense weather can flood hundreds of gallons of rainwater into your home, it is possible to end up with a mess that you just cannot clean up yourself. Fortunately, you do not have to.

When water has invaded and taken over your Keller residence, trust our IICRC-certified technicians to remove it from your property swiftly. We use powerful industrial grade wet/dry vacuums to remove all of the excess water so we can get your home back to the condition it was in before the storm hit. Upon calling our office, our technicians can be on the scene as soon as possible.

We can remove the excess water from your home, and once we do, we can move onto the drying process. SERVPRO understands how valuable your carpets are to you and know that a flood can soak them thoroughly and dirty them. Depending on the type of water that flooded your home, SERVPRO can determine if your carpets are salvageable and clean them entirely if they are. Underneath your carpets, we can focus on your floorboards. SERVPRO uses advanced equipment like dehumidifiers and air movers to eliminate harmful moisture in the air and dry out your belongings.

In rare cases, intensely contaminated black water can flood your home from the storm's influence. Should your house be flooded with unsafe water, we can guide you through what you can keep and what you should not. SERVPRO is with you every step of the way to make an inventory of your belongings and assist with your claims process.

When a storm hits your home, and it becomes flooded with excessive water, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth area at (817) 741-5737 to remove it. 24/7, we are ready to take your call and return your home to its preloss condition.

We do it all

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Many people do not realize this, but SERVPRO also offers a wide variety of cleaning services. From pet stains to graffiti, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help you restore your home or business with expertise.

Some of the cleaning services offered are:

Air Ducts and HVAC – One of our most popular cleaning services is a thorough cleaning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit. This can help greatly with indoor air quality, as well as energy efficiency.

Odor Removal – For odors that come from both inside and outside the house, SERVPRO can help eliminate odors in your home or business. Some common sources of odors can be cigarette smoke, mold, skunk spray, and biohazard. We are also able to remove items such as clothes and furniture to our onsite ozone chamber. We recently had a claim where a client’s dog brought in a skunk and we were able to remove the odor from his home by utilizing our ozone machines.

Commercial Cleaning Services – When you need cleaning services that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Vandalism and Graffiti - Our technicians can act quickly to address vandalism and graffiti to your house or commercial building. We can remove spray paint, as well as clean driveways, sidewalks, metals, woods, plastic and masonry.

If you find yourself in need of one of these cleaning services, please give us a call at 817-741-5737.

Water can damage your home

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H2O is found naturally and is needed for you and your family to live a comfortable lifestyle at your Keller residence. Therefore, all homes have a complex plumbing system that could fail one day forcing you to contact a water restoration company like SERVPRO. Moisture does not mix well with the organic materials that make up your house's structure and interior building materials. When things get saturated, they tend to lose their strength and disintegrate. Anytime excessive moisture enters your living area, it is vital to start steps towards complete water restoration immediately.  

Problems with moisture are the most likely type of damage that your property can suffer. To prevent things from falling apart and mold from growing, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 in Keller to conduct water restoration operations. If your plumbing system develops a crack or one of your appliances chooses to act abnormally, you could find yourself walking in water when you enter the affected area. As much as stepping in a puddle is unpleasant to you, your building materials and contents that you rely on to live a comfortable lifestyle are not designed to be able to recover from being wet quite like us humans are.  

Water is a powerful force, and we have all seen the devastation it can cause during floods or hurricanes. But what some people do not know is that the liquid natural resource can be destructive even in small amounts. Excessive moisture can and will ruin pretty much anything if it gets wet enough and it is left damp for a long enough period.  

To make matters worse, if materials inside your home get wet the presence of moisture can cause problems in other areas that the water never even touched. Escalated humidity levels are also known to destroy certain materials that make up a building's structure. Also, if humidity and moisture levels stay high for more than 48 hours, any organic substance inside your dwelling becomes susceptible to microbial contamination. If you ever see or feel wet materials inside your home, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 so that we can help prevent future secondary problems.

Structural Damage from Fires

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We can make it "Like it never even happened." We can make it "Like it never even happened."

If a fire ever burns inside your Fort Worth home, the flames can cause devastation to your property. If the blaze gets hot enough, it can cause fire damage to your building materials and contents. If the conditions are ideal, flames can engulf just about anything that is in their path. The amount of time the blaze burns can make a difference as to how much fire damage takes place.

Items that are close to the source of the initial burn are the ones that get torched first. As the flames grow, your fire damage situation in Fort Worth can get worse and cause things to get ruined due to burning, charring, and soot residues. The amount of oxygen and how hot the fire got while burning can both change the types of damage caused during a burn. Slow burning, oxygen-starved blazes tend to create wet smoke that is tough to clean, but the number of objects burns may not be as high. When flames have plenty of oxygen and things, burn hot more charring on contents, and structural components are likely to occur.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage based on your contents and your building materials, our SERVPRO technicians categorize the damage caused to your home in either the contents or structure classification. If your possessions like furniture or art displayed on walls get ruined, then the problems would be placed in the estimate as damage to contents. If items such as your ceilings or walls get torched, then the problems would be classified as structural issues.

If fires do not get put out quickly, it is likely that structural components will get burnt. When things like drywall and ceiling materials get burned, they often get replaced. In some situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew has to remove and replace wooden studs or floor joists due to charring as well.

The general rule when determining whether wooden structural components are ruined or not is if there is more than a quarter inch of charring then the item must get replaced. If the charred material is less than a quarter inch deep, then it is possible to save the items by sanding them down and applying a specialized sealant paint to trap in pungent aromas. If you ever need help with structural charring issues, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 24 hours a day.

Sealing the crawlspace

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For most Fort Worth residents, a crawl space is usually a forgotten part of the home unless the family dog decides to have a litter of pups under the house. Some homes though have crawl spaces large enough to store holiday decorations and more. Regardless of the size, however, if space fills with water, it can become a problem for the entire home.
 
Sealing a crawl space in your Fort Worth home requires a professional company that can remove water and prevents future intrusion from rains and floods. So why SERVPRO? Our company can dry any crawl space, and then stop more water from entering using a process called encapsulation. It seals off the crawl space with a combination of blocking seeps and leaks and establishing a vapor barrier which prevents water from entering the crawlspace via the soil.
 
Specialists first level out the dirt floor of the crawl space. They fill holes and compact the earth to prevent water pooling under the home. Next, our work crews lay down thick plastic sheets of polyethylene. These sheets serve as the vapor barrier to stop further water intrusion from the ground. Crew members make certain the sheets extend far enough so they can secure them to the walls with foundation tape and anchors.
 
Before securing the plastic sheets, SERVPRO specialists examine the concrete foundation walls (if part of the construction) for any cracks that let in even a drop of water. They fill the cracks with hydraulic cement and then cover the walls with masonry cement which stops seeps too small for our specialists to see. Together, these sealants can stop any water from getting into the crawl space again. Once the cement dries, crew members tape the polyethylene sheets in place. For problematic flash flooding from monsoons or other weather-related occurrences, a sump pump can be installed for rapid evacuation of flowing water.
 
To finish drying the crawl space, specialists use a dehumidifier to remove water from the air. This device also draws water from the sub-floor overhead to prevent rot and reduce the risk of a mold infestation.
 
At SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth, we take every step to keep our neighbors high and dry in their own homes. If you have any water pooling under your homes from the recent rains, call us at (817) 741-5737 today to schedule an inspection and start the encapsulation process.

Water Removal

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Whom do you call when you arrive home after work and find water pooling all over? Whether the water is from a clean source or not, it is likely to cause a wide range of problems including deterioration of materials, soiling, and microbial growth. One viable option is to call SERVPRO since we offer professional water removal services. Our crews are highly trained, and IICRC certified. We also use advanced technology and techniques to save your property after water loss.  

Using different approaches during water removal in Fort Worth is possible. An approach that removes the water fast helps prevent secondary issues that arise from a water spill. For example, mold develops within 24 to 48 hours after the spill. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on advanced technologies for fast removal. We have dry-wet vacs, pumps and truck-mounted water extractors. The added capabilities like heating and storage in the water extractors we use allow us to multitask between removal and restorative cleaning is the need arises.  

Although the spill is the problem, removal can be very disruptive requiring the removal of contents such as furniture or tearing down walls and other permanent fittings like countertop cabinets. Such additional steps introduce extra costs and prolong the process even further. Using advanced technologies, our SERVPRO technicians limit the amount of teardown or movement needed to dry the property effectively. Using advanced moisture detection equipment like thermal cameras, moisture sensors, and thermo-hygrometers, we check the level of migration to determine whether we can dry carpets in-place. We also have advanced equipment like injectidry systems that help remove moisture from wall cavities and below wooden floorboards without requiring teardown.  

The effectiveness of the drying phase after a water loss incident has serious ramifications. Leaving moisture traces in any part of the house leads to problems like mold later on. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on industrial grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to dry excess moisture from the spill "Like it never even happened."  

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth when there is a spill. You can reach us at (817) 741-5737 any time.

24/7 Service

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (817) 741-5737

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Restoration

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Flooding and water damage events in Northeast Fort Worth commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Please call us if you find yourself in need of commercial property restoration after water damage! 817-741-5737

Storm Preparation

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How to prepare for a storm:

Before the storm

    • Check your gutters, and clear out any debris that may be clogging them. Also assess your area for storm drains in low lying areas, and make sure those are clear as well.
    • Remove fallen leaves and other debris from your yard.
    • If you are in a flood zone, keep sandbags on hand and put up valuables.
    • Check your insurance to see if you are covered for floods.
    • Figure out the safest route from business to home. If your home is located in a flood zone, make a plan so that all family members understand were the closest safe ground is and how to get there.
    • Ensure a plan is in place for family pets, as well.
    • Make a list of valuables that you can keep in a safe place.
    • Put together some supplies, such as food, water, a first aid kit, and medications together in a safe area in case they are needed. Also include flashlights, batteries, and a radio if possible.
    • Fill up your gas tank in your car.

During the storm

    • Monitor the TV and radio for weather updates. If an evacuation is advised, evacuate quickly and safely. A good source is  http://www.weather.gov/
    • If water enters your home, evacuate to a higher ground even if there is no evacuation order in place by officials.
    • If traveling, watch for washed out roads and downed power lines. Turn around, don’t drown!

After the flood

    • Make sure your drinking water is clean to prevent illness. Boil water for three to five minutes and then let cool before drinking. Alternatively, purchase bottled water from the grocery store.
    • Check your home for moisture on the walls, carpets, and furniture. Dampness can cause mold and mildew. Open windows and turn on your heater to approximately 15 degrees higher than the outside temperature to facilitate drying.
    • Practice good hygiene such as hand washing to help prevent illnesses.

If in the event your home has water damage call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to help remediate the issue at 817-741-5737

Frozen Pipes

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Weather in Texas can be unpredictable, with sudden freezes happening as late as March. Now is an great time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they can be prevented.

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.  Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth immediately at 817-741-5737. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.

Mold infestation

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Overcoming Mold Growth In Your Fort Worth House

Not every disastrous situation that occurs in your Fort Worth home happens dramatically. Sometimes situations develop throughout days or weeks that spread throughout affected areas of your home that pose threats to the structural integrity and the health of others within the property. Mold growth is one of the situations that might not develop overnight, but by the time that homeowners notice its presence, it can already be out of control.

Recovering from mold damages in your Fort Worth home requires a fast response from experienced technicians who have the appropriate equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to this emergency and work to quarantine the affected areas to avoid the spread of mold spores to new surfaces and thwart the spread of the thriving colony with the application of our air scrubbers. These machines trap mold spores in the environment to keep them from relocating.

Our franchise takes great pride in the work that our technicians do to obtain their mold remediation certification from the IICRC. As the organization that sets quality standards for restoration work throughout the industry, this certification can ensure to our customers that our professionals know what it takes to remove the mold in their homes and restore the damage that the organism has caused.

Preliminary work from the moment that we arrive can help eliminate the moisture that allowed mold spores to seat and colonize within your house. Our state-of-the-art equipment and products available to the SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home can also prevent the spread of the colony while our team prepares the steps for removal. Products like our OSHA-approved antimicrobial solution can prevent fungal growth on unaffected surfaces and adversely affect current growth to preserve the material playing host.

Mold isn't going away on its own. When you need professional assistance for a situation like mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth remediation technicians to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

We Can Restore Your Home From Secondary Damages

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Overcoming Mold Growth In Your Home

Not every disastrous situation that occurs in your Fort Worth home happens dramatically. Sometimes situations develop throughout days or weeks that spread throughout affected areas of your home that pose threats to the structural integrity and the health of the occupants within the property. Mold growth is one of the situations that might not develop overnight, but by the time that homeowners notice its presence, can already be out of control.

Recovering from mold damages in your Fort Worth home requires a fast response from experienced technicians who have the appropriate equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to this emergency and work to quarantine the affected areas to avoid the spread of mold spores to new surfaces and thwart the spread of the thriving colony with the application of our air scrubbers. These machines can trap mold spores in the environment to keep them from relocating.

Our franchise takes great pride in the work that our technicians do to obtain their mold remediation certification from the IICRC. As the organization that sets quality standards for restoration work throughout the industry, this certification can ensure to our customers that our professionals know what it takes to remove the mold in their homes and restore the damage that the organism has caused. These same technicians pursue in-house training opportunities to continue their knowledge and growth within the mold remediation and restoration facet of the industry.

Preliminary work from the moment that we arrive can help eliminate the moisture that allowed mold spores to seat and colonize within your house. Our state-of-the-art equipment and products available to the SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home can also prevent the spread of the colony while our team prepares the steps for removal. Products like our OSHA-approved antimicrobial solution can prevent fungal growth on unaffected surfaces and adversely affect current growth to preserve the material playing host.

Mold isn't going away on its own. When you need professional assistance for a situation like mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth remediation technicians to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Smoke and Soot

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
817-741-5737

We can restore your home

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold located behind drywall Mold created as a result of secondary damages from a water loss

Overcoming Secondary Damages In Your Fort Worth House

Not every disastrous situation that occurs in your Fort Worth home happens dramatically. Sometimes situations develop throughout days or weeks that spread throughout affected areas of your home that pose threats to the structural integrity and the health of the occupants within the property. Mold growth is one of the situations that might not develop overnight, but by the time that homeowners notice its presence, can already be out of control.

Recovering from mold damages in your Fort Worth home requires a fast response from experienced technicians who have the appropriate equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to this emergency and work to quarantine the affected areas to avoid the spread of mold spores to new surfaces and thwart the spread of the thriving colony with the application of our air scrubbers. These machines can trap mold spores in the environment to keep them from relocating.

Our franchise takes great pride in the work that our technicians do to obtain their mold remediation certification from the IICRC. As the organization that sets quality standards for restoration work throughout the industry, this certification can ensure to our customers that our professionals know what it takes to remove the mold in their homes and restore the damage that the organism has caused. These same technicians pursue in-house training opportunities to continue their knowledge and growth within the mold remediation and restoration facet of the industry.

Preliminary work from the moment that we arrive can help eliminate the moisture that allowed mold spores to seat and colonize within your house. Our state-of-the-art equipment and products available to the SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home can also prevent the spread of the colony while our team prepares the steps for removal. Products like our OSHA-approved antimicrobial solution can prevent fungal growth on unaffected surfaces and adversely affect current growth to preserve the material playing host.

Mold isn't going away on its own. When you need professional assistance for a situation like mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth remediation technicians to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Smoke and Soot

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom after fire Bathroom after fire

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
817-741-5737

Professional Equipment Makes the Difference in Fort Worth Flood Damage Cleanup

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor in a bathroom. We have what it takes to knock out your Fort Worth flood damage in your home.

SERVPRO will clean your flood damage in Fort Worth the right way.

Two things about flood damage when it occurs: first, cleanup has to start quickly. Second, all water requires the removal and inadequate extraction of water leaves the property open for more costly issues. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize a wide array of water extraction equipment when working on flood damage in a Fort Worth property. Each surface and amount of water dictates the type of removal equipment chosen for use. Before water removal efforts commence, technicians scope the property using different kinds of moisture detection devices to ascertain areas where there are excessive levels of moisture that require extraction or drying attention.

Water Extraction from Carpet

In cases of wet carpeting from rainwater entering the home and the cleanup started within 24 hours, there is potential for restoration of the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use a host of tools such as pumps with weighted carpet wands or deep extractor tools, and Rovers that use the weight of a technician to push water out of carpeted surfaces. When carpet absorbs groundwater, there is no restoration potential. The technicians extract the water and cut the carpet into strips for easier handling. 

Hardwood Flooring with Water Damage

Wood flooring constructed from composite never fares well with water exposure and is generally a loss. Hardwood flooring has restoration potential on a case by case basis partly determined on the category and length of water exposure. SERVPRO technicians use squeegee attachments with wet vacuums and follow up using drying mats to limit the warping or buckling. 

Special Attention to the Subfloor

When water enters a property, it follows the path of least resistance and migrates into the subflooring rapidly. The use of inadequate or improper removal methods leaves the property open for the weakening of the building materials, foul odors, and mold infestations. Technicians use squeegee attachments when pooling water is an issue. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 is ready to handle flood damage in your home. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and restore the house to its pre-flood condition.

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Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Assist After A Fire In Your Forth Worth Residence

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Expert Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Forth Worth Residence

A fire disaster in your home is a traumatic experience, and it can also cause devastating losses. Smoke and soot can affect different surfaces, including walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, and upholstery. You need to act quickly after fire loss to restore your home to its pre-damaged state.

In an unfortunate event of fire damage in your Forth Worth residence, call fire restoration professionals immediately to prevent further damage. Lingering smoke and soot from the fire can circulate throughout your home and harm the indoor air quality. A professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help you take care of the damage. We have the experience, workforce, and equipment required to deal with fire loss incidents.

If the flames caused an opening in your home, we could board up the area to secure your property and prevent damage that precipitation may cause. If there is no power in your home after the incident, our crew can use flashlights and power generators to establish emergency lighting.

A fire may also leave debris in your home like broken items and nails, and they can cause injuries to the people living in it. The exterior of your house may also have items that may need to be disposed of, such as torn gutters, ash, and damaged shingles. Our crew can remove such items to simplify the restoration process.

Our technicians can also perform initial cleaning to prevent secondary destruction from soot residues. We can pre-clean furniture and soot to remove the heaviest soot. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) may also wipe acidic soot residues from metals and porcelain. We perform a thorough cleaning of the affected structures and contents with environmentally friendly products.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also wet clean some of your possessions to remove moderate to heavy residues. Wet cleaning is suitable for items that do not sustain damage when soaked in water. After cleanup, we can deodorize your home and its contents using air scrubbers or thermal fogging.

After a fire ruins your residence, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is the right restoration company to call. You can reach our professionals anytime at (817) 741-5737 for quick remediation in Keller, Park Glen or Heritage Trace. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Water Restoration Fort Worth – Removing Damaged Walls

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall cut from a wall, and flooring pulled back from the wall as well as a vacuum in the room. SERVPRO has the tips and tools to assist your Fort Worth water damage.

We can help you through your water damage in Fort Worth.

Restoration of water damaged materials can vary a great deal depending on the type of water, the amount of water, and the length of exposure. Some situations may require de-sanitation of the entire premises. Specific rooms may require drying and dehumidification. Usually, drywall that is exposed must be replaced at least above the waterline.

SERVPRO provides restoration services for all types of water damage in Fort Worth. The first step is the assessment of the situation by our crew chief. Depending on the circumstances, he or she can arrange for deployment of the appropriate equipment and technicians to restore your home. This step includes pump mounted extractors for large amounts of water as well as submersibles. Removal of debris, and damaged unrecoverable materials for disposal.

Water Extraction from Carpets

Truck-mounted pump or portable extractors can be used to remove moisture from the carpets and underpad in clean water situations. If the water is contaminated, the flooring usually must be removed. The application of dehumidifiers in a negative pressure application can bring moisture levels down to acceptable levels. Negative pressure is used to exhaust moist air outside the home and draw dry air into the home from outside.

Removal of Baseboards and Walls

Water can easily penetrate drywall and seep under baseboards. Drywall exposed to water often expands and crumbles. If there is a limited amount of water in the room, remove the baseboards. Also the damaged drywall above the waterline. For high water levels, the entire damaged wall may be removed to facilitate drying of the structure before restoration.

By exposing this area, SERVPRO can also apply drying techniques to these areas using water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. We do not want to leave any pockets of moisture that can trigger mold growth later.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for 24/7 serve. We serve the towns of Keller, Park Glen, Heritage Trace, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We can handle any type of water restoration challenge.

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Some Shortcuts to Fort Worth Flood Damage Remediation Success

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged living or family room Flooding and flood damage can literally put you out of your home. Contact our certified team for a fast response.

The High-Power Cleaning Agents Used to Disinfect Flood Damaged Fort Worth Homes

Disinfecting surfaces after flood damage is one of the most important safety measures we can take. Many types of floodwater harbor dangerous bacteria, fungi, and other microbes, and mold spores tend to overgrow whenever flooding happens. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of disinfectant products to help us target microbes more efficiently and without damaging your home.

Quaternary Compounds

The disinfectants we use the most for flood damage situations in Fort Worth are known as quaternary compounds, or "quats" for short. These products have many beneficial qualities when used for home damage restorations. First and most importantly, they are typically very effective against bacteria and fungi alike, allowing us to counteract many potential biohazards at once. However, unlike other disinfectants, quats have almost no potential to cause damage to any materials in your home and even give off a pleasant odor. Because these compounds are so versatile and helpful, we use them regularly throughout our flood damage restorations.

Chlorines

Chlorine-based disinfectants are even more potent than quaternary compounds but have some limitations and safety precautions that reduce their versatility. While chlorine chemicals can be applied to porous surfaces like wood and fabric, they can damage some other types of materials, mainly surfaces with delicate finishes. Also, the smell of chlorine is strong and difficult to counteract. Because of these limitations, we only use chlorine-based chemicals when quats prove to be insufficient.

Phenolics

Phenolic cleaning chemicals are the strongest we have in our arsenal, but also potentially the most harmful. These chemicals are useful for some of the worst flood damage cases we see, where filthy water may contaminate an entire home and create a significant biohazard. Unlike most antibiotics, these chemicals can even neutralize viruses. However, because phenolics have a strong foul odor and may be hazardous when used incorrectly, we reserve them for the most severe situations.

Botanical Disinfectants

While less potent than quaternary compounds, botanical disinfectants are similarly versatile, and many of our customers prefer us to use them over stronger chemicals. Let us know if you would prefer us to use one of our botanical alternatives on your home.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth maintains a constant stock of some of the most powerful and specialized cleaning agents approved for use in residential buildings. For our expert mitigation and restoration services after a flood, call us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737.

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Don't Let A Leaky Sink Cause Water Damage In Your Fort Worth Home

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

cement floor with three green air movers SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help to solve water damage problems before they get out of hand.

How Your Leaky Sink Can Cause Permanent Water Damage In Fort Worth

Leaky faucets and pipes are the banes of homeowners everywhere. While modern engineering and sealants help to prevent many of the widespread issues that plagued us in the past, even the most well-made water lines and faucets can start to leak and cause damage to your home. If you identify a leak early on, you should be able to seal up the problem on your own, but often a few hours is enough to cause enough damage to call for help from a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Here's how a small leak can cause big problems for your home.

