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Flood Damage Remediation for Your Denton Home

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in your home After your home has suffered from flood damage, SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help you at any time.

Floods can be highly destructive to your home, as water can seep into every corner and crevice of your home. It goes through rooms and walls, creating lasting and permanent problems unless it is treated adequately and quickly. To effectively mitigate and repair flood damage, you need the trained professionals at SERVPRO to come to your home and help you.

At SERVPRO, we offer highly qualified flood damage repair specialists who are here to work with you to restore your Denton home back to its previous state before the flood. We have a nationwide network of experts to make sure you are served in a timely fashion, by technicians who are familiar with your local area and the local building codes. Our flood damage repair services give you a comprehensive range of repair and cleanup services, covering everything from the removal of standing water to total restoration.

Rapid Structural Drying

Our services include the fast drying of your structure which saves you as the property owner and your insurance company time and money. Rapid drying is safer, healthier and provides less inconvenience for you and your family. It also minimizes the replacement of expensive structural materials, and this process also is less disruptive and brings you less stress during the remediation process.

The process of rapid drying also lowers the chance for potential mold growth since the structure is quickly dried. We focus on rapidly drying the whole home, not just cushions and carpeting. Most structures and the contents inside can be dried within three to four days.

Further Remediation

After the visible water is extracted, SERVPRO experts start developing and planning for the places that are unseen – such as insulation, drywall, beams, framing, and ceiling tiles. Even if the room looks like it is dry, mold can begin growing behind walls and on the wood where you cannot see it, causing major problems down the road.

Our certified technicians are IICRC trained, following approved standards. We have a full range of equipment on hand, such as diagnostic equipment, desiccant dehumidifiers, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, and thermal imaging equipment.

Our fast response and experience in flood damage repair make us an easy choice in restoration repair. We also help you converse with your insurance company to get your flood damage claim settled quickly and with the least stress possible on your part.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

After your home has suffered from flood damage, SERVPRO of Denton is ready to help you at any time. All you must do is dial us at 940-566-2277, and we quickly send out professional staff to create a plan of remediation for your home to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Catch Appliance Leaks Before Water Damage Occurs

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

refrigerator leak - appliance leak - water damage All household appliances that utilize water are prone to leaks in one way or another, but if these leaks are not caught early, water damage can begin.

All household appliances that utilize water are prone to leaks in one way or another, but if these leaks are not caught early on, water damage can begin.

Because many appliances are not moved or inspected with frequency, this water damage can be harbored for ages before homeowners are made aware—this is why regular inspections are so important for prevention.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

Hot Water Heater

The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.

Refrigerator

The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.

Dishwasher

A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.

Washing Machine

Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.

Air Conditioner

The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

If your home or business is affected by an appliance leak, call SERVPRO of Denton! Our teams are Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Denton | Here to Help Recover from Storm Damages

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

storm damage, lightening damage, wind damage, restoration, water damage, storm debris, structural cleanup, structural damages Storm damage is often a multifaceted problem, involving structural and water damage that homeowners must contend with.

Storms are a common occurrence, but that does not make them any less destructive. In 2018, storm-related damages and losses cost homeowners in the range of 2 billion dollars. For homeowners, it is important to have a plan in place for how to recover.

Making advance plans for how to deal with storm damage is a smart way to protect your investment, and it is important to choose a restoration company that will be on your side. That is why when it comes to damage restoration after a storm, we are the right choice.

Why Our Storm Damage Approach Sets Us Apart

We Are Specialized in Multiple Types of Damage

Storm damage is often a multifaceted problem, involving structural and water damage that homeowners must contend with. To provide our customers with the highest level of service, we make sure that we are fully qualified and trained in all types of damage restoration—this way when you call us, you can be assured that all your damage will be handled.

We Invest in Our Technicians

The technicians who are on the ground doing your restoration are extremely important to the process—which is why we invest heavily in our team. We make sure everyone is trained according to industry standards from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and we provide ample opportunity for continued education and career development.

We Have a Local Presence and National Resources

We are proud to be a local member of the Dallas/Fort Worth community, but we are also grateful that we have national resources to help the community in times of need. When destructive storms roll through, we can call upon other SERVPRO® locations across the country to provide extra resources and ensure that everyone gets the restoration they need.

By Upholding Our Positive Reputation

Communities are vulnerable after destructive storms move through, giving rise to unscrupulous restoration scams designed to take advantage of the victims. Because we have a long-standing reputation as leaders in the restoration industry, you can rest assured that we are a legitimate business that is here to work for you and the entire community.

Call SERVPRO of Denton, your trusted restoration team, members of your community.

Making Sure You Are Ready to Start Rebuilding After Water Damage in your Commercial Building

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Once waters from flood or leaks recede and clean up has been done, most folks just want to get back into their business office and start rebuilding. However, one problem is that materials submerged in water have probably absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding or renovating too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems like mold growth, insect infestations, and the deterioration of walls, flooring, wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not going to be clean, either. Therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.

Here is a checklist to refer to if your office experiences water damage:

Safety first!

