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Commercial and Large Loss Restoration

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As the number one choice in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO of Denton can help you every step of the way. From immediately after the disaster to returning your property to its preloss condition, we want to make the process as smooth as possible.

When your commercial property is suddenly hit with damage due to a storm, flood, fire or other disaster, it can leave you, your employees and customers in shock. It’s important to know that you have professional large-loss specialists to handle the restoration process as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business. 

Each large loss project is managed by SERVPRO of Denton. They’re backed by the SERVPRO headquarters operations team to help you have the smoothest restoration experience possible

SERVPRO of Denton will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities and government facilities.

SERVPRO of Denton Disaster Recovery Team is an elite team of technicians. We’re strategically located and prequalified to respond Faster to any size disaster.

Commercial Industry Cleaning & Restoration

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Your commercial property says a lot about you to potential clients and customers. You want to build trust and present your business or public space as a safe, clean place to be. Should you have an emergency that requires cleaning and restoration services, whether it’s for an apartment complex or a multi-level commercial building, SERVPRO® of Denton can help. Like you, we care about the safety and well-being of your clients and residential tenants. We work hard to isolate the damage while maintaining the safety and security of the facility and tenants. Our goal is to get your commercial facility restored to its preloss condition as soon as possible while minimizing disruptions to your business activities and your tenants’ daily lives.

With more than 50 years of experience, SERVPRO of Denton earned the reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration industry and specialize in fire and water damage, specialty cleaning, mold, and so much more. SERVPRO of Denton will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Our highly-trained professionals understand your need to keep business going, even after an emergency. That’s why we offer flexible solutions, working after hours or around the clock to complete your restoration project. In many cases, SERVPRO of Denton can clean up in a way that the damaged space can be safely isolated from functional space so that normal operations can proceed around the cleanup. This minimizes the downtime you have for your facility. We’re Faster to any size disaster™ providing 24/7 emergency service. You can be sure that SERVPRO of Denton is ready to respond to your emergency call.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO® of Denton has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you give us a call. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO of Denton can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO of Denton uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

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Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We'll use several methods to clean your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Denton can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is complete, we'll work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. SERVPRO of Denton can coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Denton can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.

Depending on the type of documents, and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, there are five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Hurricane Season and Hurricane Damage Details

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Hurricanes can be devastating, causing costly damage and loss of life. Thankfully, there is usually a significant warning period before one makes landfall, and numerous analyses of where it may possibly set down. This article provides helpful information on these large-scale natural disasters, so you can be better prepared if you live in a region that is prone to hurricanes.

To begin, hurricane season is different depending on location—namely, the Atlantic, Pacific, or Central Pacific. The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th, while the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season is from May 15th to November 30th. The Central Pacific, where Hawaii is located, experiences hurricane season from June 1st to November 30th. Still, it’s important to note that hurricanes can occur outside of these official windows designated by NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

Sometimes the news refers to both hurricanes and tropical storms, seemingly interchangeably. So, what exactly is the difference? It boils down to wind speed, but first, it’s important to establish the term “tropical cyclone” which is a generic name for a low-pressure system formed over tropical waters, with thunderstorm activity near its symmetrical core. Furthermore, the progression to a hurricane (or typhoon, as it’s known in certain parts of the world) looks like this:

  • Tropical disturbance: same as a tropical storm, but lacks a closed circulation
  • Tropical depression: wind speeds equal to or less than 39 mph, but with a closed circulation
  • Tropical storm: wind speeds between 39 and 74 mph; is given a name at this point
  • Hurricane/typhoon: wind speeds in excess of 74 mph

Once the status of tropical storm or hurricane is reached, it can be measured on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, where there are 5 levels. The categories are as follows:

  • Category 1: 74-95 mph
  • Category 2: 96-110 mph
  • Category 3: 111-129 mph
  • Category 4: 130-156 mph
  • Category 5: 157+ mph

Hurricanes, although destructive, can be planned for and safely avoided with enough advance notice and preparation. For the latest up-to-date information on current hurricane activity, visit the National Hurricane Center. And remember, SERVPRO® of Denton is always available if you experience water damage from flooding, storm damage, fire, or other property damage.

SERVPRO® of Denton is always available if you experience water, storm, fire, or other damage. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We understand hurricanes don’t follow a typical 8-5 pattern, so neither do we. Whether you experience damage on a weekend, holiday, or in the middle of the night, rest assured we’ll be there, ready to restore your space to pre loss condition and make it “Like it never even happened.” ®

Signs of a Tornado and Ways to Prepare

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Tornadoes can strike with little to no warning if conditions are favorable. Although tornadoes tend to occur in specific regions like Tornado Alley, it’s important to remember they have occurred in all 50 states and can happen any time of year. Notably, they most frequently occur between 4 pm and 9 pm. We often hear about the Fujita Scale rating, which measures the severity of wind speed; F1 tornadoes are the weakest, and F5 tornadoes are the strongest. Still, F1 tornadoes remain very dangerous, so during storm season, it’s prudent to remain prepared, especially if you live in an area prone to tornadoes and intense thunderstorms.