Mixing with Chemicals
One of the most dangerous aspects of water damage in Fort Worth homes is the potential for water to mix with hazardous chemicals stored nearby. Many homes we visit have buckets and stores of cleaning chemicals directly below leaking pipes and sink basins. These can represent a significant safety hazard, especially if any of the chemicals are outside of their bottles (which may happen if you re-use rags and sponges). SERVPRO technicians know how to identify and take precautions against these potential safety risks so that you do not have to.

Mold Growth
One of the most popular reasons why we get called in to help remove mold from local homes is due to the presence of longtime leaks in cabinets and similar environments. With a steady supply of water, an environment that is almost always dark, and little activity to disturb its growth, mold can spread quickly underneath your kitchen sink. Patching up the leak and removing the water before any mold can grow is imperative to avoiding a widespread problem in your home.

Bleeding Colors and Finishes
Some dyes and finishes used on wood and other materials in your home may react poorly with water, potentially causing permanent damage to your home as colors wash out and bleed into one another over time. Again, the only way to stop these problems from progressing is to dry up the water as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you may need to re-paint, re-finish, or even replace any affected parts of your home.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help to solve water damage problems before they get out of hand. Call us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737 for our services or a quote.

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Take The Stress Out of Water Damage Remediation in Fort Worth

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can lead to uncontrolled mold growth if not treated properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your Fort Worth Home

In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment. 

The task of water restoration in your fort worth home is built on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times. 

While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring. 

Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

For advanced restoration services that get your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Fort Worth Fire Damage

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Garage fires are very common in the area and we can offer our immediate response and provide trained technicians to assist you.

How We Handle the Work for Fort Worth Factories with Fire Damage

Fire damage to factories and other industrial facilities can seem overwhelming in their scale. Due to the presence of flammable materials, numerous potential safety hazards, and large buildings, some of our most challenging projects involve cleaning up after fires in industrial settings. We have the manpower and equipment necessary to restore your facility to the way it was before the disaster for even the worst situations but have a few extra tricks for when situations start to get out of hand.

The SERVPRO Network

Part of the reason why we are always ready to handle fire damage to a factory in Fort Worth is thanks to our network of sister franchises that can provide support when we need it most. SERVPRO franchises number in the thousands across the country, and if a disaster is ever so massive as to overwhelm our local capabilities, we can call in additional resources and workforces from other nearby areas. Usually, we only need to call in these forces for widespread flooding or fires that spread across multiple properties, but we may use them for particularly disastrous industrial fires.

Industrially Focused Equipment

Handling smoke and fire damages in large buildings require us to use similarly large and powerful pieces of equipment. Our technicians use top-of-the-line items like dry ice blasters and thermal fogging machines to clean up fire residues with maximum efficiency even in buildings with large floor spaces. We keep these devices (and the materials they need to function) heavily stocked at our local facilities to ensure that more significant buildings receive the coverage they need.

Versatile Certifications

SERVPRO technicians receive a wide variety of certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration before getting placed on any of our crews. Even after they start responding to calls and operating as a full team member, many take the opportunity to pursue additional training and certifications to specialize in specific types of damage restoration, including fire and smoke damage. Our teams thus have the certifications and training necessary to handle any industrial disaster and the safety hazards that may accompany it.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is professionally trained and equipped to handle even the most massive fires with optimal efficiency at a minimal cost. Call us at (817) 741-5737 for our 24/7 services or a quote.

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SERVPRO's Stellar Reputations Is Why Fort Worth Area Homeowners Call Us for Cleanup and Abatement after House Damages

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Advanced Equipment, Know-How, and Skilled Technicians to Restore Your Water, Mold or Fire Damaged Home in Fort Worth!

The Reason Fort Worth Residents Call SERVPRO for Property Restoration Services

When property disasters strike in Fort Worth, you need to act quickly to secure your home and save your possessions by enlisting professional restoration services. We operate right here in Texas and can arrive onsite within four hours of notification of loss to any size disaster, residential or commercial. Our technicians are given industry-leading training which blends with their qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification- an internationally recognized guideline provider. We gain experience from every job we do, and today, we offer one of the most qualified teams of technicians for water, fire, mold, or storm-related damages.

Water
Clean water emergencies are hard to plan for and can occur for any number of reasons, including faulty plumbing, heavy rainfall, or overflow. The more time moisture remains in the property, the higher the likelihood that irreversible damage is caused. Our priority is to remove excess water, dry and clean the property after a water loss to your Fort Worth home. We achieve that by mobilizing the right equipment and workforce for each situation rather than adopting a one size fits all approach.

After making contact with our customer service team on our emergency line, we can send a water restoration technician (WRT) to your property. Waterlogged flooring or carpets can usually be drained using extraction units. Depending on the scale of your emergency, our team can decide on a truck-mounted unit for high volume extraction or a portable unit that works better where access to the property may be restricted.

Waterlogged fabrics are up to 50% weaker when wet. Our restoration services take into account the different makeups of each property we enter. Thick carpets benefit from heavier extraction units that squeeze moisture from the material. Thin carpets, on the other hand, may sustain damage under the weight of a heavier unit. For weaker carpets, we may untack edges, and place an air-mover between the subfloor and the carpet. This process is called floating the carpet and can be a valuable specialty drying technique for owners of Fort Worth residences.

Fire (HVAC)
When fires burn at high temperatures, they can increase the internal air pressure as well as produce vast plumes of smoke that quickly spread around the home. Hot smoke moves toward cooler air and surfaces. This process can be particularly problematic if your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system are switched on during the fire. Hot smoke is drawn into the supply side of your HVAC, deposited onto the interior metal surfaces, and travels throughout your home via ventilation shafts resulting in significant fire damage in your Fort Worth home.

 As part of our restoration services, SERVPRO technicians can assess your HVAC system for damages. One of the core reasons we carry out this assessment is to make sure soot is not re-deposited into clean rooms after deodorization and sanitization. We can restore your HVAC system by placing air whips into the shaft and applying negative air pressure once soiling has been sufficiently loosened by the whips. We can also remove ventilation grates, to clean behind them and replace the damaged ones with clean filters.

 If there is damage to the system itself, we cannot cover that under our restoration services. However, we can arrange for a trusted third-party HVAC repair service on your behalf, reducing paperwork as well as the stress of having to deal with more than one company. The final step in restoring your HVAC is to run vaporized deodorant through the system to remove any unpleasant odors from spreading around the home.

Mold
Moving furniture around can often reveal hidden areas of mold damage in your Fort Worth home. Finding mold is no reason to panic since mold spores are a natural part of most indoor environments. Once they come into contact with water and begin to reproduce, mold can affect indoor air quality or pose health risks, so it makes sense to enlist the help of professional restoration service. SERVPRO can send a team to your residence to inspect and remediate mold using a combination of cleaning, odor-controlling, and drying techniques.

One of the crucial aspects undertaken during the cleaning phase is the application of disinfectants to surfaces. After removing the visible signs of mold, SERVPRO technicians can treat the surface with disinfectant, bringing it to a sanitary level- this process can also prevent regrowth after service. Where there is restricted access but a strong chance of mold being present, we can fumigate the restricted area with anti-microbial chemicals using fogging equipment.
 
 Mold issues do not necessarily equate to permanent damages in your Fort Worth home. Our expert restoration services can locate, assess the extent of damage, and then remediate the issues to a high level of cleanliness. At the end of service, we can thoroughly fumigate the area using vaporized deodorants to bring odor back under control, and your property back to its preloss condition.

Storm
We are a leading provider of storm damage recovery here in Texas. Our rapid response units are available around the clock should you require emergency restoration after storm damage in your Fort Worth home. Our telephone lines are in operation twenty four hours a day so you know you can reach us in an emergency. We have a team of technicians on-call that can complete vital mitigation tasks to prevent permanent harm to your home.

High winds can pull tiles from roofs or send debris through windows and doors. These types of damage often have secondary consequences, allowing water to seep in and creating more problems for your contents or fittings. Part of our restoration services is focused on the security of your property. Our technicians can perform emergency board-ups as well as reinforcing structural components that may have been blown loose.

These tasks may seem relatively small, but they make a big difference to the amount of damage your property sustains and whether or not that damage is permanent. The less water in your Fort Worth home, the less damage it can cause. The moisture that does get in can be extracted using portable units. After that, our technicians can place dehumidification to dry the affected area thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has developed a reputation as a fast-responder in emergencies and a dedicated restorer of property damages. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (817) 741-5737 for premier restoration services.

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We Will Cleanup Smoke And Soot Residue In Your Fire Damaged Fort Worth Bookstore

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When smoke and soot from a fire have damaged your bookstore, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for restoration services.

Commercial Fire Damage In A Fort Worth Bookstore Necessitates Smoke And Soot Cleanup Services

Fire protection is a principal concern for commercial buildings and property managers, and owners take various precautions to protect the buildings from fire, including installing fire sprinkler systems. However, defective or old wiring, loose connections, overloaded circuits, and faulty fuses can lead to sparks or overheating that ignites a fire.

One thing you may have to deal with after commercial fire damage in your Fort Worth bookstore is smoke and soot, which can spread all over the immediate area and cause the discoloration of the ceiling, shelves, walls, flooring, and inventory. Soot composition varies based on the underlying causes. All kinds of soot cause some darkening, and in severe cases, it appears black.

Hot fires that burn products made from natural materials quickly cause dry soot. It has a dusty, dry texture and a minor scent. The heat from a fire can trigger the fire sprinkler system in your bookstore. If a fire smolders on low heat for a while, it can create wet soot. To clean wet soot, it is crucial to combine fire damage and water damage remediation strategies. At SERVPRO, we have the equipment required to deal with water damage resulting from firefighting efforts, such as:

• Extractors with a heater, pump, and vacuum system

• Air movers

• Dehumidifiers

• Thermo hygrometers

A fire in your bookstore can destroy the bookshelves, furniture, books, book journals, magazines, highlighters, and newspapers and leave others covered in soot. This damage can bring business operations to a halt, and you need to deal with it promptly. Our technicians can attempt to clean books that have soot and smoke damage by using dry cleaning methods to remove dry smoke residues. We can also try to remove loose particles by blowing, vacuuming, or brushing the books with compressed air. However, books present a unique challenge we cannot always guarantee their successful restoration.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Technicians (FRST) technicians can use specialized cleaning equipment, products, and techniques to clean the shelves, floors, and furniture. Some materials in these items are synthetic and create chemical reactions when burned. Removing the chemicals quickly prevents etching and pitting. If your bookstore has carpet flooring, our SERVPRO technicians can vacuum it using vacuum cleaning machines containing a high-efficiency filter.
 
We can also remove smoke odors from the indoor environment through thermal fogging. A thermal fogger heats deodorizing agents into a fog, which mimics the behavior of smoke. The fog travels to areas where the smoke traveled and eliminates odor from hard to access areas and surfaces.

When smoke and soot from a fire have damaged your bookstore, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Now You Can Have Flood Damage Remediation in Your Fort Worth Home Done Safely

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage almost always occurs at the most inopportune times. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

Flood Damage in Your Fort Worth Home? Call Us!

Summer storms in Fort Worth are a common occurrence. Large puffy clouds regularly roll over the area, helping keep the weather cool in the summer. However, it’s important to keep in mind that clouds can quickly unleash torrents of rains, causing flooding in your home.  

Often flood damage in Fort Worth homes occurs after heavy storms. If this happens to you, then you need professionals who can quickly work to resolve your issues. Our teams of SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can arrive on your property within hours of your call to begin extracting water. We can utilize industrial grade wet vacs and pumps to speed up the process. Floods typically consist of Category 3 black water, which can soil absorbent substances, forcing us to discard them. 

As a homeowner, you have several options for mitigating any further damage before SERVPRO crews arrive. Here are some tips we recommend you follow to help reduce damages: 

- For your personal safety, make sure to wear protective clothing (such as tall rubber boots) before coming into contact with contaminated water. 

- Extract contaminated upholstery pieces from your home so tha they can be properly disposed of. 

- Move your furniture out of the flood waters. 

- Wipe down wooden sections of furniture with a wet rag to help prevent the formation of water lines. 

Once we are present, we can remove absorbent materials such as carpeting that can be more difficult for you to remove on your own. This can be accomplished with the use of carpet removal tools. We can then use air movers and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of your sub flooring to fully dry it. 

Additionally, we can identify hidden moisture in your home using moisture sensors after pumping out the flood water. This allows us to identify areas that require further use of dehumidifiers and air movers to fully dry out. 

We have extensive experience in mitigating the damages brought on by flooding. If you find yourself the victim of a storm, then call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. You can reach us at any time during the week at (817) 741-5737. 

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Save Your Fort Worth Home

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Structural concerns are a substantial threat to the rest of your property and its occupants after a fire loss incident.

Debris Removal And Rebuilding After A Fort Worth Fire

Many steps must get taken to restore a fire loss incident in Fort Worth residences fully. Even with a team of qualified professionals, many potential risks and hazards exist even in the early stages of damage assessment and cleanup. Any homeowner should understand their limitations in these situations and not unnecessarily put themselves at risk to assess the damage and inspect the property on their own. Instead, leave this step to competent and well-trained professionals like ours.

Overcoming fire damage in Fort Worth residences begins with a thorough inspection of the property and a specific plan to restore it entirely. Many SERVPRO employees and staff members get involved in this planning process which encompasses all of the mitigation steps and the restoration work to follow, including the work that must get performed to appease the insurance company so that damage claims can get successfully filed and approved.

Before much of the mitigation can get started for your house, our contracting specialists must address the pressing structural concerns that exist in many ways. The first of these is through repairing and temporarily constructing solutions for designed or disaster-made holes and breaches in your property’s exterior. This process can prevent further elemental damage occurring while mitigation efforts get underway. Once mitigation completes, these same competent contractors can get to work on the repair of the structural damage, including full-scale build back.

Debris removal is another critical service that precedes the reconstruction of your property. This process includes the assessment of structural integrity and construction material stability against spreading fire loss effects. Our SERVPRO professionals must remove items that have become too badly damaged to preserve, and these removed materials can get later replaced in the full-reconstruction and building phases to come.

Structural concerns are a substantial threat to the rest of your property and its occupants after a fire loss incident. To make every symptom of this emergency “Like it never even happened,” give our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth rapid response team a call today at (817) 741-5737.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Forth Worth After A Fire Disaster

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage to Your Fort Worth Business Needs Our Professional Remediation

The possibility of a fire in your Fort Worth restaurant kitchen cannot help but be always in the back of your mind as an owner. Although the devastation a fire can cause might seem impossible to overcome in the immediate aftermath, our highly-qualified technicians have great success using our inventory of state-of-the-art equipment and restoration best practices mastered in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses.

The safety of both diners and employees is your priority if a fire damages your Fort Worth restaurant. Ensuring that your business recovers from the disaster fulfills our mission to provide industry-leading remediation services to the businesses in our community. Our crews mobilize fast, traveling to your site as soon as possible after your call.

Speed is crucial when mitigating the effects of fire damage. Within the first minutes and hours after the flames extinguish, fire residues pose the risk of progressive and permanent harm to structural components and the contents of your restaurant. SERVPRO crew members evaluate the types of residues found throughout your kitchen, dining rooms, storage areas, and other spaces.

We match appropriate products and methods to the different characteristics of soots coating surfaces. Protein-based soot is common in kitchen fires, depositing a thin and highly malodorous film that is hard to remove without solvents and abrasive tools. SERVPRO technicians can use barriers and air scrubbers to contain the cooking area, preventing the spread of debris to other spaces.

Even if your quick-thinking staff knocked down the flames with chemical extinguishers, secondary effects of the fire could linger. Persistent odors are particularly troublesome in an eating establishment as they interfere with the enjoyment of diners as they order and eat from your tempting menu. SERVPRO employees who complete the IICRC Odor Control Technician (OCT) course follow a research-based protocol to eliminate the stench in your establishment.

If clearing away charred items and thorough cleaning does not do the trick, SERVPRO turns to innovative techniques like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to eradicate the noxious smell. Thermal fogging recreates the fire environment, combusting deodorizers at high temperatures, so they attach to odoriferous particles and neutralize them. Hydroxyl radicals produced when ultraviolet rays react with water vapor (H2O) and oxygen (O2) dismantle the odor-bearing molecules. We this cutting-edge technology as a more successful and sustainable alternative to masking agents.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth as soon as firefighters release your commercial property for abatement assessment. Call (817) 741-5737 day or night to schedule an inspection and develop a remediation and deodorization plan.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Fort Worth Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Worth Helps Prevent Secondary Damage

Many homeowners love deep frying foods including turkey. Unfortunately, if the oil is overheated, a grease fire can occur. The oil starts to boil, smoke and then catches fire. You can put out a grease fire by using a fire extinguisher or kitchen items like baking soda and salt.

If a grease fire breaks out and you cannot put it out, contact your local fire department. Once the firefighters put out the fire, you’ll want to seek help from a company that provides fire damage restoration services in Fort Worth to prevent secondary destruction. The soot and smoke residues could ruin surfaces like walls and ceilings. Fire restoration experts can clean your home properly and address soot and smoke damage. One such company is SERVPRO and we are available 24/7 to respond to many fire emergencies.

The smoke and soot from the fire can continue to spread and that’s why we move fast to limit the destruction using products like towels, and brushes to remove soot and smoke. We carefully inspect the affected area to locate the smoke residues and identify the type. We then chose the cleaning method that can remove the residue present. Our restoration experts can use heat to increase the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. We choose the right temperature based on the material being cleaned and the cleaning solution being used.

After fire damage, you may find it daunting to eliminate the smoke odor from your home, meaning that smoke odor particles are still present. To remove smoke smells from a home, our SERVPRO technicians can use industrial-grade sealants and a hydroxyl generator. Hydroxyl generators are suitable because your home can remain occupied during the deodorization process, unlike ozone machines, which are hazardous to use around pets and humans. Hydroxyl generators mimic the smoke particles and neutralize them at the molecular level, ensuring that the smells are obliterated completely.

If fire has damaged your home, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for restoration services. You can reach as at (817) 741-5737. We have the expertise to restore your home to its normal condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Is the Tub Showering Water Beyond Your Ft. Worth Bathroom?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from leaking plumbing in bathrooms can spread to other rooms. SERVPRO is always ready to dry your home.

Restoring Water Damaged Components of Your Ft. Worth Bathroom

Water loss incidents that begin in the bathroom of your Ft. Worth home can often be troublesome to get under control. With many of the fixtures in this area without shutoff valves or with aging components that could be prone to stress and leaks, situations can quickly get beyond the capabilities of even competent and experienced homeowners. The best approach is to address these circumstances with a reliance on the fast response and capabilities of our restoration professionals. 

No matter where water damage occurs in your Ft. Worth home, it is imperative to get restoration technicians in route as quickly as possible. Mitigation can help not only to save you time and money but to protect areas of your home from requiring demolition and replacement. Our SERVPRO professionals have ready trailers and service vehicles that stay stocked and prepared for emergencies. Whenever we get a call for a water loss incident, we can quickly mobilize the right personnel and roll out with the equipment necessary to make a difference. 

Damage assessment is one of the first steps to any of our recovery tasks. Our estimator and management walk through the property with our detection equipment and moisture readers to determine the best approaches for restoring the residence. We can also determine the necessary equipment and personnel to get the job completed as promptly as possible. Understanding the spread of water damage can help us to know the best places to position drying machines to maximize their effectiveness. 

Our SERVPRO professionals must also address the saturation of elements within the bathroom, like vanities and shelving. While flooring and other materials can often resist water penetration for a time, fixtures like the vanity are not designed to do so. With running our high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers, which are ideal for highly saturated materials, we can often protect and preserve these exposed areas without the need for demolition. 

Water damage that occurs in the bathroom of your home can result in widespread damaging effects. You can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth team to work fast to get the situation under control and make this incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (817) 741-5737. 

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Wondering How You Are Going to Tackle Commercial Flood Damage in Your Fort Worth Business?

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your business get taken over by flood damage. Call SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

SERVPRO Helps Fort Worth B&B Beat Commercial Flood Damage

Commercial flood damage can be a devastating situation for a business owner. This type of water loss is rated as a category three biohazard and sometimes referred to as “black water,” and it is vital that the cleanup is done professionally to have sanitary conditions for both employees and customers and to avoid secondary damages to the property.

SERVPRO assisted a bed and breakfast commercial property in Fort Worth that received flood damage from some locally heavy storms. Groundwater entered through worn weather stripping on the back door and drenched the breakfast area where guests gathered each morning for a homemade breakfast after spending the night.

The B&B owner cleaned the water up when it first entered the property, but soon realized the job was going to be much larger than merely mopping up some rainwater. She placed a call to SERVPRO late in the evening, and we arrived a few hours later to begin mitigation on the property.

Our technicians immediately scoped the room with our detection equipment to determine areas of water migration. Fast action by the B&B owner stopped water from reaching the subflooring; however, we found elevated moisture levels within the baseboards, very bottom of the sheetrock and under the cabinetry.  

When moisture wicks into sheetrock, sometimes flood cuts are necessary to remove unsalvageable materials and let enough air flow in to dry the wall cavity. In this case, the wicking was minor and not enough to warrant flood cuts. The technicians determined the sheetrock could be mitigated and removed the baseboards and toe kickboards under the cabinets for drying purposes.

Using specific configurations with equipment such as our InjectiDry that forces air into small openings, our air movers forced air into the affected spaces to ensure they reached drying goals to inhibit the potential for mold growth and foul odors. Afterward, our technicians thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the kitchen area to get it ready for reopening for breakfast for the guests.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is ready to come to your property 24/7 to mitigate commercial flood damage. Call us at (817) 741-5737, and our technicians arrive within hours because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Says to Fort Worth Property Owners--Fire Losses Require Documentation along with Cleaning and Restoration

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Structural Fire Damage to Fort Worth Home Gets TLC from SERVPRO

Why Divide Structure from Contents when Restoring Fire Damage in Fort Worth?

It is essential to take elaborate restoration steps after fires damage buildings and the contents within. Although your concern might not be on what damage falls under content or structure, there might be reasons why you need to distinguish the two aspects. Among the reasons is for insurance purposes since insurance policies make that distinction. Restorative cleaning also involves separation since cleaning contents and structure happen separately.
 
Structure refers to any item attached to the building permanently when addressing fire damage in Fort Worth. So, any damage to the walls, framework, ceilings, and attached floor coverings fall under the structure. Components like light fixtures, HVAC systems, and bath fixtures also qualify as part of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certified ( IICRC) certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FST), so they make the necessary distinction when scoping a fire loss.
 
Understanding the distinction between structural and content damages helps during fire loss cleaning. It is essential to move contents away from affected sections of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians move contents to a clean section within the building for onsite cleaning. We can also move out items to a facility offsite for advanced restorative cleaning. We also evaluate the structure to establish whether restorative cleaning is enough. In case of extensive blistering by heat or charring by flames, we dispose of the affected structure items.
 
When cleaning the structure, it is essential to do tests to establish which cleaning approach to use. An appropriate cleaning method removes fire residues without causing further damage to the surface or the material. Our SERVPRO technicians test and classify structural materials as washable and non-washable depending on whether wet cleaning is possible. Another reason for doing tests is to establish the type of residue left on the material to determine the best cleaning method. For grease and other oil-based residues, we use dry solvent cleaning agent even when the affected material can be wet-cleaned.
 
For the elaborate restoration of your Keller, Park Glen or Heritage Trace area home after a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to help. We are ready at (817) 741-5737 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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After A Flood Our Crew Can Help Restore Your Fort Worth Home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

For fast restoration after a flooding incident, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 to help. We are available 24/7.

How Long Should It Take To Fix Flood Damage In Fort Worth?

