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How To Manage a Water Heater Leak

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Manage a Water Heater Leak Drying equipment at a commercial water damage in Denton, TX

One of the most problematic sources of water damage in Denton, TX, is a leaking water heater. Often, a failed water heater may show significant damage due to its age or environmental factors, which could present a few safety hazards to consider when checking it for leaks. After you've stopped the water, it's time to clean up.

Checking Your Water Heater

Before inspecting your water heater for damage or leaks, be sure that you protect yourself by taking the following safety precautions:

  • When approaching a gas water heater that you suspect has failed, make sure you do not smell any gas. Since water heaters are frequently located in unventilated and confined spaces, an accumulation of gas from a small leak could build up rapidly.
  • Turn off the water heater and its water supply.
  • Do not touch the tank itself and be mindful of the pilot light. Even a leaking water heater tank can be very hot.
  • Inspect the tank’s drain valve, which is usually located near the bottom of the tank. The drain valve should be closed and screwed on securely. If there is a leak coming from the drain valve, it might need to be replaced; this is one of the most common causes of leaks in water heaters.

Cleaning Up

Once you've stopped the flow of water, you can begin to clean up:

  • Make sure electronics and appliances in the wet area are unplugged.
  • Transfer rugs and any other movable furniture and items to a dry area.
  • Dry the floor with towels, a mop, or a shop-vac.
  • Set up fans and dehumidifiers to being circulating air and removing excess moisture.

Be sure that you consider all of the safety factors and protect yourself when beginning any cleanup procedure involving a broken water heater. Investigating, repairing and mitigating the damage caused by a leaking water heater should include basic safety precautions and thorough cleaning and drying that a qualified professional service would be well-equipped to manage.

Is Mold Lurking in Your Apartment?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Mold Lurking in Your Apartment? It’s never fun to have to deal with water damage and the resulting problem of mold growth.

With the recent storms and prolonged flooding in Denton, TX, your apartment may have gotten water damage and developed a mold problem. As frustrating as this can be, there are steps you can take right away to contend with the mold clean up, including getting help from your property manager. The following steps will help you get started.

Step 1 – Notify the Property Manager

You don’t want to wait for mold contamination to take hold in your apartment. Immediately call your property manager and follow up with an email. Take photos of the places where you see mold spores growing. Most landlords and property managers will want to act quickly to avoid mold contamination and to repair water damage.

Step 2 – Dry Out the Apartment

Mold grows in warm, damp areas, so you want to dry out the apartment as soon as possible. Turn on all the fans, pull up any rugs, and run a dehumidifier to extract as much moisture from the air as possible. It may take days, or even weeks, for everything to dry out. In the meantime, keep working with your property manager to proceed with the mold clean up.

Step 3 – Remove Damaged Furniture and Other Items

Water can ruin furniture, kids’ toys and other belongings. Be sure to check for mold spores on these items, which may need to be professionally cleaned or removed from the apartment. Don’t forget to look in closets and underneath beds for stored items. Mold grows where conditions are dark and damp and where airflow is restricted.

It’s never fun to have to deal with water damage and the resulting problem of mold growth, but if you take the right steps and act quickly, you can prevent mold contamination. Contact your property manager so he or she can call a restoration specialist in Denton, TX, to manage the mold clean up. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/

Safety Tips for Grilling Season

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Grilling Season Avoiding a grill fire is actually pretty easy.

Nothing says backyard fun like firing up the grill and cooking outdoors. Nothing puts a damper on that fun, however, as much as a grill fire. To keep the party going in Denton, TX, and the local fire department at bay, here are a few safety tips for grilling season.

1. Establish a Perimeter

An outdoor grill needs space to breathe. Anything that puts off that much heat should be kept at a respectable distance from both objects and people. Keep children and pets away from the grill any time it is in use. To avoid a BBQ fire when you open the lid, make sure there is plenty of space for it to vent. Fire restoration experts recommend that you not use the grill while it is under low-hanging eaves or branches of a nearby tree. You want to keep BBQ smoke damage off your house. Save the char for the steaks.