  • Inspect for outside structural and electrical damage to determine if it is safe to enter. Fire hazards and gas leaks will need to be identified, as well. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. Watch for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
  • If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.

Next steps:

  • Contact your insurance adjuster immediately.
  • Begin cleanup, salvage, and drying as soon as possible, and be sure to take photos for use for inventory. All steps suggested on this page can be taken before an adjuster arrives. Keep damaged materials for proof of loss. 
  • The adjuster will assess all office damage, and as the owner, you will need to sign a proof of loss statement. 

Electrical Systems:

  • Check that all electric and gas services are turned off before entering the premises for the first time. 
  • Have an electrician check for grounds and other unsafe conditions before reconnecting the system.

Furnishings and Carpets

  • Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting and bring it outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded).
  • Flooded carpets and rugs should be replaced since flood water may contain contaminants, and affected carpet pads should always be discarded and replaced. Remove these items within 48 hours after flooding subsides. 
  • Thoroughly dry the carpet and subfloor as quickly as possible. If carpet is installed when damp, it can mildew.
  • All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by flood water should be discarded, and solid wood, metal and plastic furniture may be cleaned and restored.  Hose off any mud, then clean, sanitize, and let your furniture dry completely out of direct sunlight.

Walls

  • Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay. Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible and ventilate.
  • Remove baseboards and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls, and remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height. Discard flooded drywall. Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation. Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
  • Speed dry with dehumidifiers and fans. Leave walls open until they have thoroughly dried, which may take up to a month.
  • Select replacement materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable wainscoting, ceramic tile, etc.).

Here at SERVPRO of Denton, we are experts at cleanups after water or fire damage, no matter the size of the event. If your office has been affected by water damage, either from a leak or a flood, we are here to help. We are mold remediation specialists, too!

What to Expect During a Fire You Weren't Expecting

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage, smoke damage, home Fires are an overwhelming and stressful process. Let us take the reigns.

A fire damage event is difficult for the home or business owner on many levels, and the restoration process that follows can be intimidating. Today we are sharing what you can expect from a fire restoration project. Each fire event is a little different, and each will require a unique solution, although the overall general process stays the same. The steps we are listing below will illustrate the SERVPRO process for the average fire damage emergency.

  • Emergency Contact. Your restoration process begins the moment that you contact us. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us to respond with the appropriate equipment and resources for your particular situation.
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. Our team will carefully inspect and test all the adjoining rooms of your home or business to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is vital to us, allowing us to develop the perfect plan of action for your property.
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage will often compromise the condition of windows, walls, and roofing. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we will board up missing windows and walls, and place tarps on damaged areas of the roof.
  • Water Removal and Drying. If water damage is present, the water removal process will begin almost immediately, with the goal of removing the majority of the water. Our team will then employ dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any remaining water and complete the drying process.
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and all other surfaces.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our team uses a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to the condition they were in before the fire. We are also trained to remove lingering odors, using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  • Restoration. This is the final step - getting your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet, or painting surfaces, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas.

Here at SERVPRO of Denton, we are ready to help if your Texas home or business suffers from damage due to fire or water. You can also count on us when it comes to mold remediation and prevention.

Keeping Your Warehouse Mold-Free

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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If you begin to detect the odors associated with mildew or mold in your warehouse, or if your employees are experiencing them, don’t wait to investigate. Mold can live in walls, behind wallpaper, under flooring, and in ceilings, and these are just the most common places. If your investigation doesn’t find anything, the next best way to determine if the smell is coming from a mold colony is to hire a certified mold inspector to stop by and check it out. They will be able to run the necessary tests to determine if you have a mold problem in your warehouse.

Some places to check for mold will be a basement or cellar area, or the bathroom. Mold will take hold in damp areas, so if there is a wall or a floor where dampness is an issue, mold will be attracted there. It will establish colonies in dark corners, as well. Scheduling periodic visual inspections in these areas will help to identify a mold colony before it becomes unmanageable. 

If your warehouse has recently undergone a flooding event or significant leaks have developed recently, these will be situations that could promote a mold issue. Always consider areas with moisture as places you need to pay attention to. 

The wetter times of the year are going to be important times to be vigilant when it comes to mold in your warehouse. Be aggressive when investigating the source of mold and addressing it. If you need help, call the mold remediation experts here at SERVPRO of Denton. We have the experience and skills needed to take care of the mold issues that can develop in your warehouse or business. We handle water damage and fire damage, too.

Taking Care of your Fire Damaged Contents in Texas

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire damages will affect both the structure of your home and your belongings, as well. Smoke and soot can ruin furniture, clothing, and keepsakes-- the very things that make a house a home.

It may be necessary to contact professional help when it comes to restoring items affected by fire damage, or water damage and mold growth, too. The expertise of such a company can help you save money in the long run, all while preserving those precious, irreplaceable heirlooms. There are several methods that can be used to clean your items:

  • Dry Cleaning. For cleaning lighter residues as well as for preparation before wet-cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning. Effective for removing both moderate and heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe Cleaning. Used for items that cannot be wet-cleaned.
  • Foam Cleaning. For upholstery and other fabrics that can shrink or bleed if wet-cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning. Uses agitation of any surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning. A bath of cleaning product is used; items are dipped in and soaked.