Any homeowner hit by a flooding incident feels anxious wondering whether it is possible to restore the property to its preloss state. Among the thorny issues you have to deal with, is determining how long the restoration is likely to take so that you can make other plans if necessary. A professional restorer can help provide an estimate based on the time it takes to accomplish different aspects of the restoration process.

Cleaning up the debris and soiling left over after flood damage in Fort Worth may seem daunting, but it is hardly the most challenging task, primarily when handled by a skilled team with sophisticated equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use simple equipment such as shovels, as well as advanced ones like power washers to remove soils from the property quickly.

Drying excess water left over after flooding incidents can take time. As water sits in the property, it soaks into different materials complicating the removal process. Our SERVPRO experts use a variety of equipment including air movers to speed up the drying process. Typically, one air-moving unit can cover 150 to 300 square feet since we remove carpets and pad for disposal instead or drying them. By calculating the total square feet affected in the incident, we can estimate the expected turnaround time for drying.

Restoring flood damage can take longer is secondary problems develop. Mold infestation and deterioration of materials such as wood through rotting and warping add extra steps lengthening the process. Where possible, our SERVPRO technicians take precautions to prevent these problems. We try to dry materials within 48hours to prevent mold development. We also set drying goals that lead to balanced drying preventing problems such as cracking. In case we cannot prevent the issues, put our building service skills to use tearing down affected areas to replace affected materials and refinish surfaces to deal with the problem “Like it never even happened.”

For fast restoration after a flooding incident, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Call Us When Roots Are Causing Water Damage Problems For Your Fort Worth Home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Reach out to us at (817) 741-5737 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Roots Can Get Into Your Fort Worth Pipes Without You Knowing

Regardless of where you live, including Fort Worth, being a homeowner comes with both great joy and great responsibility. The general upkeep of your home depends on your efforts, but there are also neighbors and elements beyond your control that put you at risk. Something as simple as a beautiful tree whose roots grow underneath your crawl space can compromise your plumbing and cause an almost imperceptible leak that slowly erodes your foundation and adds humidity to your living room without you noticing.

When you find water damage in your Fort Worth home, it is best to reach out to a professional team to assess the extent of the damage. Our SERVPRO technicians arrive upon receiving your call and can assess whether the humidity you sense in your living room is only limited to that area or if it has spread to other rooms. Furthermore, we trace the moisture to its origin and work with you to ensure the root compromising your plumbing is taken care of and the source of the leak repaired.

If the root in question is affecting your flooring, our SERVPRO team can help you restore it. For hardwood floors, we concentrate on returning them to their natural moisture level to prevent further buckling. If you have carpet, we use a wand to extract any water residue and make sure it is dry. Even beyond these obvious solutions, we take inventory of all your belongings in the living room including furniture, books, instruments, and decor that may also need to be restored. Our hygrometers help us determine whether they are also victims of excess moisture and we restore them appropriately.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is equipped to handle your water damage needs even when they are not catastrophic. It does not take a flood for your home to need the expert services of a trained team and we are just a phone call away. Reach out to us at (817) 741-5737 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Fort Worth Area Motels Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Damage Recovery

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Removal Services for Your Fort Worth Business

When it comes to water leaks in your Fort Worth motel, what you don’t know can hurt your structure. Plumbing leaks are known as a top cause of foundation damage. However, although some leaks are apparent, some are almost impossible to know they are there without looking under foundation slabs or behind walls. When you know what some of the warning signs are that you have a leak, you can avoid the expense and hassle of extensive water damage.
 
When you do suspect you have a water leak in your Fort Worth business building, you need water removal services from a professional remediation company. At SERVPRO, we have extensive experience with all types of water damage, so you can rest assured when you hire us you are getting the best service for your business.
 
One sign something is wrong is a water bill that has had a sudden increase. Some plumbing issues are difficult to spot, so this could be your first indication that you have a problem. Since water use can have fluctuations over a year, you should compare your bill with the same month from the year before to see if something could be amiss.
 
The presence of mold or mildew is a clear sign you have an issue with a water leak. Mold thrives on moist conditions. Keep an eye out for dark spots on floors or ceilings and pay even more attention to any musty odors that are coming from the motel rooms that could indicate excess moisture. Mold can affect guests' clothing, a fact that can lead to negative reviews.
 
When you call SERVPRO with a problem, even if you are not sure where it is, our technicians can help you find it. With special moisture sensors which can detect hidden dampness, we can find the leak source so we can fix the problem. We can then work on removing excess water that has built up, plus clean up any possible mold damage. We also understand how inconvenient disruptions are to your daily business, so we do everything we can to keep the interruptions for you and your guests at a minimum.
 
Other signs you could have a water leak include damaged wallpaper, paint, walls or flooring. When moisture has had a chance to build up inside the walls of your motel, it can lead to cracking, bubbling, warping or sagging. Floors with water damage can create the materials to become soft or spongy. SERVPRO techs can also lightly fog corridors, common areas, and rooms with a pleasant scent to improve the ambiance of the motel.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth knows that your business in Fossil Creek, Trace Ridge or Park Glen cannot afford downtime due to a water loss emergency. That is why we are available at any time when you dial (817) 741-5737, so do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as you find a problem.

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Restoring Your Keller Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water damage events at Keller commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Call Our Experts Right Away After A Flood Causes Damage To Your Fort Worth Home

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Disposing Of Belongings After Your Fort Worth Home Is Flooded

As a homeowner, you never think that it could happen to you, but suddenly torrential rains fall all around you, and your Fort Worth home is in the path of the water. Being prepared for the onset of disaster is the most crucial step you can take towards protecting your home. Aside from the necessary supplies and precautions recommended by local community helpers, you should also identify the best professional team to help you restore your home in case there is water damage as a result of the weather.

When a flood causes damage to your Fort Worth home SERVPRO is the right team for you to call. Our rapid response hotline is available 24/7 and is quick to respond to your emergency. Our Green Fleet is fully equipped with the latest equipment and technology to rapidly extract water from your home and mitigate the loss of time and money following a disaster.

One of the primary concerns, when there is flood damage, is the presence of bacteria in your home as the result of water coming from the outside, otherwise known as black water. Unwanted debris and organisms can enter your house and need to be removed as soon as possible. Our truck-mounted pumps are ideal to extract a large volume of water and dispose of it by relevant regulations. For smaller water accumulations our SERVPRO team can use handheld instruments that allow us to access hard to reach corners of your home.

Unfortunately, one of the by-products of flood damage is the removal of porous surfaces such as carpets and upholstered materials. Because of the hazard flood water poses, our SERVPRO team disposes of these items quickly and according to environmental recommendations. Our field experience lets us understand the intricacies of this process and make it simple for you as the homeowner.

Having your home be in the middle of the flood is overwhelming. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is here to help. We can be reached at (817) 741-5737 when disaster strikes so our competent team can join you in restoring your property to pre-damage condition.

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IICRC Certified Firm

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SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Your Water Damaged Fort Worth Home Might Have Areas Cordoned Off for These Four Reasons

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from a leaking roof, washing machine or pipe can be devastating and needs immediate clean up. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Safety in the Forefront After Water Damage in Your Home

Sometimes, a Fort Worth water damage case may prove so severe as to warrant a quarantine or exclusion zone within your home. While we do not make these calls lightly, SERVPRO has to institute such safety precautions for some situations to protect both you and your home while we conduct restorations. While our technicians are typically more than able to explain the full reasoning behind such precautions, it might pay off to know what situations can commonly lead to this decision. 
 
Electrical Hazards 
 
If your Fort Worth home has water damage in a broad area or standing water in a room, this area typically must be cordoned off due to the potential presence of electrical hazards. When outlets and large electronic appliances come into contact with volumes of water, they create a major hazard to anyone not protected by specialized clothing like that worn by SERVPRO technicians. 
 
Mold 
 
If our inspectors find a mold of a dangerous species or spread, they may create a quarantine area to stop its spread and shield residents from potential health effects the mold can cause. We are well-qualified to handle mold situations, so worry not if we do find a problem. We simply incorporate mold remediation into the present cleanup job and keep moving. 
 
Septic Tank Spillage or Other Waste Hazards 
 
When a septic tank has spilled, or some other disaster involving biological waste has occurred, we typically bar access to this area to prevent contamination from occurring. Tainted water sources carry large quantities of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can create serious health effects even through simple proximity. If you know that your septic tank has ruptured or spilled, be sure to inform our personnel before they arrive so adequate preparations can be made. 
 
Structural Damage 
 
More severe water damage has the potential to cause structural damage to the home. If our trained inspectors find signs of this, they may ask you and your family to vacate the area immediately. Structural collapse can happen suddenly, and without prompting, so it is best to stay away from the at-risk area until we have had enough time to ensure its safety. 
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is trained and equipped to deal with water damage of any variety. Call us at the first sign of trouble at (817) 741-5737. 

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Quick, Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Worth that Gets the Job Done Right

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians focus on restoration rather than reconstruction after a fire. Contact us for thorough service that will meet your expectations.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Your Property After a Fire

We recently began restoration on a Fort Worth property, where a fire occurred on the second floor, only causing minor smoke and water damage to the downstairs. About 40% of the rafters and decking in the roof required replacement and much of the area was black from smoke.  

If you find yourself facing a similar fire damage situation in your Fort Worth area home, obtaining qualified professional help is easier than you might think. You are not alone and should never take on the task of renovating your property by yourself after a fire occurs. It can be hard to address every damaged item correctly, especially without the proper training and equipment.  

Until you face this type of tragedy yourself, you may not fully understand the level of damage that occurs. In this instance, nearly half of the roof, rafters, decking, insulation, wiring, ducting, and other materials require replacement while the other portion needs a thorough cleaning and deodorization method performed to restore and remove the odors that exist. 

Hundreds, if not thousands of posts from other do-it-yourself restorers, on websites all over the net, describe this as an unmanageable event. Some claim that you must tear down the entire structure and rebuild to get the odor out of your home after a fire. However, SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization and cleaning methods on a daily basis, successfully restoring many homes just like this one.   

SERVPRO is available throughout your local community; we offer customers full-service solutions to fire damage situations of all shapes and sizes. Regardless of how the fire began on your property, we can help provide you with much-needed answers and solutions that get things back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can also help you prevent future events from occurring, and give quality recommendations that avoid future losses. 

Avoid following someone else’s failed attempts at restoring their home alone. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for access to qualified professionals 24/7, 365. We respond quickly, helping you restore your Keller, Park Glen, or Trace Ridge home the right way, the first time, call today. (817) 741-5737 

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SERVPRO Professionals are Ready to Restore Commercial Water Damage in Keller

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is available 24/7 for all of your water damage restoration needs.

The Importance of Fast Extraction for Your Keller Store

Store owners place much faith in their buildings when they place the orders to supply their shops with items and goods, and your Keller store is no different. While you might have made the substantial initial investment a long time ago, every item that you have for sale within the shop represents part of that financial arrangement that you have with your supplier to make good on your end of the agreement. When water loss incidents occur within the store, you need to act immediately to protect this investment from irreparable damage. Our professionals can help.

While you cannot predict when you might need water removal services in your Keller store, the faster that you can secure this service, the less of the items and stock throughout your store that can become directly impacted. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to offer effective mitigation solutions including fast extraction when you need it the most. We have multiple tools and pieces of equipment to remove excess water from your building.

When we first come into your building, part of our team works to set up the extraction equipment required to begin removal and restoration efforts while another portion of our crew can work to remove at-risk contents from the affected area. Without a widespread situation, much of these moved items can get stored in a different area of your store unless they require focused drying and cleaning attention.

Our SERVPRO technicians on site determine the best equipment for the severity of the water damage, ranging from mobile wet-vac units with extraction wands to gas-powered trash pumps and our extractor truck. With effective removal of excess water, our team can get to work on thoroughly drying the damaged area and protecting your building from potential reconstruction or remediation needs.

While there are many concerns when your store suffers a water loss incident, the investment that you have made in the stock and contents of the shop is a priority for our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth team as well. We have efficient extraction and drying equipment to get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (817) 741-5737.

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24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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How Our Crew Will Restore Your Keller Home After A Flood

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you have any flooding in your home, call us today at (817) 741-5737.

Removing Flood Damage In Keller Homes

Keller residents are accustomed to storms rolling in out of a perfectly beautiful afternoon. They make for some interesting skies to watch and photograph, but the resulting floodwaters can cause homeowners thousands of dollars in restoration costs.

Since flood damage to Keller homes comes from outside the structure, the water contains soil and anything else that might be outside the home like animal waste, pesticides, and fertilizer. The presence of these contaminants means SERVPRO restoration teams have to take additional precautions to protect anyone entering the home and to return it to a clean, safe condition.

Team members start by spraying all standing water and exposed surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the threat to breathing and physical contact. In addition to the standard rubber boots with every water incident, our specialists also wear rubber gloves, eye protection, body suits, and respirators if needed.

If the floodwater brought in a large amount of soil and debris, it might be necessary for our teams to remove it with shovels and other hand tools. After they remove the trash and other waste, SERVPRO technicians can start removing the water.

We use commercial pumps to clear out homes regardless of the type of water, but with an outside flood, our personnel has to direct the removed water and contaminants into the nearest sewer access point. If the system is overwhelmed by the flood, then restoration teams pump it into a tank truck for disposal in a water reclamation plant.

Now, our teams switch to extraction wands and other devices to draw water out of carpets and off floors. There is no way to 100% guarantee that a carpet is safe for use after a flood, so our teams remove and dispose of the carpet and carpet pad after removing the water to reduce the weight and make it easier to remove. After drawing water off wood flooring, vinyl, or concrete, specialists spray the floors with a strong, anti-bacterial cleaner to eliminate any remaining threat.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is to return every Texas home to its owner in a clean, safe condition as close to its pre-flood state as possible. If you have any flooding in your home, call us today at (817) 741-5737.

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Faster to your Ft. Worth Water Damage Event

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides 24/7 fire and water damage restoration service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Fort Worth Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to quickly remove water from your Fort Worth home.

Why SERVPRO Relies on Advanced technology for Water Removal in Fort Worth

Whom do you call when you arrive home after work and find water pooling all over? Whether the water is from a clean source or not, it is likely to cause a wide range of problems including deterioration of materials, soiling, and microbial growth. One viable option is to call SERVPRO since we offer professional water removal services. Our crews are highly trained, and IICRC certified. We also use advanced technology and techniques to save your property after water loss.  

Using different approaches during water removal in Fort Worth is possible. An approach that removes the water fast helps prevent secondary issues that arise from a water spill. For example, mold develops within 24 to 48 hours after the spill. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on advanced technologies for fast removal. We have dry-wet vacs, pumps and truck-mounted water extractors. The added capabilities like heating and storage in the water extractors we use allow us to multitask between removal and restorative cleaning is the need arises.  

Although the spill is the problem, removal can be very disruptive requiring the removal of contents such as furniture or tearing down walls and other permanent fittings like countertop cabinets. Such additional steps introduce extra costs and prolong the process even further. Using advanced technologies, our SERVPRO technicians limit the amount of teardown or movement needed to dry the property effectively. Using advanced moisture detection equipment like thermal cameras, moisture sensors, and thermo-hygrometers, we check the level of migration to determine whether we can dry carpets in-place. We also have advanced equipment like injectidry systems that help remove moisture from wall cavities and below wooden floorboards without requiring teardown.  

The effectiveness of the drying phase after a water loss incident has serious ramifications. Leaving moisture traces in any part of the house leads to problems like mold later on. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on industrial grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to dry excess moisture from the spill "Like it never even happened."  

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth when there is a spill. You can reach us at (817) 741-5737 any time.

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Our Experts Explain The Importance Of Safety After A Fire In Your Fort Worth Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help get your structure and life back to normal.

Fire Damage Restoration And Fire Safety For Your Home In Fort Worth

Going through a fire is the fear of many homeowners in Fort Worth, but taking precautions can help to protect your home from the devastating effects. Doing what you can to prevent a fire is not only beneficial for your family’s safety but your wallet as well. You may be able to get privileges and grant discounts from your insurance company if you’ve taken extra measure to fireproof your home.

You need the help of professionals to restore and clean your fire damaged home in Fort Worth. With the right tools and training, SERVPRO can fix your home up to the way it was before the fire occurred. However, consider the following things to help keep your home safe from a fire.

The number of house fires that happen every year is dramatically reduced by installing smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can detect even the slightest bit of smoke and alert you before the fire gets to a size that is unmanageable. The more smoke alarms you install in your home, the more discounts you can also get on your insurance. SERVPRO technicians can also help you clean smoke and soot damage if need be.

You need to be prepared in case a fire does ignite. Sink water is not great for extinguishing a fire quickly. However, a fire extinguisher suffocates flames faster and on a much larger scale. You can keep various fire extinguishers accessible in your home to make sure you can quickly put out all kinds of house fires.

Many house fires happen from mistakes which could have been avoided if you or family members were more attentive to fire hazards. One of the best ways to fireproof your home is just by checking it for any fire hazards and re-organizing to avoid the hazards. You should, for example, clear the areas around heating vents, electrical sockets, stoves, fireplaces, lamps and other areas which could start a fire. Make sure to only smoke outdoors and extinguish your cigarettes with sand or water to be safe.

After a fire in your home in Fossil Creek, Trace Ridge, or Summerfields, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help get your structure and life back to normal. We can be reached any time by dialing (817) 741-5737, so do not hesitate to call our professionals as soon as the fire is out.

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How Crawlspace Encapsulation Protects Your Ft. Worth Property From Mold

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

The environment of crawlspaces is a breeding ground for molds.

Securing Your Fort Worth Home from Water Damages and Mold

Working to protect your Fort Worth property from various damages can feel like a constant task for many homeowners. With the threats of severe weather systems passing through the region and unnatural occurrences that can flood or cause water damage to the house, homeowners work to implement as many precautionary measures as possible. Crawlspaces, unfortunately, are left out of this preventative stage much of the time because of their difficult access.

The crawlspace of your Fort Worth home is often the most susceptible to aspects like mold damage resulting from water damage and persistent moisture. Once this area of the property gets affected by this lingering dampness, mold spores can colonize and begin to move up into the home and spread through the trafficked areas of your main floor. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can respond quickly to the discovery of mold growth in your home, as our team is ready 24 hours a day for the disasters that threaten our customers.

While we can work to contain the spread of the mold throughout the floor above the crawlspace, this area of the property must get addressed by our professionals as well. We can begin by working to remove the active colonies in this area through our remediation tactics and then restore the damage to structural elements that might have resulted from the growth. Our SERVPRO technicians can then look to identify the source of the moisture threatening this area of your home and remedy that with water diversion equipment like sump pumps.

Crawlspace encapsulation is becoming a popular solution for our customers because it protects the entirety of this space below your home and prevents water damage from affecting structural elements again. These components and the ground get covered in a thick 12mm plastic sheeting once the mold colonies get removed and the supports, beams, and framing get sprayed with an antimicrobial solution.

While many homeowners might neglect to protect their crawlspace, the discovery of mold can demand a permanent solution to protect your home and its occupants. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft Worth restoration specialists a call today at (817) 741-5737.

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How to Remove Debris From Your Fire Damaged Forth Worth Residence

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Removing fire debris is one of the first steps in recovering from a fire. Call SERVPRO to remove the debris and restore your home.

Is Fire Debris Removal in Ft Worth Homes Covered by Insurance?

Once a disaster has impacted your Fort Worth home, you work to understand that steps necessary to return your property to preloss conditions. Ultimately, in the case of fires, much of the work that needs to happen falls into the skilled hands of professional restoration technicians like ours. The question becomes who is going to cover the costs of restoring the property, whether this falls into the coverage that you pay for when you have home insurance, or if it becomes an out of pocket expense.

With the often widespread fire effects throughout your Fort Worth property, even fire debris removal can feel overwhelming to a homeowner. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with an honest assessment of the damage and the best approach to restoring the property as efficiently as possible. Your insurance provider requires documentation, evidence, and photographs to approve a claim for your home to get the restoration paid for, so calling our experienced team first can be a time and money saving option.

Also, by getting our professionals to your home quickly, we can implement our mitigation tactics which can keep the damage from getting worse. We have equipment designed to clean up potential water damage, improve air quality, and remove hazards that could exist from the fire spreading throughout your home. Our safety-conscious SERVPRO technicians have full-body personal protective equipment that can keep them safe through these initial efforts.

Often basic home insurance policies from major providers include fire debris removal coverage. To know for sure, you can call your agent directly to walk you through the details of your specific policy. This removal is critical to begin restoration as it removes overly damaged components and potential health hazards from the property and provides a safer environment for our technicians to restore.

With fire damage, no two homes get affected in the same way. Let our highly trained SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth fire restoration specialists offer you comprehensive service from our initial inspection through the return of your restored home. Call us anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Why SERVPRO - Sealing The Crawl Space In Fort Worth Homes

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO for Crawl Space Encapsulation in Fort Worth? Our Green Fleet Is Ready to Roll.

Lake Worth Home Owners Benefit from Crawl Space Encapsulation

For most Fort Worth residents, a crawl space is usually a forgotten part of the home unless the family dog decides to have a litter of pups under the house. Some homes though have crawl spaces large enough to store holiday decorations and more. Regardless of the size, however, if space fills with water, it can become a problem for the entire home.
 
Sealing a crawl space in your Fort Worth home requires a professional company that can remove water and prevents future intrusion from rains and floods. So why SERVPRO? Our company can dry any crawl space, and then stop more water from entering using a process called encapsulation. It seals off the crawl space with a combination of blocking seeps and leaks and establishing a vapor barrier which prevents water from entering the crawlspace via the soil.
 
Specialists first level out the dirt floor of the crawl space. They fill holes and compact the earth to prevent water pooling under the home. Next, our work crews lay down thick plastic sheets of polyethylene. These sheets serve as the vapor barrier to stop further water intrusion from the ground. Crew members make certain the sheets extend far enough so they can secure them to the walls with foundation tape and anchors.
 
Before securing the plastic sheets, SERVPRO specialists examine the concrete foundation walls (if part of the construction) for any cracks that let in even a drop of water. They fill the cracks with hydraulic cement and then cover the walls with masonry cement which stops seeps too small for our specialists to see. Together, these sealants can stop any water from getting into the crawl space again. Once the cement dries, crew members tape the polyethylene sheets in place. For problematic flash flooding from monsoons or other weather-related occurrences, a sump pump can be installed for rapid evacuation of flowing water.
 
To finish drying the crawl space, specialists use a dehumidifier to remove water from the air. This device also draws water from the sub-floor overhead to prevent rot and reduce the risk of a mold infestation.
 
At SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth, we take every step to keep our neighbors high and dry in their own homes. If you have any water pooling under your homes from the recent rains, call us at (817) 741-5737 today to schedule an inspection and start the encapsulation process.

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How Our Team Of Highly Trained Specialists Handle Flood Damage To Your Fort Worth Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Our experts have the equipment and training to get you back into your home quickly.

Safety Assessments And Thorough Cleanup For Fort Worth Flooding

Water loss incidents that affect your Fort Worth property often prevent you from staying in the home. Being displaced from your house and looking for a credible service that can restore the damages efficiently can be stressful. Many homeowners even consider the possibility of taking on the effects of flooding on their own to repair their property, but this is not advisable. With structural concerns and potential contaminants, you need a team of professionals that know how to restore your home quickly and safely.