2. Monitor Flammable Substances

No matter what kind of grill you own, you likely have some substance, whether gas or charcoal lighting fluid, to get the fire started in the grill. To keep a manageable flame from turning into a full-fledged grill fire, you need to monitor these substances. If you smell gas when your propane grill is in use, don't ignore it. If necessary, call the fire department. Keep lighter fluid out of the reach of children.

3. Clean After Use

Built-up grease is a fire waiting to happen. Clean your grill after every use. A wire brush and water with a little dish soap is all it takes to ensure that your grill is clean and ready to store. Most grills have removable grates that make cleaning even easier. Just take them off, scrub them and rinse them with a garden hose.

Avoiding a grill fire is actually pretty easy. You only need to be mindful of your surroundings and make sure you don't let grease build up over time. By following these tips, you can have a safe and happy grilling season. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

Ensuring Your Solar Panels Survive Storms

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ensuring Your Solar Panels Survive Storms Be sure to maintain your panels and call for professional help if they aren’t operating as they should be.

Most quality companies are testing their panels to ensure they can withstand the elements. Even with superior products, there are several possibilities for potential panel damage.

Weather

In Denton, TX, water, wind, and hail are just some of the natural occurrences that could harm your solar panels. Precipitation is something your gear should survive, but in extreme instances when hail causes roof damage, it can also harm your boards. Proper installation should aid in keeping everything in place; however, intense winds can still dislodge items. Panels are not meant to be submerged in water, but even moisture inside them can do considerable damage.

Animals

Animals on your roof may chew or claw at your panels. It is also possible that animals may leave their excrement in a place that will hinder your appliances’ capabilities.

Heat

External sources like fire and lightning can wreck your instruments. Even though the sun is the energy source, it is possible for heat to cause panel damage. Always be sure to have a professional install your boards to not only prevent roof damage but also to ensure they will not overheat.

Objects

Panels are created to tolerate pressure, but there will always be random chances for objects to hit at just the right angle to impair your equipment. If trees, rocks, or people happen to fall, causing cracks, this makes your equipment susceptible to water and debris entering. Particles of dust, pollen, and dirt can impede the functionality of the machinery.

Any time there is a decrease in effectiveness, your first step should be to ensure your solar panels are clean. It is possible that dirt or animal droppings are covering enough area to make an impact. If cleaning doesn’t help, or performance does not improve, check for panel damage. Even if the impairment is not visible, calling a storm damage expert is your best bet to ensure your instruments are operating safely and efficiently.

There are many things that can affect the efficiency of solar panels. Be sure to maintain your panels and call for professional help if they aren’t operating as they should be. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

Tips for Preventing a Grill and Firepit Fires This Summer

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Preventing a Grill and Firepit Fires This Summer SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help with any fire emergency, 24 hour a day, 365 days a year!

Summers in Texas are known for being hot but they are also known for bringing people out of their homes. Gas grills and fire pits become the norm for summer gatherings but both things must be handled with caution to help reduce the risk of a house fire. House fires caused by barbecues and fire pits can cause extensive fire and smoke damage to your home if not properly handles correctly but by following these preventative actions, you can help reduce the risk of a house fire this summer.

Gas Grills

Gas grills appear everywhere in the summer but homeowners need to use caution when grilling out.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there are over 8,000 house fires each year caused by grills so it is important to follow these tips to help avoid grill-related fires:

  • Make sure the grill is a safe distance from the house and other structures.  It is not safe to grill under any kind of overhang such as in a garage, porch, breezeway, or awning.
  • Inspect the gas line and hoses for cracks that could cause propane leaks by putting soapy water over the hose and fittings and looking for bubbles to form off the equipment.  All leaking issues should be addressed before attempting to grill again.
  • Always light a gas grill with the lid open and keep a spray water bottle or fire extinguisher handy in case the flames flare up.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are also a very common sight in the summer months but it is important for homeowners to always exercise caution when using fire pits especially when using them for social gatherings. 

  • Install the fire pit at least 10 feet away from structures and anything flammable.
  • Make sure to place the fire pit on a solid surface in an open area, never put it underneath trees or an overhanging roof.
  • Always pay attention to the fire pit and never leave it. It is wise to keep a fire extinguisher nearby and you should make sure that the fire is completely out before going inside.

