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.
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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
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.
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/.
Can I Free My Crawlspace From Mold?
Specialists who understand media blasting have the appropriate equipment and protective gear to ensure the process can be done safely and thoroughly.
Crawlspaces are tricky exactly because of what they are: crawl spaces with little room to move, and even less room to get in difficult areas to clean up mold damage. These spaces are usually dark and dank and very poorly sealed, as well, making them ripe for mold infestation as damp and water damage set in – especially after a flood. So if the crawlspace in your Denton, TX, home is infested with mold…how do you clean it?
Try Media Blasting
Despite how it sounds, “media blasting” isn’t playing your boombox loud enough to get reported to the neighborhood homeowners’ association. Media blasting is the practice of spraying tiny particles of non-harmful substances at a surface at extremely high speeds, causing the particles to abrade away anything on that surface as if sanding it. In fact, the practice used to be called sandblasting until sand was replaced as the medium due to the dangers of inhaling particles. Media blasting can:
• Sand away any mold on the surfaces in your crawlspace without damaging the surface underneath
• Allow you to access hard-to-reach places
• Let you clean away mold without having to actually come into contact with the substances
• Enable you to also clean underneath homes, and not just in crawlspaces
Media blasting can actually be pretty messy, but it leaves you with mold-free surfaces that have been scoured entirely clean.
So How Can I Media Blast My Crawlspace?
Media blasting requires some pretty heavy duty equipment, so it’s usually best to leave it to a professional. Specialists who understand media blasting have the appropriate equipment and protective gear to ensure the process can be done safely and thoroughly to minimize mold exposure and ensure complete eradication of your mold problem. Media blasting can also be used for mildew, and various other growths you may wish to remove from your home – or for removing old paint before repainting your house. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.
6 Steps to Fire Damage Restoration
After a restoration company has completed its work, all signs of smoke damage should be removed, your home should be back normal.
If you have had a fire at your home in Denton, TX, and your home has sustained smoke damage or soot damage, you may wonder what your next step should be. Navigating the fire cleanup process can be difficult and confusing, but here are some guidelines to follow to make your course of action a bit easier.
1. Call for Emergency Services
Contact a fire restoration company as soon as possible. Most companies offer 24-hour services and can assist you right away.
2. Appraisal of Damage
Most companies send a professional to assess your home for smoke damage, soot damage and water damage. From there, it is possible to create a plan for repair.
3. Damage Prevention
Fires frequently damage or threaten the integrity of windows, doors, roofs or walls. These can all be temporarily repaired so that further damage does not occur before the fire restoration process can take place.
4. Water, Smoke and Soot Removal
Once you have ensured that your home does not sustain additional damage, the fire restoration company can begin to remove water from the home and repair water damage, if there is any. Smoke cleaning and soot cleaning occur at this point to remove traces of the fire from the surfaces of your home, such as ceilings, walls and floors.
5. Cleaning and Disinfecting
The next step is for the company to clean and repair any salvageable items in the house, such as furniture or cabinetry. In addition, the air is usually scrubbed by special equipment to improve the air quality inside your home.
6. Restoration of Finishes
After the major structures and furniture have been repaired, it is time to bring your home back to its pre-fire condition. Sometimes, this is minor, such as repainting a room. Other times, it can be more complicated, such as small construction projects.
After a restoration company has completed its work, all signs of smoke damage should be removed, your home should be back to its original condition and all signs that a fire has occurred should be gone. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.
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SERVPRO of Denton professionals are trained to safely and effectively removed hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.
Water Damage at a Commercial Building Office
Water damage in a office.
SERVPRO of Denton professionals will take steps to help protect your business, as well as belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepare the area for drying.
Proper containment is essential during the mold remediation process. Doing so prevents mold spores from contaminating unaffected areas
If you think you might have mold in your home, the longer you wait to investigate, the worse it could get.
You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent
SERVPRO of Denton specializes in Mold Remediation.