With overcoming flood damages to your Fort Worth property, our initial focus is the safety of our technicians and the stability of the structure for beginning our mitigation work. This assessment is an essential place to begin as it determines areas that could pose a risk of structural failure and identifies portions of the property too irreparably damaged to preserve through our advanced techniques. Our SERVPRO rapid response team comes equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment to keep them safe throughout the initial mitigation steps and throughout the restoration.

As with any flooding situation, extraction must happen before many of the other steps to come. We employ advanced equipment for fast extraction, such as gas-powered and truck-mounted pumps. We can even utilize extraction wands for tighter spaces. Once the excess gets removed, our technicians can make use of other equipment such as air movers, the injectidry system, and industrial-strength dehumidifiers to eliminate lingering moisture and dampness.

In more substantial flooding situations, flood cuts may be necessary where moisture begins to wick up drywall from the floors. We assess with moisture detection equipment the height of the necessary cut to get made, noting where the drywall is left unscathed by the moisture, and remove only the damaged portions for later replacement.

We have many effective techniques that can work to restore your home following a traumatic flooding situation efficiently. You can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth rapid response team to help in an emergency. Our experts have the equipment and training to get you back into your home quickly. Give us a call today at (817) 741-5737.

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We Can Restore Your Fort Worth Home After A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

When you need professional assistance for a situation like mold growth, you can count on SERVPRO!

Overcoming Mold Growth In Your Fort Worth House

Not every disastrous situation that occurs in your Fort Worth home happens dramatically. Sometimes situations develop throughout days or weeks that spread throughout affected areas of your home that pose threats to the structural integrity and the health of the occupants within the property. Mold growth is one of the situations that might not develop overnight, but by the time that homeowners notice its presence, can already be out of control.

Recovering from mold damages in your Fort Worth home requires a fast response from experienced technicians who have the appropriate equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to this emergency and work to quarantine the affected areas to avoid the spread of mold spores to new surfaces and thwart the spread of the thriving colony with the application of our air scrubbers. These machines can trap mold spores in the environment to keep them from relocating.

Our franchise takes great pride in the work that our technicians do to obtain their mold remediation certification from the IICRC. As the organization that sets quality standards for restoration work throughout the industry, this certification can ensure to our customers that our professionals know what it takes to remove the mold in their homes and restore the damage that the organism has caused. These same technicians pursue in-house training opportunities to continue their knowledge and growth within the mold remediation and restoration facet of the industry.

Preliminary work from the moment that we arrive can help eliminate the moisture that allowed mold spores to seat and colonize within your house. Our state-of-the-art equipment and products available to the SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home can also prevent the spread of the colony while our team prepares the steps for removal. Products like our OSHA-approved antimicrobial solution can prevent fungal growth on unaffected surfaces and adversely affect current growth to preserve the material playing host.

Mold isn't going away on its own. When you need professional assistance for a situation like mold growth, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth remediation technicians to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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How Professionals Restore Your Fire Damaged Keller Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first steps after a fire is securing the building. SERVPRO added tarps to this house to keeps the elements out while it was being repaired.

Proven Ways of Restoring and Cleaning Fire Damaged Buildings in Keller

Apart from consuming your items and your buildings' structural components, fire damage incidents can leave behind dark stains on surfaces and discolored ceilings and walls. There is also the challenge of dealing with the odors that remain trapped in hidden locations. You are also likely to find soot and ash deposits behind walls and around the air conditioner vents. To prevent additional damage, we carefully inspect your Keller property and come up with appropriate restoration and cleaning techniques.  

Sometimes fire damage to your Keller home can cause significant exterior structural damage and leave it dangerously unstable. If that happens, it is necessary to board it up instantly. Our SERVPRO technicians offer emergency board up solutions to secure buildings that are severely damaged. Such services can also cover openings that make the structure vulnerable to animals, rain, and vandals. The goal is to provide temporary support as the necessary repairs are being carried out.  

Soot and smoke particles can penetrate and travel into various parts of the structure and affect carpets, paint, drapes, upholstery, clothing, and other contents within the building. Our SERVPRO technicians can ventilate the site and use appropriate debris removal techniques during the restoration process. We thoroughly clean and neutralize both the odors and deposits before any redecoration can take place.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can use dry sponges when removing initial smoke deposits when attending to damages caused by high-oxygen fires. We use wet cleaning methods when dealing with the destruction caused by low-oxygen fires. In such cases, the use of dry sponges can spread the soot and create smears on surfaces. In most cases, kitchen fires do not leave behind visible residues, so we thoroughly clean the area to clear the mess. If necessary, we can remove contents in the kitchen drawers and cabinets to allow access to hidden locations.  

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is a trusted service provider that offers proven cleaning and restoration services that meet residential and commercial needs. Call (817) 741-5737 when you need our highly trained technicians to return your property to its preloss state.

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Excessive Moisture and Your Keller Home

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Yikes! Broken pipes mean water on the floor and increased moisture in your home. Excessive moisture damages your belongings and the home's structure.

Any Water Restoration Project in Keller May Require Multiple Steps To Complete

H2O is found naturally and is needed for you and your family to live a comfortable lifestyle at your Keller residence. Therefore, all homes have a complex plumbing system that could fail one day forcing you to contact a water restoration company like SERVPRO. Moisture does not mix well with the organic materials that make up your house's structure and interior building materials. When things get saturated, they tend to lose their strength and disintegrate. Anytime excessive moisture enters your living area, it is vital to start steps towards complete water restoration immediately.  

Problems with moisture are the most likely type of damage that your property can suffer. To prevent things from falling apart and mold from growing, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 in Keller to conduct water restoration operations. If your plumbing system develops a crack or one of your appliances chooses to act abnormally, you could find yourself walking in water when you enter the affected area. As much as stepping in a puddle is unpleasant to you, your building materials and contents that you rely on to live a comfortable lifestyle are not designed to be able to recover from being wet quite like us humans are.  

Water is a powerful force, and we have all seen the devastation it can cause during floods or hurricanes. But what some people do not know is that the liquid natural resource can be destructive even in small amounts. Excessive moisture can and will ruin pretty much anything if it gets wet enough and it is left damp for a long enough period.  

To make matters worse, if materials inside your home get wet the presence of moisture can cause problems in other areas that the water never even touched. Escalated humidity levels are also known to destroy certain materials that make up a building's structure. Also, if humidity and moisture levels stay high for more than 48 hours, any organic substance inside your dwelling becomes susceptible to microbial contamination. If you ever see or feel wet materials inside your home, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 so that we can help prevent future secondary problems.

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Why Team SERVPRO Always Arrives on the Keller Flood Damage Scene Quickly After a Storm

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

When storm damage affects your property, you need a team to handle the situation and prevent further destruction from the elements. Contact SERVPRO.

We Provide Flood Damage Restoration in Keller 

Severe thunderstorms can cause flooding in your home as it did earlier today. A tree branch fell on the roof and left a pretty large hole. Acting fast can prevent significant damages to your home. If you hesitate to call a professional, it could lead to the loss of furniture and belongings and could ruin your walls and flooring. When possible, our team can restore your property and save many of your items.
 
SERVPRO flood damage restoration in Keller and surrounding areas involves inspecting the damages and securing your home. Our techs can cover the hole in your roof with waterproof tarpaulins or with plywood. They also can check for broken windows or missing doors and can board or cover and seal them. We secure entry points to your home to prevent water from entering the premises. Plus, it helps keep birds, squirrels, and other animals from invading your residence.
 
Our technicians know that responding fast can reduce damages and work quickly to remove water from inside your home. They can use portable or truck-mounted extractors or commercial grade pumps and wet vacuums to eliminate water from the structure. Rapid water removal can also prevent secondary water damages such as rot and mold growth. We strive to get to your home promptly and begin the job as soon as we arrive to help reduce restoration costs and the number of damages.
 
Storm waters can also ruin interior walls, flooring, and ceilings. Our techs may have to remove wet materials like carpeting, drywall or insulation. If further construction is necessary, we can help homeowners get in touch with a general contractor. Flood waters contain toxic substances, which mean our techs must throw out all contents like carpeting, padding and any furniture that may come in contact with the water. During the drying phase, we may use air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the structure thoroughly. The crew may also employ dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels.
 
If you need reliable and efficient flood damage services in your area, call us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can get the job done. We are always nearby and ready to help.

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Some Mistakes in Fort Worth Water Damage Remediation That Your Business Should Avoid

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your business can be quite disconcerting and cause panic. Call SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Tips on Commercial Water Removal in the Fort Worth Location

If you own a café, clothing store, or any business, you know that anything can happen. After all, owning a business is unpredictable. If there is a storm or hurricane, leaky pipe, or bad plumbing, then your business establishment can be drenched. In this situation, you know that commercial water removal plays an essential role. Many business owners know that it is important to immediately call in the expert before the water damage can escalate further.
 
Before the experts can get to your location for the commercial water removal in the Fort Worth area, there are some tips and strategies that you can take to remove water from your establishment. You can start by having all your employees help mop and blot out excess water from the floor. Make sure you remove any electrical appliances away from wet areas. After that, you can wipe off excess water from wooden furniture. Then you can place aluminum foil or wooden blocks between wet carpets and furniture legs. Don’t forget to turn the air conditioner on for optimal drying conditions. If you want to save your rug, make sure to remove it away from wet areas. If you have expensive art pieces, then it is best to place them in a safe and dry location. Gather any loose items that you can find on the floor.
 
Once the SERVPRO technician arrives at your business site, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. The techs can begin the process by inspecting your business site to check for any damages and sufficient drying conditions. They can start the mitigation process immediately by using a vacuum to extract excess water. They can also use a moisture meter to measure the humidity in the air. They want to make sure that there is a right amount of dryness in the atmosphere to help them absorb moisture from the wet area. This strategy is to ensure optimal drying time. Afterward, the SERVPRO technicians can use disinfectant and odor neutralizing solution to get rid of any unpleasant odor that was left behind from the water damage.
 
If you are interested in commercial water removal for your business establishment, then give SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth a call at (817) 741-5737, and we can send our skilled technician to your business establishment.

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Discover Secrets to Waterproofing Your Fort Worth Crawlspace Before Storms Set in

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

If your crawlspace is getting excess water, contact SERVPRO to remediate and offer waterproofing options for your home.

Waterproofing and Sump Pumps for Fort Worth Crawlspaces

Severe storms are a regular part of Fort Worth weather. They flood homes quickly, leaving a mess of not only a homeowner’s personal property but also their residence itself. For homes with crawlspaces underneath, this can be a problem that affects the structural integrity, destroys items in storage, and even lead to a mold infestation if not dealt with quickly.
 
In these cases, waterproofing is needed for Fort Worth residential crawlspaces. SERVPRO restoration teams can seal off almost any type of leak into one unless there is major damage to the exterior walls or the sub-floor above it.
 
If standing water is a recurring issue with every rain, then the homeowner has two problems: Leaks and seeps into the crawlspace, and very slow or no drainage. Our technicians can address both of them simultaneously.
 
Team members remove water with a commercial pump and then use a combination of hand-drying methods and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture left in the crawlspace. Then they cover the dirt floor with thick, polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier, preventing water from seeping up inside. Team members extend these sheets up and onto the walls, securing them together and to the walls with two-sided, foundation tape.
 
Before securing them to the walls, however, an inspector carefully examines the walls for any cracks or leaks. SERVPRO specialists fill them with a hydraulic cement that blocks further water intrusion. Next, they seal every wall with a masonry cement that reduces water seepage from outside the home. Once they complete the walls, team members seal the polyethylene sheets in place.
 
Water can still penetrate through wood floors, however. In areas that flood regularly, the solution for recurring flooding may be to install a sump pump. These devices work automatically, and when water is detected, they switch on to remove it until the level returns to normal. Our technicians can install a sump pump and have it working in a day.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is to help you return your entire home to a dry, safe condition, and keep it in that state as best as possible. If you need us to return your crawlspace to what it looked like before flooding; call us today at (817) 741-5737 to get started.

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Our Water Cleanup Team In Keller Works Hard To Mitigate Disasters

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew begin growing with 24 to 48 hours after a water disaster so cleaning it up and extracting all of the moisture becomes crucial.

Our Team Works Hard To Mitigate Disasters

During September, SERVPRO encourages families in Keller to brush up on their preparedness skills. A disaster can strike your property at any time and come from almost any direction. Weather does not always play a role in these horrible circumstances because incidents such as broken pipes and fire can happen in isolated areas of your house.

When a broken pipe, fire-fighting activities, or overflowed basins occur inside your Keller residence, SERVPRO employees are ready to perform the water cleanup duties needed. We make mitigation fast and easy for homeowners and can do the same for you all year long. While September is National Preparedness Month, remaining prepared helps stave off damages that continuously worsen with each passing minute whenever unwanted water affects your home. In many situations, merely knowing how to shut off a water valve can save your home from severe damage.

Mold and mildew begin growing with 24 to 48 hours after a water disaster so cleaning it up and extracting all of the moisture becomes crucial. Other problems can come from the way in which materials in your home interact with water, also, and porous materials often become damaged to the point of requiring replacement. Responding as quickly as possible reduces this need, so we always strive to remain Faster To Any Size Disaster when we provide services to those in our communities. A fast response can also increase the odds in favor of your flooring and help it survive a disaster.

After removing water sitting in your residence, we address the issue of moisture in materials and water vapor in the air. Air movers speed up the circulation of the air drastically, and both desiccant machines and dehumidifiers work tirelessly to remove the moisture as air passes through these pieces of equipment.

When wall cavities, ceilings, and other portions of your home retain water, we discuss options with you regarding its extraction. The most effective way to do this aspect of water cleanup and removal mitigation involves the drilling of a small hole in an inconspicuous place so we can direct airflow with an Injectidry machine.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth wants to help mitigate the damage and restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” We serve those within the Park Glen, Summerfields, and Diamond Jarvis Hill areas with services designed to mitigate damage in many forms. Water cleanup methods are only one of our many services that help restore homes to preloss condition, making them livable again in a cost-effective manner. Call us when you have an emergency, any day of the year, at our 24-hour services line, (817) 741-5737.

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A Burst Pipe Can Leave Your Fort Worth Clothing Boutique in Need of Professional Water Restoration Services

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Keeps Fort Worth Retail Stores Open with Rapid Water Removal

SERVPRO Works Hard and Long to Keep Your Business Afloat After a Water Loss in Fort Worth

Water damage restoration services are usually required after an incident causes water damage to your property. In the case of your clothing boutique, a burst pipe leaked many gallons of water into the back storage room of your store before you managed to shut off the flow of water. As the water spilled into the room, it soaked boxes of unopened merchandise, the floor, and the base of the walls inside your building.
 
To prevent complications such as mold damage from arising, it is necessary to call for professional water damage restoration services to visit your Fort Worth store. Water damage is time-sensitive, and it can only take seventy-two hours for microbial growth to begin. The faster that you have professionals on the job, the more likely the remediation of the damage is likely to succeed.
 
At SERVPRO, we understand that it is essential for you to get your business operational as soon as possible. We make it a priority to arrive when you need us, whether you would like our team of IICRC-certified technicians to work through the day or night.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians report at the job site, our first goal is to get the boxes out of your storage room and send them to be inspected and dried at our local facility. Should they have been ruined by the water damage, we can help you file a claim for your insurance company. Afterward, SERVPRO can employ the use of advanced trade equipment to remove the standing water from your store.
 
SERVPRO uses devices such as wet/dry vacuums to remove standing water and, in cases of extreme water volume, we can use submersible pumps. From there, our techs can use equipment such as dehumidifiers for the reduction of moisture levels in your store. Our ultimate goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
 
If you should ever find your store in urgent need of water damage restoration, never wait to get help. Call (817) 741-5737 to reach out to SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. 24/7.

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Fort Worth's Flood Damage Experts Talk About Problems With Roofs

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm and Disaster Relief for Fort Worth Property Owners Is Only a Phone Call Away to SERVPRO

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Fort Worth and the Pros from SERVPRO

The thunderstorms in Fort Worth are known to be quite severe during this time of year. The excessive rains and high-speed winds created by a storm can cause costly flood damage to your property. If there is enough rain to cause water to get deep outside, then it can quickly enter your home. Your roof is one part of your building structure that is susceptible to various types of damage. If your roof gets broken somehow, it can cause flood damage inside the living area of your house.
 
Thunderstorms can also bring about hail and lightning that can hit your roof. Both of these elements can cause your home in Fort Worth to develop flood damage. Ice storms do happen, and they can tear apart your roof shingles. A lightning bolt can hit your house and cause much destruction.
 
If anything ever happens to your roof or your roof's shingles, it is possible for water to leak into your structure. If moisture gets into your home from above, much damage can result as the water works its way down to your floor. Roof damage can also create safety hazards and if not repaired can be the cause of water-related issues in the future. This link from the EPA provides disaster recovery information for many weather-related conditions that may arise during this time of the year.
 
When mitigating any storm-related problems, our SERVPRO technicians first make sure that the building is safe for all workers and occupants. Sometimes this requires removing pieces of the roof or ceiling that are hanging down and might fall. Other times we have to call in a certified contractor to fix electrical or plumbing issues.
 
After the work area is deemed safe, our SERVPRO crew determines the source of where the water is leaking into the home. We then figure out how to seal the hole in the roof so that no more moisture can enter the living area of the building. In some cases, we can permanently fix the leak in the roof, but in other cases, we temporarily fix it until a certified roofing contractor can conduct the repair or reconstruction.
 
Once water has stopped leaking into your house, we use specialized extraction and drying equipment to remove the moisture. If you ever have water-related problems after a rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Fire Damage Technicians Out Of Fort Worth Talk About Structural Issues

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever burns inside your Fort Worth home, the flames can cause devastation to your property.

Technicians Talk About Structural Issues

If a fire ever burns inside your Fort Worth home, the flames can cause devastation to your property. If the blaze gets hot enough, it can cause fire damage to your building materials and contents. If the conditions are ideal, flames can engulf just about anything that is in their path. The amount of time the blaze burns can make a difference as to how much fire damage takes place.

Items that are close to the source of the initial burn are the ones that get torched first. As the flames grow, your fire damage situation in Fort Worth can get worse and cause things to get ruined due to burning, charring, and soot residues. The amount of oxygen and how hot the fire got while burning can both change the types of damage caused during a burn. Slow burning, oxygen-starved blazes tend to create wet smoke that is tough to clean, but the number of objects burns may not be as high. When flames have plenty of oxygen and things, burn hot more charring on contents, and structural components are likely to occur.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage based on your contents and your building materials, our SERVPRO technicians categorize the damage caused to your home in either the contents or structure classification. If your possessions like furniture or art displayed on walls get ruined, then the problems would be placed in the estimate as damage to contents. If items such as your ceilings or walls get torched, then the problems would be classified as structural issues.

If fires do not get put out quickly, it is likely that structural components will get burnt. When things like drywall and ceiling materials get burned, they often get replaced. In some situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew has to remove and replace wooden studs or floor joists due to charring as well.

The general rule when determining whether wooden structural components are ruined or not is if there is more than a quarter inch of charring then the item must get replaced. If the charred material is less than a quarter inch deep, then it is possible to save the items by sanding them down and applying a specialized sealant paint to trap in pungent aromas. If you ever need help with structural charring issues, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 24 hours a day.

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Fort Worth's Commercial Water Cleanup Technicians Discuss Extraction

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Rescues Both Large Buildings and Small Shops from Water Loss in Fort Worth

Water Loss Swift Service by SERVPRO Reduces Lost Revenue to Fort Worth Retail Shops

If water ever leaks into your Fort Worth jewelry store, the damage caused can be devastating. If the leak comes from a level above your store's floor, water can pour in from the ceiling and cause significant issues that require prompt commercial service. If water saturates building materials such as ceiling tiles or drywall materials, they can lose their structural integrity and crumble. When building materials degrade, they create safety hazards for the employees working in your Fort Worth business.
 
Other hazards can be created during and after a pipe break, or other leak takes place including trip hazards and electrical hazards. The first thing our SERVPRO restoration crew does when arriving on the scene of a water cleanup job in Fort Worth is to secure the work area. We start by inspecting your entire store and looking for potential hazards. We know that it is vital to keep your store functioning during the restoration process if possible, therefore we strive to keep the work area safe for your employees and ours.
 
Safety hazards our SERVPRO technicians repair if possible so that they do not create danger. Other areas that cannot be immediately fixed get blocked off with caution tape until the hazards can be eliminated. Factors like severe structural problems and electrical hazards must be repaired by a certified professional before mitigation work can begin.
 
Once the work area is deemed safe by our SERVPRO team, we start by extracting excessive moisture from your store's structure. If there is two inches deep of standing water or more, we get rid of this first by implementing a submersible pump. The pump sets in the standing water and sucks it out of the building and deposits it into a sewer drain or waste tank, a portable sump pump.
 
If there is moisture present inside your store's carpeting or your furniture's upholstery, we use specialized extraction equipment to remove water. Our extraction equipment consists of a heavy duty truck mounted pump that has its own power source.
 
Promptly removing moisture is essential to preventing secondary damage to your products. If material inside your store stay wet humidity levels indoors rise and can cause your display cases to warp and valuable jewelry products to rust--not the gold. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 any day of the week to keep your shop open.

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Benefect and Mold Remediation

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Benefect disinfectants used in home with mold issues.

Benefect is a product that we here at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth use on a daily basis to clean and sanitize mold and other bio hazards. Benefect is a world recognized leader in next-generation botanical antimicrobials. Benefect products use nature's way of cleaning and killing germs with no compromise in strength and without endangering human health. Benefect has been around for over 20 years and has been partnering with SERVPRO for almost a decade. Conor was born with a severe immune system disorder. His parents (Sam and Jen DeAth) needed to minimize the burden on his immune system by cleaning and disinfecting their home, but conventional germ-killing chemistry was almost as dangerous to Conor. His parents searched for natural alternatives to the toxic disinfecting agents found in everyday products but quickly realized they’d have to create their own. Benefect Corp. (www.Benefect.com) is a world recognized leader in next-generation botanical antimicrobial technology. The Active Ingredient is highly specialized Thyme Oil that has been grown & blended to exacting specifications. All the disinfecting strength you need, without the risk. Why would you choose anything else? For more information go to http://benefect.com/US/about.php

Crawlspace Waterproofing For Your Ft Worth Home Can Prevent Water and Mold Damages

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

When mold disasters strike, our SERVPRO team will be there to help.

Preventing Mold & Water Damage To Your Ft Worth Residential Home

Protecting your Ft. Worth home from water damages is something that too many homeowners consider much too late to be effective. It is often only once persistent moisture have caused problems with the structural integrity of your home or cause microbial growth that they seek restoration work and a permanent solution to prevent these problems from reoccurring.

The truth is, many people could avoid water and even mold damages from striking their Ft. Worth homes with crawlspace encapsulation services. A better understanding of this process can help you to appreciate how this precautionary and preventative measure can keep moisture from affecting your household from beneath your first story.

Encapsulation is a process that uses 12mm thick sheets of poly to cover the walls, underneath the upper flooring, the ground, and any supports to prevent moisture from penetrating into this area. This thick plastic provides a sound moisture barrier for the entire crawlspace, effectively keeping the structural components of your home safer and preventing conditions like mold growth.

Before the installation of the plastic sheeting, however, other measures are taken such as fogging the wood framing and supports with an antimicrobial solution. Ventilation gets installed in the crawlspace if none exists to prevent moisture buildup in the area and also eliminates a stagnant atmosphere.