We all know the most obvious sign of a tornado—a rotating funnel cloud extending from a thunderstorm—but there are additional ways to stay abreast of an oncoming storm. While watching the news, following your local weather, and follow SERVPRO of Denton can help, the following signs can also help indicate whether there is a tornado in your area:

  • Debris falling from the sky
  • A dramatic change in sky color
  • A cloud of debris close to the ground, even if you cannot see a funnel cloud nearby
  • A loud, roaring noise that occurs after a thunderstorm

Remember, tornadoes can strike any time of day, but even if your visibility is limited at night, there are signs you can look for to assist in determining the viability of a tornado in the later hours of dusk and beyond. Like the general signs above, these include:

  • A roaring noise that grows softer and louder over and over; it is often described as sounding like a freight train
  • Bright flashing colors (often a blue-green color) near the ground, indicating power lines have been taken down by intense wind
  • An abrupt shift in wind pattern, particularly after a slow, calm evening
    • Oftentimes, a sudden calm after a thunderstorm indicates an approaching tornado
  • Hail and/or heavy rain
  • A wall cloud (often the result of a supercell thunderstorm) which provides favorable conditions for a tornado
  • Falling, whirling, or approaching debris, often in a cluster of dust
  • A green-tinted sky

Staying safe during severe weather is a top priority, and the following ways will help you prepare, ensuring you and your loved ones stay secure from tornadoes.

Follow these safety tips to prepare for a tornado:

  • Remain aware of weather conditions, especially if you know thunderstorms or severe weather is imminent. Your local radio stations, as well as national weather sources such as The Weather Channel, are great resources for up-to-date information. However, keep in mind that sometimes tornadoes strike so quickly there is little to no warning, so do your best to pay attention to the weather in general
  • Always have an emergency plan in place, so you and your loved ones know exact directions on what to do in the event of a tornado
    • This can include maintaining a list of important cell phone numbers, as well as having a kit on standby, containing emergency medical supplies, flashlights, perishable and non-perishable food, and battery-operated items such as portable TVs and radios
  • Take shelter immediately, ideally in a basement
    • If your home or the building you are in does not have a basement, then a closet or bathroom (ideally, an interior room without windows) is preferable. If nothing else, hide beneath something sturdy such as a workbench or table, and use a mattress or sleeping bag for protection from flying debris. If you are outside, try to find a ditch to lay in, and if you are in your car, rather than outrun the tornado, try to find the nearest durable building for protection. It’s of the utmost importance you do everything you can to protect your head
  • Remember, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado, but one has not yet been spotted. Conversely, a tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted, and you should seek cover immediately


Rest assured, if disaster strikes your home or business in the aftermath of a tornado or other severe weather, SERVPRO® of Denton is available to assist 24/7, 365 days a year.. Our certified technicians undergo continual training, using top restoration equipment to ensure your storm, water, or other damage is quickly, effectively, and safely remediated. Our commercial restoration process will assist in cleaning up after a tornado or similar natural disaster. We also provide construction services, from minor repairs to full reconstruction of entire areas of your home or business. We are committed to making your property damage “Like it never even happened,”® so if you are struck by tornado damage, give us a call.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

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What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Rest assured, if disaster strikes your home or business in the aftermath of a mass flooding or other severe weather, SERVPRO® of Denton is available to assist 24/7, 365 days a year.. Our certified technicians undergo continual training, using top restoration equipment to ensure your storm, water, or other damage is quickly, effectively, and safely remediated. Our commercial restoration process will assist in cleaning up after a tornado or similar natural disaster. We also provide construction services, from minor repairs to full reconstruction of entire areas of your home or business. We are committed to making your property damage “Like it never even happened,”® so if you are struck by water damage, give us a call.



The Water Damage Restoration Process

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SERVPRO® of Denton has the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. We use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Emergency Contact

When you call, our specialist will guide you through several questions that will help us appropriately respond to your unique water emergency. Beyond understanding your situation, we will want to set up a time for SERVPRO of Denton professionals to inspect the property and create a restoration plan for you. Fast response is critical, so we’ll want to schedule this as soon as possible.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

After our professionals arrive at your home, they will thoroughly assess the water damage and help you understand its severity, hazards that may be present, and determine what can be restored. If necessary, we will also assist with stopping the source of the water damage. All of this is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in the successful restoration of your property.

Water Removal

Service work normally begins with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time. Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using powerful pumps and extraction units during the water removal process.

Damaged Material Removal

If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorization

Water damage can create cleaning, sanitizing, or deodorization needs for floors, furniture, and other personal belongings. SERVPRO of Denton professionals use a variety of specially formulated products, industry-leading equipment, and proven techniques to accomplish this important aspect of restoration.

Drying

After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see. This will target water within materials to bring these materials back to their normal moisture level. This equipment is normally placed during the first visit to your property. The type and amount of equipment is based on your unique situation and industry standards.

Monitoring

During the drying process, our specialists will want to visit your property daily to help ensure materials are drying properly, check drying equipment performance, and make changes as needed. This monitoring process is critical to effective and efficient drying of your property.

Repairs and Construction

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. The repair step can be minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home. We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

Residential Services

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As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO of Denton, whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. We have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.

  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Highly trained restoration technicians
  • Faster to Any Sized Disaster
  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 1,900 franchises
  • Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment

Residential Restoration Services

Fire, water, and mold restoration are the cornerstones of our business. SERVPRO of Denton is dedicated to responding to your emergency fast. Our focus on training ensures we have the expertise and skills needed to promptly restore your property right the first time. Our restoration services include the following:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm and Major Events

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Denton offers cleaning services ranging from air duct cleaning to removing biohazard contaminants. Their residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Overview of Residential Cleaning
  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceiling, Floors & Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism and Graffiti

SERVPRO® of Denton has professionals that will answer your call immediately and begin taking actions to limit the damage. Our trustworthy and confident staff will develop a plan, move quickly, and execute flawlessly. We are a leader in the restoration industry, and our professionals are faster to disaster any size.

SERVPRO® of Denton Coronavirus Cleaning Services

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Denton Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

About Coronavirus

Beginning in 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responded to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection is termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO® of Denton professionals are uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO of Denton product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. 

Minimize Your Risk

Tips and Best Practices to Reduce Your Risk

Cities and states took drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

  • Stop shaking hands – use other non contact methods of greeting
  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones

Stay Home if...

  • You are feeling sick
  • You have a sick family member in their home