Following these few simple safety tips when it comes to using fire pits or gas grills can help reduce a chance for a home fire making for an enjoyable and worry-free summer. If your home does sustain damage from a fire this summer, SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help! Call us at 940-566-2277

What To Do When Your Water Heater Makes a Strange Noise

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Your Water Heater Makes a Strange Noise If all else fails or you run into trouble during routine water heater maintenance, it is always best to trust a professional.

So you started hearing strange noises coming from your water heater in your Denton, TX, home, but you aren’t sure what’s causing them. Before you rush off to buy a new one, follow these steps:

1. Determine the kind of noise it’s making. Is it humming? Popping? Crackling? Banging? The kinds of sounds you’re hearing are your first clue as to what might be wrong with your unit. Once you determine what kind of noise it’s making, you can address the source of the problem.
2. Make sure you are up-to-date on regular maintenance. By taking care of your unit, you can prevent many minor problems and the noises they cause. It’s recommended that you perform a water heater flush once every year. Flushing with a delimiting solution can break down limescale buildup inside the tank. It’s also wise to install a water softener, which reduces the amount of minerals in your water, therefore reducing the mineral buildup in your unit.
3. Still hearing strange noises? Take the necessary next step, depending on what noise your unit is making. If your water heater makes a humming or whirring noise, the problem might be that the heating element inside the tank is not secure, so try tightening the element so the water flow can’t jostle it. If you hear banging in the walls of your home, that is most likely caused by the pipes, not the heater itself. Consider installing a water hammer arrestor to keep the pipes from causing damage to your walls. If you hear loud popping or crackling, there may be sediment built up around your unit’s heating element. Consider cleaning the element or, if the buildup is severe, replacing it.

If all else fails or you run into trouble during routine water heater maintenance, it is always best to trust a professional. Whether you can’t determine the cause of the noise or you accidentally flood your basement in your DIY attempts, a licensed professional will know what to do. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

What To Do When a Toilet Flood Causes Major Destruction

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Do When a Toilet Flood Causes Major Destruction Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants.

When you think of overflowing toilets, you may picture a small flood confined to your commercial bathroom. However, if this type of overflow goes unnoticed, your commercial building in Denton, TX, could have much more extensive sewer damage. The unattended water may travel down walls and through ceilings to affect two floors or more. When this major destruction takes place, you need to call in a knowledgeable water repair team that can help you start the cleanup.

• Stop the flood. A flooded toilet may continue adding water to your building unless you cut off the water supply. Turning off the water may help minimize the damage or at least stop it from getting worse.
• Tear out materials. Because you're dealing with sewer damage, any materials or furnishings that got wet may need to be removed and thrown away. This can include flooring, drywall, insulation and ceiling materials. These items often have to be tossed because sewage usually contains fecal matter, viruses, bacteria, chemicals and other potentially harmful contaminants.
• Disinfect the space. Once the items that can be torn out have been, you need to make sure your commercial space is thoroughly cleaned. The cleaners used will depend on the type of surface getting cleaned, but any sewage company that often deals with this type of cleanup will have the cleaners and equipment needed to get the job done right.
• Dry out the space. Putting dehumidifiers to work ensures your building is rid of excess moisture. If extra water remains, even in the form of humidity, you may have to deal with mold growth in the future.
• Repair the damage. The final step in this cleanup process is repairing any of the damage that was done. If building materials were torn out, they need to be replaced to return your building to normal.

Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants. If you skip any important steps, you may have to deal with secondary damage sometime down the road. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

What Should You Do About That Roof Leak?

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Should You Do About That Roof Leak? If you’re dealing with roof problems in Denton, TX, remember that your damaged roof can be fixed, repaired and restored.

When you see a leak coming from your building's roof, your first reaction might be to panic. There’s no need to do that, though, as there are many ways to clean up and repair the issue. A roof leak can be hard to spot and handle, however, so you may want to reach out to roofing repair professionals who can help you even with the trickiest of leaks.