In some cases, sump pumps are necessary installations when natural springs or other water threatens the crawlspace area on a regular basis. In some other cases where a sump pump is not necessarily a requirement, our SERVPRO technicians opt for the installation of other stationary equipment such as a permanent dehumidifier to continually pull moisture from the environment. This lack of dampness and moisture can aid in preventing the growth of mold that erodes and degrades wood components within the crawlspace.

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While you might not always think of ways that you can prevent mold growth or water damage to your home until after the problem already arises, some forward-thinking now can prevent costlier restoration work in the future. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth a call today to learn more about crawlspace encapsulation. You can reach us anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Firefighters That Have Responded to a Fire Can Cause Intense Water Damage in Your Fort Worth Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

When the remains of a fire are soaked with water that was used to put out the fire, you know that it is time to contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Dealing With Fire Damage Always Includes Remediating the Water Damage Caused by Putting Out the Fire 

Firefighting efforts require the use of an intense amount of water to extinguish flames, however, it can lead to your home needing urgent water damage restoration services. When putting out a fire, firefighters pump out hundreds of gallons of water in just a few seconds. The intensity of the water spray can weaken the structure of your home and also cause slippery surfaces that are not safe to walk in. Until clean up is done, and the remaining structure of your home is dry, a contractor cannot come into the space to rebuild. Fortunately, help is not far from your home.
 
Immediately after a fire has been extinguished, our job is to swiftly arrive so we may begin providing water damage restoration services in your Fort Worth home as soon as possible. It is imperative for you to call for professional help swiftly, as it increases the likelihood that our remediation is successful. The quicker we can begin to tackle removing the water, and cleaning up the space, the more likely we are to save some of the structure that has been waterlogged.
 
When SERVPRO arrives at the scene, the first thing we can do is a careful inspection of your home. We can identify any charred obstacles that could be hazardous and remove them. Additionally, SERVPRO can look for any structural materials that are not saveable and demolish them. Additionally, we can remove any drywall panels that have been ruined. Once the area is free of any dangers that can lead to tripping or other injuries, we can set up to dry out the remaining structure.
 
SERVPRO can set up extractors and wet vacs to remove any puddles of water from the area, as well as anything that is excessively soaked. Extractors in particular help draw water out of materials to further dry them. Additionally, SERVPRO can use tools such as dehumidifiers and ventilation box fans to help create an ideal environment for evaporation. Using these tools allows us to remove the water and moisture from the remains of your home so renovation work can be done by a contractor.
 
Do not hesitate or consider skipping this vital step between extinguishment and renovation. Dial (817) 741-5737 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. We always strive to arrive at your home as quickly as we possibly can.
 
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Fort Worth Crawl Space Cleanups, Encapsulation, And Mold Remediation

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

If not discovered and dealt with, mold can grow undetected for years.

Mold Remediation and Restoration

When mold first begins to grow in a Fort Worth home or business, it is usually in a location where the homeowner or other occupants cannot enter. In many residential or commercial buildings in the Fort Worth area, the attic and sub-floor crawlspaces are not easily accessible. Newer homes have eliminated, for the most part, the space needed to use them for storage of old clothes, family mementos or holiday decorations.

Cleanup and mold remediation in a crawlspace is more difficult than in a full-size attic. Our SERVPRO team specializes in stopping growth, removing mold, and eliminating the threat that a long, undetected mold colony can be to a home’s structural integrity.

If not discovered and dealt with, mold can grow undetected for years. Too late, a consumer might find that the mold covers every surface and may have even penetrated into wooden support structures. At that level of contamination, our technicians first enter the crawlspace with a spray wand and a large container of anti-fungal chemicals strapped to their backs. They spray the entry point, allow it to dry, and then move into the crawlspace, spraying every bit of mold they see.

If the mold is thicker still, SERVPRO technicians also have the option of spraying baking soda from a high-pressure spray gun. The action effectively removes mold from every surface. The only drawbacks are that the spray gun covers everything in baking soda and that it does not neutralize any spores deep in the wood. In some cases, our technicians may have to follow-up with the anti-fungal spray.

After both treatments, technicians then use a commercial vacuum to remove the spores. They link the vacuum to a HEPA filter, which is designed to capture even a single, microscopic mold spore. If there is any concern about remaining spores, team members spray the area again before sealing it back up.

Until recently, the crawl spaces in over 26 million households in the US were thought to be 'out of sight’ and ‘out of mind.' Today problems with mold, odors, pests, energy consumption, and damage to the structure, Fort Worth consumers are looking for encapsulation specialists to solve these issues. While many companies are providing encapsulation services, few have a trained team that understands the actions required to ensure a fast solution to the encapsulation challenges.

Cleaning up mold in a crawlspace is difficult, but not impossible with the right tools and training. If you need our encapsulation services, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 today to schedule an inspection.

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Why Even Small Messes In Your Fort Worth Residence Might Need Professional Water Restoration

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Every situation that involves some water damage in your home might not feel like a disaster.

Professional Water Restoration

When you think about restoration for water damages in your Fort Worth home, many homeowners often take their mind to large-scale disasters encompassing multiple areas of their house. This train of thought could lead you to disasters like flooding, or water removal situations like busted plumbing or appliance failures. While these do happen, professional restoration services for water damage can benefit smaller situations as well.

Sometimes, homeowners should consider water restoration services for their Fort Worth home, even when you would not consider the mess to be a disaster. The thorough nature of the work that can get done and the speed with which it happens can be two strong selling points for this approach right away.

One of the reasons that you may consider choosing SERVPRO for even smaller-scale water incidents is the dedication that we have to the industry standard of restoration. You might not realize that many of the situations homeowners feel like they can clean up on their own end up inadequate, allowing for worsening conditions over a brief period.

One of the most likely scenarios with lingering moisture and dampness in your house is the threat of mold and mildew growth. This microbial intruder can pose potential health effects for your family when exposed to a growing colony, which requires immediate attention and removal to prevent these effects from taking hold.

Often, our SERVPRO technicians do not even need to extract water, but focus more on cleaning and drying the area sufficiently. If we are unaware of the extent of the dampness in the affected areas, we can utilize equipment like thermal imaging scans to determine where moisture might still yet be that needs attention.

Every situation that involves some water damage in your home might not feel like a disaster. Without the right cleaning and drying, however, it could very well turn into one. You can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth water restoration technicians to clean up the mess and get your home back to original condition quickly. Give us a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Hire Professionals For Commercial Water Removal In Fort Worth

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water can damage your business.

Hire Professionals For Commercial Water Removal

When you own your Fort Worth business, it is common to demand much from yourself and your staff. Any challenge to daily operations becomes another task on your agenda, delegated to the work team on your roster that best matches the job requirements. No matter how talented your workforce, some issues are best left to experts, including water removal. We specialize in all matters concerning water damage and offer help backed by trained technicians and cutting-edge products and equipment.

Plumbing ages and eventually springs minor leaks your staff manages in any Fort Worth business, but significant pipe damage during planned remodeling requires water removal immediately. The quantity of water a pipe breach spills into your commercial property exceeds the amount a housekeeping or maintenance crew can resolve. One of our core services is water removal, and our crews arrive at your site fast, equipped with high-efficiency submersible pumps and extractors that can be truck-mounted and powered if the electricity is interrupted temporarily because of the water crisis.

You and your staff concentrate on operating your business as our SERVPRO crew focuses on water removal and structural drying. We work with you to avoid disrupting your employees and customers while we complete the job. Avoiding even a brief shutdown due to the water crisis is crucial to maintaining the confidence you built over time with your clientele. We remain keenly aware of the need to meet customer service and employee needs during the water removal process.

After the water removal, SERVPRO always moves on to planning and implementing structural drying. Our vehicles carry sufficient numbers of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to set up drying patterns throughout the affected spaces. Crew members measure and then monitor moisture levels, following the drying principles (psychrometry) mastered during IICRC training. A balance of air movement, temperature, and air humidity forces water vapor out of building materials into the atmosphere where it absorbs or condenses within our desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers for containment and disposal.

Depend on SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to step up and handle your commercial water removal crisis. Reach us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737 because we know disasters occur any day or time.

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Leaving Water Damage In Your Fort Worth Home Can Lead To The Development Of Mold Damage

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Damages in your home are never something to ignore, especially when those damages can lead to future complications, such as mold damage.

Leaving Water Damage In Your Home Can Lead To Mold Damage

Damages in your home are never something to ignore, especially when those damages can lead to future complications, such as mold damage. Sometimes financial difficulty, or other valid concerns, can stop you from calling for assistance when you need it. The story is pretty standard: a severe storm rolls in and soaks your basement bathroom through the open window. There are inches of water on the floor by the time that you find it the next morning, but you feel like you cannot afford to call for help and resolve to try to deal with it yourself. The decision can lead to future complications as only a professional can tell when a space is thoroughly dry.

Leaving any excess moisture in the structure of your home can lead to the growth of mold damage in your Fort Worth residence. Mold spores are omnipresent, and you cannot completely rid your home of them. However, they are relatively harmless until they come into contact with excessive moisture. As they feed off of the excess water, the mold spores can rapidly multiply and form a colony, which can damage the structure of your home and cause health effects. Calling for help as soon as you first begin to suspect you have mold damage is the key to a successful remediation.

Our SERVPRO techs can bring unique tools with them to remediate the mold damage in your home. One of the worst aspects is the smell, and we can set up an air scrubber to pull mold spores and odorous particles from the air while we work. SERVPRO can also set up a barrier made out of plastic sheeting to ensure that the mold spores cannot travel anywhere else when disturbed. Once it is safe to work, SERVPRO can disinfect and remove the mold before using an antifungal spray to help ensure there is no regrowth.

Do not delay when you find damage in your home. Dial (817) 741-5737 to contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. We are open 24-7 and ready to take your call.

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Emergency Water Restoration In Fort Worth

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

A burst pipe caused significant damage and flooding to this home. SERVPRO was called to complete water restoration.

How SERVPRO completes water restoration

On the list of urgent Fort Worth household emergencies, the need to remove significant amounts of water ranks near the top. Water restoration is unlike most other cleanup or maintenance tasks, requiring specialized equipment and certified technicians. Immediate response to your crisis is also essential. We have all these requirements covered.

Appliances located in the upper levels of your Fort Worth home complicate water restoration circumstances. For example, having the laundry room located near second-floor bedrooms is convenient, but can cause water to flow down walls and even several flights of stairway if the washer’s pump breaks. Similarly, your kitchen’s dishwasher can send water into an adjacent family room when a hose disconnects or the computer panel malfunctions, and it continuously fills. You come home to hundreds of gallons in your lowest levels. Our team has seen this before and can help.

In addition to the pooled water at the lowest parts of your house, SERVPRO crews also note that floors, walls, steps, and ceilings above the water’s final resting place are soaked. When we arrive on the scene, our crew lead assesses all aspects of the water damage and designs a plan to remove the standing water and dry out saturated structural components. Our service vehicles are well-stocked with the equipment needed so work can begin right away.

Water deeper than two inches removes most efficiently when we use submersible pumps. As the water level falls, SERVPRO crew members switch out to our high-efficiency extractors. Infrared scanners help us locate hidden reserves of water. Releasing the trapped moisture is crucial. Technicians can drill holes, make flood cuts, or use extensions to suction water out of cells from the top.

We have success drying carpeting in place with weighted wands on the extractors, following an established protocol taught during the extensive training our SERVPRO crew members master. Hardwood floors benefit from the use of drying mats.

Walls and ceilings often dry out with just the addition of air flow and lower humidity. Throughout the process, our team uses moisture meters to establish a baseline on every surface affected by the water event. SERVPRO leads determine drying goals, and then we monitor the progress with additional measurements. The positioning of air movers and dehumidifiers, with the possible addition of heaters to obtain the optimum balance to move water vapor out of building materials, is the final step.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is eager to assist residents of our local communities with water restoration emergencies. Call for a consultation 24/7, any day of the year at (817) 741-5737.

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Going The Extra Mile For Fire Damage Restoration In Your Keller Residence

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Keller Cleanup and Restoration Needed? Contact SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Offers Off-Site Restoration to Damaged Possessions from Fire & Smoke

Once a fire in your home has gotten extinguished, you are only part of the way towards recovering from the incident. In fact, you now face damages to your property the likes of which many homeowners have never experienced before. Fortunately, even though this same damage might be out of the wheelhouse and skill sets of most property owners, professional and reliable restoration services are only a simple phone call away.

As you might now see, fire damages present themselves in several unique ways throughout your Keller home. Even areas that were not directly affected by the blaze can house lingering effects like smoke and soot damage. One of the most pressing concerns beyond the structural integrity of your home is the contents you keep inside. Our SERVPRO professionals have a plan to keep these items safe and give them the attention they need to get fully restored as well.

Pack-outs are a service offered by our professionals which remove contents of your home to keep them safer throughout the restoration process. While some of these items might have gotten damaged during the fire, this same process provides a means for these damaged items to get concise inspection and restoration to make them ready for the second phase: pack-ins.

Once the appropriate attention and work have gotten done to the removed items of your home, and the restoration within your house is complete, the contents of your house are ready to get returned. Our SERVPRO professionals carefully bring in each item and put it back in its original position, helping to make the unfortunate circumstance a distant memory as you move on with your fully restored home. Trying to prevent fires from occurring with foresight and planning can at least mitigate fire damage to your property.

Fire damage in your home might feel overwhelming to overcome at first, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be as daunting. You can rely on the rapid response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth fire damage restoration technicians to act quickly to get your home back to original conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (817) 741-5737.

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Why Flood Damage Severely impacts bedrooms in Fossil Creek

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in this home affected multiple rooms.

Common items affected by water damage in your home

Ground-floor bedrooms can be among the most heavily affected rooms in a home in Fossil Creek when flood damage hits. While sleeping areas on second floors may be safe from most of the effects of rampaging floodwaters, ground floor and basement bedrooms contain many amenities that may be more vulnerable to severe water damage than objects found in other parts of the home. SERVPRO excels in restoring materials without having to replace them whenever possible, but we still see some of our most challenging work cut out for us wherever bedrooms are concerned.

Bed Sets
Flood damage in Fossil Creek can cause costly damage to sheets, mattresses, pillows, and any other parts of a bed. For some homeowners, these items can represent a combined total of thousands of dollars in value. One of the primary things we do after arriving and ask many residents to do before we get there is to separate pillows, sheets, and other layers from each other. Keeping these items separated out early on helps them to dry out faster and prevents color bleed from taking place.

Carpeting
Most local homes fill their bedrooms with carpeting and rugs that can sustain severe damage in the event of a flood. Storm floods typically cause warping, discoloration, and material degradation in both the upper layers of carpeting and in the padding below them. Depending on the conditions, we may be able to replace sections of carpeting while keeping other areas intact selectively, but most floods force us to replace flooring in carpeted rooms entirely.

Valuable Belongings
Many valuable personal items are stored in the average bedroom, including electronics, clothing, objects of sentimental value, and a wide range of other possibilities. While some items may be lost forever after being inundated with water, others may yet be salvaged. We examine every damaged item individually to determine if and how we should attempt to clean and restore it.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth helps local homeowners to recover from the effects of flood damage on a 24/7 basis. Call us at (817) 741-5737.

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The Basics of Mold Damage Remediation in Fort Worth

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth, we have what it takes to remediate mold infestations from your home.

SERVPRO Explains Professional Mold Remediation in Fort Worth

Whenever there is hidden water in a home or business premise, chances of mold damage resulting are high. Many property owners who experience a water emergency make a mistake of assuming that all is fine after water removal. Water usually seeps into places we cannot see, such as interior walls, under flooring and sometimes it can penetrate into drywall. To prevent such eventualities in your Fort Worth home, you need to work with remediation professionals.

The first thing that our SERVPRO technicians do when attending to mold damage incidents in fort worth is to do an examination. During this step, we use moisture meters to measure the presence of moisture in your ceilings, floors, walls, and cabinets. By using infrared cameras, we are in a position to determine the cause and the degree of the damage. By using water extractors and dehumidifiers, we remove and dry your contents and in the process abate the spread and growth of mold.

Securing the affected area is one of the critical processes that our SERVPRO technicians perform during mold remediation. We do this to prevent the spores from spreading from the contaminated area to a clean one. If we have any running HVAC systems in the area, we stop them and seal their vents. We also establish negative air pressure and install containment barriers within the contaminated area to prevent the movement of the spores.

When our SERVPRO technicians notice that porous materials such as insulation, wall boards, books, papers, clothes, carpets and soft furnishings are highly contaminated, we dispose of them off. Depending on the degree of contamination, we may clean up semi-porous materials such as wood by sanding, drying, and using a safe anti-microbial detergent before reusing. To remove any remaining mold particles, we first dry, clean and perform HEPA filtration in your air conditioning, ventilation, heating and crawl spaces.

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Our highly trained team at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth works around the clock to address fire, water, storm, and mold damage. Call us at (817) 741-5737 at any time of the day and get industry proven services.

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Water Removal Restores Your Fort Worth Home To Pre-Loss Condition

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

After your home becomes dry again, structural restoration, if required, can begin.

Water Removal Restores Your Home To Pre-Damage Condition

Floods can happen for many reasons in Fort Worth. Once flooding occurs, even if it does not overcome your entire home, a fast reaction from you can help minimize the damages your home experiences.

Homeowners in Fort Worth might need water removal specialists to extract thousands of gallons of water from an unattended broken water line or an intrusion of overflowed water coming from a nearby lake or river. Our pump trucks can remove water, even when disposal requires government designated locations. We always follow the legal requirements, helping protect our community and the environment from the risks of possible contamination.

The same contamination that causes such legislation to exist in the first place can also cause illnesses to your family members if they come into contact with any stagnant water. Just like municipal treatment facilities exist to render any pathogens or chemicals inert and neutral, we also clean up anything left after we perform the initial extraction.

Removing standing water, followed by smaller units that use either suction, heat, directed air, or a combination restore your home to a healthy dry condition quickly. As the indoor environment dries, many pathogens die off and no longer pose a threat to people. As we clean your home, any remaining microorganisms still present become trapped in our cleaning cloths. We dispose of these in sealed bags, making sure they never pose a threat to your family again.

After your home becomes dry again, structural restoration, if required, can begin. Carrying this out while your home retains any moisture often results in damage related to trapped moisture. SERVPRO technicians have training that teaches them not only what to do to restore your home, but also the order in which to take these steps.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth Helps families in the Diamond Jarvis Hill, Old Town Keller, and Woodland Springs areas by performing water removal services. You can reach us at any time by calling (817) 741-5737. Our 24-hour service line is answered every day of the year, including holidays, so we can better serve our communities.

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Mold Damage in Your Fort Worth Apartment can Start Out Slowly

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Finds the Moisture and Cleans Up and Remediates Mold Problems in Fort Worth

Understanding Remediation Underscores the Need for Professional Mold Cleanup

Microbes exist everywhere, no matter where you go in Fort Worth. Because of this, overgrowth can happen at almost any time.

Fort Worth residents who deal with mold damage often find it seemingly grew overnight. Sometimes, this does happen, but it can also grow very slowly and provide you with ample time to rid your home of the conditions that permitted it to begin covering surfaces inside your
home. Mold can grow on almost anything, but porous items, including gypsum board, clothing and leather goods, can face especially fierce attacks by this tiny microorganism.

SERVPRO technicians can perform mold remediation so your home's interior no longer holds the overpopulation it did in the past. One
part of remediation includes controlling the amount of moisture in the home. Stripping microorganisms of this vital nutrient keep them from growing and ensures that the work we perform retains its value for you.

Using moisture meters to detect water and moisture in the smallest amounts helps detect where mold might hide inside walls that only seem dry on the outside. Moisture can enter your home through many different avenues and stay out of sight. While you never see it, mold
easily finds it because it already exists in almost every corner of your home.

Window sills often contain the most amount of mold in a home. This happens because of the air going in and out of these openings in your
home. When this happens, mold can also slip down inside the wall cavity under the window and travel inside the walls. We can combat
this without tearing out your walls, protecting your home while still saving you money.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can be contacted by calling our 24-hour service line, (817) 741-5737. Calling our local number helps you begin the steps to remediation of mold, and also prevents microorganisms from regaining a foothold inside your dwelling. We serve the
communities around Heritage Trace, Woodland Springs, and Fossil Creek.

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Fort Worth's Commercial Water Damage Experts Explain Drying Techniques

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

If moisture sits inside your business' warehouse for too long items stored there may get ruined.

Commercial Water Damage Experts

Drying out wet materials and contents inside your Fort Worth warehouse is an essential part of the restoration process. After standing water and moisture in carpet gets extracted, building materials must be dried so that more damage does not occur. To help speed up the natural evaporation process air moving and dehumidification systems get implemented.

If moisture sits inside your business' warehouse for too long items stored there may get ruined. If moisture resulting from a commercial water damage incident in Fort Worth does not get removed within 24 hours, mold can develop on building materials and contents such as tools or products stored for your company. Mold can cause health effects with some people and commonly develops inside a building that contains excessive moisture in the air and building materials.

When drying out moisture inside a structure, our SERVPRO technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to create an environment that speeds up the drying of wet materials. The pieces of equipment get arranged in places that do not impede foot traffic and hinder business operations. The air movers get set up so that they push air in a counterclockwise motion hitting walls at a 45-degree angle to push the wet air away from the walls. The dehumidifier then pulls water out of the air, dispenses it in liquid form, and exhausts out warm, dry air that gets used in the air flow created by the air movers.

As water naturally evaporates off of wet materials the air close to it holds moisture. The air movers push this moist air into the center of the room where the dehumidifier can remove the water vapor. However, we do not position the air movers directly at the dehumidifiers because that would reduce the quantity of warm air coming out of them. Dehumidifiers instead get placed so that air movers can intake the hot, dry air exhausted out of them after water vapor is removed.

The correct positioning of drying equipment can reduce the time it takes to dry out moisture inside your warehouse thus saving your company money. Calling SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 after a loss can prove to be beneficial to your business.

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What You Can Do When a Storm Floods the Office Space of Your Fort Worth Home

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage in your home should be addressed as soon as possible because it can lead to mold growth and structural damage.

Call on SERVPRO if You Experience Flood Damage in Your Home

Heavy rainfall can cause flood damage, especially during a particularly severe storm. There are many ways that water can get inside of your Fort Worth home during a storm, but one of the most common is debris. A storm with high winds can cause rocks, tree branches, and even lawn chairs to break the windows of your home, allowing floodwaters to seep inside. When the waters seep into your basement office space, it can seem like an utter nightmare. Your computer is there along with all of the electrical wiring to make your electronics function. Luckily, professional help is nearby to get your office back to its pre-storm state quickly.

Damaging flood waters can seep into your Fort Worth home swiftly and soak into your belongings, such as the wood of your desk or the fibers of your carpet. Our technicians know how vital it is to respond to water damage as quickly as possible, as it worsens the longer it sits and can lead to mold growth. We strive to try and get to your home as soon as we possibly can after receiving your call so that we may begin the remediation process and remove the floodwaters causing damage.

SERVPRO can bring advanced tools like truck-operated pumps and powerful wet/dry vacuums to remove the water from your basement office space. We can use moisture meters to determine the level of moisture in the space and identify the most impacted areas. Afterward, we can employ the right tools to dry out your carpet, floors, the base of your walls, and the legs of your desk.

Floods can bring unsanitary water with them. SERVPRO can inspect and measure the safety of the water that has flooded your home. Should the water be toxic, we can rip up the carpets in your office and throw them out for you as they cannot be kept once contaminated. Afterward, SERVPRO can help you find a contractor to replace the carpeting in your office space. We strive to do whatever we can to return your home to its preloss stage.