Electronics that have been damaged by fire often present serious hazards. No device should be turned on if it could possibly have been damaged by fire. Smoke residues contain acids that corrode metal surfaces, and if they are not removed, that corrosion can cause electronic failure in that device. Taking prompt action will prevent further damages to your devices. Some of the devices you should be careful of include:

  • Computers
  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Cell phones
  • iPads and Tablets

When documents, such as photographs, contracts, wills, etc. are damaged by water or fire, extreme care will need to be taken to ensure the document is not completely lost. Although in some cases it may not be possible to return every document to pre-fire condition, a professional restoration company can certainly save a good deal of them and minimize additional damage. Depending on the type of document and level of damage, there are five professional methods used for document restoration:

  • Air Drying.
  • Freezer Drying
  • Dehumidifying
  • Vacuum Freeze/Vacuum Thermal Drying

When you have suffered a fire, handling the damages following that fire can be overwhelming. The SERVPRO of Denton team can help you in caring for your belongings and premises during this process.

Saving your Hard Wood Floors Following Water Damage

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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A flooding event of any size will have a negative effect on your building and property, and your wood floors will really suffer. Any time water saturates hardwood, the wood absorbs the water through its pores and this, in turn, causes warping and discoloration. If you have experienced water damage to your wood flooring, you will want to follow these steps to repair them:

  • Removing Water. Soak up the water as quickly as possible. The longer the water remains, the worse the damage will be. The first 24 hours are critical, but if you are able to remove the water and dry your floors completely, you may be able to avoid serious and irreversible damage. You will also be alleviating the possibility of a mold invasion. 
  • Sanding/Refinishing. You will need to sand and refinish the wood. This repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood condition and will save you all the time and money involved in having your damaged flooring removed and new flooring installed. 
  • Contacting Professionals. When you have experienced extensive water damage, such as from a tornado, hurricane, or severe flooding due to a large weather event, your best bet will be to contact a professional water damage restoration service. They are experts in this area and will have the personnel and equipment necessary to get your water damage taken care of as fast as possible. Make sure you call them right away! If your area has suffered a weather disaster, these companies will probably have a waitlist. 
  • Taking Preventive Measures. 
    • Find the source of water and take the necessary steps to stop the flow. 
    • If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove both the carpet and the padding immediately and take care of any other wet objects, as well. You may have to deal with odors and discoloration after a water damage event. Remember that your restoration professionals can help you with carpet-cleaning after a water damage event, too.
    • Use a shop-vac or household vacuum to extract as much water as you can. Rely on professionals if the amount of water is really extensive. 
    • Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water. 
    • Use a dehumidifier or run your heater or air conditioner constantly to keep the air dry inside the affected areas. This will help to prevent unpleasant odors and may provide a deterrent to mold, too. 

SERVPRO of Denton has the skills and equipment necessary to get your floors back to pre-damage condition, and we are always here to help with repairs and renovations to any area of your property when you are affected by water damage event, whether large or small. We also handle fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too.

Avoiding a Fire in Your Texas Apartment

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

texas fire apartment property managers multi family A fire in a small space, such as your apartment, can spread quickly and become a deadly fire within just a few minutes.

A fire in a small space, such as your apartment, can spread quickly and become a deadly fire within just a few minutes. Just a few precautions taken beforehand can protect you, your apartment, and your belongings. Today, we’d like to share some fire prevention tips with you:

  • Inspection First. Take a good look around your home to make sure all potential hazards have been identified and eliminated:
    • Use surge protectors in place of overloaded circuits or extension cords
    • Appliance cords that are frayed or cracked are replaced immediately
    • No cords are being extended under rugs or between rooms
    • Space heaters are not being used near flammable materials, such as furniture and drapery. Make sure your space heaters are always turned off when the room is empty or everyone is going to bed
    • No matches or lighters are within reach of children
    • Candles and incense are never left unattended - make sure these items are used far away from curtains and other flammable materials
    • Items such as gasoline cans or propane tanks are not stored inside your apartment 
  • Kitchen Safety:   
    • Never leave food cooking on your stove unattended
    • Keep towels and potholders away from cooking areas
    • Don’t wear loosely fitted sleeves while cooking
  • Laundry Room Safety
    • Have your dryer installed and serviced by professionals
    • Always use a lint filter in your dryer, and clean it before or after every load 
    • Remove lint that collects around the drum of your dryer regularly
    • Make sure the right plug and outlet are being used and that your machine is connected properly
    • Never leave the dryer running when you go out of the apartment or when you go to bed
  • Smoke Alarms
    • Make sure there are smoke alarms in your apartment, and that they function correctly. There should be one installed outside of every sleeping area, and they should be tested once a month, with batteries changed at least once a year. 

Here at SERVPRO of Denton we are fire safety experts, and we are here for you if you experience damage from a fire, as well.

Flood Safety

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damage flood damage storm Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000 worth in damages. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips. 

Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet. 

If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. 

Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Denton. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Denton is prepared to handle any size disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.