Here are steps you can take to address your roof leak:

1. Check for missing shingles. A missing shingle could be nothing, but if your roof is already leaking, it’s possible the felt paper that is installed under the shingles has been worn away. Unlike your roof shingles, the felt isn’t waterproof. However, this layer can ensure you have enough time to repair your damaged roof before the leak worsens.
2. Find the leak. When water drips on the floor of your building, it’s easy to think that it’s coming from straight above. Roofs, however, have several layers. Water has to go through all of these before landing on your office or warehouse floor, which means the drip is not likely to have originated right below the leak. If you want to find the source, go up to the top floor during the day and carefully check for moisture or water marks.
3. Call the professionals. Roofing work can be both difficult and dangerous. A roof leak can become a bigger deal than you expected it to be. Qualified professionals can help you tear wet materials out to ensure that there are no other leaks, and then they can dry and disinfect the affected area.

If you’re dealing with roof problems in Denton, TX, remember that your damaged roof can be fixed, repaired and restored. You don’t have to do it all yourself, but the most important thing to do is address the issue before it progresses into something more difficult — and costly — to repair.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

What To Do When a Toilet Flood Causes Major Destruction

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Do When a Toilet Flood Causes Major Destruction Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants.

When you think of overflowing toilets, you may picture a small flood confined to your commercial bathroom. However, if this type of overflow goes unnoticed, your commercial building in Denton, TX, could have much more extensive sewer damage. The unattended water may travel down walls and through ceilings to affect two floors or more. When this major destruction takes place, you need to call in a knowledgeable water repair team that can help you start the cleanup.

• Stop the flood. A flooded toilet may continue adding water to your building unless you cut off the water supply. Turning off the water may help minimize the damage or at least stop it from getting worse.
• Tear out materials. Because you're dealing with sewer damage, any materials or furnishings that got wet may need to be removed and thrown away. This can include flooring, drywall, insulation and ceiling materials. These items often have to be tossed because sewage usually contains fecal matter, viruses, bacteria, chemicals and other potentially harmful contaminants.
• Disinfect the space. Once the items that can be torn out have been, you need to make sure your commercial space is thoroughly cleaned. The cleaners used will depend on the type of surface getting cleaned, but any sewage company that often deals with this type of cleanup will have the cleaners and equipment needed to get the job done right.
• Dry out the space. Putting dehumidifiers to work ensures your building is rid of excess moisture. If extra water remains, even in the form of humidity, you may have to deal with mold growth in the future.
• Repair the damage. The final step in this cleanup process is repairing any of the damage that was done. If building materials were torn out, they need to be replaced to return your building to normal.

Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants. If you skip any important steps, you may have to deal with secondary damage sometime down the road. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

Filing a Smoke or Fire Insurance Claim

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Filing a Smoke or Fire Insurance Claim If you have had a fire at your business, keeping calm and working with your insurance company can help your business get back on its feet in no time.

A fire occurring at your place of business can put a lot of different problems on your plate at once, and at times it can be devastating. Luckily, insurance claims for smoke damaged and fire damage are often covered by many insurance carriers. Documenting the incident may not seem important right after a fire happens, but keeping a well organized list of details about the event can help smooth the process of filing a claim with your insurance company.

How You Can Help

Keeping in mind that your insurance policy likely covers damage from fire, make a list of the following to give to your adjuster:

? Date of loss
? Whether the damage was from fire and smoke, or strictly smoke damage
? Location of damage
? Other parties involved
? Condition of the property
? Any content damaged as a result of the fire and if the items can be repaired
? Related injuries
? A police and fire department report

There is usually a section in your policy that outlines a specific time frame during which you can file your claim after the date of loss. Familiarizing yourself with your policy is a great course of action in order to give yourself the necessary tools in the unfortunate event that you have fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage. You will likely exchange many emails and phone conversations with various contractors and insurance agents during this time as well. Keeping these conversations organized and documented can save you from future headache.

The Aftermath

A good insurance policy can lessen the sting of a fire’s aftermath. In fact, many carriers will work with you through the process of rebuilding. Generally, insurance adjusters understand reasonable requests from policyholders, such as requesting that your local Denton, TX, contractor is IICRC-certified. If you have had a fire at your business, keeping composure and working with your insurance company can help your business get back on its feet in no time. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.