When your home has been overrun with damaging floodwaters, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737. We can send our technicians to your home as soon as possible.

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Mold Damage Mitigation In Fort Worth

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can appear in many colors or just give off a smell when it hides behind walls and cabinets. Contact SERVPRO when you see or smell mold.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Mold Damage


Mold is often a significant problem inside your Fort Worth home if it goes unnoticed. A fungus develops from spores then grows structures called hyphae. Hyphae grow in all directions including down into the materials, out across surfaces, and up.
 
Hyphae produce more spores so that the fungi can reproduce. SERVPRO's mold damage technicians in Fort Worth have experience in finding mold and dealing with it. If mold issues do not get handled, then it is possible that spores float to other rooms and turn into mold.
 
If there is a presence of spores, mold only needs three things to survive. A fungus needs an organic food source, moisture, and the correct temperature to form and thrive. Once mold exists the area must get treated because it can cause health effects with certain people.
 
The first step to mold remediation is first to determine if mold exists or not. SERVPRO's restoration team inspects your home to see if mold growth has already occurred. The team asks to see if the structure had recent water damage and they look around to see if they can visually see mold in the form of black dots or white fuzz.
 
If a fungus exists inside your house, we follow a few vital steps when completing the mitigation process. First, we establish containment, so the environment outside the affected area does not get contaminated. Before any work begins, we section off the contaminated area with a thick, plastic containment chamber.
 
The containment chamber then gets a hole cut into it, and an air scrubber gets set up on the hole to create negative air pressure. All of the air then gets sucked into a HEPA filter. The filter traps all fungi particles and mold spores preventing them from spreading to other areas inside or outside the building.
 
Once the containment chamber gets established, any affected material gets removed. Any dust created during demolition gets filtered through the air scrubber so that it does not contaminate anything. For professional help mitigating a fungal issue, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 24/7.

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Why You Should Choose Professional Water Damage Restoration For Your Fort Worth Retail Store

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

When facing water damage in your store, it is best to bring in professionals immediately to minimize any downtime. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO's Quick Actions Can Help Reopen Your Store Doors More Quickly After a Water Damage Event

Your Fort Worth retail store hinges on having the right goods for the shoppers that happen into your store. While every day is a new challenge to bring people in through the doors and get them to spend some time perusing your wares, something seemingly as trivial as a water emergency could significantly gum up the works. Instead of worrying about customer retention and attracting new business, you are now worried about how long your establishment has to keep its doors closed and the effect that this has on your bottom line and the employees that count on their paycheck every week.
 
Commercial water damage in your Fort Worth store can present itself in several ways. The real struggle with an occurrence like this is to get it cleaned up, and the area restored as quickly as you can. Without professional restoration services, like those provided by our SERVPRO team, you might not have the ability to reopen your business for quite some time and still might not have corrected the full problem that you had initially faced.
 
One of the primary concerns that you face is the apparent potential loss of profits from having to close the business while restoration efforts are underway. With our experienced SERVPRO team, your doors can reopen more quickly, allowing this perceived loss in profits to be a little less extreme than it could have been with your intentions of trying to clean up the mess on your own.
 
The threats to your stock and structure are another concern that needs to get considered when it comes to professional restoration. The longer that water sits against structural components and stock in your store, the more damage that it does. It does not take long before the damage is irreparable to the stock items and structural components weaken to the point of requiring replacement.
 
Your employees count on your retail store to pay their bills and provide for their homesteads. The longer that your business has to remain closed for the cleanup process, the longer that these dedicated employees are without the pay that they need to survive. This reality should give you an excellent mindset to choose professional restoration services to thoroughly and promptly clean up the mess and restore the damages to the business.
 
There is no time to lose when water damage affects your business. With the threat of compounding damages and the loss of profits, choosing professional restoration services like our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth team is a smart choice. Give us a call today at (817) 741-5737.

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When A Storm Takes Your Keller Residence By Surprise

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storms are destructive and can easily flood your home with excess water.

Storm Damage Repair And Restoration

An average rain shower can be pleasant to listen to as you fall asleep but when a massive storm hits your home and does severe damage, the water removal process can be anything but relaxing. Storms are destructive and can easily flood your home with excess water. Additionally, this water might not always be safe. Because the intense weather can flood hundreds of gallons of rainwater into your home, it is possible to end up with a mess that you just cannot clean up yourself. Fortunately, you do not have to.

When water has invaded and taken over your Keller residence, trust our IICRC-certified technicians to remove it from your property swiftly. We use powerful industrial grade wet/dry vacuums to remove all of the excess water so we can get your home back to the condition it was in before the storm hit. Upon calling our office, our technicians can be on the scene as soon as possible.

We can remove the excess water from your home, and once we do, we can move onto the drying process. SERVPRO understands how valuable your carpets are to you and know that a flood can soak them thoroughly and dirty them. Depending on the type of water that flooded your home, SERVPRO can determine if your carpets are salvageable and clean them entirely if they are. Underneath your carpets, we can focus on your floorboards. SERVPRO uses advanced equipment like dehumidifiers and air movers to eliminate harmful moisture in the air and dry out your belongings.

In rare cases, intensely contaminated black water can flood your home from the storm's influence. Should your house be flooded with unsafe water, we can guide you through what you can keep and what you should not. SERVPRO is with you every step of the way to make an inventory of your belongings and assist with your claims process.

When a storm hits your home, and it becomes flooded with excessive water, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth area at (817) 741-5737 to remove it. 24/7, we are ready to take your call and return your home to its preloss condition.

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When Fire Damage Takes Your Fort Worth Family Rec Room Out of Commission

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire damages your home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to return your home to its pre loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home and Its Contents after Fire Damage

Enjoying a relaxing time with friends and family in your Fort Worth home's rec room helps you stay more productive at work while also enjoying quality family time at home. Most of the time, this stays an uneventful passing, but unfortunately, accidents can happen, also.

When activities in your Fort Worth home get cut short because of fire damage, we can help undo the damage and restore your property. At SERVPRO, we stay on top of the latest developments in the restoration industry, meaning we can always help those in our community when they need us the most. The three main aspects of fire damage all require attention and skilled technicians who can mitigate the situation thoroughly and with professionalism.

It is only through the removal and replacement of charred materials and burnt personal belongings that some aspects can regain their appearance and functionality. When walls burn, removing the damaged sections prepares the area for reconstruction work. Inventory lists of damaged clothing, toys, books, and other items help replace like-kind items, helping your family get everything back to normal faster and with less effort.

Smoke from a small fire in your rec room can travel quickly to all other parts of your home. This smoke leaves not only soot and ash in fine layers on surfaces, making everything a grimy mess, but it also invades the smallest crevices in your home's interior. Although we remove the visible remnants of the smoke, protecting your family from this carcinogenic stew, much can remain in the smaller, less-accessible areas in your home.

Hidden soot can cause problems as the particles disintegrate and become airborne again. Not only do they produce an ongoing foul odor, ruin your food's appeal, and make your home smell terrible, they can also expose your family needlessly to the same carcinogenic compounds found in the original soot. We often use thermal fogging to rid homes of such problems. The fog follows the same pathways of the fire's smoke, and wherever the chemical agents encounter soot, reactions between the two changes the soot into an inert substance, unable to enter the air again. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) handles this and other related tasks after this and other types of disasters.

We partner with qualified specialists who can restore electronic equipment after a fire. Both heat and smoke that entered into the housing of your devices can cause problems. After any disaster that might affect your video games, computers, or other gear, these should remain unpowered until after a thorough inspection. Circuit boards and other connections can short out if you power on damaged equipment, rendering your equipment useless or in need of expensive repairs.

Wanting to help families in our area recover as quickly as possible from the trauma of fire damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can be contacted by dialing our local number, (817) 741-5737, at any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

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Fire Damage from Hair Straighteners and Curlers in Your Fort Worth Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Leaving hair straighteners and hair curlers unattended is a fire hazard and can leave your home in need of fire damage restoration services.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

For many people, a hair straightener or hair curler is an essential daily beauty aid. These devices can, however, pose a fire hazard if they are unattended. If you regularly use one of these items in your home in Fort Worth, you should avoid leaving it plugged in when it is not in use, and always ensure you are placing them on a non-flammable surface to avoid combustion. The fire risk that straighteners and curlers pose should not be underestimated, as if left alone even for a short while, small fires can spark and spread, causing additional damage.

Fires from these devices are no less scary than any other fire, and the fire damage they can leave behind in your Forth Worth home can be devastating. You may wonder how your home is ever going to look the same, or where to begin. That is where our technicians at SERVPRO come in. We are here to help you after a disaster like this anytime you need us.

When cleaning your home after fire damage, there are four fundamental elements which are required to suspend residues so we can remove them. Temperature is first, as heat increases how fast the chemical reactions in the cleaning products are. We choose the right temperature depending on the solution for cleaning and the material being cleaned.

Agitation is the next step in SERVPRO’s cleaning process. We agitate surfaces by using brushes, towels, water and air pressure, and the sonic vibrations found in ultrasonic machines. Agitation loosens residues from surfaces and spreads the cleaning products over the surface.

The professional cleaning products go through several chemical reactions with surfaces and residues. We choose the right cleaning product depending on what action we desire, like emulsifying, dissolving, oxidizing, bleaching, or changing ph. The amount of dwell time which is needed for professional cleaning and deodorizing products varies depending on the kind of residues and products.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth takes the time to thoroughly clean and sanitize anything in your home in Trace Ridge, Heritage Trace, or Fossil Creek that is salvageable after a fire. Just give us a call at (817) 741-5737 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you restore your home.

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Water Removal, Cleaning, And Restoration Services Available In Ft Worth

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Forth Worth? Call the Green Fleet from SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Cleanup

Flooding from Storms Needs Immediate Extraction--Call SERVPRO

Removing standing water after a storm needs to happen immediately after the event occurs. Calling a professional water removal company can have the right amount of personnel, equipment, and resources on your doorstep quickly enough to prevent saturation of critical areas of your Fort Worth home.

Reliable water removal services are available throughout the Fort Worth area. You obtain 24/7 emergency response service, a no-cost estimate of damages found on your property, and a highly trained team of professionals ready to ensure your water removal gets done right.
 
Extracting standing water and drying the entire structure of your home may sound like an easy task. However, since every situation is different, there is always the chance of something going wrong. You need a skilled team of IICRC-industry certified professionals that can adjust on the go, making changes needed to provide you with a successful restoration.
 
Leaving flood waters on your property for an extended amount of time can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your home's support system, walls, ceiling, flooring, and insulation. Hesitating may also cause corrosion, and rot, leading to additional problems as time goes on, if mold has the opportunity to set in, restoring your home requires additional services.

SERVPRO's qualified technicians utilize a variety of water location and extraction equipment to ensure proper water removal on your property. Everything from hand-held portable units to truck-mounted water extractors, infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air-movers, and attachments make finding, removing, and drying the affected area easier.
 
SERVPRO crews are standing by to provide you with the services and technical knowledge necessary to return your home to a quality condition after heavy storms, rain, or flooding occurs in your home. Make the most of what is available in your area and give us a call, today.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth offers quality solutions to residents in Fossil Creek, Keller, and Park Glen, as well as other surrounding communities. We are proud to serve, providing water removal, cleaning, and restoration services you can trust. (817) 741-5737

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Fire Damage Specialists in Keller

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Keller Kitchen Fires Cause Lots of Smoke Damage--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Odor Removal

SERVPRO FST Technicians Can Clean Up and Restore Smoke and Fire Residues

Nobody ever expects it to happen, but from time to time it still does. No matter how careful you are, it is still possible for a small fire to start inside your Keller home. Often small fires start in the kitchen during the cooking process.
 
Sometimes appliances malfunction or you accidentally get that cooking grease a little too hot. Anytime fire breaks out inside your home you had better call in SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Keller. Even if the fire seems small, there is possibly more damage done to your home than you realize.
 
For instance, if a fire gets started in the kitchen say on the stove, the area on the stove that the fire burned possibly appears only slightly charred. However, it is possible that there is damage caused that is not so noticeable. Anytime a fire burns inside the home the heat from the fire and the smoke it sometimes creates negatively affects areas of the home beside the exact location the fire's source.
 
If a fire starts on a stovetop, then the first place the flames and smokes head is directly up towards the kitchen's hood system, if there is one. The heat from the fire possibly burned or caused smoke damage to the venting system. Heat generated from the flames can also char or cause damage to other areas of the kitchen that might not be in plain sight. It is possible for heat and smoke to get behind cabinets and appliances and cause damage to those areas.
 
The smoke coming from open flames possibly causes a lot of extensive damage itself. Smoke can get to other areas of the home and ruin contents and building materials. Smoke and soot are abrasive and can etch glass, and pit other hard surfaces. Oily fires can also easily stain porous surfaces like drywall. SERVPRO's team of experts know how fires burn and can clean up the damage that occurred during a fire.
 
If you ever have a fire take place in your home, it is smart to call in the experts because they know exactly where to look for damage. moreover, how to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened." Anytime even the smallest fire starts inside your house it is wise to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for help 24/7.

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Trusting Restoration Specialists For A Water Damage Crisis At Your Keller Residence

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Keller home might come from a number of locations, but the result is almost always the same.

A Water Damage Crisis

As a Keller homeowner, you might not even be fully aware of all of the situations that could result in water emergencies in your home. To stop and think of all the possibilities can become overwhelming, not to mention that some of the sources of these incidents are nearly impossible to prevent. The best preparation for the possibility is to know whom to call to restore resulting damages quickly and mitigate your out of pocket expenses at the same time.

Water damage to your Keller home might come from a number of locations, but the result is almost always the same: excess water on your floors and walls that you do not have the time or resources to clean on your own. Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO team works to be the first to every disaster and can be reached any time of the day to help you restore the damage to your home from any emergency.

When it comes to water damages, our team arrives at your home and immediately starts to assess the condition of the affected area and the extent of the damage that the water has caused. Depending on the severity of the present water, our SERVPRO team could choose water extraction equipment such as pumps and vacuums or choose to rely on our concentrated air movers and dehumidification equipment to dry out the affected area.

Once the water has gotten successfully removed, the source of the problem can get identified and repaired. If the situation calls for more extensive construction than our team is equipped to handle, we can prepare the area for this construction so that a contractor only needs to arrive and install new materials in the formerly damaged areas.

Our team is an excellent choice for any manner of water emergency that you might have to face in your home. While the situation might seem overwhelming at first, our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specialists can have your home restored and your mind at ease quickly. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (817) 741-5737.

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We Drop Everything To Manage Flood Damage In Fort Worth

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Flash Flooding Can Ruin Your Property in Fort Worth, Call SERVPRO for Help

Stormwaters Are No Match for SERVPRO's Technicians and Equipment

Planning for flash flooding in Ft. Worth is hard. Its very definition indicates that it was unpredictable. Thunderstorms brew in our area, bringing relief in times of drought, but there is no way to shut the rain down when it transforms from welcome to a disaster. When water flows into the lower levels of your home, you need our help fast.

The Fort Worth area experienced flood damage during recent storms, and your house is on the list of affected properties. You feel overwhelmed, but a referral from a friend brought you together with our trained flood restoration team. We get immediately to work on the damage done to your foundation and crawl space because we understand just how devastating standing water can prove to be.
 
Our service vehicles are equipped with nearly every piece of equipment imaginable to remove water and begin drying out the area. We chose to operate this way so that no time is lost in arranging for the necessary tools. Gas powered pumps and truck mounted water extractors get the job done regardless of whether the power is out. Quickly responding to this kind of water loss is at the core of the services we provide, and our customers relax at least a bit when our big green SERVPRO trucks arrive. Flash flooding can be decisive and swift in destroying properties.
 
Even if a number of your neighbors also experience flood damage, you do not stand in line waiting for our assistance. We scale up our services in response to the crisis you and perhaps the rest of community experience. If needed, we tap into our nationwide network of other SERVPRO disaster response companies.
 
Delay in removing water and drying out structure and contents is not acceptable to us as it results in irreparable damage. Fast action means most building materials are still restorable and fixtures such as carpeting and cabinetry respond to the skills of our highly-trained technicians. SERVPRO employees inventory and pack out possessions and stage them in a dry area of your home or our facility. You review what items you desire restored through special techniques like freeze drying as our crews extract the water and position air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the flooded area.
 
You need SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth by your side when the floodwaters fill your foundation. Call (817) 741-5737 for immediate assistance 24 hours a day.

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Vapor Drive And Mold Damage In Ft. Worth

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Fort Worth Mitigates Damage If Not Ignored--Call SERVPRO

For the Fort Worth Area, SERVPRO Remediates and Advises Regarding Mold Services


Mold growth occurs when mold spores find an adequate source of water available to multiply. In Fort Worth ground moisture may be enough to get the mold spores in a home’s lower levels activated, creating colonies needing abatement before significant damage results. Our crews have the know-how and experience to plan and carry out a successful remediation plan.
 
A phenomenon known as vapor drive moves water vapor from the soil surrounding your Fort Worth dwelling through the foundation materials, into any crawl space. Mold damage is a likely result. The area involved may rarely be inspected, allowing the fungi to grow. A lead from our production team arranges a reading of the moisture levels in the affected space and evaluates the extent of the mold growth to plan for efficient management of the problem. Humidity levels of 60 percent or above support mold growth.
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed an industry standard for mold remediation, and our SERVPRO crew members follow it to ensure safety for the inhabitants while also ridding your property of the microbial infestation. Our team includes technicians who hold the applied microbial remediation technician (AMRT) certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Certification (IICRC) so you know your home is in good hands.
 
Careful attention to containment makes sure moldy debris does not enter living areas during remediation. Physical barriers may be augmented by advanced technologies such as negative pressure air scrubbers that vent to the outdoors during the process. The moldy materials are bagged and discarded per applicable hazardous waste rules and regulations, a benefit of using the professionals at SERVPRO who remain up to date on proper disposal criteria.
 
SERVPRO then uses air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to decrease the humidity level in the now-cleaned and disinfected areas to below 50 percent. Since the vapor drive action moves moisture from wetter to drier areas, expect to consult with our experts about strategies to limit this movement in the future. Installation of vapor barriers, or repair and replacement of damaged or poorly sealed existing systems, is a way to limit the moisture from transferring into your home. If this issue remains unaddressed, the mold growth may recur every time the vapor balance shifts between the soil and your foundation or crawl space.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is eager and well-qualified to help property owners in our community with mold damage issues. Call us at (817) 741-5737 to schedule a consultation whenever you suspect mold invades your home.

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Water Damage Restoration for your Fort Worth Business

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping the gutters and downspouts regularly maintained can prevent water damage to your business property.

SERVPRO Offers Certified Water Damage Restoration Services

Roof maintenance chores need doing routinely, or the interior of your Fort Worth commercial building may pay the price with deterioration from water damage. Clogged or missing downspouts can send rainwater into the interior of your property rather than on the ground and away from the foundation. If the problems persist, you may need our restoration assistance.

If your business experiences pooling water from the drains and downspouts clogging with debris it is possible your Fort Worth business could slowly accumulated water damage buildup behind walls and above the ceiling tiles. The leaking may not be noticeable at first, but quickly a large area could be affected and need professional remediation from our water damage experts.

It is not uncommon for water damage to take weeks or longer to become so evident that the business owner calls for help. Water soaks into cellulose fibers like those in drywall and ceiling tiles. When SERVPRO crews arrive expect us to spend some time tracing back the leak to make sure we address all damp areas. Our employees employ moisture meters and scanners to locate any hidden water pockets and to help set drying goals. Mastering the use of this technology is one of the goals we have for our team members when they attend IICRC training.

If water is trapped, we use carefully chosen strategies to release it without creating a considerable disturbance of the affected area of your business. Small holes may be drilled in drywall or cinder block mortar joints to let the water move through. If possible, a wand from an extractor passed through an opening in a wall evacuates moisture. SERVPRO technicians learn a wide variety of methods to remove water during our extensive training.

Once standing water is eliminated, SERVPRO crews in Fort Worth use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the damp areas. Throughout the steps, we are vigilant for any signs of mold growth because of the length of time it took to discover the water damage in the first place. If mold infestation is discovered, we use EPA protocols to contain and remove the colonies and any mold infiltrated materials.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth covers all the bases when it comes to water damage restoration. Call (817) 741-5737 to set up an assessment for your commercial building.

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Water Removal and Cleanup After a Shower Leak in Your Fort Worth Bathroom

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to stay vigilant to potential water damage in/or resulting from your shower or tub. Water damage can quickly result in mold.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Water Damage After an Event in Your Home

A hot shower at the end of a long day in Fort Worth is a welcome thing, but when the shower water begins to escape and to pool where it should not be, you have a problem on your hands. The shower pan or shower base is a waterproof floor which includes the drain and is made to protect the shower area subfloor. Made usually of concrete and tile, terrazzo, metal, or concrete, if it has missing tiles or is sloped poorly, you are dealing with water damage in Fort Worth from a shower leak.
 
If for any reason your shower has caused a leak in your bathroom, the issue needs to be fixed right away. Continual exposure to moisture quickly creates mold in your bathroom, and you need help with the water removal as well. SERVPRO can come to your aid whenever you need us.
 
Once our techs have entirely removed any standing water and then dried out your home again, we can perform the restoration services. These include all the tasks that are needed to return your home to its normal condition before the loss. The restoration process can include any repairs to the structure and contents, final cleaning, final inspections and all of our equipment being removed from the job site when done. We also ensure that all of your belongings are put back into place.
 
One thing SERVPRO staff has to watch out for in a water damaged bathroom is the condition of any ceramic tile which was affected. The grouted joints are usually waterproofed when installing over plywood. However, any cracks make it vulnerable to water damage. The tile often is unaffected, but water can penetrate the grouting, causing warping or expansion of the subfloor, which causes the tiles to come apart at the joints and become loose. We need to repair your subflooring in this case and reinstall the tiles afterward.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is thorough when it comes to water removal and restoration of any damage left behind by the leak. You can trust us to take care of your home in Trace Ridge, Heritage Trace, or Keller when you call us at (817) 741-5737.

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Fort Worth Flood Damage: Sudden But Solvable With SERVPRO

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The devastation of a flash flood cannot be solved by a home shop vac and a mop.

Flood Damage

Flash flooding in the Fort Worth area causes worry and concern for residents. Often occurring without much or any advanced warning, the flood waters inundate roadways, trapping people in the vehicles. The water saturates the ground, resulting in damage to lower levels and foundations requiring professionals restoration.

Ft. Worth flood damage resulting from the remnants of hurricanes and tropical storms or just “pop up” thunderstorms is a real headache. Residents experiencing the severe weather may be feeling good because they escaped harm from high winds and tree litter, but then find their homes awash in the runoff. Flood water has the potential to be very destructive, but we have the tool and the techs to remove water fast and dry out your structure thoroughly.

If the storm interrupts power do not delay calling SERVPRO for assistance, thinking we work only when your home has live electricity. Our service vehicles come equipped with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors, offering more suction than stand-alone models. We also generate power to operate the equipment within our response vans and trucks. We get to work immediately, pumping out water standing more than two inches above your flooring and then using our commercial grade wet vacuums to pull additional moisture out of corners, recesses, and other hard to reach places.

During the water removal process, our team monitors moisture levels with meters that measure the water absorbed by building materials and contents as a percentage. Following guidelines learned during IICRC training, team members set drying goals and use proper equipment and experience to ensure those goals are achieved. SERVPRO Applied Structural Drying specialists are experts in using air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to bring moisture down to acceptable levels.