If you see signs of mold, call us today - (940) 566-2277
Are You Ready For The Storm?
According to Helen Lowman with FEMA unlike most natural disasters, hurricanes rarely take us by surprise. There’s a season (June 1 – November 30) when forecasters can see hurricanes developing off the coast, hundreds of miles away, and can track them as they move closer to land. However, when they hit, high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and even tornadoes are all part of the hurricane package that can really pack a punch. That’s why if you live in an area where hurricanes are a threat, now is the time to prepare. The following tips can help you get prepared:
- Be prepared if you lose power. If you or anyone in your household depends on medical devices that are powered by electricity, this is a first priority. Talk to your medical equipment company to find out what will happen to your equipment during a power outage.
Make sure you have extra compatible batteries for your flashlights, radios or any device that can run on battery power
FEMA recommends each person have at least a three day supply of food and water, and more if possible.
Set your freezer and refrigerator to the highest temperature so that it can stay cooler longer if you lose power.
- Have an emergency supply bag. Food, water, medication and batteries are just some of the basic emergency supplies you’ll want to have ready in a “Go Bag” that you can grab quickly before evacuating. Take time now to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
- Know your community’s evacuation plans. Many communities have designated “evacuation routes” and some even have evacuation zones. You will want to be familiar with these so if your local authorities issue an evacuation order, you’ll know exactly where to go.
- Make provisions for your pets. Arrange a place for them to stay if possible. If you are taking them with you locate hotels that are pet friendly and bring their food along.
It only takes a few minutes to prepare for a hurricane! To learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website at ready.gov/prepare.
SERVPRO of Denton is here to help after a hurricane passes to begin the clean-up of your home or commercial building in order to get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. For more information go to www.SERVPROdenton.com or call us at 940-566-2277
When Lightning Strikes
Are You Ready To Be Lightning Safe?
Whether building a new home, remodeling an existing home or even repairing a home that has been damaged, a lightning protection system can be a worthwhile investment, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
Damage caused by lightning, such as fire, is covered by standard homeowners insurance policies; and some policies provide coverage for damage from power surges that are the direct result of a lightning strike.
“Lightning losses were $790 million in 2015 and the average cost per claim rose 64 percent from 2010 to 2015,” explained Loretta Worters, a vice president with the I.I.I. “The $3,000 or $4,000 it will cost to install a lightning protection system could prevent a deadly house fire and save on costly repairs,” she added.
The growing market for smart home technology makes installing a lightning protection system even more important, noted the I.I.I. It is also an opportunity for designers, builders and code officials to include lightning protection systems in their plans.
“Just as smart homes provide the ultimate in safety and comfort, lightning protection systems ensure that state-of-the-art home automation systems aren’t damaged by direct or nearby lightning strikes,” said Kimberly Loehr, director of Communications for the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). “Lightning’s harmful surges can damage these internal building systems, which can be quite expensive to restore.”
A lightning protection system does not attract lightning, a common misconception, noted the LPI. Lightning will strike a location whether there is lightning protection in place or not. A lightning protection system directs the harmful current from a lightning strike to the ground, leaving the structure and its contents undamaged.
“Keep in mind lightning protection system design and installation is complex and not a do-it-yourself project,” said Loehr. “Installation is not typically within the scope of expertise held by general contractors, roofers or even electricians--which is why the work is typically sub-contracted out to specialists.”
Always hire an LPI-certified expert who specializes in lightning protection and utilizes UL-listed components and equipment to install your system, and make sure the materials and methods comply with national safety standards. Use the LPI’s “Find An Installer” tool to locate an LPI-certified lightning protection system installer in your area.
“If you contract to install a lightning protection system, keep the receipt and let your insurance professional know about this improvement. That will ensure it is included in the cost of rebuilding your home should a disaster occur,” said Worters. “It may even help reduce your insurance costs.”
SERVPRO of DENTON 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.
Call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277. To learn more about SERVPRO at http://www.SERVPROdenton.com