Our work crews are also familiar with the possibility of hazardous substances infiltrating your home along with the floodwaters. Because the water sweeps over pavement and ground, and may also back up from storm sewers and drains, we are vigilant for signs of contamination. SERVPRO trains our responders to identify, contain, and properly dispose of water that may contain human or animal waste, chemicals, or other contaminants. We treat non-porous surfaces soaked with gray or black water using professional and proven antimicrobial products. Our team also identify and advise homeowners to discard porous items that cannot be cleansed of chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other hazardous pathogens.

The devastation of a flash flood cannot be solved by a home shop vac and a mop. You need the skills and tools provided by SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to recover from this serious water event. Call (817) 741-5737 as soon as possible to get our flood abatement specialists on the job.

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Full-Service Water Damage Mitigation Services Available For Your Fort Worth Area Home

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Keep the Water in the Trinity River--Not Your Fort Worth Home

Trust SERVPRO for Water Removal from Your Fort Worth Home

Having water damage in your Fort Worth home can be a difficult circumstance. A broken pipe, faulty appliance, severe weather, or even your roof can lead to significant problems that require professional help to address correctly.
 
You need access to a company in the Fort Worth area that has a proven record dealing with water damage, someone who can assess the extent of damages on your property and explain their restoration solution in full-detail. Luckily, we are equipped to handle any size water damage situation that may occur in your home, no matter what caused it initially.

With many years of experience, IICRC-industry certification, offering homeowners just like you professional solutions to water damage to your property, our technicians make a huge difference. SERVPRO has an entire Green Fleet, stocked and ready to deploy 24/7, 365, arriving on your property immediately to provide you with an action plan you can count on to rectify the situation quickly.

We inform our customers of every aspect of the restoration process, providing knowledge and understanding while we work to restore your property to a quality pre-damage condition. SERVPRO technicians use the latest cleaning and restoration methods, advanced extraction equipment, along with quick and efficient drying services to get the problem under control fast.

You expect a certain degree of professionalism, efficiency, and understanding when dealing with a professional company and SERVPRO delivers, exceeding any expectations you might have from the start. We use water extractors of all shapes and sizes to remove water from your home, dry the entire structure, and address your home’s contents as needed to help limit any losses you might experience.
 
Using infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air moving equipment and a variety of techniques, our technicians return moisture levels in your home to normal. A process that helps reduce secondary damages and ensures a successful recovery. "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for full-service solutions to water damage issues on your property, or to learn how to protect your home better, today. (817) 741-5737

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Water Damages Gym Floors in Fort Worth

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

If your health club gymnasium floor sustains water damage, contact SERVPRO for an assessment and restoration services. Call quickly for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Their Water Damage Remediation Expertise to Businesses in the Area

Local Health clubs in the Fort Worth area have many different offerings for members -- pools, weight areas, running tracks, and gymnasiums, among other designated areas, spread out around locker rooms, lounge areas, and offices and member check-in desks. Water can migrate from an overflowing lap pool or a shower area into other spaces through walls and under subfloors. This influx causes issues that we can help mitigate.
 
Areas of your health club suffer from unexpected and potentially devastating commercial water damage in Fort Worth when one of the pools adjacent to a basketball court overfills chronically. The moisture makes its way through tile grout lines improperly sealed, and day by day soaks through common walls to saturate the plywood subflooring of the floating maple playing floor. You probably had no idea the water seeped in from the flooded pool area until the floor began to show evidence of harm. Our teams of wooden floor drying experts can help manage this complex problem.
 
A floating floor has a better chance of recovery than a nailed down floor when moisture makes it swell, but either kind needs the saturated subflooring dried completely. SERVPRO technicians train extensively in hardwood and subfloor drying strategies, completing coursework at regular intervals based upon IICRC industry standards. The maple floor has some expansion ability by design, but a 150-foot wide gym may see 25 inches of total expansion if the moisture level in the wood rises by just 4 percent. Before this catastrophe happens, warping and buckling the surface beyond repair, we need to rapidly reduce the moisture content of the subfloor as well as the floating maple boards.
 
SERVPRO crews use a variety of techniques to get the moisture out of all layers of flooring. Drying mats pull moisture from more than one level. Areas of the gym floor may be raised to allow the flow of our industrial strength air movers to reach under and through the flooring levels. Powerful dehumidifiers also operate to reduce the moisture content of the air in the gym so that the water vapor moves out of the wood and into the air.
 
As we work on limiting the moisture, SERVPRO crews also evaluate the subfloor to identify any areas requiring repair or replacement. Plywood is a surface made of layers of cellulose pressure treated and formed into a flat surface. If it separates, a form of delamination, it is unlikely to be trustworthy as a secure surface over which the springy maple flooring can float.
 
Water damage linked to flooding in other areas of your health club needs remediation by the skilled technicians of SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. Call for an assessment at (817) 741-5737.

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Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Fort Worth Home

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Visible Fort Worth Mold Growth Needs Remediation--Call SERVPRO

Remediation in Fort Worth Area Properties by SERVPRO Are Effective

When drywall in your home in Fort Worth becomes wet, it is nothing to ignore. Not only can it be an expensive repair if you let it go, but it can degrade into a potentially unhealthy environment if you do not get it taken care of quickly. Water damage to your drywall can lead to mold growth and mold damage quite quickly.

Mold can cause health effects, so if you have any mold damage from wet drywall in your home, get in touch with our staff at SERVPRO right away. We come out swiftly to assess the mold damage in your Fort Worth home to develop a plan to take care of the moisture problem and clean up the mold as soon as possible.
 
Since buildings with mold can be associated with health effects, we make sure to wear protective clothing while working. Some safety work practices prevent us from exposure to the mold as we disturb the fungi during the cleanup process. Other procedures stop the mold from spreading to clean areas of your home. HEPA filtered respirators for personnel and air scrubbers for mold spore removal are typical devices.
 
SERVPRO staff record conditions in the home like the extent of the contamination and how much moisture saturation there is. Once remediation is complete, an independent indoor environmental professional might record that the mold in the home has returned to normal conditions. This last step is generally needed after a severe and extensive mold infestation has occurred to a structure.
 
Our work practices aim at keeping the mold contamination from getting airborne and then spreading from the source to clean areas. We place negative air machines near where drywall demolition occurs to reduce the number of airborne mold particles, spores, and dust which workers are exposed to and also to make the process of removing mold more efficient.
 
If the mold has grown beyond normal levels, the best solution is to remove the excess mold contamination. It can be accomplished by physically getting rid of anything that has been damaged by the mold (demolition), by vacuuming mold spores into HEPA filters, and by wiping soiled surfaces with a damp cloth and detergent cleaning products.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth takes care to remove the mold in your home and disinfect the area thoroughly to make your home safe again. Just give us a call at (817) 741-5737 when you find mold in your home in the areas of Keller, Park Glen, or Heritage Trace.

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Eliminating Smoke Damage in Fort Worth

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to get rid of lingering odors left behind from smoke during a fire in your home.

Professional Equipment to Rid Your Home of Lingering Odors after Fire Damage

The majority of costs to a Fort Worth homeowner, after a fire, come from lingering odors. That is because most fires do not cause structural damage or even significant damage to a home. The flames usually happen in a single room like the kitchen, and only smoke gets into other areas of the house.

Lingering odors are probably the most challenging part of fire damage in a Fort Worth home to remove. Owners replace burned property and paint over scorch marks pretty quickly. Even property water-logged from fire-fighting efforts can usually be dried using the right equipment and given enough time. It is not always that simple with odors, but SERVPRO maintains the equipment needed to get the job done.

Ventilation Fans – Our technicians start the process using these machines to move up to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute through a home. These fans also serve a second purpose by blowing air through rooms and across surfaces damp from the efforts to put out the fire.

Ozone Machines – These devices force oxygen molecules to react with odor-causing molecules in the air. This forced action oxidizes the molecules, breaking down the odor completely. It is incredibly efficient, but technicians using the devices have to wear protective gear. While engaged, this ozone gas is dangerous to pets, residents, and items with natural rubber. After the devices are shut off, the gas quickly converts back to oxygen.

Pressure SprayersSERVPRO technicians use these machines to apply deodorizing and other cleaning agents directly onto the affected property. They are very useful on upholstered fabrics and carpets that have substantial amounts of odor-causing smoke residue.

Injectors – These devices are small, commercial grade pumps designed to remove odor-causing stains on a rug or piece of furniture. Our IICRC-certified technicians use them with a large needle to inject a deodorizer directly into the stain. We use this device where possible to avoid reupholstering an item like a sofa.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth attempts to restore every home to its original, pre-fire condition. That means not just the personal property, but the first breath that homeowners and residents take when they walk back inside after we finish work as well. For more information about what we can do for your home, call (817) 741-5737 today.

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Commercial Water Removal Services for Retail Stores in Fort Worth

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Are you prepared in the event a water emergency strikes your retail store?

Is your Fort Worth Business Prepared If A Water Emergency Strikes?

Water can cause a lot of damage within a short period. It is an invisible threat that creeps rapidly through spaces and crevices, invading several other areas. Adequate training is essential to avoid further damage.

If you need quick and efficient water damage restoration services in Fort Worth, SERVPRO is here to help. We have a dedicated team of IICRC-trained technicians on standby to respond to your emergency. Our products are up to par with industry standards, thereby ensuring a seamless restoration process.

Water damage restoration fans and air movers are essential for water removal in a flooded store. These high volume fans and air movers create a powerful airflow that moves air quickly around the affected space, promoting evaporation of moisture from under carpets and behind walls, sub-flooring, upholstery, and more.

Water damage becomes a major issue when there is significant flooding in the retail store. This can be caused by a faulty sprinkler system, burst pipe, a sewage backup, or storm flooding. Some 30 percent of all property claims come from water damage restoration, including loss of equipment, inventory, store fixtures, and even furnishings. Immediate drying and dehumidification are important to reduce repair costs, which can necessitate a complete shutdown.

SERVPRO water damage restoration experts provide the quickest recovery while minimizing repair costs, often with little disruption of unaffected areas. Our services also include odor removal and mold remediation. Apart from restoring the building itself, we can also take care of water-damaged carpet and upholstery.

The first part of the restoration process involves inspection by qualified technicians establishing goals, priorities, tasks, and schedules. This is followed by flood damage cleanup, which includes initial cleaning, sanitation, debris removal, and relocation of building contents. We also carry out water extraction from walls, floors, and ceilings using truck-mounted vacuum systems. We have state-of-the-art equipment for carrying out odor removal in hard-to-reach surfaces. Finally, we monitor and maintain proper moisture, humidity, and temperature levels after drying.

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If your retail store sustains water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for quick and efficient commercial water removal services. We have a wide range of equipment for proper water extraction, as well as highly trained and highly experienced technicians who can handle the job. For any assistance, call us today at (817) 741-5737.

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Mold Signs in my Fort Worth home

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

This is from a home that received extensive water damage to the roof. The repair was never made and mold quickly grew through the ceiling.

There exist a multitude of different types of mold varieties in the world today. . Mold can be found in many homes and is a cause of allergies and other related ill health effects.

If you think you may have mold in your Fort Worth home or Fort Worth apartment then you may want to ask yourself the following questions. Mold needs a special environment to thrive.  It needs a food source such as drywall and it needs a water source such as leak.

Do you notice water damage?

Mold is created by moisture. Without it mold wouldn’t exist. Mold spores float around in the air and if they land on a wet surface it can grow out of control quickly. If you see a water spot on the ceiling, wall or floor there might be a potential for mold growth.  It might be a wise idea to have the professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth test your walls to see if there exists any hidden moisture.  Water damage can cause the paint to peel or it can also stain the ceiling and this is called cellulosic staining.  

Allergy symptoms can be a sign of Mold?

Allergy symptoms such as running nose, water eyes or sneezing can be a sign of mold within your home. When mold is growing in your apartment it can cause severe allergic reactions when it’s inhaled or touched. Mold can make asthma symptoms worse as well.

Have you experienced more Headaches?

Mold can form mycotoxins which is toxic to humans. These are produced by toxic strains of mold and can cause serious health problems. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, short attention span, memory loss and trouble concentrating. If your symptoms increase when at home you may need to see if you have mold in that local.

Is there a musty odor?

Does your home smell like a basement or musty?. Even if you don’t see any signs of mold if you smell it then it’s worth investigating further.

Do you have any known leaks?

Because mold likes wet surfaces and needs the moisture to grow, it is very important to know if you have any existing leaks in pipes or faucets. It is a smart idea to check under your kitchen sink and your bathroom sinks for potential leaks periodically.  

Has Flooding occurred?

If there has been a previous flood there exists the potential for mold spores to be present.  Always ask apartment personel or home sellers if there has ever been a flood and mold after the flood.   

All of these questions can lead further to look into getting a mold expert, or remediation company out to inspect your Fort Worth home.  Luckily SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help you further by coming out to your home and giving a concise and honest interpretation of any potential mold issues.

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Help! Water damage in my Business

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

This is just one example of our night team working to extract water from a storage facility in Fort Worth.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, we know that flood damage and storm damage can affect your business in negative ways.  There is the concern about damage, the loss of business, and the cost to get back up and running.  Speed is of the essence when considering a restoration company such as SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth.  Our policy is to be on site and ready for clean up with a 2 hour window of receiving a call from a client. We know that time is money so we strive to work efficiently and effectively to clean and extract any and all water damage.  Our teams work around your business schedule in order not to disrupt your flow of commerce. At SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth have experience on how to dry out large buildings and large office complexes.  Our experts are IICRC  certified in drying and restoration practices so you can rest assured we will get the job done correctly the first time.  Located in northern Fort Worth we can quickly serve your business.      

Providing Mold Damage Restoration Services in Fort Worth When a Flood Occurs

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture Can Produce Mold Damage in Fort Worth Area Homes--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO's Expertise and Equipment Can Remediate Mold Infestations

When a flooding disaster hits your home, it can be difficult to focus and figure out the next step. You may lose some of your belongings, and the repair cost may be too overwhelming. Ultimately, the flood water can penetrate hidden spaces in the structure and create favorable conditions for mold growth in your Fort Worth property. When this happens, the house may become unsafe to live in and necessitate mold remediation services.
 
In the event of a flood, SERVPRO can come in and control mold growth before it gets out of hand. We have a team of highly skilled mold damage remediation experts in Fort Worth and its environs who are ready to respond to any emergency. We follow IICRC guidelines to ensure that our products and techniques exceed industry standards.
 
Mold damage happens quickly. Mold spores can travel through the air and land on the wall, where they may grow and thrive within a matter of days. Mold is particularly troublesome in the showers, which are often inadequately ventilated, as well as in dark, damp corners of your house such as around window panes and laundry rooms. Mold growth may cause health effects to you and your pets.
 
While mold damage is not as sudden and scary as fire or water damage, it is ultimately as detrimental because of its inconspicuous nature. After performing a thorough inspection, SERVPRO mold removal specialists can contain the affected areas using physical barriers to keep the spores from migrating during the restoration process. We also filter and clean the air with heavy-duty HEPA filtration systems and then spray the colonies with antimicrobial treatments.
 
Any carpeting, drywall, and other materials that sustained mold damage have to be removed. SERVPRO technicians use anti-fungal treatments to decontaminate these items too and then return them safely to your house if it is viable. Attending to moisture problems is essential to prevent the mold from growing back after the remediation process. Using dehumidifiers and other drying equipment, we can also control moisture and humidity levels to avoid recontamination.
 
As a locally-based and operated business, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is strategically positioned to respond promptly to your mold damage situation. We are dedicated to restoring your property to preloss conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." Call us anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Flood Damage Detection and Restoration in Fort Worth After a Storm

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fort Worth Flooded Homeowners Call on SERVPRO

Fort Worth Properties, Soil Erosion, and Storm Damage

When the waters from a storm in Fort Worth recede, the owners of flooded homes begin assessing their property for what is salvageable. The damage can be tremendous. If factors such as poor construction, termites, and decay had already compromised the structural integrity of the house, the flood could be the last straw. From this end, it is important to act fast when a natural calamity such as a storm comes visiting.

If you are grappling with flood damage in Fort Worth after a storm, SERVPRO has highly trained disaster recovery teams to counter the impact. We follow IICRC recommendations to ensure a quick and efficient restoration process. Thanks to our advanced cleanup tools and products, we had managed to restore many homes to preloss conditions throughout the years - leaving them as neat as before, "Like it never even happened."
 
Houses that are built on concrete slabs where the soil is mostly clay are particularly vulnerable to flood damage. When clay is saturated, it expands unevenly and elevates parts of a slab, leading to cracks or breaks. Additionally, exterior walls can crack, embedded pipes may rupture, and the roof can sag. Everything gets worse when the soil dries and shrinks. In some cases, moving water may erode the ground from beneath and sweep a poorly-secured house off its foundation. It is advisable to evacuate the building if it has signs of cracks. Most cases are not this extreme, but always be aware of the condition of your foundation.

One of the first signs of flood damage is distorted frames on doors and windows, which prevents them from opening and closing. The glass may also twist and break when the house shifts, while excessive water may weaken interior drywall. Drywall that is soft, moldy, or crumbly should be replaced. SERVPRO technicians can remove walls and ceilings that sustained water damage in the process, and then clean and dry the insides to prevent mold growth. Demolition is done only when needed.
 
Most homes use insulation made of foams or fiber. This type of insulation tends to hold water and should be replaced after flood damage. If your home has closed-cell foam or similar type of insulation, it may absorb water and survive the flood. Most types of structural sheathing are also susceptible to flood damage because they are made of porous materials such as wood chips. When these materials absorb water, they swell and lose their strength. In this case, we may have to remove and replace them with new sheathing as well.
 
Recovering from flood damage after a storm can be challenging. During this time of distress, you can rely on SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to restore your property. As a part of your community, we understand that a natural disaster in this area can be devastating. For urgent or emergencies conditions call us at (817) 741-5737.

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Water Damage Abatement At Fort Worth Student Union

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Common areas for students to collaborate on projects and study are a necessary part of college life. Get them dry after an incident with SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Get a Flooded Area Dry to Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Study spaces, book and gift stores, snack bars, and recreational activities are all part of the student experience at Fort Worth institutes of higher learning. When portions of the student union go underwater because of failed plumbing, a full-service water damage recovery company needs to step up to restore the college ambiance.
 
A water main burst in the student union of a university, the commercial water damage in Fort Worth starts inconveniencing hundreds of students and soaking books and merchandise. The two primary concerns are a speedy return to a comfortable study and recreational area for students and a solution for waterlogged spirit wear and books. We offer fast and professional water removal and restoration services and have access to drying and recovery services for merchandise.
 
Once the SERVPRO team is made aware that a crisis occurred at the union, a well-qualified team of water damage mitigation specialists and all the equipment necessary is dispatched to the building. Our work crew follows the same routine each time it arrives at a water event. First, the area is surveyed for safety, power disconnected if there is any chance of shocking the rescue team. Water is removed with truck-mounted pumps and extractors. Moisture levels are measured and monitored as industrial sized air movers and dehumidifiers do their work.
 
While the area is dried out, other members of the crew work to sort the merchandise soaked in the union’s bookstore. Items like sweatshirts, tees and the like can be laundered and dried. Perhaps the staff of the bookstore will reduce the prices, but the spirit wear will survive the water damage nearly intact. The books and school supplies are a different matter.
 
To dry out papers requires a special process called freeze drying. It is a somewhat expensive procedure, so it may not be cost effective for all items. On the other hand, the files and records in the store may be important enough to use the freeze drying or sublimation technique. Regardless, the SERVPRO crew keeps a careful inventory of items damaged, discarded and revived for insurance and tax purposes.
 
One call to SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth gets the ball rolling to dry out commercial spaces, large and small. Our number is (817) 741-5737 and is staffed 24/7.

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Appliance Failure Causes Fire Damage In Fort Worth

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Odors and Damage Are Eliminated with SERVPRO's Help to Fort Worth Properties

Smoke Odors and Residues Damage Fort Worth Properties and Need Immediate Attention

Air conditioning is a necessity in our hot and humid climate. On occasion, AC units or supplemental fans spark a blaze that causes damage in residential buildings. Typically these fires result from faulty wiring or the use of extension cords not rated for the load. SERVPRO technicians train to restore homes affected by this type of fire.

Wire or cable insulation defects or wear is the source of about a third of the over 7,400 fires reported each year with AC or fans as a contributing factor. Fire damage to your Fort Worth home links to a sparking cable connected to your AC unit. Although the fire itself had only a brief tenure, heavy smoke moved throughout your home, through open spaces and the HVAC system. We prepare for these factors through continuing education for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry through its certification programs, also know as IICRC.
 
SERVPRO crews take care that any chance of electrical shock during their work is eliminated by ensuring the power is off. Chemical extinguishers knocked down the flames, so water damage is not an issue this time. Our project manager assesses the space where the fire blazed and walks through the rest of your home to determine how involved other areas are, looking for smoke residues and smells.
 
Working quickly because smoke and soot damage is so fast-acting and devastating, our crew cleans every surface. The smoke residue, in this case, is likely sticky so solvents and abrasive cleaning tools may be used according to our workers’ training. These products show the best outcomes in the hands of certified professionals. SERVPRO specialists inspect and clean out the HVAC system, looking for soot and chemical remains that must not be circulated later within your home.
 
Expect the presence of an acrid smoke smell throughout the rooms of your home, even far from the fire. It may take some tries, but our deodorization experts will rid your home of the smoky odor. First burned materials are bagged and removed. Our technicians then use spray and wipe methods to remove the smell. If that does not complete the task, airborne sprays and ultimately thermal fogging methods seek out the particulates holding the odor in the air. The small droplets of spray or the combusted particles of thermal fogs neutralize the odor molecules, changing their composition, so the unpleasant aromas disappear.
 
Call (817) 741-5737 to get SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth on the job after your electrical fire. Prompt, polite and professional, our technicians are eager to restore your home to preloss condition.

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Facing Fort Worth Flood Damage

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Water Removal and Restoration in Fort Worth? Call SERVPRO

Your Home Gets Full Restoration from SERVPRO Post Storm Damage

The humidity and high temperatures of a North Texas summer fuel the energy of some intense storms. These storms drop heavy rains and sometimes hail mixed with strong winds. Torrential showers fill up the lowest levels of homes on slabs, basements, and crawlspaces, a challenge SERVPRO is always ready to overcome for our clients.
 
Over the period of a few hours, forceful winds and steady downpours make it clear you need professional help to restore the flood damage to your Fort Worth home. Your house has a slab on grade foundation, so the flood waters affect living areas, not just storage or mechanical spaces. We devise a plan to rid your structure of standing water and then dry out the contents, our focus on returning your dwelling to preloss condition.
 
Your concrete sub floor does hold moisture after the flood waters are pumped out and extracted. The water crept up the walls, its gypsum board, and wooden supporting structure also absorbing moisture. Air movers and dehumidifiers operate continuously to reduce the dampness. Experienced SERVPRO project managers work with technicians on your site to determine the drying targets for these materials based on industry standards. A baseline moisture level is measured, and then the various materials are rechecked throughout the drying process until the target is reached.
 
If carpeting is present, trained technicians use powerful vacuum extractors dry this floor covering in place. Usually, we remove and replace the padding to avoid re-saturating the carpet and because the pad is hard to dry and retains contaminants. SERVPRO workers take moisture levels and examine laminate, tile, and hardwood floors, to ensure we remove any water trapped beneath. This may require the use of drying mats or creative methods to raise the floors a bit to direct the flow from air movers beneath. Loosening and lifting sections of planks or tiles allow access, and drilling small holes through glossy finishes helps release water.
 
Throughout the restoration, care is taken to clean contaminants from surfaces and sanitize areas with professional products. During the work phase caution is the key, making sure no electrical shorts threaten the safety of the residents or the SERVPRO team. Occasionally reptiles, insects, and animals take shelter in a flooded home after a storm. When we release your restored home back to you, all flood damage will be remediated and any unwanted visitors evicted.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is certified and licensed to transform your flood damaged property back to a cozy and comfortable home. Call (817) 741-5737 as soon as you see the flood waters rise because every moment is critical during flood restoration.

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Remediation Today -- And Avoiding More Mold Damage Tomorrow -- In Fort Worth

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

For Kitchen Mold Problems in Ft. Worth Rely on SERVPRO for Remediation

Mold Abatement by SERVPRO Is the Answer for Professional Removal

Concern and an action plan make much sense when a homeowner finds mold. Panic and an overreaction are unnecessary, particularly when you work with a mold remediation company that has the experience, the technical crews, and the specialized equipment to abate the problem. SERVPRO is an industry leader in mold remediation and responds quickly to your call for help.

Cleaning below your kitchen sink you notice a musty smell and a “sponginess” to the bottom shelf of the cabinet. Worried that you have mold damage in your Fort Worth home you consider trying to get rid of it yourself, but that soft and sagging area of the cabinet gives you pause. Choosing to invite us to inspect and evaluate the problem is a wise move. We have years of mold remediation experience and the gear and specialized equipment to manage it safely and efficiently.
 
We follow EPA-developed protocols when remediating a mold outbreak. After locating the colony the first step is to create a containment area to protect inhabitants from particles of mold as the infestation is removed. Because this mold problem is in the kitchen expect SERVPRO staff to direct removing open containers of food, pots, pans, and dishes during the time we work on the problem. Our team members wear personal protective gear and run a negative pressure air scrubber while preparing for removal.
 
The technicians inspect the area you identified as containing mold. Because fungi do not need light for growth, we suspect the colony extends under the cabinet and carefully pull up the bottom where the wood seems rotting to find additional parts of the outbreak. Mold regenerates if any portions are left behind, and water is continuously available. We look for a cracked pipe or loose connection and correct the leak. Future mold growth possibility is limited in this way.
 
All of the mold and the wood infiltrated with its roots is bagged and discarded. If necessary, we replace the portions of the cabinets removed with new wood as we complete the remediation. Our goal is always to leave a damaged area looking “Like it never even happened.”
 
Receive the best in mold remediation and advice on remaining mold-free in the future from SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. A call to (817) 741-5737 schedules a solution to the current issues and helps avoid the conditions mold needs to grow again.

This city has a lot to offer.

What Type of Water Damage do I have?

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

This is a small flood that occurred on a carpeted home here in Fort Worth

What type of water overflow do you have in your Fort Worth home or business?

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Luckily, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is here to help!

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. It can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Did your home or business have a sewage backup or toilet overflow? Call us today at 817-741-5737 !

Tornado Safety in Keller Texas

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

When tornadoes occur it is better to be prepared.

Tornadoes are one of the most feared because their strong winds can cause devastating damage to entire towns.  Tornado winds can exceed speeds of 100 miles per hour and this can easily damage homes and businesses as well as uproot trees and toss cars around like they are a toy.  Since it is possible for a tornado to form anywhere in the U.S., it is important to look for the warning signs of the impending storm so you can get to a safe location. 

The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Tornado Warning

Your local news will usually put out a tornado watch or warning.  If your area is under watch, this means that your area is experiencing conditions that make it possible for a tornado to form.  You should be on alert if a tornado watch has been having been issued in the event the situation becomes more dangerous. When a tornado warning has been issued, this means there has been a tornado sighted and you need to take shelter immediately.  

Tornado Warning Signs

There are several things you can look for when you know there is a threat of a tornado.  Early warning signs are increasing winds, clouds moving rapidly, and the sky and clouds look green.  Hail is another early warning sign of a tornado and what causes the sky to look the greenish color.

Tornado Preparedness

Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness.  Make sure everyone in your family knows the signs of an approaching tornado and they know what to do.  

During a storm listen to your local news or a weather radio station for updates.  Also one can check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at http://www.noaa.gov/  You can also install a weather app on your smart phone that will send you updates.  

Also, you should consider confining pets to a carrier or placing dogs on a leash during a tornado watch so that you can transfer them to a safe room in case the warning is issued.  

Even the most extensive preparation cannot prevent a tornado from causing significant damage to your home.  If this happens it is important to call a storm damage restoration professional immediately to assist you in recovering.

For help please call us at :

SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth

817-741-5737

www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Commercial Storm Damage in Fort Worth

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains in a short period of time causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended supplies in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

You can also check with the National Weather Service to get more tips on safety during flooding

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters. Call us today for more information or a free inspection (817) 741-5737

Signs of Mold in your Keller Home?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Suspected mold growth from a water heater leak.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help re mediate the suspected signs of mold growth in your home. 


Mold is a vital piece of nature, assisting with the disintegration of natural matter and the recycling of supplements in biological systems. While outdoor mold is fundamental, mold developing inside present’s health risks and can bring about property damage. Molds recreate by method of minor airborne spores that travel essentially anyplace, even in our homes.


Despite the fact that there are hints of mold spores indoors, they require the right "ingredients" to produce mold. Unfortunately, the conditions for mold development are found in many homes: a nourishment source, (for example, drywall, rugs, and wood), warmth, lack of light, enough time to develop, and above all, dampness. Since dampness is a fundamental factor in mold development, here are the most common culprits that cause heightened dampness in homes:




  • Flooding can cause a measurable amount of water into your home, bringing on serious water damage and conceivably cause mold development inside 24-48 hours. Calling an expert restoration professional such as SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth promptly is your best defense with regards to mitigating water damage and preventing mold development.

  • Increased humidity can happen in homes from multiple sources — muggy climate, persistent rain, cooking, showering, and so on. To help prevent development of mold growth in your home, ensure your home is all around ventilated and keep the humidity below 55 percent.

  • Deficient ventilation leads to increased humidity, and due to this, mold development and different issues like indoor contamination. Try to open entryways as well as windows when viable and to utilize fans as needed.

  • Leaking pipes are a typical issue in homes and should be settled promptly. In many cases, leaks are hidden from view, such as inside walls or above the ceiling, so make a point to investigate wall and ceiling stains routinely.

  • Roof leaks are additionally a way for water to saturate your home and cause mold. In the event that you see water stains on the ceiling, check for water damage in the attic and have your roof assessed and repaired at the earliest opportunity.

  • Condensation happens when warm dampness loaded air interacts with chilly surfaces. Condensation can be seen on walls, windows, solid floors or metal pipes. Reduce condensation by adjusting the humidity in your home.

  • Basements give astounding conditions for mold development because of poor ventilation, cooler temperatures (that advance condensation), and incessant water leaks and flooding.


Mold can also grow in various unexpected areas in the home, which can make mold remediation more difficult. For professional mold removal, as well as fire and water restoration services, contact the professional experts at SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth today. 


Call us at 817-741-5737


or look us up online at :


www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Fire Damage in Keller Business

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is there for you when you have fire damage.

Your Keller Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open.
 
Burn Marks
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Morgan Park, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
 
Smoke and Ash
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order.
 
Structural Damage
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is always here to help in time of fire restoration please feel free to call us at 

817-741-5737

http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

Mold in your Fort Worth Home

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Suspected mold growth

Many customers call SERVPRO inquiring about the potential health effects of known or suspected mold growth.  The only way to truly determine the extent of mold spore migration is through lab testing.  SERVPRO does not conduct air quality inspections, however we do have trusted vendors and subcontractors that provide these services.


Air or surface sampling can be helpful in determining the scope, or extent of a mold infestation.  Air samples are taken by drawing a predetermined volume of air through a sterile media, which is then sent to laboratory for analysis.  Lab analysis is able to determine type of spores found, as well as extrapolate estimated quantities of the spores identified.  Upon request most labs will include a report detailing any issues regarding the indoor air quality.  Most Indoor Environmental Professionals will complement the lab report with a recommended remediation plan. 


If you find yourself on the receiving end of this type of report for your home or business, call SERVPRO!  We have the experienced and trained technicians coupled with the proper equipment to execute mold remediation on any scale. 


Call SERVPRO today to see how we can help make your mold problem "Like it never even happened."


http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/


817-741-5737


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HEPA Vacuums and Mold in Keller Texas

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

A HEPA vacuum cleaner.
Choosing the Best HEPA Vacuum

For those that have been adversely affected by mold illness, it is important that your living environment be maintained as a safe place where you will not be exposed to potentially harmful organisms. One tool to help you in this goal is a HEPA vacuum. In an ideal world, we would all have built-in central vacuums that exhausted directly to the outside. Since this is not an option for many people, the next best thing is to find the best HEPA vacuum for their situation.

WHAT IS HEPA?

A HEPA or high efficiency particulate air filter is a filter that removes 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. This high degree of filtration is important since there are many more very small mold spore fragments found than whole mold spores. The use of HEPA filtration helps ensure that these small particulates or fragments as well as the larger intact spores can be safely removed from the indoor environment. Although many vacuums may claim to have HEPA-like filtration, very few vacuums actually meet the rigid criteria to be called a HEPA vacuum. True HEPA vacuums not only have a HEPA filter but are also specially sealed so that no air is able to escape before passing through the filter. This means that the particles you vacuum up actually remain in the vacuum rather than being dispersed into the air that you breathe. HEPA filtration is also important for people that suffer with allergies to dust mites, pets, pollen, or other environmental allergens.

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817-637-3102 

 

Steps that Occur in Water Damage Cleanup in Keller TX

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is an example of wet insulation that fell from a cieling

What Happens After You Call Us? When Face with Water Storm Damage

 

 

 

Within Minutes

 

 

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

 

    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

 

    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

 

    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 

 

Hours 1 - 24:

 

 

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

 

    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

 

    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

 

    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

 

    • A musty odor appears.

 

 

48 Hours to 1 Week:

 

 

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

 

    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

 

    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

 

    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

 

    • Paint begins to blister.

 

    • Wood flooring swells and warps.

 

    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 

 

More Than 1 Week:

 

 

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

 

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

 

 

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at :

817-741-5737

http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

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Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration in Fort Worth

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is scaffolding used to help employees dry a 25 foot office building ceiling.

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth  we  specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


If you find yourself in need of us please give us a call at 817-741-5737.


 


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Commercial Emergency Ready Program Fort Worth

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth: Is Your Business Prepared for an Unexpected Fire or Water Damage?


 


Does your staff know where to start when they discover a fire/water/ or mold damage to your property? Did you know 50% of businesses that have a disaster do not reopen? Disasters strike every day; the faster your team responds, the less damage to your structure will occur, and fewer headaches for all.


 


 Help your team be prepared for the unexpected with our free and easy to use mobile app! This convenient app also provides your business with a way to keep a history of incidents that have occurred onsite. You are under no obligation to use SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth in your time of need (although we hope you will call us at 817-741-5737 to let us help you through the traumatic experience), we simply want you and your staff to be knowledgeable and prepared for the worst.


 


The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for owners, property managers, and staff that allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Plan (or ERP). Each plan is specific to the property on file, and will help your team know where and how to access shut off valves, circuit breakers, emergency exits and other important utilities/details of the building(s) with photos and detailed notes to help guide them there. Shaving these seconds and minutes off by simply knowing where to look can help save your property from extreme damage. The app will also provide an organized list of your choice of emergency contacts (plumbers, electricians, local police and fire departments, etc.) for an easy one-stop resource when panic hits.


 


A member from our team will come to your property, answer all your questions, take photos and assemble the information for you so you and your team have access to one all inclusive, user-friendly document on your phone or mobile device. We also provide a hard copy!


 


Tips for Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan


 


 




    1. Let the professionals help you. Work with SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for free assistance in creating your ERP.



             2.Identify and label utility shut-off                          locations. Identify local utility contact                  information.


 


             3.Identify local emergency contact                         information such as fire, police, and                     hospital contacts.


             4.Establish main internal contacts for                     purposes of employee safety and                         emergency work authorization.


 


 


As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth  has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service 365 days a year. Our team is highly experienced and has helped thousands of businesses and homes with their emergency restoration and cleaning needs.


 


Call us today to learn more about the ERP, our services, and to set up an appointment to get your team prepared for disaster.


 


Call SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth at 817-741-5737 


www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Storm Damage help in Fort Worth Texas

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vans ready to go.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the DFW Metroplex area we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 817-741-5737

Smoke and Soot Damage in your Fort Worth Home

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Soot damage from a collapsed fire place.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


Smoke and soot facts:



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke


There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today  817-741-5737

Spring Flood Damage in Fort Worth

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding from the Trinity in an historic photo from the 1950's of the West 7th area.

According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.


Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:


1.    Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.


2.    Make sure your roof is secure and protected.


3.     Clear gutters and drains


If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment and estimate.


Call us today at 817-741-5737 or look us up on the web www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com


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Avoiding Fire Damage to your Keller or Fort Worth Home

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Soot and fire damage in Fort Worth home

Electrical Safety steps to avoid a fire in your Fort Worth and Keller Home: 

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty cords, plugs and appliances so knowing safety and fire prevention are keys in avoiding fire damage to your home or business.  The following are steps that homeowners and commercial property managers can take to avoid costly fire and soot damage.

Electrical Cord Safety:

  1. Inspect all cords for frayed or damaged casings
  2. Never damage or break off the third prong in a plug
  3. Never break off a third prong plug and plug into a two prong outlet
  4. Replace all 2 prong outlets with 3 prong outlets
  5. Do not pull out cords from the cord always pull out plugs from the plug.
  6. Use surge protectors sparingly as it is possible to overload a circuit if too many plugs are pluged into one outlet.
  7. Extension cords are to be used as temporary cords.
  8. Use the correct gage when using an extension cord
  9. Try to keep cords from running underneath a carpet or rug
  10. Keep cords away from water and heat sources

Appliance Safety:

  1. Follow manufacturers instructions
  2. Disconnect small appliances when not in use
  3. Disconnect appliances when you are going to clean them
  4. Unplug small appliances if you are going to leave town for an extended period
  5. Check phone chargers for overheating

By following some of these simple systems of checks and balances a homeowner can possibly avoid a damaging fire.  For more information please consider going to https://www.safeelectricity.org/

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at :

817-741-5737

http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

Flood Water tips for your Keller or Fort Worth Home

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur quickly so be prepared.

How to respond to flooding:


Before the storm –



  • Check your gutters, and clear out any debris that may be clogging them. Also assess your area for storm drains in low lying areas, and make sure those are clear as well.

  • Remove fallen leaves and other debris from your yard.

  • If you are in a flood zone, keep sandbags on hand and put up valuables.

  • Check your insurance to see if you are covered for floods.

  • Figure out the safest route from business to home. If your home is located in a flood zone, make a plan so that all family members understand were the closest safe ground is and how to get there.

  • Ensure a plan is in place for family pets, as well.

  • Make a list of valuables that you can keep in a safe place.

  • Put together some supplies, such as food, water, a first aid kit, and medications together in a safe area in case they are needed. Also include flashlights, batteries, and a radio if possible.

  • Fill up your gas tank in your car.


During the storm –



  • Monitor the TV and radio for weather updates. If an evacuation is advised, evacuate quickly and safely. A good source is  http://www.weather.gov/

  • If water enters your home, evacuate to a higher ground even if there is no evacuation order in place by officials.

  • If traveling, watch for washed out roads and downed power lines. Turn around, don’t drown!


After the flood –



  • Make sure your drinking water is clean to prevent illness. Boil water for three to five minutes and then let cool before drinking. Alternatively, purchase bottled water from the grocery store.

  • Check your home for moisture on the walls, carpets, and furniture. Dampness can cause mold and mildew. Open windows and turn on your heater to approximately 15 degrees higher than the outside temperature to facilitate drying.

  • Practice good hygiene such as hand washing to help prevent illnesses.

  • Call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to help with storm and flood damage at

  • 817-741-5737

  • our website is http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

  • Also check with FEMA for helpful information as well https://www.fema.gov/

Cleaning Services in Fort Worth

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

One of our ozone machines, used for odor removal.

Many people do not realize this, but SERVPRO also offers a wide variety of cleaning services. From pet stains to graffiti, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help you restore your home or business with expertise.


Some of the cleaning services offered are:


Air Ducts and HVAC – One of our most popular cleaning services is a thorough cleaning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit. This can help greatly with indoor air quality, as well as energy efficiency.


Odor Removal – For odors that come from both inside and outside the house, SERVPRO can help eliminate odors in your home or business. Some common sources of odors can be cigarette smoke, mold, skunk spray, and biohazard. We are also able to remove items such as clothes and furniture to our onsite ozone chamber. We recently had a claim where a client’s dog brought in a skunk and we were able to remove the odor from his home by utilizing our ozone machines.


Commercial Cleaning Services – When you need cleaning services that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.


Vandalism and Graffiti - Our technicians can act quickly to address vandalism and graffiti to your house or commercial building. We can remove spray paint, as well as clean driveways, sidewalks, metals, woods, plastic and masonry.


If you find yourself in need of one of these cleaning services, please give us a call at 817-741-5737.


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Water Damage in North Fort Worth

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage from broken water heater in Fort Worth

SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth can help stop a flooded house in Fort Worth

 

One of the worst feelings in the world is waking up to a flooded house due to a water leak within your home.  Some of the major culprits of water damage are caused by broken supply lines to the toilet, supply lines to dishwashers, supply lines to clothes washers, AC leaks in the condensation lines, and water heater tank leaks.   It is a good general rule of practice to have your AC and your water heater serviced by a licensed professional at least once a year in order to avoid leaks. Also check your supply lines to the toilets and dishwashers at least once a year for cracks or frays within the line.  These simple checks can help one avoid costly damage due to water leaks within your home. 

 

If you are faced with a water leak the first order of action is to find the source of the leak and, if possible, stop the leak.  The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to turn the water off to the house, which is located next to the water meter. The meter is located outside of the home by the front street, and can be easily turned off with a T bar wrench.

 

Once the water leak is stopped it is then time to extract the water as quickly as possible.  The longer the water is sitting in the home the more damage to belongings and structure occurs. Possible mold growth can start to develop if the water is not removed within a timely fashion. It is very important to call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth when face with water in the home.  We have the ability to quickly extract the water to lessen the home damage. We understand drying technology to properly install air movers and dehumidifiers in order to quickly dry out areas in your home.

 

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we work hand in hand with your homeowners insurance to safely and professionally dry our your home, thus saving the you time and expense and quickly getting you back on their feet after a water loss.  Most insurance companies prefer to work with our company due to our professionalism, honesty, and industry experience in the field of water loss remediation.  We work closely with insurance adjusters and insurance companies in order to help ease the burden on the affected homeowner.

 

If you are faced with a water loss please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth.

 

www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

 

817-741-5737

Carpet and Duct Cleaning

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is carpet cleaning at local restaurant.

Spring Cleaning is upon us!

The sun is out and it's time for spring cleaning! Make your life a little easier this year and consider calling SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to help clean your home. 

How can SERVPRO help?

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the leader in water damage cleanup, fire restoration, and mold remediation, but did you know that we offer carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile floor cleaning, and air duct cleaning to freshen up your home for this summer.

Air Duct Cleaning

Properly maintaining your home's air ducts should be a top priority. Cleaning your air ducts regularly can increase your home's heating and cooling efficiency, as well as improve the quality of air you and your family breathe. 

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprits in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Pet dander
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth  Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

Odor Removal

Basic cleaning services lack the expertise to effectively deodorize your home.  As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

Life Happens, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has the industry experience and expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic home cleaning service. 

We're here to make things easier for you.

www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

817-741-5737

 

Backup Sewage

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

A customer's house with Category 2 water damage

If you experience a water loss, you may hear insurance adjusters refer to the water loss as category 1, 2, or 3. Any water loss, regardless of the category, can be damaging. Water can rot wood, rust steel, and delaminate materials.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.

Below, we explain the main types of water damage as defined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC):

 

Category 1: Clear water

Category 1 water refers to a source of water that does not pose a substantial threat to people who come in contact with it. An example of a category 1 water loss could be a broken water supply line or a sink that over flows. After time, category 1 water can progress into category 2 or 3 water as it mixes with soils or building materials. Time and temperature can also cause category 1 water to move to category 2 or 3.

 

Category 2: Grey water

Category 2 water is a source of water that contains some degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants that could be harmful to humans if consumed. Examples of category 2 water could be an overflowing toilet or a dishwasher that malfunctions. As with category 1 water, category 2 water can deteriorate due to time and temperature.

 

Category 3: Black water

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated. This water could contain unsanitary agents and harmful bacteria. A common cause of category 3 loss is from sewage backup. A toilet backup that comes from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water. This category of water is dangerous to humans and should be dealt with immediately by experts.

 

Should you find yourself with a category 3 water loss, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. We operate 24/7 and can get to you quickly so that you and your loved ones stay safe.

817-741-5737

www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Frozen Pipes

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

 

Weather in Texas can be unpredictable, with sudden freezes happening even as late as March. Now is an great time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.  Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth immediately at 817-741-5737. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


Smoke and soot facts:



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke


There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
817-741-5737

Restoring your Northeast Fort Worth Commercial Property after water damage

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Wall Cavity Drying at a commercial property

Flooding and water damage events in Northeast Fort Worth commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Please call us if you find yourself in need of commercial property restoration after water damage! 817-741-5737

 

 

For Immediate Service in Northeast Fort Worth, Call SERVPRO

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Our technicians working on a commercial job.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Fort Worth. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 817-741-5737

Residential Services

Whether your Northeast Fort Worth home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Fort Worth commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Carpet Cleaning Tips

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth offers carpet cleaning services to residential or commercial companies. When it comes to carpet stains though, attending to the situation as soon as possible is advised. The longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Here are some helpful hints on spot cleaning carpets:

Always pre-test before you begin cleaning! Choose an inconspicuous spot to use your cleaning solution. Dampen a white cloth with your cleaning solution, and blot carpet and inspect carefully for dye transfer or other changes in appearance.

Food – Drinks – Blood

Rinse the area with hot water and blot with a clean white towel. Mix 1 tablespoon of #485 StainZap into 16 oz. of hot water and apply to the affected area. Allow to dry 15 to 30 minutes and the stain should “disappear”. Rinse the area thoroughly with water and blot dry.

Sticky Spills

Scrape or blot up the excess spill. Dampen a sponge with a carpet and upholstery cleaner, and blot the area with your sponge until the residue is removed. If some color remains, follow the outline above for food and drink.

Urine – Feces

Rinse the area with hot water and blot dry. Apply a carpet and upholstery cleaner to a sponge and apply to the affected area. Blot up with a damp towel. If an odor persists, apply an odor and stain remove product. If the stain remains, follow up with the steps outlined for food and drinks.

Candle wax – Nail polish

For wax, melt and absorb wax with a warm iron over an absorbent cloth and blot with SERVPRO Solvent Spotter. For nail polish, blot with a non acetate nail polish remover until the stain is gone.

Cosmetics – Ink

Rinse the area with hot water and blot. Apply a carpet and upholstery cleaner to the area and blot it dry. If any stain remains, follow up with the steps outlined above for food and drink.

If all else fails, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for your carpet cleaning needs – 817-741-5737

Does Your Fort Worth Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 817-741-5737

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